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A couple of years ago I had set up a wifi system around my house but it was down, I am thinking of making another one and I am going to name it "wifi republic".

I am going to re-organize my blogs too, now I am testing some templates, trying and testing them at this stage. I am trying to fully utilized the latest blogspot editor. Not doubt that they are better with many needs that are taken care of. However the new blogspot editor lack fluidity where we can used different blog templates for different categories of posts or entries.

However I had thought of this new format. Try
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I am still in the learning curve and I may not proceed with the present idea for I have to evaluate either to follow the existing system that blogspot new editor provide or do the necessary such as amending the html on the free template that I had obtained satisfactorily to get a system that I want.

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Israeli Attacks Kill Over 310 in Gaza in One of Israel’s Bloodiest Attacks on Palestinians Since 1948

Amidst worldwide protests, Israel is continuing its bombing campaign against Gaza for the fourth consecutive day and preparing to launch a possible ground invasion. Following months of a crippling blockade, this has been described as one of Israel’s bloodiest attacks on Palestinians since 1948. Yesterday reports indicate that 310 people have been killed and 1,400 injured in the aerial strikes across the Gaza Strip since Saturday morning. Yesterday targeted by the Israeli air strikes include the Hamas Interior Ministry building and the Islamic University. Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced today that Israel is in an “all-out war with Hamas and its proxies” in Gaza. Fears of a ground invasion are growing after Israel declared a military buffer zone around Gaza, closing off the strip and its 1.5 million residents to journalists and civilians.

We speak to Dr. Moussa El-Haddad and Fida Qishta in Gaza, Dr. Mustafa Barghouti in Ramallah, Gideon Levy in Tel Aviv and Ali Abunimah in the US. [watch video]

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Washington - Addis Ababa, what's the Agenda for Somalia?

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation is expanding contacts with Somali immigrant communities in the United States, especially in Minnesota, out of concern that terrorists may be recruiting young men there, The Washington Times reported Monday. [ read more ]

Thirty Somali lawmakers have fled Baidoa, the seat of the country's Parliament, after a legislator was killed in the southern town. [ read more ]

NAIROBI, Dec 29 (Reuters) - Somalia's President Abdullahi Yusuf resigned on Monday after four years in power and returned to his homeland in the semi-autonomous Puntland region. Here are some questions and answers as to what happens next: [ read more ]

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Day four of Gaza raids

[In pictures: Day four of Gaza raids]

Israeli tanks & APCs have massed along the Gaza border as officials in
Tel Aviv
suggest there will be a ground operation into the
strip. Thousands of Reservist were called up too.

Ahmadinejad: Israeli raids change everything

Tue, 30 Dec 2008 | Presstv

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip is the harbinger of major developments in the region.

As the Israeli army continues to pound the beleaguered strip for a fourth day on Tuesday, there appears to be no active diplomacy on the issue and no halt to the military campaign -- the largest assault on Gaza in decades. [read more]

A senior Iranian commander floated the idea on Monday that the time has come for Muslims to militarily stop Israeli crimes in Gaza.

[ telecast]

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Revamp of laws necessary

Outgoing Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman wants new comprehensive laws to govern the electoral process, which, among others, will empower the commission to act against money politics and produce a fresh electoral roll.

OUTGOING Election Commission (EC) Chairman, Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman, 66, has been through thick and thin. Besides having voted in every general election since 1964, he has served the EC for almost 25 years, starting as Secretary (1979-1995) and as later as Chairman (2000-2008).

Abdul Rashid, who will relinquish his post on Dec 30, highlighted the urgent need to revamp existing electoral laws in an interview with Sunday Star. - [read more]

Out of his hands: Abdul Rashid feels that people want more than what the Election Commission can deliver and want a more level playing field.
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Western Governments - False Flag Operations.

TerrorStorm (part of Alex Jones'film) goes into documented cases of Western governments sponsored terror around the world.
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Gaza a week before the Israeli strike

Gaza: Israeli Terror Kills 180, Injures 800
Before Israeli warplanes carried out a massive air-strike inside the Gaza Strip, killing at least 200 and wounding 800 others.

Gaza a week before the Israeli strike.

Gaza's 1.5 million citizens have been cut off from the rest of the world since June 2007. Since then, the Israelis have imposed ever more severe restrictions on what may enter the territory, now significantly limiting even the most basic of humanitarian supplies including food, fuel, clothing, cooking oil and medicine. As a result, according to Press TV, hundreds of patients have died, 40 percent of ambulances have stopped running due to lack of fuel, and 75 percent of Gaza’s children suffer from malnutrition. As reported in the Dec. 14 Sunday Times, some families have now resorted to eating grass. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency just announced it has been forced to suspend food distribution to the 750,000 Gazans who depend on them for assistance. It has run out of flour because all border crossings closed by Israel. [In Pictures ]

[ This video ] describes in pictures and words the shocking details of Israels deliberate ravaging of Palestinian life and society in Gaza. Its purpose is to call attention to the plight of a people under siege, which so far has been chillingly ignored by governments and the world media unwilling to call Israel to account for its criminal execution of the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians from their own land. The video was created by Sonja Karkar for Australians for Palestine on 9 December 2008 using images captured by various courageous photographers on the ground in Gaza, and the haunting sounds of Sada (Echo), composed and played on the oud by Ahmad Al-Khatib.

