China is rolling out a high-tech plan to give all of its 1.4 billion citizens a personal score, based on how they behave.
But there are consequences if a score gets too low, and for some that’s cause for concern, CBS2’s Ben Tracy reported Tuesday.
When Liu Hu recently tried to book a flight, he was told he was banned from flying because he was on the list of untrustworthy people. Liu is a journalist who was ordered by a court to apologize for a series of tweets he wrote and was then told his apology was insincere.
“I can’t buy property. My child can’t go to a private school,” he said. “You feel you’re being controlled by the list all the time.”
And the list is now getting longer as every Chinese citizen is being assigned a social credit score — a fluctuating rating based on a range of behaviors. It’s believed that community service and buying Chinese-made products can raise your score. Fraud, tax evasion and smoking in non-smoking areas can drop it.
Do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you, as the Chinese saying goes.
An unruly tourist has been punished by instant karma after trying to push a monkey into a pond at a Chinese temple.
The animal quickly turned around and attacked him, scratching his hand and face.
THIS bizarre footage captures the moment a UFO made an unexpected flypast of a remote Malaysian village, defiant alien hunters claim.
A blinding stream of white light can be seen emanating from the centre of the disc – prompting comparisons with the gigantic spaceship from the Oscar-winning sci-fi epic.
Onlookers can be heard chattering and screaming as the supposed UFO glides above them before executing a sharp about-turn and disappearing into the evening gloom.
The viral footage was initially shared by an anonymous local blogger in Kuala Krai, 230 miles from Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.
Trace Gallagher: "A city in southeastern China trying to crack down on jaywalkers by publicly shaming them. That's according to local newspapers, the 'Beijing News.' It reports the government installed these poles which spray mist at folks who try to cross when the light is red. The system uses facial recognition technology and takes jaywalkers' pictures. The pictures appear on a huge display screen on the street along with the people’s names. There are also plans to link the system to cell phones so that offenders can receive fines via text message. Your world with Neil cavuto right now."
Horrific footage posted online shows at least 20 people dead after being sucked under a low-water Dam.
People in canoes were attempting to save as many as possible. However, rescuers nearly lost their lives themselves when people begin clutching to the canoe that was also being sucked down by the undertow.
China is in the midst of a 'toilet revolution'.
The effort, which began in 2015 and is spearheaded by President Xi Jinping, brings a slew of cutting edge technologies to public restrooms across the country, including turbo toilets, Wi-Fi, television screens and ATMs.
In some cases, bathrooms are even being outfitted with facial recognition systems to prevent greedy patrons from nabbing extra toilet paper.
Two cities in China have installed the technology, which gives a person between 40cm and 80cm of toilet paper after they scan their face, according to the South Morning China Post.
If a user needs more toilet paper than the allotted amount, they have to wait as long as nine minutes.
The idea is that it will prevent people from taking too much paper and stop others from stealing free supplies like soap, toilet paper and paper towels.
A robot has been nominated to run for the position of mayor in Tokyo, promising to be "fair and balanced" to all its constituents.
The mayoral election in Tama City features the usual high-ranking local politicians, as well as an artificial intelligence candidate competing alongside its human counterparts.
Posters plastered across the district feature the faces of smiling party leaders, with slogans promising change for the city.
And in line with election propaganda, the robot nominee, dubbed Michihito Matsuda, has branded vans, posters and inspirational soundbites.
A new-born calf was spotted with human-like feet at a farmhouse in southern China.
In the video, captured in Yibin City in Sichuan Province on April 5, a calf lying on the ground has two abnormally long hind legs and human-like feet.
Since the hind legs were much longer than the front ones, it could not stand up.
According to the calf was alive and able to take on liquid food.
If it wasn't for nuclear weapons I don't think India would have much to worry about if this is how Pakistan's military plans on marching into war.
These guys seem sassy AF! Perhaps they watched one too many Western dance movies, or perhaps there's hiding some secrets under the guise of Islam.
Formally, China’s copyright laws have been in line with those of the United States and other developed countries since China became a signatory to the Berne Convention in 1992 and the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) in 2001. But it’s hardly news that you can get a pirated copy of pretty much any movie, CD, or book in China with only a modicum of effort. Years ago you could find bootleg DVDs outside nearly every supermarket and mall in the country. Nowadays it’s more difficult to find such sellers, but not because of China’s efforts to curtail counterfeit goods; it’s because the market has moved to the Internet.
