Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Global Economic Crisis : Updates

Below are the links to clear your doubt regarding The current Global Financial Crisis

Global Financial Crisis : The Real Story

Obama Presses economic theme as team solidifies

Stimulus plan centre stage

Bank, metal stocks rally but growth fears remain

Consumer relief could take months under fed plan

Life insurers seek aid to stabilize investments

Mostly the current issue i have taken from the reuters website but if you have any recommended website, please "comment me" with more links. In the mean time, i will add more links to provide with accurate information regarding the current "global financial crisis". Thank you

Stay English as the medium of teaching science and mathematics


Learning science and mathematics is really fun

There are many debates and discussion nowadays regarding the issue to continue the teaching of science and mathematics in English as the best medium of language. Although it is believed that certain individual are not really adapted to the English usage for the subjects and it might not be a “HAPPY” for them if education ministry still want to remain the English as a medium of teaching science and mathematics. Personally, I think it might be a good for the government to remain the method as I believe it will bring advantages to Malaysian in the next 10 years. What makes me to speak so? If we compare our country to other successful countries, we still in the bottom list and if we realized, Malaysian especially Malays are not marketable enough due to lack of proficiency in English communication. Being Malaysian does not mean you can not mastering other languages and the importance of English can not be denied here.

Occasionally, I’m really proud with my own dialect (Malay languages) but when it comes to decide which languages to use for teaching of science and mathematics, of course the answer is English. During my time (Malay language used to be the medium of teaching for both subjects), learning science and mathematics is consider easier because both subjects used Malay language as the medium and the terms used are very simple to understand. When it comes to matriculation program which emphasize English as the medium of teaching and communication, I’m really in the trouble. Due to my lack of English skills and slowly adapted to the English usage, I only managed to score less than 3.00. Until now, I’m still facing the same thing but I keep on moving. If I were manage to learn science and mathematics in English from early age, learning both subjects will not be so harder than it used to be.


English language is the global language and learning the language does not mean we are “westernised” and less Malaysian. The sort of thinking should be cut off from our mind. Students nowadays are really intelligent and smart but if they do not know how to speak English in the international stage, sadly to say, you are not GOOD. You might feel it is “unfair” to judge such thing but it is the truth. Do not act so selfish just because Malay is not the medium of languages to use. We should believe from now that the English usage from the early age might bring some advantages to all students. The world is facing the great challenges and if Malaysia can not produce the excellent graduates, who might be the GOOD leader of Malaysia if they do not know how to speak English. Do not judge think in small range and think about the positive feedback that we will gain in the future.

The SMK Methodist boys school clinched gold medals in mathematics, science and computer skills

The global economic crisis has becoming worse and remaining hopes that it will turn the corner soon were dashed with more big firms in crisis, stock markets and currencies in turmoil. Soon, Malaysia will feel the impact of credit crisis and more economic experts should be start thinking the solution. It’s better for Malaysian to think how to survive this world crisis rather than debating about the teaching of English in science and mathematic. I do hope education ministry will remain the use of English in teaching science and mathematic for the sake of younger generation.

Don’t let them suffer anymore…

If the World tears apart, what will happen to us?? Yeah, the “so-called” good question for every human being like Malaysian. Corruption, politic money, crimes, commit suicide and much more acts keep playing twilight which revolve around, not even a single mole of minutes to be “the end”, it’s like being the major spreading diseases among human day by day. Take a closer look, human lost humanity & never regain conscious until the World tears part. As results, mental illness man is created who affected by those creation of the world. Mental illness has been classified as mental disorder to human, imbalance attitude, and might causes injure to himself or people. Even so, there is still human still keep their sanity by balancing good and bad sides.

Worn out: Aisyah taking a breather outside her home.


It’s just good kick-start for every reader to make the article much more ‘attractive look” a little bit.(still wander whether I can beat Joan @ not, if my writing skill has improved) As I browse my favourite reading stuff, THE STAR, I was deeply touched by article written by Wani Muthiah, “reaching out for some aid”. The article tells how Dr Andrew Mohanraj, german psychiatrist with CBM international (non-government organization) request aid from Malaysian to help 85-year old mother of a mentally-ill man (known as Aisyah Ahmad) who live in remote area in Aceh Besar (Indonesia province). He explained the condition of her son which suffers serious mental illness and kept locked up in the ramshackle house which is to kept his own safety from injure himself or being beaten up if left wander around. Aishah’s current condition also does not allowed her to always look up to her son (since she was too old) & furthermore, the ramshackle house need to rebuilt so that Abu Bakar Yusof, 45 (Aisyah’s son) cannot escape from his hole-riddled room as his mother has no “good” condition to chase after him. She also makes sure that her son takes all his medication on time.

