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Agustus 29, 2009

parasit: MJ semakin TENAAAAAAAAAnnnnnng

Filed under: GLOBAL ECONOMY — bumi2009fans @ 12:11 am

Hasil Otopsi, Jacko Tewas Karena Obat Tidur
Hasil otopsi menyatakan ada kandungan berbagai macam obat tidur dan penenang yang berlebih
SABTU, 29 AGUSTUS 2009, 07:07 WIB
Ita Lismawati F. Malau

Michael Jackson (corbis.com)
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VIVanews – Michael Jackson dipastikan tewas terbunuh dengan penyebab utama kematian adalah over dosis sejumlah obat tidur dan penenang.

Demikian hasil otopsi yang dikeluarkan tim dokter seperti dilansir dari Associated Press, Minggu 29 Agustus 2009. Michael Jackson atau yang semasa hidup kerap disapa Jacko dipastikan tewas akibat penggunaan obat tidur propofol, lorazepam, dan zat penenang lainnya.

Tim dokter pencari penyebab kematian (coroner) Jacko juga menemukan zat tambahan lainnya dalam tubuh Raja Pop itu, yakni midazolam and diazepam. Selain itu, zat penghilang rasa sakit, lidocaine dan zat perangsang ephedrine.

Petugas coroner tidak mengumumkan hasil otopsi keseluruhan atas permintaan kepolisian Los Angeles yang tengah melakukan penyidikan kasus pembunuhan Jacko itu.

Jacko ditemukan tak bernyawa pada 25 Juni lalu dalam usia 50 tahun di kediamannya Los Angeles. Dokter pribadi Conrad Murray mengaku pada polisi telah memberikan propofol pada Jacko pada hari itu.

Murray belum dinyatakan sebagai tersangka dalam dugaan pembunuhan Jacko itu. Namun, dokter ini menjadi target polisi.

• VIVAnews

Los Angeles, Aug 28, 2009 (AFP) –
Michael Jackson’s death was declared a homicide by Los Angeles coroners on Friday as they revealed the singer had a lethal cocktail of six different drugs in his body when he died.

Ending several weeks of feverish speculation following Jackson’s sudden death in Los Angeles on June 25, the county coroner’s office issued a brief statement ruling that the superstar’s death was unlawful.

The statement said that while “acute intoxication” from the powerful anesthetic propofol was the primary cause of death, Jackson, 50, had also suffered from the effects of other drugs in his system.

As well as propofol, powerful drugs including lorazepam, midazolam, diazepam, lidocaine and ephedrine were found in Jackson’s body.

The coroner’s statement said police investigators and public prosecutors had ordered that the full toxicology report concerning Jackson be withheld until further notice.

Jackson’s family welcomed the findings.

“The Jackson family again wishes to commend the actions of the coroner, the LAPD and other law enforcement agencies, and looks forward to the day that justice can be served,” the family said in a statement.

The coroner’s announcement will fuel speculation that authorities are likely to charge Jackson’s personal physician Conrad Murray in connection with the death. Cardiologist Murray was the last person to see Jackson alive.

A lawyer for Murray issued a barbed statement to Friday’s announcement, saying the coroner’s release “contains nothing new.”

“For two months we have been hearing the same information, usually from leaks out of the coroner’s office,” attorney Ed Chernoff said in a statement.

“One has to wonder why the coroner felt compelled to release anything at all if the police investigation is not yet complete.”

According to court documents unsealed in Houston, Texas, on Monday, multiple drugs were administered to Jackson by Murray in the hours before his death.

Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran “reviewed the preliminary toxicology results and his preliminary assessment of Jackson’s cause of death was due to lethal levels of propofol.”

Murray administered propofol and other drugs to Jackson — at the star’s insistence — to treat his insomnia, but was worried Jackson had developed an addiction and “tried to wean Jackson off of the drug,” the affidavit said.

Propofol is a powerful anesthetic used to induce unconsciousness in patients undergoing major surgery in hospital. Medical professionals say it should never be used by private individuals at home.

The affidavit unsealed on Monday revealed that Murray confessed to investigators two days after the star died that he had been giving Jackson 50 milligrams of propofol nightly during the six weeks prior to the event.

As part of their investigation, police and federal agents have already raided Murray’s offices in Las Vegas, Nevada and Houston, Texas, as well as a Las Vegas pharmacy that provided the drugs.

Murray told investigators he was not the first doctor to administer propofol to the King of Pop, who referred to the drug as his “milk,” LAPD detective Orlando Martinez wrote in the affidavit, citing the cardiologist.

Medical experts said the cocktail of drugs apparently given to Jackson was extremely dangerous and police would need to determine whether administering it was tantamount to medical negligence.

“If all of these drugs… are also shown, this would be a classical case of acute combined drug toxicity,” forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht told CNN.

Jackson is to be buried at a cemetery in Glendale, California on September 3, his family announced last week. They had originally planned to bury him on Saturday — the day he would have turned 51.

rcw/ao

Agustus 28, 2009

parasit: dampak KECERDASAN FINANSIAL zero…

Filed under: GLOBAL ECONOMY — bumi2009fans @ 4:01 pm

ORANG INDONESIA YTH,
kenapa anda
selalu tertipu
….
karena saya
tetap bodoh
….
karena saya
tidak pernah belajar
dari kebodohan
saya setelah tertipu
….
ooopss, gw bosen dah, denger dan baca betapa mudahnya orang indo tertipu model2 investasi yang TIDAK RESMI seperti ini …

Puluhan Warga Bekasi Resah Tertipu Investasi
Jum’at, 28 Agustus 2009 – 21:33 wib

BEKASI – Kaum ibu rumah tangga di wilayah Komplek Perumahan Antara I, Kelurahan Bintara Jaya, Kecamatan Bekasi Barat yang menjadi korban penipuan investasi mengaku resah dan kesal. Mereka berharap pelaku segera tertangkap agar tidak muncul korban lainnya.

