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The Digital Footprints, the Criminals with NO Place to Hide

Nobody can hide her/his tracks, in the high-tech age here, written by the professor of South Caroline University, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

An American teenager took the gun his father bought at the Thanksgiving sale to school and went on a shooting rampage, causing four fatalities, seven injuries; the legislator, Kao found of being abused and controlled by her boyfriend, and there were, four more victims found; the net armies are rash and spread the rumors online, trying, to sway the public.  So, what do these three stories, that are, totally different have, in common?

Answer: they’d become, the examples I use to teach from current events in class today.  There’s a computer crimes forensic course offered this semester, and today’s theme was the case studies, and all of these cases, are perfect, in the discussion of how digital evidence is used, in the investigations of crimes, and utilized as the facts in the cases going to trial.

The advancements in technologies are coming every single day, their applications, already, rooted, into our, everyday, lives now, whether it be connecting with friends and families, shopping commuting, leisure and fun, we are leaving, our, digital footprints behind.  Same as the criminals too, which made the studies in digital forensic as, a primary field of study in the criminology forensic investigation department.

inerasable are these, digital, footprints of, ours, photo from online

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The American teen posted a picture of his father’s gun on his Instagram account, called it his new toy, that anyone with a question for him, feel free to leave a message; the police also found the carefully detailed plan of the youth’s bringing his gun to school to go on a shooting rampage, although he’d not posted that on social media yet, and the motives of what he was to do wasn’t cleared yet, all of these digital footprints became solid evidences of his premeditating murder, which also made the police to decide to charge him as an adult.

During the time when Kao was being abused by her boyfriend, she’d wanted to charge her cell phone, and she’d, found the “recovery data file” gadget that would, save the files of the cellphone into the cell chargers on its own, and found the photos of four other females posing nude; and although, there’s the password function on this backup drive, but her boyfriend clearly, overlooked the importance of the function of this, that’s caused him to get busted.

And the net armies mistakenly believed, that they can spread the rumors anonymously, using the anonymous account names, without knowing, that as they’d logged in using their account names, their IP locations are, registered, which can get traced back to them.

And, all of these cases exemplifies the fact, that “everything leaves a trace”, even in the digital age too.  The criminals search records and the cell phones, the other high-tech devices they’re using, are exposing their activities, which expedited the paces of the investigation, and how quickly the charges will be, pressed; and because there’s the inerasable quality of digital data, it can keep the records of one’s crimes from the younger years through the individuals’ entire lives.  This is why we’re, pushing forth the digital forensic courses, hoping that more would know the powers of the digital footprints, that before these criminals do something bad, they will, think before they act, to NOT make the mistakes that they will be paying for, for the, rest of, their, lives!

And so, due to how we’re all, tracked down, and nobody can not use their cell phones for a minute in her/his life, we’d grown, reliant, on these, high-tech devices, they’d become, something we can’t do without in life, that’s why, it’s that easy, for the systems to, track us, and, this would be considered as an invasion of people’s privacy of sorts, sure, but it’s, utilized as crime prevention, and evidence, in case a crime had, occurred.

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Is the Tsai Government, Too Zoomed in on the Issues Voting that it’d Not Seen the Coming of the Mutated Strains?

How this government voted by the people (which WE make up!!!), does NOT think on behalf of we the people, but cared only of its, benefits, and screwing, ALL of us, over!  Off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

In just a week’s time, the mutated Omicron strain spread from Africa to all over Europe, the Americas, and Asia too, the speed of which the virus is spreading, caused global panic, causing the stock markets all around the world to CRASH.  In the sounding of the red alerts, the various nations started fearing the Omicron strain may cause yet, another, wave of contractions, and started tightening up the defenses, fighting against time, to set up the barriers.  Only the government run by Tsai, still focused on the defense of “Anti-Public Opinion Voting”, she’s totally oblivious toward the new strain of MERS-CoV.

