The day White House spread doctored video

Friday, 9 November, 2018

Nov 16, 2018 update: CNN (with video) “Judge orders White House to return Jim Acosta’s press pass


The doctored video @WhiteHouse tweeted out by @PressSec. For the record.

RT //Even by the standards of their serial-lying selves, this is bad stuff.// via @ddale8

//PEN America is suing President Trump for banning certain journalists from covering the White House and threatening to revoke credentials; now he has gone a step further by revoking the press pass of @CNN’s @Acosta, in a clear attack on the First Amendment.// BBC News, “White House suspends credentials for CNN’s Jim Acosta

Very sad day!

Dirty Dancing – Jennifer Grey

Sunday, 25 December, 2016

I love Dirty Dancing (1987) with Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze. The ending dance scene is one of my most favourite dance sequences!

Insightful & frank interview by ABC News (2012), Jennifer Grey Reveals ‘Dirty Dancing’ Secrets No idea that Grey didn’t know how to dance before Dirty Dancing and the fact that she STOPPED dancing afterwards because the pressure she put on herself. And her later involvement in season eleven of Dancing With the Stars which she and Derek won.

LOVE this: Dirty Dancing – Time of my Life (Final Dance) – High Quality (over 232 million views for very good reason!)

(DWTS) Jennifer Grey & Derek – Last 4 Dances & 5 Dirty Dancing Flashbacks

Omran is alive. His older brother, 10-year-old Ali, is dead.

Sunday, 21 August, 2016

#ArcOfTheMoralUniverse Unfortunately, “on Saturday the story took an even more tragic turn when Omran’s older brother, 10-year-old Ali Daqneesh, died from the injuries he sustained in the blast that destroyed their family’s home on Wednesday.

We in the international community (Canada, US, UK, and others) failed the many Alis, Omrans, and Syrians in this war. They died and suffered under our watch. We, the member states of United Nations, love to *talk* Responsibility to Protect (RTP) doctrine but usually end with massive “Failure to Protect” unless our national interests (oil, other resources, our own securities) are at stake. Have we not learned enough from the tragedies in Rwanda and the Balkans in the 1990s? I hope/wish and agree that “Omran’s picture must be a turning point in Syria’s war“. And I will add my voice to urge our Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan to try to do what is right, on our behalf.

At the end of the day, there is no escape that Ali and many other Syrians had died in this war, and Omrans and many other Syrians suffered under our watch and we failed them. Whether we keep on failing our Syrian brothers and sisters, letting them die, allowing the refugee crisis to get even worse, or we say enough is enough and actually commit to stop this massive human atrocity, it is up to us “word citizens” to tell our governments what need to be done.

The arc of the moral universe may be long, but it decidedly and increasingly does not always bend toward justice. Why does that matter? Because it means that too many children will never get to grow up, period. Let alone grow up in a morale universe that bends towards justice.” – The Honourable Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella (1946 – ), Closing Remarks at Nuremberg Symposium – May 4, 2016

Ref1: “Brother of Boy Who Became Face of Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis Dies

Ref2: “Omran’s picture must be a turning point in Syria’s war

A week later another colleague from M10 hospital rang me and told me he had treated Omran, the young boy whose picture had gone viral on social media. To be honest, I had not seen the picture. He simply wanted to tell me that the boy had survived and he had treated his deep scalp wound and he was going to be discharged home.

I asked him whether he wanted to go on television and contacted the BBC and Channel 4. He was willing to do this but not to show his face, as he would surely have been targeted by the regime. To see him talking on my television brought a lump to my throat. He is the kindest and nicest human being I’ve ever worked with. He has been there from the start of the war and his only words on the television were: “Please help us.” […]

The picture of this little boy must be a turning point in this war. It must not be looked at and forgotten within 24 hours. I have pictures on my phone and in my computer of all the cases that I dealt with when I was in Aleppo. These images are far worse than the image of Omran. They are of dead and dying children. I have given lectures showing these pictures and have had people in the audience crying. Why has the world become heartless?

When President Obama talked about crossing the red line after 400 children were killed by chemical weapons outside Damascus in 2013, he was awaiting the outcome of a vote on action in the British parliament. In the end it was close, with 285-272 voting against military action against the Syrian regime. If the west had shown strong leadership, I have no doubt that the Syrian military hierarchy would have collapsed. George Osborne said prophetically: “I hope this doesn’t become a moment when we turn our back on all the world’s problems.” It’s not often that a politician gets it right, but he did then.

I packed my gas mask and spent six weeks in Aleppo just after that statement in 2013.

[HT Zohreen]

Story of Syrian boy moves CNN anchor to tears

Shall Copyright Law trump Freedom of Press? NASCAR and Encana seem to think so.

