Saturday, August 1, 2009

“Liberty” plus 19 more

“Liberty” plus 19 more


Liberty

Posted: 01 Aug 2009 06:30 AM PDT

I believe in an individual liberty. I always believe that, a person is innocent until proven guilty.

pro I.S.A vs anti-I.S.A....what I have to say about this? No, I have no freedom talking about this. People will immediately ''stamp'' on my forehead that I'm an anti-government or what-so-ever. It makes me wonder, what I.S.A has something to do with race anyway?

Pro-I.S.A people say, '' KEKALKAN I.S.A untuk mempertahankan hak keisitimewaan orang Melayu''. People, I'm not against any races. But, why must we relate I.S.A with race? Why? This is what I called as PROVOCATION. Yes, it's provocation.

I.S.A has nothing to do with certain races. It's about a person liberty. Let say, if we caught a SUSPECTED terrorist, he/she has the rights for court hearings. Let the evidence speaks.

Ok, enough said. Tak pasal-pasal aku kena buang universiti pula. Urrghh.

p/s: I'm pro Jesus, not pro ISA.

Sorry sir, but he's had a bit too much to drink

Posted: 01 Aug 2009 06:06 AM PDT

During my mis-spent youth, I had to attend a Cpls to Sgts mess function. Now, from experience, I never drank alcohol at mess functions, mainly because I was always asked to drive friends home, but also because I would never allow alcohol to cloud my judgment.

Anyway, at one such function, a young Cpl decided to gob off at me in the mistaken viewpoint that he could take me out with physical violence. Seeing as he was to the right of me at a 90 degree angle, I struck him between the legs with a downward Uraken, and as he collapsed, I grabbed his hair with my right hand, his pint glass with my left, and was in the process of driving his head onto my knee in which to smash his face in.

When the Garrison Sgt Maj (GSM) decided to come across and ask how I was doing, I instantly weaved a story about how buggerlugs couldn't hold his beer and I was helping him recover to a chair. The GSM thanked me for helping out with a visitor to the mess and left to speak with somebody else. His intervention rescued buggerlugs from a broken face and me from getting charged with assault.

Please don't think I'm a violent man. I'm not. But sometimes, after being provoked, you have to make a stand in which to say enough is enough, otherwise you give permission to those who presume to think that might is right.

Which brings me to the point of my missive. You see, Israel today published a report into its foray into Gaza at the start of the year. Its conclusion was: after years of provocation it's assault into Gaza was "Necessary and proportionate".

Oh how the Left are bitching about how Israel took the fight to Hamas. But the thing is, sometimes, just sometimes, you have to make the point of showing your neighbourhood bully that you aren't as weak and feeble as he thinks you are. Eye On The World

THE POWER OF OBSERVATION

Posted: 01 Aug 2009 03:00 AM PDT

If experience is the greatest teacher, and hindsight is 20/20, then what can be said of observation?

Observation is defined as: 1 a: an act or instance of observing a custom, rule, or law b: observance 2 a: an act of recognizing and noting a fact or occurrence often involving measurement with instruments b: a record or description so obtained 3: a judgment on or inference from what one has observed.

No matter which definition one may choose, employing the power of observation is a choice.

What derails us in this decision making process? The fact that we are often so preoccupied with how we are being perceived that we don't - or can't - observe others with the deliberate focus that will provide us with valuable information and insight into a person's character, values, and motives.

By being self-absorbed we miss blatant and random clues that reveal the truth. Egocentricity also mutes intuitive ("gut") feelings that would other wise be heard, but unfortunately get ignored.

Only when we overcome our urge to be understood and accepted, can we fully engage in the process of understanding and accepting. People tell us what they want us to know, not what we need to know about them. The power of observation cuts through smoke screens and delivers clarity.

To activate your powers of observation, two things are required. First, you must shut-up. That's right, stop talking - both to yourself (in your mind) and to others. When your mouth is closed, your ears and eyes magically open wider.

The second step is to gather verbal and non-verbal information without thinking about it. This is easier said than done, but can be mastered with practice.

Writer Malcolm Gladwell refers to this process in his book Blink as "thin-slicing."

Thin-slicing calls upon the use of limited information to come to conclusions. He says that by thinking without thinking (too much), sizing up situations and determining how we feel about someone or something based not on voluminous new information, but rather on our accumulated experiences, is a good thing.

Both "thin-slicing" and using the power of observation, are concerned with the challenge of identifying and focusing on only the most significant information.

Gladwell was quoted in an interview as saying: "We live in a world that assumes that the quality of a decision is directly related to the time and effort that went into making it," he writes. "And what do we tell our children? Haste makes waste. Look before you leap. Stop and think. Don't judge a book by its cover."

The power of observation does not give you the ability to judge a book by its cover; however, it does give you a very strong indication as to what the book is about.

Through the observation of people and their surroundings, you will be able to pick up on key messages about who they are, what they think, what they value, and how they really feel, all without you ever having to ask a question - if you pay attention to the clues and the cues.

How does your boss dress? Meticulously? Or slovenly? Studies reveal that there is a direct correlation between how business owners dress and the way they run their companies. A boss who dresses meticulously is more likely to be organized and pay greater attention to the details of running their business. A boss who is sloven in their appearance is more likely to overlook details and lack vision for the future of the company.

Does your new love interest sit back in his chair while you are talking? Or does he lean forward? Leaning forward means he's drawn into the conversation; leaning back means he's withdrawn and disinterested. Does your boyfriend listen to you with his arms closed? He's sending a clue that he is closed off to what you are saying and is not receptive. Crossed arms also convey protection when a person feels they are under attack and feel the need to take a defensive stance.

