Archive for the ‘Hong Kong’ Category

China: Porn King Almost Got The Best Of Barack Obama

January 7, 2009

Ah, yes, everyone recalls the Super Bowl winner but many forget that other great team that got there and lost.

So we asked intrepid young Lucy Che to figure out for us all the Number 2 candidates, the “runners up,” to Barack Obama in the annual nation to nation polling for “man of the Year.”

The Time magazine naming Barack Obama as Person of the Year ...

Lucy told us that Barack Obama is secure in his spot in most nations as the peoples’ choice for “Man of the Year.”  But in China his competition was, let us say, “stiff.”

The second most popular Man of the Year for 2008 in China was apparently Edison Chen.

Edison Chen cares little for global warming, the economy or human rights.

He is a porn star.

In fact, he is such a porn star that “Edison Chen” and “Chen” became the most web searched names in China last year.

Edison Chen became a “sensation” in China when several porn videos and stills of him cavorting with pretty Chinese starlets appeared on the Internet.

Message to Barack:  Don’t get cocky!  Michelle will brain you.

And Edison is talented.  He speaks several languages.  But if you ask any young Chinese woman, they can only think of one language they’d like to try with Edison.

Edison: phone home.

The tidal wave of interest in Chen and his sexual ability became so great that China pulled the plug and told Google, Baindu and other search engines they had to remove the porn or else.

The search engines backed down and even Google groveled before the Chinese government to regain their search rights.

Obama was clearly the winner for “Man of the Year.”  But Edison Chen wound up on top a lot of the time….

As for those interested in seeing Edison in action: you are on your own!

Google, Baidu Other Internet Companies Apologize to China To Regain Business

Edison Chen was narrowly beaten by Barack Obama for “Person of the Year 2008” in Radio Television Hong Kong’s poll.



Obama May Bring Hope But One Third of Global Citizens Expect Worse Year

January 3, 2009

One third of adults around the world are worried about what the year will bring, according to the Voice of the People survey released by Gallup International. 35 per cent of respondents in 46 countries expect 2009 to be worse than 2008.

The proportion of respondents who expect the next year to be “the same” has remained stable in the past three annual surveys. In 2006 and 2007, roughly two-in-five respondents expected the next year to be better. The proportion has dropped to 27 per cent this time.

At least 48 per cent of respondents in Kosovo, China, Australia, Lebanon and Colombia expect a better year, while at least 60 per cent of those in Hong Kong, Iceland, Singapore, Ireland and Greece believe conditions will deteriorate.

Angus Reid Global Monitor

Since 2007, defaults on so-called subprime mortgages—credit given to high-risk borrowers—in the United States have caused volatility in domestic and global financial markets and raised concerns that the U.S. economy could fall into a recession. A recession is defined as two consecutive quarters of negative growth. The crisis has affected the global financial and credit systems.

On Dec. 31, outgoing U.S. treasury secretary Hank Paulson discussed the crisis, saying, “We’re dealing with something that is really historic and we haven’t had a playbook. The reason it has been difficult is first of all, these excesses have been building up for many, many years. Secondly, we had a hopelessly outdated global architecture and regulatory authorities in the U.S.”

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Animal Advocates in China: “Stop Eating Cats”

December 18, 2008

I recall being told in more than one Communist nation that pets like dogs and cats were “Symbols of American wealth, waste and decadence.”  Dogs and cats were not allowed as pets.  But dogs and cats could be kept if they were destined for the dinner table….

Other images of cats


A southern Chinese province must stop the “shameful” and “cruel slaughter” of cats for food, a group of more than 40 animal lovers in Beijing said Thursday as they unfurled banners in a tearful protest.

Thousands of cats across the country have been caught in the past week by traders and transported to Guangdong province to be killed for food, said the protesters gathered at the Guangdong government’s office in Beijing.

Associated Press

“We are very angry because the cats are being skinned and then cooked alive. We must make them correct this uncivilized behavior,” said Wang Hongyao, who represented the group in submitting a letter to the Guangdong office.

The protesters urged the provincial government to crack down on cat traders and restaurants that serve cat meat, although no law says it is illegal to eat cats. It has long been common for cats and dogs to be eaten in some parts of China and in some other Asian countries.

The demonstrators held up banners saying “Cooking cats alive! Shame on Guangdong!” and “Resolutely oppose cruel slaughter” as they met with a representative of the Guangdong office.

A pet owner looks at  banners reading ' Resolutely protest the ... 
A pet owner looks at banners reading ‘ Resolutely protest the slaughtering of the Pet’ and ‘Live cooked cat insult of Guangdong’ at an animal lovers protest in Beijing, China, Thursday, Dec.18, 2008. Beijing residents have unfurled banners in a protest urging a southern Chinese province to stop the ‘cruel slaughter’ of cats for food. The protesters say as many as 5,000 cats across the country, mostly strays, have been caught in the past week by traders and transported to Guangdong province — to be killed for food.(AP Photo/ Elizabeth Dalziel)

Calls to the Guangdong provincial office in Beijing rang unanswered, while the government news office in the province refused to comment.

The protest was apparently in response to Chinese media reports in recent days that carried pictures of furry felines peering out through bamboo crates and metal cages, apparently en route to Guangzhou, Guangdong’s capital. Other pictures show cats being skinned in restaurant kitchens.

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Gareth O'Connor holds his friend's dog 'Spanky' ...
In many places, dogs and cats are members of the family and not on the menu.  Pet care is better in many places than at a human nursing home.  Here, Gareth O’Connor holds his friend’s dog ‘Spanky’ as he sits in his pet ambulance in Sydney. Australian duo Niccole George and Gareth O’Connor have established a 24-hour ambulance service just for pets, to help desperate animal owners unable to transport their sick animals to medical help.(AFP/File/Greg Wood)