Weekly Roundup: Week 51

“That politicians are so craftily selective in their rhetoric is to be expected, but regrettably some of our feted journalists too have adopted for an ethos the immortal words of that Class 90.5FM advertisement: “Only hear the good stuff.””

“We seem to constantly keep foreign workers at a distance and preferably completely out of sight…Yet at the same time, we want them to constantly slog away at machines or construction sites to make the chairs we sit on, the computers we play with, the houses we sleep in, and of course, the malls that constantly sprout out around our country….”
Vanessa Ho

“On the other hand, we could also argue that the info thieves/leakers are at fault for compromising security too. If a thief breaks into your house, do we haul your arse to prison for using the wrong padlocks, or do we haul the thief to prison? What if the info both compromises security and exposes abuses at the same time? “
Mathia Lee

“Our celebrated teaching-learning processes may be efficient in producing cogs for the Singapore socio-economic machinery; yet it stifles creativity and the freedom to explore.”

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

The Gospel of Harry: Wikileaks Verses – Minion Cables
– pressrun.net: Tommy Koh quoted out of context in Wikileaks
– Loh and Behold: Embarrassing? Yes. Secret? Hardly! [Thanks Alan]
– Senang Diri: WikiLeaks Singapore: Singapore diplomats’ frank assessments on Southeast Asia [Recommended]
– Yawning Bread on WordPress: Wikileaks on Singapore worrying
– Readings From A Political Duo-ble: Wikileaks and Singapore’s reputation
– Singapore Notes: Talking Dickheads in MFA
– Singapore Sojourn: Entente Not So Cordiale
– Musings From the Lion City by Ghost: Get A Grip
– Singapore Life and Times: Leaky Hypocrites
– Thoughts of a Cynical Investor: S’pore Inc: Err what abt giving us the context, George?
– Tan Kin Lian’s Blog: WikiLeaks and George Yeo
– SMH: Big fat red faces for Singapore leaders
– The Malaysian Insider: Pakatan demands Singapore come clean on WikiLeaks sex expose
– Malaysiakini: Of WikiLeaks, S’pore spies and the SB
– New Asia Republic: Wikileaking the mandarins
– Words of the Cze: Another Round
– Temasek Hedge: BT defends its inability and/or unwillingness to go beyond being a corporate/government mouthpiece
– Thoughts of a Cynical Investor: SPH: Context, what context?
– Singapore Notes: Deep Throat Revealed
– My Little Corner: What happens when you take things out of context
– TOC: George Yeo on Wikileaks – full transcript (updated)
– The Age: Top Singapore officials trash the neighbours [Thanks Adrian]
– SMH: How I met Julian Assange and secured the American embassy cables
– BBC: Wikileaks defectors to launch Openleaks alternative
– NYT: WikiLeaks Taps Power of the Press
– the kent ridge common: Wikileaks Post-Mortem II
– FOOD fuels me to talk: Wikifakes?
– TOC: Wikileaks saga: Singapore actively undermining Malaysia, says M’sian MP
– Sin Chew Jit Poh: Wikileaks revelations not linked to M’sian police probes – Hishammuddin
– BBC: UK Government websites may be next pro-Wikileaks focus
– Mathia Lee ~ Plans and Preoccupations: Ethics of leaking
– Icarus Flew Too High: Oops, We did it again
– Brotherhood Press: Wikileaks – Cuo Bono?
– the kent ridge common: What NUS Students are saying about WikiLeaks
– Temasek Review: Anwar dares Singapore to substantiate reports
– the kent ridge common: Wikileaks: Hard to say that I’m sorry? [Thanks kner]

Countdown to Elections
– VotingRP: Productivity – The Key to Sustainable, Long-term Economic Growth
– Singapore Alternatives: The Battle of Tampines
– The Kent Ridge Common: The Socialist Front’s Public Forum on Rule of Law: A Review
– sylvia lim’s blog: Microcosm
– Lee Wai Leong Facebook: 10 things wrong with the “opposition” in Singapore (Part 2) [Thanks Lee]
– Digital Terrorist: Read Between the Headlines
– Temasek Review: PAP leaders step up visit to branches in preparation of coming GE
– TOC: ;Face To Face: An awkward family reunion

