Friday, 30 November 2012

Planetary Alignment on Dec 3, 2012

Planetary alignment that will take place Dec 3, 2012 is dead-on alignment with the Pyramids at Giza. Night Sky in Giza, Egypt on December 3, 2012, local time … one hour before sunrise compared with the Pyramids at Giza.

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Also, it should be noted, that planetary convergence only happens every 2,737 years, and its different for at least 2 more cycles running the program forward… and doesn’t happen again for over 28,000 YEARS if you run that program backwards in time…
The Dec 3, 2012 planetary alignment can be verified by anyone  who can use astronomy program like Starry Night and superimpose night sky image of 3 planets on Dec 3, 2012 on the image of 3 pyramids at Giza.

Three planets above Egyptian pyramids on December 3, 2012?



Here’s the exact configuration of the planets Mercury, Venus and Saturn on the morning of December 3, 2012, as seen from the site of the Giza pyramids in Egypt.
Venus, Saturn and Mercury are all in the predawn sky in early December 2012, but not exactly in the way that a widely circulated image on the Internet shows them. Instead, on December 3, 2012, they’ll look like the chart at right, as seen from the site of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis bordering what is now El Giza, Egypt. Will Mercury, Venus and Saturn be close together in the predawn sky in early December? Yes. Does this configuration happen only every 2,737 years? Well, we’re not sure what’s meant by that. The planets appear near each other all the time – constantly – as seen from Earth’s vantage point, as they and we orbit the sun. Mercury, Venus and Saturn were together in the sky last in 2005.
Will Mercury, Venus and Saturn appear as this photo shows, over the Egyptian pyramids? No. Not sure how this planet-pyramid story started circulating, but it’s possible someone noticed (or searched for) a true sky event in December 2012 (peak month of 2012 doomsday hype) and then manufactured the false images below. The images were made before the event happened, so we know the images below are photoshopped illustrations.
THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN ON DECEMBER 3, 2012. The image is an exaggeration of a true, and common, sky event.
Here’s another version of the photoshopped illustration, showing three planets above pyramids at Giza on December 3, 2012. This image, too, is an exaggeration of a common sky event.
What’s happening with the planets Venus, Mercury and Saturn in December 2012?Nothing unusual. Venus is shining before dawn. It has been shining before dawn since June 2012. Remember the cool Venus transit in early June 2012? That’s when Venus crossed from the evening to the morning sky. As the innermost planet, Mercury always appears either before dawn or after sunset. It shifts from place to place half a dozen times each earthly year. So if Venus is up before dawn, Mercury is bound to be near it at times. Saturn, too, returns to the predawn sky at least once every year. Why? Because Earth orbits the sun once a year. So our own motion in orbit places Saturn on a yearly cycle in our sky.
What’s cool about what’s happening on December 3, 2012 is that these three planets will be equidistant from each other. Will they be exactly above three Egyptian pyramids as shown in the illustrations above? No. But someone standing in just the right spot near these pyramids should be able to get the planets to appear above the pyramids in a picturesque way. For sure, if you stand in a particular spot near the pyramids – facing them, and facing the eastern sky before dawn – you should be able to see the planets and the pyramids together. That would be a nice thing to see! If anyone gets a photo of this, please drop us a note via the Contact button at the top of this page, or post it directly to EarthSky’s Facebook page.
What’s puzzling about this Mercury-Venus-Saturn-pyramid story is that there was a much better display of two planets earlier this year. In March 2012, the two brightest planets – Venus and Jupiter – had a dazzling conjunction in the evening sky. Someone standing in just the right spot in March could have captured a great photo of Venus and Jupiter above the pyramids of Giza. So why did the perpetrators of the photoshopped images above choose Mercury-Venus-Saturn instead to portray, instead of Venus and Jupiter? Not sure. Venus and Jupiter were much more spectacular than Mercury-Venus-Saturn will be!
