Archive for April, 2015

Bali 9 Aftermath

1430376317771Since the executions of the “Bali 9” drug traffickers by the Indonesian government, reactions from many people lean towards the adverse side. Australians particularly are not amenable to death sentences. Many are biased towards the side of human rights, rather than sinful man. To many of them, death sentence is cruelty. Capital punishment has always been a hotly debated subject. There is no middle ground. Either you are for it or you are against. Both arguments have their own merits on the basis of personal conviction on values, morality and belief in spiritual oversights. It is one debate without a winner. Read the rest of this entry »

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Life and Death

Photo: James Brickwood

Photo: James Brickwood

Taking a person’s life is not a pleasant act. “Thou shall not kill”, so the Bible says. Herein lies a cardinal principle about taking another person’s life. It should not be permitted. But the Bible then goes on to elucidate grounds for taking a person’s life. In the Pentateuch or the Torah as it is commonly referred to by Jews, there are loads of situations under which a person is to be executed. Killing innocent people is forbidden. But execution of “criminals” or acts deemed “unlawful” in God’s eyes is not only permitted. They are necessary to preserve the sanctity of social harmony. Read the rest of this entry »

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Anarchy

anarchyBaltimore burns. This is one of the latest event featuring anarchy in the USA. The once “great nation” of modern history appears to be descending at such a rapid rate into the abyss of anarchy. And this comes from every front and angle. From banks that continue to perpetuate crimes through all forms of financial manipulation and political lobbying, to brutal police that no longer protects people, lawlessness is beginning to invade the whole fabric of American society and with a vengeance. What is happening? Read the rest of this entry »

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Earth Shaking

280BAE8700000578-3057120-Locals_take_pictures_with_their_mobile_phones_at_the_historic_Dh-a-144_1430140590328The Chile’s Calbuco volcano is still spewing ashes and fire and terrifying residents in the vicinity. Then the earth-shaking earthquake hit Nepal with a deadly 7.8 magnitude. Hitherto, more than 3000 are reportedly dead and more than 6000 sustained injuries. Several severe aftershocks kept the terrified people in utter suspense. Over in Hawaii, the lava lake at Kilauea volcano is about to reach its top for the first time since it formed (Dutchsinse). Looks like nature is getting annoyed and is stirring into life – a harbinger of worse things to come? Read the rest of this entry »

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Weekender: First Real Drone Delivery System

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Matternet To Test The First Real Drone Delivery System In Switzerland

The Swiss postal service, Swiss Post, is going to attempt drone deliveries for the first time ever using Matternet, a company working on perfecting drone-based delivery systems. The first tests will happen in Switzerland this summer as proof of concept to “to clarify the legal framework, consider local conditions and explore the technical and business capabilities of the drones.”

That’s right: robots are about to deliver our mail.

The first Matternet drone, called the ONE, can transport items up to 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) over 20 kilometers – or about 12 miles – on one charge. The company hopes to use the drones to deliver light packages like medicine, documents, and parts.  Read more here.

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Power of Nature

ScreenShot_20150424213005While man is busy scrambling to create powerful bombs of mass destruction, the awesome God who created the universe and mankind shows his incredible creative powers in creation itself. Watch the beauty of simple things around us – the sunrise and sunset, the thunderstorms, the myriad flora and fauna. They are all too awesome to describe. In busyness, man has forgotten to cherish the simple things in life that God has created for us to enjoy. Once in a while, God’s display of his majesty takes another form, sometimes with catastrophic consequences.
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Jibo – Robot becomes Human

indexHere comes Jibo – technology made human. The days are approaching when technology and humanity converges. Robot or human, human or robot? Soon this distinction will be harder to delineate. Man’s love for humanity is diminishing, while our fascination for machines is increasing. Man wants absolute control over things. Unlike humans who have minds of their own, robots, since they are man-made, are seen as the perfect slave that can be controlled. That’s the logic. How wonderful would the world be if we have robotic slaves that are almost human, minus a self-will. But his may be illusionary. In the movie “2001 – A Space Odyssey“, machines became so intelligent that they could become rulers of man, rather than be ruled. Is that day imminent? Read the rest of this entry »

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A Youtube Brings a Regime Down

Amos_YeeAmos Yee is a 16 year old boy who lives in Singapore. By Singapore’s standard, Amos is probably not considered a typical Singapore boy. He does not seem to conform to the mould that makes Singaporeans so unique – “law-abiding” (only while in Singapore) and totally subservient to the government. In a sense, he may be considered a “rebellious” kid by most standards. Actually, most growing up kids are somewhat rebellious to some extent. Like Nemo, they are just yearning to discover the world that they have yet seen. Recently, Amos made himself to the world stage, having been arrested for posting an “obscene” YouTube that portrayed the late Lee Kuan Yew (longest-serving Prime Minister of Singapore) in a less than favourable light. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jade Helm – Connecting the Dots

imagesOperation Jade Helm poses a real enigma (read previous article here). It is a large peace-time operation conducted in civilian areas which are given strange “hostile” tags. Even if this is just a drill, to name states such as Texas and Utah as “hostile” certainly invokes hostile reactions from those named. Not to mention that it is already a PR disaster. Yet, little has been mentioned from main stream media on this event that stretches over 6 months. Official reasons for the operation are not convincing. Instead, it raises more doubts and questions. All indications are that the operation is a prelude to something sinister and catastrophic. Read the rest of this entry »

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Education Woes

indexThere was a time when education is regarded as a mandatory phase in life. It is education that brings about progress. To train the mind with skills and knowledge so that the frontiers of tomorrow may be explored is the raison d’etre of education. Without education, society stagnates, even regresses and dies. The coveted university endeavour allows the next generation to dream of a better tomorrow. Hence education is an investment of human resource. But who is responsible to provide for fair opportunities to those able to move on to a tertiary education? Read the rest of this entry »

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