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Can’t TISG get anything right?

In Uncategorized on 20/08/2016 at 4:49 am

Wrong building, TISG.

Reporting a press release from the S’pore Heritage Society about the importance of preserving the Ellison Building*, TISG, a commercial site not a socio-political site, used a photo of the David Elias Building

This is Ellison Building TISG

Why so cock meh? The photo of the Ellison Building was included in SHS’s release.

This piece followed this

“STTA taxing junior team’s prize money to sustain its foreign players”. The truth (something TISG is increasingly having problems with) is that the money collected also funds our local athletes. And our PRC mercenary FT gladiators are also “taxed” on their prize money. These “taxes” go into a pool, which is used to fund STTA activities.

That’s locals funding FTs isit, TISG? It’s winners funding others. And like it or not, the gladiators have until recently been doing pretty well in winning awards .

But maybe TISG is alleging that the FT gladiators are not “taxed’?

The piece sounds like another one of its xenophobic (“to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or classes of the population of Singapore” isit? Why liddat TISG?) pieces aimed at attracting eyeballs.

More 

Economy rice not enough to sustain brain power at TISG isit? In the above link I calculated that the ad revenue from eyeball ads ($1,700- 9,000) are Enough for “economy rice” meals for those working there.


*The Singapore Heritage Society (SHS) is deeply disappointed with the decision to demolish a substantial part of Ellison Building. A substantial part of the building will be demolished to make way for the North South Highway and will be reconstructed when the Highway is completed. It is located at the junction of Selegie Road and Rochor Canal Road and was built in 1924.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/singapore-heritage-society/18-august-2016-statement-on-ellison-building/1055948937786075

TISG: “useful loudhailer” for PAP administration

In Uncategorized on 19/08/2016 at 6:45 am

So TISG published another article: “STTA taxing junior team’s prize money to sustain its foreign players”. The truth (something TISG is increasingly having problems with) is that the money collected also funds our local athletes. And our PRC mercenary FT gladiators are also “taxed” on their prize money. These “taxes” go into a pool, which is used to fund STTA activities.

That’s locals funding FTs isit, TISG? It’s winners funding others. And like it or not, the gladiators have until recently been doing pretty well in winning awards .

But maybe TISG is alleging that the FT gladiators are not “taxed’?

The piece sounds like another one of its xenophobic (“to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or classes of the population of Singapore” isit? Why liddat TISG?) pieces aimed at attracting eyeballs.

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

Given that Ravi keeps stressing that TISG is not a socio-politcal site but a commercial site, one can only wonder what it’s being paid to act as a loudhailer for the “Government and related agencies”? Commercial sites exist to make money (they hope), not promote causes.


TISD raises money

Funny that Ravi claims that unlike a socio-politcal site, “Commercial sites must produce what readers want and will come back to consume or risk going bankrupt.” because TISG had to call for a new round of funding from existing and new shareholders late last year because it had run out of funds. Obviously TISG wasn’t producing what readers wanted and they were not coming back to consume more from TISG. 

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

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


Soul selling for peanuts

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

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

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Maybe there is cash for being a loudhailer for the “Government and related agencies”?

And if there is, why is the PAP administration so cock to fund a commercial site that reasonable people can perceive as trying “to  promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or classes of the population of Singapore”?

I don’t think P Ravi and Kumaran Pillay know the ancient Greek superstition:  Nemesis punishes Hubris. But at least one of them, an ordained pastor, will be familiar with “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18)

What’s disappointing about TISG’s defence of itself is that it’s not enough to prove critics wrong: they have to be shown to be malign, jealous, dishonest (“less than honest” is a favourite) or stupid, or any combination of two or more of these attributes. Yup TISG sounds, feels and looks like a PAPpy of the Jason Chua variety.

But to be fair, maybe the people in TISG cannot prove critics wrong except by pointing to their eyeball traffic and by distracting from the real issues by sliming their critics. And the eyeball traffic is only worth $1,700 – $9,000 a month. Enough for “economy rice” meals for those working there.

 

 

Will Gleneagles sandwich cost me a fortune?

In Uncategorized on 17/08/2016 at 4:33 am

But first: before I signed the SingHealth papers to go for cataract surgery, the doctor said that the success rate was 98% but things could go wrong. Fair enough.

But then I saw on Google this ad from a Mount E practice: 99.9% Surgical Success Rate By Highly Experienced Specialists

Thorough Counseling · Impeccable Service · Safest Treatment · Affordable Fees

Wonder how much more I would have to pay for this 99.9% rate of success. As “affordable as HDB flats”? LOL.

I had to go to Gleneagles because the operating doctor was doing surgery there on the earliest available date. I was told the charges would be the same when I asked if got extra charge*. But when I was given a sandwich, biscuits, a bottle of water and a hot drink after the operation at Gleneagles, I couldn’t help but worry that I’ll be charged private hospital rates for the food. LOL.

As for the procedure, and follow-up, I’m impressed.

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*But the PRC looking and sounding gal apparently didn’t hand me some documents that the staff at Gleneagles needed, so the trie blue S’porean SNEC staff based in Gleneagles had to do additional work, one of which was to make me sign another CPF Medisave form. Will have to check that there’s no double withdrawal,

Schooling: the real heroes and the wagonjumpers

In Uncategorized on 16/08/2016 at 4:34 am

Here I wrote, (saying I hope PM would thank them) about the real heroes of the story, Below are more details from a Facebook post about what his parents did and just as important details about the lack of Support from almost all Sporeans, (Note: I’ve not been able to identify the writer of the original post. Otherwise I’d have attributed the post. I’ll still attribute if I get a name.) [Update at 5.45pm: The writer it seems is one Nicholas Lee, a retiree.]


Update at 6.08am

FT (where “T” stands for “Talent”) and best-selling local author, Neil Humphreys, had these two great FB takes on politicans jumping on the bandwagon

You gotta laugh. Joseph Schooling’s homecoming news item on TV was seven minutes long. He spoke for the first time in the sixth minute, after four ministers of course.

[A MediaCorp veteran said: Don’t blame the ministers only…blame Mediacorp too…for giving them airtime !]

At this very difficult time, my thoughts and prayers are with any ministers or MPs who’ve not yet had a chance to appear on TV to discuss Joseph Schooling.

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Some Facts about Joseph Schooling, you decide for yourself

Joseph Issac Schooling, born in SIngapore. Father is a 3rd generation Singaporean of mixed English and Eurasian Portuguese heritage. Mother is a Malaysian Chinese who is a singapore PR. She has been living in Singapore for decades but has not taken up Singapore citizenship.

Went to ACS Primary school. After PSLE, his swimming potential was identified by the parents, and they decided to send him to the Jacksonville, Florida to attend the Bolles School, which is a school specializing in training atheletes, in particular swimmers. Bolles has had a swimmer alumnus or student competing in every Olympic games since 1972. Their swimming program was set up by Gregg Troy who was the US Olympic Swim coach for the 2012 Olympic games. Imagine your secondary school swimming coach is a former Olympic swimmer and coached Michael Phelps in the 2012 Olympics!! What a powerhouse your school would be in the pool. because he is an international student, Bolles has a boarding program for its foreign students. The cost of one year of school fees and room and board is USD $47,000. Guess how much the PAP and SNOC contributed to this amount. Zero would be a fair guess.

After he graduated from Bolles, he was offered a swim scholarship at University of Texas, one of the top 5 swimming programs amongst US universities. The Head Coach for the U of T swimming program is Eddie Reese, former head coach of the US Olympics swim team in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. If you know anything about the swim program, you know that nothing is left to chance. Professional full-time dieticians, sports psychologist, strenght and conditioning coaches, multi million weight rooms, etc are all part and parcel of what atheletes get when they go there. But even on a scholarship, its not cheap, with frequent travel to Singapore to compete in the SEA and Asian games and other social visits. Also, out of pocket costs and other costs in USD is also not cheap.

It was at this point when the big hooha between Schooling’s mother MINDEF took place over his deferment. After a protracted and public fight, where she used the news media to put pressure on the PAP, you know who won the fight. Unfortunately, in earlier times, without the aid of modern day internet and social media, many other atheletes were lost to NS and a short sighted govt. policy. The race driver Andrew Tang is an example of a failed request for NS deferment. Ang Peng Siong in an earlier time was another case.

So to sum it up……………..
The Schoolings and not the govt paid huge money to send Joseph to Bolles for his swim coaching and studies
The Schoolings and not the govt got the U of T scholarship for Joseph, even though it seems the PAP is giving full scholarships to every tom dick and harry FT
The PAP wanted to sabotage the whole thing by making him do NS at such a critical junction in his swim career, and it would have happened if not for his mother’s intervention.

The other Republic swimmer Quah Zheng Wen was not so fortunate that his family can send him to Bolles and hence is stuck with no name national coach carlos lopez, a bronze medallist in the Olympics and with the pathetic facilities in singapore. If Quah had the same opportunities, maybe we have 2 medals or more.

U decide how much credit the PAP should get. Then see how many of these assholes jump on the bandwagon until it breaks.

Some more Facts about Joseph Schooling, you decide for yourself Part 2

“I think it has to be said that as a nation, a people, a country, a govt., and as individuals, we did almost nothing to help Schooling get to the gold medal. We did not finance him, did not support him, the PAP chose not to groom and encourage this guy. Very little of our money went to training him, and providing him the necessary support, compared to the millions we lavish on 3rd class ungrateful atheletes from China and elsewhere. Not only did we not support him, we almost killed his career by making him do NS. When I say we, I mean the 70% of the morons that supported and elected the PAP. If his mother May did not fight MINDEF to get his deferment, he might still be in the SAF now doing NS. There was no mass petition from singaporeans calling for his deferment. there was no mass calling of the MPs to support him. There was no media support for him, and certainly no support from the Singapore National Olympics Committeefor his deferment. Instead, 2 angmos (one was his swim coach in U of T, Gregg Troy) and the other a technical director, Bill Swetenham of SSC, wrote in their support to ask for his deferment. Not one PAP asshole or Notable sinkie stood up for this boy.

But now that he won the Gold, everyone wants to jump on the bandwagon and be proud of him. I say that you don’t have that right. Singaporeans have not earned the right to claim the limelight with him. Where were they when he needed them? Sinkies are really pathetic hypocrites. Although I am born and raised in singapore, I am ashamed of our treatment of this boy, and I certainly cannot rejoice without a hint of embarassment that we as a people almost kill this great moment.”

Mothership: Don’t cheapen Schooling’s gold medal

In Uncategorized on 14/08/2016 at 6:33 pm

Joseph Schooling actually *isn’t* our first-ever Olympic Gold medallist — Yip Pin Xiu is

Her Paralympic Gold is no less worthy of laud than his🙂

For sports fans in particular, and the popilace at large, there is a big difference between an Olympic medal and a Paralympic medal. That is why there are the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games. Horses for courses.

No disrespect meant towards Ms Yap but there is a difference between an Olympian and Paralympian,

Enough said, except that I’m sure the mothership writer should be working for TISG.

PM, pls make sure the real heroes are thanked

In Uncategorized on 14/08/2016 at 4:45 am

I read PM’s message that parly plans to congratulate Schooling and express support for Team S’pore (I suppose that includes the mandarin-speaking FT mercenary gladiators.)

Sorry for the snide remarks, but seriously, I hope the motion thanks Colin and May Schooling for their financial and other sacrifices in making the first Olympic S’porean gold possible. They could have been real S’poreans, and blamed the system for not allowing their son to achieve his potential when in 2008  the Singapore Swimming Association shut down its Centre of Excellence, and left it at that.

But

“In 2008, when the Singapore Swimming Association shut down its Centre of Excellence (COE), Colin was convinced by ex-COE coach Jack Simon that the US was where Joseph’s Olympic dream lay.

The Schoolings, who had to bear his school fees, expenses, transport and accommodation costs, took a leap of faith in 2009 and sent their only child abroad.

Colin, a 66-year-old businessman, estimates spending nearly US$1 million (S$1.26 million) on Joseph. That apart, there is also the heart-wrenching reality of being separated from their boy, only 14 at the time.

On average, the trio are together for only about three weeks a year.

Said May, a tennis player for Perak state: “At first, I didn’t want him to go. But he told me ‘Mum, if I am to get an Olympic gold medal, I have to go’.

“Grudgingly, I let him go but it was a painful decision.”

Added Colin, a hurdler and water polo player who represented Singapore in softball: “Our ties are strong, we did this as a team because we love our son so much.”

~ Chua Siang Yee, The Sunday Times, 28 Sep 2014.

PM, money talks BS walks in S’pore. Colin and May spent money, serious money showing their belief in their son. I understand the $1m, Schooling’s getting, is liable to tax. If so how about making the payment tax-free?

Update at 6.40am: A reader juz posted that the money can’t be accepted without Joseph getting kicked out of uni

Joseph Schooling cannot accept that $1m prize money under NCAA rules. He will be kicked out of the University of Texas. I am not even sure if that $1m can be said to be paid after he leaves the US college system. Someone in the govie should have done their homework before throwing the money around.

Update at 7.30am: Another reader posted why he can accept the money

Extracted from http://compliance.pac-12.org/.

“Under current NCAA rules, a student-athlete can permissibly accept any funds provided to them via the Operation Gold Grant Program (administered by the USOC) and other international equivalents run by other national governing bodies. Therefore, any incoming and current student-athletes are able to receive “bonuses” for winning Olympic medals”

Also from a swimming-centric website (https://swimswam.com/joseph-schooling-cashes-753000-biggest-gold-medal-bonus-world/) based in Austin, Texas, Schooling is eligible to keep the incentives based on the rule changes in Aug 2015 to make international student-athletes on par with the US athletes on the Gold Grant Program.

Can explain away this Dr Chee?/ Where PAP has failed us

In Uncategorized on 09/08/2016 at 1:08 pm

The Misery Index, computed by adding inflation to the unemployment rate, gives S’pore a score of 1.40, which is the 2nd best – or second least miserable – for all 74 economies surveyed by Bloomberg. Thailand is first with 1.11%. Japan, is third, with 2.70%.

If Dr Chee or any other sane anti-PAPpy cannot explain this away, doesn’t this show that the PAP deserves its “Ownself salute ownself” party once a year on 9 August?

So keep on feeling miserable, anti-PAPpies. Likewise the ang moh tua kees. None of these countries can be called a democracy. Thailand has a ruling military junta, S’pore is a defacto one-party state, and in Japan, the Liberal Democtatic Party has been the ruling party for all but two and a half years since the LDP was founded in 1955.

All three are sceptical about putting human rights on a pedestral to be worshipped.

But anti-PAPpies and the ang moh tua kees can console themselves. Chris K is absolutely right in the following analysis that the PAP has failed us:

Thoughts on PAP’s political domination on Singapore’s 51st Birthday

Singapore sees its 51st year of independence and 48th year of PAP’s total political domination. Do we get to 100th year of independence and beyond? For that we have to consider whether the PAP’s 48th year of total political domination is the right path to get there.

In the 2015 General Election, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong warned the voters that Singapore’s future was at stake in that if PAP failed, the nation was in trouble. This narrative has always been effective for many Singaporeans who are uncertain of life without the PAP. But in it, lies the danger on the path to 100 years and beyond for the narrative implies that without the PAP, there is no viable alternative to govern Singapore.

That is to say, we as a nation has no back-up, no double, triple redundancy, no recovery plans to ensure the continued prosperity and relevance of Singapore, should the PAP failed. How safe is such a company in coping with human failure let alone a nation state?

The PAP may not have failed but that is not the same as saying it has not failed in certain areas nor has not failed certain segments of the population. It always maintained that it must have a super majority, better still no opposition in order to focus on the long term. And yet this did not stop the PAP from indulging in short term fixes that have long term consequences. Neither did this ensure the PAP understand and therefore mitigate the trade-offs in its policy choices.

These are the consequences of the PAP’s single minded maintenance of total political domination. It stymies the opposition parties and repress the legal and political environment so that there can be no policy alternatives than its own. The much bigger potentially catastrophic consequences is that the nation will be in trouble should the PAP failed because there is no other alternatives to govern the nation. Think of it as making sure the nation fail together with the PAP if the party should fail. That should be how we read Mr Lee’s warning.

So while you may not like to contemplate life without the PAP, you are also putting the nation at long term risk if you do not aim for political plurality in our nation, the sort of plurality in which nations survive centuries without having to depend on one party. Besides, who is to say the PAP will not benefit from a period out of government.

Majullah Singapura and Happy NDP!

*Facebook post by Chris Kuan

 

 

Otters and SG51

In Uncategorized on 08/08/2016 at 3:53 pm

Image result for otters singapore

Singaporeans have spoken and Bishan’s adorable otter family is their pick to represent the country on its 51st birthday. ST

I’m happy about the choice. I find them adorable.

But are they really representative of S’poreans? If S’poreans bred like them, the PAP would not have the excuse of allowing in FTs by the cattle-truck load to “fix” locals.

“Tight labour markets are the best social programme, as they force employers to hire the inexperienced,” says Larry Summers in an article in today’s FT. He is Charles W Eliot university professor at Harvard and a former US Treasury secretary.

Here employers can hire FTs to replace not only the inexperienced but also middle-age PMETs.

 

What won’t TISG do to attract eyeballs?

In Uncategorized on 08/08/2016 at 5:10 am

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Selling out for peanuts doesn’t seem a good choice.

Sad that P Ravi still hasn’t managed to clean up the Indian or TISG as it prefers to be known. But maybe he doesn’t want to or his hands are tied? Eyeballs needed to staunch the outflow of newly injected monies earlier this year? A defensive remark on Facebook (on the use of clickbait by TISG before his time) and another remark on the numbers visiting his site worryingly indicates that he too is focusing on eyeballs, flushing credibility down the toilet. If he really wants eyeballs he should cut to the chase: bring on the soft porno or bots. They’ll bring in the eyeballs and the ad revenue.

The clock is ticking. Soon he’ll be remembered for the rubbish that TISG is producing under his watch (and which began before he got involved with TISG), and not for the sterling work at TOC. But then he’s the guy who quit his job so that he could stand in GE 2015. So he’s capable of throwing caution to the winds.

But are the “peanuts”* that TISG getting in ad revenue worth the loss of credibility? As I said bots or boops will bring in the money, serious money. But Ravi seems to have forgotten: For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

It’s not even the world, it’s only eyeballs and hopefully some (not serious) ad revenue. Faustus sold his soul to the devil in return for knowledge, and even then on his death-bed, he regretted the transaction.

Someone on FB defended the Indian, For me I’ve been disappointed with many things put up by TISG but occasionally find a very good write-up and this case is one new low. Someone rebutted: If the public toilet always full of shit but occasionally will be cleaned, I rather choose to go find a toilet that is always clean most of the time to use.

I’ll end by posting the views of averageguysg on new media, in general, and TISG, in particular, in response to this post of mine.

The creation of new media started with very high ideals. Wanting to promote responsible, balanced coverage. Wanting to level the political and media playing field. This is why all new media start as socio-political sites.

But the problem is over the years, we’ve come to see that the core audience of many of these sites comprise mainly of cybernuts/freeloaders who KPKB everyday but do not want to contribute even a tiny amount to keep these sites going. The level of donations/crowdfunding given is just pathetic. Now if you are doing not bad like Richard Wan, you’re probably fine for a while. Same if you are Bertha, or Daniel Yap. Even for Terry, he was able to secure 5 figure sums from politicians like Tambyah and Jeanette Chong, which allowed TOC to cover last year’s GE.

But if not, how sustainable is it? A new media site needs money to run just like everything else. And for guys like P Ravi, I suspect its now a source of income for him. The guy piggybacked with the Chiam’s at the last GE, lost, and now has more or less deserted them.

Hence the result. To hell with socio-political, democratic ideals. Eyeballs and clicks are what generates revenue, if not now, then perhaps in future. All TISG has to do is avoid getting into the same trouble TRS has. May not earn as much as the TRS couple but hey, not bad also what.

This is my guess on why TISG has taken the path it has. Never mind if it accidentally “fixed” Dr Chee at the BBBE. It wantonly published that fake “Lee Wei Ling” comment, leading to her scathing put down of Dr Chee in public. It later even managed to make an article about a totally random facebook comment on Dr Chee. Never mind the responsible reporting, the fact based investigation, the “balanced” political field. As long as it generates traffic, sorry to you, Dr Chee. This is also why P Ravi can join in to slime Terry and TOC over the Benjamin Lim affair. Its about rice bowl now, screw the common cause, yeah?

Leon Pererra made a wise choice in getting out. I always suspected it was more to do with the ELD conflict of interest thing. WP doesn’t need TISG anyway, and associating with it would have made things even worse.


*Claims to have about the same level of eyeballs as mothership while running a leaner operation. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

It’s not even the world, it’s only eyeballs and hopefully some ad (not serious) revenue.

Faustus sold his soul to the devil in return for knowledge, and even then on his death-bed, he regretted the transaction.

 

Locals or FTs?

In Uncategorized on 07/08/2016 at 4:35 pm

Three employees of SMRT were found to have contracted tuberculosis (TB) in 2016, the transport operator said on Saturday (Aug 6). 