These are just some of the non-verbal clues that provide us with honest information during our interactions with others, but the power of observation is not limited to real-time involvement with people. It happens most, and perhaps best, when the person you are observing isn't aware of it or is not even present.

What would someone know about you just by visiting your house when you are not there? What does your office reveal about your personality and work habits? What does the interior of your car say about how you live your life?

An interesting article entitled A Room With a Cue: Personality Judgments Based on Offices and Bedrooms by Samuel D. Gosling and Sei Jin Ko of the University of Texas at Austin examines how people spend many of their waking hours in their personal living and work environments.

They found that everything from the choice of colors, patterns, motifs, and de´cor reveal not only personal taste and aesthetics, but self-directed identity claims intended to reinforce self-views which intentionally communicate attitudes and values to others. These statements might be sincere and intended to convey truthful messages about what the individual is really like, but they may also be strategic, even deceptive statements intended to portray the individual in a certain light.

Their research reveals that personal environments, such as offices and bedrooms, are good receptacles of such interior behavioral residue (Webb, Campbell, Schwartz, & Sechrest, 1966) where individuals spend a great deal of time, and certain behaviors are performed repeatedly in these environments.

The term behavioral residue to refer to the physical traces of activities conducted in one's environment. Although most cues will reflect past behaviors, there may also be some clues to anticipated behaviors; for example, an unopened bottle of wine and a set of beanbag chairs arranged in a circle on the floor may indicate a social occupant who is planning to entertain guests.

So in other words, your office space communicates volumes about you, so does the condition in which you keep the interior of your car - as well as the items you keep in it. These are all indicators of who you are, what you do (have done or will be doing), and how you live.

With consistent practice you will soon learn that it's not what people say, but what their non-verbal messages communicate to you through the power of observation that truly matter.

Author's Bio
Gian Fiero is a speaker and author who lectures throughout the country.

Looks like Teoh Beng Hock was dead before he fell..

Posted: 01 Aug 2009 04:37 AM PDT

I have picked this up from Malaysia Today and I think it is important enough to be shared. The current story is Tan Beng Hock committed suicide by jumping out of a window and falling to his death. Well RPK show a picture of what a body will look like it if has indeed fallen from a [...]

Orang Nak Cari Rezeki Laa!!!!....

Posted: 01 Aug 2009 02:53 AM PDT

I feel very angry today...juz because of 1 bloody person, a few of my friends yang tengah berniaga had to shut their business for today...these friends of mine work really hard juz to put food on the table at home...juz to put their kids to school...and juz to pay the growing medical bills of an ailing mother...

Seriously gua memang marah semarah-marahnya ni (im actually slamming the keyboard buttons with my fingers as im typing this bloody post k)...believe u me i cant get any angrier than this...simply because i can't imagine how many more people's life are depended on the proceeds they hope make today...

Kadang2 kita tak pikir benda2 ni...apa yang kita pikir cuma kepentingan diri sendiri...that is such a selfish act to the MAX!!!...takde nak pikir LANGSUNG pasal orang lain yang tak bersalah...WORST is you get your own people into a lot trouble juz to fulfill your OWN agenda...Seriously i would spit on the ground that you walked on!!!...

I have my right as a father and a Malaysian to live in a peaceful country...  

Makes me wanna go back to bed

Posted: 01 Aug 2009 02:38 AM PDT

Yeah. It's that type of week for the past few weeks for me.
I was "whole" again & has bounced out of bed every morning. Until I did some reading & that makes me wanna crawl right back under my pillows.

Seems like we Malaysians are "World Class" in everything we do & that includes Bashing ppl up. Even the dead ones.

*For all youse non-world class foreigners obviously not M'sians; Boleh=OK

Just 3 Fine Examples of our World Class-ness are below
1. We're WC in Bashing 'em up no matter who you are!

Take the example of this "Datuk"* who had his Bodyguards Bash Up a British Diplomat for taking up the Diplomat's car park in a lux condo

*An honorific awarded to individuals who's done great service to our Boleh-ness. Some famous Datuks include that handsome famous Bollywood Actor Shah Rukh Khan who made a movie here, Jean Todt ex-head of Ferrari racing who's paid to be a Bolehland Ambassador - in his spare time (I want that job!!), & a great other many assortment of Bizmen & a sprinkling of Crime Lords, War Lords, & Ohmylords

2. We're WC in Turning Peaceful Protest into city siege
(I can't say "bashed up" cause I have no proof but I hear some ppl have been walking into doors on the streets today).

Today's supposedly peaceful protest was turned into a siege. I sure hope those of us who tried to participate will learn that so long as the PeeEm says "No", he means NO, & so youse lot'd better listen! Does it matter thousands & thousands still tried to turn up? WHO CARES?

Our government is Great & continues to be Great & if you dun like it, you know what you can do at the next elections, right?

3. We're WC in Bashing Dead People
Yasmin Ahmad, a much beloved Female Director controversial for her "truth or dare" stories & haunting commercials passes away. And so how do we "honor" her passing?

Yeah. You're gettin' smart! We World Class Bashed Her!

The popular (sick) Kosmo mag "exposed" her as a Sex Change person the day after her burial. Is it true? Is the moon made of cheese?

Yeap. I sure learnt somethin' this week. We sure love to bash 'em - & it ain't matter shit if they're dead or down. We bash 'em all the Same!

MALAYSIA BOLEH!!!!!