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this is, what most other countries are, doing, to prevent the newest mutated strains from getting in, photo from online

The W.H.O. stated, that the massive amounts of mutations on the Omicron virus is never-seen before.  Evidence showed, that not only are the chances of repeatedly infected heightened, there was a physician in Israel who’d received three vaccinations, and still caught it, showing the higher risks of contraction of the Omicron strain.  The various nations around the world are now, confirming the rates of death, and the chances of having serious health problems of this new strain, with the two weeks in the future being the key periods, and, the time just matched up to the start of the New Year’s quarantine plans that we have here.  Toward this, the local heads of government doubted that the “seven-plus-seven” quarantines won’t be easy to enforce, worried, that seven days’ worth of quarantine won’t be enough, and the seven more days of the at-home quarantine may cause the breakages of defense against the spread in the local communities.  The mayor of Hsinbei City, Hou, and all the experts advised central government, to adjust this.

And yet, Chen was, calm as ever, claimed that the new mutated strain had recently been found out, and, that we need to wait to see how it will develop, that it would work better, than, preparing for the worst, and he’d, insisted on the seven-plus-seven term of quarantine of the polices.  For this, the mayor of Kaohsiung, Chen suggested to the members of his public to stay for a full fourteen days at the quarantine hotels, to reduce the risk of contact with one’s own, families.

The worries of the local government officials are, warranted.  Other than the city of Taipei, Keelung, and the three counties away from the island, all the other cities and counties have a less-than-sixty-percent rate of having been vaccinated with two doses, while the rate of elderly seventy-five and older who’d gotten fully vaccinated is only, sixty-five, and it’d not gotten any higher.  If the mutated strain came, with the speedy infectious rate, surely, it would, cripple the medical resources, and the effects, unimaginable.  Japan who’s near to us, saw that the enemies are coming fast, and, locked up the nation’s gates, to wait until the epidemic slows back down.

Chen told bluntly, that Omicron may enter into the country, but other than calling out to the public to get vaccinated, he’d not, done anything else more.  The command center knew, that the coverage rate of vaccination is not quite enough, with the enemies at our gates, toward the citizens flying back for the New Years, matching up to the dates of the public voting too; but, it didn’t matter how many experts warned against this, it’d not, gotten louder than the political callings of voting against the public voting issues.

We’d gone through the hardships of stage three alerts, with economy getting hit hard, we’re still, in recovery right now.  But, the Tsai government, to BLOCK the public voting policies from passing into law, masqueraded the deaths of the outbreak into the efforts of the government in the defense against MERS-CoV; the head of legislature, Su, spoke so lightly of how the mutated strain is on our door steps, said that he’d, already, set up the plans for the teens to get their second vaccinations, the adults, their, third.  The boosting of the hoard immunity that the government spoke on, but, they’d ignored how the vaccination rates are, dying off currently, not done a thing about it, fearing, that they may cause the public to get mad, right before, the public issue voting.

Su had not only been calculated in the directives, but also, missing the boat too.  First, the rate of complete vaccinations of elderly over seventy-five can’t get higher, because the members of the public are fearful of the side effects, and gave up on getting the vaccinations completely.  Europe, the U.S., as well as China are now, offering incentives to those who get vaccinated, to up the fully vaccination rates; while the government run by Tsai, used the foreigners who come into the country, to “falsify the data” of the vaccination statistics, to give off that look, that the majority had been, vaccinated.

Secondly, the Omicron strain is also, a test of preparation of vaccines for Taiwan.  The European nations, and U.S. are already, making the people get their third, while, the Moderna shipments are, almost, used up, although the government ordered up 20 million more doses, but, it’s scheduled to arrive next year, and the year after, and we don’t know if that’s enough, to keep Omicron from taking over.  If Moderna is delayed in shipment still, how will those in the public who’d gotten vaccinated with Astra-Zeneca for their first doses, be able to, have a choice in vaccines for the third?  As for BioNTech vaccines, the shipments had arrived in ten million doses, and there are, over eight million of whom who’s hade the vaccinations, and if all the teens get their needed one-dose, then, the 15 million doses donated by the private sectors won’t have that much left.  And yet, Chen used the excuse of “we have more than enough”, and refused to purchase more, and, what will these eight million individuals in the public have for their, third doses?  And so even as the head of the State, Su had, instructed that people get a third vaccine, we have to question: of what?  Where will all the vaccines come from?

comparing to WHAT, this government ruling over us is doing…

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and, this is what, our, @#$%ING heads of governments are, doing…photo from online

In the purchasing of the vaccines, the Tsai government still puts politics ahead of the people’s needs, ideologies ruling over science and reason, that’s why, the holes keep on, busting, open.  Once Omicron breaks into Taiwan, the lives of we the people will totally get, altered for sure, and so, we need to get ahead, to NOT have a replay of not enough vaccines.  Last year, due to black box operations, the government missed out on the opportunities to buy the vaccines that the general public needs, which put Taiwan under; and now, are we still, hoping that Terry Go, and other countries, to donate to us still???

