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China's chokehold on universities even stronger overseas, Australian case suggests

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An Australian student says he is facing possible expulsion from his university over his criticism of the Chinese government and his university’s strong ties to the country. Drew Pavlou, a sophomore at the University of Queensland in Australia, is faced with the possibility of expulsion after he protested outside the university’s Confucius Institute in a hazmat suit in March.

Pavlou has consistently been a voice against the university’s involvement with China, citing the country’s human rights violations.

The university claims that Pavlou, who characterized the school's Confucius Institute as a “biohazard,” caused harm to its reputation.

UQ boasts on its website that "UQ has more student mobility, research collaborations, and commercialization partnerships with China than with almost any other country."

A student activist, known for criticising UQ's ties to the Chinese Government, has walked out of an expulsion hearing after one hour. Three complaints were made against Drew Pavlou. He claims the uni won't reveal the full extent of the charges.

In an April 30 Twitter thread, Pavlou accused the university of “dirty tactics” involving recruiting a pro-Chinese Communist Party student government candidate to run against him.

“Out of frustration with UQ's bullying tactics and their utter hostility to dialogue or discussion, I took to mocking the UQ Confucius Institute online. I posted a satirical Facebook event: ''UQ Confucius Institute Panel - Why Uyghurs Must Be Exterminated,” wrote Pavlou.

“The satirical nature of this event was clear to any reasonable observer. It was a satirical jab, pointing out the fact that the UQ Confucius Institute is fundamentally an arm of the same state pursuing genocide against Uyghur Muslims,” he continued.
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Nude man allegedly spent ‘entire day’ destroying Florida school

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A naked man broke into a locked Florida high school apparently to trash the building, causing $100,000 worth of damage during a 22-hour vandalism spree, police said.

The mayhem began inside Miramar High School just before 8 a.m. on Memorial Day, when the man busted in, and he spent “an entire day” wreaking havoc, police said.

“Identify him and you will be eligible for a reward of up to $3,000,” police tweeted Tuesday.

Surveillance footage from inside the public school, which is closed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, showed the man still at the building at 6 a.m. Tuesday, police told the Miami Herald.

The suspect, who appears to be wearing headphones in a photo released by police, broke computers inside the school, put graffiti on walls and flooded sections of the building, police said.

The damages were estimated at $100,000, school officials said.

It’s unclear if the suspect has any connection with the school. Investigators are looking into whether he’s a former student, but have been unable to confirm that, a police spokesman told The Post early Wednesday.
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Bad state data hides coronavirus threat as Trump pushes reopening

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Federal and state officials across the country have altered or hidden public health data crucial to tracking the coronavirus' spread, hindering the ability to detect a surge of infections as President Donald Trump pushes the nation to reopen rapidly.

In at least a dozen states, health departments have inflated testing numbers or deflated death tallies by changing criteria for who counts as a coronavirus victim and what counts as a coronavirus test, according to reporting from POLITICO, other news outlets and the states' own admissions. Some states have shifted the metrics for a “safe” reopening; Arizona sought to clamp down on bad news at one point by simply shuttering its pandemic modeling. About a third of the states aren’t even reporting hospital admission data — a big red flag for the resurgence of the virus.

The spotty data flow is particularly worrisome to public health officials trying to help Americans make decisions about safely venturing out. The lack of accurate and consistent Covid-19 data, coupled with the fact that the White House no longer has regular briefings where officials reinforce the need for ongoing social distancing, makes that task even harder.

New examples seem to sprout up daily. The District of Columbia this week became the latest jurisdiction to endure scrutiny, with the city using a “community spread” metric — excluding nursing homes, correctional facilities and others — as a justification for reopening the area.
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Is Minneapolis man George Floyd wearing a MASK

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Opinions? Anyone have any ideas on who is playing the Floyd character?

China signals plan to take full control of Hong Kong

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>China’s ruling Communist Party signaled that it is moving swiftly to bring Hong Kong under its full control, with a top official saying Thursday that Beijing plans to alter the system that has allowed the territory to enjoy a level of autonomy for the past 23 years.
>After steadily eroding Hong Kong’s political freedoms and independent legal system, the party appears to be preparing to change the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, which sets out rights unavailable in mainland China such as freedom of assembly and the press.
>The new approach marks a dramatic escalation in Beijing’s crackdown in the former British colony, and the clearest indication that it now views Hong Kong as a restive region to be brought to heel after widespread anti-government protests last year.
>“We will ensure the long-term stability of ‘one country, two systems,’” Wang Yang, head of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, said at the opening of the annual meeting of the country’s top political advisory body. The meeting is the first part of the “Two Sessions,” which will continue Friday with the National People’s Congress, the rubber-stamp parliament.
>“We will continue to support the improvement of the implementation of the systems and mechanisms of the constitution and Basic Law,” Wang said in a report to the meeting.
>Local media in Hong Kong, including the South China Morning Post, reported Thursday that Beijing will pass a comprehensive national security law in Hong Kong by fiat, bypassing the city’s legislature and chief executive. The Hong Kong dollar weakened sharply against the U.S. dollar as the reports emerged.
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NY TIMES-The Coronavirus Is Deadliest Where Democrats Live

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The staggering American death toll from the coronavirus, now approaching 100,000, has touched every part of the country, but the losses have been especially acute along its coasts, in its major cities, across the industrial Midwest, and in New York City.

