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Makes you think of Amos?

In Uncategorized on 22/01/2017 at 4:45 am

And of The Indians (Or is it Idiots?) — S’pore?

And the cybernuts? Be they PAPpyists (Kishore, Jason Chua and Eunice Chia-Lim) and anti-PAPyists (TRELands ranters like Oxygen, and Philip Ang, Tan Jee Say, Roy Ngerng and Han Hui Hui).

Another* key ingredient in the post-truth culture, says Prof Grayling, has been the rise of social media.

It’s not the soundbite any more, but the “i-bite”, he says, where strong opinion can shout down evidence.

“The whole post-truth phenomenon is about, ‘My opinion is worth more than the facts.’ It’s about how I feel about things.

“It’s terribly narcissistic. It’s been empowered by the fact that you can publish your opinion. You used to need a pot of paint and a balaclava to publish your opinion, if you couldn’t get a publisher.

“But all you need now is an iPhone. Everyone can publish their opinion – and if you disagree with me, it’s an attack on me and not my ideas.

“The fact that you can muscle your way on to the front row and be noticed becomes a kind of celebrity.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/education-38557838

Do read the essay, even if it’s a bit long.

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*”The world changed after 2008,” says Prof Grayling – politics since the financial crash has been shaped by a “toxic” growth in income inequality.

As well as the gap between rich and poor, he says a deep sense of grievance has grown among middle-income families, who have faced a long stagnation in earnings.

With a groundswell of economic resentment, he says, it is not difficult to “inflame” emotions over issues such as immigration and to cast doubt on mainstream politicians.

 

A rounding-up error?

In Uncategorized on 20/01/2017 at 5:05 pm

Come on NYT. I didn’t hear u complaining about how the Clintons made money and peedled influence. And anyway, really rich people don’t know how much they are worth.

Steven Mnuchin testified Thursday before the Senate Finance Committee during his confirmation hearing as Treasury secretary.

Steven Mnuchin, Treasury Nominee, Failed to Disclose $100 Million in Assets

Mr. Mnuchin, who is testifying before the Senate Finance Committee, also did not list his role as a director of an investment fund in the Cayman Islands on a questionnaire.

 

Downside of a balanced life style

In Uncategorized on 20/01/2017 at 4:13 pm

When PAP ministers (and even PM himself) talk about a balanced life style and working shorter hours, it’s time to relook the ideas. I mean “PAPpies are always wrong”?

In Sweden, Happiness in a Shorter Workday Can’t Overcome the Cost

A six-hour experimental workday in one of Sweden’s largest cities made employees happier and healthier, but the test is unlikely to be expanded.

NYT Dealbook

Davos elite and PAP ministers are related?

In Uncategorized on 20/01/2017 at 5:16 am

They talk the same way because they share the same world view?

This u/m from NYT’s Dealbook shows what the Davos elite thinks of the 99%: the plight of the plebs (poor and the middle class) is no fault of the elite, it’s their own fault.


Who defines meritocracy? Those who made it.

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And the remedy? Emulate the Davos elite.

The Davao elite talk of more “entrepreneurialism … and education focused on the modern ways of technology” but not wealth distribution or paying workers more.

At least they don’t talk of welfarism, or sneer openly at the elderly poor for wanting slightly better food like a PAP minister once did.

Seriously, doesn’t this emphasis on “entrepreneurialism … and education focused on the modern ways of technology” sound like PM or a PAP minister talking (think the recent comments by an education minister). And isn’t the silence on wealth distribution and higher wages equally true here?

So it’s very appropriate that the sneerer-in-chief is attending Davos.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan and Senior Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth and Trade and Industry Sim Ann will attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, from Tuesday (Jan 17) to Friday.

CNA

Dealbook’s take on the WEF

By Amie Tsang
People are angry at the economic elite.
So the economic elite have gathered in the Swiss Alps to discuss this.
And what do they suggest? People who have not benefited from globalization need to try harder to emulate those who have succeeded.
“People have to take more ownership of upgrading themselves on a continuous basis,” Abidali Neemuchwala, the chief executive of the information technology and consulting company Wipro, said at one event.
Little discussed ideas: bolstering the power of workers to bargain for better wages and redistributing wealth from the top to the bottom.
“That agenda is anathema to a lot of Davos men and women,” said Joseph E. Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate economist and author of numerous books on globalization and economic inequality.
If that remains the case, the global populism insurrection may continue apace.

PAP should introduce this tax here

In Uncategorized on 18/01/2017 at 2:06 pm

“If you do not have a job in Belarus you have to pay the government a fine,” reported the BBC, late last year.

Belarus is another de-facto one party state but a really poor one.

Seriously, given that the cybernuts like Philip Ang and Tan Jee Say have so much free time to talk rubbish about the PAP administration, time to implement a policy that if you do not have a job in S’pore you have to pay the government a fine. Retirees and rentiers like me exempted, of course.

Congrats TOC, but pls be careful

In Uncategorized on 18/01/2017 at 5:44 am

TOC cocked a snook at the PAP administration and won a famous victory, courtesy of the Court of Appeal. Well done.

But this will only make the Dark Side strike back and they have a dagger furnished by FTs (?) in TOC.

Yang also revealed that he and his wife Ai Takagi (and co-director of TRS) were slapped with over 200 copyright infringement claims by Singapore Press Holdings. He said unlike other large companies such as Yahoo! Inc which also faced similar copyright infringement claims in the past by SPH, this impacted their lives directly in a major way.

This was published by TISG (The Idiots — S’pore, or is it The Indians — S’pore?) in late December. Ironically one of those who seemingly do cut and paste from SPH is none other than The Idiots — S’pore.

Well I don’t really care about The Idiots — S’pore getting sued and being taken to the cleaners by SPH, even if it’s now sounding like the WP’s Hammer Online even though (or perhaps?) a tua kee there boasts of the following:

Among his current editorial clients are NTUC Media, Petir (PAP magazine), North-East CDC and South-West CDC.

(More.)

But I do care about Terry’s Online Channel (or TOC) being getting sued and being taken to the cleaners by SPH. Its fought the good fight and keeps on fighting.

TOC writers really should take care in their articles. Often the pieces look like they’ve been lifted off ST with very minor alternations. Even the story angles are the same as ST’s.

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Comment from TOC reader (one Adtian Tan) on a piece on water supply from Johor:

TOC, somethink to think about. What value does this article add to the news MSM published a day or two ago? Could apply to a lot of recent stuff from TOC on news that MSM covered a day or two earlier. It’s the different angle we want. If can’t find it, then don’t waste yr resources and our time.

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There is room to use ST reported facts in a creative way. Richard Wan (ex-TRE editor who retired after GE 2015) was good at it. He used ST reported facts but gave different perspectives.

Terry himself is pretty good at this when he does it. But sadly his in-house writers (cheap FTs isit?) are unable to do this to save their lives.

Maybe Richard Wan should come of retirement and write for TOC?

Whatever, come on TOC etc, the constructive, nation-building media is full of useful, precious nuggets that can be mined and used to undermine the PAP’s hegemony. All that’s needed is intelligent cutting and pasting. But that requires thinking.

Another day, I’ll make constructive, nation-building suggestions that I hope TOC considers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to trust SPH reporting?

In Media, Uncategorized on 17/01/2017 at 2:49 pm

Here’s an example of how our constructive, nation-building media by omitting a fact misleads readers (intentionally or not).

It reports the Sultan of Johor attacking Tun M for attacking the Forest City where 700,ooo apartments are being developed with the hope to sell to PRC Chinese.

“If investors wish to pump money into Johor Baru, do we say ‘no, no, if you are from China, you cannot come’.

 “Is there such logic? Anyone in their right mind knows that Chinese investors are among the richest and most influential now.

“So why should there be a pro­blem? I welcome all investors,” Sultan Ibrahim said.

Read Also: Mahathir takes aim at China investments in key party speech

“Dr Mahathir thinks it is easy to play up race because these investors happen to be from China.

“This is utterly disgusting,” he added.

His Royal Highness said that Ma­lay­sian companies, with Chinese and Malay collaboration, would also benefit from the setting up of these mainland Chinese companies here.

– See more at: http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/johor-sultan-throws-mahathir-challenge#xtor=CS3-17

What the report omitted is that the sultan has a personal interest in the project. He’s an investor with a Chinese developer.

If we cannot rely on an SPH publication to give us the facts on a “foreign” story, can we trust it to give us the facts when the story is local? After all its publications are supposed to be constructive, and nation-building.

Difference between Star Wars & Star Trek

In Uncategorized on 16/01/2017 at 5:47 pm

One’s about capitalist values, the other’s about commie values.

In an interview with Maureen Dowd, Peter Thiel, a Silicon Valley billionaire and an early Trump Trumpeter

explained why he likes the “capitalist show” Star Wars more than the “communist one,” Star Trek.

Ang moh helps Amos, S’pore Dissident wants money

In Uncategorized on 15/01/2017 at 2:20 pm

Here I reported that a anti-PAP nut based in the US refused to help Amos unless he was paid to do so. A real S’porean. Harry would be proud of him even though he’s a anti-PAP and a nut. (Btw, the two terms are not synonymous. Think Chris K, and Drs Wee Paul and Ang. Though often they are. Think Philip Ang,Tan Jee Say, Roy Ngerng and the TRELand cybernuts.)

But a good-hearted ang moh, a Maryland-based lawyer Sandra Grossman

is representing Yee free of charge, she said the case is ‘worthwhile’ because of the issues involved. “This is a case that will force us to look at our own national interest in free speech,” she said.

Amos has to pay her travelling expenses (He’s detained in the mid-West, Maryland’s on the East Coast) estimated at US$10,000, and el cheapo is asking for donations.

Whatever happened to the millions he claimed to have made from dissing LKY, the Catholic Church and Islam? Lied about his millions isit? How we know he not lying about his poverty?

Oh and Amos will be asking for even more money. Asylum appications can takeyears to process and usually applicants are freed from detention so that yhey can’t scrounge off the state while their application is processed.

Btw, shows how dumb he is, applying to the US for asylum. In Europe, he’d likely be provided with free board and lodging while his application is processed.

Trump is the Greatest

In Uncategorized on 14/01/2017 at 6:22 am

“Oh to be a sketchwriter in America” – declares Quentin Letts in the Mail. “Mr Trump is a politician, Jim, but not as we know it,” he writes. “He doesn’t do wriggling and lawyerly evasions. He doesn’t do dainty detours or (ridiculous thought) charm. He just comes out and smashes his critics on the nose.”

BBC

Mad Dog is Trump’s restrainer

In Uncategorized on 13/01/2017 at 1:43 pm

No, not our Dr Chee but “Mad Dog” Mattis or James Mattis, the retired general nominated to be secretary of defence

When Democrats and Republicans look to “Mad Dog” Mattis to restraint Trump, you know there’s a problem.

“Mad Dog” Mike is the nickname of Mattis. A soldier’s soldier, and a well-regarded military intellectual and strategist, he was fired by Obama for adopting “aggressive” tactics against Iran when he was commander of Central Command which is responsible for the Middle East theatre.

Mental illness is no excuse for dangerous driving

In Uncategorized on 13/01/2017 at 7:10 am

Taz what I tot when I read in today’s ST

A man was charged in court on Thursday (Jan 12) with driving a car in a dangerous manner along the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) at about 1.40am on Jan 5.

Brandon Ng Hai Chong, 30, allegedly drove against the flow of traffic.

His lawyer, Mr Luke Lee, told District Judge Carol Ling that his client has a medical condition and has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.

He said Ng had also been diagnosed with depression and is regularly seeing a psychiatrist.

The lawyer added that prior to this current case, his client had been sent to jail and had also been put on probation.

However, he did not mention the nature of Ng’s earlier convictions.

And guy still allowed to drive? He could be another Lim Chai Heng?

It was not an excuse to drive a Mercedes Benz against the flow of traffic, killing and injuring others in “lesser”* cars. Someone by the name of Adrian Tan said on Facebook that using a Mercedes in this way was like firing an assault rifle into a crowded room.

The son of Lim Chai Heng said his father was depressed, and apologised.

Let’s recap the facts.

A 53-year-old businessman, Lim Chai Heng was initially charged by the police on Dec 20 for an offence of Rash Act Causing Death (The charge was a holding charge so that he could be detained while the police decided whether to charge him with a more serious offence, say murder). He drove a Mercededs Benz against the flow of traffic.

On Jan 3 the charge was amended. He is now accused of committing culpable homicide when he drove his Mercedes Benz against the flow of traffic along AYE and hit Mr Liong Kuo Hua’s car at 8.02am on Dec 19, 2016. The maximum penalty for culpable homicide is 10 years’ jail and a fine.

He is remanded for psychiatric evaluation at Complex Medical Centre in Changi Prison until Jan 24.

As his son was sitting beside him , I hope the police investigate the son in an ice-cold interrogation room: why he allow his dad to do what he did? Want to win “Most filial son” award isit?


What the Mercedes Benz driver did:

Lim, who was driving a silver Mercedes car at high speed against traffic flow during morning rush hour, had crashed into several other vehicles, killing media personality Liong Kuo Hwa, 37, and leaving three others – excluding Lim himself – seriously injured.

The trail of destruction saw four cars, one motorcycle and one private bus wrecked, and the wall of the expressway before the Tuas West Road exit severely damaged.

Today

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No defence for physical abuse

Well the son should by now realise that in another case,

Despite the accused’s claims that her obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) led her to starve her Filipino maid, a judge on Thursday (Dec 22) ruled that Chong Sui Foon’s preoccupation with cleanliness would not have led her to restrict the quantity of food given to the victim.

District Judge Low Wee Ping was delivering his findings on whether Chong’s mental condition was linked to her committing the offence, and which would have a bearing on her sentencing to be meted out in February.

ST


ST also reported

In March, Chong and her husband, Lim Choon Hong, both 48, were found guilty of starving Ms Thelma Oyasan Gawidan, causing her weight to drop from 49kg to 29kg within 15 months.

