Mr. Li Qing Yun (1677–1933) died at the age of 256 years old. He had 24 wives, and lived through nine emperors in the Qing Dynasty.
According to legend, Mr. Li Qing Yun (1677–1933) was a Chinese medicine physician, herbal expert, qigong master, and tactical consultant. He was said to have lived through nine emperors in the Qing Dynasty to be 256 years old.
His May 1933 obituary in Time Magazine, titled “Tortoise-Pigeon-Dog,” revealed Li’s secrets of longevity: “Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon and sleep like a dog.”
Mr. Li is said to have had quite unusual habits in his daily living. He did not drink hard liquor or smoke and ate his meals at regular times. He was a vegetarian and frequently drank wolfberry (also known as goji berry) tea.
He slept early and got up early. When he had time, he sat up straight with his eyes closed and hands in his lap, at times not moving at all for a few hours.
In his spare time, Li played cards, managing to lose enough money every time for his opponent’s meals for that day. Because of his generosity and levelheaded demeanor, everyone liked to be with him.
Mr. Li spent his whole life studying Chinese herbs and discovering the secrets of longevity, traveling through provinces of China and as far as Thailand to gather herbs and treat illnesses.
Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon and sleep like a dog.
While it is unclear whether Li actually lived as long as is believed, what little we know of his habits fit with modern science’s findings about longevity.
Dan Buettner, author of “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest,” researches the science of longevity. In his book and in a 2009 TED talk, he examined the lifestyle habits of four geographically distinct populations around the world.
All of these groups—Californian Adventists, Okinawans, Sardinians, and Costa Ricans—live to be over 100 years of age at a far greater rate than most people, or they live a dozen years longer than average. He calls the places where these groups live “blue zones.”
According to Buettner’s research, all blue-zone groups eat a vegetable-based diet. The group of Adventists in Loma Linda, California, eat plenty of legumes and greens as mentioned in the Bible. Herders living the in the highlands of Sardinia eat an unleavened whole grain bread, cheese from grass-fed animals, and a special wine.
Buettner found that low-calorie diets help in extending life, as demonstrated by a group of healthy elderly Okinawans who practice a Confucian rule of stopping eating when one is 80 percent full.
Perhaps Li’s wolfberry tea played a crucial part in his health. After hearing Li’s story, medical researchers from Britain and France conducted an in-depth study of wolfberry and found that it contains an unknown vitamin called “Vitamin X,” also known as the “beauty vitamin.” Their experiments confirmed that wolfberry inhibits the accumulation of fat and promotes new liver cells, lowers blood glucose and cholesterol, and so on.
Wolfberry performs a role of rejuvenation: It activates the brain cells and endocrine glands; enhances the secretion of hormones; and removes toxins accumulated in the blood, which can help maintain a normal function of body tissues and organs.
Researchers have found numerous benefits to regular meditation. Neuroscientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School asked two groups of stressed-out high-tech employees to either meditate over eight weeks or live as they normally do.
They found that the meditators “showed a pronounced shift in activity to the left frontal lobe,” reads a 2003 Psychology Today article. “This mental shift decreases the negative effects of stress, mild depression, and anxiety. There is also less activity in the amygdala, where the brain processes fear.”
Meditation also reduces brain shrinkage due to aging and enhances mood.
Aside from meditation, Buettner found that regularly scheduled downtime undoes inflammation, which is a reaction to stress. The Adventists in California strictly adhere to their 24-hour Sabbath and spend the time reflecting, praying, and enjoying their social circles.
Buettner also found that community is a huge factor in the longevity of blue-zone groups. Typical Okinawans have many close friends, with whom they share everything. Sardinian highlanders have a reverence for the elderly not found in modern Western societies. The Adventists put family first.
A sense of belonging and having healthy friends and family encourage the individual to live healthily as well.
In “Outliers,” Malcolm Gladwell examined a group of Italians called the Rosetans, who migrated to an area west of Bangor, Pennsylvania. Across the board, they had lower incidents of heart disease and generally lived long, healthy lives. After experiments, it was determined that their secret was not genetics or even diet (41 percent of their diet came from fat).
“The Rosetans had created a powerful, protective social structure capable of insulating them from the pressures of the modern world,” Gladwell wrote. “The Rosetans were healthy because of where they were from, because of the world they had created for themselves in their tiny little town in the hills.”
In his travels, Buettner came across a common theme among blue-zone groups: None of them had the concept of retirement. As it turns out, to keep going makes it easier to keep going.
Purposeful living into the sunset years is a mantra to the Okinawans and Sardinians. In those groups, Buettner met centenarian men and women who continued to climb hills, build fences, fish, and care for great-great-great-great grandchildren.
Interestingly, none of these centenarians exercise purposely as we Westerners who go to the gym do. “They simply live active lives that warrant physical activity,” Buettner said. They all walk, cook, and do chores manually, and many of them garden.
Viewpoint by Conrad Steinhoff originally published in the Lebanon Advertiser (Lebanon, Illinois)
Take notice, One Percenters: The Pope is not your friend. Pope Francis is dangerous. He is stirring up the rabble, the 99 percenters, especially the 47 percenters. He is also the nemesis of your vassals who look after your interests in legislative bodies and government agencies, not only here in the U.S. but around the world—wherever you need them to protect your assets.
