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Xia suay! LKY’s really dishonourable son?

In Uncategorized on 26/02/2020 at 4:26 am

KNN! CCB! Xia suay! Son honour pa like this meh?

When I was a junior officer in the central bank, I was fortunate enough to work for someone who in a previous incarnation was the perm sec in the PMO’s office.

He once told me that LKY, was a stickler for accuracy and the truth. Anyone caught misrepresenting the truth, however innocently, to LKY got terminated ASAP. If LKY tot the person lied, it was terminated with extreme prejudice. 

So I can well imagine LKY’s ashes spinning in his urn (which are on a table in his Oxley Rise house, beside that his wife’s urn) if he knew what Lee Hsien Yang said in his sworn testimony to the disciplinary tribunal investigating his wife’s role in LKY’s final will.

“Statements he made need not be accurate because they were not sworn ones, said Mr Lee Hsien Yang, when asked why his statements on Facebook and in public were at odds with his testimony.”

And

“He said his public statements could be inaccurate because they are not sworn statements and thus he may not look at them carefully,” said the tribunal.

And

“Mr Lee admitted in cross-examination that aspects of the posts could be misleading and inaccurate,” 

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/lee-hsien-yang-statements-were-not-sworn-ones-so-need-not-be-accurate?fbclid=IwAR0bAKpz5yju2y1h4AEXurCUmqhh7EDBIjzsndDYs4-zeRK-xMCCWcsnV_k

Not only would LKY be upset, so would ma. My friend was her pupil in Lee & Lee and said she was a stickler for accuracy and the truth.

Lee Hsien Loong’s Yang’swife said she looked forward to defending herself in open court. The tribunal’s findings will go before a court made up of three high court judges.

I look forward to learning if the findings of the tribunal about LHY’s integrity are upheld or thrown out by the judges. I once wrote:

 As a son of LKY, Lee Hsien Yang would have learnt the importance of defending his integrity. He could do no less as a son of Harry than to attack his brother’s integrity in return.

Just a tot, maybe, the constructive, nation-building quoted what he said out of context?

Whatever, for the record, I’ve always had a problem with statements uttered by LHY in 2017 on FB about his wife’s role in relation to LKY’s final will. From 2017: Can understand why SD wanted from Hsien Yang and Talking cock about the will.

Posts to show I’m no fan of LKY and his three children (From what I’ve been told of Mrs Lee, I admire her: real MGS girl)

Biblical verses that explain Lees’ row?

White Horses get taste of what Marxist conspirators kanna isit?

Juz move yr ass Dr Lee: Dr Lee trying to have her cake and eat it

Speaking truth to LHY

FamiLee: Karma’s a bitch

PM should have just sat down and shut up not tell his subordinates his concerns.

 

Xia suay! KNN! Why our millionaire ministers not ordering money to be laundered?

In Uncategorized on 24/02/2020 at 4:27 am

Chinese banks have been ordered to remove potentially contaminated notes from circulation. Only after launderisation (sterilisation) will the notes return to general circulation.

Why we no follow?

Seriously

In ordinary circumstances, modern notes carry similar quantities of bacteria to those found on a door handle. It is harder for germs to adhere to newer polymer notes.

FT

As our notes are polymer, no need for PAP govt to launder our notes. That’s a private sector initiative reserved for banks.

But it’ll not prevent cybernuts from calling for this when they hear that China is laundering its notes.

Hongkie monkeys panic buying, S’porean cybernuts must follow: Thanks to cybernuts, Fairprice is laughing all the way to bank.

Then there’s the use of masks: Xia suay! PRC monkey see, S’porean monkey must do isit?

Why Mamas are running US tech giants, not us slit-eyes

In China, Humour, India, Uncategorized on 19/02/2020 at 3:36 pm

Indian supremacists and their Chinese friends are KPKBing about Indian start-ops depend on Chinese money

They point out that as usual Mamas are punching above their weight (like in S’pore law and politics) in the US C-suites and politically. Hello Andrew Yang juz dropped out of the presidential. The ladies with mama blood were booted out a long time ago.

OK, OK, there are 4 mamas heading US giant techs.

Mr Krishna’s recent elevation at IBM mirrors the rise of Satya Nadella at Microsoft and Shantanu Narayen at Adobe. They were Indian-born engineers who took over at prominent US tech companies that were going through a midlife crisis. Then there is Alphabet’s CEO, Sundar Pichai

Meanwhile,

Chinese engineers complain that Silicon Valley has an ethnic glass ceiling, and interviewees, many of whom are naturalised American citizens, compared their status with the relative success of Indians in large tech companies.

“In the US many Indian managers have become big company’s CEOs, but in many ways there’s still a bottleneck for Chinese people,” said Hans Tung, managing partner of GGV Capital, at a recent conference in Beijing. Turning to Eric Yuan, the founder of Zoom, he asked: “What do you think can be done?”.

Mr Yuan is Silicon Valley’s most well-known Chinese immigrant success story. His video conference app Zoom, which listed last April, is valued at almost $21bn. Mr Yuan responded that many Indian engineers were not only proficient at technical work, but also at understanding business models and management.

“It’s Chinese culture: it emphasises obedience and modesty, not confidence,” says Sophie Xu, a PayPal employee who left China for Canada and then the US 17 years ago. “There’s no wild ambition, we love book smarts.”

FT

My interpretation: Mamas suck up to ang mohs while Chinese ignore ang mohs. The latter believe that their work will show how good they are: they think of Grandpa’s Xi rise in China. Mamas not that naive: they know sucking ass matters.

Thanks to cybernuts, Fairprice is laughing all the way to bank

In Uncategorized on 17/02/2020 at 6:54 am

NTUC Fairprice made so much money recently that it stopped advertising last Thursday its discounts for the week, saving the money it throws the way of the constructive, nation-building media, and consumers.

The run on the supermarkets by the anti-PAP cybernuts was really money for jam for Fairprice, and Sheng Siong and Giant, the other two supermarkets serving us plebs.

Why do I say the panic-buyers are anti-PAP cybernuts?

Firstly, anti-PAP cybernuts are the people who distrust the PAP govt.

How could the panic-buyers be part of the 70% that vote for the PAP in the last GE? They trust the PAP govt and would not not panicked when DORSCON Orange was announced. (Memo to PAP govt: No amount of communication is possible or needed when dealing with cybernuts. Focus the message on the hard core PAP vote and those who who voted for Tan Cheng Bock in PE2011. Just sneer at the cybernuts and call them stupid trash, unfit to be S’poreans. And think about replacing them with hardworking FTs. Practice eugenics if necessary. The 70% will support any culling policy of the trash.)


Pick-up rate of masks prove Roy and TRE cybernuts wrong

“Singaporeans don’t trust the government,” says Roy Ngerng, saying that the panic buying proves his case. TRE cybernuts roared their approval, claiming that the Spastics League will defeat the PAP in the coming GE.

Let’s see shall we. The PAP will win at least 62% of the popular vote is my prediction.

In the meantime, how does Roy and his equally nutty TRE fans explain the slow pick-up rate of the masks

The truth is that the majority of voters trust the PAP govt to look after us. They are so trusting that as of the morning of the final collection date, which was 9 Feb, only 54% of households collected their masks, according to The Straits Times (ST).

Collection date for the masks now extended until 29 Feb.

Panic? What panic?/ Anti-PAP activists loi hei wish

Roy and fellow nutters should accept the fact that while they don’t trust the govt, the majority of S’poreans do trust the govt to look after them. In fact, 46% of households were too complacent: they didn’t bother to collect the masks.

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Secondly these panic buyers did not have Fairprice co-op membership cards. Secret Squirrel’s sidekick Morocco Mole informs me that his second cousin removed who works in Fairprice told him that the purchasers did not get the 5% off the listed prices that members get (Rebate paid annually). Given their distrust of the PAP govt,  cybernuts would be unlikely to be co-op members especially as nowadays only NTUC members can the join co-op. (My mum joined when there was no need to be an NTUC member: they were so desperate for S’poreans to join them in the early 70s.)

Taz another reason why Fairprice is laughing all the way to the bank. No rebates will be paid to the hoarders who social media reports say paid each an average of between $800 to $1000 for a trolley-load of groceries.

As my mum is a Fairprice co-op member, she can expect a bigger dividend next yr.

Even though she’s in her late 90s, she’ll vote in the next GE to show her appreciation. Despite owning private property and living off her dividend income, she got to go to Raffles Hospital at SingHealth rates for B2 patients: Bill: Private hospital treatment, public hospital fees.

 

 

 

Two experts think Wuhan virus is juz “bad cold”

In Uncategorized on 16/02/2020 at 10:33 am

Update on 16 February at 10.55 am: World Health Organisation (WHO) found 82% of infected have mild symptoms, 15% severe and 3% critical. COVID-19 fatality rate far lower than SARS, closer to H1N1 according to WHO. Sounds like common flu to me.

PAP govt says:

COVID-19 spreads easily

– Infectious as influenza
– Infectious even if symptoms mild
– Stay home even with mild flu-like symptoms)

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“Fear spreads faster than infection?” the BBC asks. “Social media was giving people partial information, but not all the facts, and that magnified their concerns,” Dr Lee Riley, professor of infectious diseases and vaccinology at the University of California


First coronavirus death outside Asia as China toll passes 1,500 is what media is reporting now.


But first, John Nicholls, a professor in pathology at the University of Hong Kong compares the novel coronavirus to a bad cold. It’s a rare upbeat assessment that defies consensus. Nicholls has said this on CNN and elsewhere.

Nicholls downplays the severity of the epidemic as fear and panic were spreading. His hometown, Hong Kong,  closed schools for over a month and speculation of shortages has prompted shoppers to hoard toilet paper and other goods.

Then there is Dr Lee Riley, professor of infectious diseases and vaccinology at the University of California – a man who has spent his career studying epidemics, including a spell at the World Health Organization.

He was surprisingly sanguine about the coronavirus, pointing out that common-or-garden influenza was far more deadly, though he said he understood that uncertainty about the nature of the disease was bound to make people fearful.

But he said a 24/7 news culture and the rise of social media made that fear spread faster than the virus itself – especially as the coronavirus was being diagnosed far more rapidly than Sars was 20 years ago.

“They do the diagnosis, and then we hear about the news of the diagnosis right away throughout the world instantaneously. They’re constantly getting updates on this… and I think that feeds into some of the anxiety that people have.”

Social media was giving people partial information, but not all the facts, and that magnified their concerns.

He seemed surprised when we told him there was talk of cancelling Mobile World Congress. He said that would be an “over-reaction”. Even if people were attending the show from China, he said, “we have new ways to diagnose these types of infections very quickly and accurately so that shouldn’t be a concern.”

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-51510196

What do you think?

“Better safe than sorry” is the BS response. But what is “safe” and what is “sorry”?

Answers pls.

S’poreans prefer pets to breeding for S’pore

In Uncategorized on 13/02/2020 at 2:45 pm

 

 

 

Wuhan virus: Look on the bright side

In Uncategorized on 13/02/2020 at 4:46 am

So DBS, our biggest bank, has lowered its 2020 GDP growth forecast for Singapore by 28% from 1.4% previously to 0.9% because of a drop of 1m tourist arrivals for every three months Singapore’s travel ban on Chinese passport holders continues. (Related post: S$ tanks as GDP forecasts slashed)


Wuhan virus: Why investors are not panicking

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Time to look on the bright side.

Electricity tariffs will drop because oil prices have fallen from around US$65 to below US$55. China is not buying oil. Related post: Why MSM no kanna POFMA for spreading fake news?

Less crowds when going to supermarkets. The anti-PAP cybernut hoarders got to eat up their stocks of rice, instant noodles and toilet paper. They also have no spare money to spend on other groceries after spending hundreds if not thousands of $ on rice, instant noodles and toilet paper.

Sure to have sales for luxury goods because tourists are not coming.

I’m seeing ads offering discounts for fine dining and stuff like suckling pig.

Sure got more comedy shows as Goh Meng Seng and Tan Kin Lian attack PAP govt: Clowns of Singapore.

No GST rise this yr: Double confirm: No GST rise this yr.

More goodies even if it’s more of Ownself pay ownself: it’s our money PAP govt is using to bribe lessen the pain of a slowing economy in an election yr.

Anti-PAP types should be cheering as if the economy suffers badly, more people will vote against the PAP: Anti-PAP activists loi hei wish.

 

Wuhan virus: black humour

In Uncategorized on 12/02/2020 at 4:39 am

A senior health official sent from Beijing to Wuhan to publicly reassure the plebs that the disease was “preventable and controllable”. He contracted the virus himself, becoming a symbol of government incompetence and mendacity on social media and the internet. (Source int’l media)

Women are the stronger sex.

“The average age of the [ Wuhan virus] patients was 55.5 years, including 67 men and 32 women,” said a Lancet paper published last month.

It is an eye-catching discrepancy. A picture is emerging of 2019-nCoV as a novel pathogen that disproportionately affects older men, particularly those with existing illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. A similar pattern can be found in the statistics on Sars, which caused about 780 deaths nearly two decades ago.

FT

FT goes on to say that some scientists are now convinced that these sex differences in clinical data reflect a genuine male vulnerability to coronaviruses, rather than a bias in exposure.

(Following added at 2.00pm on 12 Feb 2020.)

Never ending cruise to nowhere. Shades of the Flying Dutchman:

A cruise ship carrying more than 1,450 passengers has been told it cannot dock in Thailand over coronavirus fears.

The Westerdam had already been turned away from several ports, including in Japan, Taiwan, Guam and the Philippines, amid fears of the virus.

BBC report

From Wikipedia:

The Flying Dutchman is a legendary ghost ship that can never make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever.

These S’porean artists do us proud

In Uncategorized on 11/02/2020 at 5:22 pm

The last exhibit in an exhibition on Buddhism (ending soon in London):

[T]he British Library commissioned a painted wall hanging – a new Buddhist ‘text’ – of the Vessantara Jātaka by three Singaporean artists, Irving Chan Johnson, Lim Su Qi, and Rungnapa Kitiarsa. It is painted in the style of a 19th-Century Thai banner painting, a visual teaching aid. It is an outstanding work of art, and depicts 13 scenes from the Buddha’s previous life in order to teach about the Buddhist values of generosity and charity.

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20200115-how-buddhism-spread-written-language-around-the-world

Kiasu? Get hold of the king mask/ Listen to expert on infectious disease

In Uncategorized on 09/02/2020 at 5:05 am

Don’t bother with surgical masks. They are BS.

There are masks and then there are masks.

The betterest mask is the N95 respirator. It filters at least 95% of airborne particles, and is more effective than an ordinary surgical or medical mask, which also needs to be changed more frequently.

Look at the pixs of HK CEO and China’s PM, when they visit the plebs. They use this mask: google, if you don’t believe me. Let’s see if our millionaire ministers follow them. If they do, time to demand we get the N95 respirator

 

Fyi, medical advice in China is to change face masks regularly, as often as four times a day for medical teams. This would require a minimum of two million masks each day.

A very Chinese habit, the using of masks.

There’s widespread use of face masks among the ordinary population, whether or not they’ve been instructed to do so by the authorities.

  • More than half a million staff working on public transport in China have been told to use masks
  • There are reports that some shops, businesses and other public premises have told people to use masks if they want to enter

Culturally, it’s quite common for people in China to wear face masks, both as general protection and if they feel they are getting ill.

Same with Hongkies. And becoming the practice in S’pore as TOC and other anti-PAP activists spread the lie that it’s effective against the Wuhan virus and KPKBing that the PAP govt is not giving out enough masks. (Fake news that S’poreans panicking about shortage of masks)

There is very little evidence that wearing face masks make a difference. Experts say good hygiene – such as regularly washing your hands and certainly before putting them near your mouth – is vastly more effective.

BBC

The SDP’s chairman, Professor Paul Tambyah the only infectious diseases specialist in NUH, if not S’pore (No money in this line, so doctors avoid it. Remember the PAP MP doc who implied he did not respect people with low pay?) explains the real purpose of the surgical mask:

Question: “Should we only wear a mask if we are sick? Wouldn’t a mask help to protect a healthy person too?”

