Monday, August 3, 2009

“THE VIRTUE OF COURAGE” plus 17 more

“THE VIRTUE OF COURAGE” plus 17 more


THE VIRTUE OF COURAGE

Posted: 03 Aug 2009 02:45 AM PDT

This post is dedicated to all the brave Malaysians who had the courage to step out in the anti-ISA rally on Saturday knowing full well what they would face. Thank you all for making that stand. May more display the virtue of courage as we live in most challenging times indeed!

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Courage is one of those virtues necessary to living a good life. But what is courage? Usually, the first thing that comes to mind is bravery in the face of a threat, yet it is so much more. Let me suggest that it is the ability to choose the point that lies between cowardice and recklessness in any circumstance.

Courage takes many forms. Examples include the courage to do what is right, the courage of facing a personal fear, the courage to accept unpopularity, the courage to endure physical or mental pain for the sake of self-improvement, the courage to push forward through frustration, the courage to tell the truth, the courage to change, the courage to act, the courage to trust, the courage to love, the courage to commit, and many more.

In Aristotle for Everybody, Mortimer Adler interprets Aristotle's definition of courage as an habitual disposition to take whatever pains may be involved in doing what we ought to do for the sake of a good life. Quite simply, it means doing what we know we need to do however challenging or difficult. For example, most of us inherently know we need to exercise to live a healthy life, yet many of us choose not to exercise at least regularly for some reason we have come to rationalize as valid. This is a lack of courage in Aristotle's view.

How do you make a habit of courage? This is not an easy undertaking, as you will have to overcome years of habits associated with making uncourageous decisions. First, let me suggest that you have to believe that practicing courage is a worthy pursuit. Developing courage will allow you to be more in control of your life as opposed to letting outside circumstances dictate your actions.

Second, start on a small scale. It will be self-evident when you are faced with a decision that requires courage. Before making a decision recognize the scope of courage that will be required. If you are contemplating taking some type of risk, courage may require that you research the issue before acting recklessly. For example, using health again as it is a universal challenge. Study the benefits and techniques of living a healthy lifestyle and then slowly implement what you have learned. There will be days when you do not feel like exercising or eating a healthy meal and this is where you begin to develop courage. As Nike says, Just do it! Another example would be making a financial investment. This will require courage and demands investigation to determine the proper amount of courage to make the best choice.

Another place to start is by developing the habit of being truthful. Telling the truth often requires courage because it may get you or someone you care about into trouble. Yet we inherently know it is the right thing to do. There is a selfish benefit to this strategy and that is people will respect you for this virtue. They may not always like it but they will respect it. They will come to know that you are always telling them the truth and they will appreciate you for that quality.

As you continue to develop courage you will eventually face the most difficult of situations when you will have to make unpopular decisions for the greater good or a higher cause. In order to prepare for such decisions I urge you to read Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy. The issues contained within this book may have been of a past era but the principles remain timeless.

In his forward to the Memorial issue of Profiles in Courage, Robert Kennedy reminds us that President Kennedy was fond of Dante The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in a time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.

It is impossible to live a virtuous life without courage. Courage is not obtained from a single action but nurtured through a habit of courageous decisions over a lifetime. Practicing courage is a worthy pursuit and necessary to living a meaningful and fulfilling life and contributing to your community.

Author's Bio
Mike McCall is a former Naval Officer and the founder of No Regrets Lifestyle, a personal improvement company offering information and services dedicated to helping people live interesting, fun, meaningful and good lives and whose mission is to help improve the world we live in by raising awareness of moral behavior and improving the quality of life of our subscribers through writings such as our weekly blog, monthly newsletter, our own books and self-development courses along with recommended books and programs by other authors. Visit NoRegretsLifestyle.com (an intellectual approach to self-improvement) to find out more.


The Pendulum

Posted: 03 Aug 2009 04:09 AM PDT

I am a pendulum
Swinging time, tick tock, tick tock
Pledging blind loyalty for life!
To the condescending long, the domineering short
Hands of the punctual clock.

I am a pendulum
Unable to tell what is right and wrong
I wait for no one, for I have no time
I just swing, tick tock tick tock
For the fascist clock.

I am a pendulum
I die with none
Just a pendulum with no mind.


War: AA vs MAS

Posted: 03 Aug 2009 04:33 AM PDT

AirAsia forced out of Sibu-KK route: CEO
By Ting Tieng Hii and Nicholas Lo

Low-cost airline to stop direct flight from Oct 25 in compliance with govt directive

KUCHING: AirAsia will terminate its direct flight from Sibu to Kota Kinabalu because it has been forced to do so, its chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes said yesterday.

