Probe begins into handling of land gripes

Probe begins into handling of land gripes

Friday, May 08, 2015

The Ombudsman has launched an investigation into how the Lands Department deals with requests concerning those who illegally occupy government land.

Connie Lau Yin-hing said several complaints have been made regarding the time it takes for such matters to be addressed.

The investigation aims to determine whether any impropriety has taken place.

“Generally speaking, when an illegal occupation of government land is found, the department may invoke various ordinances to require the occupier to cease occupying the land by a prescribed date, and take over any property or structure on the land after that date,” Lau said yesterday.

“In a case of breach of lease conditions, the department may take lease-enforcement action, which includes requiring the landowner to rectify the irregularity by a prescribed date and re- entering the land if the irregularity continues.”

However, an illegal occupier or a landowner who violates lease conditions may respectively apply to the department for a short- term tenancy and modification of lease conditions to address the irregularity.

The Office of the Ombudsman said it appears from complaints that it usually takes the department a fairly long time often more than a year to complete the processing of applications addressing irregularities.

The department suspends enforcement action while it processes applications.

This then allows irregularities to continue and, as a result, this may then result in prolonged suffering for residents or landowners in the neighborhood from the nuisance or inconvenience concerned. STAFF REPORTER

Keeping things peaceful is the status quo: Tsai

TAIPEI, Taiwan — To maintain the status quo in cross-strait relations is to keep things peaceful over the Taiwan Strait, said Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday.

Tsai made the remarks during her visit to a “senior village” housing elderly citizens in Nantou County yesterday when the media asked about her thoughts on President Ma Ying-jeou’s recent claim that Tsai, former Presidents Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) and Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) had all agreed to the so-called “1992 Consensus.”

Tsai said she hopes the relationship between Taiwan and China will develop peacefully, and that she is looking for further opportunities in the future to keep the progress going.

“I don’t understand why the ‘1992 Consensus’ became a heated topic again after Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) visited China recently,” said Tsai. “I was only a scholar in 1992, not a policy maker, and the term ‘1992 Consensus’ was only coined in 2000, which means the people who were included in this have different opinions about it.”

“Cross-strait relations are closely linked to Taiwan’s benefits and future, we do not wish for political parties and politicians to take advantage of elections; this is not beneficial for Taiwan. The country has many things on its agenda, and the people should be taken care of by the government,” said Tsai.

To keep things peaceful over the Taiwan Strait is something that would benefit all of us, said Tsai.

“I hope the 20 years of interaction between Taiwan and China will not be destroyed by elections or party competition, and everyone should be responsible in maintaining (the relationship),” said Tsai.

Tsai’s Cross-Strait Policies a Backroom Deal: KMT

KMT spokesman Yang Wei-chung (楊偉中) criticized Tsai for her cross-strait policies yesterday, saying Tsai was running for president, yet her policies were “the real backroom deal” as they are reportedly ambiguous.

Tsai said earlier to the Taiwan Nation Alliance (TNA) that what she meant by “maintaining the status quo” matches the stance of the U.S. government, a remark that Yang thought Tsai should explain.

“Tsai is running for president of the R.O.C., how can her cross-strait policies be defined by the U.S. government? She should be clarifying on this,” said Yang.

According to local media outlets, Tsai had nodded when the TNA claimed that “Taiwan is a country with independent sovereign rights,” yet former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell stated in April, 2004 that “Taiwan is not independent, and does not enjoy national sovereignty,” said Yang.

“We would like to ask Tsai, who is on the same side as the U.S. government, whose idea about Taiwan’s sovereignty does she agree with?” asked Yang.

“She is the one avoiding the contradictory issues regarding cross-strait relations.”

#letstalkmen #womenagainstfeminism Avengers Director Joss Whedon is Feminism’s Battered Wife

Avengers director Joss Whedon was chased off Twitter this week after feminist trolls went loopy because… well, who knows. Something about the heteropatriarchal oppression of fictional characters, I guess. He later claimed that he had quit the social network for other reasons. But do we believe him?

Whedon has bent over backwards to appease feminists. (I’m speaking figuratively of course, but who knows? As a feminist he’s sure to be familiar with the cucking craze.) He’s pals with Anita Sarkeesian, a bonkers anti-video game radical who thinks video games and the “toxic masculinity” they promote are responsible for school shootings.

