- Can it be? An AIDS vaccine?.
- A journalism professor wins a defamation lawsuit against a blog host, one of whose blogs hosted comments that were critical of the teacher’s teaching abilities. He won 1000 yuan and a public apology.
Winning shows “personal dignity outweighs freedom of speech,” the professor, Chen Tangfa, was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua News Agency.
Is it just us or does that sound like a moronic thing for a journalism professor to say?
- Rich kids in China learn to golf in preparation for their lives as future movers and shakers.
- Sha Zukang tells the US to shut up about China’s military build-up. US ambassador to the UN replies, “no, you shut the fuck up, biatch!”
- A movie about the Japanese war crime trials is a huge hit in Shanghai. Says the headline: “every Chinese should watch this film.” A Japanese anti-war documentary (The Ants) makes a splash as well (in Japan).
- A crackdown on squatting, spitting, slurping and other aspects of tourism with Chinese characteristics for the 2008 Olympics. Habits expected to resume afterwards.
- Members of Shanghai smuggling ring that smuggled 43 women into Hong Kong over the last few years have been sentenced.
- Xiangyang market destroyed, but piracy lives on in Pudong.
- The labor shortage in Guangdong is getting better: now, for every 1 person looking for a job there are 1.55 jobs available. What this means is that if you absolutely hate your job, you can fall back on that .55 jobs until something better comes your way.
- In China, even prostitutes have blogs.
- Apple’s investigation into the Ipod factories finds that there were some labor law violations: nothing too Dickensian for your i-conscience to handle.
- There’s an alarming increase in obesity in the Chinese population. The silver lining is that coffee decreases risk for cardiovascular disease as well as type-2 diabetes, so make sure you get that 8 RMB coffee after your meal at McDonald’s — you need to have at least four cups (preferably more than six) to reap some of the health benefits, and you can get free refills at McDonald’s!
- Was there a cover-up regarding the number of deaths in the aftermath of Typhoon Sao Mai? Locals say that casualties are being underreported.
- Migrant workers are sexually frustrated, leading to several incidences of rape and sexual assault.
- A worm virus f*cked up Shanghai’s broadband last Sunday.
- In Guangdong province they’re categorizing all enterprises using “red, yellow, blue, and green classifications.” Red means that you break a lot of laws, including not paying your employees: in the last four months provincial authorities the enterprises that have been caught were found to owe their workers a collective 7.25 million yuan.
- Singapore’s Chinese-language newspapers are being blocked in China — does it have something to do with this trial of a reporter who is accused of spying for Taiwan?
- A 10 yuan Chinese language version of Sports Illustrated hit the newsstands on Wednesday, with Yao Ming on the cover. We’ve been to a couple of newsstands but have not yet seen it. Anyone have a copy?
- From AFP via the unlinkable South China Morning Post: Despite all his rage,
A Chinese mental patient who killed a neighbour has been released by
authorities but forced to live in a metal cage in his home, state
media reported on Friday.
They welded the cage shut. Add him and his wife to the ranks of the sexually frustrated.
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