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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Plamera @ Johnny's (Jaya Jusco Seberang Perai)

Ini kek free dari Secret Recipe (sorry though, that this post supposed to be about Jonny's, not SR). It is our appetizer. Sponsored by Diners Club.... Sangat SEDAP!!! Untuk yang nak pi cuba, nama kek ni YOGURT CHEESE.
Muka first time yang happy. These two looks are expensive!
Acara dimulakan....
Ina with her style to cracking the crustacean, and that doesn't stop her at all from keeping us listening to her story...
Blurp.... Ketua kelas kenyang kaedahnya..... Dok usha Ina plak yang dok sibuk kopek udang.
Dah kenyang, cuba tengok set ketua darjah.... licin!
Ok, cuba tgk beza dua gambar ni... Gambar atas selepas hidangan abes (dry periuk tu) dan gambar bawah, waktu hidangan pertama.... Fuhhh.... Beza kan...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I have always hated Maths!

Back then during junior school, I would never want to attend maths classes. For three consecutive years, I got three different maths teachers who at every start of the class will asked that everyone to submit homework (since every last class would be given some from textbook) and those who didn't do their homeworks get punished. I hate doing homeworks, I would rather spend my time reading, that was why I prefer Geography and History classes.

I hate algebra class and I hate matrices. Those that I hated the most seems to be one I am good at.

During junior college, I would give up and try to look for excuses not to attend Additional Maths, but try my best to keep fresh during Modern Maths. I got punished many times, numerous punishments - for lateness or incompleteness - that is why for the freshness looks. I still remember Cikgu Nazliah!

When things turned out badly and when I already lost hope; hey, majority of student hated add-maths - there were two teachers who believe that add-maths is no other difficult but rather conceptualised in my head.

Both of them took their time to tutoring me privately - during recess hour and during prep-time after school. I owed them too many, that when no one believes in me, they do. I would give them thousand and million of thanks, but that would never be enough - to Cikgu Nik and Cikgu Chempaka. And one who made me believe in myself, Cikgu Omar - "You had never realised, the gift you have until your work yourself to find it! Sebab cikgu percaya..."

Ok, guess what was my major for undergraduate study? I applied for Mathematical Modeling and studied on scholarship at USM - no, it is not about counting your step on fashion show gala, but I believe it is more about how you understand what is happening around you through mathematics.

I have always hated maths, but then things around me resolving so much through mathematical formulae. The mortgage, the auto-loan, credit card debts, investment returns, etc...

I guess I can always hate Mathematics, but it will keep on haunting me on my walks...


Shahirasul Idrewoods
Penang, Malaysia.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Remember when 100MB was a lot?

OK, I stumbled upon Rapidshare information on Wikipedia which claimed to have 450 Petabytes. For those who wonder how many is that, take a little maths test here. 1,000 Terabytes is 1 Petabyes, while 1,000 Gigabytes make it 1 Terabytes and to reach that 1,000 Megabytes bounded 1 Gigabytes. So, you do the math!

I remember when I was in junior school, back then 1997/1998. My first PC that I was working with during computer classes in 1996 runs on MS-DOS and Windows 3.11 (every command needs to be invoked into prompt to have it executed), the space was 20MB - it is unimaginable to have a 20MB hard disk on modern PC in the year 2009.

In 1997, we have new PCs - this time the disk space is 750MB each which sounded pretty much ALOT! My first programming was on QBasic 4.5 and the compiled files would not be more than 50KB and 100KB was considered ALOT! Whilst simple programming nowadays in VB 6 would need around 250kb to 1MB. Very much different.

The time gap was only 10 years. In 1998 on 750MB, but in 2008 1GB sound so petty. My first PC, ran on 20GB, before I upgraded it into 80GB in 2003. In 2005, again I get another 160GB. In 2007, I get another piece of 250GB. In 2008, I bought another 400GB and 1TB disks.

If I can put all disk that I am currently working with: 20GB + 80GB + 160GB + 250GB + 400GB + 1,000GB make it 1,910GB in total or 1.9TB and this does not include another 160GB I have in my laptop. To be honest, I am already need for another 1TB to store more information that I downloaded from Rapidshare.

My first laptop, COMPAQ ran on 20GB and this ASUS runs on 160GB.

First flash-drive I have is 64MB which already alot because at that time I am using Iomega ZIP drive which support up to 250MB but was so much slow (connected through cable socket, not USB) and I appreciate that 64MB because it was faster, smaller and does not need extra power socket.

From 64MB, I got upgraded to 256MB for RM300 (in 2004) and again to 512MB (in 2005). In 2007, I get myself 4GB flash-drive (RM115) that I keep on using till today. To add more, my sister's PC that she bought in 1999 ran on 4GB hard disk, which is the same unit as my flash drive.

Unlike years ago, that I have to delete lot of files once I see my hard disk needs room - it is so much different today. I allocate one hard disk (or its partitions) to certain type of files. Movies, Ebooks, MP3s, Pictures (taken using digital camera), working files, etc... So much that at times, I forgot what I had stored and when I came across them, I would smile and say to myself "uh... another memory flashing across."

Best of all, I do have copy of files that I had done in 1998. Almost all files during computer classes and project in 1999/2000 (during Junior College), all the files during Prep-College (except one CD that I cannot recover anymore and contained the "best presentation ever made" for my batch) and all the files during undergraduates (except 1st year files due to some mishaps).

My next plan is to fork out a data server to run at 4TB as I need to backup huge data. Outlook emails, personal files and so many other files that I keep on downloading almost daily from Rapidshare.

