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US: Saleh Badly Burned in Blast – www.express.co.uk – Tuesday June 7,2011

In 1% tricks and traps, Hollywood, if not contrived, Imperial Persia, one level up, Padishah Emperor, politics, Tunisia on March 9, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh was burned on more than 40% of his body and suffered bleeding in the brain from last weekend’s attack on his palace, US officials said, indicating his wounds were worse than initially reported.

The revelation casts doubts on a quick return to Yemen and spells a deepening power vacuum.

In the wake of Saleh’s evacuation to Saudi Arabia for treatment, Yemen’s violence escalated, with government troops battling Islamic militants and opposition tribesmen in two southern cities on Tuesday.

The military said it killed 30 militants who were among a group that took over the city of Zinjibar last week amid the country’s turmoil.

The United States fears that al Qaida’s branch in Yemen – one of the terror network’s most active, blamed for two attempted anti-US attacks – will take advantage of the chaos to strengthen its base in the country.

Washington and Saudi Arabia are pushing Yemeni officials to seize the opportunity of Saleh’s evacuation to immediately begin a transfer of power and formation of a new government.

The US ambassador in Sanaa spoke with Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who is acting president, to press the American view, US State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters in Washington.

Mr Toner said he was not sure how long Saleh would undergo treatment in Saudi Arabia, or whether he still planned on returning. But he said Yemen needed to move forward in the meantime. “We need to see all sides moving forward on a constructive basis,” he said.

Friday’s attack on Saleh’s palace compound came amid two weeks of battles in Sanaa between government forces and opposition tribesmen determined to drive him from power.

The fighting pushed the impoverished country closer to civil war after four months of street protests by hundreds of thousands of Yemenis failed to oust Saleh, who has been in power for nearly 33 years.

http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/251355/Saleh-s-wounds-worse-than-thought-

Was this a Hollywood style set up?

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Synchronicity?!? Unbelievable . . . but Salleh did survive probably to get dumped by Dr.Evil another day. Salleh is fine btw. So much so it looked like something specially done to make Salleh look like he was injured? Hollywood!

Yea right Salleh looks just fine today . . . hows the French toast? Say hi to Sarkozy for the Middle East . . .

http://www.tunisia-live.net/2012/03/08/turkish-president-indicates-france-welcome-at-friends-of-syria-conference/

Is Salleh going to be tried for anything? Or will that be holidays and partying in Monaco, Bahamas and jolly London hereon? Or is that another episode of Austin Powers? Armegaddon!!! (Psst, this the realest and most likely, so just hit USA, a massive crater lake in the centre of USA could be helpful and should fill up with lots of fresh water . . . )

2012 (2009 Roland Emmerich) is abit too excessive though the Polar shift thing could well occur . . . how about Disaster Movie (Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer 2008)? Now if Iran would revive their Persiatic Padishah Emperor (maybe they need the Peacock Throne to be re-assembled for that line of reality to work though . . . ), they’d have to watch out for the Attreides (who are those? little wonder they need to hit England with nukes . . . ), so guess who plays the Harkonnens . . . ? Oh the red haired peoples AGAIN, give those bushy eyebrowed mentats their cats . . . aren’t some of us glad our countries were not important or pleasant enough to be featured in film? Now we know why the Corexit was dumped into the Gulf of Mexico if that was not another false flag. Don’t be so sure Cthulu was killed yet . . .

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5 Articles : 3 Articles Quietly Disparaging Communism and Marxism, 2 Articles on Malaysian Politics – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 10th March 2012

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ARTICLE 1

Johor still a “shining pillar” for Umno-BN, says Muhyiddin – Tuesday, 06 March 2012 17:28

KULAIJAYA– Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today he is confident that Johor would continue to remain as a “shining pillar” of Umno and a fortress of the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the coming general election (GE) despite faced with a stiffer challenge from the Opposition.

Muhyiddin, who is also BN deputy chairman and Umno deputy president, said he was of the opinion that voter sentiment in Johor for the BN presently was still positive.

He told this to reporters after holding a “meet-the-people” session and opening the Kulaijaya district education office in Bandar Indrapura, Kulaijaya here today.

Also present was Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman.

Earlier, Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, had held a closed-door meeting with the top leadership of the BN and Umno in Johor.

On the meeting, Muhyiddin said Abdul Ghani, the Johor Umno and BN liaison chief, had updated him on the coalition’s preparation for the GE.

He said Abdul Ghani had been going down the ground tirelessly towards ensuring support among the grassroots for the BN remained intact.

