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Tear gas is among the new flavors at a Hong Kong ice cream shop.

The main ingredient is black peppercorns, a reminder of the pungent, peppery rounds fired by police on the streets of the semi-autonomous Chinese city during months of demonstrations last year.

“It tastes like tear gas. It feels difficult to breathe at first, and it’s really pungent and irritating. It makes me want to drink a lot of water immediately,” said customer Anita Wong, who experienced tear gas at a protest. “I think it’s a flashback that reminds me of how painful I felt in the movement, and that I shouldn’t forget.”

The flavor is a sign of support for the pro-democracy movement, which is seeking to regain its momentum during the coronavirus pandemic, the shop’s owner said. He spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid repercussions from the pro-Beijing government.

“We would like to make a flavor that reminds people that they still have to persist in the protest movement and don’t lose their passion,” he said.

He tried different ingredients, including wasabi and mustard, in an effort to replicate the taste of tear gas. Black pepper, he said, came closest to tear gas with its throat-irritating effects…

At about $5 a serving, tear gas ice cream has been a hit. Prior to social distancing regulations over the coronavirus outbreak, the shop’s owner said he was selling 20-30 scoops per day.

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Phillip Morris has announced
A tobacco flavored ice cream
To create a demand for its cigarettes.

Meanwhile, Jule has instituted
New flavored ice creams
That match its e-cigarrettes.

The FDA is considering banning
Flavored ice creams
As they may be a path to
Cigarette addiction and

In other news,
The Trump organization
Has trademarked the color
Of the President's hair
For use in a new flavored
Ice cream yet to be introduced.

Submit your name of the ice cream and flavor below.

"Orange Stable Genius" has already been registered by the Trump Organization.

Without checking, I believe the grape flavored version of a popsicle has not been,
It is possible for someone to register a grape popsicle
Under the name
"Make America Grape Again"

Oops, I see that there probably are products under the name "Make America Grape Again" so disregard that option.

-understand that the media elites got bigly punked by the fbi and are more than a little curious about whats been going on.
narrative public radio fraughts "its complicated"?

its been reported that the 302 is missing in General Flynns legal case

If true, that also means that the court appointed judge needs to investigate the DOJ because there may be 302's that would be helpful to the case against Flynn.

I doubt that is a truthful claim. Reports are not generated on paper; they are entered into computer systems where there is backup and security.

Provide the source for your claim; otherwise, you may be someone working from St. Petersburg.

the source is the American devin nunez and r.c.p.

its like watching a Delillo novel write itself

Perhaps you don't know this, so let me add the following:

"A FD-302 form is used by FBI agents to "report or summarize the interviews that they conduct" and contains information from the notes taken during the interview by the non-primary agent. It consists of information taken from the subject, rather than details about the subject themselves."

I suppose you also don't know that the original notes of the interview from which a 302 would be created have been turned over:

"Both interviewing agents’ notes are clear that the defendant maintained he had ‘[n]o recollection’ of speaking with the Russian Ambassador about U.S. Sanctions, and that the defendant did not have a ‘long drawn out’ conversation with the Russian Ambassador about ‘don’t do something,’” the prosecutor wrote."

That said, if there is a different 302, that should be investigated, but could be checked by testimony or affidavit of the FBI agent or anyone who had possession, custody or control of the document.

Ordinarily, a 302 would not have to be turned over unless there were exculpatory material. If you want more background, here is some re 302's and discovery:

we think there is a lotta evidence that the fbi gave a lotta disinformation to the media in order to set up General Flynn. this is a very crooked legal case that is crooked on many levels. we reckon it will go down in crooked legal case history

You have to prove it. The fact that information is disseminated to get a response from a target is nothing new. Eliciting responses which lead to discovery of additional information is part of the game.

