Posts Tagged ‘Eminent Domain’

The Half-There House – by Ellen Gamerman, – 29th Jun 2011

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm
A 6,400-square foot home is half-buried in a grassy slope in East Hampton, NY. When Bob Stansel and Tammy Marek were planning their new luxury home here, they didn’t want to overwhelm the neighbors. So they buried half of it. Except for its arching corrugated metal roof, the unadorned modern structure built of concrete and glass barely rises higher than the grassy slope into which it’s built. More than 3,200 of the four-bedroom home’s roughly 6,400 square feet are located in a lower level, making the house appear more than twice as big from the side as it does from the front. Using subterranean construction to avoid restrictive building codes is a popular option in places like California’s Napa Valley, where home owners burrow underground for more space. But the couple here said their decision wasn’t driven by regulations; instead it was their own desire for a pared-down aesthetic. “I don’t think I’d want people thinking that was my dream of retirement, to build some monster,” said Mr. Stansel, a 65-year-old former mortgage banker who moved into the East Hampton home with his wife this winter.
“We didn’t want a bunch of expensive decorations on the outside.” On the property, Japanese maple and copper beech trees sit near a planted flat-roofed garage and grass driveway whose wide-set cobblestones look like part of the landscaping. Mr. Stansel took a 1,200-pound glacial rock, which he bought for $2,000 after becoming intrigued by its Alaska history, and trucked it from storage in Portland, Ore. to use outside as a garden feature. The owners filled the home with pieces chosen by an interior decorator. The interior is simple, reflecting the desires of Ms. Marek, a 52-year-old day trader and horse lover—the couple has four horses that are boarded away from home in Connecticut and Holland. “It’s more like a loft,” she said. The front door leads to an open plan living area with flooring made of Oregon black walnut and white Bulgarian limestone. A concrete slab marks the staircase, which is held up with a harpsichord-like row of steel cables. Arched glass walls surround the modern living room and lacquered wood kitchen, hugging the curve of the roof. Downstairs, a sitting area and den are lit by three pairs of 9-foot tall glass French doors around a lower courtyard. Mr. Stansel’s study and a general storage area, however, are in rooms without any direct light.
Architects are seeing more houses with unassuming façades that explode in size when viewed from the back, or homes split into multiple buildings so they’ll look less massive, or even homes that New York architect Lee Skolnick calls “McRanchions”—1950s ranch houses given luxury makeovers. “There’s a trend we’re seeing—it’s called ‘perceived thrift,'” said Chris Rose, an architect based in Charleston, S.C. “It’s kind of like the ladies going to Bergdorf’s and still buying stuff, but putting it in a brown bag.” Mr. Stansel had his fill when it came to towering properties: In 2009, he and Ms. Marek bought Canterbury Castle, a 1930s landmark in Portland, Ore. with a moat, drawbridge and turret, for about $290,000. They were already living in the house next door and bought the site as an investment. The city had deemed the crumbling edifice structurally unsound, clearing the way for the couple to raze it. Some locals were opposed, but the couple considered it unsafe and an eye sore. At the same time, Mr. Stansel and Ms. Marek were beginning construction on the Long Island house.
East Hampton-based architect Maziar Behrooz had come up with a design for the land’s previous owner, who was inspired by a photo of an F-16 fighter jet nosing out of an airplane hangar for the building’s shape. Mr. Behrooz dubbed it the Arc House, after the curve of the galvanized aluminum roof. Mr. Stansel was drawn to the home’s low-slung profile. The couple paid $1.25 million for the property down a long road lined with tall pines, and another $2.2 million for the building, Mr. Stansel said. Nearby, in a subdivision with meadows and fields for polo matches, a home is on the market for $2.9 million. The couple moved to New York because they thought it would make it easier to travel to Europe in their retirement, though they are considering spending the winters in Portland if they don’t find a buyer for their property there. Outside their Long Island home, a memento from their Portland past is now set into the ground. Two heavy stones serve as steps to a soon-to-be-built Zen garden—pieces of the castle they once owned.
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Isn’t this America land of the free? Why should there be a need for ‘ using subterranean construction to avoid restrictive building codes ‘ ? Which idiots write and ratify these codes? By the way in a certain 3rd world country the below abuse of residents is occurring : Vote them out and rewrite those codes! If you don’t have a good candidate, run for candidacy on the ticket of rewriting restrictive building codes ! Do not let them tell you what to do or how to build on your private land! Want lower taxes? Property assessments? Freedom from apartheid? Run for candidacy or find out which MP cannot be voted due to their oppressive social or political beliefs and unvotable desire to impose restrictive building (in some places DRESS – allow Burkha! Allow Nudism!) codes !

3 Articles on MRT in Malaysia and abuse of Eminent Domain Powers – posted by @AgreeToDisagree – late February 2012

In 3rd Force, Abuse of Power, Allodial, Eminent Domain, Equality, Ethics, Informed Consent, Invasive Laws, Malaysia, Property, social freedoms on January 28, 2012 at 9:42 am


Prasarana shortlists 28 companies for MRT project – by Malaysia Chronicle – 11 August 2011

KUALA LUMPUR – Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (Prasarana) has shortlisted 28 individual and joint venture (JV) companies that are eligible to bid for various elevated civil works, stations and depot packages under the multi-billion ringgit My Rapid Transit (MRT) infrastructure project. Prasarana in a statement today said the tenders comprising works packages for elevated civil works (eight packages), stations (eight packages) and depots (two packages) would be called in stages, beginning next month until December 2012. “The tender for the first stage, which involves two civil works packages will be issued early next month,” said Prasarana group managing director, Shahril Mokhtar. He said the two packages are a 5.4 km stretch from Taman Bukit Ria to Plaza Phoenix in Cheras and the other covering a 5.2km stretch from Taman Suntex to Bandar Tun Hussein Onn. Shahril said the 18 works packages were divided into two categories — open and Bumiputera — and applicants were evaluated based on several aspects, including financial capabilities, track record, experiences and health and environment practices.

For the JV submissions, he said technical and financial evaluations were carried out on the individual companies, with the total score of their technical and financial points combined based on their equity percentage. He said the 28 shortlisted companies were chosen from among 195 who submitted applications, following two public advertisements. Among the companies shortlisted for all three type of packages (elevated civil works, stations and depots) in the open category are Sunway Construction Sdn Bhd, Muhibbah Engineering (M) Sdn Bhd, IJM Construction Sdn Bhd, Gadang Engineering (M) Sdn Bhd and Loh & Loh Construction Sdn Bhd, he added. Meanwhile, in the Bumiputera category, Naim Engineering Sdn Bhd, Trans Resources Corporation Sdn Bhd, TSR Bina Sdn Bhd, Ahmad Zaki Sdn Bhd, HRA Teguh Sdn Bhd, Syarikat Muhibah Perniagaan & Pembinaan Sdn Bhd were shortlisted for all three type of packages. Tenders for the other works packages will be announced in due course.

