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Thursday, April 27, 2006

why t-bill is not risk free.


Since March 2003, the monthly cost of the war in Iraq has risen from $4.4 billion to $7.1 billion. That means the war will cost $266 billion than originally projected - and ultimately hit $1.2 trillion. Every American is writing a check to Uncle Sam for $727 to fund the Empire's Iraqi expedition - and it will get bigger.

Looking at it another way, Americans so far pay $46 million per Al Qaeda operative killed.

But what is America to do? As a declining empire, it seems that the only thing it has left to offer in a globalized economy is the soft warmth of her protection. That's why the Defense Department's budget continues to soar. In 2002 it was $310 billion which then swelled to a whopping $420.6 billion and growing, with every penny of it has been borrowed at 4% interest.

And that is one of the many reasons why t-bill is not risk free.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

MENGUTUK BHARAT

again, im pasting a posting by isham rais.

Minggu ini, saya terbaca tentang kes sepasang anak muda yang‘ditangkap’ kerana sedang memadu kasih di sebuah taman. Merekadikatakan sedang bercumbuan kasih. Kes ini berpanjangan sehingga sampai kelembaga penghakiman yang tertinggi dalam negara ini. Saya tidakmempersoalkan keputusan kehakiman. Apa yang ingin saya timbulkan ialah sikapdan alasan-alasan orang-orang dewasa/tua terhadap anak-anak muda.

Dalam masyarakat Melayu biasanya hujah yang akan diberikan untuk mengawalanak-anak muda ialah kelakuan dan perangai mereka telah melanggar budaya.Atau telah melanggar adab sopan. Atau kelakuan mereka bukan dari budayaTimur. Mereka dipengaruhi oleh budaya dari Barat. Hujah –pengaruhbudaya Barat – inilah yang terus berpusing-pusing untuk didengarkanke telinga anak-anak muda. Jika tidak cukup dengan ini maka hujah-hujah iniakan disalut pula dengan hujah-hujah Islam.

Dalam konteks ini amat jelas Barat selalu dikutuk, diperlekeh dan dijadikansebab utama untuk apa sahaja masalah yang sedang melanggar masyarakat kita.Jika ada sahaja sesuatu fenomena yang tidak kita fahami maka para politikus,pendakwah agama atau guru-guru sekolah akan menuduh Barat sebagai punca.

Mengutuk dan mempersalahkan Barat ini telah pernah saya baca, saya lihat dansaya alami ketika saya tinggal di Pakistan dan di Timur Tengah. Saya tidaktahu dan tidak ada pengalaman sama ada budaya mengutuk Barat ini juga sedangberlaku di Afrika dan di Amerika Latin.

Di sini saya mengambil sikap untuk mempertahankan Barat. Saya lihat Baratyang sering diserang dan dikutuk perlu dibela. Barat dituduh sebagai viruspenyebab penyakit yang menyerang masyarakat kita. Setiap kali Barat diserangkelihatan ianya membisu dan tidak menjawab. Maka di sini saya berdiri untukbersuara mempertahankan Barat. Apa yang saya pertahankan ini bukan kompleksindustri persenjataan Barat ( military industrial complexs) atau kabalZionis yang mendirikan Empire yang menjajah dunia hari ini. Yang sayapertahankan ini ialah pembudayaan masyarakat Barat.

Sebenarnya perkataan Barat ini sendiri menjadi satu masalah untuk diri saya.Saya tahu ramai orang tidak sedar dalam budaya Melayu kuno, Barat atauBharat yang dimaksudkan ialah India. Bharat adalah nama India asli yangmana negara ini ada memiliki usur budaya yang rapat dengan manusia Melayu.Tetapi pastilah bukan Barat/Bharat ini yang dikutuk oleh para politikus danpendakwah moral.

Kerana ini saya sendiri masih kurang jelas Barat mana yang ingin dikutuk.Ini kerana jika Eropah yang dimaksudkan sebagai Barat - wilayahnya cukupbesar. Masyarakatnya majmuk. Jika Amerika yang dimaksudkan – Amerikayang mana – utara atau tengah atau selatan. Apa yang jelas di sinikelihatan yang para moralis ini sendiri kurang faham apa dia Barat yangdihamburkan dari mulut mereka. Untuk memahami dan menganalisa sikap danpemikiran para politikus dan pendakwah moral ini, maka kita terima sahajalahperkataan Barat yang mereka hamburkan itu.

