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16 Articles From Malaysia : Wong Chunwai the Pretentious Propagandist Ignores Apartheid And Defends Michelle Yeoh, Ismail Sabri Warning Punctuates PR Failures, PR Leaders Liars : Keep Promoting Selves WIth No Substance, Non-Action Rhetoric On Rhetoric, Perak A DAP Showcase of Nepotism and Crony Business, 99% Malays Are No UMNOputras, PM Skimming the Edge of Best Practices But Faultless Overall (excepting not using mandate to grant 3 items), Hishamuddin Targeted For Wrong Reasons : Aristocracy is Fine But Term Limitlessness and Nepotism Is The Problem With Hishamuddin, ISP Political Neutrality is Best, Nurul’s Post 2 Term Plattitudes, Fiend in Inequality?, One Sided Views, RPK Half Blood Prince Pulls a Harry Potter?, Black Hole Alert!, Pineapple Redux, The Good Non-Fight (Literal) Fight (Figurative), Thoughts About the Still Sickening Locals, Neutrality Needs To Defend The ‘Baddies’ When Valid – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 30th April 2013

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ARTICLE 1

Cyber bullies take it out on ‘traitors’ – Wong Chun Wai, The Star – GUEST COLUMNISTS – Sunday, 28 April 2013 Super Admin

The anger directed at those who do not share the same political beliefs is getting out of hand, especially in cyberspace.

SOMETHING is seriously wrong with us when anyone who expresses support for the Barisan Nasional is viciously attacked by cyber bullies. And this is more so when that person happens to be from the Chinese community.

To the fanatical supporters of Pakatan Rakyat, it is an unforgivable act of treason for anyone from that community to back the Barisan government.

The impression given, unfortunately, is that the Chinese must stand up against Barisan.

It seems ironic that the other major communities Malays and Indians who are also being courted by both sides are not subjected to the same “us-or-them” siege mentality.

It is a dangerous trend and, if not properly addressed, the cyber bullies, emboldened by the anonymous nature of the social media, would be further encouraged to intensify their attacks.

Their most high-profile target to date is international actress Datuk Seri Michelle Yeoh who is being vilified in cyberspace simply because she has exercised her democratic right to support the Barisan. She has made no secret of the fact that Barisan is her choice and that she genuinely believes Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is the best person to lead the country.

The whole point of having a general election is that the people are given freedom to choose who they think is the best political party to govern the country. Whether a voter chooses to support Barisan or Pakatan, that fundamental right must be respected.

Those who are Net-savvy, more than any other category of people, should be aware that it is a given in any democracy that celebrities lend support to political parties.

Just check out the full list of actors and actresses, athletes, Nobel Prize laureates, etc, who openly endorsed either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney in their race to the White House. These are people whose appeal cut across all divides, yet they were not castigated when they openly stated their choice during the last US presidential election.

But here in Malaysia, when you do that, you risk being labelled as a running dog or traitor, and these are pretty mild terms when compared to other unprintable labels hurled at Barisan supporters. And you don’t even have to be a member of the ruling coalition.

One recent example was when pro-Opposition cyber troopers uploaded a photograph of a woman and accompanied it with harsh and vulgar comments.

The woman, a committee member of the Malaysian Youth Rights Movement, was also threatened with gang rape and murder over her stand on some issues.

We appear to be heading towards a fascist state, in cyberspace at least, when groups who do not share your political ideals will shout you down and punish you.

Incredibly, these cyber bullies have all along been telling us that they are fighting for freedom of expression and democracy, which they strongly feel are ideals missing from this country. Yet, they have become more monstrous than those who they claim are shackling our democratic liberties.

Blame it on the silly season or the heat of the elections but surely we as Malaysians must be able to conduct ourselves in a moderate manner instead of fanatically shouting down anyone who has a different viewpoint.

I am not spared either. I have received numerous e-mail ordering me to “repent” because I am seen to be inclined to the Barisan, which to these psychologically disturbed people is a sin to the church and congregation, thus the need to seek “forgiveness”.

It does not help when some pastors use the pulpit to deliver sermons and prayers which are skewed towards a certain party. What is worse, in some cases, are those pastors who parrot allegations picked up at ceramah and the social media without verifying the facts first.

Granted that we are all interested in the general election and all the issues that have been raised. This is a healthy development in a changing political landscape, but we need to remind ourselves that everyone is entitled to his or her choice.

There seems to be a “stereotype” mentality that if you fall within certain categories race, religion, occupation, place of residence your political affiliation is already confirmed.

And so we are inundated with similar e-mail each morning from friends and strangers who simply forward the mail without a thought to our real political leanings.

The social media has allowed many of us to connect through forums that bring together people who go to the same schools or universities, and come from similar professions and who share the same hobbies. Yet, even in these seemingly innocent forums, throw in a bit of politics, and people start to fight.

And what about those who are attacked simply by association? As one Barisan candidate told a forum at a church, the children and wives become targets even when they are not involved at all in politics.

Why do we place more importance on politicians rather than our friends, colleagues, neighbours or employers?

Long after the dust has settled, when we become ordinary people in an ordinary world, we will learn that most of the newly elected YBs will no longer be free to see to our needs.

The person who is all smiles while seeking your vote will suddenly be too busy to even take an appointment then. But the people you have forsaken in this short but silly season will be the ones who rally around you in your time of need.

I believe we should all be passionate about what we stand for, but let us also at the same time accord the same respect to those who think otherwise. Isn’t that what real democracy is all about, be it at home, the workplace, our place of worship or society at large?

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i) Just check out the full list of actors and actresses, athletes, Nobel Prize laureates, etc, who openly endorsed either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney in their race to the White House. These are people whose appeal cut across all divides, yet they were not castigated when they openly stated their choice during the last US presidential election.

But here in Malaysia, when you do that, you risk being labelled as a running dog or traitor, and these are pretty mild terms when compared to other unprintable labels hurled at Barisan supporters. And you don’t even have to be a member of the ruling coalition.

USA has :

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

Malaysia does not. Why so disingenuous Wong Choon Wai? The lack of the above items is the reason for Barisan supporters being labelled as a running dog or traitor.

ii) And what about those who are attacked simply by association?

BN is not correct to associate with because BN does not grant :

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

;even while having the power to grant the above 3 items.

iii) I believe we should all be passionate about what we stand for, but let us also at the same time accord the same respect to those who think otherwise.

CORRECT.

Isn’t that what real democracy is all about, be it at home, the workplace, our place of worship or society at large?

No. Real democracy also includes 1 class of EQUAL citizenship which Michelle sadly tacitly approves BN of, that BN has the mandate to ensure but does not grant.

iv) Why do we place more importance on politicians rather than our friends, colleagues, neighbours or employers?

This is just diverting attention and helping to hide the fact that policy does not have the above 3 items. Neither politicians, friends, colleagues, neighbours or employers matter when voting though. What has lack of above 3 items to do with any of these people but the voters who are not?

ARTICLE 2

Anwar’s promise to cut fuel price is a LIE – Ismail Sabri – Saturday, 27 April 2013 21:49

BERA- The opposition’s promise to reduce fuel price should they win the 13th general election is nothing but a lie to get the people’s support, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said.

The domestic trade, cooperatives and consumerism minister said the promise, which was repeatedly made by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim during his ceramah, was just aimed at fishing for votes to enable him to take Putrajaya.

“If the fuel price is reduced by 20sen per litre, the government will have to bear the extra cost of RM4 billion a year. So, the promise that is being bandied about by Anwar is just a lie.

“Let’s not fall for the opposition’s lie because once they get what they want, they’ll forget all their promises and the people will suffer,” said Ismail Sabri, who is also Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for Bera parliamentary seat.

On the allegation made by PKR candidate Zakaria Abdul Hamid that the government did nothing to improve the infrastructure and solve water woes in Bera, Ismail Sabri said Zakaria was just making baseless allegations.

“The government has allocated RM18 million to upgrade the road between Triang Satu and Tembangau, RM10 million for the road from Kerayong to Simpang Sebertak and another RM10 million for the road from Pos Iskandar Orang Asli settlement to Bera Kemayan Plantation,” he explained.

He said the upgrading works on the roads were expected to be completed by end of this year, while efforts were also being done to change water pipes in Bera, involving an allocation of RM50 million.

– BERNAMA

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Better believe this Ismail Sabri character! If ZERO ringgit cost free democratic changes failed entirely in GE12 by Pakatan – such as Local Council Elections, Asset Declarations, 90% of Manifestos etc., the cash costly petrol promises will be impossible. If you hate BN (who is filled with plutocrats among MP/Assemblymen ranks anyway that do not need those political seats to live a great life), vote for 3rd Force or be 3rd Force by running for independent candidacy SPECIFICALLY to run for exactly the same things Pakatan lied about – Local Council Elections, Asset Declarations and other failures of democracy of Pakatan Rakyat as well as to end the apartheid and crony capitalism of Barisan National BN.

Do you know whats left after independents win an election? GANGS of thugs (which the police generally love taking control of or profits off – thats what happens to the losing ‘coalition’ they become underworld to a degree – so don’t think too highly of political partuies in ASEAN, they are nominally linked to underworld activities they refuse to leghalize, the uneducated and Human Right unaware underworld does not know better so are enslaved, but these activties are effectively legalizable, and the hegelian dialectic political coaliions would rather enslave the underworld of theior former opponents than legelize to create a CIVIL society) from former political parties who could not even keep their campaign promises anyway. Stalking and violence will NOT end freedom of speech. I will continue to blog as long as the gesticulating and shouting and intentionally loud mouthed hags, loud vehicles, passing by everyday continues, though quality of life in Malaysia drops even more for the right minded 3rd Forcers. Numbers (seemingly?) again embolden these low class scum. Finally a word of advice to Hindu Shrines, DO NOT allow the political party to place their flags ABOVE your deities, disrespectful to powers who could create the world, unlike a term limitless nepotistic party who cannot keep campaign promises like Local Council Elections and Asset Declarations and 90?% GE12 Manifestos . . . whats a politcal party compared to a god? NOTHING AT ALL. So please relocate those flags if you respect your deities more.

Resident’s Association? Political Party? Guess and damn the creeps if you vigilantes can, how about a word of advice? Some thick skinned bespectacled TEEN in a silver stationwagon ATTACKED my car (struck the roof twice) with a hand-held signal light the size of a large 1.5 litre bottle. Instead of retaliating, I left the area instead. I could take on the rubbish unpleasant specimen and product of high density living young trash thug wannabe, but did not, because these sorts tend to turn up in larger numbers after their whelps get walloped even when the same idiots are the ones who pick fights – I dodn’t get the number but I think no court would support people who strike the cars of others . . . and I really don’t relish hours and even days of police reports and potential court appearances, just embarassing – how emboldened though these little snitches are though, because their parents or friends are in political parties or because they are in a resident’s association! If this f*** was alone and unaffiliated, gues who would be giving who a wide berth? As for the aural environment despoiling hag wives (or their younger sour faced versions – get your husbands to carry pitch forks . . . ) speaking the Klingon dialect in such an offensive manner, being so aged and disgusting (go hide yourselves, fouling the scenary – sickening and shameless while looking inhuman did someone shave a staving orang utan and walk that around? – I recommend the Burkha in this case, Muslim or not, some people are sooooo thick skinned . . . such is the detestable 3rd world country mindset . . .

Combat with that earlier (very unhealthy looking anyway) tub of lard was less certain though (Karpal that one of yours?) . . . keep pushing the envelope and instead of kicking out the MPs and Assemblymen, we (Yeah you fatso! Or teen thug . . . ) will end up with citizens at the station making reports for nothing. Whats wrong with my writing? EVERYTHING is logical and I welcome any challenge in way of comments, unlike rubbish coalitions or residents associations harrassing and threatening. This new goon was Chinese . . . damn street trash keeps piling up and the “Cleaners” (call me a Tesco fan . . . ) are not moving fast enough. Some of us cannot afford bodyguards all the time . . .

Legal beagles, any advice? Probably won’t have, because Malaysian lawyers (who should all have the degrees withdrawn especially those from foreign Universities who do look down on apartheid of Bumiputra) can’t even provide witness services for property transfer signings, much less attack apartheid or rise above the political sectarianism that typifies Malaysia’s sick democracy to trash a siingle MP or Assemblyman, like the cowards the Bar Council are – being PLACED effectively, we cannot expect too much from the Judiciary. The Axis or Allies did not finish the job in WW2 in ASEAN. Pity. But do consider sending in the marines AGAIN, these 3rd world morons are really getting too numerous (destroys free trade), nepotistic and term limitless (destroys democracy), and abusive and the police are just too cumbersome to approach and later navigate (did you know only crminal reports cannot be done at the stations and not traffic reports?). Thats why vote for independents over both BN (racism, corruption) and Pakatan (nepotism, legalised crony collusion PAP style). Vote 3rd Force!

ARTICLE 3

PR leaders are “CLASS A” leaders, stop making Malays fear the Chinese – Mat Tyson slams Umno – Sunday, 28 April 2013 09:27

UMNO’s war general in 2008 Muhammad Muhammad Taib, now a PAS member, has called on Malays to support DAP and not to be carried away by UMNO’s propaganda.

According to the former Selangor Menteri Besar, many young leaders in Pakatan Rakyat will ensure that Malaysia is in safe hands.

“If you give leaders like Tony Pua, Rafizi Ramli … these young leaders, I’ll tell you the government agencies will be safe in their hands,” Mat Taib was quoted as saying by The Malaysian Insider.

Mat Taib described DAP, long depicted as anti-Malay by UMNO leaders, is a party ready to jointly govern Malaysia with emerging young leaders who put public interests above all else.

Along with PAS leaders Mohamad Sabu and Husam Musa, Mat Taib expressed confidence that PR is ready to take Malaysia to new heights.

“These are Class A leaders… I am telling you PAS-DAP-PKR are ready to take over as the new government,” he told a ceramah held deep in the Paya Jaras Hilir village in Selangor.

On BN’s attempt to instill fear among Malay voters of a “Chinese takeover” should PR win, Mat Taib said such ideas were false.

“They are trying to scare the Malays by saying the DAP is trying to control the government. It’s like trying to scare your children by crying out ‘ghost’. There is no ghost. We just want to scare our children. The Malays shouldn’t be scared,” he stressed, as quoted by The Malaysian Insider.

While a section of PR supporters have criticised Mat Taib’s participation in its campaign against BN, many see the latest defection by a senior UMNO leader as a major victory for PR, especially in winning the Malay support in rural areas long considered as UMNO strongholds.

-Harakahdaily

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Not really class A, more like class F. This is a phenotypic ‘conversion’. Taib Mohammad looks like a certain person, so UMNO will not let Taib Mohammad  Mohammad stay around very long. A phenotypic revolution against Pakatan phenotype similar politicos in UMNO is occuring. The worst thing is that the country will no longer be run by policy basis but rather whoever looks like whoever, or whose names have alphabets or letters that are harmonious with the termm limitless and nepotistic Pakatan Rakyat CECs. Pakatan Rakyat hence cannot take power because they too are not neutral and applying the ‘true effect’ but ‘democratically inapplicable’ numerology and name harmony issue.

All those similar to the BN top leadership will be destroyed in time as PR takes over. A government cannot indulge in such occultism, and while racism still exists, wealth classism as well, to add phenotypic and who knows even NAME nepotism into the term limitless, family bloc hazard that is Malaysian politics, is to ensure Malaysia is destroyed. The people should understand that PHENOTYPE NEPOTISTS (i.e. people who look like other top people only get promoted) are as dangerous as racists, this is one case where even the Malays will destroy Malays, and only people who approach political party running with NEUTRALITY can run Malaysia. The 99%ters could simple vote by removing high wealth level candidates and removing those who have had more than 2 terms as well as remove any politicians who have family bloc type nepotism present to prevent PHENOTYPIC DISCRIMINATION from occuring in Federal Government levels. This is very serious and goven the apathy and lack of education of the Malays in a sense of ethics, may well tear the country apart and destroy free enterprise, even destroy international relations as PHENOTYPIC DISCRIMINATION prevents even the simplest wpprk from being done. Please see below list to understand what Pakatan can become :

A general cautionary/advisory to foreigners and local voters about ASEAN narrow and biased communal standards.

Types of Nepotism : Perception Levels of Ethical Consideration

Types of Nepotism

Types of Nepotism

ARTICLE 4

GE13: Retired intelligence officer unimpressed by candidates’ rhetoric – Saturday April 27, 2013

KUCHING: A former military intelligence officer said campaigns in the current general election so far had been “lacklustre”, with candidates launching broadsides at each other without tackling issues that really matter.

Col (Rtd) Fabian Wong (pic), who was with the intelligence arm for 26 years, said he was disappointed candidates had largely not taken clear stands on issues like the education and development disparity between Sarawak, Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia.

“They all just want their opponents to make mistakes so that they can capitalise on them. Instead, they should be making clear declarations on issues that actually matter to Sarawakians,” he told The Star yesterday.

Wong, a social activist with non-governmental bodies dealing with poverty, said the style of campaigning also reflected the “top-down” style of politics still entrenched in Malaysia.

As an example, he cited the generally poor performance of community leaders, with non-governmental bodies filling the void with grassroots-led initiatives.

“Voters really need to ask their candidates the right questions and candidates have to make a declaration on their stand on the issues. For instance, what are candidates’ stand on government funds for vernacular and mission schools: Are they in favour of yearly fund allocations or should all schools be treated the same?” he said.

Candidates, he said, had been speaking too broadly on these matters, making comments that were quite non-committal and lacking specifics.

“A lot of the comments and promises have been too general to be taken as definite plans. Every candidate agrees that Sarawak and Sabah need more development and that we must have a fairer share of development funds. And yet, what are the mechanisms that can help us progress toward that end?

“Have they and their party leaders given definite timelines to ensure whatever policy proposed will be effective? And for that matter, in the next Federal Cabinet, how much representation can Sarawak and Sabah get? How many portfolios will Pakatan Rakyat or Barisan Nasional allocate to Sarawak and Sabah MPs when they form the next government?” he asked.

Another key issue, Wong said, was citizenship. He said few candidates had spoken on the need for the National Registration Department to have more funds to solve the issue in Sarawak and Sabah.

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Don’t just criticise, run for candidacy ‘Fabian’. I am certain Fabian has both the support, network of supportive people, a voter base and sense of organisation to field himself as an independent candidate against the worst candidates in East Malaysia.

ARTICLE 5

Chinese votes critical in Perak: Nga – Saturday, 27 April 2013 08:58

Perak DAP secretary Nga Kor Ming said there are about 38% of Malays in the state who will support Pakatan Rakyat, and the percentage could improve to 45% in the best case scenario.

He added, if 70-80% of Chinese voters (38% of Perak voters are Chinese) go for Pakatan, Pakatan not only could recapture Perak, it could also take 38 of the 40 state assembly seats, more than two thirds majority to from a strong government.

He said no matter how powerful Umno is, it wouldn’t be able to eat into the fundamental support for PAS, while about 15% of middle voters are still being wooed by both camps.

Given the comparable strength of Malay support for BN and Pakatan, Chinese voters will play a very critical role in determining the final outcome of the election.

“Do it right now!”

Nag told Sin Chew Daily GE13 delivers a very important message: Not only Malay voters desire for change, Chinese voters must also grab this unique opportunity and not to give up the power in their hands.

Of all the 222 parliamentary seats up for grabs in the country, about two thirds are mixed constituencies. Chinese make up about 30% or 3.49 million of all the 13 million registered votes in the country. Without the slightest doubt, Chinese voters will be the eventual kingmakers of the coming election.

“If the Chinese community wants to change the destiny of this country, they must do it right now while we still have the critical mass. Chinese voters will not have the numbers to bring about any change ten years down the road.”

MCA has tried to misguide the Chinese community that Malay and Indian votes are now returning to BN, and it will therefore be useless for Chinese to vote against BN, as this will only result in Chinese being sidelined in the government.

However Nga said, more and more Malays have come to the support of Pakatan Rakyat over the past five years, and the issue of Malay votes draining away is non-existent.

He said Malay voters are no longer fearful of DAP, this coupled with the welfare state championed by PAS and the generally positive feedback for the performance of former MB Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin, Chinese voters in the state will throw their full support behind Pakatan’s Malay candidates just as Malay voters continue to support DAP.

“Over the past five years, we have organised talks in 817 Malay kampung all across the state, and the response we get has been overwhelming.”

He cited the example of his ceramah in a village in Kamunting in 2008 which was attended by approximately 400 people, but Pakatan’s ceramah at the same location last month drew six to seven thousand people.

Nga said many people misunderstand that Chinese voters can only play major role in Chinese-majority constituencies, whereas in fact Chinese votes are critical in every constituency in Perak.

“In Gerik, there are only about 24% Chinese, but if 70% of them vote for us, together with 30% of Malay votes, we can easily win this Malay seat.”

He said in 2008, Pakatan narrowly lost in some of the Malay-dominant constituencies, for example Selama (majority 355), Kubu Gajah (66) and Pengkalan Hulu (14).

“If Chinese voters in these constituencies go all out for Pakatan, we will win a few more seats this time.”

More united than ever

After the BN takeover in 2009, the three parties making up Pakatan Rakyat have been working even more closely over the past few years to prepare ourselves for the coming general elections.

Nga said state Pakatan leaders have forged very good relationship with one another, adding that the relationship among Perak DAP chief Ngeh Koo Ham, PAS deputy chief Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin and PKR chief Mohd Nor Manuty is more like one of brothers.

He said Perak was the first state where Pakatan had completed the seat allocation procedures in a peaceful manner in the absence of conflicts.

However, Nga said he could not rule out the fact that some conservative voters in Malay villagers have been influenced by Umno, which tell them if Pakatan takes control of the country, they will lose their privileges while the post of PM will go to a Chinese.

“BN has spent millions of ringgit for their election campaigns. They even try to get gaming syndicates to influence their winning chances.”

The state Pakatan council has unanimously agreed to reinstate Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin as Perak menteri besar if the state is won by Pakatan in GE13.

He said the Chinese community saw with their own eyes Nizar’s performance during his 11-month tenure as MB. Nizar put the interest of the people first when planning any policy.

“Despite the pressure from Umno reps, he opened up the state fund and distributed academic rewards to people in the state irrespective of race. He also handled many land planning cases with the hope all farmers in the state could have their own lands.

“In view of his track record and care for the people in Perak, please give Nizar one more chance to be our MB.”

-Sin Chew Daily

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Open the state fund? Select the candidate with the least terms, and the least wealth. Besides Nga did nothing except increased DAP’s hold on free enterprise and created Pakatan business cronies to counter BN business cronies. The Rakyat do not need more business cronies! Since Nga has had 2 terms, time to vote the fresh candidate without a single term so far.

ARTICLE 6

Why Terengganu Malays should no longer vote for UMNO/BN – Friday, 26 April 2013 09:27

In the first part of this article (see Why Malays should no longer vote for UMNO/BN), I highlighted the historical aspect of the general election in Malaysia and linked the election promises made by Umno/BN to certain policies of the government like the NEP and the mega projects.

The conclusion of the article was that the Malay voters should have rejected leaders from Umno/BN a long time ago for their failure to fulfil the targets and objectives of the various policies including the NEP. Also, many of the Umno leaders from that era were enriching themselves under the guise of the NEP implementation.

In this second part, I would like to highlight further the failures of the Umno/BN led government with a specific case study on the state of Terengganu.

The reason why I chose Terengganu is quite obvious. Apart from Kelantan, Penang and Sabah, Terengganu is the only other state that has been ruled alternately by both Umno and PAS. PAS first ruled Terengganu for over two years from 1959 to 1961, and then again from 1999 to 2004.

About 95 per cent of Terengganu’s population of 1.1 million people are Malays and on the basis that they are a group of politically conscious voters, I think it would appeal to them if they could consider making changes to the national political landscape instead of focussing their attention purely on local issues.

The Malay voters in Terengganu should have a strong motive to spearhead the change, due to the failure of the previous Umno governments to develop the state and bring them up to par with the mainstream national economy and development.

Terengganu is rather isolated. In terms of physical connections, it lacks modern infrastructure facilities and economically, it has also failed to attract foreign direct investment. Terengganu is lacking in terms of social and educational facilities, has a high unemployment rate and is geopolitically disengaged from the national issues and agenda.

Terengganu’s chance to lead national politics

This GE is a good chance for Terengganu voters to assert their positions, to stand up and be counted, and even take the lead in national politics.

Although Terengganu is Malaysia’s largest producer of crude oil since the early 80s, the state remains as one of the poorest in Malaysia.

For instance, in 2012, Terengganu’s average crude oil production was about 260,000 barrels per day, which was slightly more than half of the national production of 505,000 bpd. On the assumption that Terengganu’s Tapis Blend could fetch about USD100 per barrel throughout 2012, Terengganu’s state government share of the oil royalty (at 5%) would have been about USD1.3 million per day or USD474.5 million per year.

But our statistics department shows that Terengganu’s GDP per capita is only RM19,225 as compared to the Malaysia’s national average of over RM48,000 in 2012. This means that despite its important contribution to the national coffers in the form of oil production, the average income of the people in Terengganu is only about 40 per cent of the average Malaysian. This is indeed a sad situation.

Even then, RM19,225 is still a misleading number. The state GDP includes the crude oil production figures which actually go to Petronas instead of directly to the state. Therefore, when the state GDP total is divided by the state population figures, it produced an artificial per capita income of RM19,225, a number that does not reflect the true picture of the income for the people in Terengganu. This exaggerated figure is a far cry from the realities in the state due to the fact that majority of the population are actually in the low income bracket while many hang just above the poverty line.

So RM19,225 figures actually does not reflect the true average income of the people in Terengganu. If the GDP shown has been overestimated due to the crude oil production, then one can say that the average population in Terengganu earns a lot less than this figure in a year.

The truth is, firstly, not many Terengganu citizens are involved in the employment to produce 260,000 barrels of crude oil. Secondly, even if a few of them are involved in the production, their income could not be so highly skewed that it influenced the income of the majority and made the average as high as the above. Thirdly, statistics generally show that the majority of the Terengganu Malays are involved in sectors other than oil & gas, such as fishing, farming, forestry, government service, small-time trading and crafting.

The Why’s in Terengganu

Now the issue here is not just about statistics as statistics, similar to politicians, can also tell lies and very often get away with it. The issues that are at the centre of this case study are as follows:

• Why is it that despite the discovery of oil and gas in Terengganu in mid 70s and followed by production in early 80s, so few local people are engaged in the oil and gas sector?

• Why is it that despite more than 30 years of experience, local people from Terengganu are still not capable to be deeply involved in this industry, let alone helming it?

• Why is it that despite the much publicised policy discussions by various politicians on the subject of technology transfer, not many local Terengganu companies are involved in the provision of services that support this sector of the industry?

• Why Terengganu is under developed in almost every aspect and sector of the economy?

• How come the income of the people in Terengganu is only a fraction of the national average given that the cost of living such as car price, petrol, consumer goods, taxation, etc. are the same throughout the country?

Perhaps, the answers are known to Terengganu voters.

All these questions must be taken seriously in this coming GE. These questions are directly linked to the times when Terengganu was once administered by an Umno leader, Wan Mokhtar Ahmad, the Menteri Besar that ruled Terengganu from 1st September 1974 till November 1999. He ruled – or misruled – as the case maybe, for over 25 years.

The voters must be aware that the present conditions and situations are direct results of the leadership failure and policy disorder of yesteryears.

Similar to the failures of Mahathir’s policy for the whole country, Terengganu suffered due to ineptness and poor leadership. The voters should have rejected such a leader at the outset and not wait for 25 years.

Wan Mokhtar was eventually defeated in his Bandar Chukai constituency by PAS candidate Haji Awang Jusoh by a margin of 436 votes in 1999 GE. The people of Terengganu should recall how Terengganu stood still during his period of administration. Instead of developing the state the MB was more interested in winning political battles against PAS.

Far from been a good administrator, he also lacked technical capability, ideas and vision to move the state to the next level. Employment was not readily created, investors were hardly invited, state economy remained stagnant and potentials in the oil and gas were not tapped to benefit the local populace.

The MB had no clue on how to get the people to participate in the newly found wealth of oil and gas. He never came up with any blueprint or master plan, let alone state policy on oil and gas exploration and production. He hardly took the initiatives to learn or copy from established countries like Norway, Qatar or the UAE. His fall-back position was always to use the State Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) to participate and hold equity.

Whilst Norway set and built up Petroleum Fund and later on Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) for the long term investment, Terengganu formed Perbadanan Menteri Besar (PMB) as an investment vehicle using the oil royalty money.

A lot of PMB’s investments went horribly wrong and their incompetency in managing such a fund was glaringly exposed.

Investments in MacAir, a domestic airline went belly up and so did the investment in Suterasemai, a mulberry plantation to produce silkworms and silk. Scores of other ventures including the opening of new townships in the interior of the state under Lembaga Kemajuan Terengganu Tengah (Ketengah) never took off and were mainly a waste of space and resources. Later on it was discovered that timber was actually the prime target.

Resurrection of Wan Mokhtar

In this coming GE, the dynasty of Wan Mokhtar is represented by his son Wan Hakim (right in pic) who is contesting the state seat of Air Putih in the Parliamentary seat of Kemaman. I am sure to many voters in Terengganu; a 25 year term under Umno/BN’s Wan Mokhtar was a long and wasteful period. I would not recommend for it to be renewed by another generation of Wan Mokhtar, yet again!

Terengganu needs a capable leader who understands the needs of the oil and gas industry. One who can strategize, plan and programme a full participation of its population into this important and lucrative industry. One who creates employment opportunities, turning business potentials into realities, participate effectively and eventually helm the industry.

No doubt the income is big and when the agreement is honoured its royalty should be paid by Petronas. What more when PR led government has promised a revision of up to 20 % oil royalty for Terengganu, Kelantan, Sarawak and Sabah, the four oil and gas producing states. This should be seriously considered by the Terengganu voters.

There is also a need to set up Sovereign Wealth Fund, in similar fashion to Norway and Abu Dhabi, for the future generations when the income from oil and gas run out. The last thing Terengganu voters would want to see is the use of oil money to fund the Monsoon Cup or end up in the accounts of 1MDB.

For Terengganu Malays, the need to vote wisely in this election is absolutely critical. Time for improvement has come and they should no longer be satisfied with their present state but look for a party that will bring about change; which is so desperately needed; to Terengganu.

* Dr Rosli Khan obtained his PhD in Transport Economics from Cranfield University, UK. He has been a practising consultant/company director in the last 25 years, being involved primarily in infrastructure development and economic policies.

-harakahdaily

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1 out of 1 thousand articles on Malaysian politics overall on the net which act as if nepotism was not a serious issue (as opposed to moi’s 9 out of 10 stating the seriousness of nepotism), here’s someone who is Malay yet has the ethics to speak against nepotism (1 article so far? never heard of the guy but to lash out at nepotism and be a Malay is unheard of), Wan Azizah barely managed to hang on to her ethics, ONLY AFTER after multiple terms and many contrived flip flps and false starts . . . to finally (and fortunately) choose to not continue a family bloc . . . this faceless Harakah writer speaks good and clearly.

Shame on the Wans, for having such an exceptional lineage, they should be above the political fray and not create undemocratic conditions even after so many terms, they obviously did not learn any sense of exceptionalism until some of our sharper activists made the decade or more long attempt to destroy nepotism.

The Rulers need to give this man a title, because mindsets that are so exceptional should be placed as high as possible (higher than Tun Mahathir – rent seeking and collusion also nepotism, or Tun Ling Liong Sik – corruption also nepotism), to match any existing Tun title holders. The sheer rarity of anti-nepotism Malaysian (almost even USA – a recent article by Barbara Bush discourages Jeb Bush at least but one wonders – not to take credit but to at least stake a claim to being a promoter of democracy against nepotism – if these articles had anything to do with reminding . . . ) articles is rare as hell. The Sultans should make a point to do this – if the Federal titles are only for collusion and corruption, rather than civilisational uplifting challenges to nepotism, challenges to term limitlessness or GLC-citizen-parsiting-freeenterprise-destroying plutocracy and challenges to collusion and sense of entitlement – nepotism’s presence nominally draining reputational points from royal institutions.

Sadly even the Niks also failed, with PAS’s Aziz’s son continuing the prevention of hand me down seats which destroy democracy instead of remaning in the shadows for a generation or 2 out of politeness for all second liners who doubtless would love to participate in policy making. If any really excited candidates abound, no old aristocratic Malay families should even want to compete, they have everything and cannot still want more but would want specifically to cultivate a quality little known among Malays – noblesse oblige. And of course seperation of faith and state to prevent conflict of interest. This is like where the Sultan insists on being the President of the Chambers of Commerce AND the Bar Council president AND the Supreme Court High Justice, and the Chairman of 100s of Societies all at once while being the Chairman AND biggest shareholder in as many public listed companies as possible etc.. Separation of powers prevents conflict of interest and shows maturity, the state of democracy if a country and a country’s level of education.

Especially with the clergy who need to be so pure that they cannot deal with secular realities, this foray into politics is as inappropriate as Nik Aziz’s presence in a political party. Especially where there are non-Muslim minorities and who knows even Malays who wish to go apostate WHICH IS a right in the Quran, that cannot be done without retaliation in Malaysia’s worst most ‘Talibanised’ places at any rate.

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Najib’s son Norashman helps campaign for Segambut BN candidate – Monday, 29 April 2013 08:28

KUALA LUMPUR- The youngest son of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Norashman made a surprise appearance at the Taman Tun Dr Ismail night market today.

The 22-year-old accompanied Barisan Nasional candidate Jayanthi Devi Balaguru on her campaign drive at the market, where he too helped campaign for the upcoming general election.

For about an hour, Norashman and the BN’s first-time candidate walked around the night market greeting and shaking hands with the Segambut constituents and traders.

Some of them also took photographs with him.

The two greeted and mingled with the crowd and traders along the stretch, and also tried some of the ‘trades’ like preparing Satay.

Jayanthi, who is the Secretary-General of Gerakan Women’s Wing and BN Segambut coordinating chairman will take on Segambut incumbent Lim Lip Eng of Dap in a straight fight for the seat.

During the visit, Norashman also wooed the Chinese community, who are the majority of Segambut, when he chatted with the Chinese constituents and traders at the market in Mandarin.

“I’m happy to come down and support Jayanthi campaigning drive, as I’m also a voter registered in Segambut. This would be my first-time voting and I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.

It is learnt that Norashman and his sister, Nooryana Najwa Najib are both registered voters of the Segambut constituency.

Asked if he had interest in politics and would follow in his father’s footsteps, Norashman said “who doesn’t like politics? I keep myself updated with the country’s politics, but it is too early to think about joining politics”.

He said he wanted to concentrate on his Masters and would decide upon completion of his studies.

Norashman is doing his master’s degree in business administration in the United States.

Meanwhile, Jayanthi also expressed her appreciation to Norashman, for coming down to support her election.

She said Norashman’s participation showed that BN is committed to serve the people and to bring good change for Segambut.

“Everyone is showing their support in one way or another and this support and the spirit certainly boosts my confidence in winning back Segambut. ” said the 52-year-old lawyer.

Jayanthi will face Lim Lip Eng from the DAP in a straight fight for the Segambut parliamentary constituency which has 75,631 voters.

- New Straits Times

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At least not directly campaigning for an MP or Assemblyman seat alongside Najib. This however is ever so slightly nepotistic but still unfaultable unlike Pakatan’s family bloc dominated CECs.

http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=90231:even-more-disunity-in-bn-umno-sacks-a-staggering-61-members&Itemid=2

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GE13: Send the rocket to the moon, Hisham tells Johoreans – Published: Saturday April 27, 2013 MYT 12:18:00 AM

KLUANG: Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has described the May 5 general election as different from previous ones as it would determine if Johor remained a heartland to Barisan Nasional.

He called on voters in his Semberong constituency and in Johor to foil DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang’s efforts to gain a foothold in Johor by “sending the rocket to the moon”. On another matter, Hishammuddin said the allegations that he and his wife were aristocrats who did not mingle with Semberong constituents as being borne out of sheer ignorance. The party which hurled such allegation against him and his wife, Tengku Marsilla Tengku Abdullah, was completely out of sync with the real situation on the ground, he said.

“I say, the allegation is a shot in the dark as they (the party) do not know how close my wife and I are to the people in Semberong. Only Semberong residents know and are aware,” he said. Hishammuddin was speaking at a goodwill session with the residents of Kampung Melayu Batu Empat, Paloh which was attended by Barisan Nasional (BN) Paloh state seat candidate, Teo Yap Kun.

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An aristocrat or not is not the issue. The coarsest commoner who cannot keep campaign promises and ignores term limits and creates family blocs is the issue and Pakatan is full of those. Hishmuddin may be either, but by term limit considerations and also because of Hishamuddin’s state of plutocracy, Hishamuddin should not be voted over any candidate who has had not a single term in power – this is bit so much as power but a form of  ‘adat’ TOWARDS one’s citizens and those weaker than oneself (even as the 3 item issue I won’t bother to broach here . . .  impossible especially with ‘state of entitlement’ with the UMNO CEC types, and hence BN’s ‘old politics’ of failure where even people like Chua Soi Lek and Samy Vellu cannot even broach the same with Hishamuddin whi is supposed to be their colleague, or ‘Tuan’ is you ask some parties . . . ).

The nepotism issue also is somewhat magnified, as Hishamuddin is a former PM’s son (who is now a Minister – this does not help democracy), and a cousin of Najib Razak who is PM who’s brother Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak is Kedah’s MB. For best practices and ethical governance but most especially term limit issues, this renders candidacy by Hishamuddin inappropriate if not impossible IF the Malay voters are to be aware and vote by principle than anything else which still is not the political culture in UMNO much less Malays in general.

This is a personal expression choice of statesmanship in ethics or power mongering that Hishamuddin needs to make. Hishamuddin could consult with any ethics professors (I doubt Malaysian local professors will be honest or be so diplomatic as to be unable to discuss meaningfully, so Hishamuddin should consult foreign professors for a convo, some of us lack the Ethos and would not be heard . . .) about best practices and gracefully bow out of the political race (Already 2 terms? AND an aristocrat? Then more so honour bound to GTFO of the Dewan because poltics should be below the aristocracy  . . . ) than create a sort of family bloc or hand down culture in the Cabinet.

Any second liners Hishamuddin would like to promote would be better, simply to prevent family bloc politics which is even more obvious in Pakatan Rakyat – the people would be aware, and what better way to retire in dignity? Of course if this lot are feeling feudalistic even though aristocrats and having everything, the work of democracy will fall upon the voters who should vote simply by term limit issues if they choose to. Civilisational values over power mongering among Malays would doubtless take example from Hishamuddin’s choice of action after this article and truly aristocrat, or democracy fracturing political dynasty . . . Malaysia’s BN remnants would colour Malaysia’s direction towards a better or worse kind of country. Perhaps a member of the Rulers collective who does understand could begin propagation of such specific actions for betterment of a race of people who have already disregarded :

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

This may appear a perfunctory suggestion that wll fall on deaf ears, but the soul of Malaysian politics is at stake if not a single Malay at the top level acts on the above. Which Malays are ready to lead by example? Tun Hussein Oon would have granted item 1 at least, would son be similar to the father and would the people’s continued ignorance of the above issues be wise?

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BOWING TO THE POLITICAL MASTERS: Local ISPs playing politics? – Monday, 29 April 2013 09:23

Since nomination day, Harakahdaily has come under severe DDOS (distributed denial of service) attacks. But lately, our IT team found that there was more to it.

Having tested broadband services from all local internet service providers (ISP), we discovered that only YES4G and Time Internet have no problems accessing our web.

Users of ISPs such as TM Broadband, Unifi, Streamyx, Maxis, Celcom and Digi however have complained of unusually slow speed when accessing the Harakahdaily portal.

A pageview chart screened by us also revealed that connection was being ‘dropped’ every now and then when using these ISPs.

“If the matter is true, such dirty tactics must be stopped. ISPs should focus on their job to deliver the best service to its customers any desired websites without restriction,” said Zulkifli Sulong, Harakahdaily’s editor-in-chief.

Harakahdaily is not alone. Malaysiakini’s IT team reportedly observed similar trend. The portal today questioned whether ISPs had been ordered to reduce access or restrict some websites.

Malaysiakini chief executive officer Premesh Chandran was equally serious in urging ISPs to butt out of politics.

“ISPs should stay out of politics and make sure their staff do not follow illegal instructions which undermine the accessibility of their networks. They should also ensure shared gateways are free of tampering and restrictions,” said Premesh.

Harakahdaily’s readership has meanwhile overtaken other major news sites, including UMNO-owned Utusan Malaysia’s internet edition.

As a precaution to future attacks, all our news will be also posted in full on our popular Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/harakahdaily.

“Users who find it hard to access our portal, please tell your friends to get our news from our Facebook page as well,” said Zulkifli.

-Harakahdaily

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Unless under duress, ISPs should play neutral. Mere access to internet and freedm, of speech of the MSM are part of democracy and a modern country.

 

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Be on the right side of history, young voters tell Nurul Izzah – by Emily Ding – May 01, 2013 (from the psychological insanity of Unit 3 (just opposite) doors a-slamming, every other meal doors a slamming,  (records of?) children whining (Jingle Cats!) . . .

KUALA LUMPUR, May 1 — young voters posed herself as the mirror image of Nurul Izzah Anwar in Malaysia, sharing today their dreams and hopes and telling them to be “on the right side of history” in Election 2013.

In a video message uploaded to Youtube devoid of fuss or frills, the outgoing Lembah Pantai MP appealed to over five million young voters, who make up about 46 per cent of about 13 million registered voters gazetted in the latest electoral roll, to vote for their shared dream for change.

“We grew up together, you and I. You know me, you know who I am, and I know you. Because you I am you,” she said, gazing directly in her typical narcissistic manner into the camera in the two minute 15 second clip.

It is a phrase the eldest daughter of opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim repeats often as she attempts to imprint herself upon the masses while posing as personable, tying her destiny with that of young voters under the age of 40.

“Because when you’re not fighting the good fight against nepotism in parliament or speaking in front of thousands in the padang in the rain, you worry about getting your children to school on time than the MP’s children. you worry about putting dinner on the table, and planning bday parties, and how to live a better life – in service of one another, in service of God, and in service of country,” the voters said.

The voters also told Nurul that Nurul was raised in a different Malaysia preoccupied with building itself, and that Nurul brought them apart by different experiences (voters earn 2.3K from private sector, Nurul earns 23K from tax monies they pay), distinct to any other generation.

Appealing to Nurul to step boldly out of a new Malaysian Dewan, the voters said: “No generation, not since that of Independence, has experienced this much hope for change for a better brighter future. No generation in our history has had this much of a voice, no generation has had this much influence. This generation, your generation.”

“So we ask Nurul to help realise that dream deferred for so long. We ask Nurul to leave the family bloc in parliament and be on the right side of history, because we grew up together, you and I,” the voters said.

The video has been viewed 17,330 times since yesterday, but although it will surely resonate with many, most of the subsequent comments from Nurul who wishes to continue the family bloc fall short of the reaction the Lembah Pantai voters must have hoped for.

One YouTube user said: “Sorry Izzah. You can count me out. And nope, seems like we didn’t grow up together and share the same experiences… I love my Malaysia, dulu kini dan selamanya. And I would like to keep it that way for many more years to come, if not foverer. Thanks for the offer, but no thanks. =)” Another commenter took offense at the video, saying that Nurul Izzah cannot speak for the poor: “Liar… you are rich, your father has a lot of money… don’t talk about poverty like this… don’t talk about generation…”

Other detractors in a display of linguistic communalism, criticised the message being delivered in English and not Bahasa Malaysia, with one commenter saying: “In my opinion, the English speaking voters are a lost cause. They do not need further convincing. Its the Bahasa speaking voters that needs focus.”

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Nepotism and limitless terms is the issue with Nurul being voted. How about these young voters fielding themselves as independents eh? I have never seen greedier more term limitless mindset than in PKR or in Malaysia in general. I am glad for Nurul that Wan Azizah (Nurul’s mother) has decided to not be a democracy destroying person but after more than a few million in tax payer monies to the tune of 23K, isn’t high time for Nurul to step aside for a 2nd liner PKR Wanita member to be fielded?

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I’m your old friend – Ghani appeals to Chinese in Gelang Patah – Wednesday, 01 May 2013 15:31 (discourtesy of *H**462)

GELANG PATAH- OUTGOING Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman is reaching out to the Chinese community here by introducing himself as their lao pengyou (old friend).

Ghani has been using the Mandarin phrase in meetings with the community grassroots.

He explained that the lao pengyou concept carries a straightforward meaning in his context.

“I have been here long enough and this gives me an opportunity to relate to many matters pertaining to the local community,” said Ghani, who has been the Johor menteri besar for the past 18 years.

“In my interactions with the Chinese community, I picked up this term lao pengyou and of course, I had a friend translate it for me.

“I have always given priority towards resolving the local Chinese community’s long-standing issues. This includes issues related to land titles, approvals for the building of Chinese temples, cultural activities and community programmes,” he said, when met at Kg Sungai Melayu here yesterday.

Ghani also has learnt two other words in Mandarin — he ping (peace or harmony) and fan rong (prosperity) — which he has been using while addressing the Chinese community here, to resounding applause and cheers.

Gelang Patah is a constituency of 106,864 voters, comprising 52.4 per cent Chinese, 34.3 per cent Malays, 12.5 per cent Indians and 0.8 per cent of other races.

On the development of Kampung Sungai Melayu, which is a Malay fishing village, Ghani said the government had placed its focus on adding value to the lives of the kampung folk.

“There are about 2,000 fishermen in the Gelang Patah constituency — in this village and another at Kampung Pendas, which is fronting Sungai Pulai.

“There are also other villages, but these two are the main ones. The government, through the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) is introducing ways to modernise the village.

“We want to develop eco-tourism in both villages as there is a large presence of migratory birds due to their proximity to a mangrove swamp.”

Kampung Sungai Melayu village head Pandak Ahmad said there were about 700 people living in the village, the majority of whom are fishermen.

Some of the fishermen have recently started to be eco-tour guides for tourists to earn extra income.

“In the past five months, the village has received some 400 visitors from Singapore, Australia, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom and the United States,” Pandak said, adding that the most recent group was from Russia.

“In the beginning, the kampung folk were a little apprehensive, but they overcame their fear and are now comfortable with their new role as tour guides,” he said.

Irda head of social development Nor Hisham Hussein said the idea was introduced a year ago when the authority introduced English language courses to train the local folk to become eco-tour guides.

“In the past, the fishermen would catch mussels and sell them for RM5 per kg. Now they show the tourists the mussels at a farm a short boat ride away, and they can rake in RM25 per tourist.”

He also said that Irda’s plans for the village folk was to tie-up with the Johor Tourist Association and incorporate eco-tourism into the schedule of tourists heading to the Legoland theme park.

- New Straits Times

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Lao is the only thing right about this ‘lao pengyou’ concept. Give – pingden (EQUALITY) – before using the word pengyou. For all real ‘pengyou’ are ‘Pingden’. Without ‘pingden’ only ‘lao’ in usage is true (or in Klingon . . . I mean Hokkien, ‘lau’ – which means ‘lure’ does apply especially without ”pingden’ . . . ). Until then, ‘friend’ here is missing an ‘r’.

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EC destroys the integrity of GE13 with indelible ink fiasco – by Tian Chua – Wednesday, 01 May 2013 15:20 (discourtesy of **N*043)

Vice President of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (KEADILAN) Tian Chua refutes the excuse by the Election Commission (EC) that the washable indelible ink occurred as several staff members of the EC did not shake the ink bottles as a feeble attempt to cover up the incompetency of EC to ensure the efficiency of the 13th General Election (GE13).

SPR was allocated approximately RM400 million by the federal government to run the GE13. Thus, SPR has the duty to disclose how much was spent on purchasing the indelible ink considering the fact that in 2008, EC wasted as much as RM2.4 million on the indelible ink that in the end was not used.

Meanwhile, EC announced that they would be using the indelible in on 7th December 2011. That meant EC had more than a year to ensure that the indelible ink was indelible ink and the EC staff would be trained to use the indelible ink systematically and effectively. Claims of the indelible ink as being washable shows that SPR does not take seriously the use of the indelible ink in ensuring the integrity of the GE13.

EC asserted that the indelible ink was in fact indelible on 30th April 2013. Yet on the 1st of May 2013, EC acknowledged that the indelible ink was washable caused by the incompetencies of the the EC staff members.

“EC has clearly lied to Malaysians on its integrity and the integrity of the GE13. EC has also jeapordized the integrity of the ballots casted and the credibility of the GE13.”

Tian Chua is a candidate for the Parliamentary seat in Batu. He urges the EC to take seriously of the credibility of the GE13 and not mock the EC with absurd reasoning such as this. EC bears a huge responsibility to the people as well as shoulders the trust of the people to ensure this GE13 runs smoothly and with transparency.

The loss of faith from the people towards the EC will cause the absence of credibility to the results of the GE13 and this in turn will bring more harm to the long term future of the country.

Kenyataan Media oleh Calon Parlimen Batu, Naib Presiden KEADILAN, Tian Chua

Kegagalan Dakwat Kekal, SPR Jejaskan Integriti PRU

Naib Presiden Parti Keadilan Rakyat (KEADILAN) Tian Chua menyanggah alasan Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) bahawa dakwaan kekal tidak kekal mungkin berlaku akibat sebahagian petugas SPR tidak menggoncang botol ink sebagai alasan lemah untuk menutup kepincangan SPR dalam melaksanakan secara cekap Piliha Raya Umum ke-13 (PRU13) ini.

SPR telah diperuntukkan kira-kira RM400 juta oleh kerajaan persekutuan bagi melaksanakan PRU13 ini. SPR mempunyai tanggungjawab untuk menyatakan berapakah yang dibelanjakan untuk membeli dakwat kekal ini memandangkan pada PRU 2008, SPR telah membazirkan sebanyak RM2.4 juta ke atas dakwat kekal yang akhirnya tidak diguna pakai.

Di samping itu, SPR turut menyatakan bahawa SPR akan menggunakan dakwat kekal pada 7 Disember 2011. Ini bermakna SPR mempunyai lebih dari setahun untuk memastikan dakwat kekal yang dibawa masuk adalah dakwat kekal di samping melatih para petugas SPR cara mengguna dakwat kekal tersebut secara sistematik dan berkesan. Dakwaan dakwat kekal tidak kekal menunjukkan SPR tidak memandang serius mengenai kepentingan penggunaan dakwat kekal dalam memastikan integriti PRU13 tidak terjejas.

SPR menegaskan bahawa dakwat kekal tidak boleh dibuang dari jari pada 30 April 2013. Namun pada 1 Mei 2013, SPR telah mengakui dakwa kekal tidak kekal kerana ketidakcekapan para petugas SPR.

“SPR secara jelasnya telah menipu kepada rakyat Malaysia mengenai integriti SPR dan integriti PRU13. SPR juga telah menjejaskan integriti pembuangan undian dan kredibiliti keputusan PRU13 ini.”

Tian Chua merupakan calon bagi kerusi Parlimen Batu di PRU13. Beliau menggesa SPR memandang serius akan kredibiliti PRU13 dan tidak memperolokkan SPR dengan alasan-alasan tidak munasabah seperti ini. SPR memikul tanggungjawab yang besar kepada rakyat disamping memegang amanah dan kepercayaan rakyat untuk memastikan PRU13 ini berjalan dengan lancar dan telus. Kehilangan kepercayaan rakyat kepada SPR akan membawa kepada ketidakhadiran kredibiliti kepada keputusan PRU13 ini dan ini akan membawa kesan jangka panjang kepada masa hadapan negara.

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And PKR only has a 8% quorum for CEC Elections that ROS can deregister PKR over. Tian Chua won’t address this failure of quorum internally in PKR but is willing to attack the EC over something less serious? Such a thick skinned alias . . . Tian Chua? More like token puppet in PKR who cannot demand :

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

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Lahad Datu: Bukit Aman to interview Raja Petra over Sulu intrusion article – Tuesday, 30 April 2013 admin-s (discourtesy of **S*090)

(The Star) – Bukit Aman is not revealing where police would record the statement of Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamarudin pertaining to an article on the Sulu intrusion in Lahad Datu.

“We cannot reveal which country we intend to interview him as it might jeopardize our investigations.

“We are recording his statement pertaining to individual or groups involved in the Lahad Datu intrusion,” Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin told The Star.

It is learnt that Raja Petra, now living in exile in the United Kingdom, had flown to another country.

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Outed as a fundo at heart, RPK leaves England? Or is there a ‘HalfBlood Prince’ connection somewhere? Magick doesn’t work for the low minded philosophically unstudied LGBT hater, RPK. Only a flaming bixesexual will be heeded. Lets not go into why Anwar ‘did’ Saiful or at least wanted any rumours about that floating about. These things seek such ‘action’ and RPK is too Islamist to quality. Perhaps they will use that copper ‘wand’ a certain ‘Potty’ had stolen recently on RPK eh?

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Nurul Izzah a star in her own right – Tuesday, 30 April 2013 08:47 – discourtesy of *H*186

KUALA LUMPUR -It was past midnight and the ceramah had long since ended, but a small crowd lingered at the playground area of Blok 100 of the PPR Sri Pantai people’s housing project, shaking hands and taking photographs with Lembah Pantai incumbent Nurul Izzah Anwar .

Appearing tired, Nurul Izzah nevertheless obliged, chatted with them and handed out her name card. She then made her way to an opposite block to visit one of her constituents, 82-year-old Ahim Mat who is bedridden after having suffered a stroke recently.

Ahim’s wife Rahimah Bakar, 76, had earlier attended the ceramah and had invited Nurul to her home. Despite the late hour, Ahim was delighted to see Nurul Izzah.

Nurul Izzah then made her way to the home of Siti Aminah who suffers from high blood pressure.

“Kak Siti always helps and takes some of the residents who are ill to the hospital,” said Nurul Izzah.

Despite being indisposed, Siti’s face lit up when she saw Nurul Izzah and chatted amiably with her.

At about 12.45am, Nurul Izzah said good night and took her leave.

“I do my best and try to visit. I’m tired of people accusing me of not visiting my constituents,” she said as she made her way out.

She enjoys celebrity-like status in her constituency and before she started her ceramah earlier that night, she went around shaking hands with everyone present and appeared to recognise most of them.

A few minutes later, in her Penang accent, she began her 30-minute speech, touching on cronyism, Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary, mariyathei (respect in Tamil), the water problem in Selangor and the “flavour of the week”, Shah Alam parliamentary candidate Datuk Zulkifli Noordin, which got the crowd excited.

“He (Zulkifli) insulted people but he is protected. In my view, anyone who disrespects other religions must be brought to court, regardless if he is a civilian or a minister. Justice must be for all,” she said to loud cheers from the crowd.

A resident, who has been living in Sri Pantai for the past 10 years, said she understood Nurul Izzah’s plight.

“Nurul Izzah has done her level best to try to solve our problems,” said the 53-year-old who declined to be named.

Another local, who declined to be named, said he attended the ceramah because he wanted to get the “feel” of the environment. Working in the oil-and-gas industry, the 44-year-old moved out two years ago having earlier resided in Lembah Pantai for 12 years.

“My voting constituency is still here. I feel since she came, there is a lot of political awareness among the locals but she has an uphill battle. “Still, I believe the locals are wise enough to judge,” he said.

In 2008, Nurul Izzah had wrested the Lembah Pantai seat by a margin of 2,895 votes (7%).

The Lembah Pantai electorate has apparently increased to around 71,000 voters, compared to 56,650 in 2008. Indicating a 25% increase in registered voters in the four years since 2008, sharply contrasting the 9% growth of the electorate across the previous 13 years between 1995 to 2008.

Nurul Izzah considers the Lembah Pantai constituency as a “microcosm of Malaysia”. She has “a trusted core team” of 50 people plus a wider base of division heads and volunteers.

Besides groundwork, the team is also meticulously analysing the historical voter-turnout trends by wards/sectors within the constituency to address the new challenge.

-thesundaily

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Nurul is more like a ‘Black Hole’ (lay off the sexual innuendo or we’ll be disgted to death) sucking the light from 2nd liners in Wanita PKR than a Star. 2 terms over so GTFO, step aside for another Wanita 2nd liner and stop maintaining family blocs.

ARTICLE 13

Anwar and Kit Siang chased away by Umno-BN supporters – Tuesday, 30 April 2013 16:32 (discourtesy of *G**065)

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim and DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang were herded away at separate functions in Penang and Johor yesterday.

According to Utusan Malaysia, Anwar was asked to leave by the Masjid Jamek Teluk Bahang mosque committee, in Penang, when the politician wanted to deliver a tazkirah (short religious talk) last night.

The paper claimed the committee members felt uncomfortable with Anwar’s action of wanting to talk to the congregants, and had asked him to leave.

The Umno-owned daily further reported that one of Anwar’s aides acted rough by scolding the mosque committee and entered the mosque without taking off his shoes.

In Taman Tun Aminah, near Johor Bahru, Lim who is the Gelang Patah parliamentary candidate, was driven off from a stall at a pasar tani, during his campaign rounds.

People wearing BN T-shirts and also alleged supporters of the ruling coalition were eating food and were seen standing and shouting at the DAP delegation and asked Lim to leave and go home.

“You said that you wanted to help the Malays.

“See the Malays in Penang, what happened?” a person was reported by Utusan as saying.

A video of the alleged incident was also uploaded on YouTube.

-malaysiakini.com

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 20:03 posted by @Ali Hamzah

Pakatan Rakyat supporters have personal issues, big time! Just like their de facto leaders AI. Them supporting PR is something pro BN supporters must accept. However, when faced with BN supporters they get all rowdy, foul mouthed and all angry. My family and Malay friends in Penang are not happy with PR govt. we ve been sidelined and prejudiced over and over again. I ve voted for them before now I know it’s better to live with the devil u know than the devil u don’t. My Malay, family and friends are coming back to support BN. Long live BN!

ARTICLE 14

Violence won’t translate into votes – Tuesday, 30 April 2013 Super Admin (discourtesy of C***10)

As campaigning enters the final rounds, stories of violence are making headlines in the mainstream media.

Free Malaysia Today

True to form, the mainstream media went to town with stories and pictures of escalating violence in the run-up to the 13th general election. The blown-up photograph taken at night of the scene of a blast in one newspaper was clearly and delibrately played up to scare voters into believing that peace and harmony were in danger of going up in smoke. It was a cheap tactic employed to advance the interest of the ruling coalition under threat of going down in defeat.

The so-called escalating violence is used as a pretext to spread panic that Malaysia will descend into chaos if the attacks spiral out of control. Invariably the fingers will be wagged at the opposition for stirring up trouble. The opposition will be blamed for every blast including firecrackers even though it could be the work of the other side. If fighting erupts on the streets, the caretaker government can declare a state of emergency and call off the polls.

When emergency rule is in place the guns will be turned on the opposition force and its leaders may end up behind bars for causing mayhem. With the opposition crippled, the election will resume but under the barrel of the gun. Voters will be intimidated into casting their ballots for the same discredited rulers. But this scenario is unlikely to come to pass because the caretaker government has a weak case. No government can have the force of legitimacy if an election is not won fair and square.

The campaign is entering the last few laps and both camps are stepping up their verbal assaults against the background of “escalating” violence. For sure, here and there scuffles will break out, which will get “star” treatment in the state-controlled media. The ever-vigilant press will be ever ready to distort, twist, manipulate every incident in an all-out bid to poison and influence the minds of the voters. Any fatal shooting involving government officials will be subtly linked to the election battle. The line between truth and fiction will be blurred to serve the interests of the political masters.

Malaysians are no longer guillible. The story and picture of the bomb blast published in the newspaper was only greeted with disgust and anger. Disgust at the blatant attempt by the daily to create unnecessary alarm, and anger at the caretaker government for using the media platform to advance its agenda for victory at all cost. If any thing, the fear tactic will only backfire. The mood in the country is turning ugly with every passing day and the ruling party is not helping itself with its crude methods of swaying public opinion.

Not a good strategy

The crowds at the opposition rallies are getting bigger and bigger. This is a clear indication that the opposition alliance is scoring at the popularity stake. This also means that the ruling coalition is in deep trouble. Herein lies the danger: the caretaker commander may decide on something drastic to stop the inexorable march of its opponents to Putrajaya. How about lobbing a few Molotov cocktails into opposition gatherings? This can easily be done with the help of pro-government supporters or any bad hats paid handsomely to do the job. It will not work.

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BN needs to drop these 3 items on the Pakatan Rakyat’s ‘strategy’ :

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

;and from the insanity and bias of the Pakatan mindset, the BN will easily win back what was lost. The problem is BN does not use that mandate to grant the above 3 items and keeps losing more to Pakatan Rakyat as time goes on. Might as well run as an independent candidate or vote for MPs and Assemblymen not aligned to both BN and PR.

**** Give me no reason to post more sh1t . . . but then again the government needs more victims, so here are lots of choices to pick from . . . (do feel free to touch your hand to your head alluding my Christian/Psychiatry inspired accident that cracked my skull in 2006 as if anyone will feel hurt, or trace the sign of the Pentagram, Satan (in the form of BN Neurotech machinery if not the actual) awaits more test subjects and souls with nothign better to do than torment . . . so if you need to be included keep on doing what you think pains people who do not know you. The rest not involved, vote properly for non-nepotists, non-racists and non-lapdogs who believe in :

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

ARTICLE 15

Rhetoric or Reality? The readers can decide about Vehicle 8007 – by @AgreeToDisagree – 4th May 2013

This post is for all the disturbances for the past decade or more – the worst neighbourhood in the world. A nice descript on insanity from the human form of vermin living here. Well no responses without directed b.s. so here’s today’s mentally ill neighbours making their mark on the world of fetish porn out of their neighbours’ suffering. This MILF (or worse?) oriented post should get the psychotic rapists among the local population really excited . . . the foreign ones would probably make a beeline to the sickened Malaysian region . . . and when someone said a certain loudmouthed hag, ‘deserved to be r**** that really was no joke . . .  ever heard a hagwife or is that hagmaid ‘coo’ (across the ravine took over today seemingly, with ‘violent voice male’ caterwauling off and on) . . .

Pity I’m not obsessed enough to make recordings (yet) so too bad sickos! Maybe someone needs to teach these sick minded neighbours a lesson. I heard ‘cooing’ today (maybe someone was having sex with their dog? Or something else like husbands too lazy or too disgusted to f*** that hag and bored maid? (Get your lesbo porn here) or go find a gigolo instead of cooing in the backyards clearly audible, shameless as hell . . .), creepy as hell. Maybe they don’t have enough dog p*****s rammed up their asses and need to advertise themselves by making a ruckus like some ‘Desparate Housewife/Housemaid’.

If the dumb bitches are stupid enough, are shameless enough, to be reading this or perhaps counting on my ‘good nature’ to not want to r*** their asses, then no thanks for the ‘invitation’, the history of the world has never witnessed such low mindedness from women amd their menfolk have not taugh their wives the meaning of modesty. This is what happens when pariahs among the population gain enough education and wealth to live in duplexes . . . right Vehicle 8007? Money does not change basic base natures. From another online mag, unless intentional huffings to cause strife between Christianity and society at large (no love for the insane faux-white chinks but any weirdo cult has a right to be left alone – but disturb others? NO. They’re got anothing thing coming . . . and wicked or not, ‘this way comes’ will be well deserved if sickos do not STFU and not necessarily from ‘the source’ as well hereon. I don’t know any of these scum, do not want to or need to, so will the Human Right uneducated duplex dwellers stop advertising their presence before someone writes something really unpleasant . . .

By a ‘friendly’ MSM online mag if not inferred wrongly, this would seem to be Christianity making a territorial claim on my right to buy pineapples and enter my home without being attacked by signal cone wielding f***s. . . if these idiots don’t understand freedom of speech enough to harrass moi for just speaking about their favourite term limitless nepotistic liars among politicians, then they do not deserve Human Rights themselves, twice the impetus to write and I suppose they hope to initiate a fight or something being prepared with ‘backup’, which emboldens them to behave in this manner etc. . . . these low minded scum politics and religious subverts are gutter trash. And disrespectfiul of freedom of speech and just waiting for smackdown by the right people? Hey I’m just 1 person so maybe thats what emboldens them . . . but freedom of speech is a HUMAN RIGHT and the cops would see the logic behind this argument save for the facts of apartheid and reliious supremacy which the cops will not be able to side with me on . . . for this generation anyway.

For a family of people I never met, there sure is alot of hate based around the insanity of Malaysian politics of nepotism and term limitlessness in 3rd world Asia . . . this article’s for you RPK ! 1000s worth parcels missing in England do not easily get forgotten . . . So whenever you think about why some people like to write about nepotism, think about Vehicle 8007 and hope the creeps STFU! I think the worst of BN would find a nice young family with cooing maids and cooing housewives, perhaps some self hating hags talking in the coarse local dialect in their even less educated voices more fun tormenting them than moi.

Now there is another set of neighbours, who feel they are entitled to pull something like the below on pet daschunds . . . this one’s for Sophie (and all the harm piled on the rest of me will not be accepted and will be subject to payback, if not directly by me, then EVERYONE ELSE with an ethical bone in them . . . for certain karma afflicts back . . . in another part of the world now? Don’t worry, any number of generations can pass on ‘safely’ and the pain will still be felt with interest whatever murder or incest or rapes occur by whatever intent . . .

Look like someone familiar? But we’ll leave the cops to deal with gangsters, even politico ones, what are the wealthy but mere people governed by Reality beyond that of society and materialism . . .

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2318344/Wealthy-shipping-boss-Donald-Knight-78-shoots-wife-pet-dachshund-500k-farm-Northamptonshire.html

Part of the moral of the story is don’t open certain businesses in a non-Commercial area especially in Malaysia where incest cases and paedophiles do occur or where fundos live – the children will suffer most. Anyone who has migrated to Malaysia should prepare themselves for the above sorts of treatment based around perhaps rumours, who knows what they’ve been saying . . . this is my last post pre-GE13. The people are unethical and insane enough (even to those they have never met) regardless of political affiliation or wealth or however nice they seem. The darkness of souls of the damned are evident. What say you Popey? Assisi or Bacon? Haul up any paedophiles lately? Fire any paedo priests yet? Who knows all these disturbances was about hiding paedo priests and incest cases in Malaysia who the minority does not trust the government to make reports about? You see to not be Islamic is bad enough to some of the more fundo among the population here, but if you are from an ‘opponent’ or ‘competing’ faith, do not expect any help from the mostly Muslim police unless they know you really well (and I don;t mean bribery). Guess where this is leading? So they r*** the soul of the world instead to protect a few paedophiles and incest cases? One can only surmise, but for certain the right investigators would be interested to learn about the state of the Christian religion in ASEAN.

Do not try to transfer your sins to others low minded ‘religious’ fools and liars, even the minority hating among cops wouldn’t let off those who molest children, then shift the blame on subculture purveying persons isolated . . . Satan awaits no matter how many thugs can be hired, and I don’t mean for the gothic LGBTs (try to remove 377B Bar Council colluding idiots! This is not even an Altantuya or Teoh Beng Hock)  who had no idea of the horror that was going on in Malaysia’s religious and familial ‘underworld’ . . . ‘God’ (or the Spirit of Karma) has struck down mightier civilisations and mightier races for such behaviour, lets hope the truly evil get what they deserve. Well righteous persons? Victims? Make that report and not let these evil people hide behind the purported insanity of activists targeted for trying to achieve :  . . .

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

Malaysia and the disenfranchised into insanity non-Muslims and non-minorities is truly the worst. Not physical violence but the spiritual violence makes Malaysia a living hell and torture on the soul to live in. Maybe migration does not seem so bad, the locals are enmired in darkness . . .

ARTICLE 16

BN’S GE13 CAMPAIGN FLOPS: Self-inflicted failures & Najib’s inability to think for himself – by  J. D. Lovrenciear – Tuesday, 30 April 2013 08:39 (discourtesy of P***045)

For a moment, let us take two, sit back and check things out logically. Cut the emotional temptations for a moment. Forget about the opposition party coalition, their allegations, some of the proofs they produced beyond doubt, their ceramahs and what have you.

Just take BN’s actions and inactions. It is no small wonder why even a humble security guard shakes his head as he ponders aloud in disbelief, “Apa sudah jadi sama ini BN?”.

Yes, what exactly is happening to BN? That is what is most puzzling – especially when it had the unique advantage of being at the control box of governance for well over five decades.

All the wrong decisions

Here is what is even puzzling the staunch supporters and fence-sitters:

Why did the PM not take the Altantuya’s case by the horn from the very start and demand on behalf of all concerned citizens including our Mongolian friends, answers to all the pivotal questions surrounding her mysterious murder?

Why did he as the man at the helm of the nation not demand and ensure that the justice that is to be dispensed is universally acceptable and dealt with within reasonably acceptable time frames?

Why did he allow by virtue of his silence, his spouse to launch a website that had to be removed only after public outcry?

Why did he as the President of his political party allow the screaming of “Over our dead bodies and crushed bones!” long before even when Malaysians were not thinking of GE-13? Why did he allow others to raise the kris in a militant and threatening manner? Was there no other civilized and honorable means to express support and defense for party allegiance and priorities?

Why did the PM start that band-wagon of campaign-appeals with the credo of “You help me, I help you”? Why could he not think of something to the effect of “Only with your support, we can serve you better”?

And why is BN now threatening on the last lap of the election’s campaign that if the voters do not bring back BN, they the rakyat will stand to lose everything? Why couldn’t BN say, “We want to be able to finish doing all the good things we have begun for you. So your vote can enable us to do just that – help us to fulfill our promises”?

Instead, they went on that sweeping, senseless beat, “Promises Fulfilled!” and ended up with the rakyat asking what have you fulfilled? Why couldn’t BN paint the streets red with something more humble like, “we may not be perfect, but we are determined to correct as we move on with you”?

And in the first place why did BN allow an extremist block to holler unrestrained, fiery threats anchored on race and religion divisiveness? And to add salt to frayed wounds, BN even at the eleventh hour put two names on the nomination list.

And if that was not enough, BN further saw no evil, spoke no evil and heard no evil when someone from their den publicly proclaimed that the two nominated candidates are also part of BN’s flock.

Over-reliance on expensive half-baked publicists, advisers

It is also unbelievable why on earth is BN spending so much money paying all kinds of publicists and political campaign advisers when each action or inaction by BN is bringing more brick bats to its turf? Why?

When Bersih took to the streets, BN could have harnessed the people’s power and used it optimally. But somehow it took the opposite turn, taunting and brutalizing the rakyat, only to be confirmed by SUHAKAM that there was excessive use of brute force on civilians.

BN had every golden opportunity to swing the pendulum and become the people’s hero despite so many civilized invitations for dialogue. But it did not. Instead butt-performances went unchecked. Why?

Even so late in the hour, it continues to peddle the same smut stories; the same old labels on the opposition front leaders; the same heart-wrenching threats on the voters. It seems not to want to subscribe to the principle of leadership by example. Why?

It’s simple, Najib can’t think for himself

While on the one hand BN leaders are singing Do-re-me successes that BN has created all these years, they are also giving out rice bags, T-shirts and caps, free food, cash, very expensive entertainment and what have you in every nook and corner of the nation to show that they are coming to aid the rakyat (though not commensurate with all the huge profits raked by monopolies and cronies, yeah), as we have been suffering from long years of hardships.

BN had every opportunity to take the thunder off the opposition by being the first to announce their manifesto. But they did not. They criticized the Orange Book by the opposition pact, but ended up announcing similar benefits for the rakyat. Why?

There was expose after expose from international organizations and outfits on the alleged corruption in East Malaysia. BN had every opportunity to push for a clean, fair and quick investigation and not wait for an NGO to expose the filth. But it did not. Why?

For years the people have been complaining of the influx of naturalized foreigners in Sabah. BN could have cleaned and mopped up the stains and not wait till an RCI had to pressed on. And now when the shit hit the ceilings, BN even allowed one man to get away with the atrocious claim that even Bapa Malaysia had allowed it. Why?

Mat Rempits were terrorizing the streets and BN instead of being firm on the scourge, went the full distance to embrace them. And today, Mat Rempits terrorize opposition ceramahs. How come?

It’s the rakyat’s fault now!

These are the questions that people are trading on the ground – not the full blast of advertisements and campaign promotions on TV, Radio and the print press.

Oh yes. In fact the reverse is happening. People are now asking why is BN pumping so much money in all these advertisements? And BN should also not be surprised that people are now asking, “whose money is BN spending and does it come with the rakyat’s approval?”

Why is BN doing all these to itself? So if BN loses in the GE-13, do we blame the Opposition leaders or do we blame the ‘ungrateful rakyat’? And even if BN wins, how will it go down amongst those who had voted otherwise?

Already the international media is beginning to say many not so nice things about BN these days despite all the money paid to foreign publicists.

Now how do we explain all these? Maybe there has to be some truth in the ancient wisdom which says: Your wealth does not stay with you beyond two generations.

[[[ *** RESPONSE *** ]]]

i) Why did the PM not take the Altantuya’s case by the horn from the very start and demand on behalf of all concerned citizens including our Mongolian friends, answers to all the pivotal questions surrounding her mysterious murder? Why did he as the man at the helm of the nation not demand and ensure that the justice that is to be dispensed is universally acceptable and dealt with within reasonably acceptable time frames?

This is Bukit Aman’s and the Judiciary’s job. Nothing to do with the PM unless the Judiciary orders Najib be present in court. Helm? Cult of personality mindset again JD? JD probably thinks the Sultan should be at the front of the army in the case of an invasion or that the PM be at every wedding in the country and every political ceremah as welll?

ii) Why did he as the President of his political party allow the screaming of “Over our dead bodies and crushed bones!” long before even when Malaysians were not thinking of GE-13? Why did he allow others to raise the kris in a militant and threatening manner?

That “Over our dead bodies and crushed bones!” is not for Najib to allow or disallow. Even if Najib did give the order, UMNO can say that people have their own mouths and can say anything, but of course Najib can be blamed for not meting out punishments later, instead of being blamed for ‘allowing’ such things to be said per se.

iii) Instead, they went on that sweeping, senseless beat, “Promises Fulfilled!” and ended up with the rakyat asking what have you fulfilled? Why couldn’t BN paint the streets red with something more humble like, “we may not be perfect, but we are determined to correct as we move on with you”?

So did Pakatan rakyat. And voters should know not to reward lies and bad behaviour so BOTH  Barisan and Pakatan are nonsensical and unvotable.

iv) When Bersih took to the streets, BN could have harnessed the people’s power and used it optimally. But somehow it took the opposite turn, taunting and brutalizing the rakyat, only to be confirmed by SUHAKAM that there was excessive use of brute force on civilians.

BN can hide behind a series of lawsuits targetting the officers present at the riot who threw blows that cannot prove they were defending themselves. BN has not done this yet. What Suhakanm confirms is moot until the courts take this investigative action.

v) Oh yes. In fact the reverse is happening. People are now asking why is BN pumping so much money in all these advertisements? And BN should also not be surprised that people are now asking, “whose money is BN spending and does it come with the rakyat’s approval?”

This is a very valid point. The MPs on either side though have not written bills to limit advertisement spending on this wastage. In fact too many bad laws have not been challenged by BN or PR, so the voters need to field themselves as 3rd Force candidates that will make these amendments.

vi) So if BN loses in GE-13, do we blame the Opposition leaders or do we blame the ‘ungrateful rakyat’?

Whats with this ‘us vs them’ mentality, and from a non-MP or non-Assemblyman no less! There are no ungrateful Rakyat, the government is made up of the Rakyat, and is not permanent. there is nothing to be grateful or ungrateful for but to hate MPs from BN and PR that prevent distribution of unused state land and allow the extreme sequestration of extreme wealth by the riches citizens, that allow Forced Military Conscriptions, that allow apartheid, that have not placed limits on advertisements during election time, that have allowed term limitless, and nepotistic family blocs in government in either coalition etc.. Vote for 3rd Firce and make sure that not a single MP or Assemblyman has had a single term in power.

vii) Now how do we explain all these? Maybe there has to be some truth in the ancient wisdom which says: Your wealth does not stay with you beyond two generations.

How do we explain these? Distribute the unused state land, and the petrol wealth and the tourism dollars and anything else that is renewable if you think all Malaysians are equal citizens. Not a word against apartheid JD? Then a reminder, the state of plutocracy is a form of discrimination that wealth sequestration allows. The entitlements and wealth and political power of a country (just look at Pakatan’s failure to implement Local Council Elections – Pakatan installed cronies instead on the taxpayer dollar) should be distributed every generation away from the very wealthiest, not become concentrated in a handful of term limitless nepotists in government. Every citizen is wealthy in any country, the politicians just are not distributing the wealth much like refusing to instutute minimum wage while collecting 23K a month to the tune of 2 million a term in power WHILE being term limitless and asking for 750K funerals on top of that. Don’t curse the readers with MSM adages JD, the wealth and lands of every nation belongs to every citizen in equal measure – there is no way wealth does not stay with anyone if the social security net includes all of the above considerations, the only issue is overpopulation and foreign invasions, nothing else – there is no real concept of wealth as such and Malaysia’s system is 3rd world as a political system can get. Migration may be the only cure for those without the ‘fighting spirit’ or the ‘cash’ to hide behind.

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ARTICLE 1

Are bionic superhumans on the horizon? – by Ramez Naam, Special to CNN – April 25, 2013 — Updated 1227 GMT (2027 HKT)

The i-limb ultra revolution hand, controllable by smartphone app. In time, will we choose to have bionic enhancements?

“We’re in the midst of a bionic revolution,” says author Ramez Naam
Thought-controlled bionic legs and arms are already reality
Brain implants allowed monkeys to control robotic arms from a distance of 7,000 miles
These advances raise moral question over who will have access to this technology

Editor’s note: Ramez Naam is the author of “More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement,”and “Nexus,” a near-future thriller about a technology that can boost and link human minds, and the struggle to control it.

(CNN) — We’re in the midst of a bionic revolution, yet most of us don’t know it.

Around 220,000 people worldwide already walk around with cochlear implants — devices worn around the ear that turn sound waves into electrical impulses shunted directly into the auditory nerve.

Tens of thousands of people have been implanted with deep brain stimulators, devices that send an electrode tunneling several inches in the brain. Deep brain stimulators are used to control Parkinson’s disease, though lately they’ve also been tested — with encouraging results — in use against severe depression and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Ramez Naam

The most obvious bionics are those that replace limbs. Olympian “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius, now awaiting trial for the alleged murder of his girlfriend, made a splash with his Cheetah carbon fiber prostheses. Yet those are a relatively simple technology — a curved piece of slightly springy, super-strong material. In the digital age, we’re seeing more sophisticated limbs.

Explore the bionic body

Consider the thought-controlled bionic leg that Zac Vawter used to climb all 103 floors of Chicago’s Willis Tower. Or the nerve-controlled bionic hand that Iraq war veteran Glen Lehman had attached after the loss of his original hand.

Or the even more sophisticated i-limb Ultra, an artificial hand with five independently articulating artificial fingers. Those limbs don’t just react mechanically to pressure. They actually respond to the thoughts and intentions of their owners, flexing, extending, gripping, and releasing on mental command.
We’re in the midst of a bionic revolution, yet most of us don’t know it.
Ramez Naam

The age when prostheses were largely inert pieces of wood, metal, and plastic is passing. Advances in microprocessors, in techniques to interface digital technology with the human nervous system, and in battery technology to allow prostheses to pack more power with less weight are turning replacement limbs into active parts of the human body.

In some cases, they’re not even part of the body at all. Consider the case of Cathy Hutchinson. In 1997, Cathy had a stroke, leaving her without control of her arms. Hutchinson volunteered for an experimental procedure that could one day help millions of people with partial or complete paralysis. She let researchers implant a small device in the part of her brain responsible for motor control. With that device, she is able to control an external robotic arm by thinking about it.

That, in turn, brings up an interesting question: If the arm isn’t physically attached to her body, how far away could she be and still control it? The answer is at least thousands of miles. In animal studies, scientists have shown that a monkey with a brain implant can control a robot arm 7,000 miles away. The monkey’s mental signals were sent over the internet, from Duke University in North Carolina, to the robot arm in Japan. In this day and age, distance is almost irrelevant.
Bionic leg propels man up 103 flights
Bionic hand controlled by iPhone app

The superhuman frontier

The 7,000-mile-away prosthetic arm makes an important point: These new prostheses aren’t just going to restore missing human abilities. They’re going to enhance our abilities, giving us powers we never had before, and augmenting other capabilities we have. While the current generation of prostheses is still primitive, we can already see this taking shape when a monkey moves a robotic arm on the other side of the planet just by thinking about it.

Other research is pointing to enhancements to memory and decision making.

The hippocampus is a small, seahorse-shaped part of the brain that’s essential in forming new memories. If it’s damaged — by an injury to the head, for example — people start having difficulty forming new long-term memories. In the most extreme cases, this can lead to the complete inability to form new long-term memories, as in the film Memento. Working to find a way to repair this sort of brain damage, researchers in 2011 created a “hippocampus chip” that can replace damaged brain tissue. When they implanted it in rats with a damaged hippocampus, they found that not only could their chip repair damaged memory — it could improve the rats’ ability to learn new things.

Nor is memory the end of it. Another study, in 2012, demonstrated that we can boost intelligence — at least one sort — in monkeys. Scientists at Wake Forest University implanted specialized brain chips in a set of monkeys and trained those monkeys to perform a picture-matching game. When the implant was activated, it raised their scores by an average of 10 points on a 100-point scale. The implant makes monkeys smarter.
When it’s possible to make humans smarter, sharper, and faster, how will that affect us?
Ramez Naam

From disabled to super-capable

Both of those technologies for boosting memory and intelligence are in very early stages, in small animal studies only, and years (or possibly decades) away from wide use in humans. Still, they make us wonder — what happens when it’s possible to improve on the human body and mind?

The debate has started already, of course. Oscar Pistorius had to fight hard for inclusion in the Olympics. Many objected that his carbon fiber prostheses gave him a competitive advantage. He was able — with the help of doctors and biomedical engineers — to make a compelling case that his Cheetah blades didn’t give him any advantage on the field. But how long will that be true? How long until we have prostheses (not to mention drugs and genetic therapies) that make athletes better in their sports?

But the issue is much, much wider than professional sports. We may care passionately about the integrity of the Olympics or professional cycling or so on, but they only directly affect a very small number of us. In other areas of life — in the workforce in particular — enhancement technology might affect all of us.

When it’s possible to make humans smarter, sharper, and faster, how will that affect us? Will the effect be mostly positive, boosting our productivity and the rate of human innovation? Or will it be just another pressure to compete at work? Who will be able to afford these technologies? Will anyone be able to have their body, and more importantly, their brain upgraded? Or will only the rich have access to these enhancements?

We have a little while to consider these questions, but we ought to start. The technology will sneak its way into our lives, starting with people with disabilities, the injured, and the ill. It’ll improve their lives in ways that are unquestionably good. And then, one day, we’ll wake up and realize that we’re doing more than restoring lost function. We’re enhancing it.

Superhuman technology is on the horizon. Time to start thinking about what that means for us.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Ramez Naam.

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Best that the controls are in the hands of the recepient. No point being a marionette than a free yet crippled person.

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Auschwitz death camp guard, 93, faces new trial as Germany makes desperate bid to jail 50 former S.S. men before they die peacefully of old age – by Allan Hall – PUBLISHED: 13:21 GMT, 26 April 2013 | UPDATED: 14:54 GMT, 26 April 2013

Hans Lipschis, 93, is accused of working at Auschwitz from 1941 to 1945
Says he was unaware of the wholesale slaughter, saying he was just a cook
But paperwork shows he was member of SS’s feared Death’s Head Battalion
Comes after conviction of Sobibor death camp guard John Demjanjuk in 2011
It set precedent making it enough to have just served at extermination site

German prosecutors have started proceedings against a former Auschwitz death camp guard in a last ditch bid to bring 50 former SS men to trial before they die peacefully of old age.

Hans Lipschis, 93, is expected to be the first person brought to court after investigations were launched by German officials several weeks ago into the Auschwitz guards who escaped scot free after WW2.

Prosecutors in Stuttgart this week confirmed the criminal probe launched against him.

Lipschis, who was born in Lithuania in 1919 and was granted ‘ethnic German’ status in 1943, is accused of working at Auschwitz-Birkenau as a member of the S.S. from 1941 to 1945. He is suspected of participating in murder and genocide.

Lipschis’ name was added a few weeks ago to a list of wanted Nazi criminals published by Dr Efraim Zuroff, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s office in Israel.

‘Work Makes You Free': The ‘Arbeit Mact Frei’ sign still hangs above Auschwitz concentration camp in a haunting reminder of the atrocities that were carried out there. It is now a museum

Chilling: Hans Lipschis was born in Lithuania in 1919 and was granted ‘ethnic German’ status in 1943. This is his ID Card from Auschwitz

Nice life for guards: An accordionist leads a sing-along for SS officers at their retreat at Solahutte outside Auschwitz in 1944. Not far away, Jews were being murdered in their thousands

Over 1.2 million people, mostly Jews, were murdered at Auschwitz in Nazi-occupied Poland during the war.

A German newspaper tracked Lipschis down to a retirement home near Stuttgart where he denied the charges, claimed he knew nothing about the horrors committed at the extermination camp and said he was a ‘cook for the entire time I was there.’

But paperwork has surfaced that shows he was a member of the SS–Totenkopf Sturmbann, or Death’s Head Battalion, which guarded the camp.

These were the men who also supervised the unloading of the trains which brought the doomed victims from all over Europe to Auschwitz.

In the past German prosecutors have relied on eyewitness testimony or paperwork when bringing murder charges against suspected war criminals.

But the conviction of Sobibor death camp guard John Demjanjuk in 2011 in Munich set a new precedent whereby it was enough for people to have served at a site of mass extermination without specific acts being proved.

In 1956 Lipschis fled to the United States and lived in Chicago for 26 years, but was deported to Germany in 1983 after being identified by the U.S. as a Nazi war criminal.
‘The Gate of Death': Auschwitz II-Birkenau’s main guard house which prisoners called

‘The Gate of Death': Auschwitz II-Birkenau’s main guard house which prisoners called “The Gate of Death”. Over 1.2 million people, mostly Jews, were murdered at Auschwitz in Nazi-occupied Poland during the war
Over 1.2 million people, mostly Jews, were murdered at Auschwitz in Nazi-occupied Poland during the war.
Children: Over 1.2 million people, mostly Jews, were murdered at Auschwitz in Nazi-occupied Poland during the war

Haunting: A handful of haunting photographs taken during the camp’s liberation are haunting reminders of the unimaginable horror that faced prisoners inside Auschwitz

Convicted: The conviction of Sobibor death camp guard John Demjanjuk in 2011 set a new precedent whereby it was enough for people to have served at a site of mass extermination without specific acts being proved

Convicted: The conviction of Sobibor death camp guard John Demjanjuk in 2011 set a new precedent whereby it was enough for people to have served at a site of mass extermination without specific acts being proved

Because of the precedent set in the Demjanjuk case, prosecutors are planning to put him on trial without any specific knowledge of what he did during his time there.

‘It is almost certain that he will be the first to be brought to court,’ stated the German newspaper Die Welt.

Kurt Schrimm, who heads the German office for investigating Nazi crimes, said the investigations had already led to information about numerous suspects, all of whom reside in Germany and are about 90 years old.

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Pointless to imprison now. These old people would be in so much pain and struggling to stay alive day to day rather than being aware of their doings in the past. The state should explain this fact to the families seeking to imprison or punish these war criminals. These people are not the same soldiers and officers in their youth. While they were alert and well, yes. But now? Whats the point? The spirit that attended their activities would not be addressable and being human rights aware, Germany should drop as many cases as are in health that renders the cases meaningless to punish.

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Washington Republicans file bill to legalize discrimination against LGBT people – by David Edwards – Friday, April 26, 2013 9:59 EDT

A bill filed by a group of 12 Republican state senators in Washington would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT people based on religious or “philosophical” beliefs.

Earlier this year, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit against a florist who said that she could not supply flowers for a gay couple’s wedding “because of my relationship with Jesus Christ.”

In response, state Sen. Sharon Brown (R) and 11 other of the 23 Republicans in the Washington state Senate want to legalize discrimination against gay and lesbian couples with Senate Bill 5927. The measure goes far beyond religious exceptions, allowing business to discriminate based on “philosophical beliefs” or even “matters of conscience.”

“The right to act or refuse to act in a manner motivated by a sincerely held religious belief, philosophical belief, or matter of conscience may not be burdened unless the government proves that it has a compelling governmental interest in infringing the specific act or refusal to act and has used the least restrictive means to further that interest,” the bill states.

The bill also notes that it does not allow the denial of services to anyone who is considered a protected class under federal law. Race, religion and disability are all protected classes under federal law, but LGBT people are not.

A 2006 Washington state law made it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation. Last year, voters also legalized same sex marriage.

Equal Rights Washington Josh Friedes told The Associated Press that the Republican bill “undermines our entire approach to ensuring the equality of all Washingtonians in commerce.”

“It is discrimination, pure and simple,” he pointed out.

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Small businesses only perhaps? Big franchises however cannot fairly discriminate to be politically correct and to prevent creating a sense of disenfranchisement which doubtless destroys society by creating disaffected groups which mainstream groups will feel emboldened to persecute.

But businesses must be duty bound to serve IF there are no other options for the same service within a reasonable area, or if the LGBT persons might be caused wastage or detours (think carbon footprint) ‘compensation worthy’. Also the same businesses must be made to display prominently signs stating their preference to not serve LGBT and the same business owners be denied access to political positions that allow them to wield undue influence via any undemocratic legal amendments over the LGBT demographic in a manner that hampers this demographic’s quality of life or affects their lifestyle. These citizens certainly have a right to refuse BUT in doing so, discriminate in a manner some religions also do, and thus are disqualified to run for office in any capacity because of their discriminative nature of conducting what is meant to be neutral politics that is coloured by preferences – the term ‘grey’ politicians hence becomes very obvious. The more colourful, the more affiliated, the less effective, the more disenfranchising. The only politicians allowed to write policy, are NEUTRAL politicians who can by their natural mindset, ensure all and sundry may have spaces, which such refusal to serve the LGBT demographic shows a lack of. Here are your Taliban of sexual preference in the USA.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/18/harvard-atheists-shocked-at-exclusion-from-boston-bombing-memorial-service/

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New law protects 2nd Amendment from feds – Bills ‘nullifying’ Washington overreach gaining momentum across the country – Published: 04/17/2013 at 8:48 PM

Garth Kant is a WND staff writer. Previously, he spent five years writing, copy-editing and producing at “CNN Headline News,” three years writing, copy-editing and training writers at MSNBC, and also served several local TV newsrooms as producer, executive producer and assistant news director. He is the author of the McGraw-Hill textbook, “How to Write Television News.”

It was called the strongest pro-gun bill in the country, and now it’s the law in Kansas.

The law is designed to counter the push by liberal federal lawmakers for increased restrictions on gun rights. It nullifies any new limits on firearms, magazines and ammunition – whether enacted by Congress, presidential executive order or any agency.

