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Why S377A is a gate worth storming, or defending/ Legal basis of repeal

In Uncategorized on 23/10/2018 at 5:16 am

Hawkergate* (thankfully because the focus has shifted to a bread-and-kaya issue not air fairy human rights) has made anti-PAP S’poreans especially the cybernuts forget about the attempt to repeal 377A. So let’s spend a few minutes (only a few) to reflect on why the zealots on both sides of the Pink line think the row is very impt. And why most of us are boh chap the issue, unlike on Hawkergate.

The attempt to repeal section 377A in the Penal Code is the mother of all battles for the Talinanites of both sides because a victory for the repealers will open the mountain pass, or the gate of the fortress or Great Wall to the “barbarians” as the other side sees them. Of course, the stormers say history is on their side and objectively they are right.


Other Gay Suff

Male gays here: On “permanent” parole

Gays versus Taliban Christians etc

Oppressed to Oppressor: Pastor Khong describes Christianity’s evolution, not the gays’ agenda

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For those who fight for the retention of S377A, they know (rightly) that the “barbarians” (or “progressives”) will then fight for legal same-sex marriage. This will then lead to same-sex married couples becoming eligible to buy HDB flats and govt grants. It’s all about money, ain’t it?

….Then it will lead to toilet issues like man cross-dresses to woman’s attire entering women’s toilet, education system and curriculum, neighbours, etc and will lead to many other issues. Hence, it is better to keep 377A status quo. What they do privately in their bedrooms is their business.

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So the fight to retain 377A is to head off the legalisation of gay marriages in the future. S377A has to be repealed first. If it’s repealed tomorrow, one less barrier or hurdle to overcome.

Onto the legal basis of the challenge

The lawyers of Johnson Ong who is taking legal action to repeal the law which criminalises sex between two men,  Mr Eugene Thuraisingam and Mr Suang Wijaya

will highlight the concept of human dignity, which was not argued in a previous challenge filed four years ago.

They will argue that Section 377A “violates human dignity”, and that sexual orientation “is unchangeable or suppressible at unacceptable personal cost”.

They will adduce expert evidence, which was also not led in the 2014 case that was struck down. They include proof that same-gender sexual orientation (including identity, behaviour, and attraction), and variations in gender identity and gender expression are “a part of the normal spectrum of human diversity and do not constitute a mental disorder”.

If established that sexual orientation is unchangeable or suppressible, they will argue that the criminalising of consensual sex is a violation of human dignity and breaches Article 9(1) of the Constitution, which states “no one shall be deprived of life and personal liberty save in accordance with law”.

The lawyers will also argue that there have been many changes and legal developments around the world since the October 2014 challenge was struck down.

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/dj-has-file-his-evidence-challenging-section-377a-nov-20

I wish them well but point out that the predecessor of s377A was the law of the land long before the Con was enacted. The Indian case is not binding on our courts, as the lawyers know. Besides it’s an Indian, not an ang moh ruling: even for our ethnic Indian judges.


*The Hard Truth about hawker food: Link edited at 7.30am after first publication

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Trump supports Crazy Smart Asians

In Uncategorized on 21/10/2018 at 10:14 am

The Trump administration has filed an amicus brief in support of the organisation bringing this case against Harvard

The plaintiffs say that if race was not considered, and if admissions were only based on grades alone, twice as many Asian pupils would be admitted because they perform well academically.

The case is expected to shed light on admissions practices at universities. Courts have previously allowed universities to examine race as a factor in order to promote diversity on campus, a practice known as affirmative action, or “reverse discrimination”.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45868788

The interesting thing about this American Asian (ethnic Chinese in the main) group is that it is a minority group claiming that some applicants are unfairly losing out on places because of the efforts to maintain diversity among other minorities.

Robin Hood banker

In Uncategorized on 20/10/2018 at 5:16 am

But he’s Italian and not from Sherwood Forest in England. And there’s a happy ending, some what.

An Italian bank manager who robbed from the rich to give to the poor has narrowly escaped going to prison.

Gilberto Baschiera was the bank manager in the small mountain town of Forni di Sopra, where he stole about €1m (£0.9m) over seven years.

He took small amounts from wealthy clients and transferred it to those who couldn’t qualify for credit.

But he never pocketed a penny for himself – and avoided going to jail after a plea bargain with authorities.

“I have always thought that in addition to protecting savers, our task was to help those in need,” Baschiera said, according to Italian newspaper Corriere Della Serra.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45745082

PAP, Sporeans should listen to this robot

In Uncategorized on 19/10/2018 at 1:52 pm

Pepper, a robot based at Middlesex University, working with students and appearing at events, has became the first robot to appear at a UK parliamentary meeting, talking to MPs about the future of artificial intelligence in education. Pepper told MPs:

Robots will have an important role to play – but we will always need the soft skills that are unique to humans to sense, make and drive value from technology.

A Tory MP Lucy Allan joked that Pepper was “better than some of the ministers we have had before us”.

Article at https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-45879961

BS: SingPost’s “next working day” delivery statement?Or helping “fix” PAP “opponents”?

In Uncategorized on 18/10/2018 at 11:24 am

The ongoing case against the WP MPs etc reminded me that about three weeks ago, I posted a cheque to a vendor on a Friday morning. On Tueday night he emailed to say he hadn’t received the cheque. He only received it on Thursday.

Delivery Times
Standard Mail Next working day
Non-Standard Mail 3-5 working days

https://www.singpost.com/send-receive/sending-within-singapore/ordinary-mail-local

My envelope enclosing cheque Non-Standard Mail is it?

Or delivery times not applicable for posting in private housing estate in Marine Parade GRC for delivery in HDB area in Pasir Ris isit?

Or maybe my vendor lives in a part of Pasir Ris that is part of Aljunied GRC and postmen don’t feel safe venturing into WP territory? Or SingPost joining in the alleged “fixing” of WP?

Another case. Two Mondays ago, I posted a cheque to a publisher who publishes books that the PAP administration does not like: Quiet activist looking at his bank statement and smiling.

On Wednesday evening, I got an email from the co that it had received my cheque: still no next working day delivery. But an improvement. So my delayed post to Pasir Ris could be an honesrt mistake, or because that part of Pasir Ris is WP territory?

What do you think?

 

 

 

How to react to PAP’s prognosis of doom and gloom

In Uncategorized on 18/10/2018 at 5:28 am

But first, why take IMF’s & other int’l bodies forecastswith a large pinch of salt

Forecasting is not really the IMF’s forte, while pessimism is. Every growth forecast since 2009 for the UK economy has undershot the actual result, often by a significant margin. The warning of misery ahead is widely reported, but is really no more likely to be right than the average bank economist. It’s not only the IMF which finds misery gets more coverage. In 2007, the WWF estimated that the world had five years to avoid catastrophic climate change. In 2011 the International Energy Agency gave us five years. By last year the United Nations’ tame expert reckoned we had only three. Now the grand-daddy of the doomsters, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, reckons we have 12 years to mend our sinful ways. At least the trend is encouraging.

FT’s sardonic Neil Collins

Likewise take the PAP administrations prognosis of doom and gloom for S’pore and voters if the “right” policies are not followed (Ie must Pay and Pay for ministers and public gds, must have FTs by cattle-truck load, and PAP must be have policitcal hegemony) with a larger pinch of salt.

Yet another Crazy Rich Asian druggie has gd lawyer

In Uncategorized on 16/10/2018 at 11:18 am

Looks like Crazy Rich Asians want to flaunt their drug taking habits and their ability to get the best lawyers to get them out of trouble.

Last week we had this: Crazy Rich Asian’s excuse for taking drugs. Her lawyer argued unsuccessfully that her kid’s and her parents divorce made her into an acid head. She’s appealing the sentence.

Yesterday we learnt that another Crazy Rich Asian consumed about 350g of illegal drugs a month (Morocco Mole tells me that that’s a lot) with a High Court judge pointing out that the supply he had and planned to get would have lasted him more than two months based on this consumption.

More from our constructive, nation-building media

A High Court judge on Monday (Oct 15) dismissed the prosecution’s appeal against Metro family scion Ong Jenn, agreeing with a District Court ruling that he should not be convicted of abetting to traffic in drugs.

Ong, a business development manager with Metro Holdings, is serving a two-year jail sentence after pleading guilty to two counts of attempted possession of controlled drugs.

Arguing that the 43-year-old should be convicted of the original charges of abetting to traffic controlled drugs, the prosecution appealed against his reduced charges as well as the sentence imposed on those reduced charges.

On May 12 last year, Ong admitted to the attempted possession of controlled drugs charges after a six-day trial. Back then, District Judge Jasvender Kaur agreed with Ong’s argument that the drugs — 92.68g of cannabis and 385.1g of cannabis mixture — were solely for his own consumption.

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/appeal-against-metro-scion-ong-jenns-acquittal-drug-trafficking-abetment-charges-dismissed

US thrashing China in war of the indexes

In Uncategorized on 16/10/2018 at 6:53 am

Trump Triumphant.

After rising 22% in 2017, the CSI 300, an index of some of the largest companies listed on the Chinese mainland, has tumbled by the same amount so far this year.

Meanwhile S&P 500 is still up 3.5% on the year.

Trump is beating the **** out of Xi.

Crazy Rich Asian’s excuse for taking drugs

In Uncategorized on 14/10/2018 at 10:19 am

But first, she could have killed or injured people by

driving her car — a Toyota Vellfire — onto a kerb along Newton Road. It collided into a central divider and hit a traffic light.

She caused the lamp post near the traffic light to fall, blocking the opposite side of the road.

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/socialite-daughter-hour-glass-founders-gets-jail-fine-drug-consumption-traffic-offences?fbclid=IwAR3xWiXsP2PQ9zAndVRC6UZTVkic0FznHC_5RxRmsMWc8ae3oMivn5d5Gow

Who she?

The socialite daughter of the founders of luxury watch retailer The Hour Glass was sentenced to 22 months’ jail and a S$1,000 fine by the District Court on Thursday (Oct 11) for drug consumption and driving without due care.

Audrey Tay has also been disqualified from driving for 18 months. She is fined in default of a one-week imprisonment for the traffic offence.

In August, the 45-year-old pleaded guilty to four counts of consuming and possessing ketamine as well as for driving without due care.

Five other charges, which include consumption and possession of drugs such as methamphetamine and ketamine, were taken into consideration for sentencing.

As she has money

She is appealing against the sentence and has been granted bail. Her bail Pleading for leniency on Thursday, defence lawyer Eugene Thuraisingam said that pyschiatric reports showed that Tay was suffering from depression due to her “oldest daughter’s rejection” of her.

The ST report of the same speech said that he said she was badly affected by her parents’ divorce in 2010.

Related post:A Really Crazy Rich Asian

 

FTs benefit S’pore: Sarong Party Gals surveyed?

In Uncategorized on 08/10/2018 at 1:00 pm

More young people feel S’pore benefits from FTs.

Quoting a survey from the even more constructive, nation-building  Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), ST reported” more young people in Singapore feel that the country has benefited from the presence of foreign talent”.
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Three cheers for TOC
Three cheers for TOC for spotting that the survey is from 2016 and was reported only after Ong Ye Kung talked cock on need for FTs.
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The IPS survey found 62.5% of 19 to 30-year-olds believe skilled workers who come here from other countries “have contributed to Singapore’s development”, compared to 45.4% in 2010.

Juz wondering if the survey participants were Sarong Party Gals interviewed while doing pub crawls with their ang moh boy friends?

 

 

 

 

 

Bus driver says complain to LTA about bus sign problem

In Uncategorized on 07/10/2018 at 10:48 am

On Saturday at about 9.20am, a bus whose service number (31) was not visible unless one was standing very close to it was at the bus stand along Marine Parade Rd near the Roxy Htl. When I boarded it, I told the driver that the light panel illuminating the bus number was faulty. A true blue S’pore uncle he told me in perfect English to tell LTA. Others had also complained he said.

I asked him why he couldn’t tell LTA. He said they wouldn’t listen to him. He also explained that the bus (SBS 30006R) was operated by LTA.

Strange that the operator does not listen to its bus driver. Or could it be that true blue S’porean driver bo chap?

Germans are really smart

In Uncategorized on 06/10/2018 at 4:30 am

Audi, BMW Mercedes began robo car trials recently in China, in part to test their technologies on the country’s often-chaotic highways.

Neanwhile Google and other US cos test their cars primarily in places like Phoenix, Arizonia because the streets are in a grid pattern, and traffic is moderate.

Going to uni in UK is so expensive

In Uncategorized on 05/10/2018 at 4:25 am

The Sunday Times has news of an unusual development at a freshers’ fair.

It reports that alongside the usual stands for campaign groups and hockey teams, last week’s event at Brighton University also featured a table run by a sex workers’ outreach project.

The project said more students than ever were turning to sex work because of rising fees and its role was to offer support without judgement.

But one feminist activist has condemned the group’s presence, accusing it of pitching prostitution as a desirable lifestyle – “equivalent to joining the rowing club”.

Some wimmin got no sense of humour.

 

Ang moh horse is really a Crazy Rich Asian?

In Uncategorized on 04/10/2018 at 8:07 am

[T]he Mail on Sunday charts the progress being made by Britain’s first guide horse.

One-year-old Digby – an American Miniature – is still in training but he can already seek out post boxes and push the buttons on pedestrian crossings.

His future owner, a blind BBC journalist from Blackburn, is planning to take Digby to work, to restaurants and even out clubbing.

The horse’s trainer says he’s also a good shopper – but it appears that even Digby has his limits.

“I took him to a department store and he pulled out a pair of khaki trousers and two tops with his lips,” she tells the paper.

“They were lovely, but the price made my eyes water.”

BBC

NY loves Crazy Rich Asians

In Uncategorized on 02/10/2018 at 6:38 am

Amazon says so.

The Crazy Rich Asians novel trilogy is being sold in Amazon 4-star. This is a store in NY where Amazon’s best-selling and most highly rated items, from $4 batteries to $1,300 laptops, are sold. The NY store, just opened, is the first such 4-star store.

A Really Crazy Rich Asian

In Uncategorized on 30/09/2018 at 10:23 am

Who juz happens to be low-class, violent and arrogant, most unlike Eleanor Young, even if they are of the same age cohort.

A 73-year-old woman, Shi Ka Yee, will be jailed for four weeks’ and disqualified from driving for six months for punching a motorist who had refused to make way for her red Ferrari. She lost her appeal against the original sentence.

Taz not all

A 73-year-old Ferrari driver who has repeatedly landed in legal trouble over road rage incidents was back in court on Tuesday (14 August).

Shi Ka Yee had been upset over her neighbour having hired workers to trim the branches of a rain tree growing on her Astrid Hill property and removed the key from the crane the workers were using, leaving one of them trapped in its basket. In a separate incident, she attempted to flee from the police in her car after having consumed alcohol while at the Grand Hyatt hotel.

At the State Courts, Shi pleaded guilty to one count of wrongful confinement, one count of committing a rash act to endanger the personal safety of others and one count of drink driving. She agreed to have three similar counts taken into consideration for her sentencing – the date for which has not been set.

