Jon Stewart: Congress Gave Netanyahu ‘Longest Bl*wjob a Jewish Man Has Ever Received’


…first … of baboons and congress

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The intelligent African baboons are ashamed of their moronic US Congress cousins

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The US baboons fought back and argued:

A Group of Baboons Is Not a ‘Congress’

 

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The Daily Show host called the Israeli Prime Minister’s visit a “festival of slights.”

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Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress yesterday served a dual function: shoring up his close relationship with our Republican leadership and giving him a global platform to demonstrate his political power to Israeli voters two weeks before their national elections. It was, as Jon Stewart put it on last night’s Daily Show, “a festival of slights.”

Stewart took aim at Netanyahu for insisting that Iran is on the verge of developing a nuclear weapon, a claim he first made back in 1996. But our Republican-heavy Congress, which greeted the Israeli Prime Minister with nearly 10 minutes of applause, seemed perfectly willing to take his words at face value.

As Stewart put it, “Whether or not Netanyahu achieved his goals of sabotaging a deal with Iran or mistakenly opened up a rift in U.S.-Israeli relations, one thing is certain: the in-chamber response to this speech was by far the longest blowjob a Jewish man has ever received.”

Unfortunately the video is not available in Malaysia

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Britain awash with dirt


…money is in and of itself dirty. Britain is in and of herself d i r t y …. and now its awash with d i r t. That’s fucking awesome let me tell you!

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‘Britain awash with dirty money,’ says anti-corruption think tank

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Criminals, tax evaders, human traffickers and drug dealers have laundered billions of pounds worth of dirty money purchasing British properties through anonymous offshore companies, Scotland Yard investigators suspect.

The Metropolitan Police say more than £180 million (US$276 million) worth of British property has been subject to criminal investigation since 2004 as potential proceeds from corruption.

Detectives say this figure is merely the tip of the iceberg.

While tax evasion and corruption are likely to be the most common sources of dirty money in Britain, drug dealing, human trafficking and black-marketeering where sanctions are in place are also possible origins, police say.

The sheer scale of the problem was uncovered on Wednesday by a report produced by anti-corruption think tank Transparency International (TI) UK. The group says the UK has become “a safe haven for corrupt capital stolen from around the world.”

Web of secrecy

In London, roughly 36,342 properties have been purchased through clandestine front companies in offshore tax havens.

Favored locations include the British Virgin Islands, the Isle of Man and Jersey.

Britain’s wealthiest borough, Westminster, has the highest proportion of properties held offshore (9.3 percent), while Kensington and Chelsea follow closely (7.3 percent).

Although many of these sales remain secret for legitimate privacy purposes, a large proportion are thought to have been purchased to stash ill-gotten gains.

Some 50 percent of the 144 properties subject to Met investigation are registered to firms in UK offshore territory Jersey. In such a case, the owner or benefactor’s identity remains obscured from public knowledge.

Meanwhile, £3.8 billion worth of UK property was purchased by British Virgin Island (BVI) registered firms in 2011.

TI UK says authorities’ response to Britain’s continued influx of ill-gotten gains is inadequate.

Suspicious Activity Reports (SRAs) are commonly submitted by executives in financial firms to state authorities to report suspicious financial activity.

The most recent official figures indicate estate agents only submitted 0.05 percent of SRAs tendered to the government in 2013-14. TI UK says this figure does not represent the risks money launderers pose to Britain’s property market.

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Very oily business


…u n c a n n i l y oily in tandemMalaysia raised petrol prices by 25cents when oil prices dipping. What should follow suit is Petronas CEO getting a 25% pay rise when its suffering a RM7 billion loss….and that would be fucking awesome let me tell you.

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BP Chief Executive Bob Dudley was given a 25 percent rise in total pay and bonuses in 2014 despite a drop in profits at the oil major, according to the annual report.

Dudley’s remuneration rose from $10.17 million in 2013 to $12.74 million last year, according to BP’s annual report released Tuesday. He also received $9.8 million in share awards. In January the company cuts its capital spending program and imposed a salary freeze, weeks after axing hundreds of jobs in Scotland and thousands more globally as a result of falling oil prices and profits. BP has frozen the pay of its 84,000 workforce around the world after a nearly 50 percent fall in crude prices since last summer.

BP’s chief will receive a deferred bonus package of $3.4 million. There was no bonus in 2013 as BP was facing aftermath of the disastrous spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Dudley’s base salary increased only by 3 percent to $1.8 million. His annual bonus fell to $1million last year from $2.3 million in 2013; this was partly due to his decision to defer $1million for three years. The chief executive will see no salary increase in 2015 in line with the company’s pay freeze and spending cuts.

In February BP’s workers went out on strike in the UK, seeking tighter regulations to prevent worker fatigue, a reduction of non-union contract workers, and wage increases for its members.

