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"Good morning, Hong Kong."

On the 31st of August, the Standing Committee of National People’s Concgress released their proposition for Hong Kong’s 2016 and 2017 Political Reform. It essentially states that Hong Kong’s 2017 Chief Executive Election will institute a system called the Nomination Committee, who will choose two to three different candidates for popular vote. After popular election of one of the nominated candidates, the new Chief Executive “will have to be appointed by the Central People’s Government.”

Members of the Scholarism movement (a student-led Hong Kong activist group) planned for university and secondary school students to skip classes on the 22nd and 26th of September to protest on the streets. OCLP (Occupy Central with Love and Peace) also had a protests planned for the 1st of October, the national holiday celebrating the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, but the Scholarism protests led them to begin prematurely.

On the night of 26th of September, several hundred demonstrators managed to get into the courtyard of the Central Government Complex, who were immediately surrounded and blockaded by the Hong Kong Police Force. The HKPF refused to let protesters within the courtyard leave, use any bathrooms or receive any external aid such as medical care, food or water. This action had rallied student sympathizers across the city to attend the protests, greatly increasing the number of protesters. It also made OCLP announce that the protest would begin on the dawn 27th of September instead.

The demonstrators in the courtyard of the Central Government Complex were eventually removed sometime over the weekend, but the resultant stand-off between protesters and police forces continued elsewhere in Hong Kong. From Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and even Mong Kok. The tension would finally break when the police engaged protesters with riot shields, batons, pepper spray and tear gas.

What was supposed to be a nightlong protest ended up putting the city on hold over the weekend, with protesters continuing to stay on the streets on the morning of the 29th (don’t forget, Hong Kong’s timezone is GMT +0800).

The picture itself was submitted on Facebook by a news station in Hong Kong called Apple Daily.

Please spread awareness. I grew up in this city and it hurts to see this happening to a place I love.

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Ferguson police are being sued for $40mil, +++ some of the officers are facing individual lawsuits for rights infringement. fucking break those cops. 


this is some of the best news I’ve had in days and I want you to be excited about it too

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Egypt, China, Russia and Iran’s governments have now all criticized the USA over the human rights being broken in Ferguson. 

What a fucking embarrassment.

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Astronauts just found life in space, we kid you not

Russian cosmonauts have discovered something remarkable clinging to the outside of the International Space Station: living organisms.

Results of the experiment are absolutely unique" | Follow micdotcom

They’re real

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Last night police in riot gear marched down West Florissant Avenue, ordering people to leave the area and firing tear gas onto the streets. Police even fired tear gas into the backyard of a home where several people held their “hands up” in what’s become a symbol of protest over the shooting of Michael Brown.

Daily RFT caught the melee on video.

The incident occurred after police had already evacuated nearly everybody on West Florissant Avenue. Between tear gas firings, a police officer bellowed “go home” into a loudspeaker. It took about an hour, but nearly everybody within vicinity of the police left the streets.

Yet a group of four male protesters remained defiant on West Florissant, screaming profanities at the police and putting their hands in the air. The police responded with threats of tear gas.

"Turn around and leave or we will deploy gas," shouted a police officer through a loudspeaker. Residents in their backyards pleaded for the men to get out of the street. After a few minutes of prodding, they did so. But the police still decided to advance.

Standing in his backyard along with a few friends and family was 24-year-old Rich West. And after seeing the police deploy tear gas as they marched down the empty street, West and his friends felt like protesting.

"You go home! You go home!" they chanted. As the police come closer, they all put their hands up.

Once again, the police officer with the megaphone ordered the protesters to go home.

"We’re in our yard!" they responded.

At one point West walked to his fence with his hands high up in the air.

"This my property! This my property!" he shouted, prompting police to fire a tear gas canister directly at his face. He moved at the last second.

"This my shit!" West screamed irately after narrowly avoiding the gas canister. Eventually a friend grabbed him and pulled him back to calm him down.

