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2 Articles Identifying Liverpool (and another 2 cities) as housing suitable LC districts and demographics for a OPZ (Organic Psychedelics Zone) – @AgreeToDisagree – 29th February 2012

In advocacy, amendments to law needed, better laws, candidacy, drug laws, drugs, England, Freedom of Expression, freedom of speech, preserving chav culture, Prostitution, psychedelics, separation of powers, specialisation, spirit of the law on February 29, 2012 at 2:27 pm

ARTICLE 1

UN: drug gangs controlling parts of British cities Parts of British cities are becoming no-go areas where drugs gangs are effectively in control, a United Nations drugs chief said today. – 10:00AM GMT 28 Feb 2012

Professor Hamid Ghodse, president of the UN’s International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), said there was ”a vicious cycle of social exclusion and drugs problems and fractured communities” in cities such as Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.

The development of ”no-go areas” was being fuelled by threats such as social inequality, migration and celebrities normalising drug abuse, he warned.

How should Britain’s drug problem be tackled?

Helping marginalised communities with drugs problems ”must be a priority”, he said.

”We are looking at social cohesion, the social disintegration and illegal drugs.

”In many societies around the world, whether developed or developing, there are communities within the societies which develop which become no-go areas.

”Drug traffickers, organised crime, drug users, they take over. They will get the sort of governance of those areas.

”Examples are in Brazil, Mexico, in the United States, in the UK, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, and therefore it is no good to have only law enforcement, which always shows it does not succeed.”

Prof Ghodse called for such communities to be offered drug abuse prevention programmes, treatment and rehabilitation services, and the same levels of educational, employment and recreational opportunities as in the wider society.

”Youth of these communities must have similar chances to those in the wide society and have a right to be protected from drug abuse and drug dependence,” he said.

”It is crucial that the needs of communities experiencing social disintegration are urgently tackled before the tipping point is reached, beyond which effective action becomes impossible.

”The consequences of failure are too high for society and should be avoided at all cost.”

The INCB’s annual report for 2011 found persistent social inequality, migration, emerging cultures of excess and a shift in traditional values were some of the key threats to social cohesion.

As the gap between rich and poor widens, and ”faced with a future with limited opportunities, individuals within these communities may increasingly become disengaged from the wider society and become involved in a range of personally and socially harmful behaviours, including drug abuse and drug dealing,” it said.

The report added: ”While migration offers many positive benefits to the migrant and to society at large, it can create a sense of dislocation from the surrounding community and a sense of vulnerability on the part of those who are displaced.

”Where migrating social groups have travelled from areas associated with illicit drug production and drug abuse, there is a greater likelihood of individuals engaging in forms of drug misuse as a way of coping with such a sense of dislocation.”

Celebrities’ use of illicit drugs may also ”contribute to a growing normalisation of certain forms of drug misuse within the wider society and in turn can lead to the undermining of social cohesion”.

But the INCB warned none of the factors ”should be seen as leading individuals inevitably into a lifestyle of drug abuse and criminality”.

”Whatever the social processes and social pressures at hand, human beings still have the capacity to exercise some element of choice in what they do and what they refrain from doing,” it said.

A Home Office spokesman said: ”The Ending Gang and Youth Violence report published by the Government in 2011 sets out a comprehensive strategy for supporting local areas to reduce the effects of gang violence.

”We want to stop young people from joining gangs in the first place through intervention and support to children and families at risk of gang violence.

”This will be matched with tough and intensive enforcement action to bring perpetrators to justice.”

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The ‘downtown’ districts of these areas Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester could be considered for Organic Psychedelics Zones (OPZ) like the one in  the city of Amsterdam  near the red light district (RLD) in Netherlands.

ARTICLE 2

Jane Doe to Lady Mayor : She’s the serial mistress who destroyed a defence chief. Now she’s aiming to seduce the voters of Liverpool and transform herself – by Helen Weathers – Last updated at 11:13 PM on 24th February 2012

Glamorous: Bienvenida Buck has made a career of seducing powerful and influential men

Pink champagne in hand, Bienvenida Buck leads the way into her chic new Liverpool apartment. It is only 11am but, as she explains, there is nothing quite like a fine crystal glass of something ‘light and sparkling’ to bring a glow to a lady’s complexion.

We pass through the hallway where a vast canvas of Bienvenida, painted in 1990 by royal portrait artist Richard Stone, takes pride of place. It was a wedding gift from her first husband, the late Sir Anthony Buck, former Tory MP and QC.

‘It’s magnificent, no? He used the same canvas as he used for the Queen,’ she says, padding across the pristine pale beige carpet. ‘Sir Anthony brought me into a world of beauty. He was a good man.’

Sadly for him, he was not the only man. Bienvenida has made a career of seducing powerful and influential older men, capitalising on her kittenish charms. Her most notorious conquest was Sir Peter Harding, Chief of the Defence Staff during the Gulf War, with whom she had an affair while still married to Sir Anthony.

The ‘Spanish Firecracker’, as she was dubbed by the Press, sold her story in 1994 to a red-top tabloid for a reported £150,000, ending Sir Peter’s career and accelerating her divorce from Sir Anthony (who died in 2003).

But that was 18 years ago — ancient history in Bienvenida’s eyes — and there have been two husbands (one a Count) and several lovers since.

Her third husband, Spanish lawyer Eduardo Jimeni, died from cancer in 2008, so she’s a widow now — and seemingly a merry one.

‘Marriage does not suit me,’ she says. ‘I have had 20 years of married hell. I am a romantic, I like to be taken out to dinner, to hold hands, but I will never marry again. No, no, no!

‘I don’t need companionship — I have a dog for that.’

Today, at the age of 55, the former Lady Buck is looking for a completely new direction. Where once her life’s ambition was to be the ‘power behind the throne’, now, it seems, she wants the throne for herself.

Power and passion: Lady Buck in 1994 with her ex-husband Sir Anthony Buck, left, and in 2000 with then Chief of Defence Staff Sir Peter Harding, her lover

It is hard to imagine a more unlikely candidate for Mayor of Liverpool, but Bienvenida tells me she is seriously considering throwing her designer hat into the ring.

This May, Liverpool is set to become one of the first cities outside London to ask voters to directly elect a Mayor, and Bienvenida likes the idea of becoming the North’s equivalent of London’s Boris Johnson — another blonde with an interesting private life.

Though born in Spain and a resident in Liverpool for just three years, Bienvenida firmly believes she could provide the ‘strong and accountable leadership’ required.

‘I think that I could win. I am the voice of the young people of this city. I know a lot of influential people who could bring investment to Liverpool, I have very good connections,’ she says knowingly, before taking a delicate sip of her champagne.

Independent: Lady Buck claims she is finished with marriage after three husbands, and is not looking for companionship

‘I have travelled on Concorde hundreds of times and stayed in palaces. I have lived in Dallas, Texas and Dubai. I have met princes and have contacts with very powerful entities and governments.’

Whether this is the sort of contact that might benefit Liverpool is open to debate, but Bienvenida believes she is truly in tune with her new adopted home.

‘I live in a very secure, prestigious part of Liverpool, but here I like to travel by bus. I like to go out of my comfort zone to learn about this city,’ says Bienvenida, who shares her home with her 14-year-old King Charles spaniel, named Lalique after her favourite crystal.

‘The people of Liverpool are kind and generous. I have lost my mobile phone three times and it has always been returned to me. The people here are hard workers. These are not lazy people, they are fighters. They deserve much better.’

The question is, do they deserve Bienvenida?

After all, she tells me she moved to Liverpool from St John’s Wood in London after watching an episode of the Channel 4 programme Location, Location, Location and marvelling at the ‘quality of life’ afforded by much cheaper property prices.

She knows few people in Liverpool. Much of her vision for the city is the product of conversations with the gardeners and cleaners who maintain the swish complex where she lives, or the students working part-time in the upmarket bars she frequents.

‘I don’t have many friends here, no,’ she admits. ‘I did have a couple of ladies I used to go out with, but they didn’t have much to talk about. I have never seen a woman here reading a newspaper, but I am very much in touch with the students.’

Not exactly sentiments to clinch the female votes — but to this she seems oblivious. She ushers me into her elegant living room to discuss her manifesto, which she has rather appropriately called ‘Blonde Ambitions’.

The first paragraph contains this insightful gem: ‘Cuts in manpower, police, firefighters and council workers should be avoided.’

Before we can tackle Liverpool’s infrastructure, however, Bienvenida can’t resist pointing out an exquisite Venetian mirror hanging on the wall.

‘That was a gift from a very special man in my life,’ she says coyly. ‘I’m not saying who, but he is very, very special.’

Beneath the mirror is a Lalique vase filled with more than 20 long-stemmed red roses. ‘They were a Valentine’s Day gift,’ she purrs.
Strong: Bienvenida believes she would make an excellent leader for Liverpool, despite having only moved there from London three years ago

‘Who from?’ I ask.

‘I’m not saying, nosy.’

Veering away from her agenda for Liverpool, she can’t resist telling me that middle age has done absolutely nothing to diminish her allure.

‘I have two lovers,’ she says. ‘They are both bankers — one on Wall Street in New York and the other in London. One is married and the other is not.

‘They know about each other and do not mind sharing me. They have been in my life for more than 20 years. They are very influential. They are my dear friends.’

Her second marriage in 1994 to art dealer Count Nicholas Sokolow ended in divorce after three years. Her third marriage lasted ten years.

‘My marriages have always been about men wanting to control me,’ she says now. ‘I cannot breathe when someone is pulling my strings. But I do not like to dwell on the past — my strategy is always to move forwards.

Savvy: Lady Buck admits she moved to Liverpool for the ‘quality of life’ afforded by lower property prices

‘I may be 55, but I don’t feel invisible to men. On the contrary. Thank goodness I haven’t lost my beauty and I look much younger than my years.

‘I am chatted up all the time. I’m always having to tell men “Please, I am not interested” because I only like men who can challenge my intellect, men of power who I can look up to. I am not interested in young men. Not now, and not then.

‘I make love to a man’s brains, not his body. Being with me is a privilege people have to earn. Sex is only a tiny part of seduction. Wealthy, powerful men look upon women like myself as an investment.

‘I am really enjoying being a single woman. I never feel lonely. I am the most independent woman I know. I enjoy climbing into my bed with its crisp white linen sheets and my dog, who does not snore.

‘I go to the gym, I nurture my mind, I read a lot, I love doing embroidery as I listen to music. I am never alone because I live with my ego.’

Certainly, should she stand for election, Bienvenida has one advantage over the other candidates: she has no embarrassing skeletons left to rattle in her closets. Her life is an open book. Indeed she called it The Making Of A Modern Mistress.

And on the back of her fame (or should that be infamy), 12 years ago she launched one-to-one tutorials entitled The Art of Seduction and Romancing The Rich, costing £5,000 a piece.

‘I killed the project before it even started because women were not prepared to pay £5,000 to become ladies, basically,’ she says dismissively. ‘They would rather spend the money joining a dating agency. They want short cuts.

‘Modern women are not willing to put in the hours studying art and deportment. I never asked a man to buy me jewellery or frivolities. I asked for him to invest in my future with a college course or something else which would improve me.

‘I have no regrets. I am a product of my life and the men who have been there supporting me through thick and thin.

‘If I stand for Mayor, my life will be dissected like a laboratory animal, but you know the advantage with me is that I don’t care. I have nothing to fear because the real men behind me are very powerful and they are there with me. I laugh off insults. No one can touch me. I am not hostage to my past.’

Born Bienvenida Perez-Blanco in a poor quarter of Valencia, her upbringing seems to have left indelible scars. Her mother left her father, a watch repairer, when she was two, then sent Bienvenida to live with her grandmother while she moved from Spain to England for work. The young Bienvenida then spent six miserable years in foster care from the age of ten after her grandmother died.

She was 16 when she joined her mother, who was working as a housekeeper in a smart home for elderly people — but even then she did not receive a warm welcome.

Today, she describes her mother as cold, unloving and a ‘diabolical’ woman. They remain estranged, and Bienvenida says she is grateful she never had children of her own.

‘My mother was never there for me. She didn’t deserve to have me. I have no children because I know I cannot deal with the responsibility.’

Befriended by an aristocratic resident at the home where her mother worked, Bienvenida took her advice to ‘find a husband to look after you’ to heart.
If I stand for Mayor, my life will be dissected like a laboratory animal, but you know the advantage with me is that I don’t care. I have nothing to fear because the real men behind me are very powerful and they are there with me. I laugh off insults. No one can touch me. I am not hostage to my past.

After honing her skills on a series of older men who fell under her spell, she thought she’d found the perfect husband in Sir Anthony Buck, MP for North Colchester, who was 30 years her senior.

‘Sir Anthony was a brilliant man, a highly respected barrister, Minister for the British Navy under Edward Heath. When I married him, it was my dream to have a man of power, of a certain age, that I could look up to,’ she says.

‘But sadly, he never recovered from the divorce from his first wife to whom he’d been married 34 years. He started to drink, and that coupled with the pressures of politics turned him into a very difficult man to live with. The drink took its toll on him, and later on me.’

Bienvenida says she feels no guilt about her affair with Sir Peter Harding, a married father-of-four, and that his resignation was just ‘collateral damage’.

‘I asked Sir Anthony for a divorce within a year of our marriage,’ she continues. ‘I could not cope with his drinking, and then I met Sir Peter. I was the one paying for our relationship financially. I was booking the hotels, entertaining him, giving parties, introducing him to powerful people.

‘And on my birthday, three years later, he did not even bring me a bouquet of flowers.

‘When my husband found out about our affair, he said he was going to tell the Press, instead of giving me the quiet divorce I asked for. It all started from there.’

So, Bienvenida found herself seeking advice and protection from another powerful and influential man, media agent Max Clifford.

‘I am not responsible for other people’s moralities. I am far too busy with my own. Sir Peter should not have taken me for granted,’ she says dismissively. ‘I sleep like a baby at night. I just thank God I survived.’

It took two further marriages for Bienvenida to realise she wasn’t the marrying kind. Her second also ended in scandal and the headline ‘Lady Bucky’s husband cheats with kinky sex queen’.

In 1994, American model and waitress Suzannah Fleming, then aged 39, told a red-top tabloid she’d indulged in shenanigans with the Count — involving leather, high heels and whips — three months after his wedding to Bienvenida

Nor did her third marriage bring her much happiness.

‘We separated in 2005, so I didn’t see him in the three years before he died,’ she says. ‘I couldn’t divorce Eduardo, because sometimes in life it is better not to take drastic measures and we did not want people to gossip.

‘He was a very kind man, a Spanish playboy with a heart of gold, but he didn’t know the meaning of work. I didn’t go to his funeral. I don’t do weddings and funerals or big emotions.’

But is Bienvenida really happy in her new adopted home of Liverpool, with her distant lovers, few friends, no job (she refuses to discuss finances) and mayoral ambitions?

‘I like who I am,’ she says. ‘I can sleep with my conscience and integrity. I do not regret what I had to do to survive. I am proud of the woman that I am today.’

Here’s what other readers have said. Why not add your thoughts, or debate this issue live on our message boards. The comments below have been moderated in advance.

Sounds like Nancy Dell’ollio and looks like Debbie McGee ….. How could any man resist her?

– merka, south coast, 25/2/2012 09:33
Rating   5

“I make love to a man’s brains, not his body. Being with me is a privilege people have to earn. Sex is only a tiny part of seduction. Wealthy, powerful men look upon women like myself as an investment.”- Oh dear! Based on your past performance, current appearance, and the downward trend of your future prospects dear – I think you’ve lost your Triple AAA rating a long time ago!

– Ronnie, Cynical, UK, 25/2/2012 09:26
Rating   14

Saw this specimen in my local market – didn’t bid on her though ..

– Lord Snooty, Chester, 25/2/2012 09:16
Rating   10

I S THIS WOMAN FOR REAL!!!!!!! for a minute i thought it was the 1st april…

– matt, liverpool uk, 25/2/2012 09:16
Rating   10

Well, to all in Liverpool, you should be so proud of this potential candidate!! or not…

– Kim, UK, 25/2/2012 09:13
Rating   5

She looks young? No sorry love you look your age.

– Kay, Garden of England, 25/2/2012 09:06
Rating   15

Forza Bienvenida !!!!!!!!

– Steven, Surrey, 25/2/2012 09:06
Rating   5

I admire her a lot, but why on earth would she want to live in Liverpool when she could live here??

– Jane, Spain, 25/2/2012 08:52
Rating   6

I can think of nobody less qualified to take on civic responsibilities. Someone who reckons taking a bus is going outside her comfort zone, will not be able to handle a single problem that affects folk living in the real world.

– Jen, Gloucester, 25/2/2012 08:50
Rating   8

She has no friends because she’s a man stealer. It’s lock up your husbands when she’s around.

– i Love Cheese, Bucks, 25/2/2012 08:49

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A LC majority constituency would be winnable as many more people would not mind her background or the moral issues with thye way that wealth was obtained. The serious minded or social class conscious types, even the moral types would not vote for this example of false success. The spiritual implications on a nation would be tolerable at a certain level for a specific type of constituency, but not acceptable to run or represent a country by.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/9110374/UN-drug-gangs-controlling-parts-of-British-cities.html

Note how Scottish visual-materials culture via use-matching of Tartan-Plaid to Burberry’s (or is it Mulberry’s), is affected or even bound to chav culture. Intentional or is it contrived or ‘groomed’ by buying of the same. There are REAL chavs who have taken up on the tartan-plaid-punk meme, and there are false ones possibly the original users of the same material with the intent in putting down the Scots. Subtle but not immediately evident? Think punk bands in ripped batik or such in Malaysia, get the idea? . . . Do refute this postulation otherwise!

Next up, in a time slip, England by sheer similarity of Beefeater, Ushanka-Cossack hat similarities somehow becomes a colony of Moscow . . .

