The state of the media in Malaysia indicates that the nation is not as democratic as it is made out to be, said a university-based researcher.
This is because most of the “mainstream Malaysian news media… is actually more akin to a BN party organ”, Nottingham University Media and Communications associate professor Tessa Houghton said.
“When the only media functioning as anything like professional news journalism organisations are in Mandarin or are online, it’s safe to say that something is seriously rotten in what aspires to be the best democracy in the world,” she said.
Houghton was responding to arguments against her media monitoring findings conducted in the lead-up to and during the 13th general election.
In particular, she was responding to crticism that she had chosen not to monitor party organs such as PAS mouthpiece Harakah and PKR organ Suara Keadilan.
In her article posted on Sunday in the Australian National University portal, the New Mandala, Houghton said: “Party organs and news media perform different roles, and the former cannot substitute for the latter.
“News media should facilitate informed political participation and hopefully, understanding of (if not agreement with) our socio-political community; party organs are for the express purpose of party advocacy, and are intended to ‘preach to the choir’.”
Houghton, who teaches at Nottingham University’s Malaysian campus in Semenyih, also countered those who argued that the bias in print media was balanced by social media.
She argued that about 35 percent of Malaysians – mainly older, poorer and more rural groups – do not have access to the Internet and that this is reflective of the voting trends.
“These populations have and continue to consume primarily BN propaganda masquerading as news, whereas wealthier, younger, urban populations are constantly bombarded with and socialised into consuming a multitude of competing and critical perspectives,” she said.
As for social media, Houghton warned that continued reliance on social-media mediated political debate would lead to “cyberbalkanisation” – further polarisation based on political support.
“The media are key to the democratic and electoral integrity of any political system …
“Malaysian citizens who relied on English and Bahasa Malaysia newspapers and/or television as their media source during the GE13 campaign … were not provided with fair and accurate information with which to construct informed voting preferences.”
Presented earlier this year, Houghton’s research, done in collaboration with the Centre for Independent Journalism, found that news portals Malaysiakini and The Malaysian Insider and the Chinese press were more balanced in their election coverage. On the flip side, national news agency Bernama was found to be biased in favour of the BN, as were English and Bahasa Malaysia newspapers and television channels.
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Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 19.11.2013.
Malaysia’s failure to protect Malaysians, ensure security and stop illegal Filipinbo immigrants from freely entering Sabah to threaten Malaysians highlighted only when a foreign tourist is killed and another kidnapped. Taiwanese media and TV stations have painted a negative picture of Malaysia as a failed state by reporting on alleged lax security, slow police response and bad PR in handling the incident that involved two Taiwanese victims.
There is a lack of persistence and absence of disciplined focus on fundamentals of maintaining security. Malaysian police had said that a resort guard ran to inform the General Operations Force (GOF) base about 800m away. Taiwanese television reported that when a guard who heard the gunshots during the incident tried to contact police, eight of the officers on the island did not respond to him.
This fundamental failure and the fact that the incident happened about less than 1km from one of the bases of the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom), which was set up after the Feb 12 Sulu intrusion in Lahad Datu, is the clearest proof that Esscom has failed to carry out its fundamental duty. The Filipino terrorists have also shown that they do not fear the Malaysian security forces.
That such criminal acts can happen so near to the ESSCOM bases has shattered the illusion of public safety. In other words, this security breakdown have shown that there are no safe areas from attacks by such Filipino terrorists.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein’s feeble attempt to deflect Taiwanese anger and avoid blame by remarking that this incident could happen anywhere is both insensitive and irresponsible as well as cold comfort to either the victims or their families. No amount of damage control by the BN government can hide the fact that the security in ESSCOM areas have failed.
The challenge is what corrective action can be taken to put the fear of God into these criminals terrorising Malaysians in these areas and ensure that there will be no repeat of such barbaric acts against innocent Malaysians and tourists. Unfortunately the authorities have neither said nor done anything that has given confidence that the terrorists will be punished and the victims rescued or that there will be no repeat of similar security breakdowns.
If the Malaysian government cannot provide and ensure security, perhaps they should seek assistance from international bodies such as the United Nations. I am certain that the United Nations will reciprocate such requests for help since Malaysia has contributed much to the United Nations Peacekeeping forces throughout the world.
LIM GUAN ENG
Kenyataan Media oleh Setiausaha Agung DAP merangkap Ahli Parlimen Bagan, Lim Guan Eng di Kuala Lumpur pada 19 November 2013.
Kegagalan kerajaan Malaysia untuk menjaga dan memastikan keselamatan rakyat Malaysia, dan menghalang kemasukan haram pendatang tanpa izin Filipina memasuki Sabah dan mengancam warganegara hanya kelihatan jelas apabila seorang pelancong asing terbunuh dan seorang lagi diculik.