Bad state: The ramshackle old house with Aisyah standing guard outside


CBM under Dr Mohanraj, has working towards Abu Bakar rehabilitation which will provide the right drug to counter his problem. Something to look further, Aisyah holds deeply determination by protecting her own son no matter what reason and she even willing to sacrifice her entire life just for that. I’m deeply touched and cried for a moment. How she had such stronger determination to put her life at her stakes. She deserves a better life. She is really “something” to be proud. No one ever knows her tears, suffers, screams & only the GOD knows. I hope someday, I could help to feed this people with money to replace their suffer, maybe that is not enough. Please help them!! Please help Aisyah and her son, Abu Bakar


(To help, you may contact Dr Mohanraj 019-3503 422 or via email mohanraj1998@yahoo.com)

Friday, November 21, 2008

More FEAR from our DPM



Hello & hi everybody!!it's been a while since i haven't send my post.
My post today regarding the removing of fuel subsidies by the government. Well, tracking the global crude prices that continuous falling down below $50 per barrel,expectation??!!Of coz, the reduction of oil prices!!Currently in Malaysia, the retail price of RM2.00 per litre of petrol is too higher for commercial price which is RM1.64,affected by declining fast of global prices. According to Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad, the retail price would have to take into consideration other cost factors such as the refinery cost. Should we consider this reason might be another reasons created in other to cheating people??i think the cost of refinary cost might not costing thousands of billion ringgit just because we need to cover the cost.ABSURD!!Political stuff again..Show the proof, then we can believe whether the people's money is used properly. In UMNO showed to much political ploys


According to our DPM Dato' Seri Najib, Don't expect the pump prices to be constantly reduced. Yeah, It's true & we, people care about this fuel prices because it affects the other things. At the end, consumer has no right to stabilize the current condition & more people getting suffer from this action. The volatility of global prices might reduce the petrol dealers benefits. Since the government move to reduce petrol price due to current global price, this might be the tougher transition because the dealers need to set up again their monthly budget & might cut @ increase other goods prices due to necessity. The cash rebate for motorist might not be relevent enough to curb the problem. I'm not really agree with his statement "If oil is too cheap we will not work very hard to seek alternative sources of fuel". Then, what's the purpose of having so much scientists & engineers if they just relax and not seeking any alternative resources. They are not so stupid & decide like that. Expectation for petroleum depletion might be the STRONG reason why we must find alternative resources. That's all that matters.

But it's not totally i hate the government movement to stabilize the crude oil price but it's just not cope with the people's demand. The act of National Economic Action Council (NEAC) that will meet at 1 December might seem the best movement to stabilize the economic petrol price for Rakyat. The purpose of meeting to decide whether to choose between the current managed-float mechanism or be fixed at a minimum price. I Prefered they choose fixed at a minumum price. Great impact to stabilize the sluggish downturn of economy. Let public benefit from the price falls might just be "comfortable" statement to calm the public right now. Whether the current price might fall below $40 seems really possible. Noted by certain articles "economic concerns are clearly trumping any further production cuts by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, which accounts for about 40 percent of global supply. OPEC lowered production quotas by 1.5 million barrels a day last month, and some analysts predict even lower levels to come out of the cartel's next official meeting Dec. 17". The production might be expected lower in the next month. Oil prices have been crushed as the global economic downturn has diminished demand.

As it is, inflation has risen sharply and the higher costs of energy and poorer sentiment would have affected growth in output, an expensive lesson indeed for Malaysia. What choices we really have right now??

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Women In My Eyes....


New York-based artist Lee Hui Ling held her first solo exhibition in Kuala Lumpur

~Good Day~Do you believe if i say women are getting closer to men right now?? well, i don't mean getting closer in terms of physical stuff BUT it's more on men's stuff. Nowadays, more women becoming the people who are NOT standing behind the closet @ wall. I have to admit that it's no longer man's world today. It is no doubt, women are entered professions who previously attached to male-solely. Such strong examples that could make men feel "challenge" are Director of gas & power in SHELL's Executive Committee owned by women, Mrs Linda Cook. There's Angela Merkel becoming Chancellor of Germany who's first ranked on Forbes' list of the world's 100 most powerful women. They really aiming for the higher stage of the world.