"This is my backyard! This is my shit!" West continued screaming into the camera. He turned to the police: "Y’all go the fuck home!"

"This is our home. This is our residence," West’s brother added. "Why do you think people say ‘fuck the police?’ Because of that shit."

Flora Busby, West’s mother, a soft-spoken woman in her 60s, came into the backyard to see if her sons were alright.

"We in our backyard!" she said. "Why you gotta shoot us?"

Again West shouted at the police. And again they fired another gas canister into the yard — this one nearly hitting his house.

"It’s pure ignorance," West responded after catching his breath. "I pay property taxes here. I should be able to be in my backyard any time."

He said that regular harassment by the Ferguson police department, often in the form of traffic stops, has been occurring ever since he was sixteen years old.

"They ain’t gotta be throwing tear gas in my backyard," added Busby. "This is my property. We were just standing back there, my son was standing back there, and I go to see about him and they threw it."

She continued: “I’m angry about that. They shouldn’t be doing that. And they didn’t need to kill the poor little boy.”

This whole fucking thing is sickening. People in this area aren’t even safe on their on own property. So many of the stories I’ve read from this can be considered acts of fucking terrorism against this community and its protesters. These cops make me sick.

jesus extreme christ.

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sunvapor said: What the fucks happening in Ferguson?


Alright, i’m gonna sit down and basically explain the situation in this ask so everyone of my followers knows why i’m so pissed.

Michael Brown, a 17 - 18 year old african american boy was unlawfully shot (8-10 times supposedly) by police in St Louis, Missouri on saturday, august 9th, 2014. He was unarmed, and had done nothing to attract suspicion other than the fact that he was black. His body was left in the street for 4 hours. (beware: somewhat graphic image linked)

There are several claims from witnesses (see: Dorian Johnson’s account and video [HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING UP ON HIS ACCOUNT, ITS VERY SPECIFIC] — Brown’s friend who experienced the situation first hand, La’Toya Cash and Phillip Walker— Ferguson residents nearby the incident),  that fall together in generally close claims. However, the only one who’s claim seems out of place is the police officer’s who shot Brown. Who, by the way, is put off on paid administrative leave AND who’s name remained under anonymity for his safety (However, attorney Benjamin Crump is looking for a way to force release his name). He claims that Brown began to wrestle the officer for his gun and tried attacking him after he told Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson (22) to “get the f*ck on the sidewalk”.

According to Johnson, after a minor confrontation on the officer’s part where he grabbed Brown by the neck and then by the shirt, the officer pulled his gun on Brown and shot him at point blank range on the right side of his body. Brown and Johnson were able to get away briefly and started running. However, Brown was shot in the back, supposedly disabling him from getting very far. He turned around with his arms in the air and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” By this point, Brown and the officer were face to face as the cop shot him several times in the face and chest until he was finally dead. Johnson ran to his apartment and by the sound of his account, seemingly had some sort of panic attack. Later he emerged from his home to see Brown still laying in the streets. People were gathered with their cellphones, screaming at the police.

According to msnbc, the police refuse to interview Johnson at all, despite his amazing courage to come forward. They didn’t wanna hear it. They only listened to the cop’s account of it all and were vague with the media on what they thought happened. They’ve also refused to commit to a timeline in releasing autopsy results and other investigation information.

Numerous rumors are sweeping around such as Brown stealing candy from a QuickTrip, the store he emerged from calling the cops on him, Brown reaching for a gun, Brown attacking the cop first, ect. But these have all been debunked. (I know a lot of these have been debunked, but im having a hard time finding sources. if anyone could help out and link some legit ones id be SO grateful)

The event in and of itself was terrible, but now it has escalated beyond belief. Around 100 or more people, mostly black, went to the police station to protest peacefully. Things quickly turned bad as martial law got involved and authorities were bringing in K9s, tanks, heavy artillery, ect. The heavy police presence only made things worse as riots began to break out and looting and vandalism started. [ x ] [ x ] [ x ]

Now, as of very recently, the media has been banned from Ferguson. There is also a No-Fly zone above Ferguson for the reason of “ TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES ” as said on the Federal Aviation Commission’s website. Cop cars are lined up on the borders to prevent people from entering/leaving. Media outlets are being threatened with arrest. It completely violates our amendments and everything.