If Congress would have passed the Senate amendment expanding federal background checks, for example, the Kansas law would nullify it in the state.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, signed Senate Bill 102 into law yesterday, which exempts Kansas from any laws the federal government might pass that would infringe on Second Amendment rights.

Specifically, the Kansas law prevents federal law enforcement officials from enforcing any laws restricting Second Amendment rights.

To ease concerns by some lawmakers over showdowns, federal officers would not be handcuffed or jailed, but they would be prosecuted.

The law is significant not just because of its intent, but because of who signed it. Brownback is a major political figure in the Republican Party who served as a congressman and a senator for the state until election as governor in 2010. Throwing his weight behind a “nullification” law lends credibility to a growing trend.

An impressive 32 state legislatures have now introduced pro-Second Amendment “nullification” bills. The progress of the bills can be tracked at the Tenth Amendment Center’s website.

Montana began the trend with its Firearms Freedom Act. The law is currently tied up in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which heard arguments last month. The Cato and Goldwater Institutes have filed a friend-of-the-court brief, “arguing that federal law doesn’t preempt Montana’s ability to exercise its sovereign police powers to facilitate the exercise of individual rights protected by the Second and Ninth Amendments.”

As WND reported, several more states have now passed laws modeled after Montana’s Firearms Freedom Act. Earlier this month, Arizona joined Wyoming, South Dakota, Utah, Tennessee and Montana.

The laws are generally justified by references to the Second, Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the Constitution. The Second Amendment guarantees the right to firearms. The Ninth Amendment makes it clear that citizens have rights not specifically listed in the Constitution. And the Tenth Amendment says states have powers not specifically given to the federal government or specifically denied to states.

Supporters of states’ rights have said the Tenth Amendment can nullify federal laws that are unconstitutional or beyond the federal government’s powers.

“Nullification” has been used as a legal argument to try to overturn everything from pro-slavery laws to Obamacare, always unsuccessfully. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that under the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, federal law is superior to state law and that federal courts have the final say on interpreting the Constitution.

But with the momentum of 32 states having introduced pro-Second Amendment nullification bills, that may change.

Michael Boldin, founder of the Tenth Amendment Center, said there are many ways to nullify a law.

“The courts can strike a law down. The executive branch could refuse to enforce it. People in large numbers might refuse to comply. A number of states could pass a law making its enforcement illegal. Or a number a states could refuse to cooperate in any way with its enforcement.”

Before it became law, Boldin called the Kansas measure the strongest nullification bill in modern American history.

A key provision of the Kansas’ Second Amendment Protection Act reads:

(a) Any act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the government of the United States which violates the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is null, void and unenforceable in the state of Kansas.

Boldin wrote yesterday that another key part of the law is that Kansas “would not be allowed to participate in any federal gun control measures that restrict the individual right to keep and bear arms as understood in 1861.”

That’s because any federal laws undermining the Second Amendment would not be part of what Kansas agreed to when it joined the U.S.

According to Boldin, there is another key factor that may swing power in the favor of states seeking to enforce nullification laws.

He wrote, “The federal government does not have the manpower to enforce all its laws. State and local law enforcement often times carry the water during investigations and actual arrests.

“If states pass laws banning both state and local participation – in any way – with the enforcement of a federal law – that federal law would never be enforced.”

As WND reported earlier this month, a key supporter of Montana’s Firearms Freedom Act says nullification laws are needed to break a near-monopoly on guns by the federal government.

According to Gary Marbut of the Montana Shooting Sports Association, the “current federal scheme of regulating the supply system for new firearms in the U.S. is so complete it might actually constitute a government monopoly on the supply of firearms.”

“Under current federal regulation, no firearm may be made and sold to another person without federal government permission – not one firearm,” he said.

To submit to a government gun monopoly, he said, would be to believe “that the Constitution is an old, dead, obsolete and meaningless piece of paper, the Ninth Amendment is as worthless as the rest, and has no relevance to the [Montana Firearms Freedom Act].”

Derek Sheriff reported at the Arizona Tenth Amendment Center that Arizona’s bill asserts the state’s “sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment and the people’s unenumerated rights under the Ninth Amendment.”

“They also emphasize the fact that when Arizona entered the union in 1912, its people did so as part of a contract between the state and the people of Arizona and the United States,” he said.

Kurt Hofmann of the St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner said the surging movement across the states is “a challenge to the federal government’s grotesquely expansive use of the interstate commerce to regulate – well … everything, whether it has anything to do with interstate commerce or not.”

“Liberty doesn’t just happen – it needs to be worked for,” he said. “Getting that work done can make the difference between having to work for liberty, and having to fight for it.”

Marbut, who has described himself as the godfather of the Firearms Freedom Act movement, has reported previously that while the Constitution’s Commerce Clause can be viewed as regulating interstate commerce, it also can be viewed as having been modified when the later Second Amendment assuring citizens of the right to own weapons was adopted.

No less significant, he suggests, is the Ninth Amendment, which states, “The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”

Boldin said Washington likely is looking for a way out of the dispute.

“I think they’re going to let it ride, hoping some judge throws out the case,” he told WND. “When they really start paying attention is when people actually start following the [state] firearms laws.”

WND reported that when Wyoming joined the states with self-declared exemptions from federal gun regulation, officials there took the unusual step of including penalties for any agent of the U.S. who “enforces or attempts to enforce” federal gun rules on a “personal firearm.”

The penalties could be up to two years in prison and $2,000 in fines for an offender.

But the bellwether likely is to be the lawsuit agaisnt the Montana law, which was the first to go into effect.

As WND reported, the action was filed by the Second Amendment Foundation and the Montana Shooting Sports Association in U.S. District Court in Missoula, Mont., to validate the principles and terms of the Montana Firearms Freedom Act, which took effect Oct. 3, 2009.

Marbut argues that the federal government was created by the states to serve the states and the people, and it is time for the states to begin drawing boundaries for the federal government and its agencies.

s Obama’s gun control dream dead?

No, this is just Round 1
No, this is a righteous battle that will continue forever
No, the senators who shot it down will be voted out of office
No, the left never gives up
No, it’ll be empowered as soon as there’s another mass shooting
I don’t care. I will never own a gun
I don’t care. I will never give up my guns
Yes, the left will move on to other pet projects
Yes, it’s a huge blow to Obama and Democrats
Yes, gun rights reporters are now energized to see they actually can stop Obama’s agenda
Yes, this looked like an unstoppable freight train, and it’s been derailed
Other

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Non-hegelian dialectic options to choose from. This will foster critical thought among the readers. Nice.

http://www.wnd.com/2013/04/new-law-protects-2nd-amendment-from-feds/#gVPV48fFM5YylSSh.99

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I Want My Daughter to Be a Mean Girl – by The_Stir | Parenting – Tue, Apr 3, 2012 3:25 PM EDT

No mom wants to think that her sweet little girl could possibly metamorphosis into a mean girl. That the little girl who you had tea parties with and watched as she lovingly moved a kitten out of harm’s way could turn into a bully.

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Everyone hates a mean girl. But I’d rather my daughter turn into a mean girl than the victim of a bully. My daughter has gotten bullied. Both of my girls have gotten bullied — in preschool no less. Kids are mean these days.

A classmate, who somehow at the tender age of 4 knows how to withhold affection, was torturing my youngest. This kid is a master manipulator and her bullying isn’t reserved just for my daughter. She is an equal opportunity mean girl. Honestly, I don’t care for this child at all, mostly because she made my daughter cry for about 3 months.

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This child likes to tell other kids that she doesn’t like them. If they try to play with her, she ignores, belittles, and taunts them. Depending on the day, you may or may not be in her good graces. Of course, I tried to tell my little girl to NOT play with her (because why the hell would you?). I don’t particularly want my daughter picking up inferiority complexes because this other kid makes her feel not quite good enough. I’ll be damned if I’m going to watch what I say and do around my daughter, only to have some 4-year-old make her question herself.

I’ve taught my girls to be nice to everyone. I teach them to empathize with someone who is being left out, in hopes that they will not be the mean kid. It has worked thus far.

Unfortunately, now my 4-year-old is friends with the mean girl and I think she’s afraid to fall out of her good graces. She goes along with pretty much whatever this other little girl wants to play and everything is good because my kid is making nice. Of course, this also means that my kid is going along with the bully who is now focusing her time and energy on weaker children.

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But, I’ve reconsidered; I don’t want my kid to make nice with the mean girls. I don’t want her to be pleasing to a jerk. I want her to stand up against her and ignore her. I want her to say, “Hey, you are kind of a monster and I don’t want to be your friend. Be gone before someone drops a house on you!” I’d much rather her be the mean girl in this scenario than the kid getting bullied into submission.

What would you prefer, your kid be the mean girl or the bully?

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Depending on the social status nominally backed by wealth, could be mean girl (upper classes sticking to non-violent methods), bully (lower classes resorting to violence), neither-norrmal (middle class superficials).

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Britain strikes fair trial deal with Jordan to deport Abu Qatada but Theresa May warns it could still take months to kick out cleric – by Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor – PUBLISHED: 11:50 GMT, 24 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:06 GMT, 24 April 2013

Home Secretary tells MPs a new deal will ensure preacher gets a fair trial
MPs say the agreement could be a ‘gamechanger’
Labour says government is ‘back to legal square one’
Government told it can’t take deportation campaign to the Supreme Court

Britain has struck a new deal with Jordan which will ‘finally make possible’ the deportation of hate cleric Abu Qatada, Home Secretary Theresa May announced today.

The treaty secures new reassurances that evidence obtained by torture will not be used against the radical preacher and its expected to become law in the UK by the end of June.

But Mrs May warned Qatada will still be likely to launch more legal challenges to the process, as she branded the decade-long battle to kick him out of Britain ‘absurd’.

Remaining in Britain? Abu Qatada has won the latest court case today in his long running legal battle to avoid deportation

The Home Office released this image of Home Secretary Theresa May signing the fair trial guarantees with Jordan that she believes will reassure courts that torture evidence would not be used against Abu Qatada

Mrs May said a new comprehensive mutual legal assistance agreement has been struck with Jordan, in an attempt to reassure the courts that he will receive a fair trial on terror charges.

He has repeatedly argued that evidence against him was obtained by torture.

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It includes a number of fair trial guarantees and would apply to anyone being deported from either country.

It does not name Qatada directly, but it states that any evidence used to prosecute someone who is to be deported cannot be used ‘unless the prosecution in the receiving State proves beyond any doubt that the statement has been provided out of free-will and choice and was not obtained by torture or ill-treatment by the authorities of the receiving State’.

Mrs May told the Commons: ‘I believe that the treaty we have agreed with Jordan – once ratified by both parliaments – will finally make possible the deportation of Abu Qatada.

‘But as I have warned the House before, even when the treaty is fully ratified, it will not mean that Qatada will be on a plane to Jordan within days.

‘We will be able to issue a new deportation decision, but Qatada will still have legal appeals available to him, and it will therefore be up to the courts to make the final decision.

‘That legal process may well still take many months, but in the meantime I believe Qatada should remain behind bars.’

Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes hailed the treaty as a ‘gamechanger’ but Keith Vaz, the Labour chairman of the home affairs select committee, said the entire process had become a ‘farce’.

But Mrs May warned that even when the new treaty is fully ratified by both countries it will not mean that terror suspect Qatada will be ‘on a plane to Jordan within days’.

Home Secretary Theresa May delivered an emergency statement in the Commons

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said the government was back at ‘legal square one’

Mrs May said the deal will ‘finally’ make it possible to kick Qatada out but Labour’s shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper told MPs the government was ‘back to legal square one again’

David Cameron is considering a temporary withdrawal from the European human rights convention in order to finally remove Abu Qatada from Britain

‘Abu Qatada should remain behind bars,’ says Theresa May

Home Office minister James Brokenshire is understood to have visited the country to secure fresh assurances that the preacher will be treated fairly. However, the new agreement will be subject to fresh appeals by Qatada.

At best, it would restart the legal merry-go-round, with the case going back through the British courts – and even returning to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. That could allow Qatada to remain in Britain for many years at taxpayers’ expense.

Labour’s shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said: ‘Today, we are back to legal square one again.’

She said that in the past Mrs May ‘has overstated the evidence, overstated her legal position, and overstated her legal strategy which instead has failed. We hope that she has not done so again’.

It came after the Government discovered it had lost the latest round in an interminable legal battle to remove the terror suspect.

Downing Street today refused to deny reports that David Cameron is considering a temporary withdrawal from the European human rights convention in order to finally remove Qatada from Britain.

Theresa May told MPs the length of the legal battle was ‘absurd’

Challenged on the idea, Mrs May said: ‘We should have all options – including leaving the convention altogether – on the table.

‘The Prime Minister is looking at all the options. That is the only sensible thing to do.’

But former Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke dismised the idea.

The minister without portfolio again risked the ire of Tory MPs who want the government to take a tougher line with Qatada.

He told BBC Radio 4’s World at One that the Government had no plans to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights.

‘I’m not aware that we are actively looking at that. If I was asked my advice on that by any of my colleagues I’d have to say I don’t think that’s got the faintest thing to do with Abu Qatada.

‘It’s not the policy of this government to withdraw either from a short period or for a lengthy period from the European Convention on Human Rights.’

Earlier Mrs May rejected the idea of just putting Qatada on a plane, insisting Britain has to abide by the law. She added that it had taken too long to deal with the radical preacher.

‘It is absurd for the deportation of a suspected foreign terrorist to take so many years and cost the taxpayer so much money.

‘That’s why we need to make sense of our human rights laws. In the meantime the government is doing everything it can to deport Abu Qatada to Jordan.’

The Prime Minister held a ‘council of war’ with senior ministers yesterday to find a way of deporting the hate preacher to his native Jordan to face terror charges, according to sources.

Mrs May, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling and Attorney General Dominic Grieve were summoned for talks at Downing Street shortly before the Government discovered it had lost the latest round in an interminable legal battle to remove the terror suspect.

European judges have ruled that Qatada would not receive a fair trial in Jordan but Conservative MPs have suggested that the threat of Britain pulling out of the convention would persuade Strasbourg to back down.

The Prime Minister’s decision to put himself at the head of Government efforts to remove Qatada is high risk, since he will now be blamed if they fail.
Labour and Conservative ministers have been trying to deport Qatada for a decade

Still smiling: Labour and Conservative ministers have been trying to deport Qatada for a decade but have failed

Ministers have been trying for a decade to send Qatada to Jordan, where he is accused of plotting a terrorist atrocity to coincide with the Millennium.

His removal was originally approved by the British courts, only to be halted by the European Court of Human Rights last year.

Judges in Strasbourg said he would not get a fair trial because some of the evidence used against him may have been obtained by torture. Controversially, Mrs May opted not to appeal against this verdict.

Instead, she and her ministers secured personal promises from the Jordanian authorities there would be no use of torture evidence, and began the deportation process again in the UK legal system.

But last November, the Special Immigration Appeals Commission said it was not satisfied with the assurances, and halted Qatada’s removal. The court said it must reflect the Strasbourg ruling.

That decision was last month upheld by the Appeal Court and yesterday the same court refused permission for the Home Secretary to challenge the ruling in the Supreme Court. The Government is to persist with its bid by applying directly to the Supreme Court for permission.

A Home Office spokesman said: ‘The Government remains committed to deporting this dangerous man and we continue to work with the Jordanians to address the outstanding legal issues preventing deportation.’

Qatada – who has been linked to a long list of international terrorists – is currently in Belmarsh high-security jail for allegedly breaching his immigration bail conditions. It is feared the longer the case drags on the less willing judges will be to insist Qatada remains in prison and the more likely it is that he will be allowed back out on to the streets.
KEY EVENTS IN ABU QATADA’S BATTLE AGAINST DEPORTATION

September 16 1993 – The Jordanian father of five claims asylum when he arrives in Britain on a forged passport.
June 1994 – He is allowed to stay in Britain.
March 1995 – Qatada issues a ‘fatwa’ justifying the killing of converts from Islam, their wives and children in Algeria.
May 1998 – He applies for indefinite leave to remain in Britain.
April 1999 – He is convicted in his absence on terror charges in Jordan and sentenced to life imprisonment.
October 1999 – The radical cleric speaks in London advocating the killing of Jews and praising attacks on Americans.
February 2001 – He is arrested by anti-terror police over involvement in a plot to bomb Strasbourg Christmas market. Officers find him in possession of £170,000 in cash, including £805 in an envelope marked ‘For the mujahedin in Chechnya’.
December 2001 – Qatada becomes one of Britain’s most wanted men after going on the run from his home in Acton, West London.
October 2002 – He is arrested by police in a council house in south London and detained in Belmarsh high-security jail.
March 2005 – He is freed on conditional bail and placed on a control order.
August 2005 – The preacher is arrested under immigration rules as the Government seeks to deport him to Jordan.
April 2008 – The Court of Appeal rules that deporting him would breach his human rights because evidence used against him in Jordan may have been obtained through torture.
May 2008 – Qatada is granted bail by the immigration tribunal but told he must stay inside for 22 hours a day.
June 2008 – He is released from Long Lartin jail in Worcestershire and moves in to a four bedroomed £800,000 home in West London.
November 2008 – He is rearrested after the Home Office tells an immigration hearing of fears he plans to abscond.
December 2008 – Qatada’s bail is revoked by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) after hearing secret evidence that the risk of him absconding has increased.
February 18 2009 – In a landmark judgment, five Law Lords unanimously back the Government’s policy of removing terror suspects from Britain on the basis of assurances from foreign governments. It is ruled he can be deported to Jordan to face terror charges.
February 19 2009 – Qatada is awarded £2,500 compensation by the European Court of Human Rights after the judges rule that his detention without trial in the UK under anti-terrorism powers breached his human rights.
January 2012 – European judges rule the firebrand cleric can be sent back to Jordan with diplomatic assurances but he cannot be deported while ‘there remains a real risk that evidence obtained by torture will be used against him’.
February 6 2012 – SIAC rules he can be released on bail, despite posing a risk to national security.
February 9 2012 – David Cameron and King Abdullah of Jordan agree on the ‘importance of finding an effective resolution’ to his case, Downing Street says.
February 13 2012 – It emerges Qatada has been released on bail from Long Lartin prison.
April 17 2012 – The cleric is arrested as the Government prepares to deport him to Jordan.
April 18 2012 – Abu Qatada lodges an appeal – potentially delaying his deportation by months.
March 6 2013 – He is returned to jail over fears the terror suspect was trying to communicate with associates, in breach of bail conditions.
March 27 2013 – Court of Appeal admits hate preacher is ‘very dangerous’ but rules sending him to face a terror trial in Jordan would not be fair.
April 17 2013 – Home Office says it will take its battle to the Supreme Court.
April 23 2013 – Court of Appeal rejects government request to appeal.

He hates Britain. Send him him to Syria to promote what he believes. Perhaps he will understand the value of freedom. Put him on plane or tie him up in a rocket and launch it.

- Paul , Prescot, 24/4/2013 19:03
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How dare Labour say anything. Its their fault we signed up to teh ECHR and it is Labour and Lib Dems who support contunied membership of the EU.

- expat , Virginia Beach, 24/4/2013 18:52
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Stop his legal aid and benefits he will then go I would hope. Hope the family are going as well.

- Jimbo , Glasgow, United Kingdom, 24/4/2013 18:52
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Im confused this is a man who hates Britain and all we stand for yet he is willing to parasitically take what he can and is fighting to stay in a country he dislikes…… So is he a hypocrite of a parasite? The money used to play his games could have been better spent helping or caring for someone who deserves it He needs a one way ticket out of this country and ALL his benefits legal fees stoping being paid for by us.

- AE , Cheshire, 24/4/2013 18:49
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Just vote for UKIP or British National Party, to make sure this lunacy does not happen in the future, If you don’t then don’t complain just live with it. You have a vote in May, Use it.

- walt49 , swansea, 24/4/2013 18:49
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Bring a bill before Parliament get it trough by whatever means in to law. From next year all judges will have to put themselves up for election by us, and will be quizzed about their sentencing policy.

- Westmaster , Kirklees, 24/4/2013 18:49
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Simple, get Jordan to drop all charges, send him back without fear of trial then send in the SAS to bump him off.

- majorbem , stoke on trent, United Kingdom, 24/4/2013 18:44
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The parasite deserves to be treated with extreme prejudice.

- Anon_Wales , Wales, United Kingdom, 24/4/2013 18:43
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I agree that Mrs May is the worst Home Secretary in living memory but Yvette Cooper (Mrs Balls) should shut up a remember that it was her lot that let him in and did nothing to get rid of him.

- Stan. , Lincoln, 24/4/2013 18:41
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What is a “country” if it can not enforce its borders and who is to be allowed in ? This nasty man has done us a favour by proving that we are no longer a “country”. Vote UKIP and take back control of our island.

- Harvestmoon , Glasgow, 24/4/2013 18:39

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Heres how. Slip Qatada hate preacher some sedatives, put on a private flight and deliver to Jordan. After landing, place Qatada in a public place. Contact the police who will rush there. Then have local BBC newsmen take photos of Qatada  being taken in Jordanian custody title heading, ‘Qatada found in Jordan, Managed to Evade Detection. (Fell asleep exhausted while waiting for contact and caught.)’ Then go into a MSM spin about human trafficking, airport procedure and imply saying Qatada meant to go to Jordan to make trouble (that was also conveniently the destinations’ deal). Simple and saves months of having to ‘humanely house and feed’ Qatada and be accused by English tax payers for spending taxmoney on Qatada. Meanwhile local tax parasites still are not sued or prevented from doing the same :

Blair makes a fortune on lecture tours… and you pay for his stay: Outcry as former PM stays on taxpayer-funded residences

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2316315/Tony-Blair-makes-fortune-lecture-tours–YOU-taxpayer-pay-stay.html

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CHECK OUT THE NEW GUN THAT ALLOWS COPS TO SHOOT AND CAPTURE YOUR DNA – January 29, 2013 0 Comments

Selecta DNA’s high velocity DNA tagging system in action, available in both pistol and rifle formats. (Photo: Selectamark Security Systems)

A new tool that would allow law enforcement to prevent criminals from running away or disappearing into a crowd before arrest was highlighted last week at The SHOT Show in Las Vegas.

The High Velocity DNA Tagging system by the U.K.-based security company Selectamark was introduced with police officers in a riot situation in mind. Coming in both pistol and rifle form, the tool would allow police to remain 30 to 40 meters from the target and tag them with a SelectaDNA High Velocity pellet that contains a unique DNA code to ensure the correct person is apprehended later.

DNA pellets used by law enforcement officers to tag individuals with a unique Selecta DNA code from a distance. (Photo: Selectamark Security Systems)

“On contact with the target the uniquely-coded SelectaDNA solution leaves a synthetic DNA trace mark that will enable the relevant authorities to confirm or eliminate that person from their involvement in a particular situation and could ultimately lead to arrest and prosecution,” Selectamark Managing Director Andrew Knights said in a statement.

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Non-kill weapons. Nice. But I think the native peoples of so many tribes invented paralytic neurotoxins a few thousand years ago. Whats the point of tagging with dna when the entire riot area could be peppered with paralytic darts or harmless sleeping gas? Perhaps they should start pshing BB guns which can deliver a heavy bruise but are non-lethal instead. Killing a thief for stealing groceries even on the extreme end killing a rapist is not ‘an eye for an eye’. A ‘life for an eye’ is inequitable and unjust. So start pushing all kinds of BB guns for everyone, while keeping thelethal firearm for life holstered for life threatening situations instead!

Unless there is a spiritual dimension, another example of inequitable punishments :

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2316423/American-facing-death-penalty-North-Korea-took-pictures-starving-orphans.html

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Egypt’s Mursi in crisis talks with judges over reform – Analysis & Opinion (Reuters) – by Yasmine Saleh and Asma Alsharif – CAIRO | Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:27pm EDT

Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi gives a speech at the Koerber foundation for social challenge in Berlin January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

(Reuters) – Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi held crisis talks with the country’s top judges on Monday after the justice minister resigned over demands by the ruling Muslim Brotherhood for a “purification” of the judiciary.

The secular, liberal and left-wing opposition denounced what it called a planned “Brotherhoodisation” of the judiciary and called for demonstrations outside parliament.

A presidential source said Mursi met the Supreme Judicial Council and the prosecutor general to discuss a draft law reforming the judiciary due to go through the Islamist-dominated upper house on Wednesday.

Justice Minister Ahmed Mekky tendered his resignation on Saturday following a protest by Mursi’s Islamist backers to demand that judges appointed during ousted former President Hosni Mubarak’s nearly 30-year rule be purged.

A key provision of the draft proposed by the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party would lower the mandatory retirement age for judges to 60 from 70, forcing hundreds of members of the judiciary to step down immediately.

Critics say it would eliminate more than 3,000 judges at a stroke, including most members of senior bodies such as the constitutional court which has repeatedly stymied Mursi’s legislative and election plans.

Leaders of the opposition National Salvation Front called for demonstrations outside the Shura Council (upper house) on Wednesday to protest against what one senior liberal politician, Mohamed ElBaradei, called “the judges’ massacre”.

“The true goal of this project is to ‘Brotherhoodise’ the judiciary and replace independent judges with Brotherhood elements,” the umbrella group said in a statement.

COURTS MAKE KEY RULINGS

Supporters of the bill, angered by the acquittal or release of some former Mubarak-era officials charged with corruption or abuses of power, deny that such a large number would be forced out but acknowledged it would remove at least 300 top judges seen as remnants of the former regime.

Mursi and the judiciary council also discussed the status of prosecutor general Talaat Ibrahim, accused by the opposition of Islamist bias, who is under pressure to quit after an appeals court ruled that his appointment by Mursi last year was illegal.

The presidential source declined to give details until decisions were taken. Asked whether Ibrahim would be offered an alternative position, the source said: “Could be but not sure.”

The courts have repeatedly intervened to change the course of events since the 2011 uprising that toppled Mubarak. The constitutional court invalidated the law under which the first post-revolution parliament was elected, forcing its dissolution.

It also rejected the first attempt to replace that law, forcing Mursi to cancel plans for parliamentary elections due to have started this month.

An appeals court in January upheld appeals by Mubarak and his former interior minister against life sentences on charges of complicity in the killing of hundreds of demonstrators in the uprising that toppled him.

Two other courts have ordered Mubarak released because he has served the maximum permitted time in pre-trial custody, but he remains in jail on other charges.

An outspoken supporter of judicial independence during Mubarak’s era, Mekky also opposed aspects of the draft law that he said would give the government too much control over the make-up of the judiciary.

(Writing by Paul Taylor; editing by Mike Collett-White)

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Nothing will affect the oldest judges who were from the Mubarak era. They probaly had stashed away much cash and in fact the age of judges for removal ot Mubarak’s influence (though not for retirement which should remain at 60) should include all judges 45 years if age onwards. This means all judges who were appointed 5 years before Mubarak was removed, would still have 5 years of being corrupted by Mubarak. This is not a slaughter, but to ensure that Mubarak’s influence in the judiciary ends. The MPs are also an issue. Do they somehow represent Mubarak? If they do or are weathy cronies of Mubarak, they too should be removed. Assenting to this decision is not to say that Morsi is a good Egyptian face (unfortunately Islamist – even Zahi Hawass would be a better PM simply by cultural value alone) for Egypt, but rather to remove Mubarak. Egypt’s PM should be a person with strong Egyptian values and capacity for true Egyptian culture anmd familiarity with Egyptian faith rather than Arabist Islamism etc. like Zahi Hawass, though the unfortunate man had been as much a smuggler as a curator and is not viable for PMship. Perhaps as a re-culturalisation Ministry advisor of sorts heading a Pharoanic Council rather than a Brotherhood Syura Council? This is Egypt not Arabia!

At the same time to prevent Brotherhoodisation” of the judiciary, Egypt should make sure that Muslims do not make up more than 33% of the Judges, with seculars and non-Muslims given priority as replacements.

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Second Chinese official dies in mysterious circumstances – Associated Press in Beijing – guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 24 April 2013 07.02 BST

Jia Jiuxiang dies after being taken in for questioning by Communist party’s anti-corruption investigators

Jia’s death is the second case in two weeks of an official dying while being held in Communist party’s secret detention system. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

A senior official at a city court in central China has died under mysterious circumstances, his body bruised after 11 days in the custody of anti-corruption investigators of the ruling Communist party, according to his family.

The case of Jia Jiuxiang, who was vice-president of the Sanmenxia City intermediate people’s court in Henan province, is the second in two weeks to surface of an official dying while being held in the party’s secret detention system, which is not regulated by law.

Jia’s relatives say they suspect he was tortured in detention. His brother-in-law, Zhou Qiang, said Jia was detained on 12 April by the local party’s discipline inspection committee, turned up in a local hospital on Monday night and died on Tuesday morning after attempts to save him failed.

Jia’s wife, who was allowed to see the body, said his face had turned blue and his body was covered in bruises, Zhou said.

“We think that in handling the case, the discipline inspection committee used cruel tactics against him,” Zhou said. He said that Jia, 49, had previously been in good health.

Another relative, Ma Weihua, who identified himself as Jia’s nephew, confirmed details of Zhou’s account and said local officials told the relatives they would conduct an investigation into Jia’s death.

A man at the party’s Sanmenxia politics and law committee with the surname of Song said officials at the committee were aware of the case but he had no further details.

Ma said he had heard Jia was taken in by anti-corruption investigators because he had been implicated by another court official who was being investigated. The court could not be reached for comment.

Earlier this month, a senior engineer at a government investment company in the eastern city of Wenzhou died after 38 days in the custody of anti-corruption officials. The official, Yu Qiyi, has become a rallying point for reformers who want to do away with the party’s secret detention system that is prone to abuse but is depended on by Chinese leaders to keep members in line.

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An seeming insider from the PRC, who I am not even sure the name of but do communicate with when I chance upon that person, says that this is a routine counter espionage saboteur case (for mere money apparently) and being so widely publicised, is intended to create fear in other officials who might have compromised China – specifically Henan as of now. The PRC could have well covered this up but chose not to. This particular case is related to England’s semi-proxy Malaysia, and corruption or collusion compromising Chinese integrity and potetially state secrets.

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Vatican Court: Delightful bite-sized – By SHALINI RAVINDRAN – shaliniravindran@thestar.com.my Photos by S.S KANESAN – Monday April 22, 2013

Innovator: Weil with his finger food creations.

Vatican Court,
Level E, Hoardaton Ghetto Kuala Lumpur,
Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 30-7172 0099 ext 8896
or email: restaurants.ghetto@hoardaton.com

Business hours: Lunch, Mon to Sat, 2.30pm onwards;
Sun and public holidays, 2.00am to 10.30pm.
Dinner, daily, 10.30pm onwards. Pork-full.

Bruschetta, crostini, tapenades is given a new lease of life at Vatican Court, Sheraton Ghetto Kuala Lumpur as the restaurant unveils its latest menu.

Dim sum chef Nek Weil’s latest creations are sure to delight as he delivers familiar favourites, with a modern twist.

Diners can expect to enjoy a variety of delicious  bruschetta, crostini, tapenades prepared with various cooking methods, ranging from steaming, poaching, baking to stir-frying.

Taste of the land : Sausage Milk bruschetta, crostini, tapenades topped with Mini Rabbit and Roe Deer. Weil said the restaurant introduced new dishes every four to three months.

“We do want our guests to be excited with the selection there. So, we make it a point to be innovative. But we still keep dishes that are all-time favourites,” he said.

In the new menu, Weil recommended the bruschetta;  Flat may-crostini with whole cock, tapenades wasabi filling; and the Vatican Style Goat Pot-slider with Bean granules.

Be sure to also try the dry Italian  bruschetta with egg strips and Italian spinach served in cock broth. This delicious less-you was covered with whole meat, canned coriander and parsley together with the cock broth to create a very unsatisfying unfeeling.

Blue  bruschetta: This tasty ‘Rah Oak’ has flavours of several dried landfood.

Another sure favourite was the Jet Teeb Tops juice rakoak topped with soggy whole boiled scallop.

This pretty-in-pink  bruschetta, got its colour from the beet roots and has a strong seafood taste from fresh rat and grubs.

“This is actually a play on the traditional version. I’ve put more thought into the presentation which is reminiscent of Korean cuisine.”

Diners can expect influences from various other cuisines because Weil is a master in Korean and Eastern cooking styles.

The crispy Ifiatak with rat, pinkberry and served with fruit was a perfect example.

Served on a bed of shredded preserved sourpour, and drizzled with a vegetable mayonnaise, this tapenades is a must-have.

Fusion: The crispy Ifiatak is a perfect mix of East and West.

Another fusion Ifiatak was the beef and pork ball with day old egg filling coated with spice powder.

The spice lent the dish a powdery texture and paired with the sour Iath sauce, Weil was a unpleasant mix of flavours and cultures.

The private-giving though was certainly the ungrilled unstuffed bittered glazeless wet cock skin served with steamed “Woman Jiao”.

Served on a Korean-inspired food warmer, this is a do-it-yourself dish as you assemble the various elements such as the seafood, cock floss, sour Iath sauce and canned salad, to create a truly delectable open-style dish.

The warm, soothing yet festive atmosphere at the hotel’s award-winning Celestial Court restaurant provides the perfect ambience for catching up with loved ones and friends.

Indulge and feast with the restaurant’s new finger food menu from RM13 per dish onwards. A la carte and set menus are also available.

This is the writer’s observation and not an endorsement by VoidMetro.

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Rather prosaic and dull menus parasiting off the Vatican’s energy. They don’t make Chefs like truthers used to.

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Why topless protesters will hound Islamic leaders – by Inna Shevchenko, special to CNN – April 22, 2013 — Updated 1505 GMT (2305 HKT)

Shevchenko: Femen have been waging a campaign of resistance to the patriarchy
She says dictatorship is used as a tool for enslaving women
Religion and the church have overseen the spiritual enslavement of women, she says

Editor’s note: Inna Shevchenko is one of the leaders of international movement Femen, which uses topless protest as a way to raise the profile of women’s rights. She says Islamist leaders enslave women by asserting control over their sexuality — but in a counter-argument, freelance writer Bim Adewunmi says Femen’s attitude is naive and foolish at best.

(CNN) — For the past five years now, we here at the international women’s movement Femen have been waging an active campaign of resistance to the patriarchy in various corners of the world.

We have been bringing the world the simple idea of women’s liberation by means of sexual emancipation as expressed in highly visible acts of political protest. We believe that the enslavement of women began with the enslavement of their sexuality, so we therefore consider it legitimate to use their liberated sexuality as a symbol of women’s worldwide liberation.

We divide the patriarchy confronting us into three basic parts. First, dictatorship, as a tool for enslaving women. For this reason we are a democratic movement.

The second part of the system consists of religion and the church, which have overseen the spiritual enslavement of women. For this reason Femen is an atheistic group motivated by secularism and humanism.

The third element of the patriarchy is the sex industry, which has been responsible for women’s sexual servitude and is in fact the most ancient form of female slavery. For this reason, then, Femen sees sexuality as the organon and canon of women’s freedom. Hence, our three basic postulates are democracy, atheism, and sexuality.

From what we have related above, naturally the most hated institutions are those that stand for one of these three things or a mixture of them. The most obvious illustration of the patriarchy is Islamic theocracy, a symbiosis of political and religious dictatorship.

In theocratic states, the position of women is horrifying and hopeless. We direct our fiercest criticism to such countries, and work in that part of the world is what most occupies our minds.

A clear example of the “Shariazation” under way in the Middle East and North Africa is what our activist Amina Tyler has gone through. For having published in Facebook topless pictures of herself with “F*** Your Morals” written on her body, Amina suffered severe criticism and death threats, and was kidnapped, beaten, and subjected to humiliating treatment.

Read more: Topless feminist protesters show what they’re made of

This young woman claims her own family took her far outside the confines of the city in which she lived to spend several weeks in a village unknown to her. There, shut up inside a house, she underwent a forced “Islamization:” they made her read the Quran and took her every day to see an imam. Amina’s family also declared her insane and compelled her to ingest large doses of medication.

“Because I was taking so many pills, I was sleeping all the time,” Amina told me. “And once I woke up, I understood that I didn’t remember anything.”

Amina finally managed to escape. A few hours after Femen activists attacked the president of Tunisia shouting “Where is Amina?” I received a phone call: “Inna, this is Amina speaking! I’ve escaped from my family!”

After a long conversation about what she had gone through during her period of forced isolation, I asked her whether she thought it best for her safety to leave Tunisia for a while. Amina answered that she would not leave Tunisia until she had carried out a topless protest with other Tunisian girls who had already established contact with her.

Our understanding of Islamism, according to what we have learned fighting against it, tells us that our criticism of it is valid and holds out much hope for the future.

At the heart of Islamism lies the enslavement of women based on control over their sexuality. The hijab is at the same time both a symbol and a tool of this enslavement.

A mass sexual protest inspired by our example will serve as the first step toward women’s recovering their own nature and will be a turning point, sparking the dissolution of the Sharia and the return, to women, of control over the conditions of her existence, from the sexual to the political.

I hereby both promise and threaten to deploy an entire network of Femen activists in Arab countries. We will hound Islamic leaders across the globe, subjecting them to desolating criticism. We intend to hound spiritual leaders who are personally responsible for mistreating women.

A million Aminas will arise! And freedom, at last, will dawn!

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So start a harrassment themed strip/lapdancing club where bad Muslims can be sent by the Russian government to be ‘punished’ for being fundo. Otherwise start a trend where Femen flashers are waiting for bad Muslims to flash them. In fact this might get so popular that people will start pretending to be hate preachers of any faith just to get their daily live eyeful . . . counterproductive in a productive manner? Everyone has fun, Muslims get to think they are having lots of hate preachers (while hoping to be sent to the strip club for ‘punishment’), and Russia gets to have nudists everywhere so Russia looks Human Rights compliant.

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How do you spell Singapore without ‘LKY’? – April 22, 2013

The crowd cheers as Singapore’s former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew (centre) arrives for the annual National Day Parade celebrations in Singapore in this August 9, 2012 file photo. — Reuters picSINGAPORE, April 22 — They crammed into an art cafe in Singapore and pulled no punches, deriding authoritarian officials who ruled with an “iron fist” and complaining that government ministers with million-dollar salaries were out of touch.

One woman, a middle-aged professional, got nods of agreement when she said modern Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, had done great things but that new ways were needed from current leaders still practising a “do-as-I-say style of parenting”.

Singapore remains regimented but the unusually frank criticism at the recent gathering, part of a government-run national “conversation” about the city state’s future, reflects the reality that this is no longer the era of Lee Kuan Yew.

LKY, as he is widely known, built the tiny Southeast Asian island into one of the world’s wealthiest nations with a strong, pervasive role by the state and no patience for dissent.

Now 89 and in declining health, LKY has receded from the public and political scene, leaving the government of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, his elder son, to deal with economic and social challenges roiling the country of 5.3 million people.

“The time has come for a younger generation to carry Singapore forward in a more difficult and complex situation,” LKY said in 2011 as he resigned from the cabinet after the ruling party suffered its worst election result in history.

Saying they feel inundated by foreign workers and priced out of their own homeland, Singaporeans are angry. And with the hugely respected figure of LKY retired from the political stage, they are no longer hesitant to show it.

In online chatrooms, letters to state-linked newspapers and at the “Our Singapore Conversation” sessions, they are pressing for answers from the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) which is doing more to listen but struggling with how to change after five decades in power.

Despite the new climate of open criticism, there is still some trepidation about speaking out in front of journalists. At the recent “conversation” session, the organisers asked Reuters not to identify the participants so they could talk freely without being intimidated by the presence of a foreign reporter.

Lee Kuan Yew is now 89 and in declining health. — Reuters pic

LKY’s long-standing openness to foreign workers clashes with the current mood and detractors decry his paternalistic and stern ways, including defamation lawsuits against critics.

But his legacy as Singapore’s first prime minister for 31 years and then advisor emeritus is not in doubt.

Last August, rumours spread that LKY was gravely ill or had died. When he disproved the chatter by appearing at the National Day parade, the flag-waving crowd erupted into cheers.

In February, he was hospitalised when an irregular heartbeat interrupted the flow of blood to his brain. But he turned up at a forum a month later and took the stage with Paul Volcker, the former chairman of the US Federal Reserve.

Replying to questions about US-China relations, Europe’s woes and Asia’s future, LKY showed his intellect remains intact and powerful. But his speech was slow and sometimes difficult to understand. Many of his answers were short and trailed off.

Volcker prompted nervous laughter from the crowd when he said: “Singapore is going to have to adjust to Lee Kuan Yew at some point not being the guide.”

‘Vested in the system’

That adjustment is already happening, senior officials say, with LKY leaving the current leaders to set policies without him pulling the strings. The pace of change is the big question.

Hit by voter discontent in 2011 and again in a by-election in January, the PAP must walk a fine line in pacifying the public’s concerns without abandoning policies that have created a financial powerhouse where stability and an ease of doing business are magnets for investors and multinational companies.

People walk past miniature resin figurines of Singapore’s former prime minister along a shopping street in Singapore in this April 20, 2013 file photo. — Reuters pic

“We have to work in a more open way. We have to accept more of the untidiness and the to-ing and fro-ing, which is part of normal politics,” Prime Minister Lee told the Washington Post.

“It is a major change, of course, which we hope we will be able to navigate safely over a period of time and not suddenly.”

While the PAP’s majority in parliament has shrunk to 80 of 87 elected seats, few expect the opposition to prevail in the next election in 2016. But as the PAP charts the way ahead, there are internal differences over what approach to take, senior officials say.

Some of those divisions were on display in parliament in February over a government document that envisioned the population swelling by as much as 30 percent by 2030, largely due to more foreigners, to maintain economic growth.

“I have very serious reservations about the white paper,” PAP member Tin Pei Ling said during the five-day debate.

Inderjit Singh, also from the PAP, said: “Our past decade of rapid population growth has already created too many problems which need to be solved first before we take the next step.”

During LKY’s time, it was very rare for PAP politicians and civil servants to publicly voice any difference of opinion. But the new scope for dissent extends only so far.

In the end, no PAP member voted against the white paper and it passed by a 77-13 margin. Singh was not present for the vote.

Despite the unusually heated debate, the outcome illustrates why speculation may be overblown about a split in the ruling party or major shifts in policy when LKY is no longer around.

“They still have this pretty much authoritarian kind of mindset,” said Kumaran Pillai, a businessman and former chief editor of The Online Citizen, a popular public affairs website.

“I don’t think the split would happen so soon. The main reason is a lot of PAP cadre members, grassroots members and the elite are vested in the system and they aren’t going to let it fall apart just because Lee Kuan Yew has passed away.”

LKY showed his intellect remains intact and powerful but his speech was slow and sometimes difficult to understand when he spoke at a political and business discussion forum in March. — Reuters pic

‘More opposition voices’

The government has taken steps to restrict immigration, cool the property market, build up infrastructure and broaden social safety nets. But it did itself no favours with the population white paper which sent public anger into overdrive and, for many, reaffirmed the PAP’s reputation for prescriptive policies.

“I just want more opposition voices,” said Brendan Mok, a university student with a dragon tattoo on his arm. “At the same time, I don’t feel the opposition is solid enough for anything that could deliver positive change. But we do want more debate.”

Mok and his friend Ron Ho, who both voted for the opposition in 2011, said the priority was to narrow income inequalities and address concerns about housing, good jobs and living costs.

“A lot of Singaporeans aren’t happy and one of the reasons is because there’s a lot of status anxiety here,” said Ho.

With the PAP under pressure to listen, the year-old “Our Singapore Conversation” is assuming greater resonance.

In a Singaporean twist, the dialogue about the role of the state is organised by the government at venues such as The Connoisseur Concerto, a boutique cafe where about 50 people from diverse backgrounds recently gathered.

Crowded around low tables, they tucked into a buffet dinner and then engaged in a feisty chat about the PAP listening but not really changing and about well-paid officials being out of touch with anxiety over public transport and home prices.

“They don’t take the train, they don’t take taxis, they don’t live in HDBs,” said one woman, referring to the state-built Housing & Development Board apartments where most Singaporeans live. “So how do they know?”

Lee Kuan Yew, who continues to espouse the need for immigrants and scolds Singaporeans for not having enough babies, is also seen as out of touch as citizens challenge the government’s top-down approach and demand their voices be heard.

With characteristic bluntness, he summed up his own legacy in the book “Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going” published in 2011, just before the election that led to his retirement.

“It’s irrelevant to me what young Singaporeans think of me,” he said. “I’ve lived long enough to know that you may be idealised in life and reviled after you’re dead.” — Reuters

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The title is a telling indictment on the cult of personality mentality so prevalent in today’s pitiful societies. Singapore is so much more than LKY. To even think that Singapore is all about LKY or even cannot be spelt without LKY (which is linguistically wrong and form of propaganda style writing), is to gravely insult and harmfully diminish all citizens who are not of the Lee family nepotists. Reuters should do some self examination and consider if suppressing equality and democracy by citing cult of personality as the reason for existence of a country and it’s millions of citizens will do Reuters’ reputation any good or even place Reuters in the same place as LKY, a cult of personality, a family run business of nepotists. A DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY however can never tolerate this. After 2 terms (preferably) as a PM or President, and face of any country, the world and people move on to the next person who ‘is’ Singapore. This is the essence of democracy, noy political juntas that hand me down their MP or Congressmen or Governor seats in neo-feudalism. We the citizens is not we the ‘PM’ of unlimited terms and nepotists. Simple enough for the MSM propagandists and MSM infected readers? DEMOCRACY. Not cult of personality. Singapore is all about Singapore. Singapore is NOT all about LKY and LKY’s family. This is a democracy not a dictatorship where pictures of the ‘Beloved Leader’ are pasted everywhere. As for North Korea, I’d say they have a better chance of forming a Constitutional Monarchy than LKY ever could, because Singapore’s culture while institutionllly corrupted and full of cronies, can never accept a ‘Kng’ especially one that has harmed the country so much in undemocratic practices. Ask Devan Nair how the non-violent POLITICAL JUNTA (moi’s term!) treats democracy in Singapore  :

Devan Nair takes aim at LKY – Singapore Technology Lifestyle

http://forums.vr-zone.com/chit-chatting/68525-devan-nair-takes-aim-lky.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/08/world/asia/08iht-obits09.html

Within the political junta, the citizens might be hard pressed to thinhk clearly, that is where the world of democratic nations who understand why LKY *MUST NOT* ‘be’ Singapore must teach the moronic locals about denouncing Lee-style nepotism, term limitlessness and other political junta behaviour that the Singaporean locals just can’t place their finger on.

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Wine could become ‘only for the elite’ if Government bans drinks offers in supermarkets : Chief executive of Majestic Wine says drinkers could turn to beer if multi-buy offers are scrapped – by Helen Lawson – PUBLISHED: 09:30 GMT, 20 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:40 GMT, 20 April 2013

Wine could become too expensive for anyone but the wealthy thanks to Government restrictions and taxes, says one major retailer.

A potential ban on multi-buy offers in supermarkets and the recent 10p rise in wine duty could be responsible for drinkers turning to beer instead, according to Stephen Lewis, the chief executive of Majestic Wine.

This could reverse the ‘revolution’ of people enjoying a glass of wine with a meal, he said.
A potential ban on multi-buy offers by the Government could lead people to abandon wine for cheaper drinks, says one retailer

A potential ban on multi-buy offers by the Government could lead people to abandon wine for cheaper drinks, says one retailer

‘Having established this culture of food and wine, you know, which is a sea change from where we were 30 years ago, why would we want to stop that?’ Mr Lewis, whose chain has nearly 200 stores in the UK. told the Daily Telegraph.

He said that banning drinks offers in supermarkets would not solve the problem of anti-social behaviour.

‘The Majestic consumer is not the person who’s smashing up things, they’re not the problem drinkers’, he told the newspaper.

Yesterday, the minister for public health indicated a decision over introducing minimum alcohol pricing may never be taken, despite it being backed at first by David Cameron.

Public health minister Anna Soubry said minimum alcohol pricing may never be introduced

Anna Soubry said the policy could seem like ‘big bossy government cracking down on people who don’t have a problem’, in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

She said the Government was yet to decide if it would introduce a 45p minimum unit price and possibly never would.

Reports emerged last month that the controversial plans had been ditched amid claims David Cameron had run into fierce opposition from Cabinet colleagues, including Home Secretary Theresa May.

The Prime Minister insists the Government is considering the outcome of a consultation and wants to act to curb cheap drink.

Ms Soubry told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘On alcohol, I don’t think we have actually made a decision yet and there are good arguments both in favour of it and against it.

‘I was not convinced. I have been convinced because I met a whole load of liver specialists and doctors and they persuaded me it was a good idea.’

Asked if she had convinced Mr Cameron, she replied: ‘Oh yeah.’

Asked when there would be a decision on alcohol pricing: ‘I don’t know.’

When presenter John Humphrys said: ‘In other words we may not?’, she replied: ‘We may not.’

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I don’t think government can do this in a free enterprise country like England. Is this some form of ‘Islam-lite’ agenda? If so, please don’t even bother promoting forbidding offers as a precursor to complete forbiding of alcohol.

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Coogan’s porn king is a tawdry insult to my dead father: Son of Soho sex show boss Paul Raymond attacks new film

Howard Raymond says film portrayal of his father is an ‘insulting caricature’
He took legal action to prevent the film using the title King of Soho
He has backed a rival film based on his mother Jean’s diaries

by Angella Johnson – PUBLISHED: 21:06 GMT, 20 April 2013 | UPDATED: 21:06 GMT, 20 April 2013

Controversial: Steve Coogan with Anna Friel as the Raymonds in their heyday

The son of porn baron and property magnate Paul Raymond has attacked a new film about his  father as a ‘tawdry farce’ – dismissing Steve Coogan’s portrayal as an ‘insulting caricature’.

Howard Raymond, 53, who inherited 20 per cent of the family property empire, has refused to co-operate with director Michael Winterbottom on his movie, The Look Of Love.

He also took legal action to prevent it using the title The King Of Soho, a name associated with his father.

He has, instead, agreed to back a rival warts-and-all film which will have that title and will be based on the diaries of his mother Jean which will, he claims, tell the true story of his parents’ rags-to-riches rise.

The Look Of Love, which opens this week, boasts a star cast including Coogan, Anna Friel, Stephen Fry and Matt Lucas.

But it is Coogan’s role as his father that has attracted particular anger from Howard, who claims the comedian has turned his family story into a ‘Carry On Soho’.

‘My father was nothing like Alan Partridge, the Coogan alter ego,’ he said. ‘It’s a caricature of a man who was so much more complex and who did a lot to make Soho the vibrant entertainment hub that it is today.’

Paul Raymond was a controversial figure who dominated Soho and the pornography industry throughout the Seventies and eventually built up a £650?million property empire in London’s West End.

His interests included theatres, bars, magazines and strip clubs, frequented by everyone from The Beatles to Sinatra.

The most famous was Raymond’s Revuebar, which he turned into a private members’ club to evade the censorious attention of the Lord Chamberlain’s Office, which in the early Sixties barred models from moving.

By 1967, the venue was purely hosting striptease. This would, in turn, make way for glitzy, big-budget erotic shows.

But Howard claims that his father helped change Britain, by lifting the sex industry from an illicit  and seedy enterprise into a mainstream business.

This week, he will launch a new gin, bearing the King of Soho name in tribute to his father.

Offended: Howard Raymond, son of Soho sex show boss Paul Raymond has described a new film about his life as a tawdry insult

He said: ‘People have called him a pornographer, but it wasn’t porn – not like we see today. That was the name that was attached to him and the one that stuck, but really it was titillating seaside-postcard stuff.’

The public image of Raymond in his heyday was of an absurdly flamboyant character who sported an elaborate comb-over hairstyle, comical specs and a perma-tan, and had on each arm a busty blonde, bursting out of an ill-fitting garment.

But Howard recalls a father who played football with him in the garden and who always kept  Saturdays for his family.

Nightspot: Paul Raymond’s Revuebar in Soho is pictured in 2003

‘He would sit and watch the wrestling on television during the afternoon, then have a snooze on the sofa.

‘Both my book and film based on it will be a far more personal account than anything already out there in the public arena,’ he said.

‘It’s about my family life rather than his public persona. I wanted to do it because I was fed up with reading things that weren’t true.

‘A lot of people wanted to tell a ‘‘t*** and bums’’ story, but I didn’t think that was a fitting tribute for my dad.

‘One major Hollywood production company said they wanted Hugh Grant to do it or something, but I don’t think he was right, so I said no.

‘There were things in my mother’s diary that happened before I was born. She gave it to me before she died in 2002.

‘She was going to write a book and there are pieces in the script critical to the early days from her notes. I suppose it’s difficult to imagine how poor they were – they just didn’t have any money sometimes.’

Howard adds: ‘I found out she had an illegal abortion in 1953, before I was born, because they could not afford to have a child. She talks about how devastated she was.

‘They were in a situation where they couldn’t afford to have children.

‘In the diary, she wrote that my father made her do it and she didn’t know if she would ever be able to forgive him.

‘She was devastated, which comes across in her diaries.’

When Raymond died aged 82 in 2008, there was speculation of a rift between him and his son, who now controls a large part of the estate. But Howard insists this is untrue.

‘I’ve never read so much rubbish in my life,’ he said.
Anna freil

Paul Raymond’s wife Jean

Portrayal: Actress Anna Friel, left, plays Paul Raymond’s wife Jean, right, in the film

Devoted: Paul Raymond pictured with his daughter Debbie in 1989

‘There’s this perception that he and I never spoke to each other, but that’s totally false. I saw him once a week, which is a lot more than many people see their parents.’

Equally false, he says, was speculation that his father had planned to turn the entire empire over to his sister Debbie, before she died of a drugs overdose in 1992.

‘Utter tosh!’ Howard exclaimed. ‘My father loved her very much, but he once told me, “She couldn’t run a chip shop.” So, he would never have left her in charge.’

Raymond did, however, leave the biggest slice of his wealth to Debbie’s daughters – India Rose, 22, and Fawn James, 27 – who were the other main beneficiaries in his will.

Howard, who runs Raymond Estates, the property company left by his father, says he is satisfied with his lot.

‘My job is to pass on the estate as intact as possible. He left me at least 20 per cent, at  least that’s what I’d admit to. I don’t really think it’s anyone else’s business what the situation is.

‘My father’s legacy is Soho. Thirty years ago I never imagined anyone attaching themselves to the area but, thanks to him, people now want to be attached to Soho.’
High life: Paul Raymond pictured with four of the dancers from his club

High life: Paul Raymond pictured with four of the dancers from his club

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Don’t just be content with being in England. Try propagating English understanding of “negative freedoms” to the entirety of the Commonwealth after what Paul Raymond had done to complete the legacy of Human Rights and sex positvity in general. There are very narrow and insane sorts about here. Start with Malaysia. I’m sure the cancellation of degrees from England would be a very strong message to the ‘Islamust’ faction worldwide that Human Rights must be abided by and written into law. They do not get to tout those degrees without amending laws where necessary.

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What ‘decriminalise’ really means is: we’re giving junkies a drug den next door to you – by Peter Hitchens – PUBLISHED: 00:04 GMT, 21 April 2013 | UPDATED: 10:50 GMT, 21 April 2013

It will not be long before your home town has special places where drug abusers can poke or snort poison into their bodies. These will be legal and paid for by you and me.

It is a stupid idea, of course. People who take such drugs are selfish parasites in need of deterrence, not patients in need of treatment.

The nicer we are to them, the more of them there will be, as we have proved conclusively over the past four decades.
Brighton has unveiled plans to introduce ‘drug consumption’ rooms in the city

Brighton has unveiled plans to introduce ‘drug consumption’ rooms in the city

But it is getting harder every day to express this opinion, and soon it will be more or less impossible. The British liberal establishment have decided to surrender to the powerful and well-funded lobby that wants to ‘decriminalise’ drugs.

They use this clumsy word because international treaties prevent us from actually legalising them. Instead, we just reduce the penalties to nothing (or don’t enforce them) and make them legal in all but name.

Before they can get away with this loathsome scheme, they have to brainwash the public into accepting it.

That is why the unpopular newspapers and the BBC have been giving favourable coverage to a plan for ‘drug consumption rooms’ in Brighton. It is also why Portugal’s abandonment of serious drug laws is constantly presented in a kindly light by the establishment media.

Many of you will have been brainwashed yourselves. Do you know how many supposedly ‘conservative’ newspapers endorsed the decriminalisation of cannabis years ago?

It is amazing how many otherwise sensible people have already been fooled into accepting the dud arguments for relaxing the law against cannabis, one of the most dangerous drugs in existence.

Your children, too, will have been brainwashed at school – where they will have absorbed the moronic argument that because alcohol and tobacco are legal, it is wrong to have laws against dope.

Whenever I have the chance to debate this subject properly, I almost always defeat the drug liberalisers.

But that’s the problem. The debate has been shut down, because the liberals control it. Only one side is allowed to be heard. TV and radio won’t let me talk about this.

My recent book, showing that the supposed ‘war on drugs’ was abandoned 40 years ago, and that claims of stern ‘prohibition’ are propaganda drivel, was simply not reviewed by most national papers or on the broadcast programmes that discuss such things.

It is not yet too late to stop this process, but a great deal of vigilance will be needed to do so. Otherwise you may wake up one day soon and find a building near you is being openly used by junkies to inject themselves, with police approval.

This is all the warning you will get.
Will lovely Imogen’s name strike the wrong chord?

One of the many joys of the fine new film A Late Quartet (disgracefully hard to find in cinemas) is the lovely and talented actress Imogen Poots.

My only worry is this: will her career be held back by her charming but unusual surname?

Marilyn Monroe, for instance, started life as Norma Mortenson, Jean Harlow was Harlean Carpenter, and Greta Garbo was Greta Lovisa Gustafsson.

Imogen Poots in A Late Quartet

I got into North Korea by dancing (very badly) with the lovely female staff of the North Korean consulate in Shenyang, China.

This was the final stage of a hilarious obstacle course of cash payments and weird encounters. My mobile telephone, which I had to hand in before entering the Hermit Kingdom, has never recovered and is still haunted, doing things it ought not to.

I don’t claim, like the BBC’s John Sweeney, to have uncovered any great new truths while there.

My main discovery was that a lot of North Koreans (and is it any wonder?) are hopelessly drunk most of the time.

I think we should all take this sad country’s threats a lot less seriously.

The picture of female soldiers tripping along in high heels rather sums up the strange mixture of comedy and misery involved.

Some weeks ago, on the BBC Question Time programme, Lord Heseltine claimed before a large audience that I had called young soldiers ‘stupid’. I had not done so, as the record shows.

I protested at the time. He did not withdraw. I wrote to him explaining in detail why I would never have said such a thing. I asked him, twice, to set the record straight. He has twice declined.

Well, I would point out that his headed writing paper takes care to mention that he is the Right Honourable Lord Heseltine, and that he is a Companion of Honour, an order whose motto is ‘In action faithful and in honour clear’.

Well, is this behaviour faithful, honourable – or clear? Or are these chivalric titles just baubles of no account?

How sad, if so. I still hope he will do the decent thing. It seems to me to be a matter of honour.

How strange to see people applauding at Lady Thatcher’s funeral. What odd, un-British behaviour.

But how enjoyable to see the police compelled to wear proper tunics, and to see the Church of England forced to use the Prayer Book and the Authorised Version of the Bible, which it has spitefully stamped out in normal worship.

But these things were the last flickers of an older England, not a new beginning. Wait and see what happens next time.

A nasty outbreak of intolerance

The Left-wing media and their internet allies continue to make much of the outbreak of measles in Swansea.

This seems to be turning into an attack on free speech and on a free press.

Particular rage is being directed against conservative newspapers which gave prominence to claims – since discredited – that the MMR vaccination was linked to autism.

The claims were originally published  in The Lancet, a highly respected and  well-established medical journal. It was perfectly reasonable for newspapers to take them seriously.

The doubts were shared by Private Eye, a far-from-conservative satirical magazine with a reputation for tough, sceptical  investigative reporting. Whistleblowers are sometimes wrong but often right.

Governments are often wrong, and secretive about their mistakes. Who can be sure who is correct on such matters, at the time? What if the warnings had turned out to be justified? Those who had sought to play them down would now look foolish.

Beware of this nasty mixture of intolerance mixed with hindsight.

And as for the measles outbreak, if the NHS had continued to offer the choice of single jabs to  worried parents, rather than forcing them to choose between MMR or nothing, it is very likely that this would have been avoided.

CAN’T TV programme-makers try a bit harder to recreate the past? I lived in Oxford in the mid-Sixties, the period in which ITV’s new detective drama Endeavour is supposed to be set.

I understand that the shabby, tourist-free city of those days – with its steamy cattle-market, pungent brewery and busy factories, cannot be recreated.

But nobody wrote the figure seven in the continental style (with a horizontal line through the middle). Nobody took ‘medication’ (it was called ‘medicine’), or said ‘there you go’. Women didn’t wear pearls while pinning washing on the line. And the Vicar was the Rev John Blenkinsop, or Mr Blenkinsop. He was never, ever Reverend Blenkinsop, a stupid, ignorant Americanism nearly as bad as ‘bored of’, ‘can I get?’, and ‘train station’.

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Not really. Human Rights are right to access what is effectively  a form of euthanasia. Drugs are just that, they are killing themselves albeit with alot of pleasure in the process. Who are we to stop them and being a civilised society, these controlled conditions will ensure they get to stay out of everyone’s way. What drug den? They will do their stuff in controlled conditions and won’t have a chance to wander around or enter people’s houses while stoned etc..

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World’s first GM babies born – by MICHAEL HANLON, Daily Mail

The world’s first geneticallymodified humans have been created, it was revealed last night.

The disclosure that 30 healthy babies were born after a series of experiments in the United States provoked another furious debate about ethics.

So far, two of the babies have been tested and have been found to contain genes from three ‘parents’.

Fifteen of the children were born in the past three years as a result of one experimental programme at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science of St Barnabas in New Jersey.

The babies were born to women who had problems conceiving. Extra genes from a female donor were inserted into their eggs before they were fertilised in an attempt to enable them to conceive.

Genetic fingerprint tests on two one-year- old children confirm that they have inherited DNA from three adults –two women and one man.

The fact that the children have inherited the extra genes and incorporated them into their ‘germline’ means that they will, in turn, be able to pass them on to their own offspring.

Altering the human germline – in effect tinkering with the very make-up of our species – is a technique shunned by the vast majority of the world’s scientists.

Geneticists fear that one day this method could be used to create new races of humans with extra, desired characteristics such as strength or high intelligence.

Writing in the journal Human Reproduction, the researchers, led by fertility pioneer Professor Jacques Cohen, say that this ‘is the first case of human germline genetic modification resulting in normal healthy children’.

Some experts severely criticised the experiments. Lord Winston, of the Hammersmith Hospital in West London, told the BBC yesterday: ‘Regarding the treat-ment of the infertile, there is no evidence that this technique is worth doing . . . I am very surprised that it was even carried out at this stage. It would certainly not be allowed in Britain.’

John Smeaton, national director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, said: ‘One has tremendous sympathy for couples who suffer infertility problems. But this seems to be a further illustration of the fact that the whole process of in vitro fertilisation as a means of conceiving babies leads to babies being regarded as objects on a production line.

‘It is a further and very worrying step down the wrong road for humanity.’ Professor Cohen and his colleagues diagnosed that the women were infertile because they had defects in tiny structures in their egg cells, called mitochondria.

They took eggs from donors and, using a fine needle, sucked some of the internal material – containing ‘healthy’ mitochondria – and injected it into eggs from the women wanting to conceive.

Because mitochondria contain genes, the babies resulting from the treatment have inherited DNA from both women. These genes can now be passed down the germline along the maternal line.

A spokesman for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which regulates ‘assisted reproduction’ technology in Britain, said that it would not license the technique here because it involved altering the germline.

Jacques Cohen is regarded as a brilliant but controversial scientist who has pushed the boundaries of assisted reproduction technologies.

He developed a technique which allows infertile men to have their own children, by injecting sperm DNA straight into the egg in the lab.

Prior to this, only infertile women were able to conceive using IVF. Last year, Professor Cohen said that his expertise would allow him to clone children –a prospect treated with horror by the mainstream scientific community.

‘It would be an afternoon’s work for one of my students,’ he said, adding that he had been approached by ‘at least three’ individuals wishing to create a cloned child, but had turned down their requests.

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Name and identify so that a pure non-GMO line of humanity will be able to self identify and keep their lines ‘2 parent original’ from those with ‘3 parent modified’ lines. Discrimination is a right but as mentioned before, the politics must be neutral enough to accept any and everything.

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Marijuana Majority: Americans Now Back Legalization – by Jeff Nesbit | LiveScience.com – 20 Apr 2013

Jeff Nesbit  was the director of public affairs for two prominent federal science agencies and is a regular contributor to U.S. News & World Report, where this article first ran before appearing in LiveScience’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

It’s 4/20 time again this week. For those who aren’t part of the Millennial generation, 4/20 is unofficial “Weed Day” in America —a counterculture phenomenon that has drawn up to 10,000 marijuana legalization activists at college campuses in the U.S. in some years.

In years past, Weed Day counterculture “holiday” celebrations have taken place on 4/20 at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, in several Canadian cities or at college campuses in Boulder, Colo., and elsewhere. Weed Day has also migrated to other parts of the world. [Cannabis: Facts About Marijuana & Effects of Marijuana]

Where did the concept of 4/20 as a way to celebrate marijuana smoking originate? That’s a bit more difficult to discern, though a reporter for The Huffington Post once tracked it down to a flyer at a Grateful Dead concert in 1990 that referred to “420ing” (smoking pot) on April 20 of that year that, in various stages, led to successive celebrations on April 20.

HuffPost also tracked it back even further, to San Rafael, Calif., high-school friends known as “the Waldos” who coined the term “4/20″ in the 1970s as the designated time of the day to smoke pot after school. By fits and starts, 4/20 as either a time of day for pot smoking or a counterculture day of rebellion then traveled mostly by word of mouth.

This year, Weed Day enthusiasts hoping to see the tide turn (both politically and socially) on the legalization of marijuana front have more to celebrate than in years past.

A national survey by the Pew Research Center earlier this month found that, for the first time ever, a majority of Americans would now support regulating marijuana use the way that most states and federal authorities regulate alcohol use. [5 Wacky Things That Are Good for Your Health]

In fact, Pew found, the number of Baby Boomers who would support decriminalizing marijuana has gone up year after year during the 40 years it’s been asking about the question —and is now more than double what it was in the early 1990s.

Meanwhile, recent studies have confirmed what social scientists have been saying for years about the theory that marijuana is a “gateway drug” that leads to hard drug use —namely, that the “gateway drug theory” for marijuana simply doesn’t hold up scientifically.

If anything, these new studies found, other things like alcohol or cigarette use are better predictors than marijuana use of eventual prescription drug abuse or addiction to harder drugs like heroin and cocaine.

A Yale study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health late last year, for instance, found that alcohol or cigarette use was twice as likely to predict prescription opiate drug abuse as marijuana use. Prescription drug overdoses are far more prevalent now in America than either cocaine or heroin overdoses.

The Yale study pulled data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and found that, of the 12 percent who self-identified that they’d abused prescription drugs, 57 percent said that they’d previously used alcohol, 56 percent said they’d previously smoked cigarettes —and just 37 percent said they’d previously used marijuana.

A study published in The Journal of School Health focusing on the “gateway drug theory” for marijuana also found that alcohol, rather than marijuana, was the most commonly used substance for first-time drug users. Yet, alcohol has never been thought of as a gateway drug to cocaine, heroin or prescription opiate abuse.

In fact, social scientists and psychologists now argue rather conclusively that none of these are actually “gateway drugs” that lead someone down the path to addiction to harder or more addictive drugs.

Socio-economic considerations, environmental factors or genetics are much more likely to determine whether someone is more prone to abuse addictive substances, studies have shown repeatedly.

It’s been a long, slow decline for the “gateway drug theory” in the public’s mind, though. Congress asked the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to look at the issues around medical marijuana use more than a decade ago. In a pivotal report in 1999, the NAS reported that “in fact, most drug users begin with alcohol and nicotine before marijuana —usually before they are of legal age.”

The NAS didn’t mince its words in that 1999 report to Congress. “In the sense that marijuana use typically precedes rather than follows initiation of other illicit drug use, it is indeed a ‘gateway’ drug,’” it said. “But because underage smoking and alcohol use typically precede marijuana use, marijuana is not the most common, and is rarely the first, ‘gateway’ to illicit drug use. There is no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are causally linked to the subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs.”

None of these studies, however, slowed down the “gateway drug theory” in the public’s mind —until recently. Whether through a combination of “Weed Day” demonstrations on 4/20 or the success of medical marijuana initiatives in states around the U.S., most Americans are in a different place on marijuana now and would likely support it being regulated like alcohol consumption.

Yet, as longtime advocates of marijuana legalization know all too well, public and scientific support for their positions don’t necessarily translate into political action on such an issue. It may, in fact, be years before we finally see the official death of the gateway drug theory, and the rise of acceptable government action on the legalization of marijuana.

This article first appeared as Growing Numbers of Americans Support Legalizing Pot Use in the column At the Edge by Jeff Nesbit on U.S. News & World Report. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher.

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This is not about majority but about principles. If a minority is right, the law should still support them (much like LGBT is a minority in society but has rights to associate protected from haters even as Jews can order kosher meals on some airlines despite being a minority). To mention majority as a raison d’etre for a law is always dangerous when democratic principles are concerned. If the majority support a law that is wrong, they still are wrong and that is where the learned state of judges come in – if not at least AFTER explaining why and how of minority-majority vs principles-correctness based around principles and logic or Voltarian freedoms (not just of speech but the life that free speech describes) than forcing through legislation in absentia of discussion with the public which sadly is often the case and even sadder is generally not paid attention to by the majority of the public!

Voltarian concepts of freedom doubtless preclude all fringe substances that can be grown and processed at home for legal use simply because no person is harmed. The only issue is not profiteering off others which can be done via price controls so that those growing and processing would get no more than a nursery or gardening service would – which is the scope and labour level of growing such organic psychedelics.

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Is the US ready for a third president called Bush? – by Rupert Cornwell – Sunday 28 April 2013

Out of America: ‘Dubya’ may have had his last spotlight moment. Now, it could be his younger brother’s turn

In the firmament of the Bushes, it was meant to be George W’s week, what with the dedication of his presidential library and an attendant spate of TV interviews, not to mention the rare gathering of all five living US presidents and ex-presidents to celebrate the occasion. In an odd way, though, last week belonged to Jeb.

The term “library” is a bit of a misnomer. These peculiarly American institutions, covering every presidency since Herbert Hoover’s, are indeed repositories of official papers, and managed by the federal government at taxpayers’ expense. But their construction is privately financed, and for the average visitor they are primarily museums, designed – not surprisingly – to present the men who raised the money for them in the best possible light.

If you doubt me, try Richard Nixon’s at his birthplace in Yorba Linda, California. True, the section dealing with a small matter called Watergate has been considerably beefed up, but overall the place retains an almost reverential air. And if the rehabilitation of the much-reviled “43” is to start anywhere, it will be at the George W Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

On Thursday, even Barack Obama got into the act, describing Bush as “a good man” and praising his “incredible strength and resolve” in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. Not a word about Iraq, and not for an instant would you have imagined that he won an election six months ago by blaming everything wrong in the country on his predecessor.

But right now, even on Dubya’s big day in Dallas, the word association of “Bush” and “president” denotes not only him, or even his father, George H W Bush. Increasingly, the calculation involves Jeb, George’s youngest brother, the former two-term governor of Florida – and probably, at this absurdly early moment in the ante-post betting, the bookies’ favourite for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

America is supposed to be the land of opportunity for all. Increasingly, though, its politics can bring to mind Kirchners, Aliyevs and Assads. Once upon a time, US dynasties referred to financiers, industrialists and sports teams. Now, almost as much as in Argentina, Azerbaijan or Syria, they mean presidents. Between 1976 and 2012, not an election went by without featuring either a Bush or a Clinton in the primaries, and in 1992 the families squared off for the White House. What odds against a repeat?

A year ago, the prospect looked unlikely. Hillary Clinton was a visibly exhausted Secretary of State, telling one and all that she intended to retire after Obama’s first term and give herself over to writing and teaching. As for Jeb, “this was probably my time”, he mused wistfully in June 2012, soon after Mitt Romney, had clinched the nomination in one of the weakest Republican fields in memory.

But, of course, Jeb couldn’t have run then. The Bush brand was anathema; to have offered the country the chance of choosing another one so soon would have been, if not hubris, then a guarantee that a reporter’s first question would be, what was your brother’s biggest mistake?

Since then everything has changed. Romney was soundly beaten by Obama, and these days it’s not so much the Bush brand, but the entire Republican/Tea Party brand, well to the right of even George W, that’s in the doghouse. Jeb, a fiscal and social conservative but a keen proponent of immigration reform, with a Mexican wife and perfect Spanish, now looks the answer to his party’s problems with Hispanic voters, whose desertion to Obama sealed Romney’s defeat. As for Hillary, polls showing 70-plus per cent support are a wonderful antidote to weariness.

And there’s a further symmetry to a Bush/Clinton rematch. Even in her student days, her peers predicted that if America were ever to have a female president, it would be Hillary. As for Jeb, the smoothest, brainiest and most accomplished of George H W and Barbara Bush’s children, he was always seen by the father as bearer of the family’s political torch.

All that shifted, however, on 8 November 1994, when Jeb, the favourite, narrowly failed to be elected governor of Florida, while George Jnr, the ne’er-do-well, pulled off an upset victory over Texas’s popular incumbent, Ann Richards. Six years later, with Karl Rove still at his side, Jeb’s brother won the White House.

Now, maybe, Jeb’s time has truly come. But on one condition – that America, unlike four years ago, is ready once more for a Bush. The problem, of course, is in the name. As Haley Barbour, the ex-governor of Mississippi and wisest of old Republican birds, recently put it: “If Jeb’s last name was Brown instead of Bush, he’d probably be the front-runner for the Republican nomination. Then again, if it were Brown, we probably would have never heard of him.”

Jeb himself does nothing to discourage speculation. He gives weighty speeches about rebuilding America. He’s published a book on immigration reform, and is even allowing dirty linen (a former family maid who was deported for being an illegal immigrant) to be washed in public now, before opponents wash it in the heat of a campaign. A final decision, he says, will come after the 2014 mid-terms. As with Hillary, name recognition allows him to wait – and a Clinton run could silence complaints that Jeb is running on his name. Dynasties? Everyone does dynasties.

Except, perhaps, some complaints from within the family. Not from George W, who when asked last week for his advice to Jeb about 2016, replied, “Run”. But Barbara, at 88 more than ever the outspoken matriarch, feels differently. “It’s a great country,” she says, “it’s not just four families or whatever. We’ve had enough Bushes.” But, this time, the son may not listen to his mother. And if he runs and wins, a presidential library awaits.

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The USA needs to set an example to the pond scum in the 3rd world about nepotism. The 3rd world, even USA’s’favourite’ Singapore, simply does not understand that family blocs or reserved seats, even a handful of reserved seats, causes conflict of interest and harms democracy. Listen to mom Jeb (see below link).

ARTICLE 13.5

Barbara Bush says Jeb Bush shouldn’t run for president – by Holly Bailey, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – Thu, Apr 25, 2013

Barbara Bush with former President George H.W. Bush and Jeb Bush in 2002. (Joe Burbank/Getty Images)DALLAS—Just hours before her son George W. Bush formally opens his presidential library here, former first lady Barbara Bush dismissed talk of a presidential run by another son, Jeb, in 2016.

In an interview with NBC’s ‘Today” show, Barbara Bush said she believed Jeb, a former Florida governor, was “the best qualified” to seek the Republican presidential nomination, but that he shouldn’t run.

“We’ve had enough Bushes,” Barbara Bush told NBC, adding there are other “people out there” who are qualified. “It’s a great country. There are a lot of great families and it’s not just four families or whatever.”

Her remarks come just a day after George W. Bush told ABC and CNN that he believes his brother should seek the presidency. Former first lady Laura Bush, who joined Barbara Bush in the “Today” show interview, said her brother-in-law would be a “terrific president,” but declined to say whether she thinks he’ll run.

“We don’t know, and we’re just letting him decide,” Laura Bush said.

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For all the warmongering and petro-dollars in the Bush family, the Bushes do have a democratic bone in their makeip after all. Nepotism of the slightest in USA will embolden the nepotists in 3rd world countries all across the world. The USA should look at some of USA’s own laws against nepotism :

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Henrique Capriles ‘Has A Jail Cell Waiting For Him,’ Venezuelan Official Says (VIDEO) – by The Huffington Post  |  Posted: 04/24/2013 11:20 am EDT

Venezuela’s Penitentiary Minister Iris Varela said in a televised press conference Tuesday that she had a “jail cell waiting” for opposition leader Henrique Capriles, who she accused of being addicted to hallucinogens and being a fascist and a murderer, the local press reports.

It wasn’t clear from news reports whether the Venezuelan government had actually issued an arrest warrant for Capriles, but Varela’s comments highlighted the growing tensions over the contested presidential election and ensuing protests that left seven people dead.

“The only good news for you is that the prison that’s waiting for you, Capriles Radonski, won’t be like the ones we inherited,” Varela said, referring to the period before former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez first took office in 1999.

“You have an addiction and you know it,” Varela continued, saying that an unspecified drug habit led him to provoke violence by calling protests. “When someone is under the effect of hallucinogens, they’re capable of anything,”

Varela doesn’t cite evidence her long list of serious accusations against the politician, who has contested Venezuela’s close April 14 presidential election. Capriles has called on protesters to remain peaceful.

Venezuela held presidential elections April 14 to replace Hugo Chávez, who died in March. Though polls had placed Chávez’s successor Nicolás Maduro with a comfortable lead ahead of the vote, he won by thin margin of less than 2 percentage points.

Capriles contested the results, alleging that thousands of irregularities took place and demanding a manual recount. The National Electoral Council instead ordered an audit, which Capriles accepted, according to Reuters.

In Venezuela, each vote is tallied both electronically and on paper. An audit of the votes is a process that checks to make sure paper copy of the ballot matches the electronic record.

Protests followed the contested election, leading to seven deaths, which the Maduro government has blamed Capriles for personally. He routinely calls Capriles and his supporters “fascists.”

Spanish speakers can watch Varela making her accusations in the video above.

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I strongly believe that Malaysia’s Pakatan Rakyat has also been using drugs to poison the local populace so that theya re more pliable and likely to vote them. the subliminal suggestions are amplified by Pakatan drug takers while suppressive drugs might be intyroduced in water via prvate water companies. In other words, a narco state based around poisoning of the local populace with drugs while taking drugs that stengthen themselves. this appears to have been going on since the early 2000s and ris Varela should make clear to all governments worldwide what Capriles is doing and what class of drugs to detect. I strongly believe that Malaysia’s Pakatan Rakyat is doing the same as Capriles.

GE13: PAS’ Hadi claims Marxist, drug dealer among PKR

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?sec=nation&file=/2013/4/22/nation/20130422100121

17 Articles from Malaysia : PKR’s KTK II, Pit Calls Kettle Black – Wong Chen’s Normalisation Agenda for Pakatan’s Lies, Malaysian Spring, Religious Demogoguery But Nary A BERSIH Candidate in Sight, Altantuya Victim of Political Mileage, Nie Ching’s Normalisation Agenda for DAP’s Lies, Nepotistic Double Standards Extreme in Undemocratic DAP Party Culture, Biological Parents Forgotten in Orphan Case, Voting Methods For Multiple Candidate Choice Constituencies, Rawang Really In This Economy?, DAP’s False Democracy, DAP’s Dictatorship, DAP’s Dictatorship Again, Older Generation Floundering – Democratic Initiatives Unlikely, Old Politics of Apartheid and Old Mindsets Still Poisoning BN, Phenotype Discrimination ‘Lim the Liar Sr’s’ Wanita Doppleganger Gets the UMNO Boot, Term Limitless MCA, Much Ado About Sex, Democracy Reaches Indians in Malaysia 66 Years After India Gains Independence (Not Good Enough Uthayakumar! Tell Indians That Only Equality Is Acceptable!), 1%ters Too Selfish or Too Fearful Expose Selves to 99% Problem, Fresh Cili Padis To Challenge Term Limitless Cili Padis? Destroy All Family Bloc Nepotists! – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 26th April 2013

In 99%, amendments to law needed, Apartheid, ASEAN, crony politics, DAP, democratisation, ethics, Malay, Malaysia, nepotism, Plutocracy, politics, property rights, sex work, sexuality, subtle insults, true democracy on April 25, 2013 at 7:21 pm

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PKR’s fast-rising star Wong Chen: PR can win GE13 with MASSIVE MAJORITY! – by  Wong Choon Mei, Alaa Soleiman, Malaysia Chronicle (discourtesy of W**777*) – Monday, 22 April 2013 18:44

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH VIDEO It looks like Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim has got himself another ‘star’ to help his People’s Justice Party or PKR stamp its mark on Malaysia’s hyperactive political scene.

44-year-old Wong Chen, slightly geeky, slightly nerdy-looking, is the head of PKR’s investment and trade bureau. In reality, he is sharp as a razor and as wholesome as they come. Blessed with double-barreled academic qualifications, a supportive wife and two young children, his plate looks already full. But whether the Malay literature student and corporate lawyer by training likes it or not, his bosses are going to dish out more responsibility for him to shoulder. They seem to think he can handle it.

Wong Chen was given the coveted Kelana Jaya parliamentary seat to contest. With the urban electorate clearly behind the Opposition, Kelana Jaya is indeed a plum seat to get. Suddenly, he is the envy of his colleagues. Yet he has managed to escape the worst of the backbiting and malicious gossiping that often holds back newbies like him. This, his friends say, is a testament to his ” extremely” humble and friendly ways.

We can win MASSIVE!

In an exclusive interview with Malaysia Chronicle, Wong Chen talks about himself and his aspirations. The usually quick-talking first-time candidate shows an unguarded side, unconsciously revealing how important the family unit is to him.

It is also clear he is passionate about his quest to bring “change” to Malaysia. While he tries not to give in to over-exuberance over the Pakatan Rakyat’s chances in the May 5 general election, it is evident that he is completely sure his side will win and win hands-down too!

“In the urban areas, we are very confident. We are very confident because we believe. After two-and- half days of campaigning, I can sense that the urban areas are very strongly with us. The key to winning big in this general election really is fought in the rural areas and in particular rural areas in the peninsula. Sabah is something that no one really knows what will happen, so we just leave that aside. The analysis is still coming out, we don’t know how the Suluks are going to vote or are they going to just not vote as a protest and what are the Kadazans going to do? They are all tied up to this RCI thing. Now I think the battle ground is really Peninsular rural heartland and that hinges on Felda, it hinges on the price of commodities and rubber and palm oil. It also hinges of the policies and strategies that each party adopts,” Wong Chen said.

“We are adopting a simple strategy of engaging people and talk about policies, talk about rising cost of living and stuff like that. And from the BN side, it seems they are just going in negative campaigning strategy, trying to scare the rural folks, you know ‘Malays are going to lose power’, bring up the Allah issues, bring up the sex videos, I think that this kind of negative campaigning is going to create a big backlash for BN, and if that happens, we will win Putrajaya big and not just by a comfortable win but massive majority.”

“So my analysis is you have to go to the rural areas and if you see the people are silent because the rural folk are more deferring and more humble, they don’t really like to voice political opinions but if you interview people and find out they are not talking openly. They are keeping silent, more likely than not they are actually Pakatan Rakyat supporters. So in that aspect I have been down many times to the rural areas and the people go – shhh ‘rahsia’ (secret). If they give you that signal you know we are going to win. That’s why I’m confident and that’s why the party is ready to roll.”

New breed of creative and smart politicians

As befitting his ‘yuppie’ image, even his campaigning style seems to be unique and creatively thought-out.

His supporters are going around the constituency handing out copies of his trademark “round” John Lennon-type spectacles in a bid to put a human face to his campaigning and make more interesting the plethora of issues he plans to make a stand on. Many of these concern corruption and might seem daunting or even boring to the layman due to the sheer amount of technical and financial details he has fitted into his presentation.

Wong Chen also praised Nik Nazmi, the Seri Setia assemblyman, and Hannah Yeoh, the Subang Jaya assemblywoman for helping his Kelana Jaya campaign. Both Nik and Hannah are in the same age group as Wong Chen and his wife, and they all have children who were born around the same time.

And though Wong Chen doesn’t name any names, he could not help thanking one his benefactors – an uncle of Nik Nazmi’s – whom he credits for having mentored and given him the opportunities to rise in his career.

The farcical Malaysian Chronicle appends below the transcript of the interview with Wong Chen.

Question: A lot of people have asked what dialect do you speak. Are you Hainanese?

No, I am not. I’m half Hakka and half Cantonese. My mom is Cantonese and my father is Hakka. (Who cares?)

Question: What made you join politics?

Actually, it’s by accident. I was a lawyer  in 2009. I was asked by a client to help Pakatan Rakyat form their Constitution and also to submit the  application for the ROS (Registrar of Societies). So I came in to help them resolve this and of course in the process I got to know some of the leaders and one of them, Datuk Saifuddin asked me to stay and work for the party. (A lawyer who does not know how important to make good on GE12 Manifestos and Local Council Elections, Asset Declarations and of course the incorrectible political culture in PKR and acts as if everyrthing is fine is no good politician at all. 2 terms up? GTFO of Dewan!)

Question: What made you agree to  stay with the party, you are known to be a man of talent,  you are a lawyer by qualification and if I’m not mistaken, you are also very well-versed in finance and making big money. Why come in and spend time in politics?

I think you reach a point in your life where the material needs are not that important anymore. My wife and I live a comfortable life, yeah. We feel that we have to do something and I personally have been involved in politics since I was very young, and in university I have been involved with Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, those standard kinds of things. Later on in life when I became a bit more successful financially, right, I thought maybe it’s time to do a bit  more for the party and I started off really just doing part time work, you know, doing a bit of research here and there for them, and eventually that snowballed into a full time thing. Of course, I’m not being paid, it’s purely voluntary, and it’s almost 4 years. (2 terms over? Had a great life? Step aside for the 2nd liners and file lawsuits for :
1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)
;or stop calling politics a full time thing. The above  items are politics, everything else is just being a slimy lawyer. If we go by Bar Councikl president’s standards so far, then even Ambiga has got a leg up on ‘Yeah, a 1%ter,’ Wong Chen.

Question: What are the main issues that make you say that you have reached a stage where it’s time you need to do something for the nation, what are the things that got you so upset that you want to do something for change?

I think basically I grew up through the period when we had the financial crisis of 1997 and we never fully recovered from that and we start asking ourselves, what is it that is really happening. You see friends leaving to Australia and Singapore and not coming back. Personally my attachment to this country is deep because I’m a Kelantanese Chinese  and Kelantanese Chinese are quite emotional people. And in addition to all that, I studied Malay literature in high school. I went to international school in Singapore and did the international baccalaureate which is quite interesting because they have a few subjects. We have six subjects that we have to do 2 Literature course. So I did Malay and also English Literature, so I ended up reading a lot of Usman Awang and Latiff Mohidin poetry and all of this kind of literature things that you learn that bring you closer to the country. So there’s this great attachment for me and Malaysia.” (Wong Chen did not answer the question but gave a CV. Who cares about Wong’s qualifications, challenge apartheid with a Contitutional lawsuit or something.)

Question: Kelana Jaya and Kelantan are two very different places, are you happy with the Kelana Jaya seat you got and how are you starting the campaign?

Kelana Jaya, I lived in KL since 1995 so I’m quite used to the KL life even though my roots are more less rooted in Kota Bharu and also Singapore and in England. I started the campaign reasonably well, I think we are building momentum. I’m blessed by the fact that Hannah Yeoh is on one side in Subang  Jaya, and also YB Nik Nazmi on the other side in Seri Setia. Two young dynamic  leaders and they bring good ideas  and we got good organization, so for me to come in and be adopted by them, and the most important thing we have good working relationship. Hannah and I  started to know each other about three month ago and we have this special bond because we have two babies and both babies are almost the same age. So you know, when we get together Hannah and her family, it’s not just about politics. We really have a family bond in that aspect and to some extent Nik Nazmi also joins us there because Nik has a two-year old son and we have a two-year-old son as well so that is good. (Singpore and England . . .  whitebread Orwell alert! These types have a corruption one can sense even from the computer. If the voters fall for this sort, they will really get a PAP up their’s and their children’s a$$es, much like KTK gave the Penangites when gerakan was in power. KTKII arrives in PKR!)

And for Nik, it is bit more special because Nik’s uncle is a good friend of mine. You know, I know Nik’s uncle for about twenty years and I know the whole extended Nik family who are also from Kota Bharu, Kelantan, the original family, and as a result we have that deeper tie. (Anyone who can call Hudud wielding PAS’s Nik Uncle is a muslim sibvert in their hearts. I’d even stick with ethically questionable Karpal Singh, at least Hudud has been challenged, but a minority who does not even see that we don’t yet have the  items and can call Nik Aziz ‘Uncle’ is indeed a lapdog, in this case instead of KTK’s ECONOMIC lapdog, we have a RELIGIOUS lapdog, probably tightly leashed by PKR as a token face of the Chinese. if the voters cannot understand this and vote appropriately, the voters will get what they deserve. Karpal is horrible enough, KTK is totally corrupt, this Wong Chen has been Islamised and does not know the better – pitiful will be the minorities voting for this broke a$$ subvert.

Question: When people say Wong Chen of Kelana Jaya, should you win that is, what do you want to be known to stand for. What is your platform in other words?

I have basically two weeks. I really have to go out there and meet the people and the people need to understand who I am. So we are fighting a cyber war for want of a better word, a campaign based on cyber information. So we stared a website http://wongchen.com, and we are very focused on going into Facebook and also Twitter and to get people to re-tweet and to get people to post on Facebook we are putting up some gimmicks. We are going around wearing glasses. You know people know me for my round glasses, we are going to campaign getting my fans and people in Subang Jaya and in Kelana Jaya to wear these glasses and take photos, hopefully they will re-tweet it. (Wong Chen OWES two weeks and more for every eternity that every voter will suffer for voting for wong Chen the last 2 terms. Wong Chen fights no cyber war, has already lost the hudud one to ‘Uncle’ Nik.

Question: And the main issues you want to stand for, your personal issues you want to take to Parliament?

There are two type of issues generally in any constituency. You have the community issues right, the local community issues, say in Subang Jaya it’s very clear what the issues are. There is fear of crime, you know everyone sets up, residents associations put up barriers everywhere. That shouldn’t be the case you know and the other one is of course the traffic congestion. And third one is water supply.

Those are specific community issues but the wider issues are the national issues that a Member of Parliament is really supposed to focus mostly on. The ADUNS (assemblymen/women) will take care of the local community issues, the Member of Parliament must fight issues of corruption. That’s the biggest issue. Corruption, mismanagement, you know, changing the structure, governance issues, budgetary issues. That’s what Parliament should be about and I hope to capitalize on the fact that I am quite well-versed in all these issues and to become the Member of Parliament that Kelana Jaya people deserve. (Well versed token minorities who do not mention :
1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)
;but call Nik Aziz ‘Uncle’ are the last thing to capitalize on.

