Friday, August 31, 2012

7 Reasons To Quit Your Job and Travel

I worked no less than two dozen jobs in my life — and I have quit several of them because I wanted to travel!

Whether you’re a new college graduate who’s suffering through her first 9-5, a seasoned professional who practically lives at his office, or just someone who’s ready for a change, I urge you to follow in my footsteps.

1. You are dying

I am not insinuating that your recent cold was actually cancer, so calm down. But let’s be honest: Your days are numbered! Even if you live to be 100, you probably won’t want to take a 24-hour flight by the time you hit retirement age. You will always be able to work; you might not always be able to travel.

2. Travel is priceless

Travel can be expensive. But whether you’re leaving behind $8 per hour or $80,000 per year, you can’t put a price tag on the personal growth you experience during travel. Money comes and goes, but nobody can steal your life experience, no matter how broke you become.

3. Comfort is the enemy of progress

You might feel nice sitting down in your recliner and flipping on The Discovery Channel. But wouldn’t you rather be the Discovery Channel than watch it? Stepping away from a “sure thing” might seem like a bad idea, but if you learn one thing during travel, it’s that nothing in the world is certain. The less you fight against this, the more you will accomplish in life.

4. You can work from anywhere

Search the net on teaching English in Asia, freelance or remote working and, not surprisingly, travel blogging. Once your income is portable, your life can be portable too!

5. You probably hate your job anyway

You wouldn’t be reading this list otherwise! Quitting your job to travel not only severs you from a job you detest, but also provides you with the clarity and distance you need to decide what is actually best for you. Who knows? You might realize you actually don’t hate your job! But even if you don’t…

6.  Your employer will get over it

Many people I know forgo quitting their jobs not out of financial fear, but because they somehow believe their company won’t be able to make it without them. Your employer wouldn’t think twice about letting you go if it was in the company’s best interest. Traveling is always in your best interest, so you shouldn’t think twice either.

7. I swear you won’t regret it

I have thus far quit four jobs to travel, the most-recent one being over two years ago. Not only am I not broke, but I’m still traveling! If I can quit my job, travel and live to tell about it, you can too.


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From 25 Aug to 9 Sept 2012, we’ll be setting up Voter Registration counters around Klang Valley, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Melaka, Penang, Pahang, Sabah, Sarawak and Johor. Just bring your IC to the counter and we’ll register you in just 5 minutes! Click SHARE button below to help us spread the news to your friends & family!

Venue Date(s) Time Remarks
1Utama 25-26 Aug; 1-2 Sept; 8-9 Sept 11am-10pm 1st Floor, Oval, near Juiceworks
1Utama 1-2 Sept; 8-9 Sept 11am-10pm Grd Flr Promenade, near Papparich
Tropicana City Mall 25-26 Aug; 1-2 Sept; 8-9 Sept 12.30pm-10pm LG, near Focus Point
Subang Parade 25-26 Aug; 1-2 Sept; 8-9 Sept 11am-10pm Grd Flr, near Uncle Lim’s
Sunway Pyramid 1-2 Sept; 8-9 Sept 11am-10pm LG2, near McDonald’s
IOI Mall Puchong 25-26 Aug; 1-2 Sept; 8-9 Sept 10.30am-9pm Grd Flr near Fotokem/Digi (old wing)
Jusco Kepong 25-26 Aug; 1-2 Sept; 8-9 Sept 11am-2pm
Sungei Wang Plaza 8 Sept
22 Sept
Concourse, near main staircase
TMC Bangsar 1-2 Sept (AMENDED) 8.30am-4pm (AMENDED) In front of TMC Supermarket, 27 Lorong Ara Kiri Satu, Lucky Garden
Taman Cheras Market 26 Aug 8.30am-11am Cheras
Kg Cheras Baru Market 1 Sept 8.30am-10am Cheras-六哩村1路露天巴刹
Kenanga Market 9 Sept 8.30am-11am Cheras-何清园巴刹
Pasar pagi Bt 11 Cheras New Village 25 Aug; 8 Sept 8am-10.30am Cheras New Village
Opposite Restaurant 118, 9 Sept 8am-10.30am Bandar Damai Perdana, Cheras
* VR counter is outside a restaurant; across the road from Restaurant 118.
Taman Megah 26 Aug 8.30am-10.30am Cheras
Pasar Pagi Bdr Sg. Long 25 & 26 Aug 8.30am-11am
Pasar Pagi Jalan Papan 25-26 Aug 8am-2pm Pandamaran
Pasar Rasa 25-26 Aug; 8-9 Sept 8.30am-10.30am Hulu Selangor
Pasaraya Checkers Seri Sentosa 8 Sept 10am-4pm Taman Sri Sentosa, Jalan Klang Lama
* Also change of voting address / Pertukaran alamat mengundi
Padang Labuan 9 Sept 11am-4pm Bandar Tun Razak
Pasar Seri Sentosa 13 Sept 5pm-11pm In front of market
Pasar Melati 15 Sept 10am-4pm Wangsa Maju
Pasar Setapak 16 Sept 8am-2pm Setiawangsa
DAP National Headquarters Mon-Fri 10am-5pm Jalan Yew (off Jalan Pudu), 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-9200 5000
DAP Selangor Headquarters Mon-Fri 10am-5pm 24, Jalan 20/9, Paramount Garden, 46300 Petaling Jaya
Tel:03-7957 8022
DAP Pandamaran Service Centre Mon-Fri 9am-12pm 318B, Tingkat 2, Jalan Besar Pandamaran
MP Klang’s Service Centre Mon-Wed, Fri
2A Jalan Batu Unjur 8/KS6, Batu Unjur, Klang Tel: 03-33232122
Dewan Serbaguna Bukit Tinggi 2 26 Aug 10am-4pm (EXTENDED till 4pm) Jalan Batu Nilam 34 * Behind Burger King, by low-cost flats
Pejabat ADUN Telok Datuk 25 Aug-9 Sept; Mon-Sat 9am-5pm 1. Dewan Orang Ramai, Jalan Sungai Jarom, 42600 Banting Tel: 017-3045188
2. B-0114 Jalan Bunga Pekan 42700 Banting. Tel: 017-4595188
DAP Damansara Service Centre Mon-Fri 10.30am-6pm 55M, Jalan SS21/1A, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya
DAP Cheras Service Center 25 Aug; 8 Sept 11am-5pm 532A, Bt. 3.1/2 Jalan Cheras, 56100 KL (opposite DBKL Badminton Stadium)
Tel: 03-92857532