There were early signs of his subversive tendencies. In fact, on day one of his papacy he came out to address the crowd in St. Peter’s square dressed not in the embroidered finery of the papacy, but in a plain white cossack. Instead of the traditional miter on his head, he wore a plain little skull cap. From there, things got more ominous by the day. He declined to ride in the Pope-mobile back to the hotel where the cardinals were staying. He climbed on the bus with them. He went to the hotel desk and paid his own bill. It gets worse. He declined the splendid papal apartment in the Vatican and is staying in a small apartment elsewhere on the grounds.
But now comes the ultimate thumb in your eye, One Percenters. He went to a juvenile detention center and washed the feet of the inmates there, including a Muslim girl! The message couldn’t be more clear. He has identified himself not with you, as have many of his predecessors, but with THEM. Not even the 99%, or the 47%, but with the bottom one percent.
He’s acting like Jesus. Now that is truly scary.
The Pope speaking in Cagliari, Italy
But he’s not only acting like Jesus, he’s talking like him, too. Recently he visited the city of Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia.[i] He came there to meet with unemployed workers. He had a prepared speech. But first, he invited those gathered there, 20,000 of them, to talk to him. One man, Francesco Mattana, a 45-year-old married father of three, spoke up. He had lost his job four years earlier and hasn’t been able to find another one. Mattana said, “Unemployment oppresses you and wears you out to the depths of your soul.”
At that, Pope Francis tossed aside his prepared speech and spoke from the heart—for twenty minutes. “I find suffering here…It weakens you and robs you of hope,” he said. “Where there is no work; there is no dignity.” The crowd chanted what Francis called a prayer: “Work, work, work!” Francis spoke of the rights of workers and the personal devastation caused by joblessness.
Then Francis was moved from empathy to anger. “We don’t want this globalized economic system which does us so much harm. Men and women have to be at the center (of an economic system) as God wants, not money,” he declared. “The world has become an· idolater of this god called money.”
He said globalization has brought with it a culture where the weakest in society suffered the most and often, where those on the fringes “fall away,” including the elderly, who he said are victims of a “hidden euthanasia” caused by neglect of those no longer considered productive. Strong stuff, indeed.
But wait, there’s more. “To defend this economic culture, a throwaway culture has been installed. We throw away grandparents, and we throw away young people. We have to say no to this throwaway culture. We want a just system which helps everyone, he continued. He ended with a prayer, asking God to “give us work and teach us to fight for work.”
How does that square with the determination of members of the U.S.Congress to cut $39 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), while preserving huge subsidies for Big Agriculture?
Or attempting to de-fund the Affordable Care Act thereby keeping 47 million people from getting health insurance. And what does it do with Robert Benmosche, CEO of AIG, the corporation that wrote billions of dollars worth of derivative trades that went sour, helping plunge the economy into deep recession, destroying millions of jobs? Mr. Benmosche complained to a news reporter about the angry public uproar that followed announcement that he and other AIG execs were going to get whopping bonuses. He referred to the uproar as sounding like a lynch mob!
If Pope Francis has it his way, or rather Jesus’ way, One Percenters, you haven’t seen anything yet. Think how, when he was bishop of Buenos Aires, Francis sided with unemployed workers in their conflict with government austerity plans. And think about his parting words in Cagliari: “give us work and teach us to fight for work.” He’s calling for workers to organize and fight back from a position of power. He’s talking about labor unions! I told you he’s dangerous. You’ve spent the last 40 years undermining and destroying labor unions. Now this meddling· Jesus freak is calling on workers to organize.
In a way, you should be pleased. One of your stock arguments against welfare is that people should take; responsibility for their own destiny rather than depending on government to take care of them. Well, here they come, with the Pope leading the charge!
[i] As reported by Philip Pulella, of Reuters As reported by Philip Pulella, of Reuters.
Toni Townes-Whitley, Michelle Obama’s school pal & top official at CGI – winner of billion dollar no bid Obamacare website contract. Townes-Whitley with the Peace Corps in Africa, and then a stay-at-home mom for six years before CGI
American expatriates fall into two categories according to IRS rules. Those who qualify for the IRS earned income exclusion of $97,500 and those who don’t.
To qualify for the IRS $97,500 earned income exclusion (which means no tax on your first $97,500 plus housing cost deductions, etc,) you must either “be in a foreign country, or countries…throughout your period of bona fide residence or physical presence, whichever applies1.”
That means to qualify for the IRS exclusion you either have to have a residence or work visa in a foreign country, or remain outside of the U.S. for a full 330 days in any calendar year.
Those fortunate expatriates who qualify for the IRS earned exclusion are NOT subject to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)Obamacare.
Many retired American expatriates do not fall into this elite IRS category. They are therefore subject to Obamacare. Expatriate Americans who are subject to Obamacare must either pay a fine or enroll in Obamacare.
However, should expatriate Americans who are subject to Obamacare chose to enroll in Obamacare, they are committing a felony.
This is according to two sources. We met personally with the Social Security Administration (today) and with California’s Imperial County Department of Social Services (several days ago).
According to both institutions, it is a felony to enroll in Obamacare (or even Medicaid or Medi-Cal) when one is not actually physically living in the United States. This holds true even if the American expatriate owns a house or has a post office box in the United States.
Why this fact of committing a felony is not made public with the public is inexcusable.
The commission of a felony by American expatriates enrolling in Obamacare is easy for the United States authorities to verify. They keep track of each person’s entry into the United States. Each entry (or entries for a given day), no matter how short, counts for a full day in the United States. This is deducted from the 330 days required for the individual to claim the $97,500 earned income exclusion.
We have no estimates of how many American expatriates will be committing a felony by enrolling in Obamacare, but there are many American retirees living abroad. The best way for American expatriates to be safe from the law is to pay the penalty for not enrolling in Obamacare.