Judge slams Hilali spokesman ( Australia Mufti's aka "Uncovered Cat Meat")

Posted: 01 Aug 2009 02:43 AM PDT

KEYSAR Trad, the long-time spokesman for Muslim cleric Taj Din al-Hilali, was yesterday denounced as "racist", "offensive" and "untruthful" by the Supreme Court judge who rejected his defamation claim against radio station 2GB. Judge Peter McClellan said he agreed Mr Trad "incites acts of violence, incites racist attitudes, is dangerous and perhaps most significantly is a disgraceful individual".

He added that the founder of the Islamic Friendship Association held views that were "entirely repugnant" to most Australians. They included:

* Defending the stoning of a women for adultery in Nigeria;

* Condoning suicide bombers and the use of children as martyrs;

* Calling homosexuality "a depraved carnal pursuit" that should be criminalised;

* Regarding Anglo-Irish Australians as "unworthy descendants of criminal dregs";

* Joking about rapes committed by the Bilal Skaf gang;

* Believing America poses a greater threat to Australia than radical Islam; and

* Endorsing Hilali speeches which described the September 11 attacks as "blessings" and excused rapes on women who dressed like "uncovered meat".

The judge noted that Mr Trad suggested in the last example that Sheik Hilali was talking about people who engage in extramarital sex -- evidence he dismissed as "disingenuous". Justice McClellan cited an article in The Weekend Australian in September 2002 in which Mr Trad denied Muslims were behind September 11 and suggested Osama bin Laden could not have organised the attack.

"Osama bin Laden claimed responsibility for September 11," Justice McClellan said. "A suggestion that the terrorist act was not perpetrated by adherents to Islam would not be accepted by Australians whatever their ethnic origin or religious views." Mr Trad had also hosted a web page with links to anti-Semitic sites and Adolf Hitler's manifesto Mein Kampf: "He must be regarded as having apparent sympathies for the views of Adolf Hitler," Justice McClellan said.

He said Mr Trad had never condemned the sheik's views, which he suggested on many occasions would have been "the only appropriate response". Mr Trad, who faces up to $400,000 in costs, was devastated by the decision and said there would be an appeal. "I disagree with the judgment and what the judge said about me," he said.

Mr Trad sued the top-rating Sydney station in the NSW Supreme Court after presenter Jason Morrison described him as "gutless" and "just trouble" after a rally held in the wake of the Cronulla riots in December 2005. Mr Trad's comment about the "shame in tabloid journalism and one talkback station" caused the crowd to boo and harass a 2GB journalist near the stage.

The reporter told Morrison he feared for his safety, prompting the presenter to deliver his tirade. In August 2007, a jury found Morrison had defamed Mr Trad but Justice McClellan found for 2GB in the second -- or defence -- phase of the trial in May. He ruled the statements were true and also protected as a justified response to an attack. The Australian

More than 200 people arrested

Posted: 01 Aug 2009 01:04 AM PDT

Not surprise at all how Malaysian Police treats any rally in Malaysia. Maybe they still consider Malaysians are still childish not mature enough to walk on the street to voice their opinion even though many of them were educated or degree(s) holder.

20,000 in city centre, tear gas fired
Aug 1, 09 11:01am
LIVE REPORTS A multiracial crowd of about 20,000 have gathered at the Dang Wangi junction opposite Sogo with more joining in despite a strong police cordon.

警方猛射催泪弹水炮镇压集会 逾两万人汇集隆市反内安法令
当今大马团队 | 8月1日 上午11点19分
滚动报道 下午3点45分更新 在民联领袖包括林吉祥、哈迪阿旺和安华等人轮流上台致辞后,向聚集在回教党总部前的支持者,宣布集会解散。

If the Police acts like the March of Hong Kong Basic Law Article 23 by 500,000 residents of Hong Kong on 1st July 2003, then, it is surprise and great achievement in our nation history.

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THE SECRET TO LONG LIFE (humor)

Posted: 31 Jul 2009 08:00 PM PDT


A doctor on his morning walk, noticed an older lady sitting on her front step smoking a cigar, so he walked up to her and said, "I couldn't help but notice how happy you look! What is your secret?"

"I smoke ten cigars a day," she said.

"Before I go to bed, I smoke a nice big joint. Apart from that, I drink a whole bottle of Jack Daniels every week, and eat only junk food. On weekends, I pop pills, get laid, and don't exercise at all."

"That is absolutely amazing! How old are you?"

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THE CURRENT OF LIFE

Posted: 01 Aug 2009 12:00 AM PDT

We've all paid our dues–at some point–for the sake of our kids, muscling through the parental prerequisite ninety minutes of yet another disengaging children's movie. Think "Lilo and Stitch" or "Curly Sue"…

On the other hand, we've also experienced the moment, sitting in those same theater seats, when we realized we were watching a surprisingly great work of art–"The Lion King", "Toy Story" and "Babe"—that makes it all worth while.

In "Finding Nemo", the voices of our favorite actors brought to life a new underwater world, making us laugh and cry as our children's eyes widened at the wonder of the big screen. As Nemo's dad, Marlin, rode the EAC (East Australian Current) with Crush, the surfer Turtle, in search of his lost son, we could easily relate:

Crush: Okay. Squirt here will now give you a rundown of proper exiting technique.

Squirt: Good afternoon. We're gonna have a great jump today. Okay, first crank a hard cutback as you hit the wall. There's a screaming bottom curve, so watch out. Remember: rip it, roll it, and punch it.

Marlin: It's like he's trying to speak to me, I know it.