Venue Date(s) Time Remarks
Pasar Besar Seremban 26 Aug; 2 Sept; 9 Sept 9am-11am Tingkat Atas
Restoran Ming Kok 26 Aug; 31 Aug; 2 Sept; 9 Sept 8am-12pm Seremban
Uptown Avenue 31 Aug; 1 Sept 7pm-11pm Seremban 2
Limbok Foodcourt 26 Aug; 2 Sept; 9 Sept 8am-2pm Seremban
Jln Haruan S2 26 Aug; 2 Sept; 9 Sept 8am-2pm Seremban – next to FS Food Court
Blossom Food Court 26 Aug; 2 Sept; 9 Sept 8am-2pm Seremban
NOTE: EC (SPR) officers will be on hand to change voting addresses.
Pasar Malam Taman Meranti 25 Aug; 1 Sept 6pm-9pm Bahau
Pasar Malam Titi 3 Sept 6pm-9pm Titi
DAP NS Headquarters 25 Aug; 8 Sept (Sat)
1 Sept
26 Aug/2 Sept/9 Sept (Sun)
9am-2pm; 6pm-10pm
125-1, Jalan Toman 6, Kemayan Square, Seremban
Tel: 06-7674557
DAP Lobak Ops Centre 25 Aug;8 Sept 9am-2pm 169, 1st Floor, Jln Tuanku Munawir, Seremban

Venue Date(s) Time Remarks
Taiping Sentral Mall 31 Aug 10.30am-10.30pm Taiping
Pasar Pokok Assam 26 Aug 7.30am-10.30am Taiping
Restaurant Foh San 1 Sept 8am-10am Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant 富山点心, Ipoh
Pasar Pasir Puteh 2 Sept 8.30am-12pm Ipoh
Restaurant Siew Kee 9 Sept 9am-12pm Restaurant Siew Kee 第一花园兆记茶室, Taman Pertama,Ipoh
Pasar Malam Menglembu, Ipoh 8 Sept 8pm-10.30pm Near flats / 怡保万里望新镇组屋夜市场
Pasar Buntong 8 Sept 9am-12pm Buntong
Chung Hwa Association Hall 27 Aug 7.30pm-11pm Kg Koh, Sitiawan (Same time as Chinese forum “Impact of Young Voters on next GE”)
DAP Perak Headquarters Mon-Fri 10am-5pm 48-A, Medan Istana 1, Bandar Ipoh Raya, 30000 Ipoh Tel: 05-2531532
ADUN Canning Service Center Mon-Fri 9am-5pm 417, Jalan Pasar, Kg. Simee, Ipoh Tel: 05-5482907
ADUN Canning Service Center 2 Mon; Tue; Thurs 11am-1pm; 2pm-5pm 11A, Jalan Perajurit , Taman Ipoh Timur (Ipoh Garden East)
ADUN Bercham Service Centre 25-26 Aug; 1-2 Sept; 8-9 Sept 10am-4pm 3A, Hala Bercham Timur 11, Taman Pakatan Tel: 05-2250701
Beruas MP & Pantai Remis ADUN Service Center Mon-Wed; Fri 10am-2pm Lot 2765, Jalan Damar Laut, 34900 Pantai Remis Tel: 05-6772797

Venue Date(s) Time Remarks
Family Store Batu Berendam 25 Aug; 8 Sept
26 Aug;9 Sept
Batu Berendam
Pasar Malam Kota Laksamana 1 Sept; 15 Sept 4.30pm-6.30pm
Pasar Malam Kampung Lapan 28 Aug; 4 Sept 6pm-8pm
Pasar Malam Malim Jaya 31 Aug; 14 Sept 6pm-8pm
DAP Melaka Headquarters Mon-Fri 10am-5pm 5, Jalan PM 1/1, Taman Pandan Mawar, Lorong Pandan, 75200 Melaka
DAP Ayer Keroh Service Center Mon-Fri 9am-6pm 63-2, Jln BBI 1, Tmn Bukit Beruang, Indah (near US Pizza)

Venue Date(s) Time Remarks
Prangin Mall 1 Sept 12pm-7pm Atrium A
First Avenue, Komtar 2 Sept 12pm-7pm 8th Floor
Queensbay Mall (UPDATED) 26 Aug
31 Aug
North Zone, Ground Floor (beside PBIM 12 registration counter)
Enquiries: 04-2816308
Gurney Plaza 31 Aug; 1 Sept; 2 Sept 10.30am-10pm Ground Floor
Alma Hawker Centre (AMENDED) 8 Sept 8pm-10.30pm Bukit Mertajam
Pasar Taman Berjaya 9 Sept 8am-10am Nibong Tebal
Pasar Malam Farlim 29 Aug; 8 Sept; 12 Sept; 19 Sept 8.30pm-10pm
Pasar Malam Gat Jalan Macallum 27 Aug 8pm-10pm
Hock Aun Kopitiam 2 Sept 9am-12pm Kepala Batas
DAP Penang Headquarters Mon-Fri 10am-5pm Wisma DAP, 3-A, Jalan Rangoon, 10400 Georgetown, Penang
DAP Bagan Service Centre 26 Aug 10am–2pm Jalan Raja Uda Tel: 04-3317175
DAP Jelutong Service Centre 25 Aug; 8 Sept
26 Aug; 9 Sept
88-1-1, Kompleks Sri Wonder, Lintang Sg. Pinang Tel: 04-2816308
Balik Pulau Service Centre 28 Aug; 30 Aug 12pm–2pm Opposite SMJK Sacred Heart
DAP Batu Lanchang Service Centre 25-26 Aug 9.30am–1pm 332-F-2, Jalan Perak, Batu Lanchang Tel: 04-2826419
DAP Air Itam Service Centre Mon-Fri
Tue (late)
607H-2, Jalan Balik Pulau, Air Itam Tel: 04-2816308

