A prescient pre-protest look at Carrie Lam as collaborator – with a mention of the ever-intriguing question of how the CCP managed to exert such mind-control over her. And a move to get Cambridge University to strip her of an honorary fellowship. (As a civil servant with a genuine degree, she probably won’t be too fussed. But it’s hard to overstate how seriously Hong Kong’s tycoon caste and other establishment half-wits take these quasi-credentials. To them, depriving someone of their pretentious titles is as abhorrent and inhumane as it can get.)
Confessions of a radicalized PR guy who now supports the Hong Kong front-liners.
Without wishing to put ideas into anyone’s head – for price-comparison purposes only – a video showing what happens when the HK Police’s expensive water-cannon trucks encounter cheap bricks placed on the road.
Kevin Carrico on Why the Basic Law is Garbage, on the off-chance you hadn’t realized (link may be odd – poke around).
Alibaba is about to get its (yes but why?) Hong Kong listing – or perhaps I should say the Hong Kong Stock Exchange is about to get its Alibaba listing. The local bourse collapsed into paroxysms of panty-wetting the first time round when visionary Jack Ma took his IPO to New York. Now we’ve rejigged the rules to allow weighted voting to reduce minority shareholders’ rights, and everyone’s happy again, yippee. In case you’re tempted, or you’re reading Jack’s SCMP’s coverage of the story, here’s deepthroatipo’s latest on what he refers to as a mega-ponzi-scheme…
…the “analysts” sat by in the investor call with their thumbs up their collective asses, asking ridiculous, absurd, irrelevant questions which were presumably spoon fed to them by Alibaba management, as they dutifully failed, per their orders, to even mention this gigantic accounting shenanigan/transaction at all.
By the way, don’t say nasty things about Alibaba’s Singles’ Day.
Why China will never win over Taiwan. Not that we don’t already know, but it’s always good to refresh our memories.
For nostalgia fans, vintage photos of the Beijing Automotive Factory in those halcyon days between Mao’s Great Famine and the Cultural Revolution, with guest appearance by Deng Xiaoping.
I declare the weekend open with a cheery assurance that whatever happens, things could always be worse.