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9 Articles From the ‘West’ : Apostles of the American Plutocracy? Unlimited Capitalism’s Sequesters of Wealth, The Underpinnings of Too Many Among Plutocracy, The Problem With Plutocracy, Horsepower or Value Demogogue, Chinese Density-Mindset, Russia’s Social Protections And Potential Zion based Fifth Columnists, Clones In Society – The Blurring of the Distinctness of Women via Militarization, Chinese Strategic-Mindset, Obama’s Inheritance Of the Bush Era Problems is Not Obama’s Failing – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 24th September 2012

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ARTICLE 1

Oprah and the good guys: The dozen billionaires with big hearts and even bigger bank balances who are planning to spread their wealth around – by Daniel Bates and Louise Boyle – PUBLISHED: 03:37 GMT, 20 September 2012 | UPDATED: 07:04 GMT, 20 September 2012

Congregated behind closed doors of the grandiose Trustees Room at New York Public Library, this group of individuals made for the wealthiest gathering in the world.

The twelve – Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey, Bill and Melinda Gates, Pete Petersen, Leon Black, Jon Bon Jovi, Marc Benioff, David Rubenstein, Steve Case, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen and Marc Andreessen – may have made their billions from as diverse pursuits as rock music to microchips, but they have united to dedicate vast portions of their wealth to philanthropic causes.

Their combined wealth totals a staggering $126billion – with Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in first and second place respectively. The two leaders of the billionaire pack supported the Summit on Philanthropy – where 161 of the richest people in America met to share ideas on how the wealth might be spread across education, poverty, religion, medicine and the environment.

The combined wealth of America’s richest is $1.7 trillion, up from $1.5 trillion in 2011, in due part to the rising stock market, a rebound in real estate values – especially in cities like Los Angeles and New York, and rising values for art works.

The billionaires posed at the library in Manhattan on June 26 this year for the 30th anniversary cover of Forbes 400, published on October 8.

The United States still has the largest share of billionaires of any nation with 480. The top ten richest in the Forbes 400 reads: Bill Gates ($66 billion); Warren Buffett ($46 billion); Larry Ellison ($41 billion); Charles Koch ($31 billion); David Koch ($31 billion); Christy Walton & family ($27.9 billion); Jim Walton ($26.8 billion); Alice Walton ($26.3 billion); S. Robson Walton ($26.1 billion) and Michael Bloomberg ($25 billion).

The combined wealth of America’s richest is $1.7 trillion, up from $1.5 trillion in 2011, in due part to the rising stock market, a rebound in real estate values – especially in cities like Los Angeles and New York, and rising values for art works.

Commentator comments :

John Bon Jovi has a restaurant in NJ. Google it… its a non profit. Pretty much can pay what you like. and if you don’t have money, you can work it off. Menu changes daily.

– Laura , Sarasota Florida USA, 20/9/2012 11:31

Gates stole more than he’s ever going to give back through the exploitation of a virtual monopoly with excessive charges for MS software.

– BobCratchet , London, United Kingdom, 20/9/2012 11:27

Oprah obviously didn’t receive the memo to wear dark clothes. Your eyes immediately go to her before the others, ha.

– LH , Essex, United Kingdom, 20/9/2012 11:16

“161 of the richest people in America met to share ideas on how the wealth might be spread across education, poverty, religion, medicine and the environment.” – Spot the odd one out…why on earth give any money to religion? The three Abrahamic faiths are swimming in money as a result of peddling their lies for so many years, particularly institutions like the Catholic church. Take religion out and that’s a pretty good list to start with though.

– Alex , London, 20/9/2012 11:14

And not a single Bullingdon Dining Club member amongst them

– Bigman , Glasgow, United Kingdom, 20/9/2012 11:08

Its good they’re giving the money but I find this public display a bit sickening. Plenty of wealthy give alot without plastering their faces over a magazine making sure everyone knows.

– Linley , Sydney, 20/9/2012 11:08

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12 people alone have 126 billion? Look here, 12 people represent less than 1% of North America’s 300 million population, so lets have at least 99% of that wealth re-distributed (124.4 billion) to stop a few hundred thousand foreclosures of viable working families that could tip the scales for USA. The remainder of the 1.6 billion (1%) from 126 billion should be redistributed among these 12, which would mean 130 million each. Thats 324 times a 401K for this lot. They can’t go whining about how 99% of their wealth has been lost when they are worth 300+ times a 401K Joe Public now can they? Lets see if the greed and cynicism will prevent these 12 from doing the 99% right thing or if 130 million is fine by them to save 1000s of good American families (interview respectfully, this will be better than American Idol, ‘Middle Wealth Class Idol’ perhaps?). Last chance for the Capitalism model IMHO, otherwise try 20 million Socialist caps on wealth sequestration if these hearts are big enough . . . 20 million is still 50 times a 401K and sveral lifetimes of work for 99% of Americans.

Consider that 1.7 trillion of the 161 richest, 99% of that redistributed would be 1.68 trillion 17 billion split among 161 people would be 10.5 million each, still 25 times a 401K. How about saving 10s of 1000s of middle class Americans’ lives and homes? Perhaps 75% of that could be used for shelters and staples for the poorest as well. This is TRUE patriotism, saving America’s *VIABLE* (do feel free to ferret out those who won’t make the mark) middle class population, and sharing ‘the fat’, and at least making sure the poorest don’t starve or freeze while so-called ‘plutocrat entertainer stars’ go to East Europe and Asia or Africa (WTF?) to do the same (abit better than plutocrat sportsmen with millions but not even owning a single sports facility to their name – these sorts are in sport for MONEY not love of sport – sports fans could do an audit of major brand sponsors to :

identify then boycott those brands that are merely parasiting off sports goods (actually the gambling industry is doing this even as sportsmen throw games off and on for profit . . . ) FROM brands which are actually run by people/execs who do love the sport,not a bunch of snarky executives gloating at people who buy their overpriced sports goods) while locally back home and most cynically, Americans suffer the same starvation and homelessness, freeze to death as well while plutocrats enjoy lives worth more than 3-10 or 50 times 401K. If the country belongs to everyone, then all the land and all the wealth belongs to everyone – that could come off the limit for wealth sequestration at 20 million. No citizen should be allowed to starve, be homeless much less freeze then being supposed equals. Vote properly Joe Publics!

ARTICLE 2

Foster Friess: America Would Be Better Off With More Wealthy People – September 21, 2012 – By Lawrence Sinclair

Sinclair News is publishing part of an article by Tony Lee  dated 18 Sep 2012 which was published at Breitbart.com. We are linking our readers to the complete article.

On the one-year anniversary of the fizzling “Occupy” movement that tried to pit the so-called 99% against the 1%, and on the day in which a video of Mitt Romney talking about the 47% of Americans who pay no federal income taxes drove liberals and the mainstream media into fits, Foster Friess on Monday made an argument that society is better off with more rich people.

Friess is one of the wealthiest and most generous people in the world, and he wrote a piece arguing the world would be better off if there were more “fat cats” like him, less government, and more reliance on the free market.

Friess made many valid points, but his arguments became more significant after a video of Romney’s comments at a fundraiser in May was leaked to the left-wing publication Mother Jones.

Under President Barack Obama, the United States has seen more government and less wealth creation and, according to Friess, that has made the country worse off.

“What do wealthy people do with their money?,” Friess asked in the Newsweek column. “They can only buy so many cars, houses, and steak dinners. So we either give it away or invest it.”

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. . . if there were more “fat cats” like him, less government . . .

Most fat cats only exist because of crony capitalism and contractor collusion. In a real fair or free market, making money is VERY DIFFICULT and after decades prices would be deadly competitive by now instead of inflation which is the fault of the Fed reserve or fiat printing and exotic trading like the stock market which is inflated 1000 times normal value, or fractionated trading of commodities that do not exist or monetization-commoditisation of DEBT which is ridiculous and ILLEGAL because one cannot collect of as of yet labour that has no guarantee upon compound interest WHILE jobless to boot!

Even machines have a shelf life, need maintainance at levels that could never pay off loans for the price of the machine alone much less flesh and blood humans who do far worse than machines on top of being pressured for loan repayments that a jobless society which colludes on EVERYTHING, even political free thought which can get the psychiatric establishment down on dissidents and activists.

So think when a supposed fat cat spends the GDP of a small country, while being in debt 10 to 1 million times of whatever effort any 401K person can put in with the ‘poor’ having no access to housing loans (which should not be compound interest but simple interest or basic entrepreneurial loans, let alone exotic trades), simply because the state will bail out that person who is viewed as accountable by the bank rather than the honest 99% working class type, while ‘massive debt types’ viewed as plutocracy get to destroy the nation.

Finally while more rich people are good, when extreme wealth sequestration of the entire nation say at a 1.61 to 300,000,000+million ratio (1:15,000,000+ or a 1 to 15 million ratio – the 1% owns 15 million times that of the 99%!!!), rather than an enforced limit of 1% to 99% ratio at least, Capitalist limits (like 1% of 1000 top richest people must not be above 1% of the nation’s collective sequesterable wealth) to wealth sequestration NO MORE THAN the richest being 100 times the poorest, are still needed. What 20 million in limits does is make 50 times a 401K a maximum norm. Who among the 99 people of a population of 100 wants to tolerate a single person being worth 15 million times more than their 401K – when they are only worth 401K? Simple math and facts that cannot be ignored. The fat cats are still too fat, the banks and state apparatus will not lend to the 99% and as of now the 161 (or lets say 50,000) richest hold probably 15 million times the poorest collectively! Then read the below pro1% schmooze article . . .
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-20/poverty-inequality-aren-t-as-bad-as-you-think-view.html

When everyone is worth 20 million the remainder can go to USA’s favourite groups of 3rd world nations of choice for ETHICAL expansion of influence. Socialist limits on Capitalism! 20 million wealth limits on everyone. And just look at the NLP in the title of the article . . . Poverty and Inequality ARE ALWAYS BAD. Saying *Not as bad as ‘you’ think’* is apologism for the plutocracy if anything. Shame on Bloomberg! People are dying and getting thrown out of their homes and the 1% gets a ‘not so bad’ article to mock the 99% with?

Rich getting richer: Richest 400 Americans’ net worth jumps 13%
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/us-business/rich-getting-richer-richest-400-americans-net-worth-jumps-13/article4553519/

Mindboggling numbers of the richest. Redistribute already. Millions of Americans do not have access to healthcare, to education, to food and shelter even. Selfish plutocrats sequestering wealth forget that without the ‘unwashed masses’ of low wealth citizens or ‘chattering classes’ of mid wealth citizens, and the would-be plutocrat seeming lessers of the ‘high wealth of ‘a acceptable handful of millions’ BUT STILL working’ classes, the true plutocrat would have NO SOCIETY to look good for or nation to be part of! Obviously in the best interest of the plutocrat to ensure that healthcare, education, food and shelter are a given, so that USA will not end up being a puppet of creditor nations!

ARTICLE 3

What Mitt Romney Really Represents – by Robert Reich (about the author) – opednews.com

It’s not just his giant income or the low tax rates he pays on it. And it’s not just the videotape of him berating almost half of America, or his endless gaffes, or his regressive budget policies.

It’s something that unites all of this, and connects it to the biggest underlying problem America faces — the unprecedented concentration of wealth and power at the very top that’s undermining our economy and destroying our democracy.

Romney just released his 2011 tax returns, showing he paid $1.9 million in taxes on more than $13 million of income last year — for an effective tax rate of 14.1 percent. (He released his 2010 return in January, showing he paid an effective tax rate of 13.9 percent.)

American has had hugely wealthy presidents before — think of Teddy Roosevelt and his distant cousin, Franklin D. Roosevelt; or John F. Kennedy, beneficiary of father Joe’s fortune.

But here’s the difference. These men were champions of the working class and the poor, and were considered traitors to their own class. Teddy Roosevelt railed against the “malefactors of great wealth,” and he busted up the oil and railroad trusts.

FDR thundered against the “economic royalists,” raised taxes on the wealthy, and gave average working people the right to form unions — along with Social Security, unemployment insurance, a minimum wage, and a 40-hour workweek.

But Mitt Romney is not a traitor to his class. He is a sponsor of his class. He wants to cut their taxes by $3.7 trillion over the next decade, and hasn’t even specified what “loopholes” he’d close to make up for this gigantic giveaway.

And he wants to cut benefits that almost everyone else relies on — Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, food stamps, unemployment insurance, and housing assistance.

He’s even a warrior for his class, telling his wealthy followers his job isn’t to worry about the “47 percent” of Americans who won’t vote for him, whom he calls “victims” and he berates for not paying federal incomes taxes and taking federal handouts.

(He mangles these facts, of course. Almost all working Americans pay federal taxes — and the federal taxes that have been rising fastest for most people are Social Security payroll taxes, which aren’t collected on a penny of income over $110,100. Moreover, most of the “47 percent” whom he accuses of taking handouts are on Medicare or Social Security — the biggest “entitlement” programs — which, not incidentally, they paid into during their working lives.)

Money means power. Concentrated wealth at the top means extraordinary power at the top. The reason Romney pays a rate of only 14 percent on $13 million of income in 2011 — a lower rate than many in the middle class — is because he exploits a loophole that allows private equity managers to treat their income as capital gains, taxed at only 15 percent.

And that loophole exists solely because private equity and hedge fund managers have so much political clout — as a result of their huge fortunes and the money they’ve donated to political candidates — that neither party will remove it.

In other words, everything America is learning about Mitt Romney — his tax returns, his years at Bain Capital, the video of his speech to high-end donors in which he belittles half of America, his gaffes, the budget policies he promotes — repeat and reenforce the same underlying reality.

So much wealth and power have accumulated at the top of America that our economy and our democracy are seriously threatened. Romney not only represents this problem. He is the living embodiment of it.

http://robertreich.org/
Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, was Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration. Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the last century. He has written (more…)

ARTICLE 4

Thoughts on the 1982 Pontiac Trans Am

The third-generation Pontiac Firebird was a stunner. Its sleek lines made the old 1970–1981 second-gen ‘Bird look like a relic. The shape set a new standard for aerodynamics. The bodywork, especially in Trans Am guise, was tasteful and clean. When it debuted, everyone forgot about the poorly performing 1980–1981 Turbo Trans Ams. The ’82 even got a starring role in Knight Rider as KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand), seen here.

Well, a fresh redesign with cutting-edge aero doesn’t necessarily equate to performance under the hood. In fact, for 1982 the Firebird’s standard engine was a 2.5-liter 90-hp four-cylinder. That’s right, a four-cylinder engine in a Firebird. Yes, there was a V-8 option. But if you selected the four-speed manual, that 5.0-liter Chevrolet-sourced V-8 pumped out just 145 horses. The “Cross-Fire Injected” 5.0-liter V-8 was available with an automatic only, and though it was torque-rich, this motor didn’t produce more than 165 hp.

The bright spot was just two short years away. By 1984, a 190-hp 5.0-liter HO motor replaced that Cross-Fire Injected engine.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/news/pictures/performance-pretenders-10-malaise-era-muscle-cars-5

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No. 145 horses could pull a 100 wagon train (actually single persons have pulled the same or Airbuses), a Pontiac TA could only pull the engine car of a train alone. This is dishonest and a lie, a gross exaggeration about the number of horses the car is worth for value of money. The Trans Am is worth 3 to 6 horses at most, and is severely overpriced and marketed as up to 50 times as many horses that so many other cars of the day cars do not have. How many cars can what one spends on a Trans Am buy?  Trans Ams DO NOT have 145 horses worth of power, though they cost 145 or more horses . . . Overpriced and inefficient compared to ACTUAL horses (which can be eaten and preserved in event of disaster). The BMW Z3 below is another example of LIES, being worth no more than 3 horses at most.

BMW Z3 (E36/4) (1996–2002)

Pierce Brosnan was far from the best James Bond, and the Z3 he drove in GoldenEye, BMW’s first modern mass-market roadster, was anything but the Bavarian carmaker’s most memorable agent. Grossly underpowered from the get-go, the 138-hp, 1.9-liter four-cylinder was quickly substituted for a 2.8-liter straight six. Still, its sub-200-horse numbers weren’t anything to get excited about, and the car’s wallowy handling couldn’t match BMW’s sharp sedans. Nevertheless, the Z3 sold quite well, and perhaps that’s part of the problem—a car first marketed as a spy’s ride sold to many drivers too tall or broad to pull off the look. A rare coupe version, known by those at the company as “the shoe,” enjoyed a cult-like following because the car’s stiffer structure noticeably improved the handling. But it wasn’t until the next two generations of Z4 that BMW really left the roadster segment shaken and stirred.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/news/pictures/10-cars-that-deserved-to-fail

Try the below for a list of horrendously unfashionable and aesthetically conventional vehicles EVER. The mainstream media ‘Popular Mechanics’ site has lost all sense of proportion here probably are colluding with the car companies who fund them to fracture buyers’ fashion senses and who knows promote UGLINESS as beautiful (making impossible for regular people to tell the difference between beautiful and ugly people to the media oligarchs’ nepotistic benefit), these cars have neither attitude nor lines of vehicles designed 20 years back . . .

http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/news/pictures/top-10-sport-compacts-for-home-tuners-mitsubishi-lancer-evolution

Personally I wouldn’t buy the below list of cars but USA being USA, EVERY MODEL OF CAR (much less the below list’s) should be available in the USA. Why should USA prohibit any car, especially dull looking cars like the below?
http://autos.yahoo.com/news/10-canadian-cars-you-can-t-buy-in-the-u-s-.html

The 2012 Ferrari FF can haul 450 litres of luggage with the rear seats up, 800 litres with the seats folded down. How much can a clydesdale horse pull? Three times it’s own weight, Which is around 2000-2400 lbs. The max. load of the Ferrari California is 1,025 lbs. So guess what? The fact of the matter is that the Ferrari FF does not even have a single or 1 ‘horsepower’. 100s of horses under the hood is a blatant marketing lie when barely 0.5 horses is more accurate.

Why should any vehicle cost as much as a Ferrari when a horse costs 1000s of times less but pulls 3 times as much, and when coupled with ‘changes’ of horses (that could be housed in the ‘corral’ boot while the horses ‘on shift’ run), could in fact run as far and fast as a Ferrari WITHOUT constant and pollutive, also expensive fuel but with regular feed instead. Stores of feed and water if carried as well makes for indefinite travel WITHOUT fuel costs.

The only issue is speed which in either case is always dangerous and in dense conditions makes the speed of a Ferrari quite useless and unnecessary. As for aesthetics and design (or the need to hide horses from sight), a larger version of the car will be a necessity that the kiddies and joyriders will not want but compared against the pollution issues the necessity not optional, the world is being destroyed by pollution . . . also a car where standing is possible should be nicer than always being seated? Include a bar and a kitchen or toilet as well using that space. Or an indoor pool/jacuzzi. See below pic for the green solution :

Need for light weight materials (could still have a protective bar of heavy rubber for prevention of accidents etc.) will be necessary.

So vote for the 99% who won’t allow the DMV to place controls that make no sense on what car one can or cannot drive. In fact, flying cars or at least VTOL cars should be the norm by now after near 200 years of land based vehicles since the 1800s. The government and policy regulators are forcing people to use tolled roads if anything. Fly a VTOL or heli and land that in your balcony, drop the airline industry and fly DIRECT to the country of your choice ! Heck why do we even need passports which we need to pay for at all to begin with even, especially if we are not criminals? Only criminals need passports, everyone else should be travelling AND migrating freely.

