Sunday, November 30, 2008

Cyber-paparazzi: Blogger vs Politician

I first saw the issue blogged at Entrecard and was lead to the link of TechCrunch. I went through the comment section of TechCrunch blog and found a very interesting exchange.

So are bloggers becoming cyber-paparazzi, with the photo caption below?

I believe in the freedom of speech and I do subscribe with responsible writing. But the case here is that the blogger as differentiated with the the mainstream media is writing about her personal opinion and experience. But it is so happen t hat she blogged about a public figure so she suffered from what she blogged and got kicked-out from her job.

Well I think if mainstream media or even tabloid (as opposed to social media) was on the scene he could have landed in the papers. But it was a blogger who got the scoop.

I am definitely biased for the rights of the bloggers. The internet should be kept as an open space, a space for free speech, a democratic space.

Bloggers should know the consequence of their actions but they should not be persecuted just because they tarnish a politician's image. Who uses his powers to unreasonably get back on a blogger.

Keep the internet free! Free speech on the internet!

Respect Bloggers Rights!





(photo linked from TechCrunch blog)

Visit TechCrunch and read the discussions here:

http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/11/28/when-everyone-is-a-blogger-nothing-you-say-is-off-the-record/

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Sobin Park - Woman and Dragon in Love

Last night (27 November), before proceeding to our English conversation session, Sobin and I had dinner at a vegetarian buffet resto, one of her fave places to keep herself healthy. She was introduced to me by my beautiful "Korean agent" Eunyoung.

Then we learned that it was a year ago when she made her first exhibition in NY. Below are some of the reviews of her works.

So for that historic occasion I asked her to sign for me a postcard of her art exhibit last year. The photo link as of writing still unavailable... (still waiting for twitxr to post it - or my mobile phone company is lazy enough to send it again... ughhh,,,).

Sobin is hoping to go back to NY for a year of art residency. I wish her all the luck. Indeed her art works need to be noticed by the art community and seen by a global audience.

Watch the lady-dragon! her lady and dragon painting conquers the world...


Here is a video-animation of her works found from her website:







Sobin Park: Beauty & The Beast
November 27 ~ December 23
Opening Reception: November 30 (Fri.) 6~8pm
Link - http://twurl.cc/8ac

Although Sobin Park has exhibited widely and globally, this show marks the first solo exhibition in the United States. Park’s imagery offsets the beautiful against the beastly into a symphony or perhaps a dissonance upon the two extremes. She juxtaposes the scaly darkness of a dragon against the delicate translucent skin of the female beauty embraced by his roughness. The resulting differences in color, texture, content, density, sparseness and the nuanced shades in-between them makes for a very sensuous yet complex oeuvre. Park plays with and engages in a dialogue about beauty and its beholder, or beauty and its perceived opposite; ugliness. Nevertheless, cultural notions of beauty may be relevant in the case of Park who earned her BA and MFA from South Korean universities and has been working there all her life although exhibiting globally. Beauty is after all in the eyes of the beholder and may have been a matter of taste for Kant but in Hegel’s theories of aesthetics taste is not an issue. Perhaps in enumerating the criteria of standard discussions on beauty we need take note that our cultural notion of beauty is a cluster concept including the elements of order and flawlessness.





Sobin Park at the Tenri Cultural Institute of New York
REVIEWED
by D. Dominick Lombardi
Link - http://twurl.cc/8ab

Earlier I mentioned Freud, and I even see references to Freudian era artists in Park’s art. In Essence III, 2007, the woman’s right hand is straight out of an Egon Schiele work, while her left hand, which cradles a crescent moon, is Gustav Klimt-like in its symbolism. Even some of the poses in the various drawings, especially in their freeness of form, are Schiele and Klimt-like. Love and sex are psychological warfare. Like love and sex, these images are executed with a deep, dark, overpowering, and omnipotent pleasure.

You could even place Park’s work in the company of some pretty wild pre-Surrealists. Park’s power as an artist is not unlike the effect that Arnold Bocklin’s The Maiden, Merman, and Sea Monster, Carlos Schwabe’s Depression an Ideal, 1907, Mikhail Vrubel’s The Demon 1902, or Jean Delville’s The Treasure of Satan, 1895. It’s a visceral thing, churning up emotion and thought right from the gut.