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US veto blocks UN anti-Israel resolution

Sun, 28 Dec 2008 08:17:23 GMT

The UN Security Council has been unable to force an end to Israeli attacks against Gaza due to the intervention of the United States.

Washington once again used its veto powers on Sunday to block a resolution calling for an end to the massive ongoing Israeli attacks against the Gaza Strip.

The council has only been able to issue a 'non-binding' statement that calls on Israel to voluntarily bring all its military activities in the besieged region to an immediate end.[read more]

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Israel pounds Gaza for second day

By Nidal al-Mughrabi | Reuters | Sunday, December 28, 2008

GAZA (Reuters) - Israel launched air strikes on Gaza for a second day on Sunday, piling pressure on Hamas after killing more than 270 people in one of the bloodiest days in 60 years of conflict between the Palestinians and the Jewish state.

Dozens of Israeli armored vehicles massed along the Gaza border for a possible ground invasion and the U.N. Security Council called early on Sunday for a halt to the violence.

Israeli military affairs commentators said the Israeli offensive did not appear to be aimed at retaking the Gaza Strip or destroying the territory's Hamas government -- ambitious goals that could prove difficult and politically risky to achieve ahead of Israel's February 10 parliamentary election.

Instead, they said, Israel -- after an air bombardment on Saturday -- wanted to strengthen its deterrence power and force Hamas into a new truce that would lead to a long-term halt to cross-border rocket salvoes.

Israel said its warplanes carried out about 100 strikes on Saturday and that Palestinian militants had fired some 70 rockets at the Jewish state, killing one Israeli man.[read more]

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Iran critical of US imposing UN Chapter VII on Iraq.

IRNA | Dec 27,2008
Iran is critical of the United States for its attempt to impose UN Chapter VII on Iraq.

Chairman of Iran-Iraq parliamentary friendship group, Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, on Saturday condemned the US for imposing the United Nations Chapter VII on Iraq prior to its security agreement.
Chapter VII deems Iraq as an outlawed country and constrains its political, military and economic activities because of Iraqi invasion of Kuwait under former dictator Saddam Hussein in 1990.

More than five years after the fall of the former dictator and the establishment of a democratically-elected government in that country, the UN has yet to remove Iraq from Chapter VII, he told IRNA.

Iran believes that Chapter VII is the main weak point of US-Iraq security pact as it can damage the country's sovereignty. [ read more ]

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Sembah Takziah Atas Kemangkatan DYMM Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar drp. Ketua Pembangkang Dewan Rakyat.

Saya, Azizah serta seluruh barisan kepimpinan Parti Keadilan Rakyat menyembahkan ucapan takziah dan rasa dukacita yang teramat sangat kepada Ke Bawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Tunku Ampuan Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Najihah Binti Tuanku Burhanuddin dan semua kerabat Di Raja Negeri Sembilan di atas kemangkatan Duli Yang Maha Mulia, Yang Di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Ja’afar Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

Keprihatinan Almarhum dan Tuanku Najihah terhadap permasalahan rakyat memberi ruang secukupnya mendengar sambil bergaul selesa dengan rakyat biasa. Baginda memperlihatkan kecemerlangan di pelbagai bidang dan sewajarnya menjadi contoh buat semua rakyat Malaysia. Memulakan khidmat di sektor awam sebagai Pegawai Daerah Rembau, kemudiannya sebagai diplomat, sebelum ditabalkan sebagai Yang Di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan pada tahun 1968, Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar sememangnya tidak dapat berpisah dengan kehidupan berbakti kepada nusa dan bangsa.

Secara peribadi kami amat sedih dan terkesan dengan kemangkatan Almarhum. Hubungan kami lebih akrab tatkala Baginda menjadi Yang Di-pertuan Agong. Malah Almarhum Tuanku tidak memperkenan pemecatan saya pada 2 September 1998, dan sehingga kini kes tersebut masih belum diputuskan secara muktamad olih mahkamah.

Kami tambah terharu manakala baginda berdua berangkat menziarah saya di Klinik Alpha, Munich sejurus satelah saya dibebaskan pada tahun 2004. Kali terakhir saya dan Azizah mengadap kebawah duli Tuanku berdua ialah beberapa bulan dahulu di Seremban.

Semuga Allah mencucuri rahmat ke atas roh Almarhum dan dihimpunkan bersama orang-orang yang soleh.


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UMNO Makes Plans For 2009

This year has placed a very heavy burden on the shoulders of UMNO in getting back the trust of the people, as the pillar of the Barisan Nasional, which is capable of being fair and looking after the welfare of the people in line with its slogan of Dulu, Kini dan Selamanya (Then, Now and Forever).

Having been humbled to become the opposition in Kedah, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Kelantan and getting routed in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, has served as a useful experience for the largest Malay party, with three million members, to continue to be at the forefront as the leader in the national political arena.

The politics of money that has snaked its way in the party for so long has to be eradicated with full commitment and sacrifice even though the result may be unsavory.

These actions of money politics are worrisome in that they will cause UMNO to be sidelined, giving rise to the suggestion that candidates for the party's highest posts be picked by all UMNO members just like in a general election.

