Low-income men should share wives, claims Chinese academic

Low-income men should share wives, claims academic

By Yan Yiqi (chinadaily.com.cn) Updated: 2015-10-21 20:12

hippo cartoon[Here is one way society may change marriage.  So far, China has had heterosexual marriages only.  Now, they may consider polyandry as a means to meet the large male-female imbalance in their country. This is only one of the mentioned marriage definitions suggested during the discussion of same sex marriage now legal in much of the USA.
Fr. Orthohippo]
Low-income men should share wives, claims academic

A couple poses for a photo with their cartoon-image poster at the group wedding in Tianjin on Oct 20, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua]

As the population imbalance in China between men and women has become intensive, Xie Zuoshi, a professor with the School of Economics and International Trade at Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics, said in his blog that the problem can be solved by allowing polyandry.

According to the National Bureau of Statistics, due to a severe gender imbalance, China will have more than 30 million men who cannot find wives. Sociology experts worry that this will turn into a severe social problem for the country.

Xie wrote that he does not think the imbalance will develop into a severe social problem because analyzed by economic theories, the 30 million single men problem can be viewed as a problem of high-income versus low income and several low-income earners can share a wife.

“Males with high-income will get married easier because they can afford a wife. For low-incomers, one solution is to allow polyandry,” he wrote. “In fact, in some rural areas in China, there are situations in which brothers of a family share one wife and they live happily together.”

He said that if legalized, polyandry would be a perfect solution to solve the 30 million single men’s sexual needs, which he believed will be the most important factor in igniting social unrest.

In addition, Xie wrote that with better economic development, more women from Africa and Southeast Asia will be attracted to marry Chinese men and allowing gay marriage will also relieve the problem.

While putting forward solutions, he also said that the abuse of estrogen in food might reduce sexual needs and capabilities of men in China.

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China, US still facing uphill battles in fighting corruption


By Chen Weihua in Washington Updated: 2015-09-21 05:48

WoW with brady(It does not surprise me that both countries’ populations are so sure about corruption as a major problem.  The only question comes down to – Is there any solution?  Just because China jails many officials, and the USA seems to jail only certain segments of the population, does not mean either country is broadly successful in slowing significant corruption. Human nature will out over the long haul.  Fr. Orthohippo)

Corruption has long been a top concern among the Chinese, which may well explain why the strong anti-corruption campaign led by President Xi Jinping is gaining growing support among the people.

A Pew Research Center survey released last November found that 54 percent of Chinese called corruption a “very big problem” for their country. The median for emerging and developing countries in Asia and the world are respectively 72 percent and 76 percent.

However, a Gallup poll released on Saturday showed that three in four Americans perceived corruption as widespread in the US government. That percentage is up from 67 percent in 2007 and 66 percent in 2009.

While the poll did not specify it, money in politics has been a chief concern among the American public, according to various recent polls. A June New York Times/CBS poll found that 85 percent of Americans believe fundamental changes are needed to the campaign finance system, while a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll found that money in politics is a top concern for voters ahead of the 2016 race.

China, US still facing uphill battles in fighting corruption

The 2016 presidential campaign, which is still in its early stages, has been proof of that concern, with huge amounts of money being raised for the candidates’ campaigns and super PACs. The so-called Super PACs, also known as independent expenditure-only committees, may raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, associations and individuals, often being spent on nasty political attack ads.

According to the Federal Election Commission, as of July 31, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush had raised a total of $120 million, followed by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s $67.8 million, and Senator Ted Cruz’s 52.5 million. And those numbers are growing by the day.

Even President Barack Obama, who raised more than $1 billion in his 2012 election campaign, has complained repeatedly about money in politics and suggested a mandatory voting system in May.

While major donors use their money to buy influence through candidates, big money has also been spent in the lobbying industry. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, total spending on lobbying reached $3.24 billion in 2014.

It would be hard for anyone riding the Washington Metro Red Line during morning rush and not notice the flood of people getting off at Farragut North station, just next to legendary K Street, NW, which is lined with the world’s top lobbying firms.

Former senior government officials and lawmakers are sought after by the lobbying industry through the so-called “revolving door”.

The Center for Responsive Politics found that of the 75 lawmakers who exited the 113th Congress after last November’s midterm election, 42 have found new jobs. And 45.2 percent of the 42 are working for lobbying firms, and another 19 percent are hired by lobbying clients.

Many Chinese are quite surprised that such campaign finance practice and lobbying are even legal in a country which claims to champion democracy and clean politics.

In China, official corruption has largely appeared in the form of officials taking bribes or abusing their power to benefit themselves and their family members.

In fact, many of these corrupt officials and business people have fled the country to seek safe haven in Western countries, in particular the US, Canada and Australia, where extradition sought by the Chinese government has often been difficult due to a lack of bilateral extradition treaties.

But last week’s repatriation from the US of Yang Jinjun, who was on China’s most wanted economic fugitive list, has sent a clear signal that China and US are cooperating in fighting corruption. Yang had been on the run for 14 years.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei last Friday expressed China’s appreciation for the US’ cooperation.