But as China’s homegrown media companies like Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent continue to pay serious money for the rights to stream tv shows, movies, and other copyrighted material, more lawsuits are being filed in Chinese courts seeking to enforce China’s copyright law, and more official efforts are underway to reduce the amount of pirated material available in China. A (slightly) more subtle form of copyright infringement is still thriving, however: creative works that coopt key elements from copyrighted material, from storylines to characters to music cues and beyond. Television shows in China will make a few slight changes to a copyrighted format and then insist it is an entirely new creation, as with The Voice of China last year. It’s not always clearly a copyright dodge, either; the popular Chinese singing competition I Am a Singer (我是歌手) is an official licensee of a copyrighted Korean format – or was, until the title and format were altered recently in the midst of China’s unofficial restrictions on Korean content. Presumably it is no longer considered a Korean-content show, which as a side benefit probably means the show cannot be held liable for copyright infringement.
Chinese manufacturers have long excelled at taking the key elements of an existing product and incorporating them into a “new” product. So it’s no surprise that the same thing happens in entertainment. It’s been happening for decades with the most famous story in China, the 16th century novel “Journey to the West,” which has been adapted into a movie or tv series dozens of times. We complain in America about the overwhelming number of sequels and superhero movies, but at least most of them have a different plot. This would be like having one of our greatest stories – you know, like Point Break – remade multiple times in different formats every year for forty years.
THE hunt is on for a giant 'man-eating' crocodile - which could be the largest ever recorded.
Villagers are searching for the beast, which witnesses claim is almost 30ft long, and has attacked fishermen, farmers and livestock.
If true - it would mean the fearsome reptile is the largest ever recorded predator caught on land.
The reptile has reportedly been terrorising the Agusan del Sur region of the Philippines.
A woman is said to have been grabbed by the croc - although her fate is unknown.
One man who saw the beast up close swears it was 29.5ft in length, according to a video published by Discovery.
Until now, the largest crocodile ever recorded was 20.3ft long.
Filipino Catholics marched through the streets whipping themselves and lacerating their backs with razorblades in a bloody religious ritual to atone for their sins.
Gruesome footage from the sleepy town of Pakil, about 70km east of Manila, shows masked devotees performing the acts of self-inflicted pain to mark the Holy Week.
They struck their backs with wooden rods, one for each station of the cross as depicted in Catholic tradition of Jesus' walk to the hill of Golgotha where he was crucified.
The gory scenes are traditional in small towns of the primarily Catholic nation before Easter as a form of worship believed to cleanse sins, cure illness, and grant wishes.
Despite its condemnation from the Catholic Church, large crowds of spectators including children lined the sweltering streets to behold the extreme show of faith.
Other flagellants sometimes crucify themselves at the end of the march, either by tying themselves to crosses or in extreme cases actually nailing themselves to them.
A bull attacked an unsuspecting woman on the street, throwing her into the air in the Indian city of Bharuch. She was rushed to a hospital, and is currently not in danger. Stray cattle have become a cause of concern on the streets of India, with many owners abandoning aging or unproductive animals after the government banned their sale for slaughter.
A Chinese airline has denied rumors that its flight attendants were filmed engaging in a hotel room orgy after footage was posted on social media last week.
On Wednesday, a series of videos emerged on Weibo, a popular Chinese microblogging platform, which showed at least six nude men and women dancing, grinding and laughing in a room.
The video quickly went viral, and soon after, rumors emerged that the orgy occurred in Madrid and the people involved were flight attendants for China Eastern Airlines or its subsidiary, Shanghai Airlines, the Shanghaiist reported.
In a document that was allegedly compiled by the airline, the company denied that their employees were the people featured in the video, suggested it was filmed in Africa and said that the people who created it deliberately did so to damage their reputation.
Chaos prevailed in Indore's Palhar Nagar area on Friday morning when a leopard strayed into the locality.
The leopard first entered an under-construction house and later into the residence of local businessman, where it sat for about three hours occasionally coming out to attack a team of forest officials and onlookers.
The first call regarding the presence of the big cat was made at 10am to the local police, who reached the spot and immediately called the forest department and the local zoo administration.
The animal first hid behind the iron grills of an under-construction house. The forest officials spread a net to capture it, but sensing the trap, the beast jumped outside and attacked SDO (forest) RC Choubey and rushed to the Patodi residence where it sat for hours on the stairs.
“Initially, we tried to use the stun gun and fired two pellets. However, both of them missed the target. The third shot hit the leopard. The tranquilizer used in the process was given according to the size of the leopard but it was insufficient,” zoo in-charge and veterinarian Uttam Yadav said.
