🌊Junius Ho: Being gay is anti-NSL (Part 2)
Self-isolate COVID positive, push family somewhere else!
I snipped this sweet ‘Last Supper-esque’ screenshot from That Beer Thing’s EQ vs Range blind tasting last night.
I also got a can from both EQ and Range to follow along with their tasting, but forgot until I tuned in that it was blind tasting. So that was a waste of money.
Anyway, make sure to tag along to the events we share because they’re cool. The ones hosted by out LoTWs are even cooler. We’d all appreciate the support!
On Today’s Tide:
NSL (???) | LGBT protection is anti-security
COVID | New Day, New anti-Transmission Plans!
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COVID cont. | Day 1 of new restrictions - Civilian police on the prowl
Junius Ho: Gay Marriage is anti-NSL
The big news today is obviously about new social distancing, but let’s start with something uh lighter - Junius Ho, back in the spotlight.
In a panel on constitutional affairs, Junius Ho argued that legislating anti-LGBT discrimination laws as they may contravene national security. He cited the Mainland’s own NSL which takes arms against ‘harmful cultural influences’ that wreck havoc on the one man, one woman, forever and ever with two to three perfect children type of family.
At least Junius Ho is consistent though - he’s made several similar statements. In Jul 2021, Ho spoke out against popular TVB drama ‘Ossan’s Love’, a local remake of a popular K-Drama, both centering on a gay couple. Ho called it ‘sugar-coated marijuana’ which……. A month later, Ho then called the Gay Games (which were slated to take place in Hong Kong but now pushed till 2023 due to COVID restrictions) ‘dirty money’ and a ‘sheep in wolve’s clothing’.
Speaking of national security: The HKMAO will be holding an emergency conference in Shenzhen on HK’s COVID situation. More to follow.
Anyway that leads us to …..
COVID in HK
New cases: 986 (1 imported)
Deaths: 216 (1 new. Rest in peace)
Active cases: 4361
Total cases: 17,808
Experts give expert opinions
Dr. Gabriel Leung and Dr Yuen both gave related yet very different possible future plans in our fight against Omicron
Yuen: We should keep COVID positives at home, and put their families in camps instead!
Moving COVID positive patients around is dangerous. Some are now catching cabs to the hospital because they can’t take public transport. Instead Yuen says we should keep low-risk COVID patients that don’t need medical support at home, and move high-risk family members like the elderly or unvaccinated to quarantine camps instead.
Leung: We should put the whole city under lockdown.
According to Leung’s data, infections could reach 28k a day by next month with a culminative 900 deaths. Not a great look, I’ll admit. But a 2-3 month full lockdown would reduce deaths to only 115. During that time, resources can be used to vaccinate all the old people.
Dr. David Owens has a simplified twitter thread on it:
Leung also threatened us with a good time - he’s proposing scrapping sewage tests and flight bans. Our local cases now greatly outnumber any imported cases, quarantine and treatment ought to be enough.
And sewage tests? Well, they’ve been able to show that a certain area has a positive case, but putting whole towns under compulsory testing has had the unforseen effect of ridiculously long lines stretching for hours. Conflicts between medical staff, law enforcement and disgruntled civilians have already reached near breaking points.
Hotline for StayHomeSafe
The stay home safe program was officially (re)launched early this week. Low risk close contacts are ordered to self-isolate instead of being sent to quarantine camps. Meanwhile asymptomatic or low-risk positive cases are sent to Penny’s Bay rather than hospital.
The HA has set up a 24 hour hotline for those self-isolating.
If you or someone you know is stuck at home, call 1833 019 for help.
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#GTopia: Game Kitchen -Female Protagonist
The Goethe-Institut along with Current Plans, an Art Space in Sham Shui Po, is hosting a year-long series of indie video game events celebrating local tech and creative talent.
Next week (17 Feb), sees their third weekly installment featuring games and mentorship from media artist Jooyoung Oh, whose work covers complex topics such as AI, limitations of technology and how technology can change the way we think.
When: 17 Feb, 7pm
Where: Online (RSVP here)
CNY isn’t over at La Cabane
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