Watch “Revolution Trilogy” 睇「革命三部曲」

Friday, 18 March, 2016

Director/producer/independent reporter Kempton Lam has made three documentaries in the last decade from 2004 – 2015. (Cantonese with English subtitles 廣東話、英文字幕) Collectively, the three documentaries are known as his “Revolution Trilogy「革命三部曲」. Kempton’s debut documentary Long Hair Revolution 長毛革命 has been collected by the Canadian national archive since 2009. You can watch the three films at this YouTube Playlist (projected on your big screen HD TV or on your computer here). Enjoy!

Long Hair Revolution 長毛革命 (full-length 2005) (read film & Canadian national archive info)

HKtv Revolution 香港電視革命 (full-length 2015) (read Director’s Statement)

Umbrella Revolution: History as Mirror Reflection 雨傘革命實錄:以史為鏡 (full-length 2015) (read Director’s Statement)


Why I think President Trump has made the world a much worse place on Day One of his presidency

Saturday, 21 January, 2017

20170121-elizabeth-warren-just-blamed-president-trump-on-day-one

*** Why I think President Trump has made the world a much worse place on Day One of his presidency *** //I respect my FB friend for his professional work but I disagree with him. Here is my comment (with added web links & slight updates).//

XXXX, One day I would love to chat in person. Until then, here is my wordy take of why I think President Trump has made the world a much worse place on Day One. Starting with the least damaging (the mere “monetary” damages). Trump said the following in his Inauguration Speech and he has said all of these during the campaign so they are not new.

1) “For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry;
>>> International trades benefit everyone or we just don’t do it. Stances like this is getting China, Canada, etc worrying about trade wars. For the record, //Canada is the top export destination for 35 states. Nearly 9 million U.S. jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada.//

2) “Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military;
>>> Forgoing defence of NATO, Japan, etc?? Should they pay? How much? Think like a foreign leader for a moment. Which sovereign leader is stupid enough to be held hostage for a king’s ransom for its defence? This will force the world into an arms race? EU politicians are taking notice and starting to distrust US. Putin’s mission accomplished in Day One of Trump’s presidency. Fantastic!

3) “We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own;” & “From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.
>>> This is probably one of the saddest part of this cluster-beep.
Spoiler alert, I’m giving the answer before I tell the story.
We Canadians are PROUD of us NOT putting Canada First! We PRIDE ourselves of putting “Others First”!

Some Americans have very short memory. On one sunny 9/11 day years ago, some evil people thought of turning planes into high-tech guided missiles with built-in human collateral protection. In that uncertain time, Canada let ~200 flights fully loaded with people (potential terrorists flown missiles) diverted to our major cities like Vancouver, Halifax, Montreal and Toronto (all with millions of people).

The “Others” we Canadians put “First” happened to be thousands of Americans and people visiting US! I would say the probability of me winning the lottery last night is higher than Trump coming to aid of Canadians if the shoes were swapped.

I’m human but I try to live by the Golden Rule when I can. What kind of horrible world we live in if we always and only put ourselves first?!

Right now, with “America First”, it feels like a great friend has flipped and become a psychopath.

And 1, 2, 3 and many more are the reasons why Trump Day One is the worst day of any US President’s Day One!

P.S. For me to write this wordy blah blah blah, I had to take a strong dose of Trump-vaccination. So I watch a 9 minute CBC News video of U.S. Ambassador David Jacobson paying tribute to the town of Gander, N.L. for “its generosity on 9/11, hailing its residents for their grace and good humour and representing “the best of us.”

//“This could well be the motto of this town: ‘Without waiting to be asked,'” Jacobson said.
He spoke about one stranded passenger, a child, who turned four in Gander soon after 9/11. All his gifts were stuck on the plane he had been on, so to make him feel better, a local Gander family threw him a party.
“They consoled and they cooked, they cooked and they cooked,” Jacobson recalled.//

Ref (with video, an easy Google): Gander on 9/11 told ‘you were the best of us’ CBC News Posted: Sep 11, 2011


PM Justin Trudeau surprised Canada is a bilingual country

Wednesday, 18 January, 2017

PM-Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 2.52.17 PM.png

As a former teacher, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sure acted like he needs a few quick lessons. Here are two free lessons from a Canadian to his PM that is facing heat over his decision to speak French only at town hall (CBC News with video).

Lesson 1: Canada is a bilingual country with English and French as official languages. This FB comment elegantly captured what I think. (emphasis added)

Canada is a bilingual country regardless of what province you’re in.

If a Canadian citizen asks the prime minister a question in one of the two official languages the polite thing is to answer in that language.

Otherwise the person asking the question has no idea what’s being said.

