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tryingtobealwaystrying: “There was a moment when there existed the danger of a nuclear explosion,…

tryingtobealwaystrying:

“There was a moment when there existed the danger of a nuclear explosion, and they had to get the water out from under the reactor, so that a mixture of uranium and graphite wouldn’t get into it – with the water they would have formed a critical mass. The explosion would’ve been between three and five megatons. This would have meant that not only Kiev and Minsk, but a large part of Europe would’ve been uninhabitable. Can you imagine it? A European catastrophe. So here was the task: who would dive in there and open the bolt on the safety valve? They promised them a car, an apartment, a dacha, aid for their families until the end of time. They searched for volunteers. And they found them! The boys dove, many times, and they opened that bolt, and the unit was given 7000 rubles. They forgot about the cars and apartments they promised – but that’s not why they dove! Not for the material, least of all for the material promises. Those people don’t exist anymore, just the documents in our museum, with their names. But what if they hadn’t done it? In terms of our readiness for self-sacrifice, we have no equals.”

Sergei Sobolev, deputy head of the Executive Committee of the Shield of Chernobyl Association, 1995

I have a feeling lots of Chernobyl misinformation arose because the liquidators all exchanged these stories at the end of the day because they couldn’t trust anyone to tell them the truth.

Remembering hundreds thousands nameless people in Wuhan who are kept in the dark for weeks eventually passed away. Honouring the whistleblowers, the medics and frontlines who dedicated their lives to save the people in Wuhan.

In early February when countries came to realise the threat of the virus and imposed travel bans and immigration restrictions, according to BBC,

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said the US actions “could only create and spread fear” instead of offering assistance.

… “It is precisely developed countries like the US with strong epidemic prevention capabilities… that have taken the lead in imposing excessive restrictions contrary to WHO recommendations,” Ms Hua said, according to a Reuters report.

How about WHO?

“Travel restrictions can cause more harm than good by hindering info-sharing, medical supply chains and harming economies,” the head of the WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said last week.

In early February, CCP was busy at bullying and trolling other countries who dared to impose travel bans and restrictions. WHO and governments of other countries which went along CCP’s party line and lies, because they didn’t want to lose Chinese as trade partners or CCP’s sponsorships, failed to precaution their people, who are now under the imminent threat of highly contagious virus.

But even by late January and early February, it was already too late for the rest of the world. I have been working in China for years. When the first human-to-human infected case was confirmed in December 2019, CCP did everything to cover up the virus. They censored all online discussions. Whistleblowers were arrested. Other countries and Hong Kong which doubted the party narrative which downplayed the severity of the virus were accused of spreading rumours. Hongkongers were urging border closure between the Mainland China and Hong Kong were accused of racial discrimination against Chinese (this tactic sounds familiar to you? It’s a same old trick CCP always play with to shut other views down). I digress. But why too late? Because millions and billions of Chinese low-wage workers and students begin traveling back to their hometown by late December. Wuhan is one of the biggest hubs in the central China, where billions of people transit to other parts of China. Since CCP has kept their people in the dark and silenced those in the known, huge number of people travelled as usual. By end of January and early February, weeks had passed when the initial outbreak took place in the wet market in Wuhan. Countless number of patients with or without symptoms have already helped spread of the virus to every corner of China. Many from Wengzhou went back to Italy. Many others travelled to the US and UK before the Chinese New Year holiday starting on 23 January. It’s too late. The tragedy has been set when no draconian measures were imposed by early February, when WHO and CCP were still accusing anyone taking actions as overreacting.

It’s not a natural disaster. The virus is horribly contagious but not as deadly. If measures were taken at the very beginning, our loved ones wouldn’t die, our healthcare system wouldn’t be overwhelmed, our medics wouldn’t have to risk their lives for us. But CCP deprives you of that chance by shutting people up in Wuhan. WHO parrots CCP’s party lines, misleading the whole world into a false sense of safety. People dies in the hands of CCP, WHO and any governments who just care about not offending CCP for CCP’s money are the accomplices.

I call it Wuhan Coronavirus to remember those nameless people who were kept in the dark and died silently in Wuhan. To honour the whistleblowers who exposed the lies of CCP eventually were arrested and some of them died of the virus. I don’t condone racial discrimination by labelling it Chinese. But the people who sacrificed at ground zero, Wuhan, people in Wuhan who are still being locked down after two months, deserve our remembering and respect.

Hong Kong managed to contain the virus, now it’s worried international travelers will bring it back

Hong Kong managed to contain the virus, now it’s worried international travelers will bring it back:

lovinghk:

(source: cnn | 18 mar 2020)

Bracelets for all as new quarantine takes effect

(source: rthk news | 18 mar 2020)

//“Unfortunately, the top-down conversation around masks has become a case study in how not to communicate with the public,” Zeynep Tufekci, a professor of information science, wrote this week in an opinion piece in the New York Times. She pointed to contradictory messages from US health officials in particular – don’t wear masks because they won’t prevent infection, but also they are vital for medical workers – as confusing the public and leading to false claims that masks don’t help.

