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Seeing as in China, white is the colour of mourning, are the goths seen as cheerful?
 
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Another terrible teacher (allegedly).

A teacher at a kindergarten in central China has been detained by police on suspicion of poisoning 23 children, officials say.

The children were rushed to hospital after eating their morning porridge at the kindergarten in Jiaozuo city, Henan province, state media reported. Preliminary investigations revealed the food contained high levels of sodium nitrite. Police said a motive for the suspected poisoning was not yet clear. However, Chinese media quoted police sources as saying the teacher had wanted to take revenge on a colleague.

The children began vomiting and fainting after eating their breakfast at the kindergarten last Wednesday, the Beijing News said. Police only reported the incident on Monday. One parent said he was alerted by the school and arrived at hospital to find doctors had pumped his child's stomach.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-47784218
 

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This is more Fortean than mainstream news, but not sure where to put it. We've just had the qingming festival, something like the Chinese version of the day of the dead - a time for families to visit their ancestor's graves.

This year some guy decided to take it further and did a nude photoshoot with his late dad's bones, before posting it on social media.

Photo blogger Qingming digs his fathers bones naked and takes pictures with his wife
 

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This is more Fortean than mainstream news, but not sure where to put it. We've just had the qingming festival, something like the Chinese version of the day of the dead - a time for families to visit their ancestor's graves.

This year some guy decided to take it further and did a nude photoshoot with his late dad's bones, before posting it on social media.

Photo blogger Qingming digs his fathers bones naked and takes pictures with his wife
South China Morning Post article mentions that he is an artist.
 
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Keeping a watch on workers.

A city in southeastern China has rowed back on its initiative to supervise street cleaners via smartwatches, after the move provoked anger on social media.

The idea was that the wearable tech would help alert supervisors when cleaners weren't working hard enough. But after tens of thousands of people protested on Weibo - China's equivalent of Twitter - the local authorities cancelled the initiative.

After being equipped with the watches, bewildered cleaners in the city of Nanjing discovered that if they remained idle for more than 20 minutes, the device would shout in a human voice "jiayou, jiayou!" (work harder!). This would trigger an alarm in the control room where a giant monitor displays each street sweeper's location, movements and breaks.

Line managers also receive live phone notifications if staff leave their assigned area or break other work rules.

https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-47858033
 
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More repression of workers.

Some 100 Chinese workers suffering from a work-related disease have signed a petition demanding the release of three prominent activists in southern China amid a crackdown on labour activism.

Wei Zhili and Ke Chengbing, editors of a labour rights news site that reported on the workers' cases, were arrested last month for "picking quarrels and provoking trouble" -- a broad charge that Chinese authorities often use to sweep up activists and dissidents. Yang Zhengjun, editor-in-chief of the iLabour news site, has been in police detention since January.

"They're not guilty -- they have caring hearts and because of that they face pressure from the government," said Gu Fuxiang, one of the workers who signed the petition. "I've been thinking, this isn't what my country is about. They should look after us," he told AFP.

Hundreds of migrant workers, mainly from central Hunan province, protested last year for compensation in Shenzhen after contracting silicosis, a deadly lung disease, when they helped transform the southern city from a fishing village into one of China's biggest tech hubs.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/chinese-w...ts-activists-045924683--spt.html?guccounter=1
 
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Little democracy in Hong Kong.

Four Hong Kong activists have been sentenced to up to 16 months in prison for their role in pro-democracy demonstrations.

Four others received suspended sentences on Wednesday, while one had their sentencing deferred until June. The nine activists were found guilty earlier this month over their involvement in the "Umbrella Movement". Demonstrators paralysed Hong Kong in 2014 when they demanded the right for the territory to pick its leaders. Judge Johnny Chan handed down the sentences at the West Kowloon Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning, citing the "excessive inconvenience and suffering" the movement caused.

Sociology professor Chan Kin-man, 60, and law professor Benny Tai, 54, who helped set up the Occupy Central group both received 16-month prison sentences.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-48033156
 

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Little democracy in Hong Kong.

Four Hong Kong activists have been sentenced to up to 16 months in prison for their role in pro-democracy demonstrations.

Four others received suspended sentences on Wednesday, while one had their sentencing deferred until June. The nine activists were found guilty earlier this month over their involvement in the "Umbrella Movement". Demonstrators paralysed Hong Kong in 2014 when they demanded the right for the territory to pick its leaders. Judge Johnny Chan handed down the sentences at the West Kowloon Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning, citing the "excessive inconvenience and suffering" the movement caused.

Sociology professor Chan Kin-man, 60, and law professor Benny Tai, 54, who helped set up the Occupy Central group both received 16-month prison sentences.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-48033156
I could see stuff like this coming years ago.
 
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Woof justice, give a dog a bad name ...

A man has been detained in eastern China for giving his dogs "illegal" names, it's reported.

According to popular newspaper Beijing News, a dog breeder in his early 30s surnamed Ban in eastern Anhui Province was summoned by the police on Monday, after posting on mobile messenger WeChat that he had two new dogs, named Chengguan and Xieguan.

The names attracted controversy because they refer to government and civil service workers respectively. "Chengguan" are officials employed in urban areas to tackle low-level crime, and "Xieguan" are informal community workers such as traffic assistants.

The paper says that Mr Ban gave the dogs the names "for fun", but the authorities have failed to see the funny side - particularly with regards the former. The Yingzhou Police said that they had immediately launched an investigation into the man, who they say had issued "insulting information… against law enforcement personnel".

https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-48269181
 

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A man has been detained in eastern China for giving his dogs "illegal" names, it's reported.

The names attracted controversy because "Chengguan" are officials employed in urban areas to tackle low-level crime, and "Xieguan" are informal community workers such as traffic assistants.

Yingzhou Police said that they had immediately launched an investigation into the man, who they say had issued "insulting information… against law enforcement personnel".
l’d set my chihuahua “Peecee-essoh” on him.

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Here it is. China's true fascist face. The fat man in white is China's new diplomacy. The thin boy in blue is Hong Kong's desire to remain a free and democratic society. The bystanders are the neutered media that has lost its balls but not its conscience.

Warning: graphic human brutality against a peaceful human. It's unrelenting. Disseminate. Expose The Thug.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08...e-hong-kong-protester-taking-punches/11377980
 

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Here it is. China's true fascist face. The fat man in white is China's new diplomacy. The thin boy in blue is Hong Kong's desire to remain a free and democratic society. The bystanders are the neutered media that has lost its balls but not its conscience.

Warning: graphic human brutality against a peaceful human. It's unrelenting. Disseminate. Expose The Thug.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08...e-hong-kong-protester-taking-punches/11377980
Uh-oh. It's all about to kick off.
Do these people have no inner dialogue? Doesn't the fat bloke ever go home and think to himself 'what am I doing that for'?
 

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Do these people have no inner dialogue? Doesn't the fat bloke ever go home and think to himself 'what am I doing that for'?
Ultra-nationalism. I don't know if you've seen but a lot of fights between mainland and HK students have broken out in foreign universities (a lot of students around the world are Chinese now – the mainland ones are expected to politically represent their home country abroad. e.g. there was a big backlash when a university in Canada elected a Tibetan who identified as such as student president this year.

I suspect that like radical religion, such deeply-indoctrinated nationalism bypasses rational thought.

BTW, there is a dedicated thread about the protests in HK here: Hong Kong Protests, Umbrella Movement



Hong Kong Protests, Umbrella Movement
 
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