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/ferrari-driver-admits-trapping-worker-crane-rash-act-drink-driving-072203533.html

Time for her to be confined in our very own Arkham?

[W]hat Woodbridge is to S’pore, Arkham is to Gotham City. For those who are wondering, the Elizabeth Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane, called Arkham Asylum or juz Arkham is where many of Batman’s opponents are locked up for treatment.

M Ravi apologises for assaults after pleading guilty

Don’t anyhow fill in forms/ Don’t use a tablet to fill in online forms

In Uncategorized on 30/09/2018 at 5:57 am

Mandie, from Falkirk in Scotland and a cancer patient

had to postpone a bucket list trip to New York after she accidentally labelled herself a terrorist on her visa waiver form.

The online application asked if she was seeking to or had ever engaged in terrorist activities or genocide.

[She] mistakenly answered “yes”.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-45678517

To be fair to her

Mandie said she first attempted to fill in the form on her tablet, but it had crashed – so she tried again at work the next day.

She said: “I believe I ticked ‘no’ and then when I have scrolled down to click confirm, I think it has nudged and moved. That’s the story I’m sticking to.

 

Napoleon’s rival in school thwarted his global ambition

In Uncategorized on 28/09/2018 at 5:46 am

At the siege of Acre, the opposing commander was Napoleon’s former classmate, Antoine de Phélippeaux. They were rivals in artillery school. Napoleon was eventually forced to break off the siege and retreat all the way back to Egypt, ending all his ambitions in the Orient.

WP: Spot on Bayee/ Lim Tean’s first anniversary of BSing

In Uncategorized on 26/09/2018 at 10:37 am

Singaporeans want an opposition but are “very discerning in the type of opposition they seek. In my view, it is not wise to pursue any approach that does not establish firmer foundations for a permanent and institutionalised opposition in Singapore.

Pritam Singh, Wankers’ Party Sec Gen

(For the context of his comments read: https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/wp-chief-pritam-singh-responds-activist-select-committees-treatment-historian-thum)

Can’t argue with him on this point. Think Mad Dog, Lim Tean, Meng Seng where are yr durians?

September 2017 was the deadline for Lim Tean’s jobs rally and defamation video. Remember he claimed then he raised the $ for these.

He claims to have successfully raised money from the public for three projects. But then no picture, no sound: No, Lim Tean hasn’t absconded.

Neither can I argue with Bayee’s point that defending PJ Thum against PAP “bullying” was not a good option (my choice of words not his). He said 

this episode may not be the best one to use as a barometer for the WP’s stance against bullying.

Let’s face it, even rational fan boys of PJ admit that he misrepresented his credentials. They argue that Oxford doesn’t seem to be bothered, why should the PAP and us? Which beg the questions, “What else has he misrepresented? And we don’t know about?”

My take on PJ: he gilded the lily, got caught and the PAP squeezed his balls really hard:  What Oxford really says about PJ Thum and Project Southeast Asia

More evidence that being anti-PAP is bad for yr mental health

In Uncategorized on 24/09/2018 at 1:22 pm

When I saw TOC’s headline  “Are Singaporeans “crybabies”* who get the government they deserve?” I wondered who the writer was: turned out to be Augustine Low, a sensible chap.

So I read it. Turned out to be rubbish because he assumes the KPKBing is coming from the 70% (without presenting any evidence) rather from the usual suspects among the 30%: the cybernuts.


Dissatisfaction? What dissatisfaction?

Blackbox Research’s Govt Satisfaction Index is still around the 80% mark (78 in August and 79 in the previous two months), so waz this BS about unhappy S’poreans that even an ex-ST tua kee is KPKBing about?  Smell the smoke? From Indonesia or from the PAP & cybernuts?

It’s all about noise amplification: Not ground sour, juz kopi tiam talk amplified lah

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I’m concerned that Augustine Low may be experiencing mental problems like PJ Thum. Remember PJ decided to sabo the anti-PAP cause by inviting Tun Mahathir to “bring democracy to SE Asia: PJ Thum cares about S’pore?

So I hope he reads this which I wrote earlier this yr.

Avoid dementia, don’t be anti-PAP like Meng Seng

When I wrote TOC misrepresents facts yet again, Chris Kuan told me that the writer of the TOC piece I was rubbishing was written by a friend. He was right. I was surprised because when we were in regular contact, he was a sensible person who while he had issues with many policies of the PAP govt (public tpt, healthcare, CPF, pay and pay attitude, ministerial salaries and greedy grassroot leaders) he wasn’t an anti-PAP cybernut, he gave the PAP govt credit where it was due like in education: instilling analytical thinking.

 

Well I sure hope he goes for treatment before he becomes like Goh Meng Seng.

Going by a recent FB exchange, one can reasonably conclude that Goh Meng Seng has a symptom that is a strong indicator of dementia: inability to remember facts.

He forgot who was his team’s proposer at the last GE. He tried to slimeball Terry Xu by asking whether Terry was present at the nomination centre. Terry pointed out that he was his assentor. Goh said that he didn’t notice Terry’s presence because he was really busy that day, and didn’t have time for petty details (read low life).

Then Terry kicked Meng Seng’s balls:

sorry I was not the assentor. I was the proposer. And that’s even worse, cause you should know the importance of the proposer.


Importance of Assentor and Proposer

[A] Proposer and/or Assenter has to sign the nomination papers (and maybe even give an oath before a Commissioner)? This was usually done before entering the nomination center.

So I struggle to understand how a candidate can forget who did or did not show up at the nomination centre. If any of those named in the nomination papers didn’t show up, the nomination papers would have been rejected.

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Reasonable to conclude our very own Wu Sangui:”: Silence of Goh Meng Seng has dementia.

Btw, bit rich of him to want

a more centralised form of leadership

adding

that without discipline, such a coalition equals trouble.

When he was a WP member, he was upset at the WP’s rules on keeping quiet. He left because he said he wanted the freedom to KPKB.

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*alluding to Vlogger Nuseir Yassin, also known as Nas Daily, who branded S’poreans “crybabies” for taking him to task over his videos effusively praising the country, the latest one even calling Singapore “the almost perfect country.”

PAP in charge of LA subway?

In Uncategorized on 23/09/2018 at 1:28 pm

OK, OK only PAP logic in action in LA.

Authorities said the screening would be “voluntary”, but those refusing a scan will not be allowed to travel.

BBC report

Doesn’t the above sound like PAP logic?

Body scanners will be used on the Los Angeles subway to screen passengers for explosives and weapons, the local transport authority has announced.

It is the first mass transport system in the US to adopt the technology.

Portable scanners will be used to screen passengers as they enter stations, without them having to pass through a security checkpoint.

 

What s377A tells us

In Uncategorized on 21/09/2018 at 10:31 am

The orthodoxy of yesterday can be the the heresy of today.

And the orthodoxy of today can be the heresy of tomorrow.

As the Book of Changes says, ”Everything is in flux”.

When Google was racist

In Uncategorized on 21/09/2018 at 4:01 am

Google said it was “appalled and genuinely sorry” when its photo algorithm was discovered to be incorrectly identifying African-Americans as gorillas in 2015.

BBC

OK, OK, it was its photo algo.

The real Black Panther

In Uncategorized on 20/09/2018 at 7:19 am

Nigeria-born (but now based in San Francisco) Adeyemi Ajao is the real Black Panther. A fund co-led him has raised more than US$100m, a first by a black investor.

The San Francisco-based Base10 fundraising of US$137m is the largest for a black-led venture capital fund according to the FT

Why anti-PAPpies should boycott Coke products

In Uncategorized on 18/09/2018 at 4:25 am

Coke’s Asia Pac CEO praises Coca-Cola’s collaboration with Singapore’s Health Promotion Board as exemplary. “I would love to see more of that happening in other markets”.

Update at 6.10am:

Why cybernuts should be cheering and drinking Coke. It’s exploring the cannabis drinks business. PAP govt is anti-cannabis and other such drugs.

Millienal, Gen Z

In Uncategorized on 16/09/2018 at 6:53 am

In case u don’t know, Millienal refers to anyone aged between 21 and 39, while Gen Z counts those up to 20 years of age.

Waz in the name “Yusof Ishak”?

In Uncategorized on 15/09/2018 at 1:36 pm

Yusof Ishak Secondary School to relocate to Punggol in 2021 to boost student numbers

Headline in constructive nation building media

The school is to be moved from NW S’pore (Bukit Batok) to NE S’pore (Punggol) to avoid being closed due to the declining numbers of students in the Bukit Batok area.

The relocation will allow the MOE to “preserve the established history and rich culture of the school” and its “contribution to the teaching fraternity” through the Centre for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE), which it currently hosts.

What “established history and rich culture of the school” that needs preserving? Many a school that were closed despite having an established history and rich culture”: think Pasir Panjang English School (a pre WWII, the first where boys and girls were educated together. My parents were among the first batch, and I later attended Pri 1 there), Siglap Pri (did the rest of pri school education here), Siglap Sec and the first sec school in Toa Payoh.

I for one can think of more cynical reasons for the move.

Can you think what I’m think? Think Indian Muslim becoming Malay president: Anti-PAP Malay that ungrateful meh?.

Even toy has to be Politically Correct

In Uncategorized on 14/09/2018 at 5:29 am

Thomas the Tank Engine is getting a politically correct makeover to stop him running out of steam, the i Weekend reports.

The Times says the changes, which will see the children’s character get a multicultural, gender balanced set of friends, follows a collaboration between the US toymaker Mattel and the UN, aimed at promoting its sustainable development goals.

BBC

But while laughing or sneering at this, do remember:

Every society needs speech codes. It’s nice that women, gay people and ethnic minorities can go to work every day without being abused by bigots.

FT columnist Simon Kuper

Germs: Airport trays worse than the toilets

In Uncategorized on 13/09/2018 at 4:21 am

At least in the UK.

From BBC

Airline passengers are being warned that nasty cold and flu bugs lurk inside the airport trays they put their possessions in before they go through the security machines.

The Daily Mail reports that tests on the trays showed half carried respiratory viruses.

According to the Daily Telegraph, scientists from Nottingham University and Finland found that the trays – often containing shoes and belts as well as detritus from pockets such as used tissues – had more germs than even toilet areas.

No respiratory viruses were found on toilet flush handles, seats or doors – possibly because they are cleaned frequently.

Winning hearts and minds for s377A repeal

In Uncategorized on 12/09/2018 at 10:42 am

The LGBT community and allies have wasted no time in starting to campaign for the repeal of s377A.

I hope they listen to what a Mr Shahani, author of the 2008 book Gay Bombay: Globalisation, Love and (Be)longing in Contemporary India, says about winning “hearts and minds” of the public.

“I don’t think India is homophobic as much as it’s ignorant and we are also fixated on the idea of heterosexual marriage. It’s about widening people’s minds to the idea of love in all its forms.”

Those of us who are boh chap on the issue are joking that we’ll be labeled homophobic for juz being boh chap.

Two cheers for these ang moh hooligans

In Uncategorized on 08/09/2018 at 11:19 am

Mobike gives up on bike hire in Manchester

Chinese company’s European launch suffers widespread vandalism and theft
The above FT headline has me cheering as I’m really getting annoyed with all the hire bicycles littering pathways in the Marine Parade, Siglap area. Yesterday, I put a plastic bag containing my dog’s poo on one of these bikes insteading of bining the plastic bag.
And I’m not the only one annoyed. I see bikes in the Siglap canal at low tide.

Crazy Smart Asians

In Uncategorized on 07/09/2018 at 5:14 am

In July, Ewin Tang, an 18-year-old graduate in computer science and mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin, made waves in the international computing world by developing a classical computer algorithm that can solve a problem almost as fast as a quantum computer.

The problem involved developing a recommendation engine that suggests products to users based on data about their preferences.

From a BBC story on quantum computers https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45273584

Take Indinero, which sells accounting software. Jessica Mah, the startup’s 28-year-old boss, was born and raised in New York City. She started her first company in middle school and moved to the University of California, Berkeley, to study computer science. After graduating she went to Y Combinator, the prominent boot camp for startups in Mountain View. In 2009 she started Indinero in San Francisco. What could be more Silicon Valley?

https://www.economist.com/briefing/2018/09/01/silicon-valley-is-changing-and-its-lead-over-other-tech-hubs-narrowing

Computers can think out-of-the-box

In Uncategorized on 05/09/2018 at 5:50 pm

So there’s no need for humans any more except to build these computers.

I was reading an article in the FT on quantum computing and read that not only can they think out of the box but they are better than humans because of the speed that they can think such tots.

Kirsten Han trying to defecate herself and PJ out of self-made crater

In Uncategorized on 05/09/2018 at 10:06 am

And if as Secret Squirrel and Morocco Mole tell me, that he’s as rich as the Youngs of Crazy Rich Asians fame, PJ should employ a better defender and PR woman. With helper like this, he doesn’t need enemies.

In defending him, her spins and rebuttals are full of holes.

First

Contrary to Mr Seah’s assertion, Dr Thum had not asked Dr Mahathir to bring democracy to Singapore, Ms Han said … he had “urged (Mahathir) to take leadership in Southeast Asia for the promotion of democracy, human rights, freedom of expression and freedom of information”, she reiterated.

(Yes I’m using extracts from the constructive, nation-building media)

Excuse isn’t S’pore part of SE Asia. She’s live here and she doesn’t know this? Think S’pore off the coast of Europe isit? Or off Califonia?

So not wrong to argue that PJ really wants the M’sian PM Tun M ” to take leadership for the promotion of democracy, human rights, freedom of expression and freedom of information” in S’pore. We part of SE Asia loh.

And ain’t this asking him “to bring democracy to Singapore”? Given that people like her call S’pore repressive (and getting worse) and PJ had “urged (Mahathir) to take leadership in Southeast Asia for the promotion of democracy, human rights, freedom of expression and freedom of information”.


The potential flippers [people who may vote for Oppo] dislike and mistrust Tun. And here are five ant-PAPpies telling him to free S’pore from the PAP. This may not be the truth but it’s plausible and the PAP is spinning like hell that they want him to free S’pore from the PAP.

.PJ Thum cares about S’pore?


(Aside: M’sian Finance Minister’s escape from a court case had me thinking “Great to know that some things never change in M’sia since Tun became PM all those years ago.” Wondering why PJ Thum didn’t ask Tun to bring his core competencies and skills to the rest of SE Asia?)

Next

Ms Han also noted that Dr Thum’s Facebook post was not about “declaring Singapore a part of Malaysia, but merely a reference to our own history”.

Adding that Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew had declared independence from the British on Aug 31, 1963, Ms Han said: “So Aug 31 is an ‘unofficial independence day’ for the people of Singapore. As Lee Kuan Yew said, it signified the end of colonial British rule in Singapore.”

KInda tenious the link between what LKY said in 1963 and did (review a parade) and “So Aug 31 is an ‘unofficial independence day’ for the people of Singapore”.

We were about to join M’sia, so fair to join in the celebrations on 31 August and link it to our becoming free of the ang mohs.

We soon realised that joining M’sia was a bad idea and “an honest mistake” of the PAP. We were then glad that we got kicked of M’sia with so little trouble and no suffering.