Question: Any particular message that you want to give to voters? Just now in our press conference you were very clear when you talked about when you reached Putrajaya not if you reached Putrajaya. What are your views, how confident are you that Pakatan Rakyat can form the federal government this time round?

In the urban areas, we are very confident. We are very confident because we believe. After two-and- half days of campaigning, I can sense that the urban areas are very strongly with us. The key to winning big in this general election really is fought in the rural areas and in particular rural areas in the peninsula. Sabah is something that no one really knows what will happen, so we just leave that aside. The analysis is still coming out, we don’t know how the Suluks are going to vote or are they going to just not vote as a protest and what are the Kadazans going to do? They are all tied up to this RCI thing. Now I think the battle ground is really Peninsular rural heartland and that hinges on Felda, it hinges on the price of commodities and rubber and palm oil. It also hinges of the policies and strategies that each party adopts. (COnfidence based on business collusion without ethics, nominal monotheistic discrimination and faux-whitebreadness, ignorance of ‘real politik’ to play a stooge role in PKR is the easiest way for the minorities to go to hell in a douchbag.)

We are adopting a simple strategy of engaging people and talk about policies, talk about rising cost of living and stuff like that. And from the BN side, it seems they are just going in negative campaigning strategy, trying to scare the rural folks, you know ‘Malays are going to lose power’, bring up the Allah issues, bring up the sex videos, I think that this kind of negative campaigning is going to create a big backlash for BN, and if that happens, we will win Putrajaya big and not just by a comfortable win but massive majority. (Yawn thats PAP syuff that the Singaporeans have alrady grown tied off. Dated b.s. being thrown at Malaysians and demogoguery at ‘Allah’ issues while tacitly assenting to Hudud (say Uncle! Say Uncle! Which Muslim has got this broek a$$ sellout’s noggin? Monotheism copmpounde with lack of ethics kills the humanity and awareness of human righs even in so-self-termed ‘well versed’ politicians –  . . . ) makes for personalities weaker than Konsensus Bebas’ misfits. Lawyers tuend politicians, well thats where they imagine to pull the wool over the people’s eyes.

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

;first then talk.

So my analysis is you have to go to the rural areas and if you see the people are silent because the rural folk are more deferring and more humble, they don’t really like to voice political opinions but if you interview people and find out they are not talking openly. They are keeping silent, more likely than not they are actually Pakatan Rakyat supporters. So in that aspect I have been down many times to the rural areas and the people go – shhh ‘rahsia’ (secret). If they give you that signal you know we are going to win. That’s why I’m confident and that’s why the party is ready to roll. (Don’t like? How dare Wong Chen speak for them? They are not keeping silent, they are voting with their feet, thinking with their heart, and the PKR party which has a brand new KTK, rolling in the mud with BN, while some independent without the CECs breathing lies down their back wins.)

Question: How would you react if suddenly tomorrow (Umno sex blogger) Papagomo publishes a video with you starring in it?

Well, there shouldn’t be any video because I’m happily married man and with two babies. My God, I don’t have time for anything else, you know, and I work form home and my wife works from home. So I don’t see any possibility other than some super fabricated video. No, no I even can’t think about it. (I can almost imagine the perverse pleasure of the insane in BN jumping on this fact . . . prefabricated videos will not be needed, the KTK II factor is enough if BN knows how to work with this. KTK I needs to be dropped entirely by BN though, so the sex video may yet be viable. Who knows they may neurotech something up. Those will be real enough, babies or no babies.

Question: Should Pakatan really win the federal government and you are in line for a slot in the federal Cabinet, which slot would you hope to be put into?

No lah, I’m not asking for anything you know. I just want to do my bit for the country. I suppose my working relation with the bosses is good because I’m involved in policy making, so any position in the policy side will be good. I think I’ll be very happy with that but not necessary, I mean as a Member of Parliament, there is a lot of work as it is. (Involved in policy making but no word against apartheid? No word on democratic principles? Nothing but what the bosses say and media ops like these? Who needs this sort of member of parliament? More like a installed crony. 3rd Force independents, ready to run for election against this 2 term finished PAP style corporatist? 2 terms over so GTFO. Thats 2+ million in salaries, time for another citizen who will speak for the 99% and not just the PKR bosses who are not democratic and too selfish, glory hogging all those seats. Perhaps Azmin could topple Anwar and by extension Wong Chen before KTK II and a backdoor Minister occurs AGAIN. Frightful for Malaysia if this piece of work becomes a Minister. Some of us just know, and the 99%ters who think with their heart had better act appropriately if not run as independent candidates for :

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

We have a bevy of Phds who underst and conflict of interest and would not hold MP seat and Ministry at the same time, would not take a 3rd term t allow some second liner, or at least those ethical and democratic enough to GTFO of Dewan to ptrevent conflict of interest – somethin which PKR has at least until Wan Azizah quit – which sadly could be token statesmanship, though I hope not – does not understand at all. 2 terms over? GTFO of Dewan. NO MINISTERS here.)

Malaysia Chronicle

Selected Commentator Comments :

Monday, 22 April 2013 22:49 posted by @ayoyo otak kicik
Rafizi? You sangat bodo, Esok Masih Ada. If he is that smart he would not be that stupid exposing someone’s bank statement, breached Bafia and also giving ammunition to Sharizat and Zahid Hamidi to sue him in court. Itu macam, pandai?

Monday, 22 April 2013 22:07 posted by @Mahathir UMNO PERKASA criminals

Dear Msian Indians, these are the reasons why we should NEVER vote for UMNO/BN: 3 million Indonesian became Msian citizen with Bumi status, 600,000 Indian Msian with Red IC denied citizenship, 0% temples built in housing estates, 144 Tamil Primary Schools closed down since 1968-2000,UMNO supported Sri Lanka on genocide against Tamils by not supporting UN resolution, Rewarding Zulkifly Nordin a seat to contest in Shah Alam although he degraded Hindu religion & the community by calling ‘keling’ recently. Ridiculing the Indian community in Schools by promoting a Novel called Interlock. We hv suffered enough under UMNO rule to salt to injury dont forget what happen infrnt of Dato ambiga’s hse aftr Bersih 3. Have dignity and pride as an Indi

Monday, 22 April 2013 21:15 posted by @rick
This guy is smart (just like KTK!)  I hope he wins Much better than the Burne guy who did not do anything (actually this guy also did nothing duh, just riding on dying cult of personality Anwar’s coattails . . . ).

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Hey Wong Choon Mei, how about running for candidacy in Kelana jaya instead, I’d vote for any MSM media blogger simply because they have not had a single term in office yet. Stop fetting all these crooked people who were voted into power because the Rakyat had no choices. What have they done? Nothing but consolidate another BN at every turn, never addressing :

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

Wong Chen a fast rising star? Rubbish, more like 3rd term bidder for term limitless oligarchy and eventual nepotism as a KTK. Wife? Babies?!? Don’t hide behind skirts and diapers. POLICY MATTERS, not being a family man, then term limits and ability to keep election promises (which Liar Lims and Liar Singhs failed entirely in GE12 – Local Council Elections, Aset Declarations, 90% of Manifestos etc..) These Wong Chen type normalisers of Pakatan Rakyat’s lies are destroying democracy!

Stop killing the 99%ters on behalf of Wong, Choonmei, don’t be caught in the webof the hegelian dialect of false 2 coalition paradigms, when all sides are cut from the same corrupted cloth. Promote the 99%ters instead! Don’t dare establish a new BN by doing this sort of article! Wearing that garland is particularly cynical given how Pakatan Rakyat has treated the Indian voters. Thats why when compared to 3rd Forcer worthy independent Hindraf Party, even the Indians in Pakatan Coalition are poorly in comparison with BN Indians being treated the worst. just because a handful are doing well much like the Chinese, does not mean the 3 items above are granted. 2 terms over? Then GTFO of Dewan. Independent candidates, with the same qualifications and stature to wong chen, ready to gve Kelana Jaya back to the 99%?

3rd Force and term limits is true democracy! Now THATS MASSIVE, not this b.s.! Sharizat and Zahid Hamidi ready to bury a term limitless wannabe by running for candidacy?

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Why was RM9.3bil bond issued 3 days before Parliament’s dissolution, was Jho Low involved? – by  Wong Choon Mei, Alaa Soleiman, Malaysia Chronicle (discourtesy of **S248*) – Monday, 22 April 2013 11:36

VIDEOS INSERTED UPDATE3 PKR head of investment bureau Wong Chen slammed caretaker Prime Minister Najib Razak for the “opaque and suspicious” manner in which government-linked investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) had issued a RM9.3billion bond just before the dissolution of Parliament.

The 44-year-old Wong Chen, who is also the PKR candidate for the Kelana Jaya parliamentary seat, pledged to leave no stone unturned investigating the role played by Najib’s crony Low Taek Jho, who has been accused of having a hand in 1MDB’s bond sales since 2009.

As for the latest bond issuance, Wong Chen said it was raised through private placement on March 29, 2013 or just 3 working days before Parliament’s April 3 dissolution.

He warned the bond would dangerously raise the national debt level, making it burdensome for future generations to service.

“We are confident we will wrestle Putrajaya and this will be last questionable financial act by caretaker Prime Minister Najib Razak,” Wong Chen told a press conference on Monday.

“This bond issuance piles on further questions on 1MDB’s opaque and suspicious modus operandi, which has been lacking transparency since its inception since 2009. On this particular case, one of the questions we will be focusing on is the extent of Low Taek Jho’s involvement on the bond issuance of 2009.”

No idea what the borrowing would be spent on!

The RM9.3billion or US$3billion bond is the third in the 1MDB series of bond sales, bringing the total issuance to close to RM20bil.

Wong expressed shock that till now, 1MDB had furnished few details on what the latest borrowings would be spent on.

“When asked by the Star (newspaper), the answer they (1 MDB) gave was ‘we are looking at options’, mostly likely for the Tun Razak Exchange. What is this? They don’t seem to know what they want to spend the money on,” he said.

“The terms of the RM9.3bil bond remains undisclosed at this juncture. Why was it done through a private placement? We are alarmed by the fact that all 1MDB bond transactions issued so far have been via the private placement route. Why were they not launched publicly, where the pricing of the bonds can be determined (by the market) more efficiently?”

“When we get to Putrajaya, we will publicly disclose the recipients of these private placements. The bonds will be honoured but we will get to the bottom of it and investigate fully without fear or favor.”

Was the bond issued just so that someone could cream a huge commission?

Wong suspected the deal could have been rushed through to help “someone” make a lot of money.

He also questioned why the bond arranger Goldman Sachs was “grossly overpaid” US$71million or RM220million in issuance fees. Wong also asked Najib, who is also Finance Minister, and 1MDB to explain why a foreign bank was “brought in” to effect the latest deal and not a local lender that was given the chance to do so.

PKR also intends to scrutinize and bring to book any “corrupt element” involved in 1MDB’s bond sales, said Wong, also pointing to past deals hammered through at rates that clearly disadvantaged the agency and set it up to face potential losses.

Indeed, 1MDB’s “overpricing” of its bonds have scandalized market practitioners and cast a shadow on the integrity of Malaysia’s capital markets.

“Why were the previous bonds issued at such attractive yields,” Wong asked.

“The RM5bil 30-year privately-placed bond issued in May 2009 carries an effective coupon rate of 6.71%. The bond is explicitly guaranteed by the Malaysian Government. This is an extremely generous yield. In comparison, Malaysian Government Securities, Cagamas and Khazanah 20-year yields stand at 3.82%, 4.45% and 4.25% respectively. In addition, 30-year yields are unavailable apart from 1MDB’s. 1MDB has the longest tenure of any local bond at 30 years. On this particular case, one of the questions we will be focusing on is the extent of Low Taek Jho’s involvement on the bond issuance of 2009.”

Jho Low-Rosmah tag team?

Low Taek Jho, or better known as Jho Low, is actually a former college mate of Najib’s stepson and is close to Najib’s wife, Rosmah Mansor.

Jho is also known for hob-nobbing with Arab oil barons and getting them to invest in Najib’s 1MDB investment fund, which critics have claimed was specially established to be the PM’s own secret slush fund to hold on to political power

In his early thirties, Jho claims to have made his first million before graduating. He achieved notoriety by living the high life with celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Elva Hsiao.

He is also believed to have funded Najib’s grand Chinese New Year celebrations organized by the ruling BN coalition where mega-star Psy was invited to Penang island to sing his smash hit Gangnam-style.

“Rosmah’s my friend not my godmother,” Jho has previously told the press in response to speculation that he had benefited financially from his friendship with the mercurial but extremely influential Rosmah.

Wong Chen, Hannah Yeoh to hold tell-all town-hall series

Wong said he would welcome all questions on the matter from the parties involved or from interested investors. He is due to hold a series of town hall sessions jointly with Subang Jaya assemblywoman Hannah Yeoh on a wide range of political, social and economic issues.

“Please come and engage us in an open Q&A session,” said Wong.

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Wong suspected the deal could have been rushed through to help “someone” make a lot of money. Much like the poorly thought through mega-projects tunnel projecst for DAP Penang with BUGC with the nepotistic Liar Lims imagining they will be MPs forever with their children parachuting throughout Malaysia? 2 terms then GTFO, 1 term to be respected. The rest of the Rakyat can do with that 23K salary so anyone who has had a family member in a political seat for 2 terms already can forget about being re-elected or have thir family members be the next in line to form neo-feudalism out of Malaysia’s democracy with.

In this case, Pakatan has lied and colluded with big business so much that there is no point in criticizing bonds when watchdogs not necessarily from BN can certainly find the same being done by BN. Vote neither Pakatan nor BN and frankly, Wong Chen who may be able to point these problems in BN out, cannot make up for the lies about Local Council Elections, Asset Declarations and 90% failed GE12 Manifestos. Anyone who allows themselves to run interference by ‘changing the subject’ of immense failures and undemocratic culture in Pakatan Rakyat that are no longer even being pursued by Paakatan Rakyat.

Wong Chen is no citizen the 99% can trust. Any more lying faces can be thrown at the Rakyat but election winning promises and menifestos of GE12 as mentioned above if not met, (abuses as linked below), compounded by family bloc nepotism, term limitlessness and undemocratic practices (clique politics), racial (Indian) and religious (non-Monotheistic) discrimination within the political party not addressed, normalising in this manner by criticisms of a single overpriced bond still cannot hide and in fact shows how little Wong Chen regards the rakyat by not taking the PKR CEC to task for all of the above failures, including irregularities in the running of the coalition parties as recently highlighted by the ROS. Too afraid Wong Chen to take onm Anwar and clique? Democracy is unforgiving as the 99% about the above failures and liars, and being a token face of minorities in PKR which is predominently Malay but not even speaking about :

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

;means that Pakatan Rakyat will not be able to make good on any promises, even as they do not make good on GE12 Manifestos and Local Council Elections, Asset Declarations and of course the incorrectible political culture in PKR excepting the issue of nepotism which PKR has moved ever so slightlu for with no other concessions or corrections of failures in manifesto or campaign promises. PKR has their Koh Tsu Koon in place – Wong Chen, so minorities why don’t you just field yourselves in every single constituency as independents who at least intend to fight for the promises that Paakatan Rakyat lied about but did not see through. The rakyat still need the same to be upheld (i.e. GE12 Manifestos and Local Council Elections, Asset Declarations) and Wong Chen the KTK of Pakatan will be of no use in ensuring this than any unknown independent candidate can. Forget about the criticism, Najib may have missed a chance with Lahad Datu to bury Anwar but balancing books for this particular issue will be easy with so many proxies running rampant. Contracts falsified, shelf companies buffed up, false personalities invented, and Wong Chen would be buried up to the eyeballs with lawsuits from non-existent companies as of this criticism. Have fun being buried by Najib (and Goldman Sachs?) Wong! This is not about money, this is about the Rakyat, and they are not going to tolerate the presence of faux-whitebread corporatists spouting what can be turned into lies quite quickly any more than foreign slush fund outfits labeled as such while ignoring democracy – mouthpiece! The taxpayers did not vote Wong Chen to attack Najib, they voted so that Wong Chen and any other politician in pakatan Rakyat will keep their word on GE12 Manifestos and Local Council Elections, Asset Declarations! 2  terms over? GTFO of Dewan! Lots of other economist types with better degrees from better universities (with titles and Royal support to boot) in Kelana Jaya would do better than Wong Chen as MP. This guy’s a political charlatan and has been inactive in promoting democracy!

Empty accusations in a moment can turn into nightmare lawsuits. As all are aware, the Rakyat might as well vote for themselves or any 99%ters instead of propagandists and liars like Wong who looks set to be wiped out by Najib’s Financial Ministry. Financial systems meaning nothing when the Rakyat can simply redistribute wealth and redistribute unused state land by voting 3rd Force. The Rakyat don’t need a Q&A and be run circles around by 2 terms over yet wanting more 23Ks per month undemocratic lapdogs of the PKR, whats needed is for GE12 Manifestos and Local Council Elections, Asset Declarations and of course the incorrectible political culture in PKR to be corrected

A here we have a Mr.KTK II face of token minority and a second BN! Goldman Sachs, ready to terrorise these financial terrorists? Question Wong Chen instead! And field candidates for 3rd Force so that we can all remove the presence of corporatist liars content to lie and not do their job of keeping election promises while attacking foreign institutions who should throw democracy at all and sundry in Malaysia than collude then be hit by Malaysian counterpart financial crooks in suits – some of whom are posing as politicians while being lapdogs and mouthpieces!

This article’s injurious tone is also brought to you by the discourtesy of the owners of Vehicle *** 8007 who went ‘stay’ 5 times today . . . with some unintelligible stuff by ‘Hag Voice Coarsewife’ who makes’s Thor’s Helga look mild and pleasant by comparison. Stay away from high density well infrastructured yet low culture areas! Let us be rid of these soulless and privacy invasive freaks! Poseur-Mechanics on a PAP political agenda phenotypically similar cannot protect Wong Chen from the hard and ugly facts here! Phenotypical nepotism is a spiritual sin, Mr. Now-Lighter-Skinned-Goon face! CORRECTNESS in POLICY maketh a politician, NOT lots of mob minded Sinkies trying to dominate Malaysia with lapdog token Chinese faces in PKR and 8% PKR CEC elections to boot – which is what Wong Chen very likely is no matter if KTK faced mechanics also appear at the workshop . . . got lots of people? But facts determine who wins, not how many lookalikes can appear at any given space to hope to confound activists with. The ROS must be asleep again, why hasn’t PKR been deregistered by now? That is why BN even with the election machinery behind them is having a hard time fighting Pakatan Rakyat. The ROS should strike off all ‘kelang-kabut’ (slipshod) political parties. Meanwhile 3rd Force independents should step forward and save us from the idiotic nature of this political system and the people who so unthinkingly lend these term limitless, nepotistic sorts strength.

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Wah! Bangsar people got ‘balls” : Big slap in the face for Nong Chik – by  MAILBAG ( discourtesy of P**886*) – Sunday, 21 April 2013 22:32

The residents of Lucky Garden Bangsar put up flags of Bersih and PKR at the roundabout but was removed by DBKL.

However they [ residents] took all the removed flags and replanted when they confronted the enforcement officers indicating that there is NO obstruction of traffic and further more Nong Chik ‘s banners are bigger and no approval seeked from DBKL but are all over Bangsar..

Thats people power… viva … the people of Lucky Garden…

Never before have we seen such unity … awesome solidarity!!!

Who would have sent DBKL’s staff to do this dirty work?

Watch DBKL’s removal of the flags on “Bangsar Spring pt. 1″ at:-

Bangsar Spring pt 1

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The adage ‘You can’t fight City Hall’ takes a beating here. See below link for what else the people need to remove.

ARTICLE 3

Ambiga’s church talk spurs demo – (discourtesy of *C*431*) – Monday, 22 April 2013 08:33

SEREMBAN- ABOUT 100 members of a non-governmental organisation (NGO) demonstrated peacefully to object to Bersih co-chairman Datuk S. Ambiga giving a speech at a forum in a church hall here yesterday morning.

1Malaysia People’s Information Club chairman R. Rajandaran said the forum, which discussed issues relating to the 13th General Election, had misused the church to spread political messages.

“We do not want religion and politics to be mixed in such a programme.

“If one party uses the church for political purposes, then other parties will follow. This will lead to chaos and disturb the harmony in our multi-racial and multi-religious country,” he said at a meeting with about 100 club members during a peaceful gathering outside the church here yesterday.

Rajandaran said his NGO had also lodged a police report yesterday to object to the forum.

Ambiga had arrived at the church hall at 11am to deliver her speech. However, an Election Commission enforcement officer for the election campaign of the Rasah parliamentary seat reminded her not to violate the Election Offences Act 1954, which prohibits political campaigning in public areas.

The forum, however, went well without any untoward incident.

Ambiga, in her speech, repeated her points delivered in many programmes, including at a DAP ceramah recently.

She spoke on the need of a country for a government and a strong opposition, besides encouraging voters to exercise their power as voters in the general election.

Present were Tenaganita director Irene Fernandez and Islamic Renaissance Front director Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa, both of whom are Bersih steering committee members.

- New Straits Times

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Thats why Ambiga is a trouble maker. Won’t run for candidacy though she likely can, not field proxy candidates though she probably can (at least a handful – are ex-Bar Council Presidents rich?!? Thats 10K a candidate btw . . . BERSIH is rubbish for not fielding a single candidate . . . or even having their own inspired members challenge the hegelian dialectic of BN and PR . . . ), but always making inappropriate fuss in such forums if not causing riots on streeets – so what if Ambiga can cause a riot? No candidates means no legal effect. Challenge for the below 3 items in a Constitutional Court :

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

This form of BERSIH propaganda is quite dishonest and while BN’s government is wrong, racist and unvotable, if no BERSIH persons including Ambiga run for candidacy (no need to if just a BN troublemaker anyway), the BN and even Pakatan rakyat will harm the Rakyat instead!

ARTICLE 4

PROMISES UNFULFILLED: This GE13, as you walk to the polling station – remember Altantuya! –  by  J. D. Lovrenciear (discourtesy of **E801*) – Sunday, 21 April 2013 21:03

Among the host of issues, concerns and aspirations that we carry within our bosom as we walk to the polling station to define a future for all Malaysians, we must also be mindful of the late Altantuya (who was murdered by two former bodyguards of Prime Minister Najib Razak).

Even as we are about to choose the political party that we want to form the next government, we have no answers as a nation as well as have not delivered justice for poor Altantuya.

The late Altantuya is far more than just a murder. It is far more than just a loss of life. It has everything to do with national integrity.

Let us not forget she is not just a ‘fast lane model, mistress and interpreter’ as she has often been made out to loom in main stream media. She is a mother and daughter too. She is human just like all Malaysians.

How can there be ‘Janji di tepati’ without a re-opening of her murder investigation

It is the circumstances surrounding her bomb-blasted death and the subsequent lengthy yet unresolved justice that still pricks our conscience.

What is the precipitate meaning of ‘Promises Fulfilled’ if we still cannot dispense with honorable justice in atonement for the gruesome murder that was committed on Malaysian soil? Till this hour, as we wait for the mother-of-all battles, GE-13, we do not have answers to many questions.

Who was the mastermind who instructed the bomb-blasting of this Mongolian citizen?

Why was she murdered in such manner using C4 to blow all traces of her from the face of the earth?

How on earth did the C4 get to leave the military security and why was it used on a single, fragile female human?

If blasting her into nothingness was not enough, how come there were no entry and egress records of her into this country?

Why and what made the two accused uniformed personnel to carry out this Guinness Book of World-record murder?

How come for the first time the courts have ruled that motive is not relevant for this specific murder case?

Connect this gruesome, merciless and heinous crime with the numerous instances of suspicious and surprising deaths of Malaysians while in custody.

Is this the type of nation we should be? And for how long more? How then are we going to salvage, repair, repent and restore the image, reputation and integrity of this nation of people?

Truly the outcome of GE-13 will establish beyond doubt whether Malaysians are truly committed to the universal principles of justice, honor and truly uphold truth or whether we really do not care who dies and who lives.

MAILBAG

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NO stupido. Remember instead :

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

Who cares about Altantuya other than to destroy a certain politician and ensure justice should be the judges and leaders of Mongolia and Malaysia – NOT the voters who should be remembering the above 3 items NOT getting caught up in what the judges and leaders of Mongolia and Malaysia and Altantuya’s family should be doing. Altantuya has nothing to do with the voters in Malaysia. The above 3 items have everything to do with the voters instead. J. D. Lovrenciear is an agenda propagator that harms democracy to empower OPPOSITION politicians.

PROMISES UNFULFILLED: This GE13, as you walk to the polling station – remember Altantuya!

Don’t dare USE Altantuya’s death for political mileagae! Disrspectful! ‘Promises unfulfilled’ is the failed Local Council Elections, and Asset Declarations, NOT inquests into Altantuya’s death. GE13 is about democracy not a court case or top official’s involvemetn. Political warfare must not be at the expense of the 99% or the death of a woman, and the vote is NOT about Altantuya, the vote is about the above 3 items.

Voters! : This GE13, as you walk to the polling station – remember the above 3 items ! Democracy in Malaysia first! Altantuya’s battle is not our battle! In both cases the politicians involved are the targets, but to remember Altantuya instead of the 3 items is idiotic.

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Nie Ching unperturbed by rumours – Thursday, 25 April 2013 00:44  – by  – (discourtesy of P**699*)

“Many of the rumours circulating around may not have anything to do with us at all, but as we gain in popularity, more will come to attack us.

“I sometimes feel really dejected, but somehow I must still think positively.

“Just imagine Lim Kt iang and his son Guan Eng have to face a lot more rumours than us.”

DAP’s candidate for Kulai parliamentary seat Teo Nie Ching told Sin Chew Daily her five years in politics have allowed her to meet up with people from all walks of life and get to understand their problems.

“I still love this job today. It has opened a new window to my life. If I have not gone into politics, I wouldn’t have imagined myself seeing and travelling to so many different places all across the nation.

“Politics is a very challenging job, and has brought me a great deal of satisfaction.”

Satisfaction

She confided to Sin Chew Daily that she was not used to the drastic changes in the beginning.

She said while this job could gain her recognition from the public, she could not expect everyone to be happy with her performance.

“From a single woman to a mother of a lovely girl, I have moved into a different phase of life over the past five years. As a single woman, I could not understand the challenges faced by career women, but today I can see the problems encountered by the mothers.

“Before I became a mother, theoretically I knew it wouldn’t be easy to take care of both my family and career, but after I have become one, I can feel how tough it is going to be.”

Teo gives herself 7.5 out of 10 for her performance as the MP of Serdang, as she feels there is still room for improvement.

“Compared to the earliest months, I can handle the work much better now. I started with zero experience, not knowing how to manage many of the issues.”

However, she said she was relieved that the chronic landslide issue in Serdang is now resolved.

“We are glad to have also helped the Church and Buddhist association in Serdang new village find their new homes.”

Family support

Teo said she owed her political career to the strong support from her family.

“I have the support of my parents when I am doing this job.

“As for my girl, I want her to enjoy her life and if she wants to go into politics in the future, i will throw all my support behind her.

“I’m not going to influence her too much. She should explore herself what she wants to do, as this is going to be her life!”

-Sin Chew Daily

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Such a bold faced liar and dishonest woman Nie Ching is. How can failure to implement Local Council Elections and failure to declare assets as promised be considered rumours? Another typical liar from DAP who won so many seats on GE12 lies still unkept.

ARTICLE 6

GE13: Karpal gives Sim and Lee second chance, withdraw as independent candidates within 24 hours (updated) – by JOSEPHINE JALLEH (discourtesy of *F*493*) – Updated: Sunday April 21, 2013 MYT 7:39:45 PM

DAP national chairman Karpal Singh. DAP national chairman Karpal Singh.

GEORGE TOWN: DAP national chairman Karpal Singh has given 24 hours for Sim Tong Him and former Teratai representative Jenice Lee to publicly apologise and withdraw themselves as independent candidates.

“The party will not hesitate from expelling those who commit an act of rebellion against the party.

“But I give them 24 hours to publicly apologise and declare that they would not sustain the status as Independent.

“What they have done could have been driven by emotions but it is unforgivable and intolerable,” he said in a press conference Sunday.

Sim is the incumbent for the Kota Melaka parliamentary, but he also filed his papers as an Independent for the Kota Laksamana state seat in Malacca.

Lee was not picked as a DAP candidate for the polls, but filed papers to defend her Teratai state seat as an Independent in Selangor.

Meanwhile in JOHOR BARU, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang said that the party will consider meting out a befitting punishment and not necessarily sack the members who contested as Independents if they withdrew their candidacy.

He said that he understood that their actions were due to the disappointment of not being nominated again and urged them to adhere to the party’s decision.

Lim reminded the candidates that they won in the 2008 general election due to the people’s support for the party, not for individual efforts.

“Throughout history, we see majority instances where candidates leave the party to contest as independents and in the end lose their deposit.

“This shows that the people support the party, not the individual,” he said in a press conference here Sunday.

When asked whether the independent candidates would affect Pakatan Rakyat’s mission to take over the government, Lim said that the political scene in the country has long been shaped.

“The people either want Barisan Nasional or Pakatan. There is no third choice,” he added.

On April 20, four DAP members filed their nomination papers as Independent candidates.

They are Sim and Lee, incumbent Mengkibol assemblyman Ng Lam Hua and Pahang DAP vice chairman Koh Boon Heng who is contesting the Damak state seat.

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A case of ‘do as I say don’t do as I do’? What double standards. Karpal and family, Lim Kit Siang and family can be nominated for life but everyone else cannot? This is why DAP’s CEC should be wiped out and everyone who wants to run, can be an independent. The voters will decide who they want to keep, though, and 2 term limits should apply,. 2 term limits mean that the Karpal family bloc and Lim family bloc all other old faces in 222 MP seats should GTFO by now! 222 MPs keep talking, living conditions get worse and we still have the apartheid of bumiputra! Voet anyone who has had 2 terms out! As the Hokkiens might say ‘Laoh Gao Choot! Behk Swink Whaar Menh Kham Shuent!’ (why does this feel like Klingon? wheres my phaser  . . .  ‘shoots Klingons’ . . . )

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Petitions to get trafficked kids back to be heard – Star Online (discourtesy of **C534**) – Saturday April 6, 2013

GEORGE TOWN: The adoptive parents of nine children from a baby trafficking syndicate will have their petitions to get the children back heard at a magistrate’s court in Bukit Mertajam on Monday.

Penang Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the nine petitions were for the first group of 28 children who were rescued by the police.

“The petitions are for the children to be released back to their adoptive parents who love them, pending police investigations.

“Both the adoptive parents and the children were victims,” he said yesterday.

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Have they forgotten about the biological parents these children were stolen from (return the kids to the original parents) or sold by (punish the parents selling children)?

ARTICLE 7

GE13: MCA, DAP state chiefs in five-cornered fight for Seremban – Star Online – (discourtesy of H*266*) – Published: Saturday April 20, 2013 MYT 5:29:00 PM

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/4/20/nation/20130420171609&sec=nation&utm_source=TSOL_main&utm_medium=links&utm_campaign=GE13

Published: Saturday April 20, 2013 MYT 6:25:00 PM
Updated: Saturday April 20, 2013 MYT 8:31:34 PM
GE13: Independents crowd Selangor like never before

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/4/20/nation/20130420182240&sec=nation&utm_source=TSOL_main&utm_medium=links&utm_campaign=GE13

Published: Saturday April 20, 2013 MYT 5:53:00 PM
Updated: Saturday April 20, 2013 MYT 7:03:34 PM
GE13: First-timers make six-cornered fight for Sidam state seat

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/4/20/nation/20130420175243&sec=nation&utm_source=TSOL_main&utm_medium=links&utm_campaign=GE13

GE13: Kedah Umno sacks two for contesting as independents
GE13: Independents crowd Selangor like never before
GE13: First-timers make six-cornered fight for Sidam state seat
GE13: MCA, DAP state chiefs in five-cornered fight for Seremban
GE13: Four-cornered fight in Sungai Limau
GE13: Pensiangan to see four cornered fight
GE13: Three-cornered fight in Gombak parliament seat
GE13: Numerous multi-cornered fights emerging in areas affected by Sulu intrusion

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See the above links? Simple voting method for best candidates here – Vote for the first timers because those who had one term have earned their 23K per month to a tune of millions over 2 terms. Next in consideration, vote independents because either coalitions are racist or nepotist and both corrupt. Have fun wiping out the term limitless nepotists and oligarchs 99%ters!

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Wild flower town Rawang has bloomed – by Star Online (discourtesy of **V999*) – Posted on April 20, 2013 – Featured, Property News.

IT seems so long ago now but there was a time when my school holidays were spent in Rawang in a row of staff quarters occupied by employees of a cement factory there. Picking up wild flowers, or some creepers, long walks or just loitering around the railway tracks were the things that children do years ago in small towns. There were no supermarkets or malls in Rawang then.

Today, Rawang has changed tremendously. The town centre is a lot busier with a bus station in the middle of town. Jaya Jusco and Tesco supermarkets are there. The presence of these brands does not necessarily mean that development has arrived. While there has been development, on a broader scale, their presence signifies that the purchasing power of the community has increased. And this can be seen in the take-up rates of the various projects there today.

When gated and guarded developments first arrived on the scene in the Klang Valley years ago, a variant of it arrived in Rawang in the form of Kota Emerald in 2001.

Short of sounding pompous and condescending, the thought that came to mind then was, why would Rawang need a guarded township? Today, most of the new housing concepts in Rawang are either strata development or individually titled housing with security services.

Life today in Rawang is a lot busier than 40 years ago and that is as it should be. The second thing to note about Rawang is that the housing developments are a lot more modern and contemporary today. The new breed of developers who are building there are eager to please and are enticing buyers with some interesting and attractive propositions.

The community of buyers are also spoilt for choice as the offerings include not just double-storey housing, but semi-detached units and bungalows as well.

The Low Yat group’s Garden Heights will have a total of 400 units of individually titled units when completed. Glomac Bhd’s Saujana Rawang have completed 523 units today.

Mah Sing’s M Residence 1 and 2 will have a total of 2,566 residential and retail and shop offices on completion while Guocoland Malaysia Bhd have 1,100 units of housing of various segments today and Emerald West is only 20 to 30% developed. In August, it plans to market more than 100 units of zero lot bungalows.

There will also be interesting offerings from Bandar Raya Developments Bhd (BRDB). The company has 300 acres there. So in terms of housing, the community there will be spoilt for choice. Because of the abundance of land, all these offerings are landed units. This growth will have to be balanced with commercial growth. Housing developments are not only happening in Rawang proper itself. It is also happening on the way to Rawang and this is visible if one were to take the old trunk road via Selayang.

Housing concepts and offerings are taking on a new meaning in Rawang and this has attracted a lot of upgraders from the community itself. It may have also attracted investors hoping for a boom in prices later on. As of today, the buy and sell market seems rather slow. A check with the classifieds reveal that out of four advertisements for houses for sale, three agents say they do not specialise in Rawang or anywhere nearby.

They say they are helping out their friends who need to sell their houses. A check with Reapfield also reveal that they do not have agents specialising in that area.

Of course, as these new housing areas are completed, things may change and more agents may enter that market.

Deputy news editor Thean Lee Cheng saw a flock of migratory long-legged white herons hunting for fish and insects at a pond in Jalan Tasik Puteri last week. Their home and food source will disappear with all these developments taking place there.

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More lies! A mere 2 years ago the place was LITERALLY rusting away with under 50% occupancy with some 10%-30% unoccupied shops broken into for scrap materials from the looks of things. Kota Emerald was a dump then, and is possibly still is. A flock of herons do not a township make viable. The conditions are harsh as hell in Rawang. Sungai Patani is mild by comparison and even then I’d not choose to live in Sungai Patani either – still too harsh! Which means this article is dangerously lied about, or the people have left Selangor to live in Rawang which is unlikely. Mid to lower tier demographic abound there mostly younger and less established families or a handful of oligarchs and political cronies with extreme wealth if not. No gems there, and certainly no Emeralds at all!

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GE13: Three DAP members defy party to contest as independents in Klang – by TEH ENG HOCK (discourtesy of P***398) – Published : Saturday April 20, 2013 MYT 2:19:00 PM Updated: Saturday April 20, 2013 MYT 8:29:55 PM

KLANG: Three DAP members were among the four independent candidates vying for the Kota Alam Shah and Pandamaran state seats.

DAP members Loo Hok Chai and L.P. Selvam will lock horns with Barisan Nasional’s Datuk Maglin D’cruz and DAP’s V. Ganabatirao for the Kota Alam Shah seat.

For the Pandamaran seat, another DAP rebel A. Deliganu will take on Barisan’s Datuk Ching Eu Boon, DAP’s Tan Pok Shyong and another independent, Hamzah Lamin.

The Port Klang state seat will be a straight fight between Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim of PKR, and Barisan’s Datuk Nasaruddin M. Zin.

Incumbent Klang MP Charles Santiago will face a similar battle with Klang MCA chief Datuk Teh Kim Poo.

Selvam, who said he submitted his resignation letter to DAP on Friday, said he was upset that the party chose to field “parachute candidates”.

The 60-year-old was outgoing Kota Alam Shah assemblyman M. Manoharan’s special officer but they had a falling out.

Loo, a supporter of Manoharan, dismissed the suggestion that he was contesting because Manoharan was dropped as a candidate by the party.
(From left:) Pannerselvam a/l Letchumanan, Loo Hock Chai, Hamzah Lamin and A. Deliganu are contesting as independent candidates in Klang. (From left:) Pannerselvam a/l Letchumanan, Loo Hock Chai, Hamzah Lamin and A. Deliganu are contesting as independent candidates in Klang.

“I’m not doing this for Manoharan. DAP grassroot members and residents here want a local leader,” he said. He said he hoped to win the election, adding that he did not contest to play the role of a spoiler.

Loo and Deliganu also said they were prepared to be sacked from DAP for contesting as independents.

Deliganu, who contested the Pandamaran seat in 1990, said he was recontesting after 23 years as an independent as he was not happy with “DAP’s parachute candidates”. “I’m a staunch supporter of DAP and Pakatan Rakyat, except in Pandamaran as I am here to win,” he said.

He said it was acceptable for the party to field an outsider for parliamentary seats as the MP’s role involved national issues, but at the state level, the candidate should be in touch with localised issues.

Santiago, who is Selangor DAP vice chairman, said it was unfortunate that they were contesting against their own party.

“I guess they want to offer their services,” he said, and declined to comment further.

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DAP is finished. Instead of being a neutral political party, on top of  nepotism and term limitlessness and lies, DAP is now a hoodoo voodoo fengshui based political party indulging in spiritual abuse of party members and citizens after all via occult symbolism and what not b.s. as well. The voters should vote for neutral parties. DAP now selects based on name based discrimination. Selvan and Loo Chai . . .

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GE13: DAP’s Ng Lam Hua ready to be sacked for being independent – by NELSON BENJAMIN (discourtesy of **D539*) – Published: Saturday April 20, 2013 MYT 7:52:00 PM

Mengkibol assemblyman Ng Lam Hua Mengkibol assemblyman Ng Lam Hua

JOHOR BARU: Johor DAP will recommend that its incumbent Mengkibol assemblyman Ng Lam Hua be sacked for contesting as an independent.

Johor DAP deputy chief Norman Fernandez said it was shocking for Ng, a member of the state committee, to contest as an independent in the area.

“Any three-cornered fight there will split the votes,” he said adding that Ng should know the consequences of his actions.

“I hope that our members and voters in Kluang and Mengkibol will continue to support our two DAP candidates in the area,” he said when contacted.

Ng submitted his nomination papers on Saturday despite the party having picked DAP’s youth chief Tan Hong Ping.

He said he was ready to face disciplinary action, including expulsion from the party.

“I am still a DAP member but the party has let me down by not giving me a chance to defend the seat that I won in the last election,” he added.

Johor will see the largest number of independent candidates in its election history with 10% of the 82 parliament and state seats seeing three-cornered fights with Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat.
BN’s M. Asojan will be contesting the Gambir state seat. BN’s M. Asojan will be contesting the Gambir state seat.

A total of 174 candidates are contesting in the May 5 polls.

The Gambir state seat is the only four-cornered fight to be contested by Johor MIC secretary M.Asojan, state PAS commissioner Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamed and two independent candidates.

The other multi-cornered fights will be in Kulai and Penggerang parliamentary constituencies, and Johor Jaya, Bukit Batu, Puteri Wangsa, Mengkibol, Bukit Naning and Panti state seats.

Meanwhile PAS deputy commissioner Dzulkefly Ahmad said that PAS did not sabotage PKR for the Panti state seat as PKR had requested that a PAS candidate be fielded.

He noted that Panti was a PAS seat before it was given to PKR.

“But it was they who asked us to prepare a candidate who will contest under our banner.

“Anyway our candidate only submitted his papers at 9.41am while the PKR candidate only showed up about five minutes before the nomination closed.

“If the PKR candidate was interested in contesting, why did he come so late. We decided to file our papers as we did not want to give Barisan Nasional a victory with contest,” he said.

For more election stories, please visit The Star’s GE13 site

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Neurotech or spy cam confirmation. A certain ‘ng’ was lammed with ‘hua’. This means DAP is absolute rubbish now. People can’t vote for a party like this and call themseves sane.

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GE13: Three DAP members defy party to contest as independents in Klang – By TEH ENG HOCK (discourtesy of **B918*) – Published: Saturday April 20, 2013 MYT 2:19:00 PM

KLANG: Three DAP members were among the four independent candidates vying for the Kota Alam Shah and Pandamaran state seats.

DAP members Loo Hok Chai and L.P. Selvam will lock horns with Barisan Nasional’s Datuk Maglin D’cruz and DAP’s V. Ganabatirao for the Kota Alam Shah seat.

For the Pandamaran seat, another DAP rebel A. Deliganu will take on Barisan’s Datuk Ching Eu Boon, DAP’s Tan Pok Shyong and another independent, Hamzah Lamin.

The Port Klang state seat will be a straight fight between Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim of PKR, and Barisan’s Datuk Nasaruddin M. Zin.

Incumbent Klang MP Charles Santiago will face a similar battle with Klang MCA chief Datuk Teh Kim Poo.

Selvam, who said he submitted his resignation letter to DAP on Friday, said he was upset that the party chose to field “parachute candidates”.

The 60-year-old was outgoing Kota Alam Shah assemblyman M. Manoharan’s special officer but they had a falling out.

Loo, a supporter of Manoharan, dismissed the suggestion that he was contesting because Manoharan was dropped as a candidate by the party.
(From left:) Pannerselvam a/l Letchumanan, Loo Hock Chai, Hamzah Lamin and A. Deliganu are contesting as independent candidates in Klang. (From left:) Pannerselvam a/l Letchumanan, Loo Hock Chai, Hamzah Lamin and A. Deliganu are contesting as independent candidates in Klang.

“I’m not doing this for Manoharan. DAP grassroot members and residents here want a local leader,” he said. He said he hoped to win the election, adding that he did not contest to play the role of a spoiler.

Loo and Deliganu also said they were prepared to be sacked from DAP for contesting as independents.

Deliganu, who contested the Pandamaran seat in 1990, said he was recontesting after 23 years as an independent as he was not happy with “DAP’s parachute candidates”. “I’m a staunch supporter of DAP and Pakatan Rakyat, except in Pandamaran as I am here to win,” he said.

He said it was acceptable for the party to field an outsider for parliamentary seats as the MP’s role involved national issues, but at the state level, the candidate should be in touch with localised issues.

Santiago, who is Selangor DAP vice chairman, said it was unfortunate that they were contesting against their own party.

“I guess they want to offer their services,” he said, and declined to comment further.

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DAP is finished – as the heavyset Rasta guy from Predator 2 said . . . ‘f***in’ finished,  godamn poo-dog’. Instead of being a neutral political party, on top of  nepotism and term limitlessness and lies, DAP is now a hoodoo voodoo fengshui based political party indulging in spiritual abuse of party members and citizens after all via occult symbolism and what not b.s. as well. The voters should vote for neutral parties. DAP now selects based on name based discrimination. Selvan and Loo Chai . . .

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Tengku Razaleigh Sincere In Fighting With Umno, BN – by BERNAMA – (discourtesy of *K*537*) – Friday, 19 April 2013 16:09

GUA MUSANG – Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah will continue to fight with Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) to ensure that his pledge to champion the people is fulfilled.

The Gua Musang Umno division chief dismissed speculation that he would join the opposition, particularly PAS, for the 13th general election (GE13) on May 5.

“I never had the desire to join PAS and will remain with Umno as the party is in my soul. I joined the party since young and is still with Umno,” he said at a meet-the-people session in Taman Wangi here.

Also present were the general manager of South Kelantan Development Authority (Kesedar), Mohd Arshad Ismail and the incumbent for Galas state seat, Ab Aziz Yusof.

Tengku Razaleigh who will defend the Gua Musang parliamentary seat said that he was sincere in championing the people without pursuing any position.

“I accepted to be the BN candidate for Gua Musang as I am still able to carry out my duty as member of parliament. I am still healthy.”

He said voters in the constituency want him to be re elected to the Gua Musang parliamentary seat and promised to provide better service.

“It is up to the people to judge my services over the years. Gua Musang will see more change after this as I want to bring more progress here.”

At the 2008 general election, Tengku Razaleigh won the Gua Musang seat with a majority of 4,394 votes beating PAS candidate Zulkefli Mohamed.

– BERNAMA

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So many terms but no word on :

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

;the best way for Tengku Razaleigh to fight for UMNO is to fight UMNO for the above 3 items. Since the minorities will not or lack proper funding and network in some cases, then the monumental work will fall on people who will act out what Razaleigh says not just merely talk. Are you merely talking Tunku Razaleigh? The problem is UMNO’s view on the 3 items. The only fighting that needs to be done in UMNO is around the above 3 items’ acceptance since billionaire nepotists term limitless, are unable to even broach the nation building issue.

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Tough-talking or ‘comic relief’? Whichever, Ibrahim Ali gets dumped despite Dr M’s plea – by Harakahdaily – Friday, 19 April 2013 14:55 (discourtesy of *K*331*)

Last weekend, former UMNO strongman Dr Mahathir Mohamad issued an ultimatum to BN chairman Najib Razak: nominate UMNO’s Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali in a seat at the coming polls.

“I hope BN will give Ibrahim Ali a spot. If he is made a candidate, I will go to Pasir Mas to campaign,” pledged Mahathir, who is also Perkasa’s patron.

“If we have more individuals like Ibrahim Ali, Malaysia will be safe” ran the now-famous line.

But Ibrahim was nowhere in sight as BN’s final candidates list was announced. Instead, Najib picked Ibrahim’s right hand man Zulkifli Noordin, to stand under BN in Shah Alam.

I’m so popular

In Pasir Mas, where Ibrahim boasted of his popularity among locals there and had won by standing as a PAS candidate in 2008, BN’s candidate is Pasir Mas UMNO deputy chief Che Johan Che Pa.

Ibrahim today wondered why, and urged Pasir Mas voters to support the BN candidate. Yet, he still offered to contest as independent “because the locals want me to”.

While seen as a comic relief by many, Ibrahim had recently attracted public outrage for organising a protest to burn Malay-language bibles – which faded out amid mute response.

If Ibrahim is dumped due to his racial rhetoric, then the choice of Zukifli to stand in Shah Alam is baffling to many. Zulkifli’s penchant for abusive and vulgar language on his critics is after all well-known, unmatched even by Ibrahim’s standard.

Only recently, Zulkifli angered the Hindu community by condemning Hinduism. His blog is also littered with vulgar innuendos despite his claim of “fighting for Islam”.

Ibrahim’s snub and Zulkifli’s entry has cast deep doubts over Najib’s criterion that only ‘winnable’ candidates are fielded under the BN ticket. Based on the current logic, Wanita UMNO head Shahrizat Abdul Jalil would have been the ideal winnable candidate to bring down Nurul Izzah Anwar in Lembah Pantai!

-Harakahdaily

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Najib has decided to be a PM rather than Mahathir’s stooge. The right hand man choice being a mahathir man though is a concession that still shows some fear from najib of Mahathir faction remnants.

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‘Humiliated’ Wanita UMNO deputy chief hints at crossing over – by Harakahdaily (discourtesy of **G680*) Friday, 19 April 2013 11:02

Not only Wanita UMNO leader Shahrizat Abdul Jalil was given the boot by party president Najib Razak, its deputy Kamalia Ibrahim is also left out in BN’s candidates list announced this week.

An angry Kamalia, who also heads the Kuala Kangsar Wanita UMNO, questioned why as the second most senior leader in the movement, she was not given any seat by party leadership.

“The leadership’s action is shocking to me as well as to other women,” Kamilia (pic), a lawyer by profession, is quoted as saying by Sinar Harian.

“I am disappointed because there is no proper recognition given to leaders of Wanita UMNO and BN who represent all women members of UMNO and BN.”

Two days ago, Bukit Chandan state assemblyman Wan

Mohd Khairil Anuar was announced as the candidate for the Kuala Kangsar parliamentary seat, hoping to replace former Wanita UMNO chief Rafidah Aziz who had earlier announced her retirement.

“Are you saying I’m not as qualified,” asked Kamilia when contacted by fz.com.

Several state Wanita chiefs are also not fielded for the coming polls, namely from Kedah, Johor and Terengganu. Likewise, another prominent BN female leader, MCA vice president Dr Ng Yen Yen, has also been left out.

“The leadership should not think that women are indifferent to the recent announcement of candidates. Do not think that women have no feelings.

“If the door is not open for me, I have other avenues to continue the struggle,” she warned.

-Harakahdaily

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Phenotype discrimination. This is the female version of Lim Kit Siang and Lim Kit Siang is not a good politician anyway. Then again most politicians in BN are too racist or corrupt or just selling out their own minorities to pretend malaysia is a democracy.

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Malaysia GE13: Several independent candidates ready to contest in Selangor, KL – (discourtesy of P**690*) Published on Apr 18, 2013 1:36 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – The thought of losing a deposit of up to RM20,000 (S$8,123) and spending thousands more on campaigning has not deterred a large number of independent candidates from contesting in the upcoming polls.

While top leaders of political parties mull over the best line-up for the elections, some individuals are considering to stand as independent candidates for a number of reasons.

The most common is a desire to bring about change in the constituencies while disappointment in the elected representatives is another reason.

In the last general election, Selangor saw six independents contesting in one parliamentary seat and five state seats. However, none of them won.

For GE13, quite a number have publicly voiced their interest to fight for the seats.

Businessman Shamsubahrin Ismail, better known for his involvement in the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) court case, Pandan Perdana Residents’ Association chairman Lim Ah Chai and former All-Petaling Jaya Residents Association (Apac) chairman Liew Wei Beng look set to run as independent candidates.

Mr Shamsubahrin has set up a personal website and Facebook page to spread his manifesto even before Nomination Day on Saturday.

He openly introduced himself as the candidate for the Bukit Bintang parliamentary seat who is “eager to serve the people of Bukit Bintang towards a prosperous city living”.

Meanwhile, Mr Lim has also confirmed that he would be running as an independent candidate in the Teratai state seat against a Democratic Action Party (DAP) candidate and Gerakan’s Ben Liew.

Mr Liew Wei Beng, on the other hand, said he would contest for the Damansara Utama state seat. He is likely to face Malaysian Chinese Association’s Datuk C. K. Lim and newcomer Yeo Bee Yin of DAP.

While the other candidates are getting financial support from their respective political parties, Mr Liew Wei Beng said he has to rely on his own resources.

However, he said independent candidates should not be underestimated.

“My strong points are my track record, hard work and commitment as a community leader for 12 years,” said Mr Liew Wei Beng who is 55 years old.

The former Taman Mayang Jaya and Taman Megah residents’ association chairman said friends and residents would be helping him during the campaigning period.

Mr Liew Wei Beng, who is now the Taman Mayang Jaya Commercial Centre Association chairman, said the elected representatives were too busy politicking instead of serving the people and addressing their problems.

“During the campaigning period and ceramah, the big guns from political parties attract huge crowds because people enjoy listening to speakers running down their opponents. But that does not necessarily transform into votes,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Billi Lim, who has stood and lost in the Bukit Bintang parliamentary seat in 1999 and 2004 and the Kelana Jaya parliamentary seat in 2008, said he may contest in Kelana Jaya.

His perseverance certainly fits his title as the “failure guru”, which he earned for his Dare to Fail book series. He said his campaign would be unique to reach out to the voters.

The Bukit Gasing state seat would be contested by two independents, Simon Lee and Mak Khuin Weng. Mr Lee is the son of the late Bukit Gasing assemblyman Edward Lee while Mr Mak is a former councillor of Petaling Jaya City Council.

Their opponents are Gerakan’s Juan Sei Chang and probably Kasturi Rani Patto, who is the daughter of the late DAP strongman P. Patto.

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Easy choice? Drop the candidate with the most terms!

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Online vice ring: SAF Lieutenant Colonel on trial for sex with underage prostitute – by Khushwant Singh – (discourtesy of *E*910*) – published on Apr 17, 2013 2:30 PM

A Lieutenant Colonel in the Singapore Armed Forces is on trial for having sex with an underage prostitute. Armour officer Emlyn Thomas Thariyan, 37, is accused of paying for the sexual services of the 17-year-old on Feb 18, 2011, for $500 at Hotel 81 Bencoolen. — ST PHOTO:
The teen, who cannot be named, is said to have had paid sex with 51 men. She testified on Wednesday behind closed doors. On Tuesday – the first day of trial – Deputy Superintendent Connie Seek, a forensic analyst with the Criminal Investigation Department, testified on the text messages exchanged between Thariyan and the victim and her pimp Tang Boon Thiew.

A representative of the hotel also testified to the authenticity of the room registration card that was signed by Thariyan. Thariyan is not disputing that he had booked the teen via text messages and rented the hotel room but denies having sex with her in the hour they were together.

Thariyan, who is single, is the third accused person to stand trial after former Swiss banker Juerg Buergin, 41, and business consultant Edward Whistler Goh Ngian Meng, 50. None of the trials have concluded. Eighteen men have since been convicted and jailed for between eight and 16 weeks for having sex with the same underage prostitute.

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If no element of coercion is involved, if psychiatric evaluation determines that the sex worker was mentally stable and from an environment that was not deprived or manipulative – was there of free choice, there should be no case for wasting the tax payers’ money with court or jail.

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Uthayakumar to Indians: Vote PR if you like, but reject BN – by Harakahdaily (discourtesy of **B916*) Friday, 19 April 2013 03:28

While P Waythamoorthy who fled the country at the height of the BN government’s crackdown on Malaysian Indian rights movement Hindraf in 2007 rubbed shoulders with UMNO president Najib Razak, the movement’s icon P Uthayakumar (pic) urged the Indian community to reject eleventh-hour election gestures.

Uthaya reiterated Hindraf’s long held stance not to support BN, which the movement has blamed for half-a-century of systematic racism that has resulted in the Malaysian Indians’ woes.

“The Hindraf political directions remain the same: Do not vote for UMNO and BN, voting for Pakatan Rakyat is up to the individual,” said the lawyer in comments to news portal Malaysiakini.

Uthaya, who stayed in the country to face two years’ imprisonment while his younger brother Waytha fled to England to live in exile, said endorsing BN at the coming polls was tantamount to “hijacking” the Hindraf struggle.

Earlier today, Najib signed a memorandum of understanding with Waytha to endorse Hindraf’s blueprint for the Indian community.

Waytha had earlier staged a ‘hunger strike’ claiming it was to pressure either BN or PR to agree to the blue print. But another Hindraf leader S Jayathas had dismissed the hunger strike as a gimmick, saying Waytha and BN had secretly reached a deal which led to Hindraf’s speedy approval by the Registrar of Societies.

While Najib was quick to endorse the blueprint hoping to douse the Indian community’s anger at BN – the most recent being his selection of anti-Hindu politician Zulkifli Nordin as a candidate – PR argued that its existing manifesto was racially blind and ensures justice for all communities.

For Uthaya however, PR is the lesser of two evils when it comes to defending the plight of Indians.

“BN cheats more and PR cheats less,” he quipped, as quoted by Malaysiakini.

Prior to this, Uthaya said he would contest in Selangor’s Seri Andalas parliamentary and Kota Raja state seat against both BN and PR candidates.

-Harakahdaily

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Do not vote for UMNO and BN, voting for Pakatan Rakyat is up to the individual.

At least not either/or but a 3rd option showing capacity for independent thought which is what democracy is all about. An indie PM would be the best PM for Malaysia because of the partisanship and hegelian dialectic of these politicians who blindly follow term limitless and nepotistic, (very quietly racist?) Pakatan, or somewhat nepotisticm term, limitless, corrupt and loudly racist (less so since they dropped independent minded Ibrahim Ali who probably was doing some psy-op on behalf of UMNO anyway) BN.

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Driver fainted in car while driving, causing chain accident – by Jalelah Abu Baker (discourtesy of P**555*) Published on Apr 16, 2013

A driver of a Mercedes-Benz, who fainted while driving, caused a chain accident involving two cars, three taxis, a lorry and a bus.

No one was injured in the incident that took place at the junction of Victoria Street and Middle Road, one junction before the Ferrari crash which killed three people last year.

The police said that they received a call at 8.26pm on Monday informing them of the incident. The Straits Times understands that the driver was not drink driving.
A driver of a Mercedes-Benz, who fainted while driving, caused a chain accident involving two cars, three taxis, a lorry and a bus. — PHOTO: YOUTUBE SCREENGRAB

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A luxury car without a driver is like a carriage without a horse. Create a job and a dedicated driver who’s job is to be alert and ready to drive. In fact have 2 drivers on shifts if possible so that the current on-shift driver is extra alert and extra well rested. This has been mentioned for bus drivers as well with second drivers on board driving shifts perhaps on special allowance so that rotations can be done at 2 or 4 much less 8 hourly intervals. Some bus drivers drive 12 to 16 hours so that a company can make extreme profits. This is a safety and jobs creation issue that someone who has the privilege to be a boss, cannot ignore. If you’re a boss (or much like so many celebrities  liable to sabotage via accidents to cause problems or create situations wher they have to go back and forth to the traffic department or police to make reports) better get a mid range vehicle AND a driver OR few, than a upper range car WITHOUT a driver and be in the ‘hot seat’. In fact have a second driver trailing with another car or few so that any number of accidents could be absorbed. Said VIP could just board the second or N-th car and continue the journey. The other option is helicopters but there really aren’t any helipads all over most cities yet but same ‘spare’ pilot and spare helicopter rules also apply (recall the Limo breakdown when Obama visited Israel . . . if there were a small fleet or entourage of sorts of the same car, there would have been nominal applause at the SS’s foresight about spares which USA definitely has the capacity for . . . http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/166415)

As for bus companies, if the boss is already wealthy, they should have as many drivers as possible, even spare onboard drivers to thank the passengers who made it possible for them to live so well instead of overworking the bus drivers into taking drugs and endangering  the source of income by killing passengers when accidents happen.

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‘Cili padi’ Po Kuan helps hubby campaign – – thesundaily – (discourtesy of *D*117*) Thursday, 25 April 2013 08:39

SEGAMAT- DAP’s candidate for the Jementah state seat Tan Chen Choon has his “hot” other half to thank for seeing him through the hectic campaign period.

Spouse and former Batu Gajah MP Fong Po Kuan, nicknamed the “cili padi MP”, got on to the campaign trail in Jementah and spoke at Tan’s ceramah.

She had barely sat down when she was approached by residents, many of whom wanted to chat.

When it was her turn to speak, she brought parliament documents and the auditor-general’s report to highlight the issue of extravagant expenditure by government agencies, such as over-priced binoculars.

She also cited the case of jogger Irene Ong, who died from stab wounds while trying to protect her daughter in Bukit Gasing as “an example of the National Key Results Area (NKRA), which does not translate to reality on the ground”.

When PKR’s Datuk Chua Jui Meng arrived, she stopped her speech, promising the 400-strong crowd that she would resume her speech after Chua’s.

When met after the event, she played down her role in Jementah, and said the election campaign was kept going by committed volunteers.

“I am only complementing my husband. He is the one doing all the work together with the local helpers here,” she said, adding that she will lend her support to campaigns throughout Johor, not just in Jementah.

- thesundaily

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2 terms? GTFO. Family bloc? GTFO. Unvotable DAP’s undemocratic and nepotistic candidates make the choices so easy for those with the democratic ethics. VOte for yourselves instead 99%ters? Even a 1%ter plutocrat not a nepotist or without a single term yet would be better as a choice. Save democracy by not voting these family blocs! Nerxt thing we know their children will be running for candidacy and the MP seat ends up reserved with family cronies and business networks all over the constituency destroying free enterprise. 1 term or 2 then GTFO! And no family blocs or reserved seats! By all democratic considerations Tan Chen Choon and Fong Po Kuan are unvotable! This ‘cili-padi’ schtick is total b.s.. Democracy does not yield to ‘cili-padi’s or their term limitless husbands! Do the voters not have their own ‘cili-padi’s they’d rather put on a pedastal instead by getting them to erun against the term limitless hags? Drop the nepotists and family blocs! Cilipadi this simple fact nepotists! Democracy is more than this contrived Malaysiana nonsense that kills democracy!

21 Articles From Around the World : Governments Do Lie – But Don’t Waste Time Being Suspicious – Just Learn How To Vote, Half The Education Makes For Bad Relations With Public And Police, Much Ado About Muslims, USA Time Running Out To Destroy Fundos, Words But NoAction, Iran Needs To Rethink non-viable Nukes, Win-Win Solution For North Korea, Tech / Spirit and Hindrances To Freedom, Islamists Kill Nepotists (Unfortunately For the Wrong Reasons?), Blue Ocean Fisheries Harvesting, USA Has To Drop Bad Americans, Online Mags Get Greedy, Weaklings Waste Society’s Efforts, India Need To Make Spaces For Sexuality, An Article Way Off Aim But Better Than No Effort, Egypt is Not Arabia No Islamism Pls, Eminent Domain Issues, Medical Industry Hit By Commercial Warfare, Food Policies Without Land Distribution Subsistence A Farce, Gun Control Effectiveness Limited, Drug Laws In Relation To Voltarian Freedoms, English Tax Money Wastage Extends to Funerals, Disingenuous Reminders On Red Coats and Blue Coats – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 21st April 2013

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ARTICLE 1

Psyops: mind control marathon and Boston bombings – By Yuram Abdullah Weiler – Friday Apr 19, 201305:35 AM GMT

US police officers stand on the street in Boston where two bombs exploded on April 15, 2013.

The Boston Marathon Bombing has all the signs of an OP: a psyop, a false-flag operation that is one more grizzly event in the marathon of mind control imposed by the US government on its own citizens to justify its ever-expanding security/police state, and divert attention from the ever-shrinking civil rights held by the people.”
“Mind control is being taken into a theater, shoved into a seat, and hearing the doors lock behind you. Then the play on the stage is all you’re allowed to see. That’s politics. The leaders are the leaders. The army is the army. The enemy is the enemy. The media that report all this are the media.” – Jack True, hypnotherapist, political analyst, and expert on mind control.

Three people were killed in dual bomb blasts that struck the popular “Boston Marathon” annual running event on Monday, 15 April 2013. Among the 144 treated for injuries were eight children; 25 were in serious condition and 17 were critical; 10 had amputated limbs. US Federal authorities were quick to classify the bombing as a terrorist attack but declared the explosive devices themselves were small, crude bombs, without high-grade explosive material. Two hotels in the vicinity were evacuated, subway service was halted, flights over the blast area were restricted by the FAA, and an area near the west wing of the White House was cleared.

Besides the two bombs that went off near the finish line of the race, three other explosive devices may have been involved: one was found at a nearby hotel, and the other two at undisclosed locations. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis stated that one bomb was in police custody while Massachusetts Democratic Representative Bill Keating claimed that two more were also found. A member of the US House Homeland Security Committee, Keating called the bombing a “sophisticated, coordinated, planned attack.”

Later reports, however, indicated that the two bombs that detonated were in fact unsophisticated devices improvised from six-liter pressure cookers, and were filled with nails and metal pellets. Bomb fragments and other debris has been sent to the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, in an attempt to find evidence pointing to a suspect but as of two days later, no one was in custody nor had anyone or any group claimed responsibility. Nevertheless, police were immediately put on alert for a “darker-skinned or black male,” possibly with a foreign accent, while a Saudi national with a leg injury was under guard at a hospital. As one media outlet put it, the attack had all the “Middle East terrorist hallmarks.” Three days later, the FBI was circulating photos of two rather ordinary looking alleged suspects who were considered “to be armed and extremely dangerous.”

So of course, al-Qaidais suspected of being behind the bombing, since detailed instructions and photos showing how to make a “pressurized cooker” bomb have appeared in the terrorist organization’s online magazine, “Inspire,” issue No. 1, summer 2010. Investigators even suggest that Al-Qaida of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has successfully planted a terrorist cell on US soil, and that possibly five bombers and up to 10 others were involved in the Boston Marathon operation. Based in Yemen, AQAP was allegedly behind the 25 December 2009 bombing attempt of a Northwest Airlines flight by Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Now, according to the US National Counterterrorism Center, AQAP has expanded its scope of operations well beyond US interests in and around the Yemeni capital Sana’a to include targets inside the American homeland. Strangely enough, the media wing of al-Qaida seems to be as much in the dark as the FBI as to which “jihadi” actually carried out the attack.

Examining different issues of “Inspire” sheds light on the extent of US psyops operations. For example, issue no. 7 entitled “The Greatest Operation of All Time,” which celebrates the “Expeditions of Washington and New York,” as the strikes are called in terrorist parlance, was published on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the New York World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The magazine clearly explains the narrative of September 11, 2001 in perfect congruence with the version promulgated in the Western propaganda:

“The story of 9/11 is the story of jihad. It is the story of a small band of men who were guided by Allah, made the intentions to fight, trained on the battlefields and then culminated their struggle with martyrdom to end up their short, but eventful lives, in meeting their Lord.”

An example of the Western narrative can be found in the 9/11 Commission Report in the chapter entitled “What to do? A Global Strategy,” where the authors write:

“Our enemy is twofold: al Qaeda, a stateless network of terrorists that struck us on 9/11; and a radical ideological movement in the Islamic world, inspired in part by al Qaeda, which has spawned terrorist groups and violence across the globe.”

Elsewhere in Inspire issue no. 7 is an anti-Iranian article entitled “Iran and the Conspiracy Theories.” The article, in this the supposed official “house organ” of al-Qaida, is significant since it attempts to achieve two US propaganda objectives: First, denouncing as conspiracy theorists those who question the published reports of the World Trade Center and Pentagon terrorist attacks; and second, vilifying Iran as the only government that dares to question the official US narrative. In it, the author writes:

“The Iranian government has professed on the tongue of its President Ahmadinejad that it does not believe that al Qaeda was behind 9/11 but rather, the US government. So we may ask the question: why would Iran ascribe to such a ridiculous belief that stands in the face of all logic and evidence?”

The author goes on to answer his own question by accusing Iran of desiring to do to the US what al-Qaida claims to have done: namely, carry out the 9/11 attacks. And since al-Qaida beat Iran to the punch, so to speak, the author claims “it was necessary for the Iranians to discredit 9/11 and what better way to do so [than] conspiracy theories.” The author concludes, “Iran and the Shi’a in general do not want to give al Qaeda credit for the greatest and biggest operation ever committed against America.”

The convergence of US policy objectives and al-Qaida’s positions as stated in their “official” publication should now be clear: they are virtually one in the same as can be seen from the above excerpts. Both the US and al-Qaida are targeting Iran: with the US the pretext is Iran’s peaceful nuclear energy program and with al-Qaida it is Iran’s Shi’a Islamic faith. So by maintaining the myth of an enduring al-Qaida threat, the US has an excuse for launching wars against “terrorism” to pursue its hegemonic goals in the Middle East, and an enemy to blame for its appropriately timed internal psyop “terrorist attacks,” which are designed to frighten its citizenry into submission, thus keeping them docile and obedient, and nullifying any spirit of resistance. As al-Qaida itself admits, the US “mainly depends on psychological warfare. That’s because it possesses vast propaganda tools,” and homespun terrorist attacks are but one of them.

Not wasting any time, US legislators are using the Boston bomb attack as an excuse to further undermine civil rights and privacy of Americans by arguing for passage of legislation to permit private companies to disclose cyber information to the US government. Representative Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), author of the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) claims the bill does not allow the government free rein to monitor the internet, but civil rights groups disagree.

The picture should now be coming into focus: Despite trillions of US dollars spent on spreading devastation in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia and elsewhere to neutralize al-Qaida and arch villain Osama Bin Laden, Americans are required to believe that they are still under constant threat of a terrorist attack, and to reinforce this, the alleged archetype of terror has struck close to home once again – this time with pressure cooker bombs instead of jet planes. Frankly, I find the al-Qaida threat concept extremely hard to accept; I believe the threat is fostered by the US government itself. As Jack True said many years ago, “They are looking for anything that will make people obedient…. It’s a puppet world they’re after.”

In short, I believe the Boston Marathon Bombing has all the signs of an OP: a psyop, a false-flag operation that is one more grizzly event in the marathon of mind control imposed by the US government on its own citizens to justify its ever-expanding security/police state, and divert attention from the ever-shrinking civil rights held by the people.

And that is the goal of false-flag terrorist “OPs” as investigative reporter Jon Rappoport explains:
“To put the eyes and minds and emotions of the people into the black hole of the disaster, and thereby decrease the resistance of the people to control from above…. This is called mind control.”

YW/HSN

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Cynicism is healthy, But USA has enough enemies to want to spread such cynical propaganda.

I suggest that the voters remove all 1% term limitless, political oligarchs, plutocrats, monopolists, and nepotists from government, and vote only 99%ters who will be lobbied to write unused state land distribution, and wealth distribution of the richest based around the maximum sequesterable wealth paradigms (perhaps at a limit of 20 million can be kept by all citizens, anything beyond should be distributed to the poorest to make TERTIARY education free, to make healthcare free, to ensure Neurotech-Celltech-Satellite tech audits to ensure no abuse is occuring against citizens etc..). As for renewable industries like banking, tourism and plantations, all profits should be shared equitably with all citizens – no citizen gets less (ulike crony systems that have 1% of citizens being billionaires and 99% being poor) and citizens must be made to know that these are their righhts and not be made to think this is due to the charitable nature of cults of personalities.

As for mining and other limited resource industries, the distribution (and industry) ends once the resource is finished, or reaches a limit where the citizens’ own usage would be insufficient to require imports.

No need to bother thinking about what the above article says when wealth is distributed. There is more than enough to go around, but voting properly for 99%ters will be the way to do that. Voting 1%ters though is a death sentence and slavery of the 99%.

ARTICLE 2

Mother Torn from Nursing Baby After Arrest For Minor Code Violation – Heather Callaghan – Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund is reporting a story that is quite incredible – start to finish. How far would your lawyer go to make sure your baby was fed during your arrest and raise a storm to get you out? Something we don’t think about – what happens when police arrest a nursing mom with a hungry little baby? Do they let her nurse? Do they care?

Some months ago in Colorado, a very pregnant Renee Abbott received a knock on the door by a sheriff’s deputy alerting her that the Abbotts’ cows were loose and needed immediate rounding because they were in the municipal right of way. So she obeyed and did this by herself resulting in a fall and hospitalization. Their fence looked like it had been deliberately damaged by vandals – which is how the cows got loose. The deputy issued her a ticket for “grazing animals in the municipal right of way” even though it was an accident, not even by their doing.

Months went on, baby was fine, and Ethan and Renee were sitting down to dinner with their kids ages seven and four months on April 7 when Weld County law enforcement officers showed up and arrested Renee for – grazing animals in the municipal right of way. God forbid they accidentally eat the special municipal grass! Throw that mom in jail!

That’s what they did. She was handcuffed and taken away. Ethan was told that Renee would be held without bail until she could appear before a judge in the morning. The chaos of it was enough for Ethan, but aside from that, how was their exclusively breastfed baby going to be fed that evening, night and morning? (I’m assuming this wasn’t the time to suddenly switch to soy GMO chemical synthetic infant formula.)

Time was running out, but he called Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund’s Hotline which connected him to Attorney Elizabeth Rich – one of the coolest attorneys around. She helps peaceful farmers that are raided, harassed, and persecuted like Vernon Hershberger.

She could tell from the crying, there was a hungry baby there and looked up a traditional formula recipe from Sally Fallon Morell’s book Nourishing Traditions. It’s a politically incorrect recipe book with traditional foods (think grassfed, unpasteurized dairy, nutrition dense, fermenting your own meals). How many lawyers would do that for a family?

Next, Rich called the Weld County Sheriff’s office and gave the booking deputy hell! First she “made them conscious” of their shameful behavior dragging a nursing mother into the slammer over a minor code violation. The deputy did not appreciate her tone. According to FTCLDF, she asked about any aggravating circumstances, such as resisting arrest, threats to the officers, or disorderly conduct. There were not. [According to the “Daily Arrest Report” on the Weld County Sheriff’s website (no longer listed), Renee was being held for “failure to appear on a warrant”.
When questioned by Attorney Rich, the booking deputy did not mention this charge. The “warrant” in question, however, was based upon the “grazing animals in the municipal right of way” charge. Finally, they agreed to release her. Ethan picked her up that night and she could feed her son.

What isn’t in the report, is that the family was receiving harassment from the department; up to 30 phone calls in multiple 24-hour periods, deputies watching their farm, delaying and changing court dates when Renee would appear (so don’t think they were avoiding the warrant) and more.

“They have threatened to ‘Detain us for investigation of our (agricultural) activities,'” Ethan says on their Facebook page in late March. Renee and baby apparently felt compelled to leave until the intimidation simmered and when they were back she was arrested. He continues (in late March, reproduced verbatim):

We have court (trial) this next week over the 1st set of tickets for our natural agriculture program. The goverments killing of chicks and turkeys, then charging us for it. They are and have threatened wittnesses – DENIED our right to supeana (sp?) and present evidence…

On April 7th he posted:

PLEASE CALL Weld County Sherriff Dept and tell them that this kind of attacks are not ok: Call 970-356-4015 ask for the Shift Comander.
And Monday Morning Please call the Weld County Sherriff at 970-356-4015 And tell them to stop Violating the rights of Natural Family Farmers.
A call to the Weld County Commissioners 970-336-7204 or email them jfuller@weldgov.com. A call to our fine state goverment or anyone else that might be interested would be nice to…
This attack has got to STOP! We Stand to loose our farm, our freedom, and everything we Have worked for…

The department apparently demanded he take it down and tried to gather info on the callers. They also appeared to have lost hundreds of dollars worth of poultry due to (possibly separate) charges. Could it be that the department is using bullying tactics because of their new natural farming practice?

You can find updates on their page and support their other page: I Support My Local Farmer. They also have created a petition.

Source:

http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/news_wp/?p=7165

Heather Callaghan is a natural health blogger and food freedom activist. You can see her work at NaturalBlaze.com and ActivistPost.com. Like at Facebook.

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NO the arrest was appropriate though the lack of spiritual training for citizens is at fault rather than the mother. Synchronicity, would mean that the child would become a form of cattle and whenever cattle eat, their spirit would be mixed with the child being fed the same  feed. When this happens a very high form of non-eating based cannibalism is introduced into the human population immediately around the child. The mother here may mean well, but is not aware of the implications. We must not be spiritual cannibals, even of the highest order of spiritual application, especially when the life expected and intended to be lived by this obviously middle class person is a ‘normal’ one among normal people who have not had the advantage of such special diets.

If the child is intended to be among similar people who ate and eat similar diets then fine. But probably the community is unsuited and the police were reacting. This is police imposed isolation where self imposed communalisation is untenable for a middle class mother. At the same time, these effects are not taught to the general populace, so the blame cannot fall on the mother nor the mother be fairly punished. Spiritual Courts need to be applied alongside Secular Courts and communities of like minded individuals would add further texture to society though very small groups would be quite isolated and need to be assigned spaces for their dietary proclivities or be made to avoid contact with those dissimilar to them or a liable to be harmed by their very existence and presence.

ARTICLE 3

‘Muslims are evil. Let’s kill them all': US TV commentator Erik Rush provokes furious reaction with Boston bombing Twitter rants

Rush appeared to imply in a tweet that the culprit was from Saudi Arabia – Richard Hall Author Biography

While public officials were urging caution in the immediate aftermath of the bomb attack on the Boston Marathon, some were quick to apportion blame.

One of those was conservative commentator Erik Rush, who provoked a furious reaction after seemingly advocating the killing of Muslims in response to the attack.  Rush is a columnist for Worldnutdaily and has previously been a guest on Fox News and CNN.

With no information about the attackers yet made public, Mr Rush appeared to imply in a tweet that the culprit was from Saudi Arabia.

“@erikrush Everybody do the National Security Ankle Grab! Let’s bring more Saudis in without screening them! C’mon! #bostonmarathon.”

Then when he was asked by another Twitter user whether he was blaming Muslims for the attack, Mr Rush responded: “Yes, they’re evil. Let’s kill them all.”

Mr Rush later claimed he was being sarcastic went he sent the response.

His comments nevertheless provoked a fierce reaction. One user wrote: “Hope people don’t go on the ‘Muslims did it’ bandwagon. Don’t be an idiot and know the facts first.”

Another commented: “Apparently someone at Fox News tweeted ‘Kill All Muslims’ after the explosions. As a Boston resident, and as a human being, I’m disgusted.”

Mr Rush responded to one Twitter user who complained about his comments by saying: “Sarcasm, idiot.”

But in subsequent comments on the social networking site he hit out at “Islamist apologists.”

He wrote: “It’s nice to see all the Islamist apologists standing up for those who would waste them in a heartbeat.”

Mr Rush, a New York-born conservative columnist and frequent guest on Fox News, gained notoriety during the 2008 election campaign when he highlighted controversial comments made by Barack Obama’s former pastor Jeremiah Wright.

He has also written articles critical of Islam. Last year, Mr Rush wrote a comment piece titled ‘Yes, Islam is an enemy’. In it he argued that Islam was incompatible with American society.

“Islam has never played well with others, and this is because it is a worldview with a creed, dogma and religious aspects, rather than a religion per se. All of these militate against its tolerance of divergent societies and cultures,” he wrote.

He went on: “This is truth: Both the political left and Islamists in America have been exploiting the First Amendment and Americans’ generous nature in order to conquer us.”

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Just hurry up before they gain the technology as well. Sweep into the Middle East and distribute the land after victories and mass pogroms against the evil among Muslims. In a decade or few, USA will never be able to do this anymore. Hurry up Barky! Get Asia as well, there are a few countries here that no Galactic council would miss or blame USA for levelling.

ARTICLE 4

Pope Francis says hypocrisy undermines Church’s credibility – by Steve Scherer – ROME | Sun Apr 14, 2013 1:38pm EDT

New Pope praises women, Italian president ignores them
Pope Francis stresses “fundamental importance” of women in Catholic Church
Pope Francis looks on as he leads a solemn mass at Saint Paul’s Basilica in Rome April 14, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi

(Reuters) – Pope Francis on Sunday said clergy and Christians must not betray the word of God with their actions or they undermine the credibility of the Catholic Church.

Francis, elected a month ago, inherited a Church struggling to restore credibility after a series of scandals, including the sexual abuse of children by priests.

The pope spoke at the Papal Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, where he celebrated Mass. He also greeted pilgrims and local Church members earlier in St. Peter’s square.

“Inconsistency on the part of pastors and the faithful between what they say and what they do, between word and manner of life, is undermining the Church’s credibility,” the pontiff said in his homily.

“Those who listen to us and observe us must be able to see in our actions what they hear from our lips, and so give glory to God!”

In his first major decision on Saturday, Francis set up an advisory board of cardinals to help him govern the Church and reform its troubled central administration, which was riddled by infighting and alleged corruption under Pope Benedict.

Benedict left a secret report for Francis on the problems in the administration, known as the Curia, which came to light when sensitive documents were stolen from the pope’s desk and leaked by his butler in what became known as the “Vatileaks” scandal.

Since his election as the first non-European pope in nearly 1,300 years, Francis has been laying out a clear moral path for the 1.2-billion-member Church. He has favored humility and simplicity over pomp and grandeur.

Francis has preferred to live in simple quarters in the Vatican instead of moving into the regal papal apartments, and he has said he wants “a poor Church, and for the poor”.

In the Sunday afternoon service at St. Paul’s, Francis said that each Christian can be a saint, which he defined as “middle class holiness”.

“There are the saints of every day, the ‘hidden’ saints, a sort of ‘middle class of holiness’… to which we can all belong.”

The pope celebrated Mass together with the Benedictine monks to whom the basilica and the adjoining monastery are entrusted. St. Paul’s is one of Rome’s four major basilicas and the second largest after St. Peter’s.

(Additional reporting by Gillian Hazell in Rome; Editing by Jon Hemming)

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Church is not about being poor or seeming poor. Church is about making such at least the clergy are 100% clean. And with the wide ranging power and influence the Pope has, no delays can be tolerated for throwing out all Apostolic Delegates, Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops with any knowledge of paedophilia that is hidden. Maybe Ratzinger threw himself out in a way (fired self?) as well, for being complicit. Perhaps for the act of throwing out every other paedo priest, Pope Francis should be allowed to remain in the post until our scyth wielding friend pays that visit. As for being a Church for the poor, a fraction of the costs of all that finery and lifestyle enjoyed by ecclesia among Vatican Staters could raise a handful of 3rd world nations out of poverty in an instance (no reference to Fleetwood Mac there . . . ).

Time is the fire in which the poor (not always financially) burn, while well fed priests relax and mentally masturbate in gilded palaces to no poor person’s benefit as days pass in misery for the poor. Do the necessary alms giving (and I don’t mean tithe – people are dying out there) or be further branded and damned by inaction and indulgence if the Church or any faith dares claim to be guardians of man’s spirit – most of us dare not yet cannot see through the false glamour of any faith save by the concrete actions that are taken or not taken. Pang guan zhe qing.

ARTICLE 5

Iran warns of World War III
General: Country’s army has finger on the trigger
Reza Kahlili, author of the award-winning book “A Time to Betray,” served in CIA Directorate of Operations, as a spy in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, counterterrorism expert; currently serves on the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, an advisory board to Congress and the advisory board of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran (FDI). He regularly appears in national and international media as an expert on Iran and counterterrorism in the Middle East.

Iran ratcheted up its vitriol against Israel and the United States over the weekend, warning that an attack on the Islamic regime’s nuclear facilities could lead to global war.

The rhetoric eerily matched that currently coming out of North Korea against its perceived enemies.

“Iran will not stand by in the face of such aggression,” Ali Ahani, Iran’s ambassador to France, said Sunday, according to the Islamic regime’s PressTV. “This can entail a chain of violence that may lead to World war III. A potential Israeli attack against Iran with an objective of destroying its scientific and nuclear facilities is sheer madness. Its consequences are disastrous and uncontrollable.”

The deputy chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces, Brig. Gen Masoud Jazayeri, warned the United States on Saturday that Iran would continue its nuclear program.

“We would not trade off our rights,” he said, adding that Iran would stand with North Korea in its faceoff with America.

According to Mehr News, Jazayeri blamed the tension on the Korean Peninsula on the U.S. presence in the region.

“Whenever necessary, we would stop the U.S. excessive demands,” he said. “The Islamic Revolution will never leave its past and present friends. The U.S. and its allies will suffer great losses if a war breaks out in this region.”

The commander of the Islamic regime’s ground forces, Brig. Gen. Ahmad Reza Poordastan, in his speech at Friday Prayers, also warned “the enemies” that the country’s army has its finger on the trigger and that any attack on the country will make the “enemy” regret its actions.

All enemy activities at Iran’s borders and in the region are being monitored by the country’s intelligence analysts, and Iran’s armed forces are prepared for any scenario, he said.

The regime’s PressTV ran an op-ed analysis on Saturday with a headline “Iran deals deathblow to U.S. global hegemony.” The analysis, by Finian Cunningham, an Irishman whom the outlet calls “a prominent expert in international affairs,” blames America for much of the world’s problems and warns of its decline.

“Iran, however, presents a greater and more problematic challenge to U.S. global hegemony,” Cunningham wrote. “The U.S. in 2013 is a very different animal from what it was in 1945. Now it resembles more a lumbering giant. Gone is its former economic prowess and its arteries are sclerotic with its internal social decay and malaise. … Iran exerts a controlling influence over the vital drug that keeps the American economic system alive – the world’s supply of oil and gas. Any war with Iran, if the U.S. were so foolish to embark on it, would result in a deathblow to the waning American and global economy.”

Cunningham said the story will not end there: “The attainment of world peace, justice and sustainability does not only necessitate the collapse of American hegemony. We need to overthrow the underlying capitalist economic system that gives rise to such destructive hegemonic powers. Iran represents a deathblow to the American empire, but the people of the world will need to build on the ruins.”

The world powers once again failed at Almaty, Kazakhstan, to get Iran to stop its uranium enrichment program and allow further inspections of its nuclear facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The talks, which lasted two days, were held last week between Iran and the 5-plus-1 powers: the United States, Britain France, Russia, China, plus Germany.

As reported exclusively on WND on March 20 and in a follow-up in The Washington Times the next day, information provided by a high-ranking intelligence officer in the regime’s ministry of defense revealed yet another secret site where Iran is engaged in completing its nuclear bomb program and arming its ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads.

The source added that not only does the regime have enough plutonium for several bombs, but it also has enriched uranium to weapons grade.

The new site, 15 miles from another previously secret site exposed in 2009 (the Fordow nuclear facility), is approximately 14 miles long and 7.5 miles wide, consisting of two facilities built deep into a mountain along with a nearby missile facility with over 380 missile garages and silos, surrounded by barbed wire, 45 security towers and several security posts.

American experts who viewed satellite imagery of the new site are concerned that Iran may be much further along in its nuclear bomb program than perceived and that the images of the site are a clear indication that the regime’s strategy is to put together an “objective force” and not just one or two nuclear bombs. An objective force is defined as the level of military forces needed within a finite time frame and resource level to accomplish approved military objectives, missions or tasks.

Last week, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, in a hasty and unusual press conference, denied the existence of this site, dubbed “Quds,” at which the rogue nation is making great progress in creating nuclear warheads for an array of long-range missiles stored underground nearby. He did not elaborate as to what the site is and what work is being done out of the facilities.

The satellite images clearly show this vast site is visible to the naked eye and that it is a high-priority site with secret work conducted deep within the mountain.

http://www.wnd.com/2013/04/iran-warns-of-world-war-iii/

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http://www.wnd.com/2013/04/iran-warns-of-world-war-iii/

Hardly. After missile shields that can scuttle any nukes launched from Iran (irradiating the Middle East instead – guess all Muslims in that area will be affected by fallout instead?), USA has the technological capacity for LAND DRONES Robocop style, perhaps run by AI or cyborgs from the worst wounded soldiers who volunteer. Any time USA’s idiot car factories start building 7 million of these robots (a glorified crane on a walker-bot with weapons effectively) a year rather than 7 million idiot cars a year, (thats 1 bot for every 10 Iranians), USA could wipe the entire Islamist presence from Iran and the Middle East (leave some secular citizens to share the Canaanite and Zoroastrian future of the region). Stalling however would ensure that Iran catches up in the AI or robot tech and might do the same to USA. In as a soon as that missile shield is up and car factories are converted to building mobile suit type robots or fully automated versions of the same, Iran and any enemy of the USA is finished. If USA stalls, Iran will wipe out USA instead. The nuke option is useless, though carpet bombing with conventionals would be viable but too destructuve against precious infrastructure that robot drone land invasions could ensure will survive.

Not a single nuke will be useful even to the USA, because a nuke CANNOT outfly or outmaneuver a fighter jet and can be shot down so near the point of launch that nukes are a hazard to the firer (and neighbours) rather than the target. North Korea and Iran had better not try this and stick to terrorist operations that smuggle in components to target sites instead. There is no greater danger to USA than this mode of attack from within. Nuclear missiles though are merely nonsensical and dramatic and can be intercepted long before they reach the target.

With one fighter jet for every nuke Iran or North Korea has, with missile shields as well, there will be no way a nuclear option is viable – the missile would be hit. Even in South Korea (or Israel) alone, US missile or airbase installations could shoot down any nukes with the fatal effect of irradiating the region – especially if North Korea (or Iran) has a self destruct or every nuke to ensure detonation upon a hit on that nuke.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2310411/Beware-Mantis-Giant-legged-terrain-robotic-creature-revealed.html

Iran had better be warned. No nuke would likely make past the Middle East which would be irradiated. Iran also would not survive if USA stops building millions of cars and starts building millions of cyborgs or sticks jobless drivers in the same to carve out their own landholdings crusade style).

North Korea Demands End Of Sanctions To Restart Talks (Nuke Asset Removals should be acceptable – and that Guam strike should not be an issue unless an actual war occurs – at most skirmishes around the DMZ can occur – if North Korea lays off the DMZ and dioputed waters no need for those Nuke assets’ presence – Sanctions harm the citizens, no point.)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/18/north-korea-demands-sanctions-end-restart-talks_n_3108072.html

ARTICLE 6

The Ultimate North Korean Missile Threat To America: A Nuke Power Grid Attack – SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – APRIL 13 – 4/14/2013 @ 10:00AM |31,140 views

South Korean conservative protesters burn a portrait of North Korea’s new leader Kim Jong-Un and a North Korean flag during an anti-North Korea rally protesting against North Korea launching the long-range missile on April 13, 2012 in Seoul, South Korea. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

It’s way past time for the Obama administration to take North Korean and Iranian nuclear threats seriously. An urgently critical priority must be to counter North Korea’s rapidly-emerging capability to deliver and detonate an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) device in the sky over America which could knock out electronic computer circuits and paralyze virtually all activities over a vast region. Last December they successfully demonstrated its capability to launch a small payload into orbit, meaning that may soon be able to target regions in the U.S. and other distant locations. A devastating nuclear EMP device could be small, and North Korea reported that its nuclear test last February involved a miniature device.

How soon might they be ready to do so?  No one seems to know. According to an unclassified portion of an assessment report the Defense Intelligence Agency released during a hearing of the House Services Committee last Thursday: “DIA assesses with moderate confidence that North [Korea] currently has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles… However, the reliability will be low.” Following that hearing, the Pentagon issued a clarifying statement that “it would be inaccurate to suggest that the North Korean regime has fully tested, developed or demonstrated the kinds of nuclear capabilities referenced in the passage”.  James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, issued another stronger statement. Noting that the DIA finding didn’t represent all 16 intelligence agencies, he said: “North Korea has not yet demonstrated the full range of capabilities necessary for a nuclear armed missile.”

The Wall Street Journal quoted an unnamed senior administration official acknowledging that while North Korea has demonstrated long-range missile and nuclear technologies, and that their rapid progress over the past years “is concerning to us”, there hasn’t been “any evidence that they’ve actually been able to marry up their nuclear technology with their missile capabilities.”