Human's great evolution, from just under 1MB to 1TB!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Superman is another Jewish Superhero



"Kita terlupa misalnya bahawa watak Superman dicipta oleh Jerry Siegel dan Joseph Shuster dalam bentuk komik untuk menaikkan semangat bangsa Yahudi. Superman ialah lambang penting bagi tujuan itu. 'Kal-El' dalam cerita Superman ialah 'Tuhan' dalam Bahasa Hebrew. Komik yang bermula pada bulan Jun 1938 itu kini menjadi bahan buku, filem dan imej popular yang dipakai oleh kanak-kanak di seluruh dunia – termasuk kanak-kanak Muslim. Begitu berpengaruh watak Superman ini hingga kedua-dua penciptanya tersenarai sebagai tokoh penting dalam buku The Jewish Contribution to the 20th Century yang disusun oleh Alan Symons. Mereka juga tersenarai sebagai 100 tokoh penting Yahudi yang dibuat oleh Michael Shapiro."



"His "true name" is Kal-El, which in Hebrew basically translates as "Man-God.""



"My friend, Simcha Weinstein, just had a book published about Heroes and Jews.

http://www.rabbisimcha.com/pages/book.html

Kryptonians, like the people of Noah's time, ridiculed Jor-El because of his fantastic apocalyptical ideas. He then placed his son, Kal-El (in Hebrew, literally either Vessel of God, Voice of God or All of God) is sent in a "basket" to escape destruction just like Moses.

Clark Kent is a fairly Jewish name.
Many Jewish last names end with "Man".
Siegel and Shuster were Jewish."

The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El)


Superman's Kryptonian name, "Kal-El," resembles the Hebrew words קל-אל, which can be taken to mean "voice of God".[40] [41]. The suffix "el", meaning "(of) God"[42]

Wikipedia: Superman

Friday, January 23, 2009

123RF - My Chosen Photos

Dear Friends,

I have put my photo collections into 123 Royalty Free database (www.123rf.com) You may perhaps want to view my portfolio.

Please do so by visiting the Portfolio page at:



Would appreciate your subscription or comments. I shall share more of collections there. Hoping that those would somehow be appreciated.

Thanks...

Erk... Somebody replying to me, in weird manner and very emotional

I answered to Chedet's blog on Jan/16/2009, the post can be read here (link to website).

What I had commented was:

By M. Shahirasul Idrewoods on January 16, 2009 4:27 PM

Maybe Rob need some enlightenment of his own regime. Or perhaps let's go to schooling in USA.

Then we can learn how to torture people and deny their rights as happened in Guantanamo.

Then we can learn about citizen rights of how US Muslim citizen denied their rights to fly in commercial plane.

Ah, also important thing to learn is how to be a world class marketer by selling an air and make it worth maybe USD 50 billion?

And perhaps we will also learn how to successfully be a successful killer. I want to be a sniper!!!

Can Rob tell me which school and which course I should enrolled into?



And arrogantly answered at this site (link to website):

By Bravo Echo Echo Romeo on January 18, 2009 12:45 AM

For you to say all Americans are ignorant of the world is totally out of context. No, we know more of the world than any of you in Malaysia who hears or reads your censored news and newspaper that are controlled by your government. You feed propaganda to your people and most are as blind as sheeps. We have educated and capable people leading our country and you have high school educated, money politics corrupted leaders.

Just for your information, the United States of America is the most powerful nation in the world and can sustain itself to feed all it's own people and has all the necessary resources to stand on it's own two feet. We don't need anybody if we chose to.

Who cares what you or your blind supporters think about what you think or say.
There is a word in history. To the victor belongs the spoils. Yes,we are arrogant to the point that we will destroy all terrorists who supports and kills Americans. Yes, the average Americans may not want to know what is not important to them like Malaysia. What is there to benefit in Malaysia? There is nothing that interest us except we were requested to train your worthless government employees how to conduct business.

Yes, we are sorry about innocent lives taken in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine. However, we do not regret the fact that it sends a message to the rest of the world that we mean business and will make life miserable for you if you mess with us. Collateral damage is a reality. There is no simple solution on civilian casualties unless the two fighting parties step into a ring and slugs it out and leaves the civilians out of harms way.

No, we know and cares more than you think about democracy and freedom for the rest of the world, as our country was paid with blood for freedom. We will shed more blood to upkeep it if needed. Stop your propaganda bovine manure to you people.


My answer:

To me, it is very interesting that someone calling me jihadist. Funny, I would say...

The comment by Bravo Echo Echo Romeo, I must say: brilliant. Because it comes from someone from a nation that claimed to be well developed (English: past tense) and has for years fought for democracy and rights and claimed to be the best.

But, all I can sum up from his (or perhaps her) comments was that - the value of 10,000 non-American lives will NEVER equal to ONE American. What makes American so special and needed to be treated with super care? Because they have extra white skins? Or they have the most blondes in the world? Or is it that they can keep money rolling in by just pressing PRINT function? (Or maybe because they have the most super-heroes in the world)

At least living in Malaysia, we don't have the shadow to feel horror to look at the police. Nor do we terrified to have same flights with Arabs. Nor we feel insecure and needed to attack weapon-LESS country. In fact our small country claimed our independence without the loss of blood, unlike yours.

If America has everything - then I don't think that they would needed China to produce materials for them. Or petroleum from Iraq to fuel their economy.

Yes, Malaysia's economy is so much dependant to export - but to the very least - we don't do harm to the world. Where Americans shed and teared so many foreign economies (remember Asian Financial Crisis 1997) and current crises are for America to blame!

Yes, America may not need us, because we don't sell weapon to kill another human. America may not need us, because we don't have enough money to buy their bubble-to-burst products. America may not need us, because we don't know how to slaughter another human. America may also not need us, because we have so many reasons to be contradicted to each other.

At least, other people don't see Malaysians as disgust as our fellow whites in US. Or can I say, blacks as well?

Ok, we don't have to play muddy-game here... Let's go to fact.

