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"james pomfret" Discussed on Past Gas
"Grand is no need for speed. And yes mario kart. These are just some of the best selling racing video games of all time. There's some of the best selling games period today. Driving games are one of the staples genres of the video. Game industry and economic goliath with twice the revenue of the film and music industries combined the evolution of automotive racing games mirrors that of automobiles themself just like cars the early history of racing games is one of innovation and just like cars racing games a colorful history of gimmicks and classics hits and flops. In the early days of racing games. You could drive any car you wanted. As long as it was a white blob on a black screen in twenty twenty game developers racing up the far slope of the uncanny valley creating driving experiences nearly indistinguishable from the real thing within the world of video games. It's often been the racing genre that pushes graphics and physics further than ever before. So how did we get from dots on screen to the present day photo realistic racist. Who are the innovators. And the dreamers of racing games who is the portion of pixels the ericsson of the arcade. The georgia jaro of graphics after off video games are the only chance most of us will ever get to drive in indycar a ferrari testarossa for crazy taxi for driving and racing fans. These games aren't justin escape their an opportunity to drive the unattainable or even the impossible. The blow the dust off your car should is grab your plastic cup of tokens and hit. Start to join the race. It's the history of racing games today on passed gas won't yeah while wa- yup really excited for today's episode. I was as charles like. Oh man i should make like an iconic noise from game and then my brain is blank. And then i was like i know i know a mario sound. I noticed this all happened in that. Second and i was like then i tried to do like i was like but how do you do. The queen quit. When you go in the pipe and then i'll just ended up doing the baseline from when you're under. What is it around in mario mom. I'm one of your hosts. No-one sykes joined as always by my co host. Joe weber boorda a hand james pomfret. I'm not a businessman. i'm a business may suits it. Did chug alert new. Yeah so today. We are talking racing games. This is part one of three episodes. They're going to be doing on the subject very excited to dive into this. We were inspired to do this. Series because Dirt five is coming out very soon. And i guess is in it. Yeah james and i are in that in that game so yeah almost all the hosts from has gas aren all. Pass gas yeah. This is not sponsored by dirt five. We were just inspired to do it. Because of the game and in celebration of racing games and over. In general because i think racing games are huge. Part of why. I'm into cars in the first place especially like the. Ps two era of games which will get into next episode. That was like that was me. Grown up plan grant rizzo or midnight club three Gave me a huge dislike encyclopedia of car knowledge. I think in my young brain. So i think a lot of guys listening can probably relate and i'm just excited to do this topic. Guys what are you. What are your experiences with racing games up. I mean. I've said it a million times. You know i think a lot of people in our generation and yeah i think no one in the same generation joan. I definitely but We got into one of the big reasons that were in. The cars is games. You know like playing like grand. Juries mo was the first time i saw skyline right. You know i was like why is that maximum so fast. I think i realized like. I like miatas now but i had this like negative stigma with miatas for while. Because that's the first car that you get in gran turismo three right. Maybe you get a choice between a couple cars. And one of them's a and i was like man. Why do i have to racist. Slow car for a long time until i get enough money until i can get. You know the cars that i really want. And so for a while. I was like oh the out is not a great car but now i love Well yeah because like that's kind the one thing especially in the older video games is like they weren't. They were groundbreaking of course for their time but like going back and playing them. You're like this does not capture the feeling of driving. Their cars is staying in the center of the screen and all this stuff is moving around it. But i remember going to my friend. Nathan stinky's house and i was like an intent nintendo kid like i n sixty four and i went to nathan's house in. He had a playstation and green tourism. Oh and i played it night trade in my in sixty four place and he did those like those twelve hour races. The endurance races man. I never did one of those. i think. Wow all right. Well we're not going to be talking about grant this episode. We will get into in more depth next episode today. We're gonna be talking about the the birth of the racing genre and Pretty much from the seventies to the mid nineties lot of interesting games lot of weird games but a lot of them. That were very Influential and i think still are relevant today. Kind of in the in the zeitgeist. At least you'll know what i mean when we get there we'll talk about more anyway. Let's let's get into it. Cars were part of the long and dusty evolution wheeled transport from the cart to the covered wagon virtual cars on the other hand just kind of popped into existence. One day. they weren't there and then the next they were the big bang moment of racing games. Came in nineteen. Seventy three with atari is release of a game called gramm track ten widely considered to be the first ever car racing video game. Grand track was designed by larry emmons. It was a upright arcade. Cabinet weighing a whopping four hundred pounds with a steering wheel gas and brake pedals and a gear shifter with three years. Oh that's cool. Yeah so i mean right out the gate it was already like approaching like a proto sim almost a. Ps four is six pounds just for reference. In the game white dots on the screen outline and overhead view the track and that was track singular. There's only one of them in the game. And your car was represented by little hashtag looking symbol. Yeah seattle hashtag thing now supposed to be your car. Basically imagined pacman racing around a go.
