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This Aussie Guy Took It Upon Himself To Explain The Hong Kong Protests To Actual Hongkongers

You're a privileged white Aussie man in Hong Kong, mate. Think about it.

The 2019 Hong Kong protests began back in June over a controversial anti-extradition bill and has since escalated dramatically in the ensuing months. As hundreds of thousands of people continue to hold pro-democracy demonstrations, the police have retaliated with increasing levels of force and violence.

These protests has since spilled out into Hong Kong airport, causing the cancellation of hundreds of flights and leaving many people quite angry about it. Some folk just want to go home and these young Hong Kongers are just ruining it for them.

How dare those pro-democracy protesters who are fighting for their freedom.

One Aussie chap (who actually lives in China now) was quite pissed at the whole thing because he just wants to get home and the protests are hurting the bottom line of his business. With his flight canceled, his patience gone and his pearl necklace in hand, the bloke decided to confront some protesters and show them a piece of his mind.

Ol’ mate starts off by correctly pointing out how Hong Kong is technically part of China, but things go downhill quickly as the protesters ask him about his thoughts about the “one country, two systems” arrangement between China and Hong Kong and were met with a blank stare.

The bloke then loses his cool when a protester calls him out for only being being angry because his flight was canceled and he tries to get back on the offensive by playing the “get a job” card.

For what it’s worth, the protesters say they have but decided to chuck a sickie because the fight for freedom was just a bit more important that day.

The bloke then tries to blame the protesters for making it hard for him to do his business they should just listen to China (since they’re all the same, y’know), only for them to tell him how Hong Kong is a tax-free haven that would disappear if they did what he said. But look, those are just unimportant semantics for an Aussie businessman who had his flight canceled.

After a brief argument over corruption in Hong Kong – with the chap unironically asking the protesters to name names and seemingly not understanding the concept of systemic corruption – the topic then turned to the police response to the protesters.

The chap claims the Hong Kong police have been “very very restrained” and their decision to use tear gas in enclosed spaces and at close ranges, crowd control bean bags and dangerous rubber bullets as an appropriate response to *checks notes* throwing rocks and a couple of Molotov cocktails.

Restrained indeed.

Those were just the broad strokes of this infuriating exchange. If you have the patience to sit through the damn thing, check it out right here.

The chap later spoke to a CNN journalist and stands by everything he said before saying that the protests may have gotten to the point where the Chinese army “should step in to bring some sense of normal conduct.”

Uh huh. That doesn’t scream Tiananmen Square 2.0 at all.

It’s pretty easy to say things like “Hong Kong is a part of China”, “muh canceled flights” and “get a job” to oppressed protesters when you’re a privileged white Aussie man who’s never had to live in a country where rule of law, freedom of speech and democracy are merely ideas on paper and can simply flee back to a country where all those things are guaranteed.

But we did learn something about this whole exchange: next time you face protesters, you should try hammering a nail into a stone wall using your forehead. That’s guaranteed to be a better strategy than trying to explain what’s happening in Hong Kong to actual Hong Kongers.

You'll Soon Have A Heap Of Indigenous Emojis And It's About Bloody Time

We finally have an Aboriginal flag in our texting lexicon.

We have over 2,000 (and counting) emojis currently available for our texting needs and yet there hasn’t been any Indigenous emojis yet. We’ve had teeny peen emojis, suggestively shaped fruit and veg emojis, and even Avengers emojis and yet there’s still no Aboriginal flag. It’s messed up.

But that’s all about to change because the talented folks at Ingeous Studios are bringing the first ever set of Indigenous emojis to Australia.

Called “Indigemojis”, these were designed by “young people on on Arrernte country in Mparntwe/Alice Springs” over the “2018-2019 summer holiday” according to Ingeous and includes a bunch of long-awaited Indigenous emojis like a boomerang, a dingo, and a crown, hand and heart all rocking the colours of the Aboriginal flag.

Ingeous states that it aims to “inspire young people to decolonise their digital spaces” with Indigemojis and hope to “design and make new emojis relevant to their lives and culture.”

Unsurprisingly, this announcement has caught on like wildfire and to be honest, it’s about bloody time we got something like Indigemojis in our texting lexicon. It’s a sad thought that we got emojis for red-head representation before an Aboriginal flag so this is a big – if belated – step forward.

As for when you can start incorporating the Aboriginal flag and boomerangs into your messages, Indigemojis will be released on iOS and Android devices later this year for free via an app.

You Could Soon Be Jailed For Helping Your Dumb Mate With Their Uni Assignment

They'll have to earn that HD on their own.

Uni assignments, homework, and exams can get overwhelming. Sometimes you may need your smart friend to help you get through it all in exchange for a quick payday or a nice lunch at the unibar.

Well sorry to be the bearer of bad news but you’re going to have to do your assignments all on your own because having a mate helping you out (or vice versa) could soon be a jailable offence in Australia.

As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.

The ABC reports that the Federal Government is planning to outlaw a practice known as “contract cheating”, where students get others to complete their assignments and/or sit exams for them in exchange for a fee.

Students be found guilty under this proposed law could cop a fine up to $210,000 or face up to two years in jail, which is a pretty steep price to pay for a high distinction.

The idea is pretty ridiculous as an elevator pitch as it is but experts are worried that the wording in this proposed bill is too broad and overstepping the line.

Universities Australia chief executive Catriona Jackson and Associate Professor Phillip Dawson from Deakin University’s Centre For Research In Assessment And Digital Learning both stated that the bill’s wording was too vague and needed some serious rework.

Jackson says that “There’s a phrase [in the bill] describing prohibiting the provision of “any part of a piece of work or assignment” that a student’s required to complete,” and the broadness of this phrase could mean something as innocent as a parent proofreading an essay and giving notes might be deemed as illegal.

Dawson is on the same page, saying “If a student passes a note to another student in an exam or an older sibling offers to do the stats for their younger sibling’s assignment, that shouldn’t be a crime.”

Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan is doubling down on this bill for what it’s worth, saying that he “provided the draft legislation in April” and will ‘take feedback into account when finalising the bill”.

There are obviously more holes in this proposed anti-cheating bill than a wheel of Swiss cheese but these could be stamped out before Tehan expects to “introduce it to Parliament this year.”

Anti-cheating isn’t necessarily a bad idea but Tehan might be overstretching here. Beyond the fustercluck in trying to police this whole thing, it’ll take away that wholesome uni experience of panicking over an assignment with your classmates.

So best start hitting the books because you’re gonna have to earn that pass on your own. But you know what they say, “Ps equal degrees”!

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