Claw with Egg

A meerschaum masterpiece carved by Kudret Gezer of Eskisehir, Turkey.

A meerschaum masterpiece carved by Kudret Gezer of Eskisehir, Turkey.

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Incorrect Political Correctness

Outfoxed by PC Nazis.

Outfoxed by PC Nazis.

Brendan Eich, co-founder and chief technology officer of Mozilla Corporation, best known for the Firefox browser was promoted in March to CEO but his position as CEO lasted barely two weeks.

News surfaced that back in 2008 he had made a single private donation of a thousand bucks in support of California Proposition 8, a ballot which sought to restrict marriage in California to heterosexual couples only.

Eich was fired from Mozilla.

I find it tragic that the board of Mozilla failed to support Eich and thereby failed to support the principle that a small group of organized protestors should not be allowed to bully a company into firing an individual for a perfectly legal personal act that preceded his appointment.

The US media is also to be blamed. Is the gay lobby so strong that the media in the US has become feeble, so feeble that it has become so deferential towards minority groups that it hardly occurred to them to consider whether there is something very wrong about a group of “diversity campaigners” seeking to oust someone from a job simply for disagreeing with them?

Fast forward to the case of Donald Tokowitz, better known as Donald Sterling, owner of the LA Clippers basketball team. He was heard on a tape that was leaked, telling his black girlfriend not to bring black people to LA Clippers basketball games.

Because of that, Sterling was forced to sell LA Clippers and fined US$2.5 million as well as having to face a whole load of other troubles.

In my view, the National Basketball Association has not only acted illegally, it has also acted unconstitutionally.

The First Amendment guarantees the right of free speech. Sterling may be a rich scalawag, but being rich is not a crime. He was accused of racism though he didn’t even use the word “nigger.” In fact, he went as far as to encourage the black female hustler he was humping – she tried selling the recorded conversation for money after he refused to meet her price – to “admire him, bring him here, feed him, fuck him…but don’t put him [Magic Johnson] on an Instagram for the world to see…And don’t bring him to my games.” Pretty tame stuff if you are privy to what Singaporeans say about other races they live amongst.

How can one call America a free country when one can lose one’s business over something said to some woman in private? What more a woman whose morals are highly questionable.

And more recently, Jonah Hill, one of the actors in The Wolf of Wall Street, had to make an emotional apology for using the word “faggot” on a paparazzo who was harassing him.

Hill said his remarks were “grotesque” and not in keeping with his long-held support for the gay community.

“My heart’s broken and I genuinely am deeply sorry to anybody who’s ever been affected by that term in their life,” lamented Hill, “I’m sorry and I don’t deserve or expect your forgiveness,” he added.

What a fucking wimp.

These three examples are examples of political correctness gone to the extreme.

Sure, it’s necessary to be politically correct, but that’s not forget that God has given us brains too.

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Assume some Accountability, IDA!

Bullshitter

More than 1,500 SingPass accounts could have been accessed illegitimately, potentially threatening the security of citizens’ data from how much they earn and where they live to their car number and children’s names.

In a hastily-called press conference late Wednesday evening, the Infocomm Development Authority said that there was “no evidence to suggest that the SingPass system has been compromised.”

To me this is just a poor attempt to play with words.

More than 1,500 SingPass accounts could have been accessed illegitimately but the system has not been compromised?

Oh, come on!

What then is the meaning of the word “compromised”?

Is this the culture we allow to pervade our nation?

The first thing IDA must do is to apologize instead of bullshitting us. Or blaming other people.

Jacqueline Poh, the Managing Director for IDA was quoted saying “For every individual, the incident underlines the importance of taking personal responsibility for cyber security.”

Oh, so it’s my fault?

Fucking unbelievable!

IDA, fix the problem, not the blame.

For too long we have permitted officials of public organizations to get away with murder without having to account for their incompetence.

It’s high time regulators themselves are regulated!

It’s IDA’s job to ensure that such incidents do not happen!

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Speak English Movement Communicating Wrong Message?

This is my new grammar teacher? Eeks!

This is my new grammar teacher? Eeks!

The Speak Good English Movement has enlisted drag queen comedian Kumar to give Singaporeans grammar lessons, as part of a long-running drive to encourage the correct use of English.

I for one believe that English should be spoken the way English ought to be spoken – and I don’t mean with a phony accent like those posers reading news on local TV or those awful DJs we have on local radio.

My view is that “Singlish” – the popular local patois – though colorful and so uniquely Singapore, should only be used judiciously.

That’s because Singlish is simply not English. It’s as English as “Taglish” (Tagalog-English, the “English” spoken by Filipinos); it’s as English as “Tok Pisin” – a “language” originally developed as trade pidgin and widely used in everyday conversations in Papua New Guinea today.

So, yes, do speak good English please! I strongly encourage it. I wholeheartedly support the Speak Good English Movement.

My issue is with the use of Kumar. To me, Kumar is a person who has made a living out of dressing in drag and telling vulgar jokes. (What is sadder is that people actually pay good money to go and watch him make an absolute fool of himself. But that’s another blog post for another time.)