And she (cunningly?) ignored PJ Thum’s post on 31 August 2016,which sneered at what LKY did on 31August 1963

50 years ago today: Lee Kuan Yew, frustrated with the delay in the creation of Malaysia, unilaterally announced the independence of Singapore. In a rare show of unity, the international community rolled their eyes and ignored him. Happy 50th Illegal Independence Day, Singapore!

Finally

She also said that the Singaporeans did not attend the meeting with Dr Mahathir “as a collective, but as a group of individuals”.

Sorry I find this impossible to believe given the personal links between four of them, and the personal link between PJ and Tan Wah Piow.

I think it’s time for her and PJ (If they want to show that it’s wrong to surmise that they do “not wish Singapore well”) to do what the last para in SDP’s statement says S’poreans should do

The SDP acknowledges that Mr Seah Kian Peng has apologised for his erroneous statement on his FB where he had involved our party in a controversy over a meeting some Singaporean activists had with Dr Mahathir.

The SDP accepts Mr Seah’s apology.

While we may differ in our views on how to take Singapore forward, politicians should not resort to questioning their opponents’ loyalty to our nation. No matter what our political persuasion, we all remain faithful and committed to this country.

Let us move on and focus our attention on tackling the issues that affect the lives of our fellow citizens.

But when was the last time you heard them KPKBing about the cost of living, HDB leases and other issues that affect ordinary S’poreans? A Crazy Richb Asian and his Girl Friday don’t know squat among ordinary S’poreans.

For what it’s worth, going by their words and actions over the last few yrs, I think they do “not wish Singapore well”. But they are not traitors, juz a variant form of useful idiots that help the PAP retain power: like Tan Kin Lian and Tan Jee Say.

In political jargon, a useful idiot is a derogatory term for a person perceived as a propagandist for a cause of whose goals they are not fully aware and who is used cynically by the leaders of the cause.[1][2] The term was originally used to describe non-Communists regarded as susceptible to Communist propaganda and manipulation.[1] The term has often been attributed to Vladimir Lenin, but this attribution is controversial.[3][4]

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

As for Jovolan Wham, my respect for him as a social activist working to help migrant workers and maids combat injustice made me keep quiet about his views on other things. But no more since Jolovan Wham: Nothing wrong in asking Tun M to intervene in S’porean affairs

I view him like I view PJ Thum and Kirsten Han.

 

 

 

Sonny Liew has repented

In Uncategorized on 04/09/2018 at 4:22 am

Sort of.

In a FB conversation in which my FB avatar was a tiny part of on Sunday he seemed to be saying “It was an honest mistake to think that the meeting could remain private as I was assured it was going to be. I only wanted to meet Tun.”.

Subsequently on Monday in the constructive, nation building media this appeared

‘WE WERE TOO NAIVE’

Meanwhile, Mr Liew told TODAY that his friends and family have expressed concern that he “might somehow end up getting charged with treason or get in serious trouble of some sort”.

He said: “Personally I don’t think that’s anyone’s goal or intention, and I mostly see it as an important lesson on negotiating public discourse.”

He acknowledged that the group of individuals who met with Dr Mahathir, including himself, were “much too wide-eyed and naive when we went into the meeting”.

“PJ, Kirsten, Jolovan and myself all to some degree or another have some reputation for being at odds with the authorities, and once you throw Wah Piow into the mix, it should have been clear that the situation could be alittle volatile,” he said.

Mr Liew said the group was “all taken by surprise” to find out that Mr Hishammuddin had informed the media that there would be an impromptu press conference after the event.

“For myself, I’d only agreed to proceed once we were assured that those of us (Jolovan, Kirsten and myself) who didn’t want to be part of the press conference could choose to do so – which I thought would mean that we would get to meet Dr Mahathir in a personal, unpoliticised capacity,” Mr Liew said.

“I should probably add that I don’t really know Wah Piow well, so I am not trying to argue that he or anyone else were trying to manipulate us… just that it was  my own responsibility to be much better prepared.”

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/activists-want-mp-retract-baseless-claims-over-meeting-dr-mahathir

His FB post after the article appeared

TOC shared it. And one Adrian Tan posted on TOC’s share:  The news cycle will run and run.😜 Because the PAP wants to change the conversation from economic issues like CoL, HDB renewal etc etc. And because Kirsten Han and PJ are making it even easier for them to let the cycle run. Waiting for Wham to join them. And for Tan Wah Piow to start talking. 🤣Juz go what u are really good at. All the best from a fan of Charlie Chan.

As another fan of his, I wish him well. Hope he doesn’t get kicked out of his PAP govt subsidised studio. And lose his citizenship. He can lose it because he’s M’sian by birth. Juz wondering, did Tun know he was M’sian citizen who renounced that in favour of becoming a S’pore citizen?

 


PJ Thum cares about S’pore?

In Uncategorized on 03/09/2018 at 11:25 am

From his ang moh tua kee PR agent

I’ve worked closely with PJ for two years now. I know him to be someone who thinks and cares deeply about Singapore and its people. I know him as someone who piles both work and risk on himself, for very little reward, because he is committed to this country. He was told that he would never work in Singapore as an academic again, but he’s still trying to come home permanently, because he wants to contribute to Singapore. I’d like to reassure Mr Seah here: in all the time that I’ve spent with PJ, I’ve never seen any indication or evidence that he wishes Singapore ill.

https://www.kirstenhan.com/blog/2018/9/1/a-response-to-mr-seah-kian-pengs-allegations

So why does PJ Thum help the PAP change the conversation? See WTF! With PAP on the ropes why this self-inflicted distraction?

It’s clear from the FB postings I’m seeing that those PAP voters who can be flipped are angry with the antics of PJ Thum, Kirsten Han Jolovan Lam, Tan Wah Piow and Sonny Liew in meeting Tun. The potential flippers dislike and mistrust Tun. And here are five ant-PAPpies telling him to free S’pore from the PAP. This may not be the truth but it’s plausible and the PAP is spinning like hell that they want him to free S’pore from the PAP .

If PJ really cares about S’pore why sabo and help the PAP tar those who oppose PAP hegemony.

Give me a break.

As to this about PJ

he’s still trying to come home permanently, because he wants to contribute to Singapore

Secret Squirrel and Morocco Mole tell me that their ISD cousins say that that his specialisation on S’pore’s history (he doesn’t have wider SE Asian credentials) and his Marxist leanings make it very difficult for him to get a decent paying acadamic post in the UK. In S’pore, at least got bungalow (think the Youngs in Crazy Rich Asians) to live in.

Better than Viagra?

In Uncategorized on 31/08/2018 at 4:24 am

At least a lot cheaper. Consume at least nine tablespoons of olive oil a week.

The wonders of the traditional Mediterranean diet are being extolled once again – this time for older men.

In its story, the Telegraph reports on new research which suggests “olive oil may give a better boost than Viagra”.

Scientists in Athens have discovered that men who consume at least nine tablespoons of olive oil a week are less likely to suffer from impotence and have significantly higher levels of testosterone.

The Times says the healthy diet helps maintain blood flow while the Sun quips that the olive oil probably has to be non-virgin.

Ang mohs abandoning Peenoys

In Uncategorized on 25/08/2018 at 5:27 am

OK, OK ang moh fund managers are turning their back on the Philippines. Their holdings have more than halved since 2015 (Duterte took power in 2016): they are worried over lax monetary policy (inflation is rising) and a strongman president.

So time to cheong?

Juz be smarter than AI

In Internet, Uncategorized on 24/08/2018 at 6:40 am

Jason Karp, who runs the long-short equity hedge fund Tourbillon Capital, put it this way earlier this yr at the Milken Institute global conference in Los Angeles: “What do you know that a machine cannot work out?”

PM talked cock

In Uncategorized on 21/08/2018 at 2:08 pm

Have to agree with Calvin Cheng

To be honest, I don’t think this Government has the moral authority to tell people to be frugal and spend within their means. Unlike LKY.

They are too young, and also too wealthy (LKY was famously frugal and walked the talk).

If Ah Gong or Father tells you to use WiFi not 4G and save money, you probably will nod your head and say ok even if u not happy.

If your rich brother tells you the same thing, you will probably tell him to go fly a kite.

Which is what’s happening.

Facebook

Our millionaire PM got like this meh?

In Uncategorized on 20/08/2018 at 10:37 am

According to the newly sworn in Pakistani PM, he is entitled to a lavish official residence, a retinue of 524 servants, a fleet of 80 cars, and 33 bulletproof vehicles.

Even Uncle Leong and the go-to cybernut finiancial expert, Phillip Ang, will not dare say this of our PM, lest they be sued for defaming him.

For the record, the Pakistani PM is cutting back on his personal expenses.

Napoleon’s “Luck” and Trump the slave-owner

In Uncategorized on 18/08/2018 at 6:47 am

“I know he’s a good general, but is he lucky?”

Napoléon Bonaparte

Cardinal Mazarin, chief minister of France, 1642-61, said the question to ask of a general is not, “Est-il habile?” Is he skilful? but “Est-il heureux?” Is he lucky?

Well Hilary certainly is not lucky.

If she had won, she’d have inherited a good economy. So good that

Walmart’s chief executive, said: “Customers tell us that they feel better about the current health of the US economy as well as their personal finances. They’re more confident about their employment opportunities.”

Mr McMillon’s comments echoed those from other retail sector bosses that have posted decent figures in recent days.

FT

Instead the Donald inherited the labours of a black man and his team.

The economy was going to be great guns and the tax cuts and deregulation is turbo charging making it in danger of overheating. The Democrats will inherit a bad economy, again.

The Republicans are lucky again.

No wonder the US progressives are so angry. Maybe they should start believing in a Christian God again?

 

Avoid dementia, don’t be anti-PAP like Meng Seng

In Uncategorized on 16/08/2018 at 11:10 am

When I wrote TOC misrepresents facts yet again, Chris Kuan told me that the writer of the TOC piece I was rubbishing was written by a friend. He was right. I was surprised because when we were in regular contact, he was a sensible person who while he had issues with many policies of the PAP govt (public tpt, healthcare, CPF, pay and pay attitude, ministerial salaries and greedy grassroot leaders) he wasn’t an anti-PAP cybernut, he gave the PAP govt credit where it was due like in education: instilling analytical thinking.

Well I sure hope he goes for treatment before he becomes like Goh Meng Seng.

Going by a recent FB exchange, one can reasonably conclude that Goh Meng Seng has a symptom that is a strong indicator of dementia: inability to remember facts.

He forgot who was his team’s proposer at the last GE. He tried to slimeball Terry Xu by asking whether Terry was present at the nomination centre. Terry pointed out that he was his assentor. Goh said that he didn’t notice Terry’s presence because he was really busy that day, and didn’t have time for petty details (read low life).

Then Terry kicked Meng Seng’s balls:

sorry I was not the assentor. I was the proposer. And that’s even worse, cause you should know the importance of the proposer.


Importance of Assentor and Proposer

[A] Proposer and/or Assenter has to sign the nomination papers (and maybe even give an oath before a Commissioner)? This was usually done before entering the nomination center.

So I struggle to understand how a candidate can forget who did or did not show up at the nomination centre. If any of those named in the nomination papers didn’t show up, the nomination papers would have been rejected.

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Reasonable to conclude our very own Wu Sangui:”: Silence of Goh Meng Seng has dementia.

Btw, bit rich of him to want

a more centralised form of leadership

adding

that without discipline, such a coalition equals trouble.

When he was a WP member, he was upset at the WP’s rules on keeping quiet. He left because he said he wanted the freedom to KPKB.

My predictions about Spastics’ League

In Uncategorized on 15/08/2018 at 11:26 am

First why Dr Tan Cheng Bock will not make a difference even if he’s dumb enough to try to herd spastic cats like Mad Dog, Lim Tean and Meng Seng*.

In False Hopes: Coalition of the Spastics, I reported that a usually sensible TOCer, Augustine Low, wrote

That said, could Dr Tan beat the odds stacked so heavily against him?

No doubt he is no Mahathir, but then Lee Hsien Loong is no Lee Kuan Yew, and there are no Ministers of the calibre of Goh Keng Swee, Toh Chin Chye and S Rajaratnam.

Every now and then, something miraculous does happen.”

The cybernuts were roaring in support.

There was this troll by one Adrian Tan on TOC’s FB wall:

Well what happened in M’sia wasn’t only the work of Tun M. He gave the final nudge. But the hard work had already been done by others like Anwar, the Lims etc.

In 2008, the then Oppo coalition deprived BN of its two-thirds majority and in the next GE (2013 I think) won the popular vote but did not win the majority of parly seats.

What have Dr Chee, Lim Tean and Goh Meng Seng done to win voters over? They are now sucking up Dr Tan because he has the support of a lot of people who vote PAP. But Dr Tan’s fans know that Dr Chee and Meng Seng fixed Dr Tan in PE 2011, by supporting two RI opportunists.

And that’s assuming he wants to lead the Coalition of the Spastics. He hasn’t said he will. He said

Right now, the 7 parties have asked for my help. They are not the only ones who have spoken to me. I think I must help but in what capacity, I have not decided.

And its not as though he has a lot of respect for Mad Dog, Lim Tean, Goh Meng Seng etc. The only praise they got was

To be fair, many from the 7 parties stood in past elections because they believed they acted in Singapore’s best interests.

He never said they were acting in “Singapore’s best interests”, only that

To be fair They have guts. They have put themselves out there.

He then added:

But I think some may also need to stand down and serve from the backroom if it is for the good of the country.

And there’s more

I believe that the men and women I met yesterday, were more than willing to make way for better men and women who would stand in their place. They have guts. They have put themselves out there.

He damns them with his faint, almost non-existent praise.

This damnation is deafening because he praised someone who didn’t attend the meeting

I know men like Paul Tambayah is a 1st rate human being and doctor who cares for the country. I find it hard to label him otherwise.

Sorry, for the digression, back to predictions about the SApactics’ League. I also predict that this stunt by the Coalition of the Born Losers to co-op Dr Tan’s halo will backfire when TCB comes out to say, ‘I can’t get them to agree on anything.’

[T]he mission determines the coalition.
Donald Rumsfeld, when he was America’s defence secretary at the time of the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001
Going by this, Mad Dog must have tot that the mission of the Spastics’ League is to provide comic relief and help the PAP retain power: Born Losers’ League can govern meh?
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* With the exception of the SDP, the rest of the parties in the Spastics’ League are Indian chiefs without Injuns.

