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Some things may indeed be worth risking your life for, but few are worth leaving yourself facing decades of debilitating lung disorder. I've seen the documentaries about coal miners and "The dust" and it ain't pretty. I speak as someone who was given a legal admission of liability for asbestos contamination by a previous employer and it's not fun always wondering if any shortness of breath you suffer is a beginning of something. You are not unbreakable.

Definitely wear a face mask at least to filter out the particulate pollution, although I have a vague memory that the govt discourage them for bringing them into disrepute.

But nothing, really nothing is worth the risk you're taking with your long term health.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Jul 31st, 2010 at 08:17:34 AM EST
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Yes, I was a bit too glib in my reply, though that is the implicit principle by which I'm here.

The sorts of documentaries and personal testimonials you raise are precisely one of the things that we need more of in China to influence public opinion and government policy.  Both the public and the government here are susceptible to such influence, but I get the impression that there is a filter and/or bottleneck on getting such material widely disseminated.  The great dams along the Yangtze may serve as a useful analogy here:  so much pressure behind the wall, how do you allow a steady but controlled amount to flow through and have effective impact, without letting the dam burst open a chaotic and destructive flood?  That is the Propaganda Ministry's tricky, delicate task.

Tout est pour le mieux dans le meilleur des mondes.

by marco on Sat Jul 31st, 2010 at 08:38:02 AM EST
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