At the same time, various calls were made for the quota system to contest party positions to be abolished on grounds that it restricted contests.

Among those who made the call was Dr Mahathir himself. It was he who introduced the quota system after he was challenged by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and almost lost in the 1987 party election.

In July, Abdullah announced a power transition plan to hand over the reins as party president and BN chairman to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in the middle of next year.

Two months later, the UMNO supreme council made a decision to have the party general assembly in March next year to smoothen an earlier transition of power.

Going into 2009, while waiting for the March party elections, UMNO needs to take organised steps as the bigger challenge is to fulfill the people's aspirations.[read more]

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2008: A Year Full Of Political Dramas

Dubbed by political observers as a `political tsunami', the March 8 general election triggered a chain of reactions throughout the year, and placed Malaysia in the "politically unstable" group of countries at one point.

Despite given the mandate to rule the nation for the next five years, it was the BN's worst defeat while the Opposition basked in their winning glories.

BN's failure to retain the usual two-thirds majority was its first since the country's independence 51 years ago.

The 12th general election also saw several BN top leaders being "gunned down" by young and fresh faces fielded by the Opposition including PKR de-facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's daughter Nurul Izzah.

Wearing dazed expressions that lasted for weeks, leaders from both BN and Opposition contemplated their change of fortunes while former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad called for the immediate resignation of his successor Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

In July, Dr Wan Azizah opted to vacate her Permatang Pauh seat to give way for her husband to contest, lending more weight to the political talks that Anwar would indeed become Malaysia's sixth premier come Sept 16.

On Aug 26, Anwar triumphed in the Permatang Pauh by-election. Subsequently, he was appointed as the new Opposition Leader in Dewan Rakyat, while the countdown for Sept 16 echoed strongly throughout the nation bringing about uncertainty among the people.

However, that was three months ago, and today Malaysia is still under Abdullah's leadership while Anwar lingers in the background along with his dream to topple BN government through the backdoor. [read more]

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Obama on Gaza: ‘No Comment’

With his silence – or, at least, his very delayed reaction – it seems clear that Obama is taking his own advice. Even as Israel takes the possibility of a new page in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict off the agenda, and sabotages all his brave talk about a renewed US diplomatic effort, the great “liberal” hope is apparently tongue-tied.

And when he finally speaks, “progressives” should prepare for the worst: after all, this is someone who
endorsed the Israeli re-invasion of Lebanon.

The Israeli-Palestinian “peace process”? The Israelis, for their part, are having none of it – and neither is our future President. [read more]

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Israel launched air strikes on Gaza city

GAZA, -- Dec 27, 2008

The Israeli occupation forces' raids on the Gaza Strip on Saturday claimed the lives of 155 Palestinians and wounded 800 others, tens of them in serious conditions, medical sources reported.

Muawiya Hasanien, the director of ambulance and emergency in the health ministry, said that the number could rise as the Israeli intensified raids did not cease and there could be many other victims still under the rubble.

Reports said that Tawfik Jabr, the commander of the Palestinian police, and Abu Ahmed Ashur, the governor of the central district, in the Gaza Strip were among the dead.

Angry demonstrations were seen in various West Bank cities immediately after news of the bloody raids were broadcast along with the horrifying images of the bloodbath.

However, the Israeli premier's office said that the air strikes were just the beginning and that other strikes would follow, the quality of which is left to Israeli chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi to decide.

Ashkenazi was quoted by the Hebrew press as saying, "The military has to study the strike's results before deciding on the next stage of the assault". [watch video]

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Over 155 Pal. Martyred, 200 Hurt in IAF Gaza Strikes

27/12/2008 Medical sources report at least 155 Palestinians have been killed and over 200 wounded in a series of Israeli occupation Air Force strikes on the Gaza Strip on Saturday.

Gaza health official Moawiya Hassanain confirmed the report, saying 155 Palestinians have been killed in the airstrikes.

The massive Israeli bombardment of Gaza is "only just the beginning," Israeli military spokesman Avi Benayahu told army radio on Saturday.

"This is only just the beginning of an operation launched after a security cabinet decision. It could take time. We have not fixed a timeline and we will act according to the situation on the ground," he said.

A series of Israeli occupation strikes targeted Hamas compounds throughout the Gaza Strip, causing widespread panic, Hamas officials said on Saturday.

Al-Manar correspondent in Gaza said that what is going on is an unprecedented massacre against the Palestinians in the Strip.[read more]

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Another Cold War & Arm race?

Russia deploys missiles fitted with S-400 Triumf air defense system, which can hit target at a distance twice the range of the US Patriot.
Another missile complex enhanced with the S-400 defense technology was earlier deployed in the area. Russia is expected to arm 18 battalions with the system until 2015.

Its strike capability enables the S-400 to hit targets within 400 kilometers (248.5 miles) which is equal to two times the distance flown by the US MIM-104 Patriot missiles.

The US says its plans for setting up bases is Poland equipped with the Patriot is aimed at warding off potential strikes from 'rogue states' in the Middle and Far East.

Moscow has denounced the move saying that Washington is using the 'rogue states' as an excuse to jeopardize Russia's sovereignty. [watch video & read more]

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RPK rationalising the issue of HUDUD..