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5 Articles on Malaysian Politics, MRT spat continues, general Journo-exhortations, PC issues in Islam, Hagelian Dialectic where Apartheid continues no matter jow much arguing, Tripartite – and what about Apartheid? – repostedby @AgreeeToDisgree – 28th February 2012

In 1% tricks and traps, Abuse of Power, advice, amendments to law needed, Bad By-Laws, bad laws, better laws, Bumiputera Apartheid, criticism, Democracy, democratisation, Equality, Freedom of Expression, Invasive Laws, Malaysia, media traps, misplaced adoration, neutral spaces, one level up, Pakatan Rakyat Coalition, political correctness, profiteering off fines, separation of powers, social freedoms, unreasonable fines on February 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm

ARTICLE 1

We will stop MRT work, say Jalan Sultan owners – UPDATED @ 04:12:57 PM 27-02-2012 – by Yow Hong Chieh – February 27, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 — Jalan Sultan landowners said today they will resort to “physically” stopping construction of the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) tunnel under the road if necessary.

Committee for the Preservation of Jalan Sultan chairman Stanley Yong said they would first stop the Klang Bus Stand, UDA Ocean and Plaza Warisan from being demolished as the three buildings were the “gateway” to the historic street.

“Physically, we have to stop it,” he told reporters at Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) here.

But he declined to elaborate on the plan, saying that details would be revealed in time.

Yong also refuted MRT Corp’s claim that all but two landowners have agreed to the mutual agreement proposed by the KVMRT project owner, noting that none of them had inked such an agreement.

MRT Corp chief executive Datuk Azhar Abdul Hamid said on Friday that only two landowners had turned down its mutual agreement.

The mutual agreement would allow the landowners to retain property rights but will require them to vacate their lots for six months to allow tunnelling work to be carried out.

Azhar (picture) had also warned that MRT Corp would have no choice but to allow the government to proceed with compulsory land acquisition of the affected lots in the bustling Chinatown area if owners did not sign the agreement by month’s end.

But Yong today stressed that the Lands and Mines Department (KPTG) should suspend its proposed acquisition of Jalan Sultan lots so that landowners will not feel pressured during talks with MRT Corp.

“If negotiations are to be fair and square, owners should not be subjected to fear or any kind of interference…,” he said.

“Every time they receive a document from KPTG to attend hearings, owners cannot even continue their normal lives.”

The KLSCAH secretary-general pointed out that the mutual agreement was “no different from acquisition” as owners will only be allowed to keep their properties if MRT Corp certifies them as being safe for occupancy.

Yong said Jalan Sultan landowners will present their case to the prime minister along with signatures collected by some 300 NGOs in the hope that Datuk Seri Najib Razak will agree to realign the KVMRT route.

The dispute over land acquisition began soon after landowners in Chinatown, Imbi and Bukit Bintang were informed in mid-2011 that the government would acquire lots above the KVMRT tunnel as owners’ rights extend to the centre of the earth under the law.

Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chief executive Mohd Nur Kamal has said landowners could then apply for stratum titles but added there was no guarantee Putrajaya would re-alienate the surface land back to them.

Critics have questioned the need for compulsory acquisition of both surface and underground land as the National Land Code 1965 was amended in 1990 to allow underground land to be acquired without affecting surface rights.

Unhappy landowners have mounted a high-profile campaign marked by many protests, signature drives and claims that Putrajaya was conducting a “land grab” in order to defray project costs.

The multibillion ringgit MRT, meant to ease traffic congestion in the Klang Valley, is Malaysia’s most expensive infrastructure project to date.

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Get the UN and foreign media observers to watch and teach Pakatan a lesson. File UN complaints. BN of course is also apartheid, but this MRT b.s. is under Pakatan’s (indirectly the Lim Clan and Karpal Clan and Anwar Clan’s) watch. Eminent Domain laws under Section 8 of the Land Acquisition Actmust be abolished. Allodial Titles must be implemented for all Freehold property so that such abuses will never occur again. All MPs (especially Pakatan ones) who have a problem with affirmation on these 2 issues removal of Section 8 of the Land Acquisition Act AND implementation of Allodial titles, or cannot promise in legally binding black and white (much like BN cannot end Apartheid in Malaysian law and constitution) to amend the laws, must be removed and voted out of power.

ARTICLE 2

The greater the crime, the greater the sentence should be — Justinian – February 27, 2012

FEB 27 — On December 23, 2011, former Selangor mentri besar Khir Toyo was sentenced to 12 months’ jail and forfeiture of his land and bungalow for “knowingly purchasing” these properties that cost about RM6.5 million for less than the price of its original value. The sentence was suspended pending appeal (The Star Online, December 23, 2011, “Khir Toyo gets 1 year jail for graft”).

On January 5, 2012, a small report appeared in a side column of theSun news daily that three RapidKL bus drivers were each charged with theft of RM150 of “Touch n’ Go” reloads in August 2011. All three claimed trial, i.e. pleaded not guilty. If convicted they could face a maximum of seven years in jail (theSun, January 5, 2012, “Bus drivers claim trial to T’NG reload theft”).

On January 4, 2012, the BBC News website reported that a 15-year-old youth was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for stealing a pair of sandals (slippers) in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Due to his being a minor, the court sent him home to his parents, instead of imposing the jail sentence (BBC News Asia, January 4, 2012, “Indonesia outrage at boy’s conviction for sandal theft”).

Looking at these three cases side by side, one wonders if justice is truly served. The millionaire ex-MB gets away with a light “smack” on the hand for graft amounting to RM3 million. Execution of the sentence, however, has been held back by the legal process.

Some have expressed doubt that he will be languishing in prison for 12 months, either by winning his appeal or by being allowed out on parole in a few months for “good behaviour”. Embezzlers and cheats are not usually violent criminals but “white collar criminals”.

Where is the outrage?

White collar crime robs the general public of millions and encourages corruption in its various forms. Is this disease less harmful to the country and its citizens than petty theft? What this sentence appears to indicate to the public is that cheating another and the public in general of large sums of money is not as bad as common petty theft of smaller amounts.

A minority of Malaysians thought that the court had come to its senses and had done the right thing by finding this Barisan Nasional politician guilty. They praised the court for its verdict and sentence. This looks like a small step in the right direction to curb corruption or it may merely be an effort to give the impression that Malaysia still has an impartial and independent judiciary.

In contrast, the possible sentence faced by the three bus drivers in the second case above is a maximum of seven years imprisonment for theft of a paltry RM150 in Touch n’ Go reloads. Bus drivers are economically disadvantaged when it comes to the legal process as they are not paid millions for driving buses. Still, they have families to support with whatever salary they are currently pulling.

All three accused drivers are in their 20s and early 30s, when most people are either newly married or have young families to support. This does not mean that they should escape paying for their alleged dishonesty if found guilty. But, in comparison to Khir Toyo’s case, does the punishment fit the crime?

Since the bus drivers case did not seem to warrant wide publicity, there has been no public comment over the prosecution of this petty theft and the possible maximum sentence it would attract should these accused be convicted. There will probably be no public outcry at all if these accused were convicted. Ordinary workers are seldom of any significance, having no prestige, financial or political influence and power. Even legal justice seems to be class sensitive. What then does equality before the law mean?

In contrast, the Indonesian public’s outrage at the conviction and sentence of five years imprisonment of the minor convicted of theft of a pair of sandals outside a police boarding house is something to be noted and lauded. A protest was staged by ordinary Indonesians placing thousands of pairs of used slippers outside police stations to signify their indignation against the leniency with which Indonesian courts seem to treat high-ranking officials convicted of corruption and the meting out of severe sentences for impoverished ordinary Indonesians convicted of petty theft (BBC News Asia, January 4, 2012). In mitigating this punishment, the court is seen to have acted with justice and mercy; yet this is no cure or excuse for the double standards treatment of the judiciary.

The injustice is inexcusable as the prosecution was reportedly made about six months after the alleged theft was committed and the minor claimed to have been slapped and beaten by a policeman with a piece of wood till he bled (BBC News Asia, 4 January 2012). No mention was made of any redress for this assault on the boy.

Saved by expediency?

On January 9, 2012, the Kuala Lumpur High Court made the decision to acquit and discharge Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim of his second sodomy charge in a protracted and controversial trial. This case drew wide public attention locally as well as overseas.

Despite the widespread criticism of the way in which the case was brought to trial on doubtful and ambiguous evidence, government leaders felt that this sudden acquittal showed that the judicial system in Malaysia was fair and independent (MySinchew.com, “Leaders praise independence of judiciary over court verdict”).

Malaysian NGOs including the Bar Council rightly hailed the High Court’s decision to acquit as a just verdict but did not go on to imply that this was an assurance that the judicial system as a whole would from now on wear the mantle of independence and impartiality.

Whether the current federal authorities will allow such reform, as the Barisan Nasional ministers boast, is doubted by many as the independence of the judiciary has been eroded to virtual nothingness for the past 54 years.

Moreover, local and foreign observers and human rights organisations have consistently condemned this sodomy trial as politically motivated. Justice could have been done earlier if the case had been dismissed the moment it became obvious that the charge made was baseless and could not be logically proven. Instead, a long drawn “sandiwara” ensued with the judiciary allowing the prosecution to continue till this crucial point in time, when a decision either way would be politically favourable to Anwar and the opposition Pakatan Rakyat, in anticipation of a general election.

Anwar has been saved by political expediency and public interest (as he is a public figure in whom the electorate have placed much hope for reform and change in the country). Nevertheless, Malaysians should also begin to examine and question the way in which punishment is meted out here, just as the Indonesian public have begun to do.

If Malaysians continue to turn a blind eye to the fact that those lacking the financial capacity to engage the best legal representation in the country must accept heavy sentences or plead guilty for petty crimes while rich millionaires like Khir Toyo, convicted of serious corruption or white-collar crime affecting the national economy can get off with light sentences or go scot-free, any hope of justice being done by an independent and impartial judiciary would be squashed.

If nothing is done, our justice system would retain its two-tier, class-biased, partial and compromised character, moulded by decades of politically motivated abuse and prejudice against the poorer sections of society struggling to survive economically.

Like the Indonesian public, it is open to Malaysians to demand that justice be done and our constitutional right of equality before the law be honoured by our judiciary and the government of the day. — aliran.com

* Justinian is a pseudonym

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What do you call the lack of the below 3 items? :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

A crime against humanity. I’d focus on ending APARTHEID first before muddling with corruption. As mentioned before, end CORRUPTION and 10 VIP people go to jail, maybe 1000 people get compensation, BUT end APARTHEID, and MILLIONS have improvements in their lives.

Incidentally, profiteering in strawman/false flag case, occurs in the West to enrich contrived equally false flag/strawman ‘victims’ as often too. Where tax payer monies are paid out by fatuous Judges in the inequitable tune of millions (sometimes in 100s of millions) for the most minor of infarctions or genuine social faux pas. How many of us strongly believe that 9-11 was an inside job, and that Osama was an inside man and that the whole event was created to ensure certain VIPs who worked at the Twin Towers died, as well as to justify a war in the Middle East to enrich colluding military contractors and military suppliers much like the prison contractor/supplier collusion issue where 40+ thousand a year per prisoner can be inflicted upon taxpayer funds for a petty theft worth less than a few hundred. The legal system is a farce in too many cases.

ARTICLE 3

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:36
The Star editors hauled up over singer’s ‘Allah’ tattoo

KUALA LUMPUR – The Home Ministry announced Monday that it had called up the chief news editor, managing editor and senior editor of newspaper The Star over an allegedly offensive photograph of R&B singer Erykah Badu, which depicted tattoos of the Arabic characters ‘Allah’.

In a statement made yesterday by Deputy Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong, the ministry said they would be issuing a show-cause letter to The Star for a written explanation from the English daily within a week.

The offending photograph was published yesterday with in The Star’s Star2 entertainment section, in an article about the Dallas-born singer.

Action has been taken in the past over the alleged misuse of the word ‘Allah’, or God, particularly by non-Muslims. In 2010, there was a controversy where Catholic weekly The Herald nearly lost its publishing license after using the word ‘Allah’ as a translation for ‘God’, evoking the Malaysian government to warn them that the word should only be used by Muslims. Tensions over the controversy were linked to several church attacks in January 2010.

Discontent over Badu and her tattoos have been welling in the last few months among Muslim groups, with several Malay entertainment blogs making posts demanding that the artiste not be allowed to perform in the country.

Badu, 41, has a live performance at KLCC Plenary Hall in Kuala Lumpur scheduled for tomorrow. She is a best-selling R&B, jazz and hip-hop singer popularly known as the “First Lady of Neo-Soul”. Her last album New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) was launched in 2010.

-REUTERS
Commentator comments :

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 16:20 posted by Utusan Babi

Nothing will happen. Just wayang kulit. How can they take action against their kind – BN-MCA mouth piece. Don’t waste our time and space for such wayang kulit. The racist Utusan Malaysia should have been closed down long ago for spewing sensitive racial slurs.
Comment Link terence Tuesday, 28 February 2012 15:45 posted by terence

Don’t just suspend the Star. Suspending is too lenient for this trash masquerading as a newspaper. Please close down the Star
Comment Link adam_786 Tuesday, 28 February 2012 15:04 posted by adam_786

There is no loss for me if the Star is banned. The Star has lost its shine just as all the govt controlled TV stations reporting the daily news. Being MCA controlled the Star has been quite arrogant and has been unfair in its reporting of political scenes in Malaysia. It has already lost its integrity as a newspaper. This insensitivity to the Muslim is the culmination of this arrogance with a strong political backing. It should be banned as a lessons for the other newspaper.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 16:52 posted by Disgusted

When two Muslim reporters walk into a Church take part in a Catholic Sacred rite, spit it out, photograph it and publish an article on it in a magazine, that’s OK. What a Home Minister!!
So much for National Unity and Race relations.
Comment Link Tabloid bully Tuesday, 28 February 2012 16:51 posted by Tabloid bully

Star belongs to second-class obseqiuous Chinese-based party Mca and lose out to religious fervour.

It is weak and will probably wag its tail and do what the master commands or lose its dog license.

This shows that the party is weak and cannot represent Chinese interests at all.

Malaysian Chinese should wake up to this fact and not support such a usedfool party.

Choose multi-ethnic parties that has the strength in its multi-ethnicness to stand up to such bullying.

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No need to be alarmed. It’s like a copyright lawsuit where if any star got ‘Starbucks’ tattooed without permission COULD be sued and required to remove the tattoo (they consider this advertising though). Muslims should not threaten with violence or even lawsuit on anything where nobody was physically or financially hurt either. In the various Quran burning cases for example, the killings of offenders were not justified. If the retaliating Muslims marched around confiscating an equal number of bibles from the local churches to burn in retaliation, that would have been better. You cannot kill people if no people have been killed you Muslims. Now Muslims have justified by the killings EVEN more burnings of qurans. A human being God’s creation in God’s image being killed, could easily forfeit 1 million Qurans for burning. Stop this at once or God will not protect Islam for killing ‘his’ image no matter how corrupted, because when if offending man dies from natural causes, the Earth herself will do the purification, those lives were not any Muslim’s to take, God (if you believe in that) will however punish as HE deems fit . . . NOT for a mob of killers under the auspices of Islam or any other religion. Civilisation is somthing Muslims need to work on.

ARTICLE 4

“Cina Babi, Penang Cina bodoh”, Guan Eng tells police of Perkasa-Umno attacks – written by  Lim Guan Eng – Tuesday, 28 February 2012 17:28

Nearly two years ago, the Penang PR state government had set up a Speakers’ Square in Padang Kota Lama to permit not only freedom of speech but also freedom after speech. The Speakers’ Square upholds the spirit of, “I may disagree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it”.   The Speakers’ Square is for the public to use to allow them to express themselves freely without threats or fear. For this reason the state government has rarely organised any events in Speakers’ corner.

On 26 February 2012, I arrived at 6.30 pm in Padang Kota Lama to attend a Himpunan Hijau 2.0 event organised by a Penang NGO Suaram to object to the Lynas rare earth processing plant in Kuantan. Before my arrival, Penang Senior EXCO member YB Chow Kon Yeow who was there at 6 pm, had informed me by phone of disruption of the peaceful rally by UMNO and Perkasa members.

YB Chow said that there were 1,000 people against Lynas as compared to 100 UMNO and Perkasa members supporting Lynas. He told me the UMNO and Perkasa members were behaving violently. The UMNO and Perkasa members were violently pushing the anti-Lynas people, forcibly trying to disperse them and force them to leave the field. Fortunately the anti-Lynas people did not retaliate to the UMNO and Perkasa members’ violent behaviour. They just sat down on the field, refusing to leave as ordered by UMNO and Perkasa.

“Cina Babi, Penang Cina bodoh”

I decided to proceed to the Himpunan Hijau 2.0 event and arrived at 6.30pm in my official car PG1. On arrival I became the target of the UMNO and Perkasa members’ violent behaviour. They used foul language, curse words and racial epithets such as “Cina Babi, Penang Cina bodoh, babi sokong Lim Guan Eng Ketua Menteri”.

The UMNO and Perkasa members surged forward, pointing their fists at me, again using racist language and threatening words like “you jaga”. If not for the members of public ringing me in protection, I believe they would have attacked me.

This violent conduct does not represent Malay culture or Malaysian spirit. I do not understand why they are so worked up in supporting Lynas which is an Australian company. They have a right to support Lynas but these UMNO and Perkasa members cannot prevent others from opposing Lynas.

Speech disrupted

I then went up to the stage to deliver my speech with YB Chow by my side. My speech against Lynas was repeatedly disrupted by the UMNO and Perkasa members who stood less than a meter from me.

In my speech I had stressed that the opposition to the Lynas plant is not a racial but an environmental issue affecting all regardless of race or religion. The processing of rare earth has radioactive negative effects. How serious these effects are can be seen by the fact that Lynas cannot even get approval from its own Australian government to build the plant in Australia. If Lynas plant explodes, then everyone will suffer – the Chinese will suffer, the Malays will suffer, the Indians will suffer, the Kadazans will suffer, the Ibans will suffer. We must not choose money over our health.

