9/01/2014

The USA telling the world it needs help


The Americans are telling the world that they need their help to contain the spread of militant Islam. The genie was then in a bottle guarded by its guardians, the Saddams and the Gaddafis of the Arab World. They were able to keep the genie in the bottle with a forceful hand for decades. Under their dictatorships, the genie had no chance to get out of the bottle to create havoc to the Arab World and threatening the Americans and the rest of the world.
 

The Americans chose to do it on their own, ignoring the rest of the world, to kill the guardians of the genie of militant Islam. Now the genie is out of the bottle and the Americans panicked. Help, help, the genie is out of control.
 

Would the rest of the world listen to this notorious international bully who is creating troubles everywhere, in everyone’s backyard and front porch? The Americans have been bullying everyone and dictating to everyone, or to face the consequences of being on the American blacklist and faced all kinds of sanctions and harassments. Now the Americans are calling for their victims to come to the Americans’ aid, to put the genie back into the bottle.
 

Why should the rest of the world be responsible to put the genie back? Did the Americans consult the rest of the world when they unilaterally went ahead to release the genie? Now the Americans are frightened. The Americans know that they are the number one target of the genie. They forgot that they are the world’s Number One superpower and can do as they pleased, doing it on their own, with all their mighty firepower to destroy whoever they want to. Do the Americans really need the rest of the world to tackle the genie? They could bring back all their trouble making naval fleets from all corners of the world to deal with the genie instead of creating troubles elsewhere. These resources must be more than enough to deal with the genie.
 

Why should the rest of the world be led by the big bully to clean up the mess it created in defiance of the rest of them? The rest of the world must be grinning and telling themselves that it would be good if the Americans are forced to pull back their trouble making troops from their doorsteps to deal with genie. Why should they want to help the trouble maker to keep their troops in their neighbourhood? They must be quietly saying, ‘It’s your problem, not ours’.

Live by the gun, die by the gun.

Kopi Level - Green

Why Singaporeans must reclaim ownership to this country

Many things are going the way against the wishes of Singaporeans. And Singaporeans are just hapless, unable to do anything about it except to kpkb, not consulted or ignored. Singaporeans must eventually come to a point when they could not bear it any longer. They will have to decide enough is enough and want to recover their rights to decide what they want for their country and what kind of life they want for themselves and their children. And definitely not what a few people think and decide for them and thumping their nose at the Singaporeans.

Singaporeans must decide how many foreigners they want to have in this country.
Singaporeans must decide how many citizenships they want to give away.
Singaporeans must decide how much the govt should be paid, not to be decided by the incumbents.
Singaporeans must decide how big is the govt and how many political appointments can be allowed. It is public money and no one can suka suka create as many appointments as they want and pay as much as they want.
Singaporeans must decide the cost of public services especially housing and medical care and university places for Singaporeans.
Singaporeans must decide how to take care of the senior citizens and what kind of budget to provide for them.
Singaporeans must decide how big should the national reserves be and how the reserves should be used for their benefits.
Singaporeans must know how much is in the national reserves and where are they.
Singaporeans must decide whether they want so many foreigners to be employed in govt services and GLCs and to rule over them.
Singaporeans must decide on a fair and equitable political system.
Singaporeans must decide how and when they should take back their CPF savings.

There are many more things to add to this list that should be decided by Singaporeans and not by a few proxies that took upon themselves to decide everything for Singaporeans as if they own this island and with total disregard to what the Singaporeans want or do not want. Singaporeans must put a stop to the usurpation of their rights by politicians to chart the course of the country and their lives.

The country and all its assets belong to all Singaporeans and no one is allowed to give it away without the consent of the Singaporeans. How the country is to be run, which direction it should be going, must be decided by Singaporeans. No political party or politician should ever think that once in power they can do anything they want as if the Singaporeans are non existent, or their servants or slaves. Singaporeans must be the master of their country and to chart their own destiny. They must not lose these by default or by surrendering it to a few individuals.

Singapore must not become a modern day Troy when the Singaporeans party and celebrate everyday oblivious to the dangers around them. When they sleep the Greeks could be there planning to take over their city. Modern day Troy does not need a Trojan Horse when the Greeks are invited in with open legs. What is the point of a prosperous Singapore when glory, joy and honour go to the Greeks?


Kopi Level - Green

8/31/2014

Second Singapore story



The Regimental Sergeant shouted at the soldiers to form up at the parade square to cite the national pledge. He explained to them that they must clench their right fist and put it on the chest where the heart is before making the pledge.

At his command all the soldiers raised their right hand and promptly put their fists over their hearts. Then they shouted in one voice, ‘We the citizens of…..’ only to be interrupted by the RSM’s shout of ‘samulah’. Hope I get this Malay command right.

On hearing the RSM’s command the soldiers freezed and stopped the citing the pledge immediately. The RSM screamed at one of the soldiers. ‘You Sir, why is your hand not over your heart?’

Apparently the soldier had place his fist way below where his heart was.

‘Is that where your heart is?’ The RSM growled.

‘No Sir. That is my liver Sir. I have no heart Sir.’ The soldier replied.

