Archive for December, 2011

Steal Shampoo VS RM 3 Million Corruption

December 28, 11

Shampoo vs Khir Toyo

Shampoo vs Khir Toyo

Citations:

Jobless man jailed two years for shampoo theft – An unemployed man was jailed two years for stealing six boxes of shampoo worth RM107.40 at a supermarket.

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Khir Toyo gets 1 year jail for graft – Former Selangor Mentri Besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo was found guilty by the High Court here Friday of knowingly purchasing two pieces of land and a bungalow in Section 7 at a much lower price than its original value from Ditamas Sdn Bhd director Shamsuddin Hayroni in 2007. … The properties involved were purchased at RM3.5mil although Ditamas had bought it for RM6.5mil on Dec 23, 2004.

Ram and Rob in Johor Bahru

December 27, 11

Via Malaysia Chronicle:

Nightmare in Johor for mugged S’pore couple

A midnight trip across the Causeway left a couple shaken when they were surrounded by five men.

The couple, who gave their names only as the Lees, had gone to Johor Baru to visit Mr Lee’s parents at about midnight on Monday.

Wanting to exchange currency, they turned into an alley near the Malaysian immigration checkpoints.

There, the couple claimed, a Malaysian-registered car crashed into the rear of their Suzuki Swift.

When they got out to inspect their car, the two men in the other car alighted as well.

Suddenly, three more men appeared from the shadows of the alley and surrounded the couple.

By the time they realised that something seemed fishy, the couple did not have enough time to get back into their car.

Mrs Lee, 29, a clerk, told Lianhe Wanbao: “One of the men who was holding a knife pressed it against my husband’s neck, and ordered us to hand over all our valuables.

“They drove our car away too.”

Handed over passports

Mr Lee, 35, a Malaysian holding a Singapore permanent resident status, handed over their passports and watches.

By a stroke of luck, Mrs Lee managed to keep her handbag with her, even though the robbers demanded that the couple hand over their bags.

Forgetting that the robbers had a knife, Mrs Lee said she pleaded with them to let her keep her bag. Surprisingly, the men left in the two cars without taking her handbag.

The couple said they made a police report and spent a day in Malaysia before returning to Singapore on Tuesday morning.

Back in Singapore, they made another police report, the couple told Lianhe Wanbao.

The couple, who often cross the Causeway to visit Mr Lee’s parents, said this was the first time they had been robbed in Malaysia.

But it wasn’t the first time they were involved in a traffic accident.

Last month, a blue car knocked into the right passenger door of their Suzuki just after they cleared Malaysian immigration.

A similar case of robbers using the same ploy in Malaysia to rob drivers was reported last month.

Then, a male driver lost his car and RM10,000 (S$4,100) to four men when he got out of his car after it was hit.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises Singaporeans who are travelling out of the country to always keep with them a copy of their identity card and the passport’s personal information page as proof of citizenship.

In the event where a passport is lost, they should make a police report and request for a copy, or an acknowledgement of it. Otherwise, note down the name and location of the police station.

They should then take the police report, proof of citizenship, and passport-sized photographs to the nearest Singapore High Commission, Embassy, or Consulate.

A document will be issued for their return to Singapore.

-The New Paper

Loltastic Videos by faradyable

December 23, 11

Great stuff by our own local snarktastic faradyable, in the best tradition of Youtube Poop and The Abridged Series! And due to the mockery dubbing, Kung Pow! too. (hat tip to J)

The WWE aggro-conversation ones are only a bit less silly and pointless than the actual thing. (I’m a fan btw)

Best picks with my laconic but apt descriptions under each:

skill2 undertaker

Membaling orang / Membaling orang / Membaling dua orang / Membaling orang

kertas warna

Ayah! Ayah! Ayah! Ayah!

ultra-daddy

Oh my “dada”! My f****** “dada”! (Ultra lame but made me laugh the most, gotta love the ultra-genuine echo effect)

louis armstrong – berus gigi

Hari ini saya perlu hilangkan kuman, bakteria-bakteria di gigi

suicide silence – sombong

AMBOIH Mari kita berjoget sama sama, ewah! ewah! amboih amboih amboih amboih AMBOIH

Spot the Misleading, 180 Degrees Twisted MSM Description

December 22, 11

First, read the introductory paragraph:

Members of local band Bunkface were upset that an opposition politician had politicised their song Panik, which was recently banned over Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) stations.

Those evil Pakatan Rakyat slimeballs at it again! When will they stop bringing petty, vindictive politics into everything?!!

And then read the next lines:

Malay daily Kosmo! reported that the band members were taken aback when the politician tweeted that the Government had decided to ban the song owing to “fear of the lyrics”.

RTM had banned the song due to the usage of the word “Reformasi”, a well-known opposition slogan.

Oh… So actually RTM, which is run by the Government – i.e. Barisan Nasional – banned the song.

But it’s Pakatan Rakyat’s fault for ‘politicizing’ the song.

Even though ‘Reformasi’ has been a theme of the Opposition since 1998, and the song Panik is a new release this year.

Totally Pakatan Rakyat’s fault.

For the actual story, see RTM: ‘Panik’ off airwaves not due to reformasi.

Newt Judges You – Best Picks

December 17, 11

In a similar vein to Rick Perry Facts, it’s…

Newt Gingrich Judges You

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I still lean towards a Perry/Gingrich run. Perry for the policy and job creation, Newt for the murdering in debates.

Newt Gingrich Judges You

Watch your little pencil necks, Dems and the crony media…

PS. Previously: Gingrich vs The Sheep

Lim Guan Eng Wins 200k Defamation Suit Against Utusan Melayu

December 15, 11

Hah! Padan your ugly, stupid, racist muka Spew-tusan!

Now Teresa Kok, Christians and all peace-loving Malaysians should sue this disgusting excuse for a toilet paper into bankruptcy!!!

Business Insider Links My Iran Missile Photoshop Post

December 6, 11

Wow… Business Insider saw fit to link my collection Iran-missile-Photoshop mockery.

Here’s the original/Photoshop comparison btw:

Iran Missile Test Photoshop

Enduring America did too following Business Insider’s article.

Kudos for the linkage guys. But credit rightly goes to the all the bloggers who spotted – and subsequently snarked at – Iran’s amateur hackery and the MSM who swallowed it unquestioningly. All I did was collect the various jibes, which is a compulsion of mine.

Excellent Advice on Escaping Being Harmed by Criminals

December 2, 11

Via AoSHQ via Neatorama, excerpts from Sam Harris:

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The Truth about Violence
3 Principles of Self-Defense

You should also learn to trust your feelings of apprehension about other people—revising them only slowly and with good reason. This may seem like a very depressing piece of advice. It is. Most of us don’t want to see the world this way, and we take great pains to avoid being rude or appearing racist, suspicious, etc. But violent predators invariably play upon this commitment to civility. The truth is that most of us are very good at detecting ulterior motives and malevolence in others. We must learn to trust these intuitions. To read the reports of rapes, murders, kidnappings and other violent crimes is to continually discover how easily good people can be manipulated by bad ones.

If someone puts a gun to your head and demands your purse or wallet, hand it over immediately and run. Don’t worry about being shot in the back: If your attacker is going to shoot you for running, he was going to shoot you if you stayed in place, and at point-blank range. By running, you make yourself harder to kill.

If you find yourself in a situation where a predator is trying to control you, the time for listening to instructions and attempting to remain calm has passed. It will get no easier to resist and escape after these first moments. The presence of weapons, the size or number of your attackers—these details are irrelevant. However bad the situation looks, it will only get worse. To hesitate is to put yourself at the mercy of a sociopath. You have no alternative but to explode into action, whatever the risk. Recognizing when this line has been crossed, and committing to escape at any cost, is more important than mastering physical techniques.

You should also expect that any criminal who breaks into your home when you’re inside it has come prepared to murder you and your family. To naive readers, this may sound like an extraordinarily paranoid assumption. It isn’t. Mere burglars generally make sure a house is empty before breaking in.

If a window shatters in the middle of the night and someone comes through it, your life is on the line. There is nothing to talk about, no offer of cash or jewelry to muster, no demands worth listening to. You must do whatever it takes to escape.

If you get nothing else from this article, engrave this iron law on your mind: The moment it is clear that an assailant wants more than your property (which must be assumed in any home invasion), you must escape.

What if your attacker has a knife to your child’s throat and tells you that everything is going to be okay as long as you cooperate by lying face down on the floor? Don’t do it. It would be better to flee the house—because as soon as you leave, he will know that the clock is ticking: Within moments, you will be at a neighbor’s home summoning help. If this intruder is going to murder your child before fleeing himself, he was going to murder your child anyway—either before or after he killed you. And he was going to take his time doing it. Granted, it is almost impossible to imagine leaving one’s child in such a circumstance—but if you can’t leave, you must grab a weapon and press your own attack. Complying in the hope that a sociopath will keep his promise to you is always the wrong move.