It is better to pay the Obamacare fine than to land up in prison and owing a fine and losing your civil rights as a felon.
Of course, if you do wind up in prison, you will be exempt from Obamacare during time served.
Today, I logged into “Covered California,” California’s new health insurance exchange. Unlike the Obamacare website, everything seemed to be working quite well. For my questions, I was given a choice—a telephone conversation or a chat. I chose a chat and a separate chat screen opened.
I entered my question which was, “I am an American expat. I understand that American expats are subject to Obamacare if they do not qualify for the IRS income exclusion they are subject to Obamacare. Since I do not qualify for the IRS foreign income exclusion, I am subject to Obamacare. I have also been informed that, if I do enroll in an Obamacare insurance plan, since I am an expat, I will be committing a felony. Is this so?”
The chat screen showed me that I was number 128 on the list of people waiting and that the average wait time was a little over 28 minutes. Slowly I moved moved close to chatting with an agent in the chain of users, and was always given a new waiting time. Very good! Finally, I became the next user.
Instead of getting into a live chat, I received the screen with the information that there “are no agents available.” The screen, however, did give me the option to “REQUEST EMAIL RESPONSE.” That seemed just as good, as an agent could email me an answer.
I hit the button for the email response. The following screen (below) was an error screen stating, “Permission Denied.”
Either the agent at Covered California did not like my question or Covered California is no better than Obamacare.
Council Vice President Mr. Scott Douglas, Northrop Grumman Corporation; Admiral Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operation; Admiral Walter Doran (Ret’d), Raytheon International Asia; Mr. Leonard Francis, Executive Group Chairman, Glenn Defense Marine (Asia) Pte Ltd; RDML Nora Tyson, Commander Logistics Group Western Pacific
Yet another crook in Singapore—super-rich Fat Leonard who lives in a 70,000 square foot house on Singapore’s exclusive Nassim Road. No, that’s not a typo—a 70,000 square foot house.
Fat Leonard, whose real name is Leonard Glenn Francis 58, is from Malaysia, but has lived in Singapore for at least 30 years.
Francis is the president and CEO of Singapore-based Glenn Defense Marine Asia, which has had “husbanding” contracts for US Navy ships at ports worldwide for 25 years.
Since 2011, Glenn Defense Marine has been awarded more than $200 million in U.S, Navy contracts.
Francis has now been arrested for bribing high-ranking U.S. Naval officers.
The bribes allegedly went to US Navy Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz (originally from Cambodia) and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Supervisory Special Agent John Bertrand Beliveau II. They are accused of accepting bribes from Francis in exchange for preferential treatment regarding contracts, as well as for tipping the company off to federal fraud investigations. The bribes were also for revealing confidential naval routes—a breach of U.S. national defense.
These bribes enabled Francis to overcharge millions for food, fuel, phony tariffs and other charges at Asian ports.
Francis Christmas decorations at his 70,000 square foot Singapore mansion
Francis supplied prostitutes, Lady Gaga tickets and other bribes in exchange for the top-secret information that allowed him to rob the U.S. Navy of millions when the ships were serviced in Asian ports, federal prosecutors allege.
Francis was arrested in San Diego on September 16 after federal investigators set up a sham meeting with Navy officials. Misiewicz and Beliveau were arrested in Colorado and Virginia, respectively, on the same day and have been delivered to San Diego to face trial with Francis.
In Singapore, Francis is known not only for his extravagant 70,000 square foot Singapore home but for lavish Christmas displays. He is legendary in naval circles, said retired Rear Adm. Terry McKnight. “He’s a larger-than-life figure. You talk to any captain on any ship that has sailed in the Pacific and they will know exactly who he is,” he said.
It may be quite a while before Francis returns to his 70,000 square foot house.
A third senior official, U.S. Navy Cmdr. Jose Luiz Sanchez, 41, was arrested in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday and charged with accepting escorts, high-end hotels, pricey plane tickets, $100,000 cash and a bevy of other payoffs from Leonard Francis.
November 9, 2013 update:
Rear Admiral Bruce Loveless, director of intelligence operations, and Vice Admiral Ted Branch, director of naval intelligence – the highest-ranking officers to be implicated in the Francis affair – suspended from duty.
Vice Admiral Ted Branch, director of naval intelligence, and Rear Admiral Bruce Loveless, director of intelligence operations, are involved with “illegal and improper relations” with Leonard Francis according to the U.S, Navy.
Both Admirals have been suspended from duty in this breach of U.S. national security.
The U.S. Navy has said that more charges are likely.
Francis appeared in federal court on November 8th in San Diego on bribery allegations. Singapore operative, Alex Wisidagama, Francis alleged “bagman,” also appeared in court with Francis.
The bribes were to have ships dock at Asian ports controlled by Francis, who overcharged the Navy for fuel, food and other services, according to the criminal complaints filed in San Diego.
Prosecutors said Friday they would seek a protective order to shield any of the evidence from the media and the public in this growing scandal.
The size and scope of Francis’ operation over many years raises the question if Singapore’s government was aware of, or involved in Francis’ affaires—a serious breach of U.S. national security.
If so, should the U.S. Navy continue to use Singapore’s port facilities?
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taken directly from the U. S. Treasury Department
The U. S. Treasury Department has added additional criminal entities operating in Singapore to its Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN).
The newly-designated entities that have been added to the SDN List include front companies owned or controlled by Steven Law, Tay Za, and drug lord Wei Hsueh Kang.
