With Rising Violence, China Pushes Hong Kong Toward Civil War

A traffic police officer in a man was set on fire after defending Beijing in an argument. Both individuals were listed in critical condition. Over the weekend, wide-scale disturbances scarred the territory, a semi-autonomous region of the Peoples Republic of China. There is essentially the first fatality linked to police action during a protest, but many believe the police have killed others. Demonstrators called protesters the enemy of the people. Her provocative Cultural Revolution-speak comment came on the heels of her November 4 meeting with Chinese ruler Xi Jinping. China is apparently controlling events, and either out of obliviousness or maliciousness, it is making the situation worse. Beijing has been doing that by forcing Lam to take a hard line. …

Vaping Influencers Give Feds a Headache

By Chaseedaw Giles, nicotine vapes may harm young users brainsand are Young users are more likely to adopt e-cigarettes when they engage with social media-based advertising. Some influencers use the hashtag #nominors, which has over 10,400 posts and, in theory, sets a boundary. In practice, it can do the opposite and attract underage traffic. The hashtag #vaping alone has more than 9 million posts, featuring elaborate smoke tricks, e-juice flavors, attractive models and stylish vaping devices. While federal agencies play catch-up, researchers worry its too little, too late. In theory, a couple of rules govern marketing. Regardless of platform, e-cig advertisements cannot include demonstrably false statementsincluding unproven claims that the devices help people quit smoking, an argument often deployed by …

Tory plan to attract more NHS staff from abroad

The party would introduce a “points-based system” for migrant workers from EU and non-EU countries. It has yet to spell out in detail how this will work – but it has announced that extra points will be awarded for coming to work in the NHS. The cost of applying for a visa would also be reduced from £928 to £464 for medical professionals, and they would be guaranteed a decision within two weeks, under Tory plans. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “From its inception the NHS has recruited globally. This new visa will make it easier for us to hire the finest doctors and nurses from other nations to come and work in the NHS – so that patients can …

Brazil Is About To Have Its Own Flat Earth Conference, And It Looks As Ridiculous As You’d Imagine

With Storm Area 51 and all other kinds of odd things going on, it’s been a while since flat-Earthers have made the headlines. Finally, we had a chance to see whether letting them quietly get on with it would make the problem go away, and it turns out no, it does not. The flat Earth movement chugs on regardless, like a round Earth rotating around the Sun.  The belief that the Earth isn’t a sphere (even though it is) is still on the rise in various hotspots around the globe, it’s not just the US and the UK. In Brazil, a survey has found that a whopping 7 percent of people believe the Earth is flat – translating into around 11 million …

James Harden’s game suffers in cities with quality strip clubs, Reddit study shows

u/AngryCentrist, another said. AngryCentrist/Reddit The conversation spread from Reddit to the rest of the web where it quickly gained the attention of several high-profile people. Darren Rovell of the Action Network tweeted screenshots of AngryCentrists work. A reddit user found a correlation between James Hardens lack of performance on the road and the quality of strip clubs in that city, he wrote. The conversation blew up from there. A reddit user found a correlation between James Hardens lack of performance on the road and the quality of strips clubs in that city…. pic.twitter.com/xWg0awhp6K — Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 7, 2019 Shoutout to the guy on Reddit that proved James Hardens performance declines in cities with higher rated strip clubs lmfaoooooo …

7 Semi-Formal Dresses For Under $50

get drunk, andI totally get wanting to buy a new dress that your frat star of a date will call “really hot.” However, as someone who feels a compulsive need to buy something new for every event (blame my mother) trust me when I say you don’t need to break the bank on a dress you’ll wear twice, max. Here are eight affordable dresses that are perfect for semi-formal.  If you’re going to pick a basic little black dress, you’ll either look like a freshman or an upperclassman who couldn’t be bothered, but like, in a good way. Black bodycon dresses are super flattering and always serve their purpose. The best part is, if you look really hot no one …

How much will this be a climate change election?

But this year something has shifted dramatically, according to YouGov. Chris Curtis, one of its researchers, says that in the most recent poll 27% of voters cited the environment as one of three top issues – behind Brexit and health. That puts it on par with crime and the economy. Image copyright Getty Images The past summer saw record-breaking heatwaves and scientists making it clear that rising temperatures are not a problem for the distant future, but something that’s threatening now. And on top of it all, the revered tones of Sir David Attenborough have been heard by millions, including right now with his new series ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’, warning that the threat of climate change is real and …

Greta Thunberg, teen climate activist, is getting a huge mural in downtown San Francisco

