Yeah, the Fediverse isn't entirely immune to this sort of crap, but it's a lot more resistant. We should never have abandoned Usenet.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Mon Jan 11 22:12:39 2021 (PiXy!)
ALERT: Someone is planning a false flag event this weekend. Either the 16th, 17th, or 19th at state capitols and DC (the date of the supposed patriot event varies). Poorly designed posters have been mailed out to conservatives and conservative groups. The FBI is in on it, since they are now making noises about "uncovering the plot". (Sources, the Blaze, ABC, etc..)
The president is being held incommunicado, and our normal modes of communication are recording the event are being shut down. This is (other than the sheer hell of it) so that we cannot shine a light on what really happens this weekend.
The posters call for armed men to show up at the capitols for a march. This is a TRAP. Unfortunately, with a few million pissed off people, it's almost inevitable that enough idiots will show to give them their set-piece Tienanmen square massacre. If by some miracle, everyone stays home, I'm sure antifa, or Hollywood CGI will fill in.
What is planned next is a brutal crackdown on America in "response" to inaugurate the new regime. The capitol hill protest didn't do what they want, so this is plan B. These liars will now make up reality to suit them, so that they have some bloody shirt to wave giving them moral authority for the rest of the evil they plan.
Hope I'm just paranoid, but we'll find out this weekend.
Posted by: anonymous at Tue Jan 12 07:43:24 2021 (LL2wD)
Yeah, I've seen the flyers being circulated. The communist iconography couldn't be any more blatant if they had photoshopped Che's face onto the Statue of Liberty.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tue Jan 12 09:40:18 2021 (PiXy!)
Do ya'll have any of these flyers? Has anyone contacted authorities to warn them?
I've only seen them on Twitter. They're obviously fake, but I don't know what the level of fakery is. A real photo of a fake flyer? A fake photo of nonexistent flyer? A real photo of a real flyer for a fake protest?
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tue Jan 12 23:03:07 2021 (PiXy!)
Unlike a lot of people who are seeing that this story sees the light of day, I'm not stunning and brave. I don't have to sit pondering the potential cost to my livelihood and social circle that speaking this truth will entail. I don't have to ask myself "Is it worth losing my site?" "Is THIS, where I make my stand? "Will it matter enough to make the cost I pay worthwhile?"
That calculus does not trouble me, as it does so many others, because I don't do Twitter and don't have a Facebook page. I blog at Mee.nu!
Because Mee.Nu is still free, in both senses of the word.
In fairness to YouTube, the company says that this ban was not related to his coverage of the NY Post Story. Rather, they say they banned him for a post from some months ago in which he decried the normalization of Pedophelia.
I made the mistake of reading the Ars Technica article on the subject. It's like a canonical example of the liberal echo chamber, and completely unaware of it. I didn't feel like destroying brain cells by checking the comments.
Posted by: David at Wed Oct 14 21:24:40 2020 (jdGUg)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wed Oct 14 22:48:54 2020 (PiXy!)
What I really don't get is why everyone is freaking out about this. Everyone has KNOWN this. It's not new information. It's like with Trump...he is no different from how he always has been. Biden and Trump are both Septuagenarians who have been in the public eye for literal decades...we know all these things, and yet somehow these are the two best people the major political parties can produce.
Posted by: Ben at Thu Oct 15 10:03:02 2020 (PoGrh)
Ben, the left insist that this is all lies, and Biden is as pure as the driven snow. They also insist that the "good guys" in the Obama administration, up to and including the FBI and CIA, investigated all this and found nothing. So proving that yes, what WE all know, is in fact correct, and that yes, the CIA and FBI are totally corrupt, is big stuff.
Posted by: David at Thu Oct 15 12:07:01 2020 (jdGUg)
Ben, what David said, but also, that's when they're not lying and claiming none of it ever happened, like when Joe Biden said he didn't get that Ukrainian prosecutor fired, even though he bragged about it at the time.
Do you really want the guy who would look you in the eye and lie about something he's (I believe) been recorded saying running...well, anything? He should probably be playing pinochle with Bernie Madoff.
Posted by: Rick C at Thu Oct 15 16:00:25 2020 (eqaFC)
Perhaps Ben referred to Taiwan as, you know, a country.
