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Offline MH

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World Democracy Thread
« on: May 06, 2018, 07:22:33 am »
https://www.reuters.tv/v/NEi/2018/03/14/chinese-reporter-in-hot-water-for-viral-eye-roll

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Chinese reporter Liang Xiangyi eye-rolled during another reporterís long-winded question at the National Peopleís Congress yesterday and the moment has gone viral. Many Chinese residents have created dozens of videos, GIFs, memes, and illustrations inspired by the scene, having identified with Liangís frustration. (Since Liang dressed in blue and the other reporter dressed in red, the moment has also birthed blue and red memes.)

Chinese state-run media has responded by censoring the videos of the incident. Internet censors have also blocked searches for Liang Xiangyiís name. Itís an unusual moment, considering the Congress is typically dry and uneventful.

https://www.theverge.com/tldr/2018/3/13/17117004/china-memes-censorship-reporter-eye-roll

You can contrast this to the US, which went - in a period of one administration - from having the president the model of decorum, to having a legal need to portray the porn-star-payoff as 'normal operations' to avoid campaign finance scrutiny.

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Offline MH

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Re: World Democracy Thread
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2018, 07:30:57 am »
Liberia !  Another typical example of "if it bleeds, it leads"... nobody talks about it any more since the 'bad news' days of Charles Taylor are ebbing away:

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I visited Liberia last week to celebrate a new era in the nation's history, ushered in by successful elections and by the end of a 15-year United Nations peacekeeping mission, United Nations Mission in Liberia, or UNMIL.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/07/opinions/liberias-future-opinion-mohammed/index.html

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I was inspired by what I saw on the streets of Monrovia. A city once a symbol of horror and brutality today bustles with energy, commerce and opportunity.

The UN was there to step in once the civil war removed Charles Taylor from power... now serving 50 years.  There is hope.

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Re: World Democracy Thread
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2018, 10:19:57 am »
So they tried to pass an upskirting law in the UK house of commons the other day, and a tory backbencher objected. Since it needed unanimous consent this has upset a lot of people, some of whom are calling him nasty names. But I have to admire a guy who will go against the flow like he does over a matter of principle. Too bad we didn't have more MPs like him here.

I note other MPs have called it 'disgusting' and a member of his own party called him a 'knuckle dragger'. MPs in the house shouted "shame!" when he objected. One fool even called it an 'affront to democracy' as if this wasn't what democracy was supposed to be about. Only at the bottom of the story do you get to see why he objected.

Sir Christopher is a leading member of a group of backbench Conservatives who make a practice of ensuring that what they see as well-meaning but flabby legislation is not lazily plopped on to the statute book by a few MPs on a poorly-attended Friday sitting.

And - after all - this is a bill to create a new criminal offence, for which people can go to jail.

So, however worthy the cause, he insists on proper, extensive scrutiny, and he has spent most Commons Fridays for the last 20 years doing just that.



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Re: World Democracy Thread
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2018, 10:31:48 am »
Perhaps once he becomes aware of what "upskirting" actually is he will get on board.

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« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2018, 09:15:00 am »
Perhaps once he becomes aware of what "upskirting" actually is he will get on board.

You mean because men wear kilts over there right ?  Yeah, I agree.