- The protests are being held in order to achieve universal suffrage in Hong Kong. Although democracy had been promised for 2017 in 2008, China announced this August that Hong Kong people would only be able to vote from a pool of 2-3 specially selected candidates (all of whom would definitely have pro-China sentiments)
- University students held a week-long boycott of classes to protest for true democracy in Hong Kong
- Today riot police were deployed against peaceful protesters. Equipped in full riot gear the police used pepper spray to deter the protesters, mainly students and youths but also some elderly people have reported being sprayed point blank
- It is estimated that over 50,000 people have joined the protest and this number continues to grow
- This is the largest political protest in Hong Kong since our independence from the UK in 1997
- Although the protests remain peaceful, police have now started to use tear gas and have brought out long guns loaded with rubber bullets (there hasn’t yet been a report of any bullets being shot)
- Over 80 arrests have been made including students as young as 16 for taking part in these protests
- They are cutting cell phone receptions in the protest area so that people can’t share any information
- Violence is increasing as police continue to instigate protesters
- All this comes right before the October 1st celebration of the 65th anniversary of founding of the People’s Republic of China
- There are rumours that the PLA (the Chinese army) are going to be brought into the city tonight
More facts about Hong Kong:
- We run under a one country, two systems policy with China meaning that we are part of China but have our own government and laws.
- Protests for universal suffrage have been held throughout the summer but these are the biggest yet
- Anti-China and anti-government sentiments are at their highest levels yet. Survey results showed that 1 in 5 people are thinking of emigrating from the city.
- In June, China issued a white paper essentially telling Hong Kong to remember their place and re-asserting their authority over the city
The scenes from the protest look awful. In my 17 years in Hong Kong I’ve never seen anything like it. The world needs to know about this and say something before we get a recurrence of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
I hope everyone stays safe. Hong Kong stay strong.
— jazzthemagnificent: Sorry, it's late at night and you seem like a very wise person to me so I just had to get this off my chest to someone: how in the world can you cope when you feel like theres much more bad guys in the world than good? Have you thought about these kind of stuff? I don't know, maybe I'm just consuming too much internet. Sigh. Adore your blog, have a nice day man!
Hey, this question means the world to me because as humans we all crave affection and attention. We want people to like us and often times one rude comment, one backstabbing friend, one bad break-up pulls our entire world down.
I know how it feels to think that everyone is against you (especially on an open internet blog) and boy does it suck. Check out the following positivity and uplifting links though, they make me feel better :)
Oh wow, I was having such a shitty day but I just went through the first couple of links. God bless you, you are the person we all need in our lives.
I thought this may be useful or inspiring for some people (especially Dark Fantasy writers). There are many more, but these are the most common creatures:
-Xana: They are nymphs of nordic features (normally as tall, slender naked women with long golden hair). They live near rivers or lakes and are usually found sweing with golden thread or combing their hair with combs also made of gold. With their treasures, they lure men to them, eventually turning them into their slaves. The children of the Xanas are called xaninos and depicted as ugly and hairy with sharp teeth. As the Xanas can’t breastfeed them they usually change them for human babies while their mothers are washing in the river.
-Cuélebre: They are enormous snakes who keep treasures or act as wardens for the Xanas. As they are immortal, with the passing of the years, their scales become thick as stone and membranous wings grow from their back, practically becoming dragons. They say that the only way to kill one, is to feed them hot coals or a piece of bread full of needles. When they are really old, they bring their treasures to the bottom of the sea and rest there.
-El Nuberu: He’s the shepherd of the storms and the clouds. He’s usually represented as a man with a thick white beard wearing goatskin clothes and a hat. He can destroy the harvests of those who anger him but he can also be beneficial. To stop him from bringing the rain to a village, people used to bury knifes pointing to the sky, in order to burst his clouds.
-Trasgo : He’s a small goblin or pixie, dressed in red. He has a hole in his left hand. He lives in houses and tends to prank the inhabitants of the home. If he’s treated good and feed, he can help cleaning the house, the clothes and the dishes. One of the many ways to get rid of him is to ask him to bring water or grains with his left hand or to bring water in a basket, as these tasks are impossible for him, he will become upset and leave.
-Guaxa: She’s a terrible old woman with just one shapt tooth.At night she enters homes where children live and slowly sucks their bloodfrom their arteries. She will repeat this each night util they are dead.