By Changing My Body I Eagerly Wish to Become a Big Yong,
A Fantastic World Based on a Tale
Yoon Jin-sup(Art critic/Prof. of Honam University)
Link - http://blog.daum.net/0166402861/7222335

Her works show marked improvement with Seonmyo becoming more abstract. She seems to put her heart in the creation of natural atmosphere rather than mere description of scenes. Concrete forms were illustrated through countless repetition and overlap of pencil drawings. And such forms seem to be buried under this natural atmosphere. It is dangerous when there's a loss of balance because the artist's consciousness is sucked into the work, but she seems to do her best in maintaining a proper distance with her artistic out put with that of the tale's unfolding.

Park Sobin's presents her own touching tale of love between the Yong and the woman. With the light coloring added on her drawings she create dramatic scenes. And with her adroit technique and use of pencil, a fire-like saturation on both the whole and part of her drawings are created. Now her large-size works on canvas are all set for the gaze of its spectators.





Sunday, November 23, 2008

Typealyzer: INTP - The Thinkers



I visited Collin Campbell blog for his comments and found this thingy so I checked it out for myself. Very interesting though.


So, Typealyzer says my blog is INTP - The Thinkers:


The logical and analytical type. They are especially attuned to difficult creative and intellectual challenges and always look for something more complex to dig into. They are great at finding subtle connections between things and imagine far-reaching implications.

They enjoy working with complex things using a lot of concepts and imaginative models of reality. Since they are not very good at seeing and understanding the needs of other people, they might come across as arrogant, impatient and insensitive to people that need some time to understand what they are talking about.


About

Typealyzer.com is developed by the happy people @ prfekt.se.
FAQ

How does it work?
For a long period of time, we have been training our system to recognize texts that characterize the different types. The system, typealyzer, can now by itself find features that distinguishes one type from another. When all features, words and sentences, are combined typealyzer is able to guess which type its is most likely to be written by using statistical analysis.

How can a computer know who I am?

It doesn´t. But with a good amount of text it can make a pretty good guess. In addition, we all have different roles in different situations. By studying how people write, we can get an glimpse of what is on the mind of the person and what is characteristic of the person - or, as in the case of a blog - what is typical of the role/persona used when writing that blog. A person can have several blogs - and often have different roles for the various blogs - perhaps as a way to live out more sides of themselves.

What’s the technology you use?
We are using a classifier hosted at uClassify.com.

Why do I get different results on different blogs?
That means that you are not ABSOLUTELY stuck in a mall (blink-blink)! Most people are, and therefore the majority of blogs are affected by how we are feeling at the moment in which period we are in. This text analysis gives a snapshot by looking at the communication style of the text. Looking on the results over a period of time will give more confident results.

Are you logging urls?

We save the address of your blog along with the results. We are not logging any other personal information.

What type is best to be?
No specific. Psychological type is about talent. And all people have a mixture of different talents, in itself, but it might not always aware of it. The best course, is that the need to use their own talents in life - whether it’s at school, at work, in their relationship, etc. If you have a talent for analysis and reasoning, it will thrive in environments and situations where it is estimated, and if you have a talent for relationships and to understand other people in order to best thrive when it is estimated that, simply. In real life you need to adapt to situatiuationen and we do everyone, whatever the type, but the fact remains that we still have a disposition to be in a certain way.

Can I have any advantage of this?
Definitely, but don´t take it too seriously. Seeing oneself from the outside and to start thinking about your psychological type can be really interesting and rewarding! It´s all about balance. If you always behave in exactly the same way regardless of the situation at hand you will soon have problems in your daily life. If you should cook a fantastic dinner to your friends, you have to keep an eye on the details, the time it takes for the various dishes, that you have prepared all the ingredients and if someone is an allergic. Keeping track of the details is a innate talent for The Practicals and The Relaters. Thinkers and Idealists on the other hand most often have a hard time focusing on the details, but will easily come up with a theme for the party using their innate talent for imagining and visualisation.

The same is true when you write a text. A text is more readable if it is balanced between abstract thoughts and concrete descriptions of people and situations. If you want to attract a wide range of readers it´s a good idéa to balance the text, thus using more sides of yourself while doing so.

What does BETA mean?
It means that we are not finished, we still have some polish to do, but we have decided to let people try it out. This will ensure us that we are doing the right things.

- We are improving the texts that describe the types.
- We are aware of a couple of problems with the training data which is being refined as I write this.
- We are trying to shorten the time it takes for the computer to figure out what type a text is.

Do you think we should do something else? Or have any feedback or request? Please let us know. Send an e-mail to info AT typealyzer DOT com.


