In a FREE world

Sunday, September 23 2007

In a Free world there is tolerance for those who speak against this Freedom.

We have some friends visiting from overseas and they found out that there was a Festival in Chinatown here in SF. The Chinatown here in SF is rather authentic and quite similar to Shanghai, that we have visited on a holiday. London’s Chinatown is awful and v touristy btw.

It was not that much of what I call a Festival, more like an excuse to trade. But what did impress me was this banner, telling us what the occasion was.

58th Anniversary of the Founding of People's Rebulic of China

Celebrate the 58th Anniversary of the Foundation of the People’s Republic of China.

Somehow I don’t see there will be an anniversary festival of the founding of the United States of America in China πŸ˜‰

Plz note that I, accidentally, managed to get the Flags of the US and California in this picture too!

It is impressive to see this celebration being allowed to take place, and I am so sure if this could be done in all of the countries in the Western World.

After walking down the street, I saw this woman carrying a sign for Falun Gong, a movement against the current administration in China.Falun Gong

Falun Gong

Again, this is a fantastic display of Freedom of Speech and Expression.

Freedom of Speech is above anything and anyone; No Person, No organisation, No Country, No Government and NO RELIGION are above Freedom of Speech.

As expected, there was some weird stuff at this Festival – my pic are over at my Flickr in the normal random order of Flickr πŸ™ but here is some best bits.

Chinese weaponFuture gadgetGreat dealGreat deal

Right on Pirate Bay

Friday, September 21 2007

It is to my joy that I read on Torrentfreak (such a great blog!) that The Pirate Bay will press charges against 10 media companies.

TPB feels that they have found proof in the leaked, hacked, information from Media Defender by the MediaDefender-Defenders. In the 1,000s of emails, TPB + supports have found the information and have filled a compliant at the Police which is the proper way of doing things.

Allegedly the Police is the one who should do the investigating before a case gets presented to the Prosecutor. I know, such a novel idea.

Now it is up to Swedish Police to do a diligent work, with no less effort then what was shown with the raid against The Pirate Bay. The difference this time around is there is proof which will be easy to find, time & dates of the emails. Now the Police needs to verify that this information is valid and that the actions have been done.

I am sure that the co-operation between the two countries will be as effortless as when the MPAA pushed for the raid of TPB. The findings from that turn of events … is still waiting as the Prosecutor needs more time to find the non-existing evidence. After all, it has been 1 year 4 months since that incident occurred.

The same amount of time and effort should be spent on these new charges if justice is free from any political influences.

San Francisco’s No 1 problem

Wednesday, September 19 2007

San Francisco has a huge problem that only newbies (like me) seem to talk about, the vast number of homeless people in this city.

Every single time I am out and about, there are always some beggars around approaching asking for money. I am simple not used to it and I don’t see why I should.

I have noticed that they have their ‘own’ street corner and I rarely see more then one beggar at each intersection. To me, that indicates that there is some sort of social order among them. If they can coupe within that social order, why not do this within the ‘normal’ society?

Some of them are bound to have mental and/or drug problems and frankly if they have, I am not so sure I want their unpredictable behaviour out on the street. It is treatment they should have, not cash.

Then there is Market Street … Market street is an unused asset of San Francisco. It could be a great parade street – almost like Paris’ Champs-Élysées, with shops, restaurants etc. Instead it is a run-down, filthy street with lots of homeless people. Only from 5th St to the Ferry building is the good part (beggars are there too though).

On average once a week, while walking the street of SF, the smell will be so bad that I gag. Sometimes it is the sewers, sometimes it is the homeless. I avoid the Trans-Bay Bus terminal at all cost, I will walk around that block even though the shortest way is through / underneath it.

Here is two things from recent memory:

1. While walking pass a sleeping place (heap of boxes, trash) for a homeless – the smell was awful – I saw this big fuckoff rat in the middle of it. I was wearing flip flops and felt so damn exposed. I screamed, ran, jumped away.

2. A homeless man was walking his (??) cat on a leash at a construction site. The cat was severely pissed off. The guy kept yanking the leash and pulling the cat around. I mean, was this fucking man in a rush? He had put up his sleeping box 10 meters away. At least, give the cat some time to walk around. I was so upset of what I saw, but what could I do? Call the SFPD?

I have heard these stories that other cities bus their homeless to SF (allegedly Seattle). True or not, the problem is here and it will not go away.

Maybe SF is known to be a generous city but it sure as hell is causing trouble if this attracts more homeless people. Those few times I have been walking passed Essex Street (onramp to the Bay Bridge) and I have seen drivers hand out money to that same guy who always stand there. He is making lots of money – certainly more then me.

The short term solution is to get that damn California driver licence, buy a car to not have to walk around in SF or move to the suburb. But the problem would still be there.

The thing that really bothers me is that San Francisco is supposedly social aware, liberal city but it only goes so far. I have not seen any progress for the year I have been here. It is like all those people that drive their big trucks to Whole Food to buy organic produce.

In London, there used to a problem with homeless people however enough investments were made so there are more shelter beds then homeless people. The public was informed NOT to give any money to them and it worked.

I wonder …

Monday, September 10 2007

Regarding the case with the missing Madeline and the blood/DNA found in the parents rental car … I wonder when this car was rented?

Was it on 25th day from her disappearing or did they have the same car on their whole holiday and then subsequently the period when Madeline was missing?

It is easy to cast judgement but none of us should do so until the facts have been presented.

But it is certainly looks like to be an either or case … either the parents are completely innocent or they have held their nerve to cover up an awful crime.

Microsoft is pushing

Sunday, September 9 2007

I use Windows Live Writer for writing my blog posts and it is great program. It works, easy to use, never had any problems with it and every so often there is a new version to download.

To my surprise, Microsoft was pushing for me to download their other products. (And below is also a sneaky peak of what is on my desktop πŸ˜‰ )MS pushing

Let me be clear, I was only interested to download the Writer not the whole Live suite and nowhere on their site did it mentioned  other products. If it did, it was not clear. Wrong wrong wrong!

I use a PC and Microsoft products, I am aware of the ‘evilness’ done by them. However for me, M$ works and makes my life easy. But not to any price.

For IM’s, I use other software like Pidgin (open source, I think), online spreadsheets there is Google’s or Thinkfree. The latest one MH showed me was Smartsheet. I have only had a quick look at it but it looks like a good way of sharing info, email etc.

Maybe Mircosoft is feeling the competition more & more and going to further length to make the user have their products. Be aware!

Watch this

Saturday, September 8 2007

Clouded Leopard

Sunday, September 2 2007

Have you heard of about this species?

I hadn’t until one day last week, at the gym where there is free TV, watching Animal Planet and a program about two clouded leopard cubs. I think this is one of the cubs.

TV can be a great source of information πŸ˜‰

These beautiful cats lives mainly in the tree tops in the rainforest in Asia. (picture taken by Tim Ellis)

The Clouded leopard has a long tail which must be good when jumping around in the trees. (picture taken by guppiecat) Another beautiful picture of Clouded Leopard is this one – photo by the photographer Donna Tomlin:

Thank you so much Donna for letting me use your picture! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

one – it’s under All Rights reserved so I don’t think I can use it on my blog.

I love the pattern on the coat – it is different from the other big cats. The paws are also bigger then the other big cats. The canine teeth is very impressive or this pic. Basically, it is very suitable living in the tree tops.