This is a Joke, Right? (redux)

Xenoboy, Singapore's Ace Political Savant, is getting quite near the mark when he says:

The staging of a four person NKF protest is another political action that shows research and application. No laws have been broken. No action will be taken. The show of force by the Police is a show of force. Nothing more. It would have worked many years ago. Now it no longer strikes fear.


It strikes Embarrassment into the hearts of Singaporeans for it is pathetic.

It strikes Ridicule into the eyes of the foreign press for it is ridiculous.

It strikes Farce into the minds of philosophers for it is absurd.

It strikes E@L as pretty indicative of a fascist state of internal affairs.

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Was watching Bob Geldof on Parkinson tonight, and he was saying even though he is not a brilliant man, when he sees something he feels is wrong, that he is obligated to point it out. Exactly: how can you run when you know?

For those who confuse Free Markets with Freedom and Elections with Democracy E@L says...

Wake The Fuck Up!

Maybe it was only for show THIS time. The Chinese democracy activists thought the tanks approaching Tiananmen Square were just for show as well. Or do you think it couldn't happen here?


Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We're finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.


Gotta get down to it
Soldiers are cutting us down
Should have been done long ago.
What if you knew her
And found her dead on the ground
How can you run when you know?


Gotta get down to it
Soldiers are cutting us down
Should have been done long ago.
What if you knew her
And found her dead on the ground
How can you run when you know?


Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We're finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.
Four dead in Ohio.
Four dead in Ohio.
Four dead in Ohio.


Neil Young, Ohio


E@L

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Posted by: expat@large on Aug 14, 05 | 11:06 pm | Profile


OTHER MONKEYS SAID



Neil Young - Rock on!


Posted by: HKMacs on Aug 17, 05 | 3:05 am

Good one. Nice missing of the point... :)

Did I see you at the NY concert in HK last year? Up the back, head-banging? That WAS you!

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Comment from a friend about the 5 people = an illegal gathering law in singapore: "What if you want have a family picnic? Do you need a police permit?" "I think you do in fact. What happens if your family starts talking political issues?"


Posted by: expat@large on Aug 17, 05 | 3:21 pm

Someone's posted a video recording of the protest. :)


Posted by: chlim01 on Aug 17, 05 | 5:10 pm

"The commercial republic saw freedom of speech as an expression of disloyalty and therefore dangerous."

John Ralston Saul on Venice, in "The Collapse of Globalism."


Posted by: expat@large on Aug 17, 05 | 10:02 pm

Family picnics? No such thing. Those are political meetings in disguise I'm afraid. Grandmas have fearsome strategies I hear.

Actually no one bothers about the 5 people thingy. Not when the Public Nuisance trump card is so much more effective. Hell, use that and Paris Hilton probably can't walk on our streets.


Posted by: WJ the II on Aug 19, 05 | 1:03 am

I never knew about the 5-person law. Damn, and to think I was optimistic since the country's all grown up now.


Posted by: TheScrewySkeptic on Aug 22, 05 | 7:14 am


THIS MONKEY SAYS




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