Sep 30, 2005

Give a big hand to both Karen Dawn and Anderson Cooper!

Give a big hand to both Karen Dawn and Anderson Cooper!

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"Anderson Cooper's coverage of the Katrina animal disaster has been frequent and sympathetic. If you have not yet thanked him, please do. Appreciative comments on the coverage of the dog shooting can be sent to NewsNight athttp://www.cnn.com/feedback/forms/form5.html?13 . Positive feedback for coverage of animal issues will encourage more coverage." (the 2nd paragraph, the latest newsletter from DawnWatch)

Wheelchair Angel - Yu Siu Chih

Wheelchair Angel - Yu Siu Chih

Wheelchair Angel - Yu Siu Chih (Chinese)

Sep 28, 2005

Request for a raise

I got this forwarded message/joke from P_Star. P_Star got it from one of his friends. I guess this has already been circulated on the Internet.
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I, the Penis, hereby request a raise in salary for the following reasons:
1. I do physical labor
2. I work at great depths
3. I plunge head first into everything I do
4. I do not get weekends or public holidays off
5. I work in a dark workplace with poor ventilation
6. My work exposes me to contagious diseases


Dear Penis,
After assessing your request, and considering the arguments you have raised, the administration rejects your request for the following reasons:
1. You do not work 8 hours straight
2. You fall asleep after brief work periods
3. You do not always follow the orders of the management team
4. You do not stay in your designated area and are often seen visiting other locations
5. You do not take initiative - you need to be pressured and stimulated in order to start working
6. You leave the workplace rather messy at the end of your shift
7. You don't always observe necessary safety regulations, such as wearing the correct protective clothing
8. You will retire well before you are 65
9. You are unable to work double shifts
10. You sometimes leave your designated work area before you have completed the assigned task
11. And if that were not all, you have been seen constantly entering and exiting the work place carrying two suspicious looking bags.


Sincerely,
Management

Cute Little Sayings

1. Life is sexually transmitted.
2. Two wrongs don't make a right, but two Wrights made an airplane.
3. It's not the pace of life that concerns me, it's the sudden stop at the end.
4. The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.
5. It's hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere.
6. Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun.
7. The only time the world beats a path to your door is if you're in the bathroom.
8. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
9. Never knock on Death's door; ring the doorbell and run (he hates that).
10. When you're finally holding all the cards, why does everyone else decide to play chess?
11. If you're living on the edge, make sure you wear your seat belt.
12. The mind is like a parachute; it works much better when it's open.
13. There are two kinds of pedestrians... the quick and the dead.
14. An unbreakable toy is useful for breaking other toys.
15. A closed mouth gathers no feet.
16. Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
17. It's not hard to meet expenses...they're everywhere.
18. Jury: Twelve people who determine which client has the better attorney.

English = Sexist

English is so so so so so so so so sexist!

I saw this, a proverb on English.com.tw: Woman will be the last thing civilized by man.

"civilized"?!?!?! "thing"?!?!?!

woMAN, perSON, MANager,......etc. ......etc.

Sexist!

Sep 27, 2005

I am an apple tree?!

here it is (i ADMIT only part of it):
06/26
Apple Tree, the Love Of slight build, lots of charm, appeal and attraction, pleasant aura, flirtatious(i don't know, what do you think? yes? then, yes.), adventurous(no doubt), sensitive(i think so), always in love(uh...yes, including in love with the clouds, the nature, spiritually), wants to love and be loved(yes), faithful and tender partner(of course), very generous(as you know), scientific talents(probably), lives for today(yes), a carefree(no) philosopher with imagination(yes).

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Thanks R. E. for the interesting tree/personality descriptions! :)

BITCHES Luv Me


BITCHES Luv Me

Haha! The pun if fun, isn't it? I found it somewhere online, but can't find the source now. Oh, by the way, don't forget the new definition of BITCH, a BABE IN TOTAL CONTROL of HERSELF! Posted by Picasa

WHAT IS PARAPSYCHOLOGY?

WHAT IS PARAPSYCHOLOGY?
PF Lyceum Blog,
September 23rd, 2005
by Carlos S. Alvarado, Ph.D.

