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2 Articles on West and Middle East Compared (soft strategy for conquest), 2 Articles On Proactive albeit indirect actions by the Media establishment for the 99% – resposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 11th march 2012

In 99%, Abuse of Power, amendments to law needed, bad laws, best practices, better laws, emo subculture, England, Equitable Distribution, Freedom of Expression, freedom of speech, Iran, Iraq, Islam, Maximum Wage, Media Neutrality, oligarchy, Plutocracy, political correctness, preventing vested interest, social freedoms, Socialism, soul, soul binding, soul theft, subculture persecution, term limits, too damn high, voting methods, voting strategy on March 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm

ARTICLE 1

Number of European criminals in British jails DOUBLED in last ten years… with 12% of all prisoners now from outside the UK

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 15:31 GMT, 10 March 2012 | UPDATED: 15:37 GMT, 10 March 2012

The last decade has seen the number of foreign offenders locked up every year in English prisons more than double, with only a few actually completing their full sentences.

With the majority of them guilty of serious crimes, receiving sentences of four years or more.

Official figures show the number of European offenders sent to jail for violent or sexual offences has tripled in recent years.

English prisons are seeing a large increase in criminals from EU countries, new official statistics have revealed

Despite there being a scheme in place to repatriate foreign offenders for some time, only 10 have been sent back in the last few months under existing arrangements.

The statistics were uncovered in parliament by Lib Dem MP Martin Horwood, who sits on his party’s international affairs committee.

Horwood said that Britain could save millions by returning offenders to their home countries under the new scheme. The cost of keeping one prisoner locked up for a year is more than £30,000.

Mr Horwood told the Daily Telegraph said: ‘This represents a staggering cost to the British taxpayer for looking after prisoners from other European Union countries who are in the UK.

‘I think the Government should certainly not be contemplating opting out of the one EU-wide scheme which gives us the possibility of sending these prisoners home to serve sentences in their own country.’

The prison population in England and Wales is at 98 per cent capacity, affecting jails like HMP Pentonville in London

Last month the prison population in England and Wales reached 98 per cent capacity – a figure of 57,583.

Offenders from the European Union make up more than four per cent of the total.

Foreign nationals make up 12 per cent of the total prison population, with most coming from Poland, Jamaica and Ireland.

The number of EU nationals in English jails is 2,696, 10 years ago that number was less than half that – 1,321.

The biggest increases were in violence against the person (196 to 610), sexual offences (75 to 348).

Drug offences have actually fallen slightly in the last 10 years, from 524 in 2002 to 441 in 2011.

Last year 949 EU nationals were sentenced to four years or more, with a further 772 given prison sentences of between one and four years.
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Walter in Germany, I do not know if you are German or not, but i am amazed by your comment about xenophobes, I believe that it was the Germans who believed themselves to be the master rate, and with the rise of the far right still do, even there bullying of Greece via the EU shows that things have not changed that much.

– Smudge RN Falklands Vet/ and RMR, Worcester, 10/3/2012 20:31
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You might be interested to learn that 30 seconds research show that the proportions in other countries are:- France 20%, Germany 26%, Spain 35%, Italy 37%, Sweden 28%, Norway 32%, Austrailia 20%. So, perhaps the UK at 12% is not doing so bad after all!! The full picture usually gives a better perspective, but, hey ho, this is the DM.

– Gary, Glad to be free from the UK, 10/3/2012 20:19
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And all our politicians are waiting for someone else to do something about it.

– Paul, Liverpool, 10/3/2012 20:00
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That will be down to good’ole B.Liar, Plunkitt and co. Nobody wanted to hear it back in the early 2000’s…and apparently ‘nobody’ voted for these idiots -time and time again. Still fewer ‘nobody’s’ wanted our boy’s to be killed in a ‘toilet’ as one man said earlier…and ‘nobody’ wanted the banks to be allowed to destroy our economy… Its pretty not ironic that NOBODY wants to see, hear or listen to Milli-Bland nor Mr. Balls at the moment… One thing is for sure. The treaties that Labour signed us up to for before they were hauled out of office….NOBODY WILL BE ABLE TO REMOVE THESE CRIMINALS IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE…

– Dean, eermm…not me…, 10/3/2012 19:57
Rating   23

Well, aren’t we just amazed by this revelation – not

– lulu, Yorkshire, 10/3/2012 19:52
Rating   26

and we are not allowed to say what we think about them.

– Alan, Huddersfield, 10/3/2012 19:42
Rating   32

Bill their home countries !

– Robbie, Sidmouth UK, 10/3/2012 19:35
Rating   29

soon as there charged send them back to there home country to serve there sentence why should taxpayers have to keep them here.

– rick, lincoln, uk, 10/3/2012 19:34
Rating   30

return all of them to france as most will have come thru that country, let the eu masters sort it because our lunatic MPs cant

– jim rooney, leeds england, 10/3/2012 19:25
Rating   40

The Labour Legacy lives on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on………………………………………………………………………………..

– Disillusioned, Middle England, 10/3/2012 19:25

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Heres how Osama should have taken out England. Pay for as many tickets to England as possible for uneducated and impoverished, hopeless future-type 3rd world Muslims who are willing to shout about religion in the middle of the street or be rude and offensive to ‘underdressed’ Muslim women in England, pick random fights with unknown people, then get themselves locked up for a few years. Repeat when released before leaving – then before long a few million Muslims multiplied by 40+K a year (thats the cost of per prisoner yearly – how could that cost so much for a single cell and ‘gruel’, most poor 99% types survive on far less than 40+K a year .  . . ) should put England under.

ARTICLE 2

Stoned to death for being an emo: NINETY Iraqi students killed for having ‘strange hair and tight clothes’

Number of deaths could be even higher
Cleric calls the stonings ‘an act of terrorism’
Ministry of Interior ‘complicit’ in the killings

By Paul Milligan PUBLISHED: 10:55 GMT, 10 March 2012 | UPDATED: 18:59 GMT, 10 March 2012

More than 90 Iraqi students have been stoned to death for their Emo haircuts by religious extremists in Baghdad in the past month after Iraq’s  interior ministry dubbed it ‘devil worshipping’.

Iraq’s Moral Police released a statement on the interior ministry’s website condemning the ’emo phenomenon’ among Iraqi youth, declaring its intent to ‘eliminate’ the trend.

The move is part of a wider clampdown on young people taking on what government officials call ‘Western appearances’ in Iraq.
Iraqi activists said this unnamed teenager was brutally killed by religious police for having an ’emo’ hairstyle

Iraqi activists said this unnamed teenager was brutally killed by religious police for having an ’emo’ hairstyle

‘The Emo phenomenon or devil worshipping is being followed by the Moral Police who have the approval to eliminate (the phenomenon) as soon as possible since it’s detrimentally affecting the society and becoming a danger,’ the statement read.

‘They wear strange, tight clothes that have pictures on them such as skulls and use stationary that are shaped as skulls. They also wear rings on their noses and tongues, and do other strange activities.’

Since the statement was published religious extremists have been harassing and killing teenagers with ‘strange’ or ’emo’ appearances.

Religious extremists have been harassing and killing teenagers with ‘strange’ or ’emo’ appearances

A group of armed men dressed in civilian clothing led dozens of teenagers to secluded areas a few days ago, stoned them to death, and then disposed their bodies in garbage dumpsters across the capital, according to activists, activists told the Cairo-based al-Akhbar website.

The armed men are said to belong to ‘one of the most extremist religious groups’ in Iraq.

‘First they throw concrete blocks at the boy’s arms, then at his legs, then the final blow is to his head, and if he is not dead then, they start all over again,’ one person who managed to escape told Al-Akhbar.

Iraq’s moral police was granted approval by the Ministry of Education to enter Baghdad schools and pinpoint students with such appearances, according to the interior ministry’s statement.

The exact death toll remains unclear, but Hana al-Bayaty of Brussels Tribunal, an NGO dealing with Iraqi issues, said the current figure ranges ‘between 90 and 100.’

‘What’s most disturbing about this is that they’re so young,’ she said.
This ’emo’ youth was one of nearly 100 who were targeted for having a western hairstyle or wearing ‘American jeans’

This ’emo’ youth was one of nearly 100 who were targeted for having a western hairstyle or wearing ‘American jeans’

Al-Bayaty said the killings appear to have been carried out by extremist Shia militias in mostly poor Shia neighborhoods and said she suspected ‘there’s complicity of the Ministry of Interior in the killings.’

Photos of the victims were released on Facebook, causing panic and fear among Iraqi students.
WHAT IS EMO?

Described as both a cult and sect, it’s name derives from the word ‘emotional’

Its teen followers dress in black, favouring tight jeans, T-shirts, studded belts and sneakers or skater shoes.

Hair is often dyed black and straightened, and worn in a long fringe brushed to one side of the face.

Music also plays a critical role, Emos like guitar-based rock with emotional lyrics – bands such as My Chemical Romance, Jimmy Eat World, and Dashboard Confessional are particular favourites.

They regard themselves as a cool, young sub-set of the Goths.

With the trend comes accusations of self-harming and suicide – something its followers strongly deny.

A young man with long hair was among those fearful at the  government-ordained harassment of teenagers with Western appearances.

‘I have long hair but that doesn’t mean I’m an Emo. I’m not less of a man if I have long hair. Let’s not say that if I have long hair, I’m a homosexual, but I have long hair because this is my style, this is me,’ he told Iraq’s Al-Sharqiya television network.

Safiyyah al-Suhail, an MP, said on Thursday that ‘some students have been recently arrested because they were wearing American jeans or had Western haircuts.’

The interior ministry has not disclosed the number of teenage victims, but released a follow-up statement on Thursday warning extremists ‘not to step on public freedom of Iraqis.’

News of the gruesome deaths drew a stern reaction from Iraq’s prominent Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who criticised the stoning of the young men as ‘an act of terrorism.’

He added: ‘The Ministry of Interior took this situation very seriously and received an approval from the Ministry of Education to set a plan under my full supervision and to allow us to enter schools in the capital.’

‘There are some cases of the spread of this phenomenon specifically among schools in Baghdad, but we are facing great difficulty in the lack of women on the force who would allow us to carry the investigation more accurately since the phenomenon is more popular among girls between the ages of 14 and 18.’

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I thought that was IRAN. Wow Iraq is worse than Iran now. And even after USA trashed then occupied Iraq as well! USA, can you see this? Meanwhile Iran has become more open!?!

ARTICLE 3

Clegg wants ‘tycoon tax’ to trap rich who pay less than 20% with fury raging over child benefit axe – By James Chapman – UPDATED: 11:44 GMT, 10 March 2012

Crackdown: Nick Clegg last night called for a ‘tycoon tax’ to address the problem of tax evasion by the nation’s highest earners

Nick Clegg last night called for a ‘tycoon tax’ that would force the rich to pay a minimum rate and tackle the problem of tax avoidance.

The Deputy Prime Minister said it was unfair that while ordinary Britons were paying 30 or 40 per cent, hundreds of millionaires were getting away with sacrificing less than 20 per cent of their income by using an ‘army of lawyers and accountants’.

He said he would be willing to support the scrapping of the 50p top rate of income tax – a key demand of senior Tories – as long as millionaires are ‘properly’ taxed in Britain.

Mr Clegg said the wealthy used a wide array of tax loopholes and reliefs, which are inaccessible to ordinary workers, to reduce their bills. It means they often pay lower rates on annual earnings than those on much lower wages.

The Lib Dem leader yesterday repeated to his party that ‘the wealthy have to pay more’, as Government plans to remove child benefit from the better-off came under fierce attack as a measure that would undermine marriage.

Mr Clegg, speaking on the opening day of his party’s spring conference, insisted austerity measures must be targeted at the wealthy – with tax relief on their pensions also in the Government’s sights.

But in an interview, he turned his attention to the issue of tax avoidance. He said thousands of millionaires pay tax at a rate of less than 30 per cent, depriving the Exchequer of hundreds of millions of pounds a year.

Mr Clegg said he was arguing in government for a specific minimum rate of tax to be written into law to ensure people are ‘paying their fair share’ and not ‘massaging’ the system.

He said he decided on the need for a tycoon tax after Mitt Romney, who is expected to be the U.S. Republican presidential candidate, disclosed he was paying just 13.9 per cent tax on his multi-million dollar earnings.

George Osborne insists it is ‘fair’ to ask high-income families to share the burden of cutting Britain’s debt by removing their child benefit

He said: ‘You hope that kind of thing doesn’t go on in this country. So I looked into it. There are hundreds of people earning millions per year who are barely paying 20 per cent tax, forget 40 per cent, forget 50 per cent, forget 30 per cent. They are not even paying 20 per cent.

‘Therefore, I think it’s time that we look at what I call a tycoon tax. If you’re earning millions per year, if you’re able to pay an army of lawyers and accountants to basically pick and choose what tax you are paying, if you are paying as low as 25, 20 per cent or even less in tax, there should be a minimum fair share that you should pay to society.’

He told the Daily Telegraph: ‘It makes people so incredibly angry when you are getting up early in the morning, working really hard to try and do the right thing for your family and for your community, you are paying your taxes and then you see people literally in a different galaxy who are paying extraordinarily low rates of tax.’

Mr Clegg said he was undecided on a figure for the minimum rate. However, it is understood it could be set between 20 and 30 per cent.

Supporter: David Cameron has backed same-sex marriages

A big increase in the tax-free allowance for 23million basic rate taxpayers will be the centrepiece of this month’s Budget, but there are rare signs of tension between Downing Street and the Treasury over how far ‘wealth taxes’, which would help pay for the move, should go.

However, Danny Alexander revealed that he was close to agreeing proposals with the Chancellor, George Osborne, to go ‘further and faster’ towards removing low earners from tax. In an interview in today’s Independent the Chief Secretary to the Treasury said that raising the tax threshold ‘is our priority’.

At the last budget, Mr Osborne said the personal tax allowance would rise by £630 to £8,105 this April. The coalition has pledged as a long-term goal raising the income tax threshold to £10,000, which would enable some 2.2 million people to stop paying tax.

And Mr Alexander told The Independent that the Lib Dems would pledge to further raise the allowance to £12,000 in their next election manifesto, meaning that no one working full-time on the minimum wage would pay tax.

Meanwhile pressure on the Chancellor increased as a thinktank set up by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith shredded his proposal to remove child benefit from higher-rate taxpayers from next year.

Family stability will suffer a further blow if the Government presses ahead with its plans, the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) warned in a report.

Couples will be deterred from marrying or cohabiting and there will be a greater risk of fraud in the benefits system, which already costs the country £1.8billion a year, it said.

Single mothers will be particularly hard hit because they will be worse off if they marry or move in with a high-earning man.

Treasury sources have insisted that the proposal to remove child benefit from families where one parent earns £42,745 a year or more is, in fact, ‘very popular’, though they are working on ways to soften its impact.

The Government says it will save £2.5billion a year by starting to means-test child benefit, traditionally paid to all families regardless of income.
BOOST FOR MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES

Middle Britain will benefit most from Government plans to increase the income tax allowance to £10,000, economists say.

Households with incomes of around £40,000 will be the biggest winners, since they tend to have two earners rather than one who will enjoy the maximum benefit of new tax breaks, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

All 23million basic rate taxpayers will benefit from plans to increase the amount that can be earned tax-free. A big increase in the tax-free allowance, to around £8,400, is expected to be at the heart of the Budget this month.