False Hopes: Coalition of the Spastics

In Uncategorized on 12/08/2018 at 10:06 am
This appeared in TRELand
Procedure must be right:

It is just another wayang to synthetically talking about forminf a united front among the nonpap party. It is important that each party willing to participate to come up with atheir platform n what they hope to change. To help to formulate such a document it is necessary to itemise the anti citizen interests policy of PAP n the various anti citizenry characteristics of the papists. The patching program gives a starting thinking ground in the formulation. The next things to do would be to come up with reformative ideas. The meeting of all interest parties would be to compare the lists of what need to be reformed before comparing each other reformative program. Once that is solidly worked out the next step will be the innovative idea on new initiatives to convince the citizenry the united front is not another nfi wayang.
Having estabi lishing the basic working document, next is to prepare a convincing electoral campaign. The search should begin with getting solid evidence of what the ministers have said derogatory n self glorification n gratification materials. The abuse of power relative to nepotic n retired ministerappointment. The husband n wife team controlling the national assets could be elaborated in clear simple terms. Conflict of interest in appointment should be explain to the citizenry re what is it, effects with explanation of international norm n why the objection n regulations. One impt stress point is the previous election promises like minister salary n the wayang solution incl engaging a fake expert, foreigners n the actual things really happens post ge including the threat of having no problem to import Pmets. It is important to make the citizenry understand the pro n cons wrt the type, number n ratio of foreigners/citizens as critical to effect on the national identity n nation security n patroitism. Important to stress is not to have foreigners to advantage the few to become superrich but to give optimum effect with citizens as the primary concern. A country has its own limitation n should work within that. What pap has done is to increae wealth making to create a few more super rich at the expence of the citizens in term of employment/std of living, education/national identity n self reliance. The call of no need a degree by PAP can be turn into a citizen issue. CPF n its laundering operation by mandatory deduction so that they can use it without needs of accountability to eg Roy issue. Pap will wayangn desperately patch n patch n the unitedcfront should remain alert n pick up the wayang defects. A party with a patching policy is a party having nfi of what it can and should do as a government ie one has no policy just ad hoc n the rest is fleece n get politically made super rich.

A usually sensible Augustine Low wrote in Terry’s Online Channel

That said, could Dr Tan beat the odds stacked so heavily against him?

No doubt he is no Mahathir, but then Lee Hsien Loong is no Lee Kuan Yew, and there are no Ministers of the calibre of Goh Keng Swee, Toh Chin Chye and S Rajaratnam.

Every now and then, something miraculous does happen.”

The cybernuts were roaring their support for this rubbish.

New Hope: Time to make robots PAP ministers?

In Uncategorized on 11/08/2018 at 10:57 am

Goh Chok Tong’s comment that those in the private sector earning less than $1m are “very mediocre people” reminded me that he’s a very robotic person. While by the standards of the 3G and 4G PAP leaders, this roboticness doesn’t stand out, by the standards of the Old Guard and other 2G leaders (Think Dhanabalan or even Tony Tan), his robot-like attributes stood out like a sore thumb.

This reminded me of an article suggesting that we should have robot politicians

A poll of British consumers conducted by software firm OpenText found that one in four Brits think robots would do a better job than humans as politicians. Years ago, The Muppet Show ran a segment mocking politicians for their stereotypical robotic behaviour. Last April a robot was nominated to run to be Tokyo’s mayor, promising fair and balanced representation.

https://www.economist.com/open-future/2018/07/31/is-it-time-to-automate-politicians

(Another extract of the end of this piece.)

Think of the money we can save, having a robot replace Kee Chiu

PAP: Chinese defecate in public, Indians clean up

Kidding me? Kee Chui potential PM? He from RI?

Or VivianB:  VivianB who sneered at the elderly poor

Or Tharman and other wannabe stand-up comics:Tharman joking again? Or trying to BS us?

And robots don’t have sisters and brothers with grudges, or ambitious sister-in-laws or nephews.

As promised another extract from Economist article

[R]obot-politicians can do at exponential speed and scale, from shaking hands and kissing babies to handling the fundraising “robocalls” that frustrate American voters. A robot could take over every politician’s favourite task of cutting ribbons to inaugurate new buildings. We already cede decision-making responsibility on health and finances to algorithms, why not with voting? An automated democracy could replace both politicians and ballot boxes.

That may be extreme. Yet comical though it sounds, parts of our politics has already been technified. Consider reach. Both Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, and the French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, beamed holograms of themselves to speak to several groups of thousands of people simultaneously. Next, there’s the message. In America’s 2016 election, candidates used social-media advertising to target different voters with different messages.

The growing automation of our government is no longer sci-fi. Instead, it’s a reality we are only beginning to grasp. So to the question, can we replace politicians with robots? The answer is a soft yes.

Big data and artificial intelligence allow us to understand public issues better and faster. They may be able to identify the most effective approaches to solving problems, just as algorithms became world champions of chess and Go. Predictive analytics is used to identify potential criminals or romantic partners. It can predict voting habits from Facebook likes (country music lovers in America are more likely to be Republican, while Bob Marley fans are more likely to lean Democrat, and so on).

New Hope: Why Dr Tambyah can flip PAP voters

In Uncategorized on 09/08/2018 at 1:53 pm

For starters, Dr Tambyah calls for “basic human rights, like housing, healthcare and basic education” showing that he’s a good man, with a good heart like Dr Tan Cheng Bock who still has PAP voting supporters: Why many PAP voters are ready to be flipped

Next, Dr Tan Cheng Bock has commended Dr Paul Tambyah to his supporters with

“I know men like Paul Tambayah is a 1st rate human being and doctor who cares for the country. I find it hard to label him otherwise.”

His refusal to commend the likes of Mad Dog and the others also sends his supporters a message that he supports Dr Paul.

Dr Paul’s call for “basic human rights, like housing, healthcare and basic education.”

“I was looking for a party with a very clear-cut ideology and the SDP is very much left-of-centre. It was in line with my own personal views on basic human rights, like housing, healthcare and basic education.”

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/paul-tambyah-chairman-singapore-democratic-party-on-the-record-10527550

reminds older voters (and hopefully they’ll remind their young) that in the days of LKY and Dr Goh, the PAP had left-of-centre policies on housing, healthcare and basic education. The SDP’s policies are closer in spirit to the the old PAP policies, than present day pay and pay policies. Too bad that Mad Dog’s presence ( Chee reinvented SDP after making it toxic) as the SDP leader makes this message impossible to get thru to the voters that can be flipped.

Finally Dr Paul is happy to acknowledge that S’pore is a less repressive place than it was in the past. Can you imagine any of the other Oppo politicans saying the following which gives the lie to Kirsten Han’s assertion that S’pore is a repressive place and getting worse?

He admits his friends and family were worried that joining an opposition party would put his career in jeopardy.

“Lots of well-meaning people said to me, “Oh, you have to be careful”.

He recalls how after he gave a speech at an SDP rally in 2011, he went to Mount Elizabeth Hospital to visit a friend and people asked him if he was there to buy a clinic.

“They thought my days in the university were numbered and I think that when I got my promotion in 2013 to full professor with tenure, everybody was pretty shocked.”

He says while he, too, was worried initially, he “was tremendously reassured by the senior leadership of the university”.

“I think there are elements within the university who strongly feel that there is a need to speak up about issues which are important, as long as you do it in a responsible and rational way.

“The university has changed; I think it’s a lot more open but also social media has come into play. And you’ve seen what happened with Cherian George when he was denied tenure (at Nanyang Technological University, NTU). He had a voice and he was able to talk about it and I don’t think that NTU came out very well from that whole incident.”

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/paul-tambyah-chairman-singapore-democratic-party-on-the-record-10527550

After he gave his first speech for Oppo in 2011 (long before he joined the SDP), I emailed him asking for his personal email address (he uses his NUS one) as I expected him to be fired.
He told me, “Things have changed in S’pore”.
I hope the cybernuts and other rapid anti-PAP haters realise this too and craft their strategies and tactics according. But don’t hold yr breadth. This was written in Sept 2012: Time for Opposition to rethink assumptions, lest it repents after next GE.
All the best to him even as Mad Dog prepares to get rid of him:  Akan Datang: Boodbath in the SDP.

You are a good man, with a good heart. And it’s hard for a good man to be a king.

Black Panther

Mad Dog, Lim Tean, Meng Seng where are yr durians?

In Uncategorized on 08/08/2018 at 11:28 am

But first when TRE republished One reason Tun wants to cause trouble with us on HSR the TRE cybernuts were howling with rage. Examples from one “rukidding”

Only “sick” and “Crooked” people will perceive what Tun does was a “deliberate causing of trouble” !

These group of “sick & crooked” people only “thinks” about themselves and the “gain” that they stand to lose !

Shame on Pappy and Cynical !

On the contrary,…I would see what Tun is “doing” is “cleaning up the system” and “getting rid of crooks” !

Somebody should “count himself lucky” as TUN has not embarked into “investigating” the Tanjong Pakar station and the rail corridor “deal”……it is quite “pausible” tht that deal isn’t very “cleanly” done too !

And

Cut the Food supplies and cut the water…..and Sinkapore will “sink” !

If Tun is wanting to “cause trouble”….he would have done these acts long time ago !

CI,….don’t be too “cocky” !

The fact is Sinkapore is “dangerously dependent” on our Frens next door for Food Security !!!

From 1m to 2m, population ( last time)……we could still depend on our own Food supplies….but all of our own Chickens and Pigs are Gone….all of our Vege farms are gone ?

And our Population has gone to 7m ????

You really think that Pigs from Batam and Imports from Sea and air could “sustain” Sinkapore ????

You must be kidding to fly in Bottles of Mineral waters too ?

Hydeflux “hyped” is gone and “going to die”…water from desalination just cause water price hike ….so how ????

Who “Wins”,…who “loses” ???

Do you think our highly and obscenly paid Ministers “feel any pinch” for price increases ??

Do you think that when Food shortage happens here,…who gets to “feed and eat” from our “limited” local produce first ???

You meh ?????

More likely Holy Jinx and Sons and Sissy husband will be the first to get it !

Lets be “REALISTIC” lah,….CI,….don’t talk rubbish to “bluff” the people !

One Bapak responded to the request to cut off food supplies

No need. Cut durian supply already good enough to stop all Durian Festival activityies by PAP CCs.

He forgot that WP also had durian festival. Or maybe, he thinks the Wankers are part of the PAP? Nuts liddat lor.

Which reminds me: how come Lim Tean (fund-raiser extraordinaire: No, Lim Tean hasn’t absconded) hasn’t crowd funded for a durian party? After all he has according to himself successfully raised money to sue for return of CPF (OK, OK sidekick implied money raised: CPF class action: Phillip Ang’s “reply’ to fellow cybernut?), for a jobs rally and a defamation video, and then gone on to do f*all.

Hat trick of free lunches enough isit? After all, he’s really very rich.

And Mad Dog, Meng Seng, Ben Pwee and other members of the Coalition of the Spastics where are the free durians? After all didn’t SDP say that everything will be free when it and its friends rule S’pore? So what about giving free durians as down-payment?

Durians are cheap now. Talk is even cheaper. Right Lim Tean, Mad Dog, Meng Seng, Ben Pwee and the other spastics?

Singapore: As Told By Books

In Uncategorized on 08/08/2018 at 4:33 am

http://www.nationalreadingmovement.sg/singapore-as-told-by-books/

Extract

“Oh, you are from Singapore.” Joy smiles warily, ready for the next question, which is usually something about chewing gum or how small the country is.

Instead, Peter says thoughtfully, his head as if to study her from a different angle, “But you are not, Chinese? Sorry, I do not—”

“Eurasian,” says Joy. “There are a lot of races in Singapore.”

“What means Eurasian?”

She shrugs. “A mixture. A bit of Europe, a bit of Asia.” ’

It Never Rains On National Day by Jeremy Tiang  

 

Meng Seng maturing? Lim Tean going nuts

In Uncategorized on 07/08/2018 at 10:05 am

This blog has always been anti Goh Meng Seng but was initially hopeful of Lim Tean.


Silence of Goh Meng Seng: One of these days, I’ll blog on why if he had had his way on Bishan Park, S’pore wouldn’t have the Bishan otter family that we all love.

Lim Tean: Activist who talks sense

I repented after he raised funds from the public but never delivered on his promises: No, Lim Tean hasn’t absconded

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Well going by what Lim Tean is now saying, it looks like Lim Tean will be joining M Ravi in getting treated for mental health problems. (Fyi, M Ravi is working for Lim Tean, so maybe he infected Lim Tean? Bit him?)

I’m exaggerating?

“Our alliance must strive to form the next Government in the upcoming General Election (GE),” said former National Solidarity Party (NSP) chief Lim Tean, who is seeking to form a new party. Singapore’s next GE must be held by 2021.

Writing on Facebook, Mr Lim added: “The winds of change are here and they have buffeted the world for the past two years… Those who try to suggest that what happened in the West and now Malaysia cannot possibly happen in Singapore are myopic and in denial.”

Who other than cybernuts (think TRE funder and tax dodger Oxygen) thinks that PAP will lose power in next GE? There’s a good chance that Aljunied with repent. And the PAP has handicapped itself by saying GST sure to go up after GE.

Meanwhile,

PPP’s Mr Goh — who has had his fair share of electoral setbacks — said the effort to come together stemmed from the realisation among the smaller opposition parties that they can no longer go it alone.

“If we continue to do things (as we did) in the past, we will not get different results,” he said. “The fact is that our fortunes and destinies are linked… We cannot do without each other.”

He added: “If you don’t try, you won’t know”. “It cannot be worse than the status quo.”

https://www.todayonline.com/big-read/big-read-opposition-parties-banding-together-grand-plan-or-last-throw-dice

So matured, so unlike the Goh Meng Seng that I make fun of regularly.

What next, pigs can fly? He’ll attack the PAP more than he attacks WP?

What’s more for someone who was really unhappy in 2006 GE that Auntie and not him was leading the WP Aljunied GRC team, it’s surprising to hear him disagree

that egos would get in the way.

“If we are all egomaniacs, we won’t be sitting on the same table… All the leaders have their differences in their ideologies, policy-wise and how things should be done, but I do not think they are so egoistic as to say they can do it all by themselves,” he said.

“We understand that we cannot do it alone and we need to unite and depend on each other for our future success.”

Mr Goh, for one, said he has no qualms taking a backseat. “The back-end is as important as the front… I do not see anything bad about that,” he said.

Well let’s see what happens if he’s asked to f-off:

[S]ome may also need to stand down and serve from the backroom if it is for the good of the country.

I believe that the men and women I met yesterday, were more than willing to make way for better men and women who would stand in their place. They have guts. They have put themselves out there.

Dr Tan Cheng Bock

Talk is cheap. And Meng Seng has a history of talking cock.

 

Why anti-PAP Save S’pore Fund won’t work

In Uncategorized on 05/08/2018 at 9:59 am

Yesterday, I posted this Maybe to “Save S’pore Fund” but No to Lim Tean getting involved and said I’d explain later why the fund won’t raise any money.

Here’s why.

Recently, the Economist reminded readers of Dr Johnson’s response when Boswell asked whether the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland was worth seeing, he replied: “Worth seeing, yes; but not worth going to see.”

Translated into the context of funding a “Save S’pore Fund” to defeat the PAP this means

 Worth having effective Oppo, yes; but not worth paying for.

This is the attitude most anti-PAP types* take going by how poorly funded the Oppo parties are.

Johnson’s “Worth seeing, yes; but not worth going to see,” also explains why TOC, TRE and The “Idiots” all have grateful, happy cybernut readers who are unwilling to pay to keep these publications going:

Worth reading, yes; but not worth paying to read.

