The world is melting declares the WSJ – the Euro is on the verge of collapse – Obama’s economic recovery looks like its stuck in rasputitsa – and as for the stock market it pitching and yawing like a drunkard heading towards the edge of the cliff – against such tiring times, the sentiment that sums it all up can be linguistic.

 

Not so very long ago during the period when the Saffron route first opened Arabic gamers would usually use the phrase – inshahallah – the Arabs use it as a punctuation; but the Saffron route is a strange place; the more one spends time there; the more one gains a deeper understanding into the nuances of what the term inshallah really means – in literal translation it simply means – by the grace of God – these days in the virtual as in the real world everyone from peacekeepers in Iraq to stockbrokers have been muttering the phrase inshahallah or “by the grace of God” – it has permeated popular parlance only because no such word exist in the English compendium that describes the vagaries of the world and how one can is always at the mercy of the capriciousness of fate and destiny.

 

Recently, I was surprised when I switched on the TV and when a U.S. soldier who hailed from red neck Nebraska was asked about his chances of surviving his tour of duty – he replied laconically ‘inshahallah.’ Judging from the way George Yeo is handling the Romanian hit and run fiasco – his team would probably find that term useful.

 

It hardly requires any elaboration – words embrace meaning and along with it the whole idea of truism; they don’t belong to one particular community anymore than you can claim the word – “Oh my God,” can only be used by the pious and good fearing – meanings along with words are not so different from the economics of demand and supply; migrate they will only because the concepts they connote describe what cannot be described in the genre of local vocabulary – sometimes if words can’t describe the situation aptly – they’re just made up on the go – like FUBAR or SNAFU. When the Romans first paid their legionaires with salt – the word salary was born – when the Vienesse celebrated the defeat of the Ottomans at their gates – the word croissant was born – meaning crescent – the idea is we had them for breakfast and till this day – the croissant takes the shape and form of Islamic crescent, in both instance words, phrases and motifs were created to fill a vacuum to express the prevailing sentiments of their times.

 

Will inshahallah transplant itself into a sobriquet term of endearment that aptly describes the sign of our times along with describing the pathos of this age – I have absolutely no idea; all I know is it’s increasingly finding itself being used every where these days by almost everyone that’s faced with the vagaries of what it means to live in an uncertain age – but the idea isn’t as novel as what it painted out to be; for one inshahallah is simply a throw back to some age when the sages used to say to sardonically – men plan their lives only to be ruled by accidents – For better or worse – it may be a term that encompasses the idea of akan datang along with stay tuned as the Americans would say and probably all our hopes, fears and fascination – in an age when things have never been so uncertain – I can’t help but use this word at least 3 or 4 times a day – although I am Chinese and not a Muslim, my feel is no word describes the pathos of this age better than this one word – as I said words are born out of necessity of usage – they just don’t come about for no apparent reason – the Bedouin cradle  their heirloom 303 Lee Enfield rifle with the breach open as the act speaks the length of one sentence, “I come in the name of peace.” Doing otherwise guarantees a head shot – experienced alpinist learn to tie the Prussik with one hand as that’s the only reliable way to stop a free fall and Jews always light the first candle of the Menorah from left to right; as that’s the last the must burn out to make the Sabbath what it is – my point is words acquire their intrinsic meaning because they fulfill a primordial need for the human need for expression  – like the word ‘aiyoh’ or ‘aihhh’ – they all find a place in the history of man as they are fulfil a need – and in such times, the key to survival doesn’t lie in learning the seven habits of highly effective people as it remains dealing with the seven habits of highly unpredictable people – against this landscape where the sands shift; what’s required is the courage to face up to uncertainty stoically as best as a man can do without surrendering his pride, self esteem and being – it is for this one reason alone one word stands as king in the chess board called life – inshahallah.

 Darkness 2010

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Darkness: “Tell me Al Khaleed do you think the price of Sardonyx will hold or break water? I am worried about how the Interspacing Metal Exchange will intervene and prop it up by attempting to shore the price up with their reserves….what’s your opinion.

 

Al Khaleed (Liaison officer of the Saffron route): I have no idea Darkness; neither does the ASDF it seems; all their models don’t make sense – may I take the liberty of using a term that you seem to using with such regularity these days?

 

Darkness: What is it? Do you think we should use go back to pegging the price of sardonyx to the standard Imperium?

 

Al Khaleed (Liaison officer of the Saffron route): With the greatest of respects  Darkness – I think the appropriate term here is inshallah.

 Darkness: Suh-kahrah….of course….why didn’t I see it; I must be blind…inshahallah.

This conversation was captured by an auto crawler auto-bot in a thread in the Saffron route entitled “the eye of the needle.” – FILB (Free Internet Library Board) – sponsored by the Interspacing Mercantile Guild – The Brotherhood Press 2010

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So understand this little rich girl, there is reading and there is reading, there is a world of difference, if you dont even bother to argue with the belief, you are what you eat. Then you would have absolutely no problem understanding – why, you are most definitely without a shadow of doubt what you read and dont read.

You can certainly categorize what I write, but you have no right to judge ……that was what Singaporedaily did – a broad line has to be drawn, otherwise, dont be surprise, if someone decides its card blanche to give you and me the mushroom treatment, “feed you shit and keep you in the dark.” So this has nothing to do with Anime 3 and her rubberband brigade. I value her readership and support, but this is a bigger sphere we are dealing with here – so this is where I will draw the line…it will hurt…like that other fake site, Temasek review that kept faking doss attacks; but how could they let the real wolf out without first planting the idea in peoples mind, “if it can happen to me, it will also happen to you,” Think about it – they cried wolf – we helped, but this time, I am not going to stick my neck out for no one…its everyman for himself….I dont even care, if the whole house catches fire…call it tough love, but if you aren’t a hard man, then you shouldn’t be in the ring and that’s the only way to deal with people who cry wolf, its all here, the explanation

http://singaporedaily.net/2010/01/12/daily-sg-12-jan-2010/#comment-7618 – dont worry dotty, the readers will eventually pick up the scent…they always do, you just wait and see, dont ever sweat the small stuff, life is too short – Darkness 2010……”Missy Dotty

Is there really a need to build up credible and reliable websites – well it depends; the first question one needs to consider is what exactly constitutes “credibility” and “reliable” in the context of the internet parlance? Well it’s certainly not what’s regularly churned out by the apparatus of mass assimilation i.e the Strait Times, Stomp etc – believe it or not; most netizens aspire towards authenticity; that’s why they go online and what that means is a reverso of logic – to be credible and reliable; anyone who aspires to control the collective perception of the internet needs to take on the stripes of sites like Temasek Review who were previously known as Wayang Party and I suspect very soon to be the de facto version of the Strait Times online – now you know why they do the things they do  – all this doesn’t fool me for one second – the goal can be summarized as a simple one, two and three jig.

First create the oppositional feel – the anti-government backdrop is crucial here – you could even say, it’s the necessary lie; if you want to get ahead in blogoland – hey, we all know break dancing and rapping didn’t get those guys anywhere right? Duh!!!! – get the texture or feel wrong and most netizens will just make teeth sucking sounds and mumble to themselves – this is just another government site pumping out propaganda, see you latter alligator! - to slake the demand for online authenticity; it’s not so different from covert marketing – PSP for example regularly markets their wares by hiring fake bloggers to write rave reviews about their crummy products; it’s not so different from those hawker outlets where you can always be counted to see a photo of some mediacorpse actor standing beside the owner – the whole idea is to create la atmosphere – the right ambience not only imparts credibility, but it also palliates most of our deepest fears by supplying us with the reassurance of the familiar; the idea takes it’s cue from stone washed ripped jeans and tiny bubbles in glass goblets one regularly comes across in some mega furniture store; the idea just manages to impart that happy feel that this isn’t just any vessel; it was once lovingly handmade by hard working Swedes that are happily turning the wheel of life – what they don’t tell you of course is it probably came from the hottest corner of some sweat shop in Pakistan where poor 12 year old Abdul was chained to a glass making machine as he pumped his lungs out – my point is setting the right ambience is everything when it comes to selling yourself as the kosher oppositional blog – you can never be too anti- government – that simply just buys you loads of street credibility online.

The Second step is to mash fact with fiction – stands to reason once you have established the first condition – you can’t just belt out oppositional material 24/7; that would defeat the whole goal of pulling the wool over the collective consciousness of the internet – so what’s required is a delicate balance between fact and fiction; lunatic fringe and mainstream – and how is this blurring accomplished – simple from time to time publish a mainstream article that one would find in the MSM (which none of us would even read), better still frame it against loads of oppositional reads and in that way the mind just takes it all in and surrenders to the path of least resistance –since the first condition has already been establish; it’s all too easy to slip in or take out something without you ever realizing it; it’s subtle and what’s at work is nothing less than a form of psychological warfare. Now you know why when you go down to a fake site that’s masquerading as the sheep in a wolfs jumpsuit; you will probably find equal measures of oppositional reads alongside what is regularly published in the MSM – but notice how they are all jumble up together; there’s no line, pattern or symmetry even – I say look harder and longer – the whole idea as is to a effect a perceptive shift that’s so subtle it’s hardly noticeable and this time the strategy takes the lead from odorless and invisible shit – you can be neck deep in it and still believe you’re above it all – the goal here is to disorientate, confuse and conquer!

