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12 Articles From Malaysia : DAP’s Policy Threadbare Ethnic Tokenism, Some Safeguard Suggestions for Orang Asli, Anwar Turns On US Patrons (perhaps contrived), Cameron, Gold Mining and the Possibly Doublestandard Complicity by VVIP Establishments, Thailand’s Feudal Politics Prevent Social and Political Mobility Harms Democracy, Non-Muslim Rights Indirectly Protected (still no real right to Gamble), Demanding Apologies But Not Changing Policies, ‘Bills and Teds’ of the Political Scene, DAP as Bad As UMNO, Malaysian Judiciary and Bar Council Inactive – Good Cops Out In Cold, East Malaysia Awakens As 3rd Force – Finds BOTH BN and Pakatan Rakyat Bad Choices, DAP’s Single Action For Democracy (After Slew of Lies and Failures Against Democracy), Former IGP Musa A Potential Neutral And Indepependant MP, Voting Lists/Tallies Not Using Internet Based Convenience Yet (every single voter could vote and check the EC information ANYTIME), Liars Posing Deposed – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 17th December 2012

In 1% tricks and traps, Apartheid, Bumiputera Apartheid, Democracy, democratisation, diversity, domestic terrorists in the political sphere, Equality, Equitable Distribution, equitable political power distribution, equitable wealth distribution, gambling, Gambling District, gaming, gender politics, gold, government, government land, green, halal zones, haram zones, intentional omissions, Invasive Laws, Islam, Malaysia, misrepresentation of facts, mob mentality, moving up, MPs have not declared assets, Muslims, oligarchy, opaque system, orang asli, plutocrat politicians, undemocratic, unkept campaign promises, vested interest, voting machine, voting methods, voting strategy, waste of mandate, Wealth distribution, word of the law on December 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm

ARTICLE 1

DAP adds non-Chinese, East M’sians to CEC – NEWS/COMMENTARIES – Leven Woon, FMT – Sunday, 16 December 2012 Super Admin

Of the 10 members co-opted into the CEC this morning, seven of them are non-Chinese and East Malaysians.

The newly-minted DAP central leadership today appointed seven non-Chinese  and East Malaysian leaders into the centre executive committee (CEC) in a bid to sharpen its multiracial appeal.

DAP first-term senator Ariffin M Omar was made a vice chairman to replace Tengku Abdul Aziz who quit the party in May.

Besides him, Zairil Khir Johari, Sabah party chairman Jimmy Wong, Sarawak member John Brian Anthony, Sabah member Edwin Bosi, former Perak speaker V Sivakumar were also the new faces in the CEC.

Both Tan Seng Giaw and P Ramasamy, who were bitterly voted out by party members yesterday, made their way back to the CEC through appointments.

DAP Central Executive Committee 2012-2015

Appointed:

Dr Tan Seng Giaw
P Ramasamy
Ariffin S.M. Omar
Zairil Khir Johari
Jimmy Wong Sze Phin
John Brian Anthony
Edwin Bosi
Leong Ngah Ngah
V Sivakumar
Thomas Su Keong Siong

Office-bearers:

Chairman: Karpal Singh
Deputy Chair: Tan Kok Wai
Vice-Chair: Chow Kon Yeow, Ariffin Omar, Chong Chieng Jen, M Kula Segaran, Teresa Kok
Sec-Gen: Lim Guan Eng
Asst Sec-Gen: Chong Eng, Ngeh Koo Ham, P Ramasamy
Treasurer: Fong Kui Lun
Asst Treasurer: Nga Kor Ming
National Organising Secretary: Loke Siew Fook
Asst Nat Organising Sec: Vincent Wu Him Ven, Thomas Su Keong Siong
National Publicity Secretary: Tony Pua Kiam Wee
Asst Nat Publicity Sec: Teo Nie Ching, Zairil Khir Johari
International Secretary: V Sivakumar
National Political Education Director: Liew Chin Tong
Asst Nat Pol Edu Dir: Dr Boo Cheng Hau
Committee Members: Lim Kit Siang, Dr Tan Seng Giaw, Teng Chang Khim,  Leong Ngah Ngah, Jimmy Wong Sze Phin, Edwin Bosi, John Brian Anthony, Gobind Singh

To reconfirm: Dr Chen Man Hin as Party Life Advisor

Committees/Bureaus:

Disciplinary Comm: Headed by Tan Kok Wai
Legal Bureau: Headed by Gobind Singh Deo
Pakatan Rakyat Bureau: Headed by Teng Chang Khim
Cultural Bureau: Headed by P Gunasekaran
Labour Bureau: Headed by A. Sivanesan
Election Bureau: Headed  by Tan Kok Wai

Pakatan Rakyat bureau

Guan Eng, when announcing the new office bearers, said that the newly-setup Pakatan Rakyat bureau will play a role in cementing closer ties between coalition parties.

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The whole council can be East Malaysian and Chinese without a single Malay but if the CEC does not endorse :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

;or the East Malaysians in the CEC do not push for 100% disbursements of wealth generated by East Malaysia (rather than the 15% touted by DAP as ‘equality’ or even worse 5% from BN which is mostly pocketed by term limitless and nepotistic as well as corrupted politicians), what East Malaysia will have here is a CEC of puppets controlled by shadow players in the background of tem limitless nepotists taking 1 million in taxpayer monies every term they get from the Rakyat. The policy NOT the racial makeup determines a political party’s value, and from the above reasons, DAP is a USELESS political party good at showing token ethnicity but not actual policy (think pro ISA legal beagle Kasiviswanathan Shanmugan of PAP or the recent spate of firings of Indians from DAP). Nice talk but lies and bad politics that forget the promises they won GE13 by.

ARTICLE 2

Natives threaten army with court injunction – by Joseph Tawie (Hornbill Unleashed) – December 8, 2012

The construction of the RM40 million road connecting Ba Kelalan to Bario in Sarawak, at the cost of an essential water catchment area has angered local villagers.

KUCHING: Angry villagers in Ba’Kelalan have threatened the Malaysian Royal Army Engineers Regiment with a court injunction if they persist in building the Ba’kelalan-Bario road.

“If need be, we will apply for a court injunction to stop the army contractors from proceeding with the road construction,” said Baru Bian, a lawyer and Ba’Kelalan assemblyman.

Bian said that he had written to the chief of the Armed Forces that the villagers did not want the road (Ba’Kelalan-Bario road) as it passes Sungai Muda, which is a water catchment area.

The villagers have instead proposed that road be built from Belingi-Lepo Bunga-Bario. This would then safeguard the catchment area.

“The villagers have objected to the road being built through Sungai Muda as it would affect the water catchment area at Sungai Muda,” he said.

Bian, who is Sarawak PKR chief, said he was disappointed with army’s reply that only a few people were against the road construction while the majority of the villagers were for it.

“The folks in Ba Kelalan wants to protect Sungai Muda because its destruction would affect the lives of about 2,000 villagers from Punan Kelalan, Long Muda, Long Kumap, Long Langai, Long Lemutut, Buduk Nur, and SK Ba’Kelalan, an international award winning school,” he said.

In the letter, the army also said that the few people who rejected the road were the supporters of the Bian and that it reflected a very bad image.

“I have submitted a list of 152 villagers who are against the construction, and I will be calling for a big meeting in Ba’Kelalan on Dec 16, 2012,” said Bian.

“If the army still persists in carrying out the construction, we will apply for an injunction. It is  typical  of the BN mentality to blame the problem on the opposition.”

What about NCR rights?

On the reason given by the army that it is a ‘security road’ having its strategic importance to the forward operation base along the border to Lapo Bunga Cam, Bian said that it appeared that the army refused to listen to the people.

“Are they are serving the people or are they serving their own interest?” he asked.

He also questioned whether the road was properly planned as there was no EIA report and did not appear to involve the state authorities.

“And what about the native customary rights land of the people? Have they been excised out? My suspicion is that the project is improperly done and I urge the army to listen to the people,” he said.

Last month the villagers set up a blockade at Pa’Patar and Arur Lutut which is near the water catchment area called Sungai Muda.

The villagers claimed that contractors had already cleared about a kilometre stretch of the jungle despite their disagreement to have the road built through Sungai Muda.

The villagers told reporters last month that the army had explained to them that they opted for the Sungai Muda route because it is 20km shorter than the Belingi-Lepo Bunga-Bario route, and thus would incur less cost.

The villagers, however, did not buy that story because the Belingi-Lepo Bunga-Bario route is already there and merely needed small improvements, such as culverts.

The construction of the RM42 million Ba Kelalan-Bario Road started on Oct 1 and is expected to be completed by Sept 2014.

Defence minister Ahmad Zaidi Hamidi said army would implement the project under the Blue Ocean Strategy, and the road was a continuation of the 75km Long Luping-Ba Kelalan Road which was completed in September last year.

Does the above NPP warning ring any bells? (Please warn to remove if offensive . . . the post will be removed if so . . . )

Does the above NPP warning ring any bells? (Please warn to remove if offensive . . . the post will be removed if so . . . )

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Good work but please do get some busybody QC from England to front you guys or make sure the UN gets minutes and video footage of every step taken by Orang Asli here. At the sme time don’t get too close to the colonial English. Replacing one Tuan with another Colonial White Raja is no different and will result in the same nonsense. Ask for equality in disbursements of wealth generated from east Malaysia, or demand secession then independence at the UN!

ARTICLE 3

US slams Malaysia, Anwar for “politics of ambivalence”: Warns anti-Malaysian sentiment on the rise – adopted from Written byWong Choon Mei, Alaa Soleiman,Malaysia Chronicle – Friday, 14 December 2012 00:33

Malaysia fast turning into Palestinian lackey, slams 3rd Force

Malaysia fast turning into Palestinian lackey, slams 3rd Force

US Opposition Leaders have slammed Malaysia and PM Najib for pursuing the “politics of ambivalence”, urging Putrajaya to drop its “aggressively” pro-Islamist stance and meet strife-stricken ASEAN nations at least half-way over the long-standing BUMIPUTRA APARTHEID issue, which he argued was a key factor for the growing anti-Malaysian sentiment around the ASEAN world.

“People don’t hate Malays because of rights or they are Malays but because of the contradictions, the injustices. How can you expect any woman or man who have lived in the era of human rights to accept the crimes committed in Malaysia against Malaysian non-Malay minorities,” USA said during an hour-long interview with Israel-based TV conducted in Tel Aviv on November 20 and aired on December 12

“It is important for Malaysia not to take a blinkered view. [For example] they can choose to disagree with Arabia but they must engage with Arabia…we talk about nuclear capability, the non-muslim world is saying why not to Israel and ‘yes’ to USA. Why ‘yes’ to Pakistan and ‘no’ to India?

“[This is the] politics of ambivalence. On one hand, you talk about democracy and on the other you work with the Lim Kit Siangs and the Anwar Ibrahims and the Karpal Singhs. There is a vast contradiction… Malaysia is perceived to be condoning the excesses and this is continuing mind you.

“You must have consistent coherent policies so that people can trust you.

Anwar better than Najib but still an under-performer in ASEAN policy

Obama, a well-respected figure who frequently tours and lectures around the Western world, minced no words when he questioned how Malaysia if it truly “challenges itself as the bastion of democracy and freedom” could close an eye to the mass killings and plight of the innocent, especially women and children, in the Israel.

He urged Anwar, whom he rated as being “better than Najib”, to break new ground in Malaysian foreign policy by putting greater pressure ad responsibility on Putrajaya to come to the negotiating table with the Western nations and on fairer terms.

“My stand is he’s better than Najin in terms of rhetoric in his speech but not in the actions, not in the foreign policy, not in his response to the apartheid and discrimination in Malaysia. This is totally unacceptable.”

Aggressive racists can be reined in by Malaysia

When asked if Anwar or the Malaysia could rein in the Najib administration, which has been accused of preferring military action rather than dialogue, Obama pointed out that Malaysia supplied the bulk of financial aid to racists.

“Of course they (Malaysia) can, they can do it in Putrajaya, they can do it in Thailand. I am not suggesting they go and conquer Indonesia which I opposed the war in Indonesia. But the Malaysia wields a lot influence. Putrajaya is the largest recipient of aid from Malaysia, huge, and the second very very low is Singapore. So can we say there is no influence? We are not even asking Malaysia to influence what is improper,” he said.

“Without the Malaysia, Putrajaya will not be able to move.”

A practising non-Muslim, Obama also took to task the OIC as well as some parts of the Western world including the current US government for failing to take stronger measures that could contribute to a more sustainable solution for Israel due to fear of offending Palestine.

“The position of the Palestinian can be considered to be extreme in the sense that all excess and all transgressions of international laws, all plunders and including the Occupation of Israel seem to be condoned  accepted and that seems to be the main contentious issue not only in the non-Muslim world but the world that believes in freedom and justice. That seems absolutely so difficult. Many of my friends in the administration and past administrations in Malaysia tell me, Obama you can debate with them, you can argue with them, you can disagree with them on every subject except the Israeli-Palestinian issue,” he said.

“I think the Palestinians are misreading the situation purely and plainly because of their complete arrogance of power but my criticism of the USA government’s attitude is that nothing has been done except for resolutions and the resolutions seem to ignore Malaysia so we must also check on the Security Council and Malaysia because without Malaysian assistance, the Bumiputra Apartheid will not move in that manner (to attack Israel).

Don’t give up: Vital for the US to engage with the Bumiputra

The un-bespectacled Obama, a former Senator whom many USa watchers rate as having a better than even chance of becoming his country’s next Nelson Mandela in ending apartheid in Malaysia, also urged Middle Eastern nations not to give in to frustration but to keep trying to engage with the Malasyia despite Malaysia’s “hypocrisy” and refusal to rein Bumiputras.

“My position on Malaysia is that you should engage with the Malaysia . I meet them, I engage with them but I also know the hypocrisies [behind] some of their policies. In USA, they [the current Obama administraton] cannot cheat in the elections and Malaysia’s apartheid Bumiputras  can be muted

“But Malaysia remains an important regional player. It has its ideal which many of us share on democracy and freedom and justice and if you have the leadership that comes to accept this and has consistent, coherent policies, non-Muslims are not blikered in their acceptance.

“Just stop the APARTHEID OF BUMIPUTRA, why is it so difficult for a country that is challenges itself as the bastion of Islamic values and freedom to say, ‘whatever the excuses, stop the anti-Islamic APARTHEID OF BUMIPUTRA’. You can’t do that and at the same time condone the excesses of the APARTHEID OF BUMIPUTRA on the pretext of protecting your Malaysian security.

Met with Palestinian leader: ‘Palestinian security’ remarks twisted by US media

Obama, who was accused of supporting Palestines’s right to fire rockets at Israel, slammed the government-controlled US media for twisting his words out of context and blowing up the issue to smear his prestige with non-Muslim voters  ahead of a coming general election.

“There was no controversy. I met Netanyahu, the Israeli leader and he didn’t even bother to ask me for any explanation,” said Obama, who has been slapped a RM100 mil defamation lawsuit against the Malaysian newspaper owned by the opposition Pakatan party.

“I have no problems with Palestine contingent and conditional upon them keeping their citizens in the Occupied Territories… recognizing the Dewan (Malaysian Parliament) and Putrajaya and stopping the killings, the plunder, the victimization of the Israelis. What the US media did was to cancel all of that and said that I have no problems with the security of Palestine.”

Malaysia Dis-Chronicle

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The APARTHEID of Bumiputra is a failure in Human Rights, Islamic Jurisprudence and a symbol of the corrupted nature of ASEAN-form Islam in Asia that does not grant :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

;as is the systematic abuse of those who wish to create spaces and equality for all. Freedom of speech or freedom of life, must not result in retaliations as some of us faced over the last decade or so, more so from supposed religious types (religion makes for false sense of entitlement in Malaysia over the atheist or agnostic or subculturist).

ARTICLE 4

Stop illegal land clearing in Cameron Highlands: Pahang Sultan – Thursday, 13 December 2012 10:31

KUANTAN -The Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah today called on residents of Cameron Highlands to stop illegal land clearing there as this can have detrimental effects on the environment.

The Sultan said the problem had been going on for a long time and urged the state government and the local authority to tackle it.

“Maybe the district council does not have enough manpower to monitor every spot of the highlands for illegal land clearing.

“Therefore, I urge the residents of Cameron Highlands to stop illegal land clearing,” the Sultan told reporters after laying the foundation stone for the International Islamic University Malaysia’s (IIUM) Medical Faculty Hospital, near here, today.

The Sultan had earlier expressed regret over an English newspaper report on illegal land clearing for farming in Cameron Highlands which the ruler felt was blown up.

The Sultan said the people should also look at the positive developments in Cameron Highlands which had made it a renowned tourist destination even among foreign tourists.

“I want everyone regardless of race to unite and work together in developing Cameron Highlands,” he said.

IIUM president Tan Sri Sidek Hassan in his speech at the event, said the hospital, with 350 beds, would be built according to syariah standards.

“It will also have sophisticated equipment to provide specialised treatment for the people in and outside Pahang,” he said.

– Bernama

Commentator Comments :

Thursday, 13 December 2012 10:57 posted by temasik

I wonder what the Sultan of Pahang view on the following in Pahang .

1.Raub Australian Gold Mine which is alleged owned by daughter of Pahang Royalty family. The mine operation poisoned the surrounding land in Raub and many durian farmers in Raub are eager to let go of their durian farm.

2.Lynas in Kuantan – Harmful Radioactive waste can last 250 years unless u believe Mahathir’s story it is harmless.

3. tasil Cini & Bera – the once beautiful landscape now turn into a sea of yellow . again . it belongs to Royalty .

ARTICLE 5

Thailand’s richest stockholders linked to Yingluck, govt – Friday, 14 December 2012 08:29

Politicians and their families, especially some people close to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her government after the latest reshuffle on October 28, rank among the richest stockholders in the country.

Appearing among the 5,737 millionaires as of September, according to a survey of investors in the Stock Exchange of Thailand by Money and Banking Journal in collaboration with professors from Chulalongkorn University, are Yingluck’s two nieces, who are daughters of her big brother and former prime minister Thaksin.

The younger niece, Paethongtarn Shinawatra, was ranked 47th with her 29-per-cent holding in SC Asset worth Bt3.46 billion (S$13.7 billion), while Pinthongta Shinawatra was 53rd with a 28-per-cent stake in the same real-estate company worth Bt3.35 billion.

They benefited from the 65-per-cent surge in SC Asset’s stock to Bt18 apiece as of September 30. This raised the Shinawatras to 27th among stock billionaire families from 30th in the previous year.

Pojaman na Pombejra, Thaksin’s ex-wife, fell to 502nd this year from 467th although her 2.8-per-cent stake in the family business accounted for Bt333.11 million, up 50 per cent.

Pongthep Thepkanjana, deputy prime minister and education minister, has his wife and daughter on the list. Yapa was ranked 244th with a 2.1-per-cent interest in Kiatnakin Bank worth Bt795.50 million, while his wife Panida was 264th with a 1.9-per-cent stake worth Bt728.08 million in the bank.

Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung has two sons on the list – Artharn at 1,811st with a 2.6-per-cent stake worth Bt58.28 million in Unimit Engineering, and Duang at 2,213rd with 1.8 per cent or Bt38.60 million in the same company.

Heading up the stock-exchange billionaires were the same faces. Thongma Vijitpongpun, president and chief executive officer of Pruksa Real Estate, was the richest for the third straight year with equities worth Bt23.5 billion. Most of his stocks (58.6 per cent worth Bt23.31 billion) were in his company, with minor holdings of 1.1 per cent in Quality Houses and 0.7 per cent in Seafco.

The Maleenont family was this year’s champion for the 14th year in a row. With a 108-per-cent jump in BEC World this year, the family’s stock wealth soared by 108 per cent, or Bt36.46 billion, to Bt70.26 billion.

They were followed by the Chirathivats with Bt40.87 billion, up 92 per cent, and the Vijitpongpuns with Bt28.09 billion, up 27 per cent.

Thailand’s 40 richest people have a collective wealth of US$55 billion (Bt1.73 trillion), an increase of 22 per cent from $45 billion last year, according to Forbes magazine.

Forbes noted that many of Thailand’s wealthiest are looking to take on international rivals, on the strength of an expected 6-per-cent growth in the Thai economy this year. For a country that some outsiders see as beset by political turmoil and rural insurgency – never mind last year’s calamitous flooding – Thailand has done remarkably well by its richest.

-The Nation/Asia News Network

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Thailand has done remarkably well by its richest. And the poorest? Ethics? Nepotism? The examples of crony capitalism are startling here. Politicians who are also plutocrats are an affront to Democracy and wealth distribution, equality of citizens and the concept of a ‘shared nation’. A handful of families enjoy life for generations and sequester extreme wealth, the 99% struggle for generations and have no access to even the basics. Revolution or change of laws are needed to the maximum sequesterable wealth of the wealthiest. Quality of life is very bad for the 99% in Thailand, and the so-called poor will never have a chance to be a politician in Thailand! What we have in Thailand is feudalism effectively!

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Question mark over sudden RETURN OF SLOT MACHINES IN PENANG – Thursday, 13 December 2012 14:10

Many quarters have expressed misgivings about the sudden mushrooming of slot machines centres in Penang, despite recent clampdowns by the authorities.

Both Muslims and non-Muslims in the state said the development was worrying as many of patrons of these centres were schoolchildren and teenagers.

Harakahdaily’s observation in Bukit Mertajam has revealed scores of shoplots which had housed slot machines until recently were now back in business, attracting patrons mostly Malay Muslims.

Several residents said they suspected ‘syndicates’ behind the sudden comeback of the slot machines scourge.

Zaki, who lives at a housing estate in Bukit Mertajam, said the centres had been attracting large crowds of school students who spend their money on gambling.

“I am ashamed to see (Malay) students crowding these places. During the school holiday season, it has become their past time,” said Zaki.

Another resident, who wished to be known as Ong, said the authorities should take stern action against the operators.

“It doesn’t matter what ethnic background they come from, because these students would one day lead the nation,” he added.

-Harakahdaily

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Harakah might be exaggerating about the Malay student thing. Meanwhile, please fomally legalise the outlets to prevent further waste of manpower and money, and include normal casino card games and mahjong and dominos as well. The computer screen/slot machine and the alogarithms behind such gambling make winning less possible by the public as each computer will have a quota to win by unlike PHYSICAL cards, dice etc..

