Monday, July 05, 2004

Smacking law chaos

The House of Lords refuses to ban child abuse altogether, allowing “a light tap.” London Times headline: “Police Warn of Smacking Law Chaos.” Indeed, by refusing a ban on violence, they have created an impractically fine line between permissible and illegal: causing bruises and cuts is a crime, but reddening of the skin is only a problem if not transitory.

The Chinese are “re-educating” the doctor who broke the conspiracy of silence on SARS.

Indonesia has held its first vote ever for the office of the president. A general, one Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, evidently a living sound effect, is in the lead, but will have to face a run-off against either another general (the war criminal Wiranto) or the daughter of a dictator. A little unclear on the concept of democracy, the Indonesians.

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