Nassim Nicholas Taleb, who is best known as the author of The Black Swan, wrote an ominous academic note on the Coronavirus event and urged policy- and decision-makers to act swiftly and avoid the fallacy that to have an appropriate respect for uncertainty in the face of possible irreversible catastrophe amounts to “paranoia”. Unfortunately, that… Read More »
After a long layoff (been busy listening to Dan Carlin’s superb “Hardcore History“), I came back and listened to the “How I Built This” podcast again. This show has an impressive line-up of interview subjects (probably thanks to the NPR branding), but the line of questioning by Guy Raz is riddled with many softball questions.… Read More »
“You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.” Today, I came across two Facebook updates by Andrew Loh (here and here) where… Read More »
Came across the following findings online about GIC and Temasek Holdings and found them to be pretty interesting (not to mention worrying). After all, it would take 56 man-years to produce a dollar-and-cents value of Singapore’s immovable assets (real property) alone. Do a Google search to verify the facts and then form your own opinion.… Read More »
There has been a great deal of debate about whether Lee Kuan Yew single-handedly transformed Singapore from a fishing village into a first-world country and plenty of postulations that without him, Singapore will not be where it is today. Without going into historical details (because history is like a bad case of Rashomon on an… Read More »
So did Lee Kuan Yew single-handedly shaped Singapore and transformed it from fishing village to sprawling metropolis? Watch this video of Singapore in 1957 and judge for yourself if the fishing village miracle is revisionist history at its best. Related stories: Blind gratitude is not gratitude The Intolerance of Grief What LKY’s death tells us… Read More »
Lee Hsien Loong’s thinking in managing his team of ministers is, sadly, a reflection of his military background. “Negligent or dishonest ministers will be sacked but ministers who do not perform well despite their best efforts will be moved to a less demanding portfolio, or, if necessary, phased out discreetly,” he said. But he added… Read More »
Saw this little snippet in the 12 Sep edition of Sky Post. I think it applies to Singaporeans as well. “香港人没有太多机会面对大型灾难，小事不满便立即投诉。相反日本人面对灾难时的安然和自律很值得大家学习。”~ 香港前天文台台长林超英为《日本.再出发–在日港人311地震后感》撰写书序 Related stuff:No, you listen to me first!How to protest effectively Help spread the word!