Miserable week goes out with a whimper 

Looks like the NatSec Police might also be coming for lawyers who were paid by the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund to help protesters. Will the cops also start hunting down people – of whom there must be thousands – who donated money to the fund?

Samuel Bickett links to the HK Bar’s statement… 

The “new and improved” leadership of the Hong Kong Bar Association had nothing to say today about the political arrest of one of their most esteemed members, Margaret Ng, but they found time to release a statement condemning sanctions that don’t exist.

More on the choreographed mouth-frothing here and here. The authorities have a curiously acute hang-up about the possibility of sanctions on judges and prosecutors.

From Catholic News Agency, a roundup of international reaction to the arrest of Cardinal Zen. (Or as the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong calls it, the Cardinal Zen ‘incident’. And from the Catholic Herald

Arresting a 90 year-old Cardinal marks a new low for a Chinese Communist Party regime that had already sunk to shocking levels of inhumanity, barbarity, cruelty and mendacity. 

Beijing steps up measures to prevent citizens leaving the country. Apparently an anti-Covid measure, or possibly a way to keep the public from learning about the situation overseas – or just a way to shut China off in general. (Or ‘all of the above’.)

In badly needed light-relief consumer news, Wellcome have a ‘buy several get one free’ deal on beer/cider. A quick taste-test on three weirder products, all made in Hong Kong.
L to R…
Jasmine pale ale. Standard hoppy and slightly fruity PA. 
Rose hibiscus mead. As sickly as it sounds, but – let’s say – a brave idea.
Dragon Water’ cucumber watermelon ‘spiked seltzer’ (‘gluten free’). Not too intense, and actually quite distinctive and refreshing.
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10 Responses to Miserable week goes out with a whimper 

  1. Mark Bradley says:

    I hate NSL stooge judges and magistrates with a passion. Sanction ALL OF THEM and maybe we will actually start seeing NSL judgements that don’t feel like the fix is in.

    Doubly so prosecutors; general I think all prosecutors are cunts.

  2. dignity says:

    Speaking of cucumbers….

    I don’t know why anyone feigns surprise at the predacious way in which the CCP removes any human dignity from any of their targets and does not even bother to think about public opinion. The philosophy of the leadership is CCP UBER ALLES, and that is all that it will ever be. To pretend that this party somehow cares what the public thinks about it is just ignorance and naivete. They are horrorshow my malicheks!

  3. Pope Innocent says:

    Splendid news on the passport-clipping initiative. The best thing to come out of covid has been the absence of locusts around the world’s tourist spots.

  4. Anti Anti Social B'Staard says:

    https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/07/18/hong-kongs-police-violence-is-stamped-made-in-u-k/

    The influence of the worst of the UK police tactics on HK police tactics.

  5. Knownot says:

    Quoted by steve on Thursday

    ‘Frustration’ by Dorothy Parker

    If I had a shiny gun,
    I could have a world of fun
    Speeding bullets through the brains
    Of the folk who give me pains;

    Or had I some poison gas,
    I could make the moments pass
    Bumping off a number of
    People whom I do not love.

    But I have no lethal weapon-
    Thus does Fate our pleasure step on!
    So they still are quick and well
    Who should be, by rights, in hell.

    Continued, May 2022

    If I had a dangerous drug,
    I’d serve it to you in a jug
    Mixed with something cool that pleases,
    And wait until your heartbeat ceases.

    Or had I a doughty axe,
    I’d give your neck a dozen whacks,
    And chop you into bits till you
    Were ready for the barbecue.

    If I showed my sacred Thought,
    You’d cry, “Have mercy, I am nought!”
    It’s true. You simply can’t attain
    My own exalted plane.

  6. Mary Melville says:

    “The East Rail Line will closely link up the Victoria Harbour Metropolis, which is dubbed as an international financial centre, and the proposed Northern Metropolis, which will make Hong Kong a global innovation and technology hub. With that, we can achieve the vision of the two metropolitan areas in the north and the south advancing side by side and complementing each other,” she said.
    Ummmm …… Goodbye Central, Hello another ……… whatever? Buzz, Buzz
    But like the minibus to Daimaru, my money is on the durability of the former

  7. Stanley Lieber says:

    @ Mary Melville

    “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe…Minibuses on fire off the shoulder of Daimaru…I watched C-beams glitter in the dark at Queens Pier. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain…Time to die.” – Roy Batty

  8. A Poor Man says:

    Mary – I believe that the red minibuses that you were referring to that went to Daimaru (the ones that parked on Jardine’s Bazaar in front of the Capitol Center) stopped running a couple of years ago.

  9. Mary Melville says:

    Have not been near GPO for some time where the Daimaru minibus picked up. The store closed in 1998 but is part of our common knowledge.
    As for the Victoria Harbour Metropolis, even the usual mega squander of resources that should be spent on elderly care homes etc, will not make that stick.

  10. Big Al says:

    @Stanley Lieber
    Bravo!

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