Cut right thru the bull**it 

February 23 [Wed], 2005, 20:59

Following up on my previous post re. Ken Livingstone's refusal on apology.

"To the Daily Mail group journalist I say this. You are responsible for your own actions."

"To the Daily Mail group I say that no-one in Britain is less qualified than they to complain about anti-Semitism."

Well said, you are my hero, Ken-chan. I'd adore you!

"After a decade of pandering to racism against our citizens of Black and Irish origin they have moved on and now describe asylum seekers and Muslims in similar terms. "

Full speech on BBC, and extracts on The Guardian. Isn't it truly refleshing to see a politician with his own words. No "spin" here please.

"Since this row erupted we have received over 1500 letters and emails from the public.

Seventy-four per cent have expressed their support for me, with 26% against - a margin of support of three to one.

Not for the first time in my years in public life the views of ordinary people on the street are overwhelmingly at odds with much of the media. "

We'll have a faith in 'spin-free' politik to come. We'll believe in people.

"It would be very easy for me to buy off media pressure by lying but I am not going to do it." 

February 16 [Wed], 2005, 1:19
Saw this article on The Guardian today.

"When it [Daily Mail] was first set up [in 1896] its first campaign was against Jewish refugees coming to London from the pogroms. It continued its anti-Semitism in the 1930s, fighting any proposals that Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler should be admitted to this country."

Ken Livingstone said the Mail had run stories supporting fascism and that its owner, the 1st Viscount Rothermere, the great-grandfather of the present proprietor, had welcomed Hitler's rise.

"Had Britain lost the war and had the Nazis controlled Britain, Lord Rothermere and his cohorts would have been at the front of the queue of collaborators."

He said the Mail had continued to discriminate against minorities since the war, demonising first Irish immigrants and now asylum seekers.

"...that level of racism and xenophobia would not play well in London."

Who are Daily Mail readers? Some comments here from The AnswerBank.Other article from British Council in Japan to aid the background of the UK's tabloid culture, which reads:Tabloid culture has been called by Robert McCarthy ‘a culture of instant gratification, low expectation and intellectual impoverishment.’
I personally agree with both London Mayor and Robert McCarthy above. Although I wouldn't mind Red Tops every now and then to feed my head with intellectual imoverishment - i.e.) The Sun, a comic paper. I'd detest the Mail which camouflages itself to be a ' proper' paper (also uses Gothic font for its title), whereas it mix up of news and agendas heavily. Besides, it reminds me of that horrible middle age woman, Mdm J. P.

Bounty hunter, VK test, a silent yogi and confusion 

February 10 [Thu], 2005, 18:24
I earlier mentioned my 'compassion fatigue' when I listened to Nelson Mandela's speech at lunchtime. . I have came to realise that I indentify myself with Deckard, a bounty hunter, the protagonist of Philip K Dick's classic novel - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (I like this guy's reflection on the novel), who was sent out to hunt down androids - and mentally paralysed.

"...The novel describes the increased blurring of this distinction by making the humans and the androids mirror images of each other. Although the androids are the “villains” of the story with only few characteristics one might sympathise with, they nevertheless exhibit very human - albeit mostly negative - traits and feelings such as cruelty and disloyalty, but also the capacity for excitement and interests."

"Nothing is as exciting. To read about cities and huge industrial enterprises, and really successful colonization. "

The bounty hunters use a test called the Voight-Kampff Empathy Test to establish if the subject is an android. The idea behind the VK test is that:

"[e]mpathy, evidently, existed only within the human community, whereas intelligence to some degree could be found throughout every phylum and order including the arachnida."

Could a human being with a compassion fatigue be spared here?

Dazed and confused........ "You can't teach a hunter it's wrong to kill. " said Hari Dass Baba. He has maintained a continual vow of silence since 1952. Someone taught me it's wrong to kill. I have been a corporate pickle for more than a decade. Hence I have been amongst shareholders, not stakeholders. Monstrous system which kills. The source of 'unnatual poverty'. The realization has brought me to think of the novel - a tragic love story between a bounty hunter and an android.

Self-Portrait | Christian Schad (1927) 

February 08 [Tue], 2005, 2:50
I took my son Jay to Tate Modern yesterday.

As we briefly passed "Naked and Nude" section, Jay stood up in a front of Christian Schad's "Self-Portrait", then my 9 year-old-son said to me, "Mum, do you know the woman has a scar on her face?".

It's how I found out her scar. Later, I checked Tate's website and here goes the background:
"The woman's face is scarred with a freggio, inflicted on Neapolitan women by their lovers to make them unattractive to others. It is a startling emblem of the potential violence underlying male possession of the female body."

"How come you know this?" asked, I - confused slightly.
"Dad told me when he took me here." answered Jay.

Chelsea - The Taste of Old Scotland 

February 07 [Mon], 2005, 23:13
The globalization at last hit Meiji, the Japanese confectionery company... by the look of it?

I still remember the blurb on the box, which reads "The Taste of Old Scotland - CHELSEA is the candy with traditional Scottish flavour."

I adored the Scottish flavour, indeed - I still do so very much, and it has never failed to remind me of my sweet, (sometimes) bitter, and sour childhood everytime I have it. I was (kind of) hoping I could still read the absurd blurb on the box. I searched and searched on web - all I could find now were reasonable packages without the legendary literature, whilst I could even manage to find cute calendar & wallpapers featuring the trademarked flowers:

Meiji cunningly omitted the blurb somehow, even on 'history of the packages' - bummer, their JPEG images are wee too small...!

Perhaps the company applied a cencership before having a Million dollar TV commercial contract with Beckham-sama (the king of British chav icon) last year.

'Life is Sweet', reads Beckham-sama's Tee.

The truth is rarely pure and never simple 

February 04 [Fri], 2005, 21:14

I really like the title quotation from beloved Oscar Wilde, a gorgeous, decadent, narcissist, AND a writer (wow). My friend recently mentioned it to me, and I was enlighted by the depth of it.

Mind you, (to be fair) Oscar also stated many "pure truths":

- Men become old, they never become good.
- Women are meant to be loved, not understood.
- It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information around.
- Democracy is simply the bludgeoning of the people for the people by the people.
- Twenty years of romance makes a woman look like a ruin; twenty years of marriage makes her look like a public building.

There are more pure truths, I thought he meant that things aren't simple. He was a decadent after all.

Nelson (Mandela)'s Column 

February 04 [Fri], 2005, 20:36
I saw Nelson Mandela at lunchtime yesterday. Subtle short notice from a colleage posted about his visit on Share 360.,15756,1405146,00.html

Topics addressed by him were slightly too much for a lunchtime trip maker like me.... "Yeah, just popping out to see him - I work just around the corner there...."

Demand on our action against 'unnatural' poverty is the heartfelt voice for Nelson Mandela. I felt a pain because of my own compassion fatigue in a very (brutally honest) 'existentialist' kind way. The Africa is too far and distant - I haven't been there, perhaps I won't be there in the future either. It's surreal, almost abstract - the term 'poverty' - but what if the abstract kills millions of people. Where could we start though?

I will grab this book, Mugged, Poverty in Your Coffee Cup soon, I think.

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