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我反對列德育及國民教育科為必修科,但我不反對愛國,甚至不反對愛共產黨,雖然我不認同共產主義,但在民主體制裡,我認同每個人有權以不傷害別人的方式愛自己所愛的。

那為什麼要反對德育及國民教育科為必修科呢?其實,以情感主導教育孩子愛國的課程或活動,很多組織都有主辦,大家可以自由選擇參加,但當德育及國民教育單獨成科,並成為學校必修科,且將學生參與活動的紀錄存檔並流傳至學生就讀的所有學校時,則反對的人毫無選擇的餘地,這是德育及國民教育科不應存在的根本原因。國民教育科最大的問題,在於其在根本上剝奪選擇的權利,正如共產黨不是問題,甚至共產黨在民主體制下當選也不是問題(只要她不一上台就跳進共產主義中社會主義時期一黨專政模式),共產黨一黨專政才是問題。事實上,任何黨派一黨專政都是問題,所以如何一黨專政才好,這問題根本不成立,因為前設「一黨專政」已經錯了。故此,如何教學德育與國民教育一科,這問題根本不成立,因為前設「德育與國民教育科是必修科」,已經錯了。保留各人的選擇權,這是人權中重要的一環。

我認同有必要了解國情,認同德育的重要,也認同公民應認識公民的權利和義務,但要了解國情,則史實才是重點,中國歷史科應重列為必修科,以史實說明國情,不應以情主導;如果要培育品德(德育),老實說,這應該是家長的責任,學校是兒童實踐家教(家庭德育)的地方,老師則協助兒童實踐德育;公民的權利和義務,這在小學的常識科,中學的通識科(或以前的經濟及政治行政),早已有非常詳盡的教材。德育、公民、國情三者,互不為因果,不應混為一談。

品德與國民,其實是兩種截然不同的概念。品德是整個人的素質,國民卻只是個人其中的一種身份。良好品德是普世價值,但國民身份卻是依據身處的時代和國家而定的,每個國家在不同年代不同政權下,對良好國民有不同的定義。與國民身份相符的品德要求,與普世的品德要求,並不必然相同。在納粹德國時期,良好國民就是逼害非日耳曼人,這明顯與普世品德價值中的仁愛、和平相違,當得了良好德國國民,當不成良好世界公民;在中國文革期間,良好國民是先愛黨後愛父母,要求批鬥父母師長,這明顯與普世品德價值的敬愛父母相違,當得了良好中國國民,當不成孝子賢孫。

德育與國民,有如立法、司法與行政三權,只可分立,不可混合。要建立可延續的社會,應教導普世品德價值,再讓個人根據自己的信念,自行選擇如何實踐國民身份。

沒有德育及國民教育科,大家依然可以選擇如何實踐國民身份,如何把德育與國民身份結合,但有了德育及國民教育科,結合德育與國民身份,便成了所有人的必修科,再沒有選擇的權利。

請讓下一代有選擇的權利。

All of the following voting results are taken from http://www.legcovotes.net . Legovotes.net has tables on more motions but for convenience’ sake, I’ve only taken the most concerned ones to be included here. If you’re interested in knowing more about how candidates voted in the past, head over to their website, please (sadly, it’s only available in Chinese…).

List Number/Party Constitution Reform Collective Bargaining Right Academic Freedom Revise National Education Freedom of Press
1.League of Social Democrats against for for absent absent
2:FTU against for against against against
6,9:DAB for absent against against against
13.Liberal Party for against against against against
7:People Power against for for abstain for
10:Labour Party against for for for for
3,11,14:Democratic Party for for for for for
15:Civic Party against for for for for
12:Neo Democrats against for for for for

Note1:

  1. Since this is a track record of how candidates or the party the candidates belong to voted in the past. Independent candidates who was not a Legco member are not included in the table. A list of all candidates can be found at the bottom of this page.
  2. FTU = Federation of Trade Unions
  3. DAB = Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong

Note2:

About the five motions listed above:

