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    Year of the pig has come with news

    Yahoo News:

    Fortune: Year of Pig will bring disaster

    HONG KONG - Sunday marks the start of the Chinese New Year and it's a lucky one for those starting out in life. But the rest of us are in for a rough ride. Expect epidemics, disasters and violence in much of the world.

    "The Year of the Pig will not be very peaceful," said Hong Kong feng shui master Raymond Lo.

    Feng shui is the ancient Chinese practice of trying to achieve health, harmony and prosperity by using specific dates, numbers, building design and the placement of objects.

    The pig is one of 12 animals (or mythical animals in the case of the dragon) on the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac, which follows the lunar calendar. According to Chinese astrology, people born in pig years are polite, honest, hardworking and loyal. They are also lucky, which is why many Chinese like to have babies in a pig year.

    "Any children born in The Year of Pig will receive help from others throughout their lives," Lo said.

    Ronald Reagan was a pig. So are Arnold Schwarzenegger, Woody Allen and Elton John. Not to mention Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    But a word of caution to the presidential candidate.

    The pig finished last in the race that determined the zodiac's order, behind the dog.

    Other animals in the zodiac are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey and rooster. The zodiac runs on a 12-year cycle, and each year is associated with the five elements that Chinese mystics make up the universe: metal, water, wood, fire and earth.

    Therein lies the trouble.

    Pig years can be turbulent because they are dominated by fire and water, conflicting elements that tend to cause havoc, Lo said.

    "Fire sitting on water is a symbol of conflict and skirmish," he said. "We'll also see more fire disasters and bombings."

    He noted that the Russian AK-47 rifle, a weapon of choice among insurgents around the world, was invented during a pig year.

    "So it will not be surprising to see more gunbattles, murder with guns and bombing attacks in 2007," he said.

    Malaysian feng shui master Lillian Too agreed.

    "I wish I could say that there won't be natural disasters, but I am afraid it could be as bad as last year," she said.

    "There could be epidemics," she said. "I am very worried about bird flu. Eat healthy foods and take care of your health."

    Few Chinese seemed to be worried about the warnings, though, as they prepared for their biggest bash of the year — Saturday's Lunar New Year's Eve — celebrated by one-fifth of the world's population.

    It's an occasion to have family feasts, buy new clothes and exchange red envelopes stuffed with gift money.

    Not everything about the future looks bleak.

    Most soothsayers said the world economy will continue to boom, though they advise people to be cautious about their investments.

    "Because of the water element in the Year of the Pig, the economy will continue to grow, which also paves the way for another round of interest rate hikes," said Peter So, a celebrity fortuneteller in Hong Kong.

    Hong Kong soothsayer Alion Yeo is predicting North Korea will undergo a power struggle that will bring leadership changes around May. Last year, the Year of the Dog, Yeo warned that the North Korean nuclear crisis would worsen.

    The North conducted a nuclear test in October.

    Singapore fortuneteller John Lok predicted the situation in Iraq will not settle and President Bush will have a bad year.

    He also said the next president of France may be a woman — no surprise there since one of the main candidates is a woman, Segolene Royal of the Socialist party.

    While the pig is beloved by the Chinese, the animal is offensive to Muslims, who consider it unclean. For that reason, Chinese New Year celebrations have to be handled with care in Malaysia and Indonesia, mainly Muslim countries with large ethnic Chinese minorities.

    For the first time in its history, Indonesia introduced a special set of postal stamps to mark the Lunar New Year. But concerns over Muslim sensitivities led the postal service to drop plans to put a large pig on the stamps. It chose a Chinese temple instead.

    "We took the middle path," said Hana Suryana, director of the Indonesian postal service.

    Still, that was progress for a country where ethnic Chinese, who make up 5 percent of the population and have long faced discrimination, once were not allowed to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

    "That has changed now, but we still feel uncomfortable celebrating the day in a large way because there are some people who cannot accept that Chinese culture is a part of Indonesian culture," said Jhony Tan, a trader in Jakarta's bustling Chinatown.

    Yusri Mohammad, president of the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia, said he had no problem with the Chinese celebrating the pig year in his country. He said decorative pictures of pigs in shopping malls are fine — as long as Chinese don't start using live pigs or eat pork in public.
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    Associated Press writers Stephan Grauwels in Taipei, Elieen Ng in Kuala Lumpur, Niniek Karmini in Jakarta and Derrick Ho in Singapore contributed to this report.

    So you guys, what do you think about this?

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    Re: Year of the pig has come with news

    Singapore fortuneteller John Lok predicted the situation in Iraq will not settle and President Bush will have a bad year
    Are you sure? Because if Bush was God [and if not he still would] he would start a war on another unnamed country everyday for "peace" and get some non-existant terorist out of there. If he would have a bad year it will be in his Geometory. That's it.

    And yeah except for epidemics, disasters and violence in much of the world there is Global Warming and increasing social issues. Global Warming has reached record high and that means if the world is a duller place as it is, it's going to have some more trouble.

    Your thread is focused more on Chinese astrology >_> I don't know what the debate is about...

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    Re: Year of the pig has come with news

    !_!, Crap, I knew I left something out (out of term)
    The basic question do you think good or bad things can come out this year with this said?

    True Rave_Grip, I even heard that the President wants to lauch an invation in Iran, reason: believe they're suppling arms to Irak and using them.

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    Re: Year of the pig has come with news

    Quote Originally Posted by shikashu View Post
    So you guys, what do you think about this?
    You need to add more to your post. And what I mean by that, is more of what YOU think and have to say about it. Posting a whole article as a post will not cut it. Your post is so long it will actually turn away people from posting.

    You didn't give a link, so I couldn't do it for you, but I want you to quote a certain excerpt from that article and then post the link for people to read the rest of it. Once you do that, please edit in some thoughts of your own. The whole point of posting is to post your thoughts, not someone else's words.

    Secondly, this is in the wrong forum. It's not much of a debate and is best suited in the Cyber Lounge.

    Moving...

    P.S. Be advised I will check up on this thread later. I'd like for you to make the appropriate changes or I will close the thread. Thanks.

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    Re: Year of the pig has come with news

    Well even if you don't know what bad is gonna come, just wait till the politicians do the stuff for you.

    Secondly rumours say, or it is true, that Bush found a person to look like Saddam Hussein by having him train to be exactly like him and giving him a plastic surgery. So the real one is alive somewhere.

    This is better off in Cyber Lounge. And call me Rave ^_^

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    Crap >_< already moved

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    Re: Year of the pig has come with news

    I would suggest not pseudo-modding Rave_Grip, as it is against the rules. As you can clearly see, problems such as this can be solved absent your 'assistance'

    And yes, this year will be filled with conflict, but then again every year is. There are currently wars and battles being fought in several places especially in Africa, South America, and the Middle East.

    But then again if you look into history you'll note that for well over the past 1,000 years the world has always been filled with war and battle.

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    Re: Year of the pig has come with news

    *snooze* I don't trust astrology. It's vague, and could be said for anything. I think this year will be a good year, for me at least, I don't have no 12 year cycle to prove it, but I try and stay optimistic. I turn 18 and stuff this year, so I say '07 will be damn good. And besides, 7 is my favorite number.

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    Re: Year of the pig has come with news

    !_!) hai silver-san (yes sir)

    Here's the story: this article brought my attention, and I was thinking to share it here, Fortune: Year of Pig will bring disaster - Yahoo! News
    and my question is:
    What's your opinion on what they say for the pig year? That's all.

    Arigatou Nao chan for the sig^_^
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