Journalist hurt trying to protect me

After my speech I went down the stage to greet the anti-Lynas people. There was a lot of pushing and shoving, the same abusive language and racial slurs as well as violent threats against me with fists pointed at me by the Perkasa and UMNO members. I did not witness the violent attacks by UMNO and Perkasa members on the two Kwong Wah Jit Poh journalists, Chew Seng Tung and Lee Hong Chun.

However I am grateful to Chew who was violently attacked by the UMNO and Perkasa members for preventing the UMNO members from attacking me. Chew had 8 stitches on his injured finger whilst Lee had a bruise on his head. I believe that there are more who were hit by the UMNO and Perkasa members.

This is not the first time that reporters have been injured by violent UMNO and Perkasa members. In an illegal demonstration in July last year, two reporters were injured in a demonstration attended by UMNO Senator Ezam Mohd Nor. To date no action has been taken by the police against those who assaulted the two reporters.

Hit and spit at my car

The UMNO and Perkasa members continued their violent behaviour towards me coming as close as 1 meter when I went to my car. Even after getting into my official car, they continued to hit my car, spit on it and refused to let my car leave. The anti-Lynas crowd showed restraint and did not retaliate against the UMNO and Perkasa violent behaviour.

Seeing their violent behaviour, I felt threatened by UMNO and Perkasa members nearly 2 days after the event. I am shocked that BN, especially Penang UMNO and Gerakan (Dato Musa Sheikh Fadzir and Dato Seri Teng Hock Nan) continues to support the violent behaviour of UMNO and Perkasa members towards the Kwong Jit Poh reporters and the anti-Lynas public. Instead of a public apology by BN for their UMNO and Perkasa’s violent behaviour, both of them try to blame me.

Yet Umno and Gerakan condone such violence

Clearly the injuries suffered by the reporters are not enough for UMNO and Gerakan to differentiate who are the criminals and who are the victims. I believe that these irresponsible comments by UMNO and Gerakan leaders are intended to justify the inexcusable violent behaviour of UMNO and Perkasa members.

When UMNO and Gerakan do not even condemn violent attacks by UMNO and Perkasa members on reporters covering the event, my personal safety is not guaranteed. Just like the two reporters, if I am violently attacked by UMNO and Perkasa members, I will always be wrong and instead the UMNO and Perkasa attackers will be the victims.

For my personal safety, I hereby lodge a police report against violent threats by UMNO and Perkasa members. Should anything happen to me, UMNO and Perkasa have to bear full responsibility. It is up to the police to show that they can perform their duties without fear of favour by acting not only against the UMNO and Perkasa members who assaulted the two reporters but also those who threatened me.

LIM GUAN ENG IS THE DAP SECRETARY-GENERAL AND PENANG CHIEF MINISTER

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Tsk, tsk, tsk. The Malays who actually go ‘Cina babi, cina bodoh.’ like that, are those who are benefiting from the Apartheid of Bumiputra or are in the position to get special privileges. They do not represent your lower and most of the middle echelon Malays or even Malay civil servants. Finally you don’t know how uneducated it sounds to everyone else when these sorts go ‘Cina babi, cina bodoh’. It’s worse than the mentality of playground kids from the less educated families.

“I may disagree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it”. TRY THIS ONE  below :

“I may disagree with HOW you LIVE but I will defend to the death your right to LIVE it”.

See the 3 items below?

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

See the 13 point plan below?

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=318515515322

Practice what you preach. Nepotism and limitless terms are wrong and undemocratic. Tearing peoples’ awnings down or demanding private property owners ‘report to’ the local council is not – ‘ . . . defending to the death your right to LIVE it”. ‘

Heck it is not even the property of those who are making demands, so what does that feel like? Gangster protection rackets, courtesy of DAP – ‘ . . . didn’t pay protection (council fees) to we the DAP, so we will tear down your awning / private staircase / business stall, take away your gas tank / sue your journalist / confiscate squatter traders’ fruits, cheapo sunglasses or crappy ‘cincin batu’ set in tin alloy, or bottled and canned drinks? . . .

Amend those laws if you love the Rakyat, not threaten to storm into their houses and destroy what they built, take away their source of livilihood. Any 3rd Force MP wannbes ready to amend the above abusive laws?

This article ends with  (conspicuously in all caps) :

LIM GUAN ENG IS THE DAP SECRETARY-GENERAL AND PENANG CHIEF MINISTER

Ahem, **WE KNOW** LIM GUAN ENG IS THE DAP SECRETARY-GENERAL AND PENANG CHIEF MINISTER. SO USE A LARGER FONT ON TOP OF THE CAPS WHEN SAYING LIM GUAN ENG IS THE DAP SECRETARY-GENERAL AND PENANG CHIEF MINISTER. DON’T MISS THE Y.M. IN FRONT OF THE PARACHUTE NAME WHY DON’T YOU?

Mediocrity and now, Idiocracy . . .

Secretary of State : “I’m secretary of state. Brought to you by Carl’s Jr.”

Joe: “Why do you keep saying that?”

Secretary of State: “‘Cause they pay me every time I do. It’s a really good way of making money. You’re so smart, why don’t you know that?”

Some of us do what we do because we bother about the oppressiveness of the system and level of mob mindedness around us. Got the message Mr.Term Limitless Parachute YM Carl?

Lim Jr. IS THE DAP SECRETARY-GENERAL AND PENANG CHIEF MINISTER. Brought to you by Malaysia Chronicle. This makes democracy poorer.


 

ARTICLE 5

Penang Declaration: Annual Tripartite Consultative Meeting 2011 – posted by Web Administrator – Monday, 27 February 2012 04:07pm

PENANG DECLARATION

Whereas we, the President of the Advocates’ Association of Sarawak, the President of the Sabah Law Association and the Chairman of the Bar Council,

Having convened in Penang on 16 September 2011 for the Annual Tripartite Consultative Meeting 2011,

Welcoming this annual opportunity to convene to confer on issues of mutual interest and concern,

Taking cognisance of the critical role that the Advocates’ Association of Sarawak, the Sabah Law Association and the Bar Council play, individually and collectively, in upholding the Rule of Law and the cause of justice, promoting human rights and defending the principles of democracy, in order to bring about a just and equitable society that is built on equality and free from discrimination,

Reaffirming our commitment to these objectives and resolving to strengthen our efforts towards the realisation of these goals,

Solemnly adopt the Penang Declaration, as follows:

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If Bumiputra Apartheid and Article 1 of the UNHCR is not mentioned during this ‘declaration’, in the context of the below 3 items :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

; then if the above 3 items are not mentioned, Bar Council has confirmed itself to be a tool of the apartheid accepting regime (along with BN coalition lapdogs) and the meeting was but a farce.

The “Right to Migrate” Trumps All – Kevin MacDonald on November 24, 2010

In 1% tricks and traps, amendments to law needed, Invasive Laws, Law, media traps, media tricks, mental abuse, misrepresentation of data, social freedoms, vested interest on February 27, 2012 at 4:28 pm

The Center for Immigration Studies has issued a report, Fewer Jobs, More Immigrants, maintaining that despite the loss of 1 million jobs, 13.1 Million immigrants arrived in the last decade. The level of immigration remained the same despite a huge worsening of job creation.

Most tellingly, in 2008-2009, in the midst of the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression, 2.4 million new immigrants (legal and illegal) settled in the United States, even though 8.2 million jobs were lost over the same period. And the forecast is miserable, the LA Times print edition headline screaming “Fed forecasts hears of pain on job front.” The article did not quote anyone who thought that cutting back immigration would be a good idea.

Which tells us one thing: It’s not about economics. As the CIS notes, “the level of new immigration can remain high even in the face of massive job losses.”

I was reminded of this as I read my daily email from the American Third Position, titled “U.N. Calls for More Legal Immigration, as U.S. Jobs are Increasingly Shipped Overseas.” (Click here for the article; instructions for getting A3P emails are on the same page.)

Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, stated that “Although states have legitimate interests in securing their borders and exercising immigration controls, such concerns do not trump the obligations of the state to respect the internationally guaranteed rights of all persons.” Among those rights is the right to migrate wherever they want–effectively saying that in fact states have no right to control their borders.

She implies that the developed world should be willing to take in 214 million (!!) international migrants. America is clearly not doing its share. (And there will be plenty more prospective migrants as soon as these 214 million are settled in.) Indeed, as A3P notes, she essentially threatened Americans as being outside compliance with international law, stating that “The principle of non-discrimination is fundamental in international human rights law.” Everyone has a right to come to the US and the US has no right to discriminate among among prospective immigrants.

In the hands of Third World ideologues, what started out as the powerful, uniquely Western idea that people have rights against the state is in effect turned into the right to displace the people who created these societies. Western societies have rejected an identity based on their traditional people and culture in favor of an ideology that they are nothing more than “proposition nations”–a major theme of The Culture of Critique. Such proposition nations are ill-equipped to establish a principled intellectual defense against such egregious expansions of rights. Viewed from the perspective of, say, an African native of Kenya, any policy that discriminates in favor of people of European descent involves impermissible discrimination.

Niva Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Clearly, there will be unrelenting pressure on the West to admit ever more immigrants–regardless of the economic conditions in those countries and regardless of the consequences to the founding populations and their culture. The Camp of the Saints nightmare in slow motion. But since the elites of all Western societies are resolutely committed to the dispossession of the people who built them, one never hears anything from political leadership or from the mainstream media about the astounding fact that legal immigration has continued more or less as it has been despite millions of unemployed Americans.

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Frankly the most reasoned among us do not believe in the idea of passports (and passport fees, or IDs and ID fees) or borders or nations. The world belongs to everyone and barriers from migrating ANYWHERE one wishes should not be imposed on anyone, especially those who have not committed crimes. Maybe maintain the passport requirements ONLY on criminals who have committed crimes related to tariff evasion or escaping crimes specifically?

The following is unnecessary but included to highlight societies of today : That ‘IDs or passports for criminals only thing’ would encourage local governments to invest in their people’s sense of justice and ethics because criminals will not be allowed to travel and a profiteering society or governance paradigm ends!

Combined with reasoned subsistence/production-worthy only paradigms in land ownership limits, Utopia and freedom from TSA and the profiteering paradigm via ‘government’ justification of need for identification (how many terrorist acts were actually governments colluding, or even locally contrived situations) is possible.

This effective disallowing of people from moving around worldwide creates police state mentality and subjects them to the mercy of the state and should be liberalised. All non-criminals should be allowed to travel the world unimpeded. What was it like 300 years ago? Anyone could travel anywhere and local laws would punish criminals as well. There was no passport or what not. No idiotic citizen’s ‘fight song’ (aka anthem) or whatever childish b.s.. Just a sense of fairplay, that fosters ethical treatment of one’s fellow man – WORLDWIDE – instead of this communal country vs country b.s., faither vs non-faither vs agnostic, vs atheist b.s..

Badly governed, apartheid/backward law keeping or nepotistic and dictatorial nations would thus see their citizens migrate away from those nations (areas) until they died out instead of thinking ‘the citizens have no choice so the 99% will have to tolerate whatever laws we dish out to them backed by laws written by 1% types, and then enforced  by police FROM their own 99% ranks to boot! – What b.s.!

Conversely good nations (areas)would grow and prosper with new migrants (though spreading out into the country at LOW DENSITY (i.e. lots of green lung) instead of getting more dense), instead of being trapped into elections systems (and profiteering mechanisms thereof parasiting off elections) that again are not even participatory or even true democratic (1 man 1 vote AT ALL LEVELS), being mostly representative democracies, an exception being a portion of USA’s governance in  the 1 man 1 vote for President, though the wide ranging powers of Presidents could again be separated into expert councils and the President’s powers itself could be to VETO  when deadlock or a quick decision is needed more than anything else.

Back to nations and migration.

People who are criminal (refer to crimes in the most common sense manner, negative freedoms like as discussed throughout my WP site ARE NOT CRIMES) could still be expelled from nations or non-(fill in your ‘criminal’ action here) zones, or kept in certain (fill in your ‘criminal’ action here) advocacy districts (rather than profiteering prisons – Thieves Quarter / City of Thieves anyone?) they had been ‘criminal’ in. Networking with GPS, surveillance technology could easily ensure that such persons won’t be able to run off to another nation and cause trouble, but migration ESPECIALLY by goodly and hardworking folks should be ENTIRELY UNIMPEDED or plutocratic in nature (requires certain amounts of funds to enter or ‘switch countries etc..)

The current system breeds profiteering via demogoguery and xenophobia, opens the door to abuse by war mongers in government, the unethical within the psychiatric establishment (nominally also the medical establishment colluding with a food production with infused with cancer causing preservatives and other potentially addictive if not sickening unpronounceable substances), and encourages riots or hegemonies including over residents of any country. The right to migrate has been trampled on since the passport or various ‘prohibitions’ on essentially valueless, easily grown at home substances which Nature GIFTED humanity, were introduced (which undemocratic group of people say you are not allowed to grow your own food at home or medicinal and recreational plants???), what is needed in fact is redistribution of wealth and land ownership if we even claim to have left the dark ages.

Try the link below where Capitalism is not uncontrolled. “Utopia  is Capitalism with Socialist Caps on maximum Personal Wealth sequesterable. Try 50 times 401K at a maximum of 20 million . . . (think Romney’s 600 times 401K . . . or Bloombergs’ 50,000 times 401K . . .  )”

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=36665503866

1.5 Articles on Romney, 3 Articles on Santorum – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 27th February 2012

In preventing vested interest, unprofessional behaviour, USA, vested interest on February 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Article 1

Romney’s Mormon ancestors built haven in Mexican desert – 25th February 2012
Derrick Romney (right) and a friend rope a cow at a ranch in the Colonia Juarez, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua February 7, 2012. — Reuters pic

COLONIA JUAREZ, Mexico, Feb 25 — In the craggy desert of northern Mexico, US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s relatives turned an arid valley into lush agricultural land and prospered after being chased from the United States for their Mormon beliefs.

They suffered years of hardship, living in dirt dugouts and overturned wagons, but then went on to build sturdy homes and a thriving school, develop irrigation canals and dams, raise herds of cattle, and plant vast peach and apple orchards from the punishing landscape.

The story of the early Mormon settlers in Mexico, who fled the threat of arrest in the United States for practicing polygamy, is embodied by Mitt Romney’s great-grandfather Miles P. Romney, who crossed south of the border in the late 1880s.

His offspring still live in Mormon enclaves in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua around 200 miles from the border and near the house where Mitt’s father, George Romney, was born.

There are about 300 Mormons left in the area, and some 40 of them still have the Romney surname.

George Romney spent the first few years of his life here and his pride in the history shines through in a family travel log he helped write in 1941, tracing the flight across the western United States and down into Mexico.

“It is apparent that we are the descendants of a father and a mother who, in turn, were descendants of parents … who were willing to make the greatest of individual effort for the great cause in which they believed,” George wrote.

Mitt Romney, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, has never visited his distant relatives here and rarely discusses this part of the family history beyond saying his father was born in Mexico. His campaign team declined to comment on what links, if any, he has to the Romneys in Mexico.

But residents here says two of his siblings came several years ago to see a small wooden train station said to be built by Miles P. Romney and other landmarks from the family’s past.

Miles P. Romney was pursued by US marshals after polygamy, or “plural marriage” as it is known in the Mormon religion, was outlawed in 1882.

He set up camp in Mexico with three wives and more than a dozen children. They braved harsh winters and hunger in a home with a dirt roof and he helped found the colonies.

A house and a dry orchard are seen at Colonia Juarez, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua February 7, 2012. — Reuters pic
It is that kind of pioneer determination that Mitt Romney’s modern day relatives still living in Colonia Juarez say their American cousin can bring to the White House if he wins the Republican nomination and then is elected president in November.

“In pioneer families … it’s you against the elements and you just have to have a certain toughness and work ethic to be able to prosper. I think that has been handed down to us,” said Mitt’s distant cousin Brandon Romney, 33, a chilli pepper farmer in Colonia Juarez.

“There is a certain morality that comes with having to collaborate to build something from nothing … Hopefully Mitt Romney can portray that.”

LaMond Tullis, a Church of Latter Day Saints historian who wrote a book on the Mormons in Mexico, also sees the family’s past in Mitt Romney’s character.

“Whatever can be said about Mitt Romney, he has been a risk taker and a responsible one, and that kind of ethic emerges out of this colonial experience in Mexico,” he said.

Colonia Juarez resident Edward Whetten says he hosted Mitt’s brother and sister when they came to visit, and they left behind a copy of the travel log from 1941 — a spiral bound notebook complete with snapshots and hand-scribbled notes, that tells the family tale through the eyes of George Romney and other family members. Whetten keeps the unique document in his small private library and shared it with Reuters.

George was five years old when the family left this area in 1912, driven out under threat from Pancho Villa’s rebel troops during the turmoil of the Mexican Revolution.

While other Mormons went back when things calmed down, George’s parents settled in the United States. He became a successful car executive and made his own presidential bid, seeking but failing to win the Republican nomination in 1968.

In 1941, George traveled back to his birthplace with his father Gaskell, marveling at the ups-and-downs of the family history.

“I have never felt our being driven out was anything other than a blessing. Of course, father lost a small fortune in farm lands, mills, home etc. but I am glad I was brought up in the good old USA,” he wrote in the travel log.

A knack for making money

Colonia Juarez is now an oasis of American suburban life in a rough Mexican border region. Along orderly streets, brick houses stand with tire swings and trampolines on neatly cut lawns, and ruddy blond residents rope cattle and drive pick-ups.

A gleaming white Mormon temple crowns a hill overlooking the town and below is a school where locals and Mormons study together. In the cemetery, the modest graves of Romneys have simple stone plaques flush with the ground while elaborate Mexican gravesites are adorned with flowers and large crosses.

Some of the Romneys live particularly well.

“The Romneys here were always more prosperous than anyone else, they still are. They are hard workers and good managers. It’s funny how these traits are passed down in the genes,” said John Hatch, an amateur town historian.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addresses the Detroit Economic Club during a campaign stop at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan February 24, 2012. — Reuters pic

Hatch sees a clear connection between the fabulously wealthy US presidential hopeful — who made his fortune at a private equity firm he co-founded — and his industrious Mexican cousins.