Nur Moana Ishak, the first female commercial airline pilots in Malaysia and is now a first officer with AirAsia.

Talk about be more "open" like men, nowadays, certain women like to approach men or guy. Is this really appropriate?? certain women prefer men to flirt & confess them, that's natural. How about women start to flirt the guy, will it be weird?? Is it possible?? If America, it seems REALLY possible. Let's talk more about it. In people perception, what's so wrong about women approaching men?? This point-of-view really irrelevent. Why?? because, not everybody born in the same idea & critically to say those ideas make people so idiot facing the new challenges of life.
As described by Fred Gonzales, Clove TWO writer in his article,"This isn't 1940s or 1950s, We're actually in the ultimate Sadie Hawkins dance, where the ladies can actually go and select their dance partner. We had a woman run for president, and another is a vice presidential candidate"

The writer told his experience which was asked out by women once. "I was with a group of friends, a relatively new group for me as I had been invited to just a couple outings, and the night was drawing to a close. As I walked to my car, one of the women at the table who was parked close by, asked me out, plain and simple."Hey, are you seeing anyone right now?" she politely asked. "No, I'm not," I responded, a bit surprised and wondering where this line of questioning was going. "Well, I was wondering if you would like to go out sometime for some food or something," she followed up. "Sure, that would be great. Just shoot me an e-mail," I said with a smile." That's how it works.

Some men can't read signals given by women. No matter how sparkle they are, men is still men, full ego & tend not to confess untill they have been struck by lightning or something. As men, i'm proudly say I CAN'T READ THOSE SIGNAL. It's hard to understand their feeling. Complicated as described by myself. What i can read @ understand is the referee's signal of the football (obviously & i'm not big fan of footballers like other men). So, gentlemen out there..start your engine to the max, give what you got, never say "sorry" to women anymore, & foremost, give women chance to flirt us too, IT's 100% not WEIRD, am i just say that?? HUHU... :p

Man & woman: is it false for girl to ask boy for a date??

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Cheaper..more cheaper..GOOD for us!! (2nd part)



~good day~Roti canai getting cheaper..WOW!! Nasi kandar cheaper...Super WOW!! Teh tarik also Cheaper...hahaha..this news really make me laugh but even it's really interesting to know that more traders reduce their products in order to support "price reduction campaign" held by Domestic Trade & Consumer Affairs. The reason of price reduction, of course, the reduction of global crude-oil prices falling down from $145 to $65 significantly affected by the global Financial Turmoil. More traders should take effort to reduce price of goods.

Not exceptional, "Kedai Mamak" in the town. The Muslim Restaurant Operators Association (Presma) and the Malaysian Indian Restaurant Owners’ Association (Primas) have decided to support the Government’s move on price reduction. Nasi kandar will see a reduction of 20 sen a plate, while roti canai (and other roti items such as roti telur, roti pisang) and teh tarik will see a reduction of 10 sen each. As mentioned by them, the price reduction will be on voluntary basis & there is no fixed maximum prices for these 3 food items.

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shahrir Samad said consumers could check the prices against the price-list in the restaurants. The price range in the Klang Valley was between RM4 and RM5.50 for nasi kandar, 90 sen and RM1.50 for teh tarik, and 70 sen and RM1.20 for roti canai. Presma president Jamarulkhan Kadir said the prices of the three items, however, would differ depending on the location of the restaurants.



(taken from The star)

I don't care so much about this 3 food items reduce their prices but thinking back, maybe it bring POSITIVE outlook. Most Consumers will start to believe that the government will force more traders to reduce their prices too. As results, it helps most consumers especially family who live in poverty. If we analyze the condition of 1997, most consumers being affected much by the economy crisis; more people loosed their jobs just like what Singapore facing today. Since, The global tend to strive from Global Economic Crisis, How Malaysia could enhance their oppurtunity by reducing their prices?? I still doubt. How many traders willing to take a risk?? that's also the big question, whether they can cope with the current prices.

Certain traders may think, it's better to gain some benefits from the falling down of crude-oil prices & take advantages in order to support them if The global once again increase the price. Not all consumers have similar thoughts. As stated by PRESMA president, the reduction price may effected their profit margin. It's not big controversial for them because they have a lot of franchises & they have their own association to support them. How small traders want to cope??
With small profit, they tend to choose not to support the government instead crude oil price reduction. At the end, consumers are the most infected by the problem. As consumers, what can we do now is sit & watch this little "act" of government.