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I didn't start being interested in parapsychology just now. I began being interested in parapsychology and read a book or two about it more than 3 years ago in my early 20s. Later on, I was occupied with many other things. Now, in my mid-20s, I decide to "pick it up again" and hope I can be persistent this time. - lyh

BILL THAT WOULD REQUIRE ANIMAL EVACUATION PLANS

Article on bill that would require animal evacuation policies,
NEW YORK TIMES on abandoned dogs in New Orleans,
and PBS's "NOW" examines effects of no-pet evacuation policies
-- Sept 22 &23
(from DawnWatch)

Politics Test

You are a

Social Liberal
(61% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(35% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Democrat




Link: The Politics Test on OkCupid Free Online Dating

Sep 26, 2005

Pic recommeded

Refueling the American Way

How Boyish or Girlish Are You?

You Are 50% Boyish and 50% Girlish

You are pretty evenly split down the middle - a total eunuch.
Okay, kidding about the eunuch part. But you do get along with both sexes.
You reject traditional gender roles. However, you don't actively fight them.
You're just you. You don't try to be what people expect you to be.

Sep 23, 2005

(Chinese) Publisher Recommended

Publisher: PsyGarden
Books published by PsyGarden are all in Chinese. Some are original works; some are translated works (from English to Chinese).

The book I recommended on Vegtomato, "Blessing the Bridge: What Animals Teach Us about Death, Dying and Beyond" (Chinese Edition) is also published by PsyGarden.

If you also read Chinese, log on to PsyGarden to skim through what kinds of books they publish. Of course you can tell a little bit just from the term, "Psy". :)

And this is my favorite author and translator at PsyGarden: Hu(2nd tone), Yin(1st tone)-Meng(4th tone). She translated books by J. Krishnamurti and Ken Wilber. (I like them/their works, too.)

Ps. Can you believe she's already in her 50s?

Hu Yin Meng
[from PsyGarden]

"The Four-Fingered Pianist"

Piano Angel - A Chairty Concert ("The Four-Fingered Pianist" from Korea/Lee, Hee Ah)

10/24/05: Taibei (Taipei), Taiwan
10/25/05: Xinzhu (Shinchu), Taiwan
10/26/05: Tainan, Taiwan

Choose the correct answer for each blank

Quiz of the week

1. _____: Cutting 10,000 jobs and closing factories.
2. _____: Laying off 1,400 flight attendants.
3. _____ to cut 500 jobs.
4. _____: Cutting up to 9,000 jobs.


(A) Delta
(B) Northwest
(C) Sony
(D) New York Times

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Cilck on "comments" for the answers.

Sep 21, 2005

Senator John Kerry's Speech at Brown University

Senator John Kerry's Speech at Brown University
Remarks As Prepared for Delivery
"Providence, RI - I want to thank you for what the Brown community has done to help and comfort the many victims of Hurricane Katrina. This horrifying disaster has shown Americans at their best -- and their government at its worst. ..............."


When I was reading the whole speech by John Kerry, I thought about what the Black Caucus said, such as "I'm ashamed of America." "Now is the time." and "Forget what you didn't do. Do it now."

The impact and the human calamity after hurrricane Katrina seems to be beyond what people can think. (And the hurricane seanson's not over yet.) But I still truly hope America can afford that. America was/is/will be a country that many of us Asians, including me, like to tour, to study in, to stay in, and even to live in, and America was/is/will be the superpower in the world.

Be confident of you and your country!



Ps. Thanks, S. J. L., for emailing me the link to John Kerry's speech.

Cheer up (even for just a moment) and listen to the Paramount Jazz

Sep 20, 2005

Deng, Li-Jun

Deng, Li-Jun
(Click on "songs" there. Right-click on any file/song you see. Copy and paste it onto your computer desktop. I didn't make the website. I found it by accident.)

Enjoy!