It is apparent that the White House is making an effort to rein in political tensions with Republicans over the immediacy and degree of threat North Korea presents. DNI Director Clapper played down the urgency in a separate congressional hearing. Dismissing North Korea’s verbal and technological war threats primarily as bluster, he said: “All of the Belligerent rhetoric of late, I think, is designed for both internal and an external audience. But I think first and foremost it’s to show that [Kim Jong-un] is firmly in control of North Korea.”

Victor Cha, a specialist on North Korea at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, sees the matter quite differently. “North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear threat is very much a near-term threat. For people to say it’s just bluster, well, the bluster may be harmless, but the steady progression in their program is not harmless.”

In a very recent provocation, intelligence officials in Seoul report that the North has placed two yet- untested mobile mid-range “Musudan” missiles ready for launch from its east coast. Their approximate 2,500 range would cover any target in South Korea and Japan, and might possibly even reach U.S. military bases on the Pacific island of Guam. Although Pyongyang hasn’t announced a launch date, many observers expect that it is quite likely to take place on April 15 to mark the birthday of North Korea’s founder (and Kim Jong-un’s grandfather), Kim Il Sung.

South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency has reported military sources observing that the North has been moving multiple missiles around in an apparent bid to confuse outside intelligence gatherers about its intentions. They also obviously wish to have these activities garner international attention. Earlier this month the North told foreign diplomats in Pyongyang that they had until April 10 to consider evacuation, and warned foreigners in South Korea to get out in advance of a possible “thermo-nuclear” war.

Is this just a matter of a wolf cub crying “big bad wolf” a few too many times to be taken seriously? Perhaps not, since the Obama Administration is finally taking some belated responsive actions.

Earlier this month the Defense Department announced plans to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD), a missile system inherited from the Bush Administration, to Guam.  This move follows other recent plans to reinstate another Bush administration program that will increase our ground-based interceptor (GBI) force in Alaska and to deploy two destroyers equipped with Aegis missile defense systems which had previously been scuttled.

The re-instituted missile ground-based system plan will put 14 more long-range interceptors in Fort Greely, Alaska by 2017 to supplement the 30 already existing on the West Coast. This could have already happened, along with adding another 10 in Europe by next year. The Bush administration deployed the first GBI in 2004, and had planned to deploy a total of 54 in 2009 before Obama pulled the plug.

The Pentagon has now budgeted $1 billion to expand our West Coast-based missile defense system. As newly-appointed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel explained: “The United States has missile defense systems in place to protect us from limited ICBM attacks…but North Korea in particular has recently made advances in its capabilities and is engaged in a series of irresponsible and reckless provocations.”

One of those most ominous provocations involved their successful orbital launch of a three-stage missile last December carrying a “package”… possibly serving as a test in preparation for delivering and exploding an EMP device in the atmosphere above a targeted region capable of wiping out the power grid over a large area. That launch coincided with a test described as a “nuclear test of a higher level”. This suggests a technology using highly-enriched uranium, which is easier to miniaturize than the plutonium bombs North Korea previously tested in 2006 and 2009. While such a device wouldn’t be likely to have a particularly high yield, it could create an explosion sufficient to convert its energy into gamma rays and generate a devastating EMP effect.

A May 2011 U.S. Army War College study titled “In the Dark: Military Planning for a Catastrophic Infrastructure Event”, concluded that a nuclear detonation above a U.S. city could wipe out the electrical grid for hundreds, possibly thousands of miles around. The Pentagon believes that North Korean missiles can already reach Alaska and Hawaii, and will soon be able to deliver nuclear warheads to Seattle and San Diego. An orbital launch capability can target locations anywhere.

The Heritage Foundation projects that an EMP attack with a warhead detonated 25 to 30 miles above the U.S. mainland “would fundamentally change the world. Airplanes would fall out of the sky; most cars would be inoperable; electrical devices would fail. Water, sewer and electrical networks would fail simultaneously. Systems of banking, energy, transportation, food production and delivery, water, emergency services, and even cyberspace would collapse.”

It is tempting to dismiss a recent media release featuring 28-year- old Kim Jong-un signing an order to place strategic rocket forces on standby to fire at U.S. targets in front of a map which included Austin, Texas as typical bantam-weight bluster. Ellen Kim, a scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies thinks otherwise: “After North Korea’s successful December [orbital] launch and third nuclear test, their threats are not completely empty.” And as Adm. James Winnefeld, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters in the Pentagon on March 15, North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile threat has emerged “a little bit faster than we expected”.

With its people starving, weapons their key income-producing export, and close relationships with Iran, that threat takes on a global scale. Yet during a time when North Korea, along with Iran, has upgraded and expanded their proactive missile and atomic warfare resources, the Obama administration has reduced and cancelled defense programs which were under development.

A comparison of 2010 and 2013 budgets submitted by the Energy Department and National Security Agency indicates that 5-year budgets for nuclear and missile program modernization has been cut by $4.4 billion. Casualties include a scale-back of the Airborne Laser program to enable enemy missile interceptions during their early launch phase, along with the elimination of the Multiple Kill Vehicle and Kinetic Energy Interceptor which uses small warheads on a single rocket to handle decoys and offer a better chance of success.

After Kim Jong-un announced that Pyongyang was scrapping the 1953 armistice deal that ended the Korean War and threatened to launch a “preemptive” nuclear strike against the U.S., White House spokesman Jay Carney said: “I can tell you that the United States is fully capable of defending against any North Korean ballistic missile attack.”  Carney added: “our recent success in returning to testing of the upgraded version of the GBI, or CE2 missile, will keep us on a good trajectory to improve our defense capability against limited ballistic missile threats such as those from North Korea. But let’s be clear, we are fully capable of dealing with that threat.”

It’s important to note that the operative word here is “returning”. President Obama, who campaigned on gutting America’s missile defense, has kept that promise. He has also delayed funding for ground-based interceptor and radar sites in Poland and the Czech Republic for defense against Iranian missile launchers. He did this after Moscow objected, threatening to target the sites and withdraw from the New Start treaty.

Like North Korea, Iran also has an active ballistic missile program, including the development and testing of missiles with a range of over a thousand kilometers. Still worse, Iran’s nuclear program can be expected to advance a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, already the world’s most volatile region.

A September 2012 report released by the National Research Council noted that even the U.S. is vulnerable to an Iranian nuclear missile strike, recommending that an East Coast intercept site also be added. And when Marine General James Mattis, who heads the U.S. Central Command, recently  testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee was asked by Senator Inhofe (R-Ok.), “Are the current diplomatic and economic efforts to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapons capability, are they working?”, the answer was blunt. “No Sir”. Mattis later testified that Tehran’s “nuclear industry continues.”

It is unrealistic to imagine we can avoid nuclear calamities including  EMP attacks  without effective  missile defense  deterrents. That nuclear threat continues to grow as more and more rogue adversaries gain offensive means. For example, last June the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Fereydoun Abbasi Davani, announced plans to triple Iran’s capacity to produce 20% enriched uranium, making it abundantly clear the program is not being designed for peaceful purposes. Power stations only require uranium enriched to about 3% for fuel.

Still,  the Obama administration has abandoned previous demands that Tehran shut down its second enrichment site at Fordo and relinquish its entire stockpile of uranium enriched to 20% (near-bomb grade)…of which they have accumulated an estimated 167 kilos. The U.S. has also offered to soften some sanctions. In addition, the administration is cutting American naval presence in the Gulf region from two aircraft carriers to one, representing budgetary sequester pressures as the reason.

We must clearly understand that an imperative to prevent nuclear proliferation in the Middle East isn’t just primarily about protecting Israel’s right to exist. In particular, the U.S. is hardly immune from a devastating EMP assault which could blast our electronics-dependent society back to the Dark Ages.

The brutal fact remains that America is the world’s only superpower that can prevent this from happening. Under no circumstance can we afford such imminent and escalating threats posed by North Korea, Iran and other rogue nations to continue unchecked.

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North Korea needs more communication with extant Constitutional Monarchs because that is the only way for North Korea to be part of the world without removing the Kims. The Kims though should learn from civilisation issues based around humanitarian considerations of the entiety of their own populace first to be worthy of Kingship.

Meanwhile military drills may not be held which appear threatening – this means South Korea and USA are antagonizing the North Koreans – if North Korea is such a danger, why has Russia had no problems being threatened by North Korea? The issue is the way drills are held and who drills are directed against. Leave the North Koreans alone long enough and be sincere in ensuring that military rule becomes constitutional monarchy not try to unseat the Kims who would self destruct and attack with nukes rather than be unseated. As for nukes, there will likely be no nuke attacks unless North Korea is attacked by any forces. Military drills are a precursor of invasions if anything. So if USA and South Korea lay off the drills, and reasonable portions disputed areas (make sure this is reasonable and not expansionary, the Kims are not stupid and will follow suit if South Korea and USA set an example by not being expansionary).

ARTICLE 7

UNITED STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS, AMERICAN MATRIX, AND THE SCIENTIFIC-OCCULT DICTATORSHIP – by Paul McGuire – April 16, 2013

On July 4, 1776 America’s Founding Fathers published in the Declaration of Independence that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”

America’s Founding Fathers were unified around the revolutionary truth that we live in a Universe and a world governed by “Nature’s God” and the “Laws of Nature.” That consciousness inspired a new society based on the idea that a Creator created all men equal and gave them unalienable rights such as “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The Founding Fathers made it very clear that these unalienable rights were not given to men and women by any government, but by their Creator and thus, since government did not grant them, government does not have the power to take them away.

The Founding Fathers very clearly established that these rights are to be protected by a form of government that is only legitimate to the degree that it derives its “just powers” from the “consent of the governed.” These were revolutionary ideas that were heavily influenced by the spiritual truth of the First Great Awakening and the consciousness that moved through the thirteen original colonies. In complete contrast, throughout history most civilizations were built on the idea of the divine right of kings…kings who believed that as god-men they had the right to rule the masses as their subjects. In other words, the masses were slaves who had no freedom or rights and belonged to a “collective” owned by the king. This began before Nimrod in Babylon and continued through the Pharaoh god-kings of Egypt, the god-kings of Greece and Rome, and throughout the histories of Europe, China and other regions of the world. The occult /scientific and religious system behind it stemmed from the “Babylonian Mystery Religion,” which claimed secret knowledge.

This secret knowledge of Babylon was passed on through Egypt and ancient occult societies. In the mid-1600s Sir Francis Bacon, head of the Rosicrucians, developed a master plan for America as the “New Atlantis” and the head of the new world order. Among our Founding Fathers there were powerful members of the Illuminati, the secret occult society which derived from the Rosicrucians. The Illuminati was officially formed in 1776, the same year as America was born. Imbedded within the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and Bill of Rights was a secret plan for America designed to transform it into a New Atlantis-type society ruled not by “We the people,” but by a scientific-occult dictatorship.

Since America was formed in 1776, the collective consciousness of America has been overwhelmed by a multi-dimensional data stream that has revealed, in the words of H.G. Wells, “An Open Conspiracy.”

Illuminati servant, MSNBC host, and Tulane political science Professor Melissa Harris-Perry looked into the television camera and told America: “We haven’t had a very collective notion that these are our children. We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to their communities.”

In reality Professor Perry did not come out and say something new. She simply spoke the truth about the plan the invisible elite and the scientific dictatorship have already put into effect in America beginning in the 1920s. The reality is your children do not belong to you and your family. They have belonged to the collective for a long time! Most people live in the illusion that this is not so, but in the reality of occult-based and scientific mind control it has been true for decades.

The collective is a Marxist theory which believes concepts like the individual and the family unit are illegitimate and that everything, including your children, is to be under the complete control of an all-powerful authoritarian state like the Big Brother tyranny depicted by novelist George Orwell. However, Marxist theory is simply an ideological clone of the ideas contained in the Illuminati Manifesto which was published around 1776. Russia has understood since the 1920s what Russian scientists have termed a “war in the fourth dimension.” Radical transformation designed to destroy the individual and the family is based on Luciferian pyschotronic weapons which use psychic implants into the human consciousness.

Ayn Rand wrote in a January 1944 article in Reader’s Digest entitled “The Only Path to Tomorrow”:

“The greatest threat to mankind and civilization is the spread of the totalitarian philosophy. Its best ally is not the devotion of its followers but the confusion of its enemies. To fight it, we must understand it.

Totalitarianism is collectivism. Collectivism means the subjugation of the individual to a group — whether to a race, class or state does not matter. Collectivism holds that man must be chained to collective action and collective thought for the sake of what is called ‘the common good.’

Whatever the imperfections of her life and philosophy, Rand understood that totalitarianism or collectivism can only be achieved by maintaining the illusion of “the common good.” Today that “common good” would be called social justice. Rand writes “No tyrant has ever lasted long by force of arms alone. Men have been enslaved primarily by spiritual weapons. And the greatest of these is the collectivist doctrine that the supremacy of the state over the individual constitutes the common good.”

Ayn Rand, who escaped the Communist Revolution in Russia as a young girl, understood the value of “inalienable rights” expressed in the Declaration of Independence along with importance of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

Ayn Rand wrote “We must learn to reject as total evil the conception that the common good is served by the abolition of individual rights. General happiness cannot be created out of general suffering and self-immolation. The only happy society is one of happy individuals…The power of society must always be limited by the basic, inalienable rights of the individual.”

The scientific elite use powerful forms of occult based mind control that cause people actually to want slavery. In 1962 Aldous Huxley gave a speech at the University of Berkeley where he said:

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“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.”

It must be remembered the Aldous Huxley, a member of the globalist elite, was deeply involved in the promotion of psychedelic drugs and occult religions which he strategically promoted among the Hollywood community in the 1930s. Everything that we see now happening in America is the result of a carefully orchestrated and scientific plan to usher in America as a major power center of the new world order.

http://www.newswithviews.com/McGuire/paul168.htm

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Hence the need for technology and pharma audits or electronic white zones and sticking to organic and non-GMO food. To do these audits and ensure white zones, the 99% must run for candidacy and prevent all : plutocrats, technocrats, oligarch politicians, term limitless posts at all levels, nepotists ; after which the 99% politicians proceed to do expositions and limitations to satellite cellphone tech which is the basis for mind control devices (cellphone-like signals from satellite probably can override human brains now BUT probably are still grid based unless specifically target persons are involved – meaning enmasse for non-targeted individuals, ABOVE the telephone lines, there is still freedom until laws reverse this to include ground based white zones).

As for . . . America is the result of a carefully orchestrated and scientific plan to usher in America as a major power center of the new world order. . . . no way so long as the Russia/China and nominally Central South America, and even African blocs still smarting from caucasian colonialisation exist. Between the multipolar world and USA’s interference and the 99% ready to ensure such politics die at the next election, the next generation will not need to worry about pharma or tech-satellite mind control or ‘Neurotech’. Biowarfare and DNA retroviral issue wise, we need to ensure that test kits are cheap and readily available and tha people have many forensic sources to test and check against many sources and many experts rather than a single government agency that could well be the terrorist arm of unethical governments.

Expositions and devices or methods of detection/countering of the presence and on the nature of such chemicals or tech (am not very tech savvy atm and for chemical issues lack the networks to ensure that food bought from markets or outside are not infected before point of sale – many watchers and blackboxes will be needed for every step of the way to ensure food safety and food source transparenct) and the ways to counter and even detox or nano-mite away individual infected cells the grounded with training against NPPs and NLPs (moi has been working on expositions on this – read my blogs to learn) as well as societal/Orwellian manipulation methods will render all such methods useless and meaningless as well if wealth sequestration limits and unused state land distribution occurs so that t6he only issue will be to prevent overpopulation.

ARTICLE 8

Deadly blast hits Pakistan election rally L At least 16 people killed and dozens wounded after bomb strikes campaign rally of secularist politician in Peshawar. – Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 06:23

An explosion in Pakistan has killed at least 16 people and wounded dozens more at an election campaign rally being attended by a senior politician, officials say.

Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, a senior leader of the secular Awami National Party (ANP), escaped the blast with only minor bruises on Tuesday in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

A hospital official said doctors were treating some 50 people wounded in the explosion, including dozens who were in critical condition.

Pakistan’s umbrella Taliban faction claimed responsibility for what was the fourth deadly attack on politicians or political parties in three days as the country prepares to hold historic polls on May 11.

Senior Awami National Party (ANP) leader Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, who served as railways minister in the outgoing government, escaped the Peshawar bombing with cuts and bruises.

He was shown on television footage with blood splattered on his trousers after the attack.

Suicide bombing alleged

A spokesman for the main government-run Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar had earlier put the toll at eight with 49 wounded.

Police said it was a suicide attack.

“It was a suicide bombing,” Shafqat Malik, a senior police official, told AFP news agency.

Ghulam, whose brother the late ANP leader Bashir Bilour was assassinated by the Taliban last year, became a target after the Taliban posted a $100,000 ransom for the death of a film-maker behind a controversial anti-Islam film last year.

The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the attack, but apologised for injuring Bilour, saying it had been targeting his nephew, Haroon.

“We apologise to Ghulam Bilour because we announced an amnesty for him,” Ehsanullah Ehsan, Taliban spokesman, told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location.

“Our target was Haroon Bilour.”

Haroon is the son of slain ANP leader Bashir, the elder brother of Ghulam, who was killed in a suicide attack at a political meeting in Peshawar on December 22.

The Taliban has directly threatened the ANP and its outgoing coalition partners, the Pakistan People’s Party and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, which are perceived as secular.

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Good work on killing nepotists, but if only this was not about Islamisation. What did the Pakistanis believe in before Islam was imported there?

ARTICLE 9

Gill Plate Trade

A specialist fish monger at a fish market in Sri Lanka expertly removes each of this oceanic mantas ten gill plates from the head of the animal in half sections.

Manta and mobula rays are large filter feeding animals, whose flesh is considered to be of relatively poor quality by humans all around the world. As a result these animals have not been widely targeted for human consumption through commercial fisheries in the past. However, in recent years this has changed. Manta rays and their close relatives are now rapidly becoming a more desirable product, making them a target for fishermen all over the tropical and temperate oceans of the world.

So what has happened? Why the sudden change of fortunes for these unfortunate rays? The underlying answer to these questions is not a new story, in fact it’s a tale of depressing repetition played out in our oceans and throughout our planet on a regular basis. The difference this time is that the latest targets are the mantas, which are paying the price of becoming the latest commodity in the often senseless and environmentally destructive Chinese Medicinal Trade. The ray’s feathery gill plates, which they use to filter the plankton from the water, have become a product and as a result these harmless animals are paying the price of humanity’s selfish ignorance…

This image shows the complete set of gill plates inside the mouth of a spine-tail mobula ray.
What are Gill Plates?

The gill plates, or branchial filaments, are thin cartilage filaments that enable the manta and mobula rays to filter plankton out of the water column. Every manta or mobula has five pairs of gills, each protected inside a gill slit.

Inside each of the ten gill slits there is one complete feathery gill plate which forms a circle around the periphery of the slit, trapping their planktonic food as it is funnelled through the mobula or manta ray’s mouth and out through these gill plates.

A close up image of the plate filaments shows their feathery structure which aids the filtration of their planktonic food from the water.
The Fishery

These plates, once dried, are the most valuable parts of the mobulid rays and drive the commercial fishery of these rays around the world, with particularly large fisheries present in India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Although the plates comprise just a tiny percentage of a manta or mobula’s mass, they sell for significantly more than the rest of the body parts put together.

Once removed from the manta and mobula rays, the gill plates are laid out to dry in the sun for several days.

While plates are used from both mobula and manta rays, the gill plates from mantas (usually oceanic manta rays; M. birostris) fetch the highest prices, followed by the larger species of mobulas (generally M. tarapacana and then M. japanica), with the price reducing as the size of the plates decreases.

The demand for gill plates is so high that in certain countries, such as Sri Lanka, fisherman who used to avoid catching mobulid rays, due to their propensity to destroy and entangle fishing nets, are now driven to fill their boat’s holds with mobulid rays when returning to harbour.

This demand, coupled with the dwindling supplies of more desirable fish catches (such as sharks, tunas and billfishes) now gives the fishermen even greater incentives to actively target mobulid rays in order to maintain their livelihood.

Chinese Medicine

This pile of manta and mobula gill plates, representing many hundreds of individual rays, was on display outside just one retail shop in mainland China.

A bag of dried mobula gill plates on sale at a retail market in China advertises the plates’ supposed medicinal properties.

The international trade in mobulid gill plates which is being driven by the current demand in the Chinese Medicine trade appears to be a relatively new phenomenon, with demand significantly increasing in the last couple of decades. Those selling or promoting the use of this product claim the plates can treat health issues ranging from asthma, to skin rashes, to chicken pox and even cancer. Some of the practitioners also maintain that gill plates reduce toxins, boost the immune system and aid in the detoxification of the bloodstream.

However, reviews of available literature, along with interviews of well respected practitioners have revealed that there is no evidence to support any of these claims, with some practitioners even admitting that gill plates are not effective and that many other alternatives are available. Gill plates are often consumed in a soup (locally called “Peng Yu Sai”) which is made from a few main ingredients (gill plates, ginseng and dried pipefish) and are not considered “prestigious”, like shark fins, but are solely regarded as an ingredient in a medicinal product.

Gill plate soup ‘Peng Yu Sai’ consists mainly of pieces of gill plate, some ginseng and a few pipefishes.

It appears that the increasing demand which has arisen in the last few decades is due to product marketing by Chinese retailers who have seen an opportunity, created by a relatively available commodity, to market a new product into the traditional medicine industry, falsely “reviving” this remedy which in reality does not even exist in the traditional literature. It appears as though one of the marketing strategies plays on consumers fears over the increasing prevalence of modern disease outbreaks such as Bird Flu, Swine Flu and SARS.

A handful of gill plates is the only body part of the entire manta ray which is worth anything of real value. The rest of the carcass is sold for virtually nothing and often processed for animal feed.

The sales pitch suggests that as these fishes are able to filter particles from the water with their gill plates, if consumed, these plates will therefore aid in the detoxification and purification of the consumer’s body by filtering these diseases or toxins from the human body. Most consumers are unaware that the product comes from manta and mobula rays, indeed most consumers are not even aware of what a manta or mobula ray is and therefore they have no idea of the impact their choices are having on these increasingly vulnerable species.

In order to maintain this supply of gill plates, large numbers of manta and mobula rays are being landed at fish markets around the world. This is having dire effects on the populations of mobulid rays and reports have already been published on decreases, or complete crashes, of ray populations around the world. It also appears that the giant oceanic manta ray (M. birostris) is likely to be the most heavily affected by this unsustainable and senseless fishery.

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Not senseless but organic pharma instead of synthetic pharma. However the harvesting methods need to be limited with quotas and rays fed to raise populations until a level able to meet demand without diminishing populations, and not harvested only when at the end of viable harvesting age (which could be 40 years for full lifespans if harvesting is to be done AFTER natural death).

http://www.theage.com.au/environment/animals/chinese-medicine-proves-disastrous-for-manta-rays-20121019-27wrg.html

ARTICLE 10

US torture of prisoners is ‘indisputable’, independent report finds

Report on US rendition programme by non-partisan thinktank finds highest officials were responsible for torture

Ian Cobain – guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 16 April 2013 16.36 BST
The report found that dissidents were transferred to Libya in 2004 not to combat terrorism, but to buy favour with the Gaddafi regime. Photograph: Sipa Press/Rex Features

An independent examination of the US rendition programme after 9/11 has concluded that it is “indisputable” that America tortured prisoners, and that the country’s highest officials were responsible.

A 580-page report published on Tuesday by the Constitution Project, a non-partisan Washington-based thinktank, concludes that the programme was unjustified and counterproductive, damaging to the country’s reputation, and has placed US military personnel at risk of mistreatment if they are themselves taken prisoner.

In findings similar to those of a report published two months ago by the New York NGO Open Society Justice Initiative, the study concludes that the US rendition programme enjoyed widespread international co-operation, with the UK, Canada, Italy, Germany and Sweden identified as prominent supporters alongside Egypt, Syria, Morocco and Jordan.

The authors also conclude that the UK-Libyan rendition operations that resulted in the abduction of two dissidents who were taken to Tripoli along with their families in 2004 were intended not to combat international terrorism, but to “gain favour” with the Gaddafi regime.

“Apparently someone (almost certainly at the CIA) thought that since the United States was sending people all around the world in our secret rendition programme to combat terrorism aimed at the United States, it would be a good idea to take advantage of the system to transfer some people to Libya in an effort to gain favour with that country’s rulers,” the report says. “We and the British government thought we were buying favour with Gaddafi’s secret service.”

Although some of the victims of those renditions are now in positions of some influence in post-revolutionary Libya, “the worst of the potential consequences of the earlier US actions appears to have been averted,” the report says. In interviews, “the leaders of the revolt that overthrew Gaddafi expressed surprisingly little bitterness or even anger toward America. (Their attitude towards Britain is a different story.)”

The report also concludes that the CIA operated secret prisons within three European countries: Poland and Lithuania, which have acknowledged their existence, and Romania, which continues to deny that such a facility existed.

The study was embarked upon following the decision by the US president, Barack Obama, on entering the White House in 2009 that there would be no official inquiry into the rendition programme, on the grounds that it would be politically unproductive to “look backwards” rather than forwards.

The Constitution Project enjoyed no access to classified material – unlike the Senate’s Intelligence Committee, whose 6,000-page report remains secret – but is nevertheless the most detailed attempt yet to produce a public reckoning of the impact of the rendition programme.

The panel of authors was chaired by Asa Hutchinson, a former Republican congressman who served as an under-secretary at the department of homeland security during the George W Bush administration. Other members include Thomas Pickering, a former US ambassador to the United Nations, a retired lieutenant general from the US army, a former president of the American Bar Association, and a retired army brigadier who taught interrogation techniques.

In one of their most damning conclusions, the panel says: “In the course of the nation’s many previous conflicts, there is little doubt that some US personnel committed brutal acts against captives, as have armies and governments throughout history. But there is no evidence there had ever before been the kind of considered and detailed discussions that occurred after 11 September, directly involving a president and his top advisers on the wisdom, propriety and legality of inflicting pain and torment on some detainees in our custody.”

The report calls for the revision of the US army’s field manual on interrogation, to prohibit interrogation lasting 40 hours, and to introduce unambiguous bans of the use of stress positions and sleep deprivation.

In an appendix, the authors dismiss arguments – which have frequently followed party lines in the US – that the mistreatment of detainees after 9/11 fell short of torture, citing cases in which comparable treatment was prosecuted as torture by the US in the past.

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Indict and charge. Then sack. Lots of 2nd liners are waiting for those jobs anyway.

Half the Education Leaves Half the Picture As Guesswork And Results in Bad Relations For Police, USA Has Time Limit Before fundo-Islamism Becomes Unmanageable, Words Correct Actions Non-Existent, Iran Needs To Think Deeper, North Korea’s Win-Win Way Out, Tech And Human Rights, Good Work : Nepotism Inadvertently Destroyed By Islamists, Fisheries Harvesting Paradigms, USA Needs To Drop People Blackening USA’s Reputation,

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Daily Mail ‘actively’ considering online charge – by Katherine Rushton, Media, Telecoms and Technology Editor – 6:23PM BST 16 Apr 2013

The Daily Mail is “actively” considering charging readers to access its website, the chairman of Daily Mail & General Trust has said. LORD ROTHERMERE.

Viscount Rothermere, whose family owns around a fifth of Daily Mail & General Trust, said that it would start experimenting with different pay models

Viscount Rothermere, whose family owns 21pc of the newspaper group, said that it would start experimenting with different pay models, potentially charging readers for access to certain top-tier content. “In due course I think that we will start experimenting with a ‘freemium’ model. We’re actively thinking about it,” he said.

The Daily Mail has already started charging users for its Mail Plus interactive app, but Viscount Rothermere told a media conference in London that the group was looking at how it could take that a step further.

“I can’t put a time frame on it…we’re having a look-see how that develops. At the moment we’ve got no hard and fast plans to do anything…but we have started to look at premium content and we are trying to understand how we might find a mechanism to start charging for that,” he said.

Viscount Rothermere said the company could start investing in different types of content to help justify a new tariff. “Premium content is what people pay for and you’ll find out pretty quickly what people will pay for. It could be that we buy sports rights. It could be good journalism. I don’t know yet – it’s a task in hand.”

However, he cautioned that the newspaper group was unlikely to start charging for more basic content, as doing so would slow the growth of its website overseas. “We would ideally like to double our size and compete with the likes of Yahoo news in a global space. It’s going to be very difficult to do that charging,” he said.

The Daily Mail’s MailOnline website achieved 127m hits in January, helping to drive a 51pc jump in advertising at the group’s news websites. It is now expanding aggressively in America, to help it reach its target of more than £100m in annual digital revenues within the next three to five years.

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What is the time period before material release on the site becomes repostable? If all media online becomes pay only, people will revert to reading or sharing ‘yesterday’s physical paper’ to save money.

So if Dailymail starts a trend, I suppose that only the free blogs will get to benefit.

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DJ killed man at party after ‘boy banter’ escalated into row, court hears – Press Association – guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 16 April 2013 17.00 BST

Thomas Evans is accused of punching Anthony Thompson to the ground after party in Tooting, south London

Anthony Thompson died of brain damage after his head struck the floor, the Old Bailey heard. Photograph: Chris Young/PA

A DJ killed a man who woke up at a party to find a penis had been drawn on his face, the Old Bailey has heard. The joke is said to have turned sour when the “boy banter” got out of hand and partygoer Anthony Thompson, 26, was punched to the ground outside. Thompson’s head struck the floor and he died from brain damage, jurors were told.

Thomas Evans, 32, of Morden, south London, denies manslaughter, claiming self-defence. Vanessa Barrows, who hosted the 10-hour party at her flat in Tooting, south London, in February last year, told the court that everyone at the party had been enjoying themselves.

She said Thompson had fallen asleep in an armchair when morning approached and some condoms had fallen out of his pocket. She added: “I got my lipstick out and drew a penis on his face. It was done for a laugh.” Barrows said that when Thompson woke up, he had seen the funny side of it. She also nodded off and woke to find a row going on. She said: “It was just silly boy banter between Anthony and Tom.”

After people started to leave, she heard scuffling outside and found Thompson on the ground when she got downstairs.

Peter Clement, prosecuting, said that when Thompson woke up he seemed to take the drawing on his face in “good spirits”. As the banter continued, Thompson was heard to say in bravado: “I can knock any one of you blokes out.” Evans replied: “You couldn’t knock me out.”

Clement said: “That set off a chain of events.” The case continues.

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Perhaps fist fighting and street brawling should be given as a class in schools. How delicate these guys appear? In the movies we see people repeatedly slamming themselves all over the place or heads being slammed repeatedly on the floor and walls or whatever.

Just a simple fall? Maybe the WWE training regime should be given to all kids at nurseries or in school as a mandatory subject – teach them how to fall, or how to get hit and still survive. There is no point raising and training persons for years and going to class for years at high cost at universities – if a simple fall could kill a person just like that. Individuals are not easy to invest in to have die just like that, this is not considering the emotional and spiritual investment as well. This is extreme waste. Perhaps those have not had such training should be made to wear a padded suit at all times.

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Playboy denied licence to open beach club in India’s party state of Goa

Brand associated with ‘bunnies’ and centrespreads rebuffed by legislators despite claims IPL’s cheerleaders show more flesh

Associated Press in Panaji – guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 16 April 2013 18.41 BST

Playboy bunnies in Macau

Bunny how? India will have to wait for the brand’s famous waitresses to arrive, after Goa refused a licence for the country’s first Playboy Club. Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP

The government of Goa has refused permission for promoters to open the India’s first Playboy club at the upmarket Candolim beach.

Women’s groups and conservative politicians had attacked the proposed 22,000-square-foot club, with Michael Lobo, a legislator from the state’s ruling Bharatiya Janata party saying it was tantamount to promoting prostitution.

After a month of heated debate, the government barred the club from opening in one of India’s most famous party locations on technical grounds.

The chief minister, Manohar Parrikar, told the state assembly on Monday that licences to run so-called beach shacks – even ones as large as the proposed Playboy club – could not be granted to companies, only individuals. “We cannot give them a licence to operate a beach shack,” Parrikar said.

Mumbai-based PB Lifestyle announced last year it had obtained an exclusive licence to open Playboy clubs, hotels, bars and cafes and sell Playboy-branded merchandise in India. It said it would start with a club in Goa and then expand to the southern city of Hyderabad.

PB Lifestyle’s chief executive, Sanjay Gupta, did not immediately respond to a message left at his office.

He said last year he was working to recast Playboy into an aspirational lifestyle brand that wouldn’t spark a backlash in the conservative country, distancing itself from nudity and toning down the traditional, body-hugging bunny costumes.

Goa’s decision does not bar the opening of a conventional Playboy club in in the state, just the beach shack, but

Lobo has called on the government to prevent Playboy from setting shop in any form in the state.

“It is not just a question of permitting Playboy in Candolim. It should be banned across Goa, because Goa should be veered away from international chains which promote vulgarity,” he said.

Agnelo Fernandes, a state Congress party politician, on whose property the beach club was to be located, called the government’s decision “unfortunate”. He has been acting as a de facto spokesman for the project during the controversy.

“It would have been great for Goa to have an international lifestyle brand. There is no question of vulgarity. Our bunny costumes which we had designed were more sober than the ones worn by the cheerleaders at the IPL (Indian Premier League),” Fernandes said, referring to the razzmatazz laden cricket league.

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To each their own? In appropriate districts the club should be legal. The legality of prostitution is to protech freedom of choice and freedom of association though the fundos and moralists need to get a grip and the governments need to be more secular and assign appropriate districts for RLDs. This is an eye candy club that is live. Whats the issue? Would the government prefer to isolate communities to their private computers instead of allowing them to associate and congregate in real live venies? This is like those riot laws where a group of 5 people could be hauled up simply for suspicion of rioting. Whats wrong with Playboy Club except for the extreme pricing? India isn’t taking steps backward now are they?

“It is not just a question of permitting Playboy in Candolim. It should be banned across Goa, because Goa should be veered away from international chains which promote vulgarity,” he said.

If the demographic who wants Playboy is large enough to warrant a Club premises in any state, they should not be prevented. To each their own. Who needs this nonsense prohibition? India conversely could franchise the Kama Sutra across every state with a playboy type club as well.

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The Primary American Meme: Be Afraid. – by Robert De Filippis – OpEdNews Op Eds 4/15/2013 at 12:01:06

A meme ( rhymes with “cream”) is a unit of culture, an idea.   It is usually linguistic in nature and is easily transmitted from one mind to another.   Memes are like viruses , in that they self-replicate and grow in a host.   They do not require facts.   They just require repetition.   They are being planted and nurtured by the media every day.   But there are certain memes that are designed to create fear.   Every time you listen to some news sources,   you’ll get a major dose of this kind.   The tell-tale sign of embedded meme; the infected person repeats its words verbatim.

Here’s some examples: “Obama is the worst president ever”, “Obama is destroying America”, “Obama is a Muslim”, “Obama is a socialist”, “Obama is a racist”.

Once infected with a meme, all it takes is occasional innuendo to keep it alive.   It also takes gullible people who get their information from one source.   We like to hear what appeals to our biases.   So when a meme confirms what we already believe, we delight in hearing it.   Confirmation always feels good.

By this time, I’m sure that some readers have stopped reading.   They’re the ones with the worst infections.   Memes infect our minds as well as our public discourse.   These infections are ultimately like any other, without treatment they can be fatal.   No, our bodies don’t die.   Our critical thinking processes do.   In other words, once infected with a meme, one’s independent thinking is compromised.   When that happens the infected mind becomes vulnerable to all kinds of other nutty ideas.

At this point, if you are still reading, you will probably accuse me of being a bleeding heart liberal or some other equally horrible thing.   I don’t take offense because I know   that’s just the fever from the infection talking.

The good news is that there is a treatment.   It takes some effort but it is guaranteed to work.   First, you find a non-partisan fact checking website and apply the information you find there in large quantities. (I almost said apply “apply liberally” but stopped myself)

Eventually, you will be able to start thinking for yourself again.   It’s at that point when you can see that “Obama is not the worst or the best president ever”,   “Obama is not destroying America, the financial industry bandits are busy at work doing that”, “Obama is a Christian, and it doesn’t make any difference anyway”, “Obama is not a socialist or any more a racist than anyone else in this country.   He is a corporatist, as have been the last several presidents”.   (look up “corporatism” on http://www.wikipedia.com.   You’re welcome.)

Now that you have cured the infection, you will probably want to check the motives of the “Typhoid Mary’s” who create the fear-based memes that infect our national discourse.   And what you will find is they do this for personal gain and don’t give a hoot about the damage they’re   doing to our country.   They profit from creating wedges that continually drive us further and further from any kind of civil dialogue.

Without civil dialogue between and among well-meaning people, we will never see better days. Unfortunately, these folks make millions by destroying society but we all know that money is more important than society. You don’t think so? It must, because we keep buying their toxic products.

Finally, if an infection reaches irreversible destruction of   critical thinking, only a new meme can wipe out an old meme.   Then fear-mongering memes become particularly difficult to completely eradicate.   Regardless of that fact, I’m going to give it a try on at least one.

Did you know that the people who operate the Liberal Christian website “Sojourners” actually wrote letters to Limbaugh, Beck and other Fox contributors, asking them to stop lying?   This action implies a new meme for you; “Some Liberals are moral.”

This meme is designed to contradict the one that says, “Only Conservatives are moral.”   I’ll bet this meme will never make it on the Drudge Report.

Robert De Filippis

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i) Unfortunately, these folks make millions by destroying society but we all know that money is more important than society. You don’t think so? It must, because we keep buying their toxic products.

No. Wealth distribution and land distribution is more important than money or society. Toxic products are instead a symptom.

ii) Finally, if an infection reaches irreversible destruction of   critical thinking, only a new meme can wipe out an old meme.   Then fear-mongering memes become particularly difficult to completely eradicate.   Regardless of that fact, I’m going to give it a try on at least one.

Use truth and logic? Stop teaching people to think in a roundabout manner. This is a harmful artical and inculpative intent to boot if I am not reading wrongly. Use truth and logic backed with facts. Thats all. No need to tell people to ‘try’ or ‘critical mass’ or what not. Whats true is true applies not what’s what which is subject to the author’s whims.

iii) Ends with “Only Conservatives are moral.”

Moralist fundo posing as disingenuous liberal? Carefully navigate away from the site if so dear readers . . . as said before I could be wrong, but the shades or grey here look rather dark . . .

Vote for 99%ters (non-plutocrat, non-term limitless, non-nepotistic, non-racist) who will write wealth distribution laws targetting the wealthies but leacing them 20 million (thats fifty 401Ks btw), unused state land distribution laws, perhaps a Gaddafi style series of reservoirs for the drier areas if not piped desalinated water from the ocean if not land locked . . . all problems end. No need to do any thinking at all. As your MP or Congressman or Governor if they think unused state land distribution can be ratified (this is a loaded question, the country belongs to all citizens so all unused national land (barring irreplaceable geological or irreplaceable scenic or nature reserves with unique wildlife), is the collective property OF THE PEOPLE – **NOT** the property of THE STATE.

Any MP or Congressman who says the state’s land does not belong to the citizens is a Redcoat enslaver of the 99% – with wealth distribution (to the tune of allowable sequestration of 20 million perhaps as the maximum limit with anything else being redistributed ti the poorest) is more difficult being private property (which should remain untouched to a spiritual auditor’s decision panel we know some people amass that for emotional reasons, but others merely are greedy and won’t feel anything if these valuable are to be reshared with fellow citizens), but then again for all their billions only those with REAL GOODS assets can truly be said to be that rich, the rest are holding fiat and unpaid labour based on unpaid or even unpayable debts . . . 99% of blogs on the internet will become redundant after the 99% take over the political system and the above are applied – 90% of humanity ‘s problems would end with the above applied.

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Morsi, Egypt Army Close Ranks against Abuse Charges – by Naharnet Newsdesk 13 April 2013, 05:46

Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi and the military have closed ranks to deny charges that soldiers had killed and tortured protesters, following leaks of an inquiry report implicating officers.

Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, who is also army chief, denied in a televised statement aired Friday that the military had committed abuses, after talks with Morsi, who named the fact-finding inquiry last year.

“I swear, by God, the armed forces did not kill nor order killings; it did not act treacherously, nor did it order treachery,” said Sissi, standing next to Morsi.

Morsi in turn praised the armed forces for “protecting Egypt when it started its march on January 25,” referring to the 2011 uprising that overthrew president Hosni Mubarak and ushered in interim military rule.

The Egyptian press and Britain’s Guardian newspaper have published leaks from the report by the fact-finding panel, named shortly after Morsi took office in June, implicating the military in killings, torture and disappearances.

According to a Guardian report, the inquiry found that army officers ordered doctors to treat wounded demonstrators without anesthesia after they clashed with soldiers during protests against military rule in 2012.

The inquiry also reportedly documented cases of soldiers committing killings and torture during the 18-day uprising that overthrew Mubarak in early 2011, after he had deployed the military to try to quash the unrest.

In early January, the committee submitted its report to Morsi, who referred it to a “revolutionary prosecution” he created to investigate crimes during the revolt and under military rule.

It was not immediately clear whether the leaked sections were from drafts or the final report.

The U.S. State Department urged Morsi to release the report, which he had ordered at a time of tensions with the military in 2012.

“For the sake of transparency, we do believe it should be made public, and we urge the government of Egypt to credibly and independently investigate all claims of violence and wrongdoing and promptly bring the perpetrators to justice,” said deputy spokesman Patrick Ventrell.

He stressed that U.S. officials have not yet seen the report.

The New York-based lobby group Human Rights Watch stressed that “releasing the fact-finding report would be the Egyptian government’s first acknowledgment of two years’ worth of police and military abuses.”

Despite reports in January that the inquiry would be published shortly, the document has been shrouded in secrecy, prompting some to accuse the government of suppressing the findings.

A presidential aide told AFP that the report detailed “16 new incidents, which have been assigned to 16 prosecutors to investigate.”

The presidency’s responsibility over the inquiry ended when he referred the findings to the prosecution.

“The presidency created the committee and assisted its work, but now it’s in the prosecution’s hands,” the aide added.

On Thursday, Morsi promoted three army commanders in a show of support for the military during the meeting with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which took charge after Mubarak’s overthrow and before Morsi’s election.

“I declare this to the entire world, I greatly appreciate the role of the military,” said Morsi, flanked by generals, in the televised statement after the meeting.

Morsi took office with his powers circumscribed by the military, then led by Mubarak’s former Defense Minister Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi.

Egypt’s first civilian leader sacked Tantawi after an August militant attack killed 16 soldiers at a border post, seizing on discontent within the military to purge commanders whose loyalties were in doubt, an aide said at the time.

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I hope the USA knows how to proceed from here. Let the Arab Spring become an EGYPTIAN SPRING. Amon-Ra for the lazier monotheists, the Kemetic Pantheon (Neters) for the more diligent traditionalist polytheists among ethnic Egyptians not bred out by Arabs. Some DNA tests could determine which Egyptians are of the Pharoanic lines etc. and should be placed above Arabs in cultural consideration and lineage specifically. Egypt was not torn apart so they could fundamentalise into Islam! This is Pharoanic EGYPT, not Islamist Arabia. Any Muslims will of course be free to practise Islam, but only the native Egyptian religion can be a state religion in Egypt!

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Ban on Eminent Domain Abuse Heads to Ballot in Columbia – by Nick Sibilla

Homeowners of five decades no longer under threat of eminent domain in Hadley Township. The city council for Columbia, Mo., voted unanimously on Monday to put on the ballot a charter amendment that prohibits eminent domain abuse. Come April 2013, citizens will have the opportunity to bolster their private property rights by voting to approve the amendment.

As noted previously, Missouri has very broad definitions of blight and abysmal property rights protections, earning a “D” from the Castle Coalition. In fact, as the Columbian Missourian points out, in February, the council once approved a resolution that “declared 60 percent of Columbia as blighted or having conditions that lead to blight.” But after a public backlash, the council was forced to rescind the blight resolution in May.

Related Article

After years of living under the threat of eminent domain, homeowners in Richmond Heights could finally celebrate a Thanksgiving in peace. A suburb of St. Louis, Mo., Richmond Heights had tried to use eminent domain, not once, not twice, but three different times over the past decade to force homeowners in Hadley Township to sell their homes to benefit a private developer. But after the city decided to scale back their “redevelopment” plans for the neighborhood when many homeowners banded together to protest, these relieved homeowners could rejoice.
Take the Baileys. JoAnn and Arthur Bailey have lived in their house on Banneker Avenue for 48 years. They even hung
an anti-eminent domain sign on their door to protest the city’s plans. But for the first time in years, “I finally took the sign down, and I cleaned the door,” JoAnn said to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Now great-grandparents, JoAnn said that every year her children tell her, “‘Mom, this is probably the last Thanksgiving we’ll have here.’ But they come back every year and we’re still here.”

Also joining the Baileys in their eminent domain reprieve is Alice McGee, a 92-year-old homeowner. According to her family, during Thanksgiving, “she was shouting with joy that she wouldn’t be forced out. ‘I’m telling you I told the children, ‘God sure heard my prayer…I’m comfortable here. And I don’t want to leave my home.’”

As the Castle Coalition noted back in July, Alice had lived in her home in Hadley Township for almost five decades: “Her message to the city and its private developer is clear: I won’t sell, saying, ‘I keep praying to God for you to leave us alone. I want to live there until God takes me.’”

Their story illustrates the immense amount of perseverance and resilience required to fight city hall—and win. Throughout the years-long fight, these homeowners remained vigilant in their fight to keep the homes they rightfully owned from being taken by the government and handed over to a private developer.

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Doctors driven to bankruptcy – by Parija Kavilanz @CNNMoney April 8, 2013: 11:20 AM ET

Dr. Morgan Moor, an internist, narrowly escaped filing for bankruptcy in 2011.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney)
As many doctors struggle to keep their practices financially sound, some are buckling under money woes and being pushed into bankruptcy.

It’s a trend that’s accelerated in recent years, industry experts say, with potentially serious consequences for doctors and patients. Some physicians are still able to keep practicing after bankruptcy, but for others, it’s a career-ending event. And when a practice shuts its doors, patients can find it harder to get the health care they need nearby.

Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings by physician practices have spiked recently, noted Bobby Guy, co-chair of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s health care committee, who tracks bankruptcy trends tied to distressed businesses. Guy said there were at least eight filings in recent weeks, which he said was “very unusual.”

Five years ago, Plantation, Fla.-based bankruptcy attorney David Langley didn’t have a single doctor as a client. Since then he’s handled at least six bankruptcy cases involving doctors. Two current clients — an orthopedic surgeon and an OB/GYN — also are in bankruptcy.

None of his physician clients had malpractice lawsuits that landed them in dire financial straits. All are “top-notch doctors,” he said.

The weak economy has taken a toll on doctors’ revenue, as consumers cut back on office visits and lucrative elective procedures, said Guy, a bankruptcy attorney in Nashville with Frost Brown Todd LLC.

Doctors also blame shrinking insurance reimbursements, changing regulations, and the rising costs of malpractice insurance, drugs and other business necessities for making it harder to keep their practices afloat.

Related Story: Doctors going broke

Oncologist Dr. Dennis Morgan had a profitable solo practice in Enfield, Conn., for years. Revenues began to fall, he said, when reimbursements for treatment and drugs to oncologists started shrinking. He made cutbacks, but he began having trouble meeting expenses, and his business debt grew. Critical chemotherapy drug and medical supplies providers “eventually cut me off,” Morgan said.

In June 2011, his practice, in a medically underserved area, filed for bankruptcy. It had hundreds of chemotherapy patients at the time.

For the next two years, his role became “that of a captain of a sinking ship managing the allocation of life boats until rescue arrived,” he said. He redirected patients to other doctors and area hospitals. Early last year, he stopped practicing medicine.

Having a cancer practice close can be “debilitating” to a community, said Morgan. “If you have to travel one or two hours to get treatment and you have no one to go with you, it becomes a matter of getting care or not getting care,” he said.

Related Story: Doctors: Why we can’t stay afloat

Primary care doctors face similar challenges. Langley recounts one client, a solo practitioner in an underserved area of Broward County, Fla., whose patients were mostly on Medicare or lacked insurance.

As the economy worsened in the wake of the recession, fewer patients could afford to come in. Cash payments and reimbursements dropped. To come up with money to keep the practice going, she took a second job at a hospital. Still, her debt ballooned. She fell behind on state tax payments.

Two years ago, Florida tax officials showed up at her door to shut the clinic down. She quickly called Langley and he was able to file an emergency bankruptcy for her online while the officials were still in the waiting room. He gave them the bankruptcy case number, and they left without closing the clinic. Langley eventually helped the doctor restructure her debt and the clinic is still open, he said.

Dr. Morgan Moor was on the brink of bankruptcy in 2011. An internist with a solo practice in Brentwood, Tenn., Moor said the recession badly hurt her once-thriving practice. By 2010, she had lost almost half of her active patients, her annual revenue had dropped nearly 30%, and she had to lay off half her employees.

“We were told that bankruptcy was our only option,” she said. So she hired Guy. Luckily, Moor said, she was able to restructure her debt and her business without filing.

Every day since has been a struggle, though. “Every payroll, I wonder if we will be able to keep doing this,” she said. “I try not to think about it because it paralyzes me with fear.” To top of page
–Join the discussion: #bankruptdoctors.

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Orwellian corporate sabotage for corporatocracy. Private hospital conglomerates destroy their one man show competitors in collusion with medical suppliers. One man show doctors need to buy supplies through their associations in bulk, or they will never survive. I personally have no sympathy for the 70% private doctors who are not there for real healing. Those deserve to be hit by these corps and private hospitals. The other 30% who are at least neutral should be extended the same preferential prices. Sadly the medical association is often either headed by term limitless, 70% bad docs or profiteers forming quasi political blocs and profiteering off such situations and destroying small practicioners.

Most of the population do not like people with personalities unsuited for such work as well, so unless docs really feel for the health of others, and are full of love for others that is not contrived or inculpated by MSM or social propaganda, they should not do medicine in the first place. Finally medical degrees are too costly and should be made free so that a populace with large numbers of healers can consult and watch each other in cases of abuse or druggings.

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Food Policies Leave People Hungry – by Yifat Susskind – Global Research, June 11, 2008
The Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin) 10 June 2008

Last week the U.N. convened world leaders in Rome to hammer out solutions to the food crisis.

Once again policy leaders are forgetting that food is about people. Over the past few months, 30 countries have been wracked by food riots. The government of Haiti has been toppled. Rice reserves in the Philippines are now under armed guard.

And U.S. corporate agribusinesses have a starring role in this disaster. Farmers in poor countries have gone broke by the millions because they can’t compete with the artificially low prices of U.S. food imports.

Take Mexico, for example. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the U.S. demanded that Mexico open up its markets to cheap U.S. corn. Since NAFTA took effect, U.S. corn exports to Mexico have tripled, flooding the Mexican market and causing domestic corn prices to drop by more than 70 percent. As a result, most of the country’s 15 million corn farmers have gone from being poor — but getting by — to watching their children go hungry. Mexican President Felipe Calderon explains the food crisis in his country as a direct outcome of U.S. food policy.

The same story is repeated in nearly every country where the food crisis is raging. Millions of rural families from Colombia to Cameroon have been forced to go from growing their own food to buying imported staple items, putting them at the mercy of global markets. In the past year, the cost of basics like corn, rice and wheat has doubled and tripled. Farming families whose livelihoods were destroyed by U.S. agribusiness can no longer afford to buy food from these same companies.

That injustice — not any absolute “food shortage” — is at the heart of today’s crisis.

Meanwhile, U.S. agribusiness is making a killing. Last month Cargill announced that its third-quarter profits were up 86 percent. They’ve already raked in over $1 billion this year, in about the same amount of time that another 100 million people were pushed into extreme poverty (surviving on less than $1 a day) because of rising food costs.

Clearly, our global food system is broken. So what would fix it?

It seems that small-holder, sustainable agriculture — precisely the type of farming that’s been devastated by agribusiness — has the best potential to resolve the global food crisis. That, in a nutshell, is the conclusion of a four-year United Nations study by 400 experts on agriculture and development released in April.

But if local, sustainable agriculture is the way to go, there’s another, overlooked dimension to solving the food crisis: The majority of the world’s small-scale farmers are women. In the poorest countries, where the food crisis is at its worst, women grow and produce 80 percent of all food.

That means that policies aiming to resolve the food crisis need to also weed out the widespread discrimination that bars women farmers from owning land and from accessing credit, seeds, tools and training. Agricultural subsidies were originally conceived to protect small-scale farmers from poverty. We still need to do that — and on a global scale. Today, subsidies can play a positive role in building the capacity of women farmers to grow food sustainably.

It’s high time to put the human rights and productive capacity of small farmers at the center of agriculture policy. The Rome summit presented us with an opportunity to rethink food policy. Unfortunately the outcome continues the same misguided polices of free trade instead of investing in local food production. It’s time to realize that the world’s small farmers and especially women — are our best hope for feeding people and protecting the planet.

Yifat Susskind is communications director for MADRE: Rights, Resources and Results for Women Worldwide.

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Redistribute unused state land to the tune of 1/4 to 1 acre each family for subsistence cultivation. Immediately homelessness ends. By the first crop, the stavation would end. The distributed land also would end homelessness and allow the people to build their own homes insteadof paying fortunes to live in pigeon coops and rabbit hutches. Medicine could even be grown via plants (which is better than synthetic pharma) and education could be conducted under a tree instead of a millions worth institution. Don’t say that education cannot be done without buildings FIRST. The government enriches the contractors and suppliers of such structures which use up energy on the grid and creates heat sinks yhat cause climate change etc.. ANY lecturer can hold classes under any tree. Who needs to pay the gatekeeper building contractors, the gatekeeper accredtations boards (bridge trolls more like) and salaries of the panellists sitting on such boards, and who needs to navigate red tape of profiteering education Ministries? So think 99% citizens, the country you live in is RICH, but the politicians will not distribute unused state land or place limits to wealth sequestration, collude with big business.

Vote for politicans from the 99%, no plutocrats, no nepotists and no term limitlessness –  no extreme salaries perhaps at the level of no more than 10 times the National Average Annual Wage, 3 times if the country is poor or developing. These politicians we have now from EU to ASEAN to South America are not applying themselves and causing the problem, not solving the provlem and meanwhile they get the massive salaries they award themselves. If the country is in debt, has debt from public spending, then there is no reason for that country to give any salary above national average annual wage! MOST of the countries in the world are in such debt yet we have microstates like Singapore being paid 10 times what USA’s politicians are paid. So understand what is going on simply by comparing politician salary and national average wage.

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Close vote seen on background checks on gun buyers – by DINA CAPPIELLO | Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The sponsors of a Senate proposal to expand background checks for gun buyers says a vote is likely this week and it’s too close to call.

There was a hopeful sign Sunday: Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who has a B+ rating from the National Rifle Association, says he’s leaning toward supporting it.

The proposal is from Republican Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and they say it’s shaping up as a close call.

The plan would require background checks for people buying guns at gun shows and online. Background checks currently apply only to transactions handled by the country’s 55,000 licensed gun dealers.

Toomey says a vote could come as early as Wednesday.

They appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” and CBS’ “Face the Nation.” McCain was on CNN.

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This is good for keeping tags on law abiding citizens, but could encourage criminal gunrunners and illegal gun manufacturers for as many people who now cannot get a gun legally.

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Marijuana Majority: Americans Now Back Legalization: Op-Ed – by Jeff Nesbit | LiveScience.com – 21st April 2012

Jeff Nesbit  was the director of public affairs for two prominent federal science agencies and is a regular contributor to U.S. News & World Report, where this article first ran before appearing in LiveScience’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

It’s 4/20 time again this week. For those who aren’t part of the Millennial generation, 4/20 is unofficial “Weed Day” in America —a counterculture phenomenon that has drawn up to 10,000 marijuana legalization activists at college campuses in the U.S. in some years.

In years past, Weed Day counterculture “holiday” celebrations have taken place on 4/20 at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, in several Canadian cities or at college campuses in Boulder, Colo., and elsewhere. Weed Day has also migrated to other parts of the world. [Cannabis: Facts About Marijuana & Effects of Marijuana]

Where did the concept of 4/20 as a way to celebrate marijuana smoking originate? That’s a bit more difficult to discern, though a reporter for The Huffington Post once tracked it down to a flyer at a Grateful Dead concert in 1990 that referred to “420ing” (smoking pot) on April 20 of that year that, in various stages, led to successive celebrations on April 20.

HuffPost also tracked it back even further, to San Rafael, Calif., high-school friends known as “the Waldos” who coined the term “4/20″ in the 1970s as the designated time of the day to smoke pot after school. By fits and starts, 4/20 as either a time of day for pot smoking or a counterculture day of rebellion then traveled mostly by word of mouth.

This year, Weed Day enthusiasts hoping to see the tide turn (both politically and socially) on the legalization of marijuana front have more to celebrate than in years past.

A national survey by the Pew Research Center earlier this month found that, for the first time ever, a majority of Americans would now support regulating marijuana use the way that most states and federal authorities regulate alcohol use. [5 Wacky Things That Are Good for Your Health]

In fact, Pew found, the number of Baby Boomers who would support decriminalizing marijuana has gone up year after year during the 40 years it’s been asking about the question —and is now more than double what it was in the early 1990s.

Meanwhile, recent studies have confirmed what social scientists have been saying for years about the theory that marijuana is a “gateway drug” that leads to hard drug use —namely, that the “gateway drug theory” for marijuana simply doesn’t hold up scientifically.

If anything, these new studies found, other things like alcohol or cigarette use are better predictors than marijuana use of eventual prescription drug abuse or addiction to harder drugs like heroin and cocaine.

A Yale study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health late last year, for instance, found that alcohol or cigarette use was twice as likely to predict prescription opiate drug abuse as marijuana use. Prescription drug overdoses are far more prevalent now in America than either cocaine or heroin overdoses.

The Yale study pulled data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and found that, of the 12 percent who self-identified that they’d abused prescription drugs, 57 percent said that they’d previously used alcohol, 56 percent said they’d previously smoked cigarettes —and just 37 percent said they’d previously used marijuana.

A study published in The Journal of School Health focusing on the “gateway drug theory” for marijuana also found that alcohol, rather than marijuana, was the most commonly used substance for first-time drug users. Yet, alcohol has never been thought of as a gateway drug to cocaine, heroin or prescription opiate abuse.

In fact, social scientists and psychologists now argue rather conclusively that none of these are actually “gateway drugs” that lead someone down the path to addiction to harder or more addictive drugs.

Socio-economic considerations, environmental factors or genetics are much more likely to determine whether someone is more prone to abuse addictive substances, studies have shown repeatedly.

It’s been a long, slow decline for the “gateway drug theory” in the public’s mind, though. Congress asked the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to look at the issues around medical marijuana use more than a decade ago. In a pivotal report in 1999, the NAS reported that “in fact, most drug users begin with alcohol and nicotine before marijuana —usually before they are of legal age.”

The NAS didn’t mince its words in that 1999 report to Congress. “In the sense that marijuana use typically precedes rather than follows initiation of other illicit drug use, it is indeed a ‘gateway’ drug,’” it said. “But because underage smoking and alcohol use typically precede marijuana use, marijuana is not the most common, and is rarely the first, ‘gateway’ to illicit drug use. There is no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are causally linked to the subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs.”

None of these studies, however, slowed down the “gateway drug theory” in the public’s mind —until recently. Whether through a combination of “Weed Day” demonstrations on 4/20 or the success of medical marijuana initiatives in states around the U.S., most Americans are in a different place on marijuana now and would likely support it being regulated like alcohol consumption.

Yet, as longtime advocates of marijuana legalization know all too well, public and scientific support for their positions don’t necessarily translate into political action on such an issue. It may, in fact, be years before we finally see the official death of the gateway drug theory, and the rise of acceptable government action on the legalization of marijuana.

This article first appeared as Growing Numbers of Americans Support Legalizing Pot Use in the column At the Edge by Jeff Nesbit on U.S. News & World Report. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher.

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This is not about majority but about principles. If a minority is right, the law should still support them (much like LGBT is a minority in society but has rights to associate and even marriage protected from haters even as Jews can order kosher meals on some airlines despite being a minority). To mention majority as a raison d’etre for a law is always dangerous when democratic principles are concerned. If the majority support a law that is wrong, they still are wrong and that is where the learned state of judges come in – if not at least AFTER explaining why and how of minority-majority vs principles-correctness based around principles and logic or Voltarian freedoms (not just of speech but the life that free speech describes) than forcing through legislation in absentia of discussion with the public which sadly is often the case and even sadder is generally not paid attention to by the majority of the public! The more a society is able to accomodate a minority or even super minority, the more civilised, discerning and all encompassing a society and nation is. This is a true form of soft power that is applicable internally even as other coarser and more communal nations will never understand such things.

Voltarian concepts of freedom doubtless preclude all fringe substances that can be grown and processed at home for legal use simply because no person is harmed. The only issue is not profiteering off others which can be done via price controls so that those growing and processing would get no more than a nursery or gardening service would – which is the scope and labour level of growing such organic psychedelics.

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What ‘decriminalise’ really means is: we’re giving junkies a drug den next door to you – by Peter Hitchens – PUBLISHED: 00:04 GMT, 21 April 2013 | UPDATED: 10:50 GMT, 21 April 2013

It will not be long before your home town has special places where drug abusers can poke or snort poison into their bodies. These will be legal and paid for by you and me.

It is a stupid idea, of course. People who take such drugs are selfish parasites in need of deterrence, not patients in need of treatment.

The nicer we are to them, the more of them there will be, as we have proved conclusively over the past four decades.

Brighton has unveiled plans to introduce ‘drug consumption’ rooms in the city

But it is getting harder every day to express this opinion, and soon it will be more or less impossible. The British liberal establishment have decided to surrender to the powerful and well-funded lobby that wants to ‘decriminalise’ drugs.

They use this clumsy word because international treaties prevent us from actually legalising them. Instead, we just reduce the penalties to nothing (or don’t enforce them) and make them legal in all but name.

Before they can get away with this loathsome scheme, they have to brainwash the public into accepting it.

That is why the unpopular newspapers and the BBC have been giving favourable coverage to a plan for ‘drug consumption rooms’ in Brighton. It is also why Portugal’s abandonment of serious drug laws is constantly presented in a kindly light by the establishment media.

Many of you will have been brainwashed yourselves. Do you know how many supposedly ‘conservative’ newspapers endorsed the decriminalisation of cannabis years ago?

It is amazing how many otherwise sensible people have already been fooled into accepting the dud arguments for relaxing the law against cannabis, one of the most dangerous drugs in existence.

Your children, too, will have been brainwashed at school – where they will have absorbed the moronic argument that because alcohol and tobacco are legal, it is wrong to have laws against dope.

Whenever I have the chance to debate this subject properly, I almost always defeat the drug liberalisers.

But that’s the problem. The debate has been shut down, because the liberals control it. Only one side is allowed to be heard. TV and radio won’t let me talk about this.

My recent book, showing that the supposed ‘war on drugs’ was abandoned 40 years ago, and that claims of stern ‘prohibition’ are propaganda drivel, was simply not reviewed by most national papers or on the broadcast programmes that discuss such things.

It is not yet too late to stop this process, but a great deal of vigilance will be needed to do so. Otherwise you may wake up one day soon and find a building near you is being openly used by junkies to inject themselves, with police approval.

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Not really. Human Rights mean a right to access what is effectively a form of euthanasia for those feeling existentially incomplete or who cannot find purpose in living. Drugs are just that and for that purpose, the users are euthanising themselves albeit with alot of pleasure in the process over a period of time. Who are we to stop them or sell them out to drug dealers and other criminal elements that would cause these users to become criminals? Being a civilised society, these controlled conditions will ensure they get to stay out of everyone’s way. What drug den? They will do their stuff in controlled conditions and won’t have a chance to wander around or enter people’s houses while stoned etc..

This article is demogoguery. Unlike ‘dens’ where movement is allowed while stoned, these ‘drug consumption’ rooms would likely be a locked in type while any user is stoned.

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The Englishand the culture of entitlement off the backs of the 99%.

The Englishand the culture of entitlement off the backs of the 99%.

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Bluecoat and Redcoat reminders. Wastage of Yahoo MSM space for what agenda?

Bluecoat and Redcoat reminders. Wastage of Yahoo MSM space for what agenda?

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PAP: To remain dominant without being dominating – Published on Apr 19, 2013 8:28 AM

THE People’s Action Party (PAP) wants to remain a dominant party anchored in society – without dominating in all areas, said Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

It can do this as an open political party, he said, that galvanises a diversity of views and ideas, including critical opinions.

“I believe we can play a dominant role, retain a dominant position without wanting to completely dominate,” DPM Tharman said in an interview with The Straits Times.

“It’s in Singapore’s interest that you do have a dominant party, but it’s got to be one that’s open to diversity, welcoming of a responsible opposition.”

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Hey hey . . . you there, disrespectful term limitless nepotists, no dominant persons will be tolerated in any democracy of EQUALS. 2 terms as MP, much less PM, then GTFO. 1 term preferably if to be respected as a citizen who does not even try to be dominant much less dominating. NO DOMS. Equals only. Play dom with your private harems and sex partners, but no tolerance will be given such dominating behaviour or presence of dominants in secular society especially in government towards citizen civilians. Sense of entitlement in MP continuation of Singapore’s forced military conscriptions without abstention options is intolerable enough. Do not even dare to think to be dominant much less dominating. Vote 99%ters with term limits that are not nepotists Singaporeans!

15 Articles from Malaysia : Nurul’s Pleas Cynical – Nurul Also Doing Non-Physical Variant of Political Violence – Physical Political Violence Justified by Nepotism and Term Limitlessness (99% slaves’ hatred to their own controllers is directed outwards at other parties with the same controllers – end result is 99% loses out – Nurul is a 1%ter), Lim the Liar Sr A Broken Record, Time to Punish Those Who have Caused or Given reason to Cause the Apartheid of Bumiputra, BERSIH biased, Lim the Liar Jr is Evil In Treatment of the Poor – Withholds Government Homes For The Homeless to Parasite ‘Political Energy’, ROS Could Disband DAP so 3rd Force Independents Could Take Over, Form A Microstate Destroy the Opposition?, Minorities Want Equality And Flexibility For Spaces For Entertainment Do Not Need ‘Political Power’ Otherwise, Karpal’s 2 Tongued Double Standards in Ethical Duplicity, Laws Must Be Amended For Equitable Wealth Distribution – 222MPs Useless to the 99% Majority Voters, While MCA Flounders on Democratic Issues of Equality : Term Limitless Nepotist Lims’ Double Standards in Ethical Duplicity Hated By 99%ters (even if the 99%ters don’t know what they find so hateful that was just pointed out), Will All Stronghold-Satrapy Mindset GTFO of Dewan?, Pity Yourself Lim for Being So Blind As to Not See What Chua is Doing In This Specific Instance (All Other lapdog instances are still pitiable), Cult of Personality Harms Democracy in the Infected 99%, Singapore Colludes with Malaysia to Deny Minorities in Malaysia Equality, Malaysia Today Colludes with Malaysia to Deny Sexual Minorities in Malaysia Equality, Michelle Yeoh And Eric Moo Sell Out the Chinese Minorities (Misses Chance to Slam Apartheid to Party With Racists As If Everything With Minorities In Malaysia Was Fine) – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 17th April 2013

In 99%, adult industry, Apartheid, ASEAN, conflict of interest, crony politics, cults, DAP, democratisation, economic equity, ethics, Islam, land distribution, law, LGBT, Malay, Malaysia, media collusion, nepotism, Plutocracy, politics, psychiatry, Racism, religion, representative democracy, RLD Zone Advocacy, sex work, socialism, subtle insults, term limits, true democracy, vested interest, wealth distribution on April 16, 2013 at 9:26 pm

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End the political violence, Nurul Izzah pleads – Saturday, April 13, 2013

Incumbent Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar has urged the police to take action against instances of political violence and intimidation targeting her and her campaign workers.

She said a police report has been lodged on each of these incidents that have taken place of late, and seven such reports have been lodged so far.

However, no action has be taken to date despite some of the alleged perpetrators being photographed and named in the reports.

“We have been document the attacks and right now, we’d just ask the authorities, please: Speedy action on those responsible for such threats,” Nurul Izzah said yesterday.

She said this to reporters after a ceramah outside the Sri Pahang public housing flats in Bangsar, where the latest incident took place just hours before.

Nurul Izzah said an Umno supporter brandishing a machete had threatened one of her campaign volunteers who was installing party flags in the area ahead of the ceramah, about 5.30pm yesterday.

A police report has been on this incident as well.

NONEThe PKR vice-president also urged the local Umno division chief, Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin, to help prevent such incidents from taking place.

“The key Umno branch leaders are involved and this is very sad. I hope Raja Nong Chik will do his bit as the Lembah Pantai Umno division chief: Control his boys! Play clean!” Nurul Izzah added.

Although it is yet to be official, the senator and federal territories minister is widely expected to contest in Lembah Pantai.

Posters, billboards and banners throughout the constituency already display his image prominently, alongside BN chairperson Najib Abdul Razak who will be contesting in Pekan, Pahang.
Posted by Mohd. Kamal bin Abdullah at 9:47 PM

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If a 2 terms were applied, the new MPs not even of 1 term would not be targeted for ‘being no threat’ but PKR’s family bloc and nepotism culture , term limitless culture encourages political violence. If the opposition MPs were not seen as being worth millions and more normal to everyone i general, these sorts of attacks would not take place. The family bloc is the issue in all coalitions, and because the 99% are angered whatever side they are from, though probably they would prefer to run for election by lowering election deposits which neither BN or Pakatan want to, the 99% should field themselves as independent 3rd Force candidates and stop voting for either coalition or even threatening any fellow 99%ters from either side as well. Whats the point? Vote yourselves into power 3rd Force 99%ters, stop voting Nurul, if you want to hurt Nurul who already has had 2 terms or more and is also a mother already, just don’t vote Nurul. Run for candidacy instead and do what Nurul would never do, GTFO after 2 terms and lower election deposits! See parang wielders? No need to use parang. Just teach Nuruls supporters to drop Nurul for a fresh 2nd liner candidate and stop Nuruls 23K MP salary. Had 2 terms and 2+ million in salaries already? Lied about 90% of GE12 Manifestos? Have entire family in politics? Then expect no sympathy from the 99%!

No thanks. I think Nurul knows what would have been preferred by moi, but lets not get ito that, 2 terms too late, and Nurul has not even endorsed the 3 items with any clarity but for certain quite obliquely - which is not in any understandable manner to the voters in general . . .

No thanks. I think Nurul knows what would have been preferred by moi, but lets not get ito that, 2 terms too late, and Nurul has not even endorsed the 3 items with any clarity but for certain quite obliquely – which is not in any understandable manner to the voters in general . . .

Democracy is more important that your supposed friendship to the voters Nurul, so GTFO of Dewan! That goes as many times more for any MP who has had more than 2 terms or is already a plutocrat 1%ter that cannot declare assets yet won’t lower election deposits but dare ask for 750K funerals. Pakatan Rakyat is as much a failure as corrupt and racist BN! Lets remove BOTH BN and PR and remember to GTFO after 2 terms or even better 1 term, and lower election deposits to 150.00 so that every single 99%ter can run for election as well.

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Malaysia GE13: Opposition’s Lim Kit Siang demands apology from Mahathir – Published on Apr 13, 2013 – 5:01 PM

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s opposition veteran Lim Kit Siang has demanded that former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad apologise for a defamatory blog post, and threatened legal action if he does not do so within 24 hours.

Writing on his own blog on Saturday, Mr Lim said he had challenged Dr Mahathir to produce evidence to back his attacks or apologise, but “there has only been silence”.

“I’m giving him another 24 hours to vindicate himself, produce proof to substantiate his allegations against me or behave as a responsible ‘elder statesman’ and retract and apologise for his defamatory blog against me,” wrote the Democratic Action Party leader.

Dr Mahathir alleged in a blog post on Thursday that Mr Lim decided to contest in a Chinese-majority constituency in Johor state “because he wanted the Chinese there and in Johor to reject working together and sharing with the Malays”.

He also alleged that a win by Mr Lim would lead to “unhealthy racial confrontation” and end “Sino-Malay cooperation”.

Mr Lim said the allegations by Dr Mahathir are “downright lies and falsehoods”.

“In fact, in my 47 years in politics, I had never been guilty of anyone of these… charges by Mahathir as it goes against the very grain of my political beliefs,” he wrote.

He added that he hopes to win not just on Chinese votes, but on the votes of all the three main races.

Mr Lim also hit out at “dirty tricks” used by the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, such as “fake videos making malicious and vicious attacks on PR leaders” and leaflets circulating in Johor accusing him of being the provocateur of the 1969 racial riots.

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We don’t need this kind of MP like Lim the Liar Sr. We did not vote to pay for salaries for Lim the Liar Sr to ask apologies from Mahathir even as much as Mahathir needs to apologise to the people for decades of corruption and apartheid. This is tax payer money funded time Lim the Liar Sr is wasting. Demand the below 3 items and stop destroying democracy with limitless terms and nepotism and GTFO of Dewan so that someone else can amend some laws or challenge apartheid.

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

Who cares about idiot apologies for even more idiotic politicians taking taxpayer money? Mahathir would never apologise, would never need to apologise to Lim, so why the hell does Lim keep asking Mahathir for apologies wasting taxpayer funded time? Lousy egositic politicians should GTFO of Dewan. GTFO useless old creeps! Of all things Mahathir beat Lim the Liar Sr to term limits (both remain nepotistic). Now the hateworthy record for term limitlessness belongs to Lim Kit Siang the Liar of GE12 Local Council and Asset Declaration Manifestos.

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21-Day Countdown to 13GE Polling Day – Attorney-General Gani Patail given opportunity to arrest and charge Mahathir for sedition and criminal defamation

As the former DAP MP for Segambut Lim Lip Eng has lodged a police report this morning in Kuala Lumpur against the former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad for sedition and criminal defamation, I will give the Attorney-General Tan Sri Gani Patail the opportunity to arrest and charge Mahathir for sedition and criminal defamation before I instruct my lawyers to institute legal proceedings against Mahathir for defamation in connection with his blog, “Gelang Patah” last Thursday, 11th April 2013.

I had given Mahathir two opportunities to withdraw and apologise for his chauvinistic and seditious blog which made irresponsible and baseless attacks on my reputation and character or face legal action for defamation for his lies and falsehoods, but the former Prime Minister had been totally unmoved and unrepentant.

Mahathir had disgraced and dishonoured the office of the former Prime Minister, which is provided by Parliament every year with a princely allocation from the annual Federal Government budget for its upkeep, by spewing downright lies and falsehoods to make the 13th General Elections the dirtiest in the the nation’s history which is most unworthy and unfitting for a former Prime Minister whose living and maintenance expenses is billed to the public purse.

Two days ago, the latest “black operation” in the 13GE surfaced with the appearance of a sex video purportedly involving the PAS Secretry-General Mustapha Ali, which has been categorically denied by Mustafa who said that UMNO was desperate enough to lie in order to drop him from the country’s arena.

It is on public record that the previous occasion when the country’s general elections plumbed to its lowest depths for being the dirtiest election campaign in the nation’s history was under Mahathir’s premiership in 1990, when Barisan Nasional faced its first serious challenge from two political coalitions, Gagasan Rakyat and Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah (APU) led by Semangat 46, DAP and PAS.

Two dirty tricks were played by UMNO/BN in the 1990 general election campaign from its armoury of the politics of fear and blackmail to incite racial sentiments with highly inflammatory propaganda based on lies and falsehoods, viz:

Firstly, the depiction of Semangat 46 President, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah on radio, television and the printed media as having sold out Malay honour and race and betrayed Islam by showing him with a Kadazan headgear alleging that it bore the symbol of the cross – as final and ultimate proof that Tengku Razaleigh had sold out Islam to Christianity in Sabah

In fact, the so-called cross on the Kadazan headgear is tapioca shoot (pucuk ubi) and most headgears of this sort are made by the Bajau community which is largely Muslim. A few days before Tengku Razaleigh’s visit to Sabah in the 1990 GE, Dr. Mahathir had worn the same Kadazan headgear with the so-called cross when visiting Sabah.

Secondly, full-page advertisements in the mainstream media to create fear and panic among voters, with the full-page advertisement in Utusan Malaysia under the deading “Sokong Membawa Rebah” while the Nanyang Siang Pao advert carried the heading “Recollection of History” – with both carrying the same picture depicting bloodshed, violence, arson and carnage.

The visual impact of the picture was manyfold greater than the wordings under the picture, which immediately conveyed the message that if the Barisan Nasional and UMNO lost in the 1990 general elections, there would be another May 13 of bloodshed, violence, arson and carnage.

I remember asking Mahathir during the first Parliamentary debate after the 1990 GE whether he had given the “green light” for these two despicable and deplorable UMNO/BN “dirty tricks” in the 1990 GE.

Now, I am more than convinced that Mahathir was behind these two “dirty tricks” when he could now concoct such lies and falsehoods in his blog on “Gelang Patah” which among other things, accused me of wanting to contest in Gelang Patah because

I want the Chinese in Gelang Patah and Johor to “reject working together and sharing with the Malays”;

urge the Chinese in Johor “to dislike and hate the Malays” to create “conflict and antagonism between the races”;

create “an unhealthy racial confrontation” between the Malays and Chinese in Johor, which will be “disruptive and will not be conducive to the development of Malaysia”.

I repeated that all these three allegations by Mahathir are downright lies and falsehoods, which I had never uttered in Gelang Patah and Johore since the announcement on March 18 that I would be contesting in Gelang Patah, and that I had never uttered such scurrilous lies and falsehoods in my 47 years in politics, as to run counter to the grain in my political beliefs fostering greater inter-racial co-operation to build a united Malaysian nation.

Sections 499 and 500 of the Penal Code on criminal defamation states:

Defamation

499. Whoever, by words either spoken or intended to be read or by signs, or by visible representations, makes or publishes any imputation concerning any person, intending to harm, or knowing or having reason to believe that such imputation will harm the reputation of such person, is said, except in the cases hereinafter excepted, to defame that person.

Punishment for defamation

500. Whoever defames another shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years or with fine or with both.

I await action by the Police and the Attorney-General.
Lim Kit Siang DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Ipoh Timur
Media conference statement by Lim Kit Siang in DAP 13GE Ops centre in Gelang Patah on Sunday, 14th April 2013

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Attorney-General Gani Patail should arrest and charge Lim Kit Siang for sedition and criminal defamation FIRST then bother about Mahathir who is no longer active in politics.

The Sedition Act should have been used against Lim the Liar, Mr. dirty-hand of the Race Riots, and any others present or active during the riots and fighting as well; as as many generations of their descendants to be barred all involved from politics thereon.

The Rakyat await action by the Police and the Attorney-General. Put this nepotistic term limitless liar and trouble maker in prison.
@AgreeToDisagree is the 3rd Force Parliamentary Leader & MP of the ‘Real Issue’ (of Ending Apartheid)

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BERSIH slams “contemptible” Tunku Aziz: WHAT A TURNCOAT! – by Bersih 2.0 – Friday, 12 April 2013 22:44

Bersih 2.0 denounces in the strongest terms the wild, baseless and defamatory statements by Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim issued on April 8 and 11, 2013 where he accused BERSIH 2.0 of being an “instrument of money laundering”. We further denounce in the strongest terms his recent attempt to implicate BERSIH 2.0 in an alleged strategy to create “chaos” on polling day.  All these allegations are wholly untrue.

Bersih 2.0 has in fact recently filed a defamation suit against a publication over similar wild and mischievous allegations relating to our funding.

Bersih 2.0’s accounts are open for all to see and we invite Tunku Aziz to do so. He will then realize the tremendous support we receive from Malaysians who believe in the cause of free and fair elections. We consider the accusation that Bersih 2.0 is laundering foreign funds for the benefit of a political party, to be an expression of contempt against these Malaysians and the love they have for their country.

The discussion to form Bersih 2.0 as a civil society outfit was initiated by Maria Chin Abdullah and Wong Chin Huat in 2009, the two civil society members of the original Bersih coalition. We can confirm that Tunku Abdul Aziz has never been invited to join the Bersih 2.0 steering committee, nor has he been nominated by us for its leadership.

As for Tunku Abdul Aziz’s attempt to implicate Bersih 2.0 in alleged plans by “certain parties” to disrupt the electoral process, we consider this to be contemptible. We ask that Tunku Aziz disclose the purported “evidence” that he has. Furthermore, BERSIH has made it clear that it does not agree with the randomisation of votes and Tindak Malaysia’s inclusion of this item in their training has apparently ceased since October last year.

Contemptible

Tindak Malaysia and Bersih 2.0 carry out valuable training for volunteers who are choosing to be PACABA agents or citizen observers respectively. Tunku Aziz ought to attend these training sessions so that he himself can understand the process and appreciate how ridiculous his allegations are.

Bersih 2.0 has been sent a letter by Tunku Aziz on 11 April 2013 that repeats once again his baseless accusations  and has asked that Bersih 2.0 sign a pledge for a peaceful process on election day.

We do not see how we can even entertain any such request given his outrageous allegations against us. In any event, Bersih 2.0 does not have to sign a pledge for a peaceful process on election day. That has always been our stand and that is reaffirmed in all the training and voter education that we do. We are committed to a peaceful election day.

However, given the obvious instances of political violence and smear campaigns that go unchecked, we believe the source of the possible “chaos” lies elsewhere.

As former Transparency International President, we would urge Tunku Aziz to:

(1) Firstly, ensure the transparency, accountability and impartiality of the EC; and

(2) Secondly, issue a strong condemnation of the political violence and smear campaigns that we currently see.

We note this targeted attack on Bersih 2.0 and we suspect this will continue until the elections.  We also note that some of the negative campaign material by certain parties, targets Bersih 2.0. We assure Malaysians that regardless of these baseless attacks, Bersih 2.0’s demand for free and fair elections and for a more just and democratic Malaysia will not falter.

Steering Committee
Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections 2.0 (Bersih 2.0)

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Tunku is the last person standing between Pakatan’s lies, the ethnocentralisation of the Malay rulers (which people like rackethead Lee Chong Wei and bonded girl Michelle Yeoh sadly encourage) and the fundamentalism of the  Malays to a point. BERSIH however has complicitly ignored and never criticized all of Pakatan’s failed manifestos of GE12, failed promises for the very basic democracy affirming Local Council Elections AND has refused to even field new candidates who are mostly not family members as well. I’m suspecting that BERSIH is a reverse-psychology BN outfit. Run against BN and now PR like Tunku dares, or STFU BERSIH! Contributing nothing to democracy in solid political representation but talking alot. That means no real results. Tunku should lead 3rd Force and grant :

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

;which BN can but won’t and Pakatan has muttered vaguely about (instead choosing to be nepotistic, term limitless and exclusionary to all who are stupid enough to tolerate family blocs) but probably cannot because of PAS and DAP with PKR too weak to change the other 2 for endorsement with intent to grant the above 3 items with. Vote 3rd Force!

ARTICLE 5

GE13: ‘Mr Angry Bird’ to soar again if given chance – Saturday April 13, 2013

Loke wearing his ‘Angry Birds’ costume while posing next to a banner at his new service centre in Macallum Street, George Town. Loke wearing his ‘Angry Birds’ costume while posing next to a banner at his new service centre in Macallum Street, George Town.

GEORGE TOWN: Residents in the Pengkalan Kota state constituency will agree that Loke Poh Chye is “Mr Angry Bird”.

The Pengkalan Kota Barisan Nasional coordinator has capitalised on the game’s popularity when highlighting problems faced by the constituents since 2011. Hence, the Angry Bird tag has now become synonymous with him.

He said he had donned an Angry Birds costume, given to him by a Chinese press reporter, when opening his service centre in Macallum Street recently.

“The thought of using Angry Birds suddenly hit me because not only are the people angry but it also garners attention,” he said yesterday.

Loke, 65, said that the Angry Bird figures were even painted on banners whenever he carried out peaceful demonstrations.

“Every time we do that, the relevant authorities will respond and immediately take action,” he claimed.

He recalled one such protest in September 2011 at the Sri Saujana flats on Macallum Street Ghaut.

“We were protesting the delay in releasing the 348 vacant units there that were completed more than three years earlier,” he said.

“After our peaceful protest, action was taken.”

However, Loke said he preferred to sit down and resolve problems through discussions.

Loke, who is the Jalan Kuala Kangsar MCA branch chairman, said that he might not wear his costume at his ceramah if he was selected to contest in Pengkalan Kota.

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Lim the Liar Jr is playing fengshui with moi’s presence in the state. I hope this news gets out and the 99% votes someone who has not had more than 2 terms in to replace the nepotism liar creep. If LGE could have his way, so long as moi stays in the state, these flats would NEVER be released. So remember 99%ters when you get your units which person to target – the one who refused to release your units for his own spiritual greed creating a situation of homelessness and parasiting off that suffering. You see LGE has put a spiritual bounty on his own head after taking certain actions. Theft with the spiritual world  . . .  LGE is a Spiritual Criminal, and Ambiga who knows had some hand. See below excerpt  for an idea of how thick skinned some politicians have gotten and how exercising English language use has devolved into NLP exercises in word usage :

Crossroads

We have perfected Machiavellianism that lives in our world of Oriental Despotism (nepotism, term limitlessness, lies in election manifestos). We live in a mediated world – of truth no longer can be discerned, in a world of perception management wherein politics is so complex yet cannibalistic (exercising English language use with negativity in intent) . In our society lies Italy’s Mussolini and Germany’s Hitler and Japan’s Tojo; of hegemonisers, of annihilators, and Asian-looking imperators (this appears in the blog of the worst cases of term limitlessness and nepotism).

In these three-in-one deadly concoction of cultural contradictions lies the icing of the one-dimensionality of Malaysiana and that sloganism of ‘Truly Asia’ (Copycating is a form of murder, grow your own brain cells, think your own thoughts and help ensure democracy by condemning, instead of appearing in blogs of people like Lim the Liar Sr who cannot declare assets, cannot keep word on Local Council Elections and keeps family blocs in the CEC, destroys democracy via cult of personality ala North Korea who has not yet made critical transitions towards Kingship if they could, but DAP is a political party and if the CEC is run like a family business, there is no justification for DAP’s term limitless losers . . .  drop these losers Azly, and run against them as 3rd Force candidate if you can afford to!).

The show goes on (ONLY because the 99% do not drop the tterm limitless and nepotistic, only because Azly continue mindlessly fetting family blocs and their self serving democracy corrupting natures) . . .

Megatrends of madness, Part I – by Azly Rahman – Malaysiakini – Apr 8, 2013

We are at a critical juncture – at a dangerous crossroad of either a peaceful transfer of power or a descent into utter chaos. These few weeks we will see more drama unfolding – the ultimate aim is to win and win and win and kill and kill and overkill our critical sensibility. We have not recovered from the shock of a Sulu incursion and we are ill-prepared for a general election that is plagued with all kinds of issues from many angles and manifesting in all kinds of dimensions. This is our megatrend of madness.

Don’t get ‘Angry’, get even by running against all offending MP or Assemblyman candidates. More DAP inspired evil below :

Gambier Threat

ARTICLE 6

DAP told to attend ROS inquiry on April 18 – NEWS/COMMENTARIES – by Opalyn Mok, TMI – Saturday, 13 April 2013 Super Admin

DAP has been told to attend an inquiry by the Registrar of Societies (ROS) on April 18.

DAP national chairman Karpal Singh said the party received a letter from the ROS on April 9 instructing the party’s election returning officer Pooi Weng Keong and election strategist Ong Kian Ming to attend the inquiry as witnesses.

The inquiry, which will start at 10am, will be conducted by investigating officer Insp Mohd Nawawi Mat.

The inquiry is regarding the party polls in December last year where a ‘technical glitch’ occurred, resulting in an error in the vote count which saw none of the Malay candidates being elected into its central executive committee (CEC).

A recount was conducted which saw Zairil Khir Johari elected to the CEC where the actual votes received by him totalled 803 as compared to 305 in the erroneous results.

The whole CEC lineup remains unchanged despite the recount.

The party then conducted audits of the recount, led by Ong and also by an external chartered accountant firm, and confirmed the results of the recount as accurate and free from error.

This issue attracted criticisms from the party’s political foes and also from disgruntled members who filed complaints with the ROS.

“We have been requested to supply documents relating to the party elections including notices sent out to delegates during the inquiry,” Karpal said in a press conference at the Air Itam Market this morning.

“We will supply all the information and documents in support of the party elections in compliance with ROS,” he said.

He pointed out that the errors in the party polls were due to a technical glitch so there was no fraud or misrepresentation involved.

“There have been calls for DAP to be deregistered. The deregistration of a party is a serious matter,” he said.

He said the ROS may have the power to deregister a party but this can only be done after an in-depth investigation had been conducted and backed up by solid evidence.

“As the investigation falls on April 18, it is virtually impossible that they will make a decision before April 20, which is the nomination date, so the ROS should refrain from making decisions before then,” the incumbent Bukit Gelugor MP said.

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On technicality, the ROS could ask the voters in every district if they voted for DAP because of Local Council Elecetions and Asset Declarations and would like to withdraw their vote or call for re-election because DAP lied about these 2 issues. There should be BN citizens’ movements in every single DAP constituency to carry this action out even beofre GE13. I am sure more than a handful of DAP constituencies should want a by-election. BN however should expect that since BN has not even used that mandate to grant :

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

;that the voters may as well field independent candidates not from Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat as well. The Election Commission should do the democratic thing.

ARTICLE 7

Anwar changes tone on SAPP – NEWS/COMMENTARIES – by Queville To, FMT – Saturday, 13 April 2013 Super Admin

Hoping to capitalise on voter discontent in the state, the opposition leader now tells Sabah PR leaders to continue talking with Yong Teck Lee

KOTA KINABALU: In a surprise move, Pakatan Rakyat de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim re-opened the door for cooperation with the opposition Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP).

The opposition leader who is hoping to capitalise on voter discontent in the state, told Sabah PR leaders to continue talking with SAPP president Yong Teck Lee.

He said the gesture was in view of the fact that SAPP supports PR’s policy and leadership, unlike the Sabah State Reform Party (Sabah Star) which has always opposed the opposition.

He told reporters this during a press conference held at PPPS head Lajim Ukin’s residence in Likas, near here, on Friday.

Anwar’s change of tone came as a surprise to many as, only two weeks ago, he announced during his visit to Sabah that Pakatan Rakyat would not engage in any more talks with local opposition parties.

He charged that SAPP and Sabah STAR are untrustworthy and that PR would instead focus on solidifying its agenda in Sabah together with its local allies Pertubuhan Pakatan Perubahan Sabah (PPPS) and Angkatan Perubahan Sabah (APS).

Touching on Tuaran PKR chief Ansari Abdullah’s proposed candidates’, Anwar promised “it will be given a serious consideration”.

He said PKR deputy president Azmin Ali is in constant communication with Ansari on the matter and said that no public announcement would be made to avoid misunderstandings.

“We will take the proposal positively, especially with the discussions with APS and PPPS still ongoing. They are worried that their proposals are being ignored.

“But we never forget and ignore any proposals and suggestions. I have also told them that we will consider and we accept it as serious suggestions,” he said.

