Since a landslide killed 31 people near China’s Three Gorges Dam last week, officials have been rushing to cover their bums. While acknowledging that the massive energy project’s effect on geologic activity must be monitored, a project bigwig pledged that “there will not be any major damage to the life and property of the people along the Yangtze River.” Said another expert, “right now, everything is under control.” The spin certainly is.

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