In current-day China, competitive elections with ‘one man, one vote’ would be sure to quickly lead to a state of turmoil, chaos, even civil war.
Part of an essay by a Chinese Communist Party ideologue, Li Shenming, defending China’s National People’s Congress amid protests in Hong Kong. The New York Times has more
on the unrest.
In 1982, the CIA published an illustrated guide to cliches their writers hate. Pictured, from left to right, are illustrations of “Dire Straits”, “Heightened Tensions”, and “Parameters” from the guide. Medium’s War is Boring blog has more. (here’s the full guide from the CIA.)
All our hard work hasn’t been just so we could turn into a bunch of tuhao.
Jack Ma, founder and CEO of Alibaba, warning employees that the company’s fast growth could push prices up in its hometown of Hangzhou, China. “Tuhao” is slang for the country’s “uncouth newly rich,” according to The New York Times.
I would prefer more educated voters than a greater increase in the number of voters.
Georgia state Sen. Fran Millar
complaining about DeKalb County’s decision to open early voting on a Sunday in an area “dominated by African American shoppers.” via Think Progress
I should have called the Estonians when we were setting up our health care website.
President Barack Obama, after noting that in Estonia, people can access
children’s grades and health records online.
The Canadian Joint Delegation to NATO tweeted some advice for Russian soldiers entering Ukraine. Moscow claims that the soldiers are mistakenly crossing over, according to NPR.
What the NRA tweeted from its NRA Women account less than two days after a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed a gun range instructor who was teaching her how to use an Uzi. The tweet was deleted about an hour after it was posted without explanation, according to Huffington Post.
Somebody needed to say, ‘I’m in charge.’
Ferguson Mayor James Knowles
on the violence and protests that erupted in his city after Michael Brown’s shooting by a white police officer (via New York Times
We tortured some folks.
President Barack Obama, talking about the United States in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. He was commenting on
a Senate investigation on CIA interrogation techniques.