The Daily Populous

Tuesday October 8th, 2019 morning edition

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The bill was pulled in September, but the protesters have additional demands, including an independent inquiry on police brutality and the resignation of Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam.

And the NBA has long been known as perhaps the most free-thinking, outspoken league when it comes to the politics of its players.

There appears to be too much money to be made in China for the NBA to stand up for human rights.

Our presence in Tokyo is all about the promotion of the @NBA internationally and we are NOT a political organization.

The Rockets and the NBA could have stood up for Morey, for decency, and for the protesters and their human rights.

We’re better than this; human rights shouldn’t be for sale & the NBA shouldn’t be assisting Chinese communist censorship.

The NBA has a different kind of camp there — one of its three national training camps — in Ürümqi, Xinjang’s capital. »

TIL that Americans are the most charitable people in the world. "Americans are about twice as generous in their private giving as Canadians, and 3-15 times as charitable as the residents of other developed nations. Americans also volunteer more than almost any other wealthy people."

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After adjusting for inflation, charitable giving by Americans was close to seven times as big in 2016 as it was 62 years earlier.

Of course, one reason total giving went up is because the U.S. population almost doubled.

But if we recalculate inflation-adjusted charitable giving on a per capita basis, we see that has also soared: by 3½ times. »

'South Park' creators issue a mocking 'apology' to China after the show was reportedly banned in the country

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"South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker issued an "apology" to China through the show's Twitter account on Monday.

The statement comes after The Hollywood Reporter reported that "South Park" had been banned from China's internet.

The creators of "South Park" have issued an "apology" to China after the show's most recent episode mocked the country's censorship and Hollywood's reliance on its theatrical market for movies. »

Just Hours After Trump Bends to Erdoğan, Reports Indicate Turkey's Bombing of Kurdish Forces Has Begun

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Turkish forces attacked SDF positions in the city of al-Malikiyah in the Hasakah area in northern Syria, according to Syrian state news agency SANA.

The SDF includes Kurds and others in eastern Syria which the US has helped train, assist and advise during the war on ISIS.

This story has been updated to include new reporting and clarify claims and counter claims about Turkish airstrikes inside Syria. »

Vaping may have closer ties to cancer than people thought

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Cigarette smoking is linked to between 80 and 90 percent of lung cancer deaths in the United States.

In mice, e-cigarettes caused a type of DNA damage that Tang and the team suggest is linked to lung tumor susceptibility.

Of the 40 mice exposed to the nicotine vapor, nine of them (22.5 percent) developed adenocarcinoma, the most common form of lung cancer. »