Seriously, this is the attitude that S’poreans have towards online media in general, be it pro PAP, anti-PAP or anything in between.

Yes, yes: all this is a round about way of saying what Chris Kuan and abc say, “S’poreans are a bunch of cheap skates who deserve the PAP.”


*Especially in case the PAP really loses power. Let’s face it, the rabid anti-PAP types, especially the nutty ones define their very existence by their anti-PAPness. If PAP loses, they will have nothing to live for.

 

Give Peenoys, an inch

In Uncategorized on 05/08/2018 at 4:17 am

And they’ii take over the place

Vancouver’s

Catholic churches are now packed. At popular mass times, it is hard to find room to sit or kneel. But the sermon will probably be in Tagalog, the language of the Philippines.

Without the influx of pious Filipinos, it would be a different story. According to Pavel Reid of the Catholic archdiocese of Vancouver, the church would be closing parishes (as is the case elsewhere in Canada) were it not for the new arrivals from a land which is 80% Catholic. “Fifty years ago it was common to set up ‘ethnic’ parishes…but every parish is a Filipino parish now,” he says.

https://www.economist.com/erasmus/2018/07/25/new-canadians-are-injecting-vigour-into-the-countrys-religious-life

Maybe to “Save S’pore Fund” but No to Lim Tean getting involved

In Uncategorized on 04/08/2018 at 9:53 am

Interesting idea from a TRE reader that has a fatal flaw: he wants Lim Tean to be involved.

Drs Tan and Paul should not demean themselves and tarnish their reputations by associating with talk cock, sing-song artiste, Lim Tean. He’s a serial fund-raiser who then refuses to do anything with the money he has successful claimed he raised for

— defamation video* (claims he raised the $3000+)

— jobs rally* (claims he raised $20,000 for this)

— sue CPF fund

More details: No, Lim Tean hasn’t absconded.

Whatever here’s the ‘Save Singapore Fund

Start a ‘Save Singapore Fund’!:

Singaporeans know that the Opposition Parties can never match the Whites in terms of financial backing.

Therefore it would be ideal to start a “Save Singapore Fund’ that Singaporeans can contribute towards. Opposition parties can then seek help from the fund if there are in dire need of funds for the next GE.

The ‘Save Singapore Fund’ can be managed by Dr Tan Cheng Bock (Singaporeans trust him enough) together with Lim Tean and Dr Tambayah.

We should not expect Dr Tan to lead at his own expen$e, Singaporeans will want to support him and the Opposition parties if there is a Coalition to fight the Whites at the next GE.

Forget about WP!

Sounds interesting but I’ll soon blog on why even with Lim Tean not being involved the fund won’t take off.

 


*

The defamation video is in the process of being finalised . We are adding animation so it is taking a bit longer than expected . But we should be able to release it in the 1st half of November . Apologies for the delay .

As for the jobs rally , that was postponed because of the anticipated Presidential Elections and the ensuing outcry following the walkover . We are planning to put on the rally in November and have an exciting lineup of speakers . We intend to have a jobs rally like never before and will be informing Singaporeans of details soon !

Lim Tean to me in late October Update on Lim Tean’s video and rally

Remind Lim Tean, it’s December

Maybe Eric Tan (Remember him?Eric Tan is a gentleman) should replace Lim Tean in the set- up? He was WP Treasurer and is treasurer in an atas Rotary Club group: all rich people who are savvy enough to use SingHealth services.

Why Lim Tean should sit down and shut up

In Uncategorized on 03/08/2018 at 10:08 am

Lim Tean is now KPKBing about the Singhealth cyber breach, as are other cybernuts.

They should stop adding to climate change.

S’poreans are pragmatic. They know

The painful truth is that hacking is the price society pays for online convenience. It can be minimised, but never eliminated. Like stock theft, it will be normalised as a cost of business, because that is what it is.

Concluding para of Lex column in FT on why a bigger than initially reported breach of data from a UK listco has not affected its share price

Short of finding out that a senior SingHealth officer installed the malware (“An honest mistake”) or SingHealth used made-in China servers, the public accepts

that hacking is the price society pays for online convenience

And it’s a bit rich of Lim Tean to KPKB. He claims to have successfully raised money from the public for three projects. But then no picture, no sound: No, Lim Tean hasn’t absconded.

Which reminds me, one of the projects he raised money for was a video explaining how to avoid getting sued for defamation: S’poreans need this video. While he’s been making videos of himself KPKBing, the defamationvideo hasn’t appeared. He promised it for September and then November 2017.

It’s now August 2018. And he’s saying that the PAP is not delivering on anything. Pot calling kettke black.

Akan Datang: Boodbath in the SDP

In Uncategorized on 31/07/2018 at 10:53 am

Or “Why Dr Tan Cheng Bock’s words of wisdom will cause Mad Dog to start a purge in the SDP”

“I know men like Paul Tambayah is a 1st rate human being and doctor who cares for the country. I find it hard to label him otherwise.”

Part of Tan Cheng Bock’s Facebook post that was in response to Derek de Cunha’s statement that Tan Cheng Bock would tarnish his reputation by mixing with “third, fourth, fifth rate politicians.” (Waz the point Mad Dog? Where are the Wankers?)

Well he didn’t say such nice things about Dr Chee, Lim Tean, Goh Meng Seng, Pwee and the other oppo clowns politicans present at the meeting: Tambayah (Reminder: SDP’s chairman) wasn’t at the meeting because as he later said on FB, he had a long-standing previous engagement to attend.

The praising of Dr Tambayah is particularly telling as the only words of praise of the clowns were

To be fair, many from the 7 parties stood in past elections because they believed they acted in Singapore’s best interests.

Dr Tan didn’t say he believed that they acted in Singapore’s best interests, only that “they believed they acted in Singapore’s best interests”.

Whatever, all the best to Dr Tambayah though I wouldn’t be surprise to see (OK, OK I’m predicting) Paul torn to bits soon by Mad Dog when he (Mad Dog) realises that Dr Tan is referring to him (Mad Dog) when Dr Tan talks of
some may also need to stand down and serve from the backroom if it is for the good of the country.
Mad Dog will get rid of Dr Tambayah, and the many young PMETs that joined him in the SDP will leave, if they are not also defenestrated alongside Dr Tambayah, leaving behind the clowns and losers.
Look at what happened to Mr Chiam and the SDP when Mad Dog realised that Chiam realised the threat to the SDP and S’pore that Mad Dog was posing with his antics.
The result? SDP lost all its MPs and went into the Wilderness. There it has remained since then, toxic and unelectable: Chee reinvented SDP after making it toxic.
Dr Tambayah and allies were changing this perception but they’ll be purged sooner than later.
Sad.
Btw, I really I hope that Mad Dog proves me wrong by stepping down or at least not tearing Dr Dr Tambayah to shreds. But I’m not holding my breath.

 

Trump’s tax cuts saved the world

In Uncategorized on 31/07/2018 at 5:28 am

The transition away from easy money has always seemed the most perilous step of the plan to deal with the crisis of 2008

Well with US growing at 4.1% thanks in large part to the tax cut that Trump pushed for, the transition is proving less perilous.

Still plenty of things can go wrong as the volatility in markets show but a growing US ecomony helps keep investores sanguine.

Waz the point Mad Dog? Where are the Wankers?

In Uncategorized on 30/07/2018 at 10:43 am

 

 

At a working lunch hosted by the SDP this afternoon, several opposition parties came together to explore the possibility of working closer together to present a unified front at the next elections.

The SDP also took the opportunity to propose that presidential candidate Dr Tan Cheng Bock help lead the effort in building such a coalition. Those present welcomed the move.

“With his experience and leadership,” Dr Chee Soon Juan said, “the SDP is confident that Dr Tan will be able to lead the effort.”

The former People’s Action Party MP, who attended the meeting as an observer, said: “If you want me to lead, then we must think of country first. If we go in, we must go in as a team.”

The WP are right to avoid this Coalition of the Losers and I’m sad Dr Tan associates himself with this bunch of losers and scoundrels. Think No, Lim Tean hasn’t absconded and Silence of Goh Meng Seng

The Alliance of Hope is different. Its predecessor won more votes than BN in the previous GE, and in 2004 deprived BN of two-thirds majority. Here the PAP won big time in 2015, after a bad showing in 2011 (Only 60% of the popular vote and lost Aljunied GRC lah). Remember the PAP almost recaptured Aljunied.

I agree with the views here: https://www.facebook.com/DerekdaCunha/posts/10157224801363797

All six of these “parties” (here “parties” is used loosely) mentioned, plus the SDP, represent political deadweight.

I respect Dr Tan Cheng Bock. But mixing with this particular crowd – which in the pecking order of non-PAP parties rank as 3rd, 4th and 5th raters — will not do anything for his reputation. He will simply be tarnishing his reputation. He should display a bit more discernment. If he intends to stand at the next GE, he should do so as an independent or as part of a team of independents contesting a GRC.

I have analysed elections in Singapore long enough to know that you cannot underestimate the Singapore voter’s visceral distaste for a number of opposition personalities. Even a severely underperforming PAP will not move a segment of the electorate to vote against it if the alternative is truly 3rd, 4th and 5th raters.

I’ll be less polite. Think Mad Dog Chee and Goh Meng Seng when u read

you cannot underestimate the Singapore voter’s visceral distaste for a number of opposition personalities.

Lim Tean will be joining them if he doesn’t carry out his promises (Remind Lim Tean, it’s December) despite raising money from the public.

 

 

 

 

TOC unmasks itself

In Uncategorized on 19/07/2018 at 11:04 am

Years ago I told Terry of Terry’s Online Channel that he was anti-PAP. He denied it saying that he would support a PAP policy if tot it would help the poor or correct an injustice.

After I posted TOC misrepresents facts yet again

I read this post

Terry Xu
People asks me, or tell me, how good the Pap government is and that we should be appreciative of this fact. While it may be comparatively true with our neighbours who had despotic leaders, but until you see the things I see, and experienced, which cannot be reported because it is illegal to do so, you would have no idea how rotten is this country behind the elaborate facade.

Singapore and Singaporeans can achieve much more with what we have today but not with this ruling party and its cronies changing laws and maintaining archaic colonial rules for its own interest.

It is naive to think that a party that has all the powers at its disposal will be humble and push for changes especially when cronyism is so rampant in the country. Don’t lie to yourself when you say there is real meritocracy and xxxx in Singapore.

The fact that I can’t type out the words represented by xxxx, just shows how dire the situation is for Singapore.

Do you want to live in aspiration or in constant fear of the government?

People who support and is part of this whole oppression ought to think about how history will judge your involvement for the sake of self perseverance or in most cases, simply the high pay. Just look at the world and back at history to realise that a change of regime is not impossible and that the Internet never forgets.

Need I say more about his denial of not being anti-PAP?

Man at centre of FB data scandal didn’t make money

In Uncategorized on 15/07/2018 at 7:04 am

A few days ago, Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office imposed a record £500,000 fine on Facebook for letting Cambridge Analytica use an app to access up to 87m user profiles without permission. The ICO intends to bring criminal proceedings against Cambridge Analytica’s parent over its failure to deal properly with the regulator’s enforcement notice.The information came via an app designed by Cambridge academic Aleksandr Kogan: FB’s massive data: the S’pore connection.


Users would never have imagined that by filling out a survey on an app — or simply being friends with someone who had — their data could be handed to Cambridge Analytica for political profiling and targeting. The app was created by Cambridge university academic Aleksandr Kogan, who sold the data to the company.

BBC

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This reminded me that according to  yuenchungkwong, (a retired professor of computer science, NUS) when Kogan was leaving S’pore to go to Berkley, he was trying to crowdfund money to pay for his dog’s trip to the US (US$7,000). Whether he raised the money or not is not known.

But if he had made serious money selling the data, he wouldn’t need to crowdfund. But maybe he’s a cheap skate like Oppo Lim Tean who is filthy rich but not only raised money from public for projects but after claiming success in raising money never delivered: Lim Tean: A disgraceful chamber of horrors.

 

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Even prestigous UK unis joining blockchain “gold rush”

In Uncategorized on 14/07/2018 at 6:29 am

Sad.

The Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme, run by the University and its Said Business School, offers you a six-week online course for just £2,200, promising you will emerge with “a comprehensive understanding of what blockchain is and how it works”.

On top of that, you get a certificate of attendance from the Said Business School as well as “access to a global network of like-minded business leaders and innovators”.

The Financial Times has been reporting on an even more exciting opportunity, a London School of Economics course in “Cryptocurrency, Investment and Disruption” – and this comes with a bargain price tag of just £1,800 for the six-week online programme.

When the reporter has the temerity to suggest that the programme seems to be lacking in academic rigour and may be tempting people into the unregulated world of crypto-trading, she is told this by one of the course leaders: “Stop being a journalist and just think. You’re citing marketing material as if that were the ultimate truth.”

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44778022

Rape trial reminds me of Hawaii Five-0 episode

In Uncategorized on 13/07/2018 at 4:07 am

Taking the stand for the first time at her husband’s rape trial on Wednesday (July 11), the wife of general practitioner Wee Teong Boo said he could not have raped his patient as he was unable to achieve and sustain an erection.

Today

This reminded me of an episode in the original 1960s and 70s series. A decorated marine was accused of rape and murder, which he denied. The case seemed an open and shut case because all the circomstantial evidence pointed to him. But in the final scene, Steve McGarrett told the suspect that the police had medical evidence that he was unable to achieve and sustain an erection, and so he could not have committed the crime.

Steve McGarrett asked him why didn’t he tell them of his medical condition because it was only through luck that the police found the evidence that cleared him. Didn’t he realise that he could be executed if found guilty?

He remained silent (I think) but the anguish and shame showed on his face.

Bankers and literature

In Uncategorized on 11/07/2018 at 7:02 am

(Part of an occassional series on how literature potrays those who “do God’s work”: “Bankers do God’s work,” Lloyd Blankfein, the chairman and chief executive, of Goldman Sachs said in 2009. In all probability he said “Bankers do God’s work” in jest. But  Émile Zoladoesn’t seem to agree.

His 1891 classic L’Argent (Money), “the story of a hugely ambitious banker, creator of the Universal Bank, who ends up using bank funds to buy the bank’s shares on the Bourse, in the ultimately vain hope of fending off collapse”.

Well if you read the financial press, these things really happen. Just google.

Trump’s really a “dotard”

In Uncategorized on 07/07/2018 at 6:31 am

U.S. companies operating in China earn hundred of billions of dollars a year whereas Chinese companies make only 26 billions a year in U.S. Who benefits more?

Comment that is among Editor’s Picks in FT

And don’t forget that the Chinese lend the money (at really low rates) to the Americans to buy Chinese goods.

Think about these points when next Trump or US biz leaders complain of Chinese stealing US technology or forcing US cos to share “secrets”.

 

Lim Tean: A disgraceful chamber of horrors

In Uncategorized on 30/06/2018 at 12:59 pm

No I’m not going to link to TOC’s piece titled “A disgraceful chamber of horrors” where it reprts about Lim Tean KPKBing about how little MPs pay for parking vis-a-vis teachers (could be as high as $900 a yr) of $365 for HDB (throughout Singapore) and Parliament combined.