I'm certainly not doing any review regarding Najib's proposal to inject thousands of money for the sake of people. It's certainly bring more BAD significance to the country. But i hope to make the review first. I will come out with the review article later. So, consumer! do your job & make sure all traders reduce their prices for our own good. Their own good?? let them think about it.

The Star Review (1st part)



~Good Day~Today, i would like to share my thought regarding the article taken from The star entitled "Obama, Climate change & Change China" written by Global Trends, Martin Khor. Since Obama won the American 44th elected presidential, the world place its hope on him & force him to take stronger actions to change his country's policy due to climate change. American has been labelled as CLIMATE SCEPTIC because its opted out(individual who can avoid receiving service information) of the Kyoto protocol (Protocol by UNFCCC on stabilizing of greenhouses gases) & of course, the former President, George W. Bush even denied the climate change problem.
*sigh*

Points from the whole article :

* China's Prime minister, Wen Jiao Bao who opened the international conference in purpose to examine the technology development & tranfers inthe climate change process.

* No progress had been made on the transfer of climate-friendly technologies ( developed countries targetted to support transfer funds & climate-friendly tecnologies)

* Ministers & officials of 70 Countries attended the workshop, organised by chinese government & UN department of economic & social affairs.

* Climate change should not be addressed at the cost of development, nor should economic growth be blindly pursued with disregard to climate change threats.

* Target to reduce energy intensity per unit of GDP by 20% in five years, and development of clean and renewable energy.

* Barriers to technology transfer; climate-friendly technologies are too costly for developing countries; differing views on whether the global intellectual property rights (IPRs) regime


Information technology may play the role in developing countries

Conclusion : Climate Change should influence the developed countries to share their technologies in order to bring advantages for both local & international toward establishing the humanity development among society.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

FUTURAMA review




~Good Day~ This time, i would like to share My favourite sitcom@comedy. It's kinda paint if you don't watch some comedy series because it really help you to LAUGH (HAHAHA..see, i'm laughing). Talking about that, yeah i got some recommendation. FUTURAMA, the Emmy-Award Winning animated American Sitcom, created by Matt Groening (Creator of The Simpson) developed for FOX Network. The series bring to you The Adventures of Pizza Delivery Boy Philip J. Fry after cyrogenically frozen, seconds after the start of the twenty-first century & wakes up in the year 3000.(WOW!!,sound ridiculous & fun too)



You must be wonder Where "FUTURAMA" name comes. According to Matt Groening, FUTURAMA comes from pavilion at the 1939 New York World's Fair depicted how the creator imagined the world to look in 1959. That's where it comes from. This adventure of Philip J. fry whose plot revolves around the planet express delivery & its employees. So, it's time to introduce the characters.


Philip J. Fry

Immature, slovenly pizza delivery boy who is frozen just after midnight on January 1, 2000 reawakening in New Year's eve 2999. He gets a job as cargo boy at planet express, company owned by his closest relative , Profesor Hubert J. Fansworth. Known as dim-witted & accident prone, & love Leela in secret (only Bender know!!).



Turanga Leela

the competent, one-eye captain of the planet express ship. abandoned as a baby, grew up in Orphanarium believing herself to be an alien from unknown race. She later learns that she is actually a mutant from the sewers. She used to work as career assignment officer at the cyronic labs where she first met fry.She acts as a fry's love interest.



Bender Bending Rodriguez

Bender is a heavy drinking, cigar-smoking, kleptomaniac, misanthropic, egocentric, ill-tempered robot, originally programmed to bend girders for suicide booths, & now as assisstant sales manager of express delivery. Fry's best friend & roomate. Known to have desires to be Folk singer or a chef. He's also the chef of express delivery.



Profesor Hubert J. Fansworth

168 years old, fry's distant nephew & closest living relative. Farnsworth founded Planet Express to fund his mad-science-esque experiments and inventions.



As the show begins, the word "Futurama" is displayed across the screen along with a joke caption such as "Painstakingly Drawn in Front of a Live Audience", "Filmed on location", "Soon to be a Major Religion", or "Dancing Space Potatoes? YOU BET !" in most episodes, the ships physically crashes into the screen destroying the glass & stuck in the process. Although the series utilized a wide range of styles of humor but for Matt Groening notes that, from the show's conception, his goal was to take what was, on the surface, a goofy comedy and show that underneath were "legitimate literary science fiction concepts". So, that's a little tit-bits of FUTURAMA & if you are not laughing for watching the series, you better die, haha~Just Joke~


There are many characters involved such as Dr John A. Zoidberg, Amy Wong, Hermes Conrad, Zapp Baraningan & more




(It's damn Good series, You guys should watch it!!)