Tuesday, 26 February, 2013

Shall Copyright Law trump Freedom of Press? The senior executives NASCAR and Encana seem to think copyright law should be more powerful than many people will permit it to be. I for one would love the Supreme Court of US and Supreme Court of Canada to decide some of these “copyright” cases so that any potentially ruthless & illegal actions cannot be taken again in US and Canada! Of course, IANAL (I am not a lawyer) and I rely on further instructions and guidelines from the justices at the two Supreme Courts to decide one way or another in each of the countries. Quoting an Feb 21st article by me,

“It should be noted that copyright law has been used in Canada in recent years to over-reach (in my opinion) into other unrelated areas. Take Euro-Excellence Inc. v. Kraft Canada Inc., 2007 SCC 37, [2007] 3 S.C.R. 20, a Supreme Court of Canada judgment on Canadian copyright law as an example, it ultimately is a case about the import of chocolate that somehow got twisted into a case about copyright.”

For the case of NASCAR, see reports in Washington Post and Paid Content.

For the case of Encana, see my summary reporter in

Claimed “copyrighted” video clip in the NASCAR case:

Claimed “copyrighted” audio clip in the Encana case.

Rewind YouTube Style 2012 features Gangnam Style & Call Me Maybe

Tuesday, 18 December, 2012

Few hours ago YouTube released Rewind YouTube Style 2012 featuring remixes of two of the most popular and frequently remixed songs on YouTube this year. Yes, they are of course Gangnam Style (973+ million views) & Call Me Maybe (361+ million views). I’ve no doubt that Rewind will gain millions of views thanks to being featured on the YouTube icon alone plus it has PSY and a long long long list of stars featured in Rewind. (see below)

To me, the two original songs are much more interesting than this Rewind remix. What do you think? In fact, some of the more interesting remixes of the two songs are likely more fun/entertaining to watch than Rewind. My personal favorite remixes include Gangnam for Freedom – Anish Kapoor and Friends (252K+ views) which was a direct result of Ai Weiwei’s 草泥马 Gangnam Style (994K+ views). And the Call Me Maybe – 2012 USA Olympic Swimming Team (10+ million views) remix.

note: This article is cross-posted by me to examiner.

p.s. Here is the long long long list of stars in featured in Rewind

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Worth your attention – 2012-03-15

Thursday, 15 March, 2012

Worth your attention – 2012-03-15,

* “PayPal Takes On Square, Launches ‘PayPal Here’ Credit Card Reader

* “‘Stop Kony’ screening tour cancelled after Ugandans react with outrage

Recapping #KONY2012 in 28 pictures – a perfect social media storm spotlight child soldiers

Saturday, 10 March, 2012

I’m amazed by the perfect social media storm created by #KONY2012 designed to spotlight Joseph Kony and the tragedy of child soldiers. I will use 28 screen-captured pix from #KONY2012 that I found illustrative to highlight the documentary’s strength, weakness, and intended / unintended consequences.

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It is indisputable that Joseph Kony is now a famous/infamous man known to the world especially the youth that supported #KONY2012. Does it make it easier to capture Kony? Or will this fame actually make Kony harder to be found? I don’t know. Extending a blunt observation made by Malcolm Gladwell in his 2011 speech, even with all the military resources and technologies of the United States, it still took the CIA over 10 years to find Osama bin Laden.

Of course, putting a bright spotlight on Kony has the benefit of bringing awareness to the tragedy of child soldiers up front which is important and I will address next.

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To me, one of the most important achievement of #KONY2012 is to bring the tragic problem of child soldiers up front to people’s and politicians’ minds. At the same time, the oversimplifications also fail in important ways which I will talk about later.

I first learned about child soldiers in 2008 from Romeo Dallaire (his actions saved the lives of ~32,000 people in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide where an estimated 800,000 people were murdered) at Engineers Without Border in Calgary – Are all humans – Humans? Here is a video clip of Dallaire talking about his battle to end child soldiers in Nov 2010.

 Note: Dallaire is the founder of the Child Soldiers Initiative, a project aimed at eradicating the use of child soldiers (see the team bios), and author of “They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children: The Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers“.

Another clips of talking about Child Soldiers, the special tragedy of girl child soldiers, Responsibility to Protect doctrine.

Watch the insightful and chilling TVO interview “Former child soldier Ishmael Beah recounts his past” [note: Ishmael also has written “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier“, borrow it and have a read.]

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I have serious reservation with Disney-fying or Pixar-fying complex and nuanced real world problems with Read the rest of this entry »

Angry Dad’s Facebook parenting for the troubled teen – Teachable moments

Friday, 10 February, 2012

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The YouTube video “Facebook Parenting: For the troubled teen” has gone viral with over 2.1 million views since posting two days ago on Feb 8, 2012.

In the video, Tommy Jordan, dad of a 15-year-old daughter, publicly discussed and responded to his daughter’s Facebook status complain.

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What turned the video viral happend near the end of the clip where Tommy took out a gun and shot her daughter’s notebook computer to “put a stop” to her disrespectful behaviour.

