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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
19th June 2009: The Shishou Incident
The Shishou Incident was a popular protest and riot in the city of Shishou, Hubei Province, in central China between June 19–21, 2009. The protests were the result of dubious circumstances surrounding the death of 24-year-old chef Tu Yuangao of the local Yonglong Hotel.
Although local police claimed Tu's death was a suicide, some believed foul play was involved and crowds were angered by what they alleged to be cronyism, drug trafficking, and lack of transparency from the city's top officials. The allegation was that that the co-owners of the hotel were family members of the mayor and the head of the local police, and the hotel was used as an illegal centre for drug trafficking; it reported that Tu Yuangao was murdered when he threatened to expose the illicit activities there
At 1am on 19 June, police and funeral cars arrived at the hotel, wanting to take Tu's body away. 2,000 Shishou residents blocked the hotel entrance to protect Tu's corpse. The first confrontation between local residents and the police took place at 8am, during which some residents were arrested, while more joined in. The protesters began gathering outside the hotel and grew in numbers. The incident later became a mass riot involving over 10,000 people and 10,000 police officers.
On 21 June, the paramilitary People's Armed Police surrounded Yonglong Hotel, and recovered the dead body. A spokesman from the Shishou city government said experts from the state-run Ministry of Public Security and Tongji Medical Institute carried out an autopsy, which ostensibly confirmed that Tu committed suicide. Tu was cremated at 4 am on 25 June 2009.
The government promised the deceased's family a total of 80,000 yuan, including 30,000 yuan from the Yonglong Hotel, 35,000 yuan from the Shishou government and 15,000 yuan from the local Gaojimiao township government. Following the incident, an editorial in the People's Daily on 24 June called for both local government and the mainstream media to provide greater "information transparency" in the immediate aftermath of incidents that could trigger public unrest.
The editorial noted the government issued three sketchy and vague news releases on its official website following Tu's death, and cited the "failure of the government to provide timely and detailed information about the circumstances surrounding the suspicious death, combined with the spread of rumors and unofficial information via the Internet" as being the key factors that fomented the violent protests.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The Milk Run
Twitter Followers = 2,248 (down 11)
Never-followed unfollowers eliminated = 13
Followed unfollowers eliminated = 0
New Followers followed back = 1@LivingPositive8
Spammers not followed back = 1
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Two smooth shifts at the Weekend Job and a return to discipline helped restore internal balance after Thursday's brief but serious "meltdown". I have now hopefully learned (the hard way!) the importance of letting nothing distract me from daily disciplines and how important these disciplines are to my wellbeing.
These include physical as well as mental things, like keeping on top of the permanent fungal infection in my left foot. Letting the infection grow back then picking at it has now left me in some pain! Meanwhile my right knee has relapsed slightly as I have neglected my hamstring stretches.
Hopefully now I finally get it - to keep well I have to keep doing stuff, because this avatar doesn't stay well by default! And probably as I get older, the maintenance required will increase and I'll have to do MORE stuff. THIS time I finally get it - do stuff or get ill, so DO THE STUFF.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you doing what's required to stay healthy?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy with sunny periods until evening, then showers, some heavy.
1022 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
A high-pressure hose will usually stop a colleague from showing you any more baby photos. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Iliza Shlesinger on Lying Brian
Usain Bolt's fastest recorded speed is 27.44 miles per hour
9. ZEN WISDOM
All things, mind, soul and body included, require work to maintain them