[An Nahar] Indonesia's president on Wednesday sacked a district chief who took an 18-year-old as his second wife but divorced her after four days via text message, accusing her of not being a virgin. "You've done this before, haven't you?"
"What makes you think that?"
"I dunno. The cigarette? The book?"
The case of Aceng Fikri, the chief of the town of Garut 200 kilometers (124 miles) southeast of Jakarta, has angered residents who wanted him removed from his position. "Yeah! Throw the bum out!"
Following a wave of protests, the local parliament launched an investigation and found that Fikri, 40, had breached multiple laws in his brief marriage. It recommended he be sacked, a decision later confirmed by the Supreme Court. "It's our considered judgment that the bum should be thrown out."
"The president has signed the dismissal letter for Aceng today," home affairs minister Gamawan Fauzi told news hounds. "Dismissal's too good for him! Fire his ass!"
Fauzi said he would pass on the letter to West Java's governor so Fikri could be dismissed, a process which would take about one week. It takes a week to say "Pack your sh*t and get out"?
Earlier one of Fikri's lawyers, Eggi Sudjana, had said the penalty on his client was too harsh. Eggi?
"I must admit that from an ethical point of view his act was wrong, but ethical violations do not bear any sanction other than social, such as being jeered at or insulted," Sudjana said.
The feds are descending on downtown Los Angeles to combat a dangerous outbreak of a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis.
KCAL9′s Jeff Nguyen went downtown in search of people who may have been exposed. Thus exposing himself. Smart.... Remind me not to have him cover the zombie outbreak
John Williams started living at the Weingart shelter on LA's Skid Row two weeks ago. Before he could be admitted, he had to undergo a screening for tuberculosis.
"They make you go get checked before you get into one of these programs because they don't want it spread out in there," Williams said.
With nearly 80 cases of tuberculosis being identified in LA County since 2007 -- thirty of which have been on Skid Row -- tuberculosis screenings are more important than ever for some.
In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a coordinated effort to contain the area's largest outbreak in a decade.
"We are really putting our resources into this," said Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, the director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
[Egypt Independent] Alexandrian businessman Farag Amr announced Wednesday that he would be shutting down a number of his company's factories that produce the "Faragello" foodstuffs brand, in response to strike tactics used by some his workers which the businessman said were "extortion."
Amr is the owner of the largest chain of food factories in the North Coast of Egypt.
With the recent closure, Amr Group joins the total of 4,550 factories in the private and public sectors nationwide which have been shut down in the political and economic upheaval since 25 January 2011.
Many factories have been forced to stop operations due to labor disputes, and others have stopped working due to a lack of fuel amid national shortages.
Amr told privately owned satellite channel ONtv Wednesday evening that the decision was made in "exceptional circumstances."
He said a small group of workers, led by a driver of a garbage vehicle, had attacked other employees in the company with knives and clubs and forced them out of the factory, forcing them to strike.
"We discovered that their only demand is to be paid the profits of 2014 in advance, which is illegal," Amr said. "I have been forced to close the factories in order to save the lives of the people."
[NEWS.YAHOO] The command, equipment quality and fighting ability of rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo ...formerly the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Zaire, and who knows what else, not to be confused with the Brazzaville Congo or Republic of Congo, which is much smaller and much more (for Africa) stable. DRC gave the world Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Mobutu, followed by years of tedious civil war. Its principle industry seems to be the production of corpses. With a population of about 74 million it has lots of raw material... when they captured the frontier city of Goma in November suggests they had external support, U.N. Secretary-General the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon ... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan... said on Tuesday.
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Census figures for China show that around one in five women aged 25-29 is unmarried.
The proportion of unmarried men that age is higher - over a third. But that doesn't mean they will easily match up, since Chinese men tend to "marry down", both in terms of age and educational attainment.
"There is an opinion that A-quality guys will find B-quality women, B-quality guys will find C-quality women, and C-quality men will find D-quality women," says Huang Yuanyuan. "The people left are A-quality women and D-quality men. So if you are a leftover woman, you are A-quality."
But it's the "A-quality" of intelligent and educated women that the government most wants to procreate, according to Leta Hong-Fincher. She cites a statement on population put out by the State Council - China's cabinet - in 2007.
