DAY 1 – Watch Stereosonic Australia – Sydney’s Livestream 2013 WORLD AIDS DAY | Thump

Day 1 (Nov. 30)
David Guetta
Calvin Harris
Sebastian Ingrosso
Empire of the Sun
Tommy Trash
Kaz James
Feenixpawl
DJ Falcon

DAY 1: November 30
3AM – 11AM EST // 7PM – 3AM Australian ET
Rebroadcast 11:30AM – 7:30PM EST // 3:30AM – 11:30AM Australian ET
Rebroadcast 8PM – 4AM EST // 12PM – 8PM Australian ET

Day 2 (Dec. 1)
Armin van Buuren
Axwell
Afrojack
Alesso
Bingo Players
Stafford Brothers
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
Gareth Emery
Mat Zo
Tommie Sunshine

DAY 2: December 1
5AM – 1PM EST // 9PM – 5AM Australian ET
Rebroadcast 1:30PM – 9:30PM EST // 5:30AM – 1:30PM Australian ET
Rebroadcast 10PM – 6AM EST // 2PM – 10PM Australian ET (Dec 2)

On Nov 30 and Dec 1 join (RED) & the biggest names in music for DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES 2 in support of an amazing new album and historic livestream from Stereosonic, Sydney — the largest dance music festival in Australia!

Buy the DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES 2 album featuring tracks with deadmau5, Tiësto, Calvin Harris and more. It costs $9.99 – ALL proceeds go to fight AIDS. http://iTunes.com/danceRED.

Full album tracklist:
1. Katy Perry – Roar (DallasK Remix)
2. Coldplay – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall (Swedish House Mafia Remix)
3. Major Lazer ft. Bruno Mars, Tyga and Mystic – Bubble Butt (Flosstradamus Remix)
4. Empire of the Sun & Tommy Trash – Celebrate (Tommy Trash Remix)
5. Madonna vs. Avicii – Girl Gone Wild (Avicii’s UMF Mix)
6. Bob Marley – Sun Is Shining (Jesse Rose ‘Bootleg’ Remix)
7. Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding – I Need Your Love (R3hab Remix)
8. Dada Life vs. Josh Wink – Higher State of Dada Land
9. Robin Thicke ft. Kendrick Lamar – Give It 2 U (Benny Benassi Remix)
10. Capital Cities – Kangaroo Court (Robert DeLong Remix)
11. Banks – Waiting Game (Kaytranada Edition)
12. Baauer & RL Grime – Infinite Daps
13. Claire – Broken Promise Land (Giorgio Moroder Remix & Vocoder)
14. Bingo Players – Buzzcut (Popeska Remix)
15. Icona Pop – All Night (Crookers Remix)
16. Tiësto, Mark Alston, Baggi Begovic, Jason Taylor – Love & Run ft. Teddy Geiger (MOTi Remix)
17. Deadmau5 vs. Eric Prydz – The Veldt (Prydz Festival Edit)
18. Martin Solveig & The Cataracts – Hey Now ft. Kyle (Pierce Fulton Remix)
19. Gorgon City – Voltage
20. Felix Cartal ft. HAERTS – Slow Motion
21. Rebecca & Fiona ft. VICE – Hot Shots (RED Edition)
22. Tritonal ft. Underdown – Deep Into Black (Club Mix)
23. Chuckie – Skydive ft. Maiday (Candyland Remix)
24. Far East Movement – There Will Be No Rain (Kill Paris Remix)

Buy the DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES 2 album: http://iTunes.com/danceRED. ALL proceeds go to help fight AIDS.

What is “Contemporary” Dance?

Dance Doc's Think Tank

Defining dance and locating its roots is never simple and never complete, but the attempt is always enlightening. All summer I have been thinking about Contemporary dance: Historically, how did Contemporary dance evolve? What are its major influences and artistic motivations? What are its distinguishing features? How does one train to become a Contemporary dancer? In my quest for answers I’ve searched the web, asked local dancers, and listened carefully to the judges on SYTYCD who often comment on the subject. (In fact, I never even heard of Contemporary before SYTYCD arrived on the air six years ago. Hence my curiosity.) Here are some beginning speculations on the subject.