CNA

Wah lan, wear sports bra and shorts also cannot

In Uncategorized on 07/08/2016 at 10:10 am

MoE must step in to prevent gals from showing cleavage and guys from showing abs. What next TRE prudes?

Recently, I gave two examples (scroll towards the end of that piece) of TRE prudes. Here’s another at :

NTU’s Freshmen Orientation Camps are equally sexualised

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Just because these TRE prudes were once young arrogant, humourless, mature pricks, doesn’t mean that young people now have to follow them.

Everything complain isit, Why liddat?

As I wrote earlier,

— With people like these TRE adults, can one blame the PAP administration of the education system that we have? The PAP is just giving us the kind of education system that S’poreans (even TRE cybernits want): prudish, unthinking ans unimaginative. Nanny knows best.

–… by adults who should know better especially those adults who also KPKB that the education system is flawed. It’s their demands, expectations and attitudes that help the PAP administration keep the education system the way it is: producing sheep for FTs to slaughter.

— Adults (ministers  university administrators, new media people etc) should have a sense of proportion. So long as there’s no reasonably foreseen danger of grievous bodily harm, sexual assault  or serious mental damage, what’s the harm? As to the issue of consent of the undergrads if undergrads object to the activities, they should have the guts to say “No” not rely on nanny to protect them, or follow the instructions of the organisers like the sheep of  Animal Farm.

A “Charissa” bitches:

With regards to the recent furore over the exposure of sexualized orientation games at NUS, I would like to point out that it is not only happening at NUS. While other universities and polytechnics aren’t as extreme yet, their orientation camps can easily go that way.

I have attached some photos of an orientation camp at NTU that happened a couple of years ago. The photos show a muscular guy wearing nothing but skimpy swimming briefs sitting down to a girl wearing a sports bra that shows her cleavage.

Even if there is a swimming component, why are there girls wearing bikinis and sports bras on the school campus? Can’t they wear a modest swimsuit instead? Why is there so much focus on who is hot and who is not? Orientation is supposed to be about building bonds of friendship, not getting into a boy-girl relationship and ogling each other’s body.

You may call us prudes but let me ask this question. Are the orientation camp organizers even aware that they are driving away conservative students from coming to orientation camps? Why is the school orientation organizer discriminating against conservatives? Furthermore, girls who do not have a hot body are discouraged from attending because they are self-conscious and do not feel comfortable being half-naked around their male peers.

It is also very insensitive because Muslim and Christian parents may not want their daughters to be skimpily dressed and engaging in promiscuous behaviour at an orientation camp. It is outrageous to have put so much effort into educating your daughter to grow into a woman of good character, only to end up with her studying at a ‘good’ school whose culture promotes slutty behaviour.

The undertone of the orientation camps at the universities is very sexual. The orientation camps are almost dating events. There’s a lot of focus on sexual tension. People are told to write secret pal letters to someone of the opposite gender and there are activities that involve a guy and girl passing an object by mouth or taking bites out of the same food. There are half-naked guys carrying girls. Honestly, I won’t be surprised if there are even shops selling condoms on campus!

I hope the Ministry of Education will work with the universities to abolish such promiscuous games at school orientation camps. There should be code of conduct and rules against immodest attire at orientation camps. Let the focus be on building friendships and accepting each other, regardless of whether one is sexy or not. Besides a good university education, it is also important to cultivate the right moral values in our young men and women, who are the future of Singapore.

Seriously waz wrong with gals wearing sports bras and shorts at outdoor “sporty” functions? Must wear burkhas isit? And men wearing swimming trunks? Coat and tie isit?

Go to Saudi Arabia  pls Charissa.

 

 

Schooling knows he won’t be cheered live

In Uncategorized on 05/08/2016 at 5:32 am

Update at 2.oopm on 6 August: The u/m piece was written before MediaCorp realised that it has a ” social purpose” i.e. kanna do NS and we will be able to cheer Schooling etc.)

I lost interest in watching the Olympics years ago and so I didn’t really care that the Olympics won’t be telecast live. But after reading this:

Team Singapore’s national swimming coach Sergio Lopez is highly confident Singapore can snare its very first Olympic swimming medal in this year’s Games.

“It would be huge,” he told Channel NewsAsia on Wednesday (Aug 3). “I think it’s going to happen and I think it’s going to change Singapore, not just swimming.”

Schooling’s form has been strong. He had a morale boosting win over American rival Michael Phelps in June and Lopez said he has no fear about mixing it the best on the biggest stage.

“He knows he can be there. He’s not afraid of that. He’s excited about racing,” he said.

 CNA

And this

Although broadcasts of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be delayed, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu said Singaporeans will find a “different way of celebrating” it, and can still catch up with the Games, albeit at a later time. Today

I went WTF!

A true blue S’porean swimmer (not a bunch of ping-pong playing  FT mercenary gladiators) has a chance of winning a medal in a major Olympic sport (not a minor Olympic sport like ping-pong) and the S’porean won’t have the benefit of knowing his fellow S’poreans are cheering him on live. And we won’t be able to see him triumph live. Only at a later time.

Uniquely S’porean.

Btw, left eye fixed, So far so good. Right eye’s turn coming later this year.

 

True blue S’poreans cost more/ Construction costs suppressed by using FT labour

In Uncategorized on 04/08/2016 at 5:36 am

Update on 5th August at 5am: Article amended to reflect that Rider Levett Bucknall is a very atas quantity surveyor & property project mgmt company with history dating back to 1785 England & having Isambard Brunel as one of its pioneer mgmt. It’s not law firm.

There’s a lot of grumbling about the AGO’s finding that NAC had paid a consultancy fee of S$410,000 for the construction of a bin centre costing S$470,000. The consultancy fee was said to be “exceptionally high” and there was “inadequate assessment on the reasonableness” of it

I’ve been told (but I’ve not verified) that the consultancy fee was split four ways among four firms employing true blue S’poreans: W Architects, Arup Singapore, T.Y. Lin International, and Rider Levett Bucknall LLP, Singapore. The last is a law firm. Why the hell is a lawyer being consulted on the construction of a bin centre?

I also was told that the contractor, like other contractors, used FT workers, to build the structure

The question is whether using a contractor that does not use FTs would have resulted in a higher cost, making the consultancy fee look “peanuts”?

Seriously, I have two ponts to make.

If the construction cost was say $1m, would the AGO have flagged this tranaction?

My next point is payment for expertise. Whistler, a 19th century painter, was once asked how he dared charge 200 guineas for two days’ work. He replied “I ask it for the knowledge I have gained in the work of a lifetime.”

The AGO and others should be asking if the going price for the advice given was reasonable in itself.

And if it is, the critics should then spefically ask whether the NAC was acting reasonably in seeking such advice for the bin centre? They should go  beyond the AGO’s comments of “inadequate assessment on the reasonableness” of it.

So far the critics are only screaming is “Wah so expensive compared to construction costs.”. Hey FTs keep construction costs down.

For me, why the hell is a lawyer being consulted on the construction of a bin centre?


A reader comments

Rider Levett Bucknall is a very atas quantity surveyor & property project mgmt company with history dating back to 1785 England & having Isambard Brunel as one of its pioneer mgmt.

Question is why the hell need to hire super expensive RLB for a $70K rubbish place, when many other local SME firms can provide similar services?? These SME quantity surveyors have been & are being used in mass market condos and ECs that cost $500M to $800M per development.

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And we should all be asking why the NAC is giving suck cock explanations. The people on it that dumb meh? I doubt they are dumb. Or are they hiding something?

Anyway, I’m off to Gleneagles for a cataract operation at SingHealth rates (I hope). Postings may be light.

 

 

Stop this ragging

In Uncategorized on 01/08/2016 at 5:09 am

Many undergraduates are upset. They said they are old enough to decide what is appropriate for them, and do not need parents and the authorities breathing down their necks. (ST)

Hear, hear. There’s hope for S’pore yet.

Reading on Facebook and the internet the various comments on the games the undergrads were made to play, and after seeing a video on whar everyone was complaining about, I couldn’t help being bemused and annoyed.

While not condoning the infantile, sexualised antics, they certainly don’t merit this from a minister of education, albeit on his FB page.

Orientation games must respect human dignity and remember the point and purpose of a University education

Entering university is a heady experience. It is an adventure that as a father to two teenage girls, I hope that my own children will get to go on.

University prepares us to tackle the toughest challenges of our times – climate change, abject poverty, terrorism, ageing populations, diseases, widening income gap.

Orientation marks the start of University life. Every year, student leaders and staff organize activities and camps. Students sometimes have to go through difficult and challenging experiences – but these are what memories are made of, how bonds are forged, how tribes are formed.

Activities can be rigorous, creative, even wild; students may push boundaries.

But at all times, we must respect human dignity and remember the point and purpose of a University education.

Pretending to ejaculate into the face of a fellow student plays no part in this purpose – it is a reprehensible act that cannot be tolerated; goading others to act out a rape scene not only degrades the real suffering of rape victims, it inflicts fresh humiliation on female students.

Protesting such acts has nothing to do with being prudish or a bad sport, everything to do with respect for human dignity.

Orientation is still on-going or will be starting soon at some Universities. I have asked that orientation activities be carried out in a manner that respects the dignity of the freshmen.

As for what was reported to have happened at NUS, the University has made clear to me that it does not condone such incidents; it is conducting an investigation and will take strong disciplinary actions against those found responsible.

I thank the staff and student volunteers for their hard work and the many hours of planning that have gone into the orientation programme. I know that much of it was useful and edifying.

Let us forswear the parts that were not.

Ong Ye Kung

Articles in TRE, other new media publications and the comments* of cybernuts support the minister’s attitude. Now that is certainly worthy of note. Anti-PAPpies, rational and nutty, agreeing with a minister. What next? Vote PAP?

Seriously, these young adults should be allowed to indulge themselves so long as there’s no reasonably foreseen danger of grievous bodily harm, sexual assault  or serious mental damage, And if undergrads object to the activities, they should have guts to say “No”; not rely on nanny to protect them or, behave like the  sheep of Animal Farm, following instructions of the organisers of the games.

And NUS’ banning of all student organised orientation programmes and threatening disciplinary action is plain stupid. It may not be clean fun, but it certainly isn’t sexually abusive or dangerous. It’s kids having some silly fun.

Adults (ministers  university administrators, new media people etc) should have a sense of proportion. So long as there’s no reasonably foreseen danger of grievous bodily harm, sexual assault  or serious mental damage, what’s the harm? As to the issue of consent of the undergrads if undergrads object to the activities, they should have the guts to say “No” not rely on nanny to protect them, or follow the instructions of the organisers like the sheep of  Animal Farm.

Just because the unhappy adults were once young arrogant, humourless, mature pricks, doesn’t mean that young people now have to follow them.

What next? Cannot get drunk as undergrad? Cannot have sex with other undergrads isit?

Can only study and have the right ECA?

So I’m glad to see that there are undergrads speaking out against the ragging by adults who should know better especially those adults who also KPKB that the education system is flawed. It’s their demands, expectations and attitudes that help the PAP administration keep the education system the way it is: producing sheep for FTs to slaughter.

Finally let’s give ST credit for reporting the undergrads unhappiness at being bullied. Where were new media? Waiting for MSM to lead the way isit? Why liddat TRE, Terry’s Online Channel? Are not the undergrads S’poreans also?


*I have lesser respect for NUS students now

I used to think NUS students are intelligent and well disciplined leaders of tomorrow. NOT ANYMORE by the way they choose to conduct those degrading and ridiculous camp activities. All other tertiary institutions should take note and stop such similar camp activities.

Just because NUS conducted such camps does not mean it is a “model” to follow. Today, I cringed when NUS students boarded the bus to sit next to me. Felt very uncomfortable and got up seats. It is an issue of self respect.

Realised that I have lost respect for such people who have displayed that they allow other people to do whatever they want in the name of “freshman orientation camp”. The truth stings but it is what it is. There is still time to not repeat the same behaviours unless the camp leaders still want to defend the undefendable conducts.

Disappointed Parent

This nut wants disciplined young people. Real PAPpy. All TRE cybernuts really PAPpies deep inside isit?

Update ar 5.40am

Another unhappy cybernut

Building bonds or simply sexual?

Here is an orientation activity that took place at one of the local tertiary institutes a while ago. This activity involves raffia strings threaded around a dead fish.

The objective of the game is to pass the fish on the string from one point to another, and to do this the boys and girls will have to pass the string and fish through their clothes.

As you can see in the photo, the girl is putting the string under her top and bra and the others are helping her move the fish into her clothes and out.

Can you help me understand what such an activity is supposed to achieve? How is this a bond building activity?

Mark

 

Uncle Redbean: PRCs not FTs

In Uncategorized on 31/07/2016 at 4:54 am

Yes it’s another adverse  (Seems like “Stamp on a Redbean week”) comment about Uncle Redbean but this time from a reader. Commenting on this, he wrote:

Another common RedBean rant is about FTs. I wonder if he includes China FTs. Or maybe FTs to him are only Indians and Pinoys. Seems like to him, PRCs do not scam, steal jobs, freeload or create public nuisance? Even for the Yang Yin case it seems? Problem is, if RedBean wants to be pro-oppie here he has to realise that part of the FT problem which makes up the main immigration issue is also displeasure against Chinese FTs and what they do here. Of course, he doesn’t or pretends not to.

The truly noisy minority appear to be dominated by 2 bands of people here. One, the pro-China/Chinese tradition uncles like RedBean/Phillip Ang. And two, the ape the west, Ang Mo Tuah Kee liberals. Occasionally, these two groups may overlap such as when it comes to cases like Amos, because ultimately, they have one thing in agreement which is PAP is always wrong. They otherwise have little in common and its not surprising that while singing their own tunes in between elections they do little to be in sync with what the voting population really expects from an opposition.

This is why ultimately, these 2 groups do not do the main bulk of the 30% opposition voters any justice despite being the noisiest of the lot.

The last para is something for me to reflect about. I always tot the teo groups constitute the 30%. anti-PAP vote.

Sure kanna cancel by MDA?

In Uncategorized on 30/07/2016 at 7:04 am

[NRD2016] In Conversation with Sonny Liew – Comics ≠ Reading?! As part of our programme for National Reading Day, join us in Geylang East Public Library for a chat with local veteran comic artist Sonny Liew as we learn how comics can be relevant to fostering a reading culture. For aspiring comic artists, Sonny will also be sharing his personal insights on illustrating for Marvel and DC!

Sonny Liew is a comics artist, painter, and illustrator whose work include the New York Times best sellers The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye and The Shadow Hero (with Gene Yang). He has also worked on Doctor Fate (with Paul Levitz), My Faith in Frankie (with Mike Carey) and Malinky Robot, as well as other titles for Marvel Comics, DC Vertigo, and Image Comics. He has been nominated for multiple Eisner Awards for his art, as well as for spearheading Liquid City, a multivolume comics anthology featuring creators from Southeast Asia. He lives and works in Singapore.

http://www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary/Programmes/Read/69602/NRD2016_In_Conversation_with_Sonny_Liew__Comics__Reading.aspx

How can he be allowed to talk in a public linrary after having a grant withdrawn for “adversely affect[ing] the reputation of the National Arts Council, any government bodies, public institutions, national leaders or (the applicant’s) organisation”*.

Left hand don’t know what right handing is doing isit? Why Liddat?

 

OK, OK: it’s sour grapes on my part. I didn’t know about this event until this morning,  and sadly registration to the talk is closed.


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

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

The experimental graphic novel by artist-illustrator Sonny Liew follows the story of comic-book artist Charlie Chan during the formative years of Singapore’s modern history. It weaves together fictional and historical elements, with nods to events and personalities in the nation’s history, such as Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, opposition politician Lim Chin Siong and Operation Spectrum, the so-called Marxist Conspiracy, in 1987.

In a statement, NAC’s senior director of the literary arts sector Khor Kok Wah said: “We had to withdraw the grant when the book The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye came out because its sensitive content, depicted in visuals and text, did not meet our funding conditions. The Council will continue to support and work with Epigram, a leading publisher of Singapore literary works, on other projects.”

Application guidelines for the grant state that NAC reserves the right to withdraw funding for reasons such as “illegal or negligent acts that occur during any point of the funded project, which will adversely affect the reputation of the National Arts Council, any government bodies, public institutions, national leaders or (the applicant’s) organisation”.

CNA

AGO’s report: “Ownself can check ownself”

In Uncategorized on 28/07/2016 at 6:40 am

That’s what Terry’s Online Channel, TRE, other anti-PAP sites and their hard-core fans seem to telling other S’poreans: “Ownself can check ownself”,

This clearly is not something they really want to do.

After all, they have the motto, “The PAP is always wrong”. So they gleefully highlight the contents of the Auditor-General’s report into the many cock-ups that the PAP administration make. All good knocking fun, while hurting the PAP. as they see it.

But they promote the PAP’s self-serving idea, “Ownself can check ownself”all the same.

No-one can deny that the AGO’s report really does show that the MIW and their public service minions have feet of clay. They are not the super heroes they pretend to be.

But don’t Terry’s Online Channel, TRE, other anti-PAP sites and their hard-core fans realise that by praising the AGO’s report in order to validate their world view that “The PAP is always wrong”, they are in fact telling the 60-70% of S’poreans that consistently support the PAP that, “Ownself can check ownself”?

“Ownself can check ownself” is a unique selling point of the PAP. And Terry’s Online Channel, TRE, other anti-PAP site and their hard-core fans are double confirming that it works? With enemies like these, who needs friends?

I mean don’t Terry’s Online Channel, TRE etc realise the AGO is just another part of the PAP administration, juz like the much derided presidency, and the police they so love to hate?

In that light, isn;t the AGO showing “Ownself can check ownself” by criticising the other parts of the administration? Really one should rxpect better of Terry’s Online Channel etc than fall into the trap of promoting “Ownself can check ownself”.

And have they forgotten that they were rubbishing the AGO’s report on the then AHPETC town council, pointing on its “flaws”. (Btw, KPMG, has found even more problems, saying that another 18 months will be needed to fix the WP TC’s accounting system. But that’s material for another post.).

And now they are saying that the AGO’s report on the PAP administration is a good piece of work? Because the report whacks the PAP isit? Something doesn’t sound right does it? Shouldn’t they use the same logic to this report as they did to the report on the town council?

Yes I’m mocking and rubbishing Terry’s Online Channel, TRE, other anti-PAP sites and their hard-core fans for behaving like the constructive, nation-building legal media who also highlight and praise the AGO’s report. At least they get paid for their efforts.

But I’m constructive in my motive. How can they hope to convince the swing voter to swing away from the PAP with such flawed logic or assumptions? Or such inconsistency?

And a more subtle point I’m trying to make is that in a de-facto one-party state, it’s a mistake to unthinkingly use ang moh logic (based on the assumptions of living in a liberal democracy) to analyse any situation. They should “Seek truth from facts”, not from ang moh assumptions and logic.

As to the real worth of the AGO’s report, someone put this comment** on FB with which I concur:

Well its a good reminder that bureaucratic organisations will have some degree of inefficiencies, no matter how many brilliant people you hire inside, are sometimes antagonistic to the rules applied to them due to constraints of operations, and that sometimes they get overcharged or cannot solve certain otherwise easily resolvable corporate issues because well…some people are sometimes out of touch with the industries they dabble in.

… and of course proof that Singapore’s public sectors are not an exception to the existing theories in bureaucracy. Love this AGO report because its such great research evidence lol.

Nothing more, nothing less. Certainly not to prove that “The PAP is always wrong” or “AGO report blows gaping hole in PAP’s rhetoric of competent and efficient government”. At best, it shows that the bureaucracy here is like any other bureaucracy: flawed.

But course Terry’s Online Channel, TRE, other anti-PAP sites and their hard-core fans would not agree. The PAP is really lucky in having them as enemies.

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*Andrew Loh of TOC (then The Online Citizen, not Terry’s Online Channel) was a real fan of the WP TC’s accounting practices. Nothing was wrong said TOC. Much good did it do TOC. The WP MPs never donated a cent to TO. It was a SDP member who made a big donation.

**This comment also gives the lie to the SDP’s charge that “AGO report blows gaping hole in PAP’s rhetoric of competent and efficient government”.

Rebranding of TOC and the Indian

In Uncategorized on 27/07/2016 at 6:10 am

TOC is the name by which The Online Citizen is more commonly known. There are rumours that “The Online Citizen” name is to be dropped, in favour of “Terry’s Online Channel”. This change is to reflect Terry Xu’s alleged role at TOC. TOC is alleged to be a one-man show.

I can confirm that TOC will not stand for “Terry’s Online Channel” even though Terry doesn’t even have a dog helping him at TOC. It’s really a one-activist show. It’ll soon see its 10th anniversary (if it not already has) and I, for one, hope that it’ll stagger on. Hopefully, it can reinvent itself.

Meanwhile at the Indian TISG, P Ravi, the newly appointed editor has said because the Indian has given up trying to  be a socio-political website, among the many other things it wanted to be.

— “We made certain deliberate choices and rebranded by changing our tagline from ‘Responsible, Intelligent, Robust’ to ‘News That You (our readers) Need;. That set the direction for us in the last 6-months.”