That's what happened two two Hololive V-tubers, Kiryu Coco and Akai Haato, who, in the course of a joint You-Tube livestream looked up their analytics online (a very common thing for V-Tubers and YouTubers to do), discussed where their viewers were, and, I gather thanked the residents of each country. A lot of their viewers are in Taiwan, and they mentioned and....
For those "inappropriate remarks", they have been suspended, by Hololive's parent company, Cover Corporation for at least three weeks.
There is coverage of this here, here, here, here and here...though it's anyone's guess how long those links will go somewhere.
The whole affair came as something of a shock, particularly since these are not small talents, Kiryu Coco is much bigger than one would think as as she's frequently the top super-chat earner on You-Tube in any given month. This made such waves that even American V-Tubers who avoid politics completely have taken a moment to mention it...and say "Taiwan".
It's telling that according to the ANN and Niche Gamer articles linked above that China's One China Policy was specifically mentioned in the Simplified Chinese version.
There has been a bit of backlash particularly about that latter discrepancy.
I'm OK. Site should be back up, now. It was a simple matter of mis-reading a bill. I thought it was due January 10th, not October 1st. It means a lot that someone noticed, though...hopefully I'll get back to posting about models or World of Warships again, soon.
And someday, I'll detail my epic 5 year adventure.
So for some reason this site seems to have gone into night mode or something, with black on black text.... Hopefully that's just a glitch on my end....
Posted by: Mauser at Sun Oct 4 03:27:36 2020 (Ix1l6)
It's black text on a black background for me as well...
Posted by: Siergen at Sun Oct 4 08:53:02 2020 (jIT9h)
Well, I was playing around with the settings and tried to switch to a dark background with white text, but for some reason the white text remained black. Now the text on the Styles dashboard is invisible and I'm fumbling around in the dark trying to fix it.
Hololive is an idol production company, Japanese-style; indeed they initially intended to be a singing-type of idol thing, just on Youtube, and the whole vtuber streaming kind of happened organically. The downside is, of course, that it also imported a bunch of the pathologies of that market to a new platform.
The real trick there is that their performers basically start off with a huge leg up. The technical challenge of setting up a cute little avatar image and getting the streaming going is not that large. But building an audience is tough - most people stream to almost nobody, and it takes a lot of work and luck to go from a dozen people to a thousand.
The Hololive folks, now that they've got that critical mass, basically walk into the job already successful there. They launched their EN side with five streamers all with thousands of people watching, just because the company could afford to spread a little hype around the market - because they've got their already-popular stuff feeding into it, it's like being a brand new cover band getting picked to tour with and open for an established band that can pack the stadium every night. Of course they still have to be engaging enough to keep people watching, but there are plenty of people who have that trait but not the interest needed to get a career off the ground.
The downside is that yeah, the idol industry is not pretty; it's about sucking a bunch of money out of the wallets of lonely young men, and part of that is not pissing off the lonely young men. In Japan this usually manifests in "no boys" - no boyfriends, no partners, definitely no getting married, to keep up the fantasy that you're at least theoretically available (even if the guys have no chance, a lot of them just won't deal with the reality of "my idol is interested in a man who is not me!")
If you take the Japanese money, you've got to deal with that kind of pathology; if you take the Chinese money, well, you have the Chinese equivalent.
In either case, the company reaction is pretty much par for the course - even though as observers we can nod and say "man, the idol industry sucks," that's how it is. As far as the production company is concerned, the idols are there to do a job and get paid, and they're disposable if they cause the company trouble; how much more so for a vtuber, when they're just anonymous actresses for an identity that the company manufactured?
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at Sun Oct 4 16:58:12 2020 (v29Tn)
Brickmuppet, do you know HTML at all? If so, you can hit F12 and use the browser tools to disable the black background so you can read the control panel. You might have to do it more than once--so that I could read the text here I had to turn off hte background-color on both the html body tag, and the div with the "main" id.
Posted by: Rick C at Sun Oct 4 17:13:24 2020 (eqaFC)
An idol company.
So the "doesn't have their employees back" thing doesn't aply, since in this country they'd be a 13th amendment violation.
Interestingly, several of their V-tubers got their audiences on their own and (as I understand it) Hololive walked in and offered them marketing deals.