Kegagalan kerajaan Malaysia untuk menjaga dan memastikan keselamatan rakyat Malaysia, dan menghalang kemasukan haram pendatang tanpa izin Filipina memasuki Sabah dan mengancam warganegara hanya kelihatan jelas apabila seorang pelancong asing terbunuh dan seorang lagi diculik. Media dan stesen televisyen Taiwan memaparkan imej buruk bagi Malaysia sebagai sebuah negara yang gagal apabila ia melaporkan soal kelalaian keselamatan, tindak balas polis yang lembap dan perhubungan awam yang buruk dalam menangani insiden yang melibatkan dua mangsa warga Taiwan.
Wujud kekurangan dari segi kesungguhan dan disiplin dalam memberi fokus terhadap asas-asas dalam menjaga keselematan. Pihak Polis Di Raja Malaysia telah menyebut bahawa seorang pengawal resort telah berlari untuk memaklumkan pusat operasi Pasukan Gerakan Am yang terletak 800m dari tempatnya. Televisyen Taiwan pula melaporkan apabila pengawal tersebut mendengar bunyi tembakan sewaktu insiden tersebut dan cuba berhubung dengan pihak polis, lapan pegawai di pulau tersebut tidak pun memberi respon kepadanya.
Kegagalan fundamental sebegini dan hakikat bahawa insiden tersebut mengambil tempat kurang daripada 1km daripada salah satu pengkalan Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom), yang diwujudkan selepas pencerobohan Sulu di Lahad Datu pada 12 Februari; adalah bukti jelas bahawa Esscom gagal melaksanakan tugasnya. Pengganas Filipina terbabit juga telah menunjukkan bahawa mereka tidak gentar kepada pasukan keselamatan Malaysia.
Insiden jenayah yang berlaku begitu dekat dengan pengkalan Esscom telah menghancurkan ilusi keselamatan awam. Dengan kata lain, kegagalan sistem keselamatan ini telah menunjukkan bahawa tidak ada kawasan yang selamat daripada serangan pengganas Filipina ini.
Usaha lemah Menteri Pertahanan Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein untuk mengalihkan kemarahan Taiwan dan mengelak daripada dipersalahkan dengan mengatakan bahawa insiden ini boleh berlaku di mana-mana adalah bukan sahaja tidak sensitif malah tidak bertanggungjawab serta tidak langsung meredakan ketakutan sama ada kepada mangsa mahupun ahli keluarga mereka. Apa juga usaha yang dilakukan kerajaan BN untuk mengawal keadaan tidak dapat menyembunyikan hakikat bahawa kawalan keselamatan di kawasan Esscom telah gagal.
Cabarannya sekarang ialah untuk menentukan apa langkah yang wajar diambil bagi menimbulkan rasa gerun di kalangan penjenayah yang cuba mengganas di kawasan terbabit dan memastikan kejadian tidak berperikemanusiaan yang sama tidak berulang terhadap rakyat Malaysia mahupun pelancong yang tidak bersalah. Malangnya pihak berkuasa langsung tidak menyebut atau melakukan apa-apa yang memberi keyakinan bahawa pengganas ini akan dihukum dan mangsa akan diselamatkan mahupun jaminan bahawa kegagalan sistem keselamatan tidak akan berulang lagi.
Jika kerajaan Malaysia tidak dapat menyedia dan menjaga keselamatan negara, mungkin mereka patut mendapatkan bantuan daripada badan antarabangsa seperti Pertubuhan Bangsa-bangsa Bersatu. Saya pasti pihak PBB akan memberi respon baik kepada permintaan sedemikian memandangkan Malaysia telah banyak menyumbang kepada pasukan-pasukan pengaman PBB di seluruh dunia.
LIM GUAN ENG
—- Mandarin —
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15 November, 2013
YB Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein
Pemangku Menteri Pengangkutan
Kementerian Pengangkutan Malaysia
Blok D5, Kompleks D
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan
YB Datuk Seri,
MENGHALANG PENANG PORT SDN. BHD. (PPSB) MENGURANGKAN PERKHIDMATAN FERI DI PULAU PINANG DAN MEMULAKAN PROJEK PENGOREKAN DASAR LAUT BERNILAI RM353 JUTA DENGAN SEGERA DEMI MENGELAKKAN PPSB KEHILANGAN SASARAN KEUNTUNGAN SEBANYAK RM100 JUTA PADA TAHUN 2015
Dengan hormatnya saya ingin menarik perhatian YB Datuk Seri berhubung permasalahan serius ini yang dilaporkan oleh akhbar-akhbar tempatan pada 7 November 2013 yang lalu.
