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Old 08-23-05, 11:28 AM
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Turkmen President Bans Lip Synching

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan - He has outlawed opera and ballet and railed against long hair and gold teeth, but now Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov is determined to wipe out another perceived scourge: lip synching.

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Niyazov has ordered a ban on lip synching performances across the tightly controlled Central Asian nation, citing "a negative effect on the development of singing and musical art," the president's office said Tuesday.

"Unfortunately, one can see on television old voiceless singers lip-synching their old songs," Niyazov told a Cabinet meeting in comments broadcast on state TV on Tuesday. "Don't kill talents by using lip synching... Create our new culture."

Under Niyazov's order, lip synching is now prohibited at all cultural events, concerts, on television and at private celebrations such as weddings.

Niyazov has led the former Soviet republic for 20 years, creating a vast personality cult around himself and issuing decrees regulating behavior in all walks of life.

In 2001, Niyazov banned opera and ballet as not corresponding with the national mentality. Last year, he called for young people not to get gold tooth caps and urged authorities to crack down on young men wearing beards or long hair.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050823/...p_synching_ban
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Old 08-23-05, 12:46 PM
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I'm thankful that I live in a country where the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of government, in the Federal, state, and local level, all work together for the good of the country, and never waste taxpayers dollars on pet projects or strange ideas like this one.
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Old 08-23-05, 01:35 PM
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Not me, I'm moving to Turkmenistan.

Niyazov has ordered a ban on lip synching performances across the tightly controlled Central Asian nation, citing "a negative effect on the development of singing and musical art," the president's office said Tuesday.
But seriously, he's absolutely right about this.
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Get me a one-way ticket too.
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In a related story, the surviving member of Milli Vanilli fights extradition.

News at 11.
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&*%$ Im going, Thats all there is to it Im $#%^*#$ Going!
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Old 08-23-05, 03:56 PM
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This thread is slanderous. Ashlee Simpson does not always lip-synch...

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I'm thankful that I live in a country where the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of government, in the Federal, state, and local level, all work together for the good of the country, and never waste taxpayers dollars on pet projects or strange ideas like this one.
Which country is that???
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Hmm...he makes a decent enough point with his reasoning to ban lip-synching. Too bad he otherwise seems batshit insane.
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Originally Posted by Newfrd
Which country is that???
Fantasyland.
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