20 December 2008
I can foresee myself doing this for a living e.g. blogging to feel alive and not as a means to sustaining my life. To express and convey my thoughts that mere words cannot possibly do but only when all the ingredients of the symphony is orchestrated into a singular and, cohesive composition can it only express the subconscious tendrils of my madness. It is mine to keep. Not to be bought and sold monetarily and that's what makes it priceless.
Maybe that is why artists like Da Vincci reaches fame after death. No one can really comprehend the method to his madness but him and by doing so immortalized his creations for the world to wonder. Are we martyrs or madmen? Living day to day as an end to our means clamoring on top of each other to grab whatever it is that ticks our clock. To reach a level of pomposity that we become masters of our domain while the slaves wilt and wither as father time eats their harvests. "This bird you cannot change." Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Working hard at being shallow and sycophantic
17 December 2008
03 December 2008
1- The DOD's budget equals Exxon and Wal-Mart combinedJust what kind of monstrosity is the DOD? It employs over three million people, 1.3 million of them on active duty in the military, qualifying it as America’s largest employer. It operates on a gargantuan annual budget of $419 billion, a 2006 total that falls just shy of matching the annual budgets of retail behemoth Wal-Mart ($227 billion) and ExxonMobil ($200 billion) combined.
Furthermore, the DOD’s three million total employees is more than double that of those two companies put together, a figure that falls shy of 1.5 million.
2- The DOD no longer investigates UFOsAnother thing you didn’t know about the DOD is that it long ago gave up on finding Martians in the skies over the U.S.
In 1948, the U.S. Air Force launched Project Sign to look into the rash of reported UFO sightings. Over the next 21 years (and through two name changes -- first Project Grudge, then Project Blue Book), they investigated over 12,618 reports of UFOs and found explanations for 11,917 of them. The remaining 701 went unexplained.
In 1969, Blue Book was shut down, having concluded that none of the investigated UFOs presented any threat to national security, none displayed technology any more advanced than what was known at the time and none suggested they might be occupied by little green men.
3- The DOD only commands the Coast Guard in wartimeThe U.S. Coast Guard, long the whipping-boy of the military’s five branches, is the one branch that does not ordinarily fall under the authority of the DOD. Rather, during peace time it falls under the authority of Homeland Security (as of 2003). Prior to that, it was part of the Department of Transportation from 1967. As law enforcement officers, the members of the Coast Guard also have the same legal authority as U.S. Customs officers.
During war-time, the Coast Guard becomes an agency of the U.S. Navy, although this may only apply to combat units within the Guard. Historically, despite their role to “serve and protect America’s coastlines and waterways”, units of the Guard have seen action in almost every major military conflict in U.S. history over the past 100 years.
4- The DOD's Secretary of Defense does not sign autographsYou might think the mailbox of the head of a military force despised by much of the world would be overrun by death threats, but apparently the problem is autograph requests. Robert Gates, in an evident break from his predecessors, “has decided not to provide what have come to be considered customary autographs for collectors.”
The DOD will, on request, send you his photo, but they’re so tight about the whole thing that they inform you of your motives beforehand: “Your request implies respect and support.” In other words, no using Sharpies to give Gates a prison tear tattoo.
The Secretary of Defense is a Cabinet post and is likely to change with the new administration, signaling good news for the Cabinet-level autograph-seeking multitudes.
5- The DOD licenses insignia to retailersThe last thing you didn’t know about the DOD is that they’ve got your back. In an effort to boost its image and even land a few new recruits, the DOD -- specifically, the U.S. Army -- is a client of big-time brand licensing firm the Beanstalk Group, whose diverse client list includes Ford Motor Company, Universal Studios, Paris Hilton, and Mary-Kate and Ashley, to name just a few.
Beanstalk’s recommendations to the U.S. Army were to establish a “line of Army-inspired clothing… using insignia from the First Infantry Division” since “strong brand identification through retail sales of products potentially can enhance the Army’s recruiting efforts and the public’s general goodwill towards the Army and its activities.”
*Original article taken from Askmen.com
13 November 2008
12 November 2008
You have two cows. You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows. Later, you hire a consultant to analyze why the cow has dropped dead.