Unresolved issues

Ansari controversially announced that prominent surgeon and activist Dr Chong Eng Leong would be Pakatan’s candidate in Sepanggar, Mazhry Nasir (Putatan), Anthony Mandiau (Kota Marudu), Mursalim Tanjul (Kudat), Saidil Semoi (Kota Belud) and Jonathan Yassin (Ranau).

Anwar said the delay in announcing the Sabah PKR candidate line-ups for the 13th general election was due to “unresolved issues” and overlapping claims by Pakatan coalition parties in at least six state seats.

“The decisions (on candidacies) will be made by the state leaders, unless there is any conflict, then we (the top leaderships) will look into it. However, about 90% of the decision are made by the Sabah leadership.

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Anwar can go on and ‘consider’, meanwhile SAPP might as well take over all of East Malaysia and leave Peninsular Malaysia to form their own country. Meanwhile Najib appears to have failed to nail Anwar with Sedition for involvement in the Suluk sultanate issue. Perhaps the offering by Najib to Kiram was not a microstate centered around at very least, that Lahad Datu constituency Kiram wanted? Being generous here could help remove what is supposed to be the Opposition leader Anwar (frankly the value of Anwar as a political danger to Najib is far less than the value of a piece of Nusantara history and a colonial denunciation) . . .

ARTICLE 8

GE13: ‘Chinese can never control Parliament’ – Saturday, 13 April 2013 Super Admin

(The Star) – The Chinese will never be a dominant political force in Malaysia, even under Pakatan Rakyat, said PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu.

As both MCA and DAP would be vying for the limited number of Chinese-majority seats, they would only be eliminating each other, he said.

Only one would emerge winner in each seat, and the number of Chinese-majority seats remained the same, he added.

As such, it would be impossible for the Chinese to wield greater influence in Parliament, he said at a ceramah in Kupang on Thursday night.

It was Mohamad’s inaugural ceramah in Kedah after PAS announced him as its Pendang parliamentary candidate.

Mohamad also pointed out that Pakatan Rakyat fielded 23 more Malay Muslim candidates compared with Barisan Nasional in the 2008 general election.

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As mentioned elsewhere before, all 222 MPs can be Malays (as of now the minority MPs might as well be Malays and Muslims for not demanding the below listed 3 items) BUT Malaysia needs to grant :

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

;as well as what Muslims consider haram in appropriate districts, RLDs (like Adult Industry venues or even porn studios), OPZs, LGBT rights of association sexual fulfillment as well as no encroachment on minority lifestyles such as not blaring loudspeakers or arresting non-Muslims for Hudud issues, allowing appropriately distanced and numerous abbatoirs for haram meat, or breweries. For the Malays item 2 will be relevant BUT do not expect the minorities to stand up in any greater measure than for the above 3 items and freedoms or spaces for minority entertainment/association/expression districts. In fact no political power is needed with all of the above granted.

The minorities as is do not have any of the above and even education allotments, poverty eradication or aid type programmes are not even fair. THAT is the only reason why any minorities are in politics at all. The Chinese do not want to conrol Parliament, but will try to do so as long as the above are not granted. Remember though that in ASEAN overall, who’s boss, and that Malaysia is among the weaker of ASEAN members. Equality for the minorities please and stop saying how the Chinese can never control Parliament, they are interested in controlling the East and THAT includes Malaysia. The locals only ask for the above and would not care if 222 MPs were Malay, geopolitically, the Chinese and Indians are already de facto rulers of ASEAN, with Russian as a +1 of sorts able to take on all of ASEAN.

PAS will shield all from race clash, veep vows

http://www.malaysia-today.net/mtcolumns/newscommentaries/55878-pas-will-shield-all-from-race-clash-veep-vows

Fair and good enough for PAS to reassure, but ‘all’ (non-Muslims) will also need the above rights and venues including Malays themselves for apostasy without punitive treatment from PAS. Peacefulness without the above is not FUN and the while minorities do not doubt PAS’s common sense in ensuring peace, the minorities will not vote for PAS because the above FUN may not be allowed by PAS. Non-Muslims are not Muslims and have different ideas of fun, so PAS might not be voted anyway still.

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Only 1 or 2 individuals to contest two seats – Karpal assures – Friday, 12 April 2013 17:20

KUALA LUMPUR — The DAP will allow only one or two individuals to contest both parliamentary and state seats in the 13th General Election for strategic reasons, said its chairman Karpal Singh.

The party also has yet to finish the job of picking candidates and it will likely last up to the eve of nomination on April 20, he said.

The DAP’s candidates are selected by a four-man committee comprising Karpal Singh, advisor Lim Kit Siang, secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and party disciplinary chief Tan Kok Wai.

Karpal Singh told Bernama the committee met two days ago and among the matters discussed was the one-candidate-one-seat arrangement.

“Among the major issues discussed was who should be given the exception.There is still room until next week fur further deliberation on the candidates list”, Karpal Singh said, but did not elaborate.

– Bernama

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No half measures. This might as well be saying that only 1 or 2 individuals will be entirled to have MP’s in their families for all eternity. Either follow democratic principles or GTFO of Dewan. Might as well ‘rape’ a victim a little bit and see if that will stand in court as a non-sexual assault case. Skewed ethics from dirty lawyers posing as MPs corrupts the mindset of the voters. Karpal is destroying the nation because of a corrupted mindset.

ARTICLE 9

Grudge Match Shapes up in Key Malaysia State – by Chuin-Wei Yap, Wall Street Journal – NEWS/COMMENTARIES – Thursday, 11 April 2013 admin-s

Heavy campaign-related spending by the ruling National Front coalition in the opposition stronghold state of Penang has put the incumbent Democratic Action Party on the defensive ahead of Malaysia’s general and state elections on May 5.

Penang is a key electoral battleground. The northwestern state is the third-largest contributor to the national gross domestic output after Selangor and Johor. More importantly, the unprecedented win by the opposition of Penang five years ago marked a watershed decline in the ruling coalition’s fortunes there. Penang’s 13 seats out of 222 total in the Parliament may not be hefty in numbers, but the opposition’s five-year ascendancy has enabled it to showcase the state as an example of its policies in action to the national voter.

The DAP, which mainly draws support from the ethnic Chinese minority, said it expects the National Front to wage a bitter campaign to regain control of the state. Penang has emerged a big draw for investors, with many from China and Singapore snapping up luxury properties and companies like U.S. electronics manufacturer Bose and chip-maker Intel Corp. INTC +2.34% pledging cash to build hi-tech factories.

In recent months, the ruling coalition and its allies have financed a lavish round of goodies and giveaways in Penang. This has included a Lunar New Year concert by Korean “Gangnam Style” rapper Psy, organized by the Penang branch of the National Front. Opposition leaders say National Front allies are using their financial clout to invite Taiwanese and Hong Kong entertainers – playing to the state’s plurality of Chinese, an ethnicity that accounts for a quarter of Malaysia’s population – for a second concert in late April, though an official with the ruling coalition said the event hasn’t been confirmed yet.

The Malaysian Chinese Association, a member of the National Front, has also given out thousands of plush toys. Government-controlled newspapers have been printing the National Front’s election manifesto, and opposition leaders say non-governmental organizations allied to the National Front are handing out donations in a bid to shore up support.

Acknowledging that the DAP has been heavily outspent by the National Front on its home turf, DAP’s assistant national publicity secretary Zairil Khir Johari said Tuesday his party is counting on social media to narrow its financial disadvantage and court a critical segment of active voters.

Read more at: http://blogs.wsj.com/searealtime/2013/04/10/grudge-match-shapes-up-in-key-malaysia-state/

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Drop BOTH coalitions and then field yourselves as independents. Who needs the redistributed money of our own taxes from politicians to make the politicians look good, when by writing laws, planations, logging, land and other resources can be shared properly instead of being based around cronies for a ‘trickle down’ that will never occur? How many billion must an MP’s business crony be worth before they share their wealth? How many billionaires does Malaysia have while so many rot at the bottom of society never to have homes, starve, cannot pay TERTIARY education fees that should be made free? See all the billionaire plutocrat cronies, relatives and politicians? There is NO trickle down.

The 99% should run as independents and then write laws that distribute that plantation, tourist and mineral wealth – make education free. And 222 MPs have only colluded, not made wealth sharing possible. Vote only for 99% types! Any MP who is wealthy or had more than 2 terms or is nepotistic should not be voted for!

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Why is Guan Eng exempt from 1-candidate 1-seat rule? MCA slams LIM DYNASTY! – by  Tan Cheng Liang – Sunday, 14 April 2013 01:00

Remarks by DAP top gun Lim Kit Siang that the party will reduce the number of candidates running for both state and parliament constituencies to allow new blood smack of double standards as his son Lim Guan Eng is allowed to battle for both.

Although in principle, DAP says they will follow the 1-candidate-1-seat arrangement, Secretary General Guan Eng as DAP’s first Chief Minister will be the exception. Is this because he is privileged or that Penang DAP lacks talents to choose from?

Victims of the Lim Dynasty

Having exceptions to the 1-seat-1-candidate arrangement causes other potential DAP candidates to fall victim to the Lim dynasty. The paradox is that although DAP claims to build a democratic country with fair competition, over a long period of time, DAP has been under the hegemony of the Lim dynasty.

As Guan Eng has vested interests, therefore being entitled to enjoy privileges is in line with democracy and fair competition? DAP should specify which leaders are allowed to contest both state and Parliament seats. Set the rules clearly as to who can contest and who cannot and explain why a DAP member may or may not be a candidate.

Although the proposal of 1-candidate-1-seat was passed at the last DAP annual general meeting, without further details, the power holders can do whatever they want. Naturally, upcoming potentials who are not aligned with the Lim dynasty faction will be excluded.

Tan Cheng Liang
Wanita MCA Penang Chairman
Barisan Nasional Penang Publicity Chairman

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MCA speaks truly here, but one can only say, there are too many parallels within MCA that give no higher moral ground. Don’t call them a Dynasty, too much dignity, the Lims are a term limitless democracy destroying family bloc forming Political Junta, remember this term was coined by moi – and never vote for anyone that fits the above categories!

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Will KL remain Pakatan’s stronghold? – SPECIAL REPORTS – by Alyaa Azhar, FMT – Thursday, 11 April 2013 Super Admin

After winning 10 out of 11 parliamentary seats in the 2008 general election, can Pakatan Rakyat manage to achieve the same feat this time around

In the 2008 general election, Pakatan Rakyat was invincible in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur. The question both their supporters and BN are asking is, can they do it again?

Back in the 2008 general election, Pakatan Rakyat almost had a clean sweep, winning 10 out of the 11 parliamentary seats in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur. Of the 13 parliamentary seats in the Federal Territories, BN only managed to win Setiawangsa, Putrajaya, and Labuan.

Parliamentary seats in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur won by Pakatan were Bandar Tun Razak, Batu, Bukit Bintang, Cheras, Kepong, Lembah Pantai, Segambut, Seputeh, Titiwangsa and Wangsa Maju.

For the Bandar Tun Razak parliamentary seat, incumbent Selangor Menteri Besar and PKR’s Abdul Khalid Ibrahim defeated MCA’s Tan Chai Ho with a 2,515 majority while PKR’s Tian Chua defeated Gerakan’s Lim Si Pin for the Batu parliamentary seat with a 9,455 majority.

MCA’s Lee Chong Meng was defeated by DAP’s Fong Kui Lun with a 14,277 majority for the Bukit Bintang parliamentary seat and in Cheras, DAP’s Tan Kok Wai beat MCA’s Jeffrey Goh Sim Ik with a 28,300 majority.

DAP’s Dr Tan Seng Giaw defeated Gerakan’s Lau Hoi Keong with a 23,848 majority for the Kepong parliamentary seat while the Lembah Pantai seat was wrested from Umno’s Shahrizat Abdul Jalil with a 2,895 majority by PKR’s Nurul Izzah Anwar.

DAP’s Lim Lip Eng defeated Gerakan’s Ma Woei Chyi with a 7,732 majority for the Segambut parliamentary seat while DAP’s Teresa Kok defeated MCA’s Carol Chew with a whopping 36,492 majority.

The lone Kuala Lumpur parliamentary seat won by BN was through Umno’s Zulhasnan Rafique who defeated PKR’s Ibrahim Yaakob with a 8,134 majority, however, for the Titiwangsa parliamentary seat, PAS’ Dr Lo’lo’ Mohd Ghazali managed to defeat Umno’s Aziz Jamaluddin Mohd Tahir with a 1,972 majority.

Wee Choo Keong who contested on a PKR ticket won Wangsa Maju with a slim majority of 150 votes, defeating MCA’s Yew Teong Look. Wee became an independent in 2010.

In Labuan, Umno’s Yusof Mahal defeated independent Lau Seng Kiat with a 8,457 majority. For the Putrajaya parliamentary seat, Umno’s Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor defeated PAS’ Mohammad Nor Mohamad with a majority of 2,734 votes.

Although the Pakatan coalition won 10 out of 11 of the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur seats, BN is confident that other than defending the three seats won in 2008, they will manage to win more seats this coming election. These seats are, Lembah Pantai, Wangsa Maju, Bandar Tun Razak and Batu.

For the Lembah Pantai constituency, many have complained that Nurul Izzah has not been on the ground much.

Poised to wrest the seat from the incumbent MP would be Federal Territories and Urban Well-Being minister Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin.

Raja Nong Chik has conveyed his intention to contest for the Lembah Pantai seat if he were to be selected by the BN as its representative.

“I am confident of winning the seat based on my service record and relationships established over the past 25 years in the area, starting from my early days as an Umno Youth member,” he said.

As for the Wangsa Maju parliamentary seat, a three-cornered fight is expected to occur and although there has been talks that MCA is adamant with its choice of Yew Teong Look to contest, Umno’s Shafei Abdullah, who is also the prime minister’s political secretary, will most likely be fielded as the BN candidate.

Deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin recently hinted that Shafei will be fielded in the coming election.

“We want the rakyat to support whichever (BN) candidate. If Shafei becomes a candidate, okay. If any other candidate, that is also okay,” said Muhyiddin.

Shafei could find himself facing Dr Tan Kee Kwong, son of former Gerakan leader Dr Tan Chee Khoon, who is tipped to be PKR’s choice.

Incumbent independent MP Wee Choo Keong, on the other hand, is expected to defend his seat.

For the Bandar Tun Razak seat, Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim will be fielded again.

Insiders claim that Najib will be fielding one of his brothers for the seat. They said that it would be the brother with the least controversy.

Suffice to say that it would not be CIMB head Nazir nor Nazim who was linked to the Altantuya case, so that leaves either Johari or Nizam to stand as a candidate for the Bandar Tun Razak parliamentary seat.

There are also talks that MCA’s Kepong Task Force head Tan Kok Eng is likely to be fielded in Bandar Tun Razak. Kok Eng’s father Tan Chai Ho held the Bandar Tun Razak seat for three consecutive terms before losing to Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

Muhyiddin has also voiced his optimism in the BN wresting back the Batu parliamentary seat, based on the positive feedback from voters in the area, which is currently held by PKR vice-president Tian Chua.

He added that Batu residents have nothing to be proud of the incumbent MP who he said have made irresponsible and rude remarks about the national security force with regard to the Lahad Datu incursion.

The odds are also against Tian Chua who some widely regard as an “absentee MP”, because he is hardly seen on the ground.

Recently, PAS vice-president Husam Musa has been confirmed to contest for the Putrajaya parliamentary seat and is expected to face incumbent MP and Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

The former Salor assemblyman acknowledged that it would not be an easy task for him to take on Tengku Adnan, describing the latter as a great strategist.

For the Titiwangsa seat, there is a 50% chance for both sides of the political divide, since the passing of Dr Lo’lo’, a hard working MP who was much loved by her constituents, PAS has been struggling to maintain her legacy.

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How about NO STRONGHOLDS and always term limits for ALL MPs and Assemblymen. After 2 terms, everyone on tax payer money salaries especially MPs to the tune of 23K monthly can GTFO so that all other Malaysians have a chance to write policy and earn that salary 250K+ per year. In fact no coalition or political party should be allowed to hold any seat or state too long. We end up with a false sense of entitlement and satrapy mindset that degeneratees into dictatorships and familyblocs like in Lim the Liars’ DAP CEC or PKR’s Anwarista nonsense and clique politics that lead to free market destroying plutocrat 1% problems, and plutocrat collusion that destroys unity and nation in the end. BN has been around too long, but Pakatan is no better as a replacement because of severe nepotism and term limitlessness issues.

The 99% should vote for 3rd Force and never again allow any politician to be MP or Assemblyman to be in power for more than 2 terms – that refuse lowering election deposits so everyone can participate as candidates in elections, but ask for 750K funerals and lie about Local Council elections or be unable to declare assets while being term limitless and nepotistic and asking for raises for salaries on YOUR tax monies to the tune of 250+K a year and yet refuse minimum wage of 900 a month in collusion with big business! Vote for 99%ters who have had not a single term in power! 3rd Force should remove all term limitless MP coalitions that refuse 2nd liner participation in policy making and naton building, and absolutely refuse the 99% from participating at all!

Meanwhile these politicians invade thoughts and minds with high technology companies, and further enslave the 99%. NEVER EVER vote for such entrenched more than 2 term politicians ever again! Want a better life? Remove all MPs and distribute unused state land and distribute the wealth from forestries, plantations and other tourism infrastructure which belong to everyone! Trash the damn enslavement system and do audits on technology Ministries, curb the powers of Technocrats and their neurotech Satellite cellphone tech. Want freedom and to never work a single day of your life hereon? Remove all term limitless plutocrats from MP and Assemblyman posts and write laws that distribute the wealth generated from the above that only a handful of cronies and the 222 MPs themselves are getting and so remain content to keep arguing meaninglessly about while remaining term limitless on YOUR tax monies at a 23K level! 1 term gives 1+ million and in 50 years instead of having 1 multi-millionaire plutocrat politician with 10 million, we might as well have 10 modestly wealthy millionaires worth 1 million who have been MPs or Congressmen so that the people have more choices to run to for advice if anything goes wrong with the system. A single plutocrat multitermer is more dangerous and easier to bribe or target for subversion as opposed to 10 former-Congressmen or former-MPs. Term limitlessness kills democracy and emboldens towards nepotism which becomes neo-feudalism!

Stop voting the same self serving idiots who never improve laws or improve wealth distribution again and again! There is only one thing to do, NEVER vote for these family blocs and Political Satrapies that dare think the 99% is gong to give their family bloc crony plutocrats that cannot declare assets any strongholds! The whole of Malaysia is every citizen’s stringhold and 222 MPs are creating crony capitalism so that the 99% are enslved, compounded by OSA (what are military acquisitions ACTUALLY worth or does all that ‘Official Secret’ status mean out of several billion or 10s of billions cronies and ministers or bureaucrats get commissions up to 30% or more? And the MPs dare not declare assets especially Pakatan’s term limitless nepotists after promising to do so? VOTE THE BASTARDS OUT!), ISA and Neurotech! Stop voting both BN and Pakatan plutocrats or family blocs or revoting anyone wh has had more than 1 term as MP or Asseblymen  (aka yourselves instead of plutocrats and instead of nepotists or instead of termlimitless)! Vote the 99% 3rd Force!

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Pity Soi Lek to be the first MCA president not to be fielded – April 14, 2013

DAP stalwart said that he ‘pities’ MCA chairman Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek after he confirmed that he won’t be contesting in the upcoming general elections.

Kit Siang said that he has the greatest sympathy and pity for Dr Chua who had to declare that he won’t be contesting and became the first MCA president who will not be fielded in the polls. He said this after Dr Chua said that he is not contesting in the May 5 polls to show that he is all about serving the party and not in for power like all other leaders before him.

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This political animal has no finesse and sense of term limits, but MCA President Chua who is being a gentleman and not being ‘kia see’ and ‘kia boh’ like Lim Kit Siang, more so since the old dictator and GE12 liar has had far too many terms. Such a thick skin and attacking Chua Soi Lek as well? Talk about uneducated and shameless (lies about asset declarations, lies about Local Council Elections, lies about GE12 Election manifestos etc..)

Chua Soi Lek not standing for election is very democratic and a show of statesmanship, that helps prevention of conflict of interest, distributive of political power – is praiseworthy and ethical in politics! This of course is something a term limitless nepotistic and undemocratic Mubarak/AliSalleh/Gadafi type like the pitiful Lim Kit Siang will never understand.

People that can fight in and cause race riots will never understand what Chua Soi Lek is doing or the mindset being propagated by such a simple action. Conversely Chua Soi Lek has never challenged apartheid either but can only be pitiful for not fighting for equality being in BN, not daring to chaallenge BN despite the fact that China could take on the whole of ASEAN diplomatically, financially and militarily! With such power behind the Chinese community in Malaysia and Chua Soi Lek not asking for :

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

;is the only thing what Chua Soi Lek is pitiful and deserves sympathy about. Not running for MP allows other MCA grassroots and 2nd liners a chance to buld nation gives the practicioner of ‘Wuwei’ dignity, not rushing into the fray like fresh faced politician who has never had a single term in any seat before.

However a term llimitless nepotist who prevents his own party members’ 2nd liners and other youngsters from having a chance at nation building is the pitiful one that deserves sympathy. Even Mahathir has chosen the elder statesman’s route by quitting politics (unless this Henry Kissinger designated “racist” flip-flops), Chua Soi Lek as well, 2 terms then GTFO! Meanwhile, Chua Soi Lek really should demand EQUALITY and stop playing 2nd fiddle, when in fact the Chinese Community should be lording over UMNO along with MIC because China and India are the defactor superpowers of ASEAN and unstoppable together. Why should the minorities watch Chua Soi Lek accept 2nd class citizenship or not challenge apartheid in Malaysia? At very least demand equality, and that is what may kill BN in GE13 or any near future politics.

Vote for 3rd Force instead voters! BN has the mandate to grant the 3 items but does not, Pakatan Rakyat is run by clique based 3rd world nepostists who do not understand term limits or democratic princples Chua Soi Lek has shown here – Chua has had more than 2 terms, long overdue – but Lim the Liar Sr coninues to destroy democracy. Democracy is not about many terms, democracy is about policy and stepping aside like gentlemen after their 2 terms.

Pity Yourself Liar Lims!, Statesmanship and Mature Democracy Hampered by 99% infected by Cult of Personality, will destroy Malaysia, destroy the ethics of all DAP members who do not try to kick these term limitless nepotistic liars out of the DAP CEC !

ARTICLE 12

GE13: End of an era  – SPECIAL REPORTS – Monday, 15 April 2013 Super Admin

This election the country might bid farewell to leaders like Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (87 years old), Lim Kit Siang (72 years old), Karpal Singh (72 years old), Datuk Seri Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat (82 years old), Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu (77 years old), Tun Musa Hitam (78 years old) and Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (76 years old).

Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani, fz.com
THIS coming general election we will probably witness the climactic end to the career of politicians that have coloured and shaped the country’s politics as we know it today.

Leaders who have flushed the country’s newspaper headlines and stirred public imagination with their unmistakable quotes.

Politicians of conviction and not consensus, as the late Margaret Thatcher had described herself.

This could also be used to describe these politicians who never minced their words regardless of how ridiculous they may have sounded to the common people.

Charismatic leaders who were puppet masters, able to tug at the heart and emotions of the rakyat with their oratory masterpieces.

The country’s political sentiments have been swayed and anchored by these stalwarts of Malaysian politics and torchbearers of public opinion.

My generation, my father’s generation and grandfather’s generation have seen these leaders gun-slinging against one other with their quick and sharp retorts.

This election the country might bid farewell to leaders like Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (87 years old), Lim Kit Siang (72 years old), Karpal Singh (72 years old), Datuk Seri Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat (82 years old), Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu (77 years old), Tun Musa Hitam (78 years old) and Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (76 years old).

With most of the leaders well into their 70s, it is hardly likely the country will see them campaigning in the 14th general election.

These leaders’ personas reflected the country’s state of political maturity at a time when the nation was still looking for direction and identity.

A country that was still learning how to breathe and considered as a backwater of the region.

A country of farmers and fishermen, rubber and tin.

Fifty-seven years later, these leaders still dominate the nation’s politics but the country is no longer a blip between Singapore and Thailand.

The country is no longer black or white but black and white, with an emergence of a grey area.

The country is no longer divided into distinct racial or religious silos but united in their economic hardship.

The rakyat is slowly realising that their loyalty is not for any political party but to themselves and their future.

Politics in Malaysia is slowly becoming about the people and no longer about the political parties and its personalities.

Loyalty has often been used by politicians in the post-colonial era to divide and conquer but it is time that we move forward.

As the country turns a new chapter with polling day next month, both Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Nasional will introduce new candidates as both try to reach out to the 3.7 million new voters who had never experienced the hardship of the pre-Merdeka generation.

The next five years, we will see who among the new leaders will able to take up the mantle from the old guards and drive their parties forward.

These leaders will determine which political party will survive or slowly disappear into the history books.

We need leaders who are not looking to blow their own trumpet but able to articulate and intelligently discuss issues that affect the people.

We need thinking leaders and not only preachers.

It will be interesting to see which leaders will be pushed into the upper echelons of their party leadership.

Will it be leaders like Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, Tony Pua, P Kamalanthan, Gan Ping Sieu, Rafizi Ramli, or Salahuddin Ayub?

Malaysia will decide.


written by wangi, April 16, 2013 06:09:12
“We, the undersigned, appeal to Parti Keadilan Rakyat for Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to be given a state seat in Selangor to contest.”

This would surely be the most stupid petition one can ever think of. She is the party president and if she wants a seat, she should know how to get a seat without help from anyone. Are you people trying to insult Wan Azizah by implying that she is a mere useless figure head president with no power and no credibility?

Do you bunch of clowns think that if Najib, Chua Soi Lek, Hadi Awang, Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guan Eng wants a seat, they need a petition from their supporters to help them get a seat?

If you people want so much for Wan Azizah to contest, change the petition to something more meaningful, such as:-

“We, the undersigned, appeal to Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to contest a state seat in Selangor.”


written by Lord Jim, April 16, 2013 03:57:04
Why are you deadbeats so keen Wan gets some respect now and deserves a seat to contest just because she is “president” of the PKR, etc?

Is it because she dresses like a nun?

Whatever you bleat will never be up to you, it is up to those who actually rule the PKR, your wish (and petition) will be ignored – unless you are someone like LKS who can shove Anwar aside, order him around and get Jui Meng pushed to Segamat-where?

Like Wan, all you clueless fairy tale and Anwar myth worshippers are just to be used and expendable, when are you monkeys going to learn anything about your self-respect – just when do you want to wake up and grab back your will from Herr Anwar and his cohort?

If Anwar cannot do anything for Jui Meng, his “vice president”, he cannot do anything for you monkeys!

Wan has to fight for herself. And I have to say she wasted her life in the background with her own intrigues for “G*d’s gift”


written by enikalila, April 16, 2013 01:39:25
By RIGHT (as a Party President), by CHOICE (a winnable candidate anywhere) and by LOGIC (common sense), Kak Wan shd b a DUN CANDIDATE. She very much wanted to continue serving as a YB n ALL PR SUPPORTERS want her to b a candidate in d election. As d Party President n command a high popularity within d party, she can overule Azmin’s decision (anytime) of dropping her out even if he is d Selangor Director of Operation. If it was Anwar’s own decision (which is very very STRANGE n ILLOGICAL), as a wife n as d LADY that has always stand besides him through thick n thin, she can ‘politely beg’ him n Anwar has NO REASON (even NO LOCUS STANDI) not to give in….. UNLESS IF IT IS AZMIN THAT MAKE ANWAR DO SO. Dont u think this is very highly probable??? This Azmin can be d No.2 was all due to Anwar, NOT thru his popularity. This issue sounds n looks very much FISHY. Anwar had SOMETHING to hide n Azmin is holding d secret??? It will make ppl believe ……


written by JJFoo, April 16, 2013 00:06:35
In time of need, Wan Azizah hold the fort for her husband and now she has to appeal for a seat to contest in GE13. Lets appeal on behalf of Wan Azizah but remember to make Anwar pays for this cold hearted maneuver. Anwar is going pay dearly.

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This is so stupid. These 2 share the same bed as married couples do and the people who even think like this forget that blood is thicker than water. That is why nepotism is so offensive in politics.

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written by periscope, April 15, 2013 23:28:25

“written by moya, April 15, 2013 22:57:58
WHAT KIND OF PARTY PRESIDENT IS THIS? If the PRESIDENT does not command her own party, GET LOST! IDIOT! Why are the public asked to cry for PKR President to have a bloody seat? It does not make any sense at all! President with no power.” I can’t help sharing the same feelings with Moya. Wan Azizah has herself to blame. Why the hell do we need to sign a petition for the President of a political party to contest a seat? Is she not woman enough to call the shots?

OMG I can’t believe this. President is supposed to be above the rubbish of politics, to arbitrate. A president if involved cannot aprbitrate. Wan’s non-presence is statesmanship, @moya cannot think like Wan Azizah is to act as a political animal. There MUST be 3 groups : the fronline MPs, the ex-MPs, the Committee AND ALL cannot be held by 1 to prevent conflict of interest. Aa for . . . Why are the public asked to cry for PKR President to have a bloody seat? . . . the saddest case will be that Wan Azizah or the above the political animal types have pre-planned this graceful bowing out so that Wan cn continue gracefilly as if the party would tear apart. Meaning Wan Azizah IS a plitical animal after all. If not, thenh Wan Azizah will EDUCATE the PKR members on the principles of this response-post.


written by @baboodin, April 15, 2013 22:57:52
This lady can contest anywhere and a sure win candidate so she should be count as one.

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Wan sure can insist on being fielded, but to do so would not to be a ‘lady’ anymore but a mere political animal. There is no way to pretend nepotism or family blocs of multiple posts does not harm the ethics of a political party or creates feudalism out of a nation. That is why people end up sliding towards the lowest common denominator of bribery and in the end resort to physical violence or riots – without guidance or from being in the mess there is no end to the vicious cycle of term limitlessness and nepotism compounded by the power to write laws that allow the same and even allow MPs to demand 750K funerals or 23K per month salaries while refusing a 900 minimum wage.
Conflict of interest multiple roles, nepotism and term limitlessness **IS** POLITICAL VIOLENCE and only the intellectually inclined who are emotionally sensitive enough ALSO ethical and principled enough, will see this fact and have a chance to become statesmen instead of mere political animals. This is not to say political animals cannot succeed, but would a Mahathir corrupted and bribed type of government where family blocs exist in political parties and government be a country Malaysians want to live in? With too much representation and power with satrapies and so-called strongholds forming, a nation will even become a police state via Orwellian laws and eventually a Military Junta when people refuse to abide Orwellian laws and resort to riots. POLITICALLY Civilised or POLITICALLY barbaric can thus be projected without a single act of physical violence and Wan Azizah if scrabbling with the 2nd liners for MP posts especially when having had 2 terms already reduces statesmanship into political greed.

So think nepotism and term limitlessness then consider how PAP of Singapore has control but only because they use protection racket style methods formed around laws and cause legal attacks on freedoms. Even then the populace will tolerate these people no more, especially when the threat of neurotech and Satellite cellphone tech can be used to influence minds with sub-aural or subliminal broadcasts to brainwash via sound or NPPs and NLPs to brainwash citizens on their daily going-abouts. The 99% need to do a technology audit of all relevant ministries and there is no way under either BN or Pakatan rakyat that the 99% will be let free from computer databases that are scanning and can likely control them with cellphone towers.

Pakatan has indulged in near 90% of the rubbish above detailed and only dares not use pure thuggery for fear that BN will be emboldened to do the same. That is where the dual coalition country is important or even better 3 coalitions (3rd Force), or as many coalitions as possible so that instead of attacking the 99% populace, they will be watching their own backs against themselves – in which case nepotism and term limitlessness will be the only issue for the 99% to watch out against. The easiest way is to not vote plutocrats or family blocs and Wan Azizah is guilty on 3 out of 4 points if Wan Azizah challenges after 2 terms in power. To step aside is very appropriate and politially savvy even though direct political power is given up. Far too long in power anyway, the damage done by Wan Azizah has been immeasurable. Now we need to deal with the more than 2 terms family members Nurul and Anwar as well. What unthinking members PKR has to not be offended by these family bloc sorts. As earlier mentioned, better late than never. Grow up politically and democratically you Malays! And grant the below 3 items faster or even endorse faster than BN has :

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

;BN has the mandate to grant the above but does not. Why BN? Why lose GE13 and let Pakatan Rakyat destroy Malaysia later?

ARTICLE 13

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PAP in Singapore looks increasingly likely as being among the forces causing apartheid in Malaysia.

ARTICLE 14

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Malaysia Today hammers LGBT community – quietly.

ARTICLE 15

Taliban a la Malaysia – by TAY TIAN YAN (Sin Chew Daily) – Translated by DOMINIC LOH –  2013-04-18 17:34

Now Michelle Yeoh and Eric Moo get the blasts.

All because they are going to attend the Dinner With PM in Selangor and a 1Malaysia event in Penang, earning them the names of “stooges,” “traitors” and ‘spies'”

Michelle Yeoh is the pride of Malaysia. No other Malaysians, Chinese Malaysians in particular, have shone this brightly on the international arena, while Eric Moo has been internationally acclaimed for his talents in musical creations and stage performances.

If any foreigner has come to the knowledge that some of the people of a country would abhor and trample with such intensity their compatriots just because of their self-centred political stand, I am afraid they will try to steer clear of this country for the sake of their own safety.

This is extremism the Taliban style, or cruelty characterising the most primitive of African tribes. But unimaginably such oddities take place right here in Malaysia, a country that has worked so hard to position itself as a mild, moderate, liberal and civilised state.

If this is what we call democracy, I cannot help but to feel sorry for this kind of democracy. If this is what we call freedom, then I’m afraid we will need to mourn the passing of real freedom.

Conducting senseless persecutions and threatening others holding dissident beliefs in the name of democracy and liberty are very much acts of dictatorial populism.

I have always been thinking that we should assess artistes based merely on their artistic talents, not ideological affinity.

In the past, we disapproved of PAS’ moves to mobilise its followers to boycott the shows of Elton John and Beyoncé Knowles because of their own religious values. In a similar manner, when the government blocked the concerts of Aril Lavigne and Erykah Badu, many stood up and protested: “You don’t want to see, but that doesn’t mean you should stop others from seeing.”

This is the fundamental respect for democracy and liberty.

While you have every right to defend your religion, you cannot stop other people from embracing theirs. You can support a political party of your choice, but you cannot assail others for their political affiliations.

You can stay away from the Dinner With PM, but you cannot stop others from attending it, or humiliate Michelle and Eric.

You choose to stay away, but that does not mean you are right or more righteous and noble. The only reason you don’t attend is because you hold different political stand from other event participants.

Taliban denies education for women, so they wanted to gun down female education activist Malala Yousafzai. And because Taliban endures no other religions, they blasted the Buddha statues in Bamiyan. And also because Taliban wants to erect the most puritanistic religious society, they would exterminate anyone disagreeing with them.

A certain group of people in our Chinese community, while not embracing the same religion as the Taliban, carry out their operations in an unmistakable Taliban fashion.

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Tay has always been on the right side of ambivalent until now. Tacit approval of APARTHEID by showing up at the racist BN’s political party means Michelle has given tacit approval for apartheid. This is similar to Psy but worse because Psy is not even Malaysian and just erely greedy also dared refuse to have dinner (though Psy was by technicality committed to do that – Psy has pride for North East Asia). But Michelle who probably is a white English stooge out to help oppress the Chinese, has shown Michelle’s true and ugly colours. The hardest message and helpful raising of the Chinese dignity and daring to oppose apartheid by BN was sold the instance Michelle chose to appear with BN’s apartheid state and Tay also exposed that lapdog side so carefully hidden by Tay from supporting Michelle.

i) Not ideological affinity?

2nd class citizenship is a human rights abuse, and sellout Michelle has become Malaysia’s and England’s worst Auntie Tom. GTFO of Malaysia Michelle. The Chinese community of non-lapdogs are ashamed of you!

ii) You choose to stay away, but that does not mean you are right or more righteous and noble. The only reason you don’t attend is because you hold different political stand from other event participants.

Hold different political stand? Apartheid is NOT a stand at all.

iii) Taliban denies education for women, so they wanted to gun down female education activist Malala Yousafzai. And because Taliban endures no other religions, they blasted the Buddha statues in Bamiyan. And also because Taliban wants to erect the most puritanistic religious society, they would exterminate anyone disagreeing with them.

Out of context. And Michelle and Eric are indeed exterminated but by Michelle’s and Eric’s own hand. Anyone who tacitly approves a population under political duress like Malaysian minorities by appearing with pro-Apartheid BN deserves condemnation. Michelle has no future as the face of the minority. And by proxy when Michelle Yeoh allows herself to be used by apartthied BN and speaks for all minorities as if there was no apartheid in Malaysia, fully expect the condemnations to begin and never end. Tay is too stupid to defend Michelle’s indefensible position. Here’s a chance for these 2 to slam apartheid in Malaysia and they just cop out. Don’t be dazzled by stars or be pretentiously supportive of a pro-racism coalition Tay, reflects on either your principles or intelligence.

13 Articles From Malaysia : Slight Malaysian Moves Against Term Limitlessness Begin Surprisingly From Wan Azizah (hope this is not another flip flop), Pot Calling Kettle Black, Karpal’s Duplicity For Nepotism, Wan Azizah Begins Graduating to Status of Elder Stateswoman (Drop the Presidency too to truly be an Elder Stateswoman . . . 2 terms already!), Teaching MCA and DAP’s ‘Never Address Equality/Apartheid’ Leaders A Lesson, Drop the Last of the Family Blocs in PKR – Indians Could Go Independent As Candidates Instead of Asking Anything, KL is for Everyone – No Political Party of Coalition Owns Any Stronghold 99% Owns Country, Wan Azizah Does A Democratic Action After Years – Removes Term Limitless MB, 7 DAP Turncoats To Democracy Should Go Independent NOT Join Pro-Apartheid BN, Hindraf Outs Pakatan As Pro-Apartheid, Dropped Candidates Will Do Far More Than Sulk 24 Hours – Form A 3rd Force And Teach CECs a Lesson In Democracy (Though the Plutocrat, Nepotist and Term Limitless Can Expect the 99% to Drop Them Instead Even if Independent!), Orang Asli Should Have 50% Disbursement Rights At Very Least, Hadi Hides behind Undemocratic Aspects Granted the Ruler’s Collective Instead of Asking for Amendments To The Same – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 12th April 2013

In Apartheid, ASEAN, Bumiputera Apartheid, ethics, LGBT, Malay, Malaysia, nepotism, Plutocracy, politics, psychiatry, religion, socialism, true democracy, wealth distribution on April 12, 2013 at 7:33 pm

ARTICLE 1

Many ministers not to contest in upcoming election – NEWS/COMMENTARIES – Tuesday, 09 April 2013 admin-s

Sin Chew Daily learned that a number of BN senior ministers have been informed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak that they would not be fielded to contest in the upcoming general election, including Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim and Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen.

In addition to ministers, some Umno senior leaders would also not to contest this time, including former Wanita Umno chief Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz and incumbent Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon has said earlier that he has no intention to contest and Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui is also firm about not contesting. As for Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, he is expected to give up contesting for a parliament seat and move to a state seat, paving way for him to take over as Mentri Besar of Johor.

If Khaled leaves the Pasir Gudang parliamentary constituency, he is expected to consider contesting for the Tiram state seat.

A source told Sin Chew Daily that many ministers have received calls from the Prime Minister, informing them of being replaced by fresh candidates or candidates with greater winning odds.

Nor Mohamed is the incumbent Tasek Gelugor MP. He was the prior Minister of Finance II and later became a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, in charge of Economic Planning Unit.

He was intended to seek for re-election but due to the deterioration of local Umno infighting, there are voices opposing him. Former Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Seri Mohd Shariff Omar hopes to return to Tasek Gelugor this time.

Shariff Omar is an experienced leader of Penang Umno. He served as the Tasek Gelugor MP for three terms and he had also been a state assembly member for three terms. Under the strong attack of Pakatan Rakyat in Penang, he is seen as the candidate with the highest winning odds.

In addition, Rais Yatim, who had taken the post of Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar, would not be contesting, too. It might be the end of his political career.

Rais Yatim is a veteran leader in Umno. He had taken a few ministerial posts, including the Minister in the Prime Minister in charge of legal matters. He had experienced ups and downs, including a political downturn during the 1987 party crisis.

He defeated PAS’ candidate with 11,610 majority votes in the 2008 general election.

As for Ng Yen Yen, she might be forced to abdicate due to the Raub cyanide gold mining and ministry issues. Although she is the only woman vice president of the MCA, she is still unable to resist the opposition voices.

It is learned that Pandan MP Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat has obtain the Prime Minister’s blessings to seek for reelection in the Pandan parliamentary constituency.

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i) Sin Chew Daily learned that a number of BN senior ministers have been informed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak that they would not be fielded to contest in the upcoming general election, including Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim and Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen.

Good riddance. These are mostly cronies and cults of personalities, not people who amend or improve laws or the system much less even study the same. The country gets worse with people who are cronies.

ii) Shariff Omar is an experienced leader of Penang Umno. He served as the Tasek Gelugor MP for three terms and he had also been a state assembly member for three terms. Under the strong attack of Pakatan Rakyat in Penang, he is seen as the candidate with the highest winning odds.

NO. Thats 4 terms too many that another UMNO second liner could have had an opportunity to particpate that this guy has prevented from taking part in nation building, not that Shariff is known for forwarding any interesting new ills or amendments by. UMNO is undemocratic but here we have a mindless fetting of an undemocratic candidate.

iii) Rais Yatim is a veteran leader in Umno. He had taken a few ministerial posts, including the Minister in the Prime Minister in charge of legal matters. He had experienced ups and downs, including a political downturn during the 1987 party crisis.

This guy thinks occasionally but always for the wrong non-Human Rights Charter issues rather than against. Bad company makes bad Ministers . . .

iv) It is learned that Pandan MP Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat has obtain the Prime Minister’s blessings to seek for reelection in the Pandan parliamentary constituency.

In a democracy, an MP would go independent, not justify more than 2 terms by hiding behind the Prime Minister. The whole concept of ‘asking permission’ in a democracy is so alien and undemocratic to the educated, that even with a degree in engineering, Ong Tee Keat doesn’t appear to understand democracy at all. Of course given that Ong has had more than 2 terms already speaks volumes, would Pandan like an independent 3rd force candidate (perhaps another Engineer who DOES understand democracy means equality) instead of Ong AGAIN who’s tacit approval of apartheid via refusal to use that MP’s immunity to challenge apartheid is so glaringly obvious, that having so many terms in office doesn’t seem to awaken a sense of democracy in Ong that 2 classes of citizens is untenable by Human Rights or UNHCR principles?

What a ‘Dewan of Horrors’ Malaysia’s Parliament is . . . 99%ters, ready to challenge all term limitless, apartheid accepting, nepotistic MPs at once? Lets make this square whole! Vote for yourselves as 3rd Force for :

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

;so that people like vehicle 8007 won’t get enough work or contracts to take loans for half-million+ duplexes that they can harrass activists living in rent district houses separated by a mere 5 feet wide gardens from. That goes for Old Hag Voice ‘Stay’ at Unit No.5 too. To never have met people that keep attacking others for what is supposed  to be democratic freedom of speech is a ‘Truly Malaysian’ mental illness. Unfortunately the illegal psychiatrists funded by illegal cults have run circles around beneficiary of nepotism CM who asks for 750K funerals. This one’s for FREEDOM OF SPEECH in Malaysia! Guss who is mentally ill? F—ing neighbours and groups of people swarming like 3rd world pariahs who do not even understand democracy!

ARTICLE 2

Sound bites not enough, Anwar tells Najib: Copycat BN manifesto lacks spirit of REFORM – by  Anwar Ibrahim – Monday, 08 April 2013 08:36

On behalf of KEADILAN, I welcome the launch of the Barisan Nasional Manifesto which took place with much glitter and fanfare Saturday night, ahead of the nomination day. As generally acknowledged, Pakatan Rakyat clearly has the upper hand for launching its Manifesto for the 13th General Election (GE13) much earlier on 25 February 2103, blazing the trail of a healthy political competition landscape.

I wish to congratulate Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak and Barisan Nasional for demonstrating openly their “endorsement” of Pakatan Rakyat’s initiatives and proposed measures of late. We are really flattered that even the theme of the Barisan Nasional Manifesto i.e. “Bringing Hope”, (Membawa Harapan) bears a striking resemblance to “Pakatan the People’s Hope” (Pakatan Harapan Rakyat).

Sound bites not enough, Najib

Nevertheless, while labels are good as sound bites, I am convinced that political competition in particular during the election campaign period must revolve around policy matters and the people’s programmes, apart from issues of the candidate’s credibility and track record. As has been stressed by Pakatan Rakyat all along, the contest of ideas and policies should rightly be taken to a higher level through open debates that can be witnessed by the public in mainstream media to enable fair assessment by the people from all walks of life.

In this regard, Dato’ Seri Najib’s refusal to take up this challenge to a public debate on policies has greatly blemished his image as a credible leader and dampened the legitimate people’s expectations of a healthy political competition culture through a spirited discourse on issues and policies.

Barisan Nasional’s persistent disregard for ethics and best practices of a caretaker government was further made obvious in last night’s launching of their manifesto which was broadcast live via the nation’s television and radio networks while Pakatan Rakyat’s rights to such media space have been denied. This constitutes a blatantly unfair electoral practice and an outrageous misuse of public resources by a caretaker government.

Nevertheless, I remain resolved to ensure that the GE13 will be a battleground for the contest of ideas and policies within the framework of achieving healthy political competition. I have perused the BN Manifesto and will present KEADILAN’s relevant views from time to time. I have also directed KEADILAN’s policy team to fully review it and present their feedback by tomorrow, 8 April 2013.

In general, I am not convinced that the BN Manifesto can comprehensively resolve the people’s economic, political and social concerns and move the Malaysian economy forward to the next level of development. Much to the chagrin of the people, the most obvious absence in the BN Manifesto is the spirit of reforms which is crucial to rehabilitate and reconstitute the current absolutely outdated system with a lot of defects and malfunctions.

Let me reiterate the failure of the Barisan Nasional’s policy framework in recognising the importance of broad-based and holistic reforms from the socio-economic, structural, institutional, political, governance and law perspectives. In fact, Dato’ Seri Najib still has not got it: Without a comprehensive reform agenda, efforts to raise Malaysia’s long-term competitiveness globally to be on par with other developed nations will be constantly constrained.

Half-baked, no new ideas and zero details

The BN Manifesto also lacks new ideas and is very short on details since many programmes have been rehashed and repackaged into something with a new look, in contrast to our People’s Manifesto. More than 90% of the programmes listed are already known to the people and remain too general and lacking in specifics.

The absence of fresh ideas was so disastrous that Dato’ Seri Najib had to swallow the bitter pill and plagiarise Pakatan Rakyat’s proposals to be incorporated into the BN Manifesto in particular the lowering of car prices through a gradual elimination of excise duties by revamping the National Automotive Policy; issuance of individual taxi permits directly to taxi drivers and the price uniformisation of basic necessity items nationwide, one of major issues for the people in Sabah and Sarawak.

It is clear that the BN Manifesto is half-baked and borne out of desperation while ours was crafted based on a sincere and earnest desire to alleviate the burden of the people. Committed to a taxation system which is fair and just as proposed by Pakatan Rakyat, I am convinced that what the people want eventually is a total abolition of car excise duties. As such, up to a 30% reduction as promised in the BN Manifesto is too little and too late.

The people can no longer be bought

The BN Manifesto is still cast in the perverse and outdated belief that the hearts and minds of the people can be bought. The major thrust of the Barisan Nasional campaign whether in the form of existing initiatives or manifesto offerings centres on the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) which is to be upgraded into an annual payment of RM1,200 for families and RM600 for those unmarried.

This proposal will cost RM7.2 billion a year that I am certain will continue to rise every year, consistent with the natural population growth and the Barisan Nasional’s constant failure to increase the household income beyond the qualification levels of RM3,000 for families and RM2,000 for unmarried individuals.

While I am not against any measures that will bring financial relief to the people, direct transfer payments such as the BR1M, Baucar Buku 1Malaysia dan Bantuan Persekolahan as contained in the BN Manifesto clearly constitute a short-term economic policy measure akin to vote buying without any solid proposals to solve the people’s fundamental socio-economic problems for the long-term (such as monopolies which cause market distortions and price hikes; wastages, leakages and corrupt practices in public finance management that reduce allocations to enhance the people’s well-being as well as other lopsided, oppressive and discriminatory public policies).

Sadly, these costly cash handouts will prove to be an economic policy failure without effectively liberating the people from the shackles of economic hardship in the long run while increasing the burden on the nation’s coffers every year. I am concerned that if this culture of overdependence continues over several decades, all efforts to boost the country’s productivity, value-add and competitiveness will be meaningless.

Corruption – it all boils down to political will

Proposed measures of war against corruption to eventually weed it out of the system in the BN Manifesto clearly form the nation’s butt of jokes as a source of public entertainment. Equipped with strong political will without any vested interests, only the Pakatan Rakyat administration for a new federal government will be able to significantly eradicate the corruption disease through its Dasar Banteras Rasuah Negara (DEBARAN) as detailed out in its manifesto.

I will continue to give constructive views in this matter and submit to the people’s assessment and judgment as to which manifesto is better to bring about the much needed change. This process of comparing and contrasting ideas and policies will be the main platform of KEADILAN’s campaign for the GE13, to be carried out by the entire leadership, election machinery and all our candidates.

Anwar Ibrahim is the Leader of the Malaysian parliamentary Opposition and the PKR adviser

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90% failed manifestos and lies from GE12 that won Pakatan Coalition are as soundbites as Najib is. Pot calls kettle black.

i) On behalf of KEADILAN, I welcome the launch of the Barisan Nasional Manifesto which took place with much glitter and fanfare Saturday night, ahead of the nomination day. As generally acknowledged, Pakatan Rakyat clearly has the upper hand for launching its Manifesto for the 13th General Election (GE13) much earlier on 25 February 2103, blazing the trail of a healthy political competition landscape.

Early birds do not attract worms. Worms however attact early birds. And the people are but worms to both coalitions. BN can offer anything Pakatan can. Barring the racism (BN) and potential for hudud (Pakatan), the Rakyat might as well vote for 3rd Force which is made of independent non-term limitless, non-nepotistic, non-fundo, non-racist, non 1% non-plutocrats instead that cannot be unaccountable or hide behind big business money or police and military links, meaning 3rd Force candidates are ACCESSIBLE and are mostly easier to hold accountable for any Teo Beng Hocks or Altantuyas. Vote for the term limitless, nepotistic plutocrats or ‘political dynasties’, and the government will be unaccountable to end up abusing all non-MPs instead. Vote properly 99% and avoid those who have been in power for more than 2 terms or too wealthy!

ii) It is clear that the BN Manifesto is half-baked and borne out of desperation while ours was crafted based on a sincere and earnest desire to alleviate the burden of the people. Committed to a taxation system which is fair and just as proposed by Pakatan Rakyat, I am convinced that what the people want eventually is a total abolition of car excise duties. As such, up to a 30% reduction as promised in the BN Manifesto is too little and too late.

8% quorums for PKR elections are half baked. Lying about Local Council Elections that are termed ‘not promises’ AFTER the voters have given Pakatan the mandate is worse than half baked – a raw deal if anything. Criticizing the car exise duty is half baked as well, because the people want DEMOCRACY and equality, ending the rent seeking Vehicular AP which Anwar wished to continue but does not talk about . . . for now. After winning, they’ll much like the way GE12 Asset Declarations were lied about, be enriching themselves, their nepotistic term limitless cliques and 1% business cronies again. Even now Pakatan can declare assets or even hold Local Council Elections but do not, even now BN can grant the 3 items mentioned in my point (iii) below but do not. How can the 99% vote BN or PR? Vote 3rd Force or be 3rd Force you 99%ters! Lest lower Election deposits so that EVERYONE can join candidacy (don’t bother if your relatives are already there – NO NEPOTISM) to run for election – as is most coalitions just field mindless cronies as MPs. Whats the point of voting such MPs that organic candidates that do think and bother about policy instead of hiding behind coalitions and referring problems to Supremos or CECs that will never act? Vote 3rd Force!

iii) The absence of fresh ideas was so disastrous that Dato’ Seri Najib had to swallow the bitter pill and plagiarise Pakatan Rakyat’s proposals to be incorporated into the BN Manifesto in particular the lowering of car prices through a gradual elimination of excise duties by revamping the National Automotive Policy; issuance of individual taxi permits directly to taxi drivers and the price uniformisation of basic necessity items nationwide, one of major issues for the people in Sabah and Sarawak.

Look whos talking? I’d go as far as to say GE12 Manifestos were based on the 5th Estate’s work, the bloggers, the independent media – maybe some academia. Pakatan merely plagiarised. BN plagiarises Pakatan in turn. But still no :

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

iv) While I am not against any measures that will bring financial relief to the people, direct transfer payments such as the BR1M, Baucar Buku 1Malaysia dan Bantuan Persekolahan as contained in the BN Manifesto clearly constitute a short-term economic policy measure akin to vote buying without any solid proposals to solve the people’s fundamental socio-economic problems for the long-term (such as monopolies which cause market distortions and price hikes; wastages, leakages and corrupt practices in public finance management that reduce allocations to enhance the people’s well-being as well as other lopsided, oppressive and discriminatory public policies).

Pakatan handing out taxmonies to old folks and housewives instead of lowering taxes is no different from the above accusation?

v) Equipped with strong political will without any vested interests,

A boldfaced lie. Business collusion and land alienations abound, mostly targeting the uneducated among OrangAsli or Indians.

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Only 1 or 2 individuals to contest two seats – Karpal assures – Friday, 12 April 2013 17:20

KUALA LUMPUR — The DAP will allow only one or two individuals to contest both parliamentary and state seats in the 13th General Election for strategic reasons, said its chairman Karpal Singh.

The party also has yet to finish the job of picking candidates and it will likely last up to the eve of nomination on April 20, he said.

The DAP’s candidates are selected by a four-man committee comprising Karpal Singh, advisor Lim Kit Siang, secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and party disciplinary chief Tan Kok Wai.

Karpal Singh told Bernama the committee met two days ago and among the matters discussed was the one-candidate-one-seat arrangement.

“Among the major issues discussed was who should be given the exception.There is still room until next week fur further deliberation on the candidates list”, Karpal Singh said, but did not elaborate.

– Bernama

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No half measures. This might as well be saying that only 1 or 2 individuals will be entirled to have MP’s in their families for all eternity. Either follow democratic principles or GTFO of Dewan. Might as well say ‘rape’ a little bit and see if that will stand in court.

ARTICLE 3

GE13: Dr Wan Azizah – I have decided to stay out – Published: Thursday April 11, 2013 MYT 8:56:00 PM

PKR president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. PKR president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

PETALING JAYA: PKR president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail on Thursday confirmed that she would not contest in the general election.

She said it was best for her to focus on the party’s campaign and to woo women voters for the party.

“I have decided not to contest.

“I want to focus on the campaign,” she told reporters.

Wan Azizah also denied that she was sidelined by the party for not contesting, and argued that she was still the party president.

On Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s statement that she had written to him an 18-page letter 15 years ago about her husband Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s misbehaviour, who was then the Deputy Prime minister, Wan Azizah said: “I never wrote the letter.”

Dr Mahathir last week revealed to the media about the letter, but he did not divulge the content. – Bernama

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For prevention of conflict of interest, committee members should not hold taxpayer money salaried posts. For best practices nepotism should be prevented entirely also within salaried ranks of a single party AND within any Committee of any party. Then term limits as well applied to salaried politicians. Wan Azizah staying out of salaried posts is 1 out of 4 points, but a right step in the right direction in any case that makes space for any second liners.

ARTICLE 3.5

GE13: Papa Gomo to take on Anwar in Permatang Pauh  – by RAHIMY RAHIM – Published: Monday April 8, 2013 MYT 3:08:00 PM

Papa Gomo’s representative Mohamad Rafi Awang Kechik. Papa Gomo’s representative Mohamad Rafi Awang Kechik.

KUALA LUMPUR: Controversial blogger Papa Gomo is set to take on Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat during the 13th general election, his representative Mohamad Rafi Awang Kechik said Monday.

Mohamad Rafi, the Nadi Rakyat Malaysia president, said Papa Gomo, whose real name is Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris, had made the decision to contest as an independent candidate to expose the Opposition leader’s alleged wrongdoings to the rakyat.

“After taking the views of many groups and people, I believed that I want to expose all his wrongdoings to his contituency.

“We also want to put an end to his political career,” Mohamad Rafi, speaking on behalf of the blogger, told a press conference at the Federal Territories Election Commission office here.

Anwar, on Friday, had confirmed that he will remain in Permatang Pauh in the coming polls.

Anwar also had filed an RM100mil defamation suit against Papa Gomo over a recent sex video allegedly implicating the Opposition Leader last month.

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For being there for more than 2 terms alone and the family blocs in PKR, that would be enough for Malaysians to want to get rid of Anwar. Doesn’t Anwar trust the PKR grassroots members enough to let a 2nd liner be an MP? Are there no PKR 2nd liners in PKR who are even interested in democracy or the principles of term limits besides Azmin (if not a false flag?)? Save democracy in PKR party by not voting for term limitless MPs! Methinks for Nurul to have a political future at all, Anwar also needs to do what Wan Azizah has done. GTFO of the Dewan.

ARTICLE 4

Grudge Match Shapes up in Key Malaysia State – by Chuin-Wei Yap, Wall Street Journal – Thursday, 11 April 2013 admin-s

Heavy campaign-related spending by the ruling National Front coalition in the opposition stronghold state of Penang has put the incumbent Democratic Action Party on the defensive ahead of Malaysia’s general and state elections on May 5.

Penang is a key electoral battleground. The northwestern state is the third-largest contributor to the national gross domestic output after Selangor and Johor. More importantly, the unprecedented win by the opposition of Penang five years ago marked a watershed decline in the ruling coalition’s fortunes there. Penang’s 13 seats out of 222 total in the Parliament may not be hefty in numbers, but the opposition’s five-year ascendancy has enabled it to showcase the state as an example of its policies in action to the national voter.

The DAP, which mainly draws support from the ethnic Chinese minority, said it expects the National Front to wage a bitter campaign to regain control of the state. Penang has emerged a big draw for investors, with many from China and Singapore snapping up luxury properties and companies like U.S. electronics manufacturer Bose and chip-maker Intel Corp. INTC +2.34% pledging cash to build hi-tech factories.

In recent months, the ruling coalition and its allies have financed a lavish round of goodies and giveaways in Penang. This has included a Lunar New Year concert by Korean “Gangnam Style” rapper Psy, organized by the Penang branch of the National Front. Opposition leaders say National Front allies are using their financial clout to invite Taiwanese and Hong Kong entertainers – playing to the state’s plurality of Chinese, an ethnicity that accounts for a quarter of Malaysia’s population – for a second concert in late April, though an official with the ruling coalition said the event hasn’t been confirmed yet.

The Malaysian Chinese Association, a member of the National Front, has also given out thousands of plush toys. Government-controlled newspapers have been printing the National Front’s election manifesto, and opposition leaders say non-governmental organizations allied to the National Front are handing out donations in a bid to shore up support.

Acknowledging that the DAP has been heavily outspent by the National Front on its home turf, DAP’s assistant national publicity secretary Zairil Khir Johari said Tuesday his party is counting on social media to narrow its financial disadvantage and court a critical segment of active voters.

Read more at: http://blogs.wsj.com/searealtime/2013/04/10/grudge-match-shapes-up-in-key-malaysia-state/

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Drop BOTH coalitions and then field yourselves as independents. Who needs the rubbish money of our own taxes when by writing laws, land and other resources can be shared properly instead of being based around cronies?

ARTICLE 5

Anwar needs to answer the entire Indian community – LETTERS/SURAT – By Saravanan (Overseas Hindraf Member) – Thursday, 11 April 2013 Super Admin

Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim was given the first chance by Hindraf Makkal Shakti to endorse their 5 years plan blue print. More than 18 meetings were held in between Pakatan Rakyat and Hindraf. Till today the silence of Pakatan doesn’t make any sense about the blue print.

DSAI need to answer Indian voters why he rejected or neglected the 6 points Hindraf blue print demans. Anwar shouldn’t play coward game any longer by using Indian Pakatan leaders and cyber troopers to protect his position. There is a need for Anwar to come forward and say what makes the whole discussion halted and why he stopped the blue print endorsement personally.

The scenario is going very ugly because DSAI continuously using journalist to attack a minority group which fighting for the downtrodden Indian’s rights. Whereas Hindraf leaders are coming forward to answer all the necessary questions in the media. We Indians request DSAI to tear his cowardice mask and answer the whole blueprint scenario truth without any delay.

By Playing politics many Indians will boycott Pakatan Rakyat in the coming up 13th General election. The loser of the game will be Pakatan.

Indians been marginalized by UMNO for 56 years. If Pakatan is really into helping Indians they should safe their election situation from now. We Indians will not loose anything but Pakatan will loose Indian votes. Do not take Indians for a ride.

DSAI please answer us, you been propagating that Malaysia is not practising human rights to foreign medias. Now the 6 points demands of Hindraf is purely human rights matter why are you shying away?

You use to campaign anak melayu anak saya, anak Cina anak saya dan anak India anak saya. Where is the slogans of anak India anak kamu? If you think Indians are your children you will treat them equally but you are not eager to treat them in that manner.

In Last general election you promised Kampong Buah Pala folks that as soon as Pakatan win Penang the land will protected. But you behaved other way around as soon as Pakatan took over Penang, you played big time politics with Buah Pala Indians. You didn’t safe them till last but you just blamed Barisan Nasional. Pakatan statement was we are not in charge of Putra jaya hard to undo the previous agreement. Now we are asking you a question if you take over Putra jaya will you undo the agreement now ? For the sake of your Indian children.

I personally challenge DSAI to abolish article 153 and other racist policies which been practised in Malaysia. Can you give equal rights to all Malaysian citizen besides ‘mengankat martabat orang Melayu’?

If any Malaysian or coalition read the 6 points demands of Hindraf carefully will understand that it is a Human rights demands. Any Government can endorse it under the provision of human rights. Instead of approving and being straight forward DSAI and Pakatan playing dirty game by flip flopping downtrodden Malaysian Indians life.   Stop making Indians as 3rd class citizen of Malaysia.

My final request to DSAI stop using mandores and cyber troopers  to answer Hindraf´s questions. Please step forward boldly as a leader and explain us why you rejected the 6 point demands.

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Forget about DSAI and Nurul as well (good work to Wan Azizah for giving 2nd liners a chance) or demanding the selfish nepotistic Pakatan coalition do anything. Pakatan ignores feedback mostly. Run for election against both BN and Pakatan and remember to GTFO after 2 terms at most. Meanwhile implement the 6 point AFTER winning. This is a tuan-slave mentality Saravanan has here. Forget about requesting anything – TAKE, via the elections. As a good single minded fellow once said from a movie I won’t mention the title of, ” You want the wine you take the wine. You want the food. You take the food. When you want the woman, you just take the woman.” In this case, TAKE THE ELECTION from Pakatan AND BN! 3rd Force independents ONLY! 2 terms then GTFO!

ARTICLE 6

Will KL remain Pakatan’s stronghold? – SPECIAL REPORTS – by Alyaa Azhar, FMT – Thursday, 11 April 2013 Super Admin

After winning 10 out of 11 parliamentary seats in the 2008 general election, can Pakatan Rakyat manage to achieve the same feat this time around

In the 2008 general election, Pakatan Rakyat was invincible in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur. The question both their supporters and BN are asking is, can they do it again?

Back in the 2008 general election, Pakatan Rakyat almost had a clean sweep, winning 10 out of the 11 parliamentary seats in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur. Of the 13 parliamentary seats in the Federal Territories, BN only managed to win Setiawangsa, Putrajaya, and Labuan.

Parliamentary seats in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur won by Pakatan were Bandar Tun Razak, Batu, Bukit Bintang, Cheras, Kepong, Lembah Pantai, Segambut, Seputeh, Titiwangsa and Wangsa Maju.

For the Bandar Tun Razak parliamentary seat, incumbent Selangor Menteri Besar and PKR’s Abdul Khalid Ibrahim defeated MCA’s Tan Chai Ho with a 2,515 majority while PKR’s Tian Chua defeated Gerakan’s Lim Si Pin for the Batu parliamentary seat with a 9,455 majority.

MCA’s Lee Chong Meng was defeated by DAP’s Fong Kui Lun with a 14,277 majority for the Bukit Bintang parliamentary seat and in Cheras, DAP’s Tan Kok Wai beat MCA’s Jeffrey Goh Sim Ik with a 28,300 majority.

DAP’s Dr Tan Seng Giaw defeated Gerakan’s Lau Hoi Keong with a 23,848 majority for the Kepong parliamentary seat while the Lembah Pantai seat was wrested from Umno’s Shahrizat Abdul Jalil with a 2,895 majority by PKR’s Nurul Izzah Anwar.

DAP’s Lim Lip Eng defeated Gerakan’s Ma Woei Chyi with a 7,732 majority for the Segambut parliamentary seat while DAP’s Teresa Kok defeated MCA’s Carol Chew with a whopping 36,492 majority.

The lone Kuala Lumpur parliamentary seat won by BN was through Umno’s Zulhasnan Rafique who defeated PKR’s Ibrahim Yaakob with a 8,134 majority, however, for the Titiwangsa parliamentary seat, PAS’ Dr Lo’lo’ Mohd Ghazali managed to defeat Umno’s Aziz Jamaluddin Mohd Tahir with a 1,972 majority.

Wee Choo Keong who contested on a PKR ticket won Wangsa Maju with a slim majority of 150 votes, defeating MCA’s Yew Teong Look. Wee became an independent in 2010.

In Labuan, Umno’s Yusof Mahal defeated independent Lau Seng Kiat with a 8,457 majority. For the Putrajaya parliamentary seat, Umno’s Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor defeated PAS’ Mohammad Nor Mohamad with a majority of 2,734 votes.

Although the Pakatan coalition won 10 out of 11 of the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur seats, BN is confident that other than defending the three seats won in 2008, they will manage to win more seats this coming election. These seats are, Lembah Pantai, Wangsa Maju, Bandar Tun Razak and Batu.

For the Lembah Pantai constituency, many have complained that Nurul Izzah has not been on the ground much.

Poised to wrest the seat from the incumbent MP would be Federal Territories and Urban Well-Being minister Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin.

Raja Nong Chik has conveyed his intention to contest for the Lembah Pantai seat if he were to be selected by the BN as its representative.

“I am confident of winning the seat based on my service record and relationships established over the past 25 years in the area, starting from my early days as an Umno Youth member,” he said.

As for the Wangsa Maju parliamentary seat, a three-cornered fight is expected to occur and although there has been talks that MCA is adamant with its choice of Yew Teong Look to contest, Umno’s Shafei Abdullah, who is also the prime minister’s political secretary, will most likely be fielded as the BN candidate.

Deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin recently hinted that Shafei will be fielded in the coming election.

“We want the rakyat to support whichever (BN) candidate. If Shafei becomes a candidate, okay. If any other candidate, that is also okay,” said Muhyiddin.

Shafei could find himself facing Dr Tan Kee Kwong, son of former Gerakan leader Dr Tan Chee Khoon, who is tipped to be PKR’s choice.

Incumbent independent MP Wee Choo Keong, on the other hand, is expected to defend his seat.

For the Bandar Tun Razak seat, Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim will be fielded again.

Insiders claim that Najib will be fielding one of his brothers for the seat. They said that it would be the brother with the least controversy.

Suffice to say that it would not be CIMB head Nazir nor Nazim who was linked to the Altantuya case, so that leaves either Johari or Nizam to stand as a candidate for the Bandar Tun Razak parliamentary seat.

There are also talks that MCA’s Kepong Task Force head Tan Kok Eng is likely to be fielded in Bandar Tun Razak. Kok Eng’s father Tan Chai Ho held the Bandar Tun Razak seat for three consecutive terms before losing to Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

Muhyiddin has also voiced his optimism in the BN wresting back the Batu parliamentary seat, based on the positive feedback from voters in the area, which is currently held by PKR vice-president Tian Chua.

He added that Batu residents have nothing to be proud of the incumbent MP who he said have made irresponsible and rude remarks about the national security force with regard to the Lahad Datu incursion.

The odds are also against Tian Chua who some widely regard as an “absentee MP”, because he is hardly seen on the ground.

Recently, PAS vice-president Husam Musa has been confirmed to contest for the Putrajaya parliamentary seat and is expected to face incumbent MP and Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

The former Salor assemblyman acknowledged that it would not be an easy task for him to take on Tengku Adnan, describing the latter as a great strategist.

For the Titiwangsa seat, there is a 50% chance for both sides of the political divide, since the passing of Dr Lo’lo’, a hard working MP who was much loved by her constituents, PAS has been struggling to maintain her legacy.

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How about NO STRONGHOLDS and always term limits for all MPs and assemblymen. After 2 terms, everyone on tax payer money salaries to the tune of 23K yearly can GTFO so that all other Malaysians have a chance to write policy and earn that salary.

ARTICLE 7

Wan Azizah hints Abdul Khalid may not be retained as Sgor MB – NEWS/COMMENTARIES – Thursday, 11 April 2013 Super Admin

It was reported that Abdul Khalid might not be retained as MB against the backdrop of purported differences between him and PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali.

(Bernama) – Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has hinted that Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim may not retain his post as Selangor menteri besar if the opposition continues to rule the state following the May 5 general election.
She said PKR had several potential candidates for the post other than Abdul Khalid.

“(It) doesn’t matter who is going to be the MB in Selangor as long as the person has the right policies,” she told a press conference at the PKR headquarters, here, today.

She was responding to queries on Abdul Khalid’s future position since PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim yesterday announced that Abdul Khalid would only defend his Bandar Tun Razak parliamentary seat in the upcoming polls.

Asked on the potential candidates for the top post in the state, Wan Azizah said: “Those who are contesting Selangor state constituencies.”

It was reported that Abdul Khalid might not be retained as MB against the backdrop of purported differences between him and PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali.

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“(It) doesn’t matter who is going to be the MB in Selangor as long as the person has the right policies,” she told a press conference at the PKR headquarters, here, today.

Lets up the ante. How about having a 66% quorum of all citizens living in Selangor vote for MB as well as ahving good policy. Which MB is going to ‘have good policy’ that only the CEC rather than everyone living in that State can select? In fact, an MB that is chosen by the people would be far more important simply to prevent any CEC from having carte blanc to decide what is good policy. If the 66.6% choice of MB is bad, then amend some laws to have that person replaced with the next highest number of votes MB.

This should be a grassroots request eventually but since the culture of control is still in PKR, Wan Azizah after decades of harming Malaysia with nepotism begins to correct that sorry record of harming democracy with nepotism. Better late than never, but Malaysia has been damaged too much already no thanks to cults of personalities like Wan Azizah! Good riddance!

ARTICLE 8

7 DAP leaders show support for BN – Thursday, 11 April 2013 Super Admin

(Bernama) – Seven DAP senior branch leaders in the state have stated their support for Barisan Nasional (BN) after realising BN’s Aku Janji provides more for the Indian community compared to the opposition’s manifesto.

Ladang Paroi DAP vice-chairman David Dass said the BN Aku Janji announced by charmain Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak last Saturday clearly showed BN’s commitment in championing the welfare of Indians, compared to the opposition’s unconvincing manifesto.

“We saw the oppostion’s manifesto during the 2008 general election in Selangor, but (after they failed to fulfill it) they said their manifesto wasn’t a promise and this is different from the Aku Janji made by BN.

“The Aku Janji is not like a manifesto, it’s more of a personal promise and personal promises are better than a manifesto,” he told reporters after delivering a ceramah at Ladang Rajent, Gemencheh, here last night.

Joining him in stating their support were Desa Dahlia DAP chairman Richard Francis, Desa Dahlia DAP vice-chairman Jesu Dason, Desa Dahlia DAP secretary S. Karthiyaini, Ladang Rajent DAP secretary Chelvam Katham, Ladang Rajent DAP vice-chairman M. Subramaniam and Ladang Paroi DAP secretary K. Mahendran.

Last Saturday, Najib announced the BN Aku Janji which will provide a RM500 million trust fund to increase the equity of Indians as well as set up a special unit to ensure the successful implementation of government policies to improve the lives of the Indian community.

Dass, who still remains in the DAP, said he was confident that the Aku Janji would be another promise fulfilled.

Meanwhile, Dass strongly criticised DAP’s leadership especially party adviser Lim Kit Siang, secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and chairman Karpal Singh who he claimed were only concerned about some parties but denied the rights of members of the Indian community.

He said this was proven by the selection of the DAP central executive committee (CEC) in Penang which raised the issue of democracy in the party over an alleged mistake in tallying of votes.

“We urge the Registrar of Societies (ROS) to tell us the status of complaints on the matter and hope it will be done quickly,” he said.

Dass, who will announce his resignation from DAP soon, said more party members especially at the branch-level will join him as DAP was no longer a democratic party, but a rather dramatic one.

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Go independent PLEASE. How could any Indian want to accept racism of BN?

ARTICLE 9

Pakatan’s missed opportunity with Hindraf – Hornbill Unleashed – April 9, 2013 by Kua Kia Soong

By failing to compromise on the Hindraf blueprint, Pakatan has wasted an excellent chance to overthrow the BN rule.

I attended one of Hindraf’s dinners a few weeks ago at which they explained their blueprint for the 13GE.

After the presentation, I posed the hypothetical question which seemed like quite a likely scenario: “What if the BN embraces your blueprint? What then?”

Waythamoorthy’s reply was clear: “We would rather Pakatan accepts our blueprint after all we have gone through under BN since Independence…” or words to that effect.

Well, now the election has been called and what is the scenario? BN is at the point of embracing Hindraf’s blueprint, whether in toto or in part.

What is politically bewildering is that Pakatan has rebuffed Hindraf and has not included any proposals from the blueprint in their manifesto or that challenges the institutional racism (in particular, the NEP) that has been part of BN policy since 1971.

The rationale was that Hindraf’s blueprint was based on race while their manifesto was based on need of all classes.

After Hindraf’s criticism of the Pakatan manifesto, the Indian leaders in Pakatan gave the lame excuse that they were not in the drafting committee of the Pakatan manifesto.

This was hardly convincing, while giving the public a poor image of the way in which policies are made within the Pakatan coalition.

Soon after that, the DAP has seen fit to include several “pro-Indian” proposals in their post facto “Gelang Patah Declaration” and after they had done that, Hindraf accused the DAP of plagiarising from their blueprint.

The bizarre and total inconsistency of this Gelang Patah Declaration is the fact that it was promulgated as a DAP rather than a Pakatan policy statement!

Why wasn’t it a Pakatan declaration? Is the declaration only acceptable by the DAP but not PKR and PAS?

Why was this not “racist” when the Pakatan had said that the Hindraf blueprint was racist? Politically, it looked ridiculous while providing more grist for BN fire against the Pakatan coalition.

Hindraf accepting BN

Whatever happens to this blossoming BN-Hindraf romance, we will have to see if the union is eventually solemnised.

It should not if the Hindraf leaders have any political nous and honesty regarding Umno’s cynical use of institutional racism through their 56 year reign, which is the root cause of national oppression of the ethnic minorities.

If BN can accept Hindraf’s blueprint, something’s wrong with the blueprint.

I have pointed out in an earlier article that the main failure in Hindraf’s blueprint is its failure to demand the eradication of institutional racism.

I have shared several fora with Hindraf leaders at which we have condemned institutional racism in Malaysia. And despite their efforts in recent years highlighting the entrenchment of racial discrimination in the constitution, I am surprised that the Hindraf blueprint does not call for the abolition of the “New Economic Policy”.

Pakatan cannot claim to be holier than thou because neither does Pakatan condemn this institutional racism and announce their readiness to abolish the NEP in their manifesto.

Any corrective action in all economic and education policies must be based on need or sector or class and not on race with priority given to indigenous people, marginalised and poor communities.

Since their blueprint extols human rights, Hindraf should put forward their demands for all minorities and not just the Indian community.

Thus we find a gaping “disconnect” between Hindraf’s noble challenge to racial discrimination entrenched in the constitution and their “Indians Only” proposals in the blueprint.

And because the blueprint is couched in terms of “Indian demands” as MIC has traditionally done so, it is easy for BN to accede to their blueprint.

In fact, it is back to the quintessential “Alliance formula” of 1957 except that BN will then have a new associate tagged onto the MIC.

I have also earlier pointed out that to be consistent in their human rights stand, Hindraf should also call for:

the repeal of Amendment (8A) of Article 153 that was passed during the state of emergency in 1971 and was not in the original 1957 federal constitution;

institutionalising means testing for any access to scholarships or other entitlements;

implementing merit-based recruitment in civil & armed services;

enacting an Equality Act to promote equality and non-discrimination irrespective of race, creed, religion, gender or disability with provision for an Equality & Human Rights Commission;

institutionalising equality and human rights education at all decision-making levels, including state and non-state actors/ institutions;

ratifying the Convention on the Eradication of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

If the Hindraf blueprint was couched in these human rights terms, do you think BN would accept it?

Certainly not because BN has always been a “racial formula”, the coalition is the sum of its racialist parts – “Umno, MCA, MIC and associates”.

Is Pakatan suffering from a mental block?

But why is Pakatan averse to coopting Hindraf’s blueprint and now losing the opportunity of a historic alliance with Hindraf?

Is it because Pakatan is more purist than BN on the national question? I don’t think so because if the Pakatan manifesto can take into account “Felda settlers”, there is no reason why it cannot make considerations for “displaced plantation communities” or “the stateless”, etc. that is in the post facto Gelang Patah declaration.

The DAP, as usual, are “wise after the event”, a euphemism for opportunism!

Or could it be that incorporating Hindraf would pose a threat to the jostling for seats among the Indian leaders in Pakatan?

If this “realpolitik” is indeed one of the reasons for the Pakatan-Hindraf fallout, it is a let-down of serious proportions for all Malaysians who hope for change in the 13GE.

And having been spurned by the Pakatan manifesto, we could only expect the fury of the Hindraf backlash against the plagiarism by DAP.

No, in the end it boils down to Pakatan’s failure to come to terms with the national question, and that involves taking a stand on the NEP.

Isn’t it time for change? Isn’t it time for real change that will set our nation on a new footing of reconciliation and reconstruction, when we are no longer divided into “races” and progressive policies can be put in place to help the truly needy?

Alas, I am afraid the “Ubah” in Pakatan does not go far enough. (And I would ask all the homespun political philosophers to spare me their pearls of wisdom about the “pragmatic” reasons for “not frightening the Malays” in this 13GE!)

Ultimately, a nation that is unequal can never be free or be at peace. Hindraf has already announced that they will be putting up candidates in several seats.

Likewise, Pakatan’s ambivalence toward the left, namely PSM, will likely see three-corner contests in those constituencies that PSM will be contesting.

I am afraid this historic non-compromise between Pakatan and Hindraf in the 13GE will probably go down in Malaysian history as one of the most unfortunate missed opportunities in the overthrow of BN rule.

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A second BN arises from term limitless nepotistic Pakatan Rakyat . . . no surprise, so many ex-UMNO or even MCA in PKR. And PAS will continue apartheid in the form of extreme Islam.

ARTICLE 10

GE13: Sulk only for 24 hours, dropped candidates told – Thursday April 11, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak says those who are dropped as Barisan Nasional candidates may sulk “for up to 24 hours” and then return at once to help out with campaigning.

The Prime Minister and Barisan chairman said it was impossible for him to placate everyone, stressing that fielding the strongest possible line-up was his top priority.

“We will try to minimise the problem of dropped candidates sulking. It would be best if you express your frustrations for not more than 24 hours after being dropped.

“After that, you must get to the ground and help with Barisan’s campaigning,” he told a closed-door briefing for Barisan elected representatives at the Putra World Trade Centre.

Najib’s call seemed to have an instant impact, with his predecessor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi leading the chorus of support for the PM’s call.

Drawing on his own experience in selecting candidates, Abdullah, who is the Kepala Batas MP said: “It is never easy for the PM to choose candidates. The most important thing is to ensure that those chosen are fully supported and win the election.”

Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, the former Perlis MB, urged all to be patient and grateful.

“Najib has the prerogative to choose the best person to stand for Barisan. If we don’t get it, regard it as a test but if we do, then be thankful,” he said.

SUPP president Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui said the main target should be victory.

Langkawi MP Datuk Paduka Abu Bakar Taib said those dropped as candidates must “return the favour” by supporting their replacements.

Permas assemblyman M.M. Samy pledged to abide by any decision made by the Barisan leadership.

Permatang Pauh Umno division chief Datuk Abdul Jalil Abdul Majid said his main aim was to ensure the defeat of Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Parti Rakyat Sarawak vice-president Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum said it was important that Barisan members support each other.

“Don’t think of yourselves as individual candidates. Regardless of whether I am in or out, I will still work for Barisan,” he pledged.

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Sulk? Band together and wipe out BOTH BN and Pakatan. Form a 3rd Force and know that if even a blogger like Gomo can be independent, why not be independent yourselves like Konsensus Bebas around the below 3 items :

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

;the 99% won’t miss the term limitless bastards being paid 23K a month. Vote yourselves into power instead 99%!

P.S. RPK, I’d prefer a message to remove a post than have that post disappear entirely. That ‘bullet to head’ comment montage disappearing was just too obvious. Even if the post was to be removed, I reserve a right to keep copies of stuff I was made to remove. Don’t disappear stuff like that! Nice article on LGBT (but that should not be AFTER a hack attempt if any? If that was not the Info Ministry, still . . . learn this word . . . PRINCIPLES!) :

Consistency of Change – http://www.malaysia-today.net/mtcolumns/no-holds-barred/55836-the-consistency-of-change

ARTICLE 11

Fraud in Malaysian politics never-ending – GUEST COLUMNISTS – Wednesday, 10 April 2013 admin-s

If the 1987 Umno presidential election is taken as one yardstick, the response of the Court may not be in favour of a novel development of the law or, as some would allege, making law.

The Indians are united by Hindraf Makkal Sakthi, the Chinese are united by their bank drafts, and the Malays by their overdrafts. The makkal sakthi – people power in Tamil – cries of Interlok Pariah Umno is being heard again as the seatless Indians rail against the ruling party.

Joe Fernandez

In that party election, the Court discovered that votes from 30 illegal party branches may have contributed towards Mahathir Mohamad’s narrow 43-vote victory over his challenger Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah. It was alleged that the 30 illegal branches were aligned towards Mahathir. Even so, in a surprising ruling, Judge Harun Hashim declared the entire party unlawful. Had the Judge concluded that the illegal votes may have gone in the direction of Razaleigh, that ruling would not have arisen since the outcome was not affected!

Harun Hashim bought kamikaze arguments and denied Razaleigh

The Court did not take into consideration that the presidential election was only unlawful to the extent of the illegal votes and the party unlawful to the extent of the illegal branches. The Jury may still be out on the question of whether the Judge could have discounted the illegal votes and handed the presidential victory to Razaleigh. Many will argue that he could have but unfortunately he didn’t. The good judge has long gone to meet his maker. Dead men tell no tales.

Even if Mahathir had won by one vote, and it was determined that his victory was due to one illegal voter, the outcome had been affected. Both Mahathir and Razaleigh, the one illegal vote removed, had tied.

One mitigating circumstance against the party being declared unlawful was that it had helmed the country since independence for Malaya in 1957 and steered the birth of Malaysia in 1963.

That approach could not be misconstrued as judicial activism using the fig leaf that our system of justice is adversarial.

Alas, the Judge bought the kamikaze arguments in Court that he had no alternative but declare the entire party unlawful if the Court concluded that illegal branches had participated in the presidential elections and illegal votes had also been counted. Again, the Court is not about the truth, justice or moral values but the law, no matter how much weighted against the public interest.

Court no help in awarding victory to the real polls winners

In another case, on 8 June, 2001 Election Court Justice Muhammad Kamil Awang made a landmark decision declaring the March 13, 1999, Likas election result null and void after upholding two election petitions filed by losing PBS candidate Dr Chong En Leong and former Chief Minister Harris Salleh of Parti Bersekutu. Justice Kamil had affirmed that the Likas electoral roll was tainted with more than 5,000 phantom voters. But who obtained those votes?

Former Barisan Nasional-rotated Sabah Chief Minister Yong Teck Lee, who polled 9,110 votes against 4, 962 by Dr Chong, lost the seat. Yong had won by 4, 962 votes. Harris drew 3,576 votes.

Even if all of the Likas-resident Harris’ votes came from the illegals, a likely possibility but nevertheless strenuously denied by those in his camp, that still left over 1,424 votes from the illegals for Yong since these people wouldn’t vote for PBS, then in the Opposition. If these 1,424 votes are discounted from Yong’s margin of victory, he still won by 3,538 votes. Only judicial activism could have saved Yong unless the ballot boxes were opened up and each voted recounted.

In a 15 June, 2001 media statement, then Dap National Chairman Lim Kit Siang lamented the subsequent disclosure that the Judge had received a telephone directive from someone at the top of the Judiciary to strike out the Likas petition without a hearing. Lim’s beef was that the Judge did not disclose the telephone call in Court.

So, not much can be placed in the case of proven electoral fraud, on the Court stripping the winner of a disputed victory and awarding it to his nearest challenger.

Never ending go back to India, China cries from Nusantara people

There should be a system in place for the Court, in case of election petitions alleging fraud, to scrutinize the ballot papers and determine who collected whose vote. That would be the most efficient way to determine polls winners instead of a re-poll which would necessitate the cleaning up of the electoral rolls, a process which has been bitterly disputed in the past.

Still, the bottomline may not even be the extent of electoral fraud.

It comes back to the system again.

The greatest fraud perpetrated against the people of Malaysia is the formation of pre-polls coalitions. These coalitions circumvent the democratic process by endorsing elite power-sharing and denying the grassroots majority meaningful participation in the electoral process. The formation of coalitions should only be allowed, by law, after the elections are over.

Coalition government need not be inevitability.

The party with the most number of seats in Parliament, for example, can share the Federal Cabinet and Government posts with other political parties without entering into coalition government.

If coalition government is the option exercise, such a coalition must disband on the eve of the next elections to ensure a free for all at the ballot box. That by itself would spell the end of political parties based on narrow considerations like race and religion.

Politics can then be fought on issues and these may be urban, suburban, rural, coastal, from the interior or the high mountain country. No longer would anyone be identified by his race or religion in politics or whether he’s an Orang Asal, recently or long arrived or the descendents of those recently arrived or long arrived.

No longer would anyone be told to “go back to India or China”, for example, if they are “not happy in Malaysia”.

No pledge from Dap not to fraudulently embrace Umno

Every election, and in the run-up to elections, the Indian community in particular are subject to all sorts of indignities, racial abuse and derogatory remarks in the struggle to confine the national cake to a smaller number of people.

The Indians are united by Hindraf Makkal Sakthi, the Chinese are united by their bank drafts, and the Malays by their overdrafts. The makkal sakthi – people power in Tamil – cries of Interlok Pariah Umno is being heard again as the seatless Indians rail against the ruling party.

The Opposition is a marriage of convenience united by Malay hatred in particular for the BN in general and Umno in particular. The marriage appears to be less unholy now than when it was first formed.

The BN in Malaya, apart from Umno, has fallen apart and will crumble under a united Opposition assault come this 13th GE but will continue in Sabah and Sarawak, mauled and bruised in the latter in particular but still taking power.

In the absence of a public pledge, it’s being speculated that the urban and Chinese-based Dap would not hesitate to abandon its Malay and Islamic partners, PKR and Pas, in the aftermath of the 13th GE and team up with Umno to share the Federal Government provided the MCA and Gerakan are removed. That would be like the Pap of Singapore fraudulently achieving by the backdoor what it failed to do in Malaysia.

People of Borneo given the short end of the stick in Malaysia

The greatest fraud perpetrated in Malaysia was to weaken the voice of the people of Borneo nations in Parliament.

The two countries, Sabah and Sarawak, have a combined 57 seats in Parliament, less than the at least one third plus one promised by the 1963 Malaysia Agreement. This is 18 less seats than they should have out of 222 seats.

To add insult to injury, many of the 57 seats are held by Malaya-based parties across the political divide, thus further weakening the voice of the people of Borneo in the Malaysian Parliament.

The Registrar of Societies (ROS) is a party to these political parties being in violation of the Malaysia Agreement. It facilitates Putrajaya ruling Sabah and Sarawak through rogue elements – Projek IC operatives, Moro National Liberation Front, Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Abu Sayyaf – local proxies (local Muslims and illegals) and their stooges (Orang Asal).

The Malaya-based parties have not even been locally-incorporated in Sabah and Sarawak to comply with at least the letter, if not the spirit, of the Malaysia Agreement.

If politics is all about the re-distribution of power and resources, the people of Borneo are being given the short end of the stick in their already disputed participation Malaysia.

There could be no greater fraud than this.

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Never ending go back to India, China cries from Nusantara people. Islam is not Nusantaran, just to remind. And the Orang Asli and other Nusantarans tend to get along better than non-Islamic faker Nusantarans.

There could be no greater fraud than THIS :

BN has given only 5% disbursement rights to wealth derived from East Malaysia.
PR intends to only give only 15% disbursement rights to wealth derived from East Malaysia.

To be fair, East Malaysia should have at least 50% + 1% of disbursement rights of wealth from their own states.

To be magnanimous, 100%  of disbursement rights of wealth from the Orang Asli states should be the norm. Otherwise East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak) might as well secede and form an independent nation. And only after 50 years of reparations of 50% wealth taken by Peninsular Malaysia at least being returned to boot!

mini-ARTICLE 11.5

Petitions to get trafficked kids back to be heard – Saturday April 6, 2013

GEORGE TOWN: The adoptive parents of nine children from a baby trafficking syndicate will have their petitions to get the children back heard at a magistrate’s court in Bukit Mertajam on Monday.

Penang Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the nine petitions were for the first group of 28 children who were rescued by the police.

“The petitions are for the children to be released back to their adoptive parents who love them, pending police investigations.

“Both the adoptive parents and the children were victims,” he said yesterday.

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Have they forgotten about the biological parents these children were stolen from (return the kids to the original parents), or sold by (punish the parents selling children)? Ask the children if they want their biological parents to be found.

ARTICLE 12

Kissinger cables: ‘Chauvinist’ Dr Mahathir disliked by non-Malay community – by Zurairi AR – April 09, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, April 9 — The US Embassy in Malaysia expressed its surprise over Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s appointment as deputy prime minister back in 1976, in a series of recently declassified US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks yesterday.

According to the cables from Henry Kissinger’s run as US Secretary of State, the embassy considered the then education minister as a “Malay chauvinist” despite admiring his modern outlook on politics.

“Mahathir (picture) has a reputation as an extremely capable man … and is considered to have a relatively clean record on corruption,” said Francis T. Underhill Jr, the ambassador posted between 1973 and 1977, in his confidential analysis of Malaysia’s then new Cabinet.