Considered the country’s biggest infrastructure project as part of the Greater Klang Valley Master Plan, the MRT will provide the backbone service to the existing public transportation system, and be integrated with the existing LRT, KL Monorail and KTM services. Cutting through the city centre from Sungai Buloh to Kajang, the new MRT will run for approximately 51 km. This includes 9.5 km through underground tunnels and be serviced by 27 elevated stations, seven stations underground and depots at Sungai Buloh and Kajang. – Bernama

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I believe that there is enough space for ALL 28 companies to be included in building of the 27 stations and adjoining tracks. Who says a single or a handful of companies must take the entire contract? That way the fastest and most efficient and ‘least damaged section of tract after a few years’ company can be gauged or penalized. Share building plan costs then build cooperatively. Share the wealth via fair distribution of contracts or just admit you are not fair minded enough to be a good government. Meanwhile remember to vote for MPs who will ensure : 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. Vote only for Joe Publics who are worth no more than 200K and able to pledge the items in the questionairre below as well :

Learn  these 2 terms EMINENT DOMAIN and ALLODIAL and vote only for MPs who will abolish the first and implement the second. Otherwise run for candidacy on the issues of these 2 terms. Will be a sure winner!



For development’s sake, Jalan Sultan shops must go, says Prasarana – by Yow Hong Chieh – 11th August 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 11 — Sacrifices must be made in the name of development, the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) project owner told Jalan Sultan landowners whose properties will be acquired to allow for underground tunnelling works. Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (SPNB) project development director Zulkifli Mohd Yusoff said today it was necessary to tunnel underneath Jalan Sultan as it represented the optimum alignment between the fixed points of KL Sentral and Permodalan Nasional Bhd’s (PNB) Merdeka development. A section of those who turned up for the Prasarana briefing on August 11, 2011. — Picture by Jack Ooi “We understand this place has been there for more than 100 years but I think all of us must realise that there must be sacrifices for development,” he told some 30 landowners at a briefing here today. “It’s not that we want to purposely acquire your land. The alignment has to go somewhere. This is for the rakyat.”

Zulkifli pointed out that Kampung Baru land had been similarly acquired for the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and other areas along the proposed Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) KVMRT line will also face compulsory acquisition. “Jalan Sultan is not the only place. We have land in Kajang, land in Kota Damansara. Everyone is affected,” he said. He was responding to Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun, who expressed concern over the “great impact” acquisition and demolishment of part of the historic Chinatown enclave will have on the nation’s cultural heritage and tourism. Zulkifli stressed that unless the KVMRT optimised ridership by linking key fixed points that coincided with existing transport infrastructure, commercial areas and future developments, traffic congestion in Kuala Lumpur would continue worsen. “We don’t want Kuala Lumpur to be like Bangkok or Jakarta where the roads are like a parking lot [and] your car doesn’t move,” he said. The SBK line will cover a distance of 51km, of which 9.5km will be underground. Seven of the 31 stations will also be underground, including one under the existing Klang Bus Stand near Chinatown. SPNB has to acquire the land above the stations and tunnel before any subsurface work can begin as section 44 of the National Land Code 1965 states that property owners not only have the right to the plot itself but also the air above and ground below.

Zulkifli also revealed today that SPNB had spent “three to four months” in talks with the Attorney-General’s Chambers to see if it was possible to tunnel underneath existing properties without having to acquire them but was told it could not be done. “We had months of discussion with the Attorney-General’s Chambers on how we can have the tunnel underneath and the buildings remain… but under the current law, there is no such provision,” he said, adding that similar talks were held when planning the LRT. This prompted Fong to pledge he would table a motion in Parliament to amend the National Land Code to allow underground construction without the need for surface acquisition, to claps from those present. The Land Office will hold hearings with Jalan Sultan landowners starting August 15 to decide on the compensation to be paid to each. Owners may appeal the quantum by obtaining their own valuations.

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We will sacrifice the MP or the political coalition instead. Recall the below :

General Overview on Malaysian Politics – circa late April 2011 (Original)

What the people want the people must get. This is a subtle show of power. It is not inconceivable that the line can be bulit in another manner.


11 Government Reserve Land To Be Developed Nationwide – Malay Mirror – 16 July 2011
KUALA LUMPUR — Government reserve land at 11 locations nationwide will be developed through a collaboration between the Defence Ministry and Greencity Development Sdn.Bhd (GCDSB). An agreement to that effect was signed today by Deputy Defence Minister, Dr.Abdul Latiff Ahmad, on behalf of the Defence Ministry, and GCDSB, which was represented by its chief executive officer, Mohamad Khairuddin Taha. Speaking to reporters later, Abdul Latiff said that under the agreement, the land, covering 30 hectares, would be leased to the company for 30 years for development, including for building of petrol stations, integrated vehicle service centres and other automobile-related activities. “This is a good collaboration to avoid the land from being left idle and will also provide the government with RM7 million in revenue a year for 30 years,” he added. Abdul Latiff said implementation of the projects would also provide employment opportunities for army retirees. “We will ensure 35 per cent of the jobs that will created from these projects will be given to army retirees,” he added. (Bernama) [[[ *** RESPONSE *** ]]] Who owns Green City? 30% Bumi of nation = 30% 30% army(uniformed would be better?) within of 30% Bumi = 9% 30% of female 30% army(uniformed would be better?) within of 30% Bumi = 3% Total = 42% NON ORDINARY Malays, not including rest of country as well. How can this be fair? Muslim Malay voters, better end this system of patronage and favouring of civili servants. Not only are they supported lavishly by government, now they will be further favoured? How about raising salaries instead of doing something with this GLC which would likely by another full 30% (pocketed ‘commission’) OVER this 42% that does not include ordinary Muslim Malays. I don’t think the honest among the army or uniformed would even want to be involved in this.

Try the below too from oathkeepers USA you uniformed guys :

1. We will NOT obey orders to disarm the American people.
2. We will NOT obey orders to conduct warrantless searches of the American people
3. We will NOT obey orders to detain American citizens as “unlawful enemy combatants” or to subject them to military tribunal.
4. We will NOT obey orders to impose martial law or a “state of emergency” on a state.
5. We will NOT obey orders to invade and subjugate any state that asserts its sovereignty.
6. We will NOT obey any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.
7. We will NOT obey any order to force American citizens into any form of detention camps under any pretext.
8. We will NOT obey orders to assist or support the use of any foreign troops on U.S. soil against the American people to “keep the peace” or to “maintain control.”
9. We will NOT obey any orders to confiscate the property of the American people, including food and other essential supplies.
10.We will NOT obey any orders which infringe on the right of the people to free speech, to peaceably assemble, and to petition their government for a redress of grievances. Love the Rakyat and challenge anything corrupt about to be fostered via Green City.