A FRENCH CORPORATION
You have two cows. You go on strike, organize a riot, and block the roads, because you want three cows.
A JAPANESE CORPORATION
You have two cows. You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. You then create a clever cow cartoon image called ‘Cowkimon’ and market it worldwide.
A GERMAN CORPORATION
You have two cows. You re-engineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month, and milk themselves.
AN ITALIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows, but you don’t know where they are. You decide to have lunch.
A RUSSIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows. You count them and learn you have five cows. You count them again and learn you have 42 cows. You count them again and learn you have 2 cows. You stop counting cows and open another bottle of vodka.
A SWISS CORPORATION
You have 5000 cows. None of them belong to you. You charge the owners for storing them.
A CHINESE CORPORATION
You have two cows. You have 300 people milking them. You claim that you have full employment, and high bovine productivity. You arrest the newsman who reported the real situation.
AN INDIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows. You worship them.
A BRITISH CORPORATION
You have two cows. Both are mad.
AN IRAQI CORPORATION
Everyone thinks you have lots of cows. You tell them that you have none. No-one believes you, so they bomb the **** out of you and invade your country. You still have no cows, but at least now you are part of a Democracy.
A NEW ZEALAND CORPORATION
You have two cows. The one on the left looks very attractive.
AN AUSTRALIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows. Business seems pretty good. You close the office and go for a few beers to celebrate.
On a more serious note, here's a more clear cut definition of an MNC.
30 October 2008
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27 October 2008
Congratulations to Mel & Jijoe that just recently tied the knot! Here are some tips to ensure an everlasting marriage:
1. Always put her first - before work, friends, even basketball. Act as if she's the best thing that ever happened to you, because we all know she is.
2. Keep no secrets. Pool your money. Allow nothing and no one to come between you.
3. Pick your fights with care. Play fair. Show some class. Hurtful words can be forgiven, but they're hard to forget.
4. Fall in love again every day. Kiss her in taxis. Flirt with her at parties. Tell her she's beautiful. Then tell her again.
5. Never miss an anniversary or a birthday or a chance to make a memory. Memories may not seem important now, but one day they'll be gold.
6. Never give her a practical gift. If she really wants a Shop-Vac, let her pick it out herself.
7. Go to the mosque together, and pray every day for each other and your marriage.
8. Pay your bills on time and make sure you each have a living will, a durable power of attorney and life insurance, lest, God forbid, you need them.
9. Love her parents as your own, but don't ask them for money. Never criticize her family or friends. On her birthday, send flowers to her mother with a note saying, "Thank you for giving birth to the love of my life."
10. Always listen to her heart; if you're wrong, say you're sorry; if you're right, shut up.
11. Don't half-tie the knot; plan to stay married forever.
12. Never go to bed mad; talk until you're over it, or you forget why you were mad.
13. Laugh together a lot. If you can laugh at yourselves, you'll have plenty to laugh about.
14. Never criticize, correct or interrupt her in public; try not to do it in private either.
15. Remember that people are the least lovable when they are most in need of love.
16. Never fall for the myth of perfectionism; it's a lie.
17. When you don't like each other, remember that you love each other; pray for the "good days" to return and they will.
18. Tell the truth, only the truth, with great kindness.
19. Kiss at least 10 seconds a day, all at once or spread out.
20. Memorize all her favorite things and amaze her with how very well you know her.
21. Examine your relationship as often as you change the oil in your car; keep steering it on a path you both want it to go.
22. Be content with what you have materially, honest about where you are emotionally, and never stop growing spiritually.
23. Never raise your voice unless you're on fire. Whisper when you argue.
24. Be both friends and lovers; in a blackout, light a candle, then make your own sparks.
25. Finally, be an interesting person, lead your own life. But always save your best for each other. In the end, you will know you were better together than you ever could've been apart.
Personally, I've only done 10 out of the 25 tips!
08 October 2008
1) There were 3 citizens living on this island country. A owned the land. B and C each owned 1 dollar.
2) B decided to purchase the land from A for 1 dollar. So, now A and C own 1 dollar each while B owned a piece of land that is worth 1 dollar.
* The net asset of the country now = 3 dollars.
