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Hundreds Of Hong Kong Protesters Trapped Behind Barricades As Police Surround University

Hong Kong police have fired tear gas and rubber bullets to force back anti-government protesters trying to escape a university, in which hundreds of people are holed up with petrol bombs and homemade weapons amid fears of a bloody crackdown.
Dozens of people attempted to flee the Polytechnic University campus on Monday after a night of chaos in the Chinese territory, during which a police officer was shot with a bow and arrow, major routes were blocked and a bridge set on fire.
Protests have been raging in the former British colony for six months – at first in opposition to a highly controversial extradition bill, which could have seen Hong Kong residents detained in mainland China. 

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Police detain protesters who attempt to leave the campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) during clashes with police in Hong Kong on Nov.18, 2019. 

After the initial backlash, the bill was withdrawn, but protests have evolved into broader rebellions against both the police and what is perceived by some as the encroaching influence of Beijing.
Public broadcaster RTHK reported that “many” had been arrested near the campus, while in Nathan Road – the nearby commercial district – activists brought traffic to a halt and forced the closure of shopping centers.
“We’ve been trapped here for too long. We need all Hong Kongers to know we need help,” said Dan, a 19-year-old protester on the campus, as he burst into tears.
“I don’t know how much longer we can go on like this. We may need international help.”
The Hong Kong government involved a colonial-era emergency law in October banning faced masks commonly used by protesters. The High Court ruled on Monday the ban was “incompatible with the Basic Law.”

Remember you have life in your hands. Why do you need to push us to death?

The Basic Law is the mini-constitution setting the terms under which the former colony returned to China.
Following a group who had attempted to make a run for it in the morning, protesters tried again to escape in the afternoon – but were pushed back with volleys of tear gas. 
Thirty-eight people were wounded over Sunday night, the city’s Hospital Authority said, with eyewitnesses from Reuters describing protesters suffering burns from the chemicals in police water cannons. 
“Remember you have life in your hands. Why do you need to push us to death?” one person shouted at police from a campus rooftop as protesters wearing gas masks and clutching umbrellas looked for ways to escape.
Police urged protesters to “drop their weapons” and leave.

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A protester is detained by riot police while attempting to leave the campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) during clashes with police in Hong Kong on Nov. 18, 2019. 

“Police appeal to everyone inside the Polytechnic University to drop their weapons and dangerous items, remove their gas masks and leave… in an orderly manner,” they said in a statement.
“They should follow police instructions and must not charge at police cordons.”
Live video footage from the scene showed protesters sitting cross-legged in the road with their hands tied behind their backs as riot police watched over them. 
Police said they fired three live rounds when “rioters” attacked two officers who were attempting to arrest a woman. No one was wounded and the woman escaped amid a dramatic escalation of the unrest that has plunged the Asian financial hub into chaos for almost six months.

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Protesters, some of whom stand behind the umbrellas which have become a symbol of the protest, attempt to escape the campus.

Demonstrators are furious at what they see as Chinese meddling in Hong Kong’s promised freedoms when it returned to Chinese rule in 1997, and claim they are responding to excessive use of force by police.
China says it is committed to the “one country, two systems” formula granting Hong Kong autonomy, with the city’s police denying accusations they use undue violence.
However, the U.S. has condemned the “unjustified use of force” in Hong Kong, and has called on Beijing to protect the territory’s freedoms, a senior official in Donald Trump’s administration said.
Chinese soldiers in a base close to the university were seen on Sunday monitoring developments at the university with binoculars, some dressed in riot gear.
Chinese troops in shorts and T-shirts, some carrying red plastic buckets or brooms, emerged from their barracks on Saturday in a rare public appearance to help clean up debris.

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Police storm the burning barricade at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU).

Chinese forces have appeared on Hong Kong’s streets only once since 1997, to help clear up after a typhoon last year.
Asked about the clean-up operation, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said their efforts were welcomed by Hong Kong citizens.
The city’s Cross-Harbour Tunnel, next to the Polytechnic University, linking Hong Kong island to the Kowloon peninsula, remained closed after protesters torched a bridge above the toll booths on Sunday.
Some train services and many roads across the Kowloon peninsula were closed. All schools were shut.
As police approached the barricaded front gate of the university in the predawn hours, protesters retreated into the campus and started fires at the gate and a footbridge.