Pada ketika ini saya melihat perkataan Barat ini sedang digunakan samaseperti Presiden Bush menggunakan perkataan Usama Bin Ladin, fundamentalisIslam atau Zakarwi. Perkataan-perkataan ini selalu disebut-sebut sebagaidijadikan ‘hantu’ untuk menakut-nakutkan orang ramai dan wargayang kurang arif. Orang yang takut biasanya akan mencari perlindungan. Kalaudi Amerika mereka akan berlindung di bawah payung Bush. Di Malaysia jikawarga takut dengan Barat maka kita akan berlindung di bawah payungpemerintah.

Sebenarnya jika kita perhatikan betul-betul para pendakwah moral dan parapolitikus yang selalu mengutuk Barat ini sedang dihinggapi penyakitskizofrenia atau jiwa terpecah dua (spilt personality). Mulut mereka akanberbuih-buih mengutuk Barat (walaupun tidak jelas Barat yang mana) tetapikerja politik dan budaya amalan mereka semuanya berkiblat kepada Barat.

Rujukan-rujukan ‘kejayaan’ negara kita ini semuanya ditakrif dandiperbandingkan dengan patukan Barat/Eropah. Perhatikan bagaimana laporanmedia kita, jika sekiranya ada seorang profesor Mat Saleh kelas kedua dariEropah yang mengatakan bahawa negara kita ini ‘berjaya’. Maka siMat Saleh ini akan diangkat, diusung ke hulu ke hilir untuk dijadikan modalsebagai petunjuk kejayaan kita.

Perhatikan bagaimana laporan akhbar dan tv kita yang membuat temu bualdengan para Mat Saleh yang datang ke pesta F1 yang baru lalu. Mat Saleh iniditemu bual untuk menunjukkan betapa kita telah berjaya dengan F1. Temu bualorang Barat ini membawa maksud - sesiapa yang tidak percaya bahawa kitatelah berjaya mestilah mereka ini bodoh kerana Mat Saleh orang Barat sendiripun sudah mengakui kejayaan kita.

Lihat pula bagaimana para pelancong Mat Saleh akan ditemu bual untukmenyatakan betapa aman damainya negara kita ini. Ini juga untuk memberi tahukepada warga bahawa negara kita tidak ada masalah. Negara ini aman damai danunik. Kalau tidak percaya tanya si Mat Saleh dari Barat itu. Mat Saleh Barat kata betul maka pastilah semuanya betul.

Jika ada pula akhbar Barat yang membuat laporan yang manis tentang negarakita maka perhatikanlah tingkah laku media kita, terutama media aliranMelayu. Media ini akan meloncat menghambur mengheboh-hebohkan berita dariakhbar Barat ini.

Cuba tanyakan kepada si pengutuk dan si pencacai Barat ini - anak-anakmereka belajar di mana? Tanyakan juga kepada para politikus yang merangkasistem pembelajaran negara kita ini – kenapa mereka tidak yakin kepadasistem pelajaran yang mereka buat sendiri. Kenapa belajar dan graduanlulusan Barat dilihat lebih baik dari graduan tempatan?

Untuk saya semua budaya - budaya Barat, budaya Eropah atau budaya kitasendiri ada memiliki kekuatan dan ada kelemahan. Dari pengalaman saya yanghidup di Eropah, apabila masyarakat di Barat menghadapi satu-satu masalahmereka tidak akan menuduh masalah mereka berpunca dari orang Asia, ataupengaruh orang Melayu atau pengaruh orang Arab. Tidak mungkin politikus ataupendakwah moral mereka akan mengutuk Timur sebagai punca masalah. DiPerancis, Presiden Jaques Chirac tidak akan menuduh anak-anak muda berdemodi Paris bulan lalu kerana mereka terikut-ikut dengan rakyat Malaysia yangberdemo kerana harga minyak naik.