2. Memetik kenyataan yang dibuat oleh Pengarah Urusan PPSB, YBhg. Datuk Ahmad Ibnihajar kepada para pemberita pada 6 November 2013 di sebuah majlis rasmi PPSB, adanya rancangan PPSB untuk mengurangkan perkhidmatan feri di Pulau Pinang sebaik sahaja Jambatan Kedua Pulau Pinang beroperasi. Ini berikutan PPSB dijangka bakal kehilangan sasaran keuntungan sebanyak RM100 juta pada tahun 2015.
3. YBhg. Datuk Ahmad Ibnihajar juga menjelaskan bahawa kehilangan tersebut berpunca daripada kelewatan usaha untuk menswastakan PPSB yang menyebabkan beberapa projek utama terpaksa ditangguhkan sementara waktu termasuk kelewatan menjalankan projek pengorekan dasar laut yang bernilai RM353 juta yang menyebabkan kehilangan kontrak dengan Belgian Lhoist Group bernilai RM60 juta.
4. Dalam pada itu, penswastaan PPSB ini telah diumumkan oleh Kerajaan Persekutuan pada tahun 2010 di mana YBhg. Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhari yang juga pemilik Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas dan Pelabuhan Johor telah memenangi pembidaan tersebut. Kegagalan menjalani projek pengorekan dasar laut dan pengurusan Pelabuhan Pulau Pinang yang semakin hilang arah-tuju tentang masa depan, menyebabkan PPSB sebenarnya mengalami kerugian. Ianya dapat dilihat kepada petunjuk di mana kredit cukai sebanyak RM32.2 juta diberi kepada PPSB. Inilah yang membolehkan PPSB mencatat keuntungan RM16.3 juta. Sekiranya tanpa cukai kredit tersebut, PPSB sebenarnya mengalami kerugian sebanyak RM15.9 juta pada tahun 2012.
5. Kerugian yang dialami oleh PPSB terkini serta kemungkinan kehilangan keuntungan sebanyak RM100 juta telah membuatkan PPSB bercadang untuk mengurangkan perkhidmatan feri di negeri ini sebaik sahaja Jambatan Kedua Pulau Pinang beroperasi. Kerajaan Negeri membantah sepenuhnya pengurangan perkhidmatan feri kerana ianya akan mengakibatkan kesesakan lalu lintas apabila semua kenderaan tertumpu ke Jambatan Pulau Pinang atau Jambatan Kedua Pulau Pinang. Tambahan lagi, adanya pengguna lebih gemar menggunakan feri sebagai mod pengangkutan dari Pulau ke Seberang Jaya kerana faktor jarak, maka pengurangan perkhidmatan feri akan menyebabkan berlakunya kesesakan di kedua-dua jeti berikutan kekerapan feri beroperasi telah dikurangkan.
6. Sehubungan itu, kerjasama YB Datuk Seri adalah diharapkan agar dapat memberikan perhatian serius terhadap perkara ini dan diharapkan dapat memaklumkan status penswastaan PPSB kepada saya dengan secepat yang mungkin. Segala perhatian dan jasa baik YB Datuk Seri amatlah dihargai.
Sekian, terima kasih.
(LIM GUAN ENG)
Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang
—-Mandarin Version —
3．拿督阿末依尼哈加也说，上述损失的原因是因为槟城港口私营化进度缓慢，导致几项主要工程被拖延，包括价值3亿5300万令吉的海港加深工程，并导致当局损失一分与比利时Belgian Lhoist Group 6000万令吉的合约。
4. 联邦政府已经 在2010年宣布槟城港口的私营化计划，丹斯里赛莫达已经赢得竞标，他也拥有柔佛丹绒柏勒巴斯码头及柔佛港口。当局没有加深港口，槟城港口也不确定其未来的发展方向，导致港口事实上面对亏损。这从槟城港口获得豁免税务3220万令吉可以看出。这让港口取得1630万令吉的盈利。如果把税务计算进去，事实上，槟城港口在2012年亏损1590万令吉。
5. 由于槟城港口面对亏损，并可能损失1亿令吉，导致他们建议在槟城第二大桥通车后减少渡轮服务。州政府反对减少渡轮服务，因为这将导致交通阻塞，到时全部车辆将会涌到槟城大桥或槟城第二大桥。 再说，一些使用者更加喜欢使用渡轮往返槟岛与威省以缩短距离，因此，若减少渡轮班次，将导致两个码头的交通阻塞。
Coming from an iPhone4 running iOS6 (Jailbroken), iOS7 is a big leap forward for me. There are quite a number of features now which makes the need to Jailbreak much less. Here are some things which I find cool:
1) Better multi-tasking. I like the running multi-tasking screen which is so much like webOS “cards” and you can call this up with a double tap of the Home button (or the virtual Floating home button if you have set this up in Settings > General > Accessibility > Assistive Touch)
Like webOS the cool thing is you can swipe up to close a “card” and with two fingers you can close more than one card at once.
