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What PM should be telling local start-ups

In Uncategorized on 20/01/2018 at 6:56 am

He should tell S’pore start-ups that they should be more like Chinese companies

After all, big ang moh venture capital tua kee writing for the FT (Sorry behind pay wall) said Silicon Valley start-ups should imitate the hardworking and unfit Chinese tiger:

Mike Moritz of Sequoia Capital told Silicon Valley start-ups to be more like Chinese companies, where longer work hours and a disregard for physical fitness is the norm and where discussions about “life’s inequities” are seen as distractions.

NYT Dealbook

As can be expected the ang mohs beat him up in the “Comments” section of the article, some even accusing him of wanting a return to slavery or serfdom.

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Trump reduces US trade deficit

In Uncategorized on 19/01/2018 at 4:22 pm

OK, OK, it has happened yet but watch and wait because NYT Dealkbook late last yr (but before the tax on overseas earnings was fixed at 15.5%) reportrd

Tech companies like Microsoft that stash huge amounts of foreign profits offshore are set to take a hit from the overhaul, which would impose a 10.5 percent tax on overseas earnings, according to the WSJ.

That could induce some to return to the United States, which, as the WSJ points out, could reduce the country’s trade deficit.

At a rate of 15.5% more could be induced to return, reducing further the deficit.

Trump “has incredible genes”

In Uncategorized on 18/01/2018 at 2:34 pm

Taz from tDr Jackson, whose official title is Physician to the President. (Btw he also examined Hussein).

When asked by a reporter how a man who consumes fried chicken and Diet Coke and does not exercise could be in good shape, Dr Jackson replied: “It’s called genetics… He has incredible genes.”

In a blow to those who hate him

“I have no concerns about his cognitive ability or neurological functions,”

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42708826

SDP should walk the walk — East to West

In Uncategorized on 14/01/2018 at 11:29 am

Reading the SDP’s rants blaming the PAP for the rainy weather and corruption in Brazil (OK, OK I exaggerate but only a little), I was reminded of this recent post by a fellow S’porean

I was to go on my own “walking tour”—a walk across Singapore.From Tuas to Pasir Ris

https://www.tripzilla.com/walking-across-singapore/72239

Read it, it’s good.

Mad Dog Chee walked around S’pore a few yrs back. Btw, it’s alleged that he cheated. PAPpyists say he was driven around in a mercedes, stepping out now and then for photo ops.

Whatever, SDP should do a follow-up: Dr Paul should walk from Coney Island to Tuas, meeting fellow S’poreans along the way.

He needs the exercise. At the recent wedding of the daughter of another Oppo politician, Dr Paul looked like a fat cat, while Minister Shan looked lean and hungry.

Home-grown Razer’s sharp

In Uncategorized on 13/01/2018 at 11:01 am

Using magnetic force to power a batteryless wireless mouse is cutting edge stuff

At the recent CES tech trade fair in Las Vegas, Razer has a first

PC gaming hardware specialist Razer has come up with an interesting way of powering their new wireless mouse – take the battery out entirely.

BBC

It unveiled a wired mouse mat that generates a magnetic field, which in turn, powers the Mamba mouse directly.

“While other companies have attempted to do wireless charging for mice, they have been unable to achieve true wireless power as their mice still need a battery to be charged,” said Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan.

BBC continues

No wonder Razer is proud of itself – tech firms are desperate to free us from the chore of regularly re-charging batteries because they know it could result in a far greater appreciation of their products, according to Ben Wood.

“This is the Holy Grail,” he said.

 

TRE cybernuts are like Lim Tean

In Uncategorized on 12/01/2018 at 4:22 pm

When I challeneged TRE’s cybernuts (Walk the Talk TRE cybernuts, don’t be like Lim Tean)to fund TRE in return for me refusing TRE permission to use my pieces (the nuts forever complaining that my pieces offended their delicate nature), a nut replied

If Tre were to close down because of shortage of funds, we longer read to read your cybershit ! Like that better still.

I posted

TeamTRE, Yr readers are happy to see [TRE] shut down. LOL.

No-one denied that they were happy to see TRE close.

They all like Lim Tean. Mouth full of cock, no action. As I wrote then

It’s almost the end of December but still no picture, no sound on his defamation video and jobs rally: Both were promised by end November by Lim Tean himself.- Remind Lim Tean, it’s December.

Still nothing from him, though he’s KPKBing about the floods, blaming the PAP for thew bad weather.

Bitcoin buyers: Young and male

In Uncategorized on 12/01/2018 at 10:55 am

And East Asian: the int’l financial media reports that the Chinese and Koreans are the most active traders based on info on which exchanges are used.

As to young and male, a FT reporter reported that in December

a survey released by Blockchain Capital, a venture capital firm, found that while two per cent of Americans have owned bitcoin, four per cent of millennials — generally seen as those born between the early 1980s and the early 1990s — have dabbled or owned the digital currency. Among male millennials that share rises to 6 per cent. More than 50 per cent of millennials polled said bitcoin was a positive technological innovation and more than a quarter considered bitcoin safer than banks.

More on our home-grown “Animal Farm”

In Uncategorized on 11/01/2018 at 1:37 pm

After posting “The Gatekeeper”: Our home-grown “Animal Farm”, I came across an interview the author gave about a yr ago to ST.

Reading the interview, it’s clear that she wasn’t setting out to write satirise multiculturalism and multiracism as practiced by the PAP here. Whatever her intention, that’s my reading of the book. And books can have meanings that the authors never intended. Btw, an Oppo leader read the book on my recommendation. He found it hard going because of the fantasy element. Will have to email him to find out if it gave him ideas on how to pak the PAP.

Coming back to the author, maybe she’s very cunning and KS, trying to avoid getting made into an anti-PAP icon, thus avoiding the anti-PAP label, even if it helps sell books.

Look at the trouble M Ravi D-Day for M Ravi and Amos Triple confirm, Amos is really history/ Silence of the usual suspects got into as anti-PAP icons, only to be discarded by them after they served their purpose. Has any of the usual human rights suspects, local or foreign, spoken out against M Ravi’s MTO? Even the cybernuts are silent. Their silence is deafening.

I’m sure they’ll justify their silence by saying M Ravi said the MTO is a “fair resolution” which he hopes will help him get back on his feet.

Blockchain’s the casino and bitcoin the chips

In Uncategorized on 11/01/2018 at 10:58 am

Maybe taz why Jamie Dimon the boss of JPMorgan now regrets calling bitcoin a “fraud,” though he’s still not interested in it.). He wants his bank to be the dealer.

Seriously, an FT reporter reported hearing someone describe “blockchain was the casino and bitcoin the chips”. She said this was “an apt description since investing in cryptocurrencies is very much like gambling.”

From NYT Dealbook

“That’s made it the best penny stock and the worst currency in the world.”

— Matt O’Brien of the WaPo, writing about why Bitcoin is doing well as a speculative investment and terribly as a way to buy and sell things.

 

“Sign of a market top? Hedging is passé”

In Uncategorized on 10/01/2018 at 6:12 pm
Taz headline of NYT Dealbook piece. It goes on

Some investors have apparently decided that protecting themselves against a decline in the markets is a waste of money, Gunjan Banerji of the WSJ reports:

“I haven’t seen hedging activity this light since the end of the financial crisis,” said Peter Cecchini, a New York-based chief market strategist at Cantor Fitzgerald. “It started in late 2016 and accelerated in the second half of the year.”

At the same time, analysts have raised their forecasts for corporate profits as fast as they have in a decade. History suggests that might presage a slump.

Bicentennial project: Bring back the Lions

In Uncategorized on 10/01/2018 at 11:11 am

When I PM saying that there’ll be celebtations for the bicentenial anniversary of the founding of modern S’pore, I remembered what I wrote in 2015.

When I read in 2015,

roarrrrrr…i hve been relocated from my home due to resettlement from mederka bridge aka nicoll highway with my twin brother over to standium walk in 1966 after them they move me to our final place at SAFTI

If you grew up in Singapore, you will remember…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wrote:

We should have moved them back into a prominent, public place: say at either end of the IR at Marina Bay or at either end of the tunnel near the Marina Barrage. Another good site, though less prominent would be on both sides of our side of the Tuas causeway, They could face one another, or face towards M’sia. A better site, and a really prominent place, would be at the Woodlands causeway but there isn’t the land to site them.

Too late now for SG50. But there is time for this injustice to be remedied.

https://atans1.wordpress.com/2015/11/16/sg50-we-forgot-about-these-lions/

Other good places to site them will be at

— Changi Airport (One facing that part of the highway leaving the airport, the other facing that part of the highway entering the airport.);

— in the Gardens of the Bay; or

— where the Kallang Basin meets the sea.

What PAPpists and anti-PAP cybernuts have in common

In Uncategorized on 09/01/2018 at 5:50 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other side and the middle ground are stupid and have to be beaten into submission. Given that the 60- 70% of the voters vote for the PAP regularly, this attitude is self-defeating for the anti-PAP cybernuts like Oz tax-dodger (he uses his CPF account) and welfare cheat like Oxygen and his other TRE pals. But taz why cybernuts are nutty.

Historian talks cock about Raffles

In Uncategorized on 08/01/2018 at 8:05 am

“Nearly 200 years ago, British merchant Stamford Raffles arrived in Singapore searching for a place to establish an East India Company settlement to service the company’s trade to China,” began an article, in ST last Friday, that among other things, covered the history of S’pore between the end of the 14th century and 1819.

Raffles was never a “British merchant”. He and other senior East India Co officials would have considered being called “a British merchant”, an insult.


Raffles’s career

Raffles started work as a clerk in the East India Co aged 14 in 1795. He was posted to Penang (as it is now known) as the assistant secretary to the new Governor of Penang, in 1805. When the British seized Java from the Dutch in 1811, he was made Lieutenant-Governor of Java. he left the post in 1814 under a cloud, having to return to London to explain why the occupation of Java lost money: Dutch rule was very profitable for the Dutch East India Co.

After being at a loose end for a while, he was made Governor-General of Bencoolen (a backwater posting) in 1818. He founded S’pore in 1819.

When he ran Java, Bencoolen and S’pore, the East India Co lost money in these places: expenses exceeded revenue. The East India Co was most unhappy. His management skills remind me of our SAF generals turned GLC CEOs.

(Sources: Any reputable book on Raffles, example: Raffles And the Golden Opportunity reviewed here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/non_fictionreviews/9729413/Raffles-by-Victoria-Glendinning-review.html)

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How can anyone make such a silly mistake?

That anyone isn’t an FT ST newbie.

He is Kwa Chong Guan “the author of the recently published Pre-Colonial Singapore, in the series Singapore Chronicles co-published by the Institute of Policy Studies and the Straits Times Press.”

He is also

a Senior Fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University and an Adjunct Associate Professor (Hon) at the History Department at the National University of Singapore. He is also affiliated to the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.

Whatever his credentials, if he can make such a simple cock-up, how can I take the rest of the article and his other writings seriously?

More on him.

KWA CHONG GUAN
Adjunct Associate Professor (Honorary)
Department of History
National University of Singapore
Kwa Chong Guan works on the intersections of history, security studies and
international relations of Southeast Asia. As an Honorary Adjunct Associate
Professor and Visiting Fellow at the Archaeological Unit of the Nalanda-Sriwijaya
Centre at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Kwa is interested in the long
cycles and emerging deep history of Southeast Asia’s past. As Senior Fellow at the
S Rajaratnam School of International Studies at the Nanyang Technological
University he works on a range of regional security issues with a focus on the implicit
narratives underlying our framing of regional security issues. He started his career
working on policy analysis in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then the Ministry of
Defence before being assigned to reorganize the Oral History Department in the
National Archives and concurrently, the old National Museum which he lead through
a strategic planning process to transform it into the current three museums under the
National Heritage Board. He continues to be associated with these heritage
institutions in various advisory capacities and as Chairman of the National Archives
Advisory Committee. As Chairman of the National Library Advisory Committee he is
involved in the integration of the National Archives with the National Library under
the National Library Board. He was previously Head of the old Department of
Strategic Studies at the SAFTI Military Institute where he taught military history and
strategic studies while concurrently teaching history at the School of Arts at the
National Institute of Education. Kwa was called up for National Service after
graduating from the old University of Singapore in Philosophy and History, and
continued to serve as a reservist officer in various command and staff appointment for the next 20 years.

http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/hist/doc/Prize/Kwa%20CG.pdf

 

S’poreans cannot multi-task?/ Low productivity is PAP myth?

In Uncategorized on 07/01/2018 at 11:19 am

Low productivity is a global problem and yesterday I read in the FT an article suggesting whether a small part of the productivity loss could be blamed on smartphones and computers. Not just time spent on social media, but by making all staff generalists who have to do their own typing, presentations and bookings, despite lacking the specialist skills.

Well the latter could be one reason why

Office workers in Singapore are the least productive among 11 countries polled by enterprise software firm Unit4.

The study found that Singapore workers spend only 60 per cent of their time on their main work duties, compared with a poll average of 72 per cent.

Roughly 380 hours a year are spent on completing administrative or repetitive tasks. This is equivalent to 47.5 work days or two months of the working year.

This loss of productivity is costing the Singapore service industry more than S$36.5 billion annually, said Unit4.

Its survey comes amid studies that show labour productivity in Singapore is decreasing due to significant challenges from structural transformation and ageing demographics.

Singapore office workers said the specific daily administrative tasks that prevent them from focusing on their primary duties include manually collating and entering data, tracking their project status, handling invoices as well as submitting their expenses and planning travel.

http://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/singapore-office-workers-least-productive-among-11-countries-polled

Whatever, hopefully in 2o18, we will find out that productivity in 2017 improved just like it did in 2016:

Singapore’s productivity could improve a little bit more this year, having achieved 1 per cent growth in 2016, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Saturday (Aug 12).

Speaking at a National Day dinner at his ward in Teck Ghee, Mr Lee pointed out that 2016 was the first time in several years that a positive productivity figure had been achieved.

“Productivity is important because it means each worker is able to produce more and therefore we can earn more, therefore the company can do better, therefore Singapore can progress,” said Mr Lee.

“This year, our productivity may do a little bit better still and that’s an encouraging sign,” he added. “It shows that our policies are working, we are able to upgrade our economy and we are able steadily to improve everybody’s lives.”

Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-s-productivity-could-improve-this-year-pm-lee-9118134

All up to the PM, Tharman and the other ministers? Juz really cut the flow of FTs to the A320 load from the A380 cargo load. To be fair to the ministers, FTs were coming in by the cattle truck load until recently.

After all, the official productivity figures account for the cash value of output produced, divided by the number of workers. And with “a preference among businesses to use extra labour when wages are low”, mathematically so long as cheap FTs are let in, our productivity numbers will be low, giving the PAPpies and other fat cats the excuse not to raise wages: “Productivity is bad, how to give pay rises?”

But what if productivity isn’t low?

One of the great economic puzzles of recent years has been the slowdown in productivity growth across Western nations. There are many potential explanations for this: the continued survival of zombie companies in a low-rate era; mismeasurement of the gains from technology; new tech being less significant than older innovations (the Robert Gordon thesis); a preference among businesses to use extra labour when wages are low. And so on.

FT (my emphasis)

And what if the PAP knows it, but isn’t telling us because it wants to keep on suppressing wages?

Seriously, mismeasurement of productivity (and GDP) is something that is troubling economists:

— https://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21699939-there-are-more-explanations-solutions-productivity-slowdown-working

https://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21697845-gross-domestic-product-gdp-increasingly-poor-measure-prosperity-it-not-even

 

 

 

D-Day for M Ravi

In Uncategorized on 05/01/2018 at 8:13 am

Update at 2.00pm: Ravi was sentenced to an 18-month mandatory treatment order on Friday (Jan 5) for causing hurt to two lawyers, and breaking into an office.

Ravi has to comply with five conditions under the mandatory treatment order. He has to undertake blood tests as and when required to determine that he has taken his medication and will need to undergo psychological sessions at the Institute of Mental Health.

Ravi will also have to agree to have his private psychiatrist, Mr Munidasa Winslow, share information with the IMH team.

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/m-ravi-given-18-month-mandatory-treatment-order-after-assaulting-9835020

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Doom Day for Ravi. Later today, He’ll appear in court to find out if he’ll get a MTO order or go to prison. The former is the more likely outcome. It’ll not be a good day for Ravi, whatever happens. In a way, MTO is worse than going to prison because he’s an icon of local and foreign human right activists, and other anti-PAP types.

The court ordered last year that Ravi (after he pleaded guilty to a string of serious offences) be assessed by an Institute of Mental Health (IMH) psychiatrist as to his suitability for a Mandatory Treatment Order (MTO)

A MTO is “a community-based sentencing option where offenders undergo mental health treatment in lieu of jail”.

M Ravi apologises for assaults after pleading guilty

Given the severity of the charges he pleaded guilty to (2 assaults and breaking into an office and “Four other charges, including two counts of public nuisance at the Sri Mariamman Temple on Jul 31 and Aug 11 this year, will be taken into consideration during sentencing.”), one would have tot a MTO is better than going to prison.