However, if the move is paid for by holding down the higher rate tax allowance – currently just under £43,000 – more people will be pulled into the upper band as a result.

The Coalition says it wants to increase the allowance to £10,000 by the time of the 2015 election.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said last night he wanted to see that ‘the largest amount of money by far, if you are delivering tax cuts, is spent on getting people on low pay out of paying income tax’.

Labour’s Treasury spokesman Rachel Reeves said: ‘An increase in the personal allowance is better than doing nothing.

‘But a temporary VAT cut would help pensioners and others on low incomes who don’t pay income tax.’

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Too right the rich should pay more, they earn more and exploit others! Also people shouldn’t be paid to have children if you can’t afford them, don’t have them simples and if you’re both earning £40000 you def don’t need them!

– Scarlett, Sheffield, 10/3/2012 22:47
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Dave, 20.41. Dave, I just don’t believe you are self employed. You would know a lot more about exactly what taxes have to be payed when you are a company director. You’ve exposed your ‘inexactitudes’ with your inaccurate post.

– ohdear, UK., 10/3/2012 22:39
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. How about this if you have kids – YOU pay for them? I’m sick and tired of going without and constantly struggling myself (working) and at the same time being forced by bleeding-heart liberals to bank roll others. – George Brown, Hornchurch, Essex, 10/3/2012 20:46<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Does that apply to pensioners as well?

– Peter, Kent, 10/3/2012 22:39
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Envy is a terrible thing!!!

Stupid people with pathetic lives ALWAYS complaining how other smarter people should pay more tax – why?

Because they happen to be smarter than you and have made something of themselves through risk and hardwork rather than sit on their butts whining about their miserable lives

Don’t blame your failures and inadequacies on the successful – you may be able to learn something from them

– Toppers, London, 10/3/2012 22:27
Rating   4

Our MPs would be well advised to put as much effort into ensuring that tax revenue is spent wisely as they do in dreaming up new ways to tax us. Instead we hear constant stories of money being wasted left, right and centre. Millions spent on the development of computer systems that either fail to materialise or end up being scrapped. Millions spent on aid to countries that can easily support themselves. Millions spent on unions reps who do nothing. Millions spent on relocation bonuses to those MPs who can’t manage to get re-elected. It seems to me that the only way to put a stop to this wastage is to remove the temptation. If the wastage was dealt with then the need extract ever larger sums from the populous would abate and our leaders would find that lifting the tax thresholds would be a simpler matter. Attempting to generate a higher tax take without dealing with the underlying problems just means that the wastage increases, something of a vicious circle.

– Paul, Holbeach, UK, 10/3/2012 22:13
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Here’s an original idea; EVERYONE pay 10% tax. No matter who they are. Across the board. Same for businesses. I guarantee it will bring more revenue for the coffers than anything Cloggy and scameroon can think up. No inheritance tax- we all already paid the taxes, no capital gains tax, just that 10% on what you earned from the capital invested as part of your annual income. It completely simplifies the tax system, doing away with the legions of taxmen we have at the moment and it would so encourage business, enterprise and the workforce that everyone would be quite happy to pay it. Probably the lowest tax system in the developed world. But I suppose it would never be implimented. Politicians like to think they are being generous with our money…..

– Nonpc, Toytown,UK, 10/3/2012 22:10
Rating   7

All very well prancing around and sounding off about a mansion tax. Who is going to value the properties and how often? How much are all the valuations going to cost? Will the effect be to drive wealthy people overseas so that then the government gets next to nothing? Clegg just wants to get points with his own back benchers for some class hatred. Will the valuations be reviewed and how often? And is any account to be taken of the age of the occupants, the purchase price when they first bought it? Otherwise there will be some real cases of injustice. A million quid barely buys a shoebox in some parts of London. And before there are exorbitant demands on home owners for tax every year are there going to be exceptions for those unable to pay – pensioners, people who had money once and now have very little due to bereavements or loss of employment? This all sounds like the Poll Tax all over again – a brilliant wheeze but no one has thought it through.

– Kathryn Bennett, Reading, UK, 10/3/2012 22:05
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What a stupid man I will simply leave the country and stop creating wealth and employment. – Pip, Peterborough UK, 10/3/2012 21:05 Go on then and the property prices will fall giving the young dispossessed their first chance on the property ladder. And anyway currently there really isn’t anywhere to go, the whole world’s in crisis, so you can’t bully boy your way out of it this time this way.

– Clare Kingston, Swindon, United Kingdom, 10/3/2012 21:35
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What a stupid man I will simply leave the country and stop creating wealth and employment.

– Pip, Peterborough UK, 10/3/2012 21:05
Rating   13

bolshevik clegg, lets hope he goes the same way trotsky did….. ice for my gin barman!

– simon, GB, 10/3/2012 20:58

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The rich do not need any benefits. In fact class distinctions between middle and upper (lower and middle even) when uncertain (regardless of wealth – y’see wealth does not make class, it is a certain ethos adnd pathos that determines who is classed as what) will depend on who SHAMELESSLY takes benefits.

Example here – 2 people of same wealth (won’t say how much) both claiming to be upper or middle. REGARDLSS OF WEALTH – the real middle class society type will be typified by a sense of principles and pride that is expressed in refusing to take benefits, and the upper class even GIVE benefits (via philanthropy) rather than take benefits. Guess English principles stayed lost after the colonial era eh? Anyone who can push Opium or Colonize and subjugate the really quite alright Indians (they don’t try to convert people and generally are tolerant of general weirdness) can’t claim any ethical compass . . .

This is a very condiderate law (aslo demographically sound – 1 billionaire has 1 vote only, so who do you think Cameron would prefer to write policy for. 99% votes of the poor (well maybe 50%) or 1% of the votes?

ARTICLE 4

Channel 4 search for ‘fresh meat’ forced me off Countdown, reveals Carol Vorderman – PUBLISHED: 01:53 GMT, 11 March 2012 | UPDATED: 01:54 GMT, 11 March 2012

TV trauma: Carol Vorderman left Countdown after 26 years

Carol Vorderman has claimed  she was forced off Countdown after 26 years because Channel 4 bosses were looking for ‘fresh meat’.

The former co-host of one of TV’s longest-running quiz shows waded into the debate about older women on air in a candid interview with Piers Morgan for his Life Stories series. She revealed she has not watched the show since she left in 2008. Ms Vorderman, 51, also  said she was bitter that Channel 4 bosses have never invited her  back, even as a guest.

She said: ‘To me, it is like a bereavement as I was always terribly loyal to Countdown and I protected it. It was more than half my adult life.’ She recalled the last show that her co-host Richard Whiteley recorded, in which he inexplicably said: ‘Welcome to the final Countdown.’ In another eerie twist, the last conundrum of that episode spelt ‘lifefails’.

Mr Whiteley died in 2005 from septicaemia, which he contracted after emergency heart surgery.

Ms Vorderman said she ‘loved’ him and never argued with him in their 23-year TV partnership.

At the time of Ms Vorderman’s departure from Countdown, it was reported that the Cambridge maths graduate left because she refused  to take a 90 per cent cut in her £1.2 million annual salary.

But Miss Vorderman said: ‘I agreed for them to take a third  off my wages, or even halve them, but once new bosses came on to  the show they wanted fresh meat.’

Ms Vorderman’s interview is likely to be broadcast in the next few weeks.

Carol with her Countdown co-host Richard Whiteley

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2.5 decades is Mubarak-esque/Gaddafi-esque/Abdullah Saleh-esque term limitless in feel. Vorderman should be happy they took her off before she looks like the female version of the ‘Evil Math-magician’. Also Vordermans’ fans would be happy to remember Vorderman in the prime of health rather than aged. It’s better for everyone and especially Vorderman who can retire and enjoy a probably many many times more than 401K retirement. Finally, how the hell is a Math programme host supposed to be allowed to earn 10s of millions anyway? Ridiculous! Blah to 1%ters! Good sense of democracy going on here! Vorderman has become a plutocrat, and in this day and age of even honourably serving military officers (some badly injured) becoming bankrupt and homeless on the street, this sort of citizen speaks very badly about USA’s priorities.

Nothing against Voderman but this extreme salary is just wrong. Once any person reaches 401K or depending on the social position lets say 10 times 401K, it’s time they stood aside for others to earn a living. Asset hogs are a blight on wealth distribution and at a 10 times 401K quantum, any ‘axings’ cannot be considered Marxism, especially when there are wars going on and trhe country is so heavily in debt that bankruptcy is already in effect but not formalized. What business does a Math Programme Hostess have in holding such wealth?!? Any hostesses should only retire at upper class, or ‘lower rich non-working class’ wealth levels at most. Kudos to ‘Channel 4’ and ‘Countdown’ .

Next, media establishments should consider a ‘give back’ paradigm that perhaps returns anything beyond a 300% profit reserved above the total overhead to the society (one can imagine how many 1000s of percent turn over can be for some media outfits, those mogul or star types should not sequester far too much either, say 50 times of 401K at most perhaps should be fair? Society is fractured when veteran soldiers beg on the street while porn stars drink 50K bottles of champagne every night . . . ). Sequestration of wealth by media owners and stockholders should not take away wealth from society as well. This should be optional of course, but considered a ‘best practice’  and ‘people friendly media’ status for countries with extreme debt especially.

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8 Articles on Structural Problems in Malaysia : Wealth distribution problems, Unthinking voters, Allegories on racism, Journo Duplicity-fear, Selective fingering of corruption, South Africa’s ‘Righteous Minority Affirmative Action’ (unlike Malaysia Affirmative Action for the Majority . . . wtf???), Selective criticism ignoring nepotism, Mob mentality afflicted politicians from another era – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 8th february 2012

In Apartheid, Bumiputera Apartheid, corruption, critical discourse, democratisation, media traps, media tricks, Plutocracy, politics, Wealth distribution on February 7, 2012 at 5:19 pm

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Rising social inequality in Malaysia — Toh Kin Woon

MARCH 20 — Recently, Malaysia’s mainstream media carried prominently news about Malaysia’s 40 richest businessmen or tycoons. A few among them count as among the richest in Asia, with wealth running in the billions of US dollars.

But I don’t consider having a few billionaires as an indicator of successful economic development. On the contrary, I feel that there is a defect in our country’s developmental record.

The nurturing of several billionaires is one indicator of a heavy concentration of wealth and income in the hands of a few. Little wonder the gap between the richest five per cent of households and the bottom 40 per cent is getting wider. Malaysia’s Gini coefficient, which is a crude measure of income inequality, is among the highest in Asia.

Despite rising inequality, there seems little concern about it. Except for a few, policy makers, politicians, especially from the Barisan Nasional, and even the public at large give hardly any attention to such social injustice and its negative ramifications.

They may be concerned about the incidence of absolute poverty. Even the rich and powerful would be put off by the sight of poverty, such as dilapidated housing, hunger, disease and sickness, and would support state programmes to eradicate poverty.

It is a different matter, however, when it comes to calls for a redistribution of income and wealth through state intervention. The relatively well off, including even the middle class and state elites, are hardly enthusiastic about creating a more egalitarian society. They will not, for example, support high direct taxes to finance state provision of health care, an efficient and cheap public transport system, and welfare payments to the poor and aged. They want low taxes, a small public sector, and more reliance on private initiatives to provide social goods.

Many years ago, when I was studying for my MA in development economics in a British university, I learnt that it is always important to ask the key question as to who in society is benefiting from growth. This, unfortunately, is not much asked these days. Instead, the obsession is only with growth.

Until today, I am still troubled by this question. I want to see the realisation of a more egalitarian Malaysian society, in which all citizens lead dignified lives. Hence, I would like the government to adopt measures that can close the gap between the rich and poor.

Rather than having a few billionaires, I would rather have a society where there the bulk of society are members of the middle class. Egalitarianism is a goal we should all strive for. — Aliran

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Aliran is one of few voices far ahead in the future. Existing wealth paradigms are not working. Existing wealth distribution paradigms are complete failures. Readers also pls. read the below group to see how far this amassment of wealth has gone without control, time for a Bolshevik/French revolution against the Plutocrat Crypto-Monarchs? But let us replace the Political Crypto-Monarchs with NORMAL people first so we can educate the masses on – “The Equal Right of All Men to the Wealth of the World” (Utopian eh? Welcome to the future of mankind . . . ) :

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

;and to think Malaysia can’t even achieve :

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

Wanna see a better world without the likes of Singapore by GE13? Lets give the world an example they will never forget, out of Singapore, via the 13 point plan . . .

 

 

ARTICLE 2

The immovable 10pc – Praba Ganesan – Praba Ganesan – 18 Mac 2010

MARCH 18 — The math does not work, does it? There is this obsolete, cruel and more importantly crude government, and despite its single-minded intention to self-destruct, it stays in power.

Malaysia is an anathema to all countries in our wealth, infrastructure and education group. We are close to being unexplainable. The government has tried to be more obsolete, crueller and cruder in the past two years, yet it is not met with any further rejection. Why?

The answer lies in the vote-base securing power for the Barisan Nasional (BN) — the immovable 10 per cent.

In the general, you have your traditional BN supporters, those who are immune to critique and sworn to the perpetuation of the present system, irrespective of its pending collapse. I have several family members and close friends in it, and they want to walk that path indefinitely.

At the other end, the non-BN guys. Those equally sworn to the end of BN rule and have stayed that course through all reincarnations of opposition — Independence of Malaysia Party, The Socialist Front, Gagasan Rakyat, Barisan Alternatif and now Pakatan Rakyat.

I’ve less family members and close friends in that side of the pitch. But in the last three years, the spike in support for them guarantees irrespective of how much longer BN stays in power it will always be confronted by a sizeable opponent, not a token one anymore. A true nemesis, not a kid with a wooden bat.

Which leads to the — equally divided between the ever-effervescent and extremely dull — undecided voters. The ones deciding whether BN wins by a landslide or if PAS or DAP rotate leadership of a bigger than small Opposition MP total in Parliament. In 2008 they turned their backs on BN.

However, that does not change the Federal government

You need the real king-makers, the immovable 10 per cent. Let me tell you about them.

The group has one characteristic, they vote BN even if they personally don’t have that much love for the ruling coalition. They vote BN because despite everything life in Malaysia is ok for them. That’s it. Life is ok. There are no sexy reasons, just an extremely cautious and cynical outlook to life. (Hey, blame it on our Asian genes.)

They keep BN in power, and help them stay there.

The number 10 is arbitrary, mostly guesswork — to show them being substantial, while being small enough to be an under-serviced group. The group is disparate and they don’t have an active effort to gather themselves under an umbrella. There is no “We really, really don’t care that much for the BN, but we vote for them all the time Club”.

It is important to know them, so that the arguments made to them apply to them, and have a chance to convince them.

What do they want? They want good. They want the good without having to endure any growing pains. This is where they falsely associate the BN government as the purveyor of reasonable good, because they have been in the power position infinitum.

They are willing to settle for good not coming through, as long as bad (for them) does not rise.

So much of what the BN decides, launches or offends does not irk them.