Venue Date(s) Time Remarks
DAP Kuantan Service Centre 25 Aug 3pm-10pm Jalan Beserah, Kuantan
T & L Food Court 1 Sept 7pm-11pm Jalan Beserah, Kuantan

Venue Date(s) Time Remarks
Pasar Kim Fung Mile 4 25-26 Aug 9am-12.30pm Sandakan
Pasar Bandar Sandakan 1-2 Sept 9am-12.30pm Sandakan
Pasar Mile 1 1/2 8-9 Sept 9am-12.30pm Sandakan
KDCA Penampang 23 Aug 10am-5pm Penampang
Citymall 25-26 Aug
2 Sept, 8 Sept
Kota Kinabalu

Venue Date(s) Time Remarks
3rd Mile Market (三哩菜市场) 31 Aug 7.30am-10.30am Kuching
Charity Sales at CHMS No. 4 (四中义卖会) 31 Aug 7.30am-12pm Kuching
101 Choice Daily 1 Sept 7.30pm-10.30pm Kuching
Farley, Medan Jaya 1-2 Sept 11am-8pm Bintulu
DAP Sarawak Headquarters Mon-Fri 8.30am-12.30pm; 2pm-5pm Lot 97, 1st & 2nd Flr, Lorong 5a, Jalan Datuk Abang Abdul Rahim, 93450 Kuching Tel: 082-335531
ADUN Pelawan Service Centre(黄培根服务中心) Mon-Sat 9am-5pm UG 11, Kin Orient Plaza, 96000 Sibu(诗巫京东大厦) Tel: 084-329369
DAP Piasau Service Centre Mon-Fri (until 9 Sept 2012) 9am-12pm; 2pm-5pm Lot 157, 1st Floor, Permaisuri Road, 98000 Miri Tel: 085-415063

Venue Date(s) Time Remarks
Fresco Supermarket, Muar 26 Aug; 2 Sept; 9 Sept 10am-5pm Ground Floor
Baristas Cafe, Kulai 7 Sept
8 Sept
34, Jalan Sri Putra 1, Bandar Putra, Kulai (Tel: 016-7763629)
* Opposite Kulai General Hospital, next to Secret Recipe
DAP Johor Headquarter Mon-Fri 10am-5pm No 73A, Jalan Sri Orkid 17, Taman Seri Orkid, 81300 Skudai
DAP Bentayan Service Centre 25 Aug – 9 Sept 9am-5.30pm Open 7 days a week
Address: 118-3, 1st Floor, Jalan Salleh, 84000 Muar, Bentayan
Tel 019-6568282

NOTE: You can also register as a voter at Election Commission state offices (see the addresses here) and nationwide computerized post offices. (Note of caution: For those of you planning to go to the PO to register, we have received many complaints that computers are either usually ‘down’ (offline) or they do not have registration forms to register the voter manually.) For more information about voter registration, visit the Election Commission website here.

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Gangnam Style, Dissected: The Subversive Message Within South Korea's Music Video Sensation

Beneath the catchy dance beat and hilarious scenes of Seoul's poshest neighborhood, there might be a subtle message about wealth, class, and value in South Korean society.

Park Jaesang is an unlikely poster boy for South Korea's youth-obsessed, highly lucrative, and famously vacuous pop music. Park, who performs as Psy (short for psycho), is a relatively ancient 34, has been busted for marijuana and for avoiding the country's mandatory military service, and is not particularly good-looking. His first album got him fined for "inappropriate content" and the second was banned. He's mainstream in the way that South Korea's monolithically corporate media demands of its stars, who typically appear regularly on TV variety and even game shows, but as a harlequin, a performer known for his parodies, outrageous costumes, and jokey concerts. Still, there's a long history of fools and court jesters as society's most cutting social critics, and he might be one of them.

Now, Park has succeeded where the K-Pop entertainment-industrial-complex and its superstars have failed so many times before: he's made it in America. The opening track on his sixth album, "Gangnam Style" (watch it at below or, has earned 49 million hits on YouTube since its mid-July release, but the viral spread was just the start.

The American rapper T-Pain was retweeted 2,400 times when he wrote "Words cannot even describe how amazing this video is." Pop stars expressed admiration. Billboard is extolling his commercial viability; Justin Bieber's manager is allegedly interested. The Wall Street Journal posted "5 Must-See" response videos. On Monday, a worker at L.A.'s Dodger stadium noticed Park in the stands and played "Gangnam Style" over the stadium P.A. system as excited baseball fans spontaneously reproduced Park's distinct dance in the video. "I have to admit I've watched it about 15 times," said a CNN anchor. "Of course, no one here in the U.S. has any idea what Psy is rapping about."
I certainly didn't, beyond the basics: Gangnam is a tony Seoul neighborhood, and Park's "Gangnam Style" video lampoons its self-importance and ostentatious wealth, with Psy playing a clownish caricature of a Gangnam man. That alone makes it practically operatic compared to most K-Pop. But I spoke with two regular observers of Korean culture to find out what I was missing, and it turns out that the video is rich with subtle references that, along with the song itself, suggest a subtext with a surprisingly subversive message about class and wealth in contemporary South Korean society. That message would be awfully mild by American standards -- this is no "Born in the U.S.A." -- but South Korea is a very different place, and it's a big deal that even this gentle social satire is breaking records on Korean pop charts long dominated by cotton candy.