2) Siri works, seriously. I think many are under-utilizing Siri which can do nifty things like hands-free checking and replying or sending text messages, checking email etc. I am a heavy Rememberthemilk.com and I like the way you can use Siri to set your reminders.
3) The ability to block calls.This one I really like as I was missing the functionality of iBlacklist which requires a Jailbroken device. Now with the combination of iOS’ “Do not disturb” function and the ability to block individual callers, I am a happy camper.
4) More swiping goodness. It could be better but at least now in certain apps swiping can take you back or perform some functions e.g. trash an email.
For a productivity geek, iOS7 is a blessing.
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Things I like about #iOS7
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Kali Linux (or Kali) is a penetration testing distro created by the developers of BackTrack. Although it is a pentest distro, but Kali does not include with Nessus. So to use Nessus, I have to install it manually.
For more info about Kali, you can refer to their website here: http://www.kali.org/
1. Download Nessus – Go to Tenable website and download Nessus software. Choose Linux, Debian 32-bit or Debian 64-bit.
2. Install Nessus – Once the download is finished, run this command to install Nessus. I’m using 64-bit so my installation file is Nessus-x.x.x-debian6_amd64.deb, where ‘x’ is the version number.
dpkg -i Nessus-x.x.X-debian6_amd64.deb
3. Run Nessus service – Next, I run Nessus service by typing this command in the Terminal.
4. Navigate to Nessus page – Open Iceweasel (Kali’s default web browser) and go to this address, https://kali:8834. Must use HTTPS connection.
5. Initial Account Setup – Next, I create an admin user for Nessus. This user will have full control on Nessus.
6. Register plugin feed – I need to get the Activation Code. To get the code, I can request it from here, Obtain an Activation Code. I choose “Nessus Home” option because I will use Nessus play around with Metasploitable 2.
The Activation Code will be send to my email. I just copy and paste the Activation Code into the field above.
7. Download the newest plugins – At this point, Nessus will start download the latest plugins from Tenable server. It will take a while. So be patient.
8. Login into Nessus – Now, I can login into my Nessus by using the username and password that use during the registration process.
9. Done! – That’s it! Now I can use Nessus to conduct vulnerability scan to the Metasploitable box.
If you stuck with errors, Kali has a community forum that you can ask and request for helps. Feel free to drop by and say hi at the forum.
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George Washington, our first president, and Abraham Lincoln, our 16th, are the twin icons of that office. Their portraits are side by side in our wallets, in our change purses and on classroom walls during Presidents’ Day observances. Yet they represent different visions of an American economic order, differences that persist to this day. Washington stood for a system in which one man enriches himself by skimming off the excess value of his underlings’ work. Lincoln stood for the principle that every worker is entitled to the full value of his own labor. Call it the battle between Washingtonomics and Lincolnomics. From the founding of this country up until the Civil War, Washington’s order was dominant. It’s been dominant in our era, too, ever since Washington’s native South regained control of the federal government in the 1970s.
If you want to understand why the United States has never achieved the same level of economic equality as other industrialized nations, you have to look back at Washington’s life and career. And then you have to look back even further, to Washington’s ancestors, who settled Virginia. You’ll find that inequality was one of this nation’s founding principles.
In his socio-historical study “Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America,” David Hackett Fischer argued that American slavery did not result in a stratified society, but was established in order to create one. The early Virginia settlers were the second and third sons of aristocratic families in the south and west of England, and they intended to enjoy in the New World the lifestyle that primogeniture had denied them on their fathers’ manors in the Old. At first, they tried to enslave the Natives. When that failed, they imported Africans.
“Virginia’s ruling elite … required an underclass that would remain firmly fixed in its condition of subordination,” Fischer wrote. “The culture of the English countryside could not be reproduced in the New World without this rural proletariat.”
From its origins in America’s first colony, this aristocratic system spread throughout the entire South. Its success could be found “in the small and very powerful class of landed gentry, in the large majority of landless tenants and laborers, in the minority status of its middle class, in the general level of wealth inequality (Gini ratios of .60 to .75), in the magnitude of poverty and in the degradation of the poor.”
