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"Local authorities in southern China are investigating a popular coconut milk brand for once again claiming the drink would enhance women’s breasts...."

Sixth Tone reports.Coconut Palm...  has often attracted eyeballs and ire because of its sexist advertisements and provocative packaging claiming their coconut concoction makes women “curvier” and gives them “bigger breasts.”...The drink’s latest advertisement has also angered its loyal consumers, with many calling it “obscene” and “tasteless.” The latest social media furor comes two years after Coconut Palm was attacked for a similar advertisement, which also claimed its product could enhance a ...
Tags: Law, China, Advertising, Breasts, Bad Science, Harry Nilsson, Foucault, Galen, Ann Althouse, Michel Foucault, William Coles, Coconuts, Seen And Unseen

"Feed it the opening line of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four – 'It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen'..."

"... and the system recognises the vaguely futuristic tone and the novelistic style, and continues with: 'I was in my car on my way to a new job in Seattle. I put the gas in, put the key in, and then I let it run. I just imagined what the day would be like. A hundred years from now. In 2045, I was a teacher in some school in a poor part of rural China. I started with Chinese history and history of science."From "New AI fake text generator may be too dangerous to release, say creators/The Elon Mu...
Tags: Elon Musk, Law, China, Computers, George Orwell, Seattle, Orwell, Ann Althouse

Hammond's trip to China scuppered by Williamson's 'gunboat diplomacy'

Beijing reportedly scrapped plans for chancellor’s visit after defence secretary’s remarksPhilip Hammond is not going to China this weekend for trade talks, following reports that Beijing scuppered advanced preparations for a meeting after the defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, threatened to deploy a warship in the Pacific.The UK chancellor was expected to meet the Chinese vice premier, Hu Chunhua, but Treasury sources said the trip was never confirmed. It is believed that there is an internal...
Tags: Politics, UK, China, George Osborne, UK News, World news, Beijing, Military, Asia Pacific, Foreign Policy, Royal Navy, Treasury, Philip Hammond, Defence, Pacific, Hammond

Williamson accused of 'gunboat diplomacy' over China warship threat

Philip Hammond’s planned trip to Beijing reportedly scuppered by defence secretary’s remarksPhilip Hammond is not going to China this weekend for trade talks, following reports that Beijing scuppered advanced preparations for a meeting after the defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, threatened to deploy a warship in the Pacific.The UK chancellor was expected to meet the Chinese vice premier, Hu Chunhua, but Treasury sources said the trip was never confirmed. It is believed that there is an intern...
Tags: Politics, UK, China, George Osborne, UK News, World news, Beijing, Military, Asia Pacific, Foreign Policy, Royal Navy, Treasury, Philip Hammond, Defence, Pacific, Hammond

Billionaire warlords: Why the future is medieval

Russia? China? No. The rising world superpower is the billionaire class. Our problem, says Sean McFate, is that we're still thinking in nation states.Nation states have only existed for the last 300-400 years. Before that, wealthy groups – tribes, empires, aristocracies, etc – employed mercenaries to wage private wars. As wealth inequality reaches combustion point, we could land back in the status quo ante of the Middle Ages. Who will our overlords be? Any or all of the 26 ultra-rich billionaire...
Tags: Money, China, Russia, Future, Economics, History, War, Military, Capitalism, Innovation, Sean McFate

Standardized tests: Finland’s education system vs. the U.S.

Imperial China developed the first standardized tests for bureaucratic hopefuls.Finland has all but done away with standardized tests, and its education system remains one of the best in the world.The United States relies heavily on these tests and scores lower than Finland in academic rigor, yet provides a more balanced educational system for boys and girls, as well as immigrantsImperial China developed the world's first standardized tests. During the country's Tang dynasty, bureaucratic hopefu...
Tags: Hong Kong, Europe, Florida, Texas, Education, California, China, Singapore, New York City, Society, Policy, Teaching, United States, Testing, Innovation, Finland

"Though Fan was what many consider pretty for women, with a tall and slim figure, a high-bridged nose, and puffy under-eyes — called 'lying silkworms' in Chinese..."