“I am satisfied with the preparations being done in Johor. Nevertheless, we cannot take things for granted and become complacent. We ask each Umno and BN division to focus on their respective areas and spruce up election machinery besides strengthening unity among members,” he said.

The voter, he said, was very important and that no effort should be spared to ensure their interests be it welfare, education or the economy and the like was well looked after as the BN had always done.

“We are confident they (voters) will understand when making the decision (when voting),” he said.

— BERNAMA

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Change the word Pillar to Path, then invite a CPPCC Governor into Johor. Then we’ll see ‘shining’. Chaiman Mao would approve. And who knows Malaysia could prosper due to an ‘administrative’ takeover’.

 

 

ARTICLE 2

Malaysia Does Not Need A Revolutionary Programme

Wednesday, 07 March 2012 00:26

KUALA LUMPUR — Najib Tun Razak said Malaysia does not need a revolutionary programme but instead needed leaders committed to change who the people could trust.

The prime minister said this year promised to be a year of robust political discourse in Malaysia and hoped it would be one where more and more of the politicians addressed the real choices Malaysians faced.

“Ultimately it is the people who will determine the future. That is what our freedom from colonial rule was all about, that is what we preserved from the moment of Merdeka and we should all be proud of: a Malaysia where Malaysians decide,” he said.

Najib said this in his latest entry titled “1Malaysia Is A Commitment To Transformation” in his blog http://www.1malaysia.com.my on Tuesday.

He drew attention on those opposing the 1Malaysia concept, categorising them in two groups, the die-hards who say there should be no change from the approach of 1971 and the first wave of the New Economic Policy and those demanding revolutionary change.

As for the first group, Najib said: “I can understand why some are fearful: many of the historic imbalances in our society still need addressing; – and we will.

“But we must also have an approach that encourages all who can contribute to Malaysia to stay here and also we must recognise that widening ownership of the economy will not, of itself, fight poverty at root.”

To those who feared 1Malaysia for these reasons, Najib advised them to be calm and patient as 1Malaysia was about a dynamic strategy to fight poverty in the country.

“And I believe, (1Malaysia) will achieve much more than if we refuse to change,” he said.

The prime minister said it was the second group of opponents of 1Malaysia who worried him more.

“They dismiss anything and everything we have done as being not enough and instead demand a revolutionary programme of change. To different audiences they say different things: motivated only by a lust for power and what seems like congenital need to provoke more and more controversy.”

“Of course, taken together their programme is a mess: one cannot promise to abolish road tolls, write off RM40 billion in National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN) loans and cut the budget deficit all at once: very quickly one of these promises would fall apart leaving a lot of angry people and an economy in free fall,” he said.

Nevertheless, despite his fears, Najib said he was an optimist.

“Stocking up anger at the alleged failure of the current government to implement such a crazed programme will, I believe, only fail in the end, because the more such a dangerous mix of impossible promises is exposed to public scrutiny, the less and less credible those who seek to stir things up will be,” he added.

(Bernama)

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How about a Communist Revolutionary Party of Malaysia if not revival of the CPM under a reformed and normalized Chin Peng (peaceful of course and in due respect to mulitiracial Malaysia, open to all races?). Malaysia has yet to keep a promise on pardons to the former members of CPM that could bring Malaysian and Chinese to a better level instead not keeping word on pardons and continuance of BN’s institutionalised apartheid.

 

 

ARTICLE 3

Ling Ordered To Enter Defence – Friday, 09 March 2012 15:03

KUALA LUMPUR — The High Court here today ordered former transport minister Dr Ling Liong Sik to enter his defence on the charge of cheating the Malaysian government RM1.08 billion over the Port Klang Free Zone project (PKFZ).

Judge Ahmadi Asnawi made the order after he concluded that the prosecution had successfully established a prima facie case against Dr Ling.

Dr Ling, 69, who was transport minister for 17 years since 1986, is charged with cheating the government by not disclosing to the Cabinet an additional interest rate of 7.5 per cent per annum on the purchase price of the land for the PKFZ project, which had been fixed at RM1,088,456,000 by the Valuation and Property Services Department, based on RM25 per sq ft, inclusive of the coupon/interest rate.

He also faces two alternative (amended) charges, of cheating and intentionally not disclosing to the Cabinet that the 7.5 per cent per annum was an additional interest rate on the land price.

Dr Ling, represented by counsel Wong Khian Keong, is charged with committing the offences at the fourth floor of the Prime Minister’s Office, Perdana Putra building in Putrajaya, between Sept 25 and Nov 6, 2002.

