China mocks India’s ‘missile delusion’ after rocket launch – Jatindra Dash Bhubaneswar – Friday 20 April 2012
A state-owned Chinese tabloid adopted a mocking tone as India entered the small club of nations with intercontinental nuclear weapons capabilities yesterday by test-firing a rocket that can reach Beijing and eastern Europe.
Footage showed the Agni V with a range of more than 5,000km blasting through clouds from an island off the east coast. Named after the Hindu god of fire, it is the crowning achievement of a programme developed primarily with a threat from China in mind.
The official response from Beijing was measured, with China’s foreign ministry saying the two countries should “work hard to uphold friendly strategic co-operation”. But the Global Times, owned by the Chinese Communist Party’s main mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, struck a less conciliatory tone, saying India was being swept up by “missile delusion”. “India should not overestimate its strength,” it said before the launch, which was delayed by a day because of bad weather.
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For throwing negativism at an immediate neighbour, this tabloid should have self-identified to all watchers as a propagandist outfit. Could all propaganda outfits be closed down by Indian and Chinese sides AFTER being branded and identified to the people as such (i.e. list of reasons before shut down of the offending domains would be good). BRICS is obviously a single and growing group able to ensure citizen freedoms via multipolarism, preventing hegemony. All in appropriate government departments should act quickly against such media portals. Methinks a low level political spat is in the works. BRICS ensures a multipolar world that should not be destroyed by 1 irresponsible state owned tabloid which doubtless could well already be influenced by foreign powers intent on breaking up BRICS. This article also demogogues via the title. China DOES NOT mock. The state owned tabloid’s editors (much less the owner?) are the mockers.
Laughter clubs catch on in stressed-out Hong Kong – April 09, 2012
HONG KONG, April 9 — Hypnotherapist Dick Yu has a mission that seems unthinkable to some Hong Kong people: he wants to make the Asian financial hub’s seven million residents laugh.
“Hong Kong people don’t laugh because they are under constant pressure to make more money, to make life better,” says Yu, who has founded 11 Laughter Clubs in the southern Chinese city since 2007.
“People get worried easily because housing is so expensive, the cost of living is getting higher and people are concerned about whether they can keep their job.”
The 35-year-old trained hypnotherapist set up Hong Kong’s first laughter club in 2007, after he discovered the concept of laughter yoga — made popular as an exercise routine by Indian physician Madan Kataria in 1995.
Since then hundreds of heavy-hearted Hong Kong residents have signed up for the free classes, a sign, experts say, of the city’s underlying health and social problems.
“When you laugh, you’re happier, you become positive and everything else will become better,” Yu says after a one-hour laughing session in a park.
“Ho ho, ha ha ha,” the group of 30 students recite. They combine the exercise with deep yogic breathing, give each other high-fives, clap and waddle like penguins, all in the name of laughter.
The fake laughter very soon breaks into the real thing, demonstrating one of the core principles of laughter yoga: Laughter has physiological benefits whether it is fake or real.
As the adage “laughter is the best medicine” goes, researchers credit belly laughs as a recipe for a healthy heart. It helps expand blood vessel linings to increase blood flow, reduces stress hormones and boosts the immune system.
A British study last year showed 15 minutes of laughter increased the level of pain tolerance by around 10 per cent, as the action helps to trigger the release of endorphins, the body’s naturally produced pain killers.
“It was a bit awkward in the beginning when we tried to fake the laughter with the ‘ho ho, ha ha ha’, but after a while you can tell the difference and you feel more relaxed,” said Kaman Wong at one of Yu’s classes.
The 37-year-old student joined the laughter club two years ago when he was a supervisor at a food processing firm.
“The work was stressful. There was a lot of overtime work, I had to deal with many workers. If anything went wrong I was responsible, but I’ve learned how to laugh away all the stress,” he says.
But on top of his work problems, he said the pressure-cooker atmosphere of Hong Kong itself was getting him down.
