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China fostering spy rings at Australian universities to monitor exchange students

 

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There are almost 100,000 mainland Chinese students studying at Australian universities, where they are no doubt exposed to ideas that might be censored at home. This fact has not gone unnoticed by Chinese intelligence professionals, some of whom have admitted to a reporter for the respected Sydney Morning Herald that they recruit networks of students to monitor the Chinese community.

Officially, education counselors at the Chinese embassy organize student associations in order to provide support services that may be lacking at Australian universities for overseas students. These associations provide help and a sense of community for Chinese students, but they also provide a network to gather human intelligence and monitor their citizens’ activities.

In particular, Beijing wants to keep tabs on any anti-authoritarian movements and groups related to Tibet and Falun Gong.

Some students have said they faced negative repercussions based on reports made to the student association. After he attended a lecture by the Dalai Lama, one student’s parents back home were contacted and told to reign their son in. Others have reported that comments they made in classroom discussions were reported to officials, causing repercussions.

And it isn’t just the students, either. A Chinese lecturer at a major university was questioned four times by intelligence services when he returned to China regarding comments he made at a democracy seminar at the University of New South Wales. He was shown the report, made by a woman also making false claims that he had donated money to democracy organizations.

Singapore’s Straits Times published a piece at the same time claiming the Chinese government uses student organizations to spread patriotic feelings and to monitor any latent anti-government movements. According to that article, during the 2008 Olympic torch replay in Canberra, the organizations brought Chinese students in from as far away as Sydney to hold a counter-protest against Tibet supporters.

The Chinese government denies that their is any intelligence purpose to the student organizations.

Source: MSN Sankei News via Sydney Morning Herald

 

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The PS4’s first big update is almost here, check out what’s inside

Curious to know everything that’s in the PlayStation 4‘s 1.70 update launching on Wednesday? You won’t have to download it yourself to find out — Sony has spilled the beans ahead of time. Some of these updates we’ve heard about before, such as the SHAREfactory video editor, 720p HD Twitch streams (that are archivable) and automatic pre-order downloads.

However, we now know that there’s quite a few subtler improvements in store. You can control the default length for shared gameplay videos before saving them to a USB drive, and a toggle to dim the DualShock 4‘s lightbar is included in this update. Remote Link pairing with the PlayStation Vita is now automatic, and those who hate credit cards can shop with PayPal on the PlayStation Store. All told, this is a lot more than a simple tune-up, and you’ll likely want it as soon as it hits the servers — updated companion apps for iOS and Android are already available.

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“Bird-Witched”: Animal-inspired stilettos by Masaya Kushino

 

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Japanese shoe designer Masaya Kushino‘s latest collection, “Bird-Witched” is inspired by Jakuchu Ito, “a legendary painter who fourished uring the Edo period in the 18th century. He depicted real life animals such as birds, tigers, and elphants in a really ingenious way, tinged wit ha bit of insanity.”

As a lot of designers have stated elsewhere that shoes are attractive not only for putting legs in, but also as standalone art objects. In other words, shoes are just as visually stimulating as sculpture or any other three-dimensional art piece, but they also fundamentally have to be wearable. Artworks are basically made just for display or to be appreciated visually. When it comes to artistic pairs of shoes, however, they are more instinctive and more interactive, which I think is their most attractive trait.” – Masaya Kushino

As a lot of designers have stated elsewhere that shoes are attractive not only for putting legs in, but also as standalone art objects. In other words, shoes are just as visually stimulating as sculpture or any other three-dimensional art piece, but they also fundamentally have to be wearable. Artworks are basically made just for display or to be appreciated visually. When it comes to artistic pairs of shoes, however, they are more instinctive and more interactive, which I think is their most attractive trait.

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WYLER (Japan) Fall/Winter 2014 Lookbook

 

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Inspired by the vintage fashion sold at renowned Harajuku store LOSTHILLS, Japanese label THE WYLER CLOTHING CO. has released its latest lookbook for the Fall/Winter 2014 season. Channeling the spirit of Midwest America the range centers around outerwear, with a pair of camo jackets, a leather jacket, and a bright orange hunt-inspired jacket standing out in particular. At present all items will only be available in-store, with the full list of participating outlets not yet released.
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Face masks on Peking University statues protest Beijing smog

 

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Images of statues of some Chinese intellectuals in Peking University wearing masks have been wildly circulated online. This idea was figured out by some students from Peking University, as a “silent” protest against heavy smog.

