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Amos’ case again shows how cock S’poreans are

In Uncategorized on 29/03/2017 at 5:07 am

(Breaking news at 111.00am: Amos is really a born loser. US immigration is detaining Boy Fantastic necause it’s appealing. S/o JBJ is KPKBing. See below.

The anti-PAP cybernuts are using the immigration judge’s decision to gloat and sneer at the system that 70% of S’poreans voted for in free but unfair elections.

They should sit down and shut up.

Let’s wait and see if the US immigration appeals, and if so the final judgement.

Something for them to think about at least for those with brains: What if the final judgment is that he isn’t being persecuted? Will all the anti-PAPpies gloating change their minds about what they think about life in S’pore?

I doubt it. They’ll find another excuse to diss what 70% (and more) of S’poreans are comfortable with.

Likewise the whities should sit down and shut up about dissing the US. If the US decides not to give him asylum, will they return to fawning on the US?

S/o of JBJ’s KPKBing on FB:

Breaking news: Amos Yee is still being held in detention. This is highly unusual and dubious in the extreme. For those of you not familiar with how asylum works let me explain.

Before the hearing Amos was an asylum seeker. Asylum seekers can lawfully be kept in detention. Amos Yee’s asylum bid was successful was successful and the minute Judge Coles ruled that Asylum was granted, Amos Yee’s legal status changed from asylum seeker to “Refugee”.

Amos-the-stateless-asylum-seeker become Amos-the-American-refugee awarded protections under domestic US as well as International law. As a refugee he is immediately granted those rights under US Law as well as being granted rights under the UN Convention on Refugees. Those rights accorded him mean he shouldn’t be detained.

You may have heard that ICE plan to appeal the asylum decision and that this is being used as a pretext to keep Amos in detention. I use the word pretext because there is no provision in the Nationality and Immigration Act for ICE to detain anyone already granted asylum, even pending an appeal.

Amos now has rights and these rights are clearly being breached. As such the detention is arbitrary without basis and unlawful.

I will update you further when I hear from his lawyers. Mary Toh must be extremely concerned.

Upon release there is a good network in place in Chicago of friends and activists to support Amos with a place to live and so on. He would also be able to apply for some limited refugee financial relief. Let’s hope they release him soon and that there is not any underhand political plot behind the continued detention.

Ang moh tua kee mentality of Pink Dot Organisers

In Uncategorized on 28/03/2017 at 11:15 am

What a bunch of wanking buggers who only saw ang mohs as their only sponsors. Ang moh tua kee isit? Sad.

Although I’m very happy  that the movement has local supporters that are happy to sponsor the event (so unlike the cheapskates that populate TRELand always claiming poverty when TRE asks for donations).

With four months to go before its annual rally to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, Pink Dot has raised 70 per cent of the total sponsorship dollars it got last year.

This is even though foreign companies – the majority of its sponsors in the past – can no longer fund events at the Speakers’ Corner unless they have a permit.

I feel sad after reading the SunT article entitled “Local firms throw weight, dollars behind Pink Dot”. This makes it clear that the organisers didn’t think they could get local money to replace ang moh *.

Pink Dot spokesman Paerin Choa told SunT

“We were a bit worried whether there would be enough support from local companies to fill the vacuum left by the MNCs.”**

Pink Dot, now in its ninth year, had intended to run this year’s event “bare bones”, like its first one in 2009.

This showed that the organisers didn’t think the movement had local roots? Or more likely that the LGBT community was full of freeloaders (like the TRE community) who valued it only as a free and easy way of picking up sexual partners (in the case of TRE cybernuts, TRE gives them a platform to KPKB about the PAP administration free of charge).

Whatever, it took an outsider to show that locals could raise money for the LGBT movement.

Mr Darius Cheung, 36, founder of property start-up 99.co, who sent Pink Dot a message saying: “We are a small start-up but we want to help.”

Mr Cheung, a Singaporean, then rounded up tech entrepreneurs he knew to reach out to local firms. He also volunteered to front the Red Dot for Pink Dot campaign and build its website through which companies can sponsor.

The campaign hopes to rope in 100 corporate sponsors, and to raise $150,000 in all.

Good for him and the other sponsors. But the LGBT community should not be taking their pants off and treating themselves to a sexual orgy as a pat on the back. There’s trouble ahead. I’ll talk cock about this some other day.

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*Last October, the Ministry of Home Affairs made clear that only local entities can sponsor, promote or get its employees to participate in events at the Speakers’ Corner. To be considered local, companies need to be incorporated or registered here, and be majority-controlled by Singaporeans.
**My take on this last year.

A good word for “populism”

In Uncategorized on 26/03/2017 at 5:36 am

In S’pore the ang moh tua kees like Kitsten Han and Mad Dog Chee share something in common with the PAP: “populism” is a dirty word. Read the link as it shows why a “populist” policy can be the “right” policy.


Update at 1.30 pm: Defining “Populism” http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2016/12/economist-explains-18

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From NYT Dealbook (thru I’m sure gritted teeth as they are Hilary-lovers) another example where “populism” is good:

“We believe that populism’s role in shaping economic conditions will probably be more powerful than classic monetary and fiscal policies (as well as a big influence on fiscal policies).”
— A Bridgewater report on populism, by Ray Dalio, Steven Kryger, Jason Rogers and Gardner Davis.

Ban Muslims from driving?

In Uncategorized on 24/03/2017 at 2:32 pm

The kind of jihadist attack in London that happened in London two days ago is called the “marauding” method of terror attack was similar to attavks carried out by Islamists last year in France and Germany. It involves using a vehicle to mow people down in a crowded area.

And the BBC reported on 23 March that a French national of North African origin has been arrested in the Belgian city of Antwerp on suspicion of driving at a crowd, officials say.

Seriously, since SAF is careful on where Muslims are deployed with the SAF, it follows that our bus operators and owners of trucks and other heavy eqpt should be careful about employing Muslims to drive these vehicles.

Of course people like Kirsten Han and other ang moh tua kees will scream discrimination but better safe than sorry. And anyway, the next president is going to be Muslim. So discrimination? What discrimination?

OK, OK, the next president will be a Malay because under our constitution there is no requirement a Malay must be Muslim (unlike in M’sia). Hey but none of the probable candidates are non-Muslim Malays. And anyway, whatever the con says, the Malay community sees Islam as the religion of the Malays.

Be “scouts”, not “soldiers”

In Uncategorized on 23/03/2017 at 12:59 pm

Here the term “scouts” means

soldiers or other persons sent out ahead of a main force so as to gather information about the enemy’s position, strength, or movements.

Men like Kit Carson and Buffalo Bill. Google them if u’ve not heard of these white legends who helped make “America Great” by helping exterminate the Amerindians.

Our education system must teach us to be “scouts” not “soldiers” to make S’pore Great again.

At present it’s the other way round: http://ideas.ted.com/why-you-think-youre-right-even-when-youre-wrong/?

“scout mindset,” the drive not to make one idea win or another lose, but to see what’s there as honestly and accurately as you can even if it’s not pretty, convenient or pleasant. I’ve spent the last few years examining scout mindset and figuring out why some people, at least sometimes, seem able to cut through their own prejudices, biases and motivations and attempt to see the facts and the evidence as objectively as they can. The answer, I’ve found, is emotional.

Just as soldier mindset is rooted in emotional responses, scout mindset is, too — but it’s simply rooted in different emotions. For example, scouts are curious. They’re more likely to say they feel pleasure when they learn new information or solve a puzzle. They’re more likely to feel intrigued when they encounter something that contradicts their expectations.

Scouts also have different values. They’re more likely to say they think it’s virtuous to test their own beliefs, and they’re less likely to say that someone who changes her mind seems weak. And, above all, scouts are grounded, which means their self-worth as a person isn’t tied to how right or wrong they are about any particular topic. For example, they can believe that capital punishment works and if studies come out that show it doesn’t, they can say, “Looks like I might be wrong. Doesn’t mean I’m bad or stupid.” This cluster of traits is what researchers have found — and I’ve found anecdotally — predicts good judgment.

The key takeaway about the traits associated with scout mindset is they have little to do with how smart you are or how much you know. They don’t correlate very closely to IQ at all; they’re about how you feel. I keep coming back to a particular quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince. “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up your men to collect wood and give orders and distribute the work,” he said. “Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”

In other words, if we really want to improve our judgment as individuals and as societies, what we need most is not more instruction in logic, rhetoric, probability or economics, even though those things are all valuable. What we most need to use those principles well is scout mindset. We need to change the way we feel — to learn how to feel proud instead of ashamed when we notice we might have been wrong about something, or to learn how to feel intrigued instead of defensive when we encounter some information that contradicts our beliefs. So the question you need to consider is: What do you most yearn for — to defend your own beliefs or to see the world as clearly as you possibly can?

As evidence for this thesis look at all the paper generals we’ve had from one Lee to Kee Chui, Tan and Desmond Kwek thru Teo and Yeo.

