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Jim Roberts said:
China bans Lady Gaga as hostile foreign force...
It's nice to know I'm not the only one who regards her this way.
 
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Joshua Wong, the teenage activist who was one of the most recognisable faces of Hong Kong’s umbrella movement protests, has been found guilty of “illegal assembly” by a court in the former British colony.

Wong, 19, was convicted of unlawfully entering a fenced off area outside Hong Kong’s government headquarters on 26 September 2014. The action helped launch a 79-day street occupation that was described as the greatest challenge to China’s Communist rulers since the 1989 Tiananmen protests.

Alex Chow, another prominent student leader, was found guilty of the same offence while Nathan Law, a third activist, was convicted of inciting others to join the unlawful action, local broadcaster RTHK reported. Wong was found not guilty of inciting others to join the assembly.

Speaking outside Hong Kong’s eastern court, where the verdicts were delivered, on Thursday morning, Wong said: “We do not regret what we have done.”

The three men were released on bail and will be sentenced on 15 August. Wong and Chow could face up to five years in prison, according to Agence France-Presse. ...

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2...g-kong-pro-democracy-protest?CMP=share_btn_tw
 
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A video recently circled around Chinese social media triggered a new wave of concern over rough wedding horseplay. In the video, a group of male guests sprayed dry powder from fire extinguisher at the bridegroom. The groom, after he eventually emerged from the smoke of powder, was seen choking and groaning loudly, almost unable to breathe. Some bystanders noticed the emergency and yelled for help. The bride was terrified abd kept screaming "water, get some water!" The bride's voices could be heard in the chaos asking “how can you be that stupid to do this?!”

http://en.people.cn/n3/2016/0926/c90000-9119557.html

Vid at link
 
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China orders officials to stop believing in ghosts and ghouls… and stick to Marx and Lenin

2 DECEMBER 2016 • 2:49PM
China’s top graft buster has turned ‘Ghostbuster’ as he warned members of the ruling Communist Party to stop believing in the supernatural.

Wang Qishan, one of Beijing’s top officials, said cadres should stick to the teachings of Marx, rather than shady spiritual gurus who preach about superstitious beliefs.

China’s Communist Party has been seeking to wipe out belief in the paranormal since before it seized power in 1949, and campaigns have increased in recent years.

“Currently, some Communist Party members don't believe in Marxism-Leninism but they believe in ghosts and supernatural beings,” said Mr Wang, who head’s the party’s graft watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI).

“They don't believe in the organisation, but choose to believe in "Masters", added the official, referring to those who teach supernatural or superstitious customs, who often carry great influence among Chinese leaders. ...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...ials-stop-believing-ghosts-ghouls-stick-marx/
 

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The US is provoking China, says Pilger.
Japanese US alliance - rapid Japanese militarisation a US-sponsored escalation?
Pilger highlights the 'necklace of 400 US bases surrounding China.
Regarding nuclear MAD: "We are back at 12 minutes to midnight".
 
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Chinese soldier returns home after 54 years in India
Source: Xinhua 2017-02-11 22:49:50


XI'AN, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- At around 6 p.m. Saturday, Wang Qi set his feet on his homeland again in Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, after spending 54 years in a life drift in India.

"I'm finally home!" a sobbing Wang hugged his tearful brothers and sisters at Xi'an Xianyang International Airport.

Wang, a Chinese solider, got lost in a forest on the China-India border in 1963. He was rescued by India's Red Cross Society and later handed over to Indian military. The military sentenced him in jail for seven years after regarding him as an "espionage."

Wang settled and married in a rural area in India after serving his sentence, but he always wanted to go home. During the past years, Wang sent many letters to his family members in Xuezhainan Village in Shaanxi's Qianxian County, expressing his homesickness and the desire to go back. ...

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-02/11/c_136049645.htm
 
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More than 160 couples in a village in eastern China have decided to divorce in order to get more compensation after the forced demolition of their homes.

The village of Jiangbei, in Jiangsu province, is being razed to make way for a high-tech development zone.

The couples found they could qualify for two new houses and at least $19,000 (£15,500) extra if they divorced and claimed compensation as singles.

Some are over 80, and most said they planned to continue living together.