We need to fight until the end. If we don’t fight, Hong Kong will be over.
Ah Lung, 19

As some protesters discussed attempting to leave, others reinforced the barricades and distributed boxes of petrol bombs around the site. 
Thousands of residents and protesters flocked to districts around the university including Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordan and Yau Ma Tei, to try to penetrate the riot-police lines to rescue the trapped students.
“If we can only hold on until dawn, more might come,” said one young activist in the university.
University President Teng Jin-Guang said he had brokered a truce with police to allow protesters to leave the campus peacefully, however it was unclear whether a truce was taking effect.
Some of those trapped on the sprawling red-brick campus close to the city’s harbor said they would never surrender.
“We need to fight until the end. If we don’t fight, Hong Kong will be over,” said Ah Lung, 19.
The unrest in Hong Kong poses the gravest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012. Xi has said he is confident Hong Kong’s government can resolve the crisis.
Beijing denies interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs and has blamed Western countries for stirring up unrest.

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Trump Hails New Farm Aid Billions As Report Reveals Money Helps Wealthy, Southerners

President Donald Trump on Sunday hailed the new round of billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies to help struggling farmers survive his trade war with China. But his praise follows a troubling report that the trade aid — a total over two years of $28 billion — is being disproportionately doled out to farmers in Trump-supporting southern states, and being paid to the largest, wealthiest farms and foreign corporations.
The Department of Agriculture said Friday it will begin making the second round of this year’s $16 billion in trade aid payments to farmers this week. 
Our great Farmers will recieve another major round of “cash,” compliments of China Tariffs, prior to Thanksgiving. The smaller farms and farmers will be big beneficiaries. In the meantime, and as you may have noticed, China is starting to buy big again. Japan deal DONE. Enjoy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2019

The aid is not being paid “compliments of China tariffs,” as Trump tweets, but by the Market Facilitation Program funded by U.S. taxpayers. Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods are paid by American companies that import the products and typically pass on costs to U.S. consumers.
Nor has China started to “buy big again,” as Trump claims. Though China purchased 50 million bushels of soy from American farmers in October, the American Farm Bureau Federation said it was still 76% below purchase levels before Trump launched his trade war.
Per FGIS #China has now purchased nearly 50 million bushels of #soybeans the last two weeks, YTD at 90.5 mbu. For context, it’s still 76% below pre #TradeWar levels @FarmBureau— John Newton (@New10_AgEcon) November 4, 2019

Also, smaller farmers will unlikely be the “big beneficiaries” of the aid, as Trump tweeted because aid is flowing to the largest and most successful farmers rather than aiding struggling operations, according to a study in August by the Environmental Working Group. More than half of the farm bailouts from January 2018 to April 2019 went to just a tenth of the recipients in the program, according to the study. The top 1% of farmers were paid an average of $183,000, while the bottom 80% averaged less than $5,000.
Trump’s praise for the aid follows by just days another critical report by Democrats on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, saying the aid package “treats farmers unfairly.”
Figures show that 95% of top payment rates are going to farmers in the South, even though they have been less affected by the trade war with China, and that significant payments have been made to wealthy farmers and foreign corporations, the report notes. 
Five Southern states receive the highest payments per acre under the program — Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Arkansas. All voted for Trump, all but Georgia voted overwhelmingly for him. The analysis determined that farmers in the Midwest and Northern Plains have been hurt the most by the trade war. 
The report accused the Agriculture Department of doing nothing to direct aid to struggling small and medium farms, and farmers just starting out. Instead, the agency doubled payment limits, directing even more money to large, wealthy farming partnerships. The report also lashed the aid program for making commodity purchases from foreign-owned agricultural conglomerates, including $90 million paid to a subsidiary of Brazilian-owned JBS SA.
Meanwhile, farm fortunes continue to stumble. The Farm Bureau reported last month that farm bankruptcies were up 24%, with more on the way. In other data released last week, farm income fell in the third quarter from a year ago in each of the seven rural heartland states covered by the Kansas City Fed.