Gold Ocean Pte Ltd., Great Success Pte. Ltd., Green Luck Trading Company, and Gold Energy Co. Ltd. are front companies controlled by Steven Law. Gold Ocean Pte Ltd is the primary front company used to transfer money between Steven Law’s companies, foreign companies, and Burmese state-run organizations. China Focus Development Ltd. is the new name for Golden Aaron Pte. Ltd., a company owned by Cecilia Ng, the wife of Steven Law.
Steven Law and his father, Lo Hsing Han, have a history of involvement in illicit activities. Lo Hsing Han, known as the “Godfather of Heroin,” has been one of the world’s key heroin traffickers dating back to the early 1970s. Steven Law joined his father’s drug empire in the 1990s and has since become one of the wealthiest individuals in Burma.
Lo Hsing Han founded Asia World Co. Ltd. in 1992. His son, Steven Law, operates as the current managing director. Asia World has provided critical support to the Burmese regime and has received numerous lucrative government concessions, including the construction of ports, highways and government facilities.
Sentosa Treasure Pte. Ltd., is another Singaporean firm owned by Cecilia Ng, There are nine firms that previously had been identified as being owned by Cecilia Ng.
U.S. Treasury Diagram – Click on diagram to see on official U.S. Treasury website
Lo Hsing Han, heroin king and father of Steven Law, died on July 6th, 2013
His success came from making a product superior to other people’s: in his case, No. 4 grade China white. It was marketed in plastic bags with the brand-name “Double UO Globe” and the words “100% pure” in Chinese characters.
Tay Za is described by the US Treasury as a “notorious regime henchman and arms dealer.” His financial network includes U Kyaw Thien, Air Bagan, Pavo Trading Pte Ltd, Htoo Wood Products
Asia Pioneer Impex Pte. Ltd., Terrestrial Pte. Ltd., and Asia Green Development Bank are companies owned or controlled by Tay Za. Tay Za uses his Singapore-based companies, Asia Pioneer Impex Pte. Ltd. and Terrestrial Pte. Ltd., to conduct business transactions. He began trading under the name Terrestrial Pte. Ltd. following financial sanctions against Pavo Trading in 2008.
U.S. Treasury Diagram – Click to on diagram to view on official U.S. Treasury website
Drug Lord Wei Hsueh Kang
U.S. Treasury Diagram – Click to on diagram to view on official U.S. Treasury website
The Treasury Department has added the following Singapore names to its List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons:Specially dedicated Nationals List (SDN) List for Singapore – You can check the SDN website.
Updated October 29, 2013
AIR BAGAN (a.k.a. AIR BAGAN HOLDINGS PTE. LTD.; a.k.a. AIRBAGAN), 545 Orchard Road, #01-04 Far East Shopping Centre, Singapore 238882, Singapore
ASIA MARINE NETWORK PTE. LTD. (a.k.a. ASIAN PERFECT MARINE PTE. LTD.; a.k.a. IRISL ASIA PTE. LTD.), 200 Middle Road, #14-01 Prime Centre 188980, SingaporeASIA PIONEER IMPEX PTE. LTD., 10 Anson Road, #23-16 International Plaza, Singapore 079903, SingaporeASIAN PERFECT MARINE PTE. LTD. (a.k.a. ASIA MARINE NETWORK PTE. LTD.; a.k.a.
IRISL ASIA PTE. LTD.), 200 Middle Road, #14-01 Prime Centre 188980, SingaporeCHEW, Kheng Siang (a.k.a. CHOU, Hsien Cheng), c/o TET KHAM (S) PTE. LTD., Singapore; c/o VEST SPECTRUM (S) PTE. LTD., Singapore, Singapore; 9 Haig Avenue, Singapore 438864, Singapore; National ID No. S1199192J (Singapore) (individual)
CHINA FOCUS DEVELOPMENT (a.k.a. CHINA FOCUS DEVELOPMENT LIMITED; a.k.a. CHINA FOCUS DEVELOPMENT LTD.; a.k.a. GOLDEN AARON PTE. LTD.), 3 Shenton Way, 10-01, Shenton House, Singapore 068805, Singapore; 101 Cecil Street, 08-08 Tong Eng Building, Singapore 069533
CHOU, Hsien Cheng (a.k.a. CHEW, Kheng Siang), c/o TET KHAM (S) PTE. LTD., Singapore; c/o VEST SPECTRUM (S) PTE. LTD., Singapore, Singapore; 9 Haig Avenue, Singapore 438864, Singapore; National ID No. S1199192J (Singapore) (individualCHUNG, Lo Ping (a.k.a. HTUN MYINT NAING; a.k.a. LAW, Stephen; a.k.a. LAW, Steven; a.k.a. LO, Ping Han; a.k.a. LO, Ping Hau; a.k.a. LO, Ping Zhong; a.k.a. LO, Steven; a.k.a. TUN MYINT NAING; a.k.a. U MYINT NAING), 3 Shenton Way, #10-01 Shenton House, Singapore 06880
G A ARDMORE PTE. LTD., 3 Shenton Way, #10-01 Shenton House, Singapore 068805, Singapore
GLOBAL SEA LINE CO LTD, 10 Anson Road #31-10 International Plaza, Singapore; Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org
GOLD OCEAN PTE LTD, 101 Cecil Street #08-08, Tong Eng Building, Singapore 069533, Singapore; 1 Scotts Road, #21-07/08 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208
GOLDEN AARON PTE. LTD. (a.k.a. CHINA FOCUS DEVELOPMENT; a.k.a. CHINA FOCUS DEVELOPMENT LIMITED; a.k.a. CHINA FOCUS DEVELOPMENT LTD.), 3 Shenton Way, 10-01, Shenton House, Singapore 068805, Singapore; 101 Cecil Street, 08-08 Tong Eng Building, Singapore 069533, Singapore
GREAT SUCCESS PTE. LTD., 1 Scotts Road, #21/07-08 Shaw Centre, Singapore, 228208, Singapore; 101 Cecil Street #08-08, Tong Eng Building, 069533, Singapore
HAW, Aik (a.k.a. HEIN, Aung; a.k.a. HO, Aik; a.k.a. HO, Chun Ting; a.k.a. HO, Chung Ting; a.k.a. HO, Hsiao; a.k.a. HOE, Aik; a.k.a. TE, Ho Chun; a.k.a. TIEN, Ho Chun; a.k.a. WIN, Aung; a.k.a. “AIK HAW”; a.k.a. “HO CHUN TING”; a.k.a. “HSIO HO”), The Anchorage, Alexandra Road, Apt. 370G, Cowry Building (Lobby 2, Singapore; 89 15th Street, National ID No. 272851 (Singapore)
The pen (our book, Escape from Paradise) is mightier than the pocketbook (X10) or How our Book Drove X10 out of Business.
