I now know how little I know


Humbling thought. The more I read, the more I surf, the more I realise there are loads of things out there I DON’T know. Last night, my bedtime reading was the late Kurt Vonnegut‘s  Cat’s Cradle.

In recounting the life of the fictional Dr Felix Hoenicker whose cataclysmic creation Ice Nine spelt doom for mankind, he mentioned that Alfred Nobel was the inventor of dynamite.

Never knew that. I went slapping my forehead thinking all sort of things, the main thought being “you ignorant fool”. Then the next thought that came got me laughing, for its irony.

 Here’s Alfred Nobel, in whose name, the Nobel Prize was given out every year for Literature, Physics, Chemistry, Medicine (since 1969, Economics too) and the biggest of them all, the Peace Prize.

This guy who was born in a family of scientists, was known in his own lifetime as an armaments manufacturer. Heh Heh! Armaments and Peace…funny relationship.

The irony doesn’t stop there though. If you go through the list of Nobel Peace laureates  you’d see some names that will trigger a snigger. Heh Heh! Don’t believe me? Read it here

1994 was kind of a farce. Three hawks; Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat (the latter two are dead now) shared the Nobel Peace prize for their work in bringing peace to the Middle East. Peace? Middle East? Who respects the Oslo Accords these days?

1978 Nobel Peace Laureates were Egypt’s Anwar Al Sadat and Israel’s Menachem Begin. Begin was reviled by many as the butcher behind the Massacre of Deir Yassin. I guess history is often written by winners.

In the words of Mr Vonnegut….so it goes!

Another Missing Girl


Got this email from a friend recently. If anyone sees her please inform the authorities or call the numbers below.

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We are searching for our beloved sister called Puspha Malar d/o Ganesan. 21 years old. She ran away from our house about 4.00pm on 7th October 2007 (Sunday). She has some memory loss difficulties so please do help us to find her.

Please refer to the attachment to view her picture.

If you happen to see her anyway Please do not hesitate to inform us at the following numbers:

Please call us at:         012-2405232 (Siva)
                                      017-6297651 (Segar)

My Name is Felix and I’m coming your way


Innocuous name for a hurricane that may be hitting the Central American state of Belize by Wednesday, after skirting Honduras, says an AP report.

This is a US Naval Research Laboratory satellite image of the superstorm, already a Category 5.

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This is the second hurricane in the Atlantic this season after Hurricane Dean last month. On the Pacific theatre, there was Typhoon Sepat/Egay  that claimed lives in China.

Now, there has been a highly visible surge in the number of hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons in the last few years that makes me quite alarmed.

Al Gore and gang says it may be related to global warming, and the science people support this theory. Read more about global warming’s byproducts here.

What we as a people can do? Change our ways, and pressure our authorities to do so. Changing mindsets is akin to a long march, but we have to start somewhere.

Stephen Leahy has some compelling details that beg you to reconsider the tag “natural disaster” when it comes to storms like this. It could very well be a man-made one.

Risky Blow…


There is some bad news and bad news. Bad news for guys, guys and girls. Did I say guys twice? I meant guys and gays. Listen up all of you. In this era of unbridled sex and promiscuity, I’d like to believe that only the threat of a horrible, prolonged disease can stop people from screwing around.

Here’s an impetus for all of you to abstain and if you can’t, just be sure of your partner. I reproduce excerpts.

People who have had more than five oral-sex partners in their lifetime are 250% more likely to have throat cancer than those who do not have oral sex, a new study suggests.

The researchers believe this is because oral sex may transmit human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus implicated in the majority of cervical cancers.

The new findings should encourage people to consistently use condoms during oral sex as this could protect against HPV, the team says. Other experts say that the results provide more reason for men to receive the new HPV vaccine.

Maura Gillison at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, US, and colleagues collected blood and saliva samples from the throats of 100 patients diagnosed with cancers of the tonsils or back of the throat. The scientists also took samples from 200 healthy people for comparison.

By combining the blood and saliva samples with antibody molecules, Gillison’s team could tell whether a person had ever had an HPV infection.

So you wanna be careful there eh?

Would it make your day…


Would it make your day if you managed to get a guy you’ve been tailgating for the past two kilometres off your lane?

Would it make your day if you managed to bully your way to the front and have your needs attended to, leaving 25 others in the queue who should have preceded you?

Would it make your day to throw your weight around in the  commitee/board meeting, shouting down ideas and comments from other people that you didn’t like, just because you can?

Would it make your day to use a chance information to get even with a colleague/boss/friend/enemy, knowing it would cause untold irreversible damage?

Would it make your day to humiliate another human being, knowing your action might break his/her spirit?

Would it make your day to have succesfully bribed someone to get your business run smoothly, knowing that your gain may be someone else’s loss?

We all do these things everyday, and our deeds set off a chain reaction that can be devastating. One thing to remember though, your actions can come back and bite you in the ass.

So leave a bit of humanity in you. Someday you might need it in others and find it missing.

Alliances


The virtual movement that was triggered when Sheih of Kickdefella and Susan Loone started Bloggers’ United morphed into a tangible entity yesterday with the formation of the National Bloggers Alliance. More details at 3540 Jalan Sudin and Jeff Ooi. They say it better anyway.Mat Salo has more pictures and some smart ass comments too.

For now, i’m grieving for my Sony Cybershot, that fell down and cracked its head. Major surgery might be needed before he can see. Booo hooo hoo….