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raaawrbin:

I feel like very few, or at least not many of the people of tumblr are aware of what is going on in my home country Hong Kong right now.

You guys gave alot of coverage and support when Scotland was voting for its independance, so I’m hoping you’ll all support the people of Hong Kong as well.

Right now, many of us are in a mass demonstration of pro-democracy against China. But wait a sec, isn’t Hong Kong China? This is a big misconception amongst foreigners, but please, we are far from being similar to China at all.

A little history class: Hong Kong used to be colonized by the British, and before you white-knights begin going all “them damn white racist ppl taking over another asian country” please don’t. We are thankful Britain took us under its wing and instilled in us values that I feel made us what we are today; that is, a democratic people with respect for free speech, amongst many things.

On the other hand, China is communist, with government controlled media and news. Google, instagram, facebook and many tv shows are blocked in China. It really is just a few steps from North Korea imo.

So what’s the problem here? Britain unfortunately had to hand back Hong Kong to China, but one of the requirements is that Hong Kong be allowed to operate as ‘one country two systems’, meaning Hong Kong should be able to have its own democratic government. But China has broken its promise. A while back, China tried to put a mandatory ‘national education’ curriculum in all our primary schools. We all know what that is; a communist brainwashing regime. And now, they have announced that in 2017 Hong Kong will be able to vote for its president; BUT only from 3 candidates hand picked by its PRO-BEIJING legislation.

As you can see, China is trying to takeover completely and turn us into another communist state.

Of course, we have taken to the streets. In a mirror if the Tiananmen protests, students have also stepped up to fight for our rights and our future, albeit in a peaceful protest of course. But the police force who have always been a friend of the people, are now responding with force, something that had never been done before in Hong Kong.

First it was pepperspray, then teargas. Then, armed forces came in qith rubber bullets. They warn they will come out with live ammunition soon if we do not get off the streets but the people continue to sit tight, disrupting businesses China so strive to takeover and make use of. It’s been 2 days now, but the people plan to continue at least till 1st October or even beyond. The significance is that October 1st is China’s National day, not ours, Hong Kong has not been granted it’s own National day.

Please spread the news. This is a country we’re talking about. These are my people.

You can join this event to wear yellow in support of my people on October 1st.

You can also read a more detailed explanation of what’s going down here and watch a live feed here.

medmonkey

Oh, and if osteoblrs could also comment on how to balance/juggle COMLEX and USMLE timing and studying

medmonkey:

randommomentsdevida:

And you know, other general study tips!

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Ugh, and…

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It’s about OPTIONS. If you want to have more of them, then yes take both. I actually paid for both and ended up too burnt out and canceled my USMLE, which is a major bummer since a TON of programs on the West Coast prefer it (prefer being code for WE NO LIKE COMLEX). But my school barely prepped us for COMLEX, and our schedule went insane during our “protected” time so we didn’t get the full unbothered 4 weeks we should have gotten.

Contrary to other Tumblrs, please know that the tests are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.

  • USMLE questions are very consistent, with a lot of fluff and A LOT of extra answers, with more emphasis on processes and pathways. Their questions are “harder” for us DOs because we (usually) get exams that are not like that, but geared toward our test. However, you ALWAYS know WHAT they’re asking you. Just may not know the answer. (Hence, I loved UWorld and used it to prepare for both exams)
  • COMLEX questions are written by insane people. There is a LOT of questions where you NEED to know the MOST COMMON whatever (bug, drug, dx,tx). So, it’s not enough to know buzz words and descriptions, you also must know if you have XYZ signs and it could be Disease A or Disease B, which is more common in (M group). On every block there will be at least 1 question you read and are like oh yeah, i know this. Then they give you all the answers in the stem. Then you get to a “question” at the end and you’re just What are you asking me sir? What the what-ie what?! Our school provided COMBANK and it was really close to the real deal. (However, this focus on most commons helps a lot in 3rd year, soooo)

It’s $500 to have the option open, and I would still go back in time and do it. I just would have started a qBank in Sep/Oct instead of waiting until January.

I sucked at the balancing thing, but if you have access to any qBANK my suggestion is this:

  1. Start now. Do 1-5 questions PER DAY, tutor mode or random timed. Write NOTHING DOWN, but do those questions and review them afterward. Will take 10-15 minutes a day. 
  2. Consider something like Picmonic or Firecracker if you learn that way (picture mnemonics vs 1st order questions). There should be a free trial. Use to study for current exams, and get a “first pass” at board type material. For bugs and drugs Picmonic saved my butt, although I couldn’t keep up with Firecracker and just quit using it too soon.