 

“We are not paying taxes. We are investing in our society. We are purchasing quality of life,”

In Uncategorized on 21/03/2017 at 4:39 pm

SDP’s Dr Paul, and Chris K would agree with the above sentiment.

Danes, for example, pay very high rates of tax – anything up to 51.5% of their income for a high earner.

But that cash is reinvested in society through a range of social programmes – such as free university education, free healthcare, generous maternity leave and unemployment benefits.

“We are not paying taxes. We are investing in our society. We are purchasing quality of life,” wrote Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, in 2016.

From “Can we be as happy as Scandinavians?” http://www.bbc.com/news/world-39331314

Me? I’m happy with the low tax regime. And if anyone tells me that CPF is a tax, I’ll ask him to pls recompute govt expeniture (remember for every credit, must have debit) to reflect the spending me make from our CPF accounts as govt expenditure on health etc.

A man of principle: Ahmad Mohamed Ibrahim

In Uncategorized on 20/03/2017 at 7:51 am

These LKY remarks reminded me about someone history has forgotten

the Minister of Law who is a lawyer had to fight a tremendous duel with the Attorney-General’s office to formulate this law …  And you know, we have a lot of liberal lawyers in the Attorney General’s Chambers. They would not put up a draft. They literally refused. They wrote long screeds why this was against the best traditions of penology.”

https://article14blog.wordpress.com/2017/02/11/lky-and-the-lawyers-who-would-not-draft-a-law/

The AG of the time (and S’pore’s first) was Ahmad Mohamed Ibrahim He was AG from 9 Aug 1965 – 31 Jan 1967. Before that he was State Advocate-General of the State of Singapore from 25 Jun 1959 – 8 Aug 1965.

He was from RI and a Queen’s scholar (like Mrs Lee, LKY was not one.) In the late 1930s, he received from Cambridge first class honours in economics and law

Because of the row with the government*, he opted for retirement. He moved to Malaya in 1969. In 1972, he became the dean of the law faculty of the University of Malaya. There he established the first law faculty in Malaysia.

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*Update at 8.00am: A friend who knew him personally told me that he personally objected to the law (and others) that the govt were passing.

 

What are “the other things”?

In Uncategorized on 19/03/2017 at 7:09 am

Last month, investment associate Terence Nunis posted a video online of an imam at Jamae Mosque who, after a sermon, reportedly recited a prayer in Arabic that said “God grant us victory over Jews and Christians”, among other things.

ST

Due to the vagaries of Facebook’s algos, a friend got on his news feed a post*  containing a thread that had Muslims dissing Terence Nunis. One even sneered that Nunis learnt his Islam from his wife (he’s a convert) who only had 10 years of a Madrasah education.

My friend tot this comment hilarious as the sermon in question wasn’t conducted in a university mosque for those with doctorates in Islamic studies but in a neighbourhood mosque for ordinary Muslims**. And anyway, ten years of learning the Koran in a religious school sounded a pretty good basis for understanding the Koran. But maybe, he tot, the commenter tot only Muslim men are allowed to teach the Koran?

But as he didn’t want his flat to be burnt by mobs of upset Muslims, he kept quiet.

But he couldn’t help quoting the above from ST and asking ever so politely (he didn’t want his flat to be pillaged):

What are “the other things”?

The Muslims vanished from the thread and he was left alone. Talk of vanishing genies.


*The post was by Nunis’ dad who defended his son’s actions. But Muslim cynerwarriors hijacked the discussion thread like the PLO hijacked aircraft in the 1980s.

**ST reported last week in a heritage article that the mosque was named “Tamil milkmen’s mosque” in the vernacular.

 

 

Double confirm, PM has no class

In Uncategorized on 18/03/2017 at 10:01 am

What with the second anniversary of LKY’s next week, below is the condolence letter that our PM sent to the widow of Fong Swee Suan earlier this year. It was a badly written letter.

PM should have not made the negative comments about how things would have been different (and implicitly, worse) if the Barisan Socialis had won: “Singapore’s history would have been utterly different if Mr Lim and Mr Fong had prevailed. Fortunately, they did not, as several of those who took their path recognised later, after the dust had settled.”

The PM should also have used the term “leftists” not “”pro-communists” in describing Fong and Lim Chin Seong etc. (But at least he didn’t call them “communists”.)

The letter then would have shown PM to be gracious, and a gentleman.

Still it’s a lot better than the letter he sent to the sons of JBJ on JBJ’s death (see below also).

The letter was extremely negative. Among other things it said JBJ “sought all means to demolish the PAP and our system of government”.

The letter was best not sent. While no fan of KJ, I can understand the anger he felt about it. He blogged on his anger.

Both letters show that PM has no sense of occasion. Blame his father (Mum was a lady, he was an educated thug)? After all his sister never lost her sense of entitlement (Example).

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Dear Mdm Chen,

I am sorry to learn of the passing of your husband, Mr Fong Swee Suan. Mr Fong Swee Suan was a convenor of the People’s Action Party when it was formed in November 1954 and a member of its first Central Executive Committee. He and Mr Lim Chin Siong had joined Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s “Oxley Road” group earlier in the year to discuss the formation of a political party. Almost wholly English-educated, the non-communist group led by Mr Lee found in Mr Lim and Mr Fong a bridge to the Chinese-educated world – “a world teeming with vitality, dynamism and revolution,” as Mr Lee put it in his Battle for Merger talks, “a world in which the Communists had been working for decades with considerable success.”

The two sides, the non-communists and the pro-communists, joined forces to rid Singapore of the British colonialists, knowing full well that the real battle would come after the British left and Singaporeans had to decide who was to govern them.

Mr Fong and his pro-communist colleagues were arrested by the colonial authorities in October 1956 after a series of strikes and riots paralysed the island.

Mr Lee had to act as the detainees’ lawyer, and would visit them at St John’s Island every three or four weeks. I remember regularly taking a police boat together with my parents from the Master Attendant’s Pier at Collyer Quay to St John’s Island. My mother would bring along a pot of chicken curry and freshly baked bread for the detainees. It was a long walk from the jetty on the island to the house where they lived. I knew them by name, having met them when they came to Oxley Road, probably during election campaigns.

For me the trips to St John’s Island were Sunday outings. But for my father there was a serious purpose. My father spent hours trying to persuade the detainees of the folly of the Communist Party of Malaya’s policy. In the end, all the detainees signed a document, The Ends and Means of Socialism, which they themselves had drafted, setting out their support for the non-communist objectives of the PAP.

In 1959, Singapore attained self-government. The PAP won the general election, and formed the government. Mr Lim, Mr Fong and six other detainees were released from prison. Mr Lee and his senior colleagues were hopeful that all but Mr Lim were sincere in their declarations of support. He appointed the detainees as Political Secretaries in various ministries. Mr Fong went to the sensitive Ministry of Labour. In the end only one detainee, Mr Devan Nair, remained true in his pledge.

The inevitable parting of ways came in June 1961, over the question of Merger with Malaya to form the new Federation of Malaysia. The split was precipitated by the decision of the “Big Six” trade union leaders, including Mr Lim and Mr Fong, to oppose the PAP at a by-election in Anson. The pro-communists formed the Barisan Sosialis, with Mr Lim as its Secretary-General, and the Singapore Association of Trade Unions, with Mr Fong as its Secretary-General.

A ferocious battle for hearts and minds ensued. In the Referendum of September 1962, the option for merger recommended by the PAP won 70 per cent of the vote. Later in the general election of September 1963, the PAP was re-elected to office with 37 out of 51 seats, with the Barisan winning 13.

It is difficult for Singaporeans who did not live through the events to appreciate the passion of those times. This was a serious battle of ideas between two groups of people with diametrically opposed visions of our society. Singapore’s history would have been utterly different if Mr Lim and Mr Fong had prevailed. Fortunately, they did not, as several of those who took their path recognised later, after the dust had settled.

But it is important to realise that this was not a battle between good men and women on one side, and crooks and charlatans on the other. There were dedicated, disciplined, deeply courageous people on both sides. Indeed, Mr Lee and his colleagues liked and respected their opponents, admiring them for their simple lifestyles, selflessness and commitment. Mr Lee recalled in his obituary note on Mr Lim Chin Siong in February 1996 that his differences with Mr Lim were ideological and deep, but never personal. He would have said the same of Mr Fong.

Mr Fong and Mr Lee met for the last time in September 2009, in the chamber of the old Parliament House, where the PAP and Barisan Sosialis had crossed swords in those tumultuous years half a century earlier. The occasion was the book launch of “Men in White”, a history of the PAP. They shook hands warmly, and stood next to each other for a photograph.

As Mr Lee wrote, it was precisely because the PAP had such opponents, that he and his colleagues learnt “the meaning of dedication to a cause”:

“They were prepared to sacrifice everything for their cause, and many did. Some lost their lives in the jungle, many were banished to China. Because of the standards of dedication they set, we, the English-educated PAP leaders, had to set high standards of personal integrity and spartan lifestyles to withstand their political attacks. They were ruthless and thorough. We became as dedicated as they were in pursuing our political objectives.”