The first charge, under Section 418 of the Penal Code, carries a penalty of up to seven years jail, or a fine, or both, upon conviction while the two alternative (amended) charges, under Section 417 of the Penal Code, carry a penalty of up to five years jail, or a fine, or both, upon conviction.

Dr Ling was charged on July 29 2010 and the trial proceeded for three months starting Aug 1 last year.

The prosecution, led by DPP Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah, called on 25 witnesses throughout the trial, including Cabinet ministers and senior officers of the valuation department.

(Bernama)

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LLS should seek political asylum in China and reveal all those ugly truths there like RPK ran away to England. If Tun Ling is Chinese, he should immediately apply for political asylum then trash the people who have been hateful and racist.

 

 

ARTICLE 4

ASEAN has right stuff to be world market leader, says Guan Eng
March 09, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 — Southeast Asia has the edge to be a powerhouse if the countries in the region band together and work to free up their politics and economies, Lim Guan Eng said today.

The Penang chief minister that the region is the natural choice to grow into the next major consumer market due to its strategic geographic location between rising giants India and China, its 600 million-strong population and with the old model of the US, Europe and Japan engines of growth on the wane due to their existing debt crisis and long-term jobless situation.

“The potential for this to happen is certainly real, but we must be aware that such a situation can only be achieved if our people become stronger consumers, which means that they need to have more money in their pockets.

“In other words, economic democratisation must first occur in order to facilitate the growth of a strong consumer market in the region,” Lim told an ASEAN Democracy and Economic Development forum in George Town today.

A copy of his speech at the event was made available to the media.

Lim (picture) said for ASEAN to be a key market driver, it needed a strategy that will collectively raise income levels, especially those at the bottom levels of the economy, and step-up the skills to automatically increase worker productivity.

“In other words, if we can increase the purchasing power of our people, especially amongst the lower-income groups, we will be sure to create a great consumer market,” the trained accountant said.

But he cautioned that care be taken to produce greater political and economic democratisation and decentralisation in the region and does not result in a wider income gap.

“Democratisation is a key factor for the continued growth of our region, and the fate of Myanmar is our biggest test,” Lim said, pointing to the much-talked about nation that is making the transition from a military regime to a democracy and long considered ASEAN’s collective responsibility.

He said it was ASEAN’s duty to ensure that the democratisation of Myanmar is carried out peacefully and will result in it becoming a meaningful partner of growth.

Lim added that decentralisation of power is also another key issue in ASEAN due to the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural make-up in each country here and that it needed to be handled due to its close links with problems of political identity.

He said that by giving states more power, the central government can then focus on national policies.

The DAP MP for Bagan pointed to Penang to back up his arguments, saying his government had taken steps to democratise the state with new policies that are based on what the public really want and not what it thinks they want.

“Only by listening to the people, doing the people’s work and focusing on the people, can we hope to catch the fourth wave of democracy,” he said, pointing to the series of reforms enveloping entire nations worldwide.

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. . . right stuff blah blah blah . . . Hey mr. useless soundbites, when is APARTHEID going to be addressed and ended? Give over that CM’s post to someone who will file lawsuit with the UN over Malaysia’s apartheid laws and apartheid constitutions MLK style, instead of wasting that CM’s ethos on platitudes. We don’t need platitudes, but we do have DJs and Propaganda sellouts like Chandra Mustafa for that. This beneficiary of nepotism LGE is totally unqualified to lead any Chinese community. Not using that CM’s post to any good use at all. If all Chinese thought like LGE, we’d be forever be under term limitless Mubarak (and Sons) and Gaddafi (and Sons) style authoritarian nepotists like LKS, asking for meaningless apologies from UMNO to look good (so what if UMNO apologises? No policy changes at all! Hegelian dialect nonsense if anything . . . ), writing 750K funerals for themselves (even asking BN to support Pakatan in this worse of all), and threatening to tear down awnings on private property instead of amending laws, and never acting on ending APARTHEID. LKS says ‘unite the people’. Unite the people? Sure even will the people unite AGAINST :

Nepotism
Plutocracy
Limitless Terms
750K funerals
Lim Kit Siang/Thomas Lee *OR* MahathirKutty/Chandar Muzaffar – ‘Master-Lapdog’ type Politician-Journo symbiotism (term limitless to boot) which is extremely dangerous to citizen sovereignty much like what happened in Singapore’s PAP, much like Goh Chok Tong was the ‘interim’ PM before Lee Hsien Loong took the PM’s post.