Delvy Djamhur (40), warga yang tinggal di RT 04/10, mengaku rugi sebesar Rp75 juta. Delvy menyebut angka kerugian warga seluruh mencapai Rp2 miliar lebih. Dia tak menduga akan menjadi salah satu korban penipuan oleh pelaku bernama Feni Rita Napitupulu.

Menurut dia, sehari-harinya Feni selalu bersikap manis. Bahkan suaminya Ir M Ikrar Purba juga berbuat baik kepada anak-anak di kompleks tersebut. “Dia tawari hasilnya sepuluh persen tiap sepuluh hari,” ungkap Delvi di Bekasi, Jumat (28/8/2009).

Dua bulan pertama pelaku nyaris tak pernah telat membayarkan hasil itu. Delvy menambah lagi modalnya hingga mencapai Rp75 juta. Ida Puspita (40), warga lainnya juga berinvestasi hingga mencapai Rp18 juta.

Entah kenapa pelaku yang semula mengontrak di luar kompleks kemudian pindah rumah di kompleks tersebut. Akhirnya, sejumlah warga di perumahan itu yang tertarik pun turut menyertakan dana segar Rp15 juta-Rp25 juta. Ibu kandung Delvy, Djusmaniar Djamhur, berinvestasi hingga Rp561 juta. Tantenya di Padang juga menyertakan Rp70 juta, sementara kakaknya di Denpasar, Bali Rp300 juta.

Awalnya lancar, tapi masuk bulan April 2009, dia mulai goyah. Pembayaran hasil yang semula lancar akhir dikurangi menjadi 20 persen per bulan. Alasannya, karena krisis moneter,” ungkap Parlina (42), warga lainnya.

Parlina semula menitipkan modal Rp3 juta, dan terus bertambah menjadi Rp135 juta. Saat jatuh tempo pengembalian dana yang dijanjikan pada 13 Juli 2009, pelaku justru meminta warga bersabar. Fani berdalih baru saja menjadi korban perampokan di Kelapa Gading. “Tapi saat kami cross check ke Polres setempat, tidak ada laporan adanya perampokan,” imbuh Delvy.

Hingga pada 21 Juli 2009, kata Delvy, pelaku beserta keluarganya diketahui sudah kabur dari rumah yang mereka tempati. Delvy sudah melaporkan kasus tersebut ke Polres Kota Bekasi pada keesokan harinya. “Tapi sampai saat ini belum ada hasilnya. Kami khawatir pelaku masih berkeliaran dan berbuat hal serupa di tempat lain,” ungkap Delvy.

Dihubungi terpisah, Kepala Satuan Reserse Kriminal Kepolisian Resor Kota Bekasi, Komisaris Polisi Budi Sartono mengatakan, belum mengetahui perkembangan kasus tersebut. “Laporan yang mana ya, nanti saya tanya penyidiknya dulu,” ujarnya.

(Tedi Suteja/Global/ram)

parasit: Asing mencari peluang baru… biar aja…

Filed under: GLOBAL ECONOMY — bumi2009fans @ 3:42 pm

SBI dan SUN Turun Untuk Tukar Dolar
Jumat, 28 Agustus 2009 21:47 WIB
Penulis : Rini Widuri Ragilia

JAKARTA–MI: Turunnya SBI dan SUN dalam seminggu terakhir terjadi karena banyaknya dana yang keluar untuk dipergunakan untuk menukar dolar.

Demikian disampaikan oleh Pengamat Pasar modal Yanuar Rizky kepada Media Indonesia, Jumat (28/8). “Kalau SUN dan SBI turun itu memang karena sengaja agar bisa tukar ke US dolar. Karena itu sebenarnya memang untuk sedot devisa,” ujarnya.

Penurunan tersebut, menurut Yanuar, tidak terjadi di pasar saham. Total trade asing di saham-saham perbankan justru malah mengalami peningkatan. Total trade asing dari Kamis (20/8) ke Kamis (27/8) terjadi kenaikan cukup besar. Pada Kamis minggu lalu, total trade asing di saham perbankan tercatat sebesar Rp2,3 triliun. Sedangkan minggu ini menjadi Rp5,5 triliun. (DU/OL-03)
… dinamika sistem keuangan biasanya ada kaitan antara suku bunga simpanan di bank dan yield dari surat utang negara/ obligasi negara dan surat utang pemerintah serta sertifikat bank indonesia … jika suku bunga deposito bank turun, seperti yang sekarang diusahakan bersama antara BI dan pemerintah, maka yield obligasi juga turun … jika turun, selisih antara yield obligasi di luar negeri dan indo menjadi alasan untuk capital outflow … itu sebabnya hari-hari ini BEGITU BANYAK tekanan pada nilai tukar Rupiah terhadap dolar amrik … rentang Rupiah terhadap dolar: di 10100-an

parasit: cuci mulut itu LEBIH ENAK lho…

Filed under: Medicine — bumi2009fans @ 7:43 am

Cuci otak

Tanya:

Yth. dr. Yul,
Beberapa bulan terakhir ini, banyak dikabarkan orang-orang yang mau melakukan bom bunuh diri. Apakah orang yang melakukannya adalah seorang yang depresi dan putus asa atau orang yang sudah dihipnotis atau dicuci otak (brainwashing)? Apakah ilmu psikiatri mengajarkan cara dan teknik cuci otak?