Please accept my sincere condolences.

Yours sincerely

Lee Hsien Loong

And

30 September 2008

Mr Kenneth Jeyaretnam
Mr Philip Jeyaretnam

Dear Kenneth and Philip Jeyaretnam

I was sad to learn that your father, Mr Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam, has passed away. Mr JB Jeyaretnam was a Member of Parliament for Anson constituency from 1981 till 1986, and a Non-Constituency Member of Parliament from 1997 till 2001. He used to engage in heated debates in the House. Perhaps it was because he and the PAP never saw eye to eye on any major political issue and he sought by all means to demolish the PAP and our system of government. Unfortunately, this helped neither to build up a constructive opposition nor our Parliamentary tradition. Nevertheless, one had to respect Mr JB Jeyaretnam’s dogged tenacity to be active in politics at his age.

However, our differences were not personal. In 1993, one of you (Kenneth) wrote to Mr Goh Chok Tong, who was then Prime Minister, to say that you found employers in Singapore reluctant to offer you a job, and your only explanation was that the employers felt the authorities would not welcome your employment because of your name. Mr Goh replied with a letter which could be shown to prospective employers, to say that the government did not hold anything against you, and that employers should evaluate you fairly on your own merits, like any other candidate, because Singapore needed every talented person that it could find. Mr Goh had previously made the same point to your brother Philip, whom he had invited to lunch. I am therefore happy that both of you have established yourselves in Singapore.

Please accept my deepest condolences.

Yours sincerely
Lee Hsien Loong

 

Will Harry’s daughter throw a tantrum this year?

In Uncategorized on 16/03/2017 at 10:48 am

Last year around this time, the princess of Oxley Risethrew a tantrum over ST’s refusal to publish a piece written by a ST reporter channeling her tots*. The piece was on her tots on how Harry was being commemorated on the first anniversary of his death.

Well with the second anniversary of his death fast approaching, I’m sure she’d find an excuse to throw another tantrum to show her grief for her dad (and mum). Better I tot if the estate of her parents, or the state paid for a few professional wailers from Taiwan or HK. I’ve been told there are no more professional wailers here, so we need some FTs where the “T” stands for “Talent”.

Well some stamps were issued recently. The Defence Minister said:

 “I’m sure the stamps will be well received – they feature founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew, as well as the late former Minister for Defence Dr Goh Keng Swee, both key figures in the introduction of National Service.”

Whatever, this is the first time LKY has appeared on a stamp. It’s also a first for Dr Goh.

But I’m sure the princess will be throwing a tantrum. She should get some professional wailers from Taiwan or HK to express her very genuine grief. I mean her parents (especially Harry) deserve to be better remembered than through her tantrums.


*We learnt she would say a few words and a ST staffer did the rest. 

The real size of the water protest rally/ Where are the cybernuts?

In Uncategorized on 13/03/2017 at 2:24 pm

More than 100 people gathered in Singapore’s Speakers’ Corner on Saturday for a rare protest against a government plan to hike water prices that has stirred discontent over sluggish economic growth and rising unemployment in the city-state.

Reuters

I hope Dr Paul, one of the speakers at the rally, and a numbers man is not disappointed at the size of the crowd.

Relative to our population, the crowd size is more than 12,000.

(The reasoning for this)

Still too bad that none of the KPKBing cybernuts screaming and ranting at the price hike didn’t bother to turn up. They could have made a difference. Gibert Goh’s first two immigration protests each drew a crowd of 5000. This worked out to be about 58,000 S’poreans at each protest. That got the PAP administration to wake up its ideas a little.

AI are us

In Uncategorized on 12/03/2017 at 5:00 pm

Dr Yasseri says he has discovered bots behave differently in different environments. He reckons, for instance, that an AI that makes a driverless car work on a German autobahn could struggle on Italian roads where the cars are driven by Italian bots with rather different cultural norms.

BBC report

Tragedy shows up the BS that S’pore moving beyond grades

In Uncategorized on 12/03/2017 at 4:55 am

This tragedy reported on Friday:

The death of an 11-year-old boy, who fell 17 floors from his bedroom window on the day he was to show his parents his mid-year examination results, was found to be “a deliberate act of suicide” on Friday (Oct 21).

In his findings, State Coroner Marvin Bay urged parents and educators to remind children that “their efforts in study may not always yield a commensurate result, and also that such failures are transient or temporary events”.

He added: “Parents and educators should also constantly reassure them that they will always be there to help the child through each stumble, winding turn and setback in their education journey.”

ST

shows up the BS by Dr Lim Lai Cheng*

that

Government policies are moving away from parents and students’ unhealthy obsession with grades and entry to top schools and want to put more emphasis on the importance of values.

Schools have been encouraged, especially for the early elementary years, to scrap standardised examinations and focus on the development of the whole child.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39142030

 


*She is executive director of SMU Academy, Singapore Management University, former head of the Raffles Institution in Singapore and consultant on the board of Winter’s International School Finder.

Assistance what assistance?

In Uncategorized on 11/03/2017 at 2:56 pm

Lawyers will soon get support from the Government to adopt technology in their law practices, under a new $2.8m scheme launched on Monday (Feb27).

The Tech Start for Law programme will fund up to 70 per cent of the first-year’s cost for technology products in practice management, online research and online marketing for Singapore law firms.

It was jointly announced by the Ministry of Law, the Law Society of Singapore (LawSoc) and Spring Singapore.

ST

LawSoc president Gregory Vijayendran said a recent study commissioned by LawSoc found that only 9% of the small- and medium-sized firms here used technology-enabled productivity tools. He said that cost was key reason for the low adoption rate. (lawyers prefer spending their money on Ferarris isit?

The programme targets the 850 smaller law firms here.

The five technology products identified under the scheme include practice management systems CoreMatter, Lexis Affinity and Clio; online legal research tool Intelllex; and online marketing tool Asia Law Network. These products typically cost firms between $3,000 and $30,000 to adopt.

$2.8 mil to help targeted 850 smaller law firms: so average of $3,294 per law firm. Even if only 774 firms (9% of small firms have spent on IT, see above), each firm gets $3,618. Each can only only one low end product.

Call that help? What a load of BS.

Might as well don’t bother.

But to be fair, lawyers are bad at maths. Juz ask the three lawyer MPs on AHTC who could be on the hook for damages, together with other TC members.

PAPpy upset he kanna called a 30%er

In CPF, Humour, Uncategorized on 10/03/2017 at 5:38 pm
Someone sent me this FB thread from CPF page. Hedeleted his details and that of third parties but left that of PAPpy running dog. PAPpy dog kanna trolled and went bananas. PAppy guy is in SAF it seems
XXX Hey 37% is not “small”. It’s more than a third of salary.

 
RayWing Ng

RayWing Ng 17% is not exactly your salary. It’s your employer’s contribution to your CPF.

And yes, it is a lot of savings to help you in your retirement.

 XXX Employers take account of employers’ contribution when offering pay packages. Total package.

RayWing Ng
RayWing Ng See if your foreigner colleague working the same job is drawing 17% higher than you.

 

 XXX What has that to do with the price of eggs?

RayWing Ng

RayWing Ng XXX

Try to stay relevant.

XXX U are the one that strayed off topic. I ask what relevance has yr foreigner comment has? And u tell me to stay relevant. Please leh. I don’t know where u worked or are working but I worked in an MNC (stopped working yrs ago) where the employer took account of what he paid out to me versus what I brought in as revenue when it came to pay package. Same as my FT counterparts.

 XXX And when I worked overseas, excluding housing allowances etc, my overseas salary reflected my total pay package here.

RayWing Ng
RayWing Ng
RayWing Ng And in any case, that savings goes nowhere else; it goes to yourself. So there’s no reason to whine.

YE Shun FU
YYYY 69.9% don’t know how to manage their cpf the rest suffer.

RayWing Ng
Subramaniam K Airblack
ZZZZZ Take watever they gve n enjoy life we donno can we wake tmmro moning
XXX RayWing Ng So why govt includes Employers’ CPF pay rise as part of rise in real wages in its economic data if not part of salaries? Wages not salaries isit? Just to point out a fact isn’t whining.

 

RayWing Ng
Mohd Rizal Jalil
XXX Pls go read what I said, not u think I said. But I guess u price taker like retrenched PMETs and rental flat dwellers: real 30% people, not 70% like me. Get yr maths right. And Google Department of Stats + real wages + CPF increase. LOL

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XXX RayWing Ng BTW, if u price taker (got to take waz offered), then u belong among the 30%. PLs don’t associate yrself with us. Discrace us 70%ers only. LOL.

RayWing Ng
Mohd Rizal Jalil
RayWing Ng

RayWing Ng

And the rest of my comments about your comment being a whine still stands.

 

 XXX I stand by my comments. Btw, maths skills enabled me to stop work at 50. Maybe u should join the price takers, the 30% losers of retrenched PMETs and HDB rent dwellers. U’ll be happier than with us 70%ers. LOL.