Hudud is the current controversy, the latest Tsunami sweeping this land. But what is the issue? Is it about religion or it is merely politics? The hand is quicker than the eye. And what we see is what our brain tells us to see. We see what the hand waves in front of us. Magic is not magic. Magic is sleight of hand. 

A critical analysis of Hudud could lay the matter to rest. Those opposed could become converted if the real issue is explained. But then this will end the confusion. And the objective is not to end the confusion. The game plan is exploitation and deception. That is how ‘good’ politics is played. And there is only one type of politics, the type that wins.

I do not want to explain Hudud. I am not even a Hudud apologist. I can do that if you want me to. It is so crystal clear and extremely simple that it makes me laugh. How can Hudud be an issue? Hudud can be good and can be bad depending on application.  So can the Internal Security Act if you really want to get analytical. Hudud is not about punishment. It is about looking into circumstances. Hudud explores what went wrong and how to put it right. It is not about imposing on society and causing tears to be shed.

Thieves must not be automatically punished under Hudud. The circumstances need to first be explored. Under common law thieves must not escape punishment. The circumstances do not matter. If a thief is a thief because of circumstances then the thief is not a thief and society must instead be punished, as far as Hudud is concerned. Society will be ordered to adopt the thief. The thief will become the ward of the state. And the thief can now leave his life and crime and enter into a life of adoption.

Such is the beauty of Hudud. A thief is not a thief. A thief becomes our adopted child. And if, again, he needs to steal because we have failed him, then we receive punishment instead. The thief loses no limb. But do people understand this? They do not because they are meant to not understand. This is about politics. And politicians are prostitutes. They exploit us and deceive us. And that is a mark of a good politician. [ read more ]

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Hudud: DAP hormati PAS,bukan Islam tidak terjejas

Menurut Naib Pengerusi DAP, M Kulasegaran, beliau menghormati pendirian PAS dalam pelaksanaan hukum hudud dan yakin bukan Islam di negara ini tidak akan terjejas kehidupan mereka jika ia dilaksanakan.

Kulasegaran yang juga merupakan Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Barat menegaskan,seandainya hukum hudud dilaksanakan gaya hidup masyarakat bukan Islam tidak akan mendapat kesan.

"Ia adalah pendirian PAS. Saya hormati pendirian mereka.Itu merupakan urusan mereka," tegasnya. [read more]

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A satisfying victory for the average Malaysian

On March 8 this year, however, during Malaysia's 12th general election, he put an opposition coalition crammed with greenhorn candidates 31 seats away from forming the government. He also gave it five of Malaysia's 13 states, including main cash cows Selangor, Penang and Perak.

BN lost 46 per cent of the popular vote, with 51 per cent of voters in Peninsular Malaysia backing the opposition coalition made up of the very-Muslim Pas, the very-Chinese DAP and the multi-racial Parti Keadilan Rakyat.

In sum, BN got 63 per cent of the ballot, its worst showing since Malaysia gained independence in 1957. The result was even worse than the one BN managed during a strife-torn period in May 1969, when it got at least 66 per cent.

So, March 8 turned assumptions about Malaysians on the head.

Those who were sure Malays would not support the DAP and PKR saw the very-Malay strongholds of Bakri in Johor, Segambut in Kuala Lumpur and Teluk Intan in Perak fall easily to the two parties.[read more]

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< < Wishing all readers . > >

Selamat musim cuti dan tahun baru masehi 2009
dan hijrah 1430

Semoga kita semua sentiasa mendapat taufik & hidayah
Dan di doakan kita sentiasa mendapat barakah dalam tahun 2009M & 1430H
dan sentiasa mendapat keredhaan Allah swt

In the spirit of the festive holiday season and the beginning of AD 2009
and hegira 1430

May well-being & guidance be with us
Our due supplications for a blessed year, AD2009 & H1430
and may the Great One be please with us.

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Somalia: Yusuf 'Pondering Resignation' After U.S., IGAD Pressure

President Yusuf's political misfortune is deeply rooted in the U.S. government's efforts to save face in the waning days of the Bush years.

The use of Ethiopian troops to defeat Somalia's Islamist militia has backfired spectacularly, with Islamists controlling nearly all regions lost before the 2006 war and now poised to overrun Mogadishu.

The Djibouti Agreement gives Ethiopia legal cover to withdraw its troops from Somalia, without any mention of the Ethiopian army's alleged war crimes in Mogadishu and elsewhere on Somali soil.

President Yusuf

Likewise, the Bush administration will point to the Djibouti Agreement as a formal document calling for a ceasefire " which has never been implemented on the ground " and the timely withdrawal of Ethiopian forces, as stipulated under the peace deal. [read more]

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Ahmadinejad show 'causes offence'

Channel 4 U.K. news broadcast with Dr Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,President of Iran giving a short message of hope and prosperity for Christmas.

BBC News:

Allowing Iran's president to deliver Channel 4's Alternative Christmas Message will cause "international offence", the UK government has said.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was shown telling viewers of the British TV channel "the general will of nations" was for a return to "human values".

The decision angered some MPs, who branded him a "dangerous fanatic" with anti-Semitic and anti-gay views.

Channel 4 said it had offered viewers an "alternative world view".

The speech, in Farsi with English subtitles, was the channel's 16th alternative message and was shown after a brief introduction to Mr Ahmadinejad contextualising his views.