It’s becoming increasingly scary and difficult to find out whats going on over there. I’m afraid this is all the information I have, though. If anybody else knows anything about the situation, please feel free to add on or correct any mistakes i’ve made as i’m no expert on writing these things.

And as a personal favor, i’d really appreciate anyone to give this a reblog in order to spread the word. I think it’s a shame that this is going on in our own country yet so few people know about it. Help me make this topic huge and get this as much attention as possible.

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If bees become extinct we will have exactly 4 YEARS to live on this planet. I don’t understand how “not giving a fuck” is more important than your life…

okay, I have a thing to say about this. I’m no expert on bees, but I am a biologist (and entomologist) so I think there is something I can contribute that’ll be of worth.

I agree entirely with the sentiment that we must protect honeybees. Obviously they are massively important for biodiversity, as well as pollinating food crops for humans. There is no doubt that if all the honeybees in the world were to vanish in a day that the consequences would be dire.

However, I disagree that the main cause for concern regarding honeybee death is the use of Genetically Modified (GM) crops. I’d be very interested to read a research paper that says ‘GM crops have killed millions of honeybees’, if indeed such a paper exists because in all honesty I find it highly unlikely that this is a true statement.

Let’s start with some facts about GM crops:

1. The development of GM crops is a highly regulated process, bound by strict country-specific legislature. A great number of trials are carried out long before commercial planting of a GM crop is even considered. It is these trials, and accompanying laboratory studies, that ensure a GM crop is safe to non-target organisms (such as honeybees) by investigating direct and indirect effects (Nap et al. 2003).

2. Crops that are genetically modified to express insecticidal proteins (for crop pest control) have a high level of specificity. This means that the insecticidal proteins being produced by the GM plant will only affect a narrow range of insect groups because of the chemical properties of the protein. For example, GM crops expressing insecticidal proteins sourced from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) will only target some Lepidopteran pests (caterpillars; Romeis et al. 2006). Furthermore, a recent meta-analysis of the literature found that GM Bt crops do not negatively affect the survival of adult honeybees or their larvae (Duan et al. 2008).

3. GM crops can be tailored such that the novel gene is expressed only in particular parts of the plant. For example, GM Bt rice plants express the toxin in the stems but not the grains (Datta et al. 1998). This technique means that gene expression can be excluded from the flowers/pollen of the crop plant, so that bees and other pollinators would not be affected. Neat, huh?

So those are a token few reasons why GM crops are safer than perhaps many people believe (as the result of a lot of questionable, non-scientific articles). To come back to our main point about honeybee death, I would like to briefly mention a few alternative explanations for the recent decline in honeybee populations. These are as follows:

1. Many bees have died as the result of broad-spectrum insecticide use. These are pesticides that lack specificity, and can be harmful to non-target organisms. Neonicotinoids are a well-studied example of this (Decourtye & Devillers, 2010). Not to worry, though, because many broad-spectrum pesticides including neonics are well on their way out. Indeed, the EU recently banned a large cohort of neonic pesticides. This is still a topic of controversy, mind (Goulson, 2013).

2. Many bees have died as the result of Varroa mite infestation. Imagine you’ve been bitten by several ticks, except those ticks are the size of dinner plates. That gives you an idea of the severity of a Varroa mite infestation on a single developing bee. The parasitisation of bees by Varroa mites and other parasites is often accompanied by disease transmission. This can result in colonies dying within two years after infestation (Johnson, 2011).