Saying that America is super-power - but its economic fuelled by debt money and the debt burden pass to the tax-payer. Then what is super, what is power? Who's richer, who's poorer?


I know this is hard to swallow and may be bitter, but rest-assured my American friends (whom at some point, I kept and I keep very dearly in my heart) - what I wrote above was just something that I hope is not too general, that it goes to few specific person or group. We know each other better and I hope our relations will not be tarnished. Just treat my post/review as something I would say when I got hard hit. (in fact previous post, pose a picture of dearly American friend)

Gotcha!


Don't get mad Alex! But it is so nice to have a camera that deliver results faster and with that brilliant looks - it is expensive! I just love my Olympus...

Friends @ PMKN (Pusat Matrikulasi Kolej Negeri) 2001/2002

Kelas Cikgu Paling Popular - Encik Rahim (Fizik)
Raja Haji tak ada cuti, so kena raya kat Seremban. Ni pic lepas sembahyang kat Masjid Negeri, then ramai2 lepak kat Tasik Seremban.
My "tribe" - 3 je prm. Hahaha....
Mat Duang, kawan aku dari Terengganu.... "mu..." Dia ni gila barang ori, perfume (and apparently baju pun) nak Polo, jam pulak Rolex!!! Tak mampu aku...
My roommates. The most happy and lively dorm!


These pics are to accompany my previous post, FRIENDS. Please don't mind the quality because I have it processed from film negative and well, those films are not considerably in good condition when I decided to digitise them all.

(Shall post more pic, I know I know... Someone already whispering to me, "good old days" already, nostalgic isn't it? I never thought of what would happened today. Wish that I can contact you guys)

Text Speech: Friends

FRIENDS

(This is the text speech that I had used during my public speaking which was presented in front of the audience at the PMKN's Hall on Monday 30th July 2001.)



To my friends,
Past, present and future...

"To have a friend, be a friend!"

We have all kinds of friends, some are good, and some are not. So what is friendship, really?

Friendship, they say, differs from all other relationship. Unlike acquaintanceship, friendship is based on loved. Unlike lovers and married couples, friendship is free from jealousy. Unlike children and parents, friendship knows neither criticism nor resentment.

Friendship has no status in law. Business partnerships are based on contract, so is marriage. Parents are bound by the law, as are the children.

Friendship is freely entered into, freely given and freely exercised; otherwise it is not friendship. Need to remember, to give and to take are two things that differ. Friendship, is NOT something that is accepted today and outdated tomorrow, it is forever!

Friendship begins with sincerity. It is full of forgiveness. With just a smile, you can build an interaction and bond to anew friendship. It risks you absolutely nothing.

As a friend, one cannot and should not expect anything in return. People come into our lives for a reason, or perhaps, for a season. When it is for a reason, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed, and if it is for a season, then, they have be fair-weather friends!

Friends are like gold, they are a treasure. They don’t cheat, lie to or take advantage of, one another. Friends; do not spy on one another, they have no secrets. Friends bask in each other’s success, and despair over failures. Friends minister to each other, nurse each other.

Friends; give, worry, stand by, and are always ready to help. If you speak to oneself, no one would hear, but if you speak to one else, they would understand you dear.

Perfect friendship is rarely achieved, but if you do have it, you are indeed blessed. Be a friend, it is a rewarding experience. Don’t expect anything in return. Lifetime relationship, teaches you lifetime lessons. It is said, that love is blind, but friendship is clairvoyant, accept it, as it is relatively unchanged since then and although.


Do not walk in front of me,
For I may not be able to follow.
Do not walk behind me,
For I may not be able to lead.
But just walk beside me
And be a friend!

We pass through this way once,
So what good we can do,
Let us do it now; for,
We will never pass this way again.

I like this pets
And I’m always so glad
Just hold my hand
And I’ll be your best friend.


Dedication made for Canopy-O-Pyum’s members
Fbryoud Coeme
Aizatunnur Aizatuddin
Hairi Hazata
Carl Corluz
Mithra Rajendra
Imnahan Imruni


...everlasting friendship,
we’re together as one...

Thanks expressed to Mr.David Madhavan for his guidance.

To appreciate the precious moment I have now, I would like to wish everyone Happy Friendship Day as the world is going to celebrate International Friendship Day which falls on August 2nd especially to Safura, Zahidi, Arnie, E-One and very special made for my best friend - Muhd Amin Nordin!



iba_ds
F2, PMKN

Thursday, January 22, 2009

An Escape to the Nature - Majapahit

Sun settings down and seen through the many trees.
As at dusk, the sky is so beautiful that you can stretch your eyes across the farthest field and astonishing colours of the sky will never put you together.
The branches living through the sky.
Bewilderment with technology and time-gap space.

The artist in the making.
View from bottom of paddy grass towards the sky, brings back so many memories.
Catfish, so many!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Just Posting

My desktop has been cleaned, no more rubbish program icons. New wallpaper of living instead of blue sandy beach or faraway hamlet. My laptop is getting slower. (Is it due age? erk!) Going to format again later. Has lot settings to be backed-up.

I used to remember, I once finished formatting my laptop and a friend asked that it is as if that I have not formatted at all, because the wallpaper is the same, desktop icons arrangement seems don't change. Windows username and picture still intact. List of installed program has not vary.

I have no answer but one - I like to keep the way I use my laptop. Hence, I use some tools to backup the settings prior formatting and later get them restored. Like my Yahoo Messenger settings, My Documents folders and contents, Microsoft Outlook and some other important settings. I also use the same software that I am comfortable with and don't like to install too many software into my laptop, since it is not only taking up my space but being redundant as well.

Now my Asus is ONE year old. The one that remains loyal to me...