You are military men, dealers of death to invaders (army) and protectors of citizens (police), and NOT thieves stealing from the Rakyat by colluding with anyone. PAS ready to formalize the figures and breakdowns on this raiding of reserve lands already disenfranchising the minorities? Consider the sin of Asabiya then think about Reserve land and the below 3 items :

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

The Rakyat of all races would absolutely love a ex-police or ex-army who will run on the above 3 items. Any ex-uniformed personnel who endorses the above 3 items could very well have a shot at PM, the regular politicians are too rich and involved in GLCs for their own and the Rakyat’s good. Just plutocrats, nepotists and racists, the dross of humanity as opposed to honourably discharged Muslim ex-army who denounce corruption via collusion against the Rakyat and the sin of Asabiya.

SPAD denies land grab – by Clara Chooi – 6th September 2011

In Uncategorized on January 20, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Cannot guarantee protection for ownership of heritage Chinatown properties. SPAD CEO Mohd Nur Kamal in a letter to The Malaysian Insider today cautioned the public against accepting “misleading views”. — file pic KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 6 — The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) came out today to deny any “land grab” in its acquisition of Jalan Sultan properties for the MRT project but admitted it could not guarantee that the acquired lots would later be returned to landowners. In a letter to The Malaysian Insider, SPAD chief executive officer Mohd Nur Kamal said while the acquisition process was being worked out in detail, the government “is in no position to make guarantees of the return of these properties”.

But he reasoned that what was most important was that the government had “listened” to feedback from the affected parties and had agreed to a mutually acceptable outcome. “This clearly shows that the government is acting in good faith and will continue to do so in resolving this and any future issues related to the MRT,” he said in the three-page letter. The transport regulator complained that dissenting views expressed over the controversial land acquisition had been based on “inaccurate, incomplete and a lack of understanding” of the facts. SPAD has been under constant fire from angry traders with businesses located in the historic Chinatown area over its plan to acquire their properties to facilitate the tunnelling portion of the multibillion-ringgit rail project. Suspicion has also been raised over whether the transport regulator’s purpose of acquiring the prime land lots was to exploit their commercial value to fund the construction of the MRT, said to be Malaysia’s most expensive infrastructure project to date.

Among others, Jalan Sultan traders are also upset that they were not consulted prior to the final alignment of the MRT’s Sungai Buloh-Kajang line and are now also mulling following Bukit Bintang traders in filing for a judicial review on the proposed acquisition. But Mohd Nur cautioned the public against accepting “misleading views” and urged them to first examine the intentions of those making such allegations, saying it could be designed to confuse and aggravate the situation. He confirmed that the government was exploring Hong Kong’s “rail plus property” scheme to help minimise spending on public transport infrastructure but stressed that this would only be carried out on government-owned land that is “unused, underutilised or not being utilised optimally”. “Indeed, there may be instances where private land may be purchased to enhance the development potential but this will be done on a ‘willing buyer-willing seller’ basis. “Therefore, the accusations that the land that is being compulsorily acquired for the MRT project is tantamount to land grabbing, is baseless,” he said.

For the Jalan Sultan or Chinatown lots, Mohd Nur said that in the interest of time and other factors, the government had decided to select the option of acquiring all the affected properties at the outset before re-releasing them back to their original owners after tunnelling works are completed. He pointed out that this had been worked out following SPAD’s meeting with the landowners and MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek recently. Mohd Nur quoted Dr Chua as saying during a press conference after the meeting that the “government will proceed with the acquisition but with the condition that it would strengthen the buildings affected by the construction of the MRT tunnel, for the safety of the buildings’ occupants …

But after the tunnel is completed in about six months, they will be allowed to move back in to conduct business as usual.” SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar, he added, had also stated that all the parties involved understood that there were many details yet to be worked out in order for this to be achieved such as compensation, timeline and the rights of current tenants occupying the properties.

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Two terms for the Rakyat. ALLODIAL and EMINENT-DOMAIN. If enough people vote specifically for MPs and Assemblymen who will adopt the above 2 as laws (that Bar Council is shamefully not even addressing or promoting, I once discussed this with a titled lawyer of some prominence, and he shied away from the issue entirely . . . so if lawyers would have non-lawyers do the Bar Council’s job to protect the people, we don’t need lawyers anymore now do we? They act as mere toll keepers for documents that the government will not release until the ‘toll fee commission’ is paid first), all properties that are freehold will NEVER be subjected to nonsense acquisitions like this.

Just drop BOTH coalitions and run as a private candidate if your MP and Assemblyman are not going to implement the above 2 terms into law. Also when in doubt, vote only for Joe Publics who are worth no more than 200K, also see the pledge/questionairre below and ask your MP candidate or Assemblyman candidate, current MP or Assemblyman to sign with a cam taking down the signing in the presence of as many media reporters or people as possible :

Rakyat, 2 more terms to learn and judge your MPs by. Think before you vote. Logos before ethos (i.e. substance before form, or thereabouts). Also study the below link which the entire legal profession needs to study (some portions are floridly expressed but the section on property rights is particularly relevant to the Chinatown issue) :

Self-Sovereign Individual Project Text
Nail house

Local resistance building on Virginia’s eminent domain change – by David Sherfinski – – 24th November 2011