She pointed to Hong Kong as an example of somewhere masks were common, and infection rates low. Officials must now reinforce that message in Hong Kong, or risk undermining the city’s own hard won safety.//

lovinghk: eight months on. we remember macro leung 梁凌傑 headline…

lovinghk:

eight months on. we remember macro leung 梁凌傑

headline graphic and text concept below, from terrylazyclass fb via stand news | 15 feb 2020

2019.6.9 one million hongkongers went on street to protest against the extradition bill. some of us saw this 35-year old young man in bright yellow raincoat started his protest on this construction podium high up at pacific place, admiralty

2019.6.12 he fell off.

2019.6.15 he passed away.

2019.6.16 two million hongkongers went on the street again to protest against the extradition bill and mourned his death. the final count of hongkongers in the rally therefore is 2 million + 1.

recall your memory, read the following

Flowers and tears for ‘first martyr’ of Hong Kong protests

(source: the guardian | 16 jun 2019)

owlnguava: underthewingsofthblackeagle: Pro-democracy…

owlnguava:

underthewingsofthblackeagle:

Pro-democracy supporters in Hong Kong are celebrating after securing a landslide victory in the 2019 municipal elections. The pro-democracy camp has won almost 390 council seats compared to less than 60 for pro-Beijing parties and now controls a majority of councils in the city. Hong Kong residents turned out in record numbers to cast their ballots in an election widely seen as a referendum on the pro-democracy movement after nearly six months of protests. Surprise victories for pro-democracy candidates against strongly favored opponents led to some voting centers erupting in loud cheers and chants of “Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution Now” — a phrase used by many protesters in recent months. City leader Carrie Lam said she would “listen humbly” to voters.

So if I went to watch the vote counting I might have been in this clip! Who would’ve thought the election for our district councils, which deal with matters such as parks and air conditioning dripping, would make international news! However this is not really about local affairs but showing the government where Hong Kongers stand during these months of unprecedented turmoil. It’s a small victory because China will come back with a vengeance and continues to breathe down our necks, while the demands that have been the cause for the protests are still not met. 

Just a little bit of background. While pro-democracy candidates have taken 86% of the seats, the votes are roughly 59% pro-democracy and 41% pro-government. I think this would be considered a comfortable margin in any referendum or general election but on paper not a landslide. However, I’d like to point our that China has for the past 20 years perfected a system that skews Hong Kong elections in their favour, even though pro-Beijing supporters are definitely in the minority. They plant and buy votes, manipulate elderlies and abuse the system in every way possible. For us to achieve this small victory, in spite of the machinations of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), is very heartening even though we’re still foreseeing tough times to come.

China is playing the long game because 150 resident visas are given to people from the mainland to live in Hong Kong. Don’t ask me why these new arrivals can register as voters right away in a city where they don’t share the same values. And don’t ask me why most of these people, now living in a place with relative freedom, would willingly be at the beck and call of the CCP and participate in institutional vote rigging.  So sooner or later, they will have a majority that are rubber stamps and all dissent will be snuffed out.

Just thinking about this is depressing but today we show them that the voice of the people cannot be ignored! Share our joy when a much reviled incumbent was unseated, and some champagne popping in Central! 

Thank you for observing the vote counting! Without the foreign delegation and Hongkongers like you, we would never know how CCP would have intervened and rigged the results.  No one is in better position than Hongkongers and some Mainlanders to say how evil CCP is.  Our people are murdered, raped and beaten up to fight against CCP and police brutality. Every vote is casted with tears and blood.  More battles ahead but Hongkongers will not surrender. They can’t kill us all.

underthewingsofthblackeagle: Pro-democracy supporters in Hong…

underthewingsofthblackeagle:

Pro-democracy supporters in Hong Kong are celebrating after securing a landslide victory in the 2019 municipal elections. The pro-democracy camp has won almost 390 council seats compared to less than 60 for pro-Beijing parties and now controls a majority of councils in the city. Hong Kong residents turned out in record numbers to cast their ballots in an election widely seen as a referendum on the pro-democracy movement after nearly six months of protests. Surprise victories for pro-democracy candidates against strongly favored opponents led to some voting centers erupting in loud cheers and chants of “Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution Now” — a phrase used by many protesters in recent months. City leader Carrie Lam said she would “listen humbly” to voters.

waltzaboutwhiskyonice: historycultureeducation: Mickey Mouse…

waltzaboutwhiskyonice:

historycultureeducation:
Mickey Mouse says: FREE HONG KONG
Source: https://reddit.com/r/XinnieThePoo/comments/dgrlj7/mickey_mouse_says_free_hong_kong/
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