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China: Less democracy and less Ramadan! And Other News…

China Ramadan

Not long after police arrested hundreds of protesters in Hong Kong for demanding more democracy, Beijing decided to crack down on Ramadan too.

Schools, government agencies, and local party organizations in the heavily Muslim northwest of China have been ordered not to take part in the fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. According to Chinese officials, the ban was aimed at “protecting students’ wellbeing” and preventing use of schools and government offices to promote religion. Unofficially, the Ramadan ban may have something to do with the tight security in Xianjiang following attacks that the government blames on violent Uighur Muslims with foreign terrorist ties. And to make sure everyone complies with the Ramadan fasting ban, government officials have apparently thrown parties and served food to test and see if Muslim residents are fasting. ABC News

JOhn SchindlerNSA Defender: Sorry about the dick pic… John Schindler, a conservative pundit who once worked as an NSA officer, was busted last week for being a serial sexter. The married Navy War College professor (and prominent defender of the National Security Agency) sent some sexy messages accompanied by dick pics to a Twitter follower. Once word got out, Schindler and his wife abruptly shut down their social media accounts and Schindler posted an apology on his blog. “My actions showed poor judgment and were inexcusable. The only person to blame is me, and I take full responsibility,” he writes. “Unfortunately, I must also emphasize an important point. At no time did I break the law, nor am I being accused of doing so.” Now, since this is a private matter and not the general public’s business, I won’t link to the dick pic – BUT since Mr. NSA doesn’t believe in privacy, here it is. Huffington Post

Nazi Baby JewishTurns out Germany’s ideal Aryan baby was naz so ideal after all. The winner of a contest in Nazi Germany to find the most beautiful Aryan baby has been revealed to be Jewish. The image was allegedly selected by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels himself, and appeared on the cover of the Nazi family magazine Sonne ins Hause. In 1935 popular photographer Hans Ballin, submitted the photo knowing full well the baby was Jewish. “I wanted to make the Nazis ridiculous,” Ballin told the contest winner’s family when they confronted him. Mission accomplished? Fox News

Town For SaleFor sale: Swett, North Dakota. If you’ve got $400,000 lying around and love trailer parks, listen up: Lance Benson, the sole owner of Swett, an unincorporated hamlet in Bennett County about two hours southeast of Rapid City, is putting the whole town up for sale. For the low, low price of $400k you can own the local Swett bar, a workshop, three trailers, a single house, and 6.16 acres of prime prairie real estate. With a population of two, Swett, North Dakota boasts a few lovely ramshackle buildings along U.S. Highway 18. But its prize possession is the Swett Tavern, a well known gathering place for a small army of local cowboys and wheatgrowers. So far no one is biting, but it’s safe to say the first order of business for the new owners will be a name change. Rapid City Journal

Crack FordRob Ford is out of rehab but his mouth is still getting him into trouble. The disgraced Toronto mayor has now told Canadian media he was “born an alcoholic” and had used “every drug you can probably think of”. In a television interview three days after he returned from rehab, Ford admitted he used “the full gamut” when it came to drugs. He later backtracked a bit (most likely after speaking with his publicist) and specifically denied using heroin. But he did confirm using marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms in addition to crack. Ford also (finally) admitted that the photo of him with a glass pipe that circulated in April was indeed a picture of his smoking crack. Ford said his “disease” would not prevent him from running for re-election in October – relapse or no replapse. “I can only take it one day at a time,” said Ford. “I know I didn’t drink yesterday, and I haven’t drank today.” And that’s as far back as his memory goes. CBC News

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Hong Kong Billionaire Doubles The Reward To Turn His Lesbian Daughter Straight

Cecil Chao Lesbian Daughter

If at first you don’t succeed, double your offer and hope someone will bang the lesbian out of your daughter.

Hong Kong billionaire Cecil Chao first made headline in Septmeber 2012 when he publicly announced he would give $65 million to any man who could woo his daughter away from her lesbian partner.

Despite the fact that his daughter, Gigi, had just eloped with her female partner in France, the 76-year-old Hong Kong real estate magnate insisted she was still single and was determined to find her a husband.

“I would not force her to marry a man. But obviously I would, from my point of view, prefer her to be married and to have grandchildren,” Chao said.

Interesting coment from a man who has never married, fathered three children with three different mothers, and has bragged about sleeping with more than 10,000 women…

After the initial reward announcement, the offers came pouring in from millionaire-wannabes all over the world.

“War veterans from the US, someone from Ethiopia, from Istanbul, South America, Portugal, really just from all over the world,” Gigi Chao said, recalling the potential suitors.

But after thousands of potential suitors failed to lure her to the straight side, Cecil Chao has decided to up the stakes by offering approximately $130 million to any man who can sweep his daughter off her feet.

But Gigi Chao has her doubts about the whole process.

“I don’t think my dad’s offering of any amount of money would be able to attract a man I would find attractive,” Gigi told the Malaysian newspaper Nanyang Siang Pau.

