Tiananmen Square

After hearing about the events about Tiananmen Square I realized there was so much about it that i was not aware of. The only thing about Tiananmen Square that i was aware about was the infamous picture of the man standing in front of the tank. However since this is the 25th anniversary of it Guest Speaker Scott Savitt came to the CSI community to spread more that on the tragic incidents he witnessed first hand.

Outside China, the square is best known in recent memory as the focal point of the Tiananmen Square protest of 1989. A pro-democracy movement which ended on  June 4 1989 with the declaration of martial law in Beijing by the government .The Tiananmen Square massacre left an unknown number dead, with some estimates in the thousands, and smothered a democratic movement.

The demonstrations in Tiananmen Square, which at one point had reportedly ballooned to a million people, were not the only pro-democracy protests in the country at the time. Demonstrations had spread to hundreds of cities, including Shanghai, China’s largest, and in the days after the military mobilized in Beijing, protesters were putting up blockades in Shanghai.

Just because Tiananmen Square doesn’t directly affect most americans we should pay attention to it because this type of military iron fist action can happen anywhere. we are semi seeing that today in 2014 with the recent shooting and death of unarmed black men. The national guard was called to “defuse” the situation of protesters however i personally believe it made the situation worse the same way the military force in Tiananmen Square did.

This is a very important historical event in Journalism because this was live coverage of a massacre. The journalist there were able to get the first hand look at the brutality. Tiananmen Square revealed the true feelings of the chinese government which was exposed as a regime prepared to massacre its own unarmed citizens in order to maintain its power. It is both mistaken and morally repugnant to argue that the deaths were necessary to “re-establish order” and guarantee future growth.

Knitting the trend!

Knitting has evolved from something your grandmother used to do, to a new trend amongst the young. You can find people knitting on the subway , bus and even in a bar! Thats right you can grab a drink and knit all in one. A new trend is seeing groups of women set up alternative knitting groups called “Stitch n Bitch”. The women meet weekly in bars to Gossip and compare tricky patterns over a glass of wine or whiskey. Knitting has grown popular over the last few years with celebrities such as Cameron Diaz, but the Stitch n Bitch seems to be the new book club for the middle class.

People knit for many reasons besides just to make beautiful items. Relaxation, creativity, feeling of accomplishment, pleasure, tradition, develop a skill and simply because they love to give people a beautiful knitted.

Knitting has become so big that one man is even knitting a scarf while running a marathon. David Babcock was able to knit a 12 foot scarf in under 6 hours. His intentions for these knitting marathons are to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s.   There is always something so peaceful about knitting.

I used to work at a “Sewing Studio” in manhattan and one of the customers introduced me to knitting. It was something that from a distance i never thought i could do however after a week of practicing I LOVED IT! I wasn’t even making anything, but just being able to stitch and the feeling of accomplishment was amazing. I am not the best knitter but it is something I enjoy doing to kill time.

I would definitely suggest knitting to those looking to try something new!

http://www.laylock.org/blog/2009/07/101-reasons-why-i-love-knitting/

http://www.treehugger.com/culture/dont-stop-knitting-its-keeping-you-healthy.html