Thursday, June 22, 2006

Suzumiya Haruhi Links

Here's some links to Haruhiism:

Anime News Network ratings
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6430

Anime Download
a.scarywater.net

Novel Read
http://www.baka-tsuki.net/project/index.php?title=Suzumiya_Haruhi

Real Places in Haruhi
http://www.rinku.zaq.ne.jp/p_v/haruhi.html

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

STOMP is STOMPING out free space!

The following e-mail was sent to me by my School though my school mail.

From: XXXX_STUDENT_AFFAIRS@XXXX.EDU.SG [XXXX_STUDENT_AFFAIRS@XXXX.EDU.SG] Sent: Wed 6/21/2006 12:56 PM
To: XXXXXXX@XXXX.EDU.SG
Cc:
Subject: STOMP - YOUR CHANCE TO EXPRESS YOURSELF!
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Dear Student,

The Straits Times and the NYAA Council launched STOMP (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a multi-media platform to interact with its growing body of tech-savvy youths on 14 June 2006.

To celebrate STOMP's launch, users will get the chance to win a total of $75,557 worth of prizes - including iPods, digital cameras and the grand prize of an Opel Astra 1.6 car.

All you need to do to STOMP is SMS 75557 on your cellphone or email your views at 75557@stomp.com.sg and see your contributions posted at www.stomp.com.sg.

Alternatively there is also a number to call, 1800-777-5557, to give news tips or offer views.

Its cool, check things out at www.stomp.com.sg today!!

What is this?! Propanganda?

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Friday, June 16, 2006

The New Controller

A new website set up by the Straits Times, STOMPcast, was launched today. The editor calls it a place for "Citizen Journalism" and want people to share their videos and opinions.

Let me give an extremely negative view of STOMPcast.

- Being launched by the Straits Times, as such, Singapore Press Holdings, with its need for Government Stability, will not get too critical but instead, may tone down some sensitive issues.

- In the Star Blog, the guests consists of: Xiaxue (or some detractors prefer to call Xiaxuay), Nick Fang, May and Choy, Dawn Yang (Dawn Yeo), Ju-Len and Kuay Teow Man. I do not read much blogs, save for those in current affairs, but my opinion is that these people are not into current affairs and thus may not give a solid argument.

I dont have a good impression of STOMPcast. (Because I am negative towards propanganda) But still, wish it all the best. Afterall it is a Singapore production.

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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Today’s headlines from the Sunday Times with quotes

Page 1: Upgrading for all wards, but PAP ones first

“We intend to honour this commitment, 2015, all eligible blocks will have their lifts upgraded” – Mah Bow Tan

Please remember to honour what you said. It also means that by 2010 (or by the next elections), the lift upgrading works would have to start or else I don’t think the upgrading can be completed.

Page 10: Opposition can use surpluses for upgrading
But MP’s must follow Government rules like Co-payment by residents, says Mah Bow Tan

- Town Councils were allowed to tap into 10% of their sinking funds, which is used for long-term cyclical repairs like replacing water pumps, reroofing and repainting blocks.

- Money from Community Improvement Projects Committee (CIPC) is used to build amenities such as street soccer courts, playgrounds and sheltered linkways but cannot be used for major projects such as upgrading.

- Opposition MP’s charge that they are unfairly left out as money is disbursed through Citizens’ Consultative Committees (CCCs), which has PAP politicians as their advisers.

- “The CCC is not political. It is a committee made up of mainly residents within each constituency”, replied Mr. Mah

May I ask how the Single constituencies are to raise enough money for upgrading costing millions when they have a population of 16000 and 23000 for Potong Pasir and Hougang paying to the Opposition Town Councils?

Page 10: Mah surprised that bread and butter issues not top concern

- Survey by Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) taken after elections showed that
1. 83% think its important to have Opposition MP’s
2. 22% think Upgrading is not important and 33% think Upgrading is not so important
3. Sample size is 985 eligible voters

Mr. Mah’s replies
- “My own interactions with residents and those of many of my fellow MPs suggest that jobs, cost of living, condition of their estates and things like lifts, facilities, infrastructure are important to them.”
- “On the contrary, every person I meet, whether young or old, the first question on their lips when I knock on the door is, ‘When are we getting upgrading?’ ”

Hmm...my own impression of Tampines is that it has a vibrant centre near the Tampines Station and some 3-room flats and low storey shophouses. Perhaps the 3-room flats need some lift upgrading as it may have been around since 1970s...but do the majority of the GRC need it?

And tucked in a small yellow box is this important headline
No S$100million upgrading package for Hougang

Quotes from the story:
After the election, Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong said that Mr. Low Thia Kiang could still ask for the money as the Government had been prepared to put up a budget for it.

But Mr. Mah told the Sunday Times that since Mr. Low (Eric Low of PAP) lost, Hougang will not get the money

He said, “The upgrading package that was offered for Hougang was part of the PAP candidate’s programme for residents in the estate. The residents have decided they are not ready to say ‘yes’ to the package. We will respect their decision.”

They took back their words, er. Now the S$100million may be allocated to more investment money for Temasek or channeled to other places who needed upgrading "more urgently".

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Friday, June 02, 2006

Media/ Minister Reactions to PNPP 1 May

This was the news taken from Lianhe Wanbao (联合晚报) - Page 6

praised by Minister (<肉脞面>被部长称赞)

BUT, directly below the headline was these bunch of words

‘这是“经典之作”,有幽默感是好事,但更重要的是我们必须记得,选着国家领导人是严肃的课题,大选肯定不是开玩笑。。。。 - 李文献部长 ,

which roughly translates to,

' This is a "Classic", while being humorous is a good thing, Singaporeans must remember choosing the government is a major issue, and the General Elections is definitely not a joking matter.... - Minister Lee Boon Yang"

AND, beside the headlines was this irritating line:“大选期间,嘲笑政府”。; "Ridiculing the government during the elections" I would like to state that

1. PAP is not the government during the 9 day elections. Parliament was already dissolved.

2. In no way did the podcast mentioned the names of the people involved. So how can you even use the word ridicule?!

The majority of Singaporeans finally get to "see" this podcast. But this article could had been published much earlier. PNPP 1May getting up on our Media shows some important things happening in our media:

1. Our Media is opening up

2. But they still take the cue from the minister

3. Which shows that they cannot create news content from nothing, unlike foreign media

4. Our media prefers to play safe (which is understandable......) hum4 ji4 one lah

About the PAP

1. To receive this only in these few days, I must say that you lag far behind the Oppositions in the Internet news. I passed by Mr Goh Meng Seng's shop 2 or 3 days after the elections and made some small talk, and he also knew about the Bar Chor Mee liao.

2. If you knew that this was circulating in the net during the elections when you all bombed Gomez on a tri-daily basis, and creating bad karma, would you still continue with the barrage?

I believe the major political blogs/ journals have a better report on this.

RedBean

Mr Brown

Mr Wang Says So


note:

1. Mr Wang's website may be a bit laggy

2. This is written by an idiot. If there are any errors, contact abao

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