"Korea has not had a long history of nuanced satire," Adrian Hong, a Korean-American consultant whose wide travels make him an oft-quoted observer of Korean issues, said of South Korea's pop culture. "In fact, when you asked me about the satire element, I was super skeptical. I don't expect much from K-Pop to begin with, so the first 50 times I heard this, I was just like, 'Allright, whatever.' I sat down to look at it and thought, 'Actually, there's some nuance here.'"

One of the first things Hong pointed to in explaining the video's subtext was, believe it or not, South Korea's sky-high credit card debt rate. In 2010, the average household carried credit card debt worth a staggering 155 percent of their disposable income (for comparison, the U.S. average just before the sub-prime crisis was 138 percent). There are nearly five credit cards for every adult. South Koreans have been living on credit since the mid-1990s, first because their country's amazing growth made borrowing seem safe, and then in the late 1990s when the government encouraged private spending to climb out of the Asian financial crisis. The emphasis on heavy spending, coupled with the country's truly astounding, two-generation growth from agrarian poverty to economic powerhouse, have engendered the country with an emphasis on hard work and on aspirationalism, as well as the materialism that can sometimes follow.

Gangnam, Hong said, is a symbol of that aspect of South Korean culture. The neighborhood is the home of some of South Korea's biggest brands, as well as $84 billion of its wealth, as of 2010. That's seven percent of the entire country's GDP in an area of just 15 square miles. A place of the most conspicuous consumption, you might call it the embodiment of South Korea's one percent. "The neighborhood in Gangnam is not just a nice town or nice neighborhood. The kids that he's talking about are not Silicon Valley self-made millionaires. They're overwhelmingly trust-fund babies and princelings," he explained.

This skewering of the Gangnam life can be easy to miss for non-Korean. Psy boasts that he's a real man who drinks a whole cup of coffee in one gulp, for example, insisting he wants a women who drinks coffee. "I think some of you may be wondering why he's making such a big deal out of coffee, but it's not your ordinary coffee," U.S.-based Korean blogger Jea Kim wrote at her site, My Dear Korea. (Her English-subtitled translation of the video is at below or "In Korea, there's a joke poking fun at women who eat 2,000-won (about $2) ramen for lunch and then spend 6,000 won on Starbucks coffee." They're called Doenjangnyeo, or "soybean paste women" for their propensity to crimp on essentials so they can over-spend on conspicuous luxuries, of which coffee is, believe it or not, one of the most common. "The number of coffee shops has gone up tremendously, particularly in Gangnam," Hong said. "Coffee shops have become the place where people go to be seen and spend ridiculous amounts of money."

The video is "a satire about Gangnam itself but also it's about how people outside Gangnam pursue their dream to be one of those Gangnam residents without even realizing what it really means," Kim explained to me when I got in touch with her. Koreans "really wanted to be one of them," but she says that feeling is changing, and "Gangnam Style" captures people's ambivalence.
"Koreans have been kind of caught up in this spending to look wealthy, and Gangnam has really been the leading edge of that," Hong said. "I think a lot of what [Psy] is pointing out is how silly that is. The whole video is about him thinking he's a hotshot but then realizing he's just, you know, at a children's playground, or thinking he's playing polo or something and realizes he's on a merry-go-round."

"Human society is so hollow, and even while filming I felt pathetic."
Psy hits all the symbols of Gangnam opulence, but each turns out to be something much more modest, as if suggesting that Gangnam-style wealth is not as fabulous as it might seem. We think he's at a beach in the opening shot, but it turns out to be a sandy playground. He visits a sauna not with big-shot businessmen but with mobsters, Kim points out, and dances not in a nightclub but on a bus of middle-aged tourists. He meets his love interest in the subway. Kim thinks that Psy's strut though a parking garage, two models at his side as trash and snow fly at them, is meant as a nod to the common rap-video trope of the star walking down a red carpet covered in confetti. "I think he's pointing out the ridiculousness of the materialism," Hong said.(If you're wondering about the bizarre episodes in the elevator and with the red sports car, as I was, it turns out that those are probably just excuses for a couple of cameos by TV personalities, which is apparently common in South Korean music videos.)

None of this commentary is particularly overt, which is actually what could make "Gangnam Style" so subversive. Social commentary is just not really done in mainstream Korean pop music, Hong explained. "The most they'll do is poke fun at themselves a little bit. It's really been limited." But Psy "is really mainstreaming it, and he's doing it in a way that maybe not everybody quite realizes." Park Jaesang isn't just unusual because of his age, appearance, and style; he writes his own songs and choreographs his own videos, which is unheard of in K-Pop. But it's more than that. Maybe not coincidentally, he attended both Boston University and the Berklee College of Music, graduating from the latter. His exposure to American music's penchant for social commentary, and the time spent abroad that may have given him a new perspective on his home country, could inform his apparently somewhat critical take on South Korean society.

