Happy birthday Bapu!

“What is at stake in Hong Kong is not just the future of democracy in this compact, wealthy territory. It could be the future of China itself, whose leaders dread the same fate as the Soviet Union, which no longer exists. Try as it might to impose its will, China is wrestling with an empire whose peripheral peoples do not share its values and even its culture.”
Howie Severino, Ghost and angels over Hong Kong protests

The number of wild animals on Earth has halved in the past 40 years, according to a new analysis. Creatures across land, rivers and the seas are being decimated as humans kill them for food in unsustainable numbers, while polluting or destroying their habitats, the research by scientists at WWF and the Zoological Society of London found.

Hong Kong’s umbrella revolution may be the politest protest ever

The protesters’ politeness may be one of the reasons that, despite changes to dozens of bus routes, companies being forced to ask employees to work from home, and entire neighborhoods made accessible only by foot, the demonstrators have not sparked much general ire from other Hong Kongers. Instead, the students were joined last night by tens of thousands of supporters. Tonight’s crowds are expected to be even larger.