Thomas or Chandra are BOTH n3rd5 who have been bound up by the oligarch minded, ageing and undemocratic junta style political bullies (with unhealthy nepotistic and term limitless tendencies). Take a closer look at the ‘phenotype imprinting’ issue to understand. Lee is just LKS’s b1tch, and phenotypically that shows on Lee’s face. Look These two’d be better off looking like their own fathers (still kinda sick, who needs to be a carbon copy even of their own father . . . ) but every Politician as a harem of b1tch3s willing or inadvertent . . .

Ask for equality and end of apartheid instead you nepotistic parachute CM, file a lawsuit with the Penang CMships ethos at the UN, with the USA, with India and China, with Russia . . .  the CMship was not given to LGE for fun, LGE is supposed to use that CMship (Much likes so many MCA ministers have not made a peep on ending APARTHEID) as a tool to ensure Article 1 of the UNHCR not go ‘Hurr durr, I can haz 750K funeral from the taxpayers . . . ‘ . . . In a one-man one-vote system LGE never have gotten the CM’s seat being PLACED there by his own father instead of being voted in – even against general dissent from Penang DAP (excepting Penang DAP lapdogs willing to be sidelined as per the 3rd world family/clique political party paradigm). The taxpayers and your voters did not vote DAP to demand MEANINGLESS apologies from the PM and then turn on the people by fining instead of making amendments to abusive and undemocratic laws. We voted for MPs and Assemblymen who will help lower taxes, ease laws and end apartheid.

;if Pakatan becomes as bad as BN (PR is quite like BN in many ways) and has not even granted :

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.

;though Pakatan has merely ‘alluded’ to the above 3 items more than BN has, this could mean that 3rd Force is the only way forward to an equal citizen free from apartheid. 3rd Force should be a coalition of : KITA (if UMNO doesn’t swamp KITA or pretend to hide behind KITA via political proxies as UMNO loses the people’s vote), 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.

Try the below comment from : @anon — March 9, 2012 @ 11:48 AM

DAP PROPOSAL IS A BIT ODD

The rural poor deserve to get the development they were promised by UMNO but failed to get with “independence in Malaysia” since 1963. UMNO failed totally to keep its side of the bargain but abused the trust the people who enticed and compelled to place their faith and trust in its hand when the British handed colonial powers to Malaya in the process of denying us real independence.

However, one would question why we need such a “trust fund” as proposed by DAP. All the money derived from Sarawak resources are in a sense trust money which a responsible and transparent government of the day hold in trust to be spent wisely for its citizens. What we have is that under the name of development UMNO breached our trust and stole our oil and gas in the region of $50 trillions and billions by its local support PBB BN gangsters and land thieves after over 40 years. If an honest government could be elected there is no need for a trust fund. All it needs to do is to honestly implement the development plans for the people’s benefit. The first thing such a government should do is to embark on a Sarawak wide provision of aid relief to the desperately poor and to freeze price rise of essential goods and necessities for a period.

 

 

ARTICLE 5

Villagers protest at police station – 2012-03-06 12:13

GEORGETOWN, March 5 (Bernama) — More than a hundred villagers protested at a police station in Teluk Bahang, here last night after being upset with the police who were carrying out their duty to eradicate ‘mat rempit’ activities.

In the incident, at about 6.30pm, more than a hundred villagers believed to be parents of a group of mat rempit threw stones at the police station and shook the station fence.

“A policeman was believed to have thrown his helmet at the mat rempit causing one of them to be seriously injured and had to be brought to the hospital,” a resident told Bernama when met in the kampung, here today.

He said the protest lasted about four hours in the presence of about 50 police officers and men with 13 patrol cars from the state police headquarters.

The protest ended after a discussion between police officers and resident representatives.

Bukit Aman CID director Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin when contacted by Bernama confirmed the incident which he said was a misunderstanding between the residents and police. Police are investigating the incident.

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Professionalism please. Probably all are from the same neighbourhood with the newly minted coper deciding to ride roughshod over the villagers. Maybe allow only the much older persons to be police? Throwing a helmet when one is a policeman probably shows that the policeman was not very focused or self aware or professional. Throwing helmets is for the bad guys! But much respects for nailing 5 motorcyclists at one go. Yahtzee! One more reason for Israel to fear Malaysia eh?

