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People disappear when they die. Their voice, their laughter, the warmth of their breath. Their flesh. Eventually their bones. All living memory of them ceases. This is both dreadful and natural. Yet for some there is an exception to this annihilation. For in the books they write they continue to exist. We can rediscover them. Their humor, their tone of voice, their moods. Through the written word they can anger you or make you happy. They can comfort you. They can perplex you. They can alter you. All this, even though they are dead. Like flies in amber, like corpses frozen in the ice, that which according to the laws of nature should pass away is, by the miracle of ink on paper, preserved. It is a kind of magic.
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yahoonews:

President Vladimir Putin accused his US counterpart Barack Obama of a hostile approach towards Russia, warning in a Cold War-style tirade that Moscow would not be blackmailed by the West over Ukraine. Putin fired off his combative comments shortly before he arrived amid tight security to a red carpet welcome in Belgrade, seeking to cement Russia’s influence in its loyal European ally.

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political-matrix:

This is what I call unbiased news reporting. For those who can’t understand Cantonese or read Chinese, the above video reports that the Occupy Central protest is backed by the US indeed, part of a global back-channel agenda to subvert governments worldwide that may pose a challenge to the US’s world economic and political domination.

The video cites Tony Cartalucci’s research in the Land Destroyer Report online where he writes, “it is now admitted that the US State Department through a myriad of organizations and NGOs is behind the so-called “Occupy Central” protests in Hong Kong” and that Occupy Central is merely “a mob of dupes being used to destroy their own home - all while abusing the principles of “democracy” behind which is couched an insidious, diametrically opposed foreign imposed tyranny driven by immense, global spanning corporate-financier interests that fear and actively destroy competition. In particular, this global hegemon seeks to suppress the reemergence of Russia as a global power, and prevent the rise of China itself upon the world’s stage”. The US intends to take control of Hong Kong, and turn it into a Western outpost to subvert and disintegrate China’s economic and political core.

The video also reports that key pro-dem politicians in Hong Kong have recently been exposed of attending US fund raising events and panels hosted by NED, the National Endowment for Democracy, and NDI, the National Democratic Institution, both private institutions with affiliations to the US government. It is revealed that the US has been backing the Occupy Central protests via the internet, political, and economic channels. The video further reveals that pro-dem leaders such as Jimmy Lai from Next Media, Chinese Cardinal Joseph Zen of the Catholic Church, Joshua Wong the stick activist, and many more, all have extremely dangerous close ties with NED and NDI. As for Martin Lee, the chairman of the Democratic Party, and Anson Chan, the former Chief Secretary, they were both seen in Washington meeting with NED politicians, they both spoke at panels hosted by the NED.

Cartalucci’s analysis reveals that the true purpose of Occupy Central is to allow Washington, England, and the American Financial World to introduce and kick-start a soft recolonization program [in Chinese: “软性再殖民”]. If Beijing accepts those proposals by the people who have been brainwashed by this soft recolonization program, then Hong Kong will no longer have self-government, rather, it will be controlled by Western powers instead. The US government is literally exploiting the good intentions of the local protesters, ensnaring them in with pro-dem gimmicks and propaganda, to suit their selfish agendas.

Democracy my ass.

It is such a shame that wherever you look on the internet, on Google, The Guardian, South China Morning Post (this one’s sort of expected to be biased for the protestors), even Tumblr (where all the smart people blog), articles supporting the inane Occupy Central protests continue to fester. The reason for this is apparent to me. The Occupy Central protest calls for democracy, and immediately the word brings to mind concepts like “freedom”, and “liberty”, and “peace”, all these lovely words that really have no real context to what democracy actually is. As an outsider, it is not clear to me exactly what sort of democracy Occupy Central is actually looking for. It can’t possibly be that they are making this huge fuss just to protest against China’s intervention in the 2018 elections, am I right? It doesn’t make sense! Why would anyone protest against their own motherland, their own sovereign?

