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Posted: 13 Jul 2012 10:31 AM PDT
Claire Bates of The Daily Mail certainly exuded much hope in the air for Alzheimer's patients. She reported that:
A protein that protects against Alzheimer's disease has been discovered, opening the door to a new treatment.
Scientists screened the DNA of almost two thousand people and found those with a mutated form of the gene were less likely to develop dementia.
Mimicking this variant with a drug could stop Alzheimer's in its tracks, say neurologists.
The gene in question is known as APP (amyloid precursor protein) and makes a chemical called amyloid-beta which sticks together in the brain and blocks neurons from communicating with each other.
The onset of the disease has been linked to such clumps which form when fragments of the protein gather together and cause the classic symptoms such as memory loss and speech problems.
Read more HERE.
Posted: 13 Jul 2012 10:30 AM PDT
Tekniknya: Kosongkan fikiranmu seketika dan lihat gambar-gambar ini berapa kali di samping beristighfar untuk membersihkan fikiran kita dari segala kekotoran dan kekeruhan yang berserabut di minda. Fikiran kita akan pulih, sejernih air-air jernih yang kita sudah lihat itu. Lakukan selalu dan insyaAllah kita akan hidup di dalam "dunia" yang serba jernih.
"Sibghah (pewarnaan) Allah. Siapakah yang lebih baik sibghahnya dari sibghah Allah. Dan hanya kepadaNyalah kami menyembah." (Surah Al-Baqarah, ayat 138).
"Maka nikmat Tuhan yang mana yang hendak kamu hendak dustakan?"
Posted: 13 Jul 2012 08:28 AM PDT
Seorang lelaki Cina menghulurkan bantuan kemanusiaan tanpa mengira bangsa & warna kulit di lokasi kemalangan jalanraya selama 30 minit sehingga ambulan tiba. Mangsa adalah seorang pemuda Melayu.... Syabas UNCLE!
Ps - Sikap begini perlu sentiasa ada dalam jati diri kita semua. Di dunia ini hanya ada dua jenis manusia iaitu manusia yang baik dan manusia yang jahat. Renung-renungkan.
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Posted: 13 Jul 2012 06:29 AM PDT
I don't know if anyone notice but today is Friday the 13th! And no, Freddie Kruger didn't turn up but the day I went through was enough to make bad old Freddie look like a sissy little boy. I don't know, I think I'm cursed.
Every time I have a race weekend schedule, I end up having to do hard, labour intensive installation work on the eve of my runs! I like to keep the eve of my runs easy. I try to stay off my feet as much as I can so I'll have fresh legs for the race the next day but somehow, work always seems to give me grief on the eve of race days.
Take today for instance. I work on my feet from early morning till late evening getting a fleet of 8 Toyota Alphards ready for an event tomorrow. We had to wrap the vehicle with the clients branding and it was back breaking work. I didn't get the chance to sit from the time I was there till the time I left for another project (yes, the job wasn't finished yet).
My feet are killing me right now and I'm hoping that it'll get better by tomorrow and that no one will disturb me with some last minute rush work for tomorrow cos I've been looking forward to my race tomorrow night, which is the Men's Health Shape Night run which I will be running for the third consecutive year.
I love night runs cos I do all my training late evening and my body and legs are much more acclimatised for night runs. Morning runs take me ages to get warmed up and up to speed. I'm definitely going to call it an early night tonight.
I'll be at the race bright and early looking for some nice picnic tables to wait for race start. I hope the weather is kind and am praying for some rain in the morning or at least early afternoon to cool the night down.
Posted: 13 Jul 2012 06:13 AM PDT
Posted: 13 Jul 2012 06:10 AM PDT
Posted: 13 Jul 2012 07:02 AM PDT
Ceramah: Nik Aziz dakwa SK 'abai' beliau
KOTA BHARU - Umno dikatakan punca wujudnya jurang ideologi politik yang tinggi dalam kalangan rakyat sehingga menyebabkan perceraian.
Menteri Besar Kelantan, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat berkata, situasi itu berlaku kerana pemimpin Umno yang mula bertindak meletakkan jurang tersebut antara Umno dengan Pas.
"Pemimpin Umno sendiri membuat perbezaan antara Pas dengan mereka (Umno). Sedangkan Pas ini parti yang halal sebagaimana Umno berdaftar, kita (Pas) pun mendaftar sebagai sebuah parti.
"Jadi kenapa semasa lakukan pentadbiran di negara ini Kerajaan Pusat membezakan layanan antara Kelantan dengan negeri lain," katanya kepada pemberita selepas Kuliah Mingguan di Dataran Ilmu di sini, semalam.
Nik Abdul Aziz berkata, beliau tidak pernah mendapat jemputan ceramah daripada pihak sekolah kebangsaan mahupun menengah sepanjang tempoh 20 tahun memegang jawatan Menteri Besar.