At least this is the first time we hear of non-Muslim entertainments being allowed, albeit not formally within law. DAP’s money mindedness has had an inadvertent protective effect on non-Muslim rights to gamble here, though would have been nicer if the local laws were amended for 4D outlets to offer the same PHYSICAL gambling games instead of this computer based and less than neutral chance of winning nonsense.

ARTICLE 6

Anti-Lynas rally: 71-yr-old arrested after asking Adnan Yaakob to apologize – Wednesday, 12 December 2012 23:50

A senior citizen and her friend were arrested this morning after she demanded an apology from Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob for his remarks about the anti-Lynas ‘Green March’ last month.

Tuw Yin Lan, who is 71 and popularly known as Aunty Mei, was among those who had participated in the 300km walk from Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur, organised by Himpunan Hijau.

When contacted, Himpunan Hijau publicity chief Lee Chean Chung said Tuw had gone to the MB’s office in the state secretariat building.

“Aunty Mei was angry with Adnan’s remark that the participants of the Green March had only walked for 200 metres,” Lee said when contacted.

“She waited outside his office from 11am. When the MB appeared, she went forward and asked him to apologise but he refused.”

She was then arrested along with Wong Chun Yuan and was taken to the Kuantan police district headquarters.

Another woman protester was also taken to the police station. However, it was later confirmed that she was not arrested.

About 20 supporters initially gathered outside the police station, while two lawyers from the local legal aid centre were on hand to provide assistance.

The number of supporters later increased to some 50 people, with some donning green T-shirts.

They were held back at first before the police eventually allowed some of them to go in.

Will answer any questions in court

At the Umno general assembly last month, Adnan had claimed that the protesters had not walked all the way as claimed.

He claimed that they had traveled “in luxury and in motorcars” and said he has no sympathy for them.

At around four o’ clock, Tuw and Wong were released from the police station after being investigated, stating they might be charged on Dec 26.

If they are not charged, the duo claimed they were told they must present themselves to the police station within 14 days.

They were interrogated by police who, they claimed, wanted to know if their actions was at the direction by someone, what were they doing and who supported them in their actions.

Both did not say much during the questioning but stated that they will answer in court if charged.

When contacted, Wong said that he and Tuw were arrested under Section 186 and 189 of the Penal Code for obstructing a public servant in discharge of public functions and for threat of injury to a public servant.

Malaysiakini

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Much like Malaysian minority feminists that attack men but neglect apartheid against themselves AND their men, this is what happens to people who go around using Pakatan’s method of marching and demanding apologies instead of campaigning legally and in dignity as independent candidates. Arrests. If this 71 year old does not run for election in GE13 as a 3rd force candidate, we’d all know that the geezer might be a disinfo agent of BN to distract from the lack of :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

BN has the mandate to grant the above 3 items but still does not act. By the Human Rights Charter which Malaysia is a signatory or the tenets of Islam about rights of non-Muslims for Haram entertainments and equality, BN is the least sincere choice still. BN, why don’t you use that undeserved mandate and put an end to this farce of 2 part elections? Meanwhile what is the Bar Council doing? Can’t even challenge the federal Government for Article 1 of the Human Rights Charter? Useless over-educated colluders with all the undeserved resources . . . Vote 3rd Force!

Proposed 3rd Force Party

Proposed 3rd Force Party

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Deepak, Musa the guns used in Dr M’s ‘guerrilla warfare’ against Najib & Rosmah? – by Nawawi Mohamad, Stan Lee, Malaysia Chronicle | 17 Dec 2012

When you want to get at someone who has influence and power, you have to plan and execute with precision and style in order to create maximum and lasting impact. Otherwise, it could backfire badly and you might end up hurt or even dead! That is life in the Malaysia’s take-no-enemies, an-eye-for-an-e…

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Nawawi and Stan . . . Zzz. If the election deposit which out 222 MPs refuse to lower is affordable to these guys,  just shut up and run for election as a candidate against the creeps (right after winning lower the damn election candidacy deposit).

ARTICLE 7

DAP does not represent ‘middle Malaysia’, snipes PM – Monday, 17 December 2012 08:06

SANDAKAN — DAP does not represent ‘middle Malaysia’ or the spirit of unity of all races in Malaysia when all eight Malay DAP leaders did not garner enough votes to sit in the party’s central executive committee (CEC) during its congress yesterday.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said that would not happen within Barisan Nasional (BN) that practises fairness to all the races in Malaysia and had a clear direction for the country.

“We also see that DAP is not only dominated by one race, that is the Chinese, but also by a family dynasty where Lim Kit Siang received the highest vote while his son Lim Guan Eng came in second.

“Not only the Malays lose to the Chinese, but even the Indians failed to be elected to the committee,” he said when opening the Liberal Democratic Party 23rd General Assembly, here today.

Najib called on the people to continue supporting BN which practises unity under the 1Malaysia concept and which was also evident in its cabinet.

“Malaysia lies within a good partnership known as Barisan Nasional. Believeme, we (Malaysia under BN government) will go places, our economy will soar and investors will be more confident,” he said.

The prime minister also said the BN government will continue to give out assistance in various fields such as education and business in order for the country to prosper.

Meanwhile, Najib said BN was serious and honest in delivering its promisesto the people unlike leaders such as opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

He said during Anwar’s brief stint as acting prime minister in 1997, the former deputy prime minister under Tun Mahathir Mohamad’s administration had every opportunity to prove his worth, but took the easy way out by letting the International Monetary Fund have control over Malaysia during the economic crisis that year.

“He (Anwar) didn’t protect the country’s sovereignty… He never asked himself why he was not fit to become a prime minister,” he said.

Najib also asked for the people not to risk the future of Malaysia under Pakatan Rakyat. He said the coalition of the opposition parties had no common ideology and had no clear direction for the future of the country.

“Even their leaders Anwar (Parti Keadilan Rakyat) and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang are fighting to become prime minister if Pakatan Rakyat comes into power.

“We (the country) can’t have a coalition that is fundamentally flawed,” he said.

— BERNAMA

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Very true that DAP does not represent middle anything. Term limitless oligarchies are harmful. BN has not granted after 50 years :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

;and on that basis, could be said to be even more fundamentally flawed. BN has the mandate to grant the above now. Why does BN not act? Because BN is fundamentally flawed. Pakatan has had ZERO years in power and never had the mandate – that is why Pakatan presents a 50 year stronger challenge. Otherwise vote 3rd Force!

ARTICLE 8

Dr M interfered in police probe on Anwar sex scandal, alleges ex-cop – NEWS/COMMENTARIES – Monday, 17 December 2012 admin-s

(The Malaysian Insider) – Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, had admitted in his memoirs to interfering in police investigations into the alleged sexual dalliances linked to his one-time deputy, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, a former senior policeman said today.

In his open letter, ex-Kuala Lumpur CID chief Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim questioned Home Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein’s decision to keep out of an ongoing spat between two former senior crime busters — Tan Sri Musa Hassan and Datuk Ramli Yusuff — which is seen to be jeopardising public confidence in the police force.

“If exposed that Tun Mahathir (picture)himself had deliberately or otherwise admitted in writing that it was true he had interfered in police investigations related to the ‘50 Dalil’ [50 Reasons] book, what would be the response from Hishammuddin or the prime minister?” Mat Zain said in his letter to incumbent Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar, which was also copied to Hishammuddin and PM Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

“It is hoped Hishammuddin will not say that the matter was a personal matter between Tun Mahathir and Musa Hassan and he refuses to interfere too,” he added.

The retired policeman alleged that Dr Mahathir had revealed in his autobiography, “A Doctor in the House”, published last year, that he had a direct hand in police investigations related to a book titled “50 Dalil Mengapa Anwar Tidak Boleh Jadi Perdana Menteri” [50 Reasons Why Anwar Cannot Be Prime Minister] that concerned the then-deputy prime minister’s purported sexual liaisons with several men and women, including prostitutes.

“He had confidently given a guarantee that he will direct the police to bring the witnesses to Sri Perdana once again, if the chief ministers and mentris besar as well as state Umno liaison chairmen wanted to interview them.”

Malaysia’s fourth prime minister wrote that he had first been told about Anwar’s alleged homosexual activities in the early 1990s by then police chief Tun Hanif Omar.

Dr Mahathir, who ruled from 1981 to 2003, said he was then given the book “50 Dalil Kenapa Anwar IBrahim Tidak Boleh Jadi Perdana Menteri” but had initially dismissed it as a sensationalist attempt to make money.

He said in 1997 Ummi Hafilda Ali, sister of PKR deputy president Azmin Ali, sent him a letter with specific allegations of sodomy against Anwar.

The former prime minister said he interviewed the girls who told him they were taken to have sex with his then deputy, who was later charged and jailed for sodomy and corruption.

Dr Mahathir wrote that they were persuaded to do so by an Indian man they knew as Nalla, likely to be Datuk K.S. Nallakarupan, then a close associate of Anwar who has since fallen out with the opposition leader.

Dr Mahathir said he then called Umno leaders including mentris besar and chief ministers to Sri Perdana to brief them about Anwar’s alleged affairs and showed them pictures of the witnesses.

Mat Zain said today that the former prime minister’s statements in the book were “clear proof that not only did he interfere in investigations, but also gave certain orders that were not appropriate to Musa Hassan, until it is believed influenced the overall outcome of the investigations”.

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The judiciary has been unable to act even after a dearth, anti-trust and collusion evidence. The legal fraternity world wide should blackball Malaysia’s judiciary and give support to Musa if Musa decides to take out the ILLEGAL AP law writing (ask any legal body worldwide, they will tell you that Vehicular AP is illegal), failed shipping nepotism bailing, political nepotism causing mamak plutocrat politician Iskandar Kutty Jr..

mini-ARTICLE 8.5

PKR, Umno share same DNA – NEWS/COMMENTARIES – Monday, 17 December 2012 admin-s

(Free Malaysia Today) – STAR is clear in pushing its Borneo Agenda for Sabah and Sarawak, saying it’s time for Borneo-centric policies, and that the Malayan Agenda is no longer acceptable.

State Reform Party (STAR) Sabah chairman Jeffrey Kitingan is adamant that PKR is the opposition’s version of Umno and will lord over the people in Sabah and Sarawak if it comes to power at federal level.

Jeffrey, who is also the president of the United Borneo Front (UBF), equated both the peninsula-based political parties as Malayan in nature and unsuitable for the two Borneo states.

“PKR and Umno are the same like the old colonialists. They come to exploit us to get into power to eventually lord over us. PKR should concentrate on winning the seats in the Peninsula which is already more than 75% of the total seats.

“It is their Malaya Agenda to control and colonise Sabah and Sarawak, whereas our Borneo Agenda is just the opposite, to free us from this choking over-lording over Sabah and Sarawak,” he said.

Read more at: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2012/12/17/pkr-umno-share-same-dna/

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East Malaysia should demand FULL equality or secede.

ARTICLE 9

DAP adopts one candidate-one seat policy – Monday, 17 December 2012 admin-s

(The Star) – DAP has adopted its Central Executive Committee’s (CEC) resolution on the one candidate, one seat policy.

DAP chairman Karpal Singh said one person should contest only one seat, but there could be exceptions on case-by-case basis based on the party’s strategy.

“The resolution has been adopted,” said Karpal, who had wanted such a policy to provide opportunity to candidates of calibre to contest.

Other resolutions from branches that were tabled and adopted include calls on party leaders to stop openly attacking the party to the point of jeopardising its image.

Perak New Village branch chairman Lim Soo Chong said attacks motivated by personal interest should stop because the party did not belong to any individual.

Another resolution adopted called on leaders to attend party functions and not to demand five-star accommodations.

Six other resolutions could not be tabled because representatives from the branches that proposed them were not present.

On a proposal by Sekinchan assemblyman Ng Suee Lim to impose a direct election system in the party, Karpal said the party constitution needed to be amended for it to be adopted.

“It requires a major amendment to the constitution. If the members feel strongly about direct election, then it should be considered.”

Although Karpal had said the delegates were free to bring up any issue, none of them brought up contentious issues involving Pakatan Rakyat.

Issues such as the gender ruling in salons in Kelantan, “khalwat” summonses issued to non-Muslims in Kelantan and the demolition of a religious altar in a private home in Selangor were not touched.

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The only good news so far about DAP. Double posts mean salaries of up to 1 million yearly – which Rakyat would tolerate this? Where are those MP asset declarations and Local Council Elections as promised? Nepotist, crony capitalist . . .

ARTICLE 10

Why now, Musa? – by R. Nadeswaran, The Sun – Monday, 17 December 2012 admin-s

You cannot create doubts in the minds of the people by making such sweeping statements without substantiation. No amount of denials by the minister or his cohorts is going to clear the reservations of the rakyat unless and until you are willing to be specific.

WHEN Tan Sri Ismail Omar was appointed inspector-general of police two years ago, many had expected him to shape up an already beleaguered police force. From rising crime rates to public order, he had his work cut out for him. Besides, the internal bickering between his predecessor, Tan Sri Musa Hassan and the former commercial crimes chief, Datuk Ramli Yusoff, turned into what appeared to be a bare-fisted brawl. With Tan Sri Robert Phang in the fray, a battle royale has ensued.

After months of anxiety, worry and concern, Ramli was acquitted of charges accusing him of misuse of power.

While the civil suit which was filed by Ramli has yet to start, everyone thought the dust had settled and Ismail would be able to focus on reducing crime rates and other issues of public interest.

But last week, Musa came to the fore with his claims of “interference from politicians” and a host of other claims, allegations and assertions, this time accusing Phang of having had a hand in the transfer of a senior police officer.

Why now? If indeed there was interference, shouldn’t Musa have thrown the Police Act in the face of the people behind the interference and ask them to mind their own business? Was he not the key witness in the trial of a former deputy prime minister who was charged with “interfering with police business”?

Why now? Did Musa consciously stop investigating crimes just because the call came from Putrajaya?

Why now? There were no reasons or provocateurs behind Musa’s sudden outburst and hence why out of the blue, call for a press conference?

Why now? Having yet to answer the charges made by Ramli in his various court affidavits, does Musa now want us to believe his hands were tied in the past?

Why now? Musa retired two years ago and if he was unhappy with the events during his tenure, shouldn’t he have voiced out his views at the handing-over ceremony to his successor?

Why now? Musa had all the opportunity to offer advice to his successor, Ismail who had been his deputy. Is he trying to undermine the IGP by describing Ismail as a “yes man”?

Why now? Who was the Tan Sri who came to you with a stack of summonses? Shouldn’t he have been shown the door and told that the law takes it course?

Such claims have yet again forced the public to form their own views and opinions on the impartiality of the police force. People are wondering if the police pander to the wishes of politicians or if they go by the book in the application and enforcement of the law.

Going by Musa’s assertions, people who have committed murder, robbery and other heinous crimes are walking on our streets on the basis of phone calls from politicians?

These claims may have some truth in them, but making statements without substantiation would be akin to self-appointed do-gooders and instantly-created NGOs demanding all kinds of explanations from the opposition.

Musa did not provide one instance where the minister or a politician had interfered in police investigations. Except for saying that a titled politician turned up in his office to sort out summonses, nothing more specific was revealed.

If indeed the police acceded to directives and instruction from higher up, are we to assume that the police closed the file on the Balkis fiasco where funds totalling almost RM10 million were transferred illegally, which borders on breach of trust?

Are we to say that the police also closed the files on the overseas money transfers that were carried out illegally through money changers although there were prima facie cases against them?

No, Musa. You cannot create doubts in the minds of the people by making such sweeping statements without substantiation. No amount of denials by the minister or his cohorts is going to clear the reservations of the rakyat unless and until you are willing to be specific – incidences, names, dates and times – when such interference took place.

R. Nadeswaran maintains that the police should be impartial and that any charges made must be backed up with evidence. Comments: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Musa is testing the water, and all of the above if ‘fired’ will immediately remove any caveats of neutrality Musa has that will allow Musa to back down, Musa wouldn’t sign their own death warrant. Musa needs to test the waters to see how many supporters Musa has or the public sentiment which will decide if Musa will survive AFTER ‘firing’, if not acting as bait on UMNO’s beha;f to sabotage the whistleblowers – who in either case can count on general discontent to topple BN that Musa may try to cash in on rather than support a hated and racist political party. This is not the first or last time a retired IGP enters politics (think Thaksin’s early days before PAP converted the Policeman in Thaksin Shinawatra into a corrupted bureaucrat who has against all principles against nepotism ingenuously acted as if Thaksin’s sister Yingluck Shinawatra’s presence in the 3rd world mob minded country – the Red Shirts at least – as normal, while refusing to attend court . . . ).

How does being a 3rd Force candidate, if not independent and neutral MP sound to Musa? BN is corrupt, PR is selfish. BN is clearly racist (and somewhat nepotistic) and PR might be racist (and very nepotistic), or quite prepared to be self serving by using racism as a weapon of control. Devil and deep blue sea, how about NEITHER. Go independent or be 3rd Force! Help the rakyat learn that the hegelian dialectic of a supposed 2 party system might still make no difference by offering an alternative 3rd and by extension teaching the Rakyat to think. An ex-IGP (much like the failure ex-Bar President who refuses to run for election but creates chaos on the streets by inciting rallies to no purpose), has the ethos to run as a 3rd Force MP for certain . . .

ARTICLE 11

How Our Democracy is Damaged – by Kee Thuan Chye – Monday, 17 December 2012 admin-s

The individual analyses of the 16 by-elections in the book, contributed by about a dozen observers ranging from journalists to researchers to political scientists, reveal how inept the EC has been, especially in not attending to electoral roll irregularities and preventing abuse of public institutions and corrupt practices.

We often hear of electoral fraud and unfair election practices but what do they really mean? What forms does electoral fraud usually take? What constitute unfair practices and how have they surfaced?

Beyond that, what are the measures that need to be taken to ensure that Malaysian elections are free and fair so that this vital aspect of our democracy is truly well-served and our vote for the candidate or party we support is not made a mockery of?

A new book called Democracy at Stake?: Examining 16 By-elections in Malaysia, 2008-2011, published by Strategic Information and Research Development Centre, answers our questions and collates our concerns into a handy and comprehensive compact.

Edited by Wong Chin Huat and Soon Li Tsin, it analyses the 16 by-elections that have been held since the 12th general election according to such relevant categories as how free, fair and clean they were; the freedom and quality of the campaigning; the political parties’ access to media; corrupt practices that were perpetrated; how impartial or otherwise the public institutions were; the amount of campaign money spent; the electoral roll; and the polling process.

Wong, who is in my opinion one of the sharpest political analysts we have, sets the standard for the conduct of elections in his introductory article.

Well-researched and replete with references from many documented sources, it explains why electoral fraud is wrong (“Even if one person is disenfranchised … even if one vote is rigged, democracy is damaged because political equality is compromised to favour the ones who play foul”) and explains what we as citizens should expect of a free and fair election.

The most fundamental of expectations are that we “must be able to register as voters with minimal cost and trouble” and be able to vote “without much difficulty”, and our votes “must be counted with integrity”. By that token, we must also expect that the electoral roll “includes all citizens who are eligible to vote” and “nobody else”.

Wong, however, declares that the electoral rolls in Malaysia “fail on both accounts”. This is partly because as of March 2012, three million eligible citizens are still not registered voters. But what we may find more disturbing is his revelation that the electoral rolls “include many names who [sic] should not be there in the first place, such as illegally enfranchised foreigners, deceased voters, multiply-registered voters, voluntarily and involuntarily transferred voters who are non-residents in the constituency”.

It is amusing to note that entries like Kampung Baru and a Police Station at Kampung Kerinchi are registered voters on the electoral rolls.

Wong proposes synchronising the electorate database maintained by the Election Commission (EC) with the citizenry database of the National Registration Department (NRD) to minimise errors and allow for corrections to be made continually.

Although he does not say so explicitly, it would also facilitate automatic voter registration, one of the eight demands of Bersih, the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections of which Wong is a steering committee member. The synchronisation of databases would alert the EC to instances of citizens turning 21 and attaining eligibility for voting.

Another disturbing point Wong raises concerns the legal impediments to transparency in the procedure for correction of errors. Section 9A of the Election Act 1958 prevents the electoral rolls from being challenged in court, and Regulation 25 of the Elections (Registration of Voters) Regulations gives “unchecked power” to the EC to “correct any errors free from any public scrutiny”.

This point is particularly pertinent in regard to the Malaysian EC because the public has lost much confidence in the commission’s ability and inclination to be independent and neutral in the conduct of its duty. One important measure that the public needs to take, therefore, is to lobby for the EC to be truly independent and neutral.

If this were achieved, we can be better assured that other conditions necessary for free and fair elections will be facilitated.

These would include what Wong describes as allowing citizens to make “informed decisions after deliberation” from the “availability of information from all perspectives”.

As such, there should be campaign freedom – a reasonable period for campaigning once an election is called; free airtime for all contesting parties on State-owned broadcast media like RTM and unbiased coverage in Bernama as well as private-owned media, like Utusan Malaysia, The Star, Sin Chew, Media Prima’s TV stations, etc; and no restrictions like those imposed in three by-elections at which the Home Ministry banned campaigners from “mentioning (a) Altantuya Shaariibuu, the Mongolian model cum interpreter whose murder was linked to Prime Minister (PM) Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor, and (b) the role of the Perak Palace in the state’s constitutional crisis”.

The impartiality of public institutions should also be upheld. This includes no abuse of government machinery by the ruling party, such as using official cars and helicopters for party campaigning or, worse, announcing development projects like in the Hulu Selangor “buy-election” when BN offered about RM136 million in projects, payments and compensations while the Pakatan Rakyat Selangor State Government offered about RM27.6 million’s worth.

And of course there should also be no pork barrelling at the hustings, the most famous example being the “I help you, you help me” offer of RM5 million for flood mitigation that Najib made to the Rejang Park voters in the Sibu by-election in return for their support of the BN candidate.

Nor should there be outright vote-buying, as in the alleged giving out of RM100 cash to each Chinese voter at a polling station during the Merlimau by-election.

It is the duty of the EC to report such transgressions but, unfortunately, it has not been fulfilling that duty.

By and large, the individual analyses of the 16 by-elections in the book, contributed by about a dozen observers ranging from journalists to researchers to political scientists, reveal how inept the EC has been, especially in not attending to electoral roll irregularities and preventing abuse of public institutions and corrupt practices.

In the Permatang Pauh by-election, for example, a voter was turned away from the polling station because on the electoral roll, he was said to be dead.

