July 30, 2011

A vain generation of self-obsessed people with child-like need for feedback

Facebook and Twitter have created a generation obsessed with themselves, who have short attention spans and a childlike desire for constant feedback on their lives, a top scientist believes.

Repeated exposure to social networking sites leaves users with an 'identity crisis', wanting attention in the manner of a toddler saying: 'Look at me, Mummy, I've done this.'

Baroness Greenfield, professor of pharmacology at Oxford University, believes the growth of internet 'friendships' – as well as greater use of computer games – could effectively 'rewire' the brain.

Read more here.

July 25, 2011

Is Sugar Souring Your Health?

The taste of sugar makes people happy. But its sad effects in the body make it a substance that is best avoided.

Your body needs carbohydrates for energy so you can live. Each cell must get enough sugar (glucose) in order to function. However, consuming glucose or sucrose (table sugar) is deleterious to your well-being.

CLICK HERE to read this very informative article written by Dr Michael Cutler.

We've Got Another Date, Penangites!

Most may have heard of the ISA but what about the EO? The Emergency (Public Order and Crime Prevention) Ordinance, commonly abbreviated as the Emergency Ordinance (EO), like the ISA, allows for indefinite detention without trial.
Enacted by the National Operations Council that was led by Tun Abdul Razak following the May 13 race riots, the Emergency Ordinance has never been revoked to the present day even though we are no longer in any state of emergency.

As expected, the EO has been regularly used to detain those deemed to be subversive by the government. The harsh reality is that it is actually used far more frequently than the Internal Security Act. The latest was on six of the 31 Parti Sosialis Malaysia (“PSM”) activists who were arrested near Kepala Batas while they were travelling by bus from Kedah to attend a BERSIH 2.0 (Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections) programme in Penang on June 25th this year.

The six, now known as "EO6" were released on July 2nd but re-arrested immediately under the EO which allows the police to detain a person for up to 60 days. At the end of that period, the Minister for Home Affairs has the power to issue the detainee with either a detention or restriction order for a period of two years 'without trial' to 'protect public order'.

Recent crackdowns seem to indicate that we are moving in the direction of a police state. Now is the time for you to learn more about the EO and the arrest of the six activists.

Come, learn and more importantly, show your support as we gather in solidarity and take umbrage against this repressive legislation at this event.

Date: 27 July 2011 (Wednesday)
Time: 8:30 pm - 10pm
Venue: Caring Society Complex, Penang

July 24, 2011

Amy Winehouse, 27, found dead at her London flat

Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her home in London.

The Back To Black singer was found at the property by emergency services at 3.54pm this afternoon, according to sources, and her death is being treated as 'unexplained' by police.

Winehouse was apparently 'beyond help' when paramedics arrived, according to Sky sources.

Two ambulance crews arrived at the scene within five minutes and a paramedic on a bicycle also attended, according to a spokeswoman.
'Sadly the patient had died,' she added.

Read more here.