Yeah, this just showed how brainless the government is, how it does NOT, CARE, one bit, about the wellbeing of, WE the people, and WE, are a people, ENSLAVED, destined to be, sacrificed, by the bad ideologies of this, god damn, @#$%ING government of ours.  And, there’s NOTHING any of us can do, because, we are, enslaved by the government, and, we got, too comfy, in living as SLAVES here…

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Seeking Assistance

How did it end like this?  Why did she put up with it this long, and no, abuse is NOTHING to “get used to”…off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

The legislator, Kao’s abuse by her boyfriend shocked the communities here.  At the same time, the Department of Welfare Sanitations posted its survey results of women living under violence, one out of every five female had been abused, most frequently occurring is the emotional abuse, which showed, that the battered women population are, taking up the majority.  Kao is a public figure, and her being abused got the sympathies of the society.  And yet, there are, many women who are without the abilities, the drives who’d been abused living in the darkened corners, not known where to get the assistance they needed, nor dared to speak up and out about their abuse, and can only, cry in the nights.

It hurts us, seeing the bruises and scars of Kao; but those bruises will eventually heal, and yet, the psychological traumas, not so, easy.  The damages from the verbal abuse normally exceed the effects of the physical abuses, like a dagger that stabbed into the hearts, hard to recover from.  A lot of women, when they’d been abused verbally, chose to keep it muffled up, which led the abuse to worsen, into physical eventually.

here’s trailer, and you can find the full-length movie from YouTube

The American movie, “A Fall from Grace”, about the middle aged woman, Grace, who’d been divorced, and, met a handsome, gentle, younger man, at first, he’d treated her like she’s a goddess, fooled her into believing that she’d found a good man, not known, that that, was the start of her, nightmare, the man cheated her out of her money, and insulted her verbally too, and, Grace had, fallen into the traps of love the man set for her, to the end, she’d become, a murderer, killed her abusive husband.

Do NOT let the love turn into a worst nightmare, I hope, that you will meet the right person, a kind man or woman, to be with you for the rest of your lives.

And so, this, is on how the victims (enablers) of abuse usually chose to, put up with the abuse, due to, whatever BULLSHITTING excuses they can come up with, and, by not going to the cops that first time you got beaten, or screamed at and apologized to (verbal abuse???) , or emotionally blackmailed by someone, you’d gone from a poor, pitiful VIC, into an ENABLER, and the reason why the other person gets away with abusing you, it’s still because you’re, allowing them to, because, you CAN’T work up the courage, to ask for the help you need, to BREAK free!

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How Did She Put Up with it, Getting Beaten from When She Was Younger, into the Elderly Years, How Did She Ever, Get “Used to It”?

On how the abuser/enabler relationship just, NEVER, ends, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

The legislator Kao, of the DDP had been abused by her boyfriend, causing the citizens in this country to get angry over how the loser behaved, because of Kao’s status as a politician, that was what helped her bring out the matter of domestic violence in the society.

I’d been volunteering at the hospital for a decade, and had seen a ton of battered women, whose abusers are normally, their partners, what’s worse was, these batterers chased them to the E.R., then, DRAGGED the victims out the back door, and started, beating on them again.  These abusers are, the bullies of their families, only abused their own wives, the weaker women, and young children, very shameful; picking on the elderly, the women, and children, it’s a show of inferiority, but it’d become, a nightmare of, the families.

While the victims of domestic violence, feared that the bad news of the families might get out, or maybe, due to economics, or to keep a family together, and one’s own image, and so, they’d put up with the abuse for many years on end, then, headed over to the hospital to get their injuries documented, to file a restraining order with the courts.  There’s a woman who’d come to get treated for abuse, she’d told me that she’d been beaten from when she was younger, I’d asked, “how could you have put up with it this long?”  she’d told me, “got used to it”, it was heart wrenching to hear, I couldn’t imagine how she lived through all those, years.