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Hong Kong Campus Protesters, Police Clash As Anti-Government Unrest Spreads

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong protesters shot arrows and hurled petrol bombs from a barricaded university on Sunday at police who fired tear gas and water cannon in some of the worst violence in the Chinese-ruled city since anti-government unrest erupted five months ago.
Several protesters took up positions on the rooftops of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, armed with bows and arrows, as unrest spread across the territory’s central Kowloon district.
Police said a media liaison officer was treated in hospital after being hit by an arrow in the leg and another officer’s visor was struck by a metal ball although he was not hurt.

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Protesters clash with police outside Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in Hong Kong, China on November 17, 2019. (REUTERS/Adnan Abidi)

Protesters, who were sprayed with the blue liquid from water cannon, stripped off and hosed each other down to wash it off.
Police fired tear gas to try to break up protests on Nathan Road, a major thoroughfare in Kowloon’s Mong Kok district, which was strewn with loose bricks, and in Yau Ma Tei district, where successive volleys of gas canisters temporarily cleared the streets. Clashes intensified during the night.
“Rioters continue to launch hard objects and petrol bombs with large catapults at police officers,” police said in a statement. “Police warn that the violent activities in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University have escalated to rioting.”

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Anti-government protesters stand amid smoke during clashes with police, outside Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in Hong Kong, China on November 17, 2019. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)

Chinese soldiers in a base close to the university were seen monitoring developments with binoculars, some dressed in riot gear with canisters on their chests, Reuters witnesses reported.
Chinese troops in shorts and T-shirts, some carrying red plastic buckets or brooms, had emerged from their barracks on Saturday in a rare public appearance to help clean up debris.
The presence of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers on the streets, even to clean up, risks stoking controversy about Hong Kong’s status as an autonomous area.

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Anti-government protesters prepare molotov cocktails during clashes with police, outside Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in Hong Kong, China on November 17, 2019. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)

Protesters are angry at perceived Communist Party meddling in the territory, whose freedoms were guaranteed when it returned to Chinese rule in 1997. Beijing denies interfering and has blamed foreign influences for the unrest.
Huge fires had lit up the sky at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on Saturday night and into Sunday morning after protesters threw petrol bombs. In the university courtyard, Joris, 23, said students fired arrows to protect themselves.
“The protesters have been reacting to the police. We haven’t fought back as much as we could. I would be prepared for jail. We are fighting for Hong Kong,” the civil engineer told Reuters.
The campus is the last of five universities to be occupied by activists, who have used the site as a base to block the Cross Harbour tunnel, which connects Kowloon to Hong Kong island.
A police truck, deployed to clear the bridge above the tunnel, retreated in reverse after being set ablaze.

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Protesters attend an anti-government march in the district of Central in Hong Kong, China on November 17, 2019. (REUTERS/Laurel Chor)

“We are not afraid,” said third-year student Ah Long, who did not give his full name. “If we don’t persist, we will fail.”
The violence has posed the gravest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012. Xi has said he is confident Hong Kong’s government can resolve the crisis.
Chinese troops have appeared on Hong Kong’s streets only once since 1997, to help clear up after a typhoon last year.
(Additional reporting by James Pomfret, Jessie Pang, Joyce Zhou, Kate Lamb and Tom Lasseter; Writing by Greg Torode and Nick Macfie; Editing by Philippa Fletcher and Edmund Blair)

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Leaked Documents Reveal ‘No Mercy’ Shown In China’s Muslim Internment Program: Report