-Güestia or Santa Compaña: It’s a large procession of spirits, heralds of death. They wear white hooded robes and carry bones who produce fire as candles. They usually say “Walk in the day, as the night belongs to me” as a litany. Seeing them means that your future death is near. The leader of the procession is a mortal man or woman, condemned to his task. He usually searchs for other mortals to pas shis curse to, to avoid becoming one of the spirts. If they arrive to your home, you must draw a pentacle on the floor and stay inside it, even if they call you with the voice of your loved ones.
-Ayalgues: They are fairy-like small women with bbutterfly or dragonfly wings. They are said to be proncesses cursed to custody treasures. They usually lead men to these treasures to be finally free. They are usually warded by cuélebres.
-Llavanderes: They are old women who wash clothes at night in the rivers. If you see them, they will nicely invite you to wash with them. But, if you refuse or look directly at their faces, they will drown you. They can command the rivers to extinguish forest fires.
-Espumeros: They are childlike pixies who live in seafoam. They dress with algae and seashells that are given to them by the mermaids. The dark haired ones have shining eyes and guide the ships at night. The blond ones are messengers and they carry messages from the sailors to their families.
-Moros or Mouros: while their name means “moor” in spanish, they have nothing to do with muslims. They are a race of human-like creatures who live underground in stone palaces. They work the metal and jewelery and are incredibly rich. The men are usually dark skinned and the women are red-haired and possess magical powers. They love eating, drinking wine and dancing at night.
-Ventolinos: They are beautiful pixies who live in the air and in the moonlight. They carry the sighs of lovers and the last words of a father to his son if they are apart. They also sing lullabies to babies and songs for the Xanas to dance.
-Pataricu: They are giants who live in the legendary islands of Eonavia and Eonaviega. The only have one eye and a very developed sense of smell, which helps them detect shipwrecks and find food.
-Pesadiellu: He’s the personification of nightmares and is usually represented as a devil with a huge hand on his back. He lays this hand over the had of people to give them nightmares. He also appears to travellers, exerting pressure on their bodies and making them faint.
Whenever I hear people say that classical music is boring I just want to remind them that Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture called for a cannon to be fired a total of 16 times.
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that’s not even the best partkey terms include:
- “balance your chair on two legs”
- "continue swimming motion"
- "insert peanuts"
- "play ball!"
- "release the penguins"
- "gradually become agitated"
- "light explosives now….. and….. ….. now."
Jews are an ethnic group. Global Jewry is made up of several different ethnic groups, the largest of which are: Sefardi Jews, whose ancestors historically lived in the Iberian peninsula (Spain and Portugal) and western Europe; Ashkenazi Jews, whose ancestors historically lived in central and eastern Europe; and Mizrahi Jews, whose ancestors historically lived in MENA (Middle East/North Africa). There are other groups of ethnic Jews living in other places in the world as well. Jews from all of these groups have moved across the world, largely due to persecution in their host countries, and formed new communities in new places, so that there may be longstanding communities of Ashkenazi Jews in France, and Sefardi Jews in Morocco.
All ethnic Jews have ancestral, genetic heritage stemming from the Levant (specifically, the area now known as Israel and/or Palestine). All Jews also have cultural heritage stemming from the Levant. This is no less important or relevant than genetic heritage.
Some Jews have mixed heritage (one Jewish parent only). They are also Jews. The matrilineal descent question is a question of Jewish religious law, and is interpreted differently by different Jewish denominations and individuals. (My personal stance is to affirm patrilineal descent.)
The religion historically practiced by Jews is Judaism. Ethnic Jews may practice any religion they please; this does not mean they are less Jewish in terms of their heritage. Non-ethnic Jews may convert to Judaism; this does not make them any less Jewish in terms of their religious practice. Judaism does not proselytize.
Judaism as a whole takes no global stance of Zionism as a political ideology. Different Jews have different opinions on Zionisms (plural intentional, because Zionism takes a lot of forms), and while they may be good or bad people, and you may agree or disagree with their politics, their Zionism or anti-Zionism does not inherently make them any more or less Jewish.
The question of Jewish identity is ultimately not the purview of non-Jews. It is nothing more or less than gross arrogance for non-Jews to assume that their opinions on this question are remotely relevant or of interest to Jews, and the persistent insertion of some non-Jews into these private conversation is extremely offensive.
If you are not Jewish, and have written, or are considering writing, a post on Jewish identity/ethnicity, I have some advice for you: don’t. You almost certainly don’t know what you’re talking about, and you definitely can’t have a better understanding of these complex issues than someone who is actually Jewish themselves. If you really feel, for some inexplicable reason, that you simply must weigh in on this issue, consult an actual Jew before doing so.