 XXX RE The website specifically says, “including employer contribution”. Once upon a time it gave two numbers, one without employers’ CPF and one without. As I said yr natural nome is with the 30% losers. Don’t associate with us 70%ers.

RayWing Ng
 XXX Don’t be like RayWing Ng a 30% loser readers. He started off by insulting me when I said “37% is not “small”. I made a general comment not on my salary. It’s more than a third of salary”. So he misrepresents from the very beginning. Then when I retaliated he cried foul: real 30%. He’s no 70%er.

 XXX Ray U’ll get F 9 when I report u to your controllers. Ever heard of MAS mystery buyer? I’m Mystery Buyer for the PAP IB. Don’t believe me, wait and see. LOL. Btw, how come u so free? I’m sixty. And retired. And I’ve not even bothered to withdraw from my CPF my surpluses. Because when I was yr age, I was trying and managing to earn serious money. At yr age U still price taker, not a 70%er Anyway, as u are a failed troll. U’ll hear no more from me. Your bosses will be in touch. HeheheHe.

 

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Got to Pay and Pay for personal safety

In Uncategorized on 10/03/2017 at 12:04 pm

It’s seldom that I get to know a anti-PAP cybernut in the flesh. But there are exceptions.

Recently I read a headline in ST:

Woman shot 6 times while driving in Penang: 5 other deadly incidents in Malaysia.


12.20 pm: I juz read that yesterday, two men tried to swim from  Johor,  and earlier a number of monkeys ran across the Causeway into Johor.

Only monkeys don’t want to live here.

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It reminded me know a real cybernut who only feels safe here.

Three years ago, he told me he was moving to Malaya. Since then he sounded uncomfortable whenever I asked him when he was moving. In December, I met his wife and she told me that they didn;t move because he didn’t feel safe in Malaya. So he decided to stay here.

Btw, she was laughing at him getting all worked up and ranting about the PAP on social media. She said why get worked up but not bother to try to do anything?

He has complained before that she votes for the PAP.

Well with a hubbie like that, God be praised. He’s so bad that when she came into some money recently and I told my mum the fact, my mum said “Hope she keeps the money from him.He’ll squander it.”

She is.

 

The Real Masters of the Universe

In Banks, Uncategorized on 09/03/2017 at 4:47 pm

Money talks, BS walks: where the real money is made in banking.

In 2016, banks made $209bn from transaction banking, compared with the $172bn made by their trading arms, according to the data, which cover global, regional and local banks. This is almost three times the $77bn that banks made from advising clients on M&A and helping them raise finance. Transaction services also eclipsed lending revenues for every year since 2011.

FT

It was and still is very labour intensive. Fintech will change this. Too bad for the bank staff especially in a hub like S’pore.

 

What the cybenuts don’t tell us about thre F-35/ What about F-22?

In Uncategorized on 09/03/2017 at 5:40 am

This piece https://www.quora.com/What-would-happen-if-the-F-22-were-to-go-up-against-the-F-15 ( Answer: Like killing baby seals) reminded me that a few months ago the cybernuts were KPKBing about S’pore’s “decision” to buy the F-35.

The cybernuts bitched about this plane that S’pore is supposedly interested in buying. They KPKB about the price of close to US$100m a plane, cost over-runs and teething problems. Their day was made recently when president-elect Donald Trump tweeted “The F-35 program and cost is out of control. Billions of dollars can and will be saved on military (and other) purchases after January 20th,” causing shares of its manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, to fall.

What they don’t tell us is that the Israelis think it’s a game-changer:

That Trumpian indignation was not shared by Israeli dignitaries at Nevatim. For many days Israeli media and the government alike have been stoking excitement at the imminent arrival of the F-35, known in Israel as the Adir, or “mighty one”. Newspapers have suggested that its range and stealthy design make it a potent weapon should Israel feel the need to strike Iran, for instance in a pre-emptive strike against a nuclear weapons programme. The Jerusalem Post put the arrival of the fighters on its front page, and quoted the commander of the squadron, identified only as Lieutenant Colonel Yotam, saying that the planes were bought “in order to attack places that we are not always able to attack.” The Post added that Israeli Air Force (IAF) pilots had volunteered in interviews in recent weeks that those places include Iran, and noted that the low radar signature of the plane should allow it to evade sophisticated Russian made surface-to-air missile batteries in such countries as Syria and Iran. Some in Israel note that it might rather suit America to learn how the plane copes with Russian missile systems deployed in Syria.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2016/12/mighty-one

As I’ve always said, the PAP is really lucky in people who hate it.

Seriously, what really puzzles me is why don’t we buy the F-22 given that it’s miles ahead of anything the neignbours have or will have: don’t see US selling F-35s to our neighbours. And they’ll be cheaper as the F-35s replace the F-22s in the US armoury.

Minister “keeping a close eye” or “closed eye”?

In Uncategorized on 08/03/2017 at 11:06 am

If Uncle Leong is right there were at least price increases for 10 things in the last nine months or so*.

And taking a dig at Lim Hng Kiang who said “the Government will keep a close eye on business costs to ensure they do not rise excessively”, Uncle Leong asked

“Keeping a close eye” or “closed eye”?

Uncle Leong trying to audition for the PAP comedy stand-up club where Hng Kiang and Tharman are founder members?

Whatever, my take is that the PAP is trying to regain the “Pay And Pay” tag that it tried to shake between 2011 and 2015.

Still want to give them 70% mandate? Keep it at 60% or lower. And it’s easy to do this. All those that voted for Oppo in 2011, but voted for the PAP in 2o15 ingratitude for the goodies that the PAP gave S’poreans using S’poreans’ money should vote for the Oppo again in 2019. Even if that means voting for Goh Meng Seng and TJS.  

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Here are some recent articles and analysis of these “price increase” issues:

Water – “PUB: $1.1b profits last 7 years – how much last 53 years? (Feb 24, 2017)

Service & Conservancy Charges – “S & CC: A truly caring Govt?” (Feb 17, 2017)

Gas – “City Gas prices to rise by 4.5 per cent from Feb 1” (Jan 31, 2017)

Electricity – “Electricity: One of the highest in the world? (Jan 1, 2017)

Childcare fees – “Fee hikes at 200 childcare centres this year” (Jan 1, 2017)

Parking – “HDB car park rates increase 60%? (Dec 16, 2016)

Rubbish fees – “Rubbish fees up: NEA surplus up 32.9%? (Nov 8, 2016)

University hostel fees – “University hostel fees up 6.8% p.a. despite $1b surplus?” (Jun 28, 2016)

Taxis licensing – “Taxi drivers hit by triple whammy?” (Jun 24, 2016)

Hawkers’ misc fees – “Hawkers’ misc fees increased by ? %? (Jun 22, 2016)

 

Muslims don’t kill Muslims in SE Asia?

In Uncategorized on 08/03/2017 at 6:22 am

The above crossed my mind when I read:

Recent Islamist terrorist attacks in Southeast Asia have been less deadly than in Europe and high-profile strikes against urban targets have become rare,

FT

 

Comfort doesn’t know how to cut costs

In Uncategorized on 07/03/2017 at 10:28 am

Dr Ho calculates that if the firm changed the colour of its entire fleet to yellow, it would, over the course of a year, have to deal with 917 fewer accidents and would save around S$2m ($1.4m).

http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21718319-avoid-accidents-flag-down-bananamobile-yellow-cabs-are-less-likely-crash

Yellow cabs are less likely to crash than blue ones, says an NUS study.

Let’s give this PAPpy academic the Hitler salute

In Uncategorized on 06/03/2017 at 6:21 am

No not because Ng Yew-Kwang, Winsemius Professor in Economics, Nanyang Technological University defends the water price hike of 30%, and implies that it should be a lot more.

We should give him the Nazi salute and shout “Heil Hitler” because like Hitler he equates compassion towards animals with compassion to human beings.

The reported parts of my interviews may give the misleading idea that I do not care for the low-income groups. I am certainly not unfeeling. I feel even for animals, not to mention fellow human beings, especially the lower income groups. As a student, I was a left-wing activist.

Over the last 12 months alone, I donated S$50,000 to animal welfare causes, despite being not tax-deductible in Singapore; receipts available upon request. For more evidence of my concern for animals, please read my following articles* (links provided below) on animal welfare.

Well Hitler loved animals, so much so that he was a vegetarian. His deputy and designated successor, Hermann Goring, was an environmentalist and conservationist, and passed anti-vivisection laws.

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Lab animals giving the Nazi salute to Hermann Göring for his order to ban vivisection. Caricature from Kladderadatsch, a satirical journal, September 1933. Göring prohibited vivisection and said that those who “still think they can continue to treat animals as inanimate property” would be sent to concentration camps.

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

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Now this love of animals didn’t prevent the Nazis from sending six million people to the gas chambers did it?

