Saturday, May 12, 2012

I Want A View Like This! – Kuala Lumpur From 1 Sentul

I Want A View Like This! – Kuala Lumpur From 1 Sentul


I Want A View Like This! – Kuala Lumpur From 1 Sentul

Posted: 12 May 2012 11:04 AM PDT

I Want A View Like This! - Kuala Lumpur From 1 Sentul

I Want A View Like This! – Kuala Lumpur From 1 Sentul – Went to visit a condominium in Sentul – 1 Sentul Condominium last week to do school project and found out the view from the window is so awesome! Although it's not close to KL, but I can see everything from here! So wish that I can have a place like this. Work hard, study hard, buy a good condo with good view in the future. =D

I Want A View Like This! - Kuala Lumpur From 1 Sentul

I like condo more than land houses, how about you?


Pasar Malam-Style In Taylor’s University

Posted: 12 May 2012 10:59 AM PDT

Pasar Malam-Style In Taylor's University

Pasar Malam-Style In Taylor's University – University was pretty happenings last week for two days. As early as 9am, the Char Koay Teow uncle has already started his job frying koay teow. I don't know it's nice or not, I also don't really have much confidence in him, but I did see many people queuing up for it.

Pasar Malam-Style In Taylor's University

What's happening was the Borneo Jazz Festival brought in a few hawker-style food stall to Taylor's for 2 days to promote the Borneo Jazz Festival which is happenings now. I have no idea, the event is this weekend but they promote it few days before, how can people here have time to buy air tickets to fly there? Anyway, it's nice to see the food stalls here, it feel lively, awesome, fun, shiok, and shuang, although I didn't buy anything. Hahaha. I was too lazy to queue is another reason.


A-Mei is AMeiZING! Win & Catch A-Mei in Hong Kong

Posted: 06 May 2012 12:32 AM PDT

A-Mei is AMeiZING! Win & Catch A-Mei in Hong KongA-Mei is da bomb! A-Mei, Zhang Hui Mei is my favourite Taiwanese singer and she's super duper awesome! She has been nicknamed as the "Pride of Taiwan" and "Taiwanese Modonna" and is one artist that can really entertain you with her singing, dancing and showmanship!

Well, A-Mei was in Stadium Merdeka, KL last night and the concert was super duper awesome! Celcom gave its users a 20% discount off A-Mei's concert ticket and it's really very worth it.

Well, if you must be thinking "Oh crap, I've missed it!", NO WORRY! CHILLAX! BE COOL, because you can win an all-expense paid trip to watch A-Mei's AMeiZING World Tour LIVE in HONG KONG! Sounds good now right?

All you have to do is make your friends listen to your favourite A-Mei's Call Me Tones with Celcom. Download A-Mei's awesomely nice Call Me Tones between now and 15th May, when people call you and they hear A-Mei's song, than you are getting a chance to go to Hong Kong!

To download, all you need to do is dial *888*# and press "Call". Check out the song list above. My favourite is Wo Yao Kuai Le. =D

AMEIZING yeah! Head over to The Cube now for more information, you don't wanna miss it this time! Let's enjoy AMEIZING together.


A Token of Love

Posted: 12 May 2012 09:09 AM PDT

A baby asked God, "They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?"

"Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you."

The child further inquired, "But tell me, here in heaven I don't have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy."

God said, "Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will feel your angel's love and be very happy."

Again the child asked, "And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don't know the language?"

God said, "Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak."

"And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?"

God said, "Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray."

"Who will protect me?"

God said, "Your angel will defend you even if it means risking it's life."

"But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore."

God said, "Your angel will always talk to you about Me and will teach you the way to come back to Me, even though I will always be next to you."

At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, "God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel's name."

"You will simply call her, 'Mom.'"


-Author Unknown-



M-O-T-H-E-R
"M" is for the million things she gave me,
"O" means only that she's growing old,
"T" is for the tears she shed to save me,
"H" is for her heart of purest gold;
"E" is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
"R" means right, and right she'll always be,
Put them all together, they spell "MOTHER,"
A word that means the world to me.


Happy Mother's Day to all mothers, grandmothers, godmothers and mothers-to-be from Masterwordsmith!!!




[BERGAMBAR] Aisyah Serah Borang Sertai PAS, Dr Chua Jui Meng & Tamrin Ghafar Hadir Sama

Posted: 12 May 2012 10:24 AM PDT

Kuala Lumpur: Penyanyi popular bersuara lunak dan Juara Lagu 1990, Wan Aishah Wan Arifin secara rasmi menyertai PAS apabila menyerahkan borang keahlian PAS kepada Mursyidul Am, Tuan Guru Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat malam tadi.