Of course, it's just a music video, and a silly one at that. Does it really have to be about anything more complicated? "If I hadn't seen that behind-the-scenes, I would have said he's just poking fun at himself," Hong said of the official making-of video, which is embedded at right. It's mostly of Park or Psy having fun on set, but at one point he pauses in filming. "Human society is so hollow, and even while filming I felt pathetic. Each frame by frame was hollow," he sighs, apparently deadly serious. It's a jarring moment to see the musician drop his clownish demeanor and reveal the darker feelings behind this lighthearted-seeming song. Although, Hong noted, "hollow" doesn't capture it: "It's a word that's a mixture or shallow or hollow or vain," he explained.
Kim seemed to feel the same way about the video, though it's so cheery on the surface. "He was satirizing more than just this one neighborhood," she told me. On her blog, she suggested the video portrayed the Gangnam area, a symbol of South Korea's national aspirations for prosperity and status, as "nothing but materialistic and about people who are chasing rainbows." Pretty heavy for a viral pop hit.

"I think it all ties back to the same thing: the pursuit of materialism, the pursuit of form over function," Hong said. "Koreans made extraordinary gains as a country, in terms of GDP and everything else, but that growth has not been equitable. I think the young people are finally realizing that. There's a genuine backlash. ... You're seeing a huge amount of resentment from youth about their economic circumstances." Even if Psy wasn't specifically nodding to this when he wrote the song and shot the video, it's part of the contemporary South Korean society that he inhabits. "The context is all of these tensions going on where Koreans are realizing where they're at, how they got there, what they need to do to move forward."

It's difficult to imagine that much of this could be apparent to non-Koreans, which Kim told me is why she decided to write it up on her blog. "I thought people outside Korea might take it just as another funny music video. So I wanted to explain what's behind [it] and the song." Still, is it possible that the video could have caught on for reasons beyond just its admittedly catchy beat and hilarious visuals? After all, Korean pop really does not seem to typically do well in the U.S., and this has gotten enormous. "It's kind of the first genuine pop-culture crossover from Korea," Hong said, noting it's "more in the American style." Maybe it's possible that, even if the specific nods to the quirks of this Seoul neighborhood couldn't possibly cross over, and even if the lyrics are nonsense to non-Korean speakers, there's something about obviously skewering the ostentatiously rich that just might resonate in today's America.

Whatever the case, Koreans seem to be proud of their first big musical export to the U.S., Hong said, noting that the Korean media has meticulously covered the video's tremendous reception here. "Koreans are definitely talking about it and pointing to it as a source of national pride." Maybe there's something relatable about Gangnam style.





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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

U.S. government seizes three popular Android piracy sites

Android Piracy Websites U.S. Government

The Department of Justice on Wednesday announced that in connection with Dutch and French law enforcement agencies, it has seized three of the most popular sites for illegally downloading Android apps. The three domains — Appbucket, Snappzmarket and Applanet — are now in the custody of the federal government, and would-be visitors are greeted with an FBI seizure notice. “Criminal copyright laws apply to apps for cell phones and tablets, just as they do to other software, music and writings. These laws protect and encourage the hard work and ingenuity of software developers entering this growing and important part of our economy,” U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said. “We will continue to seize and shut down websites that market pirated apps, and to pursue those responsible for criminal charges if appropriate.” The DOJ’s press release follows below.
Federal Courts Order Seizure of Three Website Domains Involved in Distributing Pirated Android Cell Phone Apps
First Time Website Domains Involving Cell Phone App Marketplaces Are Seized

WASHINGTON – Seizure orders have been executed against three website domain names engaged in the illegal distribution of copies of copyrighted Android cell phone apps, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates of the Northern District of Georgia and Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Lamkin of the FBI’s Atlanta Field Office announced today. The department said that this is the first time website domains involving cell phone app marketplaces have been seized.

The seizures are the result of a comprehensive enforcement action taken to prevent the infringement of copyrighted mobile device apps. The operation was coordinated with international law enforcement, including Dutch and French law enforcement officials.

The three seized domain names –, and – are in the custody of the federal government. Visitors to the sites will now find a seizure banner that notifies them that the domain name has been seized by federal authorities and educates them that willful copyright infringement is a federal crime.

“Cracking down on piracy of copyrighted works – including popular apps – is a top priority of the Criminal Division,” said Assistant Attorney General Breuer. “Software apps have become an increasingly essential part of our nation’s economy and creative culture, and the Criminal Division is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to protect the creators of these apps and other forms of intellectual property from those who seek to steal it.”
“Criminal copyright laws apply to apps for cell phones and tablets, just as they do to other software, music and writings. These laws protect and encourage the hard work and ingenuity of software developers entering this growing and important part of our economy. We will continue to seize and shut down websites that market pirated apps, and to pursue those responsible for criminal charges if appropriate,” said U.S. Attorney Yates.

“The theft of intellectual property, particularly within the cyber arena, is a growing problem and one that cannot be ignored by the U.S government’s law enforcement community. These thefts cost companies millions of dollars and can even inhibit the development and implementation of new ideas and applications. The FBI, in working with its various corporate and government partners, is not only committed to combating such thefts but is well poised to coordinate with the many jurisdictions that are impacted by such activities,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Lamkin.

During the operation, FBI agents downloaded thousands of copies of popular copyrighted mobile device apps from the alternative online markets suspected of distributing copies of apps without permission from the software developers who would otherwise sell copies of the apps on legitimate online markets for a fee. In most cases, the servers storing the apps sold by these alternative online markets were being hosted in other countries, and our international law enforcement partners assisted in obtaining or seizing evidence stored on these servers. Nine search warrants were also executed in six different districts across the country today as part of the operation.

The operation reflects a coordinated effort by the Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section and the Office of International Affairs; the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia; the FBI’s Atlanta Field Office; and six other U.S. Attorney’s Offices, including the Southern District of Mississippi, the Middle District of Florida, the Western District of Michigan, the Southern District of Indiana, the District of Rhode Island and the Northern District of Texas.