In fact, he did not deny that his airline will cease operating the route this year, when The Borneo Post contacted him yesterday.

When asked why, he replied: "Because MAS (Malaysia Airlines) protested. Only MASwings can do it."

The Borneo Post's sister newspaper See Hua Daily News Sabah reported yesterday that AirAsia was stopping the Sibu-KK direct flight operations because it had received a directive from the government last week. - Borneo Post


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I don't know whether I should laugh or unhappy about this. But I think I should laugh. Ha ha ha ha ha ha :p

To be frank, I don't like AA compared to MAS. But I'm desperately to be liking AA because of the CHEAP PRICE they are offering whenever I want to go back Sarawak. It seems that I can't resist this offer, you know, as a consumer, you have the rights to choose the cheapest.

MAS of course far better than AA, but they are too pricey especially for someone like me who has to take 2 flights. KB-KL and KL-BTU. I have to spend about 500-700 bucks for two ways flying with AA, but MAS around 1000-1500 bucks.

See the difference?

Since I'm not government scholar because I'm PTPTN lender + father scholarships, so, I'm forced to choose AA, despite that AA's stewardesses are UGLY DUCK with their heavy makeup plus that sexy outfits and flat boobs. Ha ha ha ha. Ok, ok, enough said, I'll ban by AA later. Ha ha ha.

p/s: Competition is healthy, peeps! MAS, take the challenge!Don't be sooo chicken, lah!


WHY DO MALAYSIANS MARCH?

Posted: 02 Aug 2009 10:25 PM PDT

WHY march, when the government has said that it will review the Internal Security Act? Why march, when there are other very cosy ways of giving your views and feedback?

One would understand if these were questions posed by nine-year-olds. But they are not. They are questions posed by the prime minister of this nation we call our home. Answer we must. So, why?

Because thousands who died while in detention cannot march or speak any more. That is why others have to do it for them.

Because persons in the corridors of power, persons who have amassed tremendous wealth and live in mansions, and persons who are in the position to right wrongs but won't, continue to rule our nation with suffocating might. And they certainly would not march. They would prevent others from marching.

Because the have-nots, the sidelined, the oppressed, the discriminated and the persecuted have no effective line to the powerful.

Because the nice ways have been tried ad nauseam for decades, but have fallen on deaf ears.

Because none of the major recommendations of Suhakam (including on peaceful assembly), or of the commissions of inquiry, has been implemented. Because the proposed Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) is not in sight, while corruption and insecurity live in every neighbourhood; and (despite reasoned views expressed ever so nicely in opposition) Rela (people's volunteer corps) is being brought in to make matters even worse.

The proponents in "Su Qiu" (remember them?) were not marchers. In fact it is hard to find nicer ways than "su qiu", because the term means "present and request" or "inform and request". In terms of putting forward a view or a request, it is the height of politeness. Yet they were labelled "extremists" – they who did not march.

And now you ask, why march?

Because you gave non-marchers a false name! You called them the "silent majority", who by virtue of their silence (so you proudly argued with twisted logic) were supporters of government policies since they were not vocal in raising objections. You claimed to be protecting the interest of the "silent majority". Now some of them do not want to be silent anymore, and you are asking why?

Yes, because double standards and hypocrisy cannot be covered up or explained away forever; and incompetence cannot be indefinitely propped up by depleting resources.

Because cronyism can only take care of a few people, and the rest will eventually wake up to realise the repeated lies that things were done in certain ways purportedly "for their benefit".

Because the race card, cleverly played for such a long time, is beginning to be seen for what it really is – a despicable tool to divide the rakyat for easier political manipulation.

Because it does not take much to figure out that there is no good reason why Malaysia, a country with abundant human resources and rich natural resources, does not have a standard of living many times higher than that of Singapore, an island state with no natural resources and that has to import human resources from Malaysia and elsewhere.

Because, in general, countries that do not persecute marchers are prosperous or are improving from their previous state of affairs, and those that do are declining.

Because Gandhi marched, Mandela marched, Martin Luther King marched, and Tunku Abdul Rahman marched.

Because more and more people realise that peaceful assemblies are no threat at all to the security of the nation, although they are a threat to the security of tenure of the ruling elite.

Because politicians do not mean it when they say with a straight face or a smile that they are the servants and that the people are the masters. No servant would treat his master with tear gas, batons and handcuffs.

