Ed Driscoll


BEIJING CLOSES INTERNET CAFES, after one was destroyed in a fire, which killed 24 people, according to this AP report:

A spokesman for the Beijing city government said Monday that the capital’s 2,400 Internet cafes were ordered shut down on safety grounds. Only 200 will be allowed to reopen, said the spokesman, who would give only his surname, Fan.

“This is done purely to save people’s lives and property,” Fan said.

And Cuba recently officially banned PC sales to anyone lucky enough in Castro’s Cuba to even afford one.

Meanwhile, in Oceania, war continues with Eastasia, and the chocolate ration has been increased to 20 grams a week. Doubleplus good!