Am I being a bit unfair to said professor? He later did say

I mentioned that ‘I donated S$50,000 to animal welfare causes’ over the last 12 months alone, in response to the accusation of being ‘unfeeling’. But then I received a message accusing me of ‘care more for animal welfare than the welfare of your fellow [human]beings’. Though I did not mention it, actually I donated much more to human causes; just in last October, I (together with my wife) donated $100,000 to the Chinese Heritage Centre alone (again receipt available upon request; I emailed it to the accuser). I could be accused of human-biased (or homocentric to some extent), not of caring less for humans.

I didn’t know that the Chinese Heritage Centre helped “the lower income groups”. Did you?

Sieg Hail to the professor. Hitler and Goering would be proud to have him on their team. They too, like him, loved heritage.

Rich kids ALWAYs get into better schools

In Uncategorized on 06/03/2017 at 5:25 am

In England, state secondary schools cannot select their pupils on the basis of academic prowess (and no such thing as PSLE even though our PSLE is based on an ancient English exam, “eleven plus” to separate the clever kids from the not so clever) and must follow strict rules to ensure fair access to school places.

Yet

On the day that families in England and Wales are allocated secondary school places, research shows that the richest children dominate top state schools.

Analysis of data shows 43% of pupils at England’s outstanding secondaries are from the wealthiest 20% of families.

The study from education charity Teach First also shows poorer pupils are half as likely as the richest to be heading to an outstanding secondary school.

http://www.bbc.com/news/education-39076204

So want to give your kids an edge? Make money, serious money or inherit it.

LOL.

 

Oz is the place if u got money

In Uncategorized on 01/03/2017 at 2:30 pm

Egalitarianism is dead in Oz.

From NYT Dealbook

INSIDE WEALTH
Shoppers in Beijing. China is the country most millionaires move away from.

For Millionaire Immigrants, a Global Welcome Mat

There is one category of migrants that countries embrace: the very rich. And more of them are moving than ever. Their top destination? Australia.

One Indian enough leh

In Uncategorized on 01/03/2017 at 7:30 am

Not enough Malays.

Taz what I tot when I read some pretentious BS from TMG

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean emphasised the need to be “forward-looking”.

Much was made of the composition of his team members, younger ministers whom he brought along to build ties with their generational counterparts in China. In the old fold were Ministers Lim Hng Kiang and Dr Vivian Balakrishnan. Cabinet ministers in the young set were Ms Grace Fu, Mr Chan Chun Sing, Mr Lawrence Wong, Mr Ng Chee Meng and Mr Ong Ye Kung. The second liners or junior ministers were Dr Amy Khor (although she can be considered as part of the old fold), Mrs Josephine Teo, Ms Sim Ann and Dr Koh Poh Koon.

Perhaps, he should have brought along a young non-Chinese as well, to make the point that Singapore is multi-racial society that won’t dance to the Chinese tune, now as well as in the future.

http://themiddleground.sg/2017/02/28/was-justice-done/

 

Mao’s returned as Trump

In Uncategorized on 26/02/2017 at 6:54 am

He’s more Mao than Xi is:

In China there are some who compare Mr Trump’s character and leadership style with China’s Chairman Mao. They point to the former’s relentless tweeting as a new version of the latter’s daily deluge of quotations.

They note other similarities: the unpredictability, distrust of media, and overwhelming self-confidence.

Some admire and some despise, but Donald Trump, they say, is a great disrupter in the Maoist mould.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-38766887

Lawrence Wong talked cock

In Uncategorized on 24/02/2017 at 2:56 pm

Speaking during Channel NewsAsia’s Singapore Budget Forum 2017, which was broadcast yesterday (23 Feb) Mr Wong said he drew inspiration from Sweden where the small country with a population of 9.6 million has produced technology start-ups like Spotify and Skype and further with iconic brands such as IKEA and H&M.

Erm Skype was an Estonian start-up.

World should want Trump to play more golf

In Uncategorized on 24/02/2017 at 7:03 am

World safer when he leaves it to experienced men to run the hegemon.

But no, Hilary and her friends diss making world a safer place.

Donald Trump’s golf hobby under scrutiny with Clinton tweet

Kyle Griffin tweets:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39054971

AHTC accounts: WP outsources decision to recover monies

In Corporate governance, Uncategorized on 23/02/2017 at 7:45 am

AHTC chairman Pritam Singh said in a statement on Friday (Feb 17) that the Workers’ Party-run town council has been studying KPMG’s Past Payments Report since it was issued on Oct 31, 2016 and “while AHTC’s key officials have a different perspective from the audit team on key aspects of the report, AHTC believes that it is in the interests of AHTC and its residents to appoint an independent panel to review the findings and take such action as deemed appropriate to safeguard AHTC’s interests”.

CNA

So what will happen if the independent panel appointed to review the findings of a KPMG report agrees with the findings and recommendations of KPMG? KPMG said the town council had “serious flaws” in governnace and had made improper payments amounting to millions of dollars to third parties. It recommended that the amounts be recovered.


What else the report said

The KPMG report said the town council’s “failed control environment exposed public funds to the potential for misappropriation and civil or criminal breach of trust, and that the Town Council may potentially look to the Town Councillors for the recovery of losses arising from any breaches of their fiduciary duties”.

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The WP TC members would at the very least be shown to be a bunch of cocks who don’t do accounting.

So one assumes that the WP has a plan.

So are the WP TC members that confident they can get the independent committee to see things from the WP’s perspective?

Three professionals were appointed to the panel following consultation with HDB.They are panel chairman Philip Jeyaretnam SC, and members Mr N Sreenivasan SC and Mr Ong Pang Thye (managing partner of KPMG LLP).  The Court of Appeal also approved of the panel.

Interesting a man from KPMG is part of the team reviewing KPMG’s report.

Bit of ownself check ownself ain’t it?

So what weed are the WP TC members smoking? Do they really think the panel will say the findings and recommendations of the report are rubbish?

Maybe they have new information that they think will make the panel say that the report is no longer relevant in the light of the new info? Possible but not probable.

As I see it, the decision to get a “independent” panel to decide on the actions the AHTC has to take as regards the report  shows that the WP TC members have hoisted the white flag. They have no more room for manoeuvre, having run out of road. The TC members have to make the decision to start the recovery process, or explain why they are refusing to attempt recovery.

If the former, there will be unhappy suppliers and service providers who may have tales to tell. If the latter, the stench will get worse at the very least. It is likely that a “concerned” resident (Chen Show Moa?)living in the area would ask the courts to compel the WP TC to recover the monies.

At worse, a grass-root activist will sue the TC members in their personal capacity. The 15k a month each wanking MP gets will be insufficient recompense in such a event.

So better to get others to make the decision to recover monies. Can tell all those suppliers, “Not our decision leh.”

 

 

 

 

The genius of Trump

In Uncategorized on 21/02/2017 at 4:23 pm

US unions, part of the Democrats’ machine, find themselves on the side of Trump, an anti-union man that white union members support.

Trump’s Inroads in Union Ranks Have Labor Leaders Scrambling

Many unions have interests aligned with the president’s and are adapting his themes to their objectives, even while denouncing much of his agenda.

NYT Dealbook

M Ravi suffering a relapse?

In Uncategorized on 19/02/2017 at 1:26 pm

He sick again? Not taking his medicine for his bi-polar disorder? Relying on meditation only as he once did as he adnitted in his autobiography?

Below is a call by M Ravi for the “rights of animals to be protected by the law.”

I mean he and the usual suspects people like Tan Wah Piow, Goh Meng Seng, Teo Soh Lung and Kirsten Han are forever KPKBing that S’poreans don’t have the human rights that other countries accord their citizens and other residents.

Yet he now wants S’porean animals to have rights that he claimed in the past that humans living here don’t have? Something is not right?

His friends should be worried.

Time to Give Animals a Voice in Court

The culling of 24 free roaming chickens in the Sin Ming area hit the headlines this week. The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (the “AVA”) stated that it had received over 200 complaints across the island about such chickens last year. The main complaints related to noise nuisance, but the AVA also explained that an unchecked roaming chicken population could increase the risk of avian flu, which is prevalent in the region. The National Parks Board agreeing with the culling argued about the risk to endangered native junglefowl.

However, some local residents were shocked at the chicken deaths, claiming that the animals were not intrusive and that residents had not been asked their opinion before the cull. The Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (“ACRES”), an animal protection group, responded that a more humane solution could have been found to killing the chickens, such as relocation or adoption. This case, and the increase in reported animal cruelty incidents, highlights the plight of animals in Singapore.

To any skeptics, my concerns have nothing to do with the fact that I am a vegetarian. I became more interested in the standing and rights of animals to be protected by the law, when I personally witnessed crow-culling and stray animal cruelty incidents. My concerns in trying to find a voice for these defenseless animals heightened when I heard about Chippy the macaque monkey which was subject to frequent abuse by the public. After months of petitioning for his rescue and release to a sanctuary in Wales in the UK, Chippy remained missing until this article appeared in August that Chippy had been “removed” for “rehabilitation”.