"james pomfret" Discussed on Past Gas
"Platform of your choice a really help us out and I really that. So thank all right now for the show. What would donate media have been before youtube there's a good chance. It would have been donut magazine instead of video series we'll house up to speed would be regular print features. There'd be a quiz on whether or not you're high car or your low car. James would have a column called James Notes, where he explains the oil crisis over and over every single issue, and instead of Youtube comments, we'd have letters to the editor about how we needed up to speed on Dale earnhardt senior. You know some minute show that we got wrong donut magazine never existed but what if I told you that one of the earliest influences on donut media and how we talk about cars was and is a magazine. And furthermore, what if I added that the magazine in question is not written in English but in Japanese today on pass gas, we're talking about the legendary og of the Japanese tuner scene option magazines, padded option start who founded it, and how did option come to have such a massive underground influence on everything that followed it. That's the cover story on today's Kaku Gossioux that's Japanese for pass gas our latest issue drops now. Ask. Kaku gasoline. Kogyo Gossioux is about cars is what? I thought did for a split second. I was like, oh. My God James is about to do the rest of that theme song in Japanese. Oh. Yeah. I just speak I speak Japanese. I see. Just. Everything you speak every language perfectly. So welcome back to pass gas everyone I'm your host Nolan Sykes joined as always by my co hosts James Pomfret Chug a Chug to. and Joe Weber keep it juiced. Dan. New One. Wow you're just like. God. Catch after. Catchphrase. Print money. Money. As I said in the INTRO WE'RE GONNA be talking about option magazine today admittedly a topic I don't really know a lot about I'm more familiar with their video content on Youtube that's made its way to youtube nowadays. But yeah, I didn't really grow up with this. I was more of a hot rod magazine kind of Guy. If you can imagine that do you guys know anything about option magazine? I you're going to ask if we know anything about hot rods. A lot of the story I'm excited to. Find Out and talk about it. But option. Option to is like the first really nerdy thing like the first like really car nerd thing that I did when I was, I was order Japanese magazines and videos off of Ebay. Because I am old and was in highschool before Youtube was a thing. So you. It wasn't like a subscription even for you is more like you had to find old issues ordering old issues me and my friend Nathan. Order old issues. And we were like what the? The pages go backward. I don't have I don't have too much context on it I. The only thing I know is from researching. For different videos and I think the H K s up to speed talk a little bit about it but I know about like Daijiro but only in the context of like the early eighties like trying to set. Speed records and stuff. So I know he's crazy dude. I'm excited to see like more of his history. He's the editor in chief. Yeah. I'm the editor in chief of donut. So sounds like pretty similar types of guys. He sets land speed records. I have a sixteen pound Golden doodle pretty similar. I bought a baby pool. Last weekend. Yeah. What to do with that baby pool? Who I wait till the sun warms up and then I, lay in Baby poor record for. Longest Soak. Actually it's. It's it's too cold. Over me background that hose waters chilly Boyd's it comes from underneath the ground I just put my feet in it. Casey cocktail hour. Okay. Let's let's. Option. Actor Jonah Hold Digression about how I wish I had yard to put a baby pool into half cocktail hour but it's not so much. What option magazine covered that EXCITES US although we obviously love tuner cars and the JD M. Market. It's the way that option talked about cars that was most revolutionary. They treated cars like evolving customizable beings that could be part of your personal expression way of approaching the world. At the end of the day cars were creative and most importantly fun like Gtri are thirty three speedwagon Mazda, RX7, Toyota Supra, kind of fun to really get the full picture. Let's go into passed gas attic and find the boxes behind the one's labeled Halloween Dad's sports memories to the one labeled vintage car magazine that Dad's sports memories in like a Harry Potter sense like it's just like bottles of missed that contain your father's memories and he takes about and sniffs him you put him in the pool the. Pool. All Right Option magazine was founded in nineteen eighty, one known as option. In Japanese, it was subtitled exciting car magazine eighty one might sound like just a number but keep in mind. This was a full decade before an American audience really started getting into tuner culture and two decades before it reaches peak in the West as the fast and the furious hit the box office and Video Games like Midnight Club were released even among magazines option beat most other tuner magazines to the press by over a decade for reference. The British to centric MAG Max Power was founded in nineteen ninety-three I used to have a Max power subscription. Nice Yeah. Were there like oil governor? You'RE GONNA PUT US A A. Some dishes on them. GonNa Dishes. Max Power magazine was like Super Tacky, like it had like the tackiest Carson really. Hot Import Nights Tight Import Tuner magazine and American based magazine also featured at makes of cars and scantily clad women debuted in one thousand, nine, hundred. Yeah. The only tuner MAG is I'm really familiar with our import tuner MAG and. What's the other one? What's the? Like Super Street thank you James Therefore magazines that I would look for in the grocery store and asked my mom or dad to get me. So there's importuner which was like then it was on a scale. So like importuner was like very entry level, there are always like hot babes models and there was like a literal centerfold whereas like this. Lacy her this is her birthday. This is what she likes to do on the weekends then and it was like not super technical. Then there was super street was like the next year which I thought was like it was like really well written it was a bit more technical. Cooler, and like didn't have a bunch of hot babes in it and but like classier I think super shoes my favorite and there were sport compact car which was like more Glen and I think less Stevie. But like really well written that's what Davis right for day was Dave Cohen my favorite writer when I was a kid well and then Turbo. Magazine was like it was a magazine full of all the tech articles from the.