But as a TRE reader put it

nathan:

If the Mandatory Treatment Order comes to pass then Ravi can be detained in the IMH indefinetly at the mercy of psychiatry review after psychiatry reviews stretching for years until the panel of IMH doctors all agrees that Ravi is ready for release for outpatient treatment. I am sure Ravi is aware of the implication and will resist it best as he can in Court. The MOT is more feared than a normal jail sentence for those familiar with our criminal justice system.

Has Ravi apologised for abusing and hurting a grieving mum?

He’s right. Local and foreign human right activists, and other anti-PAP types are worried that, through a MTO, Ravi will be locked away forever and a day.


Light reading for the weekend: M Ravi’s grandfather’s parliament, is it?

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But for those of us who wish him well, a MTO is the only way he’ll be treated properly. This assesment is based on what has happened to him when he was allowed to take his medicine voluntarily. In 2006 – 2007, before he became an icon for the local and foreign human rights activists, he had to serve out a MTO: he had pleaded guilty to causing a public disturbance outside a mosque. Incidentally, this was the first time his bi-polar condition became public knowledge.

The treatment worked and Ravi was soon released. He was thought suitable for the usual treatment for bi-polar sufferers.

Since then his regular manic episodes and his repeated boasts of refusing to take his medicine are on public record. As are his claims, whenever he got into trouble, that he was sorry for his misbehaviour and that he was now taking his medicine.

 

 

What makes S’poreans happy?

In Uncategorized on 04/01/2018 at 10:30 am
When TRE used this How PAP can make S’poreans happy without “raiding” the reserves there was a considered reply.
MENTAL HEALTH in Singapore is a CONSEQUENCE of not a CONDITION for happiness. Being happy in Singapore means first having enough to put food on the table, to have a decent job, and to be able to educate your children.
Well this explains why ang moh tua kees like Kirsten Han and Seehan Peelay don’t resonate with ordinary S’poreans.
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The piece in full. It’s not the usual BS from Aussie tax-dodger and welfare cheat Oxygen (he uses his CPF account to hide money from Aussie authorities while claiming welfare benefits) or pals.
It’s a totful, informative piece even if it takes a couple of cheap shots at me.
Anon:

As usual CI takes a truncated reading of Richard Layard’s research and misses the context of his findings.

Richard acknowledges that the state has tackled issues of poverty, unemployment, education and physical health and he now points to the need to attend to mental health and wellbeing AS WELL.

In case, CI can’t remember (since he claims he lived in London before) Britain has a reasonable social welfare system that supports those unemployed, retired, single parents and so on. It has a SAFETY NET that ensures that those who fall through the cracks are not forgotten. It is not a perfect system and it has been abused in the past but increasingly tightened to prevent exploitation.

By and large, therefore, (and there will always be exceptions) putting food on the table, having a roof over your head is not a critical issue because of the welfare system.

Talking about doubling salaries and increasing happiness marginally therefrom is merely saying that if one has ENOUGH the increase in wealth is not THE priority and indeed good relationships are central to happiness and contentment. So in this regard Richard Layard’s findings are nothing new for people in this part of the world.

A second cultural condition which differs from that in Singapore is that in Britain, by and large, the successful are not always envied; often they are criticised for being exploitative, corrupt etc (think about Philip Green). Many more people here think that if you are successful, you have probably been lucky, had good connections or was at the right place at the right time; nothing to do with intelligence and being clever. Most people believe that given the same luck or opportunity they would be just as successful. In others words, there is nothing special about being rich or successful.

Because this is their attitude aspiring to be rich and wealthy is not an obsession. People marry, for example, not because their partners have money; firemen, policemen, brickies are often preferred to bankers.

The long and short of this and many other more nuanced considerations which ‘anglophile’ CI misses is that wealth does not have the same priority in the order of things here in Britain as it does in Singapore and for good reason.

My final point is CI’s spurious suggestion that mental health can solve the problem of Singaporean’s unhappiness. MENTAL HEALTH in Singapore is a CONSEQUENCE of not a CONDITION for happiness. Being happy in Singapore means first having enough to put food on the table, to have a decent job, and to be able to educate your children. CI has put the cart before the horse. And the reason why he has missed this obvious point, is he (through luck, good connections etc, not intelligence) is living in a ‘private estate’; i.e. out of…

Re the last para taking a cheap shot at me: Napoleon wanted to know only one thing when he promoted generals to Marshalls,  “I know he’s a good general, but is he lucky?” because “I’d rather have lucky generals than good ones.”

And waz wrong with being well-connected rather than intelligent?

I met a girl on Christmas Day that juz finished Pre U in RI. I was shocked to hear that in her cohort there were about 1200. In my time, late 60s early 70s, RI had a population of around 1200. Now even taking into account the growth in population, in one component of intelligence (academic results), there’s simply too many intelligemt people.

So being lucky or well-connected, or both, is a lot better than being intelligent.

Whatever, writer should consider moving over to Chris K’s FB wall. Too many anti-PAP nuts there now. Help needed to return the wall to it’s former status as a safe place for thinking anti-PAPpists, those who want PAP to improve or those who just want to a more open society.

Wah lan ang moh tua kee not happy we celebrating our founding by ang moh

In Uncategorized on 03/01/2018 at 4:45 am

I was shocked to read this from a real ang moh tua kee

Some countries are struggling with their colonial pasts, with many questions about inequality, exploitation, reparations (or, mostly, the lack thereof) and how all these things still factor into global politics and justice today.

Not Singapore! Let us come together this 2018 and commemorate the 200th anniversary of Raffles’ landing to make money out of this island and its people. Yay!

This came from Kirsten Han, a tual kee ang moh tua kee person.

As far as I’m concerned when Raffles came here, he wasn’t taking much of value from the Malays living here. In fact their leaders were very happy: Hussein Shah was paid $5,000 (Spanish silver dollars I think as this was the common trading currency in the region) a year while the local Temenggong received $3,000 a year. These are equivalent to several hundred thousand dollars each today.

So the

many questions about inequality, exploitation, reparations (or, mostly, the lack thereof)

don’t apply here.

Besides most of the value that was created came from the FTs from the traders from other parts of the Malay archipelago (think the Bugis, Boyanese etc), and from people coming from China, India and the UK.

So let’s not begrudge that an ang moh founded S’pore, and let’s celebrate the two hundred anniversary of his arrival here.

And as I always say, “I’m glad that S’pore was part of the British empire, and not part of the American, Japanese (except for a few yrs), French, Dutch or Chinese empires.”

No, Lim Tean hasn’t absconded

In Uncategorized on 02/01/2018 at 11:19 am

Further to Will Lim Tean & Phillip Ang help out fellow cybernut?, I received information from supposedly angry and worried people who claim that they paid money into one or more of his designated bank accounts that he last posted on FB on 17 November, thanking “friends” for their birthday greeting. They also said his public FB page’s last posting was on 15 November: he was KPKBing about Khaw, SMRT etc.

They seek Lim here, they seek Lim there,
Depositors seek him everywhere.
Is he in heaven?—Is he in hell?
That demmed, elusive Lim Tean*.

As there’s been no picture, no sound from him on a defamation video, a jobs rally or a CPF class action suit despite requesting monies to help pay for all three projects, the depositors claim to be worried that he ran away with their money.


Lim Tean: Serial money raiser

Jobs rally and defamation video promised for November: Remind Lim Tean, it’s December

Class action law suit: CPF class action: Phillip Ang’s “reply’ to fellow cybernut

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Rumour has it that a few police reports have been filed complaining that he took money under false pretences. But as, Phillip Ang, his class action CPF law suit partner is still blogging regularly, maybe those who paid into the class action law suit bank account should contact Phillip Ang rather than file police reports against Lim Tean?

I’ve done my checks and can assure these people that while he’s either AWOL (sking in the Alps) or MIA (in hospital) depending on who is telling the story, their monies are safe. Lim Tean is a very rich man, unlike other Oppo or wannabe Oppo Red Indian chiefs.

My serious point is that if Lim Tean wants to be taken as serious Oppo figure, he shouldn’t be a serial fund raiser, who fails to live up to his BS rhetoric. Promising a video and jobs rally in November and not delivering, and then keeping quiet is a great way to build a reputation as a talk cock, sing song artiste.

Success has many mouths but failure has no tongue.

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*Apologies to the original

We seek him here, we seek him there,
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
Is he in heaven?—Is he in hell?
That demmed, elusive Pimpernel.

Sir Percy Blakeney, Baronet

Uniquely S’porean: Stress is good

In Uncategorized on 30/12/2017 at 1:03 pm

High levels of competitiveness and anxiety make S’poreans successful.

So stop KPKBing Chris Kuan and other anti-PAP types that S’pore’s has the highest rate of depression in Asia according to the World Health Organisation. Feeing depessed? Juz take Prozac or cheer when the govt persecutes locks up another subversive.

Seriously, while competitiveness at school may not yield the best exam results round the world, S’pore’s 

https://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2017/04/daily-chart-15

one of the exceptions:

Although a handful of places, notably Singapore, display strong test scores despite high levels of competitiveness and anxiety, most countries near the top of the anxiety scale, such as the Dominican Republic, had below-average results on the PISA science assessment.

 

 

Harry’s “real son”

In Uncategorized on 30/12/2017 at 9:13 am

When I read this  and remembered the allegations about Harry complaining, after his resignation from the cabinet, that our PM, his son, was a softie and that DPM Teo would have made a better PM, I couldn’t help but think that Hun Sen (he says he admires LKY) is the kind of son that he was pining for.

Hun Sen, who has been prime minister for 32 years and says he intends to remain in the job for another decade. Not content with securing a ban on the main opposition party, he is now persecuting unions, NGOs and anyone else who criticises the government.

https://www.economist.com/news/asia/21732850-unions-ngos-and-environmental-activists-are-all-feeling-squeeze-cambodia-systematically

Hun Sen is no softie. He carries a hatchet and is not afraid to use it. If he had siblings who behaved like Dr Lee and Lee Hsien Loong, they’d be in prison at the very least.

 

 

Walk the Talk TRE cybernuts, don’t be like Lim Tean

In Uncategorized on 29/12/2017 at 1:37 pm

When TRE used this TRE reader tells off s/o JBJ, analyses TCB’s comments there were, as usual, several complaints that TRE was using too much of my stuff. Some nut posted “stupid TRE moderator who keeps publishing his articles despite many readers’ complaint. Although the mod keeps denying it, they must have agreed on something between them.”

I was reproducing comments by a regular TRE reader who although not insane or bi-polar or autistic is no fan of the PAP. So why not direct their unhappiness about piece at him, not TeamTRE or me?

Seriously does Oxygen and his nutty pals ever wonder if TRE is secretly funded by the PAP? Hence despite the protestations of not having money (its given up asking for help from its readers), TRE still keeps on going?

Here’s my dare to the cybernuts. Raise $10k to fund TRE and I’ll forbid TRE from using my pieces forever and a day. Come on Oxygen, if u are such a great investor putting another 10k into TRE should not be a problem. Right?

Whatever, don’t be like Lim Tean. It’s almost the end of December but still no picture, no sound on his defamation video and jobs rally: Both were promised by end November by Lim Tean himself.- Remind Lim Tean, it’s December.

And will he and Phillip Ang deliver on class law suit: CPF class action: Phillip Ang’s “reply’ to fellow cybernut?

Once the required resources, not just financially, are in place and before the suit is launched, there will be more updates. Action speaks louder than words.

Phillip Ang

Err what if the law suit never materialises?

Got refund or not?

Rumour has it that Phillip Ang has cancelled the Ferrari he ordered when anticipating the inflow of funds into the POSB account.

Locals who get paid in cryptocurrency

In Uncategorized on 29/12/2017 at 4:41 am

And it’s not in bitcoin.

Ownself pay ownself ownself’s cryptocurrency. Wonder how company calculates CPF rates payable? And how is reporting of salaries is done to Inland Revenue?

From a BBC report (http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42435838)

At the Singapore based blockchain company TenX, staff usually have their base salary paid into their bank accounts, but their monthly bonus is paid in Pay tokens, the firm’s own digital currency.

The tokens, which can be traded on digital exchanges, were issued in an initial coin offering in June, allowing the company to raise $80m.

TenX co-founder and president, Julian Hosp, said it did not make sense to buy Bitcoin to pay bonuses when the company already had its own currency.

Paying bonuses in tokens can incentivises staff as Pay’s value should rise in line with the company’s success, Mr Hosp added.

TenX community manager, Mike Ferrer, has gone further and opted to receive part of his base salary in Pay, on top of his monthly bonus.

The 32-year-old has been investing in cryptocurrencies for some time, and accepts that there are huge risks, but says he only invests what he can afford.

“I visualise myself throwing in a pile of money and watching it burn in front of me, and if I can’t feel comfortable with that then I know I’ve over invested”, Mr Ferrer said.

Cybernuts really that stupid and cheapskate

In Uncategorized on 28/12/2017 at 12:16 pm

This describes cybernuts to the T:

Social media gives legions of idiots the right to speak when they once only spoke at a bar after a glass of wine, without harming the community […] but now they have the same right to speak as a Nobel Prize winner. It’s the invasion of the idiots.

Umberto Eco

Who he?

Through Eco’s academic writings and his bestselling books, he became a respected intellectual voice both in Italy and abroad.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/feb/20/italian-author-umberto-eco-dies-aged-84

Don’t believe me when I describe the cybernuts? Well read the comments made by TOC readers collated by TOC https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2017/12/27/cnas-piece-on-hawker-food-fails-to-see-the-bigger-picture-comments-netizens/.

And remember that TOC cybernuts are not the dumbest of the dumb. TRE cybernuts are the dumbest of the dumb.

 

Well-travelled author’s historical novel about S’pore

In Uncategorized on 28/12/2017 at 5:18 am

When I came across this

ALL ABOUT AUTHORS: Did you know that author Meira Chand lived in England, Japan and India, before permanently relocating to Singapore?
Her books, Sacred Waters, details a journey of a different sort, as protagonists Sita and Amita explore the road to self-discovery in the face of societal and communal hurdles.

LocalBooks.sg

I had to check her out. If u into pretentious BS read

http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/a-strangely-mixed-bag-of-possibilities

Whatever she wrote a historical novel about S’pore http://www.meirachand.com/books/a-different-sky/. It covers the immediate pre-World War II period, the Japanese Occupation and the immediate post war period. If it reads like the way she comes across in the ST interview, not worth opening it then even if ang mohs are said to love it. But then she comes across as one of those ang moh tua kee types.

Btw, she’s on the National Arts Council the body that withdraws grants (sometimes even demanding money back) on books deemed not to do talk about the “right” constructive, nation-building things: Quiet activist looking at his bank statement and smiling.

S’pore abandoned, Bank of S’pore bust

In Uncategorized on 26/12/2017 at 1:42 pm

Not the dreams of Oxygen and his fellow cybernuts come true, but reality. Not S’pore in a parallel universe but in S’pore, Michigan.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore,_Michigan

This S’pore did not have the PAP running it. Anti_PAP types ran it.

How PAP can make S’poreans happy without “raiding” the reserves

In Uncategorized on 26/12/2017 at 5:35 am

On a scale of one to 10, the doubling of someone’s pay saw their happiness rise by less than 0.2. The researchers said this was down to people caring more about how their incomes compared to other people’s than how it affected them.

However, having a partner saw happiness rise by 0.6 – losing a partner by separation or death saw the same impact downwards.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-38285223

The PAP can focus on mental health and making sure everyone has a partner. Err on second tots forget about the partner bit.

Good mental health and having a partner make people happier than doubling their income, a new study has found.

The research by the London School of Economics looked at responses from 200,000 people on how different factors impacted their wellbeing.

Suffering from depression or anxiety hit individuals hardest, whilst being in a relationship saw the biggest increase in their happiness.

The study’s co-author said the findings demanded “a new role from the state”.

The study was based on several international surveys from around the world.

 

Trump and Republicans take a leaf from PAP’s playbook

In Uncategorized on 24/12/2017 at 5:16 am

Remember the howls of protest from the ang moh tua kees and the other anti-PAP types when the PAP administration reduced state spending on wards that had Oppo MPs? Unfair they screamed.

Seems that ang mohs in the shape of Trump and the Republicans have done something similar. Their Christmas present tax cut clearly favoured loyal red (Republican-voting) states over Democratic blue ones.

Deductions of state and local income and property taxes, known as SALT, when calculating liability for Federal taxes is now limited to US$10,000. The provision hits hardest Democratic-leaning states with high incomes, high property values, and high taxes, like New York, New Jersey, and California.

FT reports that a New York based banker earning US$5m a year, will be paying an extra US$400-500,000 in taxes.

 

 

So unlike ministers

In Banks, Uncategorized on 23/12/2017 at 1:43 pm

The zero bonus, or doughnut, could be looming for bond traders as bank revenue from fixed-income sales and trading units has been falling FT reports.

