Bits of Hong Kong are peaceful, anyway

Central Station | Nury Vittachi 11 Nov 2019

The music has stopped in Hong Kong. In the past few days, fearless customs officers have raided 15 major karaoke centers and confiscated copyright-infringing machines storing more than 10,000 songs.

Karaoke rooms in Causeway Bay, Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui have all fallen silent.

God is good.

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Talking of good deeds, many local heroes were honored at the community awards ceremony on Saturday at Government House.

They included a British Lord who fine-tuned our legal system, three hero police constables who jumped into the sea during a typhoon to save citizens, and a sewage engineer who kept Hong Kong's toilets flushing for decades.

But the event was spoiled by politician Ted Hui Chi-fung who shouted abuse at the police officers.

I hope karma stops his toilet working.

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Today is November 11, or Singles' Day - a recent Chinese invention that has become the biggest shopping day in the world.

Singles Day once gave Alipay an online shopping record of 256,000 transactions a second.

Sounds like my local ParknShop just before a typhoon.

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Reader Peter Fredenburg found the pictured menu offering a "chicken butt" in Taipei. Chicken bottoms are tiny things, about the size and shape of your thumb. Must be for diners who aren't very hungry.

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Many Hongkongers feel there's something strange about Western media coverage of the protests. They're right.

A UK-based media center found that the New York Times produced relatively few articles for a wide range of violent protests around the world this summer--but an astonishing 282 on Hong Kong.

Fox News produced more than 20 times as many reports on the Hong Kong protests as it did for the other ones. The media's decisions on what to cover has "little to do with their righteousness or popularity, and much more to do with whom they are protesting against," said the study by Alan Macleod of the Glasgow University Media Group.

The stats show the Western media is deeply biased against China - a conclusion which will come as a great surprise to absolutely no one at all.

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Meanwhile, several media described the sad death of a student who fell from a car park as "the first death" of the protests.

But was it? A fight broke out on June 16 at the Star Ferry between a gardener, 63, and a salesman 26, both of whom had earlier attended the protests.

The older man died and the younger one was arrested for murder.

"Why does everyone look the other way on that one?" asked my source. "Probably because there's no way to blame it on police."

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Prophet of doom Gordon Chang has been sounding disappointed that Hong Kong protests have been gentler than he hoped. He's been predicting disaster for years.

But he perked up a bit at Alex Chow Tsz-lok's death. "Even a single death creates a cycle of revenge and retaliation that no one will be able to control," he said on Twitter.

Unfortunately for him, but thankfully for the rest of us, most gatherings to remember the unfortunate student have been peaceful.

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One of my friends switched his Facebook relationship status between "single" and "in a relationship" six times. I think after seven times, it should default to "danger stay away" and after ten it should say "Charlie Sheen."

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