"... her classmates still made fun of her appearance. 'Some boys in my class would always laugh at me: They’d call me "tiny eyes,"' she says. After the surgery, reactions were different. Her university teachers liked her, despite giving her failing grades in some classes. Whenever she was lifting heavy luggage, someone would help. 'People always display better attitudes and more patience to prettier people,' Fan says... Plastic surgeon Shi Chengfang [says] that since about 2010, the 'internet ce...
Tags: South Korea, Law, China, Looks, Plastic Surgery, Korea, Quora, Feminine Beauty, Ann Althouse, Shi Chengfang

Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Alexandre Tanzi: U.S. and Canada Make Strides in Bloomberg 2019 Innovation Index (Source: Bloomberg) Iqra Farooq: Computer Program That Could Bypass Patents to Produce Synthetic Drugs (Source: European Pharmaceutical Review)  Atty. Arthur W. Coviello, Atty. Richard Goldenberg, and Atty. William G. McElwain: United States: Federal Circuit Patent Update (Source: Mondaq) Collin Woodard: Patent Application Hints At All-Wheel-Drive Ford Mustang Hybrid (Source: Mo...
Tags: Law, China, Canada, United States, Patent, Phoenix, Financial Post, Perkins Coie LLP, Christopher Reynolds, Peter Finnie, Colleen V Chien, Bits and Bytes, Juvan Bonni, Alexandre Tanzi, Bloomberg Iqra Farooq, European Pharmaceutical Review

Talk in the Raturday Night Café and the Google search it inspired.

Click to enlarge and clarify...Here's a link to last night's café."Marriage is the death of hope" brings up webpages that purport to quote Woody Allen. I'm dubious. "Marriage is the death of romance" gets me to some boring relationship advice plus the assertion that it's the translation of a Chinese proverb:I'm dubious. It used to be very common to hear characters on TV (often in ads) say "Ancient Chinese wisdom" (in a fake Chinese accent) followed by something in the form of a proverb (almost a...
Tags: Google, Hope, Marriage, Law, China, Atlanta, George Carlin, Paris, Boxing, Theater, Jackson, Woody Allen, Muhammad Ali, Fake, Ali, Evey

State of the Union and IP

President Trump’s State of the Union Speech included only a small focus on intellectual property rights — and only in the international sphere: We are now making it clear to China that after years of targeting our industries, and stealing our intellectual property, the theft of American jobs and wealth has come to an end. . . . Our new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement — or USMCA — will replace NAFTA and deliver for American workers: bringing back our manufacturing jobs, expanding American agricult...
Tags: Law, China, Patent, Trump, Nafta, U S Mexico Canada Agreement

"But what made him a poet might have ruined him as a politician. He lived unconventionally—drinking wine into the night, wandering around after curfew, mingling with people from all walks of life."

"He was always deemed too free-spirited to be a safe candidate for office. Even Jin’s restrained tone can’t obscure Li's extravagant life, which saw the poet ping-pong between pawning clothes for cups of wine and having the Emperor serve him a ladle of soup. In times of disappointment, his faith kept him afloat. He wrote, 'Heaven begot a talent like me and must put me to good use / And a thousand cash in gold, squandered, will come again.' Sometimes his confidence seems close to egomaniacal: whe...
Tags: Law, China, Poetry, Li, Jin, Ann Althouse, Art And Politics, Li Bai, Ha Jin

The long battle against infectious diseases | Letters

Readers respond to a recent article and letter published in the GuardianI would like to clarify that, contrary to your article (The microbes are fighting back, and if anyone thinks there is a simple solution, they are wrong, 25 January), a few decades ago precisely no one in drug discovery thought that the war against infectious diseases had been won. Sir Alexander Fleming, who first discovered antibiotics, warned of microbial resistance and it has been known about ever since.The reason drug com...
Tags: Health, Science, London, Biology, China, Society, World news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, People in science, Antibiotics, Alexander Fleming, Dominic PyeResearch

Yang Hengjun: lawyers denied access to Australian held in China

Authorities say Chinese-born writer refused to see legal team but secretive process means claim can not be verifiedTwo lawyers hired by the wife of an Australian detained in Beijing for suspected espionage have said they were denied access to him by Chinese authorities, who said the detainee had not agreed to their appointment.Yang Hengjun, a 53-year-old Chinese-born writer, was detained in the southern city of Guangzhou while waiting for a transfer to Shanghai in January. He had flown in from N...
Tags: New York, Human Rights, Law, China, World news, Australia news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Shanghai, Freedom Of Speech, Guangzhou, Yang Hengjun