I’m supportive of Kao’s suing her boyfriend, and hoped that the members of the public will be braver, to stand UP and OUT in these situations, because only by reporting the cases, to fight for the rights of our own bodies, will we be able to, put an end to these threats in our lives, to terminate domestic violence.

So, even though, abuse is NEVER anything we should get used to, but, because the victims got trapped in that situation too long, they took it to be the norm, and, stopped fighting, and thus, stopped asking for help, which is precisely W-H-Y, these cases are still, underreported by the victims right now, and besides, it’s usually the spouses, the boyfriends/girlfriends who are hurting the victims, and, as the abusers pouted up their lips, faked that one tiny teardrop out of her/his eyes, then, the abused victims, soften down, and NOT pressed charges, and they’re all, STUCK, in that, vicious cycle, as ENABLERS of their own, ABUSE.

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Student: from Growing Up, When I Didn’t Do Well on Exams, I Got Scolded

Tracing down, to the roots of, why the students were, compelled, to, cheat!  Off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

The news of a public university’s students involved in the collective cheating of an exams, many of the students were noted as the “heads of their classes”.  The researcher of the Central Research Agency, Chen stated, that reason for why students cheat has to do with how they’re not, interested in the course, that they wanted to use the easiest means to get pass the exams.  There are also the scholars who believed, that from the values that stemmed from “Degrees meant everything, grades are the most important”, it’d driven the students to cheat to get a higher grade.

Chen told, that reasons why students would cheat may be related to how they’re disinterested in the courses.  The most important goal of university education is to instilled that love of learning in students, to help students find a direction of an area of interest that they will be pursuing.  Cheating is bad, but, the universities need to consider, that if they’d, instructed the professional knowledge way too soon, not allowing the students enough means to, exercise their interest profiles?

The Experimental League Foundation of Taiwan’s C.E.O., Wei told, that those with the beliefs of “Degrees ranks the top”, the values of “grades meant everything”, it’d caused the results of the students, working to get the grades, and not cared about how they got the grade they received, and, this sort of upbringing, will only cause them to have the wrong focus of pursuits in life.

The student of Central University, who’d directed the documentary of last year high school student, “1819”, Chen told, when we didn’t do well we get scolded this was, the common experience of students in Taiwan, “no matter what, you need to get your grades high” became, the rooted value across all schools.  And, even as the rules and regulations of the schools tightened up, it still, wouldn’t work, it would only cause the disagreements of professors, students to happen more and more often.

The C.E.O. of Taiwan Democratic Youth Association, Chang also believed, that the students are raised in the grades-oriented, testing environment, and even if the schools punished the cheaters, it’s still, fixing what’s broken after it’s broken.  Chang called out, that education should help students return to themselves to have them take the responsibilities for their own learning, other than strict discipline for those who were caught cheating, “counseling” is also, needed, he’d hoped that the schools can set up a supportive system, to help the students understand, why they’d not done well enough on the exams, and to give the students a viable outlet, so they don’t get crushed by their academic work, that way, they wouldn’t, cheat again.

The former head of Department of Education, Tseng told, that the school needed to view the cheating of students with a serious manner, to examine if the cheating were, isolated incident, or is it, happening all across the schools, what’s, trending?

And so, by fixing this problem, we need to figure out, what drove these students to cheat, and, if we don’t dig deep enough, and only punish those who were caught cheating, there will always be cheating, but, if we dig down deeper, to find out WHAT drove these students to cheat, we have a better means, to fix this problem completely.

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The Female Legislator Being Abused by Her Boyfriend…She Should’ve Calle the Cops and Filed for a Restraining Order Sooner

What the law is, being set up, to prevent this from recurring again, out of the case of the female legislator’s getting physically abused by her boyfriend here, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

The news medias are taking the sides of the case of the legislator, Kao being physically abused by her boyfriend, although, as a voter, I’d, hoped that this is only, a misunderstanding; but, the problems of legality is involved.

Looking at the legislator, Kao’s boyfriend, tall, handsome, with a higher degree, and had he been found to have been physically abusive toward Kao, then, the world would gang up on him for sure.  Using the fists, controlling her movement, instilling fear in her, that is, nowhere NEAR, respecting her.

