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No other country's leaders use the "meritocracy" narrative like Singapore's do. We hear them say Singapore is a meritocratic society so very often..... as if others aren't. Meritocracy is dangled as the main justification for their high salaries and those of their fellow elites - by implication poor Singaporeans remain poor for life because they deserve poverty. And this "meritocratic" thinking is invested deeply in policy-making, always enriching the top yet doing too little for folks stuck on the bottom rungs.


 

According to visionary billionaire businessman Warren Buffett the economic system cannot be depended on to allocate wages fairly, if anything it only amplifies the disparity of affairs. In fact the subsistence of high income inequality tells us wealth distribution is exceptionally skewed; a privileged few are getting much more than they deserve while many others are not compensated with the bare minimum.

 

Instead of a purely meritocratic system we should strive for the best social outcomes with policies enacted to sufficiently tackle wealth inequality. If one remains unconvinced much change is needed, then look no further than the Oxfam report that ranked Singapore in the bottom 10 as far as efforts to tackle inequality are concerned.


More at https://www.domainofexperts.com/2019/02/focus-on-meritocacy-leads-to-poor.html

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In the Straits Times today (9 Feb), Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat was quoted as saying that “if the lapse shows that the leader has been slack, negligent or incompetent, then serious consequences must follow, including removal”.

Those seem like brave words. But unfortunately, they were also empty ones.

There are way too many examples of current PAP Ministers demonstrating high levels of incompetency and slackness. I will just give 4 diverse examples to show how things have screwed up big time under various PAP Ministers and MPs who are still sitting rock solid in their fat-salaried political appointments.

Firstly, it emerged that the ex-GM of AMK Town Council Victor Wong was on the take for about 2 years in a constituency comprising 6 PAP MPs, including one junior minister and PM Lee himself. Until today, despite widespread financial losses suffered by AMK residents, none of those 6 MPs faced any serious consequences.

Next, Khaw Boon Wan who is currently the Transport Minister must be severely chastised. In fairness, overall rail reliability has somewhat improved in recent times. Looking back however, over many years with nincompoop paper general Desmond Kuek at the helm of SMRT and under Khaw’s watch, disruptions were aplenty and unreliability became a mainstay of affairs.

More at https://www.prolificskins.com/single-post/2019/02/09/Heng-Swee-Keat-proffered-brave-but-ultimately-empty-words

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Chit Chat Corner / SG girl single for 10 yrs, slept with 30 White Guys
« on: February 09, 2019, 02:28:55 pm »



fter working and studying in London for three and a half years, I returned to Singapore in 1998, aged 25. Young and single, I was ready to meet someone. I had a limited social life back in the UK - my colleagues were attached or married, and my Asian friends had gone home to their respective countries - so I spent many weekends by myself.


But I wanted to change that. Online dating was coming into fashion, and I was excited about giving this new avenue a shot. A friend introduced me to dating site Asia Friendfinder, which connects Asian singles online for US$50 (S$66.90) a month. It wasn't cheap, but I figured it was a worthy investment.


Being one of the first among my friends to try online dating, I felt like a trailblazer! I'm pretty confident, so I was comfortable with posting a selfie and personal profile explaining who I was and what I was looking for. I can be picky, and having studied abroad, I saw myself as independent and well-travelled.


I wanted someone with a global mindset, preferably an American-born Chinese (ABC) who should not be more than five years older. He had to have a decent education, with at least a diploma.


I didn't mind taking the initiative to message guys I was interested in, asking about their hobbies or profiles. I got responses 60 per cent of the time. When guys messaged me, I'd only respond to those who asked about my interests - travelling, reading and cooking.

a lot more at https://tinyurl.com/y23snteu
 

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SINGAPORE - Two customers of fast-food chain McDonald's had unpleasant surprises this week when they found stray objects in their food orders.

On Friday morning (Feb 8), Facebook user Espen Tian Bao ordered a Breakfast Deluxe meal from its online service McDelivery. However, when he received his meal, he found a piece of paper in his scrambled eggs.

His receipt showed that the order was fulfilled by the McDonald's branch at Safra Punggol.

In a Facebook post on McDonald's page on Friday, Mr Espen said that the outlet told him over the phone that the paper he found was a paper liner which the scrambled eggs are put on.

He orders breakfast from McDonald's once or twice a week, and his orders are normally fulfilled by the Safra Punggol or Oasis Terrace branch, Mr Espen told The Straits Times.

When he called the Safra Punggol outlet about the paper he found, it offered to replace the order, which he declined.

On Friday afternoon, McDonald's replied to Mr Espen's Facebook post, apologising for the incident and asking him to contact the company privately.

"We are concerned to hear about this because we strive to uphold the highest standards of food safety and hygiene," McDonald's added.

In a separate incident, Facebook user CK Ng Chung Keat posted a photo on McDonald's Facebook page on Wednesday showing a half-eaten fish burger and a piece of plastic.

In his post, the Facebook user said that he had bought the Filet-O-Fish at the fast-food chain's outlet at Tampines Mall on Wednesday morning.