Hundreds of pages of internal communications between Chinese officials detail the ruthless machinations behind the detention of an estimated 1 million Muslims in internment camps in recent years, according to The New York Times, which obtained the documents.
Many of the pages discuss how to handle a wave of students returning home only to find their families had been hauled away.
Directives issued by China’s ruling Communist Party tell officials in the Xinjiang region, which is home to millions of Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups, to send plainclothes police officers to meet with all of the returning students. The officers were then told to show “humane concern” for the students’ plight as they “stress[ed] the rules.”
As the students would learn, a points system had been set up to gauge which detained Uighurs deserved release. They were told that their individual behavior could hurt their relatives’ odds, according to the documents.
If students pressed further, asking whether their relatives had committed any crimes, officials were told to acknowledge that they had not. Rather, they were suspected of thought crime ― in the form of sympathy to Islamic extremists ― even if the relatives were very old or very young.
“Freedom is only possible when this ‘virus’ in their thinking is eradicated and they are in good health,” the documents stated, according to the Times.
The students themselves had been chosen by the party from among the brightest in their region to attend universities across the country as part of efforts to encourage party loyalty. But they were viewed as having potential to disrupt the internment program by posting “incorrect opinions” on social media, which would then spread nationwide, according to the documents. Although the students could not go see their family members, they were permitted to arrange video calls.
China’s Uighur Muslim detention program made global headlines in August 2018, when a group of United Nations human rights experts went public with reports of the camps. Due to China’s strict security measures, however, details about the network of camps have trickled out slowly.
The Communist Party describes the camps as reeducation and job-training centers established as a way to combat Islamist extremism in the Xinjiang region, which boasts rich reserves of natural resources. According to the Times, Chinese President Xi Jinping believes stability in the region requires a sweeping surveillance program to root out dissidents, as such people threaten to undermine the Communist Party’s image of strength.
Deaths and suicide attempts in the camps have been reported.
While dissent in Xinjiang has been documented for decades, the documents obtained by the Times show how the party’s scrutiny of the region intensified in the wake of an early 2014 attack by Uighur militants, who stabbed around 150 people at a crowded train station. Of those, 31 died. Several weeks earlier, two Uighur militants had staged a suicide bomb attack that killed 80 people during a visit by Xi to the region. The past decade has seen other deadly attacks there, as well.
According to the Times, the Chinese president used an April 2014 speech ― made in private to other senior officials ― to call for a fight against “terrorism, infiltration and separatism” using the “organs of dictatorship.” He called officials’ anti-terrorism tactics “too primitive” and said the party “must be as harsh as them,” referring to the militants and their weapons, “and show absolutely no mercy.”
Xi told Xinjiang officials to encourage neighbors to report on neighbors, and to emulate aspects of Americans’ response to 9/11, which had been previously reported. 
Internment escalated rapidly with the August 2016 appointment of Chen Quanguo to handle security in the Xinjiang region, who repeatedly began telling officials to “round up everyone who should be rounded up.”
The materials leaked to the Times include 200 pages of internal speeches by top officials, 24 official documents and 160 pages of directives and reports on the surveillance effort in the region. The paper said a member of the Chinese political establishment was responsible for the materials’ release; the leaker reportedly wished to see Xi answer for his merciless policies.
Read the full documents at The New York Times.

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Ex-Ethics Chief Uses Donald Trump’s Own Words Against President’s Defenders

The former head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics on Friday bashed people who continue to defend Donald Trump with a lengthy Twitter thread.Walter Shaub ― who last month said officials who defend Trump are waging a “war on democracy” ― tweeted segments of 25 controversial statements that Trump has previously made about immigration, women, authoritarian leaders, violence and more.“If you are defending the corrupt and dangerous person who said these things, then these are your words too,” wrote Shaub, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama and resigned six months into the Trump administration.“May you be remembered for them always,” he added. Check out the full thread below:Well, she’s going to go through some thingsI would like you to do us a favor thoughwhen I decided to just do it, I said to myself—I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up storyWhen you’re a star, they let you do itRussia, if you’re listening— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) November 15, 2019

we fell in love…he wrote me beautiful lettersIt is big, grand, on hundreds of acres, next to Miami international airport, has tremendous ballrooms and meeting rooms, and each delegation would have…its own 50 to 70 unit buildingnobody has directly pointed a finger [at MBS]— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) November 15, 2019

Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool! I will call you later.I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial todayWhen Mexico sends its people . . .very fine people, on both sidestruly the enemy of the people— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) November 15, 2019

by the way, likewise, China should start an investigation into the Bidenswho, by the way, are no angelsThe Baltimore house of Elijah Cummings was robbed. Too bad!You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? With spies and treason, right?— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) November 15, 2019

Trade wars are good and easy to winmost beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever seen—and President Xi was enjoying it [as the missiles struck]The law’s totally on my side, the president can’t have a conflict of interest[NATO is] obsolete— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) November 15, 2019

when you prosecute the parents for coming in illegally, which should happen, you have to take the children away.any guy that can do a body slam, he’s my kind of — he’s my guyyou can take the hand awayThere are a lot of killers. You think our country’s so innocent?— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) November 15, 2019

(If you are defending the corrupt and dangerous person who said these things, then these are your words too. May you be remembered for them always.)— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) November 15, 2019

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12 Amazing Photos You Missed This Week

With the never-stopping news cycle, it’s easy to miss great images that fly under the radar. We’ve got you covered.