If you want some more check this out and so you can identify the gender of your blog as well:

About

Welcome to uClassify.com! Our dream is to share hardcore classifier technology with everyone. We recognized that classifiers are mostly present at universities research departments and expensive commercial companies. We want to change that. We want everyone to have the possibility to use a top notch classifier - completely free. We find it enormously exciting to see what happens when a tool for creativity is given to the community. We hope to see all kinds of beyond-our-imagination classifiers and incredible web applications being built around the API.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Gerald Celente: Modern day "Nostradamus"?



Another from my email box forwarded with subject: AMERICA in CRISIS:


Another modern day "Nostradamus" . Hope this will not happen. Nostradamus predicted ages ago that "the great and poerful nation from the west will fall not from without (military invasion), but rather from within (financially) .

Celente Predicts Revolution, Food Riots, Tax Rebellions By 2012

Trend forecaster, renowned for being accurate in the past, says that America will cease to be a developed nation within 4 years, crisis will be "worse than the great depression"

The man who predicted the 1987 stock market crash and the fall of the Soviet Union is now forecasting revolution in America, food riots and tax rebellions - all within four years, while cautioning that putting food on the table will be a more pressing concern than buying Christmas gifts by 2012.

Gerald Celente, the CEO of Trends Research Institute, is renowned for his accuracy in predicting future world and economic events, which will send a chill down your spine considering what he told Fox News this week.

Celente says that by 2012 America will become an undeveloped nation, that there will be a revolution marked by food riots, squatter rebellions, tax revolts and job marches, and that holidays will be more about obtaining food, not gifts.

"We're going to see the end of the retail Christmas... .we're going to see a fundamental shift take place....putting food on the table is going to be more important that putting gifts under the Christmas tree," said Celente, adding that the situation would be "worse than the great depression".

"America's going to go through a transition the likes of which no one is prepared for," said Celente, noting that people's refusal to acknowledge that America was even in a recession highlights how big a problem denial is in being ready for the true scale of the crisis.

Watch the clip:





http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=46MEqEgdLTg



Celente, who successfully predicted the 1997 Asian Currency Crisis, the subprime mortgage collapse and the massive devaluation of the U.S. dollar,told UPI in November last year that the following year would be known as "The Panic of 2008," adding that "giants (would) tumble to their deaths," which is exactly what we have witnessed with the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and others. He also said that the dollar would eventually be devalued by as much as 90 per cent.

The consequence of what we have seen unfold this year would lead to a lowering in living standards, Celente predicted a year ago, which is also being borne out by plummeting retail sales figures.

The prospect of revolution was a concept echoed by a British Ministry of Defence report last year, which predicted that within 30 years, the growing gap between the super rich and the middle class, along with an urban underclass threatening social order would mean, "The world's middle classes might unite, using access to knowledge, resources and skills to shape transnational processes in their own class interest," and that, "The middle classes could become a revolutionary class."
In a separate recent interview, Celente went further on the subject of revolution in America.

"There will be a revolution in this country," he said. "It's not going to come yet, but it's going to come down the line and we're going to see a third party and this was the catalyst for it: the takeover of Washington, D. C., in broad daylight by Wall Street in this bloodless coup. And it will happen as conditions continue to worsen."

"The first thing to do is organize with tax revolts. That's going to be the big one because people can't afford to pay more school tax, property tax, any kind of tax. You're going to start seeing those kinds of protests start to develop."

"It's going to be very bleak. Very sad. And there is going to be a lot of homeless, the likes of which we have never seen before. Tent cities are already sprouting up around the country and we're going to see many more."

"We're going to start seeing huge areas of vacant real estate and squatters living in them as well. It's going to be a picture the likes of which Americans are not going to be used to. It's going to come as a shock and with it, there's going to be a lot of crime. And the crime is going to be a lot worse than it was before because in the last 1929 Depression, people's minds weren't wrecked on all these modern drugs – over-the-counter drugs, or crystal meth or whatever it might be. So, you have a huge underclass of very desperate people with their minds chemically blown beyond anybody's comprehension. "
The George Washington blog has compiled a list of quotes attesting to Celente's accuracy as a trend forecaster.


"When CNN wants to know about the Top Trends, we ask Gerald Celente."
— CNN Headline News

"If Nostradamus were alive today, he'd have a hard time keeping up with Gerald Celente."
— New York Post


Whether his a Nostradamus or nuts - what will be the impact of such trend to the whole world when America finally categorized as "undevelop" country. So what's your guess?