"james pomfret" Discussed on Past Gas
"Kaku gasoline. . Kogyo Gossioux is about cars is what? ? I thought did for a split second. I . was like, , oh. . My God James is about to do the rest of that theme song in Japanese. . Oh. . Yeah. . I just speak I speak Japanese. . I see. . Just. . Everything you speak every language perfectly. . So welcome back to pass gas everyone I'm your host Nolan Sykes joined as always by my co hosts James Pomfret Chug a Chug to. . and Joe Weber keep it juiced. . Dan. . New One. Wow . you're just like. . God. . Catch after. . Catchphrase. . Print money. . Money. . As I said in the INTRO WE'RE GONNA be talking about option magazine today admittedly a topic I don't really know a lot about I'm more familiar with their video content on Youtube that's made its way to youtube nowadays. . <hes>. . But yeah, , I didn't really grow up with this. . I was more of a hot rod magazine kind of Guy. If . you can imagine that <hes>, , do you guys know anything about option magazine? ? I you're going to ask if we know anything about hot rods. . A lot of the story I'm excited to. . Find Out and talk about it. . But option. . Option to is like the first really nerdy thing like the first like really car nerd thing that I did when I was, , I was order Japanese magazines and videos off of Ebay. . Because I am old and was in highschool before Youtube was a thing. . So you. . It wasn't like a subscription even for you is more like you had to find old issues ordering old issues me and my friend Nathan. . Order old issues. . And we were like what the? ? The pages go backward. . I don't have I don't have too much context on it I. . The only thing I know is from researching. . For different videos and I think the H K s up to speed talk a little bit about it but I know about like Daijiro but only in the context of like the early eighties like trying to set. . Speed records and stuff. . So I know he's crazy dude. . I'm excited to see like more of his history. . He's the editor in chief. . Yeah. . I'm the editor in chief of donut. . So sounds like pretty similar types of guys. . He sets land speed records. . I have a sixteen pound Golden doodle pretty similar. . I bought a baby pool. . Last weekend. . Yeah. . What to do with that baby pool? ? Who I wait till the sun warms up and then I, , lay in Baby poor record for. . Longest Soak. . Actually it's. . It's it's too cold. . Over me background that hose waters chilly Boyd's it comes from underneath the ground I just put my feet in it. . <hes> Casey cocktail hour. . Okay. . Let's let's. . Option. . Actor Jonah Hold Digression about how I wish I had yard to put a baby pool into half cocktail hour but it's not so much. . What option magazine covered that EXCITES US although we obviously love tuner cars and the JD M. Market. . It's the way that option talked about cars that was most revolutionary. .