Part 1: Historical Influences

I found one description on www.wisegeek.com. How well it expresses the opinion of the Contemporary dance community, I do not know, but it’s a good starting point.

“Contemporary dance is a style of dance which emerged…

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A YOUNG SINGAPOREAN MUSLIM: I AM NOW AGAINST CIRCUMCISION

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Dear The Real Singapore,

I, like many muslims males in the South East Asian region, are circumcised the moment I reached the age of 7 to 10. I still remember the propaganda my parents taught me. They told me that circumcision was a normal part of life and that everyone goes through it. I was teased by my older peers and family member when I was still uncircumcised. They told me that I was still a baby and I should go for circumcision if I want to be with the grown ups.

The week that I was to be circumcised was during the school holidays so as not to disrupt my studies. We had a feast and my parents asked the local mosque to give me some prayers. I had my circumcision done at the hospital with anesthesia so it wasn’t that painful. But the weeks that follow was horrible.

I wasn’t able to walk properly and was in constant pain. I was made to wear the sarong in order to heal but even then, there were instances where the sarong would stick on to the head of my penis after I awoke from a nap and trying to separate the sarong from my penis was extremely painful. I was not able to bathe for many days as we don’t want to get the bandages wet and it made me extremely uncomfortable. But worst of all, urinating was extremely painful. I remembered I world cry every time I had to go to the toilet and sometime I would try to hold it in as long as possible.

But after weeks past, most of the scars have healed, the head of my penis have dried up and I am now officially one of the grown up and was a good muslim. Little did I and my parents know how unnecessary this ordeal was.

Growing up, I thought nothing much of it. It was just something muslims do for cleanliness was told “Cina itu kotor” (the Chinese are dirty) for not undergoing circumcision. I didn’t want to offend my friends so I try to
avoid the topic entirely. But now as an adult, I start to criticize some parts of my religion and found a lot of holes in my belief.

Myth 1: I believed that the foreskin is simply a flap of skin that does not serve any purpose. It is not a big deal and something that I would miss.

Truth 1: There have been many documentaries about circumcision and they all have shown that the foreskin is not just an extra piece of skin. The foreskin itself has many functions. First, it is there to protect the head of the penis. When I look at my circumcised penis now, I will notice the head looks slightly rough compared to the smooth head of an uncircumcised penis. This is because the head of the penis was meant to be an internal organ and due to the absence of the foreskin, the skin on the head of the penis has to harden in order to protect itself, making it look different than it would have naturally looked.

Second, the foreskin acts as lubricant during sexual intercourse. Interviews with women who had sexual intercourse with both circumcised and uncircumcised men have said that it was more comfortable to do it with an uncircumcised man. Circumcision has removed the gliding effect of foreskin so it would feel rougher than an uncircumcised penis. Sometimes, extra lubrication is needed in order to prevent injury.

Thirdly, the foreskin is shown to have over 10,000 extra nerve endings, similar to those on our finger tips. This shows that the foreskin plays a big part in sensitivity during sexual intercourse. In short, men with foreskin scientifically would feel more pleasure than those without foreskin. So indeed, the foreskin is not just an extra flap of skin but plays a big part in the penile anatomy and it is something that I will miss.

Myth 2: I believed that circumcision is good for hygiene. I was always told as a child that those with uncircumcised penis are dirty and that circumcised penis is much cleaner.

Truth 2: There is some truth to this but not really that much. The foreskin have a chance of getting dirty as dead skin cells, urine and ejaculation can get trapped by the foreskin. The messes of dead cells are called Smegma and it could lead to bacterial growth, causing further complication.

There was a point in time that I was proud to have a circumcised penis because I believed that I was much cleaner than those who were uncircumcised. But later in life, I have learnt that women too have faced the problem of Smegma. And they have developed a technique of maintaining hygiene without resorting to cutting parts of their genitals off. It is called soap and water.

The uncircumcised penis can get dirty, but so do your hands, your feet and your butt. And we remedy that by washing after ourselves. During bath time, the foreskin can be rolled back and washed thoroughly to maintain hygiene. So the idea of circumcision to maintain hygiene now sounds like cutting off your hands so you don’t have to wash your hands and maintaining hand hygiene. And now, there are stereotypes that muslims circumcised because they are too lazy to maintain proper hygene.