5 Random semi-related Articles (Japan, Tits (on men) and Mysogyny) and 1 Thought Provoking Clip – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 9th March2012

In choir boys, Church, Freedom of Expression, freedom of speech, misrepresentation of facts, political correctness, public spaces, spirit of the law, Straw-women, subtle insults, unprofessional behaviour on March 9, 2012 at 2:08 pm

ARTICLE 1

Japan foresaw possible Fukushima meltdown from day one: documents – Reuters – 9th March2012

Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO)’s President Toshio Nishizawa speaks to reporters after his meeting with Fukushima Prefecture Governor Yuhei Sato at the latter’s office in Fukushima, northern Japan March 9, 2012. Nishizawa visited the governor ahead of the one-year anniversary since the Fukushima Daiichi plant was wrecked by a quake and tsunami last March, triggering the world’s worst nuclear crisis in a quarter of a century and swamping the firm with huge clean-up, compensation and decommissioning costs. REUTERS/Yuriko NakaoEnlarge Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s government foresaw the possibility of a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant hours after a huge tsunami smashed into it, according to cabinet minutes released on Friday, although it took officials more than a month to acknowledge it.

The earthquake and tsunami on March 11 knocked out cooling systems at Tokyo Electric Power Co’s (Tepco) Fukushima Daiichi plant, triggering the world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in Ukraine in 1986.

“Cooling functions still in service are those run by batteries. They will last eight hours,” a summary of the first emergency cabinet meeting, four hours after the quake, quoted an unidentified participant as saying.

“If core temperatures in the reactors remain on the rise for more than eight hours, there is a possibility that meltdown may occur.”

A Trade Ministry official who acted as a government spokesman after the disaster struck was replaced after he mentioned the possibility of meltdown on March 12.

It was not until May that Tepco acknowledged that a meltdown of fuel rods appeared to have occurred, sparking criticism that the operator and officials were playing down the severity of the accident.

Tepco now believes that three of the six reactors at the plant, 240 km (150 miles) northeast of Tokyo, suffered fuel meltdown.

The minutes were released two days before the first anniversary of the disaster that left 19,000 dead or missing.

Other entries in minutes of emergency cabinet meetings show confusion and disagreement among top leaders as Japan faced its deepest crisis since World War Two.

“Who is the leader of the actual operation?” Yoshihiro Katayama, internal affairs minister at the time, told a March 15 meeting of the Nuclear Emergency Response headquarters.

“I’ve got too many unintelligible demands and requests. No one is holding the reins.”

On March 14, then-Prime Minister Naoto Kan spoke of a consensus among specialists that a 20-km evacuation zone around the plant was sufficient. He was challenged by Koichiro Gemba, national strategy minister at the time, who pointed out contradicting views.

Gemba, whose constituency is in Fukushima, told a different meeting: “This is war. We only win or lose. We are already losing in some battles. But the important thing is how we manage to limit our loss.”

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by; Ron Popeski)

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Trying to save face? Or retro-gressively qualifying Japanese expertise? The most disappointing thing was the lack of even the simplest robotics to handle these problems. I saw Robocop in th 1980s, then 3 decades later, the Japanese do not even have anything like ‘ED209’ to repair the damaged plant and avoid radiation. Instead its 1940s again with Kamikaze TEPCO workers, and old people sacrificed because they were old at that. Nothing changed since the first nukes in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in that case. Japs are a bunch of wankers who might as well didn’t progress since 1940s technologically. From the looks of it all the Japs did was play lapdog to the West and churn out lots of interesting cartoons. Japan is a media house, propaganda outfit, not a sovereign country.

From Robocop I - ED209 (1980s concept robot that was not built in time for Fukushima . . . )

ARTICLE 2

Hatsune Miku, Crypton Future Media’s Virtual Pop, Star Sells Out Shows In Tokyo – First Posted: 03/ 9/2012 3:30 am Updated: 03/ 9/2012 11:17 pm

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Instant fail y’know why? A flesh and blood person idol has a real aura and lifeforce one can feel. A person idol has possibilities, no matter how slight, like a relationship or even marriage and family that enrich the fan. A flesh and blood idol-person has DNA which can be BOUGHT and sold though probably needing their consent, to make clones of, or have children with fan (though in absentia of the original fan) that are FLESH and BLOOD.

