2006 International Privacy Survey
Privacy International (PI) is a human rights group formed in 1990 as a watchdog on surveillance and privacy invasions by governments and corporations. Recently, it issued the 2006 results of the ranking assessment of the state of privacy in the world.
The aim of this survey was to find countries with nurtured privacy protection and respect for privacy. The survey does not want to humiliate the worst ranking countries but to show that good privacy environment is possible.
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In Chinatowns across the world, one cannot fail to notice the ubiquitous statues of a cheerful rotund figure carrying a hemp sack. The Chinese call him “The Happy Chinaman” or “The Laughing Buddha”. That happy fellow, Pu-tai Ho-shang or “Hemp-bag monk”, was an eccentric Zen beggar priest who lived during the Tang Dynasty. In Japan, he is called Hotei (literally “cloth bag”) and is one of the seven lucky gods. He is supposedly the only member of Japan’s Seven Lucky Gods based on an actual person. He is sometimes mistaken for the historical Buddha Shakyamuni. It is believed that rubbing his pot-belly will bring about wealth, good luck and prosperity. He is considered by many as the patron saint of restaurateurs and bartenders.
Although he was a Zen master, he did not wished to be called one nor he wanted any disciples. Instead, he would walk the streets with his linen sack full of candies, fruits, doughnuts and other goodies. He would give those to the poor and needy and to the children who gather around him to play. The streets were his kindergartens.
Whenever he met a Zen devotee, he would extend his hand and say: “Give me a dime.” And if anyone asked him to return to a temple to teach others, again he would reply: “Give me a dime.”
One day, another Zen master chanced upon him and inquired: “What is the significance of Zen?”
Hotei immediatly plopped his sack down on the ground in silent answer.
“Then,” asked the other, “what is the actualisation of Zen?”
Immediately, the Happy Chinaman swung the sack over his shoulder and continued on his way.
Anak Malaysia wishes all Chinese “Kong Hee Fatt Choy (Gong Xi Fa Cai)”.
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Asking questions is a fundamental part of finding information and for subtle (and otherwise) persuasion. Here are various pages on questioning:
- Chunking questions: Chunk up and down for more or less detail.
- Clear questions: That are simple and unambiguous.
- Columbo technique: Asking stupid questions that get the answers you want.
- Double bind questions: Whichever way you answer, the result is the same.
- Funnel questioning: Seeking more detail or more general information.
- Group questioning: Tips for asking questions of many people at once.
- Interrogation questions: Questions that lead to answers.
- Kipling questions: Rudyard Kipling’s six servants.
- Leading questions: That may or may not be a good thing for you.
- Open and Closed questions: yes/no or long answer.
- Positive questions: Deliberately leading the other person.
- Probing: Digging for more detail.
- Probing questions: Specific questions for finding detail.
- Questioning traps: A few pitfalls you may like to avoid.
- Responding to questions: Turning questioning to your advantage.
- Rhetorical questions: Questions without answers.
- Selling with questions: how to sell by asking instead of telling.
- Socratic questioning: Socrates’ method of questioning in order to elicit learning.
- Tag questions: Some questions encourage agreement, don’t they?
by Neil Khor
In an inspiring documentary produced by Discovery Channel tracing the origins of the human ‘Eve’, archeologist Dr Zurainah Majid established that the present-day Negritos are the descendants of the earliest human migrants from coastal Africa. This is based on mitocondrial DNA (which can only be inherited through the female of the species) as well as material history.
Does this mean that the Negritos, being the first inhabitants of a geographic space that is now known as Malaysia, are the real ‘bumiputera’? Historians would have us believe that a second wave of migration from the Asian mainland saw the displacement of the Negritos by another group, also known as the Proto-Malays. Today, we do not distinguish between the two groups and collectively call them all Orang Asli – the original peoples.
Readings in Liberalism, a collection of thought and ideas on classic liberalism, has recently been translated into Bahasa Melayu. Bacaan Liberalisme contains 13 chapters including Friedrich August von Hayek: FIKSYEN KEADILAN SOSIAL; John Locke: SERUAN UNTUK TOLERANSI; and David Hume: KEPENTINGAN DIRI DAN KEADILAN as examples. These chapters can be downloaded as an individual chapter or as an entire collection.
Dipilih, diperkenal dan diberi catatan tambahan oleh Detmar Doering
Download as PDF:
Chapter by chapter:
Ludwig von Mises: LIBERALISME – SATU REKOD KEJAYAAN
John Locke: SERUAN UNTUK TOLERANSI
William Leggett: HAK RAKYAT
Wilhelm von Humboldt: TUJUAN KEWUJUDAN MANUSIA
Adam Smith: PASARAN DAN INDIVIDU
Frederic Bastiat: KEBEBASAN SEBAGAI PERSAINGAN
Edmund Burke: PRINSIP REFORMASI
John Stuart Mill: KEBEBASAN DAN PENDIDIKAN
David Hume: KEPENTINGAN DIRI DAN KEADILAN
Friedrich August von Hayek: FIKSYEN KEADILAN SOSIAL
John Prince-Smith: KEBEBASAN PERDAGANGAN
Jose Ortega y Gasset: KEZALIMAN RAKYAT MASSA
Robert Nozick: UTOPIA
Source: Friedrich Naumann Stiftung
Your 2007 global weather forecast!
Deepening drought in Australia. Stronger typhoons in Asia. Floods in Latin America.
The warmest year on record is 1998, when the average global temperature was 0.52 degrees Celsius (1.2 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than the long-term average of 14 degrees C (57 F). Though such a change appears small, incremental differences can, for example, add to the ferocity of storms by evaporating more steam off the ocean.
There is a 60 percent chance that the average global temperature for 2007 will match or break that record, Britain’s Meteorological Office said Thursday. The consequences of the high temperatures could be felt worldwide.
“Even a moderate (El Nino) warming event is enough to push the global temperatures over the top,” said Phil Jones, director of the Climatic Research unit at the University of East Anglia.
Many scientists expect temperatures will rise by 2 to 6 degrees Celsius (4 to 11 degrees Fahrenheit) this century, mainly as a result of carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels for power and transport. Some say such global warming could cause the polar ice caps to partly melt, sea levels to rise and weather patterns to change, bringing floods, famines and violent storms and putting millions of lives at risk. Others call such a view unduly alarmist.
The Meteorological Office said El Niño, a phenomenon in the tropical Pacific blamed for disrupting weather patterns, would continue for the first few months of 2007. It noted that because there is a time lag between El Niño and its full effect on surface temperatures, its influence will therefore be felt well into the year.
Sources: AP / Reuters