“I personally know four generations of Romneys … and the Romneys know how to make money.”

That wealth sticks out in a part of the country that has become an increasingly dangerous drug trafficking corridor.

Meredith Romney, Brandon’s uncle, was kidnapped in 2009 from his cattle ranch and was held in a cave for several days before being released after a ransom was reportedly paid. The incident helped make the older generations of Romneys wary of the media spotlight brought on by their famous relative.

“We don’t really like all the attention,” said Derrick Romney, Meredith’s son, as he roped cows at the family corral.

Most of those living in the only two remaining Mormon colonies — Colonia Juarez and Colonia Dublan — out of the eight that existed before the Mexican Revolution speak English and Spanish fluently and are dual citizens, travelling back and forth between Mexico and the United States to study and work.

Many residents interviewed by Reuters disagree with Mitt Romney’s views on immigration. They are proud of their own heritage as industrious immigrant settlers and understand the plight of fellow Mexican citizens who leave to seek a better life in the United States.

The Mormon population descended from the original settlers has declined dramatically over the years with many from the younger generation leaving because of security concerns or for better jobs north of the border.

“I think most of them would come back in a heartbeat if they could,” says Derrick Romney, who says he loves the small town life of Colonia Juarez.

Polygamist haven

Students arrive to Juarez Academy at Colonia Juarez, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua February 8, 2012. — Reuters pic
Before the Mexican Revolution, more than 4,000 Mormons were given refuge in Mexico by dictator Porfirio Diaz, buttressed by ideas of support for religious freedom espoused by Mexico’s founding father, Benito Juarez.

Mitt’s great-grandfather Miles P. Romney was one of them. He married five women over the course of his life, and joined the first wave of settlers in Mexico.

In 1867, Miles P. was told to take a second wife by Brigham Young, who took over the leadership of the Mormon church after founder Joseph Smith was killed . Miles’ first wife, Hannah Hood Hill, Mitt’s great-grandmother, was at first unhappy but accepted the decision because of her faith and ended up living happily in a polygamous family, the travel log recounts.

Miles P. was a lover of theater who staged elaborate productions of Hamlet and other works by Shakespeare. He was dedicated to education, opening the first school in the colony where one of his wives taught under willow trees.

Those early days were difficult for the settlers – photos show them living in rock dugouts with no shoes and little food. They hunted deer and wild turkey for meat. But they created a haven where the polygamist families could stay together.

The Mormon church officially banned polygamy in 1890, but many spiritual weddings continued to take place in the colonies and Miles P. married his fifth wife seven years after the ban.

By the next generation, that of Mitt Romney’s grandfather Gaskell, the practice was all but non-existent. Mitt Romney has called polygamy “bizarre”.

George, in his recollections, calls his grandfather’s other wives his “aunts”. Although he found the idea of polygamy “repugnant”, he admired the family around him.

“The devotion and attachment of all the children for each other and of the wives, themselves, two of whom I remember very clearly, could have only resulted from a home in which there was unity,” he wrote in the personal travel log. “The high character of these people is attested to by their own achievements and by the achievements of their children.” — Reuters

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Romney targets Obama, Santorum in Michigan push – THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press – Saturday, February 25, 2012 – (02-25) 07:57 PST Lansing, Mich. (AP)

It’s a day full of campaigning for Mitt Romney in Michigan, his native state, as he looks for a victory in Tuesday’s GOP presidential primary against surging Rick Santorum.

Romney focused on President Barack Obama during a breakfast event Saturday in Lansing. Romney is promoting lower taxes and spending cuts while accusing the Democratic incumbent of failing to tackle the nation’s economic woes.

But Romney also is challenging Santorum’s commitment to conservative principles in light of votes the former Pennsylvania senator says he now regrets.

Romney says the 2012 election is “an election about the soul of America.”

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Respects to the fabulous and generational Romney lineage, *BUT* Romney is still too damn rich (and it appears from corporate raiding no less – that does not count as real wealth and collusion with officials and insiders nullify the ‘real wealth’ ‘real jobs’ type of Plutocrat who ACTUALLY does produce and manufacture useful things, corporate raiders are like the pariahs of the plutocrat world, Romney has had less than an ethical stance by participating in the same, though he really did not have need to even do that given the very respectable background we can see here . . .

In USA’s current state of financial debt, it is best to have Joe Public type candidates running for election. Mitt Romney being 250 million wealthy, would be extremely incongruous for the current times, though if anything Romney’s family is very much American. Romney himself conversely is not very American at heart having done the corporate raider thing. How much of the 250 million is from corporate raiding Romney? That money is not REAL wealth and calculated in monetised debt and a nebulous stock market backed by QE Fiat which really has very little reality in REAL GOODS and REAL JOBS that is destroying the value of American currency. How about donating all of that (in all Xian considerations) *IMMORAL* wealth, to clear up state debt or to fund something for the people? Corporate raiding obtained wealth is shameful to own IMHO, thats the ‘Capitalist Pig’ (of fiat to boot!!!) meme of Americana that Romney represents as well – a VERY Xian type (otherwise ethical type) would not want to have anything to do with corporate raiding.

Too damn rich. Let some other American have that 15 minutes (1-2 terms) Romney, you’re having a great life, why deny at least 1 other person who would benefit more and likely appreciate the President’s post more than you. In a meaninglessly PC suggestion, how about USA have a native American president, a fully 100% black President (who is not related to the Bushes), a Latino president, or a female President instead of a Caucasian MALE again (Romney is not too white though, having dark hair and green eyes rather than the ‘Aryan’ classic’)?

Romney says the 2012 election is “an election about the soul of America.” but if the voters want someone who had built wealth on awareness of morality and ethics, Romney for certain is not the way to better America’s ‘soul’. Guess Romney isn’t too Xian (meaning not so fundo) but the finances could suffer terribly (given the way Romney thinks about money – i,e, corporate raiding) if Romney took charge . . . btw anyone saw “Cherry 2000 (1987 Steve De Jarnatt)”? Romney’s relatives/holding’s featured in that film???

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Rick Santorum: Obama apology for Koran burning is ‘unacceptable’ – by Felicia Sonmez – Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 02/26/2012

President Obama should not have apologized for what U.S. officials say was the inadvertent burning of a pile of Korans at Bagram air base in Afghanistan, former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) said Sunday.

Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). (Steve Pope/Getty Images)“This is unacceptable,” Santorum said on ABC’s “This Week.” “The idea that a mistake was made — clearly a mistake, which we should not have apologized for — it was a mistake. There was nothing deliberate..?.?.Killing Americans in uniform is not a mistake. It was something that deliberate.”

Santorum was referring to the two U.S. service members who were allegedly shot by an Afghan security official last week in the wake of the incident.

Santorum argued Sunday that Obama’s apology to Afghan President Hamid Karzai “suggests that there is somehow blame” and that it “shows weakness” on the part of the United States.

“Say it’s unfortunate, say that this is something that should not have been done. … But to apologize for something that was not an intentional act is something that the president of the United States, in my opinion, should not have done,” Santorum said, adding that apologizing “lends credibility that somehow or another that it was more than (an accident).”

By Felicia Sonmez  |  11:03 AM ET, 02/26/2012

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Pres. O was trying to save some ‘E1  Pricks’ lives. So he dropped a few words of apology to a fellow Presidenty and not even the mobs. would you rather have body bags of young Americans and distraught Anerican parents? A few 1000 people rush  the ‘Green Zone’ ‘Mummy’ style and what happens? Even the generals might not get out in time. If Hamid is made to look like a puppet, would that help USA? The Pres.’s job needs judgment, and when dealing with emotional mobs in places of the world wwhere conditions are so horrendous, you’d think some cushy bureaucrat back in whitebread/whitewashed USA could think abit deeper. YOu’re as insular as those mobs Santorum. What kind of campaign is Santorum supposed to run? 10th Crusade campaign? In the WH Santorum wouldn’t even see those young Americans being butchered, Pres.O somehow can think about the consequences if he didn’t say anything. Because he dropped a word or few, that many more lives would have been saved. The effect multiplies from above ‘Santoricus’ . . .

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Santorum stands by ‘snob’ comment, says conservatives ‘singled out’ and ‘ridiculed’ at colleges – by Felicia Sonmez – Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 02/26/2012

Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) on Sunday stood by his statement that President Obama is a “snob” because he wants
Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. senator Rick Santorum campaigns at a tea party town hall meeting, Saturday, in Hixson, Tenn. (John Amis – AP) “everybody in America to go to college.”

“Now getting to college has been part of the American dream for generations, Senator,” ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked Santorum in an interview on “This Week. “Why does articulating an aspiration make the president a snob?”

“I think because there are lot of people in this country that have no desire or no aspiration to go to college, because they have a different set of skills and desires and dreams that don’t include college,” Santorum said. “And to sort of lay out there that somehow this should be everybody’s goal, I think, devalues the tremendous work that people who, frankly, don’t go to college and don’t want to go to college because they have a lot of other talents and skills that, frankly, college, you know, four-year colleges may not be able to assist them.”

He added that “there’s all sorts of things that people can do to upgrade their skills.”

Santorum on Saturday had told a crowd of more than 1,000 conservative activists in Troy, Mich., that “not all folks are gifted in the same way” and that “there are good decent men and women who go out and work hard every day and put their skills to test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor trying to indoctrinate them.”

Asked by Stephanopoulos on Sunday about the “indoctrination” comment, Santorum defended the remark, arguing that conservatives are “singled out” and “ridiculed” at most American colleges.

“I mean, you look at the colleges and universities,” Santorum said. “This is not something that’s new for most Americans, is how liberal our colleges and universities are and how many children in fact are – look, I’ve gone through it. I went through it at Penn State.”

“You talk to most kids who go to college who are conservatives, and you are singled out, you are ridiculed, you are — I can tell you personally.?.?. I went through a process where I was docked for my conservative views. This is sort of a regular routine. You know the statistic .?.?. that 62 percent of kids who enter college with some sort of faith commitment leave without it. This is not a neutral setting.”

Stephanopoulos asked whether Santorum’s comments meant that he thought there was “something wrong with encouraging college education.”

“No, not at all, but understand that we have some real problems at our college campuses with political correctness, with an ideology that is forced upon people who, you know, who may not agree with the politically correct left doctrine,” Santorum responded. “And one of the things that I’ve spoken out on and will continue to speak out is to make sure that conservative and more mainstream, common-sense conservative and principles that have made this country great are reflected in our college courses and with college professors. And at many, many, and I would argue most institutions in this country, that simply isn’t the case.’

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Excuse me whats so snobby about a crappy degree? Living standards have improved that much that degrees are common even in the 3rd world, though college quality could be questionable and institutions are mere profiteering franchises (i.e. don;’t bother to get into debt here, open your own business instead of enriching the educational and education financing cartel AND avoid being at the mercy of obviously globalist/corporatocrat/plutocrat owned businesses for your living – buy some land and go subsistence if notm ANYTHING to not give a single manhour of work or cent to the hegemonists in society – not all are, but too many -especially the( GLC government linked companies and supplier crony/cartels).

Would Santorum have everyone go back to the 1600s where only a handful can read and the rest are burnt for witchcraft if they scratched mishappen letters on mountain faces? It’s not a degree that makes for snobbery it’s how you hold yourself and the values you have and how you make your money. A degree doesn’t make a snob nor does it raise one’s social status, it’s just a ticket to the job market which society has shamefully colluded to demand from the people unaware of the neo-oligarchy and quiet fascism creeping up on the democratic world. Santorum speaks the language of authoritarianism and dictatorship, is quite fundo in outlook, almost unstable – maybe he’s just stressed? Maybe his neighbours make so much noise he doesn’t sleep well. Santorum would fit in well with the beheadings or limb hackings of Hudud and extreme Syariah, maybe the shootings of Cold War era Russia.

How could any American talk like this about education? The name ‘Santorum’ is fun to say but thats about the all of this guy. Hire Santorum as an Inquisitor ferreting out paedophile priests or a Prison Warden for the worst criminals, but little else. This is a hearts and minds and 99% era, you do not go all KKK on everyone especially when USA is so severely in debt. What do you think USA’s current resource availability and political strength is, the pre-Vietnam era? Out of touch. There is another article on Santorum’s ‘home school’ preference . . . ( . . . quite a lethal combination overall, though some schools are not conducive at all to anything but criminality . . . ). Once again, education should be free all the way up to Tertiary, though home school is free and saves money as well.

Educate your children at home like me, Santorum tells America’s parents :

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/educate-your-children-at-home-like-me-santorum-tells-americas-parents-7218928.html

Keep all options open without disenfranchising? Anachronox though is true and some public schools are sh1t. But Santorum is a Fundo-Hawk that homeschools like a ‘Redneck’ (very American but not very Presidential???) if anything. Ever watch Face Off? (1997 John Woo) Santorum looks like that Nicolas Cage character. Won’t even mention the church scene from this film lol . . . Santorum is probably ‘one of the guys’ but to me at least he’s not presidential material at all.

7 Articles on Malaysian Politics : PM’s Unreal Spin, Dinosaur Propaganda, Lapdog’s Syiok Sendiri (in complete ignorance of the need for EQUALITY), PDRM starts to take on the worst of the Cabinet, EXCO Authoritarianism in Kedah, KITA not so democratic (or was it laziness and overesight due to in-party chaos), Media Loses the Plot – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 2th February 2012

In 1% tricks and traps, Abuse of Power, Apartheid, Bumiputera Apartheid, corruption, Democracy, democratisation, Equitable Distribution, equitable wealth distribution, flawed judgments, insularism, lack of focus, Malaysia, media sabotage, misrepresentation of facts, PDRM, police, politics, spirit of the law, vested interest on February 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm

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Don’t Support Parties Having Many Problems – Sunday, 26 February 2012 00:13

PENDANG — Najib Tun Razak said the people should be wise in picking a party that has their interests at heart and not parties that are having many problems.

The prime minister also urged the people to not only not support such parties but also those in a pact but having different idealogies.

“One will say this, another that. One will support Israel and another will have many internal problems. We have no use for such problematic parties,” he said at an “Evening with the Prime Minister” function with the Kedah-Perlis Siamese community at Wat Nanai in Kampung Tok Set near here on Saturday.

Also present were Najib’s wife Rosmah Mansor, Perlis Menteri Besar Dr Md Isa Sabu, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharom, Housing and Local Government Minister Chor Chee Heung, Kedah Umno chief Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah, Kedah Umno deputy chief Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir, who is also Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister, and Boon Som Inong, the Siamese community’s representative in the Dewan Negara.

Najib said the people should support the Barisan Nasional (BN) as the BN government was one that cared for the people.

“We do not play politics. We do not promise the moon, stars and planets. We do not promise but we deliver. We have been doing this since three years ago…give us five more years and will transform the socio-economic landscape of this country.

“We will achieve our vision to make Malaysia a high income nation by 2020. But to do it we need the support of the people,” he said.

(Bernama)

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Imposition or allowing of apartheid policies is an extremely serious ‘many problems’ that PM Najib can solve before GE13 so we can EVEN CONSIDER voting for BN.

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Understand History To Avoid Being Led Astray – Information Communications and Culture Minister Dr Rais Yatim – Sunday, 26 February 2012 00:05

KUALA LUMPUR — The people, especially the younger generation should learn and understand the history of the country to avoid them from being led astray, said Information Communications and Culture Minister Dr Rais Yatim.

He said history is an important subject in school for it enable accurate historical facts to be imparted without prejudice and distortion.

“Young people have never endured difficulties during the struggle for independence, they have not often heard the sacrifices made by leaders like Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Abdul Razak, Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Tun Sambanthan and Mat Salleh.

“If they do not understand history and the noble struggle made by the leaders, our mistake is because we never made them acquainted with history,” he said when opening the History of Malaysia Colloquium at Universiti Malaya here on Saturday.

Rais said a call by certain quarters for Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) leaders like Chin Peng and Rashid Maidin to be honoured as heroes could be sidestepped by studies and research conducted by local historians.

He said according to UM lecturer Dr Ho Hui Ling in his research entitled “The atmosphere in Malaya During Emergency 1948-1960 – A Survey “, 1,865 members of the security forces were killed and 2,560 injured by CPM insurgents.

“A large number of civilians were also killed in traditional villages. Indeed, the atrocities inflicted by communist insurgents during the Emergency was unprecedented.

“The rationale that Chin Peng and his comrades should be forgiven does not arise for they were mired in violence, killing thousands of people and destroying properties. There is no forgiveness for them.

“Why certain quarters feel that the leaders of communist terrorists should be forgiven and given a place in the society?

“Their acknowledgment is based solely on sentiment for they want to be seen to speak freely and argue independently,” said Rais, adding that certain quarters were also oblivious to history by disputing what was enshrined in the Federal Constitution, he added.

He said history should be understood, appreciated and capitalised to foster unity.

(Bernama)

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Those people are dead. Their children are different peeople, today’s world is a different world. Stop living as if India or China wanted to march in and put all racist Malays in prison, or behave and threaten or keep laws in a manner that will tempt the same. Even if India and China actually did that (perhaps in retaliation for ‘expelling’ as some politicians threatened), USA and Russia or even the Middle East may not even bother. Indonesia may ask for it’s share (East Malaysia) at most.

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MCA A Stronger, United Party Today  – Sunday, 26 February 2012 14:20

KUALA LUMPUR — The MCA has emerged more united and stronger today after surmounting many crises, party president Dr Chua Soi Lek declared at the party’s 63rd anniversary celebration attended by more than 3,000 delegates, the highest turnout at any such a gathering of the party.

Two years ago, MCA was at a crossroads, but after a new team (of leaders) was elected, the party has been working hard to regain the trust of the people and make itself relevant again, he told the delegates at Dewan San Choon, here.

“We have to accept the fact that the people won’t support a party that is besieged with problems. We have to set our priorities right so that we can move in one direction. The way forward is to be in sync with one another and work in one common effort but having many goals,” he said.