Link to their website:

http://www.trendsresearch.com/forecast.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/nov/20/barack-obama-president-intelligence-agency

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/nov/20/barack-obama-president-intelligence-agency








Thursday, November 20, 2008

Taean Oil Spill Clean-up

From wikipedia:

At about 7:30 local time on December 7, 2007 (2230 UTC on 6 December 2007), a crane barge owned by Samsung Heavy Industries being towed by a tug collided with the anchored Hong Kong registered crude carrier Hebei Spirit (Chinese: 河北精神號), carrying 260,000 tonnes (290,000 short tons) of crude oil. The incident occurred near the Port of Daesan on the Yellow Sea coast of Taean County. The barge was floating free after the cable linking it to the tug snapped in the rough seas.

Although no casualties were reported, the collision punctured three of the five tanks aboard the Hebei Spirit and resulted in the leaking of some 10,800 tonnes (11,900 short tons) of oil.[4][5] The remaining oil from the damaged tanks was pumped into the undamaged tanks and the holes were sealed.[6][7]

The spill occurred near Mallipo Beach (in Taean County), considered one of South Korea's most beautiful and popular beaches.[8] The region affected by the spill is home to one of Asia's largest wetland areas, used by migratory birds, and also contains a national maritime park and 445 sea farms.[5]

Muling napatampok ang pagkakaisa ng mga Koreano at pagkalinga sa kalikasan ng muling malinis ang baybayin ng Taean na naapektuhan ng oil spill. Subalit may ilan din mangingisda ang nagkitil ng kanilang buhay ng mapinsala ang kanilang hanap-buhay at hindi nabigyan ng kaukulang kumpensasyon ng pamahalaan.



Mga volunteer ng The May 18 Memorial Foundation bitbit ang sako na may basahan para punasan ang mga bato sa pampang ng Taean. (26-27 December 2007)


Mga batong madumi ang kulay gawa ng oil spill.

Mga volunteers kuskos dito, punas doon.


Bato na may lagkit at dumi ng alkitran.
Mga basura ng mga naglinis - over-all, basahan at kung anu-ano pang basura at sari-saring dumi.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

First Snow of 2008 in Gwangju




Yesterday it rained, a harbinger of season's change. In some parts of Korea it was already snowing. Then at 10 PM when I opened the window to check, lo and behold white soft little cottons where falling from the sky. Finally Ria's (intern from Indonesia) wish is now fulfilled, to experience snow...

Well am not sure if this will be the first and the last. Climate Change - like last year the precipitation was very little compared to that of 2005 heavy snow storm and snowing.

Below are the photos I took in our district Sangmu and the 518 Park:





Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Flower: butterfly, bee and ant

Last summer I chance upon this interaction of nature. A nurturing flower giving all its essence to the butterfly, bee and ant. And so I watched them with pleasure, amazed with their wonderful co-existence. If only more humans could be like the flower - selfless, egoless and viceless... such is the beauty of a flower worthy of adoration...









Thursday, November 13, 2008

Gwangju Autumn 2008



Autumn is my favorite season here in Korea, since I came from the Tropics, summer is the best season in that part of the world especially it is time for fiestas or celebrations and trip to beaches.

Here's the link to my opera foto album documenting Autumn for two years. Although I have not taken good shots for this year though compared to last year. The fotos though have lower pixel quality compared to the original.

http://my.opera.com/peterahon/albums/


Enjoy Autumn while it lasts... winter is coming...

So I enjoy listening to this Autumn Leaves rendition of Eva Cassidy.




Give Us Your Best Shot!: Immunizers Travel Shots Photo Contest



I don't have an entry again for Litratong Pinoy so I will be posting this advert that I received from my mail box, message sent from my Flickr acount. I created a group at Flickr Manila, Aking Manila but have not updated or contributed to the group lately.

I hope litratista at LP can join this. Please check their rules at:
www.immunizers.com.ph



You've been sent a Flickr Mail from jandentonchua:

------------------------------------------------------------

:: Immunizers Travel Shots Photo Contest


Hi! I saw that you are one of the administrators of the
Manila, Aking Manila group and I would like to invite you
and your members to join a digital photography competition!