"Pernah berlaku kejadian yang mana ada Exco saya buat program rekreasi dan menjemput pelajar sekolah kebangsaan menghadiri tetapi ditolak, kenapa?" katanya.
Beliau yang juga Mursyidul Am Pas berkata, perbezaan layanan daripada Kerajaan Pusat terhadap negeri ini menyebabkan rakyat Kelantan khususnya penyokong Pas membentuk persepsi negatif kepada Umno.
"Contohnya mengenai baja padi dan di sini kenapa Kerajaan Pusat tidak bagi baja padi kepada Kelantan. Kelantan habis RM3 juta setahun beli baja khas kerana jika mahu baja, kena tampal logo dacing dan isi borang Umno dahulu," katanya.
Terdahulu ketika dalam kuliahnya, Nik Abdul Aziz menempelak Umno sebagai dalang yang menyebabkan rakyat huru-hara.
Beliau mempertikaikan tindakan Kerajaan Pusat tidak memberi peruntukan dana untuk pembangunan Kelantan secara terus kepada Kerajaan Negeri tetapi menerusi Jabatan Pembangunan Persekutuan (JPP) terlebih dahulu.
"Duit royalti petroleum Kelantan yang berapa ratus juta satu sen pun kita tidak dapat. Bila Kerajaan Pusat berbalah dengan Kerajaan Negeri ini secara tidak langsung rakyat negeri ini akan berbalah juga," katanya. -SH
Posted: 13 Jul 2012 05:34 AM PDT
Source FB pic of Ñëò Märtîñ
Posted: 13 Jul 2012 05:12 AM PDT
ဘာလင္။ ။ ဂ်ာမန္ လူမ်ိဳး မြတ္ဆလင္ ကြန္ျပဴတာပညာရွင္တစ္ဦးက ဟဂ်္ခရီးစဥ္အတြင္း၌ မကၠာျမိဳ႕ေတာ္သို႕လာေရာက္ၾကေသာ ဟဂ်္ႏွင့္ အြန္မၼရာ ခရီးသည္မ်ား လြယ္ကူစြာ လမ္းရွာေဖြႏိုင္မည့္ မိုဘိုင္းစမတ္ဖုန္း Application တစ္ခုကိုတီထြင္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။
"ကြၽန္ေတာ္အစက ေတြးမိတယ္ အကယ္၍မ်ား ဟဂ်္အတြင္းမွာ လမ္းေပ်ာက္သြားရင္ အသုံးျပဳလို႕ရမဲ့ လမ္းျပကိရိယာမ်ိဳးရွိရင္ ေကာင္းမွာပဲ" လို႕ စတူးဂတ္ တကၠသိုလ္(Stuttgart University) သိပံၸၸႏွင့္နည္းပညာဌာနမွ ဘြဲ့ရခဲ့သူ ဟာဘိဘူရာမန္ ဒတ္စၥတာဂရီ(Habiburrahman Dastageeri)မွ GlobalPost သတင္းဌာနကို ေမလ ၂၇ ရက္ေန႕ ကေျပာၾကားသြားပါတယ္။
မစၥတာ ဒတ္စၥတာဂရီဟာ ဒီလိုတီထြင္ဖို႕စိတ္ကူးကို ၂၀၀၆ခုႏွစ္၌ သူ၏မိသားစုႏွင့္အတူ အြန္မၼရာ ခရီးစဥ္အတြင္းမွာ စိတ္ကူးရခဲ့တာျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
သူဟာသူ၏ အြန္မၼရာခရီးစဥ္အတြင္း၌ လမ္းေပ်ာက္သြားခဲ့တာေၾကာင့္ သူ၏ လူစုႏွင့္ျပန္ေတြ႕ဖို႕အေတာ္အခက္အခဲၾကဳံခဲ့ရပါတယ္။ အကယ္၍ ဟာဂ်ီခရီးစဥ္ဆိုလွ်င္ ထိုထက္ပို၍ ရွုပ္ေထြးမ်ားျပားေသာ အစီအစဥ္မ်ားကို လုပ္ေဆာင္ရေလ့ရွိပါတယ္။
မစၥတာ ဒတ္စၥတာဂရီကို မင့္ဇ(Mainz)ျမိဳ႕မွာေမြးဖြားျပီး သူရဲ့မိဘမ်ားနဲ႕အတူ အာဖကန္နစၥတန္မွ ဂ်ာမနီသို႕ ေရႊ႕ေျပာင္းေနထိုင္ခဲ့တာျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
သူဟာသူ႕ရဲ့ မဟာဝိဇၨာသင္တန္းမွာ ဒီApplication မွဟဂ်္ခရီးစဥ္အတြက္ prototype GPS system ကိုစတင္ေရးဆြဲခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ဒီApplicationကို "Amir"လို႕နာမည္ေပးထားျပီး အခ်ိန္ (၂)ႏွစ္ေလာက္ၾကာေအာင္ေရးဆြဲ ေဆာင္ရြက္ရတာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ "Amir"ဆိုတာဟာ အာရပ္ဘာသာစကားမွာ "လမ္းညြန္" လို႕အဓိပၸာယ္ရပါတယ္။
ဒီApplication အတြင္းမွာ ဟဂ်္နဲ႕အြန္မၼရာ ခရီးစဥ္အတြက္ ဝတ္ျပဳမႈမ်ားကို အဆင့္ဆင့္ လမ္းညြန္ခ်က္မ်ား ပါဝင္မွာျဖစ္ျပီး Checklist နဲ႕Tutorial မ်ားလည္း ပါဝင္မွာျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ မကၠာျမိဳ႕အတြင္းကို ဝင္ေရာက္ျပီဆိုသည္ႏွင့္ Application ကစတင္အလုပ္လုပ္မွာျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