— “TISG is a news agency, not an institution which is entrusted to uphold democratic ideals.”

—  “TISG is positioned to be a tabloid/magazine and not a socio-political website.”

 

 

 

 

Global champs in maths & science; so what?

In Uncategorized on 26/07/2016 at 6:54 am

If young S’poreans end up as chumps? Or rather unemployed PMETs, with FTs, some with fake degrees, getting the jobs because they are cheaper to hire?

FT had a long article (Article is on SgDaily’s FB wall) on S’pore’s education system: all the usual clichéd stuff that lazy journalists put out. The journalist should have read this post of mind before spewing BS.

But here be some gems in the muck.

This chart from the article shows that Israeli students are way, way behind our kids in maths and science tests. But where are IT, cybersecurity experts and entrepreneurs coming from? Certain;y not from S’pore but from Israel. Btw, NS there helps develop the relevant skills, not like here.

Take another example. Estonia is just below us, behind us but it’s a high-tech nation full of tech entrepreneurs. And it has a tinier population: 1.2m.

 

And one reader asked a relevant question:

How does Singapore do when creating people who can apply the maths they are so good at to actual progress? Theoretical physics etc? Are there are lot of top Singaporean research scientists using this maths around the world in leading research centres, or financial centres etc? Would be interesting to know. Otherwise you are just training people to pass exams, which is not exactly something to envy or emulate.

Another reader made this snaeky comment:

Horses for courses! Singapore’s requirements of its future citizens differ from the UK. Strategically Singapore, small and without natural resource endowments, has to think about attracting FDI and providing educated manpower towards meeting that goal.

As many commentators have raised, the Singaporean education system has not translated into any discernible  advantages in the theoretical sciences. Singapore also lacks the military-industrial complex, that has always proved crucial in funding – throwing money, at ideas. So as a future competitor the rest of the world can rest easy.

They’ll make good obedient workers – and students, though!

Then there’s this:

I used to interview a lot of students for the global graduate recruitment programme at my bank.  I came across a fair few from Singapore and think your comment is spot on.  You can tell that they would be very diligent employees and they were generally very competent at maths and the usual maths puzzles, but once you asked a question about for example geopolitical risks, they would often really flounder.  Since we were looking to recruit traders and risk managers, this was a big issue.

I’ll end with two S’poreans the author quoted, an unhappy, unimpressed parent, and a local academic:

A Singaporean bank executive and father of three, who asked not to be named, criticised a narrow focus on achieving top grades, which he regarded as the product of hard work as much as intelligence. “It’s a system that really channels you through the network as they deem fit. It’s their criteria, which is grades,” he says. “There’s nothing else. My question is: is that a fair assessment of someone’s capability? I don’t know whether you associate top grades with high IQ. I don’t think so.”

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One academic at a Singapore university said many of his students had been fashioned into ‘learning machines’

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He praised the system for developing good “technical skills” in maths and imparting facts but said there was an unhealthy emphasis on drilling children according to an approved method. In his experience, children were marked down for using their own methods to solve maths puzzles, even if the answers were correct, he said. “When they’re given a set of [maths] problems … some children turn to their own logic. And the answer’s right, but they’re considered wrong. You’re stifling someone’s ability to think for themselves. You’re like robots. You can’t think out of the box.”

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*Note I disagree with the parent on “using 0wnself logic” because it may not work. When I was in sec 1, we were taught a maths certain technique. I tot there was a short cut, and the teacher took the trouble of showing that while the short cut works most of the time (he had difficulty finding an example of where my trick didn’t work), it can lead to a serious miscalculation. `

 

 

 

 

 

PAP got a point about election uncertainity

In Uncategorized on 23/07/2016 at 1:39 pm

Last GE was the only GE in which I don’t recall the PAP saying that a less than empathic victory would drive away foreign invrstors. I guess they realise that that line no longer works.

So it was interesting that I read the u/m in NYT Dealbook about the US markets and election uncertainity:

ELECTION YEARS ARE STEEPED IN MARKETS’ LEAST FAVORITE THING, UNCERTAINTY What explains the lack of deals and initial public offerings, the volatile stock markets, cuts in company spending and stalling gross domestic product? Perhaps it is Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Andrew Ross Sorkin writes in his DealBook column.

A growing body of research shows that during presidential election years industry becomes almost paralyzed. Big corporate investments are postponed and bid deals are put on the back burner. The research is even more persuasive for the final year of an eight-year presidential term, when a new candidate will inevitably become president.

Since 1928, the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index has fallen an average of 2.8 percent during election years where the incumbent is not seeking re-election, according to research by Stephen Suttmeier, a technical analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research. The final year of an incumbent’s eight-year term was the only year that averaged negative returns.

“Election outcomes are relevant to corporate decisions, as they have implications for industry regulation, monetary and trade policy, taxation, and, in more extreme cases, the possible expropriation or nationalization of private firms,” Brandon Julio, a professor at the London Business School, wrote in the Journal of Finance. Mr. Julio and his co-author, Youngsuk Yook of the Federal Reserve, examined elections in 49 countries from 1980 to 2005. They found that during election years, firms reduced investment expenditures by an average of 4.8 percent relative to non-election years.

Mr. Suttmeier’s finding may also have an explanation, though it requires some conspiracy theorizing. “There has been much debate over whether incumbents manipulate fiscal and monetary policy instruments to influence the level of economic activity prior to an election in order to maximize the probability of re-election,” Mr. Julio said.

So it seems that the American stock market is likely to continue struggling, and companies are going to shy away from big deals. Deals that could face scrutiny for antitrust or tax reasons have particularly fallen out of favor. Both Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump have talked about their ambitions for corporate tax reform.

The big question is whether the economy will pick up once the next president is decided. The data says it should, but in an increasingly polarized country, the pain of electoral strife could linger on Wall Street far longer than anyone would wish, Mr. Sorkin writes.

Feeling sorry for yrself Young Democrats?

In Uncategorized on 23/07/2016 at 5:47 am

This guy is more unlucky than u.

Mr Unlucky: “Think you’ve got problems?” the Sun asks, as it tells the story of a 26-year-old man who has had cancer, a heart attack, meningitis, MRSA, paralysis, lost half his thumb and had his wife leave him for his best man. “He’s still smiling,” it reports.

BBC

U juz got Mad Dog as leader and the PAP as opponents.

SGX: Disk FT isit? Prime terrorist target?

In Uncategorized on 22/07/2016 at 5:23 am

No lah in my opinion to the first question. The FT president is trying to throw smoke in blaming a faulty disk. It’s more serious.

SGX said that at 9.38am on the day of the trading halt, it detected input and output errors on a disk that runs the application to send out clearing messages to members. The application did not detect the disk failure, which it should have. Hence, the application did not automatically cutover to SGX’s backup secondary system.

Speaking to the press, SGX President Ramaswami Muthukrishnan said the hardware was supplied by HP. This issue was also the first known to be experienced by technology vendor NASDAQ, he said.

(CNA http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/sgx-trading-outage-caused/2967760.html)

Well sounds to me that two things went wrong, not one, as claimed by SGX. SGX blamed a faulty disc. Well err what about thisThe application did not detect the disk failure, which it should have?

So an app i.e. software was not doing what it was supposed to: report a faulty disk. Has anything been done to fix the app problem?

The disk has since been replaced, with “complete health checks” conducted, SGX said. The exchange operator also said it is working with member firms to review the order and trade reconciliation process, which took longer than expected on Thursday and prevented the reopening.

Err why nothing said about whether software can now detect disk problem? Because not fixed isit?

Finally, given that SGX’s IT team seems to be an all India affair and given the hatred of India and Indians among Pakistani militants*, a terrorist attack by Pakistani militants (think the Mumbai attack etc)  is a clear and present danger.

SGX should be paying for the Gurkhas to guard its premises. Now Gurkhas are real Foreign Talent, unlike SGX’s FTs.


*But to be fair to these militants, it’s not only Indians they hate. They kill Pakistani kids too.

 

 

 

Minister snatches defeat from the jaws of victory

In Uncategorized on 21/07/2016 at 7:08 am

Hougang Member of Parliament Png Eng Huat in a Facebook post grumbled about how Minister Tan Chuan Jin and his entourage were given expedited clearance at the immigration checkpoint at Tuas.

On Sunday, Mr Tan and a group of residents and volunteers returning from a durian trip to Johor Bahru were able to skip the immigration queue. In a Facebook post on Monday, Mr Png wrote that he too, had been at the checkpoint with his residents after a trip to Desaru, and that they were among other travellers at who had had “to wait patiently for hours for their turn”. Mr Png added that one of his residents was 89 years old and another had been injured during the tour. 

Since, It is the normal practice for ministers on both sides of the Causeway, as well as members of the Malaysian royalty, to be given expedited clearance at the land checkpoints, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said on Tuesday (Jul 19), really Png was barking up (Or is it peeing against) the wrong tree, especially as the minister was in M’sia on official business see below), and not eating durians.
Given the ICA statement, Tan should have taken the high moral ground and asked if Png expected that only he the minister be given expedited clearance, while the rest of the passengers on the bus he was on, cleared the check point like other plebs?
He also had the high moral ground that he was in M’sia on an official visit to the M’sian Deputy Home Affairs Minister’s Hari Raya open house. As a minister on official duty, he would be entitled to a govt car etc, But he took a bus. That also cannot itis?
Png could only sit down and shut up showing that the W in WP stands for “Wankers’ or Worthless.
But the Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan Jin said on Tuesday (Jul 19) that Hougang Member of Parliament Png Eng Huat was “stirring hate and anger” in a Facebook post about how Mr Tan and his entourage were given expedited clearance at the immigration checkpoint at Tuas.

Mana ada standard? m=Mud wrestling with a Wanker? It isn’t even plausible that Png was “stirring hate and anger”e. He’s a Wanker, not a mad dog. And Tan’s an RI boy. Sigh.

Get well soon Heng. The PAP needs you as prime minister. Tan is proving himself as worthless as Kee Chui, another RI boy (OK not a real RI boy: only two yrs, unlike Tan and me).

Seriously, “political success requires mastery of the age’s leading medium”: Reagan knew how to use tv, Trump knows how to use Twitter, but Tan and other PAPpies don’t know how to use social media*.

For that fact alone, those of us, who want an end to the PAP’s hegemony, should be grateful, very grateful.  Likewise we should grateful at the antics of the PAP’s IB in slimimg Png. With friends like Jason chua, the PAP doesn’t need enemies.

Maybe the wheel of fortune is turning against the PAP? I used to say that the PAP was lucky in its enemies. Now even the MPs of the Wankers’ Party are doing more than wanking while smiling at their bank accounts. They are growling.


*No SOP written yet isit?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch this Jap experiment

In Uncategorized on 20/07/2016 at 2:53 pm

The experience of Japan, where unorthodox monetary policy has been the norm for decades, does not augur well. McDonalds has struggled to increase its sales there. Whether that is down to deflation or an unappetising menu might become clear, after the group’s Japanese subsidiary said it would copy a turnround plan deployed with great success in the US.

Letter from Lex

But now there is Pokemon Go.

McDonald’s Japan shares have jumped as media reports suggest Nintendo’s Pokemon Go will be launched there in a deal with the fast food chain.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36842258

Let Chippy emigrate

In Uncategorized on 20/07/2016 at 6:40 am

He’s a long-tailed macaque,that most probably was a household pet until realeased into the wild.

Typical S’porean, unable to survive in the real world.

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) and the National Parks Board (NParks) are looking into the case of a monkey which a Singapore family wants to send to a UK sanctuary after expressing concerns about its ability to survive in the wild.

The long-tailed macaque, which has been named Chippy by the family, was befriended five and a half months ago by 70-year-old Normanton Park resident Madam Prema. She was going about her usual daily routine of feeding the fish and water fowl in a pond at Lower Kent Ridge Park when she saw the monkey sitting close to her “begging for bread”

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/authorities-looking-into/2914656.html?cid=FBcna

If he remains here, the law is that it must be put down because there have been complaints about Chippy being a nuisance: “People throw sticks and stones at him, and they threaten to complain to the authorities, asking them to cull him”.

A family wants to help Chippy and found that only ang mohs were willing to help Chippy, SE Asians were not interested.

“We reached out first to the National Parks Board to find monkey sanctuaries in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand who would take Chippy,” she explained. “But we found out that only the proboscis monkey would be given sanctuary in Southeast Asia.”

“As a last resort, we approached a sanctuary in Wales, and they were willing to take Chippy in.”

Her family is willing to bear the full cost of sending the monkey to the UK, which could include costs like export permits, medical checks, crating, and freight. The total could reach about S$5,000 to S$6,000.

The article was written on 29 June and nothing has been heard from the authorities. Meanwhile the lady continues to feed Chippy, breaking the law in the process. Will the lady be prosecuted?

And if Chippy is given permission to emigrate, can the authorities also arrange to deport New Citizens Han Hui Hui and Jason Chua to that monkey sanctuary too? I’m sure S’poreans are willing to pay for them to be air freighted in cages out of S’pore.

With New Citizens like these two, S’pore is fast becoming a haven of FT monkeys.

 

SGX’s IT: An all India FT affair?

In India, Uncategorized on 16/07/2016 at 1:45 pm

I got the above impression after reading the Indian’s (Sorry TISG”S) description of IT at SGX. Go to “New people taking over SGX’s IT systems” http://theindependent.sg/2-senior-tech-fts-left-sgx-end-of-last-year/

We can only hope this won’t tuen out to be like this A*STAR, NTU fiasco where FT “Kena stripped of PhD. Boss at NTU and A*STAR who is also a foreign talent, contract kena terminated” http://retractionwatch.com/2016/07/13/harvard-researchers-phd-revoked-former-group-earns-three-more-retractions/

The trio at the centre of the scandal are Professor Ravi Kambadur, 54, who was with the Nanyang Technological University (NTU); Dr Mridula Sharma, who was associate professor at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine; and former NTU researcher Sudarsanareddy Lokireddy. (ST)

Truly the T stands for Trash. All relared to IDA’s Nisha?

Maybe our homegrown Indian talents (People like Dr Paul, the CEO of DBS, the CJ, the AG, Tharman, P Ravi and Shanmugam; though not s/o JBJ, Pritam Singh and M Ravi) can help MoM and Home Team to profile the characteristics of ethnic Indian talent rather than ethnic Indian trash? Then we can get the right kind of Indian talent.

“Outsiders” that even LGBTs consider “weird”

In Uncategorized on 16/07/2016 at 7:08 am

Pink Dot will never include asexuals,

One interviewee called a local gay switchboard, assuming that she would be met with understanding and acceptance from a group who, for decades, was told their sexuality was either immoral or illegal. She listened with incredulity as the person who answered the phone told her “asexuality doesn’t exist”.http://www.bbc.com/…/20160621-i-have-never-felt-sexual-desi…

Typical S’porean response on freedom of speech

In Uncategorized on 13/07/2016 at 5:31 am

The Economist recently had a long article on freedom of speech http://www.economist.com/news/international/21699906-freedom-speech-retreat-muzzle-grows-tighter.

It got this response from a Pakistani. But it could have been the response of a typical S’porean: “I support freedom of speech but must be responsible leh.”.

And what is responsible free speech?

“Must not offend my sensibilities.”

This is whar he wrote:

I agree wholeheartedly that freedom of speech needs to be protected. But one needs to differentiate between speech for the purpose of debate, or the discussion of uncomfortable ideas, and speech which is intended to insult or inflame passions. For example, Western societies permit caricatures of Prophet Muhammad under the guise of free speech, even though they insult a person revered by Muslims. There was even a special contest organised in the United States for such cartoons with a prize for “the most insulting”. I fail to see where the free debate that is supposed to separate the good ideas from the bad ones comes in. This is hate speech and needs to be curbed.

TARIQ-UR-RAHMAN
Islamabad, Pakistan

I don’t know whether to cry or laugh at the attitude of the writer. Is he that stupid that he doesn’t see the contradictions in what he says? Or is he just a hypocrite? Or os he just trying to be Jesuitical?

Asean loves Starbucks

In Uncategorized on 12/07/2016 at 2:49 pm

But first fin a fun fact. From NYT Dealbool:

Starbucks Has More Customer Money on Cards Than Many Banks Have in Deposits The coffee giant had $1.2 billion loaded onto Starbucks cards and its mobile app as of the first quarter of 2016.

Young Democrats: Be brave, be cheerful

In Uncategorized on 09/07/2016 at 1:12 pm

Further to this where I suggested to them to keep their spirirs up, here’s more to inspire them to continue fighting the good fight.

“At first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win,” Nigel Farage (the non-establishment, non PC, laddish (UK cousin of Ah Beng) face of Brexit) echoing Mahatma Gandhi in a speech last year.

And this video shows him sneering at prople who dislike him. And they can’t contradict him. They can only get angrier at him.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36649237

And

KOD was born when Mr Kijowski shared an article on Facebook by Krzysztof Lozinski, a journalist, calling for a new political movement to fight the government. The enormous response prompted him to form a group, never dreaming that it would move offline and grow into a mass movement.

“I thought we might get 50 to 100 people when we started,” he says. KOD now has around 230,000 Facebook followers, and the number continues to rise. A survey by TNS, a pollster, found that 1.5m Poles, about 5% of the population, have taken part in KOD events, and that 40% approve of its actions.

http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21700424-new-mass-movement-proving-more-effective-official-opposition-facebook

AT THE head of a march of thousands in Warsaw on June 4th, Mateusz Kijowski cut a striking figure. The red jeans, ponytail and earrings of the leader of a new Polish mass movement contrasted with the sober suits of the two former presidents who flanked him. Since December, when he founded it, the Committee for the Defence of Democracy (KOD) has turned the formerly obscure 47-year-old IT specialist into one of the most powerful figures in Polish politics. KOD is now in the vanguard of resistance to Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS), filling a void left by a weak and divided political opposition.

KOD has brought large numbers of Poles onto the streets in nationwide demonstrations; exact figures are fiercely disputed. It has drawn international attention, piled pressure on the government and made Mr Kijowski reviled by PiS supporters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Brexit delusion

In Uncategorized on 02/07/2016 at 1:49 pm

Turning London into the ultimate offshore haven.

Some experts have also raised the possibility that the British government could seek to save the financial sector by making the City more attractive as an offshore haven, Nelson D. Schwartz and Patricia Cohen report in The New York Times. “This could lead to London becoming even more like the Cayman Islands and other British territories, skirting around regulations, in a race to the bottom for the financial sector,” Adam S. Posen, a former member of the rate-setting committee at the Bank of England and now president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, said. “This potentially could leave pretty big holes in the financial safety net.”

NYT Dealbook

Another reason why Briexiters remain complacent

In Uncategorized on 02/07/2016 at 6:43 am

And that they can have it all: single maeket access and immigration controls.

The other net contributors will not want to stump out much more, so the scroungers will see payments cut.

Brexit: Why Cameron and BoJo remain arrogant

In Uncategorized on 30/06/2016 at 1:29 pm

The Times says Mr Cameron delivered a “migration ultimatum”, saying EU leaders must allow it to be curbed if they want a future deal with Britain over the single market.

What arrogance. True a strong Uk is in the EU’s interest, but conventional wisdom is that UK needs EU more than EU needs UK.

Here’s an American perspective that shows why conventional wisdom may be wrong again. NYT Dealbook reports:

There is still enormous uncertainty about how Britain’s exit will play out, but if you consider the absolute worst-case scenarios, it could just be the first domino, Andrew Ross Sorkin writes in DealBook. And the next ones to fall would matter more.

Italy’s government is already considering pumping money into its banking systems as bank stocks were pummelled after the vote. Italy’s banks would suffer if Britain’s vote to leave the European Union created a material economic slowdown. If Italy’s economy faltered later on and the European Union offered help only with tough conditions, we could witness the secession of Italy, Mr. Sorkin writes.

There is a decent chance that another country could try to follow Britain on its way out before then. Geert Wilders, the populist leader of the anti-immigrant Party for Freedom in the Netherlands, has already called for a Dutch referendum.

James Pethokoukis, a commentator at the American Enterprise Institute, recently found a memorandum written in 2011 during the euro crisis by Willem Buiter, the global chief economist at Citigroup, that imagined the destruction of the European Union. It compared it to the movie “War of the Roses” – disruptive, destructive and without any winners.

“Exit, partial or full, would likely be precipitated by disorderly sovereign defaults in the fiscally weak and uncompetitive member states, whose currencies would weaken dramatically and whose banks would fail,” Mr. Buiter wrote at the time. “If Spain and Italy were to exit, there would be a collapse of systemically important financial institutions throughout the European Union and North America and years of global depression.”

Hopefully, these are just worst-case scenarios. Unfortunately, as Neil Irwin explains in The Upshot, Britain’s exit actually accentuates global forces that have been building for years that governments have been unable to limit.

These self-reinforcing dimensions make it a particularly perilous time for the global economy. The dollar is likely to strengthen with the value of the pound collapsing. The result of the referendum could drag down growth even further.