Striving For Blue!!



Water (H2O) live as part of 70% of Human Body

~Good Day~ The Monthly Review for Reader’s Digest November Edition. I found a few of articles which is interesting to share with Bloggers & Readers. “Tapping into Metro Manila Water” written by Rodel G Offemaria talks about experience of masses who live in Manila. Rodolfo Alaman Jr. who live in the big city, walks to his neighbour’s house, open the taps on a house, fills several containers for 2-day supply of water for his cooking & cleaning stuff. Less than 20 years ago, he lined up until dawn just to gain for his water-supply, led to frayed nerves & fight sometimes. It repeated every day across Manila that makes the 14 cities, 3 towns, 11 million people struggles for life with water deficiency, faltering water quality & high cost life. Judging by the situation, the water supply can’t cope with the demand & leaks.



An Asian Development Bank study noted that Manila's poor residents in 1995 spent ''up to 20 percent'' on water peddled at more than seven times the cost charged by the government-owned Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System. Some efforts to improve are the government give the concession to private water companies to take in-charge city’s east zone (Manila Water Company) & west (Mayniland Water Services), closed down of industrial deep wells (refer to shopping malls usually), encourage real estate development & building to adopt water treatment system, hire private water tester company to monitoring the contaminated water for students & water driven transformation reduces the queue for water.


“Jakarta Water Woes” written by Tifa Asrianti talks about Water-supply problem faced by residential of North Jakarta. Luki ariffin, resident of affected area used the water for washing purposes & drinking needs. Their residential area located at low land area, stop using groundwater for long time ago because of excessive pumping of ground water caused land subsidence & seawater infiltration. The government takes same steps what did by manila government; give the concession company to take in-charge. The water companies lagging in performance causes consumers to stop using tap water (some areas in Jakarta) & exploiting the groundwater.


With 13 rivers polluted, Dam at West jaya is the Only hope to serve 700,000 water consumers. Last year survey conducted by WWF Indonesia predicts that Citarum River which supply for the dam may experience the water supply shortage due to warmer temperature & extensive land uses.


“Pioneer in Low-Pressure Membrane Filters” written by Glenn van Zutphen talks about the pioneer of Membrane Filters to separate water & wastewater from their impure elements. Dr Benedek & Francois Fiesinger pioneered the ultra filtration, low-pressure technology to get rid of the most biological material & bacteria. He always refer to nature uses the natural membrane to filter out unwanted microbes in mangrove swamps & wetlands. The United Nations Development Programme in a 2006 report, are the cause of 1.8 million kids dying each year from diarrhea and up to 50 percent of patients landing in hospital


The Zenon Company (Dr benedek company) sent 80 membrane filtration units to Sri Lanka to supply drinking water. He notes that for less than US$1000 each, the units produce microbe-free water and need no chlorine or other chemicals (and no one to handle them), as do some traditional forms of filtration.


(This is something worthy to be share to community & hope those out there realize how importance to keep protect our healthy water from pollution)



Saturday, November 8, 2008

Criminalise war


Excerpt Speech by H.E Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad
Former Prime Minister of Malaysia
"Expose War Crimes : Criminalise War"
Imperial College London
25 April 2008


How can we object to the murder of an individual when we approve mass killings of innocent people. Yet that is what we do in war – we kill people, not always soldiers who may kill us but, now, more and more often, innocent civilians who can do us no harm. War was in ancient times a necessary option in the settlement of conflicts between primitive people or uncivilised nations. But in those days the capacity to kill and to destroy was limited. The weapons used were incapable of mass destruction or mass killings. Soldiers had to handle the swords, bows and arrows, spears and daggers themselves. They had to face enemies who were similarly armed. If they fail to kill the enemy they would be killed themselves.

We do not think of the smell of war, of the smell of rotting bodies, of gangrenous legs and arms, because our television cannot bring these odours to our comfortable sitting room. In fact the TV cameras avoid showing the horrors resulting from the war. They do not want to offend our sensitivities. Nor do they record and broadcast the screams of pain of the wounded and the dying.