Alas the third jig that completes step one and two is give everyone the impression – you’re so good at exposing the “truth,” that some malevolent force out there sees your site as such a threat; that they are even prepared to raid your servers – nevermind the minor details that commercial servers these days come with pretty decent firewalls that can even annul the best attempts to break in, let alone disable their security systems; never mind even that to launch even launch a sustained DDos attack it requires nothing short of planning, organizational skill and a network that even the Chinese government despite all stadium’s of cyber troopers botched it up; when the electronic signature was traced back all to a school that is incidentally owned and operated by the People’s liberation army ( what a coincidence!) –nevermind, despite the brotherhood and the entire network of  our allies spanning nearly 52 countries; we couldn’t even find so much as an ant hill of an electronic signature or wake in every single one of the 37 DDos attacks TR claimed to have suffered – I am sure in the Opium surreal world of internet domination; these are all just minor kinks in the greater scheme of things – and why is there a need to confect a bogeyman you say?

well the logic goes like this – if they can convince you that someone somewhere wants to close them down; that implies: what they have to tell you MUST be worth reading on a die die must read basis; couple that foggy idea with illicit thrill of visiting an oppositional blog and what you get is not only a very powerful astringent; but nothing short of alchemy; the ability to transmute the fake into the exceptionally real – like whale meat, prohibition and porn – it’s a play on the whole idea forbidden fruit and the sweetness they all promise that can even match even the best Byzantine Silk and still manage to read better than Aesop’s strange fairytales; so why settle for the supermarket variety when you can get it from a blog that just feels so right that it fits you like a glove; along with pressing all your hot buttons that simply imparts that warm happy perfidious faced belief – life is beautiful; you’ve found that mythical oyster; that comfort zone – but look again; there’s a serpent in paradise and just in case you didn’t know living in the fake, no matter how delightful it may be;  just happens to be a silent killer; not only do you die in small increments; but it’s so aesthetically rapturous you may even wonder to yourself why do I even need the real, when the fake is this good!

Like I’ve always said, do what you like…it’s your choice  – but one thing is certain; just as you are what you eat or don’t eat; the chances are you’re probably end up being what you read and don’t choose too read – the choice is yours entirely…

And as usual; they’re never ever going to confront me to supply the proof; their handlers have already given them strict instructions – this Darkness character is sticky, its best to ignore him (besides, I have a platinum get out of jail card, the evidence, that I’ve stored away in at least 9 different sites all round the world, so you make one move and I will sing like a canary – checkmate!) – and everytime, they do something, we pull out something from SG, so they know now the game comes with the added edge of cost, trade off’s, pay out’s and penalties – and those things we pull out cannot be easily replaced –but you all know what: I have nothing against fake or real sites; I care even less what their hidden agenda is or for that matter what makes up their motivation – you go and connect the dots – only in an age of endless, hype and spin – where authenticity seems to have seeped away – I think, I still have every right to my own opinion along with even expressing it and most importantly the right to choose what I read and not too – after all, I only have one life and I can’t imagine anything worse than living in a lie……can you?

I’ve catch you on the flip side.

Darkness 2010

“Did I tell you Gemami that during the height of the cold war; the KGB used to build fake western outpost along their borders. Thousands of soviets seeking freedom to the West would cut through barbed wire thinking they were border fences only to believe they had successfully found their way to the West; the soviets called this Stalin Scetendez – Stalins great lie, here the lie was seamlessly crafted; no detail was spared; whole communities were recreated just like the West complete with Wrigley’s chew gum, Miller’s lite beer, coney island hamburgers, anti communist radio messages; right down to slot machines that belted out the latest hits by Elvis Presley. For all intends and purposes these outpost looked exactly like Western outpost at the edge of the Soviet Empire; though in reality; they were manned by KGB agents attired in American uniforms who spoke perfect English.

Unfortunately today history does not record what happened to those escapees – you may be right Gemami. As you put it so beautifully – “We can’t be too sure where politics is concerned, can we?”

Singaporedaddy 2009 (Internet Liaison officer of the Brotherhood)

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So understand this little rich girl, there is reading and there is reading, there is a world of difference, if you dont even bother to argue with the belief, you are what you eat. Then you would have absolutely no problem understanding – why, you are most definitely without a shadow of doubt what you read and dont read.

You can certainly categorize what I write, but you have no right to judge ……that was what Singaporedaily did – a broad line has to be drawn, otherwise, dont be surprise, if someone decides its card blanche to give you and me the mushroom treatment, “feed you shit and keep you in the dark.” So this has nothing to do with Anime 3 and her rubberband brigade. I value her readership and support, but this is a bigger sphere we are dealing with here – so this is where I will draw the line…it will hurt…like that other fake site, Temasek review that kept faking doss attacks; but how could they let the real wolf out without first planting the idea in peoples mind, “if it can happen to me, it will also happen to you,” Think about it – they cried wolf – we helped, but this time, I am not going to stick my neck out for no one…its everyman for himself….I dont even care, if the whole house catches fire…call it tough love, but if you aren’t a hard man, then you shouldn’t be in the ring and that’s the only way to deal with people who cry wolf, its all here, the explanation

http://singaporedaily.net/2010/01/12/daily-sg-12-jan-2010/#comment-7618 – dont worry dotty, the readers will eventually pick up the scent…they always do, you just wait and see, dont ever sweat the small stuff, life is too short – Darkness 2010……”Missy Dotty

Sometimes – it pays to write something pastry light when all is served up these days is the heavies – for example, they’re many things I can tell you about Kendo – none of them are really exceptional I am afraid – you could probably tell me the same when you do the laundry or clean the car on a Sunday – if there is anything Kendo teaches it is only one thing; we can never control others or what they may even choose to believe or think about us – but this doesn’t mean we are toast; it just means we need to shift gears somewhere in our head and manage our own reactions to what people may say or do – if they don’t agree with us that’s fine, if they label us as X, Y and Z, it’s no big deal.

The key in Kendo is to understand that YOU CAN ONLY CONTROL HOW YOU WOULD RESPOND TO A PARTICULAR SITUATION – one quirky way to understand this is to loosen up by just letting go (I don’t recommend that though, not if your Toyota suddenly decides to floor it or you’re on a strict low carb diet, but for most things in life – that philosophy is good to go).

 

I’ve long realized that blaming others for our painful reactions has proven at best useless – a great diffusion of energy even – truth of the matter is we all need to blame something when things just don’t go right – my favorite whipping boy is global warming – car doesn’t start – it’s global warming – air con not cold enough – its global warming – can’t get a parking lot – ditto and so on and so forth; others choose to blame foreigners for their list of things that just goes wrong or doesn’t pan out the way they should – can’t get a seat in the MRT – blame it on the foreigner – can’t cut the grade for a job – blame it on the foreigner – can’t get it up –ditto and so on and so forth.

 

Kendo has taught me many things through the years – for one as far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all – don’t ever give ground that you believe to be true; not even an inch and don’t ever surrender your right to reclaim whats rightfully yours – do it with class and finesse – never ever compare yourself with others or allow others to judge you my what they consider good, fair and excellent – set  your own standards – the world may not be equal; but so what even Stephen Hawkins can’t open a Milo tin can without his helper –so we are all living under the same sun, some have more pluses than minuses, but so what? It’s a relative in the larger scheme of things.

Loosening up by letting go is the only way to go the distance – may sound quirky – after all Kendo is a competitive sport – everyone wants to win or let off steam – it’s easy to believe that’s why most people wake up at 4.00 am for morning Kendo practice – they just can’t wait to cut their pain, frustrations and all that’s going wrong in their life in half and leave it all in the fencing hall, it’s a form release like shitting or confessing in some box – but you’re wrong – and I realize most people may even think these people are slightly eccentric and odd – after all there is so much to do in life – holding down a job, raising kids and making sure you don’t take the wrong turn in life – so how does Kendo fit into all these things in the greater scheme of things? I don’t know. I wouldn’t call it solidarity, not for the moment – but maybe its something like the mist in the morn – we all share the common belief; it’s not whether something is worth the effort or not – that’s missing the point – for all I know Kendo is like pouring water into a tin pot with a hole – but at least the striving one puts in remains – some say that’s no big deal; my take is it isn’t exactly nothing either – believe or not – the striving – is the real stuff here; that accounts for why people regularly gather at the base of Everest every April and contemplate the smallness of their courage (I am not talking about guided climbs; I referring to real climbers); it’s the same force that unites surfers as they hold their boards and look at that great big one that comes every ten years with defiant eyes – somewhere in the great book of life – I suspect, it’s written somewhere (or should be written at least) in capital letters: NO MAN HAS EVER LIVED BEFORE HE HAS STRIVEN FOR SOMETHING WORTHY –  as humans we can’t be so different from those birds that fly in a neat wedge; each bird seems to know its place; and when the first bird flaps its wings it seems to run through the flock like a rippling wave – it’s poetry in motion – and it just goes to show for one to go the distance – you can never wing it alone; that could perhaps explain why as long this birds continue to take to the sky; men will always do crazy things like wake up early in the morning for Kendo practice; all their doing is affirming their belief that there’s value in striving for something or whatever.

