No commentary today, not feeling like I have anything insightful to add. Some comments in the entries below. Thanks for reading. The Essential Eight 1. Hong Kong boiling Hong Kong crisis escalates over China extradition bill - The Washington Post A petition circulated online called for 50,000 people to gather at the Legislative Council offices in central Hong Kong late Tuesday and surround the building through the night in anticipation of Wednesday’s debate by lawmakers. By Tuesday evening, police had already begun cordoning off areas around the offices.