Lim, a freelance trader, faces one charge under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act, which requires employers to be responsible for the maintenance of their foreign employees, including providing them with adequate food. Chong faces one count of abetting her husband in committing the offence.


Glancing at ST reports of court cases, one gets the impression that a specialist can be conjured up to come up with some sort of mental illness for any person on trial. The exception was Amos Yee but then he didn’t have the money for a lawyer didn’t he? The lawyers representing him were doing pro bono work. So he couldn’t afford to pay for a mental health specialist to say that he had a mental illness.

Or maybe Amos is a cheap-skate. He claimed to have made millions from his videos.

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*One Ivan Gan posted: “I think Mercedes is safer. At least kill other driver, I am safe inside. Good killing machine. Just pay few K fine and free again.”

“We Mercedes driver has right to drive in any direction we prefer. Other driver must give way to us Merc driver. “Other driver just go back suck thumb inside your piece of junk. Haha.”

After he got whacked on Facebook, he too used the depression excuse1

Ivan Goh should join Lim in Woodbridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chewing gum maker goes to the dogs

In Uncategorized on 12/01/2017 at 4:22 pm
When pet food becomes a sweet maker’s largest business, will the recipes for sweets and chocs be tweaked to suit dogs eather than humans?

Mars Bets on Pets

M&M’s and chocolate bars may be what you think of when you hear the name Mars, but the company’s business will become furrier in nature after it agreed to pay $7.7 billion for VCA, a company that owns animal hospitals and dog day care franchises that operate under the name Camp Bow Wow.

VCA will still operate as a separate business unit under Mars Petcare, which already used VCA’s lab services in its veterinary businesses. Talks about a deal began after Mars approached the company in November.

Petcare, chocolate and Wrigley now contribute 90 percent of sales for Mars, and Petcare will become the largest business for the company, with VCA adding about $2 billion in revenue.

NYT Dealbook

Protest S’pore style?

In Uncategorized on 11/01/2017 at 5:44 am

Here the only place one can protest without a permit is at Hong Lim Green (Still must register). Otherwise a police permit is needed which evidence shows is only granted to PAPpy running dogs like NTUC.

So maybe we can learn from the Sudanese

Instead of taking to the streets or marching towards a ministry or the presidential palace to express their concerns, as they have done in the past, Sudanese protesters are doing something much simpler – staying at home.

Some students have not gone to their school or university; workers have not turned up at the office; even some government employees have not shown up for work. This tactic of “civil disobedience” has been tried before – in November the protesters held a three day “stay-at-home” strike.

Activists tweeted photos of empty streets and offices, particularly on the first couple of days. By day three, most people were back at work.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-38364197

So maybe the next time Gilbert Goh wants S’poreans to protest about immigration or Roy Ngerng (Remember him?) wants to relaunch his “Return My CPF” campaign (to regain his celebrity status), or any anti-PAP activist has a beef with the PAP administration, they should ask S’poreans to stop going to the shopping malls on a designated Sunday.

If the malls are empty on the designated Sunday, the PAP will know the issue has traction.

And as the LGBTs will not have foreign funding for Pink Dot 2017 unless the foreign sponsors are approved by the govt, maybe the organisers should tell the potential attendees to stay home for the day: 28,000 S’poreans staying away from malls on a Sunday will be noticed.

But I can imagine Tan Kin Lian calling S’poreans to stay away from malls on a Sunday to support some crackpot cause of his, only to find out that S’poreans decided to give him the finger by crowding the malls. Remember, not only did he lose his deposit in PE 2011, he helped the PAP’s preferred candidate win by a short nose.

With an enemy like him, the PAP doesn’t need friends. Maybe the Gods want the PAP to rule S’pore for forever and a day? Juz see how lucky the PAP is in its enemies: JBJ, Tan Jee Say, Goh Meng Seng, s/o JBJ, Mad Dog Chee, Yaw (or is it Rao?) etc etc.

Sun Ho and friends are laughing: Prosperity Gospel is Trump’s gospel

In Uncategorized on 10/01/2017 at 10:51 am

To pray, speak or read scriptural verses at his inaugaration on January 20th Trump

has chosen six individuals, all of whom carry a certain edginess. Among them is his personal spiritual adviser Paula White, a Florida televangelist of the Pentecostal kind who urges followers to make generous contributions to the church and expect material bounty in return. Then there is Wayne T. Jackson, an African-American pastor from Detroit with a similar penchant for the prosperity gospel. He helped Mr Trump attract at least a few black votes by conducting a sympathetic interview with the candidate, and firmly believes the incoming president’s wealth is a sign of divine blessing.

Economist

Two out of six preach the Gosprl of Prosperity. Pretty decent ratio.

Kong, Sun Ho and their groupies will be laughing laugh over mean-hearted S’poreans who revile them because they got the money and splash it on things they want.

Meritocratic hubris/ Who defines “meritocracy”

In Uncategorized on 09/01/2017 at 7:13 am

Michael J Sandel teaches political philosophy at Harvard University. He recently wrote something perceptive:

The relentless emphasis on seeking a fair meritocracy, in which social positions reflect effort and talent, has a morally corrosive effect on the way we interpret our success (or lack thereof). The belief that the system rewards talent and hard work encourages the winners to regard their success as their own doing, a measure of their virtue – and to look down upon the less fortunate.

Those who lose out may complain that the system is rigged or be demoralised by the belief that they alone are responsible for their failure. When combined, these sentiments yield a volatile brew of anger and resentment, which Trump, though a billionaire, understands and exploits. Where Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton speak constantly of opportunity, Trump offers blunt talk of winners and losers. Democrats such as Obama and Clinton have difficulty understanding the hubris a meritocracy can generate and the harsh judgment it renders on those without a college degree. This is why one of the deepest divides in American politics today is between those with and without post-secondary education.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/01/themes-of-2016-progressive-parties-address-peoples-anger-in-2017

He’s right but even he doesn’t get it (Heh, he’s from Harvard): merit is defined by those who “made it”. Is that “fair”?

The meritocratic elites define the attributes and qualifications that allows one into the magical citcle: in S’pore, the British or French civil service, Harvard or other leading universities, or investment banks. And it always means: People like us.

Lucy Kellaway, the FT’s court jester on management, once described what Charles Trevelyan, the permanent secretary to the UK Treasury 1840-59, had in mind when he proposed that meritocracy should be introduced into the civil service.

“He wanted young people to be chosen who had merit – the very best,” says Greenaway. “But he believed that the best were to be found in the gentry, in the professional classes. As the 19th Century went on, the education system mirrored the social system. The universities in Oxford and Cambridge and public schools became the preserve of the gentry and the professional classes – clergy and lawyers and so on.”

Education locked in what used to be patronage, replacing it in a way that was acceptable to the conservatives who had been fearing that these exams would undermine the social fabric of the country.

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-23376561

My posts on meritocracy the PAP way

Meritocracy? No leh Cosiness

Meritocracy’s feet of clay: Ong Ye Kung

Siestas are good for your health

In Uncategorized on 08/01/2017 at 2:16 pm

But they cannot be any longer or shorter than 60 minutes. The BBC reports:

The Express leads with research suggesting that an hour’s snooze after lunch is good for your health. American scientists believe it can prevent your brain from ageing and help you perform better in memory tests.

They examined 3,000 adults over the age of 65 and found that those who slept in the afternoon were better able to solve simple maths problems and memorise words – and those who didn’t, performed badly.

But the paper warns that the nap has to be for 60 minutes. A longer or shorter siesta won’t have the same effect.

A progressive manifesto I can buy into

In Uncategorized on 06/01/2017 at 4:46 am

Readers will know that I have mostly contempt for the ideas that the UK’s Guardian is rabid about: stuff our ang oh tua kees mouth without understanding the assumptions and implications.

But here are some progressive ideas published in the Guardian that I can buy into happily as a conservative rentier with liberal tendencies:

We have just ended a year of political shock. Thanks to Brexit and Trump, the comfy consensus around an ever-more global, tech-powered world delivering bounty to all has been blown up. And the old political left-right spectrum has been replaced by a new spectrum. Some would sneeringly call it that of tribal v global, xenophobic v embracing, backward v forward. But there is a more generous, more productive, framing: protect v connect.

From that standpoint, the mistake made by the political/capitalist status quo these past years has been that in rushing towards an ever-more connected world, we failed to protect. We let millions of people come to fear the loss of their jobs, their dreams, and the cultural norms with which they were familiar. And in the process, aided by an out-of-control social media landscape, we have become disgusted by each other.

We urgently need new ways to find common ground and recreate a vision for the future worth pursuing. The jolt has been dramatic enough that it has sparked numerous ideas to help achieve this. At a minimum, it’s going to take:

An assault on fake news. The knowledge era needs knowledge, not clickbait. Look for new, self-correcting systems that tap into crowd wisdom, not mob-powered rumour-mongering.

A vision for the future of meaningful work for humans in a world filled by increasingly intelligent agents.

Education reforms that prepare our kids to thrive in that future.

New economic ideas, such as universal basic income.

A new articulation of globalist thinking. It should not be driven by faceless global elites, but by individuals connecting with each other across the planet and discovering just how much we can learn from each other.

Once we can start listening to each other again, there is a real discussion to be had on how we avoid sleepwalking into a future that humanity can’t handle. We want to be amazed and delighted. But not to lose our souls in the process. Let’s get that conversation rebooted!

Chris Anderson is a former technology publisher and the owner of TED (technology, entertainment, design), the global conference and media initiative.

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/jan/02/2017-big-ideas-part-two-northern-labour-party-fighting-cancer

 

Even Before Trump takes office, US preparing to curb Chinese ambitions

In China, Uncategorized on 04/01/2017 at 2:27 pm
Fom NYT Dealbook
Chinese Access to U.S. Semiconductor Industry May Be Curbed

The Obama administration is completing a study that could lead to restrictions on Chinese investment in the semiconductor sector in the United States. It will include recommendations aimed at bolstering the protection of the industry, including a tougher stance by the Committee on Foreign Investment, according to people familiar with the study.

Surge in Chinese Corporate Investment Into the U.S. Unlikely to Be Matched

Analysts at the research group Rhodium said the new uncertainty surrounding the administration of President-elect Donald J. Trump and his appointment of China hawks to oversee trade policy meant Chinese companies were unlikely to repeat the surge in investment last year.

Healthcare: Gd lateral thinking in UK

In Uncategorized on 03/01/2017 at 3:44 pm

Our A&E departments don’t have the problems faced by A&E departments in the UK, but here’s an interesting suggestion from the UK in this area: have GPs and support staff on duty to deal with patients who do not need emergency treatment. And charge and charge those who use this facility. Still would be cheaper than getting doctor to make house call at midnight.

BBC reports

The Times reports on a survey of doctors that suggests most believe GP surgeries should be placed in A&E departments to deal with patients who do not need emergency treatment.

The study of more than 500 doctors by the Press Association found most believed such a move was necessary to relieve the pressure on A&E.

Why a universal basic income may not be the silver bullet

In Uncategorized on 03/01/2017 at 6:30 am

Or the stake in the heart of populism* or fascism that liberal elites think will appease the mob.

The liberal chattering classes are peddling the idea of a citizen’s wage or universal basic income (an interesting economic idea to deal with the coming displacement of humans by robots in many jobs and professions**) as a means of fighting back against what they consider as the rise of fascism or populism. They conflate the two either out of stupidity or out of duplicity (Out trumping Trump).

A universal basic income

means everybody gets a basic wage, whether they are working or not. President Obama*** is evidently attracted to the idea. So is Labour’s John McDonnell***.

The BBC’s Mark Madell raises several interesting points on why this approach may fail:

This may go against the spirit of the age. The voters’ anger with their economic circumstance is frequently tangled up with the complaint that the elite are mollycoddling the undeserving, whether domestic scroungers or immigrant workers.

A plan to dramatically increase welfare provisions to all-and-sundry, from feckless billionaires to the work-shy underclass, might not prove politically popular.

Nor is there any real sign that life on “basic” would be any more satisfying, ennobling or less divisive than life on the dole. It seems there are no easy or obvious solutions to either the revolt of the Rust Belt or the coming rise of the robots.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38317786

Michael J Sandel who teaches political philosophy at Harvard University puts it this way

Don’t trample on a worm, it may be a cobra in disguise

In Uncategorized on 02/01/2017 at 5:23 pm

Taz the moral of what happened in South Korea

President Park impeached: It all started because a tua kee abused a sua kee over a puppy

In 2014, the businesswoman asked him to take care of her daughter’s puppy. Mr Ko brought the dog to his house, then left it there as he went out to play a round of golf.

When he returned, he found Ms Choi in his home, furious with him for abandoning the puppy. The two had a “huge fight”, he said.

From then on their relationship went downhill. “She treated me like a slave, swearing at me many times,” he said in his candid account.

Angry and hurt, Mr Ko decided to exact revenge by going to the press about Ms Choi and Ms Park’s relationship.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38259068

Activists must-read for New Year

In Uncategorized on 02/01/2017 at 6:01 am

There are two ways to get people with strong views to consider alternative arguments (that doesn’t involve shouting or violence). Make sure to watch the video.

Find out more (Vox)

1) If the argument you find convincing doesn’t resonate with someone else, find out what does

Try moral reframing i.e. try to put the argument within the moral or ideological framework of the person you want to pesruade.

2) Listen. Your ideological opponents want to feel like they’ve been heard.

[T]he canvassers ask the voters to recall a time when they were discriminated against. And then toward the end of the conversation, the canvassers nudge the voters into thinking about how that experience can relate to the plight of transgender people. The idea is that people learn lessons more durably when they come to the conclusions on their own.

Not easy techniques. Requires hard work.

It’s easier for the likes of Mad Dog Chee, New Citizen Han Hui Hui, Tan Jee Say, Roy Ngerng, s/o JBJ, M Ravi, Goh Meng Seng and other anti-PAP cybernuts  to bang their brainless heads against the wall or blame the 70% for being stupid.

But the likes of Chris K, Terry Xu, Martyn See, Richard Wan, and Drs Paul and Ang should try these methods.