Shareholders have criticized BP for its executive pay packages. Dudley’s pay for 2013, which tripled over 2012, has been criticized by some shareholders as well. Nevertheless, it was approved by the majority of the shareholders, with the company arguing it can retain top talent only by paying its executives competitive salaries.

“Bob Dudley’s remuneration is closely linked to performance – the pay he received in 2014 reflects BP’s delivery of strategic targets over the past three years,” BP is cited as saying by the FT. “The majority of his remuneration is in shares, which have to be retained for an extended period, aligning his reward with the long-term interests of shareholders.”

Summing up the company’s results Dudley wrote to the shareholders that 2014 was a turbulent year both for BP and the industry. “Oil prices fell dramatically and returned to their familiar pattern of volatility, after several exceptional years in which they remained above $100 per barrel… We are now resetting the business to deliver value in this new context, scaling back capital spending and reducing costs, while always maintaining our primary focus on safety.”

The company emphasized increased automated monitoring for many remote sites and said the company’s focus on safety would have a positive impact over time. It was due to pay $43 billion in liabilities after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

BP reported billions of dollars in asset write-downs and losses for the fourth quarter of 2014. The company’s profit for the fourth quarter was $2.2billion, lower than the $2.8billion for the same period a year earlier. Full-year profit fell to $12.1billion from $13.4 billion in 2013.

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Save The Children said ‘Sorry’, but war criminal Blair keeps award


…a very convenient apology…and just like a circus, the farcical show goes on

… hoped that supporters would accept that organizations “make mistakes.” – Justin Forsyth, Chief Executive of Save the Children

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Save the Children apologizes for handing Tony Blair legacy award

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The charity which came under fire for presenting former Prime Minister Tony Blair with a global legacy award has apologized for upsetting staff and supporters.

Justin Forsyth, Chief Executive of Save the Children, said he was “very sorry” to staff and members of the public who were offended by the decision, saying the issue was an “unnecessary distraction.”

Forsyth, a former aide to Blair, told the BBC’s Today program: “I know that many of our supporters and volunteers were very upset and our staff, several of our staff too, and I’m very sorry for that.”

He said it was “wrong” to have given the former PM the award for his global work, rather than his action in Africa specifically.

The apology follows a widespread backlash against the decision, with an online petition garnering over 100,000 signatures. The petition called for the award to be rescinded, with over 500 staff at Save the Children backing that request.

Protesters were outraged that the charity had seemingly overlooked Blair’s decision to invade Iraq as part of the US-led offensive in 2003, which was responsible for the killing of thousands of civilians.

Forsyth said the decision to hand Blair the award was made by the charity’s “sister organization” in America, where Blair did not have as controversial a reputation.

He further said the award was only for his work in Africa.

Yes, it was a global legacy award. It was called that. But actually it was an award very, very specifically for Tony Blair’s efforts on Africa at two G8 summits at Birmingham and Gleneagles, not his wider legacy.”

And if it had been for his wider legacy I think it would be wrong, but it was for something quite specific that helped Africa and children,” Forsyth said.

“I‘m sorry it’s upset so many people. It’s not really what we do at Save the Children. What we’re really doing is on the ground in Syria with the Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone – that’s the work we do.

“This has been really an unnecessary distraction. I do apologize to those people that it’s upset,” he added.

Forsyth accepted that damage to the charity’s reputation had been caused “in part” by the row, but hoped that supporters would accept that organizations “make mistakes.”

Forsyth was recruited as an aide to Blair to help tackle poverty and climate change. A Save the Children biography says he was “one of the driving forces behind the Make Poverty History campaign.”

Before eventually joining Save the Children, he was a strategic communications and campaigns director for former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

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Malaysia – Stop blaming the Chinese for your own weaknesses, Azmin tells Putrajaya


The Malaysian Insider

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Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali says everyone must fight inflation regardless of race. – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 2, 2015.

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Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali in a Sinar Harian report said today that blaming the Chinese community for inflation was just an excuse to cover up Putrajaya’s own failures in managing the country’s economy.

In the report, Azmin said the rising prices of goods in recent times had nothing to do with race and that accusing one community of being responsible for it was regrettable.

“Don’t blame the Chinese whenever there is inflation and play up racial sentiments to cover up your own weaknesses,” he said.

“If one wants to fight inflation and reduce prices, everybody must fight for it because price hike is colour blind. It does not matter if you are Malay, Chinese, Indians or Kadazans,” the Bahasa Malaysia daily reported him as saying.

Azmin’s remark comes after Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob started a firestorm last month after he urged Malay consumers to boycott Chinese businesses over the latter’s refusal to lower prices after the drop in oil prices.

Azmin said the Chinese were not at fault and that blame should be directed at the non-transparent system which was causing the leakages.

He said the Chinese community had played an important role in the development of the nation’s economy since independence and urged narrow-minded individuals to accept this fact.