"ဟဂ်္လုပ္ၾကမည့္ ခရီးသည္ေတြအတြက္ အေရးၾကီးဆုံးက ဘယ္ေနရာမွာ ဘယ္အခ်ိန္မွာ ဘယ္လိုဝတ္ျပဳမႈမ်ိဳးေတြ လုပ္ရမယ္ ဆိုတာသိဖို႕ပါပဲ။ "ခရီးသည္ေတြက ဒီဝတ္ျပဳမႈေတြဟာ ေန႕စဥ္ဝတ္ျပဳမႈမ်ိဳးေတြလို မဟုတ္တဲ့အတြက္ မသိၾကပါဘူး။ ျပီးေတာ့ အိမ္မွာလည္း ေလ့က်င့္ခဲ့ၾကတာမဟုတ္ၾကဘူးေလ။"
The app helps pilgrims find the exact pilgrimage sites as well as how to get back to their tent or hotel room, and other meeting points
ဘာသာေရးအရလည္း လိုက္ေလွ်ာညီေထြမႈရွိျခင္း ဂ်ာမနီႏိုင္ငံသား မြတ္ဆလင္ ပညာရွင္ျဖစ္သူ မစၥတာ ဒတ္စၥတာဂရီဟာ ဒီApplication နဲ႕ပတ္သက္၍ Australia ႏိုင္ငံအေျခဆိုက္ မြတ္ဆလင္ စာသင္ေက်ာင္းမွ Abu Muneer Ismail Davids နဲ႕လည္းေတြ႕ဆုံ ေဆြးေႏြးခဲ့ပါေသးတယ္။ Abu Muneer ဟာ ဟဂ်္ခရီးစဥ္မ်ားနဲ႕ပတ္သက္လို႕စာအုပ္မ်ားစြာ ေရးသားဖူး သူျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
ဒီဂ်ာမနီလူမ်ိဳး လူငယ္ပညာရွင္ဟာ ေဆာ္ဒီႏိုင္ငံသို႕လည္းသြားေရာက္ခဲ့ျပီး Baden-Württember ျပည္နယ္ရွိ ဘ႑ာေရးဝန္ၾကီးကိုယ္စားလည္ႏွင့္ေတြ႕ ဆံုကာ ဒီApplicatioinကို ဟဂ်္အက်ိဳးေဆာင္ အဖြဲ႕အစည္းမ်ားအေနနဲ႕ ထိေရာက္စြာအသုံးခ်ႏိုင္ေရးအတြက္ ေဆြးေႏြးခဲ့တယ္လို႕ဆိုပါတယ္။ မစၥတာ ဒတ္စၥတာဂရီအေနျဖင့္ မိမိတတ္သိထားေသာ ပညာရပ္ကို ဘာသာေရးအတြက္ အက်ိဳးရွိစြာ အသုံးခ်ႏိုင္ျခင္းဟာ သူ႕အတြက္ တြန္းအားတရပ္ ျဖစ္တယ္လို႕ဆိုပါတယ္။ "သိပၸံပညာရွင္ တစ္ေယာက္အေနနဲ႕ ျပသနာတစ္ခုၾကဳံလာရင္ အေျဖရွာဖို႕ၾကိဳးစားၾကည့္တာပါ။ အမွန္ေတာ့ ဒီဟဂ်္လုပ္တယ္ဆိုတာ လြန္ခဲ့တဲ့ ႏွစ္ေပါင္း ၁၄၀၀ေက်ာ္ ကတည္းကရွိခဲ့တာပါ။"
"ဒီလိုအခြင့္အလမ္း အသစ္ေတြရွိလာျခင္းဟာ ဟဂ်္ခရီးစဥ္အတြက္ ပိုမိုလြယ္ကူေစမွာပါ။ လူေတြအတြက္လည္း အခက္အခဲေတြကို ကူညီရာေရာက္ပါတယ္။ ဒီ အေၾကာင္းအရင္းေတြေၾကာင့္ပဲ ကြၽန္ေတာ္ဒီအလုပ္ကို စလုပ္ျဖစ္တာပါ။"
ကမာၻအရပ္ရပ္မ ွမြတ္ဆလင္မ်ားဟာ ႏွစ္စဥ္ႏွစ္တိုင္း ဟဂ်္ျပဳရန္အတြက္ မကၠာေတာ္သို႕လာေရာက္ၾကပါတယ္။
ဟဂ်္ခရီးစဥ္အတြင္းမွာ ျပဳလုပ္ရတဲ့ဝတ္ျပဳ ဆုေတာင္းမႈမ်ားဟာ အစၥလာမ္ရဲ့ အဓိကအယူအဆနဲ႕သစၥာတရားမ်ားကို ကိုယ္စားျပဳထားျခင္းျဖစ္ကာ တမန္ေတာ္ ေအဘရာဟမ္နဲ႕ သူ၏မိသားစုကို အထိမ္းအမွတ္အျဖစ္ သတိရေစတဲ့ ဝတ္ျပဳဆုေတာင္းျခင္းမ်ားလည္းပါဝင္ပါတယ္။
ပိုက္ဆံေငြေက်းတတ္ႏိုင္ေသာ မြတ္ဆလင္တိုင္းဟာ တစ္သက္တာတြင္ တစ္ၾကိမ္ျဖင့္ ဟဂ်္ခရီးစဥ္သြားေရာက္ကာ ဝတ္ျပဳဆုေတာင္းရေလ့ရွိပါတယ္။
Source: OnIslam ဘာသာျပန္- ျမသက္မြန္
Posted: 13 Jul 2012 05:09 AM PDT
"I thought it would be interesting if I could have had a navigation device that could also be a religious guide," Habiburrahman Dastageeri, a graduate from computer science department in Stuttgart University, told GlobalPost on Sunday, May 27.
Dastageeri got the idea for the smartphone application while visiting the holy city of Makkah in 2006 with his family to perform `Umrah.
Performing the different rituals of `Umrah, he found it difficult to find his way back to his accommodation.
In hajj, the process is even more complicated.
Moving from Makkah to Mena tent city, Dastageeri said a plethora of similar-looking hotels have led some people to go lost for up to three days as they try to find their way back to their accommodation.
The 32-year-old, who was born in Mainz after his parents immigrated to Germany from Afghanistan, decided to develop a new application to help Muslim pilgrims.