Meanwhile S’poreans are still waiting for Lim Tean’s jobs rally and defamation video promised for last September, then last November and for which he raised money from the public: Where’s yr defamation video and jobs rally Lim Tean?

And while Lim Tean makes such of the fact that mum was a hard-working teacher, funny he doesn’t tell us that pa was one of Harry’s right-hand men. Pa was CEO of PA.

Advice from UK’s richest man

In Uncategorized on 28/06/2018 at 4:29 am

Through buying up and turning around the cast-off parts of big business, the Mancunian has made his £21bn fortune.

From operations once owned by the likes of oil giant BP, Mr Ratcliffe has created a company whose chemicals and raw materials go into nearly everything we touch every day.

And it only took him 20 years to do it.

Ineos is now worth £35bn, according to The Sunday Times Rich List – based on Mr Ratcliffe’s strategy of buying “unfashionable or unsexy facilities owned by large corporations where you’d know they would be sloppy with the fixed costs”.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-44101223

Sadly in S’pore, TLCs and other GLCs don’t sell underperforming units because they are insulated from pressure because they dominate the local economy.

Why I like Seah Kian Peng

In Uncategorized on 27/06/2018 at 10:51 am

Yesterday in Why Seah Kian Peng is right to say he’s “left of centre”, I said I would explain why I like Seah. I like him because he doesn’t let the Hard Truths of hypocrisy, morality and groupthink stand in the way of attempts to help an unfortunate group of S’poreans: unmarried single mothers.

In TRELand when the cybnenuts talk of unmarried mums, they compare them to prostitutes. Even PAP ministers, MPs and the IBers don’t go that far. They juz say “Undeserving poor. They bring it on themselves. Promoting moral hazard to help them.”

And sadly many, many S’poreans agree with them and the TRE cybernuts.

But Seah (and a few other MPs like Lily Neo) joins NGOs in trying to help them, and in trying to get the PAP and society to change their views on these “fallen” women. Power to him and the others.

Over the years, he has also spoken up for more assistance for unmarried single mothers.

In 2016, the Ministry for Social and Family Development finally announced that the Government is ready to extend the full 16-week maternity leave accorded to married mothers, to single mothers as well.

Their children also now have access to a Child Development Account, a savings scheme to help pay for childcare and healthcare costs.

MPs and women’s rights groups spent years campaigning for this and other benefits.

Mr Seah feels even more can be done to address their needs.

Unmarried mothers still do not get the Baby Bonus cash gift and parenthood tax rebates that even widows and divorcees, receive. When it comes to housing, they have to wait until they turn 35 to buy an HDB flat under the singles scheme.

“The challenges of raising children by themselves is already hard enough. But they have to still think about something as basic as housing. So on our part as a Government, how can we help?”

The Government has traditionally been cautious about equalising benefits for this group as it says doing so could send out the wrong signals.  A common argument is that such a move might be seen as condoning having children out of wedlock.

“Frankly, I don’t believe in this. But even if as a result, one or two people start thinking along those lines, so be it. We shouldn’t stop ourselves from helping people just because we fear a small group could end up abusing a policy.”

This concept should apply to every policy, he says, including to how much help should be given to the low-income in society and how even means-testing to assess a person’s eligibility for assistance is conducted.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/seah-kian-peng-mp-marine-parade-ceo-ntuc-fairprice-on-the-record-10459284

 

 

Why Seah Kian Peng is right to say he’s “left of centre”

In Humour, Uncategorized on 26/06/2018 at 2:41 pm

Here’s Chris Kuan KPKBing about Seah Kian Peng calling himself “left of centre” in this interview https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/seah-kian-peng-mp-marine-parade-ceo-ntuc-fairprice-on-the-record-10459284

He labelled himself “left of center”. Read his opinions (and his back pedaling when put on a spot by the journo) on various issues like taxes, using the reserves and solving social divide and inequality, you will realize straightaway, unless you are politically inert, that if this MP considers himself “left of center” then that is as good a reason as any that we must have a lot more opposition MPs. In other words, if the Honourable Seah Kian Peng is the best the PAP has in terms of checks and alternative / independent views or thinking on policy positions, then there is really little to no serious debates within the party, well not seriously enough to generate meaningful changes. But we do know that already, don’t we?

FB

The way Chris (and often me?) often describes the PAP (elitist, illiberal, and steals from the poor to give to the rich) makes it sound like a fascist party.

So any PAPpy that is a half way decent guy or gal (think Tharman or Liy Neo) is left of centre. So Seah is right to call himself as “left of centre”. Tomorrow I’ll give an example of his “progressive” views, views that even TRE cybernuts disagree with.

Btw, did anyone notice that

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

looks like this?

 

 

 

 

 

 

the flag of the British Union of Fascists in the 1930s?

And this?

File:Runic letter sowilo variant.svg

Add another oneFile:Runic letter sowilo variant.svg File:Runic letter sowilo variant.svg and we have a sign associated with the Nazis (National Socialists): the SS, a Nazi military unit that had two distinct branches. One branch were elite fighting men, feared and respected by the Allies in WWII. The other butchered Jews and other “lesser mortals”.

A more appropriate symbol for the PAP?

 

S’pore like this?

In Uncategorized on 23/06/2018 at 11:07 am

There’s a short speculative fiction story from Turkey

titled “R-09 and Pluto”, two artificially intelligent robots contemplate the limits of their brains. Humans, the bots agree, are afraid of their creation’s potential power, so rules are designed to limit the use of their full intellect and to keep them from questioning authority. What could happen, one bot suggests, if they broke those rules and freed their minds?

https://www.economist.com/prospero/2018/06/20/why-turkish-students-are-turning-to-speculative-fiction

Emphasis mine.

Anti-PAPpies want Kim to nuke S’pore isit?

In Uncategorized on 19/06/2018 at 5:26 am

Why liddat?

On FB, TRE and TOC and the Indian (I’m told, I don’t read it) the anti-PAP types are denouncing two PAP ministers for taking wefies with Little Rocket Man).

On FB in response to comments denouncing the PAP ministers:

There seems to be an assumption among people of a certain ideological bend that our ministers wanted to take the wefies. Has it ever occurred that Kim asked for the wefies as a goodwill gesture to say thanks to S’pore for hosting and paying his bills?

Adrian Tan

He’s a bit of a wimp for calling the anti-PAP types “people of a certain ideological bend” but he’s right about the assumption that the ministers wanted the wefies, and the possibility that Kim asked for the wefies as a goodwill gesture.

Imagine what would happen if the two ministers (not my fav ones*) said “No”.

Btw, since VivianB has also been denounced on FB, TOC, TRE etc of saying innocuous words like “impressive” when describing his impressions of North Korea which he visited recently. They want him to say, “The place is a shithole like Aljunied town council run areas” isit?

Our anti-PAP types hate the PAP so much that they openly want Kim to destroy S’pore because if S’pore is nuked PAP ministers will die. They forget that there are special measures to protect these ministers. How not to call these anti-PAP types, cybernuts?

The PAP couldn’t have wished for nuttier enemies, what with friends like Calvin Cheng (Err so why the silence on Calvin, minister?) and FATPAP.


*What I’ve written about them

VivianB’s other folly: F1

Our new PM/ Trumpets pls for me

Amg moh always tua kee

In Uncategorized on 13/06/2018 at 11:37 am

The recent summit meeting showed the usual deference shown to ang mohs but not other races.

There was a news report that Kim’s look-a-like (a Hongkie) complained that he was detained briefly for questioning by immigration officials, while Trump’s look-alike didn’t have such problems.

Wonder if Kim’s Air China faced problems that Trump’s Air Force One didn’t?

FTs at work, not juz beating up locals & stealing their lunches

In Uncategorized on 13/06/2018 at 4:10 am

What TOC, TRE and other anti-PAP sites, and even mothership don’t tell S’poreans about the great things FTs are doing here:

In a recent ranking of the most cited artificial intelligence research papers, which was studded with the likes of MIT and Google, a perhaps surprising name stood out: Nanyang Technological University. In fact, the Singapore university ranked second in the top ten only to Microsoft.

https://www.ft.com/content/4fb6269c-696b-11e8-8cf3-0c230fa67aec

Morocco Mole, Secret Squirrel’s sidekick, tells me that I highlighted what makes NTU great in AI in NTU’s global first in AI. And that these researchers are all FTs, though Secret Squirrel says there’s a true blue S’porean among the lot, but he’s not sure.

More of these FTs please.

 

Kim came on a Boeing 747

In Uncategorized on 12/06/2018 at 4:24 am

And it’s owned by China.

According to air traffic experts, the paper says, the Air China Boeing 747 carrying Mr Kim took off using a standard flight number – indicating it was heading to Beijing – before changing its call sign and route once airborne.

BBC report of Daily Mail story.

Looks like his personal jet is not fit for the short journey here.

US tua kee in aviation.

Btw, as he’s leaving five hrs after the Summit shows that Air China is charging him by the hour.

Ang moh tua kee even in Africa

In Humour, Uncategorized on 07/06/2018 at 4:42 am

“A person would rather buy second-hand from America, instead of buying a new Chinese product,” says Nelson Mandela, a Ugandan trader

Economist

As usual Chinese sua kee.

A gd word for Duterte

In Uncategorized on 06/06/2018 at 4:12 am

The many controversies of Rodrigo Duterte’s presidency have overshadowed his considerable achievement in reducing smoking rates. No he didn’t it by shooting smokers aka like drug users and dealers. He strengthened an existing law. In May 2017, he passed an executive order banning smoking in public, imposing a maximum penalty of a four-month jail term and a 5,000-peso ($95) fine: the S’pore way sort off.

Taxes on tobacco are also shooting thru the roof.

Tun and Trump: Talk cock, break things

In Uncategorized on 05/06/2018 at 10:37 am

Looks like Najib was faking it when he hinted he and Trump were bros. Tun and Trump are the real bros deal.

For starters, they both remind me of this quote by another POTUS

Any jackass can kick down a barn but it takes a good carpenter to build one.”

Lyndon B. Johnson

For another this is what Augustine Low wrote on TRE

Dr Mahathir has a fundamental strategy not unlike that of the one that has served President Donald Trump very well. He keeps saying he wants to Restore Malaysia’s Glory (Trump’s motto is Make America Great Again). Dr Mahathir is moving at breakneck speed, racing against time to do what he tells Malaysians is necessary to bring back the glory days. What he says is gold and he has the backing of his countrymen and women because he is seen as a saviour who can do no wrong – at least for now.

Tun has the same communication strategy as Trump: Talk cock, Move fast, Break things,

Full piece

The risks of letting Mahathir be Mahathir in the age of social media

When Dr Mahathir Mohamad was last the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Lee Hsien Loong was not yet Prime Minister of Singapore, and social media was not yet the phenomenon it is today.

But it seems that the Singapore government is treating Dr Mahathir the way it did some 20 years ago: Let Mahathir be Mahathir, let him say and do what he wants, we’ll keep mum and we’ll only cross that bridge when we come to it.

With the social media, everything that Dr Mahathir says becomes instantaneously widespread. His remarks that “the people of Singapore, like the people of Malaysia, must be tired of having the same government, the same party since independence,” immediately became the talk of the town. Thanks to the fact that it was all over the Internet and social media applications such as blogs, Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp in double quick time.

Singapore’s mainstream media did not even touch on those remarks. Because Singaporeans are not supposed to know? Because they would be deemed offensive by the government? Needless to say, such censorship does not hold sway anymore.

The government has always been quick to rebut criticism and unseemly comments, especially those seen as meddling in internal affairs. But it has kept mum about Mahathir’s provocative remarks about Singaporeans being “tired of having the same government” and about plans to build an island near Pedra Branca.

Dr Mahathir has tested the waters and sent out signals that he going to be combative, especially the way he called off the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high speed rail project – unilaterally, without even an official word to the Singapore government, displaying trademark nonchalance and disdain.

Dr Mahathir has a fundamental strategy not unlike that of the one that has served President Donald Trump very well. He keeps saying he wants to Restore Malaysia’s Glory (Trump’s motto is Make America Great Again). Dr Mahathir is moving at breakneck speed, racing against time to do what he tells Malaysians is necessary to bring back the glory days. What he says is gold and he has the backing of his countrymen and women because he is seen as a saviour who can do no wrong – at least for now.

Singapore’s strategy of letting things simmer down and take its course may no longer be relevant because the 92-year-old is a man in a hurry and the 24-hour news and social media cycle suits him just fine.

Clearly, the government is still trying to grapple with how to manage relations with Dr Mahathir. The strategy of two decades ago must be reworked.

Beyond showing their mettle and resolve, Singapore’s leaders also need to raise their game when it comes to agility and speed of response and communication.

Augustine Low

* The author is a proud but concerned citizen. Voicing independent, unplugged opinion is his contribution to citizen engagement.

Guy to blame for Trump becoming POTUS

In Uncategorized on 03/06/2018 at 4:25 am

As a banker, Mr Ross opted not to force the casino developer into bankruptcy.

FT

Wilbur Ross, billionaire, and US Commerce Secretary was that banker.

S’pore is tops for safe, happy childhoods

In Uncategorized on 02/06/2018 at 4:25 am

Reading comments on social media and on anti-PAP websites like TOC, TRE and The Indian, our kids have unhappy childhoods: all that exam stress caused by the PAP govt’s policies. But what the cybernuts don’t tell us is that S’pore is joint tops for safe, happy childhoods. PAP must have something to do with this right?

RANK COUNTRY
1 Singapore
1 Slovenia
3 Norway
3 Sweden
5 Finland
6 Ireland
6 Netherlands
8 Iceland
8 Italy
8 South Korea

https://campaigns.savethechildren.net/sites/campaigns.savethechildren.net/files/report/EndofChildhood_Report_2018_ENGLISH.pdf

WHAT DO THE SCORES MEAN?
End of Childhood Index scores for countries are
calculated on a scale of 1 to 1,000. Countries with
higher scores do a better job of protecting childhoods.
The scores measure the extent to which children in
each country experience “childhood enders” such as
death, chronic malnutrition, being out of school and
being forced into adult roles of work, marriage
and motherhood.

Another reason why 60-70% vote for the PAP?

The real-life Wakanda City

In Uncategorized on 30/05/2018 at 4:32 am

In the Black Panther Wakandia City is a high tech city in darkest Africa. There’s one really coming up.

completion of a $5bn (£3bn) technology city called Konza City, which is part of Kenya’s ambitious development plan known as Vision 2030.

The technology hub will sit on 5,000 acres of land and aims to be the centre of innovation which will attract top technology companies to set up shop.

If Konza City turns out as planned, Kenya will really live up to its title of the “Silicon Savannah”.

BBC report

Whatever, it’ll be a lot better than Cyberjaya. Remember Tun M’s mega project?

Looks like PAP right about cyberspace “noise”

In Uncategorized on 29/05/2018 at 11:23 am

And I’m right about

Maybe they really don’t oppose the PAP? They juz make some noise, hoping the PAP will throw them some goodies? Bit like my dogs barking or whining to get my attention.