Achmad, Jakarta.

Jawaban

Sdr. Achmad,
Terima kasih atas pertanyaannya.

Orang yang melakukan bom bunuh diri, bukanlah orang yang sakit jiwa atau depresi, melainkan orang yang dengan sadar melakukan apa yang harus dilakukan.

Perkataan brain-washing atau cuci otak berasal dari bahasa China yaitu hsi nao. Cara, teknik, dan kegunaan brain-washing pertama kali dikenalkan oleh Ketua Mao pada 1921. Pada tahun itu anggota Partai Komunis atau yang setia pada Ketua Mao tidak lebih dari 1.000 orang.

Namun, dalam 5 tahun orang yang setia pada PKT (Partai Komunis Tjina) dan Ketua Mao sudah mencapai 1 juta orang melalui teknik brain-washing.

Brain-washing adalah suatu cara atau teknik mengubah pikiran atau tingkah laku seseorang, di luar kemauan dan pengetahuan dari orang itu.

Ini dilakukan oleh seseorang non-believer menjadi orang true believer dalam hal tertentu secara permanen. Ini berbeda dengan hypnotisme yang bekerja sesaat dan adanya kooperatif atau kemauan dari yang dihipnotis.

Ilmu psikiatri tidak mengajarkan brain-washing. Akan tetapi, teknik psikoanalis klasik adalah teori yang paling dekat dengan teknik brain-washing.
… ini gw salin doang lho …

parasit: selama tau alasan, tenang aja dah…

Filed under: GLOBAL ECONOMY — bumi2009fans @ 7:40 am

BI: Rupiah Jatuh Karena Utang Jatuh Tempo
Seharusnya dolar AS tidak menguat.
JUM’AT, 28 AGUSTUS 2009, 14:01 WIB
Heri Susanto, Nur Farida Ahniar

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VIVAnews- Bank Indonesia mengatakan permintaan terhadap dolar meningkat akibat pembayaran utang jatuh tempo swasta. Hal itu membuat rupiah ikut tertekan.

Menurut Deputi Gubernur Senior BI, Darmin Nasution seharusnya dolar AS tidak menguat. Namun pembayaran utang swasta terutama agak lebih besar dibanding biasanya.

“Utang jatuh tempo swasta kita yang keluar sehingga ya berpengaruh juga karena mereka pasti mencari dolar,” katanya di Jakarta Jumat 28 Agustus 2009.

Seperti diketahui, total utang swasta jatuh tempo pada 2009 sebesar US$ 22,6 miliar, yang terdiri dari utang jangka pendek US$ 17,4 miliar dan trade financing US$ 5,2 miliar.

Dari US$ 17,4 miliar itu berasal dari perusahaan induk dan afiliasi.
Hal ini menyebabkan kemampuan untuk roll over menjadi lebik baik.
Sementara 57 persen berasal dari perusahaan asing dan campuran.

Sementara terkait dengan SDR IMF, Darmin mengatakan cadangan devisa Indonesia meningkat US$ 2,7 miliar. Cadangan devisa pada 31 Juli 2009 US$ 57,418 miliar. “Kalau kita tidak cairkan tidak bayar, tapi dicairkan baru berjalan bunganya,” katanya.

Seperti diketahui IMF akan melaksanakan alokasi SDR (SDR Allocation) untuk memperkuat likuiditas global 2009. Kebijakan tersebut akan memperkuat cadangan devisa bagi negara anggota IMF, termasuk Indonesia.

Untuk Indonesia, peningkatan alokasi SDR IMF tidak akan menimbulkan net charges atau tambahan biaya, kecuali biaya administrasi yang jumlahnya relatif kecil (0,01% pa). Hal ini dikarenakan Indonesia memperoleh pendapatan bunga dengan tingkat suku bunga yang sama dari SDR yang dimiliki.

Di sisi lain, alokasi SDR tersebut akan bermanfaat untuk memperkokoh penyangga (reserve buffer) bagi likuiditas eksternal Indonesia dengan meningkatkan cadangan devisa Indonesia sebesar SDR 1,7 miliar atau setara dengan US$ 2,7 miliar, yang terdiri dari SDR 1,54 miliar berasal dari alokasi umum dan SDR 200,1 juta dari alokasi khusus.

SDR adalah cadangan devisa internasional yang diciptakan sejak tahun
1969 sebagai tambahan cadangan devisa negara-negara anggota IMF. Pemanfaatan SDR tersebut tidak memerlukan syarat-syarat tertentu, melainkan tergantung kebutuhan masing-masing negara anggota melalui mekanisme pertukaran dengan negara-negara anggota IMF lainnya.

