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This was taken a little over a year ago. Since I have been redoing my website, I came across this and had some thoughts.

A few posts ago, I gave a list of things I will always take photos of. Thinking back, I forgot one thing; that of older men smoking. Dunno why, but I find it makes for an interesting element to a photo. Stranger so, as I am a non-smoker.

This was taken on the one year anniversary of what some call the Magic Bullet Show. What the Magic Bullet show refers to was the shooting of Taiwanese President Chen, Shui-Ben and Vice President Annette Lu, both shot with a single, homemade bullet. Neither were seriously injured. What brings up the ire of the thousands at this rally was that it occurred just one day before a federal election, one in which Chen and his DPP party were slightly behind according to the polls at the time of the shooting. However, with the shooting, the DPP and Chen/Lu received a slight surge which was enough to keep them in office. Many in the KMT and other opposition parties are suspicious of the shooting, suggesting that perhaps it was staged in order to gain sympathy during the election. They point out that the bullet used had almost no stopping power. Also, shortly after being arrested, the suspected perpetrator killed himself, perhaps taking state secrets to the grave. To the best of my knowledge, the shots were not fired from a book depository window, nor from a grassy knoll.

This year and last, there have been large rallies denouncing Chen. Fortunately, this was held late in the day, allowing for some really nice, golden light to shoot in.

As an aside, the Taiwanese are quite rabid in their political demonstrations. It seems that many times a year there are rallies, usually centered near the Presidential Building, that attract 100 000+ (sometimes by large multiples) of screaming, flag waving enthusiasts. These can take the forum of KMT or DPP reallies, anti China rallies, or for any number of other reasons. This is very different to my Canadian eyes, as I really can't ever remember a single demonstration in Canada that would draw such a number of people, yet it is commonplace here. My guess is that this happens in Taiwan because Taiwan is a relatively young democracy, and has a huge communist threat a very few kilometers away. People here are not as complacent as perhaps we are in the west.

This is the first shot I have posted from my 70-200 in some time and it is a year old photo. Boy, my shooting style has changed.

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