11 thoughts on “A rare moment of honesty

  1. Mark says:

    A deeply authoritarian police state with genocidal tendencies feels like home, eh? Sign of the times I guess. Criticise the government openly in China and see what happens, as opposed to GOUSA.

    I once worked with a guy around the turn of the century (love saying that) who turned out to be a Falun Gong cultist. I got stuck in between him and his wife at a work function. Worse night of my life. Anyway, this guy had the brilliant idea of flying to China and unveiling a Falun Gong banner in Tienanmen Square. Needless to say he got clubbed to the ground by security forces in 4 seconds flat and immediately deported. Got him an interview on a current affairs show over here though.

    • eideard says:

      Having been clubbed to the ground many times…more often in the US than the EU…he has my sympathies. At my age, I’m more selective about where and when I poke my head up. If you believe you’re safe as houses getting involved in dissent in the GOUSA, you’re simply not interested in stepping very far out of line. Between untouchable cops, FBI visits to your employer, threats and violence from rightwing gangsters ignored by the coppers…then, you’ve never had the thrill of bullets fired through your kitchen window or enjoying the spray of glass shards from your car windows shattering from clubs beating on your vehicle while trying to escape a demonstration under attack.

  2. Mark says:

    This is not what I’m talking about. I fully understand the authoritarian underbelly of the GOUSA and the treatment of dissidents.

    If I went to Times Square and held up a placard saying ‘Old Man Biden is a liar’, the worst that’s going to happen is some double masked twat calls me a white supremacist and claims my speech makes them unsafe. Maybe moved on by the coppers after a time, probably at the behest of the double masked twat.

    In contrast, I do the same in China with a ‘Winnie the Pooh is a liar’ placard , I am going to jail and my life is probably ruined.

    THAT is the difference.

    Additionally, in China your dissident activities, which I thoroughly approve of (what I know anyways 😉 ) would have led to life in jail at best. Probably disappeared never to be seen again.


    • eideard says:

      Though everyone self-chartered to whine has done so in the past 48 hours, peng shuai has been on Western TV interviewed, etc.. So, the “where is” portion of your life’s center seems to need updating. :-]

      Otherwise, I thought of you when I had to find a couple of Phil Och’s clips for someone. “Liberal” rather than “Cops”.

      • Mark says:

        You think there was no coercion involved here? She says she didn’t say what she said and she didn’t disappear even though she did. Sure sounds like someone with a gun to their head.



  3. Mark says:

    You do realise that Peng has been missing for months prior to being wheeled out to quell the negative press. The CCP does indeed speak and think for Peng. Its how they do.

    If Peng had claimed a Republican congressman had sexually assaulted her, you would be onto the story like a cop on a donut.

    • eideard says:

      Look up “statements of attainder” sometime…and try to stop relying on them as if it’s meaningful and telling dialogue. In the variety of English we speak this side of either pond, it’s considered juvenile.

  4. Mark says:

    As an interesting aside, Tennis Australia tried to have ‘Where is Peng Shuai’ T-Shirts banned from the Australian open. Who is speaking for who?

    They were initially banned then unbanned when the press blew up over here.

    • eideard says:

      “whom” btw. (Spending way too many years focussed on English Literature left me with otherwise useful synapses reshaped into alarm bells when encountering divergence from scholarly practice.)

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