Ia berjalan di dewan besar, Kolej Universiti Zulkifli Mohamad (KUIZM) Taman Melewar dalam majlis ceramah perdana "Rakyat Melangkah Ke Putrajaya".

Turut serta di majlis anjuran PAS Kawasan Batu itu adalah Tamrin Ghafar dan Datuk Seri Chua Jui Meng.

Penyajak tersohor, Pyan Habib turut mendeklimasikan beberapa sajaknya.

Dengan penyertaan Aishah, sudah ramai artis dan para sastrawan yang menyertai PAS. -HD


Pyan Habib mendeklamasi puisi


Penyanyi Terkenal Aishah turut hadir memberikan ucapan


Tuan Guru Nik Aziz bersama Dato DR Chua Jui Meng


Penyanyi Aishah menyerahkan borang kemasukan ahli PAS kepada Tuan Guru Nik Aziz Nik Mat


Tuan Guru Nik Aziz memberikan ceramah


Suasana di dalam dewan yang penuh dengan orang ramai yang hadir  di Taman Melewar


Telok Bakong Online juga tidak ketinggalan membuat siaran video secara langsung pada ceramah Perdana malam tadi dari Taman Melewar


Tuan Guru Nik Aziz sedang minum bersama En Tamrin Ghafar baba


Lambaian Tok Guru


DR Chua Jui Meng  turut memberikan ucapan 


Wakil dari UMNO En Tamrin Ghafar Baba turut hadir di Taman Melewar  memberikan ceramah beliau


Sumber: telok bakong online



Eve Of Mother's Day 2012

Posted: 12 May 2012 07:40 AM PDT

We celebrated Mother's Day this evening. As usual, it was a joint celebration for my mum and Yian's mum. The evening was heartwarming. We had a great time with fine delicacies. After the meal, we spent a good time chatting, bringing back all the good memories. Praise Lord that the celebration brought so much joy to all of us!


Echoes of ’67: Israel Unites

Posted: 12 May 2012 07:01 AM PDT

In May 1967, in brazen violation of previous truce agreements, Egypt ordered U.N. peacekeepers out of the Sinai, marched 120,000 troops to the Israeli border, blockaded Eilat (Israel's southern outlet to the world's oceans), abruptly signed a military pact with Jordan, and, together with Syria, pledged war for the final destruction of Israel. May '67 was Israel's most fearful, desperate month. The country was surrounded and alone. Previous great-power guarantees proved worthless. A plan to test the blockade with a Western flotilla failed for lack of participants. Time was running out. Forced to protect against invasion by mass mobilization — and with a military consisting overwhelmingly of civilian reservists — life ground to a halt. The country was dying.On June 5, Israel launched a preemptive strike on the Egyptian air force, then proceeded to lightning victories on three fronts. The Six-Day War is legend, but less remembered is that on June 1, the nationalist opposition (Menachem Begin's Likud precursor) was for the first time ever brought into the government, creating an emergency national-unity coalition. Everyone understood why.

You do not undertake a supremely risky preemptive war without the full participation of a broad coalition representing a national consensus. Forty-five years later, in the middle of the night of May 7–8, 2012, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shocked his country by bringing the main opposition party, Kadima, into a national-unity government — shocking because just hours earlier, the Knesset was expediting a bill to call early elections in September. Why did the high-flying Netanyahu call off elections he was sure to win? Because for Israelis today, it is May '67. The dread is not quite as acute: The mood is not despair, just foreboding. Time is running out, but not quite as fast. War is not four days away, but it looms. Israelis today face the greatest threat to their existence — apocalyptic mullahs publicly pledged to Israel's annihilation acquiring nuclear weapons — since May '67.

The world is again telling Israelis to do nothing as it looks for a way out. But if such a way is not found — as in '67 — Israelis know they will once again have to defend themselves, by themselves. Such a fateful decision demands a national consensus. By creating the largest coalition in nearly three decades, Netanyahu is establishing the political premise for a preemptive strike, should it come to that. The new government commands an astonishing 94 Knesset seats out of 120, described by one Israeli columnist as a "hundred tons of solid concrete." Forty-five years later, in the middle of the night of May 7–8, 2012, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shocked his country by bringing the main opposition party, Kadima, into a national-unity government — shocking because just hours earlier, the Knesset was expediting a bill to call early elections in September.