3) Now C thought that since there is only one piece of land in the country, and land is non producible asset, its value must definitely go up. So, he borrowed 1 dollar from A, and together with his own 1 dollar, he bought the land from B for 2 dollars.
*A has a loan to C of 1 dollar, so his net asset is 1 dollar.* B sold his land and got 2 dollars, so his net asset is 2 dollars.* C owned the piece of land worth 2 dollars but with his 1 dollar debt to A, his net residual asset is 1 dollar.* Thus, the net asset of the country = 4 dollars.
4) A saw that the land he once owned has risen in value. He regretted having sold it. Luckily, he has a 1 dollar loan to C. He then borrowed 2 dollars from B and acquired the land back from C for 3 dollars. The payment is by 2 dollars cash (which he borrowed) and cancellation of the 1 dollar loan to C.As a result, A now owned a piece of land that is worth 3 dollars. But since he owed B 2 dollars, his net asset is 1 dollar.* B loaned 2 dollars to A. So his net asset is 2 dollars.* C now has the 2 coins. His net asset is also 2 dollars.* The net asset of the country = 5 dollars. A bubble is building up.
(5) B saw that the value of land kept rising. He also wanted to own the land. So he bought the land from A for 4 dollars. The payment is by borrowing 2 dollars from C, and cancellation of his 2 dollars loan to A.
* As a result, A has got his debt cleared and he got the 2 coins. His net asset is 2 dollars.* B owned a piece of land that is worth 4 dollars, but since he has a debt of 2 dollars with C, his net asset is 2 dollars.* C loaned 2 dollars to B, so his net asset is 2 dollars.* The net asset of the country = 6 dollars; even though, the country has only one piece of land and 2 Dollars in circulation.
(6) Everybody has made money and everybody felt happy and prosperous.
(7) One day an evil wind blew, and an evil thought came to C’s mind. “Hey, what if the land price stop going up, how could B repay my loan. There is only 2 dollars in circulation, and, I think after all the land that B owns is worth at most only 1 dollar, and no more.”
(8) A also thought the same way.
(9) Nobody wanted to buy land anymore.
* So, in the end, A owns the 2 dollar coins, his net asset is 2 dollars.* B owed C 2 dollars and the land he owned which he thought worth 4 dollars is now 1 dollar. So his net asset is only 1 dollar.* C has a loan of 2 dollars to B. But it is a bad debt. Although his net asset is still 2 dollars, his Heart is palpitating.* The net asset of the country = 3 dollars again.
(10) So, who has stolen the 3 dollars from the country ? Of course, before the bubble burst B thought his land was worth 4 dollars. Actually, right before the collapse, the net asset of the country was 6 dollars on paper.
B’s net asset is still 2 dollars, his heart is palpitating.
(11) B had no choice but to declare bankruptcy. C as to relinquish his 2 dollars bad debt to B, but in return he acquired the land which is worth 1 dollar now.
* A owns the 2 coins, his net asset is 2 dollars.* B is bankrupt, his net asset is 0 dollar. ( he lost everything )* C got no choice but end up with a land worth only 1 dollar* The net asset of the country = 3 dollars.
************ **End of the story; BUT ************ ********* ******
There is however a redistribution of wealth.A is the winner, B is the loser, C is lucky that he is spared.
A few points worth noting -(1) When a bubble is building up, the debt of individuals to one another in a country is also building up.(2) This story of the island is a closed system whereby there is no other country and hence no foreign debt. The worth of the asset can only be calculated using the island’s own currency. Hence, there is no net loss.(3) An over-damped system is assumed when the bubble burst, meaning the land’s value did not go down to below 1 dollar.(4) When the bubble burst, the fellow with cash is the winner. The fellows having the land or extending loan to others are the losers. The asset could shrink or in worst case, they go bankrupt.(5) If there is another citizen D either holding a dollar or another piece of land but refrains from taking part in the game, he will neither win nor lose. But he will see the value of his money or land go up and down like a see saw.(6) When the bubble was in the growing phase, everybody made money.(7) If you are smart and know that you are living in a growing bubble, it is worthwhile to borrow money (like A ) and take part in the game. But you must know when you should change everything back to cash.(8) As in the case of land, the above phenomenon applies to stocks as well.(9) The actual worth of land or stocks depend largely on psychology..