"It said China faced unprecedented population pressures, and that the overall quality of the population is too low, so the country has to upgrade the quality of the population."
Some local governments in China have taken to organising matchmaking events, where educated young women can meet eligible bachelors.
The goal is not only to improve the gene pool, believes Fincher, but to get as many men paired off and tied down in marriage as possible - to reduce, as far as possible, the army of restless, single men who could cause social havoc.
China has an active eugenics program intended to promote genetic improvement in their overall population.
Yeah, the leftover women (shengnu) have incredibly high standards and demand a ridiculously high price. The few men out there who meet her standards would never want a crazy shengnu for a wife. So, they're left to stew in their own juices. I know a story where a couple broke up before the wedding not because the man didn't own an apartment, he wouldn't sell and then buy a newer, more expensive apartment that was closer to her parents.
A lot of them would rather have no husband rather than a lesser husband. So be it!
The word for this phenom is hypergamy. The Chinese reinforce it by requiring that the groom pay a bride price to the bride's parents. For some of these women, I have to wonder if the bride price runs into the millions.
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And a related topic: [SHANGHAI] Sherry Sheng, a 29-year-old Shanghai policewoman, bought herself a 4,000 yuan (S$792) black fur jacket, splurging for the last time before she starts paying off the mortgage on her first home.
Ms Sheng is part of a generation of middle class that Chinese media has dubbed "fang nu", or housing slaves, a reference to the lifetime of work needed to pay off their debts. Ms Sheng, who paid 1.1 million yuan for the one-bedroom apartment on the city's western outskirts, will be using about 70 per cent of her salary to service her mortgage.
Must be true - thanks to Abe's statement, the Chinese are po'ed.
The latest ...
* ION DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > CHINESE COAST GUARD SEIZES CONTROL OF DIAOYU ISLAND CHASING AWAY JAPANESE [fishing] SHIP | [Asahi Shinbun = AJW] THREE CHINESE VESSELS PURSUE JAPANESE FISHING BOAT NEAR SENKAKUS, i.e. INSIDE Nippon territorial waters.
* SAME > JAPAN + US IGNORED CHINESE SIGNALS + HISTORY, BLUNDERING INTO THE SENKAKUS/DIAOYUS CRISIS - FORBES [Stephen Harner].
* SAME > JAPAN NOT TO DISCLOSE EVIDENCE OF CHINA RADAR TARGET-LOCK [lock-on] MSDF ASSETS.
* TOPIX > [People's Daily Online] HOME-MADE WARSHIPS DEMONSTRATE OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN HIGH-SEAS TRAINING + COMBAT READINESS PATROLS.
Yeah. They will NOT be happy unless others are humiliated and everyone kowtows to China, like the world should be. It was like that in the old days, then China was humiliated. Now the rest of the world needs to be humiliated so that the Chinese can feel better about themselves. The best way is through military conflict.
The Chinese empire has expanded more or less continuously for 2000 years. The typical script was to demand something a neighboring kingdom found unacceptable and then invade. Or gradually occupy a neighbor's traditional lands while daring him to resist. In other words, like every other empire out there. Say what you will about Manifest Destiny, but our forebears actually paid for land taken from the Indians.
I believe it was trade goods and cash, some of which the Indians* used to buy alcohol. Let me put it this way - even when the Indian fighters defeated the rebels, rebel captives generally escaped with their lives. The aftermath of the Panthay Rebellion in Yunnan, more or less contemporaneous with the second half of several hundred years of Indian Wars, led to the Chinese massacre of 70K rebels after a surrender had been negotiated on the basis of a rebel amnesty. There are treaties, and then there are Chinese treaties.
* I've heard it said that Indians get drunk easy and they are mean drunks, meaning the average bar really hates them as customers - they provide a small portion of total revenues while creating most of the problems for the bouncers and other patrons. It's a weird conundrum, and I suspect it's genetic - Indians probably tend towards alcoholism much as Orientals tend to be problem gamblers.
The aftermath of the Panthay Rebellion in Yunnan, more or less contemporaneous with the second half of several hundred years of Indian Wars, led to the Chinese massacre of 70K rebels after a surrender had been negotiated on the basis of a rebel amnesty. There are treaties, and then there are Chinese treaties.
