Indonesia's KPK Impresses Malaysia Creating its own Anti Corruption Commission

The success of Indonesia's Anti Corruption Commission (KPK), encourages Malaysia to follow suit by creating a similar body called Anti Corruption Commission (ACC). Nice. The first time in recent years Indonesia gets admired for its achievement.

Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission welcomes the establishment of its Malaysian counterpart and looks forward to building a relationship with the newly formed agency, a commission spokesman said on Sunday.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, or ACC, which officially began its work on Thursday, replaces the much-criticized Anti-Corruption Agency, or ACA, and is being promoted as having more independence and greater accountability.

Johan Budi, a spokesman for the Indonesian commission, known by the acronym KPK, said that although the ACC was not modeled directly after the KPK, the Malaysian government had been impressed by the KPK’s achievements in fighting corruption and hoped to mirror the commission’s overall success.

Israel Gaza Attack a Mistake

Michael Balter, contributing correspondent for Science and Adjunct Professor of Journalism at Boston University, writes in his blog that Israel Gaza attack is a big mistake:

It is hard to be neutral in such a one-sided conflict. Israel has still not learned the main lesson of the past 60 years: There is no military solution to its conflict with the Palestinians, short of genocide--to which Israeli actions in Gaza approach very closely. So soon after the failed Israeli invasion of Lebanon, the Jewish state is making the same mistake again.

He ask all of us who sympathize with Palestinian people:

Do we need to start wishing for as high as possible Israeli casualties, so that the lesson will be learned at last?

We do.

John Travolta's Son Tragedy

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP)

An autopsy is planned for John Travolta's teenage son, who died after apparently hitting his head on the bathtub while the family was vacationing at their home in the Bahamas, authorities said.

Jett Travolta, 16, had last been seen entering the bathroom on Thursday and had a history of seizures, Police Superintendent Basil Rahming said in a statement.

A house caretaker found the teenager unconscious in a bathroom late Friday morning. He was taken by ambulance to a Freeport hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the statement said.

Jett apparently hit his head on the bathtub, said a police officer who declined to be named because she was not authorized to speak on the matter.

"Marley & Me" Leader at Box Office


The box office this weekend brought more of the same, which for Hollywood was a good thing, as the comedy “Marley & Me” and other Christmas films continued strongly.

400000 Koreans Visited Indonesia in 2008

Good news for tourism ministry and tourism industry as well

The number of Korean tourists visiting Indonesia reached a startling 400,000, a 25-percent jump from the previous year.
``Tourism is very encouraging,'' embassy charge d' affaires Foster Gultom said during a speech at a year-end party.

Indonesia has risen to the top of the list of favorite destinations for vacationers from Korea, although the number has currently stagnated due to the global financial crisis.

The island of Bali, for example, is one of the most attractive destinations for tourists and honeymooners because of its climate, temperature, affordability and exotic atmosphere.

Why Prefer Windows XP over Vista?

Why do some people prefer Windows XP and Mac OS X over Windows Vista ? After all, Vista is pretty and sleek and much more advanced than XP, and, in many areas, Mac OS X. Why is there so much love for Xbox, but none for Windows Mobile ? Here's the answer.

Captured rebel land in Sri Lanka deserted

KILINOCHCHI DISTRICT, Sri Lanka (AP) - The main highway running through what was once Sri Lanka's rebel heartland was nearly deserted Sunday, except for some stray dogs and abandoned cows.

Israel Massacre in Gaza

David Bromwich, Professor of Literature at Yale write unorthodox piece not typical of American mainstream: palpable critical standpoint towards his own America and Israel a position not many American academicians dare to take:

As American politicians have been careful to say, Hamas provoked the attack. But go back to the blockade of Gaza by air, land, and sea -- trace all the oppressions of the siege that after January 2006 turned this arid strip of land into a prison where fuel and electricity are non-existent and most ambulances do not run -- and cause and consequence become more complex. "Disproportion" hardly suggests the dimensions of the slaughter apparent in the unevenness of the two sets of figures above.

There is a word for the straightforward killing of enemies by a superior force where the victims are sparsely equipped and the odds one-sided. Much of the world is calling Israel's actions in Gaza a massacre. By contrast the American press has been cleansed and euphemized. "3rd Day of Bombings," said the New York Times headline on December 30, "Takes Out Interior Ministry." Takes out. The Times paid an involuntary homage to George W. Bush: "I think it's a good thing for the world that we took out Saddam Hussein." Under that phrase are half a million Iraqis killed and a country destroyed. And for Israel in Gaza?

We have stopped thinking for long enough. We might start again with a definition. A terrorist is not a function X, the compacted essence of evil. A terrorist is someone who kills and approves the killing of undefended civilians to achieve political ends. Thus the Israeli commander who ordered the attack on the university in Gaza was an agent of state terror. The Hamas soldier who fired the missile that killed an Israeli woman yesterday was an agent of guerrilla terror.

... The Democratic party grandee Ann Lewis said recently (as quoted in an excellent Salon column by Glenn Greenwald): "The role of the president of the United States is to support the decisions that are made by the people of Israel." The statement is absurd. No country ever gave another country so blind a endorsement. Such a pure identification of interests would amount to the signing away of the conscience of the nation that granted it. We cannot make our fidelity a pawn for another's injustice; and more than conscience forbids it. Prudence also does. Even in the depths of the Second World War the U.S. never said it would support every decision made by the people of Britain, nor did it say in the Cold War that it would do whatever the people of Formosa wanted, or what the people of West Germany wanted. Such a surrender of judgment, even if it were practicable, would be a curse that harms the receiver as much as the giver. To support without question the decisions of any person or any people, is to accept a standard of friendship or fealty above the standard of right and wrong. Do that, and you resign yourself to a world of injustice.

Israel and the United States have evolved, almost behind our backs, from the countries we read about in histories to militaristic societies widely seen as oppressors by those on the wrong end of our adventures abroad.

Read the whole story here.

John Chow has a very good advice for new blogger whose blogging intention is to make money:

Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme. Many new people read this blog and think it had always made a lot of money. The truth is, I started just like you did. For the first eight months of the blog’s life, it made absolutely nothing and barely cracked 1,000 page views per day.

If I were to nail down one ingredient to blogging success, it would have to be a consistent posting habit. Most bloggers fail because they want instant gratification and mistakenly think that blogging is a quick road to riches. They’ll post like crazy for a few weeks, maybe even a few months. When nothing comes from it, they quit and become a statistic.

How consistent?

This blog has average over two posts per day since the day it was created. There has never been a day that has gone by where there has not been a new post to read. It is this kind of consistency that will lead your blog to success in 2009.

Choose a posting frequency and make a commitment to stick to it. In order for something to become a habit, you have to do it everyday for at least 28 days. Blogging for me is a habit. I feel strange if I don’t get up at least one new post everyday. Fortunately, this is a very good habit to have. Over the course of a few years, it will become a very profitable habit.

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