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Privacy Invasion Big Time, in China

For some time now, TV shows such as Black Mirror have tried to show us how technology could lead to an Orwellian state. It might sound daft when Black Mirror is just a TV show, but when you find out just how close some of the episodes are to reality, it becomes terrifying. Take the latest new ‘Social Credit’ system coming into place by 2020 in China: it’s essentially a mass surveillance system!

This system will monitor, track and follow every Chinese citizen – ranking them across various factors. They’ll then be given a score akin to a credit score, and will play a critical role in determining how someone gets on in life. From giving them VIP access to making it harder for them to get access to government facilities, including transportation, this new system sounds like a death knell for long-term privacy.

Depending on how you behave, your score could increase or decrease. The ranking system is supposed to help bring in what they call a “Secure Socialist Society” – but what kind of socialism is built on such monitoring?

Indeed, around 600 million high-tech cameras exist in China, monitoring the 1.4 billion inhabitants of the country. That’s 20x what the USA has for example. With around 9 million banned from getting air tickets and another 3 million banned from buying business class tickets, this new system is an absolutely haunting look into the future.

A new form of social control

This kind of governance goes far beyond we’ve ever seen outside of the most terrifying fiction. Some might think that sounds overblown, but this kind of service is easily one of the biggest forms of privacy intrusion that we have heard of.

With a score capped at 800, you can increase your score by doing stuff like taking part in charitable acts, paying your bills without delay and obeying the law. Good scores will give you benefits such as cheaper transport and better hospital services. Bad scores will exclude you from a great many different things.

Personally, I find the idea of ranking people on such static algorithms is outrageous. While I won’t pretend to be too knowledgeable on Chinese culture, it seems that the nation which had many great forms of social progress has just taken a massive regressive step backwards.

For some people, it’s a justifiable invasion of privacy for a nation that takes up over a seventh of the global population. If it shows even a slight level of ‘success’ in China, expect supposedly more liberal Western governments to continue adapting it as time goes on.

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For some time now, TV shows such as Black Mirror have tried to show us how technology could lead to an Orwellian state. It might sound daft when Black Mirror is just a TV show, but when you find out just how close some of the episodes are to reality, it...

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Crazy: China Has An Internet Court

Should we be surprised? Well, considering the fact that there are millions of active internet users in China, there are bound to be so many disputes. The high demand for internet access can put a strain on the Telecommunication companies who may not provide the needed services. Or other cases of breached agreement during online shopping, and different types of internet services that need to be settled legally. What we know is these cases related to internet usage are heard in a special court.

In this court, citizens can find lasting and finding solutions to their grievances. The cases related to the internet are also between citizens. A contractual agreement, copyright infringement, investments or the wrong use of the internet which causes another person to experience financial loss or emotional distress are settled in the court.

To address these issues, there are two main courts in China that handle all internet related issues.

The first internet court in China was opened last year. It is located in the Hangzhou region, which is the eastern part of China. The court has been saddled with the responsibilities of handling all disputes related to internet usage and sale. The second court named the Beijing Internet Court will support these efforts. It is expected that a third court will soon be opened in the Guangzhou region, Southern China.

It is apparent these cases are on the increase in China. This is why the authorities in the country recently found the need to establish the second internet court in China in addition to the first court. The new court – the “Beijing Internet Court” was opened in Beijing and the ceremony was officially witnessed by the notable Chinese government and legal staff. With this new addition, all cases related to contract breaches involving intellectual property and other related internet-related crimes can be adequately addressed. These two courts will operate according to the legal provisions in the Chinese constitution. The aspects of the law will be applied to the use and sale of the internet in China.

It is understandable that these two courts have been established to maintain order in the e-commerce industry and among the users. Quicker judgments and consumer protection will go a long way to encourage all the users of these services to adhere to the rules and regulations while offering or using the internet in China.

According to the statistics revealed by the Beijing Higher People’s Court, the number of internet-related cases handled by the court is increasing. The numbers have risen from the previous years at a steady rate. Last year, the courts in China handled as many as thirty-seven thousand cases related to internet crimes and disputes.