Because if the marchers in history had been stopped in their tracks, places like India, Malaysia and many others would still be colonies today, apartheid would still be thriving in South Africa, Nelson Mandela would still be scribbling on the walls of Cell 5, and Obama would probably be a slave somewhere in Mississippi plotting to make his next midnight dash for the river.

And because liberty, freedom and dignity are not free vouchers posted out to each household.

They do not come to those who just sit and wait. They have to be fought for, and gained.

And if you still want to ask: why march; I can go on and on until the last tree is felled. But I shall
obviously not.

I will end with the following lines from one of the songs sung in the 1960s by civil rights marchers in the US, without whom Obama would not be able to even sit with the whites in a bus, let alone reside in the White House:

"It isn't nice to block the doorway
It isn't nice to go to jail
There are nicer ways to do it
But the nice ways have all failed
It isn't nice; it isn't nice
You've told us once, you've told us twice
But if that's freedom's price
We don't mind ..."

written by Yeo Yang Poh is a former Bar Council president and published in the COMMENTS section of the Sun at THIS LINK.


You know why I hate RACIST?

Posted: 02 Aug 2009 11:05 PM PDT

Because this type of person existed among us. (Who is that person, Click this link.......)

Aiyo, I wonder if this person made a research about this or he/she just main hentam to condemn anyone that ''different'' from him/her. Please, don't simply make your own assumption and please get rid the hatred among us. WE ARE HUMAN BEING. Nobody is superior than anyone.

If this blogger really smart, please do a research about FREEMASON. This organization are far more dangerous , they are trying to create a NEW WORLD ORDER. Rather than want to accuse your own people. Stupid (-_-)''

Or my simple conclusion, HE/SHE WAS BORN AS A RACIST.

FCUK this racist!


'Saya sedia ke Malaysia' - MANOHARA

Posted: 02 Aug 2009 10:47 PM PDT


MANOHARA (kiri) bersama ibunya, Daisy Fajarina.




KOTA BHARU - "Saya tidak tahu menahu pasal tuntutan terbaru. Semua ini palsu, TT (Tengku Temenggong) tidak bercakap benar."

Demikian dakwaan ibu Manohara Odelia Pinot, Daisy Fajarina ketika diminta mengulas mengenai pindaan tuntutan oleh Tengku Temenggong Kelantan, Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Sultan Ismail Petra dalam prosiding di Mahkamah Tinggi Syariah Kota Bharu, di sini semalam.

Menurutnya, dia dan Manohara bersedia untuk datang ke Malaysia bagi menghadapi segala tuntutan undang-undang yang dibuat demi membersihkan nama baik keluarga.

"Saya bersedia untuk datang ke Malaysia bagi berhadapan dengan tuntutan tersebut namun segalanya hanya akan ditentukan oleh peguam saya.

"Mereka boleh buat apa sahaja tuntutan tidak kira melalui undang-undang tetapi akhirnya saya tahu Allah akan buktikan kebenaran akan muncul," katanya ketika dihubungi di Jakarta semalam.

Daisy diminta mengulas tuntutan terbaru Tengku Muhammad Fakhry yang membuat pindaan daripada jumlah asalnya sebanyak RM972,750 kepada RM1,112.250 berikutan terdapat beberapa lagi dokumen yang membuktikan Manohara berhutang dengannya melebihi daripada jumlah asal.



Planet Seperti Bumi Ditemui

Posted: 02 Aug 2009 10:40 PM PDT

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Baru-baru ini, sekumpulan ahli astronomi telah menemui planet seperti Bumi. Lebih menarik lagi, mereka bukan sekadar menemui satu, tetapi dua planet yang saling berjiran di dalam satu sistem bintang yang dinamakan Gliese 581. Sistem bintang Gliese 581 terletak kira-kira 20.5 tahun cahaya dari Bumi.


Kedua-dua buah planet tersebut dinamakan sebagai Gliese 581 e dan Gliese 581 d. Apa yang menarik sekali, kedua-dua buah planet tersebut merupakan exoplanet yang terkecil pernah dikesan setakat ini dan kedua-duanya juga merupakan planet jenis batuan.


Planet Gliese 581 e hanya mempunyai jisim 1.9 kali ganda berbanding Bumi. Namun begitu, kedudukannya agak hampir dengan bintangnya menjadikannya ia sebuah planet yang amat panas dan kurang sesuai bagi menampung kehidupan.
Manakala, Planet Gliese 581 d yang ditemui lebih awal terletak pada zon kehidupan berdasarkan jarak dengan bintangnya seperti Bumi dengan Matahari sekaligus berpotensi untuk menyokong kehidupan.