ARTICLE 5

Don’t take seat disputes sitting down – Updated: 2012-09-14 08:22 – by Tang Yue (China Daily)

Altercations over polite behavior on public transportation offer a window on a changing society, reports Tang Yue.

If you’re riding the bus or subway and see a pregnant woman, an elderly person or young child standing up in front of you, you might want to think seriously about offering them your seat.

If you don’t, you may discover that the consequences are serious, given that a number of altercations have happened recently and some have even ended in violence.

Don’t take seat disputes sitting down

On Aug 23, a young man on a bus in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, did not give up his seat to a pregnant woman. As a result, he was given five sharp slaps across the head by the woman’s disgruntled husband, despite the fact that he wasn’t occupying any of the seats usually reserved for the elderly and infirm, and, moreover, had a crippled leg.

Three days after that incident, a woman slapped a man on a bus in Jinan, Shandong province, after he failed to respond to a public announcement asking seated passengers to consider other travelers. Instead of offering his seat to the woman’s daughter, aged around 6 years old, the man simply turned his back on them. Enraged, the mother struck him repeatedly and shouted, “I am fulfilling your mother’s obligation to educate you.”

The aggression hasn’t only affected men. Media reports of aggressive behavior include that of an elderly man in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, who sat on a young woman’s lap after she refused his request to give up her seat. A similar incident is reported to have happened in Chengdu, Sichuan province.

Public opinion suggests that, while those who doggedly refused to offer up their seat weren’t acting from noble instincts, the actions of those who beat them were antisocial and unnecessarily violent.

So what makes people feel justified about the use of force against those who fail to comply with their wishes?

As China undergoes rapid urbanization, people who have grown up in an “acquaintance society”, one where everyone knows everyone else in the neighborhood, face challenges from the increasing need for daily interaction with strangers, according to Yang Yiyin, director of the social psychology research office at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing.

“In traditional Chinese society, where people are tied by family and blood relationships, emotions and morals, rather than reason and law, guide people’s behavior,” said Xiao Qunzhong, professor of ethics at Renmin University of China.

As a result, people tend to automatically, but mistakenly, use their sense of moral superiority to legitimize their behavior, including the use of verbal and physical violence.

However, while the traditional mindset remains, tragedies such as the case of Xiao Yueyue a 2-year-old girl who died after being ignored by 18 passers-by as she lay in the street in Foshan, Guangdong province after she had been hit by a car and then run over twice more also indicate a value-system in flux as the country moves through a period of rapid social transformation, said Xiao.

“Civil society in China is not as developed as in the West. People are still learning how to respect the fundamental rights of others and the bottom line for behavior,” he said.

Stranger society

To deal with other passengers on a bus, where people come and go in a very short time and very limited space, serves as a very good test of social attitudes. It’s one many people fail, noted Yang Yiyin of the CASS.

“You will always see female colleagues or friends trying very hard to persuade each other to take the only seat, even if there are only a couple of stops to go,” said Yang, 57. “But they still don’t know how to negotiate with strangers.

“That helps to explain why those with a sense of moral superiority just skip the discussion process and begin dictating to strangers, sometimes in a very rude manner.”

People in the West have more experience in dealing with everyday public life and are better at expressing their needs and opinions, be it through lectures, negotiation or debate, she noted.

Zheng Liudi, a 29-year-old who rides the subway to work in Shanghai, knows exactly what Yang means. Zheng said most people are pleasant when help is offered. However, she said that on occasion, usually just as she was about to offer her seat to someone else, she has noticed a “You owe me” look in the eyes of seniors or mothers with young children. “I change my mind, then. I just dislike their attitude,” she said.

She recalled that on one occasion, a woman in her 50s kicked her shoes from time to time. “I think she did it on purpose, to hint that she wanted the seat. But there was no way I would offer it to her under those circumstances,” said Zheng.

“These extreme examples of wrangling over a seat also reflect a general feeling of anxiety and irritability,” according to Yang.

Individual personality, values and the prevalent mood at the time of an incident all contribute to people’s behavior. The background socially, however, is that many people are highly stressed and restless, and thus tend to appear aggressive on such occasions, she said.

“The prevailing mood in China now is being competitive every single second and not miss a single opportunity to gain something, anything. Sometimes, people just use incidents such as these as an outlet for suppressed anger,” she explained.

Just too crowded

Regular users of public transportation might not know much about social theory; but they certainly feel the social reality during rush hours in the mega-cities and fully realize that a seat on a crowded bus or train is a precious commodity.

Every working day at 6:30 am, Jiang Xin, a 26-year-old auditor in Beijing, gets on the bus at the first stop on the route. Her journey takes roughly 90 minutes.

“At first, I used to sit down as soon as I got on the bus, just near the ticket seller. But I found I had to give up my seat several times on each journey and felt exhausted when I arrived at my office. So I changed seats and now sit in the corner instead,” she said.

“On the weekend, I always offer my seat to people if they need it, but during the working week I really need that seat in the corner so I can take a nap.”

Qin Jianhua is not as lucky. The 31-year-old works in Beijing, but bought an apartment in Yanjiao, Hebei province, in 2009. His daily commute to work takes two hours door to door, including one hour on the bus, a 10-minute walk and another 50 minutes on the subway.

The bus is always crowded, so it requires an enormous effort just to get on and there are always four or five passengers always standing crammed on a single step by the door. People always swear loudly if they can’t squeeze on and some even block the road to stop the bus if they can’t gain access, he said.

“When I’m on a comfortable bus, I give up my seat if others need it. But it’s always so crowded and smelly on the bus I take to work. Everyone is very sleepy, almost collapsing, so giving up your seat would be the last thing you’d want to do,” said Qin. The bus trip got old quickly, so Qin now lives in a rented apartment near his office during the working week and only goes home on the weekend.

The experience has given him a fresh insight into the issue: “Don’t judge someone until you have been in his shoes. That person may be aggressive on the bus, but may also behave politely in a different environment,” he said. “Also, standards seem to vary. I’ve seen some people happily and politely give up their seats to seniors, but the same people acted totally differently to a migrant worker. So, how do you rate them?” he asked.

Yang Wanli and He Na contributed to the story.

Contact the reporter at tangyue@chinadaily.com.cn

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Low density is dignity but also a vulnerability. And lower classes among Chinese regardless of wealth level who think in this manner are in that case unsuited to high density living. They just don’t know this fact. A people tied by family and blood relationships, emotions and morals, cannot exist in high density conditions without basis on reason and law. Thus best that Chinese with the village mentality of entitlement to the property of others physical or spiritual, stick to low density venues or learn modern civility.

If anyone touched another in the westernized model, they’d be assaulted back, or if civilised would find themselves in a lawsuit. This is why the Chinese not familiar with modern society need to attend a training course or mix with high density familiar people, before moving out from the villages and vice verse for the situation reversed. Culture shock. And don’t even go near discussions on toilet habits and LGBT activity unless particularly prepared for the fight of your life . . . that dildo will be murder to your neighbour and if the laws are anti-LGBT or based on fundo policy, then it’s back to the stone ages. This is also why elderly are neglected in some places and times to come, as society ‘densifies’ the lower density types will be outnumbered and die off. Not the best scenario but preservation of low density and high density and transition education between both must be thought through by migrants to avoid problems.

ARTICLE 6

Civil servant watch: Opposition propose constant video surveillance – Published: 20 September, 2012, 17:04

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (RIA Novosti / Sergey Pyatakov)

Russia’s anti-corruption drive should be boosted by introducing constant video surveillance on officials, limiting their maximum term of service and banning personal meetings with citizens, the leader of the Liberal Democrats said.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky was speaking at the “Open Tribune” meeting, dedicated to future measures to rein in corruption. The politician suggested a small leniency in the planned anti-corruption bill, saying that at the first stage it must be applied only to a narrow circle of officials, not to them all, as there are about 5 million of them in Russia.

He added that the narrowing of the group that falls under control would allow the control to become stricter.

Among the most urgent measures the MP implied that the maximum term of stay in any official post should be limited to 10 years. Another call was to limit the civil servants’ communication with the population to email or conventional mail, as ruling out personal contact would seriously hamper bribery on both sides.

Besides, Zhirinovsky suggested that video surveillance be conducted in official’s offices and cars, as well as constant monitoring of all their electronic communications.

As a final measure, Zhirinovsky said that the government should introduce a total ban on business people assuming posts in state structures or state-owned companies. He did not specify if this should apply to working entrepreneurs or to all those who have previously tried their hands at business.

Sergey Mironov, the leader of another opposition party – Fair Russia – reminded of his party’s previous initiative to introduce confiscation of all property from those convicted of corruption along with the property of their family members. In this connection he also suggested broadening the definition of close relatives to include parents, children, siblings, spouses and grandparents.

The Communist Party suggested that any member of parliament could be checked for business dealings at any time and without an official complaint from the third party. The Liberal Democrats seconded the move.

Accusations of business dealings have recently become a real weapon in Russian politics. Earlier this month, the State Duma voted to deprive a Fair Russia MP of his seat over allegations he was continuing to operate companies in Bulgaria.

Before the vote to oust him took place, MP Gennady Gudkov published documents that allegedly testified to the fact that many other MPs were doing the same thing, including the members of the ruling party, United Russia.

On Thursday the special commission announced that they checked reports on five United Russia MPs and four of them were cleared of charges of running a business while working in the lower house. However, the commission decided to continue the probe into one MPs case and invited him for personal consultations.

Commentator Comments :

Iron curtains WITHIN Iron curtains. So very KGB in a respectable-fear/awe inspiring ‘Matryoshka doll’ manner that will make people, especially 99% types worldwide love Russianness. Soviet Union again anyone? Bring back a limited form of Communism, Capitalist limits of 20 million for wealth sequestration!

@Crusader148 September 20, 2012, 20:03

Zhirinovsky is a total nut-job, but camera surveillance of officials makes perfect sense. Anything that curbs corruption is welcome.

@Count Cash September 20, 2012, 19:44

Excellent! Now we are starting to get the simple concept across, it is the state that must be monitored by the citizen. This is the game changer, the conceptual innovation that I have wanted here. Then add the icing on the cake with separation of wealth and civil service and politics, natural cycling in and out of civil servants (no jobs for life for many) plus big risks for corruption and we are then getting the concepts correct. HOWEVER, the devil is in the detail, and we can absolutely make a mess going too quickly without thinking through all the proposals. When we appreciate this, to go step by step in phases, then we get the next concept right, and that is wide consultation, wider than the Duma, wider than the systematic opposition, we must open this debate to all including the ‘opposition’ and all stakeholders, to put real lean flesh on the concepts. We are starting to get the compass working, so who has the guts to set the course and work the ropes! Or who has the laziness to just sit along for the ride, or worse just moan they can’t be captain to massage their egos on the voyage!

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The KGB juniors should get lots of training here before being posted overseas to spy on foreign countries. More Russianness? Paranoia attacks for the non-Commie/Red governments not allied to Russia anyone? Some background (not sure if accurate on Vladimir Zhirinovsky) follows below . . .

Who was Vladimir Zhirinovsky? – TalmudTimmy at 2009-05-02 18:52 CET:Vladimir Volfovich Eidelstein was a crypto-Jew who aided the Communist massacre machine in the Soviet Union which murdered millions upon millions of people.(He was the colonel of the Russian Army, founder and the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR), Vice-Chairman of the State Duma, and a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Despite its name, the LDPR is often described as an ultra-nationalist party) – WikipediaSo why was Zhirinovsky rallying Russians, during the reign of red terror, with mild anti-semitic slogans? He was rounding up dissent, the resisters, the ones who know who was really in control of Sovietism (Bolshevism). By shepherding and gaining the trust of the resistance, he was able to help lead and direct them, ultimately to their own demise like sheep to the slaughter. By rounding up resistance to the Jewish Bolsheviks, Soviet over a once Christian nation, was strengthened.Now who do we know of today who demonstrates similar characteristics? Guys like Alex Jones and others in the so called “Truth Movement.” Jones, will at times, mildly criticize Israel in a similar way to Zhirinovsky. Is Jones gaining the trust of disseneters so that the New World Order resistance can be more easily rounded up? Time will tell. We do know that Alex Jones is a Zionist in one form or another, and his wife Violet and children are Jewish.

Crypto-Judaism in the USSR was able to penetrate every faction of government and every “people’s” movement so as to lead both opposing sides of the conflict. Crypto-Jewry was able to control and direct the opposition to a problem they created. Now why would the American-based “truth” movement be any less controlled and directed by the decendants of the Bolsheviks and their Judaic banking swindle?

Jones has several Jews working with him in studio and on his many documentaries, which always leave the Zionist question out, and instead, offer mysterious and ultimately lower-level groups like the Bilderbergers as the target of dissent. Jason Bermas, the new host of the infowarrior (an Alex Jones created show) mocks and says that anti-Judaics should kill themselves. Alex Jones’ best friend Joe Rogan is a Jewish comedian. Alex’s wife Violet (Kelly) is Jewish along with their two children, one who is named Einstein. According to other sources, the producers of Alex Jones’ recent film “The Obama Deception,” are Jewish. There are several examples from live shows, where Alex fiddles for the Jews and denies the Zionists. -TT

ARTICLE 7

Mossad’s shadow women ready to die for Israel – Published: 15 September, 2012, 23:15 – Edited: 16 September, 2012, 09:03

Mossad’s shadow women ready to die for Israel

The highly-trained female agents from Mossad, Israel’s spy agency, leave their male compatriots in the dust. Five agents spoke about their “movie-style” lives for the first time, revealing a world dominated by deadly efficient femmes fatales.

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First Iran, then Israel. So men don’t fight anymore? Perhaps Israel and Iran had better look through the Talmud and the Quran again and take a leaf from Xians who at least have Stepford wives in a natural patrilineal society with MASCULINE characteristics. No sense of chivalry for the men of both these nations. No sense of femininity for the women of both these nations. Well that shows that countries ruled by the heart and emotions wind up under women. Or in China’s case by Dowagers unaware of what goes on outside the Palace. Men are needed if a country is to be viable. God would never approve of women going to war and if the entire system if skewed politically towards women as well, Israel will cease to exist even without taking on Iran.

Some parts of society (women and children – think child soldiers – are just off limits and if no REAL MEN draw the lines and limits, the rest of the world knows how to say – Your mom wears combat boots (well this is tolerable when a country is at war but a slide towards barbarism overall if entire populaces are militarized) . . . and we all know what a society or nation is worth when class and social ‘niceties’ (actually a sense of morality) like refusing to abet recruitment of child soldiers, or less so, women soldiers, the sense of structure goes out the window. The nation gets one morass of sexless, gender insensitive clones . . . ). Some parts of the world are degenerating quite quickly civilisationally . . . bunch of fetish addled fundos posing as being battle ready. Women’s rights aren’t even properly affirmed in Iran and Israel, and now they want to send women to war? Greeeeaat, next the feminazis will become pedonazis and will start promoting ‘child soldiers’ as well . . .

If I were either Mossad or CIA, I’d watch out for the NLP factor, synchronicity, women’s ‘hive minds’ and the copycat effect. Through Islam and god cop bad cop tactics (possibly Sunni/Shiite for every death on either side caused by either has a will and intent directable – thats why either faction’s leaders don’t care if either factions followers kill themselves), they intend to subvert the men of Israel and USA through spirit and prayer and women. Everytime something is named, or spoken of, a US or Israel official bought over, the ‘West’ and the main competitors for Monotheism in Xianity and Judaism become weaker. Think deeper, this is about cultural domination through mindless solidarity and subversion.

ARTICLE 8

Don’t Panic, But China Mingles Its Nukes with Regular Missiles – by Benjamin Plackett – September 21, 2012 |

A Manhattan fallout shelter from the Cold War. Photo: Flickr/Kate Haskell

It turns out that China’s been mixing its nuclear missiles in with its conventional ones at the same military bases. Not really, uh, advisable: that makes it really hard for other countries to figure out if a Chinese missile launch is just a conventional one or the beginnings of a nuclear Armageddon. But fret not — while China’s missile mingling may not be very sensible, it’s not going to cause World War III.

In what’s thought to be the first comprehensive, non-governmental report on China’s nuclear warplans, John Lewis, a professor of Chinese politics at Stanford University, reveals that China stores its nuclear and conventional missiles in the same locations. Writing in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Lewis warns that the intermingling could trigger a nuclear launch: once another nation watched a Chinese missile blast off, it might trigger a nuclear retaliation from a confused, panicked Russia or United States. And then, should the Chinese see their nuclear assets targeted and destroyed, they might conceivable launch their surviving nuclear warheads.

Nor is Lewis convinced that China’s military policies are characterized by restraint. “The notion that China only acts in self defense is wrong,” he tells Danger Room. “Their whole war plan is aimed at attacking Taiwan.”

That said, even Lewis thinks China’s missile ambiguity is unlikely to result in a nuclear exchange. (In fact, he emphasizes that the Chinese government actually encouraged him to write his piece — as a gesture of transparency.) And other experts agree that the Chinese missile move is merely stupid, not suicidal.

Jeffrey Lewis, a nuclear weapons analyst at the Monterrey Institute of International Studies, says the de facto presumption in the case of a missile launch is that China isn’t going nuclear. The People’s Republic has a declared no-first-use policy; China isn’t going to nuke, say, Japan over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.

And James Dobbins, a former U.S. ambassador to a host of conflict zones, thinks the U.S. isn’t buckwild enough to go nuclear over a confusing missile launch. “I don’t believe the U.S. would launch a nuclear strike on warning in response to a Chinese ballistic attack on U.S. or allied targets,” Dobbins tells Danger Room.

So why would China group its nuclear and conventional missiles together? Experts largely agree that the decision was a logistical one and “practical, not rational,” says Monterrey’s Jeffrey Lewis. Another theory: the Chinese think launching a conventional weapon from a nuclear base would prevent a counterattack, since an adversary is unlikely to take the risk of bombing a nuclear weapons base.

There’s also another possibility: a lumbering, dumb bureaucracy keeps the missiles group together out of inertia. The Chinese may make bad missile decisions. But under that theory, at least their reasons for those bad decisions will be familiar to the Pentagon.
Benjamin Plackett

Benjamin Plackett is a freelance science writer and an intern in WIRED’s New York office.

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Half baked hawk. Not as simple as sight and shoot. The Chinese do this to keep strategy ambiguous (they WANT to obscure the fact of if a nuke or conventional was fired, though ethically this is not healthy, but in war life or death will be more important, though in peacetime this indeed reflects badly on the Chinese – they still have the ‘cost saving excuse’ if the intent is not the main issue . . . though a wealthy nation whuch China is not exactly despite the un-Communist wealth of the Chinese leadership, which makes such cost saving necessary . . . ), and any other nuisance behaviour on purpose while saving money. Read your Sun Tzu. Lumbering and dumb? Not in the slightest. Their reasons for those ‘bad decisions’ are not even familiar to the Chinese citizens.

In fact Taiwan and China might be good cop/bad copping USA. How does that sound when more and more advanced weapons end up in Taiwanese hands? See? And that is only Fu Manchu 18th century tactics, unlike Suntzu’s Strategy dating from 700bc. If I were USA, I’d leave the region alone and focus on consolidating the Middle East, before USA becomes a pawn of Taiwan that may become the tail that China wags the USA dog with. Try that for Chineseness!

