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Chinese teen sells his kidney for an iPad 2 84tweetsretweet

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ipad2A Chinese teenager was so desperate to acquire the new iPad 2 that he sold one of his kidneys for just £2,000 to pay for it, according to reports.

The 17-year-old boy, identified only by his surname, “Zheng”, confessed to his mother that he had sold the kidney after spotting an online advertisement offering cash to anyone prepared to become an organ donor.

“I wanted to buy an iPad 2, but I didn’t have the money,” the boy told Shenzhen TV in the southern province of Guangdong, “When I surfed the internet I found an advert posted online by agent saying they were able to pay RMB20,000 to buy a kidney.” After negotiations, the boy travelled north to the city of Chenzhou in Hunan Province where the kidney was removed at a local hospital which discharged him after three days, paying a total of RMB22,000 for the organ.

Trading organs online is a common practice in China, despite repeated attempts by China’s government to stamp out the practice. Last year Japanese television reported that a group of “transplant tourists” had paid £50,000 to receive new kidneys in China.

According to official statistics more than a million people in China need a transplant every year, but fewer than 10,000 receive organs, driving an almost unstoppable black-market organ trade that enriches brokers, doctors and corrupt government officials.

 

The boy, who has suffered complications following the surgery, returned home but was unable to keep what he had done from his mother.

“When he came back, he had a laptop and a new Apple handset,” his mother, identified as Miss Liu, told the station, showing off the livid red scar where her son’s kidney was removed, “I wanted to know how he had got so much money and he finally confessed that he had sold one of his kidneys.”

The mother took the son back to Chenzhou to report the crime to the police, however, the mobiles of the three agents that Zheng had contacted were all switched off.

The hospital, which admitted contracting out its urology department to a private businessman, denied any knowledge of the surgery.

The case, which caused an online furore, was cited by some as an extreme example of the rampant materialism of modern China.

Thousands of comments were posted on internet discussion groups, with many lamenting the lack of rule of law in China and the “immorality” of the new, ‘capitalist’ China.

“This is a failure of education, the first purpose of which is to ‘propagate morality’,” said one comment on Hong Kong’s Phoenix TV website, “This teenager’s stupid behaviour is a manifestation of his radically materialistic values.” “To sell a kidney in order to buy consumer goods? What vanity!” added another, “It is undeniable that modern Chinese teenagers’ morality is declining. This is something we must all think about.”

Apple products like the iPhone and the iPad are in huge demand in China, and are seen as a badge of wealth and sophistication by young consumers.

Last month scuffles broke out among desperate shoppers outside several Beijing Apple Stores as they queued to buy the newly launched iPad2 and white iPhone4.
Source: The Telegraph

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Atheists sue Little Rock’s city bus line 30tweetsretweet

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Atheists sue over bus ads on God-free lifestyle

LITTLE ROCK, Ark (Reuters) – A coalition of atheists is accusing Little Rock’s city bus line of violating their rights to free speech in a fight to place ads on public buses praising a God-free lifestyle.

The Central Arkansas Coalition of Reason alleged in a lawsuit that the Central Arkansas Transit Authority and its advertising agency are discriminating against the group because they’re being required to pay tens of thousands of dollars to put $5,000 worth of ads on 18 buses.

The ads would read: “Are you good without God? Millions are.”

Other groups, including churches, have not been required to pay the fee, which amounts to $36,000 in insurance in case of an attack on the buses by angry Christians, according to the lawsuit.

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World’s Most Expensive Golf Course

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 Dutch Docklands, a player in the world of floating technologies, (or making land where there was no land), has announced plans to build a $500 million floating golf course off the Maldives coast. While there are plenty of golf courses that claim to be “on” the water, this one would quite literally be atop the Indian Ocean.

golf courseThe concept is a series of man-made islands with one or more holes on each, linked by transparent undersea tunnels. Golfers walk or ride through these submerged pathways, taking in the seafloor sights while pondering which iron to use next. And the clubhouse? You’ll have to take an elevator to the sea bottom to get to it. At half a billion dollars, it will be by far the most expensive golf course ever built.

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  • sirdawko Barman says to Paddy “Your glass is empty, fancy another one?” lookin puzzled Paddy says “Why would l want two empty glasses?”
    Posted by sirdawko  09/12/2011 12:59 PM   8 Like
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  • sirdawko The wife said to me yesterday ” I bet you can’t go one day without cracking a joke about my periods”…..” You’re on ” I said
    Posted by sirdawko  08/12/2011 09:55 AM   14 Like
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  • Slickpony I overheard a woman yelling at her husband for paying more attention to Facebook than to her,or at least that’s what I think she said to me.
    Posted by Slickpony  08/12/2011 05:57 AM   11 Like
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  • Slickpony so….some guy at my kids school just asked me if I was a homosexual….I believe his exact words were….”Do you like Twilight”?….
    Posted by Slickpony  08/12/2011 05:51 AM   14 Like
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  • sirdawko If reincarnation existed most men would come back as a spider … so they could finally hear a woman say…. oh my god its huge.
    Posted by sirdawko  07/12/2011 02:54 PM   14 Like
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  • Haha_nuts My friends wife asked me to prepare his son for his first day of school. Hes a ginger so I punched him in the face and stole his lunch money
    Posted by Haha_nuts  05/12/2011 07:12 PM   11 Like
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  • sirdawko Been sacked frm my A&E job.Apparently winking at the patient’s relatives after the surgeon says”she’s got a really deep gash”is”insensitive”
    Posted by sirdawko  05/12/2011 05:59 PM   11 Like
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  • DJ Dusty Saw a busker with a didgeridoo and he was playing “Dancing Queen” on it. That’s Aboriginal, I thought.
    Posted by DJ Dusty  05/12/2011 01:08 PM   6 Like
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