Menurut Michel Mayor, seorang ahli astrofizik dari Geneva University, Switzerland mengatakan bahawa Planet Gliese 581 d bukan sahaja sebuah planet batuan, ia turut dipercayai mempunyai air dan lautan yang besar dan dalam. 'Amat mustahil sesebuah planet sebesar itu dengan hanya batuan tanpa sebarang cecair' -tambahnya lagi.


Penemuan terbaru ini menjadikan jumlah exoplanet yang berjaya dikesan ialah 350 buah planet. Sebelum ini, kebanyakkan planet yang ditemui merupakan planet gas gergasi yang mempunyai saiz dan jirim 1000 kali ganda berbanding sekarang atau sekurang-kurangnya sebesar Planet Musytari. Kedua-dua buah planet tersebut dikesan di European Southern Observatory's telescope di La Silla, Chile.


My blue-funky-funny bones

Posted: 02 Aug 2009 09:55 PM PDT

I have been in a bit of a blue funk lately, and I find that my mind is full of 'stuff' but nothing that can be put down here. Or, more truthfully and to-the-point, nothing that could be written here, that would not look like complete codswallop!

So, I've been living in Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth for the last couple of weeks - and that took me back to the twelvth century. But it finished too soon :(

This weekend, Steve Martini invited me into his Shadow of Power and the lawyer wannabe in me is suitably mesmerised, and so I find escape.

SO, what do I do about this blog? Well, I serve yet another morsel of delightful drivel for your puking pleasure:

This is a list that was presented by a teacher to her class of 26 first graders - that's kids of around six years old. Our Year 1 lah. But this lot is in America.

(The teacher's list is in BLUE; the tiny-tot's answers are in RED.)


1. Don't change horses - until they stop running.

2. Strike while the - bug is close.

3. It's always darkest before - Daylight Saving Time.

4. Never underestimate the power of - termites.

5. You can lead a horse to water but - How?

6. Don't bite the hand that - looks dirty.

7. No news is - impossible!

8. A miss is as good as a - Mr.

9. You can't teach an old dog new - Math

10. If you lie down with dogs, you'll - stink in the morning.

11. Love all, trust - Me.

12. The pen is mightier than the - pigs.

13. An idle mind is - the best way to relax.

14. Where there's smoke there's - pollution.

15. Happy the bride who - gets all the presents.

16. A penny saved is - not much.

17. Two's company, three's - the Musketeers.

18. Don't put off till tomorrow what - you put on to go to bed.

19. Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and - You have to blow your nose.

20. There are none so blind as - Stevie Wonder.

21. Children should be seen and not - spanked or grounded.

22. If at first you don't succeed - get new batteries.

23. You get out of something only what you - See in the picture on the box.

24. When the blind lead the blind - get out of the way.

25. A bird in the hand - is going to poop on you.

26. Better late than - Pregnant


p.s.

And about no.26 - what can I say?! Maybe, 'only in America?' But, it's true, just the same!!!



MAF of Sibu East District - A Visitation Of MAF Of Sing Ang Tong Methodist Church

Posted: 02 Aug 2009 08:47 PM PDT

MAF of Sibu East District embarked on a visitation trip again on August 1 (Saturday) - this time to MAF of Sing Ang Tong Methodist Church.

When I fixed up the date of visit with Thomas Tieng, he told me that the programme of the evening was movie-viewing. It sounded enticing and exciting!

Entitled "Facing The Giants", the two-hour-long show was spiritually motivating. The story told of how vital our commitment to the faith in God would be in our strive towards our goals. Truly, as Metthew 6:25-34 tells us, with God all things are possible.

"Facing The Giants" was pretty touching, making me pause for several times in the course of watching to relate the plot to my own faith in God.

After the fellowship gathering, we posed for a group photo.


1st August - Why They March?

Posted: 02 Aug 2009 08:50 PM PDT

As usual TV3 Buletin Utama wasted about 20 minutes of airtime last night trying to explain the effects of Anti ISA demonstration that turned rowdy. I am confident those explaination goes through the right ear and flow out the left ear. Me included.

Nobody like the peace to be disturbed, me inclusive. What was supposed to be a peaceful march to Istana Negara to hand a memorandum will not turn up havoc if the police force did their duty to see that the march was peaceful. If not for the provocation as will usually be the tactic to smear a bad image on the protestors, everything will be peaceful. Information about the march to those who are going to attend were advised on the ethics as not to create any mess. These people come with peace in their mind the provocation changed it.