How Japanese Street Racers Created the Best Car Magazine Ever
"Kaku gasoline. Kogyo Gossioux is about cars is what? I thought did for a split second. I was like, oh. My God James is about to do the rest of that theme song in Japanese. Oh. Yeah. I just speak I speak Japanese. I see. Just. Everything you speak every language perfectly. So welcome back to pass gas everyone I'm your host Nolan Sykes joined as always by my co hosts James Pomfret Chug a Chug to. and Joe Weber keep it juiced. Dan. New One. Wow you're just like. God. Catch after. Catchphrase. Print money. Money. As I said in the INTRO WE'RE GONNA be talking about option magazine today admittedly a topic I don't really know a lot about I'm more familiar with their video content on Youtube that's made its way to youtube nowadays. But yeah, I didn't really grow up with this. I was more of a hot rod magazine kind of Guy. If you can imagine that do you guys know anything about option magazine? I you're going to ask if we know anything about hot rods. A lot of the story I'm excited to. Find Out and talk about it. But option. Option to is like the first really nerdy thing like the first like really car nerd thing that I did when I was, I was order Japanese magazines and videos off of Ebay. Because I am old and was in highschool before Youtube was a thing. So you. It wasn't like a subscription even for you is more like you had to find old issues ordering old issues me and my friend Nathan. Order old issues. And we were like what the? The pages go backward. I don't have I don't have too much context on it I. The only thing I know is from researching. For different videos and I think the H K s up to speed talk a little bit about it but I know about like Daijiro but only in the context of like the early eighties like trying to set. Speed records and stuff. So I know he's crazy dude. I'm excited to see like more of his history. He's the editor in chief. Yeah. I'm the editor in chief of donut. So sounds like pretty similar types of guys. He sets land speed records. I have a sixteen pound Golden doodle pretty similar. I bought a baby pool. Last weekend. Yeah. What to do with that baby pool? Who I wait till the sun warms up and then I, lay in Baby poor record for. Longest Soak. Actually it's. It's it's too cold. Over me background that hose waters chilly Boyd's it comes from underneath the ground I just put my feet in it. Casey cocktail hour. Okay. Let's let's. Option. Actor Jonah Hold Digression about how I wish I had yard to put a baby pool into half cocktail hour but it's not so much. What option magazine covered that EXCITES US although we obviously love tuner cars and the JD M. Market. It's the way that option talked about cars that was most revolutionary.
"james pomfret" Discussed on Past Gas
"Yeah I! Want a good spot man. Going into the nineteen eighty-four season Lotus and Brabham were seriously considering Senate. However politics were getting in the way of deal Lotus considered replacing their current driver Nigel Mansell with Santa, but they're sponsor. The British owned imperial tobacco wanted a British driver. A similar situation occurred at Bramham when their sponsor. Italian, dairy manufacturer Parma lacked insisted on talion driver. Eventually senator signed with Toleman, he was twenty two already been driving for eighteen years already seriously competing for half of his young life, after years of dedication and sacrifice, he was at the top of the world, competing on a formula, one team, his F one debut would be held where his journey began his home country of Brazil at the one, thousand, nine, hundred, four Brazilian Grand Prix held in Rio de Janeiro. For Senate. This achievement must have felt like the end of a very long road, but everything that occurred up until this point was merely an origin story, a pre cool to what would prove to be perhaps the most storied and tragic career in formula, one history Senate had already proven himself to be a hero on the race track, a born winner who lived up to every challenge set in his path. A story wasn't that of an underdog. It was that of a champion. And it was only just beginning, and that's where we'll pick up on next week's episode of pass gas boom. You cited who who? This guy I am fired a. I'm here for this. He's just an example of just someone who had the ability and devoted his life to that cause, and was able to really make happen now. He wasn't focused on anything else besides Daf. Going round them twisties. He's like I. Know what I got. No tire kickers just. What I want. Yeah well. Yeah, well. We'll see next next week. It wasn't as easy as he thought it would be but there's definitely triumph in his early years in the one, it's a really cool story, so stick around and and check that out because the series going to be great. We're going to be doing three more episodes on Senna. We know where we're going this time. We have a set. That's the nation. There's cars in this series. Yeah, and There's no. Beatles there? We will do an entire episode on the yardbirds, so check that out. Just kidding Yeah, this is GonNa, be a great series and I'm really excited and I think this is something that a lot of people have been asking for for a while and it felt right to do it so i. hope you guys enjoyed that episode. follow follow us. Follow donut. If you haven't watched our channel I, think you'd really like it if you enjoyed this This episode of pass gas our at don't media on Youtube. If you WANNA. Watch us do this from the comfort of your couch or TV, checkout doughnut podcasts are second channel. Followed James on twitter and Instagram at James pomfret and followed Joe at Joji Weber. Very funny boys over there. Follow me not so funny boy at nine. Years so funny. I wish I was better at twitter, though some people are so, people are hard. Twitter is hard anyway. and follow donut on social media for some behind the scenes looks. At media all right that'd be. Kind fired up. Get her done..