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"Teresa Teng (Teresa Deng/ Deng, Li-Jun/ Teng, Li-Chun)- The greatest Singer ever!
One who hasn't heard of Teresa Teng's songs does not know what a great voice can do to a song. All self proclaimed great singers out there should kneel before teresa's grave and listen to her enchanting songs before asserting of oneself's singing status. Yes, she passed away from an asthma attack a few years ago, but her legacy remains. She has a naturally beautiful voice, unlike some great singers who have to fake theirs. She's well known and well praised throughout asia and that includes all respectable singers in asia. I have collected about 60 or so of her popular songs, mostly in Mandarin. But, she has also recorded songs in other languages/dialects including: Taiwanese(Hokien), Cantonese, Japanese, and yes, English too. My collection of her songs are in "mp3" format which I downloaded through Napster. Not all her songs are great, but they are the best they can be."

Source: Teresa Teng

What does your birthdate mean?

Your Birthdate: June 26

Your birth on the 26th day of the month (8 energy) modifies your life by increasing your capability to function and succeed in the business world.
In this environment you have the skills to work very well with others thanks to the 2 and 6 energies combining in this date.
There is a marked increase in organizational, managerial, and administrative abilities.

You are efficient and handle money very well.
You're ambitious and energetic, while generally remaining cooperative and adaptable.
You are conscientious and not afraid of responsibility.

Generally sociable and diplomatic, you tend to use persuasion rather than force.
You have a wonderful combination of being good at both the broad strokes and the fine detail; good at starting and continuing. This birthday is practical and realistic, often seeking material satisfaction.

Here's to the crazy ones

Here's to the crazy ones.

The misfits.
The rebels.
The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.

They're not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.

You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them,
glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can't do is ignore them.
Because they change things.

They invent.
They imagine.
They heal.
They explore.
They create.
They inspire.
They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?
Or sit in silence and hear a song that's never been written?Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

We make tools for these kinds of people.

While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.

Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world,
are the ones who do.

Source: Apple Computer

Interesting Facts about Death

On average, right-handed people live 9 years longer than their left-handed counterparts.

Over 2500 left handed people are killed from using products made for right handed people each year.

On average, people fear spiders more than they do dying. However, statistically you are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by the bite of a poisonous spider.

Cockroaches can live for nine days without their heads, at which point they die of starvation.

In Erwin, Tennessee an elephant was once hanged for murder.

Dr. Alice Chase, who wrote 'Nutrition for Health', died of malnutrition.

Only one in two billion people will live to be 116 or older.

When Mahatma Gandhi died, an autopsy revealed that his small intestine contained five gold Krugerrands.

When Thomas Edison died in 1941; Henry Ford captured his last dying breath in a bottle.

A man once died when he fell into a vat of chocolate and drowned in a Pennsylvania cookie factory. It is ironic because his name was Robert Hershey.

A Dentist named Dr. Albert Southwick first proposed the idea of the Electric Chair in 1881 after seeing a man get electrocuted.

Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously; it can kill you.

In Italy, it is against the law to make a coffin out of anything except wood or nutshells.

In 1845, President Andrew Jackson's pet parrot was removed from his funeral for swearing.

Source: akss2cents

Sep 17, 2005

Puppy, puppy!


An animal shelter volunteer plays with a puppy.
Source: AP

love this pic, love it, love it!Posted by Picasa

Traditional Chinese taboos at Hong Kong Disneyland

"Disney has even ensured that traditional Chinese taboos do not find their way into their merchandise. Clocks are nowhere to be found in the shops: for the Chinese, presenting a clock as a gift to someone is strictly forbidden because "giving clock" sounds the same as "going to a funeral."

And shoppers looking for green hats in Disney stores will be disappointed, because in Chinese, a man putting on a green hat means he is cuckolded. Goofy, however, will be allowed to keep his."