Our company, Immunizers, is hosting “Give Us Your Best
Shot!,” our 1st Travel Shots Photo Contest which aims to
create an awareness for vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs)
relevant in traveling. There are 3 categories and each top
photo per category can win P10,000. :)


There are two easy ways to join:

1. You can go to our website www.immunizers.com.ph, and go
to the Immunizers Travel Shots link. There you will find
the rules before you send your entries straight to
travelshots@immunizers.com.ph

2. Now for those with Flickr accounts, you can just join
the group! www.flickr.com/groups/immunizers and all the
rules are listed and you can drag and drop your pictures
there. :)


Deadline for entries is November 24, 2008.


Hope you could share the news with your members! Hope to
see your entries, too! :)


Thanks!


Anne Chua, MD
info@immunizers.net
www.immunizers.com.ph



Anne Marie N. Lagman, MD
Chief Operations Manager
Immunizers, Inc.
anne.lagman@immunizers.com.ph
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Bloggers Unite for Refugees



Altsean-Burma has released a briefer titled

“13 years is too long: Free Daw Suu now!”

On 24 October, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will mark her 13th year in detention. Yet, she remains committed to a peaceful, political solution that is needed now more than ever for the people of Burma. It is imperative that Burma’s neighbors and allies such China, India and ASEAN renew and strengthen efforts to secure the immediate and unconditional release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her colleagues. As the Burmese military junta’s gross mismanagement and oppression further entrenches Burma as a failed state, it is in the region’s interests that durable solutions are achieved.

This briefer profiles the experiences of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and some of the 178 other women prisoners of conscience known to be incarcerated in intolerable conditions in Burma’s prisons for their political activities and leadership.

The briefer is available at:

http://www.altsean.org/Reports/13years.php






FREEDOM of Daw Suu !

FREEDOM of BURMA !

END of Burmese in Asylum !

END of Burmese Refugee !



Bloggers Unite

Bloggers Unite for Refugees United

On November 10th over 10,000 bloggers from around the world will unite to raise their voices on behalf of more than 40 million voiceless refugees. To ask the world to face the atrocities so many human beings must endure and to join hearts and minds to help bring forward information, understanding and action.

Join us on November 10th to tell your story, share your thoughts and be part of the global solution to a global problem. It is in our power to bring people to act to make a change. The core cause of Bloggers Unite and Refugees United is information. Information leads to empowerment. Bloggers Unite enables ordinary folks to make an extraordinary impact.We hope you will sign up to participate. Your actions will matter. Your words can help change lives.

Together, our voices will make a difference!



About Refugees United

Refugees United is a non-profit organization that helps refugees relocate family and friends through the use of the internet.

Refugees United provides refugees with an anonymous forum to reconnect with missing family. By registering with nick- names, scars, former locations and other markers only identifiable to family and close friends, everyone can remain 'invisible' to all but relatives.

  • All refugees are welcome, regardless of conflict, place or time.
  • Refugees United is an independent, non-political, non-religious NGO.
  • No third party is involved. No official papers need to be filled in.
  • The service is free of charge, easy and safe.

The Refugees United search engine is the first of it's kind. Visit Refugees United to see how it works and to learn more about the work that Refugees United is doing.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Pepero Day 2008






I went to the bookstore yesterday and found a rack dedicated to pepero, nice boxes of beautiful sweets, mostly chocolate coated sticks. Every November 11 is Pepero day. It is one of Korea's many unique special day, well a bit commercialize but anyway I consider it saying thank you to female colleagues by giving them box of pepero. Check wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepero_Day





Friday, November 07, 2008

Red Nectar

Butterfly sipping nectar from a red flower... (thanks to morning angel for naming the flower for me - beautiful zinnia, as she calls it)









Obama celebration in Seoul, ROK

This one another from my email box - wow celebration here in Korea, fantastic, wish I could go but it was so short notice...

Have fun Democrats of the world - in Korea specifically!



THE CELEBRATION CONTINUES THIS SATURDAY HBC ORANGE TREE 8:30.....

I look at this man we have just elected the next President of the United States…this visionary, this thinker, this dreamer, this community organizer, this idealist, this statesman, this diplomat, this leader…and I think to myself, Are we this lucky? Are we really this lucky? And it's finally beginning to sink in…yes we are. Because yes we did.


Thank you members of Democrats Abroad. Thank you Obama supporters. There are countless ways you have contributed to this historic campaign. You have done so with your hearts, your pocketbooks, your voices, and yes, with your votes. And so, as President Barack Hussein Obama said in his poignant acceptance speech, this victory is truly for you.


And now, it's time to celebrate! Or, continue celebrating, as the case may be. Since many of our fellow Obama supporters were sadly unable to join us for the revelry on the 5th, we are getting together this Saturday night at the Orange Tree to once again raise our glasses to our new president and to the future--because for the first time in a long time, it's looking pretty bright.


Date: Saturday, Nov. 8th

Place: Orange Tree, Haebangchon, Seoul

Time: 8:30pm ~


To get to the Orange Tree in Haebangchon, go out exit 2 of Noksapyeong Station, line 6. Walk straight down the road until you reach the first intersection where the road veers off to the left, by the kimchi pots. Walk up that road approx. 5 minutes. The Orange Tree will be on your right, on the second floor, above Indigo restaurant.


This gathering is open to Obama supporters of ALL nationalities…please bring your friends!

"If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer."


Indeed.


Proudly,


Kirstie Bromenshenk

Chair, Democrats Abroad ROK



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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Million Messages to President Obama

I received this email today since I am in the mailing list of Avaaz for having signed a previous signature campaign. I would like to be part of it and encourage others to take part of it.





After 8 long years of Bush – a fresh start!

Entrenched interests stand in the way, but Obama's victory brings a chance for the US to finally join with the world community to take on pressing challenges on climate change, human rights, and peace.

Let's seize this opportunity to create a major global moment of unity, reconciliation and hope by sending a million messages of warm congratulations and invitation to work together to the new President and the American people.

We've built a huge wall near the White House in Washington DC where the number of signatures on our message and personal messages from around the world will grow over the next several hours. Let's get to 1 million signers and messages to Obama! Sign on at the link below and forward this email to others:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/million_messages_to_obama

This is a time for celebration of democracy, but already the sharks are starting to circle – oil companies, war contractors, conservative lobbyists, and the powerful neo-con clique that brought us the war in Iraq are looking for ways to dim the prospects for change. Obama has promised national unity, and these interests will ask a high price for that unity.

Let's act quickly to make sure the people of the world are heard as Obama makes crucial choices in the coming days on how to live up to his campaign promises to secure a strong global treaty on climate change, ban torture and close Guantanamo prison, withdraw carefully from Iraq, and double aid to make global poverty history. Rarely has a US President been more likely to listen to us.

We'll make the point that on most of the pressing issues faced by Obama and the American people – from the financial crisis to climate change -- we need to work together as one world to achieve change. Sign below and forward this message on:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/million_messages_to_obama


With hope,

Ricken, Brett, Alice, Iain, Paula, Paul, Graziela, Pascal, Milena, Graziela and the whole Avaaz team.

PS - Send us pictures of yourself for our wall - email it to obamawall@avaaz.org

PPS – Here's a link to a report on Avaaz's past campaigning – http://www.avaaz.org/en/report_back_2/

PPPS - And here's a list of 10 of Obama's campaign promises that concern the world – you can find his full platform here http://www.barackobama.com/issues/:

  • Reduce the US's carbon emissions 80% by 2050 and play a strong positive role in negotiating a binding global treaty to replace the expiring Kyoto Protocol
  • Withdraw all combat troops from Iraq within 16 months and keep no permanent bases in the country
  • Establish a clear goal of eliminating all nuclear weapons across the globe
  • Close the Guantanamo Bay detention center
  • Double US aid to cut extreme poverty in half by 2015 and accelerate the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculoses and Malaria
  • Open diplomatic talks with countries like Iran and Syria, to pursue peaceful resolution of tensions
  • De-politicize military intelligence to avoid ever repeating the kind of manipulation that led the US into Iraq
  • Launch a major diplomatic effort to stop the killings in Darfur
  • Only negotiate new trade agreements that contain labor and environmental protections
  • Invest $150 billion over ten years to support renewable energy and get 1 million plug-in electric cars on the road by 2015


Obama's win is a fresh start for US relations with the world. Let's help turn the page and send a global message of hope and invitation to work together to the new President -- it will be displayed on a giant wall in Washington DC:
Take Action Now



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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Congratulations President Obama!

America have spoken: CHANGE ! Yes, we can!

I hope that the new President Obama will really make change, not only domestically but globally.

I hope this is the start of USA to posture not as a global bully but a nation that supports and practices genuine democracy, human rights and peace in relations to other nations of the world.

All my best wishes and positive thoughts to the New President!