"james pomfret" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"In Hong Kong where school is out after several days that have seen some of the worst violence in the five month pro democracy campaign the authorities that took the decision to close all of the territory schools and kindergartens until the beginning of next week several universities by contrast are hives of activity but not to the educational kind many pro democracy protesters have taken up residence in the barricading themselves in and preparing the kinds of makeshift weapons from bows and arrows to breaks which is already being used in pitched battles with the police this Chinese post graduate student Jiang who is standing at Hong Kong's Baptist university said the protest for making life difficult hi there sure Connell because of the situation and the fact our classes have been changed online courses we think the main nine might be a bit safer the situation is making it hard for us to go to class and it had a definite psychological effect on us the Hong Kong police spokesman J. shin Chung told a news conference at the protest to take in what he said was another step towards terrorism and it was time for the violence to stop it's time to wake up no civilized society can tolerate this dangerous and even deadly level violence regardless of the political motives you cannot fight for freedom of speech by silencing people who disagree with you you cannot fight for democracy by terrorizing the public to force all the support you you cannot condemn brutality by brutalizing people who hold different views tingles and if you still refuse to cut ties with prices if you're still looking for excuses to defend righteous you are indeed and then the pines Royce is that chief correspondent James Pomfret is that one of the universities in Hong Kong and joins us now James where are you what's the situation like that today I'm not one of those six universities in Hong Kong pretty much barricaded themselves away from and any possible speech for police are on it holy the polytechnique university which at the moment it's just a hard facts to receive those those students just milling around the the cooking there own meals they're they're engaging in firing practices petrol ball homes are rose other than it and seeds swimming pool on campus where the stop falling foods Greeks and it's it looks like they're hunkering down quite a while and the violence when it's happened has been has been pretty bad it it how's that this week has seen a couple of very extreme incidents so but but if you think of a protester earlier this week that inflame the situation somewhat people that there was also a massive slash at the Chinese University where police fired over two thousand rounds of tear gas in attempt an evening fights with with the protesters so off of that all the all of the universities in solidarity they also pretty much barricaded themselves to try to it's not clear where it's going to go from here but some if if the police to try to move in all these universities where they'll they'll definitely be mess with with the violence and the structural problems being protects all mouse briefly James is there any sense yet of what impact this is having on on the public view of the protests I think the the public it's that they're all elements now with it all increasingly concerned the the violent earned but the protesters are taking that there is some shift in public opinion but thirty three two will also enjoy you know quite quite a widespread public support just just simply because the police service a perceived to is being being Sir Roussel winning something down against the protesters over the past five months James but it hasn't completely shifted against the protesters James Pomfret ten from roaches that on one of the university campuses in Hong Kong well at schools as I mentioned off close Dennis Kwok is a member of Hong Kong's Legislative Council from the civic party and he's been one of those pushing for that to happen I think we should be asking the kids to go out there to attend school all other activities so we've called on the government to stop school for a week initially they disagree but I think they see the reality of the situation that it is not safe for students kids to go to school for the whole week but is not an initial close my eyes a little and I've been calling all sides to end the violence it is not the way to go I called on the radical protest is to end violence I also called the police to stop the brutality and the escalation of violence the responsibility ultimately lies with the Hong Kong I see our government that they hold the keys to ending this impasse and the best thing they could do is to stop a commission of inquiry to look into police brutality and that will really help in lowering the temperatures on the streets what about the violence has come from the side of some of the protesters that needs to be looked into as well doesn't it first of all I I said again that we called on all sides to end the violence and if someone breaks the law they will be arrested by the police and prosecutors so from your point of view the onus is very much on the government that they're the ones that have to make the next move they're the ones who have to see that the situation I mean eighty percent of the Hong Kong people once the commission of acquiring the popularity racing off Caroline's government is now in the minus twenty so the support is recall on that legitimate see off the Hong Kong government is in serious question is one possible action that might help to bring down the level of violence a curfew a curfew will not work you know what this protest was triggered by a possible passage of a draconian law called extradition you're not going to resolve the situation by having even more draconian boys regulation they enacted the anti Mostel a month ago has it helped anything no it's actually gone people even angrier so having more laws and regulations more police is not going to resolve the situation because I have been rumors of a curfew possibly being imposed if I've heard the same room if yeah if I want to know the details if that were to happen would it make the situation worse in your opinion absolutely Kathy would be very damaging for Hong Kong very damaging to our international financial sense the status and also it is not going to resolve the situation in fact people would be even angrier because this whole movement is about our liberties about fighting for a free Hong Kong if the government thinks that having more laws in place carping people's freedom and liberty is gonna resolve anything and they are extremely out of touch