Yet, Yang, charged with corruption and bribery, is only the first of 100 people on the so-called “red notice” list the Chinese government said it hopes to be repatriate from the US to China since the country’s “Sky Net” anti-graft operation was launched in April of this year.

China and the US vowed to step up cooperation in fighting corruption at the 7th China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) held in Washington in June, using a variety of mechanisms under multilateral frameworks of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, the G20 and APEC and the bilateral China-US Joint Liaison Group on Law Enforcement Cooperation’s Working Group on Anti-Corruption.

There is no doubt President Xi and President Obama will have a long list of issues to discuss when they meet in the White House later this week to further expand cooperation and effectively manage differences between the two countries, but fighting corruption has clearly become a concern for both Chinese and Americans.

Contact the writer at chenweihua@chinadailyusa.com.

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Originally posted on Fr. Orthohippo:

Free counters!

started November 13, 2011  Page views seem to change weirdly.

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Sorry, my computer died, so there will be fewer posts, etc. until I can afford another.

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The continuing battle among the churches: The Episcopal Church loses attempt to regain property in South Carolina, USA federal court.

Federal Court rejects TEC petition for reconsideration



Joy Hunter

A federal judge handed the Episcopal Church (TEC) and its local subsidiary, the Episcopal Church in South Carolina (TECSC) a setback today when he refused the request to reconsider a decision about who rightfully owns the Diocese of South Carolina identity, trademarks and other intellectual property.

Bishop Charles G. vonRosenberg, who heads TECSC, has repeatedly alleged that the property and identity of the Diocese of South Carolina actually belongs to the Episcopal Church and was wrongfully taken by Bishop Mark Lawrence, who heads the Diocese which left TEC in 2012.

Federal District Judge C. Weston Houck originally dismissed vonRosenberg’s claim in 2013, recognizing that the essential issues of the Diocese’s identity would be resolved by the South Carolina courts. Last February, South Carolina Circuit Judge Diane Goodstein ruled the Diocese of South Carolina was, in fact, free to leave the denomination and keep its property and assets. TEC appealed that decision and the appeal will be heard by the South Carolina Supreme Court on Sept. 23.

Meanwhile, TEC appealed Judge Houck’s decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The appellate panel ordered Judge Houck to reconsider his earlier dismissal of the case using a different legal standard for that decision. The panel decision was largely procedural. It did not issue any opinions about the merits of TEC’s claim.

In today’s decision to delay any further hearings pending the outcome of a South Carolina Supreme Court decision about the case Judge Houck wrote, “Regardless of the [state Supreme Court’s] ultimate decision, Bishop vonRosenberg’s rights will necessarily be addressed and will be adequately protected in the state court action.”

He referred to the Supreme Court hearing, scheduled for Sept. 23, as “the parallel state court action.”

“Basically, the Judge is saying that if the Supreme Court upholds the state ruling the case will be dismissed,” said the Rev. Jim Lewis, Canon to Bishop Lawrence.

Houck applied the Colorado River Abstention doctrine to conclude that the factors in this case presented the “exceptional circumstances” to warrant abstention.


– See more at: http://anglicanink.com/article/federal-court-rejects-tec-petition-reconsideration#sthash.s18LMzP4.fe5GBhqp.dpuf

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The first human head transplant may be carried out in Dec 2017

First human head transplant may be carried out in 2017 in China

Updated: 2015-09-15 16:25

By Wu Yan(chinadaily.com.cn)

First human head transplant may be carried out in 2017 in China

Valery Spiridonov, the man who has volunteered to be the first person to undergo a head transplant, attends a news conference in Vladimir, Russia, June 25, 2015. The 30-year-old Russian, who has a degenerative muscle condition known as Werdnig-Hoffman, will be operated upon by Italian neurosurgeon Dr. Sergio Canavero who believes he has a 90 percent chance of success. [Photo/Agencies]

The first human head transplant may be carried out in Dec 2017 as Italian neurosurgeon Dr Sergio Canavero has announced that he, along with a team of surgeons from China and other countries, is expected to do it at Harbin Medical University in China.Ren Xiaoping, a professor from Harbin Medical University, is the head of the Chinese team for the operation. He told the China Voice program of China National Radio on Monday that his team and Dr Canavero have been talking about pre-clinical research cooperation for the operation, but the exact timetable, place and whether or not they should operate on patients with this particular disease have not been determined yet.

“It is possible to carry out a human head transplant if the condition of pre-clinical research is as effective and sound as we expected and various supports are there for the operation in two years,” said Ren.

The preparations for the operation are underway.

Prominent and dedicated scientists from about ten universities at home and abroad are willing to join the team, including plastic surgeons from the Second Military Medical University and Fudan University in Shanghai, engineering professors from Beijing Normal University and those from North America and Europe, said Ren.

Ren’s team is also negotiating with engineering professors from Harbin Institute of Technology on medical equipment, some of which have patented designs, he added.