For a few months down the road…

  1. In January buy First Aid 2015 and get it unbound and hole punched. (Or get a 2014 off somebody who never used it)
  2. Also in January, reset your qBank, commit to a daily/weekly number and do ONLY random timed. Do them in small batches so you can IMMEDIATELY make notes in your copy of FA for the ones you missed, or got right by guessing. YOU WILL MISS MOST OF THE QUESTIONS YOU DO. Don’t worry just do it. If there’s no room you can add real paper, which is why the hole punching helps you.
  3. Survive remainder of 2nd year. Consider prep program in January, they’ll offer all the same coupons after Xmas, ignore their crazy emails.
  4. Figure out if you need a prep program to stay on track. DIT is way better than BBB, it’s just more professional and presents info in a logical way.
  5. Get Savarese GREEN book for OMT.

Also, post again in December/January and I’ll post tips appropriate for that time period.

#1 rule - practice questions.practice questions.practice questions.practice questions.

Do them, review them. Rinse and repeat. FINISH YOUR QBANK, it seriously makes a world of difference in your score.

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Are people frightened of me? I don’t know. Maybe after all, my soul is just not to their liking. And so it goes. Months ago, I started observing myself more and more closely. At first there was a sense of emotionless distortion; Parts of me were refusing stubborningly to belong to myself, (I mean really belong) whereas others had not existential structure in my mind whatsoever. Loneliness is an absolute feeling and when it crawls under your skin you often lose any personal perspective and sense of self. You even come to fiercly resent your sense of self. Depression is different; evil and self-manipulative - often not distinguishable enough, often narcissistic, often mad or fully sincere. Solitude is also different. Solitude used to work for me; it carried me over unbalance, it even made pain tolerable by transforming it into artistic creativity and constant hunger for expression. But loneliness - loneliness has nothing to do with complexity or abstract emotional layers or absence of vitality and triumphing sadness. Loneliness is crystal clear, hauntingly precise and absolute. Plain as that.
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liberalisnotadirtyword:

tentacletherapissed:

chocolatecakesandthickmilkshakes:

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(Also the hilarious case of crackers crying about racism due to it)

Remember back when Homeland Security released a report about the potential rise in terrorist activity from right-wing groups, and right-wingers nationwide foamed at the collective mouth in outrage? Seems a nerve was struck.

liberalisnotadirtyword:

tentacletherapissed:

chocolatecakesandthickmilkshakes:

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

In

Case

Any

Of

You

Have

Doubts

About

This

Fact

(Also the hilarious case of crackers crying about racism due to it)

Remember back when Homeland Security released a report about the potential rise in terrorist activity from right-wing groups, and right-wingers nationwide foamed at the collective mouth in outrage? Seems a nerve was struck.

quixoticandabsurd

harcules:

runninly:

globalpoetics:

The Violent Xenophobic Racism in Ireland

At 9pm last Tuesday, 44-year-old Chinese doctor, Wu Youzhong, went to investigate the sound of breaking glass outside his home in Coleraine, County Londonderry, in Ireland. When he arrived at his front door, he saw that the window had been smashed. An intruder then attacked him so violently that he had to be admitted to hospital for several days, and required consultation from an eye specialist. Dr Wu’s wife, Luo Ruoyin, said, “I heard he was just screaming in pain and I was scared. He was just holding his head and covering his eyes and blood was just running down everywhere.” The police are treating the attack as racially motivated; the couple, who have a two-year-old daughter, are reported to be intending to move away from the area.

The Chinese community in Ireland has long been a target of racial discrimination. Anna Lo, an Alliance Party politician born in Hong Kong who was elected to the Ireland Assembly in 2007, was the first politician from an ethnic minority at national level in Ireland, as well as the first East Asian to be elected anywhere in Britain. Her campaign was dogged by violent racism – including death threats – to the extent that she had to carry a panic alarm as a precaution. One far-Right website published pornographic images of Chinese women, alongside derogatory references to Anna Lo. “People from ethnic minorities are very frightened,” she said. “I have never seen ethnic minorities so fearful in Ireland.”

Read More: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jakewallissimons/100181659/sectarian-hatred-is-being-overtaken-by-xenophobic-racism-in-northern-ireland/

You took out the word Northern so it seems like Ireland. There is no Irish Assembly it’s Northern Irish Assembly. Because Ireland is a free state separate of the UK. Northern Ireland is part of the UK and not the republic. Two separate places.

Had to bold the important parts of the last comment. Ireland and Northern Ireland are two very different countries. These stories are not from Ireland. I’m not saying racism doesn’t exist in Ireland, because it does unfortunately just like many other places in the world. However Northern Ireland although a lot more peaceful than it used to be is still very much divided. It’s not even considered safe for white people let alone people of colour.