「我離港前到過一間精神科醫院。當時有位病人禮貌地問，一個以作為世上最悠久民主政體而自傲的國家，如何能夠將此地交給一個政治制度非常不同的國家，且既沒諮詢當地公民，又沒給予他們民主的前景，好讓他們捍衞自己的將來。一個隨行同事說，奇怪，香港提出最理智問題的人，竟在精神科醫院。」彭定康 金融時報“During a visit to a mental hospital before I left Hong Kong, a patient politely asked me how a country that prided itself on being the oldest democracy in the world had come to be handing over his city to another country with a very different system of government, without either consulting the citizens or giving them the prospect of democracy to safeguard their future. Strange, said one of my aides, that the man with the sanest question in Hong Kong is in a mental hospital.”Chris Patten Financial Times
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Saturday, May 12, 2007
前天在 Cbox 答一位網友的留言時說:
昨天 post 了一篇有關“美聯儲局維持利率不變”
究竟香港人咁努力賺錢﹐有幾多是貢獻畀的大商家大銀行﹐我無資料。但衣食住行﹐柴米油鹽﹐通通或多或少掌握在財團 Conglomerate 虎爪中。
就拿買包鹽﹐點解咁貴? 除了零售商的人力外﹐燈油火蠟(大公用事業商)﹐運輸要電油(油商)﹐鋪租(大業主)﹐批發商(大商行) 等等! 鹽的售價是生產成本的幾多陪呢? 我相信九十九個巴仙入了大財團 Conglomerate 虎爪中﹐ 打工賺錢其實就是供養大財團 Conglomerate。
如果能夠反樸歸真﹐學學 陶淵明﹐不為伍斗米折腰﹐歸於田園﹐簡簡單單﹐起碼不需貢獻給大財團 Conglomerate!
微豆 : 【歸園田居】
Friday, May 11, 2007
Federal Reserve Press Release 2007-05-09
The Federal Open Market Committee decided today to keep its target for the federal funds rate at 5-1/4 percent.
Economic growth slowed in the first part of this year and the adjustment in the housing sector is ongoing. Nevertheless, the economy seems likely to expand at a moderate pace over coming quarters.
Core inflation remains somewhat elevated. Although inflation pressures seem likely to moderate over time, the high level of resource utilization has the potential to sustain those pressures.
In these circumstances, the Committee's predominant policy concern remains the risk that inflation will fail to moderate as expected. Future policy adjustments will depend on the evolution of the outlook for both inflation and economic growth, as implied by incoming information.
Voting for the FOMC monetary policy action were: Ben S. Bernanke, Chairman; Timothy F. Geithner, Vice Chairman; Thomas M. Hoenig; Donald L. Kohn; Randall S. Kroszner; Cathy E. Minehan; Frederic S. Mishkin; Michael H. Moskow; William Poole; and Kevin M. Warsh.
明報即時財經 (07-05-10 21:45)
HSBC 匯丰 (滙豐 0005) 已經為美國物業二按撇賬﹐損手在先﹐希望不要難埋腳在後﹐成為Total Losses! 美國聯邦利率不下﹐相信物業按揭仍有很多壞賬。
D學者話好﹐有利於出口! 匯率低有惠遊客消費! 香港有乜製造出口? 充其量是轉口內地產品﹐但香港人的衣食住行﹐柴米油鹽﹐都是靠入口﹐港幣對人民幣匯率跌了多少﹐大家心裡有數。
對於香港由通縮轉頭通漲﹐各位高薪厚高職可能不覺﹐我呢D 底層打工仔﹐壓力重擔愈來愈大﹐社會貧富懸殊加劇。澳門已經在 5-1 遊行顯露出來﹐曾政府如果還是發其CEPA﹑九加二的春秋大夢﹐7-1 整一鑊勁o既在胡總面前出醜。
Thursday, May 10, 2007
七o尺五o寸的姚明﹐今季代表火箭七場季後賽後﹐提早收例﹐接受腳部手術。 而火箭隊亦再次緣盡 NBA 季後賽 PLAYOFF﹐又是首圈出局。(右圖是姚明季中受傷時的照片) 06 - 07 是姚明加盟 NBA 第幾屆? 除了商業價值﹐令多些中國人收看 NBA 籃球賽外﹐有甚麼建樹呢? 看幾場季後賽﹐火箭對猶他爵士隊的片段﹐姚明既是攻不堅守也不穩﹐入球撐不起球隊﹐防守常被猶他隊的矮仔前鋒﹐在膈胳底穿過上籃得分﹐雖然有人為姚明解釋﹐是球隊欠缺輔助球員﹐姚明也是人﹐不能打足全場四十八分鐘比賽。
Jazz 爵士 vs Rockets 火箭 from NBA.com Game 1: HOU 84, UTA 75 火箭勝 Game 2: HOU 98, UTA 90 火箭勝 Game 3: UTA 81, HOU 67 爵士勝 Game 4: UTA 98, HOU 85 爵士勝 Game 5: HOU 96, UTA 92 火箭勝 Game 6: UTA 94, HOU 82 爵士勝 Game 7: UTA 103, HOU 99 爵士勝Rockets Done with their first round playoff again !
