There is a dreary dismal familiarity to me in watching the progression of the continuing Hong Kong riots. They could be following exactly the same script as the protests that rocked the West in the late 1960s. At first, the protests begin as apparently peaceful, orderly and dignified, but they never stay that way for too long. For the protestors are never satisfied by reasonable concessions and dignified compromises on the part of the authorities: Instead, slowly but inexorably, the protests descend into the primeval language of bestial hate and emotional hysteria. The "requests" for "concessions" first grow into "demands." Then those "demands" invariably and inevitably widen. They become impossible to concede. And if even then the government does concede them, the response is only to demand even more wide ranging ones. Eventually the protestors' "demands" become so incoherent, sweeping and inarticulate, filled with hatred and rage that it is impossible to even define them, let alone … [Read more...] about HK needs to restore public order, now
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A man who allegedly shot dead his wife and three of their children had been stalking his estranged partner after she filed for divorce, it has been claimed. Authorities believe José Valdivia, 31, is believed to have murdered Sabrina Rosario, 29, and three of their four children - sons Enzie, 3; Zuriel, 5 and Zeth, 11 - before turning the gun on himself on Saturday in San Diego. A fourth child, 9-year-old Ezekiel, was seriously injured and was in a critical condition as of Saturday evening after undergoing emergency surgery, family members said. Now Jocelyn Rosario has claimed her sister Sabrina had filed for divorce from José, but it had not been finalized. She told NBC7 he had been stalking his wife and telling her he had suicidal thoughts. Sabrina Rosario, 29, had filed for divorce from José Valdivia, 31, before he allegedly shot her dead Three-year-old Enzie Valdivia was died at the scene after being shot on Saturday … [Read more...] about Husband, 31, stalked his estranged wife, 29, after she filed for a divorce he ‘wouldn’t accept’ and sent her photos of guns before he shot and killed her and three of their sons, aged three to 11, in a murder-suicide
San Diego police investigate a shooting that killed five members of a family and wounded one more in Paradise Hills on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 in San Diego, Calif. Police said two adults and three children were shot to death and a fourth child was hospitalized with injuries in an apparent murder-suicide in San Diego. (Hayne Palmour/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP) less San Diego police investigate a shooting that killed five members of a family and wounded one more in Paradise Hills on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 in San Diego, Calif. Police said two adults and three children were ... more Photo: Hayne Palmour, AP Photo: Hayne Palmour, AP Image 1 of / 8 Caption Close Image 1 of 8 San Diego police investigate a shooting that killed five members of a family and wounded one more in Paradise Hills … [Read more...] about Father’s murder-suicide leaves mother, three children dead, police say
Congratulations! After a grueling campaign, you have been elected president of Discursia, a small nation somewhere in the Global South.Discursia is peaceful and prosperous compared to its neighbors. But in 2028, how long can that last? Your economy is booming, but a small cadre of elites hoards its spoils. A restive minority group clamors for rights it’s been denied — rights it might take up arms to obtain. And thousands of refugees mass at your borders, driven by the scarcity of a scorched planet.Your mandate is to preserve democracy and stability, with minimal immiseration.Outside your office, two trade delegations are waiting. They’re from the two most powerful nations on Earth: the United States and the People’s Republic of China.The Americans go first. They propose a sweeping trade package, a plank of which is a 10-year commitment to American social networks: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube. On these networks, Discursians can assume any identity they want, and … [Read more...] about The American Internet Sucks. The Alternative Is China.
History is not always written by the winners. Manchester United were unquestionably the best team in the land in 1996; they proved it by landing the league and Cup Double. The triumphant return of Eric Cantona, the flowering of the Class of ’92, you can’t win anything with kids, all that … there is plenty to go on. And yet this particular story is not theirs to tell. Occasionally the narrative is dominated by those who fell short – and that year there was clearly something in the air. Germany emerged triumphant at the European Championship, a tournament principally remembered for England’s dreaming, their 30th year of hurt. In golf the green jacket was draped around Nick Faldo’s shoulders at the Masters, the great man’s third win, an achievement back then bettered only by Jack and Arnie, though all everyone has talked about ever since is Greg Norman’s view-through-fingers collapse. And as for the Premiership … On the morning of … [Read more...] about Premier League at 25: the best match – Liverpool 4 – 3 Newcastle, April 1996
"During the past two decades, mindfulness meditation has gone from being a fringe topic of scientific investigation to being an occasional replacement for psychotherapy, tool of corporate well-being, widely implemented educational practice, and "key to building more resilient soldiers." Yet the mindfulness movement and empirical evidence supporting it have not gone without criticism". Source: Kristen Fuller Mindfulness is an active, open attention on the present and can really fine-tune your feelings and perspectives in order to manage stress, negative thoughts and anxiety. Processing your emotions and thoughts before you take action and reflecting on your past actions can give you insight into the present and can allow you to navigate life in a more present and mature light. However over the past few years, mindfulness has become so popular that it is being substituted for western medicine. Although mindfulness can help anxiety and stress, it is not a treatment for chronic … [Read more...] about Mindfulness: Just Another Health Crazed Fad?