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Archive for July, 2008

The Automat

Posted by ghostpipe73 on July 27, 2008

This classic modern painting by Edward Hopper is one I had pasted on my desk wall for a long time while I was a university student years ago. I feel it represents solidarity, loneliness, a certain kind of sadness, an inner turmoil refusing salvation, stillness, serenity, suffering in silence, a simple quiet moment. You can almost feel yourself sitting in the girl’s place, one hand holding the cup of hot drink (presumably but most probably) while the other still warmly protected by a brown-black glove. She still has her coat on. Maybe it’s cold in the room. Or maybe she doesn’t plan to stay long. Who knows.


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Sometimes you wonder why they bother

Posted by ghostpipe73 on July 16, 2008

We have talks, speeches, declarations and lamentations, as well as pledges, promises and sworn oaths made by world leaders to make a better tomorrow for all of us. But will there ever be one?

Take the G8 Summit at Toyako, Hakkaido this year for example. One who is not so world politically-inclined might ask, now what is all that shenanigan about? If given the chance I would answer – does it matter?

Talk is cheap, and so is the walk, after you’ve done the talk. You walk the talk, yes, but if your talk was cheap, then so would be your walk.

Ladies and gentlemen, don’t ever believe off-hand what you see with your eyes.  If your heart strongly feels it is wrong, it most probably is.

Whatever you do, think of what it can do to your future generation.

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You have to write it thinking nobody’s ever gonna listen to it

Posted by ghostpipe73 on July 13, 2008

Rob Thomas has always been a songwriter and musician I admire. He makes his myriads of points in this clip which I find very much universal for any artist or songwriter. You’re out there just doing your thing, trying to find solace by releasing your feelings and thoughts through the songs you write. Sometimes it just flows like an avalanche, sometimes it’s just stuck for ages in your system and you need months to get it out.

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Word of the Day – Duress

Posted by ghostpipe73 on July 8, 2008

Of late I’ve been hearing a lot of sentences uttering the use of the phrase “….under duress…”, particularly those pertaining to courtroom news and issues.  Wikipedia has this definition:

Duress or coercion (as a term of jurisprudence) is a possible legal defense, one of four of the most important justification defenses, by which defendants argue that they should not be held liable because the actions that broke the law were only performed out of an immediate fear of injury. Black’s Law Dictionary (6th ed.) defines duress as “any unlawful threat or coercion used… to induce another to act [or not act] in a manner [they] otherwise would not [or would].” The notion of duress must be distinguished both from undue influence in the civil law and from necessity which might be described as a form of duress by force of circumstances.[citation needed] Note that in criminal law, a duress defense is similar to a plea of guilty, admitting partial culpability, so could lead easily to a conviction.

Duress or coercion can also be raised in an allegation of rape or sexual assault to negate a defence of consent on the part of the person making the allegation.

Quite a mouthful that was.

Well I guess my writing of environmental reports which goes against my personal belief and principles for the sake of keeping my job is also, partly, or in some ways, done under some kind of duress.

Most of us probably are doing things under duress.  Take the monks in Myanmar for example.  They are real heroes of their people.

Under Real Duress to Save their Nation - The Monks of Myammar

Under Real Duress to Save their Nation - The Monks of Myammar

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And what is the truth?

Posted by ghostpipe73 on July 6, 2008

I came across an interesting piece of philosophy today, read it off a comment on some ex-politician’s blog post. Loosely translated from Bahasa Malaysia / Malay language, it reads something like this:

“Do not believe anything that you hear with your own ears, and only believe half of what you see with your own eyes, for what you see with your own eyes may not even guarantee you with the real, absolute truth of circumstances.”

So what is the truth then?

I’d figured, only those with powers beyond normal human ability can or would be able to know and find out the real truth.

God would know for sure.

Wonder if anybody ever thought of asking him.

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