A FEMALE tourist has sparked anger after she stripped naked and rubbed herself against a mythical rock shaped like a penis.
The blonde woman was seen pulling down her hot pants next to the Hin Ta - or Grandfather Rock - on holiday island Koh Samui, Thailand, on March 12.
She was then snapped thrusting herself against the 12ft-high sacred rock - which locals believe holds the spirit of an old man.
Furious residents are now demanding cops find the woman and force her to publicly apologise.
Food seller Sutida Wongyai said: ''The rock is very special and represents our island.
"It is an insult to do this to it.''
Terror-stricken villagers cut open a killer crocodile to find the arms and legs of a mutilated fisherman.
Andi Aso Erang, 36, vanished while collecting clams in a river near his home in East Kutai, Borneo.
His worried family raised the alarm and were left devastated two days later when they found his mutilated body on the banks of the Kabuyahan River last Thursday.
Locals noticed Andi's left leg and forearms arms were missing and immediately started hunting a man-eating crocodile.
The beast was found around 30 minutes later and locals let off five rounds from a rifle into its one-metre wide body.
A reckless driver ran over a boy in a parking lot in China's Shandong Province on January 24. Four people rushed out of a building to come to the aid of the boy, but the driver pulled into reverse, knocking three of them down.The boy was taken to the hospital. Police are still investigating the incident.
Nothing like driving down the highway in suddenly a turning into an Indiana Jones moment when a massive boulder looking ball starts rolling over top of cars.
Vietnam's budget airline has apologised for sending scantily-clad models to join the country's football squad on a flight home.
Vietjet - best known for its air hostesses in bikinis - was slammed for the 'cheap PR stunt', after the team suffered a crushing defeat against Uzbekistan, at the Under-23 Asian Football Confederation Championship on Saturday.
Many in the communist nation were furious with the move and took to social media to condemn the airline - some even threatening to stage a boycott.
A Hong Kong architect has invented what he believed to be the solution of overcrowded cities by turning concrete water pipes into tiny homes.
The OPod Tube Housing system aims to re-purpose concrete tubes measuring just over eight feet in diameter, and turn them into 'micro-homes' with 100 square feet of living space.
It is the brainchild of architect James Law of James Law Cybertecture who designed the build as a possible solution to the lack of both space and affordable housing in Hong Kong.
With a population of 6,690 people per square kilometer in 2014, Hong Kong has one of the most competitive real estate markets in the world.
CHINESE women are disfavoured at birth compared to boys (the country has one of the lowest female-to-male sex ratios at birth in the world) and stigmatised as “sexless” spinsters if they choose to earn a PhD.
Now, a viral video has surfaced on China’s Internet, of a class that teaches its students that “women should talk less, do more housework and shut their mouths”, according to an AFP report.
The teacher in the class in the northeastern province of Liaoning, also told students that “women should not strive to move upwards in society, but should always remain at the bottom level”.
The class has reportedly been immediately halted by the authorities following the backlash from angry netizens watching the video. The class had apparently been launched without approval by education authorities in Fushun, according to Xinhua news agency.
Nothing like driving through the streets of India only to find a rickshaw driving up the street by itself.
Chinese police have started gathering blood types, DNA samples, fingerprints and iris scans from millions of people in its Muslim-majority Xinjiang province to build a massive citizen database, according to report by activist group Human Rights Watch (HRW).
The report, published Wednesday, said that officials are collecting the data from citizens between the ages of 12 and 65 years old using a variety of methods. Authorities are gathering DNA and blood types through free medical checkups, and HRW said it is was unclear if patients were aware that their biometric data was being collected for the police during these physical exams.
According to the report, citizens authorities have flagged as a potential threat to the regime, and their families—named “focus personnel”—are forced to hand over their DNA regardless of age.
So far, 18.8 million citizens have participated in the medical checkups, called “Physicals for All” by the government, according to an article by a state news agency Xinhua on November 1.
The structure, known to be the tallest of its kind in Asia, was completely destroyed by the time the fire was extinguished.
On December 10, a fire broke out at the Lingguan Mansion complex in Mianzhu, China's Sichuan province. The flames were extinguished about four hours later, by which time a 16-story wooden pagoda and a prayer hall at the Buddhist temple were burnt to the ground, local government reported in a statement published on Weibo.
A 16-story wooden tower, known as the tallest of its kind in Asia, has caught fire and collapsed at a monastery in SW China's Sichuan on Sunday. No casualties reported yet.
Cell phone footage showing a Japanese man doing a drive-by on the small cat outside of a liquor store is causing quite the stir in Japan right now.