Kumar is hardly a role model, in my opinion. All that mascara, that over-the-top makeup, that lipstick, that limp wrist, that overly-exaggerated supposedly “feminine” body language, plus the Singlish he often uses, is in fact, totally revolting. And he’s going to teach us grammar?

By using this tragically comical and utterly pathetic character, though he’s popular – he even has his own TV series now – negates the efforts of the Speak Good English Movement. Moreover, by using Kumar, what message is the Movement sending to the young and the impressionable, especially those still in school? Indeed, why use Kumar? Has the Movement lost steam? If so, whoever’s in charge must grasp the nettle and generate some creative strategies to give it renewed vigor. Perhaps it’s high time to appoint a better person, a more qualified person, to helm the Movement?

There has never been a need for any country to use transvestites for educational purposes, other than to illustrate what aberrations of nature they really are and what gender confusion can do to some – usually very mentally disturbed – people.

If comedians must be used, surely there is no shortage of comedians in this country of ours. Just look around you. The clown who accused the prime minister of misappropriating our Central Provident Funds is trying to be a Nominated Member of Parliament – there you go, that’s one ready comedian we can turn to, right?

It’s a warped world we live in when we appoint an obnoxious cross-dresser notorious for telling obscene jokes to help us speak good English and when a bearded tranny wins the Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

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Philips Soundbars – Nothing but Grief, and Never Purchase from Courts

Utter Dutch crap!

Utter Dutch crap!

I purchased a Philips HTS9140 Soundbar in 2011.

I wasn’t a heavy user, watching only two Blu-ray movies a week at most.

Not long after the purchase, the Soundbar broke down and had to be serviced.

It happened a couple more times despite the serviceman replacing some parts.

About three months ago it finally gave up the ghost for good.

So in late March I bought another one – a newer model (HTB9150).

In early May, it malfunctioned. Delivered March 29th and couldn’t work on May 9th.

I purchased the Soundbar via Courts online. So I contacted them through their website to request for servicing but I received no response.

So after a couple days I phoned Philips directly. They sent a serviceman down on May 19th – that was the earliest anyone could come down, they said.

The serviceman came on the 19th, took one look and said he’ll indent the part and come back to me “soon.”

I had to SMS and phone him several times before he agreed to return.

He eventually returned on May 22nd and replaced a part.

On May 24th the Soundbar failed to work again.

Would anyone in his right mind purchase from Courts again? (By the way they never responded to my request for service. Not a pip squeak from them till today.)

Would anyone in his right mind buy anything from Philips again?

To make the entire unfortunate experience even more unpleasant is the fact that there appears to be one and only one serviceman servicing all Philips Soundbars in the whole of Singapore and he is a rude, grouchy and ill-mannered prick – in other words, a complete asshole.

Yeah, so sue me.

Never ever buy from Courts, and never ever buy Philips unless you are a masochist.

UPDATE: On May 31st, the serviceman came to replace another part. Less than half an hour after he left, the Soundbar failed to work again.

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MyRepublic Down Again; What is IDA going to Do?

Death knell for MyRepublic?

Death knell for MyRepublic?

MyRepublic was down on May 19th from about 6am to about 5pm.

According to MyRepublic this was due to problems at the Jurong West Internet Exchange.

Feedback from other subscribers indicates that for many, their connectivity or lack thereof have been down for days, not hours. See for yourself by going to MyRepublic’s Facebook page or Twitter account.

This is not a one-time occurrence and is clearly unacceptable. Internet connectivity is an essential part of modern day life. Internet access should be as ubiquitous a service as electricity, water, gas, or even the old wired phone system.

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore should elaborate on how it intends to deal with this. As a tax-paying citizen and a fee-paying subscriber, I believe I am entitled to know.

I talk with God every day but I have major problems trying to reach MyRepublic. I gave up after listening to elevator muzak and canned sales pitches for almost 45 minutes. This seems to be the typical experience of subscribers trying to dial in. I left a message on its website but have not gotten a response.

I wondered if I should be contacting OpenNet instead.

Fiber broadband customers shouldn’t have to wonder each time the internet becomes inaccessible if it’s their router, or MyRepublic or OpenNet that is the culprit or even which organization to contact when outages happen.

To compound end-users’ frustrations all of these organizations pride themselves as innovative, people-centric customer-focused game-changers and other such puke-inducing clichés.

I wasn’t surprised when I read in today’s papers that business owners are abandoning OpenNet in favor of SingTel.

This is a so-called first-world country with third-world level of service and efficiency.

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The Day Discernment Died

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A bearded transvestite from Austria – the country that produced Josef Fritzl – has won the Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

I never thought I would live to see such a day.

But then, nothing surprises me anymore.

The last time an Austrian with comical facial hair made such a big impression across Europe was in 1939.

Pervert!

Sure, Austria has produced Mozart and Freud too, but too bad, people remember the monsters better.

No wonder Europe is in deep shit!

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From Debauchery to Virtuousness: Brunei Regresses

His Gaudiness.

His Gaudiness.

He lives in a 1,788-room palace and on his 50th birthday he paid Michael Jackson US$17 million to perform.