"I realized that it was not as easy as I had imagined," he said.
"Of course my family and I had prepared, but when I was there, I saw that there was a lot that we just couldn't have known."
He soon embarked on a Masters program, deciding to develop a prototype GPS system for hajj.
It took over two years to develop the "Amir" app, named for the Arabic word for guide.
The step-by-step guide helps pilgrims prepare, with a checklist and interactive tutorials, how to perform the rituals.
Once they are in Makkah, the GPS navigation system comes into play.
The app helps pilgrims find the exact pilgrimage sites as well as how to get back to their tent or hotel room, and other meeting points.
"The first big challenge for a pilgrim is to know what, when and where the rituals have to be performed" Dastageeri told GlobalPost.
"These are not part of everyday life for most people. They would not have practiced them before at home."
The young German Muslim has consulted with an Australia-based Muslim scholar, Abu Muneer Ismail Davids, who has written numerous books on the hajj, about the new app.
"It was really important that there would be neither religious nor technological mistakes," Dastageeri said.
Finishing the hajj iPhone app, it is now available in Turkish, English, Arabic and German so far, and Dastageeri plans to translate it into other languages soon.
He is also working on an Android version.
The young German Muslim also travelled to Saudi Arabia as part of a business delegation with the finance minister of Baden-Württember state, and held talks with officials about how the app could be utilized in the organization of the hajj.
For Dastageeri, the chance to combine his tech skills and his religious beliefs was the main attraction in developing the app.
"As a computer scientist, you learn to find solutions to known problems, and the hajj has existed for 1,400 years.
"With these new possibilities we can now significantly simplify the hajj, and also help many people. That was my motivation from the start."
Muslims from around the world pour into Makkah every year to perform hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam.
Hajj consists of several ceremonies, which are meant to symbolize the essential concepts of the Islamic faith, and to commemorate the trials of Prophet Abraham and his family.
Posted: 13 Jul 2012 07:01 AM PDT
Posted: 13 Jul 2012 05:02 AM PDT
Orang kanan Khalil ditahan reman
SHAH ALAM - Seorang lelaki dipercayai individu yang membuat pengakuan terbuka akan sentiasa bersama Khalil Afandi Abd Hamid dalam 'perjuangan' lelaki yang ditembak mati oleh polis ketika mengamuk di Jabatan Perdana Menteri (JPM), Putrajaya, Isnin lalu, ditahan reman bermula kelmarin.
Ketua Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Ku Chin Wah berkata, lelaki 39 tahun itu akan ditahan sehingga Ahad untuk membantu siasatan kes berkenaan.