And political environments around the world are getting more toxic,driving greater polarization and a greater range of possible outcomes. These and other changes do not stand in isolation, and no one yet knows where the cycle ends.

In essence, the Britexiters are planning a game of chicken: Give us what we want or see the end of the EU and a global recession. And never mind what happens to the UK. That’s arrogance. Sadly, they may have a point.

Meanwhile, UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s appearance at an emergency session of the European Parliament to discuss Brexit – at which he told fellow MEPs they were in denial over EU failings – attracted plenty of column inches.

Patrick Kidd, writing in the Times, says: “Nigel Farage went to Brussels and did what he has done so admirably for 17 years: got right up the noses of his fellow MEPs.

“He was as welcome as a fart in a lift.

A “triumphant” Nigel Farage was heckled and booed as he “heralded the nation’s Brexit decision” and taunted EU bosses, the Daily Star reports.

BBC report.

Comfort among Asian Brexit exposed stocks

In Uncategorized on 29/06/2016 at 1:37 pm

The exposures of SembCCorp, CDP, Frasers etc are “peanuts”. Note Comfort Delgro is a GLC, sort of.

PAPexit is like Brexit/ BoJom, another Mao or Fidel or Che

In Uncategorized on 29/06/2016 at 7:37 am

The process of Brexit after 43 yrs in the EU looks like a nightmare. It’ll be long, painful and the destination unknown. It might not even happen. FT quoted a senior British diplomat as saying: “Ultimately Brexit won’t happen.”

Well the PAP have been ruling S’pore for 57 yrs, turning S’pore (with the consent of the voters) into a de-facto one-party state. So kicking the PAP  out of power (PAPexit) will be the beginning of a journey, not the end of the journey. It’s the end of the beginning not the end: Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning, Winston Churchill
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/w/winstonchu163144.html

And we won’t know what the destination will look like. Meanwhile property prices will collapse further. S’poreans will decide to contemplate PAPexit when the PAP can no longer can keep property prices from sliding (Not an original tot, many hold this view) but PAPexit will make the slide worse (for a time at least).

While I’d like the company, on the perilous journey to an unknown destination, of people like Dr Paul Thamby, Dr Ang Yong Guan, Donald Low, Richard Wan, Peter low, Alfred Doswell, Remy Choo, Chris K, Terry Xu, Ravi Philemon, Siow Kum Hong, Yeoh Lam Keong and other Jedi; do I really want the shame and pain of being associated with the likes of s/o JBJ, New Citizen Han Hui Hui, Roy Ngerng, M Ravi, Teo Soh Lung, Tan Jee Say, Goh Meng Seng, Balji and Tan Kin Lian? Or that of the elected MPs of the Wankers’ Party? Or their fellow wankers in the ang moh tua kee brigade, people who “Talk cock, sing song, then sit down and shut up”*, like Kirsten Han, Lynn Lee and other members of the Caring Action Network?

“Waiter, another. Make it a triple”. The company of the latter makes me think that saying No to PAPexit is the preferred option.

After all

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Seriously, let’s toast the heavens that  we don’t have a Boris Johnson (even though I’m a fan.) .

BiJo can walk on water, turn water into wine, or so it seems. and is likely to be the next British PM.

As the FT rightly points out: “Boris Johnson proclaims himself an economic liberal. The votes that put him in this position came mostly from people who prefer the opposite.”

Only an authentic genius can bridge the gap between the two views of the world. Or a demagogue.

Don’t believe those that sneer he doesn’t have a plan. In February, BoJo said: “There is only one way to get the change we need — and that is to vote to go; because all EU history shows that they only really listen to a population when it says No.”

What he was saying was that “Vote No and the rules of the game change.”

He should have been more honest and said:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

Well he’s right. There isn’t the automatic withdrawal that was promised, nor a united EU response, Something is being worked out, though no-one knows what it is: policymakers be making it up as they go along.

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

And anyway, all he wanted to be was PM. That was the real plan and  leading the Brexit campaign, the best way of achieving this end

Of such trivial things are revolutions born.


*Not my view only but that of Amos Yee who CAN betrayed.

 

Our dolphins going to a bigger park

In Uncategorized on 28/06/2016 at 9:56 am

OK Haw Par’s dolphins.

On Sunday, Underwater World Singapore entertained visitors for the last time. When it opened in May 1991, it was the largest tropical fish oceanarium in Asia. Earlier this month, owner Haw Par announced that it was closing the Sentosa attraction because the lease on its premises expires in less than two years.

But the dolphins and other sea creatures will be going to Hengqin’s Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, Asia’s 5th biggest theme park.

Let’s them wish them well.

Chart: China theme parks data

Brexit: The Truth/ British society more meritocratic than ours

In Uncategorized on 25/06/2016 at 11:29 am

The Bullingdon Boys.
First they smashed up restaurants.
Now they break up countries.

Boris Johnson, George Osborne and Caneron were members of this rich boys’ club.

https://twitter.com/johnprescott/status/746292893850144768/photo/1?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=fb&utm_campaign=stix73&utm_content=746296574897176576

What I liked about this club is that the members paid for the possible damage they would cause before they got druken. A very civilised way of rioting.

More meritocratic than S’pore

John Prescott was a waiter who late became DPM in a  successful Labour govt. Got any DPM here that started off as waiter on a ship? Let alone a minister? There was another Labour minister, Alan Johnson, who was a postman. And the brains of Brexit, Michael Grove, Tory minister, a friend and ally of Cameron, was adopted by fish mrtchants. Any PAP minister liddat?

Pinoy president is either wacko or a great mind

In Uncategorized on 25/06/2016 at 5:57 am

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of feeble minds”

Henry David Thoreau

Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/w/waltwhitma132584.html

Duterte … draws support from the Philippine left wing and has close ties with the founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Jose Sison, under whose leadership the CPP waged a Maoist-influenced guerrilla insurgency and who has been in exile in the Netherlands since 1987. Duterte has welcomed Sison’s plans to return home. Although government negotiations with the CPP since 2011 are currently at an impasse, Duterte is more likely to reach an agreement with the CPP and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA)

….

Former President Fidel Ramos, who served from 1992 to 1998, was an early supporter of Duterte and has been influential in pushing pragmatic policy choices. Ramos’ influence is positive as his tenure was marked by an economic transformation in the Philippines as well as a significant outreach to the NPA and Muslim rebel movements. Ramos appointees now holding Cabinet posts include peace process adviser Jesus Dureza, who held this post under Ramos.

http://www.rsis.edu.sg/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/CO16145.pdf?utm_source=getresponse&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=rsis_publications&utm_content=RSIS+Commentary+145%2F2016+President+Duterte%3A+A+Different+Philippine+Leader+by+Barry+Desker+

Duterte’s priorities are domestic. Law and order, anti-corruption and crushing the drug problem are at the top of his agenda.

Brexit: Relax everyone

In Uncategorized on 24/06/2016 at 12:59 pm

“Withdrawal from the EU is likely to result in an initial economic cost but Britain can prosper if it takes a liberal approach to trade, immigration and regulation.”

The above was said by a really smart man, Ridney Leach, in April this year. He died about two weeks ago.

He was an old-fashioned merchant banker who made his reputation at Rothschilds.

He was also an executive director at Matheson’s Lombard Street office for the rest of his life — along the way devising the cross-ownership share structure that maintains control by the Keswick family. He was also central to transferring the domicile of group companies from Hong Kong to Bermuda before China took back control of its southern territory.

Quote from FT.

Profitable to pay elderly poor to leave S’pore

In Uncategorized on 24/06/2016 at 7:00 am

Further to this, where I, tongue-in-cheek, suggested that the PAP administration should follow what Auckland in NZ is doing (paying the poor to leave the city) and pay the elderly poor, among others, to leave S’pore. After all, the cost of living is lower in neighbouring countries.

A reader (see below) provides data which shows that if the PAP administrations pays $1,500 a month per person (subsidy of 60% of $2,500 monthly charge at a nursing home) if they leave S’pore, it can make a big profit of $1,000 a persomn a month. Even paying out $2,000 makes a profit because the breakeven point is $2,500.

And these numbers do not include the other benefits of not looking after the elderly here (See the bolded bits below: my emphasis).

And if the usual suspects KPKB, the PAP administration can pont out that Auckland in progressive NZ used this technique first: “We juz adapting ang moh best practice. Tot u guys believe ‘Ang mohs always right’? So why liddat? PAP not ang moh isit? Or ‘PAP always wrong’ isit?”

From a reader:

The cheapest MOH-approved nursing homes cost $2,500 per resident per month. Most of such patients in such nursing homes are being subsidised by govt, ranging from 60% subsidy to 100%.

Hence $2,500 is the max monthly stipend that makes sense. Not forgetting that this also frees up valuable land space that would otherwise be required for nursing homes. And also eliminate the thousands of low-skilled healthcare assistants which make up the bulk & backbone of nursing homes. Also eliminates or reduces the MOH-affiliated depts. & agencies performing audits, coordination work, processing claims & subsidies & co-sharing, manpower approvals & processing, etc etc pertaining to nursing homes.

Where TRS got its money, eyeballs from?

In Uncategorized on 21/06/2016 at 6:11 am

Remember The Real S’porean and the husband-and-wife team behind it?


The couple behind socio-political website The Real Singapore (TRS) – a 26-year-old Singaporean man and a 22-year-old Australian woman – were on Tuesday (Apr 14) each charged with seven counts of sedition.

Yang Kaiheng and Ai Takagi allegedly published seditious articles on the websitebetween October 2013 and February 2015. One of these articles falsely claimed that an incident between police and some members of the public during a Thaipusam procession on Feb 3 had been sparked by a Filipino family’s complaint that the drums played during the procession upset their child. The contributor of the article posted on another website that the allegations made in the TRS piece were untrue.

CNA

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She’s in prison and he’s likely to join her despite spending a fortune on legal fees. Those owners of other sites that couldn’t make the money the couple did should feel that life is fair after all. But then they think of Sun Ho’s recent success in downloads of her latest song,, and they’ll get worked up again on the unfairness of life.

This extract in a recent piece in FT on advertising fraud:

fraudsters have found ways to fake the online behaviour of a human being to give the impression they have visited a website and seen or clicked on an ad. Advertisers pay for these ‘views’ even though they are not seen by the real people they are intended to reach.

reminded me of an allegation about TRS.

Note I’m not alleging that the husband and wife team behind TRS were fraudsters. I’m just rumour mongering; repeating an allegation that established sites whispered when TRS burst on the scene with readership numbers that were out of this world. An allegation that I think is credible.

Bots, not eyeballs, were reading the articles and clicking on the ads, was the allegation.

More clicks on the ads means more ads. And the money comes in: no questions asked by the software of the ad-sellers and brokers, and advertisers, The heavy site traffic was taken as evidence by the software of the advertisers, and ad-sellers and brokers that the clicks were genuine.

As supporting evidence they pointed out that TRS’s readers were posting very few comments. Based on TRS’s viewership numbers (very high) and readers’ postings (almost zero) and on the ratio of readers’ posts to views from sites like TRE and TOC, something was very wrong they argued.

And they had a point even if there was no hard evidence for the allegation.

Jason Chua investigated, so what?

In Uncategorized on 20/06/2016 at 5:45 am

This doesn’t absolve the ELD from accusations of partisanship – why did it report only PAP-critical sites to the police? We know PA as a stat board is already partisan. If the civil service is part of the PAP’s election machinery, might as well abolish elections since the opposition can never win anything. It’s become the opposition vs taxpayers’ resources, including the taxpayers who support opposition.

(Facebook post)

It got this reply  from a PAP apologist

ELD didn’t know there was such a site as FAP?
FAP is too insignificant to them, as Jason was not a politician???
Only when PPP fella alerted Police, then FAP was known to ELD?
Or maybe still unknown?
Questions, many.
Cannot speculation, because we not in ELD decision makers.

The reply was insightful:

Admittedly it’s a speculation but not an unjustified one. Hard to believe ELD doesn’t know about FAP since it has more likes than the other.

Yes, how come the ELD monitored and made complaints against two Oppo figures but not a pro-PAP Facebook page that is a lot more popular than the Oppo activists’ FB pages? An honest mistake? Fixing is not an unreasonable conclusion.

Mothership, the lavishly funded site (one of the funders is connected to Philip Yeo. Remember him?) spun that: The message appears to be clear enough: Regardless of political affiliation, you will be investigated by the authorities if you violate Cooling-Off Day rules … And it appears that the police will take action against such violations even if you are the People’s Action Party (PAP)’s biggest fan.

Well,  if the rules really apply to PAPpies, there wouldn’t have been a need for a member of the public (OK an Oppo activist) to have filed a police report, would there? The ELD should have been monitoring this site (given its reputation and reach) and filed a report with the police when it filed a report with the police against Roy, Teo and the Indian.

Mothership’s Martino Tan tried too hard to brown nose. He should have limited his comments to the police, and not try tPAP administration.

Btw, interesting that the writer from TISG the Indian didn’t have his phones or computers seized by the police? Why liddat given the treatment to the other three? They Chinese, he isn’t, isit? Indian Privilege at work isit?

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In case you were visiting some other planet in the last one week

A police report has been lodged against the man behind the ‘Fabrications About The PAP’ Facebook page, for violating Cooling-Off Day rules, and investigations are “ongoing”, police can confirm.

The founder of the page, Jason Chua Chin Seng, took to his personal Facebook account on Friday (June 17) to detail how his personal electronic devices – a phone, an iPad, and two laptops – were seized from his home.

He also wrote on the ‘Fabrications About The PAP’ page that the two-hour “raid” on his home was preceded by a 3-hour interview at the Police Cantonment Complex on Friday.

The ‘Fabrications About The PAP’ page is followed by 85,000 people on Facebook, and is largely regarded as pro-PAP.

Mr Augustine Lee Zixu**, the organising secretary of the opposition People’s Power Party, said in a Youtube post on June 15 that he had made a police report on June 13.

According to Mr Lee, the page had breached the Cooling-Off Day rules with two posts – one asking people to vote for the People’s Action Party (PAP) by-election candidate Murali Pillai, and another criticising Mr Murali’s rival, the Singapore Democratic Party’s Chee Soon Juan.

These posts appear to have been deleted when Channel NewsAsia checked on June 18.

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*One of these days I’ll blog that even the UK has problems with civil service impartiality when there is a change in the governing party after a party has been in power for about 10 years.

**Guy got kicked out twice from a FB group where I’m a member. He used foul language against someone who disagreed with him. He apologised, was reinstated, then swiftly kicked out again. A real nut case. But then Goh Meng Seng likes (attracts?) nuts: chairman of his party said on FB that Orlando killings a “hoax”. And remember GMS believes in UFOs.

But having slimed him, good that he took action while the ang moh tua kees shouted and then sat down and shut up: their usual stance as Amos Yee found to his cost. Power to those who don’t juz ralk cock, sing song, but do something. Even if they are nut cases.

Pay poor S’poreans to live overseas

In Uncategorized on 19/06/2016 at 11:18 am

Elderly or disabled S’poreans can be encouraged to go live in Malaysia or Indonesia or even China, India or the Philippines, or anywhere where the cost of living is a lot lower and which will accept them. They’ll be eligible for a monthly stipend so long as they don’t come back.

New Zealand is offering cash to people in its largest city who need social housing – if they’re willing to move to another part of the country.

The scheme launches in Auckland on Monday, and is part of efforts to tackle the city’s housing crisis, the New Zealand Herald reports. Anyone willing to up sticks will get a grant of up to NZ$5,000 ($3,500; £2,500), as long as they’re currently eligible for social housing.

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-36561602

 

Distract, not censor or argue

In Uncategorized on 19/06/2016 at 6:44 am

Something that is very evident in the row the authorities and activists and their new media allies are having about whether Teo, Roy and the Indian Independent are being properly investigated or persecuted.

“There were good psychological reasons for using distraction rather than censorship or counter-arguments” http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36340514

70% of S’poreans like these animals?

In Uncategorized on 17/06/2016 at 6:48 am

We’ve been ruled by the PAP since 1959 and are we like these lions?

I tot this when I read about lions that are mutilated in captivity: some are declawed and have broken teeth, and one has lost an eye.

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More than 30 lions rescued from circuses in Colombia and Peru are being flown to a sanctuary in South Africa.

The group organising the return, Animal Defenders International (ADI), says it is the largest airlift of lions.

The US-based group says almost all of the animals have been mutilated in captivity: some are declawed and have broken teeth, and one has lost an eye.

In South Africa, the lions will be released at the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary, the organisers say.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36157483

Later reports say they are recovering physically and mentally.


About 70% of S’poreans definitely are like these lions.

Visit Facebook, the ST’s and Today’s letters pages, the blogs of the anti-PAP paper warriors, TOC, TRELand and the site that PAPpies call heaven, FATPAP, and you will witness declawed, defanged and psychologically mutilated S’poreans in action. They are screaming their lungs out at anything that upset their sensitivities be they be gay, PAPpies, social activists or Oppo archivists. They have a special fondness of being envious of the “success” of others, especially in gaining material wealth.

Sadly there isn’t a reservation for these S’poreans.

Have a good weekend.

 

 

No ang moh $, whither Pink Dot 2017?

In Uncategorized on 16/06/2016 at 7:21 am

Will it wilt and die, what with no foreign money to water and fertilise the ground?

S’pore is forcing ang moh sponsors about whether their claims of putting values before profit is noise or genuine. http://blogs.reuters.com/…/singapore-saudi-put-corporate-d…/

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


MNCs behaving like their local fans

An FT columnist wrote:

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

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

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

Neither said whether it would support the event next year.

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When will ang moh tua kees will realise that ang mohs too juz talk cock sing song like their local fans?

(Related post: The garang ang moh tua kees)


How BBC reported the issue

[A] row in Singapore over foreign companies sponsoring an annual gay rights rally called Pink Dot which took place on 4 June.

On 8 June, Singapore authorities warned it would take steps to make clear that foreign firms “should not fund, support or influence such events”. The rally is sponsored by companies including JPMorgan, Google and Barclays.

Here’s a paragraph of the facts on the ground the ang moh tua kees leave out

Gay rights in Singapore is a fraught issue and recent years have seen courts upholding a law criminalising sex between adult men.

The piece ends

Singapore’s vocal Christian community has also expressed its opposition to events such as Pink Dot and support for what it calls traditional family values.

It would have been fairer to also point out that the Muslim community too shares similar views.

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Let’s see if Pink Dot has traction without ang moh money to organise the biggest pick-up (Ok dating) event in the region. and whether the LGBT movement has local roots. Or is a Western (i.e. CIA, MI6) import meant to subvert Asian values and societies?

Seriously, Pink Dot 2017 be a test for all local activists, not juz the LGBYs. Let’s see if the local activists (ex LGBTs) rise to the challenge or juz do what they usually do: sign a petition and then sit down and shut up, and wait for the next opportunity to diss the PAP. If they really, really want a more open society, they should offer to help the organisers.

And the organisers should accept the offers of help.

In the past, the organisers preferred to do things on their own (bit like the Wankers’ Party) to avoid the “political” label. But then they had ang moh $. In 2017, things will be different. What about charging randy LGBTs a fee to proposition other randy LGBTs?


*Here’s how an investment bank is alleged to have corrupted, then fleeced a SWF.

From NYT Dealbook

LIBYAN FUND CLAIMS GOLDMAN SACHS EXPLOITED ITS FINANCIAL NAÏVETÉ Libya created a sovereign wealth fund in 2006, with the hope of emulating its Middle Eastern neighbours by investing the proceeds from its oil, Chad Bray reports in DealBook. It turned to Goldman Sachs, but the relationship soured after the Libyan Investment Authority said it was misled about a series of derivatives transactions and lost $1.2 billion.

It took Goldman Sachs to court and, when the trial began on Monday, claimed that the bank earned more than $200 million in “eye-watering” profit on the transactions. It claimed that it was an unsophisticated investor with staff that had little experience with investment banking and Goldman had preyed on this, persuading the fund to invest in complex transactions that it did not understand or desire.

Roger Masefield, a lawyer for the fund, argued that Goldman lured the fund into investments with training programs, gifts, overseas trips and internships for the brother of a staff member.

Goldman disputed the claims and said the Libyan Investment Authority had the financial sophistication to understand the disputed transactions.

The fund focused on the actions of Youssef Kabbaj, a former Goldman Sachs banker. The fund said that Mr. Kabbaj wined and dined fund employees on “training” trips to London, which included stays in stylish hotels and expensive meals at famous restaurants. He also bought presents and took staff members on vacation to Morocco, according to the court filings.

Mr. Masefield argued that Mr. Kabbaj worked on both sides of the derivatives transactions, “ghost writing” documents for staff members of the fund to be used to persuade its board to invest and then separately making presentations to the fund on behalf of Goldman Sachs.

 

Why Bryan Lim and his apologists are bigger cocks than u think

In Uncategorized on 15/06/2016 at 7:07 am

If u want to skip being reminded what Bryan the “killer” clown wanted to do, and his “defence” or juz want to know why he and his friends are really that cock, feel free to skip to the last two paragraphs. They had a pedantic, legalistic and Jesuitical but logical defence for him. But being juz nutters, I mean they belong to  We Are Against Pink Dot timeline, they juz screwed up. They can’t think logically.