In it, Mr Ahmadinejad congratulated the people of Britain on the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ.

He said that problems in society were rooted in the rejection of the message of the prophets of God, including Jesus.

And he criticised the "indifference of some governments and powers" towards the teachings of "the divine prophets".[more]

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Decline of the USD - Death By Fiat

There's only one thing more dangerous than a man who breaks the law - and that's a man who MAKES the law - because NO ONE is above him.

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The United States economy is in steep decline.

The signs are all around us - record breaking numbers of foreclosures, jobs being exported left and right, factories shutting down, bankruptcies and homelessness on the rise, and consumer prices and healthcare costs skyrocketing.

To understand HOW we got here, we must understand what RULE of LAW means and how it can be manipulated to serve only special interests such that it becomes indistinguishable from RULE by FIAT.

And just as LAWS decreed by FIAT favor one group of people over others, private MONEY created by FIAT does the same.

Americans cannot remedy the problems that we face as a nation today, unless we realize that our system of democracy is seriously flawed - it enables a corrupt few to RULE by FIAT over the vast majority. [read more]

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Who is Bernard Madoff?

"It's all just one big lie."
- Bernard Madoff to his sons about his $50 billion "Ponzi" scheme

Fraudster Bernard L. Madoff was national treasurer of the American Jewish Congress and Yeshiva University. So where did the $50 billion go?

The latest massive financial scandal is the giant $50 billion pyramid or "Ponzi" scheme run by a New York Zionist Jew, Bernard Lawrence Madoff. How can anyone lose $50 thousand million? Where did the $50 billion disappear to? Israel? [read more]

Fraudster Bernard L. Madoff was national treasurer of the American Jewish Congress and Yeshiva University. So where did the $50 billion go?

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On Hudud & Qisas and the KT by election

In an unprecedented move, Federal Territory MCA Youth stepped into the PAS headquarters in Kuala Lumpur to submit a memorandum protesting a plan to bring in hudud law. [watch video]

"Kerajaan PAS Terengganu telah membawa Enakmen Kesalahan Jenayah Hudud dan Qisas Terengganu 2002 kedalam Dewan Undangan Negeri dan diluluskan sebulat suara. Enakmen tersebut juga telah mendapat perkenan Sultan Terengganu, Tuanku Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin pada 2 September 2002 dan kemudiannya diwartakan pada 25 September 2002.

"Walaupun masih belum berkuatkuasa namun kerajaan Umno-BN yang merampas kembali pemerintahan dari PAS pada tahun 2004 tidak menolak dan meminda Enakmen tersebut, di mana dalam kerajaan Umno-Barisan Nasional itu termasuk seorang wakil bukan Islam iaitu dari MCA,"jelas Fariz.

Katanya wakil MCA tersebut sehingga hari ini tidak pernah menyuarakan apa-apa ketidakpuasan hati terhadap enakmen itu yang telah menjadi sebahagian daripada undang-undang bagi negeri Terengganu. [read more]

Tindakan menentang Hudud dan Qisas bukan sahaja melibatkan akidah seseorang tetapi dilihat sebagai 'menderhaka' kepada Sultan Terengganu yang telah memperkenankan Enakmen Jenayah Syariah Hudud dan Qisas di negeri Terengga.

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Elected on a platform of populist economics, then adopted Wall St ideology.

The current crisis and Obama's Clintonomics team

Bill, like Barack, was elected on a platform of populist economics, then adopted Wall St ideology.

With Barack Obama surrounding himself with Clinton-era economic advisers, many have questioned his commitment to changing the system that led to the current economic crisis. Robert Pollin is one of many who have raised this point. An expert on Clintonomics, Pollin points out the similarities between Obama today and Bill Clinton in 1992, including the voices that they are listening to.


Robert Pollin is Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He is the founding co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI). His research centers on macroeconomics, conditions for low-wage workers in the U.S. and globally, the analysis of financial markets, and the economics of building a clean-energy economy in the U.S. His books include A Measure of Fairness: The Economics of Living Wages and Minimum Wages in the US and Contours of Descent: US Economic Fractures and the Landscape of Global Austerity. [read more]

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It's like a shopkeeper providing the money to a customer so that the
customer keeps buying from his shop. The customer will not buy; the
shop won't have business, unless the shopkeeper funds him.
The US is like the lucky customer.

And the world is like the helpless shopkeeper financier.

Who is America 's biggest shopkeeper financer? [more]
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What is the difference between CD-R and CD-RW?

Both the CD-R and CD-RW CDs look alike, but there are obviously some major differences between them. (They wouldn't have separate names if there wasn't, right?!) We've done several articles on burning lately, so you should be pretty up to par on that, but picking the CDs you are going to use is the next big step. The main difference that comes into play is the quality you will get from each type of CD.

Most people burn CDs to either back up their data or to make a music CD. The CD-R format is a more inexpensive disk with a decent amount of quality. They usually hold between 650 and 700 MB of information. These are good for saving any type of information, but they're better used for school projects, copying games, moving data from one computer to another, etc. If you're not planning on ever erasing the information, you'll want to use a CD-R.[read more]

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All you need to know: Treating dry skin

To keep the skin hydrated, drink approximately 2 liters of water every day. Try to avoid indulging in soft drinks, or eating sugar, chocolate, potato chips and other junk foods. Avoid fried foods and animal fats.