Will this be allowed here?

In Uncategorized on 01/01/2017 at 1:03 pm
TECH FIX
Moxie Marlinspike, who founded Open Whisper Systems, the nonprofit that developed the messaging app Signal.

Worried About the Privacy of Your Messages? Download Signal.

Signal, an encrypted chat service, is a must in an era when companies collect ever more information about users and government surveillance may expand.

Asean loves Rolex and Gucci

In Uncategorized on 01/01/2017 at 4:49 am

Ultimate British pub crawl

In Uncategorized on 31/12/2016 at 2:03 pm

Stretch this to 10 yrs and it’s a great way to get to know Britain.

The Sun and Daily Mail carry news of the ultimate pub crawl – visiting all the 24,727 establishments in the UK.

It is 28,000 miles, starting and ending in Dorset. The longest stretch without any pubs is the 270 miles from Durness in north-west Scotland to Shetland.

And how long will the crawl take? If you walk between each one, stay only 30 minutes and allow for eight hours sleep a night… it can be completed in three years and four months.

BBC Online

Trump Triumphant

In Uncategorized on 31/12/2016 at 8:48 am
Donald J. Trump at an American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington in March. The political right has in Israel has openly celebrated his election as president.

‘Trump Effect’ Is Already Shaping Events Around the World

Donald J. Trump’s election is influencing markets, currencies and government policies as the world bets on how he will rewrite international rules.

More, the real Nostradamus

In Uncategorized on 31/12/2016 at 5:46 am

Nostradamus was a French physician and seer who published collections of prophecies. He became known as the man who foretold the future.

Thomas More (Yup “A Man for All Seasons”) was one of Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellors who was later beheaded because he did not as a subject of the king openly accept the king’s divorce and remarriage. He was also a great scholar, humanist even if he did torture and burn “heretics”.

But he’s not known as a seer. But he was as quotes from http://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2016/12/stranger-things show

He foresaw democracy

[A] prince that serves a life term, he is chosen by a body of 200 representatives, each of whom is democratically elected in a constituency. A council of 20 of these officials must ratify any decision the prince makes. Such checks on executive power were wishful thinking in More’s time. They are commonplace now.

He foretold personal freedom

Utopians transported into developed countries of today would also be pleasantly surprised to discover that their rights to follow “divers kinds of religion” and to divorce if “the man and woman cannot well agree between themselves” were now taken for granted.

He foresaw short working hours

Men and women in these countries can join labour forces with near full employment, and work for around nine hours a day

He foretold globalisation of trade

They could get from overseas “all such things as they lack at home” through trade.

He foresaw the welfare state

They would be entitled to welfare payments and pensions as “provision for them that were once labourers and be now weak and impotent”. With a few notable exceptions, they could walk into a hospital and receive treatment “whereby they may be restored again to their health”. In some countries they would even have the right to “finish their lives willingly” in the face of incurable disease.

 

Amos in the Land of the Free

In Uncategorized on 30/12/2016 at 9:07 am

Or “Even anti-PAP nuts believe that there’s no free lunch”

An unusually sane article (from a cybernut) prompted this comment on Facebook

“Asking for free lawyer, free accomodation, free everything. I think he misunderstood “The Land of the Free”

It got this response:

Real sense of entitlement. Like a PAP minister or like hard core anti-PAP grumbler.

Article in question:

http://singaporedissident.blogspot.sg/2016/12/the-detention-of-singaporean-amos-yee.html

A real S’porean, this nut. No free service, must pay and pay. Harry would be proud of him even if he hates Harry.

Amos Yee had asked me to represent him “pro bono” or free of charge. In my opinion, he did not appear to be lacking in funds since he himself had stated in social media that he was making a lot of money through his videos. Secondly he has his parents who live with him and are fully able to pay for his expenses. I quoted him my normal asylum fee of US$3500.00 but he refused. After that I did not have further communication with him.

Recently a US based Singaporean activist Melissa Chen contacted me. She said she was trying to help Amos Yee and had arranged some lawyers to help him free of charge. She was contacting me probably from Chicago. She asked me if I could arrange accommodation for him free of charge. I told her that I cannot and even if I could I will not. After all he is well able to pay for his accommodation under his circumstances and shouldn’t be asking things free.

And

Update 12/28/2016. I have been getting readers who write asking for advice on asylum and national service. If you want advice please write to my Email nair.gopalan@yahoo.com or call me at (510) 491 8525 California time. Also note, I do not provide free legal advice.

Money talks, BS walks

In Uncategorized on 30/12/2016 at 5:20 am

Rising anti-Semitism is said to have made some of the country’s leading universities “no-go zones” for Jewish students.

Former higher education adjudicator Lady Deech tells the Telegraph that growing hostility towards Israel is tipping into hatred against Jews in general – and institutions may be failing to tackle the problem for fear of offending wealthy Middle Eastern benefactors.

Universities UK insists the sector has been clear there is “no place” for anti-Semitism.

BBC report

The bright side of being 40ish and underemployed

In Uncategorized on 29/12/2016 at 4:41 pm

If you’re over 40, working more than 25 hours a week could be affecting your intelligence, new research suggests.

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20160714-is-full-time-work-bad-for-our-brains

Am Chinese voted for Trump

In Uncategorized on 28/12/2016 at 10:42 am

Mr Trump’s supporters also included a large number of recent Chinese immigrants to the US, who applauded the president-elect’s incendiary comments linking Islam with terrorism and his vows to expel illegal Mexican immigrants.

FT

Conclusion: Us ethnic Chinese are non-PCs.

Obama: Classy, ineffective, irrelevant

In Uncategorized on 27/12/2016 at 2:22 pm

“The man has a lot of class,” says Deaton. “He may not have been a very effective president. But that’s beside the point now I guess.”

Angus Deaton, winner of Nobel Prize in Economics in a FT interview published during the hols. And he’s a fan of Obama. Don’t need to imagine what the Trumpeters are saying.

Employers right to sack pregnant women?

In Uncategorized on 27/12/2016 at 4:52 am

A recurring “equality” story is that women get sacked for getting pregnant.

Image result for scrooge

Well maybe these employers got science on their side?

Pregnancy reduces grey matter in specific parts of a woman’s brain, helping her bond with her baby and prepare for the demands of motherhood.

Scans of 25 first-time mums showed these structural brain changes lasted for at least two years after giving birth.

European researchers said the scale of brain changes during pregnancy were akin to those seen during adolescence.

Many women have said they feel forgetful and emotional during pregnancy and put it down to “pregnancy” or “baby” brain – and, it seems, with good reason.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-38341901

Ang moh tua kees, Amnesty Int’l — What about North Carolina?

In Uncategorized on 26/12/2016 at 10:16 am

Our local ang moh tua kees and Amnesty Int’l are dissing S’pore while cheering on Amos Yee’s attempt to get political asylum in the US to avoid NS.

Hey how come don’t know this about a major US state? From that fan (Or is it fiend?) of Hilary

OpEd from North Carolina. The state no longer classifies as a democracy, according to a professor of political science at the University of North Carolina. A report from the Electorial Integrity Project places North Carolina alongside authoritarian states and pseudo-democracies like Cuba, Indonesia and Sierra Leone. – The News & Observer

NYT Dealbook

What the Economist says: If you can’t beat ’em, take away their power

http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21712158-if-you-cant-beat-em-take-away-their-power-shenanigans-north-carolina-set-lousy

Grinch at work this Christmas

In Uncategorized on 25/12/2016 at 1:44 pm

The year-end stocks rally on the heels of the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president was built on expectations of reduced regulations, big tax cuts and a large fiscal stimulus.

Now signs are emerging from the Trump camp that harsher trade policies that could jeopardize the honeymoon are likely in the offing, and investors would be well advised to give those prospects more weight when gauging how much further an already pricey market has to run.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-stocks-weekahead-idUSKBN14C1L2?il=0

Markets trumping Trump on climate change

In Uncategorized on 24/12/2016 at 11:10 am

Seems that there’s momentum for corporations to ignore Trump’s views on climate change: investor pressure. From NYT Dealbook

The Climate for Investment
In spite of an incoming presidential administration in the United States that is hostile to addressing climate change, the clamor for corporations to be more forthcoming about the risks posed by environmental changes is getting louder.
A task force commissioned by the Group of 20 richest nations has issued guidelines for how companies should measure and disclose the predicted effects of extreme weather and rising seas.
The guidelines are voluntary, but companies may find themselves under morepressure from investors, who have taken to including environmental, social and corporate governance issues, or E.S.G., in their stock picks. Younger investors, in particular, like the approach.
And performance does not have to suffer. Funds like the Vanguard social index fund and the Parnassus Core Equity Investor fund, which pick stocks using E.S.G. and fundamental analysis, have been beating the market.

Fed Chief says value of degree is rising

In Uncategorized on 24/12/2016 at 5:49 am
So why is one minister of education trying to talk S’poreans out of getting a degree while the PAP administrations allows FTs with dubious or fake degrees (Think Nisha of IDA) to flood in?

From NYT Dealbook on the Fed Chief’s comments

Yellen Tells College Graduates That Value of a Degree Is Rising

Janet Yellen’s speech at the University of Baltimore underscored the Federal Reserve’s satisfaction with an economic expansion that is in its eighth year.

Trump pak China, US regulations/ Unionises his htl workers

In Uncategorized on 23/12/2016 at 4:09 pm
From NYT Dealbook:

By Amie Tsang

President-elect Donald J. Trump wants to shake up both relations with China and regulatory issues, and he’s not doing it by halves.
Mr. Trump has named:
• Peter Navarro, a strident critic of China, to lead a new White House office overseeing American trade and industrial policy.
• Carl Icahn, the investor, to serve as a special adviser on regulatory issues.
Mr. Navarro, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, is the only credentialed economist in Mr. Trump’s inner circle. He has argued that China is effectively waging economic war by subsidizing exports to the United States and impeding imports from it. He has also made a documentary called “Death by China,” in which an animation of a Chinese knife stabs a map of the United States.
Some economists actually say that automation is a bigger threat to people’s jobs than globalization.
The appointment highlights a division among Mr. Trump’s economic advisers.
Like Mr. Navarro, Wilbur Ross, the president-elect’s choice for commerce secretary, favors increased trade restrictions. But Mr. Trump’s broader circle of advisers is dominated by proponents of free trade.
Mr. Icahn, who made his fortune as a “corporate raider,” will play a role in the selection of a new leader for the Securities and Exchange Commission. That is the regulator that serves as the referee for his battles with corporations.
His appointment has renewed concerns about conflicts of interest in the administration. It comes just as the Trump Organization has resolved labor disputesthat could have posed other conflicts for the president-elect.
One of those labor agreements provides a union contract to workers at the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas (the hotel had previously refused to bargain with the union). The second agreement eases a hurdle to unionization at a recently opened Trump hotel in Washington.
Eric Trump also said that he had decided to stop directly soliciting contributions for his charitable foundation because he recognized that his status as the president-elect’s son means that donors could try to use him to gain access to his father.

With friends like this, Hilary didn’t need any enemies

In Uncategorized on 23/12/2016 at 5:18 am
With a paid up member like this poster gal for the elite liberals, no wonder the liberal elite is so hated in the US.

She attacks as an enemy someone who supports Hilary and her, and who donated to her. Any people like her accuses Trump of being untruthful? From NYT Dealbook

Viewed through a political lens, Mr. Trump’s appointments of finance industry insiders have already agitated Senator Elizabeth Warren — so much so that she took to Facebook to attack a “hedge fund billionaire” who is “thrilled by Donald Trump’s economic team of Wall Street insiders.”

Unfortunately that hedge fund manager, Whitney Tilson, publicly fought Mr. Trump’s election, supported Hillary Clinton, donated to Ms. Warren and actively sought new regulations for the industry. Oh, and he is also not a billionaire.

Mr. Tilson continues to support Ms. Warren, albeit with less enthusiasm and the feeling that “she’s getting down into the gutter with Trump.”

“I still support her because I share her belief that banking should be boring,” he said.

Did Hilary and Obama need enemies with a friend like Warren?

Finland is doing an experiment that could discredit a Hard Truth or confirm it

In Uncategorized on 20/12/2016 at 5:40 pm

A Hard Truth is that welfare is bad because people will stop working if there is welfare.

Well according to the NYT Dealbook,

Free Cash
Finland is about to embark on a social welfare experiment that will test not just economic policy, but also human nature.
Jobless people in the country cannot earn additional income while collecting unemployment benefits. So for some laid-off workers, a guaranteed unemployment check is a better financial proposition than taking a leap with a new job or business.
The government wants to see if it can change that.
It is giving 2,000 unemployed people a universal basic income — automatic benefits, minus the bureaucratic hassle and penalties for amassing extra income.
Will these people set themselves up on new career paths once they are liberated from the time-sucking unemployment system? Or will they squander their money on vodka?
We will see as the trial progresses over the next two years.
Many will be keeping an eye on the results. The search for a way to lessen the vulnerabilities of working people who may have been affected by globalization and automation is gaining a sense of urgency as reactionary populism sweeps the globe.

S’poreans really that cock despite topping PISA exams?

In Uncategorized on 20/12/2016 at 10:52 am

I’ll let Chris K tell the story. But, if interested here’s the background and additional info from the real Independent (not the fake news site from S’pore also known as TISG: The Idiots — S’pore:  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/world-most-ignorant-countries-index-ipsos-mori-poll-survey-a7481196.html?cmpid=facebook-post

 

Tax and tax a S$134m addiction

In Uncategorized on 19/12/2016 at 3:34 pm

CNA reports that S’poreans spend S$134m on “bottled water addiction” when our tap water is perfectly safe to drink.

A 600ml bottle of drinking water usually retails for about S$0.50 to S$1. According to PUB, the same amount of tap water only costs 0.1 cent, making it 500 to 1,000 times cheaper than bottled water. This price differential, while significant, is not sufficient to motivate consumers to move more to tap water, said Prof Ng, who is the executive director of the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute at NTU.