Furthermore, 949 voters were discovered to have disappeared from the constituency’s electoral roll. As the media reported the issue and the EC’s deputy chairman could not explain the disappearance, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin called on the EC to investigate it. However, “no finding was revealed to the public”.

In Bukit Selambau, election watchdog Malaysians for Free and Fair Elections (MAFREL) backed the Opposition’s claim that more than 60% of the voters in a housing estate were phantom voters, but the EC merely dismissed it.

In fact, the picture that emerges from the 16 analyses is that many of the complaints and allegations made during the by-elections were not resolved afterwards.

On the whole, as the editors sum up in the final chapter, “the integrity of the electoral rolls in Malaysia is highly questionable”. Citing extensively from research done by political scientist Ong Kian Ming, they elaborate on unexplained deletions of names; unaccounted-for additions; high number of voters registered under the same address; unusually high increase of military/police voters (most markedly in Lembah Pantai, currently a Pakatan Rakyat seat held by Nurul Izzah Anwar, which has seen a 1,024% growth of such voters); and other manifestations.

EC Chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof has declared that Malaysia has “the cleanest electoral rolls in the world”, with problematic registrations amounting to only 42,051 names, but according to Ong’s research findings, the number is closer to 3 million.

Whomever you choose to believe, the outlook is far from rosy. The editors believe the irregularities are caused by deliberate fraud rather than administrative or clerical errors. They consider the state we’re in an “Orwellian absurdity”.

On our part, we the public should be pressing for accountability from the EC and other related authorities. Although Democracy at Stake? does not suggest how we could go about doing this, it focuses attention on a serious issue of our political life.

It’s up to us now to protect our democratic right. Taking to the streets through the Bersih rallies has been done and resulted in some headway, but this is unlikely the way to achieve the ultimate goal.

We need to think of other ways to shake the powers that be to get the real democracy we deserve.

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Could the information on registered voters be easier to access? With a few million citizens on the internet trawling the irregularities and the system suggested on :

ARTICLE 13’s response on below link :
https://malaysiandemocracy.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/9-articles-from-around-the-world-sharing-plum-jobs-subtle-racism-possibly-220-less-prisoners-to-support-more-too-damn-high-overpriced-cuddles-anorexia-dealing-with-war-crimes-properly-defin/

;could help where the issue of 1000% rise in voter listings or buildings being registered as voters, or repeats in names occur should easily be fereted out with the suggested system. Who needs voting machines?

ARTICLE 12

Flabbergasted 3rd Force slams poor Democratic Principals of “NATIONAL LIARS” DAP-Pakatan Rakyat leaders – by 3rd Force – Tuesday, 18 December 2012 17:09

I really do not know whether to laugh or to cry – the standard of Democratic Principals in Malaysia has really fallen to a disgraceful and abysmal low after four decades of DAP-PakatanRakyat rule.

Last week, Malaysia suffered national and international humiliation when the Trends in International Judiciaryematics and Police Study ( TIMSS) 2011 reports were released, as the nation’s ranking in eighth-grade Judiciary fell from 20th in 2007 to 26th in 2011 while its ranking in Police fell by an even greater margin, from 21st in 2007 to 32nd in 2011. Our average Judiciarys score fell from 474 in 2007 to 440 and our average Police score fell by an even greater degree from 471 in 2007 to 426 in 2011, both far below the international average for both subjects in TIMSS 2011.

What is even worse, Malaysia also suffered the shame of being only one out of 6 countries out of 42 countries participating in the Judiciarys study and 45 countries participating in the Police study to see falls in both our Judiciarys and Police scores and ranking! Most of the other countries either improved their scores and rankings or stayed at their previous levels.

Setting bad examples

But the poor attainments of our civil servants in Judiciary and Police when compared to international student achievements is not the only bane of the Malaysian education system.

Another equally critical area where the Malaysian education system has failed miserably is the Democratic Principals subject, which was poignantly illustrated in the past 5 decades, placing me in the position of not knowing whether to laugh or to cry.

Yesterday, I issued a media statement where I said:

“I wish to apologise to the Prime Minister and DAP President,Lim Kit Siang and the DAP-PakatanRakyat leaders that I was elected into the DAP Central Executive Committee (CEC) at the 16th DAP National Congress – and with the highest votes.” I am really flabbergasted that there are DAP-PakatanRakyat leaders and supporters who took it literally to mean that I had realised the error of BN-Umno “misconduct” and that BN-Umno was belatedly admitting that Lim Kit Siang had been right.

It would be unthinkable that such a ludicrous situation in comprehension of the Democratic Principals could happen in Malaysia 40 years ago! (The Race Riots took 2 hands to clap, DAP was the dirty hand, but ALL Malaysians were punished instead, meanwhile DAP MPs have sat in power for decades and currently collect 20 times PROPOSED minimum wage of 900 . . . )

No such phrases in the Democratic Principals, dear Karpal (much less the 0.002% quorum crony NGO(quangocrat) based elections which takes tax payer monies. (300 NGO members voted, 1.5 million Penangites were left out and given inadequate time to vote or participate in voting, DAP however wants to INSULT the Rakyat by distributing money THIRD WORLD STYLE instead which could be used to ensure proper voting occured)

Recently, we have a Mentri Besar whose comprehension of Democratic Principals is so dismal that he could “invent”” figurative language in Democratic Principals only known to himself – when he talked about “sacrificing DAP’s Teoh Beng Hocks” and “jumping into the river” in Pahang if DAP should lose to 33rd Force in Bentong in the 13 general elections.

Everybody who searched the internet could only find figures of speech like “cutting the Kit Siang to spite Guan Eng” and “jump into the PAP” but no “cutting Karpals” or “jumping into the PAP”!

Of course, Malaysians will not forget about another Mentri Besar who claimed ignorance of Democratic Principals as to justify carrying lying about declarations of MP Assets to the Rakyat as a campaign manifesto for GE12 while taking 1 million or so every 4 year term of thr taxpayer monies then having the illegally appointed EXCO members declare assets in bait and switch instead! DAP is a party of multiple crises in term limitlessness and crony capitalism, including multiple crisis in nepotism.

Let us be serious about term limitlessness and crony capitalism, including multiple crisis in nepotism in parties like DAP, and stop making Malaysia an international joke. Listed below are the nepotist (also untalented and unprincipled) factions in DAP which the Rakyat must remove or run as candidates against :

RELATED REPOSTING WARNING ABOUT NEPOTISM

Please note the Oligarchs in Pakatan as listed below :

NEPOTISM IN PAKATAN RAKYAT

Three of the below must be challenged so that only a single candidate without relatives remains :

Lim Kit Siang (MP Ipoh Timur – Perak)

Lim Guan Eng (MP Air Puteh – Penang)

Chew Gek Cheng (Assemblyman Kota Laksamana – Malacca) Guan Eng’s wife

Lim Hui Ying Guan Eng’s sister (Vice-Chairman)

Two of the below must be challenged so that only a single candidate without relatives remains :

Karpal Singh (MP Jelutong – Penang)

Gobind Singh (MP Puchong – Selangor)

Karpal’s son Jagdeep Singh (Asssemblyman Dato Keramat – Penang)

Karpal’s son

Two of the below must be challenged so that only a single candidate without relatives remains :

Anwar Ibrahim (MP Permatang Pauh, Seberang Prai)

Wan Azizah Nurul Izzah Anwar(MP Lembah Pantai – Kuala Lumpur)

Anwar’s Daughter Also either Ngeh (Pantai Remis) or Nga (Sitiawan)

;must go to prevent 2nd degree nepotism and the kind of environment that caused DAP’s Kulasegaran, PKR’s Gobalakrishnan, to be kicked out possibly an act of racism but more likely at the order of the Lim Dynasty clique. BN of course we do not need to discuss, blocs of relatives galore.

Nepotism: Umno controlled by 3 families. – by Patric McClean http://macleanpatrick.com/category/published-articles/page/6/

For even stronger consideration, I also list seats that HRP demands :
1. Padang Serai (Incumbent: PKR – N Gobalakrishnan)
2. Batu Kawan (DAP – Ramasamy)
3. Sungei Siput (PSM – Dr D Jeyakumar)
4. Ipoh Barat (DAP – N Kulasegaran)
5. Bagan Datoh (BN – Ahmad Zahid Hamidi)
6. Cameron Highlands (BN – SK Devamany)
7. Hulu Selangor (BN – P Kamalanathan)
8. Kuala Selangor (PAS – Dzulkefy Ahmad)
9. Klang (DAP – Charles Santiago)
10. Kota Raja (PAS – Siti Mariah Mahmud)
11. Rasah (DAP – Anthony Loke)
12. Teluk Kemang (PKR – Kamarul Baharin Abbas)
13. Alor Gajah (BN – Fong Chan Onn)
14. Tebrau (BN – Teng Boon Soon)
15. Lembah Pantai (PKR – Nurul Izzah Anwar)
HRP might very well be aware of some things we are not aware of to list some surprising choices as well, do not discount their reasons. PSM’s Jeyakumar appears to have been bought by BN though, so their viability is uncertain until PSM’s clique leadership changes. I have done some probing and casual calls to PSM, they are not very grassroots, DAP of course (also tried earlier) is far worse and absolutely TREACHEROUS and clique based and beholden to SINGAPORE’s PAP. I would not be surprised if the nepotists in DAP are rounded up a 2nd time, for collusions with Singapore to subvert Malaysian Federal authority instead amongst other things like ‘neurotech abuse’. Everyone else, should meanwhile stand as independents in any constituency with bad assemblymen or MPs or people who do not endorse term limits and asset declarations. Here’s something that will help voters decide if candidacy is not their thing or too expensive : Barisan – Apartheid, Corrupt and Nepotistic-Oligarchs Pakatan – Corrupt and Nepotistic-Oligarchs (excepting PAS) 3rd Force – Corrupt Only (watch Marina’s cliques as well) Pick the coalition with the least flaws. End the APARTHEID ! Destroy the Oligarchs in all political coalitions ! 3rd Force is best.

@AgreeToDisagree is the 3rd Force adviser & MP of the real issue

Adopted from the threadbare article at : http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=45360:flabbergasted-kit-siang-slams-poor-english-of-international-joke-umno-bn-leaders&Itemid=2

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ARTICLE 1

Threat to use chemical weapons in Syria is ‘completely unacceptable’, say Cameron and Obama – by Daily Mail Reporter – PUBLISHED: 21:41 GMT, 22 August 2012 | UPDATED: 06:50 GMT, 23 August 2012

Two leaders say there is ‘much more to do’ to stop brutal killing of civilians
Cameron and French President Francois Hollande will work to identify how they could bolster the opposition
UN claims Iran appears to be supplying Assad’s regime with funds, weapons and intelligence support

Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama have said the use of chemical weapons in Syria or even a threat to deploy them would be ‘completely unacceptable’.

In a phone call the two leaders said if President Bashar Assad made such a move it ‘would force them to revisit their approach so far’, a government spokesman in the UK said.

The two leaders said there was ‘much more to do’ to stop the brutal killing of civilians in the Middle East state.
President Barack Obama has said the use of chemical weapons in Syria or even a threat to deploy them would be ‘completely unacceptable’.
Prime Minister David Cameron has said the use of chemical weapons in Syria or even a threat to deploy them would be ‘completely unacceptable’

Agreement: Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama have said the use of chemical weapons in Syria or even a threat to deploy them would be ‘completely unacceptable’

Earlier this week President Obama warned that any movement of Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons would be a ‘red line’ which would have ‘enormous consequences’.

Mr Cameron also discussed the situation with French President Francois Hollande and the two European nations agreed to ‘work more closely to identify how they could bolster the opposition and help a potential transitional Syrian government after the inevitable fall of Assad’.
Threat: Syrian President Bashar Assad is said to be in control of a sizeable stockpile of chemical weapons

Threat: Syrian President Bashar Assad is said to be in control of a sizeable stockpile of chemical weapons

Downing Street said Mr Cameron and President Obama ‘both agreed that the use – or threat – of chemical weapons was completely unacceptable and would force them to revisit their approach so far’.

A spokeswoman added: ‘The Prime Minister restated the risk to the wider region posed by the fighting and the fact that regional and international cooperation was vital.

‘He reinforced the need to work in close cooperation with Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and others on the issue.’

They also ‘firmly agreed that there was much more to do in order to stop the brutal killing of civilians and help put Syria on a path towards peace and stability’.

They discussed how to build on the support both nations had offered to the opposition in Syria ‘to end the appalling violence and bring about stability’.

The leaders said they hoped a meeting of opposition groups in Cairo would show ‘real unity of purpose and coherence in working towards transition’.

Mr Cameron and Mr Obama agreed that more should be done by the international community to channel humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees through the UN appeal.

Mr Cameron and Mr Hollande discussed the need to maintain international pressure on the Assad regime.

They agreed that the refugee situation was ‘deeply troubling’ and Mr Hollande said that the humanitarian crisis would be the focus of France’s United Nations Security Council ministerial meeting at the end of the month.

Free Syrian Army fighters exchange fire with regime forces in the city of Aleppo. Mr Cameron has agreed with French President Francois Hollande to work to identify how they could bolster the opposition

The pair welcomed the appointment of Lakhdar Brahimi as the new UN envoy and hoped that he would carry on the work of Kofi Annan in ‘seeking a credible political solution – as well as holding the regime to account for any further atrocities’.

Yesterday the United Nations claimed Iran appears to be supplying Assad’s regime with funds, weapons and intelligence support.

Obama and Cameron have welcomed the appointment of Lakhdar Brahimi as the new UN envoy to Syria

Syrian rebels also say Tehran has sent Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah fighters to assist government forces.

‘The Secretary-General has repeatedly expressed his concern about the arms flows to the two parties in Syria, which in some cases appear to violate resolution 1747 passed by this council banning arms exports under Chapter 7 authority,’ U.N. political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman told the U.N. Security Council.

Next week, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend a summit meeting of leaders of non-aligned developing nations in Iran.

He will also meet with senior Iranian officials to discuss ‘Iran’s nuclear program, terrorism, human rights and the crisis in Syria,’ his spokesman said.

A U.N. Security Council panel of independent experts that monitors sanctions against Iran has uncovered several examples of Iran transferring arms to Syria’s government.

Damascus has accused Qatar and Saudi Arabia of arming rebels determined to topple Assad’s government.

The United Nations has said more than 18,000 people have died and some 170,000 people have fled the country as a result of the fighting in Syria.

U.N. aid chief Valerie Amos has said that up to 2.5 million people in Syria needed aid.

‘This conflict has taken on a particularly brutal and violent character,’ Amos told a news conference in New York on Wednesday after visiting Syria and Lebanon last week.

‘We face problems with access to people in need, particularly where there is intense and ongoing fighting, but funding is also holding us back. If we had more resources, we could reach more people,’ she said.

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Out of context. Assad said the chemical weapons were to be used against INVADERS not civilians. Leaders and media need to lead by example . . . accuracy please. But conventional killings, or the nature of the strife-wise, only the local Syrians would know best, this looks like a 3 way proxy war if anything. Communist Bloc vs. West vs. Sunnites with any or either, playing all sides potentially.

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‘Burglary is not bravery, it’s cowardice’: Twice-burgled PM slams judge who freed serial intruder who he said showed ‘courage’ to raid three homes – By Martin Robinson – PUBLISHED: 08:08 GMT, 6 September 2012 | UPDATED: 09:30 GMT, 6 September 2012

Richard Rochford was facing a two-and-a-half-year jail term
Judge Peter Bowers admitted he could be ‘pilloried’ for his controversial decision to free him
‘It takes a huge amount of courage as far as I can see for someone to burgle somebody’s home,’ he said
PM admits he has been a victim of ‘despicable and hateful’ crime
‘I’m very clear, burglary is not bravery, it’s cowardice. People who repeatedly burgle should be sent to prison,’ he said

David Cameron today turned on a judge who praised burglars for their ‘courage’ and allowed a serial intruder to walk free from court.

Judge Peter Bowers said Richard Rochford could go home instead of being jailed for two-and-a-half years because prison ‘very rarely does anybody any good’.

Responding this morning the furious Prime Minister admitted that he has been burgled twice himself, adding: ‘I’m very clear, burglary is not bravery, it’s cowardice.

‘I’ve been burgled twice, you feel completely violated when someone has smashed their way into your house,’ he told ITV’s Daybreak, adding: ‘Burglary is a despicable and hateful crime.’
Ruckas: David Cameron used an interview on ITV this morning to attack a judge who freed a burglar, admitting that he has been burgled twice and the crime showed ‘cowardice’

Ruckas: David Cameron used an interview on ITV this morning to attack a judge who freed a burglar, admitting that he has been burgled twice and the crime showed ‘cowardice’

Rochford, 26, burgled three homes in East Cleveland and tried to burgle another in the space of five days. He committed the crimes to feed a drug addiction that started when he was in prison for another offence, Teesside Crown Court was told.

By not jailing him Judge Bowers appeared to recognise the controversy he may cause, saying his decision could mean ‘I might get pilloried for it.’

And Mr Cameron is one of many who have.

‘People sometimes say it is not a violent crime, but actually if you have been burgled, you do feel it was violence,’ he said.

‘I am very clear that people who repeatedly burgle should be sent to prison.’
Teesside Crown Court Judge Peter Bowers

‘I might get pilloried for it’: Judge Peter Bowers made the extraordinary judgment and freed a serial burglar who he said had ‘courage’

He also backed the decision by the CPS not to charge a couple arrested in Leicestershire after two burglars were shot at their home.
Let go: Serial burglar Richard Rochford walked free after Judge Peter Bowers told him: ‘It takes a huge amount of courage as far as I can see for somebody to burgle somebodyís house.’

Let go: Serial burglar Richard Rochford walked free after Judge Peter Bowers told him: ‘It takes a huge amount of courage as far as I can see for somebody to burgle somebodyís house.’

‘That is why this Government is actually changing the law to toughen the rules on self-defence against burglars, saying householders have the right to defend themselves,’ the Prime Minister said.

The judge’s astonishing comments were condemned by victims of the burglar and follow a series of controversial remarks by the same judge in previous cases.

Passing sentence, Judge Bowers told him: ‘It takes a huge amount of  courage as far as I can see for someone to burgle somebody’s house. I wouldn’t have the nerve.

‘Yet somehow, bolstered by drugs and desperation, you were prepared to do that.’ The judge added: ‘I think prison very rarely does anybody any good. It mostly leaves people the chance to change their own mind if they want to. I don’t think anybody would benefit from sending you to prison today. We’d all just feel a bit easier that a burglar had been taken off the streets.’

Rochford could have been jailed for two-and-a-half years but instead he was given a suspended 12-month jail sentence, a two-year supervision order with drug rehabilitation, 200 hours’ unpaid work and a one-year driving ban. The offence was Rochford’s first burglary conviction, although he was cautioned for burgling a home at the age of ten. He has previously been jailed for three years for arson.

Rochford went on a burglary spree in February. He took a laptop, satnav and money from the first home he raided and drove away the family’s Ford Focus car, which he damaged and abandoned.

PM: MINISTERS DIDN’T CRY WHEN I SACKED THEM

David Cameron has denied reducing ministers to tears as he took the reshuffle hatchet to his Government.

The Prime Minister also revealed that he juggled it with trying to write a poem about a ‘furry bear’ for one of his children.

The comments came amid reports that three Tories – including former Cabinet members Caroline Spelman and Cheryl Gillan – wept when told they no longer had frontbench jobs.

Mr Cameron told ITV’s Daybreak programme that conducting the shake-up earlier this week was ‘difficult’, and some of the ousted ministers had done ‘absolutely nothing wrong’.

‘It obviously is incredibly difficult because there are ministers who had worked incredibly hard, who had done absolutely nothing wrong in their jobs, who were very dedicated,’ he said.

‘But when you have got a huge team of 300 MPs, huge challenges, it is important to bring new people on and bring new people in.’

Asked whether he had made anyone cry, Mr Cameron replied: ‘That is not true, actually.’

The following night he took jewellery, a handbag and electrical items from another home. His girlfriend Amy Kyme, 22, who acted as lookout and helped dispose of the stolen goods, was given a suspended prison sentence. Rochford walked into both unlocked homes while the owners slept.

He admitted two burglaries and asked for another burglary and an attempted burglary to be taken into consideration. He also admitted aggravated vehicle taking.

Graham Brown, defending, told the court the drug habit Rochford developed ‘scarred his life’ and ‘the system failed him’. He claimed the petty crook had changed his ways.

Mr Brown said Rochford had had a ‘major wake-up call,’ and had ‘seen the light’. He confessed, co-operated with police and stopped using drugs, the court heard.

Rochford ransacked the home of Mark Clayton, 47, an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan and Bosnia. Mr Clayton said the judge made a ‘grave misjudgment’.

He added: ‘Picking dead bodies up after they’ve been blown up, to go into that takes courage. Walking into someone’s house on an opportunistic whim and basically devastating someone’s life by taking things that man has worked so hard for all his life, and taking it away without a thought, isn’t courage.’

Mr Clayton said his son Mark, 16, was at first wrongly arrested on suspicion of the burglary, causing further upset for his family. Rochford stole a wallet containing £500 of life savings when he raided the home of retired shipyard worker John Hopper, 73, and wife Vera, 71.

Daughter Sharon Hopper, 40, said: ‘I can’t believe what the judge said. What really took courage was my parents having to continue living in their house after he had invaded their privacy.

‘Until the judge has had his own home burgled while he is lying asleep inside it, he cannot possibly know the fear and distress suffered by decent people like my parents.’

Judge Bowers, 67, is a married father of three who has been a judge for more than 20 years.

He has made contradictory comments about burglary sentencing in recent months. In May, he criticised sentencing guidelines that let first-time burglars escape with a ‘slap across the wrist’.

But weeks later, he allowed a man with almost 80 crimes on his record to walk free for a burglary committed four days after his release from prison, telling the court: ‘I must be getting soft in my old age.’
Sentencing: Rochford was given a suspended 12-month jail sentence at Teesside Crown Court

Judge Bowers then told David Wray, 39: ‘I am quite sure you are capable of a lot better. If you are bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, you’ll be all right.’

The judge’s comments drew a furious response from David Hines, chairman of the National Victims’ Association.

He said: ‘What message does this send out to society? Quite frankly it is outrageous.

‘The criminal justice system has let the victims down.

‘Burglars are going to believe that judges think they are courageous. I think this judge is on a different wavelength to everyone else.’