Now Hololive is doing auditions for V-Tubers whose ascendance they can micro-manage. I've heard (from a few English language V-Tubers) that even the ones who built their own following have, in the last few days. been shocked to learn that Hololive owns the characters now, and they can be replaced. ( I have no confirmation from that other than hearsay, but learning that Hololive is an Idol company means that they are the Weyland-Yutani of meat markets).....and yeah...looking it up, If I'd known ANYTHING about the Idol scene I'd have known what hololive was. I thought they were a new company looking to get in on the V-Tuber thing.
Still no luck on the Blog obviously. In fact, it is supposed to be back to its old settings now.
Time to have some kind of Taiwan film festival!
Did you guys see the story about the new CCP Chinese ethics and law textbook, where they include the story of Jesus and the woman caught in adultery... where Jesus waits until the Pharisees have gone away, and then HE stones the woman to death?
Seriously, I think it's clear who the baddies are.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Mon Oct 5 08:43:25 2020 (sF8WE)
While Cover Corp (Hololive) is indeed an idol company, they take a percentage (albeit a large one) rather than taking the whole amount and paying a salary. And the talents are largely individual; from what I've seen (Korone, Coco, now Gawr Gura) many of the girls could walk away, set up an alternate new character, and have 50,000 followers on day one.
I hope that what went on behind the scenes is more along the lines of "you did nothing wrong, but we have to pretend to punish you because these Chinese assholes are insane".
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tue Oct 6 10:25:05 2020 (PiXy!)
I'll admit that I find Coco quite funny and I've watched quite a bit of Fubuki playing various games (and they just announced a Fubuki nendo, so there's a buy!) Haven't quite fallen all the way in the hole, though, there's a bunch of them I can't recognize and a few I only know names for but can't really get into watching.
There's a lot to unpack in yesterday's NTD report. It looks like the 3 Gorges Dam may not be long for this world, the WuFlu (or something) is spreading big way, However the most disturbing bit of information is that the Uyghur Population in Xinjiang has dropped by 80 percent in the last three years.
That's worse than the drop in the Jewish population in Europe in the 1940s which was a drop of between 60 and 70%.
GoldenHelper, as researchers from security firm Trustwave dubbed the malware, hid inside the Golden Tax Invoicing software, which all companies registered in China are mandated to use to pay value-added taxes. The malware is able to bypass the User Account Control, the Windows mechanism that requires users to give their approval before software can install programs or make other system changes. Once that’s done, GoldenSpy can install modules with System-level privileges.
China is a nuclear power which should give everyone pause. However, it should be remembered that even at the height of the cold war the U.S.A. and U.S.S.R. were able to come to the table and ratify arms control treaties. Logically, China should be welcomed into the ongoing nuclear arms limitation/reduction treaty negotiations. And indeed they would be, if they hadn't rejected that offer from America and Russias with prejudice.
China, with the world’s biggest nuclear arsenal after the U.S. and Russia, has maintained it will not join in talks with Washington and Moscow on reducing its number of warheads.
Been reviewing everything I could find on this. The photo showing major distortions is from 2018, and I have to agree that it's Google algorithm issue. There's no way a structure made of concrete can deform like that without severe cracking and failure. On the other hand, I have no doubt that the structure is deforming more than planned. But anything you could see on a satellite photo would have already resulted in a failure, even military-quality images.
Posted by: Ubu at Wed Jul 22 08:20:09 2020 (UlsdO)
"Rats! Now no one will know about my prize-winning rodeo pig!"
You see in Chinese, 共匪 is the pictograph of a slang term that means "Communist Bandit"*.
The paper says comments will be deleted within 15 seconds and having tried this myself, I note that it will indeed happen within 12 and 20 seconds of the comment being posted. That's some pretty impressive bot work.
Anyway, it's just another example of YouTube enthusiastically doing censorship for the disease spreading, organjacking, genocidal, slavers, in the CCP.**
FYI, I do not recognize that as any Japanese word, and neither does JMDICT. The only compounds I find containing 匪 pronounce it "hi" and refer to bandits; none of them also use 共, in any combination. Wild boar is either 猪 or 野猪.
This doesn't excuse Google, of course; they really do look up to China as their Big Brother.
Posted by: J Greely at Mon May 18 10:56:51 2020 (ZlYZd)
I recognized "boar" and the common boar in Japan is their smaller wild boar. The compound had me befuddled so I....Oh right.
I have found the source of my error.
I used an unreliable citation.
I do wonder if this compound has been targeted even in translation software, or this is just a glitch. The former does not seem implausible and has terrifying implications.