- E-learning, Taiwan News Online (2005-09-16 / Associated Press / By Sylvia Hu)


By the way, do not send an umbrella to any Chinese or Taiwanese couple. Why? Ask somebody you think he or she knows the reason why. ;)

Sep 14, 2005

A touching French tune, without lyrics

A touching French tune, without lyrics: http://justmoi62.free.fr/VideoStarenduo.wmv

it may take time for you to download it completely. but it’s worthy. the tune reminds me of the diva in the fifth element (a movie by Luc Besson)

at 2’00’’ (two minutes), it’s the first climax
at 2’20’’ (two minutes, twenty seconds), the second climax

personally, I think the short-haired sings better than the long-haired (especially between 3'20" to 3'40") .

what’s beyond language is the true language. agreed? :)

Sep 13, 2005

Doing well globally doesn't necessarily mean doing well locally

'Taiwanese film director Ang Lee's “Brokeback Mountain,"a tale of homosexual love in the mountains of Wyoming, won the Golden Lion best film award at the 62nd Venice International Film Festival last Saturday.

In addition, Lin Chien-ping's "Xiao Zhan,"or "Little station"in English, won the Leone Citroen Award for best short film at the festival, beating nearly 800 short films in the competition.

Ang Lee said that every time a Taiwanese film does well globally, he feels good and he is very glad that "XiaoZhen"won the award.'

- The first two and the last paragraphs in "Taiwan films gain global recognition" on Taiwan News Online's E-learning, 2005-09-13

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Simply put it,
Brokeback Mountain: Taiwanese film? No. Taiwanese director? Yes.
Xiao Zhan: Taiwanese film? Yes. Taiwanese director? Yes.

Ang Lee's films are widely considered as Hollywood films. If you go to any movie theater in Taiwan, you'll hardly find a Taiwanese movie on. Taiwanese movie industry is dead (for a long time). Don't get me wrong, I admire director Ang Lee very much. I like each and every movie he directed/produced. But Directors like Ang lee, how can we Taiwanese people rebuild our own movie industry?

Can Grants Save the Taiwan Film Industry?
(Source: Sinorama, By: Teng Sue-feng)

Sep 12, 2005

Irony

'Finally, an Associated Press story, appearing in many papers including on the front page of the Saturday, September 10 Chicago Tribune, ("U.S. recalls FEMA chief") quotes Michael Brown, who has been removed from his post as head of Gulf Coast relief efforts:

"I'm going to go home and walk my dog and hug my wife, and maybe get a good Mexican meal and a stiff margarita and a full night's sleep. And then I'm going to go right back to FEMA and continue to do all I can to help these victims."

With letters to the editor we can point out the disgraceful irony, given FEMA's animal policies, in Brown's acknowledgment that the comfort of walking his dog is high on his priority list.'


-Passages from the latest DawnWatch Newsletter to its subscribers

Animations recommended

September 11th

Hurricane Katrina

by Peace Takes Courage

Blog recommended


Reactions toward the "liberation"

Source: The Angry Abrab News Service Posted by Picasa

Sep 9, 2005

The Best Friends

Hurricane Katrina
Animals in the Disaster
The Best Friends Animal Society

Separated by Katrina, the loved ones reunited


Separated by Katrina, the loved ones reunited
Source: AP

That is what I'm talking about! - lyh
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Would God be happy to see this?

It's religious rite or cruelty? Of course cruelty! I'm Hakka. My parents, my grand parents, my great-grand parents, my great-great-great..... parents are all Hakka. Maybe they don't agree with me. But I HATE this traditional Hakka ritual very much! I SIMPLY HATE IT! Please read the Bible, read the Buddhist Scripture, read the Koran. Read whatever you read CAREFULLY AND ATTENTIVELY. Look it up for how we human beings should treat other creatures.

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Taiwan god pig sacrifice: religious rite or cruelty?
By Tiffany Wu Thu Sep 8, 8:25 AM ET

HSINCHU COUNTY, Taiwan (Reuters) - Outside a dumpling store in Beipu village, an enormous black swine dubbed "god pig" lolls on a mound of sand, immobile except for the occasional grunt and twitch of the snout.

Weighing a colossal 1,819 pounds, the male pig measured nearly 6 feet 7 inches from nose to tail, with its black eyes and charcoal-gray face barely discernible under the rolls of fat that distorted its hairy body.

Its masters and their friends perched on stools nearby, guzzling beer and swapping gossip as they waited for the midnight sacrifice for the Yimin Festival, held to honor local militia killed helping to suppress a rebellion against China's Qing authorities in 1785.

