Weekly Roundup: Week 30

“The stupid decision would be to try (and fail) to ban it.”
Au Waipang

“If they do anything, it’ll just draw more attention to it all, and they have no defence.”
Alan Shadrake

“Silently the people respond to the economic and social realities with slow suicide: Total Fertility Rate of 1.22.”
PengYou

“Reasons must be given for the Orchard Road flood. But only real ones, please.”
Christopher Ong

“The Web in itself cannot effect major political change. It doesn’t level a uneven political playing field. It doesn’t negate martial power. It is blind, lending its potential to the orthodox and the radical.”
Spiegel

This week’s roundup and recommended reads after the break.

The Great Flood of Singapore
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Marina Barrage and the floods…
– Loh and Behold: Outrageous! Floods again?
– The Sun Shines on Singapore: The Flood of Nonsense Excuses
– Singapore Dino: PUB asked to explain floods: What about Yaacob?
– Singaporean Skeptic: Another 1 in 50 year event.
– The Temasek Review: Flash Floods, did the Marina Barrage help?
– Ravi Philemon: Where are the MPs?
– Civic Advocator: Govt owes us a Commission of Inquiry
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: Why you should never stand in the middle of Orchard River
– Vinyarb: The blame game
– Freak Thoughts: Submerging Singapore
– My sketchbook: The return of the flood
– The Temasek Review: Singapore could be in “deep” trouble by the end of this century, warn experts
– Tan Kin Lian’s Blog: Car insurance and flood
– ABC: Flash floods stain Singapore’s urban paradise reputation
– Under the Willow Tree: Massive Flood Cockup Exposes Cracks in the Political System
– Singapore Notes: It Never Rains, But It Pours
– The Lycan Times: Why we shouldn’t be building more drains
– The Temasek Review: Yaacob Ibrahim: “Impossible” to keep Singapore completely flood-free
– the mrbrown show: the wave song
– Carpe Diem: The Orchard Wave
– ErniesUrn on Xanga: Lord of the Freak Floods [Thanks Ernest]
– ST Forum: It’s time to start a proper investigation
– ST Forum: Are current flood prevention measures effective?
– Reuters: China Three Gorges dam faces major flood test
– The Kent Ridge Common: Proper Reasons for Orchard Flood, please [Recommended]
– Siew Kum Hong: Sorry seems to be the hardest word
– Singapore Notes: Some People Just Can’t Handle The Truth
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: How the Marina Barrage Crest Gate works…
– Lost in Singapore: The Great Singapore Flood, Parliament and How about “Sorry?”
– Loyalty is Orange: The Orenji Headlines: Flooding Q&A
– The Temasek Review: Environment Minister Yaacob Ibrahim learnt that “floods are caused by intense storms”
– Under the Willow Tree: Great Flood Fiasco: “Intense Storms” or Sinking Sampan?
– The not-so-green Geek: 5 ways to prevent flooding in sunny Singapore
– Gurmit The Blog: Water, Sign Of The Times
– GOV.SG: Response by Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Dr Yaacob Ibrahim in Parliament on Flash Floods
– ST Forum: What about the groundwater?
– ST Forum: Marina Barrage’s role questioned
– Want some tau huay?: Is the Marina Barrage really working?
– funny little world: So, who is going to solve #sgflood?
– Singapore Notes: Omigosh! He’s Gone Mental!
– Singaporean Skeptic: Harry Lee says the PAP is powerless to help us.
– Tan Kin Lian’s Blog: Flood prone Singapore
– The Temasek Review: PUB: Oh wait, it wasn’t a blocked culvert that caused the flood
– i have succumbed to peer pressure: Why don’t we do just that?
– Carpe Diem: How about wakeboarding in Orchard Road
– Siew Kum Hong: More on 50-year floods [Recommended]
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Floods : Singaporeans want answers!
– Molitics: Freak Events and A Prayer
– Yours Toothfully: Your Problem, Small Problem
– Critical Piece of Shit: Thought of the day
– The Temasek Review: What are the KPIs for the Environment Ministry in flood prevention?
– Lost in Singapore: MM Lee Said God is to be Blamed, Not PAP
– Feed Me To The Fish: Now it’s God’s fault?
– My view on things: Marina Barrage causes the Flood?
– Singapore Sojourn: Up The Creek Without A Paddle
– Saint-Marce: Of Singapore government and recent floods
– Tan Kin Lian’s Blog: Outsourcing of public works
– Mark Lim: Flood-Prone Areas in Singapore