Good economy = Unhappy hols, cybernuts

In Uncategorized on 20/12/2017 at 5:09 am

In the run up and during the festive season in 2015 and 2016, the cybernuts were having a great time sneering and jeering at the 70%  as they smoked weed, drank cheap arak and ate the scraps thrown from millionaire ministers’ tables.

They were so happy because conomic growth was only 1.5% and 2% in these yrs,

They were so happy that fellow S’poreans were suffering, forgetting that the anti-PAP voters also suffered. They were forecasting the end of PAP rule.

Well this yr is different.

When TRE republished Why S’pore’s growth is so gd this year venom and bile and curses came my way (Don’t they know that their hatred, makes me strong?) even though I pointed out that the economy is strong because of an uptick in global trade, and not because of the PAP’s actions.

Chief cybernut, Oxygen (who is so nutty that he donated $10,000 to TRE in 2015) is now saying the world economy will tank next yr and that S’poreans will suffer, quoting analysts.

Well, he’ll be banging his balls because

‘Stars are aligned’ for Singapore stocks to go higher in 2018: Analysts

The likes of banking heavyweights, developers and property trusts will continue to lead the charge next year for Singapore’s stock market, which could see gains of as much as 11 per cent, according to market analysts.

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/stars-are-aligned-for-singapore-stocks-to-go-higher-in-2018-9501814

Whatever global equity markets are on a roll.

So as I drink and eat all the way thru to Chinese New Year, my enjoyment will be tripled as I think of how unhappy Oxygen and the other cybernuts are that the revolution against the PAP has again had to be postponed. Reality bites again.

The global economy may not grow as fast as predicted because China may experience slower growth than expected. If that happens stock markets will be in trouble as they seem to be priced to perfection.

But whatever, S’pore’s GDP growth will not collapse to 2%, let alone go into a recession. We may not have a great yr, but it ain’t going to a really bad yr.

So Merry Christmas and Yum Seng.

May the Prosperity Gods be with u.

 

Do these rental flat residents know it’s Christmas?

In Uncategorized on 16/12/2017 at 5:27 pm

It’s the time of the yr to be jolly as but ex-NMP JJ posted not everyone can afford to be jolly

The corridors are long and narrow. Quite often, our knocks were responded to quite slowly. Some of the residents are advanced in age and not so quick with theirmovements any more. Chai Chee is an old estate and some have stayed here for decades. Some old time residents reminded us of how they have moved across various constituencies before now settling in Marine Parade GRC, without of course moving out of their actual homes.

House visits to rental flats are sobering reminders of life. Often, we meet with a divorcee, an aged single, an amputee, someone chronically ill, a retrenched person unable to get a steady job and more. Each have a story to tell. Some have financial challenges but some are more blessed than others. One told us proudly how her son calls to remind her of her medicine daily and drops by every so often to make sure her medicine box is stocked and in good order. She married young and has 12 great grandchildren and is still in the best of health. Another couple tell us how their children will take turns to come and take them out.

Some are just glad we came for extra pairs of ears to listen to their stories. It is good too that we are not the only ones dropping by. In our previous recent visit to this block, a sizeable group of volunteers from a welfare group were scattered over various homes in the block chatting with the folks who were just happy to have visitors. Happy to do our part to see how we can be of help. Every little bit may mean a lot to these folks.

A cat seemed to have taken a liking for us. She followed us to every home we visited from the fourth floor right until we reached the ground floor, finally leaving when I got into my car. Perhaps she had a story to tell us too.

 

StanChart event organiser economical with the truth

In Uncategorized on 15/12/2017 at 4:51 am

The name of the StanChart marathon organiser should be Idiotman Asia.

In response to a letter (see StanChart event endangered lives)Ironman Asia, organiser of the recent StanChart marathon Ironman Asia said, “We offer our sincere apologies to those affected by the closures for the marathon.”

This was nothing but a fake apology because it went on to say

there was an agreement to facilitate access to Raffles Hospital “for all emergency vehicles, from all directions, including through closed roads”.

But it never challenged the allegation in the letter that ambulances had faced “significant delays” while going in and out of the hospital that day, due to the roads being closed between 1am and 8am.

Worse it said, “Access to Raffles Hospital on the morning of the marathon was facilitated through Rochor Rd reverse flow towards North Bridge Road. Access to the hospital was available to all vehicles.”

But the letter alleged that non-emergency patients and doctors trying to reach the hospital had to walk to the hospital. Even the constructive, nation-building media reported

Raffles Hospital doctors told TODAY that non-emergency patients and doctors trying to reach the hospital were inconvenienced as a result of the roadblocks, with some doctors having to park their cars in other buildings in the vicinity.

https://atans1.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=39622&action=edit

So it is reasonable to conclude it was lying or innocently misrepresenting the facts when it said “Access to Raffles Hospital on the morning of the marathon was facilitated through Rochor Rd reverse flow towards North Bridge Road. Access to the hospital was available to all vehicles.”

Next yr StanChart would be wise to employ an organiser with more brains that brawn.

Cluelessness of ang moh tua kees

In Uncategorized on 13/12/2017 at 4:13 pm

Below is a long rant from a bunch of ang moh tua kees. They quote Cesar A. Cruz (a professional Harvard trouble maker), “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable”.

Well in S’pore as in many parts of the West, the attitude of the public, as distinct from the chattering classes that the ang moh tua kees mindlessly ape, seems to be “Art should comfort the comfortable and ignore the disturbed”. A view incidentally I agree with.

My take on Seelan Palsy’s arrest: Seelan Palay is really very happy to be arrested a second time. He’s been trying for years. But the anti-PAP mob must mindlessly KPKB even when police do one of them a big favour.

SHRINKING SPACE FOR ARTISTIC AND CIVIC EXPRESSION IN SINGAPORE
– STATEMENT ON THE ARREST OF ARTIST, SEELAN PALAY

On 1 Oct 2017, Sunday, Artist Seelan Palay was arrested outside Parliament House, halfway through his performance about how a free mind cannot be constrained by space. The piece had begun at Hong Lim Park in the rain, and then had continued at City Hall (now the National Gallery of Singapore) and thereafter Parliament House. At Parliament House, he was first approached and questioned by a number of police officers, and then was subsequently arrested. As such, he was unable to continue the rest of the performance. He has since been released on police bail, but is subjected to severe restrictions, including restrictions on travels.

In response to his arrest, Function 8 and Community Action Network (CAN) released a statement on 4 Oct 2017, Wednesday. In their statement, they highlighted concerns about Seelan’s arrest, as well as called for the release of Seelan from all restrictions as well as the ceasing of harassment and intimidation of activists, and Arts Engage would like to echo these sentiments.

Seelan’s arrest is troubling as an extreme example of police action, yet not entirely surprising given Singapore’s long and enduring history of warnings and censorship of artists and artworks by the government. For example, just earlier this year, two works under the M1 Fringe Festival were denied ratings by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) – effectively preventing them from being watched as they were originally conceived by the artists (for the Arts Engage statement on this, please refer to: https://sites.google.com/…/artse…/censorship—rating-denied).

However, when these actions against artists are viewed in context of society as a whole, there appears a dangerous trend of shrinking space for artistic and civil expression in Singapore:
– Earlier this year, on 3 June 2017, Saturday, there was a brief silent demonstration on the MRT along the North-South line. Specifically, a number of activists held up the book ‘1987 Singapore’s Marxist Conspiracy, 30 Years On’ while wearing blindfolds. Media reported the demonstration as a protest against the 1987 detentions under the Internal Security Act, and shortly after, it was also reported that a police investigation was launched. However, no clear details were released to the public.
– In yet another instance, licensed busker Roy Payamal was handcuffed and arrested in front of Takashimaya on 11 March 2017, Saturday, for apparently speaking to the police in a loud voice while they were checking his busking license. Roy later clarified there was a misunderstanding, but to date he is still on bail as opposed to being a free citizen.

Clearly, there seems to be a signal to society at large that there is no space for any challenge to authority, regardless of an openness to engage or being of a peaceable nature. Arts Engage is thus concerned that this will result in greater reluctance amongst Singaporeans to speak out in the face of injustice or even just to stand up for their own rights. In the long term, this will negatively impact the growth and maturity of civic discourse in Singapore.

As such, we would like to urge the police and the government to keep an open attitude towards artists and citizens. As Cesar A. Cruz famously said, “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable”. The actions of activists and artists may cause discomfort for some in the society, but equally, there will be others who are comforted by it. In order for society to grow and mature, we all need to learn to be able to engage with issues and people we disagree with, not merely have authorities step in to ‘solve’ the problem by way of criminal persecution or censorship. As a move towards building a society that is respectful of diversity and dissent, Arts Engage would like to call on the government to lead by example, to take time and effort at the very least to engage with artists, activists, and public alike.

In an increasingly divided world, it is important to commit to having authentic conversations at both ground level and at policy level, so as to practice the inclusion of pluralistic points of view and ways of living. In doing so, the terms and platforms of engagement should not always be determined by the government. We must welcome the diverse and creative actions initiated by citizens as well, and honour their fundamental right to the freedom of expression. Not everyone has access to the same platforms to air their concerns, opinions and aspirations, and a healthy society should encourage the various ways that people choose to make their voice heard. Ultimately, embracing different articulations – whether artistic or not, whether political or not – of citizen’s sentiments is crucial to a functional democracy.

Arts Engage

Amos makes no promises about molesting landlord’s kids

In Uncategorized on 13/12/2017 at 11:05 am

Given his views on sex with children and child pornography, it’s strange that he’s not willing to giving assurances that his potential landlord’s kids are safe from his predations. This is doubly so given that he lost his previous accommodation because he was thought to be a clear and present danger to the children living in the shelter he was in: Will Roy, Meng Seng and s/o JBJ help Amos now?

And it’s so funny that he’s so demanding in what he wants in return for US$400 a month in rent especially in his preferred states of Califonia and New York

Amos Yee put this on FB

Super important message, I really need help:

If you’ve been following my Youtube channel you would know I’ve been kicked out of the house I had in Illinois for expressing controversial opinion #85. I need a new place to stay as soon as possible so if anyone in America can has a place to offer please contact me at amosyee@gmail.com. I am willing to pay $0-400 a month for that place (apparently I do make enough-ish on Youtube lol)

Requirements:

Whoever who owns the house be absolutely fine with me voicing controversial opinion #85 (Based on American law, me voicing controversial opinion #85 will not get me arrested or cause any people living with me (even if they’re kids) to receive any harassment in any way shape or form)

You don’t kick me out of the place whenever I voice a political opinion you disagree with (I am a non-violent, pro-free speech, anti-religious, vegan, politically far-left Anarchist/libertarian socialist/anarcho-communist)
Complete privacy – I can’t hear you at all, I can speak at talking volume 24/7, and I can occasionally do shouting noises during the day for some scenes in my videos.

Walking distance (0-5 min walk) from food stores. If you have a bike I can use, then 0-5 min biking distance. Basically, I should be able to eat out without a car (Because I don’t have a driver’s license yet) in 5-10 min.

Blank, non-intrusive walls/backgrounds where I can film my videos in front of which has enough distance between me infront of the background and a spot where I can place a camera on a tripod filming me.

Chairs, tables, Wifi, Fridge, plates + utensils for use, washing machine, dryer + other basic house utilities

When you email me, please provide the place’s state, a general description of the place, how much rent you’re charging me to stay there, the address of the place (if comfortable at that point), the nearest airport to the house + your name and your contact no (if comfortable). I will reply to your email if interested and we’ll skype to confirm details.

I am currently in Minnesota sleeping on a couch owned by modern-day hippies (Yeah it’s a depressing story how I got here, I don’t want to talk about it now). This couch does not fulfill most of the requirements I listed above and is obviously not an ideal place for me to stay long-term. I’ll pick the new place I want based on how much the airplane fare is to get there, if I’m comfortable with the host, the price of the place, how cool the state is (My favorites are California and New York), if the place meets the requirements above etc.

I hope to find a new place as soon as possible so I can continue working on my Youtube videos in peace (And rest assured friends my Youtube channel will cover a wealth of different topics in the future (How horrible Singapore is, religion, SJWs, immigration etc.) and will not be completely devoted to controversial opinion #85). Once again if anyone can provide a place for me do contact me as soon as possible at amosyee@gmail.com so we can skype and confirm details. Thanks alot for your help

Quiet activist looking at his bank statement and smiling

In Uncategorized on 11/12/2017 at 11:10 am

The whacking persecution prosecution of Jovolan Wham (Jolovan Wham: Money talks, BS Walks do-gooders),has the ang moh tua kees, cybernuts, progressives and social activists sullen and despondent despite Christmas being the time to be jolly.

So I tot I’d cheer them up with the story of a quiet activist and progressive who by annoying the PAPpies is laughing all the way to the bank. Better still he double annoys the PAPpies because they know that he’s making money by annoying them

Edmund Wee is a very quiet warrior. Via some of the books he publishes, he walks the walk, not talk the talk, of a progressive S’pore unlike Lim Tean (Remind Lim Tean, it’s December).

Readers of this blog will know that Edmund Wee’s firm had to refund a National Arts Council (NAC) grant Charlie and Edmund, a graphic novel about the Schoolings pls. Note the the ST headline (a month or so ago) “Very few arts projects for which official funding is withdrawn: Baey Yam Keng”.

What readers are unlikely to know is that he’s making serious money from Charlie Chan: the book has sold 24,000+ copies here and 9,000 copies in the US/UK. And is being translated into other languages including Real Chinese (not simplified Chinese).

He shows that there is money to be made from propagating progressive tots here.

What regular readers may not know is that Edmund also published Jeremy Tiang’s “State of Emergency” after the NAC withdrew a grant from the Singaporean author because the content of his book changed from his original proposal, said Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu.

In a written response to Parliament earlier this year, she said that in Tiang’s case, “the project did not meet the funding requirements mutually agreed upon as the content in the book deviated from the original proposal”. ST

Jeremy Tiang’s “State of Emergency,” which follows a family caught up in the Communist insurgency in Malaysia after World War II, and Singapore’s often brutal crackdown on suspected leftists during the Cold War.

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Tiang, an established writer and translator, was initially given an Arts Council grant but had his funding withdrawn after submitting a draft, ostensibly because he had deviated from his original proposal.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Life-Arts/Life/Singapore-s-rebel-bookseller-seeks-new-narrative


Sadly this book’s sales are so-so: the best outcome for locally published books. The usual fate of books (example M Ravi’s Kampong Boy, not by Epigram) is to remain largely unsold.

But Edmund has another winner. Edmund is also behind “The Phantom of Oxley Castle” which sold 800 odd copies (Print run of 2,000) before its launch because of a TOC story that got the anti-PAP mob rushing to buy the book online. And then feeling cheated when TOC had to retract the claim that PM was going to sue the publisher. Read the twists in the plot at https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2017/11/13/tocs-account-on-the-potential-legal-actions-surrounding-the-phantom-of-oxley-castle/

One cybernut even threatened to make a police report against Edmund Wee, saying he cheated said nut and his friends. As though, the police would take the word of TOC, no friend of the police.

But lest Edmund Wee be tot to be anti-PAP, as distinct from having progressive views, he’s also published a kids’ book based on an adult book praising Philip Yeo. Philip Yeo attended the kids’ book launch which also doubled as a charity do.

He’s also published a kids’ book on

How did a boy who was kicked out of school (twice!) and ran away from home end up being the President of Singapore?
Find out in The Runaway Who Became President, taken from our Prominent Singaporeans series

There was once in the US, a black civil rights activist who went into publishing. He became very rich and was accused of selling out. He said something to the effect that his magazines (which targeted a black audience) entertained while educating and mobilising his audience.

While Edmund is not that rich (yet) he’s entertaining, educating and, hopefully, mobilising S’poreans especially the young.

Has Ravi apologised for abusing and hurting a grieving mum?

In Uncategorized on 10/12/2017 at 1:35 pm

(Or Why a Mandatory Treatment Order is the least bad option for M Ravi and society)

I reported here (M Ravi apologises for assaults after pleading guilty) that M Ravi is to be assessed  by an Institute of Mental Health (IMH) psychiatrist as to his suitability for a Mandatory Treatment Order (MTO), after he pleaded guilty to several charges.

A TRE reader pointed out

nathan:

If the Mandatory Treatment Order comes to pass then Ravi can be detained in the IMH indefinetly at the mercy of psychiatry review after psychiatry reviews stretching for years until the panel of IMH doctors all agrees that Ravi is ready for release for outpatient treatment. I am sure Ravi is aware of the implication and will resist it best as he can in Court. The MOT is more feared than a normal jail sentence for those familiar with our criminal justice system.

Put it this way, this sounds unfair and really convenient for the PAPpies but consider what Ravi did when he was sick because he refused to take his medicine regularly.


But don’t be too harsh on him for trying to avoid taking his medicine

Common side effects of these medicines include:
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • Trembling.
  • Increased thirst and increased need to urinate.
  • Weight gain in the first few months of use.
  • Drowsiness.

