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Members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir look on during the funeral of L. Tom Perry, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ highest governing body, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Rather than having empty seats disguised as a crowd, a Korean baseball team recently installed three rows of robotic fans at their stadium.
It’s the first day of the new school year tomorrow here in Indonesia. A new regulation from the Ministry of Education and Culture Regulation Number 21 year 2015 on Character Building is supposed to instil Character Building and a Spirit of Nationalism through having teachers and learners (plus parents tomorrow) singing the national anthem ‘Indonesia Raya’, holding a flag raising ceremony every Monday, and the teaching of national and regional songs to students.
In other news, according to the Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Minister Marwan Jafar, the government intends to move four million people from the over-crowded islands of Java and Bali. However, President Jokowi has ruled out Papua as a recipient of more immigrants on the grounds that inter-communal strife is the result of the indigenous population now being out-numbered.
Surely the much-criticised Transmigration Programme should be replaced with access to better family planning; since reformasi the family planning programme has been a failure in its inability to control the country’s fertility rate. Whereas Suharto suggested that Dua Anak Cukup (Two Children are Enough), with nationwide publicity via TV ads and a statue of the two-fingered V for Victory salute in every kampung, there is little evidence of that now. The current slogan is Dua Anak Lebih Baik (Two Children Are Better), implying an opinion rather than an instruction.
Finally, remember that …