We’re highlighting exceptional photos from around the world for the week of Nov. 9 to 15. Check them out below. 
ABOVE: Ice needles cover autumnally colored leaves still hanging on a branch on Nov. 11, 2019, in Marktoberdorf, southern Germany. (Credit: Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/Getty Images.)

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The planet Mercury is seen in silhouette (low center) as it transits across the face of the sun on Nov. 11, 2019. Mercury’s last transit was in 2016; the next won’t occur until 2032.

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Dancers from Tokyo wearing traditional costumes perform during a celebration event on Nov. 9, 2019, a day before Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako’s royal parade in front of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

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A taxi cab passenger looks out the driver’s side window while passing through Times Square, following the Veterans Day Parade in Manhattan on Nov. 11, 2019. 

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Protesters sleep on a barricaded street outside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on Nov. 15, 2019.

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Workers maintain an animatronic dinosaur at the Gengu Dinosaurs Science and Technology company on Nov. 13, 2019, in Zigong, Sichuan Province, China. There are hundreds of simulated-dinosaur manufacturers in Zigong, accounting for 85% of the world’s production.

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Silke Lohmann poses beside a wooly rhinoceros skull during a press preview at Summers Place Auctions on Nov. 14, 2019, in Billingshurst, England. The piece makes up part of a collection, including taxidermy and dinosaur skeletons, that will go up for sale on Nov. 19.


A man crosses the flooded St. Mark’s Square in Venice on Nov. 13, 2019, after an exceptional overnight “alta acqua” high tide water level.

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A supporter of Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro fights with a supporter of opposition leader Juan Guaidó outside the Venezuelan Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil, on Nov. 13, 2019.

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A father hugs his daughter after being reunited at a park near Saugus High School, where a shooter killed two students and wounded three more on Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, California. 

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People take photos of Pope Francis with their smartphones as he arrives for an audience at the Vatican with students and teachers of Rome’s LUMSA Catholic university on Nov. 14, 2019.

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A man walks a dog as the sun rises in Hanover, northern Germany, on Nov. 14, 2019. 

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Facts About White Diamonds

White diamonds are produced by mines all over the world in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.  With the rise in popularity of the colored diamonds the term White is misleading.  A white diamond is considered to be totally colorless.

Yellow Diamonds 

Color grading scales used by the internationally recognized laboratories (GIA & IGI for example), ranges from D which is totally colorless to Z which is a pale yellow or brown color.  Brown diamonds darker than K color are usually described using their letter grade, and a descriptive phrase, for example M Faint Brown.  Diamonds with more depth of color than Z color fall into the fancy color diamond range.

White Diamonds 

One thing that will remain a constant and that is that white diamonds are classic.  The simple beauty of a white diamond is magnificent.  There are so many jewelry possibilities that include the use of white diamonds.  There are necklaces, bracelets, anklets, earrings, rings, and even toe rings and belly button rings.  Nothing is off limits when displaying the sheer beauty of white diamonds.

Choosing a piece of jewelry is not always as simple as visiting the jeweler and choosing something that looks pretty under the glass.  Diamonds are expensive and knowledge is needed to make a wise purchase that will retain or even increase in value over time.  This means understanding how diamonds are classified.

Regent Diamond 

There are the “4 C’s” of diamond classification and they stand for cut, color, clarity, and carat.  Each has its own set of very precise rules when grading a diamond.  The first is the cut of the diamond. 

The act of polishing a diamond and creating flat facets in symmetrical arrangement brings out the diamond’s hidden beauty in dramatic fashion.  There are mathematically proven algorithms involved in creating the perfect cut. When diamonds are cut properly they will enhance any piece of jewelry.  They are stunning to look at, and when the sun catches them, they flash like miniature suns.

The next consideration in white diamonds is color.  The color has its own scale ranging from D to Z. Diamonds appear white but often have tones of yellow or brown.  The more these colors are apparent, the lower the quality and the lower the price of the diamond.  It is most desirable to find a diamond that is close to the D rating.