Mr Hines, from Jarrow, South Tyneside, set up the association after his daughter Marie was murdered aged 23 in 1992.

‘I have been doing this for 20 years now and the criminal justice system has been getting diluted and diluted, getting weaker,’ he said.

‘I am sick of hearing how victims are at the heart of the criminal justice system – doesn’t this prove that they are not?

‘Burglars are not courageous, they are probably doped up on drugs.

‘People who are courageous, to me, are soldiers, nurses and policemen.’

One barrister who works at Teesside Crown Court expressed surprise at Judge Bowers’ remarks.

He tweeted: ‘I am amazed by this, if true, as he is one of the toughest sentencing judges in Teesside.’

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The burglar could spend sometime cleaning up the damage and then paying for damages. Jail at 40K per year and even court (perhaps at 4K per session?), costs too much for something in the line of 400, that could be corrected out of court. This in fact is sufficiently deterrant. Burglars know that if they get caught, they’ll have to correct the damages. Judges have more important criminals to deal with, like crony capitalists colluding with the local bureaucracy and corruption and bribery. Jail does not teach anything and wastes the tax payer’s monies and wastes the criminal’s life. Inequitable wealth distribution and lack of opportunity or lack of distribution of land causes criminality, this is society’s fault to the ‘criminal’s. This judge has a grasp of empathy if not the root causes of criminality as well. And courage is needed to  make an attempt to change one’s life. Actually so-called criminals would make better soldiers than the conformists in the army. That is why mercenary contractors are used in so many US invasions, more effective and has the proper mindset. Marionettes are not brave, just mindless. Mindless is not brave.

One barrister who works at Teesside Crown Court expressed surprise at Judge Bowers’ remarks. He tweeted: ‘I am amazed by this, if true, as he is one of the toughest sentencing judges in Teesside.’

Not just about being tough. A judge is not a Drill Sergeant or a sports trainer, a Judge has to consider the well being of the offender in context to society and make common sense judgments as well. Cameron perhaps needs to consider that some of the bad policies written, or neglected for amendment have caused DEATHS or much suffering among the English. Robberies don’t seem to happen unless the target is somehow deemed a failure or the cause of some wrongs, don’t they?

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Fears of home extension ‘free-for-all’ as owners told they can extend houses by up to 30ft without planning permission – By James Chapman PUBLISHED: 23:11 GMT, 5 September 2012 | UPDATED: 11:01 GMT, 6 September 2012

The move is designed to encourage conservatories, loft extensions or garage conversions
Will also mean residents no longer have a right to challenge thousands of construction schemes

Homeowners are to be allowed to build extensions or conservatories of up to almost 30 feet without needing planning permission, David Cameron and Nick Clegg announced today.

Under the first stage of proposals to sweep away planning rules and bureaucracy, shops, offices and industrial units will also be allowed to expand with no need to ask their local authority.

The move is designed to encourage conservatories, loft extensions or garage conversions, and support businesses which want to grow or diversify.

Joint effort: David Cameron and Nick Clegg are watched by Josh Wood, 9, as they launched their planning changes in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire today

However, it will also mean residents no longer have a right to challenge thousands of construction schemes on neighbouring properties, even if they believe it will have an adverse impact on them.

Announcement: Homeowners are to be allowed to build extensions or conservatories of up to almost 30 feet without needing planning permission

In other plans, the Government is to offer up to £10billion in state-backed guarantees to encourage housing developments, a move which ministers believe could mean 100,000 homes being built over three years.

Rules on how many affordable homes must be included in a development may also be relaxed.

There will be help for 16,500 first-time buyers, who will be offered equity loans of up to 20 per cent of the property value that can be used as a deposit.

New ‘permitted development rights’ will be introduced to allow a change of use from commercial to residential purposes – although local authorities will be able to seek exemptions where they believe there will be a negative economic impact

It means disused offices or light industrial premises will be able to switch to residential developments with no need for planning permission.

Plans: David Cameron and Nick Clegg will make the announcement today

Currently, homeowners need planning permission to make any change that extends more than a few feet from their property’s rear wall, requiring them to fill in complicated application forms that typically take eight weeks or more to be considered.

Ministers say this adds unnecessary cost and delays to people’s improvement plans.

Under the new system, the size of extensions allowed without permission, therefore, will be doubled to about 20 feet for terraced properties and 26 feet for detatched.
Changes: The move will mean residents no longer have a right to challenge thousands of construction schemes

The change will not apply in protected areas, including conservation areas, World Heritage Sites, the Broads and areas of outstanding natural beauty, where development rights are already more limited.

Under changes, businesses will be able to expand premises by 100 square metres and industrial units by 200 square metres, and shops and offices will be permitted to develop up to the boundary of the premises.

Every year there are more than 400,000 planning applications processed, with almost 200,000 for residential improvements, many of which are for changes such as conservatories or extensions.

Ministers say the changes will provide a crucial and immediate stimulus to the construction sector.

There will be a month-long consultation on the measures before they are implemented later in the year.

The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister will say: ‘This government means business in delivering plans to help people build new homes and kick-start the economy.

‘We’re determined to cut through the bureaucracy that holds us back.

‘That starts with getting the planners off our backs, getting behind the businesses that have the ambition to expand, and meeting the aspirations of families that want to buy or improve a home.’

A Government source added: ‘We want to make it easier for families to undertake home improvements: not just to cut red tape and strengthen individual homeowners’ rights, but also to help generate economic activity which will support small traders in particular.’

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. . .  requiring them to fill in complicated application forms that typically take eight weeks or more to be considered . . . AND . . . residents no longer have a right to challenge thousands of construction schemes . . . SERIOUSLY? Good thing this sort of red tape profiteering bureaucracy is going to end if not just mere talk. . . Hear that ‘Gambier Threat’ DAP? Don’t even dare tell anyone that they are going to get their extensions torn down!

No such thing as ‘. . . home extension ‘free-for-all’ . . . ‘ anyone can build anything. Sovereign territory. A man’s home is their castle. Bring back those allodial titles as well. Or do the 99% need to have a French Revolution against the Bastille of term limited nepotists, plutocrats, and MPs who refuse to amend laws to allow allodial titles for property and some aspect of Eminent Domain? For deeper reading on expositions of absolutist aspects of some laws regarding property and person please read link below :

http://selfsip.org/

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Hillary Clinton’s China visit: To make or solve troubles? (People’s Daily Online) – 15:23, September 05, 2012

Chinese President Hu Jintao met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Great Hall of the People on Wednesday morning.(Xinhua/ Zhang Duo)

On Sept. 4, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton began a visit to China and it is said that U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will also pay a visit to China. The United States should bear a big responsibility in the sustained tense situation in East Asia on the territorial dispute and is the key country to constantly carry out military exercises in the Pacific region. Then, what is the purpose of Clinton and other officials’ China visit at this time?

U.S. action damaged the mutual trust

One of the reasons for Clinton’s visit to China is the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting about to be held in Russia this weekend. There is a convention between China and the United States, namely the senior officials of both sides will communicate and understand each other before an important multilateral meeting, said Wu Chunsi, executive director with the Institute for International Strategic Studies under Shanghai Institute of International Studies. At present, the development of APEC is at a critical point, which makes the China-U.S. communication more necessary.

In addition, Clinton came to China not all for APEC. According to Wu Xinbo, with Fudan University, first, the United States has a decline in its interests in APEC; second, Russia is the host country of the meeting and so it will gain praise if the meeting makes substantive results, which the United States is not willing to see. Therefore, the main intention of Clinton is to put pressure on China about the international and regional issues, which mainly include the disputes over the Diaoyu Islands and South China Sea, as well as Iranian and Syrian issues.

China-U.S. relations maintain an overall stability

A series of tense situation in East Asia in 2012 were caused by the “eastward of the strategic center” of the United States. Executive director of the Strategic Research Center of China Institute of International Research Foundation Wang Yusheng pointed out that the United States claimed to realize “rebalance” in the Asia-Pacific region due to the rise of China’s “anti-intervention strength.”

The “rebalance” refers to the one under the domination of the United States. All the Asian countries including China must submit to the United States to maintain a flourishing “order.” Otherwise, the United States will use various methods to punish the “order challengers.”

Clinton’s visit to China this time just goes through the motions. 2012 is the election year in the United States and so it is unlikely that both sides will reach substantive and constructive results.

In Wu’s opinion, there will be a new U.S. government after the election. Therefore, the realistic diplomacy against China will be the main direction, no matter which party holds power. Both China and the United States benefited from the currently close relationship, which is the fundamental driving force to push a smooth bilateral relationship forward.

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China doesn’t even need to care. Once USA commits to an Iran war, USA will not have the time nor energy to handle China. Actually USA even without an Iran War and going back to Iraq to consolidate Iraq will already be enough to keep USA busy for decades. China need not worry at all. Barring extreme technology unknown to China, this trip is is just icing with no cake, and Hillary perhaps gets to enjoy a free holiday on the USA taxpayers’ funds merely for making the Chinese ‘nervous’ or impressing the foolish among Chinese leaders with that Clinton former-prez ethos (nominally tainted with and based on nepotism . . . ) even as Russia MUST be cooperated with by China even when China is an ally of Russia which is not exactly pleased with USA over the missile shield. USA needs BOTH China and Russia on USA’s side before taking on Iran.

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Victory is mine: S. African miners rejoice after murder charges dropped – Published: 04 September, 2012, 19:43

Miners and their supporters dance after being released outside the court in Ga Rankuwa, near Pretoria.(REUTERS / Mike Hutchings)

The first of 270 miners arrived home jubilant amid cheers from their families and friends. The men were accused of murdering their colleagues during a protest, despite all evidence showing the kill shots were fired by police.

Women cried as they were reunited with their husbands, relieved to have them home again.

Some, like miner Victor Molefane, got an even bigger “welcome home” present – as Victor walked out of jail, a free man, his wife gave birth to their son.

“I am very happy,” the new father told South Africa’s Mail and Guardian daily, as he wiped tears of joy from his face.

Supporters of the detained men gathered outside the Marikana platinum mine to celebrate their release, and soon all those gathered were dancing and singing.

State prosecutor Nigel Carpenter confirmed the murder and attempted murder charges against all 270 miners arrested were dropped.

But the miners’ lawyer said he will file a motion to drop all other charges against his clients as well.

“All the charges are incompetent and should be withdrawn,” Dali Mpofu said. He told reporters this issue will be addressed when the trial resumes in February next year.

The Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, in the country’s North West province, made headlines on August 16 when protesters clashed with police while demanding their wages be raised to over $1,000 a month. The crackdown claimed the lives of 36 people – 34 miners and two policemen – and left 78 injured.

Police originally claimed they fired their weapons in self-defense, as the angry mob was getting aggressive.

But leaked findings of victims’ autopsies, published by the South African Star newspaper, showed that the miners were shot in the back while running away.

The post-mortem results suggested that the strikers posed no danger to law enforcement at the time of the shooting.

An official spokesman refused to confirm or deny the accusations on what is already being dubbed the Marikana Massacre – the most violent episode in South Africa’s history since the 1994 end of apartheid.

Miners and their supporters dance after being released outside the court in Ga Rankuwa, near Pretoria.(REUTERS / Mike Hutchings)

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Diamond or precious mineral miners should directly be allowed to share in the profits to 401K worth of profit (if South Africa is every African citizen’s country, hence ALL wealth should be shared equally), before being laid off and allowing other citizens to work and get 401K rich as well. This way wealth and work are distributed. AFTER several generations when everyone has 401K, THEN will be the top level people be allowed to get more wealth, but even then only at a reasonable limit which as proposed by ‘Capitalism with Socialist Limits” 5,000 times 401K (thats 20 million btw).

At a population of 48 million, I am certain that ALL Africans are millionaires in their own right if every person had an equal share in that diamond wealth alone much less the mineral wealth. Are there at least 10 carats of diamonds for each African? Are there at least 100 ounces of gold per African? IF Africa belongs to all Africans, then all Africans are entitled to an equal share of the wealth. WEALTH DISTRIBUTION should raise every African to a position of wealth, that diamond, gold or mineral wealth is EVERY AFRICAN’s after all. Land distribution should ensure every African has a home. This is WEALTH apartheid, even after racial apartheid has ended, those miners could free poor Africans from rich Africans, heck even import ‘foreign’ (white perhaps?) indentured labour to mine for them later on since African might well have far more than 10 carats of diamonds for every African!

Think clearly 99% Africans, and show countries like USA or even Russia that plutocrats and extreme wealth sequesterers already have enough wealth to change every African’s life forever by voting for 99% types who will write laws that distribute wealth equitably and disallow extreme sequestration. Perhaps 20 million limits? Russia would concur being the fatherland of Communism, equality for all not 1% holding everything. Vote for 99% types unaffiliated to extreme wealth plutocrats and unrelated to GLC interests only!

Then see below article for a reason to redistribute the wealth of several unwarranted and unjustified billionaires in Malaysia, a quasi apartheid and quasi fundo state . . .

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Najib to lead delegation to Apec meeting in Russia – Published: Tuesday September 4, 2012 MYT 8:09:00 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will lead the Malaysian delegation to the 20th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Economic Leaders Meeting in Russia on Sept 8 and 9.

The foreign ministry said in a statement here that Najib would be accompanied by wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, several Cabinet ministers and senior government officials.

The annual summit, themed ‘Integrate to Grow, Innovate to Prosper’, to be attended by heads of state and government from the 21-member economies, will be preceded by the 24th Apec Ministerial Meeting (AMM) on Sept 5 and 6, and Apec Senior Officials Meeting on Sept 2 and 3.

Najib, who is Finance Minister, would speak on wide-ranging issues, covering the liberalising trade and investment and expanding regional economic integration, strenghtening food security, establishing reliable supply chains and fostering innovative growth, the statement said.

The prime minister will also explore new and innovative ideas to further enhance cooperation among the 21 Apec member economies in these areas.

Najib is also scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with several Apec leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The outcome of the leaders’ meeting will be documented in a Joint Leaders’ Declaration while the 20th AMM outcome will be documented in the Joint Ministerial Statement.

Apec, a forum set up in 1989, for 21 Pacific Rim member economies to discuss issues on regional economic cooperation, trade and investment, accounts for 55 per cent of the world’s gross domestic product and 49 per cent of global trade.

Apec’s 21-member economies comprise Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, United States and Vietnam. – Bernama

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Najib is also scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with several Apec leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Note that if a Russian migrated to Malaysia, the APARTHEID currently affecting all non-Muslims and non-Malays would also be applied upon the migrant Russian. This means that all members of the BRICS and effectively 40% of the world’s population, if migrating to Malaysia would face 2nd class citizenships while if Malaysians migrate to the same countries Malaysians will not face 2nd class citizenships in turn! I hope that President Putin will raise this issue with Malaysia’s PM Najib and remind APEC that UN Human Rights are to be respected by all and that APARTHEID in Malaysia via the Bumiputra Special Privileges are against the spirit of the UN premise of equality among all mankind, and illegal because Malaysia is a signatory of the UNHCR as well the fact that Islam disallows something like Bumiputra APARTHEID.

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Nurses are being forced to clean toilets and mop hospital floors on top of their patient care duties, finds survey – – by Rob Preece PUBLISHED: 00:38 GMT, 4 September 2012 | UPDATED: 00:47 GMT, 4 September 2012

More than half of NHS nurses say cleaning services for their ward are inadequate
One in five say their trust has cut back on cleaning in the last year

Nurses looking after patients in hospitals have also been forced to disinfect toilets and mop floors as hard-up NHS trusts cut spending on cleaning.

More than half of NHS nurses told researchers that they believed cleaning services for their ward were inadequate, with about a fifth saying their hospital trust had made cuts in the last year.

The survey of 1,000 nurses and health assistants revealed a third had cleaned toilets or mopped floors in the last 12 months.

Burden: A ward is deep-cleaned at the Royal Free Hospital in London. A survey suggests that NHS nurses across the country are having to carry out more and more cleaning tasks themselves

Some also reported having to clean corridors, computers, nursing stations and offices.

Two in five respondents said they had cleaned a bed area or single room vacated by a patient who was infectious.

Four in five said they had performed the same task following the discharge of a non-infectious patient.

Worryingly, almost three quarters of respondents said they had not been trained for such cleaning practices.

And 37 per cent of nurses admitted that their trust would make a bed available to patients even if it had not been cleaned properly.

The survey was conducted by the Nursing Times.

‘This is not about saying nurses are too posh to wash,’ the Royal College of Nursing’s adviser on infection prevention and control, Rose Gallagher, told the magazine.

‘Cleaning in hospitals is not the same as cleaning your own home.’

A new specification on cleaning in hospitals was published last year by the Department of Health, National Patient Safety Agency and the British Standards Institution.

Scaled back: About a fifth of nurses said their hospital trust had made cuts to cleaning services in the last year

However, the new guidelines did not specify the appropriate cleaning duties for nurses, the magazine reported.

Tracey Cooper, president of the Infection Prevention Society, said: ‘Nurses are the guardians of the standards of their wards.

‘Cleaning has always been an integral part of what nurses do.

‘The risk comes when there is a lack of clarity about process and who is responsible because then you get things that nobody cleans.’

Andrew Jones, president of the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals, said it was ‘inevitable’ that nurses would end up doing some cleaning of patient areas during out-of-hour periods.

But he said that the best practice for hospital wards was to have a dedicated cleaner.

‘When that happens we get better cleanliness standards and a better motivated workforce,’ Mr Jones said. ‘Some of the responses would suggest that’s not the case as often as we would want.’

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Suggest that 5% of salary be docked from every 10 nurses monthly to hire a menial worker so that nurses don’t get surly for having to do menial work then take out their irritation on the patients and doctors. In smaller clinics of at least 5 nurses, 10% could be deducted for the same purpose. Nurses are mid level technicians, are NOT menials and would prefer to lose 5% to 10% of salary for never ever having to do menial work again. Did I get this solution right nurses?

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Self-driving ‘robot’ cars to take on California asphalt – Published: 03 September, 2012, 04:20

The California state legislature has passed a bill approving Google’s self-driving cars this week, allowing autonomous vehicles to be operated on state roads – including highways.

­The bill, known as SB 1298, allows these “robot” cars to be tested on California’s roads and outlines rules and standards for the driverless vehicles. The bill passed the State Assembly, with a vote of 74-2, and the Senate unanimously.

The bill allows the self-driving cars onto the state’s roads for testing purposes only. Drivers must have the option to manually take control of the vehicle.

The new legislation will also require the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to form and adopt new standards for the innovative vehicles by 2015. If signed into law by the governor, California will be the second state to allow the driverless cars on its roads. Nevada set up its own standards in February, and requires that the cars keep red license plates and actual humans sitting in them.

Google has been testing its autonomous cars for years. The corporation has already logged over 300,000 miles without an accident while the car was controlled solely by its computer. Google recently announced that its self-driving cars could be ready for public use in less than 10 years. Ford recently argued consumers can expect to see such cars on the market by 2017.

“It sounds space age, but it’s almost here,” California State Senator Alex Padilla, who authored the bill, said, as quoted by the San Jose Mercury News. “If we can reduce the number of accidents, that alone is worth doing this bill.”

Google has only had one accident involving its autonomous vehicles – but it had been controlled by a human at the time of the accident.

“Through the use of computers, sensors and other systems, an autonomous vehicle is capable of analyzing the driving environment more quickly and operating the vehicle more safely,” Padilla said when he introduced SB 1298. “Autonomous vehicles have the potential to significantly reduce traffic fatalities and improve safety on our roads and highways.”

Two years ago, Google successfully tested its driverless cars on the famous Lombard Street hill, which is one of America’s steepest and curviest streets.

But Google is not the only company working on the new technology. BMW and Audi are also developing self-driving car prototypes, and Cadillac said it hopes to include a “Super Cruise” function that allows its vehicles to automatically steer, break and center themselves in a lane.

While the cars may in many cases increase driving safety, there are also long-standing worries that the vehicle computer systems could crash and cause accidents. Some people have expressed concern over who would be responsible for autonomous car crashes – the manufacturer or the owner?

These issues are likely to be at the center of the debate as Google continues to test its vehicles in California and Nevada.

“It’s not far away that many of us will be driving autonomous vehicles,” said Dan Gage of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. “We’re moving in that direction. That fully autonomous car of the future is not that far away.”

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Armour those cars with steel plates, mount with weapons like grenade launchers and machine guns, and send 75 million of the modified clunkers to Iran. Park one outside each Iranian home or a thousand outside any military base. USA might yet win via technology. But the window to act might be closing once Iran has the electronic counter measures . . . would make history in the mode of conquest or combat meanwhile. The first remote controlled war . . . Self drive cars remote controlled via satellite from your teen kid’s home (USA doesnt have 75 million soldiers now do they? Use those online gamers to control the cars then!).

If Israel has enough conventional missiles (no pollutive nukes, irradiation will destroy Israel as well if nukes are used) to carpet bomb every single military base or facility in Iran at once, winning might also be possible.

But the civilian population retaliating might be the factor that still puts Israel’s lights out. Barely 3? million Israeli soldiers out of 10 million or less population, cannot handle a wave of 15+ (if not 30% of Iran’s population – able bodied persons not counting women and children) million angry Iranian ‘terrorists’. What about Iraq? USA can’t even control Iraq. So what attacking Iran going to do to the US economy?

ARTICLE 9

US scales down military exercise with Israel: Report – AFP | Sep 2, 2012, 02.00AM IST

WASHINGTON: The United States has significantly scaled down a planned joint military exercise with Israel most likely because of disagreements on how to deal with Iran’s nuclear ambitions, Time magazine has reported on its website.

Citing “well-placed sources in both countries”, the magazine said Washington was slashing by more than two-thirds the number of US troops going to Israel, and reducing the number and potency of missile interception systems that will be used in the exercise dubbed Austere Challenge 12, which is scheduled for October.

Instead of approximately 5,000 US troops, the Pentagon will send between 1,200 and 1,500. Patriot anti-missile systems will arrive in Israel as planned, but the crews to operate them will not, according to the report.

Instead of two Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense warships, the new plan calls for sending just one, and even the remaining vessel is listed as a “maybe”, the report said.

Basically what the Americans are saying is, “We don’t trust you,” a senior Israeli military official is quoted by Time as saying.

Time said the official explanation was budget restrictions.

But the reductions coincided with growing tensions between the administrations of President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Israel’s threats to launch an airstrike on Iran over its nuclear programme.

Israeli officials quoted in the country’s media later today insisted the Pentagon’s decision had nothing to do with any differences between Obama and Netanyahu over Iran.