  1. Constitution Reform was raised by the government in 2010. The draft by the government enlarged the committee responsible for electing the Chief Executive of HK from 800 to 1200 members. A new functional constituency was to be formed and elected by district councillors. A few days before the vote, the Democratic Party suggested the “one person, two votes mode", which was accepted by Beijing. In return, the Democratic Party voted for the motion and the motion was passed. Universal suffrage for Legco and Chief Executive in 2012 was thus denied.
  2. The motion to give employees the Collective Bargaining Right was raised by FTU. It was supported by all pan-democratice parties and FTU. However, it was opposed by most councillors from functional constituencies. DAB members either did not show for vote or abstained. As a result, the motion was denied.
  3. The motion to protect scholars from being threatened for their academic researches was raised by Cheung Man Kwong from Democratic Party in light of Dr. Chung from HKU being criticised by Chinese officials for his polling research. Among the Legco members who voted against the motion, several of them (four from DAB, two from Liberal Party) were board directors of local universities.
  4. Albert Ho from Democratic Party raised a motion to revise the curriculum of National Education (note that he was not asking to retract the whole curriculum). The motion was then revised by other pan-democratic councillors. In short, they tried to protect the freedom and independence of teachers and ensure that the curriculum includes the whole of the truth about China. The motion was denied since Liberal Party, FTU, DAB and most members from functional constituencies voted against it.
  5. The motion to protect freedom of press was raised by Emily Lau from Democratic Party after HK journalists were beaten up and detained by Xinjiang officials. Though Ip Kwok Him from DAB gave a speech that supports freedom of press, all DAB members voted against the motion. The motion was thus denied.

Complete List of candidates in NTE:

Red = pro-Beijing Green = pro-democratic Black = Independent

Candidates are marked as pro-Beijing, pro-democratic or Independent by their track record or affiliation with other organisations or parties taking reference from http://election.thehousenews.com

Number Candidates Party Name
1 LEUNG KWOK HUNG League of Social Democrats
2 IP WAI MING, WONG WANG TO, CHING NGON LAI, KAN SIU KEI, TSANG KING CHUNG KENT, CHEUNG KWOK WO FTU
3 LAU WAI HING EMILY, OR YIU LAM RICKY, LAM SIU CHUNG FRANKIE, LAM WING YIN Democratic Party
4 LEUNG ON KAY ANGEL Independent
5 PONG SCARLETT OI LAN, TAM LANNY, LAW KWONG KEUNG, CHAN KWOK TIM, SO CHUN MAN, LAM CHUNG YAN, LEUNG KA FAI, CHAN MAN KUEN, TANG WING CHEONG Civil Force/New Forum
6 QUAT ELIZABETH, CHONG YUEN TUNG, LI SAI WING, LI KA LEUNG PHILIP, TUNG KIN LEI, KI LAI MEI, WONG PING FAN DAB
7 CHAN CHI CHUEN RAYMOND, YUEN MI MING ERICA People Power
8 YAU WING KWONG, TONG PO CHUN, CHAN CHO LEUNG, PANG SHU WAN, LAU WAI LUN, SHING KWOK CHU, MAN CHEN FAI, TANG KWONG WING, LOK SHUI SANG Economic Synergy
9 CHAN HAK KAN, LAU KWOK FAN, WONG PIK KIU, LARM WAI LEUNG, WOO KIN MAN CLEMENT, YIU MING DAB
10 CHEUNG CHIU HUNG, KWOK WING KIN Labour Party
11 TSOI YIU CHEONG RICHARD, AU CHUN WAH, MAK YUN PUI, KWONG MEI NA Democratic Party
12 FAN GARY KWOK WAI, YAM KAI BONG, LEUNG LI, LEUNG WING HUNG, KWAN WING YIP, YAU MAN CHUN, CHUNG KAM LUN, CHEUNG KWOK KEUNG, YUNG MING CHAU MICHAEL Neo Democrats
13 TIEN PEI CHUN JAMES, CHOW LIANG SHUK YEE SELINA, LEUNG CHI WAI, LIU KWOK WAH Liberal Party
14 WONG SING CHI, LAW SAI YAN Democratic Party
15 TONG KA WAH RONNY, YEUNG ALVIN NGOK KIU Civic Party
16 HO MAN KIT RAYMOND Independent
17 PONG YAT MING Independent
18 FONG KWOK SHAN CHRISTINE Independent
19 CHAN KWOK KEUNG Independent

Independent Candidates:

Ok, I must admit that I don’t know the independent candidates that well apart from No.17 Pong Yat Ming. He is well known for his real-life experiment on living without the services provided by the tycoons for an year. Here is an interview on WSJ website.

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Do NOT carry a teddy bear around in a shopping mall.

The fourth of June.
We are still in tears.
1989.06.04 – the day we shall not forget.

