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Saturday, March 20, 2004

Taiwan's president released from hospital

Chen Shui-bian was released from the hospital a few hours ago. Despite having a wound described as being 11 cm long, 2 cm wide, and 2 cm deep, Chen's injury was not life-threatening, and he was stitched up without undergoing general anesthesia. After being released, he and Vice-President Annette Lu, whose wound was relatively superficial, both appeared on local television to urge the public to remain calm in the runup to Saturday's election and to get out and vote for Taiwan's future.

"Independent" legislator Sisy Chen, who dressed as Osama bin Laden on her obnoxious talk show just days after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, was on local media just now accusing the president of "faking" this incident. Reporters at a press conference held by the National Security Bureau were asking questions which seemed to be trying to encourage the public to give credence to Sisy Chen's ludicrous claims.

For "doubting Thomases" like Sisy Chen, I'd recommend taking a look at the bloody images (nix the "blood") of Chen Shui-bian's wound, his jacket just after being shot, and the hole that "magically" appears in the windshield of the Jeep just before the blood becomes visible (part of today's constant video loop).

CORRECTION: Despite the lack of blood on the jacket, there's a lot of other evidence there. Here's the link about the "blood illusion" again. The same article also has a picture of doctors suturing Chen's wound. However, a caption below another photo in that article which reads "Protests have been peaceful so far" is patently false.
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