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Paying my dues

I finally broke down and subscribed to the Epic Times. Of all the sources that turn up in my news feed or Twitter stream, that’s the one I follow links to the most. It’s spicy, but not too spicy.

I know, I know – it’s Falun Gong, about which I don’t know a whole lot except what I read in the Wikipedia article: that they follow one man who they believe is “a God-like figure who can levitate, walk through walls and see into the future.” It’s still a good newspaper.

A reminder that the Washington Times was originally the Moonies and Moon thought Jesus came to him and personally asked him to spread the word. It is and always has been pretty mainstream right.

What it is with far East personality cults and conservative media, I do not know.

I’ve been feeling like I should give money to the sources I use most. I try, but it’s like most shareware – you can have 90% of it for free, or you can have all of it for $100. That goes zero to sixty a little fast for me.

Anyway, they offered me three months for £9.99 so we’ll see how it goes.

The illustration is the Five Exercises of Falun Gong. I don’t know anything about them, either, but can’t resist goofy Chinese hoo-ha like Buddha Showing a Thousand Hands.


Comment from thefritz
Time: January 29, 2024, 10:13 pm

Wow, I subscribed to the Epoch Times on a 3 month come-on deal last year. I too think it reflects the closest ideals I hold dear. I let it lapse after the trial period but am reconsidering. My cousin actually gets the newsprint copy delivered to her house. They’re old school and like the nostalgia of having to wash their hands after reading.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 29, 2024, 10:54 pm

I wish I could casually upvote that.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: January 30, 2024, 12:00 am

I’ve been an Epoch Times subscriber for two going on three years now. It isn’t cheap but it’s worth every penny. They do a terrifically good job on many different subjects, so it’s quite easy to slip right past those things that make me go, “Huh?” like Falun Gong.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: January 30, 2024, 12:13 am

Sure, until those bald guys with the queue haircuts and axes show up and start doing Falung Gong martial arts in your kitchen while one of them whips up some Mapo Doufu!

Comment from Anonymous
Time: January 30, 2024, 3:34 am

Occasionally the Epoch Times will mail me a courtesy copy, in hopes that I will subscribe. I haven’t yet, but I agree that it is an excellent publication. And it drives the leftist media wild—the Falung Gong story may send them over the edge. I used to subscribe to the Washington Times, and enjoyed it (in mid-90s). As for National Review—I loved that magazine and subscribed for 25 years, when I couldn’t afford it, but they cheesed me off, and I am done forever and ever, Amen.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: January 30, 2024, 10:13 am

When you consider MSNBC is claiming conservatives (one whack job being ALL of us…) think Taylor Swift dating Travis Whatsisname and all the news stories about them are really a psyop Democratic party ploy to get America to vote Democrat in 2024…how crazy could you be for reading Epoch Times instead of Leftist News.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: January 30, 2024, 12:57 pm

Those Anonymous run-on sentences are mine.

Comment from Malcolm Kirkpatrick
Time: February 12, 2024, 3:06 am

Ethan Gutmann, _The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem_ has some background on Falun Gong. The cardinal virtues of Falun Gong are diligence, honesty, and compassion, so of course communists hate them.

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