Dr Chua said there is no room for splinter groups within the party as it will destroy what the party has built in the last six decades and there is no denial that there is internal bickering but the priority now is to build a strong foundation of growth for the party as well as the nation.

He said MCA needs to continue to evolve, innovate and anticipate so that the party can be an inspiring force in the Malaysia of tomorrow.

“Being a political party, we have to anticipate the challenges in today’s political environment which has become more demanding. Leaders can come and go but the party will continue to exist,” he said, adding that different party leaderships would have different styles, approaches and initiatives.

Therefore, in line with the new political culture, he said, the MCA has taken a more high-profile approach in politics, set achievable goals and branded the party accordingly.

“Although MCA has been perceived as more vocal and more effective in solving problems now, the problem we face is that the people may not be aware of what we are doing. They are more critical of what you have not done or failed to do,” he said.

Nevertheless, he said, the party firmly believes in upholding the responsibility and would continue to articulate the hopes and expectations of the people.

Dr Chua said MCA remains relevant as there are people who still rely on the party for help.

“At the MCA headquarters, we receive hundreds of calls daily seeking help.

Our complaints bureau has also been a hive of activity always. This is because MCA does not only talk; we walk the talk, and work and deliver,” he said.

The party is not in the business of trumpeting its achievements, unlike certain political parties which do not do much and are only good at glorifying and magnifying what they do, he said.

“Our only appeal to the people is to be fair to the MCA when making their evaluation,” he said.

He also said that though MCA is Chinese-based, the party’s programmes are structured to benefit the multi-racial population and it has diversified from its ethnic-based image by no longer looking at or addressing issues solely on the standpoint of a Chinese, Malay or Indian perspective.

“We are for a social contract that is inclusive to better serve the people in all fairness and in realising the wishes of the rakyat (people). This is also in line with the 1Malaysia agenda of ‘People First’,” he said.

(Bernama)

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MCA still expects the minorites to accept APARTHEID. Whats so strong or unified in that? Strength in being corrupted? Unified in lapdoggery?

ARTICLE 4

Police Propose AG Charges NFC Chairman For CBT – Sunday, 26 February 2012 00:20

KUALA LUMPUR — Police are proposing to charge the chairman of the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) Dr Mohamed Salleh Ismail, the husband of the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development Shahrizat Abdul Jalil for criminal breach of trust.

Bukit Aman Commercial CID director Syed Ismail Syed Azizan said the proposal was in the investigation paper being prepared by police after it had been returned from the Attorney-General’s (AG) office on Tuesday to investigate several other matters.

“The investigation would be sent back to the AG shortly,” he said when contacted by Bernama, here last night.

The issue on NFC headed by Mohamad Salleh as the executive chairman began to receive public attention after the Auditor-General’s 2010 Report in October said NFC failed to meet the objective of its establishment.

It became a hot issue when the opposition alleged misappropriation of the government’s RM250 million allocation to NFC.

NFC is a beef valley project in Gemas, Negeri Sembilan to increase the production of local beef and reduce national dependence on imported beef.

(Bernama)

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w/o fear or favour. Nice one PDRM.

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Only 8 excos will be sworn in on Tuesday, says Azizan – February 26, 2012

ALOR SETAR, Feb 26 — Only eight Kedah state executive councillors (excos) will be sworn in for the 2012 term on Tuesday as compared to 10 slated earlier, Bernama Online reported the Kedah mentri besar as saying today.

Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak (picture) said there would be no new faces in the line-up for Tuesday and that two more excos will be appointed in the near future who may not be current excos.

He added that although the list has been finalised and submitted to the Kedah Sultan, there is an overlap between the incoming and outgoing excos, who will only be completing their terms on March 7. As a result, all 10 excos cannot be sworn in at the same time on February 28.

In an apparent reference to rumours that two current excos had declined to accept their re-appointments, Azizan said every exco has the right to decline his appointment, noting that the state government had no problem filling the vacancies anyway as many assemblymen had offered to take up the posts.

The excos in question are said to be Kedah PAS deputy commissioner I, Datuk Phahrolrazi Zawawi, and Kedah PAS deputy commissioner II, Datuk Dr Ismail Salleh, who are the excos for Housing, Local Government, Works, Utilities and Energy and Health, Non-governmental Organisations, Human Capital Development, Science and Innovation and Information and Communications Technology respectively.

It has been speculated that the two men are unhappy about Azizan’s leadership in relation to various issues that have affected his administration in recent years.

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No local council elections – FAIL. The people have the right to chose who gets to be excos or if the laws need to be amended so that citizens can vote rather than cronies be placed by a political party. This measn that the political party has bad policies in refusing to amend or allow people to choose excos.

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KITA: Zamil not party leader – February 26, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 — The People’s Welfare Party (KITA) today denied that Zamil Ibrahim has been appointed as the new head of the party to replace Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, Bernama Online reported today.

KITA secretary Masrum Dayat said in a statement that recent newspaper reports on the purported appointment were erroneous.

He also said an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) supposedly held in Kota Baru yesterday to remove Zaid as president and install Zamil in his place had not been sanctioned by the party.

KITA’s Kelantan chief Abdullah Sani Musa was reported to have confirmed that the EGM had taken place yesterday.

The party president may only be replaced according to the party’s constitution and rules, Masrum added in the statement.

He countered a KITA central working committee meeting held on February 17 and attended by 25 of its 30 committee members had unanimously rejected Zaid’s offer to step down as party president.

He also said KITA would not be dissolved but members who opted to back “renegades” would face stern disciplinary action, including termination of their membership.

Zamil, together with Penang KITA chairman, Tan Tee Beng, who is also Nibong Tebal MP, were sacked by KITA for allegedly breaching party discipline.

KITA will cooperate fully with the Registrar of Societies (ROS) over complaints raised by dissatisfied members, he added.

The party, which was formed a year ago, was issued a show cause letter by the ROS on February 9, asking that it explain why it should not be de-registered following allegations it had violated several provisions of the party and articles of association.

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Hey there you cannot APPOINT anyone and be a democratic party, the ROS should demand that for political parties, a quorum of 66.6% be implemented (this means PKR’s CC is invalid, because PKR only had a quorum of 8% – ask PKR leader Badrul . . . ). On a lighter note . . . whats with that name?!? Masrum?!? Ya gotta be kidding, wheres he supposed to be from, Mario Brothers? Both Mega-Mushroom from Mario Bros. (left pic) and KITA’s Masrum (right pic) pictured below :

Do hate that Mario Bros NLP about the mushrooms, mushrooms should be RAISED not flattened . . . gawddamn subversive (or is it d1ckl355) Japs had to design that sort of message subtlty . . . all guys would concur, who needs to have their mushroom flattened by the Italian plumbers, do the Japs hate the Italians??? . . .

ARTICLE 7

The shameless lot – Spencer Gan – February 26, 2012

FEB 26 – When exactly did Malaysia reach this point: where those sullied by wrongdoing (NFC) and the mother of all wrongdoing (PKFZ) speak without shame, even with arrogance.

There is no remorse or humility. Aren’t those who are wrong or who have misused public funds supposed to show some sorrow or at least keep silent?

Not so the people at the National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp) or the political party whose politicians fleeced Malaysians of billions of ringgit, the MCA.

A day after the police said that it was recommending that the directors of the NFCorp be charged with criminal breach of trust, the NFCorp hit back and cast aspersions on the motives of the police. It then went on to accuse the police of not understanding key ingredients of the offence.

Imagine the chaps who used your money and mine to buy condos not in the name of NFCorp here and in Singapore; to purchase umrah packages, to pay their credit card bills, etc and doing as they wished with a government soft loan having the temerity to slam the police for improper motives!!!

Till today, we have not had a sorry or any remorse from the people at NFCorp. All we have had is aggression and excuses and ridiculous explanations.

And how about Chua Soi Lek and the MCA. Not a day goes by without them making some accusation against Pakatan Rakyat (the latest one is that Malaysia  will become bankrupt within two years if Pakatan takes control).

This warning is coming from the political party that gave us a RM12 billion hole thanks to the corrupt and conniving ways of its politicians who ran the PKFZ. I have not heard Soi Lek or any MCA politician put up their hands and say sorry for fleecing the Malaysian taxpayer.

But I suppose asking these people to act with a modicum of decency is too much. Anyway, while we are on the subject of bankruptcy, wasn’t it Idris Jala who warned that Malaysia was on the road to bankruptcy given the profilgacy of the government.

And correct me but isn’t this the government which has “borrowed” ideas of Pakatan Rakyat’s Buku Jingga and abolished toll charges on some stretches of highways.

But what is astounding is that we have in Malaysia a situation where those accused/guilty of wrongdoing are lecturing the rest of us.

* Spencer Gan reads The Malaysian Insider.

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Because both BN lapdogs and Pakatan Rakyat both have let the APARTHEID issue which is the FIRST article of the the *UNHCR* slide, the ‘Shameless Lot’ think they can get away with anything.

Article 1. – All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. If equality and apartheid can exist, the above is nothing compared. Indeed would Malaysians consider ignoring the above in exchange for the below 3 items? Ending corruption in the above case may affect a few THOUSAND people, but ending APARTHEID will improve the lot of a few MILLION.

Vote only for MPs who will endorse with intention to grant :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

2 Articles and 1 media clip describing the Fascism Occuring in Society Today that the older generation never had to deal with – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 26th February 2012

In best practices, critical discourse, criticism, equitable wealth distribution, media sabotage, media traps, media tricks, misplaced adoration, psychiatry on February 26, 2012 at 10:58 am

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Would We Have Drugged Up Einstein? How Anti-Authoritarianism Is Deemed a Mental Health Problem- We are increasingly marketing drugs that essentially “cure” anti-authoritarians. – AlterNet / By Bruce E. Levine – February 20, 2012  |

In my career as a psychologist, I have talked with hundreds of people previously diagnosed by other professionals with oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, anxiety disorder and other psychiatric illnesses, and I am struck by 1) how many of those diagnosed are essentially anti-authoritarians; and 2) how those professionals who have diagnosed them are not.

Anti-authoritarians question whether an authority is a legitimate one before taking that authority seriously. Evaluating the legitimacy of authorities includes assessing whether or not authorities actually know what they are talking about, are honest, and care about those people who are respecting their authority. And when anti-authoritarians assess an authority to be illegitimate, they challenge and resist that authority—sometimes aggressively and sometimes passive-aggressively, sometimes wisely and sometimes not.

Some activists lament how few anti-authoritarians there appear to be in the United States. One reason could be that many natural anti-authoritarians are now psychopathologized and medicated before they achieve political consciousness of society’s most oppressive authorities.

Why Mental Health Professionals Diagnose Anti-Authoritarians with Mental Illness

Gaining acceptance into graduate school or medical school and achieving a PhD or MD and becoming a psychologist or psychiatrist means jumping through many hoops, all of which require much behavioral and attentional compliance with authorities, even those authorities one lacks respect for. The selection and socialization of mental health professionals tends to breed out many anti-authoritarians. Degrees and credentials are primarily badges of compliance. Those with extended schooling have lived for many years in a world where one routinely conforms to the demands of authorities. Thus for many MDs and PhDs, people different from them who reject this attentional and behavioral compliance appear to be from another world—a diagnosable one.

I have found that most psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals are not only extraordinarily compliant with authorities but also unaware of the magnitude of their obedience. And it also has become clear to me that the anti-authoritarianism of their patients creates enormous anxiety for these professionals, and their anxiety fuels diagnoses and treatments.

In graduate school, I discovered that all it took to be labeled as having “issues with authority” was not kissing up to a director of clinical training whose personality was a combination of Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich and Howard Cosell. When I was told by some faculty that I had “issues with authority,” I had mixed feelings about being so labeled. On the one hand, I found it amusing, because among the working-class kids I had grown up with, I was considered relatively compliant with authorities. After all, I had done my homework, studied and received good grades. However, while my new “issues with authority” label made me grin because I was now being seen as a “bad boy,” I was also concerned about just what kind of profession I had entered. Specifically, if somebody such as myself was labeled as having “issues with authority,” what were they calling the kids I grew up with who paid attention to many things that they cared about but didn’t care enough about school to comply there? Well, the answer soon became clear.

Mental Illness Diagnoses for Anti-Authoritarians

A 2009 Psychiatric Times article titled “ADHD & ODD: Confronting the Challenges of Disruptive Behavior” reports that “disruptive disorders,” which include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and opposition defiant disorder (ODD), are the most common mental health problem of children and teenagers. ADHD is defined by poor attention and distractibility, poor self-control and impulsivity, and hyperactivity. ODD is defined as a “a pattern of negativistic, hostile, and defiant behavior without the more serious violations of the basic rights of others that are seen in conduct disorder”; and ODD symptoms include “often actively defies or refuses to comply with adult requests or rules” and “often argues with adults.”

Psychologist Russell Barkley, one of mainstream mental health’s leading authorities on ADHD, says that those afflicted with ADHD have deficits in what he calls “rule-governed behavior,” as they are less responsive to rules of established authorities and less sensitive to positive or negative consequences. ODD young people, according to mainstream mental health authorities, also have these so-called deficits in rule-governed behavior, and so it is extremely common for young people to have a “dual diagnosis” of AHDH and ODD.

Do we really want to diagnose and medicate everyone with “deficits in rule-governed behavior”?

Albert Einstein, as a youth, would have likely received an ADHD diagnosis, and maybe an ODD one as well. Albert didn’t pay attention to his teachers, failed his college entrance examinations twice, and had difficulty holding jobs. However, Einstein biographer Ronald Clark (Einstein: The Life and Times) asserts that Albert’s problems did not stem from attention deficits but rather from his hatred of authoritarian, Prussian discipline in his schools. Einstein said, “The teachers in the elementary school appeared to me like sergeants and in the Gymnasium the teachers were like lieutenants.” At age 13, Einstein read Kant’s difficult Critique of Pure Reason—because he was interested in it. Clark also tells us Einstein refused to prepare himself for his college admissions as a rebellion against his father’s “unbearable” path of a “practical profession.” After he did enter college, one professor told Einstein, “You have one fault; one can’t tell you anything.” The very characteristics of Einstein that upset authorities so much were exactly the ones that allowed him to excel.

By today’s standards, Saul Alinsky, the legendary organizer and author of Reveille for Radicals and Rules for Radicals, would have certainly been diagnosed with one or more disruptive disorders. Recalling his childhood, Alinsky said, “I never thought of walking on the grass until I saw a sign saying ‘Keep off the grass.’ Then I would stomp all over it.” Alinsky also recalls a time when he was 10 or 11 and his rabbi was tutoring him in Hebrew:

One particular day I read three pages in a row without any errors in pronunciation, and suddenly a penny fell onto the Bible….Then the next day the rabbi turned up and he told me to start reading. And I wouldn’t; I just sat there in silence, refusing to read. He asked me why I was so quiet, and I said, “This time it’s a nickel or nothing.” He threw back his arm and slammed me across the room.

Many people with severe anxiety and/or depression are also anti-authoritarians. Often a major pain of their lives that fuels their anxiety and/or depression is fear that their contempt for illegitimate authorities will cause them to be financially and socially marginalized, but they fear that compliance with such illegitimate authorities will cause them existential death.

I have also spent a great deal of time with people who had at one time in their lives had thoughts and behavior that were so bizarre they were extremely frightening for their families and even themselves; they were diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychoses, but have fully recovered and have been, for many years, leading productive lives. Among this population, I have not met one person whom I would not consider a major anti-authoritarian. Once recovered, they have learned to channel their anti-authoritarianism into more constructive political ends, including reforming mental health treatment.

Many anti-authoritarians who earlier in their lives were diagnosed with mental illness tell me that once they were labeled with a psychiatric diagnosis, they got caught in a dilemma. Authoritarians, by definition, demand unquestioning obedience, and so any resistance to their diagnosis and treatment created enormous anxiety for authoritarian mental health professionals; and professionals, feeling out of control, labeled them “noncompliant with treatment,” increased the severity of their diagnosis, and jacked up their medications. This was enraging for these anti-authoritarians, sometimes so much so that they reacted in ways that made them appear even more frightening to their families.

There are anti-authoritarians who use psychiatric drugs to help them function, but they often reject psychiatric authorities’ explanations for why they have difficulty functioning. So, for example, they may take Adderall (an amphetamine prescribed for ADHD), but they know that their attentional problem is not a result of a biochemical brain imbalance but rather caused by a boring job. And similarly, many anti-authoritarians in highly stressful environments will occasionally take prescribed benzodiazepines such as Xanax even though they believe it would be safer to occasionally use marijuana but can’t because of drug testing on their job.

It has been my experience that many anti-authoritarians labeled with psychiatric diagnoses usually don’t reject all authorities, simply those they’ve assessed to be illegitimate ones, which just happens to be a great deal of society’s authorities.

Maintaining the Societal Status Quo

Americans have been increasingly socialized to equate inattention, anger, anxiety, and immobilizing despair with a medical condition, and to seek medical treatment rather than political remedies. What better way to maintain the status quo than to view inattention, anger, anxiety, and depression as biochemical problems of those who are mentally ill rather than normal reactions to an increasingly authoritarian society?

The reality is that depression is highly associated with societal and financial pains. One is much more likely to be depressed if one is unemployed, underemployed, on public assistance, or in debt (for documentation, see “400% Rise in Anti-Depressant Pill Use”). And ADHD-labeled kids do pay attention when they are getting paid, or when an activity is novel, interests them, or is chosen by them (documented in my book Commonsense Rebellion).

In an earlier dark age, authoritarian monarchies partnered with authoritarian religious institutions. When the world exited from this dark age and entered the Enlightenment, there was a burst of energy. Much of this revitalization had to do with risking skepticism about authoritarian and corrupt institutions and regaining confidence in one’s own mind. We are now in another dark age, only the institutions have changed. Americans desperately need anti-authoritarians to question, challenge, and resist new illegitimate authorities and regain confidence in their own common sense.