Professor Tambyah: “Well, it does both. You see, the mask actually prevents or reduces the amount of virus you’re going to shed. But ultimately, you shouldn’t be walking around town if you’re sick because when the mask gets wet, it loses its efficacy. So ideally, you should put on a mask, go see a doctor and then get treated.”

“Now, the reason why [healthy] people wear a mask is because they are not sure that people who are going to be sick are going to be staying at home. And I think that is the message that needs to get across, you see? If you are sick, you shouldn’t go to the office, you shouldn’t take the MRT, you should get yourself evaluated. You should put on a mask, go and get yourself evaluated by your doctor.”

“And if everybody does that, then there’s no need [for healthy people] to wear a mask, right? Because then everybody walking in the streets is going to be healthy. And you don’t need to worry about some guy coughing in your face and infecting you. Right now, you see, too many people are worried that there are people who are sick walking around. And that, I think, needs to be addressed.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-qK7OeTRf8

 

China sneezes, S’pore in intensive care

In China, Economy, Uncategorized on 03/02/2020 at 7:22 am

Koreans will die.

So will the Hongkies, Thais and M’sias. S’poreans, Japanese, Peenoys, Viet Kong, Diggers and Indons will be in the intensive care unit.

 

The only people happy in S’pore are those who wish S’pore ill: Fake news that S’poreans panicking about shortage of masks.

Anti-PAP activists and cybernuts love the opportiunity, or so they think, of spreading more fake news to sabo the PAP govt.

But they are deluded. Tom, I’ll post why the PAP govt will now win bigely this GE. The 4G leaders will get the 65% of the popular vote that they need.

Remember that I was negative about the 4G team getting 65% of the popular vote: Ground is not sweet for an early 2020 GE.

Did you notice yesterday was a very special day

In Uncategorized on 03/02/2020 at 5:31 am

The UK’s Sunday Times reported that 2 February 2020 – when set out in numbers – becomes the rarest of palindromes, whether the day or month is written first. 02/02/2020 reads the same forwards and backwards. It says there won’t be another like it until 12/12/2121 (Huh? Surely shume mistake?)

It also notes that yesterday is the 33rd day of a leap year, with 333 days of 2020 left.

Really a special day for numerologists, statisticians and anyone else who is fascinated by “oddball integers”.

Creative local writer

In Uncategorized on 02/02/2020 at 5:07 am

Greek myths localised

The Greek Gods have arrived in Singapore! Mesa is an Expat Wife. Orpheus is a wretched Club DJ. And Prometheus sells #damngood Roasted Charsiew in Toa Payoh. Would the Almighty Zeus be the leader of the Lightning Party?

And

Figures from Greek mythology take up residence in contemporary Singapore in this collection of stories that explores the pain and dilemma of modern living. What happens when you are doomed to repeat your actions over and over? Or have to remake your decisions, knowing that times have changed? What if struggling makes the divine human, and the human divine?

MODERN MYTHS (2ND PRINTING)
by Clara Chow
published by Math Paper Press

Click the link if you want to hear audio excerpts read by the author or buy the book

Modern Myths (2nd Printing)

We working for free for Google

In Uncategorized on 30/01/2020 at 4:04 am

Recaptcha is shumething we all are familiar with: proving that we are not bots. An estimated 200 million people have to do this every day,

Here’s how we are working free for Google

What is little known is that the words you have to write out are not chosen at random. Instead they are words from old physical books that Google is digitising, and its software is struggling to decipher. So every time you do one of those security tests you are an unpaid Google worker. If, say, 10,000 people all agree on a certain spelling, then Google accepts that as correct.

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-51208154

Luis von Ahn invented it. Recaptcha, which was solely owned by Luis, was bought by Google in 2009 for an undisclosed eight-figure sum.

More on him: What PM, PAP can learn from very rich tech entrepreneur

Wuhan mayor says Beijing also to blame

In Uncategorized on 29/01/2020 at 4:18 am

Zhou Xianwang, Wuhan’s mayor, admitted his local government’s failings in handling the crisis. “We need to improve the ability to address public health events . . . and manage emergencies,” he told CCTV, China’s state broadcaster.

He acknowledged that the Wuhan authorities had not made “a timely disclosure” about the virus.

But he said Beijing was in part responsible. “This is an infectious disease and must be disclosed according to law. Local governments cannot disclose the disease until it gets authorisation to do so,” he said.

China spent the crucial first days of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak arresting people who posted about it online and threatening journalists

https://www.businessinsider.sg/china-information-crackdown-on-wuhan-coronavirus-2020-1/?fbclid=IwAR2JpKKtiTdqTz9Dc_xMFzZu6PCbhh8XLJanyTzuqKv4zgpZy_LDjHR4gSI

Can wearing masks stop the spread of viruses?

In Uncategorized on 27/01/2020 at 9:31 am

They could help stop the spread of viruses, but not for the reason ordinary people say they use masks: that they protect against viruses or bacteria carried in the air

Dr David Carrington, of St George’s, University of London, told BBC News “routine surgical masks for the public are not an effective protection against viruses or bacteria carried in the air”, which was how “most viruses” were transmitted, because they were too loose, had no air filter and left the eyes exposed.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-51205344

Where they work is they help you avoid touching your eyes and nose unnecessarily: preventing “Ownself infect ownself”.

Remember that viruses can land on yr hands but they only cause problems when they enter yr body. Likely entry points are the mouth and eyes. The ears and nose have hair filters.

After reading the BBC article in above link especially this bit

The NHS says the best way to avoid catching viruses such as flu is to:

  • regularly wash your hands with warm water and soap
  • avoid touching your eyes and nose wherever possible
  • maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle

I came to the conclusion that they help prevent “Ownself infect ownself”.

Big PAP win by PAP

In Uncategorized on 26/01/2020 at 6:49 am

Yesterday, I heard a story that had me laughing. It will drive Mad Dog, Lim Tean, Meng Seng to despair and hopefully commit suicide. We need a credible opposition (Think Wankers, Paul Thamby and TCB), not these cybernut heroes. As Meng Seng said with a straight face, “Keep jesters out of opposition, please.”. He should walk the talk, not juz talk the cock.

I was enquiring yesterday about a married couple who late last year were experiencing marital problems. They had been married for over thirty years.

I was told that they are happily married. They decided to press the restart button.

In particular, the cybernut, cyberwarrior of a husband who is unemployed and destitute had to promise that he wouldn’t rave and rant about the PAP govt in the morning when he drove his wive to work. While the voting record of his wife is unknown (He had kept saying that she always voted for the PAP), she told him that she couldn’t stand his anti-PAP rants every morning. It was not a pleasant start to a working day, she said.

As the alternative was getting kicked out of the their home and depending on the PAP’s govt generosity (He already big user of SingHeath despite claiming like Phillip Ang, another big user and the cybernuts’ go to financial expert despite not knowing of the time calue of money, that it was a scam and expensive), he agreed to stop talking cock. Where are his cybernut pals when he needs financial help?

Why does he uses SingHeath despite saying it’s a scam and expensive? Talking thru gritted teeth “I can’t afford to go private.”. Btw, he says that he should not wait when he uses SingHealth.

Vote wisely.

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Lawyers for Liberty is a mama organisation?

In Uncategorized on 25/01/2020 at 5:23 am

Pix of Malaysia-based human rights organisation, Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) from LFL that slimes our S’pore govt saying without publishing credible evidence that our judicial executions are unprofessional and barbaric

Almost an all Indian affair organisation.

Oz fires: How many S’pores are burning?

In Uncategorized on 20/01/2020 at 4:30 am

Some 11m hectares of the Lucky Country have gone up in smoke since September, almost the same area as Bulgaria.

Economist

As S’pore is 72,150 hectares, this means that 155 S’pores are on fire Down Under.

How many S’pore’s burning in NSW: 55 (How many S’pores are burning in Australia?)

Watching movie exercises the heart

In Uncategorized on 14/01/2020 at 4:37 am

The Times says if you are looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle without exercising too much, you can go watch a movie. It highlights “research” which suggests that watching a film at the cinema could be as good for your health as a light form of cardio exercise.

The findings – which have yet to be published in a peer-to-peer journal – also say a trip to the cinema could provide a boost for your heart and benefit memory and concentration.

I can only assume that the movie industry is funding the research.

What about watching Netflix or tv?

Find S’pore on this map of the sky

In Uncategorized on 12/01/2020 at 5:15 am

Our MRT map and that of many others around the world are based on Harry Beck’s London Underground map.

Below is Harry Beck’s Tube map in the sky.

It’s a Tube map of the sky published just a few years after his London Underground map. In aviation’s early days, planes stopped much more frequently, making stops  “Such long-limbed networks naturally echo metro lines,” FT’s columnist  in https://www.ft.com/content/ea87c244-1da0-11ea-81f0-0c253907d3e0 (Pay wall)

Indians, Pinoys, Africans love Trump

In Uncategorized on 11/01/2020 at 1:26 pm

Ang mohs hate him

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51012853

All Blacks are not the only the Kiwis’ world class champions

In Commodities, Currencies, Financial competency, Uncategorized on 09/01/2020 at 4:45 am

 

And

 

Desperately seeking Cheng Bock

In Uncategorized on 08/01/2020 at 10:35 am

The really, really Spastic Zombies

leaders of four of the smaller opposition parties here have decided to form an alliance.

The alliance will comprise the Singaporeans First party (SingFirst), Reform Party (RP), People’s Power Party (PPP) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) …

I call them Zombies because they only wake up when there’s going to be a GE. Otherwise snoring in their graves.

Die, die still trying to get Dr Tan Cheng Bock to try to lead them

Mr Tan Jee Say had gone on Facebook on Saturday to state that he had merely played the role of approaching other parties to join the alliance, and that Dr Tan Cheng Bock would still be invited to lead it.

Speaking to TODAY, Mr Tan Jee Say reiterated that the four parties “look forward to Tan Cheng Bock agreeing to lead the alliance”.

Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/proposed-alliance-smaller-opposition-parties-contest-ge-under-single-banner-other-parties

They need his credibility with voters because they are money face. They think he can get them the extra votes to become MPs earning a lot of money:

He’s keeping very quiet, rightly so.

Many moons ago, I wrote My predictions about Spastics’ League, in which I said

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

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

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

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

He then added:

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

And there’s more

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

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

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

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

In the piece, I predicted that Mad Dog’s attempts to manipulate Dr Tan Cheng Bock to unite the SDP and a bunch of injun chiefs without injuns into a credible Oppo coalition was bound to fail. Wasn’t I right? Trumpets please.

Why should Dr Tan lend his credibility to money face opportunists like Tan Jee Say (SingFirst) and Goh Meng Seng (PPP) after they saboed his presidential campaign by dividing the vote against the PAP’s preferred candidate? Remember that Dr Tan lost by about 3,000 votes. As to helping s/o JBJ why bother helping someone who cannot make eye contact with voters because he thinks they are plebs? OK, OK that’s fake news. He can’t make eye contact with the plebs because he’s autistic.

They can keep waiting for Dr Tan Cheng Bock, like the tramps Waiting for Godot. For the benefit of TRE cybernuts , the term is used to describe a situation where people are waiting for something to happen, but it probably never will. Bit like them thinking that PAP will be defeated in the next GE, something they’ve been saying since 1957.

 

 

How many S’pores are burning in Australia?

In Uncategorized on 05/01/2020 at 4:58 am

Answer: At least 55.

Land covering 55 S’pores are on fire in New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state. 40,000 sq km is burning there. There are also extensive fires in Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.

S$ tua kee

In Uncategorized on 04/01/2020 at 11:42 am

But three other currencies bigger tua kees

I’m surprised TOC’s M’sian Indian goons not using this data to diss the PAP govt. They would say that if PAP any gd, should be first.

Vote wisely.

What’s so special about 2020?

In Uncategorized on 01/01/2020 at 4:25 am

But first a prosperous new year. Make money and stay healthy.

Sorry back to “What’s so special about 2020?”.

Every 60 years, a new decade according to the Western calendar* coincides with a year of the rat, the start of the 12-year cycle in the Chinese calendar. This last happened in 1960.

1990 was a relative quiet year. But in 1961, we had the Berlin Wall crisis and in 1962, we had the  Cuban missile crisis. The USA and the USSR were daring one another to go to war

Will the USA and China have their own version of the Berlin Wall crisis and Cuban Missile crisis? Perhaps centred around HK? Let’s hope not. And if they do, let’s hope they both back down without violence. But then maybe it’ll be a very serious row between N Korea and the USA with China dragged in very reluctantly


*Conventional wisdom* says that 2020 is the start of a new decade in the Western calendar. Strictly speaking the new decade doesn’t start until January 1, 2021; the old one concluding on December 31, 2020. https://www.farmersalmanac.com/new-decade-2020-or-2021-100900

But this means this millennium began on January 1, 2001 not January 1, 2000. The previous millennium ended only on December 31, 2000, not December 31, 1999. So a lot of parting was done on the wrong date.

TKL: Talk Cock King

In Uncategorized on 29/12/2019 at 9:03 am

Recently, in Fact v opinion & “Lies, damned lies, and statistics”, I praised him, almost agreeing with him. Since then he said more sensible things:

Two dirty words – tweak and calibrate

A few years ago, it was common to see the words “tweak” and “calibrate”. The ministers used them almost every day. When they see any problem, they immediately think about how to “calibrate” and “tweak” the system to solve the problem.

It seemed that the only way to solve problems in Singapore is by “tweaking” and “calibrating”. I see their statements so often that I felt nauseous when I encounter them.

I know that the ministers are just parroting their puppet master. Guess who is the puppet master who just love “tweaking” and “calibrating”?

After I while, I got tired. I declared publicly in my Facebook and blog that these two words are “dirty words.”

I guess my strong words must have reached the ivory tower and must have caused some anguish among the occupants.

Today, we hardly see these words. They must have been abolished from the vocabulary of the ivory tower.

Although these words are hardly used nowadays, the bad practice still continues. Our government policies are tweaked and calibrated to suit different groups of people.

What is wrong with this approach? It leads to complications and unfair treatment of different groups of people. Some get the benefit, some do not. Some get more, others get less – depending on how the line is drawn. Now make a guess – who draw the line? The person who hold the drawing ruler probably has some vested interest.

I prefer a different approach – to give equal treatment to everybody. Except for one difference. When it comes to taxation, the higher income should pay more tax (as they can afford it), but they should enjoy the same benefit given to everybody.

Tan Kin Lian

Fortunately, I don’t have to change my low opinion of about him because very recently he posted this after the public tpt fare rise

 

He forget he has boasted he has rental income from his properties. Juz increase the rent by 5%.

He forgot he got rental income? Dementia? Like his PE manager Meng Seng, or Lim Tean

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

Or is he trying to pretend that he wasn’t a PAP cadre (GCT’s branch secretary, no less)? What an ingrate.

Just as bad an opportunist as TJS:

TJS: Right attitude, wrong project? and Why TJS never got invited for tea and biscuits.

At least TJS has lowered his public profile. He sold his bungalow and now posts photos of his travels round the world on FB, a retired honourable warrior tells me.

PAP: 1984 GE

In Uncategorized on 27/12/2019 at 7:58 am

Someone put these up on FB, asking if any one could recall the origin of the stickers?

 

Someone replied they were stickers were from 1984 GE.

If the PAP tried wrapping this flag wrapping today, TOC’s M’sian Indian goons, cybernuts and social media would be KPKBing.

Mad Dog’s Curse: A Christmas tale

In Uncategorized on 24/12/2019 at 2:50 pm

In ang moh land, one of the Christmas traditions is the telling of ghost stories: think Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.

Here’s something from a TRE cybernut in that vein. Make sure you read my comments after the piece.

The Curse of Bukit Batok

Bukit Batok is on the news again, for the wrong reasons.

