據文匯報報導,「正義聯盟」召集人李偲嫣從一月四日起連續十四個星期天,於香港各區擺設街站,收集市民簽名, 促港府引入「辱警罪」。 該報導引述,「警方執法時受無理辱罵,以及各類型騷擾及侮辱,這是在片段及新聞報道上也能看到的,必定影響下一代。」李氏更認為, 「若設立『辱警罪』,警方便可依法執法,利用法律保護警隊尊嚴。」

由批鬥林慧思老師,到要求大學處置「佔中」教員,到現在倡設「辱警罪」,李偲嫣皆非孤軍作戰。 而李氏與其發起之活動到現時還有市場價值,就是香港人最大的不幸。

林老師以粗言穢語指罵警員不執法觸發了「林老師事件」,但是一個教書的女人下班後講粗口有甚麼好關注的? 事件的重點應該是警員當時有否依法辦事。市民自發「佔中」,成年參與者定必自負後果。若未成年學生受傷或被捕,家長要怪也只能怪自己沒有管好孩子。把「佔中」歸咎於所謂「佔中」教員乃推卸責任。

處理市民「辱警」個案,本來立法比現在依循「辱警」指引合理。可是問題的癥結不是市民「辱警」,而是市民為何「辱警」。根據警方現有的「辱警」指引,市民可因「辱警」入獄兩年。那麼,為甚麼有市民寧受「牢獄之苦」也要「辱警」? 是市民無理取鬧,還是警察公共關係科做得不夠好,還是警隊有缺失? 不去探究問題的根源,胡亂引入「辱警罪」,警民關係必會變得更惡劣。值得一提的是李氏曾多次表明反對性傾向歧視條例立法,如今他卻欲透過立法讓如慈母般保護老百姓的香港警察成為受保護動物,實在令人費解。

「正義聯盟」的理念是以理性態度推動香港政制,民生經濟和教育發展,並建立互相關懷的社會。然而,聯盟召集人李偲嫣不僅有股不正常的妄自尊大感;他的行為言論往往以感性態度出發,且具挑釁性;大大小小的社會問題他似乎皆不得要領,所以能提出的都只是些揚揚止沸的解決方案;令人不禁懷疑其理性分析事物和領導「正義聯盟」的能力。

儘管我們知道李偲嫣除了市場推廣的天賦外一無是處,每次他有動靜我們還是會評論。那怕我們都只是在臉書上罵罵他,他的市場價值便得以維持,同時我們亦變得更不幸。今天後我會徹底無視李偲嫣,倘若大家也無視他,他就自然會從報章雜誌新聞消失了。

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10/08/2012

有時候你不懂,
一個建議你離開的人,可能是最愛你的。
一個希望你放棄的人,可能是最關心你的。
一個渴求不再聯繫的人,可能是最掛念你的。
一個默默離開的人,可能是最捨不得你的。
我們的人生,就是在這樣矛盾而糾結裏渡過,愛並不是一場在一起的遊戲,愛恰恰是種掛念你而不得不離開的痛楚。

I missed the first hike at Carkeek Park for a mobile unconference two weeks ago. Twin Falls today marked the beginning of my 5th season with the LLS.

As most of you know, 4 miles out and back is nothing to write home about. What made the hike maybe a little impressive was that I was sore all over *before* I hiked. I made the mistake of restarting hot yoga on Thursday. Being the good yogi that I am, I went again yesterday. Boy, was my body sore this morning!

In every step I took I felt the tension in my thighs and bum, and my 30-pound pack and my very stiff back did not play nice with each other. It was just an unnecessarily miserable time for me to be out in the woods and rain. I shall never do anything rigorous in extreme condition(s) rrright before hike practice again!

For this season, I’m going to try to get one donation in everyday. If you can read this post, I’ll likely hit you up. If you were to decline my request, please let me know as soon as possible, so that I may ask somebody else and hopefully get the one donation in for that day.

If you’re feeling generous, head on over to http://c1.hk/25 to donate to support my fundraising effort. Remember, the LLS guarantees that 75% of your donation be spent on funding blood cancer research or patient care. So what’re you waiting for? Skip that coffee for a week and give LLS that $25!

By placing a barista like Rory “Rizzo” Baker in every store. 
 
Have you watched that credit report TV ad and wondered how you’re not just a number to the bureau? Are you ever tempted to switch your insurance to Nationwide because it is on your side? 
 
Businesses want to appeal to our craving for a sense of belonging. However, without a commitment to back their words with actions, most don’t do it well. I look at my credit report every month, and I’ve never felt like I’m more than a membership number that is worth $14.95 a month. Starbucks, with a store at just about every corner in Seattle, offers a familiar environment in which customers can feel at home. In fact, no matter where you are in the world, Starbucks stores look more or less the same. While the ambiance is relaxing, the service is still impersonal.
 
Starbucks baristas are usually friendly, but you know it is only because they are professional. I actually prefer to get my beverages at the little huts or indie cafés. Mostly I enjoy interacting with the people behind the counters, but I also like that these people often remember my beverage of choice after only a couple of visits. With the foot traffic at Starbucks, that level of personal touch might be too much to ask. My usual complaint, though, is that when a customer’s beverage is ready, the baristas call out his name like it’s nothing more than a delivery address.  
 
Not Rizzo!  
 
