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redbean



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When Singapore is forced to choose between China and the USA
Hsien Loong has warned that the rivalry between China and the USA may force Singapore and other Asean states to choose side. And this would be difficult time for these small states. If the day comes, what would be Singapore’s choice? Remember, taking sides mean becoming the enemy of the other. Oops, taking the side of China will become the enemy of the Americans. Taking the side of the USA may not necessarily mean becoming the enemy of China. How so?
As far as the Americans are concerned, it is about the American Empire. You are either with us or against us. Any country that is not a vassal state of the American Empire is an enemy of the Empire. The Americans are only interested in being the Empire, controlling the world and dictating to the world under the American world order. In order to extend the reach of the Empire and securing the influence of the Empire, the Americans have direct interest to control countries around the world eg South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam in particular and Asean in general, the Middle Eastern countries, the European countries, Africa etc etc. Regime change is always an American option to control the govt of these countries.
The Chinese have officially announced to the world that it would not seek world domination and hegemony. China only wants to trade and help the world to build infrastructures to promote an interconnected world for more trade and free trade. China will trade with any country without political complications. China would not interfere in the internal affairs of nation states unlike the Americans that insisted that countries must be run like the ‘American version of democracy’ be like them and would conduct regime change if this is not the case.
Being on the Chinese side is all about trade and economic development. Being on the side of the Americans is all about being part of the Empire and fighting wars to keep the Empire growing. China does not have this aspiration and does not demand its friends to go to wars. The Americans demand this and would drag their vassal states by the ears to go to wars for the American Empire.
Other than trade, Singapore also has political and security concerns. It is always wary of being attacked by bigger neighbours when there is a regime change and some ultra nationalist leaders appear and take charge. Singapore has been relying on the Americans for this protection. China was not in a position to do so in the past. And it was natural and the only choice to depend solely on the Americans, and to live with the problems of being part of the American Empire, being dragged into wars, implicated and made enemies of states that it did not want to and unable to say no to the Americans.
China today is as capable as the Americans to protect Singapore from its bigger neighbours if the need arises. For any Asean country to fight a war with China or the USA and thinking of winning is a no brainer. It is a mismatch. A major point is that China does not have an empire dream, to dominate and control the world. Thus, Singapore would not risk being pulled by the ear into a war by an empire, fighting and dying for someone’s empire.
China has also made it a law to protect all Chinese all over the world regardless of nationalities. So anyone thinking that it is convenient to run amok and kill Chinese must think twice harder, that China would not sit idly by when Chinese people are being killed by racists and extremists thugs. Would the Americans lift a finger when this happens? Maybe, maybe not, depending on American interests and what is more important to the Americans. The Americans may even take the side of the extremists if their interests coincide. A good example is the brutal killing of Khashoggi. Khashoggi is dispensable even if he was close to the Americans. The Saudis are more important in the Empire game plan.
What would be Singapore’s choice when it has to choose between the Americans and China? If a banana is in charge, there is no need to guess. The answer is obvious. The bananas believe their ancestors are Europeans and would align with the Americans.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mahathir confirmed that Singapore does not need F35s
Some weeks back I questioned the need for Singapore to buy the super expensive toys branded as the most advanced fighter aircraft when the pilot just flies and the aircraft would do everything on its own, finding enemy aircraft and targets and shooting them down. You may even put Ah Meng in it and it would not make any difference, the enemies would be destroyed just like that. My contention is that we do not need such a super clever aircraft for air superiority. Our F15s and F16s would be more than adequate even if our enemies buy the best aircraft like the F35s. These super aircraft are no threat to Singapore even in the possession of the enemies. Why so? How can any aircraft be more superior or effective than our F15s and F16s when their area of operation is on the ground, in the hangars?
Mahathir has indirectly said so during his meeting with Putin recently. He asked putting to send his aircraft technicians to help put the Su 29s that the Malaysian purchased back into the air. The Malaysians may have such aircraft but they could not service them and thus the aircraft could not fly. There is no point buying the best offensive aircraft when they remained on the ground, unserviceable, unable to fly because the ground crew could not maintain them.
What is important to Singapore is to make sure that the F15s and F16s can fly and do the job they are supposed to do. Have no fear in our enemies having the best and most advanced aircraft when they cannot put them in the air, and have no pilots that are good enough, clever enough to not only fly them but to optimize the capabilities of the avionics and weapon systems in the aircraft. If not the best aircraft would only be for show, good on paper, go to have but no cannot be put to use.
On this matter, if Singapore were to buy these super expensive beasts, it would also face the same difficulties as our enemies, to service and maintain them and to have clever pilots that could utilize the aircraft and its weapons systems to do what it could do in the air. The promotional articles saying how easy it is to fly the aircraft and the pilot could actually be flying on auto pilot or even have kopi in the air while the aircraft flies like a robotic war machine with AI and doing everything by itself is an illusion. You need very clever pilots to fly the F35s if they are going to be useful. And you need very clever technicians to keep them flying and not grounded on the tarmac or in the hangars, not knowing what is wrong with the aircraft or waiting for spare parts.
Our train system is teaching us a good lesson. You may have the money to buy the best trains or fighter aircraft. That is only the first step. You have to make sure that you can keep them in working condition to do the job, not breaking down now and then. Engineering today is a very sophisticated hard science. You need to know the stuff and you need the papers to prove that. It is no longer a case of can do the job no paper also can. Failed but given a degree or dilploma also can. When your engineers are not engineers, technicians are not technicians, how to keep the aircraft flying?