Smoke Diamond 

Every diamond is going to have some imperfections.  Nature rarely produces anything that is pure and that is why one of the reason man made diamonds are becoming so popular.  Many of the man made diamonds are of a better quality than what can be found in nature.  There are some cloudy spots in some diamonds and these can often be hidden by a high quality cut.

Finally, diamonds are classified by carat.  This is the weight of the diamond.  The larger the diamond, the more it costs if the other 3 C’s also fall in line.  Jewelers must take into account the other 3 C’s of classification because two diamonds of equal carat can have drastically different prices based on the cut, clarityComputer Technology Articles, and color.

At white tea’s birth place Fu-Ding area of the Fu-Jian Province in China, aged white tea has long been used to treat symptoms associated with measles, especially before the era of using western medicine for fever control. 



At white tea’s birth place Fu-Ding area of the Fu-Jian Province in China, aged white tea has long been used to treat symptoms associated with measles, especially before the era of using western medicine for fever control. It’s well known functions such as treating alcohol hangover, tooth aches, detox and cancer prevention are believed to be more potent than those of their fresh white tea counterparts. Aged white tea’s medical use has therefore been passed on as traditional wisdom by many generations and became a source of interest to modern researchers.

Why are the aged white teas so precious?



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Poll: President Obama voters split on deficit

A survey of 800 Obama voters, conducted last month by Benenson Strategy Group for the moderate Democratic think tank Third Way and shared first with POLITICO, finds that 96 percent believe the federal deficit is a problem and that 85 percent support increasing taxes on the wealthy. Financial Year

Yet 41 percent who supported the Democratic incumbent want to get control of the deficit mostly by cutting spending, with only some tax increases, while another 41 percent want to solve it mostly with tax increases and only some spending cuts. Budget Deficit

Just 5 percent of Obama supporters favor tax increases alone to solve the deficit, half the number who back an approach that relies entirely on spending cuts.

“News flash: Paul Krugman,” said Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, director of Third Way’s social policy and politics programFree Web Content, firing a rhetorical shot at the liberal Princeton economist who uses his New York Times column to agitate for more federal spending.

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Books by Presidential Losers

With a presidential election there can be only one winner, but
what happened to those who fought and lost?  Some have eventually returned to win a future
election, but what about those who never became president.  Over the past 68 years there have been a
dozen men who ran for president and never won an election; all of them have
written books.  The topics of their
writing vary from conventional memoirs to the photography and climate change. 

In 2004 – John Kerry lost to George W. Bush

The New Soldier was written in 1971 by John Kerry and the
Vietnam Veterans Against the War.   It contains excerpts of testimony about war
crimes committed during the war.  Only
5000 copies of the book were originally printed driving the value of the book
up to $1250 for a signed first edition.


In 2000 – Al Gore lost to George W. Bush, although Gore did
win the popular vote losing by the Electoral Collages

Gore as authored a number of books including Earth in the
Balance which was written in 1992 and became the basis for his much acclaimed
An Inconvenient Truth which became a bestseller and was turned into an Academy
Award winning Documentary, prices for signed copies of the former top out at
$595 while the Inconvenient Truth is offered for up to $449 when signed.


In 1996 – Bob Dole lost to Bill Clinton

After losing the 1996 election Bob Dole wrote a book about
his run at the presidency in an effort to show that just because he lost the
election it didn’t mean he lost his sense of humour.   A signed copy of Great Political Wit is
offered for up to $436


In 1988 – Michael Dukakis lost to George H. W. Bush

Though not at all collectable Dukakis helped write How to
Get Into Politics and Why in 2006, you can buy it for under $20


In 1984 – Walter Mondale lost to Ronald Regan

Mondale’s most collectable work would be his first book The
Accountability of Power: Toward a Responsible Presidency, written in 1976 as an
essay against the excesses of the Nixon administration.  You can pick up a signed copy for only $50.


In 1976 – Gerald Ford lost to Jimmy Carter

Gerald Ford is the wildcard in this list since he did serve
as president; however he did so having never won an election.  Rather then win his way in he was given the Vice
Presidency after Spiro Agnew’s resignation and then catapulted to the position
of President the following year after Nixon resigned during the Watergate
scandal.  He attempted a second term in
office but was beaten by Jimmy Carter in 1976. 
Following these events Ford wrote his Autobiography A Time to Heal in
1979, a title which remains his most collectable book, as well as the most
collectable book written by a presidential candidate who never won an
election.  A signed copy will cost you up
to $2800.


