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Insomnia Tonight

September 29, 2008 Leave a comment

I can’t ever sleep when I’ve to wake up early the next morning.

For example, on Monday (29/09/2008), I’ve to report for Detail IC briefing at 9am in Selarang Camp.

Also, I realise that this briefing is nonsense. Now that camp is almost at Changi Village, and I live in Bukit Timah. I spend two hours to get there. I get a packet with names and other stuff. I listen to someone tell me things that can easily be put up on the web as an FAQ. We’re summarily dismissed after one hour of talk.

In all, I spend four hours doing nothing. Now that is a waste of time!

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Yet Another Sports Injury

September 28, 2008 Leave a comment

I dislocated my other shoulder today. It happened when I reached out for the basketball just as another player rushed across and caught my arm. My shoulder popped out and back in with a crunchy grind.

I stopped. And carried on playing after a rest.

Now, after dinner, drinks and supper, it aches badly. And I can only lift my arm over my head with grimacing effort. Sigh. It’ll take a week before I can get back to the gym.

Bugger.

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Wah Lau

September 26, 2008 Leave a comment

Yah man… I took a writing test today. Whilst writing, I discovered that I sucked at current affairs. Of course, I wrote well 😛 but damnit, what did I know about Terrorism?

To paraphrase a peace activist’s song in the 1970’s: "Hooo! Haaa! Good lord, y’all! What is ET good for? Absolutely nothing! Say it again!"

&*(#^!@(*^#)!@^$)(*@!!!!

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Update on Milk Powder Scandal

September 22, 2008 Leave a comment

As of my last post, 50,000 babies have been found to be sick.

But the effects are even more far-reaching than I thought.

Anything and everything to do with Chinese milk and milk products is suspect.

Singapore has pulled ice-cream, milk, milk candy from the shelves. And Nestle’s milk powder was slightly contaminated with Melamine. What’s even more shocking is Hong Kong’s pronouncement that there’s nothing that they can do. I paraphrase: China’s milk powder can be exported and made into other types of milk products, how do we know whether it’s ok or not?

If companies cannot patrol their primary food providers and someone FUBARs it with a slow-acting poison – say lead or mercury – then what can the common folk do? Build our own laboratory or perhaps have our personal food-taster?

How depressing.

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American Elections??!

September 22, 2008 Leave a comment

Good lord. What a farce.

Has it dragged on for more than 6 months? What with Barack’s Obama’s drawn-out fight with Hilary Clinton. At least John McCain got it over and done with in a fraction of the time. I bet he was laughing his ass off at the circus.

Now the two of them sling mud at each other, and both contestants have been satired and parodied on national TV and youtube. Yes, contestants. That’s what they are. Not candidates but contestants in the most impressive reality show, the biggest popularity contest.

Lageezzz and gentllleeeemen, I give you grreeeetest shoooow on Earth….. Elections for the American President!

Additional Reading:
– Going head to head on MSNBC
Barack Obama Wiki
John McCain Wiki

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Food for None: Milk Powder and Rice Scandals

September 21, 2008 Leave a comment

 
"I hate them, I hate them," said Qu Chunli. "They’re killing our children."

Her baby was fed Sanlu brand milk powder for the last eight months. In the hospital, he was diagnosed to have stones in his urinary tract, much to the family’s outrage (NPR).

The Chinese are angry.

And understandably so, 22 diary producers (Sanlu Group, Mengniu, Yili and Yashili etc) had cut low-protein milk powder with Melamine – a chemical used in plastics – to boost its perceived protein value. Ingested Melamine causes kidney stones and leads to kidney failure (USNews FAQ).

So far 18 people have been arrested, one city mayor sacked, diary products were recalled, investigators dispatched (Washington Post), and inspection exemptions granted to food producers were revoked (Xinhua Net).

Laudable but too late.

6,200 babies have kidney problems, 1,300 warded, 4 died (PressTV, Tehran), and hospitals are visited by hordes of overwrought families whose babies – precious because each family can only have one – are checked, scanned, prodded, probed and tested for kidney stones and Melamine poisoning. Also, consumers have lost confidence in Chinese food products. Starbucks pulled all milk products from their menu (Yahoo News), Singapore, Malaysia, Burma, Hong Kong and Japan banned imports of Chinese milk products (Voice of America) and foreign milk producers seize the opportunity to carve up and corner the Chinese milk powder market (Reuters).

As the Chinese grapple with the health and economic fallout from the milk powder scandal, Japan has its own food scandal. This time – yes, it’s not the first time – a rice scandal.

Three small companies (Mikasa Foods, Ohta Industry and Asai Ltd) had cheaply bought pesticides- and mould-tainted rice from the government before selling them at higher prices to other food producers. The rice was used to feed patients and converted into rice wine (Flex News). The companies have apologised and Mikasa’s president committed suicide (Flex News) – noble but pointless.

As much as the press, victims and "socially-conscious" folk rant and rave over these scandals, it will happen again. And again. And again.

Guess why.

Greed.

Need I say more?

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Hangover

September 18, 2008 Leave a comment

Christ. Yet another hangover. Alcohol is great when drunk. But the morning after – like most morning afters – are quite horrible.

It reminds me of a saying, "A moment on the lips, an eternity on the hips." It certainly feels like that: "A moment on the lips. An eternity that hurts."

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