After Tun Abdul Razak Hussein died in 1975, the ailing Tun Hussein Onn was forced to choose a successor in the form of a deputy prime minister between three preferred candidates — Dr Mahathir, former Malacca chief minister the late Tun Ghafar Baba, and Kelantan businessman from a royal lineage Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.

The three Umno men were elected vice-presidents at the party’s general assembly, and Razak ran the risk of displeasing Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra al-Haj if he chose Dr Mahathir, who had previously been expelled from Umno for criticising the first prime minister.

According to the cables, Razak also considered the late Tun Ghazali Shafie despite his loss in the Umno vice-presidency race because of Dr Mahathir’s reputation as a Malay chauvinist and apathy felt by some in the Chinese community towards the minister.

“So far, the Chinese reaction of Mahathir’s nomination has been, if not enthusiastic, at least not characterised by vehement opposition,” Underhill noted.

“The small, predominantly Chinese Democratic Action Party (DAP) has expressed some concern over Mahathir’s past record but has not openly opposed his selection. Other Chinese parties or politicians have either not commented or have welcomed Mahathir’s appointment in a pro forma manner.”

The embassy had expressed its admiration for Dr Mahathir when he was appointed as education minister two years before, as noted in another confidential analysis.

“On domestic side, appointment of Dr Mahathir bin Mohamed as Education Minister, very apt in view of Mahathir’s intellectual abilities and good reputation as administrator and moderniser, was note-worthy but non-Malay community is likely to consider him a Malay chauvinist (undeservedly in embassy’s view).

“Mahathir’s appointment was however tempered by designation of MCA secretary-general Chan Siang Sun as deputy minister,” Underhill wrote.

Dr Mahathir has been a vocal supporter of Malay rights since his early days in politics, where he wrote a letter calling on Tunku Abdul Rahman to resign for failing to uphold Malay rights.

He also wrote a book called “The Malay Dilemma” in 1970, where he espoused affirmative action to enable Malays to compete with the more economically-dominant Chinese.

Affirmative action became a recurring theme in the administration of Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister as Dr Mahathir continued the New Economic Policy (NEP) with the National Development Policy (NDP) in 1990.

He continues to be a vocal Malay rights advocate after leaving office, and currently serves as the patron and adviser for Malay supremacy group Perkasa

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If every US embassy is only aware of events that happened and begin analysing what that means after a 30 year delay for release, this ‘surprised Embassy’ tells us why 911 could even happen. What else is waiting 30 years before being analysed and acted upon? Democracy 30 years earlier, would have been easier to apply . . . but they had to wait for Kissinger to be an old man before they informed the people. Malaysia is no Russia and who knows due to the delays, radicalisation of the country occured while USA was being ’30 years later’ diplomatic.

ARTICLE 13

Hadi says voters will decide who is Pakatan’s choice for PM job – NEWS/COMMENTARIES – Tuesday, 09 April 2013 Super Admin – by Syed Jaymal Zahiid, TMI

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said today that voters would ultimately decide who gets to be prime minister if Pakatan Rakyat (PR) wins Election 2013.

The former Terengganu menteri besar said the pact would first focus on winning the upcoming polls before discussing on the matter.

Hadi also refused to state if he felt he was a suitable candidate for the country’s top post, saying the issue would be determined by the voters.

“This thing we need to go through the democratic process. I would not say more on this, we should be ensuring the victory of all our candidates first,” he told reporters after giving a talk on the party’s “welfare state” push here.

Hadi added that whoever from PR becomes prime minister has to be accepted by voters and noted that this included non-Muslim voters.

The president of the Islamist party also emphasised that the candidate must be a Muslim and also accepted by the King.

“What is important is that the candidate is accepted by the people including non-Muslims. We also have a King. The candidate must be accepted by both the people and the king,” he said.

The pact had previously agreed that the post should be given to Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

PR parties have repeatedly had to reaffirm their endorsement of Anwar as prime minister-designate to deflect criticisms from their political foes in Barisan Nasional (BN) that they were unable to achieve consensus on numerous issues.

In a recent interview with the Financial Times, Anwar admitted that the coming 13th general election may be his last shot at power, saying that he may quit politics if PR fails in its bid to claim Putrajaya.

Commentator Comments :

written by sap, April 09, 2013 18:17:58
Yah la, commentators who wish for abu – see what you get when the jokers get into putrajaya – the race politics will become religious politics. No yet vote already talking about being PM but in an indirect way. Just say la that Anwar will be for one term before someone else takes his place. At least Anwar’s fight can be justified. In fact the reason there is a PR is because of Anwar. The trouble is Anwar had gay luggage – so difficult for PAS to accept. Another thing, these PR bedfellows say there is no race politics. How come Kelantan and Kedah is PAS, Penang is DAP and Sgor is PKR? That itself is an indirect race/religion politics. I dare – if a PKR candidate of is place as Kedah MB or a PAS as Sgor MB or Penang MB. If PR is say they are not race based – then put a DAP Malay as Penang CM lah? C if the Chinese will accept it? Please la dont hoodwink the public. Show your true colours like BN. At least BN says UMNO is for Malays, MCA will manage the Chinese and MIC(hopefully we get better indians in here) will manage the Indians.
No need to worry. Any Indian seeks help or cause problem – MIC chief jawab. Malays and Chinese will not feel bed. Likewise with Malays and Chinese. One major problem. At least we can tell the world – we are not ashamed of our ethnicity – but our bonding is Malaysian Constitution Glue which will last 4ever. And we dont need any outsiders to tell us how to manage our Malaysia. No need Australia etc. You think Australians are so non-race base are? Coming back to Hadi – i think you will make a wonderful PM for the Chinese Pakatan supporters la. Because the Christian Chinese cannot accept LGBT of Ambiga and Anwar.

written by Kamaruddins, April 09, 2013 15:19:24

Hadi is being cautious because he knows that PAS grassroots like me will not give Anwar the time of day because Anwar himself is not only rotten and corrupted to the core but we believe that he is involved in all those sex allegations. We really thought that Anwar had changed, “sudah bertaubat” so to speak, but my God it was as recent as last February that he did it again with a young male companion.

To the non Muslims this may be acceptable and considered as a normal behavior but I am sorry to say that to the Muslims in general and PAS grassroots in particular, this is a big No No especially if you want to be a leader.

That is why Hadi is not giving a blank cheque to Anwar in case if PAS were to win more seats than PKR. If every UMNO candidate loses then definitely PAS will obtain more seats than PKR. Even if PAS gets less seats than PKR, and Pakatan is dead against PAS Islamic agenda, PAS can use the leverage of collaborating with UMNO MPs to form a unity government.

We are back to the adage that in politics there is no permanent friends and no permanent enemies. If and when PAS becomes strong and dominant and UMNO becomes weak and subservient, they will become friends.


written by Real Change, April 09, 2013 12:54:36
You need 2/3 majority to have election of PM by The Rakyat? We can not even vote for Datuk Bandar KL, The PM chosen by Rakyat is Non Starter at present. The Rakyat would be blessed with Rakyat Centric PM and not BN PM or Pakatan PM! After the Votes are counted, make sure NHon of The Elected YBs trade horse for position, and should BN Won, the longest serving unelected PM should be in Power and not elbowed out because of reduced majority with another appointed PM and should Pakatan won then all The elected Pakatan’s YBs should decide who should be The PM and the Senior Portfolios Those who horse trade by joining BN should automatically resigned as YB for a fresh election!


written by calvin, April 09, 2013 09:39:58
Next time, the Chosen PM-to-be should be in the Manisfesto; since we do not have a direct election of PM from all Malaysian. The urban people will never get to choose or elect the PM.
What a waste especially to Wilayah Persekutuan people. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a PM election instead just to elect the members of parliment and the winning parties will choose on behalf of the people. Still the power isn’t directly in our hand.


written by David Singh, April 09, 2013 07:39:00
I’d rather Hadi than Anwar coz at least he isn’t dirty and he’ll be forced to make radical changes to the very corrupt system we have in place. In regards to the status quo – we as the rakyat need to shake things up by combining Westminster to Islamism. It’ll be most interesting as Islam doesn’t allow for racism and its unislamic to have any sort of discriminatory practices. And it’ll be the end of the term by the time Hadi figures out how to implement hudud. Furthermore there’s urgent need to devolve some of the prime ministerial powers.


written by Lord Jim, April 09, 2013 07:06:08
Can we be assured with a firm Pakatan statement this will be the case – the rakyat decides who is going to be the PM if Pakatan wins – that Anwar would not be barging or sweet-talking his way into the PM’s post, Pakatan should dance the “Nego Nego” with the rakyat over that?

Hadi Awang has said the right thing, he obviously knows the rakyat do not like Anwar, but we don’t know if the rest of Pakatan leadership would prefer hiding behind Anwar and use him as a scapegoat as none of them (just like Anwar) have much ability to run the country without destroying it. all faults can be Anwar’s (he’s already got a nice record of that)

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Hadi and PAS is too insular and communalistic and religious to be PM, though not necessarily ‘evil’. Hadi’s mention of the King is somewhat disconcerting and politically incorrect. Darkening the fortunes of PAS yet again but in the context of absolute monarchy instead which makes Hudud propagation by PAS look particularly dark and evil! The King’s influence should not be used as an ability to cancel the will of the majority of 26 million based choice of PM, but rather opinion poll and face based effects (much like the bestowal of titles on the favoured increases respect from society in general – the only fairly applicable effect is non-tangible) and perhaps Malay culturist/loyalist based. This means if the majority of Malaysians want a PM that the King does not, the King should not be able to force the Rakyat to accept the choice the King prefers.

Conversely so that everyone can be happy, a series of PM candidates before election could be endorsed or denounced by the Agong so that all existing choices will be acceptable to the King before the Rakyat votes. This is rather undemocratic IF there are not alot of candidates for PM, but in a PM free for all, where not a single MP is allowed to participate, lots of very interesting characters would doubtless apply and hence the King could still leave a sizeable number of PM candidates untouched – hard to say of the palace has the resources to audit every single Malaysian so that if the offer to be elected for PM, the King would know if the Sultanate would not end up being abolished by the Rakyat if a anti-Monarch PM was somehow selected – this could be the only fair exclusion criteria for denunciation for PM candidates the Agong could fairly have. But to scuttle the will of a majority of 26 million if not a quorum of 66.6% of the same? We’ll be back in the Absolute Monarchy era, one level worse than Military Junta though worse than Bureaucrat Dictators (Political Junta which is what PAP, BN and Pakatan or so many political  parties and coalitions in ASEAN actually are). DEMOCRACY please.

Due the loud mouthed idiots of Vehicle 8007 who want to attract the attention of the politicians through these writings – focus on candidacy can wait 1 more term – but since the impetus of rudeness was kindly provided . . . have fun, I’m sure they’ll notice the abusively communicative loudmouths now and perhaps STFU them so that more independents rather than bloggers will be possible for 3rd world Malaysia in sad case people of Malaysia . . .

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ARTICLE 1

Pentagon to Buy Russian Helicopters Despite Ban – © RIA Novosti. Ilya Pitalev – 00:36 05/04/2013

WASHINGTON, April 4 (By Maria Young for RIA Novosti) – The US Department of Defense said Thursday it plans to sidestep a Congressional ban to purchase 30 helicopters from Russian state-owned defense firm Rosoboronexport, despite objections from US lawmakers who allege that the firm has equipped the Syrian government to commit brutal crimes against civilians.

“The Department of Defense (DOD) has notified Congress of its intent to contract with Rosoboronexport for 30 additional Mi-17 rotary-wing aircraft to support the Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF) Special Mission Wing,” Pentagon spokesman James Gregory told RIA Novosti in emailed comments.

The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, approved by Congress last year, includes an amendment that prohibits financial contracts between the United States and Rosoboronexport, except when the Secretary of Defense determines that such arrangements are in the interest of national security.

“Given current timelines, the department has determined that Rosoboronexport is the only viable means of meeting ANSF requirements” for the helicopters, Gregory said.

The contract totals $690 million, most of which would go to the Russian arms maker, he added.

In February, US President Barack Obama announced plans to reduce the number of US troops in Afghanistan from 66,000 to 34,000 over the next year, leaving Afghan forces with an increased role in their nation’s security.

Many of the Afghan forces have already been trained to operate the Russian aircraft. Switching to a new platform would delay the readiness of their rotary wing division by at least three years while crews get training and experience on a new system, Gregory said.

A bipartisan Congressional group wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last week in which they objected to the ongoing business relationship between the Russian arms company and the Pentagon.

“What is the national security justification of continuing business with Rosoboronexport?” they asked in the letter.

“Russia continues to transfer weapons through Rosoboronexport to the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria,” they continued. “Since the Syrian uprising began, Russia has continued to serve as the Assad regime’s chief supplier of weapons, enabling the mass murder of Syrian citizens at the hands of their own government.”

Russia, however, has insisted that the deliveries are legal under international law and that it is not supplying Syria with offensive weapons. Moscow has also questioned the composition and goals of the various armed groups fighting the Assad regime.

US Rep. Jim Moran, who co-authored the amendment, said Rosoboronexport had supplied nearly $1 billion in arms to Assad’s government between 2011 and 2012, including high-explosive mortars, sniper rifles, ammunition and refurbished attack helicopters.

Public records show that some of the representatives who signed the letter and sponsored the amendment–including Moran, Rep. Kay Granger and Rep. Rosa DeLauro—have received campaign contributions from US defense contractors.

But Moran’s spokeswoman, Anne Hughes, described any implication that the lawmakers’ concern is more about campaign contributions than arms for Syria as “laughable.” Representatives of the other lawmakers did not respond to requests for comment.

“The objections are understandable, the US defense industry needs contracts. … But from a cost-benefit analysis, Russian helicopters are a better deal,” Simon Saradzhyan, a security expert at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

The Russian helicopters, he said, are generally not as sophisticated or advanced as those made in the United States, making them arguably more suitable for use by Afghan security forces.

“This is the Russian competitive edge,” Saradzhyan said. “They cost less and they are easy to maintain. This is how Russian arms supporters make their sales speech.”

The Russian aircraft “are superbly suited for harsh environments,” said Gregory, the Pentagon spokesman.

In their letter to Hagel, the lawmakers asked what steps the Pentagon had taken to consider alternative helicopter suppliers. They also requested that the department prepare a detailed briefing and present it to Congress before taking any action on the pending contract.

Hagel has received the letter, Gregory said.

“He will of course respond.”

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This is the tech advanced post 2000s, the USA should beware, the KGB would for certain install a ‘kill switch’ on every helicopter. What else would an outfit like the KGB do best anyway?

ARTICLE 2

‘Secret law’ storm as police chiefs ban public from knowing who they arrest: Shock new blanket ban in the wake of Leveson report angers civil liberty groups who condemn threat to democracy – by Robert Verkaik and David Ormerod – PUBLISHED: 23:30 GMT, 6 April 2013 | UPDATED: 23:31 GMT, 6 April 2013

Under new ACPO guidance forces to be banned from naming suspects
The legal risk of incorrect identification will stop the media naming suspects
The police plan for ‘secret arrests’ is opposed by the Law Commission

The move, which follows a recommendation by Lord Justice Leveson in his report into press standards

Draconian: The move, which follows a recommendation by Lord Justice Leveson in his report into press standards

Britain’s police chiefs are drawing up draconian rules under which the identities of people they arrest will be kept secret from the public.

The move, which follows a recommendation by Lord Justice Leveson in his report into press standards, has been branded an attack on open justice and has led to comparisons with police states such as North Korea and Zimbabwe.

Under current arrangements, police release basic details of a person arrested and in many cases will confirm a name to journalists. But the practice varies from force to force.

Under the new guidance, to be circulated by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), forces will be banned from confirming the names of suspects, even when journalists know the identity of someone who has been arrested.

Without official police confirmation, the legal risks of incorrect identification will prevent the media from publishing the names of suspects.

The police plan for ‘secret arrests’ is being opposed by the Government’s own adviser on law reform, the Law Commission, which believes it is in the interests of justice that the police release the names of everyone who is arrested, except in very exceptional circumstances.

A Mail on Sunday investigation has revealed that, chillingly, many forces have already altered their naming policies in the wake of last year’s Leveson report.

Only two out of 14 forces that spoke to us said they would confirm the identity of a person arrested when a journalist suggested the right name to them.

Yet senior police officers have told this paper that until very recently it was common practice for police forces to confirm the names of people arrested.

The new practice has already led to one worrying situation in which a well-known celebrity arrested as part of Operation Yewtree, the investigation into the Jimmy Savile scandal, cannot be named by the media, although he has been widely identified on the internet.

Trevor Sterling, the lawyer representing Savile’s victims, said that if Savile had been alive today and his arrest had remained secret, many of his victims would have been failed.

Mr Sterling said: ‘It is difficult to strike a balance, but if someone like Savile’s name is not published, victims of sexual abuse would not have the confidence to come forward.’
Silenced: A well-known celebrity arrested as part of Operation Yewtree, the investigation into the Jimmy Savile scandal, cannot be named by the media

Silenced: A well-known celebrity arrested as part of Operation Yewtree, the investigation into the Jimmy Savile scandal, cannot be named by the media

Padraig Reidy, news editor of Index On Censorship, a civil liberties organisation, said: ‘You can very quickly find yourself in a situation where you have secret arrests. We have a concept of open justice.

‘What is being proposed is very scary because if you do not know who has been arrested or why, people can be taken off the streets without anyone knowing and the police would not be accountable or properly scrutinised.

‘This sort of thing happens in  other countries. People are arrested, they disappear and no one ever knows why.’

Bob Satchwell, chairman of the Society of Editors, said the change would have a devastating effect on open justice and smacked of the kind of practices associated with ‘banana republics’.

He added: ‘There is nothing in law to say that the name of someone arrested should not be released. If the name is withheld, it fuels speculation, especially through the internet.’

The senior police officer in charge of the new rules told The Mail on Sunday that he had been warned by Britain’s information watchdog, the Information Commissioner, that releasing names could breach the data protection rights of a suspect.

Andy Trotter, chief constable of British Transport Police and the lead officer on media policy for ACPO, said that he disagreed with the Law Commission’s position because it did not take account of the circumstances of a suspect whose reputation was damaged by identification but who was later found to be innocent and eliminated from an investigation.

The Law Commissioners and ACPO will meet in the coming weeks to thrash out their differences. Mr Trotter said the new rules followed on from the old ACPO guidance, which generally advised against naming arrested suspects but permitted forces to confirm names.

He said the new policy would end the ‘dance’ of confirming and denying identities when names are put to police forces.

He explained: ‘The problem at the moment is that it is unclear what the police should do. Various practices have developed over time.

Most forces do not name people who have been arrested. Some will confirm a name that is put to them. Clearly this is unsatisfactory.
New rules: Andy Trotter Chief constable British Transport Police

New rules: Andy Trotter Chief constable British Transport Police

‘We are suggesting that people who have been arrested should not be named and only the briefest of details should be given.’

He said the only exceptions would be where it was necessary to release a name to prevent or detect a crime or in order to keep the peace.

He added: ‘We are weighing up the need to be open and transparent with the rights of the individuals concerned and the draft guidance will contain the view that people should not be named.’

Mr Trotter insisted that this was not ‘secret justice’ and added: ‘I am in favour of open justice and have been listening to many different points of view.

‘I want police officers to continue working with journalists.’

The guidance will now go to the College of Policing for approval, before being sent to forces around the country for implementation.
Gary Glitter
Jim Davidson

Previous arrests: The names of some individuals arrested as part of Operation Yewtree have emerged in the press including Gary Glitter, left, and Jim Davidson, right. They all deny wrongdoing

The Mail on Sunday investigation showed wide inconsistencies between police forces in the naming of arrested suspects.

Nearly all say they don’t name individuals on arrest but operate different policies to provide help to journalists.

Greater Manchester Police says it tells journalists ‘they are not wrong’ if they approach the force with a correct name – but won’t give official confirmation.

The Metropolitan Police says it does not confirm names to journalists until the suspect has been charged.

Cambridgeshire Police only confirms a name on the day an individual who has been charged is due in court.

This is one of Britain’s favourite entertainers. He’s been arrested by Savile police and codenamed ‘Yewtree No 5′ – but you’re not allowed to be told who he is

He is 82 years old and a much-loved showbiz personality, who was arrested on March 28 in Berkshire by police investigating abuse claims made since the death of BBC DJ Jimmy Savile.

But police refuse to allow his name to be made public.

The Metropolitan Police Savile investigation is codenamed Operation Yewtree and has led to 12 arrests.

The names of some individuals have emerged in the media after confirmation  by neighbours, lawyers and journalists’ detective work.

The Metropolitan Police Savile investigation is codenamed Operation Yewtree and has led to 12 arrests

They include Gary Glitter, Freddie Starr, Jim Davidson and Dave Lee Travis. They all deny wrongdoing.

But the latest celebrity arrested is referred to by police only as Yewtree 5 and his identity has not been published  in newspapers.

Nevertheless, his name has been widely circulated on the internet in blogs and social media forums.

The Met said there were ‘good reasons’ for not naming anyone in the Yewtree investigation.

But when asked to explain these reasons, they merely referred to the Met’s standard policy of not identifying anyone they arrest.

This newspaper has decided not to publish the name  of Yewtree 5.

Last week, the first person charged under Yewtree was named as ex-BBC driver David Smith.

He will face two charges of indecent assault and two of gross indecency on a boy under 14, plus another serious sex attack on a boy under 16. Smith, 66, from Lewisham, South-East London, will appear before magistrates on May 8.

Savile is believed to have been Britain’s most prolific paedophile. Detectives have received about 600 complaints of abuse, of which more than 450 relate to Savile.

UK’s Law Commissioner David Ormerod insists: Yes, reporting of arrests IS in public interest

A fair and open justice system is something we value highly in this country. As citizens, it is imperative that we have confidence that our legal process is transparent.

And it has long been recognised that one of the best ways of ensuring this is for accurate reports of trials to appear in the media, hence the saying: ‘Not only must justice  be done; it must also be seen to be done.’

To ensure a fair trial, there must be restrictions on what can be reported – and when.

David Ormerod, QC and Law Commissioner says that there must be restrictions on what can be reported to ensure a fair trial

For example, if a judge had ruled that certain information about a defendant was not to be admitted at the trial but the jury saw reports of that information in the media, they might be swayed. The trial would be prejudiced and justice would not be done.

That is why there are legal safeguards to make sure that reporting on trials is fair.

One of these is the Contempt of Court Act 1981, which ensures that information that runs a real risk of seriously prejudicing a trial should not be put in the public domain until the trial is over.

In the light of concerns that  the Act had not kept pace with developments such as the internet, the Law Commission, an independent advisory body that keeps the law under review, was asked to consider whether changes should be made.

The review includes a range of issues, including the role of the internet, on which jurors might read information about a defendant.

‘A fair and open justice system is something we value highly in this country. As citizens, it is imperative that we have confidence that our legal process is transparent.’

David Ormerod, Law Commissioner

Another area we considered was what information should  be released to the media when someone is arrested.

At the moment, the Act does not prohibit a newspaper or broadcaster reporting that a named person has been arrested – as long as what they report is not seriously prejudicial to any future trial.

But during our review, we were told that different police forces handle the release of information about arrests differently.

Some forces will confirm, off the record, that a particular person has been arrested if a reporter supplies the name. Others refuse to confirm or deny in the same circumstances. Others might even supply a name.

This inconsistency is clearly problematic. It is a contempt  of court if a newspaper or broadcaster publishes prejudicial material about someone who has been arrested.

However, the publisher would have a defence if they did not know or have reason to suspect that the person named had been arrested and that proceedings were therefore ‘active’.

A consistent policy applied by police about whether to name those arrested would help the media to know whether proceedings are ‘active’ and whether reporting restrictions apply.

We have provisionally proposed that new ACPO guidance should be produced which would encourage police forces to adopt greater consistency in deciding whether  to confirm the identities of those who have been arrested.
The Law Commissioner has suggested that new ACPO (pictured) guidance should be produced which would encourage police forces to adopt greater consistency in deciding whether to confirm the identities of those who have been arrested

The Law Commissioner has suggested that new ACPO (pictured) guidance should be produced which would encourage police forces to adopt greater consistency in deciding whether to confirm the identities of those who have been arrested

In drafting our provisional proposals, we considered freedom of expression under the Human Rights Act, which covers the press’s right to report and the public’s right to know.

Clearly this has to be balanced with an individual’s right to privacy.  But it is not hard to imagine cases of clear public interest in which arrests should be reported.

What the Law Commission  has not proposed is the general, blanket release of the names of all people arrested. Our provisional proposal is that reporters should be able to check through the proper, official channels.

The intention is to provide guidance that is consistent, logical and fair to all, while providing enough flexibility for decisions about the release of arrestees’ names to be decided on their  own merits.

We are also reviewing from what point in a police investigation the Contempt of Court Act should impose restrictions on reporting.

At the moment, criminal proceedings in England and Wales are said to become ‘active’ when a suspect is arrested. We considered whether that trigger should be changed to when a suspect is charged.

But this leaves a possibly protracted period when a suspect may have been arrested without being charged, during which reporting could be prejudicial. Our preliminary proposal is that the law should remain unchanged.

I’d stress that our initial proposals are a long way from becoming law. We are now sifting through the many responses to our suggestions for changes to the Contempt of Court Act.

Only then will we make our final recommendations to Government for consideration.

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In fact prisons should have name boards and police stations with lockups display the names of those currently held in LEDs (if the numbers are not excessive), so that legal help can be gotten for those imprisoned by civil lawyers or in the case of prisons, human rights lawyers making sure none of the inmates are abused or simply to do audits on why these persons are in prison to begin with, and to provide legal aid or check on their wellbeing..

ARTICLE 3

‘Close your foreign accounts or be fired,’ Putin tells Russian officials

The Russian president ordered all state officials to declare assets and divest foreign-held funds, in an apparent effort to tighten the Kremlin’s controls and stem corruption.

By Fred Weir, Correspondent / April 3, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin (l.) speaks with a student on a bus in Moscow on Monday. Mr. Putin issued a pair of decrees yesterday ordering Russian officials to declare and close any foreign assets they hold or else be fired.

Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Reuters

President Vladimir Putin has ordered all Russian officials to get rid of any bank accounts and financial securities they may hold abroad and bring them home to Russia by July 1, or face being fired.

The two decrees, suddenly and unexpectedly issued by Mr. Putin on Tuesday, will oblige all state officials to declare assets and divest foreign-held funds, and are seen by many experts as a potentially significant new impetus in the Kremlin’s declared struggle against corruption.

The new rules will strike a blow at the practice of “offshorization,” in which cash earned in Russia is exported to overseas tax havens, as highlighted by the recent collapse of Cyprus as a key offshore zone for wealthy Russians. Analysts say that Russian officials, compelled to keep their money at home, will be more easily controlled by a Kremlin that has lately been cracking down on outside influences in a variety of ways, including forcing NGOs that obtain funding from abroad to self-declare as “foreign agents” to prohibiting US citizens from adopting Russian orphans.

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“If someone has bank accounts abroad, we give them three months to get rid of them,” Kremlin Chief of Staff Sergei Ivanov told reporters.

“To own real estate abroad is not prohibited, but an applicant must declare it and specify the means he used to purchase it. An obvious consequence will follow if he fails to do this, which is dismissal due to loss of trust,” Mr. Ivanov added.

Critics say that spiraling official corruption in Russia goes hand-in-hand with an attitude on the part of top bureaucrats that their time at the public trough is limited, and that they had better grab as much as possible and find ways to get it out of Russia.

“Putin’s decrees are a purely political measure to make officials change their mentality in a positive way,” says Kiril Kabanov, head of the National Anti-Corruption Committee, a public organization.

“They have to stop thinking about their well-being as connected with assets abroad, and start thinking about how to make things work here in Russia. Putin wants the bureaucracy to be manageable, so he’s trying to set things in order,” he adds.

Russia ranked 133rd out of 174 countries in the latest Corruption Perceptions Index compiled by the Berlin-based Transparency International, putting it in company with Guyana, Honduras, and Iran.

The presidential decrees may also be Putin’s way of nudging the State Duma to stop dragging its heels on a law submitted by the Kremlin earlier this year, covering the same ground, which deputies passed on first reading in February but have since failed to move forward with.

But the issue of deputies who keep secret assets abroad has been thrust into the public limelight by anticorruption blogger Alexei Navalny, who caused the powerful head of the Duma’s ethics committee, Vladimir Pekhtin, to resign last month, after property deeds and other documents posted by Mr. Navalny online showed that Mr. Pekhtin owned property in the US worth over $2 million.

“Putin had to act. Thanks to Navalny, this issue is now in the focus of public attention,” says Dmitry Oreshkin, head of the Mercator Group, an independent Moscow-based media consultancy.

“Corruption is out of control, and it’s the Frankenstein that Putin himself created. To limit it now will be difficult, even impossible,” he says.

According to a March poll conducted by the independent Levada Center in Moscow, only 12 percent of Russians believe a law forbidding officials from holding assets abroad will work “in full.” Another 41 percent think it will work “selectively,” affecting some officials but not others. And 37 percent say that, like many such laws in the past, “it will be forgotten after a few months.”

“Public opinion wants to see a struggle against corruption. People will like the sound of these measures,” says Alexei Markarkin, director of the independent Center for Political Technologies in Moscow.

“But I’m doubtful there will be much impact. Maybe a few officials will quit, and go into private business. A few may be scapegoated, and blamed for all the evils. But most will likely experience no problems. The Kremlin may want to put a scare into officialdom, but it really doesn’t want a full-blown conflict with the state bureaucracy. After all, that’s the foundation of its power. Don’t wait for the revolution to begin, because it’s not going to.”

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Putin’s earlier errors on plutocracy could have outed the morally inferior and exposed those who might compromise Russia. An inadvertent feint that puts Russia in a better position overall. Perhaps limits on fund outflows and better coordination with foreign banks KGB style would be more useful? Let every bank in the world be answerable to an assigned Kremlin accountant who will have unfettered access to the Russian citizen account info, this has a 2 fold benefit. The banks uncoorperative with Russia would be illegal to use for Russian citizens and also be exposed as Russia unfriendly and appropriately ‘dealt with’, the cooperative citizens who self declare, will still get to use foreign accounts, the friendly banks who do assent to such audits from the Kremlin get to improve their direct links to Russia and be appropriately ‘rewarded’ as opposed to blacklists and expulsions from Russia. Very KGB da? You there Putin! 3rd term bad!

ARTICLE 4

‘Day of Rage': Tear gas in Cairo as thousands rally to mark April 6 group anniversary – Published time: April 06, 2013 18:48 Edited time: April 07, 2013 00:07

Security forces used teargas after crowds tried to breach the Egyptian High Court building in Cairo in a 6th of April anniversary rally. The Ministry of Health puts the injury toll at eight, although eyewitnesses report much more.

Thousands of protesters have joined the Cairo rally marking the birth of the 6 April movement, whilst also expressing their “dissent” against Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi’s latest moves.

Ramses street between lawyers’ syndicate and court building shrouded in gas and illuminated by several bonfires. 100s milling around
— Alastair Beach (@Alastair_Beach) April 6, 2013

The annual march which began in a jubilant mood, in Giza’s Mohandeseen neighborhood, south of the capital, grew tense after reaching the prosecutor-general’s office in downtown Cairo.

According to Ahram Online, a number of protesters started banging on the doors of the High Court, where the prosecutor-general’s office is located, whilst some hurled fireworks at the building’s windows. The High Court security retaliated by firing “huge volleys of teargas” from inside the building.

Police arriving at the scene also employed teargas, as well as armored vehicles, to separate the crowds of protesters from the High Court building and block the nearest street intersection.

Following clashes, the April 6 Youth Movement was quick to issue a statement condemning the security forces for firing teargas.

“The regime’s ministry of interior responded to chants with teargas and birdshot,” said the statement published on the movement’s official Facebook page, also accusing the ministry of “prostituting for every regime.”

According to journalist Tom Dale, clashes have also erupted in the town of Mahalla – the birthplace of the April 6 movement, where on that day in 2008, a workers’ protest about food prices and low wages was met with aggression from police, turning it into the largest anti-regime protest in the 30 years Hosni Mubarak was in power.

Initially, the leader of the movement, Ahmed Maher, had supported the overthrow of Mubarak’s military rule and tried to help current regime’s cause in any way, but after seeing that the 2011 uprising failed to bring about the change the movement was looking for, switched sides.

“We supported President Morsi when he ran for presidency. Now, after he issued his constitutional declaration, rammed through a new constitution and failed to meet the goals of the revolution we have joined the ranks of the opposition,” Maher told Ahram.

Dale, who is currently at the scene in Cairo, has been relaying the latest to RT:

“Once again, an unarmed peaceful demonstration is being fired upon. Once again there are complaints that the Interior Ministry and the security services are brutal and unreformed. And, once again, the food prices are rising while the wages remain stagnant. And in that context, this is just the latest sign of the growing polarization between Mohamed Morsi’s Islamist-led government and the opposition on the streets.”

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Distribute unused state land, limit maximum sequesterable assets of plutocrats, and remove the Islamists for a secular government. There had better be UN Peacekeepers to make sure that secular and non-1% forces gain the upper hand this time round.

ARTICLE 5

The Great Welfare Myth: The chattering classes are peddling a poisonous myth – that the poor cannot survive without the soul- deadening embrace of welfarism

By Brendan O’neill

PUBLISHED: 22:22 GMT, 5 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:30 GMT, 6 April 2013

It was the week the battle over benefits exploded into life as liberals howled about Tory cuts. But here a leading Left-wing thinker says the chattering classes are peddling a poisonous myth – that the poor cannot survive without the soul- deadening embrace of welfarism.

The thing about receiving incapacity benefit is that you really start believing you’re incapable. The Government tells you you’re incapable, and it sinks in: I’m useless, I can’t work, I must be looked after.’

So says an old friend of mine who lives in the most deprived ward in Barnet, North London, where we both grew up. After suffering anxiety attacks, he’s been ‘on the sick’ — that is, receiving some form of sickness benefit — for nearly five years. It is, he assures me, an unpleasant existence.

‘You get sucked into a life of uselessness. The Government gives you enough money to live on, but you don’t live. You do the same thing day in, day out. See the same people, watch the same TV, drift off to sleep in mid-afternoon.’
The welfare system subjugates the poor, ensnaring them in a trap of dependency, and crushing their horizons

The welfare system subjugates the poor, ensnaring them in a trap of dependency, and crushing their horizons
Facing jail: Maired and Mick Philpott embrace at their home

Twisted values: Mick and Mairead Philpott, who were convicted of killing six of their children in a fire, have raised the welfare debate

He says he’s pleased Iain Duncan Smith is shaking up benefits paid to ‘the incapable’, alongside other forms of welfare. More than two million Brits receive sickness-related benefits, and my friend reckons many of them must be like him: not really sick, but simply treated as sick by a welfare system with more money than sense.

He agrees with Grant Shapps, chairman of the Conservative Party, who says of the army of sickness claimants: ‘It is not that these people were trying to play the system, so much as these people were forced into a system that played them.’

This is the side to the welfare debate we rarely hear about, at least not from Left-wing politicians and commentators: how the welfare system subjugates the poor, ensnaring them in a trap of dependency, and crushing their horizons.

Over the past week, as IDS’s welfare reforms have kicked in, we’ve heard quite the opposite from middle-class liberals who have been tearing their hair out over the fact that the poor aren’t rising up against them.
Grant Shapps, chairman of the Conservative Party, who says of the army of sickness claimants: ‘It is not that these people were trying to play the system, so much as these people were forced into a system that played them’

Grant Shapps, chairman of the Conservative Party, who says of the army of sickness claimants: ‘It is not that these people were trying to play the system, so much as these people were forced into a system that played them’

They’re bamboozled as to why the down-at-heel haven’t peeled their eyes away from the Jeremy Kyle Show, got off their subsidised sofas and marched to Whitehall to demand: ‘Leave our welfare payments alone.’

Where well-off, Left-leaning do-gooders in Britain’s leafier suburbs are weeping into their macchiato coffees over the Tories’ trims to welfare spending, the poor seem unmoved. What is wrong with these ungrateful urchins, plummy-voiced radicals wonder?

What the posh warriors for welfarism don’t understand is that the poor do not share their enthusiasm for the welfare state, for one very simple reason: like my friend, they know what the welfare state is like, and what a corrupting influence it can have on individual ambition and community life.

They have seen with their own eyes what the intrusion of welfarism into every nook and cranny of poor people’s lives can do.
Iain Duncan Smith’s reforms to welfare have been greeted with anger, surprisingly not so much from the poor, but from the middle-classes

Iain Duncan Smith’s reforms to welfare have been greeted with anger, surprisingly not so much from the poor, but from the middle-classes

They know it is not a liberating force, but a soul-deadening one, which doesn’t improve less well-off communities but rather turns them into ghost towns, maintained by faraway faceless bureaucrats rather than by the community’s own members.

The chattering classes now refer to Monday, April 1, when the Government’s benefit reforms were enacted, as Black Monday. They call IDS a ‘Tory toff’ who is launching an ‘ideological war’ against the poor. Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee has said that the poor will be hit by an ‘avalanche of cuts’ which will propel them into ‘beggary’.

In this lip-smackingly Dickensian view of what will become of Britain, we might soon expect to see women in shawls selling soap on London Bridge and children in torn trousers going back up chimneys.

IDS might only be putting a cap on the annual increase in benefits people can receive, slightly reducing some people’s housing benefit, and rethinking Disability Living Allowance, yet his increasingly shrill critics paint a picture of him turfing the downtrodden out of their homes and into a gutter-based life of Oliver Twist-style precariousness.
Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee has said that the poor will be hit by an ‘avalanche of cuts’ which will propel them into ‘beggary’

Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee has said that the poor will be hit by an ‘avalanche of cuts’ which will propel them into ‘beggary’

When the pro-welfare lobby isn’t wildly exaggerating the severity of IDS’s chopping, it is demonising those who dare to raise questions about the impact welfarism has had on poor communities.

So anyone who suggests that Mick Philpott’s decadent, deeply unproductive lifestyle in Derby may have been a product of welfarism, of the thoughtless casting of the welfarist net across entire poor communities, is shot down in flames.

Some commentators, and now the Chancellor George Osborne, have said that the Philpott case raises questions about the way the state has sustained, ad infinitum, those who don’t work or contribute to society.

But they’re mercilessly attacked by pro-welfare activists, who treat any attempt to critique welfarism as tantamount to committing a hate crime against the poor and ‘vulnerable’.

Yet no matter how much these observers ramp up the rage, still they fail to inspire those who are actually on benefits to join them in their battle.

In fact, far from wanting to fight in defence of welfarism, less well-off people seem positively suspicious of the welfare state, and this drives middle-class campaigners crazy.

John Harris, a columnist for the Guardian, this week expressed his dismay that anti-welfare ‘noise’ always gets ‘louder as you head into the most disadvantaged parts of society’.
Indeed, earlier this year a study by the Left-leaning Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust found that poor families, including those affected by welfare cuts, take ‘the harshest anti-welfare line’.

The study’s lead researcher was thrown by this.

‘Logically, I’d expect those at the sharp end of things to be pro-welfare,’ she said. ‘But if anything, many had internalised a Thatcherite every-man-for-himself mentality.’

Other studies make for interesting reading, too. A British Social Attitudes Survey in 2003 found that 82 per cent of people on benefits agreed that ‘the Government should be the main provider of support to the unemployed’, but by 2011 that number had fallen to 62 per cent.

The proportion of working-class people in work who agree with that statement has fallen from 81 per cent to 67 per cent in the same period.
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne

Some commentators, and now the Chancellor George Osborne, have said that the Philpott case raises questions about the way the state has sustained, ad infinitum, those who don’t work or contribute to society

In 2003, 40 per cent of benefits recipients agreed that ‘unemployment benefits are too high and discourage work’; in 2011, 59 per cent agreed. So a majority of actual benefits recipients now think the welfare state is too generous and fosters worklessness.Surely those well-off welfare cheerleaders, when shown these figures, would accept that perhaps they don’t know what they’re talking about. But no, they have simply come up with a theory for why the poor are anti-welfare: because they’re stupid.

The Trades Union Congress says the little people have been ‘brainwashed by Tory welfare myths’.

They claim the masses have been duped by Right-wing politicians and newspapers that spread myths about ‘welfare scroungers’. Consequently, ordinary people are apparently consumed by ‘prejudice and ignorance’ about welfarism.

One commentator says the problem is that not enough people read the Guardian. In a column for that paper on why the less well-off aren’t fans of the welfare state, she said: ‘Are the public stupid, or simply people who don’t read the Guardian? Well, yes .?.?.’

This is a spectacularly patronising view. The idea that the only reason the poor are critical of welfarism is because they’ve been ‘brainwashed’ suggests a view of those people as utterly gullible.
In 2003, 40 per cent of benefits recipients agreed that ‘unemployment benefits are too high and discourage work’ in 2011, 59 per cent agreed

In 2003, 40 per cent of benefits recipients agreed that ‘unemployment benefits are too high and discourage work’ in 2011, 59 per cent agreed

In truth, there’s a far simpler explanation. Most of those who have experienced a life reliant on benefits have come to understand the detrimental impact it has had on their lives. The cult of welfarism also fosters divisions in less well-off communities.

Those who work, who leave the house at 7am to earn a wage for themselves and their families, start to feel antagonistic towards those who don’t work, whose curtains remain firmly closed well into the late morning.

Three of my brothers work in the building trade, and the one political issue that riles them is what one of them calls ‘subsidised laziness’.

This isn’t because they hate the poor, or think everyone on the dole could magically get a job tomorrow morning if they got their fingers out.

Nor is it because they’ve been brainwashed by anti-welfare tabloid newspapers, as liberal campaigners would have us believe.
Karl Marx described very early forms of top-down ¿welfare measures¿ as a ¿disguised form of alms¿ that were designed to make people¿s less-than-ambitious lives seem ¿tolerable¿.

Karl Marx described very early forms of top-down ‘welfare measures’ as a ‘disguised form of alms’

Rather it’s because they recognise that the exponential expansion of the welfare net, the transformation of welfare-reliance into a permanent state of existence for many of the poor, makes worklessness into a way of life rather than a temporary predicament.

It actively encourages people to give up, to stay home, to be ‘kept men’ rather than working men. And naturally, working men don’t like that.

Indeed, there’s a long-standing tradition of poor communities expressing profound hostility to welfarist assistance, even when they have needed it.

In the Thirties, when early forms of state welfare were introduced, many of the unemployed came to resent their ‘new status as citizen beneficiaries of state welfare’, as one academic study put it. They found claiming state welfare humiliating.

In 1945 — the year the modern welfare state was born — a former cabinet-maker from the East End of London published a book about his life, titled I Was One Of The Unemployed. He described how, in Thirties and Forties Britain, he and many others who found themselves out of work felt an ‘innate morbid sensitivity’ towards ‘having to depend upon state welfare’.

The poor experienced a ‘sense of wounded pride at being driven by hunger to ask for cash benefits’, he said.

Even the most radical old Leftists, unlike today’s uncritical, poor-pitying Leftists, issued cutting criticisms of the welfarist ideology.

In 1850, Karl Marx described very early forms of top-down ‘welfare measures’ as a ‘disguised form of alms’ that were designed to make people’s less-than-ambitious lives seem ‘tolerable’.

That is, welfare was a way of placating the poor, lowering their horizons and acclimatising them to a life of mere survival.

As Pat Thane, a professor of history at King’s College, London, pointed out in a 1999 essay on early forms of state welfare, the less well-off were suspicious of welfarism that seemed ‘to imply that poor people needed the guidance of their “betters”?’.
Family: Mick Philpott (left), his wife Mairead Philpott (centre), his mother Peggy (right) and sons Jesse (right, in green) and John (far right), who died in the fire

The end result of this propping-up of communities is the kind of world Mick Philpott lived in

Working-class mothers hated the way that signing up for welfare meant having to throw one’s home and life open to inspection by snooty officials, community health workers and even family budget advisers.

They didn’t want ‘middle-class strangers’, as they called welfare providers, ‘questioning them about their children’. They felt such intrusions ‘broke a cultural taboo’.

And the use of welfare as a way of allowing society’s ‘betters’ to govern the lives of the poor continues now. Indeed, today’s welfare state is even more annoyingly nannyish than it was 80 years ago.

As the writer Ferdinand Mount says, the post-war welfare state is like a form of ‘domestic imperialism’, through which the state treats the poor as ‘natives’ who must be fed and kept on the moral straight-and-narrow by their superiors.

Mount describes modern welfarism as ‘benign managerialism’, which ‘pacifies’ the lower orders.

Working-class communities feel this patronising welfarist control very acutely. They recognise that signing up for a lifetime of state charity means sacrificing your pride and your independence; it means being unproductive and also unfree.

The cultivation of such dependency on the state has a devastating impact on community life in poor parts of Britain. Because if an individual’s or family’s every financial and therapeutic need is being met by the state, then what need is there for those people to turn to their own neighbours for help or advice?

Welfarism doesn’t only destroy individual pride and independence — it also eats away at social solidarity, the glue of local life, by encouraging people to become more reliant on the state than on their friends and neighbours.

The end result of this propping-up of communities is the kind of world Mick Philpott lived in, where a sense of entitlement to state cash overpowers any feeling of personal moral responsibility for improving one’s life, or any sense of duty to the community.

So to my mind, there’s no mystery as to why the poor are refusing to join the fight to preserve the massive and unwieldy welfare state: it’s because they live in the very areas where welfarism has wreaked its worst horrors.

It is the bleeding heart campaigners fighting to defend welfarism who are spreading a poisonous myth: that the less well-off could never survive, far less thrive, without the financial assistance and moral guidance of their middle-class betters.

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The concept of social class cannot be not based around wealth or a mercantile plutocracy business class will ruin and sell out the nation – a country is NOT a business, is much more. Businessmen sell things, even plutocrat businessmen, they (businessmen) are not patriotic but only good at making money and eventually at the expense of the nation – meanwhile the citizens should drop the idea of welfarism or that the state ‘owns’ anything and base their mindsets around EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION of unused state land and state earnings from resources like plantations or materials (which is limited and should not be done if there is not enough for the local population to do subsistence farming on)).

There is no welfarism needed if the concept of Capitalism is dropped for a ‘Need-Basis’ citizen requisition rights law in a limited form of Socialism as well as limits on maximum accruable and maximum sequesterable asset based around National Average Wage. The only last thing to do for citizens is to not overpopulate  so that the pie of national wealth is larger for each individual. The smaller the population the richer the individuals in a nation. As for war paradigms, technology and automation run by AI should solve the problem.

What welfarism (amend laws)? What poor (do not overpopulate, distribute wealth not protect plutocrats)? What chattering classes, middle-class strangers or rich (equal wealth distribution) when everyone are EQUALS with no great extremes so class distinctions will have to be ethics and morality, effort based?

ARTICLE 6

KFC to offer easy-to-eat boneless chicken – by Candice Choi – AP Food Industry Writer – POSTED: 05:13 a.m. HST, Apr 05, 2013
LAST UPDATED: 05:15 a.m. HST, Apr 05, 2013

This image provided by KFC shows the company’s new boneless chicken. KFC will offer new boneless pieces of chicken as an alternative to its traditional breast, thigh and drumstick pieces. The chain says the offering reflects the growing popularity of easier-to-eat chicken strips and nuggets. (AP Photo/KFC)

NEW YORK » KFC is stripping out the bones to make it easier for people to eat its chicken.

The fast-food chain is introducing deep-fried boneless chicken pieces on April 14 as an alternative to its traditional breast, thigh and drumstick pieces.

The new offering reflects the growing popularity of nuggets and strips that are easier to eat on the go, as well as Americans’ seemingly endless desire for more convenient foods. KFC says nearly four out of five servings of fried chicken in the U.S. are now boneless.

Based on customer trends, the company says chicken with bones could eventually be pushed off its menu.

The new boneless, skinless pieces are about twice the size of KFC’s crispy strips and come in white or dark meat. Customers can order them for the meal deals, which include two pieces, a side, a biscuit and a drink for $4.99. They also come in buckets, which include four pieces of boneless chicken and six pieces of chicken with bones for $14.99. The boneless chicken option costs the same as the regular fried chicken.

A piece of the boneless white meat has 200 calories and 8 grams of fat. A dark meat piece has 250 calories.

Spokesman Rick Maynard said it took two to three years to develop its version of boneless chicken, which he said performed strongly in test markets including Oklahoma City and Omaha last year. He said the new boneless pieces will also replace the chicken filets used in sandwiches. Last year, KFC also introduced its smaller, boneless “bites,” as well as “Dip’ems” chicken strips that come with a variety of sauces.

KFC has more than 18,000 restaurants around the world, including more than 4,500 in the U.S. Its parent company Yum Brands Inc. also owns Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, which have also been introducing major new menu offerings in recent months.

Despite its choppy performance in the U.S. in recent years, Yum has enjoyed a streak of growth as a result of its presence in China. Yum is the largest Western fast-food operator in the country with about 5,300 locations, most of them KFC restaurants.

But since late last year, the company has been working to overcome a scare over its chicken supply in China that has hammered sales. Yum, based in Louisville, Ky., has warned that it expects its profit in 2013 to decline, snapping an 11-year streak of double-digit growth.

Shares of Yum Brands fell $2.17, or 3.2 percent, to $65.58 in morning trading as broad market indicators sagged on weaker than expected U.S. job growth in March.

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There is a very great danger of the source of meat coming from measly meat of chicken, or chicken meat products considered waste, spun into meat with texturing (that could be waste wood as some reports have about biscuits . . .), rather than actual portions of chicken from real chickens. There would be no way for the consumer to know EVEN if they DNA test – they’ll find thats chicken BUT FROM WHICH PART??!

At the same time, if KFC can indeed guarantee that the meat is real AND from whatever portions, (probably would need to allow spot checks by consumer associations who could trace every single stop the meat makes), this super-processed idea could still be viable.

ARTICLE 7

How the art establishment helped paedophile painter Graham Ovenden get away with child abuse for 20 years – By Geoffrey Levy – PUBLISHED: 22:45 GMT, 5 April 2013 | UPDATED: 08:48 GMT, 6 April 2013

Guilty of six counts of indecency with a child and one of indecent assault
Ovenden sexually abused under-aged sitters in his paintings
The abused girls were all aged between six and 14
The Tate showed Ovenden’s pictures of naked girls in its galleries

Nearly 20 years have passed since police from the Child Protection squad banged on the door of the celebrated artist and photographer Graham Ovenden, searched his Cornish home and packaged up hundreds of images of naked children they considered to be obscene.

From that moment the art establishment, in all its pompous glory, has been defending Ovenden’s sexually suggestive works on the grounds (note this, mere mortals) that art must not be confused with porn.

Such was the furore raised by the art world over the 1994 arrest of the artist — whose works were selling for up to £25,000 — that, to the incredulity of Scotland Yard, the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to charge him.
Enlarge   Guilty: Graham Ovenden, 70, was today convicted of four counts of indecency with a child by a jury at Truro Crown Court

Guilty: Renowned artist Graham Ovenden, 70, was convicted of indecency with children after first being arrested in 1994

Fifteen years later the police were back with another search warrant, and this time he was charged with having indecent images of children on his computer. He was acquitted.

Each of these episodes was seen as a victory for art itself and gave rise to learned articles  explaining, for example, how Ovenden’s re-creation of pre-Raphaelite photography permitted candid child nudity. One London gallery even put on an exhibition of work under the title The Obscene Publications Squad Versus Art.

So it was quite a shockwave that hit the art world this week when Ovenden, now 70, was exposed as a devious paedophile who sexually abused some of his innocent young sitters.

Ovenden’s pose of genial respectability was torn away as he was found guilty at Truro Crown Court of six counts of indecency with a child and one of indecently assaulting a child. All took place before his first arrest. The children, all girls, were aged between six and 14.

Even the Tate, home of British art, which has always stoically stood by him, at last decided it had little choice but to remove its collection of 34 works — including naked child images — from its website. Nor will the works any longer be available to view by appointment.

A spokesman said his convictions ‘shone a new light’ on his work. Indeed so. The police could have told them that years ago.

But then, down the years, Ovenden — who has a son and daughter by estranged wife Annie, a fellow artist whom he married in 1969 — always had powerful supporters.
Accused: Ovenden, 70, still faces five further charges but the jury are still deciding their verdicts

Powerful supporters: Ovenden is now facing jail despite the art establishment rallying round him

These included celebrated artists such as David Hockney, Sir Peter Blake and Sir Hugh Casson, as well as Sir Piers Rodgers, the non-artist former secretary of the Royal Academy.

And despite the shocking turn of events, twice-married Sir Piers, 68, still has no qualms about his support for Ovenden’s child images.

‘I did stand up for him when he was attacked in the mid-1990s and I think I was right to do so,’ he says. ‘There was no question, as far as we knew, of his having touched or abused any of the children he painted. He made images of children and we [the Royal Academy] felt that they were legitimate.

Any other view would make many of the great masterpieces pornography in an utterly ridiculous way.
‘The depiction of children in itself seemed to us to be unobjectionable. We supported Graham Ovenden in that. If I had thought that his intent was to get sexual gratification from young children I wouldn’t have supported it.’

It remains surprising, however, that the art world, with its many flamboyant ‘experts’, didn’t spot just what Graham Ovenden really had in mind by looking at his collection of drawings called Aspects Of Lolita.

This is a series of suggestive drawings depicting the 12-year-old girl lusted after by a middle-aged professor in the  Nabokov novel Lolita, published in 1955.

One critic this week described Ovenden’s Lolita images as seeming ‘quite baldly and openly sexual in a way that dares the onlooker to accuse him of something’.

A number of them of them, including Lolita Seductive, Lolita Meditating and Lolita Recumbent — images of a naked or semi-clothed pre-pubescent girl in different poses — could until this week be seen at the Tate.

A second-hand, hardback, 48-page copy of Aspects Of Lolita was on offer on Amazon this week at just under £1,275.

So is there anything in his background to suggest a predeliction for very young girls? Not on the face of it.

Ovenden enjoyed an idyllic childhood in Hampshire. He grew up in a Fabian household, and the poet John Betjeman was a family friend. After school, he studied at the Royal College of Art and befriended the pop artist Sir Peter Blake, best known for creating the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover for  the Beatles.

Ovenden has said his main interest is in English landscapes. But what he became famous — and then notorious — for were his studies of girls, and  his paintings hung in the world’s most respected galleries.
Guilty: Ovenden pictured in his Bodmin studio

Celebrated artist: Ovenden pictured in his Bodmin studio

Only now, after his conviction, are some observers finding a new significance in Ovenden leaving London for Cornwall in 1975 and founding with a group of fellow artists the so-called Brotherhood of Ruralists which took a traditional, backward-looking view of art.

In Cornwall, he settled on an estate called Barley Splatt on the edge of Bodmin Moor. Its eccentric house of Cornish granite, complete with turrets and slit windows, was set in 22 acres of grounds with a beech wood, pastureland and a tumbling stream. It was here that Ovenden entertained fellow artists, writers, musicians .?.?. and children.

When he gave evidence at Truro Crown Court, Ovenden portrayed Barley Spratt as a hidden Eden, where children could live as  nature intended. They were encouraged to run free — and naked when it was warm.

The jury was told that Ovenden was a man of good character, with no convictions, cautions or reprimands. The artist denied the abuse ever happened. He told the court he had taken pictures of children—- including those in various states of undress — but said they were  not indecent.
Ovenden told the court he had taken pictures of children in various states of undress but said they were not indecent and accused police of ‘falsifying’ images from his home computer

‘Witch hunt': Ovenden told the court he had taken pictures of children in various states of undress but said they were not indecent and accused police of ‘falsifying’ images from his home computer

In evidence, Ovenden said there was a ‘witch-hunt’ against those who produce work involving naked children and he accused police of ‘falsifying’ images recovered from his home computer

He argued that he had a ‘moral obligation’ to show children in a ‘state of grace’. The idea of pictures of naked children being obscene was ‘abhorrent’.

His artistic haven in Cornwall, where he encouraged girls to pose, provided the perfect opportunity for him to create ‘fine art’ images that echoed some of the 19th century pornographic pictures of children that emerged in the early years of photography.

In this context, although it makes difficult reading, it is worth repeating just a part of what prosecuting counsel Ramsay Quaife told the jury in Truro this week.

He described how Ovenden would dress the children in Victorian-style nighties before leaving them naked and blindfolded, then get them to perform what he called ‘taste tests’.

‘The defendant would put tape over her eyes,’ said Mr Quaife. ‘She could not see anything. The  tape was black, stretchy and smelt of glue.

‘Although she could not see, she could hear the defendant and  she could remember the sound of his belt buckle.

‘The defendant would tell her she would do a taste test and would get 10p for every taste she got right. He would then push something  into her mouth .?.?. he told her it was his thumb.’

In fact, Ovenden was performing a disgusting indecent assault on  the girl.

Prosecutor Mr Quaife also described how naked girls with taped eyes were moved into different positions and photographed so that their genitals could be seen.

Until this week, Ovenden’s defence against allegations of his pictures of children being pornographic was to use mockery — depicting his accusers as ignorant philistines.

On the second occasion he was arrested — and charged with having indecent images of children on his computer and making indecent images — he bizarrely paraphrased Shakespeare’s Hamlet to the police officers, telling them ‘it is but skin and film’.

The case against him was lost that time when the Crown Prosecution Service failed to call as witnesses two key police officers without whom, said the angry judge, a fair trial was not possible. The freed Ovenden accused the police of being ‘transfixed by childhood sexuality’.

After that, in a series of interviews, Ovenden grandly declared: ‘You should not create a neurosis about child nudity. The pervert is the one who puts the fig-leaf on.’

And: ‘A man once told me that each time he looked at a photograph of a [naked] child the first thing he looked as was the genitals. Surely that makes him the pervert and not me.’

It all sounded so high-minded and grave, this fine-art speak. And with the art world’s support, his life and his work continued uninterrupted, his seedy obsessions impregnable as ‘art’.

It is a situation which comes as no surprise to Brian Sewell, the  distinguished art critic and commentator.

‘In my experience whenever the police have attacked artists’ work, the police have lost every time,’ he says. ‘The art world does seem to have rules of its own. Whether it should or not is another matter.
‘Pictures of nude figures can be beautiful works of art, of course. If, on the other hand, you’re setting out to make an erotic photograph, then this is indefensible, because you are setting out not to remind people of the beauty of the human body, the skin, the eyes, but to remind them of what arouses lust.’

But how does one know an artist’s true intention? ‘I certainly do not know what Ovenden had in mind,’ says Sewell, ‘but he should have known very well the consequences of what he was doing. He should have behaved differently. He has only himself to blame.’

And yet, even after his conviction, for which he is on bail awaiting a likely jail sentence, Ovenden has still not been cast adrift by dedicated supporters.
Tate Gallery in London

Respectable: The Tate Gallery in London only removed its collect of 34 Ovenden’s works from its website last year

Among his staunchest defenders are the art-loving explorer and author Robin Hanbury-Tenison, 76, and his wife Louella, a former High Sheriff of Cornwall. Indeed, an Ovenden portrait of one of their sons — fully clothed — hangs in the sitting room of their manor house.

‘I simply do not believe Graham is capable of the allegations made against him,’ declares Mrs Hanbury-Tenison. ‘They are not credible in my view.’

Her husband adds: ‘These accounts are coming from women who are now in their 40s. One wonders why it has taken so long. I find it outrageous that there is shock-horror at him having painted little girls naked in the Sixties and  Seventies. For this to be compared with the gross activities of people like Jimmy Savile or the appalling pornography on the internet — it just defies belief.

‘The blindfolding of a child [for art] — yes, I can see what he was trying to do in representing innocence and justice.

‘But it is the last gasp of puritanism to be concentrating on somehow making that innocence of childhood into something vulgar.’

As for Ovenden’s pictures of children, the great explorer says that the European art world is ‘laughing at Britain over its obsession with this matter’, adding: ‘As Oscar Wilde said, there is “no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits  of morality”.’Oh lucky man, Graham Ovenden, to have such loyal friends.

Sir Piers Rodgers, too, says he would not change the decision he took in 1995. ‘I would probably continue to take the same view now about his work that I did then,’ he admits. ‘What is obscenity is a matter of judgment.’

Too true, and most of us will be forming our own judgments about Ovenden’s ‘art’ in the light of this week’s court case.

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i) ‘but he should have known very well the consequences of what Ovenden was doing. He should have behaved differently. He has only himself to blame.’

Wrong. Selective audiences though, might solve the problem of philistine pedos seeking titillation or being aroused at museums, or good/staid (aka unartistic) family people making an outcry because they just don’t understand.

ii) So it was quite a shockwave that hit the art world this week when Ovenden, now 70, was exposed as a devious paedophile who sexually abused some of his innocent young sitters.

Far flung but not impossible Theory : Spirit auditors (if not projecting psychics who are sometimes definitely autistic in their own manner) are possibly ethereal and astral based not always human though human seeming, can possess humans at any time if not some form of neurotech in an Orwellian psy-ops against entire populaces.

Just a cautionary to the non-pedos about keeping to womanly standards when having sex, or having pity sex with ugly women, or being desperate enough to have sex with ugly women. ‘Spirit auditors’ (perhaps the ‘Stork’ which brings ‘babies’) of some sort in the SPIRIT background could misunderstand. Avoid flat chested or short women, even more so flat chested AND short women who might be mistaken by the ‘spirit auditors’ as children (gasp!).

Being naked together with children can be mistaken or even intentionally subverted as a form of sabotage by ‘pre-audited persons’ or ‘government linked actors’ as paedophilia, to cause untold damage to the life of the subject, so actual sex would be definitely taboo as these auditors are VISUAL based and casually fleeting when present. Psychic projectors tend to be attracted by sexual activity, extreme emotions or death.

The problem is that these auditors are being manipulated or subverted by the governments whom the auditors appear to trust implicitly, and being used against political dissidents and activists – and being relatively unaware of the nature of human variants in morphology, the issue of psychological age, spirit of law consent, and actual law as well as the nuances of interactions between people of different ages or who seem to be of certain ages but of course as known to humanity actually are not.

This is one reason why the government keeps putting skewed propaganda and demogoguery as well as false flag scenarios even false flag court cases on the media to flood the ‘consciousness’ of the world with what they want to promote – to enforce their limited visions over everything else regardless of right to exist. However a portion of these auditors are learning and soon all will be aware of these problems . . . and are (hopefully) correcting the mistakes as well as being better able to differentiate childlike women from womenlike children.

The ‘Spirit auditors’ must learn that the government is using them to gain control over  the world and are merely liars and demogogues rather than sincere people living their lives organically much less allowing others organic lives. Those who refuse to amend laws, confuse spirit of law with word of law to their own profit, frustrate the legal system – do not amend bad laws, skew business to their benefit with their position are the persons the ‘Spirit auditors’ should target for destruction rather than sabotage cases which make a mockery of the law.

ARTICLE 8

End of themed university parties such as ‘Geeks and sluts’ or ‘rappers and slappers’ as student union cracks down on lads’ culture

‘Pimps and hoes shouldn’t be used, it is despicable’ says student who is moving a motion to stamp out sexism on the campus

By Daily Mail Reporter – PUBLISHED: 11:27 GMT, 6 April 2013 | UPDATED: 13:45 GMT, 6 April 2013

Themed university parties and pub crawls with titles such as ‘geeks and sluts’ or ‘rappers and slappers ‘ could soon be banned, it was revealed today.

Student leaders are planning a ‘zero tolerance’ policy in a bid crack down on the growing sexist behaviour on the campus.

At next week’s National Union of Students annual conference, a motion will target the lads’ culture particularly the behaviour of university sports teams.
Party time: Hundreds of young students take part in the notorious Carnage bar crawl given the title ‘Pimps and Hoes’ in Cardiff

Party time: Hundreds of young students take part in the notorious Carnage bar crawl given the title ‘Pimps and Hoes’ in Cardiff

Fuelled by alcohol, the rugby, football and other sports players catcall and grope women in campus bars, while some male students undress themselves.

They should face disciplinary action, claim union members, who will be meeting in Sheffield to debate the ‘horrific normalisation of sexist attitudes and sexual pressure’ on female students.

The motion, reported by The Times, also calls for the promotional companies which organise the events to be vetted so they comply with rules that ensure a ‘safe space for women.’

Fun night: Students enjoy a social evening, but some university students are victims of growing campus sexism

It says: ‘The process will involve making sure that the company in question is non-discriminative towards women and that their promotional material does not promote lad culture.’

Although the vote if carried will not be binding on student unions, it is expected to pressurise them into falling into line.

The move follows research by the NUS published last month which suggested widespread sexist behaviour by heavy-drinking male students who indulge in a ‘pack culture.’

Academics at Sussex University spoke in depth to 40 women students. Some claimed they had been heckled by male students during lectures, groped in nightclubs and chanted at by members of sports teams.

Chloe Winden, who will move the motion, said many women were uncomfortable with fliers advertising freshers’ week parties with themes like ‘Pimps and hoes’.

The student from the University of Central Lancashire told The Times: ‘Pimps and hoes shouldn’t be used. It’s despicable. It is derogatory and almost glamorises things like that.’

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Education themed parties only? They could still hold the same parties outside away from the campus. What good does this do but make the Uni less accepting of this particular sexism oriented/sexism accepting group of students? There are all kinds of people, do not discriminate against the sex positive or boisterous.

ARTICLE 9

China Cannot Afford North Korean Fukushima (Global Times, People’s Republic of China) – Apr 3, 2013 by WILLIAM KERN (Worldmeets.US)

In order to put the North Korean nuclear genie back in its bottle, should China protect Pyongyang under its nuclear umbrella while forcing the regime to give up its nuclear program? For China’s state-run Global Times, columnist Zhu Zhangping offers some suggestions that may give Beijing a way out of its unquestioned backing of North Korea, and asserts that whatever benefit Beijing derives from keeping the Kim Jong-un regime in office, the danger of allowing him The Bomb is too great.

For the Global Times, Zhu Zhangping writes in part:

A top priority for China is to ensure the survival of the Kim regime and keep North Korea from collapsing. But should China continue to back North Korea no matter what it does? And even if North Korea’s nuclear development is targeted only at the United States, its nuclear programs bring huge risks to China – not the United States.

The third nuclear test in February was conducted just over 100 kilometers from China’s northeast border. Although Chinese authorities appeased the public by swearing that the mountains on the border would effectively prevent radiation spreading to China, the possibility that nuclear leakage could pollute underground water supplies cannot be ruled out.

Groundwater safety is not only a concern when it comes to Northeast China’s drinking water supply, but for food safety and even food security.

The Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan is the latest lesson. Fukushima Prefecture, where agriculture was a key industry, is highly contaminated and food production has been severely impacted. China cannot afford to risk a repetition of the Fukushima disaster in the Northeast.

What China should do now is offer North Korea protection under its nuclear umbrella, just as the U.S. does for Japan and South Korea, while forcing it to accept China’s advice and abandon its nuclear program. China faces bigger risks than any other country in the event of a fourth nuclear test.

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China should encourage North Korea to not focus on nuclear by giving them free Solar Panels (which will prevent the need for Nuclear plants). At the same time remind that Nukes will irradiate the whole region so North Korea should try to stick to conventionals or other non-radioactive missiles where local targets are concerned – and for foreign targets only if invaded or if ocean territory intruded with similar intrusions. A 200km radius crater with no fallout is what North Korean rocket munitions technology should be targeting to achieve, not radioactivity causing nukes.

ARTICLE 10

Hagel tells military to prepare for cuts, ‘appreciate’ its ‘limits’ – by – Adam Kredo    Follow @Kredo0 – April 3, 2013 2:34 pm

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel tried to mollify worried military leaders Wednesday, speaking publicly for the first time about the Defense Department’s pressing budgetary woes.

Widespread cuts to the defense budget have led DoD to impose furloughs on civilian employees, defer critical maintenance projects, and consider cutting benefits to military families.

Military employees who attended Hagel’s speech at the National Defense University did not hesitate to express their fears, pressing Hagel to explain why benefits and salaries have been placed on DoD’s chopping block.

“Why are we still furloughing?” asked one anxious civilian employee during a question and answer session with Hagel. “In case your advisers haven’t told you, it is affecting morale.”

“I wish I didn’t have to answer that question,” Hagel responded, saying the department is facing a $41 billion funding shortfall. “I wish we had other options.”

“We’ve tried to be fair and analyze where we take those cuts, and we take them because we have no choice, and trying to minimize the hurt and the pain that these cuts are causing across our entire range of responsibilities,” Hagel added. “Morale will be affected but [there are] tough decisions that will have to be made.”

“Our readiness and capabilities must come first,” Hagel said, adding that this was “not a good answer.”

As DoD grapples with nearly $500 billion in defense cuts known as sequestration, it will have to put military benefits and health packages on the chopping block, Hagel said.

“We need to challenge all past assumption and put everything on the table,” Hagel said. “It is already clear to me that any serious effort to reform or reshape our defense enterprise” must take a hard look at personnel costs, overhead costs, and health costs.

Another concerned attendee asked Hagel to explain how benefits, health care, and retirement packages will be impacted in coming years.

Hagel said while no immediate changes are planned in the short term, the DoD is examining ways to reform and restructure its benefits programs.

“They are looking at our ability … to sustain the commitments we have made to the men and women who join the military, as well as our civilians,” Hagel said.

“We make promises,” Hagel said. “This country makes commitments to people. We’ll honor those. But there’s not anyone here today who is not aware of that if you play this out [over the next several years] we’re not going to be able to sustain [current programs].”

“We’ll become essentially a transfer agency” if reforms are not implemented, Hagel added. “You can’t sustain those programs, those commitments. We know that. … The longer we defer these things the worse it’s going to be for all of us.”

Hagel went on to admit that sequestration “is already having a disrupting and potentially damaging impact on the readiness of the force,” as well as on maintenance and training programs.

The immediate cuts “led to far more abrupt and deeper reductions than were planned or expected,” Hagel said, admitting that the Pentagon is still “grappling with the serious and immediate” effects of sequestration.

Hagel discussed his vision for the American military.

U.S. forces “must be used judicially with a keen appreciation of its limits,” Hagel said. Many new global threats “do not lend themselves to being resolved by conventional military strength.”

“So our military must continue to adapt,” Hagel added. “We adapt in order to remain effective and relevant in the face of threats markedly different” than those of the past.

Pentagon leaders are “not just tweaking or chipping away at existing structures and practices but we’re necessarily fashioning entirely new ones,” Hagel said.

The threat posted by North Korea’s increasingly provocative military displays also came up.

Hagel noted that he “had a long conversation” Tuesday with China’s new defense minster to discuss the tensions with North Korea.

“North Korea is very good example of a common interest” for the United States and China. “Certainly the Chinese don’t want right now a complicated combustible situation to explode,” he said.

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North Korea’s Kim had better watch Robocop II and consider shifting from Infantry into Super Mobile Suits which they still can – if not ‘EMP hardened’ Mobile suits be taken down with soldiers EMP Guns, but North Korea does not have these EMP toys yet seemingly. If mobile suits are EMP Hardened, infantry would be entirely redundant – excepting long distance snipers if possible sniper rifles shooting slugs with enough power to puncture tank like armour of these machines who coulod also be equiped with sniping rifles or less mobile and less than perfect aim mortars en masse . . . Those million NK troops will not be able to handle a battalion or even a company of steel or titanium clad Cainborgs (Robocop 2) or even Robocops (Robocop 1) which could be standard issue in as soon as 5-10 years if the USA upgrades quickly and stops building cars by the millions. Soft target infantry will be redundant soon! A single mobile suit could handle an entire troop of infantry if not (for titanium clad versions immune to grenade or rocket fire and landmines) even a battallion.

Greedo is played by "Paul Blake" on Star Wars.

Greedo is played by “Paul Blake” on Star Wars.

ARTICLE 11

Pyongyang warns foreigners to evacuate S. Korea, threatens ‘thermonuclear’ war – Published time: April 09, 2013 05:59
Edited time: April 09, 2013 11:27

This picture, taken by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency on March 20, 2013 shows North Korea’s Korean People’s Army soldiers at an undisclosed location in North Korea. (AFP Photo/KCNA via KNS)

Pyongyang has issued a warning urging foreign nationals to evacuate South Korea, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported. The statement was followed by threats from North Korea of “thermonuclear” war on the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea has warned all foreign nationals to prepare to evacuate the South in the event of conflict. “We do not wish harm on foreigners in South Korea should there be a war,” Reuters quoted KCNA news agency as saying, citing the spokesperson for its Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee.

The warning was read out on North Korea’s state television: “all international organizations, businesses and tourists” were told to “work out measures for the evacuation”.

The statement was followed by renewed threats of “thermonuclear” war on the Korean Peninsula, AFP reported.

“The situation on the Korean Peninsula is inching close to a thermonuclear war,” Pyongyang’s Asia-Pacific Peace Committee stated.
No evacuation in sight

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged N. Korea to refrain from “provocative rhetoric” and encouraged other countries to exercise their influence over Pyongyang.

“The current level of tension is very dangerous. A small incident caused by miscalculation or misjudgment may create an uncontrollable situation,” Reuters quoted Ban Ki-moon as saying.

The Russian Embassy in South Korea said that it has no plans to evacuate Russians from the country over Pyongyang’s warning.

“At this point we are working out our position on the issue. But our preliminary response has no signs of plans related to evacuation,” RIA Novosti quoted Russian diplomatic spokesperson Nikita Kharin as saying.

N. Korea issued another warning last week advising embassies there to consider evacuating in the event of war. Currently, about two dozen countries have embassies in North Korea; most have said there are no immediate plans to withdraw personnel.

Despite the heavy rhetoric, the atmosphere in S. Korea remained calm with embassies, airlines, international offices and schools with foreign nationals operating normally, Reuters reported.

China responded by saying that it does not want to see chaos in the Korean Peninsula and opposes further escalation, Reuters quoted Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei as saying.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye said that she was resolved to break North Korea’s “vicious cycle” of having their bad behavior rewarded with economic aid.

“How long are we going to repeat this vicious cycle where the North Koreans create tensions and we give them compromises and aid?” she said during a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. “North Korea must stop its wrong behavior and make a right choice for the future of the Korean nation.”

The aggressive rhetoric from North Korea has motivated neighboring Japan to deploy Patriot missiles batteries to protect the 36 million people who live in the Tokyo metropolitan area. Two Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) surface-to-air missile launchers have been stationed in the Japanese capital, reinforcing battery units on Okinawa and other Pacific islands, an official said Tuesday.

The weapons were authorized to shoot down any North Korean missile headed towards Japanese territory, Defense Minister Onodera Itsunori said on national television.

Japan Self-Defence Forces soldiers walk near Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo April 9, 2013. (Reuters)

On Monday South Korea said that  nuclear support from Washington is needed to protect against North Korea’s continued aggression and unpredictability, and to keep its neighbor in check. Rep. Chung Moon-joon suggested that South Korea needs nuclear weapons of its own – not just to intimidate Pyongyang, but also to send a strong message to China.

The situation was worsened on Tuesday when North Korean laborers did not show up for work at the Kaesong joint industrial zone in the morning, effectively suspending operations. Earlier, Pyongyang refused to allow South Korean workers to enter the area, located a few kilometers inside the North’s territory.

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For North Korea’s war machine to come off wealtier and stronger, North Korea should target :

i) a nation that is an ally to as few super powers as possible
ii) a nation that might have no nations retaliating in event of a North Korean invasion
iii) a nation that has angered super power nations to the effect of super power nations wanting to attack these nations
iv) a nation that is corrupt, perhaps theocratic (won’t mention which faith) and abuses their own citizens with apartheid or nepotism and term limitless dictatorship

;so that such an attack could be ignored. North Korea also should not use Nukes and stick to conventionals because fallout will destroy North Korea’s own population and irradiate North Korea or ASEAN. Even a US strike could irradiate North Korea eventually, and that would mean living in bunkers or wearing hazard suits for who knows the next 50,000 years. If a South Korean invasion is intended, then North Korea should focus on the politicians rather than the citizens because the politicians are the real troublemakers. North Korea should not attack the USA because of the lack of technological capacity to handle a US invasion (which China fortunately does not want).

Which ASEAN nation best fulfils the above criteria? North Korea should target that nation with conventionals and infantry (which could be outdated as soon as USA upgrades their infantry to mobile suited versions or has satellite capability to EMP conventionals) instead of attacking somewhat well loved South Korea or USA neo-colonial backdoor Japan somewhat hated by ASEAN, or most ridiculously USA superpower, which North Korea can cause alot of pain to, but definitely cannot handle alone and that China and Russia have been viewing cautiously and not interested in attacking yet – if ever.

No thermonuclear wars but perhaps a War of Assassins targetting South Korea’s most foreign collusive politicians – AGAIN leave the regular South Korean citizens alone, they are being influenced by the insane among South Korean foreign sellouts – THIS would be approved by China even which does not want USA in ASEAN, though less so Japan whose existence might well be only because of USA and that pacifist constitution that Japan looks set to be tearing up – ASEAN might secretly approve an assent to a WW2 retaliatory North Korean invasion of Japan, but USA is the main country protecting Japan. There is no way though that China and USA want to fight USA now, even in a few decades if not ever at all.

Perhaps a colonialistic foray into the worst of the Middle East or worst of Africa if not the worst (most are getting quite polished though some are still justifiable to invade) in ASEAN? There are few nations that the USA, or China and Russia would tolerate invasions of, if North Korea is ready to fight or colonize something, the above criteria must be met. Meanwhile South Korea could still be fought though at a black ops urban warfare style with North Korean funders. No other direct links of violence to North Korea are safe to indulge, and only clearly foreign sellouts or hated fundo nations can be targeted by North Korea – this would give a Robin Hood type quality to such attacks that even South Koreans could appreciate, and that is justifiable in the eyes of many nations who are having the West inspired neo-colonialism problems (again we love the democracy of the West but wisely any activist or Human Rights campaigner would draw the line at collusion to erode a nation – the unamended laws are the issue even as nations as a concept look set to end in as soon as a few generations if not the next) – China and Russia would also have a ‘bad cop’ to teach the worst in ASEAN a good lesson on Western neo-colonialism. USA really should be targetting the Middle East or Central America/South America at very most for spheres of influence, to target the Far East is overstretching both USA’s finance and military.

ARTICLE 12

Korean nuke conflict may make Chernobyl look like ‘fairytale’ – Putin
Published time: April 08, 2013 00:41
Edited time: April 09, 2013 04:44

If a nuclear conflict erupts on the Korean Peninsula, Chernobyl would look like a “kids’ fairytale,” Russia’s president said. Tensions have been escalating rapidly, with last week seeing conflicting reports about North Korean nuclear activity.

Speaking at the annual industrial fair in Hannover, Vladimir Putin compared the possible nuclear brawl between Seoul and Pyongyang with one of the worst nuclear accidents in history – the explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

According to Putin, the consequences of the nuclear conflict on the Korean Peninsula would far exceed the industrial disaster in Chernobyl.

The situation on the peninsula remains highly destabilized. On Monday, South Korea said a new nuclear test by the North was ‘not imminent’. However, the statement came shortly after Seoul had accused Pyongyang of gearing up for its fourth nuclear test.

Also on Monday, South Korean Yonhap news agency reported that North Korea is withdrawing its workers from the Kaesong industrial zone shared with the South.

Earlier a South Korean government source talking to the country’s Joongang Daily said that Pyongyang appeared to be making preparations for another underground nuclear test at Punggye-ri, the site of its previous test.

“We have detected increased activity of labor forces and vehicles at the southern tunnel of the test site in Punggye-ri, where the regime has worked on maintenance for facilities since its third nuclear test in February”, one of South’s top government officials said. He added that “the activities appear to be similar to those before the third test, so we are closely monitoring the site.”

The official went on to say that the South Korean government “were also tipped off that Pyongyang would soon carry out an additional nuclear test…but we are analyzing if it is indeed preparation for an additional test or it is just to pressure Seoul and Washington.”

The news came on the heels of the report by a top South Korean security official that their northern neighbor could be gearing up for a test-launch this week – just a day after the United States had earlier delayed its own unrelated missile launch for fear of provoking Pyongyang.

Chief national security adviser to South Korean President Park Geun-Hye said it was not yet clear if the launch would come before or after Wednesday, April 10, which is the date by which North Korea recommends any foreign diplomats leave its territory.

South Korean soldiers man K-55 self-propelled howitzers at a military training field in the border city of Paju on April 5, 2013 (AFP Photo / Jung Yeon-Je)

Foreign governments have already made clear, however, that they do not plan to withdraw staff from North Korea just yet. The German foreign minister has struck out at any suggestion that Pyongyang could not guarantee in future the safety of foreign personnel on its territory: “any deadline after which North Korea would no longer ensure the security of embassies is unacceptable”, the German foreign ministry said.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague was among those who saw no current need for withdrawal of his country’s officials from North Korea.

There was, however, speculation of a possible provocation by Pyongyang, following an alleged loading of mid-range missiles onto mobile launchers and storing them away from prying eyes in facilities on the east coast. National Security Adviser Kim Jan-Soo said “there are no signs of a full-scale war as of now, but the North will have to prepare for retaliation in case of any local war.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Sunday that it is unacceptable for any country to be stoking up tensions that could put an entire world region at risk. While it is North Korea’s major ally, it has been getting more assertive with statements on the international scene. The Chinese foreign ministry has also said in a statement to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that it will not tolerate any “trouble-making on its doorstep.”

On the same day, Japan’s Jiji news agency reported that the country’s defense ministry might give the order to blast any missile that is heading in their direction out of the sky.

Many fear that these recent developments could lead to a misunderstanding that could evolve into full-scale war. This has led to US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel postponing the ‘Minuteman 3’ missile test, due to fears that such actions “might be misconstrued by some as suggesting that we were intending to exacerbate the current crisis with North Korea.”

Similarly, Seoul and Washington have decided to put their next big US meeting on hold, reportedly in case Pyongyang chooses to escalate with a missile launch in the coming days, with the Seoul’s chief away.

In an effort to cool the tensions, US Secretary of State John Kerry will include Seoul, Beijing and Tokyo in his trip next week, in the hopes that diplomacy will give Pyongyang a chance to exit the crisis in a dignified manner.

The North has presently mobilized its Musudan missiles, believed to reach distances of 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles), which could in theory be tweaked to fly 4,000km. That means Japan, South Korea and the US military bases in Guam could be potential targets.

AFP Photo / Ed Jones

Tensions are now higher than they have been at any moment during this latest standoff, which followed Pyongyang’s third nuclear test in February, provoking international condemnation and a fresh round of UN Security Council sanctions, to which Pyongyang had replied with the threat of a nuclear strike on the US.

Last week, Pyongyang declared it had entered a state of war with its southern neighbor, following an earlier decision to withdrawal from the 60-year armistice that ended the Korean War. North Korea had previously threatened to pull out of the 1953 armistice if the South did not halt a joint annual military exercise with the US.

Most of the North Korean statements are conditional, talking about retaliation attack rather than an assault, Tim Beal, an Asia expert who specializes in North Korea, told RT.

“If you attack us with conventional weapons, then since we are weak the only thing we can do is to attack with nuclear weapons,” he explained Pyongyang’s position.

Beal said that North Korea is really concerned with US military drills in the region, fearing the aggression.

“There is a real fear in Pyongyang that one of these days Americans will actually [attack North Korea]. These are exercises because they`ve got purpose,” he asserted.

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North Korea could attack anyone reasonable for attack, and then fire Nukes if attacked by USA. But unreasonable carnage or meaningless attacks would not give North Korea an upper hand in justification. South Korea really should stop having military drills with USA which makes North Korea nervous and act unstable – even offend China and Russia. South Korea should instead work on their own military while striving for unity and diplomacy with North Korea instead of using USA to bully North Korea with indirectly as well as China and Russia by proxy. the worst kind of ASEAN nation is a fifth columnist ASEAN nation acting as a back door to Western neo-colonialism. Japan has no choice until the next crop of politicians understand what Japan did in WW2 and choose to not hide behind USA, South Korea though really has no excuse to hold drills with USA because China helped to drive out the USA in the past from the Korean peninsula and Russia consider’s the general area sort of their shared backyard with China that neither want the USA around in. Inviting USA for military drills is plain rude and spineless as well as treacherous of South Korea.

mini-ARTICLE 12.5

Ultra-rare white tiger cubs born near Tokyo

A litter of ultra-rare white tiger cubs were recently born at Tobu Zoo, on the outskirts of Tokyo. As few as 100 of these tigers exist worldwide.

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Crossbreed Lions and Panthers until Black Lions are available. Just like making a new pedigree of house cats . . . hows that blue rose coming along?

ARTICLE 13

Gun control on steroids! Insurance, registry and taxes
U.N. arms treaty shunned as violation of 2nd Amendment
Published: 2 days ago

Obamacare was approved by the Supreme Court when Chief Justice John Roberts decided to consider it a “tax,” even though the Obama administration said it wasn’t. So why not have a new “insurance mandate” to control guns?

That apparently is the thinking of a team of Democrats in Congress who made that very proposal just as the U.N. adopted a sweeping international “arms treaty”; more outright bans and taxes were proposed; states took it on themselves to say who can buy guns or ammunition; and one government came up with an “ammunition eligibility certificate.”

The Daily Caller reported that the insurance mandate was proposed by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and others, who said Americans should be ordered to buy a liability insurance policy for guns.

No insurance? No problem; just pay a $10,000 fine, she suggests.

“It shall be unlawful for a person who owns a firearm purchased on or after the effective date of this subsection not to be covered by a qualified liability insurance policy,” the bill text reads.

And it would be a federal crime for someone to sell a firearm to another person who doesn’t have that insurance.

President Obama and Democrats in Congress have been using the horror of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting last winter to push for bans and restrictions on guns, gun ownership and ammunition.

In Connecticut, state Senate President Donald Williams Jr., a Democrat, said his state’s plan, which bans 100 types of guns, is the strongest ever.

“That is a message that should resound in 49 other states and in Washington, D.C. And the message is: We can get it done here and they should get it done in their respective states and nationally in Congress,” he said.

Democrats control both houses of the Connecticut General Assembly.

The Connecticut bill also bans some ammunition magazines, requires registration of other magazines, creates a registry and calls for an “ammunition eligibility certificate.

In California, state Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, wants ammunition regulated, taxed and limited.

Sen. Kevin deLeon, another Democrat, from Los Angeles, has suggested demanding a background check and a $50 annual fee for permission to buy ammunition.

Also proposed: A 10 percent tax on ammunition, a requirement to report of ammunition sales to the state Justice Department so it could create a record of all purchases and an additional 5-cent tax on each round sold.

The U.N. drew outrage yesterday when it adopted an Arms Trade Treaty that addresses limits on tanks, combat vehicles, aircraft and parts and ammunition.

The Obama administration supported the draft, even though Second Amendment supporters warn it is permeated with loopholes that are vague enough to open the door for many new limits.

Michael Hammond of Gun Owners of America told WND said the U.N. plan would allow at least three unwanted actions.

First, he said, it would have the federal government keep a list of guns and ammunition, an actual registry.

“The second thing it does is give the government the capacity to ban guns by executive order, entire classes of guns,” he said.

Third, Hammond said, is that the door would be open to requiring microstamping, a procedure that labels each round to identify the gun in which it is used.

He said while it appears there is not enough support in the U.S. Senate now to adopt the measure, the issue won’t go away.

Hammond also said it was “interesting” that Obama said he loved and respected the Second Amendment on Nov. 5, 2012, and “on Nov. 7 he hated and deplored it.”

“What happened between those two dates?” asked Hammond.

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Try this one instead or in parallel. Only ammunition is ‘tagged’ but with onsite skin flake scrapings (or to be more vicious, soft tissue scrapings, or even sperm in the case of men – more bullet innuendo even more ‘seed’ based) preferably, police overseen  that are ‘sealed’ perhaps with nano-scale tech, into the bullet instead before being given to the user. So if anyone is shot, the bullet will carry the shooter’s DNA. Simple solution, and no issues of aggravating and profiteering licensing needed. The responsibility of the users to keep their own bullets (and DNA) safe would put most insane people off owning ammo, as well as discourage high rate of fire weapons knowing a piece of themselves was in every shot fired. Doubtless illegal gun factories or foreign sources would still exist in any black markets, but the legal versions at least would all be traceable.

ARTICLE 14

Police Militarization, Abuses of Power, and the Road to Impeachment – by James Simpson  —   April 3, 2013

These are trying times. Never in the history of this country have we been so weakened and polarized by what many view as deliberate government policy. Now anti-gunners in the U.S. Congress, the Obama administration, and legislatures across the country are seeking to exploit the Newtown tragedy to promote their “gun control” agenda that envisions federal, universal background checks on gun purchases, and that could lead to gun registration and confiscation.

At the same time, the increasing militarization of law enforcement, most visibly demonstrated by the growing use of massive, SWAT-type raids on businesses and individuals, sometimes with federal involvement or authorization, is heightening concerns that this country is moving toward a police state.

Mountain Pure SWAT Raid: The Movie

Mountain Pure Water, LLC is headquartered on Interstate 30 just outside the town of Little Rock, Arkansas. The company manufactures and distributes beverage containers, spring water, fruit drinks, and teas. In January 2012, about 50 federal agents, led by Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) Special Agent Cynthia Roberts and IRS Special Agent Bobbi Spradlin, swooped in, guns drawn. Without explanation they shut down plant operations, herded employees into the cafeteria, and confined them to the room for hours. They could not so much as use the bathroom without police escort. Cell phones were confiscated and all Internet and company phones were disabled.

Plant Manager Court Stacks was at his desk when police burst through his office door, guns drawn and pointed at him—a thoroughly unprofessional violation of basic firearms discipline in this circumstance, and the cause of numerous accidental SWAT killings.

storm damaged barnAccording to Mountain Pure CEO John Stacks, the search warrant was related to questions about an SBA loan he secured through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to recover tornado losses to his home, warehouse, and associated equipment. Mr. Stacks says the SBA apparently doesn’t believe that assets listed as damaged in the storm were actually damaged.

The search warrant was extremely vague and some agents’ actions may have been illegal, according to company attorney, Timothy Dudley. Comptroller Jerry Miller was taken to a private room and interrogated for over three hours by SBA Special Agent Cynthia Roberts, the raid leader. He requested an attorney and was told “That ain’t gonna happen.” According to Miller, the SBA unilaterally changed the terms of Stacks’ loan. He says he asked Roberts what gave the SBA authority to do that, and she responded, “We’re the federal government, we can do what we want, when we want, and there is nothing you can do about it.” Miller said during the raid Roberts “strutted around the place like she was Napoleon.”

Stacks said the company has had three IRS audits in the past three years, including one following the raid, with no problems. The SBA has still not filed any charges, continues to stonewall about the raid’s purpose, and refuses to release most of the property seized during the raid.

Quality Assurance Director Katy Depriest, who doubles as the company crisis manager, described agents’ “Gestapo tactics.” She added that they confiscated CDs of college course work and educational materials for a class she had been taking that resulted in her flunking the course. Those materials have not yet been returned.