Why did the high-flying Netanyahu call off elections he was sure to win? Because for Israelis today, it is May '67. The dread is not quite as acute: The mood is not despair, just foreboding. Time is running out, but not quite as fast. War is not four days away, but it looms. Israelis today face the greatest threat to their existence — apocalyptic mullahs publicly pledged to Israel's annihilation acquiring nuclear weapons — since May '67. The world is again telling Israelis to do nothing as it looks for a way out. But if such a way is not found — as in '67 — Israelis know they will once again have to defend themselves, by themselves.

 Such a fateful decision demands a national consensus. By creating the largest coalition in nearly three decades, Netanyahu is establishing the political premise for a preemptive strike, should it come to that. The new government commands an astonishing 94 Knesset seats out of 120, described by one Israeli columnist as a "hundred tons of solid concrete."Continue here to   Page 2 of the National Review Next 


Kenapa Tiba-tiba NST & Utusan Minta Maaf Kepada Senator Australia, Xenophon?

Posted: 12 May 2012 08:00 AM PDT

Kuala Lumpur: Selepas New Strait Times, sebuah lagi akhbar Umno, Utusan Malaysia membuat permohonan maaf kepada senator Australia, Nicholas Xenophon selepas membuat laporan melulu terhadap beliau.

Gambar: Xenophon [dua dari kiri] ketika bercakap dalam sidang media di Parlimen sebelum perhimpunan Bersih 3.0. Beliau adalah antara pemerhati luar yang datang ke Malaysia untuk melihat pelaksanaan demokrasi di negara ini.

Utusan dalam penyataan mohon maaf hari ini turut menarik balik laporan mereka yang menuduh Nicholas Xenophon sebagai anti-Islam.

Kedua-dua akhbar Umno itu membuat laporan melulu kepada Nicholas Xenophon selepas senator itu menyifatkan perhimpunan Bersih 3.0 aman sehinggalah dikacau oleh polis.

NST dan Utusan membuat laporan kononnya Xenaphon penyokong LGBT, ungkapan yang ditujukan kepada kumpulan lesbian, gay, biseksual dan pondan.

Berikut adalah kenyataan yang disiarkan Utusan hari ini.

Kenyataan maaf dan penarikan balik

ARTIKEL Utusan Malaysia bertarikh 30 April 2012 yang disiarkan pada 1 Mei 2012 pada muka surat 6 dan di dalam Utusan Online ('www.utusan. com. my') yang bertajuk 'Senator anti-Islam pantau Bersih 3.0'. Artikel tersebut merujuk kepada Senator Nicholas Xenophon, seorang senator bebas dari Selatan Australia.

Utusan Malaysia mengesahkan terdapat kesilapan dalam menerbitkan pernyataan-pernyataan di dalam artikel tersebut. Kami menerima bahawa dalam ucapan beliau di Parlimen Australia yang dirujuk dalam artikel tersebut, Senator Xenophon tidak menggunakan perkataan 'Islam' dan beliau tidak juga menegaskan bahawa Islam bukanlah sebuah organisasi agama tetapi sebuah organisasi jenayah yang berselindung di sebalik kepercayaan agama.

Berdasarkan sebab-sebab di atas, Utusan Malaysia dengan ini menarik balik dengan sepenuhnya kesemua pernyataan-pernyataan terkandung di dalam artikel tersebut dan secara tulus ikhlas memohon maaf kepada Senator Xenophon di atas kedukaan atau pengaiban yang diakibatkan kepada Senator Xenophon ekoran daripada penyiaran artikel tersebut.




NST minta maaf kepada Senator Australia

The New Straits Times telah memohon maaf kepada senator Australia Nicholas Xenophon berhubung satu laporan yang mendakwa beliau membuat ucapan anti-Islam di Parlimen Australia pada tahun 2009.

Dalam satu kenyataan yang disiarkan di lamanweb NST hari ini, akhbar berkenaan berkata ia telah membuat "kesilapan besar" dalam menyiarkan kenyataan dalam artikel tersebut.

NST berkata, dalam ucapannya di Parlimen Australia yang dirujuk dalam artikel tersebut, Xenophon tidak menggunakan perkataan 'Islam' dan tidak pernah menegaskan Islam bukan sebuah pertubuhan agama tetapi sebuah organisasi jenayah yang bersembunyi di sebalik kepercayaan agama.

Atas sebab di atas, tambahnya, akhbar itu menarik balik semua kenyataan yang terkandung dalam artikel terhadap Xenophon dan memohon maaf kepadanya di atas sebarang kesusahan atau rasa malu yang disebabkan oleh artikel tersebut.

