As the omicron wave of the COVID pandemic continues to wane in the US (recently convincing the CDC to finally drop its federal masking guidance), the situation in Hong Kong couldn’t be more different. As case numbers continue to soar despite the government’s suddenly draconian measures to suppress spread, thousands of Hong Kongers have decided to flee, escaping both the crushing COVID restrictions, and the city-state’s increasingly authoritarian tendencies now that Beijing has reasserted political control.
Hong Kong’s response to the virus has gotten increasingly heavy-handed as authorities demand that it fall in line with Beijing’s “COVID zero” policy, which requires mass testing and liberal use of mass quarantines to isolate areas experiencing outbreaks. For much of the pandemic, Hong Kong’s decision to close itself off from international travelers appeared to be enough to keep COVID at bay. But omicron punctured its defenses, and now thousands of sick individuals are being shipped off to quarantine “camps”.
These and other strict measures risk transforming Hong Kong’s trickle of emigres into a flood.
WSJ caught up with one individual, a western expat living in Hong Kong named Charles Murton. Murton first arrived in the city during his teenage years, but is now preparing to flee with his family, perhaps to Singapore, a destination that beckons for many Hong Kongers since the government there has continued to encoourage migration from Hong Kong, despite harboring increasing levels of COVID infection itself.
Murton said the city’s decision to shutter schools next month as it seeks to test all 7.4M of its reisdents for COVID was the last straw. “The virus is something that you’ve got to live with, but that doesn’t seem to be the thought process here,” the 41-year-old logistics executive told WSJ. Making matters worse, the latest clampdown in Hong Kong contrasts sharply with […]
Most “Conservative” News Outlets Are on the Big Tech Teat
Not long ago, conservative media was not beholden to anyone. Today, most sites are stuck on the Big Tech gravy train.
I’ll keep this short. The rise of Pandemic Panic Theater, massive voter fraud, and other “taboo” topics have neutered a majority of conservative news sites. You’ll notice they are very careful about what topics they tackle. Sure, they’ll attack Critical Race Theory, Antifa, and the Biden-Harris regime, but you won’t see them going after George Soros, Bill Gates, the World Economic Forum, or the Deep State, among others.
The reason is simple. They are beholden to Big Tech, and Big Tech doesn’t allow certain topics to be discussed or they’ll cut you off. Far too many conservative news outlets rely on Google, Facebook, and Twitter for the bulk of their traffic. They depend on big checks from Google ads to keep the sites running. I don’t necessarily hold it against them. We all do what we need to do to survive. I just wish more would do like we have, which is to cut out Big Tech altogether.
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