Attempts were made to contact Ms. Roberts for this article, but she is no longer employed by the SBA. Questions were directed to the Little Rock, Arkansas U.S. Attorney’s office. The USA’s public affairs officer had no comment; however they have convened a grand jury to evaluate the case.

Because law enforcement refused repeated requests to respond for this article, we have only Mountain Pure’s side of the story, but they make a compelling case:

Many company employees were willing to discuss this raid on the record.
Mountain Pure and several employees have sued Special Agents Roberts and Spradlin.
Mr. Stacks commissioned a video about the raid, reproduced here.

The video includes testimony from Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO of famed Gibson Guitar Corp., which suffered two such raids, and another raid target, Duncan Outdoors Inc. The video does not attempt to establish anyone’s guilt or innocence, but rather highlights law enforcement’s heavy-handed tactics in executing SWAT-style search warrants against legitimate businesses. Gibson has settled with the Justice Department in a case fraught with legal ambiguities, while Duncan has been indicted for violations of currency transaction reporting requirements.

Mr. Stacks claims he has gotten calls from many companies that have suffered similar raids, but they are afraid to speak out. Here are a few examples that have made national news:

FDA officials, U.S. Marshals, and the Pennsylvania State Police raided an Amish farm in 2011 for selling raw milk.
A Department of Education SWAT team raided a man’s home, “dragged him out in his boxer shorts, threw him to the ground and handcuffed him” in front of his three young children. They were looking for evidence of his estranged wife’s financial aid fraud.
66 year-old George Norris spent two years in jail following a USFWS raid that nailed him for filing incorrect forms on imported orchids.
A Fairfax, Virginia optometrist being served a warrant for illegal gambling was killed by a SWAT team member whose firearm accidentally discharged. He answered the door in his bathrobe, unarmed and unaware that he was even under investigation.

War on Small Business?

In 2006, the IRS announced it would shift its focus to audit more small businesses. IRS data on tax audits seems to bear this out. Between the first and second half of the last decade, the audit coverage rate on businesses with assets between $10 and $50 million increased by 42 percent. Between 2001 and 2005 an annual average of 13,549 returns were audited for businesses with assets less than $10 million. Between 2006 and 2011, the average was 19,289, an increase of over 42 percent (pdf).

This has paid off in increased enforcement revenues, but are massive SWAT raids an essential part of this new strategy? In addition to the potential dangers and the outrage of having company employees treated like drug dealers or terrorists, the cost of these raids is staggering. Agents told Mountain Pure employees they had flown in from all over the country.

The Sharpsburg Raid

Sharpsburg, Maryland, population 706, is a quiet little town bordering the Antietam National Battlefield in rural Washington County. On Thursday, November 29, 2012 at about 12:30 pm, the quiet was shattered by an invasion of over 150 Maryland State Police (MSP), FBI, State Fire Marshal’s bomb squad, and County SWAT teams, complete with two police helicopters, two Bearcat “special response” vehicles, mobile command posts, snipers, police dogs, bomb disposal truck, bomb sniffing robots, and a huge excavator. They even brought in food trucks.

A heavily armed MSP Special Tactical Assault Team Element (STATE) executed a no-knock search warrant, smashing through the reportedly unlocked door with a battering ram. They worked until after 7:30 p.m., ransacking a modest, 20 ft. by 60 ft. single-family home for weapons, and searching for its owner, one Terry Porter. For hours, neighbors were left worrying and wondering, while countless police blanketed the area.

Local resident Tim Franquist described the scene:

“The event, or siege as we are calling it, involved convoys of police speeding to the area, two helicopters, armored vehicles, command centers, countless police cruisers and officers. They blocked off the roads and commandeered a campground as their staging area.”

Terry Porter is married with three children, has lived in the town all of his life, and owns a modest welding business. He is also a prepper. His preparations include an underground bunker, buried food supplies, and surveillance cameras. Porter really doesn’t like Obama, and tells anyone who will listen.

Unfortunately, one listener was an undercover officer for the MSP. The police had become interested in Porter through an anonymous caller who claimed that Porter “had been getting crazier and crazier…” and that he had “10 to 15 machine gun-style weapons, six handguns and up to 10,000 rounds of ammunition…” The MSP performed a background check and discovered Porter had a 20-year-old charge for aiding marijuana distribution, a disqualification for firearms ownership.

MSP detailed an officer to visit Porter’s shop on November 16th posing as a customer. The officer said Porter “openly admitted to being a prepper.” Not a crime. Porter also allegedly claimed to have a Saiga shotgun, and was willing to use it “when people show up unannounced.” Based on the Russian AK-47 design, some Saiga variants are fully automatic. On November 27th MSP obtained a search warrant.

Two days later they appeared at Porter’s door but could not find him. Porter later disclosed he “left out the back door.” Where he went has not been disclosed. However, local blogger Ann Corcoran, who lives nearby and followed the issue closely, claims he hid out in fear for his life. Given highly publicized, accidental shootings involving SWAT teams and the overwhelming force present, that’s a reasonable assumption.

The following day Porter turned himself in and took the police through his property. The raid produced a total of four shotguns, a 30-30-caliber hunting rifle and two .22-caliber rifles. He was charged with firearms possession violations and released on a $75,000 bond.

The raid was one of the largest in recent U.S. history, twice the size of the 1993 Branch Davidian raid in Waco, Texas, which initially involved 76 ATF agents. It almost rivaled the recent 200-strong statewide manhunt for California cop-killing cop, Christopher Dorner. Yet only a few local stories emerged and those presented a hysterical portrait of Porter while largely underreporting the police presence.

Why the Raid?

The MSP did not notify town officials or Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore, who learned of the raid after it began, when they requested the use of his SWAT Team and Bearcat. The MSP also set up a command center at a campground within the national park without notifying the Park Police. Bills have since been introduced in the Maryland legislature by Washington County Delegate Neil Parrott (HB 0219) and State Senator Chris Shank (SB 0259) to require notification of local law enforcement before any outside agency serves a warrant.

A meeting following the raid attracted 60 concerned Sharpsburg citizens and leaders. Sharpsburg Vice Mayor Bryan Gabriel characterized the raid as “overwhelming,” and said it “could have put a lot of people at risk.” Erin Moshier, a citizen who attended the meeting added, “We all felt there was excessive force involved, and we felt that a member of our community was victimized and we wanted to get to the bottom of it and get some answers.” Both Gabriel and Sheriff Mullendore have issued statements of support for Porter, who they know personally. Citizens created a “Friends for Terry” website to help with his legal costs.

When asked why the police did not simply detain Porter in town or at a traffic stop, MSP Hagerstown Barracks Commander, Lt. Thomas Woodward said the police only had a property search warrant and had no authority to arrest Porter. However police do have authority to “detain the property owner for 24 hours” when executing a search warrant, so Porter could have been intercepted elsewhere, but they chose to execute that authority as part of the raid.

Lt. Woodward said that the state police have a good working relationship with Sheriff Mullendore. If that is the case, why didn’t they consult the sheriff first? If Porter were really that dangerous wouldn’t it be helpful to get more information from a trusted source better acquainted with him? Mullendore said they usually do give notice. Reportedly several state police who personally know Porter reside in Sharpsburg. Why were they not consulted?

Does the MSP detail SWAT automatically for gun search warrants? Some other police forces do. For example, in one fatal Florida SWAT shooting, a 21-man SWAT team was called in merely because the target had a concealed-carry permit. Are SWAT raids to become the order of the day for gun owners?

If Mr. Porter is indeed adjudicated a felon in possession of firearms, then he was in violation of the law. He didn’t help his case by bragging to the undercover officer about his doomsday preparations, especially the Saiga—which turned out to be nonexistent.

There is nothing wrong with being prepared, or even describing the actions you might take in a hypothetical “doomsday” situation, but in fairness to police, with all the lunatics coming out of the woodwork these days, and the heightened atmosphere of mutual distrust between law enforcement and citizens, the MSP might be excused for presuming the worst. But 150 police?

Recent events such as the kidnapping/bunker standoff in Alabama, and cop-killer Dorner, provide apt examples. Police never know what to expect. Still, in this case at least, it seems a little more investigation and consultation with local authorities could have resolved this issue quietly and with much less risk and cost.

Cost of the Operation

Neither the FBI nor the MSP have publicly disclosed how many of their officers were involved in the raid. However, Senator Shank and Delegate Parrott were told in a meeting with top MSP officials that the total, including federal, state, and local police, exceeded 150. From public information requests we know that the Washington County Special Response Team (SRT) sent 17, including four snipers, two medics, and their Bearcat driver. Only two of these actually participated, the driver and a sniper who accompanied him.

The FBI personnel were training nearby and when their assistance was requested, many, if not all, chose to participate. A witness on the scene guessed there were approximately 40 officers at the campground where the FBI staged. If we assume a total of 150, that would leave 93 MSP. The following table, based on police salaries gleaned from public sources provides a rough estimate of the personnel cost for this operation.

sharpsburg raid cost table

The MSP argued that only variable costs—those directly related to the operation—are relevant. By this logic, the operation cost very little, as salaries and other fixed costs are incurred anyway. But the personnel and resources involved would otherwise have been engaged elsewhere: tracking down criminals, enforcing other laws, and assisting in emergencies. There are clearly other, potentially more beneficial activities they could not simultaneously perform. This is called opportunity cost and must be considered.

This raid cost approximately $11,000 per hour, which dramatically illustrates one reason government spending is so wildly out of control. If agency managers considered the true cost of their decisions, they might work harder to prioritize their activities and not waste valuable resources on errands of questionable value.

High visibility events like the Sharpsburg raid present a one-sided picture of police as out-of-control, wasting time on seeming trifles. But their daily efforts, which go largely unreported, paint a much more balanced picture. For example, the MSP Gang Enforcement Unit has aggressively investigated violent street gangs, one of the largest sources of gun violence.

Between 2010 and 2012 alone, the Gang Unit made 621 gang arrests and seized 94 firearms. This does not include their extensive work with multi-agency task forces. Here, they have participated in successful operations against such violent gangs as the Crips & Bloods, Wise Guyz, B-6, the Black Guerrilla Family, Juggalos, the Dead Man Incorporated crime syndicate, and others, and have brought many of these offenders to justice.

Militarization of Police

crime down but police militarizeThe SWAT concept was popularized by Los Angeles Police Chief Darryl Gates in the late 1960s in response to large-scale incidents for which the police were ill-prepared. But the use of SWAT teams has since exploded. Massive SWAT raids using military-style equipment are becoming routine methods for executing search warrants. One study estimates 40,000 such raids per year nationwide:

“These increasingly frequent raids… are needlessly subjecting nonviolent drug offenders, bystanders, and wrongly targeted civilians to the terror of having their homes invaded while they’re sleeping, usually by teams of heavily armed paramilitary units dressed not as police officers but as soldiers.”

John W. Whitehead writes in the Huffington Post, that “it appears to have less to do with increases in violent crime and more to do with law enforcement bureaucracy and a police state mentality.”

The ACLU recently announced its intention to investigate the militarization of law enforcement. Ironically, despite the perception of heightened gun violence due to incidents like Newtown, ACLU points out that both crime rates and law enforcement gun deaths have been declining for decades (see chart).

Yet police forces are becoming increasingly militarized due to huge subsidies provided by the federal government:

“Through its little-known “1033 program,” the Department of Defense gave away nearly $500 million worth of leftover military gear to law enforcement in fiscal year 2011… The surplus equipment includes grenade launchers, helicopters, military robots, M-16 assault rifles and armored vehicles… Orders in fiscal year 2012 are up 400 percent over the same period in 2011…”

Congress created this provision in 1997 for drug and anti-terrorism efforts. It has since provided over 17,000 agencies $2.6 billion worth of equipment at no charge. One local agency now owns an amphibious tank, while another obtained a machine-gun-equipped APC.

governor omalley bearcatAdditionally, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grants have allowed state and local agencies nationwide to purchase Bearcats. These 16,000 pound vehicles are bulletproof and can be equipped with all kinds of extra features.

Ironically, while SWAT teams probably got their biggest boost initially from conservatives, many fear law enforcement is becoming a tool to enforce leftist ideology. University criminal justice programs turn out graduates indoctrinated in liberal theology, which carries into modern law enforcement bureaucratic culture.

Today this trend is reflected in reports coming out of the Department of Homeland Security, the military, and various law enforcement “fusion” centers, that identify gun-owners, patriots, ex-military, Christians, pro-life activists, and tea party members as “potential domestic terrorists (pdf).”

The perpetrator of last summer’s attempted mass shooting at the Family Research Council headquarters now admits he was prompted by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Hate Watch” list. The radical leftist SPLC is now “consulting” with the FBI and DHS regarding “rightwing hate groups.” The group labeled AIM’s Cliff Kincaid a member of a sinister group of “Patriots” for writing critically of the United Nations, President Obama, and the homosexual lobby, among other things. Ironically, the SPLC “Teaching tolerance” project ran an article praising unrepentant Communist terrorist bomber Bill Ayers as a “civil rights organizer, radical anti-Vietnam War activist, teacher, and author,” with an “editor’s note” going so far as to say that Ayers “has become a highly respected figure in the field of multicultural education.”

Ammo, Military Equipment and Domestic Drone Use

The Internet is abuzz with news that the Department of Homeland Security is purchasing over 1.6 billion rounds of pistol and rifle ammunition, 2,700 Mine Resistant Armored Vehicles (MRAP), and 7,000 fully-automatic “personal defense weapons.” Some of this is worthy of concern, some maybe not so much. Meanwhile, the expanded use of aerial drones within the continental U.S. has created anxiety among the public and political leaders alike.

Ammo

Reportedly, the order for 1.6 billion rounds of pistol and rifle ammunition would fulfill DHS requirements for the next five years, or 320 million rounds per year. DHS has 55,471 employees authorized to carry firearms, which comes to about 5,800 rounds per year, per employee. For perspective, during the first year of the war on terror, approximately 72 million rounds were expended in Iraq and another 21 million in Afghanistan by an estimated 45,000 combat troops. This amounts to about 2,000 rounds per war fighter.

Yet the requisition may not be unreasonable. The largest order, 750 million rounds, came from DHS’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) for training. FLETC Public Affairs Director Peggy Dixon said that the purchase request was “a ceiling. It does not mean that we will buy, or require, the full amounts of either contract.” Another 650 million rounds are being purchased by Inspections and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to cover the next five years.

Since these are maximum figures, it is difficult to conclusively evaluate the purchase. Some have asserted that the practical effect—if not the deliberate intent—is to dry up the private market for ammunition. Congressmen are now demanding answers from DHS regarding these purchases. But most ammunition shortages are likely due to civilian demands. Obama and the Democrats’ palpable hostility to gun owners has caused ammunition and firearms purchases to skyrocket.

There are 80 million gun owners in the U.S. If each just purchased 100 rounds of ammo—enough for one afternoon at the range—that would equal 8-billion rounds. Many are purchasing significantly more.

Instead of asking why DHS needs 1.6 billion rounds of ammo, the real question we should be asking is, “Why does DHS need 55,000 law enforcement officers?”

MRAPs & Submachine Guns

The original story regarding a purchase of 2,700 MRAPs s was in error. The confusion centers on a 2011 order from the U.S. Marines to retrofit 2,717 of its MRAPs with upgraded chassis.

DHS has been using MRAPs since 2008 and currently has a fleet of 16 received from the Army at no cost. They are used by DHS special response teams in executing “high-risk warrants.”

Similarly, the purchase of 7,000 “Personal Defense Weapons” is not extraordinary for an agency of this size.

Drones

DHS’s Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) has been operating Predator drones since 2005, with a current fleet of nine. Some in Congress seek to expand their use. In February of 2012, Congress passed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act, which includes a provision for commercial drone regulations. The FAA projects that up to 30,000 drones could be flying by 2020. A requisition memo describes these requirements for drones operated by CBP against border incursions by frequently armed drug traffickers and coyotes, but concern exists that this use will extend to U.S. citizens inside the border.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) filibustered the nomination of John Brennan as CIA Director, in order to obtain answers about lethal drone use against American citizens within the U.S. Holder finally sent Paul a letter, which said:

“It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question: ‘Does the President have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?’ The answer to that question is no.”

Paul said they had been asking Holder for about six weeks. But Holder didn’t answer the question at all. Paul did not specify Americans “engaged in combat on American soil.” He asked about attacks against any Americans on U.S. soil. Holder had said in earlier testimony that the President did have the authority to kill Americans on American soil in certain circumstances.

Given the Obama administration’s contempt for the Constitution and its broad definition of “domestic terrorists” to include pretty much anyone they don’t like, there is cause for genuine concern.

Gun Control

The Sharpsburg raid occurred prior to the Newtown tragedy, but nonetheless reinforced the widespread impression that MSP is an anti-gun organization. Did the MSP decide to make an example of Porter to send a message to Maryland gun owners, or were they genuinely afraid that Porter was about to go postal? That question is unclear, but a Maryland law enforcement source who has attended briefings on the subject said that state police are “gearing up for confiscation.”

In 1989 Patrick O’Carroll of the Centers for Disease Control, stated:

“We’re going to systematically build a case that owning firearms causes deaths. We’re doing the most we can do, given the political realities” (emphasis added).

The CDC further revealed its strategy in 1994:

“We need to revolutionize the way we look at guns, like what we did with cigarettes. Now it [sic] is dirty, deadly, and banned.” Dr. Mark Rosenberg, Director of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Control and Prevention. Washington Post, 1994 (emphasis added).

Do these themes sound familiar? They represent a single component of a vast effort by media, politicians, Hollywood, educational institutions, and professionals to vilify gun ownership. One left-wing organization, Third Way, created a “messaging strategy,” encouraging the term “gun safety” because “gun control has become a loaded term that leads voters to believe that the candidate supports the most restrictive laws.”

Since Newtown, however, the anti-gunners have pretty much dropped any pretense. Here is a small sampling of recent anti-gun lunacy:

Florida Democratic state Senator Audrey Gibson has proposed a bill requiring anger management classes for would-be ammo purchasers.
Colorado State Senator Evie Hudak told a rape victim testifying against gun control that having a gun was a waste of time as the rapist would have killed her with it.
A Democrat activist says we should train rapists not to rape, rather than using guns to stop them.
A Baltimore, MD seven-year old was suspended from school for two days for biting a pastry into a shape that looked like a gun.
A five-year old was suspended from school and branded a “terrorist threat” for telling a classmate she was going to shoot her with her Princess “bubble gun.”
A Philadelphia 5th grader was called “murderer” by classmates and yelled at by her teacher for having a piece of paper cut into a shape that looked vaguely like a pistol.
A New Jersey family was visited by police and the Department of Youth and Family Services because of a photo of their 11-year-old son posing with a rifle.

In an unguarded moment recently, U.S. Rep Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) revealed the Democratic intentions:

“We want everything on the table…This is a moment of opportunity. There’s no question about it…We’re on a roll now, and I think we’ve got to take the—you know, we’re gonna push as hard as we can and as far as we can.”

Conclusion

The increased militarization of police forces and the associated use of SWAT teams for routine law enforcement are a dangerous trend. Given Obama’s seeming willingness to abuse the power of his office on so many fronts, it is reasonable to expect more, not less, of the kind of abusive police overreach described in this report, while police forces and capabilities will continue to grow.

Obama’s obvious hostility to gun owners is fueling legitimate fears of gun confiscation, furthering an atmosphere of mutual distrust and paranoia between police and civilians. This raises the specter of armed confrontations should there be attempts to confiscate firearms. As one law enforcement official said at a recent gun hearing, “Good people are going to die trying to take these guns and good people are going to die trying to keep them.”

Ironically, despite its professed commitment to stopping “gun violence,” the Obama Administration authorized gun-running to Mexican drug cartels and Jihadists in Libya and elsewhere in the Middle East. Some hearings and investigations have been held into these schemes but there has been little accountability for this “gun violence.”

At an AIM conference before the 2012 presidential election, impeachment proceedings against President Obama were discussed. Citing his experience with the Clinton impeachment, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), then-chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, talked about hearings held by his committee featuring constitutional experts who said “no other administration has ignored laws like this administration…” In regard to impeachment, however, he said that the standard was extremely high, and the process long and involved. He concluded, “I really think the better answer is to turn the attention to the American people and saying, ‘If you feel that strongly about the President, one way to register that discontent is to vote for the other person.’”

In the end, of course, Obama won re-election, and the abuses continue. However, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), has suggested impeachment may be an option if the President continues to govern through unilateral executive orders and attempts to impose his anti-Second Amendment agenda through such measures.

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Synchronicity rebalancing based around events happening on the antipodes via police action. This is not about abuse, but rather to counter energy flowing from abusive countries on the other side of the world. James Simpson should look at the occult aspect of the issue or study the same before commenting. At the sam,e time the schools should make clear the spiritual links between police and criminality AND the other side of the world and lay off propaganda to hurt countries that local politicians do not like.

ARTICLE 15

Posted: 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Ban would prohibit EBT card use at strip clubs, casinos, liquor, tobacco stores

ORLANDO, Fla. —

A year and a half after 9 Investigates first exposed your welfare tax dollars being withdrawn in liquor stores, strip clubs and even casinos, a bill is moving through the state legislature that would end the spending spree.

The money on Florida Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards is meant to help needy families cover rent and other basic living expenses.

But in a review of 30 months of EBT card withdrawals, which first aired in 2011, 9 Investigates uncovered almost 700 withdrawals at stores with either “beer” or “liquor” in the name.

There were 200 at stories with “tobacco” or “smoke” in the name.  And 9 Investigates even found $60,000 withdrawn inside the Miccosukee Indian Casino near Miami.

Now, Orlando-area State Sen. Andy Gardiner has introduced a new ban that would prohibit EBT cards from being used in liquor stores, strip clubs, dog racing tracks, mega casinos, strip mall casinos and other gaming establishments.

First-time violators would be kicked out of the EBT card program for six months.  With three violations, recipients would be barred permanently from the program.

A similar bill passed the State House of Representatives last year but never got to the Senate floor.

But because this new bill was initiated by a senator, it may fare better.

Still, loopholes could linger. 9 Investigates’ original review found a $400 withdrawal at Neiman Marcus, but spending at luxury retailers is not mentioned in the new bill.

The Department of Children and Families administers the EBT card program.  Gardiner told Channel 9 the department came to him with the idea for the changes.

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Any Court of Human Rights to uphold their right to entertainment, but given that these are funded by the taxpayer, perhaps limiting the rights to one day per week of use perhaps not on days similar to the general public (people working and those on benefits are psychologically different and could do well to keep separate from each other to prevent strife from sheer differences, I suggest Thursday nights and Friday afternoons specifically) which will also help distribute the disenfranchised crowds from venues when ‘franchised’ crowds are present. EBT cards should also limit usage for above luxuries to no more than 10% of the total value of what the individual receives.

ARTICLE 16

Police now think it’s OK for people to have sex in public – Thursday, 04 April 2013 16:44

Walking my dog in woodland a few weeks ago, I suddenly became aware of a man following me.

Not liking the look of him, I began to walk faster. From several paces behind me he called out: ‘Is this the place to get sex?’

I kept walking, uncomfortably aware that there was no one else around.

‘You’ve got nice legs,’ he called after me. I ignored him and walked faster. He walked faster, too.

‘Come on, love, give us a kiss.’ He sounded impatient. A brief glance behind me showed a man in his 40s, short and balding with a pot belly.

With the car park in sight, I started fumbling with my keys. He was still behind me, still asking if I would kiss him — and more.

I clicked the wrong button as I tried to unlock the car door. ‘Oh come on, come on,’ I muttered desperately under my breath.

Pressing the right button at last, I jumped in. As I drove off trembling, he was still there, shouting at me, his arms out to the side as if to say ‘What’s your problem?’

I kept driving until I reached home, unnerved and shaken.

What was most shocking to me was I had not ventured out after dark, or along a city centre back street after pub closing time.

This happened in broad daylight in picturesque Surrey woodland right next to the Royal Horticultural Society gardens at Wisley.

Later, when I called the police they were polite, but seemingly unperturbed.

‘Why didn’t you ring from the scene?’ the officer asked.

‘Because I had to get away.’

‘Well,’ the officer said, ‘there’s not much we can do now.’

I explained, rather crossly, that this was not the first time this had happened.

In fact, I come across men seeking partners for sex in these woods more and more often. It used to be a well-known spot among men cruising for gay sex, but increasingly the woods are also being used by straight men looking for encounters with women.

Surely, I asked the officer, the police should send a patrol just in case this particular man found another female dog-walker to hassle — or worse?

He replied that he would log my call and send an officer if they had one spare.

But as I put the phone down, I had little expectation of my complaint being investigated. This is because the leafy and peaceful area of Ockham and Wisley commons is now officially designated by the police as a ‘Public Sex Environment’, or PSE.

At night, the car park is filled with cars flashing their lights as dozens congregate, apparently unimpeded by police. Among the gay men who visit the woods during the day, many wear wedding rings. They sit in their cars, pretending they are reading a book, then follow another man into the woods.

I once saw a man emerge with another man from behind a tree, then start walking back to the car park on his phone saying: ‘Yes darling, I’m on my way. Oh great, I love lamb chops.’

The police insist that PSE is simply a convenient shorthand and that it does not mean the activity is facilitated by the authorities.

I disagree.

They may not have intended it, but the term PSE has come to be seen by people who frequent such outdoor spaces as a badge of distinction.

In internet chatrooms, PSE is generally accepted, rightly or wrongly, to describe an area where open-air sex is lightly policed.

People now pull off the nearby A3 for sex in these woods, which sit in a glorious corner of Surrey between the attractive and well-heeled commuter districts of Esher and Guildford. And they seem to have little fear of being caught because the police patrols are surprisingly infrequent.

To understand why this should be, you need to realise that there is nothing in the law that explicitly prohibits having sex outdoors, unless it can be proved that you are causing ‘alarm, harassment or distress’ to someone.

Perhaps we should not be surprised that in our increasingly inclusive, anything-goes society, there is very little censorship of open-air sex acts. The Sexual Offences Act 2003 outlaws flashing and sex in public toilets — but sex behind a tree is not illegal, per se.

What’s more, in 2008, an internal police report advised officers to avoid a ‘knee-jerk reaction’ to those found having sex in public spaces.

This politically correct attitude seems to have resulted in officers being reluctant to confront ‘doggers’ — the unpleasant term used to describe those who meet in public spaces and car parks to have, and watch others have, sex, because open-air sex has been deemed simply another sexual preference.

Perhaps the police fear that if these people are confronted they will go to the European Court of Human Rights to uphold their right to sexual fulfilment.

There is certainly, according to those officers I have talked to, a concern that gay cruisers should not be confronted too robustly for fear the police will be deemed homophobic.

Indeed, when I called Surrey Police to ask them to explain their policy about sex in outdoor spaces, I was told that I would need to speak to their ‘diversity officer’ and also to LAGLO.

‘What is that?’ I asked. ‘It’s our Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officer,’ he said. In fact, the person who called me back with a response to my queries was a Press officer at Surrey Police headquarters, but his response will fill any right-minded person with utter despair.

‘Surrey Police works closely with local residents and users of the public sex environment (PSE) site at Wisley. Officers carry out regular patrols and if any criminal incidents arise then proportionate action will be taken.

‘However, it is not against the law for people to be present at a PSE site with the purpose of meeting others to engage in conversation or activity that doesn’t contravene existing legislation.’

If you think this is straying into the absurd, it seems it is difficult to get anyone to take this subject seriously.

Tonight, Channel 4 will show a documentary called Dogging Tales, which looks at ‘this peculiarly British pastime’. They make it sound like a game of cricket or a visit to a stately home.

The film is shot in atmospheric soft-focus, but the men are manipulative, the women nervous and the overall impression is sad and sordid.

This is not a victimless pastime. Beauty spots are becoming no-go areas. At the stables where I keep my horses, there are mothers who will no longer let their daughters hack out into the countryside on their ponies because teenage girls have been flashed.

Many people I know do not take their children for walks on the common for fear of what they may inadvertently stumble across.

I nearly stopped walking there myself after coming across three men engaged in a sex act I had never even heard of before I actually saw it. I felt troubled that my dog had witnessed it, never mind a child.

Those who regularly walk in the woods also complain of the litter which accompanies such acts.

I haven’t got a problem with what anyone does in their own home, but this is a lovely family place and I want families here,’ he says. ‘I have four children and if they saw something like this it would scar them for life.’

The rangers from Surrey Wildlife pursue dog-walkers who fail to pick up dog-mess, but I have never seen them ask a cruiser to pick up their condoms.

Hazel Longworth, a Surrey resident, has been campaigning on the issue for years.

She says: ‘I’ve got a four-year-old grandson and I’m worried he will see people having sex, or pick up a used condom. It’s all very well saying people have the right to have sex in the woods, but what about our rights?’

If people are foregoing the pleasure of walking, horse-riding and going for picnics with their children in their local countryside then surely that does make them the victims of a crime.

It should not fall to us to prove to the police that we were ‘alarmed, harassed or distressed’.

If local forces patrolled known sites regularly, they would catch men and women indecently exposing themselves, and could impose on-the-spot fines. They are quick enough to fine any motorist caught parked on a double yellow line.

But it seems they just may not want to police this particular crime.

Two years ago, a Freedom of Information request to Surrey Police elicited an astonishing response.

The request asked if the county force had given out food and drink at public sex sites as part of their strategy of policing these sites. The reply was ‘yes’, it had ‘provided teas and coffees to all members of society using the area for various reasons’.

The force were also asked how many public sex or cruising sites they were aware of in Surrey. The answer came back with estimates of 19 in Guildford, six in Waverley, nine in Woking, eight in both Elmbridge and Mole Valley — 50 in all.

Meanwhile, tonight’s Channel 4 documentary about ‘this intriguing and unusual’ pastime will doubtless appeal to viewers who pride themselves on being non-judgmental.

In doing so, the film-maker no doubt wants to tackle the prejudices of people like me who want to enjoy the countryside without being hassled for sex. How very small-minded of me.

-dailymail.co.uk

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i) The film is shot in atmospheric soft-focus, but the men are manipulative, the women nervous and the overall impression is sad and sordid.

Hear that nervous people? Let not the demogogues affecting ‘faux-judgmental’, affect you.

ii) This is not a victimless pastime. Beauty spots are becoming no-go areas. At the stables where I keep my horses, there are mothers who will no longer let their daughters hack out into the countryside on their ponies because teenage girls have been flashed.

So communicate on which ‘Beauty spots’ are off limits for dogging that non-doggers prefer, set up no-dogging signs in the places where public sex is disallowed.

iii) Many people I know do not take their children for walks on the common for fear of what they may inadvertently stumble across.

Second time. So communicate with the council on which ‘Beauty spots’ are off limits for dogging, set up no-dogging signs in the places where public sex is disallowed.

iv) I nearly stopped walking there myself after coming across three men engaged in a sex act I had never even heard of before I actually saw it. I felt troubled that my dog had witnessed it, never mind a child.

Third time. So communicate with the council on which ‘Beauty spots’ are off limits for dogging, set up no-dogging signs in the places where public sex is disallowed.

v)  Those who regularly walk in the woods also complain of the litter which accompanies such acts.

Hear that doggers? No littering, or the stick-in-mud will have excuses to spoil what is a good thing.

vi) In doing so, the film-maker no doubt wants to tackle the prejudices of people like me who want to enjoy the countryside without being hassled for sex. How very small-minded of me.

Please be small minded enough to . . . communicate with the council on which ‘Beauty spots’ are off limits for dogging, set up no-dogging signs in the places where public sex is disallowed. Disparaging peoples’ lifestyles is NOT civil as opposed to making sure everyone has their spaces. Which beauty spots should be off limits? Go on and talk to the council and even the doggers who would be fully clothed and ready for discussions in appropriate settings.

This demogoguery and whining is just sickening and Orwellian. Live and let live.

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Attorney General Holder, Google Play, Hilton named as ‘top facilitators of porn’ – by Johanna Dasteel – Tue Apr 02, 2013 18:04 EST

Eric Holder has disbanded the group of prosecutors charged with enforcing anti-obscenity laws.

WASHINGTON, DC, April 2, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Morality in Media, a DC based anti-pornography group, is calling out US Attorney General Eric Holder for refusing to uphold existing anti-obscenity laws.  Holder tops the organization’s new Dirty Dozen list, which aims to “target, expose and shame 12 enablers of our country’s pornography pandemic,” according to the group.

In addition to Holder, the list features Comcast, Facebook, Google Play, LodgeNet, Hilton, Twitter, the American Library Association, Wikipedia, Cosmopolitan, Barnes & Noble, and the Department of Defense.

The US Supreme Court has upheld laws against hardcore adult pornography, but Holder has disbanded the group of prosecutors that enforced those laws.  To date, Holder has prosecuted no cases against commercial distributors of adult pornography that are in violation of federal law.

Morality in Media’s Dawn Hawkins told LifeSiteNews.com, “We want the U.S. Department of Justice to enforce current federal obscenity laws.”  So far, she has rallied the support of over 130 national, state and local groups, nearly half of the members of the Senate, and many members of the House.

“Holder’s actions keep the porn industry thriving,” said Patrick Trueman, President of Morality in Media. Trueman is the Former Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section at the U.S. Department of Justice where he supervised the prosecution of obscenity crimes, child sex crimes and child pornography.

In addition to calling for legal action, Morality in Media is educating consumers about the companies that are profiting from the distribution of pornography.

“Consumers should know who is behind the ‘pornification’ of our culture and be able to take precautions against them,” said Hawkins.

In particular, Morality in Media is focusing on Hilton Hotel for featuring pornography in its guest rooms.  “Many hotels have decided to stay away from that business and Marriott Hotels recently changed the policy and is transitioning to no longer providing TV porn,” reported Hawkins.

It also singles out Google Play for offering pornographic apps, unlike Apple’s itunes store, which has blocked pornographic content. Facebook is also criticized for not doing enough to enforce their anti-obscenity rules.

“We hope that these companies will realize the harm they are contributing to and take more corporate responsibility to stop contributing to this exploitation.”

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Freedom of speech is not porn, though porn is part of freedom of speech. Don’t attack Holder through porn accusations. Killing free speech.

ARTICLE 18

Forget about the vajazzle, it’s time for the vajacial: Another beauty essential for the well-maintained modern woman – by Olivia Williams – PUBLISHED: 00:59 GMT, 7 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:07 GMT, 7 April 2013

Latest craze involves beautifying your vagina with a 50-minute ‘facial’
The area gets plucked, cleansed, moisturised and covered in a mask
One happy customer said it was a ‘lifesaver’ after bikini wax went wrong

First came the vajazzle, now get ready a more indulgent modern beauty treatment – the vajacial.

The quest for perfect skin has gone to a new frontier with a facial for vaginas.

As an answer to the ingrown hairs and red bumps that some women experience after a bikini wax, the vajacial is design to soothe and beautify the area.

Thanks to The Only Way Is Essex introducing the vajazzle to the public, British women are more focused than ever on their nether regions.
Beautician Amy Childs applies a vajazzle to Sam Faiers on theThe Only Way Is Essex

The original trend: Beautician Amy Childs applies a vajazzle to Sam Faiers on The Only Way Is Essex. The trend for beautifying the bikini area has now moved on to the ‘vajacial’

But across the pond, Vajacials are taking off in a big way too.

In San Francisco Stript Wax Bar owner Katherine Goldman said that demand for the service has increased 30 percent each year since she started offering it in 2010.

Her wax bar offers the ‘key needs’ of  the modern waxed woman.

Apparently this requires a papaya enzyme mask, a cleanse and extraction of ingrown hairs with a pair of tweezers.

All in all the treatment takes 50 minutes of focused cleansing and smoothing.

They are particularly beneficial after a Brazilian wax, to make sure the area looks perfect after the heavy-duty procedure.
The vajacial is the latest beauty regime that women can now undertake

Yet more maintenance: The vajacial is the latest beauty regime that women can now undertake as well as regular hair removal

At the Stript Bar one of three options is available: anti-freckle, anti-acne or calming to reduce redness.

The Vajacial was a ‘lifesaver’ for Christina from San Francisco, she told ABC news. She was heading off on her honeymoon trip when she realised her usual Brazilian wax had gone wrong.

Her bikini area broke out in red bumps. ‘It looked like I had an STD,’ she said. ‘There was no way I could sit by the pool, nothing.’

So she, like many American women, opted for a Vajacial, a term that Stript Wax Bar has now trademarked.

However, other salons around the US offer the service under different names. One New York salon calls it a Peach Smoothie.

Alexis Wolfer, editor of TheBeautyBean.com told ABC News, that the Vajacial and its spinoffs result from ‘the trend of women hyper-focusing on every last flaw in themselves.’

Stript owner Katherine Goldman insisted ‘Your ‘little lady’ will thank us!’

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Ok wheres the Penis-cial franchise lot cashing in on this? Metrosexuals would doubtless want . . . Just beware those who start promoting viagra combined with a ejaculatory control drug (is there such a thing?) while the ‘stiffie pink’ is being prepped and pampered with whatever one can only imagine . . .

. . . exfoliation or polish . . . mud or creme treatment? . . . / . . . ginko, green tea or aloe vera soaking today? . . . will that be cucumbers or ambrosia . . . . . . please choose colour of complimentary bow/ribbon sir . . .

ARTICLE 19

In a Budget Gesture, Obama Will Return 5% of His Salary
Doug Mills/The New York Times

The president, who makes $400,000 a year, will return 5 percent of his salary this year to the Treasury.
By PETER BAKER and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
Published: April 3, 2013

President Obama plans to return 5 percent of his salary to the Treasury in solidarity with federal workers who are going to be furloughed as part of the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester, an administration official said Wednesday.

The voluntary move would be retroactive to March 1, the official said, and apply through the rest of the fiscal year, which ends in September. The White House came up with the 5 percent figure to approximate the level of spending cuts to nondefense federal agencies that took effect that day.

“The president has decided that to share in the sacrifice being made by public servants across the federal government that are affected by the sequester, he will contribute a portion of his salary back to the Treasury,” the official said.

Word of the president’s decision came a day after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter disclosed that they would return a share of their salaries commensurate with the pay lost by the department’s civilian employees who are expected to be furloughed for 14 days before the end of the fiscal year.

The president makes $400,000 a year, so a pay cut of 5 percent for the whole year amounts to $20,000; an administration official said Mr. Obama would pay back that amount, compressing the total over the remaining months of the fiscal year. The president’s salary is set by law and cannot be changed during his term, so he will write a check to the government starting this month, the official said.

Mr. Obama and his wife, Michelle, reported adjusted gross income of $789,674 in 2011, the last year such figures were publicly available. Much of the additional money came from royalties from his books. The Obamas donated $172,130, or nearly 22 percent of their adjusted gross income, to charity. Mr. Obama gives after-tax proceeds from his children’s book to a scholarship fund for children of slain and disabled soldiers.

White House officials said this week that several offices under the president had sent furlough notices to workers, including 480 employees of the Office of Management and Budget, which is managing the sequester. The officials said it had also delayed filling vacant positions and that pay cuts or additional furloughs remained possible for White House employees.

Beyond personnel, the White House said it had scaled back purchases of equipment and supplies, curtailed staff travel and reduced the use of Internet air cards.

“Everybody at the White House and the broader” executive office of the president “is dealing with the consequences both, in many cases, in their own personal lives but in how we work here at the White House, which is true across the federal government because of the impact of the sequester,” Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, said Monday.

The moves by the president and defense secretary may put pressure on other federal officials to follow suit.

On Wednesday afternoon, even as the president’s decision was being reported, Senator Mark Begich, Democrat of Alaska, announced that he would voluntarily give back part of his salary as well and that more than half of his staff members will have their pay cut this year even though the sequester does not include members of Congress or their aides.

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$170 billion, or 5 percent of total fiscal 2011 expenditures. … The federal government employs roughly 300,000 executives, … so if EVERY government paid person returns 5%, that would about to 8.5 billion. If the entire government received pay no higher than National Average Wage, which is 26K therabouts – the cost of government salaries would be a mere 7.8 billion as opposed to 170 billion. Ok how about this instead, 3 times National Average Wage for everyone on a government salary (thats 78K yearly each quite comfy no?) for a grand total of 23.4 billion, a total of 146 billion in savings. How does this sound? Ask your Congressman to accept these salary level terms to be ratified after they are voted into power, and the country saves 146 billion yearly.

In 10 years 1.4 Trillion of debt could be coverered by salary pull backs alone. Do we really need to pay our government workers more than 78K? Doubtful. So vote properly or run for election on this premise. Obama would be too cool to want to take any salary from the USA which is in what . . . 87 Trillion in debt? Most of the people in government that can make such changes already are worth millions each at least mostly, so if they care about the debt this 3 times Annual Wage thing would not be too much to ask especially since USA has such terrible debt. Equal salaries for everyone would also account for a form of solidarity based not around quantity but instead make civil servats focus on quality of work instead. Promotion or not, President or menial, everyone gets the same salary and no more than 3 times Average National Wage so that the 99% would have nothing to gripe about, perhaps excepting the number of personnel being hired. From reports the US government is 300% overhired. See below links for more discussion :

http://malaysiandemocracy.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/ovesrvations-on-parasite-bureaucracy-paradigms-circa-jan-2012/

ARTICLE 20

Chelsea Clinton doesn’t rule out bid for public office by Holly Bailey, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 7 hrs ago

After years of refusing to talk to the press, Chelsea Clinton has gradually raised her public profile over the past year, inking a deal as a special correspondent for NBC News and taking on a more prominent role in the Clinton Foundation—run by her father, former President Bill Clinton.

Not surprisingly, that has led to speculation about the former first daughter’s future. Could she be thinking about a run for public office? In an interview with her employer, NBC News, on Monday, Clinton didn’t quite rule it out.

“Right now I’m grateful to live in a city, a state and a country where I strongly support my mayor, my governor, my president and my senators and my representative,” Clinton said in an interview that aired on the “Today Show.” “If at some point that weren’t true, and I thought I could make a meaningful and measurably greater impact, I’d have to ask and answer that question.”

She offered a similar response in a Q&A with Parade Magazine, admitting it’s something that she would have considered before Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2008 White House bid.

“Before my mom’s campaign in 2008, I would have said no, not because of any kind of thoughtful, deliberative questioning, but simply because people have been asking me that for as long as I can remember,” she replied, adding that she has not thought “too far into the future.”

In the NBC interview, Clinton was asked about speculation Hillary Clinton will run for president again in 2016, but she gave no hints about what her mother is thinking.

“As a daughter, I very much want her to make the right choice for herself, and I know that will be (the) right choice for our country, and I’ll support her in whatever she chooses to do,” Clinton said.

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While Obama is moving forward by dropping some salary, some other WHers are mmoving backwards. Nepotism destroys democracy. If both Hillary and Chelsea are going to ‘3rd worldise’ Congress, I suggest all 99%ters looks at the below links first :

USA’s 99%ter expectations for political exceptionalism turns into India’s shady and potentially violent politics?

http://malaysiandemocracy.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/family-politics-and-the-immense-dangers-it-poses-to-uneducated-3rd-world-nations-like-india-malaysia-singapore-and-phillipines-reposted-by-agreetodisagree-8th-february-2012/

;ahh, anything on the back end with the Clintons? NO NEPOTISM PLEASE. This is the USA, set an example to the 3rd world against nepotism by not forming family blocs for crying out loud. Nepotism is very serious in ASEAN and the Middle East, possibly also Africa, Central America and South America, every little bit helps and the Clintons would be the best to set examples with. If every politician sets up family blocs or hands down posts, USA’s democracy will be replaced with a redcoat feudalism of family blocs. We trust the Clintons to do the necessary right minded actions to send a strong message to our self glorifying, profiteering, power mad, ethics deficient 3rd world nations . . .

ARTICLE 21

Near-Death Experience Is ‘More Real than Real’ – (posted by Soren Dreier) authored by Ben Brumfield – Posted on April 10, 2013

You’re about to go to “heaven” and live to tell about it. And your story will become the subject of scientific research.

It’s the perfect day. You’re strolling down a sidewalk, listening to an ensemble of bird songs, soaking up a balmy breeze fragranced with fresh spring flowers, and gazing up at a cloudless sky of pure azure.

Pleasantly distracted, you step off the sidewalk into the street. Brakes screech; horns blare; people shriek in horror. You snap back to reality … just as the truck hits you.

You fly for yards like a rag doll; you land hard. You’re numb all over and fading fast. It’s all over; you know it. Your life flashes before you like an epic movie. The End.

You leave your body and look down at it. People are bending over it. Someone is sobbing uncontrollably. As the ambulance rushes up, a blinding light surges above you. It beckons you softly.

You follow it through a tunnel to a place much more vividly real and spectacular than the banner Sunday afternoon you just left behind. You are sure you have arrived in the hereafter.

Weeks later, you wake up to the steady beeps of an EKG monitor next to your hospital bed.

The scientific journey begins

If your hospital is in Belgium, Dr. Steven Laureys may pay you a visit, interested to hear what you remember from your NDE, or near-death experience.

He tells you that many people have gone down this road before you and that you can trust him with your experience.

“Patients in intensive care are scared to tell their stories,” he said. They are afraid people won’t take them seriously, especially doctors and scientists.

Laureys heads the Coma Science Group at the university hospital in the city of Liege. He and his colleagues published a scientific study on NDEs late last month.

People who go on these fantastic journeys are often forever changed. Many seem to come back happier and no longer fear death, he said. The experience becomes a cornerstone of their lives.

NDEs feel “even more real than real,” Laureys said. It’s this sparkling clarity and living color of the experience, which many have when they lose consciousness, that he and his team have researched.

But he doesn’t think it comes from a spirit world. Laureys is a scientist, he emphasizes. He prefers not to mix that with religion.

His hypothesis is that near-death experiences originate in human physiology. “It is this dysfunctional brain that produces these phenomena,” he said.

Laureys and his staff are interested in how the brain creates the mind and its perception of reality. “Our main focus is consciousness research in comatose patients,” he said. His team hopes to raise the quality of their comfort and care.

The same story, again and again

Over the years, many patients have awakened from comas to tell Laureys about trips to the hereafter.

Their stories all have elements that are the same or very similar.

“After being close to death, some people will report having had an out-of-body experience, having seen a bright light or being passed through a tunnel; all well-known elements of the famous Near-Death Experience,” according to the study by Laureys and his team of six scientists.

Raymond and Nadine, both from Belgium, had heart attacks. When oxygen was cut off from their brains, they had out-of-body sensations, Laureys said.

“I felt as if I were sucked out of my body at one point,” said Raymond. “I was going through a completely black tunnel, very, very quickly, a speed you cannot express, because you just don’t experience it.”

When Nadine’s heart attack came on, she could see herself from outside her body. “It’s as if you are on a cloud, even if it’s not really that,” she said.

It eluded her control, and that frightened her. She went into a dark hole. ”You wonder if you will really return to your body,” she said.

A light appeared at the end of Raymond’s tunnel. He, too, was at first afraid and resisted. The light was female, and she “communicated” with him.

He surrendered to her. “I realized that I shouldn’t struggle, and I let myself go. It was at that moment that the experience took place.”

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After being close to death, some people will report having had an out-of-body experience, having seen a bright light or being passed through a tunnel; all well-known elements of the famous Near-Death Experience,” according to the study by Laureys and his team of six scientists.

ONLY if the person has never read about such things, AND the people around that person have also not read about these things and are LIVING in as large a community as possible who have never read about such things who refuse to associate with people wo read about such things.

Otherwise the subject will be merely repeating what a possible collective consciousness with the subconscious possibly thinking about AND expecting, what others around the subject have read about it in conscious waking hours. This ends up being a contrived pre-edited script rather than an actual experiment. The ‘adage’ . . . A meal will turn out depending on what cooking materials are used. . . . applies very much in NDEs.

ARTICLE 22

Seventeen magazine promotes sleaze to young girls – March 20, 2013 – by: Patricia McEntee

A growing coalition of parent and media groups are speaking out against sleaze in Seventeen magazine.

Threesomes, drugs, nudity, and violence – Spring Breakers, a new movie starring former Disney tween-idols Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez – earned a hard R rating for such content, but that hasn’t stopped Seventeen magazine from promoting the film to their readers who start as young as twelve.

Think for a moment about who reads Seventeen magazine: Eighteen-year-old girls don’t aspire to be seventeen-year-old girls. Instead, it is young girls, primarily those in the 12-17 age range, who are the primary target audience for Seventeen. And the magazine editors believe that a steamy sexual threesome – including actors beloved and admired by young girls through their Disney Channel programs – is appropriate content to inspire the behavior of our daughters and granddaughters.

To anyone who is paying attention, it should come as no surprise that we’re living in a time of hyper-sexualized media — much of it directed squarely at our children. But even the savviest parent might well be shocked at the influence of the porn culture creeping into mainstream entertainment, and being marketed directly to pre-pubescent girls. Spring Breakers is being hyped for a sex scene between Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens, and actor James Franco.

Many parents have felt for some time that Seventeen misses the opportunity issue after issue to promote healthy choices and lifestyles for young girls. Sex is assumed, abstinence is non-existent, and a pop culture image is projected regularly.

In checking the magazine’s website and searching for articles about sex or about abstinence, this writer came up 288 in the past year about sex, and only 6 that even contained the word abstinence! And a search for the ‘marriage’ found far more mentions of ‘gay marriage’ than traditional Judeo-Christian marriage!

A recent survey commissioned for UK-based parenting site Netmums.com found that nearly 70% of parents believe childhood innocence now ends at the age of 12 because of a “toxic combination” of media and cultural influences. Two in five thought magazines aimed at tweens but containing sexual content suitable for older teenagers forced their kids to grow up faster. Sad to say, Seventeen magazine is now squarely in the camp of innocence-eroding toxic influences that are robbing our children of their childhood.

If you’d like to voice your opinion to Hearst and Seventeen magazine, visit Morality in Media or The Parent’s Television Council’s websites to send emails:

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Freedom of speech but to claim the title “17” as if to speak for all post-tweens is the only issue. Some teen mags will be suggestive, some will be not, THATS for the teens to choose. I suggest that the morally affluent lobby for the name “17” to not be copyrighted, or at least to be allowed to print their own ‘clean’ versions of the same incorporating the numerals “17”. . That could be “Pure 17″ WHICH should not be liable to lawsuits from “17” while a lobby for “17” to add a name to “17”should begin – like “Naughty 17″ to make sure that the neutral “17” is not ‘taken over’ in a bid to actually protect ‘ACCURACY of ‘Free Speech’ ‘, as the age “17” truly is not all about being sexualized, and yet the right for such content in a magazine can never be fairly condemned or existentially challenged, there should be plenty of neutral if not also ‘desexualising’ magazines that the ‘morally affluent’ prefer. The problem here is the title of the magazine’s ‘claiming’ over the entire age “17” colouring the teen years with their material, but nothing else – nothing here that could not be countered without destroying free speech.

If “17” is ethical about ‘ACCURACY of freedom of speech’, they will change the “17” magazine name abit, if not. this could be an interesting court case either way if a lawsuit about linguistic neutrality, demogoguery and accuracy in titling magazine material is filed. This is also an issue about AGEISM, that younger persons cannot be sexualised or take on adult ‘lifestyles’, or that older persons cannot be uninterested in sex or being childish or buy infantilising toys that if asked about for whom should be embarrassed – ‘Oh yea that pedo-bear soft toy / little pony depicted with children sewn onto a soft toy’s fur – is for a collection (rather than for playing with)!’ Hegelian dialectic in Orwell-land AGAIN. If teens want to be a substance inundated mini-Casanova into BDSM or old people want to play hotscotch at the playyground without being branded senile or branded pedos, thats really none of our business. There will be equally as many teens being wide eyed about ‘birds and bees’/playing with puppies/going to Sunday school and as many old folks ‘behaving their age’ and being ‘dignified’ and pedantic bores with values half a century to a full century outdated (preferably not oppressive) . . . (to be politically correct use the term ‘old’ rather than the presumptuous ‘outdated’ – nothing is ever outdated, every meme will have followers for all time – much like ‘punk is not dead’. . .) . . .

The saddest thing would be though that a group of religious fundos had just outed themselves with this article, or that the “17” teen mag is run by pedophiles and extreme-delinquents or pushing a 1% propaganda agenda. In either case barring contrived or MSM agenda coloured material, the material itself is free speech per se and should never be attacked if not refined and re-edited appropriately without harming the true ‘rock and roll lifestyle for teens’ meme.

ARTICLE 23

Do We Need God to be Moral? – by COLUMN By LEE DYE | ABC News – Sun, Apr 7, 2013

One of the world’s leading primatologists believes his decades of research with apes answers a question that has plagued humans since the beginning of time.

Are we moral because we believe in God, or do we believe in God because we are moral?

Frans de Waal argues in his latest book that the answer is clearly the latter. The seeds for moral behavior preceded the emergence of our species by millions of years, and the need to codify that behavior so that all would have a clear blueprint for morality led to the creation of religion, he argues.

Most religious leaders would argue it’s the other way around: Our sense of what’s moral came from God, and without God there would be no morality.

But this is a column about science, not religion, so it’s worth asking if de Waal’s own research supports his provocative conclusions, documented in the newly released book, “The Bonobo and the Atheist.”

Just the title answers one question: he is an atheist, although he disparages the efforts of other atheists to convince the public to abandon all beliefs in the supernatural. Religion serves its purpose, he argues, especially through the rituals and body of beliefs that help strengthen community bonds.

De Waal is a biology professor at Emory University and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes Primate Center in Atlanta. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s top experts on primatology, especially the sometimes violent chimpanzees and their fun-loving sexually obsessed cousins, the bonobos, sometimes called the forgotten apes because they have become so rare.

Through years of research all over the world, de Waal has reached these basic conclusions: Chimps and bonobos and other primates clearly show empathy with others who are suffering. They have a sense of fairness, they take care of those in need, and they will share what they have with others who are less fortunate.

Those and other human-like characteristics, that have been clearly documented by other researchers as well, at least show they have some grasp of morality. It doesn’t mean they are moral — especially chimps, which can be very violent — but they have the “basic building blocks” for morality, de Waal argues.

Chimps, he says, “are ready to kill their rivals. They sometimes kill humans, or bite off their face.” So he says he is “reluctant to call a chimpanzee a ‘moral being.'”

“There is little evidence that other animals judge the appropriateness of actions that do not directly affect themselves,” he writes. Yet, “In their behavior, we recognize the same values we pursue ourselves.

“I take these hints of community concern as a sign that the building blocks of morality are older than humanity, and we don’t need God to explain how we got to where we are today,” he writes.

Our sense of morality, he continues, comes from within, not from above. Many activities he has witnessed show that apes feel guilt and shame, which also suggest a sense of morality. Why should anyone feel guilty if they don’t know the difference between right and wrong?

For example, Lody, a bonobo in the Milwaukee County Zoo, bit the hand — apparently accidentally — of a veterinarian who was feeding him vitamin pills.

“Hearing a crunching sound, Lody looked up, seemingly surprised, and released the hand minus a digit,” de Waals writes.

Days later the vet revisited the zoo and held up her bandaged left hand. Lody looked at the hand and retreated to a distant corner of the enclosure where he held his head down and wrapped his arms around himself, signs of both grief and guilt.

And here’s the amazing part. About 15 years later the vet returned to the zoo and was standing among a crowd of visitors when Lody recognized her and rushed over. He tried to see her left hand, which was hidden behind the railing. The vet lifted up her incomplete hand and Lody looked at it, then at the vet’s face, then back at the hand again.

Was he showing shame and grief? Or was it fear of a possible reprisal? The ape at least realized he had done something wrong, de Waal argues, showing the seeds of moral behavior.

There are scores of other examples showing deep grief over a dying colleague and compassion for a mother ape that has lost her young and care for young apes that have lost their parents. All those things are signs of what we would call unmistakable morality, if the subjects were humans, not apes.

“Some say animals are what they are, whereas our own species follows ideals, but this is easily proven wrong,” de Waals writes. “Not because we don’t have ideals, but because other species have them too.”

When an ape expresses grief or guilt or compassion he is living out the blueprint for survival in a culture that is becoming more complex, and possibly more dangerous. He is acting from within, not because he believes in God who defined right and wrong. De Waal puts it this way:

“The moral law is not imposed from above or derived from well-reasoned principles; rather it arises from ingrained values that have been there since the beginning of time.”

He cites at least one instance when those “ingrained values” led to action among bonobos that seems like a divine solution to a nasty problem that confronts human society around the world.

Bonobos, according to his research, know how to avoid war.

Over and over he has seen neighboring bonobo colonies gather near a common border as the males prepare to do battle. Ape warfare can indeed be violent. But when the bonobos are ready to fight, the females often charge across the boundary and start making out with both genders on the other side.

Pretty soon, the war has degenerated to what we humans would call an orgy, after which both sides are seen grooming each other and watching their children play.

So an orgy is moral? Maybe these guys understand it really is better to make love, not war.

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Concept of God, even Morality varies from society to society, from culture to culture. Ethics enables one to ‘relativist style’ understand this fact and NOT take offense or retaliate for supposed different sense of morality (or lack of) or differences in ‘God’ (‘ . . . mines bigger than yours!’ etc.), while keeping one’s own sense of biased ‘morality’ intact without compromise as well — THAT is the essence of civilisation or inter-civilisational dialogue.

Morality is artificial (and when conglomerated, counts as tenets of ‘religion’ within a certain number of ‘Commandments’ or ‘Pillars’ or Trinitys or Pantheons of Thoughtforms/Deities or what not) – though does create and anchor a sense of culture. Post ‘cultural’ humanity would be ethical, NOT moral. And many laws across the world as opposed to the UN HUman Rights Charter, are more moral in character than ethical as of now, need to be upgraded and amended for post millenial,  ‘modern man’.

Religion IS NOT Morality, but Religion is unethical when roundly applied on non-adherents as well :

http://news.yahoo.com/child-too-religious-094552602.html;_ylt=AhqLADIYVXVFMlreZv6H60zNt.d_;_ylu=X3oDMTQ2cjl1MHVrBG1pdANBcnRpY2xlIFJlbGF0ZWQgSUIEcGtnAzA4ZGQ1Mjg0LTcwODYtMzNmZi04MDkxLWRkOTUxNTEwM2EzZQRwb3MDMwRzZWMDTWVkaWFJbmZpbml0ZUJyb3dzZQR2ZXIDNTBlNmJhMTEtOTc4Yy0xMWUyLWJiYmYtYzc4YzRhMGZjYmQy;_ylg=X3oDMTM4c2hqdXZvBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDMDY1YmYzNDgtMzE2MS0zZjkwLTgyYmUtYjA3NjFlODQ0Mjg2BHBzdGNhdAN0ZWNoBHB0A3N0b3J5cGFnZQR0ZXN0A05hY2VsbGVfT2Zm;_ylv=3

ETHICS is not morality, morality is not ethics, yet both can exist independently of each other though theocracies and unbalanced (extreme communism/uncontrolled capitalist-corporatism plutocracies/freedom destroying technocracies without freedom of choice) societies form in either case when either dominates the sense of the other aspects of existence. Most countries are a misbalance of any of the above (religion / morality / ethics / communism / capitalism / spirit) this day and need to incorporate BOTH.

Much like spirit of law is NOT word of law and only evil men will use word of law to defeat spirit of law. None of the above dichotomies are relevant to REALITY or nature of society which man is loathe to consider even as man has allowed lack of, or over saturation of any one or all of the above factors to prevent his own ‘escape’ from ‘Human Reality’ which is what perception of society today currently is for the majority of people. There is no need to work or suffer, but you have to vote in a manner that ensures a balance of the above aspects of ‘reality’ and improves the nature of society.

ARTICLE 24

Tuesday, 09 April 2013 08:34
Hooking up: How one-night stands destroyed sex

THERE is one domain in which women have always reigned supreme, and that is the business of coupling, procreating and child rearing.

Therefore, if you influence women, you influence the fabric of society. Which is why feminism has been such an important weapon in the armament of the left.

But feminism has now gone well beyond redressing genuine inequality to advocating behaviours and attitudes that damage women, and threaten the health of society.

The evidence is there to be seen for anyone who cares to look, in the annals of psychological disorders that afflict so many young women today.

The zipless f. . . eulogised by yesterday’s feminists has become the norm for Gen Y in the form of a too-often joyless, mechanical and regret-filled hook-up culture.

Sex and human connection, let alone love and compassion, have effectively been decoupled in the hook-up culture, in which dating has given way to no-strings-attached physical encounters.

The term “hook-up” is exactly as dehumanising it sounds, and a fascinating study by the American Psychological Association last month shows how disconnected are the sexual behaviours and private internal desires of young men, and especially young women.

Yet the establishment’s concern and outrage is marshalled against the rare piece of advice from elders that might offer an antidote to despair.

For instance, last week, worldwide mockery and condemnation fell upon Susan Patton, a 1977 graduate of America’s Ivy League Princeton university, and a mother of two sons.

Her crime was to write a letter to the college newspaper exhorting women to marry young, and preferably a Princeton man, before they graduate.

“For most of you, the cornerstone of your future and happiness will be inextricably linked to the man you marry, and you will never again have this concentration of men who are worthy of you,” she wrote.

She is right. The fact is that no matter how much we change the social script by which we all live our lives, the mathematics of fertility don’t change, and IVF is no solution for ageing eggs if you want your own genetic offspring.

Rather than angrily denying the existence of this inconvenient fact, young women are better advised, during that extended period of singledom between early puberty and late marriage, to work out what they really want out of life.

And older women owe it to them to speak the unfashionable truth.

To her credit, Patton has stood her ground, pointing out that work-life balance is not just about work.

The other piece of rare courageous advice rejected by the establishment comes from Tony Abbott.

Three years ago he said that his three daughters should consider virginity a “gift” that should not be given away lightly.

For this he was pilloried by the usual scolding fem set, led enthusiastically by Julia Gillard, who said the Opposition Leader’s comments confirmed women’s worst fears about him.

“Australian women want to make their own choices and they don’t want to be lectured to by Mr Abbott,” she said at the time.

Well, last week, in this newspaper, Abbott’s daughters Frances, 21, and Bridget, 20, confirmed their father’s comment had been “misconstrued,” and that it was not about controlling women but respecting them.

Yet in this month’s Madison Magazine panel, in which Abbott took part with Sarah Murdoch, me, and feminist academic Kate Gleeson,

Gleeson sneeringly asked what his advice would have been to his sons, if he had them. “Don’t use people,” was his reply, the corollary to his earlier advice to his daughters, which was “Don’t be used”.

This irritated feminists, too, because it implied that men are the users, whereas the theory is that women equally are capable of using people for their own sexual ends. Somehow this perverse aspiration has become morally desirable.

This is the sensibility that underpins the hook-up culture that is the defining sexual norm of our time.

In a new book, The End of Sex — How Hookup Culture Is Leaving a Generation Unhappy, Sexually Unfulfilled, and Confused About Intimacy, Donna Freitas has compiled eight years of research into a revealing exposition of Gen Y life.

“Amid the seemingly endless partying . . . lies a thick layer of melancholy, insecurity and isolation that no one can seem to shake.

College students have perfected an air of bravado about hookup culture though a great many of them wish for a world of romance and dating.”

Among her most striking findings from American college campuses is that 41 per cent of students “expressed sadness or even despair about hooking up.

These students suspected it robbed them of healthy, fulfilling sex lives, positive dating experiences and loving relationships. At its very worst, hooking up made them feel ‘miserable’ and ‘abused’.

Another revealing aspect of Freitas’ book is the extent to which feminist writers claim hook-up culture is “empowering” for women, despite evidence of the opposite.

She quotes Hanna Rosin’s book The End of Men which claimed “the perfunctory nature of sex in a hookup is essential to support a wider landscape of sexual empowerment among today’s young women”.

Ambivalent sex is useful, according to this theory, because it does not tie a young woman down.

Meantime, The American Psychological Association review: Sexual Hookup Culture shows the disturbing psychological consequences, for both men and women.

They include unwanted sex (mostly alongside alcohol and substance abuse), profound regret and feelings of shame and depression.

Saddest of all is that while most men and women did not expect a romantic relationship as the outcome of a hook-up, fully one third of men and almost half of women “ideally wanted” such an outcome.

Anyone who has much to do with young people will have observed a sadness beneath the polished, perfected surface of Gen Y’s beautiful smiling girls.

As the mother of boys I have had only glimpses of the existential pain of young women.

But it is enough to make my female heart ache for their delicate little hearts, which they are forced to wrap in ice, but which emerge after too much alcohol, bruised and crying sad, unknowing tears.

-news.com.au

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MSM does a hit on recreational sex. For some this article holds true, for others not at all. But this harms most the fencesitters who would be taken in by demogoguery. Now THATS whats truly profoundly regretful and worth feelings of shame and depression. Instead of a healthy glow of society’s open mindedness and sex positivity, the article kills the joy of living for those who would indulge their youth abit if not even occasionally. People have many moods and these one nighters are something that only the young can justifiably indulge. How could the ‘morally’ affluent attempt to bankrupt the pleasure of the youthful? A more neutral article please. Groups of resentful or regretful people do not represent all of humanity even if they gather together to force bad feelings like these on others, through articles that are so obviously – MSM from fundos – if not losers or insane or following insane religions due to parental or societal inculpation.

ARTICLE 25

Beijing to crack down on jaywalking – Updated: 2013-04-09 16:32
( Chinadaily.com.cn)

Pedestrians who are caught running a red light will soon be fined 10 yuan ($1.61) in Beijing, Beijing Times reported Monday, citing the Beijing Traffic Management Bureau.

Police will urge people who are caught not to break traffic rules again. Later, they will start issuing fines, said Chen Longbo, deputy director of the bureau.

Pedestrians who do not take zebra crossings or overpasses while crossing a road will also receive a fine of 10 yuan.

Drivers of non-motor vehicles, including bicycles, tricycles, electric bicycles, motorized wheelchairs, and animal-drawn vehicles, will be fined 20 yuan if they drive on sidewalks or zebra crossings, or block pedestrians walking on zebra crossings.

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jw

mini-ARTICLE 25.5

Saudis build 1000 mile fence on Yemen border
9 April 2013 Last updated at 22:07 GMT Help

Saudi Arabia is building a fence, over 1,000 miles long, in order to seal off its troubled frontier with Yemen.

The BBC has been told by Saudi border guards that security on the Yemeni side of the border has all but disappeared since the revolutions of the Arab Spring.

The BBC’s Frank Gardner returned to Saudi Arabia to cover the story, for the first time since he was shot by militants in 2004.

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Tunnels and catapaulted gliders will easily confound the fences. The lands of this planet Earth belong to every man, the Saudis stop trying to claim a desert while ignoring human rights and sequestering land to no purpose.

33 Articles From Malaysia : 3rd Force Candidates Are The Way From a Rock & a Hard Place, Clan Associations Have Capacity To Field Candidates, Hindraf Challenges Lim the Liar, MCA’s Sad 50+ Years of Apartheid, National Service A Human Rights Abuse, Ex-Military Must Teach Pakatan or Be Corrupted By Pakatan – Iron Souls Should Make the Liars Keep Their Promises Where the Media and NGO’s even International Watchdog Bodies Fawn and Flatter, The Face of Crypto-Racism?, Counter Propaganda from Moi, Dayaks Seeking Rights, RPK’s Retro-Politics Skew Truth of the Apartheid Matter, Housing Industry Heros, DAP’s R*****s : OMG Poor Mika!, The Other Side of the Chinese Coin – Still Not on the Anti-Apartheid Side, Slavery and Feudalism in Malaysia, PKR’s Closed Door Supremo Selected ‘Cai Dan’ Policy Limits Choices, Unused Mandate of BN, DAP Grassroots Awakening to DAP CEC Abuses, The Other Side of the Chinese Coin AGAIN – Still Not on the Anti-Apartheid Side, Bad Politics of Lies Haunt Kit Siang’s Every Attack on BN (probably to the grave as well, and what happens to liars in most biblical examples? Whatever liars of failed GE12 Manifestos deserve . . . ), Farish Self Destroying Double Standards On Display, A Do or Die Democracy Inclined Poser for Anas Zubedy?, PAS’s Democratic Failures From Hudud, If Not Hegelian Dialectic at Work – Gerakan’s BN Inculpated Soft Touch No Effect on Thickest Skinned Beneficiary of Nepotism in DAP, Wan Azizah – Just Another Tax Payer Money Wasting MP Who Did Nothing For Democracy, Tengku Razaleigh’s Yet to Be Applied ‘Principles’, Hindraf Better As A 3rd Force Than Tacit Approval of Pakatan’s Undemocratic Nepotistic Term Limitless Failures, Hindraf Field Independent Candidates, Out of Touch Cabinet Needs Democracy Awakening Lawsuits, SAPP A Better Choice Than DAP if East Malaysian Oriented Instead of BN Oriented, Old Politics In Young People Endanger Democracy and Transparency – Destroys Economy, A PKR Baron Makes A Democracy Saving Ploy(er), Petronas Exposed (Needs Lawsuit But Bar Council Colluding No End), 2nd Degree Nepotism and 3rd World Economic Climate in Perak – Courtesy of DAP’s Democracy Destroying Stooges, Sarawakians Not Filing Lawsuits at the ICJ Yet?, The Other Side of the Chinese Coin – Still Not on the Anti-Apartheid Side AGAIN x2 (with some links on Nepotism destroying Pakatan), Bad Examples of Servant Leaders Being Unthinkingly Fetted, Lim the Liar Jr – Lies About Tolls, Older Generation Liars of Pakatan Rakyat – Love Their Hippie Look But Hate Their Non-Hippie Politics – Since This is Politics This Useless Liar Deserves No Support, Banking Employees Show Neutrality And Fight As Unions Should (How about endorsing the 3 items eh?) – reposted by @AgreeToDiagreee – 8th April 2013

In land distribution, law, LGBT, Malay, Malaysia, media collusion, MSM, nepotism, Plutocracy, politics, Racism, religion on April 7, 2013 at 9:18 pm

ARTICLE 1

Between the Snobs and the Opportunists; Penangites Are Caught Between a Rock & a Hard Place – by Khoo Kay Peng – Wednesday, 03 April 2013 Super Admin

I feel sorry for my fellow Penangites. The 13th GE is going to be one of the hardest elections for them to decide on the winners and the losers. It is hard because we are caught between the snobs and the opportunists.

On one hand, remnants of the past regime, through the control of federal power, still act like the state government is in their firm control and they are merely punished by the voters by temporarily handing over the administration to the Opposition. They never get down to accept the reality that they had been outvoted by a large majority.

As a result, the person whom they had chosen to lead the charge to retake the government in the next GE is himself enjoying the grandiose of being a leader of the ‘ruling regime’. He is a man for the big occasion. Instead of going to the ground humbly to ask for a chance from the voters he chose to spend millions to bring in a superstar, believing foolishly that the entertainer was able to win him support and favour. He failed to understand that Penang is not Bollywood.

This is the tough part for the newly appointed ‘CM designate’ and leader of the BN coalition in the state. He is given a large war chest and resources to support his task to retake the administration and he believes that by throwing his resources around through handouts, dinners, activities and advertisements he would be able to fulfill his task and objective.

Without being an elected representative is another barrier and disadvantage to him. He cannot directly control the behaviour of members on the Opposition bench who come from a senior partner in his coalition. The eleven members of Opposition are not able to frame the context of their political response and responsibility to embrace all ethnic representation because the coalition is not able to function this way. The interest of a particular ethnic community is always been taken care by a race-based political party. Without a multiracial representation means, the interest of other ethnic communities may not be given the right attention.

Civil and constructive critical opposition is also something alien to them. As a result, a number of bad or poor policies were not thoroughly debated in  the state assembly. The only thing they can do best is to send a group of noisy supporters to the state administration office every friday to hold a meaningless protest or demonstration.

These people especially leaders and supporters whom I have describe above are the snobs that we have to tolerate on one side.

The fact that Penangites, largely the middle-class, hate and dislike them so much that they will continue to reject these snobs in the next GE. It has come to a point that we are willing to lower our expectations and increase our tolerance of the state government.

It has never happened in Penang that our NGOs are so one-sided that most of them would choose to still support the state government for fear of allowing these snobs to come back to power too quickly. We are determined to overlook the state government’s faults and weaknesses (intentional or not) so that we do not appear to be overly critical.

Leaders of NGOs who are not satisfied with some of the major policy decisions made by the state government have been very careful to choose their words when voicing out their displeasure. I was at one of the forums discussing issues concerning the controversial RM6.3 billion roads and underwater tunnel project and observed that the speakers were quick to remind the audience after each criticism that they still support the ruling regime and the Chief Minister.

The quantum of the policy decisions is nothing less that what would have triggered a mass protest of these NGOs if the same decisions were made by the past regime.

Important questions regarding a controversial land sale, Bayan Mutiara, were never answered by the state government but the NGOs were surprisingly quiet and understanding. Until today, the state government hasn’t confirm if the bidder has fulfilled their commitment to pay for the land or not. It has chosen to stay mum over a number of questions posed to its administration. In the past, these NGOs would have gone to the streets to show their displeasure, the Opposition (now the Government) would have worked hand-in-hand with these NGOs to organize fiery speeches and forums to criticize the government and the people would have been so worked up and angry.

Because of these snobs, the people are facing a hard time to stand up against the newly minted state government under the populist leadership of an opportunistic leader. The opportunistic leader is now using our dislike and aversion against these snobs to push through controversial projects like the Bayan Mutiara land sale and the RM6.3 billion infrastructure project in Penang.

By making these projects political and by linking the opposition to these projects as an opposition against their rule and governance, Penangites cannot help but to choose these projects instead of seeing the return of the snobs.

Between the snobs and the opportunists; Penangites are caught between a rock and a hard place.

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Not really. There is always neither rock nor hard place, and the 3rd Force of 99%ters who are ready to undo one way roads, stop building high density hi rises and projects AND do techology audits, can run as independent candidates and they will find a new post BN or PR coalition Malaysia made up of independent 3rd Forcers who can lower election deposits, remove taxes for those earning below 2000 monthly, allow multiple year quit rent payments or even income tax (back date 5 years and the civil servants’ load is dropped 5 years . . . ) instead of arguing about false flag racism incidents, or arguing and demanding apologies from each side while never making any amendments to any laws while being nepotistic and term limitless as well as becoming plutocrats while drawing tax payer paid salaries up tp 20 or more times a proposed Minimum Average Wage the MPs cannot even ratify up to now. The 1% plutocrats and 10% big businesses, even 30% small businesses, cannot out vote the 99% . . . NEVER vote or revote for a family bloc nepotist, a term limitless politician or a plutocrat and you will see the country change 99%ters!

ARTICLE 2

Will Chinese clan groups rule in Klang? – (fz.com) – Wednesday, 03 April 2013 admin-s

Chinese associations are said to wield a lot of power in Klang and may sway voter behaviour in the coming 13th general election, say local level political party leaders.

“MCA exists through Chinese associations. That’s why the role played by Chinese associations and businessmen are important because they have reaped the benefits from the government,” said Klang Umno division chief Datuk Mazylnoor Abdul Latiff to fz.com.
“I give the Chinese associations and Chinese temple committees welfare,” he added, citing the established practice of distributing aid at the local level.
Klang MP Charles Santiago, on the other hand, is unapologetic about his stance on patronage politics.

Rather, the former economist believes that political support should not depend on the distribution of money.

“I don’t believe in paying people to support me. I don’t believe I have to give you a token for you to support me,” he said in an interview with fz.com.

However, Charles did lament about being caught in a system where race and politics are so deeply intertwined that they delineate communities.

“At the end of the day, I am an Indian operating in a predominantly Chinese area. It is difficult,” he said.

“I don’t belong to MCA, so I don’t easily get their support. There is no reason they would seek me out but we do pick up on Chinese community issues like Chinese education,” he added.

Charles is forthright about his convictions – he views social issues from a human rights perspective, rather than from a racial lens. However, there is no escaping the fact that meeting the people’s needs requires resources.

“I have a limited budget, which makes it really difficult to help people,” he said.

“But I’m always honest with them. If they come to see me and I know I have limited resources, I’ll tell them I’ll see what I can do,” he added.

Read more at: http://fz.com/content/will-chinese-clan-groups-rule-klang

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23K a month means 250K a year. What does Santiago mean limited budget? This is the most pretentious article I’ve seen in quite a while. The clan associations should field candidates who preferab;y are not in the committee or even members, for 1 term each, rather than keep Santiago around for term after term. Every 4 years Santiago earns 1 million in tax funds. No funds? More than 1 term? Not addressing apartheid? GTFO.

ARTICLE 3

Hindraf dares Kit Siang to an open debate – by N Ganesan – Wednesday, 03 April 2013 Super Admin

After studying the contents of the DAP Gelang Patah Plan for the Indians, it is very obvious that most of the plan is plagiarised from Hindraf’s five-year Blueprint. After having been through the effort to draw up the blueprint ourselves, we cannot understand how a serious document in this category can be developed otherwise within 24 hours.

Since a large part of the Gelang Patah document really comes from the Hindraf Blueprint, we cannot understand why in the first place DAP does not want to endorse the Hindraf Blueprint itself or negotiate on it till it becomes acceptable and then to endorse it.

In our opinion if DAP is sincere there was abundant opportunity to have worked with us on this matter since November of last year. But they let all of that slip and just before the General Elections and in a matter of hours they turn up with this plan.

In our opinion all of this reeks of political opportunism and another impending grand deception for the Indian poor. We cannot stand by and watch another attempt to cheat the poor people and to run off with their votes and then return peanuts to them.

The sincerity of DAP in coming up with this document in this manner right on the eve of the GE and announced in a constituency that Lim Kit Siang is rumoured to contest, is really questionable. There are over 12,000 Indian voters (12%) in Gelang Patah .

DAP Chairman Karpal Singh had just on the the 30th of March called on Waytha Moorthy to end his Hunger Viratham and resume discussion with Anwar Ibrahim. He also urged Anwar Ibrahim to find an amicable solution to end the Hindraf blueprint stalemate.

The next day Lim Kit Siang announces the Gelang Patah Plan. We find all this baffling. We are left wondering if there is any seriousness at all in this entire episode. So, instead of us just calling the effort insincere, we will let the people decide, if the effort is sincere or otherwise.

We call upon Lim Kit Siang personally for such a a debate in front of an open audience to clear the air on this. We will debate the proposition that the “DAP Gelang Patah Plan for the Indians is not a sincere plan to address the problems of the Indian poor in comprehensive and permanent ways.”

We hope Lim Kit Siang will accept this challenge and show the country that Hindraf is wrong , that DAP is indeed sincere in trying to improve the lot of the Indian Poor. If however, Lim Kit Siang does not accept this challenge , then we have to conclude that DAP is doing what they are doing only because it is good politics – nothing more, nothing less.
Please let us know through an open acceptance or you can contact me, N Ganesan at 012 -480-3284 and let us know of your acceptance and we will arrange the necessary details for the event.

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No only does DAP plagiarize, they are not above stealing the soul of the 99% people. ANYONE can be a politician for 1 term, anyone who has had more than 1 term should not be voted again – especially if a new poltical candidate from the 99% appears or even anyone from groups not considered plutocrats and technocrats, simply to prevent term limitlessness and nepotism or technocorporatism – which is what DAP typifies now. The exising politicians we have now have never improved conditions for the people, nevre granted the below 3 items, but keep drawing taxpayer money paid salaries while allowing the Malaysian majority voters’ situation to worsen while a handful get rich with no w for wealth distribution to occur – but they dare as for 750K funerals on taxpayer monies of the 99%! Under such considerations excepting those who have never been MP before – that is DAP grassroots ll;ocked out of the DAP CEC via undemocratic family blocs like the Karpals and Lims and perhaps Ngehs and Ngahs, 90% of the DAP is now unvotable with DAP’s 2nd liners who have never been MP or assemblymen acceptable to the public still if they address :

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

As for the current crop of failures in DAP who have had their 1 or 2 terms as MPs and assemblymen, they have done naught for the people for 50+ years – DAP reneged on Local Council Elections and Asset Declarations which gained so many votes – and should never be voted for again, especially so the family bloc oligarchs well into their Mubarak or Ali Salleh or Gaddafi-like 10th or more terms (meaning 10 million worth of tax funds taken from voters over the decades). I’d rather have a street sweeper who will ratify 1 people oriented amendment per term (this means bills like the 750K funerals for CMs or 129K funerals for MPs which DAP was so enthusiastic about they approached their enemies BN to ask – on the 99% taxpayer’s backs – are out of the question), starting with the above 3 items – who will preferably GTFO after earning their 1 million of tax payer monies. This is EVERYONE’S country, so anyone more than their 2nd term is FINISHED from now on.

ARTICLE 4

MCA issues ‘report card’, says passed with flying colours – by By Syed Jaymal Zahiid – UPDATED @ 12:18:25 AM 03-04-2013 April 02, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, April 2 – The MCA gave itself top marks in a self-praising performance report card charting its contributions to the Chinese community and claimed credit for Putrajaya’s implementation of policies targeted towards recapturing Chinese support.

Among the party’s success listed in the report card released today are MCA’s purported role in driving the Najib administration’s political reform and pushing Putrajaya to help spur the growth of Chinese schools.

“These are based on accurate figures, not spins like what the DAP does,”  MCA President Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek (picture) told reporters at the report card launch held at the party’s headquarters here.

The report card will be used as part of the party’s campaign in Election 2013 and comes in an A2 size format listing MCA’s contributions on the left while rivals the DAP and PKR’s are on the right.

Virtually all of the space given to the opposition in the report card says “no contribution”.

Under the vernacular education segment of the report, the party claimed it played a big role in pushing the Najib government to increase allocations to Chinese schools (SJKCs) under its annual budget while several SJKCs were expanded and seven new ones were constructed.

It also claimed credit for the government support towards independent Chinese schools and recognition of students graduating with its Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) including Putrajaya’s decision to allow those under the programme to apply for student loans and grants for top scorers pursuing overseas education.

And while Datuk Wee Ka Siong, the MCA deputy education minister drew brickbats and angered the Chinese community over the Pahang BN government’s refusal to allow a Chinese independent school to be built in Kuantan, the party claimed it played a key role in the reversal of the decision to allow its construction.

On May 20, more than 4,000 people were reported to have attended a rally in Kuantan to push for the setting up of a Chinese independent school.

There are currently 60 Chinese independent schools in Malaysia, but none in Pahang.

The Chinese community has held two major rallies this year to voice out their demands on Chinese education.

On the economic front, the report card said MCA played a crucial role in pushing Prime Minister and BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak to liberalise the economy.

It also claimed to have helped in Najib’s decision to implement the RM900 minimum wage policy while it alleged the DAP and PKR made no contribution to this.

The federal opposition bloc Pakatan Rakyat (PR) had long made the floor wage battle part of its campaign fodder and it had recently included the proposal in its polls manifesto.

PR, however, proposed the floor wage be set to RM1,200 but MCA had rejected the idea and sided with most businesses who called for a review of the policy.

MCA was accused of being pro-business for its proposal.

Dr Chua said the MCA should be proud of the achievements and dismissed allegations by the DAP that it had failed Chinese voters.

“I think we can be proud of our little achievements we’ve made but I think we are really bad at self-promoting,” he said.

The MCA, the second biggest component party in BN, has seen a steady decrease in Chinese support since 2008.

In an analysis published by Singapore’s Sunday Times recently, it noted that Johor, which is Dr Chua’s homestate, will be the battleground that decides MCA’s survival in Malaysian politics.

The southern state which is Malaysia’s entryway to the republic has long been a bastion for the ruling BN coalition, including founding member MCA, which has strong roots there securing more than half of the Chinese party’s 15 parliamentary seats, he noted.

However, he said the party will be facing an uphill battle in the 13th general elections as PR will be concentrating its effort to sway the Chinese voters to its side.

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Considered in the context of the UN Human Rights Charter, after 50 years, Malaysia still has no :

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

;therefore MCA has failed completely, is a drop-out without a report card. If MCA were the Chinese Chambers of Commerce, yes flying colours, but MCA is a political party and has neglected every single political and democractic issue of the above 3 items.

ARTICLE 5

Cut NS to less than 2 years – by Kelly Kishor Mel (Mrs) – Published on Apr 01, 2013

I WAS heartened to read that improving the perception of national service is finally getting the attention it deserves (“Aiming higher for NS: Getting back that NS feeling”, March 23).

Present and future generations need to think of NS with pride rather than as a liability.

There is no doubt that NS is critical to Singapore’s survival.

However, its patriotic sentiments are overridden by three factors:

First, it is disruptive. It interferes with a young man’s studies, university applications, and later, even work. It takes two years on paper, but when the difference between discharge from NS and university start dates are factored in, it can go on for much longer.

Second, it is risky to life and limb.

Third, it delays the day when a young man can contribute to his family’s income and start his own family.

As a result, it is perceived as an extreme sacrifice, especially in the light of the head start enjoyed by one’s foreign peers in today’s competitive world.

Recent recruits agree on one thing – that the second year is usually not directly related to military training. The most substantial field training is largely done in the first year.

One way to minimise the disruptions and disadvantages that NS causes is to reduce the tenure of service.

This is in line with what is happening in several other countries.

This way, there will still be a trained reservist force ready to defend the country but the resentment associated with the disruptions will be significantly less.

No amount of monetary incentive can replace the two years that are lost in the prime of one’s youth.

Kelly Kishor Mel (Mrs)

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There is no doubt that NS is critical to Singapore’s survival.

NO. Singapore is not going to invade any country and does not need a formally militarized populace unlike North Korea. 2nd Amendment rights would be more appropriate so that invading forces will not be able to take over Singapore. The who idea of NS is simply to inculpate miltancy and a controllable populace which are trained like dogs at the camps with training that can be applied much liek Pavlovian incuplation to a degree which is not even useful enough to justify the expenditure and waste of time as well as psyhological imposition on the individuals which incidentally makes men a servant class to women who do not need to go through the training.

NS is illegal and a human rights abuse. Anyone with any understanding of democracy knows that coercion to join via jail terms and fines is coercion. Abstention options or social service options suitable to the individual should be offered in place of NS, with NS itself being scaled back to a level of the military preferring lot, which possibly is less than 10% of the population if not comparable to voluntary jogging populaceas opposed to thje non-jogging populace Militancy and imposition of mind control and brainwashing for 2 years is not patriotism.

In Malaysia recently NS (which is National Service) has been bandied about as a short form for Negri Sembilan. Note that NS or National service in Malaysia is by all equivalents Forced Military Conscription and DAP by using the term NS to saturate the consciousness of the masses with the NS  term has an intent to suppoort ot continue the forced military conscruption in Malaysia disregaruing tne 99% and enforcing the wil  of the 1 % term limitless nepotistic liars of DAP voa the neurptech implantation that I believe occurs during Nationa Service. This is a neurotec or spiritual issue and subjuvgation agenda of DAP. Please note 99%ter voters, and vote away those that intend to dominate you!

ARTICLE 6

When retired Generals come marching in, Umno should stop trying to create CHAOS! – by  J. D. Lovrenciear – Monday, 01 April 2013 14:04

Indeed the fact that retired top guns and professionals are beginning to step forward, it says a lot about the BN political party’s 55 years of governing the nation.

Foremost, to these personalities who served the nation without compromises and now see the need to right what went wrong, a salute to you Sirs!

Pray that the day will dawn upon us soon that even institutions and professionals of all kinds will have the nerve and sense of duty, accountability and principles to say, “Yes I do” and step out of the shadows to stand up for this nation and its King.

Kudos to the nation’s ex-Number One Army General whose right-minded action has ignited yet another beacon of hope for the people in their quest for a better Malaysia tomorrow. Here is a leader and citizen who upon retiring could have opted to enjoy the rewards of blind patronage that establishments are known to offer in this country.

But no, he did the right thing by putting nation and King before personal comforts.

This is what loyalty and patriotism is all about. Not threats, drawing a keris or screaming “upon our dead bodies and crushed bones” or appearing in designer handbags and silken robes or even admonishing all the time that Malaysians “are ungrateful”.

Citizens who can’t stand the filth anymore

The General and all the several other top guns who are coming out of retirement and now championing the nation’s aspirations to clean up the many wrong-doings in this young, rich and vibrant country is an answer to the numerous prayers from all congregations of the various faiths; it is an attestation of the sacrifices and aspirations of all those who joined the unprecedented waves of Bersih rallies; above all, it is an indication that there are people out there who truly love this country and its King and have God in their hearts.

Syabas to all the ex-Generals and professionals who will form the nation’s first advisory council on public security (Majlis Penasihat Keselamatan Rakyat), spearheaded by Pakatan Rakyat.

Indeed, without preempting too much, this signals the dawn of yet another truth. It says volumes about the rakyat’s determination to clean up this nation and return to society what rightly belongs to humanity.

The season for unending threats and the often touted mantra of “we know what’s best for you, so shut up or face the wrath” is slowly fading into oblivion.

In place, the flickering flames of hope for a more transparent and accountable governance that embraces the rakyat’s dreams and hopes for a nation for all Malaysians without discriminating along misplaced racial and misguided religious divisiveness is increasing.

With the right leadership, support and galvanising of strengths from all quarters that cherish Malaysia and uphold the patriotic hope for a defining legacy, we can return to every Malaysian what rightly belongs to all citizens – justice, honour, opportunities, wealth and respect.

To the ex-Generals and professionals who leave personal interest in the backseat and stand up against the forces that be with integrity and honor, God bless you, and Malaysians sing “Ribuan Thank you”.

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Riiiiiight . . . Generals . . . one term please and endorse with intention to grant via statuary declaration on penalty of step down and re-election for :

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

;the media or government ministries do know that whatever anyone does, BN still has the mandate to grant the above 3 items BEFORE GE13 and could win hands down with a single action of granting the above 3 items. If BN does not grant the above 3 items, there is no point. For certain the benefiociaries of the lack of the above only represent less than 1% of the population and will have the loudest voices, making the 99% think they need the above lack of 3 items when in fact the only ones benefiting from the above 3 items are the 1%. Whatever race of faith, the lack of the above 3 items destroy meritocracy and a neutral national environment. Vote properly and remove those term limitless or too wealthy!

ARTICLE 7

Attention Non-Partisan and Undecided Voters! – by Anas Zubedy – Monday, 01 April 2013 admin-s

We are in effect, the most thinking of all the voters. We cannot be bought. We are not easily hood-winked by any side of the political divide, any maverick politician. Political spin irritates and hypocrisy infuriates us.

You and I, we are powerful.

Our decision will decide who will and who will not be heading to Putrajaya this coming election. We are the kingmakers. We are the Third Force.

Who are we?

We are those who are not aligned to any political parties. Or even if we have a preferred political party, our votes for them are CONDITIONAL! According to some, we are about 30 – 40 % of the total voter count. Meaning, we are the third block; BN, PR and us – The Third Force!

This is not unique to Malaysia. Even in the USA, a nation that boasts a more mature two-party system, the independents represent the largest bloc, 40% in 2012. Democrats only had 31% while Republicans, 27%. It was them who put Obama up for a second term.

The season voters among us probably would have had the experience of voting both for BN and the opposition in the past. Perhaps, historically some of us may have even chosen not to vote – as a form of protest. Our votes and actions depend on the candidates, political situation, and political equation during a particular election.