As a result of the Virginians’ social engineering, the United States became a colonial nation in which a European elite has traditionally dominated a combination of indigenous people and descendants of Africans imported to work as slaves. We’re a first-world country and a third-world country, coexisting within the same borders.
In Denmark — the quintessential European social democracy, whose 5 million ethnically homogenous citizens consider themselves members of a single tribe — the Gini ratio is 24. (TheGini ratio is a measurement of a nation’s wealth distribution, with 0 being perfect equality and 100 being all the money in one man’s hands.) The U.S.’s Gini ratio is 45, putting us in the same league as Mexico (48.3), Venezuela (44.8), and Jamaica (45.5) — other colonial nations where white settlers and planters have lorded it over a darker-skinned workforce.
No one benefited from the top-heavy economic structure of colonial Virginia more than George Washington. Washington was a country squire who rode to hounds, danced at cotillions and ordered china and fashionable breeches from London. By the end of his life, he was master of 277 slaves, on whose backs he built the fortune that enabled him to serve as commander in chief of the Continental Army, and then president. Washington was one of the wealthiest men in the United States, and is still the wealthiest man ever to hold the presidency.
Washington envisioned an end to slavery, and an industrial future for America, but a man with his feudal, agrarian outlook would never have prospered in such a nation.
Abraham Lincoln’s entire life was shaped by disagreements with the Southern planter class, to which Washington and most of our early presidents belonged. When Lincoln was 7 years old, his family moved from Kentucky to Indiana to escape the fate of the small farmer squeezed between planter and slave. Lincoln’s father eventually settled on a 120-acre farm near Charleston, Ill., where he raised corn and chickens. Despite his popular image as the Railsplitter, Lincoln hated the rustic life, and moved to Springfield, where he became a respectable, but not wealthy, lawyer. His two-story house on Eighth Street would not look out of place in a modern suburb.
In Lincoln’s home territory of Central Illinois, many voters hated slavery and African-Americans for the same reason: because both plantation owners and free African-Americans undercut the price of white labor. Lincoln belonged to a middle class of independent professionals and tradesmen that was growing in the North, but was incompatible with the plantation society in the South, and he knew how to appeal to its anxieties.
During his campaigns for the Senate and the presidency, Lincoln argued that African-Americans deserved economic, but not social, equality. In his debates with Sen. Stephen A. Douglas, Lincoln declared that he did not believe African-Americans should be allowed to vote, or serve on juries, or hold office, or marry whites. He did believe that African-Americans had as much right to the fruits of their own labor as whites, that slavery was “a form of theft,” and that a society divided into permanent classes of masters and servants was doomed to medieval stagnation, because workers would have no motivation to better themselves. At the bottom of Lincoln’s moralizing was this message to white voters: If the black man can be made to work for nothing, so can you.
In an 1859 speech to the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society, Lincoln went beyond condemning masters’ exploitation of their slaves, and criticized the very concept of purchasing another’s labor. To Lincoln, the idea that one man should be in the permanent employ of another — even for wages — was at the root of the justification for slavery. He said:
By some it is assumed that labor is available only in connection with capital–that nobody labors, unless somebody else owning capital, somehow, by the use of it, induces him to do it. Having assumed this, they proceed to consider whether it is best that capital shall hire laborers, and thus induce them to work by their own consent, or buy them, and drive them to it, without their consent. Having proceeded so far, they naturally conclude that all laborers are necessarily either hired laborers, or slaves.
They further assume that whoever is once a hired laborer, is fatally fixed in that condition for life; and thence again, that his condition is as bad as, or worse, than that of a slave. This is the ‘mud-sill’ theory. But another class of reasoners hold the opinion that there is no such relation between capital and labor, as assumed; and that there is no such thing as a freeman being fatally fixed for life, on the condition of a hired laborer, that both these assumptions are false, and all inferences from them groundless. They hold that labor is prior to, and independent of, capital; that, in fact, capital is the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed–that labor can exist without capital, but that capital could never have existed without labor. Hence they hold that labor is the superior–greatly the superior of capital.
As president, Lincoln oversaw a war that destroyed the power of the Southern plantation owners with whom he had so long quarreled. His victory lasted just over 100 years, until the Southern states regained control of the federal government, and began reimposing Washington’s aristocratic way of life on the nation. To understand the difference between Lincolnomics and Washingtonomics, let’s consider two of the most successful businessmen of the 20th century: Henry Ford and Sam Walton. Ford falls into the Lincolnian tradition, Walton into the Washingtonian.