But, is Kao’s case eligible for the domestic violence prevention laws?   Based off of the words of Domestic Violence Prevention Legislation, No. 3, they weren’t married, and there’s no evidence of cohabitation, nor how they were, living, their lives together, and, based off of that, it doesn’t seem, that the legislator would be, eligible for the restraining order. Then, one of the amendments of the same law, it’d, listed man and woman, who shared acts of intimacy as the “boundaries”, and, it’d, made up for the lacking of the before stated, “a married couple”; stated simply, this qualified all who are over sixteen, who had had sexual intercourse, or physical relations, would be qualified for the protections under the law of domestic violence.

For Kao’s sake, she should, file for a restraining order, to, protect herself.

As the passing of the legislation of the “stalking, harassment prevention laws”, based off of media disclosure, Kao seemed to have footages of intimacy in her boyfriend’s possessions, based off of the newly passed law, it’d qualified as “having damaging message or items that belonged to certain individuals”, that there are the set up punishments; and yet, the above mentioned amendments had to get pass the voting, and six months afterwards, it would, finally be, enforced, and, based off of the “precedence” rule, before the law is signed, it wouldn’t be, applicable, and, the case should be filed under Penal Code 302, 304, 305, etc., with the specifications of holding someone against her/his will, threatening the lives, and the laws of endangering personal wellbeing.

The legislator, Kao sang loudly, and presented herself properly at the Lawyer Day last year needed to speak up, “I’m a good woman, I don’t deserve this!”, she needed the cares, the love and the concerns, and moreover, she needed the laws to protect her.

And so, this, is on how the lacking of domestic violence doesn’t make up for it, because, the wordings of the law, it set up those cracks, which the abusers can, easily, escape from, and we need to amend the laws on domestic violence very quickly, because, there are too many holes right now, and, those defense attorneys will, find ways, to get their guilty clients off easy, with nothing more, than, a slap on the wrist.

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When Evolution BUTTS HEADS with Humanitarianism

There’s, this, baby koala in the zoo here, that’s left without a mother, because the mother was ill due to acute leukemia, and the mother was, put down, but the baby is, being taken care of by the zookeepers, to ensure its wellbeing…

From a humanitarian angle, yeah, it’s, a good thing, sure, but, from the evolutionary perspective, this baby koala is, destine to die, because it’s, without the mother to carry it, to give it food, and that still just showed, how humans are, playing GOD, going AGAINST the nature of things, I mean, if nature intended this animal to survive, then, it will, but, given that its mother died, chances are, it’s not going to, and, because we humans, overinterpreted into the matter, thinking, that oh, it’s, another life, and we can’t just, let it die, so we interfere, with nature, and that usually have, bad results.

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humans are playing god still! Photo from online

And yet, there’s, that “debate” of what’s humane here, we can’t just, let this, baby koala die, it didn’t do anything wrong, it’s not its fault, that its mother has leukemia, sure, but, if this occurred in nature, the outback, the WILD, then, this baby is still going to die, and, by intervening with the predestined fates of other living things, we are, playing G-O-D, aren’t we, and that’s, never going to end well!

So, the debate is still, ongoing, do we save a species from extinction, because, that’s what, we are supposed to do, because it’s the morally responsible thing (says W-H-O, huh???) and, wouldn’t saving a species that’s, destined to become, EXTINCT, because it’d, lacked the abilities to adapt and to survive, against nature???

I’ll leave you all with that then…

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The Six Inmates Bullied Their Cellmate, Sentenced to Four to Seven Year’s More

Picking on someone lesser, that, is what we, normally do, and this happened in prison, where people are sent, to get, “corrected”, molestation and abuse of their, fellow, inmate…off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

Yen and five other men were serving in the prison of Kaohsiung, saw that their cellmate, the twenty-seven-year-old was with that feminine feel to him, easily bullied, and, they’d, ganged up on the man for more than a month, until the manager of the prison noted something wasn’t quite right, then, busted them all.  The victim accused the perpetrators for molesting him, that he was stomped on his pubic area, nicknamed, “Missy”, and “bitch” and other names, while Yen told that they were only, joking.  The High Subsidiary Courts of Kaohsiung sentenced the perpetrators anywhere from four years five months to seven years.

