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Badawi’s reforms snap, crackle, pop October 17, 2008

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“The judiciary needs to enhance its stature and credibility in the eyes of the public.  Before I end my term, I will table a Parliamentary Bill to establish a Judicial Appointments Commission. Such a Commission will propose judicial appointments in a transparent and merit-based manner.” (Full statement from Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on his resignation, 08 Oct 2008.)

One week later, someone goes senile. So — kaput.
The new Chief Justice is (junior judge) Zaki Azmi. 

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Four more ‘reforms’ to go.

Socrates, Le Guin on writing and words October 17, 2008

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Ursula Le Guin

To misuse language is to use it the way politicians and advertisers do, for profit, without taking responsibility for what the words mean. Language used as a means to get power or make money goes wrong: it lies. Language used as an end in itself, to sing a poem or tell a story, goes right, goes towards the truth.

A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight. (…) (A Few Words to a Young Writer)

Socrates

The misuse of language induces evil in the soul

Chamil and Ibrahim still have far to go before reaching the realm of literature.

Steve Jobs takes the stage now! October 15, 2008

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It’s that time of the year. Live from Cupertino

It’s like old times – JerryWho and Smoothriver are still up too, but hundreds of miles away, and we’re holding our breaths.

New stock market terms; Singapore in recession October 10, 2008

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Anne James sent some jokes around today. At this point, a bit of humour goes a long way. But everyone should brace themselves – the good times are indeed over.

CEO–Chief Embezzlement Officer. 

CFO– Corporate Fraud Officer. 

BULL MARKET– A random market movement causing an investor to mistake himself for a financial genius. 

BEAR MARKET– A 6 to 18 month period when the kids get no allowance, the wife gets no jewelry, and the husband gets no sex. 

VALUE INVESTING– The art of buying low and selling lower. 

P/E RATIO– The percentage of investors wetting their pants as the market keeps crashing. 

BROKER– What my broker has made me. 

STANDARD & POOR– Your life in a nutshell. 

STOCK ANALYST– Idiot who just downgraded your stock. 

STOCK SPLIT– When your ex-wife and her lawyer split your assets equally between themselves. 

FINANCIAL PLANNER– A guy whose phone has been disconnected. 

MARKET CORRECTION– The day after you buy stocks. 

CASH FLOW– The movement your money makes as it disappears down the toilet. 

YAHOO– What you yell after selling it to some poor sucker for $240 per share. 

WINDOWS– What you jump out of when you’re the sucker who bought Yahoo @ $240 per share. 

INSTITUTIONAL INVESTOR– Past year investor who’s now locked up in a nuthouse. 

PROFIT– An archaic word no longer in use. 

And let’s hope our new Finance Minister has the courage to state the economic situation as it is, like in Singapore. Commissions don’t count as part of GDP growth. 

Singapore is in recession

SINGAPORE, Oct 10 – Singapore has slipped into recession and the Government has revised its 2008 growth forecast to around 3 per cent from a previous estimate of 4 to 5 per cent.

The economy shrank at an annualised, seasonally adjusted rate of 6.3 per cent in the third quarter, according to third quarter advance estimates released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry on Friday morning, pushing the export-dependent economy into its first recession since 2002.

The government also revised down its 2008 growth forecast to around 3 per cent from a previous estimate of 4 to 5 per cent.

Economists had expected the Republic to narrowly escape a recession in the third quarter by growing 1.1 per cent, lifted by a slight improvement in electronics output.

A recession is often defined as two consecutive quarters of economic contractions.

The deepening financial crisis, which sparked banking crises in the United States, Iceland, Britain, Germany and Ireland, is threatening to drag the world economy into recession.

The advance estimate, based largely on July and August data, gives an early indication of the economy’s performance during the July-September period.

MTI said the Singapore economy is estimated to contract by 0.5 per cent in the third quarter, than a year ago.

On a seasonally adjusted, annualised quarter-on-quarter basis, real GDP declined by 6.3 per cent, following a 5.7 per cent decline in the previous quarter.

On the outlook for the year, MTI said since the revised GDP forecast in August, “external economic conditions have deteriorated more than expected and some sectors of the economy have weakened significantly on account of industry-specific or domestic factors.

“The worsening of the financial crisis in the US in recent weeks has deepened the credit crunch, making it more difficult for businesses to sustain economic activities. With unemployment on the rise and house prices continuing to fall, US consumer sentiment has weakened further and will affect demand for exports from Asia and the rest of the world.”

It added that Singapore’s export-oriented sectors, such as manufacturing, will be affected, noting that Europe is also facing severe strains in the banking sector, tighter credit conditions, and adjustments in housing prices.

Growth in major economies such as Germany, France, Italy and the UK has dipped sharply in the second quarter.

Growth forecasts for several Asian economies, such as China, India and South Korea, have been revised downwards since the start of the year.

The estimates showed that Singapore’s manufacturing sector continued to be weighed down by the negative growth in biomedical sciences, as pharmaceutical companies are still producing a mix of pharmaceutical ingredients with values lower than compared to a year ago.

The precision engineering and chemicals clusters have also slowed, because of weaker external demand.

The construction sector grew by 7.8 per cent in the third quarter, compared to the 18.3 per cent growth in the first half of 2008. Despite a strong pipeline of construction projects, a shortage of contractors, a tight labour market for engineers and project managers, and longer waiting times for equipment, have delayed the realisation of these projects.

MTI said the financial services sector is likely to see slower growth in the coming months as the ongoing global financial crisis has heightened uncertainties for sentiment-sensitive segments such as stocks trading and fund management activities.

“Taking into account the slowdown in the global economy and key domestic sectors, MTI has revised the 2008 GDP growth forecast to around 3 per cent. The inflation forecast of 6 – 7 per cent for 2008 remains unchanged,” it said. – The Straits Times, 10 Oct 2008

These ISA protest letters go directly to Sleepy, Mongolia, Botak dll October 6, 2008

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Hope everyone’s Raya was grand.

Save a day trip to Janda Baik and Bentong, mine was delightfully domestic, doing stuff that I once enjoyed like cooking, going to the supermarket, buying books (not withstanding the latest edition of the Environment Quality Act), doing the laundry, sleeping and reading :D

Now for another nifty petition for the release of Raja Petra and all ISA detainees :-
http://abolishisa.com/project1/abolishisa_login.php

Please do spread it around. Surely we can do better than the current 13k signatories?

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