Most people think of Sarkeesian as the feminist answer to TV preacher and moral panic purveyor Jack Thompson. Whedon thinks of her as something between a hero and perpetual damsel in distress. Sort of like his interpretation of Black Widow, if the cranks on the internet are to be believed.

Most hysterically, Whedon recently compared #GamerGate, a movement opposing feminist-led censorship in videogames, to the Ku Klux Klan. Whedon’s comment has been widely cited as an example of “Airport’s Law”, a maxim coined by infamous meme composer and internet personality “Airport” (warning – explicit language).

On the internet, men like Whedon are known as “beta orbiters”. This is the manosphere word for men with no game (dating ability), who oleaginously suck up to their female friends, hanging on their every word, hoping that their boring, unthreatening, nice-guy attitude will eventually get them laid. Is Whedon a beta orbiter?

Either way, you’d think feminists would be thankful to have such a high-profile lapdog. Not so: while women may initially feel flattered by attention from beta orbiters, they are also turned off by the constant deference. And, once an orbiter has been friend-zoned, the only question is whether he is useful or not. Can he carry your luggage? Buy your drinks? Fight your Twitter wars for you?

If the orbiter proves useful, the next step is to train him. Lest he get into the bad habit of thinking for himself, he must constantly be kept at arm’s length. Periodically banishing him from your presence forces him to fight harder to win back your favor. This is exactly what feminists have done to Joss Whedon over the past few days by hurling abuse at him on social media over his portrayal of the super-heroine Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson, in the new Avengers movie.

Judging by this post [trigger warning: Gawker blog attempting to do politics], they object to the fact that Johansson’s character is revealed to be have been sterilised during an experiment, and is upset about it. According to the two bloggers, this “foist[s] a frustrated desire for motherhood and self-loathing onto the character”.

Because modern feminism, as we know by now, is about despising motherhood, and wanting female superheroines (and indeed women in the real world) to behave exactly like men.

As you would expect from the frothing Twitter mobs of social justice, these concerns were explained completely rationally and without any hatre— sorry, what am I saying. They told him to eat shit and die. Whedon abandoned Twitter soon after the deluge began, thanking “everyone who’ve been so kind and funny and inspiring up in here.”

Social justice warriors falling on each other like jackals is not new. Much like the sci-fi series Highlander, they believe “there can be only one” perfect SJW, and that they will somehow absorb the power of their vanquished former compatriots. The only problem is, every SJW thinks him or herself to be that perfect archetype.

GamerGate villain Arthur Chu experienced this first hand when he faced the wrath of Suey Park, who rose to SJW prominence in early 2014 with her movement to “Cancel Colbert”.

Chu made the mistake of disagreeing with Suey Park, and quickly felt the wrath of his fellow progressive Asian activist. Park called him a “tool of white supremacy,” among other chestnuts. This ended – of course – with a grovelling apology from Chu. Apologising is particularly humiliating for a social justice warrior, because their raison d’etre is to extract mournful expressions of regret, not dish them out.

Park herself, in turn, fell out of the herd’s good graces after a bizarre appearance on Huff Post Live which was widely lampooned on both the right and the left.

After Park’s Former Cancel Colbert allies turned on her, she found herself a progressive without power, largely withdrawing from the public and later claiming mental illness – afavoured tactic among left-wing campaigners who find themselves up shit creek without a retweet.

Leftist nerd darling and prominent anti-GamerGater Wil Wheaton also experienced ostracision after an innocuous reference to spirit animals. Followers quickly chided him and directed him to safer words that would not trigger his audience. Who knew there were so many Native American shaman on Twitter, perpetually aggrieved about the “appropriation” of their culture?

What Wheaton and the others have in common is short-sightedness. They never, ever see it coming.

Et tu, hipster?

Whedon, like any good battered wife, is now frantically lying about where he got his bruises. He told Buzzfeed (who else?) that claims he left Twitter due to feminist abuse were “horseshit”, adding that “I have been attacked by militant feminists ever since I got on Twitter. That’s something I’m used to.” See, everyone? It’s just normal behavior for feminists. The abuse is just their way of showing how much they love him.

In all honesty, I sympathise with Joss’s position. After all, I’m a bottom myself! So, because I’m a kind and gentle soul, I’ve been spitballing ideas for SJW-approved projects that Joss can use to win back favour with his abusers. Here are a few ideas.