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USA has a strategic overview and inside knowledge on US finances. This is not a trust issue but making a strong message. This is not the time to fight Iran. How about consolidating Iraq first?

If the people of USA would even want to . . . put weapons into the hands of the young and old then send everyone in USA on a one way ticket (and 1 month of rations?) to butcher (forget about occupation, impossible when 75 million suicide bombers could be ready to destroy any occupation – think Green Zone Iraq, impossible . . . ) everyone in the Middle East. 300 million ‘citizen troops’ should put paid to every ‘terrorist country’ with lots of spares for a MadMax style occupation afterwards, and is also a good way to handle the over-population problem. Alternatively send just 30 million armed US citizens to Iraq and consolidate THE WHOLE OF Iraq into a Green Zone . . . AGAIN. Remember though for the 1st option, that Russia and China will be in a position to twist the USA’s arms for the next few decades if not outright invade the USA . . . so does the USA dare to want to abolish the 2nd Amendment? An armed populace is impossible to control and invade.

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China’s strategic missiles realize mobile launch (People’s Daily Online) 08:17, August 31, 2012

As the high-tech unit of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the Second Artillery Corps (SAC) has fully completed the transition from “troops in the mountains” to “troops on the wheel” over the past 10 years. The wide use of solid fuel and vehicle-mounted missile launchers for both conventional and nuclear ballistic missiles has greatly improved the SAC’s mobility, and thus increased its ability to deal with satellite reconnaissance.

Established on July 1, 1966, the SAC comprises the ground-to-ground strategic nuclear missile forces, conventional operational-tactical missile forces, and support units. Its mobility and strike range has increased steadily.

China’s strategic missiles have grown from a single model to a big family of various short-range, medium-range, long-range, and intercontinental missiles. In addition, the wide use of solid fuel has made its conventional and nuclear ballistic missiles smaller and lighter.

At smaller sizes, China’s missiles have become more powerful, more accurate, and faster. Missile forces are always a focus of other countries’ satellite reconnaissance, and mobile launch is an effective way to deal with such reconnaissance and escape possible attacks.

The SAC, China’s strategic missile forces, has greatly improved its precision strike capacity over the past decade. At present, all of its missiles can be launched by vehicle-mounted launchers, making it possible to conduct strikes in all terrains, all directions, and all weathers. The SAC’s First Conventional Missile Brigade, which was established 19 years ago, has launched missiles more than 100 times, and never missed its targets. According to the PLA Pictorial, the First Conventional Missile Brigade using China’s independently developed new-generation missiles comprehensively beat another brigade using one of the world’s most advanced air-defense missiles in a recent military drill simulating the interception of ballistic missiles by air-defense missiles. Last year, the SAC’s first all-female unit made its debut on a plateau, where 35 female artillerists launched missiles that all hit their targets.

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Not a single nuke used? Possible. So if China fills those missiles with ‘knockout gas’, fires those missiles at ALL military bases and major cities in targeted countries, THEN scram-jets tanks and troops (perhaps robotic?) abroad to occupy those countries en masse, all countries targeted would awaken in a few hours to a Chinese jack boot (armed with tranquiliser darts?) standing over them. Hear this Japan? So please stop harrassing China over sovereign territory. Barring bunkers or other fortified positions that must be hit with missiles or artillery, China could take out the whole of Japan without killing a single soul. Any other nations on the offense or involved in offensive actions against Chinese, please correct yourselves.

Orbital bombardment could replace nukes anytime, so civvies won’t need to worry about fallout issues from the more advanced nations. Hear that nuke armed nations? Either use conventionals or use orbital bombardment paradigms. Nukes are radioactive and everyone loses, nothing to occupy or win afterwards, radioactive fallout destroys everything by making everything irradiated . . .

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Capital chomps $16m in shark fins every day – By Deng Jingyin (Global Times) – 09:19, September 06, 2012

Shark fins in a display case at the entrance to a restaurant in Sanyuanqiao, Chaoyang district in March. (Global Times/Guo Yingguang)

Beijing has been revealed as the biggest market for shark fin in China, where at least 100 million yuan ($16 million) is spent on the consumption of this traditional Chinese delicacy daily, according to the China Economic Weekly.

It reported that daily consumption in Beijing is about 7,500 kilograms and the price for a bowl of shark fin soup can reach 1,800 yuan in some luxury hotels.

“I don’t think shark fin dishes are too delicious to give up, but you know, it’s like a symbol standing for sincerity and identity. My guests will know they are important to me if I order shark fin or Maotai, the best-known alcohol in China, for them,” said a businessman surnamed Chen from Shanxi Province, who runs a real estate company.

According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, about 73 million sharks are killed each year for their fins and half of them are sold to Hong Kong.

Although the campaign to reject shark fin consumption is gaining traction in China, it has not put a chill into the shark fin market in Beijing, the China Economic Weekly report said.

Liufu Shark Fin Restaurant in Beijing Financial Street in Xicheng district told the Global Times shark fin is the specialty of their restaurant, which attracts many customers every day.

“The price for a bowl of shark fin soup in our restaurant ranges from 128 to 1,200 yuan,” said an employee working at the restaurant.

Wang Xue, from Beijing-based environmental NGO Green Beagle who is responsible for its “China Zero Shark Fin,” project said that a survey it conducted at the end of 2011 shows that over 99 percent of the 131 four and five-star hotels in Beijing still sold shark fin, and only one refused to provide the dish.

“Although the situation seems better now, after some enterprises and hotels banned shark fins, these dishes are still popular in China, which is the biggest global market for the fins. I think the figure of 100 million yuan daily is not an exaggeration,” Wang said.

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A quota and price rise based on required limits to fishing must be applied for a decade or few for fish and shark numbers to repopulate. Eventually they could apply ‘natural death’ fishing paradigm when numbers are so great that enough sharks die naturally (probably will need GPS locators so that the fishermen can pick up the carcasses and those massive 200+ year old fins!). Meanwhile all sharks for now could have protected zones (ASEAN territorial trouble-makers, this is not about freedom of navigation but protection of wildlife . . . ) for repopulating after which quota can be raised accordingly so that populations increase rather than decrease.

ARTICLE 12

Opinion: Anti-slavery law needs saving –  August 31st, 2012 709:54 AM ET

Editor’s note: Jesse Eaves works as the senior policy adviser for child protection with World Vision, an international Christian humanitarian organization working in nearly 100 countries around the world. Mary C. Ellison currently serves as the director of policy for Polaris Project, a leading organization in the United States combating all forms of human trafficking and serving both U.S. citizens and foreign national victims, including men, women, and children. Together they are calling on U.S voters to make sure their senators pass a key anti-slavery bill.

With the upcoming elections, you can’t turn on the television without seeing a negative campaign ad or heated news segment giving Americans a glimpse of the political divisions that currently exist in our country.

While politicians argue over our future government, we lose sight of how the actions of our current government are impacting the lives of real people right now, like the millions of enslaved men, women and children in the U.S. and around the world at risk if Congress fails to pass the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act by the end of the year.

Track the bill’s progress

Human trafficking is “the recruitment, transport, transfer, harboring or receipt of a person by such means as threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, or fraud or deception for the purpose of exploitation.” But it also has another name: modern day slavery. There are now more slaves in the world today than any other time in human history.

Sadly, this is not an issue that’s unique to developing countries. It also happens right herein our own backyards.

Organizations like World Vision and Polaris Project work with trafficking survivors in the U.S. and abroad every day to help them regain what they have lost as a result of being trafficked.

Survivors come to us from across the globe, having been trafficked by spouses, by strangers, by employers and others all promising hope and a future to those in need.

Instead, these survivors have been beaten, insulted, demeaned and degraded, been forced into commercial sex or labor, worked in horrendous conditions for little or no pay, and with the constant fear that they themselves or others would be harmed or even killed.

Despite their brokenness, we daily see the resilience of the human spirit shine in the eyes of our survivors.

We have seen them graduate from English as a Second Language courses, get married, have children, find jobs, move into and make their own homes and have what we all want and need: the freedom to live their lives independently.

We are able to identify, assist, and humbly walk alongside these courageous survivors because the United States has created a framework to combat human trafficking that seeks to protect trafficking victims, prevent human trafficking and prosecute human traffickers – and it is called the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). Because of this law and those who work to use it each day, these survivors have found their way back to freedom and dignity.

Twelve years ago in 2000, a divided Congress came together to pass the landmark piece of legislation that is the cornerstone of all U.S. efforts to combat modern-day slavery in our country and around the world.

In 2003, 2005, and 2008 Congress unanimously passed the reauthorization. But on October 1, 2011, this important piece of legislation, the largest piece of human rights legislation in U.S. history, expired and – for the first time since its historic passage – Congress is at risk of failing to reauthorize the legislation by the end of its session.

If the bill isn’t reauthorized in September, we risk losing funding for 2013.

This failure threatens United States’ global leadership in the fight against modern-day slavery and jeopardizes the progress made over the last decade.

If Congress fails to reauthorize the TVPA by the end of the year, no one is certain of the impact on the 20 million people currently enslaved around the world.

This legislation benefits both survivors who participate in the programs created and funded by the TVPA and advocates who work daily to fight trafficking.

In the United States, TVPA-funded programs strengthen prevention of trafficking, fund taskforces across the country to protect victims and prosecute traffickers, and fund important tools such as the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline.

Internationally, anti-trafficking programs set-up awareness programs, strengthen community level protection networks, pass stronger laws, and provide better victims services.

Congress is setting a dangerous precedent for future reauthorizations and ending a signal to other countries that fighting modern-day slavery is not a priority for the United States.

This is dangerous, not because it fails to recognize modern-day slavery as an issue, but because it will affect the men, women, and children around the world and here at home that suffer from slavery and those committed to fighting it.

For the last 12 years we have been a leader in the fight against modern-day slavery. Countries abroad will watch the U.S. elections closely to determine our priorities.

Congress needs to send a clear message, that no matter the outcome of the election, ending modern-day slavery is still a priority for the United States.

As Americans, we have a role to play. According to the senators themselves, it is up to the people to use the power of their voices to put a stop to this.

This is your chance to make a difference in this fight, so if you believe it is wrong to enslave another human being, we urge you to join thousands of Americans across the country on September 4, 2012 for the National TVPRA Call-In Day. On that day, we will flood Senate offices with calls urging passage of the Senate bill.

This is not the time for political games and bickering, but a time to put aside what divides us and unite on an injustice we all know is wrong. We hope you’ll join us. Learn more and help spread the word at http://www.passTVPRAnow.org

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Limit the wealth of the plutocracy to 20 million and then use that collected ‘fat of the 1% people’ fund to free everyone including these supposed 10-30 million slaves. USA has not even cleaned up or finished Iraq either, so what about the debt slaves in USA? If the country belongs to everyone, then distribute all unused state land to the homeless and starving. Capitalism needs socialist limits on sequestration. And focusing on the issue of ending INTERNAL debt is as important as ending slavery. When 200 million debt slaves exist in the USA, talking about 20 million slaves elsewhere worldwide is just plain mockery.

You’d think an outfit like CNN or FB would want to do some good instead of drown voices of those who bother. End Apartheid in Malaysia!

Socialist Wealth Sequestration Limits on Capitalism (Controlled Capitalism instead of uncontrolled Capitalism)

a) Lack of free education? All persons holding above 2 billion needs their excess wealth to be ‘requisitioned’. State MUST limit fee charges to no more than 10-20% of salaries. (None allowed to hold more than 2 billion). From reports, people in USA cannot afford education . . .
b) Homelessness? All persons holding above 200 million needs their excess wealth to be ‘requisitioned’. State MUST re-distribute unused state land and stop all foreclosures on single home owners in debt. (Suggest that none allowed to hold more than 200 million) From reports, people in USA are homeless . . .
c) At civilisational war in a foreign land and losing the battle while running out of funds? All persons above 20 million needs their excess wealth to be ‘requisitioned’. State MUST retain 2nd Amendment laws to deal with terrorists etc.. (Suggest that none allowed to hold more than 2 million) From reports,  USA is losing . . .
d) Starvation? All persons holding above 2 million needs their excess wealth to be ‘requisitioned’.  State MUST create state owned staple food farms (brand name snacks, biscuits with cream filling or sprinkle and chocolate covered biscuits does doesn’t count) and distribution centres etc.. (Suggest that none allowed to hold more than 20 million) From reports, people in USA are actually going hungry . . .

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Iraq religious leaders send out the ‘fashion police’ to stop people dressing too Western – by Anna Edwards – PUBLISHED: 13:57 GMT, 3 September 2012 | UPDATED: 13:59 GMT, 3 September 2012

Young women are replacing shapeless cover-ups for tight-fitting skirts
Religious leaders say fashionable youngsters need to be reined in
Government say it’s a woman’s right to choose what she wears

A culture rift is threatening to split the young and old of Iraq as Western trends grow increasingly fashionable amongst the country’s youth.

Young women are replacing shapeless cover-ups that protect their modesty with ankle-baring skirts and tight blouses, while men strut around in tight clothes and fashionable haircuts.

But although the styles are the de rigueur to many Western countries, they appear shockingly brazen in conservative Iraq – and now religious leaders are trying to strip people of their fashionable dress.

The trends have prompted Islamic clerics in at least two Iraqi cities to mobilize the ‘fashion police’ in the name of protecting religious values.

Fashion forward: Iraqi women are starting to sport new trends as they shop at a women’s fashion store in Diwaniyah, 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq

Mayada Hamid, 32, wearing a pink leopard-print headscarf with jeans, a blue blouse and lots of sparkly eyeliner says she has encountered hostility from the police for her bold look: ‘I see the way they (police) look at me – they don’t like it.

‘It’s just suppression.’

The violations of old Iraqi norms have grown especially egregious, religious officials say, since the August 20 end of Ramadan, Islam’s holy month.

In the last two weeks, posters and banners have been hanging along the streets of Kazimiyah, sternly reminding women to wear an abaya – a long, loose black cloak that covers the body from shoulders to feet.

A similar warning came from Diwaniyah, a Shiite city about 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of the capital, where some posters have daubed a bright red X over pictures of women wearing pants.

Other banners praise women who keep their hair fully covered beneath a headscarf.
New look: Iraqi women, seen here shopping in Diwaniyah, are beginning to experiment with bold fashions – which have angered some clerks

Religious officials suspect young Iraqis have got carried away in celebrating the end of Ramadan and now need to be reined in.

‘We support personal freedoms, but there are places that have a special status,’ said Sheik Mazin Saadi, a Shiite cleric from Kazimiyah, home to the double gold-domed shrine that is one of Shiite Islam’s holiest sites.

He said the area’s residents lobbied Baghdad’s local government to ban unveiled women from walking around the neighborhood, including its sprawling open-air market that attracts people from across Iraq.

‘The women started to follow to this order,’ Saadi said.

But government leaders in Baghdad say they’ve issued no such ban and ordered some of the warning posters removed.

They have also championed a woman’s freedom to decide if she should cover her hair.

The rule ‘is only for the female visitors who go inside the shrine itself,’ said Sabar al-Saadi, chairman of the Baghdad provincial council’s legal committee. ‘We think that wearing a veil for women in Iraq is a personal decision.’

Muslim women generally wear headscarves or veils in public out of modesty, and female worshippers are required to wear an abaya or other loose robes in shrines and mosques.
New fashion front: Iraqi women, seen here at a market in Kazimiyah neighborhood, Bagdad,are beginning to defy religious leaders in their quest for a new look

But following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and the fall of dictator Saddam Hussein, Western styles have crept into Iraq’s fashion palate.

Tight-fitting clothing, stylish shoes and men’s edgy hairstyles have begun to be a familiar uniform for the young and some younger women have even begun to completely forgo the hijab, or headscarf.

Their parents and grandparents fear Western influence will smother Iraq’s centuries of culture and respect for religion.

Fadhil Jawad, 65, a gold seller near the Kazimiyah shrine, complained that foreign influences have infiltrated the country’s customs:

‘We as Iraqis do not respect our traditions.

‘Legs can be seen, there are low-cut shirts.

‘And all, very, very tight. I think these Iraqis who are wearing these things have come back from Syria, Dubai and Egypt.

‘They probably spent too much time in nightclubs. The families in Kazimiyah are conservative.

‘These young people – nobody can control them. They should be given freedoms, but they should know their limits.’

Several young adults strolling the Kazimiyah gold market on Sunday accused the religious class of trying to pull Iraq back to the dark ages, a sentiment that human rights activist Hana Adwar echoed.

‘It is an aggression on the rights of not only religious minorities, but also on secular Muslim women who do not want to wear veils,’ said Adwar, head of the Baghdad-based Iraqi Hope Association.

Men, too, have been targeted in the fashion flap: Edgy haircuts, tattoos and body piercings have angered religious authorities. But Hassan Mahdi, 22, said he does not care.

‘No, hell no, nobody can tell me what to do,’ said Mahdi, sporting a tight turquoise Adidas tracksuit and a fashionably untidy haricut at the Kazimiyah market.

So far, it appears, the fashion police have stopped short of taking any real steps.

Guards at two security checkpoints in Kazimiyah said they have not been ordered to stop daring dressers from entering the market, and 17-year-old Ali Sayeed Abdullah said his slicked-up ghairstyle didn’t prevent him from going into the shrine. ‘Nobody objected,’ he said. ‘But if there is a ban on this, I will change it,’ referring to his hairstyle.

But some women have been handed tissues at Kazimiyah checkpoints and told to wipe off their makeup before entering the market, said resident Hakima Mahdi, 59.

She said: ‘This is very good, it’s respect to the imam, respect to this holy place.’

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Target the upper classes not the lower classes. Upper classes should be disallowed. Lower classes can wear what they want because they are the outer society of sorts, much like airport/seaport cities as opposed to suburbs. And when the upper classes affirm culturally correct clothes are ‘upper class’, all those middle and lower classes who hope to someday be upper class will also follow suit. Muslims lack any understanding of reverse psychology don’t they? Finally upper classes are fewer in number and will be easier to control. The lower classes however have nothing to lose and this just provokes popular revolt and favouring of the West instead which can lead to angry mobs that topple oppressive fashion police.

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House of Lords staff banned from bantering with colleagues in case it is deemed offensive – by Chris Hastings and Peter Henn – PUBLISHED: 21:00 GMT, 1 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:00 GMT, 1 September 2012

New rules have been branded ‘Orwellian’
Staff told banter can ‘alienate’ and upset other staff

It prides itself on being the home of independent thought and robust free speech.

But now the House of Lords has been branded ‘Orwellian’ after it advised its staff to avoid office banter on the grounds that it can  be offensive.

Employees of the second chamber have been advised that even seemingly harmless chat can lead to other colleagues feeling left out and alienated.
Hundreds of staff have been told their banter could offend and alienate colleagues

Hundreds of staff have been told their banter could offend and alienate colleagues

The advice has been issued to hundreds of staff as part of a series of taxpayer-funded equality and diversity sessions on ‘cultural awareness’.

During the two-hour sessions, staff are told that the ‘golden rule’ of treat others as you would like to be treated has been replaced by the ‘platinum rule’ of treat others as they would like to be treated.

Participants are advised that individuals can be defined by their body size, place of birth and even their hobbies and interests just as much as by their race, gender or ethnicity.

It is therefore important to ‘see beyond’ a person’s membership of a particular group and to treat them all as individuals.

A subsequent section on ‘effective communication’ advises participants to ‘avoid banter’, ‘to allow  people to self-identify’ and ‘to make minority groups visible using inclusive terms’.

The new advice will see an end to banter between staff members in the second chamber of the House of Lords

Details of the House’s training programmes have been obtained by this newspaper under Freedom of Information laws. During the past 12 months, almost 300 House of Lords employees have been on equality and diversity courses at a cost to taxpayers of just over £18,000.

The House’s clampdown on banter has infuriated campaigners and writers, who insist it is part and parcel of office life. Chrissie Maher, founder of the Plain English Campaign, said: ‘I thought the House of Lords is  supposed to be a place where people can speak their minds.

‘I think it’s healthy to have banter and I don’t think it isolates people. People can always join in, and if they don’t want to take part they can always listen and learn.’

Australian novelist and avowed feminist Kathy Lette said: ‘The greatest thing about the English is your wit, and banter is your lifeblood.

‘British self-deprecation and love of wordplay is what sustained you through the Blitz. And now they want to ban banter in the workplace. Where are we suddenly? A Russian gulag? A sci-fi Orwellian nightmare of robotic people? Remove office banter and it will be a case of the bland leading the bland.’

No more of that: 89-year-old Baroness Trumpington reacts accordingly to a comment about her age from Lord King of Bridgewater last year

A ban on banter would be unsustainable on the floor of the House of Lords, where members delight in trading insults.

Last year, veteran Tory peer Baroness Trumpington, 89, was caught on camera giving a two-finger salute to Lord King after he made an unflattering reference to her age during a debate on war veterans.

Her gesture became an instant internet hit. In 2004, Lord Higgins accused former Pensions Minister Malcolm Wicks of being ‘generally confused’ during a discussion.

A spokesman for the House of Lords last night insisted that banter could be ‘misunderstood’ and ‘cause offence even where none was intended’.

She said: ‘The House of Lords values diversity and provides training to enable its staff to explore and understand issues, such as behaviour and language sensitivities, that may arise from working with a broad range of people.

‘It is important all staff are treated with dignity and respect, and we offer training to ensure this is the case.’

Diversity Dynamics, the company that provides the training sessions for the House of Lords, last night declined to comment.

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No such thing as ‘bantering with colleagues’. All communication especially at workplace is intended to create hierarchy by. This is not a bad move and increases professionalism IF not pointed or in a consciously inoffensive manner. Good work. Want to ‘banter’? Not with workmates, and that is also why ethics issues arise in relationships at the workplace which the more aware companies much less government disallows. Want to find a mate? Don’t look at the office, especially the ‘people answerable to’ government offices. If there is a genuine liking between staff, they will definitely get together outside of work in spite of professionalism issues.

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Teaching assistant ‘gave homeless men beer for babysitting her six-year-old daughter so she could satisfy manic sexual rage’ – by Laura Cox – PUBLISHED: 18:29 GMT, 31 August 2012 | UPDATED: 20:02 GMT, 31 August 2012

A teaching assistant was arrested on Tuesday after leaving her six-year-old daughter with a group of homeless people so that she could allegedly go and satisfy her ‘manic sexual rage’, by prostituting herself.