"Kita juga dapati, Khalil bertindak secara individu dan tidak ada kaitan dengan sebarang kumpulan ajaran sesat," kata Chin Wah ketika dihubungi Sinar Harian.
Akhbar ini semalam melaporkan perihal seorang lelaki yang namanya disebut berulang kali dalam laman blog dan Facebook milik Khalil sebagai orang kanan yang sentiasa bersama lelaki amuk itu dalam perjuangannya.
Malah, lelaki itu sendiri dalam salah satu blog Khalil mengaku secara terbuka dalam kenyataan yang dipaparkan bersama nombor kad pengenalannya bahawa mereka akan sentiasa bersama.
Mengikut catatan yang dipercayai dibuat Khalil dalam blognya, dia dalam perjuangan menawan negara dan dunia. -SH
Muhdalina minta percaya kiamat dekat
Posted: 13 Jul 2012 04:04 AM PDT
A guy was eating in a gerai mamak. In an oversight, he swallows a coin and chokes.
His wife tries hitting his back, slapping on the neck, shaking him hard without any success to make him spit the coin.
Now the guy begins to show signs of choking - turning blue. The desperate wife starts screaming for help.
A man gets up from a nearby table, with astonishing calm, without saying a word, he lowers the guy's pants, squeezes his testicles and pulls them down violently!
Naturally, the guy with excruciating pain spits out the coin.
The gentleman with the same astonishing ease and nonchalance returns to his teh tarik without a word. He was in batik long-sleeves, songkok, thick sunglasses, ring with big stone on his finger, a Porsche Cayenne parked nearby.
Soon the wife calms down & approaches the gentleman to thank him for saving her husband's life.
She asks: Tuan, are you a doctor?
His answer: No, Puan, I am from BN. We are trained to squeeze the balls of the public to make them cough up the last sen.
Posted: 13 Jul 2012 03:38 AM PDT
11 July 2012
Last updated at 22:43 GMT
Alzheimer's 'early signs timeline developed'
Protein plaques in the brain indicate Alzheimer's disease
Scientists have assembled a "timeline" of the unseen progress of Alzheimer's before symptoms appear.
A team at Washington University School of Medicine looked at families with a genetic risk
Posted: 13 Jul 2012 03:31 AM PDT
Anda boleh mengaku simpan video seks dan beritahu semua orang anda tahu siapa dalang membuat video seks, anda tidak akan didakwa atau dijatuhkan hukuman - HALAL dari UMNO (Umi Hafilda mengaku menyimpan 18 video klip DSAI)
Tapi AWAS!!! jika anda ditangkap oleh polis, dan dalam telefon anda ada video seks, anda akan didakwa!!! (seorang pemandu lori dihukum denda RM1,500 kerana didapati klip video lucah di dalam telefon bimbitnya)
Tahniah.... inilah keadilan didalam sistem 1Malaysia - Apek —
Posted: 13 Jul 2012 01:29 AM PDT
Cowboy Bob aka The Sagebrush Philosopher is one of the few bloggers that I have been following devotedly. He was born and raised in the State of Wyoming. He attended High School at Thermopolis, Wyoming and has a Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from U.C. Berkeley. His insightful and incisive writing is powerfully and passionately written. With much wisdom, sincerity and patriotism, his posts are not only enlightening but eerily familiar if you get my drift. Honestly, I wish I could write like he does. It is with much pleasure that I share with you Sagebrush Philosopher's post.
"Why Don't We Just Call It What It Is?
by Cowboy Bob aka The Sagebrush Philosopher
The barrage of information that has invaded my senses during the past few months has been some of the most sobering and despairing that I can recall during my lifetime. I cannot believe what is happening to us, as a people, our country and the world in which we live.
I have endeavored to identify the root cause(s) of what has brought us to the point where all hope has been abandoned, but where there might be some faint hope of saving us from ourselves. What we would have to do in order to simply understand and reverse the forces we have set in motion and continue to nurture seems insurmountable.
We are, by our very nature, social beings. I do not believe we were intended to live our lives as loners. We were meant to be a part of something bigger than any one of us. We were, as the laws of nature have said, meant to be a part of something where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. I think we have simply forgotten or deliberately chosen to ignore that fundamental principle of life. We have evolved into a world where the singular predominates. We live by "I," "Me," and "Mine." I don't see where any great effort is made to cultivate and respect any notion of "We," "Us," or "Ours," which might serve as the guiding principles by which we were intended to live. What brought us to the point where the singular is all that matters; that it is noble to pursue only those aspects of life that will nurture my sense of self-entitlement or self-indulgence, at the expense of a greater common good? Where did we buy into the notion that anything having to do with "me" is more important than that which focuses on "us?"