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Movie Review : Accidental Husband (2008)


Last night, I was unable to sleep. So at 1 am - I played the movie to fill my "time" and waiting for my eyes to get tired again so I can go to bed.

Comedy as it might sounds and romantic at it may seems - Accidental Husband has a unique way of finding Love.

R-E-A-L.

R - Is he Responsible?
E - Is he your Equal?
A - Is he an Adult?
L - Is he Loving?

As Dr Emmaline Willing Llyod put it through on her radio broadcast - Real Love.

It wreaks havoc for most of her advices made grief - by torning away relationships. And that happened to Patrick Sullivan when his fiance is having a second thought and put an end to their relationship.

As way to make his revenge - and using Ajay's ability to make a "glitch", he made our Dr Love to be married hence in order for Dr Love to get married to her fiance, she needs to annul her previous "marriage."

Guess to whom she got married to? Take no other answer than Patrick Sullivan himself. So, she went over to Astoria to get him signed "some" (127 pages) papers to their "annulment."

From here, he develops love and she get swayed along.

This is a romantic comedy where "it is ok to make few mistakes" and find your true love so "you can stop to looking over your shoulder."

I would say, "Go and watch this!" as I would rate 3/5 - for their characters and contents.

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Moral Insanity Behind the Lies and Crimes of Israel in Gaza


By Uri Avnery

Nearly 70 ago, in the course of World War II, a heinous crime was committed in the city of Leningrad. For more than 1000 days, a gang of extremists called “the Red Army” held the millions of the town's inhabitants hostage and provoked retaliation from the German Wehrmacht from inside the population centers. The Germans had no alternative but to bomb and shell the population and to impose a total blockade, which caused the death of hundreds of thousands.

Some time before that, a similar crime was committed in England. The Churchill gang hid among the population of London, misusing the millions of citizens as a human shield. The Germans were compelled to send their Luftwaffe and reluctantly reduce the city to ruins. They called it the Blitz.

This is the description that would now appear in the history books – if the Germans had won the war.

Absurd? No more than the daily descriptions in our media, which are being repeated ad nauseam: the Hamas “terrorists” use the inhabitants of Gaza as “hostages” and exploit the women and children as “human shields”, they leave us no alternative but to carry out massive bombardments, in which, to our deep sorrow, thousands of women, children and unarmed men are killed and injured.

In this war, as in any modern war, propaganda plays a major role. The disparity between the forces, between the Israeli army – with its warplanes, gunships, drones, warships, artillery and tanks – and the few thousand lightly armed Hamas fighters, is one to a thousand, perhaps one to a million. In the political arena the gap between them is even wider. But in the propaganda war, the gap is almost infinite.

Almost all the Western media initially repeated the official Israeli propaganda line. They almost entirely ignored the Palestinian side of the story, not to mention the daily demonstrations of the Israeli peace camp. The rationale of the Israeli government (“The state must defend its citizens against the Qassam rockets”) has been accepted as the whole truth. The view from the other side, that the Qassams are a retaliation for the siege that starves the one and a half million inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, was not mentioned at all.

Only when the horrible scenes from Gaza started to appear on Western TV screens did world public opinion gradually begin to change.

True, Western and Israeli TV channels showed only a tiny fraction of the dreadful events that appear 24 hours every day on Al-Jazeera's Arabic channel, but one picture of a dead baby in the arms of its terrified father is more powerful than a thousand elegantly constructed sentences from the Israeli army spokesman. And that is what is decisive, in the end.

War – every war – is the realm of lies. Whether called propaganda or psychological warfare, everybody accepts that it is right to lie for one's country. Anyone who speaks the truth runs the risk of being branded a traitor.

The trouble is that propaganda is most convincing for the propagandist himself. And after you convince yourself that a lie is the truth and falsification reality, you can no longer make rational decisions.

An example of this process surrounds the most shocking atrocity of this war so far: the shelling of the UN Fakhura school in Jabaliya refugee camp.

Immediately after the incident became known throughout the world, the army “revealed” that Hamas fighters had been firing mortars from near the school entrance. As proof they released an aerial photo which indeed showed the school and the mortar. But within a short time the official army liar had to admit that the photo was more than a year old. In brief: a falsification.

Later the official liar claimed that “our soldiers were shot at from inside the school”. Barely a day passed before the army had to admit to UN personnel that that was a lie, too. Nobody had shot from inside the school, no Hamas fighters were inside the school, which was full of terrified refugees.

But the admission made hardly any difference anymore. By that time, the Israeli public was completely convinced that “they shot from inside the school”, and TV announcers stated this as a simple fact.

So it went with the other atrocities. Every baby metamorphosed, in the act of dying, into a Hamas “terrorist”. Every bombed mosque instantly became a Hamas base, every apartment building an arms cache, every school a terror command post, every civilian government building a “symbol of Hamas rule”. Thus the Israeli army retained its purity as the “most moral army in the world”.

The truth is that the atrocities are a direct result of the war plan. This reflects the personality of Ehud Barak – a man whose way of thinking and actions are clear evidence of what is called “moral insanity”, a sociopathic disorder.

The real aim (apart from gaining seats in the coming elections) is to terminate the rule of Hamas in the Gaza Strip. In the imagination of the planners, Hamas is an invader which has gained control of a foreign country. The reality is, of course, entirely different.

The Hamas movement won the majority of the votes in the eminently democratic elections that took place in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. It won because the Palestinians had come to the conclusion that Fatah's peaceful approach had gained precisely nothing from Israel – neither a freeze of the settlements, nor release of the prisoners, nor any significant steps toward ending the occupation and creating the Palestinian state. Hamas is deeply rooted in the population ... but also as a political and religious body that provides social, educational and medical services.

From the point of view of the population, the Hamas fighters are not a foreign body, but the sons of every family in the Strip and the other Palestinian regions. They do not “hide behind the population”, the population views them as their only defenders.