Like I said, there’s no need for answers; less need for questions – so if you’re trying to get a handle on this essay – you’re just missed the whole point of this essay – it doesn’t have a point – there is no before, during and after – and its not so different from a blind man going through a mine field without a cane –my take is simply this:  just stopping and watching the world go by has to be an act of courage these day when the world is so purposeful and rushing here and there– this may not be progress in the traditional sense as you know it; but it’s certainly one (not the only way, I know) to yield to the belief it’s still a beautiful world.

Happy doing nothing; and don’t be surprise if you don’t move; you make more progress than someone running around like a eager beaver – that’s the first lesson Kendo teaches every exponent – how to still the mind.

 

Darkness 2010

” A storm is just a metaphor – if you’re hurting because of the challenges in life, could be sickness, raising a kid with a disability, caring for an loved one , unemployment- it just means you’re human – some people put their faith in lottery tickets – it doesnt mean they dumb – it just means they’re human – they believe somewhere in time and space down the future those magic numbers will line up and take them out from their fatigue,sham, drudgery & broken dreams, they yearn for a better world – it doesn’t mean they are dumb, it just means they’re incredibly human – you dont need to be a philosopher or someone that knows alot about life to understand the human condition- it’s all in there, somewhere along the beeline leading to the Toto shop, that’s the story of his, yours and my life – and it’s a book entitled – hope.”

Darkness 2010 – conversation capture by an e-bot crawler recently in a thread in Phi Beta Kappa – Brought to you by the FILB (free internet library board) – The Brotherhood Press 2010

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So understand this little rich girl, there is reading and there is reading, there is a world of difference, if you dont even bother to argue with the belief, you are what you eat. Then you would have absolutely no problem understanding – why, you are most definitely without a shadow of doubt what you read and dont read.

You can certainly categorize what I write, but you have no right to judge ……that was what Singaporedaily did – a broad line has to be drawn, otherwise, dont be surprise, if someone decides its card blanche to give you and me the mushroom treatment, “feed you shit and keep you in the dark.” So this has nothing to do with Anime 3 and her rubberband brigade. I value her readership and support, but this is a bigger sphere we are dealing with here – so this is where I will draw the line…it will hurt…like that other fake site, Temasek review that kept faking doss attacks; but how could they let the real wolf out without first planting the idea in peoples mind, “if it can happen to me, it will also happen to you,” Think about it – they cried wolf – we helped, but this time, I am not going to stick my neck out for no one…its everyman for himself….I dont even care, if the whole house catches fire…call it tough love, but if you aren’t a hard man, then you shouldn’t be in the ring and that’s the only way to deal with people who cry wolf, its all here, the explanation

http://singaporedaily.net/2010/01/12/daily-sg-12-jan-2010/#comment-7618 – dont worry dotty, the readers will eventually pick up the scent…they always do, you just wait and see, dont ever sweat the small stuff, life is too short – Darkness 2010……”Missy Dotty

I am out of SIRI

February 25, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A week and a bit ago http://dotseng.wordpress.com/2010/02/17/what-the-esc-didnt-tell-you-abt-innovation-and-creativity/ I recommended Sirius XM Radio Inc (Nasdaq ticker:SIRI) as a buy @ USD$0.78 – today it’s trading @ USD$1.10 (you go do the sums along with the percentages) – I am going to keep it short and sweet – I am out / I know that may surprise many of you; as rumor has it SIRI may even hit the USD$1.50 mark and judging from some of the threads in Ekunaba and PBK some of you even believe it can hit as high as two bucks – you know what, I don’t really don’t give a shit- the way I see it playing the stock market is it’s not so different from pulling off a bank heist –any fool can stroll into a bank and put money into a pillow case; that’s the easy part; the hard part is the get away – that requires nothing short of discipline, time management and most importantly sound judgement – so that’s the long and short of the SIRI story – like I said, I am out. There’s nothing more to write beyond what I’ve just shared.

Remember greed kills. But any fool can say that – always keep in mind the get away is the 99% that makes the 1% a perfect 100%. – stay focussed and remember – it’s nothing personal; it’s strictly business when it comes to the stock market – like I’ve always said, its a glorified form of gambling; so don’t get distracted, stay focussed, do your thing and once the stopwatch beeps that’s the time to take off  – I am out of SIRI – btw thanks for the fish SIRI.

Darkness 2010

I abhor the word donation; so give part of your profits to some notable sites like The Online Citizen – do it anon; leave no trace that will get the Liaison officer SD off my back!

Before we dive in; I am compelled to declare my bias. My room just happens to be a place where books go and die. If by some unimaginable feat bordering on serendipity cum fate all these books were to be suddenly compressed into a electronic book version of the ipod – part of my life I suspect would also give way to the atmosphere like camphor.

I’ve be lost.

I mention this so that you will know the prejudice with which I celebrate and rue the inevitability of the onset of digitization in its various forms -a la kindle, ipad et al all have one thing in common; they’re compelling – not only in the medium; but as a business model they CANNOT fail and I don’t doubt for one moment the paperback book will go the way of the Dodo bird very much in the way the advent of the ipod did in the CD along with driving a stake into the music industry.

 

The reason why I say the transition is cut and dried is simple – digital books represent the clearest form of one to one marketing / its the equivalent of Maglev marketing – frictionless – there is no need for human administrators, along cutting down trees, bleaching paper, setting printing presses, warehousing, managing physical inventory, trucking and making sure someone arranges those books on the shelf for you and me – digitalization just simplifies the entire supply chain and can deliver the goodies almost anywhere on earth as quickly and cheaply as e-mail or downloading porn.

 

This historic shift will not only radically transform the publishing industry; but it will also alter the way we read and make sense of the world – for the time being digital books are exactly just that – books, that are really not so different to the type set variety once churned out by the Guttenberg press – but slowly and surely at some point – they will begin to morph into something that govt’s need to control in the name of whatever. 

I could be wrong. No one today can foresee the final outcome unless you happen to be a reincarnation of Nostradamus – but judging by what’s on the tap these days – the future for the Kindle genre may not be as rosy as it’s so often depicted – most people don’t realize digitalization of books imposes rigidity and inflexibility; unlike your home computer they dont nearly offer you any scope for improvisation – its just a one way street – this may change with time and even prove me wrong – whole communities may even spring out from the fertile electronic cacophony and what you will probably end up with is the same set pieces we see today – instead of the net being perpetually fingered as les enfants terrible – it will be the kindle (not the current version but maybe the V.3 type sometime in 5 years time) and following along its wake it will bring with it the same set of dichotomies that we are so accustommed too – are newspapers the gold standard of credibility?  Or will the Kindle just remain a disgenious way of seeding lies and disinformation on a mass production scale –no one knows.

 

My main gripe about one way street devices like Kindle is unlike home computers – I AM GIVING AWAY TOO MUCH OF MYSELF TO SOME CENTRAL REPOSITORY – the idea of smacks of paranoia; but it holds  true as one reason why the internet is so hard to control is its conceptually everything that the Kindle isn’t  – reading material for one can be blacklisted or even made to disappear surreptitiously very much in the way blog aggregators these days decide what you and I should read – sure its all done in a subtle way; a little is taken away at a time that ensures what you will eventually end up with is something that has never changed – unless of course you happen to like me and kick up a big fuss, then that resets a button somewhere in your brain and you simply say: “hey this is not right!” – my point is this afternoon – is the right to read is optional with the home computer, but with new devices such as Kindle, you don’t nearly have the same level of flexibility to read what you want; you only think you do -neither can you beat the system; unlike the home computer where you can shalom through the whole apparatus of centralization and still get your daily reads like a ninja with the help of a few skeleton key codes –  with closed platforms such as the Kindle, you stand as much chance of breaking into Fort Knox; it’s the direct opposite of an open platform – and the very embodiment of what I call information centralization – here sovietization is not only possible but the condition makes it almost ideal for bent folk to further their mind control agenda – that’s why the Communist Chinese are so passionate about technology like Kindle – it’s a boon to them as they don’t ever need to hire stadium loads of cyber troopers – all they need to do is control the source and viola -everything just falls perfectly into place.