They’ll politely listen to you when you repeat your rehearsed lines about the mystery surrounding the death of a model or in a lock-up or at the bottom of a government building. They’ll nod away when you express your disdain with human rights openly abused and elections lacking the honesty one must surely wish for. They’ll buy you drinks when you admonish the nepotism, the xenophobia and the denigration of the human spirit. You’ll almost go blue exasperated about the brain drain, and they’ll comfort you with an arm over you while the other hand strokes the “green card” tucked inside their wallet.

Moral imperatives are not going to win their votes.

They are not interested in the process which the good prevails or develops from, they just want good.

Who are they? Some of the commentators in this website. The middle manager who needs his firm to be stable as he makes his career surge. The sub-contractor who hates the system, but has a life made from him compromising himself and the system. The school teacher who thinks all governments are inherently flawed which is a fair reason to back this one.

They are all around us. Your voting record (or lack thereof) will tell you if you are one of them.

My own personal favourite is my batch-mate — the good doctor in Putrajaya. He is cynical of everything, and builds his reputation on just being disagreeable and cocky about his intellect. You should see him justifying bad government, it is the closest as you will get to see a square peg being forcibly but successfully pressed into a round hole.

When you have made your mind, and possess a decent intellect you can always justify your world-view.

Ferdinand Marcos, Mobutu Sese Seko, Nicolae Ceausescu and Robert Mugabe are all frowned upon today, but in the heights of their power the very people who turned their backs on them were cheering them in stadiums and long parades.

The “immovable 10 per cent” will in a distant future disassociate their support for historically denounced characters. Which is why I try to commit to memory all my friends who are “Facebook fans” of a certain former prime minister.

So you see, now you can understand why the BN can and has made decisions that make your blood boil, but which do not ruffle them. They only care about appeasing their supporters, and keeping a portion of the undecided. The ‘immovable 10 per cent’ will find their own way to crossing the name of the BN candidate.

I’ll meet my quiz-mate in two hours, and he’ll run through for me all the nasty things the government is up to, mostly what was carried by The Malaysian Insider. As usual I’ll smile and tell him, the government does not care for him, since they can’t lose his vote twice in any given election.

I will tell him, as I tell my readers if you want the change you desire, identify those around you who are. If you bother to let listen and not moralise, they will share with you their misgivings about a life without BN. Listen and engage on their terms.

Don’t pour facts down their throats, you’ll only make them withdraw into their shells. Don’t force a responsibility they have never felt for others. Don’t insist they change, because it suits you.

You never win them in the conversation. You only have a chance if they consider the conversation long after it has ended.

That they realise as Edmund Burke put it: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

And maybe you can start by putting that as a bumper sticker on your car.

* The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the columnist.

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They forgot to mention dr.Evil’s beer company kid, that is too haram to close an eye to Syariah Court inaction . . . AND because of the glaringly obvious NEPOTISM which is intolerable in the ruling party, the vote would inevitably favour DSAI. As for the wrongs of many things that also happened under DSAI’s watch, let us say that if not for his intent to reform, we would never be able to unravel what happened. DSAI is the way forward, even though he is linked to the past. Allah has deemed it suitable that he lose favour with dr.Evil so that Malaysia would be cleansed. Dare any Malaysian deny that things are better because of what happened and because DSAI is still around to correct them? Also :

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

And with the 13 point plan in place, re-assimilation of Singapore as well.

 

 

ARTICLE 3

Mass sleepwalking — Tay Tian Yan

MARCH 2 – 2010 — Seventy-six Malay civil organisations joined hands to form the “Malay NGO Consultative Council,” vowing to defend the rights of Malays and Muslims.

I rushed to check the calendar to make sure it was not March 1, 1946.

Indeed so!

If this took place in 1946, I would say it was understandable and logical.

Six decades ago, the British issued the open-minded and fair “Malayan Union” decree, but it raised alarm among the Malays.

They were worried about the status of the Malays as well as their religion. As a consequence, Malay organisations were mobilised to “defend the rights of Malays and Muslims.”

But this is 2010! I wonder whether we have been transported back in time to those good old days?

The colonists left long ago, and the Alliance and Barisan Nasional have been in firm control of this country for the following half century, while the New Economic Policy has been in place for four decades…

The Malays have the power, status, achievements, and the numbers!

What else is there to defend?

Can you imagine the Whites in America rising up to “defend the rights of the Whites” and counter the Native Americans who have questioned their rights?

Or the NGOs in China unite to “defend the rights of the Hans” from the oppression of Tibetans and Uighurs?

It is said that the Whites in America have risen up to defend the rights of the Native Americans, while a few right-minded Hans in China have urged the government to halt the oppression against their Tibetan and Uighur brothers.

Only when our future and fate are being threatened do we actually need to rise up and defend.

Otherwise, we can only call ourselves “Quixotics” — fantasisers who perceive those around them as enemies and get contented with their own illusions.

The word is derived from “Don Quixote,” the protagonist in Miguel de Cervantes’s novel about four centuries back.

A country bumpkin, Don Qixote read a lot about the stories of knights, and found himself falling into a world of his own illusions.

One day, he picked up a rusty spear, put on an old suit of armour, and went on his adventure.

He spotted windmills, and thinking that they were ferocious giants, he attacked them.

On his death bed, Don Quixote had his senses restored. He came to the realisation that all those knight stories were anything but the truth.

Hey, hey! Perkasa, GPMS, Mubarak and the like. Are you all right? Or are you still having a mass sleepwalking?

And Cuepacs, too! Are you not an outfit for civil servants? Why don’t you go about defending the interests of civil servants instead?

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(1) Can you imagine the Whites in America rising up to “defend the rights of the Whites” and counter the Native Americans who have questioned their rights? Or the NGOs in China unite to “defend the rights of the Hans” from the oppression of Tibetans and Uighurs?

It is said that the Whites in America have risen up to defend the rights of the Native Americans, while right-minded Hans in China have urged the government to halt the oppression against their Tibetan and Uighur brothers.

This is an issue of geo-political vs. human rights brinksmanship. Neither can let go immediately at this point. Or should both let go in stages? In either case, do note this below link’s article and the unbalanced balance of covert infiltration which requires that USA lets go first :

http://www.rense.com/general81/faeeof.htm

(2) ” But in this age of globalisation, Malaysia should position itself more as a liberal and open country, while the Malays should be adequately equipped to compete on an equal footing. ”

Partially ambiguous without specifics. Hmm, everyone equipped with the Human Rights Charter’s protections are adequate, lets not justify for or allow to justify. Lets have one on :

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

” And on his death bed, Don Quixote had his senses restored. He came to the realisation that all those knight stories were anything but the truth. ”

Tit for tat? Give here that tit. And this one’s no t*at. As said, this is not for the cynical . . . when a caveman began his first fire, he was never thinking of flying to Mars. This is still nothing unbelievable, wait 50 years, maybe something will prove this point with, for the current and future item, and those familiar with Quixote would know that EQUALITY of Man reaches into the issuance of endorsement of the very Courts denied to those who have had theirs fallen.

In the past it was armed men who would fight. Now it is informed men who would endorse. What do you wish for the world? And what are you doing about it? Here’s what to do : vote for non-nepotists, non-racists and non-plutocrats (glc types etc..). Very likely, a better Malaysia will arise.

 

 

ARTICLE 4

Be tolerant — Lim Mun Fah (MySinChew) – 3 Mar 2010

MARCH 2 — If we can sincerely recognise, accept and tolerate differences, we can have a beautiful future.

Because of religious differences, we have diverse beliefs.

Because of cultural differences, we have diverse life.

Because of lingual differences, we have diverse ways of communication.

Because of educational differences, we have diverse ways of thinking.

Because of these diversities, our society is unique, vigorous and colourful.

Malaysia can actually create a rare atmosphere of diversity.

If we are willing to recognise, accept and tolerate while allowing mutual dependence among different religions, cultures, languages and educations, differences can certainly form a very unique, irreplaceable Malaysia.

Recognising, accepting and tolerating differences represent a virtue spirit of aggressiveness.

Unfortunately, such diverse characteristics that we once possessed and been proud of are now facing a variety of tangible and intangible suppression because of the rise of singularism.

Singularism tends to produce extreme acts and therefore, we can see people stirring up trouble everywhere. They use differences to create antagonism and expand confrontation into hatred.

Infinitely expanding differences and playing with racial sentiments is indeed very dangerous but it is also the cheapest and best weapon for incitement. Therefore, the growing fundamentalists are continuously playing up with racial and religious issues. They deliberately try to hurt the feelings of all races. We are outraged and at the same time worried.

We are worried as once the act of making differences a confrontation becomes a means for incitement, religious, cultural, lingual and education diversities will be suppressed. Step by step, they will be pushed towards the narrow and extreme direction. The narrow and extreme racial sentiment will bring together hatred and confrontation. It will also lead to outburst of conflicts.

Harmonious differences are beautiful and fascinating. But confronting differences is ugly and disgusting.

We need to appreciate it before we can communicate.

We need communication in order to foster understanding. And we need understanding in order to live together and complement each other.

If we are increasingly concerned about the differences among each other, we will increasingly dislike each other and can accept only those who are “exactly the same” as us. Also, misunderstanding will start growing.

Be tolerant. If we believe the experience and lesson learned from history, we can march towards “1 Malaysia”. — mysinchew.com


written by Pooh, March 02, 2010
not tolerant but acceptance because tolerance has its limit and breaking point.just accept the differences and embrace it. we were made different and there is no such thing as equality because some will be more equal than others. be fair and just. be kind and considerate.

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Hi Lim Mun :

Kinda stilted and a platitude spewer of an article throughout but these few glaring miswordings (hopefully not intentional) can’t be ignored, one gets the impression this is not Lim Mun’s native language or Lim Mun has difficulty thinking to just simply say – EQUALITY FOR ALL CITIZENS . . .

(1) ” . . . a virtue spirit of aggressiveness . . . ” ?!? Did you mean :

1) virtuous spirit of aggressiveness???
2) spirit of virtuous aggressiveness???
3) spirited virtue of aggressiveness???
4) aggressive virtue of spirit???
5) aggressive spirit of virtue???

You can’t be extolling aggression so 1, 2, and 3 are not likely what you meant, but 4, and 5 don’t make sense either . . .

(2) Harmonious differences are beautiful and fascinating. But confronting differences is ugly and disgusting.

You are making comparisons of differences so this should better read :

” But confrontational differences are ugly and disgusting.”

(3) And we need understanding in order to live together and complement each other.

Complement? Somewhat obtuse, but fair enough . . .

(4) If we believe the experience and lesson learned from history, we can march towards “1 Malaysia”.

“If we believe the experience and lesson learned from history . . . “, Er, believe the experience of history?!? This line was either translated from mandarin and meant something totally different or the writer was just writing off the bat. Do people get paid to write like this? So shows the value of networking . . .

Hi @Pooh :

There is equality. It is just not being upheld by the some authorities, specifically Malaysian ones ib certain political factions racist or nepotistic or term limiteless. Such lethargy . . . is @Pooh saying to agree to submit to inequality?

Please address :

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

 

 

ARTICLE 5

‘The most corrupt institution in the country’ — Martin Jalleh – MARCH 2 -2010 — Umno is rotten to the core; it is rotten from its lowest level to the highest.

The year 2009 began with the chairman of Umno’s disciplinary board, Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen, proposing a radical (or desperate) solution to reduce rampant money politics in Umno — get rid of its Youth and Puteri wings! The Umno elite, Datuk Seri Najib Razak included, found the proposal ridiculous and rejected it.

Datuk Zaid Ibrahim advised Tengku Rithauddeen to retire and resign from the board since his efforts in reining in corruption in Umno had proven to be futile. Lim Kit Siang went one step further saying, as a result of Tengku Rithauddeen’s failure to weed out corruption, the whole of Umno should be uprooted altogether!

On Jan 30, 2009, a group of Umno Youth members protested against both Tengku Rithauddeen for his proposal and also the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for its intervention in “party matters”. It rattled Tengku Rithauddeen so much that he resignedly replied: “We will do our job; MACC will do theirs.”

In March, two Umno members threatened to apply for an injunction to postpone the Umno general assembly until all allegations of money politics were investigated. They highlighted their report on the misuse of power on the (then) PM and Deputy PM and the more than 1,000 reports of graft in Umno.

Nine days before the Umno elections, the disciplinary board barred Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Mohd Ali Rustam from contesting the post of party deputy president after three of his “agents” were allegedly found guilty of being involved in money politics in the run-up to the elections.

But Ali continued as an Umno member and CM. Even Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was stumped by this: “Isa was thrown out because he was involved in money politics… he also lost his position as a minister. But here we have a very strange decision. He was found to be corrupt but he can remain as the Chief Minister…”

Khairy Jamaluddin, who was a candidate for the post of Umno Youth head, was also found “guilty” by the board, but was only given a warning. He won the post and was heckled by an Umno mob who yelled “Khairy! Rasuah!” and “Penipu!” during his acceptance speech.

Another candidate for the post of Umno Youth head, Datuk Seri Mohamad Khir Toyo, was cleared by the board of all corruption charges. People expected Khir to be found clean, or Umno would be without an opposition leader in Selangor of his calibre and he would not look good in his new role as a “champion of good governance”!

Several MBs and CMs who lost in the party elections blamed it on money politics. They claimed that delegates seemed more drawn to the “distribution of gifts” than what they had done for their states. (Only one of the MBs and CMs succeeded in securing a place on the 25-seat supreme council.)

It was also time for Pak Lah to retire. As a parting shot to the party that ended his presidency/premiership prematurely he warned that “…materialism has seeped into the party, making a number of party members greedy and avaricious, hence creating the negative perception that Umno is a corrupt party”.

When setting up his new Umno supreme council Najib sought to be “inclusive” — he included the losers in the Umno elections and whose integrity had been questioned such as Tengku Adnan Mansor (of V.K. Lingam video clip fame), Ali (money politics) and Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz (approved permits)!

In April, Najib became the PM. Many agreed with the assessment of Tengku Aziz — a former chairman of Transparency International — of Najib’s People’s Cabinet, as a team “totally uninspiring (and) of recycled political expendables, many with personal records of integrity that will not bear close scrutiny.”

Indeed, Najib’s supposed strong resolve to start afresh with his new Cabinet was in reality a successful spin by his camp for about 80 per cent of those appointed ministers were spent characters, self-seeking sycophants with stained records, or what Dr M called “unsavoury characters”.

Umno’s anti-corruption charade continued in full force. In August, Umno fielded a disbarred lawyer in the Permatang Pasir by-election. It prompted Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah to ask: “Is Umno so short of people that we have to find a lawyer disbarred for financial dishonesty to stand?”

In October, Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad became Umno’s candidate in the Bagan Pinang by-election. Najib’s nebulous defence of the decision was that “the offence committed by Isa was not an offence under the law”. The Chief Commissioner of the MACC had in January 2009 declared categorically that “money politics is corruption”!

The DAP’s Wong Ho Leng gives an accurate implication of Isa’s win: “Isa’s win would translate into an endorsement of corruption within Umno and the government that it leads. It lays bare the fact that Umno has no better leader to win a by-election than one who has been condemned by Umno itself to have been corrupt.”

PKR’s Azmin Ali sarcastic take on Isa’s victory was that Umno does not have to do any reform nor worry about money politics anymore. They can still win anyhow!