3. Many bees have died as the result of ‘colony collapse disorder’.  This is a phrase that has popped up a lot recently, and is basically an umbrella term for the various causes of bee death including parasite infestation, disease transmission, environmental stresses, and management stresses such as poor nutrition (Johnson, 2011). Colony collapse has been attributed to broad-spectrum pesticide use in some instances. However, it is has still been observed in countries where broad-spectrum pesticides have been withdrawn (in the EU, like I mentioned earlier; Johnson, 2011).

So those are my main points. Please excuse the bullet-point nature of this; I was trying to keep it fairly short. Not sure I managed that haha. But anyway, my take-home message is that GM crops are not the enemy when it comes to honeybee decline. If anything, bees are at much greater danger from the use of broad-spectrum pesticides and from parasites and diseases. Using GM can even help to alleviate some of the problems associated with broad-spectrum pesticides, as they greatly reduce the need to apply such chemicals (Romeis et al. 2006).

A finishing note: Do your homework. Go on google scholar and read some of the literature, making sure it is recent (within the past 10-15 years). Literature reviews are a great way to find out what the consensus is on any given topic. Don’t use popular media as your main source of information where science is concerned; they tend to favour scandal and exaggeration. You want to know what’s really going on? Check out some research articles and see for yourself.

Thanks for sticking it through to the end of this impromptu mini-essay! —Alice


Datta, K., Vasquez, A., Tu, J., Torrizo, L., Alam, M. F., Oliva, N., Abrigo, E., Khush, G. S., & Datta, S. K. (1998). Constitutive and tissue-specific differential expression of the cryIA (b) gene in transgenic rice plants conferring resistance to rice insect pest. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 97(1-2), 20-30.

Decourtye, A., & Devillers, J. (2010). Ecotoxicity of neonicotinoid insecticides to bees. In Insect nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (pp. 85-95). Springer New York.

Duan, J. J., Marvier, M., Huesing, J., Dively, G., & Huang, Z. Y. (2008). A meta-analysis of effects of Bt crops on honey bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae). PLoS One, 3(1), e1415.

Goulson, D. (2013). Neonicotinoids and bees: What’s all the buzz?. Significance, 10(3), 6-11.

Johnson, R. (2011). Honey bee colony collapse disorder. DIANE Publishing.

Nap, J. P., Metz, P. L., Escaler, M., & Conner, A. J. (2003). The release of genetically modified crops into the environment. The Plant Journal, 33(1), 1-18.

Romeis, J., Meissle, M., & Bigler, F. (2006). Transgenic crops expressing Bacillus thuringiensis toxins and biological control. Nature biotechnology, 24(1), 63-71.

This commentary is SO important. Succinct and with proper sourcing; beautiful.

It infuriates me when people blame GMO for everything without actually examining the evidence.

The way scientific replies on tumblr should be handled: Sourced and informed.

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[OFFICIAL] [Idol True Colours] Due to the Korean Ferry sinking incident, the “Idol’s True Colour SJ-M” episode that was scheduled to air on April 19th will be put on hold for a week. MCs, guests, and staff at Idol’s True Colours will all be praying for no more tragedies, only more miracles. Hope Chinese audience will understand and pray with us.

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Our thoughts and prayers goes out to the families and those involved in the Sewol Ferry incident today. Praying for your safe return. #PrayForSouthKorea

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It’s alive! Buried deep in the Siberian permafrost scientists found a ‘giant virus’ that has been asleep for 30,000 years. Named Pithovirus sibericum, it contains 500 genes and was revived in the lab. The researchers are now trying to assess if ancient viruses such as this one could pose a threat for humans. via Science Alert/fb

Let’s hope this wasn’t the stupidest thing we’ve ever done.

there are about 16046540210 movies that explain exactly why this could be the stupidest thing we’ve ever done