with the people to return and finally to the question of the the young people and those are university of the moment to a scene to becoming angry at those at school who are unable to sit in their classrooms today what impact is this whole having do you think on the younger generation I think you know you're looking at a whole generation being rapid clients because of what they've seen happen to their friends what they seen happen on the streets how people are not the young people are very unhappy very angry and if they don't want the entire generation loss they better do something soon I'm Kong legislator Dennis Quoc the Zimbabwean government is presenting his annual budget today in the midst of the country's worst economic crisis in years this report for the BBC Shangai New Yorker on a barren patch of open ground hundreds of elderly men and women all waiting for may's handouts an unfolding economic crisis compounded by drought as Bruce around Hafizabad was population to the point of starvation my poor attitude seventy two year old scholastic I know my out has worked miles to get here but the distribution has been postponed and she's left empty handed finding money for food and medication on her own is a struggle he's a and and what are they for for diabetes and these ones here blood pressure but you need to eat them with food yes it was the food including a flask somebody to give so that they can take and how does it make you feel your chairman you cry who do you cry for governor think of your children she was a journalist you have to be detached to some of the stories are so difficult to hear these are the most of phone support of this country and they are just struggling to just kind of bike to food to eat on a daily basis it's just twenty three please once one of Africa's most prosperous nations the Bob way is facing economic collapse only one in five people have formal jobs and is a shortage of cash fuel and power the government blames western economic sanctions its critics say excessive spending rampant corruption and failed policies are to blame public service is on the brink health service workers on strike it's just the sound of my foot steps in this clinic ward but on a normal day they'd be a hive of activity wailing newborn babies hundreds of people receiving medical care but they've all been turned away and is only one knows that work in this sprawling complex and she is overwhelmed it's costing lives one woman's nineteen year old niece died of heart failure I want to take care to the TV that's good and take it to the team because the exact clothes then services and also the will speak to his leg he told them don't says then she passed away after two days we couldn't take it to a little spittle because it's expensive now one of the doctors to sign the forms so that we can full full burial but we can yeah in the morning but up to now where the this saves you don't strike for two months inflation has slash the center reduced by eighty percent so at the moment is against and active with nothing from an office is reality the principal tell is one of almost three hundred fired for taking part in the strikes he's trying to fight for our own survival in the moment maybe the government sent in this impossible moment was is that it was not wargame dying of hunger I can't even as it also kind enough for the cities that I'm providing the government sees it cannot afford to increase the wages but top officials regularly get medical treatment abroad at the taxpayers expense two years since the food Rowbottom Gabi the man who replaced an innocent Managua came in on a wave of good will and optimism he promised change he promised and aims to the corruption and a new start for a nation with so much potential but as she shows me a collection of plastic bottles she's been gathering Scholastica has see none of those things she doesn't know why she collects the plastic who will buy it she's been doing this out of a sense of hope this is rapidly ebbing away and that report was by Xing guy New York in Zimbabwe you're listening to news now from the BBC world service it's the B. B. C. news hour on WNYC in New York stay tuned coming up this morning on the Brian Lehrer show here a new community health project where listeners can compare the costs of everyday medical procedures like mammograms and am our eyes.
"james pomfret" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Coming to you live from London I'm James Menendez I'm gonna stop straight away today in Hong Kong and specifically the Legislative Council parliament that because there was some Celtic scenes earlier today when Carrie lam that's Hong Kong's chief executive stood up to deliver her annual state of the nation policy address opposition lawmakers began shouting and cheering as she tried to speak some demanding she resigned others holding up posters showing her with blood on her hands about the way she handled the protests that have been going on for four months now purchase that began because of her desire to push through a law allowing extradition to mainland China well miss lamb couldn't continue in the chamber the session was canceled and she was forced to deliver the speech by video link one minute she called for an end to the protests an outline measures to try to ease Hong Kong's chronic housing shortage one of the news conference after she responded to criticism that she hadn't said anything about universal suffrage in the speech one of the demands now of the protesters I do not agree I also need to the view that to Hong Kong's rights and liberties and freedoms have been you wrote it in what sort of the way Hong Kong still a very free society we have freedom of speech freedom of journalism and and so on as far as democracy in this is an extremely complicated subject which we have two full field a constitutional reclines soul for a policy address tool totally ignore those constitutional requirements and undertake to provide to a certain forms of universal suffrage for the people of Hong Kong is not the responsible act well one of those lawmakers who disrupted carry lambs speech in the chamber is Tanya chan who represents Hong Kong island I asked her why in a pause for months because all the extradition bill lots of Hong Kong people suffered because of tear gas because of police brutality and because all her in capability and this is the first day all a new left school year so as a legislator this is solid UT this is our obligation to show her and to bring Hong Kong people's voice directly in front of her but by interrupting the session the extradition bill couldn't be withdrawn formally so what was the point we have already said that