Consider columnist M. Bakri Musa’s invaluable insight: “To Umno folks, the party has replaced Allah as the source of bounty and benevolence… Corrupt leaders are forgiven not by Allah but by the party. Isa Samad had his political corruption sentence reduced, and then he was rewarded to be the party’s election candidate. Khairy had his ‘money politics’ conviction essentially pardoned, and then blessed by being head of Umno Youth”!

The year ended with Dr M quoting in his blog a former senior Umno leader’s lamentation: “Umno is rotten to the core. It is rotten from its lowest level to the highest. What’s left are remnants of people with self-interest who still hope of being rewarded for supporting Umno. They are not nationalists and cannot be trusted.” According to Dr M, this leader intended to jump ship to PAS! — aliran

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Martin Jalleh, do not gloss over the fact that the AP system and so many other wrongs were created by dr.Evil and also endorsed or continued by Pak Blah who also introduced Israeli and Singapore style FORCED MILITARY CONSCRIPTIONS backed with jail terms and fines which were rubber stamped by MPs still holding seats today. Does anyone know which MPs rubber stamped the military conscription into existence? Forced Military CO scriptions without Abstention options is unconstitutional and illegal especially when we do not even have EQUALITY and APARTHEID typified most laws and articles of Constitution.

Would Martin like to sometime address or run as a candidate on the below 3 items under 3rd Force or independent candidacy? Don’t write half-hearted articles if you love your country.

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

 

 

ARTICLE 6

Nomad Muslim contributed to Zul’s victory & I’m sorry — Nomad Muslim

MARCH 2 – 2010 — Dear Editor, I would appreciate if you publish this long but terribly important letter on Zulkifli Nordin, Umno, the Malays and the tragic state Malaysia finds itself in today. Thank you and may Allah (sw) bless you.

The letter:

I did contribute to Zulkifli’s victory and I’m sorry dear Malaysians

I’m a Muslim student in Malaysia from an African non-Muslim country. I have been here for a while to know much about this country.

Although I’m in the science stream, I follow the Malaysian political scene with fervour. In fact, foreign students particularly Muslims follow Malaysia’s sorry state with disgust and shock.

A nation we thought we could be proud of and sell to others including our countries, but unfortunately hell-bent on proving that God’s Grace can be a curse.

As Malaysia prepared for the now historic March 08 elections, we did whatever we could in our own simple ways of contributing to the Pakatan (later formed of course) groups particularly PAS and PKR.

Either we encouraged our Malay brethren whom we knew were registered to go and vote or at least help in disseminating the PAS and PKR political platforms and popularize their candidates. One such candidate was Nulkifli Nordin, a Reformasi stalwart.

Reading his blog then which was started in Feb 2008 was interesting. What a shameful metamorphosis indeed! In case he deletes it, we have captured it for posterity and Allah (sw) knows much more. Now here comes what I did.

On March 02, 6 days before the poll, as I went through Malaysian blogs, I came across damaging information against the UMNO candidate for KULIM Abdul Aziz Sheikh Fadzir published in the blog of former DAP MP James Wong, who linked to a statement issued by The Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH).

The statement was carried by The Merdeka Review and it was in Chinese. I immediately alerted Zulkifli through email and a comment left at his blog. I also sent him the link to Lim Kit Siang’s reaction to what Abdul Azizi has done by threatening to burn down the KLSCAH in 2000.

By then, the people who were visiting his blog were very small in number. He was desperately popularizing his blog through Malaysia-Today, Harris Ibrahim and Zorro blogs which are of course very popular. But my information will change a lot. As I left the comment in his blog, I requested that his not publish my comment but act on its message. He heeded my call. To him, I was just a concerned “Malaysian” who was fighting with him (or for him?) to secure him a victory against Umno.

Zulkifli Nordin thanked me and on the same date that I alerted him published the KLSCAH information plus Lim Kit Siang’s press statement on Abdul Aziz Sheikh Fadzir’s antics. Using the photo provided by Merdeka Review, he added: Tolak budaya samseng and then wrote: (We thank you wanyama for alerting us on this news….).

Wanyama was the fake name I used to sign in. The reaction was swift. That particular entry was published in Malaysia today. I personally linked it to Harris Ibrahim’s blog and Zorro’s too through commenting in their blogs. 20 people including me commented on the entry and I wrote: “Well, I’m the one who rang the alarm bell. Mr Zulkifli, this is a big chance to awaken the Chineese. It should be printed today and made sure every Chinese voter gets it. It is politics of honesty, accountability, responsibility and good manners. UMNO samsengs have no such qualities no wonder they are threatening people with fire. How can such people be made MPs? Kulim voters, be they Chinese, Malays or Indian, reject samseng.”

Zulkifli who was struggling with the Chinese vote got a golden chance to awaken the Chinese in Kulim and distributed thousands of flyers over this “Extremist” UMNO man (to use his own words…how days change). This also proved fatal to UMNO. Desperate to defeat him, UMNO was distributing demonic CDs against Anwar Ibrahim in Kulim and Zulkifli was campaigning on the premise that he was a Reformasi man and that he was DSAI’s lawyer. Rather than continuing on its demonic spree against DSAI, UMNO in Kulim was put on the defensive and by March 06, it was clear that Zul was headed for an emphatic history.

UMNO tried to disqualify him 2 days to the polling date on the premise that he didn’t submit his Account Statement and he lodged a police report against the Returning Officer and also sent a scathing letter to The Star for publishing a report titled: “Question mark over Zulkifli” and demanded that it publishes his press statement. Later the EC clarified that he was eligible to contest. Note that UMNO wanted to act against him only after his chances of winning became clear and didn’t object to his candidacy on the nomination day as usual.

Then the DAY came and Zul went on to win the Kulim seat. His ranted against the evil, corrupt, extremist and disgraceful Umno (his words) and the people listened and voted for him. One day after the victory, a Mahathirist commentator who used the pen name: arb_ok wrote: “Assalamualaikum YB, Congratulations on your recent election as the people’s representative. On behalf of my friends from KL who went back all the way to Kulim just to vote you, we sincerely hope that you shall carry your new responsibilities to the fullest.

Please remember not to take the voters for granted. The Kulim folks are no longer awed by the BN. I personally hope that despite you winning on Keadilan ticket, you shall not pursue the cause of DSAI as he is a gone case. Please remember to serve the Kulim folks well and you shall be rewarded handsomely.

And I must let you know that my vote went to the candidate and not the party. I despise Keadilan for their struggle on Anwar. Largely the Kulim folks are not fond of Anwar but we were simply sick of the PM and his advisers.

Selamat berkhidmat. Wassalam and syabas YB.”

@Nomad Muslim responded to this rabid Mahathirist and defended Anwar, Zul and PKR as a “Malaysian” and I wrote:

“Dear arb_ok

Ass.wr.wb [[[ *** an NLP mispelt if anything *** ]]]

Your understanding is warped and your intellectual poverty is immense and heartrending that it needs attention. Let me address the issues that you have raised one by one.

1. You congratulated the new YB on his victory which is right. Then you went on to claim credit on behalf of your friends in KL. Well, you need to show the evidence that there were friends of yours who authorized you to speak on their behalf. I myself is from KL and went to vote in Kulim for Noordin. You said the new YB should carry his duties well since Kulim voters are no longer awed by BN. Agreed! But it is Malaysia which also is not awed by BN and its pussyfooters.

2. Then you addressed the new YB saying that he shouldn’t pursue the cause of DSAI since he is a gone case. It is here that I’m very interested in. first of all, what’s DSAI’s cause and who determines that cause? Secondly, how did you know that he was gone? Using which barometer? By what law, by what justice? Your calculation that you voted for the candidate but hates his party unearths your buffoonery since at the end of the day a candidate is voted on the basis of the ideals and manifestos of his/her party. Moreover, if Noordin is good, then it means the party that fielded him must have been good in the sense that it looked for the good people.

3. You wrote: “I despise Keadilan for their struggle on Anwar.” I must say that your hatred to Anwar the person has rendered you a buffoon beyond salvation point. This is because KeADILan is a party made of diverse people with diverse background driven by one goal: a better Malaysia. The fact that Anwar is part of that mass movement or party shouldn’t confuse you my dear. Yes, I can see you hate Anwar but Anwar even is not aware of your existence, so it will be civil and informed not to nag others about him as you are desperately doing here. Furthermore, the fact that KeADILan was formed after Anwar was jailed doesn’t make it an Anwar party. In any way, a party is borne at a given moment due to a certain political, economical or national cause at a given moment too, and therefore KeADILan’s birth at the height of the political assassination of DSAI doesn’t make the party bereft of any idea or its multifarious supporters and winners a hapless bunch of people wallowing in intellectual penury.

4. You said Kulim people are not fond of Anwar. Hehehe Which Kulim people are you talking about? It is just like how you said on behalf of KL friends. Mah! You are so cheap and condescending my dear. Your view and atavistic rage against Anwar can’t be said to be that of Kulim or its people. I’m sorry to inform you that Kulim is not you. Kulim has thousands of people with different ideas, perceptions, beliefs and orientations, therefore, your childish rants that the people of Kulim are anti-Anwar as if you are the Kulim itself makes your argument utterly naïve and ludicrous. Just say, as far as I’m concerned, ok? Thanks, wassalam.”

One may ask why all this trouble, well, we did all this to support the change and Malaysia’s prospect for a better tomorrow. We support the Islam of Tok Guru Nik Aziz (note I say Nik Aziz and not Ustadh Hadi) and the leadership of DSAI and now Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah. We did this in order to support the people we thought were conscientious enough to understand that there is a crying need for a new paradigm in this nation and the salvation of this outwardly glamorous nation but deeply rotten inside. We did this because we have seen how rotten the system is, how failed Malaysia is becoming and how defeatist culture and inherent opportunism is becoming the accepted norm.

In 2006, a friend from another country was arrested in Kedah while he was going to Thailand. He was informed that his visa had expired the previous day by the Kedah Immigration and then he was detained. A relative of his requested me to accompany him to Alor Star to visit the man. I did. What I saw was shocking. Rather than putting the man through due process, the Immigration men demanded RM10,000. And when we informed them that his case has already being taken to court, a lawyer from UiTM who was working with the Immigration men said this to me: “all this will be solved. Both the prosecutor and the judge are known to me and he will be released immediately provided you pay the amount”, and then he gave me his account number.

He was a treacherous man selling his motherland. He is a product of a corrupt system that’s hailed as a success. We wanted the likes of Zulkifli to do something for Kedah, Malaysia and all those who love this nation. And those petty Umnoputras who rant against the world for demanding a fair tribal for DSAI, it is because even poor foreign students know how corrupt Malaysia’s judiciary is. We are witness to it and the world knows much than you can imagine.

Like would a Malay(sian) student in the US would in all probability support Obama, or the same student in India would do a dig for the Congress, the overwhelming majority of foreign Muslim students in Malaysia unequivocally support Anwar Ibrahim. Make no mistake about it and we aren’t stupid about it. We also salute beloved Tok Guru Nik Aziz whose courage and fatigue represent the spirit of the nation. And we also salute the always urbane and truly patriotic Ku li. For me and many others, these three men (plus many others in the trenches) are the real patriots. A patriot is the one who demands the best of his/her nation, not a vile, tribal posturing, knife (keris) waving buffoon who can’t express himself in an intelligent way. These three men also have been victims of the system and they are ones who can only correct it.

For us, Zul was part of the true patriots. The man who accused his UMNO rival of extremism became its ugly and unacceptable face. There was no intellectual input from him on any issue, a typical Ibrahim Ali, only younger. The fact that Ibrahim Ali is a vile character who can bad mouth others isn’t a sign of patriotism and neither would his empty tribal rhetoric take the Malays to a new frontier. I have been observing Zul, and I must say I feel sorry that I did little to help him win an argument against a rival whom he embraces today betraying the men and women who struggled with him all along. May be the Arab saying that revolution eats its children is true.

In fact, the Malays are very strange people if not the strangest on earth. Say, if you work together and you disagree, they will become your enemies and even do unimaginable things to you simply because you parted ways. Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.

They will also go to your “original” enemies simply to spite you but it is they who spiting their own souls and dignity. You can say they are a people who cut off their noses to spite their faces. Ya Allah! Take former PKR Secretary General Dato Salehuddin Hashim for example. The fact that he has had few disagreements with (may be) some PKR leaders, today, he wants to destroy the party! That’s his way of his struggle and reformasi. Reading his statements in the Malaysian Insider and The Edge yesterday reminded me of the Quranic verse: “And do not be like she who untwisted her spun thread after it was strong [by] taking your oaths as [means of] deceit between you because one community is more plentiful [in number or wealth] than another community. Allah only tries you thereby. And He will surely make clear to you on the Day of Resurrection that over which you used to differ.” (16: 92)

When Malaysian MPs were going to Korea two weeks ago, I was at KLIA leaving for my country-South Africa. As I waited for my flight and roamed the airport, I saw PKR MPs Zuraidah Kamaruddin and Kapar MP M. Manickavasagam, PAS MPs like Dr Hatta Ramli and Dr. Lo’lo Ghazali and some UMNO MPs. Zul was the loudest and the most uncouth. Wearing a tight jeans and a T-Shirt (infidel clothes I guess), he never even greeted the Pakatan MPs. He stuck with UMNO MPs and you could see him haughtily laughing from around the corner. Loudly speaking on the phone, you could think he was excited for flying. I almost wanted to talk to him, but some UMNO MPs guarded him and I was fearful knowing that I’m a foreigner even if a Muslim.

Definitely he was a trapped man, and a perfidious character devoid of God’s fear. I want to say this to Zul, dishonesty and betrayal of ideals and friends is not part of serving Islam. And Islam is not served by attacking private premises, bad mouthing others, tribalising its universal message and turning it into a base political tool. Islam is more than that my dear! One way of serving Islam is respecting your friends and comrades even if they are non-Muslims let alone Muslims and disagreements in ideas and ideologies in Islam is a mercy. If certain PKR leaders take a position and you take another, that’s a mercy unto you all. Don’t force others to take your position and don’t humiliate others and be conscious of God in Whose Court you shall answer alone. Your intentions should be for Him and remember God wants us to prove that we love Him by loving humanity.

Zul today wants PAS and PKR to severe ties with DAP but he thought it fit that he should use DAP support to win. He saw it fit to use Lim Kit Siang’s statement against his UMNO rival to get the overwhelming Chinese vote and today he talks as if UMNO gave him the seat. Any person with an iota of intelligence will tell you that Lim Kit Siang is more pro-Islam and Malay today than he was on March 07, 2008. Rather than capitalizing on that; and bringing the nation together and giving the Malays dignity and bringing to an end this heartrending mentality of: “we are sensitive people, (you mean others aren’t?), we will ran amok. We are weak, we need eternal crutches”, Zul is going back, back on anything good.

If he was a visionary leader, he would have understood that neither UMNO nor the current mentality will sustain the Malays. He would have taken his people to a new frontier much as they may hate it because a great leader takes his people where they DON’T want but aught to be while a leader (UMNO type) takes his people where they WANT. (Responding to base reactions, empty rhetoric and visionless politics devoid of God’s fear and based on brutal tactics).