Born in what is now Detroit during the Civil War, Ford understood the value of an economically empowered workforce. He turned traditional economic assumptions upside down by treating laborers not as commodities, but potential customers. Before Ford, planters and industrialists had profited by paying the lowest possible wages and charging the highest possible prices. Ford doubled his employees’ wages, to $5 a day, and used assembly-line efficiencies to produce cars they could afford to buy. His philosophy, which came to be known as Fordism, was fundamental to the development of the modern middle class. And although Ford resisted labor unions, once the United Auto Workers was forced on him by two Lincolnian politicians — President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Michigan Gov. Murray Van Wagoner — he granted it the most generous contract of any automaker, even allowing dues check-offs and the closed shop.
Sam Walton built his business on a plantation model with which Washington would have been familiar. The merchant opened his first Wal-Marts in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, paying wages that were low even for a region accustomed to extremes of wealth. He started his cashiers at 50 cents an hour — half the minimum wage — on the grounds that the law applied only to businesses with 50 employees or more, and each of his stores was more lightly staffed than that. Wal-Mart cashiers got raises only when the Labor Department stepped in. Like Washington’s tobacco plantation, Walton’s stores were labor-intensive operations that could only turn a profit if workers were bargained down to the lowest possible nickel. Walton’s product was low prices, which were possible only if his workers earned low wages. Undistracted by war or politics, Walton did Washington better, becoming the wealthiest man in America, with a fortune of $20 billion — the surplus he skimmed off the labor of 1.1 million employees. Wal-Mart also became the largest employer in the U.S., displacing General Motors, which practiced Fordism on an even larger scale than Ford.
“It is doubtful Wal-Mart would have met similar success in an earlier period of American economic history, or in a different social and political environment,” wrote Jeff Madrick in “Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present.” “Labor laws were increasingly poorly enforced in this era, starting with the Reagan administration. The number of government labor inspectors was not increased even as the nation’s workforce grew vastly in number … Across the nation, a rapidly growing number of workers were illegally fired when they tried to organize fellow workers into unions. Congress also deliberately kept the minimum wage down, raising it rarely, so it fell compared to inflation.”
Actually, the economic deregulation that would help make Sam Walton a multibillionaire began one president earlier, under Jimmy Carter. Carter, the son of a moderately prosperous peanut farmer whose land was worked by sharecroppers, was the first Southerner to win the presidency in his own right since Zachary Taylor. His election began a three-decade period during which every president either hailed from a Southern state or, in Ronald Reagan’s case, was elected with strong Southern support. George Washington’s region had returned to power, and that return brought political support for the stratified society that has existed in the South since the Father of Our Country’s day. As Michael Lind wrote here on Salon, “for generations Southern economic policymakers have sought to secure a lucrative second-tier role for the South in the national and world economies, as a supplier of commodities like cotton and oil and gas and a source of cheap labor for footloose corporations. This strategy of specializing in commodities and cheap labor is intended to enrich the Southern oligarchy. It doesn’t enrich the majority of Southerners, white, black or brown, but it is not intended to. Contrary to what is often said, the ‘original sin’ of the South is not slavery, or even racism. It is cheap, powerless labor.”
For a long time, that was a regional economic strategy, but once the South recaptured the federal government, it attempted to spread that ethos throughout the entire nation — with great success, as evidenced by today’s weak labor laws and lagging minimum wages. Wal-Mart could not have broken out of its cradle in Dixie and become the nation’s dominant retailer without those policies. Even Indiana and Michigan, once-reliable redoubts of free labor, recently became right-to-work states, putting themselves on the same page as every member of the old Confederacy.
The core principle of Lincoln’s political career (as opposed to his presidency) was preventing the spread of slavery into the territories and the Northern states, where it would undermine free labor. If we accept Lind’s argument about low-wage economic policies, we should be as determined as Lincoln to confine them to their native region. Or better yet, stamp them out altogether, as we did slavery. Because they are threatening the existence of a middle class.
The time may be right, too. Barack Obama is the first president elected from a Northern, industrial state since John F. Kennedy. From Lincoln’s own Illinois, in fact. Much has been made of that fact that Obama fulfilled the advances in racial equality that Lincoln began. But Lincoln didn’t free the slaves with the idea that one of them would become president. He gave them their freedom to prevent their unpaid labor from undercutting the middle class. That’s another aspect of Lincoln’s legacy Obama can fulfill.
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Anwar Ibrahim has lashed out at the government for failing to hold Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail accountable over the loss of Batu Puteh in a territorial dispute at the International Court of Justice (ICJ)
During the budget debate at the committee stage in Parliament today, the opposition leader said he was puzzled that the government did not even seek clarification over the defeat in the high stakes case.
“We lost an island but the attorney-general was never questioned. It was as if there was already an understanding (between the attorney-general and government) or were they both afraid of something, I do not understand.