In Uncategorized on January 16, 2012 at 9:14 am
(The Washington Times) A state constitutional amendment to expand Virginia’s eminent domain laws is meeting local resistance, with the city of Alexandria agreeing to contribute as much as $5,000 for a lobbying firm to help fight the legislation. The amendment, sponsored for the 2012 General Assembly session by Delegate Rob Bell, Albemarle Republican, attempts to change the Virginia Constitution by updating a law enacted in 2007 that says private property can be taken only when the public interest dominates the private gain, among other conditions. “The goal is to put [the amendment] into the constitution so that it can’t be tinkered with,” Mr. Bell said. However, the nonpartisan Virginia Municipal League and Democrat-controlled Alexandria City Council oppose the amendment because it provides for property owners to be compensated for “lost profits and lost access”caused by government action. Arlington County also opposes the measure as part of its draft 2012 legislative package. Though the Alexandria council is against the proposed change, members support the 2007 law, said Bernard Caton, the city’s legislative director. He cited as an example a median strip that prevents left turns into a business, resulting in a drop in daily revenue of $1,000 to $800 and potentially leaving taxpayers on the hook for the difference.
That Alexandria agreed to provide up to $5,000 for a firm to help lobby against the amendment, though,rankled Mr. Bell. “I think it’s awful that local governments are using local dollars to try to take property from taxpayers,” he said. Newly elected House Majority Whip Jackson H. Miller, Manassas Republican, supports the proposed amendment, saying it is simply a matter of protecting the small property owner against the power of government and large industry. “It doesn’t stop eminent domain for true public use, and that’s what I think is important,” he said. The amendment passed with wide support during the 2011 General Assembly session, with help from Mr. Bell. It cleared the House by a vote of 83-15 and the Senate by a vote of 35-5. But to amend the state constitution, the measure must pass again in the assembly before going to the public as a voter referendum on the 2012 ballot. Despite the broad support, Mr. Bell said, amendment supporters are girding a fight. “We are not taking anything for granted,” he said. © Copyright 2011 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
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Who are the 83 Congressmen and 35 Senators who voted for this ‘power to state’ rather than ‘power to people’ law? They are UNVOTABLE and represent Feudal era attitudes towards property ownership. Who are the 15 Congressmen and 5 Senators who voted for ‘power to people’? These are the TRUE patriots who would fight the War of Independence all over again. Voters pay attention – and give the 83 and 35 (118 bad politicians) the boot. These 118 bad politicians do not represent American values of an Eminent Domain abuse free society. Meanwhile study Allodial titles as well and make sure that the nexct time you vote, to make sure your Congressman or Senator or Governor makes clear on the above two laws – 1) Abolishment of Eminent Domain laws and 2) Establishment of Allodial Property in law No nation can grow or have a stable community if developers in collusion with the TERM LIMITLESS political oligarchs have the power to shift and kick out any citizen from his property. Vote properly Americans before it become American’t ! Or Amerika.
Who knows even Russia and China might have more property rights, those 83 and 35 might well be commie dictators at heart clothed in the sleek corporatism of American values to want to deny such protective measures as in . . . look up on ‘Nail House’ and see how Chinese citizens and Chinese government handles this issue. Their homesteads and estates span 1000s of years.
And these 118 politicians cannot abide Allodial rights or removal of Eminent Domain laws? The onus is upon city planners which the taxpayers pay the salaries of to PLAN AHEAD, not uproot and inconvenience existing communities, especially older communities. there is lots of space to build on in the USA, go there and build whatever you want instead (barring nature reserves or other geographically valuable areas etc..). Vote the 118 out! And how many of them have had their 15 minutes (2 terms)? Remove those who want the right (Eminent Domain) to physically remove American citizens from your property – Feudal Style! Forgot all about the Red and Blue Coats, the War of Independence eh? Remove the oppressors of Liberty and Democratic Freedom (barring limitless terms, if the 118 change their minds, no problem – those who do not wany to pudge i.e. abuse power, are promoting a very dangerous trend indeed – American citizens do you know what to do?)!

RAILROADED: Hundreds of historic houses will be flattened or ruined by new high speed train link – by Harry Mount – Last updated at 3:05 AM on 14th January 2012

In Uncategorized on January 14, 2012 at 5:21 pm

There are few English villages more idyllic than Chetwode in Buckinghamshire, just on the Oxfordshire border. The Grade I listed priory church of St Mary and St Nicholas was built from the remains of an Augustinian priory founded in 1245. In its chancel window is England’s oldest heraldic stained glass, showing Henry III’s coat of arms.

In the nave, there’s a plaque to John Betjeman’s father-in-law, Field Marshal Lord Chetwode. In the churchyard, you can’t hear anything apart from the sound of birdsong.

But this week, Transport Secretary Justine Greening confirmed that the HS2 high-speed train line will now go ahead — and once it is up and running, you won’t hear a bird around here for love nor money. Any vicar taking a service in the church will, as the trains pass,  have to bellow out his sermons at the top of his voice.

John Barnes with his home Packington Moor farmhouse near Tamworth close where the proposed HS2 route would run

Christopher and Celia Prideaux’s Doddershall House, in the Buckinghamshire village of Quainton, is under threat from the proposed HS2 rail route

‘This is where the trains will hit 225mph — the noise will be like a Formula One car,’ says Ken Cooper, 67, a chartered surveyor and office developer who lives next door to the church in the Grade II-listed, 17th-century Priory House, 300 yards from the prospective track.

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‘That’s 90 decibels. We came here for the sound of silence. It’s the most wonderful part of the world. We wanted to stay here for ever, and hand the house onto our son, but who’d want to live here when the trains come?’

Ken and his wife Barbara are among hundreds of people whose lives have been destroyed by the prospect of the new line slicing through the heart of England — ‘the Berlin Wall for Britain’, as it’s been dubbed by the campaigning conservation magazine Cornerstone.

The Lower Farm house, in the village of Lower Thorpe, near Banbury, Oxfordshire, is owned by Tania and Russell Parsons and on the route of the HS2 rail line

Dozens of listed buildings like Priory House are due to be demolished, or severely blighted, if HS2 is built.

Thanks to compulsory purchase order legislation, the Government has the power to force through the HS2 line on its chosen route. This allows the Government to buy property or land without the owner’s consent.

Country cottages, Georgian farmhouses, medieval rectories, ancient manor houses . . . in all, 314 listed buildings will be damaged or destroyed by the high-speed train, despite a valiant campaign to save them by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.

This week, Lord Astor, David Cameron’s stepfather-in-law, who lives not far from the line in Ginge Manor, Oxfordshire, attacked the project. Outside Aylesbury, Lord Rothschild’s venerable Waddesdon Manor will shudder to the sound of the passing trains.

But it’s not just the rich and the grand who will have their historic houses blighted by the railway. At the stroke of a planner’s pen, lifetimes of careful saving, back-breaking renovation and self-sacrifice have been rendered futile.

Those properties which are not actually demolished are likely to see their values plunge. And yet not a soul from the Government warned the victims about the disaster thundering towards them at 225mph.

The Coopers bought Priory House and its surrounding 50 acres in 1989 when the building was in severe disrepair. They spent £350,000 reconstructing this rare architectural gem: a 1655 double-gabled house, refashioned in 1833 with a charming panelled drawing room, and a hall and dining room fitted out with elegant 18th-century fireplaces, cornices and doorcases.

With his own hands, Ken Cooper built a Doric-style temple by the lake, where the priory monks used to keep their carp. An ancient moat runs round the old kitchen garden, only 150 yards from the spot where 18 trains an hour will come roaring through at more than 200mph.

Ken Cooper in front of his home The Priory, which adjoins St Mary and St Nicholas church in Chetwode, Buckinghamshire.

Sally Cakebread at the Savay Farm in Denham

When plans for the route were first mooted two years ago, no one got in touch with the Coopers to tell them their world was to be turned upside down.

‘We heard about it from a neighbour,’ says Barbara Cooper. ‘The authorities never tell you anything.

‘The first our neighbours heard about their home being demolished was when they looked up the route and saw a circle with a cross on their house — meaning it was due to be demolished.

‘When you see the HS2 on telly, they show a normal train. But this won’t be a normal train line. It will be a pair of tracks, 100 yards wide, with no vegetation on either side and high fences to keep deer out.’

Pat Dillon at his home Dunton Hall and Barn in Curdworth, Warwickshire close to which the proposed HS2 route would run

Only homeowners whose houses are to be demolished will get full compensation. Otherwise, they must seek partial compensation for their blighted properties, and they can only do that in 15 years’ time, once the trains are working. Meanwhile, they face years of misery as the line is built.
If none of your land is lost — as is the case with the Coopers — you can claim only for things like vibration, noise and fumes. They cannot claim for the loss of their view, which has remained largely unchanged for 350 years.

