In an effort to keep the news and its people farther apart than they already are, the Burmese junta has imposed massive fees on satellite television license renewals, according to the BBC:

Satellite channels were a key source of information for Burmese residents during September’s crackdown on anti-government campaigners, in which at least 31 people died. Soap operas and sporting events are also popular.

The cost of renewing the satellite dish rose from 6000 kyat (approximately $5.00) to 1 million kyat ($800). This is three times the average annual salary, obviously out of reach of all but a very few privileged elites. Evolutionary Mind has a review of B. Alan Wallace’s Hidden Dimensions: The Unification of Physics and Consciousness, which was excerpted on tricycle.com in October. Brother Konchog of Dreaming of Danzan Ravjaa has a bad case of pneumonia right before his trip to Australia. Please drop by and give him your best wishes!

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