The verdict pointed out, that the victim and Yen, and five others shared the same cell, Yen was the “man in charge” of the cell, responsible for keeping the peace in the cell; at five in the afternoon on May 21st, 2017, Yen disregarded the victim’s fighting him of, touched his penis by force, the cellmates, Tseng, Hsu saw, didn’t put a stop to Yen’s behavior, instead, they’d, joined in molesting Yen, pinned the victim down, so he couldn’t use his legs to kick off his attackers, Yen was successful in molesting his cellmate.

The victim appeared, and sounded, more feminine, he’d been long-time bullied by his cellmates, and, as he was molested by the group, nobody saved him, and his cell mates exacerbated, and all participated in his abuse, he’d worried if he’d fought, it would get worse for him, and can only, allow Yen and others to pat his breasts, his pubic area, and, he was stomped on hard in his pubic too, for about a whole month’s time.

But, being bullied long-term, it’d, made the manager of the prison system noted that something wasn’t quite right, and reviewed the surveillance, and found the group’s bad acts; during the testimonies, the victim cried that his fellow cellmate nicknamed him “missy”, “whore”, and would moan and groan like him, and every time one of his cellmates started abusing him, the others would, join in, and so, he couldn’t find help, and could only, put up with the abuse.

Yen and the other inmates claimed they were only, horsing around, but the judge reviewed the surveillance footages in the prison cells, and, charged the men who’d abused their fellow inmates on felonies of molesting using power.

And so, this, is how the underdog lives, he couldn’t fight back, because, it would only get worse for him, and he had, nowhere to run to, he’s, locked in with his abusers, and so, he could, only, keep what happened to himself, until the prison guard found something that seemed off with him, then, this case, busted wide, open, and these men who’d, abused this victim will get punished, even more severely, and, they will, be paying for what they did to this fellow inmate for a long time to come.

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Rather than Giving the Pepper Sprays to the Super Convenience Store Clerks, Give the Masks to the Customers Who aren’t Wearing Them Instead

How many BOATS had this god damn government that’s running this god DAMN country to the ground missed already again???  Too many I’d, lost count!  Yeah, treating the symptoms, but not finding that needed cure, for the, illness!  Off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

The recent case of a super convenience shop clerk getting STABBED to death because his asking a customer to mask up, the head of office of internal affairs, Hsu, suggested that all clerks in the super convenience shops be equipped with pepper spray, I think, this will only, put the workers in, even more, danger.

Rather than being passive in defense, why not, show the care and concerns subjectively.  The managers of the super convenience shops can allot more masks to the store clerks, as the asking for the customers to mask up didn’t work, then, the clerks can provide the masks for them to put on.  Although, this may add to the cost of operations for the store owners, but, it shouldn’t be too hard, while, the lives of the workers, are even more, precious than the costs of, a few, measly, masks.

we have this…free for the, “taking”, all you guys working in the, super convenience shops around here…

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flying OFF those shelves here right now! Photo from online

During the time of defending against the spread of MERS-CoV, what we are in need of is more care and concerns.  And yet, our government came up with the bogus idea, which is, totally, counterproductive toward increasing the safety in the society that we’re, living in.

Yeah, this just showed, how god damn, BRAINLESS these, government officials are, yeah, equip all store clerks with pepper spray, and imagine, what if, one of those customers got sprayed, and flew into a rage, and pull out a god damn GUN, and start shooting everybody DOWN around her/him, then, who’s gonna pay for these, death?  The government?  But, but, but we’d already done all we can, made sure the store clerks are equipped with, pepper spray, to defend themselves against these, psychos that might attack!

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Since that Time I’d, Met You

李泰祥 告別 – YouTube a song by the man, off of YouTube

yes, the link works!

A magical, song, that helped this individual find the comfort she was desperate in need of, in a foreign place, without anybody else she knows to support her, to get her through the hard times translated…

Back then, I was living in Australia, a step, from being, psychologically, broken, down.

From my front door looking out, you can see that tallest hill where the Tasmanian capital is located, with the snow still not yet completely, melted, like a chubby child with a white hat, staring, back at me.  I’d, missed the mountains of Hualien, even though, it’s always, with that, mysterious look covering over them, but, they’d had, so many, good stories to tell, and every time, a different tale.