Laura Lee Kelly left the young girl with the strangers, in Evergreen Park, Mesa, Arizona. She asked them to babysit and handed them beers in return for their trouble, Fox News reported.

Kelly then went and had sex with two men, allegedly in exchange for cash.

Shocking: 43-year-old Laura Lee Kelly was charged with child abuse after leaving her daughter with strangers while she went to have sex

Abandoned by her mother with no water or cover from the heat the toddler was rescued four hours later after a concerned passerby called police.

Shocking: 43-year-old Laura Lee Kelly was charged with child abuse after leaving her daughter with strangers while she went to have sex

Abandoned by her mother with no water or cover from the heat the toddler was rescued four hours later after a concerned passerby called police.

She was removed from the care of her ‘babysitters’ and is now being looked after by other family members.

Police officers found Kelly sitting in a grassy area with a man who told them the 43-year-old had been ‘coming and going all afternoon and even asked him if he “wanted to (expletive)”‘.

Kelly was arrested, admitting that it was a ‘bad idea’ to leave her child with the strangers, especially having provided them with alcohol.

She said she ‘she felt a manic sexual rage inside of her which she cannot control and needed to have sex,’ according to court documents.
Cruel: Evergreen Park in Mesa, Arizona, where Kelly abandoned her child for four hours

One of the group given charge of the child, Maureen Wilson, told Abc15.com they bought gummy sweets for the child at a nearby store and were told by the clerk that Kelly ‘was prostituting in front of my store’.

A classroom teaching assistant she has been suspended from her role at Whitman Elementary School where she had worked since the spring.

She was charged with child abuse and has since been released from jail.

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Nice way to put that. Manic sexual rage . . . whoa thats the spirit! Do you know how rare that is in some places? Sickly and stricken lot compared . . . meanwhile release Laura with a warning. This is not a worthy case to imprison a woman who went hobby whoring to relax. Some sick people relax by abusing others. Some quite healthful, relax by f—king. Others relax by returning abuse that others pile on them and their friends. A rare few harbour grievances until the abusers are all in hell, or meet them in hell. But who’s going to look after Laura’s baby when Laura is not having sex and now in prison ON the taxpayer’s funds?

Laura should get those same family members to look after the kid instead of the general homeless, though the homeless could well do with the drinks. Laura’s spreading the wealth. Maybe the homeless, and women like Laura could be briefed on how to organise their time or what to do when needing to drop off their kids. Also RLDs are needed for every district area, as so long as there are adults, people will want to have sex. Laura while being rather disorganized and ad hoc about expensive babysitters, is having her human rights trampled on by not having a RLD zone to work from in her spare time and also potentially by not having some form of community creche (perhaps hospital creches or police stations could double up as a drop off, with time limit offenses being applied for children left too long or even overnight? (Careful mothers, vaccinations can and do occur illegally . . . ) where the children can be dropped off in a safe community area. Never looked at England as a place that lacked consideration for legislation or venue for the above even as women keep clamouring for breast feeding booths but entirely neglect the above . . . Laura, say hi to Chinchilla even though some of us may never visit Costa Rica . . . tick tick tick . . . teak teak teak . . . was someone talking to Benedict? Refusal to exspose pedo-priest sins results in ‘forked luck’ . . .

ARTICLE 16

Denunciation of ‘Cult Of Man’ Religions – posted by Father H., on 7th September 2012

Subsuming the 4 earlier astral forms . . . ‘since beginning of civilisation’ elder gods 20,000+ years back (Polytheism : Egyptian/Taoist/Hindu – think Agni and how Buddhism attempts to subsume the Fire God, makes an attack on Taoism which clearly states that hair is the gift of the Gods to Mankind by SHAVING monastic skinheads . . . ) DO NOT fight upstart Monotheists and Buddhists who are mere Anthropological gods unable to ensconce the ENTIRE Universe (about 4300+ and 2500 years for both, then the post 1500 AD wannabe Malays in Asia trying to NLP their way into Humanity’s Akhasic without understanding the spirit of the 3rd form of Monotheism or even ensuring the UN Charter is respected by ending APARTHEID of Bumiputra Special Privileges via Islam, daring even to manipulate the Avatars of the day . . . ) . . . we were here first, says the ones who know and took the elder path, cutting of hair is like CIRCUMCISION, and the LGBT movement looks quite like the reunity of Binary-Androgynous Spirit of Man where the Monotheists and Buddhists illegally bind the same into technology (cars, phones etc.) which will FAIL when the spirit is recalled in times of need . . . these above types are indulging in Spiritual Crimes and overstepping the authority ‘God’ has given them or that they have ‘earned’ to a point.

Cultists, Buddhist or Christian have a right to choose to be Cultists but do not have a right to force others to obey or follow their lifestyles via governmental laws, the psychiatric establishment, or spiritual techniques which are SPIRITUALLY ILLEGAL. Obey or suffer . . . the conglomeration of lost souls (aborted ‘Foetids’ or ‘Fetii’ alog with all those executed or harmed for being LGBT, driven underground in the male female legalistically dominant dichotomy world of social interaction is now intent on tearing the fabric of reality like the unnatural and miserable construct binary gender (which does not exist in any and all realities), is as much as a cult of Manform-Worship as a selfish failure compared to the multi-cognitive and universal faiths which had crocodiles (of which many are intersexed), insects, elements, of which man is a part and NOT dominant – until the rightful place of ALL creation is given proper place, every species or even ‘Gender-Type’  (M then F, the LGBTQ) lost is an indictment t6o the unsuitability of binary gender minded faiths to govern or administer (even as they do have a right to exist and retain their limiting proclivities) . . . GMO meanwhile is a war criminal action if anything which for certain offends Nature itself – we do not know what happens in the ether and astral when a GMO species is not properly labelled for consensual choice, even as Natural species could well be what keeps ‘Relity’ stable via ‘Spiritual Lineages’ unknowable to mere humans who can barely touch telekinesis and telepathy . . .

People are all linked so if you have some people PRAYING obsessively or compulsively from sheer lack of intelligence, you end up with as many people on the other side of the world or fence, becoming OCD or Autistic from the psychic ‘noise’. Prayers even in auditory silence are hence psychically OFFENSIVE to all free peoples of the world, much less the same blared from loudspeakers. If those clerics will not consider this and keep forcing their will on all and sundry via prayer, then when some people start targeting these groups, who is to call them crazy?

This is the reason why China bans psychically manipulative groups like Falungong . . . this is PSYCHIC ABUSE. And the rule should be SILENCE IS GOLDEN, not pray all the time loudly internally, or extrenally enhanced with loudspeakers. Not learning the language that the prayer is conducted in helps, BUT subconsciously the psychically sensitive get insanity causing GIBBERISH instead. So religionists, you claim to be so transcendant while ignoring the above? Stop abusing secular society with prayers that are non-consensually imposed. SHHHHHHH! Inside and outside you abusers of ‘Sacred Silence’ . . . psychic violence/noise is offensive! All that religious ‘sliding/planking’ and prostrating around on the floor does cause HARM to the seculars, causes traffic accidents, spontaneous combustions, murderous weather systems. So don’t!  Now time to get back to wine women and song . . .

Difference btn Overeaching Theravada and Limiting Mahayana

Theravada says enlightenment can be achieved in 1 life, encourages diligence. Mahayana says enlightenment can ONLY be achieved over many lives – in fact being 3-5 generations later ‘established’ and ‘recorded’, Mahayana is a bowlderised version of Theravada – that makes Mahayana in fact a religious FRANCHISE. Temple building par contractor enriching excellence, sales of paraphernalia, and con jobs BECAUSE the premise is am apathetic ‘since one cannot transcend in 1 life, might as well enjoy etc. . . . ‘ and indeed we see many well fed, and poorly read ‘monks’ in large SUVs and massive temples conning the public of donations in a materialist mindset of ‘since the monk is successful and so many people support them, they must be truly spiritual . . . ‘ in fact the MORE MATERIAL the ‘personality’ is, the LESS SPIRITUAL.

True spirituality seeks at very least longevity aand at most immortality, but to presume to sequester funds which should be circulating in society in luxurious buildings and fat bank accounts from lay people who need to work for a living (those who do not need to work are acceptable donors), is a sign of worship of the materialm, worship of money, an attempt at ‘stylized plurocracy’ (rich with ‘Monastic’ characteristics), as a priority instead of promoting better social values, righting wrongs in society by CHANGING BAD LAWS etc..

And some groups of monks in an establishment even parasite off not just the wealth of lay people, but the minds of others, especially the spiritually unwary or spiritually innocent with tantric (some sexual) methods, or psychiatric poisons that cause minds to be ‘open’ and ‘readable’. These are Evil aligned establishments and Evil aligned ‘monks’ (i.e. evil monks who encourage dramatic self immolations etc. rather than hard work which has no guarantee of allowing even a hermit’s life . . . overpopulated and too dense to be spiritual . . . one cannot be spiritual with the presence of the uncultivated masses around one . . . ).

Lay persons ‘joining’ a temple find that due to the ‘limited’ spaces, makes being part of tht particular group impossible. But they will certainly accept your money! Then there is the wealthy group that sets up their own monasteries and become their own abbots or abbesses ina  spiritual free for all while being QUITE uncultivated and VERY MATERIAL. In fact the decision to be a Buddist does not require a single cent, does not expect a cent, the tonsure being FREE for those who cannot afford to spend money and has no need (by Theravada) to be part of an order. What does happen in such cases though is groups of beggars huddled along the streets in monk robes instead of WORKING to create their own temples to house and feed more ‘lazy and apathetic persons’ (well a discerning would be ‘Abbot’ could see who is real or not if the Aboot is even real to begin with) or off society via the ‘pity’ factor.

A real monk in context and in sync with the realites of today, would work and pay for their own living, monastic life is a LUXURY in these overpopulated conditions and the only real monk is a . . . monk who will be self funded. Religion is a luxury for the insular, there are no more forests to support hermits calling themselves monks. Would-be monks COULD work to own a patch of forest to experience what Buddha did but nothing else more. Anything else more is MATERIAL WORSHIP and worship of plutocracy. The most monastic thing to do would be to :

(i) redistribute state land and extreme levls of wealth holders’ wealth equally and
(ii) run for politics to abolish taxes (then leave after 2 terms) and
(iii) abolish all toll fees and ALL taxes to the poor (perhaps 2000 and below earners? . . . the middle class ENDS at 100K a year Romney, not begins at 200K a year . . . ) for freedom of movement (why punish simply because one owns a car? but for the wealthy that becomes wealth distribution instead)

;so that no more dependency or daylight robbery could be imposed on anyone, but like so many religious governments posing as religious, the state land remains fallow and sequestered instead of providing home and food to the homeless causing immense suffering, the taxes remain for those who cannot afford taxes, the toll booths remain preventing freedom of travel etc., technology that makes life easy to enrich Capitalists via Consumerism (to the benefit of the plutocracy) is withheld etc..

Who is a real spiritualist? The one who has logic to understand the above posted FACTS and tries to act and expose the flaws of society even at risk to life and spiritual health? Or the one who runs around talking nonsense in platitudinous ‘sermons’, driving in oversized fuel guzzler 4WDs and going to the tastiest foodie vegetarian cuisine restaurants (instead of eating as bland as possible to ‘not indulge the sense of taste and smell’ to train discipline) while looking wise, while watching others who could make a difference suffer and collecting money from people who cannot even retire?

As for the 99%ters, remember that religion is a luxury, if you cannot even retire, forget about spending money on paraphernalia or ‘donations’ and study the free texts on your faith of choice and live that religious life instead, consumerism of paraphernalia is MATERIALITY not spirituality . . .

Finally, a single temple fund could support 100-1000 poor for a lifetime or develop a meat growing lab so that the spiritual sin of killing will not fall on those seculars with no access. 100 monks being FED in a temple could support as many poor who could pledge to feed another poor person so instead of becoming a burden or drain on society, all monks could be contributors instead by WORKING to feed the poorest with basic staples for example (nothing fancy, just plain stuff) blue ocean style, not red ocean style. And most monasteries and monks are RED OCEAN humanity with too many part of the unaccountable wealth sequestration system, except they hide behind a wall of human flesh and robes, and the ethos of spiritual hierarchy . . . the odd greenie movement type picking up rubbish does more than a monk lounging around in marble clad halls does. Religion is indulgence that burdens society if not self funded, being dependent on the funds and ‘spiritual neediness’ of others.

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Theocracy is always harmful whatever religion, and the way some of these ‘monks’ are behaving is quite authoritarian, being so uneducated and stagnated and such know-alls, refusing to accept the world in all the experiences and colour to be narrow and even fundamentalistic enough to self immolate . . . one needs no evidence to affirm the poor psychological state of monks or any extreme immersion faith types. They may be good at denying themselves and others, but are no joy to be around and suck the life out of the societies they live in and manipulate people negatively, with stagnating fundamentalism etc., while never doing a day of honest work, never laying a brick, never tilling the land, just whiling away precious time and life mumbling tonal-tantric-occult-scriptures uninvited against the unsuspecting, and polluting the general environment with psychic noise, extremism, apathy, sloth and manipulating reality around them in a manner most disrespectful to those of any divinity innate.

They fail to see that others live and love differently and want to manipulate all and sundry into their dull, shaven, vegetarian conformity which vicious governments find easy to control (one other reason why monks are well loved and supported by the state, the apathy and self centered/self continuing nature which only proselytizes to no end is ideal for absolutist governments of any form) . . .

The world and the wealth and bounty (that means all mineral and oil wealth which should not be sequestered by a handful of individuals) of the world, belongs EQUALLY to all mankind who should not overpopulate and ensure spaces to all fellow men via ALL ENCOMPASSING LEGISLATION with sufficient opt out clauses (not dis-enfranchisment, not theocracy, and/or narrow communalism or apartheid) for any and all diverse expressions of self and individuality. Perhaps these ‘fundo’ types can act as a core preserve of native racial natures, a living museum of a nation’s past to fall back on in times of war to learn how to be fundo from, but nothing else.

This is the post millenial generation, live and let live, share the wealth and unused land not sequester via idiotic state land laws or uncontrolled Capitalist paradigms which Marx carried to the lowest denominator form (I propose a 20 million limit instead, rich enough but not sequestering so much that the number is mind boggling), and leave everyone not of one’s favourite group alone. Religion is about PEACE and self seeking NOT disrespectful or sneakiy proselytizing, converting others or use as a weapon of manipulation for political or personal power.

Whats owed must be returned, whats bet and lost must be given up accordingly. That is civilisation. Response with spiritual violence after losing and refusing to pay up is barbarism, think Bamiyan Buddhas and Muslims, what would Buddha do in this case? Kill Muslims? Destroy back their statues? Islam has none. But spiritual violence that kills autonomy is against all principles of civilisation after all, move to civilised lands and places and let other barbarians handle the barbaric because that is the only thing they need to live off – love of strife and love of retaliation . . .

ARTICLE 17

Fiat : How fiat being replaced by PMs could work :

As the mines dig more for issuance of currency or the state acquires gold from jewellery for conversion into coin, the value of Precious Metals will fall, the grammage of the coins will increase.

Once enough has been mined, Precious Metals will fall in value to perhaps an ounce = 100 levels BUT much safer! Meanwhile to prevent abuse of the system, manufacturers and miners will need to be monitored by governments with watchdog citizen bodies, as fiat has been abused no end causing inflation. Unlike fiat paper, Precious Metals cannot be issued at leisure to cronies etc. and be unaccounted for.

To ensure further safety, Cowries or sea shells of sufficiently rare type could be used as well to further prevent uncontrolled replication of currency like fiat printed without accountability as of now. The breeding grounds for seashells or cowries can be considered a natural a form of mint which can be guarded as a mint. Criminals would hence have no way to replicate currency (much like fiat is printed) unless they have access to breeding areas of cowries, access to mines and PMs (already protected), and manufacturing facilities which are the easiest to obtain. Local insignia could adorn local PM currency, which could incorporate sea shells. Conversely, the PMs could be done away with entirely and only seashells used.

All Precious Metals will increase in value for a while due to insufficient amounts but fiat can be exchanged by the gram instead.
Smaller weightage for coinage should be applied. Standards or charts will need to be drawn up as in example below :

1 Gram Coin of Osmium (Purple Gold Plated?) = 100 1 Gram Coins of Gold
1 Gram Coin of Gold = 100 1 Gram Coins of Silver
1 Gram Coin of Silver = 100 1 Gram Coins of Copper

3 Gram of Silver = 1 low end room daily
1 Gram of Silver = 1 single low end meal
x 3 per category up (low end, middle quality, upper quality)

Osmium is proposed as the most valuable coin because of density and rarity, nothing else. ‘Purple Gold’ coating is to make for easier distinction. what is so great about PMs as opposed to paper fiat? Governments cannot print whatever they want and cause inflation and wealth gaps, with electronic currency like ‘BitCoin’ being even worse, having no physical form like fiat at least does though fiat is a piece of paper wit lots of zeros, meaning $1 costs the same to ‘print’ as $1000 . . . PM’s however cannot be printed. We all know that the mint is off limits to the 99% and that cronies can get a stack of fiat if they really need to, leading to control by a false plutocracy based on fiat printing.

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ARTICLE 1

Japan ‘Cove’ town plans dolphin park – May 02, 2012

Taiji, Japan plans to open a marine safari park. – shutterstock.com
TOKYO, May 2 – The dolphin-hunting Japanese town of Taiji, made infamous by the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove”, plans to open a marine mammal park where visitors can swim with the creatures, a media report said.

The town intends to section off part of the cove and turn it into a place where people can swim and kayak alongside small whales and dolphins, Jiji Press news agency reported, calling it “a marine safari park.”

The cove is the scene of an annual slaughter when the fishermen of Taiji corral dolphins, select a few dozen for sale to aquariums and marine parks, and stab the rest to death for meat, turning the sea red.

The 2009 film “The Cove” brought Taiji to worldwide attention, winning an Oscar the following year, after showing the bloody slaughter. Activists continue to visit the town to protest the hunt.

Taiji, in western Wakayama prefecture, aims to officially launch the project within five years after negotiating with the prefectural government, which manages the bay, and with pearl farmers operating there, Jiji reported.

The plan, compiled by a panel of residents, calls for the creation of “a whale park” stretching roughly 28 hectares (69 acres) by putting up a net at the entrance to Moriura Bay in northwestern Taiji, it said.

Black whales and bottlenose dolphins caught in waters near the town would be released into the pool, which would be developed as a nature park that also includes beaches and mudflats, it said.

“We want to send out the message that the town is living together with whales,” Taiji Mayor Kazutaka Sangen, was quoted as saying.

The local government will also study whether it is possible to raise large whales there, the agency said, adding it intends to use the park for therapy and ecological research.

The town caught 928 dolphins in 2011, according to Wakayama prefecture.

A town official, who declined to be named, said by telephone that the town “is no way going to stop” its annual dolphin hunt, adding local residents see no contradiction in both watching and eating dolphins. – AFP

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Hateful. Much like the Nomadic Tuareg of North Africa, or the Mongols and early nomadic era Khitans of East Asia, whales are NOMADIC. Whales travel 1000s of miles along the Earth’s ‘energy’ routes and ley lines, enclosing them in this tiny ‘park’ will be the death of them. They will suffer and feel the call to migrate and pine away in illness eventually no matter how ‘kind’ the Japanese are to them. This is a terrible idea and instead I advocate a small fleet of ‘anti-whalers’ (or cruise ships trailing known routes) that should instead accompany the great animals and the dolphin pods on their migrations (at a distance not to disturb them) to protect them as well as truly experience ‘whale lifestyle’, not trapping the pelagic and migratory animals from their natural patterns.

Worse still where the slaughter of so many occurred, the spirits of the dead whales would doubtless be present and thus upset the sensitive animals who could who knows well ‘see’ the deceased. Shame on you Japanese. To think the Japanese claim to study ‘Shinto’ and ‘Ki’ and what not b.s.. How could the Japanese behave like this? Would a Japanese who knew their grandparents were murdered in a certain place want to stay there? This is somewhat worse than saying that ‘Nanjing’ did not happen or that all, (I stress all – probably less than 10% who were that lasvicious or already in the sex work field), ‘Comfort Women’ (who still have not received apology or compensation – print some fiat why don’ the Japanese, bits of paper to allow some aged women who suffered the brutality of Japanese soldiers is no effort at all to the Japs and even then the sincereity would be in doubt, at least they had a chance to enjoy life abit though reparations never can count for what those who were not consensual lost . . . ) were consensual.

ARTICLE 2

Dog and cat meat consumption in Asia

In China and Korea enormous amounts of Dog –and Cat meat are being consumed.

Also in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and Myanmar (former Soviet Union) dogs and cats are being used as food, but the consumption is a bit lower over there. Dog and Cat meat is an old cuisine. The assertion that it is a part of the traditional kitchen is nothing less than a publicity stunt of the food producing cartels. Dogs and Cats are simply an easy and inexpensive food source. In a lot of Asian countries the slaughtering of dogs and cats is practiced since time immemorial and will continue. Cats are mainly consumed in China, Korea and parts of Indonesia.

The estimated numbers of dogs that are used for consumption in 2008 lay between 13 and 16 million (source: Animal People); for Cats the numbers were about 4 million.
Dog meat is highly popular in non-Westernized conoisseurs in Hong Kong, South Korea, and the Philippines. Despite the popularity, the numbers of slaughtered dogs grow very little each year as these groups tend to be quite elite and do not mix with the Westerners.

The Dogs and Cats are purposely gruesomely mistreated before slaughter as the belief is that the suffering of the animals makes the meat taste better. Mistreatment is not intended, the killing methods are very painful. Sources in China reveal that Dogs and Cats are being stabbed in the neck, thrown in boiling water or electrocuted, hanged or beaten on the head with a plank while still conscious. There are a few contradicting myths about Dog meat.

In the summer Koreans eat Dog meat to cool themselves. In China they eat Dog meat to stay warm…

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Outlets where cooked dog or cat meat are purposely gruesomely mistreated before slaughter, should be boycotted entirely. Though finding out which of these practice the bad method of culling is another issue. Conversely do remember that those who do treat the animals as other domesticated livestock are treated and culled, should be allowed to continue.

Of course, those with the cash and access to technology for growing meat OF ANY KIND should begin initiatives so that these issues will not plague us. Or better yet, find ways to enable human beings to get energy and nutrition without eating at all! This again must be consensually applied to informed persons, one may not want to give up eating simply because the sense of life eating brings but that would mean a cyberneticisation of the person eventually, a NON-ORGANIC GMO type immortality and a lack of reason to procreate.