Akhbar itu juga telah mengeluarkan artikel tersebut daripada versi dalam taliannya berkuat kuasa serta-merta.
-mk


Senator Australia cadang turut saman Utusan

Senator Australia, Nick Xenophon berkata beliau sedang mempertimbang untuk mengambil tindakan undang-undang terhadap dua akhbar tempatan, termasuk Utusan Malaysia, kerana tersalah memetik ucapannya yang menggambarkan beliau sebagai anti-Islam.

"Sudah tentu (tindakan undang-undang akan dipertimbang) dalam apa sahaja bahasa ia diterbitkan sama ada mereka telah memohon maaf atau tidak," katanya ketika dihubungi Malaysiakini semalam.

Xenophon merujuk kepada sebuah artikel yang disiarkan oleh Utusan Malaysia dan New Straits Times (NST) yang telah tersalah memetik ucapannya di di Parlimen Australia pada 17 November 2009.

Akhbar harian berbahasa Inggeris NST telah memohon kerana "kesilapan besar" itu pada hari berikutnya.

Xenophon mengesahkan laporan awal yang memetik jurucakap dari pejabatnya bahawa beliau masih akan mengambil tindakan undang-undang terhadap NST walaupun akhbar tersebut telah memohon maaf.

Utusan Malaysia milik Umno, yang menerbitkan berita yang sama yang tersalah petik Xenophon, telah mengeluarkannya dari versi dalam talian di laman webnya tetapi tidak memohon maaf.

Xenophon adalah sebahagian daripada pasukan tujuh anggota pemantau antarabangsa dalam dalam misi pencarian fakta mengenai sistem pilihan raya Malaysia.
-mk



Ulasan GB

Kenapa tiba-tiba NST & UM membuat kenyataan memohon maaf kepada senator Australia, Nicholas Xenophon, sesuatu yang jarang benar dilakukan oleh media massa pro-UMNO/BN?

Difahamkan bahawa ada arahan dari pihak kerajaan supaya kedua-dua akhbar tersebut memohon maaf.

Ia dikatakan ada kaitan dengan pergerakan saham yang menurun yang salah satu sebabnya ialah penarikan diri para pelabur luar hasil dari kenyataan Xenophon yang hendak menyaman akhbar-akhbar tersebut.

Berasaskan Jumaat ke Jumaat, FBM KLCI telah turun 6.72 mata kepada 1,584.32 daripada 1,591.04 .

Indeks Kewangan turun 32.59 mata kepada 14,173.49 daripada 14,206.08, Indeks Perusahaan rugi 29.7 mata kepada 2793.45 daripada 2,823.15 dan Indeks Perladangan merosot 68.76 mata kepada 8,640.20 daripada 8,708.96.

Indeks FBM Emas turun 67.29 mata kepada 10,852.93 daripada 10,920.22, Indeks FBM ACE turun 32.76 mata kepada 4,542.68 daripada 4,575.44, Indeks FBM Mid 70 rugi 166.93 mata kepada 11,879.98 daripada 12,046.91 dan Indeks FBM T100 merosot 65.64 mata kepada 10,655.78 daripada 10,721.42.



Sitting Out

Posted: 12 May 2012 06:07 AM PDT

Today is a first for me, running wise that is. This is the first time I paid to participate in a race and am sitting out of it on purpose. Well, not really on purpose but for a personal reason anyway.

Early Sunday morning, 3.00am, the PJ Dawn Half Marathon will flag off and I'll be fast asleep on my memory foam mattress and hoping all my running buddies will have a fun filled and most importantly safe race. I would have loved to have been there joining them for the race as the route is a pretty fast one and I was hoping to have brought down my half marathon personal best in this event.

But alas, that was not to be when I found out who was part of the organizing team. I signed up for this event the moment it was announced a few months back, way even before they actually announced who the organizers were. A smart move on their part if you ask me, cos if they did announced it early and people knew who was a part of the committee, they have a very low participation rate.

Well, to cut a long story short, the moment I discovered this person was part of the team, the wife and me decided we'd rather waste the entry fee than take part in this event. Looks like I'll just have to wait for another race to see if I can bring down my half marathon PB timing even more.

I'll be praying and hoping that the race will go through without any problems and that all the participants will come out of it having a good time. With that said and done, all the best to all the runners for the race tomorrow :D


Once Upon A Time When Golfing

Posted: 12 May 2012 04:45 AM PDT

Here's a selection of jokes for golfers and those who love a little bit of humor in their lives. I am posting these for laughs with no intention to offend anyone. Have a restful evening!