On November 27, 2000 X10 Wireless had filed with the SEC for an for an initial public offering of 5 million shares to be priced at $15 to suck in $75 million from U. S. investors.
That put a market value on X10 Wireless of $376 million, of which $301 million would belong to the one Chung Hin Chew (aka Hin Chew Chung), and company. Chung ran the parent company, X10 Ltd, which was incorporated in Bermuda, out of an office in Hong Kong. The U.S. investors were purchasing a small shell of a company under the control of Chung and his X10 Ltd.
The X10 Wireless deal was described (and exposed) in Escape from Paradise. Just as our book was published, X10 Wireless was ready to go public on NASDAQ. The company even had a ticker symbol — “XTEN.”
We rushed our first copy of Escape from Paradise to the SEC, who thanked us for the book about “Hin Chew Chung,” the man behind X10 Wireless.
Immediately thereafter, on Sept. 26, 2001, the IPO of X10 Wireless was withdrawn.
Chung Hin Chew (aka Hin Chew Chung)
Later, in 2003, X10 Wireless went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy and struggled to stay alive.
Maybe some private investors would show up—and they did.
Several years ago, X10 Wireless’ parent company, X10 Ltd went bankrupt. Their Hong Kong office disappeared.
After years of struggle to stay alive, in August 2013, X10 Wireless went into Chapter 7 bankruptcy and was liquidated by the United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington in Seattle.
The court notified over 400 creditors and shareholders of the demise of X10 Wireless. We have the list—it’s public information—anyone can get it.
The creditors included people who paid for and never received their orders, and include Canada’s Revenue Agency, Google, American Express, Bank of America, FedEx, Sprint, UPS, Verizon and others.
Shareholders of note who lost their investments in X10 Wireless were Douglas Ooi (step-nephew of Singapore’s ruler, Lee Kuan Yew) and Singaporean Low Kee Cheong.
Low Kee Cheong
Did the shareholders of X10 Wireless—those who invested in the company know that, the mysterious X10 Ltd owned 91.63% of X10 Wireless?
Did they know that the bulk of the profits would go to the 91.63% owner—X10 Ltd, aka Hin Chew Chung, and not to the minor shareholders of X10 Wireless.
We explained this set up very clearly in Escape from Paradise (and the SEC understood).
Even had X10 Wireless done well, or gone public, X10 Ltd. with its 91.63% ownership would have been the big winner—along with the mystery man behind X10 Ltd., Chung Hin Chew (again aka Hin Chew Chung).
Originally, Chung was from Brunei. After encountering some “difficulties” in Brunei, and being held for a year under house arrest by the Brunei authorities, he fled to Singapore.
Chung now lives in far-off Malaysia at a very fashionable address:
54 Jalan Bruas
50490 Kuala Lumpur
Creditors who are interested should be able to reach him there.
With Chung’s ownership, there would not have been much left for the minority shareholders of X10 Wireless even had the company not gone under.
Now, nothing is left for Chung Hin Chew, X10 Ltd, or the minority shareholders and creditors of X10.
Still, there plenty of X10 products for sale on eBay.
NBC News,com: There are death panels in there, and they’re going to decide whether people get treatment or not. Which means they’re going to ration health care and that’s not right. – North Carolina female.
Joe’s Obamacare Death Panel letter. Click to expand.
The “North Carolina female” is so right. One of my friends just received an Obamacare death panel notice in the mail. Let’s just call my friend “Joe” to spare any embarrassment.
Joe is nearly 80, and had not been to the doctors for many years. True, Joe has Medicare and Social Security. Unfortunately, he could not afford Medicare Part B, which is what you need to see a doctor. If you can’t see a doctor, you can’t be tested or get a prescription under Medicare Part D unless you pay a doctor bill on your own.
Both Medicare Parts B and D cost money, and Joe on his Social Security could afford neither. Medicare Part A is free, but only if you check into a hospital, normally for over period of two days. Drop by the hospital emergency room for a brief visit, and you will find yourself stuck with a bill which no-one will pay—but you. In addition, the emergency room bill will seldom be under $1,000 and can wind up being ten, twenty, of (in one case I know), seventy times as much. Yes, I have heard of a $70,000 emergency room bill. The recipient gave up everything and has now lived in his automobile for many years.