Untuk saya penanda aras keunggulan tamadun itu bergantung kepada bagaimanasebuah tamadun, budaya bangsa atau masyarakatnya itu menjaga dan memberikepedulian kepada – kanak-kakak, anak muda, orang tua, perempuan danbinatang. Kepedulian ini yang wajib dijadikan patukan/penanda untuk menilaiketerampilan atau kemadanian sesebuah masyarakat.

Perkara seperti berpegang tangan, bercumbuan di tempat awam, minum arak,melepak hanyalah manifestasi dari konsep yang lebih besar. Moral, kelakuan,fesyen pakaian – semua ini adalah manifestasi pembudayaan. Manifestasimoral tidak mungkin dapat dibetongkan melalui hukum hakam kanun negarakerana manifestasi ini akan terus berubah mengikut asas perkembanganekonomi.

Justeru marilah kita berhentikan perangai mengutuk, mencaci dan menyalahkanBarat. Kerana, pada hakikatnya dalam hati kecil kita semua termasuk parapolitikus dan moralis yang anti Barat mengetahui dan mengakui bahawapembudayaan, keilmuan, teknologi, sastera dan budaya Barat itu lebih anggun,canggih, cemerlang dari budaya kita. Tarikan keilmuan dan tarikan teknologiBarat itu cukup hebat jika tidak mana mungkin semua alat-alat persenjataannegara kita beli dari Barat. Atau kenapa kita selalu tergila-gila hendakmenghantar anak cucuk cicit kita belajar di Barat.

Bebaskan diri kita dari penyakit jiwa – split personality - ini.Dengan berani kita harus dapat menilai diri bukan dengan patukan ataurujukan Barat atau Utara, Selatan atau Timur. Kita mencermin sambilmenilai diri kita dan bangun bertanya apakah kita semua telah berlaku baikdan peduli terhadap kanak-kakak, anak muda, perempuan, orang tua danbinatang yang hidup bersama di sekeliling kita. Jangan terperanjat kerana diBarat status wujudiah lima makhluk ini lebih lumayan berbanding moralbudaya para penghuni Taman Tun, Country Heights atau Taman Rusila.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

madam mary baby butcher

Dear Madam Mary Baby Butcher,

Generation X; where I belong, is a little cohort born between 1965 and 1980. And this group numbers only about 46 million. Jay A. Conger, a professor of organizational behavior at the London Business School and a research scientist, in 1998 wrote an article titled "How 'Gen X' Managers Manage"

Here's a quote for you to swallow:

What we are seeing in Generation Xers is a different set of attitudes about the workplace. In a nutshell, they distrust hierarchy. They prefer more informal arrangements. They prefer to judge on merit rather than on status. They are far less loyal to their companies. They are the first generation to be raised on a heavy diet of workplace participation and teamwork. They know computers inside and out. They like money, but they also say they want balance in their lives.

We grew up in latchkey homes at ease with the emergence of technology. We're self-reliant and impatient. When thousands of our parents (of your age) were laid off in the late 80s, we have decided that company loyalty was a sucker act. Achieving goals is the key, so why should rules matter? Rules don't matter to us.

(Which explains why I flashed in at 8.41 this morning instead of 8.30 on the dot.)

Economic expansion, technology convergence and digital prowess made job-hopping and success a snap, though nowadays, job security and benefits seem sort of attractive for a short while. Our management /working style is blunt and unadorned, focused on getting the work done, not bonding with the rest of you baby boomers.

All of these ideas that you promote, about being diplomatic and complying to the leaders in order to get ahead, we strongly reject. We hope you know that we see you only as one of them schmoozers full of doublespeak.

So nevermind the difference that we have. I will still accept your invitation for lunch, albeit being in a different legion.

We will spread the bills.

Regards.

Monday, April 10, 2006

burung selsema

its a bit long. but its worth reading.
Money makes not just the world go around but turns it topsy-turvy all the time. America needed a war to keep its armament companies happy, especially since the vice-president, Dick Cheney, himself had headed one of the
largest government contracting companies. So they invented the bogey of Iraq. They destroyed Afghanistan before that, complaining that there were not enough "targets" to shoot at from the air (so they bombed schools and hospitals). But the most money in the world does not come from just armament sale. It comes from creating scares of epidemics. Then the world's purses open up readily.

SCARE DRIVE

Do you remember the scare created by the Americans just seven years ago when they declared that all computers would stop on New Year as the new millennium came and planes and trains would crash and stock markets would fall and the world would come to an end? Who made money out of that?

Those computer companies that were brought in to "repair" this looming disaster.

Not a single computer stopped, nothing happened.

What about the SARS "pandemic" which eventually faded away. A high pitched
media campaign had convinced the world it was facing a great threat when in
reality SARS turned out to be a comparably minor disease.

Do you remember the Foot and Mouth scam in which lakhs of cows were killed brutally in Britain and there was the smell of burning flesh throughout the countryside? Foot and Mouth is not communicable to humans, it does not
affect the meat, it is easily curable. But farmers who could not sell their cows for lack of orders and who wanted to get out of the cow-selling business created this scare and picked up thousands of pounds as compensation and insurance from the government for killing their cows. Bird flu is like that. It is the latest scam perpetrated by the American government and pharmaceutical companies.

VIRAL STATISTICS

Let us look at the facts.

Avian Flu is a virus strain that is found only in birds in badly kept poultry. It affects some birds that are already ill fed, suffering from lung and bone diseases and kept on a steady diet of hormones and antibiotics and other bird carcasses. It does not spread to human beings and since the virus is already eight years old and has not mutated as yet, there is no reason to believe it ever will. There are at least 15 different types of avian influenza that routinely infect birds around the world. The current outbreak is caused by a strain known as H5N1 and it has created a worldwide panic.

What is the reality of avian flu, the "global threat" that has led so many countries to kill their chickens, turkeys and other birds for no reason (one Hong Kong member of parliament has asked for each citizen of Hong Kong to be given a gun so that they can shoot any birds coming to Hong Kong)?

In eight years since the H5N1 virus was supposedly detected in poultry birds, 53 people have died, 37 in Vietnam, 12 in Thailand and four in Cambodia. Seven thousand people die of lightning struck deaths every year.

Have you heard of a lightning epidemic? Are 54 deaths in eight years an epidemic or, even worse, a pandemic?

FEAR FACTOR

Where did the panic generated by the media originate from? The United States of America. President Bush goes on television to say that between two lakh to two crore people will die in America and he asks for billions of dollars to be allocated for this pandemic. On October 28 the American Senate passes an $8 billion emergency funding bill to address avian flu.

Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, during the debate on the Senate bill, told the press, "If it isn't the current H5N1 virus that leads to an influenza pandemic, at some point in our nation's future, another virus will." Number of people dead - zero. The UN catches on and declares that they will ask for $500 million from all the countries to stop this flu by sending a vaccine to all the countries.

What is $3.1 billion spent on immediately? To buy 80 million vials of Tamiflu at $100 per dose - a drug that has no relationship to the virus.
According to the authors of the "Total Health program" which looks into scams perpetrated in the name of medicine, "Tamiflu is a worthless drug that in no way, shape or form treats the avian flu, but only decreases the amount of days one is sick."

DRUG DRAGONs

Dig a little deeper and you will understand the reality of avian flu.

Tamiflu (oseltamivir phosphate) was developed and patented in 1996 by a California biotech firm, Gilead Sciences Inc., a listed stock company in California. Due to lacklustre sales for many years, Gilead Sciences licensed the marketing of oseltamivr to the Swiss-US pharmaceutical giant Roche Holdings of Basle getting a royalty for each vial sold.

Roche holds the sole license to manufacture the only medicine we are told which "possibly" might reduce symptoms of avian flu. Due to the media panic, the order books at Roche today are filled to overflowing. Roche recently refused a request from the US Congress to lift its exclusive patent rights to allow other drug manufacturers to produce Tamiflu.

Gilead, which gave the marketing rights to its patented discovery to Roche, makes as much money from its royalties. According to the Gilead website, "Roche has worldwide commercial rights to Tamiflu, and Gilead receives payments from Roche for the successful completion of program milestones and royalties on product sales."

RUMMY DEAL
In 1997, Donald H. Rumsfeld was named Chairman of the Board of Gilead Sciences, where he remained until early 2001 when he became defence secretary in Bush's Cabinet. Rumsfeld had been on the board of Gilead since 1988. He is also a major, if not the largest, stockholder in Gilead Sciences Inc.

His 2004 financial disclosure indicates that he owned between $5 and 25 million in equity in Gilead as of December 31, 2004. Since then, he has sold some of his holdings. Next year's disclosure will show the value range of any remaining holdings Rumsfeld stands to make a fortune on royalties as governments scramble to buy this company's drug.

The model suggests the parallel to the brazen corruption of Halliburton Corporation whose former CEO is vice-president Dick Cheney. Cheney's company has so far gotten billions worth of US construction contracts in Iraq and elsewhere.

Who else stands to benefit? Bush campaign-funders, Bilderberger spokesman Etienne F. Davignon and Reagan-Bush former secretary of state George P.Shultz, both of whom are also on the board of directors of Gilead.

Another member of the Bush circle is Lodewijk J.R. de Vink, who sits on the board of Hoffman-La Roche, Gilead's partner. In other words, bird flu will generate outrageous profits for insiders like Shultz, Rumsfeld, Davignon and de Vink.

RIPE RETURNS

The secretary of defence, the man who allegedly supported the use of contrived intelligence to justify the war on Iraq, is now poised to reap huge gains for a flu panic his administration has done everything it can to promote.

It would be useful to know whether the Pentagon's successor to Douglas Feith's Office of Special Plans developed the strategy of bio-warfare behind the current avian flu panic. Perhaps some Congressional committee might look into the entire subject of plausible conflicts of interest regarding Secretary Rumsfeld.

This is not the first time that Rumsfeld has been involved in pharmaceutical scams. It was after all Rumsfeld, as chairman of G.D.Searle, who pressured the FDA to get Aspartame approved. The FDA blocked its approval for 10 years, stating it was toxic, before Rumsfeld twisted arms at the FDA.

BUSH PUSH

Now that the Bush government has bought all these vials, how many people have been vaccinated? None. According to President Bush's national strategy, he is protecting the American people by stockpiling vaccines in case there is an outbreak! What does the American Centre for Disease Control say? "A specific vaccine for humans that is effective against avian influenza has not yet been approved. Based upon limited data, the Centers for Disease Control have suggested that the anti-viral medication Oseltamavir (brand name: Tamiflu) may be effective in treating avian influenza."

What does Bush say on this replacement of the Osama bin Laden bogey? "If left unchallenged, this virus could become the first pandemic of the 21st century. We must not allow that to happen. It is essential we work together, and as we do so, we will fulfil a moral duty to protect our citizens, and heal the sick, and comfort the afflicted."

He announces the International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza during the UN General Assembly in September 2005, and the first meeting of the Partnership takes place on October 6-7 in Washington, D.C., hosted by the US department of state attended by officials from 88 countries, the World Health Organisation, the Food and Agricultural Organisation and the World Organisation for Animal Health.

The goals of the International Partnership conceived by Bush are to elevate the avian influenza issue on national agendas; coordinate efforts among donor and affected nations; mobilise and leverage resources; build local capacity to identify, contain and respond to an influenza pandemic.

DOLLAR DREAMS

After Bush announces that he is going to give funds to any country that has any signs of avian flu ($251 million to detect and contain outbreaks before they spread around the world) and starts off by giving $25 million to prevent the spread of avian flu in "affected" South Asian countries
And $13 million for "technical assistance" promising millions more, suddenly each country that has a low GDP discovers strains of avian flu. Not in poultry because then people will stop buying and eating chicken, but in wild migratory birds.

Everyone wants a piece of the money. The secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), Mt Jerraud has suggested that his organisation be given more money to expand its studies to the correlation between climate the spread of avian flu.!

DEATH ANALYSIS
Where is the avian flu? Simple - 53 people have died of it. However they have not died of this virus as it cannot spread to humans - which every scientist has admitted. So what have they died of? Look at the poultry in these and any country. The chickens are overcrowded, kept in filthy conditions and killed in the most filthy manner possible. They regularly suffer from cholera and most of them get salmonella-related bacterial diseases. The victims are poultry workers, people who live amongst filth and disease and work in the killing fields with their bare hands. How many people who work in the poultry in any Asian country die of salmonella
poisoning? Thousands, including in India.

MEDIA FRENZY

Look at the words used by the media:

"A bird flu virus may mutate to a human form that becomes as deadly as the ones that killed millions during three influenza pandemics of the 20th century."

Bird flu could become epidemic - 22 February 2005

"Hundreds of thousands of people may die and one quarter of the work force could be absent if Britain were hit by a bird flu pandemic..."
Bird flu epidemic could kill as many as 7,50,000 - March 22

"The European Union's health commissioner called on Europe to protect
itself from a possible epidemic of bird flu."

EU warned to protect against bird flu epidemic - May 27

"The virus that killed hundreds of thousands of birds and dozens of people in recent years is about to mutate and cause a worldwide epidemic."

WHO warns of worldwide deadly flu epidemic - June 12

"International experts fear that bird flu is mutating into a strain that will cause a worldwide pandemic."

Fears that new strain of bird flu will kill millions - June 12

"A flu pandemic would be triggered if the lethal H5N1 strain mutated into a form that could jump from human to human."

China to shut borders if struck by bird flu - October 28

INDIA CALLING

If, could, may, fear that bird flu is mutating, about to mutate, may mutate, could become epidemic; just "shock-n-awe" material to grab your attention, our neighbours have it, say the Indian papers regularly.

Which neighbour? Duh. Which is the one paper that has taken this the most seriously? The one newspaper that sells every inch of its space -including the "news".

Most newspapers ignore this nonsense - occasionally putting it in as a space filler.

Why does India, which sells the largest amount of eggs in Asia and exports the largest number of chickens all of which are kept in the same conditions as anywhere in Asia, not have it? Because we don't have the money to import
the vaccines. Once they are locally made by Ranbaxy, no doubt we will suddenly develop avian flu as well! It is to The credit of India that we have not fallen prey to this scamming as yet.
BARE TRUTH

Here is the actual truth.

On October 28, the Chinese Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture reiterated that China has experienced no human bird flu infection. The two children who fell sick with on October 17 with symptoms of fever and cough, of whom one died (and this led to the killing of millions of birds), were later diagnosed with bronchial pneumonia.


On January 24, 2005, newspapers in Vietnam reported that "three brothers in northern Vietnam who may have contracted bird flu all drank raw duck blood at a family feast". Raw duck blood could give any disease try it.

One human bird flu victim reported in Siberia. "We cannot say now if something out of the ordinary has occurred. The reason behind the accident could be bad water, feed poisoning, Newcastle disease or bird flu. More
investigation is needed," reported the Moscow News.

Even WHO director-general Dr Jong Woo Lee, urging the world to prepare itself for the outbreak, betrays himself. "The burning question is, will there be a human influenza pandemic? I believe, on behalf of WHO, that there will be. And right now the only one condition missing is the Virus that is rapidly transmitted from human to human," said Dr Lee.

WHO warns of human flu pandemic. How many cases reported in Europe so far by WHO? Not one. The only thing that is mutating is the propaganda line, and the resulting fear factor.

SCIENTIFIC LOGIC

Let us presume that flu which has been in pandemic form for about several hundred years (how many times a year do you get it?) does the rounds again. Big deal. Flu (influenza) is a viral infection that has a relatively short lifespan and causes problems for its victim in the form of several minor effects (chills, high fever, aches and pains, headaches, sore throat, mucosal irritation). 35,000 people get flu daily. Some die anyway if they have other complications. The great Global Threat is closer to what Spain's agriculture minister describes it as: "Science fiction".

If the virus has not mutated in eight years, why should it mutate now?

Scientists in America are increasingly airing their opinions about this "vaccine". A prominent radio show, The Diane Rehm Show, was entirely about the "US Strategy for Flu Pandemic". Some excerpts: "This whole 'bird flu' issue is a total fraud. These tests are not for the virus but for the anti-bodies to the virus. This is a totally different thing. If an animal or person has antibodies to a virus it means that that animal or person has successively fought off the virus at some earlier time. If they are healthy they will still show the antibodies in future tests. That certainly does not mean they have the flu."