Myth 3: I believed that circumcision prevents some diseases and even prevent penile cancer. I believed that I was healthier compared to those who were uncircumcised.

Truth 3: Looking back to truth 2, heath of the penis can be maintained by proper hygiene so diseases like urinary tract infection is can be prevented by maintaining proper hygiene. Furthermore, diseases like Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV do not discriminate people based on foreskin or lack thereof. The foreskin does not act as a magnet to all these diseases. People get STD and HIV primarily due to unsafe sex and sex with an infected partner. A circumcised man has just as much chance of contracting these diseases as an uncircumcised man if they don’t use a condom.

Lastly penile cancer. It is true that uncircumcised men have a higher chance of getting penile cancer compared to circumcised men. The chance of an uncircumcised man getting penile cancer in their lifetime is 1:200,000 Circumcised men have lesser chance of getting penile cancer as there are less cells that can become mutated. But the thing is 1:200,000 is a very insignificant chance. Men are more likely to get breast cancer than to get penile cancer. Circumcision to prevent penile cancer makes as much sense as removing the breast to prevent breast cancer.

Myth 4: I believed that it was mandatory in Islam for men to be circumcised.

Truth 4: Perhaps one of the most powerful points to support circumcision was that god told you to. Believers who believed in the word of god will not dare defy it so many muslims will undergo circumcision simply because of their faith. And even this too turned out to be a lie.

There is nothing in the Quran that commands circumcision. Nothing at all. It turned out that Circumcision is not an Islamic requirement but a traditional requirement. Circumcision is a tradition brought down by the Sunni and Shia tradition, not the faith itself. In fact, another sect of muslims called the Quranist (Those who solely believe in the Quran and reject hadiths), believes that circumcision is a sin. Quranist believes in the perfection of the human body and alteration to it like tattoos and circumcision goes against god’s will.

I share this story to show how so much misinformation have affected my parent’s decision to perform an irreversible act to their child. They have regretted this decision once I have shared all the things I’ve learnt and I have forgiven them as they did what they thought was in my best interest.

But now, armed with new information, I believe continuing in this tradition is as barbaric as the old Chinese Foot binding tradition. Circumcision is not something to be encouraged let alone to be done to a child. A child is too young to give such a life altering consent and parents should not be allowed to make this decision of their child. Circumcision is simply genital mutilation that does not serve any medical, hygiene or religious purpose (maybe the Jews only) and should be considered as child abuse if done to a child under the age of consent. The only time circumcision should be allowed to a child if there is a legitimate medical reason to do so.

It really saddens me to see so many children are forced to undergo this barbaric tradition even till this day and I hope this article will help better inform the public of this totally unnecessary and barbaric tradition.

The circumcision tradition will end with me in my family line and I promised never to put my future son in the same position I was. And I hope other will also follow.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khitan_(circumcision)

http://modernalternativepregnancy.com/2012/12/17/the-five-myths-of-circumcision/#

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/moral-landscapes/201109/myths-about-circumcision-you-likely-believe

A Young Singaporean Muslim

TRS contributor

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Show us your income tax returns, Najib

This article was in respond to “Tax evaders are traitors – Najib – Bernama http://shar.es/DHZUA

PM Najib Razak recently called tax evaders “traitors”. Columnist Kee Thuan Chye has a proposal for him which he hopes Najib will accept to prove his sincerity and accountability as a leader.

Dear Najib,

You have come out to call tax evaders traitors. That’s a very strong word. If you had used it on corrupt public officials and politicians, especially government ministers, that would have been more apt. It would have struck a resonant chord. It would also have indicated your seriousness in fighting corruption within your ranks.

As it is, according to your minister Paul Low, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) arrested nine politicians who were reported to be involved in corruption between 2010 and August 2013, and only five have been charged. That’s a pretty low number over the course of four years. The minister did not clarify who these politicians were, but one would presume that they were part of the ruling party.