‘Yet the value of this house has already been halved,’ says Mrs Cooper. ‘Who’s going to buy it when the trains are here?

Across England — through Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire — the message is the same: the Government has ridden roughshod over the property-owning rights of people who have given their lives to their houses.

Gary and Lynn Eastman, both 65, moved to Twyford, Buckinghamshire, in 1987 with their three children. For 25 years, they’ve been renovating the medieval, half-timbered St Mary’s House. The former rectory, which is next to the Grade I-listed Norman church of St Mary’s — is where John Sergeant, the BBC broadcaster and son of the local vicar, grew up.

The original HS2 plans placed the railway 50 metres from the Eastmans’ front door. The new plan puts it 150 metres away, but the line will still be highly visible — and, at 77 decibels, most certainly audible — in a neighbouring field currently used for grazing sheep.

St Mary’s is a rare, Grade II-listed double-hall house — a pair of adjoining medieval buildings which have become one charming family home.

‘When we came here, it was pretty much derelict,’ says Gary Eastman, who has just retired as managing director of a construction company. ‘We’ve done all the building work ourselves, and put our lives into it. And then HS2 came along. It’s an ill-considered vanity project, which will only shave a fraction off journey times.

Sylvia Arnold at her home Woodend Lock Cottage, King’s Bromley in Staffordshire, close to which the proposed HS2 route would run

Jon-Paul Weaverat his Lavernder Hall Farm in Berkswell near Solihull close to which the proposed HS2 route would run

Jon-Paul Weaverat his Lavernder Hall Farm in Berkswell near Solihull close to which the proposed HS2 route would run

‘This is a little rural village, a delightful part of England, and some bright spark comes along and just says, “Let’s run a railway through the village”.

‘HS2 is already casting its shadow here. No one here has been able to sell their house since March 2010 when it was announced.’

‘What’s going to happen when the children in the village school grow up?’ says his wife Lynn. ‘Who’s going to want to bring their children up here?’

‘And they never told us anything about their plans. I first heard about it on the radio. There’s heartache in this village.’

John Freestone with his home Sunflower Farmhouse in the village of Chetwode, Buckinghamshire. The propesed HS2 route would run nearby

Those sentiments are echoed all along the railway line, right into the Buckinghamshire fringes of London. Savay Farm, in Denham Green, is the family home of Sally Cakebread, her mother and her nine-year-old daughter.

A Grade I-listed manor house dating back to the 11th century, it was used by Henry VIII as a hunting lodge. The farm was bought by Sally Cakebread’s father in 1945.
Under the HS2 plans, the Colne Valley Viaduct — a concrete and steel structure some two-and-a-quarter miles long, and 30 metres high, wrapped in power lines and caging — will pass 200 yards from Sally’s garden.

‘I really can’t believe it,’ says Sally. ‘Our home is among the protected houses in Britain, and we can’t even get permission to add a tiny extension. But the Government can run this eyesore past the foot of the garden. If this goes ahead, the view from our house will be awful. England is all about its heritage. If we don’t protect that, what will we have?

‘My daughter is worried she won’t be able to sleep at night, with trains passing every four minutes, and the noise and speed of them will make our windows rattle. ’

The train runs through the heartland shires of the Conservative vote. As I travelled through them this week, I met staunch Tories who said they’d never vote for the party again because they felt so let down. Again and again, those affected talked about ‘betrayal’.

‘We’ve been ignored — it’s almost as if we don’t exist,’ said Shirley Baker, 71, who has lived with her family in the Grade II-listed Dale House in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, since 1983.

The HS2 line will slice the Bakers’ land in half, with the trains travelling in the shadow of the barn and stables, where they run their horse livery business. The HS2 planner has even redrawn the Bakers’ drive to their house, incorporating a crazy, right-angled blind corner — a death trap for horses and humans.

‘The house will be unliveable in,’ Mrs Baker says. ‘There’s no way we could keep up the business with the trains running right by it.’
Peter Bassano at St John the Baptist church, in Little Missenden, Buckinghamshire

Peter Bassano at St John the Baptist church, in Little Missenden, Buckinghamshire
Shirley and Ken Baker Paul at their home Dalehouse Farmhouse near Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, close to which the proposed HS2 route would run

Shirley and Ken Baker Paul at their home Dalehouse Farmhouse near Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, close to which the proposed HS2 route would run

The Bakers live in the main house, an early 18th-century Georgian farmhouse, with pretty white casement windows, while their daughter Naomi Tailby, 48, lives in the adjoining early 19th-century malthouse, a handsome, higgledy-piggledy building with dormer windows poking through a roof of lichened tiles. The Bakers’ two grandchildren have known no other home.

‘If HS2 comes, we’ll have to leave and the family will have to separate,’ says Naomi. ‘I’ll have to find somewhere rural to run the business, but there’s no compensation for relocating a business, and my parents, because of their age, will have to stay near the town. I see you can’t make national decisions on a family basis, but you’ve got to acknowledge that there is a family basis to these decisions all the same.

‘How can they consider demolishing your business and your livelihood, move three generations of a family, and not contact you? We heard from a neighbouring farmer.’
A protest sign in Wendover, south-west England, over the £17bn ($26.2bn) HS2 new high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham

A protest sign in Wendover, south-west England, over the £17bn ($26.2bn) HS2 new high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham

All along the line, ancient houses are to be demolished or overwhelmed — such as Packington Moor Farm, a fine brick Georgian farmhouse near Tamworth, Staffordshire. For years, the house has been run as a wedding venue, cafe and farm shop by John Barnes and his family.

‘Not only is the house being demolished, but it also cuts the farm in half,’ says Mr Barnes in despair.

‘We only heard about it on the internet, and there was very little interest in our situation when we contacted the authorities.

‘Our whole business will be wiped out. Our wedding and events business and the farmshop will disappear. The family has been here for nigh-on 100 years. I’m the third generation, and my son and daughter are both involved in the business.

‘Now, we’re left in limbo, even though we will definitely be open for the next five years. We’re pretty upset about it all. The real shock came when they moved the  putative route a year ago. It was originally going across my meadowland, and then we heard the line was going straight through the house.’

Also due for demolition is the Grade-II listed, 18th-century Coleshill Hall Farm in Warwickshire, with its medieval moat. The HS2 will run right through the site of the farmhouse and its even older outbuildings. Another slice of history will be lost for ever.

In Curdworth, Warwickshire, the line will run a mere 20 metres from the 17th-century, classical Dunton Hall, once home to Samuel Johnson’s grandparents.

Hartwell House, Buckinghamshire, is a Grade I-listed building, stretching back almost 1,000 years to the reign of Edward the Confessor. Two of the greatest English architects, James Gibbs and James Wyatt, remodelled the building in the 18th century.

