Posts Tagged humour
Washington Post – As of this weekend, there are now seven Gruber videos, in which he mocks the “stupidity” of American voters and boasts of the Obama administration’s ability to take advantage of it. In a new video that surfaced Friday, Gruber explains that the Obama administration passed the so-called “Cadillac tax” on high-value employer health plans “by mislabeling it, calling it a tax on insurance plans rather than a tax on people, when we know it’s a tax on people who hold these insurance plans.” Americans would not support a tax on individuals, so “We just tax the insurance companies, they pass on the higher prices . . . it ends up being the same thing.” The ruse, Gruber says, was “a very clever . . . basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter.”
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Melbourne Cup: The great annual Aussie horse racing and betting carnival is on. The event is for everybody. For the bourgeoisie, it is time to flaunt fashionable gears to adorn the body. For the rest of the working class, it is a time to gamble, engage in wanton debauchery and gluttony without fear of being ostracised. You need not be in person in Melbourne to soak in the fun. The event is for everyone as long as there is a screen to glue the eyes to. And for fair dinkum Aussies, no event goes without incessant flow of beer to satisfy the pot belly. Melbourne Cup is truly fair dinkum. Read the rest of this entry »
Some preachers are advocating the “thou shall not kill” command as not retaliating even when one is confronted with a situation of being raped or murdered. The premise is that God does not permit man to kill one another as espoused in one of the ten commandments. At first glance, the command appears to be a sacrosanct mandate. Then later on in history, the chosen people of Israel were commanded to annihilate other tribes. It is all so confusing. A relatively simple issue such as this has never failed to evoke controversies and has been vigorously attacked. The dictates of the God of creation, who is supposed to be the God of love and mercy, doesn’t add up at all. Could it have been that God is schizophrenic? Read the rest of this entry »
Singapore tops again
Tourists visiting Singapore for the first time will be in for a treat this time of the year. The whole nation is in celebration mood and the atmosphere is electrifying. All over the island, they will be treated with myriad street performances on makeshift tentages. Performances are free and all are welcome to these events. For those more gung-ho, go for the prosperity auctions held in conjunction with these performances. Those more fortunate may be treated to free dinners too. Encounters with massive bonfires would be a bonus. In August, Singapore splurges on festive events like the National Day Parade graced by the Head of State and the whole cohort of parliamentary members. August is not the time to miss these great events. But be sure not to stick to the touristy areas only. Go to the heartlands to see the real stuff that tourists often miss. Read the rest of this entry »
The Singapore government collects a whopping SGD$680 million a year in maids levy (for doing nothing)
As of December 2013, according to the Ministry of Manpower, there are 214,500 maids working in Singapore over a citizenship base of only 3.3 million citizens. A monthly levy of SGD$265 is collected by the government for each maid. With acute maid addiction syndrome, Singapore will perish without maids.
Does winning a gold medal at the Olympics or Commonwealth Games bring honour to a country? In these international sporting events, flags of participating countries fluttered proudly as sportsmen and women pit against the finest of the world for a piece of medallion. Gold, of course is the coveted prize, followed by the silvery metal, and lastly a bronze. Others walked away with disappointment and even despair. Years and years of grueling training are spent just for this moment to have your name stamped in time.
In the Commonwealth Games 2014 held recently at Glasgow, Australian table tennis veteran William Henzell slammed Singapore for fielding a professional team of Chinese players in the table tennis event. Singapore won 6 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals for the table tennis event. He highlighted that Singapore only had two “token” Singaporeans in their team – Clarence Chew and Isabelle Li – while the rest were Chinese-born. The insinuation is that Singapore paid for professional players from mainland China against the spirit of the sporting event. Does Henzell has a legitimate grouse or is he just sour grapes? Read the rest of this entry »
Special Singapore National Day Edition
Singapore’s army supported by brigade of maids
Bang Bang – you die – it’s only a computer game
The Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant-General (LG) Ng Chee Meng, proudly said that Singapore’s third generation military is at an “advanced stage”. He boasted that they now have the technology to bring “lethal firepower at a very short time to hit moving targets – one shot, one kill.”
Traveling used to be fun and enjoyable. Not quite so now. At airports, it is now a prerequisite that you wear a business-like stern look. The atmosphere is often solemn and tense. Everyone is a potential suspect and treated with suspicion. You are liable to be searched like a criminal. Coats off, belts out, shoes off as a security officer runs his paws over you. Don’t giggle. Make sure you do not smile too. Humour is strictly forbidden. And remember, never forget commandment #1:
If you think the world is crazy, upside down ….. IT IS.
Don’t fret, because you know who is in charge.