Kopi Level - Yellow

Babes at COMEX 2014 - Suntec City

I was there to pick up a gadget and there was this show with babes parading down the catwalk with their products. Luckily I had a spare camera in my bag and shot a few. Not as good a I would want them without my primary cameras but decent enough. Tonight's is the last night of the show.

A few pleasing pics for Sunday.

Singapore story


This guy went to the casino and lost his pants. He went home and shouted aggressively at his father and mother. You old people are so stupid. You will soon be cheated of all your savings. Hand them to me, go to your bank and withdraw every cent and I will keep them for you. I will give each of you $200 every month until you die. That I will guarantee.
 

The two old folks were so terrified by the threatening voice of their son and duly went to the bank, took out their life savings and handed them to their gambler son.
 

What do you think the son will do with the money? If lucky, he would win more money in the casino and pay them back in time. If unlucky, he would lose everything and return to demand the two oldies to sell their assets to patch up the losses. In the meantime he still has to appear to look good and continue to pay the two oldies $200, and go on holidays to give the oldies some confidence that their money is still there.

Kopi Level - Yellow

8/30/2014

The wolves and foxes met in secret




Someone told me of a story of a pack of wolves and foxes having a secret meeting to decide how to take care of a chicken coop. Somehow, for whatever reasons, the wolves and foxes were the guardians of the chickens. And they really cared for the welfare of the chickens affectionately.

They were so concern about the chickens that they held a meeting in the middle of the night. Among the agenda were items on how to ensure that the chickens remain lean and fit so that they could continue to lay the golden eggs. One suggestion was that the chicken must not be over fed. Made sure they just have enough or they would become lazy. Another was that the chicken must be kept fit and must receive a lot of exercise. Put them on the threadmill and run them non stop. An exhausted and tired chicken would not have time for anything, definitely no time to think of anything. Another suggested that the chicken must not know how many eggs they had laid to prevent them from becoming complacent or thinking that they had a big nest of eggs. Another suggested to hide the eggs from the chicken and when they were old and could not lay eggs anymore, they could, with all generosity, put an egg in their nest every other day to give the impression that could have an egg, once a while. This would be kind to them and good for their morale when they were retirement. It was like a goodwill gesture for a lifetime of egg layings.

Because the issues were so sensitive and important to the chickens, no chickens were invited to the meeting to know what was going on. Only their representatives were there, the foxes and the wolves, to speak for them and to look after their interests and well being.

I must say that the chickens are in good hands, in the hands of caring wolves and foxes.

Kopi Level - Blue. Thank you.

Is healthcare subsidy part of government grant?




Or just an avenue to to claim something else?

This is the bill of my 15 year old child who had waited for hours to see a
doctor for 5 minutes.

1-The consultation fee “full amount” is stated as “$38.97”.

Consultation fees of private clinics like the Healthway Medical Group range
from $22 to $35. In my child’s case, it would have been about only $22 at a
private clinic.  There are also neighbourhood private clinics charging
below this rate. The consultation fees at public clinics are expected to be
much lower for obvious reasons eg. no rental cost, lower staff salaries,
etc

Why do polyclinics jack up consultation fees to about 100% above average
private consultation fees and then subsequently offer an unbelievable
grant?

2 – The full amount of Paracetamol is stated as “$5.29”. But the retail price of a box of 20 tablets is only $2.50 at Guardian. Why do polyclinics mark up more than 100% from retail price and than offer an unbelievable grant?

A better comparison would of course be online prices. In the UK, a box of
16 tablets costs about S$0.50, which is a fraction of the stated price at
polyclinics.

MOH purchases Paracetamol in bulk which should mean they are even cheaper
than online prices. Which company does the MOH buy at such high prices from?

3 – Government grant – “46.12”. A grant is an expenditure item. Which companies are the recipients of all such government grants?

Attendance at polyclinics was 4,623,600 in 2013. If government grants
averaged $46 per patient last year, more than $212 million would have been
paid out by the government. Who ultimately receives the grants?

Instead of reigning in public healthcare costs, the PAP government uses tax
dollars (grants) to support and increase healthcare costs to unaffordable
levels. How could a visit to a polyclinic for a common ailment such as cough cost
$54 (before grants) when private clinics are charging much less?

This is ridiculous considering polyclinics:

- do not pay rent
- are not profit making
- have overall lower staff costs
- purchase medication in bulk
- provide a lower service than private clinics eg longer waiting time.

Conclusion

It is wrong for the PAP government to privatise public healthcare costs and
subsequently offer a “government grant”’. Hundreds of millions of dollars
have been paid out as “government grant”.

Phillip Ang


I received the above article through the mail. Looking at the numbers raised by Phillip Ang, they raised many questions on the funny formula of subsidies and govt grants. Why is there a necessity to have this complicated formula when a patient needs only to pay the net amount?

This reminds me of the PGP and the discounts that the pioneer generations are supposed to receive. What if like the above article has said, the fees have already been raised and the subsidies or discounts are as good as meaningless? Does anyone has any official figures on the hikes in medical fees and prices of medicine over the last 12 months to prove that there are indeed substantial hikes that will negate all the good discounts and the good feelings of the pioneers that they are really going to get a good deal?

If the hikes are more than the discounts or subsidies, then what? If the hikes are equivalent to the discounts or subsidies, it would mean LPPL.

Kopi Level - Blue. Thank you.