Marlin [to Squirt]: Look, you're really cute, but I can't understand what you're saying. Say the first thing again.

One of the characteristics of a magnificent work of art is the non-verbal reference to the human condition. Who would have ever thought that surfing turtles and animated fish would give us such an exquisite lesson about riding the current of our own lives?

According ancient Taoist beliefs, there is, in fact, a current for each of us. This current is one we can choose to struggle against, trying to gain control, turning variables into fixtures…or one we can choose to succumb to, allowing ourselves to relax and let go, accepting that there is a universal energy meant to carry us along as our lives shape and form into the way they are meant to be.

English writer Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) was considered a high ranking intellectual and leader of modern thought. He discussed the very idea of swimming against the current long before Nemo pixilated into our lives. He explained, "There is a Law of Reversed Effort. The harder we try with the conscious will to do something, the less we shall succeed. Proficiency and the results of proficiency come only to those who have learned the paradoxical art of doing and not doing, or combining relaxation with activity, of letting go as a person in order that the immanent and transcendent Unknown Quantity may take hold. We cannot make ourselves understand; the most we can do is to foster a state of mind, in which understanding may come to us."

We all have phases during which we're at the mercy of the surge and swell of life, when we do not progress forward despite expending great amounts of energy to move our heavy legs through the strong, murky water…when the sound of our voice bubbles from our mouths like it did when we were ten, having a tea party through the caustic lighting of the water at the bottom of the pool.

But the sooner we realize the times when our exhausting struggle is not simply a wave—when we are actually moving against the natural flow of our life–the sooner we will discover the free flowing current—our very own EAC—right in front of us. And we will see how easy, upon surrendering, it is to submerge and be propelled forward in the direction of our own personal destinies.

And, like Marlin in Nemo, we will finally find what we have been looking for all along.

written by Wendy Brache

Published in The Broomfield Enterprise, 12/16/07

Parking Woes In Hospitals

Posted: 31 Jul 2009 09:27 PM PDT

I wonder if people realise some of the problems the handicapped face when the time comes for them to go for their regular check-up in a hospital?

Having a medical problem that urgently needs to be looked into is often only half of the issue.

But to get to a place – especially in a government hospital – for medical assistance that you need can often be quite another kettle of fish.

For those without public transport and have to depend on taxis, the experience can turn out to be a nightmare. This is when some cabbies think it is not worth their trouble to take people with disabilities at all – let alone to the hospital.

However, if any of you-readers out there happen to think that having a car of your own solves the problem, don't be too sure about that.

There are many obstructions in your way which the hospital authorities have obviously given little thought to when it comes to their patient-care facilities and service for people who need them most.

Disabled car parks: First, there should be enough of them. There should be no compromise: these should be placed immediately next to the entrance of all hospitals and clinics.

Like many directors of hospitals car parks, they must be fully covered to protect patients from the elements such as sun and rain. Non disabled people many not realise that many paralysed persons can't feel a thing from their waist down.

This situation opens them to attack by developing pressure sores in their bodies that can eventually kill them if infection sets in.

That is why they need to rush to the hospital at once when such a thing occurs. Even for those who don't have them, a very hot seat from the Sun at the car park can cause blisters instantly that quickly turn into ugly sores.

Handicapped drivers can take about 15 minutes just to get into their cars once they leave the hospital. Umbrellas are no good for them in any type of rain. Wounds can get worse and dangerous when it is soaked.

During my recent follow-up visit to the doctor at the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) in Kuala Lumpur, I was disappointed to note that the disabled car parking spots have no roofs over them.

This, despite having raised the issue for many years with the hospital. Furthermore, the handicapped car parks are not located nearest to the entrances but some metres away.

People in wheelchairs may not suffer as much as those with walking difficulties who have to use walking sticks and crutches.

A few steps forward are often literally like incredible giant steps for them. Moreover they have to worry about falling owing to uneven pavements and roads and oncoming traffic in the hospital.

Another point to seriously consider is to have well-trained security staff who meet patients at the car parks. Well and good if one of us are able to get a family member or friend to accompany us to the hospital.

But for the many of us who don't have such luxury. It is often a horrifying task to try and get the attention of the security in the narrow, jam-packed roads.

There have been times when some of my friends and I in wheelchairs had to take a complete round out and in the hospital again to come back to the same place – only to be disappointed.

This problem can be solved if the UMMC instructs their security to be on the lookout for handicapped patients.

And it won't hurt also if they are given a crash course in courtesy as well. A "Good Morning and how are we today" with a big smile can go a long way to calm one's frazzled nerves, especially if one is worried about what the outcome might be after the visit with the doctor.

Oh, and please insist that they ask all handicapped drivers if they need further assistance instead of just removing the barrier cones from the parking slots and run off.

This is especially important for people with disabilities who drive to the hospital on their own.

I point this out because on several occasions I had the unpleasant experience of having to wait and call out to other kind patients to give me a hand in getting my wheelchair out.

It should be made clear that anyone with a wheelchair sticker on their vehicles do not drive super fancy cars where all you need to do is push a button and presto: the boot mysteriously opens and out pops the wheelchair and all as it automatically wheels its way to the driver's side of the car.

Well, not yet, anyway!

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KPI surely go up one.

Posted: 31 Jul 2009 08:45 PM PDT

Reporter: It is said that the government aims to cut crime by about 20 percent, do you think this is possible?

Police: Oh yes, we are confident of reaching that target, in fact we are confident of surpassing that figure.

Reporter: You sound so confident, what are your strategies?