It may well be that Malaysian politicians, including those holding public office, are generally clean, but the unofficial allegations that have been brought up from time to time tell us a hugely different story. You may be aware of them yourself – allegations about this minister living beyond his means, like building a palatial home, and that minister receiving kickbacks or laundering money for his so-called “adopted son”. And of course the biggie surrounding Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud and his relatives, some of whom were caught on video earlier this year by the international NGO Global Witness allegedly offering logging licences in return for profit.

Only a few days ago, Sarawak Report exposed another alleged scheme of Taib and his family in exploiting the Bandar Samariang low-cost housing project for their own financial gain. If these allegations about the family are true, what would you call the people involved? More important, would you launch an investigation and haul them in for corruption?

Okay, let’s get back to the tax evaders issue. I have a proposal for you that I hope you will accept to prove your sincerity and accountability as a leader.

Since you call tax evaders traitors, show us you are not one. Release your income tax returns to the public. Let us know how much income you make, what assets you own and how much tax you pay. Get your ministers to do the same. Show us that you are not a traitor, that you do not under-declare your income or resort to tax shelters in order to pay less tax.

Don’t try and back out of this one, with some excuse or other. The US president publicly reveals his income tax returns and declares how much tax he pays. And that’s good, don’t you think? He apparently has nothing to hide. Even if he tried to, it’s all out there in the open. If he’s found out later, he can be held accountable.

You should do the same. Since you condemn others for evading tax, it is all the more incumbent on you now to show that you are not doing it yourself. You probably know the saying, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”

For your information, the tax returns of US presidents are protected by law from public disclosure, but since the late 1960s, most of them have chosen to release their returns publicly. Apparently, Gerald Ford is the only exception. Even candidates for the presidency do the same, including those contesting in party primaries.

If you want to look at the combined tax returns of Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, for 2012, please click here.

Barack and Michelle reported an adjusted gross income of US$608,611. They both paid US$112,214 in total tax. It could have been higher if they had not donated about 24.6 per cent of their adjusted gross income to charity. That’s a generous US$150,034.

Out of curiosity, may I ask how much you donate to charity? You may of course include your wife’s donations too, if you like. Oh, by the way, does she pay income tax?

On top of the federal income tax, the Obamas also released their state tax returns and reported paying US$29,450 to their home state of Illinois.

For Vice-President Joe Biden and his wife Jill’s combined federal tax returns for 2012, have a look here.

They reported an adjusted gross income of US$385,072 and paid US$87,851 in total tax. For state income tax, they filed separate returns, with Jill filing a non-resident one for the state of Virginia. They paid US$13,531 to Delaware and US$3,593 to Virginia.

The Bidens gave to charity US$7,190. That’s a small fraction of what the Obamas donated, but that’s not the point.

The point is, don’t you think this sort of declaration contributes to a wonderful and open system?

Other countries that operate with such openness and transparency include Sweden, Finland and Norway. In fact, there, everyone’s income tax returns are made public. It is said to cohere with the Scandinavian tradition of jantelag, which roughly means that nobody is better than anyone else.

It should also cohere with the “best democracy” that you promised for Malaysia in the speech you made on September 16, 2011. Don’t you agree?

If you recall, on that occasion, you announced the repeal of the Internal Security Act (ISA), which effectively outlawed the use of preventive detention in Malaysia. Now that preventive detention is back – reinstated through the recent amendments to the Prevention of Crime Act – does your promise of “best democracy” still hold true?

In that speech, you also said the repeal of the ISA was part of the political transformation that your government was carrying out pertaining to human rights. You said, “The time has come for us to take another step forward not only in economics and education but also in upholding democratic principles.”

Do you still believe that?

If you do, walk the talk. For now, to put your money where your mouth is, disclose your tax returns publicly. And get your deputy and your other ministers to do the same. Be a leader and lead the way. Prove to us that you can lead.

Otherwise, you are just sounding like a prime minister who is talking in abrasive language because your coalition didn’t win the popular vote at the last general election in May.

Otherwise, we will not know for sure that you are not a traitor – like any vile, shameful, despicable, crooked, cheapskate tax evader.

Sincerely,

Chye

* Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to MSN Malaysia

* Kee Thuan Chye is the author of the new book The Elections Bullshit , now available in bookstores.