It’s alive! Buried deep in the Siberian permafrost scientists found a ‘giant virus’ that has been asleep for 30,000 years. Named Pithovirus sibericum, it contains 500 genes and was revived in the lab. The researchers are now trying to assess if ancient viruses such as this one could pose a threat for humans. via Science Alert/fb

Let’s hope this wasn’t the stupidest thing we’ve ever done.

there are about 16046540210 movies that explain exactly why this could be the stupidest thing we’ve ever done

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anyone else feel hella uncomfortable about how self-rightous the US is being about Russia’s anti-gay policies during the olympics?

in my state its still perfectly legal to fire someone for their sexuality and the government basically doesn’t realize that trans people exist

shut the fuck up

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'pro gay' german olympic uniforms

canada’s pro gay PSA about olympic luge

google stands up for gay rights in olympic doodle

this makes me extremely happy

Except these “protests” do little to nothing to actually help queer people.

Let’s start with the fact that the protests against Russia are all couched in the language of “gay rights”— not queer rights, mind you, not lgbt rights, not gender or sexual minority rights… but “gay rights”. This phrasing deliberately refocuses concerns about discrimination and violence away from the most at-risk groups in the lgbt community: the transgender community (and specifically trans women) and refocuses it on the least at-risk group in the community— coincidentally, the faction that often has the most political power and income to fund these sorts of advertisements to begin with.

The term “gay rights” is also a phrasing that chooses to ignore the imperialism that comes with demanding specific WESTERN identities are recognized by the rest of the world. A good deal of resistance against queer and other identities in these places is rooted in the resistance against western imperialism. It’s not that any of these places have never had gender and sexually variant populations of their own— it’s that, in part, the west has claimed a monopoly on classifying these identities and deciding what they mean. By insisting that they are the universal terms of identification and meaning the west is effectively reaching into local populations and saying “we know what you are— you have to identify within our identity system because no other system exists!” which is a way of marking people as outsiders within their own communities which may be engaged in a struggle against other aspects of western power and influence. People are pretty sick of the west meddling in local culture and identities and “gay rights” comes across as another attempt to do so. The more the west pushes itself to be associated with “gay rights” the more that these populations become ostracized and at-risk within their own communities. 

Also, note how most of the countries or corporations above are not actually OPENLY or TRULY supporting these rights? Don’t even get me started on Germany. Germany has so many internal problems with its gsm/queer/lgbt communities and recognizing their rights. Yet, they have a colorful uniform which they OPENLY DENY is in support of gay/lgbt/gsm/etc. rights and people are lauding this? Is Germany changing their own legislation to be more queer-friendly? Fuck no! They’re doing NOTHING. Don’t congratulate them on that. 

Google? Again, what are they changing right now that actually helps people? 

"Canada"? As far as I can tell the CIDI is acting on its own. I can’t find its funding information, but one institute hardly represents an entire country. Also, again, what changes are being made in Canada to actually back up this apparent "support"? Oh, wait… nothing.

Basically you’re looking at a propaganda machine that targets liberal / “social-progress” groups. These propaganda producers are trying to gain credit and support for taking on the role of the whistle-blower. They’re pointing to Russia and saying “How terrible! look! How awful! See, we recognize that it’s awful! That makes us better by comparison!” BUT THEY’RE NOT ACTUALLY TRYING TO ENACT MEANINGFUL CHANGE FROM THAT. THEY’RE JUST TRYING TO USE OUR OUTRAGE AND DISGUST AS PROPAGANDA FOR THEIR OWN NATIONALISM AND/OR CORPORATE IMAGE. THEY ARE LITERALLY DOING NOTHING TO HELP US. THEY ARE ONLY TRYING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF US. WHY IS THIS EVEN A THING WE ARE LAUDING PEOPLE FOR DOING? 

Wow, I am so mad. “Awareness!!!!” is not necessarily support. “Support” is not necessarily meaningful change or impact. We are being used. Please stop rewarding people for using us.

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