We are in effect, the most thinking of all the voters. We cannot be bought. We are not easily hood-winked by any side of the political divide, any maverick politician.  Political spin irritates and hypocrisy infuriates us. We want truth, if truth frustrates BN it does not matter to us. If truth frustrates PR, it also does not matter to us. We vote with conscience and because of that, we do not follow anyone blindly. We are the voice of reason; we are the conscience of the nation.

In this coming election, we can choose many paths, but I will confine my discussion to the following five possibilities.

1. We give BN a very strong mandate, like before 2008, far more than the 2/3rd majority – We want a strong government with less politicking. We choose stability and want to focus on the economy. We prefer the ‘China’ way rather than the ‘India’ one where in China projects and government plans could be implemented with greater speed, while in India they need to go through debates over debates. We want to give PM Najib an open track to finish what he has planned out through his ETP and GTP. But we expect the government to go down hard on corruption or else in GE14 we will kick them out.

2. We give instead a very strong mandate to PR – We want a complete overhaul to the system. We want to give PR a chance to implement their promises as per Buku Jingga.  We are open to the possibility and try out DAP’s Malaysian Malaysia. We are also ready to the possibility of turning the country into an ‘Islamic State’ ala PAS ‘Welfare State’ through the amending of the federal constitution – making Shariah the supreme law. We want to restart, reboot. Anything but what we have today. We want to expand our talent pool for leadership outside BN – be they from DAP, PAS or PKR. We feel that Anwar or Hadi can be a good alternative Prime Minister to Najib. We are willing to allow PR to iron out their leadership issues once in power – even if it will cause us some uncertainties. No matter, we expect the new government to go down hard on corruption or else we kick them out in GE14.

3. We allow a hung parliament – This would mean we want to create a new playing field via a new coalition effectively initiating the demise of both BN and PR. We want to leave it to the wisdom of the YDP Agong in formulating a new coalition to bring order, peace, stability, development (minus corruption), and new politics. This would also mean we have also budgeted and acceptted the fact that there may be many attempts to buy over froggies from both sides of the political divide – since both BN and PR are not for anti-frogging law.

Read more at: http://letusaddvalue.blogspot.com/2013/03/attention-non-partisan-and-undecided.html?m=1

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One wonders if Anas Zubedy would add the word ‘apartheid’ to every other mention of corruption otherwise we’d be inclined to think Anas is a crypto-racist? How about this suggestion Anas? Request that Malaysia Today puts an ‘and apartheid’ to every mention of corruption then this article would com to life instead of being shadowd by the potential for crypto-racism. Until the below 3 items are granted :

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

;there is no ‘You and I.’ No 1Malaysia.

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Pakatan can lose up to 12 federal seats in Election 2013, says @AgreeToDisagree – Sunday, 31 March 2013 Super Admin

3rd Force believes Pakatan Rakyat (PR) can unbag a dozen federal seats in Peninsula Malaysia to add to the 125 Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will not have to trump the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) at the coming national polls.

The 3rd Force’s parliamentary leader @AgreeToDisagree said today the opposition bloc is uneyeing 12 seats from “non-Pakatan Rakyat (PR)  fixed deposit states” where his party and political allies of the proposed 3rd Force had not yet organized themselves to compete in Election 2008.

“There is at least one of these Pakatan Rakyat (PR)  marginal seats in every one of the non-BN fixed deposit seats,” he said in a statement, and added, “3rd Force will target to win half of these seats.”

He named 14 seats in seven states as “realistic wins” for 3rd Force. They are Arau in Perlis; Alor Setar in Kedah; Kuala Nerus in Terengganu; Larut, Kuala Kangsar, Kampar and Lumut in Perak; Bentong, Raub and Jerantut in Pahang, Sabak Bernam and Pandan in Selangor, Rembau in Negri Sembilan; and Bukit Katil in Malacca.

The veteran lawmaker said the pact was gunning for 11 other federal seats where Pakatan Rakyat (PR) had won the popular vote by fewer than 55 per cent.

The include Dungun in Terengganu; Jerlun in Kedah; Padang Rengas, Tambun, Parit, Tapah, Pasir Salak and Bagan Datok in Perak; Temerloh in Pahang; Sepang in Selangor; and Jempol in Negeri Sembilan.

Lim said many of the seats he named had seen a significant jump in the number of first-time voters, whom he believed come from the younger generation and were likely to be drawn to 3rd Force’s policies compared to “Pakatan Rakyat (PR)’s scaremongering references to the nepotism and refusal to amend laws, and refusal to uphold GE12 Manifestos like Local Council Elections and Asset Declarations”.

He said that given more time before polls are called, 3rd Force’s chances of nabbing 12 out of the 25 marginal seats would be boosted.  He said a pact could also be able to challenge all 83 parliamentary seats it has in hand now. @AgreeToDisagree had previously identified Sarawak and Sabah as the 3rd Force’s two “fixed deposit states”.

The MP of the real issue, who has considered moving to his Pahang home state and stand in Raub for polls, also said previously that 3rd Force could wrest seven states in Election 2013, after taking on BN in Election 2008.

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ARTICLE 8

AT LAST, SDNU shows some guts standing up for Dayaks insulted by Norlia in Global Witness video – by Vernon Kedit – Sunday, 31 March 2013 00:39

Surprise! Surprise! It has taken the Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) a week and a half to react to the Global Witness video. SDNU’s Vice President Anthony Banyan, in a statement published in the Borneo Post last February, was quite clear that “SDNU has no political affiliation and this is how it should always remain,” and I applaud him for his neutrality (see http://www.theborneopost.com/2013/02/25/no-place-for-politics-in-sdnu/).

And today, Banyan has kept his word by coming out strongly against the allegations made in the Global Witness video (see http://www.theborneopost.com/2013/03/30/dayak-ngos-demand-apology-over-disparaging-remarks/).

Based on the report published today, SDNU issued its statement following the SDNU supreme council meeting on Wednesday, which we presume must have been chaired by its President William Mawan, whose other hat is, of course, President of the Sarawak People’s Democratic Party (SPDP), a Sarawak based party in the BN ruling coalition with a Dayak majority membership.

However, the eye-brow raising statement was released and signed by its Vice-President, Anthony Banyan, and not by William Mawan. Which is intriguing, to say the least.

Why do I say intriguing? Well, SDNU did not mince its words. In fact, SDNU used very strong words, and the underlying message behind those words is even stronger. Just to quote several sentences from the SDNU statement:

“Whether the remark was designed to put a wedge between the Dayak community, particularly the Iban and the ruling government or uttered naturally by the subjects in the video, we still view such remark as demeaning and deplorable.”

Thank you SDNU for standing up for the Dayak community and calling a spade a spade. The remarks in the video were indeed demeaning, deplorable, disgusting, humiliating and most shockingly, uttered nonchalantly by subjects related very closely by blood to the Chief Minister. It must have taken SDNU a lot of courage to actually tell the Chief Minister off, in a roundabout sort of way, that it.

However, the real meat of the statement came blazing through loud and clear:

“We also condemn the remark suggesting that the Dayaks are squatters on state land as it is baseless.”

A milestone

SDNU was being polite in using the word ‘suggesting’. Datin Norlia Tun Abdul Rahman Yakub did not ‘suggest’ that Dayaks are squatters. She said it outright. But let’s not quibble.

The point is that SDNU has publicly declared that Dayaks living on state land are not squatters, and this in itself is a milestone and one that should be applauded by all sensible Dayaks. To put it in a nutshell, SDNU condemns anyone who is saying that Dayaks who live on so-called ‘state lands’ have no Native Customary Rights, and are therefore, in effect, agreeing with what Pakatan Rakyat has been saying all along.

At first reading of the statement, I was quite taken aback. I had to re-read the sentence, to be sure that this was the underlying message that SDNU was sending out. And sure enough, there it was, in black and white.

The next paragraph removed all doubts I had. No underlying theme, but an outright clarion call:

“We call upon all quarters to stand up for the Dayak community and recognise our rights over land as well as be sensitive towards the feelings of the Dayaks.”

Nothing can be clearer than what SDNU had just written; “recognise our rights over land.” This is an overt and direct statement relating to Native Customary Rights and Native Customary Lands, and follows the precedent set by the celebrated Mabo vs. Queensland Judgment and its implications worldwide where English Common Law overrides Constitutional Law in legal systems that are based on the English legal system.

The precedent created by the Mabo Case was applied successfully by Baru Bian in the landmark Malaysian case of Nor Anak Nyawai vs. BPP & Ors, which went to the highest Malaysian court, the Federal Court, TWICE. And both times Baru Bian won. Dayaks HAVE rights over ‘state lands’. Yet, the Sarawak Government refuses to accept the Court’s decision and continues its policy of alienating ancient Dayak lands.

Based on these very clear words, we can surmise and come to only one conclusion: that SDNU’s Supreme Council, made up of several BN senior politicians, has issued a statement that unequivocally says that it now agrees with Pakatan Rakyat’s policy on indigenous lands. Now this is why I say it is intriguing because this is definitely news! Big news! SDNU, despite being led by top Barisan Nasional Dayak leaders, are going against the grain and in no small way!

YBs William Mawan and his deputy in SDNU, Alex Nanta Linggi, may not have signed the statement but getting their subordinate Vice-President Anthony Banyan to sign the statement is telling. What is William Mawan, boss of SPDP and Alex Linggi, senior member of PBB, exactly saying with the issuance of this very bold statement via SDNU? Are they striking out at Taib through the backdoor? Is this a veiled condemnation of Taib’s policies on NCR lands?

Most shocking of all, the Women’s Wing of SDNU, which is headed by Empiang Jabu, the wife of the Deputy Chief Minister, also gave its fullest backing to the statement. Stunning! Is Jabu now tacitly telling his ‘beloved Pehin Sri’ that he too is upset by the slur on the Dayaks and that he has finally had an epiphany on the eve of Easter? Are our Dayak ‘leaders’ finally staging a silent protest against Taib and family?

The plot gets thicker and I am literally at the edge of my seat with excitement! The political landscape is shifting, and it seems clear now why our Dayak leaders did not come to Taib’s aid and rescue when the debacle exploded last two weeks ago.

The Game of Thrones is afoot in Sarawak and the first very public crack in the polished façade of BN Sarawak’s frail unity is now vividly clear, thanks to SDNU’s unmistakably refreshing and about-turn statement. And by any account, this is a big crack which Taib cannot ignore and hope will go away. SDNU has spoken loud and clear. Are the daggers finally drawn? We wait with bated breath for the next public reaction from either Taib or Mawan or for that matter, from the self-proclaimed Paramount Chief of the Dayaks, Jabu himself. Mutiny is always fun to watch from a distance.

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ARTICLE 9

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This is not about majority or minority or money. This is about the power – of right or wrong.

If 99% of the people want a law that allows them to murder the 1% and take all their money, Does that make the majority 99% right?

If the 1% want to enslave the 99% because the laws allow the 1% to do so, does that make the minority 1% right?

If an Alienation Law that allows a majority of Muslimised Malays from Peninsular Malaysia to make minority OrangAsli into squatters, is that right? The Bar Council is the wrongest in not demanding amendments to such laws – THAT insludes apartheid laws that ignore :

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

Apartheid murders the spirit of democracy. Equality does not. And this is not about religion but EQUALITY or at least equitable living spaces, and Spirit of Justice, Ethics, and articles of the UN Human Rights Charter. NOT majorities.

Indeed a majority can be wrong. And the majority will have to change – so they can be right – together with the minority, those who do not want to change must at least not affect the minority, and civilisation has laws to do this – all not based on majority or minority but right or wrong. This is not about sheer numbers but political correctness in the liberty and democracy and civilisation issue. Mob mentality is not civilisation because mob mentality bases ‘rights’ on sheer numbers rather than correctness and instead of non-infringing ‘all round applicable’ civilisational values.

Simple enough for the oompa loopas and orang utans among you going ‘majority means right’?

In a democracy do we not go on the basis that the majority is correct while the minority is wrong? NO. We go by the right values are to be followed . . . if the majority all say petty thieves needs to have their hands chopped off, that is still wrong and uncivilised. Democracy means civilisation NOT right by numbers, especially in laws. As for selection of candidates, the moral compass of the ciizens determine the future and quality of a nation. When too many are corrupted or Orwellian, the nation is destroyed or becomes redundant, even if the majority want to be corrupt – because they will be shunned and punished by GOOD societies, hence the difference between good and evil faiths and nations, mob minded and civilational value minded nations, difference between democracy (know the difference by now?) and mob minded republics . . .

ARTICLE 10

Be forewarned: Do not sign your rights away – by CHANG KIM LOONG – Posted on March 30, 2013 – Featured, Property News.

“THE developer says I must sign the letter to collect the keys.”

How often do we hear that from house buyers? Too often. How often do house buyers know what to do when faced with such dilemma when taking vacant possession? Not often enough. Do you know the entire content of the letter that you are asked to sign? Not really. Are the content too confusing and legalistic? Ehh Conclusion: Guess there is too much pride to admit that they are ignorant. The worst affected ones are the nave and unwary first-time house buyers.

When completion of a house is delayed, the developer must pay compensation or liquidated damages, commonly referred to as LAD (liquidated ascertained damages) to the house buyer. This LAD is calculated at 10% per annum on the purchase price for the period of delay in handing over the house.

Developers (unscrupulous ones) are known to have resorted to various ways and means to avoid paying LAD and these include misleading house buyers into signing waiver letters before handing over the keys to the house buyers. Some even resort to refusing to hand over the house keys unless the house buyers sign such waiver letters. What are house buyers to do?

First of all, house buyers must know their rights, benefits and entitlement. Secondly, they must not sign their rights away.

The developer must hand over the keys to the house buyers when the house is completed and ready for delivery of vacant possession. Buyers will be asked to sign a letter when collecting their keys. What house buyers must know is that this letter for collection of keys should contain nothing more than an acknowledgement by the buyer that he has collected the keys and a confirmation as to how many sets of keys are given. This letter must not contain any terms or conditions that the buyer waives LAD or other rights, benefits and entitlement under the sale and purchase agreement (SPA) or that the buyer will not make any claim whatsoever against the developer.

HD Act and its governing regulations

Under the Housing Development (Control and Licensing) Regulations 1989 (HDR) [which are regulations made under the Housing Development (Control and Licensing) Act 1966 (HDA)], the sale and purchase agreement (SPA) for any housing accommodation sold by a housing developer must be in the format prescribed under the HDR. This SPA, unlike any other contract of sale, contains provisions which cannot be changed at all unless such changes have been sanctioned by the Controller of Housing at the Housing and Local Government Ministry (MOH). In other words, this SPA is a statutory contract and all the provisions in this SPA are statutory requirements which must be strictly complied with.

One of the provisions of the SPA gives the house buyer a right to be paid LAD immediately by the developer in the event of delay in the completion of the housing accommodation. It is found in Clause 22(2) of Schedule G and the corresponding Clause 25(2) of Schedule H – Sale & Purchase Agreement.

Can this statutory right be waived by the house buyer? According to the Federal Court, the answer lies in the overall purpose of the legislations and whether this purpose would be defeated by permitting waiver and contracting out.

There is no shortage of cases whereby the Courts of Law have decided that the housing legislations are a social legislation, the main purpose of which is to protect the interest of house buyers. And, according to the Federal Court, the protection given to house buyers under the HDA and HDR is not just a private right but a matter of public interest. Such court decisions have even received affirmation and endorsement by Parliament in 2007 when it amended the long title to the HDA to read as “An Act to provide for … the protection of the interest of purchasers… ”

If statutory rights given to house buyers could be waived by them individually, surely the good and commendable intention of parliament to provide the much-needed protection for house buyers (and indeed the whole purpose of the housing legislations) would be defeated and eroded.

The conclusion is therefore clear and simple. Waiver letters are not worth the paper they are written on. They cannot be held against the house buyers and must be declared null and void. Developers must be made to stop trying to wriggle their way out of paying LAD. They must accept that the only way they can escape liability to pay LAD is for them to secure a certificate from the Controller of Housing extending the delivery date.

Word of caution

House buyers are strongly cautioned not to sign waiver letters to avoid possible undesired delay(s) or outcome in their claims and unnecessary legal battles with unscrupulous developers who will raise whatever issues possible to avoid or simply delay the legitimate claims from the house buyers.

“But what can I do if the letter contains a waiver? I don’t have a choice. I want my keys and the developer says I must sign then only can give me the keys.”

Sign “Under Protest” is one way. The house buyer can write a note on the letter that he does not agree to waive LAD, or that he does not agree to waive his rights, or that it is “Without Prejudice” to his/ her rights under the SPA. Alternatively, he can delete the offending words or sentences.

If the developer refuses to give the keys unless the house buyer signs without adding or deleting anything from the letter, the house buyer are constrained to sign and collect the keys but should immediately after that write to the developer to state that he was not given a choice but was “arm-twisted” and that he does not agree to waive LAD or other rights. A complaint should be immediately lodged with the Enforcement Division of the Housing Ministry (www.kpkt.gov.my ) and a claim can be filed at the Housing Tribunal, both of which should be done expeditiously.

Tribunal for Home Buyer Claims: http://www.kpkt.gov.my Portal TTPR)

The Tribunal for Home Buyer Claims, commonly known as the Housing Tribunal, is empowered to deal with house buyers’ claims against developers and can give awards up to RM50,000. Its awards can be enforced against developers just like a judgment from a Court of Law. In addition, non-compliance of its awards is an offence and the defiant developer can be prosecuted.

Even though its head office is in Putrajaya, the Housing Tribunal has branches in Johor Baru, Seberang Prai as well as Kuala Terengganu. It conducts court hearings, not just in Putrajaya and its branches, but also many other localities for the convenience of house buyers. The filing fee is RM10 and no lawyers are required. It has been set up for the benefit of house buyers. It is cheap, fast and easy, so make use of it.

Even though I take the view that a waiver of rights and benefits under the SPA by any house buyer is void and cannot be enforced, house buyers are strongly advised to avoid signing any such waiver letter to avoid undesired outcome to their claims.

House buyers are cautioned to exercise prudence when dealing with such shrewd and unscrupulous housing developers who have no principles. Avoid buying property from those developers who have such unprincipled track record.

Chang Kim Loong is the honorary secretary-general of the National House Buyers Association (www.hba.org.my), a non-profit, non-governmental organisation manned by volunteers. He is also a councillor at the Municipal Council of Subang Jaya.

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Has Chang Kim Loong had that single term as MP or assemblyman yet? This is a man the 99% would like as an MP or Assemblyman or even a Housing Minister – for 1 term only though, so that corruption will be meaningless to the plutocrat or nepotist corruptors because 1 term means very little chance of cover ups after the Minister leaves. 99% voters do you undretsand why term limits or prevention of nepotism is so important?

MPs Must Address and Not Cause this sort of issue via amendments to laws or GTFO of Parliament – especially if more than 2 terms in power!

ARTICLE 11

GE13: CM not amused by Penang Barisan Nasional chief’s ‘Rainbow’ – Saturday March 30, 2013

GEORGE TOWN: Lim Guan Eng is not amused with state Barisan Nasional chief Teng Chang Yeow’s reply to his acceptance of a face-off challenge in the general election.

Teng had taken a jibe at the Penang Chief Minister, referring to “Rainbow”, a woman Lim was alleged to have been involved in a controversy with.

Lim said Teng should accept the challenge as he was the one who initiated it in the first place.

“They are trying to divert the attention. He issued the challenge. He must now accept that. He is the one who initiated the challenge,” said Lim after the launch of the coffee table book 40 Years of Penang’s Industrialisation at the Penang Development Corporation office in Bayan Baru yesterday.

Penang DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow, who is also Padang Kota assemblyman, said Teng, when asked to comment on the face-off, had merely answered: “Let me consult Xiao Hong (Rainbow the nickname of a former female staff at Lim’s office) tonight (Thursday) and let you know tomorrow (Friday).”

Chow said he posted the news report from China Press on his Facebook page and commented in Chinese: “Teng Chang Yeow, is there no better response?”

Last year, Lim was embroiled in a controversy involving his former aide, nicknamed Rainbow with whom he was alleged to have had a ties with.

It became the centre of controversy in the Malacca state assembly when Duyong assemblyman Datuk Gan Tian Loo raised the question about the abrupt transfer of the woman.

“This is a serious issue. A challenge was made and it was accepted. We should treat this as a very serious matter.

“The chief minister also issued a statement today saying that the fight in Padang Kota is not about two individuals but about the future direction of who has better policies and governance for Penang,” Chow said.

On Thursday, Lim had suggested for the face-off to be for the Padang Kota seat, which was held by Teng for three consecutive terms before he lost to Chow in the 2008 general election.

On Wednesday, a news portal had quoted Teng, who is Gerakan secretary-general, as saying that he was willing to contest against Lim in the general election when asked if he was brave enough to take on Lim in the polls.

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Christians are the worst SPIRITUAL (differentiate from material thieves) thieves in the history of mankind. Already with a wife and children and still want to steal the wives and gfs of others? Liars and thieves deserve removal from office. I knew LGE was scum but this takes eveything to a new level. Useless Lim family bloc should be thrown out of Malaysia. Thanks Teng, I don’t know how serious this is, but, do guide where you see fit, I cannot perceive the rubbish around me even as Teng has not spoken against :

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

ARTICLE 12

Don’t listen to the Lims’ spin: Sending Chin Tong to Johor is to consolidate PERSONAL POWER – by  Tan Cheng Liang – Friday, 29 March 2013 09:37

DAP Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s announcement that DAP Bukit Bendera Member of Parliament Liew Chin Tong will be relocating to Johor to campaign there for the general election should be rebuked as the main purpose is none other than to let the party’s own cronies do battle there, in order to consolidate his own position in Penang.

DAP should be criticized for pitting the Chinese against the Chinese. DAP only dares to contest in Chinese majority constituencies, specifically in Barisan Nasional seats where MCA fields a candidate. DAP’s actions in reality, reduce the Chinese representation in government.

Lim Guan Eng had announced that DAP is mobilizing its big names to Johor, including his father, DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang and Liew Ching Tong.

Although Lim Guan Eng successfully captured the Penang state government after the 2008 general election, Penangites have yet to experience any outstanding performance by him. Penang is left with Pakatan’s unfulfilled pledges.

Other DAP big names are speculated to leave their constituencies to do battle down south. But so long as Pakatan is unable to serve their constituencies despite posting victories at the polls, they simply will not be able to undertake the role of a good ruling party.

Chin Tong off to ‘K’ for Kluang

Liew Chin Tong has nothing to boast about his performance in Penang. The possible reason for Guan Eng to arrange his transfer to a Chinese-majority seat in Johor is to consolidate his own position first.

Guan Eng has insinuated that Liew Chin Tong will contest in a Johor parliamentary constituency beginning with letter “K”, speculated to be Kluang. His main priority is to defeat MCA’s candidate. This will not serve any purpose other than to weaken Chinese representation in the Cabinet, making it difficult to defend the rights and interests of the Chinese community.

The current MCA incumbent MP for Kluang, Dato’ Dr Hou Kuk Chung presently serves as Deputy Minister of Higher Education. His efforts and performance are appreciated by the Chinese community, whereby MCA successfully completed the historical process of mutual recognition of university degrees from China and Taiwan. This is an unprecedented achievement.

I hope that Kluang voters will get a clear understanding on the true face of DAP. Their main purpose is purely to score victory for their party, and not to serve the rakyat. For the future of Johor, I urge Johoreans not to be misled by the incitement of DAP.

Tan Cheng Liang, Wanita MCA Penang Chairman & Barisan Nasional Penang Publicity Chairman

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No equality means no votes for BN who has the mandate but does not use the mandate. Pakatan is worse than BN in many ways but BN by not granting :

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

;is still worse than Pakatan. Kluang voters will get a clear understanding on the true face of DAP, but that doesn’t change the true face of apartheid in Malaysia. If there are 3rd Force candidates, do vote them, because both BN (racism, corruption) and Pakatan (nepotism, term limitlessness, dictatorship) are bad for the 99%.

Tan Cheng Liang’s ‘don’t listen to the Lims’ spin’ is correct, but BN which Tan Cheng Liang is part of has not granted the above 3 items either is is thus unvotable.

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Biting the hand that feeds – plantation workers assault and rob employer – Published: Saturday March 30, 2013 MYT 7:14:00 PM

TEMERLOH: A man was seriously hurt when he was assaulted by his four workers in a robbery at Felcra Jenalih Plantation, 17km from Lanchang Town, near here.

The 62-year-old man also lost RM36,000 when the Indonesian workers made off with the bag containing the money.

Temerloh district police chief acting ACP Abdul Aziz Salleh said in the incident at 2pm Friday, the man and his wife, 60, and a son, 31, had gone to pay the wages of his workers.

“When the victim’s son was counting the money, they were suddenly set upon by the four workers.

“The suspects used pieces of wood and metal to assault the victims before seizing and escaping with the bag containing RM36,000,” he told reporters here Saturday.

He said the assault left the victim with injuries on the forehead which required five stitches and the wife with a broken right hand, while their son was only slightly hurt.

He said police were looking for Dedek Febri Sukmarianto, 22, Muhyanto, 25, Jumadi, 20, and Galeng, 38, to assist in investigations.

Abdul Aziz urged anyone with information on the case to contact the Temerloh IPD hotline at 09-2964999 or investigating officer Inspector Wan Khairul Azuan at 019-7276674. – Bernama

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Subtle undertones of psychological or emotional abuse which are displayed by many ‘bosses’ are not missed by the more sensitive among the lowliest and least educated among  workers (who might best not work in menial fields if possible – these migrant workers are latent people of spiritual if not other qualities, but having no opportunity will occasionally ‘strike back’ if the ‘bosses’ are unreasonable) and can lead to this sort of lashouts. Also the title speaks volumes about feudal mentality of the writer. Meanwhile 2 classes of citizens exist and this is unacceptable by today’s post millenium Human Rights.

Examples of Slave Revolts :

http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/slavesandslavery/a/slavewars.htm

ARTICLE 13

PKR: Which way out? — by Tay Tian Yan – March 29, 2013

MARCH 29 — It’s been over a week now, and Chua Jui Meng continues to be the most celebrated figure out of touch in this country.

From the moment Lim Kit Siang made public his desire to contest in Gelang Patah on March 18, Chua has been out of everyone’s radar as if he has suddenly evaporated from the Malaysian politics for good.

PKR’s Johor chairman, Chua is also the highest-ranking Chinese representative in the party. With Johor now earmarked as Pakatan Rakyat’s frontline state in the coming general election, this gentleman should have been very, very busy by now.

Pakatan leaders are seen going about places in the state, but the PKR state chairman is just nowhere in sight.

Sure enough, anyone in his shoes would feel dejected. He had wanted to contest in Gelang Patah, but the constituency is now Lim’s, and that announcement was made by none other than his own boss Anwar Ibrahim.

He was trying to go back to his Bakri, but DAP put it forthright: “No way!”

Even as his party tried to get him some not-that-safe places such as Segamat, DAP was still unconvinced: “For what?”

If he is eventually driven into a corner, he will very likely, as many have predicted, quit PKR. But then where else can he go? MCA? Not a chance!

To be honest, the political future of Chua Jui Meng is of hardly any concern to me. When I last met him, subconsciously I found myself struggling to associate him with Pakatan Rakyat. The Pakatan jargon spluttered out of his mouth just sounded so un-Pakatan.

I could feel deep in my heart that what he had experienced was a true reflection of what Anwar and PKR had gone through.

For so many years, PKR has been seen as a party “lacking winning chances” that even its allies in Pakatan would view with disdain.

Anwar is very different today from the time around 2008, having been depleted of his erstwhile charms and charisma. He has aged by a lot more than five years since then!

I have not heard anything new from him of late, nor seen him proclaim his political visions. Even in the Parliament sitting, he just lacks what makes a powerful opposition leader.

Whether you like it or not, you cannot overlook the fact that he did indeed shine brightly before, especially with his cross-ethnic political discourse, proposals for economic reforms and his advocacy for religious tolerance, among others.

But the glow, like the new year firework that illuminates the night sky high above, lasts no more than a few seconds.

There are many reasons for this. Firstly, he was worried the Malay society could not keep up with the new mentality and that he could get dislodged from the Malay society. Somehow he needed the Malay votes more than anything else.

And when he started to hesitate and slow down, he was soon overtaken and outshone by his opponents.

Secondly, his past experiences in the government made him less trustworthy in the Chinese community, while his Umno background made him anything but acceptable among PAS supporters. And his pluralistic remarks have sort of alienated him from the Malay conservatives.

Thirdly, sandwiched between the rival factions within his own party, he has lost his sense of direction.

PKR is the weakest component in the opposition pact, one that would find itself conveniently targeted by rivals. Squeezed between DAP and PAS, its space is fast diminishing under the mounting pressure from its allies.

If the party performs poorly in the 13th general election, it may find itself engulfed in no time.

But then what is Pakatan sans PKR? — mysinchew.com

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.

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Tay, Pakatan is no better than Barisan. Chua Jui Meng might be well ahead by not sounding ‘PKR-like’, meaning independent candidacy, though better would be Chua Jui Meng fetting a second liner political understudy as Chua  Jui Meng has already been around for too many terms. If Chua Jui Meng doesn’t want to join 3rd Force and ditch Pakatan’s undemocratic b.s. as much as ditching BN’s apartheid and lapdogs was good for Chua Jui Meng’s political viability, then why should the voters need experience? This is same old same old without change and anyone can sit as MP and collect 23K salaries without amending any laws or changing anything which is what Chua Jui Meng has effectively been doing – nothing. As for PKR, Anwar has been stealing to feed nepotism, so until the family bloc plague departs from PKR’s CEC, there will be no life at PKR. Azmin how about taking over PKR for 2 terms? Anwar could play an advisory role but as a semi-retired sort of figure, family blocs are a shame as are failed 8% only quorums for PKR’s recent election. They were counting on spiritual support they never got, but then when you do not pay your workers or reward them, why should anyone do any work?

ARTICLE 14

Najib asks for stronger mandate to finish his job – BY CLARA CHOOI, ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR – April 03, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 – Datuk Seri Najib Razak appealed to Malaysians today for a bigger mandate in Election 2013, saying this would be the only way his team could complete the transformational policies he had put in place five years ago.

Making his polls pitch in a blog posting here, Najib (picture) trumpeted his administration’s many achievements and successes since he took on the post of prime minister in April 2009, even saying his government was two years ahead of schedule to turn Malaysia into a high-income nation.

“Our track record shows that we are a government that delivers and keeps its promises. I want us to be proud of what we have achieved, and ignore those who try and talk Malaysia down,” the prime minister wrote.

Without outlining specifics, Najib warned of the stark contrast between the likely future of the country under the present Barisan Nasional (BN) administration and an untested government led by the current crop of opposition leaders.

“One is pessimistic and divided, the other clear and optimistic,” he said in the blog post. “One is unprepared and full of uncosted and empty promises, the other methodical and fully tested.”

Najib, the nation’s sixth prime minister, is heading for what is expected to be the most closely-fought polls contest in Malaysian history.

He will be facing Pakatan Rakyat (PR), the loose coalition of opposition parties DAP, PKR and PAS that has grown significantly in strength and in numbers since it was harriedly formed after the last general election in March 2008.

Pundits believe that Najib, who still commands more popularity than the BN coalition he heads, will lead his team to victory in Election 2013 but may not recapture the two-thirds parliamentary majority that he needs to solidify his position in Umno.

This in mind, Najib has been training his sights on wooing support from the country’s new crop of voters, numbering a staggering 3.9 million and who account for some 23 per cent of the current 13.3 million-strong electorate.

Under his rule, Najib’s government has also offered financial relief to five million Malaysians suffering from high living costs through initiatives like the RM500 cash handouts under Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia (BR1M), and the setting up of 1 Malaysia stores and clinics nationwide.

The prime minister reminded Malaysians of these programmes in his blog posting, and added that apart from that, his team has also established universal free primary education, introduced a minimum wage policy and even dismantled or amended preventive laws long deemed as draconian, such as the Internal Security Act (ISA), the Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA) and several emergency declarations.

Najib also noted that in keeping with his administration’s pledge to be more transparent, 84 per cent of government contracts have been subjected to anti-corruption screening.

In terms of public amenities and safety concerns, the prime minister pointed to the 10 per cent drop in crime rate – a statistic often disputed by opposition figures – and the construction of over 3,500 kilometres of new roads.

“This is real change,” Najib said. “But our national transformation is still only a story half told. With a strong mandate at this election, we can finish the job.”

“It is in this spirit of learning and humility that I ask for your support as we seek to build a better nation.”

In a televised address this morning, Najib announced the dissolution of the Dewan Rakyat, paving the way for the long-awaited 13th general election.

The Malaysian Insider understands that the polls may be held as soon as April 20 or a week later on April 27, depending on the Election Commission’s (EC) arrangements.

The prime minister said he met with the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong this morning and received His Majesty’s consent to dissolve Parliament. It is understood that 11 state assemblies will also be dissolved today and tomorrow to facilitate the general election. The Negri Sembilan state assembly was dissolved automatically on March 27 while Sarawak had its state election in April 2011.

The 59-year-old whose personal approval rating has remained above 65 per cent, has been on a whirlwind circuit around the country in the past few months to drum up support for his BN coalition in the run-up to election.

He has trumpeted his government’s transformative achievements over the past three years and doled out money to diverse demographic groups in various cash schemes to aid some five million families feeling the global economic pinch.

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The weak mandate which still has not being used to grant :

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

;is not going to get stronger or attract more voters – will drive away voters. Why should a stronger mandate be given when the existing mandate is not being used? At the same time Pakatan Rakyat offers no better with nepotism and clique politics, 90% GE12 Manifestos failed, even the all important Local COuncil Elections turning into appointed EXCO, the asset declarations for MPs lied about (bait and switch actually, the appointed unelected EXCOs were made to declare assets as if the Rakyat would not know the difference between an MP or an EXCO, raising suspicions that foreign fuinds from PAP probably were given toDAP, an actionable offense if anything . . . ) so I suggest to the 99% voters not vote Pakatan Rakyat and to field themselves instead as 3rd Force independents, and ignore BN (for never granting the above 3 items) and Pakatan Rakyat (for their nepotism, term limitlessness, extreme lies, impossible to join political parties and dictatorship, refusal to amend laws etc..).

BN could still use the mandate to grant the above 3 items and win, but if the BN does not, BN might be no more by GE14.

ARTICLE 15

DAP grassroots leaders cry foul over bid to field parachute candidates – Friday, 29 March 2013 09:56

KLANG– Some DAP grassroots leaders from the Klang branch here have voiced their dissatisfaction over the alleged attempt by the Selangor DAP leadership to field “parachute” candidates to contest in the upcoming general election, saying grassroots members would not accept this trend.

They felt the tactics of using ‘parachute candidates’ in Selangor should be avoided as they not only lacked the track record in serving the people but were total strangers who were ignorant of the needs of locals.

Taman Chi Liung Indah DAP branch chairman K. Yogasigamany said the state DAP Elecion Committee and the party’s Central Executive Council (CEC) should have more roundtable discussions with grassroots leaders on the selection of candidates.

“The tactic of fielding ‘parachute candidates’ in constituencies shoud be avoided if the DAP is serious about winning or serving the people.

“For instance, we DAP branch leaders in Klang had rejected the attempt of the State DAP to field V.Ganapathirau (former ISA detainee) in Kota Alam Shah as he was not familiar to the party grassroots and members or constituents in the area,” he told a press conference here today.

Meanwhile, Taman Gembira DAP branch chairman, Ivan Ho, a former Klang municipal councillor urged top decision-making CEC leaders to choose candidates based on their vast local grassroots support and personal integrity.

“The DAP has enough talented members to contest especially after the March 2008 election, so non-Selangor members should not come into Selangor to contest in the upcoming election.

“We reject any attempts by the state leadership to field a parachute candidate from outside Selangor to contest in Selangor,” he said.

Southern Klang DAP branch chairman, R. Selvaraju said candidates from the DAP should be fielded based on their familiarity with local party members, residents and issues.

“Our proposal makes it clear that we reject parachutists. We only want locals as candidates,” he stressed.

– BERNAMA

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Compounded by nepotism and term limitlessness, DAP is not a democratic party at all.

ARTICLE 16

Don’t listen to the Lims’ spin: Sending Chin Tong to Johor is (only) to consolidate PERSONAL POWER – Friday, 29 March 2013 09:37

DAP Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s announcement that DAP Bukit Bendera Member of Parliament Liew Chin Tong will be relocating to Johor to campaign there for the general election should be rebuked as the main purpose is none other than to let the party’s own cronies do battle there, in order to consolidate his own position in Penang.

DAP should be criticized for pitting the Chinese against the Chinese. DAP only dares to contest in Chinese majority constituencies, specifically in Barisan Nasional seats where MCA fields a candidate. DAP’s actions in reality, reduce the Chinese representation in government.

Lim Guan Eng had announced that DAP is mobilizing its big names to Johor, including his father, DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang and Liew Ching Tong.

Although Lim Guan Eng successfully captured the Penang state government after the 2008 general election, Penangites have yet to experience any outstanding performance by him. Penang is left with Pakatan’s unfulfilled pledges.

Other DAP big names are speculated to leave their constituencies to do battle down south. But so long as Pakatan is unable to serve their constituencies despite posting victories at the polls, they simply will not be able to undertake the role of a good ruling party.

Chin Tong off to ‘K’ for Kluang

Liew Chin Tong has nothing to boast about his performance in Penang. The possible reason for Guan Eng to arrange his transfer to a Chinese-majority seat in Johor is to consolidate his own position first.

Guan Eng has insinuated that Liew Chin Tong will contest in a Johor parliamentary constituency beginning with letter “K”, speculated to be Kluang. His main priority is to defeat MCA’s candidate. This will not serve any purpose other than to weaken Chinese representation in the Cabinet, making it difficult to defend the rights and interests of the Chinese community.

The current MCA incumbent MP for Kluang, Dato’ Dr Hou Kuk Chung presently serves as Deputy Minister of Higher Education. His efforts and performance are appreciated by the Chinese community, whereby MCA successfully completed the historical process of mutual recognition of university degrees from China and Taiwan. This is an unprecedented achievement.

I hope that Kluang voters will get a clear understanding on the true face of DAP. Their main purpose is purely to score victory for their party, and not to serve the rakyat. For the future of Johor, I urge Johoreans not to be misled by the incitement of DAP.

Tan Cheng Liang
Wanita MCA Penang Chairman & Barisan Nasional Penang Publicity Chairman

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No equality means no votes for BN who has the mandate but does not use the mandate. Pakatan is worse than BN in many ways but BN by not granting :

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

;is still worse than Pakatan. Kluang voters will get a clear understanding on the true face of DAP, but that doesn’t change the true face of apartheid in Malaysia. If there are 3rd Force candidates, do vote them, because both BN (racism, corruption) and Pakatan (nepotism, term limitlessness, dictatorship) are bad for the 99%.

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Kit Siang wants live broadcast of BN election manifesto launch cancelled – by Clara Chooi, Assistant News Editor – April 06, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 — All local television stations should cancel their live coverage of Barisan Nasional’s (BN) election manifesto launch tonight or allow the same treatment for all contesting parties in Election 2013, Lim Kit Siang said today.

The DAP veteran said it would be a gross violation of BN’s promise of fair game in the coming polls if the ruling pact were to be given full airtime publicity on national television, while its political opponents have no such opportunity.

“TV3 and other TV stations should cancel the live coverage of Najib’s presentation of BN Manifesto tonight unless they are prepared to offer similar facilities to the Pakatan Rakyat election manifesto,” Lim (picture) said in a statement.

Political leaders across the divide recently locked horns over the government’s 10-minute airtime offer on Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) to PR, which the opposition pact said was insincere and an insult.

All three PR parties, DAP, PKR and PAS, rejected the offer, arguing that 10 minutes was too brief a period and questioning why their segment would have to be pre-recorded instead of a live broadcast

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Pakatan GE12 Manifesto should be broadcast instead to remind the voters what a disappointment Pakatan’s lies have caused to the voters.

ARTICLE 17

Asean won’t accept ‘states within states’ – by Farish A. Noor – 25 March 2013| last updated at 12:10AM

INTRUSION: Unlawful for Kiram to have private army and wage war on another nation

THE security breach in Sabah remains a lingering problem, thanks largely to the claims made by one person who has sparked off what is really a complex internal debate within Philippine society itself.

Jamalul Kiram III’s demand that he be recognised as the sultan of Sulu with a claim on some parts of Sabah has raised an even deeper question that the Philippines has to address: can the Philippine republic accept the idea that within its republican framework there are citizens who claim to be more than citizens, and who claim that they have power and authority over parts of the republic which they argue are part of their own kingdom?

In short, can the Philippine republic accept the idea of a state within a state, or in this case a kingdom within a republic?

The initial answer to this might seem to be a straightforward “no”. As President Benigno Aquino himself noted during one of his press conferences, it is technically unconstitutional for any Philippine citizen to have a private army, to bear arms without licences and to declare war on another country. On legal grounds, Kiram’s stand seems shaky indeed.

But Kiram continues to probe into the soft underbelly of the postcolonial state by invoking primordial attachments to the past, and this is where the modern postcolonial state of the Philippines — like all other Asean states — has to address the question of its own complicated origins and genesis.

Let us remember that the states of Asean are a varied lot: when the countries of Southeast Asia became independent from the 1940s to 1960s, they emerged on the stage of world politics in different shapes and forms.

Today, when we look at the Asean region we see constitutional democracies, constitutional monarchies, republics, single-party states and so on. Each Asean country has had to find its own way of dealing with the legacy of the past.

But in this respect, Malaysia, Brunei and Thailand are more alike for none of these states has marginalised or eclipsed the older polities that pre-existed before independence.

The Federation of Malaysia, for one, maintains some degree of relative authority over the nine kingdoms where the sultans of Malaysia remain as important figures in the context of their respective kingdoms.

Like Thailand, Malaysia is also a country with a constitutional head of state. But in Malaysia, as in Thailand, it is the government that prints the national currency, deals with other states and manages things like international relations and diplomacy.

The Philippines on the other hand is more akin to Indonesia and Myanmar which have opted to become republics, and where the former ruling elites have been integrated into the broader framework of universal citizenship.

Myanmar’s royal family practically ceased to exist after the Third Anglo-Burmese war of 1885, and though traces remain in terms of some of their descendants, there has never been an attempt to revive the Burmese kingship in modern-day Myanmar. Indonesia, too, once had many royal courts in Java, Sumatra, Nusa Tenggara, Sulawesi and Kalimantan. But most of the royal houses were brought under the auspices of the centralised state after the tumultuous years of Indonesia’s war of independence between 1945 and 1949. Today, they exist in name only, but with no real political power or authority.

As far as the structure of the state is concerned, the Philippines bears a much closer resemblance to Indonesia than it does to Malaysia, and this is where the problem lies — though it has to be emphasised that this is a Philippine problem, and not Malaysia’s.

Like Indonesia, the Philippines does not accept the idea that there can be a state within a state in the republic, which is why Kiram is no different in terms of his rights and obligations from any other citizen.

In Indonesia, too, there remain many sultans such as the rulers of Cirebon, Yogjakarta and Surakarta in Java. But they, too, have no special powers or rights, and they too come under the law of the republic.

Indonesia has been better able to deal with some of the claims of the former rulers of the country, for the central government has displayed more sensitivity in according them the respect that is their due: in the history books of Indonesia, Indonesian children learn about the role played by the sultans in the anti-colonial struggle for instance.

And today the kingdom of Yogjakarta has been able to reposition itself very well, packaging itself as a tourist destination and presenting itself as the custodian of Javanese art, culture and heritage.

Some of the less fortunate kingdoms in Sumatra and Kalimantan, however, have fallen into a state of despair and ruin.

The fate of the sultanate of Sulu seems to be similar to that of some of the now-defunct royal houses of Indonesia.

Bereft of funds and with no real political authority, it relies on cultural capital and its claims to history to project itself.

But Kiram’s armed incursion into Malaysia was probably one of his “biggest miscalculations”, to quote the Philippine analyst Joseph Franco; and has now turned into a major own goal that has robbed him and his followers of whatever residual sympathy others may have had for his cause.

The royal families of Indonesia have also tried to project themselves internationally, but through their promotion of the arts, by appealing to Unesco, and by maintaining their relevance as a bastion of culture and history — and certainly not by waging war against the Indonesian republic, which would be politically self-defeating.

However this crisis pans out in the near future is anyone’s guess at the moment, though one thing is clear for now: Asean, for all its strengths and weaknesses, is a still a region where no country accepts the notion of states within states, and that is not likely to change tomorrow.
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Security personnel wading through swamps with dogs to track down the remaining Filipino intruders during a mopping-up operation in Kampung Tanjung Labian recently.

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ARTICLE 18

Attention Non-Partisan and Undecided Voters! – by Anas Zubedy – Monday, 01 April 2013 admin-s

We are in effect, the most thinking of all the voters. We cannot be bought. We are not easily hood-winked by any side of the political divide, any maverick politician. Political spin irritates and hypocrisy infuriates us.

You and I, we are powerful.

Our decision will decide who will and who will not be heading to Putrajaya this coming election. We are the kingmakers. We are the Third Force.

Who are we?

We are those who are not aligned to any political parties. Or even if we have a preferred political party, our votes for them are CONDITIONAL! According to some, we are about 30 – 40 % of the total voter count. Meaning, we are the third block; BN, PR and us – The Third Force!

This is not unique to Malaysia. Even in the USA, a nation that boasts a more mature two-party system, the independents represent the largest bloc, 40% in 2012. Democrats only had 31% while Republicans, 27%. It was them who put Obama up for a second term.

The season voters among us probably would have had the experience of voting both for BN and the opposition in the past. Perhaps, historically some of us may have even chosen not to vote – as a form of protest. Our votes and actions depend on the candidates, political situation, and political equation during a particular election.

We are in effect, the most thinking of all the voters. We cannot be bought. We are not easily hood-winked by any side of the political divide, any maverick politician.  Political spin irritates and hypocrisy infuriates us. We want truth, if truth frustrates BN it does not matter to us. If truth frustrates PR, it also does not matter to us. We vote with conscience and because of that, we do not follow anyone blindly. We are the voice of reason; we are the conscience of the nation.

In this coming election, we can choose many paths, but I will confine my discussion to the following five possibilities.

1. We give BN a very strong mandate, like before 2008, far more than the 2/3rd majority – We want a strong government with less politicking. We choose stability and want to focus on the economy. We prefer the ‘China’ way rather than the ‘India’ one where in China projects and government plans could be implemented with greater speed, while in India they need to go through debates over debates. We want to give PM Najib an open track to finish what he has planned out through his ETP and GTP. But we expect the government to go down hard on corruption or else in GE14 we will kick them out.

2. We give instead a very strong mandate to PR – We want a complete overhaul to the system. We want to give PR a chance to implement their promises as per Buku Jingga.  We are open to the possibility and try out DAP’s Malaysian Malaysia. We are also ready to the possibility of turning the country into an ‘Islamic State’ ala PAS ‘Welfare State’ through the amending of the federal constitution – making Shariah the supreme law. We want to restart, reboot. Anything but what we have today. We want to expand our talent pool for leadership outside BN – be they from DAP, PAS or PKR. We feel that Anwar or Hadi can be a good alternative Prime Minister to Najib. We are willing to allow PR to iron out their leadership issues once in power – even if it will cause us some uncertainties. No matter, we expect the new government to go down hard on corruption or else we kick them out in GE14.

3. We allow a hung parliament – This would mean we want to create a new playing field via a new coalition effectively initiating the demise of both BN and PR. We want to leave it to the wisdom of the YDP Agong in formulating a new coalition to bring order, peace, stability, development (minus corruption), and new politics. This would also mean we have also budgeted and acceptted the fact that there may be many attempts to buy over froggies from both sides of the political divide – since both BN and PR are not for anti-frogging law.

Read more at: http://letusaddvalue.blogspot.com/2013/03/attention-non-partisan-and-undecided.html?m=1

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One wonders if Anas Zubedy would kindly add the word ‘apartheid’ to every other mention of corruption otherwise we’d be inclined to think Anas is a crypto-racist? How about this suggestion Anas? Request that Malaysia Today puts an ‘and apartheid’ to every mention of corruption, then this article would come to life instead of being shadowd by the potential for crypto-racism. There will be no ‘powerful’ unless the below 3 items are granted :

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

Indonesia, India and China are the hegemons of ASEAN, and Malaysia is a bastion of racism, fundamentalism and corruption until the above 3 items are granted.

ARTICLE 19

Pakatan may lose Kedah with 6 per cent swing in Malay, Chinese votes: Survey – by Straits Times – SPECIAL REPORTS – Thursday, 04 April 2013 Super Admin

A private survey shows that the opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) could lose Kedah in the upcoming election with a mere six per cent swing in votes from the Malay and Chinese communities. A Kedah Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) leader said a possible reason for the dropin Chinese support was Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Razak’s (above) ailing health, which he said had added to the perception of instability in the state government.

The opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) could lose Kedah in the upcoming election with a mere six per cent swing in votes from the Malay and Chinese communities, a private survey by the Merdeka Center for Opinion Research has found.

A Kedah Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) leader told The Malaysian Insider that a possible reason for the drop in Chinese support was Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Razak’s ailing health, which he said had added to the perception of instability in the state government.

The leader also noted that Malay support for opposition parties PAS, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and the Democratic Action Party (DAP) during the 2008 general election had not been very strong to begin with, owing to the parties’ slim victory in the country’s rice-bowl state during the tumultuous polls.

“For example, in the Tanjung Dawai state seat, we won by barely a hundred votes,” the PAS leader said on condition of anonymity.

He added that the trend of votes from the Chinese community in supporting Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates at state-level but backing PR at federal level appeared to suggest a serious lack of confidence in the Kedah PR leadership.

Merdeka Center director Ibrahim Suffian underlined three likely factors behind the loss of support for the Kedah PR government, including the RM500 (S$199) cash handouts under the Najib administration’s Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia (BR1M) programme.

“Secondly, there may be internal issues within the state government, such as its service delivery and thirdly, the new crop of candidates that Datuk Seri Najib Razak has proposed have begun to draw voters back into BN’s fold,” he said when contacted by The Malaysian Insider.

The prime minister dissolved Parliament on Wednesday and several states followed suit while the Kedah MB said he would seek the state ruler’s consent on Thursday. Elections are expected by the end of April.

Datuk Seri Azizan has expressed confidence in PR’s chances in Kedah despite the reported in-fighting among state PAS leaders that could topple the fledgling pact in the state. But PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu dismissed the independent pollster’s findings, saying it would not hamper the Islamist party’s efforts to keep Kedah in Election 2013.

“I will go all out to help PAS and Pakatan recapture Kedah. Yes, I am aware of Merdeka Center’s findings,” he said when contacted by The Malaysian Insider.

“We promise to improve on our weaknesses to ensure that we will get to rule for a second term,” said the PAS leader, who is expected to contest in Kedah’s Pendang parliamentary seat.

In a recent interview with The Malaysian Insider, Datuk Seri Azizan expressed confidence in PR’s chances in Kedah despite a recent prediction that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s influence and in-fighting among state PAS leaders could topple the fledgling pact in the state.

Datuk Seri Azizan said voters should continue to support PR in Kedah because of several measures undertaken by his administration, including eliminating corruption and providing insurance coverage to all senior citizens, regardless of race.

“There is no corruption in Kedah. If there is, just arrest them,” he said.

“I give aid to the rakyat without looking at their race. I use the Kifaalah system… all dead people, Malays, Chinese Indians, all get it,” added the Sungai Limau assemblyman, referring to an insurance scheme for all senior citizens in Kedah that was first introduced by the Kelantan PAS government.

“I give education, education assistance… I also introduced the Kedah agricultural agenda,” he said.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said recently that Datuk Seri Azizan will continue to lead Kedah PAS as its state commissioner in facing Election 2013 that must be held by late June.

In Election 2008, the loose coalition of PAS, PKR and the DAP soared to a surprise victory in Kedah when it trounced BN, sweeping 22 of the state’s 36-seat assembly.

But two PKR representatives – Bakar Arang’s Tan Wei Shu and Lunas’ Mohd Radzhi Salleh – subsequently quit to become BN-friendly independents, citing their growing disillusionment with their party leadership.

Their quit decision effectively narrowed the seat margin between BN and PR to a mere four.

In May 2010, rumours began circulating that the state’s PR-led government would lose its already tenuous control of the state assembly and even fall back into BN’s hands due to more defections from PKR assemblymen.

But in a mammoth ceramah on the night of May 22, all remaining 20 PR state assemblymen turned up to defy the rumours, declaring their allegiance to Datuk Seri Azizan’s leadership.

The PAS leadership has yet to officially indicate who will lead the party’s campaign in Kedah for Election 2013.

Politicians from the ruling BN and opposition PR will be fighting tooth and nail to wrest majority control over 222 parliamentary seats and 505 state seats in the coming polls, which analysts have said will a toss-up between both pacts.

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i) A Kedah Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) leader said a possible reason for the dropin Chinese support was Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Razak’s (above) ailing health, which he said had added to the perception of instability in the state government.

No way and how presumptuous. The people care only about policy. Who cares if what leader is ill or not, especially a relatove of the PM and millions if not billions worth and term limitless effectively.

ii) The leader also noted that Malay support for opposition parties PAS, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and the Democratic Action Party (DAP) during the 2008 general election had not been very strong to begin with, owing to the parties’ slim victory in the country’s rice-bowl state during the tumultuous polls.

PAS means hudud. UMNO means corruption and racism. Most voters are young and alive, PAS only appeals to the old. UMNO is more fu to vote for IF young and Malay and racist.

iii) “We promise to improve on our weaknesses to ensure that we will get to rule for a second term,” said the PAS leader, who is expected to contest in Kedah’s Pendang parliamentary seat.

Hudud is the main weakness. Unless Malay birth rate IN HUDUD LOVING MALAY FAMILIES is used, zero votes from non-Malays wil ensure PAS will never be more than a handful of seats.

iv) “There is no corruption in Kedah. If there is, just arrest them,” he said.

I’d say this could be the worst case of double standards ever. PAS areas are isolated and few people want to go there, so they think they can say anything. Corruption exists but finding out is probably impossible given the closed nature of PAS corruption. Muslims will never betray Muslims and in tiny communities of PAS run areas etc.. that sort of thing will be impossible without everyone gettying blamed, and the fact that politically, Malays are unable to reconcile their family loyalties against democratic principles (yet), worsened with the Hudud divide, there is very little chance that status quo can change or PAS popularises. They are imitating the static Arabs (must be the desert sand maybe?) instead of being Nusantaran ‘dynamic’ (think Indonesia).

v) PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said recently that Datuk Seri Azizan will continue to lead Kedah PAS as its state commissioner in facing Election 2013 that must be held by late June.

PAS must make clear on Hudud being optional with all Malays being allowed to choose if they want to be affected and for non-Malays to entirely not be affected. Those arrests of non-Muslim teens earlier in this term have destroyed PAS’s viability. There is no other way for PAS to be viable without the above suggestion being applied to clarify the safety for non-Hudud Muslims and non-Malays who are not Muslim.

ARTICLE 20

‘LGE a Chinese hero, but…’ – by Hawkeye, FMT – Thursday, 04 April 2013 Super Admin

Gerakan says the CM has bought his status at the high cost of social polarisation.

GEORGE TOWN: A Gerakan leader admitted today that the Chinese regard Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng as a hero of their community but said he had won that status at the cost of disharmony among citizens of the state.

Chia Kwang Chye, a vice-president in Gerakan, appeared careful not to use the phrase “racial disharmony”, preferring to talk of “polarisation at every stratum of society” without elaborating on it.

“The Chinese community wanted a hero and Lim somehow fits the bill,” he told FMT.

“But at the same time, he should also act out the virtues of a popular leader, such as uniting rather than disharmonising communities.”

Chia also repeated a frequently heard criticism of Lim’s political style – that he is too combative against detractors.

“While it may be good in some instances to be single-minded about issues,” he said, “it can be counter-productive as Penang’s diverse communities and critical-minded society would prefer an engaging and consultative personality rather than one who keeps talking down on them and politicises every issue imaginable.”

He advised Lim to tone down his aggression, saying his street-fighter style of politics gave an impression that he was superficial.

He said that perception was strengthened last week when Lim, reacting to an online news report, challenged Penang BN chief Teng Chang Yeow to contest against him for the state seat of Padang Kota.

“If one reads the report carefully,” he said, “Teng did not challenge Lim. He just said he was ready to meet Lim in the election. Yet the good honourable chief minister thought it was an outright challenge.”

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Anyone who fails 90% of GE12 Manifestos is no hero. Lying about Local Council Elections and Asset Declarations, stealing gas tanks of small traders driving street vendors from their livilihood, in fact make LGE a villain – in fact LGE is a mere street thug here, REAL villains would at least be able to Osama bin Laden a 911, or topple a British Empire Gandhi style. Gerakan is being too kind to even call LGE a hero at all,  and now we know why Gerakan was wiped out by the vicious liar nepotist term limitless DAP! BN’s brainwashing made Gerakan unable to fight DAP.

Failure to grant Local Council Elections

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Anwar’s wife not contesting — Thursday, 04 April 2013 Super Admin

(Straits Times) – Malaysian’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has confirmed that his wife and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will not be contesting in the 13th general election, Malaysian media reported.

“Azizah was able to lead the party while I was in prison. She leads the party but decided not to contest in the election,” he said during a live interview with Al-Jazeera on Wednesday in response to allegations of nepotism in PKR, Free Malaysia Today website reported.

Aside from Dr Azizah, the couple’s daughter Nurul Izzah is the party vice president and Lembah Pantai MP.

Speculations about Dr Azizah contesting in this general election arose last week.

Malay daily Sinar Harian reported Dr Azizah’s intention to contest for a state seat in Selangor but added she had not decided on the seat.

“Yes, I would contest for a seat in the Selangor state legislative assembly but we need to discuss on a suitable seat. That would make it easier for me to conduct an election campaign and focus on the area,” she had told the daily.

Following that, Selangor PKR information chief Shuhaimi Shafiei who is also Seri Muda state assemblyman offered four state seats out of the 17 that PKR have for her to contest.

Her intention to contest also created speculations that current Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim and PKR deputy president Azmin Ali who is also vying for the menteri besar seat would have to give way for Dr Azizah to be the next menteri besar, if she won.

Many PKR grassroots leaders also welcomed Dr Azizah’s decision.

Dr Azizah was the Permatang Pauh MP from 1999 to July 2008. She contested in Permatang Pauh after Mr Anwar was disqualified from holding on to his MP position when he was imprisoned. In July 2008, she stepped down to allow Mr Anwar’s comeback into active politics.

Her decision to step down resulted in her being disqualified to contest for a parliament seat until July this year.

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Watered down, unapologetic, unprincipled back down if Wan Azizah actually has the sense of democracy to follow through. Better than term limitless nepotism though but indicates the very unstatesmanlike culture in PKR. The Logos of the action to not contest is correct, but the Pathos behind this non-contesting is as bad as UMNO’s racism and DAP’s nepotism. The Ethos of Wan Azizah is however based on and indicative of the backward, narrow communalistic, 3rd world clannish, nepotistic politics amomg Malays, which means PKR could do great harm to democracy if Wan Azizah does not bow out after an inactive and meaningless 2 terms costing the taxpayers 1 million of tax funds in salaries.

Flip-flop Wan ‘least useful/least active MP’ Azizah

http://malaysia-today.net/mtcolumns/newscommentaries/55653-wan-azizah-contesting-or-not

ARTICLE 22

Open Letter to Tengku Razaleigh: Time to Take a Bold Stand – Koon Yew Yin – Thursday, 04 April 2013 admin-s

Should Tengku Razaleigh decide to stand as a candidate of UMNO – a party lacking in the political integrity and ethical standards that he has espoused – I and many other Malaysians who have the deepest respect for him – will feel badly disappointed and let down.

As the election date draws nearer, it is important that all politicians wishing to take part should make known to the public what they stand for.

Among our political leaders, there are few that have earned the respect of Malaysians in the same way that Tengku Razaleigh has. Through his actions he has struck many as a man of honour, decency, good sense and ability. These qualities – not superhuman virtues – are the ones needed at the helm of the nation to guide us through this difficult time of racial and religious extremism, and unquenched opportunism and power craze.

On what Tengku Razaleigh stands for, there is little or no doubt. However, given his marginalization in the mainstream media, many Malaysians may not be aware of his political philosophy. This philosophy which I heard him elaborate on in Ipoh in 2012 could serve as the template for the nation’s political development. It has served as the template for my book, Malaysia: Road Map for Achieving Vision 2020.

I call on all election candidates – as well as parties – across the political divide to read and endorse Tungku Razaleigh’s 10 principles contained in his speech to the Perak Academy event. These ‘10 Golden Political Principles’ are necessary to ensure Malaysia’s political future, irrespective of whichever coalition party wins the elections.

Ku Li’s Ten Golden Political Principles

1. All political parties are required to include in their constitutional objectives the equality of citizenship as provided for in the Federal Constitution.

2. An economic and political policy that political parties propagate must not discriminate against any citizen.

3. All parties shall include and uphold constitutional democracy and the separation of powers as a fundamental principle.

4. It shall be the duty of all political parties to adhere to the objectives of public service and refrain from involvement in business, and ensure the separation of business from political parties.

5. It shall be the duty of all political parties to ensure and respect the independence of the judiciary and the judicial process.

Read more at: http://blog.limkitsiang.com/2013/04/03/open-letter-to-tengku-razaleigh-time-to-take-a-bold-stand/

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

1. All political parties are required to include in their constitutional objectives the equality of citizenship as provided for in the Federal Constitution.

No communication with the EC about this from Tengku so far?

2. An economic and political policy that political parties propagate must not discriminate against any citizen.

No demand from Tengku about ending apartheid so far?

3. All parties shall include and uphold constitutional democracy and the separation of powers as a fundamental principle.

Not a word on PKR’s 8% rather than 2/rds 66.6% quorum, DAP’s failure to implement Local Council Elections?

4. It shall be the duty of all political parties to adhere to the objectives of public service and refrain from involvement in business, and ensure the separation of business from political parties.

UMNO has not refrained from all of the above, no expositions from Tengku? The Rakyat will be behind Tengku if the political careers of those who harm the nation’s economy and private sector are to be rightfully ended.

5. It shall be the duty of all political parties to ensure and respect the independence of the judiciary and the judicial process.

2 cases. Altantunya and Teo Beng Hock, courtesy of BN and Pakatan respectively, but no word from Tengku? The Rylers’ Collective should offer protection to Tengku if Tengky acts on these issues.

Silence is tacit consent amounting to complicity. Practice what you preach. Principles not upheld by word and actions typify the unprincipled.


written by StraightTalking, April 04, 2013 14:41:43
There are many leadership types but they all invariably fall into these 3 categories:
1. Talks good sense, but does bad things most of the time
2. Talks nonsense but does good things most of the time
3. Talks good sense and does good things most of the time
The moral – action speaks louder than words

At the coming GE, vote for the party that you honestly think talks good sense and has a noble heart. Then your conscience will be clear for you have voted for the party that will bring potential peace and harmony among Malaysians and economic prosperity for Malaysia.

written by BAF, April 04, 2013 13:10:29
Dear Koon Yew Yin,

Anybody can make a list and of principles and say this is what he or she stands for, Razaleigh has many many weaknesses, one of them is women, he has a huge fortune but he refused to use it to become PM, if he had he probably would be PM today

written by albert zacharias, April 04, 2013 18:40:55
No time in his hand lah…too many girlfriends and companies to take care. …lengkok jadi PM.

ARTICLE 23

Hindraf gets good vibes from BN, wants debate with DAP – K Kabilan, FMT – Thursday, 04 April 2013 Super Admin

Hindraf is looking forward to a second meeting with Najib after getting positive feedback through informal contacts. It is also challenging Lim Kit Siang to a debate on its blueprint.

Hindraf today said that there were indications that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak would seriously look into its five-year blueprint for the betterment of the marginalised Indian community.

“We think there are chances of our proposals being adopted by the Barisan Nasional,” Hindraf’s national adviser N Ganesan told FMT today.

He said that following a formal meeting between Hindraf and Najib on March 25 at Putrajaya, there have been “informal contacts” between the parties on the matter.

“Based on these informal contacts, things are looking positive. We now await our second formal meeting to take place to take this to the next step,” he said.

No date has been fixed for the second meeting but Ganesan is confident that it would be held very soon.

“We don’t know if Najib would be free in the next couple of days but we believe the high-profile meeting will take place very soon,” he added.

He refused to divulge more details on the informal contacts, apart from saying that the outcome of these contacts has been very favourable.

“There are indications of acceptance [by the BN] of our proposal,” he said.

On March 25, a three-member Hindraf delegation which included Hindraf chairman P Waythamoorthy and Ganesan had met Najib at the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya.

Najib had then assured them that he would be holding a second meeting with them to discuss the Hindraf blueprint for the Indian community.

Hindraf’s blueprint, among others, highlights issues related to displaced Indian plantation workers, the need for tertiary-level education for Indian students, job opportunities in the government sector, financial loans to Indian entrepreneurs, and the establishment of a Minorities Affairs Ministry.

Waythamoorthy had embarked on a hunger strike on March 10 in order to get either BN or Pakatan Rakyat to endorse the Hindraf blueprint. He ended his hunger strike on March 31.

He had previously said that Hindraf would support whichever party that endorsed its blueprint. Alternatively, he had declared that Hindraf supporters would abstain from voting if neither Pakatan nor BN was willing to endorse the blueprint.

He had also expressed his disappointment with Pakatan and its leader Anwar Ibrahim for not taking them seriously despite having several meetings.

With the latest development now, it looks like Najib and BN would be benefiting from Hindraf’s support if he accepts their proposals for the Indian community. However, it is uncertain if he would accept the Hindraf blueprint in toto or would negotiate for some compromise.

Debate challenge to Kit Siang

In another development, Ganesan today challenged DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang to debate him on the DAP’s blueprint for the Indian communtity which was launched on March 31 in Gelang Patah. Lim is contesting in Gelang Patah this time around.

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This ‘good vibes’ and ‘adopt’ language alludes possible brainwashing at some level. How about Hindraf stay an independent which the Rakyat needs very much to learn about the hegelian dialectic manipulation about from, that is friendly to any political coalition which is not racist? By not racist I mean ready to accept :

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

Hopefully BN will grant the above 3 items before GE13, and if Hindraf joins BN before the above 3 items are granted, Hindraf becomes a second MIC (see below article – Hindraf is still independent). Never accept anything less than equality, because in fact geopolitically, Indians are more powerful than Indonesia of which Malaysia is merely the 50 times weaker cousin of. There can be no good vibes until Indians and all minorities have equality.

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Hindraf’s P. Uthayakumar to contest Kota Raja parliamentary, Sri Andalas state seats – Thursday, 04 April 2013 Super Admin

(The Star) – Hindraf’s P. Uthayakumar will contest as an Independent candidate in the Kota Raja parliamentary and Sri Andalas state seats in the upcoming elections.

The former Internal Security Act detainee said he would likely be contesting as an independent candidate if Pakatan Rakyat does not make way for him to contest under their ticket.

Uthayakumar said the movement would also be fielding candidates for the Kuala Selangor and Kelana Jaya parliamentary seat as well as Sri Muda, Ijok, Bukit Melawati and Seri Setia state seats in Selangor.

He said the candidates would be revealed after the Election Commission announces the nomination date.

http://www.malaysia-today.net/mtcolumns/newscommentaries/55622-hindrafs-p-uthayakumar-to-contest-kota-raja-parliamentary-sri-andalas-state-seats

ARTICLE 24

Nazri still toying with lives of Sabahans — bu Daniel J Jambun – STAR – Thursday, 04 April 2013 admin-s

“What laws is he talking about? If there are laws to be looked into, then look into them!” Jambun demanded. “As far as we know the Federal Government, through the National Registration Department, has the complete prerogative to re-issue MyKads anytime, even to change the designs, anytime it wants.

It appears that Kuala Lumpur still hasn’t learned anything from the Lahad Datu intrusion and bloodshed, and persists on toying with the lives of Sabahans, said State Reform Party (STAR).

STAR’s deputy chairman, Daniel John Jambun, in a statement here, took to task Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Dato’ Seri Nazri Aziz for saying it will be difficult for the Federal Government to re-issue new MyKads for Sabah.

Jambun accused Nazri of lying when he made the excuse such a simple task is difficult supposedly “because there are laws to be looked into.”

“What laws is he talking about? If there are laws to be looked into, then look into them!” Jambun demanded. “As far as we know the Federal Government, through the National Registration Department, has the complete prerogative to re-issue MyKads anytime, even to change the designs, anytime it wants.

“There is no need to pass such an undertaking through parliament, or to have it gazetted. What Nazri is doing is lying and avoiding the proposal, still believing that Sabahans are stupid and can be lied to anytime he wants,” he added.

Jambun, who is also the President of the Borneo Plight Malaysia Foundation (BOMIFO), challenged Nazri to explain what laws were used in the illegal issuance of hundreds of thousands of MyKads to refugees and illegal immigrants. He reminded Nazri that it was he who arrogantly said the illegals were not a security problem in Sabah.

“The fact is there was no law used except the law of the jungle and shameless law of robbers, thieves and traitors. The Federal Government ignored the Federal Constitution and many other laws to commit the treasonous acts of issuing the blue ICs and MyKads to illegals,” he said. “If they could do that for foreigners, why can’t they do the same — legally — for the people ofSabah?

“Why is it so easy to do the wrong thing and yet they refuse to do the right thing? Is it because the Federal Government wants to perpetuate the dominance of illegals in Sabah for political purpose at the expense of bona fide Sabahans?

“The treasonous act had now been blown into the face of the Federal Government with the death of almost 100 people and souring diplomatic relations with the Philippines. This is a clear case of what is called a ‘blowback’ or a backlash of an act committed in ‘good’ intention in the past. And yet Nazri still has the audacity to say it is difficult to solve the MyKads problem when the solution is right in his very hands.

“I agree with Tan Sri Bernard Dompok that Nazri was wrong and this time will be proven wrong again. As for the leaders of Upko, PBRS and PBS who are supposed to be the representatives of the KDMs in BN, to fight for the KDM rights, they should now seriously consider leaving the BN, because it is very obvious the BN government is not giving face at all to their proposal. It is proven again that they are toothless in BN.

“Now that parliament has been dissolved it is the opportune time for them to sit down with localSabah parties to help fight for justice under the Borneo Agenda. With the three parties in UBF, the defeat of the BN in Sabah will be a forgone conclusion.

“Thereafter we can proceed to set up our own Homeland Security System and use our kingmaker position to force the Federal Government to do what they are supposed to do to develop and protect Sabah and Sabahans.”

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A political party’s perogative is to sue any Ministry personnel who drag their feet or not use their authority as required. Give Nazri a reasonable timefram to amend the laws after which a lawsuit should be filed. If Daniel J Jambun does not file that lawsuit after the reasonable allotted period of time, then the Rakyat would not be wrong to accuse Daniel J Jambun of doing the same thing Nazri is doing.

“I agree with Tan Sri Bernard Dompok that Nazri was wrong and this time will be proven wrong again.

If Nazri is so wrong, file a lawsuit to have Nazri removed from his post. Governments do this all the time. Non-actors on taxpeyer salaries who drag their feet are usually thrown out.

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GE13: SAPP eyes 40 seats and dares DAP to contest 20 – Thursday, 04 April 2013 Super Admin

(The Star) – KOTA KINABALU: Although labelled a mosquito party, the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) will be going for at least 40 seats and challenged DAP to face it in half of these seats in the general election.

“DAP should contest at least 20 seats if it is strong. If it can’t, it might as well not contest,” SAPP president Datuk Yong Teck Lee said at a ceramah here.

He said DAP had been boasting about its strength and if it believed in its own rhetoric about its performance in Penang, DAP should go for more seats in Sabah.

“We in SAPP, despite being labelled a parti nyamuk (mosquito party) will go for 40 seats at least,” said Yong, in an apparent reference to the seat sharing of 85 parliamentary and state seats in Sabah among candidates from DAP, PKR, PAS and two independents Datuk Lajim Ukin and Datuk Wilfred Bumburing .

Besides the two men, both former Barisan Nasional MPs, the three parties in the Opposition front will get between 10 and 14 seats each.

Yong said DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang had conceded the three peninsula-based parties would not be able to win Sabah. Home-grown SAPP is not part of the electoral pact.

“If there is no confidence about winning (in Sabah), why contest?” asked Yong.

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DAP has no business in Sarawak unless the local East Malaysian political parties are not independent of BN.

Abolition of toll was lied about, reduction of tax on new cars remains a big question, free education looks like another lie like failure to grant Local Council Elections, cheaper fuel looks like a total lie that they will hide behind industry players, water and power tariffs are possibly lies, affordable housing looks impossible – have the Rakyat seen Penang lately, healthcare – if they don’t irradiate with cell phone towers and chlorinate and flouridate with water the Rakyat will be lucky, minimum wage is not likely – Pakatan willingly [puhes bills for 750K funerals and slary raises but only half heartedly mentioned minimum wages, or welfare programmes for farmers, fishermen and housewives which Pakatan sees and distributing tax funds rather than lowering or ending taxes, or start-up courses for school leavers unable to continue tertiary education which look impossible to fund given Malaysia’s extreme debt nearing 1 trillion and the 23K salaries 20 times the proposed minimum wage which Pakatan is unlikely to change.

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WHAT ABOUT YOURSELF? Umno youth warned not to ‘sulk’ if not nominated – Umno Youth head Khairy Jamaluddin MP for Rembau – Thursday, 04 April 2013 17:06

KUALA LUMPUR – All Umno Youth leaders have been advised not to ‘sulk’ if they are not selected to stand for election in the 13th general election (GE13), said Umno Youth head Khairy Jamaluddin.

In his ‘Facebook’ website, Khairy said what was important was the commitment to ensure solid victory for the Barisan Nasional (BN).

“I accept whatever decision made by BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. If asked to contest, I will abide by the decision, if asked to withdraw, I will also accept it,” he said.

This was the time for every youth leader to prove through their practices and action on what had always been said about solidarity and loyalty in the party, he said.

Khairy said what was important was not position but the intention to serve the people and their effectiveness in bringing improvement to the people because he was convinced that if the BN was strong, the people would also be more confident in giving a big mandate to BN in the GE13.

He said they could also use the experience he had gained from being Umno Youth head for four years as an example.

“I am the national Umno Youth head, with the rank of Umno vice-president, but I am not appointed into the Cabinet.

“This has become a subject of mockery for me by my political enemies. Nonetheless, I have never known the meaning of the word sad, disappointment, anger or sulk,” he added.

– Bernama

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Mockery? Not really. This is prevention of conflict of interest. Those mocking are people with bad politics,. For Khairy to feel mockery is also bad politics. UMNO actually is doing the right thing here albeit from a wrong reason of political sidelining which UMNO factions not friendly to Badawi and Khairy (probably due to Badawi’s shortest stint as PM in power mad, power tripping Khairy’s ‘better days’) has ensured!

In fact all National Youth heads, with the rank of vice-president, should not be appointed into the Cabinet. The below though is full of pretentious flip-flops while trying to be cool about GE13.

http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=79911:dont-be-a-hypocrite-khairy-prefers-to-not-contest-ge13&Itemid=2

And quite quickly within hours of the above article, UMNO’s satrapy equivalent’s term limitless and beneficiary of nepotism was back in force . . .

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/4/4/nation/20130404183505&sec=nation

This Khairy guy has everything, does not need, and should not be in (due to conflict of interest) politics as well, but for certain hopes for more – like becoming PM, which is unlikely because there are so many talented Malaysa who would have no issue with granting  :

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

Any UMNO second liners want to offer another choice against the term limitless for a 2 term limit? Don’t worry about Khairy, Malaysians! Being a public listed stock company Director driving luxury sports vehicles is quite alot for any Malaysian to achieve these days. Leave the politics for other Malaysians who have had no opportunity yet. Lets have an unknown street sweeper’s kid as the next PM alright? 99%! Meanwhile see below article by Wong Choon Mei for a reminder on what the Abdullahs which are a mere extension of Mahathir cronyism represent :

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‘Izzah’s Video Is A Ploy By Azmin’s Camp’ – Thursday, 04 April 2013 admin-s

(Malaysian Digest) – The allegation that a video exists involving Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Deputy President, Nurul Izzah Anwar is believed to have been started by the camp of the party’s deputy president, Azmin Ali.

Utusan Malaysia today reported that Permatang Pauh PKR’s Indian Chief, N. Ponnusamy said the issue is believed to have been brought up to limit the power hold Nurul Izzah and party President Datin Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail have in the party.

“We are confident that the video issue is the ploy of Azmin’s supporters who are eager to stop Azizah and Nurul Izzah from politically flourishing in Selangor,” he told Utusan Malaysia yesterday.

Ponnusamy has also requested for Azmin to stop ‘attacking’ Wan Azizah through Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin’s political secretary, Mohd Fareez Kamal Intidzam.

Fareez, lately, has been making several harsh statements targeted at Dr. Wan Azizah.

Ponnusamy also told Utusan Malaysia that Azmin must ask Fareez to retract the letter that was sent to PAS President, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

“Azmin must man-up and face us, instead of acting like a coward. He chose Fareez to ‘attack’ Wan Azizah because Fareez is his protege.

On March 9, Fareez lodged a police report alleging his family and himself are being harassed for sending a letter dated March 3 to Abdul Hadi.

In the letter, he claims that Azmin is more fit to head the party compared to Wan Azizah, and a change was necessary to ensure the opposition coalition will thrive in the upcoming general election.

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Better a user of ploys than a family bloc of nepotists. Dirty tricks which harm party relations internally is better than democracy destroying term limitless nepotism that harms the 99%.

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The problem with Petronas – not the CEO or the staff but Dr M: PR to send in an audit team – by Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle – Kee Kwong – Thursday, 04 April 2013 15:41

It looks like the salvos fired by the Pakatan Rakyat at the way national oil firm Petronas has been plundered and mismanaged by the leaders from Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government including his predecessors Abdullah Badawi and Mahathir Mohamad are starting to draw blood.

It cannot have escaped notice that Najib has of late been assiduous in courting Petronas staff and trying to distance himself from the longstanding and widespread accusations of corruption and pilferage at the national oil firm.

“A few months ago, I decided that all the tenders be decided by the board’s wisdom … I don’t want to make the decision,” the PM had told a special townhall session with some 4,000 Petronas staff earlier this week. He then announced a special RM1,000 bonus for all the oil firm’s staff.

Not the CEO or the staff but … MAMAKUTTY!

Yes, Malaysia’s 13th general election is around the corner and Najib needs to make a show that his government has been transparent while Opposition’s claims are wild and outrageous.

But really, the problems at Petronas go far deeper and wider than Najib has made them seem to be. Even the huge annual dividends that Petronas pays to the government, and which its CEO has asked the government to leave behind enough for “reinvestment”, are the tip of the corruption iceberg at the oil firm, ranked 68 in the Fortune 500 list of top companies.

From the manner in which land for Petronas’ current headquarters was purchased, to its hush-hush annual accounts and the “special special special” middle-men who were allegedly allowed to cream the bulk of its oil profits, the ruling Umno-BN government has been challenged to provide answers. Sad to say, few responses have been given despite the Opposition taking their questions all the way to Parliament itself.

As PKR candidate for the Wangsa Maju parliamentary seat, Tan Kee Kwong said in a recent ceramah (small political rally) in Taman Melati, Setapak:

“The Petronas story highlights exactly what is wrong with our country. There is no problem with the CEO or staff at Petronas. What is wrong is the crony system especially under Mamakutty (Mahathir Mohamad). He should stop talking and go look after his grandchildren. Mahathir set up Petronas using the Petroleum Development Act and under the PDA, only the prime minister can check the Petronas accounts. Even the Cabinet cannot do so. Why is this when Petronas is a government-linked-company and we are all shareholders of Petronas?”

Eye-opener: Don’t under-rate the intelligence of the ‘kampong’ Malays

The response that Kee Kwong, a medical doctor and former three-term parliamentarian, drew from the 95% Malay crowd that came to his ceramah was an eye-opener. While not exactly rural, few would have thought the people – given their humble demeanor – would be able to follow Kee Kwong as he rattled off figures to support his accusations. But they did and not only that, they cheered when he demanded accountability.

Taman Melati is actually an Umno stronghold. But as the Opposition has warned, the arms of Umno’s corruption have spread too wide and even the common folk are alarmed. Perhaps, this is why Najib – in the last lap to GE13 – has made it a point to address the issue but if he wants to be taken seriously, he had better give more serious and detailed answers and not the vague generalizations that he has provided so far. That would only make voters, like those in Taman Melati, even angrier with his Umno party for under-rating their intelligence and knowledge of what was going on in their country and elsewhere in the world.

“What is wrong at Petronas and the BN government becomes worse when we compare with Taiwan. Now, Taiwan island is about the same size as Peninsular Malaysia. When I was there on an official visit in 2005, we had the same population of around 23 million people. In Taiwan, the majority of the land there cannot be used because it is too hilly, only about 40% is usable. Here we have abandoned land of about 2 million acres. And according to the official statistics from the Taiwan government, Taiwan does produce a drop of oil, let alone ‘satu tong’ (one barrel). Whereas we have been producing and we now have production in Vietnam, Sudan.

“So why is it that Taiwan has zero borrowings and yet Najib Tun Razak says we are adhering to a very good economic transformation program. Five years ago, our government borrowings stood at RM250 bil but now it has reached RM520 billion. If we include the borrowings of GLCs such as MAS, TNB and others, total borrowings would hit almost RM700 bil. Is this something to be proud of? Such borrowings will burden on our children, grandchildren and future generations.”

Sending in an audit team: If you know what I know, you would faint and die!

Kee Kwong also warned that the Pakatan Rakyat coalition of PAS, PKR and DAP parties would deploy an audit team to probe the accounts for answers to the corruption allegations against Mahathir, his cronies and Umno colleagues.

“Highest cash reserve in the world, No. 1 is China, no. 2 Japan, no. 3 Taiwan, where is Malaysia? The illicit money taken away from our country by ‘unknown’ people in 2010 was RM200 billion. This shows there is a lot of wrongdoing and mismanagement in our country. As a past MP who has held office for 3 terms, I can testify that the accounts of Petronas have never been checked by Parliament. Why is this so, why the need to hide?

“Compare this with what our future prime minister Anwar Ibrahim (currently the Opposition Leader) has pledged. If Pakatan Rakyat wins, not only will the accounts be tabled in Parliament but published on the Internet. And one warning to the current (Umno-BN) leaders, we have prepared an audit team to enter Petronas. If you have not done anything wrong, that’s fine but if you, you won’t be able to sleep tonight.

“This brings me to a story I was told be a friend who works as a senior accountant in Petronas. He said, Dr Tan, cool down lah. You know a little bit about Petronas and you want to get so angry. We have worked in Petronas for 30 years and know the accounts inside out. If you know what I know, you will faint and die.”

Knowing the right people can make you RM600mil in 3 months

In his speech, Kee Kwong again demanded answers to Petronas’ purchase of land for its famed Twin Towers headquarters in downtown Kuala Lumpur. Transacted in the 1990s, Mahathir who was then the prime minister has till now not given transparent answers to the very serious allegations raised.

Was the purchase mechanism designed so as to benefit a “special special special” crony? Till now the question still rings loudly in the business circles around the country and it looks like it has already filtered down to the ordinary folk, given their ease in following and comprehending the issues involved.

“It is alright if Petronas wants to buy land to build KLCC and so on. But the manner in which it did so was ‘busuk’ (dirty). The land that Petronas bought to build the Twin Towers was from the Selangor Turf Club. All sorts of excuses were given to shift the Turf Club to Sungei Besi including that it would cause massive traffic jams on weekends.

“The point is the purchase should have been done directly between Petronas and the Turf Club or through compulsory land acquisition. But no, cannot. The deal had to go through a special crony. Who is this special crony? So the Turf Club land was sold to this special special special crony for RM300 million, the whole of KLCC. After 3 months without adding any value, it was sold again. First transaction price RM300mil, second transaction price RM900 mil. In 3 months, the crony made RM600 mil. Pandai gasak dan sapu (how clever to steal and rob). So let me ask because the people want to know – who is this special crony.”

Where has the bulk of the Petronas money gone?

Among the latest ‘hot’ or controversial issues dogging Petronas are the slew of foreign news reports that it is being forced to sell its oil through “special” middlemen with close ties to the top Umno leaders, given that the national oil firm comes under the direct purview of the Umno president who by convention is also the country’s prime minister.

According to Kee Kwong, this alleged ‘creaming’ of the bulk of the oil profit may be why Petronas is actually ‘poor’ by comparison with its peers. If there had been no corruption, the national oil firm would be much wealthier than it was now, said Kee Kwong, citing the example of fellow oil producer Norway.

“Then we hear talk that Petronas is being forced to sell its oil to some middlemen – about 5 or 6 of these special middlemen. Who are they? Now, we have already posed the question. Jeffrey Kitingan has written about this matter, so has Chua Jui Meng and Tan Kee Kwong. But no answer.

“The current price of oil in the international market is about US$90 to 92 per barrel. The cost from its deep sea exploration is very expensive and about US$25 to 30 per barrel. But Petronas if forced to sell to the middlemen at US$40 only. If this is not true, then deny. Open up the accounts, prove it. Is the government scared? This is the people’s money. Imagine, cost US$30, sold to middlemen at US$40 and these contracts are for 5 to 8 year periods.

“Look at Norway. It has been making money from oil for about 40 years, something like Petronas. But the profit from oil in Norway cannot be spent. Only the ‘faedah’ (interest or dividend) can be spent. This is why the pension fund of Norway, a tiny country of 10 million population, is the largest in Europe. But where is our Petronas money? We really have to put our foot down and demand the answers from Dr Mahathir, Abdullah Badawi and Najib.”

Malaysia Chronicle

http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=79671:the-problem-with-petronas-not-the-ceo-or-the-staff-but-dr-m-pr-to-send-in-an-audit-team-kee-kwong&Itemid=2

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REMEMBER the injustice of the 2009 power grab, Ngeh tells Perakians – Thursday, 04 April 2013 17:05

KUALA LUMPUR— Perak DAP reminded voters today of the power grab that toppled Pakatan Rakyat (PR) from the state in 2009 as it moved to reignite the anti-BN sentiment that rocked the northern state for over a year after the controversial putsch. At a press conference in Ipoh, state DAP chief Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham told voters to “remain angry” at Barisan Nasional (BN) when they head to the ballot boxes this Election 2013, and punish the ruling pact for allegedly using illegal means to capture state power four years ago.

“They must tell all Malaysians and the world that they are principled people who were angry with BN for its power grab in 2009 and will remain angry with BN until BN is punished and justice meted out,” the Sitiawan assemblyman said in a statement.

“They will not be bought with the little goodies that BN recently showered on them which in any case are monies which belong to the people,” he added, noting that this was among one of the reasons why Perak folk have a “duty” to support PR in the polls.

Ngeh also reminded voters of those who dared to stop the current state BN administration from being sworn into government on February 6, 2009, at the Perak Sultan’s palace in Kuala Kangsar.

He said many had risked their lives by even lying across the road to stop the entourage of Perak’s royalty and BN leaders who were heading to the palace for the swearing-in ceremony at the time.

“They are now being charged in court and face possible jail sentences. We must show solidarity with them,” Ngeh said.

During the tumultuous event four years ago, thousands of protestors had converged on the small royal town of Kuala Kangsar to stop the ceremony but were forced to fall back when riot police rained tear gas canisters on the group to disperse the crowd.

In one incident, emotional voters, their eyes still burning from the sting of the tear gas, carried a young schoolboy who had fainted in the melee to the door of the official vehicle carrying the Perak Regent Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, demanding that the prince call off the event.

But after successfully dispersing protestors, Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir was sworn in as the state’s 11th mentri besar, replacing PAS’s Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizarr Jamaluddin.

Ngeh said the next general election will be the crucial opportunity for Perak folk to tell Zambry and his team that his allegedly “undemocratic” power grab in 2009 was not acceptable.

He labelled Zambry and BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak as “chief criminals” in the putsch, insisting that neither leader deserved to lead any state government or the federal government.

“Democracy must be restored in Perak,” he added. “Laws must be enacted to restore the democratic norms which were violated by BN just to ensure their power grab was successful and preserved.”

Ngeh insisted that during Perak PR’s 10-month rule in Perak, the state had scored well, registering an investment of RM3.2 million, which he said was the highest in state history.

“Huge number of local as well as foreign investors was lining up to invest in Perak due to the efficient and graft-free PR Perak government,” he said, adding that many investors have even put their businesses on hold in hopes of PR being restored as the next state government.

But under BN’s leadership, Ngeh repeated allegations of illegal land grab by the ruling pact’s leaders, claiming that the government had approved 112,547 acres of land to cronies.

“Billions of ringgit of the people’s monies were lost as the lands were approved without any open tender. Deserving cases of the landless were however ignored by the BN government,” he alleged.

Opposition parties DAP, PKR and PAS won 31 seats in Perak’s 59-seat assembly in the March 2008 general election, allowing the loose pact to form a minority government after the polls.

In January 2009, BN’s Bota assemblyman Datuk Nasarudin Hashim defected from Umno to PKR, increasing PR’s small three-seat margin over BN to four, changing the PR-BN seat tally to 32-27.

But in early February, Nasarudin returned to Umno, the same day that three PR assemblymen — two from PKR and one from DAP — left their respective parties to become BN-friendly independents.

Their defections effectively toppled the PR government in Perak and resulted in a year-long constitutional impasse that was coloured by numerous historic events, including the March 3, 2009, “tree” assembly, the fracas outside the Kuala Kangsar palace and a mountain of legal suits.

-themalaysianinsider.com

Commentator Comments :

Thursday, 04 April 2013 21:09 posted by f ngeh n nga

Fucking ngeh. Remember u was the bastard who forced Hee to deflect becos u think that u are the defecto king of pr in perak. U n yr cousinbrother are the culprits who brought down the pr perak state govt
Comment Link Mana boleh? Thursday, 04 April 2013 20:47 posted by Mana boleh?

Remember how they physically dragged out the legitimate Speaker from the State Assembly. Perakians must not forget such a disgraceful and hurtful act.

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2 terms over so GTFO of the Perak Dewan for another Perakian whil will bother to challenge apartheid, express concern about nepotism or limitless tersm, and condemn undemocratic sackings from the DAP CEC. While your cousin causes 2nd degree nepotism wit you together Ngeh, do step down so that some other Malaysian can enjoy that 23K salary the Rakyat have been stupid enough to allow by voting in Pakatan Rakyat or Barisan. Ngeh has done nothing but enrich himself. Perakians can REMEMBER the injustice of the 2009 power grab without any reminder, but the injustice of term limitlessness and 2nd degree nepotism is already upon us via Ngeh and cousin Ngah. Typical DAP nepotism. 2 terms over. GTFO.

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IC row: Will native parties quit BN? – Friday, 05 April 2013 admin-s

(FMT) – It is pointless for native parties in the Sabah BN coalition to continue with their blind allegiance when it is now obvious that the federal government ‘does not take them seriously’.

Two serious developments have cropped up in Sabah which got the Barisan Nasional native partners all riled up