At the end of the day, that is what has led us to becoming a people who are totally self-absorbed and patently selfish in our life's pursuits. We are now living with the second generation of "spoiled brats," who know absolutely nothing except that which will satiate their every desire. And, do I blame them? Not on your life. They are what they are because we encouraged and permitted them to become the socially aberrant beings they are. It is because we failed them. We did not take the time and effort to teach them that there is something greater in this world than him/her, and to nurture a respect for that inescapable fact of life. We are now reaping the harvest from the seeds we visited upon this earth.
Those "qualities" have now been incorporated into the institutions we look to for guidance, inspiration and enforcement of what makes a society civilized and orderly, with a sense of community that will serve the needs of us all. They see any sense of charity, sharing, giving and help as a sign of weakness; the complete antithesis of the now much revered sense of personal entitlement firmly rooted in and having only to do with "me."
We are reaping the results of that failure on our part by the avariciousness and sense of privilege by the oligarchs, plutocrats, international corporations, financial institutions, political parties, elected officials, public servants and the vast number of minions who are all too eager to cater to their every twisted and perverted whim, hoping they will throw us a crumb from all they have taken from those of lesser means. Those are what they have created in order to profit from our self-interests and insatiable appetites for "more". They have the means and the help of some of the most sinister creativity imaginable in order to determine our appetites and what it takes to satisfy those appetites, so they can, in turn, create and grow the vast fortunes that permit them to feed upon what little of our treasure may be left after their plunder. We, in turn, have dutifully become totally conformist and complacent, thereby ensuring the growth and profitability of the markets they have created from their vast wealth. We are now the willing and ever compliant serfs. They own and control us. They know it and we sense it. But, when, if ever, are we going to rise up and insist on something better? I do not see that as very likely in the foreseeable future.
There a couple of old clichés that come to mind. One is that "birds of a feather flock together," and "you shall be known by the company you keep." Those of great wealth and power keep their exalted positions because they know the validity of those words and they are masters at practicing them. They "keep the backs" of each other so those on the bottom of the socio-economic-political ladder will not rise up and overtake them.
• The Bush Family has a well-established history of associations with some of the most unsavory and unprincipled scions known to the business and political worlds. That tradition has not been lost on George W. Bush and those who served as his enablers during his terms as President. Scratch the surface and you will find a tainted history that vastly improved their economic well-being.
• Are you aware that a close personal relationship has evolved between George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton since each left the White House? Yet, on Clinton's first Inauguration Day, President and Mrs. Bush hardly spoke to the Clintons. What changed that transformed them into golfing partners and bosom buddies?
• Are you aware that Bill and Hillary Clinton, ostensibly, left the White House paupers at the end of his Presidency? Are you aware that, as of today, Bill Clinton is reputed to be worth 200 million dollars, and Hillary is rumored to have a fortune worth 34.9 million dollars?
• Are you aware that Bill Clinton, as President, was the great enabler for Phil Gramm, Robert Rubin, Larry Summers, Alan Greenspan and a host of others of dubious stature that enabled them to totally dismantle all of the financial safeguards (Glass-Steagall among them) that comprised the bulwark that was keeping those institutions viable and secure for the people of the United States?
• Are you aware of their role in the de-regulation of the financial institutions spawned the financial collapse of 2007 – 2008?
• Are you aware that Chelsea Clinton is reputed to have been, during and after the financial collapse, a hedge fund manager on Wall Street?
• Are you aware that most of the key players in Bill Clinton's administration were quietly and rather surreptitiously imported into the Obama administration shortly after President Obama assumed office? What, if any, benefit accrued to the electorate because of that thread of continuity, or were there sinister motives that served a darker purpose?
• Are you aware that Barack Obama has done an about-face on every major campaign promise he made that was supposed to accrue to the benefit of the American people who put him in office, and the working Americans to whom he promised so much?
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Posted: 13 Jul 2012 12:54 AM PDT
Two days ago, the American Chemical Society reported that people are being exposed to higher levels of the substitute for BPA in cash register thermal paper receipts and many of the other products that engendered concerns about the health effects of bisphenol A, according to a new study. Believed to be the first analysis of occurrence of bisphenol S (BPS) in thermal and recycled paper and paper currency, the report appears in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology. CLICK HERE for details.
According to Polymer Solutions, Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used for manufacturing items such as polycarbonate plastics for water bottles and resin liners for food cans. However, it can leach out of products, is considered an endocrine-disrupting chemical, and has been linked to a range of health problems.
Although diet appears to be the main source of human exposure, researchers are examining various routes including dermal absorption.
BPA has been used as a color developer on thermal receipt paper, including cash register receipts and tickets. Researchers have reported that BPA can transfer from receipts to paper money during handling.
Now, they report that recycling of thermal receipt papers is a source of BPA contamination of paper napkins, toilet paper, food packaging, and other paper products, writes Michael Woods, Assistant Director for Science Communications in the American Chemical Society's Office of Public Affairs. MORE HERE.
Today, US NEWS reported that BPA Substitute Lurks in Paper Money, Receipts. Even though BPS is replacing more well-known toxin, experts say it may come with dangers of its own. CLICK HERE for more.