What is the security personnel control the crowd wisely. Let them march in an orderly manner. I am sure everything will be normal except for a big crowd.

BTW, I was not in Klang Valley during the march but busy shooting my opponents in a paintball tournament.

Found this article in The Sun and share it here because not many will read the "Free" paper.

Why do Malaysians march?

By: Yeo Yang Poh (Sun, 02 Aug 2009)



On the move ... a section of anti-ISA protesters near
the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.

WHY march, when the government has said that it will review the Internal Security Act? Why march, when there are other very cosy ways of giving your views and feedback?

One would understand if these were questions posed by nine-year-olds. But they are not. They are questions posed by the prime minister of this nation we call our home. Answer we must. So, why?

Because thousands who died while in detention cannot march or speak any more. That is why others have to do it for them.

Because persons in the corridors of power, persons who have amassed tremendous wealth and live in mansions, and persons who are in the position to right wrongs but won't, continue to rule our nation with suffocating might. And they certainly would not march. They would prevent others from marching.

Because the have-nots, the sidelined, the oppressed, the discriminated and the persecuted have no effective line to the powerful.

Because the nice ways have been tried ad nauseam for decades, but have fallen on deaf ears.

Because none of the major recommendations of Suhakam (including on peaceful assembly), or of the commissions of inquiry, has been implemented. Because the proposed Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) is not in sight, while corruption and insecurity live in every neighbourhood; and (despite reasoned views expressed ever so nicely in opposition) Rela (people's volunteer corps) is being brought in to make matters even worse.

The proponents in "Su Qiu" (remember them?) were not marchers. In fact it is hard to find nicer ways than "su qiu", because the term means "present and request" or "inform and request". In terms of putting forward a view or a request, it is the height of politeness. Yet they were labelled "extremists" – they who did not march.

And now you ask, why march?

Because you gave non-marchers a false name! You called them the "silent majority", who by virtue of their silence (so you proudly argued with twisted logic) were supporters of government policies since they were not vocal in raising objections. You claimed to be protecting the interest of the "silent majority". Now some of them do not want to be silent anymore, and you are asking why?

Yes, because double standards and hypocrisy cannot be covered up or explained away forever; and incompetence cannot be indefinitely propped up by depleting resources.

Because cronyism can only take care of a few people, and the rest will eventually wake up to realise the repeated lies that things were done in certain ways purportedly "for their benefit".

Because the race card, cleverly played for such a long time, is beginning to be seen for what it really is – a despicable tool to divide the rakyat for easier political manipulation.

Because it does not take much to figure out that there is no good reason why Malaysia, a country with abundant human resources and rich natural resources, does not have a standard of living many times higher than that of Singapore, an island state with no natural resources and that has to import human resources from Malaysia and elsewhere.

Because, in general, countries that do not persecute marchers are prosperous or are improving from their previous state of affairs, and those that do are declining.

Because Gandhi marched, Mandela marched, Martin Luther King marched, and Tunku Abdul Rahman marched.

Because more and more people realise that peaceful assemblies are no threat at all to the security of the nation, although they are a threat to the security of tenure of the ruling elite.

Because politicians do not mean it when they say with a straight face or a smile that they are the servants and that the people are the masters. No servant would treat his master with tear gas, batons and handcuffs.

Because if the marchers in history had been stopped in their tracks, places like India, Malaysia and many others would still be colonies today, apartheid would still be thriving in South Africa, Nelson Mandela would still be scribbling on the walls of Cell 5, and Obama would probably be a slave somewhere in Mississippi plotting to make his next midnight dash for the river.

And because liberty, freedom and dignity are not free vouchers posted out to each household.

They do not come to those who just sit and wait. They have to be fought for, and gained.

And if you still want to ask: why march; I can go on and on until the last tree is felled. But I shall
obviously not.

I will end with the following lines from one of the songs sung in the 1960s by civil rights marchers in the US, without whom Obama would not be able to even sit with the whites in a bus, let alone reside in the White House:

"It isn't nice to block the doorway
It isn't nice to go to jail
There are nicer ways to do it
But the nice ways have all failed
It isn't nice; it isn't nice
You've told us once, you've told us twice
But if that's freedom's price
We don't mind ..."

Yeo Yang Poh is a former Bar Council president. Comments: letters@thesundaily.com.

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Orang Nak Cari Rezeki La!!!!....Part 2 - Dear Munirah...