it's too late to too late she decided to withdraw the bill only after almost three months off demonstration given decided to record and that was gonna be withdrawn formally today but that hasn't happened because of the pressure test don't worry I'm sure that the administration as well as do pro establishment cam most you got that the bill would be withdrawn that which seems to add the calls all all these problems Connell's being solved by them but that's not true and that's not the reality due to their incapability all of our government in the past four months and due to the police brutality Hong Kong people have more the monistat needs to be answered as soon as possible but I played Carrie lam stepping down as leader do you want her to go definitely because I don't think she has the capability as well as of right mentality to govern Hong Kong she's not living in her own world or even in the case without understanding local people and for example like the content of the policy address she is living in the past and nothing mentioned in her policy addressed to address the problems happening in Hong Kong at the present moment what do you think Beijing makes of the the scenes today in part and I'm just wondering that if you're a senior Communist Party leader and you're watching the chaos in parliament's anything well okay if this is democracy will bit partial democracy if this is free speech well then it looks like chaos and we're not going to tolerate this and and and and president she said as much the other day did you talk about any attempt to divide China would end in forty smashing bones ground to prouder are you worried what Beijing is good is there Beijing I understand the date of loss of worries by controlling people by stopping people exercising their freedoms all rights well full local people all we want to east the Chinese government to let us have the one country two systems we want to have hot I'll talk to me that swatches they have promised before more than twenty years ago but why the Chinese government now is taking a way out of the box all rights and for all these years all we want is to uphold our values and to protect our rights and freedoms Hong Kong maker Tonya Chambliss cause analysis with James Pomfret is chief correspondent for Reuters news agency in Hong Kong James good to have you with us on the program what my Beijing's reaction to what happened today in the chamber bay bowl of Beijing house you know they they they all concerned about the situation in Hong Kong leaves like conducts specs the protests to terrorism very day we will all be pleased with what happened today it's the first time a leader in Hong Kong has ever been forced to make such a humiliating will sort of cancellation of the annual policy address suite which ladies all policies of policy blueprint for the year Sir by sync Beijing they they do realize the situation still more in control than on calling and this kind of scene is expected to continue will Communist Party leaders be losing confidence in Carrie lam to think all privately Chinese sources to tell us they have lost confidence in her but so now that there's no there's no viable replacement part of the problem is the the nature of the role any chief executives who was stock between a rock and a hard place between the people of Hong Kong who want democracy on Beijing's conservative leaders to all intend on maintaining control through you know hard line means I'm Karen I'm today total about housing images to try and ease that the housing shortage to what extent is that the the the heart of the process or is it gone way beyond that now is it just about politics in Hong Kong status to be honest the sense is she she's trying to divert attention a little bit away from the core issues she didn't also all the products the protest is in this policy address which which is supposed to be you know an amalgamation of of the most considered policies going forward in in the coming years Sir she's on time to prepare for this but she's come up with nothing themselves of using the protesters say the housing issue is it is a deep underlying problem an on call it's it's one of the most expensive cities in the world for housing but I think people just weren't in the mood to really welcome those measures of this time gift giving the lingering on the rest could she make any concessions to to the protest is all all her hands tied that's a really good point James and you know all reporting has indicated to you know with the but her hands on indeed very tight to tight and she she said in a leaked recording hotel rooms to new maneuver is very very very limited and once finished you are as like like the protests of reached a kind of national security level for for Beijing so publicly she's saying she contacts but some the reality is that you know she's pretty much a lame duck governments of the moment thank you very much that was James conference chief correspondent for Reuters set based in Hong Kong.
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"From the BBC world service in London with me Rebecca Casspi and we begin in Hong Kong where earlier today several prominent pro democracy activists were arrested by the authorities ahead of yet more planned but a legal demonstrations this weekend the authorities in Hong Kong a warning that anyone who takes part in those demonstrations could face a jail sentence of up to five years the regional commander of Hong Kong island Patrick quote pack Chung gave the warning as a news conference we appeal to all members of the public not to participate in any unauthorized public events tomorrow since our report has held police decisions to bend the post public gathering participating in an on off price assembly is an offense under section sixteen of all the all the constructor two forty five of the Hong Kong a maximum penalty is five years imprisonment when is a marked shift in tactics by the Hong Kong government which had been suggesting a period of dialogue with protest is more on that in a moment first though among those arrested this morning was one of the protest leaders Joshi will one he was later released on bail we managed to get through to him just before we came on air and he told me what happened today morning will wear and eek when stung from home I just saw the arrest by five poets without any expectation and is ready to surprise and arrest me with free charges which include organizing inciting I'm participating on all fronts assembly to months ago and around often which means few hours ago Hong Kong government the department of justice just prosecute me with the free charges which means that I need to face a trial soon