"Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the Sultan of Johor are seen in a blue Proton Saga... "When asked whether there is any tension with the sultan, Dr Mahathir said: “No, I don’t see anything because I went to see him and he drove me to the airport. I don’t want to comment on the sultans because if I say anything that is not good then it’s not nice because he is the sultan”"

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

"Nobody talks so constantly about God as those who insist that there is no God." - Heywood Broun


Singapore's divorce rate in 2007 lower than other countries - "According to the Department of Statistics, the divorce rate in Singapore in 2007 was 2.02 per 1,000 people. This is lower than countries such as the United States and South Korea, which had divorce rates of 3.7 and 5.0 respectively in 2007."
South Korea had a higher divorce rate than the US in 2007? Ah, Asian Values!

Nazri reveals what it takes to sit on the Bench in future - "Dr Dzulkifli Ahmad (PAS – Kuala Selangor) also pointed out that the CPC had 650 amendments. When Dr Dzulkifli commented that the judiciary system needed an overhaul and that Singapore had amended a similar law only four times, Nazri said that it showed the Government was serious in making changes while the Singapore MPs lacked creativity in improving the law."
Malaysia Boleh!

Twitter's not a Google killer. It's not a Facebook killer, either. - "Shortly after the Mumbai attacks began, I opened up one Web page to Twitter's #mumbai stream and another to live coverage from the Indian TV news network IBN Live. The TV coverage was fraught with all the problems that usually plague breaking-news reports—spotty, speculative information; contradictory witness statements; and endless repetition. But the Twitter stream was even worse. It was incoherent, telling no narrative—just a continuously updated jumble of facts, pseudo-facts, unfounded assertions, opinions, rants, condolences, and, most of all, repetition of information that I'd heard on TV minutes before. Even Google surpassed Twitter: Very quickly, the search engine began to index news stories, live blogs, and the Wikipedia page for the attack. Searching for "Mumbai" in Google gave you an in-depth, though still timely, picture of what was going on. This happens for every news event; it is simply not true, as Borthwick asserts, that there was nothing on Google about Flight 1549 on the day of the accident. Google had a coherent story within hours; Twitter had a messy story within minutes. News junkies love the messy, fast story, but lots of us aren't news junkies. Lots of us are OK waiting an hour for coherence."

Liberals and tax cheating - "With the embarrassing number of hopeful Obama appointments running into tax cheating problems (the latest being Ron Kirk), it's natural to wonder if evasion by high profile leftists is illustrative of a real world trend, or just a string of unfortunate anecdotes... Liberals do not consider cheating on taxes to be as morally problematic as conservatives do. This presents an obvious moral quandary of its own, as, putatively less surprisingly, liberals are more likely than conservatives are to favor greater amounts of taxation and wealth redistribution... as a self-described empirical paleoconservative, it is difficult not to find parodiable humor mixed with irritation in discovering that those most likely to favor increased taxation and redistributive economics are also the most likely to approve of illegally acting to avoid having to suffer on the contributive side of the equation."

Marketing to women | Hello, girls - "In America, where female consumers make more than 80% of discretionary purchases, companies have started tailoring their products and messages to appeal to women, in an effort to boost their sales... they control the vast majority of consumer spending. (They buy 90% of food, 55% of consumer electronics, and most of the new cars.)"
Men may earn more, but women spend more.
Also, I finally found some figures: "Tom Peters, the brand commentator, shared [that]... spending by US males equaled...3.8 trillion dollars... spending by US females was nearly 4.3 trillion dollars"

A Parable of Management - "Every day, a small ant arrives at work very early and starts work immediately. She produces a lot and she is happy. The Chief, a lion, was surprised to see that the ant was working without supervision. He thought if the ant can produce so much without supervision, wouldn’t she produce even more if she had a supervisor!... The ant, who had once been so productive and relaxed, hated this new plethora of paperwork and meetings which used up most of her time…!... Guess who the lion fires first? The ant , of course, because she “showed lack of motivation and had a negative attitude"."

60-foot penis painted on roof - "It was there for a year before his parents found out."

Trichophilia - Wikipedia - "Trichophilia or hair fetishism is a paraphilia in which one becomes sexually aroused by, or is extremely fond of, human hair; commonly head hair."
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