The relatively low retail cost of bottled water also appears to be a small price to pay for the convenience of not having to carry a bottle around to be refilled, said Prof Ong, director of the NUS Environmental Research Institute. “It’s hard to convince people that they don’t need to be spending the money they spend on bottled water, because (at) S$1 a bottle, that’s cheap to many.”

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-s-s-134m-bottled-water-addiction/3364034.html

So why not tax bottled water? After all drinking it is a waste of money and resources when there’s the tap.

Warning when guessing next yts’s market

In Uncategorized on 19/12/2016 at 2:43 pm

From NYT Dealbook:

Market Tea Leaves
“As January goes, so goes the entire market year.”
Wrong. (This year at least.)
After a bleak January for stocks, major American markets have been at or near record highs as we near the end of the year.
More recently, the dollar has surged and Treasury prices have tumbled after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates, as The Wall Street Journal reports. This could hamper earnings, but stock markets seem to have taken it in stride.
It can be tricky to predict what will happen on the stock market, especially if you’re not sure what lies ahead in a Trump administration.
Burton Malkiel, emeritus professor of economics at Princeton, has some sage advice: “Whether you think Trump will be wildly successful or he’ll be a disaster, don’t try to move in or out of assets because you think you know what’s going to happen.”

TJS should listen to the Toilet Man

In Uncategorized on 19/12/2016 at 4:36 am

TJS spams at regular intervals using his Facebook stuff a closed group on Facebook of mainly moderate S’poreans who in the main voted for Dr Tan Chin Bok and would vote for him if allowed to  to. They understand economic trade-offs and are more than happy to accept lower growth, in return for FT controls. They kicked out Jason Chua of FATPAP with him accusing them of criminalising support for the PAP.

His stuff annoys many of them. They don’t like his TRE, juvenile cybernut style of personal attacks on the PM without supporting evidence, only his rants, as they see it. Recently one Adrian Tan responded by posting my piece about him being a cybernut, adding that TJS’s like Roy Ngerng. Must invite that guy to guest write here. My kind of guy as the posting seems to have annoyed TJS (see below).

A longish thread ensured with TJS responding. He accused commenters of making personal attacks (Cannot imitate him isit? Waz sauce for an elite like him, not sauce for plebs who don’t live in bungalow houses like him isit?)

In the thread (and another related)  there were comments from the Toilet Man (Jack Sim) rebuking TJS.

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Jack Sim, Founder of World Toilet Organization (WTO), has been a successful businessman since age 24. Having achieved financial success in his 40s, Jack felt the need to change his direction in life and give back to humanity – he wanted to live his life according to the motto “Live a useful life”. Jack soon left his business and embarked on a journey that saw him being the voice for those who cannot speak out and fighting for the dignity, rights and health for the vulnerable and poor worldwide.

http://worldtoilet.org/who-we-are/founder/

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Three stand out, and I hope TJS* takes to heart Jack’s comments (though from his response to JS, I doubt it):

Why don’t you speak about the National Regeneration Plan more with the public instead of writing articles that are discouraging without any positive outcome?

And

Jee Say Tan I’ll avoid personal attack. The reason was your recent posts were personal attack on the PM without real substance. As many writers here have expressed they’ve seen nothing constructive in them as compared to your National Regeneration Plan. We’re all Singaporeans and want to see Singapore become strong and healthy. When we destroy our leaders we destroy ourselves. When we criticise or advise, we do it with good intention to make Singapore better. Our opposition parties must not merely oppose. It must offer better solutions.
Things like investing in the young start-ups is already done but without gumption as a national culture, these start-ups loses massive money for both government and investors. We need to go back to root causes. We need to embrace the people who wants to make Singapore strong. Not just people who merely want to benefit themselves

And on another thread:

I’ve now read Tan Jee Say”s National Regeneration Plan and felt he did have something useful to offer. I encourage him to stay on the constructive dialogue instead of merely saying sad things
 Adrian Tan added to the last:
Saw that. Well done. He does himself no credit with spam like this. One could argue that this spam reflects his true self.

TJS asked Adrian Tan to post a response of his as a response to the pirce on him. Tan wasn’t sure which one he meant even though TJS was pretty specific, but TJS never responded to his query. He most probably tot that Tan was trolling Tan.

It’s below. I decided to use it as part of a piece rather than let it languish as a comment

But note that he never answered my beef with him** (which was why Tan queried Tan, as he explained to me): that he, TJS, so cock as to think that we’ll get the chance to vote in the next PE.

TJS says

Participating in GE n PE is the only way of communicating alternative views n policies in public platforms n through main stream media. Many PAP old timers including ex-ministers have cheered me on n encouraged me to continue with my criticisms of PAP policies n practices as few who are familiar with government policies, dare to speak up esp those who do want to risk their million dollar salaries n high positions. If I n others had not spoken up , would PAP change their policies on immigration, housing, health, pioneer benefits etc. So be thankful to us who took part in GE n PE n spoke up for you n your benefits, your children n their benefits.

As I keep saying, the PAP is lucky in its enemies. With Mad Dog, TJS, Roy Ngerng, M Ravi, s/o JBJ, New Citizen Han Hui Hui and Goh Meng Seng as enemies, who needs friends?

So Chris K, Terry and other brave warriors, you sure you want to keep on fighting alongside these nuts?


*Because for all his oversized ego and failures to make it big time (What happened when he headed John Govett: it tanked), and doing the PAP’s work for free*** (think PE 2011) he has some interesting ideas for the betterment of S’pore.

**

It is vitally important that we elect a strong President, not a token one, next year to ensure that our reserves are used to benefit ordinary people, rather than provide life support to “natural aristocrats” and their cronies.

TJS must be deluded to think we’ll get the chance to vote for the next president. LOL. But then TJS tot he had the votes to become MP and then president and then MP. The whipping his ass got (three times in row) must have affected his brains which doesn’t seem to reside in his skull.

I mean, the conventional wisdom among the thinking anti-PAP activists and cyberwarriors is that we’ll not get the chance to vote at the next PE.

Not I never argued that his standing for election was a waste of time.

***It’s alleged he never got his 30 pieces of silver for standing in PE 2011. Could that add to his bitterness?

Waz wrong, waz right with East Asian education systems

In Uncategorized on 18/12/2016 at 6:24 am

According to the head of PISA

The latest round of Pisa results, published this week, show that many of the most disadvantaged students in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam perform as well as the highest-achieving quarter of students around the world.

In the western world, only Estonia and Finland match such a level of resilience against social disadvantage.

So why are ang mohs not rushing to follow these Asian countries’ education systems? Racism? Not invented in ang moh land?

Many moons ago a few locals asked Chris K (cybernut hero though he’s no nut who is our very FT in London and now in Tokyo) why ang moh FTs not sending their kids to S’pore schools (Btw, int’l schools not cheap here — see photo). He said ang mohs got different view of education

 

Here’s an expansion of his point using excepts taken from a BBC article. Remember that while Korean kids underperform ours, they also thrash ang mohs.

Three Welch kids who went to Seoul to experience shared their experiences with the BBC, two of them dissed the Korean system

Tommy: “They base their education on fact-based information and memory-based education, thus giving them an advantage in the Pisa testing and other global tests. However, British children are, I believe better prepared for further education and career choices as they understand their knowledge and can apply it.”

Sarah: “I understand that the education system in place in Korea is beneficial in the fact that good results are constantly being produced, but I couldn’t help but question what the effect of all this work and pressure was on the girls’ mental well-being.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-38080752

And even former minister of education Ju Ho Lee say its PISA topping system is bad

Former minister of education Ju Ho Lee said it was time to make changes to the South Korean school system.

“Those high test scores in Pisa mask very important problems in Korean education, for example, Korean students don’t have enough time to read, to do sports, to do music, and to spend that time freely because they are too much pressured to prepare for the exam.

“Even the Pisa test, when they ask Korean students whether they are happy in school, Korean students rate the lowest.

“It’s time for Korean parents to make changes to prepare our next generation for the 21st Century. Our children may need a different set of skills other than just high test scores – communication, collaboration and creativity, they should be nurtured.”

The BBC also reports:

The government is making changes to the system and Jun Sung Jang, the principal at the boys school, has introduced a school sports day to tackle the problem of stressed out children.

And remember when Korean kids behaved like sheep and died? And that was when Korean kids were topping PISA?

This is waz wrong with East Asian education systems: no thinking allowed without permission.

But the East Asian systems have things that the West can learn from

The Welsh students’ head teacher, David Haynes, would like to bring top maths teachers over from South Korea to fill the shortage in Wales.

“In the health service, we bring across doctors from other parts of the world and they contribute greatly to our society and the provision we receive,” he said.

“Specialists and highly-trained professionals coming from other parts of the world like South Korea could contribute greatly to our education system.”

Mr Haynes has already introduced some Korean-style changes at his school, reorganising the school day and bringing in parents to help raise standards.

The third Welch kid who went to Korea said: Ewan: “One thing I feel we could take from the system is that there is a lot respect for teaching staff in Korea and they have the same social status as we give to doctors, which allows them to get a lot more done and for kids to become brighter.”

 

 

 

Are the actions of Russia, China against the US aggressive?

In Uncategorized on 17/12/2016 at 10:56 am

Cannot fight back isit?

Let’s step back for a moment. NYT that purveyor of truth so long as the truth supports Hilary, her cronies and the progressive cause says

The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the U.S.

A Times investigation reveals missed signals, slow responses and a continuing underestimation of the seriousness of a campaign to disrupt the 2016 presidential election.

NYT Dealbook

And we know what’s happening in the South China Sea where China got too clever by half and kanna whacked by int’l court, while the US ignores the riles that it asks China to play by.

On Russian aggression, Mikhail Gorbachev (last leader of the USSR)

attacks the West, too, accusing it of “provoking Russia”.

“I’m sure that the Western press – and that includes you – has been given special instructions to discredit Putin and get rid of him. Not physically. Just to make sure he steps aside. But, as a result, his popularity rating here has reached 86%. Soon, it will be 120%!”

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38289333

And remember all the colour revolutions in Rusia’s backyard and the expansion of Nato?

As to the South China Sea

China’s ministry of defence said on its social media account that the construction on its South China Sea outcrops was mostly for civilian use, and that necessary military installations were for self-defence.

“If someone was flexing his muscles outside your door, wouldn’t you get a slingshot ready?” the defence ministry said in a statement.

FT

Now I’m pro US in the sense that I’m glad the hegemon is the US and not Russia or China. But that doesn’t colour my perceptions of reality or how others perceive the facts.

 

Building a Muslim registry, Facebook willing to

In Uncategorized on 15/12/2016 at 3:51 pm
 From NYT Dealbook

Building a Muslim registry. Nine of the most prominent such firms, from Facebook to Booz Allen Hamilton, were asked if they would sell their services to help create a national Muslim registry, an idea recently resurfaced by Mr. Trump’s transition team. Only Twitter said no. – The Intercept

How Trump can have and eat his cake, without global tariff wars?

In Uncategorized on 13/12/2016 at 2:46 pm

A central idea is that goods would be taxed based on where they were consumed rather than where they were produced, meaning that imports would be taxed by Washington while exports would not. Tax experts call this a destination-based consumption tax.

From NYT Dealbook:

Shipping containers and cranes in the Port of Jakarta, Indonesia. A destination-based consumption tax means that that imports would be taxed by Washington while exports would not.

New Approach to Corporate Tax Law Has House G.O.P. Support

A business tax overhaul championed by a Berkeley professor could advance President-elect Donald J. Trump’s job-creation agenda without tariffs or presidential deal-making.

John Glenn’s advice for oldies

In Uncategorized on 12/12/2016 at 4:38 pm

Only at the age of 90 did he give up flying: old people, he said, should not let the calendar dictate their lives.

http://www.economist.com/news/obituary/21711604-john-glenn-astronaut-and-politician-died-december-8th-aged-95-obituary-john-glenn

Wonder if local Tiger Moms also do prayers?

In Uncategorized on 11/12/2016 at 1:22 pm

In South Korea,

[M]others can be found praying for good exam results for their children in the Buddhist temples of Gangnam, and they also burn old text books to destroy any possible bad luck in the upcoming exams.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-38080752

Sunday Times (UK) education editor Sian Griffiths,

“It’s this religious devotion to education that has helped transform South Korea’s fortunes.

Got property in Perth?

In Uncategorized on 07/12/2016 at 2:33 pm

Bang yr balls. Cheaper getting cheaper.

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Modern day Samurai?

In Uncategorized on 06/12/2016 at 1:20 pm

[A] note on employee duties, handwritten by the then president of Dentsu in 1951: “Once you take on a task, never let it go, even if you are killed.”

FT

Dentsu is the leading ad media co in Japan.

Or a death wisher ?

Whatever I prefer

Lemmy from Motorhead: ‘You know I’m born to lose, and gambling’s for fools, but that’s the way I like it, baby, I don’t want to live forever’

Also FT.

 

 

 

IBM’s big plans for Watson

In Uncategorized on 05/12/2016 at 3:59 pm

NYT Dealbook

It is betting on Watson, its artificial intelligence technology, to help it expand, employing about 10,000 workers on the project and investing billions of dollars. The company does not report seperate financial results for Watson, but UBS estimates that it may generate $500 million in revenue this year and grow rapidly, nearing $17 billion by 2022.

Terrexgate: How Mindef’s tits got caught in the wringer?

In Uncategorized on 02/12/2016 at 4:37 am

The HK version of events as reported by BBC seems to imply that the customes officers were surprised by what they found because the vehicles were not supposed to have entered HK because no approval had been sought or given to enter HK. According to the BBC “strategic goods” must be licensed for transshipment .

Customs officers at the Kwai Chung container terminal became suspicious when they saw the shapes of the vehicles under tarpaulin in an open-top container, a Hong Kong government source told the South China Morning Post newspaper.