“Why were they afraid to ask questions so that a proper explanation could be given by the attorney-general?” he asked.
Abdul Gani had led the case for Malaysia at the ICJ in 2008.
It was reported on Nov 7 that former Kuala Lumpur CID chief Mat Zain Ibrahim had made a statutory declaration claiming that the Malaysian team had submitted fabricated evidence to the ICJ in the Batu Puteh case.
According to him, this was discovered by the ICJ which damaged Malaysia’s credibility and contributed to the country’s defeat in the dispute.
Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim accused Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak of “not being brave” enough to reprimand the United States after whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed a global espionage network by the US and Australia that affected Malaysia as well.
He said unlike other countries which had taken drastic action to protest against the alleged spying, Malaysia has been slow to react, sending only a protest note from the Foreign Ministry.
“To date, there is no statement from the prime minister. He is not brave to reprimand the rudeness and unacceptable conduct of the United States,” he said when debating the Budget 2014 which is currently at the committee stage.
Snowden had alleged that the US was running a monitoring station in its Kuala Lumpur embassy to tap telephones and monitor communication networks.
Last month, Australian intelligence sources confirmed that XKeyscore, a top secret intelligence tool revealed by Snowden, had been used to spy on Malaysia and other Asia-Pacific countries.
The latest report on top secret documents leaked by Snowden, who currently has been granted by Russia, revealed that there are 90 electronic surveillance facilities worldwide, including in the US embassies in Jakarta, Bangkok, Phnom Penh and Yangon.
Following the revelations, Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman told Australian counterpart Julie Bishop that spying should not take place among “close friends as it could severely damage existing relations”.
Anwar also raised his concerns over the recent revelation by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over the presence of CIA agents in the Attorney General’s Chambers.
“I don’t understand why no one, especially Umno MPs, raised this matter. Since Dr Mahathir had spoken about this, there should be a clear explanation, if they are not CIA agents, then what are they doing in the AG’s Chambers,” he said.
He then trained his guns on the Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, saying that the country lost its case on Pulau Batu Puteh in the International Court of Justice because Gani prepared a photo which showed a wrong location of the island.
The International Court of Justice awarded the island off Johor to Singapore after a legal dispute in 2008.
“He was never questioned about this. I don’t understand, either there seemed to be an understanding or they are afraid to ask him to explain,” Anwar said, adding that the public was entitled to an explanation from Gani on the allegations surrounding him and his office.
Earlier this month, Anwar had said Gani should be suspended immediately in the wake of the allegations which were contained in a statutory declaration by former Kuala Lumpur CID chief Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim.
It was reported that three months ago, Dr Mahathir, Mat Zain, prominent lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah and Federal Commercial Crimes Investigation Department director Datuk Ramli Yusoff held a meeting at the former prime minister’s residence to discuss Gani’s alleged misdeeds.
The meeting was held on August 10, three days after Hari Raya Aidilfitri, and among the topics discussed was the highly publicised case of Pulau Batu Puteh.
It is true that you might be eligible to install a solar panel on your roof, get electricity power generated, then sell it back to TNB at a price that’s higher than you purchase. Therefore, making monthly passive income. How does this work? Watch the video explanation by expert William Lean below:
First, a little bit of history: The parliament of Malaysia created a renewable energy act two years ago. They created the Renewable Energy Fund (RE Fund). The Renewable Energy Fund is basically a tax for everyone who uses more than RM77 a month of electricity.
The tax has taken about 1% from you since December 2011. This 1% will go to Renewable Energy Fund which has about RM300 million per annum and is administered by Tenaga National. Notice, though, the word used is “administered” not “paid.” The money will be paid by the RE fund.
Before we can get in to all the goodies, we first have to apply for a quota. They call it the Feed-in Tariff Quota from SEDA (Sustainable Energy Development Authority), which is a department of the Ministry of Energy. So, we are dealing with government companies here. So, what I hope to do is teach you how to maneuver through the system and get back some of the money which you have put aside for renewable energy.
I mentioned earlier that there is a quota on how much Tenaga can pay out since we’re taxed by about RM300 million per annum. So, everybody has got to apply for the quota from the SEDA. The application is done through the Internet. The application is on a first-come, first-served basis for the Individual Sector which is who we are.
The individuals who have their own roof top at the top of their house. For 2013, they kept it at 20 mW. What is 20 mW? It is the equivalent of 1700 houses of 12 kW. If you go for a size of 4 kW, then we are talking about 3,000-4,000 houses.