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@头条新闻: Beijing Heavy Smog; Peking University Statues “Wear” Face Masks — Since February 20, the national meteorological center has for six days straight issued smog alert, and Beijing has already spent many days in the grey smog. With continuous smog in the “rain” season, pedestrians on the road are about to be overwhelmed with sorrow. With such pollution, even the statues an sculptures in Peking University “cannot take it anymore”, one after another donning face masks. Pictures: http://t.cn/8Fm7koR

 

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[February] 24, Beijing, the fourth day of heavy smog besieging [the city], it is no longer news that pedestrians and even pet dogs are wearing face masks. To their surprise, on the Peking University campus, people discovered statues of Cai Yuanpei, Li Dazhao, Miguel de Cervantes and other scholars of the past with masks also put on them.

Beijing severe smog, face masks placed on statues and busts in Peking University.

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Cai Yuanpei’s statue.

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Cervantes’s statue.

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Statue of distinguished Chinese contemporary economist Chen Daisun.

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A Bathing Ape Spring/Summer 2014 Women’s e-MOOK Lookbook

 

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The department of A Bathing Ape responsible for the womenswear designs has just put together an exclusive collection for the brand’s e-MOOK Magazine. The looks take BAPE‘s distinctive style and trademark camo print and combine them with typical elements of womenswear designs.
Pink and orange patterned hoodies are paired with graphic T-shirts, madras print shorts with polo shirts and pink chambray skirts and oversized shirts complete the look.
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New capsule hotel to open at Narita Airport

 

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Capsule hotels are eternally fascinating to all who visit Japan. Their compact size, cheap prices, and spaceship-bunk-like nature seem quite bizarre to most people who have never had the pleasure of spending a few weeks in a submarine. While most of us want the largest hotel room money can buy, a capsule hotel literally crams people into the tiniest space available, while offering some incredible conveniences.

But when visiting Japan, there’s lots to see and do, so it’s easy to forget about checking yourself into a capsule. Fortunately, you’ll soon be able to find out what it’s like to be stuffed in a tube even at the airport!

We were saddened to hear that Nine Hours, one of the coolest and best-realized capsule hotels ever made was closing its doors late last year. With its sleek lines, space-age looks, and minimalist form, it was everything a capsule hotel should be, and not at all like the grim, yellowing plastic mortuaries built in the 80s. Fortunately, the hotel has since reopened in an updated form, but that doesn’t help those who are staying in the Kanto region.

So we were thrilled to hear that the company is launching a new capsule hotel right where anyone and everyone flying in and out of Tokyo can use it – at the airport!

 

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We have to admit that this is such a brilliant idea we don’t know why no one tried it sooner. Have an early or late flight or a long layover? Wouldn’t it be great to take a nap with some privacy instead of falling asleep next to a family with three screaming kids in one of those infuriatingly uncomfortable airport chairs? You bet it would! And Nine Hours is here to help.

On July 20, a new capsule hotel will be open in Narita airport for all exhausted travelers. Operating 24 hours a day, the hotel will also have showers available, so harried businessfolk can wash the stench of airplane off before running to a meeting. For those staying over night, a “room” is 3,900 yen (about US$40) and if you’re just looking to grab a nap during the day, you’ll pay 1,500 yen (about $15) for the first hour and 500 yen (roughly $5) for each additional hour. You can even hop in the shower for an hour for 1,000 yen (around $10), though use of the shower is free for those checking in to sleep.

 

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Unfortunately, it looks like you’ll need to leave security to get to the sardines-in-can hotel–it’s located underground, below the parking lot in Terminal 2. On the other hand, reservations can be made over the phone, through their website, or via email and you can check in whenever you like.

Nine Hours have 129 rooms planned–71 for men and 58 for women–and 16 showers, with nine for women and seven for men.

They’ll start taking bookings on April 28, and the first 50 people to reserve a room for each day between July 20 and July 31 will get a discounted price. So if you’re visiting Japan and thinking, “Oh, we never got to stay in one of those cool capsules hotels!” while taking the train to the airport to catch your flight home, then all is not lost!

Sources/images: Hatena NewsNine Hours

 

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