Hong Kong’s regulations stipulate that licenses are required for the transhipment of strategic commodities. Customs officers said they seized a total of 12 containers. Bomb disposal officers were called to the scene, but found no explosives.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38101345


“Sources said the shipment was impounded by local customs as the shipping company had failed to provide the required permits for bringing the military vehicles to Hong Kong.
Under Hong Kong’s Import and Export Ordinance, a licence is required for the import, export, re-export or transshipment of strategic commodities. The maximum penalty for failing to obtain a licence is an unlimited fine and seven years’ imprisonment.”

FB post by Toh Han Shih last night. He’s a ex-BT reporter working in HK for SCMP.

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The response of APL (once part of NOL) is interesting: “APL is committed to ensuring cargo security as well as full compliance with all regulatory and trade requirements in its conduct of business.”

It’s commited to  “full compliance with all regulatory and trade requirements in its conduct of business”, not that it did everything required by law.

S’pore has been vocal that this kind of transshipment has been done before.

So maybe our ministers and scholars were on auto-pilot and didn’t realise that these vehicles are now considered “strategic”*? Too busy looking at their monthly CPF statements and bank statements?

And neither did APL where senior and middle mgt is still full of true-blue S’poreans who operate on auto-pilot. Afraid of losing their cushy jobs now that APL run by industry professionals not scholars and ex-SAF or ex-Temasek amateurs?


Someone on Facebook posted this interesting analysis

*It is unlikely that a major shipping line like APL slips up on paperwork. All container vessels would send off their manifest (electronically) declaring all cargo …. including any dangerous cargo … to its next port of call. As the sailing time from Kaohsiung (assuming the cargo was uploaded there) to Hong Kong is about 24 hours only or one day, this means the manifest may have been forwarded well ahead for Hong Kong Port Terminal authorities to KNOW what is coming as they would have to plan how to unload (and load) containers on to the ship. It is ALL about China telling Singapore “I am the Big Brother and don’t fool around with me or I can make your life uncomfortable!” The Chinese Government knew well ahead of time what was on the ship and they made it a point to make a case out of it.

 

Goldman Sachs administration not Trump administration

In Uncategorized on 01/12/2016 at 4:59 pm

Gary Cohn considered for Trump administration. President-elect Donald J. Trump is considering the president of Goldman Sachs for a senior administration job, possibly as director of the Office of Management and Budget, several sources close to the situation said. – Politico

NYT Dealbook

If this comes about, there’ll be three ex-Goldman Sachs partners in senior posts: his chief strategist and his nominated Treasury Sec were Goldie partners.

And for the record, his proposed Commerce Sec was the CEO of Rithschild Inc, the US arm of the Rothschilds.

Trump doesn’t bear grudges

In Uncategorized on 01/12/2016 at 1:51 pm

Donald Trump could soon be in a position of having sued his own treasury secretary. Mr Mnuchin’s Dune Capital was among a group of lenders, including Deutsche Bank, who provided loans for the construction of a Trump skyscraper in Chicago. Mr Trump sued the lenders during the credit crunch to extend the terms of the loan. The suit was later settled. Mr Trump and Mr Mnuchin have also previously worked together on a hotel in Hawaii.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38012410

Blur Tiger Mom digs deeper hole for herself/ Wrong KPI

In Uncategorized on 29/11/2016 at 5:25 am

A kiasu tiger mom gave her side of a story that has gripped local cyberspace. A newspaper article reported that despite her son getting straight As in her PSLE, she was unhappy that he got 231 points not the 250, she expected and had “punished” her son.

Her explanation showed her in a worse light. She was unhappy with her son because he got 230 points, not the 231 she expected? Wah lan.

As far as I’m concerned, I only want to know if the points he got, would get him into the school of her choice i.e. the “right” school. Nothing else matters. And no-one other than me seems to have asked this question.

PLSE points don’t really matter (bar bragging rights), getting into the “right” school matters.

All this fixation by her and S’poreans about the boy’s points prove my point that S’poreans work stupid from young.

I repeat, from young, S’poreans work hard but stupid, not smart. Who to blame? Blame the PAP administration who is responsible for the education system.

Lim Swee Say (http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2016/11/02/lim-swee-say-improve-productivity-or-singapores-competitive-primacy-will-be-risked/) should have a word with the relevant minister of education.

I’ll end on a morbid note. Some wag posted on FB

The urgent thing now is to send an open letter to mdm soon’s kid, telling him if he can’t take it anymore, there are places he can run to for help. And put a list of counselling centers and homes for kids like him.

It’s personal: Liberal MSM’s problem with Trump

In Media, Uncategorized on 27/11/2016 at 4:44 pm

OK, OK it’s not all personal but here are excerpts from a BBC report http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38072407 that show the that the journalists from the liberal MSM are not happy with him because he won the election, attacks them, has views that offend them, and reporting him is not easy because they can’t resort to lazy clichés or pigeonhole him.

Err what ever happened to holding their prejudices and emotions in check and thinking thru the issues.

And btw, I suspect that his skill in talking to the “stupid” masses makes them worried about their relevance as the fourth estate.

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After reading the u/m excerpts I appreciate more why one Harry Lee did what he did to local media: he castrated the journalists.

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Trump is willing to change things around to make people happy or when it suits him. Everything can be negotiated, including the scheduling of meetings and positions on issues.

 

In contrast journalists at the mainstream organisations don’t like last-minute schedule changes or sudden, unexpected shifts in policy. They also don’t like feeling beholden to elected officials.

And

The relationship between the mainstream journalists and the president-elect has been fraught with misunderstandings – and laced with rage. Trump regularly lashes out at these reporters on social media and in other forums.

In turn, these journalists are mystified and angry.

As I’ve been travelling with the press corps during the transition, it’s clear that many of them can’t believe he won the election. They’ve also been frustrated by his abrupt shifts in policy and his decision-making process.

“How am I supposed to cover this?” one reporter said to me recently, looking at a laptop that he held open in front of him. He said he wasn’t sure how to describe the president-elect’s foreign policy since he’d changed his mind so often.

And

Trump demonises these media organisations, as well as their executives and reporters, and this way makes it hard for the media to be seen as impartial.

This puts mainstream journalists in a bad spot. Many of them feel that when it comes to covering Trump, they can’t win. They feel offended by his actions – and resent the way that he acts in his job.

Life of a S’porean wage-slave

In Uncategorized on 27/11/2016 at 10:04 am

One Daniel Tan responding to this article (Singaporeans among the world’s gloomiest millennials, Japan tops survey) wrote

48 hours a week meaning 9.6 hours or about daily 9 – 640pm or 740pm if you exclude lunch

reach home have dinner settle down maybe an hour half or so later provided mrt no delay. 10pm start making babies in small space as adovated by brilliant Ms Teo.

done and showered again by 11pm, sleep 8 hours to wake up at 7pm to prepare for work

no chance to ask the parents how’s their day, no time to help out kids with homework until weekend

Below are two charts from report cited that show S’poreans are slaves.

Insulting Trump’s “stupid” supporters is a lose-lose proposition

In Uncategorized on 26/11/2016 at 10:47 am

The extreme ultraliberal left can’t stop insulting the poor whites who voted for Trump. The latest tactic is to sneer at them for making card-carrying liberals richer. Here’s an example Cox: Liberal elite owe gratitude to Trump voters

And our very own liberal tua kee Donald Low keeps doubling down on using the word “stupid” to insult voters who vote against their economic interest.

Well they should stop for the sake of their own reputations.

Now, I’m sure people like Donald Low and Cox are proud to be called “arrogant”.

But would they like to be called “stupid” with evidence supporting the claim?

Stretching the arguments laid out by Cox to their logical conclusion, the extreme ultraliberal liberals are really stupid. They not only didn’t see Trump winning but they should have voted for Trump, not oppose him, given that he’s making them a lot richer relative to the white trash.

They’d argue that there are more important things than material well-being, and that they not are stupid for preferring racial and gender equality, poverty reduction or the right not to get killed by gun-toting white trash.

Well why then are they not willing to concede that the white trash too have good, valid reasons (trying to preserve their towns and societies, fear of terrorism or anger at being sneered and lied to) to vote against their own economic interest?

Seems that for many liberals what is sauce for goose is not sauce for the gander: Do what we tell you to do, not what we do.

One Harry Lee dismissed liberals out of hand as a bunch of wankers, talking cock and singing song. Seems he has a point.

Sad as in the S’pore context, the level of authoritarism  is so extreme that a good strong dose of liberal values would do the body politick, and economy no harm.

Debt is good

In Uncategorized on 21/11/2016 at 5:42 pm

Somehow I don’t think Americans (and btw S’poreans) need to be taught how to “destigmatize debt; they embrace debt.  But S’poreans sure need to “explore new ways of managing their debt” what with a recession coming, and property prices tottering. LOL.

From NYT’s Dealbook:

Goldman’s Ad Pitch for the Masses

As part of Goldman Sachs’s push into consumer lending, the bank wants Americans to know that debt happens.

That message is central to its first ad campaign that is aimed at individuals — even those who may barely qualify for credit.

The 15- and 30-second video ads, which will appear on Facebook, Hulu, Pandora and YouTube, depict debt as an unavoidable nuisance of modern life, not something shameful. “Debt happens. It’s how you get out that counts,” the ads say.

Dustin Cohn, who oversees brand management for Goldman’s new consumer lending arm, Marcus by Goldman Sachs, said the bank’s aim was to “destigmatize debt and help consumers explore new ways of managing their debt.”

Identity trumps economic interest

In Uncategorized on 21/11/2016 at 7:20 am

Local ang moh tua kees like Ariffin Sha and Donald Low openly call “stupid” those who vote against their economic interests. They are juz mindlessly parroting and aping  the “exotic ultraliberal left” of the West.

Well, I’m one of those stupid people. I’ve never voted PAP even though its policies (bar its forced savings policy) were and are good for me.

In particular its present wage repression policy by way of a liberal immigration policy have been good for me.

I “retired” early in the early noughties because looking for another job was too troublesome. Might as well opt out and live off capital.

Retirement has been very comfortable what with luxuries that are affordable, SingHealth and public transport. All three are possible because of the wage repression that results from very liberal immigration policies.

But I still don’t vote PAP because I feel liberal immigration is taking away S’pore from S’poreans. By the standards of Donald Low and Ariffin Sha, I’m stupid, but I’m proud that I’m prepared to vote against my economic interests.

And I’m not the only one in the world who are stupid:

“Donald Trump received a huge number of votes from better-educated and more well-off voters as well, who were not victims of globalisation but still felt their country was being taken from them. Needless to say, this dynamic underlay the Brexit vote as well.”

The last sentence is from an essay in the FT

US against the world? Trump’s America and the new global order

In 1989, the political scientist said liberal democracy signalled ‘the end of history’. He now looks at the nationalist politics now reshaping the west

LKY said when he was young, in 1959,”we must go about our task (of building up a nation) with urgency … of integrating our people now and quickly”.

He said this after pointing out that only 270,00 out of the 600,000 voters were born here.

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Info from

Singapore Correspondent. Political Dispatches from Singapore (1958-1962)

(http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/mai/new-book-singapore-correspondent/)
by Leon Comber*

Publisher:  Marshall Cavendish International Asia

Singapore Correspondent Book CoverSingapore Correspondent” covers five years of Singapore’s colourful political past – a period of living turbulently and sometimes dangerously. It is a collection of eye-witness dispatches, sent from Singapore to London, spanning a time when Singapore was emerging from British colonial rule and moving forward to self-government and independence. Many of the early struggles of the People’s Action Party (PAP) are described as the focus is on the political struggle taking place in which the PAP played a major part. Many important events which have long been forgotten are brought to life. These dispatches prove that political history need not be dull, and indeed can sometimes be entertaining and lively.

* MAI Adjunct Research Fellow
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Sadly in his old age he decided that the sun could only shine from the asses of FTs.

 
 
 
 
 

 

Why stop whining and whinging about Trump

In Uncategorized on 20/11/2016 at 5:52 am

He could be the best thing since sliced bread.

Let me explain

The FT magazine has a column called “Undercover Economist” written by a really smart man Tim Harford, a paid-up member of the Western liberal elite, even if he has an, open lively mind.

On 9th November he wrote

when a group of very smart people with similar perspectives find themselves stuck, someone who brings a new intellectual tool or a fresh perspective is far more valuable than one more smart guy in the same mould.

Err well the Western liberal elite and the ruling class have a problem: how to handle resentful mobs ungrateful with the benefits of globalisation and capitalism because they unlike the elites didn’t have their snouts in the trough. They are in the cold, noses pressed against the windows looking in at the feast that the heroes of Donald Low and Ariffin Sha and indulging in.

Enter one smart, succesful hustler who has been thru tough times and reinvented himself. Btw, he went to a really elite university.

So stop the whining and whinging liberals.

The only problem with the Donald is that he could start WWIII accidentally. Otherwise he could be what the doctor ordered.

Men can’t multi-task and why

In Uncategorized on 19/11/2016 at 5:31 pm

According to the Daily Mail, brain research carried out in Russia has shown that the old excuse may be right: men “can’t multi-task”.

The paper says the study suggests that men’s brains were shaped in pre-history by their duties as hunter-gatherers. It says women’s brains “had to evolve to cope with managing the family at home”.

Or, as the Sun puts it, “blokes” are drained by multi-tasking because they “have to switch on more parts of the brain to cope”.

BBC Online

Sit on Toilet Trump

In Uncategorized on 18/11/2016 at 1:42 pm

In China, Toilets Have Trump’s Name Without His Permission

Claims to the name by makers of computers, cosmetics and leather goods highlight the difficulties that big names face when dealing with Chinese trademark laws.

NYT Dealbook

Yes We Can

In Uncategorized on 16/11/2016 at 4:47 pm
Have Economic Stimulus

NYT Dealbook

By Amie Tsang

Sell government bonds and pile into stocks that will benefit from a free-spending Trump presidency. That’s the verdict from global investors at the moment.
The financial crisis led to a wave of activism from global central banks to make money available. Investors followed their lead, loading up on long-term government bonds while growth was stagnant and political risk abounded. These investors now seem to be on board with Donald J. Trump’s promise to stimulate the economy.
They are also betting on the price of commodities important to the building business like copper, in anticipation of a pickup in government spending. Bank stocks have been bolstered by the belief that the industry will face less regulatory pressure. Higher interest rates would also help their lending margins.
This is not without its risks. If bond yields — which move up as prices go down— shoot up too sharply, investors in the stock market could get jittery and turn tail, leaving chaos in their wake. A sharp increase in bond market rates will also put pressure on emerging markets if investors are drawn by higher interest rates and a stronger American dollar.