Latest unfortunate mishap to happen in this jinx constituency: Discovery of a Tuberculosis patient in a Kindergarten.

This is something unthinkable in Singapore to find a TB patient in a kindergarten, of all places. It’s more shocking to note that MOH has given the green light to keep the kindergarten operational despite Parent’s deepest concern if any of their children already been infected with the deadly disease. Hope not !

Bukit Batok constituency became famous (actually infamous) when its PAP MP resigned on 12th Mar 2016 at the height of a “personal indiscretion” episode. By-election was held on 7 May 2016, with two horses in the race- Murali of PAP (aka Ah Mu) and Dr Chee of SDP.

During the election campaign, PAP brought in few heavy weight Ministers to counter Dr Chee. Then the unfortunate thing happened – Dr Chee alleged that he became a victim of character assignation when ugly gutter politics emerged from PAP camp, which Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam disagreed but however acknowledged that “ the ruling party has fallen short of its standards at times, and when this happens, action is taken against individuals who have let the party down”.

Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/pap-did-not-engage-gutter-politics-2016-bukit-batok-election-tharman

With all the above history forgotten by most Singaporeans, unfortunate incidents and mysterious mishaps started to happen in Bukit Batok SMC after the last bi-election, which Murali won unfairly. Here are some of them:

1)     1st Nov 19 – Woman dies in fire. This incident was complicated by fire hoses locked and finally when SCDF broke open them, there was no water. On Nov 15, MP Murali told residents that he was accountable to them as their elected representative and apologized for the lapses.

2)     15th Nov 19 – a Japanese Mother and son found dead on Bukit Batok Hill. Investigation is still in progress.

3)     20th Jul 19 – crane crashes into sheltered walkway in Bukit Batok, between Block 504 and 506 of Bukit Batok East Street 52.

4)     17th Jun 19 – Lorry crashes into walkway shelter at Bukit Batok, causing it to collapse on car. A sheltered walkway at Block 116 Bukit Batok West Avenue 6 collapsed after the crane boom of a lorry crashed into it.

5)     6th Feb 2017 – A new rat infestation has been discovered in Bukit Batok, raising fears that the infestations that were discovered in 2014 and 2016 might be making a comeback, as Rats can carry a variety of different disease causing agents, and these can be transmitted from the rats to humans. Rats are associated with the transmission of several important infections in humans, including leptospirosis and plague.

6)     3rd May 15 – Mystery bugs invade and plagued Bukit Batok residents, their sudden outbreak remains unclear. They then simply dropped dead, leaving huge piles of carcasses to clear.

7)     26th Sep 19 and 17th Oct 17 – Pipes burst at Bukit Batok West and Bukit Batok East respectively. Water spouts raised several storeys and caused localized flooding.

8)     12th Sep 17 – Five hurt in Bukit Batok industrial blast. The blast happened at ZTP Ginseng Bird nest’s factory on the 11th storey of Enterprise Centre, at 20 Bukit Batok Crescent. Five workers from the factory were injured.

9)     May and Jun 2017 – Lifts installed by Sigma Elevator at Bukit Batok’s Skyline II estate had broken down about seven times.

10)  And many more Incidents….

(source: Straits Times, CAN, Yahoo, Today..etc)

To our knowledge, Yishun town is notorious for such headline news, but Bukit Batok is catching up fast. Weirdly, Bukit Batok in English literally means “Coughing Hill”. Looks like some curse has befallen on Bukit Batok constituency after the bi-election, which was won ungentlemanly by PAP, as Dr Chee accused PAP Ministers of winning by character-assignation and gutter politics. Bad karma for the residents if a curse is in the working.

Curse is defined as any expressed wish that some form of adversity or misfortune will befall or attach to one or more persons, a place, or an object.

Although most of us don’t believe in curses, the incidents and mishaps in Bukit Batok just cannot be  quashed away as pure coincidence, especially if they are continuously happening ever since the bi-election. Wondering what incident is going to happen next if this curse is true. Scary indeed.

Can this curse be broken by voting-in Dr Chee as the next MP for Bukit Batok SMC ?

A Resident

My take is Mad Dog Chee laid a curse on Bukit Batok residents for not making him their MP. After all he slimed the Chiams saying he lost because of their sliming: SDP: No adult supervision isit?

So yes the curse will be lifted

by voting-in Dr Chee as the next MP for Bukit Batok SMC.

But here’s a better solution: the SDP should replace him as their leader: Will the real SDP, Dr Chee pls stand up?.

My other pieces on the BB by-election.

Why Dr Chee should not stand in Bukit Batok

Bukit Batok: The tyranny of numbers

BB By-election: Relax S’poreans/ DNA of PAP and Dr Chee

Ah Mu’s silence is deafening

SDP: No adult supervision isit? Why liddat?

They all show that Mad Dog is the kind of person who will lay a curse on others.

 

Our Merlion was designed by ang moh queen

In Uncategorized on 24/12/2019 at 4:22 am

Doesn’t something look familiar?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

let’s … focus on our so-called official mascot.

The Merlion.

Commissioned in 1964, it was designed by Alec Fraser Brunner who was a zoologist, as well as the curator of the Van Kleef Aquarium. The statue instead was sculpted by Lim Nang Seng, a prominent sculptor in those days. Origins of the half lion half fish symbolism have been loosely credited to the ‘singa’ of Singapura, as well as the (already proven to be grossly inaccurate) origins of our country as a fishing village. Somehow or rather, it’s left to be as vague as it can possibly be.

Which is why it was intriguing when I came across the coat of arms of the First East India Company, lo and behold, I’m suddenly staring at a pair of Merlions from the 17th century! It first appeared in the Grant of Arms to the East India Company Merchants, dated 4 February 1600. The same pair also appeared on the official seal of the HEIC in 1675, but now with its scary head facing us, staring into our souls. Unfortunately, its partner did not manage to survive the test of time.

This was something new to me, having only familiarized myself with the later day coat of arms of the EIC, no longer featuring confused half lions. It has been mentioned that it was the Queen herself who gave detailed instructions of the elements to be incorporated into the coat of arms. So was our Merlion symbol inspired from the EIC? If so, you could say that the true person behind the design was the Queen!

Jokes aside, that also means that we are subconsciously still subjugating ourselves to traces and elements of colonial rule.

But sea-lions in heraldry isn’t all that uncommon. You don’t even have to look far. In the Philippines, Manila’s coat of arms, the seal of the Navy, Department of Education, as well as the Presidential seal bears sea-lions. Even in Bulgaria, you can spot a sea-lion in the coat of arms of Burgas.

Still, it remains a mystery. Say what you will, love it or hate it. To me personally though, trying to unearth the stories behind such symbolisms is more rewarding 😉

Ahmad Bin Osman

 

No wonder ang moh tua kee even to the PAP: Even PAP govt thinks ang moh tua kee.

Happy feasting and drinking.

Btw, the East India Co’s coat of arms when it ruled India.

 

 

 

SGX’s ex-FTs come back to haunt it

In Uncategorized on 21/12/2019 at 10:47 am

Recently, the constructive, nation-building ST has been dissing SGX

SGX takes a hit with listings lost to privatisation

and

More diverse risk appetite needed in investments as SGX takes a hit

going on to say

Singapore’s shrinking stock market, in some ways, best represents the structural and cyclical challenges that popped up through the decade that’s about to end.

(Related: SGX: Global sua kee)

Sounds like the PAP govt is not happy with the way SGX is going.

Here’s some more info that shows how useless the SGX is.

The FT recently reported that the SGX uses the London’s Stock Exchange’s trading technology.

Looks like I was right about SGX’s Indian IT Trashes

SGX’s IT: An all India FT affair?

SGX: Disk FT isit? Prime terrorist target?

I wasn’t racist as a TRE cybernut alleged.

 

Local start-up: “either genius or too clever by half”

In Uncategorized on 07/12/2019 at 7:04 am

Browzzin’s a S’pore-based company fashion-tech start-up. The FT says of it, “it is either genius or too clever by half” after its soft-launch in the UK.

It enables millennials who post Instagram photos of themselves to monetise their narcissism — if someone clicks on the photo, they can buy the outfit, or a similar one chosen by AI. For each purchase, the millennial gets a rake-off between 2 per cent and 30 per cent for some luxury offerings.

FT

“If you love my photo, you can shop my photo. It’s almost like running your own store,” said 29-year-old co-founder Zean Vo.

Lim Tean: talk cock king / Does he have dementia?

In Uncategorized on 06/12/2019 at 11:08 am

Lim Tean talked cock about that the nation anthem.

He told us everything about it was going to be changed. He said this because he read that on Sunday (1 Dec), Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu announced that the National Anthem Majulah Singapura will be updated as part of celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of Singapore’s national symbols.

No other details were disclosed except that the new version will be a rendition by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. It will be broadcast across all Mediacorp, Singapore Press Holdings and Safra radio stations at 11.20am tomorrow (3 Dec), 60 years after the national symbols were first unveiled.

Listen and let me know if Lim Tean was telling the truth. I used the version of the anthem on TOC’s website because it has an English translation.

Only minor tweaks.

What a liar Lim Tean is

Look at Lim Tean’s record. Still no jobs rally after collecting money in 2017 for rally, and no picture, no sound after collecting money to sue CPF yrs ago: Finally Lim Tean called to account on a “broken promise”. To be fair, he did deliver on defamation video two years late. But it was BS.).

Can he be trusted to do anything but grab the money?

Is there really a better alternative to PAP 4G?

But maybe he’s not a money face but has dementia making him forget that he took money from the public.

Btw, I used TOC’s video because it includes an English translation of the lyrics. A TRE commenter has a good point about the lyrics that many S’poreans may not realise.

Majulah Singapura:
December 3, 2019 at 12:08 am (Quote)
The “Majulah Singapura” is symbolic of the country’s history and independence. The lyrics express the new spirit and aspiration of a people in their newly found independence. It is a call to progress, happiness, success and unity which are as relevant today as it was 55 years ago. To replace the country’s national anthem is to erase a significant piece in the history of our independence. The lyrics in Malay may not be understood and appreciated by non-Malay speakers, but they are simple and beautiful. This part of the Malay heritage in the nation’s multi-cultural history will be lost.

TRE

 

 

East Asians to dominate maths Nobel Prize soon?

In Uncategorized on 06/12/2019 at 4:20 am

OK, OK, I know that there’s no maths Nobel Prize. But the Fields Medal is regarded as the Nobel Prize in maths.

A Chinese, Vietnamese and Indian have won it, but Americans, French, Russians and Brits dominate the list of prize winners.

But going by u/m expect the yellow people will dominate the list soon. Indians will be upset.

 

 

Changing our pledge

In Uncategorized on 03/12/2019 at 4:18 am

When TRE reported that there would be a new rendition of our nation anthem, there was this great comment (slightly edited)

NotMyProblem:

I would suggest change our pledge instead.

Remove the words – equality, democracy, race, justice from the pledge so that PAP can honour it easier.

The citizens would like to honour the pledge but the PAP is unable to do it, so for the benefit of the PAP, change it!

He’s got a point: since its all aspirational according to Harry.

The new pledge would read:

“We, the citizens of Singapore,
pledge ourselves as one united people,
regardless of race, language or religion,
to build a democratic society
based on justice and equality
so as to achieve happiness, prosperity
and progress for our nation.”

It’s all about money. Hmm really reflects our Pap And Pap society.

(Following added minutes after publication)

Related posts:

Fake News: S’pore is Pay And Pay/ Truth: Plenty of gd, free stuff

Pay And Pay in action

Got to Pay and Pay for personal safety

Why Pay And Pay Party has a point about scroungers

CPF changes: Rob Peter to Pay Paul and worse

But to be fair: Where we don’t Pay and Pay

 

 

Our first single malt whisky uses Newater?

In Uncategorized on 30/11/2019 at 11:43 am

Dram come true: Singapore’s first single malt whisky is now in production

As the uniqueness of any good Scotch depends on the unique spring or stream the water comes from, so as  Newater is “Uniquely S’porean”, our very own single malt must use Newater.

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The NEWater process recycles our treated used water into ultra-clean, high-grade reclaimed water, cushioning our water supply against dry weather and moving Singapore towards water sustainability.

Today, there are five NEWater plants supplying up to 40% of Singapore’s current water needs. By 2060, NEWater is expected to meet up to 55% of Singapore’s future water demand.

PUB

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Is there really a better alternative to PAP 4G?

In Uncategorized on 29/11/2019 at 4:34 am

I tot this as I watched a Mad Dog video where in Malay he dissed the PAP’s 4G team.


My tots on how meritocracy, S’pore-style works:

Yup, I’m no fan of the $G team

Why PAP doesn’t do accountability, meritocracy

Meritocracy? What meritocracy? How our PMs are chosen

Connecting SMRT failures, 4th gen ministers & change of PM (Or “Another Heng cock-up”)

Why do we keep getting mediocre ministers?

Why cabinet can’t do bold new ideas

More on Hali’s judgement between 2007 -2011/ Meritocracy? What meritocracy?

Meritocracy? No leh Cosiness

Meritocracy’s feet of clay: Ong Ye Kung

Note this section was added minutes after first publication.

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Problem is “Is a coalition that includes Mad Dog, Lim Tean and Meng Seng a better alternative to the 4G?”

Look at Lim Tean’s record. Still no jobs rally after collecting money in 2017 for rally, and no picture, no sound after collecting money to sue CPF yrs ago: Finally Lim Tean called to account on a “broken promise”. To be fair, he did deliver on defamation video two years late. But it was BS..

Can he be trusted to do anything but grab the money?

Here’s the Election manifesto of Spastics League.

WTF: Personal water bottles banned/ Pay And Pay at work?

In Uncategorized on 28/11/2019 at 5:55 am

 

 

 

 

This image (via Sonny Liew) was taken from

U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 Live in Singapore

30 November 2019
National Stadium

https://mediabank.sportshub.com.sg/documents/EDM-library/U2-2019/eventguides/30nov/U2-2019-EventGuide-30Nov-Standing.html?fbclid=IwAR0-w0M4FnfXN48ThHp01isiG6T5P4Wbw0Im3YNRufXkAgolY8y6zWqAJh4

Sounds like forcing people to buy drinks from 4.30 onwards

Queue Start Time: 4:30PM
Gates Open Time: 5:30PM
Event Start Time: 8:00PM

What happens if people get dehydrated, unable to buy drinks because the queues for drinks are very long?

If people die or are physically injured as a result of dehydration, will action be taken against the organisers? Of course, they organisers can be sued in tort for damages

But best if the PAP govt steps in now to prevent deaths and injuries. There’s an election coming.

But “PAP” stands for “Pap And Pay” as Mrs Lina Chiam and others (self included) have said.

And wondering out loud: why did the the health and safety authorities allow this personal water bottle ban in the first place?

Btw, we are wasting money on bottled water: Water: Why Tun should thank S’poreans

(Last two sentences added minutes after first publication).

Enough space for Queen Jos to have sex? (cont’d)

In Uncategorized on 26/11/2019 at 4:17 am

This video about an Ethiopian building a two storey home on a truck reminded me of Queen Jos’ remarks:  https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-50508590/how-an-ethiopian-built-a-three-bedroom-home-in-a-truck?intlink_from_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.com%2Fnews%2Fworld%2Fafrica&link_location=live-reporting-map

Related post: Enough space for Queen Jos to have sex?

Welcome to Peenoy Land

In Uncategorized on 25/11/2019 at 11:16 am

Southeast Asian Games host the Philippines apologised on Sunday (Nov 24) after some arriving athletes were left stranded for hours at the airport or were driven to the wrong hotel, a logistical snafu that drew criticism just days before the competition starts.

Athletes have begun flying into Manila ahead of Saturday’s opening, but for Cambodia and East Timor’s football squads the arrival was not what they were expecting.

“We had to wait maybe like eight, nine hours to get our hotel,” Coach Felix Dalmas of Cambodia told a press conference Sunday, adding that they had also waited hours for the shuttle service.

[…]

East Timor’s team was driven to the wrong hotel, complicating their arrival and training schedules.