Bryan Lim posted on the FB group We Are Against Pink Dot timeline, “I am a Singaporean citizen. I am a NSman. I am a father. And I swore to protect my nation. Give me the permission to open fire. I would like to see these £@€$^*s die for their causes.”

When there were, rightly, howls of outrage, he wrote:”I did not mean physical bullet or physical death. I mean open fire in debate and remove them from Singapore domestic matters.”

His original post was unambiguously about asking to be given an order to open fire and kill people who offended his values: no ifs no buts. Or allegorical or metaphorical. It was murdering people who offended his sensibilities.

A friend of Bryan’s came out with this defence:

 

Then after pretending to apologise, he (and his defenders) juz did what S’poreans always do when kanna hantam, sit down and shut up.

Bryan and his defenders could have argued that his wanting to kill people who offended his values was conditional on being allowed to: “Give me the permission to open fire …”. And that if he wasn’t given “permission” he’d not kill even if he would really have wanted to. Yes he’d love to murder innocent people who offend his sensibilities, but only if he was given “permission”. Now that’s self-discipline, they should have argued.

Now this is a pedantic, legalistic and Jesuitical defence but it’s logical, especially in S’pore where everything must get permission because everything illegal until permission given.

Bad time to be gay or Muslim/ Three cheers for the Humanist Society (S’pore)

In Uncategorized on 14/06/2016 at 5:32 am

The murder in the early hours of June 12th of at least 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, apparently by a 29-year-old American-born Muslim wielding an assault rifle and handgun, was swiftly and loudly seized upon by political partisans as a vindication of everything that they already believe about Muslims, the fight against terrorism(Emphasis mine)

(Economist blog)

If one were gay, the following would be particularly chilling: His father, who is from Afghanistan, told NBC television that his son had recently seen two men kissing in Miami, and “got very angry”.

(Economist blog)

But spare a tot for Muslims in Western countries where Muslims are a minority: they face revenge attacks.

At the very least, there  wll be the need to once again show that they are the “good” Muslims: law-abiding members of society, not members of “radical Islam”. For a fan of El Cid like me, this means wearing white and coloured clothing and fighting alongside the other good guys against the black-robed bad guys.

Seriously, Normal Muslims should hold public rallies, write articles, appear on television, pressure their imams, and pressure regressive Islamic governments saying something to the effect of: “Not in my name! We don’t believe that this is what Islam is or should be. Islam should evolve to suit the pluralism and secularism of the modern world, and not the other way around.”

He goes on: Yet we never see this (though we see plenty of proactiveness in fighting “Islamophobia”*). All we see is denial that a problem even exists in Islam today. Even those who admit there is a problem always add numerous caveats about the Crusades and the IRA.

The reality must be met head-on by moderate Muslims.

This appeared sometime back in the FT in a heated debate on what Muslims are expected to do when jihadists kill non-Muslims.

The commenter ends: Yes, it is not “fair” that I am asking this of them. But the world is not fair, and moderate Muslims are the only people who can reform Islam. That is why we need to pressure them to do much more.

What do you think?

I’ll end on an unrelated matter Three cheers for the Humanist Society (S’pore) for this http://humanist.org.sg/what-to-make-of-amos-yee-and-his-arrest/

I wish them well. I look forward to read their future articles.


* To be fair, sometimes, some Muslims push their luck, noisily demanding their “right” to do things that most other people feel is “wrong” like beating up wives who disobey their husbands or killing heretics or grooming white girls for sex.

Panama Papers: What Roy doesn’t tell S’poreans

In Uncategorized on 11/06/2016 at 4:39 am

And never will.

Roy was pretty vocal criticising our authorities over the matter.

He’ll not tell us the following:

1 Authorities doing something

Singapore’s tax authority is checking on local taxpayers identified in the leaked ‘Panama Papers’ for any non-compliance with local tax laws, the ministry of finance and MAS said in a statement late on Wednesday.

“Banks and company service providers (CSPs) have been asked to ascertain that their customers are using offshore vehicles strictly for legitimate purposes. If there are any grounds for suspicion, they are required to file suspicious transaction reports and step up monitoring of these transactions or arrangements.”

The statement said the MAS and Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority are also conducting checks to ensure that the intermediaries under their supervision have acted in compliance with their anti-money laundering obligations.

Reuters contacted several large banks operating under MAS and HKMA jurisdiction, but they declined to comment when asked if they had received letters.

According to the two sources, HKMA and MAS were trying to ascertain whether banks operating in their jurisdictions carried out due diligence and checked the source of funding when dealing with clients named in the Panama Papers, they said.

From the u/m Reuters report

Asian Regulators Said to Ask Banks to Reveal Panama Papers’ Links Regulators in Hong Kong and Singapore have asked banks doing business there to disclose if they have dealings with entities and individuals named in the leak documents known as the Panama Papers, Reuters reports, citing people familiar with the requests.

NYT Dealbook

2 S’pore shell cos not that [p[ular

 

Map

3 S’pore intermediaries not that active. In fact they are indolent.

Panama Papers Countries with the most active intermediaries.png

 

Will the Feds kill a chicken to frighten the monkeys?

In Uncategorized on 10/06/2016 at 1:27 pm

Panama law firm caught with pants downMight go the way of Arthur Andersen if the US decides to kill a chicken to frighten the monkeys.

From NYT Dealbook

PANAMA PAPERS SHOW HOW RICH U.S. CLIENTS HID MILLIONS ABROAD The New York Times’s examination of the Panama Papers has found that Mossack Fonseca had at least 2,400 United States-based clients over the past decade and set up at least 2,800 companies on their behalf in the British Virgin Islands, Panama, the Seychelles and other jurisdictions that specialize in helping to hide wealth. The trove of internal documents from the law firm were obtained by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, and has now been shared with The Times.

The documents show that Mossack Fonseca did much more than create offshore shell companies and accounts, Eric Lipton and Julie Creswell report. For many American clients, the firm offered a guide to skirting or evading United States tax and financial disclosure laws.

The methods included locating an individual from a “tax-convenient” jurisdiction to be the straw man owner of an offshore account or encouraging a client to use his foreign passports to open offshore accounts and avoid regulatory scrutiny. If the compliance department at one foreign bank contacted by Mossack Fonseca asked too many questions, the firm simply turned to other, less inquisitive banks. The firm’s clients included people with criminal records, in spite of its public stance of not working with individuals convicted of crimes.

Federal law allows United States citizens to transfer money overseas, but these foreign holdings must be declared to the Treasury Department, and any taxes on capital gains, interest or dividends must be paid. Federal officials estimate that the government loses $40 billion to $70 billion a year in unpaid taxes on offshore holdings.

Experts who examined the documents were reluctant to declare that the law firm or its clients had broken any laws given that no charges had been filed, but they did say that they were surprised at how explicitly Mossack Fonseca had offered advice that appeared carefully crafted to help clients avoid United States tax laws.

Mossack Fonseca has said repeatedly that it had honored international tax and banking laws, but presented with summaries of several cases by The Times, it did not try to explain its actions. “Our significantly expanded compliance office today not only evaluates new client candidates, but also existing accounts, and especially those that were established prior to the new international regulatory regime coming into effect,” a representative said in a written statement, referring to a 2010 law passed by Congress. “It wasn’t always this way.”

The American client list does not appear to include the sort of high-profile political figures that have emerged in other parts of the world, but Mossack Fonseca’s services were in high demand by the rich and famous in the United States. Read more about them here.

Amos and the the art of protest/ Why Ali was “the greatest”

In Uncategorized on 08/06/2016 at 5:06 pm

So Amos was back in the news. I’m sure he came back because he missed Mother Mary’s pampering to his every whim, and the publicity. But he must be disappointed that he’s history even though he was charged in court and assaulted in public. The ang moh tua kees have got their knickers wet over the Roy and Teo show, not Amos. Interestingly, they don’t give two hoots about the Indian TISG, even though P Ravi is now running the show.

Seriously, coming back to Boy Fantastic, I suspect he’s really a stupid, dumb kid (What to expect of boy who didn’t go to RI.? (OK, OK, I admit that  GCT,Kee Chui, Tan Jee Say and Tan Kin Lian are also RI boys) unable express (let alone understand) himself. I think he really wants to be a protest artist like Petr Pavlensky, Ai Weiwei, Theaster Gates and Beyonce, but can’t express or understand this honourable calling. Instead, he positions himself as mummy’s boy gone wrong.

I’m sure you’ve heard of Ai Weiwei and Beyonce, but not the other two.  Below is something on Petr Pavlensky and Theaster Gates http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-36163543 aboit.

Doesn’t Petr Pavlensky’s antics  make one think of Amos’ antics? The sewing of his mouth and the nailing for his scrotum reminds me of Amos’ self-inflicted stint at our very own Arkham. Both actions were avoidable but done to shock and sensationalise with the aim of making themselves celebrities: celebrities with a cause.

Petr Pavlensky is a Russian artist at the radical, Dadaist, end of the spectrum. His reference points include Guy Debord’s Situationist International movement, the Sex Pistols and Kazimir Malevich – and less obviously, Lucien Freud and Caravaggio.

He, like Beyonce, thinks there’s room for improvement in the way in which his country is run.

He too thinks there is oppression, police brutality, and corporate/state corruption. But he doesn’t have access to the sort of levers available to the US singer, and even if he did, I doubt he’d pull them in quite the same way.

Briefly. He started out at art school, but found the teaching dogmatic and dull.

He left and found his artistic voice by sowing his mouth shut in response to the incarceration of members of Pussy Riot following the performance of their Punk Prayer in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.

It made for a strikingly nasty image. An image, that had it been made by a non-artist, would have received little attention, but by pulling the one lever had got – art – his work received international attention.

He followed that up with a piece called Fixation (2013). That’s the one where his genitals come in to play.

After weeks of preparation and planning, he went to Red Square, stripped naked, and nailed his scrotum to the paving stones. Extreme? Yes, very. But maybe extreme situations call for extreme actions? …

Ai Weiwei uses the notion of art in a similar way. He too turns himself into a one-man picket to bring attention to what he perceives as the shortcomings of the authorities in his native country, China.

He has also been incarcerated, although for far less obvious reasons.

The American Theaster Gates is another artist who “leverages” the status of art in society to turn the detritus he finds in the dilapidated buildings he buys on the Southside of Chicago into sculptures worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

He then uses the money to help regenerate the area, which has been called the murder capital of America. …

He is furious. Ai Weiwei is furious. Theaster Gates is furious. Beyonce is furious.

They are all using art to protest, and to some effect – but admittedly with different immediate outcomes.

Well one thing is certain, Amos is furious, and like Ai Wei and Petr Pavlensky, has been incarcerated. But will he ever be famous? (Being a celebrity in S’pore doesn’t count.)

Btw, even his cybernut fans in TRELand are turning against him, or at least keeping quiet, like the ang moh tua kee paper warriors and activists that were championing him.

Amos’ boasting, his cockiness, his stoicism are all part of a plan to defy society. Ali shows such a plan can work. Ali who the Economist said did not know his place. His boasting, his cockiness, his stoicism—all were part of a plan to defy the established order.

But unlike Amos, Ali’s provocation was all the more complete because his bragging was so often backed by success.

Amos’ bragging remains all talk, no action.

Thinking about it, Ali was a protest artist. My favourite Ali quote: A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”

Inconvenient facts about the Indian, Teo and Roy

In Uncategorized on 06/06/2016 at 4:39 pm

(Or “Authorities helping Teo prove her point on freedom of speech and she’s upset?”)

New media has given a really one-sided version of what is happening to the dynamic trio of the Indian (Hey everyone at TISG, as it likes to be called, is Indian.), Teo and Roy. While I’m not defending what seems like the tearing the wings of a live insect to bits by the authorities, I’d like to point out some inconvenient facts that new media netizens don,t know or wilfully ignore or suppress.

Did you know that the Indian Independent TISG posted even after receiving a reminder? Sounds like it wanted to play rough. It’s not the “honest mistake” defence that it has been saying, isit? Surely this garang attitude warrants a more robust push-back from the authorities*? And note that the Indian has just appointed as editor a member of the SPP. Even if Lina Chiam now sounds like a PAPPy, appointing an oppo party member seems to indicate that TISG is looking for a fight. But maybe P (Philemon not Politician) Ravi will resign from the SPP? Or has resigned? Transparency pls TISG.

Or that Teo Soh Lung, a SDP member, put up four posts which are the subject of police investigations. Not one or two but four posts. Sounds like she wanted to say a lot of things on cooling-off day. Waz so important? To be fair to her, she said “that it was my constitutional right to free speech and expression.” Sounds like she was trying to prove a point by her postings? So investigating her is fair, while charging her for breaking the “cooling-off” law will really be doing her a favour. She can go to court to argue her point.

Govmin so kind meh? Ms Teo and Ms Chong even complain about govmin being helpful isit? Why the ladies liddat? Oh forgot they anti-PAP.

And here’s something I didn’t know until I read it.

In the same period, Ngerng posted a “photo campaign” for Chee on his blog, which he claims has more than 6.5 million hits, and 30 Facebook posts. The police can very well view these as deliberate and repeated transgressions, and investigate more thoroughly than before. 

https://itahanyouverylongalready.wordpress.com/2016/06/02/cooling-off-day-breaches-since-2011-and-what-happened-to-them/

The blogger went on They were not minor slips. They were major election campaigns!That’s his opinion but I think the comment is a fair one, if the allegations are true.

I don’t know if the above allegations about Roy’s postings are true but even if Roy posted half the alleged quantity, surely police got good grounds to investigate?

I’ve been trying to find out what Roy and Teo posted that got the authorities upset but am having no luck. All I get is the “noise” that “They are being persecuted.”.

Well if the dynamic trio think that their grandfathers drafted the “cooling-off” law or that they are above the law, they deserve everything they kanna so far, especially the Indian. It said it wants to make money, lots of it. Contrast that commercial motive with Roy simply wanting to remain a public celebrity (like his hero Amos Yee), And Ms Teo wanting to exercise his constitutional right of free speech.

Finally, I find some actions of Ms Teo and friends puzzling and problematic. Ms Teo wrote on FB, After the law enforcement officers left my flat, my friends and I did our best to protect the privacy of my friends. We changed passwords to email accounts, deleted contacts and finally removed my entire Gmail and Yahoo accounts. I lost several thousands of emails and archival materials. I also deleted other applications.

So one delete emails that can be the subject of police investigations? But then she and her buddy Jeannette Chong** (who was with her in the flat) are experienced lawyers, who also happen to be oppo party members.

Related post: The garang ang moh tua kees

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*Finally the two TISG interns (both Indians I’ve been told) have met some adults. People linked with TISG, were called up on Monday (31 May), Tuesday (1 June) and Wednesday (2 June), to assist the police with their investigations into the alleged breaches of Cooling Off / Polling Day restrictions.

Readers will know that I’ve grumbled that the Indian’s interns needed adult supervision. Well TISG may soon face the consequences of its interns’ persistent juvenile delinquency. Actually they are adults from NTU School of Journalism. They will benefit from P Ravi’s supervision. if he decides to risk retaining them.

**Here’s a really bitchy, wicked but funny take on her.

[W]hat is the matter with this Jeanette Chong-Aruldoss woman?

Why is she entering the fray everywhere, from trying to abuse the court procedure last week to police investigations this week? Now they are saying the policemen are not carrying cards. As long as the lead officer in charge of the team is carrying the warrant card, it is enough.

Obviously, some of these people are trying to put the police in the bad light and trying to throw people off the real offence. Remember Jeanette is the same person who recently abused the court process to defend a brutal murderer.

https://itahanyouverylongalready.wordpress.com/2016/06/02/cooling-off-day-breaches-since-2011-and-what-happened-to-them/

Chinese panda experts can teach S’poreans a lesson

In Uncategorized on 04/06/2016 at 2:04 pm

Pandas have great difficulty breeding. S’poreans, Koreans, Taiwanese, Japanese and even Chinese have the same ptoblem.

Pandas breeding their way off the endangered list: International Union for Conservation of Nature finalising re-assessment of the bear as a “threatened species” Times

BBC Online.

Govt warning to Pink Dot participants

In Uncategorized on 04/06/2016 at 5:10 am

On the day before Pink Dot, we read news from the govt about how new HIV cases among homosexuals last year has climbed to the highest levels in at least 7 years – 232 new cases, a 27% over 2014. The gory details http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/455-new-hiv-cases/2838260.html?cid=FBcna

Pink Dot has on the face of it very credible and praiseworthy motives that S’poreans should buy into: tolerance and minority rights. But let’s face it, it’s the best place to find sexual partners without the danger of being beaten-up if the proposition offends. It’s S’pore’s and the region’s (Remember homosexuality is haram in M’sia, Indonesia and Brunei) biggest and best pick-up event that comes around every year. Gays have said so.

And the organisers do know it. A few yrs ago, the organisers were criticised  by some gays (Really randy ones?) for playing down gay sex when publicising “gayness”. Sounds like the way, Disney cartoons treat sex: chastely holding hands.

Seriously, the “health warning” together with the retention of s377A of the Penal code, while tolerating “gayness” shows the PAP administration remains ambivalent about homosexuality

More on Fintech and the banks

In Banks, Uncategorized on 03/06/2016 at 6:20 pm

From NYT’s Dealbook

FINTECH VS. BIG BANKS Regulatory concerns have long dogged the banking industry, but these days, senior executives of big banks are keeping a close eye on something potentially more disruptive to the sector, which is financial technology, or fintech, Andrew Ross Sorkin writes in DealBook’s special section “Fintech’s Power Grab.” It’s too early to tell just how much fintech will upend the financial industry, but those who back the start-ups say that the potential is enormous. If these newcomers succeed, “Wall Street as we know it may become an outpost of Palo Alto,” Mr. Sorkin writes.

Of course, there are the skeptics, like the banking investor J. Christopher Flowers, who have dismissed the fintech frenzy as mere hype that defies common sense and will leave a trail of failed companies in its wake. But Mr. Sorkin writes that a third view may have the highest likelihood of coming true: “The big banks, so powerful and yet so anxious about the possibility of being disrupted by the upstarts, will gobble them all up in a spate of mergers and acquisitions that puts the disrupters squarely inside the institutions they were supposed to overtake.”

The banking industry needs to realize that change is coming whether it likes it or not, contends Steve Case, a founder of AOL and an entrepreneur with investments in several fintech businesses, who just wrote a book about the future, “The Third Wave.” “Some banks will be smart and figure out how to partner with some of these entrepreneurs or acquire some of these companies or do joint ventures, but if they just think it’s going to stay the way it is, they will be surprised,” Mr. Case said.

HSBC: Finally fat cats get culled

In Uncategorized on 03/06/2016 at 1:22 pm

NYT Dealbook reports

HSBC Said to Be Cutting Dozens of Senior Jobs HSBC has begun cutting senior posts in its investment banking division in a cull that could lead to dozens of staff worldwide losing their jobs, Reuters reports, citing sources with direct knowledge of the cuts.

Cyber-crime not covered

In Insurance, Internet, Uncategorized on 02/06/2016 at 1:25 pm

From an FT article

One of the worries in the market is that insurers might have exposure to cyber risk via existing, non-cyber policies. “There are people with old products such as liability insurance or property damage insurance where the wording has not changed for decades,” said Simon Kilgour of law firm CMS.
“There are no specific exclusions in those policies so there is a question of whether a cyber loss would be covered. If you can’t prove that you have excluded cyber, then you have to assume you could be exposed.”

Good corporate e-mail policy

In Uncategorized on 31/05/2016 at 12:56 pm

Daimler, a German carmaker, gives workers the option of automatically deleting the e-mails they receive while they are on holiday, instead sending an auto response informing the correspondent what has happened and suggesting he resends it when they return. As the firm itself admitted, it was not only being kind-hearted. It was also, it said, to “safeguard their performance in the long run”. As workers become ever more connected, sadly, one suspects, that is a losing battle.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver/2016/05/electronic-ties-bind

 

Pearl of Wisdom Dr Chee and other activists should heed, but don;t

In Uncategorized on 31/05/2016 at 6:14 am

I came across this morning in FT: GK Chesterton, “a few men talked of freedom, while England talked of ale”

When translated into Singlish this means, “A few ang moh tua kees talk of human rights and social justice, while 70%+ talk of EPL footie over kopi or beer.”

A reader of this on why PM will not follow the Japanese PM’s suggestion about focusing on the quality of life, not economic growth, put it thus

Sometimes you get the feeling the real problem is that guys like Chris K are not prominent enough. They don’t run for election, and leave it to the likes of s/o JBJ, GMS and Roy to do so. They are also not prominent enough in online commentary, and instead it is the likes of P Ravi, The Indies, Andrew Loh and the other Ang Moh Tua Kees who hog all the limelight over issues like Amos and Kho Jabing.

A pity really. Even on TRE, Chris’s comments will not doubt be drowned by the incessant useless noise of the cybernuts.