The cordial atmosphere of the humid summer night in northern Taiwan was shattered by the arrival of the butchers -- heavy-set, bare-chested men armed with rope and a foot-long knife.

Frightened squeals and mournful groans filled the air as they dragged the hog on to the street, tied its legs together and turned it upside down to expose a massive, bristle-covered belly.

Surrounded by scores of villagers, the lead butcher slit the pig's throat with a machete-like blade. Blood gushed into the street drain and, within minutes, the titan was dead.

"We sacrifice this god pig in honor of the Yimin martyrs who died defending our community," said Evan Peng, a restaurant owner in Beipu in Hsinchu County, home to Taiwan's Hakka ethnic group.

Peng and his friends will work until dawn to dress the carcass for the "shenzhu" contest at the nearby Yimin Temple, part of the Hakkas' most important religious festival. "Shenzhu" means "god pig" or "blessed pig."

In recent years, the practice has been marred by fierce criticism from animal rights groups who say it is cruel.

Every year, about 700 pigs are force-fed to gargantuan proportions to participate in such competitions, which are held not just by the Hakka but also by other Taiwanese ethnic groups for traditional festivals that incorporate elements of Buddhism, Taoism and Chinese folk religion.

The winner is the heaviest brute, usually weighing nearly 2,000 pounds -- nine times the average swine's 243 pounds.

ANIMAL CRUELTY?

For between 15 months and two years, god pigs are confined in tight-fitting bamboo cages to prevent them from exercise. They are force-fed through rubber hoses.

"These highly social animals are usually kept in isolation in barren conditions -- often in a pen where they cannot turn around or even stand," said the World Society for the Protection of Animals, the world's largest federation of animal welfare groups.

In the run-up to the contest, the pigs are often force-fed sand or heavy metals such as lead to add as much weight as possible, it said.

Traditional custom is to kill the pigs while they are conscious, even though animal rights advocates say Taiwan law requires pre-slaughter stunning of livestock to ease suffering.

Animal lovers have appealed to the government to ban the contests, but the Council of Agriculture said it does not oppose religious practice though it will try to persuade farmers to refrain from inhumane rearing methods.

Evan Peng fended off criticism, saying many more pigs are killed every day for food. He said a Hakka family like his would rear and sacrifice a god pig only once every 15 years.

"After caring for the pig for three years, we also have feelings for it. Each pig has its own personality. This one sometimes throws tantrums," he said, pointing to the swine.

"We shed tears when it's slaughtered. But we will sacrifice the pig to show our respect for the Yimin."

Yimin means "righteous people" and the 200 Hakka warriors who were killed in the 1785 rebellion are venerated as gods.

STATUS SYMBOL

The god pigs used to be considered lucky beasts, raised in the lap of luxury with air-conditioning in the summer and an unlimited supply of food such as rice, potatoes and fruit.

It was only in recent years that awareness spread about rearing practices, which Chu Wu-hung, director-general of the Environment and Animal Society of Taiwan, said have nothing to do with Hakka culture.

"I am Hakka and my home is near the Yimin Temple. We used to rear pigs when we were young but we were a family farm. The pig lived in the back yard and we fed it leftovers," he said.

"Forced feeding started only 20 or 30 years ago, when industrialization ended many family farms. So people started to entrust specialty farmers with the god pig rearing."

Chu said affluent families bought huge pigs to show off their wealth, while animal breeders were in it for the profit. A 1,300-pound pig costs about T$200,000 (US$6,300), with the price rising exponentially to T$3 million (US$94,000) for 1,985 pounds.

Some younger Hakka agreed with Chu, he said, but the older generation was stubborn. "My parents say this is a religious practice and they think I'm interfering too much," he sighed.
(US$1 = T$32)

Source: Taiwan god pig sacrifice: religious rite or cruelty? (Reuters)

Sep 7, 2005

Noah's Wish

Noah's Wish save homeless pets!