Therefore, the whole operation is based on erroneous assumptions. Turning life into living hell does not cause the population to rise up against Hamas, but on the contrary, it unites behind Hamas and reinforces its determination not to surrender. The population of Leningrad did not rise up against Stalin, any more than the Londoners rose up against Churchill.

He who gives the order for such a war with such methods in a densely populated area knows that it will cause dreadful slaughter of civilians. Apparently that did not touch him. Or he believed that “they will change their ways” and “it will sear their consciousness”, so that in future they will not dare to resist Israel.

A top priority for the planners was the need to minimize casualties among the soldiers, knowing that the mood of a large part of the pro-war public would change if reports of such casualties came in. That is what happened in Lebanon Wars I and II.

This consideration played an especially important role because the entire war is a part of the election campaign. Ehud Barak, who gained in the polls in the first days of the war, knew that his ratings would collapse if pictures of dead soldiers filled the TV screens.

Therefore, a new doctrine was applied: to avoid losses among our soldiers by the total destruction of everything in their path. The planners were not only ready to kill 80 Palestinians to save one Israeli soldier, as has happened, but also 800. The avoidance of casualties on our side is the overriding commandment, which is causing record numbers of civilian casualties on the other side.

That means the conscious choice of an especially cruel kind of warfare – and that has been its Achilles heel.

A person without imagination, like Barak (his election slogan: “Not a Nice Guy, but a Leader”) cannot imagine how decent people around the world react to actions like the killing of whole extended families, the destruction of houses over the heads of their inhabitants, the rows of boys and girls in white shrouds ready for burial, the reports about people bleeding to death over days because ambulances are not allowed to reach them, the killing of doctors and medics on their way to save lives, the killing of UN drivers bringing in food. The pictures of the hospitals, with the dead, the dying and the injured lying together on the floor for lack of space, have shocked the world. No argument has any force next to an image of a wounded little girl lying on the floor, twisting with pain and crying out: “Mama! Mama!”

The planners thought that they could stop the world from seeing these images by forcibly preventing press coverage. The Israeli journalists, to their shame, agreed to be satisfied with the reports and photos provided by the army spokesman, as if they were authentic news, while they themselves remained miles away from the events. Foreign journalists were not allowed in either, until they protested and were taken for quick tours in selected and supervised groups. But in a modern war, such a sterile manufactured view cannot completely exclude all others – the cameras are inside the strip, in the middle of the hell, and cannot be controlled. Al-Jazeera broadcasts the pictures around the clock and reaches every home.

The battle for the TV screen is one of the decisive battles of the war.

Hundreds of millions of Arabs from Mauritania to Iraq, more than a billion Muslims from Nigeria to Indonesia see the pictures and are horrified. This has a strong impact on the war. Many of the viewers see the rulers of Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority as collaborators with Israel in carrying out these atrocities against their Palestinian brothers.

The security services of the Arab regimes are registering a dangerous ferment among the peoples. Hosni Mubarak, the most exposed Arab leader because of his closing of the Rafah crossing in the face of terrified refugees, started to pressure the decision-makers in Washington, who until that time had blocked all calls for a cease-fire. These began to understand the menace to vital American interests in the Arab world and suddenly changed their attitude – causing consternation among the complacent Israeli diplomats.

People with moral insanity cannot really understand the motives of normal people and must guess their reactions. “How many divisions has the Pope?” Stalin sneered. “How many divisions have people of conscience?” Ehud Barak may well be asking.

As it turns out, they do have some. Not numerous. Not very quick to react. Not very strong and organized. But at a certain moment, when the atrocities overflow and masses of protesters come together, that can decide a war.

The failure to grasp the nature of Hamas has caused a failure to grasp the predictable results. Not only is Israel unable to win the war, Hamas cannot lose it.

Even if the Israeli army were to succeed in killing every Hamas fighter to the last man, even then Hamas would win. The Hamas fighters would be seen as the paragons of the Arab nation, the heroes of the Palestinian people, models for emulation by every youngster in the Arab world. The West Bank would fall into the hands of Hamas like a ripe fruit, Fatah would drown in a sea of contempt, the Arab regimes would be threatened with collapse.

If the war ends with Hamas still standing, bloodied but unvanquished, in face of the mighty Israeli military machine, it will look like a fantastic victory, a victory of mind over matter.

What will be seared into the consciousness of the world will be the image of Israel as a blood-stained monster, ready at any moment to commit war crimes and not prepared to abide by any moral restraints. This will have severe consequences for our long-term future, our standing in the world, our chance of achieving peace and quiet.

In the end, this war is a crime against ourselves too, a crime against Israel.


Uri Avnery is an Israeli journalist, writer and peace activist.
Source: thepeoplesvoice.org

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Siapa Yahudi? Siapa Orang Islam?

Siapa Yahudi? Siapa Orang Islam?

SEJAK 18 hari ini seluruh dunia meratap gara-gara kezaliman Israel. Tentera Zionis terus-menerus mengebom, mengganyang rakyat Palestin. Israel, nampaknya terlalu berkuasa.

Saya tidak 'berkuasa' lagi untuk mengulas panjang mengenai peperangan sebelah pihak itu. Tapi saya ingin berkongsi dengan pembaca sekelian, siapa sebenarnya Yahudi ini dan mengapa mereka terlalu berkuasa.

Kita harus kaji secara akademik, ilmiah untuk mengetahui siapa mereka ini.

