Research for Social Advancement – Relevant Facts / Sparkling Analysis

Why Our Bloated Government Needs CPR : An Infographic


ISMALIC FINANCE – Badlishah Abd Ghani

A recording recorded on YouTube of a speaking engagement of Islamic Finance in London.

R.I.P. Whitney Houston

compiled by Dib Mossavi

Whitney Houston has died at the age of 48.

The ‘My Love is Your Love’ hitmaker was pronounced dead by paramedics at the Beverly Hilton Hotel at 3.55pm yesterday (11.02.12) after she was unresponsive to attempts at reviving her.

A reason for her death has not yet been given, and her body was identified by family and friends, reports.

Whitney was staying at the hotel ahead of a planned performance at Clive Davies’ pre-Grammy party – which took place last night – and she was seen partying and drinking with friends on Friday night (10.02.12).

Hours after her death her 18-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina – whom she had with ex-husband Bobby Brown – tried to see her mother’s body but was denied access by police.

She screamed and cursed in a bid to get access but eventually left without her request being fulfilled.

Whitney’s cousin Dionne Warwick turned up some hours later and she was also denied access.

Meanwhile a teary Bobby took to the stage for a planned concert in Mississippi with his group New Edition.

At the end of one song, he looked up at the sky, where he blew a kiss and shouted: ”I love you, Whitney.”

Whitney and Brown were married from 1992 to 2007, and the pair were known for a volatile relationship that included periods of heavy drug use.

However, speaking about their marriage in 2009, Whitney admitted she had strong feelings for him.

She said: ”I loved him so much. He was my drug. I didn’t do anything without him.”


compiled by Dib Mossavi

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Landslides bury Malaysian orphanage

Rescue workers were looking for at least a dozen children reported missing following two landslides that buried a Malaysian orphanage, killing at least 16 people and injuring nine others, the nation’s official news agency reported Sunday.   [read more …..]

GAZA Activists Were Hit 30 Times

Pictures of the anti Zionist picket near the American Embassy, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia taken via my Nokia E66 mobile yesterday Friday, 4 June 2010.

LONDON (Reuters) – Nine Turkish activists killed in an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship were shot a total of 30 times and five died of gunshot wounds to the head, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported on Friday.

Autopsy results showed the men were hit mostly with 9mm bullets, many fired at close range, the Guardian said, quoting Yalcin Buyuk, vice-chairman of the Turkish council of forensic medicine which carried out the autopsies on Friday.

Israeli commandos stormed a flotilla of aid ships planning to break the Israeli sea blockade of Gaza on Monday. The deaths, which all took place on one ship, the Mavi Marmara, drew widespread condemnation.

Israel said the marines who rappelled onto the Mavi Marmara fired in self-defence after activists attacked them with clubs and knives as well as two pistols snatched from the commandos.

The autopsy results showed that a 60-year-old man, Ibrahim Bilgen, was shot four times in the temple, chest, hip and back, the Guardian said.

A 19-year-old, named as Fulkan Dogan, who also has U.S. citizenship, was shot five times from less than 45 cm (18 inches) away, in the face, the back of the head, twice in the leg and once in the back, it said.

Two other men were shot four times. Five of those killed were shot either in the back of the head or in the back, the Guardian quoted Buyuk as saying.

n addition to those killed, 48 others suffered gunshot wounds and six activists were still missing, he added.

Israel said the multiple gunshot wounds did not mean the shots were fired other than in self defence.

“The only situation when a soldier shot was when it was a clearly a life-threatening situation,” the Guardian quoted a spokesman for the Israeli embassy in London as saying.

“Pulling the trigger quickly can result in a few bullets being in the same body, but does not change the fact they were in a life-threatening situation,” the spokesman said.

The newspaper quoted Haluk Ince, chairman of the council of forensic medicine in Istanbul, as saying that in only one case was there a single bullet wound, to the forehead from a distant shot, while every other body showed multiple wounds.

He said all but one of the bullets retrieved from the bodies came from 9mm rounds. Of the other round, Ince said: “It was the first time we have seen this kind of material used in firearms. It was just a container including many types of pellets usually used in shotguns. It penetrated the head region in the temple and we found it intact in the brain.”