“All nations deserve respect and what happened yesterday was not so beautiful,” East Timor’s coach Fabiano Flora told reporters.

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sea-games-philippines-apology-12121398

 

SGX: Global sua kee

In Uncategorized on 24/11/2019 at 1:29 pm

Ang mohs: Don’t teach us Chinese to suck eggs

In Uncategorized on 22/11/2019 at 6:35 am

Or to be more accurate, “Don’t teach us ethnic Chinese to eat meatless meat”.

Us ethnic Chinese have been eating meatless meat for centuries. Why are arrogant US cos talking about meatless meat to us ethnic Chinese?

Under a headline “In an Year of the meatless Pig”, the very ang moh FT reported that two US meat substitute companies “have set their sights on China, which consumes almost a third of the world’s meat”. Beyond Meat is looking to start production in China next year, with Impossible Foods exploring potential partnerships with government bodies and corporations: the latter needs approval for its product because food made from genetic manipulation is banned in China.

Swine fever has wiped out most of the pig population (Grandpa Xi’s biggest headache), and the ang moh cos say they are offering alternatives.

But as FT points out in its Lex column, FT’s brain,

[U]nlike the US, appetite for the new meat substitutes is weak in China. China already has an array of soy-based meat alternatives and tofu dishes for its vegan Buddhists. Outsiders may also vastly underestimate how crucial traditional pork is for Chinese cuisine. It would be difficult to replicate the texture of delicacies like pig fat, feet and brains.

Bit racist that bit about “pig fat, feet and brains” and it left out mock duck, my favourite meatless meat dish.

Btw, I got a beef about Impossible foods. Traditionally around Christmas I treat myself to Cold Storage’s beef lasagna ordered via their Christmas catalogue. This year, there’s an Impossible Foods lasagna, not the usual beef one. And it’s priced at 33% more than the now beef absent one. I decided to try the beef stew (new dish in catalogue).

 

Yoma: Still not too late to join the ride

In Uncategorized on 19/11/2019 at 4:33 am

On Monday, the shares inched up to 40 cents. Ayala is buying a 20% stake at 46 cents. Still time to buy. Re: Yoma: Last chance to buy?

Serioualy looks like the penny stock fiasco of a few yrs ago have curbed the animal spirits of syndicates and punters. Re: Retail punters suffer ’cause SGX, MAS dysfunctional?

Criminal case against Soh Chee Wen etc continues.

Yoma: Last chance to buy?

In Uncategorized on 17/11/2019 at 2:44 pm

Still trading 15% below Ayala’s entry price.

Serge Pun, executive chairman of Yoma Strategic Holdings, bats aside suggestions that he is accepting investment from Ayala only because Western enthusiasm for Myanmar’s growth story has waned. “Asian investors are a lot smarter than Western investors,” says Pun at a media briefing on Nov 16.

On Nov 14, Ayala Corporation, Philippines’ oldest business conglomerate, announced it is investing up to US$237.5 million ($324 million) in exchange for a 20% stake in Singapore-listed Yoma Strategic, and Yangon-listed First Myanmar Investment Company.

Yoma Strategic shares surged as a result. It closed on Friday, Nov 15 at 39 cents, up more than 18% from the 33 cents before the deal was announced. At this level, the company is valued at $731 million. Yoma Strategic started this year at 35 cents. In 2013, at the peak of the Myanmar boom, the company was traded as high as 87 cents.

https://www.theedgesingapore.com/capital/company-news/asian-investors-are-smarter-says-yomas-pun

 

New blood in SPP: 20 years too late

In Uncategorized on 11/11/2019 at 4:52 am

The Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the Singapore People’s Party (SPP) held its first meeting on Tue evening (5 Nov) … former Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) Steve Chia was appointed as the party’s secretary-general … Jose Raymond [was appointed] the party’s chairman.

TOC

Phew. Tot that Mrs Chiam could be sec gen. Glad that regeneration has finally taken place. Sadly its 20 years too late. It should have taken place around 2000.

In 2015 before the GE I wrote of a tua kee FB poster who was a member of the Chiams’ Party

I hope the Chiams make him the communications director of their SPP. Not only will it be good for the Chiams**, it will show that they are walking the walk in their talk of renewing the party. Mr Chiam has been talking of new blood since the 1990s, but all that happens is that blood is sucked out from younger talents who join him: ask Wilfred and Desmond. Pwee was too smart to allow his blood to be sucked for free: he forced the renewal pretty soon after he joined up and left when it was clear that the Chiams were not changing: smart guy. But then he is a scholar.

Walk the talk, Chiams

The person in question was P Ravi and I went on

As the person in question has good new media credentials and was denounced by a minister in parly, the Chiams have no excuse in not giving him a chance to show what he do for the SPP and themselves. They can’t say that he is not proven talent, or is not “Political” or not brave. They can’t even say that he has yet to prove his loyalty: he has been a friend of the Chiams for several yrs, even defending them against my sniping about them refusing to walk the talk. He’s also my friend.

Walk the talk, Chiams

The Chiams ignored my advice, or to be more accurate never read it. Ravi juz before GE resigned from his job and stood in GE because Chiam wanted his best person to get thrashed in an SMC.

A few years later Ravi got a job with Chiam’s foundation.

Earlier this yr, Ravi joined TCB’s PSP. Don’t know if he is still working at Chiam’s foundation. I hear relations are cordial between him and Mr Chiam.

What I’ve written about the Chiams and their refusal to do renewal.

Time for the Chiams to step back?

Chiams: Please “go gentle into that good night”

This is what we should remember Chiam for

“The opposition used to be undesirable and unelectable, and Chiam has made it more acceptable to Singaporeans. He really revamped the whole opposition’s image and brought in credible candidates,” says Loke.

“His contribution surpasses JBJ’s, in terms of changing the opposition’s image.”

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/chiam-see-tong-changed-the-face-of-the-opposition-analyst-065549351.html

Btw, Secret Squirrel tells me that Loke is not liked by Mrs Chiam. With the a protector like her, Mr Chiam doesn’t need enemies.

How and why meritocracy morphs into a rigid caste system

In S'pore Inc, Uncategorized on 07/11/2019 at 4:41 am

A rigid caste system of winners and losers.

Further to Why S’poreans don’t trust the constructive, nation-building media, are we already like this?

In “The Meritocracy Trap”, Daniel Markovits, a legal scholar at Yale, blames the loss of social solidarity, and much else besides, on the slow corruption of American meritocracy, which has ossified into a formidable caste system. As the economic premium on education rose, he explains, competition for places at elite institutions of higher education grew. That struggle has become an obstacle to success for all but the cognitive elite. The gap in academic achievement between the children of rich and poor families is now larger than that between black and white pupils in the era of segregation, Mr Markovits notes.

https://www.economist.com/books-and-arts/2019/10/24/in-the-past-america-was-not-as-unequal-as-it-has-become

And like this also?

If Mr Markovits is right … Subtly but corrosively, he thinks, the idea of meritocracy has validated inequality, because rich and poor alike “earn” their position. Success depends on educational achievement beyond the reach of many, but winners feel they deserve their spoils, while losers are asked to accept their fate.

In Meritocratic hubris/ Who defines “meritocracy”, I wrote that Michael J Sandel who  teaches political philosophy at Harvard University said

merit is defined by those who “made it”.

I went on

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.

going onto describe

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

S’pore: Meritocracy? What meritocracy?

My tots on how meritocracy, S’pore-style works:

Why PAP doesn’t do accountability, meritocracy

Meritocracy? What meritocracy? How our PMs are chosen

Connecting SMRT failures, 4th gen ministers & change of PM (Or “Another Heng cock-up”)

Why do we keep getting mediocre ministers?

Why cabinet can’t do bold new ideas

More on Hali’s judgement between 2007 -2011/ Meritocracy? What meritocracy?

Meritocracy? No leh Cosiness

Meritocracy’s feet of clay: Ong Ye Kung

Here’s something on Gilbert Goh who shows up meritocracy S’pore style

And here’s Real meritocracy at work. 

Can we have this Swiss “standard” please?

In Uncategorized on 06/11/2019 at 4:29 am

I tot of Goh Chok Tong’s aspiration for Swiss standard of living (We reached it but don’t realise it: Be careful of what you wish form you may just get it) when reading of the situation in Switzerland where home buyers are paid to borrow money

In a few cases in the Swiss cantons of Zug and Graubünden, local banks have offered negative-rate mortgages — borrowers are paid by the lenders to take money to fund their properties because doing so is cheaper than depositing the money with the [central bank]

FT

This Alice-in-Wonderland situation arises because the central bank has a negative interest rate policy. It considers this policy “essential” for the Swiss economy by. The policy is  aimed at curbing the appreciation of the franc and protecting exports. The benchmark rate, set at minus 0.75%, is the lowest of any central bank in the G10 economies. Demark also liddat: Bank pays u to borrow/ Govts borrow for free

Here’s a Swiss standard S’pore should introduce: controlling inconsiderate neighbours.

If you are anti-PAP, you should read

More CGT BS? Swiss Standard? What Swiss standard?

More CGT BS? Swiss Standard? What Swiss standard?

Swiss Standard? What Swiss standard?

Unlucky to lose one maid; to lose five or more is cattiness or bitchiness

In Uncategorized on 05/11/2019 at 4:20 am

After reading the u/m passage about three S’poreans’ experiences (spending thousands of dollars changing lots of maids in extra quick time ), I remembered an Oscar Wilde quote (“To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”) which in this case would read

To lose one maid may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose five, six or seven looks like carelessness.

Or as is more likely, losing so many shows bitchiness or cattiness at work.

Not only must these S’poreans be really bad employers but they are either in denial, or too thick to realise that they are slave drivers (Or maybe they think they are entitled to behave like PAP millionaire ministers?). What do you think?

[A] 31-year-old sales manager, who wanted to be known only as Ms Tan, said that she had encountered “all princesses” after her trusty Filipino maid of two years returned home when her contract ended in 2016.

The mother of three — who ended up changing seven maids within 1.5 years  — caught one helper on surveillance camera lying stretched out on her sofa and using her face mask while her family was away on holiday, even when she had been given tasks to complete.

Two other replacements were “tai-tais”, she said, including one who took taxis whenever she headed out.

A 43-year-old manager in a private equity firm, who declined to be named, similarly had to change six helpers between 2015 and 2018, after losing a long-time Indonesian helper who wanted to return home to take care of her mother.

“They are just here for play and fun, demanding a lot of things from the get-go,” said the mother of three. She said that she used about S$15,000 of her savings to transfer the maids out, before her former Indonesian helper agreed to return in August this year.

Ms Tay Mui Lan, 29, owner of a cafe in the East Coast area, said she had spent about S$10,000 over the past six months changing five maids — all of whom did not want to work for her household of five.

They came up with all kinds of “drama” after getting assigned to her family’s home, a four-storey terraced house in Serangoon.

One “purposely” did things that frustrated her, such as scratching her floor and car and cooking for two instead of four, as if to spite the family,  said Ms Tay.

Based on her observations, Ms Tay felt that the maids were “picky”, adding that her demands were not unreasonable — changing the bedsheets once every month, and ensuring that dirty laundry was not piling up. She added that she did not ask for all four floors to be cleaned daily.

“I don’t understand why I cannot get a helper (who sticks around). Maybe I am too nice,” she said.
Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/big-read/big-read-hiring-maids-no-longer-luxury-longstanding-issues-could-snowball-if-unchecked

Seriously reading the article makes me realise that the agents are breaking the law on the fees, maids are charged. My mum’s maid was charged six months fees (article says max is two months).

And agents don’t tell employers all the legal requirements. I didn’t realise that health insurance is a must. Any idea who to get insurance from for my mother’s maid? NTUC Income?

Btw, BBC says here cleaners can afford maids. How not to vote for the PAP?

 

 

S’poreans love to talk cock and BS

In Uncategorized on 28/10/2019 at 10:52 am

According to the latest Black Box’s survey of S’poreans, cost of living increases are most likely to impact their vote: https://www.blackbox.com.sg/2019/10/18/ge20-whats-impacting-voting-intentions-2/?utm_source=yka&utm_medium=edm&utm_campaign=sep19.

If so, with GST rises coming up after GE, why is the PAP still expected to win at least 60% of the popular vote and have another super majority in parly?

In How PAP can win 65% plus of the vote, I pointed out that postponing the GST rise is the best to ensure a 65%+ share of the popular vote for the 4G leaders. But the 4G leaders think that the goodies doled out are sufficient for a 62% victory, if not more. (Btw, article lists most of the goodies)

Well this gives the Oppo a good chance to KPKB about the folly of increasing GST when the global and S’pore economy are weak, if not in recession (“Only cold spell coming, but not Winter,” says Heng). But will they do it? I have my doubts.

Where PAP is most vulnerable

Do read the BlackBox piece linked above for interesting insights into the cock S’poreans talk and their BS: including the experts at BlackBox. I can’t stop laughing at what the BlackBox experts said:

 At this point in time, about three in ten still say they are completely undecided as to who they will vote for which means a lot of votes are still up for grabs.

Whatever, no wonder Dr Chee, Lim Tean and other members of the , and cybernuts like TRE’s Oxygen are very happy. They think they’ll soon be millionaire ministers.

Related BlackBox article: https://www.blackbox.com.sg/2019/08/28/upcoming-general-election-what-are-the-key-issues/?utm_source=yka&utm_medium=edm&utm_campaign=jul19

Learning to cope with mortgages and grief

In Uncategorized on 27/10/2019 at 4:15 am

Talking to friends’ kids and their friends and neighbourhood kids, learning about mortgages and dealing with grief is something that schools should teach

Schools should teach more life skills to avoid producing “A* robots with no knowledge of the real world”, the Welsh Youth Parliament has said.

Its first major review suggested life skills such as dealing with grief and arranging a mortgage should be part of children’s education.

It called for the new curriculum to be amended on the basis of its findings.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-50126863?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/education&link_location=live-reporting-story

The problem is that in S’pore, there always be an examination to test whether kids know the “right answer”.

Eat your heart out Indian supremacists

In Uncategorized on 25/10/2019 at 5:05 am

Andrew Yang is ahead of Kamala Harris (She got mama blood) in her home state of California.

 

What riots can achieve

In Uncategorized on 23/10/2019 at 6:34 pm

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera announced reforms aimed at ending days of violent protests sparked by a rise in metro prices. The protests grew into something bigger as thousands took to the streets over austerity and inequality.

He planned to increase the basic pension by 20%, increase the minimum wage and introduce a new higher tax bracket. Electricity rates will also be cut under the reform plan. He also proposed a law that would see the state cover the costs of expensive medical treatments.

Mr Piñera said he had received a clear message from Chileans, saying he hoped to turn recent violent protests into an “opportunity” for Chile “to make up for lost time, pick up the pace and take concrete and urgent steps”.

(The following was added on 24 October at 9.30am)

Related posts:

Stop being fascinated with HK riots, look closer home

Indonesian riots prove minister’s point on zero tolerance of racist remarks?

 

Greta Thunberg: Juz another entitled ang moh kid talking cock

In Uncategorized on 23/10/2019 at 5:42 am

Greta Thunberg, the puppet of Woke progressives says that on a finite planet unlimited economic growth is a fairy tale. Juz like that condemn poor Asian kids to servitude to ang mohs isit?

This what a “Climate change is real and a clear and present danger,” conservative adult says:

Is unlimited economic growth a fairy tale?

Mark Carney is asked whether he agrees with Greta Thunberg that on a finite planet unlimited economic growth is a fairy tale.

He says: “I’m afraid I do not agree with that… There is carbon-light growth, there is asset-light growth. If you think about the nature of much of consumption, how it’s shifted over time… towards experiences including virtual entertainment – that’s also growth.”

“So I don’t think they’re exclusive.”

However, he says the market is “pricing the transition” away from carbon as being at least 3.75 degrees, “probably north of 4” degrees in terms of global warming.

“That tells you something in terms of the sum of global climate policy,” Mr Carney says, with the implication being that it is not moving fast enough.

