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何错之有?

February 27, 2008 11 comments

陈冠希艳照门事件令我想起一套8年前的电影,戏名叫“竞争者”(The Contender)

戏里讲述美国副总统在任期内去世,总统(由杰夫布里治Jeff
Bridges饰演)应用其委任权,起用一名女性参议员(由祖安雅伦Joan
Allen饰演)成为他的副手。这一举动引起一些政敌的不满,有人便挖掘了一些有关她的陈年丑闻出来,企图使她感到尴尬而自动推辞委任。

这一丑闻是有关她在大学时,曾涉及一个集体性爱派对的传闻。根据传闻,她在一夜之间与多名男人同时性交,甚至还可能涉及金钱的交易。祖安雅伦在戏里面对听证会的审问,问题主要是集中于这青春时期的荒唐淫史。她由始至终对于淫史的提问保持缄默,即使有关丑闻已经严重伤害了她的政治前途。 

到了最后,观众发现其实她并非性丑闻的女主角,有人便好奇地问她,既然她没有涉及性丑闻,为何还要保持缄默?她说,她不能回应,因为只要她一回应,那就等于是承认听证会委员在一开始就有立场来提问有关性丑闻的课题。为了坚守个人私隐权的原则,她愿意牺牲自己。

这句话,说得再有道理不过了。现在让我们把这套戏的剧情套用在艳照门事件。 

阿娇首先沉不住气,公开发表“很傻,很天真”的言论,结果很多人不但不同情阿娇,还以此揶揄她。其实她原本就无需为此事发表任何言论,这一步就已经错了。过后阿娇为慈善节目登台,结果电视台居然接获千多个投诉电话,这个现象就更加不可理喻了,简直显示出我们东方人的未开化程度了。

原本个人的性爱嗜好是自己的私隐权,这个道理每个人都知道。现在香港女星的艳照在网络流传,人人争相观览已是侵犯当事人的私隐权,居然还有人在看了女星的艳照后,还大义凛然地投诉登台的女性,这到底是哪儿来的立场? 

性爱这回事,每个成年人都在做。关上房门,你要跟多少人做,要用什么姿势来做,要将过程拍摄下来,完全是你的自由。万一性爱短片或艳照不小心流传出去,只能感叹不幸。但是,就个人私生活一点上,外人绝无立场说三道四,更加没有立场投诉。

很可惜阿娇没有看过这套戏。


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面孔之书

February 22, 2008 2 comments


面孔之书是一个集合各方独立设计的软体和应用程式于一个网站的平台。只要注册成为用户,即可免费使用所有的软体和应用程式。这是新一波的网络发展趋势,人称web3.0

面孔之书的名字取得好,网站的主页将用户所下载的软体和应用程式全都列出,同时也将用户在面孔之书的活动告知天下,从这个层面意义来看,这网站确实是呈现用户正式面孔的面孔之书。

与友人谈起面孔之书(facebook),发现他有奇遇。

“那天闲来无事,上网找到林吉祥的面孔之书。”友人说。

“很多政治人物和商家已经开始在用面孔之书了,林吉祥的有何特别?”我问。

“政治人物的面孔之书一般上都非常正经,都只是放一些政治宣言、课题讨论或活动报告之类的东西。林吉祥的面孔之书里,居然有下载一个网络宠物的应用程式。”

“是Fluff
Friends
吗?”

“是的,林吉祥的宠物是一只小狗。我一时手痒,就用我的网络宠物与林吉祥的小狗赛跑。”

“结果谁赢?”

“林吉祥的小狗连赢两场。跟林吉祥的小狗赛跑后,感觉很奇怪。”

“说的也是,你居然有机会跟林吉祥玩宠物赛跑游戏。”

我在想,现在各政党正在积极筹备大选,是否其他政党也应该下载一个网络宠物来玩一下。让广大群众来饲养该宠物,让宠物成长跑得越快。这样以来,政党的支持率就可以从宠物的表现看出来。

这何尝不是另类的民意调查?


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Petition to Queen: Batang kali Massacre

February 16, 2008 2 comments



26th day of February 2008

 

To:

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,

 

A Petition to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Brutal Massacre of 24 Villagers

At Batang Kali by the British Army

On the 12th day of December 1948

 

May it please Your Majesty,

 

1.            We the undersigned your Humble Petitioners, place a high expectation on the good conscience and magnanimous of the people of the UK and Your Majesty. We write to seek for your majesty’s kindness to use your vast influence to cause the UK government to issue an official apology and grant reasonable compensation to the Chinese communities at Ulu Yam and Batang Kali and the family members and descendants of the massacre victims.  We hereby set out the factual matrix of the incident:-

 

1.1   On the 12th day of December 1948, about 60 years ago from the present day, a troop of British army of Scotland origin (Scots Guards) detained 25 Ulu Yam villagers at Batang Kali. These villagers were all unarmed innocent commoners with no intention to resist the detention. However, all villagers were shot by the British army without any due investigation or being rightfully heard. All villagers were killed in the incident except one survivor who is still alive in the present day. The barbaric and brutal murder committed by the British army was concealed by the then British colonial government, no one was prosecuted or investigated on account of the brutal massacre.

 

1.2   In February of 1970, an English press exposed the incident and condemned the brutal massacre. In response to the newspapers’ report, the then Defence Secretary, Mr. Dennis Healy, instructed Scotland Yard to set up a special task team led by Mr. Frank Williams to investigate into the matter. As a result of the investigation, concreate evidence was gathered which shows that the brutal massacre at Batang Kali in December 1948 indeed took place.