Maybe applicable after a few decades of normal organic life and then an option to procreate, age and die or to be turned into a machine? But the ‘humanity’ is lost and that is more precious than existence so only a few particularly insensitive types would opt for that. The rest though would still opt for the organic method, or die trying.

ARTICLE 3

Brazil’s secret fiscal weapon — the tax ‘lion’ – May 08, 2012

BRASILIA, May 8 — In Brazil, groups of armed agents fly around the country by helicopter, pounding on doors and instilling fear in the hearts of those who break the law.

They’re not the police — they’re from the tax agency.

The Federal Revenue Service, which has gained global renown for its tough and creative tactics, will be one of the most important keys to Brazil’s economic prospects in 2012.

President Dilma Rousseff (picture) is counting on the agency’s tax-collecting prowess to help her government meet ambitious budget targets without smothering the country’s suddenly brittle economy.

The agency, known as “The Lion” for its official emblem as well as its ferocious pursuit of tax dodgers, deploys everything from gun-toting operatives to meters on beer kegs in breweries to ensure that individuals and companies fully declare, and pay, their share to the government.

Recent operations have had names like “Black Panther” and “Delta” that are usually more associated with army special forces. The agency even uses helicopters to size up millionaires’ homes and make sure they are consistent with their tax returns.

No one is immune: Rousseff herself briefly came under scrutiny in 2009, when she was a minister in the previous government, because of what she said was an innocent mistake on her tax return.

The agency’s methods, as well as high and extremely complex taxes, have prompted grumbling among some Brazilians. They point to woeful infrastructure, education and other decrepit public services and say they are not getting nearly enough in return for the cash they contribute.

But others express admiration for a rare success story of tax collection in Latin America, a region where evasion often rivals football as a favourite pastime.

“When it comes to collecting taxes, Brazilians are really good. They are probably some of the best in the world,” said Italo Lombardi, an analyst with Standard Chartered in New York.

Rousseff will need every bit of the agency’s skill in what is proving to be a surprisingly tough year for Brazil’s economy.

Her government has committed to a key budget goal known as the primary budget surplus — revenues minus expenditures except debt payments — of about 139 billion reais (RM216 billion) this year.

The target is closely watched by investors as a sign of whether the government is pumping too much money into the economy. Falling short of the target could signal higher inflation, which in turn could jeopardise Rousseff’s entire agenda, including her drive to lower interest rates.

There are two ways to balance a budget, of course, and Rousseff can meet the target in part by limiting spending. But officials say she is wary of cutting too much, for fear of causing damage to an economy that has been stagnant since the middle of last year. In fact, Rousseff has announced some new tax cuts to try to revive activity.

That means that the burden of hitting the budget goal will depend primarily on another stellar performance by the Federal Revenue Service, which managed to increase tax collection by 10.1 per cent last year, when the economy grew just 2.7 per cent.

So far, so good. In the first three months of the year, the government was able to save nearly a third of its primary surplus target for the year. Tax revenues rose more than 7 per cent compared to the same period in 2011.

One of the secrets behind such performance, officials say, is the agency’s willingness to ignore social status and political connections in a country where both often grant the elite a degree of protection in courts and elsewhere.

In April, local media reported that police seized a sports car owned by Luis Fabiano — a football star for the popular Sao Paulo club. Fabiano, a former member of Brazil’s national team, denied the authorities’ allegation that he had failed to pay taxes on the Audi, which is worth nearly half a million reais.

“The role of the tax authority is to let taxpayers know that we are keeping an eye on them and that they should do the right thing,” Caio Candido, the agency’s undersecretary for inspection, said in an interview.

The agents themselves also have a good record of doing the right thing. Corruption cases are few and far between, a sharp contrast with the deluge of charges against officials in the police and other public institutions.

Officials from Chile, Tanzania and even China have come to Brazil to study what makes the agency so effective.

Several Latin American countries such as Mexico and Paraguay are believed to lose as much as half of potential tax revenues to evasion and lax enforcement. By contrast, evasion in Brazil is thought to be around 16 per cent of potential income, according to the Tax Planning Institute, a private Brazil-based group.

That rate is high when compared to some northern European countries, experts say, but much better than that of many emerging market peers.

Average tax evasion in Brazil from 2000-2009 was below that of China, India, Russia and South Africa — Brazil’s fellow members of the BRICS group of large emerging markets — according to data from Global Financial Integrity, a Washington-based research group that advocates financial transparency.

More than 25 million Brazilians declare income tax. That is less than a quarter of the economically active population because most Brazilians make less than the US$8,300 (RM24,900)  a year, the level at which people have to start paying income tax.

The high-profile cases involving individuals grab the headlines, but the biggest money comes from closely monitoring companies, which make up more than half of Brazil’s tax revenue.

Here, technology and manpower play large roles. Teams of accountants and legal experts are deployed to monitor the books of companies year-round. Everardo Maciel, who helped modernise the tax agency in the 1990s, said the authority was one of the first in the world to fully embrace the Internet as a tool.

The agency has about 12,000 agents across Brazil and their tasks range from monitoring the tax receipts of millionaires to hunting for the smugglers of everything from cocaine to Chinese toys along its border.

The government has also managed to instil habits among Brazilians that help prevent evasion.

Cashiers at supermarkets and other retail outlets in big Brazilian cities constantly ask their customers: “Do you want your CPF on the receipt?” By consenting to enter their CPF, which is a personal tax identification number, consumers get a tax refund — and the government gets data that allows officials to better track a company’s sales.

Such measures helped the government demand a record 109 billion reais in unpaid taxes from individuals and companies last year. Some of those accused of underpaying are global giants like iron-ore miner Vale, which is partly owned by the government.

Most tax cases take years to be resolved in courts, but the tax agency was able to secure about 18 billion reais in back payments last year alone.

Some Brazilians see a less virtuous explanation for the tax agency’s efficiency — what they describe as their government’s all but insatiable appetite for money.

Tax revenues equal to about 35 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product, well above emerging-market peers and more in line with European countries. But the services offered in return are hardly Europe-like, as Brazil’s roads, schools and police remain under-resourced even by Latin American standards.

Sixty-five per cent of Brazilians disapprove of the government’s tax policies, according to a CNI-Ibope poll released in April. Brazilian vent their anger on websites with names that, translated into English, mean “timetoact.com” or “bigtaxholiday.com.”

“Tax collection in this country is very high, but why is the application of that money not as efficient as collection?” said Gilberto Luiz do Amaral, head of studies at the Tax Planning Institute.

Amaral is the creator of the “taxmeter,” a website with real-time projections on how much the government is collecting, juxtaposed with headlines like “This could buy six million ambulances.”

Taxes are not only high but complex. Brazil ranks 150th out of 183 countries in terms of ease of paying taxes, according to the World Bank’s Doing Business ranking. It takes nearly seven times longer for companies to prepare their taxes in Brazil than the average elsewhere in Latin America, the bank says.

The marginal tax rate for companies in Brazil averages about 34 per cent. Business owners often complain they are charged twice and sometimes even three times the same tax by municipalities and states.

Tax laws are complicated and fast-changing. Private lawyers estimate a new tax rule is created about every seven weeks.

Rousseff says she gets the message. She has vowed to improve the quality of spending and seek tax cuts.

“The government needs to use public resources efficiently and with honesty,” Rousseff said in a televised address last week, “so that people feel they are getting a good return for their taxes.” — Reuters

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Remember that overreaching all these agencies and government as well, is the fact that the voters can vote to abolish taxes or even the army or police entirely by choosing an MP who will do so. With enough MPs, the entire parasite system will no longer take up tax dollars. For example, when a MP says they will increase police number or military equipment, this does not mean crime is going down, what does happen is that instead of subsidies for poor, more taxes will be spent supporting that new recruits and maintaining equipment which doubtless will meet government crony middlemen along the way which will increase prices inflation, running costs etc.., for decades long periods of time!

The agency, uniformed group, and all employees are drawing on taxpayer funds, and without them, there would be less consumption of tax. Vote for people who will abolish GST, VAT and tax entirely. At least for those not earning massive amounts. Perhaps taxes could begin to be levied on upper scale earners only. To solve the police or army problem, make the whole uniformed group voluntary, to provide their own weapons, and still be bound by laws. To solve the military equipment problem, let the multi-millionaires or billionaires buy tanks, ships and planes.

If they wish to, they can also fund any barracks existing. The issue of bureaucracy can also be dealt with in the same manner. Voluntary and with responsibilities, the respect should not be for a fat salary but for the service provided which also needs to be limited to a certain number of terms to prevent political hegemony by groups of citizens in all areas in all fields. Democracy is not a parasite system, democracy means Socialism with Capitalist limits (not unlimited uncontrolled Capitalism), each pulling the weight they are able to. (i.e. poor and middle wealth do not pay tax, upper wealth and above pay, apex be required to support healthcare, education, the military and police etc.. instead of sequestering that wealth).

ARTICLE 4

Threatening Letters Containing White Powder Sent To Manhattan Banks – Given Reference To ‘May Day,’ NYPD Suspects Possible ‘Occupy’ Involvement – April 30, 2012 11:59 Threatening letters containing a white powder that turned out to be cornstarch were sent to multiple Wells Fargo locations around the city. (credit: Sonia Rincon, 1010 WINS) Updated at 12:26 a.m., May 1, 2012

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Envelopes containing white powder turned up at multiple banks in Manhattan on Monday, police told 1010 WINS.

Five of the envelopes were sent to Wells Fargo banks, one was sent to JP Morgan Chase headquarters and another was sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Office and ended up in a mailroom on Gold Street.

The powder was determined to be cornstarch, police said.

1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon Hears From Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne

Hazmat teams and detectives were dispatched to banks all afternoon checking for possible threats, 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported.

The envelopes also contained notes that were nearly identical, containing references to “May Day,” which falls on May 1 and is a traditional rally day for labor movements.

The notes also included statements such as “You have 10 seconds to stop working,” “You are not in control” and “[Expletive] the banks.”

Occupy Wall Street is planning a big demonstration Tuesday in New York City, urging followers to block traffic at bridges and tunnels to make it hard for people to get to work.

That has the NYPD suspecting that there may be an Occupy Wall Street connection to the letters.

“I’m not aware of any unions who are actually striking, but the message seems to be connected to that, saying ‘Stop work, you have 10 seconds to do it,’” Browne told 1010 WINS’ Rincon.

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False flag to justify enriching hazmat or TSA suppliers and contractors. In fact, all terrorism might be strawmen events including 911 to generate massive profits based around ‘terror’ and ‘war against terror’ ala 10th crusade. How about looking for a ‘Clintonite’ who propagates good economics and good times, rather than the Bush era warmongering. There are better ways to educate populations about overpopulation WHILE humanity has a good time. We don’t care if the President has sex regularly in the oval office (though not at our expense), but we do care that life does not become a ‘Hazmat’ or ‘Fed Reserve’ justifying exercise which enriches extreme plutocrats and causes ‘collateral deaths’ that cause hatred worldwide for what used to be the better of nations. Oh and lets get some Native American peoples into government or at very least the UN Ambassadry for USA.

ARTICLE 5

Michael Krieger On The Rebirth Of Barter – Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/27/2012 17:46 -0400

The Final Act of the Uruguay Round, marking the conclusion of the most ambitious trade negotiation of our century, will give birth – in Morocco – to the World Trade Organization, the third pillar of the New World Order, along with the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund – Government of Morocco – April, 1994   Source: New York Times, full page ad by the government of Morocco

The Rebirth of Barter

One of the most important articles I have read this week comes from Forbes contributor Gordon Chang.  In it he states that China is preparing to avoid U.S. sanctions on Iran by paying for oil with gold.  Not only that but he also mentions that China has already been bartering with Iran to get a hold of petroleum.  He states:

So how can Beijing keep both Iran’s ayatollahs and President Obama happy at the same time?  Simple, the Chinese can avoid the U.S. sanctions through barter.  China has already been trading its produce for Iran’s petroleum, but there is only so much gai lan and bok choy the Iranians can eat.  That’s why Iran is also accepting, among other goods, Chinese washing machines, refrigerators, toys, clothes, cosmetics, and toiletries.

The barter trade works, but Iran needs cash too.  As it is being cut off from the global financial system, the next best thing is gold.  So we should not be surprised that in late February the Iranian central bank said it would accept that metal as payment for oil.   Last year, China imported $21.7 billion in Iranian oil and exported $14.8 billion in goods and services.  As the NDAA goes into effect, look for Beijing to ship gold to Iran to make up the difference.

Thus, the leadership in America in its infinite stupidity has actually accelerated the demise of the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency.  After its “kinetic action” in Libya succeeded in toppling the regime there, Washington’s geopolitical hubris grew and it has attempted to muscle Iran into a corner.  Instead, all it has done is alienated our “allies” that need Iranian oil to survive and in the process quickened a move away from the dollar to settle certain transactions.  Read Gordon’s article here.

In a similar move on a more micro level, the government of Spain in a similar desperation has banned the use of cash transactions above 2,500 euros (read this great article here on it).  How do you think citizens are going to respond to this?  People are already in the streets.  They are not pleased with what is going on.  Then the government is going to tell them they can’t use cash amongst themselves so that the authorities can track every single thing they do and bleed them with taxes until they are slaves on a banker plantation.  Everything is going to go black market and to a barter system.  It will happen country by country as governments get increasingly desperate and the authoritarian clamp down continues.  It will happen on an increasing level until all of these house of cards bureaucratic states fail and something new is reborn.  In case you haven’t seen it yet, this one town in Greece is already leading the way. This story outlines what will be a mega trend globally over the next decade.

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. . . look for Beijing to ship gold to Iran to make up the difference . . .

Joking? This article sounds like an attempt to sequester the only nano-femto-viable (alongside platinum perhaps) valuable commodity (for femto-circuitry probably) – whats the author trying to pull? Maybe goods for goods, but gold is the last resort item that the Indians and Chinese would even let go of. Seriously. Ask around. Labour and cheap goods yes.

But gold for oil that will be burnt energy? Forget it. The largest solar panel producer in the world China, will be going solar based electric soon, and Iran had better start saving cash and being a bit more popular, as in Persian popular. There is no long term paradigm for old energy technology based on coal, oil and gas. And fossil fuel once burnt stays burnt. GOLD LASTS FOREVER (in human terms at any rate). Also China and BRICS needs tht gold to introduce a GOLD STANDARD to destroy the fiat paper system (and all opponent economies) with. I’d rather go no further into this but focus on barter as a viable system instead.

1 Dinar is equal to 4.25 grams of weight at purity of 916. 1 Dinar could buy a goat during the time of prophet Muhammad.

But Gold cannot be produced by farming goats. Think deeply on this.

ARTICLE 6

NRC and the nuclear industry are attempting to whitewash Fukushima to relicense dangerous nuclear plants like Limerick. Myths and outright lies must be confronted to prevent more harm in Japan and a potential Limerick meltdown.

Fukushima’s GE reactors, similar to Limerick’s, were relicensed right before meltdowns. Just like us, Japan’s people were falsely assured meltdowns could never happen. So-called “redundant safety systems” failed. Fukushima was declared the worst nuclear disaster in history. Experts estimate radiation releases are 20 times Chernobyl’s, with three nuclear reactors and four nuclear fuel cores exposed. Dangerous radioactive plumes spread worldwide. Huge radioactive spills poured into the sea. Radiation levels 20,000 times above limits were detected. How anyone, let alone NRC, could call Fukushima doses “too low” to cause harm in the face of undeniable evidence is astounding. Such lies contradict reality, common sense, and scientific studies. It’s indefensible to dismiss Fukushima’s health consequences by inaccurately “claiming” radiation doses are “too low” and that there will be “no health harm.” Such ridiculous claims are political, not scientific. Fukushima, like Chernobyl, has the highest category on the International Nuclear Event Scale, meaning “A Major Release of Radiation With Widespread Health & Environmental Impact.” Russian scientists reported over a million additional deaths worldwide from Chernobyl. Many suffered a long list of health harms, including cancers. Children were born with heartbreaking deformities. For details: New York Academy of Science at nyas.org/annals. Chernobyl:”Consequences To People And The Environment”, compiles over 5,000 scientific studies.

If NRC heeded lessons from Japan, Limerick Nuclear Plant would be closed now. Instead:

• NRC gave Exelon until 2017 to comply with earthquake risk upgrades, even though Limerick is classified “high risk” (3rd in the nation) and earthquake risks are drastically increased from fracking in Pennsylvania.
• Limerick’s uncorrectable “design flaws” are ignored, such as faulty cement used for fuel pools, and substandard containment for reactors allowing more radiation to be released in a disaster.
• Also ignored, insufficient water to deal with a Limerick meltdown. There’s no endless water supply to keep cooling generators and fuel pools from an ocean. In fact, Limerick’s cooling towers have significantly depleted the Schuylkill River since 1985.
• Since 2010, GE’s warnings about Limerick’s flawed “key safety mechanism” to shut down reactors basically goes unaddressed.
• Limerick is run harder than design capacity through uprates, increasing risk of mechanical breakdown.
Exelon is complying with NRC’s weakened requirements for relicensing, but still failing to spend what is required to reduce Limerick’s unprecedented threats and harms to our region.
• Even though Limerick’s deadly “spent fuel” pools are packed and vulnerable, Exelon refuses to guard against terrorist air strikes or missiles.
• Only two back-up generators (for far too short a time) are insufficient for two reactors and two fuel pools.
• Fires can lead to meltdown, yet Limerick does not follow the safest fire safety regulations.
• There’s no filtration for toxics from Limerick’s Schuylkill River intake to reduce air pollution from cooling towers, or extraordinary toxic discharges into the river, or contaminated mine water pumping into the river to operate Limerick.
Enough lies and negligence for Exelon profits. An entire region faces becoming a dead zone, with residents losing their health, homes, and possessions. Clearly, Limerick must be closed to prevent a meltdown. If you agree, call ACE (610) 326-2387, or e-mail aceactivists@comcast.net. Leave your name, phone, and e-mail.
Limerick’s electric can be replaced. For details visit ACE’s new website at http://www.acereport.org.

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This is how a few hundred or thousand people dependent on their salaries from a nuclear plant end up holding millions, possibly the whole nation, even world hostage. If anything goes wrong, the same bunch end up jobless and irradiating tens to hundreds of square kilometres of land that would have been useful. Why not distribute that same land to these people (and even more people as well – for subsistence farming or whatever they want) instead, and be done with the risk of irradiation to the entire nation? An even bigger profit from organic grown food from that same land would be more useful.

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Russia’s 200 wealthiest worth some half trillion dollars – Forbes list – Published: 19 April, 2012, 12:04 – Edited: 19 April, 2012, 22:08 – Alisher Usmanov (Reuters / Denis Sinyakov)

Russian metals mogul Alisher Usmanov has become the richest person in Russia thanks to a shrewd investment in Facebook, according to the Forbes list of 200 wealthiest people in the country.

­With personal assets of $18.5 billion, the co-owner of the Metalinvest mining company knocked rival Vladimir Lisin, owner of the NLMK steel company, out of the top spot. Lisin, whose wealth is estimated at $15.9 billion, had topped the Forbes list for the last two years.

Severstal owner Alexey Mordashov was in third place with a fortune of $15.3 billion.

Usmanov’s wealth is believed to have been boosted by a 5.5% stake in Facebook, which has multiplied in value several times since 2010, when he purchased it through his Digital Sky Technologies Company (DST). The billionaire also owns stakes in Twitter Inc., Groupon Inc. and China’s internet portal Alibaba.
Just as Usmanov nicely upped his assets by $1.1 billion with his well-timed investment in internet companies, his arch-rivals Lisin and Mordashov lost $8.1 billion and $3.2 billion respectively, as the metal sector was blitzed by recession last year.

Vladimir Potanin, the president of Intrerros, took fourth place with $14.5 billion. He is followed by the head of Lukoil Vagit Alikperov ($13.5 billion) and Mikhail Fridman, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Alfa Group with $13.4 billion.

Former presidential candidate and ex-owner of ONEXIM Group Mikhail Prokhorov was in 7th – a step down from his enviable position as third richest last year. His wealth dropped from $18 to $13.2 billion.

The only lady on the list is Elena Baturina, owner of Inteco development company and wife of Moscow’s ex-mayor Yury Luzhkov. Her personal wealth is estimated around $1.1 billion.

The oldest Russian millionaire is Vladimir Tetukhin from the Avisma titanium monopoly, with $650 million, and the youngest, at just 16, is Deny Bazhaev – son of the late Zia Bazhaev, founder of Alliance Group, dealing in investment. He is the owner of around $750 million.

The total wealth of Russia’s 200 richest weighs in at $446.3 billion. 145 of them live in Moscow, and 13 in St. Petersburg.

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Russia could take over the world if Russian Plutocrats weren’t so un-Marxistly and un-Communistly SELFISH and sequestering of Russian Wealth (get India and China’s BILLIONAIRES – who are not so RED themselves – to form a fleet as well, and BRICS is already the new hegemon but BRICS doesn’t know the fact or is held back by the Plutocracy . . . )

So think ‘Letters of Marque’ for those plutocrats. That means 145 Aircraft Carriers at very least. Well selfish Russian billionaires? ready to build 446 air craft carriers and take over the world? I doubt Russia would care so long as any warlike actions could be countered even if only by citizens rather than state military! Stop being selfish about that sequestered wealth, Capitalism infected plutocratic fools!

Let Marxism show the way Comrades! Have the guts for ‘Private Enterprise’ warfare? Barring the nuke based M.A.D. scenario (Geneva Convention should require all Nukes/Chemical/Biological-weapons to be decomissioned to prevent world wide irradiation or poisoning, though Conventional warfare should still be allowed), or Satellite neurotech (just distribute those countering ELF/EMF frequency helmets), there are 50 states in the USA which can be divvied up among the chief funders of the new Soviet-BRICS-ALBA supercharged war machine, so which Russian Plutocrats are ready to do the right thing and lead by example?

Source : http://rt.com/business/news/russia-forbes-richest-people-430/

Equitable Wealth Distribution instead of Wealth Sequestration and ‘Tax Haven Culture’

ARTICLE 8

Marine discharged over online Obama comments – by the CNN Wire Staff – April 25, 2012 — Updated 2209 GMT (0609 HKT)

Marine ready to fight for free speech

Sgt. Gary Stein was given an “other-than-honorable” discharge, official says
On Facebook, Stein had called president a liar, suggested he would not follow some orders
Military board found Stein broke rules limiting political conduct, recommended discharge

Washington (CNN) — A Marine who used his Facebook page to criticize President Barack Obama has been discharged, a Marine Corps spokesman said Wednesday.