BBC

Why Greta will soon be history

Almost 50 years before Extinction Rebellion, a British-born protest movement, exported its brand of climate activism to the world, young Americans did so on Earth Day, April 22nd 1970. The youth then was more bell-bottomed than nowadays but felt no less “bamboozled and cheated” (as The Economist put it at the time) that their elders were bequeathing them a wrecked planet.Economist

Alfian is no knight in shining armour fighting the PAP dragon

In Uncategorized on 16/10/2019 at 4:32 am

Or for truth and justice. He’s more like an identity-challenged knight in rusty armour rowing with his enemies (think PAP govt) and his inner demons.

I’m not defending what the PAP minister said about Alfian (Because unlike the constructive, nation-building media I’ve not been paid my 30 pieces of silver, and unlike the PAP IB, I don’t work for free.), but I hope his critics had read some of Alfian’s stuff that the anti-PAP Woke don’t publicise, when criticising the minister. Anti-PAP cybernuts are a different breed of low life: “PAP is always wrong.”

I speak as someone who read some of his stuff years ago. In the poems I read, I sensed his unhappiness about living in a Chinese dominated multi-racial society. He was really not happy that his race was not top dog, like in KL, and he was not getting the goodies like M’sian Malays that he felt he was entitled to. He wanted to live in a multi-racial society where the Malays dominated. I must stress that this is only my reading.

A lawyer and PAP member (who yet again hasn’t been selected to be an MP) seems to share my view, though he put it more menacingly

I find Alfian’s actions anti Singapore. The combination of his poem and his pro Malaysia sentiments reflect a longing for a situation where his race is not the minority.

He is not a critic. He does not feel he belongs in Singapore.

Ong should add to his statement by using this PAPpy’s turn of phrase. Silly of Ong not to have said this in first place. But then GE coming and he doesn’t want to offend the Malay voters, who are not exactly fans of the PAP govt. Neither does he want Tun to take offence.

Oh, and do realise that Alfian is biting the hand that protects him.

He will have problems if he is a Malay living in M’sia: his preferred country. He’s a self-proclaimed gay, atheist Muslim. That is haram in M’sia and other Muslim countries. In Saudi Arabia he could be executed. In S’pore, minister Shan rightly says that LGBTQs will be protected, like other S’poreans

And remember what happened to Anwar? The authorities tried to destroy his career by portraying him as a homosexual because being gay is haram in Islam.

Doubtless if he was M’sian, he’d be spurning the privileges of being a Malay, and bemoaning that he couldn’t reveal his inner self. He’d be writing about hidden identities, like Oscar Wilde. Or maybe, he’ll be looking at his bank statement and smile.

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“Malay race” created by ang mohs, not the Malays

Academic talking cock/ Got such thing as “Malay” race meh?

Watain fans: Muslims cannot be, but can Malays be ?

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I’ll end by saying that the the minister roughed up Alfian for wrong reasons, doing no good for his reputation: https://sudhirtv.com/2019/10/14/the-day-singapores-education-minister-lost-some-credibility/?fbclid=IwAR2fHLaLLKIAUmC_BPqWaj6V6VyNOkFd_qGKk3Z1qTQ2sl0TxPiJL0Dxns4.

But I never had a high opinion of him: Ong Ye Kung: “Is he the 4G leader with the killer instinct?”

We threw money at this guy?

In Economy, EDB, Property, Uncategorized on 15/10/2019 at 5:13 am

To buy properties here?

EDB gifting billionaire money to cheong properties

Buying homes the billionaire way: two luxury homes are better than one

Ang moh who bot S$73.8m flat

Or employ S’poreans?

Only a few months ago I wrote

But if one is a fan of the PAP govt, one can argue that by giving him financial incentives to build his car in S’pore, EDB gets him to manufacture here (creating jobs and expertise), move his HQ here, and buy two properties: killing four birds with one stone.

EDB gifting billionaire money to cheong properties

A few months ago, our constructive, nation-building were trumpeting that S’pore’s a great place because Dyson decided to build his electric car here. Now the media is spinning like hell that his cancellation of his plan to build electric cars here is no big deal. Example CNA says:

WHAT IT MEANS FOR SINGAPORE

With the shuttering of Dyson’s automotive unit, plans for its maiden car plant in Singapore will be scrapped.

If Dyson’s plans had materialised, the plant could have brought about some benefits, said Maybank Kim Eng economist Chua Hak Bin.

“It was a different kind of manufacturing investment,” he said. “Dyson was a lot more futuristic and new tech so we wondered if it would bring parts of the supply chain, in terms of supporting industries, to Singapore.”

When Dyson announced its Singapore plans last year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong took to Facebook to describe it as “one of the companies creating new and exciting opportunities here” and urged local engineers to “rise to the challenge”.

Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing also posted on Facebook that he was “happy” about the announcement, as it reflected Singapore’s attractiveness as a base for investments in innovation.

The Economic Development Board, in its yearly report published in February, highlighted autonomous vehicles and smart mobility as one of its key priorities ahead, in a bid to ride on the crest of Dyson’s announcement.

The government agency was in “active negotiations or discussions” with a couple of other electric car makers so as to “build clusters”, its managing director Chng Kai Fong told Bloomberg during an interview in April.

In response to CNA’s queries on its strategy moving forward, EDB’s assistant managing director Tan Kong Hwee said Singapore remains interested in advanced manufacturing activities, including electric vehicles.

“We believe Singapore is well-positioned for activities that leverage on the deep skills of our workforce, the use of advanced technologies such as robotics and automation, and ecosystem of suppliers locally and in the region,” said the emailed response.

“Singapore’s proximity to the markets in Asia will also enable companies to capture growth opportunities in the region.”

The U-turn in Dyson’s plans is set to affect about 20 employees in Singapore. The company told CNA that it has “sufficient vacancies” to absorb most of those affected.

Dyson currently employs about 1,100 people in Singapore, with 350 of them being engineers.

While it may be a lost opportunity for Singapore to produce electric cars, economists think the scrapping of the plant will bring about minimal impact.

“Since the project was very much on the drawing board, I think there will be fairly minimal disruption to local labour force and supply chains,” said Mr Song.

He added: “It would have been a nice feather in the cap. But even without it, we haven’t done too badly going by the investment commitment numbers for the first half of the year.”

At almost S$8.1 billion, Singapore’s fixed-asset investment commitments during the first six months of 2019 already fall within the EDB’s full-year forecast of S$8 billion to S$10 billion.

This despite trade tensions and other global uncertainties slowing down economic growth.

Mr Rajiv Biswas, chief economist for Asia Pacific at IHS Markit, said Dyson has signalled its intention to continue expanding its operations here in Singapore.

“Dyson is expected to continue to develop R&D and technology segments related to electric vehicles, such as battery technology, robotics and artificial intelligence.

“Therefore Singapore’s manufacturing sector may continue to benefit from Dyson’s future R&D in a range of key high technology sectors,” he told CNA.

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/dyson-hits-brakes-electric-car-what-the-shift-means-singapore-11992980

 

TeamTRE doesn’t know when school holidays begin?/ How Wankers can hold Aljunied

In Uncategorized on 14/10/2019 at 4:30 am

I couldn’t stop thinking the above and laughing when I read a TRE editorial dated 11 th October

Are we less than a month away from the General Elections?

Now that we have more information, we can make an educated guess. Given the above, the EBRC report could potentially be released already – we would not know given the lack of details – or is about to be released. Assuming the fastest scenario wherein the EBRC report has already been released and the fastest scenario for parliament to be dissolved, a GE could take place in less than a month’s time?

What do TRE readers think?

School holidays begin on 16th November. So election going to be held before school holidays begin? Traditionally, general elections are held during school holidays so that schools can be used as voting and counting centres.

Why does TeamTRE think this yr is different? Or they that blur? Or because they don’t have kids studying here? Or maybe no kids at all: infertile due to stress of running TRE for a bunch of ingrate cybernuts?

On to a serious matter: I wrote PAP confident of winning back Aljunied  earlier this yr, and in ending wrote how the Wankers can retain Aljunied

But if WP has Faizal, Show Mao and three new faces (I’m assuming that they’ll be the usual credible WP candidates, one of whom will be Lion Man: Will WP MPs walk the talk of Lion Man Leon?), I think that the swing voters will give the Wankers the benefit of the doubt, especially if Dr Tan Cheng Bock endorses the team. Interesting that Bayee is in this photo (Blackface Chee/ Tan Cheng Bock etc): Auntie and Low would rather be dead then be seen with Mad Dog.

(Yes I assumed that the three would lose the case and that “Peanuts”: WP MPs’ liability)

Voters in Aljunied, hold yr noses and vote for the Wankers if Low, Sylvia and Bayee don’t stand.

Think of S’pore. Vote wisely.

Athlete Soh thinks he PAP minister isit?

In Uncategorized on 11/10/2019 at 4:58 am

Recently Mr Soh Rui Yong, a long distance runner, has sued the Singapore Athletics (SA) and its executive director Syed Abdul Malik Aljunied, alleging defamation.

The cases

arose last month over Mr Soh being rejected from Team Singapore for the South-east Asian (SEA) Games in the Philippines, and defamatory comments allegedly made by SA in the wake of the decision.

Following that, Mr Soh threatened to sue SA’s executive director Syed Abdul Malik Aljunied for making allegedly defamatory comments on social media and filed a defamation writ against him.

Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/national-marathoner-soh-rui-yong-files-defamation-writ-singapore-athletics

Now

The legal spat between national marathoners Soh Rui Yong and Ashley Liew has intensified, with Mr Soh announcing on Wednesday (Oct 9) that he is filing a counterclaim against fellow athlete Ashley Liew, alleging defamation.

Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/marathoners-spat-soh-rui-yong-files-defamation-counterclaim-against-ashley-liew

Sounds like he behaves like he’s like a PAP millionaire minister: sue and sue.

Must be really rich to afford lawyers and be prepared to pay other side damages and legal costs if he loses. Didn’t realise our athletes are that well paid. Or maybe he juz stupid and so are his lawyers who might end up working for free. Sad.

Related post: Why PAP (and PMs) sue and sue

 

This is what we should remember Chiam for

In Uncategorized on 09/10/2019 at 11:27 am

I’m glad for this article

“The opposition used to be undesirable and unelectable, and Chiam has made it more acceptable to Singaporeans. He really revamped the whole opposition’s image and brought in credible candidates,” says Loke.

“His contribution surpasses JBJ’s, in terms of changing the opposition’s image.”

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/chiam-see-tong-changed-the-face-of-the-opposition-analyst-065549351.html

As Mr Chiam gets more and more frail, the actions of Mrs Chiam in trying to bostler his image and the way the PAP manipulates her had me thinking that he was the PAP’s useful idiot

True Chiam wasn’t honoured in these ways [Soed and made bankrupt or disinvited from Istana functions] but maybe they didn’t think he was that dangerous an opponent? Maybe they saw him as a “useful idiot”?

Seriously, Chiam, was given a great honour by one Harry Lee. He was one of Harry’s honorary pall-bearers. Given Harry’s status in S’pore’s official narrative (Coldstore: Why Harry’s narrative or the highway), Chiam’s honour ranks higher than the Order of Temasek.

But I suppose P Ravi would rather forget about this great honour conferred on Mr Chiam because it could be interpreted as double-confirming to cynics that the PAP thinks Chiam is their useful idiot.

Nonsense: 1 Oppo leaders are not honoured by PAP govt 2 More adversarial politics won’t be good for S’pore’

I knew Chiam well from the mid 70s to the early 80s. He handled several civil matters for my father and his friends in the early 80s, very competently. Lost touch after I went walkabout for several yrs.

Thought highly of him even though by the late 1990s I realised that he was not capable of building an effective opposition party unlike WP Low because he had EQ: Chiam: The importance of EQ. But when he anointed first s/o JBJ as his probable successor as oppo leader (KennethJ: Dice not falling his way) and then Lena as his potential successor in Potong Pasir (Time for the Chiams to step back?), and failed both times, I’ve been a reluctant critic.

Brownfacegate: Fake indignation?

In Uncategorized on 24/09/2019 at 10:10 am

The BBC headline “Canada’s Justin Trudeau cannot say how often he wore blackface”* reminded of the time when Mad Dog put kiwi on his face and the anti-PAP cybernuts and ang moh tua kees juz looked the other way. But when organisations connected with the PAP had an actor do something similar, there was KPKBing.

Any real difference between Mad Dog’s face (below) and David Chew’s face (further below) when he got into trouble imitating an Indian? (Pix from Blackface Chee/ Tan Cheng Bock etc.). Note David Chew’s “Indian” skin tone is a a lot light than that of Mad Dog’s. And truth be said, lighter than that the two real Indians in the photo. Mad Dog was really brownfacing: to show solidarity with the two leading Indian oppo leaders?

So why didn’t the Nairs and their fellow cybernuts, and the ang moh tua kees KPKB earlier about what Dr Chee was doing? Could it be because David Chew was fronting a national project that involved organisations connected with the PAP govt, while Mad Dog is a hero for those who hate the PAP? Or maybe since Chee’s complexion was so dark, it amounted to “blackface”, not “brownface”, something I originally suggested.

More reason then for the minister to bite off the Nairs asses: Brownfacegate: Did you know Shanmugam also said this?

Btw, Indonesian riots prove minister’s point on zero tolerance of racist remarks?

And this Indian lady didn’t think the ad was brownface: Indian lady takes issue with charge that Nets ad was “brownface”.

All in all, it’s reasonable to conclude the Nairs and their allies were faking indignation. If their hero can do it, why can’t David Chew?


*He is probably the most politically correct political leader in power today, and the anti-Trump for Western progressives and the ang moh tua kees here who mindlessly ape them . So when no fewer than three images of him wearing blackface as a younger man surfaced, they and he have a big problem.

 

 

PR the Trump, US military way

In Uncategorized on 24/09/2019 at 4:13 am

There were fears thousands could storm Area 51 on Friday after a Facebook event urged people to raid the base.

The deleted tweet – by a PR arm of the US military, DVIDS – showed a photo of a stealth bomber, stating it would be the last thing raiders would see.

On Saturday the unit apologised, tweeting that an employee of its DVIDSHub account posted a tweet that “in NO WAY supports the stance of the Department of Defence. It was inappropriate and we apologise for this mistake.”

“Pull the other leg Heng, it’s got bells on it”

In Uncategorized on 22/09/2019 at 5:41 am

I couldn’t stop laughing:

Singapore must address widening inequality, a growing intergenerational divide and deepening political polarisation so its people can weather global challenges together, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Friday (Sep 20).

These are issues which societies around the world face, and even though Singapore has “so far been spared the full force of these challenges”, the country is not immune to them, Mr Heng warned.

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/heng-swee-keat-singapore-summit-social-compact-inequality-11928276

I hope the SDP (I’m sure they will, because Dr Paul is a really smart boy from RI, unlike that Mad Dog from ACS) will come up with a riposte along the following lines:

WTF.

The PAP has been in power since 1957. And have always stressed that they, especially the ministers, are long term planners, who deserve their billions millions.

So we should have avoided growing intergenerational divide and deepening political polarisation that wannabe PM Heng is talking about. The long term planning of the millionaire ministers under the divine tutelage of one Harry Lee  should have seen to that since S’poreans have given the PAP the Mandate of Heaven since 1957.

Long-term planning? What long-term planning?

Competency? What competency?

The Truth from someone who sadly and misguidedly calls our Supreme Beloved Leader, Mad Dog Chee:

Economic restructuring: This time, it’s really different

Missed smartphone boom, planners thinking about 2025

Is PAP in “decline and disintegration”?

 

Infamous Nairs sure to say “F*** Chinese” again?

In Uncategorized on 20/09/2019 at 1:50 pm

I’m sure Preetipls and her rapper brudder will be upset with one of the recommendations (words highlighted in blue) on physical activities made by the UK’s chief medical officers. They are easily upset by perceived racial slurs: Indian lady takes issue with charge that Nets ad was “brownface”.