Families who have been living there for generations have little choice but to move to new housing provided by the local government.

Each couple could expect to get one 220 sq m house. ...

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-39150594?ocid=socialflow_twitter
 

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Incredible train 'disappears' through block of flats in China's 'Mountain City'
Mark Molloy
20 March 2017 • 10:14am

Architects and planners in a Chinese city have designed a novel way to make space for an essential train route - by building it through the centre of a block of flats.
The unusual train track passes directly through the 19-storey residential building in the “emerging mega-city” of Chongqing, located in the south-west corner of the East Asian nation.

Chongqing Rail Transit No.2 and the building have been built across each other, a creative solution for a lack of space in the city packed with skyscrapers.
It’s convenient for residents in the high-rise block, who can hop on the train at Liziba Station, located on the sixth to eighth floor of the building.
Noise reduction equipment installed at the station means the train only makes the same noise as a standard dishwasher.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...-disappears-block-flats-chinas-mountain-city/

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The Chinese Military want to recruit fitter young people, I hope they pull it off.

Young Chinese are 'too fat and masturbate too much to pass army fitness tests'
A rising number of young Chinese people are failing fitness tests required to join the army because they are too fat and masturbate too much, state media has proclaimed.

The high rejection rate has triggered concerns that there are not enough youths in good physical condition to fill the ranks of the Chinese army.

A poor diet and frequent masturbation, leading to abnormally large testicular veins, are believed to be behind falling fitness levels, according to a report published in state-run military newspaper the People’s Liberation Army Daily.

Authorities also think the constant use of smartphones and drinking water with too high a mineral content are to blame.

In one city, 56.9 per cent of potential recruits were rejected after failing fitness tests. One in five was simply deemed too fat.

The report claimed 8 per cent of male candidates suffered from enlarged testicular veins. “This is related to sitting too long on computer games, excessive masturbation and too little physical activity,” it said. ...

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/wor...much-to-pass-army-fitness-tests-a3617881.html
 

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Authorities also think the constant use of smartphones and drinking water with too high a mineral content are to blame.
That Official Declaration in full order of horror:

You 'orrible little drinkers of mineral water!
You 'orrible pullers of the pudding!
You vile, revoltin' obnoxious users of the ear-wank machine . . . :willy:
 
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Dog Carrying Day: Chinese village celebrates annual tradition by dressing animal in clothes and parading on wooden throne
Legend has it that the first settlers in the area were saved from dying of thirst by a dog which led them to a water source in the area


Local Chinese villagers carry a dog dressed in human clothes during a folk festival parade known as 'Dog carrying Day' REX FEATURES
An annual festival that sees a dog being dressed up in human clothing, carried on a sedan chair and worshipped as a god, has been celebrated by villagers in an area of China.

Conducted every year by the Miao people of Jiaobang village in the Guizhou province, The Dog Carrying Day festival has seen the creatures worshipped for centuries.

Legend has it that the first settlers in the area were saved from dying of thirst by a dog which led them to a water source in the area, an act the settlers believed to be a sign of divinity, according to the South China Morning Post. ...

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...-annual-tradition-festival-miao-a7930446.html

The dog smiles,little knowing that he'll be eaten at the end of the ceremony.

 
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Wonder if local councils would provide this service?

People over the age of 50 are being offered free karaoke in an eastern Chinese province as part of a government-backed scheme to get China's older population out more, it's reported.

According to the Yangtze Evening Post, several large karaoke chains in the Jiangsu province cities of Nanjing and Wuxi are offering free rooms to people over 50 between the hours of 9am and 5.30pm, provided that they can show proof of age.

The "Sunshine Entertainment: Sunset Glow" programme is a collaborative project between local entertainment companies and cultural institutions, and has the backing of the Ministry of Culture.

China Plus says that the scheme aims "to provide the elderly population with cultural and recreational activities", and has already led several operators to report an increase in business.

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-41987043
 
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Don't think you'd get away with it in RoI or UK either!

A Chinese man has been reprimanded by the police and had his driving licence revoked after he turned a disused truck into a tank, it's reported.

According to CCTV News, a man surnamed Huang in the city of Laibin, southern Guangxi, spent two months renovating an old vehicle, modifying its shape and installing a gun turret and novelty radar dish, in the hopes that his mechanical skills would propel him to internet fame.