A scene I saw a couple years ago on the way home at night after work: a lady sitting on the bench while her husband (or boyfriend) standing right in front of her. She was asleep with her head resting on his palm. The man kept as still as he could even though his hand was obviously numb already. The sweetest pillow I have ever seen.

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歸根究柢,蝗蟲的出現,並不是蝗蟲本身的錯。蝗蟲也並不是某地特產,其實各地都有,只是搶的對象不同而已。問題其實不在蝗蟲的出現,而是「為什麼會變成蝗蟲?」那是因為對身處環境的現狀與未來不安,對前景感到惶恐,只能盡一己之力,自求多福,急功近利,惟恐今天不享受,明天可能連僅有的都失去。這一切,不全是蝗蟲的錯,真正的錯,在造成令蝗蟲不安的在上位者。如果對前景充滿信心,在自家家園感到安心,誰要離家出走?要不是為明天憂慮,誰要把子女往鄰居送?如果家裏的食物能吃,誰要出家門搶買?所以,我們要反的,其實不是蝗蟲,這是治標而不治本的。

我們要反的,應該是造成不公、不義、不安的源頭。

再說,如果看門人不開門,你以為能出家門嗎?某林君早前說政府的人口政策成功,是很成功的,但那是自訂的人口政策嗎?政治、經濟、民生,其實都不在我們手裏,現在勉強能說法治還在,但某自稱孔子後代的教授,早前不明說了對法治的蔑視嗎?他那視頻,重點不在動物,而在對法治的蔑視。蝗蟲怎麼突然來了?這個時候,這個情勢,是蝗蟲生存的最佳條件嗎?蝗蟲根本不是主角。我們還要反蝗嗎?那其實無關痛癢。

我們要反的,應該是造成不公、不義、不安的源頭。

我所使你們被擄到的那城,你們要為那城求平安,為那城禱告耶和華;因為那城得平安,你們也隨著得平安。(耶利米書29:7)

這一節,從沒如此明白過。

In the end, the occurrence  of locusts is not the locusts’ fault. Locust is not a special species born in  one particular place. In fact, they exist everywhere. The things they consumer maybe different, though. The question is actually not the occurrence of locusts but “why did they become locusts?" It is due to the anxiety towards the present and the future of where one is in. The fear for what may come drives one to do whatever he/she can to grab whatever he/she can grab now. For if they don’t grab it now, they may lose even the only bit in their hands tomorrow. All this is not the fault of the locusts. The real fault lies in the one up there who made the locusts unrest. If the future is bright and home is nice, who would run away? If not being anxious about tomorrow, who would leave their children to their neighbors? If food at home is edible, who would take food from their neighbors? What we should go against, therefore, is not the locusts. It is not the core of the problem.

What we should go against, is the origin of unfairness, unjustness, and unrest.

Besides, if the doorkeeper did not open the door, how could one go through the door and leave the house? Some Mr. Lam said earlier that the population policy of the government has succeeded. Yes, indeed. But which government? Politics, economics and livelihood: none of these is in our hands. We can only say that we still have judicial independence. However, one Prof. Kong, who claimed himself to be a descendant of the Confucius, publicly showed his loathing of law. In his video, which was aired on an internet video station owned by a national company, animal was not the main character but his loathing of law. Why did locusts come? Is this time, this circumstance the best living condition for locusts? Locust is not the main character. Are we still going against them? This is irrelevant.

What we should go against, is the origin of unfairness, unjustness, and unrest.

Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper. (Jeremiah 29:7)

I have never understood this verse better before.

