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China changes child policy again amid population struggle

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The Chinese government announced Monday that it will grant married couples the ability to have up to three children, an upgrade from the 2016 two-child policy. However, according to Weibo, Chinese Twitter, some aren’t anticipating following the policy according to a report by Quartz.

In the announcement via Weibo, the government claimed the new policy would “improve the structure of China’s population, implement the national strategy of actively responding to the aging population, and maintaining China’s human resource advantages.” One of the top comments under the announcement was simply “Bah!” It had nearly 80,000 likes.

“Honestly, what people need are substantial benefits such as subsidies [for having children],” one Weibo user wrote, “not those superficial encouragements. People don’t want to have children not because the absence of a three-children policy, but because we can’t afford it.”

Another user suggested what would actually help would be “the most fundamental maternity welfare and solve the unfair treatment women face at the workplace for giving birth.” Both comments vanished but not before they received hundreds of thousands of likes.

Author of “The Coming Collapse of China” Gordon Chang says that there’s a movement behind the “mood of pessimism throughout Chinese society, especially among the young.” He explained the movement in a statement to this reporter.

“The ‘lie-down movement,’ which is sweeping China’s youth, reflects a loss of energy and enthusiasm across the country,” Chang said. “There are many reasons for lying down, but [Xi Jinping’s] tightening of controls over daily life plus his shutting out of foreign influences add to a sense of helplessness and powerlessness.”

So, Chinese people are not wanting to bring a child into a world where they have no control. Chang predicts that the people are discouraged enough to not have a child at all, let alone three.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Kyle Rittenhouse Found ‘Not Guilty’ On All Counts

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After three and a half days of deliberation, the jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse on all counts. “Jurors in the polarizing case said they had voted to acquit Rittenhouse, 18, of homicide, attempted homicide and other charges related to the August 2020 shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin” reports The Washington Post.

Rittenhouse testified during the trial during which he  became so emotional he was unable to speak in between sobs as he attempted to describe the shootings. The judge called a brief recess for Rittenhouse to regain composure.

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Rittenhouse said on the stand. “I defended myself.”

National Review reports “As the verdict was announced, Rittenhouse, overwhelmed with emotion, burst into tears and dropped to the ground, struggling to breathe. After collecting himself, he embraced the defense counsel who represented him throughout the trial.”

Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, who was 26 at the time. Rittenhouse testified that he fired in self-defense and pleaded not guilty to all counts.

National Review reports:

“Rittenhouse was arrested on August 26, 2020, after shooting three people during the riots that followed the police killing of Jacob Blake, a black man who was brandishing a knife and in the process of violating a restraining order when police arrived on scene.

He was initially indicted on charges of first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional reckless homicide, failure to comply with an emergency order from a local government, and possession of a dangerous weapon.”

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