Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The face of a healthy democracy

You ever wonder why the U.S. Congress has a "sergeant-at-arms", or why the British Parliament has those yellow lines the MPs aren't supposed to cross?

This photo (from Rick Yi of Taiwan News) is Lee Ao, a Taiwanese parliamentarian. Apparently, the Taiwanese equivalent of a filibuster is to let loose a can of tear gas in the legislature. Hey, practical solutions for practical people.

Unfortunately for Lee, tear gas is notoriously ineffective against the superior lung capacity of most politicians. (You can see this from the picture; Lee himself doesn't actually need to use the gas mask he brought along.) Bug spray, on the other hand...

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