Now This is a Strange Headline (Pandas + Poison Gas Dept)

By James Fallows

From China's (government-guided) Global Times today. Actually, tomorrow:

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Details here. If the headline seems strange, here is a sample from the story:

There is also speculation that the zoo was only driven by business interests, especially as management leased the air-raid shelter to someone planting mushrooms at the beginning of this month, China National Radio reported Tuesday, citing sources from the Civil Air Defense Office in Tianqiao district in Jinan, who are responsible for the management and use of air-raid shelters.

This is the kind of thing I miss from daily life in China. Glad I can still see the papers online! And one of a zillion useful correctives to the "China: omni-competent and coordinated in all ways!" narrative otherwise planted in many people's minds.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2010/07/now-this-is-a-strange-headline-pandas-poison-gas-dept/60521/