• VIVAnews

parasit: sudah tepat kerja bareng BI dan DEPKEU…

Filed under: GLOBAL ECONOMY — bumi2009fans @ 7:31 am

Jumat, 28/08/2009 14:16 WIB
BI Sempat ‘Rawat’ 23 Bank Bersamaan Kasus Bank Century
Herdaru Purnomo – detikFinance

Foto: dok.detikFinance Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) membenarkan akan ada 23 bank yang bisa ikut terseret jika Bank Century dibiarkan kolaps tanpa menerima suntikan dana dari pemerintah. Dana-dana nasabah yang sekelas Bank Century bisa beralih ke bank besar.

Demikian disampaikan oleh Deputi Gubernur Senior BI Darmin Nasution ketika ditemui di kantornya, Jalan Thamrin, Jakarta, Jumat (28/8/2009).

“Ada 18 plus 5 bank dalam pengawasan. Saya sudah jelaskan, itu artinya bank yang lebih kurang besarnya sama dengan Century, sedikit banyak ada juga dana pihak ketiga yang pindah karena waktu itu baru krisis,” jelasnya.

Dijelaskan Darmin dari 23 bank itu, sebanyak 18 bank masuk dalam pengawasan intensif BI saat itu dan sebanyak 5 bank masuk dalam pengawasan khusus BI sama seperti Bank Century.

Karena alasan ini maka pemerintah dan BI memutuskan untuk menyuntikkan dana penyelamatan kepada Bank Century sehingga tidak kolaps.

Sebelumnya, Menteri Keuangan sekaligus Menko Perekonomian Sri Mulyani mengatakan ada 3 alasan khusus yang menjadi pertimbangan pemerintah dan BI menyelamatkan Bank Century. Salah satu alasannya adalah adanya 23 bank yang mengalami kesulitan likuiditas dan kondisinya sama dengan Bank Century.

“Ada 23 bank yang mengalami seperti Bank Century, 18 bank punya masalah likuiditas, 5 bank memiliki kasus sama dengan Bank Century, Itu menjadi faktor-faktir yang dianggap cukup kuat sehingga systemic risk cukup nyata,” ujar Menkeu kemarin.

Sehingga jika Century dibiarkan, ditakutkan akan menimbulkan dampak sistemik kepada 23 bank tersebut. “Itu faktor kuat BI mempunyai alasan potensi risiko sistemik yang sangat nyata. Untuk itu Century diselamatkan,” ujar Darmin.

Namun Darmin menambahkan saat ini sudah tidak ada bank yang masuk ke dalam pengawasan khusus BI. “Kalau bank dalam pengawasan intensif ada, tapi kalau pengawasan khusus belum,” imbuhnya. (dnl/qom)

Deputi Gubernur Senior BI
Jika Century Ditutup, Dampaknya Buruk Sekali
“Semua sudah khawatir dengan perkembangan krisis global.
JUM’AT, 28 AGUSTUS 2009, 20:06 WIB
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VIVAnews – Deputi Gubernur Senior Bank Indonesia, Darmin Nasution mengungkapkan alasan mengapa Bank Indonesia dan pemerintah sepakat untuk menyelamatkan PT Bank Century Tbk ketimbang menutupnya.

“Kalau Century dimatikan, jangan-jangan dampaknya buruk sekali,” ujar Darmin dalam pertemuan dengan para pemimpin redaksi media massa di Jakarta, Jumat, 28 Agustus 2009.

Dia menekankan pada November 2008, saat krisis keuangan global sedang menghantam, tidak ada yang bagaimana perkembangan situasinya. “Semua sudah khawatir dengan perkembangan krisis global.”

Menurut dia, pada saat itu ada 23 bank, yakni 18 bank umum dan 5 bank pembangunan daerah (BPD) yang menghadapi persoalan. Bank-bank tersebut sebenarnya sehat, tetapi berpotensi menghadapi masalah likuiditas.

Indikasinya, menurut Deputi Gubernur BI Budi Rochadi, saat Century menghadapi skors kliring, sejumlah bank lain juga menghadapi goncangan. Penarikan dana di bank-bank ini juga meningkat dan dipindahkan ke bank-bank besar. “Artinya, ada perasaan tidak aman di bank-bank tersebut.”

Dia mengingatkan bank sebesar apapun jika dananya ditarik terus menerus oleh nasabah juga akan berbahaya. Budi memberikan contoh nasib BCA pada 1998. “Ini adalah bank besar, tetapi rontok juga setelah di-rush oleh nasabah.”

Darmin menekankan dalam situasi krisis memang tidak bisa dibayangkan apa yang akan terjadi. “Jangan karena sudah selamat, seolah tidak ada harganya,” kata dia.

• VIVAnews

parasit: bang napi bilang… Wi-fiASPADALAH

Filed under: GLOBAL ECONOMY — bumi2009fans @ 12:23 am

Jumat, 28/08/2009 03:09 WIB
Perampasan Laptop Kerap Terjadi di Kafe Berfasilitas Wi-Fi
Muhammad Nur Abdurrahman – detikNews

Makasar – Jika anda gemar online di kafe yang berfasilitas wi-fi, waspadalah terhadap penodong yang setiap saat mengintai laptop anda. Seperti kasus yang dialami oleh Muhammad Yamin, mahasiswa jurusan Keperawatan Sekolah Tinggi Kesehatan (Stikes) Panakukang, yang dirampas laptopnya saat ber-online ria di warung kopi Aroma Sejuta Rasa, di jalan Borong Raya, Makassar (28/08/2009).

Menurut Yamin, yang ditemui detikcom saat melapor di Mapolres Makassar Timur, pada pukul 23.00 Wita, di warkop tersebut, sambil ber-online ia juga mengetik Karya Tulis Ilmiah atau tugas akhir di kampusnya yang akan ia konsultasikan dengan pembimbing di kampusnya besok. Tiba-tiba laptop yang ia pakai langsung dirampas oleh seorang pria yang memakai cadar berwarna hitam dan berpostur tubuh jangkung.

Saat kejadian itu, lanjut Yamin, suasana di Warkop tersebut masih ramai oleh para pengunjung yang sibuk sendiri dengan laptopnya masing-masing. Yamin sempat mengejar dan berusaha mengambil kembali laptopnya yang bermerek Axioo, namun ia mendapat hunusan badik dari pria misterius tersebut.

“Mungkin karena kaget saya tidak sempat teriak minta tolong, pria itu langsung merampas laptop dan lalu kabur dengan temannya yang sudah menunggu di atas motor Yamaha Jupiter hitam,” tutur Yamin.

Yamin kini hanya bisa pasrah menerima musibah yang ia alami barusan, selain kehilangan laptopnya, ia juga terpaksa harus mengulang dari awal pembuatan tugas akhirnya di Stikes Panakukang.

Dalam bulan ramadan ini, kasus perampasan laptop di kafe berfasilitas Wi-Fi sudah dua kali terjadi. Yang pertama, di hari kedua ramadan lalu, minggu (23/08/2009), tiga pengunjung kafe D’Green di jalan Sungai Saddang Baru juga mengalami nasib serupa dengan Yamin. Tapi pada saat itu, memang suasana kafe D’Green masih sepi dari pengunjung.

Sementara itu, menurut Kepala Sentra Pelayanan Kepolisian unit A Mapolres Makassar Timur, Ipda Iman Teguh yang ditemui detikcom di ruangannya, menuturkan bahwa kedua kasus perampasan laptop di kafe internet hampir sama modusnya. Yakni pelaku memakai cadar hitam, menodong dengan badik dan sigap kabur berboncengan dengan sepeda motor.

“Kasus pastinya akan segera dilimpahkan ke unit Reskrim Makassar Timur, mudah-mudahan pelakunya segera tertangkap,” pungkas Teguh.
(mna/lrn)

… pengalaman gw saat bisnis ps2 adalah semua mesin ps2 dan tvnya dipantek ke meja abis… dan tidak ada satu pun ps2 dan tv gw yang hilang … mungkin netbook kita bisa dirantai ke meja atawa ke tangan kita … 😛

Kamis, 27/08/2009 16:23 WIB

Laptop Meledak Tewaskan Seorang Pria
Fino Yurio Kristo – detikinet

Ilustrasi (scienceblog)
British Columbia – Ledakan sebuah laptop disimpulkan sebagai penyebab tewasnya seorang pria di wilayah British Columbia, Kanada. Laptop meledak saat diletakkan di sofa dan api yang timbul menjilat habis rumahnya.

Kejadian tragis tersebut membuat otoritas setempat, British Columbia Coroners Service memperingatkan agar warga tak sembarangan menaruh laptop sekaligus hati-hati saat mengoperasikannya.

Korban, seorang pria usia 56 tahun jadi orang pertama di British Columbia yang tewas akibat ledakan laptop. Laptop itu dibiarkan menyala di atas sofa. Sekitar 50 menit kemudian, laptop tiba-tiba meledak dan api yang ditimbulkan membuat rumah terbakar. Korban terjebak di rumahnya dan tewas dalam tragedi itu.

Kesimpulan itu disampaikan melalui investigasi cukup lama dari lembaga Coroner Service yang biasa menyelidiki sebab-sebab kematian orang.

“Laporan mengkonfirmasi bahwa laptop jadi sumber api. Laptop diletakkan di permukaan yang lunak dan investigator berhasil melacak sumber api berasal dari tempat di mana laptop diletakkan,” tutur Jeff Dolan, juru bicara Coroner Service.

DIlansir Canadian Press dan dikutip detikINET, Kamis (27/8/2009), publik pun dinasehati agar mengoperasikan laptop di permukaan yang keras. Sebab permukaan lembut bisa mempersulit aliran udara di ventilasi yang ujung-ujungnya membuat laptop overheat dan berisiko meledak.

Selain itu juga agar publik memperhatikan mengenai baterai lithium ion yang kadang bermasalah. Sebab dalam investigasi, laptop yang jadi ‘tersangka’ merupakan versi produk Hewlett Packard yang dulu di-recall terkait baterai lithium ion yang berpotensi meledak. ( fyk / faw )

Agustus 27, 2009

parasit: RAKYAT global LOM SEJAHTERA (3)

Filed under: GLOBAL ECONOMY — bumi2009fans @ 5:49 pm

Applying Roubini Wisdom to Stocks Means Missing Out (Update3)
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By Whitney Kisling

Aug. 26 (Bloomberg) — Making money on the thinking of Nouriel Roubini isn’t what it used to be.

The New York University professor, who in 2006 foretold the worst financial unraveling since the Great Depression, has yet to say the economy is worth investing in again. “There is a big risk of a double-dip recession,” wrote Roubini, also known as Dr. Doom, in his column in the Financial Times this week.

Anyone attempting to apply Roubini’s wisdom to stocks may be forgiven for missing the biggest rally since the 1930s as the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index climbed 52 percent in six months. While Roubini said in March the advance was a “dead-cat bounce,” that it may “fizzle” in May and warned in July that the economy’s “not out of the woods,” the MSCI World Index was posting a 58 percent gain, the largest since it began in 1970.

