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Old 2009-10-28, 17:39   Link #4521
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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California recently issued a veto statement to the state assembly that contained the following message:


That's just what my state democrats needed
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Old 2009-10-28, 17:47   Link #4522
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Considering that he wanted to turn down all the laws... using this statement...
Honestly I read some of the laws that were turned down where he used rather rational veto statements - and well those laws appeared to be of really minor importance.


Arnie is one of the more honest politicians we've had in office. I know that makes him look bad in comparison, but he's very predictable and he's very consistent. He did, of course, suffer from having to deal with the California senate which will make anyone with sense look like they have to compromise (mostly due to underestimating the lunacy of the California senate led by Democrats!), but he isn't loaded with surprises.

He's a rare politician in that he seems to hold to the same philosophies he espoused while running for election. I don't agree with his stance on gun control, but he was up-front about that while running. He actually seems to care about running California vs funneling it's money. That's something we've been missing since Regan.

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Old 2009-10-28, 21:48   Link #4523
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Arnold tends to be confusing for some... he tends to be a "social liberal" and a "fiscal conservative" ... something almost extinct in the GOP. It makes him harder to demonize. Frankly, the place was a mess when he arrived and many of the causative players are still there. Much of the blame can be placed on the "immovable object" of tax limit initiatives coupled with the "unstoppable force" of entrenched interests wanting cuts anywhere but in their sandbox.
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Old 2009-10-29, 02:21   Link #4524
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Old 2009-10-29, 03:45   Link #4525
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I'm not so much concerned about the story as I am curious about how the "event" is being projected in the United States.

Lee Kuan Yew honoured in US
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Washington (Oct 28): A star-studded cast of the United States' political and business elites turned up to honour Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew on Tuesday night (Wednesday morning Singapore time) as he was awarded a lifetime achievement award for his contributions towards US-Asean ties.

Three US presidents — Mr Barack Obama, Mr Bill Clinton, and Mr George H. W. Bush - sent congratulations via letters and tape-recorded messages, while two elder statesmen — former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and George Shultz — were on hand to help Mr Lee celebrate the occasion.

- THE STRAITS TIMES
Singapore's media being the "state-controlled" beast that it is, we're naturally getting huge, important-sounding coverage over here of Mr Lee's visit. But, unless I'm wrong, I believe this hardly registers a blip on most Americans' radar? A pity that William Safire is gone, I suppose. I would have expected some pithy comments from him were he still around.

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Incidentally, I'm also very curious about how the views of our Law Minister and Chief Justice are being received in New York.

No basis to say S'pore's judiciary not independent
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New York (Oct 28): Singapore Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong has lambasted allegations made about judicial independence in Singapore by some individuals and groups, including the United States State Department in its 2008 Human Rights Report.

His remarks on judicial independence came in his keynote speech to the New York State Bar Association International Section. It was also attended by Singapore Law Minister K. Shanmugam, Attonery-General Walter Woon and Minister in Prime Minister's Office Lim Hwee Hua.

"What is the basis of these allegations? From what I have read, they consist of bare and recycled reports about 'executive influence over the judiciary', whatever that means," he said, using a term in the State Department's report.

"Some are based on the courts deciding in favour of government ministers in defamation cases against opposition politicians and the foreign media," he said.

- THE KENT RIDGE COMMON
Shanmugam: Low rank for S'pore press freedom absurd
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New York (Oct 28): Law Minister K. Shanmugam yesterday said rankings that place Singapore lowly on press freedom "struck him as quite absurd and divorced from reality".

At the opening of the seasonal meeting of the New York State Bar Association International Section, Mr Shanmugam addressed the perception American newspapers portray of Singapore being "a repressive, state that controls the people's thoughts" and "unfairly target the press".

Mr Shanmugam said that it did not make sense that Singapore is ranked lower than countries trying to progress. "My point is not that we are in any way inherently superior to them," he said. "The question is whether a truly objective assessment will give us such a ranking."