CCTV says that Mr Huang shared his camouflage-painted handiwork with friends on social media, but also gained the attention of the authorities. The TV says that police subsequently intercepted his car on 22 January when he attempted to take the vehicle on the road.

Reports today say that he has been fined 1,750 yuan ($278; £195) and has had his driving licence revoked. ...

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-42907210
 
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Some good news.

Hong Kong's top court has thrown out jail terms against three leaders of the 2014 pro-democracy "Umbrella" protests.

It reverses an earlier court appeal that saw Joshua Wong, 21, Nathan Law, 24, and Alex Chow, 27, being handed jail terms for unlawful assembly.

Their jail sentences attracted international attention, with rights groups accusing the government of cracking down on political protesters.

The 2014 protests paralysed parts of central Hong Kong for several weeks.

Wong, Law and Chow became the public face of the protests, which called for fully democratic elections for Hong Kong's leadership.

The sit-in became known as the "Umbrella movement" after protesters used umbrellas to shield themselves from tear gas fired by police.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-42956289
 

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Some good news.

Hong Kong's top court has thrown out jail terms against three leaders of the 2014 pro-democracy "Umbrella" protests.

It reverses an earlier court appeal that saw Joshua Wong, 21, Nathan Law, 24, and Alex Chow, 27, being handed jail terms for unlawful assembly.

Their jail sentences attracted international attention, with rights groups accusing the government of cracking down on political protesters.

The 2014 protests paralysed parts of central Hong Kong for several weeks.

Wong, Law and Chow became the public face of the protests, which called for fully democratic elections for Hong Kong's leadership.

The sit-in became known as the "Umbrella movement" after protesters used umbrellas to shield themselves from tear gas fired by police.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-42956289
On a slightly related tangent, hasn't some kind of "umbrella movement" happened before somewhere else in history ? .. I'm referring to the mystery person in the footage of JFK's assassination .. conspiracy theorists were wondering who the unexplained person was in the footage with a black umbrella, someone claimed his identity a while later and said the only reason he had an umbrella on that day was as a reference to an earlier political movement/incident .. a visual protest

edit: (skip to 4:15)

 

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The US is provoking China, says Pilger.
Japanese US alliance - rapid Japanese militarisation a US-sponsored escalation?
Pilger highlights the 'necklace of 400 US bases surrounding China.
Regarding nuclear MAD: "We are back at 12 minutes to midnight".
Why are you posting a video from rt it known for pushing anti west propaganda and its state run.
 

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Why are you posting a video from rt it known for pushing anti west propaganda and its state run.
Good gawd a'mighty!! I had no idea. Thanks for the heads up. I'll be sure to avoid anything deemed to be anti-westerrrrn or state run in future postings.

Could you please supply us a list of the websites/news sources we ought to blackban here on FTMB? I'm sure the other board members do not want to make the same mistake I did.

Thanks.
 

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Good gawd a'mighty!! I had no idea. Thanks for the heads up. I'll be sure to avoid anything deemed to be anti-westerrrrn or state run in future postings.

Could you please supply us a list of the websites/news sources we ought to blackban here on FTMB? I'm sure the other board members do not want to make the same mistake I did.
I know you're being flippant but identifying 'fake news' sources is quite a concern these days, as is trying to guess the trustworthiness of news sources. I'm of the opinion that facts and truth do exist, and that some outlets have different editorial ethics when it comes to prioritizing the value of truth. In short, Russia Today, the Mail, Xinhua, etc don't really give a fuck if they know they're lying, whereas FT, NYT, Guardian, WP, BBC have more integrity.
 
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Good gawd a'mighty!! I had no idea. Thanks for the heads up. I'll be sure to avoid anything deemed to be anti-westerrrrn or state run in future postings.

Could you please supply us a list of the websites/news sources we ought to blackban here on FTMB? I'm sure the other board members do not want to make the same mistake I did.

Thanks.
Next thing you know we'll find our Al Jazeera is a mouthpiece for Isil and the BBC is in thrall to the UK government. Whatever next? At least 'The Intercept' is relatively unbiased...
 
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