Related post: Brownfacegate: Did you know Shanmugam also said this?

For over-65s

  • some physical activity is better than none
  • on two days a week, activity to improve muscle strength, balance and flexibility, including Tai Chi, dance, bowls and aqua-aerobics
  • each week, 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, building up gradually
  • break up prolonged periods of being sedentary with light activity when possible, at least with standing

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-49609597?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/health&link_location=live-reporting-story

Thinking out loud: maybe they are juz members of the “Indians tua kee, the other races juz don’t realise it” movement?

 

More stupid stuff from “Wake Up, S’pore”

In Uncategorized on 19/09/2019 at 11:22 am

Further to With enemy like this, any wonder if PAP will win big in GE 2019, no wonder PAP wins big always with really dumb people trying to talk cock, sing song.

That yr PAP won 75.3% of the popular vote. So in citing the 88% number, these clowns are saying that they voted for him alone, not the PAP? Now that is stupid.

And do they know his opponent was from the Democratic Progressive Party. Ever heard of this party: another bunch of injun chiefs without injuns? Benjamin Pwee resigned as leader to join the SDP recently.

Dr Tan’s near victory in PE is a better test of his popularity. Tan Kin Lian (manipulated by Goh Meng Seng) and Tan Jee Say fixed him : opportunists three.

The real reason why the PAP fears Dr Tan Cheng Bock

I’ll end by quoting what these clowns put up the day before yesterday:

Wake Up, Singapore is 6! Founded in September 2013, we have been active in shaping the political scene. We are a community of young activists looking to bring alternative voices to the major issues in Singapore and around the world. We are also advocates for reform and social justice and we often delve into controversial topics the mainstream media is afraid of telling. If you believe in this vision, like and share our content and help us reach 100k likes!
www.wakeupsg.com

Some cybernut said that they survived is good enough.

Ever tot with the stuff that they pot up, the PAP is happy to have them as enemies? Like it’s happy to have Meng Seng and Tan Kin Lian as oppo noise.

Helium: ‘Prices just keep going up and up’

In Uncategorized on 19/09/2019 at 4:15 am

Prices for helium gas have surged because there’s a global shortage of the gas.

A UK seller of party balloons tells the BBC that  the cost of the helium he buys has risen three times this year, between 8% and 10% each time.

The gas is also essential in medicine, electronics and deep-sea diving.

For example, it’s crucial in the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans that doctors use to get detailed images from inside patients.

It’s also important in deep sea diving and in scientific research, as well as for the production of computer chips and liquid crystal displays such as TV screens.

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-49715838

Fairprice cares, it really does

In Uncategorized on 18/09/2019 at 11:05 am

Either that or maybe PAP now thinks that it has not got 65% of the votes in the bag? (Why PAP aiming for 65% of the popular vote)

Yesterday late morning, I posted NTUC Fairprice: Cock-up or no more discounted lunches?, speculating that maybe Fairprice was trying hard not to give Pioneer Gen members like my mum, the benefit of a 5% rebate. Despite being told in mid August that a Fairprice card would be sent, nothing had yet come.

Well, this early this morning when I opened the mail that came late yesterday evening, there was a Fairprice card. The question remains: Why wasn’t it mailed out before 1 August when NTUC stopped allowing the use of ics to verify its membership cards?

 

Apple v Samsung v Huawei

In Uncategorized on 18/09/2019 at 4:02 am

Apple is upmarket

A survey in US of slightly more than 10,000 consumers said

10 per cent of consumers in the market for a new iPhone were willing to pay $2,000 for a top-range model. A quarter were willing to pay more than $1,800.

Huawei is cheap and cheerful and has in the last few yrs overtaken Samsung.

Samsung is stuck in between. Neither an aspirational brand, nor a cheap, cheerful brand.  And btw, it’s QC sucks: And Samsung wants to sell folding phones?.

Maybe because its phones are made in Vietnam: Vietnam: Where yr Samsung HP comes from?

NTUC Fairprice: Cock-up or no more discounted lunches?

In Uncategorized on 17/09/2019 at 11:10 am

(Update at 10.40am on 18 Sept: Card arrived yesterday evening. Someone read the post and sent card ASAP LOL)

Fairprice’s plan to charge for plastic bags (see below) reminded me of a really dumb Fairprice move recently that affects elderly S’porean members who are not union members.

My mum who is in her 90s was told that she could not use her Fairprice co-op membership card (5% discount payable at the end of the yr) because Fairprice can no longer scan her ic because of data protection laws. She was told to get an OCBC NTUC debit card.

Getting that card is not an issue because she has accounts with OCBC. Problem I realised was that that card was only issued to NTUC members which she is not. (Once upon a time, S’poreans could join Fairprice, a co-op, without being NTUC members. My mum was a pioneer member and btw just sighted her ownership certificate while doing housekeeping.)

When I was at a major Fairprice outlet, I went to the info counter to enquire about the matter. After a really painful conversation (Partly because the Pinoy lady was in real pain: I told her to see doctor. She replied that she had just returned from the clinic.), I was given a number to ring.

I called and was told that a special card would be posted to her identifying her to checkout staff as a Fairprice co-op member. It’s been three weeks, still no card, and I threw away the telphone number. As the lady couldn’t answer my query why the card was not sent to her before 1 August (date NTUC stopped scanning ics), I can now only assume the cards are not ready yet. Will they be ready by GE?

Why this when it’s trying real hard to keep S’poreans (especially the oldies) happy with the PAP? Examples:

Merdeka Generation: PAP cares for u, really they do

Groceries: PAP cares for u, really they do

Maybe PAP thinks that it has 65% of the votes in the bag? ( Why PAP aiming for 65% of the popular vote)

Or maybe because Seah Kian Peng took his eye off the ball. He juz got promoted and someone made “an honest mistake” depriving members of a 5% rebate without his knowledge.

For Pioneer G and Merdeka Gen Fairprice members, they can get up to 8% off . But maybe taz the problem. PAP and Fairprice think these people are getting close to free lunches, shumething only meant for millionaire ministers and NTUC tua kees?

Vote wisely.

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From Sept. 16, shoppers should bring their own reusable bag, or be prepared to pay extra for plastic bags at some FairPrice and Cheers outlets. in a month-long trial.

  • FairPrice Xtra at Hougang One
  • FairPrice Finest at Zhongshan Park
  • FairPrice at Tai Seng
  • FairPrice Xpress at 384 Lorong Chuan
  • Cheers at 1 Create Way
  • Cheers at 1 Anchorvale Street
  • Cheers at 611 Aljunied Road

This “No Plastic Bag” trial is part of FairPrice’s Plastic Bag Management Programme launched in 2018, which aims to save 30 million plastic bags annually by 2030.

Along with the announcement of the trial, FairPrice also launched a S$1 million FairPrice Sustainability Fund.

Plastic bags remain available for use at S$0.10 per transaction at the selected Cheers and FairPrice Xpress stores, and at S$0.20 per transaction at the other participating FairPrice stores.

The proceeds will go to the Singapore Children’s Society and the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, FairPrice said in the media release.

There was a better scheme once upon a time:

Guess u don’t bring yr own bag to NTUC to save the planet and money.🤣 I do and “The FairPrice Green Rewards scheme, which was introduced in 2007, offers customers a 10-cent rebate when customers BYOB with a minimum spend of $10.”😜

Ang moh tua kee doesn’t shop at NTUC

I once bot stuff, telling the gal I didn’t want a bag. But as the stuff came to $9.60, she asked if I wanted a bag. I laughed saying “No”.

 

 

 

 

Case for “moral policing”

In Uncategorized on 15/09/2019 at 2:00 pm

Ezekiel Mutua, the chief executive of the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB)

censors films, songs, and television adverts which feature sexualised content and same-sex relationships.

BBC

He doesn’t like being called censor but is happy being called a “moral policeman”

[T]he former journalist, who is a devout Christian, objects to being called a censor.

“Censorship connotes some dictatorial and colonial tendencies,” Mr Mutua says.

He is more comfortable with the moniker “moral policeman”, though it took him a while to embrace it.

unrepentant about his decisions, saying children are given “weird” perceptions of life by people who “introduce things that are foreign to Kenya’s culture and undermine the family unit by saying a man and another man can form a family”.

He argues that central to his work is the protection of children from harmful content such as nudity, foul language, obscenity and violence.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-46371971?intlink_from_url=&link_location=live-reporting-story

(Emphasis mine)

Two diet drinks a day = dying young

In Media, Uncategorized on 14/09/2019 at 1:38 pm

Recently, a health story about fizzy drinks was widely shared online in the UK.

Some of the newspapers went big with a study – which claimed two diet drinks a day could be linked to people dying young. These papers – including the Daily Mail – report on a major study linking diet drinks with an increased risk of dying early.

The research, which looked at more than 450,000 people across Europe, found that death rates from any cause were 26% higher among people who consumed two or more diet drinks a day, compared with those who had less than one a month.

The reasons are unclear, but previous studies have suggested that artificial sweeteners can trigger glucose intolerance and higher insulin levels in the blood.

The truth is more nuanced

https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-49579380

Election manifesto of Spastics League?

In Uncategorized on 13/09/2019 at 10:59 am

Many moons ago, I wrote My predictions about Spastics’ League, predicting that Mad Dog’s attempts to manipulate Dr Tan Cheng Bock to unite the SDP and a bunch of injun chiefs without injuns (Think Lim Tean, Meng Seng, Desmond Lim, s/o JBJ and that ex-convict whose name eludes me) into a credible Oppo coalition was bound to fail. Wasn’t I right? Trumpets please. Oh, I also wrote False Hopes: Coalition of the Spastics.

Well, recently I read in TRE the following which I commend to Mad Dog as the manifesto on which his Coalition of the Spastics should fight the next GE.

What do you think?

In lieu of a coalition of opposition parties

As the GE is well nigh upon us but no coalition of the opposition parties seems to be in sight, let me propose a solution.

I will list here below what I feel are nine important policies that voters want.

I propose that opposition party leaders:
– sign on to at least six of them,
–declare which they are signing on to, and
–promise to form a coalition government with all other opposition parties that also sign on to at least six of these policies.

To be implemented in the first 100 days of a new coalition government, these policies are as follows:

1) All HDB flats will be turned into freehold assets.
2) All CPF monies will be withdrawable at or after the age of 55 years.
3) All citizens will have free public transport on MRT, LRT, and buses.
4) All citizens will have free medical care under a National Health System.
5) All citizens will have a guaranteed minimum wage.
6) All citizens will pay no GST.
7) All ministers and all civil servants will have salaries that cannot exceed $300,000.00 a year.
8) All vehicles will no longer require COEs.
9) All GRCs will be disbanded in favour of only SMCs by the following GE.

Andy Hur

Even a hardcore cybernut Harder Truths posted

I also want a free trip to Disneyland. Also a house in Nassim Road.
Before you promise all this tell me how it can be done please.

Sensible chap opposition dude      

Getting the opposition parties to agree to certain issues like the cost of living and the number of aliens being let in is easy, the hard part is getting them all to agree on how these issues should be tackled.

Party A might want to do things a certain way and party B another way. A and B don’t agree with each other so therefore no coalition. And WP does not want to be buddies with anyone else so that is another problem.

Now suppose SDP and PSP really do form a coalition and they are successful in being voted in. They might, in the long term, get other opposition parties to join their coalition and continue on from there.

The best solution now is for a strong enough opposition to challenge PAP for half the seats so as to at least force PAP into a coalition government. The kiasees definitely would prefer another party to run the place rather than a coalition because to them, a coalition always has the chance of being split up should they not agree.

Problem is that there are so many wannabe MPs (Think P Ravi, Lim Tean, Goh Meng Seng, Tan Kin Lian etc etc.) Going by the chop system Lim Tean will have no wear to piss. Even if all the seats are contested, not all the known spastics can stand. And Lim Tean will not be able to contest if Tan Jee Say’s gang decides to fight in all the areas they last contested. Remember you first heard this first

Btw, I don’t think Dr Tan Cheng Bock and his dwarfs will have a problem finding a GRC to contest despite the chop system. The injunless injun chiefs won’t dare deny him a GRC to contest. They know in a three way fight, they’ll lose their deposits. But in turn, he knows, he can’t compete in areas where the SDP and WP have marked out.

As to only testing half the seats, in 1991 this only happened because Saint JBJ couldn’t find another bicycle thief or another ex-Woodbridge patient to stand.

With enemy like this, any wonder if PAP will win big in GE 2019

In Uncategorized on 12/09/2019 at 10:40 am

First world country, third world election system.
http://www.wakeupsg.com
source: http://www.fundalib.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/IMLE2018.pdf

Wake Up, Singapore (A very anti-PAP group)

“Pull the other one – it’s got bells on”.

Can’t stop laughing because in Afghanistan and Iraq people get killed attending political rallies or when voting. These guys saying that this happens here?

Don’t they ever stop and think?

Oh wait, they really think people get killed here but that it’s not reported by TOC, the Voice of the Cybernuts and their favourite publication.

That then raises the question why their organ is so pro-PAP in not reporting the killings?

Seriously anti-PAP paper warriors and real-life acxtivists sure like to “Ownself sabo ownself”.

Don’t believe me? Read

“Antics Of Civil Society Activists Endanger Opposition Cause”

Where’s yr defamation video and jobs rally Lim Tean?

TJS should listen to the Toilet Man

Why the PM doesn’t need friends

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

GG crashes: new Indian chief needed?

Meng Seng: fake news propogator

“Licking the ass of the enemy of my enemy”

Nuff said? With enemies like these guys, the PAP will rule S’pore for ever and a day.

Vote wisely.

Go vegan, become stupid and die of stroke

In Uncategorized on 08/09/2019 at 11:06 am

Albeit got less chance of getting heart disease. Worth the trade off to be woke?

People who eat vegan or plant-based diets should ensure they are getting enough of a key, but little-known, brain nutrient, say experts.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-49509504?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/health&link_location=live-reporting-story

And

People who eat vegan and vegetarian diets have a lower risk of heart disease and a higher risk of stroke, a major study suggests.

They had 10 fewer cases of heart disease and three more strokes per 1,000 people compared with the meat-eaters.

The research, published in the British Medical Journal, looked at 48,000 people for up to 18 years.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-49579820

 

 

Russians need our maths syllabus

In Uncategorized on 06/09/2019 at 4:28 am

Several months ago, Russian police said they arrested 30 people out of the 350 people they said had come to protest in Moscow. Riot police arrested 685 people according to monitoring group OVD-Info. So more people arrested than protesters?

Someone can’t count isit?

Got school like this here meh?

In Uncategorized on 01/09/2019 at 4:04 pm

Russian school renovated by ex-student who is now a rich man.

With chandeliers, marble floors, gold-trim, and ceilings adorned with angels, the “building now looks more like a palace or museum than a regular school”

https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-49522622?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/education&link_location=live-reporting-story

Trump’s a genius

In Uncategorized on 31/08/2019 at 11:45 am

An unstable one even if he calls himself “a stable genius”.

Mr Trump has portrayed the Fed chief as an economic threat, and few people have come to the central banker’s support. Recently, The Donald called dubbed Mr Powell the “golfer who can’t put”. Populists side with Trump, while Democrats and progressives don’t want to be seen as defenders of Wall St.  They think the Fed is more interested in protecting Wall St, not Main St.

Karen Petrou, managing partner of Federal Financial Analytics, says Mr Trump has set up Mr Powell for blame if, or when, things go wrong. For all the president’s contradictions, he’s a master of political reality, she says.

Mr Trump doesn’t care what rates are. He cares about who voters think is to blame for slower growth and market turmoil, and he is determined to be sure it isn’t him,” she said. “What’s an astute politician to do? Find a fall guy distrusted by Republicans, Democrats, independents, populists, and progressives.

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-49415776

 

 

 

 

S’pore way is betterest

In Uncategorized on 30/08/2019 at 6:23 am

At the Michaela School near Wembley a strict “tiger teaching” approach has drawn both criticism and praise. Head teacher Katharine Birbalsingh says the school is happy and full of joy.