The Singapore government has had tussels and won law suits against with several newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal and Far Eastern Economic Review. He said that the press is not used to this anywhere else in the world and "they don't like it one bit".

"So every lawsuit is met with the same reaction — we are out to silence the press. That feeling has been pervasive and has, in my view, coloured the general reporting on Singapore."

He added that it is perfectly possible to be deeply critical of government policies without the addition of totally unnecessary remarks on some form of corruption, as he had seen such cases when he was previously in private practice.

"Our approach on press reporting is simple: The press can criticise us, our policies. We do not seek to condemn that.

"But we demand the right of response to be published in the journal that published the original article. We do not accept that they can decide whether to publish our response."

There will be libel suits if personal attacks are made. "Public discourse does not have to descend into the gutter, " he said.

- ASIAONE NEWS
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Old 2009-10-29, 06:02   Link #4526
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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California recently issued a veto statement to the state assembly that contained the following message:

Spoiler for big:
He should have replied :

Spoiler for big:


in the very last line.

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I'm not so much concerned about the story as I am curious about how the "event" is being projected in the United States.

Lee Kuan Yew honoured in US


Singapore's media being the "state-controlled" beast that it is, we're naturally getting huge, important-sounding coverage over here of Mr Lee's visit. But, unless I'm wrong, I believe this hardly registers a blip on most Americans' radar? A pity that William Safire is gone, I suppose. I would have expected some pithy comments from him were he still around.
Given our size, we are so easily overlooked, no matter how much we have done. I believe this contributes to the "suck thumb" mentality of the locals. Recognition is no longer a priority, but survival in the modern world is.

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You know, what they actually didn't realise is that there is only ONE press holding in Singapore and nobody actually bothered to set up another (too big of a hassle). It isn't even a press monopoly, heck there is only one player on the board!

It isn't even fair to judge press freedom by the only player in the game.
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Old 2009-10-29, 06:48   Link #4527
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You know, what they actually didn't realise is that there is only ONE press holding in Singapore and nobody actually bothered to set up another (too big of a hassle). It isn't even a press monopoly, heck there is only one player on the board!
Today newspaper, published by MediaCorp, which is not part of Singapore Press Holdings, the publisher of Singapore's only English broadsheet, The Straits Times.

(Of course, if you trace the cookie crumbs, you'd find the same ultimate "owner" for both companies. By that measure, though, almost everything of significance is government owned. )

And, contrary to popular opinion, Today is seen by SPH as a very problematic rival for advertising dollars:

Today extends reach and grows readership
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Singapore (Oct 23): As traditional media faced up to the challenges of a tough year, MediaCorp's Today newspaper saw not only its number of readers swell, but its reach among Singaporean adults extended as well.

Readership hit 698,000, up from 621,000 a year ago, according to the annual Media Index report from The Nielsen Company.

The newspaper's reach also grew by 1.6 percentage points, meaning that 18.4 per cent of the adult population now read the paper daily. In particular, it gained ground among PMEBs (professionals, managers, executives and businessmen) and those aged 25 and above.

Overall, Today retained its place in the top two among local newspaper readers, alongside The Straits Times — though the latter experienced rather different fortunes. While its readership held relatively steady at 1,432,000, down just 7,000 readers from the survey a year ago, its daily reach dipped to 37.7 per cent of the grown-up population, from 39 per cent last year and 40.2 per cent three years ago.

- TODAY
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Old 2009-10-29, 07:06   Link #4528
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He should have replied :

Spoiler for big:


in the very last line.
I think than just reading the first letter of each line of the text was enought
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Old 2009-10-29, 07:07   Link #4529
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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California recently issued a veto statement to the state assembly that contained the following message:


Apparently there's a hidden message here. See the first characters of the left most words of the second and third paragraphs. Of course, they are saying it's all coincidence.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/29/us/29arnold.html
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Old 2009-10-29, 07:59   Link #4530
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Today newspaper, published by MediaCorp, which is not part of Singapore Press Holdings, the publisher of Singapore's only English broadsheet, The Straits Times.

