The undeserving maintain power by promoting hysteria

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Is that the way it is? The Diary of Lupin Pooter
Before heading to a “community testing center” for government-blessed RT-PCR tests, we each did a home-based pinprick blood antibody test. I’ll restrain myself, insofar as possible, from commenting here on Hong Kong politics beyond observing that the territory continues to pursue, as best one can tell, a “zero-COVID” policy. Please know that the title of […]

恭喜發財! And the cargo tricycles sit idle.

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Is that the way it is? Sassafras! Horsefeathers! Fiddlesticks! The Diary of Lupin Pooter
恭喜發財! That phrase has a literal meaning but, in practice, it’s used as a verbal cue to either fork over one or more envelopes of banknotes or to pause for a moment to receive some envelopes of cash or to do both. There’s traditional visiting and eating involved too, mostly to ensure that family members […]

赠品 is Simplified Chinese for free gift + GOOP really has CHAINGED!

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HerpDerp Is that the way it is? Mucking About With Things The Diary of Lupin Pooter
赠品 is Simplified Chinese for free gift. In Traditional Chinese, it’s 贈品. The same reasoning that comes into play in trying to reason out the sorts of merchandise that might hypothetically be traded over interstellar distances (assuming that the buyers don’t already have Star-Trek-style replicators) applies when choosing whether to order something from Taobao or […]

Double rainbow at dawn

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Is that the way it is? Personal Firsts The Diary of Lupin Pooter
How long did it take you to spot the rainbow? The rainbow faded from one second to the next and, even at the moment I took the above photo, S. had to point it out to me. The fainter second rainbow, above and to the left of the first, only became apparent when I opened […]

Maybe it’s “Democracy dies in the edits”: Does the The Washington Post have memory holes?

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Tonight, I planned to write something complimentary about The Washington Post. WaPo published a brief but excellent piece of investigative reporting by Peter Whoriskey (@PeterWhoriskey) on the organic dairy industry, specifically scrutinizing a company called Aurora Organic Dairy: Why your ‘organic’ milk may not be organic. Update: As of Monday, May 8th, the image in […]

What it looks like when the wheels fall off; Or, Where’s the good-journalism bot?

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A defunct Cooper Mini on the edge of a village in Hong Kong’s New Territories. The software tools mentioned in These are the bots powering Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post efforts to build a modern digital newspaper: Feels Bot Asks you to express your feelings about a news topic by selecting from a pre-chosen list of […]