Friday, March 21, 2008

A 50 year old symbol

It started life as the emblem of the British anti-nuclear movement but it has become an international sign for peace, and arguably the most widely used protest symbol in the world. It has also been adapted, attacked and commercialised.

It had its first public outing 50 years ago on a chilly Good Friday as thousands of British anti-nuclear campaigners set off from London's Trafalgar Square on a 50-mile march to the weapons factory at Aldermaston.

The demonstration had been organised by the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War (DAC) and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) joined in.

Gerald Holtom, a designer and former World War II conscientious objector from West London, persuaded DAC that their aims would have greater impact if they were conveyed in a visual image.

He considered using a Christian cross motif but, instead, settled on using letters from the semaphore - or flag-signalling - alphabet, super-imposing N (uclear) on D (isarmament) and placing them within a circle symbolising Earth.

Holtom later explained that the design was "to mean a human being in despair" with arms outstretched downwards.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Philosophy and Uncommon Sense v3.0

Well, how did it happen that history was created on 08.03.08 in Malaysia?

Those of you who knows "cause and effect" understands the difficulties of pin-pointing the "actual cause" but I care to speculate some of the contributory causes in my humble opinion (based on various sources on the Net):

a) It started around 10 years ago with the removal and subsequent conviction of the former deputy prime minister in Malaysia;
b) coupled with the appointment of a new prime minister about 5 years ago;
c) with a family member having very political ambition; and
d) together with a forward looking former prime minister who guaranteed the freedom of the Net.

The above concoction mixed with the following:

i) A "leaked" video depicting an "Indian lawyer" pretending to be on the phone;
ii) followed by a peaceful march by the lawyers demanding fair and equitable judiciary;
iii) replicated by a demonstration by the public demanding free and fair elections;
iv) replicated again by a demonstration by a group of ethic Indians demanding fair and equal treatment;
v) followed by the arrest of some key-leaders under the ISA; and
vi) the boycott of a religious gathering at the caves

is just a part of the recipe that probably led to the recent historical weekend.

If I'm a historian, I'd probably summarise the above in a one paragraph, but one can just imagine other contributory factors apart from the above summary; may have contributed to this recent event as well.

Other factors such as global inflation, oil prices, drought in Australia, commodities shortage etc. may be added on.

Any other ideas to add on?

History is being written as we speak today...

PS: I'm merely compiling "facts" from various sources on the net.

Philosophy and Uncommon Sense v2.9

What a weekend for all of us in Malaysia, being part of history and we all live to tell it today!

History was created in this Nation of ours with several firsts. They include:

a) A Federal Parliament ruled by a simple majority
b) Voting across racial lines
c) The ruling coalition conceded "defeat" by any measure seen to-date
d) The ghost of 1969 has been well buried and the bogey-man since has finally RIP
e) 4 States on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia won by "opposition" forming a contiguous strip of land with rice fields in the north and industries in the south
and, most important
f) The people are now firmly in control with ability to change any government

We the People will now await for the deliverables to be put on the Peoples' table and to me they include:

i) Local Government elections
ii) Transparent and open governance; minimal secrecy surrounding public funds and accountability across all sectors
iii) Racial and religion "Divide & Rule policies" to be buried with the ghost of 1969
iv) More places of worship for all faiths
v) Improve religious understanding amongst various faiths; no religion to be subservient to any other religion
vi) Assisting the poor regardless of religion, faiths, race and political background

I know we don't live in a Utopian state but what I'm looking for is neither Utopian by any measure.


We finally show them that we have Grown after 50 years of independence!

Sunday, March 09, 2008