Putrajaya yesterday launched the National Price Reduction Campaign 2015 amid the hike in fuel prices.

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek reportedly said that fuel prices were not the only factor that determined the prices of goods.

“The other factors are the unexpected weather, natural disasters, and increased cost of rental, tariffs, foreign currency exchange and the economic environment.

“Rising food prices is universal and occurs anywhere,” he said.

Ismail was recently quoted as saying that he regretted his remark and had not intended to create any racial tension. He added that the remarks were targeted at traders who did not want to lower prices of goods, irrespective of race. – March 2, 2015.

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Halal: from alternative to absurd


…this Halal certification business is just like the ISO XXX certification, is an absolute absurd mind game…but its a lucrative selling stickers business… and what’s more (worse) – its in the name of god.

The Malaysian Insider

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Published: 2 March 2015

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The World Halal Summit is one month away, and we at Zilzar, expect to raisea number of issues during the various sessions at the summit and at our pavilion in the exhibition area.

Today, the halal story, as a Muslim only story, has created widespread hysteria in some markets, has incurred the political push back by ignorant governments like Australia, France and some parts of America, has ‘ironically’ brought Jews/Muslims together in those same ignorant markets, and, frankly, requires repositioning, restructuring, resurfacing, reviewing, and general reboot alignment to ethical consumption and organic movement.

In the last few years there have been a number stories concerning halal: some bring a smile to the face, some bring a smirk, some bring confusion, some bring fascination, and some bring ‘what the …’ reaction. The below mentioned ‘halal’ offerings range from the alternative to the ‘absurd’:

– Halal water, tea, coffee, and cups

– Halal petroleum

– Halal car

– Halal beer/wine

– Halal sex shops

– Halal music

– Halal art

– Halal comedy

– Halal tourism

– Halal fashion

– Halal hubs

– Halal food conference

– Halal hysteria

– Halal as an asset class

– Halal logistics

…if I may add, what about Halal (fiat/baseless) money ?

Furthermore, there are good-faith attempts to launch a halal version of major social media platforms: Salam-World (Facebook), Halaltube (Youtube), Minder (Muslim alternative to Tinder), My Halal Kitchen (alternative chefshows), HalalTrip (Trip-Advisor), and so on.

To date, expectationsof alarge user base have not been met. But does that imply the Muslims, at acritical mass level, do not want or are not comfortable with someone else providing the edits, filtering and screening?

Finally, there are ‘halal’ products offered for sale on established e-commerce platforms like Alibaba, Amazon, Ebay, Rakutan, etc. Notwithstanding the extremely important integrity issue for onboarding and continuous monitoring/policing for compliance for buyer safety, it sends an important message. The big boys are monitoring this halal space as part of the Muslim Lifestyle Marketplace, as their existing markets are becoming saturated with not only many e-commerce platforms, but also targeting same consumer base, online and mobile.

As part of a series of articles until World Halal Summit, several initial issuesare raised for dialogue and debate.

Does everything need to be halal?

In Islamic finance, everything is permissible unless one of the following conditions is violated in the contract or transaction: there is an element of interest, uncertainty, speculation, or the underlying asset is from the sin sector (alcohol, pork, gambling, etc.). Furthermore, something Shariah compliantcan become impermissible if one of the above-mentioned conditions arises during the life of the contract.

For halal, at a high level, “…it’s halal (animal)… as it does not have fangs, it is not an predatory animal that kills other animals like lions tigers, bears, wolves,etc. it’s not an animal like a rat, mouse, etc.. it’s not a bird of prey like eagle, hawk, falcon.. it’s not classified as a scavenger like a pig or wild boar.”

Mentioned below are other equally important, but often overlooked, issues such as treatment of the animal, sacrifice ritual, and logistics.

Certification bodies

It has been mentioned that there are up to 300 certification bodies in the world. Although there is no central or global authority to verify this number, we, at Zilzar, after review and research, count about 100 widely recognized certification bodies. Some countries have one, like Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, and Singapore, but others have many like Australia with 8 certification bodies.

One of the major challenges that have been identified with certified products and certification bodies is what happens (to the status of the product) when the certification expires and the renewal process takes longer than expected? It may take a longer time because many (privately held) certification bodies may not have the resources to review and revisit the process, hence, a company is held hostage to their time frames resulting loss of sales and (possibly) reputation.

Logistics

An area that has not gotten much air-play (traction) is traceability and origination (halal) in the food supply chain as part of the logistics supply sector. It has not been well understood that something that is ‘halal’ may become haram at the various streams in the food supply chain from farm to fork.

For example, if the animal’s diet comprised of ground-up pieces of other animals and antibiotics, then the ritual sacrifice at the abattoir is irrelevant asit (animal) is “void from the beginning” for consumption by Muslims.