Police: Simple really, It will be a multi-prong attack on criminals.

Reporter: Multi-prong? Could you explain?

Police: Usually all those we call in for questionings are guilty but we had to set them free because we do not have enough evidence so what we will do is ask the government to pass a law whereby a judge must find an accused guilty if the police feels he is guilty. There will be no need for evidence.

Reporter: Don't you think that will give the police too much power?

Police: Oh, don't worry, we have never ever abused our powers. has the police ever abused power> Come on la, we are professional people la.
 
Reporter: What else?

Police: We will also ask the government to pass a law whereby any accidental-death while in detention or while questioning, must be considered accidental death and therefore cannot be challenged.

Reporter: Yes, if it is really accidental. You still have to prove it was accidental.

Police: Ha, yes, but the first law I mentioned just now must be taken into consideration, anything the police claims must be taken as the truth.

Reporter: Okay, but how do you define 'accidental' then?

Police: If we were to accidentally kick a suspect on the head with our heavy boots, or accidentally drown a suspect or accidentally beat the shit out of him or accidentally force him off a 9 story building. You know, that kind of stuff.

Reporter: What else?

Police: We would recommend that 95% of cases be considered as civil and not criminal.

Reporter: What do you mean?

Police: Like this, if someone robs you, it is between you and that someone and it has no bearing on the state so we consider it a civil case. If you have evidence, you sue him la. No need for the police in these cases.

Reporter: What about rape then?

Police: Same thing, it's between the rapist and his victim, it has got nothing to do with the country, so the victim sues the rapist. All these will greatly reduce our cases, giving us more time to do other work.

Reporter: Looks like with this you would not have any work to do?

Police: No, we still have plenty of work like tailing opposition members, snooping on them, concocting evidence, whacking the hell out of people, the list is endless la, we have a lot of work really.

Reporter: I don't think the people would like this. There will be mass protest.

Police: We do have an alternative though.

Reporter: Alternative? What alternative?

Police: Every known crime comes under the ISA. We just lock them up, we don't have to prove anything. I tell you with these strategies that I had mentioned, our KPI will surely go up one.

ANTICIPATION- THE REAL KEY TO BEING PREPARED

Posted: 31 Jul 2009 03:00 PM PDT

So often we mention the importance of preparation without discussing what it means and what it entails. That's a mistake.

The definition of preparation varies from one person to the next; therefore it is possible to lack preparation from the very beginning of any process in one person's view, and to be totally prepared in another's. It happens all the time and it shouldn't - especially in team situations where individual preparation is key to the collective preparation of the team.

Merriam-Webster defines preparation as the following: 1 a: a prior action that takes into account or forestalls a later action b: the act of looking forward; especially: pleasurable expectation.

Looking forward is anticipation. Because we are conditioned to think of preparation in terms of "levels," anticipation is often overlooked as a major component to being fully prepared. According to George Vaillant, professor of psychiatry at Harvard, anticipation is an "adaptive mental mechanism." He defines anticipation as "the capacity to perceive future danger effectively as well as cognitively and by this means to master conflict in small steps" (Vaillant, 2000).

The concept of being fully prepared, for many, means the amount of time that you spend in preparation; physically, academically, or experientially. What about mentally? The greatest anticipation there is, is knowing what is likely to occur or what we are likely to experience in any conceivable situation or scenario.

From professional sports teams who spend hundreds of hours studying film of competing team's tendencies in order to better anticipate what they may do when they play them, to companies who conduct exhaustive background checks on executives to examine their past behavioral tendencies in an effort to anticipate how they will perform in a new position in the future, anticipation enhances and solidifies the aforementioned forms of preparation.

Though many reports say that 9-11 could have been prevented, the reality is that it occurred because it was not anticipated. Experience and imagination is the key to anticipation. The 9-11 attacks were both heinous and unimaginable. We were not prepared to defense such an attack simply because we could not imagine it. After the experience of 9-11, we are better prepared to prevent and defend such an attack because it is now within the realm of our imaginations, and thus can be anticipated. Our focus should now be on anticipating the next unimaginable attack.

Bill Belichick, head coach of the New England Patriots, said that the most important part of coaching is getting the players prepared to anticipate any and every scenario that can arise in the scope of a game. No wonder his quarterback, Tom Brady, has been so effective at engineering wins in the waning moments of football games: he practices those scenarios.

But it was the New York Giant's quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Plaxico Burress who put in more time anticipating a last minute drive, capped off by their end zone throw-and-catch which won the game for them in the Super Bowl which effectively ended hopes of the Patriots completing what would have been the first perfect season - of any sports team - in history.

Announcers showed footage of the two rehearsing the winning play over, and over, and over again before the game which they showed when it ended. The Patriots did not get out played in their historic Super Bowl run; they were out anticipated.

Whether we are preparing for an interview, our first day on the job, a project, a venture, or for athletic competition, being able to anticipate any and every scenario that can arise which may pose a threat to our success or pleasurable expectations is vital.

If you lack experience, tapping into someone else's experience will enable you to better anticipate what you may encounter in a given situation or scenario. If you have experience, think imaginatively. What types of questions are least likely to be asked? Prepare for them. What type of circumstances are you least likely to face? Anticipate what you will do if you find yourself facing them. Once you do this instinctively, you will not only arrive at a higher level of preparation, but will step into a different dimension of preparation; one which others seldom enter.

Author's Bio
Gian Fiero is a speaker and author who lectures throughout the country.

