surface china

Here’s the old profile on Hellflowers, since I took down the comic that had this page for updates (it will be a long time before those updates are done because editing and compiling a comic is not fun).

One thing that will change is that though the first sane AI surfaced in China, it isn’t necessarily Chinese. Maybe it was an sabotaged experiment, maybe it was a military project gone wrong, maybe it was sent to attack China, maybe it’s an emergent phenomenon, but nobody seems to know it’s origin (and if the hives know, they aren’t telling).

Soviet Union: kills 1.7 million in the Gulags, 390,000 in forced kulak resettlement, executes 800,000 prisoners under Stalin’s rule, 10,000-20,000 Cossaks are executed, 700,000 killed during the Yezhov era, 1,710,000 arrested by the NKVD, 724,000 killed by the NKVD, 100,000 religious authorities were killed, 35,000 were killed during the Mongolian terror, 21,857 during the Katyan massacre (that is only the surface).

China: executes 712,000 people, imprisons 1,290,000 in labour camps, causes the death of 45,000,000 people during ‘The Great Leap Forward’, and 2,500,000 were systematically killed to feed the rest of the population, and 750,000 - 1,500,000 were killed in rural China ALONE

Cambodia: Khmer Rouge kills 200,000 in The Killing Fields (1975 - 1979), while 1,400,000 - 2,200,00 die from disease and starvation caused by Khmer Rouge policies, 740,800 die from disease, overworking and political repression, and the mass graves in Cambodia contain 1,112,829 victims of execution

Bulgaria: kills 31,000 people from 1944 - 1989

East Germany: 80,000 - 100,000 killed by the Soviet Union as part of political repression

Romania: 60,000 - 300,000 killed in Romania as part of, guess what? Political repression

DPRK: kills 400,000 in concentration camps alone (approximately), 100,000 - 1,500,000 executions and through slave labour, 500,000 deaths from famine, 600,000 - 850,000 other deaths from 1993 - 2008

Democratic Republic of Vietnam: 50,000 - 172,000 died in campaigns against wealthy farm owners, although some estimate 200,000 - 900,000 which includes executions of National Party Members

Ethiopia: 30,000 - 750,000 killed in a violent, Communist campaign called the Red Terror

Some 15 year old on Tumblr: Communism could work

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Day on the Grand Canal with The Emperor of China or Surface is Illusion but so is depth

Philip Haas + David Hockney