In every generation there will be authoritarians and anti-authoritarians. While it is unusual in American history for anti-authoritarians to take the kind of effective action that inspires others to successfully revolt, every once in a while a Tom Paine, Crazy Horse or Malcolm X come along. So authoritarians financially marginalize those who buck the system, they criminalize anti-authoritarianism, they psychopathologize anti-authoritarians, and they market drugs for their “cure.”
Bruce E. Levine is a clinical psychologist and author of Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite  (Chelsea Green, 2011).

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The Nightshade Nightmares of the Monsters among Us. – Friday, February 24, 2012

Weird and seriously weird, appear to be the order of the day, these days. A few days ago, I noticed that Spring was here. That’s something I have always been able to sense. Several days later, it is obvious that Spring has arrived. It comes earlier in this part of Europe than most anywhere else, except the far south. This is only tangentially connected to my point; those change in seasons. It doesn’t matter that it is Spring. It could be any season. It is the change factor that is important.

Last night, I am sitting in my office, watching a movie with someone and I started getting hit with an amplified version of what I have been experiencing for a couple of months now. It was unpleasant and powerful. I took certain steps to tone it down and that worked, for awhile. I went to bed and could not sleep. In a little while this ‘attack’; I don’t know what else to call it, ratcheted up significantly. My whole body felt waves of force moving over it, like highly amplified chicken-skin, rolling over me like ocean waves. I asked for help from my invisible guardians and found myself moving my hands in unknown gestures and speaking out in an unfamiliar tongue; certainly not any of the commonly used languages of the day. This served to intensify the experience and I was told this was supposed to happen. Shortly after, most of the phenomena went away but sleep was out of the question.

After dawn had come up, I fell into uneasy dreams. The main feature was Macaroni and cheese casserole and there was a deep and powerful meaning to it (like I said, weird). I don’t think I’ve had a Macaroni and cheese casserole in years. I can’t remember the details now but I do remember that they made plenty of sense. I will be cooking one for lunch today (grin). I didn’t have any fear, while this event was taking place last night. It was just a state of discomfort, with me faced off against and confronting an unknown force. It is the same kind of thing as when we are focused on using force and concentration to accomplish a complicated and technical effort. There’s a deep assurance I have in the agencies that protect me; from myself and other things external. They tend to get me thru everything, even if the ride can be a little bumpy. Enough of that. I put this out only because I am hearing from many people about similar things. This morning I received an email from a friend who was concerned about me and who wanted me to send him a ‘smoke signal’ because he was worried about me, based on something he must have been feeling. Odd, that. Like I said, enough about all that for the moment. Let’s look at what’s going on in the world around us.

Once again, the general insanity generated by materialism, is acting up. The rank and file of humanity is certifiable. Do not get between these people and whatever it is that they want. One of the cosmic laws is ‘the more mundane and stupid any collective attraction may be, the more likely people will be inclined to kill you for it.

Another law is that the more laws that are created to protect children, the more children will be abused, tortured and killed as a result, especially if it is in Florida or California. Mickey Mouse and the gang definitely fit into all of it. California is really out there when it comes to this. It is beyond debate that California judges, state social workers and other facilitators are engaged in Satanic, child abuse rituals and in making sure that children are placed in, or returned to truly terrible conditions, where they can be harmed and tormented for extended periods of time. I have listed very little of what I have come across and using a major search engine will turn up more information than you could read and absorb in a very long time. A few months ago, more or less, there was an article that listed case after case, after case in California, where the courts were returning large numbers of children to abusive situations, when a sane and caring parent was available to receive them. In case after case, the courts returned these children into the hands of monsters, who already had a history of violating them and turned a deaf ear to the good parent; often the parent who had brought it to their attention in the first place and who was backed up by the testimony of the children and corroborating medical evidence.

Over the course of recent decades, the corrupt system of appointing the very people engaged in the crimes they are appointed, or hired to prevent, has accelerated beyond all reason. It is obvious at this point that the officials put in charge of hiring and appointing, are picking individuals with a pathological mindset for the very worst behaviors in this diseased age. Whether it is DHS, TSA, Child Protection Services, or any of the gamut of bloated and useless government agencies, they are specifically hiring criminals, perverts, troglodytes, serial sexual psychopaths and serial killers, for the very reason that they are what they are. There is no hyperbole or exaggeration here. That is how it is.

A couple of years ago, while remote viewing Obama and others of recent infamy, I saw things I don’t even want to talk about. Under certain circumstances, remote viewing is as easy as daydreaming.

Does this mean we are on a terrifying downward spiral, into an abyss of accelerating degeneracy and dysfunction, with no end in sight? No it does not. What it means is that the boundaries are being pushed to ever increasing levels of insanity, until a cosmic global reaction takes place. Portions of this are taking place at this very moment. That portion of the awakening populations are pushing back and will soon be joined by a much larger mass of their fellows, as conditions make their lives more and more unlivable and more and more dire. It is a matter of time and we are in that time frame.

Rampant materialism and the emergence of organized psychopaths and sociopaths, who flourish in this environment, are oppressing and abusing humanity, until it reaches its breaking point. The cultures of the world are being soaked in a belladonna/nightshade nightmare. Ugly things from the depth of the cosmic ooze, are surfacing like creatures from a Lovecraft novel. Those on the cutting edge of exposing these energies, conspiracies and environments, are being pounded by both visible and invisible means. It’s a hard road for those on the forefront but there is no other road that is acceptable.

These twisted abortions from the dark side of the human psyche, know that their time is coming. They cannot change and they cannot go back, so they press on in the pursuit of the destruction of all that is good and beautiful. They press on in search of ever greater violations, of innocence and every residence where the finer qualities of the human heart, are barricaded and in hiding from their pernicious advance. There is no way to put a better spin on it at this time. One can only endure and hold tight to the inevitable certainty of their demise. It is in times of trial that those hidden strengths and enduring virtues, within the human matrix, are driven forth into heroic expression out of the desperation of the times.

We have been here before. This planet is a battleground, where all that is good and enduring must come up against the temporary monstrosities, created out of our confusions and weaknesses. It is because so many of us are in a state of convenient blindness, born from self interest, that these creatures can go about their dreadful enterprises.

These fiends are worse than we know and they will never be satisfied, until the entire Earth is one big concentration camp and killing floor. They delight in the misery they bring about. They do evil for the sheer joy of it. They take an extreme pleasure in outrage and torment. They have developed a taste for it and there is no reason, rationale or restraining emotion that can be applied in any argument that will have any success, in causing them to cease and desist. They are monsters. They have forfeited every human quality, in order to be what they are. They are beyond reach of anything but the urgings and appetites of the infernal realms.

I hate to say these things. It is my nature to paint a brighter picture and to draw attention to the temporary time-line of this egregious period but it is what it is and all the promise of what is bright and beautiful and which lies ahead, does not change the conditions and concerns of the moment.

I face each day with renewed hope and faith in our finer nature, rising triumphant above the murk into a better world. I see evidence of it all around me in the basic human decency of those who soldier on through this dark night and I will not be convinced of anything short of permanent victory over these malicious agents of darkness. I know that freedom, security and strength will come out of the collective heart of our majority. We are many and they are few. May it come soon and remain for a long time, until the tears, the loss and the awful injuries are no longer even remembered.

ARTICLE 3

Youtube Fascism and Undemocracy.

Solution? Set up another Youtube with similar format in a 3rd world country that is not fascist in treatment of YouTube users. Any tech savvy guys want to replicate a democratic Youtube in Sarejevo for example?

5 Articles on Malaysian Politics : Chinatown Under Pakatan’s Political Strongarming, Cynical Retirement of a would be champion of Gaming-Gambling other than 4D, Debunking NEP by Potential Tacit Approver of Apartheid, Apologism for Nepotism (longshot guessing here), How Proton (car manufacturer) Fails – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 26th February 2012

In Abuse of Power, amendments to law needed, Bad By-Laws, bad laws, Bumiputera Apartheid, checks and balances, Eminent Domain, Land Acquisition Act in Malaysia, Malaysia, Media Neutrality, media traps, media tricks, Nepotism, oligarchy, opaque system, political correctness, politics, social freedoms, spirit of the law, vested interest, Wealth distribution, word of the law on February 25, 2012 at 5:45 pm

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Month-end deadline for unhappy Chinatown traders – UPDATED @ 04:02:38 PM 24-02-2012 – by Clara Chooi – February 24, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 24 — Traders along the iconic Jalan Sultan here will have their properties acquired by next week if they persist in rejecting MRT Corporation’s proposal to strike a mutual agreement.

Under the mutual agreement, mooted by MRT Corp chief executive officer Datuk Azhar Abdul Hamid (picture), the traders would continue to hold their property rights but would be required to vacate their premises for a six-month period to facilitate tunnelling work for the underground portion of the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Sungai Buloh-Kajang line.

But without their consent to the agreement, said Azhar, MRT Corp would have no choice but to allow the government to proceed with the compulsory land acquisition process under section 8 of the Land Acquisition Act.

Speaking at a press conference today, he expressed disappointment that despite MRT Corp’s efforts to engage with all stakeholders in the area, the owners of two properties on the famous Chinatown street have continued to reject their offer.

“Now, we have no choice but to allow the (land acquisition) process to proceed.

“The feedback that we are getting is that it is just these two (property owners) who keep insisting on a realignment of the MRT…  we are talking to the lawyers of the rest, the rest understand the situation,” he said.

Today’s press conference was organised to clear confusion over concerns raised repeatedly by traders that their properties would be acquired despite MRT Corp’s mutual agreement proposal.

Azhar said the traders were spooked by letters from the Land and Mines Office regarding the compulsory acquisition process, fuelling fear that MRT Corp would renege on its promises.

“They are saying now that its a credibility issue. But it is not… these are two different processes,” he said, referring to the government’s land acquisition process and MRT Corp’s mutual agreement proposal.

Azhar explained that the government office was just following standard procedures and gave his assurance that once the traders consented to the mutual agreements, this would override the compulsory acquisition process.

“So the faster we can mutually agree, then we can tell the government — can you please withdraw this and stop sending letters to the traders,” he said.

Azhar noted however that he was running out time for the negotiation as the MRT project must be delivered by July 2017.

He said the mutual agreement proposed was a “winnable formula” for the traders as it would not only ensure they keep their property rights but would also see them fully compensated for any loss of income during the six-month period they are required to vacate their premises.

Azhar also gave his assurance that the period would not coincide with the Chinese New Year celebrations, noting that this was considered a peak period for businesses in Chinatown.

He went a step further by offering to help traders gazette the area as a heritage site.

“I’d be sincerely glad to help,” he said.

The Malaysian Insider reported in December that landowners in Imbi had agreed to surrender a portion of their underground land rights to MRT Corp for tunnelling work.

The agreement appeared to be a coup for Azhar, who is under pressure to resolve ongoing land acquisition issues which he has warned may delay the completion of the MRT by up to six months.

The dispute began soon after landowners in Chinatown, Imbi and Bukit Bintang were informed in mid-2011 that the government would acquire all lots lying above the MRT tunnel as owners’ rights extend to the centre of the earth under the law.

Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chief executive Mohd Nur Kamal said landowners could then apply for stratum titles but added there was no guarantee Putrajaya would re-alienate the surface land back to them.

Critics have questioned the need for compulsory acquisition of both surface and underground land as the National Land Code 1965 was amended in 1990 to allow underground land to be acquired without affecting surface rights.

Unhappy landowners have mounted a high-profile campaign marked by numerous protests, signature drives and accusations that Putrajaya was conducting a “land grab” in order to defray project costs.

The multibillion ringgit MRT, meant to ease traffic congestion in the Klang Valley, is Malaysia’s most expensive infrastructure project to date.

The SBK line will cover a distance of 51km, of which 9.5km — including seven of the 31 stations — will be underground.

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Alright citizens time to vote ONLY for MPs that will ABOLISH section 8 of the Land Acquisition Act. The **MPs** and in fact MRT companies have instead given themselves their own deadline and unsuitability to deserve any MRT project here on. Spread the word and identify the MPs and Assemblymen who will not vote AGAINST abolition of section 8 of the Land Acquisition Act. All MPs and assemblymen not with the Rakyat to remove Eminent Domain powers under this Land Acquisition Act will be targeted for removal by GE13 – especially in Selangor. Let Selangor become an independent candidate run state instead of BN or PR which are both abusing the power the citizens gave them. Where is the Bar Council in all this? Selective cause taking again? Don’t ‘attack’ Gua Musang for destroying the Temiar Tribes lands under BN but ignore Pakatan Rakyat’s persecution of city folk. The Bar Council should be 3rd Force style NEUTRAL and protect ALL citizens. The Law is under Bar Council’s responsibility  to some degree, see the situation here? Stop being partisan if thats what you guys are doing, very unprofessional.

The action to identify and throw out MPs and Assemblymen who refuse to support abolition of the law from the Dewan will begin a new page in Malaysia’s history. MPs who refuse to cooperate with the voters and instead choose to oppress them with otherwise amendable laws are UNVOTABLE. Pakatan Rakyat is at the helm of this abuse and are using the mandate the voters have given them (much like PM Najib has not used his mandate to END APARTHEID). And BN’s pro-apartheid party or lapdogs are no more votable either. Next the voters can identify which MPs and Assemblymen do not support lowering of the election deposits from RM$15,000 to RM$15.00 next so that any and everyone as if democratically correct INSTEAD of just the rich can run for election.

It is best that the voters run for candidacy as independents to remove such laws including apartheid laws or join 3rd Force political parties like :

KITA, JATI, MCLM (whats left of it, but homophobes could find it a good party that has 20 candidates), PCM, Borneo Front, Konsensus Bebas, HRP/Hindraf and PSM.

BN                       Racist, Nepotistic, Corrupt
PR                       Nepotistic, Corrupt (also abusing Land Acquisition Act powers now . . .)
3rd Force        Corrupt only? Or potentially flawless.
Independent  Any single or combination of the above.

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Vincent Tan retires from Berjaya Corp – Written by Max Koh – Friday, 24 February 2012 11:49

KUALA LUMPUR: Berjaya group founder Tan Sri Vincent Tan, one of Malaysia’s best known tycoons, has announced his retirement as chairman of Berjaya Corp Bhd (BCorp).

In a filing with Bursa Malaysia yesterday, BCorp said Tan had decided to retire from an active corporate role to focus on social and charitable activities.

He had earlier handed over the CEO position to his son, Datuk Robin Tan, in January last year. Robin will hold the chairman’s post until the board finds a suitable candidate.

“My giving up of the chairmanship and active day-to-day involvement with the Berjaya group’s business will allow me to devote more of my time and energies to promoting more charitable and social programmes and initiatives,” said Tan, who turned 60 yesterday.

However, he noted that he would still be available to the management for consultation and advice. “I want to assure … that I am, and will remain, the controlling shareholder of BCorp and my commitment to the group, both financially and otherwise, is and will always be 100%,” he emphasised.

Tan is the founder and major shareholder of BCorp, which through various listed and unlisted companies, has businesses in property investment, gaming, direct selling, restaurant franchise, and retail.

Born in Batu Pahat in 1952, Tan’s journey to a tycoon is a classic rags-to-riches tale. Tan left school at the age of 16 and began his career as a bank clerk. He also sold insurance in the evenings, which later landed him a job as an agency supervisor for American International Assurance (AIA) at the ripe age of 21.

In a surprise move, self-made tycoon Tan is giving up the chairmanship of Berjaya Corp to devote hi energies to social and charitable works.

In the 1970s, Tan decided to start his own business and set up an insurance company via a joint venture with Tokyo Marine & Fire Insurance. However, his big break would come later when he secured the McDonald’s franchise for Malaysia in 1980.

He established Berjaya Group in 1984 when he acquired a major controlling stake in Berjaya Industrial Bhd from its founders, Broken Hill Proprietary Ltd and National Iron & Steel Mills.

In 1985, he secured a 70% stake in gaming outfit, Sports Toto, after it was privatised by then prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Sports Toto was established in 1969 and was aimed at raising funds to develop sports, youth and cultural activities.

Sports Toto’s privatisation was highly criticised as it was done without an open tender and some had questioned Tan’s close relationship with Mahathir.

According to Lim Kit Siang in his Dewan Rakyat speech in 1987, Sports Toto made RM8 million in six months before it was privatised in June 1985. Tan bought the remaining stake in Sports Toto in 1992 and the company was renamed Berjaya Sports Toto Bhd a year later.

At the same time, Tan and Berjaya acquired a number of Malaysian real estate and leisure businesses, including a stake in the Bukit Tinggi Resort complex.

He expanded his Berjaya empire to include businesses in healthcare and beauty products, direct selling, properties, manufacturing and more food franchises.

In 1993, Tan acquired Cosway Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a leading direct selling marketing company in Malaysia. The company was injected into Berjaya Singer Bhd, which was later renamed Cosway Corp Bhd.

Tan bought personal care manufacturers Unza Malaysia and Manufacturing Services Sdn Bhd (MSSB) and parked them under Cosway. He expanded Cosway’s manufacturing business by acquiring refrigeration and air-conditioning manufacturer Dunham-Bush Malaysia.

Tan expanded his food and beverage (F&B) empire via BCorp when he acquired the Kenny Rogers Roasters franchise for Malaysia in 1994. Tan later acquired the master franchise holder from US-based Nathan’s Famous Inc in 2008.

Kenny Rogers Roasters currently forms the backbone of Berjaya Food Bhd, the group’s F&B arm, which debuted in 2011.

Tan expanded the F&B business by securing the franchise licence for Starbucks Coffee in 1998, Wendy’s restaurants in 2007, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts restaurants and Papa John’s Pizza restaurants in 2008.

BCorp also obtained the rights to operate 7-Eleven convenience stores and to sub-franchise them in Malaysia and Brunei. The brand is currently parked under Berjaya Retail Bhd, alongside the Singer brand of home appliances.

Berjaya Retail was listed in 2010 but privatised by Tan barely seven months after listing.

As for the property development and investment business, BCorp has undertaken various projects in Vietnam, China, South Korea, Thailand and Malaysia, and operates and or owns over 15 four- and five-star hotels worldwide.