Bruce Grobbelaar TVC

Posted: 31 Jul 2009 04:00 PM PDT

Former Liverpool goal keeper Bruce Grobbelaar makes his acting debut, featuring in a Paddy Power Irish Bookie! Pretty funny tvc! Check it out! Get your daily dose of Delirium via Reader or delivered via EmailBruce Grobbelaar TVC

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Obituary: Corazon Aquino

Posted: 31 Jul 2009 04:07 PM PDT

A political novice, Corazon Aquino was thrust to the forefront of opposition to President Ferdinand Marcos following the murder of her husband, a prominent senator. Not only did she replace Marcos as president but went on to gain a worldwide reputation as a fighter for peace and democracy, and an advocate for her strong Catholic faith.

Maria Corazon Sumulong Cojuangco was born on 25 July 1933 in Tarlac province, the daughter of a wealthy family of Filipino, Chinese and Spanish descent. Her father had extensive interests in banking as well as controlling a 15,000-acre sugar plantation. After attending local schools she was sent, at the age of 13, to the US where she completed her education at Roman Catholic convent schools in Philadelphia and New York.

On her return to the Philippines she enrolled at Far East University to study law but left in 1954 to marry Benigno Aquino, a journalist and the son of a wealthy family from her home province. During the following 20 years "Cory" Aquino remained in the background supporting her husband whose career in politics saw him become the youngest mayor, youngest governor and, eventually, the youngest senator ever elected in the Philippines. A friend once described the Aquino marriage as one where "he was the warrior. She polished his sword and took care of his horse."

Assassination

Her baptism into politics followed the imprisonment of her husband in 1973 after the declaration of martial law by President Marcos. During the next seven years she became her husband's sole link with the outside world, conveying his thoughts and speeches to news conferences in an effort to keep his memory alive. In full....

In a "moderate' failed state called Pakistan......

Posted: 31 Jul 2009 03:58 PM PDT

Christians flee after Muslims destroy village July 31, 2009

KORIAN, Pakistan (UCAN) -- Smoke was still rising from the Christian village of Korian in Punjab province on July 31 after it was completely destroyed in a violent raid the previous night by thousands of Muslims.Korian was home to about 100 Christian families, most of them laborers, who all fled the area in the wake of the attack. No one died in the incident.

The village in Faisalabad diocese was attacked after Muslims accused a family there of blasphemy. In all, 60 houses and two churches belonging to the Church of Pakistan and the New Apostolic Church were destroyed and livestock stolen.

"They have left nothing. My horse, my only source of income, has also been taken," said Shubaan Masih, a local Christian.The mob also blockaded the road leading to the village for several hours refusing entry to police or firefighters.

Masih said the mob was armed with firearms and explosives. "They used trucks to break the walls and petrol to start the fires," he said. "We saved our lives only by hiding in the fields until three in the morning, when relatives arrived with vehicles to collect us. The children cried all night," Masih said.

Tension between the Christian and Muslim communities in the area arose after pages containing Islamic inscriptions were found in front of a Christian home on July 26 following a wedding.

A group of Muslims then interrogated those who attended the wedding party, and accused the family of desecrating the Qur'an. The family says it has no knowledge of the offence but nevertheless apologized on July 30, saying that children who did not know what they were doing could have been responsible.

Muslims from surrounding villages gathered that evening at the local mosques before the mood turned ugly, Atif Jamil Pagaan, spokesperson of a Christian NGO told UCA News.

Local Muslims have filed charges against the family according to the country's blasphemy laws. They are accusing the family of blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad, which carries a mandatory death sentence in Pakistan. They also accuse the family of blasphemy against the Qur'an, which is punishable with life imprisonment.Christian politicians and Catholic priests have condemned the incident and demanded investigations of the assault. A group of seven Catholic priests went to visit the site.

"One cannot but weep upon seeing the trail of destruction left behind," said Father Aftab James Paul, director of Faisalabad diocese's Commission for Interfaith Dialogue. "It is yet another example of a feud being given a religious color. We shall visit the police station and demand the arrest of the instigators of this terrorism," he said.

According to media reports, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif also strongly condemned the incident and expressed his sorrow over the destruction of homes and loss of livestock. Reports said that Sharif has directed authorities to secure the area and control the situation. Yeah, right, wink, wink- edit. Union of Catholic News

Sir Bobby Robson meninggal dunia.

Posted: 31 Jul 2009 03:01 PM PDT

Sir Bobby Robson


LONDON: Legenda bola sepak tersohor, Sir Bobby Robson yang membimbing skuad England layak ke separuh akhir Piala Dunia 1990 dan memenangi trofi kejayaan di empat negara meninggal dunia, semalam pada usia 76 tahun gara-gara penyakit barah.

"Ia detik amat mengecewakan untuk mengumumkan Sir Bobby Robson meninggal dunia selepas lama bergelut menghidap penyakit barah," menurut kenyataan dari keluarganya. "Dia meninggal dengan aman pagi ini di sisi isteri (Elsie) dan anggota keluarga di kediamannya di County Durham."

Robson menghidapi pelbagai jenis penyakit barah sejak beberapa tahun dan disahkan menghidapi ketumbuhan yang tidak boleh dibedah pada kedua-dua belah paru-parunya, tahun lalu.

Selepas menamatkan kerjaya selaku pemain yang memberikannya 20 cap kebangsaan England, Robson beralih kepada bidang pengurusan dan selepas kejayaan mengemudi pasukan Ipswich Town, dia memulakan tugas sebagai pengurus England pada 1982.