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
I was at the corner grocery store buying some early potatoes. I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily appraising a basket of freshly picked green peas. I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes. Pondering the peas, I couldn't help overhearing the conversation between Mr. Miller (the store owner) and the ragged boy next to me.
"H'lo, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus' admirin' them peas. They sure look good."
"They are good, Barry. How's your Ma?"
"Fine. Gittin' stronger alla' time."
"Good. Anything I can help you with?"
"No, Sir. Jus' admirin' them peas."
"Would you like to take some home?" asked Mr. Miller.
"No, Sir. Got nuthin' to pay for 'em with."
"Well, what have you to trade me for some of those peas?"
"All I got's my prize marble here."
"Is that right? Let me see it" said Miller.
"Here 'tis. She's a dandy."
"I can see that. Hmmmmm, only thing is this one is blue and I sort of go for red. Do you have a red one like this at home?" the store owner asked.
"Not zackley but almost."
"Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this way let me look at that red marble". Mr. Miller told the boy.
"Sure will. Thanks Mr. Miller."
Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me. With a smile she said, "There are two other boys like him in our community, all three are in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas, apples, tomatoes, or whatever.
When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn't like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble or an orange one, when they come on their next trip to the store."
I left the store smiling to myself, impressed with this man. A short time later I moved to Colorado, but I never forgot the story of this man, the boys, and their bartering for marbles.
Several years went by, each more rapid than the previous one. Just recently I had occasion to visit some old friends in that Idaho community and while I was there, learned that Mr. Miller had died.
They were having his visitation that evening and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them. Upon arrival at the mortuary we fell into line to meet the relatives of the deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we could. Ahead of us in line were three young men.
One was in an army uniform and the other two wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts...all very professional looking. They approached Mrs. Miller, standing composed and smiling by her husband's casket.
Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her and moved on to the casket.
Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by one, each young man stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in the casket. Each left the mortuary awkwardly, wiping his eyes.
Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and reminded her of the story from those many years ago and what she had told me about her husband's bartering for marbles. With her eyes glistening, she took my hand and led me to the casket.
"Those three young men who just left were the boys I told you about. They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim "traded" them.
Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about color or size....they came to pay their debt."
"We've never had a great deal of the wealth of this world," she confided, "but right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho."
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
回看電影不很特出﹐相信當年沒有太多校園電影﹐並且由黑人當教師﹐去教化白人學生﹐成為賣點﹐兼且令人更認識 Sidney Poitier﹐雖然早于1964年 ﹐他已憑 Lilies of the Field (1963) 贏了一尊 最佳男主角 金像獎。
Lulu 的一曲 To Sir with LOVE 仍然有很多時聽到!
試聽 "To Sir with Love"
To Sir with LOVE Those schoolgirl days of telling tales and biting nails are gone But in my mind I know they will still live on and on But how do you thank someone who has taken you from crayons to perfume? It isn't easy, but I'll try If you wanted the sky I would write across the sky in letters That would soar a thousand feet high 'To Sir, With Love' Those awkward years have hurried by, why do they fly away Why is it, sir, that children grow up to be people one day What takes the place of climbing trees and dirty knees in the world outside What is there for you I can buy If you wanted the world I would surround it with a wallI would scrawl in words with letters ten feet tall' To sir, With Love' The time has come for closing books and long last looks must end And as I leave I know that I am leaving my best friend A friend who taught me right from wrong and weak from strong That's a lot to learn, but what can I give you in return? If you wanted the moon I would try to make a start But I would rather you let me give my heart 'To Sir, With Love'
Monday, May 07, 2007
A little boy went into a drug store, reached for a soda carton and pulled it over to the telephone. He climbed onto the carton so that he could reach the buttons on the phone and proceeded to punch in seven digits.
The store owner listened to the following conversation.
The boy asked, "Lady, Can you give me the job of cutting your lawn?"
The woman replied, "I already have someone to cut my lawn."
"Lady, I will cut your lawn for half the price of the person who cuts your lawn now."
The woman responded that she was very satisfied with the person who was presently cutting her lawn.
The little boy found more perseverance and offered, "Lady, I'll even sweep your curb and your sidewalk, so on Sunday you will have the prettiest lawn in all of North Palm Beach, Florida."
Again the woman answered in the negative.
With a smile on his face, the little boy disconnected and replaced the receiver.
The druggist, who was listening to all this, walked over to the boy and said, "Son... I really like your attitude, I like that positive spirit and your perseverance. I'm deeply impressed, and would like to offer you a job."
The little boy replied, "No thanks. I was just checking on the job I already have! The report about me is good !"
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Trailer: 'Under the Tuscan Sun'
他來自英國“英”雄也﹐遇到了「法籍佳人」﹐她對他不屑一顧﹐他獻盡慇懃﹐又呢樣﹐又個樣﹐晚餐後的邂逅﹐他想她跟他渡過海峽﹐跟他回去﹐她說: "NON" ﹐要跟奴家一起﹐你留下來入贅罷!
Trailer: 'A Good Year'
男追女 女追男 ！！！ 兩部電影 。。。。輕輕鬆松！