Banking: A Wire Transfer Mistake and the Following Events

Hello, I have an issue with a wire transfer which doesn't seem either fair or legal, from my point of view, but I want to check the legal part with someone entitled. I made an international bank transfer to a bank in China, in USD. The initial mistake from where all started, was the fact that the recipient name had a very very long name and my banking app has a character limit for this, so I filled in basically the entire recipient name (very long) without the Co,Ltd. at the end. I didn't thin...
Tags: Law, China, Personal Finance And Investment Law, Co Ltd

Another Apple engineer accused of stealing autonomous vehicle secrets for China

For the second time in 6 months, the FBI is accusing a Chinese national engineer who worked for Apple of stealing Apple trade secrets related to self-driving cars, to help a China-based competitor. Michael Bott, NBC Bay Area: Apple began investigating Jizhong Chen when another employee reported seeing the engineer taking photographs in a sensitive work space, according to a federal criminal complaint unsealed this week. Chen, according to the complaint, allowed Apple Global Security employees ...
Tags: Apple, Post, Business, Technology, News, Mac, Law, China, Tech, US news, Fbi, Zhang, Chen, NBC Bay Area, Picks, Corporate Espionage

Chinese city seeks young blood: how ageing Nanjing lures new talent

The next 15 megacities #12: The ancient capital of China is pulling out all the stops in a bid to defuse its ticking demographic timebombRead the rest of our megacities series hereTan Jingquan is exactly the kind of person the ancient Chinese city of Nanjing wants to attract. The 38-year-old had been searching rival cities for possible sites for his biotech startup for years – until the Nanjing government finally made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.“I visited and explored opportunities in nearl...
Tags: China, Society, World news, Cities, Asia Pacific, Older people, Wuhan, Nanjing

Wang Quanzhang: China sentences human rights lawyer to four years in prison

Lawyer who defended activists, victims of land seizures, and members of Falun Gong found guilty of ‘subversion of state power’The prominent Chinese rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison for subversion.A court in Tianjin heard on Monday that Wang had been found “guilty of subversion of state power”. Continue reading...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Tianjin, Wang, Falun Gong, Wang Quanzhang

Huawei's problems deepen as western suspicions mount

Many question marks hang over the telecom but the Chinese tech monolith is far from finishedChinese telecom giant Huawei is at the centre of an increasingly tense standoff between China and the US.What began as a trade spat and grievances over corporate intellectual property theft has developed into a global standoff involving “hostage diplomacy”, death sentences and allegations of Chinese espionage. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Technology, Law, China, US, World news, US news, Canada, Asia Pacific, Telecommunications industry, Telecoms, Vodafone, Espionage, Intellectual Property, Huawei

Military Carrier Pigeons in the Era of Electronic Warfare

They have advantages: Pigeons are certainly no substitute for drones, but they provide a low-visibility option to relay information. Considering the storage capacity of microSD memory cards, a pigeon's organic characteristics provide front line forces a relatively clandestine mean to transport gigabytes of video, voice, or still imagery and documentation over considerable distance with zero electromagnetic emissions or obvious detectability to radar. These decidedly low-technology options prove...
Tags: France, China, Military, Espionage, Bruce Schneier, Camouflage

President Trump’s Plans to Boost Missile Defense Could Spark an Arms Race

President Donald Trump ripped yet another page from Cold War strategy books Thursday by directing the Pentagon to look into developing a constellation of space-based sensors and interceptors that could stop missiles before they reach the United States. “We will de­stroy every type of mis­sile at­tack against any Amer­i­can tar­get, whether before or af­ter launch,”…
Tags: News, China, Russia, Uncategorized, Military, United States, Foreign Policy, Nuclear Weapons, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Trump

‘Star Wars’ returns: Trump calls for space-based missile defense

The President has announced that the Defense Department will pursue a space-based missile defense system reminiscent of the one proposed by Reagan in 1983. As with Reagan’s ultimately abortive effort, the technology doesn’t actually exist yet and may not for years to come — but it certainly holds more promise now than 30 years ago. In a speech at the Pentagon reported by the Associated Press, Trump explained that a new missile defense system would “detect and destroy any missile launched against...
Tags: Gadgets, Space, Science, Government, China, Russia, Tech, Department Of Defense, Reagan, Military, United States, Pentagon, Defense Department, Trump, Associated Press Trump