Golf Balls

A young man, who worked at a driving range, picked up a couple of dozen old balls one day and took them home with him, stuffing them into his pants pockets.

On the bus on his way home, an elderly old lady sat down next to him, so he had to scrunch them up to make room for her. He noticed after a while the lady was glancing sideways toward his pockets.

A bit embarrassed, he said to the lady, "It`s all right ma`am, they`re just golf balls."

She nodded and smiled sympathetically and a few moments later said, "Tell me - is that something like tennis elbow?"

______________________

What Would You Do To Play a Better Round of Golf?

Near the end of a particularly trying round of golf, during which the golfer had hit numerous fat shots, he said in frustration to his caddy, "I'd move heaven and earth to break a hundred on this course."

"Try heaven," said the caddy. "You've already moved most of the Earth."

_____________________

Teaching the Wife to Golf


"Where am I? How did I get here? Why does my head hurt?"

"You're in a hospital, sir. I'm with the police. We weren't sure you were going to wake up. You had a golf club wrapped around your neck. Just tell us everything you remember."

"Well, I was teaching my wife golf and of course, I won every hole. But on the little par 3, 17th hole, we both hit right to the green, and we both putted right to the pin. When I walked to the flag, I saw one putt had overshot, but the other ball had apparently sunk. I didn't know whose it was, so I pulled the flag, looked in, saw it was her Spaulding in there, and I said, 'Looks like your hole, dear.'"

"That was the last thing I remember."

_________________________

The Toughest Shot

A golfer stood over his tee shot for what seemed an eternity. Looking up, looking down, measuring the distance, figuring the wind direction and speed. Driving his partner nuts. Finally his
exasperated partner says, "What'staking so long? Hit the blasted ball!"

The guy answers, "My wife is up there watching me from the clubhouse. I want to make this a perfect shot."

"Forget it, man, you'll never hit her from here!"

_______________________

Ten Sentences Which Are Taboo in Golg :-)

Look at the size of his putter


2. Oh shit my shafts all bent


3. You really wacked the hell out of that sucker


4. After 18 holes I can barely walk


5. My hands are so sweaty I can't get a good grip


6. Lift your head and spread your legs


7. You have a nice stroke, but your follow through leaves a lot to be desired


8. Just turn your back and drop it


9. Hold up.. I've got to wash my balls


10. Damn, I missed the hole again

-Author Unknown-

*Posted strictly for laughs with no intention to offend anyone.


Nik Aziz: Selagi Tuntutan Tidak Dipenuhi, Akan Tetap Ada BERSIH 4.0

Posted: 12 May 2012 06:08 AM PDT

Gombak - Mursyidul Am Pas, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat berkata akan ada perhimpunan Bersih 4.0 jika isu-isu berkaitan dengan tuntutan pilihan raya bersih dan adil tidak diselesaikan dengan segera.

"Bila timbul masalah Bersih (perhimpunan Bersih 3.0 pada 28 April lalu), Syeikhul Azhar, Mufti Mesir masa itu mengatakan perhimpunan yang berlaku di Mesir haram.

"Tetapi rakyat Mesir membandingkan dengan fatwa Dr Yusuf Al-Qardawi melalui buku ditulis beliau dan hasilnya tujuh juta rakyat Mesir turun ke jalan kerana fatwa Qardawi betul," katanya.

Nik Abdul Aziz sebelum ini menggalakkan orang ramai khususnya ahli-ahli Pas agar menyertai Bersih 3.0 yang diadakan pada 28 April lalu. Malah beliau sendiri mengakui ada membiayai beberapa peserta perhimpunan itu.

Beliau yang juga Menteri Besar Kelantan berkata demikian ketika berucap pada Ceramah Langkah Rakyat ke Putrajaya di Markas Tarbiah Pas Pusat Taman Melewar dekat sini, malam tadi.

Pada majlis itu, penyanyi popular bersuara lunak dan Juara Lagu 1990, Wan Aishah Wan Arifin menyerahkan borang keahlian menyertai Pas.

Ceramah itu turut dihadiri bekas Menteri Kesihatan, Datuk Dr Chua Jui Meng dan anak bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tamrin Tun Ghafar Baba.

Aishah ketika berucap pada majlis itu berkata, beliau mengambi keputusan menyertai Pas kerana merasakan ia fasa kedua dalam hidupnya selepas mendapat hidayah Allah.