 

So far I have attempted to foresee the digital future in purely biased dystopian terms. There is also a moral dimension here that suggest just like the home computer somethings may not change with the advent of the Kindle, for where the written word proliferates it doesn’t always hold true knowledge is power that inures goodness – the Gutenberg may have made  possible wide distribution of Montaigne and extended the remit of philosophy to give rise to chemistry and some say even physics but it also allowed Shakespeare’s, The Merchant of Venice to perpetuate the stereotypical image of the money grabbing Jew – thus entrenching hate and prejudice on a mass production scale – the same holds true many years later when the same technology allowed Mein Kampf to be widely distributed and had the press not existed then it’s arguable whether man would even have needed to go through that great diffusion of energy called the Second world war – my point is the written word is can either be perdition or salvation; good or bad; worthy or nonsense but one thing remains patently certain come what may – digitization in the form of the kindle may only represent the first baby steps of what is to come – somewhere in the crèche of tinkerers another version that guarantees further scope for digital convergence is in the wings – then it will open another window and another will follow in it’s path – each can either amplify the goodness in all of us but nonetheless like the ubiquitous home computer – it too can also be a diabolical tool – my point is its foolish to believe Kindle can change the status quo ante; then again I could be wrong – and that’s simply the cue for censorship to step right in – or the creation of some fake site (I rather not mention) that just gives you that illicit thrill of the opposition rub; yet feeding you shit that you would never ever read in the first place – trust me, we may or may not come full circle with the Kindle; but one thing is certain – the right to read will prevail.

The perverse effect of the one way street kindle reading experience may actually alleviate real reading habit very much in the way; the more aggregators and fake blog sites try their very best to steer you this way and that; at some point, it can only heighten the cognitive dissonance, that something is amiss and that feeling of estrangement can only guarantee the survival of hype and spin free reading; along with spawning a community of readers who will never settle for anything less except the very real, like black truffles, acid free paper and fountain pens, they will all find their happy niches – as for the hype and spin reads; you go your way and we go ours – the way I see it; it’s no loss to me.

 

Happy Reading

 

Darkness 2010 (I am sorry for the many mistakes, I wrote this real fast and I have to get off the train now, so do feel free to correct and fill in the blanks) – The Brotherhood Press 2010.

 

“I don’t know how the French or Russians read; really I don’t – All I know is in Singapore there are two types of readers – the first reads what everyone is reading; so they think like everyone else and even behave exactly like the next person – the second who are fewer in numbers prefer the real stuff where one calls a spade a spade. They like clear answers and conclusions, but I don’t think, I write like that at all. I could be because I am not very expressive and since I was trained as an engineer, I have absolutely no skill in wordsmithing. But what I do is I write things as I see it and if possible I always plan to leave a question mark at the end of every essay – I think that’s good as it opens every possibility for the reader to draw his own conclusion; but there is one thing I dont do – I do not play God – I have never ever in my life said, you should read this or that or avoid this or even that – even now as I write this, I am aware there are certain sites there that are fake; they exist only for one reason to establish command and control over the collective consciousness – but do you notice, I even ask many of our readers to visit those sites – why? Because once they have this idea in their mind, it is not so different from planting a seed – it will germinate and when they see it unfolding exactly in the way that I have postulated – they will say Bingo! He wasn’t a crazy guy after all. I think all regular Brother press readers understand that openness – in France you call it de Profundis; here we just call it respect.” 

A conversation recently captured by an e-bot crawler in the Phi Beta Kappa thread on the 24/02/10 – The Brotherhood Press 2010  


N.B MESSAGE BY MISSY DOTTY:  DO BOOKMARK THIS SITE, IF SOME OF YOU CLAIM, YOU ARE MISSING OUT, BOOKMARK IT, THAT WAY WHEN WE DECIDE TO TAKE OFF SOMEWHERE ELSE, AT LEAST YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD TO CONT READING SOME OF OUR STUFF . BOOKMARK, IT AS WHEN THEY TAKE OFF, AS THEY DO, AT LEAST, YOU WILL HAVE A LINK, DO IT NOW!– ANOTHER GOOD REASON TO BOOKMARK THIS SITE IS THIS HAS HAPPENED  RECENTLY – http://singaporedaily.net/2010/01/11/daily-sg-11-jan-2010/#comment-7611 , THE BP HAS BARRED ALL FUTURE ESSAYS TO BE POSTED BY THE SINGAPORE DAILY. I DID ASK BABY DARKNESS ABOUT THIS AND THIS IS WHAT HE HAD TO SAY, ” There are two ways to read, one is you let someone spoon feed you like a baby. The second is you choose what and how you want to eat.  Remember, if your body is a temple. Your mind has to be the altar piece; it’s the linchpin that makes possible the grand idea of La Convivencia with you and your community, spirit, mind and perhaps 7 million other things- without this one thing, the power to choose, you are simply a cactus on a window sill! 

So understand this little rich girl, there is reading and there is reading, there is a world of difference, if you dont even bother to argue with the belief, you are what you eat. Then you would have absolutely no problem understanding – why, you are most definitely without a shadow of doubt what you read and dont read.

You can certainly categorize what I write, but you have no right to judge ……that was what Singaporedaily did – a broad line has to be drawn, otherwise, dont be surprise, if someone decides its card blanche to give you and me the mushroom treatment, “feed you shit and keep you in the dark.” So this has nothing to do with Anime 3 and her rubberband brigade. I value her readership and support, but this is a bigger sphere we are dealing with here – so this is where I will draw the line…it will hurt…like that other fake site, Temasek review that kept faking doss attacks; but how could they let the real wolf out without first planting the idea in peoples mind, “if it can happen to me, it will also happen to you,” Think about it – they cried wolf – we helped, but this time, I am not going to stick my neck out for no one…its everyman for himself….I dont even care, if the whole house catches fire…call it tough love, but if you aren’t a hard man, then you shouldn’t be in the ring and that’s the only way to deal with people who cry wolf, its all here, the explanation

http://singaporedaily.net/2010/01/12/daily-sg-12-jan-2010/#comment-7618 – dont worry dotty, the readers will eventually pick up the scent…they always do, you just wait and see, dont ever sweat the small stuff, life is too short – Darkness 2010……”Missy Dotty

YRC Worldwide Inc

February 25, 2010

If you are 12 years old – please move on to the next excellent essay – this is ONLY for serious  punters – YRCW as all of you know is a counter we have been tracking; pls refer to this:http://dotseng.wordpress.com/2010/02/12/when-a-crisis-presents-opportunities-how-to-play-the-game-of-buying-low-selling-high/  my gut feel tells me, this is a right time to dive in – I could be wrong or right – it matters little to me – as I said, playing the stock market is a glorified form of gambling; so I am prepared to lose every cent and still not blink an eye lid.

You decide, the choice is yours and yours alone. I cannot bear any responsibilty for the outcome, as far as risk goes as this is a 9 out of 10 play of nerves – all I can say is this counter requires nothing short of tungsten carbide fortitude and balls of steel to see it through the logical end, its a game that requires every molecule of your being – and i will not bullshit you; this stock can either make or break you in half – there is no happy middle ground here. 

For me, these are even odds that I am accustomed too – as the French would say: La crainte suit de crime, et c’est son chatiment - that really sums it up IMHO –  The decision is yours and yours alone! I have no art or play in this. Remember this always.

As for me this is the time; the falcon has heard the falconer – my gut feel tells me the time is right , just perfect and ideal -that’s why we are going in for the kill.

Darkness 2010 – my sincere advice to all of you is don’t follow me – do your own research and this principle really applies to everything you read or come across in your daily life – nothing should ever be take at face value – you have to be a complete fool to trust me:  remember there are only lies and disinformation in the internet; so they say.

Always remember investing in stocks is just a glorified form of gambling – I WILL NEVER RETRACT THAT STATEMENT – it’s gambling! Gambling! Gambling! (so fill my inbox with hate mail all you want, I will never change that dictum)

And I do not even care what the experts tell you; its gambling! Gambling, that’s all it is. As for the experts they just a bunch of cheap rain dancers  its gambling and its gambling and gambling – and I will never ever change my mind on this subject; neither can you con me as I know this line like the lines on the palm of my hands – so I call a spade a spade- as I said, do your own researrch; don;t be lazy about it – work through the PE, numbers and books etc – there are no short cuts in life.

Happy hunting

DISCLOSURE: THE AUTHOR HAS TAKEN A POSITION ON THIS STOCK AT 1900 HR GMT YESTERDAY.

The Brotherhood Press 2010

French Liaison officer Francois to Darkness: ” cest pas..Darkness…escrazez infame””

Darkness of the brotherhood: “Non monsieur – dieu nest pas pour les gross batallions, mais pour ceux qui tirent le mieux……le sacrament est l’ennemi di bein – nes past?”

This conversation has been captured very recently by an auto-bot crawler in the PBK trade route – brought to you by the FILB – on the subject of risk & rewards – the Brotherhood Press 2010

N.B MESSAGE BY MISSY DOTTY:  DO BOOKMARK THIS SITE, IF SOME OF YOU CLAIM, YOU ARE MISSING OUT, BOOKMARK IT, THAT WAY WHEN WE DECIDE TO TAKE OFF SOMEWHERE ELSE, AT LEAST YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD TO CONT READING SOME OF OUR STUFF . BOOKMARK, IT AS WHEN THEY TAKE OFF, AS THEY DO, AT LEAST, YOU WILL HAVE A LINK, DO IT NOW!– ANOTHER GOOD REASON TO BOOKMARK THIS SITE IS THIS HAS HAPPENED  RECENTLY – http://singaporedaily.net/2010/01/11/daily-sg-11-jan-2010/#comment-7611 , THE BP HAS BARRED ALL FUTURE ESSAYS TO BE POSTED BY THE SINGAPORE DAILY. I DID ASK BABY DARKNESS ABOUT THIS AND THIS IS WHAT HE HAD TO SAY, ” There are two ways to read, one is you let someone spoon feed you like a baby. The second is you choose what and how you want to eat.  Remember, if your body is a temple. Your mind has to be the altar piece; it’s the linchpin that makes possible the grand idea of La Convivencia with you and your community, spirit, mind and perhaps 7 million other things- without this one thing, the power to choose, you are simply a cactus on a window sill! 