To improve its services, the internet court in Beijing will be open 24-hours daily. The staff will include thirty-eight experienced judges who are familiar with the internet rules and related constitution in China. The president of the internet court Zhang Wen has stated that every case is tried according to the legal proceedings without prejudice. Details of on-going trials can be accessed through the digital litigation platforms where the final decisions made by the judges can also be viewed.

The legal system in China which handles internet-related disputes is also used to check foreign investors who wish to establish their brands in the Chinese market.

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Watch: Angry Businessman Crashes Porsche Into Dealership

This is the moment a furious businessman crashes his Porsche Cayenne into the dealership following a row about buying a new Porsche Panamera Sports Turismo.

Footage from the Porsche dealership in Taichung City in West Taiwan shows the man surnamed Chu, 42, slamming his 4-million-TWD (135,000 US$) car through the front entrance, shocking the staff inside before also smashing into the front desk. Chu, who has been described as a “loyal Porsche fan”, had ordered a new Panamera Sports Turismo featuring pricey optional 4D Chassis Control from the dealership in January 2017.

The car starts at a price of 5.98 million TWD (200,000 US$) and would increase to 7.46 million TWD (250,000 US$) with the extras he wanted. The deal was arranged with the help of his assistant, and Chu paid more than 2 million TWD (67,000 US$) up front.

But when the Porsche was shipped to the island in November, it did not have any of the optional extras he had ordered. The dealership claimed the sales contract did not include the extras.

Furious, Chu refused to pay the balance for his new Panamera and demanded his deposit be returned. The dealership stood its ground and threatened to keep his deposit should he decide to breach the sales agreement, giving him five days’ notice.

The irate businessman then decided to drive his Cayenne through the entrance of the dealership in protest, with footage showing him arguing with the management staff inside.

Taichung City police, who arrested Chu minutes later, found a pickaxe and petrol in his Cayenne. It is unclear whether he planned to use the tools during the conflict.

Chu said in a public statement that he “regretted” his actions – and then bizarrely claimed he crashed into the business while swerving to avoid a car running a red light.

The incident is still under investigation, with the authorities so far revealing the businessman’s prior convictions from 10 years ago, which include burglary and fraud.

This is the moment a furious businessman crashes his Porsche Cayenne into the dealership following a row about buying a new Porsche Panamera Sports Turismo.
Footage from the Porsche dealership in Taichung City in West Taiwan shows the man surnamed Chu, 42...

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Dog Living In University Dorm Learns To Bark In Whispers at Night When Residents Are Sleeping

A pet is usually a person’s go-to friend, one that is loved by everyone. Dogs, especially, are considered a man’s best friend because of their ultimate loyalty and ability to feel human emotions. But sometimes, pets can be loud and thus become a disturbance in everyday human activities like working and sleeping. Such a scenario was seen recently in a college of Southern Illinois.

Dudley, who is a mix of the breeds Australian Shepherd and Border collie and is one year old, is a dog who lives in one of the dorm rooms of Greenville University in Illinois with his owners. The owners of Dudley are the dorm’s resident director Brian Gertler and his wife Katie Gertler. Dudley lives with his owners in an apartment in the Greenville University dorm for freshmen. Students of the university are not allowed to have pets but Brian Gertler can since he is a dorm director. They are a most adorable family.

From Loud to Unique

What Dudley inadvertently did to cause disturbance for the dorm residents was that he barked loudly at night when all the students were peacefully sleeping, hence waking them up at nights. Dogs are innocent creatures that do not have the best sense of time but Dudley, the extraordinarily intelligent dog, learned by way from his man-friend Gertler of keeping quiet at nights when everyone around him was deep asleep. He learned to bark in whispers!

When Dudley and Brian were at play during night-time, Dudley’s excited barking woke up the Greenville University students. Besides that, nobody in the college has any negative concerns regarding the dog. In fact, everyone loves him and he helps lighten the mood and brighten the environment around campus. He is everything ranging from a conversation-starter to an excellent fetch-player. Gertler himself says that dogs can be great ice-breakers and students often feel more comfortable warming up to the dog than talking to him. Since it is a freshman dorm, students can be nervous living away from home for the first time; dogs like Dudley make it easy for them.