Why do these planets appear in a line in the predawn sky right now? The planets in our solar system all orbit the sun in a nearly flat plane. So – whenever we see planets near each other in our sky – they always appear in a graceful line across our sky. This line across our sky is the same one traveled by the sun in the course of a day. It’s the same path traveled by the moon. Why? Because most objects in our solar system orbit in this flat plane of the solar system. Of course, this pathway across our sky has a special name. It’s called the ecliptic.Read more about the ecliptic here.
These widely circulating images of Mercury, Venus and Saturn above the Egyptian pyramids reminds us of the false image of India at the 2012 Diwali festival. People love to take real events or images and manufacture something exaggerated from them. Why? We don’t know.
The moon will sweep past the planets in the morning sky beginning around December 10, 2012. That will be cool to see!
By the morning of December 11, the moon will be closer to Venus. Catch the planets and moon on these mornings! They’ll be much more beautiful than any image of them can convey.
The good news for skywatchers is that Saturn and Venus are now making it easy for us to find Mercury, which, as the innermost planet of the solar system, moves from place to place in the sky so often that you might be likely to miss it. To see these planets, find an unobstructed eastern horizon and get up about 90 minutes before sunrise. Look low in the eastern sky for dazzling Venus, the brightest star-like light in the morning sky. Saturn shines a short hop above Venus and Mercury a short hop below. A line from Saturn through Venus points out Mercury’s place on or near the horizon. If you can’t see Mercury with the eye alone, try binoculars.
It rarely gets any easier than this for seeing Mercury in the Northern Hemisphere. Mercury reaches its greatest elongation west of the sun on Tuesday, December 4. That means this often hard-to-see world is climbing above the southeast horizon a maximum time before sunrise. Given a level and unobstructed horizon, Mercury rises about one and three-quarter hours before the sun at mid-northern latitudes, and about an hour before sunup at middle latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere.
Mercury shines as brilliantly as a first-magnitude star. The innermost planet isn’t hard to see because it’s dim. It’s because – as seen from Earth – this world stays perpetually close to the sun, so it’s often lost in the twilight glare. But with Mercury swinging to its farthest point west of the sun, before sunrise tomorrow is about as good as it gets for catching Mercury in the morning sky.
No, that’s not the moon! It’s Mercury, the innermost and smallest planet of the solar system. Image via Messenger
Our chart at top shows the sky scene for about one hour before sunrise at North American mid-northern latitudes. But it’d be better to get up sooner if you can, using Saturn and Venus to catch this elusive world just as darkness gives way to dawn. Look first for Venus and then Saturn up above. If you don’t see Mercury on line with Saturn and Venus, wait a little while as Mercury may still be below the horizon.
Don’t fret if you miss Mercury tomorrow. Keep using Saturn and Venus to locate Mercury near the horizon, for the innermost planet will reign as a morning “star” for another two to three weeks!
Bottom line: Will Venus, Saturn and Mercury appear above Egyptian pyramids in early December 2012, as a widely circulated image on the Internet suggests? Well, it’s true they’re all together in the eastern, predawn sky. That’s a fairly common event. But the images being circulated – showing them above the pyramids – are an exaggeration of a true sky event. The good news: these planets will be beautiful in early December! If you watch the night sky on a regular basis, you know it conveys a profound beauty and order every day of the year. And if you’re lucky enough to observe them from the Egyptian pyramids, hey, we envy you!Contact us to learn where to send us your photo, or post your photo directly to EarthSky’s Facebook page!