One of the more well-known stories about Sun Tzu, taken from Shiji, illustrates Sun Tzu’s temperament as follows: Before hiring Sun Tzu, the King of Wu tested Sun Tzu’s skills by commanding him to train a harem of 180 concubines into soldiers. Sun Tzu divided them into two companies, appointing the two concubines most favored by the king as the company commanders. When Sun Tzu first ordered the concubines to face right, they giggled. In response, Sun Tzu said that the general, in this case himself, was responsible for ensuring that soldiers understood the commands given to them. Then, he reiterated the command, and again the concubines giggled. Sun Tzu then ordered the execution of the king’s two favored concubines, to the king’s protests. He explained that if the general’s soldiers understood their commands but did not obey, it was the fault of the officers. Sun Tzu also said that, once a general was appointed, it was his duty to carry out his mission, even if the king protested. After both concubines were killed, new officers were chosen to replace them. Afterwards, both companies performed their maneuvers flawlessly

The Chinese missile move probably is INTENDED to merely ‘look’ stupid or is made to look stupid by some writers, HOPEFULLY suicidal. But is neither. Who knows the Chinese want to bait the USA into building even more hardware that needs to be maintained? Or hope that USA keeps sending more hardware to Taiwan that may be secretly reverse engineered?

http://www.cnbc.com/id/49120271china-us-eocnomy

ARTICLE 9

House GOP Hammers Obama for ‘Failure to Lead’ –  By John Parkinson – Sep 20, 2012 1:52pm

As the House of Representatives prepares to conclude its legislative business this week and bolt Washington for a six-week recess ahead of the election Nov. 6, Republicans deflected concerns about Mitt Romney’s campaign today, launching a counterattack against President Obama with a barrage of complaints about the president’s “failure to lead” during the past two years of divided Congress.

Addressing reporters following a conference meeting that featured a speech by GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, House Speaker John Boehner did not directly address videos released on the internet earlier this week that show Romney telling a Florida fundraiser last May that 47 percent of the country’s voting population thinks of themselves as victims and are dependent on the government.

“Listen, this election is about jobs. We’ve said it for 20 months and it hasn’t changed,” Boehner, R-Ohio, began when asked about the videos. “Forty-three consecutive months where our unemployment is above 8 percent, and everybody’s going to try to make this election about everything other than what it is. The American people are asking the question, ‘Where are the jobs,’ and so the focus is on jobs.”

“The president’s economic policies have failed, and the American people know it,” he continued. “Mitt Romney has a background where he’s created jobs, he’s got a background where he understands what government can do to destroy jobs, and he has a plan to put Americans back to work. And that’s what this election’s going to be about.”

Pressed whether he agrees with the sentiment of the GOP presidential nominee’s comments considering his own humble upbringing, Boehner conceded that “both campaigns on both sides” will have moments “that get off the message.”

“Listen, the election is about jobs. It’s not about anything else. I’ve had family members who have lost their jobs in this downturn. Two of my brothers, two of my brother-in-laws. I know what’s happening out there and I know how difficult this economy is,” he said. “The message is let’s stay focused on jobs because that’s what the American people want us to stay focused on.”

Rep. Kevin Brady, the vice chairman of the Joint Economic committee, recalled a recent interview where President Obama gave himself an incomplete grade on his economic leadership.

“I don’t know what curve he was grading himself on, but the truth is, he’s dead last,” Brady said. “This president has failed the economic leadership. It is not an incomplete. It’s an F.”

Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., criticized the president for “either blaming others or avoiding challenging problems that face our nation,” and she recalled bipartisan cooperation that Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan managed during their own presidencies and divided Congress.

“The president is the leader of his party and yet he refuses to do anything about the overwhelming dysfunction of the Democrat-led Senate. He’s too busy blaming us Republicans for the failing economy,” Black said. “Divided government is clearly not an excuse for President Obama’s failure to lead, and in the absence of strong presidential leadership America is struggling. Today more than ever, we need a president who is not only willing but able to lead our country.”

With recent polling in many battleground states showing a boost for Obama, Boehner insisted that the race is “far from over” and pointed to a Gallup poll that showed just a one-point lead for the president.

“Think about this as a card game,” Boehner said. “The president has played his cards. His economy policies have failed, his foreign policy has failed, [and] his energy policy has failed. His cards are played. Mitt Romney has a plan to get our economy back on track.”

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Be honest.

– economy policies have failed  – every President except possibly Clinton had a surplus but even that might have been from turning the graph upside down ‘hordes of terrorists’ situation.
– foreign policy has failed – maybe but no President has even had to deal with a post Iraq and at least China and Russia have not decided to side with Iran instead siding with USA, not a failure, not exactly spectacular but a pass at least
– energy policy has failed – all energy policy based on fossil or nuke are failures. The main failure is not importing Solar Panels at state level COMMIE style to give free power to the people with at ‘bulk prices’ through the Chinese government. Stop importing oil from ‘terrorist countries’ as well.

Last weeks or months of an exam can be ‘crammed’ for though the family members and neighbours can hinder by being noisy or problematic or unconducive to study. Maybe incomplete still stands because ALOT can change in 6 months, like Iraq becomes USA’s focus and Japan gets dropped so that Iran can be dealt with properly with USA making China the ‘Deputy’ Sheriff’ and main military mainstay rather than Japan (actually more like Sheriff of the East’).

These Muslims think people are stupid and believe their lies and disrespect the UN treaties or secular lifestyles, impose Islam justified apartheid, or even LGBT culture. Obama needs to look at the so-called allies, could be that the Sunnites are trying to pull a fast one on USA by drawing USA into the Middle East in Iran. Israel can’t even think straight, but who would be able to, given the way Muslims behave regards the above mentioned areas?

2 Articles on China : 2 Political Factions in China?, NWO Strawmen in Hong Kong and Malaysia (Commonwealth moles of the West – ASEAN colonization by ‘West’ continues) – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 23rd March 2012 updated 21st April 2012

In 1% tricks and traps, 99%, China, Malaysia, plutocrat politicians, Political Fat Cats, Wealth distribution on March 22, 2012 at 8:36 pm

ARTICLE 1

China mocks India’s ‘missile delusion’ after rocket launch – Jatindra Dash Bhubaneswar – Friday 20 April 2012

A state-owned Chinese tabloid adopted a mocking tone as India entered the small club of nations with intercontinental nuclear weapons capabilities yesterday by test-firing a rocket that can reach Beijing and eastern Europe.

Footage showed the Agni V with a range of more than 5,000km blasting through clouds from an island off the east coast. Named after the Hindu god of fire, it is the crowning achievement of a programme developed primarily with a threat from China in mind.

The official response from Beijing was measured, with China’s foreign ministry saying the two countries should “work hard to uphold friendly strategic co-operation”. But the Global Times, owned by the Chinese Communist Party’s main mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, struck a less conciliatory tone, saying India was being swept up by “missile delusion”. “India should not overestimate its strength,” it said before the launch, which was delayed by a day because of bad weather.

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For throwing negativism at an immediate neighbour, this tabloid should have self-identified to all watchers as a propagandist outfit. Could all propaganda outfits be closed down by Indian and Chinese sides AFTER being branded and identified to the people as such (i.e. list of reasons before shut down of the offending domains would be good). BRICS is obviously a single and growing group able to ensure citizen freedoms via multipolarism, preventing hegemony. All in appropriate government departments should act quickly against such media portals. Methinks a low level political spat is in the works. BRICS ensures a multipolar world that should not be destroyed by 1 irresponsible state owned tabloid which doubtless could well already be influenced by foreign powers intent on breaking up BRICS. This article also demogogues via the title. China DOES NOT mock. The state owned tabloid’s editors (much less the owner?) are the mockers.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-mocks-indias-missile-delusion-after-rocket-launch-7661684.html

 

ARTICLE 2

Laughter clubs catch on in stressed-out Hong Kong – April 09, 2012

HONG KONG, April 9 — Hypnotherapist Dick Yu has a mission that seems unthinkable to some Hong Kong people: he wants to make the Asian financial hub’s seven million residents laugh.

“Hong Kong people don’t laugh because they are under constant pressure to make more money, to make life better,” says Yu, who has founded 11 Laughter Clubs in the southern Chinese city since 2007.

“People get worried easily because housing is so expensive, the cost of living is getting higher and people are concerned about whether they can keep their job.”

The 35-year-old trained hypnotherapist set up Hong Kong’s first laughter club in 2007, after he discovered the concept of laughter yoga — made popular as an exercise routine by Indian physician Madan Kataria in 1995.

Since then hundreds of heavy-hearted Hong Kong residents have signed up for the free classes, a sign, experts say, of the city’s underlying health and social problems.

“When you laugh, you’re happier, you become positive and everything else will become better,” Yu says after a one-hour laughing session in a park.

“Ho ho, ha ha ha,” the group of 30 students recite. They combine the exercise with deep yogic breathing, give each other high-fives, clap and waddle like penguins, all in the name of laughter.

The fake laughter very soon breaks into the real thing, demonstrating one of the core principles of laughter yoga: Laughter has physiological benefits whether it is fake or real.

As the adage “laughter is the best medicine” goes, researchers credit belly laughs as a recipe for a healthy heart. It helps expand blood vessel linings to increase blood flow, reduces stress hormones and boosts the immune system.

A British study last year showed 15 minutes of laughter increased the level of pain tolerance by around 10 per cent, as the action helps to trigger the release of endorphins, the body’s naturally produced pain killers.

“It was a bit awkward in the beginning when we tried to fake the laughter with the ‘ho ho, ha ha ha’, but after a while you can tell the difference and you feel more relaxed,” said Kaman Wong at one of Yu’s classes.

The 37-year-old student joined the laughter club two years ago when he was a supervisor at a food processing firm.

“The work was stressful. There was a lot of overtime work, I had to deal with many workers. If anything went wrong I was responsible, but I’ve learned how to laugh away all the stress,” he says.

But on top of his work problems, he said the pressure-cooker atmosphere of Hong Kong itself was getting him down.

“Everyone is like a balloon that is about to explode in Hong Kong. If you smile at me, I wouldn’t know how to react to that. I think there are just a lot of barriers among Hong Kongers that we need to break,” he says.

Social scientists say the laughter club boom highlights the stress issue faced by many residents of a densely populated city which groans under extremes of inequality, soaring property prices and cramped living spaces.

The number of people seeking psychiatric treatment at Hong Kong’s public hospitals leapt 20 percent between 2007 and 2011 to 184,087, according to the Hospital Authority.

Hong Kong’s suicide rate rose from 11.5 deaths per 100,000 people in 1990 to 14.6 in 2009, World Health Organization figures show. That’s higher than in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, but lower than South Korea.

Paul Yip, director of the University of Hong Kong’s Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, says material success means more to many Hong Kong residents than physical well being.

“Hong Kong is a very fast-paced society. People walk fast… They have to work long hours not because it is their choice but because they have to survive,” he says.

Sky-high property prices fuelled by the entry of rich mainland Chinese tycoons into the local market mean families often have to squeeze into tiny apartments.

“Even if you’re not happy, you have nowhere to go,” Yip says.

In other words, Hong Kong is fertile ground for laughing guru Yu, who hopes to set up branches of his club all over the city.

“The laughter club should be like a convenience store, which you have in every community. If everyone is laughing, the society will be happier,” he says.

“I hope there are more laughing ambassadors in Hong Kong to spread joy and laughter to everyone.” — AFP/Relaxnews

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What an idiot and idiotic mindset the article promotes. Vote properly for MPs who will change bad laws not laugh (as the Hokkien say ‘Chio Lan‘ or ‘Laugh Dick’, right before they can the a$$es of the slithery sniggerers out to sabotage everyone . . . ). If not run for election as independent candidates intent on bettering the system. Laughing won’t change ANYTHING but ‘waste’ energy that will be needed to effect change. This is a strawman NGO who cements helplessness via unhelpful laughter. Shameless 1%ter posing as someone useful. Instead of direct propaganda, they now presume to manipulate emotional realities where truth is esconced – ORGANIC EMOTIONS not contrived laughter. If you’re sad this is the way you will be made aware that something is seriously wrong in society or a relationship. Gratuitous Ra-ra feel goodism, much like Foodie-ism in supposed religious festivals, is plain destructive of an already suffering people or followers. Who are these straw-men and straw-women distracting us from? POLITICIANS who refuse to change the system or amend laws!

Bad feelings and stress are a barometer to tell you when something is wrong. By ‘learning’ to laugh when inappropriately positioned to, much like that ‘Amma’ wmoron hugs mindlessly in Malaysia, Mankind (in Hongkong at least where the foolish and mediocre actually join this nonsesne) are impoverished in the accuracy and expression of heart. Life is serious and hard work is needed not helpless and insane laughter. Mankind has MANY battles, and here we have laughing fools trained by the probably the West and NWO out to destroy the severe work ethic of the Chinese through Hong Kong. This Dick shames the Yu family and his ancestors. This is a very wicked and subversive thing to do to fellow citizens. Well there will always be fools. Instead of building, some idiots will always tear down instead. Some Maoist re-education needs to be done here before this socialised poison, with that thread of idiocracy stemming from some ungodly propaganda intent media funded by Orwellian government. Chinese leaders will be ambassadors for their culture and pride for nation NOT the morasss of commonality in laughter.

Much like the ‘Clowning’ NLP/meme was fostered against USA’s black community to weaken the Afro-American’s resolve from revolution for the RNA (Republic of New Africa) for true equality and human rights . . . next ‘Fooling’ and finally FOOLS will be Hongkonger’s imprint rather than something greater. What chance do fools have in life? This is where laughter leadsm dissolution . . . Vote properly for MPs who will change bad laws. If not run for election as independent candidates intent on bettering the system. Laughing won’t change ANYTHING, voting out oligarchs, nepotists, citizen destroying bad politicians that refuse to amend laws will . . .

The face of Orwellian idiocracy and mediocrity in Hong Kong. Mindless followers led by the above appropriately named dick, Dick Yu . . .

The face of Malaysia's Orwellian stooge . . . note the neo-Illuminist meme based on the subversion of meanderings of REAL minds intent on REAL change . . . an entire non-career built on parasitization and nepotism . . .

2 Articles on China and the Inequitable Wealth-Political Power Distribution Issue : reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 14th March 2012

In 3rd Force, checks and balances, China, conflict of interest, critical discourse, Democracy, democratisation, Equality, Equitable Distribution, equitable political power distribution, equitable wealth distribution, Ethics, gentrification, if not contrived, intent, lack of focus, Law, misplaced adoration, Nepotism, one level up, Plutocracy, political correctness, Political Fat Cats, politics, self policing, separation of powers, social class distinct programmes, social freedoms, Socialism, specialisation, spirit of the law, subsistence, term limits, vested interest, voting methods, voting strategy, Wealth distribution on March 13, 2012 at 6:35 pm

ARTICLE 1

Children of the Revolution – China’s ‘princelings,’ the offspring of the communist party elite, are embracing the trappings of wealth and privilege—raising uncomfortable questions for their elders. – By JEREMY PAGE

One evening early this year, a red Ferrari pulled up at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Beijing, and the son of one of China’s top leaders stepped out, dressed in a tuxedo.

Bo Xilai, with his son, at a memorial ceremony held for his father in Beijing, in 2007.

Grandfather, Bo Yibo — Helped lead Mao’s forces to victory, only to be purged in the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution. Subsequently rehabilitated.

Son, Bo Guagua — Graduate student at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Father, Bo Xilai — Party secretary of Chongqing and Politburo member, likely to rise to the Politburo standing committee in 2012.

Bo Guagua, 23, was expected. He had a dinner appointment with a daughter of the then-ambassador, Jon Huntsman.

The car, though, was a surprise. The driver’s father, Bo Xilai, was in the midst of a controversial campaign to revive the spirit of Mao Zedong through mass renditions of old revolutionary anthems, known as “red singing.” He had ordered students and officials to work stints on farms to reconnect with the countryside. His son, meanwhile, was driving a car worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and as red as the Chinese flag, in a country where the average household income last year was about $3,300.

The episode, related by several people familiar with it, is symptomatic of a challenge facing the Chinese Communist Party as it tries to maintain its legitimacy in an increasingly diverse, well-informed and demanding society. The offspring of party leaders, often called “princelings,” are becoming more conspicuous, through both their expanding business interests and their evident appetite for luxury, at a time when public anger is rising over reports of official corruption and abuse of power.
A Family Affair

A look at China’s leaders, past and present, and their offspring, often known as ‘princelings.’

State-controlled media portray China’s leaders as living by the austere Communist values they publicly espouse. But as scions of the political aristocracy carve out lucrative roles in business and embrace the trappings of wealth, their increasingly high profile is raising uncomfortable questions for a party that justifies its monopoly on power by pointing to its origins as a movement of workers and peasants.

Their visibility has particular resonance as the country approaches a once-a-decade leadership change next year, when several older princelings are expected to take the Communist Party’s top positions. That prospect has led some in Chinese business and political circles to wonder whether the party will be dominated for the next decade by a group of elite families who already control large chunks of the world’s second-biggest economy and wield considerable influence in the military.

“There’s no ambiguity—the trend has become so clear,” said Cheng Li, an expert on Chinese elite politics at the Brookings Institution in Washington. “Princelings were never popular, but now they’ve become so politically powerful, there’s some serious concern about the legitimacy of the ‘Red Nobility.’ The Chinese public is particularly resentful about the princelings’ control of both political power and economic wealth.”

The current leadership includes some princelings, but they are counterbalanced by a rival nonhereditary group that includes President Hu Jintao, also the party chief, and Premier Wen Jiabao. Mr. Hu’s successor, however, is expected to be Xi Jinping, the current vice president, who is the son of a revolutionary hero and would be the first princeling to take the country’s top jobs. Many experts on Chinese politics believe that he has forged an informal alliance with several other princelings who are candidates for promotion.

Among them is the senior Mr. Bo, who is also the son of a revolutionary leader. He often speaks of his close ties to the Xi family, according to two people who regularly meet him. Mr. Xi’s daughter is currently an undergraduate at Harvard, where Mr. Bo’s son is a graduate student at the Kennedy School of Government.

“Princelings were never popular, but now … there’s some serious concern about the legitimacy of the ‘Red Nobility.’ ”

Already in the 25-member Politburo, Bo Xilai is a front-runner for promotion to its top decision-making body, the Standing Committee. He didn’t respond to a request for comment through his office, and his son didn’t respond to requests via email and friends.

The antics of some officials’ children have become a hot topic on the Internet in China, especially among users of Twitter-like micro-blogs, which are harder for Web censors to monitor and block because they move so fast. In September, Internet users revealed that the 15-year-old son of a general was one of two young men who crashed a BMW into another car in Beijing and then beat up its occupants, warning onlookers not to call police.

An uproar ensued, and the general’s son has now been sent to a police correctional facility for a year, state media report.

Top Chinese leaders aren’t supposed to have either inherited wealth or business careers to supplement their modest salaries, thought to be around 140,000 yuan ($22,000) a year for a minister. Their relatives are allowed to conduct business as long as they don’t profit from their political connections. In practice, the origins of the families’ riches are often impossible to trace.

Last year, Chinese learned via the Internet that the son of a former vice president of the country—and the grandson of a former Red Army commander—had purchased a $32.4 million harbor-front mansion in Australia. He applied for a permit to tear down the century-old mansion and to build a new villa, featuring two swimming pools connected by a waterfall. (See related article.)

BO XILAI waves a Chinese flag during a concert with revolutionary songs in Chongqing on June 29.

Many princelings engage in legitimate business, but there is a widespread perception in China that they have an unfair advantage in an economic system that, despite the country’s embrace of capitalism, is still dominated by the state and allows no meaningful public scrutiny of decision making.