Taping in to Existing Traits

How Brian Gertler found out a way to help the situation of Dudley’s barking disturbing the students at night was when Dudley’s barking quieted down one night while playing due to being winded from all the running and catching. Gertler realized that it is, in fact, possible for the mix-breed dog to bark silently, so he started training Dudley to bark in whispers.

Slowly and efficiently, Dudley learned how to not disturb the residents of the Greenville University dorm anymore. He was fully trained by his loving owner Brian Gertler to keep his voice down while playing fetch at night and now, finally, Dudley proves his genius by barking in whispers every time they play fetch at night.

Students are Greenville now have peaceful, undisturbed slumbers in the dorm. Dudley proved by learning his new lesson that dogs are the most considerate and affectionate animals who would try their best to provide comfort for their owners and their human friends.

A pet is usually a person’s go-to friend, one that is loved by everyone. Dogs, especially, are considered a man’s best friend because of their ultimate loyalty and ability to feel human emotions. But sometimes, pets can be loud and thus become a...

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The Story of Turquoise Gem

One of the world’s oldest and most famous gems is turquoise. Archaeologists have confirmed that the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt have worn a lot of jewelry with turquoise, and that Chinese artist used these stones for carving arts as back as 3,000 years ago. Today, this is the national gem of Tibet, and there is a belief that this stone brings health, fortune and protection from evil forces.

The name is derived back in the 13th century from french word „pierre tourques“, translated „Turkish stone“. This is an indicator that the material probably appeared in Europe at this time, from Turkish traders.

The stone is often called gemstone of life, and throughout history, it has been used as a holy stone, captivating power, health, and fortune. In ancient cultures, it was given to riders as a talisman, to protect them and their horses from accidental falls.

This gem is found in many cultures- Ancient Egypt, Persian Empire, Ancient China and up to Native Americans. It can be found in some important relics such as King Tutankhamun’s golden mask or sword of Goujian. Grave furnishing with turquoise was discovered in Ancient Egypt, dating around 3,000 B.C. Even older relic (dating 3,700 years B.C.) was found in China, in a form of dragon made of 2,000 pieces of turquoise. Turquoise became popular with the decline of church’s influence, allowing the use of gem in various purposes. In Persia, the gem was worn around the neck or wrist, with the purpose of protection against death. Stone was also used for interior and exterior decoration of important objects. During centuries, Persian turquoise is believed to be the most valuable. Native American tribes, including Navajo, Apache and Zuni, used this stone extensively in jewelry. Once again, it is used for it alleged healing properties and protection. Warriors placed gems at the end of arrows, in order to assure accurate shots.

Turquoise is formed when water passes through stones containing copper and aluminum. Various and complex conditions are needed in order to make possible a chemical reaction where deposits of turquoise are formed. The blue color is stronger when there is copper. Likewise, aluminum presence makes shades of turquoise more greenish. If mineral zinc is present, the gem attains yellow-green color, as it is seen rarely and only in few areas. In some cases, there are dark marks, in forms of drops or veins. This is usually associated with the presence of various iron stones. Today’s term „Persian turquoise“ is used for stones without these dark traces.

Turquoise jewelry usually has hardness 5-6 on the Mohs scale. The hardest gems are the ones found on surface sources, having the chance to dry. Softer gems resemble chalk. Natural gems are cut and polished, but no changes are made.

It can change color as it absorbs body oil and moisture. Jewelry can easily be scratched, so handle it gently. It should be kept away from harder stones, or another object. Oils, perfumes or commercial cleaners can damage even modified turquoise. Warm water with mild soap is powerful enough for cleaning.

Turquoise is considered to be a birthstone for December, besides zircon and it is stone recommended for Aquarius, Taurus and Sagittarius.

One of the world’s oldest and most famous gems is turquoise. Archaeologists have confirmed that the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt have worn a lot of jewelry with turquoise, and that Chinese artist used these stones for carving arts as back as 3,000 years...