No-one at Turkey’s forensic laboratory could immediately be reached for comment.

Turkey, Israel’s only Muslim ally, stepped up its rhetoric over the killings on Friday, accusing the Jewish state of betraying its own biblical law.

Keeping Office Politics in Its Place

Virtue Ethics and Habits

“Virtues are habits of human excellence. Moral virtues are excellences of character acquired through the formation of good habits and are necessary for happiness.”

Understanding virtue and the specific virtues that enable people to think and behave well has a real payoff: a serious chance at happiness, defined by Aristotle as a whole life, well lived. The virtue theory of ethics dominated Western moral thinking from ancient times through the middle ages. It made a major comeback in the 20th century. An understanding of what virtue and virtue ethics is all about can help people to see why they need to form good habits of choosing and acting.

Virtues are Habits of Human Excellence

Virtue refers to human excellence. In their quest to understand what a good person is and how a good life is lived, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle studied human excellences, which came to be called virtues. They concluded that virtue in general and some virtues in particular, enable a person not only to be good, but also to have a good life. People may not always feel the need to be good, but it’s a sure thing that everyone wants to have a good life. It turns out that you can’t have a good life without being good, that is, being virtuous.

In his Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle states there are two kinds of virtues: intellectual virtues which are excellences of the mind and moral virtues which are excellences of character.

Intellectual virtues include :-

  • art
  • science
  • speculative wisdom
  • practical wisdom (prudence)
  • intuitive reason (understanding)

These intellectual virtues can be taught in school – some more than others.

Moral virtues, the virtues that make up good character, are numerous. But the critical ones that, once ingrained in a person, give that person the best chance of happiness are the “cardinal” virtues of:

  • justice
  • temperance
  • fortitude or courage
  • prudence

Prudence (practical wisdom) is a special virtue in that it is an intellectual one, but guides human choices, while the moral virtues are all about doing, or action. Unlike intellectual virtues which can be taught, moral virtues aren’t acquired through teaching. Moral virtues are formed by acting in the same way over and over again, until they become habits.

Virtues are Required for the Good Life

All people want to be happy, and it turns out that a person actually needs the cardinal virtues to achieve happiness, which means, again, a whole life well lived. The moral virtues give people the character that they need to persist through difficulties (fortitude) to achieve worthwhile things, to say no to themselves when it’s really tempting to be self-indulgent (temperance) instead of doing what ought to be done, and to treat others properly (justice).

How do people acquire these moral virtues? If extremely lucky, a person had parents who had them and were therefore role models of excellence. Otherwise it’s very hard work and success comes only after years of making tough decisions and acting responsibly, over and over. Because virtues are good habits and habits take time to form.

How will a person know when he acquires these moral virtues? By the people around him who will look up to him, go to him for help, rely totally on his word, and trust him with their lives. In addition, such a person will feel 10 feet tall, knowing that he is in control of all his appetites, and that he does what he says he’ll do, 100% of the time, even when it costs him something. That person has good moral character or just good character, because he possesses the moral virtues.

Aristotle maintained that it is not possible to achieve happiness, that is, a whole life well lived, without moral virtue. Moral virtue is necessary for happiness because otherwise people sabotage their own well being by making lots of bad choices and acting badly. But moral virtue is not sufficient for happiness as Aristotle saw it. Good fortune is also needed to the extent that a certain minimum amount of wealth and possession of important goods are outside of one’s own power. Good health also relies to some extent on good fortune.

Virtue Ethics Offers a Powerful Plan

The virtue ethics of Aristotle provides people with both amazing insight and a powerful plan to shape one’s choices and actions in ways that will increase the chance of attaining happiness. By developing the four cardinal virtues, a person can go very far down the path of a whole life, well lived and the rest is up to good fortune. But even if bad luck ruins the chance, a person of good character, by possessing the moral virtues, will be far better off than those who don’t.

Sources :   Robert McKelvie – Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle.

Interesting Aspects of Warren Buffet

“I always knew I was going to be rich. I don’t think I ever doubted it for a minute” – Warren Buffett