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Zig Ziglar: Quotes That Can Change Your Life

Zig Ziglar died today at age 86. A World War II veteran, Zig Ziglar became the top sales person in several organizations before striking out on his own as a motivational speaker and trainer. 
Ziglar wrote over two dozen books and amassed a following of millions who were encouraged by his lessons for success.
Below are 10 quotes from Zig Ziglar that have the power to completely change the direction of one’s life.
1) “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”
2) “You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.”
3 ) “People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.”
4) “There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.”
5) “People don’t buy for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons.”
6) “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”
7) “If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.”
8) “A goal properly set is halfway reached.”
9) “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
10) “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.”

In Zig Ziglar’s world, the morning alarm rang on the “opportunity clock.” And “if you aren’t on fire” when you get to work, “then your wood is wet.” And you have to remember that “money’s not the most important thing in life, but it’s reasonably close to oxygen.” And there will be setbacks, but “failure is an event, not a person.”
Mr. Ziglar, a motivational speaker whose “Success Rallies,” “Born to Win” seminars, more than 25 self-help books and countless audiotapes attracted millions of devoted followers with homespun advice on career advancement and moral uplift, died Nov. 28 at a hospital in the Dallas suburb of Plano. He was 86.
He had pneumonia, said his executive assistant, Laurie Magers.
Rising by one’s bootstraps through the “power of positive thinking” has long been a compelling narrative in American lore. Few messengers of prosperity have been able to sustain a relentlessly upbeat and lucrative career for as long as Zig Ziglar.
Zig Ziglar! A human exclamation point! The world’s most popular motivational speaker, as he was often described, was always excited because “you never judge a day by the weather!”
He was a presence at corporate retreats and conferences for firms such as IBM and J.C. Penney. For the general public, some people paid $49 to hear him live or $1,595 to buy his complete written and audio package. He won over crowds with his faith-filled proverbs and earnest metaphors about setting goals and facing down adversity.
“If you’re going to have to swallow a frog,” he said in his Southern drawl, “you don’t want to have to look at that sucker too long!”
Or: “You can get everything in life you want if you will just help other people get what they want!”
Or: “Have you ever noticed that people who are the problem never realize it? They’re in denial. They think denial is a river in Egypt!”
Or: “The more you gripe about your problems, the more problems you have to gripe about!”
What his words lacked in depth, they made up for in conviction.
“I’ve asked myself many times how Zig can say the same things people have been hearing all their lives, and instead of getting yawns he gets a tremendous response,” his friend Fred Smith, the former FedEx chief executive, told Texas Monthly in 1999.
“I think he’s a little like Billy Graham, who has never really departed from the same sermon he was giving back in his 20s yet who’s never lost any effectiveness,” Smith said. “After all these years, Zig still devotes every day to living this life he talks about, to applying some eternal truths about character, commitment, hard work and self-determination.”
For his most fervent admirers, Mr. Ziglar was an inspiring leader who every morning leapt out of bed to the opportunity clock, bussed his wife (“Hey, Sugar Baby”), and willed himself into a positive mindset by seldom lingering on crime stories and celebrity gossip while scanning his morning newspaper.
Texas Monthly described Mr. Ziglar’s love of comic strips, stories about sports teams that win and human interest tales that touched on the miraculous. He clipped them out and stored them in a file cabinet brimming with anecdotes about people who overcame disabilities and poverty and made it to state championships and the executive suite.
“Isn’t it amazing,” he told Texas Monthly, “how we are designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness?”
Advancement in all its forms appealed to Hilary Hinton Ziglar, who was the 10th of 12 children born in rural Coffee County, Ala., on Nov. 6, 1926. He was raised by his widowed mother in Yazoo City, Miss.
After Navy service at the end in World War II, he was married in 1946 to Jean Abernathy. He attended the University of South Carolina, but he was a middling student and left to work as a door-to-door cookware salesman.
As he was promoted through the ranks of the company, Mr. Ziglar became drawn to the power of self-help speakers and their ability to influence others. He began giving talks at church and Rotary Club meetings, often reprising his mother’s advice and relating his own experiences of smiling through setbacks and grief.
He settled in the Dallas area by the late 1960s, initially for a job training workers at a direct-sales company. The business soon folded, but the demand for Mr. Ziglar’s speaking had intensified. He launched a business called the Zigmanship Institute, now simply known as Ziglar Inc.
His first book, “Biscuits, Fleas, and Pump Handles,” published in 1974 and later retitled “See You at the Top,” urged readers to re-evaluate their lives with a “checkup from the neck up” and to quit their “stinkin’ thinkin.’ ”
Mr. Ziglar spoke often of his religious awakening in 1972 and invoked his faith in book titles such as “Confessions of a Happy Christian” (1978) and “Confessions of a Grieving Christian” (1998), which he wrote after the death of his eldest daughter, Suzan Witmeyer, from pulmonary fibrosis in 1995.
His other books included “Courtship After Marriage” (1990) and “Staying Up, Up, Up in a Down, Down World” (2000). He wrote a memoir in 2002.
Mr. Ziglar, who sometimes earned tens of thousands of dollars per speech and other times waived his fee, kept up a rigorous touring schedule until retiring in 2010.
Besides his wife, of Plano, survivors include three children, Cindy Ziglar Oates of Southlake, Tex., motivational author Julie Ziglar Norman of Alvord, Tex., and Tom Ziglar, who is now chief executive of Plano-based Ziglar Inc.; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.
Mr. Ziglar adapted his maxims to every aspect of his life, not least the golf course. Every day, he sought to break 70 but never did.
“Yesterday ended last night,” he liked to tell himself. “Today is a brand-new day. And it’s yours.”