Medicare Part D costs are difficult to determine, but Joe needed $500 worth of prescription drugs to stay alive. That comes to $6,000 a year of which Medicare Part D would pay only $1,983.75 living the rest, $4,016.25, for Joe to pay. On top of that, Joe would have to pay about $1,200 a year for his Medicare Part B—no way could he afford that. (There is a Medicare Part D calculator, here.)
Joe, however, was lucky in that he was so poor that he qualified for Medicare, which paid just about everything, including his Medicare Part B and Part D. costs.
Going to the doctor’s after so many years, Joe found he had diabetes and a heart-valve problem. He was due to for an operation to fix the heart valve. Until, his Obamacare Death Notice arrived cancelling his Medicare, and gauging his Social Secure payments for “past due” Medicare Part B payments. Even though Obamacare has not commenced, Joe told me that the death panels are in their “pre-season practice.”
Nothing had changed for Joe, especially not his poverty-level income which got him into Medicare in the first place—except for his heart-valve problem.
Since Joe no longer “qualifies” the government is taking $321.00 from his next Social Security check. Thereafter, the government will be deducting $111.00 per month from Joe’s Social Security check.
Of course, Joe can cancel his Medicare Part B, but even if he does, he will still face a large deduction from his next Social Security check. Why? Because he didn’t cancel in time. You see, Social Security didn’t notify Joe that his Medicaid September 14th. However, he was thrown out of Medicaid over two months before.
Joe still has 60 days from the receipt his Obamacare Death Panel Notice to appeal the panel’s decision. During this time and until the panel reviews its decision, $111 dollars will continue to be removed from his Social Security check.
Is Joe appealing? No. He is cancelling his Medicare Part B, and considering moving to Mexico where he says health care is quick and affordable.
So long as Joe stays out of the country for 330 days a year, he doesn’t have to enroll in Obamacare. In addition, Joe gets a $95,100 tax deduction, which means he does not have to pay any tax unless his income exceeds $95,100. On top of that Joe will be getting a housing allowance deduction.
For Joe, all this equals no taxes! Maybe Joe’s “Obamacare death panel notice” was a blessing in disguise.
As Kerry, with a nutty look, proposes boots on the ground, his wife, Teresa, wonders…
If Congress votes “no” on a resolution calling for U.S. intervention in Syria’s civil war, says McCain, it would be “catastrophic” for U.S. credibility in the world.
Because Barack Obama, two years ago, said “Assad must go,” and, one year ago, said any use of chemical weapons crosses his “red line,” Congress has no choice but to plunge America into yet another Mideast war. The Syrian civil war is mainly a war against Shias (sometimes called Shiites) and Sunnis – the Shias are with Al-Assad, and the Sunnis being the rebels. In this case, the Sunnis consist mainly of members of Al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, and other jihadist groups.
Let’s not forget that Obama was born into a Sunni Muslim family.
Now even Senator McCain, who believes Al Nusra are good rebels has said (on Fox), “For someone to say Allahu Akbar, it is about as offensive as someone saying thank God.” Really? Would any sane person dare say “Allahu Akbar” walking down Main Street in America?
Even Kerry denied any major role of al-Qaeda in Syria. For which President Vladimir Putin accusing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry of lying by playing down the role of al-Qaida with rebel forces.
“He is lying and knows he is lying. It’s sad.”
Kerry let’s it out – Boots on the ground in Syria
Ambassador Kerry told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee he would prefer not to bar the use of ground troops in Syria to preserve President Barack Obama’s options if Syria “imploded” or there was a threat of chemical weapons being obtained by extremists. “I don’t want to take off the table an option that might or might not be available to a president of the United States to secure our country,” Kerry told the committee.
Slipping into a nutty Dr. Strangelove mode, Kerry continued, “But in the event Syria imploded, for instance, or in the event there was a threat of a chemical weapons cache falling into the hands of Al Nusra [according to Senator McCain, the good rebels] or someone else, and it was clearly in the interest of our allies and all of us—the British, the French and others—to prevent those weapons of mass destruction falling into the hands of the worst elements, I don’t want to take off the table an option that might or might not be available to a president of the United States to secure our country.”
As was the case with Iraq, for the possible war with Syria, no proof has been submitted to prove that Al-Assad was behind the Sarin gas attack. Even the rebels have been caught with supplies of Sarin gas. This “intelligence” parallels the false “proof” of weapons of mass destruction against Iraq.
However, Senator McCain’s favorite Syrian Al Nusra rebels in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta have admitted to Associated Press correspondent Dale Gavlak that they were responsible for last week’s chemical weapons incident which western powers have blamed on Bashar Al-Assad’s forces, revealing that the casualties were the result of an accident caused by rebels mishandling chemical weapons.
The failure and falsification of U.S. intelligence
U.S. and allied intelligence services are still trying to work out who ordered the gas attack in Damascus.
No direct link to President Bashar al-Assad or his inner circle has been publicly demonstrated.
This is one of the biggest gaps in U.S. understanding of the incident, even as Congress debates whether to launch limited strikes on Assad’s forces in retaliation.
Much of the U.S. claim that the Syrian government is responsible was initially based on reports from witnesses, non-governmental groups and hours of YouTube videos.
The bottom line is that U.S. officials have not presented any scientific evidence to the public or intelligence information proving that sarin gas was used or that the Syrian government used it.
An analysis by the Congressional Research Service admitted that any evidence of who was responsible for the attace “was not watertight.”
Still, Obama, McCain and most of the U.S. media speak freely that the attack was not the fault of al Qaeda and the rebels.