More at https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/paper-and-plastic-found-in-mcdonalds-scrambled-eggs-and-burger

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The world's richest man, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has accused the owner of a US gossip magazine of trying to blackmail him over private pictures.

He said the National Enquirer's parent company, American Media Inc (AMI), wanted him to stop investigating how they had obtained his private messages.

Hours after Mr Bezos announced his divorce last month, the magazine published details, including private messages, of an extramarital affair.

AMI says the company "acted lawfully".

......In a stunning blog post on Thursday, Mr Bezos posted an email he said had been sent to his intermediaries by AMI's representatives threatening to publish "intimate photos" of him and his lover, former TV host Lauren Sanchez.

The billionaire, who also owns the Washington Post newspaper, said AMI had wanted him to make a "false public statement" that the National Enquirer's coverage of him and his mistress was not politically motivated.

According to emails included by Mr Bezos in his blog, an AMI lawyer proposed on Wednesday that the photos would not be published in return for a public statement "affirming that [Bezos and his team] have no knowledge or basis" to suspect such a motive.

It comes after Mr Bezos' investigator suggested they had "strong leads" to suspect political reasons.

"Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail," wrote Mr Bezos, "I've decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten."

More at https://tinyurl.com/y3u48tf8

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News, Current Affairs Discussions / Suicide attempt at Yishun......
« on: February 06, 2019, 06:10:13 pm »
https://www.facebook.com/SGchineseclub/videos/963993093803280/


A man was pulled back into his apartment unit at Block 676B Yishun Ring Road by Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) rescuers on Feb 4 after he had stepped out onto a parapet.     

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A jogger killed a mountain lion with his bare hands after the animal attacked him on a trail in the foothills of the Rockies.

The runner heard the wild cat behind him and, as he turned, it pounced and began savaging him, pouncing at his head, and clawing and biting his face and arms.

He managed to fend it off with his forearms and then jumped on top of the animal, somehow managing to suffocate it.

The man, who has not been identified, suffered bites to his face, arms, legs and back.

But he was still able to hike to hospital, where he was being treated for serious, non-life threatening injuries.

The attack happened on the west ridge of Horsetooth Mountain, a park 66 miles northwest of Denver, Colorado.

Rebecca Ferrell, spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said: "It’s an amazing story. Everyone is baffled and impressed. He had no weapons, no knives or trekking poles with him. How did he do it?"

The body of the mountain lion was found at the scene and was described as a "juvenile" thought to have weighed about 80lbs.

More at https://sg.news.yahoo.com/colorado-jogger-attacked-cougar-kills-102844416.html

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A Texas man will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty to murdering his wife by tying her to a 119-pound block of concrete before throwing her into a lake to drown.

Rodolfo “Rudy” Arellano, 36, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and murdering Elizabeth Pule Arellano, PEOPLE confirms. Under the plea agreement, he will not be given the death penalty but will spend the rest of his life behind bars without the possibility of parole.

Elizabeth had gone out with colleagues on the evening of April 15, 2016. After leaving her friends, she went to her parents’ house for the night, calling a co-worker to say that she had made it home safely. But early the next morning, Elizabeth’s mother found her daughter missing. Her car, in which her cellphone and purse were on the passenger seat, had been abandoned.

By the time Elizabeth’s mother reported her missing to Fort Worth police, the woman had already been found. Her body had been pulled from Lake Worth earlier that day after fishermen reported seeing something falling from the bridge.

In an arrest warrant affidavit first obtained by the Star-Telegram, a detective wrote, “One witness described hearing what sounded like screams on the way down.”

Authorities sent divers into the lake and found Elizabeth’s body. A rope had been tied around her neck. The other end of the rope was attached to a large piece of concrete.

Elizabeth, a 28-year-old medical assistant, was still wearing her maroon medical scrubs.

More at https://www.msn.com/en-sg/news/truecrime/texas-man-gets-life-sentence-for-tying-concrete-to-his-wifes-neck-and-throwing-her-into-a-lake/ar-BBTdSv4

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United States President Donald Trump said he plans to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for a two-day summit in Vietnam on February 27 and 28.

“As part of a bold new diplomacy, we  continue our historic push for peace on the Korean peninsula,” Trump said in his State of the Union address in Washington on Tuesday.

“Much work remains to be done, but my  relationship with Kim Jong-un is a good one. And Chairman Kim and I will  meet again on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam.”


More at https://tinyurl.com/yd6xmjv6

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Chit Chat Corner / Important Lessons to Impart your Kids about Ang Pao
« on: February 05, 2019, 08:20:12 pm »
One of the most exciting activity that a child looks forward to during Chinese New Year is collecting Ang Paos. The joy of peering into the Red Packet, smelling the fresh notes and adding them all up at the end of the day is one of the most fulfilling experience for any child. Most parents will keep the Ang Pao money and say “Mummy will save it for you”.

Nearly 50% of all Jobs will be replaced by Automation & Robots

I was in a reunion Chinese New Year gathering with my friends one week ago and many shared worries about their children’s future. A new study by the McKinsey Global Institute estimates that between 400 million and 800 million of today’s jobs will be automated by 2030.

More at https://thekaching.com/important-lessons-to-impart-your-kids-about-ang-pao/

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