This is a hologram and like the spirit which has 3 souls, a human has 7 more, how can this hologram compare? Aurora Borealis is living and exuded by intereaction between the Sun and Earth, this is but a machine, perhaps without AI, and who knows somehow spiritually ‘blackmarket’? Also a lucky fan with front row seat, could be called up in stage in a flesh and blood star’s case to physically be with the star interact aura-wise, feel sensuality/sexuality of that idol. How can a hologram compare? Even a pet animal has more reality. This show how dangerous hype is and how the ‘cyber’ world can bring spirits and humanity away from true reality. Do not be lulled by the illusion and return to your true bodies all you besotted, propagandized fans . . . with the correct spirit-trapping machines, the adoration of the souls of the fans could even be stolen. Now has the organiser given word or is there a law against soul stealing? The title : The World Is Mine should at least be used in a Gaia entity type character or personae rather than this ‘plugsuit’ AND Japanese character. Would the astral or ether be bemused or offended?

ARTICLE 3

Misogyny in comics – Superheroes need rescuing from sexism – by Ned Beauman – Monday 30 July 2007 14.09 BST guardian.co.uk

I really want to stand up for graphic storytelling, and I’ll be doing so in a series of blog posts starting today. But comics’ representation of women can make this very hard.

Menaced by outdated attitudes … the controversial cover of Marvel Comics’ Heroes for Hire

Sometimes, defending superhero comics’ right to a place in mainstream culture is like defending a sozzled, lecherous uncle’s right to a wedding invitation. I dearly love them, but I’m ashamed of them, too. This year, for instance, three tawdry incidents have left DC Comics and Marvel Comics, the “Big Two”, facing accusations of misogyny from even their most ardent fans.

First and worst was the case of “Mary Jane Watson: slutty housewife”, when Marvel released a statuette of Spiderman’s girlfriend bending over to pull his costume out of a laundry pail, showing off maximum cleavage and thong. Soon after came two issues of monthly comics with irredeemable front covers: Heroes For Hire #13 showed three busty superheroes menaced by an alien insect called the Brood, which many saw as a deliberate reference to the “tentacle rape” genre of Japanese manga comics; Justice League of America #10, meanwhile, showed Power Girl with breasts that were surreally oversized even by comics’ regrettable standards.

Superhero comics have always been plagued with sexism. Back in the 60s, the problem was marginalisation – just as every black superhero had to have “black” in his name, female superheroes were called something like Shrinking Violet or Invisible Girl, and certainly knew their place.

These days, there are lots more strong women in comics. But marginalisation has been replaced by objectification: female characters get stuck with implausible curves, skimpy costumes, and stripper poses. Then there’s Women in Refrigerators syndrome – the way male writers seem happy to make violence against women (often sexual violence) into a cheap plot device.

This year’s scandals have left a lot of fans wondering if real progress will ever be made. But, on the bright side, they’ve helped rally together a network of passionate feminist bloggers and critics who are sick of Marvel and DC behaving like teenage boys. Sites like When Fangirls Attack and Girls Read Comics and They’re Pissed have made the sexism debate impossible to ignore – and although Marvel refused to back down over Mary Jane or Heroes For Hire, the Power Girl backlash led DC to revise that cover, reducing her cup size from Inconceivable to merely Absurd.

Except, actually, that’s not really such a victory, is it? There’s still a very long way to go – and you might feel that, if you want to see female characters treated with any respect by their creators, the male-dominated world of superhero comics is just not for you. But there are exceptions.

Two of Marvel’s most entertaining writers – Buffy creator Joss Whedon and Lost staff writer Brian K Vaughn – have casts full of believable women. (Try Whedon’s Astonishing X Men Volume 1: Gifted or Vaughn’s Runaways Volume 1: Pride and Joy.) But perhaps the greatest female superhero of recent years is Brian Michael Bendis’s Jessica Jones. Formerly a flying crime-fighter called Jewel, Jones hangs up her cape to become a private investigator. For more than 40 issues – now collected in a series of paperbacks starting with Alias Volume 1 – Bendis took us inside her head, creating one of the bravest, wittiest and most sensitive portraits of a female character that superhero comics have ever seen.

Plus, she had a realistic body and didn’t try to battle evil in a gold bikini and stiletto heels. But even that wasn’t what really shocked fans. Jessica Jones had a particular superpower that was so alien, so incomprehensible, so disturbing, that barely a single male comics writer had ever dared to depict it before. Wonder Woman or Storm may save the world twice a day, but they’d never admit this terrifying secret. That’s right: Jessica Jones actually had a menstrual cycle.

The best new graphic novel: The Poor Bastard. Out in a couple of weeks from Jonathan Cape, Joe Matt’s graphic novel is more autoflagellation than autobiography: laying bare the neurotic author’s idleness, pornography addiction, and brainless pursuit of every “exotic” woman he meets, it’s an uncomfortable, hilarious read. Maybe sexism in comics isn’t all bad.