M Ravi out on bail, resting

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Recently, Jovolan Wham was charged among other things for organising a vigil the night and morning before the hanging of Praba. This reminded me of Ravi’s abusive aqnd hurtful behaviour towards Prabai’s mother during that unfortunate time for her and her family. Fortunately our men in blue intervened.

His many cybernut FB fans were delighted that their hero M Ravi behaved like one of them at the vigil:

At about 5:30am, Ravi, who was accompanied by George — his ardent supporter— appeared at the vigil to berate everyone there. Most of the people he confronted tried to bring him away from the grieving family by engaging him and walking away from the vigil.

After some time, he approached Mdm Eswari and told her in Tamil that “she was responsible for her son’s death as she heeded the advice of Mr Choo and the anti-death penalty activists in Singapore.” When those present confronted Ravi to take him away from the family, he held on to Mdm Eswari, insisting that she was his client. He started spewing Tamil vulgarities at the top of his voice to those who argued that he should leave the mother alone and settle whatever problems he had away from the family. He even shouted at George when he tried to restrain him. Ravi was also seen berating journalist and anti-death penalty activist, Kirsten Han.

After being separated from the family, he then proceeded to throw soya bean at a volunteer cameraman after asking him to film the scene. It was around this time that all the plainclothes policemen who were observing the vigil stepped in and restrained Ravi. They managed to keep Ravi far away from the vigil for the rest of the night. For their professionalism and sensitivity, due credit must be given.

Thankfully, at least as far as Praba’s family was concerned, that was the last they saw of Ravi. He continued his rants online.

https://coconuts.co/singapore/features/m-ravi-unforgivable-behaviour-case-executed-malaysian-drug-trafficker/

They must be really proud of him, causing unnecessary pain and suffering to a grieving mother and her family.

They will be even prouder of his abusive behaviour earlier in the day (read article).

Whatever, I’ve been told that he has not apologised to the lady and the family even though he has apologised publicly for assaulting two lawyers. But then he was charged and pleaded guilty to the assaults on the lawyers and may be hoping for a lighter sentence, and the avoidance a of MTO. Praba’s mum and family never made a complaint to the police.

When Ravi’s lawyer said in mitigation that he wasn’t the kind of guy who went round assaulting people, I laughed. He’s worse: he goes round abusing and hurting a grieving mum. And then doesn’t apologise when he comes to his senses.

He may be bi-polar. But he has admitted publicly that he had refused to take his medicine regularly. I know of a lady who is bi-polar. She keeps bi-polarism at bay because she takes her medicine regularly even though the medicine result in her feeling physically ill. She has written about her struggles.

If M Ravi cannot willingly take his medicine regularly, then sadly an MTO is in order both for his own good and the public good, even if the PAPpies benefit by having a human rights warrior narginalised.

Double confirm, S’poreans are cheapskates

In Uncategorized on 10/12/2017 at 6:02 am

for Singapore’s BeLive, the level of virtual spending remains pretty low. Chief executive Mr Tan tells me that over a 90-day period, most users spend $4.

Or as is more likely these are the born-loser cybernuts from TRELand and Chris K’s FB wall (This is becoming the new home of the nuts because Chris K doesn’t ask for money to keep his wall going). Always complaining of Paying and Paying, while other S’poreans get on with life, spending and spending.

Mobile analytics consultancy Appsflyer found that in 2016, the average global user spent $0.50 per app that provided purchasing options. By region, Asian users spent the most, at $0.70. Europeans spent a mere $0.26.

That tendency to spend underpins one part of the way streaming platforms monetise, allowing viewers to pay for virtual tokens that are used as currency on the platform. Viewers send these virtual gifts to a streamer who – once the platform takes a cut – can cash them in.

Still, for Singapore’s BeLive, the level of virtual spending remains pretty low. Chief executive Mr Tan tells me that over a 90-day period, most users spend $4.

But in China, which according to tech research consultancy IDC has a live streaming base of around 300 million, the industry is more professional and top streamers can draw a wage from the pastime.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42007408

 

Hope not failed Jihadist attack near where I live

In Uncategorized on 09/12/2017 at 4:56 pm

I’m concerned that this incident could be an attempt to imitate a London Jihadist attack. I know the location of the florist store and the market. They are nowhere near a road or car park. They are deep in a pedestrian only area. So a skidding car seems out of the question.

Three people were injured after a car crashed into a market in Marine Terrace on Saturday (Dec 9), the police said in statement.

The incident occurred at around 12.30pm involving a car and three pedestrians at Block 50A Marine Terrace.

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/3-injured-after-car-crashes-into-market-in-marine-terrace-9484676

In “Pa”‘s long shadow

In Uncategorized on 09/12/2017 at 6:38 am

For most of his adult life James Murdoch has worked for companies controlled by his father. From Hong Kong to London and then New York, he has traversed his family’s global empire, managing vast media businesses such as Sky in the UK and, most recently, 21st Century Fox in the US. Yet he has never quite escaped Rupert Murdoch’s long shadow.

FT

I’m sure this description of James Murdoch reminds S’poreans of someone.

It certainly does for me.

What do you think? Does this description of James Murdoch reminds S’poreans of someone.

Update at 6.42:

The article expects him to go do his own thing soon, breaking away from the family. Something the S’porean that he reminds me of is likely to do in the next few yrs.

Why Jolovan Wham’s vigil singled out?

In Uncategorized on 08/12/2017 at 11:27 am
I understand quiet vigils outside Changi Prison have been “allowed” for a long time. So the police intervention to disrupt* part of the vigil for Prabagaran was surprising; as was the investigation of the vigil, the charge against Jolovan Wham and warning letters issued to the usual suspects present at the vigil: the usual trouble makers like Kirsten Han.
When TRE used Why Jolovan Wham kanna whack? there was a response from a TRE reader that may shed some light on why the police did what they did.
nathan:

The G was feeling the heat and getting nervous with the execution of Singaporean drug trafficker Muhammad Ridzuan Md Ali, 31 who, was executed on Friday (May 19) at Changi Prison. His accomplice was spare the noose while Ridzuan refused to rat on others involved to the CNB. So one get a second chance to live while the other got to die for the same capital offence.

For once, there was an outpouring of collect grief by the Malay community. It was an unprecedented sympathetic huge gathering at Ridzuan funeral as he was buried and lay to rest at the Muslim cemetery captured for all to see beamed live via videos in the Internet that must taken the Government aback.

Not long after this execution it was the turn of a Malaysian drug trafficker Prabagaran to be hanged. Jolovan Wham held an vigil for him. Unfortunately for JW, the G was not in the mood for any activists to play up any unwanted publicity for Prabagaran after what the G had seen of the aftermath of executed Ridzuan.


*Kirsten Han’s FB post

About 15 people, including Prabagaran’s family, are gathered outside Changi Prison for a vigil for Prabagaran, who is scheduled to be hanged at 6am.

We put up photos of Praba and lit tea lights for him at about 11:15pm. At about 11:30pm the police came to tell us that we can’t set up the candles and photos. They asked that we put out the candles and said they had to seize everything according to their police procedure. They filmed and photographed everything – including the people who were present – and took away the candles and photos.

It seems like we’re able to stay.

[UPDATE at 6:40am] People dispersed around 1:15am to get showers/rest/food. We met up again at about 5am. Praba’s family were able to stand by the fence and pray. Thank you to all those who attended the vigil or sent your thoughts and wishes to the family.

 

Different Parties’ Slogans

In Uncategorized on 06/12/2017 at 2:05 pm

Appeared on FB

P.A.P. – PAY & PAY.
S.P.P. – SO, PLEASE PAY.
W.P. – WHY PAY ?
S.D.P – SO, DON’T PAY.
N.S.P. – NOBODY SHOULD PAY.
S.F. – SO SELFISH!!!

Someone added

R.P. – Refuse (to) Pay

I’ll add

D.P.P – Don’t Pay Party

Remind Lim Tean, it’s December

In Uncategorized on 05/12/2017 at 8:56 am

Didn’t he promise a defamation video and a jobs rally by end-November?

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

Has anyone seen the video or attended the job rally?

I may have missed the video and the rally, though I doubt it.

I think he hasn’t walked the talk, though I’m happy to stand corrected.

Now I’m not too fussed about the delay in the rally because it’s the rainy season, and anyway the economy is picking up nicely thanks to the PAP global economy picking up.

But the video is something that S’poreans need.

Will Lim Tean make the release of his video his Chrismas present? Maybe he was too busy celebrating his birthday in November?

Or failing that he should make the video his ang pow for Chinese New Year in mid February? This would also good time weather-wise for the rally, though by then there may no longer unhappy, unemployed true blue S’porean PMETs.

Whatever, I hope Lim Tean doesn’t turn out to be another talk cock, sing song artiste like another other No Substance Party former secretary-general. Think Goh Meng Seng, a real talk cock, sing song artiste. By encouraging Tan Kin Lian to stand as president, he was instrumental in helping the PAP deprive S’poreans of president Tan Cheng Bock. No wonder he’s smiling.

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Will Roy, Meng Seng and s/o JBJ help Amos now?

In Uncategorized on 04/12/2017 at 4:24 am

What will the people pictured below do to help Amos? If he isn’t helped, he’ll spend Christmas on the mean streets of Chicago in winter.

Amos the Fabulous has been told to leave his present lodgings by 21 December because there are young children also living in the same place. His views on sex with children and child pornography have led to concerns that he could be a clear and present danger to the children.

He has asked for someone to give him another place to live in. Maybe Goh Meng Seng will offer his private jet?

“Jesus was falsely accused, too”: Does Amos support child pornography?

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Amos in the land of the free

In Uncategorized on 02/12/2017 at 11:24 am

Update on 3 December at 2.45pm: Amos has posted that he has to vacate his present lodgings by 21 DEcember because the authorities don’t want him near young children because of his views on child sex. He’s asking for help to live in the nearest 5-star hotel. OK, I made up the 5-star bit.

Amos learns about the environment in which “freedom of expression” opeates in the land where the buffalo roam . While he has freedom of expression, people can express their disagreement or disgust by barring him from public forums: he’s been KPKBing that that’s what happening. They can even threaten to kill him.

Yee has received harsh criticism and even death threats after posting three videos on the topic, on 15, 17 and 20 November, entitled Why Pedophilia Is Alright, Don’t Discriminate Pedophiles, and Free Speech for the Pedophile respectively.

The Idiots S’pore

And the death threats are “no play play” because in the land of the free where the buffalo roam the freedom to carry and use arms are other freedoms.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Mother Mary wears black by this time next year. His ang moh tua kee allies may want to consider buying him a bullet-proof vest for Christmas.

Related post: Does Amos support child pornography?

 

What do social activists like Jolovan Wham etc want?

In Uncategorized on 29/11/2017 at 2:13 pm

Here’s an extract from a FB post by Derek da Cunha  an independent analyst. I think he blotted his copybook somewhere along the line because he was once a Senior Fellow at Institute of Southeast Asian Studies from 1990 to 2007. ISEAS is now ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. It has always been funded by the PAP administration.

If civil society activists have not got the sense by now that Singapore is generally a politically and socially conservative society then they are simply in denial. They can of course work for a Singapore which they would like to see – one which is relatively more liberal in its laws and social mores. But they should keep firmly in mind that the tactics they adopt should not result in a hardening of attitude by both the Government and society at large, otherwise their project becomes counter-productive.

So, what do some civil society activists want? As far as one can determine, they want “restorative justice” for ex-ISA detainees; they want S377a to be repealed; they want both capital and corporal punishment to be abolished; they want freedom of assembly anywhere in public; they want freedom of speech and oppose politicians initiating actions for defamation.

The above list (by no means exhaustive) are some of the issues close to the hearts of civil society activists and liberals. Packaged that way, what percentage of the electorate would support those issues? Certainly not the close to 30% that did not vote PAP at GE2015. If one was to hazard a guess, it would be maybe 15% and, it would not come as a surprise, if it was actually under 10%.

Actually even the anti-PAP cybernuts from TRELand will have a problem with LGBT rights. Going by their language plenty og homophobics there.

M Ravi apologises for assaults after pleading guilty

In Uncategorized on 28/11/2017 at 10:01 am

What was Ravi thinking when he went on a one-man crime wave earlier this year? That he was a super villain like the Joker?

The offences he pleaded guilty to on Monday are serious.

M Ravi, pleaded guilty in court on Nov 27 to assaulting lawyer Jeanette Chong-Aruldoss in August. He also admitted to causing hurt to lawyer Nakoorsha Bin Abdul Kadir on the same day by throwing a handbag at him.

He later made a public apology to both of them. This will disprove the TRE cybernuts who claimed that the lady fixed him by pretending to having been pushed by him.


As a result of the incident, Mrs Chong-Aruldoss suffered pain on her right shoulder, right hip and right buttock, as well as a bruise on her hip, according to court documents.

CNA

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At the time, Ravi claimed she had pushed him and he pushed back in retaliation.

Ravi also pleaded guilty to breaking into the office of Eugene Thuraisingam at People’s Park Centre in June, when he used a screwdriver to open the metal shutter door of the office.

There’s more

Four other charges, including two counts of public nuisance at the Sri Mariamman Temple on Jul 31 and Aug 11 this year, will be taken into consideration during sentencing.

Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/m-ravi-pleads-guilty-to-assaulting-lawyer-jeanette-chong-9444166

Actually there’s even more. I know of at least one other lawyer that was persuaded by friends of M Ravi not to file a police report. M Ravi punched him.

The good news for those wishing him well (and even those who want crime-free streets here, not the mayhem common in Gotham) is that Ravi will be assessed by an Institute of Mental Health (IMH) psychiatrist as to his suitability for a Mandatory Treatment Order (MTO) and will be back in court on 5 January for sentencing. A MTO is “a community-based sentencing option where offenders undergo mental health treatment in lieu of jail”.

If he is given a MTO, in lieu of jail, he’ll be made to take his medicine whether he likes it or not. When he was going round like a comic book super villain (crossing dressing, assaulting people etc), he readily admitted (on now taken-down videos) that he was not taking his medicine. He said the pills made him sick. Here’s why the pills made him sick: M Ravi out on bail, resting.

Btw, what 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.

SMRT culture got like this meh?

In Uncategorized on 27/11/2017 at 3:41 pm

Recently, Nissan in Japan admitted that staff falsified reports for decades. Things were so organised that employees used a special ledger to keep track of their misdeeds.

Wow!

Now that requires organisation and dedication.

 

Why can’t SDP be as intelligent as this TRE reader?

In Uncategorized on 26/11/2017 at 6:05 am

When TRE used this piece Why the PM doesn’t need friends there was this very perceptive response:

Lye Khuen Way:

Sure, going by the exact year that DPM Tharman, then the Finance Minister had promised, the Pink in Health Minister did not contradict his man.

But that’s not the point. Do this “wealthy” country need any more increase in taxes of any forms?

The Budget Surplus almost every year for decades is troubling. Just use up all the “Collection”. For Good use, of course.

Stop giving the PA billions yearly and reduce the salaries of you know who and whom.

We can even change the Constitution as proposed by Chris Kuan to use up to 100% of the earnings from our Reserves instead of current 50%.

So why didn’t the SDP say

Do this “wealthy” country need any more increase in taxes of any forms?

The Budget Surplus almost every year for decades is troubling. Just use up all the “Collection”. For Good use, of course.

Stop giving the PA billions yearly and reduce the salaries of you know who and whom.

We can even change the Constitution as proposed by Chris Kuan to use up to 100% of the earnings from our Reserves instead of current 50%.

instead of the BS it said? After all its chairman is from RI (OK only RJC), a doctor (MD), and a university professor in a S’pore university; and the SDP has many professionals.

I’ll tell u why.

SDP is led by Mad Dog Chee who prefers to use his fangs and claws rather than his brains. He is another example of someone who did very well in university but who can’t organise an orgy in a brothel. Just like Kee Chui Chan, VivianB, the parly Speaker, SMRT Desmond and PM.

Incidentally since Dr Chee defenestrated Chiam and took over the SDP, the PAP and WP have changed leaders in the noughties. And say they are planning another change in the next few yrs. Only the SDP is stuck in the Stone Age with a dinosaur. He’s like OlMan River https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh9WayN7R-s rolling along.

Just retire pls.

Why the PM doesn’t need friends

In Uncategorized on 22/11/2017 at 10:55 am

He has the SDP, and Mad Dog Chee and other anti-PAP cybernuts as enemies.

With PM and the PAPpies on the ropes over the SMRT, even nature seems to be against SMRT, the SDP, and Mad Dog Chee and other anti-PAP cybernuts, changed the conversation.

When I read this

The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has issued a statement regardingPrime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s recent warnings that tax increases are onset and “inevitable” as government spending is growing.

The SDP points out that back in the General Elections of 2015, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam denied the SDP’s claims that there will be a GST increase, claiming that “there is no basis” to those claims.

TOC

I tot what a lot of BS. Mad Dog must (like M Ravi, until recently) be refusing to take his medicine.

As far as I was concerned there was no contradiction between what PM Lee (on Sunday) said and what Tharman said (in 2015 when he was finance minister) on taxes.