After wrongly claiming that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction before the 2003 U.S. invasion, the U.S. intelligence community must be considered to be suspect and politically motivated.
Shades of the false intelligence spread by Bush, Cheney, and Colin Powell.
Quick fact: Under Gaddafi, Libyans enjoyed free electricity.
After the U.S. bombing, disguised under the pretense of maintaining a “no-fly zone,” Libya has virtually stopped producing oil as the government has lost control of the country to Islamic militias.
Libyan rebels have taken over Libya’s oil ports on the Mediterranean as they seek to sell crude oil on the black market. Now production of Libya’s prized high-quality crude oil has plunged from 1.4 million barrels a day earlier this year to just 160,000 barrels a day. Armed groups in Libya are currently blocking key oilfields and ports—hijacking Libya of its main source of revenue leading fuel shortages and blackouts.
Libyans are increasingly at the mercy of militias which act outside the law. Foreigners have fled Benghazi since the American ambassador, Chris Stevens, was murdered in the US consulate by jihadist militiamen last September.
The Libyan government is now dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, as most if not all of its weaponry including ground to air missiles has been given to jihadists in Syria and throughout the Middle East, and northern Africa.
Torture sometimes resulting in death, is “widespread” in Libyan jails, according to a new UN report. The UN estimates about 8,000 people are still being held in relation to the 2011 conflict which ended in the overthrow of Col Gaddafi. The vast majority of prisoners are being held without due process.
Libya is a failed state, and a country beginning to split up.
In Iraq, the car bombs and killings continue to escalate. A string of coordinated car bombs struck around Baghdad at dusk on Sept. 3rd, killing at least 46 people, in violence that is pulling the country back toward the worst days of the last decade.
The bombings in Baghdad, likely carried out by Iraq’s resurgent al-Qaida affiliate, struck Shiite neighborhoods. The attacks followed a similar round of bombings less than a week ago in the capital that killed at least 65 people.
The suicide attacks, bombings and death tolls are as bad as those of the worst months of the Iraq War in 2007, when Sunni-backed al-Qaeda terrorists and Shiite militias were killing each other in huge numbers.
The violence in Iraq returned only a few months after President Obama ordered all U.S. troops out by December 2011. Shiite and Sunni Muslims have clashed over government policies, and the civil war in neighboring Syria has pitted Sunnis against Shiites as well.
This year alone, almost 5,000 people have been killed with another 12,000 injured in Iraq, according to the United Nations. This level of violence has not been seen since 2006 and 2007. Not to praise Sadaam Husein, but he was non-sectarian and did not take sides in the centuries-old Suni Shia war.
The battle for Iraq is between the U.S.-installed Shiite government, which is closely allied to Iran, and the Sunni al-Qaida elements.
Iraq is a failed state as the Shiite government is unable to bring to an end the ever-increasing number of car bombings and attacks on its pro-Iranian Shiite community.
As of Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at least 2,133 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan. Since Afghanistan is a corrupt and failed state, there is no end of U.S. military deaths in the country.
Confirming this, Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, the commander of NATO ground forces in Afghanistan says there have been no discussions that the coalition would completely withdraw after 2014, despite continued uncertainty in political negotiations over the future of the international military effort.
“We have no indication whatsoever of a withdrawal completely from Afghanistan,” he told Stars and Stripes in a September 2nd interview at his headquarters in Kabul. “We are going to change our mission, and we are going to reduce in size and scope.” He called the term “withdrawal” a misnomer.
Yuma, Arizona has the highest unemployment rate in America at 34.5%—about 4.5 times the national average, according to new Labor Department data and nearby El Centro, California came in second-highest with 26.1% unemployed.
While some American cities suffer unemployment rates higher than Greece, the U.S. Senate has now paved the way for more foreigners to take over U.S. jobs—and, yes, with an easy path to U.S. citizenship.
High-tech lobbyists have bribed the U.S. Senate to bring in more foreign workers
High-tech companies are looking only at their own profits, at the expense of American workers. These companies (along with the U.S. Government) are ignoring the high tax burden placed on the average American by continued high unemployment.
According to The Hacket Group, approximately 1.5 million IT jobs for Americans will be eliminated by 2017, thanks to sending jobs overseas—off-shoring.
Eric Dorr, the Hackett Group’s research director, states that it is unlikely those positions will ever move back to the United States.
Off-shoring allows U.S. companies to lower their costs at the expense of the American worker. According to The Hackett Group, off-shoring produces an average of 20% in the first year and 6% in subsequent years. “Global business services are here to say,” says Dorr. “No question.”
According to Dorr, “We’re entering the next stage of globalization. A few years from now it will be more of a truly globalized economy,” Dorr says—bad news for American IT workers.
Off-shoring and H-1B visas—a double whammy against American workers
Of the many pork-barrel agreements hidden in the Senate immigration bill passed yesterday, one of the most critical came in the form of increased H-1B visas for foreign workers.
As should be expected, Silicon Valley and other businesses and their lobbyists won a huge expansion of the foreign guest worker visas program.
The final Senate bill would expand the number of H-1B visas that allow U.S. tech companies to bring foreign workers here “temporarily” depressing wages for American workers.
Close watchers of the visa programs say the final bill was a huge win for the tech industry at the expense of Americans.
A provision in the bill allows companies to consider their H-1B and L-1 workers “intending immigrants” if they file for green cards—this way they replace American permanently. Consequently, foreign H-1B workers are on an easy path to U.S. citizenship.