His brother is infamous for having been embroiled in notorious scandals that would give even Giacomo Casanova a red face, including naming his luxury yacht “Tits” as well as facing allegations of maintaining a high-priced harem of Western paramours, if Jillian Lauren’s book Some Girls: My Life in a Harem is to be believed.

Last week, apparently under the influence of his very own Gríma Wormtongue (in the form of Malaysia’s leading Islamist opposition leader Nik Aziz), Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei introduced hudud – an Islamic penal code that calls for death by stoning for crimes such as adultery.

Most of the laws will also apply to non-Muslims.

Celebrities including Virgin group founder Richard Branson have vowed to boycott a hotel chain linked to Brunei’s sultan after he introduced a controversial Islamic penal code in his country.

“No @Virgin employee, nor our family, will stay at Dorchester Hotels until the Sultan abides by basic human rights,” the British billionaire posted on Twitter.

Others who have called for a boycott include comedian Stephen Fry, TV host Sharon Osbourne and comedian Ellen DeGeneres.

The US group Feminist Majority Foundation said it had also pulled its annual Global Women’s Rights Awards, co-chaired by Jay Leno and his wife, from the Beverly Hills Hotel, part of the Dorchester group of hotels, in protest.

I seriously doubt if the boycotts will cause a dent in the Sultan’s finances but at least the point is made.

Isn’t it ironic that self-appointed custodians of our conscience often themselves lead the most depraved of lives?

Once a person’s virtuousness is seriously called into doubt, he loses his authority as a moral leader.

I am reminded of those sick Catholic priests. It was just revealed that the Vatican has defrocked 848 priests over the past 10 years, and doled out lesser punishments to another 2,572 accused of raping and molesting children. There is a very special place in hell reserved for such monsters and their ilk. May these wolves in sheep’s clothing burn in hell for all eternity!

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Plug Pipe Tobacco

Rummaging through the drawers of my escritoire the other day I came across some pipe tobacco in plug form. Interestingly enough, two of the packages show price tags in Malaysian Ringgit. I must have purchased them in Malaysia eons ago!

Collection

Plug tobacco is basically large pieces of tobacco leaves that are layered on top of each other and pressed into a block, or plug.

Here’s a picture of a stick of plug that has been cut into smaller pieces:

Plug

It can seem like a real hassle to prepare, but it is really not difficult at all and it adds to the fun that the whole pipe-smoking ritual brings. To prepare it, all you need is a sharp knife, although the purists among us might insist on using a proper plug cutter like this one here:

Cutter

In any case, you want to either shave off some of the tobacco or slice the plug into flakes before filling your pipe and smoking it.

When cutting plugs, always cut the plug downwards and against the grain of the tobacco leaves. This way you will get some of all of the different tobaccos used in the blend and can then savor the flavor that the blender has intended for you to enjoy.

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Why Do Condo Ads Show Local Women with Ang Mo Men?

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Losers.

Pirelli tires’ most coveted product isn’t one of their tires but their yearly calendar.

It features partially-clothed girls in sexy poses.

What has tires got to do with semi-nude models?

Absolutely nothing.

So why the girls?

Sex sells!

Images – especially in ads – attract certain audiences; for example if you wish to sell to women, make sure your ads have pictures of babies.

So why do local condominium ads in print and on TV often feature youngish Asian women with ang mo men?

What are developers of such properties trying to project and portray?

Due largely to government policies to infuse “foreign talent” into Singapore, there is currently an over-proliferation of foreigners here. Many Singaporeans complain that they feel like strangers in their own country. The anti-foreigner sentiment has already reached an alarmingly feverish pitch. There are too many mainland Chinese running around thinking they are more superior than us, and young women from China are causing havoc to marriages here. Also there are already too many Indians from India who look down on Indians born in Singapore and there are too many white trash “escapees” from Hong Kong still acting like colonial masters – yes, the FILTHs (those who Failed In London, Tried Hong Kong), and now trying Singapore? So with many Singaporeans resenting foreigners because they think these outsiders are taking away their jobs and encroaching into their living space are these condo builders bent on rubbing this negative stance in by alluding to the perception that these foreigners are fucking our women too?

I have nothing against inter-racial marriages (read an earlier post I wrote about it here) but, seriously, the robber barons of today would do well to take care not to piss off Singaporeans even more. Our government is already doing an excellent job with that. There is no need for you to help them. Please don’t add fuel to fire.

Your glamorous ads may appear clever and smart but they are not working, I’m sorry to tell you.

Unless your ads appeal to and resonate with the aspirations of the average Singaporean, you are going to fail miserably and you are going to look like just another douche bag who sucks up to the descendants of ex-colonizers. Didn’t your parents or grandparents suffered enough under those bloodsuckers who conquered their countries and robbed them blind?

Companies ought to exercise responsible leadership by taking steps to prevent fanning the flame of xenophobia.

Bodies who are supposed to be watchdogs of advertising appear to be sleeping, as usual.

These are the same buffoons who allow ads in our local media trying to convince the clueless that they can lose weight, re-gain lost hair, enlarge their busts, get laid even if they are ugly losers and make money using the internet while they sleep.

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