Archive for January, 2015

Look Again and Think

oswaldOnlineOfferBannerOswald Chambers – A warning which needs to be repeated is that “the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches,” and the lust for other things, will choke out the life of God in us (Matthew 13:22). We are never free from the recurring waves of this invasion. If the frontline of attack is not about clothes and food, it may be about money or the lack of money; or friends or lack of friends; or the line may be drawn over difficult circumstances. It is one steady invasion, and these things will come in like a flood, unless we allow the Spirit of God to raise up the banner against it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hairs and Attire

indexIf you are a typical man and woman on the streets, who cares about your hairstyles and attire you wear. But if you belong to another class that may be quite different. Celebrities and royalties are often scrutinised for their outlandish outfits, eating habits, and every tiny details of their lives. That’s what mass media and tabloids thrive on. Without these petty news, they got nothing more to say nor contribute to society.

Obama’s visit to Saudi with Michelle got all the headlines exploding with excitement. They were all about her dressing and that she shook hands with the Saudi royalty. She wore pants. She had no headgear on. She shook hands with the king. Great news indeed. Someone would have commented that this first lady should not be wearing pants in a society that frowns on women dressing like man. Read the rest of this entry »

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Clean and Green

imagesIn the world of tourism, the mentioned of Singapore conjures up two divergent imageries. The positive reviews cite this tiny piece of real estate at the southern tip of Malaysia as: clean, green, efficient, safe. The naysayers highlight the nation’s prolific use of fines to solve problems. You get fined for chewing gum, fined for jay walking and littering. Every little errant act attracts a fine. Hence it is a “fine” city. A gathering of more than 5 (without approval) in public places is illegal. This rule is seldom applied though. When it does, it is usually for political gatherings only.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Money No Good

imageIt’s strange. Once upon a time, banks are the ones looking for people to deposit money with them so that they could make money from the deposited money. They go all out to woe your money. Banks pay depositors an interest rate for the deposit so that the banks can lend the money to someone else at a higher interest rate, thereby making the difference. That was what we were taught in schools. On top of that, the banks not only lend out the depositor’s money, but by a sleuth of hand, they are allowed by law to lend out many times more the sum deposited on the basis of the fractional reserve system. This “economics 101 (before 2008)” doesn’t seem to function anymore. Banks DON”T want your money now! And we were told that many banks are insolvent or on the brink of insolvency. Read the rest of this entry »

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Greece is the Word

_80513018_025586101-2The Greeks voted. What are they saying? Depending on which camp you lean on, the mood and expectations of the Greek election outcome is split in half. On one-side stands the people. This is reflected in The Independent’s headlines: “Voters will choose the Syriza party – and send a defiant message to the EU“. The vote represents the peoples’ hopes and aspirations for change for the better. On the other side stood the grim-faced politicians and financial masters who see the win by the Syriza Party as a challenge to the powers of the EU over Greece. CNBC lamented the outcome with its headlines: “ECB now faces another battle: Dealing with Greece“. Yahoo News agree, declaring the EU’s view that “Greek radical left wins election, threatening market turmoil“. Read the rest of this entry »

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Weekender: Extreme Speakers

Extreme Speakers: $260,000 per pair

Only if you think this is sound investment

unnamedThe monumental sculpture of a speaker, standing up to 2 meters high, craves for attention through Estelon’s signature design. Extreme gives you a perception of the quality it performs, even before you embrace the entrancing sound it delivers.

The proprietary marble based composite material with the finest aesthetic finish presents the familiar sculpture-like design that Estelon has trademarked over the years. Following the principles that have proven itself with every product launched by Estelon, the shape and the material of the speaker are an essential part of the powerful performance the speaker provides. The truly mesmerizing experience begins when the design and the technology fuse together, as the audience will be left in awe after being absorbed in seamlessly blended soundscape.

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The All-Seeing Eye

indexSydney Morning HeraldGoogle boss Eric Schmidt predicted the internet will soon be so pervasive in every facet of our lives that it will effectively “disappear” into the background.

Speaking to the business and political elite at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Schmidt said: “There will be so many sensors, so many devices, that you won’t even sense it, it will be all around you.”

It will be part of your presence all the time. Imagine you walk into a room and… you are interacting with all the things going on in that room.” 

“A highly personalised, highly interactive and very interesting world emerges.”    (red emphasis mine) Read the rest of this entry »

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Rising Yuan

iIM.Cm9tOQ9QFirst, the Swiss pulled the plug on the Euro. It caused a financial tremor resulting in serious currency carnage for the financial market. Just barely a week later in Davos, the Swiss signed a pact to establish a yuan trading center in Zurich. The die has been thrown. The West is sinking and the East is rising. This comes at the heels of China heading towards the leading financial powerhouse of the world. Taking over Japan’s second spot, the capitalization of the Chinese stock market increased 33 percent in 2014 reaching $4.48 trillion, which makes the market second only to the US.  Read the rest of this entry »

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The Currency & Cyberspace WW3

cyber-war-button-arsPerth NowTHE Australian government is employing specialist surveillance officers to ready ourselves for the next generation of warfare, which will be fought with computers rather than guns.

Working with the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand as part of the not-so-secret ‘Five Eyes’, the group has even bugged UN leaders Kofi Annan and weapons inspector Hans Blix.

New leaks published by Spiegel, using information leaked from Edward Snowden, show how wars will be fought in cyberspace. Read the rest of this entry »

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Babies – To Have or Not To-Have

indexWorldometers.infoAccording to WHO, every year in the world there are an estimated 40-50 million abortions. This corresponds to approximately 125,000 abortions per day.

In the USA, where nearly half of pregnancies are unintended and four in 10 of these are terminated by abortion , there are over 3,000 abortions per day. Twenty-two percent of all pregnancies in the USA (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion. Read the rest of this entry »

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