Thursday, April 06, 2006

Is 'Epoch Times' legit, or a cult rag?

Something called Epoch Times is handed out occasionally at my train station. It seems to have pretty benign stories, but, though I admit I haven't perused it closely, something about it, the feel, the pretentious name, gives me a creepy twinge.

Anyone know more?

13 comments:

Splatterbottom said...

It is an organ of the Falun Gong who seem to be a relatively harmless sect to everyone but the Chinese Government.

The Daily Magnet said...

It's probably a little bit of Mao's mindset rubbing off on you subconsciously, Armaniac.

leftvegdrunk said...

I scored a copy in Sydney yesterday, actually, from a bloke handing out information about a Chinese concentration camp where several thousand Falun Gong members are said to be imprisoned.

Brownie said...

now leftvegdrunk you know they are not imprisoned, they are merely queueing for their tickets to the Beijing Olympics.

Don Quixote said...

Yep, 'tis as Splatterbum said - it is a product of the Falun Gong. I must confess to feeling a slightly creepy twinge upon first read myself. That could be because its articles appear to be bereft of any political intent - it just seems to be a genuine criticism of the Chinese government.

Armagnac Esq. said...

Fascinating... well, it IS a cult, but I'm slightly less creeped out having it identified.

THought it might be the HR Nichols society or someone truly evil like that...

TimT said...

Ha, I had a run in with some Falun Gong protesters last week.

Major Anya said...

My answer was going to be no, but good to see others know the answers.

Tim T had a run in with Falun Gong. They are usually ladies of an advanced age from what I can tell.

TimT said...

Yes, there was a large contingent of ladies in older-middle-age.

I can't claim that all those protesters were Falun Gong, but they did have copies of the Epoch Times, pamphlets by the same publisher, and posters about the oppression of Falun Gong in prominent positions.

I dunno ... are they are cult if they move people to public protests like this? Don't cults try to shut themselves away from the rest of society?

Rob M said...

Not nearly as weird as the CEC goons who are there with a table of guff outside the Glenferrie train station most days.

I think my personal favourite is their plan to build maglev trains linking Australia's major cities - including Melbourne and Darwin. Even assuming a construction cost a third of what the Wikipedia estimates for maglevs, they want to spend 60 billion USD on a railway that would see maybe 50-100 passengers a day...

TimT said...

I'm concerned by the title of the paper. 'The Epoch Times'. Considering that an epoch is a period of time, the title is verging on the tautological:

'The Time Times'.

Brownie said...

and it was the Epoch Times reporter who screamed at the Chinese leader during the White House Press Call.

Technorati is full of it, as reported by Maureen Down for the New York Times: The Great Chinese Fake-Out.

Anonymous said...

http://www.cultnews.com/?p=1949

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Epoch_Times