Try to avoid alcohol and caffeine as they have a diuretic effect and cause the body to lose fluids and essential minerals.

Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke. Nicotine constricts blood vessels, depriving the skin of the oxygen and nutrients it needs for good health. Smoking also involves the repetition of certain facial expressions which eventually turn into permanent wrinkles around the mouth. Smoking can also result in leathery skin.

Sun exposure can damage the skin and causes dryness, wrinkles, rashes and blisters. Stay out of the sun as much as possible. Always use a good sunscreen on all areas exposed to the sun. [read more]

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'Christ would fight global tyranny'

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
In the translated message, the President also addressed world issues and said that "the crises in society, the family, morality, politics, security, and the economy ... have come about because the prophets have been forgotten, the Almighty has been forgotten, and some leaders are estranged from God."

"If Jesus were alive today he would strive to reform the political and financial state of the world, and would undoubtedly stand with people in opposition to bullying, ill-tempered and expansionist powers," the text said. "Today, the general will of all nations is calling for fundamental change."   [read more]

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A Christmas Reminder : Afghan Massacre revisited.

The film was researched by award-winning journalist Najibullah Quraishi. Produced and directed by Irish filmmaker and former BBC producer Jamie Doran, the film tells the story of thousands of prisoners who surrendered to the US military's Afghan allies after the siege of Kunduz.

According to the film, some three thousand of the prisoners were forced into sealed containers and loaded onto trucks for transport to Sheberghan prison. When the prisoners began shouting for air, U.S.- allied Afghan soldiers fired directly into the truck, killing many of them. The rest suffered through an appalling road trip lasting up to four days, so thirsty they clawed at the skin of their fellow prisoners as they licked perspiration and even drank blood from open wounds.

Witnesses say that when the trucks arrived and soldiers opened the containers, most of the people inside were dead. They also say US Special Forces re-directed the containers carrying the living and dead into the desert and stood by as survivors were shot and buried. Now, up to three thousand bodies lie buried in a mass grave.

Outraged human rights groups and lawyers are calling for an investigation but the U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan refuses any U.N.-backed investigation until the Afghan government can protect witnesses. Two of the witnesses in the film have already been killed. The film provides eyewitness testimony that U.S. troops were complicit in the massacre of thousands of Taliban prisoners during the Afghan War.

The film has sent shockwaves around the world. It has been broadcast on national television in Britain, Germany, Italy and Australia. It has been screened by the European parliament. It has outraged human rights groups and international human rights lawyers. They are calling for investigation into whether U.S. Special Forces are guilty of war crimes. [watch video]

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The Malaysian Islamic Party, PAS and Kuala Terengganu by election.

The ruling coalition party at the Federal level is the nationalist UMNO (United Malay National Organisation) led Barisan National (Barisan) or National Front.The KT seat is a crucial test for both Pakatan and the Barisan. Both coalitions need the victory to show that they have indeed advanced in terms of voter acceptance and popularity since the March 2008 general election. In particular, because KT has an 88-percent Malay population, the seat is regarded as a key litmus test for Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak, as he is also the incoming UMNO President. In this KT by-election, PAS is representing Pakatan and UMNO is representing Barisan. The norm is that the UMNO President will be the Prime Minister.

PAS isn't the only opposition. It is widely believed that the by election is going to be a six corner fight. The Angkatan Keadilan Insan Malaysia (Akim) party is going to place its Deputy President Harun @ Ab Rahman Mohamad to contest. It is said that the 89-year-old grandmother Maimun Yusuf, a textile trader with seven grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren is going to contest again. Entrepreneur Mohd Azlan Ismail and scrap rubber dealer Isma Arifath Hassanuddin are contesting too. Where these three independents get their money to waste and why is everybody asking? [read more]

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Doctors Without Borders Press Released.

December 22,2008
'Top Ten' humanitarian crises reveal growing insecurity, neglected health needs
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) releases 11th annual list
New York, NY — Massive forced civilian displacements, violence, and unmet medical needs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Iraq, Sudan, and Pakistan, along with neglected medical emergencies in Myanmar and Zimbabwe, are some of the worst humanitarian and medical emergencies in the world, the international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) reported today in its annual list of the "Top Ten" humanitarian crises.

The report underscores major difficulties in bringing assistance to people affected by conflict. The lack of global attention to the growing prevalence of HIV-tuberculosis co-infection and the critical need for increased global efforts to prevent and treat childhood malnutrition—the underlying cause of death for up to five million children per year—are also included in the list.

View the Top Ten Humanitarian Crises of 2008.

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Hindu and Christian minorities demo against Pakistan Govt for banning Jammat-ud-Dawa

ISLAMABAD — Pakistani Hindu and Christian minorities are angered by the government's crackdown on the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JD), crediting the charity with helping the country's poor and needy irrespective of religion or cast.

Hundreds of members of Pakistan's Hindu and Christian minorities demonstrated in the southern city of Hyderabad on Tuesday, December 16, in solidarity with the JD.
Minority groups hailed the Muslim charity as a champion for humanity rather than a terrorist organization.

