Can China stay China and Hong Kong stay Hong Kong at the same time? That may be the question at the center of the Hong Kong protests. The New Yorker writes that in the crackdown last year, when activists and journalists across the country were arrested, party leaders sent out a private notice listing seven “unmentionable topics.” Most of those topics — free press, pro-market liberalism, “nihilist” criticisms of the Party history — are the liberties that define the Hong Kong protests today.
A New York corporate lawyer who represents Guantanamo prisoners asks: If corporations have the rights as people, won’t don’t Gitmo detainees? Via the New York Times.
On our elected politicians whose answer to climate change is that they’re not scientists: Gail Collins asks, What about the walrus? Goo goo g’joob. Via the New York Times.
The Alzheimer’s nightmare that the nation is ignoring — but that will finally reach nearly everyone. Writer Tiffany Stanley tells her heartbreaking story via the National Journal.
A New York Times take on the new-style Colorado pot store – weeding out the stoners.
[ Hong Kong protest photo by Shiv. ]