(Of course, if you trace the cookie crumbs, you'd find the same ultimate "owner" for both companies. By that measure, though, almost everything of significance is government owned. )
If I am not wrong, they are both subsidiaries owned by the Media Development Authority. IMO Today is created to give advertising a bigger market in print (adding advertisers to the competition saturated with advertisements), but otherwise, journalism is still an arena with zero competition.

It isn't because of lack of freedom of speech, it is just that nobody cares. IMO the Straits Times is quite a fair read considered how carefully they phrased their articles for the AWARE saga a few months ago. Nonetheless I would still check out the New Paper for sports (their general news are too gossipy, but their sports news are WIN).

The reason for Today being more popular is due to its condensation of news (though woefully inaccurate and opinionated at times) into one small handy print rather than a big Straits Times hogging space, plus it is a quick read for our incredibly fast paced society where catching up to date with news are as tough as finding time for lunch. Thankfully the economic data and news in the publication are quite fresh and accurate, otherwise those PMEBs will suffer.
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Old 2009-10-29, 09:27   Link #4532
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Ah yes dystonia. Actually it affects agile people more often than normal ones. A related ailment is called restless leg syndrome, and I have seen many drummers being affected by it.
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Old 2009-10-29, 12:31   Link #4533
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Japan to comprehensively review alliance with U.S.: Hatoyama

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''As I have repeatedly said, the Japan-U.S. alliance is the cornerstone of Japan's foreign policy,'' Hatoyama said during a House of Councillors plenary session.

But he said his government, which took power in mid-September, will comprehensively review the entire status of the alliance on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the revision of the bilateral security treaty next year.

''Through the review and in a mid- to long-term perspective, we will deepen ties in a multilayered way,'' the leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan said.
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At the House of Representatives' plenary session later in the day, Japanese Communist Party leader Kazuo Shii said the Hatoyama government has caved in to U.S. pressure too quickly.

''How can you call it an 'equal Japan-U.S. relationship'? It is no different'' from the relations in which Japan was subservient to the United States during the LDP-New Komeito coalition, he said, referring to the DPJ's campaign manifesto which notes the party will aim for ''close and equal'' relations with the United States.

Hatoyama said he disagrees that his government's relationship with Washington is a subservient one.
After Hatoyama wrote his controversial editorial and also his permanent coalition with the socialists (even if DPJ wins majority in Upper House), the Hatoyama Cabinet has totally backed down (Kitazawa agreeing with the Futenma relocation while Okada attempts to sacrifice the people of Kadena to consolidate the Americans) to little pressure from the United States, this is quite unbelievable! *shakes head*
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This broke my heart.



And of course, its almost pure speculation to link to a flu shot.... but then that doesn't stop our intrepid "fear and anxiety" squads of reporters.
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Old 2009-10-29, 17:56   Link #4535
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happy birthday internet
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/usitinte...storykleinrock

someone is missing in this artical though... where is Al Gore?
didn't he invent the internet?
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Old 2009-10-29, 18:06   Link #4536
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Apparently there's a hidden message here. See the first characters of the left most words of the second and third paragraphs. Of course, they are saying it's all coincidence.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/29/us/29arnold.html
LOL

I think a lot of people may feel that way about the California legislature at this time.
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Old 2009-10-29, 18:25   Link #4537
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hmmm no one noticed my San Francisco Chronicle article link embedded on that letter?
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Learn Chinese/Mandarin now! Your employment may depend on it.

The Internet grows up a bit -- non-alphabetic TLDs are the incoming trend.

http://www.idnnews.com/?tag=idn-tld

Google prophesies that Chinese languages will comprise the majority of the Internet content within 10 years (safe bet).
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-st...b-1807034.html
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simplified or traditional?
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Currently, all existing gTLDs allow for the registration of non-native character sets to the left of the dot (숭문.net or 中国首饰.com), but with the introduction of IDN TLDs, registrations containing the translation of .com or .net will also be possible (태영산업.회사 or海尔.康姆). Not just Chinese, but Korean, Japanese, Hindi, Farsi, Sanskrit, whatever.
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