I was planning to blog about it today showing that the evidence that SDP and other anti-PAP types misrepresent, knowingly or stupidly or both, the facts when they accuse the PM of making a U-turn on raising taxes.

Luckily for me, MOF pointed out that there is no contradiction between PM’s comments on Sunday about an impending tax hike, and what DPM Tharman had said in 2015 on the adequacy of revenue.

MOF said that Tharman then the Finance Minister, said in 2015 that the revenue measures the govt had already undertaken would provide sufficiently for increased spending planned until the end of the decade.

MOF says out: “This is in line with Prime Minister Lee’s speech at the PAP convention on 19 November 2017, where the Prime Minister said, ‘For this current term of government, we have enough revenue.'”

The next election must be held sometime in 2021.

Can the chairman of SDP and the other RI doctors force medicine down Mad Dog’s throat, or if he has been taking his medicine, double the dosage please?

SDP’s statement in full:

During the general elections period in 2015, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam denied the SDP’s warnings that the government would raise the GST.

At that time, he said that “there is no basis” to claims that the GST would be increased to fund increased public spending.

But Mr Lee Hsien Loong finally admitted yesterday at the PAP conference that it was inevitable that taxes would have to be raised to fund government spending.

While the PAP has so far not raised the GST after the elections, it has increased taxes and fees for a slew of items.

In 2016, the government increased carpark fees by as much as 27 percent. It has also raised ERP charges for several gantries as well as added new gantries on the expressways.

The government also announced plans to restrict vehicle growth rate to zero percent, thus ensuring that COE prices would skyrocket. It also has indicated that bus and train fares would go up. In 2016, it raised taxi-licence fees.

This year, it raised water prices by an alarming 30 percent.

PAP-run town councils also upped Service & Conservancy Charges by as much as $17 depending on the flat-type.

In addition, immediately after the GE in 2015 the PAP raised fees for its kindergartens and childcare centres. It increased the fees again in 2017.

Such hikes continue to pile pressure on Singaporeans who are already feeling the financial pain from the high cost of living and a slowing economy in Singapore.

During the Buklit Batok by-election last year, Minister Shanmugaratnam also accused the SDP of spreading “fear and alarm” through our alternative policy proposals.

Referring to the SDP’s call for universal healthcare and unemployment insurance, the DPM said that he was “troubled” by these populist policy proposals and that the SDP should tell the people that these programmes are not free.

The PAP has the habit of criticising the SDP during the elections and then quietly adopting our ideas thereafter. For example, the government introduced the Returner Work Trial this year which is essentially a retrenchment benefits scheme similar to the SDP’s that we proposed in 2010.

Also in 2012, the SDP proposed that our “individual health care risks be pooled” in a nationalised healthcare insurance programme. Three years later, the government introduced its Medishield Life, saying that “everyone shares in the national risk pool”.

Not only has the PAP copied our ideas, it now wants to increase taxes to pay for the programmes as stated by PM Lee in his party speech yesterday.

So the next time Mr Tharman accuses the SDP of proposing populist policies, he should also tell the public that his party is bankrupt of ideas and has to adopt the SDP’s proposals.

He should also be up front with the people and stop denying that our warnings of the government raising taxes have no basis.

Mugabe ak kah leow with S’porean authorities?

In Uncategorized on 19/11/2017 at 1:59 pm

Further to this Mugabe coming here?, seems he ak kah leow with S’porean authorities.

Extract from another BBC report

The Mugabe family own property in Malaysia, South Africa and possibly Dubai – but Africa-watchers say the patriarch may aim for Singapore.

“He’s got numerous options,” observes Dr Phil Clark, an African politics specialist at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

“He’s been going [to Singapore] a lot for medical treatment for more than a decade now, and he seems to have a pretty good relationship with the Singaporean authorities.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-42023285

Amos got point on Christianity and Islam

In Uncategorized on 19/11/2017 at 7:08 am

Amos didn’t say this, but he could have.

Take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus. There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here, maybe just a little bit unusual.

Amos is well known for being relaxed about child sex, and for attacking Islam and our dearly beloved Harry. In the process, it has been widely forgotten that he also attacks Christianity and the above would have right up his street.

No it wasn’t Amos but this was said by Jim Zeigler, the Alabama State Auditor, to the Washington Examiner,  the BBC reports that Jim Zeigler is a Christian. He was defending another Christian who has been accused of trying to have sex with teenagers. The other Christian who denies the allegations, wants to be a US senator for Alabama, a US state full of Christians. He’s the favourite to win, really.

One really cannot blame Amos for dissing Christianity with Christians like these, just like one fault Amos for dissing Islam.

Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in Tuesday’s deadly New York City truck attack “appears to have been inspired by violent Isis videos depicting beheadings and shootings, according to prosecutors,” reports the Guardian.

The incident is strongly reminiscent of recent terror attacks in Europe, where vehicles were used as effective weapons against unarmed crowds. In France, 86 people were killed and more than 400 injured by a single lorry near the seafront at Nice, in 2016. In Berlin, 12 were killed and more than 50 injured by a similar attack last December. Vehicles have also been used to plough into crowds in London and in Barcelona …

a publication produced by IS suggested to its supporters living in the West that they use their cars to run over civilians.

Economist blog

Whatever, let’s give thanks to the PAP for having the foresight to have a Muslim president: Why PAP thinks we need a Malay president?

 

 

 

Mugabe coming here?

In Uncategorized on 18/11/2017 at 4:50 am

A BBC article http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-42011059 discuss what can happen to him. One option is to go into exile. The favourite country is South Africa where he has properties and is still respected as a Jedi. But his wife, Gucci Grace, will not be welcomed there. Read the article for the details.

So if not South Africa, then where?

Other possible options are Singapore and Malaysia, where the Mugabes also have properties.

And don’t forget Gleneagles is his favourite hospital and Gucci Grace loves shopping.

The good news for S’poreans and the PAP is that he’s still refusing to resign. One doubts the PAP wants living here a reputed billionaire of an ex-president accused of corruption and his pushy, ambitious (she wanted to be the next president), and violent (She has beaten up ladies who upset her in South Africa and in HK). I’m sure the PAP doesn’t want cyberspace, not just cybernuts from TRELand to draw comparisions, however unfairly.

MRT collision is no play play

In Uncategorized on 17/11/2017 at 7:43 am

Can really be jialat safety and convenience issues.

What happened has implications for the on-going introduction piecemeal introduction of the new signaling system.

The faulty train was operating on both the old and new signalling systems. The old signalling system currently operates from Pasir Ris to Pioneer, while the new system – which allows trains to arrive more frequently during peak hours – operates from Joo Koon to Tuas Link.

Given the finding, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan instructed the separation of the two sections of the East West Line operating under different signalling systems.

If this problem happened here it could happen anywhere else where a train has to operate on both systems.

Note there have been no reports on where else on the MRT system trains are operating on both systems.

And before the cybernuts KPKB, remember that new signalling system is being brought in piecemeal to avoid closing down an entire line.

Related article: This BBC (UK-centric) article explains the issues behind “signal failure” in a railway system: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41708585

Rock & roll and drugs

In Uncategorized on 17/11/2017 at 7:09 am

“Rock and roll was not inspired by drugs. Back in the 60s people were smoking hemp, a mild intoxicant. All it did was open the doors of perception…That’s where the music came from.” – Ray Manzarek

He was member of the Doors.

The band took their name from the title of Aldous Huxley’s book The Doors of Perception, itself derived from a line in William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: “If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is: infinite”.

Fat cats need help

In Uncategorized on 15/11/2017 at 4:27 pm

“Fat cat” may be a term of abuse, but according to the Daily Mail, actual obese felines need help.

A vet tells the paper that one in 10 cats never leave their owners’ homes and the kind thing to do is design a daily exercise routine for those pets.

Suggestions include playing hunting games, and letting the animals bat toys around.

The newspaper’s headline even go so far as to suggest “let it try a hamster wheel!”

BBC Online

Does Amos support child pornography?

In Uncategorized on 15/11/2017 at 11:09 am

Someone asked on Facebook if it was true that Amos supports child pornography.

He received this very thoughtful reply from a Khush Chopra an NUS graduate who also studied at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and École nationale des ponts et chaussées

Khush Chopra From the video here, the age of consent not child pornography seems to be the issue. In the land of the *brave and free* Famous Amos wisened to the fact that not all free speech is acceptable. A much more contemplative, somewhat mature and remarkably non-vulgar Amos reels at the stinging disappointment of his talk being cancelled but continued to stoutly defend his view on the age of consent for sex. He tries to explain that he is not advocating violence against children or pedophilia. Amos will nevertheless have to think hard about his views and do a much better job at justifying them more carefully. This is a another real lesson that he will hopefully learn from.

https://youtu.be/qc9oVlZu_V8

I dedicate this piece to Passerby.

Btw, I still think he lost his invitation by a Harvard students’ club (not Harvard College as alleged by the cybernuts), not because of his views, but because he asked them for his airfare and for accommodation at a five-star hotel. He said travelling by Greyhound bus and staying in a student dormitory was beneath him.

P&G mgt reminds me of the PAP

In Uncategorized on 13/11/2017 at 6:55 am

Die, die must crush opposition to its hegemony. 

Procter & Gamble, the world’s second largest consumer group, won its battle to keep activist investor Peltz out of its boardroom. Nelson Peltz wanted to be a director (one out of 11) of what he considered a badly managed company.

P&G mgt refused and won very narrowly.

The FT reports that P&G spent at least US$100 million to deny him the seat he wanted. It had hired Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Centerview Partners and Lazard as advisers. Mr. Peltz’s Trian spent at least US$25 million.

NYT’s Dealbook reported that

 

Many of P&G’s biggest shareholders voted to give Mr. Peltz a seat on the board of the consumer product giant. BlackRock and State Street, which hold around 10% combined, voted with Trian, these people added.

Christopher Ailman, the chief investment officer of the Calstrs pension fund:
Calstrs will own Procter & Gamble long after the current management has moved on or retired. We will continue to vote our shares to ensure that individuals — like Nelson Peltz — who are a valuable asset to a board, get the opportunity to represent us and other like-minded long-term shareholders.

And

That Mr. Peltz could come so close reflects the growing power of activist investors bent on shaking up corporate boards.

As Mr. Peltz told CNBC after the P&G shareholder meeting: “There is no company today that can’t be called to task. Not one.”

Robot 1 Lawyers 0

In Uncategorized on 12/11/2017 at 4:36 pm

In a contest between 100 lawyers, many of London’s most expensive firms, against an artificial intelligence program called Case Cruncher Alpha, the program won easily.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-41829534

Both the humans and the AI were given the basic facts of hundreds of PPI (payment protection insurance) mis-selling cases and asked to predict whether the Financial Ombudsman would allow a claim.

In all, they submitted 775 predictions and the computer won hands down, with Case Cruncher getting an accuracy rate of 86.6%, compared with 66.3% for the lawyers.

Why Sun Ho’s God is not on her side

In Uncategorized on 12/11/2017 at 10:50 am

Because hubbie Kong Hee in jail and he’s still paying off loan on Sentosa penthouse that has negative equity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If God really loved her (and him):

One of Nigeria’s best known pastors, David Oyedepo, whose church has been attended by the country’s presidents, says that Christians must be rich. Such preachers suggest that “planting seeds” (giving money to the church) will bring a harvest of its own, and that wealth is proof of God’s love. God must love Mr Oyedepo a lot; the Nigerian press reports that he is worth more than $150m and owns four private jets.

CHC members should remember that since

in the “prosperity Gospel”, a recent export from the United States, wealth is very much the intention. Many of the new generation of pastors tell their flocks that God does not want them to be poor.

In Africa, many Pentecostal churches are concerned with “this-worldly” victory, says Mr Gifford. In Nigeria congregations with names like the “Victory Bible Church” hang banners saying things like “Success is my Birthright”.

so if pastor not rich, why bother listening to him.

Extracts from Economist.

Amos the stupid

In Uncategorized on 11/11/2017 at 1:15 pm

Amos Yee: “But to me, it’s very important that I lead the kind of life I want and do the things I love, a part-time job that takes hours off your day ruins that. The feeling of ‘shamelessness’ on relying on others for money is much more worth making half your life or more of your life miserable, at least for me.”

Well he should have sought asylum in a Nordic country where the state will make sure he won’t starve if he doesn’t work.

The US may be the “Land of the free, where the buffalo roam” but it ain’t very generous to those not willing to work.

But doubtless Mother Mary will send money. But the TRE cybernut rats and their ang moh tua kee allies will only send their love.

 

SMRT: Race(s) of maintenance team please

In Uncategorized on 10/11/2017 at 1:49 pm

And that of their managers too please.

I’m asking because I’m hearing rumours that the members of the maintenance team are all members of a particular minority, while their managers are all of another race.

Whatever, race is important here.

Amid calls from various quarters for Singapore to ditch its long-standing Chinese-Malay-Indian-Others (CMIO) framework, a survey has shown that the model is still relevant as Singaporeans – including younger ones – still value the importance of race, its researchers say.

The survey, which involved about 2,000 Singaporeans and permanent residents, was conducted by Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) and Channel NewsAsia.

Source: Constructive, nation-build “newspaper” of Mediacorp

Race is so important in the S’pore fabric that we have a Malay “reserved” president whose i/c says “Indian”. That’s how important the PAP thinks racial identity is to S’poreans: Why PAP thinks we need a Malay president?

Cybernuts are only a subset of 30%

In Uncategorized on 08/11/2017 at 5:39 pm

AfD, a right-wing nationalist party formed in 2013, claimed almost 13% of the popular vote. It is the first time since World War Two such a party will enter the German parliament.

But people online have been quick to point out the majority of the electorate – 87% of those who voted – opted for one of the other parties. The hashtag #87Prozent [87 percent] has been trending on social media in Germany.

“I must just remind you,” he wrote. “We are 87 percent. In other words: an absolute majority against the right”.

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-41384799

In S’pore, the PAP can legitimately say to those who voted against the PAP “We are 70%”. U are only 30%. Sit down and shut up.”

And yet the cybernuts among the 30% (Oxygen, Dosh, BK, Rabble-rouser etc) see the 70% as enemies of S’pore juz as the PAP, wrongly, see the 30% as the enemies of S’pore.

Got KFC outlet like this here meh?

In China, Uncategorized on 07/11/2017 at 5:45 pm

I’m not a fan of KFC food, so not been in or near outlet for years. From NYT Dealbook

Fast food gets a reboot in China: tuna-pesto paninis, paid for by facial recognition. When Michelle Xian wandered into one of the fast-food restaurants at a shopping mall here on a recent weekday, she didn’t realize it was a KFC. The modern décor featured an open kitchen and hanging plants, and the menu included tuna-and-pesto paninis and quinoa-and-corn salads. Customers were busy placing orders via smartphone, using QR codes printed on tables, or through a facial-recognition system that matches their images to their Alipay digital wallets.
“I don’t normally go to KFC because it’s not that healthy,” said Ms. Xian, 30 years old, who ordered a chicken sandwich before being told where she was. “This is more aligned with new trends.” – The Wall Street Journal

People who value our education system

In Uncategorized on 07/11/2017 at 12:20 pm

There are Malaysians living in Johor that think their kids must have a S’pore education.

The sacrifices that the kids make

Technician Francis Alan, 37, whose son Henry is in Primary Two at Greenwood Primary School, said the effort was worth it. “Education in Singapore is one of the best in the world. We want Henry to become very marketable when he becomes an adult,” said Mr Francis, who works at Amgen Singapore Manufacturing in Tuas.

Henry wakes up at 3.30am on weekdays to catch the 4.30am bus to make it to school by 7.30am.

http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/rising-school-fees-non-sporeans-force-rethink-among-johoreans

And the sacrifices the parents make

… the fee hikes for permanent residents and foreigners began in 2011, when Danson was in Primary Three. From S$15 a month, Danson’s fees increased to S$22, then S$40 and S$90. Now in Secondary Three at Northland Secondary School, his Malaysian parents are forking out S$200 each month and the amount will hit S$400 and S$460 when he enters pre-university.

(Cheaper now according to the article to study in private schools in JB that use an int’l accepted curriculum.)

Step back and remember that this is an education sytem that many (self included) deride and criticise. The PAP is doing something right, right?

WP MPs are still not organised in parly

In Uncategorized on 06/11/2017 at 4:32 pm

Extract of interview with Low’s anointed one Dennis Tan last year

Does WP MPs coordinate on topics they are focusing on, or does the party leadership leave it to the MPs to decide on the topics?

“At this moment, there is no such arrangement. We are expected to cover all important issues that affect all Singaporeans.

Like the last term, some MPs may have definitely have some preference. Yee Jenn Jong, for example liked to talk about education and business issues; Gerald liked to talk about healthcare and transport issues — as time goes on in the next couple of months I think I expect some of us may have developed certain preferences. Having said that, we are expected to cover all the issues because there’s so few of us and we don’t really have a choice.”

https://mothership.sg/2016/03/workers-partys-first-time-ncmp-dennis-tan-is-an-overachieving-underdog/

So since the 2011 GE, WP MPs have not organised themselves so that they can shadow individual ministers and ministries.