Trumpnomics: Sounds about right this analysis

In Uncategorized on 16/11/2016 at 4:33 pm

Possibility of stagflation. Short-term gain for long-term pain? That’s the view of economists at Goldman Sachs, who argue that Mr. Trump’s policies would offset any positive impacts over the long-run. – Bloomberg

NYT Dealbook

And no leh, Jeff, markets are not easily seduced. They are worse than hookers. They’ll change their opinions and analyses to vindicate the victor.

By Amie Tsang
Stock markets are easily rattled and they don’t like uncertainty. But they have been on the up since election results came in, so does that mean we are in for more of the same this week and in the long term?
We don’t know. But, Jeff Sommer says, it does mean that markets are easily seduced. The uncertainty around how Donald J. Trump could mean that the bar was set low for him — and the appearance of normality is enough to keep bears at bay. The Republican sweep of Congress also makes it less likely that there will be gridlock in Washington.
And then there are the campaign promises that could promote growth and corporate profits. (Some of them could do the opposite, too.)
Even if we knew how all of them were going to be enforced, it would be hard to know exactly what the result would be.
And markets have historically been bad at pricing in hard-to-predict seismic events. So what do we do?
“After so much inaccurate prognostication about what the near-term market effects of a Trump victory would be, having some modesty about our ability to predict how his policies will play out in the years ahead is very much in order,” Neil Irwin writes.
While this plays out, here are some of the battlegrounds that lie ahead.
Tax Cuts
Republicans want tax cuts and the president-elect wants tax cuts. But they don’t always want quite the same ones.
Mr. Trump has said he was determined to get multinational companies to pay their American tax bills every year. The sting would not be as great if he also cut corporate rates and allowed credits for foreign taxes paid.
House Republicans have been pushing for a territorial system, in which businesses are taxed solely on goods and services sold in the United States. But that encourages businesses to shop around for lower tax rates, ultimately shifting profits and jobs overseas — not ideal for a president who wants more jobs in the United States.
Mr. Trump is expected to insist on a deduction for interest paid on debt-financed projects, a provision dear to real estate developers. But otherwise, he may keep his ideas broad, leaving Congress to pin down the details.
The Federal Reserve
Mr. Trump has embraced criticism that the Federal Reserve is creating more problems than it is solving, and his advisers would like to rein in the institution. Mr. Trump could overhaul its leadership, filling a majority of the Fed’s seven-seat board with his nominees over the next 18 months, even replacing Janet L. Yellen, the chairwoman, in February 2018.
Fed officials have opposed increased congressional oversight, saying that would infringe on the central bank’s operational independence, and they are now facing the possibility of a harder push for changes from emboldened Republicans.

From NYT Dealbook

Simpsons’ 2000 episode tells us what Trump’s economic legacy will be

In Uncategorized on 15/11/2016 at 7:28 am

Bart To The Future, first broadcast in 2000, showed how the lives of the main characters might turn out.

A grown-up Lisa Simpson was seen as the White House incumbent, explaining to her staff she has “inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump”.

She then asks her secretary of state, childhood friend Milhouse Van Houten, how bad the country’s finances are as a result of Trump’s time in office. He replies: “We’re broke.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-37936369

Well his plans for massive infrastructure spending while cutting taxes sure look that the US will have a massive deficit wen he leaves office.

http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21710013-congress-can-constrain-only-parts-donald-trumps-economic-policy-strap-up

And

Add in the infrastructure spending Mr Trump also wants, and the economy could get much hotter ..

For the record, his infrastructure plans (up to US$1 trillion) are a lot bigger than Socalist Bernie’s plan.

Update at 2pm: A wave of selling sweeping across bond markets resumed on Monday as investors continued to digest the impact of a Donald Trump presidency.

[S]ince inflation and interest rates are seen as likely to rise, investors are seeking assets with a more attractive return. With a Trump administration promising economic stimulus through spending and tax cuts, investors are worried about putting money into low fixed-payment assets, such as bonds.

PV46: Questions

In Uncategorized on 14/11/2016 at 2:12 pm

How many trains were in use on the Circle Line when each breakdown occured? And was there any attempt to identify if there was any particular train or trains in use in all the incidents or most of them? Obviously we now know PV46 was in use in most of the 100 incidents. But how many others?

This extract seems to imply that there was no use of simple operational research techniques to narrow down the number of trains that could be faulty.

Meanwhile, engineers and data scientists from DSTA and GovTech studied data collected from train logs and incident reports, and found that almost all of the faults occurred in the proximity of one particular train, PV46

Other questions.

Where was PV46 manufactured?

In France? Or China?

Where were the electronics manufactured? China?

Where were the electronics fitted into train? S’pore? France?

Finally when did the LTA ask for help?

Part of the joint-press release by Land Transport Authority (LTA) and SMRT.

On Sunday, 6 November 2016, we tested if PV46 was the source of the problem by running the train during revenue hours. We found that PV46 indeed caused a loss of communications between nearby trains and the trackside signalling system, resulting in the activation of emergency brakes on these trains. Before PV46 was put into service on that day, no loss of communications was observed on any CCL train.

PV46 has been deployed for service since July 2015. Before being put into service, the train was tested extensively both at the manufacturing location as well as under local conditions. It is unclear at this point why the train’s signalling hardware has been experiencing intermittent failure. So far, no other train has been found to have the same hardware issue, but we continue to monitor closely.

Related post: Pile on the BS

Circle Line: BS piled on

In Uncategorized on 14/11/2016 at 6:15 am

Ownself praise ownself when it came to finding the fault that disrupted Circle Line rail services

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said the multi-agency effort to identify the cause behind recent disruptions to the Circle Line showed what combined collaboration could do for Singapore, when unconfined along departmental or organisational lines*.

Hello it took a very long time, didn’t it? The breakdowns (and delays) started in August and the problem was only a few days ago, in November.

S’poreans opted for a defacto one party state because we were promised efficiency. Didn’t get efficiency here, did we? We got one massive balls-up and a lot of bull.

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*He went on,

“It’s not possible for one agency to have all capabilities,” said Dr Ng in response to questions on the sidelines of the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF) Exercise Torrent 2016 on Sunday (Nov 13).

“In this particular instance, the Defence Science and Technology Agency and DSO have experts in signals. GovTech – even though it’s very young, had experts in data analytics, very bright young minds, and the Land Transport Authority and the Ministry of Transport showed great leadership in bringing all these capabilities together,” said Dr Ng.

CNA.

UK’s Trump

In Uncategorized on 13/11/2016 at 2:47 pm

Boris Johnson FCA.jpg

He has the popular touch despite being a really smart toff. He was mayor of London for 8 years despite London being a Labour stronhold. He is credited for BSing enough voters so that Brexit happened.

“I am genuinely worried that he could become president,” he said. “I was in New York and some photographers were trying to take a picture of me, and a girl walked down the pavement towards me and she stopped and she said, ‘Gee is that Trump?’ It was one of the worst moments.”

BBC report

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson earlier this yr.

He has form insulting Trump. Last year when he was mayor London (his term of office ended in May this year.

— he suggested that Mr Trump had been “out of his mind” for suggesting a ban on Muslims entering the US; and

— He also told off Trump last December when the latter claimed that parts of London are “so radicalised the police are afraid for their own lives”.

He replied that Trump’s “ill-informed” comment was “complete and utter nonsense”, adding that crime was falling in both London and New York.

“The only reason I wouldn’t go to parts of New York is the very real risk of meeting Donald Trump,” Johnson said.

But he’s right to insist the UK  and Europe should be optimistic about the future following Mr Trump’s victory.

Mr Johnson said: “I would respectfully say to my beloved European friends and colleagues that it’s time that we snapped out of the general doom and gloom about the result of this election and collective ‘whinge-o-rama’ that seems to be going on in some places.”

Why Hilary and liberal elites are wimps

In Uncategorized on 13/11/2016 at 6:43 am

And deserve to lose.

If she had won, Pennsylvania and Ohio, local ang moh tua kees like Ariffin Sha, Donald Low and Kirsten Han would be strutting and sneering at the likes of me would didn’t like either candidate and tot that there wasn’t much difference between the two except that The Donald might start WW III, or nuke the Pinoys if Duerte insulted him, and that he was a lot more honest.

Let me explain.

This report appeared on the day of the election

Verified Voting is an organisation that tracks the use of voting machines, and their security, across the US. It’s a painstakingly put together dataset which gives you an idea of the complexity of the US voting system.

By using this resource, and combining it with polling data, Mr Bernhard and Prof Halderman were able to isolate key states with both poor voting booth security and a tight race.

They named the states most at risk as Nevada, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Colorado.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37902613

Now if Trump had lost Pennsylvania and Ohio, he’d litigate. Even if he didn’t, a billionaire fan would. All the liberal elites did is KPKB and riot.

 

Sci-fi story foretold Trump’s Triumph

In Uncategorized on 12/11/2016 at 5:06 pm

The Foundation has become the dominant power in the galaxy, controlling its regions through its trading network. The existence of the Seldon Plan has become widely known, and Foundationists and many others believe that as it has accurately predicted previous events, the Foundation’s formation of a Second Empire is inevitable and unavoidable. The leadership of the Foundation has become dictatorial and complacent, and many outer planets belonging to the Traders plan to revolt.

An external threat arises in the form of a mysterious man who is known only as the Mule. The Mule (whose real name is never revealed) is a mutant, and possesses the ability to sense and manipulate the emotions of others, usually creating fear and/or total devotion within his victims. He uses this ability to take over the independent systems bordering the Foundation, and has them wage a war against it.

As the Mule advances the Foundation’s leaders assume that Seldon predicted this attack, and that the scheduled hologram crisis message appearance of Seldon will again tell them how to win. To their surprise, they learn that Seldon predicted a civil war with the Traders, not the rise of the Mule. The tape suddenly stops as Terminus loses all power in a Mule attack, and the Foundation falls.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foundation_and_Empire

Emphasis mine.

For the “Seldon Plan” read  “liberal democracy” as defined by the “liberal” elites in the West.

For the “Foundation’s leaders” read “the Republican and Democrat establishments, the Hilary machine and other Western liberal elites including the MSM, the academics etc.” Sadly the last have have blind followers in S’pore.

I read this novel and the rest of the Isaac Asimov trilogy in 1977 after listening to the BBC radio series when I was in living in London after my law exams, waiting for the results.

Might interest, excerpts from long BBC article:

But for voters who cast ballots for Brexit and Donald Trump it feels like politics has finally listened to them. The “left behind” economic narrative does not account for the full variety of forces behind this new populism.

And

Claire Fox, the director of the Institute of Ideas, thinks the vitality of liberal democracy has been proved by the Brexit and Trump results. “We have to be careful of an anti-democratic response to perfectly legitimate democratic votes. Quite a lot of liberals are saying, ‘well, democracy is not working so well because people are voting in a way we don’t want them to vote’, which strikes me as a supreme irony.”

A suffocating political and cultural consensus has driven the backlash we are seeing now, she believes. “There has been arguably far less tolerance over the last 10 years for anyone who doesn’t agree with what a particular elite outlook is – and a silence or demonising of people who don’t go along with the narrative.”

Ms Fox cites public concern about immigration as a prime example and she also takes exception to the suggestion liberal democracy is being threatened by an ugly authoritarianism. “The whole of the establishment, from army generals to big business, lined up to say Brexit was a mistake,” she argues. “What’s authoritarian is employers turning round to their workers and saying jobs would be lost.

“We had an elite who thought they could call a referendum, mobilise everybody who should go and vote as they were told. That’s caused a massive tantrum amongst the elite who then have the nerve to say it’s the people’s fault for threatening democracy.”

What Trumphian markets are all about

In Uncategorized on 12/11/2016 at 10:52 am

At the moment, investors are betting that all the policies they like will become reality, while all the policies they dislike will remain campaign rhetoric. Maybe they are right. But it feels like a dangerous bet.

Last sentence of a gd FT piece titled:

Markets indulge in make-believe over a Trump presidency

The curious case of Wall Street fearing a Trump-inspired stock market rout, but then bouncing

US’s most liberal newspaper must feel sick reporting

In Uncategorized on 11/11/2016 at 4:57 pm
The “liberals” have been calling a huge fiscal spending spree on infrastructure, and now the guy they love to hate is promising ehat the Democrats never delivered.

NYT must be ill.

 

TV monitors displaying results of the the United States presidential election at an outdoor cafe in Athens.

The Trump Administration Could Test Whether Deficits Help the Economy

Donald Trump appears likely to enact a fun-house mirror version of something many liberal economists have advocated for years.

And this must hurt

COMMON SENSE
Outside the New York Stock Exchange. Markets generally rally the day after a presidential election.

Trump’s Victory Bodes Well for Investors — for Now

The next Malay president?

In Uncategorized on 10/11/2016 at 4:27 pm

First application in from FT.

Saw this on Facebook, and happy to attribute it.

“Liberal” ideas on “objectivity” and “diversity”

In Uncategorized on 10/11/2016 at 2:10 pm

Here are two extracts from a BBC article by a self-confessed conservative who I suspect didn’t vote for either candidate. I reproduce these excerpts because our ang moh tua kees have similar attitudes (Think the FB posts of people like Kirsten Han, Ariffin Sha, Braema Mathi) to those desctibed below.

During the decade-long debate over same-sex marriage, I often argued with other journalists about our openly slanted coverage of the issue, which amounted to cheerleading for the pro-gay side. Don’t we have a professional obligation to tell the other side of the story? I would ask. Well, came the reply, do you think the media had an obligation to be fair to the Ku Klux Klan during the Civil Rights struggle?