Allah (sw) has been good to you Malays in many ways. He made you Muslims, He brought the Chinese and Indians to this country, if you doubt their benefit and contributions, ask others. Ask us! After Islam, the presence of the Chinese and Indians in this country is the greatest grace Allah (sw) has bestowed upon you Malays. He gave you a beautiful, an abundant nation. He gave you meek people who accept second class status and never demand much-the Sabah and the Sarawak Bumis. He gave you resources and a strategic place to call home. Rather than glorifying God and taking care of this nation, you cry daily, whine daily, threaten others daily, refuse to ask yourselves critical questions. Blame others, shame yourselves by repeatedly saying ‘we are weak, we are sensitive’ and defame Islam by using it as a tribal bomoh culture rather than a universal message.

You cry our “Allah”, since when did Allah become your tribal god? Please explains to us Muslims from the four corners of the earth why “Allah” is yours for example? You are not more Muslims than us. Are you? So tell us why? You won’t respond and if you do, it will be along the usual lines: “Our people will be confused.” All that you know is to say: our people are weak, our people are sensitive, our people are easily confused, and our people can easily run amok”. Is that’s how you prove your intelligence? Is that’s how you want others to respect you? Is that’s how you want Muslims in other countries to take your case and explain it to others? Is this is how you want to be viewed globally? My dear brethren, my dear Malays…till when? For us Muslims in other parts of the world, we know why! Unfortunately the people who are responsible for this tragic state are the same people who are leading you today and you never even stop for a moment to ask: where are we heading. May be you will wake up when you have already fallen to the pit!

Islam is not for Muslims alone. Non-Muslims can use Islam against us if they feel we aren’t being true to what we purport to believe in. If the Chinese and Indians say NEP is un-Islamic, that’s true. The Prophet (pbuh) would have decreed the same today. The Prophet (pbuh) would have issued a decree saying the poor Chinese and Indians should be given aid too. But a typical UMNO-Zulikifli type would respond: “We are sensitive, hak kita, ini bumi kita…we will use the keris… we will run amok…May 13” There won’t be a single intelligent response. An Islamic input, a humanist input, an economical input. It will be the same Ibrahim Ali and May 13 rhetoric. Not only you shame yourselves, you do that to those who love you because of Islam.

There is a crying need for the Malays to wake up and realize that business can’t be as usual. That protests don’t build a powerful community. They need to realize that Islam is for all and that UMNO’s tribal posturing will harm them more others and that the world isn’t waiting for them. You are being overtaken by all and sundry while you rant and rave, stuck in your own created quagmire. The Ibrahim Alis, demonic Utusan-undoubtedly Malaysia’s face of evil-, the Puad Zarkashis, The Alhabshees, BTN, and opportunist, inherently dishonest turncoats who can be bought for few Ringgits won’t help you in becoming a better people and a nation.

A man who can’t show your capability, but rather trades in your anguish, a man who sacrifices your future for political expediency, a man who doesn’t share with you the latest economic figures, research out, etc but sings a tribal song to you in order to inflame you and arouse your base emotions is not the one who will make you prosper and succeed in the Two World. You need intelligent leadership, a God fearing leadership, an honest leadership, true Malay leadership. You need Ku Li, Nik Aziz and DSAI. Allahuma Fashhad (O God be the witness).

“And that ears (that should hear the tale and) retain its memory should bear its (lessons) in remembrance.” Holy Qur’an 69: 13)

Wassalam!

Your brother from South Africa

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Not only do the South Africans have hearts of Lions, they have souls of Lions. No economic cowardice and good intentions towards all races and faiths ! I have read that there is even a NEP favouring minorities like the Chinese who incidentally also have Chinatowns in South Africa. This favour is for minorities who settled BEFORE 1990! And we here in Malaysia are BEHIND South Africa the NEP favouring majority Malays since 1950s has been in place up to 2010 and the minorities have had no NEP or anything even up to now, and when we ask for :

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

;the worst of the racist faction even threatens minorities merely asking for equality and social freedoms with riots ! Would the President of South Africa make a statement of denouncement of Malaysia’s BN’s legalisation of APARTHEID and PR’s inability to speak clearly on the same???

 

 

ARTICLE 7

The column that wasn’t – Marina Mahathir

MARCH 3 -2010 – When we want to compete with anyone in any field, we seek those who are better than us. And we keep going until finally we are recognised as the best.

For example, a tennis player starts at the unranked bottom and tries to play and win against better players until, finally, there is nobody to beat.

We do not, however, insist that everybody comes down to our level or to play badly in order for us to win.

This is what puzzles me about the syariah courts in our country. In 1988, a clause was inserted into our Constitution that has been interpreted as having erected a “Berlin Wall” between the syariah and the civil courts.

Basically, Article 121(1A) said “the courts referred to in Clause (1) shall have no jurisdiction in respect of any matter within the jurisdiction of the syariah courts.”  This has caused untold problems because real life sometimes dictates that some issues cross over both jurisdictions. But leave that aside for a moment.

Although the new clause did not say that the two separate courts were equal to one another, there are some people who are of the view that the syariah court is superior to the civil courts simply because syariah law is deemed of a higher order than civil laws.

This is because apparently God made syariah laws while mere human beings made the civil laws. Never mind the fact that human beings have been changing syariah laws over the years, for instance, by loosening laws that protected women from losing all their property to their divorced husbands.

Like other laws in this country, syariah laws have to be drafted, tabled and passed through our various lawmaking bodies, whether at the State or Federal levels. This process leaves a lot of human fingerprints all over them.

Civil laws are drafted, tabled and passed through Parliament. The difference is that at the tabling stage, they have to be debated before they are passed. The quality of the debate may be sometimes wanting but debated they are. This process provides some sort of ‘quality control’ over the laws so that they are hopefully current, reflect realities and are just.

The same does not hold true of syariah laws. When they get tabled at State Excos, non-Muslims do not participate because there is the notion that they cannot partake in any such debate.

That leaves only the Muslim Excos, few of whom are women. This means that if a bill affects women, the opinions of the female minority in the Exco can be ignored.

Furthermore, most people are ignorant about their religion and tend to leave these matters to those they believe know best. Thus if the State Mufti or religious adviser says it’s a good law, they are unlikely to challenge him. Thus are religious laws passed unscrutinised.

Until, that is, something happens, such as when someone gets convicted of a syariah crime and punishment is meted out. Who knew that people could get caned for drinking, or for having a baby out of wedlock until the recent cases of Kartika and the three women?

Not only are these laws not debated when they are being made, they can’t be debated afterwards either, unlike civil laws. To do so, according to some people, is akin to arguing with God. (There are, however, some who think that God welcomes such arguments just so that He can prove He is right).

If one believes that syariah laws are superior to civil laws, should they not be held to higher standards? Should they not be subjected to more rigorous debate than civil laws out of fear that they may be unjust? If syariah courts are deemed superior to civil courts, should not their processes be more transparent and efficient? How is it that there are innumerable women having to undergo tremendous suffering because syariah court orders to their divorced husbands to pay child maintenance cannot be enforced?

How is it also that we suddenly hear about women being caned without any information about the processes they went through? Did they have the benefit of legal representation and heard in an open court? If they did, who were their lawyers and what defence did they mount?

Surely the best court of law is one that strives for justice, which shows it is fair to all parties. In this case, on whose behalf was justice served?

I have no problems with syariah laws if their foundation is justice, equality and non-discrimination for all, even non-Muslims. But when their intent, processes and enforcement are unfair, they only give the impression that Islam is unjust and discriminatory. Surely to give such an image of Islam is a sin. – rantingsbymm.blogspot.com

* Marina Mahathir is a columnist with The Star which declined to publish this piece today.

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Marina said : ” I have no problems with syariah laws if their foundation is justice, equality and non-discrimination for all, even non-Muslims. ” Sounds good. So what hasn’t Marina been able to endorse unambiguously :

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

But for prevention of conflicts of interest and nepotism, no Malaysian should never vote for any party who would put Marina up for Prime Minister. They would do well to join any NGO run by Marina though, and that is the extent of a position a child or relative of a former PM, Minister, MP or Assembly man can expect to hold without endangering the people with an Oligarchy of politically embedded families.

See Tok Guru’s son-in-law and Pak Lah’s or dr.Evil’s sons (Marina’s brothers), note the difference. Leave the Nepotistic actions for the weak minded sycophants and political opportunists in waiting to shame themselves with. Down with the political family Oligarchs !

 

 

ARTICLE 8

Rais claims PKR on verge of collapse – 4 Mar 2010

Mohsin announced his resignation from PKR this morning, citing concerns over the party’s stand on the “Allah” row. — Bernama pic

PUTRAJAYA, March 3 — Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim is convinced that Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) will fold in the wake of resignations by many of its members.

He said this trend had been expected and it was now becoming a popular topic. He said this after attending a special briefing by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) on the Universal Service Provider, here today.

He was asked to comment on a series of defections by several of the party leaders lately. Rais said the reason was obvious because the party’s policies were not based on the struggles for the people or to bring improvement to the country.

“It is based on the ambition of someone who wants to be the prime minister. It is also based on family politics because the party leader comes from a particular family. I don’t have to mention any name.

“The members are probably feeling restless. We hope the people in Penang will come to a conclusion and make their final consideration in the near future,” he said.

When asked whether the PKR was in the midst of collapsing, he said it was clear that the party had lost the direction of its struggles as well as its capability to contribute to the growth of democracy that had built our society.

He advised the public to study the purpose and objectives of a particular political party before joining it.

The PKR today lost another elected representative when the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bagan Serai, Mohsin Fadzli Samsuri, announced that he was leaving the party.

Mohsin said he had lost confidence in the struggles and political objective of the PKR and the Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

He was following the footsteps of the Bayan Baru MP, Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim, and the MP for Nibong Tebal, Tan Tee Beng, as well as former Penang deputy chief minister I, Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin, who had left the party.

Meanwhile in Ipoh, Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said he was not surprised by Mohsin’s resignation from PKR as it had been expected.

Everyone already knew that the party was facing problems but the party leaders were still trying to hide it, he told reporters after chairing the weekly State Exco meeting, here today.

Zambry, who is also Perak Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, said that as usual, the opposition parties would quickly point their fingers at Umno as being involved.

“They will quickly accuse us…they will say that Umno is behind their internal problems,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Perak PR leaders described the reasons given by Mohsin Fadzli to leave the PKR as weak.

Former Perak mentri besar, who is also the MP for Bukit Gantang, Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, said the complaint on the use of the word “Allah” which had been ignored by the PKR leadership should not be made the reason for the resignation.

Perak DAP chairman, who is also the Beruas MP, Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham, said discussions had always been the basis for cooperation within PR and Mohsin could have used this channel fully.

Perak DAP secretary, who is also the Taiping MP, Nga Kor Ming, however, said the move by the opposition MPs who had left PR would make the pact stronger after this.

Meanwhile, the Perak PAS Youth movement called on Mohsin to resign as the MP for Bagan Serai because he had betrayed the mandate given by the people who had elected him as the PR representative for the constituency in the last general election.

Its vice-head, Salman Salleh said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission should also begin investigation to check whether there was any element of corruption involved in Mohsin’s resignation from the PKR. — Bernama

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“It is based on the ambition of someone who wants to be the prime minister. It is also based on family politics because the party leader comes from a particular family. I don’t have to mention any name.”

All MPs hope to be PM, so that point doesn’t count. Based on family politics? Look at cousins Naj-Hish, dr.Evil father of Mucky and that shipping fellow, Pk Blah and KJ, Sammy and son Paari. Gerakan killed itself through Nepotism and MCA  to a degree as well.

While Anwar and family, Kit and Eng are inappropriate from close family ties we cannot judge them until they have won GE13 and have the luxury of applying strict anti-nepotistic principles to themselves, though Tok Guru has shown everyone the ethical way by asking his son-in-law Ariffahmi to step down from PMBK, something the greedy and corrupt BN faction would never do.

They do have reasons to be closely related FOR NOW. They have been prosecuted and hounded by authorities in a most unfair way and are part of the Opposition which has no access to the monies used to buy off corruptible MPs. What excuse has BN got for the presence of family members throughout it’s ranks?

Rais has been subsumed by UMNO racist faction’s polemic, and despite his intelligence and former experiences in Semangat 46 fails to see the value of :

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

;which could see the re-assimilation of Singapore via the 13 point plan proposed in the below group :

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=318515515322&_fb_noscript=1

Does Rais not wish the best for his fellow man by ensuring a holistic form of governance that is impossible under BN’s current paradigms of 3rd world governance?

Gargamel from Smurfs 2011 (directed by Raja Gosnell)

Rais Yaatim

Rais de Giles

Other random comments circa 2010 :

Look at the richest Malays in the country, it is the brother of the prime minister, the son of a former prime minister and the son-in-law of another former prime minister,” he said, referring to banker Datuk Seri Nazir Razak, entrepreneur Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin respectively.A society that gives non-meritorious scholarships to children from wealthy families, hefty discounts to millionaire purchasers of expensive bagalows on the basis of their race fails to uphold true democracy.

Hopefully the police will see that, if not for the Opposition presence/threat, their salaries could easily have been lowered instead of being raised. As long as democracy is healthy in Malaysia, rather than a One-Party regime, salaries for government servants and services for civilians and private sector will improve. If one party dominates everything, expect the corrupted politician to skim of even the salaries of the bureaucrat, police, healthcare, education, military and god knows what else. This is simple bribery, don’t be too impressed with that, make sure there is a healthy bi-partisan political scene so conditions can improve for everyone and just do your job in a neutral manner favouring the Rakyat instead of any political coalition.

Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew is not a good example of statesmanship for all the wrongs he committed in the name of ‘the people’s good’. Nepotism and Crypto-Monarchy are ills that will bring down any great nation, much less excepting soon to be re-assimilated Singapore. Lim Mun must be on someone’s payroll or is just not sharp enough to notice the rot in Singapore and its’ self proclaimed leaders.

Singapore has survived so far because the judgment of our Malay leaders have succumbed to a lack of right mindedness in endorsing failed paradigms of apartheid, Zionist style fascism and extremism. There will be 1 jumping corpse in the pages of Singaporean history and another in Malaysian history. Be certain that any right minded historians will ensure that these 2 particular corpses will leap over buildings in a single bound for all eternity in Mankind’s records . . .

To Tengku Razaleigh :

Any hearing or punishment will be a sham, Tengku should not tolerate this nonsense and haul up dr.Evil for the AP-System, Toll Concessions and even take those responsible for Forced Military Conscriptions backed with jail terms and fines to task. Maybe Semangat 46 should be revived and stand as an independent party as a possible leader of any Third Coalition of minor parties outside BN or PR.

Third Coalition could side with PR in effecting :

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

;and yet reconcile and perhaps rehabilitate the displaced UMNO politicians to the nations benefit. The idea of a mass of unruly and severely corrupted former embedded politicians running around sabotaging the nation possibly as criminals or political terrorists buying up rubberstamp politicians to cause more firebombing or corrupt local police and even councilmen for their own profit is not something any citizen would like and is no better than UMNO and it’s lapdogs in either case.

Tengku, time to blaze your own trail maybe?