 

WP Low’s anointed one

In Uncategorized on 06/11/2017 at 5:21 am

But first, we got a real bunch of “expert” cocks

Workers’ Party (WP) chief Low Thia Khiang’s decision to step down as secretary-general by next year took many political analysts by surprise, given that he managed to stave off a leadership challenge by fellow Member of Parliament Chen Show Mao just last year.

And

Associate Professor Eugene Tan from the Singapore Management University (SMU) said there had been no indication that Mr Low, who would have led the party for 17 years before he steps down, was going to make such an announcement.

Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/low-thia-khiang-s-decision-a-boost-to-party-renewal-that-will-9375578

Well since earlier this year, I had it from Morocco Mole‘s twin brother that Low and Auntie would not be contesting the next GE. And it wouldn’t have been a secret if Morocco Mole’s twin brother knew about it. It was something the WP cadres were openly talking about among themselves, even if they were not posting about in on FB

These experts have no contacts among WP cadres isit?

Well we now know that Low will not be contesting for the post of Secretary-General in the next Central Executive Committee (CEC) Elections. TOC reported that “He said that he is confident that the party has a new generation of capable leaders who are ready to take the helm.”

Assoc Prof Eugene Tan is talking via his ass when he “says the front-runners at the moment are Ms Lim and Mr Singh”. It’s not an open race but a wayang like the selection of Hali. There’s a Daulphin in place and neither Auntie or her bayee is the anointed one. Nor is Lion Man: Leon the Lion. Like in the PAP, WP leader must be Chinese. And in WP’s case, Teochew.

I had been told by Morocco Mole’s twin brother that NCMP Dennis Tan had been chosen by Low to take his place. He’s an “Executive Council Member and Vice Chair, Media Team” of the Wankers’ Party.

wpmp_profile2_dennis

But he’s no wanker. He’s from RI and is a shipping lawyer in DennisMathiew where he’s a partner. In the last GE he did pretty well in Fengshan SMC, winning 43% of the votes.

He walks the ground assidiously. In 2016

having covered every block and house in the single-member constituency of Fengshan on foot, is just getting started after walking it two times.

https://mothership.sg/2016/03/workers-partys-first-time-ncmp-dennis-tan-is-an-overachieving-underdog/

I’ll say this for him: unlike Gerald Giam (Remember him?), he didn’t go AWOL or MIA after the GE like what Gerald did after GE2011 in East Coast GRC. When Gerald Giam started working the ground in Bedok in preparation for GE2015, the HDB estate (the heart of East Coast GRC) had changed a lot since he stopped walking the ground after GE2011. He and his team needed a map of the area.

 

“Idiots”, “Indians” no more

In Uncategorized on 04/11/2017 at 1:21 pm

Well it seems TISG has changed.

This is a pretty good analysis by the publisher of TISG. But note that he didn’t talk of TISG. My bet is that it’ll close soon because it’s been cleaning up its act and going to a sanitised place where the eyeballs of anti-PAP cybernuts no longer follow it. Tired of being invited to Lim Kopi?

But then maybe being PAP loudhailer for paid-off? TISG: “useful loudhailer” for PAP administration

Whatever, pretty good stuff

good journalism is only good as a vanity metric, it is both subjective and unquantifiable. I am not even sure if it can be defined as a product that can be differentiated in a highly competitive marketplace. As a business, it is not defensible.

In this business, there is no customer lock in. People read what they want to read and often read news that comes in their social media feeds. Even the 30% die-hard opposition supporters read the main-stream media – they share articles widely about how the MSM is so biased and in the process making MSM more entrenched. Let’s not forget, ST has more followers that all the alternate media combined.

Secondly, readers’ preferences about what they read changes over time and it is difficult for a small media outfit to monitor the changes in reader habits. Besides, a one trick pony that only attracts a certain kind of readers is poorly equipped to monitor the changing trends in the space.

Therein lies their business dilemma, growing out of their niche would be difficult as it would offend their initial customer segment and their need for good well-argued pieces.  They also brought on subscribers on the basis of good journalism, though very little, it is a market that they couldn’t forsake till now.

Paywall is a death trap

Nobody owes anybody a living and if you’re going out there to raise funds to bankroll your operations, you’ll soon find that you have few friends. Subscribers are finicky – they want good service, they want a certain number of articles to be published each day, expect constant uptime of servers and all these cost monies and you need truckloads of them.

Unless you have a well-oiled machine, you’ll soon realise that you cannot deliver on your promises as you will need to juggle between running a good sales team on top of a good editorial team. A major, if not impossible undertaking for a startup.

Long verbose articles do not sit well in a mobile device. People’s attention span is too short to go through long pieces. Singapore’s market of 2.3M readers and to target a niche segment of the total addressable market is really a death trap.

There are few contenders that’ll probably cover this segment and it could very well be TODAY and ST –  it is easy to dismiss them as old media houses languishing in the digital age or that their pro-government Pyongyang styled media is completely out of touch, I would argue otherwise.

Recently, both TODAY and ST have published articles that are critical of the government and these pieces are shared widely by anti-establishment activists. They probably were on TMG’s heals to chip away the little market share she had.

All three, TMG, 66N and IQ managed to raise seed capital to launch their sites, yet they failed to scale their startups and there is a valuable lesson here for any startup founder – never put the cart before the horse. Only raise funds when you have a sure-fire way of sustaining the business.

The fundamental question we need to ask, is there really a market for middle-of-the-road, well-balanced, neither here-nor-there, running on the road divider kind of publication? Perhaps not, so, let’s not beat ourselves over it, though it’s sorely missed!

RIP TMG.

http://www.theindependent.sg/tmgs-better-mouse-trap/

Related post: Atas website closing

 

Starting a new political party

In Uncategorized on 04/11/2017 at 7:53 am

In S’pore, it’s easy to register a political party even if the office bearers are a bunch of clowns. Juz ask Goh Meng Seng and friends.

But what then?

I’ll use extracts from a BBC article referencing the UK on how difficult it is for a new party to get traction and that the only way to get traction is something that Harry cleverly blocked

New political parties have a remarkably high failure rate in the UK. They almost never succeed – but are things different now?

The success of new French President Emmanuel Macron, who created a liberal pro-European party of government, En Marche, from scratch in less than two years, has made some people wonder if it could happen in the UK.

Conventional wisdom says a fresh face could never rise so rapidly to the top – the first-past-the-post electoral system is biased in favour of the existing “big two” parties, the argument goes.

But politics is more fast-moving and fluid than it has ever been and there appears, to some at least, to be a gap in the market.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-40498232

But

It is not all doom – small parties can and do break through on to the national stage in the UK. The public are willing to give them a hearing in a way that they never did in the past – witness the seven-way debates at election time and the extraordinary rise of the SNP.

But the ones that succeed tend to be born in the angry margins, speaking up for voters who feel their views are being ignored by the mainstream.

But a centralist new party? Forget it because

The “centre ground” tends to be the preserve of political insiders, who can come with a lot of unhelpful baggage.

OK Macron did it but he’s also a 39 yr old guy with a 60-something mother wife

There’s a way

if you have ambitions of running the country, but launching a new party with the same old, tarnished Westminster faces is likely to turn voters off, then what exactly would it take?

“You would need at least 100 or so MPs,” and it would need to be a “spectacular” and game-changing coup, says Prof Tim Bale.

“It would need to be exciting enough – and big enough and sexy enough – to convince people.”

A charismatic leader, without too much baggage (sorry, Tony) is a must.

And timing would be everything. If the launch is too far from the next general election, the shine could come off and the whole enterprise come crashing to the ground before anyone gets a chance to vote for it, says Prof Bale.

But it can’t be done here. A law of Harry’s is that MPs cannot switch parties. They got to resign their seats.

Truly the 9th Immortal 

Incomplete story about PM’s arty days

In Uncategorized on 03/11/2017 at 4:55 am

Mr Tan also recounted that when Mr Lee was a junior officer, he had written a programme to compute the angle to fire a gun. Before that, the men had to tediously calculate these details manually. “PM said that was… so primitive. So he started to think that something could be done,” he said.

Today

What wasn’t told by Mr Tan was that was that the future PM wrote the programme for use in the HP scientific calculator or the finance one (I’m not sure which). And more importantly, we were not told that the progamme wasn’t of much use because the HP calculator wasn’t rugged enough for military use. At least he was smart enough not to use the TI version: that was (and is) more delicate: these calculators are still on sale.

PR suggestion for launch of “defamation” video

In Uncategorized on 02/11/2017 at 1:10 pm

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 .

Lim Tean

Lim Tean says will help S’poreans avoid getting sued for defamation when they criticise you-know-who. My suggestion is that he or a member of Team Lim Tean should get in touch with Tan Tee Seng with a view of doing a premiere of the video which .

Tan Tee Seng, a “Marxist conspirator” (he confessed), is part of a team of social activists that organises screenings of interesting films  and the video should be something that will interest the team, and those who attend the screenings.

Who knows it might even get into this mid November festival:

Make a date with Freedom Film Festival 2017 Singapore!

Cybernut twice asks Lim Tean good question

In Uncategorized on 29/10/2017 at 5:06 pm

But no answer from Lim Tean.

On one of Lim Tean’s FB posts supporting Philip Ang’s call for a class action on CPF, on 27 October C Sing Ow  asked

So…can we know what was COLLECTED for THIS CLASS ACTION to date…

There was no response.

On 28 October C Sing Ow KPKB

For a small sum …everyone is ready n willing to contribute but They need ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY in this CLASS ACTION on the funds collected.

Later on 28 October, he asked again

Collective ACCOUNT with details of collection n expenditures too. TQ

When I last checked there was still no response.

As Lim Tean is already supporting Philip Ang’s call for another class action, this time to sue SMRT for the delays and inconvenience caused by SMRT’s failures, this failure to respond to a reasonable question could show that Lim Tean’s moved on to another cause.

Not that I blame him: a CPF class action suit based on the “reasoning” of Philip Ang is a lot of bull.

But at the very least Lim Tean say to C Sing Ow, “Let u know, still counting”.

As to C Sing Ow’s cybernut credentials, whenever he posts on Chris K’s FB Wall he screams at the top of his voice. No small caps, all big caps. And worse he screams BS. He sounds a lot like TRE’s Oxygen: TRE grave dancer doesn’t deny grave dancing.

Coming back to Lim Tean, as a top gun-slinging lawyer he should know:

For want of a nail the shoe was lost,
for want of a shoe the horse was lost,
for want of a horse the knight was lost,
for want of a knight the battle was lost,
for want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
So a kingdom was lost—all for want of a nail.

He should mobilise the team of cyber-Amazons that have joined him to help him keep tabs of comments on his FB wall. Seems these women got tired of Goh Meng Seng’s BS. In casu u’ve forgotten who Goh Meng Seng is What Amos and Meng Seng have in common? Con’td.

SPH journalists so free meh?

In Uncategorized on 29/10/2017 at 10:31 am

The anti-PAP TRE cybernuts were crying for the SPH journalists and other staff that were retrenched, calling mgt “heartless”. Funny they forgot these people were enablers of the sytem they so hated. But then that’s why they are TRE cybernuts: brainless morons.

No need to cry for SPH journalists. They so free that got time to write novels (during working hours one assumes)

Two journalists have made the shortlist for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2017, Singapore’s richest literary prize.

Straits Times arts correspondent Akshita Nanda and assistant news editor at The New Paper Andre Yeo will be vying for the third edition of the $25,000 prize, Singapore’s only one for unpublished English-language novels.

They will be up against office executive Sebastian Sim, who is on the shortlist for a second time, and writer Judith Huang.

ST

The PAP administration will not be amused with these journalists because Epigram is quai lan being the publisher of two books that the PAP administration hates:

The National Arts Council (NAC) has withdrawn a publishing grant for the graphic novel The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye on the eve of its Singapore launch because of “sensitive content”.

The council declined to elaborate on the reasons behind the decision to revoke the S$8,000 grant.

Charlie and Edmund …

 

And

The National Arts Council (NAC) withdrew a grant from Singaporean author Jeremy Tiang because the content of his book changed from his original proposal, said Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu.

In a written response to Parliament on Tuesday, Ms Fu said that in Tiang’s case, “the project did not meet the funding requirements mutually agreed upon as the content in the book deviated from the original proposal”.

ST

Jeremy Tiang’s “State of Emergency,” is about a family caught up in the Communist insurgency in Malaya after World War II, and S’pore’s often brutal crackdown on suspected leftists during the Cold War.

Worse from the perspective of the authorities, Epigram is laughing all the way to the bank. Charlie Chan has old more than 14.000 copies here (Projected sales was max of 1000 copies a year). And it’s selling well overseas.

Whatever the publisher Edmund Wee is an RI boy. Makes up for fact that Tan Jee Say, Tan Jee Say and Kee Chui Chan are also from RI.

 

Atas website closing

In Uncategorized on 28/10/2017 at 4:46 am

Yikes there are even bigger cheapskates than the born-loser TRE cybernuts.

TMG (One of its founders was a paper general in the Imperial Stormtroopers. She tot she could be ST editor, a Sith Lord post. She left the Dark Side after her retirement from ST.) is closing down.

Although it has 50,000 – 1000,00 regular readers a month, it has only 200 regular donors contributing about $3,000 each month.

“We have just over 200 patrons on the platform, contributing about $3,000 each month, and the choices we made meant that we were not as attractive as other platforms when it came to sheer traffic and viral content – the lifeblood of ad campaigns. Unfortunately, the overheads for a solid news editorial team run into the tens of thousands, and TMG wasn’t an operation we could sustain long term, not without departing from the core values that we hold dear.”

http://themiddleground.sg/2017/10/28/thank-just-cant-go/

And they had claimed implicitly that their readers were upper crust types, not the ratty nuts infesting the anti-PAP sites.

Well the richer people claim they are, the more cheapskate they are

a survey suggests a huge number of the better heeled have also been browsing the aisles and may have a product from at least one of them lurking in their larders and fridges.

Retail researchers Mintel have found that 77% of households earning £50,000 or more have bought from the stores.

That is a higher proportion than UK shoppers on much lower incomes.

Among those with a household income of less than £15,500, 73% use discounters, according to Mintel.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41652423

So maybe the TRE cheapskates are really rich.

 

 

Khaw, Desmond would have appreciated this

In Uncategorized on 26/10/2017 at 7:24 am

After Khaw, and the chairman and the CEO of SMRT did a pale imitation of Japanese-style apology over the “ponding” problem, and were jeered in cyberspace by many S’poreans (not juz the usual anti-PAP cybernuts from TRE and Chris K’s FB wall), they’d have appreciated this if something like this was available here last week.

A smartphone game in which players can “applaud” Chinese president Xi Jinping has gone viral.

The app, released in the week of the Communist Party Congress, lets users clap for Mr Xi by tapping their phone screen as many times as possible in 19 seconds.

The game, from Tencent, has racked up 1.2 billion plays in three days.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-41693817

Never mind, some state agency will fund such an app so that at next year’s Nattional Day when PM says we have the greatest public transport system in the world, PAPpies (having eaten their atas dog food from a company financed by Temasek) can applaud PM in cyberspace.

Make cyberspace safe for the PAP.

How PM honours “Pa”

In Uncategorized on 24/10/2017 at 2:16 pm

The hermitess of Oxley, or the husband of lawyer got liddat mah?

PM rereads LKY’s speeches and “can hear his voice in” his head.

 [W]e think of him often, we read his old speeches and we say, “well, that’s still relevant to us today.” The way he puts it still has a ring to it. At the same time, we have to build on that and move forward, because if we just remained with what he had imagined and what he had done and nothing more, I think he’d have been very disappointed.

CT: If he were alive today, what advice do you think he would have given you?

PM Lee: I think he would have said, “Press on, move on. Don’t be looking at the rear view mirror. Remember what has happened, understand how you got here, but look forward and press forward.”

CT: You can hear his voice in your head?

PM Lee: (laughs) Yes, we can imagine that.

http://www.asiaone.com/singapore/cnbc-transcript-lee-hsien-loong-prime-minister-singapore

To be fair to the hermitess, she keeps the ashes of her parents in the Oxley Road House.  I had tot that the ashes were scatterd in the sea, or from an aeroplane over S’pore. I didn’t expect the ashes to be in urns in the Oxley shrine Road House. Wonder if she practices shamanisitic rituals to channel “Pa”?

That’ll be one up on tai kor who only reads pa’s speeches and hears his voice in his head.

 

Update on Lim Tean’s video and rally

In Uncategorized on 23/10/2017 at 11:33 am

Further to Whatever happened to Lim Tean’s defamation video? And his jobs rally? Lim Tean replied saying the video’s coming out in early November and the job rally some time in November.

Glad that he raised the funds because this shows shows that not all anti-PAP S’poreans are as cheapskate as the freeloaders and born losers from TRE.