Rizzo had me at the cash register. Like other Starbucks baristas, he was smiley and perky. But somehow he also conveyed a genuine interest in his customers, which is a talent that can be acquired. I just knew even if he did not remember me the next day, he would have my name and my beverage down by the end of the week. Well, about twenty minutes after my initial order, when I returned to get a cup of water and a breakfast sandwich, Rizzo still remembered my name!  
 
In the one hour that I sat in that Starbucks, an old lady came in for coffee and had a seemingly personal conversation with Rizzo; and two groups of customers, who were on a first-name basis with Rizzo, walked over to chat with him after placing their orders with a different barista. 
 
I have no doubt Rizzo is responsible for the customer loyalty at his particular Starbucks. If there were a Rizzo in every Starbucks store, many little huts and indie cafés would go out of business. I, for one, would not go anywhere else for my beverages.  
 
Rizzo works at the Starbucks location at 874 Commonwealth Avenue. Pay him a visit if you’re in Boston!

In 2009, I was told a cure for blood cancer could be available in as few as five years. I wanted to survive blood cancer if I should ever get it, so I signed up to hike and raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I had a job at the time, and fundraising more or less consisted of bullying my coworkers into donating. That season, I was one of the top fundraisers at my event.

That was not a glorious time in my life. I had been in a rut for 18 months prior to my re-employment in late 2008, and my new job involved watching a great deal of pornography. Hiking and fundraising for the LLS was the only thing that allowed me to feel like a contributing member of society. It was tough for my body but good for my soul.

Looking back, I realize I was hooked on that torture from the get-go because my coaches and teammates were so phenomenal. They taught me that watching porn for a living was cool, not shameful. They helped me see that my quirkiness could be adorable to some. One of our teammates, Brenda, was a Leukemia survivor who had only finished treatment not five months before our hike training began! I was very fortunate to have met these people. As a team, we share many memorable moments, and the bond among teammates grew  stronger over time.

Last week, I signed up for my fourth season with the LLS. What that means is that between now and October 29, I am committed to strength training on Mondays, cardio training on Tuesdays and Thursdays, stair-climbing on Wednesdays, and hiking on Saturdays, rain or snow or shine.

I could raise money and awareness for other illnesses, but I don’t want to move on to a new illness without first eradicating the illness at hand. It’s like project management. Secondly, unlike Livestrong and Komen, the LLS does not receive much media attention. (I root for the little guys!) Lastly, but most importantly, my friend and teammate Todd, who is very sick with cancer in multiple vital organs and is undergoing chemotherapy, insists on hiking and raising money alongside us for a third time. If Todd can do it, what’s my excuse?

What’s your excuse?

Please support my effort by donating here. All donations over $25 are tax deductible. If your employer (e.g. Microsoft) has a matching gift program, please inform your personnel department of your donation and request for match.

Fundraising has gotten very challenging in this economic weather. Unfortunately blood cancer will not take a time-out while we are broke. So don’t wait till you have a connection to blood cancer to wish that you had cared enough to help find a cure. Donate now!

I made a reservation on a specific flight with a travel agent in February.

When I called to confirm my seat two days ago, I was told my booking was dropped a while back, and they were unable to get me back on that flight.

Now, this is not an agency I use infrequently. The agents and I are on first-name basis, every time I need a plane ticket I go to them. They knew how important it was for me to get on this specific flight.

The response I got from them? “It was your responsibility to confirm your reservation with us. We assume our customers know we can only hold their reservations for a couple of weeks. We have entirely too many customers to be giving each one of them a reminder!”

In this day and age, I could easily book my plane tickets on the internet. Some think of travel agencies as the unnecessary middlemen. I use a travel agency because 1) I prefer the flexibility and service, and 2) I want to support small businesses. The world with only big corporations and online companies is boring.

This all goes back to my earlier post on the lack of customer service in America. So many businesses fail to recognize that excellent customer service is the one thing that turns customers into loyal customers. In my case, I am unwilling to deal with this particular travel agency again.

In my desperation, I called my last resort – a travel agency in New York. I knew it would cost me more to work with them, but I also knew they could get me onto the flight I wanted to be on. Within five minutes of getting off the phone, my itinerary was in my Inbox, along with the fare and the confirmation deadline.

I went ahead and booked another six tickets with “my last resort”. I also penned down all the confirmation deadlines in my organizer to save myself another headache.

Is my expectation reasonable or am I spoiled? Are travel agencies the unnecessary middlemen? You tell me!

I popped my networking event cherry by attending the Social Media Club Seattle’s April event last night.

The speakers briefly discussed the iPhone drama surrounding Gizmodo and Jason Chen. Andru Edwards from Gear Live said that if he was faced with a similar situation, instead of paying $5,000 to break a news, he would take some pictures and return the phone. Some lady challenged him, saying something in the context of “C’mon! You’re a blogger! Of course you would buy the phone and milk it!” To that Andru responded, “Some of us have journalistic integrity.”

A little faith in the mankind, lady!?

To me, there is no other way to deal with the situation other than returning the phone. It would probably never occur to me to buy it, even if I am a journalist who can write about it as a new discovery.

I take my life very seriously. To live an ethical life with integrity is among my top priorities everyday. I suppose everyone defines “an ethical life” differently…

Anyway, I applauded Andru.

In fact, if I were Andru, I would say “Some of us have integrity.”

I was told that the lady was just playing the devil’s advocate. Well then, kudos to her, too.