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Mantan IGP Dakwa Hishammuddin ‘Campuri’ Tugas Polis

 – NOVEMBER 28, 2012

PETALING JAYA, 28 NOV : Mantan Ketua Polis Negara, Tan Sri Musa Hassan hari ini mendakwa Menteri Dalam Negeri, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein ‘mencampuri’ tugas Polis Di Raja Malaysia (PDRM).
Musa berkata Hishammuddin pernah memberi arahan terus kepada pegawai-pegawai junior dan seorang ketua polis daerah tanpa pengetahuannya semasa beliau berkhidmat sebagai Ketua Polis Negara (KPN).

Sebelum ini, Musa berkhidmat untuk PDRM selama empat dekad dan memimpin pasukan tersebut selama empat tahun sejak tahun 2006 sebelum digantikan oleh Tan Sri Ismail Omar pada 13 September 2010.
Musa berkata, tindakan Menteri yang memberikan arahan kepada pegawai polis adalah tidak wajar kerana ia bertentangan dengan peruntukkan undang-undang.
“Jadi, saya menekankan kepada beliau (Hishammuddin) Seksyen 4 (1) Akta Polis (1967, yang mengatakan) bahawa arahan dan kawalan pihak polis adalah dengan KPN dan bukan di bawah kuasa Menteri.
“Sudah tentu, saya tidak boleh secara kasar kepadanya kerana Hishammuddin adalah seorang Menteri.
“Saya bercakap kepadanya dengan baik. Dia tidak suka,” kata Musa.
Beliau berkata demikian dalam Sidang Media Khas Isu Peningkatan Kadar Jenayah di sebuah hotel di sini.
Turut sama dalam sidang media itu Pengerusi Malaysian Crime Watch Task Force (MyWATCH), R Sri Sanjevan di mana Musa menjadi penaung.

Ujar beliau, terdapat aduan daripada pegawai-pegawai polis yang berkata bahawa mereka menerima arahan bukan dari (atasan polis mereka) tetapi dari Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN).
“Malah kementerian boleh mengeluarkan arahan sekarang … Siapa yang mempunyai kuasa sekarang?.
“Sesuatu perlu dilakukan oleh pengurusan tertinggi polis bagi membetulkan perkara yang tidak betul itu,” ujar.
Menurut Musa, beliau membuat teguran ini adalah supaya polis memperbaiki mutu kerjanya dan menjaga imej professionalisme.
Ketika ditanya apakah Ketua Polis Negara sekarang, Ismail Omar hilang kawalan terhadap pasukan polis, beliau meminta agar KPN sendiri sendiri memberikan penjelasan.
“Tan Sri Ismail Omar sendiri selaku Ketua Polis Negara yang perlu dan (boleh) membetulkan keadaan ini,” katanya.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Gerhana Bulan Penumbra 28 Nov 2012

The Full Moon. After the Penumbral Eclipse 

The penumbral eclipse coming to an end...
Copyright: Redzuan Tahar

Lunar Penumbral Eclipse processed... 1030 PM
by Mohammad Redzuan.

Here's another photo from our friend Raj Hardia in India of the ongoing eclipse. Raj says, "I can make out the subtle darkening of left side of the moon with my naked eyes. Really amazing!" It's subtle, guys! Look for a subtle shading on the moon .... 

The Moon at its maximum Penumbral point Can you see part of it dim?
Copyright: Redzuan Tahar

You can't imagine the clouds from this picture...
Copyright: Redzuan Tahar

8:50PM the clouds thinned a little...
Copyright: Redzuan Tahar
 — at Langkawi National Observatory.

8:45PM The moon looks the same entering Earth's penumbra shadow
Copyright: Redzuan Tahar
 — at langkawi national observatory.


Bermula maghrib esok 28 Nov 2012, Bulan akan memasuki ke dalam bayang-bayang Bumi. Fenomena ini dikenali sebagai gerhana bulan. Namun begitu, gerhana yang berlaku esok dikenali secara spesifik sebagai gerhana bulan penumbra (Penumbral Lunar Eclipse).
Bagaimana gerhana bulan berlaku?
Gerhana bulan berlaku apabila Bulan memasuki ke dalam kawasan bayang-bayang Bumi di angkasa. Bayang-bayang ini berada berlawanan arah daripada matahari. Oleh kerana itu, gerhana bulan hanya akan berlaku ketika Bulan purnama. (Rujuk gambarajah di bawah. Credit Fred Espenak)

Kenapa ia digelar gerhana bulan penumbra?
Bayang-bayang bumi mempunyai 2 bahagian. Jika kita lihat dalam gambarajah di atas, bulatan merah di tengah itu dinamakan kawasan bayang-bayang umbra, manakala bulatan kelabu di sekelilingnya digelar bayang-bayang penumbra.
Secara amnya, bayang-bayang umbra jauh lebih gelap berbanding dengan penumbra.
Apa 3 bulatan yang berada di bawah bulatan merah umbra dalam gambarajah itu?
3 bulatan itu menunjukkan laluan bulan sepanjang fenomena gerhana ini. Bulan akan mula memasuki kawasan bayang-bayang penumbra pada jam 8:14 PM Waktu Malaysia. Kemudian ia akan berada di kawasan paling hampir dengan umbra pada jam 10:33 PM Waktu Malaysia, dan mula keluar dari penumbra pada jam 12:51 tengah malam Waktu Malaysia. 
Keseluruhan proses gerhana ini akan berlaku selama 4 jam 36 minit 5 saat.
Bolehkah saya lihat gerhana ini dengan mudah?
Selalunya gerhana bulan penumbra tidak begitu menarik kerana perbezaan tone bayang-bayang bumi di kawasan penumbra itu tidak ketara untuk dikesan dengan mata.
Namun begitu untuk kali ini, laluan Bulan akan membawanya berada amat hampir dengan sempadan bayang-bayang umbra. Maka kita mungkin akan dapat lihat sedikit shading gelap pada satu sudut permukaan bulan (untuk lebih spesifik, sudut yang menghadap kawasan utara).
Foto dibawah (credit Fred Espenak) merupakan foto gerhana bulan penumbra yang pernah berlaku sebelum ini. 

Adakah bulan akan bertukar menjadi warna merah?
Tidak. Bagi fenomena gerhana bulan penumbra ini, bulan TIDAK AKAN berubah warna seperti yang berlaku ketika gerhana bulan penuh.
Agak-agak jam berapakah kita boleh lihat shading tersebut?
Lebih kurang antara jam 10 PM hingga 11 PM nanti. Namun ini semua bergantung juga kepada keadaan cuaca pada malam tersebut. Jika berawan, ia mungkin akan menyukarkan kita melihat perbezaan shading tadi.
Saya tidak mempunyai teleskop atau binokular, bolehkah saya melihat fenomena ini?
Boleh! Fenomena gerhana bulan penumbra ini boleh dilihat dengan mata dan tidak perlu (tidak wajib) menggunakan sebarang peralatan astronomi. Namun begitu, jika anda berpeluang melihatnya menerusi teleskop atau binokular, mungkin anda akan dapat lihat dengan lebih jelas kesan shading tersebut.
Bolehkah saya mengikuti sebarang program cerapan gerhana bulan ini esok?
Boleh je. Jika anda berada di Kuala Lumpur, saya cadangkan anda pergi ke Planetarium Negara kerana di sana akan diadakan cerapan rasmi fenomena gerhana bulan penumbra ini. Sila lihat SINI untuk maklumat lanjut.
Jika di kawasan lain, bolehlah hubungi kelab atau persatuan berdekatan untuk maklumat lanjut.
Di manakah saya boleh mendapatkan maklumat lebih teknikal berkenaan fenomena ini?
Sila ke SINI untuk memuat turun maklumat lebih terperinci.
Jom teropong!

Monday, 26 November 2012

Egypt’s Morsi: Dictator or Revolutionist?

By Abdelrahman Rashdan
Political Analyst- Egypt
Sunday, 25 November 2012 00:00
Egypt’s Morsi: Dictator or Revolutionist?
“Do you know what the origin of the problem is? It is that we do not know when does the revolution end and when does the state begin.” (Reuters)
“You cannot discuss politics while customers are here!” shouted the manager of a small Cairene jewelry shop at his co-workers on Saturday afternoon as soon as I pushed the door open. 
I realized that my entrance had forcibly interrupted a heated debate among the five workers in the shop about Morsi’s recent decree. 
One of them, however, was unable to hold himself from engaging me in their discussion; with his attention being grabbed by the appearance of the dismissed public prosecutor on the TV screen hanging above the door, he asked me “Who appointed Abdel-Maguid Mahmoud? Was it Mubarak??”
Soon, the manager got locked with me in a head-to-head debate about the troubling incident, while using his mobile internet to show me a tweet by a judge related to the issue. I was lucky enough to be able to find my way out of the shop after a while, otherwise the debate would have dragged on for the whole night. 
This is the scene of Egypt, where many Egyptians have turned into political creatures, discussing deep details about heated events in a country that witnessed a very unique and amazing revolution more than a year ago.
Some now view him as a revolutionary hero who picked up his sword to defend the glorious revolution against the old regime and its remnants who employed different means and schemes to crush the revolution; while others view him as a fascist dictator rising up from behind the image of what they once saw as a weak president with shaken hands. 
With his controversial decree issued on Thursday, President Morsi has politically metamorphosed in the eyes of many Egyptians. 
The brief jewelry-shop debate actually illustrates a big nation-wide one with some people limiting their input to their own two cents, some heavily debating, demonstrating, while others have turned to violence and attacking opponents.
According to several media reports, some offices for the ruling Freedom and Justice Party (of the Muslim Brotherhood) have been burnt, destroyed, or attacked and the number of injuries in the downtown clashes between the police and demonstrators have scaled above 100 with some in critical conditions. 
This is also in addition to the reports that the country is about to witness major Tuesday protests from both camps, supporters and opponents of Morsi’s decree.
In the same way that it is hard to group up all supports as being MB members, it is hard to declare all opponents as champions of the ousted Mubarak regime; each side has its arguments and fears.
Morsi’s decree carried the following points:
  1.  Retrial of officials linked to killing of protesters.
  2.  All presidential decrees and decisions since President Morsi was inaugurated until electing a new parliament after the constitution is concluded are irrefutable and irreversible even by any court.
  3.  The public prosecutor is appointed for a four-year term, with the current one being replaced.
  4.  The timeline for drafting the new constitution is extended for two more months.
  5.  The constitution-drafting committee and the Shura council cannot be dissolved by any judicial order.
  6.  President can take all necessary measure against any danger that would threaten the Jan 25 Revolution, the welfare and unity of Egypt, or the ability of the government institutions to perform its duties, in a manner regulated by the law.
Opinions have varied into three different camps, one that supports the six points, another that rejects them, and a third that accepts with some reservations.
Opponents: Dictator Morsi
“I refuse to continue in the shadow of republican decisions that obstruct the democratic transition.” — Presidential Assistant Samir Morkos.

