Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to utilize his alliance with President Barack Obama and his 'Pivot to Asia' to stir up controversy in the Asia-Pacific region.
According to the Houston Chronicle, "Japanese Prime Minister will visit Yasukuni war shrine Thursday in a move sure to infuriate China and South Korea. Japanese media reported that Abe will visit the shrine that honors 2.5 million war dead, including convicted class A war criminals, at 11:30 a.m. (0230 GMT)."
A Honky Tonk in Victoria, Tx. has a policy that forbids two men from doing the Boot-scootin Boogie together on their dance floor. Accordingly, GLAAD and the ACLU plan to sue them.
The Houston Chronicle reports that, "The of Texas is supporting a gay couple after the men said they were kicked out of a South Texas nightclub for dancing together to country music. The incident occurred Saturday night at a Victoria nightclub when , 21, said he and his partner danced together to the country song "Cowboys and Angels," the Victoria Advocate reported."
BEIJING: The Chinese government has earned notoriety for building numerous ghost cities. Real estate developers attempting to cash in on China's economic rise have constructed large swathes of apartment buildings in rural isolated villages in the country.
China Radio International has posted a photo gallery of such cities.
Global Warming Guru Randy Olson, a Harvard scientist, is blasting former Vice President Al Gore for being "boring" and how he is making eco-activists and eco-terrorists become sleepy.
According to Der Speigel, "The IPCC reports make headlines every few years, because the UN attracts the world's press. But the research itself? The Gore movie cashed in on his personality and the question of where he had been in the six years since his failed US presidential bid. The same movie starring any NASA scientist would have lost money."
Many criminals walking the streets of London today are waiting in anxious anticipation for the City's police officers and firefighters to go on strike on New Year's Eve. They plan to celebrate with widespread looting and arson attacks.
The Guardian of London reports that, "Thousands of civilian staff in – including 999 call handlers – are set to strike on New Year's Eve, the PCS union has said. The planned strike in the capital would coincide with a and could result in around 7,500 civilian workers taking action on one of the busiest days of the year."
A new malware virus has just crippled over 250,000 computers in the United States and United Kingdom.
According to the BBC News, "A virulent form of ransomware has now infected about quarter of a million Windows computers, according to a report by security researchers. Cryptolocker scrambles users' data and then demands a fee to unencrypt it alongside a countdown clock."
Just before President Barack Obama hit the golf courses in Hawaii, he permitted the U.S. Postal Services to boost the prices of stamps for the year 2014.
The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Mailing a letter is about to get a little more expensive. Regulators on Tuesday approved a temporary price hike of 3 cents for a first-class stamp, bringing the charge to 49 cents a letter in an effort to help the recover from severe mail decreases brought on by the 2008 economic downturn."
BEIJING: The film, 'Personal Tailors,' hit Chinese movie theaters on December 19. In one scene, a chaffeur of corrupt government officials, describes his fantasy to become a clean government official. A company lets him live out his fantasy and after a few rounds of refusing bribes, the chaffeur realizes he's incompetent. Another character explained by telling him, "you committed the worst crime as a government official, you were incorruptible, but ineffective."
China Radio International reports that, "Film director Feng Xiaogang's new film "Personal Tailor" hit screens across China on December 19th. At the premiere of the film held in Beijing on December 17th, Feng responded to doubts raised over the ending of the film by issuing an apology. Feng stated that people tend to criticize others for faults which they refuse to admit committing themselves. He felt it was necessary to apologize to help avoid the situation becoming more serious."
Disney Corp. owns A&E, which recently fired Phil Roberston on Duck Dynasty over his alleged anti-gay remarks. A backlash against political correctness has ensued and Disney is getting hit hard in the pocketbook.
According to Reuters, "Walt Disney Co has slashed Chief Executive Bob Iger's fiscal 2013 compensation by 15 percent with a bonus cut, and named Twitter Inc co-founder Jack Dorsey an independent board director."