Mourning Benazir

Last night as I was on the phone with my mom, flicking the channel, my eyes became glued to BBC and CNN. Benazir Bhutto had been shot and the channels were reporting the progress by the minute until finally the inevitable happened. Ms. Bhutto died.

This news really troubles and upsets me. Her father had been sentenced to death and now she too suffers similar fate much like the Gandhi family in India. Further news reported that her brothers also died in suspect circumstances much earlier. Knowing this I have so much more respect for her. There has been many death in her family because of politics yet she didn’t shy away. She returned. Back to her birth land and resume the family mantle.

I can not help but admire her courage and determination. She led a comfortable life abroad. But she returned. She got power, over throned and went back abroad. Again, she wasn’t slumming it abroad so she could just stay there indefinitely. Yet she returned. Bombers marked her arrivals. But it didn’t deter her. She could’ve chosen the easy lifestyle but choose politics instead, knowing full well what dangers lies ahead. She just keep on going and going until bullets stops her. And it makes me furious.

You don’t have to agree with her politics, indeed there has been allegation of corruption during her days in power. I remember when she first became PM my Pakistani friends were split into two, those that supports and those that don’t. Interestingly, those that don’t didn’t disagree because of her politics but because of her gender. I want to know what she stands for, yet I got a diatribe about how a women should never become leaders which makes me even more curious. When women enters into politics, surely her gender shouldn’t matter? Surely her agenda and manifesto matters more? I understand that politics is often dirty but silencing your opponents by killing them?

I don’t know Ms. Bhutto, I am not even sure what her campaigns are. But I do know this, there’s no excuse for her assassination. I hope no one in my country would think that assassination is a bright idea to keep your grip on power. You can not shut people by violence. You do not keep in power by oppressing people forever. Yes, I know it happened and still happened in many parts of the world but vox populi vox dei. People can only ‘tolerate’ injustice for so long. They will fight back. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow or even next month, but it will happen.

Goodbye Ms. Benazir Bhutto, I mourn for you. I wish the best for your family and your country.

of fever and high temperature

As a parent, there’s probably nothing worse than having a sick child. Especially a child who in the morning was still doing just fine then come afternoon suddenly drops ill and spike a fever at night. Altough parents are supposed to be calm still, panic sets in when the temperature reads 39.1c all sorts of deadly diseases starts popping to mind, pneumokokus, meningitis, dengue fever, etc etc etc. It’s like once the train of thought starts, you can’t stop it. I really shouldn’t think like that but sometimes you can’t help it. Listening her cries of,”Mama Mama… I want Mama…” really breaks your heart because there’s nothing you can do to protect her from that pain except hug her really hard and hope that some of the pain transfer to you. So you take her to the ER and hope and pray the dr there can work their miracles…

3 Cara Mudah Menyikapi Berita/Postingan di Internet

Sekarang ini, banyak sekali informasi simpang siur di milis dan internet. Ada yang memang valid tapi ada banyak juga yang nggak jelas. Seperti minggu lalu, banyak yang dihebohkan oleh berita tayangan sesat yang ternyata hanyalah tayangan drama biasa. Bagaimana kita membedakan antara info yang benar dari ngawur?

  1. Bacalah isi emel/postingan dari awal sampai akhir!

Jangan hanya membaca paragraph awal lalu langsung pencet icon forward. Ini karena ada banyak emel berantai yang tentunya tidak perlu kita sebar2kan. Apa kita percaya nasib kita ditentukan oleh banyaknya emel yang kita kirim? Kalau tidak kita sebarkan ke 5 orang maka kita akan sial? Kalaupun misalnya isi dari emel berantai itu memang bermanfaat, hapuslah embel2 “sebarkan ke x teman”. Tapi mayoritas hal2 berantai ini isinya biasanya sih nggak beres jadi delete saja.

  1. Jangan gampang terhasut!

Pikirkan dulu konteks keadaan saat menerima postingan tersebut. Misalnya kita mendapat kabar akan ada tayangan sesat lagi, coba stop dulu trus pikirkan, saat ini bulan apa dan apakah ada hari besar yang akan dirayakan. Kalau iya, maka amat sangat lazim bahwa akan ada tayangan bernuansa agama tertentu. Lha ya mau merayakan hari besar masa iya nggak boleh?

  1. Cek kebenaran informasi tersebut!

Kalau kita bisa mendapat emel dan bergabung dalam milis, maka kemungkinan besar kita juga bisa mengakses google, yahoo atau search2 engine semacamnya. Misalnya kita mendapat berita tentang vaksin yang mematikan, cek dulu! Cek ke situs2 kesehatan yang terpecaya, biasanya pasti ada liputan atau artikel mengenai topik2 kesehatan populer semisal vaksinasi. Tanya langsung ke dokter yang kita percaya, apa pendapat beliau mengenai hal ini. Cek dulu sebelum meforward dan membuat panik orang banyak. Kalau misalnya kita tidak tau kemana harus konfirmasi, tidak masalah kita posting ke milis asalkan kita beri catatan: Berita ini benar atau hoax sih? Ada yang tau? Dengan begitu penerima postingan kita sadar bahwa yang dia baca ini belum terbukti kebenarannya dan menghindari panik2 masal.

Sekedar tambahan informasi, sepanjang pengetahuan saya, televisi Indonesia tidak akan secara sengaja menyiarkan tayangan yang isinya mengajarkan kesesatan, misalnya “Cara Sukses Menyantet Musuh!” Bahwa kemudian ada acara yang menayangkan reka kejadian kriminal secara gamblang, atau sinetron berbau mistis serta vulgar itu hal lain lagi dan bisa diperdebatkan di lain kesempatan.

Selamat bermilis J

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Pelem lokal pasti… ?

Bahwa film lokal banyak yang ‘kacangan’ itu mungkin saja. Tapi toh tetap dari sekian kacang-kacangan ada juga kan yang lezat dan bergizi. Apakah banyaknya kacang itu sudah menutup kemungkinan bahwa film berikutnya bisa lezat dan bergizi? Haruskah kita masuk ke bioskop dengan prasangka, “Pasti jelek!” biar nggak kecewa-kecewa amat pas kelar nonton en pelemnya asli jelek? Yee… ngapain amat ke bioskop? Mending ke seberangnya, makan Mi GM ya nggak seeeh….

Ato gw aja kali ya yang kelewat optimis?