So understand this little rich girl, there is reading and there is reading, there is a world of difference, if you dont even bother to argue with the belief, you are what you eat. Then you would have absolutely no problem understanding – why, you are most definitely without a shadow of doubt what you read and dont read.

You can certainly categorize what I write, but you have no right to judge ……that was what Singaporedaily did – a broad line has to be drawn, otherwise, dont be surprise, if someone decides its card blanche to give you and me the mushroom treatment, “feed you shit and keep you in the dark.” So this has nothing to do with Anime 3 and her rubberband brigade. I value her readership and support, but this is a bigger sphere we are dealing with here – so this is where I will draw the line…it will hurt…like that other fake site, Temasek review that kept faking doss attacks; but how could they let the real wolf out without first planting the idea in peoples mind, “if it can happen to me, it will also happen to you,” Think about it – they cried wolf – we helped, but this time, I am not going to stick my neck out for no one…its everyman for himself….I dont even care, if the whole house catches fire…call it tough love, but if you aren’t a hard man, then you shouldn’t be in the ring and that’s the only way to deal with people who cry wolf, its all here, the explanation

http://singaporedaily.net/2010/01/12/daily-sg-12-jan-2010/#comment-7618 – dont worry dotty, the readers will eventually pick up the scent…they always do, you just wait and see, dont ever sweat the small stuff, life is too short – Darkness 2010……”Missy Dotty

WASHINGTON – yesterday, the world’s largest automaker went face to face against angry U.S. lawmakers.
They pressed U.S. sales chief James Lentz on the company’s efforts to find and fix the acceleration problems that has mired Toyota cars —many suggested Toyota was sedentary and were too late and too limited in their efforts to resolve these problems.
Do I agree? Irrelevant – but one thing stands out against this simplistic picture that’s dressed up as accountability and good corporate governance. Fact remains the government i.e the congressional hearings shouldn’t even have taken place and you may ask yourself why?
Simple; the US government today (if you didn’t know it duh!!!!) just happens to be the de facto owner of GM (in equity terms at least) so what we have here believe it or not is another rival car company grilling a competitor – that smacks of hypocrisy, infamy and good old fashion conflict of interest; it’s not so different from appointing Count Dracula as the CEO of the Blood bank and asking whether he thinks it’s a good idea to double or triple the national blood donation program – same goes when the US govt sits and judges Toyota – it’s a classic case of Cui bono? (you know why they call him the count don’t you, because he’s so good at accounting that he can even make red look like blue) – this sorry side show goes a long way to confirm my longheld suspicion the US is probably the only nation on this planet which has miraculously gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization – after this debacle, the US is no longer the land of the free but rather fee .

But there is cause for optimism. While most US auto firms are gobbling up market share because of this Toyota debacle – one thing remain glaringly certain – it’s going to be just a false dawn for them – history has shown that people and firms are like roaches; the more you spray them – the stronger they get. Adolf Hitler tried to waste the Jews; all he did was inure them with the spirit of survival that second to none – that’s what happens when you try to fix people up the bent way – they get stronger; never weaker!
Obviously, Toyota now faces the challenge of regaining consumers’ confidence — the bullet proof “Toyota” image which was once the synonym for quality, reliability and safety has taken a ding. They will suffer. There will certainly be pain. The path to recovery would even be windly and long and their stocks may even sink lower – but one thing is certain when Toyota shakes off the dust and comes back again for the good fight – don’t be surprise if they produce a machine that will change the world.

Darkness 2010
DISCLOSURE: THE AUTHOR HAS STOCK POSITIONS IN TM AND WILL BE BARGAIN HUNTING FOR MORE TM IN SHARK INFESTED WATERS.

“Sitting bull was spot on Gentlemen – white man speak with fork tongue – that’s how I see those cheap pirates in Capitol hill; they’re just a bunch of carpetbaggers! –  it doesn’t take a whole lot of brain juice to figure out who is big or small these days – that’s a no brainer – the real question is who amongst the small and seemingly weak will become the big and strong and likewise who amongst the strong and mighty will be weak somewhere down the future –that’s how I see it when it comes to beating the market – I don’t think Toyota is like Citigroup or UBS where they are just shuffling papers and are so open minded and creative that their brains are spilling out when they come up with so called innovative financial instruments that not even you and I can understand – to me, it’s just a form of financial origami – they’re paper pushers and I have absolutely no idea what those firms are doing – I am not kidding you, for all you know the senior managers in Zurich are playing Soduku all day long– but Toyota is as close to a bull shit free firm that you will ever get – Ford thinks they’re ahead now; but there’s more to making cars than fabricating a steel cage and sticking four tires on it – this fiasco will give them a false sense of security; they will get bloated and rest on their laurel – that’s good – I cant think of a better formulation for slow acting poison – pride & prejudice – so I wouldn’t touch Ford with a barge pole! No way!

Toyota right now is in the shit pot; but they’re a real nut & bolt firm – pneumatic hand drills, metal presses and more importantly you all have absolutely no idea how much pride the Japanese take in building stuff – so they’re going to take this personally – you put this in your diary, they will come back again and we will see a second coming in Detroit, like what they once did to the US auto industry in the 80’s; she’s not a dot.com firm or some fuzzy marketing outfit that is marketing bottled Himalayan air or driven by some cloudy vision or something – so if I had to put my chips on either the fake or real for 2 or 3 years – it’s a two second decision gentlemen – I’ve always put my money on people who make real things, not those who are just pushing buttons and shuffling paper here and there and doing things that are closer to mumbo jumbo than real business – the long and short of it goes like this: if you invest your money in the unreal, you may have a good run, could even last a few years, but a day will come when you will end up right back in square numero uno – because investing in the fake is not so different from playing snake and ladders. Its fool’s gold. And if you lost money there; you have no one but yourself to blame.”


Darkness 2010 – conversation captured in a thread in Ekunaba recently by an auto-bot crawler – this has been brought to you by the FILB – The Brotherhood Press 2010
 

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N.B MESSAGE BY MISSY DOTTY:  DO BOOKMARK THIS SITE, IF SOME OF YOU CLAIM, YOU ARE MISSING OUT, BOOKMARK IT, THAT WAY WHEN WE DECIDE TO TAKE OFF SOMEWHERE ELSE, AT LEAST YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD TO CONT READING SOME OF OUR STUFF . BOOKMARK, IT AS WHEN THEY TAKE OFF, AS THEY DO, AT LEAST, YOU WILL HAVE A LINK, DO IT NOW!– ANOTHER GOOD REASON TO BOOKMARK THIS SITE IS THIS HAS HAPPENED  RECENTLY – http://singaporedaily.net/2010/01/11/daily-sg-11-jan-2010/#comment-7611 , THE BP HAS BARRED ALL FUTURE ESSAYS TO BE POSTED BY THE SINGAPORE DAILY. I DID ASK BABY DARKNESS ABOUT THIS AND THIS IS WHAT HE HAD TO SAY, ” There are two ways to read, one is you let someone spoon feed you like a baby. The second is you choose what and how you want to eat.  Remember, if your body is a temple. Your mind has to be the altar piece; it’s the linchpin that makes possible the grand idea of La Convivencia with you and your community, spirit, mind and perhaps 7 million other things- without this one thing, the power to choose, you are simply a cactus on a window sill! 

So understand this little rich girl, there is reading and there is reading, there is a world of difference, if you dont even bother to argue with the belief, you are what you eat. Then you would have absolutely no problem understanding – why, you are most definitely without a shadow of doubt what you read and dont read.

You can certainly categorize what I write, but you have no right to judge ……that was what Singaporedaily did – a broad line has to be drawn, otherwise, dont be surprise, if someone decides its card blanche to give you and me the mushroom treatment, “feed you shit and keep you in the dark.” So this has nothing to do with Anime 3 and her rubberband brigade. I value her readership and support, but this is a bigger sphere we are dealing with here – so this is where I will draw the line…it will hurt…like that other fake site, Temasek review that kept faking doss attacks; but how could they let the real wolf out without first planting the idea in peoples mind, “if it can happen to me, it will also happen to you,” Think about it – they cried wolf – we helped, but this time, I am not going to stick my neck out for no one…its everyman for himself….I dont even care, if the whole house catches fire…call it tough love, but if you aren’t a hard man, then you shouldn’t be in the ring and that’s the only way to deal with people who cry wolf, its all here, the explanation 

http://singaporedaily.net/2010/01/12/daily-sg-12-jan-2010/#comment-7618 – dont worry dotty, the readers will eventually pick up the scent…they always do, you just wait and see, dont ever sweat the small stuff, life is too short – Darkness 2010……”Missy Dotty

This is not an IQ test, but can you spot the odd one out in this photo? – No I am not referring to that man you looks like your next door expatriate in your condo- take your time – Well spotted…..there’s a woman there!