A (less than) intrepid Guardian blogger, helping you keep abreast of the Misituation in comic bookland.

This year, for instance, three tawdry incidents have left DC Comics and Marvel Comics, the “Big Two”, facing accusations of misogyny from even their most ardent fans.

First and worst was the case of “Mary Jane Watson: slutty housewife”, when Marvel released a statuette of Spiderman’s girlfriend bending over to pull his costume out of a laundry pail, showing off maximum cleavage and thong. Soon after came two issues of monthly comics with irredeemable front covers: Heroes For Hire #13 showed three busty superheroes menaced by an alien insect called the Brood, which many saw as a deliberate reference to the “tentacle rape” genre of Japanese manga comics; Justice League of America #10, meanwhile, showed Power Girl with breasts that were surreally oversized even by comics’ regrettable standards.

This is a real problem here. How are our young Hollywood starlets and porn stars supposed to feel when they realize their legs are never going to comprise 66% of their body, their eyes will never cover three eightths of their face, and with a waist that small there’s actually no place to store your vital organs? If comic books make life shit for our starlets and porn women, just think of how shitty your daughters, mothers, and sisters will feel when they realize a lower back tattoo just ain’t enough for either a pimply-faced teen or the stock broker he’ll become. But seriously. Ew. She looks…. pathological.

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Nop. No sexism at all. Actually this means that sexy is not the sole preserve of porn or sex workers and that on main street, though not all offices where actual work is done, sexy is making a comeback in gentrified form.

Whats so misogynistic, especially when no-touching rules apply? This is a comic! Strippers while entirely naked shouldn’t be a turn on even, being more a a background of sorts for the tired subconscious. Lapdancing with actual contact, especially the naked form (the clothed form also but depending on the need of the use, some enjoy the tactile sensation, while others are there for actual orgasmic titillation) yes. But even then misogyny should also be given appropriate space for expression. Tentacle rape as a concept (maybe they will have a likely ‘SPCA condemnable’ tank filled with Octopi and squid – the Japs were way ahead of us here – ) by the way is more like multiple massage, much like maturbation is also massage, save for the climax. Comics ALONE are hardly misigynistic and is having fun and places were this sort of thing is pathological, the writer of the above article has yet to make that difference it seems. Which Ayatollah or Taliban village or Militant Feminist was the writer brought up with anyway? Ew? You need to pump up abit with the real men.

Pity Randy Savage is already ‘dead’ (or retired in the guise of a death perhaps? lets exhume . . . bwahaha) . . . though we hope that an ‘Idiocracyland’ Theme park franchise will reach the place where ‘George’ lives (many other places where ‘Georges” live as well) so he learns to appreciate a ‘Gentleman’s Latte’ and identifies the meme of manliness within the ‘Dildo Monster Truck’ that Randy Savage . . . I mean ‘Beef Supreme’ near died in. Some of us don’t grow as much chest hair or facial hair as George, heck some even are confident enough to purposely grow b1tch t1t5 while manning it up in all other ways without losing their money makers (if there is no sabotage otherwise – see below pic), or are so GAY inclined yet ‘Spartacus’ hard and manly – but here’s a flaming domesticated/henpecked metrosexual writing ‘soft’ and whining about how misogynstic comics are, or to put it in Rush Limbaugh’s terms being ‘b1tch3s and tw@t5’. You keep at it Limbaugh! Can’t please everyone. And Rush made clear which demographic Rush’s programme is for, no need to apologise, tell them to shut up,  and this article is to teach people that comic books are for kids, not for whining about how misogynstic the characters are to ingratiate oneself with the uningratiable militant feminists. It’s just not them and some people need to get new friends.

Manning up with tits. Still hetero Brian? Takes a man to do this and remain a man . . .

ARTICLE 4

Bill Maher (left pic) Defends Rush Limbaugh’s (right pic) “Apology” – Mar 7, 2012 04:35 PM by Jess Dweck

Rush Limbaugh and comedian Bill Maher are pretty far apart on the political spectrum. So, it was surprising to see Maher come to the defense of the right-wing radio demagogue for his offensive remarks about birth-control advocate Sandra Fluke.

Maher tweeted yesterday… ‘Hate to defend #RushLimbaugh but he apologized, liberals looking bad not accepting. Also hate intimidation by sponsor pullout.’