Mabuhay!






and of course the famous video that says CHANGE









Complete Transcript of Barack Obama’s Acceptance Speech:

“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

It’s the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice could be that difference.

It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled — Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of red states and blue states; we are, and always will be, the United States of America.

It’s the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be cynical, and fearful, and doubtful of what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.
It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.

I just received a very gracious call from Sen. McCain. He fought long and hard in this campaign, and he’s fought even longer and harder for the country he loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine, and we are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader. I congratulate him and Gov. Palin for all they have achieved, and I look forward to working with them to renew this nation’s promise in the months ahead.

I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton and rode with on that train home to Delaware, the vice-president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.

I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last 16 years, the rock of our family and the love of my life, our nation’s next first lady, Michelle Obama. Sasha and Malia, I love you both so much, and you have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the White House. And while she’s no longer with us, I know my grandmother is watching, along with the family that made me who I am. I miss them tonight, and know that my debt to them is beyond measure.

To my campaign manager, David Plouffe; my chief strategist, David Axelrod; and the best campaign team ever assembled in the history of politics — you made this happen, and I am forever grateful for what you’ve sacrificed to get it done.
But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to — it belongs to you.

I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didn’t start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington — it began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston.

It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give $5 and $10 and $20 to this cause. It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation’s apathy; who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep; from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on the doors of perfect strangers; from the millions of Americans who volunteered and organized, and proved that more than two centuries later, a government of the people, by the people and for the people has not perished from this earth. This is your victory.

I know you didn’t do this just to win an election, and I know you didn’t do it for me. You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime — two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century. Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us. There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after their children fall asleep and wonder how they’ll make the mortgage, or pay their doctor’s bills, or save enough for college. There is new energy to harness and new jobs to be created; new schools to build and threats to meet and alliances to repair.

The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year, or even one term, but America — I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you: We as a people will get there.

There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as president, and we know that government can’t solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And, above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it’s been done in America for 221 years — block by block, brick by brick, callused hand by callused hand.

What began 21 months ago in the depths of winter must not end on this autumn night. This victory alone is not the change we seek — it is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you.

So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other. Let us remember that if this financial crisis taught us anything, it’s that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers. In this country, we rise or fall as one nation — as one people.

Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. Let us remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House — a party founded on the values of self-reliance, individual liberty and national unity. Those are values we all share, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress.

As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, “We are not enemies, but friends… Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.” And, to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your president, too.

And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our world — our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand. To those who would tear this world down: We will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security: We support you. And to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright: Tonight, we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope.

For that is the true genius of America — that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.

This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that’s on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She’s a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election, except for one thing: Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.

She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn’t vote for two reasons — because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.

And tonight, I think about all that she’s seen throughout her century in America — the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can’t and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes, we can.

At a time when women’s voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes, we can.

When there was despair in the Dust Bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs and a new sense of common purpose. Yes, we can.

When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes, we can.

She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that “We Shall Overcome.” Yes, we can.

A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination. And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change. Yes, we can.

America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves: If our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?

This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time — to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can.

Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.



Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Promoting Calls of 518 : The May 18 Memorial Foundation




FIRST CALL

2009 Grant for Democracy and
Human Rights Projects in Asia


Background

The May 18 Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization established on August 30, 1994 by the surviving victims of the 1980 Gwangju Democratic Uprising, the victims, families, and the citizens of Gwangju. The Foundation aims to commemorate and continue the spirit of struggle and solidarity of the May 18 Uprising, contribute to the peaceful reunification of Korea, and work towards peace and human rights throughout the world. Since its establishment, the Foundation has carried out numerous projects in varying fields, including organizing memorial events, establishing scholarships, fostering research, disseminating public information, publishing relevant materials, dispensing charity and welfare benefits, building international solidarity, and awarding Gwangju Prize for Human Rights. The Culture and Solidarity Team is in charge of the Foundation's international solidarity work throughout Asia and implements this project.


Description

The 2009 Grant for Democracy and Human Rights Projects in Asia (GDHRPA) supports work that contributes to promoting Democracy and Human Rights and building of international solidarity. This grant shall be awarded to non-government organizations in Asia who continually play a significant role in strengthening people’s participation and empowerment in creating a civil society that respect human rights and protect democracy and peace and encourages international solidarity.