Posted: 02 Aug 2009 11:21 PM PDT

Hi Munirah...i respect ur opinion and agree with u on sum parts...however UGLY street protest is not our culture(i'm for 1 a very vocal person when expressing my views and believe every1 has a right to say sumthing)...

Look at how fragile London n NY are (the cities you quoated in ur comment in my previous posting)...in those 2 cities alone everyday ada bomb scare...only certain human rights issues have been successfully upheld thru street protest...but they are mostly done with good intentions and most importantly in peace (the successful ones that is)...

But then again what can be applied in other parts of the world may not be suitable for msia...simply coz our mentality is far different from them (not suggesting we are backwards but we were brought up differently as a society)...there are safer isolated places like the stadium where they can make themselves heard...

Tapi yang i kesian sangat2 3 of my close friends (n many other traders in jln TAR i believe) were frantically calling me on saturday to do something as they know i work in Suria...they wanted me to use my radio to tell those irresposible people off sebab they were damaging their periuk nasi...cuba u all bayang kan kalau periuk nasi u all terjejas...mesti u all marah jugak kan...

Anyway...this and my previous posting doesn't represent my political stand (coz its so not BML)...i just want to live in a peaceful country so that i can build a brighter future for my daughter...

Concert Search giler BEST siol!!!!....stay Between My Legs (hehe) for exclusive and rocking pictures....


THE POWER OF THOUGHT TO MAKE IT HAPPEN

Posted: 02 Aug 2009 03:00 PM PDT

"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?" Marianne Williamson

Personal Branding is about being authentically YOU. When you are true to yourself you will be successful. Successful Brand Builders consistently show up at the right time, in the right place and in the right way. Hone your brand identity (who you are), your branding focus (what you want) and your branding investment (what you do) by honoring yourself and others. Here's how…

Thoughts Become Words

What do you consistently think about yourself? Successful branders know themselves well, they spend time on self-reflection, are clear about their boundaries and values, maintain high levels of integrity, are confident and cultivate a mental/emotional environment that supports their true self and their dreams. Ask yourself: Am I an optimist or pessimist? Do I maintain a can do attitude? Do I like myself? What do I tell myself about my abilities and aspirations? The best way to get clear on the answers to these questions is to write daily in a journal. Allow your thoughts to support you rather than work against you.

Words Become Actions

What you say to yourself inside your own mind shapes the language you use and the messages you send. When you speak to others, they are taking meaning from your words and forming opinions about you. Do you typically complain, judge, berate or curse when you speak? Is a conversation with you uplifting or draining for others? Are you knowledgeable about the issues that are important to you and those with whom you consistently communicate? The words you use and how you use them is a key factor in how others form opinions of you.

Actions Become Character

How you spend your time is how you spend your life. The accumulation of the actions we take on a daily basis inform our character. Who we are in the world (and how others see us) is based on what we do. Whether or not we are seen by others as organized, fit, energetic, helpful, funny, etc. is based on whether or not we are tidy, exercise, are active, provide support and amuse others. We can not say we are an athlete if we never get off the couch. We can not say we are honest if we consistently tell lies. Who we actually are (vs. who we think we are) and how others perceive us is based on what we DO.

Character Becomes Destiny

The thoughts, words and actions that you support on a consistent basis determine success or failure, happiness or despair as well as the quality of your life and the legacy you leave. Decide what attitude you will have, what language you will use, and what actions you will take to build the brand or character that you want. A clear and specific vision opens the door to success. Success creates the life you choose and provides the freedom to leave the world a better place than you found it. Building your personal brand allows you to create the environment in which you will thrive.

Author's Bio
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loses/expenses that runs into millions – who caused it?

Posted: 02 Aug 2009 10:29 AM PDT

antiISA_rally1'ISA protest cost KL RM100-200 mil: FT minister' so went the headline on the star paper.

The Federal Territory Ministry Sunday estimated that losses incurred by businesses as well as damage to property as a result of the illegal demonstration on Saturday were between RM100mil – RM200mil.

'as a result of the illegal demonstration'? i would rather say 'as a result of the police/FRU action'. they fired tear gas and water canon indiscriminately!

Commenting on the group's action that caused massive congestion in the city, Raja Nong Chik said they were "prodded" by certain quarters to do so.

