This Week in the Less Conventional News (15 April update)
It’s rare that I do a “News Roundup,” but the past several days have produced stories from Asia that just beg to be shared. Some important, some interesting, some disturbing. . . Judge for yourself.
This one’s sad, and a bit eerie to me: I’ve been with a python in Ibaraki Prefecture before. It was under adult supervision at the Kamine Zoo in Hitachi (an Ibaraki Prefecture city). In fact, zoo officials sort of insisted.
Excerpt: “The Tokyo store includes digital menu boards in Japanese and English, to inform customers about the popular U.S. flavors, as well as those exclusive to Japan.”
Excerpt: “[The plant] will provide enough electricity for roughly 22,000 households annually and, if replacing power generated from fossil fuels, will offset around 25,000 tons of carbon dioxide. . . .”
+ Policeman in Schoolgirl Uniform Arrested for Flashing (some cops are bad, others weird, some combine the two).
Excerpt: “Reports say the 37-year-old man was dressed in a sailor-style schoolgirl uniform at the time of the offense.”
Excerpt: “The actor was detained for over two hours by immigration officials after he arrived from India in a private plane with a group that included Nita, wife of Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, to address students at Yale University.”
Excerpt: “Like the radiance from the new solar powered compact fluorescent lights (CFL) in his home, M. Ganesamurthy’s face shines with glee. His dwelling amid the jungles of the Western Ghats near Papanasam has received power connection, something which was beyond the imagination of the tribal population.”
+ China Deletes 210,000 Online Posts Over “Rumors” (let freedom ring).
Excerpt: “‘Actions of creating and spreading rumours via the Internet disrupt public order and undermine social stability, and will never be tolerated,’ the report quoted Liu Zhengrong, an official with the State Internet Information Office, which controls the web, as saying.” (gad)
+ Shaolin Kung Fu Museum Celebrates Groundbreaking Ceremony (from 2 weeks ago, but worth mentioning)
Excerpt: “The foundation of Shaolin Kung Fu Museum was laid Thursday in Shaolin Tagou Kung Fu School, three kilometers northeast away from Shaolin Temple in central China’s Henan province.“
O.K., here’s a weird & creepy bonus: North Korea’s (the “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s) OFFICIAL website.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to vomit when you get done browsing the site of this Nightmare Disneyland.
“The DPRK is the Juche-oriented socialist state which embodies the idea and leadership of Comrade Kim II Sung, the founder of the Republic and the father of socialist Korea.”
Here’s a little vid I made about 18 months ago, not long before new crazed, creepy dictator, Kim Jong-Un took over after his dad, Kim Jong-Il, kicked the dictatorial bucket. Jong-Un was “heir apparent,” then. Now he’s just Dynastic Dictator No. 3.
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