“We’re looking at a bull cycle in phase one,” Laszlo Birinyi said in a telephone interview yesterday. Birinyi was the top-ranked Dow Jones Industrial Average forecaster for most of the 1990s on PBS’s “Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser.” “No one wants to come out and say, ‘This is a bull market.’ Everyone’s just dancing around the term,” he said.

The S&P 500 added 14 percent since Westport, Connecticut- based Birinyi Associates Inc., which manages $350 million, said on May 20 that a bull market had begun, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Roubini, who forecast in October 2008 that the U.S. was in a recession that would last 24 months, said on March 9 that the index might fall back to 600. It has risen to 1,028 since then.

$4 Trillion Gained

The S&P 500 increased 0.12 point, or less than 1 percent, to 1,028.12 at 4 p.m. in New York today, rising for the sixth time in seven days. The MSCI World Index slipped 0.4 percent.

About $4 trillion has been restored to U.S. equity markets since March following better-than-forecast corporate profits and signs of an improving economy. More than 72 percent of the S&P 500’s companies beat analysts’ average estimates for second- quarter earnings, matching the highest proportion since Bloomberg began tracking the data in 1993. The Conference Board’s index of leading economic indicators has risen four consecutive months.

Roubini’s July 2006 warning about the financial crisis protected investors from losses in the S&P 500’s worst annual tumble in seven decades. He also correctly warned investors to avoid stocks following the steepest advances in 2008.

On Dec. 12, he said U.S. stocks might fall 20 percent after the S&P 500 gained 17 percent in three weeks. The index lost 23 percent through March 9, 2009. During an 18 percent jump in the index between Oct. 27 and Nov. 4, Roubini warned the S&P 500 might reverse course and lose 30 percent. It dropped 28 percent through March.

‘Understand the Market’

He may have missed this year’s bull market because Roubini isn’t focused on stocks, according to Birinyi.

Roubini has “done a very good job on the economy,” Birinyi said in an interview Aug. 24. “Our approach is to try to understand the market and not try to do much more than that.”

Jonathan D. Goldberg, a New York-based spokesman for Roubini, said he wasn’t available to comment because he’s on vacation.

Roubini, 51, wrote this week in the Financial Times that the economy may worsen again even after it stops shrinking this year. The global contraction will bottom in the second half of 2009, and the recession in the U.S. won’t be “formally over” before the end of the year, he said.

‘Fizzle Out’

The forecast was a reiteration of Roubini’s call for an 18- to 24-month contraction that he made in October 2008. The recession began in December 2007, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Business Cycle Dating Committee.

Roubini told Bloomberg Television on May 13 that the stock market’s rally “might fizzle out,” citing expectations for weak growth in earnings. On March 9, he said it was “highly likely” the S&P 500 would fall to 600 or below because of plunging profits, an accelerating contraction in the global economy and a deteriorating outlook for banks.

The index reached a 12-year low of 676.53 that day and has since climbed for almost six months. Reports on industrial production, housing starts and car sales, along with comments from the Federal Reserve that the economy is “leveling out,” helped boost equities in the world’s largest economy.

In July 2006, Roubini predicted the financial crisis that led to $1.6 trillion in credit-related losses and writedowns. He forecast a “catastrophic” meltdown in February 2008, leading to the bankruptcy of large banks with mortgage holdings and a “sharp drop” in equities.

Bear Stearns, Lehman

Since then, Bear Stearns Cos. and Merrill Lynch & Co. were taken over, American International Group Inc. and Citigroup Inc. required government bailouts and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. filed for the world’s biggest bankruptcy. All the companies were based in New York.

Birinyi, 65, who spent a decade on the trading desk at Salomon Brothers Inc. before founding Birinyi Associates in 1989, said on May 20 that the S&P 500 may reach 1,700 by 2011, shifting from his April 13 call that the market had risen too much “by almost every measure.” In October 2007, he told investors to avoid bank stocks, saying bad loans and lower revenue from underwriting would damp earnings. The S&P 500 Financials Index then plunged 82 percent through March 6, 2009.

“Both of them just have a pretty deep understanding of the history of economic and business cycles,” said Eric Teal, who oversees $5 billion as chief investment officer at First Citizens Bank in Raleigh, North Carolina. “Roubini has just had more of an academic background, whereas Birinyi has been much more in the spotlight managing money and working in capital markets.”

Growth Forecasts

The U.S. economy has contracted four straight quarters. It will expand 2.2 percent during the third quarter and 2 percent in the fourth, before growing 2.3 percent in 2010, according to the median estimate of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News.

Roubini, who received a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1988, was a member of Yale University’s faculty until joining NYU in 1995. He started his consulting firm, Roubini Global Economics LLC, in 2004, providing subscribers access to written and broadcast commentary and archived data. The firm’s 1,300 institutional clients include asset managers and hedge funds, as well as investment banks and universities. Roubini doesn’t invest any money on behalf of customers.

“There’s a lot more weight behind pundits who put their money where their mouth is,” said Jack Ablin, who oversees $60 billion as chief investment officer of Harris Private Bank in Chicago. “Where I get up and pay attention is when I see someone who’s been bearish go bullish.”