The devastation, in other words, has been disproportionately felt in blue America, which helps explain why people on opposing sides of a partisan divide that has intensified in the past two decades are thinking about the virus differently. It is not just that Democrats and Republicans disagree on how to reopen businesses, schools and the country as a whole. Beyond perception, beyond ideology, there are starkly different realities for red and blue America right now.

Democrats are far more likely to live in counties where the virus has ravaged the community, while Republicans are more likely to live in counties that have been relatively unscathed by the illness, though they are paying an economic price. Counties won by President Trump in 2016 have reported just 27 percent of the virus infections and 21 percent of the deaths — even though 45 percent of Americans live in these communities, a New York Times analysis has found.

The very real difference in death rates has helped fuel deep disagreement over the dangers of the pandemic and how the country should proceed. Right-wing media, which moved swiftly from downplaying the severity of the crisis to calling it a Democratic plot to bring down the president, has exacerbated the rift. And even as the nation’s top medical experts note the danger of easing restrictions, communities across the country are doing so, creating a patchwork of regulations, often along ideological lines
>just wait two more weeks trumptards!!!!!
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Roughly half the Twitter accounts pushing to 'reopen America' are bots, researchers found

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trump supporters and anti-lockdown “activists” are the biggest fucking joke

There's been a surge in bot activity in the past month in online discussions about reopening America from COVID-19 shutdowns, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University said this week.
The researchers analyzed over 200 million tweets discussing COVID-19 and found that roughly half the accounts were likely bots.
They identified the bots by looking for accounts that tweeted more frequently than humanly possible or whose location appeared to rapidly switch among different countries.
It's unclear who's behind the surge in bot activity or whether they're originating from the US or abroad.
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Russia med workers 16x more likely to die than in other countries

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New analysis by Russian outlet Mediazona found that healthcare workers in the country make up 7% of COVID-19 fatalities, equal to one in every 15 deaths from the virus.
In Iran, one of the countries hardest hit by the virus, the percentage of healthcare workers dying from COVID-19 is about 1.59%.

The study gave two possible reasons for medical workers' high death rate: Either mortality statistics are being underestimated or the risk is unusually high because of insufficient personal protective equipment.

The report was posted on May 19 by Mediazona, an online news outlet that covers human rights, legal news, and prison affairs in Russia.

It found the medical profession's share of total deaths from COVID-19 was nearly 7%, or about one in every 15 fatalities. This was 16 times worse than a half-dozen countries with comparable numbers of COVID-19 cases, according to Mediazona.

Two-thirds of the deaths were in Moscow and the surrounding areas, St. Petersburg, and Dagestan. "About half of the dead are junior and paramedical personnel. Most often in Russia, COVID-19 nurses die," Mediazona reported.

The country has been suspected of underreporting its COVID-19 cases by the international community.
According to Jamaludin Hajiyibragimov, the health minister of Dagestan, coronavirus deaths there are more than 20 times the official count.(60,000 deaths)
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Trump’s struggles to stand during Memorial Day visit; Shaking, swaying uncontrollably

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Oh sway can you see.

President Trump’s struggles to stand still during a Memorial Day visit to Arlington National Cemetery lit up social media Monday, prompting users to recall past incidents in which the commander in chief, who turns 74 next month, battled to find a balance.

“Is the President having trouble standing up straight as the National Anthem begins at Arlington Cemetary (sic) or am I seeing things?” Joshua Potash from Queens asked on Twitter.

The Trump critic posted that video, along with another clearly showing the president swaying in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Potash wasn’t alone in finding the somber moment moving in a different way.

“I think it’s the bone spurs,” joked tweeter Kimberley Cooke, referring to one of the five draft deferments that got the president out of serving in the military during the Vietnam War.

Some critics wondered about the president’s physical and mental well-being after seeing the bizarre video. Others suggested he may be wearing uncomfortable shoes.

It was also pointed out that the president could be tired from the weekend he spent on the golf course after several months away from the links on account of the coronavirus pandemic.
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