Chinese police foil drone-flying phone smugglers at Hong Kong border

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Dozens of high-tech phone smugglers have been apprehended by Chinese police, who twigged to the scheme to send refurbished iPhones into the country from Hong Kong via drone — but not the way you might think.

China’s Legal Daily reported the news (and Reuters noted shortly after) following a police press conference; it’s apparently the first cross-border drone-based smuggling case, so likely of considerable interest.

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5 biggest job cuts announcements in 2011

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U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahue

U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahue prepares to testify at  Senate hearing on the the U.S. Postal Service’s fiscal crisis on Sept. 6 Senate. The postal service’s 7,500 job cuts announced in March rank No. 5 on outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas’s list of 2011 announced workforce reductions.

 

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Six Micronations You Can Join (Petoria, anyone?)

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Admit it – you’ve thought about what life would be like if you ruled your own country. I would make an awesome Queen, just for the record. Diet Coke would flow from kitchen faucets, scientists would put all of the vitamins and minerals you need into low-calorie mint-chocolate chip ice cream and the Killers would sing our national anthem. OK, so maybe not everyone would want to live in Conradtia, but that’s fine. I’ll declare myself a micronation. Micronations usually exist only on paper or in the minds of their creators and aren’t recognized by governments or organizations or anything like that (so… maybe Conradtia already exists?!). Although some micronations actually have their own currency, stamps, passports, flags and other “national” memorabilia, none of it is considered valid except to the people who, well, consider it valid. If that makes any sense. It’s different than an imaginary country, because in this case the “rulers” of the micronations actively seek to be recognized by world governments.

Now that we’ve established that, let’s take a look at a few micronations.

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