Listen, I like Bill Maher. He’s a great political satirist. But it’s hard not to cringe when when he drops a c-bomb or calls female politicians like Sarah Palin a “dumb twat” and a “bimbo.” (Although, to be fair, Palin is totally a bimbo.)

Is this some kind of liberal double standard? Not at all. I’d rather have someone call me a bitch than treat me like one. And I’d much rather have someone call me a slut than deny me affordable health care.

Let’s take the misogyny out of political commentary and keep it where it belongs — almost everywhere else in politics.

Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

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Titch. In ‘Misogynic Language’ the term bimbo and dumb tw@t is ONLY given to likeable and F-able women. Don’t apologise and be a faux-b1tch to the actual b1tche5 or a faux-tw@t to the actual tw@ts. Bill, Rush and the rest of the machomen have chosen their preferred demographic, so like any Porn or Adult Channel, will the children and non-bimbos stop watching, then crying and whining later about misogyny and just go away? This apology is WEAK, this defense ios unnecessary. Limbaugh, take that apology back and just drop those who can’t identify with OUR demographic. To each their own. Though do put up that ‘Real Men and Manly Lesbians – Misogynists Only’ warning at the front of your programme, everyone else can go play with Jane the Plain, no offense to Jane Does, or any non-bimbos.

ARTICLE 5

Limbaugh wrong in apologizing to Sandra Fluke – Tuesday, March 6, 2012

I’m not going to get into Limbaugh’s brain, because he explained his reasons for apologizing very well today. He basically said that a conservatives must not be dragged down to the level of the left. You know, that old idea that we should fight nice while our enemies fight dirty.

Well, as a right-leaning libertarian, I disagree. The left loves fighting dirty, Bill Maher can call Sarah Palin the c-word and get away with it. Rush Limbaugh himself has been called all kinds of nasty things. Michelle Malkin has been called a gook and a chink, Ann Coulter has been called nasty names, as Chattanooga’s commie cartoonist Clay Bennett has drawn black conservative Herman Cain as a confederate general and as a clown.

So to my friends on the right, why are you being nice? If a woman spends $3,000 a year on birth control and demands a Catholic university to pay for it, she is a slut. If Fluke had kept her sexual life private, nobody would be calling her any names. I mean, folks, if you go to a Jewish neighborhood wearing a swastika, you’re not going to get a warm welcome.

I’m ok with Fluke having sex, in fact, I’m a bit of a libertine when it comes to sex. but here’s the problem:

Liberals in the 1970s: “If it feels good, do it.”

Progressives in 2012:  “If it feels good, pay for me to do it.”

Well I’m sorry liberals/progressives, but I don’t want to pay for your lifestyle. I don’t pay for the sado-masochists who buys a $300 chain vest, I don’t pay for the guy who visits the Bunny Ranch, I don’t finance nudist colonies, and I don’t even pay for the porn I sometimes watch online. See? That’s how society should work, you pay or enjoy the free preview of what you like, you don’t pay for what you don’t like.

Yet now millions of women like Fluke want to screw the entire country. How would progressives feel if they had to pay for my bullets, my guns, my concealed carry permit, and all the things I do as a gun owner? How would women feel if the lap dances I sometimes get where paid by them?

The libertarian solution of course is to fight for Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Association. Georgetown also needs to clean house and get rid of those stupid liberal professors defending Fluke. You’re CATHOLIC for God’s sake! I doubt your university has a Pro-Choice Club or a Secular Humanist Club, or anything that doesn’t fit in with Catholic Values.

So why are you defending Sandra Fluke? If that floozy had gone to Brigham Young University, she would have been expelled months ago! People like Fluke belong in Harvard, Berkeley, MIT, University of Michigan, and the usual places where conservatives are discriminated against while liberals are empowered.

Come on, Georgetown, you can do better than a freak like Fluke! Have pride in your FAITH! Georgetown is a great institution BECAUSE of the Catholic tradition. If you start tolerating Catholic enemies like Fluke, you’ll be destroyed from within.

This already happened at Brandeis University (Jewish) which has allowed an invasion by Muslims and self-hating Jews who have attacked Zionism. So beware, Georgetown, you are not invisible.

Posted by Gregory Smith at 2:50 AM
http://libertarians4freedom.blogspot.com/2012/03/rush-limbaugh-wrong-in-apologizing-to.html

CLIP 1

Santor . . . I mean Nicholas Cage . . . I mean Nicholas Cage playing Castor Troy . . . just watch the clip lol. Gosh that looks like Reese . . .

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