Dear Cynical Investor ,

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 !

I’ll report on whether he meets the deadlines.

Whatever happened to Lim Tean’s defamation video? And his jobs rally?

In Uncategorized on 23/10/2017 at 5:01 am

So Lim Tean and cybernut Philip Ang are raising money to sue someone about our CPF:

Lim Tean and I have set up a crowdfunding account @ https://www.facebook.com/tean.lim.75. (POSB Savings 198-91842-3) Please keep a record of your transaction as your particulars will be required before the launch of the class-action suit. Unused portion will also be returned, pari passu.

https://likedatosocanmeh.wordpress.com/2017/10/15/class-action-suit-only-option-for-cpf-members-to-right-a-sorry-situation/

While this blog had been impressed by Lim Tean, this blog must point out that S’poreans are still waiting for his jobs rally Update: “Fair Jobs for Singaporeans” rally/. Has he raised the full $20,000 he asked for? No $20,000, no rally isit?

And then there’s the defamation video which should be out by now but again “not picture, no sound”. Also cannot raise the money isit?

14 August

Donations needed! With your help Defamation 101 video can be released in 3 weeks. Please donate today.
PayPal.Me/ProjectFreedomSG
or bank transfer to CIMB bank, Lim Tean 1000 769 876

 

************Make “Defamation 101” video happen! ****************
We are crowdfunding for Lim Tean’s new video project, a thorough exploration through Singapore’s strict defamation laws. He will guide us through what we can and cannot say so that we may have a stronger and more confident voice when speaking our truth.
Donate via PayPal (paypal.me/ProjectFreedomSG or use email teanlim1964@gmail.com).
Contact Lim Tean or Project Freedom for more info.

Will his Sue CPF campaign go the way of these two earlier projects? No picture, no sound. Anti-PAP S’poreans not responding to funding calls isit? And so Lim Tean not doing anything, but keeping quiet? No money no more talk isit?  Typical lawyer at work isit?

If he cannot raise the monies he wants to for the video and the rally, he should say so. No shame on him that he’s again double confirmed that the anti-PAP S’poreans are a bunch of freeloaders, cheapskates and born losers. everything must be done for them for free.

And it’s no shame on him that he can easily fund these two projects but won’t. These projects are meant to galvanise the masses, but if the masses are not interested in doing anything, why throw money away?

Btw whatever happened to the monies already raised? Will they be refunded if the rally or video don’t materialise.

Why our Oppo so small and weak

In Uncategorized on 22/10/2017 at 1:39 pm

They are like our wild animals. They enrich the PAP-created environment without endangering the PAP or S’poreans. Think s/o JBJ, the two Ravis, the Chiams or the Wankers.

Big, dangerous Oppo figures are “sued” to extinction (JBJ, Roy etc) or detained (Teo Soh Lung, Amos Yee etc). But then Mad Dog Chee is still roaming the streets, so beware.

“THE WILD ANIMALS WE HAVE IN SINGAPORE ARE GENERALLY SMALL AND CAN THRIVE IN OUR WOODS AND GARDEN CITY. THEY ENRICH OUR ENVIRONMENT, MAKING SINGAPORE A NATURAL CITY AND NOT A BARREN ONE. THE PRESENCE OF SMALL, WILD ANIMALS IS A TRIBUTE TO OUR ABILITY TO BALANCE URBAN LIVING WITH NATURE.”

HE ADDED: “OCCASIONALLY WE MAY RUN INTO LARGER AND POTENTIALLY AGGRESSIVE ANIMALS SUCH AS WILD BOARS, SNAKES AND CROCODILES. THEY ARE BEST LEFT ALONE AND REPORTED TO THE AUTHORITIES WHO ARE TRAINED TO HANDLE THEM SAFELY. NOT WORTH PUTTING ONESELF AT RISK OR STRESSING THE WILD ANIMAL FOR THE SAKE OF A SELFIE OR VIDEO.”
(ESM GOH CHOK TONG)

Above posted by FB and real life friend on FB.

Would Mata Hari love our paper generals?

In Uncategorized on 22/10/2017 at 5:26 am

Mata Hari 13.jpg

“I have loved officers my whole life. I would rather be the mistress of a poor officer than of a rich banker. I gladly go to bed with them without thinking of money.”

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Margaretha Geertruida “Margreet” MacLeod (née Zelle; 7 August 1876 – 15 October 1917), better known by the stage name Mata Hari, was a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy for Germany during World War I[1] and executed by firing squad in France.[2]

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


What do u think? Afret all our paper generals have monbey too.

New magic space in F&, retailing

In Uncategorized on 21/10/2017 at 1:46 pm

“Affordable luxury brands like Blue Bottle are pricing their coffee high enough that consumers feel like they’re splurging, but low enough that that splurge can be rolled up into their weekly budget,” Taylor Palmer, an analyst at the research firm IBISWorld.

Blue Bottle is an atas coffeee chain in US that Nestlé is buying a controlling stake in.

Only in the Trump administration

In Uncategorized on 19/10/2017 at 4:29 pm

So surreal.

From NYT Dealbook

Recalcitrant lawmakers may have more ammunition for their stance from an unusual source: a Harvard University economist whose work has been cited by the White House in its assertion that lower corporate taxes could raise household incomes by as much as $9,000.
Jim Tankersley, NYT:
The top end of that estimate was based on work by a trio of researchers, and on Tuesday one of them, Mihir Desai of Harvard, said Mr. Trump’s team had misread the research. The actual income gain implied by his study, he estimated, would be $800.
Mr. Trump’s economic team disagreed — saying Mr. Desai had erred in interpreting his own paper.

How to win over PAP voters

In Uncategorized on 18/10/2017 at 4:26 pm

Online rows cannot be settled by quoting facts, suggests research.

Instead focus on the benefits that voting against the PAP will bring like having getting rid of the paper generals and other scholars. And that the PAP will throw more of our money at us.

But whatever don’t follow Oxygen and his other nutty and ratty TRE pals. They think that the 30% must rule over the 70% because the cybernuts are more intelligent than the avewrage voter.

Facts don’t matter online

There’s a well-known cartoon featuring a woman asking a man when he’s coming to bed who then says: “I can’t – someone is wrong on the internet.” It sums up just how we can be drawn into arguments online with people who seem to be immune to reason.

But a neuroscientist at University College London says we are probably wasting our time if we think facts will change people’s minds. Tali Sharot has written a book called The Influential Mind about how the methods we use in argument don’t work because they don’t fit with the way the mind operates.

She says the sheer volume of information now available on the internet is actually making things worse: “You can find information that supports anything you want to – and people do.” So if you believe the world is flat or that vaccines cause autism, you can find material online to back up your beliefs.

“What we need to realise is fighting the confirmation bias is not very helpful,” says Dr Sharot. “We can’t change millions of years of evolution – our brains work in a certain way.”

It seems a counsel of despair for anyone who believes that facts matter. But there is a cunning way of getting people to change their minds.

Dr Sharot points to a group of scientists who took a different approach when trying to convince parents that vaccines were not linked to autism. Instead of confronting them head on with studies that showed there was no link, they accepted the parents’ beliefs and instead talked to them about the good things vaccines did – such as keeping children safe from measles or mumps.

“They highlighted something everyone agreed on,” she says. This approach proved far more effective at changing minds than just a bald laying out of facts.

And do not feel smug in the belief that you are far too smart to be dogmatic about your beliefs even when you are shown evidence to the contrary. Dr Sharot says the research shows that the more intelligent you are, the more likely you are to have a confirmation bias.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-41206533

What made America great in WWII

In Uncategorized on 16/10/2017 at 4:51 pm

Its workers, their managers, and the manufacturing systems.

From Quora

There is a joke of a German tank commander who was captured and was talking to a GI captor.

GI: So I heard a German tank could kill 5 American tanks for each German tank

German: No, a German tank could kill 10 American tanks for each German tank.

GI: So how did we capture you then.

German: the Americans always brought 11 tanks for 1 of ours.

The Sherman was in service when there were better options because it was a great tank to mass produce, and it was produced to a huge extent and the Germans couldn’t keep up with the American production.

How anti-PAP websites can raise $

In Uncategorized on 11/10/2017 at 5:47 am

Something for TOC, TRE, TISG(The Indians) and the SDP website to think about. They get the bulk of their traffic from really cheapskate born-loser anti-PAP cybernuts and cyberrats.

These sites can use Coin Hive mining script and others, such as JSE Coin, legitimately to generate some money from their steady stream of visitors. Metrics published on the Coin Hive site suggest that a site that gets one million visitors a month would make about $116 (£88) in the Monero crypto-currency by mining. (BBC report).

Better still, Hackers have managed to install code on the sites that uses visitors’ computers to “mine” the cyber-currencies. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-41518351

So these sites should start mining their cheapskate fans. They owe the sites for keeping them dreaming the dream that the end of PAP rule dream is just around the corner.

As for TMG and Mothership, they don’t have the traffic and besides it’s alleged that pro-PAP sympathisers fund them.

Seelan Palay is really very happy

In Uncategorized on 07/10/2017 at 1:34 pm

Don’t buy the BS that he’s been persecuted for protesting.

Don’t believe me isit? Then read the u/m by Martyn See (another anti-PAP activist).

When I read it, I realised how hard Seelan Palay was trying to getting himself arrested for a second time since his first arrest in 2006. It took him 11 years of provoking the authorities before the police arrested him again recently.

And even then, the police arrested him after really, really trying hard not to arrest him. TOC (no friend of the authorities especially the police) reported, “After several failed attempts by the Police to persuade Seelan to leave the area, he was arrested by the Police at 3.20pm.”

So let’s be happy that he was successful in getting himself arrested again after 11 years.

Martyn See’s post

Sept 2006 (IMF-World Bank Meetings): 21-year-old artist Seelan Palay is arrested by police over a plan to distribute flyers ahead of the IMF-World Bank meetings. Palay had earlier initiated an online campaign to capture photos of “400 Frowns” in protest against government policies.

Jan 2008: Artist Seelan Palay completes a solo five-day hunger strike outside the Malaysian High Commission in protest against the Malaysian Government’s detention of five leaders of ethnic Indian group Hindraf. Wearing a placard around his neck that said, “Give them fair trial,” Palay was briefly warned by police that he would be flouting the law. No arrest or charges are filed.

May 2008: Five Singaporeans, holding aloft a series of banners with messages such as “Censored News Is No News” and “Newspapers and Printing Presses Act = Repression”, stand outside the Singapore Press Holdings building to mark World Press Freedom Day. There are no reported arrests.

May 2008: Officers from the Board of Film Censors, assisted by the police, enter the Peninsula-Excelsior Hotel to seize a film which was undergoing its private premiere. Witnessed by about a hundred guests including foreign diplomats, organisers hand the DVD copy of the film to officials. Entitled “One Nation Under Lee”, the documentary was made by artist Seelan Palay and its premiere hosted by the SDP. Palay is currently under investigation for exhibition of a film without licence.

Jan 2009: Wearing red t-shirts and holding a banner that read ‘Stop ill-treatment of Burmese activists’, two protesters stood for an hour outside the Ministry of Manpower before being handcuffed and escorted into police vehicles. The two were protesting against the non-renewal of visas to some Myanmar expatriates, whom the Government says are “not welcomed in Singapore”. The two Singaporeans, Seelan Palay and Chong Kai Xiong, are being investigated for the offence of criminal trespass.

Oct 2017 : Artist and activist Seelan Palay marks his 32 years of age by holding a mirror in front of Parliament House to highlight the long-term detention of Dr Chia Thye Poh from 1966 to 1998. He is arrested and released 24 hours later.

http://singaporerebel.blogspot.sg/…/1994-2011-chronology-of…

Video:

“We are still colonised in Singapore, previously by white man, and now by men in white.”

https://m.facebook.com/story.php…

Trump must be doing something right? Right?

In Uncategorized on 07/10/2017 at 5:13 am

Stock Market hits an ALL-TIME high! Unemployment lowest in 16 years! Business and manufacturing enthusiasm at highest level in decades!

Trump tweet on 5 October

Fact

Since

election day last year, the S&P 500 has delivered a total return of more than 20 per cent …stocks outside the US have gained even more in the America-first era, at 22.8 per cent.

FT

Akan datang

In Uncategorized on 05/10/2017 at 2:31 pm
My kind of films: “Premium quality content in short form, like “Game of Thrones” with a narrative arc of 10 minutes”.
From NYT Dealbook
Katzenberg’s Big Ask: $2 Billion
Jeffrey Katzenberg, the Hollywood executive and co-founder of DreamWorks Animation, is trying to raise money for a television start-up and he’s doing it on a scale that dwarfs the kind of money initially raised by the likes of Facebook, Netflix and Uber.
Virtually every large media and technology company, as well as several private equity firms, have shown some interest.
Mr. Katzenberg’s idea? Premium quality content in short form, like “Game of Thrones” with a narrative arc of 10 minutes.
Mr. Katzenberg explained some of his thinking to DealBook’s Andrew Ross Sorkin:
“I would actually make the argument that one of the challenges for network TV has been that they’ve actually busted the form by asking people to watch 19 minutes of commercial time inside of 60 minutes,” he said. “Thirty-two percent of your watch time is watching commercials.”
“This idea that Apple and Facebook and YouTube are now coming into Hollywood with these billions of dollars and are in fact going to change the enterprise of television is actually wrong,” he said. “They’re not doing anything new or different or unique.”

Update: “Fair Jobs for Singaporeans” rally

In Uncategorized on 02/10/2017 at 1:09 pm

Lim Tean says on his blog that he and others still plan to hold a rally calling for Fair Jobs for Singaporeans.

As reported in Do Singkies want Fair Jobs for S’poreans? , it had been planned for the second week of September. But in September, he and Gilbert Goh organised a silent protest to KPKB about the presidential selection Good crowd at #notmypresident protest.

In answer to a query on whether the above rally will ever happen, Lim Tean said “Yes”. So it looks like there are S’poreans out there willing to walk the talk by donating and in the process show the displeasure of the neglect of the government in providing Fair Jobs for Singaporeans. 

Obvious Ng Cock Lim, nuttiest of the TRE cybernuts is banging his balls

Rabble-rouser:

QUOTE:
“Money talks, BS walks.
If the crowdfunding response is lousy, time for him to move on: out of politics..”
PAP’s implementation of GST was supposed to gather a pool of money to help the poor. What happened to it & became of it? Was it their intention in the 1st place? or rather a revenue raising move?
Collecting all that GST for what purpose? Was it paying their million dollar salaries?
Collect for the poor or for the rich. NKF already a lesson on the golden tap issue – collecting $1.00 but spending less than 10 to 20 cents on the dialysis patients. The money raised was used for something else!
It’s all to benefit the elites & a pool of money for PAP system just like CPF! These money could be thrown to the SWFs to invest & lose in overseas markets.
Short of saying that S’pore is a lost cause! Even if the Public helps out the poor but the poor still votes for PAP – What then? It’s time for people to step out & be counted!
And CI’s affiliation is thoroughly suspect – he’s trying to get our financial details out into the open by making you guys donate – TO EXPOSE YOU.
Ask yourself how did the AG get details of Lee ShengWu ‘private’ facebook posts. Do you think there’s data privacy in S’pore? Or how did CPIB knew of SDF chief, their own CPIB head & even ex-Principal of River Valley School indulging in outside ‘makan’? There is ongoing surveillance in S’pore once a person had becomes a ‘person of interest’.

PATRIOT of TEMESAK: Actual Date & Time please…will be there personally to donate poor as I am towards a Justifiable Cause

@ Patriot:
Don’t go down personally! It’s a scheme to draw all the dissidents out into the open & note their particulars by the ISD officers. Keep your money & watch on the sidelines.
Even Lim Thean himself is suspect – why would an elite [practising lawyer] be on the opposition side & with political impunity? Remember Harbans Singh [another practising lawyer] – the wayang opposition leader who ran against JB Jeyaretnam in Tanjong Pagar elections to spoil/split votes.
Even the last PE; one or two of the Tans [Tan Jee Say, Tan Kin Lian] were planted to block Dr Tan Cheng Bock’s elected Presidency bid.
The PAP is slowly imploding within itself – the infighting already started among the fractions. But before that, they’ll (the top) make want to make examples of people who would go against the status quo.

Whatever, with enemies like him, no wonder PM can afford to upset voters.

 

NLB is very sensitive about Malays and Muslims

In Uncategorized on 30/09/2017 at 10:52 am

All this talk about Malays and Islam by the PM etc and the response in cyberspace example https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2017/09/30/a-seismic-loss-of-faith/ reminded me of a recent FB exchange.

Someone spotted a prominent publisher at the NLB offices and FBed the fact. As there had been something on multiculuralim in ST, another person asked he was there to persuade the National Library Board to buy copies of the u/m books he published on the four races

The publisher replied that NLB had bought copies of three of the books, but not the one on Malays.

