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TRUST V.S. CHECK AND BALANCE

After watching last night?s Burnaby council meeting, I can see we have a transparency and accountability situation in city hall.
Sadly I remember I did raise the issue 3 years ago.

It was very human for Mayor to say elected officers like councils are rightly to be monitored by public but not city officers.
As he put it public need to give some rooms for them to do the job.

Well, in a corrupted society, that can be the beginning of beautiful relation in cover up.
That is why we Asian are constantly to be reminded by western civilization of the importance of check and balance.
Like the saying goes, we are only human.
So trust from the system is more reliable.

We Asian are told government officer is there to serve the people.
He or she is doing a civil service.
They are civil servants.
People are the masters.
Mandarins from dynasty past no longer exist.

So when you are in civil service, you automatically are accountable and transparent to the public.
City councils are there to represent people to be sure of that.
NOTHING TO HIDE would be expected.
So it is odd to hear the ROOM need.
Like Mayor for being human, I have to ask WHY.

CHINESE HOLIDAY

May 31 on Chinese Lunar calendar is May 5.
That is a day to indicate the summer season is in.
And good folk lore has so many stories.
Dragon Boat is a big one as well as leaf wrapped rice with all kind of meat or vegetable.

Funny thing is this thousand year preserved holiday is registered by Korean as their cultural heritage with UN.
Chinese in China, Taiwan, HK and Singapore respond nothing so far.
Good tolerance I would say.

OK, SOCCER IS THE SPORT OF JUNE

Sport preference can tell where you come from.
My support to Edmonton is a sign of my Canadian?s sense of belonging.
And who can deny this is the best NBA play-off ever.

HARPER AND PRESS

Many had responded to me by saying I am on press? side.
Sorry, I am not.
Personally I am seeing the press? complaint as lazy not doing the homework and wanting things on a golden plate.

Why?
Water gate did have deep throat as a factor.
But the press was also doing the investigating job.
They got great deal of NO COMMET along the way too.

To me, a respectable press is capable to FIND the truth and then report.
That is a lot hard work on experience, judgment and wisdom of clarity.
So, complaint can be a good place to start.
I am on no side.
It is just wait and see.

INDIAN AIR HOSTESSES ON CHINESE AIRLINES

With more people visiting China from India, China?s airlines have to recruit new India air hostesses.
Air India is not operating in Canada.
Wonder which airline will be the first to use India hostess.

CANADIAN TRIUMPH IN PRO SPORT

My love of basketball allows me to savor the triumph of Steve Nash in NBA.
And Edmonton excites me for their impossible hockey achievement.

Nash is no Jordan.
But he shows the possibility of human determination.
Each Sun victory made me look for the face of Cuban.
His business calculation is not working on Nash?s spirit.

And hockey is starting to take space on my TV.
This June is sport fun for all Canadians.

IRAQ SYNDROME AND POWER BUBBLEVILLE

All movie fans remember Rambo and First Blood.
That one stood out as the best of Vietnam Syndrome.
It clearly defined the after math with US Vietnam veterans.
How they came back to normal society was the main issue.
I personally got to know a few who got back to school on GI Bill.
They were different.
And I was the one of few they could talk to.
Now US face the like again according to recent news.

Marines slay civilians in Iraq.
It made to MEET THE PRESS this weekend.
At same time CNN has the Pat Tillman story.
The football star turning marine really was the victim of US own fires.
The two years old story can be a cover up.

I can see Iraq Syndrome is coming.
New Rambo is in the making.
Killing field is the perfect lab for the work.
And we Canadians are in Afghan.
That is scary.

Also on THIS WEEK, a formal US Congressman talked about bubble in Washington.
In his words, power people in Washington no longer can connect with normal folks.
They live in a power bubble.
That shields them from reality of you and me.
The face of powerful Senator Warner on MEET THE PRESS convinced me just that.
For an instant, I feel he was exercising power at his own will.
He was not representing the people who voted him in.
Simply put.
He knows the best.

Sadly I can?t help but to wonder if Harper is on the same road.

Really?

Some real human face and body is the solution.
More the bank wants to hide behind the machine to avoid personal encounter.
Bad guy will always have the upper hand.

PHISHING

Royal Bank is being used this time.
What concerns me is this is our Olympic bank.
Personally I can think of many excuses to fool good Canadian.
Bank claims that no bank will ask for vital information on line.

BIRD FLU

It is people to people now.
7 deaths in same family in Indonesia confirmed just that.
Now with another big earthquake and thousands deaths, we have to be careful on all air traffic.
Maybe municipal emergency center needs planning now.