Impeached US President Donald Trump, in response to civil unrest surrounding the killing of George Floyd, over the weekend ordered US military and police forces to attack citizen protesters.
President Trump appears to have seen footage of police officers throwing women to the curb, speeding cars into crowds, firing rubber bullets at reporters, and pushing a man with a cane to the ground — and has said: “Yes. We need more of that.”
— Matt Viser (@mviser) June 1, 2020
During the protests, violent criminals taking advantage of the chaos clashed with vigilantes encouraged by the president’s reckless tweets causing numerous casualties, including several deaths. But the ongoing protests have drawn tens of millions of people from across the country, the vast majority of which remain peaceful.
The police and military, however, are attacking peaceful protesters around the country without provocation.
Police and military personnel in dozens of cities across the country were caught assaulting peaceful protesters in videos that were streamed live on social media and shared by millions. Many of the attacks are confusing and appear motivated by nothing more than the desire to hurt citizens, no matter how peaceful they were:
They literally can’t help themselves! pic.twitter.com/L4IgrvHx7K
— Albert MacGloan ➐ (@AlbertMacGloan) May 31, 2020
— Sharla McBride (@SharlaMcBride) June 1, 2020
Inexplicable surge by police into crowd. I’m watching from 20 feet away. pic.twitter.com/DsMYKP5c8T
— John C. Liu (@LiuNewYork) June 1, 2020
Same thing happens a few blocks later. Bike cop tries to pass a marcher on his right with nowhere near enough room. Marcher inevitably makes contact and the officer puts him in a headlock pic.twitter.com/5aZ4jKweyW
— MaxOnƬwitter (@The_Stepover) May 31, 2020
They shot a blind man. What threat could this blind brown man have possibly posed to the officers that shot him?
In Lancaster Ca, police shoots an unarmed blind Latino man.. then realizes what they’ve done, then started to perform cpr on the man.. but the man died
— Biden_Brigade (@biden_brigade) June 1, 2020
They attacked elderly bystanders:
Watching live feed local ABC affiliate, city center Salt Lake City. Police identified as SWAT team, got out of vehicles and immediately knocked a grey haired man using a cane, to the ground for no apparent reason. WHY?? @slcpolice pic.twitter.com/N4WxrCTpXm
— SkyeMartin (@skye_rtin) May 30, 2020
They attacked politicians:
VIDEO: U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty of Ohio being pepper sprayed by Columbus Police during protest
— Tim Ryan Renaud (@TimWCBD) May 30, 2020
They broke ranks to attack black people:
For those of you who think you know all about how things escalate during a protest. pic.twitter.com/1DgADqFwJi
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 30, 2020
They ran over protesters:
BREAKING: #NYPD runs over protestors deliberately. They drive directly into the crowd.
This is attempted murder! pic.twitter.com/JhrJVYWl61
— Stephanie, Ph.D Candidate (@Stephaniejing2) May 31, 2020
They let white people pass, then busted the windows out of a car full of black people so they could shoot them with tasers multiple times and then drag them out of their vehicles and assault them for breaking-curfew-while-black:
every moment of this insane. atlanta imposed a 9 pm curfew, and at 9:30 cops swarmed this car, bashed the windows, stabbed the tires and tased the black people. all behind a car of white people violating the same curfew, smiling and waving at the camera pic.twitter.com/vrIuf1sigW
— rudy betrayed (@rudy_betrayed) June 1, 2020
They fired on people standing on their porches:
Share widely: National guard and MPD sweeping our residential street. Shooting paint canisters at us on our own front porch. Yelling “light em up” #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #JusticeForGeorge #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/bW48imyt55
— Tanya Kerssen (@tkerssen) May 31, 2020
And they fired on people inside their own homes:
Need y’all to see this. pic.twitter.com/MkidMswKlr
— isaac | BLM (@GrandDaDSac) May 31, 2020
Among those targeted across the country were numerous reporters. In several instances, police opened fire on reporters after they confirmed their identities as members of the press. This, too, comes at the orders of the impeached president who has declared the press the “enemy of the people.”