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Gun as Parenting Duct Tape?

In a heated but yet civil KRNV TV debate (thx host Melissa) this morning, an American friend pointed out that the dad shot the computer on his private land to teach his teenage daughter a lesson, whats wrong with it? Well, there is nothing legally wrong. After all, it is just a computer and no one got hurt. What I have problem with is using gun as a parenting tool.

To me, taking out a gun to solve a parenting problem has simply gone too far, even if it is to shoot an inanimate object, a computer, to teach a lesson. The dad wrote, “As her father, I’ll definitely do what I say I will, both positive and negative and she can depend on that. She no longer has any doubt about that.” Sure, shooting and destroying the computer showed the dad will do what he said. At the same time, the dad also also showing bring out a gun to teach a lesson is OK. I don’t know if other parents will flow, I hope not. But I worry more about what will other children learn after watching this viral video? To me, the implicit while unintended lesson is that the destructive and wowing power of gun gets the job done. It shut someone up. Is this an acceptable lesson to learn for children?

Public & World Stage: Facebook status & YouTube video

The teenage daughter was wrong to use Facebook status to write disrespectful open messages about her parents. At the same time, the dad, the supposedly responsible adult here, was wrong to pose a public YouTube video to shame his daughter. Working in the IT industry, he should have know that a public (or even a private) video can get out of the intended target audience. Determined kids could have copy and extracted a private video and post it public. And once the video has gone viral, it is game over, no way to take it back because copies will have been kept by someone somewhere out there.

I will not be surprised that soon Tommy’s daughter’s name will be published and known. And if they decided to accept TV interviews, the daughter will be in the “public domain” too. And both of them will likely be associated with this negative story and the viral video for a long time to come.

Teachable moments

* If you have the urge to publicly shame your parents or children, or friends, my advice: don’t.

* Try to be careful of what you post, share, or say online. Because sometimes things may inevitably get outside of your intended audience and may even get out of control.

* Finally, if and when that inevitable thing does get out of control, try to laugh at it and try to learn something from it. No one is perfect. And in our internet age, unless we completely close ourselves up, there are bound to be funny pix, photos, stories of us floating around somewhere. Be forgiving of others’ faults and failings. Again, no one is perfect. Remember the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.

* This story is likely not finished yet. I am waiting for NextMedia to give it a Taiwan animation treatment! :) For the sake of the daughter (and the father), I hope they can laugh with us.


Since the daughter is “grounded“, I have no choice but to rely on the one-sided comment from the dad. Following is a direct word-for-word quote from Tommy Jordon’s Facebook page (emphasis added). (note: at press time, Li’s TorStar article has, unfortunately, only used one line from Tommy’s lengthy reply. I have quoted Tommy in full to be fair to him.)

“Media Response to Anita Li, from the Toronto Star

Since you took the time to email us with your requests like we asked, I’ll take the time to give you an honest follow-up response. You’ll have to forgive me for doing so publicly though; again I want to be sure my words are portrayed the way I actually say them, not cut together to make entirely different points.

Your questions were:
Q: Why did you decide to reprimand your daughter over a public medium like YouTube?

A: Well, I actually just had to load the video file itself on YouTube because it’s a better upload process than Facebook, but the intended audience was her Facebook friends and the parents of those friends who saw her post and would naturally assume we let our children get away with something like that. So, to answer “Why did you reprimand her over a public medium like Facebook” my answer is this: Because that’s how I was raised. If I did something embarrassing to my parents in public (such as a grocery store) I got my tail tore up right there in front of God and everyone, right there in the store. Read the rest of this entry »

smart thief caught on cam

Thursday, 19 January, 2012

Smart thief caught on cam. I used to pay to watch stuff like this! :) 3.6+ million views in less than 20 days, not bad!

Michael Bublé, 15-year-old Sam and his mom Paula Holyman

Thursday, 8 December, 2011

Michael Buble and Sam Holyman on stage

Michael Bublé is one super cool Canadian singer recently featured on 60 Minutes (the behind the scene stuff is a ton of fun to watch). Have a watch of the following GREAT video of Michael and the 15-year-old Sam singing on stage after his brave mom Paula Holyman created the opportunity.

Check out this BBC Radio interview with Sam singing, “Teenager Sam Holyman sings at Michael Buble concert – A Stafford teenager got the surprise of his life when jazz singer Michael Buble invited him to perform live on stage.

Also see this Toronto Star piece with quote from Sam’s mom Paula “Video: 15-year-old’s impromptu performance wows Bublé

Royal Wedding (T-Mobile spoof)

Monday, 18 April, 2011

The ad agency that does T-Mobile ads has done it again with a great viral video (posted April 15, with over 4.6 million views already)! Let me say it again, ads that are good enough that people have fun watching are willingly reposting for you are simply priceless. See this CBC News video report.

Also check out this previous T-mobile ad campaign.

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