Why people in Hong Kong don’t let the government know of their positive Covid test results. (Basically, they’re not stupid.)
You couldn’t have thought, as 2022 began, that Carrie Lam’s administration still had much more credibility to lose – but oh boy did they find ways to do it. In the last few days I’ve gone from being skeptical that a serious or semi-serious lockdown will happen, to less sure, and now back to cautious doubt that it’ll happen (give or take some light symbolic theatrics).
Latest indication: the Mainland health expert seconded to Hong Kong sounds humble (that is, no mouth-frothing rants demanding lockdowns). Government mouthpiece RTHK reports skepticism from local medics. Science reports signs that Chinese officials are looking beyond zero-Covid.
(Loads of useful HKFP Covid coverage, including info on transport arrangements, here.)
Some weekend reading…
Latest on Hong Kong as tech-hub – a Mainland tech-game company with a Mongkok address operates one of the world’s biggest Bible apps…
Many user actions on the KJV bible app, including pressing the “Amen” button, will lead to pop-up video ads.
Wish I’d thought of it!
Good discussion of Beijing’s future strategy following Ukraine invasion…
China is likely also shocked to watch Western countries butcher 🇷🇺’s economy & isolate 🇷🇺 government. It probably swears never to allow this happen on itself.
Russian chess king (therefore gifted strategist?) and longtime Putin-dissenter Gary Kasparov on what the West should do in Ukraine.
For some light relief, check out Noah Verrier – an artist who does still lifes of such items as hamburgers and jelly beans.
And a three-minute dummy’s guide to the evolutionary, historic and economic theories for male supremacy…
I have condensed the entire literature on the origins of patriarchy into 10 hypotheses.