The people who sent these young people to fight their wars will be safe.They will eat well, drink well and enjoy life’s luxuries. It is the young who will suffer, who will pay the ultimate price. That is what war really is – not a glorious struggle for democracy and human rights, but merely to satisfy the crazy ambitions of lying leaders of the powerful countries. In the old days leaders and generals lead from the front. The cowardly leaders of today stay clear thousands of miles from the front, sipping wine and gorging themselves on the finest food.

The cost of the war in Iraq for the U.S. is estimated by Joseph Stiglitz the Nobel Laureate to be more than US$ 3 trillion dollars so far. It is going to go on gulping more and more money. Even the U.S. cannot afford to lose this amount of money, especially when victory has not and will not be achieved. Imagine what we can do for the poor and the sick of the world with just a fraction of the 3 trillion.

In Vietnam the powerful U.S. military was soundly thrashed by pyjamaclad Viet peasants until the U.S. ran away helter-skelter. In Afghanistan the Taliban have successfully confined the NATO forces to certain towns only. In Baghdad the American and British forces have achieved none of their objectives. Killing Saddam has not resulted in ending the war. “Shock and Awe” have not overawed the Iraqis and forced them into submitting. nor do we find democracy
spreading.

The rise in oil prices are connected with war. And oil prices affect the prices of all goods. In other words, the increase in oil prices brings about inflation. The poor of this world will be the ones most affected. But the rich will suffer also. We are seeing this happening now.

We cannot claim to be civilised when we kill and destroy in order to prove how right we are or how just and fair we are.I say criminalise war and punish the leaders and the people who resort to war in order to settle disputes with other countries

(War is not the best solution to solve conflict in modern days & i believe being civilized doesn't mean to show the modern weapons who killed masses of people by saying it's PEACE. That's just show how Stupidity as human. STOP THIS POINTLESS WAR!!)

PROP 8 on The Probe!!



Hi & good day to everyone. The urbanised environment exposes the people to the negative influences of modern society. As results, the people power of reasoning often gives rise to society tension. Through out disagreements are usually centred around mundane issues like same-sex marriages which is currently the hot topic to be discuss. Today, the post will highlight certain perception, opinion or the story-related regarding the Proposition 8 (Prop 8) of California. The main frame of the issue is to gain the equality rights of same-sex marriage & constitutional amendment of California.


Proposition 8 is California state ballot that would amend the state constitution, to restrict the definition of marriage to “only” a union between a man & a woman, overturning the recent California Supreme Court decision that had recognised same-sex marriage in California as a fundamental right. The Official ballot title language for Proposition 8 was “eliminates right of same-sex couples to marry” or in other meaning is “only marriage between a man & a woman is valid @ recognized in California


After The Obama won the election, the result showed uncertified. With the presence report, the vote was 52.5% in favor of proposition 8 & 47.5% against with the difference of 504,000 votes. The organizer “No on Prop 8”campaign expressed discourage & admitted the defeat as his claim "Tuesday’s vote was deeply disappointing to all who believe in equal treatment under the law". A little bit about the campaign. The campaign for & against the Prop 8 raised $35.8 million & $37.8 million, respectively, becoming the highest funded campaign on any state ballot except the presidential contest. The Protectmarriage.com sponsored the initiatives & argued due to failure to amend the constitution would requires certain changes to school curriculum & threaten Church benefits. On November 5 2008, 3 cases were filed.



History of Marriage in California


1850 - 1977 : Gender-Neutral Statutory Language


In 1850, California's marriage statutes used gender-neutral language, without reference to "man" or "woman," in providing that marriage is a personal relation arising out of a civil contract to which the consent of the parties capable of making the contract is necessary. While California did not explicitly define marriage as being between a man and a woman, court decisions and some statutes dating from both statehood and the 1872 codification of the civil law assumed as much. In 1948, the California Supreme Court recognized marriage as a fundamental right when it became the first state court in the country to strike down a law prohibiting interracial marriage.



1977 - 2008 : Opposite Sex marriage

In 1977, the legislature amended Civil Code section 4100 (predecessor to what is now codified at Family Code section 300) to read that marriage is "a personal relation arising out of a civil contract between a man and a woman". In 2007, the legislature commented that the gender-specific description of marriage "specifically discriminated in favor of heterosexual couples and discriminated against, and continues to discriminate against, same-sex couples." In 2000, voters passed ballot initiative Proposition 22 with 61% of the vote, which added a section to the California Family Code to formally define marriage in California as a union between a man and a woman