But, you might be getting confused. You might be thinking what is Kilowatt? Kilowatt is a measure of the capacity of the solar panel. It’s a bit like a car engine – a car can be 1.5c or a 2.0cc. So, it’s a bit like power plants. What is the kilowatt of your solar power system? Is it a 4 kW? A 4 kW is typical for a linked house. A 6 kW to 8 kW is typical for a semi-detached. A bungalow can fit a 12 kW. This is just a guide to give you a sense of the range.
All Malaysian IC holders can apply for up to 2 x 12 kW. Since you’re coming to the second half of the year, there’s only a quota of about 1.8 mW left, enough for 200 to 400 houses.
A 12 kW system roughly requires 1000 sqft of roof space. So, a lot of you would say, “Hey, I don’t know how big my roof is.” Well, to be fair, most developers do not give, what we call, a roof plan. Ideally, we need to look at the roof plan, so we can calculate how many solar panels you can fit on the roof. But, no worries – if you don’t have the roof plan, one of the installers can come over and provide you a quotation anyway.
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I am reminded to blog about a colleague of mine, a Urologist, who has a habit of keeping notes about patients referred to him in a stack of cards in his pocket. Recently he got a smartphone (good for him!) and I should be educating him about how he could use his smartphone to replace his cards system.
The solution would be a note keeping application which can have text, camera/audio/video input, handwriting or sketching function and preferably also an alarm/reminder system.
For the Android platform there are tons of note taking apps for you to try out. Examples which seem to fit the bill include Notepad for Android and Ultimate Notes Taker both of which are free.
iOS too has lots of note taking apps, some free e.g. Supernote or perhaps even a Flashcard app might suit your needs.
As one is dealing with patient information, especially for those affected by HIPAA regulations and such, it is probably wise to choose an app which does not sync data with the cloud and is stored locally only on your device. If the app itself is password protected that would be ideal, otherwise ensure your smartphone is always set to lock with a password.
It’s a pity that Evernote, that great free note keeping application, is not HIPAA compliant, though Joshua Schwimmer has some comments on this.
Whatever you choose, there are plenty of options. We have come a long way since the days of Memos on the Palm PDA (who still remembers this?)
from the Palmdoc Chronicles
Using a smartphone to track patient referrals
Guests: Belacan Ke, Chhau Tau, Peh Puiⁿ, Eng Koh Tiong, Namsai, Babi Tu & Pu To Ge·.
We always talk about food. So this week and next week, we dedicated 2 full hours of home-cooked meals. Please share your favorites.
The video version of the show will be released when we finish posting part 2 and the bonus episode! Stay tuned.
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You’ve seen the places we’ve been to in Taipei. Now check out our faces!
With Marcus and Kenson at Xi Men Ding bus stop.
With Sha, Lilian, Janis, Elena, Josh… clubbing at Spark Taipei 101.
With Sarah and the gang playing with sausages in Wulai.
Hipster posing with Steph
Sunny day posing with the rocks. Steph and gang.
Me, before entering the gold mine.
With Caryn and Janis at Shihlin Night Market.
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13th November, Wednesday, 2013
On behalf of International Crimes Tribunal defence team, Advocate Tajul Islam has signed in a statement where it is mentioned that, International Crimes Tribunal-1 finished the trial of Ameer of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami Maulana Motiur Rahman Nizami on crime against humanity without keeping the argument of defence team incomplete and waiting to announce the verdict at a later date. At the same time the Tribunal directed the defence team to submit their written closing argument within five days. For these matter, the defence team says that, in any case it is the right of defendant to present his argument and it is considered as an important part of a case. The Tribunal has been deprived the defendant from justice by depriving him from these right.
The defence lawyers specially the main trial lawyer for these case Advocate Mizanul Islam was unable to came to the Tribunal due to health reason and the honourable Judges usually gives time on this ground. At the same time, some other senior lawyers of defence team also couldn’t come to the Tribunal and High Court to do their official works because of security reason for nationwide strike around the country. It is totally unclear why the Tribunal has closed the case without listening an important thing in this case like argument. Even if on this ground the Tribunal always gives chance to make the argument at later date. The defendant damaged lots because of these.
We also want to say that, the Appellate Division of Honourable Supreme Court fixed time of Allama Delawar Hossain Sayedee’s hearing for last four days. But the hearing was not held because of the nationwide strike. That’s why we want to say clearly that, this order of the Tribunal has made tremendous injustice to the defendant. Moreover, we filed a petition for the review of these order yesterday afternoon which the registrar of the Tribunal did not accept.
Malaysia’s Failure To Protect Malaysians, Ensure Security And Stop Illegal Filipino Immigrants From Freely Entering Sabah To Threaten Malaysians Highlighted Only When A Foreign Tourist Is Killed And Another Kidnapped. (en/bm/cn)
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