Saya amat tertarik dengan tulisan seorang penulis bebas, yang juga Pengarah Eksekutif Pusat Penyelidikan dan Kajian Keselamatan (CRSS) Pakistan, Dr. Farrukh Saleem (rujuk http://www.masada2000.org/Powerful-Jews.html) mengenai soal tersebut. Jadikanlah tulisan itu sebagai tatapan dan renungan kita semua - ke mana kita dan ke mana umat Islam harus pergi selepas ini. Dan, siapa yang harus disalahkan? (Nota: Sedikit sebanyak ia juga akan menjawab surat-surat dan SMS yang dihantar untuk ruangan Forum, Utusan Malaysia yang meminta ditonjolkan apakah produk di belakangnya Yahudi).

Begini tulisan beliau:

Hanya ada 14 juta Yahudi di muka bumi ini; tujuh juta di Amerika, lima juta di Asia, dua juta di Eropah dan 100,000 di Afrika. Bagi setiap orang Yahudi ada 100 orang Muslim (1:100). Namun, jika dicampur semua sekali, Yahudi lebih 100 kali berkuasa daripada orang Islam. Mengapa ini berlaku?

Siapa mereka ini?

Nabi Isa (Jesus of Nazareth) ialah Yahudi. Albert Einstein, saintis zaman moden paling terkemuka dan disebut oleh majalah Time sebagai 'Manusia Abad ini' ialah seorang Yahudi; Sigmund Freud - melalui teori id, ego dan super-ego ialah bapa psikoanalisis, juga seorang Yahudi; begitu juga Karl Marx, Paul Samuelson dan Milton Friedman.

Selain mereka banyak lagi orang Yahudi yang hasil kebijaksanaan mereka berupaya menghasilkan keperluan untuk kita semua: Benjamin Rubin memperkenalkan jarum suntikan pelalian.

Johas Salk mereka vaksin polio yang pertama. Gertrude Elion mencipta ubat melawan leukemia. Baruch Blumberg mencipta vaksin Hepatitis B. Paul Ehrlich menemukan rawatan untuk siflis. Elie Metchnikoff menang Hadiah Nobel untuk penyakit berjangkit. Bernard Katz menang Hadiah Nobel kerana kajian mengenai transmisi neuromuskular.

Andrew Schally penerima Nobel dalam kajian endokrinologi (berkaitan sistem endokrin dan kencing manis). Aaron Beck menemui terapi kognitif (rawatan mental, kesugulan dan fobia).

Gregory Pincus membangunkan pil perancang keluarga yang pertama. George Wald menang Nobel bagi kajian mata manusia, Standley Cohen dianugerahi Hadiah Nobel dalam kajian embriologi (kajian janin dan perkembangannya). Willem Kolff mencipta mesin dialisis (mencuci) buah pinggang.

Sejak 105 tahun, 14 juta Yahudi menang 15 dozen Hadiah Nobel, sementara tiga dimenangi oleh 1.4 bilion umat Islam.

Stanley Mezor mencipta mikrocip pertama. Leo Szilards membangunkan reaktor rangkaian nuklear pertama; Peter Schultz (kabel gentian optik); Charles Adler (lampu isyarat); Benno Strauss (besi tahan karat - stainless steel); Isador Kisee (sistem suara di pawagam); Emile Berliner (mikrofon untuk telefon) dan Charles Ginsburg (alat pita rakaman).

Saudagar jenama terkaya dunia juga dikuasai Yahudi iaitu Ralph Lauren (Polo), Levis Strauss (Levi's Jeans), Howard Schultz (Starbuck's), Sergey Brin (Google), Michael Dell (Dell Computers), Larry Ellison (Oracle), Donna Karan (DKNY), Irv Robbins (Baskin & Robbins) dan Bill Rossenberg (Dunkin Donuts).

Richard Levin, presiden universiti tersohor Yale Universiti ialah seorang Yahudi. Henry Kissinger, Joseph Lieberman dan Madeleine Albright (bekas-bekas Setiausaha Negara AS); Alan Greenspan (bekas pengerusi Rizab Persekutuan AS di bawah Reagan, Bush, Clinton dan Bush); Maxim Litvinov (bekas Menteri Luar Soviet Union); David Marshal (bekas Ketua Menteri pertama Singapura); Isaac Isaacs (bekas Gabenor Jeneral Australia); Benjamin Disraeli (negarawan dan penulis Britian); Yevgeny Primkov (bekas Perdana Menteri Rusia dan bekas jeneral KGB); Jorge Sampaio (bekas Presiden Portugal); Herb Gray (bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri Kanada); Pierre Mendes (Perdana Menteri ke-143 Perancis); Michael Howard (bekas Setiausaha Negara British); Bruno Kreisky (bekas Canselor Austria) dan Robert Rubin (bekas Setiausaha Perbendaharaan AS).

Dalam dunia media, orang Yahudi yang terkemuka ialah Wolf Blitzer (CNN); Barbara Walters (ABC News); Eugene Meyer (Washington Post); Henry Grunwald (Ketua Editor Time); Katherine Graham (penerbit The Washington Post); Joseph Lelyyeld (Editor Eksekutif, The New York Times) dan Max Frankel (The New York Times).

Dermawan dan penyangak mata wang, George Soros ialah Yahudi. Dia menderma AS$4 bilion untuk membantu ahli sains dan universiti serata dunia.

Walter Annenberg menderma untuk membina ratusan perpustakaan berjumlah AS$2 bilion.

Di Olimpik, Mark Spitz membolot tujuh pingat emas. Lenny Krayzelburg ialah pemegang tiga kali pingat emas Olimpik. Spitz Krayzelburg dan Boris Becker adalah Yahudi.

Tahukah anda bahawa pelakon pujaan Harrison Ford, George Burns, Tony Curtis, Charles Bronson, Sandra Bullock, Billy Cystal, Woody Allen, Paul Newman, Peter Sellers, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Douglas, Ben Kingsley, Kirk Douglas, Willian Shatner, Jerry Lewis dan Peter Falk semuanya Yahudi?