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FDIC problem bank list hits 416, but recovery eyed
Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:28pm EDT
By Karey Wutkowski and Steve Eder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Problem U.S. banks and thrifts on an official watchlist rose more than a third to 416 in the second quarter of 2009, as bad loans continued to bite, but regulators saw signs of stabilization in the industry.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp said on Thursday that the industry swung back to a $3.7 billion loss in the second quarter, after reporting a $7.6 billion profit in the first quarter, primarily due to costs associated with rising levels of bad loans and falling asset values.

“Banking industry performance is — as always — a lagging indicator,” FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair said.

She said the source of the banking industry’s problems had migrated from residential loans and complex mortgage-related assets to more conventional types of retail and commercial loans that have been hit hard by the recession.

But Bair pointed to a smaller quarterly increase in troubled loans and decreases in the volume of some delinquent loan categories, as a possible turning point in the quality of assets that have weighed heavily on banks’ balance sheets.

“While challenges remain, evidence is building that the U.S. economy is starting to grow again,” Bair said.

The combined assets of the 416 “problem” institutions rose to $299.8 billion from $220 billion at 305 banks in the prior quarter. Problem banks are troubled institutions whose regulatory rating has been downgraded due to issues related to liquidity, capital levels, or asset quality.

The agency’s deposit insurance fund, that safeguards up to $250,000 per account at roughly 8,100 institutions, dipped 20 percent in the second quarter to $10.4 billion.

The drop in the fund was chiefly caused by an $11.6 billion boost in money the FDIC set aside for expected bank failures.

Regulators have closed 81 banks so far this year, compared with 25 last year, and three in 2007. “We expect the numbers of problem banks and failures will remain elevated, even as the economy begins to recover,” said Bair.

LINE OF CREDIT

Despite the low insurance fund balance, Bair said the FDIC does not expect to have to tap its $500 billion line of credit with the U.S. Treasury Department “at this time.”

She also said the FDIC had not yet decided whether to charge banks another special assessment to replenish the fund, but said the agency’s board would meet toward the end of the third quarter to discuss the issue.

In May the FDIC voted to impose a $5.6 billion special fee the industry has to pay in the third quarter. It also gave itself the right to charge two more special fees in coming quarters.

Bill Fitzpatrick, an analyst at Optique Capital Management, said he expects the number of problem banks will keep rising.

“These are smaller institutions but they hold a lot of commercial real estate loans and that market will continue to deteriorate,” Fitzpatrick said.

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods analyst Jefferson Harralson said construction loan losses related to residential real estate and development were depressing banks.

“These numbers were fairly expected, and I expect we’ll continue to see losses in construction,” Harralson said.

The FDIC’s second quarter briefing came a day after the agency approved new rules on private equity investment in troubled banks, softening an initial proposal that critics had warned could scare away badly needed capital.

The FDIC reported on Thursday that more than one out of four U.S. banks was unprofitable during the second quarter.

The industry set aside more money to cover costs associated with deteriorating loans, with reserves for loan losses increasing 8.6 percent to $66.9 billion in the second quarter.

However, the industry did show some improvement. Net interest margins, or a bank’s cost of funding, improved at a majority of institutions.

Overall capital levels also improved. The industry reported that on average, the leverage capital ratio increased during the quarter to 8.25 percent from 8.02 percent.

(Reporting by Karey Wutkowski and Steve Eder; Additional reporting by Joe Rauch and Elinor Comlay in New York; Writing by Tim Dobbyn; Editing by Simon Denyer)

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Economy’s small drop in 2Q hints recession ending

Economy’s small drop in 2Q hints recession ending, but strength of recovery remains a concern

  • On Thursday August 27, 2009, 12:57 pm EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy shrank at an annual rate of 1 percent in the spring, a better-than-expected showing and more evidence that the recession is drawing to a close.

Many analysts believe Jobless claims figures released Thursday were better than expected, but remain well above levels associated with a healthy economy.

Americans may see little benefit from a recovery if jobs remain scarce and consumer spending stays too low to fuel a strong economic rebound.

The Commerce Department’s new estimate for the gross domestic product was unchanged from the initial figure it released last month. The drop, while representing a record fourth consecutive decline, was far smaller than the previous two quarters. It also was stronger than the 1.5 percent decline that private economists expected.

The report Thursday found that businesses slashed their inventories more than first reported and cut back more sharply on investment in new plants and equipment. But those reductions were offset by revisions that showed smaller dips in consumer spending, exports and housing construction.

The 1 percent rate of decline in the April-June quarter followed decreases of 6.4 percent in the first quarter and 5.4 percent in the final three months of 2008, the sharpest back-to-back declines in a half-century. The four straight quarterly declines in GDP, which measures the country’s total output of goods and services, mark the first time that has occurred on government records that date to 1947.

The recession that began in December 2007 is the longest since World War II, and the deepest in terms of the drop in the GDP, which is down 3.9 percent from its previous peak.

But economists are heartened that the decline slowed to 1 percent in the spring. Many analysts think that the government’s $787 billion economic stimulus plan and the Cash for Clunkers program to boost car purchases will lift GDP growth to around 2 percent in the current July-September quarter.

However, the return to economic growth will not mean more jobs, at least at first. Economists believe the unemployment rate, currently at 9.4 percent, will keep rising through the spring of next year.

The Labor Department said Thursday that first-time unemployment claims fell to a seasonally adjusted 570,000, from an upwardly revised 580,000 the previous week. The tally of those continuing to claim benefits dropped to 6.13 million from 6.25 million, the lowest level since early April.