The trick for Dr Chee and friends is to connect with the swing voters, not the TRE nuts and otherb anti-PAP paper warriors. Happily for the PAP, they keep on playing to the rabble that will always vote against the PAP, ignoring the swing voters. They reach out to the swing voters only at election time. They should learn from the WP: ignore the loonies because they’ll always vote against the PAP.

Long term, anything can happen

In Uncategorized on 29/05/2016 at 5:12 am

The PAP administration likes to boast that the PAP’s hegemony in local politics  enables them to plan for the long-term.

Some three-and-a-half centuries ago the Dutch shook hands on what is possibly the most misguided trade deal in history. Pursuing a monopoly in the spice trade, Amsterdam agreed to take one small island in eastern Maluku province from the British in return for another small island in the US — Manhattan.

(FT I think)

But in the short-term the Dutch were right.

Emerging Tech Takes Jobs

In Uncategorized on 28/05/2016 at 5:13 am

Wall Street Told to Fear the Machine as Emerging Tech Takes Jobs Software engineers, whole technology departments and anyone who’s moving numbers from one spreadsheet to another is “going to get decimated,” Daniel Nadler, chief executive officer of Kensho Technologies, said on a panel at the Milken Institute Global Conference.

NYT Dealbook

Can employ FT drivers meh?

In Uncategorized on 24/05/2016 at 10:45 am

I know a FT (M’sian PR) married to local. He has a SME business. A few yrs ago he employed a local as a company car driver: the first time he employed a company driver. He was grumbling about how lazy the driver was: didn’t want to wash car etc. He claimed to have paid the going rate.

Recently, I learnt that he has since had two FT drivers. I was surprised as I didn’t realise that FTs could get the papers to be drivers. But apparently they can. And it’s not applying  the papers for another job and then switching jobs on the quiet.

Now here’s another interesting bit. The present driver is an Indian FT graduate. I mean if can get FT graduate to be driver, who wants a local boy with only vocational school skills? .

And the business is in the construction field. Tot FT supply restricted in this area?

No need tea parties to recruit top PAPpies

In Uncategorized on 21/05/2016 at 2:21 pm

 

 

Can data crunching tell you the best candidate for a job vacancy?

Any established organisation will have a group of very successful people in it – employees who fit and perform outstandingly well.

They are already there, and every day they generate hundreds of bits of data about the way they go about performing so well – productive salespeople, for example.

So one way of recruiting is to use number-crunching computer power to assess the traits of the outstanding people a company already employs… and then shortlist potential new recruits by comparing them with established corporate high performers.

But doesn’t that lead to companies hiring only people who most resemble what the company is like here and now? Doesn’t the use of Big Data tend to drive out vital diversity?

Not necessarily, says Bill Nowacki, because of the subtlety of the analysis process. At KPMG they’ve built a model which incorporates 10,000 different data points generated by a single individual. That’s millions of bits of data about a group of individuals in a big firm.

Number crunch those intelligently, and important signals may emerge. Bill Nowaki calls that “training” the algorithm by reviewing the data generated by previous recruits and comparing that with the current results – who stayed, who was promoted, who performed well.

You see what’s emerging here? A new complex model of an organisation viewed through the Big Data prism that the people who work for it generate every day. The very practical aspects of their working life, obviously, but also the relationships and interests they mention in their social networking.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36129046

Lesson for Kong Hee and friends

In Financial competency, Uncategorized on 19/05/2016 at 1:28 pm

Eat yr hearts out Kong Hee, Sun Ho and CHC members for nor seeling the Kingdom of Heaven but lucre.

God loves the Church of England, not you people who believe in the gospel of prosperity. He helps them make serious money while Kong Hee still has to finance his Sentisa Cove penthouse that is less worth than its purchase price.

The church commissioners, who manage the C of E’s £7bn investment fund, said they enjoyed market-beating returns of 8.2% last year but warned they would struggle to keep up that pace in future. Over the past 30 years the fund’s average annual return has been 9.7%.

The commissioners’ private equity managers returned 20.2% during 2015 and the value of the church’s £2bn property portfolio was up by more than 14%. The commissioners continued to invest in forestry with two new holdings in Australia, bringing the total to nearly 120,000 acres, they said. The timberland and forestry portfolio delivered a return of 13% last year.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/may/16/church-of-england-sells-investments-fearing-market-slowdown.

There’s another report that CoE is a big buyer of Google’s parent.

Dr Chee fixed Chiam in the 1990s

In Uncategorized on 18/05/2016 at 2:19 pm

I wrote sometime back that the Chiams were really verypetty people when they got real shirty about a photo of Chiam and Dr Chee. But Dr Chee deserves the “Mad Dog” tag by escalating the row into an attempted nuclear strike that turned out to misfire by calling a news conference where he distributed this document http://yoursdp.org/news/timeline_of_events_of_the_sdp_chiam_saga/2016-05-14-6121 which in my opinion called Mr hiam as a PAP stooge

I’ll comment on an important fact that the Chee document left out, and talk about a more mainstream narrative about the Chiam and Chee row that many moderate S’poreans in their 40s and above believe in, but which young S’poreans may not because they were too young or not around in the mid 1990s.

What the SDP document left out?

Why did Chiam want to discline Dr Chee? The answer is that Chiam realised the damage to SDP’s reputation that Dr Chee’s hunger strike (It last five days and it seems he cheated) and his public comments condemning the PAP for his sacking. to protest his sacking by NUS.

After initially backing Chee, Chiam became critical of Chee’s hunger strike and his public comments condemning the PAP for his sacking. He said Dr Chee had made his point and should produce evidence that the PAP got him sacked. Temember that Dr Chee never sued NUS or the PAP.

He knew that the public damage that Chee was doing to the SDP’s image as a moderate Oppo party

Chiam wanted to censure Chee for his comments, but failed and the rest u can read in SDP’s document and below.


A reader gives a reason for Chiam’s resignation, I never heard before

The SDP account says chiam’s resignation as leader occurred because of his failure to support Chee’s hunger strike; this is incorrect; the resignation occurred much later, over Chaim’s objection to Chee being employed by Bukit Gombak town council, under MP Lim How Dong who was SDP chairman at the time, and found nearly the whole CEC on Chee’s side.

References please.


The mainstream alternative to the SDP narrative. 

Someone blogged this (https://thoughtsofrealsingaporeans.wordpress.com/2016/05/15/the-tale-of-ah-chiam-and-ah-chee-three-points/ which almost reflects what I was planning to say (I don’t agree with the last three sentences of the extract, though). So rather than reinvent the wheel, I’ll quote.

The point he’s making is that Chiam had to resign as secretary-general to retain credibility and that Dr Chee was willing to lose a parly seat by seeking to sack Chiam.

Dr Chee did not address the crux of the matter – what were the circumstances then that forced Mr Chiam to quit a party that he founded, and did Dr Chee do right by Mr Chiam?

Here’s three points of rebuttal to Dr Chee:

  1. The way I see it, Dr Chee is playing with words. Dr Chee technically didn’t formally oust Mr Chiam as Secretary-General. There wasn’t an official motion to remove Mr Chiam as Secretary-General. But Dr Chee made things extremely difficult for Mr Chiam, and turned parts of the party hostile towards Mr Chiam. Mr Chiam was forced to resign as Secretary-General.

 What Dr Chee did was akin to a company suggesting that an employee should leave and making conditions very harsh for him, and maintaining that the employee was not retrenched as he resigned voluntarily. Jialat, don’t even get retrenchment benefits.

 It is clear from the news reports in the 1990s that there was fierce party infighting after Dr Chee joined SDP in 1992. There was a clear contestation of wills over the direction of the party. It is difficult to determine who was right or wrong, but the key personalities in both camps can hardly be absolved of any blame or responsibility. So why is Dr Chee trying to make himself seem innocent and wriggle out of it?

  1. It is ironic that Dr Chee said that PAP was trying to use Mr Chiam to destroy him, when Dr Chee was the one who tried to destroy Mr Chiam’s political career in the first place?

 As if forcing Mr Chiam to resign as Secretary-General wasn’t enough,SDP (under Dr Chee’s leadership) tried to expel Mr Chiam from the very party he founded – a move that would make Mr Chiam lose his Potong Pasir parliamentary seat.  Luckily for Mr Chiam, the courts ruled that his dismissal from SDP was illegal.

There is a Chinese idiom called “赶尽杀绝”, which roughly translates to ‘eradicating/destroying completely in a ruthless manner’.  Quite an apt description I’d say.

  1. So Dr Chee said that PAP has been using Mr Chiam. But hasn’t Dr Chee been making use of Mr Chiam as well?

 He hijacked Mr Chiam’s party agenda and took over as Secretary-General. If Dr Chee had been honourable, he wouldn’t have joined Mr Chiam’s SDP in the first place given vast ideological differences. He would have set up his own party instead. But Dr Chee chose to take a short cut – by joining the biggest opposition party at that time (SDP held three parliamentary seats when Dr Chee joined), and forcing its leader out. Yes, like a fifth column.

 

More on Buffett’s Apple buy

In Uncategorized on 18/05/2016 at 1:27 pm

It’s peanuts for starters, both fot Buffett and Apple.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Mr Buffett did not make the actual investment himself, meaning the order would have been placed by his stock-picking team Todd Combs and Ted Weschler. The paper says they are willing to invest in areas that Mr Buffett himself wouldn’t.

They are each thought to manage a $9bn portfolio and usually make the smaller investments, while Mr Buffett makes the big bets.

The Apple holding makes Berkshire Hathaway the 56th largest shareholder.

BBC

SDP: No adult supervision isit? Why liddat?

In Uncategorized on 17/05/2016 at 2:22 pm

(Note the SDP has before the publication of this piece changed the u/m headline to reflect the outrage on social media and the internet at its “cock-up”, “honest mistake”, or “dishonesty” (Goh Meng Seng, who else?*). But the problem of lack of adult supervision still stands, so I’ll not change the piece, but just add this foreword.)

Given that there are people in SDP (like Dr Chee and Dr Paul) who are familiar familiar with statistical analysis, it’s surprising that SDP can make the claim: SURVEY: BB VOTERS SAY CHEE BETTER CANDIDATE BUT FEEL SAFER WITH PAP*

http://yoursdp.org/news/survey_bb_voters_say_chee_better_candidate_but_feel_safer_with_pap/2016-05-15-6124

But the survey showed that 33% of SDP voters (only 39% of the total) gave as one of their reasons for voting for Dr Chee because they felt he was the stronger candidate, versus 29% of PAP voters (61%) who gave the reason that they felt Mr Murali was stronger. So did more BB voters say that Dr Chee was the better candidate? No but taz what the SDP headline says.

Using the SDP’s logic, the result of the survey shows that Chee should leave the SDP. They’re just dragging him down. 53% like him (The survey also showed Dr Chee with a 53% overall positive perception by Bukit Batok voters.), but PAP prefered at 67% to 28% SDP. Surely he would have won as an independent

What the survey really shows

A pre-election survey conducted between 30 April to 3 May 2016 by Blackbox Research showed that Bukit Batok voters found SDP candidate Dr Chee Soon Juan to be the better candidate than his PAP rival Mr Murali Pillai.

However, residents rated the PAP as the preferred party (67%) to SDP (28%).

The survey had predicted that the PAP would win the by-election by 64.4% of the vote to the SDP’s 35.6%. The actual result turned out to be better for the SDP which secured 38.8% of the popular vote.

http://yoursdp.org/news/survey_bb_voters_say_chee_better_candidate_but_feel_safer_with_pap/2016-05-15-6124


*To be fair, there are many other people who call the SDP “dishonest” in its misuse of stats here. They unlike GMS have no axe to grind.

**Changed after inter and sicial media outrage to: SURVEY: HIGHER % OF SDP VOTERS IN BB SAY CHEE BETTER CANDIDATE THAN THOSE ROOTING FOR MURALI

 

 

SDP: No adult supervision isit?

In Uncategorized on 16/05/2016 at 2:30 pm

Screenshot from Zaobao.com

Where were Danny the Bear and Drs Wong Souk Yee, Wong Wee Nam and  Paul Thamby at the SDP media conference on Saturday? A media conference that was called to slime Mr Chiam as a PAP stooge (My interpretation of what the event was about based on this official SDP document http://yoursdp.org/news/timeline_of_events_of_the_sdp_chiam_saga/2016-05-14-6121.

My sources tell me that only the above two Old Guard members of the SDP were present. And that it was called on the spur-of-the-moment.

Looks like Dr Chee is feeling the effects of the loss of the Bukit Batok by-election where his ass was whipped by an Indian in an area where 75% of the voters are Chinese, many of whom elderly and less well-off. They are the kind of people who the SDP says it cares for, unlike the PAP. They obviously don’t believe him.

When he said that he didn’t feel it was a defeat at the time, I joked that the RI doctors Drs Wong wee Nam and Paul Thamby must have pumped him with sedatives before the result was announced. Looks like he was really sedated, or on a natural high.

Whatever, he has returned to reality and blamed the Chiams for fixing him.

Seriously SDP has an image problem when Dr Wong Soul Yee is considered by the likes of me as a moderate, restraining voice in the SDP. She was detained under the ISA foe 15 months in the 80s as a “Marxist conspirator”.

I’ll blog on why it was most unwise of Dr Chee to remind voters of what happened between him and Mt Chiam all those yrs ago. His narrative left out one important bit that those around at the time remember. And it’s not to Dr chee’s credit.

SGX: Where “T” in “FT” stands for “Trash”

In Uncategorized on 16/05/2016 at 10:12 am

S’pore aircraft lessor to launch IPO in HK.

Another blow to SGX where with the exception of CEO, senior managers are FTs.

Singapore-based leasing company BOC Aviation is planning an initial public offering (IPO) worth $1.5 billion-$2 billion …, according to an application filed with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE).

BOC Aviation, the Bank of China’s aircraft leasing division, will place the offering on the HKSE through the Goldman Sachs banking group. It said it will create up to 50% of the offering as new shares, with the remainder offered from within the tranche of existing shares held by BOC Aviation.

The company prospectus said IPO proceeds would concentrate on its “core business model of focusing on purchasing new, fuel-efficient, in-demand aircraft at competitive prices directly from aircraft manufacturers” for operators across the region and further afield.

Established in 1993 as Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise (SALE), BOC Aviation has seen solid growth and is now one of the top 10 global leasing companies with 270 aircraft on its books valued at up to $12 billion.

The original SAL company was sold to BOC in 2006 for $965 million. In 2015 the company posted a net profit of $343 million, up 11% year-on-year.

BOC Aviation has agreements with 62 operators in 30 countries; in January 2016 it placed a $3 billion order for 30 Airbus A320 aircraft. It has also committed to acquiring more than 240 more aircraft in the coming years to be serviced by its Singapore, Dublin, London, Seattle and Tianjin offices.

http://atwonline.com/leasing/singapore-lessor-boc-aviation-launch-ipo

Red Card applicants?

In Uncategorized on 15/05/2016 at 7:00 am

“No matter where the Chinese people are, China will always be their “maternal home””. – President Xi Jinping

China to implement “Chinese Card” for overseas born Chinese including those from South East Asia.

http://thecoverage.my/news/china-to-implement-chinese-card-for-malaysians-born-chinese/

Meng Seng, Uncle Redbean and TRE Cybernuts are rushing for this Red Card, I’m sure.

If it’s one thing the three have in common is the love of PRC China. They tell Honkies to accept the restrictions China is imposing on human rights and freedom of speech in HK, while attacking the PAP’s restrictive policies in these areas here.

 

Reasonable to mistrust Pinoys?

In Uncategorized on 14/05/2016 at 5:22 am

After S’pore said that a Facebook post showing Lee Hsien Loong appearing to endorse Mr Duterte was false, he talked about burning a S’porean flag.

Still 77% of the Pinoys working here voted for him.

So many hate us meh? Despite many stealing S’poreans’ breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper and in-between snacks.

Seriously, can we trust the Pinoys whenever they say anything nice about us?

The Pinoys say they adore Pope Francis and the late Corazon Aquino.

Yet Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte said, “Pope, son of a whore, go home. Do not visit us again.”. And in a row with the outgoing president, son of Corazon, he called the president, “son of a prostitute”.

Yet 39% of Pinpys voted for him (an overwhelming number, given there were five presidential candidates).

Reasonable to mistrust Pinoys? Be wary of them? Cut immigration of Pinoys here?

What do you think?

Cheer up TRE cybernuts, “Be happy”

In Uncategorized on 13/05/2016 at 11:20 am

It’s been a really bad week for the TRE cybernuts (Note only a minority of visitors to TRE fall into this category but they infest the place like vermin.). Dr Chee got his ass whipped by an Indian, Amos Yee got arrested and Heng didn’t die in agony.

So going into the weekend, I tot they need a bit of cheering up.

Daily Star, which reports a study by a sex therapist who says he has found that less intelligent people have a better love life as they are less likely to worry about “performance” or “how satisfied their lover is”.
“The findings that dumb people have better sex will be welcome news to hordes of everyday Brits, as well as numerous celebrities,” the paper adds.

BBC

Should have shouted “I’m not a Muslim”?

In Uncategorized on 12/05/2016 at 2:43 pm

Or “Jesus died”? Or “I’m Siva the destroyer”? Or Buddhists can kill”? Or “I God am a healous God”?

The above tots crossed my mind when I read a BBC piece:

Many papers report on an apology issued by Greater Manchester Police after it staged an anti-terror drill in which a man playing the role of a suicide bomber shouted “Allahu Akbar” – Arabic for “God is greater” – before “detonating” a dummy explosive belt.

But the decision to have a Muslim extremist as the fake terrorist sparked a social media storm, says the Daily Mail, “with critics complaining it was a stupid decision and accusing the police of fuelling Islamophobia”.

The Sun – which headlines the story “Ploddy Ridiculous” – says the force was accused of “bowing to political correctness” after Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan stated the chant “was unacceptable and said sorry to Muslims who complained”.

The anti-Islamophobia group, the Community Safety Forum, is quoted in the Times as saying “this sort of thing panders to stereotypes and further divides us”, adding that it would “increase anti-Muslim hate crime”.

The Daily Telegraph gives space in its leader column to what it believes are the issues raised by the story: “fear of saying anything at all on the topics of race, ethnicity and cultural difference is leaving us unable to address some of the major challenges of our time – extremism, terrorism and segregation.”

I mean who were the bombers in NY, London, Paris and Brussels? Any of these suicide bombers other than self-professed Muslim?

Who killed French cartoonists? People who profess any religion other than Islam?

Come on.

Whatever, the voters in London are pretty smart. By electing a Muslim mayor who was when he was a human rights lawyer. the go to lawyer for Muslims of extremist views. they may have calculated that they bought goodwill from Muslim extremists.

After all, pre 9/11 and the London bombing, the British had a dubious reputation for ignoring overseas terrorism. The intelligent and security services from Europe, the Gulf states and even the US believed that the British had a deal with Muslim extremists: so long as no violence was advocated (against the British), plotted (against British rargets) or happened on British soil, extremists were free to do what they liked in the UK. London was Londonisation.

This live-and-let live attitude can be traced bavk to the 19th century, when the Breitish allowed in political dessidents who fled Eutpean countries like France or Russia after rebellions were crushed. So long as these people didn’t cause trouble in the UK, they were safe from the authorities in their home countries.

 

Where Buffett & PAP agree

In Uncategorized on 09/05/2016 at 8:36 am

From NYT’s Dealbook last Monday

WARREN BUFFETT TALKS OF SHARING THE WEALTH Nebraska has just hosted Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting, also known as Woodstock for Capitalists, at a time when Bernie Sanders has beaten Hillary Clinton in the Democratic caucuses and younger generations are questioning the very premise of capitalism.

This has not passed Warren Buffett by, Andrew Ross Sorkin writes in DealBook.

“You should be questioning it at that age,” Mr. Buffett said in an interview.

He acknowledged that the system “left too many people behind,” but said Mr. Sanders’s solutions were “are very off base.”

As for those skeptical young people, he said “The conclusion shouldn’t be to kill the golden goose.” Instead we need to make more eggs and better distribute them.

Now doesn’t “[W]e need to make more eggs and better distribute them” sound like what the PAP is telling us about “Growing the pie”? What do you think?

NYT Dealbiil goes on: Indeed, there was talk at the annual meeting of the businesses that power the economy and spur employment that perhaps required a slightly broader audience.

Mr. Buffett has mostly managed to avoid becoming a political target, in part because he is described as a compassionate capitalist. But critics say his folksy image is just for show, pointing to his partnership with 3G Capital, a company known for running a lean organization, and the wealth he has tied up in Berkshire, which itself is run to limit his tax bill.

But for a new generation entering the workplace with reasonable questions about the opportunities available in the current system, Mr. Buffett could provide another perspective, Mr. Sorkin writes.

“Twenty years from now, there’ll be far more output per capita in the United States in real terms than there is now,” Mr. Buffett said. “In 50 years, it’ll be far more. No presidential candidate or president is going to end that. They can shape it in ways that are good or bad, but they can’t end it.”

GRCs mean no pandering, clowning to Cina

In Uncategorized on 08/05/2016 at 4:28 pm

An Oppo usual suspect used the Murali victory to spoof the GRC system saying

“But Muralidharan Pillai never won the by-election. It was ‘Ah Mu’ who won. He had to not only speak Chinese, but also sing Chinese songs. He had to prove that he was ‘Chinese’ despite his skin being darker – that’s why he won! So you see, that’s why we need the GRC. Without it real minority can’t get into Parliament.”

But when you think about the matter seriously, the piece does reflect something that is problematic in a country where 70% of the voters are Chinese. Dr Chee was dog-whistling his Hokkien credentials to the Pioneer Generation voters

— By singing a Hokkien song in a video.

Inspired by Dr Chee Soon Juan in his ardent endeavour in running in the Bukit Batok by-election, producer and director Tay Bee Pin (of Wormwood Films) reached out to the Singapore Democratic Party chief. 

The motive? Have him sing classic Hokkien song ‘Ji Pa Ban’ in a music video dedicated to all those who’ll be heading to the polling stations this May 7.

And giving a message in Hokkien

Mandarin-speaker Murali had to counter in what seems an outlandish way: His most popular video, by far, is a self-introductory piece to Bukit Batok voters called “Introducing Ah Mu”, a nickname Mr Murali has picked for himself. I had tot that “Ah Mu” was a joke when I read it on social media. It wasn’t and is was weird, demeaning and worrying.

In a GRC contest, as we’ve seen in GEs, no need for this kind of BS.

I’ll leave the last word to Sangeetha Thanapal who hates the fact that 70% of S’poreans are Chinese (She sneers, mocks, lies and decries about the “Chinese Privilege”*). Writing on Facebook Ms Thanapal said that Murali had to resort to sinicising himself because S’pore is a country that actively encourages assimilation into “Chineseness”.

She asked if any Chinese candidate ever had to change his name to make it sound more minority-like, and ascertained that it was simply not necessary for them to do so**.

She said regardless of Dr Chee not being a racist, he would benefit from ‘Chinese Privilege’, in this instant by mere virtue of being Chinese, and that Murali is merely trying to make up for that in these misguided ways.

She said that Murali was “desperate to be seen as more Chinese” because of how racism manifests itself in Singapore, “to make up for the disadvantage of (him) being born Indian in a country where Indian people are called racial slurs everyday.”

Gee and the commanding heights of the legal profession are owned by Indians and two of the PM’s most trusted ministers are Indians. Gemme me a break Ms Racist.


*Want Indians to rule isit?

**Being majority is unfair isit?

Wah PAP that good meh, s/o JBJ?

In Uncategorized on 08/05/2016 at 4:34 am

S/o JBJ argued on Sarurday that the PAP wanted to lose in Bukit Batok

So if we agree that the PAP aren’t trying that hard to win are they actually trying to throw this election? Or at least are they not particularly concerned about the prospect of a CSJ victory on Saturday? I can think of a few cynical reasons why, although no-one in their right mind throws an election, it might suit them to lose this seat.

Are the PAP Deliberately Throwing This Election?

Well his so called weak PAP candidate (ang moh accented Indian don’t like to say good things about Indian with local accent isit?) whipped Dr Chee’s ass real hard.

So either the PAP couldn’t lose even if wanted to or s/o JBJ can’t analyse.

What do you think? Kee Chit those who think s/o JBJ is a spastic retard.

Lego not so cool, creative

In Uncategorized on 07/05/2016 at 10:19 am

And on;y last yr S’poreans kids were given a special Lego kit to commemotate SG50.

Lego kits are ruining children’s creativity, says Ben Fogle – despite adventurer Fogle having been named as a brand ambassador for the Danish brick toy giant four years ago, he now believes Lego is “harming children’s development and stifling creativity”, according to the Daily Mail. Lego has “transformed into a rigid box-ticking discipline”, he reportedly said.

BBC

Pinoys are Asians not transplanted Latins

In Uncategorized on 07/05/2016 at 6:02 am

Chart: Asia and Latin America gross savings as part of GDP

Pinoys hoping not to have to work overses.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36206608

Bukit Batok: The tyranny of numbers

In Uncategorized on 04/05/2016 at 4:12 pm

Here I wrote that if the Foxes could win the EPL title, Dr Chee can win Bukit Batok  After all the bookmakers who put the odds of their victory at 5,000 to 1 (the odds anyone would get if anyone wanted to bet Elvis was still alive). the odds of Chee winning Bukit Batok must be a lot less. So a “miracle” can happen.

But The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that’s the way to bet.

Guys and Dolls

Chee would need to overcome a deficit of 24 points to win. Ah Lian had only to overcome a deficit 9 points to win in Punggol East. In the end she won by 14 points. Even if he got 14 points, that would take him to 40% of the votes.

And Chee is no Ah Lian (he’s no typical S’porean) and the SDP is no WP. After all the WP was fighting in an area that had strongly supported the Barisan Sosialis.

And the PAP is not making the mistake it made in Punggol East of parachuting a fake son of Punngol (he left the area almost as soon as he was born). Instead the PAP parachuted in a real son of Bukit Batok. He had been serving the people there for many yrs before being sent on a suicide mission in Paya Lebar. By all accounts, he did well there against a lawyer turned highly paid social worker, who is reputed to be WP Low’s Dauphin.

So I’m sure Dr Chee and his allies (think the social activists and the cybernuts and rats of TRELand) are publicly rehearsing to bitch publicly why he lost when he gets thrashed an humiliated: “Gutter politics by the PAP”. But they conveniently forget that he was dog-whistling like mad. In the West, dog-whistling is the pariah of gutter politics, but not it seems in S’pore. At least not in cyberspace (no friend of the PAP), and the salons and gardens of the chattering classes.

The PAP always fight dirty: it’s in their DNA. But so does Dr Chee. Ask Mr Chiam.

Besides where got fun if cannot call names, especially if the cap fits? Ask the Chiams about Dr Chee’s character.

Chee reinvented SDP after making it toxic

In Uncategorized on 03/05/2016 at 6:24 pm

Below is a post from one of my readers about Dr Chee’s claim that even if he was unemployed, he built up the SDP. The regular commenter ended:

So even if we do not pass personality judgement on Dr Chee’s not finding a job, how much has his time in unemployment been useful to the SDP and opposition politics as a whole? I think not as much. It has been useful for his personal redemption and image revamp, as he can all along play the jobless martyr victim card, drive his celebrity status, sell some books, and that’s about it.

Taz a bit too kind because Dr Chee led a political party that was the leading Oppo party into the Wilderness and irrelevancy and then having realised that he and the SDP were lost in the desert of public scorn and derision, reinvented the SDP and himself.

When he defenestrated Chiam and even before defenestrating the rest of the Old Guard (no friends of Chiam) he moved the SDP into the politics of civil disobedience, and in the process allowed the PAP and its constructive, nation-building media allies to demonise him and the party. Other than Chiam, the party had two other MPs. But since he took over, the SDP had none.

Remember his antics that got him the well-deserved moniker of “Mad Dog”?  And the antics of his supporters who made the very name of SDP toxic?

If you don’t, just google. Reminder: he wanted to contest Punggol East and handover the running of the place to the WP (that’s the Mad Dog in hime for you), he wanted public protests, and he wanted to be like Gandhi.

I give Dr Chee credit that in the 90s his vision of S’pore in 2016 was a lot more closer to the reality (Mad prophet?) than mine or the PAP. And for the alternative policies that the SDP has proposed. And I’ll give him credit for his actions in reinventing the SDP and himself. But there’s too much historical baggage,

But let’s not forget that he screwed up big time leading the SDP into the Wilderness, not the Promised Land.

(Yes, yes I know he and the SDP claim the credit for liberalisation measures that we’ve seen over the years. But I’m sure others too like the Americans, civil society activists and even one Lee Jnr can also claim some credit.)

Here’s the rest of the comment from the regular reader. Make sure you read the bot on those who left the SDP.

I posted the following on another blog:

“But ok, let’s just say I am wrong and lets not begrudge Dr Chee Soon Juan on his not finding a job. In fact, he gave a couple of reasons to justify it and why his time unemployed has been well spent.

Now he told us, don’t judge him as an unemployed person. Judge what he has done to grow the SDP while not working full time. Alright. In the 2011 GE, the SDP contested 11 out of 87 seats and won none. In 2015, it contested 11 out of 89 seats and won none. Wow, not much growth there. And in the 4 years in between, high profile candidates like Vincent Wijeysingha, Tan Jee Say, Ang Yong Guan, as well as promising youngsters like Jarrod Luo* have left the party, some parting ways on really bad terms. Dr Chee himself made a big screw up of the Punggol East BE with his “joint ticket” proposal to the WP. (Incidentally, I wonder why the PAP is not attacking this, rather than his other past indiscretions”.)

Dr Chee Soon Juan also told us that the SDP has been hard at work putting forth policy papers on various national issues. Even if I do not agree with their policies, this is something I give them credit for, which is at least a lot better than the likes of RP, NSP, etc. Well then, I guess the whole of SDP must be unemployed, in order for them to work on these policies full time? Not at all! Dr Paul Tambyah, the one saving grace for Dr Chee’s recent tenure, is a full Professor at NUS since 2013, and was probably instrumental in crafting the SDP’s healthcare policy. Unless Dr Chee is saying that all his SDP colleagues are working full time, and he is the only one who is working at home crafting all these policy papers?

So even if we do not pass personality judgement on Dr Chee’s not finding a job, how much has his time in unemployment been useful to the SDP and opposition politics as a whole? I think not as much. It has been useful for his personal redemption and image revamp, as he can all along play the jobless martyr victim card, drive his celebrity status, sell some books, and that’s about it.”


*Left out Jeremy Chen and Danny the SDP Bear.

Jeremy Chen was a scholar and was working in MINDEF in the division where Ho Ching was once working. He left and went to do a PhD in NUS biz School. But he can be a bit dumb. He got into a row with self and others when he accused SIA of “fixing” the results of its investment in Virgin Airlines where it lost money but wrote-back a profit. We explained to him that SIA had already progressive written off the investment and had overprovided, hence the write-back. He yelled that he “didn’t do accounting”. I asked how come can do PhD without knowledge of accounting and how come SDP can accept him as member

He claims to have single-handedly written most of SDP’s policy papers. He left SDP after a row with Had Dog.

Education: Do you know?

In Uncategorized on 30/04/2016 at 10:56 am

What S’porean, Jap and British teachers have in common

They really work hard.

But exam results show that hours worked by teachers are meaningless: Japanese and South Korean pupils are neck-and-neck near the top of the PISA rankings of 15-year-olds’ literacy, numeracy and scientific knowledge. Their teachers are paid about the same, but put in vastly different hours: a whopping 54 hours per week in Japan, compared with 37 in South Korea. 

(Economist)

Remember we are also near the Japs and Kireans in PISA rankings

50% of a school’s students need financial aid

“In RI, my students had packed schedules from the start of school until 6pm to 7pm, and even had tuition classes at night. They are very well-occupied during the holidays with camps, projects and events.

“Most came from families with stable structures and do not require financial assistance,” she said.

In contrast, close to half of Spectra’s student population is on financial aid, with a significant percentage from single-parent backgrounds or in the care of guardians or even institutionalised homes, Ms Teo said.

“Many of them like to hang out in school after classes because they would rather be with friends than at home. They tell us they actually look forward to coming to school, especially during holidays, because they are so bored at home,” she said.

ST report: Emphasis mine

 

Lawyers are tricky people

In Uncategorized on 29/04/2016 at 11:01 am

White Collar Watch: Panama Papers Show How Lawyers Can Turn a Blind Eye Lawyers can help their clients engage in questionable transactions while avoiding any direct involvement, which allows them to claim ignorance.

Tales from Marine Parade Polyclinic

In Uncategorized on 28/04/2016 at 1:56 pm

But first, an FT reader wrote in saying “If we had more junior doctors then perhaps they would not need to work long shifts. Could we have a new lower grade of doctor we could churn out of university on a 4 year course specifically trained from the start in what they are doing? Then leave the 12 year training courses and really high bar for entry for the prospective surgeons and specialists.” Background: In England, junior doctors are on strike over pay and working conditions.

Back to Marine Parade polyclinic which earlier this year reopened after extensive renovations. My 91-yr old mum says that now the doctor waits for patients rather than patients wait to see the doctor. Happened to a 60 something year old friend too. He went for a blood test, then almost immediately saw the doctor (who had the results of the blood test), The doctor then sent him to see one of the specialist nurses. He was in and out of the clinic within 75 minutes from the time he stepped in the clinic to the time he paid his bill. He calculated that if he had skipped the nurse, he could have been out in 60 minutes.

He and my mum will, “Vote PAP”.

A Pinoy doctor was spotted in the polyclinic. Nice, diligent lady but she has a thick accent. My friend had difficulty understanding her English. Bet youm the older aunties and uncles will really have a problem with her. They may not vote PAP despite the improvements in the polyclinic.

Which brings me to the quote I began with: why import FT doctors for GP work? “Could we have a new lower grade of doctor we could churn out of university on a 4 year course specifically trained from the start in what they are doing? Then leave the 12 year training courses and really high bar for entry for the prospective surgeons and specialists.”

Is Harry’s daughter the real hagiographer?

In Uncategorized on 25/04/2016 at 4:21 pm

Isn’t the grieving Dr Lee the real worshipper of one Harry Lee?

The first piece of evidence:. She compared her father to Churchill and Mao.

I had not intended to write about my father’s death on 23/3/2016. What led to my comments in Facebook on 1/4/2016 was the article on the front page report of The Straits Times on Mar 21st. It carried a photo of an outline of Papa’s face made with 4,877 erasers. I know Papa would be very upset by this sort of hero worship. I felt a sense of urgency to stop all acts of hagiography as I knew how unhappy they would cause Papa. To put things in context I wanted to recount how other countries honoured their leaders after death. China’s Chairman Mao and Britain’s Winston Churchill were the best examples to compare the founding prime minister of Singapore to. \

Churchill amd Mao were lead actors on the world stage. Churchill was the prime minister of the United Kingdom when it had an empire on which the sun literally never went down, He also led the British empire when the British empire, the USSR and the USA were fighting Germany and Japan. And for a while, the British (under his leadership) were the only people in Western Europe that were not subject to German hegemony.

As for Mao, he was the leader of the communists who established The People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949. Who can forget, Mao’s famous phrase “The Chinese people have stood up” (Chinese: 中国人民从此站起来了)?

And when he later came up with scatter-brain ideas (Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution) he was powerful enough to ensure that his ideas were carried out. Millions died and millions more suffered, and the economy tanked.

LKY was at best a marginal figure (America’s boy from the third world) on the world stage. He played a very important part in S’pore’s development but S’pore is not China or the British empire.

Has PM or the PAP ever compared LKY to Mao or Churchill? No, only Dr Lee has. And yet she is the one accusing them of hagiography?

Her grief must be warping her famed objectivity?

Next piece of evidence: by “Pa” was not anti free speech “For the cynics who complain that Pa restricted freedom of speech, you are wrong. If your statement is accurate, fine. If it is slander, l will have to defend my reputation in court.”, isn’t she guilty of building a monument to him? A false one with feet of clay?

My Facebook avatar asked in a thread discussing what Dr Lee had written, “She should ask herself why ST “censorsed” her? Fear of the administration where her dad formed and was a leading figure for many a year? She says “For the cynics who complain that Pa restricted freedom of speech, you are wrong.” sounds like something from Evelyn Waugh’s black comedy writings.”

He got two “Likes” from two ex-SPH editors who are pretty decent fellows: not wannabe Sith Lords who now present themselves as Jedi knights.

One of them was taken to task by LKY personally over a piece of reporting that he allowed to be published. LKY did not dispute the facts, he juz said that the piece shouldn’t have been published.

Now that’s Dr Lee’s idea of someone who didn’t restrict free speech?

Let’s wiah her all the best, hope she can overcome her grief and regain her unsentimental objectivity that made S’poreans think of her ‘Pa” when she made public statements as private citizen Lee.

 

 

 

 

Very Petty, Prickly Chiams

In Uncategorized on 24/04/2016 at 6:35 am

I’ve decided to rewrite this.

Double confirm, Chiams are very petty people. And they are as prickly as one Harry was.

In response to Mrs Chiam’s Facebook post, Dr Wong Wee Nam, the author of the article noted that the image Mrs Chiam was referring to, was attached to an article recounting his effort to bring Mr Chiam back to SDP and the party was not seeking any endorsement from Mr or Mrs Chiam.

Will Mts Chiam pls sit down and shut up. She trying to destroy Mr Chiam’s reputation isit? Why liddat?

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My fellow citizens, Mr. Chiam and I understand that the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has been circulating an image of Mr. Chiam See Tong and Dr. Chee Soon Juan in SDP’s newsletter, The New Democrat.

We would like to clarify that Dr. Chee did not seek nor receive permission to include Mr. Chiam’s image in this newsletter. Mr. Chiam has not given his endorsement to any candidate for the upcoming Bukit Batok by-election.

Mr. and Mrs. Chiam See Tong

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When an Oppo figure fights PAP, the Chiams are neutral, not endorsing Dr Chee? Even if they had kissed and made up? Oh I forgot, Chiams had a place of honour at Harry’s funeral, so  Chiams returning PAP a favour?

Or both? Still not happy with Dr Chee and owe PAP a favour for giving the Chiams so much face before rubbing their noses in the mud by thrashing Lina Chiam in the GE.

I disagree with P Ravi (remember he’s a SPPP member and Mr Chiam called him “his best  SPP man”) when he wrote on Facebook “both Mr and Mrs Chiam are big-hearted enough to allow for differences of opinion and even welcome them”*. If they were really big-hearted they’d have juz kept quiet about the use of the photo. After all as SDP supporters have pointed out, the photo is not the private property of the Chiams.

And they should have sought an explanation from the SDP before insinuating that the SDP was using Chiam. for electoral gain.

Time for the Chiams to sit down and shut up. At this rate, the good that Mr Chiam did will be long forgotten even before he dies. And Mrs Chiam will be largely to blame.

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*P Ravi’s post in full:

I have publicly supported Dr Chee’s bid for Bukit Batok. Some people have asked me for my views on Mrs Chiam‘s note yesterday. I cannot comment on the matter because I have not seen SDP’s newsletter, and I do not know (and also do not wish to know) much of the background to the Chiams’ note.

But from my experience, both Mr and Mrs Chiam are big-hearted enough to allow for differences of opinion and even welcome them. I think that’s what democracy is all about. I only have the highest regard for the both of them.

I stand by my view that Dr Chee will be a great Parliamentarian.

Somehow, I don’t think P Ravi will be in Chiams’ good books any more.

Petty Chiams, Arrogant Chee

In Uncategorized on 23/04/2016 at 5:47 pm

[Update at 6am on 24 April

Double confirm, Chiams are very petty people. And apologies to Dt Chee.

In response to Mrs Chiam’s Facebook post, Dr Wong Wee Nam, the author of the article noted that the image Mrs Chiam was referring to, was attached to an article recounting his effort to bring Mr Chiam back to SDP and the party was not seeking any endorsement from Mr or Mrs Chiam.

Will Mts Chiam pls sit down and shut up. She trying to destroy Mr Chiam’s reputation isit? Why liddat?

Piece amended to reflect that Dr Chee did no wrong.]

 

Looks like the Chiams are really petty, while Dr Chee is really arrogant. Very true that “Character is permanent” is true of the Chiams and Chee. Very sad.

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My fellow citizens, Mr. Chiam and I understand that the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has been circulating an image of Mr. Chiam See Tong and Dr. Chee Soon Juan in SDP’s newsletter, The New Democrat.

We would like to clarify that Dr. Chee did not seek nor receive permission to include Mr. Chiam’s image in this newsletter. Mr. Chiam has not given his endorsement to any candidate for the upcoming Bukit Batok by-election.

Mr. and Mrs. Chiam See Tong

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When an Oppo figure fights PAP, the Chiams are neutral, refusing to endorse not endorsing Dr Chee? Even if they had kissed and made up? Oh I forgot, Chiams had a place of honour at Harry’s funeral, so  Chiams returning PAP a favour?

Or both? Still not happy with Dr Chee and owe PAP a favour for giving the Chiams so much face before rubbing their noses in the mud by thrashing Lina Chiam in the GE.

Time for the Chiams to sit down and shut up. At this rate, the good that Mr Chiam did will be long forgotten even before he dies.

Anyway Dr Chee is really very arrogant and dumb to use a photo of them together. without permission.

Whatever, “Character is permanent”, juz like Mad Dog symptoms and pettiness.

 

Update at 4.30am on 24 April.

I disagree with P Ravi (remember he’s a SPPP member and Mr Chiam called him “his best  SPP man”) when he wrote on Facebook “both Mr and Mrs Chiam are big-hearted enough to allow for differences of opinion and even welcome them”. If they were really big-hearted they’d have juz kept quiet about the use of the photo. After all as SDP supporters have pointed out, the photo is not the private property of the Chiams.

P Ravi’s post in full:

I have publicly supported Dr Chee’s bid for Bukit Batok. Some people have asked me for my views on Mrs Chiam‘s note yesterday. I cannot comment on the matter because I have not seen SDP’s newsletter, and I do not know (and also do not wish to know) much of the background to the Chiams’ note.

But from my experience, both Mr and Mrs Chiam are big-hearted enough to allow for differences of opinion and even welcome them. I think that’s what democracy is all about. I only have the highest regard for the both of them.

I stand by my view that Dr Chee will be a great Parliamentarian.

Somehow, I don’t think P Ravi will be in Chiams’ good books any more.

 

 

 

Cybernut Land got new hero/ Harry’s a complex man

In Uncategorized on 20/04/2016 at 2:49 pm

TRE’s cybernuts have a new hero: Harry’s daughter. She must be appalled and he must be fuming given that they are all rabid haters of all things Harry and the PAP.

There have been loud shouts of support for her defamatory comments about her brother, the PM.

When TRE republished this piece of mine, among the rants against me and in favour of Harry’s filial daughter, there was this good comment

There is no need to glorify, mummify or deify the image of LKY. It is already imprinted in the minds of thousands of grateful Singaporeans. This what his daughter Dr Lee Wei Ling wishes for. The piece(lightly edited)  is reproduced at * because it  also shows that the writer understands the complex nature of one Harry Lee.

And in response to this asking why Dr Lee did not object to “LKY: Follow thar Rainbow”, Hawking Eye showed what he and the nutters in TRELand have in common, “die-die” Dr Lee is always right.

The vivid memory of the joyful years with her father and the contentment of having been his anchor support during his final frail years must have caused her reflective pain of unbearable proportion. She must be slowly recovering from that and for her to see her father’s first death anniversary being made, by the powers-be, a national occasion of repeat mourning with state sponsored or orchestrated multiple and extended events, is nothing short of seeking political gain out of the death of a venerated political figure i.e her father. LKY himself was dead against personality cult. Why must the PAP Government attempt to glorify, mummify or deify LKY against his wish and that of his daughter?

The book had already been published. If only Dr Lee Wei Ling had a premonition of what her PM brother and his minions were up to, she would have probably objected to it.

Taz right, move aside New Citizen Han Hui Hui, the cyber-rats have a new heroine.

She’ll stand tall beside Roy, M Ravi and Amos Yee, the nutty three.

The funny thing is that they want her brother to sue her. I’ll explain why one of these days. But with fans like these, she doesn’t need enemies. I mean to be a hero to the ratty, nutty rabble one has to suffer. Ask Roy, M Ravi and Amos if being a hero of the mob brings any benefits other than being a celebrity?

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*Hawking Eye:

In defence of Dr Lee Wei Ling

LKY’s political life has diabolical dimensions.

His first avatar was that of a demon – a destroyer. He destroyed the lives of key comrades in arm and their families both before and after he became the most powerful man in Singapore – the PM.

His earlier victims were his arch rivals like the leftists – Lim Chin Siong, Fong Swee Suan, Sydney Woodhull, James Puthuchery, Said Zahari, Poh Soo Kai, Lim Hock Siew and many others.

He was successful in eliminating them because he had the support, at that time, of the Tunku (then Malaya’s PM) and the British, both of whom also wanted the leftists rounded up as they opposed the formation of Malaysia, a British idea planted into the head of the Tunku. Operational Coldstore (2 Feb 1963) was the security sweep that put all of them away for good, some of them for more than 10-20 years. The British wanted to withdraw their troops and bases from this region and they wanted a pro British regime to take care of their commercial and security interests here. They found Anglophile Tunku, the perfect man to ensure this and they floated the idea of Malaysia comprising (the then) Malaya, North Borneo (Sabah), Sarawak and Singapore with Tunku as the PM. The Leftists resisted this – initially the concept itself and later over the terms of merger. They parted company with the PAP and formed their own political party – the Barisan Socialis. Operation Coldstore followed thereafter. Singapore’s separation vindicated the Leftists but they were still kept under detention for many more years to come. Once entrenched in power, LKY was unstoppable. He went after whoever opposed him and many were knocked out flat by him with his knuckle dusters. They included Tan Lark Sye (then President of the Hokkien Huay Kuan and founder of the former Nanyang University (Nantah), Chinese Newspaper editors, JBJ, Francis Seow, Tang Liang Hong, Devan Nair and Dr Chee Soon Juan amongst many others

His second avatar was that of a creator, an exceptional one at that. g a save, secure and thriving livelihood for its people, which he did?

How should history judge LKY?

With the passing of a generation of individuals and their families who suffered at the hands of LKY, what will remain dominant in the psyche of Singaporeans in some 50 years time, is high respect and gratitude for him for making Singapore the special one it is. And at that time, all his ruthless handling of his political adversaries in the long gone past, will not matter or figure in the minds of Singaporeans except, perhaps for those who read history.

There is no need to glorify, mummify or deify the image of LKY. It is already imprinted in the minds of thousands of grateful Singaporeans. This what his daughter Dr Lee Wei Ling wishes for. Some in power may collectively want the home to be preserved, perhaps, for political gains. The Government should respect the wishes of both the late LKY and his wife to demolish their house at 38 Oxley Road and do so accordingly. Not doing so can turn ugly, given the legal options available for Dr Lee to resist such a move.

 

 

What the Bishan otters can teach us

In Uncategorized on 16/04/2016 at 1:10 pm

I read in CNA a few weeks ago that Otters have become an increasingly common sight in Singapore in recent years, having been spotted in waterways in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Punggol Waterfront and Sungei Buloh. [Funny that there is no mention that otters have been spotted at MacRitchie Reservoir. Whatever, since the report, they’ve been spotted along the Kallang river]

The threatened native species is found in marine and freshwater habitats, thriving in mangroves, river mouths and natural shorelines.

Given the proximity of the areas where otters have been spotted, strange that the otters have not moved to Hougang and Aljunied, I mean Bedok Reservoir is the Aljunied GRC and it would be a good home for the otters.

Maybe the otters are really smart? Life is better in PAP-controlled areas. Otters know better than to move to Hougang ans Aljunied and then repenting. They know a substantial number of swing voters are really repenting they voted for the WP in Aljunied GRC in 2011.

The 9th Immortal must be smiling. DSC_0046

Retail bonds, another SGX flop

In Uncategorized on 15/04/2016 at 5:12 am

Singapore’s mom-and-pop investors are losing their fervor for bonds as the economy cools, after the amount of notes sold to individual investors was twice initial public stock offerings in 2015.

Prices on the exchange-traded notes are beginning to converge with those sold to institutions on the interbank market. Four companies raised S$975 million ($722 million) selling bonds to individuals last year, outstripping the S$496 million of IPOs, filings show. The one bond sale this year to such investors met with lower demand.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-07/singapore-mom-and-pop-investors-lose-bond-zeal-as-economy-slows

Another SGX initiative goes wrong. Renember until last yr CEO, COO and Head techie were FTs. Now CEO is S’porean but the other two still there screwing things up.

Another forgotten political warrior

In Uncategorized on 14/04/2016 at 4:39 pm

S’pore citizen, Said Zahari, died recently age 88, in KL. He fought fot our independence and spent 17 years in detention. He was the second longest-serving political detainee in Singapore after Chia Thye Poh

I think he had a good point when he

publicly called Lee Kuan Yew “a political coward”. He had said only a coward would resort to jailing his opponents instead of taking them in a political contestation of ideas and letting the best man win.

Dr Wong Souk Yee
Chair
Singapore Democratic Party

http://yoursdp.org/news/tribute_to_said_zahari/2016-04-12-6116

He was locked up because it was alleged he was a “communist”, whatever that means.

Pak Said was editor-in-chief of the Malay-language Utusan Melayu. He led the 93-day strike for editorial independence in 1961. He was elected president of Partai Rakyat just one day before he was arrested in Operation Coldstore on 2 February 1963. He could speak English, Ma;laya and Mandarin.

Harry would not agree with Obama

In Uncategorized on 14/04/2016 at 3:10 pm

Law professor talking?

“A lot of it’s legal, but that’s exactly the problem.”
President Obama on tax inversion deals.

Remember that Obama was a graduate of Harvard Law School and was a law professor.

But if u analyse the words and actions of one one Harry Lee (Double First in  Law from Cambridge) u would be struck by his belief that so long as something was legal, there was no problem. And if there was prob;em (say littering or spitting), a law to could the matter should solve the problem.

Harry’s daughter: From Hero to Zero

In Uncategorized on 11/04/2016 at 2:26 pm

She now has as much credibility as Roy Ngerng and Amos Yee as far as I am concerned.

First the row with SPH where SPH has a legitimate reason (but whether the real reason or not will the subject of another post) not to publish her piece as she wanted it published.

Then on Facebook accusing her brother of abusing his power, wanting to set up a dynasty and of being dishonourable that it seems she has now taken down.

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She had written

— “HL has no qualms about abusing his power to hv a commemoration just one year after LKY died”

— “if the power that be wants to establish a dynasty, LKY’s daughter will not allow LKY’s name to be sullied by a dishonourable son.”

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Wonder what “Pa” would think of her? Ah well, she’s made her bed and must lie in it.

Given that she has taken down her accusations against her brother, that’s no longer something to comment on.  So I’ll focus on her row with ST. As I said above, I’ll blog separately on what I think about ST’s actions: it’ll be juz as cynical and nasty. A good description of ST and Dr Lee is Oscar Wilde’s definition of fox-hunting:“The unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable!”.

Dr Lee responded to ST’s story http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/why-dr-lees-column-was-not-published that she wanted to include material that was plagiarised: the demand was non-negotiable, and last-minute. ST could not accede to her request without itself getting into trouble for breaches of copyright.

My then SPH editor, Ivan Fernandez’s first response to my draft which included commemoration for Mao and Churchill, “Not using this, Wei Ling. Sticking with the original edited version. Will use your suggestion for the visual (if space permits): shot of the video you mentioned. Bits about Mao and Churchill are going off on a tangent. Distracting and do not contribute enough to the point that you’ve already made. Best to objectively maintain the tightness of argument and not appear to be airing a pet peeve.” There were 5 subsequent emails with regards to this draft, never did Ivan bring up the issue of plagiarism. Given that my article was posted on Facebook on 1st April, and this is 9th April, I wonder whether the powers that be had instructed SPH to criticize me and accuse me of plagiarism. I am a doctor, and writing articles like these do not advance my curriculum vitae which depends on publication on medical issues. So I leave my readers to judge me fairly, whether I intentionally plagiarized or as a filial daughter I wanted to stop any attempts at hagiography at the first anniversary of my father’s death.

My observations about Dr Lee based on this row with SPH and that other White Horse, s/o Devan Nair

— Her Facebook ramblings show that she needs a good editor (polite word in my book in her case going by her Facebook ramblings for rewriter” or “ghost writer” to put her tots into intelligible English. I once upon a time rewrote Terry Xu’s pieces for TOC, all the time telling the editor that Terry should stick to taking photos). The above FB post clearly shows she found a good editor. Good for her and her anti-PAP fans, both rational and nutty.

— It’s reasonable to conclude her ST pieces are really the work of ST’s editors, and are not her work. A White Horses’s stream of consciousness is turned into reasoned arguments and readable English. And to think that many yrs ago, I agreed with a Today editor who said her writings followed her dad’s logical, systematical way of looking at things. Seems to be no such thing. Her editors’ were thinking like LKY, not her.

— The care and attention that ST lavished on her (40 emails between her and her editor on the LKY piece that is the subject of the row) shows that she is a special person*.

— As someone who has to “publish or perish” to advance her career, she should be aware that wholesale cutting and pasting is plagiarising**, when there is no attribution. But to be fair, she doesn’t deny that she plagarised; she claimed mitigating circumstances: love of and filial duty to”Pa”.

It would be best for her reputation and that of the other S’porean natural aristocrats that she sit down and shut up. And I’m sure “Pa” would wish it lest it makes the rest of  S’pore’s natural aristocracy look bad. Her sense of entitlement is astounding.

But we would be deprived of a great soap opera. So here’s hoping she’ll keep on KPKBing.

I’ll end with three great comments that a PAPpy (worships her “Pa” and Nathan) super troll made about her.

ST has put forth great clarity on the issue and Dr. Lee comes up smelling as fresh as day old prawns. Left in the sun. Sad that she had a good cause but went about it with ultimatums which were correctly defied.

— Dr. Lee’s alleged conduct did not do her or the memory her legendary father any favours although her article itself would have. A tragedy it went the way it did.

— Be that as it, the ensuing fracas is regrettable and Dr. Lee came off third best. She is entitled to her own wishes and views about how her father wished to be remembered. Just as much and no less than PM was. And ST is not obligated to present her personal wishes and thoughts. Just as those who admire the late Mr. Lee Kuan Yew are free to conduct their own remembrance of the man on his 1st anniversary. Or subsequent ones.

He’s absolutely right.

Reminder, I’ll post my nasty, cynical tots on ST’s behaviour next. But not tomottow.

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*Membership has its privileges

Many of us in the trade would’ve gasped to learn the number of email exchanges between Dr Lee and Mr Fernandez over the column in dispute: Over 40, all in one week in March.

That’s a full-time job in itself! No columnist I know of (including myself) would’ve had this kind of access to an editor’s time. The rule of thumb: If the copy from a freelance columnist is not delivered clean, with minimal edits, then it’s spiked (journalist’s jargon for killing a story). Rewriting it wholesale – and patiently taking the writer through the edits – is just not a done thing.

But we’re not talking about any columnist, are we?

**Do not copy and paste

Finally, according to ST, Dr Lee committed a cardinal sin in journalism and academia: plagiarism. Two passages, from The Guardian and an obscure website, were cited by ST as evidence.

Open-and-shut case: If one of my undergrads had done something similar, he would’ve received zero for the assignment and a warning from the school.

Instead, Dr Lee, in a Facebook update on April 9, defended her action, stating she doesn’t need the ST column to advance her curriculum vitae (err, beside the point).

She added: “So I leave my readers to judge me fairly, whether I intentionally plagiarised or as a filial daughter I wanted to stop any attempts at hagiography at the first anniversary of my father’s death.”

Why stopping hagiography requires an act of plagiarism (intentional or otherwise) is beyond me at this stage in my cerebral development.

Felix Cheong

http://themiddleground.sg/2016/04/10/lwl-saga-top-5-lessons/  Do read it. Great for laughs. Btw I tot Felix Cheong was once upon a time a ST journalist. apparently, i’m wrong after reading an Infopedia piece on him.

 

Too many Indians in the PAP/ Why no good Chinese?

In Uncategorized on 10/04/2016 at 4:13 pm
(Update at 4.25pm: If anyone is wondering why I’m not posting on the White Horse (mare actually) who is behaving like a bull in a china shop because she didn’t get her way, things are happening at warp-speed that a piece I was planning to post is already irrelevant. And her antics are so amusingly entertaining, that laughter prevents serious analysis. Wonder what “Pa” must think?)
When TRE republished this, it provoked this response from a TRE reader. Is he a racist? What do u think? And if so, one of those Indian supremacists ( In a real meritocracy all the leadership positions in the public and private sectors will be held by Indians)? Or a Chinese tua kee racist?  Upset that the Chinese don’t dominate the PAP and S’pore.
Jom:

I have nothing against our local Indians brothers
But I must add that Indians as a race is over represented in pap
And our elite class

We should be mindful that we should not evolve our country into another Bombay
Or Sri Lanka
Not should it evolve into another province of China
Singapore is apparently being dominated by the Indians
We had two Indian president
Chief Justice is an Indian
Chief of local corp DBS is a foreign born Indian
Dpm is an Indian
Law minister is an Indian
Ex foreign and deputy pm was an Indian
Another ex foreign was an Indian
Chief of mas was and is an Indian
Current foreign minister is any Indian
There are at least 4 mps who are Indians
attorney general is also Indian
Come on don’t tell me pap can’t find a good Local Chinese
Are there too many dumb Chinese
If there are it is the fault of one man
The man who killed all good men like chia thye prof
Lim hock sinew, poh see Kai, Francis seow
And many others
The Malays are under represented as well

I know that one man dislike of local Chinese esp Chinese educated and the Malays
Are we carrying on the legacy of this dead mans hatred
Are we perpetuating his cruel and unfounded reason for being biased towards a certain race and his own
I know the Indian community play a very important role in our society
There were and are brave Indians who made many sacrifices for the country who speak up
And fought for the oppressed, the defenceless
But nowadays it is a dying breed
Indeed it is true of all races
There are only a few good men left

Dr chee is the only one leftMost of them succumb to pressure, money, threats, and self preservation and selfishness
An Indian speaking Mandarin is nothing great to boast about
Character is more important than a snake charming
None of the opposition mps can hold a candle to Dr chee
None of them could even spoke up on issues of national concerns
Like unemployment , immigration
They are just there as a token to the delight of pap

Rating: +20 (from 20 votes)

Panama Papers: Silence of the anti-PAP crowd

In Uncategorized on 10/04/2016 at 5:11 am

Funny the TRELand cybernuts are pretty quiet. The names of those here who have been unmasked as having used the services of Mossack are now publicly available. So why are the Roy, Goh Meng Seng, s/o JBJ, Mad Dog, and Uncle Redbean and their ratty, nutty friends (like Ng Cock Lim, Philip Ang, Dosh, Oxygen, and BK) from TRELand silent on naming and shaming the PAPpies who used the services of Mossack.

Err could it be that there are PAPpies?

Hehehehe.

Or at least not known?

Hehehehe

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

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

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

Holmes: “That was the curious incident.”

Update at 7.00am: The silence from the respectable, more rational TOC is also curious. Terry Xu on strike isit? Not being paid isit?

Best place to incorporate shell co

In Uncategorized on 09/04/2016 at 5:42 am

NYT Dealbook

Need to Hide Some Income? You Don’t Have to Go to Panama Setting up a shell corporation in the United States is simple – especially in states like Delaware, Wyoming and Nevada.

Obviousl NYT is a constructive, bation-building newspaper like ST.

Panama Papers: Chinese really tua kee

In Uncategorized on 08/04/2016 at 11:10 am

The files suggest that China is Mossack’s most important market. The firm’s Hong Kong office has been its busiest, and it has outposts in eight other Chinese cities. These nine offices set up 29% of all the firms Mossack had on its books at the end of 2015, according to the ICIJ.

Although there is no evidence of illegality, obeying the law is not the only requirement for Chinese officials. Almost all of those involved are Communist Party members, who must abide by the party’s code of conduct. This bans them from registering or investing in companies abroad. So they may have broken rules, if not the law. High-ranking officials in China can also be held responsible for the business dealings of relatives.

http://www.economist.com/news/international/21696497-huge-trove-documents-has-revealed-secrets-offshore-business-presaging-tougher

 

The truth about inside info and stock markets

In Uncategorized on 08/04/2016 at 5:26 am

Here are extracts from FT  of the testimony of someone charged with insider trading.

Mr Parvizi, with four other defendants, ‎is accused by the UK Financial Conduct Authority of a single count of insider trading following its most complex probe, known as Tabernula, Latin for little pub after the investigation’s code name.

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He would never, however, ask his network of sources made up of brokers, fellow traders and journalists, including two from the Financial Times, whether a tip was true but would rather use his “gut feeling”.

“In the stock market you never know if you are being told the truth or not,” Mr Parvizi, 50, told the jury. “In a very high percentage of cases I think it’s not true.”

His lawyer asked Mr Parvizi if he ever questioned Mr Hind on where he was getting his information.

“Never. It’s not a written rule, but you would never ask. You assume it’s a lie and you can do your own research,” Mr Parvizi said. “The whole stock market is built on lies.”

 

Sex, robots and AI

In Uncategorized on 07/04/2016 at 4:30 am

Research done at Stanford. “This research has implications for both robot design and theory of artificial systems.”

Sex robot ‘turns humans on by getting them to fondle its private parts’ (Daily Mirror)

BBC

 

Dow Tpt sends bearish signal

In Uncategorized on 06/04/2016 at 2:53 pm

From FT

The Dow Transportation Average, which is seen as an economic barometer because of its components’ central role in moving goods round the world, has fallen below its 200-day moving average, according to data from Bloomberg.

The fall in the Dow Transports below that support level could be an ominous sign, given moves in the average sometimes precede the broader market. For instance, Transports hit bottom in January about a month before the broader markets notched their lows of the year.

Investors will be watching closely to see if the Dow Jones Industrial Average or S&P 500 move toward their own support levels — something that still remains far afield.

Owner’s race affects cat’s meow

In Uncategorized on 03/04/2016 at 10:21 am

Seems cats owned by Chinese meow differently from those owned by Indians, Malays and other races. The language of owner affects the way cats meow.

[T}he Times reports that a group of Swedish animal behaviourologists believe that cats may pick up regional accents from their owners.

They will spend the next five years recruiting cats from different parts of Sweden to try to decipher what their miaows mean.

The Times comments: “It is a reassuring world in which a researcher from the University of Lund is paid to spend five years looking into whether cats speak differently in different parts of Sweden.

“Susanne Schotz is planning to test a hypothesis that feline vocalisation may vary in tone and lilt according to how owners speak to their pets.

“Hence the possibility suggested in today’s paper that pussy cats may somehow develop regional miaowing or caterwauling that mimic the voices of their regional humans.”