Saturday, 9 June 2018

This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System!

This is what happens if North Korea launches an ICBM with 150 kt warhead centred on Shangri-La (and if they hit what they aim at):

150 kt warhead detonated at Shangri-La, 1.66 km above ground, maximising radius of 5 psi airburst overpressure.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Four 3-Letter things you are doing wrong (Life in Singapore)

Ok, firstly I want to say that the title is "inspired" by a whole bunch of websites with "Listicles". These are articles with titles like "Five things that you..." or "Seven things about..." or "9 things you should know about..."

(To be honest, I didn't outline this post, realise I had found 5 things Singaporeans do wrong, and the started writing.

I just thought "5 things" sounded about right. Wrote down the title. Then panicked when I couldn't think of a fifth thing. So this is FOUR things you are doing wrong in Singapore.)

Recently, I saw this "rebuttal" of "The Life Cycle of a Singaporean (Male)"

I don't disagree with everything, but there were some things I DEFINITELY disagreed with. I thought the person who wrote the summary of "Every Singaporean's Life" (which excludes women - what does that say about the Singaporean male's attitude?) had a rather limited perspective (I think he's just young.)

His main complaints are about weddings, housing, and retirement. Which I was already going to write about how Singaporeans tend to do that wrongly.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Singapore, June 12 - Safe?

Singapore will be the safest place on June 12, when Kim meets Trump.

If Kim is here, he won't nuke SG. He'll die.
If Trump is here, he wouldn't be so stupid as to.... OH GAWD WE'RE GONNA DIE!

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Mahathir, HSR, ECRL, China Loans and Investment, and renegotiation.

I really want to work on the post on how to solve the HDB 99-yr lease issue.

But I keep checking FaceBook and finding uninformed comments about SG, and Mahathir.

I guess I could IGNORE them. After all, stupid comments about untrue things does not change reality.


I mean, Brexit was a fluke, right?

And Trump only became POTUS because of the Russians involvement, right?

Or maybe stupidity can warp reality?

Anyway, here are some of the comments or questions that dragged me into this post.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

High Speed Rail - thoughts on (from Jan 2017)

[This was drafted sometime in Jan 2017 or before, but somehow I never got around to "publishing" it. And now the HST has been scrapped. Maybe. It's Dr M. Who knows?]

I am sceptical about the KL-SG High Speed Rail.

Firstly, it is going to KL.

I know people who like to go to KL.

I know people who like to go to JB.

I am not one of them.

Secondly, it's a joint project with MY.

The same MY that had a Point of Agreement (POA) with SG to move the railway station from Tanjong Pagar. And took more than 10 years to realise what was agreed in the POA.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Beyond SERS

Singapore's 99-year lease HDB flats are a ticking time bomb, politically. 

But the bomb will not go off for another 50 years or so, when the first 7% of flats (about 70,000 flats if there are about 1 million flats) reached the end of their lease, if nothing is done, and the flat owners will have to surrender their flat with NO COMPENSATION.

Which would be political suicide.

Some "common sense" suggests that
"technically, the government should pay" to recover the land your flat is on. After all, even if your COE expires, when you scrap your vehicle, there is still some "compensation" for the scrap value. So shouldn't you get at least some scrap value for your home?



Sunday, 27 May 2018

Primus Inter Pares

It means "First among Equals".

There was a news article on or around 21 Mar 2018, wondering about who the next PM would be. ex-NMPs and NMPs were on a panel.

It was a waste of time. Unless you are a TV programmer, then of course it was your job to fill up the air time. And waste of time or not, it attracted eyeballs.

It was a gossipy, speculative, fluffy programme (from what I gathered reading about it), where the panel members engaged in atas kopitiam talk such as "...part of the difficulty (in identifying a successor) is that none of them have really left a deep enough impression,”

Which show that the panel members are completely divorced from the political reality of Singapore. The question of political succession is not answered by political drama - at least not in Singapore. If they expect the next PM to "stand-out" or "leave a deep impression" they have no idea how Singapore politics work.