American Chemical Society carried an article HERE about BPA Replacement Permeates Paper Products
Endocrine Disrupters: Researchers report first data on Bisphenol A alternative in receipts. There, Janet Pelley wrote that Concerns about the health effects of bisphenol A have led manufacturers to produce and market BPA-free products. However, a new study has found that one of the compounds that replaces BPA is just as prevalent in paper products and could lead to significant human exposure (Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1021/es300876n). Because of these results, the scientists who performed the study say that toxicology research is desperately needed on the BPA alternative. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.
Perhaps some experts or concerned citizens out there would like to share their views. Please leave a comment to voice your concerns. Thanks!
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Posted: 13 Jul 2012 01:31 AM PDT
Tak perlu sorok fakta, jenayah memang meningkat, kata Musa Hassan
KUALA LUMPUR, 13 Julai — Bekas Ketua Polis Negara (KPN), Tan Sri Musa Hassan mendakwa kadar jenayah di Malaysia sememangnya telah meningkat dan meminta agar pihak berkuasa tidak menyorokkan fakta sebenar kepada orang ramai.
"Rakyat perlu tahu perkara sebenar, tidak perlu sorok-sorok tentang masalah jenayah.
"Sewaktu saya memikul tanggungjawab sebagai KPN dahulu, saya sering sebut tentang peningkatan kadar jenayah," kata Musa dalam wawancara bersama The Malaysian Insider semalam.
Bekas KPN itu turut mengakui kadar jenayah di Malaysia pada hari ini berada di tahap yang membimbangkan.
"Jika jenayah tak teruk, tak perlulah menteri-menteri dan orang kaya guna ramai 'bodyguard'.
"Kerana banyak jenayahlah menteri-menteri dan orang-orang besar perlukan 'bodyguard'," kata Musa.
Musa Hassan telah berkhidmat untuk Polis Di Raja Malaysia (PDRM) selama empat dekad dan memimpin pasukan tersebut selama empat tahun semenjak tahun 2006 sebelum digantikan oleh Tan Sri Ismail Omar pada 13 September 2010.
Walaupun berlakunya kes serangan, rompakan dan penculikan, polis, Unit Pengurusan Prestasi dan Pelaksanaan (Pemandu) dan kementerian dalam negeri (KDN) mengeluarkan statistik kadar jenayah negara telah menurun semenjak kerajaan memperkenal Program Transformasi Kerajaan (GTP).
Unit Pencegahan Jenayah Pemandu dalam majlis bersama media semalam — langkah untuk mengurangkan kerisauan orang ramai, menyatakan statistik kadar jenayah menurun sebanyak 10.1 peratus pada lima bulan pertama tahun ini.
Sebelum ini, Unit Pencegahan Jenayah Pemandu telah mengeluarkan angka untuk menunjukkan penurunan indeks jenayah sebanyak 11.1 peratus dari 2010 sehingga tahun lalu manakala jenayah jalanan menurun 39.7 peratus pada tempoh sama.
Pemandu turut merayu agar media membantu mereka mengubah persepsi rakyat dan mendesak agar laporan seimbang diberikan.
Ketika ditanya mengenai kenyataan Pemandu berkenaan statistik jenayah yang menurun, Musa mencadangkan kerajaan agar melantik pihak ketiga yang lebih bebas seperti universiti untuk memberikan data seperti statistik jenayah kerana mereka lebih bebas.
"Sewaktu zaman saya dulu, saya minta Universiti Sains Malaysia untuk keluarkan statistik jenayah.
"Ini turut dilakukan oleh pasukan polis di Amerika yang sering menggunakan universiti agar data yang diperolehi tepat dan tidak menyorokkan apa-apa fakta," kata Musa lagi.
Menurut bekas KPN itu lagi, kadar jenayah diseluruh dunia meningkat akibat daripada kemerosotan ekonomi dunia akibat dariapada kemelesetan ekonomi yang berlaku di Eropah.
"Globalisasi menyebabkan sukar untuk sesebuah negara untuk mencegah berlakunya jenayah.
"Globalisasi menyebabkan ramai orang luar masuk ke Malaysia, yang kita tak tahu latar belakang dia, 'especially' dari Nigeria tentang kehidupan dadah mereka.
"Ini adalah diantara punca berlakunya peningkatan jenayah dalam negara," kata Musa lagi.
Untuk mencegah masalah jenayah yang berleluasa hari ini, bekas KPN mencadangkan agar polis membuat penambahbaikan dari segi mengubah teknik dalam memerangi jenayah sekarang ini kepada 'intelligence procurement' atau 'perolehan risikan'.
"Kita perlu mendapatkan maklumat-maklumat risikan terdahulu.
"Jika maklumat risikan polis bagus dari segi perolehannya, mempunyai hubungan rapat dengan penguatkuasa luar negara, maka kita boleh mengetahui awal berkenaan latarbelakang seseorang dan boleh memantau jika mereka penjenayah.