If you want a summary of the disinformation tactics Trump is likely to use in his Obamagate narrative, dear reader, you might want to go here:

The site also contains transcripts and documents in the Flynn case.

we think you are bigly under-rating how the fbi has violated some longheld social norms/taboos

Your opinion. You need facts. I guess social norms/taboos are not the same as laws, either, so you left yourself a way out.

civil liberties are laws that are based on social norms and taboos

And, the Executive branch has to follow those laws and be accountable to the Courts and the Congress. Agreed? Now, let's have oversight and testimony and document production to the other branches of government. Can't wait to see what Judge Sullivan does. Clearly this was a surprise.

hey bill!
if the fbi really thought General Flynn was a russian spy do you think they would immediately leak that information to the
when they make the movie mebbe they can dig up nixon to play adam

Did you say he was a Russian spy? Ever hear of the Logan Act? Do you understand that a public official could be blackmailed if the Russian government had used their knowledge of his statement and the contradictory public statement as a sword over his head?

Was Mike Pence wrong?

hey bill
didnt the ameeican judge accuse Gen. Flynn of treason!

That was for the failure to report the Turkish lobbying and representation.

You must not be well informed if you did not know this.

Should I add an exclamation point too to my comments !! ?? I just don't know what is the proper punctuation point to use.

failure to report lobbying and representation is not treason
Flynn is being blackmailed by the u.s. government not a foreign government

It has also been reported that the
Hydroxychoroquine flavored ice cream
Is no longer available,
But, don't worry,
Jared is on to it.

The Chlorox flavored ice cream is pending FDA review.

Why bother going through the FDA, nothing else does these days....

Emergency Use would work, I suppose.

Adding cigarette smoke or tobacco smoke to ice cream is not a new idea. They do it at a few high end ice cream parlors nearby. Dunno if it's legal or not. Anyone can order it, including kids. Tastes pretty good.

Best use of "but" in a quote: "It’s a bit hot, but we emphasize its aftertaste, which is a sensation of irritation in the throat."

Slightly related: they have been selling Harry Potter jelly beans for years where a good percentage of the beans have awful flavors that include black pepper and also soap and vomit. Families pay good money for this.

It'll be interesting to see what happens in Hong Kong, and whether the protests pick back up. Hong Kong has done an exemplary job at fighting COVID: only about 1,000 cases and 4 deaths (compare to Singapore at 27,000 cases). I wouldn't be surprised if this performance caused a surge in support for the incumbent government (as seen in the opinion polling in many democratic countries too, even ones that did a much worse job than Hong Kong).

The Chinese have cracked down heavily in Hong Kong since the pandemic began. The priest are unlikely to return.

I really appreciate the attitude of "embrace the suck" here.

I make a black-pepper ice cream and pair it with seasonal fruit compotes and sometimes a tart, it's pretty good. Recently we've switched from black pepper to red kampot since it has a more dynamic taste.

"While the world wasn’t looking, Beijing re-wrote the rules in Hong Kong at startling speed"

"Beijing fired its opening salvo on April 17, when its liaison office in Hong Kong effectively dismantled over two decades of legal precedence by declaring that it has full authority to interfere in Hong Kong’s affairs, leaving legal scholars and experts on the city’s mini constitution appalled. The next day, 15 veteran leaders of the city’s democracy movement were arrested over their roles in last year’s protests. A few days later, the central government’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office issued a string of statements, voicing support for the liaison office while condemning opposition figures and politicians. In the span of five days, the rules of engagement between Beijing and Hong Kong—ostensibly a city with a high degree of autonomy over its own affairs—were completely rewritten."

"Across the city, small crowds gathered at shopping malls to sing and chant slogans—though police have been quick to break them up with pepper-spray and batons, charging protesters with breaking social distancing rules even while bar-goers and pro-government demonstrators were largely left to their own devices. To many, the double standards were stark: the police were using public health rules to clamp down on anti-government protesters."

Huh. I guess the poop flavored ice cream from Nathan for you wasn't such a bad idea after all.

Tear gas is no fun at all. When I was a senior at UC Stanta Barbara in 1970 we were under martial law late in the spring quarter. National Guard troops were patrolling the neighborhoods and randomly firing tear gas grenades for no good reason. We had to stuff damp towels in the door spaces to prevent it from wafting in.

Earlier in the year I was synthesizing some substituted histidine compounds and I had to mix up a batch of bromo-acetone. I thought I would take a quick sniff of it which was a huge mistake. My eyes would not stop watering for four hours.

$5 a serving? What is minimum wage in Hong Kong? I wonder how many protesters can afford this.

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