Watch as the man hangs out of the window armed with a handgun, then he unloads a few shots at a small unsuspecting cat that was simply walking the sidewalk.
China's president has ordered the country to march on in its "revolution" to clean up notoriously dirty and foul-smelling public bathrooms in a bid to improve quality of life and boost tourism.
The so-dubbed "toilet revolution" was launched in 2015 as part of efforts to make restrooms -- often squat toilets with no paper -- more tourist-friendly.
President Xi Jinping said the toilet problem "is not a small thing" and cleaning up is necessary to create a "civilised" urban and rural environment, China's state news agency Xinhua reported Monday.
The country expects to have added or upgraded more than 70,000 toilets by the end of this year.
Another 64,000 will be built or enhanced between 2018 and 2020, the National Tourism Administration has said in an action plan.
According to Xinhua, since taking office in 2012, Xi has made a point on rural tours to ask villagers whether they did their business in flushable toilets or pits dug into the ground.
"In rural areas, some toilets were little more than makeshift shelters surrounded by bunches of corn stalks, and some were open pits next to pigsties," the agency said.
"Local authorities are now more aware of the important role toilets play, believing better toilets are not only beneficial for tourism, but can also... enhance the overall level of civilisation of society."
China's infamous "squatty potties" arouse fear in some would-be tourists, with several tourism blog posts dedicated to the subject.
While studies have indicated that squatting may have health benefits over sitting, the position is still hard to accept for those accustomed to porcelain thrones.
Public bathrooms in China have also been known to be bereft of toilet paper thanks to enterprising crooks sneaking out entire rolls for their personal use. Facial recognition is now employed in some places to limit individual toilet paper portions.
One young girl and a few adults left with cuts after a tiger escaped a circus event in Western China.
Watch as fans frantically scramble for their lives as the massive tiger swings its paws at people fleeing in fear.
Eventually, the tiger had to be shot and killed by security guards. However, this was not before the tiger was able to swing at spectators for over 20 intense minutes.
Watch as this Arab woman single-handedly man handles two Wolf Cubs that she found inside of this small cave.
At first the 2 Wolf Cubs appear to be dead and completely motionless, that is until she wiggles them a little bit as she climbs out of the cave and they begin growling.
This is a straight up savagery!
This woman who was texting and not paying attention to where she was walking was folded up like a cheap chair underneath of this SUV backing up.
Fortunately for her, a quick thinking forklift operator jumped quickly into action and lifted the SUV off of the woman as others quickly pulled her out to safety.
Surprisingly, the woman only sustained minor injuries and was perfectly fine after a quick hospital visit.
A monkey was caught stealing petrol from bikes. Apparently, he's addicted to drinking the stuff in Panipat, India.
A local daycare center in Shanghai is under fire after two shocking videos of toddlers being physically abused by staff members at the facility went viral across social media platforms in China this week. In one clip captured by surveillance cameras on November 1, a woman threw a little girl’s backpack on the floor and pushed her away, causing the toddler’s head to hit the corner of a table. Another piece of footage dated November 3 shows a boy crying after being forced to eat something that the teacher later confessed to be wasabi.
Sixth Tone reports that the nursery is affiliated with Ctrip, China’s leading online travel agency, and is located inside its headquarters in Shanghai, accepting employees’ children aged 18 months to three years. According to (in Chinese) Vista, Ctrip initially wanted to operate the nursery itself, but after a series of setbacks in the process of registration, it decided to partner with Modern Family, a magazine owned by the Women’s Federation of Changning District in Shanghai. The daycare center first opened its doors in February 2016, but the local education authorities ordered it to close because it did not meet standards. But after two months’ suspension, the facility was back in operation without being properly registered. There is wide speculation that the sudden comeback was due to some administrative help from the Women’s Federation.
After the teachers’ abusive behavior was exposed, Ctrip apologized, fired the staff involved in the case, and shut down the nursery. Local police were also called to carry out an investigation. However, these measures did not stop an outpouring of anger from the parents. In an “apology meeting” organized by Ctrip on November 7, a female teacher cried and kneeled on stage (in Chinese) while delivering an apology for her wrongdoings. The furious parents, with no mercy for her, still tried to beat her up before she was pulled away by some security guards.
On November 8, the Women’s Federation released an announcement, saying that it “strongly condemns” the teachers who misbehaved and would look into Modern Family magazine seriously. However, the unapologetic attitude throughout the statement further ignited fury among the public. “You still think you have the authority to condemn someone else? You are the one who should be investigated seriously,” wrote (in Chinese) one angry commenter.