If you still have any doubts, ask Mahathir on why he was asking Putin to send Russian technicians to Malaysia.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hsien Loong suing Leong Sze Hian for defamation
Leong Sze Hian is being sued by Hsien Loong for sharing an article in thestatestimes alleging that Hsien Loong is complicit in the 1MDB corruption scandal. Leong posted this in his Facebook,
‘According to The Straits Times, Leong shared the article “Breaking News: Singapore Lee Hsien Loong becomes 1MDB’s key investigation target – Najib signed several unfair…” and alleged that former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak had signed “secret deals” with Lee to launder money through Singaporean banks….
Both ST and TOC reported that on Nov. 12, Leong then received a letter from Drew & Napier, demanding that Leong make a public apology and compensate PM Lee for damages.’ Quoted from The mothership
Alleging or accusing someone of corruption, particularly politicians in office is a very dangerous thing unless one has all the evidence and the money to fight an expensive lawsuit. One can be sued until bankrupt or be bankrupted by the fees paid to lawyers even if one wins the case. Not many people have hard evidence to win such cases. Thus it is futile to make such allegations.
While we discuss and criticise govt policies and social, economic and political issues, please stay away from attacking anyone personally especially on corruption or abuse of power. It is not necessary to do so as we are just ordinary citizens and unable to pay the price of a legal tussle or to defend ourselves effectively when being sued. Remember what had happened in the NKF golden tap case. The first whistleblower had to pay damages and apologised even when he was right.
I hope this blog will continue without infringing such taboo areas. Otherwise we would have to abandon this blog for good. So post carefully and be critical on issues but stay away from trouble, from alleging anyone of wrongdoings. Do not be too personal. Don’t throw an egg against a stone wall. Know your limits and your proper place. You can’t punch above your weight as a nobody individual. Accept your fate. Don’t wanna be a dead or bankrupt hero.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More compulsory insurance schemes?
When I read that the govt is going to take over the Eldershield insurance scheme, I cringed. What, another profitable business taken over by the govt and another compulsory insurance scheme in the making? It was reported that this scheme would be replaced by the compulsory CareShield that would be implemented in 2020 for those between the ages of 30 and 40. In a way the optional ElderShield scheme would be history and the new compulsory CareShield would take its pace.
The only consolation about this announcement is that it would be run on a ‘not for profit’ basis and ‘there will continue to be premium rebates’ said MOH. This is the first time that a compulsory insurance scheme is going to be run on a ‘not for profit’ basis.
What about the other compulsory schemes like CPFLife and MediShieldLife, would they also be converted and run on a ‘not for profit’ basis as well? The principles and intent of these compulsory schemes are the same and rightly these two schemes should also be run on the same basis and NOT for profit.
By the way, how many insurance schemes does a person need? I think as many as they can afford to, say 20 or 100, still will be needed. But how many poor buggers or an average guy can afford so many insurances? Many already are squeezed to have life insurance, not to talk about housing insurance and car insurance, and medical insurances. Of course it is good for you. But is it good or friendly to your pocket, to your life savings in the CPF?
When would enough be enough? Would the number of compulsory insurances go the same way as the nation’s reserves and town council reserves, just keep collecting, as much as possible, unlimited, infinito? What is wrong about collecting more money from the poor buggers?
We can understand that the millionaires have no problem paying for more compulsory and voluntary insurance schemes. If they need more and money not enough, they can write their own pay cheques, increase their own million dollar pay to pay for all the insurances they want and desire. But for the hand to mouth ordinary Singaporeans, this is no joke, this is serious matter, a matter of life and death, a matter of food in the empty stomach, children’s pocket money, a matter of making ends meet.
Please lah, remember, the ordinary average Singaporeans are not millionaires like you and cannot afford to have so many compulsory insurance schemes no matter how good and how desirable. And stop having more designs on their life savings in their CPF. They don’t have much left to be robbed.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zero waste campaign
‘S$2 million grant launched to support ground up efforts to support recycling, cut waste. “Through the ‘Towards Zero Waster Grant’, we hope to support ground up initiatives from the people, public and private sectors that will rally the community…” Today paper
Reading this and the first thought came to mind is the billions of dollars being put to waste annually in the most wasteful control of car population scheme, ie scrapping good working condition cars of 10 years old or lesser and turning them in scrap metal and junk. If only someone is conscientious enough to work out a comprehensive scheme to re export all the cars scrapped due to expired COEs, these cars can be still be useful for at least another 10 years on the road and also recover the tremendous loss in value of these cars to their owners. Imagine a handsome car in working condition being scrapped and treated as scrap metal for $200 or less!
And they are all crying so loudly about saving a few tin cans and a few plastic bags! What nonsensical minds at work? Zero waste in saving a few pennies and wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars, millions and billions.
There is another major area of humongous waste, ie enbloc sales of fairly new and younger housing estates, pulled down prematurely to rebuild higher and higher flats to churn money. How wasteful is this exercise?
And the tremendous among of food, good food, quality food, that would go to waste daily at the end of a business day. All this good food can be organized and delivered to the homes instead of being dumped into waste bins or picked up piece meal by some volunteers. The collection of such good food can be institutionalized and be a great savings for the homes or to feed many oldies in citizens corners for free. Why allow this waste to go on and on and crying out loud about zero waste here and there in meaningless and little return programmes?
Is this exercise real or just gimmicks to make some people looking busy and working real hard?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Securing data important?