I find it interesting that Google doesn't even try to pronounce 匪 in its "translation". Bing autodetects simplified Chinese and translates it character-by-character, giving "co-bandit". Telling it to try to read it as Japanese just gives the reading "Kyo-yi" as the non-translation, and the suggestion to try Simplified Chinese...
Posted by: J Greely at Mon May 18 20:23:41 2020 (ZlYZd)
Language Log has a post about it, of course! It is pronounced "gongfei" with the usual weird diacritical marks as pitch markers. It means "Commie bandit".
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Tue May 19 07:52:06 2020 (sF8WE)
As of this morning, pasting that into Google Translate & letting it detect the language (Chinese) results in a translation to English of "Gangster" for me.
Also, Facebook isn't deleting posts with that in them.
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It appears that SakimiChan, who (in addition to being a talented and popular artist) gives monthly tutorials on how to draw, has run afoul of the Guild Of Professionally Offended Karens.
Specifically, GOPOK is appalled that an old tutorial in artistry is focussed on rendering the wrong sort of body type.
Sakimi-chan was soon bombarded with criticism and harassment by like-minded art authoritarians, or ‘arthoritarians,’ with the harassment ranging from claims that she was a terrible artist because she did not ‘understand anatomy,’ to accusations of fatphobia based on a tutorial on drawing plus-sized bodies that did not conform to the critics’ very specific standards of representation, to outright calls for the continued bullying and harassment of Sakimi-chan:
Well that' sucks.
If you agree that these puritanical scolds ought to get bent, then follow Sakimichan on Pixiv and on Twitter: Support her quest to add beauty to the world on Patreon and buy her stuff on Gumroad and/or Art Station.
Here's what for her is a low res-piece of 'GravityGal' from her Pixiv...
Yes ladies, she draws dudes too...
...and if you're into it, yaoi, yuri...and interpretational furry.
Deep in the heart of Coronaville , it appears that Uyghers are being trucked in from their "re-education" camps to staff the factories in the plague zones that are either unsafe to operate due to contamination or have massive numbers of people out sick. The purpose of this appears to meet government mandated targets for production in an attempt to rescue an economy hammered by having its workforce immobilized by this disease. Of course if members of a demographic that the CCP is trying to exterminate are infected with a deadly pathogen, then, (presumably) they won't be required to be trucked back to the concentration camps. As far as the CCP is concerned, "two bats, one stone".
As vile as it is, this situation is actually worse than that.
The utilization of these people in the disease wracked regions is a current expedient, but it turns out that this pool of 80,000 or so workers has been used as a sort of slavery temp service since at least 2017.Long before COVID19 was unleashed upon the world, this cadre has been used by various firms to round out the labor pools at factories that include those of western companies set up in China.
This practice has been noted in a in-depth report by The Australian Strategic Policy Institute a PDF of which is here. It gives extensive citations regarding the practice and helpfully notes which companies have been taking advantage of this abhorrent service.
Abercrombie & Fitch,
GAC Group (automobiles),
Hart Schaffner Marx,
Jack & Jones,
Japan Display Inc.,
The North Face,
Polo Ralph Lauren,
I note that many of the western entities on this list not only profess their own piousness but frequently presume to lecture us on what they claim are our moral failings (usually sins involving mere words).
China is a brutal dictatorship, and a nuclear power. Our ability to affect their internal affairs are necessarily limited. However, while we can't stamp out all evil in the world, willingly engaging in this atrocity is another matter entirely.
This is a list that needs to get some distribution and attention.
A lot of people have been talking about the situation between MxR Plays and Jukin. There's been a lot of sea-lawyering on this but here is some actual lawyering and, well, while it does not in any way change my opinion of whose the jerk and whose the victim it does indicate that the situation is much less cut and dried than people have been suggesting.
Meanwhile at C&Rsenal
I'll just leave this without comment except to say that C&Rsenal is (likely soon to be was) one of the better history channels out there. Watch it while you can. All their customer support contacts are now gone.