"Sama seperti dalam negara kita, kita perlu pantau geng-geng jahat dan penjenayah-penjenayah ni," kata bekas KPN itu lagi. -TMI
Posted: 12 Jul 2012 10:21 PM PDT
Present problem is not just the illegal immigration across the border but about the permanent settlements and claiming as their own village, place of birth and country. At last they are claiming as if they are Myanmar Race, Myanmar Ethnic Minority and are demanding for their Rights. After that there may be demand for the separate state and even up to seceding or demand for independent state.
Undemocratic, Xenophobic and Bigot U Win Tin from Bama National League (formerly well known as NLD) on 15 June 2012
NLD က ဦးဉာဏ္၀င္းကလည္း ရုိဟင္ဂ်ာကျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံသားမဟုတ္ဘူူးလုိ႔ DVB ကေျပာတာဖတ္လုိက္ရတယ္
အခုျပႆနာဟာ နယ္စပ္ကေနခုိးဝင္လာတဲ့ျပမဟုတ္ေတာ့ဘဲ အေျခတက်၀င္ၿပီးေတာ၊့ ေနရာစိုက္ထူၿပီး ကိုယ့္အရပ္ကိုယ့္ရြာ ကိုယ့္တုိင္းျပည္လို ေတာင္းဆိုတာေတြ ရပ္တည္လာတာေတြျဖစ္လာတဲ့ အေနအထားျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
အမ်ိဳးသားဒီမိုကေရစီအဖြဲ႕ခ်ဳပ္ NLD နာယက ဦးဝင္းတင္ (ဇြန္လ ၁၅-ရက္)
Even the democracy movement in Myanmar is doing little to help the Muslim minority, Rohingya politicians say.
Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi last week urged "all people in Burma to get along with each other regardless of their religion and authenticity." But she has remained "tight-lipped" about the Rohingya, said Kyaw Min, a Rohingya leader and one-time Suu Kyi ally who spent more than seven years as a political prisoner. "It is politically risky for her," he said.
NLD spokesman Nyan Win wouldn't comment on Suu Kyi's position, but said: "The Rohingya are not our citizens." Suu Kyi is now on a European tour that will take her to Oslo, Norway, to accept the Nobel Peace Prize she won in 1991.
My respects and pity for this Racist old man is gone. May be he is OLD and SENILE. I wrongly thought that he is a well read and wise person.
The time was just few years after the nationalization of all the stores shops factories and business. I bought a bottle of vitamin syrup, Waterbury Compound, fro the Peoples drug store with my GP doctor's prescription. Suddenly I suffered from stomach ache, vomiting and diarrhoea after the medication and I went and see my Dr Mazunda (he was our family doctor since we were young in Kalaw as he was working in Railways. He was an Indian national, worked few years as GP, his son was arrested for anti-Ne Win student demonstrations and he later went back to India. He checked me and the bottle. He found out that the medicine was expired and there were even black deposits at the bottom of the mixture.
Posted: 12 Jul 2012 10:23 PM PDT
Seda mulls legal action against Tony Pua
The Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Seda) is looking into initiating legal action against DAP parliamentarian Tony Pua.
Seda chairperson Fong Chan Onn declined to respond to questions arising from Pua's claims that quotas for solar energy supply were tendered to unqualified companies.
Fong (left) refused to provide details on the selection process for the companies and the qualifications required but when pressed, he said, "The lawyers are looking into it. I mean if you have a company, you registered yesterday and apply today, I can't reject (your application) right? I don't want to answer. He (Pua) is questioning the robustness of the system, not just me. And he is calling me a liar. The legal advisers will advise me accordingly. I'm directed to abide with the directive. Because the allegations are serious, my legal advisers will look into that and see if we can seek any legal recourse."
During the press conference, Fong, who is also the Alor Gajah BN MP, pointed out that "calling a person a liar is a serious offence".
On Tuesday, Pua claimed that the "lion's share" of the allocation for solar energy via the Feed-In Tariff (FiT) mechanism went to companies "without a proven track record" in the energy field and claimed these companies were linked to former chief secretary to the government Mohd Sidek Hassan's daughter Suzi Suliana. who controls 32.4 percent or 45.9MW out of the quota set for solar energy through FiT, far above the limit of 1MW-5MW to bidders, through 12 companies.
Moreover, Pua pointed out that the majority of the companies controlled by Suzi and her business partners were set up weeks before the Dec 2, 2011 application deadline while established power player such as Cypark Resources Bhd and Petronas Power Sdn Bhd control 9.2 percent and 7.1 percent respectively, together with other suppliers who hold a smaller percentage.
Fong, however, rebutted the claims, insisting that "the selection was above board as it was done through an online system" and that all companies selected had fulfilled the technical and financial requirements and responded today that there were no regulations to stop newly-set-up companies from bidding.
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