Typhoon Haiyan Decimates Telemarketing, Hotel Cover Band Industries

MANILA – As the world responds with direct aid to the devastated regions of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan, hundreds of intrusive international telemarketing companies and mediocre, 3-star hotels are also reeling from the loss of personnel. “We lost 15% of our work force, said Marty Melina, VP of Telstar Communications, a third-party telemarketing company that places thousands of phone... 

Chinese Government Supporting Jeremy Lin This Week

BEIJING – The People’s Republic Of China is officially recognizing the existence of American NBA player Jeremy Lin this week, according to a short article from the state news agency Xinhua. The article shows a picture of the Houston Rockets point guard, and highlights his three consecutive games scoring over 20 points per game, strengthening his team’s playoff position. “Ethnic Chinese basketball... 

Andrew Marshall Courageously Moves To Tokyo Before Criticizing Singapore Gov’t

TOKYO – Southeast Asian-based journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall made yet another groundbreaking move in his notable career as a whistleblower and iconoclast this week, courageously fleeing Singapore just before unleashing a withering, critical report on its society and system of governance. The report, entitled “Singapore Story,” is to be released in four parts, with the first part posted... 

Culture Ministry Blasts “Rosetta Stone” Clip; Insists Thai Prostitutes Speak “Excellent” English

BANGKOK – The Minister of Culture has gone on the offensive against a viral video that parodies a language-learning service, claiming that it grossly misrepresents the Kingdom of Thailand. The video, produced by US-based TV series “Saturday Night Live,” consists of a fake advertisement for the Rosetta Stone foreign-language acquisition system, which portrays a number of men who are learning Thai... 

Obama Celebrates Thai Culture By Causing Massive Bangkok Traffic Jam

BANGKOK – Newly re-elected US President Barack Obama’s visit to the Thailand last month was highlighted with a very special participation in one of the kingdom’s most famous cultural rituals: the creation of city-wide traffic gridlock for the sake of just one person. “President Obama was very interested in balancing the business of this state visit with some cultural events as well,” explained...