2004 - 2007 : Attempts to regain recognition for same-sex marriage

In 2004, a number of developments arose in the wake of Mayor Gavin newsome's decision to authorize the issuance of marriage licenses to same sex couples by the city & county of san francisco. The 3,995 marriages were annuled San Francisco began a legal challenge that was consolidated with other cases as in re marriage cases by the California Supreme Court, but . In 2005 the California state legislature passed the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act which would have recognized same-sex marriage in California. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act. The Act marked the first time that a state legislature had approved a bill authorizing same-sex marriage without a court order


2005-2008 : Initiatives to forbid recognition of same-sex marriage in the state constitution

From 2005 to 2008, opponents of same-sex marriages introduced several attempts to place a constitutional amendment before voters that would prohibit recognition of same-sex marriages—and in some cases, domestic partnerships as well. On April 27, 2005, ProtectMarriage.com announced that it will work to place a constitutional amendment on the June 2006 ballot to define marriage as an institution between a man and a woman. n December 2005, ProtectMarriage.com failed to submit enough signatures to place a constitutional marriage amendment on the ballot. ProtectMarriage.com announced it had fallen short of the 600,000 signatures required to place the amendment on the June 2006 ballot, the group collected roughly 250,000 signatures.



2008 : California recognizes same sex marriage

On May 15, 2008 the California Supreme Court , by a vote of 4–3, ruled that the statute enacted by Proposition 22 and other statutes that limit marriage to a relationship between a man and a woman violated the equal protection clause of the California Constitution. It also held that individuals of the same sex have the right to marry under the California Constitution. On June 4, 2008, the California Supreme Court denied a petition to stay its In re Marriage Cases order pending the upcoming vote on Proposition 8. As of June 17, 2008, marriages between individuals of the same sex were considered valid and recognized in the state of California. A UCLA study estimated that 18,000 same-sex couples married between then and early November, 2008


Culture Of Influences

A survey from August 18 to September 26, 2008 found 57% of Asian-Americans were likely to vote in the California election opposed to Proposition 8, 32% in favor, and 11% undecided. Steve Smith, manager of the statewide campaign opposing Proposition 8, explained the results as a matter of Asian-American sensitivity to unequal government treatment.African American voters played a crucial role in the outcome. An exit poll of California voters showed that black voters sided in favor of the measure by margins of more than 2 to 1. Not only was the black vote weighted heavily in favor of Proposition 8, but black turnout & spurred by Barack Obama's campaign for president was unusually large, making up roughly 10% of the voters.

The Field Poll released on October 31 indicated that, in the following categories, more people were opposed to Proposition 8 than in support of it: precinct voters, registered Democrats, nonpartisan voters, people who preferred Obama as a presidential choice, coastal inhabitants, people who identified as moderate or liberal, men, women, people under 65, Whites, Latinos, Asians, people who had some post-secondary education, college graduates, Catholics, non-Christians, people not affiliated with a religion, and those personally familiar with gays and lesbians. 73% of pollees who chose Barack Obama as their preferred President were against Proposition 8. Overall, 49% of the pollees were against the proposition, 44% were for it, and 7% were undecided.

Conclusion

As conclusion, mass protests to look further the legality of Same-Sex Marriage & Prop 8 that should not be amend at any cost. I’m not sure whether the gay/lesbian think it’s good choice for allowing the legality of the their marriage BUT “Against-Nature Marriage” will probably misunderstood by certain people. I never blame them for protecting their rights. It’s just protecting something against us make people questioned, "is it really WORTH fighting for that risk??!!" I need some feedback on how we should look this matter.


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Obama's MAMMA MIA!! (updated)



(My personal Point-of-View)

The Victory spread through all the other countries Not just American as people believe Obama's victory will bring the change & how American watch the "White-Black"ism is never be The main frame of newspaper.Yeah, it bring a lot of hopes & better future plus the business should expected to grow in BIGGER raise. Congratulation again to Barack Obama for the great victory he has received so far. Now, it's time to believe The black man never be the slaves of the whites ( It never Be!!). Attitudes certainly change radically among the whites & their support is overwhelming.

The main reason why this man breakthrough the barrier among white prejudice is The former President, George w. Bush (Super hatred by people!!). This Foolish man described as arrogant, narrow-minded, autocratic, inconsiderate, & totally uncaring of view from his countrymen. He made the History that people really asked & wanted for the CHANGE. I believe the voters must have felt that they were voting against Bush as much as for Obama.