Legislation in Singapore currently provides for a degree of animal welfare. Animals should not be treated cruelly or be caused pain or suffering. The law also goes further, placing a positive duty of care on animal owners and those working in animal related businesses to ensure the well-being of animals in their care. Under the Animal and Birds (Amendment) Act 2014 (the “Act”), animal owners must take positive steps to find an animal that goes missing, and they must comply with codes of practice relating to animal welfare. However, it is only the AVA that can bring cases to court. In 2016, of 840 reported incidents of animal cruelty, the AVA only had enough evidence to take 104 cases forward. Of those cases that do reach court, few result in the fines or imprisonment provided for in the Act.

Besides the Act, section 428 of Singapore’s Penal Code also makes it an offence to kill, maim, poison, or render useless any animal.

It is important to recognise that current legislation falls shy of actually recognising express rights for animals and giving them the right to be protected by law.

Animal campaign groups would like to see a change in the law so that they and other interested citizens have legal standing to sue on behalf of animals. At present, the rules of legal standing mean that such organisations have to prove that they have a ‘special interest’ in a case. However, it is difficult to prove this special interest when cases are being brought not for the benefit of the organisation but for the animals. The animals themselves do not have legal rights which makes them, effectively, voiceless. Other proposed solutions are a system of a so-called litigant guardian, as provided in some countries to children or the mentally-handicapped; or recognising animals as legal “persons” in the same way the law recognises companies.

The issue of legal standing and animals’ legal rights, so-called non-human rights, is not new. Globally, attitudes are shifting, but progress is slow. New Zealand granted basic rights to certain ape species in 1999 and their use in research, testing and teaching was banned. In 2002, Germany awarded animals rights in the constitution meaning that they must be respected by the state and that they have a right to have their dignity protected. The draft United Nations Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (“UDAW”) provides that animals should be recognised as ‘sentient’ beings and therefore afforded dignity and respect. However, the UDAW has not been ratified by the UN and remains a draft. Perhaps this is because countries are reluctant to recognise animals as having particular rights. Giving animals rights could raise difficult questions in relation to businesses handling animals, ownership, and so on.

Singapore is moving in the right direction on animal rights issues, with the 2014 Act. However, more change is required. The government should be encouraged to amend the rules on legal standing so that more animal cruelty cases can be brought, and not only by the AVA (which still remains cautious or unwilling to bring prosecutions) but also by interested groups and individuals.

When questionable actions are taken against animals by the AVA itself or by the government, there is no avenue to review or question their decisions. How does one appeal against state-sanctioned transgression against these voiceless entities? Will Singapore go down the Australian route so that organisations can argue for standing?

With so many netizens increasingly taking to social media to report and discuss various incidents of animal abuses in Singapore, we are finally progressing as an animal caring society. Surely animals deserve a degree of legal recognition and protection. Surely we human beings are best placed to stand up for the voiceless.

A free event entitled “Sentient Beings? Time to Give a Voice to Animals in Court” is being held on Sunday 5th of March 2017 to address the issues raised in this article and also to hear view from animal rescuers and animal lovers. The event hopes to generate dialogue on this topic to give members of the public an opportunity to share views. The event is organised by We Exist Consult and more information is available here.

M Ravi

Why SPF and their minister should not be so defensive about criticism

In Uncategorized on 19/02/2017 at 11:17 am

I was reading this about  “Funny”cock ups by the British police http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-38861475.

The article ended by reporting  Professor David Wall, of Leeds University’s Centre for Criminal Justice Studies as saying”I think we look to police as a source of authority and to help us when we are in trouble and I guess that we expect them to be a little more perfect than the rest of us are,” adding this is only because their actions have “more serious consequences for society and public safety.

This is precisely why the Minister for Pets and the police should not be defensive when ordinary S’poreans (not people like Ms Teo Soh Lung and her groupies who never have a good word about the police) query the actions of the police: we trust the police and have high expectations.

Happily for people like Ms Teo, the minister and police undermine the trust we have by being defensive. Sad (((

 

Kim Jong-nam FT here?

In Uncategorized on 18/02/2017 at 2:16 pm

He spent most of his time overseas in Macau, mainland China and Singapore.

BBC report

PR?

Yet another minority that feels oppressed by society

In Uncategorized on 18/02/2017 at 10:52 am

enthusiastic protesting against public displays of affection from a group calling themselves Kakuhido (the Revolutionary Alliance of Men that Women Find Unattractive)*.

All this smooching and showing off hurts the feelings of those who just aren’t that into it, Takayuki Akimoto, a spokesman for the group, told the press: “People like us who don’t find value in love are being oppressed by society.”

FT

And why not? Join the queue.

Passion Card’s service sucks, really sucks

In Uncategorized on 17/02/2017 at 3:00 pm

A friend who has a Passion Silver card cum concession travel fare card sent this email to the service centre earlier today:

Four days ago, I called the hotline to find out why my passion card (silver) was not activated. I was promised a response within a few days.

I called again a few minutes ago and was told it’ll be another three or four days before I can get an answer.

Hey this is S’pore not a third world country.

He also tells me that the hotline menu is really badly organised. Maybe time for Chris K and my friend to rewrite the software? Our mutual friend rewrites FT written software for local companies so that the software works.

He also tells me that the service centre is staffed by Peenoys, not true blue S’poreans.

We only 14th on the list of “Best City in the World for Students”

In Uncategorized on 16/02/2017 at 1:38 pm

(Addition on 17th February 10.45 am: S’pore dropped eight places to 14th in the latest international index because of the high cost of living, QS, the survey provider, tells the constructive, nation-building media.)

In Asia and Australasia, Seoul, Melbourne, Tokyo, HK and Sydney ahead of us. This will pls the anti-PAP cybernuts especially the one living in HK in a wire-cage while complaining that housing in S’pore is unaffordable. He sold his HDB flat to fund his then-party’s election expenses. Stupid )))

QS Best Student Cities 2017

1. Montreal

2. Paris

3. London

4. Seoul

5. Melbourne

6. Berlin

7. Tokyo

8. Boston

9. Munich

10. Vancouver

11. Hong Kong and Toronto

13. Sydney

14. Singapore

15. Zurich

16. Vienna

17. Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe

18. Edinburgh

19. New York

20. Brisbane

21. Taipei

22. Canberra

23. Barcelona

24. Manchester

25. Shanghai

According to the BBC

The rankings are based on a basket of measures – including the quality of universities, facilities for students, affordability, the “desirability” of the city for students, access to employers, the international nature of a city, levels of tolerance, pollution and safety.

CRE report: Ignoring current problems while planning for future?

In Uncategorized on 14/02/2017 at 7:24 am

Yet another Indian had yet another good criticism of the CRE report.

Manu Bhaskaran (I know him personally), Senior Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies feels the committee could have tackled the issue of big structural challenges.

The big “structural challenges” are

[H]igh costs, loss of competitiveness, threats to our regional hub position, our failure to boost productivity, weak innovation outcomes despite immense mobilisation of resources and innovation inputs, weak SMEs and the absence of large private local firms, rising inequality, inadequate social safety nets, especially the inadequacy of CPF to provide sufficient retirement income in cash.

My take is that if these current problems are not addressed, why bother about planning for the future?

I mean it’s like Nasa planning for a manned landing on Mars using a rocket that cannot carry enough fuel to make it to Mars and back. The only reasonable reason that it would do this, is if it doesn’t know that the correct has this serious structural problem.

Erm, maybe the five ministers on the 30-member CFE panel don’t know that the economy has serious structural problems? Even if the millionaire ministers and the other panel members had help: thousands more in sub-groups and consultation groups.

They didn’t point out the structural problems? Bit like not telling the emperor that he had no clothes?

Related posts:

Inderjit Singh’s critick of the CRE Report

CFE report: Another good critick by another Indian

If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.— Lao Tzu

Here’s a good use for social media

In Uncategorized on 12/02/2017 at 1:46 pm

Social media has been blamed by the neo-liberal Hilary loving elites for the dumbing down as they see of society.

But we gotta use our brains when using social media and not behave like headless neo-liberals eunning around in circles or Trumpeters cheering mindlessly.

the beauty of social media is that it can enable us to explore other points of view, with an ease that our geographically far-flung ancestors could never have dreamed of. Technology has fragmented us; but it still has the ability to create new connections — as Stone hoped. Or it does if we use our brains when we switch on our phones. And that applies to liberals as much as to anyone else.

FT’s Gillian Tett

Lifelong learning: Top of the world class

In Uncategorized on 12/02/2017 at 6:11 am

 

OK, near the top. Still, don’t anyhow diss the education system, S’poreans and the PAP administration.

We are up there with the Nordics:

And u wouldn’t know this from reading TRE, TOC, TMG, Inderjit Singh, and cybernuts like Tan Jee Say and Philip Ang,

There is much talk about lifelong learning, though few countries are doing much about it. The Nordics fall into this less populated camp. But it is Singapore that can lay claim to the most joined-up approach with its SkillsFuture initiative. Employers in the city-state are asked to spell out the changes, industry by industry, that they expect to happen over the next three to five years, and to identify the skills they will need. Their answers are used to create “industry transformation maps” designed to guide individuals on where to head.