The weekly figures remain far above the roughly 325,000 that analysts say is consistent with a healthy economy. New claims last fell below 300,000 in early 2007.

White House economic adviser Christina Romer earlier this week said the unemployment rate is likely to keep rising and hit 10 percent this year. That could discourage consumer spending and weaken any recovery. Economists expect the unemployment rate inched back up to 9.5 percent in August as another 220,000 jobs were lost, down a bit from 247,000 in July. That report is scheduled for release next week.

On Wednesday, reports showed that new home sales jumped almost 10 percent from June, while orders for durable goods like appliances, planes and computers rose nearly 5 percent in July, the third increase in the past four months.

Still, it remains unclear whether the growth can be sustained. Though the increases in housing sales and manufacturing last month were dramatic, they came from extraordinarily low levels and were fueled by temporary government programs like Cash for Clunkers and tax credits for home sales.

On Wall Street, stocks fell as analysts said the market was running out of reasons to move higher without more convincing signs of an economic recovery. The Dow Jones industrial average lost more than 70 points in morning trading, and broader indices also dropped.

The government makes three estimates of the economy’s performance for any given quarter. Each new GDP estimate is based on more complete information.

Economists had expected that the second look at GDP for the spring would show the economy contracting at a 1.5 percent rate because they believed companies had cut back more sharply on their inventories.

While inventories were cut more than initially estimated, that weakness was offset by upward revisions in other areas.

The government found that consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of total economic activity, fell at an annual rate of 1 percent in second quarter, a slight improvement from the 1.2 percent decline reported last month. Residential construction and exports also were revised to show smaller declines.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said last week the economy appeared to be “leveling out,” and was likely to begin growing again soon. President Barack Obama appointed Bernanke to another 4-year term Tuesday.

The clunkers program, which provides consumers rebates of up to $4,500 for turning in old gas-guzzlers for fuel-efficient cars, has helped spur activity in the auto and related industries. The economy also has been helped by stabilization in the housing sector, as sales of new and existing homes have risen for four straight monthsPhoto

Economy shrinks less, jobless claims fall

Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:23pm EDT

By Lucia Mutikani

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. economy shrank less than expected in the second quarter, despite a record drop in inventories, and fewer workers filed new claims for jobless benefits last week, a sign the economy was starting to heal.

Gross domestic product fell at a 1.0 percent annual rate, unchanged from an estimate last month, the Commerce Department said on Thursday. Economists had expected a steeper 1.5 percent drop after a 6.4 percent collapse in the first quarter.

A separate report from the Labor Department showed the number of U.S. workers filing new claims for jobless benefits fell by 10,000 to 570,000 last week, suggesting some easing in the pace of layoffs.

“While the revisions to real GDP were small, they generally reinforce the view that economic activity will snap back in the current quarter,” said Mark Vitner, a senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The U.S. economy appears to be emerging from its longest and deepest recession since the Great Depression. Despite the fairly positive data on Tuesday, U.S. stocks fell, dragged down by shares of technology and energy companies. U.S. government bond prices were lower.

The GDP report showed businesses were more aggressive in reducing inventories than previously thought.

Business inventories dropped a record $159.2 billion in the second quarter, instead of the $141.1 billion estimated last month. Stripping out inventories, GDP rose 0.4 percent — the first gain since the second quarter of 2008.

Analysts said the sharp drawdown in inventories in the face of weak demand had likely run its course, and that the lean level of stocks would provide a springboard for an economic recovery many believe is already under way.

REBOUND EXPECTED

“The economy should enjoy something of a rebound over the next couple of quarters, as inventories are restocked and pent-up demand is released,” said Paul Ashworth, a senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics in Toronto.

Richmond Federal Reserve Bank President Jeffrey Lacker on Thursday said “the economy appears to have leveled out and … we can look forward to better times ahead.

The blow from the sharp inventory decline was softened by a smaller-than-initially estimated drop in consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of U.S. economic activity.

Consumer spending fell at a 1.0 percent rate in the second quarter. A month ago the department estimated that it had drop a somewhat steeper 1.2 percent.

With unemployment high and rising, there are fears weak consumer spending will restrain the recovery’s momentum.

Wage and salary disbursements fell $235.7 billion in the first quarter, $31.1 billion more than previously thought.

“With consumers still crippled by credit restrictions, a legacy of high debts and high unemployment, that (growth) rebound will take much longer to develop into a truly sustainable recovery,” said Capital Economics’ Ashworth.

Drops in exports and homebuilding that were not as steep as previously estimated also helped minimize the decline in GDP.

Doubts over the strength of the recovery have left companies reluctant to start hiring new workers, though the pace of layoffs has slowed significantly.

The number of workers still on the jobless benefits rolls after claiming an initial week of aid fell to 6.13 million in the week ended August 15 from 6.25 million in the prior week, the Labor Department said. It was the lowest level of so-called continued claims since the week ending April 4.

“There are some signs of stability in the labor market. The big drop on the inventory suggests that the inventory burn is finished so production is going to stabilize. You are basically in a situation where the labor market is bottoming out,” said Nick Kalivas, vice president of financial research at MF Global in Chicago.

The GDP report showed after-tax corporate profits rose 2.9 percent in the second quarter, reflecting aggressive cost cutting by businesses, after gaining 1.3 percent in the first three months of the year.

(Additional reporting by Lisa Lambert and Mark Felsenthal)

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