Please check link below:

http://518.org/eng/html/main.html?act=dtl&TM18MF=05010000&idx=330&page=1&key=&keyword=







ANOTHER CALL


2009 INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM


The May 18 Memorial Foundation was founded by Gwangju citizens, sympathetic overseas Koreans, and from individuals who sacrificed and got indemnification from the government. It was created on August 30, 1994 by people who believe it's important to keep the ideas and memories of the 1980 May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising alive and remembered.

The International Internship Program is a program of the Foundation created in 2005 to contribute in the development of democracy and human rights throughout Asia. It is also an opportunity for interns to learn and experience the history and process of the development of human rights and democracy in South Korea. Specifically the purpose and aim of the program are the following: 1) To improve international solidarity and networking and 2) To promote Gwangju as Asia's Hub for Human Rights Movement.

The Foundation is looking for two interns who will serve for 10 months from March-December 2009. Applicants female or male should not be more than 30 years of age, with a minimum of 3 years NGO or social development work experience on the issues of human rights, democracy and peace. Must be proficient in English and working knowledge of Korean is an advantage. Must be computer literate (email/internet, blog/web page, lay-out/design, etc).

Living allowance will be provided to successful interns. Housing will be provided but utilities (telephone/internet, electricity, and gas) will be paid for by interns. The Foundation will pay for the round trip airfare of interns.


Please download the application form if you are interested to apply from this links/site:

http://518.org/eng/html/main.html?act=dtl&TM18MF=05010000&idx=299&page=1



Deadline of application is on 28 November 2008. Short listed applicants will be emailed for an online/webcam interview through Skype or Yahoo messenger.



Monday, November 03, 2008

Tagalog is No. 15 most popular at Forvo.com




TAGALOG



I am so glad to see that Tagalog from obscurity is now No. 15 among the most popular languages at Forvo.com. English and Portugues are on the top. There are total of 191 languages registered. With 4,796 users or contributors and a total of 34 editors. Having contributed lots of words I was invited to become editor so I can contribute more words. But pronouncing the words is a bit tedious task but fun.

It is fun to submit those words for others to hear them, am trying to learn as well how words I know in Spanish are being pronounced by other speakers from Spain and Latin America.

Ilokano is another language that I submitted and edits it is ranked at No. 21. I hope more Ilocanos will join and contribute. I have yet to see other languages of the Philippines.



Sunday, November 02, 2008

MEEZ: Avatartisement, advertise with meez.com

I saw Valerie's post about Meez and checked it out. Now Meez and Photobucket is joined. Indeed it is a very interesting prospects and a nice way to accessorize blog post if you can't find the right foto, perhaps a good avatar could that is animated could suffice.

If you sign up be sure to say you read it from user - peterahon so I get coins and purchase my new stuff.


So what is Meez, here's what they tell about them:


Meez is a vibrant online social community that combines a virtual world, avatars and games, creating an immersive environment where users can personalize their identity, connect with friends, socialize and share media.

Virtual World — Meez Nation is a lively virtual world, organized into various neighborhoods where people can interact with other Meez users. Each 'hood contains public hangouts and personal rooms where users can hang out, chat with their friends, and share media. Meez Nation was developed for the Company's loyal community and builds upon the strength of the Meez brand.

Avatars — Our core Avatar technology allows users to create a digital representation, or identity, that can be used throughout Meez.com and exported to other social networks, virtual worlds, gaming sites, instant messaging platforms and mobile devices. Avatars can be customized with physical attributes, clothing, accessories and animations or actions.

Games — Meez currently offers users 80+ web-based casual games to choose from, consisting primarily of leading third party games, carefully selected for our user base. Meez's game functionality is a natural extension of our social entertainment platform, allowing users to customize and personalize their games using their avatar.

Meez Forums — Provides a great way for users to meet and interact with friends by posting messaging on bulletin boards divided into many subcategories and topics.

Homepages — In addition to an avatar and a personal room, Meez also offers users the ability to create their own homepage where they can create their own profile, send and receive personal messages and manage their friends lists. Users can explore each others homepages, read profiles and leave messages.

An interesting avatar - a bolt and lightning throwing angel - that's power and good wishes to the people - hehehe...

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting


And this is a cool way to advertise, so we can call it avatartisement (advertising in blogs through the use of avatars, maybe advocacy and campaigns even for social movemetns and civil society groups) - hope there be easy way to customize with photobucket and meez - lots of possibilities definitely...

So here's my meez avatartising Ashanti's The Declaration:


Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting


and here's a you tube link: http://kr.youtube.com/watch?v=cZYq3hO7e7k