'the group's action that cause massive congestion'? again, it was the police's action that cause the massive congestion lah! even long before the rally, on friday night itself, the police already started road blocking here and there and inconvenient road users. then during the day, road blocks everywhere and with their presence together with the trucks – they started to be 'trigger happy' firing tear gas and water canon, causing the people to run away and re-group… all these causes congestion and why? because in the first instance the police were there and started to use their weapons!

ok RM100-200 mil loses incurred by businesses and damage to property. then what about the expenses incurred by the police to mobilise so many of its police personnel, to use trucks, black maria, tear gas and water canon? how much? these money spent (our money!) can be avoided totally if the police just leave the protesters alone. of course the police will (again) blame the protesters that made them had to spent so much to 'keep the peace' (sic). ha! it's so ironic. it was suppose to be a peaceful protest but the police came in to 'keep the peace' but in turn made 'war'!!

do watch this video from the malaysian mirror. see in the beginning how one man (in green shirt) pleaded with the police not to arrest him. last time, regarding the perak fiasco, the police arrested those who wear black, now, see, the police is into searching people's bag for the anti isa t-shirt! real crazy! this video also shows dr hatta from PAS being mishandled.


Two New Pieces Of Mozart Performed - bbc online

Posted: 02 Aug 2009 12:02 PM PDT

Two new Mozart pieces performed

Mozart
Mozart left more than 600 pieces of music before his death at 35

Two newly discovered pieces of music written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as a child have been performed in the Austrian city of his birth, Salzburg.

The piano pieces had long been in the archive of the International Mozarteum Foundation but only recently were they identified as compositions by Mozart.

The music was played on Mozart's own piano at a house where he lived from 1773-1780, and which is now a museum.

Posthumous discoveries of Mozart works are rare but not unknown.

In January, a piece by Mozart that had lain undiscovered in a French library for years had its first performance.

The two new pieces are the first movement of the concerto in G, molto allegro, and a prelude in G.

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Pianist Florian Birsak plays one of the newly-identified pieces

They were discovered in a collection of music compiled by Mozart's father, Leopold.

They were unsigned - but now researchers have identified them as works by Mozart himself - written when he was just seven or eight years old.

Mozart wrote more than 600 known pieces of music before his death in 1791 at the age of 35.

He began composing at the age of five and his works include operas, chamber music, choral pieces and piano concertos.

An official at the International Mozarteum Foundation told the Associated Press news agency that the compositions to be played on Sunday were "substantial pieces" composed before Mozart's 10th birthday.


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ISA Rally – Utter violations of human rights by the police and FRU

Posted: 02 Aug 2009 10:59 AM PDT

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Sunday, 02 August 2009 01:45pm
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The Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) this afternoon tear-gassed, sprayed chemical water and the Police arrested some 400 anti-ISA protestors. 25 lawyers from the Bar Council Human Rights Committee (BCHRC) Monitoring Team headed by the Chairman, Andrew Khoo, were present to observe the anti-ISA rally, where the Police and FRU violated the people's right to a peaceful assembly to deter them from protesting a draconian detention without trial law that violates the people's right to a fair trial.

The BCHRC Monitoring Team were broken-up to small groups to monitor the treatment received by the protestors around 3 principal locations in Masjid Jamek, SOGO and Masjid Negara where the anti-ISA supporters had been gathering since morning and at Padang Merbok (Jalan Parlimen) where, we were informed, the Pewaris members were supposed to gather for their pro-ISA counter rally.

It was reported by the observers that, as what happened during Bersih and Hindraf rallies before, the assembly at every meeting point today was a peaceful one until the FRU started shooting chemical water and tear gas canisters to disperse the people. The instigation caused the people to start running in all directions to save themselves and the Police on stand-by started arresting any men, women and children within their grab range.

This, in turn, coupled with the road closures since early morning by the police, caused massive traffic jam around Kuala Lumpur and its surrounding areas.

The BCHRC Monitoring Team also observed the disquieting reasons used by the police to justify the arrests. Puspawati Rosman, a lawyer from the Bar Council Legal Aid Centre (LAC) Urgent Arrest team was arrested for distributing the Bar Council flyers called, the Red Book – Police and Your Basic Rights. A lot of the protestors were arrested for wearing or possession (tucked inside their bags) of the anti-ISA t-shirts in the absence of any form of aggressions. The former violates the people's right to legal aid and the latter violates the people's right to freedom of expression.

Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA activists, Norlaila Othman and Narshita Md Noor together with their children were detained as early as 12.30 pm today, for standing around Masjid Jamek area, before the rally had even started.

Despite being severely impaired by the tear gas and having suffered from the chemical water sprayed by the FRU while monitoring from the sidelines, the BCHRC Monitoring Team received noteworthy treatment from the Police, as there was no direct aggression or arrest attempts against the BCHRC Monitoring team throughout the assignment.