I also miss that tabby that fell seriously ill the moment we got off the plane, and, after emergent resuscitations, she got so upset, she ignored the medical staff that saved her life, and, started, ranted incessantly aloud at me, blamed us, for not letting her just die.  I’d, buried her at the public pet cemeteries, and, then questioned, why I’d, come to, Australia, with a few sets of attires, fifteen casings of books, along with my doctoral dissertation I just, started working on.

I’d originally thought, that by leaving Taiwan, starting a new love, can help me leave the annoying Taipei, to get away from the restraints of interpersonal relations, and to, restart my career in the academia, and can wave goodbye, to the worsening of the relationships I’d shared with my parents that’s gone on, for close to, two decades.  But the truth be told, I’d just, fallen out of that first hole, into, another, hole, and, as I started living in the foreign land for the few days, and realized that it’s not quite right, too late then.  The two of us, under the same roof, nothing to say to one another, but, the process of moving internationally, was too difficult, and, to stop the process, it’s, next to, impossible now.

Tasmania is close to the South Pole, the island that’s roughly the same size as Taiwan, is covered by half with national parks in area, beautiful scenery, the summers here, are colder than winters in Taiwan, the sun out short.  Life is simple here, eating out, too expensive, on weekends, almost NO shops are opened.  Other than fixing my three meals per day, I’d worked, endlessly, night and day, on my dissertation, the music history research materials I’d collected for more than a decade became, a huge mess, the more I panicked, the more I was, unable, to come up with something, and it became, next to impossible for me, to get my thoughts straight.

More importantly, my partner who’s, not from the same culture as I, it’d made me even more panicky of the differences that we have, and confrontation became a way of our lives, whether it be using English or Chinese to communicate, I feel I was losing my ability to speak.  My body, mind, are both, crashing down fast, the old injuries not yet healed back up, and the new ones came, and, what I have left in me, was only, enough, barely, to maintain that peace on the, surfaces of our lives together.

But the days marched on just the same.  In the small library in the city, I’d started checking out the various kinds of music, to try and soothe my own, unsettlement of mind, to attempt to squeeze out what joys I possibly can, in this, mess of my own life.

One day, I’d received a package from my older sister, opening it up, it was that album that glowed of the golden rays of sunshine.  On Li Tai-Hsiang’s “Since I Last Met You”, the album cover, that field of green Taiwan was what greeted me, I felt shocked, too long since I last saw the bright sunshine.  Although I couldn’t understand why my older sister selected the type of music that I never listened to, nor was I interested in the male tone of voice, but I’d thought, I got, nothing to lose.

The sound of guitar came on, spread out, like the daisies growing on the hillside.  His singing sent me spinning around, I’d suddenly, lost my foothold, and I started, floating in air.  I was shocked, at how someone can sing so coldly with a voice, but so, passionately at the same time, the tone was sharp, yet, calm and collected, heated up, but quite, cooled at the same time.  The multitudes of conflicts all sung aloud, in his voice, fuller in form and sound, and, it’d, ironed flat these, bumps, these holes in my heart.

The song for the very first time I’d heard, no matter what the words were, I couldn’t hear the lyrics.  The sound of violin, loosened up my tightened shoulders.  In that piano, sounding like the lute, came the heart that’s, not been, cared for for too long.  His voice broke that invisible armor down that I put on, I saw how the fatigue, the upsets that’s, been, piling up on my life then, plus, the loneliness, the hardship I’d faced living in a foreign land, how everything made me unsettled, how I’d had to, hold my breaths in, to get through another day, how I was, taxed out, slowly, bit by bit, little by little, by the, days.

That naïve in the music, was so magical to me.  Lee’s voice was full, with that untamed feel to it, passed that passion he had for life to me.  Sitting silently, in front of that stereo, although I’d not known what my next steps are going to be, but, it seemed, that I’d not felt, so lost, so, tangled, so, hopeless anymore.

In the time of that song playing completely from start to finish, my heart that’s become like the desert, there was, that tiny yellow bud, starting, to bloom.

And so, this must be, an amazing artist, because his voice had that ability to help you feel healed up, and that, is what a good song does for people, the voice of the artist, can have that calming effect to us, and the lyrics, we can find the wisdom we are seeking in our lives in them too, not to mention the melodies of the notes that sounded, smooth-flowing, with that needed, calming effect we are, in desperate need of.

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