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China’s Top 15 Social Networks. China’s social networking landscape is diverse and thriving.

China’s Top 15 Social Networks

No single player is nearly as dominant as Facebook in the U.S. and there’s a long tail of networks for different users (urban and rural) and different purposes (social, dating, and games). Here is China’s SNS universe for the top 7 sites. And here is a table of the top 15 social networks in China. Please note this table is more a work-in-progress than a finished product. Finding reliable numbers on the Chinese internet is notoriously difficult: there are lies, damned lies, and Chinese statistics. The Top 15 (in words) Qzone - China’s largest social network is built on the back of the 637 million active accounts for Tencent’s QQ Messenger. Club Kids: The Social Life of Artists on Facebook. Facebook is the platform on which our generation negotiates its artists’ respective brands and the tenuous connections between them.

Club Kids: The Social Life of Artists on Facebook

Facebook is tactically governed by a kind of silent populism– the subtle linking of identities through ‘Likes’, ‘Shares’, and brief but favorable commentary. Silence, in this case, is fitting because the formation of social ties is a gradual process on the part of the Facebook viewer, who accumulates an understanding of which artists are in lockstep with whoever else through incremental calculations based on memory, viewership, and discussion. The murky edges of who is in what clique form over time and are highly permeable. This is unlike the directly communicative methods of OWS, for instance, where the decisions and allegiances of a group are established directly and necessitate the simultaneous participation of all in a single moment.

But what is it that we call “work?” 8 Reasons Young Americans Don't Fight Back: How the US Crushed Youth Resistance. Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements.

8 Reasons Young Americans Don't Fight Back: How the US Crushed Youth Resistance

So it is a major coup for the ruling elite to have created societal institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance to domination. Young Americans—even more so than older Americans—appear to have acquiesced to the idea that the corporatocracy can completely screw them and that they are helpless to do anything about it. A 2010 Gallup poll asked Americans “Do you think the Social Security system will be able to pay you a benefit when you retire?” Among 18- to 34-years-olds, 76 percent of them said no. Yet despite their lack of confidence in the availability of Social Security for them, few have demanded it be shored up by more fairly payroll-taxing the wealthy; most appear resigned to having more money deducted from their paychecks for Social Security, even though they don’t believe it will be around to benefit them.

How exactly has American society subdued young Americans? Mos Def in New Orleans Part 1. Thug Kitchen. SACSIS.org.za » News » The World » Why Iceland Should Be in the News, But Is Not. Picture credit: may15internationalorganization.blogspot An Italian radio program's story about Iceland’s on-going revolution is a stunning example of how little our media tells us about the rest of the world.

SACSIS.org.za » News » The World » Why Iceland Should Be in the News, But Is Not

Americans may remember that at the start of the 2008 financial crisis, Iceland literally went bankrupt. The reasons were mentioned only in passing, and since then, this little-known member of the European Union fell back into oblivion. As one European country after another fails or risks failing, imperiling the Euro, with repercussions for the entire world, the last thing the powers that be want is for Iceland to become an example.

Here's why: Five years of a pure neo-liberal regime had made Iceland, (population 320 thousand, no army), one of the richest countries in the world. Contrary to what could be expected, the crisis resulted in Icelanders recovering their sovereign rights, through a process of direct participatory democracy that eventually led to a new Constitution. Police Pepper Spray Peaceful UC Davis Students. ‪London Riots. (The BBC will never replay this. Send it out)‬‏ Money As Debt-Full Length Documentary. Black Slaves, Red Masters Part 1. Bill would encourage foreigners to buy U.S. homes. Reporting from Washington and Los Angeles — American consumers and the federal government haven't been able to bail out the sinking U.S. real estate market.

Bill would encourage foreigners to buy U.S. homes

Now wealthy Chinese, Canadians and other foreign buyers could get their chance. Two U.S. senators have introduced a bill that would allow foreigners who spend at least $500,000 on residential property to obtain visas allowing them to live in the United States. The plan could be a boon to California, which has become a popular real estate market for foreigners, particularly those from China. Nationwide, residential sales to foreigners and recent immigrants totaled $82 billion in the 12-month period ended March 31, up from $66 billion the previous year, according to the National Assn. of Realtors.

California accounted for 12% of those sales, second only to Florida. "California, Florida, New York, Colorado, Hawaii and Texas — those states will see a huge increase in demand," she said. The program would come with several restrictions. __________________________________________________