"Saya merasa terharu kerana diberi peluang memberi borang keahliannya kepada Tuan Guru Nik Aziz dan inilah perkara yang ingin saya buat setelah mendapat hidayah Allah," katanya.

Dalam ucapannya, Nik Abdul Aziz berkata, rakyat negara ini perlu menukar parti yang memerintah Malaysia menerusi Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 (PRU13) dengan parti yang mendukung Islam.

"Tidak kisahlah kaum mana pun yang akan berada di Putrajaya itu, Melayu ke, Cina Muslim ke, India Muslim ke asal dia berasas Islam seperti yang di bawa Nabi Muhammad, Insya-Allah kita boleh selamat," katanya. "Saya menyokong Bersih, itu baru 3.0, akan ada yang keempat lagi," kata beliau.

Sebelum ini, pemimpin-pemimpin PKR memberitahu Sinar Harian Online bahawa pihaknya tetap dengan pendirian untuk terus menyokong jika akan ada perhimpunan Bersih 4.0.

"Pihak kami belum berbincang apa-apa lagi mengenai perkara ini kerana belum ada sebarang pengumuman rasmi yang dibuat mengenai Bersih 4.0," kata Pengarah Strategi PKR, Mohd Rafizi Ramli.

Ahli Parlimen Subang, Sivarsa Rasiah pula berkata, pihaknya juga akan terus menyokong tindakan Bersih kerana setakat ini, kerajaan belum memberi sebarang jaminan mengenai tuntutan-tuntutan Bersih.

"Saya juga akan terus menyokong kerana rakyat sendiri inginkan pilihan raya dibuat secara bersih, adil dan saksama," katanya lagi.

Sebelum ini Presiden Pas, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang juga pernah memberi amaran perhimpunan yang lebih besar akan diadakan jika kerajaan enggan memenuhi tuntutan agar disediakan persekitaran bagi pilihan raya yang bebas dan adil. -SH


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Ten Amazing Discoveries That Should Be Worth Millions

Posted: 12 May 2012 02:36 AM PDT

Here's a very interesting article by Liz Langley of AlterNet:

The fantasy of wealth has such power. If we had a few million to throw at the people who engage, inspire and entertain us, here's who we'd award it to:

1. Brainiacs: We all make mistakes

"Can it be doubted that three-kilogramme brains were once nearly fatal defects in the evolution of the human race?"

The question was posed by the late, great Kurt Vonnegut in his novel Galapagos. Once you read about the idea that our brains were not an entirely beneficial adaptation, you never forget it. It pops up whenever you see us doing something that doesn't seem very evolved at all.

It popped up when we read Jennifer Welsh's "Did A Copying Mistake Build Man's Brain?" on Live Science. It doesn't judge our big brains as harshly as Vonnegut, but does suggest it was the cellular equivalent of an inattentive Kinko's employee that made us who we are.

Here's the gist: When cells divide they make a copy of their entire genome. These copies sometimes spawn errors or "mutations," one of which is duplication: making more than one copy. These extra copies are inessential to the original so evolution can noodle with them…like (we suppose) if you order two pizzas and it's okay to go crazy and get pineapple and jalapenos on the second because you have the first, essential, tummy-filling pizza.

Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla studied one gene in particular, SRGAP2, which they think went through this erroneous duplication process 2.5 million years ago but made an incomplete copy that that may have interfered with the original, ancestral copy.

The second duplication coincided with the decline of Australopithicus and the "Homo, which led to modern humans," and the expansion of our brains.

They added this partially duplicated genome to a mouse genome and "it seemed to speed the migration of brain cells during development, which makes brain organization more efficient," and had more "spines" which connect with other brain cells and make them look like human brain cells.

Could this tiny copying error have put us on such a remarkably different trajectory than our ape relatives? Ask anyone who ever hit the wrong key by accident: one error can truly change everything.


2. Bigfoot and time warpers

There's one creature that some consider to be the bridge that connects homo big brain to our ape relations: Bigfoot.

We're agnostic about Bigfoot. We're dubious about the existence of the ape-man, but have seen enough seemingly impossible things to be wary of saying "absolutely never." Besides, real or not, his legend has enriched the culture and we wouldn't shoot him even though we could. In Texas.

John Lloyd Scharf of Salem, Oregon isn't happy about that. Life's Little Mysteries reports that Mr. Scharf emailed the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission to find out whether the manimal (or womanimal) was protected.