How did we go from one of the most second amendment friendly states in the union to this? Virginia went Democrat (Barely, its really a matter of a very few seats
in the legislature and the Governor) due to 4 or 5 things. There was a HUGE
infusion of outside money, both from domestic leftwing groups and
indirectly from people like Soros. A vast wave of immigration and
refugees that were settled here during the Obama administration and a large
number of domestic immigrants from California and the Northeast who having voted
in policies that made their homes intolerable to live in moved here and
kept their voting
Finally the ineptitude of the VA republican party, which, being so
close to DC is basically the epicenter of the Republican establishment's
anti-Trump wing. For years they talked of securing the border but now
openly call anyone who does so racist. The bad blood that has developed between the party and its voters is hard to imagine. Finally the vast increase of the federal civil service under Obama resulted in Urban sprawl populated with people whose lifestyles depend on big government.
This situation has the potential to be a powder-keg and perception will be molded by Silicon Valley, and the dying husks of the news media and Hollywood. I'm not optimistic. I'm even less so given that having watched both CNN and Fox I note that they look like they are reporting from two alternate realities. Both of those boomer broadcasting services are closer to each other than the online forums which are ensconcing people in echo chambers. The U.S. Civil War was fought by people that had more in common.
Meanwhile, Here in the Commonwealth of Virginia
Virginia's governor is looking to make a name for himself outside the minstrel show and child sacrifice circuits. The legislature, which recently went blue is looking to help him out with this, and in the process provide the rest of the nation with a helpful primer on what to expect from progressive electoral victories in the future.
Her earlier video which goes into detail about the incoming laws is here. It is on You-Tube and so likely to vanish in short order. There is a pithier but more profane backgrounder on this situation from Razorfist.
This situation is much more serious than a lot of people realize and has frightening potential to turn pear-shaped in very short order once these bills start getting passed in early to mid January. The volatile state of affairs is unlikely to be helped by bored aspie hotheads coming to the state with the intention of participating in the opening phases of what they eagerly refer to as "The Boogaloo".
If this thing comes to a head, it will not be catharsis, it will not be a bar fight, it will be hell on earth. Legislators are literally talking about using the national guard to go door to door to "enforce compliance" and there is an addendum to the odious bills being drafted that will allow all those county officials and sheriffs that support the sanctuary movement be removed from office (and presumably arrested). Partially in response, Tazewell County has voted unanimously to raise a Militia. It should be noted that this county mobilization is explicitly legal under the State's constitution for the same reason that our state's motto is Sic Semper Tyrannis.
Virginia is unlikely to be an example to the rest of the country, but, one way or another, we have an excellent chance to be a horrible, horrible warning.
Admiral Josh Painter has his usual insightful thoughts on the matter.
Eh, assuming I don't drop dead I'm not going there until June.
Note that you commented while I was doing final editing/revision of the post for clarity so this is a different post than what you commented on.
Originally Blizzard opted not to ban the players when they first held up
the sign during the October 8th competition, but American University
elected to resign from competition anyway to stand in solidarity with
Chinese player, blitzchung, who had been banned from competition for
saying "Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution of our times!” during a post-game
Chambers said the team wants to remind people that Blitzchung risked far more than he and his teammates did to make a point.
"He risked real things,” Chambers said. "We risked getting banned from
a tournament structure we don’t intend to compete in anymore. He lost
his permanent Grandmasters spot, which is a money printer. He risked
getting arrested by security services in Hong Kong. He actually is the
Note Blizzard's official announcement and public explanation on
the matter which, which consists of an anonymous tweet and a quiet
But hey; Blizzard is courageously putting to rest the notion that American Media Companies are not just tolerating totalitarianism in overseas markets, they are helping to bring the censorship here.
There is a part of me that wants Activision-Blizzard to get away with this fiasco, for the simple reason it will cause the Chinese to keep pushing the line and see at what point it becomes a bridge too far for Bobby Kotick and his C-suite subordinates. For example:
There has been a move over the last few years among the PRC's officialdom to crackdown on public display and expression of homosexuality on the Chinese social media and Internet. What if the next diktat that Activision-Blizzard gets told as a condition of allowing their games in the PRC, is that they can no longer show any gay or lesbian people on any of their streams? Will being told that they can not, say, show people like Overwatch League player Austin Wilmot (Who goes by the gamer tag Muma and plays on OWL's Houston Outlaws.) in any interviews, profiles, and special videos, be the bridge too far? Or will Activision-Blizzard throw even the homosexual community under the bus to get that sweet, sweet Chinese money?
At least if that happens, the contortions and knots Activision-Blizzard will go through will be even more entertaining to watch than the mess they have now.