Minneapolis police march on a parking lot where VICE reporter @MichaelAdams317 is sheltering. He is wears a press badge.
“I’m Press! Press! Press!”
Cop shouts “I DON’T CARE” and throws him to the ground. Another cop pepper sprays him directly in the face.pic.twitter.com/OqOA8Odu0M
— Chad Loder (@chadloder) May 31, 2020
Police just raided the gas station we were sheltering at. After shouting press multiple times and raising my press card in the air, I was thrown to the ground. Then another cop came up and peppered sprayed me in the face while I was being held down. pic.twitter.com/23EkZIMAFC
— Michael Anthony Adams (@MichaelAdams317) May 31, 2020
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 1, 2020
Cops in a handful of cities used the protests as an opportunity to feign solidarity with those protesting them.
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) June 1, 2020
A small group of police officers have chosen to join the protesters in uniform. However, it’s telling that tens of millions of cameras aimed at the police have captured hundreds of instances of police violence but, to the best of this reporter’s knowledge, no instances showing police who aren’t attacking peaceful protesters stopping the ones who are.. The ones marching with us instead of protecting us from violence are getting paid the same taxpayer dollars as the colleagues they’re failing to police.
How did this all happen? Social media and police scanner apps, that’s how. We’ve seen protests and riots in the US before. But in the past, the narrative always hinged on showing legions of violent looters burning buildings at night juxtaposed against calm, stoic peace officers protecting protesters from harm during the day.
But, so far, the government can’t force people to sign off Twitter or stop downloading apps. Curfews and overloaded phone lines can’t keep activists from organizing and, perhaps most important of all, the people finally have a dead-simple option to monitor the police in real time.
Tracking police communications used to require a hardware scanner and a little bit of know how. But these days you can get one by simply searching for “police scanner” in the Apple or Google app store. All you have to do is install the app and pick the dispatch you want to listen in on. Most of these apps will alert you when there’s police action in a city and you can always tell how many people are listening to a specific stream.
MY DAD IS LISTENING TO A POLICE SCANNER FOR L.A. AND THE COPS ARE TRYING TO GET THE PROTESTERS TO GO A CERTAIN WAY WHERE THEY HAVE JAIL BUSES AND ARE READY TO ARREST PEOPLE PLEASE SPREAD THIS
— can you stfu please | blm (@onlyfakin) May 30, 2020
“There is a young lady with a loud speaker/megaphone down here. She’s going to try to whip this crowd up again. We should consider gas before that happens.”
— Omaha Scanner (@omaha_scanner) May 30, 2020
At least six times while listening to police comms via scanner on 30 May, I overheard officers in Minneapolis signal their intent to fire chemical weapons at peaceful crowds and subsequently saw tweets go out warning protesters to prepare their cameras and ready themselves for impending assault.
I tip my hat to the tireless efforts of those risking their lives and freedom to expose the tyranny of the US government in this unprecedented time. Stay safe out there, stay non-violent, and keep filming.
Source: – The Next Web
Edited By harry Miller
China state media commentary urges investor respect for market – TheChronicleHerald.ca
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Investors should respect the market, manage risks and pursue rational investments, Chinese state-run media warned in commentary on Thursday, after Chinese stocks accelerated a recent rally and hit multi-year highs.
Shares in mainland China extended their winning streak into a seventh session on Wednesday, supported by hopes of an economic recovery, a conducive regulatory environment and retail investor enthusiasm.
The commentary said experience suggested that economic fundamentals were always the basis for changes in valuation, and only a long-term bull market could yield sustained profits.
“The tragic lesson of abnormal stock market volatility in 2015 remains vivid, warning that we must promote a healthy and prosperous stock market in a correct posture,” the paper said.
The recent stellar performance of China’s share market has prompted comparisons to a boom and bust in 2015-2016, fuelled by illegal margin lending, that saw the benchmark Shanghai index fall more than 40% from its peak in just a few weeks.
China’s securities regulator published a list of 258 illegal margin lending platforms and their operators on Wednesday to try to tame the bull run and avoid a similar crash.