He explained that NLB was concerned that the cover read “Why do Malays avoid pork?” Another problem was that the text implied that the prophet Mohammed founded Islam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why the PAP fears entrepreneurs

In Uncategorized on 30/09/2017 at 10:04 am

There is a dark side to the Force.

Young Troublemakers Who Rise (and Fall) as Entrepreneurs

By NOAM SCHEIBER

Rule-breaking at an early age may point to the success of company founders like Martin Shkreli, researchers say. It may also foretell their undoing.

(NYT Dealbook)

 

Amos: Will he pay the ultimate cost of free speech?

In Uncategorized on 29/09/2017 at 7:30 am

S’poreans who are the PAP cousins of the TRELand cybernuts are foaming at the mouth in cyberspace because Amos has got asylum in the US, and worse that he’ll soon be a guest at the White House way ahead of our tudung wearing Hali, the PAP’s president: after all Trump and Amos share similar views on Muslims.

Meanwhile the TRE cybernuts at happy at these things happening.

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Taking a chance on trash is what makes America Great

Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO and and an immigrant makes an interesting observation about immigration to the US.

“I don’t want us to be only talking about high-skilled immigration. There’s one other quality the United States has, which is a real currency in the world, and that’s being a bastion of hope for all the people who need it most. Both of those need to be reserved in any immigration policy that we come up with.”

 a bastion of hope for all the people who need it most: The willingness of the US to take in a foul-mouth, draft dodger like Amos is what makes America Great. It’ll take the chance that he may turn out to be just a foul-mouth, draft dodging bum. It’ll take this risk because he really believed that America is the land of the free.

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As all indications are that he’s in the Chicago area, I tot the following would cheer the PAP cousins of the TRE cynernuts, and worry the TRE cybernuts.

The estimated number of violent crimes in the nation increased for the second consecutive year, rising by 4.1% in 2016 compared with 2015, driven by increases in Baltimore, Chicago and Las Vegas, said the FBI. The number of murders rose by 8.6% to an estimated 17,250 murders nationwide last year. Chicago, the nation’s third-biggest city, accounted for 22% of the nationwide increase with 765 murders last year, more than the number of murders in the largest city, New York (334), and the second-largest, Los Angeles (294), combined. The vast majority of these killings happened in five mostly black and Latino neighbourhoods on the south and west side where only 9% of the 2.7m city lives.

https://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2017/09/neighbourhood-watch

And given that he’s penniless, he’s likely to live in the “five mostly black and Latino neighbourhoods on the south and west side where only 9% of the 2.7m city lives”.

So he’d better get his ass to a safer city.

But as the stats quoted above show, the US is a lot more dangerous place than S’pore for a foul-mouth draft dodger. At most he gets locked up here; in the land of the free he might be gunned down at any time for exercising his constitutional right to offend others, or for just being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Back to the PAP cousins of the other TRELand cybernuts. I wouldn’t be surprised if they now are praying to the 9th Immortal that Amos gets killed by a gun toting red-neck or Islamic terrorist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As to the TRE nuts, who will they ask to protect Amos?

 

 

 

 

What PAP and Ravi have in common

In Uncategorized on 28/09/2017 at 9:18 am

Another day, another

track point fault caused a train delay on the East-West Line between Tanah Merah and Pasir Ris on Thursday morning (Sep 28).
Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/train-delay-on-east-west-line-between-tanah-merah-and-pasir-ris-9257610

and

Commuters in Singapore were less satisfied with train services in the second quarter of this year, but more satisfied with public buses and taxis,
Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/commuter-satisfaction-falls-for-trains-rises-for-buses-and-taxis-9255112

When TRE republished my last piece about Ravi, there was this interestingly comment from someone who’s not the usual TRE cybernut

opposition dude:
September 25, 2017 at 4:34 am (Quote)
I’m interested in Ravi’s apology to Jeannette. We have not had an update as to whether she wants to meet him though.

Ravi cannot keep using his sickness as an excuse whenever something goes wrong, it’s like PAP downplaying the all too frequent train disruptions by saying an additional 15 mins travel time is required or that reliability has improved since 2015.

(Emphasis mine)

Yes, every time Ravi admits that he has done something morally or legally wrong, he blames his bi-polar condition. Yet when he’s not facing some charge or allegation, he repeatedly boasted that he was not taking his medicine.

Now I know that the medicine he takes can have really bad side effects. These can include

  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • Trembling.
  • Increased thirst and increased need to urinate.
  • Weight gain in the first few months of use.
  • Drowsiness.

But if he wants to get better, he has no choice but discipline himself and take his medicine regularly.  let’s hope a mandatory treatment order is not necessary.

Btw, as to

I’m interested in Ravi’s apology to Jeannette. We have not had an update as to whether she wants to meet him though.

I’ve been told she’s not saying or doing anything. It isn’t just the “push”. Ravi upset a lot of people in the law firm where she’s a partner.

The power of miniaturisation

In Uncategorized on 26/09/2017 at 4:50 am

“The Apollo Guidance Computer, which helped man land on the moon in 1969, contained 12,300 transistors. The iPhone 7 contains 3.3bn,” FT columnist

Time for TRE community to help their own

In Uncategorized on 25/09/2017 at 4:39 am

And show how much they appreciate TeamTRE’s efforts.

TeamTRE has been made an appeal (see below) for funds to help Andrew (its techie) who has been around since the relaunch in late 2012, I think. He’s the last Jedi left standing since the other Jedi retired honourably after GE 2015.

His wife is undergoing cancer treatment (details below) and the monthly bill “amounts to about RMB 300 a day or RMB 9,000 a month (SGD 1,839).”

If TRE readers really appreciate what TRE is doing, they should make a donation, the most convenient way is into a POSB account

Singapore POSB Account

Payee: Ten Leu-Jiun

A/C No: 193-69702-0

Post Office Savings Bank

(The last day of payment to this account is 30 September.)

As I like to say, “Money talks, BS walks”. If TRE readers and posters don’t bother to help Andrew, I advise TeamTRE to close shop. The failure shows that regular readers and posters are ingrates that deserve to be oppressed by the PAP. In fact the PAP should be praised for oppressing such a bunch of losers.

Btw, TeamTRE had already given up sometime back appealing for donations to keep it’s operations going, saying it was va waste of time.

Whatever, TRE readers should remember “A friend in need is a friend indeed” and help Andrew.


TRE’s appeal

TR Emeritus’s (TRE) in-house techie, Andrew is currently in a difficult situation and is in need of assistance from our readers, if possible.

Our techie, who has been with TRE since the Temasek Review days is currently in a situation whereby he has to fork out a hefty sum monthly in medical bills for his sick wife, whom he married in 2012.

His 35-year-old wife, Ivy was diagnosed with a medical condition called “Lumbar disc herniation” (腰间盘突出) about 3 months ago and have been receiving treatment at a local government hospital on a daily basis. While it is quite a common illness in China, his wife’s condition is  serious as she was unable to sit up during the initial stage for 3 weeks and even after 3 months of treatment, cannot sit or walk for more than an hour without feeling intense pain.

According to the specialist attending to his wife, what she is suffering from cannot be treated once-off and she has to continue to receive treatment for about 12 months or more via acupuncture, stretching and medication. In the worst case scenario, she would have to undergo surgery.

As our techie is a foreigner in China and his wife being unemployed, they have no medical insurance (医保) and have to fork out the entire medical bill in cash, which amounts to about RMB 300 a day or RMB 9,000 a month (SGD 1,839).

Back in the Temasek Review days, this would not have been a problem for Andrew as he was drawing about US$4,000 a month with his modest hosting business and doing part-time system administration for Data Centers. However, due to the rapid advancement in hosting technology, our techie was unable to keep up with the growth and has since terminated his hosting business.

He is currently limiting himself to doing part-time system administration for a few hosting companies and helping out with the chores in his wife’s family farm. As such, an additional un-planned medical expense of RMB 9,000 a month is a significant stretch on his income, which has almost halved since he closed his hosting business.

Clearly, to continue to fork out RMB 9,000 for his wife’s medical expenses every month for a year or so would be very taxing for our techie considering his current income. It is estimated that he would need about RMB 100,000 (SGD 20,485) for the medical bills in the months ahead, more if a surgery is required (touch wood).

As such, TRE is making an appeal on his behalf to our readers for assistance, be it financial or advice.

1. If you know of a competent doctor, hospital in China or Hong Kong which is renowned for treating “Lumbar disc herniation”, please follow-up in this thread with the relevant information. His wife is currently undergoing treatment in a small government hospital about 250km from WuHan, which may not have the necessary facilities to adequately and effectively treat her.

2. If you wish to make a goodwill donation to help Andrew defray his wife’s medical cost, please use the donation form located here. From now till end September 2017, TRE will forward all donations received via our PayPal account to him.

For those who may not have a PayPal account or would prefer to donate in cash, you may (more troublesome) drop by any money remittance service (common in China Town – Singapore) to make a manual remittance to the following bank account in China.

China Bank Account 

Payee: BangQin Pan

A/C No: 464130301880188811

Bank of China

Alternatively, you may make a transfer or deposit into the following POSB account.

Singapore POSB Account

Payee: Ten Leu-Jiun

A/C No: 193-69702-0

Post Office Savings Bank

We would like to thank all our readers for your kind assistance and continued support.

Please feel free to contact us should you require further information.

Team@TRE

 

Ravi should blame himself, not alt media

In Uncategorized on 24/09/2017 at 1:33 pm

“I’m disappointed about how the alternate media has portrayed me and these are the guys that I have supported throughout my career with money, legal advice and articles. And when my chips are down, they turned against me,” he said. “Now, I know who my true friends are.”

(Early September)

Actually what he said is a lot of bull.

Mainstream alternative media was quiet about his actions and misdeeds, until it had no choice but to report what has happening to him, or lose its credibility by keeping quiet.

Some well known alternative voices defended his actions as shown by him in videos on FB (Example)

When Terry’s Online Channel, reported that he went bananas at a virgil, again well known alternative voices came out in his defence. Mainstream alternative media only came out against him when he caused a lady to fall. (Btw, his kakis now say Ravi wants to meet her to apologise.)

So alternative media wasn’t unfriendly to or telling lies about Ravi. Furthermore TOC and others published an appeal for funds to prevent the bank from foreclosing on his mortgage because of arrears owing.

He also forgets or ignores that the biggest blows to his reputation (other than said misbehavior at virgil or against lady) came when he posted on FB comments attacking people and videos showing him cross-dressing etc. And he got the acclaimation of the mob.

So even though Ravi says he’s taking his medicine, “he is on a strict medical regime for the next two years and he is determined not to let his bipolar condition get the better of him”, I’m afraid he may be lying to avoid a Mandatory Treatment Order. He’s done this once before, promising to take his medicine, then later boasting that he had stopped.

A PAPpy got a point about Ravi and his fans. When TRE republished this about Ravi, I couldn’t help but laugh (and agree somewhat reluctantly) with this response

PAP.SURE.WIN:

Dear Ravi,

Glad you agreed to take your medication. We at PAP had been very concerned with your mental wellness and wish you well.

See, none of the opposition supporters come forward to post bail for you.

Now that you realized that the so called opposition supporters abandoned and deserted you when you are down(no more bone for them), you should consider joining us PAP.

Join us PAP and you get bone.

Join opposition your supporters will abandon and desert when you are down.
JBJ, Roy and Chee are live lesson.

WP.Guarantee.Lose.Aljunied-Hougang.GE2020
GE2020.PAP.Guarantee.Win.All
Majullah S$1 to RM 3.13
Majullah PAP to Eternality

It got this whining typical response from a TRE cheapskate loser

not to “deplete” the personal:

//Now that you realized that the so called opposition supporters abandoned and deserted you//

don’t like that say leh. oppo supporters don’t have the kind of resources that the white idiots have from taxes which can be imposed like 30% price increase in water (basic necessity) lar.

is it possible if you can tell the white idiots tolong tolong not to “deplete” the personal resources (e.g bail money ???) of average individuals so that individuals will not feel stressed and get abandoned due to lack of resources. know what i mean. wink wink.

All I can say that if this attitude is the majority view among the 30%, no wonder PAP rules OK.

Remember BG’s Yeo “We got to work hard on fun”?

In Uncategorized on 23/09/2017 at 2:22 pm

Saudi Arabia is investing billions in fun. The kingdom wants people to have more fun at home and take fewer vacations abroad. Its sovereign wealth fund will create a company to invest in the sector and do deals with strategic partners. One of its investments will include an entertainment complex set to launch by 2019, the official Saudi Press Agency said on Wednesday. There are currently very few entertainment attractions in the conservative society. – CNN Money

NYT Dealbook

Good crowd at #notmypresident protest

In Uncategorized on 23/09/2017 at 10:49 am

The figures of last week’s protest range from “hundreds” (ST) to “2,500 — 3,000” according to activist Lim Tean one of the co-organisers.

Not seen an “aerial” photo that can help fix the size of the crowd.

Close to 2000 individuals turned up at Hong Lim Park on 16 September to show their concern and unhappiness over the recently concluded reserved elected presidency

TOC: FB post accompanying video footage

A “2,000” crowd works out to a 24,000 crowd in UK or a 62,000 crowd in a US city. Basis of calculation

Given that this is not an economic issue, unlike immigration, People power in S’pore, a crowd of between 1,000 – 2000 is a pretty decent showing.

 

 

 

iPhone X is mugger, police friendly

In Uncategorized on 14/09/2017 at 4:25 pm

Wired

The very notion of using your face as the key to your digital secrets presents some fundamental problems… It’s very hard to hide your face from someone who wants to coerce you to unlock your phone, like a mugger, a customs agent, or a policeman who has just arrested you. In some cases, criminal suspects in the US can invoke the Fifth Amendment protections from self-incrimination to refuse to give up their phone’s passcode. That same protection doesn’t apply to your face.

BBC

What an honest mistake

In Uncategorized on 11/09/2017 at 4:23 pm

“Brazilian tycoon arrested after lawyers send prosecutors the wrong tape”

As his lawyers gathered the material, they made a mistake, accidentally sending a tape to the prosecutor’s office incriminating Mr Batista.

In the four-hour recording, he seems to admit to a former director of one his companies, Ricardo Saud, that he hid key information from the prosecutors.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-41222400

Err maybe they juz doing their duty? Lawyers, laymen may be surprised to learn, are also supposed to be officers of the court.

Why that African China town is not Cantonese/ Why our Hokkiens are not real Hokkiens

In Uncategorized on 11/09/2017 at 10:52 am

A recent FT article about the changing face of London’s “Chinatown” reminded me of all the “China” towns in cities I’ve lived in for longish spells: the ones in Sydney and “Melbourne”. They were all “Hongkie” towns.

But it seems the China towns in South Africa must be different different.

From another FT article

Known for its entrepreneurial culture and history of emigration, hundreds of thousands have moved from China’s Fujian province to southern Africa since the early 2000s, and are thought to make up the majority of South Africa’s Chinese population of more than 350,000.

As a result, visitors to remote coastal villages in Fujian can find their request for directions answered in English, tinged with a South African accent. Migration has transformed the villages, with tall houses built with remittances from overseas workers, many with crosses painted above their doors, a reflection of the province’s large Christian population.

But South Africa’s growth slowed after 2007 and several returned traders blamed the falling value of the rand against China’s renminbi for biting into margins.

Another reason for returning from SA is the rising crime rate.

Whatever, while the Hokkiens here are happy to stay here (and I’m sure bitch about the PAP), Chinese Hokkiens still have the spirit of adventure.

PAP checking out Chris K?

In Uncategorized on 10/09/2017 at 5:37 am

The tot crossed my mind that the PAP is reaching out to Chris Kuan when Chris posted on Facebook that he’s coming to S’pore to visit his parents and that while here he’ll be meeting Inderjit Singh.

For those who have forgotten, Inderjit was an MP in PM’s GRC and after he retired he became PM’s AMK campaign manager in GE2015.

So maybe he’s out to recce if Chris K should be invited to a PAP tea party. I predict a GE in 2019 after the 200th anniversary of Raffle’s founding of a British trading post is used to commemorate the achievements of the PAP.

Whatever, I hope Chris uses his meeting with Inderjit to urge him to talk publicly about what SME management and the PAP administration are doing wrong. He seems to portray SMEs as heroes struggling against the odds and that if only the PAP administration threw more money at their problems. (For the record, in most listed SMEs the shareholders cum managers mismanage. A common problem is paying family members to do nothing or where they work overpaying.)

Inderjit is a cult figure among the anti-PAP 30% because he keeps urging the PAP administration to do more for SMEs and in the process criticking its “help”. However I find his analysis incomplete because he doesn’t explicitly tell us what the SMEs and PAP administration are doing wrong.

I have to guess what he thinks they are doing wrong by reading between the lines. Maybe as a PAPpy he has to do this because he knows that only constructive, nation-building advice will be listened to by the PAP. But the proper way to analyse a problem is to first lay out the facts. And then propose solutions or remedies, not start from suggesting solutions or remedies.

Btw, I’m surprised Chris is open about who he meets. He’s a self-confessed fan of good spy-fi (like me) and he should really practice what he reads.