A hotel since 1999, and owned by the National Trust since 2008, it generates around £300,000 a year for the Trust. But who will want to stay there once HS2 passes 350 metres to the east of the house?
HS2: The route for the new high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham

HS2: The route for the new high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham

‘We have concerns in terms of the landscape, the visual impact and noise,’ says Claire Graves of the National Trust. ‘There is also the issue of the loss of seclusion and privacy for visitors and guests. Who knows what impact that will have?’

Meanwhile, the Prideaux family and their ancestors have lived at Grade II-listed Doddershall House in Quainton, Buckinghamshire, since it was built in 1520. HS2 will run just 250 yards from the house, destroying a lodge, slicing across the farmyard, and cutting off two private access roads.

‘Not only will we have noise and vibrations, but we will have to drive miles around the line to a new crossing,’ says Christopher Prideaux, 75, a retired banker. ‘That’s one thing in a car but virtually unworkable in a combine harvester.’

Christopher and Celia Prideaux have three children and eight grandchildren who may now never live in the ancestral home. Half a millennium of family history destroyed to chop 20 minutes off a commuter’s journey from Birmingham to London.

As Shirley Baker of condemned Dale House says of the project. ‘It’s not the British way, going through the back door. It’s underhand, immoral and unethical.’
Here’s what other readers have said. Why not add your thoughts, or debate this issue live on our message boards. The comments below have not been moderated.

Herr Lipp Niedersachsen – Halt die Klappe!

– John, Erehwyna, 14/1/2012 16:53
Rating (0)

See what happens when you give up your guns? Need any? We have plenty here in USA. Sounds like the “commoner” is saying “up the nose” to the “landed gentry” there. Here’s an idea, make the two cities it connects tear down as many row houses as necessary to provide open green spaces, parks with trees in the cities that is equal to what those citizens take from the country. They won’t do it, that would be too much like equality.

– James D, Baltimore, Md, USA, 14/1/2012 16:38
Rating   1

Why dont we be sensible and improve the current rail network. I travel from Manchester to London regurlarly by train and a 30 mins saving in time is insufficient justification to spnd £33 billion. We do we suffer such stupid and inept thinking from our politicians. They make my blood boil at times!!!.

– True Brit, Manchester, 14/1/2012 16:35
Rating   5

… If ordinary, working class and middle class people were in a similar postion, we wouldn’t hear a word about it. – Zak, London, 14/1/2012 16:05 Ordinary, working and middle class people are affected by this. Hundreds of us, all for the sake of pleasing a few rich businessmen who’s country piles and city penthouses won’t be at risk. This will bring nothing to the country but massive debt, the trains are under-used and over-pricey all ready. It will cost every household over £1000 – ask yourself if you get £1,000 worth of use out of travelling from London to Birmingham and the majority of people will say no. Cuts to benefits, hospitals, schools, the NHS, but we can afford this railway? All these people calling us Nimbies because we can’t afford our property prices to plummet, give us your address and let’s route the thing through your garden if you are so in favour.

– Jill, Bucks, 14/1/2012 16:33
Rating   6

Sad, but the country overall will benefit – not to mention the environment, as more people travel by rail. Having lived next to the M3, at least the noise will only be periodic and not a constant drone day-and-night. In any event, as we are talking about 15 years time, it is something that will affect the next generation, who don’t yet live there, than those interviewed.

– Michael, Manchester, 14/1/2012 16:30
Rating   5

Nuts. Should be stopped at all costs. Cultural Heritage is already being destroyed FAR too much.

– J., London, 14/1/2012 16:30
Rating   5

I love the Nimbys, if they had gotten there way in the past we would still be living in caves as to build anything else would have harmed their outlook.

– anon, wilts, 14/1/2012 16:20
Rating   23

Pretty sure they could find a route for the new train line that goes around these villages

– James, Edinburgh, 14/1/2012 16:17
Rating   1

What a disgrace and it’s all towards saving about just 30 minutes off the actual journey and will take15 years to build. I can’t believe this. My heart goes out to those communities affected by this. Does the UK really need this in the light of so many small airports for getting around?

– smokingetna, Sicily, 14/1/2012 16:16
Rating   43

heritage lost is hard to get back

– Stuart, Ottawa, Canada, 14/1/2012 16:16

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Such beautiful and generations old homes! Hey idiot Englishmen. Nail the MPs in that constituency and VOTE ONLY for an MP who will ABOLISH EMINENT DOMAIN POWERS and grant ALLODIAL TITLES. So much for the Inns of Law of England? Not a word from the English Bar Council? Even the heritage families have neglected whats going on in England until this occured. Could someone see if at the heart of this all if the Lord Judges are for ort against and will stand up for the people – indirectly speaking on behalf of the Royal institution? Know your enemies Englishmen . . . (If the worst is confirmed, how about Lord Astor leading a revolt for a new English Dynasty that does grant ALLODIAL TITLES then?) Any connection in this action to that Latvian girl’s body recently found on Royal grounds?

3 Articles on Michelle Obama at the White House – Jan 2012

In Uncategorized on January 13, 2012 at 4:58 am


Michelle Obama not an ‘angry black woman’ Published: 7:28AM Thursday January 12, 2012 Source: AAP / Reuters

US first lady Michelle Obama shot down any notion of infighting between her and the president’s top aides in a television interview today, downplaying her role and influence in the White House. Michelle Obama defended her role as one of dozens of advisers to President Barack Obama after the publication of The Obamas, a new book by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor that paints the popular first lady as a tough political player.
“That’s been an image that people have tried to paint of me since, you know, the day Barack announced (he was running for president in 2008), that I’m some angry black woman,” Obama told CBS’s This Morning, adding that she hasn’t read the book.

Obama said she rarely steps into the West Wing, which houses the president’s office, and never sparred with either her husband’s former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel or former Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. “I don’t have conversations with my husband’s staff,” she said. “I don’t go to meetings.”

According to Kantor’s book there was tension between the first lady and Gibbs, who worried about public missteps and reportedly cursed at her and spoke in less than flattering terms about her. Obama said Gibbs was a trusted adviser and remained a good friend.

“I’m sure that we could go day to day and find things people wish they didn’t say to each other,” she told CBS. “People stumble, people make mistakes, people every day – in families, in churches, in schools all over the country – they say things they don’t mean sometimes.”

Kantor has drawn some criticism for her book, which cites numerous sources but not any interviews with the Obamas themselves. Michele said she cares deeply for her husband but does not interfere and wants to put aside the notion that she sits in meetings. “I guess it’s just more interesting to imagine this conflicted situation here.”

“There will always be people who don’t like me,”Obama added, and said she could live with that.

“If there’s any anxiety that I feel, it’s because I want to make sure that my girls (Malia and Sasha) come out of this on the other end whole.”