I’ve been using the iPhone for nearly 3 years and iPad for nearly two years, and I’ve bought NUMEROUS apps. But, which apps do I actually use frequently or find them useful? I’ve finally decided to make a list:
Apps that I use on (almost) daily basis
Apps that got both an iPhone version and iPad version (universal or not):
Mail and Safari: Indispensable.
Calendar – I use a Mac. It syncs really well across my iMac, iPad and iPhone.
Reminders – I’ve got tons of to-do apps but eventually I’m using Reminders. Simple and syncs well and …Siri integration on iPhone.
BibleReader (universal)- A Bible app that I’ve been using since Palm era. The NIV Bundle that I bought almost 10 years ago is now working on my Mac, iPhone and iPad. Notes and highlights can be synced across platform. The best Bible app so far. In-app purchases work on all platforms as well. I’ve bought Bible dictionaries and various commentaries already. I like the split screen option that allows me to pull up both NIV and Expository Commentary at the same time. The way it shows up linked scripture is unobtrusive and intuitive. Really helps in studying the Bible. It actually makes me want to read the Bible more often.
MobileRSSI like the iPad version more but it’s easier to read on iPhone on a crowded train.
GoodReader – This app just gets better and better. I really regret having bought iAnnotate like two days before GoodReader enhanced their annotation UI and tabbed view (=_=!). The ability to add two different DropBox accounts and various FTPs is really helpful. It also allows you to edit TEXT files. It supports a WIDE range of file formats as well.
Facebook – Well, what else can you do with Facebook other than… Facebook-ing?
IM+
– Stay connected with friends on MSN, Facebook, ICQ, AIM…etc (And stay invisible when I want / need to)
iPhone:
Clock – I do use the clock to set alarms.
Phone and Messages – I do use Messages a lot more after iMessage is activated.
Camera – I use it mostly for video taking in lesson (taping my students’ playing – I teach piano and violin) or when I need quick snaps. For still photos, I use the next one below…
Camera+ Extremely useful camera app. Nice filters with good integration with Facebook and Twitter.
MoneyWell I use MoneyWell on Mac to keep track of my expenditure and income. They sync through DropBox.
Whatsapp – Stay connected! (And stay invisible when I want / need to)

iPad:

ForScore – Indispensable app for musicians and music teachers. I’ve put MANY scores (in PDF) in this app (1.1GB now) but it rarely crashes. It has half-page turns which is really useful. It also allows you to annotate the score with musical signs and high-lighters. It also provides a way to mark DC, DS, repeats, and Coda so that you can jump to where you need to by one tap. US$4.99 well spent.
Noteshelf – Best note-taking app I’ve tried so far. I’ve bought TONS of note-taking apps (I’ve even written a detailed review on all these apps) but this is the app that I use most frequently. It takes hand-written notes and, with the latest update, typed notes as well. Images can be imported into the app for annotation. Notes can be exported as image or PDF. Export options include Email, Dropbox, and Evernote. BTW, the UI is really beautiful yet with no compromise whatsoever on functionality. US$4.99 well spent again.
Apps that I don’t use on daily basis but find really useful:
Apps that work on both iPhone and iPad
PlainTextA nice universal FREE app for simple note-taking. Integrated with DropBox. Clean UI made just right.
PagesI take meeting minutes with Pages on iPad. I have QuickOffice too but I rarely use it. Pages is way more elegant. I usually just send minutes right from my iPad to my PC-user colleagues and they never complained. So… I think compatibility is not an issue. (Well, I do avoid using tables but lists are just fine.)
iBooks – I guess it’s because I never really bought books from Amazon so iBooks is the app I turn to when I read ebooks. And I do buy ebooks from iBookStore. I don’t read PDF on iBooks, though. I use GoodReader instead.
AppShopper – INDISPENSABLE app for all iDevice users. (Well, there’re many apps for the same purpose out there. They’re all good… just grab one you like!)
iPhone:
Japanese – A well-built Japanese dictionary, phrase book, and study tool app.
Dictionaries – Oxford Music Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Cambridge Dictionary…etc. I usually buy dictionaries when they are free (Oxford Music Dictionary is probably the only one that I actually paid for). Besides, now we have built-in dictionary on iPhone and iPad (select word > define). I have a couple French and German dictionaries as well.
Cardmon – a nice little app for making cards to email or post on Facebook. (I got it when it’s free.)
Flava – a nice little journal app that takes photos, map clips, text notes etc. Integrated with Facebook, Evernote, Twitter etc. (Again, I got it when it’s free.)
Genius Scan – Best scan app I’ve tried so far. Excellent B/W rendering. Creates clean and crisp PDF / JPEG images.
iPad:
Skitch Great Free app for quick annotation on pictures / maps / web clips.
(I began writing this entry on WordPress web version on Safari but it was PAINFULLY SLOW. Adding hyperlink to text is such a cumbersome work. Eventually, I opened up the long-forgotten MacJournal app and phew… so much easier. I begin to like MacJournal…finally.)

[Update 7/28/2012: BROKEN again! OS 10.8 Mountain Lion with Safari 6.0 Read this post for details.]

[Update 7/7/2012: It WORKS again! OS 10.7.4 Lion with Safari 5.1.7 Read comments for extra notes.]

Got an email from IRD that I should login to eTax and fill out the tax form. So I headed over to eTax…just to find out that it is…

NOT working again.

Lion is too big a cat that our government can deal with.

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