SURFACE SCHEMING
If avian flu becomes more than a threatened pandemic, it will have done so by political and economic design. This thesis is supported by current massive media misrepresentations, profiteering on risky and valueless vaccines, gross neglect of data showing earlier similar man-made plagues including SARS, West Nile Virus, AIDS and more; continuance of genetic studies breeding more mutant flu viruses, inside trading scandals involving pandemic-savvy White House and drug industry officials,curious immunity of these pharmaceutical entities over the past century to law enforcement and mainstream media scrutiny.

If avian flu is that serious and Tamiflu is the answer, why is Tamiflu only being sold to governments and not to the public? The answer lies here:
About the time that President Bush was buying the "vaccine", he also announced that the United States must approve liability protection for the makers of lifesaving vaccines as American vaccine manufacturers had been hit with a flood of lawsuits. So government not only buys the drugs but also protects the manufacturers when the drugs are found to be useless!

Is there any other clue that this scam is mainly designed for pharmaceutical companies at taxpayers' expense?!

MYTHICAL WEAPON

Bush and Rumsfeld, the people who led America into the Iraq decimation based on those mythical "weapons of mass destruction", have found another WMD as mythical - avian flu. Bush outraged Americans on both sides of the political spectrum when he announced his intention to have the US military take over American cities hit by the avian flu! Bush has said no one knows when or where a deadly strain of flu will strike but "at some point we are likely to face another pandemic". Avian Flu has become the new "terrorism" in place of Osama bin Laden and as usual bemused scientists and an easily led media will carry on with the game till the next bogey.
CHICKEN OUT

Why have research scientists in the Western biogenetic field welcomed this fiction of avian flu? The Microular Virology at Cambridge University and the Roslin Institute in Scotland are involved in developing 'transgenic chickens' which would have small pieces of genetic material inserted into chicken eggs to allegedly make the chickens H5N1-resistant. This is what they say: "Once we have regulatory approval, we believe it will only take between four and five years to breed enough chickens to replace the entire world (chicken) population. We will have the patents on these chickens and control their products." It is increasingly clear that the entire saga of avian flu is one whose dimensions are only slowly coming to light.

By the time you discover this fraud, taxpayer billions will have gone.

Indictments being handed down to Scooter Libby, the chief of staff of the vice-president of the United States, for lies and cover-up of information used deliberately to suppress the fact that the Bush Administration had No 'smoking gun' to prove Saddam Hussein was building a nuclear arsenal. This new scandal is as outrageously criminal
america. fuck yeah!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

t@mu

i was a founding member of t@mu. a theater club set in cyberjaya. erstwhile one of the most popular and celebrated theater club.

but today. the club's popularity and strategic functions have died off due to poor management and lack of vision.

its quite sad to see how something that had so much potential became so utterly pathethic. what started off as an alternative impetus towards intellectual and inter-personal skills development for those who seek passion and maybe a lifetime career, has now turned into mere meetings after meetings of a committee. macam pejabat daerah.

to date, t@mu played such insignificant role which is no different than some kelab belia 4b. celebrating its yearly visit to tugu negara which they proudly call "club's activity for the year". of course this contributes nothing towards its own internal development. it has become boring, stereotypical and waay off tangent from its initial vision and purpose.

the truth of my contention, became all the more evident, when we did a venture with t@mu recently (a few days ago at the point of writing). poor commitment, lack of professionalism, lack of passion and even lack of creativity and vigour were nothing but nothingness. the best i could do was to laugh it off.

except for a few names (you know who you are) i suggest that the rest of its uninterested redundant members especially its gassy, foot dragging, dreaded, colourfully banal‘, heavyweight committee’ to retire.

let’s not kid ourselves, this suggestion intends to make us more like us .to find out who we are really, what are we made of - players, movers, shakers, passengers or just another spectator.

cheers.

(30 December 2005)

Monday, April 03, 2006

excerpts

Aku depress… aku broke. Those days… aku kerja part time sana sini… susah cari kerja tetap, sebab ekonomi meleset... and some people actually knew me from the nationwide coverage kes aku kena tangkap basah.Nasib baik ada savings when I was a stewardess. So life wasn’t really really that bad.