Since January 2016 every Singaporean above the age of 25 has been given a S$500 ($345) credit that can be freely used to pay for any training courses provided by 500 approved providers, including universities and MOOCs. Generous subsidies, of up to 90% for Singaporeans aged 40 and over, are available on top of this credit. The programme currently has a budget of S$600m a year, which is due to rise to S$1 billion within three years. According to Ng Cher Pong, SkillsFuture’s chief executive, the returns on that spending matter less than changing the mindset around continuous reskilling.

Some programmes cater to the needs of those who lack basic skills. Tripartite agreements between unions, employers and government lay out career and skills ladders for those who are trapped in low-wage occupations. Professional-conversion programmes offer subsidised training to people switching to new careers in areas such as health care.

Given Singapore’s size and political system, this approach is not easily replicated in many other countries, but lessons can still be drawn. It makes sense for employers, particularly smaller ones, to club together to signal their skills needs to the workforce at large. Individual learning accounts have a somewhat chequered history—fraudulent training providers helped scupper a British experiment in the early 2000s—but if well designed, they can offer workers educational opportunities without being overly prescriptive.

http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21714175-systems-continuous-reskilling-threaten-buttress-inequality-retraining-low-skilled

 

S’porean wins Google prize

In Uncategorized on 11/02/2017 at 1:33 pm

Don’t diss our education system. Ong Jia Wei, Isaac, a S’porean, was chosen as one of Google’s 2015 34 grand prize winners.

The prestigious Google Code-in is open to pre-university students worldwide between the ages of 13 and 17. This year more than 1,300 young people from 62 countries took part.

BBC

Funny constructive, nation-building media don’t trumpet this fact. Maybe he not S’porean? Or they don’t know?

Map of S’pore 1898

In Uncategorized on 10/02/2017 at 8:44 am

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Amos keeps slipping on banana skins he threw on floor

In Uncategorized on 06/02/2017 at 4:32 am
Image result for amos yee eating banana
But first: Doesn’t Amos’ case show Trump is not anti-Muslim?
The neo-liberals are screaming that Trump hates Muslim and that the travel ban (now temporarily suspended) on people from seven mainly Muslim nations shows it.
But Amos’ case (remember he kanna jailed here because, among other things, he dissed Islam) shows the lie to such lies about Trump Triumphant. (But to be fair maybe the dissing of Islam only mitigated his dissing of Christianity? So no points in his favour.)
Back to Amos who keeps suffering from indignities and injuries he inflicts on himself.
According to a press release by Grossman Law, the firm (doing pro bono when a loony self-styled S’porean dissident wants money) representing him in his asylum bid, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) denied the release on Thursday (Febuary 2). It added that Yee will have been in US detention for 80 days by March 7 (the hearing date of his asylum application) – more than the six weeks’ jail he received in Singapore for wounding religious feelings.
Earlier, in mid January he had been KPKBing about his detention complaining that he had already spent more jail time in S’pore than in the US.
I’ve just received awful news friends, awful news.

After languishing in American jail for now a total of 24 days, according to my pro bono human rights lawyer, Sandra Grossman (who’s been doing a tireless and absolutely fantastic job on my case, by the way), she was in contact with the immigration officers and was hoping that after they heard that the nature of my case, would release me in a few days. However, that did not happen. I just got a letter that said that my court date (not release day) is scheduled for 30th January. Yes, you heard that right, fucking 30th January. What the fuck?!

That means I will literally have spent a total of 50 days in American jail, that is longer than anything that the Singaporean government has sentenced me for, for criticizing religion and the government! Someone escaped his country to prevent being sent to jail for exercising his free speech and has to spend time in jail in the country that he escaped to that is longer than if he was imprisoned for exercising his free speech from the country he was escaping! If he rescinds his political asylum claim, he is deported back to the country he is trying to escape from and gets permanently banned from coming to the US.

What the fuck? What the fuck?! This is bullshit! This is fucking bullshit!

What a born loser.
And there’s worse:
The law firm said ICE had indicated that it intended to release Yee after the hearing on January 30 this year because Boy Fantastic was not violent, a flight risk or a threat to national security. But “The refusal by ICE to honour its previous agreement, is not based on any new facts about Yee, but solely on President Trump’s new directives.”

Born loser, double confirm. Hehehe.

He was so so stupid and cheap skate that he flew to the US on a one way ticket (or so I’m told). Immigration was suspicious, checked his handphone and found messages about asylum plans and he was forced to admit he wanted asylum. So he got detained.

But then when in S’pore, he was already too clever by half.

Amos already mentioned before that every time he said he was suicidal or depressed in prison, he was actually trying to bait the media or to find ways to get released from jail earlier. And that time he looked traumatized out of court in Singapore was an act.

It’s true I think because once he got into the taxi with me and no media was looking, he started smiling and seemed totally fine.

Mother Mary on her lying boy

Well he may have fooled the ang moh tua kees, the anti-PAP cybernuts and ang moh human rights kay pohs so that they KPKBed for his release but by pretending to be suicidal or depressed he never got off a day earlier. In fact, he was put  on a tougher regime than if he hadn’t faked  being  suicidal or depressed. This was to prevent him committing suicide. He was also sent to Woodbridge while he was being evaluated on the suitability of being sent to a reform training centre. His lying got himself much worse treatment than if he juz went along with the flow, something he did the second time round.

He was too clever by half and payed the consequences in S’pore.

Image result for amos yeeAmos: a born loser, too clever by half.

And he must be banging his balls really hard in frustration: Netflix is to feature a documentary on HK activist Joshua Wong http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-38727842
Joshua Wong is getting the global publicity and recognition that Amos craves. Meanwhile Amos is in detention in the land of the free.
Image result for Goh Meng Seng + banana
 Picture from the future. Amos eating a banana when he’s lost his marbles as a 50-something.

TRE sucks, really sucks

In Uncategorized on 05/02/2017 at 11:39 am

Looks like the site has been taken over by some malicious software.

Click on any of the articles, and a lot of garbage appears. No way of escaping the rubbish. Only by pressing Control Alternate Delete and closing the browser can u escape. Of course u lose all yr other taps.

TRE sucks, really sucks. Not the home of the cybernuts anymore. It’s the home of malicious software.

When Russia told Trump to f+++ off

In Uncategorized on 03/02/2017 at 3:33 pm

So maybe Putin’s praise of Trump is to mitigate the damage. After all Trump remembers snubs and insults.

Hilary’s favouriye newspaper NYT reported:

Trump’s Russian Forays
“I have no dealings with Russia,” Mr. Trump said at his news conference last week.
Well, it wasn’t for lack of trying.
In spite of Mr. Trump’s insistence that he has “stayed away” from Russia in his corporate dealings, he has repeatedly sought business in Russia, from as far back as 1987.
Mr. Trump applied for his trademark in the country as early as 1996 and his children and associates have visited Moscow in search of joint ventures.
In 2013, the president-elect sold Russian real estate developers the right to host his Miss Universe pageant and used the visit as a chance to discuss development deals. “TRUMP TOWER-MOSCOW is next,” he wrote on Twitter at the time.
Mr. Trump and his partners pursued Russians newly flush with cash as the country’s market opened up in the post-Soviet era. And seeking deals in Russiabecame part of the Trump brand’s expansion efforts.
In the long run, however, it proved more challenging in Russia than it did in places like India and the Philippines.

NYT’s Dealbook

 

When a S’porean wins this scholarship …

In Uncategorized on 03/02/2017 at 5:55 am

We can really be proud of our education system.

His passport to tech Mecca arrived in 2011. Thiel, who made his fortune as an early Facebook investor, runs a scheme that pays youngsters to become entrepreneurs instead of going to college — Proud won a fellowship worth $100,000. Today Proud says he doesn’t really know why he was chosen but, as Thiel later told Forbes magazine, “James stood out from the start as extremely tenacious and determined”.

FT Magazine

James Proud is a 25 year-old Brit.

He’s so good that

Thiel to invest $2m of his own funds into Hello, six years after he flew Proud to San Francisco. He is the first Thiel Fellow that the venture capitalist has personally invested in.

Juz call an ambulance even if these symptoms last only 5 minutes

In Uncategorized on 02/02/2017 at 5:02 am

I’m sure that you know that if you get a combination of these symptoms you should call for an ambulance

— blurring of vision

— room seems to spin

— loss of muscular power

— slurring of speech

— cold sweat

because you could be getting a stroke.

But you may like me think that if one gets these symptoms and they go away almost immediately (say five minutes), everything is OK. Not so.

During CNY a relation related that he had the symptoms last year while fiddling with some gadgets. He “recovered” almost immediately but was still pale when his wife spoke to him. His son was visiting and was called to examine him. He told them to call for an ambulance because he said it was a stroke attack. He’s an authority because he’s a physiotherapist working with stroke patients.

Always call an ambulance. Another attack could come at any time, an attack that if unattended for some time could lead to bad results like partial paralysis. It’s the luck of the draw when another attack will happen and it’s important to get immediate medical treatment to unchoke the system: hence the ambulance.

