Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Reflecting on the Patrick Harran / Sheri Sangji Case. (This is in response to Deborah Blum's "Bad Chemistry: An Update on the Sheri Sangji Case" at Wired.
For almost five years, I held true to my belief that Patrick Harran should not be held accountable for Sheri Sanji's death. That was from my experience at different stages of learning to do good science. With a wide variety of experience in different laboratories at research universities as well as many years at a prestigious federal research institution I had worked with more than a handful of PIs (Principal Investigators). 
Though controversial, my stand was always:
If I were to die due to a lab accident, I would never want John/Dan/Robert/etc to be blamed. I wished my family would just understand that Patrick Harran's "negligence" was really not what it seem. It's common and no one could have predicted this would occur (perhaps an exception would be Sangi's sister, but anyways...). Thus, I would rather just die in peace knowing that my awesome mentor can continue with his work. That was my take on the case.

Entering 2013, my to-be thesis adviser turns out to be no John, no Dan, no Robert, no etc. It turned out to be a Adolf Hitler in disguise. Publicly, he's an easygoing "nicest guy" in the world. Every lab member respect him. I respected him.
Suddenly, sequestration came, the guy got desperate with funding to the point of ignoring what we all should've learned in our basic research integrity class. That was still okay. I guess you have to steal to feed your family sometimes. 
But that eventually led to discrimination, university policies, and violation of state and federal laws. That is purposely harassing graduate students. 
What woudl happen to him? Probably nothing much. Being tenured gives you this freedom to do things that doesn't have to act in line with the law. It does have to, on the surface, be align with the university "law" which supposedly modified from the federal/state law. 
Investigations occur internally, and probably gets carried out by one of his/her buddies, who just got promoted to the dean of students/affairs/grad studies/etc. The buddy is just there to ensure they cover each others' tracks. Who gets screwed? Basically everyone else -- staff, grad students, and so forth. 

All I can say is that I never felt harassed that much in my entire life. And it seems the law violator is getting away with it.

As in Harran's situation. Now, I believe it is time faculty are treated as regular citizens. Any violation of the law, willfully or not, should be handled just as any employers/citizens would. Tenure doesn't give you the right to break the law. "Tenured" does not make you "God." There is NO "GET OUT OF JAIL, FREE."

Monday, July 8, 2013

Why I Started Blogging & Why the Sudden Interest in Civil Rights & Justice...

Why I Started Blogging & Why the Sudden Interest in Civil Rights & Justice...

One thought...
I'm sick and tired of corruption. And I feel the need to expose them all. I'm not talking about anything top secret here. It's more about the plight of poor students being harassed by the bureaucracy at BigName University. Perhaps, I will soon.

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I want to make a difference. For nights, I've been crying alone. The fear. What will happen to my future? how can someone just suddenly choose to screw over my future for something that is not even worth much? -- not getting a grant of at most $90,000/year can lead one to act like his dead father never taught him ethics.   Sequestration led the idiot to willingly violate federal and state laws along with many other policies. (I was wrongfully terminated after harassed by a lab mentor/supervisor and I have been clinically depressed since.)

Soon. It will all come out. I promise. And in the future, all those who face similar situations--I will guide them.

I will fight for justice. There is no waiting for karma and all that stuff. Someone purposely harmed me, I must use what I can, as long as I abide by the law of course, to fight and do what I can.

Brian Banks' situation. Wrongfully accused by some scum and its greedy mother. Lost his full football scholarship. Spent 5 years in prison. All those stuff, now he's still following his dreams. Bring justice into his own hands. And he's a hero. Amazing story. Brian Banks truly has inspired me.


Friday, June 28, 2013

INSIGHTFUL: Let's focus on NSA's PRISM, not Snowden

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It has occurred to me that Snowden really does fit the iconic Batman in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins. While the option to just secretly hide, he presented himself as someone who's willing to give up his everyday normal life--a girlfriend, his high income, etc.--to do what he believes in. His take on how coming forward does make me think why he does it. And there is no other reasons other than following his belief on what is right. 

Edward Snowden is a very analytic and logical thinker. A deep thinker. Feeling frustrated by the corruption he discovered. As mentioned earlier, my colleagues, INTP central forum, and I concluded that he's an INTP (one of MBTI's sixteen personality types).


Pardon Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden is a national hero and should be immediately issued a a full, free, and absolute pardon for any crimes he has committed or may have committed related to blowing the whistle on secret NSA surveillance programs.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

NSA Whistle Blower Edward Snowden - The Real Dark Knight - Modern Batman

I swear I was just telling someone how Snowden is indeed the real life Batman!
The way he conveys his thoughts, that's definitely an INTP of the Myers-Briggs (MBTI).

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Edward Snowden's MBTI type: INTP (maybe) or INTJ (more likely)?

I've been wondering whether Edward Snowden's an INTP or an INTJ?

I - Definitely an introvert (quiet according to his girlfriend's blog)
NT - Deep thinker (according to his father)
P or J? - I like to say P since he's doing something that is against the authorities. But then, he seems to have things all planned out -- but maybe just for the purpose of the leaks. Hmm. I think observing his room would help a lot.

Knowing this would help the so-called Intelligence figure out his moves, assuming he's going solo which isn't the case anyway. I do hope for his safety.

Any thoughts?

I wish Big Brother were actually watching me then...

Big Brother is watching...

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That does sound very creepy. However, there were two instances where I wish Big Brother were actually watching. And if he were for those two instances, I would have to say it's wellworth the cost. Safety is more important to me than Big Brother having Big Brother watching...

The Two Instances:
1.  In high school. I was 16, scooping ice-cream as a part-time. One night, around 9 PM, this one man suddenly took out his gun, pointed at me and told me to hand over the money. I acted calmly, stating I would give him the money. As soon as I did, he told me to give him some time to get away or else his gangs would come back. Sure, so I gave him some time. Then called 911 --> the manager --> then my Mom (for comfort, of course). I was pale and scared, it was a shock to me. Reimaging that gun pointing at me, I'm still scared today. I still remember the face of the robber too. I wish Big Brother were watching.

2.  EVEN WORSE. A decade later, I was a PhD student in Biochemistry at a BigName Public University. The "mentor"/supervisor/PI (Principal Investigator) lured me into that Closed Door for the first time ever to me in my two years there, and I heard what was the most prejudice remarks I ever heard. It was the first time I felt discriminated against for anything. It was a harrassment, false accusations, abuse of faculty's power, discrimatory, etc. I probably felt the same way a Jew would felt during a one hour long conversation with Hitler. It was a direct violation of the federal and state laws and that BigName University's policies. I was threaten to disappear quietly from the university. I wish BigBrother were watching. If he were, I wouldn't have to go through that hate speech. I can still remember that specific 1-hour long "conversation"/dispute/accusations. If BigBrother had helped prevented this Hitler from harassing me, it would've been good enough.

Having Big Brother watching isn't always that bad. That is my one view on the code name PRISM.

As for Edward Snowden, it seems to me as if he has nothing to gain by making those leaks. Although Americans express mixed views, I think he acted out of what he personally believed to be right. He does have integrity. That's brave sacrificing what he had for a cause. That's just my viewpoint.

It's 2013...

At least, behind that Closed Door.