Tan also owns The Sun newspaper via Berjaya Media Bhd.

He was instrumental in setting up mobile communications in Malaysia. In 1995, he partnered Norwegian telco Telenor to set up Mutiara Swisscom (now known as DiGi.Com Bhd), the first in the country to offer a fully digital phone service.

He divested his 33% stake in DiGi and re-entered the mobile space when he launched U Mobile Sdn Bhd in 2008.

More recently, Tan grew his net worth when he bought social network Friendster in 2009 via MOL Global Pte Ltd for US$39.5 million (RM119.3 million). He later traded Friendster’s technology patent for 700,00 shares in Facebook.

His stake in Facebook has grown to 3.5 million shares following a five-for-one share split. Based on a post-IPO price of US$40 per share, Tan’s stake in Facebook is estimated to be worth US$140 million.

Tan was ranked Malaysia’s 9th richest billionaire in 2011 with a net worth of US$1.25 billion. This article appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, February 24, 2012.

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When Vincent Tan made a charity, the proceeds were to go to Vincent Tan’s own company and entirely Vincent Tan’s to dispose. When hVincent gave up the chairmanship, Vincent’s son took over the seating. Can you spell 3rd world? There is not a shred of corporate ethics at play here, but when people like Donald Trump in the 1st world are also practising nepotism rather than true corporate culture in business, could we expect any better from the 3rd world? In business this is somewhat ‘backwards’, but in politics especially nepotism becomes intolerable and shamelessly dictatorlike.

Vincent Tan should have stayed in power and fought for gaming options other than 4D in the thousands of gaming outlets on every street in Malaysia. 4D is dull, how about mahjong and roulette, jackpots, cards and dice or what not? Grd floor = low stakes games (spilling out into the street), 2nd flr = mid stakes games, top floor = high stakes games . . . but just 4D alone?!? DULL. Drab.

A political retreat if anything, even though so much moolah was given to you know which political party, you’d think Vincent Tan would have the guts to demand the above HUMAN RIGHTS so people can have a more interesting gaming selection – well the cybercafes will take up where Vincent Tan dares not, until 3rd Force comes to power and grants the licensing . . .

http://english.cpc.people.com.cn/66102/7738788.html

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NEP was not designed to create Malay capitalists, says Ku Li – by Leslie Lau (Executive Editor) – February 24, 2012

Tengku Razaleigh said New Economic Policy was intended for all Malaysians, and not just for the Malays or Bumiputeras. — Picture by Choo Choy May
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 24 — The New Economic Policy (NEP) was never meant to create an incubated class of Malay capitalists, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, the former Umno finance minister and veteran party leader, said today.

He also appeared to take a swipe at Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin when he said “we have a leader who openly transgresses” the 1 Malaysia policy by declaring himself Malay first.

Tengku Razaleigh, or popularly known as Ku Li, made the remarks in his speech entitled “A Plea For Unity” at a “Breakfast Meeting” forum organised by Paddy Schubert Sdn Bhd this morning.

His speech appeared in part to be a warning to the Najib administration against emulating his old political rival Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s policies.

Ku Li is known to be one of the greatest critics of the NEP and Dr Mahathir’s handling of the policy.

Last week, Tengku Razaleigh charged that years of political patronage and the long-standing system of co-dependency between business and politics arising from the Mahathir era had led to neglect of the people’s “real socio-economic problems”.

The outspoken veteran Umno leader said that economic policies of the past, which kicked off from the 1980s onwards, had also widened inequality in Malaysia and would worsen if the present administration does not move to separate business from politics.

In his speech this morning, he stuck to the same theme.

“The New Economic Policy, which was conceived in 1971 not long after the Tunku had retired as prime minister, was primarily created to address poverty, and to raise the level of Malay participation in the economy. It was intended for all Malaysians, and not just for the Malays or Bumiputeras.

“As a former finance minister, let me emphasise that it was never the intention of the NEP to create an incubated class of Malay capitalists,” Tengku Razaleigh.

In recent weeks, Dr Mahathir’s policies have been the subject of scrutiny, after the Najib administration decided to settle out of court the debt owed by former Malaysia Airline System Bhd (MAS) chief Tan Sri Tajudin Ramli.

The settlement sum was undisclosed, prompting intense public criticism and attacks from the opposition over the right of taxpayers to know how much of public funds had been recovered.

Tajudin, 65, had served as the airline’s executive chairman from 1994 to 2001 and was a poster boy of former Finance Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin’s now-discredited policy of nurturing a class of Malay corporate captains on government largesse during the Mahathir administration.

In his speech this morning, Ku Li also pointed out that the NEP had become a major source of disunity.

“If we visit government departments or universities, we wonder where all the non-Malays have gone. After 1969, suddenly there was this attempt to recruit mostly Malays into the civil service.

“It is tragic that the civil service does not reflect the racial composition of the Malaysian population, as the predominant presence of only one race tends to engender a sub-culture that is antithetical to the evolution of a dynamic and efficient civil administration in the country.”

While he did not name Muhyiddin, Tengku Razaleigh appeared to single out the deputy prime minister for symbolising a disdain for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1 Malaysia doctrine.

“We have an official document that explains the 1 Malaysia concept as a nation where every Malaysian perceives himself as Malaysian first, and by race second.

“However, we have a leader who openly transgresses his own official policy by declaring that he is ‘Malay first’ and ‘Malaysian second’.”

Ku Li pointed out that the statement was a severe blow not just to the concept of 1 Malaysia, but also a nullification of Jiwa Malaysia or the National Spirit that Tunku was trying hard to inculcate.

The veteran politician, who once challenged Dr Mahathir for the presidency of Umno but lost narrowly, said many people now did not feel as though they were fully Malaysian.

“It is strange that after 55 years of freedom, we have not learnt the simple art of living together as brothers and sisters.

“The country’s source of strength is unity, and this source of strength has been slowly whittled away over the years. We have become a nation of strangers, as evidenced in the fields of politics, the economy, education and the civil service.”

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“However, we have a leader who openly transgresses his own official policy by declaring that he is ‘Malay first’ and ‘Malaysian second’.” HOW ABOUT (as well) “However, we have leaders who openly transgress this official policy by not mentioning the RACE BASED laws and constitutional articles affecting Malaysians differently. It bothers me very much that no politician has responded on ending APARTHEID.

ARTICLE 4

Freedom of expression should not be like that — Lim Mun Fah – February 25, 2012

FEB 25 — The rise of the Internet has given birth to social network mobs, which has become a worrying phenomenon.

How should we define a social network mob?

An article described: “Social network mobs are ‘knowledgeable’, but lack wisdom; they have ‘extremely high’ moral standards, but lack tolerance; they have ‘insight’ to see the truth, but do not recognise themselves; they are excellent in writing, but keep attacking with lingual violence; they are greatly united, but the purpose is to kill targeted strangers; they always wave the stick of law, but convict others without evidence; they turn themselves into heroes and warriors and keep telling stories of justice, but deeply hostile to all who are not categorised as friends.”

The article actually describes the situation in China. However, it is applicable to the situation in Malaysia, too!

These days, almost every issue is followed by various remarks posted online, attracting the participation of tens of thousands of netizens. From a positive point of view, it is a kind of concern and public power forming a kind of pressure. When a major issue is rationally questioned, responded and discussed, it can lead to a positive interactive culture and through such a way of communication, deeper problems would be discussed and studied, before a better solution is sought.

Unfortunately, many Internet users are actually repeating others’ ideas. They shout angrily, call names, slander, spread rumours and gain pleasure on stirring up trouble.

There are indeed many injustices in society, but are getting angry at everything, cursing till the end, humiliating, slandering and even involving those who are innocent the practice of fairness and justice in the pursuit of democracy? Are these netizens really rational and wise enough to face a democratic era?

The Internet should not become a space where only the paranoid can survive. Freedom of expression should not be like that. It allows you to criticise, but not unscrupulously insult and harm other people. The purpose of freedom of expression is to expel fear and restore truth, instead of creating more lies.

In the online world, we expect to see free airing of views rather than murders with unanimous, vicious and cruel remarks. It is horrible when you keep silent, they say that you have tacitly admitted your fault; when you fight back, they accuse you of blindly protecting your employer; and when you try to reason with them, they call you traitor. They turn the online world into a bloody pandemonium, causing others only to watch but not participate.

However, I still believe that the silent majority is rational. I sincerely hope that more rational Internet users will step forward and let public opinion move closer to the truth, while leading the use of Internet towards a more healthy and positive track and growth! — mysinchew.com

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.

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In the event the article somehow addresses moi, if not then ignore this response.

Lim Min said, “Freedom of expression should not be like that. It allows you to criticise, but not unscrupulously insult and harm other people. The purpose of freedom of expression is to expel fear and restore truth, instead of creating more lies.”

Ending extreme plutocracy, apartheid and nepotism, obviously glaring WRONGS is not paranoia or insulting and harming obviously millions worth and now greedy for power type people? Politics is for Joe Public grassroots. Unfortunately, many Internet users are actually repeating others’ ideas. Some also adopt to aid in identififcation of extreme plutocracy, apartheid and nepotism. Is that unfortunate? Expelling fear and restoring truth is done by ending extreme plutocracy, apartheid and nepotism. So probably this Lim Mun writer is not part of the social network mob, though this writer could be part of another more insidious mob, the party bodek mob IF addressing moi of course. Are you addresssing as considered Lim Mun?

Let’s hope Lim Mun’s not a mob minded false flag ‘supporter of ‘Freedom of expression”, that wants to keep oligarchies in power Lim Mun. However, Lim Mun still believes that the silent majority is rational. So we we all keep silent while oligarchs and nepotists run wild and destroy democracy with their family blocs, that makes us rational? I think sincere hopes that more rational Internet users will step forward and let public opinion move closer to the truth, while leading the use of Internet towards a more healthy and positive track and growth will not be in the form of potential mob-minded propaganda as posted here by Lim Mun!

But we do know about Malaysian Insider and other media portals’ refusal to allow discussions or comment posts, so I’ll just leave it to the reader to decide who’s mob minded eh? How How should we define a social network mob? Well there MIGHT be one whom I just MIGHT have responded to . . . Democracy should not be like that (full of nepotists).

ARTICLE 5

Dr M blames politics, under-declared imports for Proton’s malaise – by Shannon Teoh – February 24, 2012

Dr Mahathir described Proton’s past profitability as unusual among car companies. — File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 24 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today blamed Proton’s diving fortunes on political interference and car importers dodging import duties, a practice he says has “pushed Proton out of the market.”

The former prime minister, who launched the national carmaker in 1983, told Bloomberg TV in an interview today “there is nothing wrong with Proton but bad management has caused it to come down.”

“We have made money before but there was meddling by politicians and that’s why we failed. The CEO was making a lot of profits for the company but was dismissed to put some favourites there,” the Proton advisor said, in apparent reference to Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff.

Dr Mahathir had said early this month that Proton, which held a 60 per cent market share in 2002, had accumulated cash reserves of over RM4 billion under Tengku Mahaleel’s watch, allowing it to build its mammoth 150,000-unit capacity Tanjung Malim plant.

But Tengku Mahaleel left Proton in September 2005, with the carmaker’s board saying his contract was not renewed after more than nine years with the company.

This came after his criticism of the approved permit (AP) system to import vehicles, which he said was pushing Malaysia towards being an automobile assembly hub instead of having an automotive manufacturing industry.

It was reported early this month, however, that Tengku Mahaleel could return as chairman and replace Datuk Seri Mohd Nadzmi Mohd Salleh, following DRB-HICOM’s takeover of Proton through its RM1.3 billion purchase of state investment arm Khazanah Nasional’s 42.7 per cent stake in January.

“There were times Proton was doing so well and making so much money it was able to build a huge facility costing RM1.8 billion through internally generated funds.

“Not borrowing or government money. It is unusual for any car company to generate such funds internally for expansion,” Dr Mahathir said in this evening’s interview.

He also said “the import of foreign-made cars that are under-declared” resulted in these makes being “able to push Proton out of the market.”

Proton now holds less than 30 per cent of the car market, despite tariff protections enforced by the government.

Dr Mahathir also insisted he has no regrets about launching Proton, stating that “it was the right way to approach engineering… the most important area for country which has aspirations to become developed.”

“A national car is not a need. We can buy cheaper if we just import. But the car or automotive industry generates a lot of engineering skills and can give birth to a lot of other services and manufacturing of components… that can go into cars and other things as well.”

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Proton sold cars at 15,000 or less when it started. The same car’s price has near tripled even though it is local. Foreign cars almost cost the same and are selling at 300% costlier than other nations in ASEAN. Guess why GREEDY Proton is a failure? This is to no small measure due to the APARTHEID (for minorities boycotting) and various grievances against cronyism (for Malays boycotting) in Proton Malaysia that as well. It is not just the car manufacturers here, Vietnam and North Korea were 30 years behind Malaysia at independence, Malaysia is now 30 years behind most of ASEAN now due to apartheid and will worsen until Malaysians have . . .

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

2 Articles on Royalty : Debuttante Ball in China, Prince Charles’ Tracked Adventure – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 25th Febryary 2012

In 1% tricks and traps, Bajan, England, sovereignty, unwanted gentrification on February 25, 2012 at 12:10 pm

ARTICLE 1

Debutante ball bounces back – by Xu Junqian (China Daily) – 08:12, January 10, 2012

Larissa Scotting, 17, from the UK, leads a group of young women in the “coming out” formalities during the first Shanghai International Debutante Ball on Saturday. (China Daily/Gao Erqiang)

Glamour event steeped in tradition makes a glittering return to life, Xu Junqian reports from Shanghai.

Sparkling tiaras and wine, young men sharply dressed and women wearing gowns, a Puccini aria as background music, and presentations to society: the trappings of another era – and of the first Shanghai International Debutante Ball.

Guests on Saturday night might have been taken back in time, but the organizer hopes such events are the future. If, that is, she can find any young Chinese women who are up to snuff.

“For all these years, people have been talking about our nation’s zeal for luxury. But I don’t think people really get the point of what luxury is,” Zhou Caici said.

“All they have been chasing after is material stuff. Now I am showing them the real lifestyle.”

Zhou, founder and executive director of the ball, has been an active socialite in Hong Kong, London and her native Shanghai. Two socialite friends from London helped her organize the party, and it followed a Victorian script with some 2012 tweaks.

‘Impeccable’

The setting was the gilded grand ballroom of the Shanghai Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, which occupies a historic building on the Bund overlooking the Huangpu River. Of course, attendance was by invitation only.

The 160 guests, with the men in tuxedos, began to arrive around 9, mingling under huge chandeliers and sipping Champagne from flutes. The music, although recorded, was operatic.

At 10 sharp, two uniformed attendants opened the heavy doors through which 13 smiling young women made their debuts. Each handed her white-gloved hand to her escort, and they began their first dance – to the title song from Flashdance.

“Everything is impeccable,” Jennie Hallam-Peel said. She and Patricia Woodall had organized the Queen Charlotte’s Ball in London and had flown to Shanghai to help with this one.

“Shanghai is a city very similar to London,” Hallam-Peel said. “It can’t be more appropriate to have a debutante ball in as modern as well as historical place as here.”

Hallam-Peel had her own “coming out” in the mid-1970s, and she described the tradition as a “unique English identity” that should not be lost.

The tradition – mainly to declare the availability of young women, especially bluebloods, for the marriage market – hasn’t fared so well since 1958, when Prince Philip said that presenting the debs to Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace was “bloody daft”. The focus has shifted to charity work in a debutante’s pedigree and includes middle-class families, not just the upper crust.

[[[ *** There can be a few different balls – one for lower (to foster stable marriages good values etc), one for middle (to foster less materialistic value as middle classers who become wealthy regress to lower class crassness and materialism WHILE becoming extremely wealthy), one for upper crust (to foster families seeking altruism, philantrophy and perhaps even revival of the Chinese Imperium) *** ]]]

Larissa Scotting, 17, from the UK dances with her escort on Saturday night at the first Shanghai International Debutante Ball. She was named Debutante of the Year. (China Daily/Gao Erqiang)

‘The perfect city’

Zhou, 66, is the youngest daughter of Zhou Xinfang, a Peking Opera master, and Qiu Lilin who, Zhou said, certainly would have qualified as a deb if there had been such a thing in 1920s Shanghai. Zhou is known in Hong Kong and the UK as Vivian Chow Wong (adding her husband’s family name).

She moved back to Shanghai in 2003 and said she had been thinking since then about reviving the ball tradition, not in its place of origin but on more receptive distant soil.

“Shanghai is the perfect city, if not the only one in China, to have a ball like this,” she said. “Shanghai people love dancing, from ballroom dancing to morning dancing in the park, which serves a solid base for our ball.”

Young Chinese women on the mainland have yet to warm to the idea of the ball as a matchmaking event. She said they are more used to one-on-one meetings arranged by their parents in restaurants or teahouses.

But Zhou thinks the Shanghai Debutante Ball could provide a connection for English aristocrats and well-off young Chinese women. After all, she said, in the United States in the 1930s, down-and-out English gentlemen traveled overseas to marry the daughters of American magnates.

Zithers and dumplings

But there is a problem: Although she interviewed scores of young women in opulent Yangtze River areas over the past year, she found not one on the mainland who met the conditions for an invitation: Age 17 to 25, competence in English and, preferably, from a family that has contributed to society in a certain way.

“The reason the first ball has no participants from the Chinese mainland is that we didn’t find a suitable one,” Zhou said. “We would rather go with nobody than someone shoddy, as we know how good people are at digging out others’ pasts nowadays.”

Zhou, who has a married son in his 30s, defined the perfect debutante as someone “every mother would like her son to marry, but not every son could get”.

“Ideally, I would want someone who can stand out as a Chinese zither player or a deft embroiderer, which I think are the most basic skills of Chinese fine ladies, besides a clean (upstanding) family and good upbringing. However, as it turned out, I cannot even find someone who can make dumplings.”