Press photographer handcuffed for his own good
– Abdillah Zamzuri: Singapore’s Flood in Cuffs
– TOC: Photographer handcuffed by police for taking flood pictures
– The Lycan Times: Floods & A Handcuffed Reporter
– Blowin’ In The Wind: Press photographer handcuffed while taking flood photos, unreported in sister paper
– The Temasek Review: Procedural lapses in handcuffing of Wanbao photographer by Singapore police
– Lost in Singapore: Of Handcuffs, Singaporeans and Foreigners
– Fit to Post: Singaporeans outraged by photographer’s detention
– The Kent Ridge Common: Did he obstruct justice or did he not?
– The Temasek Review: Lianhe Wanbao refutes explanation by Singapore Police
– Singapore Notes: Standing Up For Freedom Of Expression
– Musings From the Lion City: Over-Zealous; Nothing More
– Sex sells, so does Politics: Revised Standard Operating Procedure for Handcuffing Public Taking Photographs
– Everything Also Complain: Five-hour handcuff imprint

Alan Shadrake charged for Jolly Hangman
– TOC: A safe system of equal justice for all?
– TOC: Alan Shadrake’s crime?
– The Asia File: British author arrested in Singapore over death penalty book
– ambiguity: New Rules SG #3
– Jacob 69er: Author of death penalty book arrested by Singapore police day after book launch
– Guardian: Singapore arrests British author of death penalty book
– SMH: Singapore arrests British author
– Chemical Generation Singapore: Shadrake Jolly No More…For Now
– Blowin’ In The Wind: Jolly Hangman author Alan Shadrake didn’t expect legal action
– Chee Siok Chin’s Blog: Exposing the truth scares the PAP
– My Sinchew: Lawyer seeks access to British author arrested in Singapore
– The Asia File: British author’s arrest in Singapore ‘not linked’ to death penalty debate
– Article 14: The Shadrake Affair [Recommended]
– Yawning Bread on WordPress: Shadrake faces heavy silencing hand
– Singapore Kopi Tok: Alan Shadrake Self-Pwnage [Thanks drago]
– AirKosong.com: The new cross-border (book) trade between Malaysia and Singapore
– Yawning Bread on WordPress: Shadrake faces heavy silencing hand, part 2
– TOC: Radio Australia speaks to James Gomez on Shadrake
– Singapore Notes: Catch The Lie Here

Singaporeans are fed, up with progress!
– TOC: Fastest growing economy? What about jobs and wages?
– Gerald Giam: The PAP’s obsession with GDP growth
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Hong Kong Passed Its Minimum Wage Law Yesterday…
– The Temasek Review: Time for Singaporeans to find a long term solution
– TOC: Don’t focus solely on GDP growth, NMP says
– NYT: Rethinking the Measure of Growth
– Yawning Bread on WordPress: Use a broader range of socio-economic measures, urges NMP Viswa Sadasivan [Recommended]
– Blowin’ In The Wind: Singapore economist compares Singapore with China
– hongjun’s Personal Blog: Do not understand Singapore’s foreign workforce strategy
– Blogging for Myself: Government: Your Friend and also Enemy
– Philip Greenspun’s Weblog: How to explain Singapore’s growth despite lack of stimulus?
– ST Forum: GDP does not reflect standard of living fully
– ST Forum: Rethink ‘liveability’ in S’pore

— THIS HEADLINE HAS BEEN CENSORED FOR YOUR OWN GOOD —
– Yawning Bread on WordPress: Compulsive history
– Abdillah Zamzuri: The Buzz with Dr Lim Hock Siew’s Political Video
– Sam’s Thoughts: Let film be available for public discussion
– The Asia File: Does political censorship work in Singapore?
– Seelan Palay’s Blog: Did I just “distribute” the banned video of Dr Lim on my blog?
– Sgpolitics.net: Dr Lim Hock Siew
– Ravi Philemon: MDA gives a non-answer for my query on Dr Lim Hock Siew

We are against capital punishment
– TOC: The neglect of professional responsibility by the mainstream press
– Irreligious: A collective “meh” for drug traffickers
– TOC: Lawyer M Ravi files judicial review on Yong Vui Kong’s case
– Everything Also Complain: Death penalty for speeding
– Jacob 69er: Wanted: 100,000 signatures by 23rd August to save Vui Kong
– Malay Mail Online: Senators pledge to save Malaysian on death row in Singapore
– TOC: Save Vui Kong Campaign kicks off in Sabah

Countdown to Elections
– Singapore Alternatives: illegal hawker? My Story
– The Temasek Review: The old ways of doing things does NOT work anymore
– Gerald Giam: Sylvia Lim grills Home Affairs, Environment Ministers
– Sgpolitics.net: Our police state is fraying at the edges
– The Kent Ridge Common: ST Forum: A Case of Blowing One’s Own Trumpet?
– Yawning Bread on WordPress: Bowing and scraping
– The Temasek Review: Write to Your MP : Demand for Zero Walkovers, Not More NCMPs
– TOC: Oh what a tangled Web [Recommended]