In 1972 – George McGovern lost to Richard Nixon

McGovern has written a number of books:  The Great Coalfield War which depicts the
struggle for unionisation among early Colorado Coal Miners , A biography titled
Grassroots which was published in 1977, and in 1997 he wrote Terry; the story
of his daughters struggle with Alcoholism – All of which hover around the $150


In 1968 – Hubert Humphrey lost to Richard Nixon

Written in 1976, The Education of a Public Man documents Humphrey’s
long political career, the book has undergone re-printings and signed early
editions are offered for up to $100.


In 1964 – Barry Goldwater lost to Lyndon B. Johnson

Apart from being known as Mr. Conservative Goldwater was
also highly interested in photography.  Three
books with his photography are People and Places, Delightful Journey and Barry
Goldwater and the Southwest which contains a forward written by Ansel Adams, a
signed copy of the latter can be found for up to $450.


In 1956 and 1952 – Adlai Stevenson lost two consecutive
elections to Dwight D. Eisenhower

Titled after part of his speech that won him the democratic
nomination at the 1952 convention The Stark Reality of Responsibility is Adlai’s
most collectable work with only 1000 copies in its initial printing the book is
offered for up to $200.


In 1948 and 1944 – Thomas E. Dewey Lost consecutive
elections to Harry S. Truman and Franklin D. Roosevelt

After losing the Republican nomination in 1940 on an
isolationist policy Dewey put up a good fight against the incredibly popular
Roosevelt only to lose again the following election to Harry Truman by
frittering away a mammoth lead in the polls with quotes like his famous `You
know that your future is still ahead of you.` Dewey was so favoured to win the
Chicago Tribune even hedged their bets declaring him the winner in their
headline only to have to change it after 150,000 papers had been shipped
out.  Dewey’s most collectable book is a
signed copy of Journey to the Far Pacific which contains writings about his
trip though east Asia visiting revolutionary and war ravaged countries of
Korea, Indo-China, Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia which is offered for up
to $468.


In 1940 – Wendell Willkie lost to Franklin D. Roosevelt

Willkie ran against FDR despite having never held a prior
elected political office, he lost the Electoral College’s by a landslide but
his book One World became a New York Times bestsellerComputer Technology Articles, not only did it predict China’s
eventual rise to the status of superpower but also touted the importance of
international peacekeeping after the second world war.  Signed copies of the first edition are
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Decorate Your White Bedroom with Modern Thoughts

Everyone wants to create an attractive and modern bedroom in their house and they need to take some crucial decision. When the subject comes to decorate a white bedroom, they require to plan for a few special things such as wall color, furniture pieces, bedding and bedroom accessories.

For a room its furniture is one of the main parts but it is a fact that this is very expensive, yet we purchase it very carefully. Furniture last long and there durability makes them costly. White bedroom furniture is the symbol of modern and tradition look; it gives a light, airy and contemporary feel. Well now you have to know why you opt for a white bedroom furniture. What type of furniture brings an elegance and comfortable look to your bedroom?

White is the best color as it matches with anything else. It can easily blend with black, red, yellow, green and whatever color you have brought for your bedroom. White is timeless, eternal and always in fashion. Besides to create a soothing background to the entire house the color white is outstanding. Keeping the demand of white furniture in mind furniture makers make white colored furniture for the entire household.

The color white is especially good for a small room as its great quality provides the room an illusion of largeness. This will permit you to easier find a good duvet cover or comforter for the bed or window curtains that are innovative and modern looking without making the room look small and crowded. You can buy a white duvet bedding set which must include a white twin duvet cover and some white flowery pillows, cushions and throws. You will not have to buy window coverings in Winter and Autumn because the curtains double as window coverings.

Choosing too many plants for your bedroom is not well as it looks so clumsy; you need to put one small plant to give a nice look to the room. Nothing will be better than placing the plant on a white night table. The shine and beauty of white bedroom furniture increases if it is kept in that place. Heavy dark colored furniture is not a good option for placing a nice fresh plant. HoweverPsychology Articles, on white it will look fantastic at home.