Apabila berjaya membawa England ke peringkat separuh akhir Piala Dunia 1990, dia kembali kepada tugasnya sebagai pengurus termasuk membimbing PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Porto dan Newcastle United.

Ahad lalu, Robson, yang hanya mampu berkerusi roda hadir di St James Park bagi satu perlawanan amal sebagai penghormatan kepadanya yang berjaya menarik minat kira-kira 30,000 penonton.

Pengurus yang popular itu menerima anugerah 'Sir' pada 2002 kerana khidmatnya terhadap bola sepak tetapi disahkan menghidap barah lima kali sejak 1991 tetapi tetap meneruskan tugasnya hingga November 2007. - Agensi

RON95 vs RON97

Posted: 31 Jul 2009 01:47 PM PDT


Ada orang menyatakan petrol A lebih baik daripada petrol B atau minyak B lebih bagus daripada bahan api C. Adakah itu benar?

DI Eropah, klasifikasi keseragaman kelas bahan bakar petrol dibahagikan kepada tiga kelas utama. RON91, RON95 dan RON98. Pembahagian itu dibuat berdasarkan jenis keperluan bahan bakar yang diperlukan pada setiap jenis enjin berlainan pengeluar.

RON91 dicipta untuk enjin yang mampu menerima petrol berplumbum, RON95 untuk petrol tanpa plumbum yang juga disebut petrol premium dan RON98 atau disebut juga sebagai Super Plus atau Super Premium.

Bermula 1 September ini, klasifikasi penjualan minyak petrol di negara ini akan diselaraskan kepada dua jenis RON (Research Octane Number) iaitu RON95 dan RON97.

Dalam jangka masa kurang dua bulan dari sekarang, RON95 akan menggantikan RON92 yang berharga RM1.75 seliter, manakala RON97 akan menjadi petrol premium pada harga RM2.

Apakah kesannya kepada pengguna? Sebenarnya, banyak yang perlu diketahui tentang asas RON itu sendiri.

Di seluruh dunia, pencemaran bahan api fosil telah meningkatkan kesedaran umum. Justeru itu, kualiti bahan bakar ditingkatkan. Jurutera bertungkus lumus memikirkan idea untuk mencipta enjin dengan sistem pembakaran moden yang mampu beroperasi menggunakan petrol spesifikasi RON yang dibangunkan. Kandungan sulfur juga diminimumkan.

TIDAK pasti tentang kualiti petrol untuk kereta anda? Sila rujuk pemberitahuan yang ada pada tangki kereta, buku manual atau berhubung terus dengan pengeluar kereta.

Adakah semua petrol RON95 sesuai dengan kereta anda? Bagaimana mengetahui kesesuaian tersebut? Langkah paling mudah adalah melihat pada penutup petrol.

Jika ia tidak dinyatakan, rujuk buku panduan kenderaan. Biarpun begitu, tidak semua pengeluar kereta menulisnya dalam bentuk angka. Sebahagiannya ditulis dalam istilah leaded dan unleaded.

Jangan khuatir, majoriti petrol yang dijual di Malaysia (termasuk RON92) adalah petrol jenis tanpa plumbum (unleaded). Adakah RON97 lebih baik daripada RON95? Secara teorinya, ya tetapi secara paraktiknya, tidak. Petrol RON95 di stesen A mungkin lebih baik daripada petrol RON97 di stesen B.

Perlu diingatkan bahawa setiap petrol yang dijual oleh Petronas, Shell, BHP, Esso, Caltex dan Mobil adalah tidak sama. Setiap syarikat mempunyai ramuan tersendiri untuk meningkatkan keupayaan kualiti petrol masing-masing.

Techron, Primax dan Infiniti merupakan antara petrol yang dihasilkan menerusi kajian dan pembangunan yang serius. Anda mungkin biasa menonton iklan bagaimana petrol di stesen A berupaya membersihkan enapan karbon pada injap dan omboh. Adakah ia sekadar gimik?

Adakah petrol RON95 berkualiti rendah? Ini adalah pandangan yang salah. RON berkaitan dengan campuran dua unsur asas iaitu oktana dan pentana yang melengkapkan sifatnya menjadi bahan bakar petrol.

RON95 bermaksud 95 peratus kandungannya adalah oktana dan selebihnya pentana. Begitu juga dengan RON97 iaitu hanya tiga peratus pentana dan selebihnya oktana.

Gandingan itu akan memutlakkan tahap pembakaran enjin yang bakal digunakan. Sekiranya enjin anda cukup sekadar dengan pembakaran RON95, kenapa perlu membazir membeli petrol RON97? Adakah jam Breitling memberi maklumat waktu yang lebih tepat berbanding jam Casio?

Sebaliknya, jika enjin anda dicipta untuk membakar dengan RON97, adalah tidak memadai menggunakan RON95 kerana omboh akan mengalami masalah ketukan (knocking).

Ini kerana enjin silinder bergerak dengan membakar petrol menjadi gas. Asasnya, enjin yang dicipta untuk RON95 adalah kebuk pembakaran yang berupaya membakar sejumlah 95 peratus oktana.

SETIAP pengeluar petrol memiliki dan membangunkan bahan api menggunakan teknologi tersendiri. - Gambar hiasan

Perlu diingat bahawa sifat oktana adalah kemampuannya untuk menahan tekanan dalam kebuk pembakaran. Jadi, dengan enjin yang dicipta untuk pembakaran 95 peratus oktana, memadai kita menggunakan petrol RON95.