Strangers in a Strange Land
– flaneurose: What are some possible unintended consequences of massive immigration?
– ALVINOLOGY: The Other Side of The Coin – A China Girl’s Singapore Story
– Singapore Dino: Wong Kan Seng: 20,000 new citizens needed each year
– Balderdash: A summary of anti-immigration sentiment in Singapore [Recommended]
– The F-Word Blog: One domestic worker’s story
– Lost in Singapore: Mr Lim “Anyhow” Say: Foreign Worker Influx is Good
– funny little world: 100,000 more people coming your way!
– Blowin’ In The Wind: Singapore emigration and immigration compared with other countries

ERPains, Trains & Automobiles
– The Void Deck: Buy Your Car Now! Or Not.
– Bastiat Institute: The State and Scarcity
– Fit to Post: Are MRTs really that overcrowded?

Re education
– guanyinmiao’s musings: Why The Community Involvement Programme (CIP) Is Not Working
– department of crappy engineering: enough of moulding
– ST Forum: PSLE – the unfactored elephant in the room…
– ST Forum: Future requires a bolder strategy
– guanyinmiao’s musings: Singapore’s Education System As An Overheated Pressure Cooker

YOG
– Loyalty is Orange: The Orenji Headlines: Oh YEAHHHHHH
– There really is no need for a title..: You are the one Singapore – JJ LIN [via ALVINOLOGY]
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: They are teaching YOG Cheer the wrong way
– ST Forum: Money spent on YOG ‘give way’ drive unnecessary
– Everything Also Complain: Olympic rings not eye catching
– ST Forum: Unnecessary traffic disruption

GIC, Temasek State Funds Investments
– The Grand Moofti Speaks: Singapore Inc., Temasek and reaping rewards

Healthcare & Healthcare Providers
– Singapore M.D.: Confidence Goods 15

Blueprint for a Sin City
– Chemical Generation Singapore: Money Laundering Coming Soon to a Coffeeshop Near You

Little green dot
– Wild Shores of Singapore: Singapore restaurant serves another giant endangered grouper

National Service
– The Singapore Sports Fan Says: Matthew Goh could have been a potential bronze medallist at the IAAF World Juniors [Thanks SSF]

The Gospel of Harry
– Blowin’ In The Wind: When Lee Kuan Yew struck a chill in expat hearts

Religion
– The Grand Moofti Speaks: Singapore’s religious law and common space: time for a review

Kong Hee Doing The Ming Yi
– The Logical Christian: What Is The “Prosperity Gospel”? – A Statement By The Lausanne Movement
– Gweek Culture: Rich Jesus [Thanks Gwee]
– Irreligious: What do URA’s guidelines mean for City Harvest?

Daily Discourse
– guanyinmiao’s musings: Why The People’s Association Is Stifling Its Own Progress Forward
– Yawning Bread on WordPress: The “Chinese” Republic of Singapore [Recommended]
– Barnyard Chorus: I’ll Be There For You
– funny little world: A climate of fear.
– Yaevlejunce Pilgrimage: Why I am Christian and support the repealing of 377A
– Icarus Flew Too High: To France, to the Ecoles!
– Thinking Nectar: nytimes.com: The Trouble With Meritocracy
– Sam’s thoughts: Legalising same-sex marriage: Argentina beats Singapore
– Seelan Palay’s Blog: US ban on libel tourists, Singapore cited
– Tan Kin Lian’s Blog: String of bad luck
– New Asia Republic: Moral hazards of modern banking (part 2 of 2)
– FOOD fuels me to talk: Hey Minister, ever tried being a beggar?
– Balderdash: Seemingly the duty of a DPP is to press for the maximum sentence possible – regardless of the merits of a case

Life, the universe and everything
– Irreligious: Alienated by technology
– theory.isthereason: In High Definition: Singapore’s Night Festival – New World 2010
– singularity industries: My Chat With A Taxi Driver To Commemorate Racial Harmony Day
– AWARE: The Power of Breasts
– EcoWalktheTalk: Part 1: How to compost at home – using container pots [Thanks Bhavani]
– Loyalty is Orange: The Orenji Headlines: Bye bye Onemanga, Hello Mangafox

Infoblogoramus
– Gerald Giam: Workers’ Party Open House
– SGEntrepreneurs: Events For The Week – 17-24 Jul
– Siew Kum Hong: MARUAH Pillar Talk #2: Trial Observation

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