Tambahan lagi, Hollywood sendiri diwujudkan oleh orang Yahudi. Antara pengarah dan penerbit, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Oliver Stone, Aaron Spelling (Beverly Hills 90210), Neil Simon (The Odd Couple), Andrew Vaina (Rambo 1- 2-3), Michael Man (Starsky and Hutch), Milos Forman (One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest), Douglas Fairbanks (The Thief Of Baghdad) and Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) - semuanya adalah Yahudi.

Pengaruh Yahudi

Washington yang merupakan ibu negara Amerika Syarikat, mempunyai satu pertubuhan lobi yang amat berkuasa. Ia dikenali sebagai Jawatankuasa Hal Ehwal Awam Amerika Israel (AIPAC) yang berupaya mempengaruhi Kongres meluluskan resolusi memuji dan 'membuat apa saja' demi Israel.

Tahukah lagi bahawa William James Sidis dengan IQ 250-300 ialah manusia tercerdik. Dia ialah Yahudi.

Jadi, mengapa mereka ini terlalu berkuasa?

Jawapannya: Pendidikan, pelajaran, ilmu.

Mengapa umat Islam terlalu lemah?

Dianggarkan 1,476,233,470 Muslim di atas muka bumi Allah ini. Satu bilion di Asia, 400 juta di Afrika, 44 juta di Eropah dan enam juta di Amerika. Setiap lima insan manusia ialah Muslim. Setiap seorang Hindu ada dua orang Islam, setiap seorang Buddha ada dua orang Islam dan setiap seorang Yahudi ada beratus orang Islam. Mengapa orang Islam terlalu lemah?

Ini jawapannya: Terdapat 57 negara anggota OIC dan jika dicampur semua cuma ada kira-kira 500 buah universiti; atau sebuah universiti untuk setiap tiga juta orang Islam.

AS mempunyai 5,758 universiti dan India ada 8,407. Pada 2004, Shanghai Jiao Tong Universiti membuat kajian 'Kedudukan Akademik Universiti-universiti Dunia' - dan menakjubkan - tiada satu pun universiti-negara Islam yang berada di puncak 500.

Data yang dikumpul dari UNDP, tahap celik huruf di negara maju ialah hampir 90 peratus dan 15 negara itu mempunyai 100 peratus celik huruf. Negara majoriti penduduk Islam, purata kadar celik huruf ialah sekitar 40 peratus dan tiada negara yang mempunyai 100 peratus semuanya celik huruf.

Sekitar 98 peratus penduduk di negara maju menamatkan sekurang-kurang sekolah rendah, sementara hanya 50 peratus di negara majoriti Islam. Sekitar 40 peratus penduduk di negara maju memasuki universiti, sementara hanya 2 peratus di negara majoriti Islam.

Negara-negara majoriti Islam mempunyai 230 ahli sains bagi setiap (per) sejuta penduduk. Di AS 4,000 per sejuta, Jepun 5,000 per sejuta. Di seluruh negara Arab, penyelidik sepenuh masa ialah 35,000 dan hanya 50 juruteknik per sejuta (berbanding di negara maju 1,000 juruteknik per sejuta).

Negara Islam membelanjakan 0.2 peratus daripada KDNK untuk penyelidikan dan pembangunan (R&D) sebaliknya, di negara maju membelanjakan 5 peratus daripada KDNKnya.

Kesimpulan: Dunia Islam kurang keupayaan untuk menghasilkan ilmu pengetahuan.

Akhbar harian yang dibaca oleh setiap 1,000 orang dan jumlah judul buku yang dibaca oleh setiap sejuta orang adalah dua angka tunjuk bagi menentukan sama ada ilmu pengetahuan disalurkan ke dalam masyarakat.

Di Pakistan, hanya ada 23 akhbar harian per 1,000 rakyat Pakistan sementara nisbah di Singapura ialah 360. Di UK, jumlah judul buku per juta orang ialah 2,000 sementara di Mesir ialah 20.

Kesimpulan: Dunia Islam gagal menyalurkan ilmu pengetahuan.

Yang menariknya, jumlah terkumpul KDNK tahunan 57 buah negara ahli OIC ialah di bawah AS$2 trilion. Amerika sahaja, menghasilkan barangan dan perkhidmatan bernilai AS$12 trilion, China AS$8 trilion, Jepun AS$3.8 trilion dan Jerman AS$2.4 trilion.

Pengeluar minyak yang kaya, Arab Saudi, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar secara rangkuman menghasilkan barangan dan perkhidmatan (rata-rata minyak) bernilai AS$500 bilion; Sepanyol sahaja menghasilkan barangan dan perkhidmatan bernilai lebih AS$1 trilion, Poland AS$489 bilion dan Thailand AS$545 bilion.

Jadi, mengapa orang Islam tidak berkuasa dan orang Yahudi paling berkuasa?

Jawapannya ialah: Kurangnya ilmu. Kurangnya pendidikan dan kurangnya pelajaran.


English translation will come soon.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Book Review: Perjanjian & Dokumen Lama Malaysia 1791 - 1965

Perjanjian & Dokumen Lama Malaysia (Old Treaties & Documents of Malaysia) 1791 - 1965

Dari Zaman Kesultanan Melaka hingga Pemasyhuran Malaysia dan Pemisahan Singapura

Buat julung kalinya, terbitlah sebuah buku yang memuatkan himpunan perjanjian lama dan dokumen penting tentang Malaysia. Bahan yang dipaparkan menunjukkan sorotan peristiwa bersejarah yang berlaku di tanah air, dari Zaman Kesultanan Melayu dan penjajahan kuasa asing hinggalah zaman perjuangan kemerdekaan.