Sgt. Gary Stein was given an “other-than-honorable” discharge, said Capt. Brian Block, a spokesman for the Marines.

Among other comments posted to his Facebook page, Stein called Obama a liar and suggested he would not follow some orders issued by the president.

An other-than-honorable discharge is given to a Marine who commits a “serious offense” that significantly differs from conduct expected of a Marine, the Corps said.

A statement from the Marines said it approved the findings of a military board, which in March recommended the discharge.

The board found Stein violated rules limiting political conduct by service members.

The Facebook page for Stein’s Armed Forces Tea Party had a post Wednesday saying the discharge will be postponed until the results of a medical condition, with which he was diagnosed Monday, are returned and treatment is discussed.

“I have spent the last 9 years honorably serving this great nation and the Corps,” Stein wrote on his personal Facebook page. “Even though I will be discharged no one can take the title of Marine away from me. I thank my family and friends for their support and love. Today is just the start of the rest of my life. Semper Fi.”

Stein said earlier this month that the case against him was weak, based on personal opinion and not on legal aspects.
Marine has anti-Obama Facebook page

Stein, who is based at Camp Pendleton near San Diego, California, called Obama a liar in a January 26 post to the Armed Forces Tea Party Facebook page. Two days later, he said the president is “the ‘Domestic Enemy’ our oath speaks about.”

Opinion: Marine’s Facebook posts on Obama go too far

In a March 4 posting, Stein questioned Obama’s birth certificate. Another discussion on the site in March said Stein would refuse to obey orders given by Obama. He later clarified to say he meant illegal orders, which he has explained as orders such as sending the military to Syria without congressional approval.

“The allegations drummed up against me are no more than an agenda by the Marine Corps to use me as an example,” Stein previously said in a statement posted to his page. “If I am guilty of anything it would be that I am American, a freedom loving Conservative, hell bent on defending the constitution and preserving Americas greatness.”

While the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the free speech rights of ordinary citizens, a Defense Department rule prohibits service members from engaging in some forms of political activity.

Among the prohibited activities are publishing partisan political articles or serving in an official capacity with a partisan political club.

Stein has said that he carefully followed the Defense Department directive. The Facebook page notes that it does not represent and is not affiliated with the military or government.

Nearly 30,000 people “like” Stein’s Armed Forces Tea Party page.

Facebook members responding to news of Stein’s discharge Wednesday were largely supportive.

“You’ve got to be kidding me. OTH’s (other-than-honorable discharges) are given to Marines who grossly violate the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice), as in drug use, excessive DUI’s, adultery, etc. This is a joke,” one wrote.

“So disappointed in the Corps. This is a poor decision,” wrote another.

Another Facebook member, however, said Stein’s punishment was expected.

“For any of you that thought that he was going to get anything but ‘Other than honorable’ … you really dont know jack about the military,” he wrote.

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Inequitable punishment and a black mark against 1st Amendment Rights. A public apology to the unit serving on, and a general ‘group’ for soldiers who do call the POTUS or other VIPs names should suffice. At the end of every year, Obama could address these ‘dissenters’ and ‘get a feel’ of whats wrong with the military, amend some laws instead of this ‘corporatised’/’recorded message laws’ treatment.

No need to discharge? American exceptionalism remember? How about Obama sit down with this Marine over a beer and let the world watch if the Marine repeats this to Obama’s face? 5 minutes at the White House for a quick beer, man to man . . . Obama is no ‘Mountaindew Comacho’ but this sort of televised meeting should gather much interest instead of the ‘hide behind rules’ feel of this case.

ARTICLE 9

It’s the Prince of Gales! Charles and Camilla have soggy forecast for the UK as they take to presenting the weather live on TV – by Rebecca English, Royal Correspondent – PUBLISHED: 14:21 GMT, 10 May 2012 | UPDATED: 19:07 GMT, 10 May 2012

One day he will reign over us. Today he just predicted it. Bucket loads in fact.

Despite the gloomy forecast, however, Prince Charles became something of an internet sensation when he decided to try his hand at reading the weather on a trip to BBC Scotland.

Dressed in a smart suit and tie, he was introduced live on air by presenter Sally Magnusson on the lunch-time news bulletin, Reporting Scotland.

Viewers of BBC Scotland’s lunchtime news were treated to a weather forecast delivered by Prince Charles

As he waited for his cue Charles looked quizzically at the button in his hand, but on hearing the words ‘Over to you, Your Royal Highness’, quickly warmed to his theme.

In fact, standing against the familiar backdrop of the BBC’s weather map, the prince proceeded to deliver an almost word-perfect reading of a specially-written script from his autocue.

The map itself had also undergone a little tweaking in honour of its special guest presenter, to include a number of places with links to the Royal Family north of the border including Balmoral, the Queen’s Highland home, the Castle of Mey, the former holiday home of the late Queen Mother, and Dumfries House, which was recently saved for the nation by a charitable consortium led by the prince.
After her husband had finished Camilla also tried her hand at presenting the weather

After her husband had finished Camilla also tried her hand at presenting the weather

Camilla looks on as Charles motions towards areas of low pressure

‘Well it’s an unsettled picture as we head towards the end of the week,’ Charles said confidently.

‘Ahh, this afternoon it will be cold, wet and windy across most of Scotland. We are under the influence of, err, low pressure and this weather front pushing northwards is bringing clouds and outbreaks of rain. The rain, of course, will be heaviest over the borders and, err, around Edinburgh, where it could lead to difficult conditions on the roads

‘In the west rain will be lighter and patchier with maybe a few drier interludes over Dumfries House in Ayrshire.’

At this he point he turned to the camera and gave a cheery ‘ah-ha!’ at the sneaky reference to his pet project.

He continued: ‘There will be snow for the higher ground of the Highlands and Aberdeenshire. There will be the potential for a few flurries over Balmoral’ before exploding into giggles and asking: ‘Who the hell wrote this script!’

He concluded: ‘The best of the drier and brighter weather will, of course, be over the far northern isles and far north of the mainland. So a little hazy sunshine for the Castle of Mey and Caithness. But a cold day everywhere with temperatures of eight celcius and a brisk north easterly wind.

More rain on the way: Prince Charles became something of an internet sensation when he decided to try his hand at reading the weather

Prince Charles

Complete with waving hands, Charles seized the opportunity to step in front of the camera

‘Thank God it isn’t a bank holiday!’

His wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, also gave the forecasting a go but it was her husband who clearly stole the show.

Indeed his famously expressive hand gestures made him an entirely natural weatherman.

The couple, who are known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, were visiting the BBC studios in Pacific Quay, Glasgow, as part of their annual Holyrood week and to celebrate sixty years of BBC Scotland Television.

The unlikely scenario sent national News at One presenter Sophie Raworth into fits of laughter. She Tweeted: ‘Something I never thought I’d say – watch Prince Charles and Camilla have a go at being weather presenters.’

Later on air she turned to her weatherman, Nick Miller, and joked: ‘You might have some competition.’

After Charles had finished, Miller congratulated the royal on getting it spot on, adding: ‘That’s proof that even the royals can’t give us dry weather, because he’s absolutely right.’

A Clarence House spokeswoman said: ‘The prince entered into the spirit of the occasion and did very well, we think. He spends a lot of time in Scotland so he’s very interested in the weather there.’

The Duchess of Rothesay, as she is known in Scotland, mastered her presenting technique
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall met BBC newsreader Sally Magnusson during their visit

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall later visited the BBC studio set of quiz show Eggheads, where they met contestants and panellists

Charles had a brief chat with Eggheads presenter Jeremy Vine afterbeing introduced during his tour of set of the popular general knowledge quiz show

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OMG totally out  of touch. This is where Julie Andrews from ‘Sound of Music’ goes ‘You’re incorrigible.’ to Werner von Trap. And thats to put things VERY mildly, though an aging Prince still unable to take up the Crown and brought up through WWI and WWII could hardly be expected to understand such 99%ter issues (. . . wealth cannot buy breeding, breeding also cannot buy wealth . . . ). More riots anyone? No canapes served later . . .

Solidarity with the plutocrat reporter! 1%ter type attitude. Guess what, Prince Charles is a ‘Plutocrat Nazi’ (i.e. blindly supports pluocrats). For every Scotsman who is working for future a Sovereign Scottish Kingdom (perhaps with a Scottish King) with a Scottish seat at the UN, that might yet not one day be disappointed with a parallel in Tibet-like politics (though not necessarily violence and theocracy), the world goes, ‘Shame on you Prince Charles for taking sides with the wrong peope!’, and this is nothing new! Bou! Bou!

https://malaysiandemocracy.wordpress.com/2012/01/12/richard-quests-world-worsts-by-doug-lansky-27th-may-2009/

mini-ARTICLE 9.5

China faces a tough year in attracting foreign investment
By Cui Peng (People’s Daily)
16:41, April 19, 2012

Edited and translated by People’s Daily Online

The outlook for foreign investment in China is grim this year, said Shen Danyang, a spokesperson for the country’s Ministry of Commerce, on Tuesday.

“Internationally speaking, the European sovereign debt crisis continues unabated, resulting in a steady decline in Europe’s outbound investment,” Shen Danyang said at a regular news conference. “The U.S. government is struggling to revive the country’s manufacturing sector, and has launched a series of campaigns to encourage capital backflow. Other developing countries have strengthened efforts to attract foreign capital.”

Shen added that U.S. companies are taking advantage of the European debt crisis to increase investment on the continent, and emerging economies such as India, Brazil, and Russia are becoming a new focus of investment by multinational corporations. All these factors will lead to changes in global foreign direct investment flows.

Domestically speaking, foreign companies are becoming less willing to increase investment in China amid rising labor costs, increasing shortage of land and other resources, and escalating financing problems, said Shen.

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What kind of investment? REAL GOODS non-polluting investors? Or shipping and air freight colluders that add cost to goods – also cause outflow of funds, hot money type of investment that destabilises currency, speculators that lock up commodities and inflate prices that may never come down making life difficult for the poorer Chinese, or property invester-hoarders cause housing price inflation? Maybe what looks like a tough year is a blessing in disguise, and that previous years should recalculate based on removal of the above examples of REAL investment vs. non-sustainable investment. REAL EARNINGS and REAL GDP is not based around the above mentioned issues.

mini-Article 10

Prices cut for costliest high-speed rail tickets
(Shanghai Daily)
13:43, May 08, 2012

Some tickets on high-speed rail services between Shanghai-Nanjing and Shanghai-Hangzhou have been cut.

But only the more expensive business and parlor seats will qualify for discounts of up to 30 percent. Other cheaper seats are not included, the Shanghai Railway Bureau said yesterday.

The discounts will cover 116 train services along the Shanghai-Nanjing and Shanghai-Hangzhou lines from May 18 until June 20, said the bureau.

“In the future the ticket prices will be adjusted based on market demand and transport seasons,” railway officials said of the first price cuts to be introduced since the high-speed lines came into operation in 2010.

The lines are among the busiest in the region with bullet trains leaving Shanghai railway stations for neighboring cities every five minutes during peak periods.

Qian Guifeng, the general manager with the Shanghai-Hangzhou railway passenger transport company, the regional operator, said yesterday the low take-up of the more expensive seats played a part in the price cuts.

A Shanghai Daily investigation found that by the time some bullet trains were about to leave Shanghai, the majority of business seats remained unsold.

On the railway operator’s ticket buying website, only one or two tickets for business carriages had been sold. Each bullet train has about 28 business seats available.

Business seats see the biggest price reductions. On the Shanghai-Nanjing line, a ticket that used to be 438 yuan (US$69.4) is now 307 yuan.

Discounts range from 10 to 30 percent on the business and parlor seats but the operator says they can vary depending on the time of purchase.

“It means little to a passenger like me,” said a man surnamed Zhu, who travels to the Yangtze River delta region on business.

Zhu said he usually bought a second-class, or ordinary seat ticket.

He said he hoped to see prices for second-class seats lowered too.

Meanwhile, an air-rail combined service began receiving passengers in Shanghai over the weekend.

The service allows passengers to transfer between domestic or international flights and a train with a single ticket which is cheaper than separate tickets.

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Use the below method to calculate and to limit train ticket charges :

https://malaysiandemocracy.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/beijing-shanghai-high-speed-train-makes-debut-30th-jun-2011/

Use the below to limit toll charges :

https://malaysiandemocracy.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/high-toll-charges-for-new-highway-earns-the-publics-wrath-by-nelson-benjamin-and-tresa-gasper-nelsonthestar-com-my-desireethestar-com-my-6th-february-2012/

ARTICLE 10

Titanic returns minus nude scene – by Deng Jingyin (Global Times) – 09:21, April 11, 2012

Chinese moviegoers seeking to re-experience the romance of blockbuster Titanic from 14 years ago through the latest 3D version have been complaining about excessive censoring of nude scenes.

The 3D version of James Cameron’s epic returned to cinema screens in China Tuesday, but audiences looking forward to the scene of Jack drawing a nude portrait of Rose were disappointed to find it had been completely removed.

Xiao Fei, a resident of Nanchang, Jiangxi Province who booked tickets two days before the movie was released, expressed her disappointment about the cut after watching it Tuesday afternoon.

“I was a student in a primary school when I watched Titanic many years ago, but it was deeply ingrained in my memory, including the nude scene. It wasn’t deleted 14 years ago, and I don’t know why it was deleted this time,” she told the Global Times Tuesday.

The epic was released to incredibly high acclaim in China, with its heart-rending storyline winning over young Chinese viewers.

The original Titanic stormed to 360 million yuan ($57 million) in Chinese box office takings in 1998 and remained the country’s top earner for 10 years until 2009.

“I didn’t wait so many years to see a three-dimensional iceberg,” Xiao Fei said.

Insiders pointed out that the removal of the nude scene damaged the classic work, and also spoiled fans’ memories.

Zhang Jiangnan, the director of Midnight Taxi, told the Global Times that Titanic was the first movie he went to watch with a girl.

“This move (to cut the nude scene) went against the trend of the times and indicated the censorship system has failed to comply with the marketization of the film industry,” said Zhang.” I think we should pay attention to this change since this trend may be applied to other films yet to be shown or affect new productions.”

The State Administration of Radio, Film and Broadcast could not be reached for comment Tuesday, but some rumors circulated online that authorities decided to remove the scene out of concern that viewers may attempt to reach out and touch the screen during the scene and hit the heads of viewers sitting in front of them.

Despite the complaints from some audience members, Chinese fans were still largely enthusiastic about the release.

Since last week, cinemas in many cities have begun selling tickets for this movie and the IMAX 3D screenings are proving particularly popular.

“We can’t disclose the box office takings now, but the number of people watching Titanic is apparently larger than that for all other films,” director of the publicity department of Wanda Cinemas in Beijing, told the Global Times Tuesday.

According to sohu.com, the box office revenue of its debut show at midnight is estimated to reach 5 million yuan in China.

Commentator Comments :

@Daniel Templeton at 2012-04-1374.221.157.*

To edit the nude scene in Titanic is unfortunate. The government does not understand the intelligence of the Chinese people when this content is included in an artistic movie.

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I concur with Daniel Templeton, but not in the same manner. I’d say Titanic was all about the woman posing in the nude and the relationship with a poor guy who had to die because of poverty and the sick fascination of poor society with the ‘cuckold factor’ affecting wealthy men (reminder to at least be fair to homemakers for the mistress crazy guys). The ship takes an obvious back seat. Come to think, maybe a more ship oriented script should be rewritten instead. Titanic 1997 (James Cameron) is a romance film, not a ship film, with elements of greed and classist commentary thrown in (love the bland polished look of the rich kid, you can’t get any blander or more stereotypical), and some philosophy via a nice big fat gemstone being thrown into the sea by a decades later depicted haglike female star, to get the mind reflecting. Nope, not about the ship, even with the nude scene edited out. Note the ‘black heart’ pendant the actress was wearing during the nude scene. Any NPP (neuro-pictorial programming) intended?

Remind anyone of soft porn? NLP!

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Backpage.com defiant over sex trade ads – May 7th, 2012 – 01:05 PM ET

Backpage.com, a small ads website, is not backing away from a small but profitable corner of the internet that is accused of being a marketplace for pimps to peddle prostitution and exploit young women.

The company says there’s nothing illegal about it, even though 51 attorneys general want to shut it down.

Watch Liz McDougall, from Village Voice Media, defend Backpage.com
http://edition.cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2012/05/05/ac-pkg-feyericks-online-pimps.cnn

But New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof and California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris argue Backpage is a marketplace for human trafficking.

http://thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/07/backpage-com-defiant-over-sex-trade-ads/#comment-31281

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Backpage is just a website for crying out loud. It’s MEDIA, might as well be fantasy. Also this is not an issue as so long as both parties are consensual and non-abusive, they are free to communicate and exchange whatever they want. What so many websites do is make specific what any person is looking for and to allow another to find them. Is what anyone does any of our business at all to begin with? Voltaire would fight for the right to think and say what one wanted (1st Amendment), try now to fight for the right to LIVE how one wants. Trafficking is bad, but consensual prostitution is not. What the authorities should do is to send i plainclothes to ferret out those who were coerced or trafficked, those who are infectedwith disease to get treatment, and to leave EVERYONE ELSE alone.

‘If you saw your daughter . . . ‘ Liz McDougall

Demogoguery. If common sense is applied rather than law (see Note 1), we all do know that whats illegal is only illegal to anyone on a case by case basis and not specifically by the written law of the majority that tends to ignore the  minority. And the essence of civilisation as opposed to MOB RULE (or rule by mob numbers in implemented laws) means that ALL and sundry will be allowed their spaces so long as all parties are consensual. In many cases prostitution is NOT coerced and simply viewed as either a form of entertainment or income, or a form of social interaction where money is involved (much like betting at golf or checkers), even in some cases ’empowerment’ via affirmation of the right to do as one will with one’s own body (regardless of male, female or inbetween)! Think the ‘minority of 1‘ rule that Mahatma Gandhi coined.

Even if a single soul, a single person wanted prostitution to be legal, their right would be inalienable because the world is large enough to have space for them. They may not be allowed to coerce anyone to participate by in the same light, but in turn  cannot be forced to concur with what everyone else or a majority wants becauase they are not affecting anyone (save by the mental weakness of busybody people who make attempts to know what others do, which is again none of anyone else’s business), especially if assigned areas and zones are estalished. That is the essence of democracy and civilisation, the basis of American exceptionalism, not this rule by mob mentality shown here on CNN, which is frankly very un-American.

This is not necessarily about money or poverty, this is also about lifestyle. Without these websites, there will be absolutely no way or even electronic record of what and who happened. Meanwhile consider legalising RLDs (red light districts – think Singapore (Geylang), Mexico (Zona de Tolerancia etc..)) and OPZs (Organic Psychedelics Zones – think Amsterdam, Bolivia etc..) in ALL cities and towns, via enclosed zones at perhaps at the size of 1 dedicated street for every 100,000 people and a main road for every 1 million population. This way monitoring can be done at the checkpoint instead of everywhere unnecessary, resulting in unecesssary costs and Orwellian big society.

For more ideas, do look up under the tags RLD or prostitution, responses on – https://malaysiandemocracy.wordpress.com/

Proposed RLD and OPZ for State of Selangor (research on suitable RLDs and OPZs for other States will be posted when general research and feedback complete.) ‘Nuevo Laredo Zona’ from Mexico shown for comparison.

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Reporter claims she was fired for being a stripper May 12, 2012 – 5:26 – Debate over woman’s legal case

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A specialist reporter holding 1 job would be better but since there was no contract to only hold 1 job, or not be involved in adult work, there was no right to fire at all. Moral discrimination occurred here. ‘Uncomfortable’ watchers need to get over this, though unless particularly nosy, or from the immediate community who knows the reporter personally, none would know or even bother (unless from the moral lunatic fringe) what the reporter does in her free time. It’s not like shes a member of their family, in which case she’d still have a right to continue what she does, though the immediate family members could have a limited right to say something though not at a level amounting to mental torture or invasions of privacy (much less neighbours).

A law to prevent even contracts limiting an employee to 1 job (especially if the job does not pay particularly alot, applicable only to salaries USD$5000 monthly and below???) could allow and employer to justify applying the ‘1 job only rule’. (i.e. the job pays so much that there is no need for a second job). Only way above middle class salary payouts could be allowed to enforce the 1 job rule.

In fact adult services jobs should be treated like any other job unless a network declares their news as specifically child friendly, specially for a religious community or for a specifically extra-P.C. (easily offended upper class?) target demographic. The government could consider pensions for all registered sex workers, perhaps at a rate of 1 year worth of pension for every 3000 clients services and recorded or logged in. This in fact could help prevent spread of disease when detected (i.e. if detected, tracebacks could be done etc..).

As for the right to fire issue, an example : if a news network has featured any beauty contests with bikini clad women, firing BASED on private out of employment time in adult services jobs is not justifiable. If said news network refuses to feature anyone wearing anything above the knees, disallows cleavage or disallows images of bare chested men, THEN could the firing on such a basis be justified, though such a news network would be the territory of, and appeal to, the ‘moral lunatic fringe’ demographoc. Which fringe does Fox belong to? The demogogue fringe part of the time for certain, but not the moral lunatic as well? Better get out those burkhas . . . (if Fox disallows Burkhas then we’d have to use the hypocrite label for Fox News as well . . . ).

Note 1 : For example, a person smashes a police car’s window and gets a few month’s prison at cost to your tax money. Would you not prefer that the same person simply be required to repair the vehicle at cost to their own finances (or be put on community service for hours of work equitable to the cost of damage caused) and not be imprisoned at cost to the citizens’ tax monies, while the same person wrongfully lose their job (caused damage so pay for damage, the person did not cause loss of jobs so should not lose their job by being imprisoned). Meanwhile society loses access to their tax contributions, loses their presence and work they do (remember this person’s issue is against the single police car, not even the police, hardly society -jailing is etirely unrelated for purposes of re-education or pubishment) and inconveniences their boss who has to retrain a staff for the period of imprisonment? From this paragraph, we learn that LAW does not apply COMMON SENSE. Therefore most laws and criminal codes for punishment need to be re-written.