Neeraj Gupta, CEO of the IT company Systems in Motion, who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the matter stated, “They won’t talk about it in public, but I have friends who say it’s very obvious and that’s how they’re going to do it,” said Gupta, who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding H-1B visas. He stated, “My grief lies with fact that we are taking away positions that cannot be off-shored — local work — that is being given to workers from outside.”
Bruce Morrison, a former congressman turned lobbyist said the Senate bill provides for unlimited green cards for workers who’ve completed advanced science, technology, engineering, and mathematics degrees, a provision that Morrison says would help keep jobs in the U.S. Yes, jobs for newly arrived foreign workers and not for Americans.
Morrison, who headed the House immigration subcommittee, before turning against Americans said, “…people who come on green cards are free agents. They can enforce their preferences the same way American workers do, which is by bargaining and departing for greener pastures.”
Under the current system, the companies that hire the most H-1B foreigners aren’t famous innovators like Google—they’re lesser-known “body-shops” like New Jersey-based Cognizant which supply labor to other companies. These companies “resell labor” to other companies—thereby displacing American workers for a profit.
Paul Almeida, the head of the AFL-CIO’s Department for Professional Employees, stated, “And if an employer can save 20 to 25% of payroll on these employees, we’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars. To spend some small amount to lobby to push this through is a drop in the bucket.”
Meanwhile, Bruce Morrison makes good money by selling Americans jobs to foreigners.
It’s all part of Washington’s game.
Here’s how one Senator gets her (alleged) bribes
Frank Snellings was exposed this weekby the Washington Examiner which reported that he stands to make a cool $50,000 selling the home of “super-lobbyist” Tony Podesta.
Podesta’s lobbying firm represents clients who, from time to time, have issues with bills making their way through the Senate Appropriations Homeland Security subcommittee, which Snelling’s wife, Senator Mary Landrieu, (D-Louisana), chairs. Get the picture?
Snelling’s past clients, include lobbyist John Breaux, who works for a law and lobbying firm, Patton Boggs, whose employees are big contributors to Landrieu’s campaigns; Acadian Ambulance Services CEO Richard Zuschlag (company employees have donated more than $85,000 to Landrieu campaigns over the years); Comcast lobbyist Milissa Maxfield (who’s hosted three Landrieu fundraisers); and Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association lobbyist Chris John (who defended Landrieu in the Washington Post in 2007 when she voted with Republicans to maintain oil industry subsidies)-and the list goes on.
Senator Mary Landrieu avoids using her married name of Snellings (rhymes with “smellings”). This way she hides her connection to her (alleged) bagman Frank Snellings.
The news media is keeping a virtual blackout on this story.
George Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie Zimmerman, is facing a perjury charge with a potential $250,000 fine and up to 30 years in prison.
The perjury charge is for statements she made to the previous judge in her husband’s case, Judge Kenneth Lester, regarding the amount of money raised by the George Zimmerman legal defense fund, and the amount of money she transferred into her and George Zimmerman’s bank accounts prior to his April 2012 bond hearing.
Shellie Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s lawyer, successfully forced Judge Lester to step down, citing bias stemming from the statements made by Shellie Zimmerman to the court.
Shellie Zimmerman allegedly made some incorrect statements regarding her and her husband’s net worth during a bail hearing.
It is more than likely, however, that she was confusing their personal holdings with her husband’s defense fund.
The charges against Shellie Zimmerman read:
IN THE NAME AND BY AUTHORITY OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, ANGELA B. COREY, STATE ATTORNEY for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of the State of Florida, pursuant to Executive Order of the Governor 12-72, and as such Prosecuting Attorney for this Court, through the undersigned designated Assistant State Attorney, charges that:
COUNT 1: IN THE COUNTY OF SEMINOLE, STATE OF FLORIDA, on April 20, 2012, SHELLIE N. ZIMMERMAN, did knowingly make a false statement, which she did not believe to be true, under oath in an official proceeding, to wit: the Bond Hearing of George Zimmerman, regarding a material matter, contrary to the provisions of Section 837.02(1), Florida Statutes.
During cross examination by Assistant State Prosecuting Attorney Bernie de Ia Rionda,
Specifically, the following dialogue occurred between Mr. de Ia Rionda and Shellie Zimmerman (Transcript, pages 26 & 27):
Q. And you mentioned also, in terms of the ability of your husband to make a bond amount, that you all had no money, is that correct?
A. To my knowledge, that is correct.
Q: Were you aware of the website that Mr. Zimmerman or somebody on his behalf created?
A: I’m aware of that website.
Q: How much money is in that website right now? How much money as a result of that website was —
A: Currently, I do not know.
Q: Do you have any estimate as to how much money has already been obtained or collected?
A: I do not.
Perjury! The law is out to get the Zimmermans—both husband and wife.
August 28, 2013 Update – Zimmerman’s wife pleads guilty!
George Zimmerman’s wife Shellie pleaded guilty Wednesday to a perjury charge in connection with allegations she misled a Florida court about her family’s finances during a bail hearing.
Her plea deal—in which she avoided a felony conviction resulted in her being sentenced to a year’s probation and 100 hours of community service. Shellie Zimmerman’s conviction comes six weeks after her husband was acquitted of murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
The day after Shellie Zimmerman was sentenced to one year probation and 100 hours of community service for lying at her husband’s bond hearing, she appeared on Good Morning America expressing uncertainty about the future of their relationship.
“Of course I want to have children and stay married,” Shellie Zimmerman said.
“With George?” asked journalist Christi O’Connor.
“That’s something I’m going to have think about,” Shellie Zimmerman said.