The short answer is "No," but we'll say this for David Sinclair, of the law enforcement division of Texas Parks and Wildlife: he took the question seriously, replying in part that "A nonprotected, nongame animal may be hunted on private property with landowner consent by any means, at any time and there is no bag limit or possession limit."

Scharf is concerned that this would mean you could shoot the last of a previously undiscovered species and LLM says the matter has been taken up by the cryptozoology site Cryptomundo.

It would be sad to kill the supposed only member of a supposed species, but honestly we think it's a baseless concern. Everyone knows Bigfoot doesn't even live in Texas. He goes from Star Wars event to Star Wars event, winning costume contests as Chewbacca and getting babes and prize money. That's how he stays below the radar. Anyone who could elude the press this long is no dope.

And who's to say that Bigfoot isn't as elusive as he is because he's got a warp drive?


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Chess match in Shanghai, 1978

Posted: 12 May 2012 01:01 AM PDT

I was doing some spring cleaning around the house today and came across these two pictures from 1978. Jolted my memory quite a bit as I had forgotten where I had kept these pictures. I was part of the first Malaysian chess team to ever set foot in China. Quite an historic visit. We played the Chinese in Shanghai, Hangchow, Suchow and Peking.

The first picture was snapped by a Chinese photographer in Shanghai. The Malaysians were facing the camera. I'm the one sitting at the table nearest the cameraman, oblivious to everything else.


At the tables behind me were Abdul Rahman Ahmad, Christi Hon and Tan Bian Huat. The three Malaysian players nearest the long row of tables were Subramaniam Ramiah, Hu Yu Kuang and Chan Swee Loon.

The second picture was taken when we went on a cruise on the West Lake in Hangchow. We seven players all stood around while the four Malaysian officials sat. We were quite diverse, coming from different parts of the peninsula: Bian Huat and I were representing Penang, Abdul Rahman represented Kelantan, Christi and Subramaniam represented Selangor, Swee Loon represented Perak and Yu Kuang represented Johor. Back in 1978, these were the only states that were affiliated to the Malaysian Chess Federation.




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Mogok Ruby land, where my wife’s relatives Panthay or Chinese Muslims are staying

Posted: 12 May 2012 01:52 AM PDT

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Mogok Ruby land, where my wife's relatives Panthay or Chinese Muslims stay

  1. Panthays form a group of Chinese Muslims in Burma. Some people refer to Panthays as the oldest group of Chinese Muslims in Burma. However, because of intermixing and cultural diffusion the Panthays are not as distinct a group as they once were. Read more in Wikipedia
  2. Mogok (Burmese: မိုးကုတ်, pronounced: [móɡoʊʔ]; Shan: မိူင်းၵုတ်ႈ) is a city in the Pyin Oo Lwin District of the Mandalay Region of Burma (Myanmar), located 200 km north of Mandalay and 148 km northeast of Shwebo. Read more in Wikipedia
  3. Minerals of Mogok in Wikipedia
21888-670 burma-ruby-mogok24 AllAboutGemstones.com - Gemstones mogok01 mogok%20ruby%20gem%20uncut%20myanmar%20burma Mogok-City-Myanmar-02 Mogok-City-Myanmar-full-size Mogoke1 Mogoke2 Mogoke3 mogok-ruby OhnGaing04 Picture 2196 Ruby%20Bracelets ruby%20mining%20open%20air%20pit%20mogok%20myanmar%20burma rubyland%20people%20mogok%20myanmar%20burma scan00133 Main street of ruby mining town, Mogok, Mandalay District, Myanmar Burma, Asia


Ibrahim Ali Tertidur, Majlis Fatwa Sudah Putuskan Perkataan Islam Boleh Digunakan

Posted: 12 May 2012 03:28 AM PDT

PERKASA cadang Majlis Fatwa kaji gugur nama Islam pada PAS

PASIR MAS: Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (PERKASA) mencadangkan Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan mengadakan muzakarah bagi membincangkan kewajaran PAS menggunakan perkataan Islam pada parti itu.

Presidennya, Datuk Ibrahim Ali, berkata sudah sampai masanya majlis fatwa berbuat demikian memandangkan ia boleh mengelirukan umat Islam terutama di kalangan penyokong fanatik parti itu.

Beliau berkata, ada yang menganggap setiap tindak tanduk atau kenyataan daripada pemimpin PAS sebagai tuntutan Islam.

"Contohnya ialah seperti kenyataan Mursyidul Am PAS, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat yang mewajibkan umat Islam khasnya penyokongnya menyertai perhimpunan yang dianjurkan pertubuhan bukan kerajaan yang menimbulkan kekacauan di ibu negara baru-baru ini.