Namun, jika enjin tersebut dicipta untuk tekanan 97 peratus oktana, maka penggunaan RON95 tidak sesuai. Oktana mempunyai keupayaan mengembangkan tekanan dengan baik, tetapi bukan pentana. Pentana hanya akan melambatkan proses timbal-balik dan di sinilah masalah ketukan berlaku.

Petrol yang baik bergantung kepada pengeluar petrol itu sendiri. Seperti yang diterangkan pada awal nota ini tadi, setiap petrol tidak sama.

Dakwaan mengatakan semakin tinggi RON adalah lebih baik dan mampu menghasilkan enjin yang lebih berkuasa juga tidak benar. Petrol yang baik adalah petrol yang sesuai dengan RON yang diperlukan oleh enjin.

Jangan percaya pada pandangan salah. Terlalu ramai 'pakar' automotif hari ini. Cuba taipkan RON dalam Yahoo Malaysia, nescaya pelbagai forum akan membincangkan tentangnya.



I need a scholarship and this explains why

Posted: 31 Jul 2009 06:07 PM PDT

No matter what obstacles I meet, I wish others to support because you share my beliefs in fighting for a better life. As you can see, the phrase I chose for my blog banner reads, 'Living and Fighting WITH Neurofibromatosis'. This means I am not just fighting an illness, but I am fighting to live with an illness. By taking my own healthcare as a commitment, I can fight NF and still partake in life such as the pursuit of higher education. Doesn't mean that when I have a disabling genetic disorder, I should cease to progress. That would be an insult to the Creator who made us with capabilities for self-improvement.

The phrase also means that I am living with NF first and foremost, Fighting the symptoms of this illness is a necessary course of action, but I also chose to be alive with it and make the best out of health circumstances. I think we sometimes worry so much about an impending surgery, praying ceaselessly, or get worked up with wanting the newest and latest drug therapy, that we might forget to live. Some of us may already have given up any hope, quit school and bitterly blame karma the day we become diagnosed. I hope nobody will regret being born with this illness and I want to show you that we can be alive and thriving in spite of Neurofibromatosis.

Having said that, I am stubbornly pushing ahead with my pursuit of a Psychology degree in spite of the funding difficulty. When available facilities do not meet my needs, I would try to find the means of improving my learning experience. This is what I can do for myself and also my parents. I happen to be an only daughter so if I don't care for my parents, who will? A fulfilling education will determine how good a Psychologist I would become. Having a well-trained profession also helps to provide for my aging parents and to secure my own healthcare needs. With a good career some day, I won't have to keep raising funds for my surgeries anymore and will have the freedom of caring for others.

Allow me to take this opportunity to say that I require assistance in paying for courses online through Upper Iowa University. After trying it for three months, I realized that studying this way best fits my present situation. I can learn better too. As of today, I have 51,more credit hours to earn before graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Each 3 credit hour costs USD936.00.

May someone out there be keen to support this belief of mine by offering a scholarship or grant. I'd really appreciate it.

Kapaleeswarar Temple,

Posted: 31 Jul 2009 09:54 AM PDT

Kapaleeswarar temple  @ Chennai

Kapaleeswarar temple in Mylapore is one of the ancient Siva Sthalas in south India. The Siva lingam was consecrated by Brahma and called it Kapaleeswarar.

There is an interesting story linked with the Brahmotsavam of this temple.

Sivanesa chettiar of Mylapore was a staunch devotee of Shiva whose daughter Angampoompavai was bitten by a cobra and died. The chettiar after cremating her collected her bones and placed it in an urn. Thirugnana sambandar the saint poet who was on a pilgrimage to Mylapore visited Sivanesan chettiar who narrated the sad tale of his daughter s death. Thirugnanasambandar at once sprinkled the holy water from the temple tank on the urn containing the bones of the girl. Lo and behold the ways of Providence are inscrutable; the girl was brought back to life. As a token of gratitude Chettiar offered his daughter in marriage to Thirugnanasambandar who declined saying that since he restored her life she is like his daughter. This incident is celebrated during the 8th day of Brahmotsavam in the temple.

No one exactly knows the period of construction of the temple. Historians believe that the present temple is not the one referred to Thirugnanasambandar. The present temple is almost 300 years old. The images and sculptures in the temple belong to the recent style of architecture. The original temple must have been washed ashore.

There is a huge temple tank in front of the temple.

info: http://chennaionline.com/Religion/Temples/April09/01Kapaleeswarar-Temple-Mylapore.aspx

seals: One thing that I did not like at this temple was there was a sign at the main temple entrance that prohibits non Hindus from entering that part of the temple. I think if Lord Shiva see that HE will surely be sad and disappointed for such a restriction.

If that is true, then Saint Kanapanayanar should be taken out of the list of saints. Saint Arunagirinathar should not be followed too. I believe some ignorant person have placed the notice there. Hope someone will remove it.

Inside the temple, the priest was more concern of me carrying a camera then the prayers. Whatever they were doing one eyes was on me. Many even told me off no photography.

The Rp25.00 ticket that I bought to allow me to take photograph inside the temple, has a clear note that does not allow me to take picture of "GOD and GODDESS" (I wander if they really know the meaning of GOD and GODdess). But I was made as though carrying a camera inside was a "crime". Wow ..... or maybe they were expecting something else.

I was not (later) allowed by a priest to take a picture of sun light that shines through the gap between the structures. He said "You cannot even that the sunlight". WTF ....

I guess this people thinks the poer of the GOD will get less by people taking pictures of the GOD. But where is GOD? In the statue or an ABSOLUTE?

More photos at : http://www.flickr.com/photos/selians/

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