in the next few months and did you have access to a lawyer I still have access to a lawyer but with those restriction and limitation I have really enough time to discuss with my lawyer and hollow and reasonably Ron battle with condition which includes I need to stay at home every night from eleven PM to the next days seven AM in the morning and a holiday denying my travel aboard from October is also surprised and unnecessary so you're effectively under a curfew then yes and just tell us you've been released on bail is that right did you have to pay very much money yeah I need to pay around ten thousand Hong Kong dollar and thirty so that's about a thousand US dollars and for a university student is really hot for me look for it so what happens to you next Joshua what are you gonna do I will continue to join the protest if an I've been prosecuted and the trial will start all in the second week of November but even I've just been released from prison on meat of June and suddenly being arrested again I will still keep on to join the fight and now is the time for us to never step backward I mean you'll be you're gonna break your curfew then you you're planning on staying out on the streets and joining the protest as you're going to be arrested again then surely I am not sure will with the arrest me again in the next field ones especially never stated that for under offering Tyrone Brooks but with all the courage and determination and even a loss of activists face nearest in prison of jail terms we still need to show a unity but the Hong Kong police now a saying that anyone who takes part in tomorrow's demonstration could face up to five years in jail it is an illegal demonstration should you call it off to prevent trouble and prevent your colleagues and friends ending up in jail trouble is come from Hong Kong Goffman not protester and we all know that you've been dating long all rights and assembly of protest in the future Hong Kong people will still have their own ways and not fall to gather on street and we will never give up but just recently the chief executive of Hong Kong Carrie lam has been promising dialogue with you the protest as she says she's open to hearing ideas what happens is that why is that not taken place dialogue with Carrie lam is not the way out we all know that Carolyn is not the decision maker she is just the leader off the city does have picked a Beijing okay you say dialogue with Carrie lam is not the way out what is the way out for you now political crisis myself a critical system reform free election is the only way out Wall Huckabee brought them one thing is just having free election we need to elect our own government is the open man the plate by BG but how you possibly going to achieve that you've got the Chinese army over the boundaries that lots of people are worried that this could really escalates and it could affect how many people people could get hurt with our courage and determination we still continue I'll fight and now is the time for both leaders to aware that sending troops to Hong Kong must not be a way out you very prominent in the pro democracy campaign you one of the most recognized faces of it are you worried that you may end up in jail for many years are you worried about your own safety I've been arrested loss of time and being checked for free times I'm not surprised that I may be check out in the future but I hope the world could know that how Hong Kong people the surf the mantra see that was pro democracy activists Joshi will one that shortly after being released on bail well this weekend marks five years since Beijing ruled out fully democratic elections in the territory anniversary this long to Lisa fuel even more discontent among the demonstrators James Pomfret of the Reuters news agency in Hong Kong has been following the arrests today I asked him why they were happening now Venus sentence that Beijing is starting to take a harder line towards Hong Kong in the past couple of weeks we've herbs companies like Cathay Pacific squeezed stock being fired for having social media posts on on the process we've heard searches of passengers crossing the border from Hong Kong into China so the situation is still very fluid it's still tends earned this really fits in with with the entire trend of China wanting to take a harder line to quell these protests rather than actually meeting the demands of the protesters which might actually be a lot easier but this seems to be a complete about face turned by the Hong Kong authorities because in recent weeks Carrie lam has been talking about dialogue with protest is of course all the way through this been suspicion that she's being heavily influenced by Beijing and you've been reporting now that to this witness testimony that supports that suspicion yes the room for Carrie lam to act upon mislead in resolving this crisis is very limited according to some senior sources B. to discussions on this crisis it's reaffirming what everyone assumes anyway the China calls the shots but it's the big boss behind everything but giving proof is being very difficult and we we managed to do that in a report today it clearly indicates the Hong Kong government spin review try to reach out to Beijing they've been describing the sentiment amongst the public the protesters and they they did suggest meeting some of the demands of the protesters but those full rejected by Beijing it seems Beijing has decided to take a firm grip on the situation which is what they do in mainland China so you've got this on sources from both sides of the boundary in in Hong Kong and also in staging yes that's right it was very important I think to try to get soundings from the Hong Kong government and from the Chinese government on what's actually being going on that there's been a lot of misinformation flying around people on shoal what is real and dogs Sir it seems at this stage the the the protesters Dimond's aren't going to be met so you you can only assume that the protests will continue we had more troop movements in the past couple of days can you give us an update on what we know that situation we just heard on all the videos that was released of another army exercise on the border with Hong Kong Sir these videos are intended to send a signal to the Hong Kong public works there is every possibility that China could intervene I don't sing from my sources they don't think that that is likely to be any immediate form of intervention light sieve of either the military all the paramilitary police but you know that clearly saber rattling the stalls shakeup people's confidence would staging James Pomfret that of the Reuters news agency and Hong Kong.