But there are rebels, and then there are rebels. Those guys got treated much more harshly than Zhang Xianzhong (for instance). They captured him but _let him go_ repeatedly.
(And between the last time they let him go and the Manchu killed him, he killed roughly 3 million people in Sichuan province.)
Actually it's more a question of the length of exposure---a lot of Europeans died of demon drink, once distillation was invented (and they were exposed to wine & beer for thousand of years before that).
Fear their Lawyers, notsomuch the AK-47 = Jihadis.
The Lefties + ACLU + Islamist Attorneys will argue that his action was due to his frustration at not being able to satisfactorily practice his religion Islam "to the fullest extent possible", i.e. widout benefit of Sharia law in the US.
THIS WOULDN'T HAD HAPPENED IFF ONLY THE US HAD LEGAL SHARIA - UNLESS THE USA FORMALLY ESTABLISHES A BONA FIDE SHARIA SYSTEM, THESE BEHEADINGS WILL CONTINUE AS THIS POOR VICTIM WILL OBVIOUSLY CONTINUE TO BE VICTIMIZED BY AMERIKA'S ANTI-ISLAMIC BIAS + DISCRIMINATION!
"SHARIA IN THE US" N-O-W, D *** NG IT = BTW, WE ALSO NEED SSSSSSHHHHH....CCCCCCC COMMUNIST-SOCIALIST TOTALITARIANISM TO MAKE SURE THESE POOR MUSLIM VICTIMS OF WILY DASTARDLY REPRESSIVE ARROGANT FASCIST CAPITALIST BRUTISH ANTI-GLOBALIST AMERIKA DON'T GET OUT OF "CONTROL".
I have a suggestion for NBC. Intensify fawning coverage of President Obama, and a leftist news agenda. You know, what worked so well so far... They could swap 'NBC' and 'MS-NBC' and the ratings would be about the same...
An already bad month is getting worse for NBC. For the first time in sweeps history, the network is projected to finish fifth in the key adults 18-49 demographic. That's a crushing blow for NBC, which went from flying high in November with a sweep win & Steve Burke breaking his usual silence last fall to brag to the New York Times about the network's performance to its shows cratering and ratings plunging. From the beginning of the February sweep on January 31 through February 19, NBC has averaged a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49. That's below the 1.5 that Univision has been averaging so far over the 20 night of the sweep period. In fact, Univision has bested NBC every singe night of the sweep so far among adults 18-49 and is poised to overtake NBC for its first fourth-place sweep finish in the demo
I did see two levitating saucers; but it was in Spanish? Didn't notice.
Watched RFD, toy trains and horse training, until one day they had some program come on which had some jerk with skinny arms and thin hands give the beat poet version of Whats the Matter with Kansas. WTH and slammed the door.
[Dawn] Six people were maimed when rival tribes clashed over a land dispute in Haleemzai tehsil of Mohmand Agency ... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found in Nangarhar and Kunar... on Wednesday.
According to the political administration, the clash started when members of one of the tribes tried to construct a wall in the disputed land. The clash left six rustics injured.
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[Dawn] An acute skin disease is affecting people in south Punjab, it is learnt.
An official told Dawn that more than 1,000 cases of 'leishmaniasis' had been reported in seven districts of south Punjab from January till date, an unexpectedly high number.
As such a high number of cases had not been reported in the past, the Health Department has alerted all teaching/tertiary care hospitals in south Punjab.Medical experts say leishmaniasis is a skin-related disease which is transmitted by the bite of a female sandfly. "The sandflies inject infection into a human body and consequently large wounds appear on the skin within a couple of weeks," Dr Muhammad Alim of Jinnah Hospital said.
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[SHANGHAIDAILY] United Nations ...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships... Under-Secretary- General and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan on Wednesday began a three-day visit to Burundi to assess the East African country's step in its transition to sustainable development, a blurb from the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB) said Wednesday.
According to the blurb, the senior UN official will also meet Burundian authorities, civil society actors, representatives of international organizations, representatives of donor countries and her UN colleagues.
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.