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Beijing Diary: Expat Life in China Checklist
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Oct 22, 2014, 03:17 am

BEIJING: Well folks, it's been over five years since I arrived in China on October 22, 2010. Just like most expats, I came with the intent to change China, but discovered that China changed me instead.

This happens to all expats who come and stay in this country for many years. Nevertheless, there are those expats who refuse to believe that China has changed them. So, I've composed a checklist for expats in China; and if you can say, "I agree," to at least 7 out of the 10 Chinese cultural statements, then China has changed you.

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Mountain Lions Run on Treadmills for Tax Subsidies
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Oct 22, 2014, 01:54 am

Mountain lions can earn six-figures salaries from the federal government just for running on treadmills.

According to Fox News, "These and other examples of wasteful government spending were detailed by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn in his annual “Wastebook,” his final edition since he is retiring early next year."

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S Korea Demolishes Christian Symbol at Border Town
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Oct 22, 2014, 01:04 am

The South Korean government of Seoul ordered a demolition crew to take down a huge cross standing near the North Korean border.

The Guardian reports that, "South Korea has pulled down a 43-year-old illuminated Christmas tower that North Korea viewed as a symbol of propaganda warfare, with officials saying the structure was unsafe."

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Dish Network Cancels CNN Programming
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Oct 21, 2014, 09:04 pm

The Dish Network is saying, "no mas" to CNN and CNN en Espanol.

According to the Houston Chronicle, "Channels such as Cartoon Network and CNN are no longer part of Dish's programming lineup as a deadline has passed for the satellite TV provider and Turner Broadcasting to renew their distribution agreement."

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Kay Hagan Bails on Senate Debate in North Carolina
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Oct 21, 2014, 08:39 pm

Sen. Kay Hagan (D.-N.C.) believes that she should campaign for re-election without debating her GOP challenger, Thom Tillis.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Thom Tillis got the stage alone Tuesday night in North Carolina's tight U.S. Senate race, the only candidate on a statewide television program in which he discussed views on abortion, global climate change and differences with absent Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan."

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Drunk Russian Snowplow Driver Causes Deadly Plane Crash
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Oct 21, 2014, 01:38 am

A drunken Russian snowplow driver at a Moscow airport caused a plane to crash that killed French oil giant Total CEO Christophe de Margerie.

Russia Today reports that, "It was determined in the course of the investigation into the Moscow plane crash that killed the CEO of French oil giant Total that the driver of the snowplow which likely caused the crash was drunk. “It has been determined that the driver of the snowplow was under the influence of alcohol,” head of Russia’s Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin told the reporters on Tuesday."

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EU Shuts Down British Power Plants
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Oct 21, 2014, 12:58 am

Stringent European Union environmental regulations are forcing the shut down of power plants in Great Britain.

According to the Daily Telegraph of London, "Two more power plants are due to close by next winter under EU anti-pollution rules, making the UK even more vulnerable to blackouts if there are further incidents such as the Didcot fire."

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Bank of England Payment System Crashes Overnight
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Oct 21, 2014, 12:04 am

The computerized payment system for the Bank of England collapsed overnight.

The Guardian reports that, "The Bank of England apologised last night after a crucial payments system collapsed, forcing Mark Carney to launch an urgent investigation following the delay of hundreds of thousands of payments, including for homebuyers waiting for money to be transferred to pay for their new homes."

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The Met to Stage Jihadist Opera
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Oct 20, 2014, 10:25 pm

The Met of New York City will soon debut Jihadist Opera, called, "The Death of Klinghoffer."

According to NewsMax, "Politicians including former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Pete King have joined a crowd of demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Opera to protest an opera they say glorifies Palestinian terrorists. About 400 people stood behind barricades Monday, chanting "Shame on the Met."

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Facebook Censors Anti-Obama Postings
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Oct 20, 2014, 09:54 pm

The Facebook social media site has engaged in a censorshoip campaign to ban anti-Obama postings.

The Daily Caller reports that, "Some people are not happy with a Yahoo News story on a large portion of the crowd walking out on President Obama at a Maryland campaign speech Sunday — and they’re reporting it as spam."

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