We know the bailouts are not going to work. I agreed with certain people that Obama might change the foreign policy BUT to improve the current economic & financial turmoil, it takes time, effort, & patience. If he fails, it certainly not good for the First Black President to show up.
As part of Asian, what we believe if American possess the POWER to change, why not make a change to the world for making it the better place to live. Hope for 44th President & 1st black president will certainly bring The CHANGE that he promised to American people. People Watch your steps, Obama!!Make sure don't let them down..

Below shows the link of American Feel about their New President:

Obama mania spills over to Malaysia

World leaders now want US to change the way it does business

Miraculous March To The White House


Men-In-Black President in White House!



BUSH is Over!!!!Screamed by all Americans who are celebrating the Obama's Victory as 1st Black President in white house. Back again with THE WORLD hot topics & of course the new November edition to kick start. Now, i really Believer of American wisdom says "Everything is possible in America" which is turn out the impossible to possible outcome. Tears & traffic jams greet Obama's victory. They danced in the streets, wept, lifted their voices in prayer and brought traffic to a standstill. From the nation's capital to Los Angeles, Americans celebrated Barack Obama's victory and marveled that they lived to see the day that a black man was elected president. Oh GOD! i Wish i could be there to celebrate the Most Historic of White House Ruled by African-America Born.


American celebrating the Obama's Victory by becoming the 1st Black president in 44th of American Presidential Electorate

In Washington, hundreds of residents spilled into the streets near the White House, carrying balloons, banging on drums and chanting, "Bush is gone!" Along U Street, once known as America's Black Broadway for its many thriving black-owned shops and theaters, men stood on car roofs, waving American flags and Obama posters.

In Philadelphia, thousands of blacks and whites converged at City Hall shortly after Obama was declared the winner. Under a light rain, they danced to the music blaring from car radios. Drivers stopped in the middle of the street, opened their car doors and broadcast Obama's acceptance speech."Barack is in the house!" shouted Pamela Williams, 46. "This is very important to me. Change is about to happen." The celebrations were both large big and small, but the sentiment was the same :pure joy over how far the country has come. People honked horns, high-fived each other and embraced.

In Chicago, Obama's hometown, an estimated 125,000 people gathered on an unusually warm November night to greet the senator at a delirious victory rally at Grant Park."It's fantastic," said Hulon Johnson, 71, a retired Chicago public school principal. "I've always told my kids this was possible; now they'll have to believe me."In Miami's predominantly black Liberty City neighborhood, Otoria Pitts, 30, suggested the significance of Obama's victory goes beyond race."His election speaks volumes for a bunch of people," she said. "Children of single mothers, people who put themselves through college. It says, you can do it, you can do it."

Sobering Challenge is just started & Obama knows The Hope that everybody putting into his shoulder as the race is NEVER be the issues again. Malaysian Should learn about this!!


President-elect Barack Obama and his wife Michelle and Vice president-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill take the stage after Obama delivered his victory speech at the election night party at Grant Park in Chicago, Tuesday night, Nov. 4, 2008

"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep," Obama cautioned.

Young and charismatic but with little experience on the national level, Obama smashed through racial barriers and easily defeated Republican John McCain to become the first African-American destined to sit in the Oval Office, America's 44th president. He was the first Democrat to receive more than 50 percent of the popular vote since Jimmy Carter in 1976."It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this date in this election at this defining moment, change has come to America," Obama told a victory rally of 125,000 people jammed into Chicago's Grant Park.Asian shares hit a three-week high and the dollar extended gains as Obama became the next U.S. president, ending uncertainty about who will lead the world's largest economy in the midst of great financial peril. The new Obama administration, which takes office in January, will face the world's worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, and a potentially steep slowdown in global growth that has pounded markets from Tokyo to Frankfurt to New York.The MSCI index of Asian stocks outside Japan rose for a seventh consecutive session on Wednesday, and was up 2.5 percent gain as of 0700 GMT, after earlier hitting the highest since October 16.The gains came after U.S. stocks on Tuesday enjoyed their biggest election day rally ever.Tokyo's Nikkei rose 4.5 percent, led by exporters such as Honda Motor Co that were bolstered by a softer yen, while energy-linked firms such as Mitsubishi Corp gained on the overnight oil price rally.Markets in Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai rose more than 3 percent, while stocks in Australia and South Korea gained over 2 percent.

Asian shares the Obama's victory too

Obama wins, says "change has come to America". So, How about Malaysia? When "Change" will come to us?? I Believe soon we will find out the answer. Click here for Full Text : Obama's Victory Speech