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Try pushing for Allodial property rights and abolishment of Eminent Domain in USA. It’s 3rd world everywhere and USA needs to set the pace, this action to popularise these 2 law change proposals will put the Obamas into history books for protection of property owners worldwide. Will  be quite MLK-esque and worthy to write into law – even  (especially) angrily! Make single property owners immune to foreclosures while at it, not allow banks to create more homeless families.




Michelle Obama has denied that she was “some angry black woman”, in an attempt to defuse a row over an explosive new book that alleges she clashed with her husband’s White House advisers.

By Jon Swaine 3:08PM GMT 11 Jan 2012

In a rare breakfast television appearance, the US First Lady played down reports that she had caused disputes with Barack Obama’s chief of staff and press secretary over his presidential agenda.

She said that while relations were harmonious between her and Mr Obama’s inner circle — which is widely described as dysfunctional — it was “more interesting to imagine this conflicted situation”.

“That’s been an image that people have tried to paint of me since the day Barack announced,” she said in an interview with CBS News. “That I’m some angry black woman.”

In ‘The Obamas’, which was released this week, author Jodi Kantor writes that Mrs Obama collided with Rahm Emanuel, the then-White House chief of staff, over her husband’s overhaul of health care.

With Mr Emanuel forced to frantically cut back-room deals to pass the landmark legislation through Congress in 2009, Mr Obama reportedly told aides that his wife “feels as if our rudder isn’t set right”.

Miss Kantor, a New York Times reporter, writes that Mr Emanuel reacted “with indignation” and let it be known to the media that he was unhappy with how the health care effort was being handled.

Robert Gibbs, Mr Obama’s then-press secretary, allegedly “cursed” Mrs Obama after she passed on criticisms of his response to reports that she had told Carla Bruni, wife of the French President Nicolas Sarkozy, that living in the White House was “hell”.

Mrs Obama is also portrayed as being reluctant to campaign in public for her husband, who suffered what he called a “shellacking” in the midterm Congressional elections in November 2010.

In her interview she admitted to being “one of his biggest confidantes” but said that “he has dozens of really smart people who surround him”.

“I am not an expert on most of the issues that he’s dealing with on a daily basis,” she said. “I want him — and he wants — to be talking to the people with the best information.

“That’s not to say that we don’t have discussions and conversations,” she added. “That’s not to say that my husband doesn’t know how I feel.”

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Try whoopi goldberg, Apprentice’s omarosa, Bill cosby or real life’s OJ Simpson etc..- they are painted into roles that are angry assertive or otherwise depicted as bums or vagrants (try Mission to Mars 2000 – first space vagrant ever depicted in the movies probably – is a black man, Pandorum 2009 – space cannibal vagrant, black AGAIN . . . endless numbers of blaxploitation etc..), blacks white washed as in ‘White Chicks’ 2004 (won’t even let the black T community remain black huh?) seemingly innocuous or fun but NLP type effects doubtless.

I’d not take anything about Michelle Obama being angry to heart (being in the WH as First Lady. whats to be angry about? Obama has 1 more term at most . . . it’s not a permanent dictatorship), or any black person for that matter – there is still overproliferation of negative stereotyping that who knows Michelle herself has fallen victim to in some sort of self fulfilling prophecy, the casual word or circumstance by crypto-racists within staff, etc. etc.. In such a position of power, this tarring (no pun intended) is to be expected.



Michelle Obama ‘clashed repeatedly’ with top White House aides and rebuked the president, new book reveals
A new book on the Obamas depicts an administration riven by in-fighting, withering criticism and strain on the First Couple’s marriage.
Michelle Obama ‘made it clear that she thought her husband needed a new team’  by Philip Sherwell, Manchester, New Hampshire 4:59PM GMT 07 Jan 2012

She may appear a charming, fashionable and diplomatic First Lady, steadfastly supporting her husband’s administration with a series of uncontroversial initiatives.

But while the White House machine likes to portray images of Michelle Obama tending her organic vegetable garden, or visiting the families of servicemen posted overseas, behind the scenes she has repeatedly clashed with the president’s top aides – with rows over everything from tactics on health care reform to her taste in designer clothes.

According to a much-anticipated new book, Barack Obama’s White House was plagued by feuds as his wife fought a pitched battle for what she perceived as the heart and soul of his presidency against his more pragmatic advisers in aftermath of the 2008 election – and in part succeeded.

In The Obamas, writer Jodi Kantor, a respected New York Times reporter, draws on interviews with 33 current and former White House insiders to depict an administration riven by in-fighting during its first two years.

Mrs Obama did not spare her husband from withering criticism and their marriage, although loving, suffered under the strains, Ms Kantor writes.

The First Lady fought pitched battles for influence with Rahm Emanuel, the president’s combative former chief of staff, and was corrected on protocol by Robert Gibbs when he was White House spokesman.

The president “who felt guilty about the sacrifices his wife was making, was unwilling to tell her what she could not do… so Gibbs took on the task”, the book discloses.

Mr Gibbs was forced to assume an “unenviable role” with Mrs Obama as an “internal enforcer of the rules of the political world, issuing a steady stream of warnings and No’s”.

He was dispatched to tell her that she could not tack a private holiday on to a state visit, lavish large sums on White House redecoration or spend heavily on designer outfits.

The book’s contents will be seized upon by critics of Mrs Obama who view her as a Lady Macbeth figure and a left-wing ideologue seeking to exert undue influence over her husband.

Ms Kantor’s account depicts the First Lady as fiercely protective and often frustrated by Washington as she fought a tug-of-war for her husband’s political and spiritual soul, against a pragmatic camp led by Mr Emanuel.

Even after her key campaigning role during the 2008 election, Mrs Obama was deeply ambivalent about her move to the White House and initially contemplated remaining in Chicago with the couple’s daughters while they finished their school term.

She lost an early battle when she tried to persuade her husband not to employ Mr Emanuel, a famously foul-mouthed Democratic operative with a reputation for political horse-trading and tirades littered with the “f word”.

And Mr Emanuel then rebuffed her request to join his morning staff meetings where the day’s agenda was shaped.

The biggest source of friction was over her husband’s attempts to pass health care reform, the signature policy of his first term. Mrs Obama was furious with his aides, most notably Mr Emanuel, who pressed for a heavily scaled-down compromise after the Democrats lost their Senate “super-majority”.

She also turned her fire on Mr Obama. “She feels as if our rudder isn’t set right,” the president later told his aides, according to the book. “They had the sense that was not the actual language she had used.”

Mr Obama eventually sided with his wife and refused to scale back further a reform package that had already been watered down. The president “rejected his chief of staff’s vision of the presidency… and instead pursued one more in line with the one he shared with the First Lady”, Kantor writes.

Mrs Obama “made it clear that she thought her husband needed a new team”. Indirectly, she won that battle too.

The president rejected Mr Emanuel’s first offer to resign after he was identified as the source of a series of leaks portraying him as the man who was holding together a fraying administration.

But he later quit to run in – and win – the mayoral election in Chicago. Mr Gibbs also stepped down two years into the administration.