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Wicked Entertainment is UNPROFESSIONAL.

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The FB print screen displays everything in its originality.

Last I checked – the admin deleted my comment & not apologised for their mistake even at 1st comment.
Why – obviously the reasons stated by me would have been CORRECT in 1 way or another.
It’s like a murderer caught red-handed & now want to cover the patch here & there. The more they cover –> the more lies / unnecessary has to be done.

Axwell, Zedd & NO_ID LIVE at Sepang, KL- Malaysia 23 November 2013

I missed Zedd!
SO SAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I only reached after he finished his last song Alive [Empire of the Sun]

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But on my way in, I heard good music was played by NO_ID.
People normally thought those who play alongside these BIG & HUGE DJs will spin famous songs….but they did not!

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Some songs that they played caught my attention. They had mix of Ibiza House music flavour and some real House music. It’s amazing how good they are. I recalled 2 songs. 1 = Pjanoo by Eric Prydz and another is Jeremy Olander’s Let Me Feel [Pryda & friends]

If they come again to KL, I certainly will attend their show. This is what we call talent & good taste of music!

THE BIG MAIN DJ = AXWELL!

At first, there was a man who came up & everybody cheered. I told them…that’s not AXWELL!. Axwell has a signature style…Headphone on head & the band wrapped on forehead. They hushed….till the REAL Axwell came out.

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I can’t say much on how awesome he is cause he is!
His show started with opening music by Don Diablo’s Starlight [Could You Be Mine] Original Mix.
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Lots of great tunes were spun. Like Blinder’s Remix of Centre of the Universe, In My Mind [Ivan tough & Feenixpawl – Axwell remix],
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Lots of tunes from Swedish House Mafia Greyhound, Every Tear Drop Is A Waterfall, Save The World etc.
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The rain came pouring & the right music was on…guess what? It’s Alesso & Sebastian Ingrosso ft Ryan Tedder Calling [Lose My Mind] Watching this video over & over again causes one to be emotional because everyone was singing, partying & stayed although it rained. Tears out from your eyes.
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The weather was quite emotional. Cause it rained, stop, rain again, stop, drizzle, stop….rain heavily, ,,,,stop.

Then the song – We Come, We Rave, We Love [Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso]
It should be We Come, We Rain & Rave & We LOVE!

He played some new songs and NOT noticeable by Malaysians. But I recall most of the songs where the energy was low although it’s brand new. Like;
1 – Man With The Red Face – Mark Knight & Funkagenda [Hardwell remix]
2 – Tokyo By Night – Axwell’s coming new single
3 – Michael Calfan’s No Man’s Land – 24hr Ibiza Edit

IN HD

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[for more info / review of the songs – follow my blog & you’ll get the latest review of brand new music….1s a month or 1s every 2 months.]

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Strange enough that he didn’t play Miami to Ibiza.

But I was really happy for the night & AXWELL. MAD RESPECT & LOVE for this DJ!
1- He went on playing & DJing although it rained heavily
2- He was trying to DJ & these organiser’s people kept on covering almost everything that is so hard for him to DJ because of rain.
3 – He said;
“You guys are the best crowd on this part of the earth.”
“I never had thought rain will be in my plan tonight.”
“The rain didn’t stop you guys. Y’all keep coming harder.”
4 – He waved & wore Malaysia’s flag on him while DJ-ing
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5 – He finished his set. People calling 1 last song. The organiser shut off everything. [In my next post, I will show you their response to my statement on their page. Also, they “Wicked Entertainment” blocked me on their FB page already. Not that I hate them. But seriously, if you did shitty things, do you expect people to say….WELL DONE…. for doing shitty things?]
Axwell & his assistant turn their 2 BIG speakers facing the crowd & played Don’t Your Worry Child ft John Martin & allowed the visual play moving. He even came down to sing with us!

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This is why Axwell get the RESPECT & SALUTE!

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A lil must-do flexing at RAVE event.
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Also – what I discovered was my Instagram photo was featured in Axwell’s website #IAM #AXWELL. SUPERCOOL!
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A photo taken by Axwell from his FB page. You can see his hair and shirt is all wet & he’s still partying hard like us!

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