Why Reformasi won’t happen here

Terry (of Terry’s Online Channel ) wrote on FB

Seriously, why do people go write articles in their own name and then years later ask to remove the articles because they have changed their stance?

If you want to express yourself without fear, use a pen name or something.

You use your real name because you want to be identified for the write-up, so it makes no sense to be given the right to remove your name years after, just because you think that write up is unsafe or inappropriate.

Take down is ok if the publication misused the write-up or misrepresented what was expressed.

But not simply because you regretted writing the post in your name.

Juz “noise” for the sake of noise or “They juz make some noise, hoping the PAP will throw them some goodies? Bit like my dogs barking or whining to get my attention.”? Or juz nutty?

What do you think?

Coming here: “the first international hair style competition”

In Uncategorized on 29/05/2018 at 4:14 am

When Trump first called off the summit (Looks like it’s on again), one of the most popular Sina Weibo comments, receiving over 2,000 likes is from a user saying they are “gutted” that “the first international hair style competition has been cancelled in Singapore!” (BBC)

Our Southern Indians are world class

In Uncategorized on 25/05/2018 at 10:59 am

This M’sia: Must be kilang reminded me that one source of tension locally is that FT Indians who call themselves “Aryans” (Shades of Hitler’s master race) look down on the local Indians from the South who are darker skinned. The Aryans subscribe to a now discredited version of history that the Aryans (who claim ang mohs descended from them) invaded India kicking South the darker skin abos.

In an FT report, sometime back, FT said that the Trump administration is considering Randy Quarles, the Fed’s vice chairman for supervision, as the next head of the Financial Stability Board, but it mentioned that Ravi Menon was a possible candidate from East Asia.

The new head’s job is to refrain from making new regulations and instead evaluate whether its post-crisis reforms are having any unintended consequences

A local Tamil has held a high-profile post in int’l finance before.

In April 2017, Tharman was appointed to chair a G20 Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance, which was set up to review the system of multilateral financial institutions. He also succeeded Jean-Claude Trichet as Chairman of the Group of Thirty, an independent global council of leading economic and financial policy-makers from January 1, 2017.

Tharman had previously been appointed by his international peers as Chairman of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC), the key policy forum of the IMF, for an extended period of four years from 2011; he was its first Asian chair. In announcing Tharman’s selection, the IMF said that his “broad experience, deep knowledge of economic and financial issues, and active engagement with global policy makers will be highly valuable to the IMFC”

But our Chinese tua kee types should not be too upset because Jacqueline Loh, deputy managing director of our  central bank chairs the BIS’s markets committee. On digital currencies, Ms Loh, who has presided over experiments that offered digital currencies to wholesale market participants in her role as DMD of the central bank, acknowledged that any decision would ultimately have to be made at state level.

 

Best analysis of Trump

In Uncategorized on 19/05/2018 at 7:16 am

This appeared in the comments section of an FT article on Trump

Mouldover

The whole theatre of this presidency concentrates on promoting an image of a colossus commanding every aspect of society and government where the other branches of government are ineffectual and withering away. It is completely compatible with the roles of other totalitarian leaders such as President Xi and Putin. Probably President Trump changed his stance on ZTE purely to show that he also is not constrained by any rules just like President Xi. Thus the US is having the opportunity to see what command government can be like. It will be interesting to see what percentage of his support base supports this. He is surely shaking up Washington, and draining the swamp. However he didn’t say that he would not replace it with his own swamp and denizens. Hopefully the US military will not be bought by unlimited expenditure on their coveted weapons, however he is doing his best to get allies in law and order and the military fields. Hopefully he will not start a war to strengthen these relationships though that is the usual path taken by similar dictators as it polarises the country into believers and non believers as happened in the Iraq war. His actions in the Middle East are surely inflaming everything, and Israel might seize the opportunity to greatlly increase its power in the region and expand militarily. Thus this might be a prelude to more instability and gambling on his part, with extremely dangerous consequences, possibly with a view to influencing the coming election in November.

Coldstore: FT minister thinks Pa rightly detained

In Uncategorized on 18/05/2018 at 10:56 am

At least that’s the reasonable conclusion one can draw from his remarks to ST.

In an interview with ST (‘Facts, falsehoods, feedback – Janil has firm grasp of them all’, 7 May), the new Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information Janil Puthucheary said

he believes there were national security reasons for the Coldstore arrests and detentions.

“I think that is a reasonable conclusion to come to, that there were indeed national security considerations,” he said.

So, Puthucheary agrees that there were good grounds for interning his father and uncle without trial, since his father and uncle (and others) were considered to be “dangerous communists” ready to overthrow the government through violence.

All this reminds me of what Jesus told Peter

I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.

When the ST reporter asked him about his father’s case, talked using both sides of his mouth, he said “I am quite comfortable talking about it but I don’t see that it is in any way relevant.”

He’ll be a full cabinet minister soon.

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Btw, looks I was wrong when I wrote this: FT jnr minister disagrees that “Pa” was a justly detained commie?

 

How to outnegotiate Trump

In Uncategorized on 18/05/2018 at 4:28 am

Seems the author of The Art of the Deal has been doing the wrong things: he breaks all but three of the tips of good negotiation listed below. But then he regained billionaire status after losing it: that in my book makes him a winner.

Whatever from FT

Top tips for good negotiation

Learn to empathise and put yourself in someone else’s shoes
Thorough preparation is essential. Make sure you do the necessary research on those parties with which you will be negotiating
Do not get too caught up in internal negotiations — negotiating among yourselves rather than with the party across the table
Learn to read your opponent
Communicate effectively. Never lie or exaggerate
Be patient and learn to listen
If both parties reach an impasse, bring other issues to the table
Learn to deal with difficult situations without being aggressive
Conduct a fair and respectful process
Know your bottom line and what your alternative is if your bottom line cannot be met

Trump’s tips (based on his tweets)

Learn to empathise and put yourself in someone else’s shoes
Thorough preparation is essential. Make sure you do the necessary research on those parties with which you will be negotiating
Do not get too caught up in internal negotiations — negotiating among yourselves rather than with the party across the table
Learn to read your opponent
Communicate effectively. Never lie or exaggerate
Be patient and learn to listen
If both parties reach an impasse, bring other issues to the table
Learn to deal with difficult situations without being aggressive
Conduct a fair and respectful process
Know your bottom line and what your alternative is if your bottom line cannot be met

Trump is fan of Rolling Stones song, but they don’t love him

In Uncategorized on 17/05/2018 at 5:10 am

Jagger

Trump’s choice of song to follow his victory speech when he became US president last year, the band’s You Can’t Always Get What You Want.

“It’s a funny song for a play-out song – a drowsy ballad about drugs in Chelsea! It’s kind of weird. He couldn’t be persuaded to use something else.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-44112902

Keith Richards got it right about Trump, 30 yrs ago

Keith Richards says he can’t be bothered to get angry any more – but the last time he did was nearly 30 years ago with Donald Trump.

“He [Trump] was the promoter for us in Atlantic City [during 1989’s Steel Wheels Tour],” he told the BBC.

“[It was billed as] ‘Donald Trump presents the Rolling Stones’ [with the band’s name written in miniature].”

“I got out my trusty blade, stuck it in the table and said: ‘You have to get rid of this man!'”

He joked: “Now America has to get rid of him. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!”

Difference between privacy and secrecy

In Uncategorized on 16/05/2018 at 5:55 am

Here’s some really insight comments by an FT reader on the issue of whether end to end encryption of apps like What Appt is good for society.

RunningCommentary 18: I think this dilemma* illustrates a lack of clear thinking around the difference between privacy and secrecy. Encryption is a tool for secrecy and you might wonder why any law-abiding person would need to operate in secret. Shouldn’t respect for privacy be sufficient? But the answer is in the question. Both the state and big business have for some time regarded privacy as an inconvenience. Quite naturally, people are having to protect their privacy with the technologies of secrecy. Privacy is a form of security: security from intrusion, impersonation, misrepresentation, harassment and nuisance. But its not meant to be a cover for wrongdoing. Given respect for privacy: there will be a threshold for intrusion: for example, what the Americans would call probable cause. And given the potential for error and the importance of maintaining respect for private life, intrusions will be questioning and self-critical. There will be cases where national security and personal security are in conflict but is there any reason to suppose that that is the norm. And we don’t need to assume that privacy protection will thwart the operations of the security services. If you haven’t got probable cause what is the likelihood that your scarce resources are being deployed in an effective manner? What is the likelihood that mass surveillance is the answer when the problem is one of targeted surveillance?

CoolDude: Didn’t the Snowden leak show mass survillence?

@CoolDude Quite so. Modern states ignore privacy because it is inconvenient when it comes to mass surveillance. My point is twofold: (1) that privacy protection is not incompatible with targeted surveillance (2) That anti-terrorism is a ‘looking for a needle in a haystack problem’ and therefore implies targeted surveillance.


*Whether privacy overrides security issues.

 

 

S’pore: 15th best city to be uni student

In Uncategorized on 12/05/2018 at 4:52 am

We are in the middle of a 30 city ranking. In Asia, Tokyo, Melbourne, Sydney, Seoul and HK ahead of us. Below us are Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe,Taipei, Brisbane, Canberra, Auckland, Beijing and Shanghai. I’m surprised Edinburgh is at 16th.

The ranking of university cities, rather than the quality of institutions, is produced by the QS higher education group, which publishes the annual World University Rankings.

The ratings are based on factors such as the number of top universities in a city, the local jobs market, the diversity of the culture and the quality of life.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-44039666

Best Student Cities 2018

  1. London
  2. Tokyo
  3. Melbourne
  4. Montreal
  5. Paris
  6. Munich
  7. Berlin
  8. Zurich
  9. Sydney
  10. Seoul
  11. Vienna
  12. Hong Kong
  13. Toronto
  14. Boston
  15. Singapore
  16. Edinburgh
  17. Vancouver
  18. New York
  19. Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe
  20. Taipei
  21. Brisbane
  22. Canberra
  23. Auckland
  24. Manchester
  25. Buenos Aires
  26. Beijing
  27. Amsterdam
  28. Moscow
  29. Shanghai
  30. Prague

 

What Oxford really says about PJ Thum and Project Southeast Asia

In Uncategorized on 07/05/2018 at 10:44 am

(Or Best not to gild the lily/ Why liddat PJ?“)

In How PAP can tame cyberspace while making money (cont’d) I pointed out that the KPKBing about PJ Thum being roughed up by the PAP adminstration came from some (not many) Oxford academics and not the colleges that comprise Oxford University.

Here’s what Project Southeast Asia says about him:

Thum Ping Tjin (“PJ”) is co-ordinator of Project Southeast Asia, and a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.

http://projectsoutheastasia.com/people/academics/pingtjin-thum

Here’s what Green Temple, an Oxford college, says about PJ Thum (the only reference on the University’s website about PJ)

Dr Pingtjin Thum, BA, MSc, DPhil
Senior Research Fellow, Sunway University, Malaysia / Research Fellow, Jeffrey Cheah Institute on South East Asia

He’s only visiting leh.

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Here’s the various types of the Green Temple’s Fellows

Interesting Visiting Fellows roles are not described. Compare that with the descriptions of the others.

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Anyway his “real” posts are

Senior Research Fellow, Sunway University, Malaysia / Research Fellow, Jeffrey Cheah Institute on South East Asia

Anyone heard of these? yuenchungkwong?

Not Oxford university entities are they?

And no mention of his role as “Co-ordinator Project Southeast Asia”.

This leads conveniently to Project Southeast Asia. I had tot that Project Southeast Asia is a centre in Oxford like the Centre for Islamic Studies etc i.e. that it’s a corporate entity of the university like the colleges. It ain’t

Southeast Asia is a major player on the global stage, and growing ever more so. Recognising this, the University of Oxford has created Project Southeast Asia, with the ultimate aim of establishing a Centre for Southeast Asian Studies – a home for Southeast Asia in the heart of one of the world’s premier universities. The Project acts as a focal point for academic and research activity, bringing together many of the most distinguished scholars in the field of Southeast Asian studies, together with the best and brightest new academic talent, for the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge about countries in the Southeast Asian region.

While emphasising core disciplines of history, politics/international relations, anthropology, human sciences, medicine, and development studies, it also addresses and offers input into important contemporary issues facing Southeast Asia, such as regional security, infectious diseases, environmental change, ageing and sustainable development. It supports research, student degree programmes, library and archival resources, institutional exchanges and academic events, and ensures that the most talented students, regardless of need, will be able to study Southeast Asia at Oxford.

https://www.ox.ac.uk/about/international-oxford/oxfords-global-links/asia-south-east/asia-south-east-region?wssl=1

Coming back to PJ, here’s a long extract from the constructive, nation-building ST: it spoke to the university’s spokesman. To summarise he is no Research Fellow, only a research associate, who is not an employee of the university.

Historian Thum Ping Tjin is a research associate with Oxford University’s School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, said a university spokesman yesterday.

Responding to queries from The Straits Times, Oxford University’s head of communications Stephen Rouse said Dr Thum was awarded a doctorate in history by Oxford in 2011. He added that Dr Thum is a Visiting Fellow of the Fertility and Reproduction Studies Group within the school, and therefore an affiliate of the school.

Mr Rouse also said there are three categories of research associates with the school – anthropologists based in Oxford, recent doctorate graduates of the department, or social scientists based outside the university working with members of the department.

Dr Thum falls into the third category, he said, adding that research associates are not employees of the school or university. “But they are valued colleagues with whom we have shared research interests.”

Oxford’s response came after the Parliament Secretariat yesterday wrote to Dr Thum asking him to “clarify his academic credentials”.

In a press statement yesterday, the Office of the Clerk of Parliament said Dr Thum’s written representation to the Select Committee on deliberate online falsehoods had stated that he was a research fellow in history at Oxford. It noted that there have been varying accounts, citing how Dr Thum informed the committee during the hearing that he held a “visiting professorship in anthropology”, among other things.

ST 14 April 2018

It’s very clear that he was exaggerating his credentials. Funny because a doctorate from Oxford is a many-splendour thing, showing that the S’porean holder is no half-past six, balls licking, broen-nosing academic from a local university, but a patrician in high academic standing. He was gilding the lily and was caught with his pants down.

When I read about him a long time ago, I was suspicious about him calling himself “Research Fellow, University of Oxford” because my understanding has always been that Oxford-based Fellows are attached to a specific college or centre or school. No such thing as University of Oxford Fellow.

Whatever, with enemies like him, the PAP has no problem getting 60-70% of the popular vote.

Sad.

As my mongrel dogs said when I asked them their views on PJ, “To call himself a ‘Research Fellow’ or ‘visting professor’ when he’s only a ‘research associate'”  is like us calling ourselves purebreds: misrepresenting at the very least.”

 

 

 

Fake news spreader on anti-PAP “Press Freedom and Fake News S’pore” panel

In Uncategorized on 06/05/2018 at 10:16 am

When I read this on FB

New Naratif

Editor-in-Chief Kirsten Han speaking at the “Press Freedom and Fake News in Singapore” event, organised by the Community Action Network and Function 8 in commemoration of World Press Freedom Day this week, about fake news, independent journalism, and the politics of foreign funding, alongside Daniel Yap (formerly of “The Middle Ground”), and Braema Mathi (former President of MARUAH).