 

1.3   In 1992, BBC broadcasted a series of documentary, unveiling the long- concealed truth of Batang Kali massacre to the people of the UK and to the world. We once thought that with the publicity of the documentary the three- generational injustice, agony and nightmare to the family members and descendants of the victims could finally come to an end, however, nothing was done by the UK government thereafter.

 

 

2.            OUR DEMANDS AND PROPOSALS

 

2.1   As it is now evidently clear that the massacres was committed, lest we forget the mistakes of the past. We shall do all things within our powers to rectify the injustice. We opine that the UK government should take full responsibility of the incident.

 

2.2   We humbly petition to Your Majesty to kindly use your vast influence to urge the UK government to redress grievances and do justice to the Chinese Community at Ulu Yam and Batang Kali and the family members and descendants of the massacre victims.

 

2.3   We humbly crave for good conscience and magnanimous of the people of the UK and Your Majesty to materialise our demands, that is to say:-

 

a)      To appoint an official commissioner to apologise to the Chinese Communities at Ulu Yam and Batang Kali, the family members and descendants of the massacre victims and the survivor of the Massacre;

 

b)      To grant a reasonable compensation in the sum of Eighty Million Sterling Pound (₤80,000,000.00) only,

 

i)                    ₤30,000,000.00 of which to be paid to the family members and descendants of the massacre (25 households);

 

ii)                   ₤25,000,000.00 each to the Chinese Communities at Ulu Yam and Batang Kali for the purposes of educational and cultural development.

 

3.            We would like to point out here that the mistakes so far committed by the successive Governments in this historically important matter can be obliterated only by acting at least now.

 

We humbly hope that Your Majesty would consider our proposals.

Yours faithfully,

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肉干

February 5, 2008 Leave a comment

 

 

 

华人很馋嘴,许多欢庆节日都与食物挂钩。

 

冬至吃汤圆,端午吃粽子,中秋吃月饼,过年吃年糕。大部份的欢庆季节食物都与节庆的历史以及食物本身的谐音有关。

 

新年吃肉干是与大陆农民的生活习性有关。农民为了渡过寒冬,将肉类风干或腌制起来,以便冬天有东西吃。到了立春之日,大家一股脑儿将这些肉干或腊味,全都拿出来吃,反正放太久的话对食物也不太好。

 

个人认为,凭着肉干本身的美味,即使没有这一层生活习俗的关系,肉干也可以登上新年美食榜。

 

追寻肉干美味的根源,不难发现木炭烧烤是决定性的因素。吃肉干在很大的程度上,其实是在吃肉干表层烧焦且粘有木炭灰烬的未饱和动物油。这层油恰好是保健的克星,可能会导致癌症、胆固醇、糖尿病、痴肥等症状。但是人们就是对这种烧烤的风味趋之若骛,百吃不厌。这种酷爱烧烤味的本能,应该是从远古时代,生活在洞窟里的原始人身上遗传过来的因子吧。

 

朋友之中不乏对肉干十分讲究的。其中友人大咪几十年来都坚持吃吉隆坡苏丹街福胜源飞机牌切片肉干,称是肉质鲜美,真材实料,其肉干价钱也是城中数一数二的。有几次打电话给他询问肉干的行情,都是拿这个牌子的价钱来比较。每一次让他知道我买其他牌子的肉干后,都会遭受他一番苦口婆心的劝告。

 

其实我看肉干主要是看肉干的肉质,什么牌子还是次要。最好是肥瘦参半,咬下去才有层次感。第二是肉干本身不能太硬,老人家和小孩也能够一起开心的吃。

 

由于胆固醇过高,近来不大好意思选吃太肥的肉干。但偶尔咬嚼到肉质较肥的部分,心理还是会暗爽的。

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丑闻短片

February 4, 2008 Leave a comment

 

 

自从部长性爱光碟和林甘司法短片丑闻发生后,城中渐渐出现了一种古怪的行为现象。

 

友人到政府部门办事,发现居然有人将自己与政府人员对话的过程,偷偷地拍摄起来;现在人买车或买房屋,第一件事情就是到现场将实景拍下来,回去慢慢研究讨论;将要出席对自己不利的场合,最好将录影机或电话准备一下,一有突发事件发生时马上就可以录下来。

 

现在录制短片非常容易,发表短片也很方便。假如内容有一定的可看性,可能很快会在网络上火红起来。这样一来,几乎每个人都可能会成为网络广泛流传的丑闻短片之主角。

 

因此各位在摄影镜头之前,行为自然会端正起来。即使不是在摄影镜头之前,人们在进行不道德行为之前,可能还会在心里想一下:不知这里是否装有针孔录像机?

 

这种丑闻短片对于大众行为的影响,俨然像是新的社会秩序管束力。自古社会秩序的两大支柱,第一个是法律,第二个是自我道德观。但是很多不良行为因为种种限制,并不为法律和道德所约束。

 

比方说安排法官受委一事,严格上假如没有涉及贪污的话,那是完全合法的,因为委任法官完全是首相的特权。另外一个例子就是非回教徒通奸,只要没有牵涉金钱交易和违反自然性行为,那也是完全合法的。

 

就如非法的事并不一定是不正确的事一样,很多时候一件合法的事不表示就是正确的。丑闻短片就在这个空隙钻进来了。法律管制不到的,道德观约束不到的,就由丑闻短片来下手。管你怎样辩护事件的合法性,丑闻短片照样能够以另类的方式来制裁你。有时候丑闻短片的制裁,甚至比法律制裁更加严重。

 

以后的法学课本,应该在第一章第一段这样写道:

 

“人类社会秩序的安定和道德约束,有赖于三个因素:第一,丑闻短片;第二,法律;第三,自我道德观。”

 

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