GCSE results show half of the pupils who sat exams got Grade 7 or above in at least five subjects. Almost a quarter got Grade 7 or better in all their subjects.

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/education-49430077/it-s-good-to-have-rules-children-know-where-they-stand?intlink_from_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.com%2Fnews%2Feducation&link_location=live-reporting-map

“Tiger teaching” is actually a sissy version of our teaching methods.

Only pushy, aggressive parents whose kids fail to thrive in our “commando training” system KPKB about our system. This wannabe Ms Beethoven is an MoE scholar: When MoE makes a gal’s dream come true, , while her really brainy younger sister wants to be a doctor to help the poor and suffering. They are both products of our system. Btw, I told them they are really lucky because S’pore values their strengths: Meritocratic hubris/ Who defines “meritocracy”.

Better still for them, because they are valued for what the PAP wants, their creativity in valueless interests are allowed to bloom.

Only pushy, aggressive parents whose useless kids fail to thrive in our “commando training” system KPKB about our system.

 

Apps: Where Android trumps Apple

In Uncategorized on 28/08/2019 at 4:40 am

Concerns are expressed in the Financial Times that an iPhone app to help EU citizens in the UK secure residency rights after Brexit will not be ready by the end of October, when Britain is due to leave.

The uncertainty, it says, potentially affects hundreds of thousands of people, who will either have to use the Android app or make a postal application.

With cos like these, China doesn’t need enemies like Trump

In China, Uncategorized on 24/08/2019 at 4:26 am

Chinese businesses were obeying Trump even before Trump tweeted to US cos, (not Chinese cos)

Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies home and making your products in the USA.

Chinese companies are following MNCs in leaving China, and using alternative production bases to mitigate the impact of the trade war with the US

Since last June, 33 listed companies have informed China’s two stock exchanges of their plans to set up or expand production abroad, according to data compiled by the Nikkei Asian Review.

To be fair to them, multiple rounds of tariffs on Chinese goods are only part of the equation. Rising wages and other costs, are prompting Chinese companies to move out of the country.

When MoE makes a gal’s dream come true

In Uncategorized on 21/08/2019 at 2:16 pm

PM’s talk of spending more on education reminded me that a govt scholarship can help a kid’s dream come true if there’s no Bank of Mum and Dad for the kids to draw on.

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“The rich are different from you and me,” Scott Fitzgerald is supposed to have said; and Hemingway is supposed to have responded: “Yes, they have more money.”

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A gal I know flew off last Thursday to the US to study in a supposedly leading university (I remember my Indonesian clients joking in the 1980s that it was a rich kids uni because so long as you had the money to pay the fees, you got in. The gal was not amused because I told her the story before she knew she was getting the scholarship: she worried that MoE might not think the uni atas enough because the u isn’t in the Ivy League or anywhere close.). She went on an MoE scholarship and will be studying music composition: her passion.

When anyone mumbled the six yr bond she had to serve, I told them that it’s worth the bond. She gets to do something that is not available here and her mum would not have been able to afford the fees to any good US university. (Plan B 2.1 was to to go study in UK or Europe next yr and, I suppose part fund, her way by work by part-time there.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(The original Plan B was to go to NUS Yale: “affordable” said her mum. But that would have meant not studying music composition.)

I would go on: better still, a degree in music composition is worthless. Don’t believe me? In 2017, cybercriminals hacked into Equifax’s data base and stole 145.5m U.S. consumers’ personal data, including their full names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and driver licences. . Turned out its head of cybersecurity had little qualifications in cybersecurity. She had a masters in music composition from the University of Georgia. The gal was not amused when I told her the story.

So if MoE is happy to fund her doing a worthless degree and then paying her to teach, a six yr bond is a good deal for her.

The only downsides for her is that she could turn into this kind of person: Headmaster that blur meh? and she’ll be a nut case when she retires. Many yrs ago, a retired school principal told me that principals who retire often go nuts ( He was seeing a govt nut doctor) because they find that they miss terribly the ability to order staff and kids around: yes I know I assume she’ll be a principal, but she’s a scholar ain’t she? And while a sweet gal, she is bossy and pushy.

Whatever, the benefits for her, doesn’t say much for prudent spending of tax-payers money though: funding a worthless degree course.

Btw, remember the MoE scholar was caught in the UK with child porno on his PC?

But let’s be fair: MoE did admit that a scholarship was given to a peeping-tom because the boy’s teachers got some things wrong. He was recently convicted in England for possession of child pornography. But what if the balls-up had been made by officers higher up the food chain? I mean teachers are the lowest of the low in the education food chain, or so I’ve been assured by teachers.

Why we don’t buy the “explanations” of S’pore Inc

To avoid another such fiasco, scholarship applicants had to undergo several rounds of interviews and a battery of psychological tests. And had to teach in a neighbourhood school for some time. They must have been an eye opener for the gal because while the family is not that well-off, she’s third generation in an elite girls school that was once considered a training ground for tai-tais. Gals went on from this school to ACS to find husbands. This gal went to RI because it was two bus stops from her home.

 

Brownfacegate: The inside story?

In Uncategorized on 15/08/2019 at 10:43 am

 

Morocco Mole (Secret Squirrel’s sidekick) tells me that his second cousin removed working at Havas’ has an interesting story about the origins of the ad. I must emphasise that it’s hearsay and there’s no evidence supporting the story. It could be juz fiction.

Havas’ knew that they had to portray, Chinese, Malay, Indian and Others* as this is SOP in public service ads. No public body wanted one race to complain of being left out. So they tot up the idea of a cross dresser who could also do all four races, as a way of meeting this requirement while hopefully making it entertaining, and a talking point**. The Nets people bot into the ad. And MediaCorp had no issues.

Someone involved (not an ethnic Chinese but from a minority that even other minorities sneer at) is alleged to have said: “If only we had used an anti-Chinese, vulgar person from a minority that thinks that said minority should be tua kee and kicking the ass of other races, not juz punching above their weight, fronting the ad, no-one would have complained except some dickhead Chinese chauvinist and the public would have shouted the person down.”

Meanwhile a long time ago, in a parallel S’pore in an alternate universe far, far away, Preetipls and her brother are looking at their bank accounts and smiling. They crossed dressed as a couple and parodied Malays, Chinese, Eurasians and Indians in an ad for Nets. A few Chinese men were jailed for complaining about “yellowface”. The ad won awards for promoting multiracism.

Details of this alternative S’pore: PM visiting from Bizarro S’pore?

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*

In 1824, the British introduced the concept of the “Malay” race into S’pore’s psyche and political governance, when they classified the residents of S’pore into “Chinese”, “Indians”, “Malays” and “Others”.

“Malay race” created by ang mohs, not the Malays

**Well they got it talked about, a lot.

 

 

Back to the Future: US Navy ditching digital screens

In Uncategorized on 15/08/2019 at 5:10 am

And returning to analogue devices:

The US Navy is replacing touch screen controls on destroyers, after the displays were implicated in collisions.

Unfamiliarity with the touch screens contributed to two accidents that caused the deaths of 17 sailors, said incident reports.

Poor training meant sailors did not know how to use the complex systems in emergencies, they said.

Sailors “overwhelmingly” preferred to control ships with wheels and throttles, surveys of crew found.

“We got away from the physical throttles, and that was probably the number one feedback from the fleet – they said, just give us the throttles that we can use,” said Rear Adm Galinis.

The survey showed a desire for wheels and throttles that, prior to the introduction of touch screens, were common across many different types of vessel.

The US Navy was now developing physical throttle and wheel systems that can replace the touch screens, USNI said. The service plans to start the process of replacing touch screens in the summer of 2020.

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-49319450

Wonder what the Chinese and our navies use?

 

Life is expensive for the poor

In Uncategorized on 12/08/2019 at 4:43 am

I was surprised to read in ST that a lady living in a two-room HDB flat said that an air con cost $1000 which she couldn’t afford.

Then I realised that she could only use the kind of air cons that don’t require a hole to be knocked in a wall, and that even if HDB allowed her to knock a hole in the wall, getting a contractor adds to the costs. So $1,000 is about right especially as it’s likely she’ll be buying on the never-never: hire purchase.

Sad.

Fyi, two years ago when my existing box air con failed, I got a second hand replacement (Remember this brand: National?) for $250. Bet you, they’d replace the motor of my old one and sell it as second hand, even though they told me they couldn’t repair it: more like “wouldn’t”. But at $250 (including installation), I’m not complaining.

I remembered asking, “What else I got to pay?”

Air con is still working.

Crazy Indian

In Uncategorized on 11/08/2019 at 5:47 pm

He wanted an Indian/ British car, not a German car.

An Indian man angered at getting a BMW for his birthday – instead of a Jaguar – pushed the new vehicle into a river, the BBC reported.

Beemers cost around 3.5m rupees locally, with Jaguars costing about 4-5m rupees. Still, Beemers are a lot more reliable than Jaguars which are after all made by a British company owned by an Indian company.

Talking about race: something from the FT

In Uncategorized on 10/08/2019 at 6:54 am

As it’s the day after National Day, let’s return to the issue of race which is the hot topic

Alt media, cybernuts also promoting racial stereotyping and worse

Typical Chinese reaction to “brownface” ad/ Cina also can get upset

Indian lady takes issue with charge that Nets ad was “brownface”.

Brownfacegate: Did you know Shanmugam also said this?

(Btw, racism in the US of A: Why Muslims in USA are right to feel oppressed)


How the concept of a “Malay race” can cause a headache

“Malay race” created by ang mohs, not the Malays

Academic talking cock/ Got such thing as “Malay” race meh?

Watain fans: Muslims cannot be, but can Malays be ?

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Charles King, a professor of international affairs and government, in his latest book, Gods of the Upper Air.

traces three main waves of western thought about race. Before the 19th century, academics viewed different races as permanently distinct, akin to separate species. After the work of Charles Darwin introduced the idea of evolution, a second idea gained traction: that humanity was interlinked, but that different societies were evolving at different rates; thus societies were ranked according to how “primitive” they were.

Boas, Mead, Benedict and others initially accepted this evolutionary consensus and went to places such as the Arctic Circle and Samoa, aiming to study “primitive people” and fit them into an evolutionary schema. But after observing different cultures first hand, they realised that it was totally wrong to label other cultures as “primitive”. Different human cultures needed to be valued and studied on their own terms, as part of the “great arc of potential human purposes and motivations”, Benedict wrote. She described this third approach as “the recognition of cultural relativity” — or the idea that different human cultures were valid in their own right, and should be respected.

These ideas were largely drowned out during the second world war, as fascism and nativism held sway. But in the postwar decades, they helped form the bedrock of human rights.

Whatever, ang moh tua kee.

Trebles all round.

 

Alt media, cybernuts also promoting racial stereotyping and worse

In Uncategorized on 08/08/2019 at 11:00 am

This has been shared widely in cyberspace especially by anti-PAP alt media publications and the social media feeds of cybernuts and the usual ang moh tua kees. They are KPKBing against a now well-known ad for a NETS E-Pay campaign tot by them to use “brownface”, and voicing support for subsequent self promotion “retaliation” video by two persons who claim to be offended by the ad. And it didn’t help matters when an ethnic Indian super heavyweight minister weighed in with comments that the video crossed various red lines because it attacked ethnic Chinese: Brownfacegate: Did you know Shanmugam also said this?

It all seemed so unfair to the cybernuts and many others that censoring the video and investigating Preetipls and Subhas (they made and appeared on the video), while those who came up with the “brownface” advertisement got off lightly.

Well this pix has four things wrong going by the criticism of the offending ad and the defence of the video.

Firstly, why is the offended person portrayed as an ethnic Chinese lady? Going by the reasoning against the ad, and in favour of the video, the picture is saying that ethnic Chinese, and wimmin, in particular, are prone to being easily upset and offended on racial matters. Not racism and sexism meh?

Also going by the reasoning against the ad, and in favour of the video, the picture says that Indians, and males in particular, are prone to allege racism. Not racism and sexism meh?

Next, going by the reasoning against the ad, and in favour of the video showing the Indian as light-skinned is taking sides in an ethnic Indian row. Many of our ethnic Indians have darker-skin tones than this guy: because many S’poean Indians are Tamil. Since the PAP introduced “Let the Indians flood in”, the proportion of Northern Indians here are increasing. Some of them even try to practice the caste system here in S’pore saying the fair-skinned Indians (Hindi speakers) of a higher caste than our local Tamil-speakers. It’s a fact that in Northern India, that lighter-skinned Indians are preferred to darker-skinned Indians. The marriage ads often specify the need for a partner to be “wheat coloured” or other such euphemisms denoting light-coloured skin. Not colourism meh?

Finally, why must the Indian be a male? Does it reflect the stereotype that Indians prefer male children? And that Indians abort female fetuses? Sexism at work.

Fyi, I have no problems with the ad or the video or this picture. I take issue with the subsequent action by MediaCorp against one of the persons in the video (taking him out of a video it’s making).

FYi II, I know the person who did the above photo. He is “woke” and anti-PAP, but no racist, and he’s Chinese.

My  point is that there’ll always be something in any picture or ad that will offend somebody.

 

Typical Chinese reaction to “brownface” ad/ Cina also can get upset

In Uncategorized on 07/08/2019 at 11:41 am

If you are familiar with the comments made (Letter to ST’s Forum) skip it and read the rest of my piece. Promise you it’s worth reading.

When I first saw the “brownface” advertisement, my initial reaction was that it was a rather interesting (and perhaps even intelligent) advert, in that it was trying to show that whether we are Chinese, Indian, Malay or Eurasian, deep down we are the same, as the same person was used to portray the different races (Why depicting ‘brownface’ characters is no joke, Aug 3).

I also thought, by using the same character, the message was that in Singapore, even though we may be of different races, fundamentally, we are the same people and, therefore, should be united and be treated the same.

It does not matter if a person is Chinese, Malay, Indian or another race. It is always possible to construe a message in different ways.

A simple statement like “this dish is interesting” can be interpreted to mean it is unique, it is something which I will not want to try again, or it is tasty.

I just wonder if the (silent) majority of Singaporeans may have thought that the advert was quite innocuous.

I also wondered if perhaps the reason the same person was used was for cost saving?

Joseph Tan Peng Chin

Above appeared in ST’s Forum on Monday

I agree with the writer and so do many other Chinese (including TRE readers) going from their comments when TRE used Indian lady takes issue with charge that Nets ad was “brownface”.

But I have to disagree with the writer that the casting had to do with cost. I’ll explain in another post why.

When I sent https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49205225 to a FB friend, he asked me what did two of these three links in article had to do with S’pore

I told him that the two showed that ethnic Chinese could be thin-skinned and as vicious as the Nairs.

Finally, from a bunch of Yale-NUS College students

In the past week, Singapore has been ablaze with controversy and debate over the brownface Mediacorp ad campaign and the police investigation into the rap video response by Preetipls and Subhas. As a community of students concerned with Singapore’s civil democracy and racial discourse, we at CAPE are disappointed by the knee-jerk reactions of censorship and blind condemnation, instead of discourse and a sincere attempt to understand and reflect upon the experiences of racial minorities in Singapore.

CAPE presents a primer of 6 infographics reflecting on racism as more than just some “western SJW thing”, discourse versus censorship, and questions to ponder with the state planning an enhancement of current judicial firepower in regulating race and religion.

(Of course they have to be PC: their grades depend on it. I’ll critick the piece some other time.)

Why Muslims in USA are right to feel oppressed

In Uncategorized on 07/08/2019 at 4:19 am

Just look at this chart: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49227590?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/world/us_and_canada&link_location=live-reporting-story. Racism is cited in BBC article as a reason why Muslims bear the brunt of suspicions.