“Such an operation cannot be achieved by a single man. My task is to initiate such an enormous project, which may not be solved by our generation”, he said, “But we build a platform for the followers, accelerate its progress towards clinical application, train a group of young people and even enhance the reputation of our nation in international circles.”

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New York has an interesting law suit or out of court settlement coming. Does President Obama actually follow her twitter account, and does she own that BMW?

(This situation is widely reported here and internationally. Fr. Orthohippo)

Woman Says She Endured 8 Days In Psych Ward Because Cops Didn’t Believe BMW Was Hers

“I do think race played a part in this.”


NEW YORK — Kamilah Brock says the New York City police sent her to a mental hospital for a hellish eight days, where she was forcefully injected with powerful drugs, essentially because they couldn’t believe a black woman owned a BMW.

In her first on-camera interview about her ordeal, which aired Thursday, the 32-year-old told PIX11 that it was all a “nightmare.”

It’s a nightmare, Brock’s lawyer told The Huffington Post, that never would have happened if she weren’t African-American.

Brock sued the city earlier this year in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She contends that her constitutional rights under the Fourth and 14th Amendments were violated and that she suffered “unwanted and unwarranted intrusion of her personal integrity, loss of liberty [and] mental anguish.”

The suit details how Brock pulled up to a traffic light in Harlem on Sept. 12, 2014, the music on her car stereo playing loudly. An NYPD officer approached her and asked why she was driving without her hands on the steering wheel, according to the suit.

“I said I was dancing, I am at a light,” Brock told PIX11. “He asked me to get out of the car.”

For unclear reason, Brock contends, she was taken into custody and transported to the NYPD’s 30th Precinct, where she was held for a few hours before being released without being charged with any crime. She said she was told to come back the next day to pick up her car, a 2003 BMW 325Ci.

When she showed up at a police substation to get the car the next day, Brock said, “I just felt like from the moment I said I owned a BMW, I was looked at as a liar. They put me in handcuffs and said they just need to put me in handcuffs to take me to my car. And I said OK, whatever it’s gonna take to get to my car.”

“Then EMS approached me,” she continued. “And they said we’re gonna take you to your car. And I’m like, in an ambulance? I’m going to my car in an ambulance? I’m going to my car in an ambulance? I was just so confused.”

Brock was taken instead to Harlem Hospital, where medical records obtained by her attorney, Michael Lamonsoff, show she was injected with powerful sedatives and forced to take doses of lithium.

“He held onto me and then the doctor stuck me in the arm and I was on a stretcher and I woke up to them taking my clothes off, specifically my underwear,” Brock tearfully recalled for PIX11’s Nicole Johnson. “Then I went back out again. When I woke up the next day, I felt like I was in a nightmare. I didn’t understand why that was happening to me.”

Medical records also show that over the course of her eight-day stay, personnel at the hospital repeatedly tried to get Brock to deny three things before she could be released: that she owned the BMW, that she was a professional banker, and that President Barack Obama followed her on Twitter.

The lawsuit says it was these three assertions that were the basis for the city determining that Brock was delusional and to diagnose her with bipolar disorder.

But according to Lamonsoff, Brock had no history of mental illness. She did own the BMW. At the time, she was employed as a banker and had worked at Citibank, Chase and Astoria Bank. And Obama does follow Brock on Twitter, just as he follows 640,000 other people.

When Brock was finally released from the hospital, the lawsuit states, she was slapped with a $13,000 medical bill.

A white woman would not have been treated like that, Lamonsoff argues.

Courtesy of Michael Lamonsoff

“If a white woman was trying to reclaim her BMW impounded by police, would she have been made a victim?” he said to HuffPost. “Would she have been questioned? Would she have been subject to sarcastic comments? Would she be made to justify who she was in order to ask for help? I don’t think so. I do think race played a part in this.”

Institutional bias against African-Americans is well-documented and contributes to the racial disparities in how laws are enforced. Just this week, James Blake, formerly the fourth-ranked men’s tennis player in the world, was tackled and handcuffed at a midtown Manhattan hotel by police officers who confused him for a suspect in a crime. Blake, who is black, suffered cuts and bruises and was detained for about 15 minutes, until officers realized who he was.

“In my mind, there’s probably a race factor involved, but no matter what, there’s no reason for anybody to do that to anybody,” Blake said after the incident.

Responding to Brock’s lawsuit earlier this summer, the city claimed in court filings that she had been “acting irrational, she spoke incoherently and inconsistently, and she ran into the middle of traffic on Eighth Ave” during her encounter with police.

Lamonsoff told HuffPost that “those allegations are without merit” and that “the true facts of what happened that day will be brought out” through the litigation. The lawsuit, which names the city of New York, unidentified police officers and Harlem Hospital as defendants, seeks unspecified damages.

Neither the NYPD nor the City Law Department, which handles lawsuits filed against the city, responded to a request for comment on Friday. Previously the police department has only confirmed that Brock was taken into custody.

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