What is a woman doing in a covert International hit squad?

Well one reason may have to do with the practical necessity of fixing someone on the go – men if you noticed aren’t supposed to carry hand bags; we are only allowed wafer thin wallets – women on the other hand don’t have that problem – my theory is she’s the one who is responsible for lugging everything that this Mossad crew needed from the foldable machine gun, rope ladders, pepper spray, skeleton key, gas mask, smoke grenade, bullet proof vest, rocket launcher and don’t be surprise; if she still has enough real estate to accommodate cosmetics, polo mints and her tampons.

And this raises the question; that I have always considered to be one of the greatest mysteries of life – the equivalent of where is Atlantis and did aliens build the pyramids? – What is it about women and their hand bags?

My pet theory goes like this: the need for a female to carry something is deeply rooted in her biological make up – stands to reason – man is a hunter, so he has to be agile and travel light; for god sake you can’t expect a hunter to lug a dinosaur lined bag full of pots and pans and still be expected to wrestled with saber tooth tigers and fight off giant sized Anaconda’s etc – that’s just stupid – since time in immemorial men have always been the provider – and women the caregivers – just to give you a simple illustration of how this primordial theory has even carried forward to the present day – do you notice men’s watches are always bigger and they come with a whole lot more functions like timers, stop watches etc – that’s because to hunt effectively, we men need to maximize on day light hours?

You can’t hunt effectively unless you’re an effective time manager – now you know why every woman has absolutely no sense of time – 9 out of 10, she’s always late and its futile to try to change her – fact is just a cave woman was so preoccupied with the daily litany of cooking and taking care of kiddies etc – time has always been relative to a woman – that explains the diminutive size woman’s watches – here size does is proportional to utility of usage – to paraphrase, her handbag is more important than time.

I know that these days unless you want die an unnatural death (like getting suffocated by a pillow); this is hardly the stuff for a congenial tete-a-tete – that’s why I am blogging about it. Besides we all know that most of the girls reading this are all probably The Siglap Miss Serene and Miss Dotty Si Wen variety that can hardly do any damage with your flying upper middle class lychee daggers; if this was going out to heart lander Sengkang Sally and Ris low – then monster durians would definitely compel me to bury this essay.

So please spare me the death threats along with the charming mails on – why even if you’re are the last man on this planet, I would never go out with you yada yada yada – No one denies women these days are very different from the days of lore; these days they don’t even have fainting rights anymore – if they see an offensive pecker streaming in the public square; women these days just reach deep into their handbags take out their camera phones and snap away – that guarantees the offender a mandatory 101 course on bladder management – roles and goals of women have definitely changed.


But as I mentioned biologically speaking, the female of our species is still the equivalent of our primordial multi tool Swiss knife – where she can always be counted to provide everything that the modern hunter (men) needs today – everything from tissue paper, tiger balm, band aids, mints, nail clippers, perfume, safety pins (and in my case, I suspect rat poison) somewhere in that bottomless pit of her handbag that even makes the Grand Canyon look like a sink hole.
You could even say something as ubiquitous as the handbag is a sort of security blanket that feeds on both the physically and psychological aspect of what it means to be a woman – for one it palliates her fears – she has everything in her handbag to save people and planet – it even edifies her role as care giver – along with affirming her role as the hunters mate and attunes her sense of being to the universe – one reason why the handbag has such a tenuous hold on the psyche of every woman; is because every woman suffers from that nagging feeling something needs to be righted – that’s one reason why 9 out of 10; the first thing they do when they see you – is they begin straightening your tie; retouching your hair with gel and making sure you’re just at your peachy best – so remember; size matters – the rule of thumb that I swear by is there is no handbag that can ever be too big – the bigger the better – that’s why handbags are evergreen gifts that will always bring a smile to every girl and make her day; it doesn’t even need to be branded; it just needs to be big – and that simply means we men can still get away on the cheap with our wafer thin wallets while they lug it all happily without a thought – only just make sure she’s not a Mossad secret agent or she’s read this, otherwise the only bag you will end up in is a body bag.
 
 
 
 

 

Carry on!

Darkness 2010 – The Brotherhood Press 2010

 —————————————————————“There is no such thing as perfect loving, singing, writing, praying, living or shitting – it doesn’t exist – if there is such a thing as perfection then I think it has to be in the word despair; you will probably find somewhere in what the Jews call Kaddish.”

“You seem to be condoning what they did Darkness?”

“No I merely understand. I dont watch TV and I am very good at pretending to work; so I read alot.”

“Isn’t that the same as saying, I agree with what they did in a round about way?”

“No it means I merely understand. Just imagine waking up one morning in Singapore and walking out into empty streets like Will Smith in the movie – I am legend – that’s how many Jews were murdered in the holocaust; the entire population of Singapore and a bit more; but that is just the tip of the ice berg – all I am saying is the Jews have been treated like shit since the beginning of time. So that’s bound to shape their world view.”

“Seems to me Darkness, you share their world view.”

“No, I merely understand. To agree or disagree, I would need to judge them, that would be the direct opposite of what I just said, I merely understand.”

Recent conversation in a thread entitled “Pillows should carry the surgeons general warning in Dubai.” Captured by an auto-bot in Ekunaba – this has been brought to you by the FILB ( Free Internet Library Board) – The Brotherhood Press 2010

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N.B MESSAGE BY MISSY DOTTY:  DO BOOKMARK THIS SITE, IF SOME OF YOU CLAIM, YOU ARE MISSING OUT, BOOKMARK IT, THAT WAY WHEN WE DECIDE TO TAKE OFF SOMEWHERE ELSE, AT LEAST YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD TO CONT READING SOME OF OUR STUFF . BOOKMARK, IT AS WHEN THEY TAKE OFF, AS THEY DO, AT LEAST, YOU WILL HAVE A LINK, DO IT NOW!– ANOTHER GOOD REASON TO BOOKMARK THIS SITE IS THIS HAS HAPPENED  RECENTLY – http://singaporedaily.net/2010/01/11/daily-sg-11-jan-2010/#comment-7611 , THE BP HAS BARRED ALL FUTURE ESSAYS TO BE POSTED BY THE SINGAPORE DAILY. I DID ASK BABY DARKNESS ABOUT THIS AND THIS IS WHAT HE HAD TO SAY, ” There are two ways to read, one is you let someone spoon feed you like a baby. The second is you choose what and how you want to eat.  Remember, if your body is a temple. Your mind has to be the altar piece; it’s the linchpin that makes possible the grand idea of La Convivencia with you and your community, spirit, mind and perhaps 7 million other things- without this one thing, the power to choose, you are simply a cactus on a window sill! 

So understand this little rich girl, there is reading and there is reading, there is a world of difference, if you dont even bother to argue with the belief, you are what you eat. Then you would have absolutely no problem understanding – why, you are most definitely without a shadow of doubt what you read and dont read.

You can certainly categorize what I write, but you have no right to judge ……that was what Singaporedaily did – a broad line has to be drawn, otherwise, dont be surprise, if someone decides its card blanche to give you and me the mushroom treatment, “feed you shit and keep you in the dark.” So this has nothing to do with Anime 3 and her rubberband brigade. I value her readership and support, but this is a bigger sphere we are dealing with here – so this is where I will draw the line…it will hurt…like that other fake site, Temasek review that kept faking doss attacks; but how could they let the real wolf out without first planting the idea in peoples mind, “if it can happen to me, it will also happen to you,” Think about it – they cried wolf – we helped, but this time, I am not going to stick my neck out for no one…its everyman for himself….I dont even care, if the whole house catches fire…call it tough love, but if you aren’t a hard man, then you shouldn’t be in the ring and that’s the only way to deal with people who cry wolf, its all here, the explanation

http://singaporedaily.net/2010/01/12/daily-sg-12-jan-2010/#comment-7618 – dont worry dotty, the readers will eventually pick up the scent…they always do, you just wait and see, dont ever sweat the small stuff, life is too short – Darkness 2010……”Missy Dotty

The Wisdom of the Storm

February 21, 2010

Sometimes not all the time; life is like a small boat sailing into an angry storm.  

I don’t know whether you’ve ever been smack right in a middle of a storm – it’s like finding yourself in a blender – suddenly, you realize everything which was once unchanging starts to peel off – nothing stays the same in a storm, not you or the hundred and one things that are either rolling, pitching or just trying to hit you on the head; it’s like suddenly finding yourself in a full scale portogeist assault – you helm the wheel the best you can; you assure yourself – you can ride this one out –when she hits; the hull gives just enough to know; you may be taking in water somewhere in the hold, it’s after all just a plastic boat – I’ve misjudge it terribly. At the last moment, she changed shape like an angry woman who suddenly makes a claw with her fingers and draws flesh and blood – I steer hard portside to right her; but I am two minded where I should go; I can’t seem to find the line  – you’re never really sure whether she’s idling or chasing you. 