We’re not Greece, says Barack Obama as US fears grow – by Alex Spillius – 16 Jul 2011

In Democracy, Fat Cats, Law, Plutocracy, Socialism, Wealth distribution on January 28, 2012 at 3:24 pm

President Barack Obama on Friday said only “modest adjustments” were required to overhaul the debt-ridden US economy as he insisted the country was not in the same straits as “Greece or Portugal”. With Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, two major ratings agencies, threatening to downgrade America’s top credit status, Mr Obama tried to downplay fears about the strength of the world’s largest economy, while issuing warnings to Republicans that time was running out to reach a deal on spending and borrowing. “We are running out of time, that is my main concern, and we simply need to make some tough choices,” said Mr Obama. “But contrary to what people are saying, we are not Greece, we are not Portugal. We have a chance to stabilise America’s finances for a decade or 15 years or 20 years if we’re willing to seize the moment.” Weeks of negotiations with the opposition on spending and borrowing have led to an impasse, with Mr Obama storming out of a meeting with Republicans this week declaring “enough is enough”. He needs to reach an agreement with Congress, which is partly controlled by Republicans, to raise the US government’s $14.3 trillion borrowing limit in order to allow it to continue functioning. Failing to reach a deal by Aug 2 would leave the president with an array of unpleasant options, such as not paying pensioners or war veterans, closing courts or cutting student loans. Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, warned that such a failure would be “calamitous”. He said that even if the federal government continued to pay interest to its creditors, principally the Chinese, the inability to make other payments would be a shock to the global financial system. Votes to raise the debt ceiling are usually fairly routine, but with the anti-spending Tea Party Republicans calling the shots, Republicans have insisted that the government commit to cutting the deficit before they agree to more debt. To that end, Mr Obama has agreed to cuts but wants Republicans to compromise by ending some tax breaks for wealthier Americans and corporations, which is anathema to most Republicans. The president insisted the public was on his side in wanting a “balanced approach” that would mix spending cuts and tax increases. “The American people are sold,” he said. “The problem is that members of Congress are dug in ideologically.”

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Even with a debt of 14 trillion as so claimed, USA will still have 2 A’s in it’s rating, AA2 to be exact, supposedly down graded from AAA! Whats with all the As and what is so ‘A’ about a nation with 14 trillion dollar debt? The Malays would say this sort of rating system is a ‘Syok Sendiri Rating’ (Wanker Rating). Any ‘A’ being associated with any nation in debt is absolutely ridiculous. Try the below re-labeling to properly reflect and warn investors or even people migrating. Tell it like it is.

RATINGS AGENCY (i.e. Moody’s, Standard and Poor’s (also commonly called S&P), Fitch, A.M. Best etc..)

AAA 0 debt (foreign and internal) for 10 years

AA 0 debt for 3 years

A+ 0 debt

A 50 million debt

A- 100 million (Malta 200 million)

B+ 500 million (Austria 800 Million)

B 1 billion

B- 10 billion (Bulgaria 35 billion, Estonia 24 billion, Latvia 31 billion, Slovakia 36 billion, Slovenia 40 billion)

C+ 30 billion

C 50 billion (Greece 86 Trillion, Romania 75 billion)

C- 100 billion (Russia at 150 billion, Poland 170 billion, Finland 270 billion)

D+ 300 billion (Argentina 300 billion, Zimbabwe 475 billion)

D 500 billion debt (Denmark 500 billion, Canada 800 billion, Sweden 600)

D- 1 trillion debt (Spain 1 Trillion, France 1.4 Trillion, Germany 1.7 Trillion, Italy 1.8 Trillion, Netherlands 2.3 Trillion)

E+ 3 trillion debt

E 5 Trillion debt

E- 10 Trillion debt (Japan 8 billion, England 10 Trillion, USA at 14 Trillion, European Union considered in whole 18 Trillion)

F 20 Trillion or more (Country dissolved?)

Guess what? The world is filled with economic failures. (*listed debts of above countries circa 2010)

SUGGESTION FOR A ECONOMIC NATIONAL SERVICE BILL Applicable during Economic Emergencies – as in interest accruing debts that will destroy or indebt a nation towards default). This will encourage existing plutocrats (perhaps also the 20 Million asset model which is much better than the unlimited one under Capitilism in link below . . . ) to speak up against policies that collude against or impoverish a nation. National service in the form of requiring the nation’s top :

10 Billionaires (C rating)

100 Billionaires (D rating)

1,000 Richest (E rating)

10,000 Richest (F rating) people to contribute up to 50% of their excess (sequestered and unused or parked in commodity) wealth should be written into law. It beggars belief that while the nation which has fostered and provided that same individual holding a citizenship is allowed to collapse while that ‘citizen’ has wealth sufficient to clear that same debt 100 times over. Think and legislate. Also see the below for issues of equitable wealth distribution :

Utopia – Capitalism with Socialist Caps on Personal Assets – US$20 Million . . .

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Hegelian Dialectic – by @Silver Shield – 3rd April 2011

In Abuse of Power, Democracy, Equality, Ethics, hegelian dialectic, Informed Consent, Invasive Laws, Justice, Law, Media Neutrality, Plutocracy, Property, social freedoms, Socialism, Wealth distribution on January 27, 2012 at 8:09 pm
“When you are aware, you can prepare.” Sons of Liberty Academy One of the most important weapons the Elite use to enslave humanity is the Hegelian Dialectic. The Hegelian Dialectic is a framework to guide our thoughts and actions to a predetermined solution. Understanding how the Elite manipulate us into their clutches is vital if we are going to be free. When you are aware of how the Elite use this Dialectic to steer societies, you have a pretty powerful tool in staying ahead of not only them but the crowd also. The Hegelian Dialectic is designed to get us into a frenzied defense or offense of a particular idea or thesis. The natural outgrowth of the original idea is the opposite idea or anti-thesis, which will breed it’s own defense and offense. The predetermined answer of the Elite will be the synthesis of both sides of the conflict. In America, the most familiar Hegelian Dialectic is the Republican and Democratic parties. On the right we have the Corporatist, Fascist, Republicans that are pro debt, pro war and pro corporation. On the left, we have the Socialist, Communist, Democrats that are pro tax, pro social issues and pro labor. Both of these two fight back and forth every year in a contrived scripted drama known as Washington politics. The synthesis, of these two seemingly opposite ideas, is this middle of the road “lesser of two evils” mess we have now. When you see that the Elite are collectivists that seek to destroy individuality and freedom, the picture is easier to see. The proper scale is not this false left right paradigm, it is total government power or total freedom. If you are a freedom lover, it does not matter if your government is Fascist or Socialist, you lose. The synthesis of these two is that we get more power and money taken from us to fund every special interest in the world.
You want funding for a trillion dollar a year war? Sure, just support a trillion dollar prescription drug plan. You want unemployment extended? Sure, just support a tax cut for the rich. There are thousands of examples of these trade offs but they are not really trade offs at all. They are ALL against freedom. The use taxes, regulations, and force to take from one group to give it to another. This gets us all into our little camps to fight in their controlled paradigm. We fight for or against all sorts of ideas like mortgage deductions or minimum wage that just end up slitting all of our throats because we are stealing from each other. This only serves the Elite that derives power and profits off of this sick system. When the Elite want to move something fast they create a Problem-Reaction-Solution scenario. The Elite over and over again create problems, they wait for it to create the inevitable mess, and then walk in with a predetermined answer. Almost anything that happens in a crisis, follows this same pattern. Take for example the 2008 financial crisis. The Elite took away a lot of the regulations that were enacted during the Great Depression to regulate banks. They lowered the lending rates, sparking a boom. Created all of these exotic/fraudulent funding vehicles.
Made billions on the way up, knowing all along that this was going to blow up. They waited for the music to stop and for America and Congress to panic. They then had the balls to walk into Congress with a $700 Billion dollar ransom note and said sign it or there was going to be martial law in America. This financial coup d’etat was a carefully planned and executed operation by the Elite. All of the right pieces were in place to pull off this heist in less than a week. If you think this is amazing, wait until they finally knock the legs out of the dollar. There is always a ‘freedom choice’ in any of these Hegelian Dialectics that the Elite don’t even want us to consider. That is the kind of “out of the box thinking” that threatens their paradigm of power. Instead of the Fascist or Socialist false choice, you can choose the Constitutional choice that limits the power of the centralized Elite. The collectivists want to abolish property rights and the American Revolution and Constitution are about protecting property rights. The Elite will never give you that choice, because it does not serve their interests. If you want your freedom you are going to have to fight for it. You need to start by freeing you mind in the Sons Of Liberty Academy. The best and easiest way to protect your property rights is to sell any asset that can be taxed, regulated, zoned, or inflated away and buy precious metals that have no counter party risk. Read the Silver Bullet and the Silver Shield.
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James Woroble Jr April 5, 2011 at 12:40 pm Which are your own opinion & which have been “planted” in your brain? Watch this and be shocked at how many of “your” personal opinions have been planted in your brain by “Public Relations” experts (58 min) http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6718420906413643126# – Edward Bernays, nephew of Sigmund Freud, invented the public relations profession in the 1920s and was the first person to take Freud’s ideas and apply them to manipulating the masses. Bernays showed American corporations how they could make people want things they didn’t need by systematically linking mass-produced goods to their unconscious desires. Bernays was one of the main architects of the modern techniques of mass-consumer persuasion, using every trick in the book, from celebrity endorsement and outrageous PR stunts, to eroticising the motorcar.

The moral decay of our society is as bad at the top as the bottom – by Peter Oborne – 11th August 2011

In Abuse of Power, Democracy, England, Invasive Laws, Maximum Wage, Plutocracy, Property, Socialism, Wealth distribution on January 27, 2012 at 8:08 pm
David Cameron, Ed Miliband and the entire British political class came together yesterday to denounce the rioters. They were of course right to say that the actions of these looters, arsonists and muggers were abhorrent and criminal, and that the police should be given more support. But there was also something very phony and hypocritical about all the shock and outrage expressed in parliament. MPs spoke about the week’s dreadful events as if they were nothing to do with them. I cannot accept that this is the case. Indeed, I believe that the criminality in our streets cannot be dissociated from the moral disintegration in the highest ranks of modern British society. The last two decades have seen a terrifying decline in standards among the British governing elite. It has become acceptable for our politicians to lie and to cheat. An almost universal culture of selfishness and greed has grown up. It is not just the feral youth of Tottenham who have forgotten they have duties as well as rights. So have the feral rich of Chelsea and Kensington. A few years ago, my wife and I went to a dinner party in a large house in west London. A security guard prowled along the street outside, and there was much talk of the “north-south divide”, which I took literally for a while until I realised that my hosts were facetiously referring to the difference between those who lived north and south of Kensington High Street. Most of the people in this very expensive street were every bit as deracinated and cut off from the rest of Britain as the young, unemployed men and women who have caused such terrible damage over the last few days.
For them, the repellent Financial Times magazine How to Spend It is a bible. I’d guess that few of them bother to pay British tax if they can avoid it, and that fewer still feel the sense of obligation to society that only a few decades ago came naturally to the wealthy and better off. Yet we celebrate people who live empty lives like this. A few weeks ago, I noticed an item in a newspaper saying that the business tycoon Sir Richard Branson was thinking of moving his headquarters to Switzerland. This move was represented as a potential blow to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, because it meant less tax revenue. I couldn’t help thinking that in a sane and decent world such a move would be a blow to Sir Richard, not the Chancellor. People would note that a prominent and wealthy businessman was avoiding British tax and think less of him. Instead, he has a knighthood and is widely feted. The same is true of the brilliant retailer Sir Philip Green. Sir Philip’s businesses could never survive but for Britain’s famous social and political stability, our transport system to shift his goods and our schools to educate his workers. Yet Sir Philip, who a few years ago sent an extraordinary £1 billion dividend offshore, seems to have little intention of paying for much of this. Why does nobody get angry or hold him culpable? I know that he employs expensive tax lawyers and that everything he does is legal, but he surely faces ethical and moral questions just as much as does a young thug who breaks into one of Sir Philip’s shops and steals from it? Our politicians – standing sanctimoniously on their hind legs in the Commons yesterday – are just as bad. They have shown themselves prepared to ignore common decency and, in some cases, to break the law. David Cameron is happy to have some of the worst offenders in his Cabinet. Take the example of Francis Maude, who is charged with tackling public sector waste – which trade unions say is a euphemism for waging war on low-paid workers. Yet Mr Maude made tens of thousands of pounds by breaching the spirit, though not the law, surrounding MPs’ allowances.
A great deal has been made over the past few days of the greed of the rioters for consumer goods, not least by Rotherham MP Denis MacShane who accurately remarked, “What the looters wanted was for a few minutes to enter the world of Sloane Street consumption.” This from a man who notoriously claimed £5,900 for eight laptops. Of course, as an MP he obtained these laptops legally through his expenses. Yesterday, the veteran Labour MP Gerald Kaufman asked the Prime Minister to consider how these rioters can be “reclaimed” by society. Yes, this is indeed the same Gerald Kaufman who submitted a claim for three months’ expenses totalling £14,301.60, which included £8,865 for a Bang & Olufsen television. Or take the Salford MP Hazel Blears, who has been loudly calling for draconian action against the looters. I find it very hard to make any kind of ethical distinction between Blears’s expense cheating and tax avoidance, and the straight robbery carried out by the looters. The Prime Minister showed no sign that he understood that something stank about yesterday’s Commons debate. He spoke of morality, but only as something which applies to the very poor: “We will restore a stronger sense of morality and responsibility – in every town, in every street and in every estate.” He appeared not to grasp that this should apply to the rich and powerful as well. The tragic truth is that Mr Cameron is himself guilty of failing this test. It is scarcely six weeks since he jauntily turned up at the News International summer party, even though the media group was at the time subject to not one but two police investigations. Even more notoriously, he awarded a senior Downing Street job to the former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, even though he knew at the time that Coulson had resigned after criminal acts were committed under his editorship. The Prime Minister excused his wretched judgment by proclaiming that “everybody deserves a second chance”. It was very telling yesterday that he did not talk of second chances as he pledged exemplary punishment for the rioters and looters. These double standards from Downing Street are symptomatic of widespread double standards at the very top of our society. It should be stressed that most people (including, I know, Telegraph readers) continue to believe in honesty, decency, hard work, and putting back into society at least as much as they take out. But there are those who do not. Certainly, the so-called feral youth seem oblivious to decency and morality. But so are the venal rich and powerful – too many of our bankers, footballers, wealthy businessmen and politicians. Of course, most of them are smart and wealthy enough to make sure that they obey the law. That cannot be said of the sad young men and women, without hope or aspiration, who have caused such mayhem and chaos over the past few days. But the rioters have this defence: they are just following the example set by senior and respected figures in society. Let’s bear in mind that many of the youths in our inner cities have never been trained in decent values. All they have ever known is barbarism. Our politicians and bankers, in sharp contrast, tend to have been to good schools and universities and to have been given every opportunity in life. Something has gone horribly wrong in Britain. If we are ever to confront the problems which have been exposed in the past week, it is essential to bear in mind that they do not only exist in inner-city housing estates. The culture of greed and impunity we are witnessing on our TV screens stretches right up into corporate boardrooms and the Cabinet. It embraces the police and large parts of our media. It is not just its damaged youth, but Britain itself that needs a moral reformation. Peter Oborne is the Daily Telegraph’s chief political commentator.
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Make sure the material aspects are covered – this was done in one of the best welfare states though selective assignments have tainted it English welfare severely. Maybe there were insufficient contact type sports, or physicality oriented venues and outlets for the more boisterous among the youths especially and more robust among citizens. But England has not made sure there is equitable wealth distribution. Thus anger resulted despite how well fed, well housed or well educated – or even well jobbed. The taxpayer is not here to enrich a class of bureaucrats or politicians and these same groups have impoverieshed the entire ‘West’ even as their mentality is starting to afflict freshly ‘re-minted’ countries like India and China. All mankind as individuals can’t be, will not be allowed by their fellow man to be extremely rich and powerful via patronage or nepotism (honest business is good but sequester for no purpose or worse, to invest outside of the country – and anger is inspired again), or hand down your councillor or minister’s or MP’s or Assemblyman’s post, then expect an equally intelligent person to accept your presence in government. They (even rioters) ARE society and nation itself (no people means no nation) and will kick your a$$ and amend laws and constitutions to counter these groups no matter how hard it is to do or how much pain can be expected from doing so. Herein lies the Spirit of the War of Independence, the Spirit of the French Revolution, the Spirit of Marxism-Socialism !