The state owns all urban land and strategic industries, as well as banks, which dole out loans overwhelmingly to state-run companies. The big spoils thus go to political insiders who can leverage personal connections and family prestige to secure resources, and then mobilize the same networks to protect them.

The People’s Daily, the party mouthpiece, acknowledged the issue last year, with a poll showing that 91% of respondents believed all rich families in China had political backgrounds. A former Chinese auditor general, Li Jinhua, wrote in an online forum that the wealth of officials’ family members “is what the public is most dissatisfied about.”

One princeling disputes the notion that she and her peers benefit from their “red” backgrounds. “Being from a famous government family doesn’t get me cheaper rent or special bank financing or any government contracts,” Ye Mingzi, a 32-year-old fashion designer and granddaughter of a Red Army founder, said in an email. “In reality,” she said, “the children of major government families get very high scrutiny. Most are very careful to avoid even the appearance of improper favoritism.”

For the first few decades after Mao’s 1949 revolution, the children of Communist chieftains were largely out of sight, growing up in walled compounds and attending elite schools such as the Beijing No. 4 Boys’ High School, where the elder Mr. Bo and several other current leaders studied.

In the 1980s and ’90s, many princelings went abroad for postgraduate studies, then often joined Chinese state companies, government bodies or foreign investment banks. But they mostly maintained a very low profile.

Now, families of China’s leaders send their offspring overseas ever younger, often to top private schools in the U.S., Britain and Switzerland, to make sure they can later enter the best Western universities. Princelings in their 20s, 30s and 40s increasingly take prominent positions in commerce, especially in private equity, which allows them to maximize their profits and also brings them into regular contact with the Chinese and international business elite.

In 2008, Bo Guagua invited Jackie Chan to lecture at Oxford—and sang with him on stage at one point.

Younger princelings are often seen among the models, actors and sports stars who gather at a strip of nightclubs by the Workers’ Stadium in Beijing to show off Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Maseratis. Others have been spotted talking business over cigars and vintage Chinese liquor in exclusive venues such as the Maotai Club, in a historic house near the Forbidden City.

On a recent afternoon at a new polo club on Beijing’s outskirts, opened by a grandson of a former vice premier, Argentine players on imported ponies put on an exhibition match for prospective members.

“We’re bringing polo to the public. Well, not exactly the public,” said one staff member. “That man over there is the son of an army general. That one’s grandfather was mayor of Beijing.” (New anti-nepotism laws should prevent more recurances of this sort of thing . . . )

Princelings also are becoming increasingly visible abroad. Ms. Ye, a fashion designer, was featured in a recent edition of Vogue magazine alongside Wan Baobao, a jewelry designer who is the granddaughter of a former vice premier.

But it is Bo Guagua who stands out among the younger princelings. No other child of a serving Politburo member has ever had such a high profile, both at home and abroad.

His family’s status dates back to Bo Yibo, who helped lead Mao’s forces to victory, only to be purged in the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution. Bo Yibo was eventually rehabilitated, and his son, Bo Xilai, was a rising star in the party by 1987, when Bo Guagua was born.

The boy grew up in a rarefied environment—closeted in guarded compounds, ferried around in chauffeur-driven cars, schooled partly by tutors and partly at the prestigious Jingshan school in Beijing, according to friends.

In 2000, his father, by then mayor of the northeastern city of Dalian, sent his 12-year-old son to a British prep school called Papplewick, which according to its website currently charges £22,425 (about $35,000) a year.

About a year later, the boy became the first person from mainland China to attend Harrow, one of Britain’s most exclusive private schools, which according to its website currently charges £30,930 annually.

In 2006, by which time his father was China’s commerce minister, Mr. Bo went to Oxford University to study philosophy, politics and economics. The current cost of that is about £26,000 a year. His current studies at Harvard’s Kennedy School cost about $70,000 a year.

“’The children of major government families get very high scrutiny,’ says the granddaughter of a Red Army founder.”

A question raised by this prestigious overseas education, worth a total of almost $600,000 at today’s prices, is how it was paid for. Friends said that they didn’t know, though one suggested that Mr. Bo’s mother paid with the earnings of her legal career. Her law firm declined to comment.

Bo Guagua has been quoted in the Chinese media as saying that he won full scholarships from age 16 onward. Harrow, Oxford and the Kennedy School said that they couldn’t comment on an individual student.

The cost of education is a particularly hot topic among members of China’s middle class, many of whom are unhappy with the quality of schooling in China. But only the relatively rich can send their children abroad to study.

For others, it is Bo Guagua’s freewheeling lifestyle that is controversial. Photos of him at Oxford social events—in one case bare-chested, other times in a tuxedo or fancy dress—have been widely circulated online.

In 2008, Mr. Bo helped to organize something called the Silk Road Ball, which included a performance by martial-arts monks from China’s Shaolin temple, according to friends. He also invited Jackie Chan, the Chinese kung fu movie star, to lecture at Oxford, singing with him on stage at one point.

The following year, Mr. Bo was honored in London by a group called the British Chinese Youth Federation as one of “Ten Outstanding Young Chinese Persons.” He was also an adviser to Oxford Emerging Markets, a firm set up by Oxford undergraduates to explore “investment and career prospects in emerging markets,” according to its website.

This year, photos circulated online of Mr. Bo on a holiday in Tibet with another princeling, Chen Xiaodan, a young woman whose father heads the China Development Bank and whose grandfather was a renowned revolutionary. The result was a flurry of gossip, as well as criticism on the Internet of the two for evidently traveling with a police escort. Ms. Chen didn’t respond to requests for comment via email and Facebook.

A Home Fit for a Princeling : A $32.4 million harborside mansion in Sydney

Asked about his son’s apparent romance at a news conference during this year’s parliament meeting, Bo Xilai replied, enigmatically, “I think the business of the third generation—aren’t we talking about democracy now?”

Friends say that the younger Mr. Bo recently considered, but finally decided against, leaving Harvard to work on an Internet start-up called guagua.com. The domain is registered to an address in Beijing. Staff members there declined to reveal anything about the business. “It’s a secret,” said a young man who answered the door.

It is unclear what Mr. Bo will do after graduating and whether he will be able to maintain such a high profile if his father is promoted, according to friends. He said during a speech at Peking University in 2009 that he wanted to “serve the people” in culture and education, according to a Chinese newspaper, Southern Weekend.

He ruled out a political career but showed some of his father’s charisma and contradictions in answering students’ questions, according to the newspaper. Asked about the pictures of him partying at Oxford, he quoted Chairman Mao as saying “you should have a serious side and a lively side,” and went on to discuss what it meant to be one of China’s new nobility.

“Things like driving a sports car, I know British aristocrats are not that arrogant,” he said. “Real aristocrats absolutely don’t do that, but are relatively low-key.”
—Dinny McMahon contributed to this article.

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The article went, : “About a year later, the boy became the first person from mainland China to attend Harrow, one of Britain’s most exclusive private schools, which according to its website currently charges £30,930 annually.

This is extreme WASTE. The ‘Chinese Commie Way’ would be to LEARN the skills needed to open such a private school then OPEN (perhaps an Imperial themed?) AND with Chinese architectural characteristics) the same in China offering the courses a £224.25 or £309.30 annually (this is still 10,000 to 12,000 Yuan, no small sum . . . ) – THEN be among the first crop of students attending even if 5-10 years LATE/too old for class. As for the $32.4 million dollar home, lets say that so long as ANY Chinese COMRADE citizen is homeless or lives in a hovel or shack, NOT A SINGLE APPARATCHIK HAS THE RIGHT to live in, or own a home ON FOREIGN LAND that is worth a few apartment blocks capable of housing THOUSANDS. Where is the intrepid spirit of the Long March? Marxist law China going soft, corrupt and wasteful? A corridor of development in the Eastern Coastal states makes for no more than 10% of China’s landmass, and does not prevent 90% of China’s population being looked down upon by the rest of the world from terrible lives (not starvation bad but coarse-bad)  and living conditions while other so-called comrades live in luxury AND worse still, in foreign countries.

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Should China’s capital be renamed ‘Bling-jing’? – CNN Asia Business Analyst, Ramy Inocencio – March 12th, 2012 03:04 PM GMT

Hong Kong, China (CNN) – If you look at China’s annual National People’s Congress, now in session, you might think this country is one of the richest in the world.

The NPC’s 75 richest legislators – from a total of 3,000 – had a net worth of more than $90 billion in 2011. To put that in perspective, that’s more than half of Greece’s latest bailout of some $170 billion.

Zong Qinghou is the NPC’s richest member and China’s second-richest man, with a net worth of nearly $10.8 billion in cash and assets. If you’ve been to China, you’ve likely eaten or drunk something his company, Wahaha Group, manufactures.

The firm’s red-and-white distilled water bottles are ubiquitous – sold on the grounds of the Forbidden City in Beijing to the altitudes of the Chinese Himalayas in Tibet.

Along with food and drink, the five richest NPC legislators have shown that China’s automobile and real estate industries are the sectors in which to make billions.

For more perspective on their wealth, compare NPC’s six dozen richest members to U.S. politicians. This group earned more than the net worth of the six hundred top politicians and lawmakers of the United States.

That includes President Barack Obama, his Cabinet, the 535 members of Congress, along with nine members of the Supreme Court. Their average declared net worth in 2010 was just $4.8 billion – a pittance compared to the NPC’s $90 billion.

Even the richest person in the U.S. Congress looks a modest earner compared with the NPC’s wealth. Representative Darrell Issa of California has a maximum net worth estimated at $700 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. If he were in China’s NPC, his ranking would fall forty notches.

The NPC is not the only major political meet-up happening in Beijing right now. The CPPCC – the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference – is also in full swing. The 70-odd richest legislators in this government advisory body, similar to the NPC, had a net worth of more than $100 billion in 2011.

And they’re apparently not afraid to flaunt the bling they can buy with those riches.

One legislator from an ethnic minority, often poorer than their Han Chinese counterparts, clutched an $800 Burberry handbag on the way to a CPPCC meeting this week. The Chairman of Evergrande, one of China’s biggest property companies, sported a $950 black Hermes belt – with a golden H. And another lady legislator cradled a Marc Jacobs bag on the way to this week’s work. Retail price? $10,000.

The annual per capita income for a Chinese citizen stands at about $2,400.

With images like those – which have gone viral on the web – many critics are wondering just how representative the “people’s” congress is of the people.

The answer? Perhaps not so much.

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Retire all plutocrats whatever their ages, they already are rich and have no need for power (a dangerous combination). And institute a Capitalism with Socialist Caps system at USD$20 million.

Utopia – Capitalism with Socialist Caps on Personal Wealth – US$20 Millionhttp://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=36665503866

Nobility with whatever privileges or privileged access (but specifically not wealth) is fine for the endowment of values and the ethos in a sea of faceless, but when their wealth is at an extreme level, they are no longer leaders but glaring symbols of excess, especially in a country that is supposed to be RED, as in Marxist red. In Marxism, the extreme wealthy, even those worth 20 million would be unacceptable (much less 100s of millions or billions) and in the 1960s-1970s the entire crop of leaders worth as much as today or even those 20 million worth would be rounded up, their wealth confiscated and sent to be re-educated if not shot. I personally advocate confiscation to a limit of 20 million with no imprisonment and not any punishment, even letting them continue their businesses BUT any profit gained above 20 million in personal asset there on, should be directed to the various redistribution or aid schemes, or simply to fund any and ALL medical treatment/education/housing at a a quantum of anything more than 10% of yearly savings payable by the patient needing medical-treatment/education/housing, these plutocrat businesses. With owners and directors or stockholders etc.. still limited to 20 million per individual – the excess profits will pay for everything else in costs that everyone else who can’t save 10% of their salaries, 1 billion people maybe cannot afford . . .

A bureaucrat should not be worth more than SME level (2-10 million), the best form being that the Bureaucat’s job is the ONLY JOB they hold not with all kinds of businesses on the side that will occupy their time instead of them looking after the nations – thats what bureaucrats are for, not to look after their businesses.

Try the Capitalism with Socialist Caps system at USD$20 million, starting with the political structure in ENTIRETY and then later society again, though not by killings, but perhaps citizen option to redistribute wealth MARXISM style or self expulsions by giving up Chinese citizenship with 3 times the ceiling – as that wealth is China’s and not to be taken away to another country. Chairman Mao would approve.

Especially those who profit from monetised debt or other shadowy non-real-goods economic manipulations must be singled out. Real goods producers can be lower on the audit list, though Quality Control looks to be a serious problem in China for non-edible goods and for edible goods, potentially a disaster dependant on the producer’s sense of scruples (Chinese manufacturer’s agriculture industrialists’ scruples are not too bad, but as the ‘factory floor’ viability of China shifts to even poorer regions, cost cutting or short cuts could create VERY SERIOUS problems – try for 100% organic and stick to that, good thing that China has already prevented GMO rice, the Chinese could be the last ‘unmutated’ (from eating GMO rice or GMO foods, mutations are possible) human beings on the planet.

At the same time, consider the issue of soft power and perhaps even the formalisation of the Royal Institution which will further educate about wealth vs. civiliational and moral values. Just look at those other Royals traipsing around creating a buzz, Oman, England, Japan etc.. China needs this sort of pathos, much like the flesh (civilisational values) without poison (material wealth) of the Fugu Puffer fish via a state formalized Noble ethos (with privileged access or certain immunities to reasonable limits) as well once extreme plutocracy is disallowed, and by the above issues the poison of Capitalism has near destroyed Japan and now infects China and has subverted many of the leaders . . .

While China may have just introduced the toughest laws against nepotism worldwide, a new problem in the form of the plutocracy (specifically plutocracy that also is in politics and holding power to create loophole laws that can be taken advantage of – the regular plutocracy however, especially the type that produces REAL GOODS aren’t any major issue unless the Socialist Caps are refused, but the worst are the monetised debt or fiat/speculator types, as bad for China’s reputation as the plutocrat politicians, though not as dangerous . . . ) looks set to take over as the no.1. troublemaker and most ‘ethics subversive‘ danger for China’s internal political structure. The potential corruption that saw the China fall in the Opium Wars can occur again when a country with 1 billion below the poverty level, are headed by plutocrat politicians none can identify with (at least they are not nepotists as well thanks to new laws) and effectively out of touch with the reality away from the developed coastal areas.

This is already punctuated with occasional chengguan trouble or if the as West reports is true, dozens of unreported riots. If all thats needed is the dismantling of extreme wealth (leaving USD$20 million for any single family or extended family, is still an exceptional amount in China btw) to harmonise so many oppressed and impoverished in China, there will be no harm in going back to basics as in the Cultural Revolution Era (no prisons or beatings, just simple redistributions DIRECT to the worst off – I’m not talking about billionaires giving money to those upper middle class types very comfortable . . . so the outrage among billionaires themselves will not be as bad . . . ), the current state of affairs if as reported is disgraceful and Capitalist to a shameful level.

China needs to GET SERIOUS.

I’ve not changed my mind: our banks are brutish institutions run by brutes – by Max Hastings – Last updated at 11:41 PM on 16th February 2012

In 1% tricks and traps, 99%, Abuse of Power, banks, Equitable Distribution, equitable wealth distribution, mindless consumerism, Wealth distribution on February 18, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Renewed assault: Sir Mervyn King has berated Britain’s banks for failing to lend to small businesses

Sir Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, this week renewed his assault on Britain’s banks, for failing to provide the lending to small businesses which is indispensable to their growth, and often survival.

New figures show that last year net lending fell by almost £11?billion. This was in defiance of promises made by the institutions’ bosses under the  so-called Project Merlin deal, to increase funding for companies.

Meanwhile, the Office Of Fair Trading has called on banks to change their working practices, to simplify the jumble of numbers with which they muddle us, so that customers can make a clear calculation about whether they would be better off changing financial services providers.

In addition, though their bonuses have fallen from stupendous to merely disgusting, bankers are still giving themselves rewards for their own services out of all proportion to their usefulness to society or their shareholders.

Abuse

I recently read a pundit’s appeal for an outbreak of truth and reconciliation in the on-going war between the City and the public. The writer argued that, after all the abuse we have heaped on bankers, it is time to call a halt, recognise their importance to the economy and let them get on with their jobs.

My answer to that, and probably yours, would be: time enough for reconciliation when these people stop robbing us blind and mend their ways. As long as they carry on exactly as before, there is not the smallest reason to stop kicking them.

I have sometimes made mention in the Mail about my own tribulations at the hands of the financial services industry. I now have a nice new grievance.

On January 31, an endowment policy matured. Like everybody’s holdings of this kind, mine would deliver only around 60 per cent of the ‘target figure’ that the crooks who sold it to me promised two decades ago. Indeed, I stand to get little more than the paper amount I have paid in since 1992.

I signed all the maturity forms back in December and had them duly witnessed. It turns out that the provider, Barclays Life, has been sold to another firm called

ReAssure.

This week, I telephoned them to ask where my money was. After a few minutes, I was told: ‘We’ve just got the paperwork back from Barclays. We’ll be dealing with ittoday.’

So I would get the cash immediately? ‘No, that will take three to five working days.’
Backwards step: New figures show that last year net lending fell by almost £11¿billion

Unacceptable: Bankers are still giving themselves rewards for their own services which are disproportionate to their usefulness to their shareholders

I hit the roof. This is how the financial services industry gets rich. By the time I receive the miserable wreck of my endowment money, ReAssure will have had use of it for more than a fortnight past the due date.

I warned the company it would be reading about itself in print, which prompted an automated response letter: ‘Your complaint is important to us and will be fully investigated by one of our complaint handlers.’

Now, I will admit that my solvency is not threatened by ReAssure’s tardiness and Barclays Life’s miserable performance. But for lots of people, much less equipped than I am to extract revenge, such payments are of vital importance. These institutions are brutes run by brutes, each one as bad as the other.

My second barrel at the bankers derives from an experience a month ago.

One of the most notorious bank bosses, a man whose remuneration is delivered in an armoured truck, invited me to lunch. Stupidly, I thought he wished to confess the error of his ways. I could not have been more wrong.

‘I am becoming extremely concerned, Max — you don’t mind if I call you Max?’ he began with headmasterly gravity, ‘that Britain is turning against capitalism and the payment of appropriate rewards.’

I said: ‘You mean you think people like me are unjust in criticising your remuneration?’ Yes, he answered, saying my denunciations upset his children when they read them.

I told him that a few days earlier I had met an industrialist — one of the really good ones — and told him I was booked to lunch with this particular banker. ‘Ask him,’ responded the industrialist, ‘how he can conceivably justify his obscene display of  personal greed.’

My banker host refused to give up. ‘I ask you this, Max,’ he demanded, ‘do you or do you not believe Britain needs a healthy and vigorous financial services industry? Would Britain be a better place if we take this bank to New York?’

I replied that I was sure that Mervyn King does not think anyone should be frightened by such a threat, which my host has often made before.

Risk

I added: ‘Are you suggesting we have only one choice: to clap prettily as you collect untold millions every year, or watch you take the bank somewhere else in a huff?’

The banker batted stubbornly back: ‘Are you against paying people the going rate for what they do?’

I gave serial answers: first, almost no one criticises entrepreneurs who make fortunes by taking personal risk. Instead, our spleen focuses on privileged employees who play with company money, not their own, and who pay themselves grotesque sums for doing so.

Request: The Office Of Fair Trading has called on banks to change their working practices and to simplify the jumble of numbers which are surely used to muddle us

Second, had he not noticed what is happening in the real world? Everybody else is getting hammered. The European financial system is hanging by a thread. We are entering what looks like a long period of austerity. Unless bankers want the peasants storming their Winter Palaces, is it not prudent to be seen to curb their appetites?

