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September 18, 2021

China cracks down on teen use of social media, video games

China implemented several limitations to youth’s consumption of social media content and video games this year.

Douyin, an app referred to as the “Chinese TikTok,” faced criticism for presenting stressful material to minors. In April, the company added a “youth mode,” which limits users under 18 to 40 minutes of videos, and the app is restricted between 10 pm and 6 am.

Late last month, China imposed restrictions on video games. Young users can only play games from 8-9 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

The nation’s authorities argue that youth mode features don’t fix the problem and press companies to go further.

Data shows that Chinese users top the list of time spent on mobile apps during the first quarter of 2021.

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China moves to limit social media, gaming as teens get more addicted and mental health is impacted

September 16, 2021

Multiple calls for Gen. Mark Milley’s resignation amid China claims

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley faces calls for his resignation amid reports of “secret” phone calls with China. New information from the upcoming book “Peril” claims that Milley contacted his Chinese counterpart toward the end of Trump’s term, promising he would provide advance notice of any impending military strikes.

Retired Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman, a noted Trump critic, took to social media to voice his opinion on the matter.

“If this is true GEN Milley must resign,” Vindman tweeted. “He usurped civilian authority, broke Chain of Command, and violated the sacrosanct principle of civilian control over the military. It’s an extremely dangerous precedent. You can’t simply walk away from that.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) called on President Joe Biden to fire Milley. Rubio released a statement arguing that Milley “worked to actively undermine the sitting Commander in Chief.”

“These actions by General Milley demonstrate a clear lack of sound judgement, and I urge you to dismiss him immediately,” Rubio wrote.

Former acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller said that if reports of Milley’s “anti-Constitutional involvement in foreign policy prove true, he must resign immediately.”

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Retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman says Gen. Milley ‘must resign’ if his secret calls with China occurred

September 5, 2021

China imposes odd restrictions on ‘sissy’ men and video games

China’s government banned effeminate men from appearing on TV and severely reduced children’s access to online games, in line with President Xi Jinping’s call for a “national rejuvenation” and firmer control for the Communist Party.

The National Radio and TV Administration instructed broadcasters to “resolutely put an end to sissy men and other abnormal esthetics.”

Instead of “vulgar internet celebrities,” China says broadcasters should “vigorously promote excellent Chinese traditional culture, revolutionary culture, and advanced socialist culture.”

Additionally, newly enacted rules limit anyone under 18 to three hours of online games per week, with no play allowed on school days.

Game developers must submit new titles for government approval before release, with officials calling on them to add pro-China themes.

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China bans men it sees as not masculine enough from TV

May 7, 2021

China looks to build naval base in the Atlantic

Happy Friday, America!

A high-ranking US general revealed that China is looking to develop a major naval base in the Atlantic. Beijing is establishing a new military facility in the African side of the ocean. I’m not sure how the US would respond to this kind of news.

With former President Donald Trump’s continuous suspension of his Facebook account, some GOPs expressed their fury publicly, while some of them were privately worrisome. Allies of the former leader were wary about his capability to raise funds, as his social media presence is still non-existent. Good luck to the party, though.

The US is facing a scarcity of chicken supplies, as fast food chains like KFC, Wingstop Inc. and Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. are running out of wings and chicken sandwiches. The price of poultry has also increased more than twice of its usual value. 

New study showed that bald men are more likely to suffer from severe COVID-19 illness. Men who are 50 and above, with a condition called androgenetic alopecia, are at risk when they contract the virus. For the elderly out there, keep safe and observe health protocols.

Following Bitcoin’s and Dogecoin’s spectacular soaring, cryptocurrency traders are now looking to invest for the next “big thing.” People are now waiting to put their money on another potential skyrocketing financial breakthrough on other small-time digital assets. I wanna join, too!

If you’re both wealthy and a rock music fan, you now have the chance to buy Kurt Cobain’s hair in an auction. Six locks of Nirvana’s frontman would be made available for tonight. May the best (and wealthiest) participant win!

Stay strong, stay safe

Fraser Dixon

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