And

The people who run newsrooms agonise over diversity. They will go to any length to increase racial, gender, and sexual diversity, but care nothing about viewpoint diversity. In one newsroom where I worked the only religious conservatives besides me were the African-American secretaries. Nobody there thought this was a problem. To the contrary, they believed that religious conservatives, among other undesirable demographic categories, were the problem.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37924687

 

S’pore govt blur if Trump wins

In Uncategorized on 09/11/2016 at 3:04 pm

BBC reports:

The BBC’s Liz Corbin just received this response from a senior Singapore government official in response to a request for an interview:

“Not much use doing an interview now. Governments the world over will require time to ponder the result.”

Trump’s right on this

In Uncategorized on 08/11/2016 at 4:12 pm

Mrs Clinton’s appeal to celebrities has also attracted Mr Trump’s attention, as he spent recent days condemning Jay Z’s obscenity-laced raps and boasting that he didn’t need help drawing crowds to his rallies.

“I didn’t have to bring J-Lo or Jay Z – the only way she gets anybody,” Mr Trump said at a rally in attended by an estimated 11,000 supporters. ‘I’m here all by myself. Just me. No guitar, no piano, no nothing.”

Whether or not packing an arena with the help of a star is “almost like cheating”, as Mr Trump alleged …

http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-37877872

Trump is good for US stocks, US$ too

In Uncategorized on 08/11/2016 at 2:00 pm

Personal income-tax cuts would immediately stimulate consumption, which comprises two-thirds of economic activity.

Lower corporate tax rates, meanwhile, could flow straight to the bottom line, providing a further boost to many stocks. Moreover, corporations probably would be able to use more of the $2 trillion-plus they’ve squirreled away overseas under a Trump regime to buy back stock and dole out dividends.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-trump-breakingviews-idUSKBN1322E3

Even twitter rows with foreign leaders iare good news

If that created the specter of military confrontation, then all bets would be off and geopolitical risk would skyrocket. Even in that scenario, however, it’s not as though the world can offer up a bounty of safe alternatives to the mighty U.S. dollar.

STTA kowtowing to a FT?/ Who’s the “bad” egg, David Sim?

In Uncategorized on 08/11/2016 at 5:34 am

Feng Tianwei will be able to continue participating on the ITTF World Tour circuit with the backing of the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA), according to a joint statement by the STTA and Sport Singapore (SportSG) on Friday night (Nov 4).

The statement also confirmed that the world no 5 will continue to be considered for selection to represent Singapore in international competitions, under selection policies to be revealed.

CNA

The decision to drop Feng from the national team had stirred plenty of debate online, what with defamatory allegations of her misdemeanours in the constructive, nation-building media and by the STTA’s deputy president, allegations that were subsequently denied by the STTA and the player. The STTA’s deputy president also took down his FB allegations, one of which implied that the STTA had told the MSM about her “misdemeanours”.

Given that she could sue him and the media (that he implied was briefed by the STTA on her “misdemeanours”) for defamation, could the decision to allow her to

— continue participating on the ITTF World Tour circuit; and

— be considered for selection to represent Singapore in international competitions, under selection policies to be revealed,

be the price of keeping her happy ie from suing?

In other words is STTA kowtowing to a FT that it’s deputy president, one PAP grassroot leader, David Sim, called a ‘”bad” egg’? See him no ak isit STTA?

Or is it to protect said PAP grassroot leader from the consequences of his behaviour? Better to kowtow to PRC FT, than for PAPpy to kanna sue?

What do u think?

 

Trump victory means US Treasuries are a cheong

In Uncategorized on 07/11/2016 at 4:06 pm

Even though he’s threatened to default on them. FT’s reasoning

US Treasuries are havens. People buy them even on news that is ostensibly bad for the credit of the US. Treasuries’ prices rose in 2011 after Standard & Poor’s downgraded its credit rating. So victory for a man who says he might deliberately default on Treasury debt might lead people to buy more US government paper.

“The Idiots — S’pore”: From PAP loudhailer to running dog?

In Uncategorized on 07/11/2016 at 4:58 am

So “The Idiots — S’pore” (or TISG as it used to call itself but now calls itself “The Independent”) is cleaning up its act: “We have reached a new checkpoint and we’re looking at how we can expand our editorials to cover a wider segment of society … asked founding editor Mr P N Balji and a veteran journalist, Mr Suresh Nair, to step in and to review the contents in the website.”

Rumour is The Idiots got told to clean up its act or else …. Well the words “a new checkpoint” and “review the contents in the website”, and stopping publication until the review is completed sure gives credibility to this rumour.

Looks like its loudhailing services* for the PAP administration were not appreciated and so two minders were appointed. I’ve written on Balji before (example). As to Suresh Nair this paragraph in http://www.writers.net/writers/83365 is interesting

Among his current editorial clients are NTUC Media, Petir (PAP magazine), North-East CDC and South-West CDC.

Whatever, I’m glad that time has been called on a publication that reasonable people can perceive as trying “to  promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or classes of the population of Singapore”. Harry would approve.

Nemesis has caught up with Hubris. I had written a few months ago

A reader of this alerted me to the exchange to show the depths to which TISG will sink to. To me it shows the arrogance of TISG: telling Daniel Goh that he should comment on TISG’s wall because TISG has “1m unique visitors”. P Ravi and Kumaran Pillay (TISG’s publisher) like to say that TISG has the eyeballs that others are jealous about, hence the criticism about its journalistic and editorial standards.

On the issue of eyeballs and ad revenue from eyeballs,, I’ve calculated that the amount of revenue generated by TISG from eyeball advertising is “peanuts”.


Soul selling for peanuts

Based on a reported boast that it has 3.5m views a month, it would make about $9,000 in ad revenue a month. Based on some more reliable data that it has about 670,000 views a month, the figure comes to around $1700 (Detailed post coming one of these days and these numbers may be refined slightly).

Note I’m only guesstimating only revenue generated from eyeball ads. I make no comment on revenues from other sources because no data is available.

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*TISG’s then lead editor, P Ravi, while rowing with various people recently (mainly from TOC allied people) on journalistic and editorial standards of integrity said (boastingly?) on Facebook: “Government and related agencies see us as a useful loudhailer.”For the context in which he said this, scroll down to almost the bottom until you see his photo, the text is somewhere below: http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2016/08/09/tisg-lashes-out-in-response-to-ncmp-daniel-gohs-remarks-on-its-article/.

Might as well vote for the Donald?

In Uncategorized on 03/11/2016 at 3:45 pm
Some economists believe that whatever the result of the election, a few longer-term signs point to markets taking a hit.
“Given that we’ve had a financial crisis of some sort about every eight years or so for the last several decades, it is hard to believe that we will go through the next four years without a hiccup,”

From NYT’s Dealbook

By Amie Tsang
Let’s say Donald J. Trump were elected president. How would markets and the economy react?
A Trump presidency, if nothing else, means uncertainty. And markets hate uncertainty.
So the first thing some investors would do is sell, right?
In reality, Andrew Ross Sorkin writes, it is hard to predict what markets would do. Some economists believe that whatever the result of the election, a few longer-term signs point to markets taking a hit.
“Given that we’ve had a financial crisis of some sort about every eight years or so for the last several decades, it is hard to believe that we will go through the next four years without a hiccup,” Mr. Sorkin writes. “If merger activity is a gauge of the market’s cycle, the recent spate of deals suggests we’re closer to the ninth inning than the first.”
It is also hard to track the immediate consequence of the election on the broader economy, no matter who wins. Big investments like blast furnaces and buildings are probably affected, one economist notes, but coffee and doughnut sales? They are probably safe.

An inconvenient fact for M Ravi’s groupies

In Uncategorized on 03/11/2016 at 7:30 am

There’s been the usual KPKBing by the anti-PAP activists and their cybernuts allies about M Ravi’s disbarment for another two years.


CJ Menon described Mr Ravi’s conduct as ‘reprehensible’ and ‘disturbing’, then asked: “Are we not going to hold a solicitor to the standards expected of him? … The whole thing may have been avoided if Mr Ravi had taken the doctor’s advice … Should we say because he has a medical condition, we punish him differently?”

And Justice Phang asked if Mr Ravi’s condition was being used as a ‘justification’.

“There is a wider public interest that cannot be ignored,” he said.

TOC

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They say that it’s not fair that because of his behaviour when he was mentally ill, he’ll be out of action for four yrs since he was stopped from practising law because of his illness.

Sounds really unfair, put it this way.

But let’s face a sad fact that doesn’t help the cause of those who want an end to the PAP’s hegemony. The anti-PAP activists and the cybernuts can be just as disingenuous and economical with the truth as the PAPpists.

Why don’t anti-PAP activists and the cybernuts  tell us that in his autobiography (published before he had the relapse that got him doing whacko things that then got him into trouble) he boasted that he was not taking medicine prescribed by his doctor for bipolar disorder.

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The medicine prescribed for this mental illness has serious side effects and it’s a fact that people who suffer from bipolar disorder really have to be disciplined to take their medicine regularly.

Side effects

  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • Trembling.
  • Increased thirst and increased need to urinate.
  • Drowsiness.

Patients often try to avoid taking medicine because of these side effects that result from taking medicine for depression and maniac behaviour: these disorders are the opposite of each other, hence the term “bipolar disorder”. The medicine work againsy each other.

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PM Ravi boasted that meditation worked.

Well it didn’t did it? As the CJ pointed out, The whole thing may have been avoided if Mr Ravi had taken the doctor’s advice …

But he didn’t did he? In his book, he said he didn’t take the prescribed medicine, relying on meditation.

I’ve a friend who like me meditates. But because he suffers from mild depression, he still takes Prozac. Meditation helps those of us who suffer from high blood pressure. But I still take my SingHealth prescribed pills.

So let’s cut the BS that Ravi is blameless for his medical condition. He refused* to take his medicine and must accept the consequences of his actions, just like Amos and Mother Mary must accept the consequences of their actions.

Ravi, Mother Mary and Amos made their beds and must lie in said beds.

If Amos’s groupies want to blame anyone, they should blame Roy and New Citizen Han Hui Hui for Ravi going bananas.


*A good way to tell if Ravi again refuses to take his medicine is if he loses weight. Compare the pixs of him today with pixs of the time when he was ill. He was a lot more leaner. Another side effect of the medicine preceibed is weight gain.

STTA must discard the “damaged ball”

In Uncategorized on 01/11/2016 at 6:59 am

Or should be the “bad egg”?

When STTA dropped Feng Tianwei from the national team when it announced its new strategy for the next Olympics, she suddenly became a cybernut hero. She joined Harry’s daughter, New Citizen Han Hui Hui, Roy M Ravi  as another hero of the nutty anti-PAP mob. If she had been retained, the mob would have roared for her dismissal, and rightly so: she failed to perform at the last Olympics, was aging and so culling her was par for the course.

I had half-expected her sliming by the mainstream brudders of The Idiots — S’pore (Or TISG as it prefers to be known) because

— the word it seems was out on FB “According to sources, there are reports that the official stance is to keep quiet while using the media to smear the reputation of an individual, all according to sources.”; and

— the FT MP godmother of the STTA has no class. Remember she tried to claim ctrdit for schooling’s gold medal? And her rows with STTA coaches?

We did get the sliming. But what happened next was a real surprise:

On Thursday night, its deputy president David Sim shed more light on reasons for her sacking on his Facebook page, describing her as a national disgrace and a “bad egg”. 

TMG

He also seemed to imply that the MSM sliming stories came from STTA:

“if this is not true then STTA will not reveal this news n FTW can sue STTA n why not ask her to do it if she is innocent.”

I’ll let TMG continue (do read the link on Sim’s comments because thay are defamatory):

The STTA has distanced itself from Mr Sim’s comments, which he has since deleted. They were his “personal” views, it said yesterday. But it also took the opportunity yesterday to tackle one point which could be a legal minefield if left to stand: allegations that she had made false claims.

It said: “Regarding the recent media reports, Feng Tianwei was cautioned about the proper claiming procedure, but she did not falsify nor claim more than what she was permitted.”

Well this isn’t enough given that David Sim is the deputy president and given that he said

“if this is not true then STTA will not reveal this news n FTW can sue STTA n why not ask her to do it if she is innocent.”

He was talking about the “eggs issue” (she had it was alleged made illegal claims for eggs) and the leaking of the news by the STTA. The president specifically cleared Feng over her claims after David Sim made the allegations. She also  Sim’s comments were his “personal” views.

Someone is not telling the truth and it sounds like David Sim given that the STTA has disowned his comments, saying “personal leh” and he has removed them. He still could be sued btw by the FT gladiator. I hope she does. Hey cybernuts walk the talk, crowdfund her.

And how can STTA say it’s his “personal” views that STTA was behind the newspaper articles. The STTA deputy president is accusing the STTA of sliming the FT gladiator, and STTA is not denying this claim?

So he’s the bad egg that must be thrown out if STTA is to be ever believed again.

As Donald Low a tua kee influencer scholar put it as follows on FB

The STTA says his comments do not represent the association’s views. But that position is untenable.

He also said

This* is way more dignified and mature than the crap that has been coming from STTA’s Vice President.

He was referring to the FT gladiator’s statement written in Mandarin to the media on Friday (Oct 28) Feng  hadsaid: “I hope I have the ability to improve the table tennis scene in Singapore and to show everyone that the support from the Singapore Government will reap benefits.”

Well said Ma’am.

STTA should use her PR advisers to remake its image because there’s more bad karma to come the STTA’s way what with SunT’s ST article, “Ex-coach lifts lid on STTA’s rift with Feng”.

Best to flush away a “bad egg” (is it a “damaged ball”?).

 

What our Harry and Stalin have in common

In Uncategorized on 30/10/2016 at 10:46 am

You’d think there is no similarity between the man who ordered the deaths of millions but made the USSR great by leading the effort to defeat Hitler and the guy who only ordered the detention of a few S’poreans without trial and was the US’s boy in the region.

But they led modest lifestyles. We know all about Harry’s frugal lifestyle.