Note to reader(s): I got lost somewhere on number (4) of the preamble reading it the first time, so don't feel so bad if you had to reread it to comprehend.
05 October 2008
PURE SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else's cows. You have to take care of all of the cows. The government gives you as much milk as you need.
BUREAUCRATIC SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes them and put them in a barn with everyone else's cows. They are cared for by ex-chicken farmers. You have to take care of the chickens the government took from the chicken farmers. The government gives you as much milk and eggs as the regulations say you need.
FASCISM: You have two cows. The government takes both, hires you to take care of them and sells you the milk.
PURE COMMUNISM: You have two cows. Your neighbors help you take care of them, and you all share the milk.
RUSSIAN COMMUNISM: You have two cows. You have to take care of them, but the government takes all the milk.
CAMBODIAN COMMUNISM: You have two cows. The government takes both of them and shoots you.
DICTATORSHIP: You have two cows. The government takes both and drafts you.
PURE DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. Your neighbors decide who gets the milk.
REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. Your neighbors pick someone to tell you who gets the milk.
BUREAUCRACY: You have two cows. At first the government regulates what you can feed them and when you can milk them. Then it pays you not to milk them. Then it takes both, shoots one, milks the other and pours the milk down the drain. Then it requires you to fill out forms accounting for the missing cows.
PURE ANARCHY: You have two cows. Either you sell the milk at a fair price or your neighbors try to take the cows and kill you.
LIBERTARIAN/ANARCHO-CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.
SURREALISM: You have two giraffes. The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.
25 September 2008
09 July 2008
08 July 2008
The news media plays a pivotal role in disseminating information that it deems critical for the masses. Yet every time I read it I get more confused at what is it that they are trying to tell us. Let's just take a step back and dissect what's been subliminally embedded into our psyche courtesy of the print media:
- BN won the recent polls yet will lose if it fails to listen to the plights of it's East Malaysian counterparts
- It's still anybody's game to be the next PM, yet we are made to believe that a Malaysian PM can withstand the test of time.
- The government will stem the rising price of crude oil by way of what? No real solution has been presented despite launching a bio-fuels propaganda.
- A DPM from East Malaysia is possible if the opposition comes into power yet there is no real guarantee unless you-know-who becomes PM
- Faith in the Malaysian Judiciary showed signs of weaknesses, we have learned so much legal jargon in a lifetime by just following the news. I.e. Statutory declarations. It is the most ambiguous form of legal document in existence! It is similar to an oath but not, It is affirmed by an authorized administer of oaths (IE. Justice of the Peace) but NOT made under oath. What does that tell you? Basically a Statutory Declaration is admissible in court but should not be construed as the whole truth and nothing but the truth! Please correct me if I am wrong. I can make a Statutory Declaration that my Grand ma was raped by a gang of horny aliens from Mars and, pay RM$10 to get it authorized by an administer of oaths. Whether the courts will believe it won't matter but let it be a public persecution and let's see where popular culture will take us. Do I see any light bulbs flashing over your heads?
I'm sure it's no different with Bio diesel from Palm oil. It just means more land will be cleared for cultivating oil palm, more fertilizer used, more trucks will be needed for transporting thus the net energy used will be almost zero.
Even scientific data can prove to be more harm than good.
Where are we really heading ? Let's not also forget the war in Iraq. There is still no conclusive evidence that Weapons of Mass Destruction exists there. A sure fire way to reduce foreign dependency on oil is to bombard the foreign oil producing countries to oblivion. Hence causing shortages in world crude oil, driving its price up to a new record and thus providing the means for corn growers to reap the benefits from producing ethanol. Why corn for ethanol ? It falls back to a state called Iowa. "The state gets considerable attention every four years because it holds the first presidential caucuses, gatherings of voters to select delegates to the state conventions." (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iowa). So it's no secret that the Iowa Caucuses is deemed as a stepping stone for the White House. Iowa has a significant number of corn growers and winning their hearts can lead you the Oval Office.