“Everyone is like a balloon that is about to explode in Hong Kong. If you smile at me, I wouldn’t know how to react to that. I think there are just a lot of barriers among Hong Kongers that we need to break,” he says.
Social scientists say the laughter club boom highlights the stress issue faced by many residents of a densely populated city which groans under extremes of inequality, soaring property prices and cramped living spaces.
The number of people seeking psychiatric treatment at Hong Kong’s public hospitals leapt 20 percent between 2007 and 2011 to 184,087, according to the Hospital Authority.
Hong Kong’s suicide rate rose from 11.5 deaths per 100,000 people in 1990 to 14.6 in 2009, World Health Organization figures show. That’s higher than in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, but lower than South Korea.
Paul Yip, director of the University of Hong Kong’s Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, says material success means more to many Hong Kong residents than physical well being.
“Hong Kong is a very fast-paced society. People walk fast… They have to work long hours not because it is their choice but because they have to survive,” he says.
Sky-high property prices fuelled by the entry of rich mainland Chinese tycoons into the local market mean families often have to squeeze into tiny apartments.
“Even if you’re not happy, you have nowhere to go,” Yip says.
In other words, Hong Kong is fertile ground for laughing guru Yu, who hopes to set up branches of his club all over the city.
“The laughter club should be like a convenience store, which you have in every community. If everyone is laughing, the society will be happier,” he says.
“I hope there are more laughing ambassadors in Hong Kong to spread joy and laughter to everyone.” — AFP/Relaxnews
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What an idiot and idiotic mindset the article promotes. Vote properly for MPs who will change bad laws not laugh (as the Hokkien say ‘Chio Lan‘ or ‘Laugh Dick’, right before they can the a$$es of the slithery sniggerers out to sabotage everyone . . . ). If not run for election as independent candidates intent on bettering the system. Laughing won’t change ANYTHING but ‘waste’ energy that will be needed to effect change. This is a strawman NGO who cements helplessness via unhelpful laughter. Shameless 1%ter posing as someone useful. Instead of direct propaganda, they now presume to manipulate emotional realities where truth is esconced – ORGANIC EMOTIONS not contrived laughter. If you’re sad this is the way you will be made aware that something is seriously wrong in society or a relationship. Gratuitous Ra-ra feel goodism, much like Foodie-ism in supposed religious festivals, is plain destructive of an already suffering people or followers. Who are these straw-men and straw-women distracting us from? POLITICIANS who refuse to change the system or amend laws!
Bad feelings and stress are a barometer to tell you when something is wrong. By ‘learning’ to laugh when inappropriately positioned to, much like that ‘Amma’ wmoron hugs mindlessly in Malaysia, Mankind (in Hongkong at least where the foolish and mediocre actually join this nonsesne) are impoverished in the accuracy and expression of heart. Life is serious and hard work is needed not helpless and insane laughter. Mankind has MANY battles, and here we have laughing fools trained by the probably the West and NWO out to destroy the severe work ethic of the Chinese through Hong Kong. This Dick shames the Yu family and his ancestors. This is a very wicked and subversive thing to do to fellow citizens. Well there will always be fools. Instead of building, some idiots will always tear down instead. Some Maoist re-education needs to be done here before this socialised poison, with that thread of idiocracy stemming from some ungodly propaganda intent media funded by Orwellian government. Chinese leaders will be ambassadors for their culture and pride for nation NOT the morasss of commonality in laughter.
Much like the ‘Clowning’ NLP/meme was fostered against USA’s black community to weaken the Afro-American’s resolve from revolution for the RNA (Republic of New Africa) for true equality and human rights . . . next ‘Fooling’ and finally FOOLS will be Hongkonger’s imprint rather than something greater. What chance do fools have in life? This is where laughter leadsm dissolution . . . Vote properly for MPs who will change bad laws. If not run for election as independent candidates intent on bettering the system. Laughing won’t change ANYTHING, voting out oligarchs, nepotists, citizen destroying bad politicians that refuse to amend laws will . . .