Obama makes pitch for economic fairness in State of the Union address By Lucy Madison – January 24, 2012 9:39 PM

In Democracy, Law, Plutocracy, Socialism, Wealth distribution on January 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm

State of the Union : President Barack Obama gives State of the Union address on Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. (Credit: AP) Updated: 11:19 p.m. ET

In his third State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama made a strong pitch for economic fairness in America, outlining a plan that painted a stark contrast between his vision for the nation’s future and those of many Republicans — from those sitting before him to the Republican candidates for president.

Speaking before a joint session of the bitterly divided Congress, Mr. Obama described America as he hopes to see it become: “Think about the America within our reach: A country that leads the world in educating its people. An America that attracts a new generation of high-tech manufacturing and high-paying jobs. A future where we’re in control of our own energy, and our security and prosperity aren’t so tied to unstable parts of the world. An economy built to last, where hard work pays off, and responsibility is rewarded,” he said.

“We can do this,” Mr. Obama said. “I know we can, because we’ve done it before.”

Keeping America’s “promise alive,” Mr. Obama said, is “the defining issue of our time.”

According to the president, that question is about making sure that in the economic sector, “everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.”

Mr. Obama reflected on the factors that led to the 2008 financial collapse.

“We learned that mortgages had been sold to people who couldn’t afford or understand them. Banks had made huge bets and bonuses with other people’s money. Regulators had looked the other way, or didn’t have the authority to stop the bad behavior,” he said. “It was wrong. It was irresponsible. And it plunged our economy into a crisis that put millions out of work, saddled us with more debt, and left innocent, hard-working Americans holding the bag.”

Now, he said, “the state of our Union is getting stronger. And we’ve come too far to turn back.”

“We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. What’s at stake are not Democratic values or Republican values, but American values. We have to reclaim them.”

Mr. Obama pledged his commitment to working with Republicans and Democrats alike to “build on” the strengthening U.S. economy. But, he pledged, “I will oppose any effort to return to the very same policies that brought on this economic crisis in the first place.”

“No, we will not go back to an economy weakened by outsourcing, bad debt, and phony financial profits. Tonight, I want to speak about how we move forward, and lay out a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last – an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values,” he said.

“I will not go back to the days when Wall Street was allowed to play by its own set of rules,” he added later.

The president reiterated his call for Congress to impose the so-called “Buffett rule,” which would implement a tax overhaul requiring that capital gains and dividends be taxed at the same rate as income earned from work. (According to a new CBS News/New York Times poll, most Americans agree with the concept of the “Buffett rule.”)

To underscore his point, Buffett’s secretary, Debbie Bosanek, sat with First Lady Michelle Obama during the speech.

“Right now, because of loopholes and shelters in the tax code, a quarter of all millionaires pay lower tax rates than millions of middle-class households,” Mr. Obama said. “Right now, Warren Buffett pays a lower tax rate than his secretary.”

“Do we want to keep these tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans?” he asked. “Or do we want to keep our investments in everything else – like education and medical research; a strong military and care for our veterans? Because if we’re serious about paying down our debt, we can’t do both.”

Mr. Obama said he was willing to “rein in” the costs of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, “so long as those programs remain a guarantee of security for seniors.”

In return, however, he reiterated a familiar demand: “Tax reform should follow the Buffett rule: If you make more than $1 million a year, you should not pay less than 30 percent in taxes. And my Republican friend Tom Coburn is right: Washington should stop subsidizing millionaires. In fact, if you’re earning a million dollarsa year, you shouldn’t get special tax subsidies or deductions.”

The plan is one that has previously been a nonstarter with congressional Republicans, most of whom oppose tax hikes of any nature – but it drew a particularly sharp contrast on Tuesday between the president and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who earlier in the day released tax returns showing that he paid a 14.5 percent tax rate on $42 million in earnings in the past two years. (Most of those earnings came from profits, dividends or interest from investments, which is why he was able to benefit from the low tax rate.)

The president seemed undeterred by the sea of unsmiling Republican faces when he framed the demand.

“The American people know what the right choice is,” he said. “So do I.”

Mr. Obama also outlined a series of proposals for creating jobs and improving the economy, primarily pointing to industries like high-tech manufacturing, science, technology and energy as those with the greatest potential to provide economic growth. But he acknowledged that “our commitment to skills and education has to start
earlier” in order to achieve those goals.

He called on Congress to stop “bashing” teachers, and urged all 50 states to require students to stay in high school until graduation or until they turn 18.

(Currently, students may legally drop out of school at age 16.)

“When students aren’t allowed to walk away from their education, more of them walk the stage to get their diploma,” he said.

Pivoting to immigration, an issue which will undoubtedly play a crucial role in the 2012 election, Mr. Obama reiterated his call for an overhaul of the American immigration system, and asked Congress to send him a bill addressing the issue.

“The opponents of action are out of excuses,” he said. “We should be working on comprehensive immigration reform right now. But if election-year politics keeps

Congress from acting on a comprehensive plan, let’s at least agree to stop expelling responsible young people who want to staff our labs, start new businesses, and defend this country. Send me a law that gives them the chance to earn their citizenship. I will sign it right away.”

Mr. Obama then circled back to the role of innovation in America’s economic future, calling for legislation easing regulations for Americans who want to start small businesses, and urging Congress not to “gut” funding for research and development.

“After all, innovation is what America has always been about,” he said.

He added: “You see, an economy built to last is one where we encourage the talent and ingenuity of every person in this country. That means women should earn equal pay for equal work. It means we should support everyone who’s willing to work; and every risk-taker and entrepreneur who aspires to become the next Steve Jobs.”

He cited the particular importance of investing in the development of alternative gas and energy resources, and  lauded America’s progress so far in developing those industries. He acknowledged, however, that “public investments don’t always come right away.”

“Some technologies don’t pan out; some companies fail,” he said, obliquely referencing the failure of Solyndra, a now-bankrupt solar energy company that received hundreds of millions of dollars from the government.

“But I will not walk away from the promise of clean energy,” he said. “I will not cede the wind or solar or battery industry to China or Germany because we refuse to make the same commitment here. We have subsidized oil companies for a century. That’s long enough. It’s time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that’s rarely been more profitable, and double-down on a clean energy industry that’s never been more promising.”

The president also decried the “corrosive” influence of money in politics, and outlined a series of measures he said could help re-establish trust between “Main Street and Wall Street.”

“Send me a bill that bans insider trading by Members of Congress, and I will sign it tomorrow,” he said. “Let’s limit any elected official from owning stocks in industries they impact. Let’s make sure people who bundle campaign contributions for Congress can’t lobby Congress, and vice versa – an idea that has bipartisan support, at least outside of Washington.”

In light of the notoriously divisive state of affairs in Washington, Mr. Obama spoke of the need to “lower the temperature in this town.”

“We need to end the notion that the two parties must be locked in a perpetual campaign of mutual destruction; that politics is about clinging to rigid ideologies instead of building consensus around common sense ideas,” he said.

Invoking the philosophy of Abraham Lincoln, Mr. Obama touted his belief in a government that helps Americans without infringing on their rights.

“I’m a Democrat. But I believe what Republican Abraham Lincoln believed: That Government should do for people only what they cannot do better by themselves, and no more,” he said. “The point is, we should all want a smarter, more effective government. And while we may not be able to bridge our biggest philosophical differences this year, we can make real progress.”

The president called on Congress to work with him. Still, he vowed to proceed with his mission either way.

“With or without this Congress, I will keep taking actions that help the economy grow. But I can do a whole lot more with your help. Because when we act together, there is nothing the United States of America can’t achieve.

In a Republican rebuttal following the speech, Republican Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels lambasted Mr. Obama for his handling of the economy, which he said had become “radically worse” under the president’s guidance.

“In three short years, an unprecedented explosion of spending, with borrowed money, has added trillions to an already unaffordable national debt,” he said. “And yet, the president has put us on a course to make it radically worse in the years ahead.”

He blasted Mr. Obama for what he called his “constant disparagement” of the business community, and argued that the private sector held the keys to economic success.

“The routes back to an America of promise, and to a solvent America that can pay its bills and protect its vulnerable, start in the same place,” he said. “The only way up for those suffering tonight, and the only way out of the dead end of debt into which we have driven, is a private economy that begins to grow and create jobs, real jobs, at a much faster rate than today.”

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Total Asset RATIO to Tax considerations :
401K-er is only 0.5 times less than a Millionaire so only 15% or 50% less.

Millionaire is 2 times a 401K-er = 30% tax – This is equitable.

Billionaire = 1000 times richer, so why cant they pay 3000% more and are allowed to pay the same as that millionaire?!?

This is weak Pres.O. . . . . consider how many voters are worth 401K and below? 99%. Yet you pander to the 1% or lets say 10% or even 30%, for good measure instead. The 99% need the 1% billionaires to pay 3000% taxes for the word ‘fairness’ to be used ok? 1000s of times wealthier so 1000s of time more tax correct?

Who’s vote base is larger? The 99% or 1%? Why do you sacrifice 99% of your votes for 1% of the country??? This is hardly economic fairness. You have the power Pres. O, use it. Another black man could run on the above tax considerations and you Barak will lose this election. I propose MLK III or even ‘O’prah to take up the above pro-99% paradigm for taxation in their run for President if Pres. O doesn’t want to.

If Barak takes this up, I’m sure he will fare better than a new candidate who does because he’s already the Pres. . Otherwise it’s a lost cause when met with these numbers. 99% of the votes ‘trump’ 1% of the votes . . . this is very lazy minded and mob mentality, but given the immense wealth the 1% is gaining, this is a quick solution that is still equitable even though ethically questionable.

Asset Value GST and Income Tax Applicable

401K and below 3%
401K to 4.01M 9%
4.01M to 40.1M 20% (Mitt Romney worth 250Million earned 6 million+ last year. He gets to keep 4.8 million of this 6M)
40.1M to 401M 40%
401M to 4.01B 60%
4.01B to 40B 80%
40B + 99% (Can you imagine how much a 40B-aire like Mayor Bloomberg could be earning? Lets say 500Million a year – he’ll get to keep 5 million, almost like Mitt!)

The richest will get 5Million at least every year. Thats 12 times 401K in 1 single year as opposed to the 99%-ter’s 401K’s 30 years of work. Yes Pres. O lets be fair even at 99% tax the Billionaires still get 12 x 30 (360 times) what a 99%-ter gets . . .

£6m-a-year? – by Paul Revoir – 1st September 2011

In Equality, Fat Cats, Plutocracy, Wealth distribution on January 25, 2012 at 6:24 pm
I was worth it, says Jonathan Ross who claims rivals would have paid him more than the BBC. Jonathan Ross has insisted his former £6million a year salary at the BBC was less than he was really worth. The controversial TV presenter, who left the corporation last year, said he had ‘turned down millions’ to stay at the licence fee funded broadcaster. Ross, 50, also criticised corporation bosses for failing to back him up and say ‘yes that’s what he is worth’. He added that it was ‘ridiculous’ to compare how much he was paid to journalists, claiming it would be like him saying, ‘I can’t believe the director general is worth 1,000 people who clean up the tea’. When Ross signed his controversial £18million three-year deal at the BBC it was reported that ITV and Channel 4 had also been courting him to sign with them. But the BBC was victorious in securing his signature but at a huge price both financially and in terms of the political damage it caused to the corporation over the following years. Controversial: Ross with wife Jane Goldman Controversial: Ross with wife Jane Goldman Speaking on Richard Bacon’s Radio 5 Live show Mr Ross launched a staunch defence of his pay packet claiming it was wrong to portray him as ‘greedy’ when he could have got more money for the same or even less work from other broadcasters. When asked if he was paid too much, Mr Ross said: ‘No. I tell you why I don’t, because the market value was that I would have got several million more for doing the same volume of work, if not less, outside of the BBC.’ The star told the show: ‘Sure I was being paid a load of money and it must seem like an incredible amount to someone who is in a regular job, but at the same time I am not in a regular job I am in show-business and I was at the top of my game.’
He left the BBC in July 2010 after 13 years and in the same month he signed a deal to front a chat show for ITV. Mr Ross’s time at the corporation was soured after his part in the obscene phone call scandal involving actor Andrew Sachs. He was suspended without pay for three months. He admitted that the combination of continual criticism over his pay and the scrutiny on his behaviour in the wake of the answer phone scandal was part of the reason why he left. Ross said: ‘Partly I left and partly I was asked to leave, really. ‘I always said I wouldn’t sign another big contract with them because when the money became such a big story in the newspapers, I didn’t enjoy that, I didn’t enjoy being under scrutiny in that way, I didn’t think it was particularly fair as well because I turned down a much bigger offer to go outside the BBC to stay there. ‘So I thought it was very odd that I was being painted as this kind of greedy guy who was trying to get what he could out of the BBC, when in actual fact I turned down millions to stay there.’ The presenter said it was ‘unhelpful’ that the BBC did not back him up and say that he was worth the money and getting less than the going rate and that it stood by the decision. He accused them of trying to ‘fudge’ the issue and said they should have decided what they were going to say about the issue. Comedian: Russell Brand was involved in the Andrew Sachs scandal with Ross Centre of a row: Actor Andrew Sachs, outside his North London home
Scandal: Russell Brand, left, played a part in the obscene phone call that angered actor Andrew Sachs, right Mr Ross told Mr Bacon: ‘Look you wanted me to stay, you were prepared to pay that amount of money, you knew I could have got more going elsewhere, you were delighted I stayed, why don’t you say that. ‘Why don’t you say here’s the deal, we pay him a lot of money, millions of people watch his show every week, millions of people listen to his radio show, the film show is in safe hands and is really good…we are proud to have him here.’ He said alternatively they could have said that it was causing ‘unnecessary criticism’ and talked about the deal with him. He said he offered to go if they had wanted. Ross added: ‘I would have been willing to leave if they had wanted to.’ In the interview he claimed he did not miss the BBC and said it was doing ‘fine’ without him. He said by the end he had stopped enjoying every single week on his show. He said after the Sachs scandal there was a ‘feeling like everyone was waiting for you to mess up again’. The comedian claimed he had never said he was worth a thousand BBC journalists but was commenting on a piece he had read which had made the claim. But he did say if you are a front-line host with your name on a show then you would be paid considerably more than a journalist. He said it had been a ‘ridiculous’ to compare the pay of a journalist with someone whose name was on a show and said it was like him saying ‘I can’t believe the director general is worth 1,000 people who clean up the tea.’ He said was ‘a different job’, ‘a different skills set’ and a ‘different wage bracket’. The Jonathan Ross Show begins on ITV on Saturday.
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Now we know where all the wealth in Western countries go. More fat cats to debunk. And this time plutocratic news anchors?!? Stockholders and the general public and ordinary citizen should not tolerate this sort of salary scale. In private networks this might pass due to nepotism or cliques (which is rampant being private after all, though it cannot breed popularity in anycase even among the public and certainly not among the staff internally) but even then that would mean that we are being charged too high for electricity and cable given the extreme wealth people in Telecommunications or Energy are now showing, considering that a mere anchor is worth so much ! Boycott and demand salary reviews. A moutpiece deserves no more than a middle class retirement. ANYONE can gab away, but it takes good citizens to put things in perspective and take fat cats down to a level where they are earning something appropriate.
Western civilisation is a total mess. Ask how many people in Asia earn 6 million, no matter how well trained. Exceptional businessmen can hardly retire with 2 or 3 million, and these guys earn 6 million while millions of people starve or are homeless? Anyone advocate 200 people taking turns in a 5 year stint sharing this 1 shiny suited freak’s salary, announcing nonsesne and split up the cash from the ridiculous salary at 30K each? This is just too much. Whats so much better about this guy than everyone else starving or being homeless? A culture of plutocracy and likely patronage and oligarchy kills the West, enriches 1 or a handful while hundreds languish. Detestable Capitalist pigs. Citizens, switch off your TVs. Boycott entire channels. And bosses/paymasters/industry price setters, you are upsetting the social structure, causing sequestration of wealth, and devaluing degrees/education in general when mouthpieces who parrot verbatim what is doled out for them to read on a teleprompter are paid more than the highest qualified professors and academics who may not retire very well at all ! Vote for Joe Publics worth not more than 200K and stock investors, READ how much these guys are being paid and pull out if salaries are too much like this. Nothing against news anchors but that salary what what they do is sheer obscenity for the monotony and cult of personality of what the consumer has to put up with. A new face every week would be more interesting. And that way wealth distribution could actually occur.