Finally, in addition to screwing their customers, bank bosses have ravaged shareholder value. My friends who understand these things say that the banks’ balance sheets are not worth the paper they are written on, because no one knows the real value of their declared assets. They are scarcely presiding  over success.

My host said portentously that since he signs off his bank’s accounts, he is sure they accurately depict their condition. He travels the country meeting clients and customers, and he claims to find them pretty happy, too.

Regrets

He himself is an entrepreneur: he has built a terrific investment business at the bank and created lots of jobs. He and his team deserve to be properly rewarded.

Unless bankers want the peasants storming their Winter Palaces, is it not prudent to be seen to curb their appetites?

I left our lunch bewildered that my host should have chosen to waste 75 minutes of his valuable time to tell me that he regrets nothing, and give me a dressing-down for casting aspersions on the proper workings of the capitalist system.

‘When I voluntarily waived my bonus for two years, nobody gave me any credit,’ he said crossly. He and his kind — for there are many more like him out there — inhabit a land so remote from the rest of us that no United Nations interpreter could bridge the communications gap.

I see no hope of a reconciliation between bankers and the balance of mankind unless — or until — they suffer a shock, a divine thunderbolt, a revelation of a severity which will make St Paul’s experience in transit to Damascus look like amateur stuff.

These vastly pampered moguls really believe they are worth the money, and cannot comprehend why most of the rest of us so passionately hold them in contempt.

The answer is that we must keep kicking until they get the message, and the Governor of the Bank of England obviously thinks so, too.

Here’s what other readers have said. Why not add your thoughts, or debate this issue live on our message boards.

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I deal with one of the UK high street banks in other countries on a fairly regular basis and I have to say that the service they provide is very good. So I guess it comes down to the banking regulation in individual countries that prevents them from running amok elsewhere. So there you have it, if they are allowed to then they will.

– keith, brisbane, 17/2/2012 22:25

“our banks are brutish institutions run by brutes”. Ever thought why? How many new UK banks have started in the last 10 years? Its a very short list for a reason.

Its a hard highly regulated, high risk, high reward and competitive business. Hence brutes are required to run them.

– DD, Basingstoke, Hants, 17/2/2012 21:37
Rating   5

However true your article is seen by most of us, it is patently not so among the denizens of self importance and since they hold the whip hand, regardless of the views of government and its diplomacy by people who can afford to wait until the furore has died down before carrying on where they left off. The banking system is a beast that will not be tamed. Like arms salesmen, they will do whatever it takes, on the grounds that if they don’t someone else will. The big boys don’t exactly seem to be quivering in their boots at the breech loaders – they know that no one will pull the cord – to many entwined vested interests. In any event, when push comes to shove, the old school tie covert conspirators will let their equally avaricious lobbyists, another mob Mr. Cameron ‘U’ turned on, off the leash. Plus cachange…

– r. bowie, neath, s.wales, 17/2/2012 20:12
Rating   12

These Masters of the Universe certainly remind me of ancien regime France before the Revolution. Monarch & aristos closeted in cloud cuckoo Versailles-land, paying no taxes & abusing their power & privilege to create an ever bigger gulf between themselves and the toilers who supported them. Enormous state debt prompts moderate reform proposals to tax nobles. Nobles object .Weak king gives in & sacks reforming ministers. Nobles pay high price as Revolution unfolds. Is Cameron Louis XVI?

Lots of fine-sounding rhetoric about unacceptable bonuses, but when it comes to European proposals to tax the financial sector, he plays the national card. NOT TAXING bankers is in our national interest. NOT TAXING nobles is in Louis XVI’s interest. Who benefits? Answer: bankers and nobles, at least in the short run. With Fred Goodwin have we reached a Marie Antoinette moment – a lightning rod for all our hatred of the bankers? Revolutions are a sign that political elites have failed to reform in time.

– mv, west midlands uk, 17/2/2012 19:45
Rating   14

The Prime Minister vetoed the EU summit in december saying it would badly hit the City of London. Maybe he is looking for a job there whedn he gets kicked out of 10 Downing Street

– Kenneth Keane, Apremont Vendee France, 17/2/2012 19:40
Rating   7

The banks should be supporting the economy not the economy supporting the banks.

– martin, kent, 17/2/2012 18:51
Rating   21

Great article Max. If I ever met your banking chum, I would tell him the following: A Bank manager invites a small businessman into his office. The bank manager

looks the businessman in the eyes & says “Look, you have had a loan with us for years. We know that the current economic climate is dire. We as a bank know that without us granting you this loan your business would not exist. We also know that you have not made a profit for some time…However, to recognise the fact that you are the only person on this planet who can lead your business, & to take into account the untold personal sacrifices that you have had to make as a person managing your business…please pay yourself a bonus equivalent to 150% of your salary each year from now on, Oh & forget the effect that this will have to your balance sheet”. The historic day that this event takes place will be the day that banks have ONE small businessman stop criticising bankers obscene display of personal greed & remuneration.

– Why…?, Oh Why…?, 17/2/2012 18:07
Rating   25

The delay in getting your money reminds me of the 5 working day time still needed, even in this electronic age, to clear cheques. It is a racket and disgrace that when you present a cheque, which is then immediately put through a character reading machine and has the amount keyed in, that it STILL has to take 5 working days to ‘get the money’ from the drawer’s account. What happens to the money during this time? And all this time the bank charges you interest and fees (if applicable) on any overdrawn amount. “Oh it hasn’t been cleared yet” is the response. Oh yeah?

– CDA, Alsager, Cheshire, 17/2/2012 17:17
Rating   25

Yea John Tate,I can just hear it from an insurance salesman,”of course this policy in x years may not be worth the money you have put into it”,it’s rubbish,it was based on the rate being around 8.5,sure there were 50 reams of paper to go through with various rates but I bet nobody did,that’s why they were framed that way. Any salesman telling potential customers that they could quite easily lose their savings would have been out the door within a week,and you know it.

– michael savell, brittany,france, 17/2/2012 17:12
Rating   9

He then made a conscious decision to go ahead with the investment against other types that would have been in the marketplace. Nothing is guaranteed!! – John Tate,

Bristol, 17/2/2012 13:47 ####…and you, as an ‘insider’ totally miss the point, or are being deliberately obtuse. The results, or final pay out if you will, were totally in the hands of those offering the product, not market forces. They are in the position of being able to influence things, by moving money around and paying themselves huge dividends to the extent that the funds in question generate little if any interest, just sufficient to keep on going, then blaming poor market performance for the poor results. Lawyers and bankers are of the same mould – parasites.

– Sick and tired of the lot of ’em, Essex, 17/2/2012 16:29

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Try this using the English debt level as a reason to ‘redistribute’ wealth via ‘requisitions’ of wealth from the wealthiest. ‘Requisition’ ALL that wealth of the riches but 20 million of the top 1% of England’s citizens – that should cover everything. Even 20 million is an unthinkable sum to the 99%, but given that some of these people are worth near billions, you’d imagine how up in arms these 1% types would about having ONLY 20 million. The 99% cannot even imagine having 2 million, so either the Plutocracy Bastille gets torn down with the government alongside them, or the confiscation by the government occurs. Capitalism with socialist limits is the only wy to distribute weakth and prevent extrem sequestration of financial resources. When debt is killing England, the 99% should not have to pay the bills and the 1% who live in extreme luxury with massive sequestered funds not put to any use or to help alleviate interest levels by removal of debt, should have a sense of patriotism to give up that wealth to clear England’s debt instead of selfishly running off with the money to tax havens or keeping silent while the country gets deeper in debt – the citizens make up the country so if the country is going down, it is ubconscionable for the 1% to sit still and then migrate when the country falls apart. In that case the government might as well confiscate those extyreme funds since the citizen has no interest in the country anyway and would watch the country fall like an ENEMY, not helping out.

The conservative force — Lim Sue Goan – 3rd March 2010

In Apartheid, Bumiputera Apartheid, dhimmi, dhimmitude, Equality, Lim Sue Goan, Malaysia, political correctness, politics, racism, subtle insults, vested interest, voting strategy on February 10, 2012 at 9:41 am

MARCH 3 — A Chinese association member who attended Sin Chew Daily and Guang Ming Daily 2010 Chinese New Year celebration said that as Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak frequently attended activities held by Chinese, a friend of him told him that he will vote for Najib in the next general elections.

I do not know how many Chinese elders share the same thought with his friend but Najib will have a chance to listen to different views and understand the people’s needs only when he personally approaches non-Malays. The so-called “approaching the people” does not mean to stiffly shake hands and take photographs with them. Instead, he has to sit down to talk, listen and respond. It is also a kind of communications when Najib plans to meet Internet users.

When political leaders continue to communicate with the people, they can build interaction, foster mutual understanding to deal with those who try to provoke racial sentiments with bad intentions. Similar to Chinese organisations, they can magnify the power that supports Chinese education by communicating more with other racial groups. It also facilitates the implementation of the concept of “1 Malaysia”.

Unfortunately, when many people are doing their best to promote understanding, some organisations are engaged in small circles, hindering the country’s opening up policy and progress. For example, a total of 76 Malay non-governmental organisations formed a consultative council, Majlis Perundingan NGO Melayu (MPM), to oppose Najib’s opening-up economic measures. They vowed to defend Malay rights and Islam in the country. In fact, many organisations in the country are narrow-minded.

Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa) are currently fighting for the inclusion of racial quota system and the Bumiputera equity requirement in the new economic model scheduled to be announced by the end of this month. Meanwhile, the Federation of Malay Economic Bodies (Gabem) called for Malay consumers to purchase goods only from Malay businessmen. Other radical organisations include the Association of Former Umno Elected Representatives (Mubarak), Federal Peninsular Malaysia Students Front (GPMS), Malay Professional Thinkers Association and Federation of Malay Writers Associations (Gapena).

If these organisations continue to think within the box and do not expand their struggling objective from Malays to the country and all Malaysians, the country will forever split. The country’s economic pie will not be able to expand without the cooperation of all Malaysians. How could you expect others to help you if you think only about the interests of your own racial group?

It is undeniable that many of these organisations are Umno members. Najib is facing a problem of how to implement the “1 Malaysia” concept within the party?

Former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi pointed out that many members said they give full support to Najib but they are discontented with the “1 Malaysia” concept behind his back. For them, the concept is unfavourable to Malays. He also urged party members not to sabotage behind the prime minister.

Abdullah’s remarks have confirmed that the conservative force within the party has been hindering the implementation of the “1 Malaysia” concept. We believe that they are worried about the implementation of the concept may affect Malay privileges and the support of the civil society. However, their most concern is still their political interests. If the country’s economy continues to be opened up, racial quota system is abolished and open tender system is implemented for government projects, it will harm the interests of the cliques and related enterprises.

 

 

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Historically, it has always been difficult to open up and reform. The country can move towards a bright future only after it has passed through the task. — mysinchew

” If these organisations continue to think within the box and do not expand their struggling objective from Malays to the country and all Malaysians, the country will forever split. The country’s economic pie will not be able to expand without the cooperation of all Malaysians. How could you expect others to help you if you think only about the interests of your own racial group? ”

Not just split, but likely discriminated by rising super powers India and China who make up 2/3rd of the world’s population and by their allies alone could make life very expensive and discriminatory to the racists who dare to be members of the 76 organisations above. As mentioned before, all Malays not part of the above organisations would not be subject to retaliation and should even form a counter organisation to announce to the world that they are true First Minded global citizens deserving the protection of all oppressed minorities here overseas. The minorities and right minded Malays will fight together 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.

;everywhere around the world towards – a tax free, eminent domain power removing, demographically inclusive – Utopia :

Utopia Project :

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

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2 Articles On Subsistence Farming and Self Dependency in Food – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 4th February 2012

In bad laws, creating jobs, ending starvation, ranching, subsistence, USA on February 3, 2012 at 4:23 pm

ARTICLE 1

The U.N. and “Livestock’s Long Shadow” – July 8, 2011 by ppjg – Debbie Coffey

By restricting access to grazing land, for example, land and related feed resources become relatively scarce, so technical change will move towards making more efficient use of these resources …”

The same applies to all other natural resources that feed into the livestock production process, such as water or nutrients.”

In 2006, the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Livestock Environment and Development (LEAD), supported by US AID and the World Bank, put out a 416 page report titled “Livestock’s Long Shadow.”  Statements made in this document should make American ranchers and farmers look for the United Nation’s long shadow over their land and water.

We’ll start off with some points the FAO made in the report, then some of their solutions (which, by the way, seem a lot like communism).  Then I’ll tell you why I think this report is, pardon the pun, bullshit.

THIS FAO REPORT STATES:

“The livestock sector emerges as one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.

The findings of this report suggest that it should be a major policy focus when dealing with problems of land degradation, climate change and air pollution, water shortage and water pollution and loss of biodiversity.”

“The environmental impact per unit of livestock production must be cut by half,  just to avoid increasing the level of damage beyond its present level.”

LAND DEGRADATION – “The livestock sector is by far the single largest anthropogenic user of land. The total area occupied by grazing is equivalent to 26 percent of the ice-free terrestrial surface of the planet. In addition, the total area dedicated to feedcrop production amounts to 33 percent of total arable land. In all, livestock production accounts for 70 percent of all agricultural land and 30 percent of the land surface of the planet.”

ATMOSPHERE and CLIMATE – “With rising temperatures, rising sea levels, melting icecaps and glaciers, shifting ocean currents and weather patterns, climate change is the most serious challenge facing the human race.  The livestock sector is a major player, responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions measured in CO2 equivalent.”

WATER – “The world is moving towards increasing problems of freshwater shortage, scarcity and Depletion…The livetock sector is a key player in increasing water use, accounting for over 8 percent of global human water use, mostly for the irrigation of feedcrops…in the United States, with the world’s fourth largest land area, livestock are responsible for an estimated 55 percent of erosion and sediment, 37 percent of pesticide use, 50 percent of antibioticuse, and a third of the loads of nitrogen and phosphorus into freshwater resources. Livestock also affect the replenishment of freshwater by compacting soil, reducing infiltration degrading the banks of watercourses, drying up floodplains and lowering water tables.  Livestock’s contribution to deforestation also increases runoff and reduces dry season flows.”

BIODIVERSITY – “Livestock now account for about 20 percent of the total terrestrial animal biomass, and the 30 percent of the earth’s land surface that they now pre-empt was once habitat for wildlife. Indeed, the livestock sector may well be the leading player in the reduction of biodiversity, since it is the major driver of deforestation, as well as one of the leading drivers of land degradation, pollution, climate change, overfishing, sedimentation of coastal areas and facilitation of invasions by alien species.”

“…livestock actually detract more from total food supply than they provide.  Livestock now consume more human edible protein than they produce. In fact, livestock consume 77 million tonnes of protein contained in feedstuff that could potentially be used for human nutrition…”

THE SOLUTIONS THAT FAO SUGGESTS:

“Many producers will need to find alternative livelihoods.”

“Small family-based livestock producers will find it increasingly difficult to stay in the market, unless effective organizational arrangements, such as contract farming or cooperatives, can be designed and used… the loss of competitiveness requires policy interventions, not necessarily to maintain smallholder involvement in agriculture, but to provide opportunities for finding livelihoods outside the agricultural sector and to enable an orderly transition.”

“By restricting access to grazing land, for example, land and related feed resources become relatively scarce, so technical change will move towards making more efficient use of these resources…The same applies to all other natural resources that feed into the livestock production process, such as water or nutrients. Likewise, new costs associated with… livestock production, such as emissions of ammonia or other forms of waste, will lead to increased efforts towards their avoidance.”

“Most frequently natural resources are free or underpriced, which leads to overexploitation and pollution. Often perverse subsidies directly encourage livestock producers to engage in environmentally damaging activities… One requirement for prices to influence behaviour is that there should be secure and if possible tradable rights to water, land, use of common land and waste sinks.”

“Public policies need to protect and enhance public goods, including the environment. The rationale for public policy intervention is based on the concept of market failures. These arise because many local and global ecosystems are public goods or “commons,” and the negative environmental impacts that livestock have on them are “externalities” that arise because individual economic decisions usually consider only private individual costs and benefits.”

“Achieving greater efficiency in irrigation in the broader sense may mean giving up water to other sectors where it has higher value uses, even if sometimes that implies reducing the value of agricultural output.”

“…the removal of subsidies has been shown to have a strong potential to correct some of the environmental damage caused by livestock production.”

WHY FAO’S REPORT IS BULLSHIT:

The United Nation’s FAO, along with its CODEX ALIMENTARIUS, has been PUSHING ANIMAL CLONING FOR YEARS.  So this issue isn’t about too many animals on the earth, or the environment, or feeding the hungry – it’s most likely about who owns the patents for the cloned animals and biotechnology, and who will own and control all food (and people, land and resources) in the future.
FAO issued a statement about cloned animals:

“The statement was published in March 2000 on the occasion of the ‘Codex Alimentarius Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Foods Derived from Biotechnology’ meeting in Japan.

Biotechnology provides powerful tools for the sustainable development of agriculture…When appropriately integrated with other technologies for the production of food, agricultural products and services, biotechnology can be of significant assistance in meeting the needs of an expanding and increasingly urbanized population in the next millennium.”

(Apparently, this urbanized population would be increased after they run small farmers and ranchers off their land and force them to find “alternative livelihoods.”)

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE – INTERNATIONAL OVERVIEW

On the U.S.D.A website, there is a page with an “International Overview” stating “All of agriculture has become global. For example, the success of the U.S. farm sector is increasingly dependent on our ability to trade and compete with other nations. Similarly, the science of agriculture depends on international research partnerships to address national issues of food safety, sustainability, resource management, biotechnology, and crop and livestock disease prevention.

In 2007, the U.S.D.A. signed an agreement with the FAO to support the development of sustainable agriculture (agricultural biotechnology) in developing countries.

U.S.D.A.’s CSREES has been actively promoting animal cloning and biotechnology.  (It’s ironic that the U.S.D.A. also has the National Invasive Species Information Center.)

In a U.S.D.A. Foreign Agricultural Service document, Framework Agreement on Increased Cooperation between U.S.D.A. and the FAO, the U.S.D.A. was to agree to “further USDA’s goal of cooperating with international agricultural organizations in activities that promote and further develop the global agricultural system.  USDA will provide funds and resources to support FAO projects that advance that goal, that advance FAO’s work towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in developing countries, and that contribute to the realization of FAO’s programme of work/mid-term strategy as approved by FAO’s Governing Bodies.”

U.S.D.A. was also to agree that “No member of the United States Congress will be admitted to any share or part of this Agreement or any subsequent Programme Agreement, or to any benefit arising thereof.”

What about the U.S. Constitution?  What about the American taxpayers, who pay for FAO’s projects while we have cuts to our Social Security?

The U.N.’s Agenda 21 (Chapter 38) states: “All agencies of the United Nations system have a key role to play in the implementation of Agenda 21.”  Is the FAO, with the help of the U.S.D.A., implementing Agenda 21 in America?

AUTHOR’S NOTE:  I’ve been going to the roundups of our wild horses (the Bureau of Land Management is removing the wild horses from their federally protected Herd Management Areas, then leasing the same land for $2 an acre for oil and gas lease sales, or permitting new mining and mining expansions to foreign owned companies).  Some ranchers think these wild horse roundups will help them gain more grazing for their livestock.  I think the wild horses are the canary in the coal mine.  Ranchers, your cattle and sheep will be next.  As go these American icons that stand as symbols of our freedom, so goes our freedom.