The FBI is a full partner at the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center). The IPR Center is one of the U.S. government’s key weapons in the fight against criminal counterfeiting and piracy. The IPR Center uses the expertise of its 19 member agencies to share information, develop initiatives, coordinate enforcement actions and conduct investigations related to intellectual property (IP) theft. Through this strategic interagency partnership, the IPR Center protects the public’s health and safety, the U.S. economy and the war fighters. To report IP theft or to learn more about the IPR Center, visit

The enforcement actions announced today are one of many efforts being undertaken by the Department of Justice Task Force on Intellectual Property (IP Task Force). Attorney General Eric Holder created the IP Task Force to combat the growing number of domestic and international intellectual property crimes, protect the health and safety of American consumers, and safeguard the nation’s economic security against those who seek to profit illegally from American creativity, innovation and hard work. The IP Task Force seeks to strengthen intellectual property rights protection through heightened criminal and civil enforcement, greater coordination among federal, state and local law enforcement partners, and increased focus on international enforcement efforts, including reinforcing relationships with key foreign partners and U.S. industry leaders.

Prince Harry Butt Naked

Prince Harry Naked in Las Vegas.Prince Harry Partying Nude in Las Vegas. 
Prince Harry put the crown jewels on display in Vegas this weekend ... getting BARE ASS NAKED during a game of strip billiards with a room full of friends in his VIP suite.
It all went down Friday night during a raging party in a high rollers hotel suite.

We're told Harry, along with a large entourage, went down to the hotel bar and met a bunch of hot chicks ... and invited them up to his VIP suite.

Once in the room, things got WILD ... with the group playing a game of strip pool that quickly escalated into full-on royal nudity.

Some of the partiers snapped photos of the madness. In one photo, a fully nude Harry cups his genitals while a seemingly topless woman stands behind him.

In another photo, a naked Harry is bear-hugging a woman who appears to be completely naked as well.

No word on who the women are ... or if they got Harry's phone number.

A rep for the Royal Family tells us, "We have no comment to make on the photos at this time."

Prince Harry Becomes the Butt of Jokes, Raises Serious Issues for U.K. Media

 英国哈里王子举办全裸派对 全裸照流出






Sunday, August 19, 2012

China, Olympic victim?

The London Olympics revealed some of the insecurity plaguing a confident, rising China

THE race is not to the swift, says the Bible, nor the battle to the strong. But, in words attributed to Damon Runyon, an American writer, that is how the smart money bets. Unless, of course, it belongs to a Chinese nationalist, who will wager his all on the existence of a foreign conspiracy to stop China succeeding, most recently at the London Olympic games. Caixin, a popular online news site, highlighted “a real sense of victimhood”. It claimed that many felt “the country has been treated unfairly by ruling bodies, referees and the Western media.” For many in China, that is no more than they have come to expect. The People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s organ, complained that the West is “always biased towards anything related to China”.
China bitterly recalls the months ahead of the Beijing Olympics in August 2008. That March the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, erupted in anti-Chinese rioting. Some foreign coverage of the unrest played down the violence committed by ethnic Tibetans, but reported the story of continued Chinese repression. Then the global Olympic-torch relay was disrupted in Paris and elsewhere by protests against the Chinese government, with Tibet the most prominent issue. Many Chinese saw this as a concerted campaign to spoil China’s hosting of the games, a moment of great national pride. A website set up then to police the foreign media’s reporting on China,, has changed its name to April Media and keeps up the battle. It employs some 30 people in Beijing and, says its young founder, Rao Jin, attracts 1m clicks a day.
The London Olympics were grist to its mill and to that of many ordinary citizens. Caixin quoted one popular online comment that tried to get its own back for some of the 2008 coverage by likening London 2012 to Berlin 1936, the Nazi games, and arguing that this year’s event was about “the soft encirclement of China”. Huang Yubin, head coach of the Chinese men’s gymnastics team, was blunter. “This is pillage, this is robbery,” he declared. His ire was provoked by the failure of China’s Chen Yibing to win a gold medal for his seemingly flawless performance on the rings. He was beaten by a Brazilian who everybody in China saw stumble slightly on dismounting. Chinese journalists say the Communist Party’s propaganda department issued guidance on this—don’t complain, rise above it—but not everyone was restrained. Even Cai Zhenhua, a former table-tennis star who is now a deputy sport minister, implied Chinese athletes suffered discrimination. The People’s Daily complained of “deliberate acts to make things difficult” for Chinese athletes.

The actual instances of such perceived bias were few. A hammer-thrower was stripped of her bronze medal after a mix-up over measurement. Two cyclists forfeited a gold medal for a technical infringement and two badminton players were shown the door for not trying (as were six players from other countries). Chinese journalists were outraged that a notice, in Chinese, in the Olympic press centre seemed to single them out with a request that they “respect the personal space” of the centre’s staff. None of it smacked of an anti-China conspiracy. As the Bible puts it in that same verse from Ecclesiastes: “Time and chance happeneth to them all.” Or, in Runyon’s computation of the odds governing human endeavour, “all life is six to five against.”

Most Chinese venom was reserved for the foreign treatment of a Chinese athlete who did win: Ye Shiwen, a 16-year-old swimmer. A phenomenal winning lap led some commentators to suggest she might have used performance-enhancing drugs. Many Chinese were furious. Xinhua, the official news agency, quoted a sports official voicing a common view: “they cannot accept China’s rise. That’s why they criticise Chinese athletes.” There may have been a grain of truth in the complaint that Miss Ye fell under suspicion because she is Chinese. But that was not proof of racism, or political bias. It was a legacy of the apparently systematic use of drugs by Chinese swimmers in the 1990s. That may have made it desperately unfair to Miss Ye. But to China?

