"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, May 30, 2009

"Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact" - Bertrand Russell

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Me: WWJS?

Singapore third in empowering women

"The Global Summit of Women held in Santiago, Chile voted Singapore third in terms of policies on empowering women in society.

Singapore was lauded for helping women achieve work-life balance based on impact, innovation and policy sustainability...

These included policy and support services, as well as promoting mindset change in employers, unions, family members, the community and among men."

HWMNBN: how far does the former boss of temasek skew the results?

In any event, I'm not surprised nor should you be, because you and I both are victims of the below.

Me: In this case, only insofar as rich people are victims of progressive tax systems

HWMNBN: that's rich coming from a man who spends half of his literary output criticising the empowerment of women and its excesses.

In any case, the social and cultural damage which disenfranchises people like you and me romantically is far greater than the net economic advantage (some of which trickles down to us as individuals) gained by increased workforce participation.

Me: Criticising the excesses of the empowerment of women /= not supporting "policy and support services, as well as promoting mindset change in employers, unions, family members, the community and among men."

HWMNBN: so you're talking out of both sides of your mouth as usual then.

Me: That's like saying someone who criticises both the Holocaust and Israel's treatment of the Palestinians is a hypocrite

HWMNBN: One can say the former is far worse than the latter, even if one only
uses cold comparative statistics.

In your case, supporting "policy and support services, as well as promoting mindset change in employers, unions, family members, the community and among men." in its current incarnation is what leads exactly to the excesses of the empowerment of women you spend the other half of your time.

A more appropriate analogy would be a government who complains about the dangers of passive smoking but says consumers need to smoke more local cigarettes to keep the local economy going.

Me: Just because you are against Israel's treatment of the Palestinians does not mean that you should equate Zionism to Racism, or deny its right to exist.

Not treating women as chattel does not mean calling not sending girls to school "gender-based violence"

HWMNBN: > excuse me, *we* are the oppressed chattel in today's society. *We* are the stone-throwing West Bank residents here against their tanks of political correctness, settlements of pro forma equality, and airstrikes of conditioned behavioural expectations of paying the bill.

Supporting their cause now would be like supporting the KKK in the 1850s fearing coloured "domination" of the Deep South.

(historical anachronism: KKK was founded in the 1860s.)

Edward Said put it most eloquently; we are in the unique position of being the "victims of the victims"
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