HK govt does its best

In accordance with a tradition – which takes effect as of now – I will say something positive about the Hong Kong government every Friday. After some searching, I am delighted to note that the health authorities are preparing for a possible culling of livestock should the latest mutant swine virus from the mainland cross the border. They are practicing with large pink furry toy pigs.

Easy to mock. But they could have shrugged and said ‘Whatever, we’ll sort something out if and when the bovine plague strikes’ and gone back to daydreaming about collecting their pensions. But no, they have been proactive. Our tax dollars at work, possibly productively. At least fluffily.

The caption to the photo reads: ‘You put the stun gun to the head, just here, near the washing instructions’.

I declare the weekend open with an assortment of things you might have missed. Willy Lam looks at Xi Jinping’s domestic enemies. Atlantic finds no fewer than 15 reasons to freak out about (now missing) He Jiankui’s gene-edited babies. Speaking of editing, Minxin Pei takes over at China Leadership Monitor. And here’s the open letter protesting (what looks like United Front) harassment of New Zealand academic Anne-Marie Brady.

With the winter chill about to spread through town, a couple of warming links… Got an hour to spare? Why not launch your own cryptocurrency? And for music fans, a reminder that people who were seriously ahead of their time can in retrospect be tragically cringe-making: Pete Drake and his talking steel guitar.

On the subject of cringe-making…

…who on earth is this rather odious, semi-pitiable and creepy-looking deviant, and why is he lounging like that and leering at me (it moves) on my tablet and PC screens about 30 times a day?


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6 Responses to HK govt does its best

  1. Casira says:

    SCMP finally decided to give up on finding understandable grammatically correct titles with a length below 20 words in its new beta website (making some room for the correct appelation of “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era”).

    They also fired the infamous user comments. Unfortunately Alex Lo’s portrait will be more proeminent and higher up the page

  2. pd says:

    It’s easy: the deviant is the same actor that plays the Duke of Ed. in The Crown.

    God moves in mysterious ways: He’s been mucking about with humanity’s genetic heritage.

  3. reductio says:


    And here’s me thinking that Peter Frampton invented the talk box:

    Live and learn!

  4. Knownot says:

    For years, although the deficit was massive,
    The USA was passive,
    As if they were quite willing to condone
    A bug – or something nicked – in every phone.

    Others loved the benefits that flowed
    Along the Belt and Road:
    Bridges, (cash), ports and power stations,
    Contracts, (cash), for Chinese corporations.

    Things are changing now and Trump has led it;
    Give the man some credit.
    Though threats are off and on, and less or more,
    It seems a little like a new cold war.

    China is a hard antagonist,
    Ready to resist
    Any law, ignore it or defy it,
    And flagrantly, self-righteously, deny it.

    Look around, you get the same idea
    In waters off Crimea:
    Illicit can be licit, false is fact;
    Except with words, the world cannot react.

    To counter China’s over-weening way
    There is a price the world will have to pay.
    Or will that splendour pass
    Like a share-bike rusting in the grass?

  5. Off the Beat says:

    @Casira – Alex “tie his missus up” L can’t be challenged on his Vancouver outpost any more. Or, how he was urged to seek help for his S&M obsession? Which, it turns out, was to foist his sadistic tendencies on scump readers, if there are any left

  6. pd says:

    One of your best efforts, Knownot.

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