Singapore is a free country. Free from chewing gum, free from Playboy, free from transparency, free from a free press, free from free speec…
– TOC: Press Muse – Grafting numbers
– Tan Kin Lian’s Blog: Tranparency International’s survey on corruption
– Think Centre: Think Centre Human Rights Day message 2010
– Only “objective” and “factual” political films please, we’re Singaporeans: We’ll adopt “light touch” approach for online videos : MDA
– TOC: Straits Times: Willing bedfellows of the State

Singaporeans are fed, up with progress!
– New Asia Republic: PAP: No need to retire at 62
– The Pattern Trader: Singapore Beware [Recommended]
– WSJ: Hong Kong vs. Singapore: Retirement

Housing Singaporeans
– TOC: HDB: MND vs NMP – Round 4
– Singapore Alternatives: Unsustainable Policy : HDB
– Spore Says Political Cartoon: Cooling measures for HDB

Strangers in a Strange Land
– TOC: Comments that endorse discrimination of migrant workers [Recommended]
– TOC: Migrant worker NGOs’ appeal against rejection for vehicle procession

Healthcare & Healthcare Providers
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Healthcare cost and Singapore’s medical hub aspiration…
– Tan Kin Lian’s Blog: Cost of preparing a medical report

ERPains, Trains & Automobiles
– YourSDP: Democrats propose a fairer COE system

Blueprint for a Sin City
– Diary of A Singaporean Mind: Should casinos be allowed to lend money?
– Las Vegas Review Journal: INSIDE GAMING: 5 billion reasons to like Singapore

We are against capital punishment
– We Believe In Second Chances: Second Chances – Banner Painting
– funny little world: Support Second Chances!
– We Believe In Second Chances: Frankie – Hardened criminal to successful artist

Singaporeans, a dying breed
– The Art Of Dumbspeak: What Babies REALLY Say About The Economy And Society [Recommended]

Re education
– guanyinmiao’s musings: Singapore’s Education System: Moving Beyond The Status Quo

Little Green Dot
– New Asia Republic: Planning a Singaporean landscape to mitigate climate change

Daily Discourse
– Yawning Bread on WordPress: High court vexed when asked to think about law
– pressrun.net: Singapore income gap, education, life expectancy compared with other rich nations
– TOC: “People need to start caring and hearing us out”
– Tan Kin Lian’s Blog: Office renovation and fire regulations
– Crisis Communication in the Era of Social Media: Red Cross finds $90k has gone missing
– Yawning Bread on WordPress: Political liberalisation and the risk of religious politics
– New Asia Republic: Economic Myths(part 1)
– The Secret Political Blog: The Time-saving Difference
– Musings From the Lion City: A MacBook For Education
– De Leviathan @ SG: Election Watch Part II – Concepts About Aging – Nanjing YY Li vs Singapore MM Lee
– mrbrown: Upskirt pervert’s background mysteriously disappears from the Net
– FOOD fuels me to talk: Underaged maids: check this
– Icarus Flew Too High: Youth Parliament SG: Lessons and Ideas from Pulau Pinang
– Today’s Mostly Cloudy: To have 3-star toilets, have happy cleaners first

Life, the universe and everything
– Ong Jiin Joo: When Help Given is Help Needed
– R3LOAD.NET: Singapore Toy Games Comic Convention 2010 Day 1 [Thanks IZ]
– Moving Higher In Souped-up Heuristically Agon Moment: m1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2011
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: First Starbucks in Singapore
– CNNGo: Alexis Ong: Singapore is the happiest place in Asia? Seriously?
– Dee Kay Dot As Gee: Gawker password leak: How to check if you are affected?
– NO BUNS NO LIFE: NSFW: When Playboy meets TRON
– TOC: A lesson on autism
– the kent ridge common: The Problem with Climate Change
– Kaffein-nated: Winning winners, not losing winners
– Yours Truly Singapore: Singapore is ‘happiest place in Asia’
– Crisis Communication in the Era of Social Media: Press Release: Timing is Everything
– Balderdash: The Inequality that is Not a Problem, and the Inequality that is
– The boy who knew too much: Time Magazine, Zuckerberg and Assange

– sg_ljers: Short Film Makers Seek Male Lead.
– TOC: Face To Face – change of venue due to overwhelming response
– TOC: Note to TOC Face to Face Participants
– Yawning Bread on WordPress: Pose a question to Jacques Attali

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