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How about this Americans, for a way out of the b.s. that is urban life now. Try a MASSIVE ‘Cattle Drive Trail (Highway)’ winding through the entire USA several time. Look at any herdsmen in the ‘3rd World’. They do not have issues with lack of food though living in tents and being constantly on the move . . . in fact pay the herdsmen in meat and perhaps land for subsistence farming – how about 1 acre for every 5 years of herding work (lots of younger men would be self sufficient in as soon as 5 years instead of having 100,000s in debt on compound interest – no education but subsistence farming is far better than being hoodlums and gang bangers etc.) and animal husbandry work including food and board sound fair? Better than the homeless food stamp culture dotted with criminals and prison culture paid for by the tax payer. Look at Libya’s Green Mountain Project, plenty of young people who do not need any education or education debt to be part of that and to at least be able to grow their own food. It’s just that simple.

The grazing being of limited periods will not hurt the environment then the entire herding group moves on to return in a few years when the foliage would have regrown. Cattle remain healthy, lots of REAL high paying jobs as Cowboys, so those on cattle drives probably only will need to work 3 months a year. Much better than being a bean counter, pen pusher or paper shuffler or ‘programmer’ producing nothing in the real world right? The same way Facebook and Internet is just electricity without any place in reality compared to REAL work as suggested above . . .

Best of all the men will be Marlboro healthy (oxymoron?), the cattle will be free range (happy), and the environment and wanderlust of both man and beast will be met, farms along the trails from state sequestered lands along the same trail to be distributed to the poor or homeless to subsist on at least. Try the below pic for an idea :

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/683/usameat.jpg/

Welcome back to the frontier? Welcome back the frontier. At the same time, do read the below and understand that the Red Race of Men must have their rightful place as the representatives of the Americas with all non-colonial (who conned lands rather than shared the land from NAs) or non-pro-slavery (in the past) people of the White Race of Man as welcome guests and citizens under their laws.

USA is a rich nation, but stop sequestering the land which can be cultivated and used for ranching and framing, and create REAL jobs. Internet is rubbish once this system is up. And dot the land with 1000s of farms along the way, pay wages by the day, pay wages in food? USA needs to grow more food not produce more paper shuffling or computer obsessed jobs.

USA Meat
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/683/usameat.jpg/

http://ppjg.wordpress.com/2011/07/08/16955/#comment-10386

 

ARTICLE 2

Does Michelle Obama Know About This?
Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Oak Park, Michigan:

Their front yard was torn up after replacing a sewer line, so instead of replacing the dirt with grass, one Oak Park woman put in a vegetable garden and now the city is seeing green.

The list goes on: fresh basil, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, cumbers and more all filling five large planter boxes that fill the Bass family’s front yard.

Julie Bass says, “We thought we’re minding our own business, doing something not ostentatious and certainly not obnoxious or nothing that is a blight on the neighborhood, so we didn’t think people would care very much.”

But some cared very much and called the city. The city then sent out code enforcement.

“They warned us at first that we had to move the vegetables from the front, that no vegetables were allowed in the front yard. We didn’t move them because we didn’t think we were doing anything wrong, even according to city code we didn’t think we were doing anything wrong. So they ticketed us and charged me with a misdemeanor,” Bass said . . .

City code says that all unpaved portions of the site shall be planted with grass or ground cover or shrubbery or other suitable live plant material. Tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers are what Basses see as suitable.

However, Oak Park’s Planning and Technology Director Kevin Rulkowski says the city disagrees. He says, “If you look at the dictionary, suitable means common. You can look all throughout the city and you’ll never find another vegetable garden that consumes the entire front yard.”

So what is suitable? From another local news report:

. . .  we asked Rulkowski why it’s not suitable.

“If you look at the definition of what suitable is in Webster’s dictionary, it will say common. So, if you look around and you look in any other community, what’s common to a front yard is a nice, grass yard with beautiful trees and bushes and flowers,” he said.

God forbid your yard doesn’t include beautiful trees, bushes and flowers. It’s your job, Oak Park citizens, to give Kevin Rulkowski pretty things to look at. According to Bass’s blog, she’s demanding her right to a jury trial. So the city plans to throw the book at her.

our attorney spoke to the prosecutor today. (for the record, my crush on him is totally finished after today.)

his position: they are going to take this all the way.

officially, this means i am facing 93 days in jail if they win.

no joke.
|  peoplerrrstupid |  July 8th, 2011 at 8:30 am

What a stupid, clueless f. ing city worker. THIS is what’s wrong with our country.

Come tell me what I can plant in my yard, and I’ll politely show you the quickest way to get the eff off property.

A) I applaud the woman for demanding her right to a jury trial.
B) the prosecutor’s office should be ashamed of itself.
C) The city planning guy should to, but he’s obviously too stupid.
D) I hope some nice lawyer will donate his/her services to this woman and offer to counter-sue the city for their malicious attack on common sense.

my letter to mayor:

Dear Sir,

After reading an article about your city and your prosecution of a woman for growing vegetables in her front yard, I am shocked and embarassed that this can happen in America. With all of the green initiatives that municipalities are pushing these days, this woman should be held as a model. Furthermore, your staff is an embarassment, especially with his statements that “suitable” means “common” according to his dictionary. He must have a completely different dictionary than the rest of America. As a matter of fact, the vegetable garden meets the very definition of the word in so many ways.

As a suburb of Detroit, I would think that there are more serious issues facing your community than whether or not a woman grows a vegetable garden in her front yard. With today’s budget issues, I am not sure why you are employing a staff that has nothing better to do. Its a waste of tax payers money, its bureaucracy run amock…you work for your citizens, not the other way around. Not that you guys are alone with that issue. Get rid of these wastes of space and possibly hire more police officers, or for heavens sake possibly stick the money in the bank. Now there is a novel concept for government.

As a citizen, I can tell you that I would respect and vote for a mayor who came out opposed to such ridiculousness and guided his overzealous desk jockeys back on task.

Please step back away from your ordinances and your red tape and your career municipal officials and just look at this issue and how ridiculous it is.

Thanks,

James

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I’m beginning to hate USA when I read articles like this. Where are the Hell’s Angels or Black Spades or even the Woodstock citizens of USA? Whats going on with you guys in ‘the West’? Run for candidacy and don’t let up fighting against such abusers and bullies. Sue the police department and Oak Park’s Planning and Technology Director! Can’t grow veggies?!? Whats wrong with them? This is psychological warfare, identify people who act like that and vote them to hell ! Oh heres an example of the same kind of behaviour in Malaysia too. See the link below :

I suggest Julie Bass go to Amnesty International and file for refugee status to see which country would allow her to migrate for being persecuted andf threatened with a jail term. Anyone from UNHCR want to contact Julie Bass? I think she needs help and that Oak Park needs to be sued for something related to Human Rights.

6 Articles Related To Reasoning Behind Norway Bombing (various dates 2010-2011)

In Anders Behrin Breivik, Fundamentalism, Judaism, Knights Templar, mass murder, Norway, psychiatry on January 29, 2012 at 4:36 pm
ARTICLE 1http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=185712Norway Oil Fund divests from Israeli companies – by JPOST.COM STAFF
08/23/2010 19:56

Norway’s Ministry of Finance announced that the Norway Oil Fund divested from Africa-Israel Investments and Danya Cebus Ltd. on Monday.

The reason given is the companies’ construction in the West Bank.

The Norwegian Finance Ministry said, “The ethics council stresses that construction of settlements in the occupied territories violates the decision of the Geneva convention regarding defense of civilians during war time. Several decisions of the UN Security Council and the International Court of Justice have reached the conclusion that construction of Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories is prohibited.”

ARTICLE 2

Norway to support Palestinians – Norwegian FM
Jul 19, 2011 10:16 Moscow Time

Norway will support Palestinians who are set to press for recognition of the independence of their state by the United Nations, says the Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

He was speaking following his talks in Oslo with the Palestinian National Administration Head Mahmoud Abbas.

Støre said he saw a likely recognition of Palestine’s independence by the United Nations as no hindrance to a peaceful settlement in the Middle East. He said the Palestinian-Israeli talks should continue irrespectively of the UN voting results.

ARTICLE 3

http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-mainmenu-26/europe-mainmenu-35/8325-norwegian-bomber-is-fundamentalist-christian-officials-say-

Norwegian Bomber Is Fundamentalist Christian, Officials Say – by R. Cort Kirkwood – 23 July 2011

Norway explosionNorwegian authorities have captured the man suspected of Friday’s bombing in Oslo and shooting at Utoya island, which left 91 people dead. The suspect is Anders Behrin Breivik, 32, whom Norwegian authorities describe as a Christian fundamentalist.

Breivik’s attack on Friday began with a bomb in the capital’s government headquarters, which houses the prime minister’s office. Seven people are believed dead in that attack. But Breivik, apparently, was waiting to do murder at the Island, which is about 20 miles from Oslo. There, he gunned down 84.

Said the Norwegian prime minister, “My childhood paradise that yesterday was transformed into Hell.”

Though an Islamic group claimed credit for the bombing, Breivik, apparently, is the only suspect.

What Happened

Breivik’s bomb exploded at about 3:30 p.m. local time in Oslo. As the New York Times noted, the streets around the city’s government center appeared to be Baghdad, Iraq, or Oklahoma City, a reference to atheist Timothy McVeigh’s bombing on April 19. 1995.

At 5:30 p.m., police allege that Breivik, dressed in the police uniform, opened fire at Utoya Island with a “machine pistol,” as authorities described it. The Labor Party, which governs Norway, was holding a summer camp for its youth members.

By the end of the attack, 91 were dead. Police are still searching for bodies in the waters surrounding the island.

It’s a wonder more people weren’t killed im the bombing. The Washington Post reprised a Norwegian newspaper’s account of what Breivik used to carry out the attack:

The Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang, citing a spokeswoman for agricultural material supplier Felleskjopet, reported that the suspect bought 6 tons of artificial fertilizer — which is highly explosive — some 10 weeks before the attack. Police were alerted to the purchase only after it emerged the man was suspected of the deadly attacks, the Associated Press reported, quoting the newspaper.

The Norwegian VG newspaper reported that police had blocked off a farm in Asta, 100 miles north of Oslo, and were searching it, and Norwegian media speculated that the farm may have been the source of explosives used in the attack on Oslo, which blew out almost every window in the 17-story building that houses the prime minister’s office and severely damaged several other nearby buildings in the government district of Oslo.

The New York Times identified the fertilizer as ammonium nitrate.

Norwegian Profiling

An Islamic group took credit for the attack, the Times reported, and Spielgel online reported that Islamic Internet forums called the attack “good news.” As well, Norwegian authorities, Jihad Watch.com notes, had every reason to believe the attack was the work of Muslim terrorists from al-Qaida.

As Jihad Watch.com noted, Muslim terrorists recently released a handbook on fertilizer bombs and an Islamic terrorist threatened to make Norwegians pay for deporting him. Britain’s Sky News “reported that earlier this year, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula released a bomb-making handbook which contained notes on how to build fertilizer bombs.”

[Agence France Presse] reported that intelligence police chief Janne Kristiansen said last February that Islamic extremism was a major threat to the country and “our main priority and our main concern.”

Norway, a member of NATO, has some 500 troops in Afghanistan.

Last year police arrested three Muslim men based in Norway who were suspected of planning an attack using explosives, AFP reported.

Norwegian prosecutors earlier this month also filed a terrorism charge against Mullah Krekar, founder of the Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam, who was accused of threatening a politician with death over his potential deportation from the country.

Krekar had warned that “Norway will pay a heavy price” if he were deported.

But the suspect is not Islamic. The Associated Press quickly noted that Breivik is a “blond, blue-eyed Norwegian,” and Norwegian authorities flatly stated that Breivik is “right-wing and a Christian fundamentalist” who may or may not have gotten help, as the New York Times duly reported:

“We are not sure whether he was alone or had help,” a police official, Roger Andresen, said at a televised news conference, adding: “What we know is that he is right-wing and a Christian fundamentalist.” So far Mr. Breivik has not been linked to any anti-jihadist groups, he said.

Johan Fredriksen, chief of staff for the Oslo police, said officials were “not surprised” that the attacks had been the work of an ethnic Norwegian, a blond, blue-eyed man, saying “we think about scenarios.”

Breivik posted his beliefs on his Facebook page, the Times also reported.

A Facebook page matching his name and the photo given out by the police was set up just a few days ago. It listed his religion as Christian, politics as conservative. It said he enjoys hunting, the video games World of Warcraft and Modern Warfare 2, and books including Machiavelli’s “The Prince” and George Orwell’s “1984.”

There was also a Twitter account apparently belonging to Mr. Breivik. It had one item, posted last Sunday: “One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100,000 who have only interests.”

ARTICLE 4

A death foretold: The rapid rise and tragic fall of Amy Winehouse, the deeply flawed soul prodigy – by Paul Bentley – 24th July 2011

In just 27 years, Amy Winehouse has managed to leave behind her a soul legacy, with a band of modern British female soul singers – Adele, Duffy, Jessie J – celebrating success across the world borne almost entirely in her wake.

Sadly, however, the immeasurably gifted singer is unlikely to be remembered for her talents, which were so often starved; drowned by drink and tranquillised by drug abuse.

Amy Winehouse’s death was one foretold by gruesome pictures of bloody plimsolls and near death experiences from drugs publicly retold by her lovers. It almost seems unsurprising that, in death, Winehouse joins many of her heroes – Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison – all of whom died aged just 27.

Amy Winehouse was born in 1983, a second child to cab driver Mitch and his wife Janis, a pharmacist, from North London.

Her parents split when she was nine years old and she and older brother Alex moved to live with their mother in Southgate, North London – just minutes away from The Priory, the rehab clinic favoured by celebrities, which she would revisit just months before her death.

‘She was always very self-willed,’ her father Mitch told Rolling Stone in 2007. ‘Not badly behaved but…different.’

The balance between her precocious musical talents and a seeming inclination to self-destruct were clear from a young age. At just 12, Winehouse enrolled at the Sylvia Young Theatre School but was expelled not long after for getting her nose pierced.

She had previously – aged 10 -formed a rap group, Sweet ‘n’ Sour – Winehouse was Sour – that she later described as ‘the little white Jewish Salt ‘n’ Pepa.’

She joined the Brit School and by 16 her otherworldly soul voice – deep, full and knowing but light and fresh and fragile at the same time – had won her a contract with Simon Fuller’s management company, which led to her being signed by Island Records.

In 2003, she would release her first album – to much critical acclaim – while also meeting the man with whom she would share possibly the most destructive celebrity relationship of the decade.

The jazz-influenced debut, titled ‘Frank’, was critically praised for its gems – the anthemic Stronger Than Me, about a weak, feminine boyfriend and F**k Me Pumps, in which she ridiculed tired female gold-diggers, and earned Winehouse an Ivor Novello songwriting award, two Brit nominations and a spot on the shortlist for the Mercury Music Prize.

But Winehouse soon expressed dissatisfaction with the disc, saying she was ‘only 80 per cent behind’ the album.
Amy Winehouse arriving at the Brit Awards 2005, Earls Court Arena, London. D
Amy Winehouse in the press room at the 2006 Q Awards at the Grosvenor House Hote

A tattoo appears: Winehous still looking fresh faced in 2005, and sporting her new tattoo the next year

That same year, she met Blake Fielder-Civil at a bar and swiftly had his name tattooed above her heart.

The relationship was on-off and infamously tempestuous, involving drug and drink binges. In one picture from 2007, she was seen with bruises on her face and blood seeping from her pink ballet shoes.

She grips Blake, as he displays a face full of scratches after a particularly viscious late night bust-up.
Amy Winehouse arriving at the 2007 Brit Awards, Earls Court, west London.
Amy Winehouse looks much more guant arriving at the MTV Movie Awards 2007 in Los Angeles

Losing weight: The singer has acquired more tattos at the 2007 Brit Awards, left, and looks gaunt at the MTV music video awards in Losa Angeles in the same year

By 2006, after three years with Blake, rapid weight loss, an ever-expanding beehive hairdo and documented drug and drink problems, Winehouse released Back to Black, her breakthrough album, which made her a huge star across the world.

Working with producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi and soul-funk group the **Dap-Kings** (note Malaysian friends, DAP NLPs via Minstreldom wrought by Zionism inflicted upon Malaysians specifically Muslim ones), Winehouse fused soul, jazz, doo-wop and, above all, a love of the girl-groups of the early 1960s with lyrical tales of romantic obsession and emotional excess.

Back to Black was released in the United States in March 2007 and went on to win five Grammy awards, including song and record of the year for Rehab.
British singer Amy Winehouse performs at the Brit Awards at Earls Court in London
Glastonbury – Amy Winehouse performs on the Pyramid Stage

The voice: Amy Winehouse’s talent was such that it has opened doors for many other young female soul singers who have earned huge success since her breakthrough. She is pictured performing in 2008

‘I did [go to rehab], for just 15 minutes,’ she told The Sun at the time. ‘I went in and said, “Hello” and explained that I drink because I’m in love and have f****d up the relationship. Then I walked out.’

Winehouse’s rise was helped by her distinctive look – black beehive of hair, thickly lined cat eyes, girly tattoos – and her tart tongue.

She was famously blunt in her assessment of her peers, once describing Dido’s sound as ‘background music – the background to death’ and saying of pop princess Kylie Minogue, ‘she’s not an artist … she’s a pony.’

The songs on Black to Black detailed her relationship with Blake with a similar frankness.

‘I listen to a lot of ’60s music, but society is different now,’ Winehouse said in 2007. ‘I’m a young woman and I’m going to write about what I know.’

Even then, Winehouse’s performances were sometimes shambolic, and she admitted to being ‘a terrible drunk.’

Increasingly, her personal life began to overshadow her career.

She acknowledged struggling with eating disorders and told a newspaper that she had been diagnosed as manic depressive but refused to take medication. Soon accounts of her erratic behavior, canceled concerts and drink and drug-fueled nights began to multiply.

Photographs caught her unsteady on her feet or vacant-eyed, and she appeared unhealthily thin, with scabs on her face and marks on her arms.

There were embarrassing videos released to the world on the Internet. One showed an addled Winehouse and Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty playing with newborn mice. Another, for which Winehouse apologised, showed her singing a racist ditty to the tune of a children’s song.

Winehouse’s managers went to increasingly desperate lengths to keep the wayward star on the straight and narrow.

Though she was often reported to be working on new material, fans got tired of waiting for the much-promised follow up to Back to Black.

Occasional bits of recording were released. Her rendition of The Zutons’ Valerie was a hit for producer Mark Ronson but other recording projects with Ronson, one of the architects of the success of Back to Black, came to nothing.

She also had run-ins with the law. In April 2008, Winehouse was cautioned by police for assault after she slapped a man during a raucous night out.

The same year she was investigated by police, although not charged, after a tabloid newspaper published a video that appeared to show her smoking crack cocaine.

‘I’m a musician; I’m not a model,’ she said on her 2007 concert DVD, I Told You I Was Trouble. ‘The more insecure I felt, the more I’d drink. The more insecure I feel, the bigger my hair has to be.’

That year, after breaking up with Blake, going out with chef Alex Claire, and getting back together with her former lover, they married in Miami.

‘I know I’m talented, but I wasn’t put here to sing,’ she told Rolling Stone. ‘I was put here to be a wife and a mum and look after my family.’