"Sedangkan beliau (Nik Aziz) sendiri tidak menyertai perhimpunan itu yang menyebabkan beberapa orang awam dan anggota polis cedera," katanya selepas majlis ceramah di sini, malam tadi.

Beliau berkata, ini menunjukkan PAS menyeleweng jauh daripada Islam dan seolah-olah fahaman yang dibawa PAS semuanya adalah tuntutan Islam.

Ibrahim yang juga Ahli Parlimen Pasir Mas berkata, beliau sanggup mendedahkan lebih banyak penyelewengan dan penyalahgunaan kuasa pemimpin parti itu terutama berkaitan pembelian tanah yang membabitkan pemimpin parti itu.

"Saya sedia membawa perkara itu kepada pihak polis dan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah (SPRM) jika ada pemimpin parti itu sanggup mencabarnya berbuat demikian," katanya.

Presiden Jalur Tiga (JATI) yang juga bekas Pesuruhjaya PAS Selangor, Datuk Dr Hasan Ali, yang turut serta pada majlis ceramah itu berkata JATI akan menghantar satu memorandum tuntutan 10 perkara kepada Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, jika ahlinya mencecah 100,000 orang.

Katanya, antara tuntutan utama ialah menggesa kerajaan menjadikan mata pelajaran agama Islam sebagai mata pelajaran wajib di peringkat peperiksaan Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR); Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) dan Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM). - BERNAMA

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Apa yang dikemukakan oleh Ibrahim Ali itu menunjukkan betapa takutnya beliau terhadap nama "Islam" setelah beliau menipu PAS di dalam PRU12.

Di dalam pilihanraya ke 12 pada 2008 Ibrahim Ali memperdayakan PAS dengan bertanding di atas tiket PAS dan setelah menang beliau telah melompat menjadi ahli bebas.

Beliau menyedari beliau akan tewas jika bertanding melawan PAS di dalam pilihanraya akan datang ini, maka itu timbul cadangannya untuk menggugurkan nama Islam pada PAS>

Tetapi malang, beliau tidak mengikuti perkembangan semasa kerana Fatwa sudah dikeluarkan pada 31 Mac 2000 yang menyatakan

"1. Tiada halangan untuk menggunakan perkataan "Islam" oleh mana-mana pertubuhan, malahan digalakkan tetapi hendaklah berdisiplinkan ilmu, iman dan ehsan. Walau bagaimanapun mana-mana orang atau pertubuhan yang menggunakan Islam atau perkataan "Islam" untuk tujuan mengelirukan masyarakat atau penyelewengan adalah salah dan bercanggah dengan prinsip-prinsip syariat Islam dan boleh diambil tindakan menurut peruntukan undang-undang yang sedia ada."


Majlis Raja-Raja juga pada 22 Mac 2001 telah memutuskan bahawa ia tidak menghalang penggunaan perkataan Islam pada mana-mana pertubuhan dan parti politik.

Ia juga memutuskan bahawa tiada pihak berhak menentukan keislaman seseorang itu dengan mengenakan syarat-syarat tambahan setelah orang itu menepati rukun Iman dan rukun Islam.

Keputusan itu yang dibuat berdasarkan usul Jawatankuasa Fatwa, Majlis Kebangsaan Bagi Hal Ehwal Agama Islam, dicapai pada mesyuarat ke-188 Majlis Raja-Raja selama dua hari di Istana Negara.



Ternyatalah bahawa gesaan Ibrahim Ali itu adalah sesuatu yang karut malah menghina Majlis Fatwa dan Majlis Raja-raja yang telah memutuskan dengan jelas dan tegas: bahawa ia tidak menghalang penggunaan perkataan Islam pada mana-mana pertubuhan dan parti politik!



Easy front yard landscaping

Posted: 12 May 2012 01:12 AM PDT

  Having a low maintenance front yard is the goal of many people. You can get easy to manage front yard landscaping done by any of the professional landscapers in your area or you can do it yourself. Either way you can have front yard landscaping done that will take minimal work to keep looking fantastic all year round. If you are going to get a professional in to do your front yard landscaping


Create a WaterFall

Posted: 12 May 2012 01:11 AM PDT

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Age-Old Question Do You Need to Have Your Own Product

Posted: 12 May 2012 01:11 AM PDT

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Are you tired of being short?

Posted: 12 May 2012 01:10 AM PDT

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Debunking the Myths Behind Height Exercises

Posted: 12 May 2012 01:10 AM PDT

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