Corruption Culture

Standard practice?

Ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver convicted on all corruption charges yesterday.  Hong Kong's former leader Donald Tsang charged over corruption allegations earlier this year.  And, Tsang's former deputy Rafael Hui, was jailed for 7.5 years for taking bribes from a property tycoon last year.  And, these are only what we know.


Tsang's former deputy Rafael Hui, was jailed for 7.5 years for taking bribes from a property tycoon last year.

Tsang's former deputy Rafael Hui, was jailed for 7.5 years for taking bribes from a property tycoon last year.

From Animal Rights to Easing Traffic

I tried to understand the issue that Mayor de Blasio and certain animal rights activists are so passionate about.  So, I spent hours observing and photographing how these working horses are treated in Central Park.  Nothing came to my attention that I would consider inhumane.  Instead, I saw the coachmen cared for their horses, fixed their shoes, fed them, etc. during down time.  I read somewhere that there are strict guidelines for them to follow, including working hours of the horses.

One of the key points of the new proposal by the Mayor yesterday is to MOVE the horses' current home owned by the coachmen from the West Side of Manhattan to a stable inside Central Park to ease traffic.  Additionally, over a hundred of licensed coachmen would lose their job, as a result of the cut.

Let's follow the money.  The potential move will leave three West Side building lots open for the possibility of yet another highrise building projects.

$$$ >> animal rights activities >> the well orchestrated Anybody But Quinn political campaign >> Bill de Blasio won the NYC mayoral election

Didn't Mayor de Blasio say before that he "had bigger fish to fry than the banning horse carriages"?  Ah, he is also up for re-election soon and perhaps, money talks again!  Over 60% of New Yorkers did not like his previous plan of banning horse-drawn-carriages in NYC.  Despite the tweak, Mayor de Blasio's new proposal just leaves a bad taste in the mouth -- animal rights appears to be not relevant to Mayor de Blasio any more as he now wants to keep the carriages but to reduce the number from 200ish to 70.  The "easing traffic" reason this time for the move and cut feel a lot like his plan to curb the growth of Uber that threaten the yellow cab companies and city revenue from the grossly overpriced taxi medallion earlier this year.

Trying to get by

"Half of New Yorkers say they are barely or not getting by, poll shows."  We don't need polls to tell us. Just take a walk in the City, you will see scenes like this image in my book every other corner.  Somehow, our policymakers fail to see the obvious.  They also fail to see the correlation between inequality and civil unrest in recent history.

Generalization, Discrimination, and Stimulus Control

Protesters were against "police brutality" not the "police" as shown in this image of my new photojournal book.  For those who intentionally or unintentionally mix the two, take a quick read of the story about a boy and seal hunting (p. 300) in Chapter 10 Generalization, Discrimination, and Stimulus Control, of Learning and Behavior by Paul Chance.

Beyond e Pale of Two Cities

My new series, Beyond the Pale of Two Cities is a photojournal about some of the social issues in #NYC and #HongKong.  Using the #BlackLivesMatter and #UmbrellaMovement as its backdrops, the 75 image study examines what's behind the demonstrations on the streets.

A photo book of this series will be available on Amazon in October. Like this page on Facebook to get updates when it becomes available.