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FireChat: The internet-free messaging app that’s keeping the Hong Kong protests connected

Download FireChat for iOS and Android

(from independent.co.uk)

“FireChat” sounds like a phony location-based sex line.

It’s not, it’s a messaging app for iOS.

We already have Whatsapp, Facebook messenger, Snapchat etc, what makes FireChat different?

You can chat “off the grid”, even if there is no internet connection or mobile phone coverage.

How is that possible?

Instead of relying on a central server, it is based on peer-to-peer “mesh networking” and connects to nearby phones using Bluetooth and WiFi, with connectivity increasing as more people use it in an area.

(keep reading at independent.co.uk)

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Hong Kong right now

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Rise up, my brothers. The time to act is NOW

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Hong Kong citizens step up protests as riot police withdrawn

(from theguardian.com)

Thousands of Hong Kong citizens protested across the city on Monday, blocking roads and prompting the closure of banks and schools, as they stepped up their calls for democracy.

Police attempts to use teargas to clear huge protests from Admiralty and Central in downtown Hong Kong late on Sunday backfired by spurring more people to take to the streets, with numbers peaking in the tens of thousands. Fresh protests sprang up in Causeway Bay and Mongkok, in Kowloon.

Parts of the financial hub, generally known for its orderliness, were paralysed by the demonstrators. The government announced on Monday morning that riot police had been taken off the streets as citizens “have mostly calmed down” and urged people to unblock roads and disperse.

Hong Kong enjoys considerable autonomy under the “one country, two systems” framework and has long been promised universal suffrage for the election of the next chief executive in 2017. But protesters are furious that the rules announced by Beijing will impose such tight controls on candidates that a democrat could not even stand. They see the decision as part of a broader attempt to tighten controls on the region.

(keep reading at theguardian.com)

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This is disgraceful – The hypocrisy has to end

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Jesus blowjob statue assaults teen

(from newsweek.com)

A Pennsylvania teenager faces up to two years behind bars after posting pictures to Facebook in which he simulates receiving oral sex from a statue of Jesus.

The unnamed 14-year-old says he posed with the statue, which sits outside a Christian organization in Everett, Pennsylvania, called Love in the Name of Christ, in late July. The pictures are being used as evidence that the teen may be guilty of desecrating an object of veneration.

A spokesperson for Love in the Name of Christ told MailOnline they did not press charges in the incident. Instead, the pictures were found by the district attorney’s office (who filed the charges) and forwarded them to the state police in Bedford, Pennsylvania. He was arrested and will be tried in juvenile court as early as October 3.

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The Altoona Mirror reports that Bill Higgins, the Bedford County district attorney, posted the following to Facebook on Thursday:

“I guess I should take solace in the fact that the liberals are mad at me—again. As for this case, this troubled young man offended the sensibilities and morals of OUR community.… His actions constitute a violation of the law, and he will be prosecuted accordingly. If that tends to upset the ‘anti-Christian, ban-school-prayer, war-on-Christmas, oppose-display-of-Ten-Commandments’ crowd, I make no apologies.”

(keep reading at newsweek.com)

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Bill Higgins (Bedford County DA) contact info:

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