New policy puts revenue squeeze on China’s payments giants

The era that saw China’s mobile payments providers making handsome interest returns on client money has officially ended. Starting this week, non-bank payments companies must place 100 percent of their customer deposit funds under centralized, interest-free accounts as Beijing moves to rein in financial risks. In the past, third-party payments firms were allowed to hold pre-paid sums from buyers for a short period of time before transferring the money to merchants. This layout allowed companies ...
Tags: Asia, China, Insurance, Tech, Banking, E-commerce, Beijing, Alibaba, Tencent, Bank, Payments, Alibaba Group, Ant Financial, Online Payments, Financial Services, Mobile Payment

Grab moves to offer digital insurance services in Southeast Asia

Grab is Southeast Asia’s top ride-hailing firm, thanks in no small part to its acquisition of Uber’s local business last year, but the company also houses an ambitious fintech arm, too. That just added another vertical to its business after Grab announced it is teaming up with China’s ZhongAn to introduce insurance. Grab and ZhongAn International, the international arm of the Chinese insurance giant, said today they will create a joint venture that will provide digital insurance services acro...
Tags: Google, Uber, Asia, Indonesia, China, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Collaborative Consumption, India, Softbank, Insurance, Tech, Thailand, Tencent, Vietnam, Meituan

"I am not a drug smuggler. I came to China as a tourist."

Said Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, quoted in "Canadian's death sentence in China 'horrific', family says" (BBC).Following Schellenberg's death sentence, Canada has updated its travel advice for China, urging citizens to "exercise a high degree of caution due to the risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws"...."It is of extreme concern to us as a government, as it should be to all our international friends and allies, that China has chosen to begin to arbitrarily apply the death penalty," [said C...
Tags: Law, Australia, Drugs, China, Bbc, Canada, Death Penalty, Justin Trudeau, Schellenberg, Ann Althouse, Robert Lloyd Schellenberg

RIFs, WARN, OWBPA, Disparate Impact – An Alphabet Soup for a Future Downturn

In my prior post, I wondered aloud whether there were some rough waters ahead for employers.  Apple recently announced that it would not meet it’s earnings estimates in the first quarter of 2019, in part because of soft demand from China. Other companies are expected to announce some similar issues. Honestly, I’ve had enough conversations in the last few years with HR professionals who just haven’t lived through a major downturn. Think about this way: For anyone who joined the workforce since 20...
Tags: Apple, Layoffs, Law, China, Recession, Statistics, Class Actions, ADEA, Performance Review, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Discrimination & Harassment, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Owbpa, Reduction in Force, Rif

2H 2018 Quick Links, Part 6 (IP, E-Commerce, Censorship, & More)

Intellectual Property * Daniel v. FanDuel (Ind. Oct. 24, 2018): “online fantasy sports operators that condition entry to contests on payment and distribute cash prizes do not violate the Indiana right of publicity statute when those organizations use the names, pictures, and statistics of players without their consent because the use falls within the meaning of “material that has newsworthy value,” an exception under the statute.” * Washington Post: ‘Everyone signed one’: Trump is aggressive in ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Minnesota, Law, Congress, Washington Post, China, Massachusetts, Court, E-commerce, Indiana, Trade Secrets, Maine, New Jersey, District Of Columbia, Ada

"Only through this system can we discipline those who can't discipline themselves."

"After doing all the good deeds, like donations and such, to gain points, I can now buy high-speed train tickets. I am finally a normal person." [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Etiquette, China, Ann Althouse

China Backs Second Kim Jong Un-Donald Trump Nuclear Summit

Given the nightmarish hustle of Donald Trump’s administration, it’s hard to believe that it was less than a year ago when Trump met North Korean totalitarian strongman Kim Jong Un for a historic nuclear summit in Singapore in June 2018. The two men described each other in glowing terms, watched a bizarre “Destiny…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, North Korea, China, Singapore, Military, Xi Jinping, Kim Jong Un, Missiles, Nuclear Weapons, Donald Trump, Trump, Nukes, Kim Jong, North Korea Sanctions, Kim Jong Un Donald Trump

Herding Health

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Tags: Asia, China, Russia, Public Health, Military, Army, Jeremy, Air Force, Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongols, Riley, U S Air Force, Mongolia Mongolia, Andrew Arthur Breese, Chinggis Khan

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