Here's what US$8 billion excluding the US$5 billion spent on R&D can bring to the table in terms of military prowess. Meet the soon-to-be commissioned USS Gerald R. Ford:
The largest friggin' frigate of the US Navy in terms of displacement in the Nimitz class. How is this connected to Ethanol production ? The big Kahuna of the US Navy is the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). He has say over the US Navy on its entirety. From the type of aircraft to be utilized on every single frigate to the type of knickers that the navy wears. The CNO's boss is the Commander-in-chief. By the very virtue of becoming the US President, the title of Commander-in-chief is automatically bestowed to those presiding in the Oval Office. Each and every individual born in the US of A has an unalienable right to become the President of the USA.
Here's a link to some amazing facts about voting in the US. You wonder how a chimp became top chump of the USA? Needless to say that the President of the USA has the military at its disposal at any given day to gain economic leverage in the global economy.
The Iraq War Was About Oil, All Along
Articles of Impeachment
How Hydrogen Can Save America
Peak Oil Scenarios
Imprecise Meaning of War
The Accidental Environmentalist
Electric Power Research Institute: Ocean Energy Web Page
Countdown: War Crimes Prosecutions Possible
Peak Oil Overview: June 2008
Saudi Billionaire to Wall Street: See You Later Losers
Peak Oil Update
Obama To McCain: On Iraq, "You Were Wrong"
History of U.S. Government Bailouts
The Next Prez's Superpowers
01 July 2008
30 June 2008
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04 June 2008
A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.
"Not very long," answered the Mexican.
"But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American.
The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.
The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"
"I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. I have a full life."
The American interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat."
"And after that?" asked the Mexican.
"With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise."
"How long would that take?" asked the Mexican.
"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the American.
"And after that?"
"Afterwards? Well my friend, that's when it gets really interesting," answered the American, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!"
"Millions? Really? And after that?" asked the Mexican.
"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends."
And the moral of this story is: ......... Know where you're going in life... you may already be there.
02 June 2008
- Drinking alcohol for no apparent reason constitutes as a public holiday, hence 'Kaamatan' can be observed as year long festival
- "Rampas" instead of "Ragut" would be new national crime phenomena
- A 2% speech royalty is imposed to any non-Sabahan speaking Sabahan in public
- There is no longer a problem of illegal immigrants in Sabah however, the number of fake Mykads has risen to a critical level.
- Development projects has been successfully implemented however the shoddy works done has left many questioning the way the contract was awarded
- A large portion of the federal budget has been allocated to the state, however a very large portion of that budget spent has been 'unaccounted' for
- "Borneonisation" of the federal government will only mean more people with very peculiar sounding last names in it
- All federal logos will fashion the Mt. Kinabalu (in silhouette) emblem.
- Constant power failures still defies the laws of physics
- "Aramaitee" is acknowledge as a "generally acceptable" expression used in everyday Bahasa Malaysia.
23 May 2008
Anyway, it's Friday and I'm broke for the weekend. Here's a cool music video to kick start your weekend.
Here's another funny one from Weird Al':
22 May 2008
Perhaps the underlying message of this video is at minute 3:44 of the video. "They saw an injustice. It's justice that binds us together. It's justice that makes us a society. Any threat to that kind of sense of justice and fairness undermines the entire system." John Dovidio, Department of Psychology, Yale University.
21 May 2008
The Pied Piper has came and went in various forms. Just why do you think Obama has tipped the American electoral polls. Even the Klu Klux Clan has given their thumbs up to the man. Obama? Osama?African American? Moslem? What are the Americans thinking! It's about "We the People." and we want change.
Growing up in the eighties where Sabah was in for a politcal "change" has numbed me enough to see what she's going through these days. It's going to take more than a Doctor to prescribe a remedy.
Every single Tom, Dick and Harry has a grudge or two on everybody else. It's getting harder to walk with your head up high in these circumstances that has shaken the faith we have in our system of democracy.
Read the writings on the walls.
05 May 2008
27 April 2008
25 April 2008
So here are some pictures of my trip. Cash not included.
14 April 2008
Of course, you wouldn't want to leave her older sister out of the picture. She had her cake and ate it too.Mommy and daddy trying hard not to look exhausted despite the weeks of mental planning.