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    News thats not (or the 'caning thread' if you like)

    http://www.nytimes.com/1994/06/26/us...singapore.html

    Hard to believe it was 15 years ago, but does anyone remember all the media attention and hubbub that surrounded an American teen who was convicted in Singapore of vandalism and got sentenced to be 'caned' six times? Officials in Singapore later even reduced that sentence to four whacks but it was interesting to hear the uporar this traditional form of punishment stirred up in the media. It was fodder for late night talk shows and morning show dj's for weeks.

    The media, of course, does this sort of thing all the time where they try to create hype around things make stories about events that would otherwise scarcely raise an eyebrow. Any favorite non-news 'stories' you care to recall?
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    This kid sounds like a real red-ass punk

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Hard to believe it was 15 years ago, but does anyone remember all the media attention and hubbub that surrounded an American teen who was convicted of vandalism and got sentenced to be 'caned' six times? Officials in Singapor later even reduced that sentence to four whacks but it was interesting to hear the uporar this traditional form of punishment stirred up in the media.
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    Whacks on, Whacks off?


    How about the obligatory school discrimination stories every year? Haircuts, dress length, confederate flag, religious candy-canes, yadda, yadda, yadda...

    Maister, is kjelsadek your go-to in the caning department too? She is the Cyburbian authority on all things Asian.
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    H1N1 (or "swine flu") is basically a non-issue as far as I'm concerned, yet every media source keeps talking about it.
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    Canes are not by default Asian in use, design or history.
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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    Maister, is kjelsadek your go-to in the caning department too? She is the Cyburbian authority on all things Asian.
    The Resident Authority on caning has already posted.

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    Have you heard the hype and uproar over Obama addressing school children?

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0909/26711.htmlPolitico.com link
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    Quote Originally posted by PlannerGirl View post
    Canes are not by default Asian in use, design or history.
    Caning is not Asian? I've been bamboozled!
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    Quote Originally posted by dandy_warhol View post
    Have you heard the hype and uproar over Obama addressing school children?

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0909/26711.htmlPolitico.com link
    Well that's different. I mean, encouraging kids to study hard and take responsibility for their own education is the sort of thing that a, well.... socialist would do. Definitely newsworthy. Obama's true pinko self emerging for the whole world to see. That's certainly a story.

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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    Caning is not Asian? I've been bamboozled!
    Nope the Brits seem to have perfected it and thus exported it to various colonial areas such as Africa. Though its worth noting the Brits never used it in adult judicial settings but left to use on school kids. Other nations, notably Asian ones use it less and less and can cause long term injury and scarring.

    Quite a "lovely" tool to enforce ones (or the States) will.
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    Quote Originally posted by dandy_warhol View post
    Have you heard the hype and uproar over Obama addressing school children?

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0909/26711.htmlPolitico.com link
    And here i thought the teachers, especially high school ones, do all the brain washing establishing their own views, etc to our helpless children 6+ hours a day, 5 days a week, but hey, if the president just speaks one hour it is for sure brainwashing. Damn pinko commie scum...
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Well that's different. I mean, encouraging kids to study hard and take responsibility for their own education is the sort of thing that a, well.... socialist would do. Definitely newsworthy. Obama's true pinko self emerging for the whole world to see. That's certainly a story.
    Okay. I can live with the President talking about that, but if he also encourages them to brush their teeth with fluoridated toothpaste, then I draw the line. We must protect our precious bodily fluids!
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    Funnily enough a coworker and I were talking about this the other day although I had no idea that it had happened this time of year. The kid was a punk and he and his family should not have expected that the U.S. government to come to his rescue. I've been to Singapore and it was a great place to visit....very orderly, very clean, but there are a lot of rules in place to make sure that it stays that way. You can't help but notice all the signage around. This is a good photo essay of Singapore signs http://www.yawningbread.org/photo_es...9/pew-0900.htm
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