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China’s Major Efforts to Save the Elephants

Ivory trade is a very controversial topic that China finally decided to take control of. The trade industry involves removing the tusks of major animals including the hippopotamus and the most notorous African and Asian elephants. This is an industry that dates back to the times of the colonization of Africa in which slaves were forced to carry the tusks of the elephants in the scorching heat. The purpose of these tusks were mainly for piano keys and the wealth they could provide. Unfortunately, through this unethical type of trade, more than half a million Elephants and other animals have been slaughtered in the process. Although historical, this industry has remained a large one with China being a major player, but soon they will play no part.

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After being a major power in the Ivory Trade Industry, China’s decision to end its practice will save many elephants, especially the ones who struggle in Africa. An estimate of 100,000 elephants have been killed in the past ten years, as China’s “white gold” (elephant tusks) continued to be produced by the masses. China’s change of heart is one of the most surprising efforts as China’s decision will affect many countries around the world that are involved in the trade. 

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Many wildlife reservists have been calling the decision a huge blessing for the elephants around the world. As China leaves, so does a major part of the Ivory Trade business. Since China has been the one calling the shots for generations, the industry will weaken, and lives of thousands upon thousands of elephant’s lives will be saved. After having held many protests, many animal rights activists can head to sleep, knowing that their efforts have served a purpose beyond a picket sign and a statement. For those who desired the end of the Ivory Trade, they see this is the first step and a sigh of a breath for the Elephants of Africa.

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Ivory trade is a very controversial topic that China finally decided to take control of. The trade industry involves removing the tusks of major animals including the hippopotamus and the most notorous African and Asian elephants. This is an industry that...

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Steinway in China

There are lots of boys in tuxedos and girls in tiaras who had dreams of becoming China’s next musical talent and sensation this year. It all happens on a nine feet long and about 1,000 pounds, with a price of more than $200,000, the new Steinway & Sons D-274 concert grand piano seemed intimidating. Some say that this piano came from distant place, Germany. This piano is concerned to be the mighty machine that can turn even the sloppiest musical lines into something serious that could be performed at Carnegie Hall.

The mother of an 11-year-old boy who had come to the theater to take part in the final round of the Steinway & Sons International Youth Piano Competition in China last winter, Li Wei said: “It’s flawless, exquisite, with a special sound.” A 13-year-old who favored the pyrotechnics of the Hungarian composer Franz Liszt, Xiao Yunchu said: “Everyone wants a Steinway, but none of us can afford it.”

As the one of the World’s most famous and distinguished musical instrument brands, Steinway is planning to offer a rebirth to China’s music world into lackluster sales. But the success in this country demands a smart plan and more than good marketing. Fine-tuning a cultural mindset would be wise and advisable in a country that banished piano as bourgeois luxuries in the past.

Steinway company will have to persuade the wealthy clientele that these instruments would make good investments. Buying a piano that costs almost as an apartment, but eventually pays off, will be very tough to explain to the parents of future musicians. The other opponent is in the modern technology, such as smart pianos and iPads that use light technical tools when it comes to teaching basic skills.

But when we’re talking about the new technology, there’s a new Steinway Spirio which is a high-tech take on the jazz-era player piano. It is simply loaded with standard classical music library as well as Chinese tunes, including even the pop hits like “The Moon Represents My Heart” and compositions like “The Yellow River” Piano Concerto, a piece that dates to the Cultural Revolution.

Steinway is a company founded in 1853 in Manhattan, New York City, by a German immigrant. It flourished by selling high-end pianos, crafted by hand using materials like Sitka spruce and cast iron. They were made that way in both Europe and United States. At one point, the huge blow happened when Western Music schools and concert halls made a cut back on orders of the instrument. Their stores started closing slowly. This uncertain future finally ended when a billionaire John A. Paulson took the company on his own, three years ago.

In China for instance, there’s a number middle-class parents willing to spend fortunes to develop high-achieving children with good musical talent. It is estimated that the country has 40 million piano students, compared with six million in the United States. A classical pianist with a rock star flair who is one of China’s most prominent musicians, Lang Lang said: “In America, you’ve already had the piano for hundreds of years. In China, it’s fresher, it’s newer. Everyone wants to play.”

There are lots of boys in tuxedos and girls in tiaras who had dreams of becoming China’s next musical talent and sensation this year. It all happens on a nine feet long and about 1,000 pounds, with a price of more than $200,000, the new Steinway & Sons...