'The Many Splendors of Taiwan' Photo Exhibit to be Held at Houston Public Libraries

Colorful photographs reflecting various aspects of Taiwan will be on display at Houston's Johnson Branch Library (3517 Reed Road) and Smith Branch Library (3624 Scott Street) from September 1~30, 2005.

As pictures are worth a thousand words, exhibit visitors will have a chance to experience Taiwan from afar. The vibrant images taken by Taiwan's photographers express the island's social development, scenic landscapes, wildlife conservation, festivals, arts and culture. The month-long exhibits will also include a special drawing contest named "How much do you know about Taiwan?" Twenty entries will be randomly drawn at each library at the end of the exhibit. Winners will receive a prize.

Sponsored by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Houston, the photographs are part of the collection entitled "The Many Splendors of Taiwan." The exhibit has been well received by viewers for the past three years across the southern US in cities such as Dallas, San Antonio and Austin.

Exhibitions may be viewed during normal library hours. For further information, please contact Joy Yen of the Press Division of TECO in Houston (Tel: 713-961-9465, email: teco-houston@roc-taiwan.org) or Marcia C. Chapman at the Johnson Branch Library (Tel: 832-393-2552) and Melissa Jarzis at the Smith Branch Library (Tel: 832-393-2053).

Source: Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston

Eyewitness Report from New Orleans

Eyewitness Report from New Orleans

'Many Splendors of Taiwan' on Display in Missouri Capital

Tuesday, 06 September 2005

The Press Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago (TECO) and Lincoln University have announced the opening of the photo exhibition titled "The Many Splendors of Taiwan" to be displayed at Memorial Hall at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri from September 11th through September 30th.
This occasion marks the second time photographs from this collection have been displayed in Missouri, but the first time they have been on display in Missouri's capital city.

"The Many Splendors of Taiwan" is a photography collection reflecting the many faces of Taiwan, including the natural beauty of the island and daily life of the diverse society. The main theme of the exhibition is the development of Taiwan, and the leading characters are the people who live there. Through the hard work of generations, the people of Taiwan have transformed their land and created economic and political miracles. The photos making up this unique and beautiful collection cover a variety of subject material including nature, architecture, science and technology, historical record and cultural practices.

The display at Memorial Hall will include 25 photos from the collection. There will also be screenings of three documentary films; The Fragrant Fruits of Taiwan, Tea: Taiwan's Golden Treasure, and This Island Our Home - The Four Seasons of Taiwan. The photography exhibit and film screenings are free of charge and open to the public. This event is presented with the aim of promoting cross-cultural understanding between the peoples of Missouri and Taiwan.

Source: Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago

Sep 6, 2005

My silent words

Those (“Please DO save dogs, too!”) are my CIVILIZED words to CNN. Actually, I’d like to thank CNN. They recorded it, or I wouldn’t have a chance to see/watch it.

These are my silent words (to myself): Save dogs, too! Damn it! Not passed it by and took a pic of it! You are a soldier not a photographer! Shooting it to death with your gun is even a lot better than taking a picture of it and left. It's dying. And you're not saving it. And you took a pic of it and just left?! Some victims (people) said, “they treat us like animals!” Yes, they do!

Please DO save dogs, too!

Rescuers are going roof-to-roof, house-to-house to save......people. Please save dogs, too! They're also living beings. They're their owners' loved ones. Please...

[They have been rescuing pets as well as people.Geese Howard]



They didn't. I saw on CNN that soldiers pass by (pass by, not stop by) a dog. The dog stood beside the door of a house. The dog was looking at the soldiers. The soldiers were looking at the dog. One soldier took a picture of the dog. And then? And then, they left. It's not even "stopped by"; it's "passed by".

(I just emailed CNN the above passages excluding Geese Howard's.)

Sep 5, 2005

Another big stride

As (most of) you know, I passed the first stage, the written exam of English tour guide recruitment. I attended the interview on August 19; that’s the second stage. Today, September 5, I got the news, I…, I…, I was admitted; I was recruited!

I’ll get the certificate sometime in October.

I’m not sure when the training program will be held. I have to attend the program to get the English tour guide license.

But it’s already a big stride, isn’t it?

