I was in a serious funk today dealing with hate mail and YouTube drama, so instead of bumming around and feeling frustrated, I decided to start a Google group specifically for content creators of color. The goal is to have a group of smart, motivated and driven individuals who are looking to network, collaborate and motivate other online content creators. Bloggers, YouTubers, journalists, writers, musicians, podcasters WHATEVER. If you use the internet to make stuff and you’re a POC, this is the spot for you.
Admittedly, this is a completely new venture for me, I have no idea how this is gonna work or how many people are gonna join, so bear with me and let’s make some cool stuff.
What’s happening in Hong Kong?
- 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.
Serious… What is going on?
Apparently a “suspect” shot at a police officer shooting him in the arm
He was indeed shot via the news
Protesters say that the “suspect” was shot and killed
Looking for more information
A bit more info is coming forward
The cop that was shot was responding to a suspected robbery
And a young kid (reportedly 12) was killed in Dellwood (neighborhood right by Ferguson). No reports if it was a cop or a civilian
Apparent protest in Pagedale (St louis county) regarding the death of Kimberlee King “suicide” while in custody
Breaking… Officer shot in Ferguson
According to the LA Times
Police are donning on riot gear….
An police officer was shot in the arm late Saturday night while responding to a report of a burglary, said Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson.
The shooter fled, Jackson said. The condition of the officer was not released, said St. Louis County Police Department spokesman Brian Schellman.
An online livestream of the situation showed a crowd has gathered near an area where police had also converged. KMOV-TV reported that a police staging area was near West Florissant Avenue and Stein Road, several blocks north of where Michael Brown was killed.
At one point, Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson appeared on scene and told the crowd, “An officer has been shot.” He also told the crowd to disperse.
No information have been given about the officer other than it’s a man.
Breaking… Officer shot in Ferguson
Police are donning on riot gear….
Hey… I’m sorry about…
What to say if you don’t watch “Scandal”
"I don’t follow that show. I’m just not interested in it because it’s not my cup of tea. I don’t feel like catching up to it, but maybe we can talk about another show?"
And end it there.
Seriously, all these think pieces about this?
How to survive an alien invasion…
shoutout to people working weekends and overnights and overtime, people working in hospitality and retail and food service, who are sacrificing time with their loved ones, so fuckers with weekday desk jobs get to live comfortably with the amenities we provide while simultaneously shitting all over us for not getting “real jobs”
Microsoft has announced a new self-serve program for students at eligible schools that allows them to sign up for a free Office 365 license on their own. The offer is… Keep reading →
Just in case you need it for some reason.
You know, normally, I would just let messages like this slide by, but here’s the problem with encouraging pirate bay…
There are three types of people using computers:
- Hardcore - People who basically know the difference between a Macintosh and a Hackintosh. They can tweak their computers to run Android apps. They know what makes a computer tick and the difference between all types of Malware.
- Hobbyist - They know their computer, their Operating systems and know how to keep things running smooth. So they are in between Hardcore and consumer.
- Consumers - those who know that they need to know A,B and C, and don’t need to know E, F or G.
Now, there are… let’s say… roughly 5% Hardcore, 10% Hobbyist and 85% Consumers. Now, the top 5% will most definitely know what to do with Pirate Bay. 10% probably… the rest… no.
They wouldn’t know how to deal with viruses, or how to protect themselves from spyware. So, if they end up with a virus… guess what? That’s time (and maybe money) out of their hands.
Also, Microsoft Office is one of those programs that a student doesn’t REALLY need. There’s so many free alternatives like NeoOffice, OpenOffice, Office Libre, Zoho Office, even Google Docs/Drive. Microsoft have a free web version of Office if it comes down to it.
And then there’s the matter of support.
I understand. “Why give Microsoft the time of day when you can download their stuff for free?!?!?!” Problem is, if you recommend a method that’s going to cost problems for the 85% that doesn’t understand, then you’re selfish.
Sure, we can say things like “scan for viruses”, but seriously, they are students. And students don’t have the money, time or patience to be doing risky things with computers that they may not even own.
So, please… if you can’t get Office 365, use one of the alternatives. Don’t risk your computer going into Pirate Bay just to download a copy of an Office Suite. It’s not that serious.