But Stalin too had led frugal lifestyle (boozing apart)

Stalin’s dacha in Sochi (where he spent four months in every year)

is decidedly modest. Its only luxuries are a small cinema where the dictator watched Charlie Chaplin’s films, a tiny swimming pool, a billiard table and two large balconies.

says the Economist in contrast it says to the lavish palaces of Mr Putin.

 

 

Has this exam tool come here yet? 

In Uncategorized on 30/10/2016 at 5:32 am

Because it’s the exams season (O-levels juz over, A -levels begin week after next), when I read

Three members of a group which allegedly helped a student cheat in the GCE O-Level examination on Monday (Oct 24) were charged in the State Courts on Friday.

I remembered an exam tool device I had read about some time ago

These digital watches include an “emergency button” to quickly switch from hidden text to a clock face.

The watches hold data or written information which can be read in exams.

Watches are advertised on Amazon with the claim that they are “specifically designed for cheating on exams”.

One model promises 4GB of electronic storage for text files or images, to be read on the screen of the watch.

If the “emergency button” is pressed, the other buttons on the watch are disabled, as the watch switches to a conventional digital clock face.

This “watch for easier studying” is also marketed as being compatible with a mini wireless earpiece.

Another advert promises a watch that is “perfect for covertly viewing exam notes directly on your wrist”.

Another is offering a new model for this year with 8GB capacity, which could hold video files.

Smart watches or digital watches with concealed content would be covered by rules banning electronic devices from exam halls, such as mobile phones or any other computer technology.

But Joe Sidders, deputy head at Monkton Combe Senior School in Bath, has contacted the BBC to warn that the rise of small wearable devices risks becoming a “nightmare to administer”.

http://www.bbc.com/news/education-35716523

When I’m sure true blue S’poreans will not use these kind of devices (honourable, KS or juz stupid u decide), can’t say the same about PRCs and Indian Indians sitting for exams here. In China and India heating in exams is an accepted and tolerated practice, a fact well documented fact.

And the PAP administration allows their graduates in by the cattle-truck load? And 70% of the voters vote PAP?

Apple’s deafening silence on Pink Dot

In Uncategorized on 29/10/2016 at 2:32 pm

Is Apple really ar qua in the sense of wimpy and siss,y not the “T” in LGBT?

While Google’s walking the talk on LGBTs (by applying to be alowed to be a sponsor region’s biggest pick-up event of 2017, Apple is silent despite its boss being gay and proud of it.

In the FT, Tim Bradshaw wrote when the EU Commission said Apple owed billions (US$14.5bn ) in taxes: “The damning verdict and huge headline bill from Brussels could tarnish [chief executive] Tim Cook’s efforts to position the company as a defender of civil rights and bastion of social responsibility.”

Double confirm that with the silence here.

Is Apple really ar qua in not walking the talk? What do u think?

 

 

Google: ang moh biz that walked the talk

In Uncategorized on 28/10/2016 at 5:02 am

Or why when my handphone won’t work when S’pore stops 2G service next year, I’ll get a Google Pixel.

Taz the least that I can do when Google, has pledged its commitment to the Pink Dot event (Let me be clear, I’m a singleton but I’m not a LGBT and if I were I certainly shout it out over the roof-tops. )

“We’ve been proud supporters of Pink Dot since 2011 and we will continue to show our commitment to diversity and inclusion. So, we will apply for a permit to support Pink Dot in 2017 if required by this new regulation. We hope that these new rules will not limit public discussion on important issues,” said a Google spokesperson on Friday (Oct 21).

As I wrote last year

Let’s see if these ang mohs got balls and walk the talk, or kowtow because there’s good money to be made here. From their responses so far (They followed the S’porean practice of sitting down and shutting up), they’ll kowtow. In particular, the three investment bank sponsors (Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Barclays) are always after SWFs, TLC and GLCs biz


MNCs behaving like their local fans

An FT columnist wrote:

I contacted the 10 most prominent sponsors to ask whether they planned to support Pink Dot next year. Barclays, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, BP, Bloomberg and Twitter said they had nothing to say.

Facebook and Apple did not reply. Google said: “We’ve been proud supporters of Pink Dot since 2011.”

GE said: “We respectfully voice our support for equality in countries where we do business, consistent with governing laws and customs.”

Neither said whether it would support the event next year.


And here’s a constructive, nation-building suggestion for the organising committee. Show S’poreans that the LGBT movement here is not a vover for a CIA or MI6 plot to subvert our Asian values: crowd source money from locals and publicise the amounts raised.

But this could backfire because I’m sure the LGBT crowd here are real S’poreans: cheapos not willing to pay for the biggest pick-up event in the region: a region where homosexuality is haram and where unlike S’pore people can be killed for being LGBT.

Thinking about it, the LGBTs should be a solid vote bank for the PAP given that their “deviancy” is no excuse for assaulting or murdering them. But then being real S’poreans, they are not grateful people.

StarHub’s excuse today is SMRT’s excuse tom

In Uncategorized on 26/10/2016 at 2:12 pm

So we know now that two of StarHub’s recent disruptions are not the fault of StarHub (Btw, its fibre broadband sucks. Reminds me of the internet dial-up age, at times: can go make coffee, go to the loo while waiting for a connection. Shouldn’t have accepted the “cheap” package on offer.)

The two disruptions that StarHub broadband subscribers experienced last Saturday (Oct 22), and again, on Monday (Oct 24), was caused by a cyberattack, the telco said late on Tuesday, adding that it was keeping its eyes on possible follow-up attacks.

StarHub said it has completed inspections and analysis of its network logs, and “we are now able to confirm that we had experienced intentional and likely malicious distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on our Domain Name Servers (DNS)”.

Sounds a tad too convenient for my cynical taste buds.

Bet the third attack will also be blamed on hackers. Bit like a student telling his teacher that the maid spilled coffee/ curry/ soup over his homework.

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“The dog ate my homework” is an English expression purported to be a favorite excuse made by schoolchildren explaining their failure to turn in an assignment on time.

Wikipedia

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But as SMRT is staffed by an ex-SAF general and there are lots of LTCs and majors skivving, this smoke throwing excuse should have first been tot of by SMRT, not StarHub. But then the StarHub CEO is a FT, not a scholar and retired general.

Triple confirm, Amos is really history/ Silence of the usual suspects

In Uncategorized on 25/10/2016 at 5:14 am

There’s been no outcry, calls for protest, outpourings of sympathy for Mother Mary’s boy wonder despite three rabid anti-PAP sites, The Idiots– S’pore (Or TISG as it calls itself, And yes I know it calls itself “a useful loudhailer”for the PAPpies and a commercial news agency. But I like to call a “mongrel” a “mongrel”, not a “x-breed”.), ASS and States Times screaming “assault”:

We have also been informed that he has been threatened, slapped on the back and kicked while he was climbing up the stairs. A complaint has been lodged with the Prison Authorities, who had efficiently replied to say they will look into the matter. Amos’ mother has put in an urgent request for Amos to be moved to Home Detention.

(From CAN, a bunch of ang moh tua kees that Amos had dissed for not helping him.)

As TRE pointed out “threatened, slapped on the back and kicked while he was climbing up the stairs” is simply bullying.

And S’poreans know it, the boys having done NS (something Boy Wonder and Mother Mary is not for him: a whiter than white white horse isit?). So they know BS when they read it, even the cybernuts of TRELand and TISG Slum. Hence the lack of sympathy even from the nuts.

Waz more interesting, is that the ang moh kay pohs and their S’porean sycophants too have moved on for good. Once upon a time, they’d scream “Torture!”

We don’t hear from Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch, nor Maruah nor AWARE. They were once vocal champions of Amos. And where’s Mad Dog? I mean there’s no by-election to fight.

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Gregory (Scotland Yard detective): “Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”

Holmes: “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”

Gregory: “The dog did nothing in the night-time.”

Holmes: “That was the curious incident.”

Silver Blaze by  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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The anti-PAP caravan has really left him after in the past repeatedly egging him on by publicising his stunts and pranks, thereby creating a celebrity.

I hope he realises by now that when the CIA and MI6 cut their funding, mouths close.

As I said moons ago

He has served his purpose as an instrument to attack the administration of justice here. Their caravan has moved on, in search of the next instrument to attack the PAP administration, the administration of justice etc.

 

Cartoon King was a lawyer

In Uncategorized on 24/10/2016 at 1:49 pm

“I decided that a much better place than the law for me was the professional telling of lies. That’s what filmmaking is”,   Michael Donovan who produced movies including the Oscar-winning Michael Moore documentary Bowling for Columbine.

Michael was able to start acquiring what now totals about 10% of all the existing animated TV material for some very low prices.

 

Peenoy English

In Uncategorized on 23/10/2016 at 4:54 pm

Separation from the US means breaking away from a “mindset of dependency and subservience”: Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay.

Duterte now says he only said “separate” not “sever” ties. “It is not severance of ties. When you say severance of ties, you cut diplomatic relations. I cannot do that,” Duterte.


No Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin consciously uncoupling, then. Juz the usual Peenoy BS.

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I tot Peenoys pride themselves on their ability to speak English fluently? They mangle the English language.

A S’porean who has Pinoy ties says on FB that Duterte has “delivered”. When I asked what he has delivered as he can only killed less than 3,000 Pinoys when he wanted to kill 3m, he told me to find out for myself. I said his failure to send me a link on what Duterte has “delivered” allows me to draw my own conclusions. It’s all a lot of BS.

Well his armed forces have the right attitude: they ignore him .

Lesson for PAP on FTs dedication

In Uncategorized on 23/10/2016 at 1:57 pm

They cut and run when thingds go wrong

BBC reports

claim that foreign fighters, once visible in Mosul, have disappeared from the city.

“The frontline foreign fighters are rarely there. They’ve vanished. The houses they occupied are vacant,” said one source, speaking anonymously.

“They’re leaving it to the local fighters, who will become the scapegoats.”

And I’m sure the 30% who voted against the PAP would say PAP leadership like ISIS leaders

The IS leadership in the city is also described as “melting away”.

http://www.bbc.com/news/education-37706042

When we share roads with robot cars

In Uncategorized on 23/10/2016 at 5:04 am

It will be a nightmare. Traffic will be gridlocked. There’ll be fights and in the US, killings.

A robot car’s

sensors could decide that it’s only safe to overtake when there’s no oncoming traffic at all. On a busy road at school home time, this may be never, leading to increasingly exasperated passengers and increasingly angry drivers queuing behind.

And how will a robot car nudging out from a T-junction into oncoming traffic be able to make the necessary eye contact with a human driver?

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37706666

Actually, humans are the danger

Google’s test cars have now racked up more than two million fully-autonomous miles of driving on public roads in California, Arizona, Texas and Washington, reporting a handful of minor accidents to the Californian authorities.

Interestingly, quite a few of these accidents have involved human-driven vehicles going into the back of the Google cars, suggesting perhaps that the ultra-cautious robots, with safety as their first priority, are more timid in their approach than we’re used to.

Tiger Beer since 1932

In Uncategorized on 22/10/2016 at 5:35 am

Not not sponsored. Juz loved the pix.

Worth the cost of preventing a terrorist atrocity?

In Uncategorized on 21/10/2016 at 6:23 am

Religious profiling at work

Jihadists terrorists cause great inconvenience and discomfort to Muslim travellers because the latter too are tarred by the same brush. And sadly as this BBC article (http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33677946) showed, a widely used major data base had serious flaws.

The following was shared widely on Facebook:

Walid J. Abdullah

Immigration Officer:

First time you’re presenting at a conference?

Me: No, but it’s the first time i’m being checked like this even after telling immigration i have a conference.

Him: Are you nervous?

Me: No, i’m disappointed.

Him: Why? I’m just doing my job.

Me: You didn’t check anyone else, so please don’t tell me this is random.

*eons later*

Him: You can have your passport back.

Me: Can i ask why it took so long?

*directs to another guy*

Other officer: Err, we had another name like yours, with same surname too.

Me: From Singapore? I can guarantee you there is none.

We both know why it was only me who had to go through this, and no one else. Let’s not pretend.

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The reality is Muslims are the biggest victims of terrorism, whether directly or otherwise.

The above received this comment

Happens to me as well when I was going to Boston.. they hold me in the holding room and their reason for holding me – there is 13 people on the terrorist list with my exact name… I ask them – are they from Singapore… they didn’t answer… sigh… best part when they finally let me off after about 8 hours of holding me, one of the custom ask me to change my name!!


Be prepared

Racial profiling:

New York remains one of the world’s best-prepared cities for a terrorist attack. Since 2001 the police department has ramped up its counter-terrorism activities. It has built up its own intelligence-gathering department by hiring native speakers of Dari, Urdu, Pashto and Arabic.

(Sorry can’t remember where I took this from)

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And this

In Australia, if you have a Muslim name, don’t bother going through the self-help biometric scanning machine. You will get a message directing you to a manual clearance counter. Recently when I was leaving Sydney, I was directed to use the machine, even though I wanted a manual clearance. I told the officer that it will be pointless as I have a Muslim name. He was clearly uncomfortable with my statement and true enough, the process failed and I had to go through manual clearance. What irks me is these Islamophobic officers dare not call a spade a spade. They shy away from telling you straight in the face that “yes, you are being discriminated because you are a Muslim”.

But the attack against the officer is unfounded. If he had agreed to screen her, it might be taken by human rights activists that the machines discriminated against Muslims. They’d sue.

Muslims travellers just have to accept that their fellow coreligionists are more to blame for their inconvenience and discomfort than govts who simply want to prevent murders and mayhem by violent people who just happen to be Muslims.

Even Trump’s customers don’t like him

In Uncategorized on 19/10/2016 at 4:39 pm

From NYT Dealbook

Products bearing Donald J. Trump’s name, on display at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York. Many voters, alarmed by the tenor of Mr. Trump’s campaign, have stopped buying such items.

The New Protesters Defying Donald Trump: His Customers

Small, inconspicuous acts of rebellion have taken aim at perhaps the candidate’s most prized possession — his brand name — by boycotting what he’s selling.