I wish I was making this up. But I’m not, no I’m not. “Communist Party officials have told residents of China’s violence-stricken west to add a new weapon to their armoury for fighting the country’s war on terror: the frown,” telegraph.co.uk reports. “Inhabitants of Xinjiang, a predominantly Muslim region that is currently the setting for a major security crackdown, should use the ‘angry stare’ as a way of intimidating terror suspects, according to official advice circulated this week on Wechat, the popular social networking service.” OK, that’s absurd. But is it that much more absurd than the rest of the Party’s advice? . . .
[O]fficials advise locals on six “super weapons” that could be used to repel attackers. The mostly conventional list, which was later shared on Wechat, included pitchforks, wooden clubs and spades, all of which officials said could be used to bludgeon assailants into submission.
Speaking of “super weapons” why no guns? Because the people running The People’s Republic know that an armed populace can defend itself against government oppression with the same tools they can use to defeat terrorists. In fact, that could well be a distinction without a difference. [h/t AV]