Posted by: cxt217 at Thu Oct 10 23:10:25 2019 (LMsTt)
Many LGBTQ+ gamers I follow are insisting that their gaming streams are already being shut down on several streaming services, usually for content guideline violations. But considering how much of that is going on in a broader sense, I really can't say how much of it is targeted at that specific demographic.
On a related note, all the problems that the Chinese maker/programmer/Shenzen promoter Naomi Wu got into was predicated on the reveal of the open "secret" that she's (allegedly) bisexual. It's one of those things that she never says or advocates, but is well known. Because of her pro-Shenzen content, the Chinese government generally leaves her alone except when her sex life gets brought up. At least in her case, as long as she absolutely doesn't talk about or go out of her way to present herself in any kind of non-hetero relationship, they're happy to ignore her. But they've also made it clear that she's walking on the edge of a knife blade with regular police check-ins.
And, of course, I'm sure you've noticed the latest wrinkle that since Steve Kerr, NBA coach and former player and noted Lefty activist, has been attacked for his non-interest in commenting; Democrats have suddenly decided the NBA must be defended because Kerr is a reliable voice against Trump.
Posted by: Ben at Fri Oct 11 10:08:55 2019 (osxtX)
Well, the modern Democrat Party and media (But I repeat myself.) have never been shy of defending Communists...Even the kind that would knife them in the back when they get a chance (All of them.).
Posted by: cxt217 at Fri Oct 11 11:45:09 2019 (LMsTt)
Speaking of Naomi Wu, I just heard about a brilliant bit of kit she just put together, which projects an image on your face from the bill of a hat to foil facial recognition without wearing a mask.
Posted by: Mauser at Sat Oct 12 02:35:49 2019 (Ix1l6)
One thing in particular that's not getting a lot about of coverage about this censorship: The Blizzard link is to a 20 minute video has an interesting bit of background on how China's censors have been removing or white washing (literally!) black and other dark skinned characters in video games for some time.
This is a BIG deal and it deserves a lot
more attention that the flurry of attention that is likely to be over by
the end of the week.
For instance, this cancerous dynamic is actually the source of many of the
"reactionism clauses" that are popping up in the Orwellian TOS's of tech
and media companies.
"Reactionism Clauses"? first I've heard the term. What's that?
Posted by: Mauser at Tue Oct 8 21:03:26 2019 (Ix1l6)
Well, if you search "define reactionism", you'll get "of, pertaining to, marked by,
or favoring reaction, especially extreme conservatism or rightism in
politics; opposing political or social change." as a result.
A short amount of searching suggests the de facto meaning is "anything the ChiComs don't like."
Posted by: Rick C at Wed Oct 9 09:26:34 2019 (Iwkd4)
It's sort of like CB if every radio was also a repeater that passed on everything it heard, and the distances involved were much smaller.
Posted by: Rick C at Wed Sep 4 23:06:30 2019 (Iwkd4)
Propagation delays are horrible, volunteers supporting mesh nodes come and go, but relying on every peer does not work, vulnerable to disruption by intruder nodes, often jammed solid by congestion. At least in the U.S. every mesh is a stupid, predictable failure, unless it is bankrolled by an organization, but often even then. However, the idea continues to intrigue researchers. In Hong Kong the distances may be smaller and the mesh density greater than in typical American deployment. Also, it's temporary.
If you remember truly decentralized pirac... er... file-sharing network like Gnutella, eDonkey, etc., then you know what to expect from a mesh. BitTorrent crushed all of them because its performance was thousands times better, thanks to trackers. Trackerless torrents are still as bad as the old meshes and even Bram cannot do anything about it.
The extradition treaty is being formally withdrawn by the Hong Kong government.
Note that she refers to the 5 demands as being made by THE PUBLIC rather than something like running dog wreckers and saboteurs. While Mayor Lam nixes one of the demands (which is for what amounts to an internal affairs audit of the HK police) she yields on the Extradition Treaty and offers to parley on the rest. Which is significantly better than a bloodbath.
I'm still not optimistic, but there is now room for rational hope.
From what I'm reading, the biggest concern is that the Extradition Treaty is NOT withdrawn, she's only declared her intention to ask the appropriate member of the executive to move that the treaty be withdrawn in October, AFTER some media heavy festivals and AFTER people stop paying attention. And that the committee or board responsible for withdrawing the treaty is extremely unlikely to do so, as they are currently staffed by very pro-PRC members.