Zaman tu, aku pergi berdisko tak ingat dunia! My caucasian friends used to say in direct BM translation "Pergi Berdisko macam esok kita semua dah nak meninggalkan dunia!"
and thats when Aku jumpa John. John Perkins… American expat working in the country masa tu. I went out with him for a while. Its quite funny, I used to think, “Whats the big deal with Mat Saleh…” but korang kena try sendiri… baru tahuu… And we are not talking only about inches…

John Perkins ni consultant… basically kerja dia… dok pegi visit third world or developing countries, and convince them to invest in mega mega projects like hydroelectric dam, hi tech engineering plants… digging oil or any investments that multiply money in no time. Anything thinkable deemed to increase GNP kononnya, will be proposed.

Contohnya, macam Timbuktu, kata la dia takdak empangan… dia akan convincekan kerajaan Timbuktu ni supaya buat empangan. Dengan berbekalkan air liur dan technical proposals backed by Harvard, MIT dan Cal Tech punya research paper and findings, John had no problems to convince Timbuktu punya Cabinet to approve it.
Kalau those countries takdak duit. He will persuade them to take up loans daripada IMF… dan lepas tu, this is the best part; duit daripada loan tu akan disalurkan kepada company company US yang akan datang ke Negara tu to pitch for the project as proposed by John himself.
And, and when they fail to meet debts, John will restructure the debts, so that they will forever be in debt, to IMF. No, actually US. Brilliant kan?

Aku keluar dengan John tak lama… because… entahlah. And what he was doing in our country masa tu... I am not so sure... but few years after that, they announced about the whole putrajaya-cyberjaya thing. and something about building international airports dan juga f1 circuit.
I couldn't care much. I am just his fuck in between planes anyway.
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Lepas dengan John, something sort of happened to me. Tetiba je kesedaran sivik aku macam membuak-buak. Aku start buat kerja kerja sukarela.. that pays shit yang menyebabkan aku go even 'broker', ada ke such word?.
I had to move to a flat somewhere in Gombak from my Cheras Kondo Rakyat that time. 'Ubah gaya hidup' and all you see. But it was ok, aku rasa macam aku tengah buat something good, and I felt good.

During that time, aku stop fikir pasal kahwin entirely... I gave up already. Aku rasa memang semua lelaki tak normal. Or maybe aku yang tak normal. I don’t care. But let me tell you something. It is time when you are not looking for a relationship that they will appear right in front of your eyes.

And this time it came in a form of a chubby anak Dato’ named Rizal. Rizal Dato’ Bakri. Gemuk orangnya, bawak Beemer dua pintu. Kitorang jumpa masa “Kempen Selamatkan Hutan Paya Bakau di Negara Kita” where his father was the main sponsor! He was ok.
Only up to some extent. Which was extended not too far.

You see Rizal is self proclaimed leading metrosexual of the 90s! Kalau bersiap tu, mengalahkan beratur dekat pejabat tanah. Kalau handsome tak pa. Tapi, dengan rambut jarang jarang… perut lapan belas lapis… I guess I should not elaborate further.

Aku boleh tolerate dia mula-mula. But then one day, dia caught aku pakai beg LV knock off. I bought somewhere in Penang. He went bezerk, marah gila drama nak mampus…

I was like whats the difference? Dia cakap beza la… about quality laaa… about standard laaa… malulaaa… He even went to the extend saying that...

“You tau tak? All these fake leather handbags are funded by Al QAEDA and the world network of terrorists, so kalau you beli fake handbags, sama laaah, macam you support mass killing of innocent lives. Women, Old women, Man, Old men, children and even animals! Apa nak jadi dengan you ni? Kata je buat social work!!”

Needless to say. That too. Didn’t work out.
[excerpt, "a girl from jalan burmah" (2005)]

nothingman

malaysia grew at a rate of around 5 per cent last year (2005).

growth was due to high crude oil prices and to high commodity prices like crude palm oil, and timber. these were mostly extracted through the use of foreign labour, where the earnings were repatriated. yes mostly, sent back home.

these commodities were also, note: almost entirely shipped out which meant that they did not go through the value chain in the country.

which if it did could and might benefit more people; the average people walking the average streets...

so talking about growth... what did grow actually?