How should we judge a government?

In Malaysia, if you don't watch television or read newspapers, you are uninformed; but if you do, you are misinformed!

"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." - Malcolm X

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience - Mark Twain

Why we should be against censorship in a court of law: Publicity is the very soul of justice … it keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial. - Jeremy Bentham

"Our government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no
responsibility at the other. " - Ronald Reagan

Government fed by the people

Government fed by the people

Career options

Career options
I suggest government... because nobody has ever been caught.

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?
Corruption is so prevalent it affects English language?

When there's too much dirt...

When there's too much dirt...
We need better tools... to cover up mega corruptions.

Prevent bullying now!

Prevent bullying now!
If you're not going to speak up, how is the world supposed to know you exist? “Orang boleh pandai setinggi langit, tapi selama ia tidak menulis, ia akan hilang di dalam masyarakat dan dari sejarah.” - Ananta Prameodya Toer (Your intellect may soar to the sky but if you do not write, you will be lost from society and to history.)

Monday, December 07, 2015

Keeping up with Joneses on Facebook and feeling unfulfilled?

From The Sun: Is the green-eyed monster behind your Facebook post?

'FACEBOOK posts could mean more than just wanting to upload a few holiday snaps, with a recent study by the University of British Columbia, Canada, finding that envy is the key motivator behind many Facebook updates, which isn't a good thing for users' mental well-being.

To find out more about the possible negative effects of Facebook use, researchers surveyed 1,193 Facebook users at a German university.

The students responded to a series of questions about their use of the social network, and reported the feelings that they experienced while using it. The team then cross-referenced the students' Facebook habits with their reported feelings, finding that Facebook led users to feel unfulfilled by their own lives when compared to those of others.

The team concluded that such feelings of unfulfillment, jealousy and self-importance are among the main motivators behind many posts on the site, as users attempt to portray their best selves.

"Social media participation has been linked to depression, anxiety and narcissistic behaviour, but the reasons haven't been well-explained," said Izak Benbasat, one of the authors on the study.

"We found envy to be the missing link."

The team also found that travel photos are one of the strongest factors behind Facebook induced envy, with people posting their most perfect holiday photos in an attempt to portray a more perfect, if unrealistic, life.

The reason for this however was not to induce jealousy in others, but rather a desire to compete with friends and maintain appearances.'

Rest of article:

Each of us has one or more special interests in life which we like to share with our friends or even the public. Some like to share their travel experiences and maybe 'show off' their pictures taken in foreign exotic locations, the rarer the pics, the more 'oneupmanship'.

One recent conversation between two old friends (one spends almost 3 months, every summer in UK who does not even carry a mobile phone, while the other visited UK as tourist but has his smart phone with many pics taken):

'Have you been to this place (Stonehenge) and this (changing of the guards outside Buckingham Palace)' asked the tourist. 'No' replied the summer vacationer who has a daughter and her British family in UK. 'What lah, you visited UK every year and yet not been to these famous places?' I kept quiet, because even though I lived in UK for  8 years, I have not been to Stonehenge, and I don't know what is the big deal. This is basically the difference between someone who lived in a country and a tourist. The former will take for granted the many tourist sites while the latter will make sure more of those places are visited and pictures of himself or herself are taken. Even before the advent of digital cameras, I have known of tourists taking over a thousand pictures on each tour and had them developed and placed in albums. I can still remember someone who had just been to Japan and declared, 'I have been and seen the whole of Japan!' That is the impression of a typical tourist on organized tour and had to squeeze in the maximum number of sites within a limited number of days.

Then there are those who have the habit of taking pictures of every meal they have, most times without a note or explanation. Their friends are likely to 'Like' everything they posted and I used to wonder if that was also a habit. But I really appreciate those who show such pictures with the intention of sharing info on a restaurant or coffee shop which they had really enjoyed a meal there, with descriptions of the location, opening hours and even telephone numbers.

But despite that, I just had the disappointment of having travelled an extra 50 km yet could not locate Kedai Makanan Basikal Stopover in Kuala Kubu Bharu, operated by David Chin, founder of Dave's Deli and Dave's Bistro and Bar. A few times, on our way back from PJ, usually on a Monday, we thought of visiting this restaurant, but being new, it is open only on Sunday and just included Saturday.

Yesterday (Sunday), I had just sent off my wife to KLIA, and I decided to check out the place. It so happened Patrick Teoh (a strong supporter of the shop) had just invited me to Like it. Beeming with overconfidence (having travelled the old trunk road almost every week for 12 years before), I did not note down the address nor telephone number and thought KKB is what Cantonese would say, 'One eye sees all'. First mistake was not taking the exit to Batang Kali (the others like Lembah Beringin do not suggest connection to the old trunk road), which can lead to KKB. From exit at Tanjong Malim, I needed to 'backtrack' south for some 15-20 km to reach KKB. I actually crisscrossed the town a few times but could not find the shop. Just not my day, I guess. I even drove along the road leading to Fraser's Hill but knew it was wrong because one of the tips given was that if travelling by train, can get a taxi for Rm6 from KKB station.

Btw, the shop FB page has replied to my problem:

'Oh dear.. We are actually quite prominently located in one of the 2 main roads in the town centre just a few doors away from the famous KKB Kaya puff bakery ( Teng Wun)
We're so sorry you're not able to visit us.
Hope to see u soon . Our address:
19, Jalan Dato Muda Jaafar'


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