 
 
You’re never ever sure. Never!I look up, it’s still standing defiantly, but against this storm; it looks like rubber snake – then I notice blood – rope must have broken loose and snagged my cheek and I didn’t even feel it – its bleeding profusely – this is so unreal – it only happens in the movies.
Over and over I play this cat and mouse game – time just melts away – in no time I find myself like a moth that’s just circling around a licking tongue of flame called death ; each circle sharpens the smallness of my being.
May seem odd, but amid it all, I find myself asking silly questions like – why didn’t I just stay home and watch TV? I knew it would be trouble when I lost the scent of the land just yesterday – I even saw her brewing just the other day when the air tasted metallic – I could have side stepped her then, but I didn’t – arrogance, pride or just plain stupidity; maybe all of this or nothing – I don’t know – I don’t have time to look back.
 
Another granite wave hits me broad side, this time she’s listing so hard; the mast is starting to make strange sounds. It takes forever to right her and this time it’s taking every ounce of my effort – my hydraulic have gone.
No time to think – I still have the diesel engines – they’re good, I cleaned out the manifold just the other day – I throttle hard, but it’s no use; she’s too strong and now she gives me another smack – this time it’s full frontal, I hear something crack – it’s a snapping sound – I could have sworn it was the mast.

 Suddenly, I laugh out loud…like some mad man -“is that all you can do!” 

 
At that moment I realize; I am losing it – I’ve put too much of my being into this storm; she’s stepped right inside me – I scan the horizon frantically – there is no opening; it’s just one iron curtain of swirl; I can’t even make out the horizon – but wait there it is, North East – there’s a peek of amber light – I have to make it through the eye of the needle.

I’ve make a turn like a shank – that bitch wouldn’t expect that move; no one is dumb enough to sail into the maker; hopefully the swing will spit me – the hull finds a line like a knife through flesh, it’s gathers speed – but mid way; it begins to wane; I can’t get her to swing starboard fast enough; another wave has hit me astern this time – then a four storey special slams down like a sledge hammer – this time the boat shudders from hull to stern; lifting her clean right out of the water – she comes down with an almighty crash and she’s pitching again – I can’t steady her – I’ve given all I have; there’s no more throttle, not even one millimeter– she’s just going to close over me like a palm over an ant on the next wave. 

 
I saw it all, before, during and after when the last one came full frontal, she was a mother- may sound strange but I could have sworn; it was in slow motion -all I remember were the thousands of razors; the blur; emptiness and strangely even my silent resignation that this was how it will all end – I don’t remember how I made it through; I reckon that has to be a miracle. So it’s best to be humble about these things, all I remember is a few turns at the wheel, checking my bearings – skimping across the slippery deck to check the rudder and maybe 10 other things which may have absolutely nothing or everything to do with saving my sorry ass – I wished, I could say for certain it was skill, but I am not sure – a storm never comes in one clean line; it’s all ragged and clawed – but I’ve broken through or maybe she’s just had her fill with me – the tub is in a right mess – but it’s a nice mess, the type that you know nothing has been broken or cant heal with time.
I am not sure whether she will come back again; never- that’s the thing about storms –they all have a mind of their own – you look against the paraffin blue waters hoping that she’s going one way and while I barrel the other way – all the while contemplating the smallness of my courage; come on “Mr Boat, just a bit more…. ‘ In a while I feel the assurance of the forward glide – the sea feels like butter again and my hull like a hot scythe cutting a straight line into the full glory of the amber light – but one thing lingers amid the silence that follows just after the passing of the storm. You would never be the same person who walked in. Never – that’s the first lesson every storm teaches those who think that they are above it all – you’re just a human being; nothing more or less. Anyone who doesn’t know this just hasn’t been through a storm.
I reach nervously for my cigarettes – I realize they’re all soaked.

  

Darkness 2010 – The Brotherhood Press 

Who can really say what’s good and bad these days? Are you telling me that guy you saw on TV last night was spot on? Well he could just as well be wrong – is the world market recovering? I don’t know. I could go the other way next week, month or year – No one knows for sure and anyone who tells you they know is either a liar, con man or some loser who is just trying to cover his tracks –

It’s like a storm – and a storm is just a metaphor, like a giant shoe box where you can put everything that is going wrong in your life – broken relationships, a lousy boss, health problems, stock market crashes and a million other things –  sure, you can bury your head in the sand like an ostrich in a storm – infact, many people are doing just that – they’re telling you and me, the recession is over – but look at how messed up the world is right now – so you made 25% this month from the market; good for you; but next month you could be wiped out either way; give or take a few zeroes – my point is don’t take anything for granted – nothing is written in stone – that’s the lesson of that every storm brings in her wake – the blessing and the curse – the blessings are there; I say grab those lessons and weave it into your being – winnow the losers from the winners and find out what the latter did that the former didn’t – and not worry about other people or what they may even think of you; better still **** them off!
And when you do that – you will discover one lesson – the losers were the ones who thought that the party could go on forever – they never ever once believed for one moment; the world could get turned upside down, stirred and shaken like a tiny boat in a storm – so we’re living through a historical event – that sort of experience can either change you for the better or worse – you can either learn from it or say, ‘it’s business as usual.’ It’s up to you.


But one thing is certain; like all storms whatever the outcome once you pop out from the other side – you can never ever see the world in the same way as you once saw it before – never – that’s the lesson every storm leaves in it’s wake – you just a human being, nothing more or less – so make the best of it – otherwise, its not true when they say what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger – next time, when that storm comes this way again, if you dont bother with the learning – you’re as good as toast!”


Darkness 2010 conversation with Harphoon in a thread in Ekunaba concerning the Economic outlook – this excerpt has been captured by an auto-bot and brought to you by the FILB (Free Internet Library Board) – Sponsored by the ICG – The Brotherhood Press 2010.

What’s the big deal about the Dalai Lama? Why does he even enjoy die-die must see, talk and hug status on an international scale that even LKY would definitely envy? Does he represent a super duper economic power? Nope, he’s an exile –is he some spiritual guru that imparts wisdom to world leaders? Nope, he doesn’t even have a country to call his own – so why is does the Dalai Lama continue to enjoy the revered teddy bear status that even Obama doesn’t have any qualms angering the Chinese by giving him the 21 gun salute along with the red carpet treatment?

Coming to think of it – Why are the communist in Beijing so hell-bent that Obama should not sit down and have a chat with the Dalai Lama?

To answer that question – most geo-political pundits will probably tell you the obvious viz-a-viz  – The US, along with most of us who happen to think the Dalai Lama is a great guy and China view the world in starkly different terms – that’s true: conflicts between the US and China have multiplied, the refusal of the Chinese to even consider readjusting the value of the renminbi; the break down of the global warming talks in Copenhagen; China’s weak support to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and to cap it off now – we all know those cyber attacks on Google all came from a school that is coincidentally operated by the people’s liberation army ( I told you, every cyber attack leaves an electronic signature! That can be tracked – I wonder who helped them? Duh!!!!!!) – but despite the weight of these differences – I don’t see all these factors, events and set pieces as the main reason why the Chinese are so incensed about the US giving the Dalai Lama air time.

One reason why the Dalai Lama is so important is because he represents an idea in flesh – the embodiment of an idea that may not even have any military, economic or technological value in the geo-political chess board – but in an age when soft power has more mileage and torque than shock and awe brute force – the Dalai Lama is definitely a super duper cultural power on the scale of the Nimitz class nuclear powered aircraft carrier – I wouldn’t go as far as to say he represents the collective conscience of the world – but there is no doubt; when one is seen with the Dalai Lama it’s an affirmation of sorts that simply sends out a very strong message to big bullies such as China – “somethings will just have to stay! Come what may.” There’s a finality to the tone – but what did you really expect? When a regime is so disconnected from the moral pulse of the world that it even has the temerity to believe it can set the agenda for whom the president of the US meets – is to me…just a PR Chernobyl bordering on sheer fantasy that merely confirms my long held belief China’s “me first,” worldview is so fossilized that they should all go for brain surgery.

Fact of the matter is China despite its stellar GDP and GNP counts for naught when all these numbers are juxtaposed against the whole idea of soft power politics – just because China deems the Dalai Lama not to be the ruler of Tibet does not make it so! So fuck you is the message that Obama is sending to the Chinese and rightly so; as no country, individual or for that matter even a blog (if you want to seek out analogies) should ever be allowed to judge another and impose their will with the power of brute force.

So if the Chinese in Beijing can’t stand the sight that the Dalai Lama is allowed to travel so freely within the international community and even sit for 70 minutes with the US president! (FYI, that is the longest time Obama has sat with any world leader!). Fuck you lah!

If the Chinese think the Dalai Lama should be an outcast and packed off like the Mr Man in the Mask a la Count of Monte Cristo style – Fuck you again lah.

And finally if the Chinese bureaucrats cannot bear to think that the Dalai Lama is so warmly welcomed, respected and revered by most world leaders just because they’re gobbling up US treasury bonds – again triple fuck you!