The renewed relationship with Blake led to cancelled tours and hospital visits after overdosing on drugs.

A day after being told she had received three MTV Video Music Award nods, the singer was rushed to the University College London Hospital after an overdose, which was initially dismissed as ‘exhaustion’.

‘I really thought I was on the way out,’ she said. ‘My husband Blake saved me.’

Later that year the pictures were taken of her blood-addled pumps. In emails to blogger Perez Hilton, she insisted Blake did not hit her. ‘I was cutting myself after he found me in our room about to do drugs with a call girl and rightly said I wasn’t good enough for him. I lost it.’

Later that week, on BBC’s Radio 5 Live, Fielder-Civil’s mother, Georgette, said: ‘I think they both need to get medical help before one of them, if not both of them, eventually will die.’

That November, Fielder-Civil was arrested for an attack on a pub manager the year before. Fielder-Civil later pleaded guilty to assaulting barman James King and then offering him £200,000 to keep quiet about it.

Winehouse stood by ‘my Blake’ throughout his trial, often blowing kisses at him from the court’s public gallery and wearing a heart-shaped pin labelled ‘Blake’ in her hair at concerts. But British newspapers reported extramarital affairs while Fielder-Civil was behind bars. They divorced in 2009.

After the split, Fielder-Civil described how he thought Winehouse had died in his arms following a three-day drugs binge.

Amy went into a seizure at a party at her home in Camden, North London, and had stopped breathing.

Blake told The Sun: ‘She started having a fit on the bed. She slid down on to the floor before I could stop her. She started quivering again and it suddenly grew into what seemed like a full-blown epileptic fit.

‘I was panicking. I didn’t know know how to help her. I was out of it on drugs as well – and was sobbing and crying out, “Amy!”‘

Fielder-Civil put Winehouse into the recovery position and pulled her tongue out of her mouth to stop her biting it.

‘I knelt over her as she kept on fitting. But then suddenly she just passed out and stopped breathing. It was the most frightening thing I had ever seen. I felt sure I was watching her die right in front of me. I didn’t know what to do or how to save her. I held her to me – and I thought she was dying in my arms. But somehow I managed to open her mouth and breathe air down her throat,’ he added.

‘At first nothing happened. So I did it again. I was feeling for her pulse because I thought her heart might have stopped.

‘Then she spluttered – and I saw her chest rise. I was still sobbing and panicking but I just felt this huge relief that she was alive.’

In June 2008 and again in April 2010, Winehouse was taken to hospital and treated for injuries after fainting and falling at home.

Her father said she had developed the lung disease emphysema from smoking cigarettes and crack, although her spokeswoman later said Winehouse only had ‘early signs of what could lead to emphysema.’

She left the hospital to perform at Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday concert in Hyde Park in June 2008, and at the Glastonbury festival the next day, where she received a rousing reception but scuffled with a member of the crowd.

She also, in 2010, pleaded guilty to assaulting a theatre manager who asked her to leave a family Christmas show because she’d had too much to drink.

She was given a fine and a warning to stay out of trouble by a judge who praised her for trying to clean up her act.

In a bid to save her ailing health and desperate addiction problems, Winehouse most recently booked herself into rehab in May.

A month previously she had pulled out of her European tour after she was jeered while appearing drunk on stage at her comeback gig in Serbia.

She left the stage frequently, with her band having to improvise in her absence, and was said to have mumbled through parts of her songs.

After the disastrous gigs, the stint at The Priory in May was hoped to have been a means finally to refocus the young singer.

Winehouse, however, checked herself out after just one week.
Amy Winehouse dead at 27 – is she another member of the ‘Stupid Club’?
ANALYSIS by PAUL CONNOLLY

When Kurt Cobain, then 27, killed himself in 1994, his mother Wendy said that, ‘Now he’s gone and joined that Stupid Club.’

She was referring to the long list of rock stars who have died by their own hand at the age of 27: Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Brian Jones to name only a few.

Now, very sadly, Amy Winehouse has died at 27. At the time of writing it’s unclear what the cause of death was, so to speculate would be grossly unfair. Like Cobain, Winehouse has left us with a frustratingly meagre canon of work. A voice and a talent like hers should have a much more substantial legacy than just two albums, 2003’s promising Frank and 2006’s Back To Black, which was a masterpiece of soul.

There’s been little new material since Back To Black apart from her cover of The Zutons’ Valerie with Mark Ronson and another cover last year, this time Lesley Gore’s kitsch classic, It’s My Party for a Quincy Jones tribute album.

Clearly, since Back To Black made her a star, she’s become more renowned for her lurid lifestyle and, although she’s been working on new material, no release date had been scheduled. I sincerely hope she’s not remembered more for her drug use than her music but I’m not optimistic. Adele, at least, has much to thank Amy for – Back To Black’s success in America made it easier for her to make the huge inroads she’s enjoyed across the pond.

I met Amy once, way back prior to the release of Frank, and I found her witty, intelligent and sparky company. She certainly had a mischievous glint in her eye but I did not have her marked down as a potential member of the ‘stupid club.’ She seemed too perky, alive and confident.

The demons that have been clamped to her back in recent years were nowhere to be seen. Where did they come from? Did the pressure of fame conjure them up? Is that why she was so often drunk on stage? Did she, like Cobain, not enjoy fame? Like Cobain why did she not simply walk away? Perhaps that’s why progress on her third album was so slow. Maybe she didn’t want the attention focused back on her again.

Again, why didn’t she just walk away?

It’s desperately sad when someone who brought so much joy to so many dies unnaturally young. It really, really stings. But let’s please remember just how talented she was. R.I.P. Amy.

ARTICLE 5

But Really, How Jewish IS Amy Winehouse? Posted on January 24, 2008 by admin

Q. Amy Winehouse…a) makes pretty great music.
b) is a crack-smoking trainwreck.
c) is Jewish.The answer, as you probably know, is all three, and the media is obsessed with each of these factoids. After the release of a video of Winehouse doing various drugs was greeted with requisite shock and a reprise of “is she or isn’t she in rehab?”, I started thinking a little more about (c). In the face of the singer’s unraveling (about which there’s hardly need for yet another commentary), it’s become impossible to ignore just how psyched everyone seems to be that Amy Winehouse is Jewish.

There are different motivations behind this, of course. Both the ravenous press and Winehouse herself have joyfully portrayed her Jewish identity as a bizarre contrast with her bad girl image. The Jewish community, ever-eager to claim a celeb for the team, has managed to boast and sneer about her at the same time. Winehouse is the proud – and in many ways, welcome — antithesis of the “nice Jewish girl,” but since she does tend to identify with two out of the three elements of that little saying, both she and the media like to keep her options open.

Here are the oft-repeated basics. Back in 2004, The Guardian was one of many publications to pin her as “a slight 20-year-old Jewish girl from north London” and The Telegraph wrote, “Done up to the nines (lustrous lipstick, dark mascara, long black eyelashes, thick black hair), Winehouse looks every inch the Jewish princess.” In March of 2007, Rolling Stone‘s blog noted that “Ms. Rehab might in fact be the highest-debuting-female-solo-British-tall-Jewish-black-haired-tattoed-with-a-birthmark-on-her-left-arm artist ever to make the U.S. Billboard charts.” In May, the Toronto Star chimed in: “The beehived, heavily tattooed Winehouse might be a wee Jewish girl from North London, but she can snarl and wail like Etta James or Eartha Kitt.” From a Rolling Stonecover story that same month: “Those who have only heard her voice express shock upon seeing the body that produces it: The sultry, crackly, world-weary howl that sounds like the ghost of Sarah Vaughn comes from a pint-size Jewish girl from North London.” And from the Washington Post: “Winehouse has an exceptional voice that’s even more striking when you catch a glimpse of its source: a wispy, heavily tattooed young Jewish woman with a mile-high beehive for a hairdo and a Gothic level of mascara caked onto her face. It almost doesn’t compute.”

What a study in contrasts!

When she’s prodded to comment on her bad girl ways, Winehouse tends to bring up her Jewishness herself, offering it as a reassuring counterpoint to the rest of her image. “She says what she really wants to do in 10 years’ time is to settle down and be a good Jewish mum,” Australia’s Sunday Times reported last summer. The paper went on to quote the singer as saying, “I would like to uphold certain things, but not the religious side of things, just the nice family things to do. At the end of the day, I’m a Jewish girl.”

The news that Winehouse planned to have a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony and (bonus!) convinced her husband to convert, had the press slobbering.

After music producer Mark Ronson laughed off rumors that he and Winehouse were having an affair, he shared this highly pertinent information: “Amy makes a really nice meatball dinner. She’s good at making Jewish mother food.” More recently, he announced that he and Winehouse may team up to do a holiday album that will include ditties with names like “Kosher Kisses.”

Because all of this is not enough, the Jewish Chronicle recently posted a short write-up entitled “How Jewish is Amy Winehouse?”**

In what I can only assume is a very (very, very) lame attempt to be funny, the piece manages to embrace stupid stereotypes in the name of policing Jewish identity. In the “pro” column, “Amy is on record as saying she loves her grandma, she likes to make roast chicken on a Friday night and looks forward to a matzah and edam sandwich after an evening out.” On the con side, she has all those tattoos “(of naked ladies, no less)” and, you know, drinks a lot. The verdict? “Once she comes out of rehab, we’ll have her back,” the Chronicle reassures. “So we say she is 78% Jewish.”

What a relief! Now we know.

**”How Jewish is…” looks to be a recurring feature at the Chronicle, which also put French President Nicolas Sarkozy* on the hot seat. The results? His grandfather was Jewish (before he converted to Catholicism – but “we have made a halachic decision not to recognise it,” says the Chronicle)! He can boast of family members who died in the Holocaust! And woah, his girlfriend Carla Bruni once recorded a song written by Serge Gainsbourg, a bonafide Jewish person!!!

–Eryn Loeb

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A postulation comes to mind. Don’t mind if the the dots are not connected properly, one could only guess the machinations between disparate events.

This Oslo bombing is a 911 style False flag done by Norway. Looks like Anders Behrin Breivik (a Mason and Christian) was killing pro-Israel fifth columnist politicians in coordination with the local politicians not yet corrupted. A true patriot to his race? But would Norway thank him for trying to free them from Israeli shackles or is Norway already in the grip of greedy Norwegian politicians bought up by Israel?

Was the neurotech was countered by this obviously phenotypically superior specimen of the blue eyed blond haired white race? Did Anders Behrin Breivik or Norway’s Nordic Occultists  and/or loyalists managed to break into the neurotech emissions origins, (or who knows psychics?!?) and wrest the information before deciding he had to do the patriotic thing and kill the treacherous politicians?

Was the Palestinian support issue what sparked this quiet war? He will likely spend time in prison quite well to thumb the Aryan nose at the dark haired, dark eyed, quasi-Arabian Israelis. Conclusion? Mason Scandinavians (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland) have decided that THEIR OWN Nordic primacy and hopefully that of diversity will take precedence over Israel and Judaism.

There was probably a fallout that spilt over to the Hollywood scene resulting in the death detailed on Article 3 as well. Corroborate with the below :

http://www.lilith.org/blog/2008/01/but-really-how-jewish-is-amy-winehouse/

The Norse Eddas has subsumed the Judaic-Egyptian agenda – FINALLY. Realisation of the Norsemen themselves, courtesy of you-know-who (I’d like to think heh), but likely out of fear of the Neutrotech that is doubtless proliferating the world right now.

There could be a few more deaths, false flags and massive economic and other retaliations in time. This Mason might too have been ‘enslaved’ so he decided to make a statement against neurotech bugging. By the way, Sarkozy’s grandfather is Jewsih as well. Citizens of France, ready to act to save yourselves before a fals flag is played out in Paris or other busy French town? A trucker’s strike is preferable to a false flag bomb, so act quick and depose all ‘Infiltrators’, before the deviate your leaders into selling off your country.

Perhaps one day all those enslaved by technology propagated by the Jews will finally be freed. Google ‘Neurotech’ and ‘Unmoderated Malaysian’ for more on the horror, and the inroads the Zionists have made into Malaysia.

Note the below events as well, related to the above somehow? :

http://stonethepreacher.com/2011/01/19/martyrs-christians-hand-severed.html

http://www.birminghammail.net/news/top-stories/2011/07/21/teenager-escapes-death-after-aston-sword-attack-97319-29093731/

After this series of easy and meaningless targets, Mossad (if it was Mossad) began targetting Iranian Nuke Scientists that looks set to create a very messy situation for peace and economy of the world . . .
ARTICLE 6
Related to the massacre at the camp on July 22 killed more than 80 persons. Around 1,000 young supporters of Norway’s Labour Party were making their way over to Utøya this week, an island in the Tyrifjord that’s often viewed as an incubator for future Labour Party leaders. Detractors call it a breeding ground for a relatively small clique of would-be power mongers. The summer camp for members of Labour’s youth group AUF (Arbeidernes ungdomsfylking) has launched the political careers of many a Labour Party leader. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was a fixture at the camp in his youth and remains keen to visit every summer. Both he, Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and former Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland were due to make appearances at this year’s camp during its five-day run that began Wednesday. Eskil Pedersen, current AUF leader, told newspaper Dagsavisen that this year’s camp will include speeches and debate over the upcoming municipal elections in Norway, the rival Conservative Party’s current policies, the even more conservative Progress Party’s asylum policies and the state of Norwegian schools. The latter is traditionally the issue of most interest to the young politically minded AUF members. Pedersen, quite possibly a future Labour Party leader or government minister himself if Labour keeps winning elections, said the “best thing” about the camp is “meeting lots of folks who have the same values as you do.” Newspaper Vårt Land, however, recently put another slant on the Utøya camp, reporting that the Labour Party historically is run by a tight network of politicians linked by family relations, marriage and friendships who also have a tendency to take on key roles not only in government but in business and Norway’s powerful bureaucracy as well. Many tend to meet in their youth on the island midway between Oslo and Hønefoss. Other media cited Utøya as “the glue in the Labour movement.” Events will run through Sunday, and the weather forecast called for pouring rain.
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The above ‘camp’ alludes collusion with GLCs, Nepotism, Oligarchy and all the abuse and power mongering that comes with such a structure. Typically the IMF or any globalist hegemonist group would infiltrate an AUF-like political party (parallels in any pro-Masonry/pro-NWO/pro-NATO groups). Then cause them to produce PIIGS nations type policies that bankrupt the government while favouring the representatives in parliament or bureaucrats so that kickbacks can be distributed. AFTER the country is bankrupted, the IMF comes in and ‘controls’ the nation via the Federal Reserve and international banking cartels. Anders Behring Breivik is a true patriot and good and moral Christian at heart, though one wonders if he could have used a different approach. Like Hitler’s valid concerns, there may have been a peaceful way via frank and honest discussions (which we all know is sometimes impossible with certain ‘power monger classes’ /especially those backed by propensity to use violence via the rather unthinking police and army that such violence as in the ‘Arab Spring’ becomes necessary).
Unless a majority of citizens are outraged at collusion (Example : Thai Rak Thai and PAP Singapore, with both nepotists in top Telecommunications companies being children of Prime Ministers defrauding 1.9 billion in tax monies which belong to the PEOPLE) and corruption and aware of the sellouts to IMF and Banking Cartels and plutocrats sequestering the lands and wealth of the world; Prevent Sequestering the lands and wealth of the world : http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=36665503866 ;any inclined to write laws that raise the representative salaries, increase police and military powers, retain Emergency laws, oppress via religion, APARTEHID, assign TSA type powers of detention and search etc.., or even assign special funeral funds to themselves **at the taxpayers expense** in collusion with other representatives WITHOUT consulting the people and voters, the ordinary citizen who does not understand that the MP is the one causing the economy to fail but enrich himself will eventually be so embattled that he will have no time to even think about how to vote and become susceptible to cult of personality propaganda via the political party in power. Read some of my discussion links and you will see a case-study in DAP Malaysia, which of course being a splinter branch of PAP is equally nepotistic and self serving.
As of now, voters, are unaware that their own supposedly democratic Constitution in fact ALLOWS such hegemony and abuse via laws, and thus voters MUST vote in consideration of which MP will dismantle such legal and constitutional structures so that, land and wealth, even bonuses and salary increments will reflect the economy instead of enrichiong the few who are ‘in power’. VOTERS BEWARE ! Here is your criteria for voting! Vote only for non-plutocrat MPs **WITHOUT** internationalist links and business (vested) interests, or in general even (not necessary all clubs, as some members are not aware of what their club represents) Western affiliated orgnisation links (i.e. Free Masonry / Inns of Law / Rotary and Lions Clubs, University Greek Letter ex-student’s Clubs), 20 million and below that will amend abusive laws and constitutional clauses, removing powers vastly favouring the MPs instead of the people to prevent collusion with the International and Monetary cartels.
YOU the non-oligarch, ethical and educated VOTER, must only vote for MPs who will distribute the wealth and lands of the nation or run for election as a candidate with intent to do the same. Any who retain laws and constitutional clauses that allow them to collude and sequester for their own benefit must never be voted again. Any MP who disregards nepotism, limitless terms, parliamentary privileges for themselves MUST be voted out at once. Identify which MPs will lower Election deposits as well. Most people are unable to even run for candidacy because the Election deposit requirements are too high ! This means that in a country where savings of 8000 (Assemblyman seat deposit) or 15,000 (MP seat deposit) are relatively rare among the 75% or working class Malaysians, 75% of Malaysians may NEVER be able to run for candidacy. How is that democratic? It’s simply a plutocratic methd of keeping the Joe Public types from running for election. Now the MPs could address this by lowering those deposits but they instead intend to keep it a ‘rich man’s game’, TAKING AWAY the right to run for election as a candidate BECAUSE 222 MPs, none of which have spoken on this have decided to leave this undemocratic situation as it is!
Do not suffer the collusive and the self serving or plutocracy and neo-absolutist (TSA form governments will indeed form, to YOUR and YOUR childrens’ impoverishment and eventual demise). Meanwhile, do also practice population control and use contraceptives. The world can only support so many people. Daulat Tuanku (HRH Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abdidin in Malaysia’s case) ? God save the King (HRH Haakon in Norway’s case)? The people need your honesty and sense of ethics and humanity to end wrongs like APARTHEID and international collusion and inequitable distribution of wealth and lands of the world more than ever, so VOTERS, know to drop plutocrats, nepotists and the corrupt. You as voters (even those who have taken corrupt monies, can stop being corrupt from this moment and not further damn yourself), MUST wipe out those who corrupted you instead ! Heck even give any ill gotten wealth to charities and such and blow all the whistles on corrupters ! Every corrupt dollar destroys the nation and by extension YOURSELF indirectly as the politicians who give out such freebies are the same types who will raise taxes that will take back 10 times what they gave you after they win.
Act and vote the evil citizens out of power if you love the country and by parlance THE WORLD.

Armadebton: The Case For Hitting the Debt Reset Button – by Eric Blair – 2nd August 2011

In Uncategorized on January 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm
(Reset the debt clock to zero) Activist Post
 
Donald Trump tells a story about the Savings and Loan crash in the late 1980s. He was complaining to his young daughter at the time about how devastating the real estate plunge was for them. She didn’t understand why he was crying poor when they lived such a lavish lifestyle. The Donald pointed to a bum on the park bench and said, “You see that guy over there? He is billions of dollars wealthier than we are.” He was referring to the debt he owed to banks. On paper he was worse than broke, so he was actually poor compared to the penniless squatter in the park. But, in reality, he was still fabulously wealthy, as the debt was just an arbitrary number, and he still slept in a penthouse within a building he owned, not a park bench. And, of course, the banks had to work with Trump because he was too big to let fail. This story is relevant to the current debt “crisis” facing the United States. Although many believe the national debt to be real, it is also simply a number in a ledger. First, consider that about 12%, or $1.7 trillion, of the overall debt is owed directly to the Federal Reserve. Another $2.6 trillion is owed to Social Security.
 