Greek central banker says return to drachma would be hell December 31, 2011

In Democracy, Equality, Invasive Laws, Plutocracy, Property, social freedoms, Socialism, Wealth distribution on January 20, 2012 at 8:28 pm

ATHENS, Dec 31 — Greece would suffer disastrous consequences if it ditched the euro for the drachma, the country’s central banker said in a newspaper interview, warning that such a move would result in a massive devaluation.

“A return to the drachma would mean real hell, at least in the first years,” George Provopoulos, governor of the Bank of Greece, said in an interview with Sunday’s Kathimerini newspaper. “Living standards would plunge. The new currency would be significantly devalued, possibly by up to 60-70 per cent.”

Debt-saddled Greece, which joined the euro in 2001, is struggling to meet the bailout terms set by its international lenders and could default if there is no deal with private bondholders on a debt restructuring before March.

Greece is negotiating a bond swap scheme which is a pivotal part of a second, €130-billion bailout package agreed by euro zone leaders in October. The restructuring aims to cut its debt by €100 billion (RM409 billion) and render it more manageable.

Athens faces bond redemptions of €14.5 billion ($188.23 billion)in March.

Provopoulos said proponents of a return to the drachma were wrong because it would bring the country back decades and undo significant progress.

“I don’t believe Greeks would want to experience such a nightmare scenario which would entail huge risks for the country’s security,” he was quoted as saying. “I am certain that Greeks would not allow a return to the distant past.”

A Kapa Research poll for Sunday’s To Vima newspaper showed more than 77 per cent of Greeks want the coalition government to do all it takes to ensure the country stays in the euro zone, a bloc that now includes 17 countries.

Banks and investment funds have been negotiating with Athens for weeks on a so-called private sector involvement scheme under which they will accept a nominal 50 per cent write-down on their Greek bond holdings in return for a mix of cash and new bonds.

If all ends well, Greece will reduce its debt-to-GDP burden from 160 per cent to 120 per cent by 2020. Failure to reach a deal could trigger wider fallout in the euro zone, which has been trying to cope with a spreading debt crisis.

Echoing these concerns, Greece‘s outgoing representative at the International Monetary Fund, Panagiotis Roumeliotis, told Kathimerini newspaper that Greece could not afford an unsuccessful outcome in talks on the new bailout.

“If the new funding is not secured in time, anything can happen including a default, which h could open the way for Greece‘s exit from the euro zone,” Roumeliotis told the paper.

Gikas Hardouvelis, chief economic adviser to Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos, told Real News he was optimistic that the bond swap talks would reach a favourable outcome. — Reuters

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Disastrous?  Not really. Bond swap talks are absolute nonsense have no basis in reality. Think “real goods” and “real services”, not monetised debt. If the European Union won’t have Greece or give Greece a fair deal, and Greece returns to it’s own currency like the English retain their pound, Greece could well get the BRICS nations with cash to spare to underwrite them in exchange for various trade and perhaps even trade distribution point or tax concessions, alongside the PIIGS to ensure a viable country with it’s own currency.

Much fiscal autonomy could be lost for a few decades perhaps, but PIIGS nations like Greece would not end up backwoods with depressed economies and enslaved Grecian migrants working in developed EU countries to instead become entrepot or distribution economies, or even be peopled by wealthy migrants from BRICS nations who will doubtless invest and develop the PIIGS nations.

BRICS could ensure PIIGS each have their own currencies AND survive. Who knows even ensure supplies of food and useful goods at special prices to enable Greece and the PIIGS nations to continue their quality of life.

More importantly, it is very dangerous if a Multipolar World Order does not persist. Any hegemony worldwide will result in eventual loss of autonomy by Greece and PIIGS in time anyway so why not be direct challengers of the Euro having own currencies by getting BRICS to underwrite (even effectively take over the financial system) and do wonders over the next few decades? Politically doubtless, the Socialism angle could very well fit into BRICS nations like China and Russia.

How about dropping Capitalism for Socialism with Grecian characteristics? China and Greece are also polytheistic countries with ancient histories, doubtless a good match and probably Greece could learn much about being as successful as China under socialism as uncontrolled Capitalism has it’s heart in the US Fed reserve (nominally also occult Zionism/Illuminism/Masonry) and only views Greece as a underling, not like an equal as China might.

Culturally, it is impossible to be colonized by BRICS nations, as differences and genotypes are clearly visible, and the spin off could be that the PIIGS instead of becoming lost causes and under European (Fed Reserve Global Banking Cartel) control, become powerhouses in EU out of necessity to the BRICS instead. From subject to ruler, Greece, think!

At the end of these few decades, PIIGS could well be controlling the EU instead of the other way around in as soon as a year and at that point could work something else out with the BRICS again – though friendship would have grown much during that time.

Greece should choose the path of moderation in Socialism (wealth distribution, welfare etc..) rather than uncontrolled unsustainable Capitalism (i.e. golder parachutes, globalist controlled quangocrats, etc.) where sequestration of wealth by a handful of plutocrats and cult of personality persist while 99% of the population languish under an increasingly oppressive system of laws and unaccountability.

Greece could lead PIIGS to dominance over EU rather than capitulate to the IMF or World Bank or whatever Fed Reserve Banking Cartel to be equals with BRICS investors as well as give mankind a Multipolar World Order, a safer alternative to a single Banking Cartel / NATO backed hegemon that leads to Iraqs and Pakistans. Take a visit to Iraq and Pakistan then ask them about Capitalism or hegemony for a better idea Greece. Then talk to BRICS, the above suggestion makes perfect sense.

At the end of these few decades, PIIGS could well be controlling the EU instead of the other way around . . .

Mayor Bloomberg predicts riots in the streets – by Erin Einhorn and Corky Siemaszko – 16th September 2011

In hegelian dialectic, Plutocracy, USA, Wealth distribution on January 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm
Mayor Bloomberg predicts riots in the streets if economy doesn’t create more jobs – by Erin Einhorn and Corky Siemaszko – 16th September 2011 Mayor Bloomberg is sounding the alarm bell over the nation’s struggling economy. Mayor Bloomberg warned Friday there would be riots in the streets if Washington doesn’t get serious about generating jobs. “We have a lot of kids graduating college, can’t find jobs,” Bloomberg said on his weekly WOR radio show. “That’s what happened in Cairo. That’s what happened in Madrid. You don’t want those kinds of riots here.” In Cairo, angry Egyptians took out their frustrations by toppling presidential strongman Hosni Mubarak – and more recently attacking the Israeli embassy. As for Madrid, the most recent street protests were sparked by widespread unhappiness that the Spanish government was spending millions on the visit of Pope Benedict instead of dealing with widespread unemployment. Bloomberg’s unusually alarmist pronouncement came as President Obama has been pressuring reluctant Republicans to pass his proposed job creation plan.
“The damage to a generation that can’t find jobs will go on for many, many years,” the normally-measured mayor said. Bloomberg gave Obama kudos for coming up with a jobs plan. “At least he’s got some ideas on the table, whether you like those or not,” he said. “Now everybody’s got to sit down and say we’re actually gonna do something and you have to do something on both the revenue and the expense side.” And everybody’s got to share in the pain. The streets of Cairo erupted in violence this spring. (AP Photo) “When you start picking and choosing which groups do and do not, that’s when it becomes unfair in a lot of people’s minds,” the mayor said. “But we’re all in this together.” Obama didn’t create this economic mess, it developed “over long periods of time,” Bloomberg said. Obama’s approval rating has sunk along with the economy, but the ratings of the Republicans who have stymied his attempts repair the damage are even worse, most polls show. Already, House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, has drawn a line on raising taxes on the rich to pay for Obama’s proposed $447 billion jobs plan, which aims to help the middle class.
csiemaszko@nydailynews.com
Monopoly Man (Too Damn Rich!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfr7YYAHlVUThey represent Man’s Too Damn Rich Party
People working ZERO hours a day, ZERO hours a week
Some destroying jobs – why?
The man is too damn rich!
The people they’re here to represent
make us can’t afford to pay their rent.’Cause the Man is too damn rich!
The plutocrats laying on right now
are eating our breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

Only a 401K-er, like the 99% of a country
can put everything in control.
The bottom line is, the economic state of plutocracy
has got to go, away to go!
To go, go, go, go!

They have increased the cost, they raised the rent up
but cut their taxes down!
And killed small business owners which now cannot hire people!
Now big franchise owners are the only ones which hire people!

That is it, nothing else to be said!
End of subject, there’s nothing else to talk about.
Some say, they’re devt slave causing candidates
But it all boils down to one thing!

What? RENT! Is too damn high!
The people they’re here to represent
make us can’t afford to pay their rent.
‘Cause rent is too damn high!

The plutocrats laying on right now
are eating our breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

Only a 99%ter, like a owner of a country
can put everything in control.
The bottom line is, the economic state of emergency
has got to go, away to go!
To go, go, go, go!

The Man is too damn rich!!
The Man is too damn rich. (too damn rich!)
The Man is too damn rich!!

The Man is too damn rich. (too damn rich!)
Too damn rich, too damn rich, too damn rich!
The Man is too DAMN rich!
The Man is too DAMN rich!

As a wealth distribution expert,
I will not talk about anyone up here.
Listen!
Someone’s child’s stomach just growled.
Did you hear it? Did you did you hear it?
Gotta listen like me.
Because our children can’t afford to live anywhere.
Once again, why?
You said it – The Man is too DAMN rich!

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Mayor Bloomberg is personally worth an obscene 19.5 billion alone or nearly 50,000 times 401K.
If 500 more plutocrats like Mayor Bloomberg ( . . . the Monopoly Men stereotypes if anything  . . . )  donate that wealth (leave 20 million for yourselves and no American would begrudge you ‘Mayor’) USA is in the black instantly – 10.25 Trillion . . . and you’d still have 500 people worth 20 million – still a big fat virtual 50 times of 401K.
But Mayor Bloomberg and his fellow plutocrat multi-billionaires would rather talk and cynically and insincerely keep their money in their pockets, letting all Americans down. In a riot, guess which rich folk who sequestered the wealth of USA will be targeted first? So think, the rioters won’t be going for the mom-pop shops but will target the plutocrats and mega-corp franchises, rioters know where the problems come from. Sequestration of wealth and collusive loopholes. It is unimaginable and unconscionable that any bureaucrat can be allowed to amass such wealth. Worse still they are cynically keeping wealthy while insincerely pretending to be concerned.
If you plutocrats were so concerned and so patriotic, write a cheque for all but 20 million, clear your own home cities of New York etc.. and neighbouring citys’ debts for a start. When times were good, the country and city nurtured you. When times are default level bad, you keep that wealth to yourself. Are you guys Americans?

Blackout: CNN, Fox, and MSNBC Ignore Thousands Of US Day Of Rage Protesters – by Jason Easley – 17th September 2011

In Plutocracy, Socialism, Uncategorized, Wealth distribution on January 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm
Most Americans are being kept in the dark about the US Day of Rage by the corporate cable news giants at CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC who have imposed a de facto blackout on the protest. Even though estimates have varied from hundreds to as many as 50,000 protesters flooded into Manhattan and others cities to take part in events around the country to, “nonviolently disrupt the disloyal, incompetent, and corrupt special interests which have usurped our nation’s civil and military power, spawning a host of threats to our liberty, lives and national security,” the three cable news networks have devoted no airtime to the story.
This is becoming an all too familiar scene. In Wisconsin hundreds of thousands of regular people took to the streets each weekend to protest the theft of their rights, and were completely ignored by CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. Sarah Palin’s Iowa tea party speech was 1/50 as big as the Wisconsin protests, yet she was deemed worthy of national media coverage. The kowtowing of the corporate media to the conservative agenda continued last week as CNN climbed in bed with the Tea Party Express to host a Republican presidential debate that was chocked full of rhetoric about how taxes must be cut to protect the same “job creators” who crashed the US economy in 2008, and have continued to reap record profits by sitting on bailout money, and not hiring any new workers. CNN decided that the Tea Party was a worthy news partner, but covering a protest that is happening right under their very noses in New York City is not important to the American people. (In fact as I type this, CNN is running another self-congratulatory segment on their Tea Party Express debate/total sellout to the right).
No one expects the pro-business corporate propaganda/GOP propaganda mouthpiece Fox News to devote any coverage to the occupation of Wall Street, but the supposed progressive news network, MSNBC can’t “lean forward” long enough to turn off their true crime doc block to cover an event that is happening minutes away from their studios. The corporate cable news media ignored Wisconsin, and now they are ignoring the protests of regular Americans who want their democracy placed back into their hands. The corporate media have proven time and time again that they are an obstacle to, not a provider of truth.
Unlike the bogus tea party movement, the Occupy Wall Street protest features people of all ages, colors, shapes, sizes, and political affiliations. These people are protesting a broken system. They are protesting a loss of freedom. They are protesting inequality, and they are fighting for our rights. Whether or not the corporate media cameras are in attendance, the protests will go on. Americans will continue to march, and those who love their country will continue to battle to make it better. The conservative media bias of the cable news industry can and will be overcome. We don’t need video to feel the heart of America beat strong. (Note: The 50,000 was an estimated attendance. Other estimates place the number of attendees in NYC in the hundreds to the thousands. The title has been changed to reflect conflicting attendance estimates).
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