"Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi scolded rookie lawmakers Thursday for reading comic books and talking on their cell phones during legislative sessions, according to a newspaper report.
The national Asahi newspaper said Koizumi scolded 30 first-term lawmakers from his Liberal Democratic Party during a luncheon.
"Don't send e-mail on your cell phones or read comic books in Parliament while in session," Koizumi was quoted as saying.
"You can be seen very clearly from the prime minister's seat. You should really stop that it's disgraceful."
Koizumi's office said he hosted a luncheon Thursday, but it could not immediately confirm his comments.
Comic books, often with adult themes, are common reading material for middle-aged men. Japan's younger generation also is hooked on using cell phones to send e-mail."
"A man who used a cellphone to take nude pictures of his girlfriend and then posted them on the Internet has been jailed for distributing child pornography in what officials say is Canada's first criminal conviction involving camera phones.
Police and court officials said on Thursday that Matthew Kalijarvi, 20, had pleaded guilty in Sudbury, Ontario, to possessing, manufacturing and distributing child pornography -- his girlfriend was 17 -- and to other charges involving the use of illicitly obtained photographs.
He was jailed for six months, and will be banned from using a cellphone or computer for two years after he is released."
i wonder how they'll police that last bit? anyhow, from that last article, i tend to think it was a bit of an over reaction, but what hey, it's still funny. almost as funny as a first glance look at lewis and clark taking opium on their explorations. except, of course, when you think about it, opium had a nice pain killer quality to it, and was probably quite a wise thing to take.
on the other hand, a paste made from boiled down beef and cow hooves and eggs and vegetables, doesn't seem wise under any circumstance.