Lesson 2: Section 6 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees all Canadians our “Mobility Rights“. S.6(2)a of our Charter states,

“Every citizen of Canada and every person who has the status of a permanent resident of Canada has the right to move to and take up residence in any province

It is surprising that the Prime minister was so easily ‘surprised‘ to be “asked so many questions in English in Quebec’s Eastern Townships”. Has the PM repealed our “Mobility Rights” and now we need his permission to move? Are English speakings Canadians not allowed to live in Quebec’s Eastern Townships? How about French speaking Canadians living in Calgary, Alberta? Puzzling.

P.S. On a serious note. Bilingual Canadians don’t need to be lectured by the PM. The PM can choose to answer the question in BOTH English (language preferred/decided by the questioner) and then repeat in French (if he wishes)! I expect no less if a French question is asked in Alberta. Answer the question in BOTH French and then English! #PMisOurPublicServant #PMisNOTaboveFederalPublicServant

I don’t expect my PM to never make mistake but I expect him to correct his mistakes quickly. Hopefully he has learned his lessons from this.

P.P.S. I don’t mind my last PM (Mr. Harper) has little charisma but I know he would never dare to face Canadians like this, not after Mr. Harper gained absolute power and showed his disdain of the press (who were there to ask questions on behalf of all Canadians).

Jan 19, 2017 Update: Read the rest of this entry »


Ryan “Deadpool” Reynolds & Blake Lively

Monday, 16 January, 2017

deadpool-interview-screen-shot-2017-01-16-at-11-46-12-am

RyanDeadpoolReynolds (twitter) & Blake Lively are the coolest couple. (ref: “The Shallows is a 2016 American survival thriller film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, written by Anthony Jaswinski and starring Blake Lively.”)

* I LOVE this GQ profile of Ryan that spotlights his fun and determination to get Deadpool made and his relationship with Blake: “Ryan Reynolds on his Deadpool Obsession, Meeting Blake Lively, and His New Film, Life
* Just Google Image search “deadpool nicholas sparks billboard”
* THR, “How ‘Deadpool’s’ Marketing Won Over Fanboys (and Everyone Else)
* There are SO MANY references in Deadpool, read & enjoy what people said here!

Ryan Reynolds: “Deadpool” | Talks at Google

Ryan Reynolds on Deadpool and worshipping his daughter | The Jess Cagle Interview | PEOPLE (extremely good interview, many quotables!)

Deadpool Cast Interview with Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, TJ Miller and Ed Skrein

Ryan Reynolds Gets Roasted By His Twin Brother | GQ (very funny!)

Blake Lively: The Age of Adaline Interview (27 minutes) Read the rest of this entry »


RIP Lord Snowdon – New quote I LOVE: None of my photographs are great photographs …

Friday, 13 January, 2017

New addition to Quotes I LOVE:

None of my photographs are great photographs – they’re just pictures that hopefully record a moment to make you laugh, or smile, and sometimes cry.” – Lord Snowdon

Remembering Lord Snowdon (born Antony Armstrong-Jones) who passed away today. “Hong Kong: Portraits of Power” is one of my favourite books of portraits since 1995. #RIP

lord-snowdon-pix-01

We’ve met two of Lord Snowdon’s Hong Kong subjects in Calgary over the years. Ms Anson Chan and Mr Martin Lee were both nice in person. We’ve even got to know Martin a bit more with his multiple visits to Calgary.

lord-snowdon-pix-02

lord-snowdon-pix-03

Guardian, “Lord Snowdon obituary” (with video) [K’s note: Oh dear, this is an extremely juicy obit, a lot of gossips and details!)

Guardian, “Lord Snowdon, royal photographer, dies aged 86Read the rest of this entry »


Fox News defends CNN against Trump – Press should adapt NATO Article 5 Collective Defence

Thursday, 12 January, 2017

It is surprising to see Fox News defending CNN against Trump (with video). I think the Press should adopt a principle similar to NATO Article 5 Collective Defence. Attack One = Attack All!

Let me quote the following from NATO Article 5 Collective Defence,

Highlights

  • Collective defence means that an attack against one Ally is considered as an attack against all Allies.
  • The principle of collective defence is enshrined in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty.
  • NATO invoked Article 5 for the first time in its history after the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States.
  • NATO has taken collective defence measures on several occasions, for instance in response to the situation in Syria and in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
  • NATO has standing forces on active duty that contribute to the Alliance’s collective defence efforts on a permanent basis.

Of course, we are not talking about real war here but it won’t be too surprising that sooner or later, all fact-checking press can and may be seen as “fake news” by Trump except his own Twitter AC and his propaganda machines.

Jan 13, 2017 update:

(Highly recommended) CBC Radio, The Current, Friday January 13, 2017 “Donald Trump news conference ‘clear attack on the free press’” (note: 13:45 mark for Canadian PM Harper experience)

CJR, Jan 11, 2017, “Trump berated a CNN reporter, and fellow journalists missed an opportunity” (source: FB)


Originals – Adam Grant

Thursday, 5 January, 2017

Love @KRConnect 2016 best books. Started watching @AdamMGrant (wiki) “Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World” TED Talk “Surprising habits of original thinkers

Watching @AdamMGrant author of Originals chatting with @WhartonKnows How Non-Conformists Move the World

Why I LOVE @Gladwell! Adding @AdamMGrant to my cool authors to read list thx to @KRConnect top books to read list.