If one looks at the 40-year-old-plus global organic movement, as a reaction to factory farming, the above-mentioned questions forms the DNA for the movement. Thus, there is a general alignment between halal and organic onethical treatment of the animal before the sacrifice.

The midstream focus is on the transportation of the animal to the abattoir and the rituals associated with the sacrifice. There is much material on the subject matter, and two points to highlight are (1) evidence of healthiness of the meat and (2) the concept of ‘tayyeb’ (purity, whereas halal means ‘permissible’).

If the blood from the sacrificed animal is ‘completely’ drained from the non-stunned animal (evidenced), then, it logically follows there should be lesser amount of bacteria compared to a stunned animal when the packaged product is on the supermarket shelf! Thus, this becomes a health issue and not a “halal” issue for dialogue for the media, conferences, academic journals, etc.

Second, a large segment of the Muslim population believes in and wants non-stun hand slaughter, but are they prepared to pay a higher price because ofthe economic inefficiencies (today)?

Finally, a properly sacrificed animal’s ‘meat’ (halal) may becomecontaminated (haram) at various stages of transportation from the abattoir to the super-market shelf. Thus, what was halal at the abattoir has become haram due to (1) chemical composition changing due to proximity to say, alcohol, swine, etc., (2) liquid (melted water or even blood) from swinepackages/crates touching halal packaged meats, and so on.

Having said that, all products are usually packed for storage andtransportation offering protection to the product itself and avoiding contamination in general.

However, for logistics providers today there is no established way to identify Halal product shipments upon acceptance. This may lead to co-loading with non-halal products in the same container or Halal products may be loaded in the same containers that carried pork or alcohol products in previoustransportations.

Awareness and implementation is still lacking in logistics even though an international Halal Logistics Standard was published in 2010.

Unfortunately, there are no tracking, no record systems in place. Consequently, the dimension of the potential problem is unknown.

In a smaller context a recent development relating to the last section of the supply chain to the consumer is remarkable: separate check-out counters for non-Halal / pork products have recently been implemented in supermarkets with Non-Muslim sections in Dubai. Dubai Municipality has clarified the handling of respective products and implementation of existing rules.

Packages with pork items should be tightly sealed to avoid any potential leakage of liquids or any direct contact with a conveyor belt. However, in order to mitigate any contamination risk separate check-out counters have been assigned. This gives peace of mind for the Muslim (and Kosher?) consumer.

Today, Muslims do not control the halal food supply, hence, the integrity risks linked to the halal food supply chain needs to be measured, mitigated and managed.

Let’s focus on the alternative as the absurd erodes credibility. – March 2, 2015.

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Malaysia – 8th worst in government curbs on religion, says study


The Malaysian Insider

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Malaysia has been ranked among the top 10 countries with very high government restrictions on religion, according to the latest findings of US-based think tank Pew Research Center.

The findings, which cover 2013, put Malaysia at the eighth spot in the “very high” category among countries known for state interference or curbs on religion.

Topping the list was China, followed by Indonesia, Uzbekistan, Iran, Egypt and Afghanistan.

Malaysia was ranked just a spot lower than Saudi Arabia, while neighbouring Brunei and Singapore were placed at the 15th and 18th spots, respectively.

Malaysia increased its score on restrictions imposed by the state, climbing to 7.9 out of 10 in 2013, from 7.6 the year before.

Compared with six years ago, in June 2007, which was used as a baseline, Malaysia scored 6.4 in terms of government restrictions.

These restrictions were defined as laws, policies and actions restricting religions, as well as measures such as bans on changing one’s religion and preferential treatment accorded to a particular religious group in that country.

The Pew study also measured religious oppression in terms of social hostilities, which covered a range of actions against believers of another religion including vandalism of religious property, desecration of sacred books and violence.

Malaysia scored a decrease in this index, at 2.9 in 2013, down from 3.9 in 2012.

This was in line with an overall downward trend worldwide in social hostilities involving religion, Pew said.

However, Malaysia only scored 1.0 in the June 2007 baseline.

The increase in government restrictions on religion reflect the ongoing tensions in Malaysia over the last few years, involving several issues but notably the use of the word “Allah” by Bahasa Malaysia-speaking Christians as well as Sikhs, and accusations between Muslims and Christians of attempts to convert one another.

Propagation of non-Muslim religions is prohibited in Malaysia.

There are also concerns over issues arising from the conversion of minors to Islam by one parent without the other’s consent, and heightened intolerance of the practices and cultural aspects of non-Muslims.

Worldwide, while social hostilities declined for 2013, a quarter of the world’s countries still struggled with inter- or intra-religious hostility, the centre said.

Worldwide also, Christians and Muslims were the groups that faced the most harassment in the largest number of countries. – March 1, 2015.

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Latest Trends in Religious Restrictions and Hostilities

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