Sunday, January 30, 2011

Monk Smoking Law

Monk Smoking Law - A Buddhist monk could face five years in prison after becoming the first casualty of a stringent anti-smoking law in the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, which vows to become the first smoke-free nation.

The monk has been charged with consuming and smuggling contraband tobacco under a law that came into force this month, the newspaper Kuensel reported Friday, having been caught in possession of 72 packets of chewing tobacco.

Bhutan, where smoking is considered bad for one's karma, banned the sale of tobacco in 2005. But with a thriving smuggling operation from neighboring India, the ban failed to make much of an impact.

The new law has granted police powers to enter homes, threatening jail for shopkeepers selling tobacco and smokers who fail to provide customs receipts for imported cigarettes.

"He can be charged with smuggling of controlled substances, which is a fourth degree felony," a police official from the Narcotic Drug and Law enforcement Unit of Bhutan, who did not want to be identified, told the Bhutan Today newspaper.

A fourth degree felony can carry a sentence of five years.

Monk Smoking Law

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Chinese Students Eat Roundworm Eggs

Chinese Students Eat Roundworm Eggs - Chinese students eat roundworm eggs in order to remain thin for job interviews. People go to extremes in fad diets, but is this too far? It seems that the job situation in the U.S. is awful, but to go to this extreme in China over a job seems rather insane.

The students eat roundworm eggs which then hatch in their stomachs allowing them to lose weight without a change in lifestyle. Sure, they just have roundworms living in their stomachs instead. That does not sound like a good plan. In fact, it’s quite dangerous for your health.

Chinese Students Eat Roundworm Eggs

Women in China are facing extreme pressures to be thin when they enter the job market, which is why they are turning to such extremes. Chinese women have little chance of landing a job if they are not thin. In addition to resorting to the dangerous plan to eat roundworm eggs, other students stare at pictures for hours on end to suppress appetites, which also allows for weight loss. Then there is the special soap that supposedly sheds the pounds, and some women are showering 10 times a day. This has gone too far. Something has to change. Women in China are endangering their health with these crazy fad diets.

The unemployment rate in China is high. There are 780 million people working, and the size of the workforce continues to grow. The scary thing is that the job issues aren’t expected to go away. Meanwhile women are doing things like choosing to eat roundworm eggs to try to gain an edge in China in addition to other crazy and damaging fad diets. This is no way to live, and something has to be done about the extremes that women are going to in order to gain employment.

Chinese Students Eat Roundworm Eggs

Mega Millions Jackpot $290 Million

Mega Millions Jackpot $290 Million - Dreams of ringing in the new year as a multi-millionaire were dashed or lottery players Friday night after no one chose the winning numbers to collect the $242 million Mega Millions jackpot.

With no winner of the full jackpot Friday, the jackpot is expected to swell to $290 million.

The winning numbers in Friday night’s drawing were 10, 12, 13, 35 and 56 with the Mega Ball number 9.

While no one hit the full jackpot, other lesser prizes were won by players.

Mega Millions Jackpot $290 Million

New Jersey is one of the many states that takes part in the multi-state lottery.

The next Mega Millions drawing is set for Tuesday.

To play the Mega Millions game you must select five numbers from 1 to 56 and one Mega Ball number from 1 to 46. Players can also allow the lottery machine to randomly pick the numbers for them.

Mega Millions Jackpot $290 Million