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………
I would like to not only bring English speakers to tour Taiwan, but also take my fellow countrymen to tour English speaking countries.

Please save dogs, too!

Rescuers are going roof-to-roof, house-to-house to save......people. Please save dogs, too! They're also living beings. They're their owners' loved ones. Please...

One student from Taiwan is still missing!

That's what I heard (from local TV news here in Taiwan). All the Taiwanese students (about 60 students) studying in New Orleans have got connected with their families in Taiwan, except for one female student. One female Taiwanese student and is still missing! She's a candidate for doctor's degree in University of New Orleans.

This is a continuing, global disater.

Update: The student is found. I just watched TV news. About 15 seconds ago, they said she's found. SO, ALL OF THE TAIWANESE STUDENTS ARE FOUND AND HAVE GOT CONNECTED WITH THEIR FAMILIES.

Sep 4, 2005

Speak to the Earth, and it shall teach thee.

Speak to the Earth, and it shall teach thee.
Job 12:8


Excerpts from "Global warming seen to fuel hurricanes":

Recent research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology shows that the duration and intensity of hurricanes has doubled over the last 30 years. This trend corresponds to increases in average ocean surface temperatures over the period.

Burning fossil fuels in cars and power plants releases carbon dioxide that blankets the Earth and traps heat. Oceans cover the majority of the Earth's surface, and they absorb most of this excess heat. Temperatures have already risen dramatically in recent decades, and because global warming pollution can stay in the atmosphere for a hundred or more years, temperatures will only continue to increase.

And the United States should take the lead. With only 4 percent of the world's population, the United States emits 25 percent of the world's global-warming pollution. With so many cost-effective solutions at hand _ cleaner cars, renewable energy, energy efficient appliances _ it is irresponsible to postpone action in the hopes that some unproven technology of the future will be enough to solve the problem.

Source: Taiwan News, copied from Knight Ridder

Tell Bush & Congress: Accept Cuba's offer to send doctors to the hurricane victims!

Tell Bush & Congress: Accept Cuba's offer to send doctors to the hurricane victims!

Sep 3, 2005

Support the People of New Orleans: Sept. 7 Nat'l Day of Emergency Action

Support the People of New Orleans: Sept. 7 Nat'l Day of Emergency Action

Quotes from a few great vegans & vegetarians born in Sept.

“Man could live on vegetables alone.” - George Louis Leclerc

“The ordinary flesh-eater, if he be a man of any perception, is always fain to acknowledge, on being pressed, that there is something in the usual mode of feeding which clashes with his finer sense of what ought to be.” - Anna Kingsford

“Vegetarianism is the diet of the future, as flesh-food is the diet of the past.” - Henry S. Salt

“The inferior creatures groan under your cruelties. You hunt them for your pleasure, and overwork them for your covetousness, and kill them for your gluttony, and set them to fight one with another till they die, and count it a sport and a pleasure to behold them worry one another.” - Thomas Tryon

“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian. We feel better about ourselves and better about the animals, knowing we're not contributing to their pain.” - Linda McCartney

Source: Vegtomato

To PSU Campus Dems

I got email from PSU Campus Dems when I was writing the short verse (The Big Easy) below. I learnt from the email that you are doing something for the hurricane relife. I'm with you, PSU Campus Dems, SPIRITUALLY, certainly proud of you and proud of being one of you!

The Big Easy

Jazz-y, Jazz-y,
The Big Easy.

It ain't easy,
Can we take it easy?

It ain't easy,
Never again the Big Easy. --- lyh (lin, yu-hua)

Sep 2, 2005

Is it just a start?

I just watched a CNN interviwer interview former U.S. Presidents Clinton and Bush concerning the aftermath of hurricane Katrina on TV. I was composed until I caught sight of the scenarios outside the convention center - mothers were holding babies, silently; some others were yelling at the CNN correspondent sometihng like, "Get them on the buses. When are the buses coming?" A couple of dead bodies were put aside; one was even in a wheelchair. Is the world in disorder? Perhaps most of us would say yes. But is it just a start?

What up, the globe?