"They helped us on the basis of humanity," says Michael, one of hundreds of Christians who had been benefiting from the JD charity works in Lahore, the capital of the populous Punjab province.

"A ban on such organizations means a ban on humanity." [read more]

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15 People Convert to Islam in Mumbai .

First shahadah ceremony, read the subtitle . . . we should ask the same question every morning when we wake up after the du'a.

The great da'ee of Islam, Dr Zakir Naik is back with another peace conference. The conference was held on November 23, 2008 in Mumbai, India.

This time the speech was in Urdu/Hindi. 15 people including hindus and christian converted to Islam live on Peace TV. The translation and subtitling is done by me. [watch video]

Courtesy : Mj4sh
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African Union Staying in Somalia

Published: December 22, 2008

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (Agence France-Presse) — The African Union decided Monday to maintain its peacekeepers in Somalia for two more months, and it appealed for more countries to send troops to bolster the security force. [read more]

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AU cannot be the peace keepers, they are part of the problem.

MOGADISHU, Somalia Dec 21 (Garowe Online) - African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) peacekeepers came under attack Sunday in the capital Mogadishu, Radio Garowe reports.

At least two civilians, including a female, were killed in the crossfire after Islamist rebels hurled hand grenades at AMISOM peacekeepers on patrol, sparking a bloody gunfight.

Another five people, mostly civilians, were wounded in the clash, witnesses added.

AMISOM maintains about 3,400 peacekeepers in Mogadishu, short of the planned 8,000 AU troops that would replace Ethiopian forces who will be withdrawing within weeks.[read more]

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Owning a good Defense System is a cardinal sin.

Russian S-300s 'hit the road to Iran'.Russia says it will only sell exclusively defensive systems to Iran amid Israeli and Western disgruntlement over Tehran-Moscow military cooperation. Russia-Iran S-300 deal was shrouded in a mystery.[read more]

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Israel against the United Nations

Richard Falk, UN Special Rapporteur
In recent weeks, numerous voices around the world have started to denounce the Israeli apartheid system and the crimes against humanity that the Zionist state has been committing against the Palestinian people in Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem (Al-Quds).

The response of the Zionist state has been to multiply its insults, provocations and attacks on international organizations, such as the United Nations, and its officials.

The last one of these offences has been the detention at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv and subsequent expulsion of Richard Falk, the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian Territories. Falk was on his way to the Palestinian occupied territories to carry out his officially mandated functions.[read more]

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New "kid" on the blog.

Though the official campaigning will not start until after the nomination day - after the first week of the coming new year. The real campaigning had began immediate after the parliamentary seat was vacant. DS Najib Razak has been there in KT, what thrice??, Ministers and politicians had make "official" statements everywhere on every occasion, where there is a ceremony.

Annual dinners (year end), whether a private or public one, would be lavished in KT this year, weather permitting.

Before all those surfaces, those who follow this blog regularly, may have click on the topmost banner and it took them to a new landing page. It is my new blog, starting with the seat being left vacant for KT P036 by election and posting will ceased after the winning candidate is declared or swore in as an MP, unless something else take place, such as the result becoming a court wrangle. [view the blog, you may like to get into the blog archive]

Soon the Top banner will be taken down and just a small banner placed to link to the blog.

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Exclusive interview with Tan Sri Dr Yahya Awang

The National Heart Institute (IJN)should not be privatized. It is a Professional Institution. It is there to help provide training to develop cardiac units in all government hospitals by 2020 other than serving the public. It is a corporate body functioning independently financially. Tan Sri Dr Yahya, a pioneer there, in an exclusive interview defended IJN from being privatized. Listen to the [video interview]

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Monitors: LCD vs. CRT

. . . but for now, let's take a look at the following factors before favoring one over the other. Here we go!

Size Does Matter

There’s something to be said about Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitors. To begin, the size is a lot less than what is usually given. For example, if it’s a 32" monitor, it actually means 32" diagonally. However, a 17" CRT monitor will only have a 15.7" viewable diagonal image. This is where LCD monitors score, because they are measured by the actual size of the screen. . . [more]

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Computers 101 - SERVERS

Now, there are different types of servers you may have running through your system. One is a print server. That server works with the computer the printer is connected to, so when you go to print something, it's all able to work. Another server is a Web server, which you may have heard more about than others. Those are set in place so that you can visit Web sites everyday. When you type in a URL, that Web site has to send a request to the Web server in order for you to be able to view and browse through it. That's also an example of how fast servers work! . . [more]

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RPK - A short history of abusing the Sultan's Name & a petition to curtail that.

Using his name in vain - abridged.

Some years back, the Selangor State Government sacked about seven imams from various mosques all over Selangor on what they said was the instructions of the Selangor palace. My brother and I investigated this matter and found out that the Selangor religious department had complained to the Sultan that these imams were anti-royalty and had used the mosques to spread hate against the Sultan. The religious department asked for the Sultan’s consent to remove these imams, which the Sultan consented to.