On Monday, a commentary published by official media said China needs further share market gains to fund a rapidly developing digital economy and strengthen its hand in intensifying power rivalries.
(Reporting by Winni Zhou and Andrew Galbraith. Editing by Gerry Doyle)
Companies are increasingly turning to social media to screen potential employees – The Conversation CA
As businesses around the world slowly start to reopen after being forced to shut down operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the graduates of the class of 2020 are sharpening their presentation skills and updating their resumes to look for employment opportunities. But will their polished resumes make them more competitive relative to their peers?
The answer may surprise you. In today’s digitally mediated world, well-prepared resumes may not be enough to make you stand out among hundreds of candidates.
Due to the increasing use of social media around the globe (especially now during #socialdistancing), many recruiters and hiring managers find social media attractive as a readily available source of real-time data to find and vet candidates.
Social media is used by potential employers to check job applicants’ qualifications, assess their professionalism and trustworthiness, reveal negative attributes, determine whether they post any problematic content and even assess “fit.”
We examined social media users’ attitudes towards employers using social media to screen job applicants, a process known as cybervetting. We conducted an online survey of 454 participants, primarily from the United States and India, with a followup study surveying 482 young adults in Canada.
In these studies, we compared people’s comfort level with cybervetting in relation to different types of information that could be gathered from publicly accessible social media platforms. These were readily available information in the form of raw data and metadata, meaning what they had posted, when and how; analytics information that would require processing, for example, results of sentiment analysis or topic modelling of an applicants’ posts; and information related to users’ online social network that is often used for social network analysis, for example who follows whom on social media.
Expectations of privacy
The results revealed the nuanced nature of social media users’ privacy expectations in the context of hiring practices. Individuals have context-specific and data-specific privacy expectations. People who are already concerned about social media platforms collecting their personal information and possibly sharing it without their consent are less comfortable with third parties using social media data to screen job applicants — even if it’s publicly available.
On the other hand, individuals who are more comfortable with this practice are also more concerned that social media platforms might be storing inaccurate information about them. This may be a sign of “digital resignation,” a phenomenon in which people are worried about privacy but recognize that companies still engage in this practice. Social media users may want to ensure that information collected about them from online sources is accurate, since erroneous representations may negatively impact their success on the job market.
We also found that being a job-seeker does not necessarily make one more or less comfortable with cybervetting. And there is no significant relationship between one’s gender and the comfort level with this practice. Regardless of one’s employment status or gender, our findings point to the presence of expectations and concerns with social media screening.
Our results highlight the need for employers and recruiters who rely on social media to screen job applicants to be aware of the types of information that may be perceived to be more sensitive by applicants, such as social network-related information (like friends’ lists and connections among friends).
Our research stresses the importance of employers aligning their hiring practices with people’s expectations. If job applicants are aware of and not comfortable with cybervetting, companies may lose the opportunity to recruit high-quality applicants.
Alternatively, employees may lose trust in the company if they later learn about the company’s social media screening practices. Despite the lack of regulations about cybervetting in most countries, employers should proactively state if they engage in cybervetting, outline what social media will be examined and describe how the information will be used.
Ethical hiring practices matter, and this type of transparency is a first step towards giving the next generation of graduates and employees a fair chance of landing their dream job.
Media Advisory: AIAC Holds News Conference With Honourable Jean Charest – GlobeNewswire
MONTREAL, July 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Honourable Jean Charest, together with members of the aerospace and airline industries, will hold a virtual press conference to discuss how the Federal Government’s lack of a sector strategy for this important industry is putting jobs at risk and threatening Canada’s global standing.
Mr. Charest will be joined by:
Mike Mueller, Senior Vice President of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada;
John McKenna, President & CEO, Air Transport Association of Canada
|DATE:||Thursday, July 9th, 2020|
|TIME:||11:00 AM (EDT)|
Please contact Marie-Pier Côté at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain the videoconference link.
*Time subject to change if a governmental press conference related to COVID-19 conflicts. In that case, an updated advisory will be sent.
Information: Marie-Pier Côté 418 999-4847
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