Sunday, April 23, 2017

The changed drug addiction scene

The drug abuse landscape is becoming like those among the elites in western society.

See CNA story.

and the TV program now available at Toggle.

We have never solved this problem and it also keep changing.

To be realistic we will from the public policy angle make more progress here as a public health issue than a moral one. To drill this down to its core it remains a moral issue. In the program one ex-addict finally gave up his habit for good because of his daughter.

We become what we loved.

All drug addicts are sinners but not all sinners are drug addicts. Every sinner is like a stem cell programmed as a potential drug abuser, adulterer, murderer, thief etc., and if you escape all of the crimes and vices it is hard to avoid the last sin: Pride. You become a hypocrite, more incurable than any of the other conditions.

That is why for society sake, it is more realistic to deal with drug addiction as a public health issue.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Explains why Durians are so pricey now

This story explains what we have noticed at Ah Seng Durians. The Chinese are willing to pay much more than anyone else. The prices of durians have gone up a lot. We don't each much of it, so it doesn't matter. Too many people here over eat and in the long run people would be healthier and happier if they switch from live to eat to eat to live. Meaning is more important than pleasure in life. Meaning lasts, pleasures are fleeting. Whoever on their death bed laments that they haven't eaten enough of their favourite food?

Sunday, April 16, 2017

North Korea: Convenient missile failure

The NYT report says, "The missile blew up almost immediately..." I suspect this is a staged failure as a successful launch would surely reveal them to a a paper tiger with costly consequences to them. For the first time the Americans are serious about attacking them. I belonged to the camp that the North's military is decrepit and its threat very grossly exaggerated. 

Update: April 18 9:25 am

The Americans bringing out the big stick with the approaching carrier strike force to negotiate. 

Wanting an agreement quickly from Kim Jong Un and on much tougher conditions than would be have been possible in the past or what Iran got. 

Fat boy is in trouble. 

Update: April 18 9:25 pm

Some very serious miscommunication. 

Update: April 19 9:05 am

​Don't know if this is just a case of suffering the consequence of a commander in chief who only knew how to run a family business without relying on processes or his secretaries being former generals leveraging that and playing Sun Zi. McMaster and Mattis are fully capable of pulling off such tactical stunts as war fighting officers. That is the difference between having civilians and former military people in charge.

See story.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

7th Anniversary of my father's death

Got this from my neighbor and it showed me places of  my late father which I have never been. In fact we were discouraged from visiting but when we brought the kids to Beijing during the Olympics year he thought it was a good idea. He doesn't recommend that we get to know the extended family especially his younger brother whom he had sent money regularly for decades. He regarded him as a leech and useless bump and wanted to protect us from him. This is the seventh year and as far as I know nobody told my uncle that he is gone.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Wary of Consumer Security Innovations

I am always wary of new and more convenient innovations in consumer security technology. Many consumers probably instinctively feel the same and that is why Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay are all struggling to make inroads to replacing our credit cards. Now DBS is rolling out soft tokens. They can give me a hundred reasons why that is better but I know the single and most important reason is soft tokens running off our vulnerable smartphones save DBS millions of dollars over giving us hardware security dongles.

It has taken a while but time reveals all truth. Rethink that fingerprint sensor.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Betting pools on Kong Hee and Five

I wonder if people have started betting pools for Kong Hee and five that they would get the sentences the prosecutors had asked for from the beginning. Something like eleven years for him? I can't remember.

I think it is not unrealistic to see betting pools on this one. CHC members who do not know their Bibles will come out and bet for the minimal sentences of the last court. My take is that they will lose big after losing big all these years donating to the church. Sigh! Brain washed!

Monday, April 10, 2017

CHC dirty linen on US TV

I have received many copies of this clip. At least my non Christian friends do not tar me with the same brush they are painting CHC.

CF just posted to say sorry. Guess he had intended it for somewhere else but the point is that this has gone viral. It is actually old news but it carried the sentiment of many and they are passing it around to to tell each other that they felt the same on this issue.

With Ho Yeow Sun in charge, CHC members should do themselves a favor and vote with their feet. This is so bad, you might as well not belong to any church at all. Just go find another church.