As it was scans revealed that my relation had had two previous attacks. If he was a cat, he’d only have six lives left.

 

Hilary supporter buys US$12bn of stocks

In Uncategorized on 01/02/2017 at 4:43 pm

Not fake news.

Warren Buffet’s $12 billion investment. “We’ve, net, bought $12 billion of common stocks since the election,” he said in an interview with Charlie Rose. – Bloomberg

It must have pained the NYT’s Dealbook to report the above.

The bottom line: Trump is not going to destroy the US economy. Taz fake analysis from Hilary’s friends in the NYT, Washington Post etc.

Trump Triumphant.

Crooked Hilary wouldn’t have done this

In Uncategorized on 30/01/2017 at 3:59 pm

A ban on administration officials from ever lobbying the US on behalf of a foreign government, and a separate five-year ban on other lobbying.

Origin of 100 Plus name

In Uncategorized on 29/01/2017 at 5:49 am

Found out this NY that the 100 Plus drink was given that name because 1983 the year it was introduced was the 100th anniversary of F&N, the maker.

Reunion dinner sucks?

In Uncategorized on 27/01/2017 at 5:17 am

When I read this in FT: “Number of travellers venturing outside mainland set to exceed last year’s record of 5.7m” about the number of Chinese going abroad for holidays, I couldn’t help but remember something a PAP Minister said in the 90s I think. It could have been in the late 80s.

The minister was Wong Kan Seng (I think) and he was castigating those S’porean Chinese for opting out of rehunion dinners, preferring to fly off for hols in Oz, New Zealand or elsewhere where there was life during CNY.

Well the real Chinese are doing it too. Maybe they learnt it from us? Juz like they learnt from us how to Make China Great Again? At least thaz what the PAPpies tell us.

Update at 6.15am

Chu Xi is supposedly an important day for the Chinese. It is very unfortunate that most Chinese not born in a family that does not understand or follow Chinese culture and tradition have forgotten the significance of this day. Worse still, some even abandon and divorce themselves from their heritage.
There are three important things to do on Chu Xi:
  • give thanks to the ancestors (祭袓)

  • get together for a family reunion dinner (团年饭 / 年夜饭)

  • guard the age (守岁)

https://www.facebook.com/notes/chinese-custom-festivities-by-sin-fong-chan/chu-xi-%E9%99%A4%E5%A4%95-lunar-new-years-eve/1394243867266605

How to do this if on holiday?

Don’t get distracted by what the ministers say, focus on what they don’t

In Uncategorized on 26/01/2017 at 4:14 pm

Achtung Terry, and other citizen journalists. Useful ideas from a brave Russian journalist:

But in order to hold Putin – or Trump – accountable, you don’t need access to the Kremlin or the White House. Quite the opposite – having such access is a liability, because it’s a privilege you can be threatened with losing, or you can succumb to access bias. Investigations into corruption and mismanagement don’t require close relationships with state officials – quite the opposite. And even though Russian independent reporters can’t unseat Putin (nothing can, that’s not how elections work in Russia) defining public policy is one advantage their American colleagues have. So my message for covering President Trump’s administration is this: don’t get distracted by what they say, focus on what they don’t.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/23/reported-putin-journalists-trump-media

Don’t get distracted by what they say, focus on what they don’t.

PAP’s Talk Cock King

In Uncategorized on 24/01/2017 at 6:00 am

Seems the PAP has a Talk Cock King where once it only had Queen Jos: the Talk Cock Queen

The world as we know it is at an inflection point, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on Friday (Jan 13) – and as such, the ability to change and adapt is especially relevant today as fundamental rules will change; and with it, the fate of nations.

Err why say this when Ownself not willing to be flexible Ownself?

Think of the many Hard Truths that have become obsolete if not outright dangerous. Examples: Forced savings of 36%, minimal welfare sprnding to prevent “welfarism”, reserves must keep growing, Mindef’s 25% share of the Budget is sacrosanct and not subject to outside scrutiny.

Then there was this whopper late last year just after US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter made it clear that the US was out to “contain” China.

“It is neither possible nor strategically necessary to contain China’s rise … China is now an integral leader of global systems of trade, finance and security. It is clear that China needs the world as much as the world needs China, and I think this interdependence will grow, not diminish,” he said at the forum in Simi Valley, California, attended by US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, foreign defence ministers and members of the US Congress.

CNA — early December

Just before the speech to the Americans, it seems he was removed from the party’s CEC, its highest decision-making body. Reports say he was not even on the ballot. Parliamentary speaker Halimah Yacob was elected in his place.

Maybe he’s on the way out? Tot he was one of PM’s inner team alongside Teo, Tharman and Shan.

KS parents should download this app

In Uncategorized on 22/01/2017 at 2:48 pm

The BBC reports that a Lebanese-born enterpreneur has developed in Lebanon

Play My Way, an educational way to stop children spending too much time on their smartphones and tablets.

At parent-specified intervals, Play My Way interrupts any running app with an educational question and will only return to the app once the question is answered.

Of clearly global appeal, last month the app was the third most downloaded app, not in Lebanon, but in the UK.

http://www.playmyway.com/

Makes you think of Amos?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

A rounding-up error?

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

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

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

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

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

 

Downside of a balanced life style

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

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

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

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

NYT Dealbook

Davos elite and PAP ministers are related?

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

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

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


Who defines meritocracy? Those who made it.

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And the remedy? Emulate the Davos elite.

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

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

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

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

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

CNA

Dealbook’s take on the WEF

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

PAP should introduce this tax here

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

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

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

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

Congrats TOC, but pls be careful

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(More.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to trust SPH reporting?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“This is utterly disgusting,” he added.

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

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

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

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

Difference between Star Wars & Star Trek

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

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

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

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

Ang moh helps Amos, S’pore Dissident wants money

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trump is the Greatest

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

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

BBC

Mad Dog is Trump’s restrainer

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

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

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

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

Mental illness is no excuse for dangerous driving

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s recap the facts.

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

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

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

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


What the Mercedes Benz driver did:

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

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

Today

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No defence for physical abuse

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

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

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

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ST also reported

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Ivan Goh should join Lim in Woodbridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chewing gum maker goes to the dogs

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

Mars Bets on Pets

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

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

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

NYT Dealbook

Protest S’pore style?

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

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

So maybe we can learn from the Sudanese

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Economist

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

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

Meritocratic hubris/ Who defines “meritocracy”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My posts on meritocracy the PAP way

Meritocracy? No leh Cosiness

Meritocracy’s feet of clay: Ong Ye Kung

Siestas are good for your health

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

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

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

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

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

A progressive manifesto I can buy into

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New economic ideas, such as universal basic income.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Healthcare: Gd lateral thinking in UK

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

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

BBC reports

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

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

Why a universal basic income may not be the silver bullet

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

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

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

A universal basic income

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Taz the moral of what happened in South Korea

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

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

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

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

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

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

Activists must-read for New Year

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

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

Find out more (Vox)

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

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

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

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

Not easy techniques. Requires hard work.

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

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

Will this be allowed here?

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

Worried About the Privacy of Your Messages? Download Signal.

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

Asean loves Rolex and Gucci

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

Ultimate British pub crawl

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

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

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

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

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

BBC Online

Trump Triumphant

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

‘Trump Effect’ Is Already Shaping Events Around the World

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

More, the real Nostradamus

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

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

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

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

He foresaw democracy

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

He foretold personal freedom

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

He foresaw short working hours

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

He foretold globalisation of trade

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

He foresaw the welfare state

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

 

Amos in the Land of the Free

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

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

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

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

It got this response:

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

Article in question:

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

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

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

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

And

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

Money talks, BS walks

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

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

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

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

BBC report

The bright side of being 40ish and underemployed

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

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

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

Am Chinese voted for Trump

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

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

FT

Conclusion: Us ethnic Chinese are non-PCs.

Obama: Classy, ineffective, irrelevant

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

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

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

Employers right to sack pregnant women?

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

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

Image result for scrooge

Well maybe these employers got science on their side?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NYT Dealbook

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

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

Grinch at work this Christmas

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

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

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

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

Markets trumping Trump on climate change

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

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

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

Fed Chief says value of degree is rising

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

From NYT Dealbook on the Fed Chief’s comments

Yellen Tells College Graduates That Value of a Degree Is Rising

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

Trump pak China, US regulations/ Unionises his htl workers

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

By Amie Tsang

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Well according to the NYT Dealbook,

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

S’poreans really that cock despite topping PISA exams?

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

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

 

Tax and tax a S$134m addiction

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

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

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

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

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

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

Warning when guessing next yts’s market

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

From NYT Dealbook:

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

TJS should listen to the Toilet Man

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And

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

And on another thread:

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

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

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

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

TJS says

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

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

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


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

**

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

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

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

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

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

Waz wrong, waz right with East Asian education systems

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

According to the head of PISA

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The BBC also reports:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Cannot fight back isit?

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

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

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

NYT Dealbook

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

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

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

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

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

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

As to the South China Sea

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

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

FT

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