As at 12 am Sunday (2/8/2009), about 15 lawyers from the LAC Urgent Arrest Team, together with the new CEO of the Bar Council, Rajen Devaraj, were at the Bukit Jalil Police Station where they are seeking to provide legal representation to MP Sivarasa and 50 others who are still being detained.

Watch this space for more detailed reports and photos from both the BCHRC Monitoring Team and LAC Urgent Arrest Team.

Source (and photos at) :

http://www.malaysianbar.org.my/human_right/isa_rally_utter_violations_of_human_rights_by_the_police_and_fru.html
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MACC at it again: No protest this time around?

Posted: 02 Aug 2009 10:21 AM PDT

Won't folks in Terengganu come out in full force and cry foul over the following arrest?KUALA TERENGGANU: A Terengganu state assemblyman was arrested Sunday by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for allegedly accepting a RM20,000 bribe.The assemblyman is alleged to have accepted the money as an inducement to secure a landscape project in Kuala Lumpur for a company.It is learnt that


Two New Mozart Pieces Performed - bbc online

Posted: 02 Aug 2009 09:00 AM PDT

Two new Mozart pieces performed
Mozart
Mozart started composing at the age of five

Two newly discovered pieces of piano music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart have been performed in the Austrian city of his birth, Salzburg.

The pieces had long been in the archive of the International Mozarteum Foundation but only recently were they identified as compositions by Mozart.

The music was played at a house where the composer lived from 1773-1780, and which is now a museum.

Posthumous discoveries of Mozart works are rare but not unknown.

In January, a piece by Mozart that had lain undiscovered in a French library for years had its first performance.

The BBC's Bethany Bell says the two newly discovered pieces are the first movement of the concerto in G, molto-allegro, and a prelude for keyboard.

The two works, which are technically very demanding, were performed on Mozart's own piano at the house where he lived with his family.

Mozart wrote more than 600 known pieces of music before his death in 1791 at the age of 35.

He began composing at the age of five and his works include operas, chamber music, choral pieces and piano concertos.

An official at the International Mozarteum Foundation told the Associated Press news agency that the compositions to be played on Sunday were "substantial pieces" composed before Mozart's 10th birthday.

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Penan Strikes Back!

Posted: 02 Aug 2009 07:10 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – Dozens of indigenous Penan tribespeople armed with spears and blowpipes have set up roadblocks in Malaysian Borneo to stop logging firms from encroaching on their territory, activists said Friday.

The Penan people, some of whom are nomadic hunter-gatherers, have been resisting deforestation of their ancestral land since the 1980s when Swiss environmentalist Bruno Manser championed their cause.

Indigenous rights group Survival International said a group of Penan were making a new stand by mounting roadblocks across tracks cut by Malaysian timber firms that intrude deep into the forest. The group said once the valuable trees have been felled the companies clear the land completely for oil palm plantations, leading to water pollution and loss of wildlife.

"The logging and oil palm companies are robbing the Penan not just of their forests but of their food and water," Survival International's director Stephen Corry said in a statement.

"It is essential that the Malaysian government recognizes the Penan's rights to their land and stops allowing the companies to take everything in sight."

Jok Jau Evong, field officer for Friends of the Earth in Sarawak state, said two blockades had been erected in recent months, including one in the remote Long Daloh region that is still being manned by some 120 tribespeople.

"They are armed with blowpipes, their traditional hunting weapon. They do not want logging to be carried out in their forest reserve," he told AFP.

"The Penans put up the blockade as a last resort after talks with the logging company failed," he said, adding that the firms had suspended their activities but that there were doubts that agreement would hold.

"If the Penans lose their forest reserve, there is no way they can survive," said the campaigner, who recently returned from the region.

"When I visited the two Penan areas, I felt very sad. There is a lack of food, especially for the children. Their lives are getting worse due to the increased logging activities," Jok said.

The Penan people are among Malaysia's poorest and number just 12,000 out of the two million people in Sarawak, on Borneo island. Jok said only around 400 Penan were still living a fully nomadic lifestyle, while many others have settled in villages and towns.

The plight of the Penan was made famous in the 1990s by Manser, who waged a crusade to protect their way of life and fend off the loggers, before vanishing in mysterious circumstances in 2000.


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p/s: My advice will be, SUMPIT SAJA GENG TAIK MAHMUD TU. Ha ha ha ha ha.....


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