Lots of bachelors

Zhou did select two of the debutantes, one each from Hong Kong and Taiwan. Meanwhile, Hallam-Peel and Woodall handpicked the rest, one Polish and 10 British women, most the daughters of engineers, doctors or graphic designers.

The Asian debs have backgrounds most closely resembling those of traditional debutantes. Vivien Lee, a bubbly 22-year-old from Hong Kong, attended a top private girls school, Benenden in Kent, England, and was the UK’s Undergraduate of 2010 when she graduated from Cambridge University.

Zhou described Jen Hau, 22-year-old daughter of the mayor of Taipei, as “the surprise” of the ball – a surprise because her father is a politician.

Hunting for escorts for the debs proved easy. The most recognizable name among the 13 was Tom Savernake, a viscount and the future heir to the Marquess of Ailesbury. The others were “talented gentlemen” from England, Germany, France and Hong Kong.

“It turned out there are more bachelors than I expected in the city,” Zhou said Saturday night. “And they are all showing a keen interest in the ball. One recommended another and, finally, they are all here.”

The young women had their own reasons to attend.

“How often does a girl get to dress up with a white gown and dance at such a fabulous ball, apart from her own wedding?” Hau said.

Lee, who works in equity derivatives marketing at J.P. Morgan, didn’t tell her colleagues what she was up to when she took annual leave for the ball. She said she wanted to keep a low profile.

Thirteen young women wore traditional white gowns for the formalities of coming out to society, then changed into party clothes for dancing. (China Daily Photo)

‘Princess’ hair

The cost of having “a once-in-a-lifetime-experience” as a debutante ranks up there with the expenses of a wedding. Although parents of these debs did not have to pay tens of thousands of dollars to buy a table, the bills for hairstyles and dresses were high.

For the night, French jewelry maker Chaumet – a company that once crowned Napoleon and a galaxy of European royalty – offered a collection of tiaras collectively worth 60 million yuan ($9.5 million), the most expensive one more than 6 million yuan. And Australian hairdresser Kim Robinson, who worked for supermodel Kate Moss and the late Princess Diana, was hired to style for 13 debs.

“Of course, doing the hair for debutantes differs from other areas,” he said. “It has to be classy, elegant and show the princess part of every girl.” Robinson said he had his best team brought in from Hong Kong for the ball, leaving his salon empty.

Zhou, who said she paid all the costs of putting on the ball, would not say how much money she invested in the “deluxe” night – which she defined as “graceful and spending every penny necessary” as distinguished from mere luxury.

“I am not running this ball as a charity, which I have already done in my May Day Ball,” Zhou said. That event, which Zhou launched in 2005, was dubbed the first upper-class ball in town. Zhou said it has helped raise around 8.5 million yuan since it began and saved more than 100 children who were “on the brink of death”.

“The debutante ball is more like a private party,” she said. “It’s all about looking like a princess or pretending to be a princess for a day, for some girls like a dream.

“Good times or bad times, people always need something dreamy to fantasize about. And I want my ball to be a fairy tale for every girl and the mothers of the girls to believe in.”

The future

“I feel very honored. It’s so wonderful to have been chosen,” 17-year-old Larissa Scotting said. The British organizers had selected her as Debutante of the Year. “I am thrilled to be given this award here in Shanghai.”

A freshman at King’s College in London, she confessed that she didn’t quite know how the title would help her in her future. She plans to start a company of her own.

Zhou, however, was quite confident about the future as the ball she founded wound down Saturday night.

“It will be an annual thing. And the most urgent thing is to find some qualified Chinese mainland ladies.”

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‘Looking like’? ‘Pretend to be princess for a day’? Yea right you NLP lobber, and the only REAL princesses in the world are Caucasian and wear Caucasian styles? China and these supposed purveyors of culture need to wake up, those princesses need to be REAL and not PRETEND – to match and balance the princesses in ‘the West’. This is the middle of the Middle Kingdom, with all that wealth and political power, Imperium WITH Chinese characteristics is the only conclusion.

The will be ROYALS, including princesses, and they will be neither ‘pretend’ nor ‘look like Princesses’, they will be nothing like Vivian Chow (who looks rather mixed-blood IMHO), in fact there will be (by several promotors of Imperial culture active at  the moment) very Chinese and 100% pureblood ACTUAL PRINCESSES with state given powers and state given privileges and state protections – the Chinese section of the Debuttante’s Ball will be a celebration of the Han, Manchu, Tibetan and Mongol pedigree, not a vestige of Anglo centred colonialism with fifth columnists that innocuously go “asian princesses are ‘pretend’ or ‘lookalikes'”.

This Vivian woman looks quite Eurasian btw . . . *PUREBRED HAN ONLY* to count as necessarily 100% Far Eastern oriental pedigreed family organisers and debutanttes in the Chinese section of the Debuttante’s ball! If Vivian is not somehow indispensible, I suggest that a purebred Han replace Vivian as the face of Chinese ‘debutantry’. If Vivian is not indispensible, then I suggest Vivian take a advisory role and let purebred Hans lead the entire event anyway – in purely Chinese characteristic form.

ARTICLE 2

The Prince of Rails: Charles’s delight as he drives train while visiting British train factory – Last updated at 3:16 AM on 25th February 2012

Prince Charles showed he is all aboard British manufacturing when he visited Bombardier’s train building factory.

The Prince of Wales toured the country’s last remaining train builders in Derby, yesterday, and test drove a London Underground train to applause from workers.

His visit follows the Canadian-owned company’s announcement earlier this month that the Litchurch Lane plant will remain open, having secured a number of new contracts.

But its long term future is unclear – with 1,400 jobs being axed after last year’s controversial Government decision to award the £1.4bn Thameslink contract to German rivals Siemens, and Bombardier waiting to see if it will also lose out on the £1bn Crossrail deal.
Eyes on the track: Prince Charles turns tube driver on his visit to Bombadier in Derby yesterday

Eyes on the track: Prince Charles turns tube driver on his visit to Bombardier in Derby yesterday
Mind the gap: David Moss, left, and Laurence Rostron show Prince Charles a Tube carriage under construction at Bombardier in Derbyshire

Mind the gap: David Moss, left, and Laurence Rostron show Prince Charles a Tube carriage under construction at Bombardier in Derbyshire

Prince Charles was shown the industrial design studio, where he met designers working on the interiors and exteriors of Tube trains.

He then moved to the assembly line, where he spoke to Nick and Kane Jellyman, who are third and fourth generation workers employed by Bombardier.

Nick, 46, who has worked for the company for 30 years and whose dad and grandad worked at the plant, said the mood was upbeat and very positive now the threat of closure had lifted.

He said he was honoured to have met the Prince, adding: “He asked me about my work and said I must be very proud of my son, which I am.”

Kane, 19, an apprentice with Bombardier, said the visit was a massive boost for morale.

‘It was difficult last year when we lost the contract but it’s looking brighter now we’ve secured a few more,’ he said.

Prince Charles was also shown the inside of an s stock (sub surface) train, which are made at the plant under a long running contract to replace those on the Tube’s Metropolitan, District, Hammersmith and City and Circle lines.

The Prince was joined by Derby South Labour MP Margaret Beckett non-executive chairman Sir Neville Simms and president of rolling stock UK Dr Francis Paonessa.
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Prince of Rails?!? How crass.

Glad to see the ‘prince who could be passed over for king’, enjoyed himself at the train’s controls (would Charles be the one to press the button/pulls the lever or crank that fires the first nuke England ever fires?). But isn’t public infrastructure quite beneath royalty (Royal appearances should be limited major local festivals, new years etc.. culture based things and highest level diplomacy – i.e. commemoration-renewal of quarter-centennial diplomatic relations – mostly?)? Have some lower ranked aristocrat or peer to do this sort of crown representation. Bowlderises the whole institution, much like even Mayors would prefer to send local Councillors to open new highways or new rail stations because they are too high ranked to do the opening themselves. Perhaps in senescence ( . . . going Joo-joo . . . ) or if a royal is particularly eccentric (i.e. cou-cou), or if there are luxury VIP cars on the train, but this amounts to mere media hogging. “Too Damn Toff!” or “Not Yob Enough!”

Blue Train in South Africa

 

(Incidentally Barbados belongs to the Bajans-Arawak Natives who should have a sovereign Bajan led government holding parliaament in Bajan language, and who should have a representative seat at the UN held by an ethnic Bajan if not Arawak . . . ) http://www.bajanreporter.com/

Heres the real thing looking at the sumbsumption intending . . . http://www.lastgangintownuk.net/pgigs1.html

Ahmadinejad’s Iranian Ninja Army of Ninja Babes – Posted by ck on 2/21/2012 in Popalicious

In assassin, Ayatollah Khomeini, best Islamic sects, Caliph, Caliphate, democratisation, House of Saud, Imperial Persia, Islam, non-Muslim rights, non-Muslim Rights in a Muslim country, overkill, Padishah Emperor, women, Zarathustra, Zarathustrian High Priest, Zoroastrianism on February 25, 2012 at 10:49 am

A country ruled by a megalomaniacal leadership, hell bent on acquiring weapons of mass destruction and protected by an army of 3,500 highly trained female Ninja assassins! The plot of an upcoming B movie? No. It’s actually what’s going on in Iran right now! Well, ok maybe not exactly. I mean we do have the megalomaniacal leadership, and it sure likes their Uranium enrichment efforts have a purpose a bit more nefarious than “medical research,” and yes there are in fact 3,500 women training in the art of Ninja in Iran, but that’s where it ends.

It’s really less than likely that these women training to be Ninjas will ever be used as any kind of offensive force against anyone. It’s not even clear that the type of training they are getting is anything more than just silly acrobatics and pseudo martial arts, owing more to Ninja movies than to actual, you know, Ninja power. But, in a society where women’s freedom is as severely curtailed as it is in Iran, it’s nice to see that women have an outlet for physical fitness, socializing and self esteem. Consequently, count me as one of those who are all in favor of the Female Iranian Ninja movement! Go Ninja Go!

Also check out the awesome photography by Caren Firouz of Reuters depicting Iranian women during their Ninja training.

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Iran shouldn’t get too caught up in the West’s obsession with masculinisation of women. A heavily bearded middle aged Prince of Persia type is far more threatening. This is just subversive when a honest approach would be better. Honest nations need no to hide behind women acting in teh capacity of ghostly robed assassins if the men of diplomacy have been doing their job or the men of war are strong enough to suppress their enemies . . . Hows the reacquisition of the gems lost from the Peacock Throne when the English occupied Iran, and hows the revival of Zoroastrinism coming along? Hows the extant Persian Padishah King (who would be Padishah Emperor if Persia somehow controlled the Royal House of Saud – doubtless this would be military in action but without the West’s backing, this would be diplomatic easily, the West backed wimps would quickly bow to Iran . . .) who could represent a very strong counterweight in terms of royalty to the various Western Royals, even the Sunnite House of Saud.

As for a potential Caliphate, with Persia’s native faith and religion strongly in mind FIRST, before the Bedouin conquests and conversions of Persians to Islam, (Ayatollah of the Muslim Shiites and Grand Mufti of the Sunnites (King of Arabia) could be BOTH under a single non-sect aligned Caliph who :

For claims of Caliphacy . . . the below is the only qualification among all Muslims of either sect that can justify unity in the Muslim world, any who have raised arms against any other Muslim in the history of Islam have forfeited that right – this means the neutral minority sect Muslims who have never killed another Muslim – or at least was least involved in sect to sect violence and Muslims who consider themselves neither Sunni nor Shiite to prevent subjugation of either who are a minority anywhere, perhaps a Sufi? A revived Khawarij?

;alongside an EQUALLY placed (at Caliph level) Zoroastrian High Priest faith (Zarathusthra wrote the original faith of the Persians). The Malaikat, Djinn and Efreet would be pleased to see such Concord (in a multipolar world) – perhaps ‘Concord’ was lost WITH the French ‘Concorde’ Airplane, though simply renaming that craft should do (let the distinct shape of that French plane again grace the skies in a display of French design . . . )?’

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Islam_branches_and_schools.svg

Now put all of these guys together Ahmadinejad initiate gatherings of sect heads, perhaps alongside a multifaith idealogue with Ayatollah Khomeni, the Keeper of the 2 Mosques and the Zarathustra’s High Priest as well, and towards a centralisation of culture and power, who knows a long lived peace, occurs in the Middle East in Iran sufficient enough to deter further depredation by Anglo colonialists via diplomatic-colonialism and financial-colonialism . . . MEANWHILE remember that non-Muslims do need their spaces as well for their Haram entertainments and Haram lifsetyles (Animistic Nusantaranism and Animistic African faithers where valid remember your roots . . . ), don’t turn this into a ‘convert as many people as possible on the back of helpful ideas positivity’ thing.

Ethics the Basis of CPC’s Success (compare to the disgusting and shameless situation in most political parties in ASEAN – which would all be fired and for the extreme wealth and limitless terms, even sent to the firing squad!) – 08:45, February 24, 2012

In 1% tricks and traps, Abuse of Power, better laws, checks and balances, China, collusion, conflict of interest, Confucianism ethics applied, critical discourse, democratisation, misplaced adoration, Nepotism, preventing vested interest, separation of powers, spirit of the law, unprofessional behaviour, vested interest, voting strategy on February 24, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Rules issued to curb nepotism among China’s civil servants
BEIJING, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) — China has issued regulations to limit public servants’ association with their spouses and relatives at work, a move hoped to curb corruption and interferences with their duties.

Civil servants and their spouses, relatives within three generations or relatives-in-law can not hold two posts which report to the same director, nor should they have the director-subordinate work relationship, according to the regulations.

In terms of geographical limitations, the regulations say that civil servants may not serve as heads of prefecture-level Communist Party of China (CPC) committees or governments in their hometowns.

Civil servants are also not allowed to assume top posts in prefecture-level discipline inspection commissions, procuratorates, courts or police departments in their hometowns, according to the regulations.

Civil servants are also asked to avoid situations such as recruitment, promotion or demotion of staff, taxation and approval for going abroad, that involve their relatives.

Those who do not abide by the regulations could be removed from office, according to the regulations jointly issued by the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.

If two civil servants marry or form a new relationship that “should be avoided,” their posts will be adjusted, according to the regulations.

Source:Xinhua

http://english.cpc.people.com.cn/66102/7738788.html

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Something For the World To Study – especially those nepotist, term limitless, 3rd world minded political parties.

Preventing nepotism . . .

Mubarak in Egypt (fallen)

http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/haass35/English

Gaddafi in Libya (fallen unless the Tureg somehow gain autonomy and sovereignty)

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2071839_2071844_2071802,00.html

Aquino in Phillipines (ongoing – quite parallel to various family blocs in Malaysia . . . )

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20100721-282271/House-under-siege-Abads-hit-defended-but-refuse-to-budge

Malaysia (ongoing series of oligarchies in BOTH mainstream and opposition coalitions, 3rd force has a lot of work to do . . . )

http://www.tindakmalaysia.com/showthread.php/2777-Nepotism-Umno-controlled-by-3-families

India (Gandhi, Nehru etc..)

http://www.rediff.com/news/slide-show/slide-show-1-anna-hazare-you-use-either-nepotism-or-corruption-says-narayana-murthy/20110826.htm

Ali Abdullah Salleh – Tunisia

http://middleeast.about.com/od/yemen/p/ali-abdullah-saleh-profile.htm

. . . and many more but with this surprising one as well featured as the best . . .

The Bushes in USA

http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2010/01/nepotism_watch_eight_years_late

The Kennedys in USA . . .

http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2009/09/26/kirks-kennedys-nepotism-entrenchment-usa

Perhaps at a lower level as in the below Oklahoma school system nepotism prevention chart USA is still ‘exceptional’ but it is the top echelons that need to set an example and the erosion is immense if the top echelons lack discipline to set an example . . .

There is nothing to prevent these people from taking UNPAID advisory roles, but they insist on hogging political power and creating cults of personality . . . this is the difference between 3rd world, sliding into 3rd world and rising out of 3rd world. China here has set an example and standard that few nations can claim to match . . .

NEPOTISMhttp://www.criminal-law-lawyer-source.com/terms/nepotism.html

Nepotism is a form of favoritism that is based on kinship. Nepotism is usually seen to be a negative practice because it implies that the person getting the job, promotion, college admittance, or property is usually not otherwise qualified enough to have it. There are no uniform laws regarding nepotism, but there are many different ways to approach a legal case where nepotism is suspected.

Nepotism can take place in politics where a person with a political position either passes on their position or gets employment for a member of their family. Laws regarding political nepotism vary from state to state. Another type of nepotism that occurs is within the educational system, when a family member is admitted on the basis of their family’s history at the school applied to.

Sometimes a business may be suspected of nepotism when certain family members of higher-ups are promoted, hired, or given raises while other employees remain in their own positions. If an employee is fired and a family member of business leaders takes the position, it may be considered nepotism. There are no uniform national business laws regarding nepotism and the practice may be openly embraced by some businesses. 

Other businesses may have serious rules banning nepotism, which may include not having spouses or family members working in the same department or company. This type of nepotism may be extremely taxing for people who meet at work and go on to get married.

Anti-nepotism can work against well-qualified individuals as well.  This is especially true in the anti-nepotism that occurs when two people working together get married and one or both of them are fired. The business may also choose to not hire someone who is very qualified for a position because that person is related to someone in the company.

Nepotism is a problematic legal issue to deal with because of its varying complexities. While most states have comprehensive anti-discrimination laws, nepotism may not be covered as a form of discrimination. There are several ways nepotism can be combated legally, however.

Discrimination based on marital status, sex, or age is illegal and can sometimes be argued against in cases of suspected nepotism.  In addition, racial discrimination, a serious charge, can also sometimes be practiced under the guise of nepotism. Many states also have laws and legal rights that argue that nepotism against married couples is a form of illegal discrimination.

If you or someone you know has been affected by nepotism, whether in the workplace, school, or in government, you may be entitled to monetary compensation or your job back. If a lawyer agrees to take such cases it will be on a contingency basis, meaning you only pay them if you win your nepotism case.