Indian lady takes issue with charge that Nets ad was “brownface”

In Uncategorized on 05/08/2019 at 4:58 am

Phew, I really have a problem understanding the outrage of local YouTuber and comedian Preeti Nair (known as Preetipls) and her brother, rapper Subhas Nair that resulted in a vulgarity laden video full of aggressive attacks against Chinese, and their allies, many of whom are the anti-PAP cybernuts or the usual suspects who wish the PAP ill. (Btw, I don’t take offence at the video. Juz shows how badly Nairs were brought up.)

So I was really glad to read in TRE of all places that an Indian lady shared my surprise that it was offensive because it means that my cluelessness that it was offensive had nothing to do with my Chinese ethnicity, even if it isn’t the real deal: I’m Straits Chinese and my elders still (I’m 64) call Chinese “Gek” in conversations among themselves and with youngsters like myself. They even call their granchildren “Gek” (albeit affectionately) if the grandchildren have a “Gek” father.

Here’s Linda Chopra’s piece. Secret Squirrel tells me her pa’s Khush Chopra, a lawyer and someone who calls for change in S’pore. Her pieces have appeared in TRE: sense (like mine) among the trash.

Racial Harmony – Where do we draw the line?

The most recent incident started with Dennis Chew impersonating a Chinese man, a Chinese woman, a Malay woman and an Indian man in an advertisement for cashless payment.  Unfortunately, the advertisement was greeted with disdain by some netizens who thought it offensive.

The question is … why?

This is a point I find it hard to understand.  If we think about it, Americans dressed up in various costumes during the Halloween.  But they never have people complaining that it was disrespectful for the supernatural beings.  Likewise, many fans dressed up as their gaming, comic and cartoon characters during Cosplay events.  But the respective gaming, comic and cartoon companies never complained that these fans were disrespectful to their trademark characters.  If anything, these companies actively seek to organise and promote Cosplay events and want as many fans as possible to take part in such events.  Of course, one might point out that there are financial incentives for these companies, since they stand to profit from having more customers.

The point is this.  The motivation of the fans to dress up as their favourite characters is NEVER about disrespect.  Rather, they are so attracted towards their favourite characters that they wanted to act them out in real life.

Of course, the same cannot be said of Chinese impersonating Indians in that these Chinese are so attracted to the Indian culture that they want to act out like us in real life.  However, one thing that should be clear to everybody is that, at the very minimum, they do not dislike Indians.  If they really hate Indians, they will not have shown any interests in our cultures and certainly will not want to dress in traditional Indian gears.

When I looked at Dennis Chew in the advertisement, I am not able to pick up anything to suggest that he was disrespectful to the Indian culture in any way.  He was just advertising for the cashless payment services and there is nothing whatsoever to suggest that he was mocking the Indian culture.  So why are some of us so upset?

(Of course, from the advertisers’ perspective, it is cheaper to pay one actor to act out four roles than four actors/actresses to act out four different roles.  But that is only managing costs and is not exactly showing disrespect to the Indian culture.)

If we go further back in history, there was a similar event during the UOB Bollywood-themed staff party in 2012.  I was too young to remember what it was all about, but it appeared to be a fancy dress party that focused on the Indian culture and the Indian cinematic scene in particular.  Unless there were evidences of people mocking or denigrating the Indian culture during the staff party at that time, I am not able to understand what the fuss was about.  In fact, I would have thought it a compliment to the Indian culture in that UOB chose to showcase our culture during their staff party. As a comparison, would any of us have complained if they had organised a fancy dress party based on the traditional Chinese culture, the traditional Thai culture, or even an Amazon tribal culture?  My guess is probably not.  In particular, I would not think Chinese would have complained if UOB female staff dressed in cheongsams. (Apologies … I do not know what is the male equivalent of Cheongsam.)

At the end of the day, Singapore is a multi-racial country.  I am proud to be a daughter of the Indian culture and I am more than happy that other races show interests in and want to learn more about my culture.  For my part, I am proud to showcase my culture to other races.  Likewise, I also mix around with Chinese and Malay friends and I also get to understand their cultures.  The true spirit of racial harmony should include the cultural cross-exchanges between different racial groups, the pride to showcase one’s own culture and the acceptance of culture from other racial groups.

Cross-dressing in clothes of other cultures is a sign of acceptance and we really should not be so offended about it.  In fact, anyone can buy Sari in Little Indian, Cheongsam in Chinatown and Baju Kurung in Malay Village and there are tourists who shop for these clothes when they visit Singapore.  Are we going to ban the sales of these traditional clothes to other races?  Yes, I will be hurt and offended if other people make fun of my culture, but this does not seem to be the case in both the advertisement and the UOB staff party.

I hope that we Singaporeans will look at this episode with a new perspective of acceptance and not get overly heated up, particularly when there is no intention to offend in the first place.

PS:  I hope Chinese Singaporeans will be forgiving towards Preetipls and Subhas for the rap video and I hope that this episode can be laid to rest in a peaceful manner.

Linda Chopra

Related post: The cultural ignorance of SPH staff and other S’poreans

Want S’poreans to have more babies?

In Uncategorized on 04/08/2019 at 10:47 am

Get the female partners to “do God” and go to religious services.

Recently, six MPs from the People’s Action Party (PAP) Women’s Wing released a position paper reported that 58% of respondents in a survey said that the cost of raising children is a main concern when deciding to have another child. What do you expect any PAP report to say? It’s all about money is a PAP Hard Truth: Ex-PM’s money obsession causing PAP problems

Maybe, it’s nothing to do with money?

Here’s an interesting audio clip on why going to church can make a woman give birth: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07jgdcd

Here’s a summary of the clip.

Jonathan Last, author of What to Expect When No-one’s Expecting, explains how most interventions to increase the fertility rate have failed in countries around the world. While negative incentives seem to work, such as China’s one child policy, encouraging people to have more children seems less successful.

As Last explains, a far larger influence on a woman’s decision to have more children than race, education or geography, is how often she attends religious services.

Related post:

Enough space for Queen Jos to have sex?

MOS Josephine Teo was misquoted

Btw, Secret Squirrel tells me Jos Teo is not only Roman Catholic, but is religious. As she has a huge family by S’pore standards (three kids), she’s proof that religious people breed like rabbits?

 

Illegal and racist: Chinese in Vancouver

In Uncategorized on 04/08/2019 at 4:42 am

If you look Chinese and speak Mandarin you can summon a ride in Vancouver by using an app, as long as it’s Chinese. The drivers normally call to confirm the order … “Sometimes they’ll hang up on me when they realise I don’t speak Mandarin,” … But he keeps trying, because popular ride-hailing services, such as Uber and Lyft, are not available. Vancouver is the only big North American city where they do not operate. The Chinese service is not legal, but it is tolerated.

https://www.economist.com/the-americas/2019/08/01/british-columbia-gives-uber-a-cautious-go-ahead

Fake Chinese vase sells for £200,000

In Uncategorized on 03/08/2019 at 4:22 am

This vase is a fake because it has the reign marks of the Chenghua period, from the mid-15th Century, But it’s actually a 18th Century vase and rare.

Love the way the auctioneer described why the makers faked its date

[T]he Chinese paid homage to their ancestors and put earlier marks on later pieces.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-49196630

Me? I think they did it to add value to their vase. Michelangelo when he was young, poor and not famous, damaged a bust he had just made and made it look dirty and old, hoping to pass it off as a Roman antique. A Roman antique that survived until the 15th century would make the object more valuable in the eyes of potential buyers.

 

Sci-fi story predicts S’pore after next GE?

In Uncategorized on 02/08/2019 at 2:46 pm

Recently, taking the view that an election is coming soon, I’ve talked about the worsening economy “Only cold spell coming, but not Winter” and reminded about other headwinds not good for the PAP

— Another reason why ground is not sweet for the PAP.

— Why one-party rule sucks for Xi, Lee and Heng

Well the cybernuts are happy, saying that the PAP will be defeated by a Coalition of the Spastics headed by Dr Chee.

In a dystopian short story “The Machine Stops”, published in 1909, EM Forster imagined a world in which enfeebled individuals live in honeycombed rooms underground, part of a totalitarian technology-dependent system. They rely on the “Machine” for communication, entertainment, and spiritual and physical sustenance. Most humans’ decision-making ability has atrophied. Those who rebel are exiled to the earth’s surface.

When the Machine suffers a cataclysmic failure, the underground society collapses with it. In a glimmer of hope, one doomed human suggests “humanity has learnt its lesson”.

Related post: Sci-fi can help defeat the PAP?

Speaking truth to LHY

In Uncategorized on 01/08/2019 at 9:31 am

When I read

I wholeheartedly support the principles and values of the Progress Singapore Party.

Today’s PAP is no longer the PAP of my father. It has lost its way.

(One Lee Hsien Yang on Facebook)

I tot it was really hypocritical, pretentious and silly of him to try to elevate petty family and inheritance disputes into a fight over LKY’s political legacy: of course cybenuts would cheer him on, but they even cheer for Lim Tean, Goh Meng Seng and TKL.

I was trying to put my tots into something coherent and biting when someone posted this on FB.

I wholeheartedly support you to reflect on your father’s sins and realise that the apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree. If your brother is abusing his authority, he learnt it from your daddy dearest. The same daddy that provided you your privileged life while he destroyed anyone who disagree with his vision or he considered beneath his intellect. Have a long honest look at your father before attacking your brother. If you are an opposition member during the reign of daddy, and behaved as such, you’d be bankrupted, in prison, self exiled or combinations of all three. Your brother already give you face.

(The guy a fellow member of FB group Soul of S’pore: ya really pretensious name for bunch of right of centre S’poreans with some IB, Fifth Chinese Columnists, and some cybernuts thrown in. Like me he is a cynic. He claims to have posted this post on LHY’s FB wall.)

Talking about his pa, would one Harry Lee approve of a son of his mixing with people who do not wish his beloved PAP well at a fund-raising function of the anti-PAP TOC?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember even when he was physically very frail he appeared at a major PAP milestone 60th anniversary do. The two photos below are reproduced from LKY: Why liddat PAP?

Btw, I learnt from Secret Squirrel after I wrote that post, that he wanted to attend the funcion and wanted to stand beside his son and GCT. He refused to sit down in a chair.

 

 

Muslim super heroine doesn’t wear tudung/ Another Indo Pakistan war

In Uncategorized on 31/07/2019 at 1:53 pm

Disney realises Muslims got money (All those rich A-rabs) and so Marvel will have a new a superhero (Ms Marvel) in an up-coming film. Another Indo Pakistani war has started. Priyanka Chopra, Bollywood superstar already voices the character in the mobile video game Marvel: Avengers Academy. And Indian-Americans rooting for her  to star in the film, but Pakistani-American say the role should go to a Pakistani-American rather than Indian.

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-44111442?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment_and_arts&link_location=live-reporting-story

Nonsense: 1 Oppo leaders are not honoured by PAP govt 2 More adversarial politics won’t be good for S’pore

In Uncategorized on 30/07/2019 at 11:26 am

Heng was reported as saying that more adversarial politics won’t be good for S’pore.

Around the same time, ST recently published a letter from a Dr. Huang Shoou Chyuan who said that opposition politicians deserve national honours too. One P Ravi (Remember him? He recently announced on FB that he let his membership of the Chiams’ Party lapse and has joined TCB’s Progress S’pore Party.) wrote on FB that he agreed and cited one Mr Chiam who deserves such an award. A TOC regular contributor (not one of Terry’s bunch of Indians based in India) also agreed with the good doctor.

Here are my tots on how Heng’s, and the letter writer’s, P Ravi’s and TOC contributor’s views are nonsense.

Effective (i.e. dangerous to the PAP) oppo leaders have been recognised and honoured by the PAP. Think JBJ and Dr Chee: they have been sued for defamation by PAP members and made bankrupt in recognition of their prowess as opponents of the PAP who needed to be “fixed” to ensure that S’pore remains a de-facto one party state: What makes America Great, and LKY unnecessary.

Even Dr Tan Cheng Bock (once a senior PAPpy) was honoured by the PAP. He was disinvited from an Istana function honouring grassroot leadsers after he nearly beat the PAP’s preferred candidate in the presidential elections. And he has never been invited back. And many S’poreans, self included, think the constitution was amended to ensure he couldn’t ever be eligible to stand as a presidential candidate.

As a poster of FB put it when commenting on Heng’s comment that more adversarial politics won’t be good for S’pore: “There is much irony in such a litigious and punitive govt saying there shouldn’t be adversarial politics.”

True Chiam wasn’t honoured in these ways but maybe they didn’t think he was that dangerous an opponent? Maybe they saw him as a “useful idiot”?

Seriously, Chiam, was given a great honour by one Harry Lee. He was one of Harry’s honorary pall-bearers. Given Harry’s status in S’pore’s official narrative (Coldstore: Why Harry’s narrative or the highway), Chiam’s honour ranks higher than the Order of Temasek.

But I suppose P Ravi would rather forget about this great honour conferred on Mr Chiam because it could be interpreted as double-confirming to cynics that the PAP thinks Chiam is their useful idiot.

Try this: Coat streets white to cool S’pore

In Uncategorized on 29/07/2019 at 1:16 pm

I refer to Air conditioners make cities hotter, and to the fact that it’s really hot the last few weeks.

White streets in Los Angeles, California

The concrete jungle of LA gets up to 6F* hotter than the surrounding desert, with 2019 already setting records for hottest ever days, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

LA … aims to cool the city down by 3F** by 2035.

One of the city’s tactics is using a light-coloured material over one street in each of the 15 council districts, in order to test out the impact.

The material, known as “cool pavement”, reflects rather than absorbs the sun and so remains cooler than typical black roads.

However, it is more expensive and doesn’t yet meet safety standards for wider, busier streets in the city, hence the demo phase.

One “cool street” in Canoga Park measured 70F*** shortly after being laid, as opposed to 93F**** found on a nearby intersection road.

City officials also hope the cool pavements will help cool the insides of nearby buildings and lessen air pollution.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49039095?intlink_from_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.com%2Fnews%2Fscience_and_environment&link_location=live-reporting-story&fbclid=IwAR0TDgIp5rmdaVZ54kuIxxeedWOfu4rWmAN1vDan9MrykUsJnA7cvsl7qWM

We are already using the other ways suggested in article including garden roofs, so why not try this.


*-14.44C

**-16.11C

***21.11C

****33.89C

 

Irish way of carrying new UK’s PM

In Uncategorized on 26/07/2019 at 1:30 pm

“The best hope for Ireland and for Europe… is that Johnson will be guided by three of his worst traits… he doesn’t mean a word he says, he is obsessed with power, and he is willing to betray those closest to him in the pursuit of that power,” says an Irish Times editorial.

BoJo is threatening a no-deal Brexit. The UK will suffer the most vis-a-vis the EU as a whole. But Ireland will lose the most among the EU nations, and will suffer more than the UK.

Hence why the editor of the Irish Times is drowning his sorrow and bile in pints of Guinness.

 

Double confirm: Russia owns Trump

In Uncategorized on 26/07/2019 at 4:10 am

Donald Trump appeared at a right-wing rally in front of a fake presidential seal, doctored to make apparently satiric references to Russiaand golf.

The tweaked image flashed up on a screen behind the president as he spoke to a summit hosted by the conservative group Turning Point USAin Washington earlier this week.

The normally solitary bald eagle was seen with two heads, made to resemble the two-headed bird on the official Russian coat of arms in a mocking nod to Mr Trump’s woes with investigations into Moscow’s election meddling.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-speech-russia-golf-eagle-presidential-seal-turning-point-usa-event-a9019971.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR1EThEm9powBWqZkdMlWWTkcoAvzPtOJh7H38cCW6LFzKOtUdwSB7dsc3k#Echobox=1564055937

Organisers said they didn’t know how it happened: “An honest mistake”?

Biz with 900 staff world wide and no office

In Uncategorized on 24/07/2019 at 4:39 pm

Automatic helps

workers to equip their home offices and helps them meet the cost of renting a work space, or for drinks if they work in a coffee house. But that is still cheaper than an office.

Automattic’s staff work across 70 different countries and, instead of paying for a central office, the company pays to fly staff to regular meet-ups throughout the year.

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48879976