The bloody 1989 crackdown in Beijing changed China, NPR’s Louisa Lim explains in a new book. She also chronicles the brutal repression that took place in another city — and remained hidden until now.
Just found out this was one of the cities I visited on my work trip to Asia.
Huge crowds packed arenas to watch the world’s best pedestrians walk in circles for six days at a time. And trainers encouraged the athletes to drink champagne — at the time considered a stimulant.
Man, Manual for Speed killed it with this one…
A member of The Society of Putting People on Top of Mountains.
The group formed in the late 1930’s when the then Society for Putting Things on Top of Other Things suffered through financial woes and collapse when two members were found to have been accepting millions in bribes for simply putting things UNDER other things instead of on top of them. This, as I’m sure you can understand, is a strict violation of the bylaws of the SFPTOTOOT. As such the group disbanded for some time.
Our founders sought to start anew, where there could be no confusion, whatsoever, about a thing being on top of another thing. Thus, the Society of Putting People on Top of Mountains was formed.
We are just a few of many members.
We put ourselves on top of mountains. We are things on top of other things.