The sense of victimhood is not confined to the Olympics. Nor is it wholly unjustified. Sport, after all, is almost everywhere a vehicle for nationalism. And other countries are indeed unnerved by China’s rise. America insists it does not want to “contain” China. But, with the “rebalancing” of its military deployment towards Asia, it surely has Chinese ambitions in mind. So, in the world of sport, many of America’s Olympians naturally saw the Chinese as their main competitors, and they and their compatriots were delighted to be back on top of the gold-medal table, after ceding the spot to China in Beijing in 2008. Some in America too may have seen this as a symbol of a broader global competition.

Many Chinese people understandably want both the respect due to an emerging superpower and the consideration and admiration due to a poor nation that has come a very long way in a very short time—and one that has done so, in sport as in so much else, largely by agreeing to follow the West’s rules. It is only a generation since sporting rivalries in China were smothered beneath a cloak of “friendship first; competition second”. Further back in history, Confucius would have been appalled by the very idea of the Olympic games, never mind the sour grapes. The noble-minded, he argued, never contend.

It’s the taking part
Some Chinese commentary on the games did aspire to more lofty Confucian detachment. Peevish nationalism was only one strain in discourse that included pride in China’s best performance at an Olympics overseas, criticism of the obsession with winning, and the view that to be a great power is not just to win medals, but not to care about what other countries say. Beijing News urged readers to “forsake the victim complex”, and adopt a mentality more suited to a world power. Similarly, China Youth News said it was “very tiring” to watch the games with a victim’s mentality. How true. They are, after all, only games.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Why are Malaysian car prices so expensive?

The recent car prices issue made me curious. Having been totally unaware of such huge discrepancies between Malaysian and world prices, I surfed the Internet to see what real world car prices were. I was shocked.

These are US car prices with US duty and import tax paid, which are just like Malaysian car prices with duty and tax also paid, but here, you will see, they are much lower and less exorbitant than in Malaysia.
Bear in mind all cars are CBU (complete built up) Japan, CBU South Korea or CBU Germany.

The following cars we get here are CKD (complete knocked down) cars with more than 50% Malaysian content and “supposedly” are cheaper due to their being CKD and supporting Malaysian manufacturers.

I cannot understand, we support our own Malaysian manufacturers and beli barang buatan (buy local) Malaysia too, and yet the prices can be higher than barang buatan (made in) Japan or German, which is usually higher in quality.

And yet, to make matters worse, US people’s GDP per capita is higher than Malaysia’s and the average American earns five times more than the average Malaysian.

Mainstream car prices

Honda Accord 2.4     US$21,480 (RM64,440)         RM175,000
Honda CRV                US$22,495 (RM67,485)         RM150,000
Honda Civic               US$15,955 (RM47,865)          RM115,000
Toyota Altis               US$16,130 (RM48,390)          RM112,000
Toyota Camry            US$22,055 (RM66,165)          RM180,000
Kia Sorento                US$23,150 (RM69,450)          RM160,000
Hyundai Tucson        US$19,245 (RM57,735)          RM140,000
Hyundai Sonata         US$20,895 (RM62,685)        RM150,000
Hyundai Elantra 1.8  US$16,695 (RM50,085)        RM118,000

Luxury car prices
BMW 328i           US$36,500 (RM109,500)       RM300,000
BMW 528i           US$46,900 (RM149,000)       RM400,000
BMW 535i           US$52,500 (RM157,000)        RM600,000
BMW X5              US$47,500 (RM142,500)        RM580,000
Mercedes E350   US$51,000 (RM153,000)       RM400,000 (In M’sia for only CKD E250)
Jaguar XF             US$53,000 (RM159,000)      RM500,000
Jaguar XJ             US$73,700 (RM221,000)       RM1,000,000
Porsche Cayenne US$48,850 (RM146,000)      RM570,000

Every Malaysian must realise they are being cheated on car prices and have been cheated for the past 30 years.

Most Malaysians pay close to 50% of their salary for their monthly payments for their cars.
Not only do the banks get an easy ride (cause everybody is “forced” to take loans), we have to live in debt for over seven years, depriving our family of better food and clothes.

Answer is higher tax being levied by the Govt for 2 reasons.
One - use the tax as a source of income for the govt and
Second - to protect the local industry - although not necessary in that order.

The money have all ended up in BN and Cronies pockets! Also since we pay so much more for cars and why is that we STILL have to pay so much for Tolls to maintain the roads? Why pay to some cronies who will keep collecection for the next 200 years? Dump them all this GE and save our money!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

變裝皇后「Before & After」大PK !

每位變裝皇后在濃妝豔抹之下,都隱藏著一個極具男人味的外表,如果看到他們卸妝前後的模樣,應該很少能夠完全聯想在一起!攝影師Leland Bobbé為義大利Vogue雜誌拍攝了一系列關於變妝皇后Before & After的差別,還特別用半邊上妝半邊素顏的方式呈現。果然經過高超的化妝修飾後,不但臉有「拉提」的效果,看起來也完全像是另一個異性的樣子,非常有趣。

Lawyers slam court decision on kegler

'What's the use of statutory rape law then?' one lawyer asks, while joining others in urging the AG to seek a review of the decision.

PETALING JAYA: Several lawyers have condemned the recent Court of Appeal decision with regard to a national bowler convicted of raping a minor.

The lawyers asked the Attorney General’s Chambers to appeal the controversial decision of the three-judge panel to free ten-pin kegler Noor Afizal Azizan despite him pleading guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl, citing his “bright future”.

While acknowledging that the court could decide things at its own discretion, criminal lawyer Cheow Wee stressed that the current ruling sent a wrong message that “certain people get special treatment”.

“The way the judgment was reported, it seems that he was special. Now you are telling the public, you can have sex with anyone under 16 if you are a big celebrity or bowler, and not put him behind bars. Where do you draw the line then? Who has a bright future and who doesn’t future?”