Finally there is an article in thenewpaper talking about securing data to preserve trust written by a Dexter Ng, a chief technology officer of AntiHack.me agency based in Singapore. And I think this is a private organization expressing deep concern with the preservation and protection of data and looking from the perspective preserving trust of an organization.

The protection of data is important not just to preserve the trust of an organization in the eyes of its customers. It is far more important and serious than just this. Look at the data of ministries like defence and home affairs, and in the commercial sector the data of corporations and the banks. Can’t imagine what harm the software people could do to a bank if they turn rogues, not only stealing data and misusing the data, what about steal the banks money like the case of the Sri Lanka national bank? Even they start to transfer money out of the bank to their own accounts in some corners of the world? Imagine if the ministries like defence and home affairs were to engage foreigners or new citizens to manage and control their data and operating systems, what kind of risks are being exposed to the foreigners?

A private agency is showing concern about protection of data. Is there or are there govt agencies responsible for this role, regulating and monitoring the risks of exposing our data to foreigners in govt and private enterprises especially GLCs like the banks when a mishap can be disastrous? No, everyone very happy because nothing has happened except a few incidents involving the hacking of MOH? When nothing happens it is fine. And if it happens, then set up a COI to do the investigation and to make recommendations so that it would not happen again?

With the influx of foreigners especially in the IT industry and with foreigners dominating and controlling the IT systems of many big and sensitive organizations and probably even ministries, cannot imagine if the people responsible for the security of the country did not raise a red flag and set up an agency devoted specially to monitor and regulate this industry and the personnel, foreigners being hired in big numbers, overwhelmingly alarming numbers that would present a clear and present danger to organizations and country?

I just hope that I am wrong and they are looking into this seriously. But how are they going to vet foreigners when they have little means to know who they are, not even able to verify their qualifications to the extent that hiring foreigners with fake degrees and qualifications is a norm.

This is another big vulnerable area where Stupidity has no cure is very obvious looking at the tiada apa attitude of hiring so many so called foreign IT experts and professionals in highly sensitive organizations and departments.

Are the security people sleeping? None of their business until something happens or someone woke up and directed them to look into it?
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