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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    It'll be implants for all before long.
    Been around for sometime. Called mobile phones, all around the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Been around for sometime. Called mobile phones, all around the world.
    Quite.
    At LEAST turn off GPS when you're not using it.

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    Australia or China thread ...


    Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo wants political parties to pay back his donations after failing in citizenship bid


    Huang Xiangmo, second from left, wants his political donations back.

    ^ The Lassie is Julia Gillard, an ex-Prime Minister and the Greek looking dude is former senator Sam Dastyari, who was forced to resign from Parliament for accepting Chinese money


    A Chinese billionaire who has been prevented from returning to Australia has asked political parties to return the millions of dollars in donations he's made.

    Key points:
    • Australian authorities rejected Huang Xiangmo's citizenship request and stripped him of residency
    • Now he has accused the Australian Government of unfair treatment
    • He says the political parties can pay him back without having to pay any interest



    Huang Xiangmo quickly rose to become a leading pro-China lobbyist, courting politicians and donating at least $2 million to Australian political parties directly and through his companies.

    But a decision from the Home Affairs Department to strip him of permanent residency and reject his citizenship application, made while Mr Huang was offshore, leaves him unable to re-enter the country.

    Security agencies have raised concerns about Mr Huang's possible links to the Chinese Communist Party and the motivation behind his generous donations.
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    Ahahahah.....screw 'im.


    China's multi-billion dollar media campaign 'a major threat for democracies' around the world

    In September 2018, billboards adorned with kangaroos and pandas began popping up around Australia's capital cities as part of a $500 million advertising campaign urging viewers to "see the difference" on China's Central Global Television Network (CGTN) — available on Foxtel and Fetch TV.
    Key points:

    • China's former president Hu Jintao committed $9.3b on a media expansion project in 2009
    • Beijing is also buying up broadcast space on foreign airwaves and inside newspapers
    • Media freedom in China is among the worst in the world — ranking 176 out of 180 countries




    But "seeing the difference" comes with an important caveat.
    Experts warn China's media is being wielded as a tool to shape public opinion and serve the ideological aims of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) across the globe.

    And, as a part of its efforts, Beijing is training up foreign journalists, buying up space in overseas media, and expanding its state-owned networks on an unprecedented scale.
    When the international arm of China Central Television (CCTV) news rebranded and became CGTN in 2016, Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the media organisation in a congratulatory letter to "tell China stories well" and spread China's voice.
    The message was seen as part of Beijing's ambition to build a new global narrative around China while also challenging liberal democracy as the ideal developmental and political framework.
    But as China continues to extend its reach across the world, some Western countries are pushing back.
    In the same month CGTN billboards sprung up across Australia, the United States ordered the network and China's state-run media agency Xinhua to register as foreign agents over fears they could be used as tools for political interference.
    And observers say that China is quickly understanding the importance of information warfare, and the power of media to shape public opinion not just at home, but around the world.

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    China's terrifying and dazzling molten metal festival at risk of dying out, performers say



    Wang De does not mind a bit of danger.

    Key points:
    • The town of Nuanquan celebrates Lunar New Year with molten iron
    • Once known as the "poor man's fireworks", iron is flung against a wall to create sparks
    • There are fears the tradition will die out, with only four performers left in the town


    Every year during China's Lunar New Year festival, he risks severe burns to give his neighbours — and an increasing number of tourists — a good show.
    He is one of just four men in a small town called Nuanquan skilled in the art of the "Iron Flower".
    It is a 500-year-old tradition, which arose from the region's history of iron production.

    "While rich people had fireworks, poor people in this region created their own by flinging molten iron on the city wall," he said.
    When the molten metal hits the cold brick, it explodes into brightly glowing shards.



    The tradition dates back 500 years - The Iron Flower shows draw thousands of visitors from around China.
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    It appears Jersey, allegedly the UK's version of Hong Kong (a British self-governing territory in the English Channel), has started issuing Chinese themed postage stamps.




    A stamp features a Horinger-style paper cutting in the shape of a pig [Photo/helin.gov.cn]

    The island of Jersey, a British self-governing territory in the English Channel, recently issued a special stamp to mark the Chinese Year of the Pig. The new stamp features a Horinger-style paper cutting in the shape of a pig. This type of paper cutting is famous in northern China, and was originally developed by Horinger women living in rural areas.

    Duan Jianjun, a national paper cutting expert, designed the new pig for Jersey Post and used incised carving to produce the distinctive cutting for the stamp. The design also includes the peony, bird and plum blossom, which are designed to convey joy and harmony.

    Horinger paper cutting makes British stamp issue
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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    The clip explains it all
    The pole dancer is clearly a gymnastics/yoga instructor.

    Nothing in the least wrong with her performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    It appears Jersey, allegedly the UK's version of Hong Kong (a British self-governing territory in the English Channel), has started issuing Chinese themed postage stamps.




    A stamp features a Horinger-style paper cutting in the shape of a pig [Photo/helin.gov.cn]

    The island of Jersey, a British self-governing territory in the English Channel, recently issued a special stamp to mark the Chinese Year of the Pig. The new stamp features a Horinger-style paper cutting in the shape of a pig. This type of paper cutting is famous in northern China, and was originally developed by Horinger women living in rural areas.

    Duan Jianjun, a national paper cutting expert, designed the new pig for Jersey Post and used incised carving to produce the distinctive cutting for the stamp. The design also includes the peony, bird and plum blossom, which are designed to convey joy and harmony.

    Horinger paper cutting makes British stamp issue
    In case you didn't notice this is the wacky stuff that goes on in China thread, not the wacky stuff that goes on in Jersey thread .

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    I was amused at the explanation of Jerseys status being inserted into a pretty boring topic. Worth a gram or two. The China Daily has a floor full of sub-editors trying to insert a political point into every article..

    In this case Postage Stamps, bravo.

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    Bohemian Rhapsody premieres in China — but without any references to Freddie Mercury's homosexuality



    Blockbuster Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody opened in China over the weekend in a limited number of arthouse cinemas, but the release has been heavily censored to remove any mention of the Queen singer's sexuality, or his later AIDS diagnosis.

    Key points:
    • All references to Mercury's homosexuality were cut in the mainland China version
    • Audiences were confused as some major plot developments were edited out
    • The Queen front-man died from AIDS-related illness in 1991


    Around four minutes worth of footage — including intimate scenes about Mercury's personal relationships and scenes with drug references — was cut from the more than two-hour film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    In case you didn't notice this is the wacky stuff that goes on in China thread, not the wacky stuff that goes on in Jersey thread .
    Can't fault Jersey though. People collect first day covers etc.

    Obviously tapping into the chinky market, which should make them a few quid for the post office Xmas shindig.

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    Previous video ...



    Explosives were used in a dramatic operation to break up a frozen river in China’s northeastern Heilongjiang province.

    The controlled blast along a nearly 3km stretch of the waterway was conducted by officials trying to reduce the risk of flooding caused by ice jams when the river thaws in spring.

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    I wonder how many fish died

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    Don't worry, the fish were sedated with a chemical wash, introduced upstream, prior to the explosions. They are said to have been in ecstasy prior to the ice cracking.

    The local fish monger shipped the fresh fish to LA. They went like salmon brownies at all the best parties.

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