“The AG should review this. Might as well do away with the law. If in all cases of statutory rape, the offender starts arguing that the court should use the same discretion, how many fellows will be walking the streets?” he said, adding that this was the first time he had heard of such a decision.

Cheow said the fact that it was consensual cannot even apply as a defence because it was a statutory rape case [where the victim is 16 and below].

“In a typical rape case, the defence could still attempt to prove the element of consent. But [for statutory rape] this is a strict statutory offence, where consent, according to the provision, is not an issue. It should be factored out entirely,” he said.

‘Court made an error in law’
Meanwhile, another criminal lawyer Baljit Singh Sidhu said the Court of Appeal had “made an error in law”.
“The public interest here cannot outweigh any other interest. Offences of such nature are not accepted by any cross section of society,” he told FMT.

“The offence committed by him is very serious … it cannot be considered for plea bargaining,” he said.
He said the AG must now, pursuant to Article 145 and Section 376 of the Criminal Procedure Code, take into account public interest and make an application to review it.

“AG’s paramount interest is to take care of public interest,” he added.

Activist-lawyer Fadiah Nadwa Fikri from Lawyers for Liberty said she agreed with the position of women’s groups which criticised the appeals court, saying the law on statutory rape was there to protect minors, and not the offenders.

“This is statutory rape and the girl is a minor. We should follow what the law says. While we also look at the nature and gravity of the offence, to protect minors, we have to be more strict in imposing punishments. Consent is irrelevant, this is simply still rape, under the law,” she said.

Adding that the decision was peculiar, Fadiah compared this case to a recent High Court decision to sentence blogger Amizudin Ahmat to three months’ jail.

Amizuddin, who blogs at, was found guilty of contempt of court by breaching a court order barring him from publishing articles defaming the Information, Communications and Culture Minister Rais Yatim.

“Even a contempt of court case, the person is jailed for three months and a rape
case is dealt with as such? You have to balance out the interest of the minor, the victim in the case. In this case, I believe the judges have used their discretion wrongly. It is really scary,” she said.

Issue to be raised in Parliament

Yesterday, DAP lawyer Gobind Singh Deo had urged the AG to file for a review of the court’s decision.
The Puchong MP said he would raise the issue when Parliament resumed next month.

“The court must then give full reasons which must be made available to the public for either affirming or setting aside the said decision,” he was quoted as saying.

Last Thursday, it was reported that the Court of Appeal, headed by Justice Raus Md Sharif, overturned a Malacca High Court decision made in Sept 20, 2011 to jail Noor Afizal for five years. Also on the panel were judges KN Segara and Azhar Ma’ah.

Instead, it allowed a petition by the sportsman to restore an earlier decision by the Sessions Court that had only bound him over for good behaviour for five years to the sum of RM25,000.

Both the Sessions Court and the Court of Appeal had considered the fact that sex was consensual and that Noor Afizal was a first-time offender and no ordinary person.

The 21-year-old bowler, 18 at the time of the offence, had pleaded guilty on July 5 last year to raping the 13-year-old girl at a hotel in Air Keroh in 2009.

Lawyers noted that when the court bound someone for good behaviour for five years, it meant that the offender walked free, with a record of conviction.

“If he is found to commit another offence, he can be brought to court again to review the court’s position on the first offence. The court can ask him why he shouldn’t be sentenced based on his first offence. But if he is not caught, the bond will be refunded, end of matter,” said one lawyer.

Statutory rape, or sexual assault against a girl aged below 16 — with or without consent — is punishable with up to 20 years jail and whipping.

See Who Took The Gold In The 2012 Socialympics

Social media coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games showed us how quickly word spreads through social media channels. The comprehensive infographic on social media chatter about the summer games begins with stats about the Opening Ceremonies and ends with a final tally of just how many people used social media to talk about the Olympics, with data collection ending at 9pm during the Closing Ceremonies.


大马 「城市流浪汉」











Tuesday, August 14, 2012

10 Of The 23 Openly Gay Olympic Athletes Won Medals


1. Seimone Augustus — Basketball — United States

Seimone Augustus  Basketball  United States

2. Carl Hester — Team Dressage — Great Britain

Carl Hester  Team Dressage  Great Britain

3. Marilyn Agliotti — Field Hockey — Netherlands

Marilyn Agliotti  Field Hockey  Netherlands

4. Carlien Dirkse Van Den Heuvel — Field Hockey — Netherlands

Carlien Dirkse Van Den Heuvel  Field Hockey  Netherlands

5. Maartje Paumen — Field Hockey — Netherlands

Maartje Paumen  Field Hockey  Netherlands

6. Kim Lammers — Field Hockey — Netherlands

Kim Lammers  Field Hockey  Netherlands

7. Megan Rapinoe — Soccer — United States

Megan Rapinoe  Soccer  United States


8. Judith Arndt — Cycling, Individual Time Trial — Germany

Judith Arndt  Cycling, Individual Time Trial  Germany


9. Lisa Raymond — Mixed Doubles Tennis — United States

Lisa Raymond  Mixed Doubles Tennis  United States

10. Edward Gal — Team Dressage — Netherlands

Edward Gal  Team Dressage  Netherlands

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剛介紹完香港海港城的 多啦A夢 誕生前 100 年祭 的 三個經典場景再來搶鮮看是即將開幕的 未來法寶概念展 + 限定商店商品販售(2012.8.14到9.16),在這蒐集了十多個國家近30年充滿夢想與創意的多啦A夢的道具法寶,限定商店,販售了小叮噹 多啦A夢迷喜歡的限定商品,走吧,跟大方搭時光機,穿過任意門,搶鮮看吧~GoGoGo~


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多啦A夢 誕生前 100 年祭 :