Adam Grant: Success and Originality

*) Forbes Book Review: ‘Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World’:

“Grant also debunks the perception that innovators are blazing in their willingness to throw everything away in pursuit of their vision. “We can only imagine how many Wozniaks, Michelangelos and [Martin Luther] Kings never pursued, publicized, or promoted their original ideas because they were never dragged or catapulted into the spotlight.”

In what will be a much loved section, Grant points out that procrastination often triggers the most creative and productive results. It seems that the brain wants to process the problem right up to the deadline. King’s I Have a Dream speech, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and various other examples elucidate the phenomenon.”

Bonus: Adam Grant on the Power of Leading Quietly (Jan 2013)


NewLeaf Shutdowns US Flights: Rights Advocate Explains How To Seek Compensation from NewLeaf & Flair

Wednesday, 4 January, 2017

In a Facebook post by NewLeaf Travel, NewLeaf announced it was shutting down ALL its US bound flights even before it starts. These now cancelled routes were only announced less than two months ago in November 2016 and now leading to refund of 3,000 tickets. In an extensive Skype interview with Rights Advocate Gabor Lukacs, he made it clear that, in his view, there are no provisions in the contract that let NewLeaf and Flair unilaterally cancel the contracts between them and the passengers. Note that Flair is the legal “license air carrier” of NewLeaf and the importance is explained in this report “Passenger rights advocate calls Federal Court of Appeal NewLeaf ruling a “Game Changer” as Court clarifies Flair Air is responsible“. (Links to Facebook Page of Air Passenger Rights and Twitter)

Lukacs suggests the following steps to seek compensation from NewLeaf & Flair (video link). It is best to watch the video yourself to get all the nuances. Here are the first few steps.

1) Phone Flair Air (its phone number is public) to see if they will honour the ticket

2) Have a clear documentation of Flair’s answer by recording the answer given by Flair (recording is legal according to Lukacs, and something he had done for his Federal Court of Canada NewLeaf case) (see also CBC News report with video, “Angry with your airline service? Start recording“)

3) There are a few more steps and it is best to watch the video yourself to get all the nuances.

4) Note that if you are willing to fight for rights that are rightfully yours, Lukacs has stated in the interview he would be willing to help especially those who are willing to take this issue all the way to small claims court to get justice.

Note: Lukacs told this reporter he spent over an hour before the Skype video interview as he was helping a couple stuck in Singapore to get back home to Canada! Another successful outcome for passengers.

Rights Advocate Gabor Lukacs interview re NewLeaf Shutdowns US Flights and he explains how to seek compensation

At the end of this recording of Kelly Cutrara show @AM640 (audio) (highly recommended audio interviews of both Dr. Gabor Lukacs, Air Passenger Rights Advocate and Mr. Jim Young, President and CEO at NewLeaf Travel Company), Lukacs challenged Young to “respond base on the contract between the passengers and NewLeaf and Flair with a quote” they have the right to unilaterally cancel and simply issue a refund as “legally, he [Young] was unable to quote any part of the contract that would allow NewLeaf and Flair to do this.”

Cheap prices don’t have to mean unreliable/poor services. Canadians are sometimes too nice and don’t expect more.

Update: In a reply sent by Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) to Dr. Gabor Lukacs (provided to this reporter by Lukacs), it looks Flair (on behalf of NewLeaf’s operation to the USA) doesn’t even have a charter permit to fly to US while it was selling tickets to passengers! Is this a common practice in the industry to sell tickets before a legal permit is obtained? Legally, as the Federal Court of Appeal has determined Flair (as the licensed air carrier) has the ultimate legal responsibility, how is CTA protecting passengers in this “permit” vacuum?

CTA answer: “The Agency did not issue charter permits to Flair on behalf of NewLeaf’s operation to the USA. While Flair Airlines filed an application on November 28th for flights to commence on January 15th and was working towards meeting the requirements to be issued the required permit, it withdrew its application on January 4th, at the request of NewLeaf. For your information, the requirements that would have applied to these operations are set out in the Charter Permit Application Guide for Canadian Originating Transborder Passenger Charters (TPC).”

News reports: CBC News, Global News, BNNKelly Cutrara show @AM640 (audio interviews of both Dr. Gabor Lukacs, Air Passenger Advocate and Jim Young, President and CEO at NewLeaf Travel Company), CBC News “NewLeaf cancels ‘sun’ service from Hamilton, refunds 3,000 tickets”, Global News Calgary (video) “Families say NewLeaf ticket refunds are not enough


%d bloggers like this: