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“The difference is that the United States’ aims are to spread democracy and openness,” said the female interviewee, when asked by the BBC reporter on what the difference was between the US using “information warfare” vs. the Russians doing the same thing. (For context, this was a radio programme on […]

Roy Ngerng, CPF, and the Widow who Lost $1m

Current affairs currently in my head, in a nutshell: Roy Ngerng criticises Singapore’s CPF, likens it to schemes of questionable legality. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong sues him for defamation. Many citizens think this is a bad move. See also: Catherine Lim’s open letter Among criticisms, Ngerng says government […]

On Immigration (In Europe)

I’m currently reading a book called Reflections on the Revolution in Europe, by Christopher Caldwell, which talks about how immigration (and Islam) has affected Europe. Early on in the book Caldwell writes that though Britain has generally been against mass immigration, it has been without much conviction, which could be […]

Now under the Worker’s Party

The results for the General Elections for Singapore are out, and living in the Aljunied area means that I’m now officially under the Worker’s Party. I had guessed it’d be like that, sharing George Yeo’s sentiment that this was a tide that they’d be unable to stop. Whether or not […]

“Freak” Rain Every 50 Years?

At lunch yesterday, a colleague of mine told me about the previous day’s rain that had caused flooding in the Bukit Timah area. The damage, he told me, was quite substantial, with some of the major casualties being the cars caught in a basement carpark (with water levels up to […]

Maslow's Needs in Politics

I read an article that discussed the reasons for McCain’s drop in the polling numbers. It offered me no real new insights, but reiterated the fact that McCain’s campaign went downhill with the Dow. While Wallstreet suffered an economic meltdown, McCain suffered its political equivalent. As Dan Schnur (one of […]

Maslow’s Needs in Politics

I read an article that discussed the reasons for McCain’s drop in the polling numbers. It offered me no real new insights, but reiterated the fact that McCain’s campaign went downhill with the Dow. While Wallstreet suffered an economic meltdown, McCain suffered its political equivalent. As Dan Schnur (one of […]

Take the Gloves Off!

I cannot imagine what it’s like to be McCain. He’s virtually behind on every poll; his negative campaigning, in the hope of destroying Obama’s credibility, may have backfired and destroyed his own; and his supporters are angry and not afraid to show it. These supporters urge him to “take the […]