Teks sumber dalam Himpunan Perjanjian dan Dokumen Lama Malaysia dicungkil daripada khazanah ilmu Arkib Negara Malaysia dan dibentangkan di sini dalam bentuknya yang lengkap. Buku ini mengandungi maklumat sejarah yang berharga dan boleh dijadikan iktibar dan rujukan oleh para professional, pelajar dan segenap lapisan masyarakat.

Ia merupakan buku pertama seumpamanya di Malaysia dan hanya yang ke-4 di dunia.

From the Malacca Sultanate Era to the Declaration of Malaysia and Separation of Singapore.

For the first time a book compiling old treaties and important documents on the formation of Malaysia is published. The materials presented show the sequence of historical events which took place in Malaysia since the Malacca Sultanate and colonial era to the struggle for independence era.

The source texts in the Old Treaties and Documents of Malaysia are derived from the knowledge heritage kept at the National Archives of Malaysia and presented here in their complete form. These valuable reference materials contain historical information which can serve as a lesson and reference for professionals, students and all levels of society.

This book is the first of its kind in Malaysia and the fourth of its kind in the world.

Read from the book's leaflet.



Ever since I read its launching in the newspaper, I know that I must acquire this book for my collection. I wandered through many bookstores in Penang, Seremban and Melaka but to find no copies of it.

I have no choice but to call to Institut Terjemahan Negara and after few emails, then I got contacted through phone call and few days after new year, I secured a copy to put onto my shelf.

It is an interesting piece of work, to gather important and significant historical documents and present them to the society to really understand our roots and as well as understand what really goes back so we knew Malaysia as it is today.

Still, however, I do find this piece to be amusing (albeit I found an error, to which I believe a typo - forgot which page, later...) but I do think ITNM should be putting extra work to present them in total. Maps and appendices, no matter how thick they are but should be presented to accompany its original documents. I feel so incomplete for inability to cross-reference with appendices and to see borders separations (Bangkok Treaty 1909, for an example).

One way to avoid extra thickness for the book is by putting maps and appendices into CD-ROM. Not only appendices, the editors can also scan or photograph the original documents and put them together.

In overall, I do feel satisfied with the selected documents and its presentation. I am somehow amused to the document between Sultan of Kedah and Captain Light - to continue as long as the Sun and Moon give light (Aleph's note: giveth instead of give?). I did crossed over one document that read the same pre-amble in my family's archive (which co-incidentally also related and happened somewhere in Kedah).

Seeing the benefits of the book being published, I do hope that in the future ITNM can take progressive work and pour some more effort to bring and publishing other important documents as well. Take for instance - the Concession Agreements. As well as having them in printed, ITNM may also want to consider ebook as well as CD-ROM which last for ages.

Anyway guys, this is a book that should be added into MUST-HAVE list. (Added to Idrewoods' library on 6th of Jan, 2009)


M. Shahirasul Idrewoods
Penang, Malaysia.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

War of the World. Shame on Human Kind.


How sad when we have to see this. The child has been denied her future just so that few ones can show their power. She had died unknowingly that other children on the side of the world is having good day in their school, while she was bombed while wanted to learn some simple A-B-C. The existence of a few been sacrificed by many.

Shame on Fatah. Shame on Hamas. Shame on Israel. Shame on human kind!



"Fighting is prescribed upon you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not." 216, Al-Baqarah.

Sesetia Malam Pada Siang


Sejak namamu menggetar rasa
kukhabarkan pada angin
bawalah daunan kering
terbang jauh dari hidupku
ingin aku bersama awan
mengarang kembang cantik
untukmu

Jika kutahu
kaulah ciptaan terakhir
tidak kujadi pelari sepi
diburu mimpi demi mimpi
lalu terhenti di kaki hari
merenung pagi yang cerah
sekadar tentang dan pergi

Kau buatku
laut berpayung senja indah
suara ombakmu
memecah sepi pantai rinduku
di balik karangan batu
ikan kecil berenang riang
ingin selalu di dasarmu
sesetia malam pada siang



TGI-Friday, Queensbay
Thanks smallville for the poem.

Terjumpa Dalam Koleksi Gambar

Students maths batch aku... Nampak ramai la, sebab gabung sume major. Ni pun ramai lagi yg tak der nih...


Pertandingan Senam Robik (Wakil Aman Damai)
Not my bear.
Not my flower.
Dancing queen (without s).

Kah kah kah... Ada jugak gambar ni...



Hahaha... Jangan la nak mintak aku padam... Sapa suruh amik sendiri!

Erk!

Sungai Sedim (titian gantung)
Kadang2 kesian tgk dia.
welcome to malay's "party"
(sorry la, aku memang selalu terkejut bila orang nak amik gambar)
ingat la muka paling lawak aku pernah tgk.

Which One Got The Pose?


Wondering till today, who really have made a pose.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Post It On!


Like the human heart, the world points beyond itself towards something greater and more beautiful than its present condition - that is "handsome" (to which I wonder, how do we prefetch the quality). That something attracts us all, in different ways, and leads many of us to seek transformation (in a way that we think suited us best), as "HE WAS NOT HANDSOME" may suggest. It becomes more and more evident that our own well-being is indissolubly linked to the health of society and our environment. It is possible, now, more than ever before, to see that our own growth is rooted in - be handsome or not, and furthers, the whole world's advance.

-DeMoNiC-
475886

My response towards an article published by a friend is his friendster's blog. Found it after like four years (posted in 2004).

Sunday, January 4, 2009

a lot more and a lot like less

After volley-ball match. (Just won one set out of three)
My study table and my board filled with decorations. Good olz days.
Some friends during internation students' visit to Bukit Bendera.
Good olz memory di Unit Kaunseling... Tu kawan baik Kak Shikin... (Masa tu baik lagi)
Open-sea canoeing at Tanjung Bunga, Penang.
Aman Damai debate team.