Here is how the police look at it:

From a cop’s point of view, citizens seem to keep making the same mistakes over and over, until all cases begin to sound alike…. The objective of a violent criminal is to control you, emotionally and physically. Everything he does—his threats and promises—is intended to terrify and control you. The more control you give to the violent criminal, even if you see it as temporary, the less likely you are to escape. For most crime victims, their temporary cooperation backfired into full control over them. Time works against the victim and for the criminal. The longer you stall, the more you talk, the deeper you sink.

(S. Strong. Strong on Defense. pp. 49-50).

If you are present while a place of business is being robbed and you cannot immediately escape, it makes sense to obey orders—to freeze, to get down on the floor—because the focus is not on you. Most robbers just want to get the money from the register and run. However, if they begin taking hostages or shooting people, you should immediately do whatever it takes to escape. Better to dive through a plate-glass window than to allow yourself to be herded to the back of the store.

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And via the AoSHQ link:

UMNO Racist, or Not? Dr M Forgetting His Own Past Words Again

December 2, 11

Or more likely, he’s just so insincere that he doesn’t even bother to keep track of his truthless proclamations.

Via The Star 2 Dec 2011:

Two thumbs up from Dr M

FORMER Umno president Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has given the thumbs up to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s presidential address.

He lauded Najib for touching on the part of Umno’s history which many were not aware of.

“He has rightly pointed out that Umno is not a racist party.

“Umno has worked with and supported other people,” he said.

Really? That was quite the turnaround from your own condemnation in just two years.

To wit:

Dr M dare to Nazri: Resign from ‘racist’ Umno

KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has challenged Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz to resign from the ‘racist party’ Umno.

The former prime minister said Nazri “belongs to a party that is only meant for the Malays and no one else can join in.”

“He is a member of a racist party and he is anti-racist so he should just resign from Umno,” Dr Mahathir said after giving a keynote address at a seminar on Malaysia-Indonesia economic cooperation.

Oh, but wait, maybe Mahathir was just being sarcastic?

Why don’t you readers browse around and make your own conclusion as to which Mahathir is correct?

Selected Milton Friedman’s Insights into Economy & Good Governance

December 2, 11

Good and sensible insights by Nobel Prize for Economics winner and supply-side economist, Milton Friedman.

Of note is his Permanent income hypothesis, which states that consumers buy not based on their current income, but on their expected long-term income.

That is, they plan ahead. This is why short-term ‘gifts’ and ‘freebies’ like one-time Stimuluses fail to boost the economy (see graphs here), whereas long-term tax cuts succeed (see paeans to Reaganomics at here, here, here, and a bit at here).

My chosen excerpts via AoSHQ, from Townhall.com:

10 Of The Best Economics Quotes From Milton Friedman

8.) “The most important single central fact about a free market is that no exchange takes place unless both parties benefit.”

7) “When everybody owns something, nobody owns it, and nobody has a direct interest in maintaining or improving its condition. That is why buildings in the Soviet Union — like public housing in the United States — look decrepit within a year or two of their construction…”

5) “When the United States was formed in 1776, it took 19 people on the farm to produce enough food for 20 people. So most of the people had to spend their time and efforts on growing food. Today, it’s down to 1% or 2% to produce that food. Now just consider the vast amount of supposed unemployment that was produced by that. But there wasn’t really any unemployment produced. What happened was that people who had formerly been tied up working in agriculture were freed by technological developments and improvements to do something else. That enabled us to have a better standard of living and a more extensive range of products.”

4) “Nobody spends somebody else’s money as carefully as he spends his own. Nobody uses somebody else’s resources as carefully as he uses his own. So if you want efficiency and effectiveness, if you want knowledge to be properly utilized, you have to do it through the means of private property.”

2) “The great danger to the consumer is the monopoly — whether private or governmental. His most effective protection is free competition at home and free trade throughout the world. The consumer is protected from being exploited by one seller by the existence of another seller from whom he can buy and who is eager to sell to him. Alternative sources of supply protect the consumer far more effectively than all the Ralph Naders of the world.”

1) “(T)he supporters of tariffs treat it as self-evident that the creation of jobs is a desirable end, in and of itself, regardless of what the persons employed do. That is clearly wrong. If all we want are jobs, we can create any number — for example, have people dig holes and then fill them up again, or perform other useless tasks. Work is sometimes its own reward. Mostly, however, it is the price we pay to get the things we want. Our real objective is not just jobs but productive jobs — jobs that will mean more goods and services to consume.”


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