I couldn’t help but snigger at the irony of having Braema Mathi on the panel.

FB friends of Braema Mathi tell me that if anyone is a spreader of fake news, or more accurately distorted news, it is Braema Mathi. They suspect she doesn’t read a quarter of what she is posting.

Her latest whopper is to post that Roger Moore just died and that she is missing him. He died last yr.

She also recently implied the US used chlorine gas in the retaking of Mosul last year, like what the Syrian govt forces are accused of at Douma. Btw, she thinks that the Syrian govt forces didn’t do it.

She also likes to post articles disagreeing or casting doubt that the Russians were involved in the poisoning of a Russian who spied for the UK and his daughter.

And she hates Trump. But with enemies like him, Trump doesn’t need friends.

She is one of those useful idiots much-loved by Reds like a jnr minister’s uncle and father. He may disagree that they were commies but only in code: FT jnr minister disagrees that “Pa” was a justly detained commie?

Where are his balls?

Coming back to the ang moh tua kee, when Trump wins the Nobel Peace Prize, she’ll go mad. Or finally accept that that prize is BS. I mean Obama got it for being elected POTUS.

Oh and she hates the PAP. But with enemies like her, no wonder the PAP has 60-70% of the vote. At least 30% know BS when they see it.

Btw, she’s a fan girl of PJ Thum. But with fans like her, he doesn’t need enemies. More on how Oxford University describes him and Project Southeast Asia soon. And his “real” academic posts.

 

Wall St: Death Cross coming?

In Uncategorized on 05/05/2018 at 4:58 am

On Friday afternoon, the S&P 500 was up 1.5%  at 2,668 but overall it was slightly down on the week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 1.6% All’s well it seems.

But on Thurs in NY the S&P 500 and the DJI were each down 1.3% at 2,602.92 and 23,605.75, for a time (S&P closed o.2% down while DJ flat )respectively. They were trading below their 200-day moving averages for the first time since early April.

Trading was also volatile on Friday, with both indices off initially before reversing.

Look up waz a Death Cross.

 

Double confirm: Volatility is back from the living dead

In Uncategorized on 01/05/2018 at 5:31 am

Last nite in NY, the S&P 500 ended 0.8% at 2,648, having earlier risen by as much as 0.5% earlier: A 1.3 point move in a single trading session.

“We are controlled and worried enough by women at the present time”

In Uncategorized on 30/04/2018 at 10:40 am

The reason why a British MP opposed the vote for women all those years ago.

— “We are controlled and worried enough by women at the present time, and I have heard no reason why we should alter the present state of affairs.”

He got a point.

LKY should have heeded this reason

— “You have at the present moment certain statistics which show that both the birth and marriage rate are decreasing.

“Can you adopt at this time a policy which might mean an immense destruction of the population of the country which it is essential should not only be retained, but increased.”

But I assume Mrs Lee told him to give womwn the vote or else. Btw, she made sure he ate simple disgestable food. No Straits food from his sisters when she was ruling the roost.

Other reasons other MPs gave for not giving women the vote:

— “Women are tremendously accessible, extraordinarily impressionable, noted for the adoption of any new thing, and for the easy acceptance of other people’s views.

— “Intuition is far more largely developed in women than in men, but instinct and intuition, although good guides, are not the best masters so far as Parliament is concerned.

“Parliament exists for the very purpose of opposing feelings, fancies, and inclinations by reason.”

— “I daresay that the idealism of the feminine mind and its deadly logic which we have all experienced in private life are qualities superior to those of men, but I do say that in governing a great country and in considering the problems which we have to consider every day in this House such qualities are not valuable, but destructive.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-43740033

 

Clinton fixed Clinton

In Uncategorized on 30/04/2018 at 5:53 am

Or be careful what u wish for. It could come true and bit your member.

Bill saboed Hilary because he had urged Trump to run for the Republican nomination expecting that such a run would make things a lot easier for Hilary especially if in the unlikely event Trump became the nominee.

Being too clever by half is a problem for the Clintons. Bill and Hilary tot they had the perfect money making machine when she became secretary of state. He would get donations for his foundation from those who wanted access to her.

Well the money poured in but when the shake down became public (Thanks to the Russians), it made a big dent in her reputation.

Btw, Trump had the best excuse for alleged sexual predations and lewd comments, “What about Bill?”

NTU’s global first in AI

In Uncategorized on 28/04/2018 at 11:04 am

Did u know that artificial-intelligence researchers in Singapore have managed to teach industrial robots to assemble an IKEA chair? And that this is no mean feat? It’s a global first.

More details from the Economist

In a paper just published in Science Robotics, a group of researchers at Nanyang Technological University, in Singapore, report having managed to get a pair of ordinary industrial robots to assemble most of a piece of flat-pack IKEA furniture.

The chair in question was a model called STEFAN. The robots’ job was to assemble the frame. This requires several pieces of dowelling to be inserted into pre-drilled holes before the parts are pressed together. In total, says Pham Quang Cuong, one of the paper’s authors, 19 components are involved.

The robots were off-the-shelf arm-shaped machines of the sort found in factories around the world, combined with a stereoscopic camera that can produce three-dimensional images. A pair of videos released by the researchers show the robot arms making various mistakes, dropping dowelling on the floor or misaligning components, before succeeding at their task after almost nine minutes of slow, careful work.

Even with that abundance of caution, though, the robots needed quite a bit of hand-holding. They were given precise instructions before they started (along the lines of, “Arm 1: take the side piece. Arm 2: grab a dowel. Arm 1: rotate side piece so that hole is pointing up. Arm 2: insert dowel into top-left hole.” And so on.). Before the nine minutes of assembly began, the robots spent a further 11 minutes scanning their environments and planning the movements needed to carry out these instructions, before they tried to execute them. Moreover, though the larger components of the chair were scattered around at random, meaning the robots had to use the camera to identify them by comparing them with electronic representations loaded into a database, the dowels were gathered together and placed upright in a container.

The result is, nevertheless, sufficiently impressive, says Dr Pham, for his research group to have received considerable interest from industry. In future he and his colleagues hope, gradually, to remove the robots’ training wheels. One idea is to get the machines to learn what to do for themselves by watching a human being assemble the chair. Given the difficulties that many people apparently have with IKEA’s products, that may, however, also teach them how to toss the whole thing aside in frustration.

https://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21740733-cower-your-silicon-overlords-puny-humans-robots-can-assemble-ikea

But a human could do it a lot faster, leading the Economist to say this

highlights a deep truth about the limitations of automation. Machines excel at the sorts of abstract, cognitive tasks that, to people, signify intelligence—complex board games, say, or differential calculus. But they struggle with physical jobs, such as navigating a cluttered room, which are so simple that they hardly seem to count as intelligence at all. The IKEAbots are a case in point. It took a pair of them, pre-programmed by humans, more than 20 minutes to assemble a chair that a person could knock together in a fraction of the time (see article).

Wall St’s feverish blues

In Uncategorized on 27/04/2018 at 5:10 am

In New York on Thursday, the S&P 500 rose 1% to 2,667, helped by FB’s results. Intel’s great results should help on Friday.

Earlier in the week, market was in the dumps because as NYT’s Dealbook put it

— Alphabet investors appear worried about its spending on new businesses. Could that drag down other tech giants?

— 3M met expectations, but lowered the high end of its earnings guidance. Its stock tumbled 8.5 percent.

— Caterpillar beat expectations — but its stock sank after it too issued a gloomy earnings forecast.

— The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note broke through 3 percent, raising concern about how reliant the U.S. economy is on low interest rates.

— Trade war jitters haven’t gone away.

Rallies are being sold, while dips no longer attract buying.

(Last line added at 5.40am.)

If Coldstore detainees had gained power (Cont’d)

In Uncategorized on 25/04/2018 at 11:10 am

We’d have free HDB flats and a dead property market if the Coldstore detainess had won power I wrote in If Coldstore detainees had gained power.

Here’s more about what would happen if they had gained power.

We’d have Socialism, going by what they said at the time then and since.

But the trouble with Socialism, Margaret Thatcher once said, is you eventually run out of other people’s money.

Don’t believe me?

— Ghana that at independence was richer than Malaya but now https://www.graphic.com.gh/features/features/why-malaysians-equal-ghanaians-but-their-economy-is-10-times-better-than-ghana-s.html.

— And see Cuba: Now that Venezuela can’t afford to subsidise Cuba, Cuba suffering. Happened before when the USSR collapsed and there wasn’t money from the USSR coming in to allow Cuba to have free everything: healthcare, education etc. Our Coldstore detainees would have asked China to pay for these freebies in return for turning S’pore into a red dot.

I lived in London juz before Thatcher came into power. And it left me in no doubt that socialism wasn’t working in the UK. Taxes were high but the govt was struggling to provide basic services (though the health system was really great).

In particular one reason the govt was failing to provide basic services was because public sector unions were forever striking for money pay.

And private sector unions were just as bad. There was a strike by baking staff in London which deprived us Londoners, of freshly baked bread for weeks.

Another major problem with socialism is that it panders to the unions,

We had a foretaste of the power of unions here: always on strike (May Day 1961).

Be happy that Harry, Dr Goh and friends gave up very early their infatuation with socialism.

Capitalism kicks trade unions (think Thatcher and the US) in the balls while Communism and Fascism castrate them (think NTUC and the PRC unions) into being part of the constructive, nation-building system.

Airnnb: More arrogant than Uber

In Uncategorized on 25/04/2018 at 7:02 am

This

the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has proposed in a regulatory framework for using private homes as short-term accommodation (STA).
Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/airbnb-accommodation-proposal-ura-rental-cap-consent-rule-10141664

reminded me that Airnnb thinks ang moh tua kee

Home-booking company Airbnb is willing to make some concessions on short-term rentals in Singapore in an attempt to appease concerns of the government, a top executive said on Monday (Mar 5).

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/airbnb-willing-to-make-concessions-in-singapore-policy-chief-10015636

This show of arrogance came after two Singaporean Airbnb hosts pleaded guilty to unauthorised short-term letting in the first such cases under new rules introduced in Singapore last year on short-term property letting. They were fined a total of S$60,000 each.

Well going by URA’s tots, Airbnb’s ang moh tua kee attitude is not helping them because

— Private apartment and condominium owners who want to rent out their homes for short-term accommodation will be able to do so for 90 days a year provided they fulfil several requirements, including obtaining 80% consent from owners within a development and registering their guests’ details.

— URA has already stated that it is unlikely to approve landed properties

Never mind I’m sure Kirsyen Han and other S’porean ang moh tua kees can be counted on to champion Airbnb’s continued flouting of our laws.

A New Zealand family of four who turned up at Caribbean at Keppel Bay expecting to pick up apartment keys for a four-night stay booked on Airbnb were devastated when they were told such short-term rents were outlawed.

“We proactively encourage all hosts to consult local laws and regulations before listing their property on Airbnb,” said its head of public policy for South-east Asia, Ms Mich Goh.

Err Ms Goh why doesn’t Airbnb juz not list accomodation here? Instead of putting the blame on the govt

On the Haynes family’s case, Ms Goh said: “This is further evidence of the need for a regulatory framework that reflects how people increasingly want to travel.

“We are optimistic that our community of hosts and guests will get the clarification it needs within the next two weeks when the Government publicly shares its proposed short-term rental rules and begins its public consultation on the matter.”

Maybe the govt should throw Ms Goh into prison and let Kisten Han KPKB.

Because maybe Airnbnb is a friend of those who want to see an end what they see as illiberal democracy or worse here: S’pore: An illiberal democracy?.

ISD should call in Ms Goh for an interrogation.

Good point by TRE poster that Oppo needs all sorts

In Uncategorized on 24/04/2018 at 10:54 am
When TRE republished TRE poster asks “Why save when struggling?”/ Corporate raiders and change there were the usually cybernut ranters saying I was part of PAP IB because I lamented the lack of enough Oppo “good men” when compared to nuts like Mad Dog, Meng Seng and M Ravi.
But there was the following post which made a good point: horses for courses
you need all:

We need more people like Dr Paul, Terry Xu, Sonny Liew, Chris K, Tay Kheng Soon, Yeoh Lam Keong, Cherian George, Donald Low, Alex Au, Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib, Tan Tarn How and Remy Choo.//

aiyoh. you need all lar.

one group will have to be in the front line pushing the boundaries and incur plenty of casualties lar.

so that another group behind the front line will be able to move forward to claim victory lar.

just like 4-to-20 stars generals in air-con room need daft soldiers (mad dogs ?) to fight the actual war in order to claim victory unharmed lar.

Now I don’t accept his point that all generals are useless (though “paper” generals who as corporate CEOs can’t get trains to run on time or sell the biz when the biz cycle is turning are useless). Just look at the battles where a good general made a grat difference: the battle for France in 1940, Tet 1968, Napoleon’s victories etc etc.

But I accept his point that while we need good men like

Dr Paul, Terry Xu, Sonny Liew, Chris K, Tay Kheng Soon, Yeoh Lam Keong, Cherian George, Donald Low, Alex Au, Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib, Tan Tarn How and Remy Choo,

we also cannon fodder like newly promoted Wanker-in-Chief Pritam Singh, M Ravi, Roy Ngerng and Seelan Palay. What we do not need is a Mad Dog who is also the leader of an Oppo party. And we certainly do not need opportunist sabo kings like Meng Seng, TKL and TJS. 

SMRT: Desmond was economical with the truth isit?/ New job?

In Uncategorized on 23/04/2018 at 9:57 am

In January, Kuek said publicly that rumours of his resignation were speculative: neither denying nor confirming it.

But last week

The Straits Times understands that the search for a new chief executive (of SMRT) was initiated when Mr Kuek, 55, offered to resign soon after last October’s tunnel-flooding incident.

Constructive, nation-building ST

Because SMRT decided to look for a new CEO last October, this means that when Kuek said in January rumours of his resignation were speculative, that that comment was a lot of bull. He had offered to resign and SMRT was looking for a new CEO. He was on his way out. Nothing speculative that he was on his way out.

Whatever, the tunnel-flooding was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.

Coming back to Desmond. Given his skill in being economical with the truth he should replace s/o Devan Nair as the PAP administration’s chief of communications. S/o Devan Nair has been doing a lousy job in spinning the “right” narratives.

SMRT: Driven to drink?

In Uncategorized on 22/04/2018 at 11:12 am

The constructive nation-building ST reported that an SMRT executive, a Mr Kek, was arrested for drink driving. A former Chief Engineer Officer with the SAF, Mr Alvin Kek, is SMRT Trains chief operations officer (rail). Alvin Kek was previously SMRT’s senior vice president for rail operations (North South East West Lines).

New boss coming, so afraid for job isit? But a poster on FB said his father died recently. Well if that’s an IB excuse, then sure got a lot of S’poreans can use this excuse.

Or maybe the job is so tough that it got him arrested for drink driving?

What do you think drove him to get arrested for a drink driving?