The White House responded disdainfully to excerpts of the book, which will be published on Tuesday.

“This is the author’s take, reflecting her own opinions, on a remarkably strong relationship between the President and First Lady – both of whom share an unwavering commitment to each other, and to improving the lives of Americans,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said in a statement.

“The book, an over-dramatisation of old news, is about a relationship between two people whom the author has not spoken to in years. The author last interviewed the Obamas in 2009 for a magazine piece. These second-hand accounts are staples of every administration in modern political history and often exaggerated.”

Those accounts include how she fired off emails to Valerie Jarrett, a long-time Obama lieutenant, with complaints about news coverage. Miss Jarrett would forward the messages to others after removing the First Lady’s name from them.

And when she could not find a slot in her husband’s schedule, she dispatched angry emails to Alyssa Mastromonaco, the president’s director of scheduling. Those messages “were so stern that Mastromonaco showed them around to colleagues, unsure of how to respond to her boss’s wife’s displeasure,” Kantor says.

She had entered the White House intent on importing decor and entertainment that would display a level of sophistication that would not allow criticism that the nation’s first African-American presidency lacked class.

But Obama advisers feared that her plans would appear ostentatious at a time when the US economy was in the doldrums.

Her office became so isolated that her aides there began referring to her base in the East Wing as the small US Pacific island territory of “Guam – pleasant but powerless”, the writer continues.

Eventually the First Lady, a Harvard Law School graduate who gave up a senior hospital executive position to campaign for her husband, accepted a more diminished role and pursued initiatives on healthy eating and education. But allies expect that she will play a far fiercer part in her husband’s campaign this year to be re-elected.


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To Mr.Gibbs :

Please note paragraph 8 where the article goes : Mr Gibbs was forced to assume an “unenviable role” with Mrs Obama as an “internal enforcer of the rules of the political world, issuing a steady stream of warnings and No’s”.

Would Mr.Gibbs or anyone working for/with Mr.Gibbs be kind enough to make a list of the following ‘steady stream’ so that those living in the 3rd world regions can be made familiar with the inappropriateness of nepotism, limitless terms and learn the difference between mob-rule and democracy?

Marah Freedom Imbi landowners cede underground rights in coup for MRT Corp – by Yow Hong Chieh – 28th December 2011

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2012 at 5:36 pm
Dec 28 — Imbi landowners have agreed to surrender a portion of their underground land rights to MRT Corp for Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) tunnelling works, sources revealed. The deal represents a major victory for new project owner MRT Corp, which inherited from Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (SPNB) on September 1 the difficult task of negotiating with disgruntled landowners. A source told The Malaysian Insider that a points of agreement was signed earlier today between MRT Corp and at least three-quarters of landowners on Jalan Kamuning, Jalan Inai and Jalan Bukit Bintang whose lots will be affected by tunnelling work. Another source familiar with the deal said the land titles would remain with their respective owners but with an added restriction to limit enjoyment of underground land rights, to a depth to be determined soon.
The points of agreement will pave the way for a more comprehensive mutual agreement, expected to be inked next month. “It’s a good deal. The landowners will retain the titles but surrender them for an endorsement so everyone knows there’s a tunnel underneath. That’s another way of saying there are limits to the rights underground,” the source said. MRT Corp chief executive Datuk Azhar Abdul Hamid confirmed the deal when contacted but declined to elaborate on the terms. MRT Corp is expected to issue a statement on the matter tomorrow. The agreement appears to be a coup for Azhar, who is under pressure to resolve the ongoing land acquisition issues which he has warned may delay the completion of the KVMRT by up to six months.
The dispute began soon after landowners in Chinatown, Imbi and Bukit Bintang were informed that the government would acquire all lots lying above the KVMRT tunnel as owners’ rights extend to the centre of the earth under Malaysian law. Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chief executive Mohd Nur Kamal said landowners could then apply for stratum titles but added there was no guarantee Putrajaya would re-alienate the surface land back to them. Many questioned the need for compulsory acquisition of both surface and underground land as the National Land Code 1965 was amended in 1990 to allow underground land to be acquired without affecting surface rights. Unhappy landowners have mounted a high-profile campaign marked by numerous protests, signature drives and accusations that Putrajaya was conducting a “land grab” in order to defray project costs. The RM40 billion KVMRT, meant to ease traffic congestion in the Klang Valley, is Malaysia’s most expensive infrastructure project to date. Five landowners from Bukit Bintang and three from Imbi have also challenged the acquisition in court and were granted leave to seek judicial review of the federal gazette by the High Court here. It is understood that the application for judicial review filed by the Imbi landowners on September 6 has been “put on the backburner” following today’s agreement with MRT Corp. Construction of the Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) line of the KVMRT will begin in the second or third quarter of next year and is scheduled to be completed by end-2016, with services commencing in January 2017. The SBK line will cover a distance of 51km, of which 9.5km — including seven of the 31 stations — will be underground.
[[[ *** RESPONSE *** ]]] ‘ “It’s a good deal. The landowners will retain the titles but surrender them for an endorsement so everyone knows there’s a tunnel underneath. That’s another way of saying there are limits to the rights underground,” the source said. ‘ Rubbish. if the 99% say you are out of power and have no rights underground there will be none. So voters do vote for the right MPs who recognize the older version of :
Cuius est solum, eius est usque ad coelum et ad inferos (Latin for [for] whoever owns [the] soil, [it] is theirs all the way [up] to Heaven and [down] to Hell) often appearing in the shorter form Cuius est solum eius est usque ad coelum, omitting et ad inferos “and to hell”, is a principle of property law, stating that property holders have rights not only to the plot of land itself, but also to the air above and (in the broader formulation) the ground below. WITHOUT the following section in modern law :
In modern law, this principle is still accepted in limited form, and the rights are divided into air rights above and subsurface rights below. Property holders generally have a right to the space immediately above and below the ground – preventing overhanging parts of neighboring buildings – but do not have rights to control flights far above their property, or subway construction below.
In dense urban areas, air rights may be transferable (see transferable development rights) to allow construction of new buildings over existing buildings. If enough 99%ters vote appropriately, any law can be amended including the so-called ‘modern’ amendments. Think nail houses, then think nail basements. And understand that ANY MP, Assemblyman or Minister that does not endorse and intend to grant ALLODIAL ownership and abolish EMINENT DOMAIN powers, is immediately a 1%ter and unvotable. Even a lawyer, or Apex classer, major industry player not of the 1% (even10%) that does not endorse the above should be subject to boycott. Vote based on this criteria and find out for yourself how terrible the odfds are to freedom, democracy and liberty, even as gambling modes other than 4D, adult services districts, are already denied against Human Rights and common sense to non-Muslims but effectively allowed underground. Stop being hypocrites and just legalize. For certain even the PDRM would be happier with this sort of arrangement so that their mud raking activities would be minimalised and that they can deal with REAL problems at hand like Ministerial level corruption.