Furthermore, other large private banks, including foreign banks, own a huge chunk of debt as well, most of it bought with the $16 trillion created from nothing and given to banks as bailouts. The amount owed to China pales in comparison. The scheme guarantees an income stream for the banks who got virtually free money backed by the U.S. taxpayer to invest in higher-interest bonds backed by the U.S. taxpayer. Next, the money never existed in the first place until it was created in the ledger. It was lent into existence in the moment of need. It started off as fiction and remains fiction. Since the banks never had the money it lent in the first place, they’re either collecting interest or seizing assets due to default from funny money. It’s not difficult to see how the banks will end up owning everything if this scheme keeps up for much longer. Finally, the American people don’t owe this money, just like the people of Iceland or Greece don’t owe their nations’ debts to a shadowy banking cartel. They did not sign a contract to borrow the money. They did not mismanage the funds, or borrow more money to paper over private banking losses. They did not demand wars with any of the victims of the government’s imperial conquest. They did not demand the PATRIOT Act and resulting behemoth surveillance-industrial complex. The taxpayer is not responsible for this debt as Stefan Molyneux explains. Yet, the politicians tell the same story Trump told: we’re worse than broke. It’s a crisis, economic Armadebton. America’s credit rating is at stake. Soldiers and seniors won’t get paid if we don’t extract more taxes and cut benefits. All while they go to bed in the penthouse. The real wealth of America has nothing to do with a phony number on the ledger. Some great wealth lies in the infrastructure — water systems, roads, electric grids, universities, buildings, farms etc. Some wealth lies in our capacity to make war.
 
But America’s greatest riches are its innovative people; each brought up to believe they can accomplish anything they put their mind to. This is precisely the reason Trump was not actually broke no matter what he owed to banks — because he had the ability to be creative, and the capacity to accomplish big things. If America defaulted and all debt was reset to zero, it would still be the wealthiest nation on Earth for the reasons above. The bankers argue that if the U.S. defaulted or lost its credit rating, no one would lend it money. That’s laughable. The entire world depends on the ebb and flow of American business, and it always will. Starting over at zero would likely cause a surge of new capital. Therefore, I propose to the banks a complete write-off of the national debt in exchange for your survival. In other words, the American people will probably forgive your crimes and the bailouts, if the banks forgive the debt — even-steven. Should the banks not accept this deal, they and their political cohorts will eventually meet their demise and lose everything. And unlike the American people, they have not been able to prove that they can create anything of true worth. ***Commentator’s Comments Anonymous said… I believe that the only way we can defeat the NWO in this country is for all of us to agree to not pay income taxes. Next is for every state to secede from the union. They can sit in Washington trying to figure out who they will steal from next. They don’t have enough FEMA camps to house 350 million citizens but there would be plenty of room for those crooks to live out their lives quite comfortably.
 
 
 
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This suggestion of default however could leave ALL Americans to the mercy to whatever NWO type social (think AUF and Breivik) and political forces WITHIN America (some say Trump is NWO, this dictatorship would serve him and his people if he was NWO – he backed out of Presidential runs but would suggest this???), the possibility for dictatorship by even law enforcement alone (much less military – Pres. Obama, how aboput forming a Junta as Supreme Commander with 3 to 5 star generals as various Satraps???) would be tremendous if regular citizens were villified. It is suggested that :
 
1) AFTER dismantling of the Federal Reserve, and
2) replacing ALL Congressmen / Governors and Senatorsof extreme wealth
3) replacing collusive or bad policy writing Bureaucrats and Quanngocrats (NGOs)
4) changing economic policies that do not work at all (i.e. the prison contractor system has to go)
5) also removing the ‘term limitless’ among political ‘seat holders’ (nothing is worse than a complacent Congressman, Senator or Governor, even Councilman or Mayor – ESPECIALLY if they are filthy rich)
6) and the wealth of the little more than 10,000 plutocrats sequestering 90% of near 300 million strong American population’s wealth redistributed
 
;a barter based deal on absolute value of debt as of 2011 be implemented, i.e. no more interest added (read up on Usury and Islamic finance, maybe a Sheikh or few could be consulted on infterest free loans), BUT that USA will return at non-interest added, all that it earns in the form of goods and perhaps manpower services at least.
 
Why return anything at all? So that ABSOLUTE Dictatorship from being ‘economically isolated’ for default, will not give free reign by the TSA/Fed Reserve/NWO/Greek Letter Club types free reign to abuse (if they haven’t been removed from policy making positions in government), and manipulate the average American citizen who are already quite severely NLP affected and even who knows, neuro-tech controlled.
 
Interest and usury, also fiat and quantitative easing  is b.s., but America should return it’s debts in good faith, as a responsible nation. Default all you want, America, but no more lending will be made to you and you should return what you owe. Meanwhile down with the plutocrats and politicians living the high life off writing bad policy while 300 million Americans languish !
 
Time for a second French Revolution, the ‘Nero’ types have returned and all they ever do is channel their funds and businesses overseas to tax havens or 3rd world economies where labour is still cheap. They have grown fat off the nation when times were good, and when times are bad this is the way they thank their homeland which was in fact stolen from the Native Americ-Red Indians?
 
Like locusts they are and they will likely betray all those 3rd world nations they invest in AGAIN, via their NATO/IMF/UN conglomerate nation level corporate raiders. A multipolar world order is needed. The autonomy of BRICS and the Caliphate, African Union, South America will ensure that 300 million Americans will not end up as in the film “Idiocracy” while all the technology and wealth goes elsewhere (I’d hazard even be taken to the Moon or Mars – no joke that GTA3 reference to off world issues . . . they will sabotage EVERYONE, so make sure their Rocket does not take off . . . the French Revolution type Guillotine whatever form it takes as deserving still awaits them . . . )

BONANZA: Retiree wins RM57mil jackpot from Vincent Tan’s Toto Saturday, 21 January 2012 07:22

In Abuse of Power, Invasive Laws, Justice, Malaysia, social freedoms, Uncategorized on January 24, 2012 at 9:24 am

SELANGOR- A retiree’s massive RM57mil Supreme Toto 6/58 win has set a new record for jackpot winnings in the country.

The retiree, who is in his 70s, said it had been hard to keep calm after he first learnt of his win from a local daily a day after the draw last Wednesday.

“It was so huge a shock that could even have triggered a heart attack!” he quipped, in a press statement from Sports Toto Malaysia Friday.

The Supreme Toto 6/58 jackpot has only been won twice before, each time coming up to less than RM48 mil. The retiree’s win not only marks a new record for Supreme

Toto 6/58 winnings, but also for jackpot winnings in Malaysia.

His record-breaking win comes only days after the Toto 4D Jackpot of RM7.1mil was won by a Sabahan in his 40s on Jan 15. The Toto 4D second prize of RM171,000 was won on the same draw.

The retiree said he had created his winning set of numbers, 2, 12, 24, 25, 32, and 33, after diligently studying all the numbers that had been drawn before. He said he enjoyed studying number trends and creating lucky number combinations to bet on, and spent moderate sums on number games in his free time.

“It is certainly a great Chinese New Year gift,” the retiree said of his win.

Asked what he planned to do with the money, the retiree said he planned to dedicate most of his newfound fortune to his grandchildren’s future educational needs.

He added he had no big plans for himself, but wanted to use the money to help the less fortunate.

-TheStar

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Mr Retiree, fund 25 MPs with 2 million each and wipe out the lapdog Chinese in MCA and Gerakan or even DAP’s potential Hudud acceptance turncoats. Keep 7 million and enjoy retirement.

Actually Tan Sri Vincent Tan could very well fund/field 50 MPs at 20 million each and wipe out the same lapdog Chinese MPs, if not for the fact that Tan Sri Vincent himself is a lapdog who cannot even get the government to legalize all forms of gambling at 4D outlets instead of 4D alone.

Turn on your captors if you are Chinese or a freeman much less titled nobleman at all Vincent! All that wealth and influence has a purpose, you are not using that wealth properly, the Sultans would not grudge especially you (no prizes for guessing why) equality  . . . and remember that equality is not an attack on the Malay race or Islam, it is just freeing yourself and the minorities. So being this wealthy and influencial and doubtless with access to any number of private armies of thugs and goons for protection or even offense if needed (I doubt anyone could escape alive from that sort of thing . . . ), so why Vincent do you not dare broach subjects some of us have been near hounded to death over and prefer to cower and hide? Raise those black flags – for the end of apartheid at any rate. India, China, UN, Russia and USA would not fault a constitutional lawsuit for ending apartheid.

Having gambling outlets not based on franchises or with individual licenses not an attack on Malay sovereignty or Islamic tenets, as both would not be using the facilities in any case. With all that wealth behind you and no courage to think or act? See Donald Trump eyeing the Presidency (Back to the Future II comes to mind . . . USA would be nigh glorious with Casino King ‘Griff’ in charge . . . ), but what I suggest above to Vincent Tan in fielding candidates is not even lifting a finger.

Oh and citizens, don’t be too impressed with that jackpot. In such a business, the wins are likely calculated events to ‘friendies’. After Toto has made 570 million, Toto will drop 57 million, and probably to selected persons (who likely are astrologically friendly) to boot, no big or kiasu boss would dare bestow such riches on an unfriendly unless he was so bored he wanted a challenge – for Vincnet, I think the challenge should be ending apartheid.

That’s all for today’s lesson on the contrived nature of society. It’s not luck, it’s planned. And wishful thinking about lotteries only merely waste ‘subtle energy’, though the organic playing formats as suggested with on the spot games other than 4D is the best way to gamble. No computers, and probably as random as it gets.

Shameless quangocrats who jump from one state-funded gravy train on to another – by Leo Mckinstry – 19th August 2011

In Uncategorized on January 24, 2012 at 9:12 am

Famously, the Cabinet Office boasted that the Government had embarked on a ‘bonfire of the quangos’, which would see almost 200 organisations disappear, saving the taxpayer a fortune. Ten months on, however, these claims have proved grossly overblown. All we’ve had is a few flickering flames, rather than a mighty conflagration. As new research revealed yesterday, of the 192 bodies that the Coalition promised to abolish, 151 still exist, continuing to leech off the taxpayer. Failure to deliver: Francis Maude, Cabinet Office Minister, leaves a television studio in Westminster on October 14, 2010 in London, after announcing the plans to abolish 192 Quangos and merge an additional 118 Failure to deliver: Francis Maude, Cabinet Office Minister, leaves a television studio in Westminster on October 14, 2010 in London, after announcing the plans to abolish 192 Quangos and merge an additional 118 The gigantic, expensive quango-land has proved astonishingly resistant to the cuts. A host of outfits that were deemed a waste of public money, such as the Football Licensing Authority and the notoriously spendthrift National Policing Improvement Agency, continue to survive long after their death knell was supposed to have sounded. Even when an organisation is axed, it often reappears in another form — just like the hydra of Greek mythology, which would grow two new heads for every one that the mighty Hercules chopped off. Ministers have made much of the planned abolition of the eight Regional Development Agencies, set up by John Prescott to ‘enable local communities to fulfil their economic ambitions’.

A year on from the ‘bonfire’ of the quangos, three in four survive Fury over taxpayer gold card cover-up: Ministers blame head of the Civil Service for blocking exposure of abuse Yet the agencies have been replaced by no fewer than 23 Local Enterprise Partnerships which are suspiciously similar to their predecessors. Likewise, the functions of the Training and Development Agency for teachers are to be taken over by a new body called the Teaching Agency, while the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Authority is to be replaced — you guessed it, — by another unelected organisation: the Standards and Testing Agency. This kind of structural tinkering and name-changing is designed to give the illusion of radical action, but all the while maintaining the bureaucratic status quo. An instinct for self-preservation runs deep in quangoland, with top officials skilled at finding new berths for themselves within the embrace of the state machine. Removed from reality: Even actor and director Clint Eastwood weighed in to criticise plans to abolish the Film Council Removed from reality: Even actor and director Clint Eastwood weighed in to criticise plans to abolish the Film Council There was a tremendous fuss last year when the Government announced the abolition of the UK Film Council, a move that was presented by campaigners on the Left as a shattering blow to a key industry and even attracted criticism from Clint Eastwood. Yet the Government was not nearly as tough as its critics portrayed. In fact, no fewer than 44 of the Film Council’s staff, around half its workforce, were simply transferred to another quango, the British Film Institute. They included Tanya Seghatchian, the £135,000 head of the Film Council’s film fund; Peter Buckingham, the Film Council’s former head of distribution and exhibition; and Will Evans, former head of business affairs. It is the same story in many other areas. For example, there was more wailing in the arts world when the Government announced the abolition of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), its duties to be taken over by the Arts Council.

All too predictably, several of the MLA’s top quangocrats made the smooth passage to the Arts Council, among them Hedley Swain, who is currently on £72,000 as director of programme delivery, and Nicola Morgan, who is programme manager of sector improvement at the MLA but from October will be director of libraries at the Arts Council. This merry-go-round can also be found in the NHS, where the abolition of the strategic health authorities has not hindered the careers of some top officials. Dame Barbara Hakin, former £200,000 head of the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority, will reportedly keep her salary in her new role in the Department of Health as managing director for commissioning development. The same good fortune has been experienced by Ian Dalton, the £195,000 chief executive of the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority, who becomes the DoH’s managing director for provider development. Nor has the imminent abolition of the London Development Agency, the discredited economic quango for the capital, come as too cruel a blow for its chief executive Sir Peter Rogers, who has become Mayor Boris Johnson’s £127,000–a-year economic adviser. Cocooned by their lavish subsidies and bloated with a false sense of self-importance, too many quangocrats refuse to face the economic realities of life in austerity Britain. They think they are entitled to the maintain the same profligate culture that existed under Labour — and the Coalition is too enfeebled to challenge them. Despite a supposed recruitment freeze at the top of the civil service and quangoland, the hiring of bureaucrats continues So, despite a supposed recruitment freeze at the top of the civil service and quangoland, the hiring of bureaucrats continues. One recent survey of 100 of Britain’s biggest quangos and public bodies showed that 51 have been advertising for staff in the past three months. English Heritage, for example, has advertised for 16 new staff, including a £45,000-a-year head of brands and national campaigns. Similarly, the National Institute of Clinical Excellence boosted its head count from 390 to 451 last year, while energy regulator OFGEM, the National Fraud Authority and the General Dental Council all increased staffing levels over the past year. One of the worst offenders has been the National Policing Improvement Agency, the effectiveness of whose work was demonstrated in the woeful response to the outbreak of mass thuggery in Britain’s cities last week.

It certainly can’t use the excuse that it was short of resources. Not only has it increased its permanent headcount from 1,489 to 1,538 in the past year, but its arrogant attitude towards the taxpayers who fund its existence was highlighted by revelations about how it had spent £100,000 on taxi fares, £1,800 on a beehive and £2,500 on dining at an exclusive Belgravia restaurant. No fewer than 150 members of the agency’s staff have credit cards, racking up average annual bills of £20,000. Whats been spared Similar extravagance can be seen in the huge pay-offs made to quango staff. Just as most people do not receive credit cards with almost unlimited sums from their employers, so few workers can expect massive golden farewells when they lose their jobs. But the normal laws of finance do not apply in quangoland, where an early departure can bring huge rewards. Research has shown that the average redundancy pay-out in Whitehall and for quangocrats is £42,000 — more than four times the national average of £9,362. The average redundancy pay-out in Whitehall and for quangocrats is £42,000 — more than four times the national average of £9,362 For senior pen-pushers, the pay-offs can be much higher. At the Training and Development Agency for Schools, 24 staff received packages worth an average of £160,000 each in 2010/11, with five given £200,000 and executive director Leanne Hedden handed £549,457. Sadly, such grotesque sums are widespread. The Land Registry paid 68 staff more than £200,000 to leave, though these figures are dwarfed by the colossal £949,000 awarded to the outgoing deputy director-general of the BBC, Mark Byford, and the £392,000 given to the BBC’s former director of marketing Sharon Baylay on her exit. The Commission for Architecture and Built Environment – one of the few quangos to be culled (sounds like a Gambier Threat case related NGO?) What makes these pay-offs all the more outrageous is the fact that many quangocrats take up well-paid jobs soon after pocketing the huge sums. When Charlotte Cane left her job earlier this year as director of resources at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), a quango whose functions are to be absorbed within the Design Council, she was given a package worth £225,000 — the equivalent of £11,000 for every month she was in the post. Yet she has already taken up a lucrative new job as director of finance at Engineering UK, the independent body that promotes engineering and technology in Britain. Just as offensive was the case of Mark Hammond, who has recently taken up a £130,000 position at the controversial and mismanaged Equality and Human Rights Commission, having only eight months ago pocketed a £256,000 package to take early retirement from West Sussex County Council. This practice of a huge, publicly-funded redundancies, followed by swift re-employment, amounts to a gross injustice towards the taxpayer and makes a mockery of the very concept of early retirement. The quango racket has to end. In desperately straitened times, this culture of wastefulness is an insult to the millions of hard-working families watching their standard of living fall due to rising prices and a sluggish economic recovery — a recovery which will grow only by encouraging enterprise, not by rewarding the bureaucrats in the State machine.

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The 300 people who were from the 42 NGOs who supposedly voted in the Local EXCO elections (300 out of 1.5 million is not a 66% quorum) are quangocrats. See what DAP intends to inflict upon us in the article above if DAP ever gains control of the government. What is a Quango? Or a Quangocrat? From the initial letters (the first two letters for the first word) of “quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization”. A Quango is an organization that, although financed by a government, acts independently of it. A Quangocrat is a committe post holder within such a Quango. NGO covers both paid and unpaid Quangos and is a generally more polite way of describing a state funded NGO and should not be compared to a self funded NGO proper. RELA looks like a very expensive, tax payer funded but not ta payer approved Quango as well. All the same NGOs here look set to become state funded, so think voters and know what you vote for. Good work on the article, for once England looks to be breaking new ground, in clearing the parasites in any case – looking forward to precedents towards moving ahead (like the way judges pass sentences and the non-relevance of the Criminal Code’s punishments in the link below which however set England back 10 steps for the above 1 step forward.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/poll/2011/aug/12/riots-water-theft-punishment

Make sense – an apology by the offender and maybe an hour of clean up work AT MOST, instead of enriching the prison system and burdening the tax payers for 6 months or food, housing and guarding would suffice. No fines applicable because it was not about the money, imprisonmeenty is entirely unrelated to an attitude of taking a bottle of water ‘in the chaos’. How much did the offender harm society? In fact ask the shop keeper if he would treat someone to a bottle of water. And for this a 6 month jail term is applied? So much for the judgment of judges. Justice denied, or was the lawyer representing the offender asleep or too block headed to think outside the box of a failed criminal code that should be amended? It’s all about ethos and ‘carrying balls’ rather than logos in English courts then? Eye for eye, tooth for tooth. Bottle of water for bottle of water. The taxpayers lose but the prison contractors laugh all the way to the bank. There are more honest ways of making a living or dispensing government monies than creating a jail and citizen imprisonment based economy.

QUOTE ” You can’t arrest your way out of riot problems. ” Finance Minister George Osborne UNQUOTE