(CNN)The Bay Area has many murals, with images of everyone from Robin Williams to Nipsey Hussle gracing its buildings. It’s enough to make anyone stop and consider their environmental impact. And that’s kind of the point, said Paul Scott, executive director of OneAtmosphere.org — the nonprofit that’s funding the project. The organization wanted to focus on art celebrating climate activists, Scott told CNN. When brainstorming people to feature, Thunberg was the first person that came to mind. “If we can amplify her message and get more people involved and listening to what she’s saying, then we’re doing some good,” he said. The overall feedback has been incredibly positive, he said. But the most critical reactions have been from those who …

A teenager won a $25,000 award for inventing a solution to eliminate blind spots for cars

(CNN)A 14-year-old from West Grove, Pennsylvania, won a $25,000 prize for creating a prototype designed to eliminate a car’s blind spots. Gassler’s project uses a webcam, projector, 3D printed adapter and retroreflective fabric to make a car’s A-pillars invisible by displaying the image of the blind spot behind them onto the pillar. First, a webcam is attached to the car onto the A-pillar. Then, a projector mounted on the roof inside the car is used to display the images from the webcam. Gassler also 3D printed a special piece to allow the projector to focus at close range. The teen used retroreflective fabric to cover the A-pillar to allow light from the projector to reflect back onto the light source, …

Tiny deer-like animal thought lost to science photographed for first time in 30 years

(CNN)A tiny deer-like creature about the size of a rabbit has been photographed in the wild for the first time in three decades in southern Vietnam, delighting conservationists who feared the species was extinct. Scientists had thought the tiny creature, which had been among a list of 25 “most wanted” lost species compiled by Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC), had fallen victim to habitat loss and intensive hunting for the illegal wildlife trade. Wire snares are widely used in the region. Details of the rediscovery were published Monday in the scientific journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. After interviewing villagers and forest rangers near the beach city of Nha Trang, the team of scientists set camera traps for five months in areas …

Corporate America is quietly working to suppress the voices of small investors

Emily Cunningham, a user experience designer, is just one of 750,000 people who work for Amazon. Like most rank-and-file employees in corporate America, she doesn’t have a direct line to the CEO; nor does she usually have much sway over what the company does. Since the 1940s, shareholders have had the right to pose questions and propose changes to the directors of public companies, and to put those proposals up for a vote by their fellow investors. And the bar to propose a resolution has been relatively low. Since 1998, it’s been set at just $2,000 in stock or 1% of a company’s shares — whichever is lower. (For most publicly-traded companies, $2,000 is, by far, the lower threshold.) Currently, …

Russian professor found with severed arms in his bag appears in court

Moscow (CNN)A prominent Russian historian appeared in court in St. Petersburg on Monday in a grisly murder case that has grabbed headlines across the country. In court on Monday, Sokolov told the judge, “I repent deeply,” according to local media news outlet fontanka.ru. He said he had lived with the victim for five years. “I considered her a bride and told my friends that I was going to marry her,” Sokolov said, according to fontanka.ru. He described in court how the pair had got into an argument over his children. Sokolov has been sent to Kresty, a pre-trial detention center, for two months. Yeshchenko came from the southern Russian city of Krasnodar to study in St. Petersburg and had continued …

Scientists discover first new HIV strain in nearly two decades

(CNN)For the first time in 19 years, a team of scientists has detected a new strain of HIV. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said current treatments for HIV are effective against this strain and others. However, identifying a new strain provides a more complete map of how HIV evolves. “There’s no reason to panic or even to worry about it a little bit,” Fauci said. “Not a lot of people are infected with this. This is an outlier.” For scientists to be able to declare that this was a new subtype, three cases of it must be detected independently. The first two were found in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the …

Goldman Sachs leads $50M round for credit card platform Deserve

Deserve, a credit card startup helping young people establish themselves, as well as a cloud-based credit card platform for businesses, has raised $50 million in a new round of Series C funding led by Goldman Sachs, the company announced today. Others participating in the round include existing investors Sallie Mae, Accel, Aspect Ventures, Pelion Venture Partners and Mission Holdings. The funds will be put toward Deserve’s further development of what it calls its “Card as a Service” (CaaS) platform, which helps businesses, brands and others tailor credit card products to their own unique customer bases. In doing so, Deserve will to some extent compete with other white-labeled and co-branded credit card issuers, like Synchrony Financial and Alliance Data, with its …

DIY alternative to smear test ‘promising’

However, larger trials may still be needed before the NHS could decide whether to offer it to patients, say experts. Even then, it would only be one option for women – as the researchers believe smear tests would continue in their current form. But the researchers say that in the future, some women could order the test kits online, use them at home and then send their sample by post to be analysed. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChloe Delevingne had a smear test live on the Victoria Derbyshire programme The 25% who do not attend Screening aims to pick up early warning signs of cancer – known as pre-cancers – that can be treated to prevent …