The religious department then sacked the imams and said that this was done on the instructions of the Sultan of Selangor. My brother and I were of course extremely perturbed because we personally knew some of these imams and we knew for a fact (since we had gone to pray at these mosques a number of times) that this was not true. The truth was, these imams were PAS members and Umno wanted them removed and they were using the Sultan’s name to do this. . . [read more]

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Civilian casualties in Afghanistan

Clancy Chassay of the Guardian reports on the impact of civilian casualties on the Afghan population . . [watch video]
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Windows Live SkyDrive

I’m always moving my files from one computer to another using my flash drive, but sometimes it’s just not practical to use it. One of my computers only has a USB port in the back, which makes it hard to access and even more, sometimes my drive gets so full, I can't fit anything else on it. Well, that's when Windows Live SkyDrive comes in handy. Let's check it out! . [read more]

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IRI welcomes end of capitalism

December 3, 2008
“We are not happy with the current economic pressures on the European or American people but we welcome the end of the false and anti-human idea of Capitalism,” President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told IRIB Channel One on Tuesday.

President Ahmadinejad underlined that the current economic crisis was a probable ramification of the Capitalism and that all western thinkers have admitted that the Capitalism has reached a dead end. . [read more]

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Economics (Capitalism) - 101: The Myth of Scarcity

Perhaps the single most devastating myth on earth. . .
Is that of scarcity . . .

Not enough food.
Not enough land.
Not enough water.
Not enough oil. . . [ read more ]
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War Made Easy

War Made Easy reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Narrated by actor and activist Sean Penn, the film exhumes remarkable archival footage of official distortion and exaggeration from LBJ to George W. Bush, revealing in stunning detail how the American news media have uncritically disseminated the pro-war messages of successive presidential administrations. . [watch video : war made easy]

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Turn off your idiot boxes (television sets).

Edward George Ruddy died today! Edward George Ruddy was the Chairman of the Board of the Union Broadcasting Systems and he died at eleven o'clock this morning of a heart condition! And woe is us! We're in a lot of trouble!

So, a rich little man with white hair died. What does that got to do with the price of rice, right? And why is that woe to us?

Because this company is now in the hands of CCA -- the Communication Corporation of America. There's a new Chairman of the Board, a man called Frank Hackett, sitting in Mr. Ruddy's office on the 20th floor. And when the 12th largest company in the world controls the most awesome goddamn propaganda force in the whole godless world, who knows what shit will be peddled for truth on this network. [watch the Video]

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Gitmo Military Prosecutor Breaks His Silence

Former Lt. Col. Darrel Vandeveld, a former U.S. prosecutor at Guantanamo, told BBC yesterday in his first interview since resigning earlier this year that Guantanamo detainees were treated in a “wrong, unethical and finally, immoral” manner. Vandeveld was so “appalled” by the conditions at Guantanamo that he consulted his Jesuit priest, who told him to resign. “I never suffered such anguish in my life about anything,” he said. Watch BBC’s segment: [watch video]

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Bush Shoe Throwing Game Site Sold For $7,818

Sock and Awe Bush Shoe-Throwing Game Sold
Remember the site we highlighted yesterday offering an interactive game of the Bush shoe-throwing incident? It’s just been sold for $7,818., which was created by the people behind a soon-to-launch comedy site called PopJam, was bought by British Web services company Fubra on Friday — just four days after the site debuted.
Incidentally, the guy who created Sock and Awe is the same one who made headlines for setting up the Million Dollar Homepage in 2005. Alex Tew made a name for himself by making a million dollars off selling individual pixels of the page for $1 each.
As for Sock and Awe, Tew tells Reuters the site was overwhelmed with traffic from the get-go.
“We’ve spent the last three days trying to keep the servers alive and we’re meant to be working on our other main startup PopJam. So we whacked it on eBay,” he says.
Tew says he’ll use the money made from the sale to further his new project.
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What happened to the shoe thower (at Bush)?

Security agents have broken the arm and ribs of al-Zaidi, a reporter who hurled his shoes at Bush during a press conference Sunday in Baghdad.[more]

On Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008, activists from Code Pink staged a "Shoe-In" demonstration in front of the White House. The rally was in solidarity with Iraqi journalist, Muntadhar al-Zaidi. He recently tossed his shoes at Dubya, at a Baghdad press conference, held with the puppet Iraqi ruler, Nouri al-Maliki. Published reports indicate that Mr. al-Zaidi, after his arrest, has been subjected to torture. For background, and updates, go to Code Pink's web site, at:

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Message to Alumni, Aston Uni

from Professor Julia King, Vice-Chancellor

I am delighted to report that Aston has performed strongly in the UK Research Assessment Exercise 2008, the results of which are released today.

All four Schools of Study have demonstrated their research excellence, improving on their performance in the previous exercise in 2001, both in terms of quality, and the percentage of staff submitted for assessment. Our strength in depth is something we are proud of at Aston, and these results are a testament to that.

The results reveal that research in Allied Health Professions and Studies at Aston has been rated 3rd best out of 63 higher education institutions in the UK – which is an outstanding achievement for the University’s School of Life & Health Sciences.

Business and Management Studies is ranked 9th in the UK out of 90 institutions, European Studies is 11th out of 27 institutions and General Engineering is ranked 12th out of 49 institutions for the quality of research.

As a valued member of the Aston community, I hope you will be as pleased as I am with this excellent news. Aston continues to go from strength to strength, and you can expect to see things improve further in 2009. In the meantime, if you would like more details on the Research Assessment Exercise results, visit

All the best
Professor Julia King
Vice Chancellor
Aston University

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