Challenged accepted?

Via: The Daily Mail

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Hong Kong Marathon: Selfies are a Hazard

Runners take part in a 10-kilometer race of the Hong Kong Marathon Selfies

Asians took their love of taking pictures to the next level after thousands of marathon runners taking “selfies” caused a massive pile-up of competitors.

The race, sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank, has been held annually since 1981 but last year the organizers ran into a few problems – well, mainly one problem: selfies.

During the marathon last year, some runners were injured because of hundreds of people stopping to take self-photos. One of the injured was the eventual winner of the women’s 10-kilometre race, Hong Kong triathlete Joyce Cheung Ting-yan, who had a rough fall during the selfie induced pandemonium. Many other runners also suffered injuries, often crossing the finish line bloodies and bruised.

Standard Chartered chief executive Benjamin Hung Pi-cheng blamed the selfie trend for the growing number of injured runners.

“The problem was that a number of runners were trying to take self-portrait pictures using their smartphones,” Pi-cheng said. “What we are trying to do is to encourage people not to do that. It not only endangers themselves but endangers a lot of people running behind them.

He added, “We want people to apply a little bit of common sense and discipline. At the end of the day we want this to be run safely.”

Thousands of people crowded into a confined space bumping into each other and taking selfies? Sounds like a regular day in Asia… slash my worst nightmare.

But organizers of the Hong Kong marathon have learned a thing or two from the incident and are now embarking on a campaign to stop runners from taking selfies.

While many are pushing for an outright ban on picture taking for next February’s Hong Kong Marathon, it’s a bit practical to enforce among 73,000 runners, so the organizers are asking participants to cooperate and put down their phones.

“For the race itself we will have officials hold some message boards to remind people not to take photos at the start, on the route or at the finish because it is dangerous,” William Ko, chairman of the marathon’s organizing committee.

Good luck with your anti-selfie campaign Hong Kong! Maybe after you can work on getting people to stop taking pictures of their food before they eat it.

Via: South China Morning Post

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Giant Duck Appears in Hong Kong… And Other News

Giant Duck in Hong Kong

Giant duck terrorizes Hong Kong! Not really, but a giant yellow duck has made it’s way into Hong Kong’s harbor.

The Hong Kongers were super excited as they had been on “giant duck watch” for the last two weeks. The man behind the giant duck is Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, whose art project has travelled all around the world, floating into the harbours of Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paolo and Amsterdam. The duck’s next stop is the US, but Hofman won’t disclose the exact location. My guess is somewhere coastal. CNN

Indian Spy DeadWhat’s worse than dropping the soap in prison? Getting beaten to death! An Indian man on death row in Pakistan has died after being attacked by his fellow prisons. Sarabjit Singh, 51, was accused of espionage in connection with bombings in two Pakistani cities in 1990 but has always maintained his innocence. His death has created some diplomatic tension between India and Pakistan. Indians have accused Pakistani authorities of foul play, prompting some lawmakers to shout “Death to Pakistan” in parliament. On the bright side, Pakistan saved some money on lethal injections. New York Times

Yogurt Gone WrongKindergarten rivalries can lead to poisoned yogurt. Two children died in northern China as a result of drinking yogurt tainted with rat poison. The kindergarten students began convulsing and foaming at the mouth after drinking the yogurt. The culprit? The head of a rival kindergarten confessed to putting poison in the yogurt because the two schools were competing for students. That seems a little extreme. A pedophile rumour would have been more appropriate and far less deadly. BBC News

Brenda Goes MissingCastaway 2.0. But much trashier and by choice. A Pennsylvania woman who abruptly vanished 11 years ago turned up last week after she gave herself in to Florida police. Brenda Heist, 53, left her life in 2002 while going through a divorce and financial difficulties. She befriended some homeless people in a park who invited her on a month long hitchhiking trip through Florida. Seems legit. Heist, who has been presumed dead since 2010, spent the 11 years living with a man in camper, occasionally being homeless, and working day labour jobs to make ends meet.  Heist turned herself in to police in Key Largo on the weekend and told them she was a missing person. Her ex-husband was not happy. The Independent

Former NaziIt doesn’t always pay to be a Nazi. A German broadcast station has announced it will stop airing old episodes of the television crime show “Derrick” after it was revealed that its star had belonged to Hitler’s notorious Waffen SS. Horst Tappert, who plays the lead character in the show, served in the Totenkopf panzer division. Military archives showed Tappert joined the Waffen SS at the latest in 1943 when he was 20. Tapper, who died in 2008, never mentioned his Nazi past to his colleagues. BBC News

Nobamacare in South CarolinaSouth Carolina really hates Obamacare. In fact, they hate it so much that the South Carolina House passed a “nullification” bill today, declaring Obamacare to be “null and void.” Not only that, but the bill criminalizes its implementation. The nullification bill intends to “prohibit certain individuals from enforcing or attempting to enforce such unconstitutional laws; and to establish criminal penalties and civil liability for violating this article.” Raw Story

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