The first camp is spearheaded by a number of judges and opposition leaders who believe that Morsi’s decree is humiliating the judicial branch of the government and concentrating all three powers in the hands of the president, the head of the executive branch.
The Supreme Judicial Council, Egypt's highest judicial authority, described it as an "unprecedented attack" on the independence of the judiciary, as reported by Reuters.
 Former presidential candidates Amr Mousa and Hamdin Sabbahi, along with Mohamed ElBaradei and others posed on Friday in Tahrir Square shoulder-to-shoulder in a sign of unity against Morsi's presidential decree.
This chance provided by Morsi represents a golden opportunity for opposition leaders to gain popularity in the street after events that followed the presidential elections showed the fading popular support for the leftist and liberal groups.
Arguments from this camp warn that Morsi’s acquisition of all powers is in fact creating a dictator that would have no one to check over his actions. With a deep mistrust carried by the opposition against the Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi is viewed as a president that would wash away all his opposition for the benefit of his group.
statement issued by the liberal Dustour Party on its Facebook page on Friday stated, "We are facing a historic moment in which we either complete our revolution or we abandon it to become prey for a group that has put its narrow party interests above the national interest."
In addition, one of the assistants to Morsi, Samir Morkos, a Christian, said after expressing his need to resign from his post, “I refuse to continue in the shadow of republican decisions that obstruct the democratic transition.”
Supporters of this camp have refused to abandon Tahrir square, with a number camping through the night, until Morsi cancels the decree.
Supporters: Revolution Means Revolutionary Decisions
The revolution cannot be protected by slow moves that walk within the boundaries of the system placed by the old regime.
On the other hand stand the Freedom and Justice Party, al-Noor Party, and other groups including a group of independent judges called “Judges for Egypt.” Arguments on this camp include some solid points. They argue that issuing a decree is a presidential right in the absence of a parliament, a right that the SCAF used with no disagreement shown by the current vocal opponents of Morsi’s decree. Nevertheless, Morsi is an elected representative of Egyptians while the SCAF was not, which gives him even more legitimacy in his actions.
The revolution cannot be protected by slow moves that walk within the boundaries of the system placed by the old regime, this camp argues; thus, bypassing the judiciary system that carry influential judicial figures affiliated with the old regime is a must. 
In addition, ignoring the trials of the old regime remnants and the murderers of the  Jan 25 Revolution’s protestors at the mercy of the current judicial elements, with a public prosecutor appointed by Mubarak, has led to the continuation of the "series of acquittals." Hence, changing the public prosecutor — which was one of the main demands in the January 25th Revolution— is a must and repeating the trials is needed.
As for the constitution, this camp argues that it would be fair to allow the committee to finish up its work and then grant Egyptians the freedom to accept or reject the draft through a public referendum. Also, following such referendum, a parliament should be elected which will make the president directly lose his superior powers in the presence of a functioning legislative branch, which should be around five month from now.
Third Camp: Revolutionary Decisions, Limits on Powers
“Only presidential decisions that have to do with purging government institutions should be immune.” — Political activist Hossam al-Gewely

Standing in the third camp those who say we support President Morsi in his decree but we demand more clarifications and limitation on powers. The main concern of this group is the unlimited powers that the president grants himself.
“Only presidential decisions that have to do with purging government institutions should be immune,” political activist Hossam al-Gewely contended, “so that [Morsi] would not be using his powers against his political opposition.”
Al-Gewely also thinks that Morsi did not choose the right time for his decree. “It is too late, the set of exceptional decisions should have been taken in day one, or at least along with his decision to sideline the old SCAF leaders and cancel their constitutional declaration.” He thinks that Morsi did not work well on creating a supportive public opinion for his decisions.
When Does the State Begin?
Based on polls in a number of Egyptian newspapers and websites of different political affiliations, it seems that more Egyptians are supporting Morsi’s decree. 
Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr website’s poll shows that 88 percent of about 38,000 voters approve Morsi’s recent decree, 71 percent of about 10,000 voters on al-Shorouk newspaper’s website, and 76 percent of about 23,000 voters on al-Masry al-Youm newspaper’s website.
The political scientist Dr. Moataz Abdel-Fattah summed up all the arguments in one sentence that carries a deep meaning. He said, “Do you know what the origin of the problem is? It is that we do not know when does the revolution end and when does the state begin.”
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Abdelrahman Rashdan is a political analyst specialized in the Middle East with a Master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. Along with several years of experience in the region, he holds a Certificate in Middle East Studies from the same university.