Democracy, as I reiterate once again, is Greek for “power of male citizens” (that shouldn’t sit right with some people, particularly a one half of homo sapiens). And as I have always said, democracy is not “one size fits all”. If a country is not ready for it, forcing it to adopt another political system is idealistic and certainly cannot be practical. If it aint’ broke, don’t fix it. Democracy is not, as the Occupy Central populace would have it, an idealistic form of governance that guarantees a whole range of individual freedoms, rights, civility, and liberties. Less the ambiguity of the said terms, someone actually wrote on SCMP as a definition for “civility”, “a process that is accepted as just by the majority of the people, a process that is reasonable to convey power to whomever [then proceeds to claim that Mao’s regime is still present today in China (nonsense as Mao’s policies have been reformed since 1982 when Deng Xiaopeng came along)]”. Aside from the fact that this person fabricated a definition out of nowhere, the response shows what these protesters think they’re protesting for. They believe Hong Kong does not already have a political process where the people can vote for their preferred governor.

From my limited understanding, everybody can certainly have a vote in Hong Kong. The sovereign, China, merely directs the path of the city in order to promote better political and economic relations between the two. There is nothing wrong with that. The English sovereign, the Queen, has been controlling its vast commonwealth empire that way since… forever. Not to mention, that hardly impedes upon the livelihoods of the people, especially when bettering the relationship actually allows Hong Kong to progress and develop infrastructurally and economically. Under Chief Executive CY Leung’s governance as a representative for the Pro-Beijing camp, there has never been more progress happening in Hong Kong eg. The continued development of the West Kowloon Cultural District, the Hong Kong-Zhu Hai-Macau Bridge, the Urban Renewal Proposals, etc. On the contrary, all that the Occupy Central protests have done is hinder progress.

Just today, as reported by DPA International, protesters at the Lung Wo Road have been “charging the police cordon and throwing objects from height”, as well as “snatching police mills barriers and setting up roadblocks with plastic boards and drainage covers”. DRAINAGE COVERS – the heavy stuff that lines the city’s drainage system, which either police or the social workers (who are mostly elderly persons) have to lift off and put back in place. Not to mention, any unfortunate vehicle can easily get trapped in the holes left by the removal of said drainage covers. And “throwing objects from height”? Really?!

I cannot believe people are still buying the “Love and Peace” propaganda spread by the pro-democrats. The movement is hardly peaceful. Even from the outset, the protest was bound to lead to violence. It is not peaceful and not appreciated that the protesters are pushing their ideals onto the rest of the silent majority; the busiest district in Hong Kong had been blocked for, god forbid, weeks; people who had been looking forward to the Golden Week were left disappointed. The protest is hardly the example of peace. A few photographs on the internet showing a small handful of people cleaning after themselves hardly portrays the full ramifications of this anarchic protest. No wonder people are getting beat up, and they can hardly blame the police of all people for their misfortunes. If someone doesn’t want to get hurt, stay at home and act with a bit of civility. Get a job. Yelling obscenities into a microphone on the streets is noise pollution, dancing around wearing masks made of plastic wrap is simply untasteful, sleeping on the streets is unhygienic, and why on earth should the government listen to demands made by a bunch of inexperienced teenagers brainwashed by Western politics (do see research done by Tony Cartalucci in the Land Destroyer Report regarding the American-backed soft recolonization program)?

The manner of which Chief Executive Leung is handling this protest deserves a big pat on the back. If he acts too iron-fisted, the brainwashed group will call him a tyrant. If he acts too soft and give in, he is hardly dignified to even consider lowering himself to their level. Waiting it out until the steam blows off or until the silent majority is provoked to the point of no return seems like the best course of action to take. It retains the integrity of the Chief Executive and at the same time allowing the situation to diffuse on its own accord, and it certainly helps without the mindless complaints.

But the fact of the matter is that no matter what I write on this blog, people are still going to continue to buy into pro-democratic propaganda and be influenced by romanticized portrayals of Occupy Central. The protest it most definitely not a good image for Hong Kong. I am disgraced to see the beautiful and elegant concrete jungle that is Hong Kong tarnished by images of anarchists acting like hooligans. If I had my way, I’d have them all arrested and thrown into a pit so nobody has to deal with them.