The fact is, in the age of soft power the Dalai Lama stands for much more than just the autonomy of Tibet.

He is the living symbol for the preservation of certain elemental rights that will always remain timeless, universal and non negotiable to people who believe in freedom; in the currency of soft power that just happens to be the Alpha and Omega – the right to be a human being, the right not to be marginalized, the right not to be judged summarily; the right to speak what is in your head without fear or favor and above all the right to be a child of the universe.


That in a nut shell is why the Chinese in Beijing are so shit scared of the Dalai Lama and jumping up and down; for despite all the sheen of their forest of skyscrapers; their stellar economic record; when one sets these metrics against the soft power excel spread sheet; they’re all written in an alphabet that morally upright humans beings don’t understand – all they do is verify the belief the Communist have a decrepit morally bankrupt ideology thats fast resembling a horse drawn buggy in an eight lane highway – as long as the world continues to welcome Dalai Lama and his kind; he will always serve as a beacon of hope to many who are displaced, marginalized and estranged; a reminder to everyone who cherishes and values the idea of freedom – that business can never take precedence over humanity – and that’s not just feel and sound good sentimentalism either; in the soft power Art of War, that’s just a wonder weapon that those bent Chinese Communist bureaucrats wished they had in their war chest – like I said, you can go and fuck your mothers! When you don’t have it; you cannot win – it’s a walk over!

My score card is clear as day –  China: 0 / Dalai Lama: 1 (own goal some more) – game over!

 
Darkness 2010 

The main problem with the Chinese Communist is simply this; they don’t know the art of seduction….and that’s everything…..if you ask them they will say, why bother with such trivia…..as Confucius said,  ‘wife not part of furniture, until screwed on bed.’  That’s why they have so much grief from the international community and no one likes to be associated with them – this is often confused for racism; it’s like a man who has reached a certain standing in his career, where he can even afford a V8 Jaguar, sport a Rolex King on his wrist and is in every sense a success; yet he keeps wondering why no girl wants to get fucked by him, except those who he is willing to pay for; even then some of them give him the cold shoulder – that’s a problem. A big problem…..

Now you know why the only game they (communist Chinese) know how to play is “I hold you by the balls and your mind will have to follow, like it or not!”….casus belli….there is no finesse – no elegance – no elan – a gentlemen doesn’t need to resort to brute force, he strives to win the heart and is it such a wonder – the mind follows him willingly, even if their union may promise only pain and sorrow?

That’s one reason why I consider it imperative in the education of every gentlemen;  that he bothers himself with the art of seduction…at some point in his life….it is everything….but of course, we all say it is nothing….because we dress it up as marketing or public relations….but make no mistake, it is seduction…..”

Darkness 2010 – recently comment in the Ekunaba thread about the meeting between Obama and the Dalai Lama – 19 Feb 2010 – conversation captured by an auto-bot – The Brotherhood Press 2010.

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“The furthest point between two people is not the distance that separates two stars – sure they may even be separated by a few billion light years, but that’s just around the corner – the furthest distance between two people is when I write my love stories and post them here; and some of you even call me a troll – then there are those who call me all kinds of hurtful things – and some of you even send e-mails telling other webmasters that my entries should be deleted- why?

Because you do not believe a forum should be a place for me to write and post my love stories – but who gave you that right to judge me? In whose name do you claim your right from? I want you to understand this: I am a human being – if you cut me, I bleed – if you give me a good kick, I curl up and whenever I see my love stories being mutilated, erased, deleted without the slightest ryhme or reason – it breaks my heart in two –  that my friends brings me to my point – the furthest distance that separates one person from another – it is when I am standing before you at this very moment and you don’t even have the courtesy to see me….I will write….and even if there is only one or two people reading this…I will still write….because I have the right to write providing I don’t disturb anyone…if you don’t like it just move on to the next entry!

It’s up to you to decide whether you want to see me or not – that’s your choice.  Your decision. But I am going to write and continue posting here; like a mad man shovelling coal into the boiler and by the looks of it, I don’t even care, if it burns down the house……” Darkness 2002

This entry was once posted in icered.com in Hong Kong in 2002  / after this entry no site barred his entry to the first e-book entitled the Confessions – since then 28 e-books have been written and randomly posted throughout the entire internet -http://intelligentsingaporean.wordpress.com/2005/02/12/the-confessions/

This excerpt has been extracted from a cache repository of icered.com and filed under the Brotherhood Press by the Free Internet Library Board.

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N.B MESSAGE BY MISSY DOTTY:  DO BOOKMARK THIS SITE, IF SOME OF YOU CLAIM, YOU ARE MISSING OUT, BOOKMARK IT, THAT WAY WHEN WE DECIDE TO TAKE OFF SOMEWHERE ELSE, AT LEAST YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD TO CONT READING SOME OF OUR STUFF . BOOKMARK, IT AS WHEN THEY TAKE OFF, AS THEY DO, AT LEAST, YOU WILL HAVE A LINK, DO IT NOW!– ANOTHER GOOD REASON TO BOOKMARK THIS SITE IS THIS HAS HAPPENED  RECENTLY – http://singaporedaily.net/2010/01/11/daily-sg-11-jan-2010/#comment-7611 , THE BP HAS BARRED ALL FUTURE ESSAYS TO BE POSTED BY THE SINGAPORE DAILY. I DID ASK BABY DARKNESS ABOUT THIS AND THIS IS WHAT HE HAD TO SAY, ” There are two ways to read, one is you let someone spoon feed you like a baby. The second is you choose what and how you want to eat.  Remember, if your body is a temple. Your mind has to be the altar piece; it’s the linchpin that makes possible the grand idea of La Convivencia with you and your community, spirit, mind and perhaps 7 million other things- without this one thing, the power to choose, you are simply a cactus on a window sill! 

So understand this little rich girl, there is reading and there is reading, there is a world of difference, if you dont even bother to argue with the belief, you are what you eat. Then you would have absolutely no problem understanding – why, you are most definitely without a shadow of doubt what you read and dont read.

You can certainly categorize what I write, but you have no right to judge ……that was what Singaporedaily did – a broad line has to be drawn, otherwise, dont be surprise, if someone decides its card blanche to give you and me the mushroom treatment, “feed you shit and keep you in the dark.” So this has nothing to do with Anime 3 and her rubberband brigade. I value her readership and support, but this is a bigger sphere we are dealing with here – so this is where I will draw the line…it will hurt…like that other fake site, Temasek review that kept faking doss attacks; but how could they let the real wolf out without first planting the idea in peoples mind, “if it can happen to me, it will also happen to you,” Think about it – they cried wolf – we helped, but this time, I am not going to stick my neck out for no one…its everyman for himself….I dont even care, if the whole house catches fire…call it tough love, but if you aren’t a hard man, then you shouldn’t be in the ring and that’s the only way to deal with people who cry wolf, its all here, the explanation

http://singaporedaily.net/2010/01/12/daily-sg-12-jan-2010/#comment-7618 – dont worry dotty, the readers will eventually pick up the scent…they always do, you just wait and see, dont ever sweat the small stuff, life is too short – Darkness 2010……”Missy Dotty

Let’s just start our engines and dive right in – will sands in the Marina bay succeed or will take a swan dive?
A simple question – but it ain’t that simple, it seems; for one their stock took a dive last night in the Nasdaq (ticker: LVS) go check out how much was shaved off – what were the reasons? Irrelevant – my point is from a financial standpoint Sands isn’t exactly the Bank of England – the question stands, will Sands do a swan dive or will it set a new benchmark in adult entertainment in Singapore?

To the perceptive reader; you would have notice, I have drawn no correlation between a stocks performance and how an enterprise will fair – that because I don’t believe one necessarily has anything to do with another –  remember always the stock market is a glorified form of gambling – and despite numerous death threats I WILL NOT RETRACT THAT STATEMENT!

Well to answer that question let’s look at what Sands is up against – firstly you want to know what I think about Genting? It has absolutely no class, no aplomb and elan – infact it’s the Burger King and Cash Converter of the gambling genre – first of all you’re rubbing shoulders with the Uncle and Auntie crowd who are playing $5 dollar chips – I drove up there once in Malaysia by the time I arrived the valet handed me a strip of Panadol – there after I was greeted by another ugly picture — lines and lines of gamblers who were just a bunch of low lives – now please understand this, I am not doing a Wee Shu Mi special here – only when I decide to gamble – I like to do so with a modicum of class ( that’s not too much to ask) – Zegna Tuxedo, Vacheron time piece and of course the La atmosphere -(the ambience as the French would say) – you see a casino is just an adult version of Disney World – so the crowd is key – get the wrong crowd and you drive out the high rollers – the last thing you want to do is share a baccarat table with a lorry driver who has just mortgaged his wife and kids to the local Ah Long; or find yourself next to a spinster cum undercover Christian secret agent kicking you underneath the table as she secrets leaflets on “The seven deadly sins of gambling.”  – that’s a spoiler – I am not trying to be elitist here, but to me gambling is….lack for a better word… desiderata (you know, go placidly amid the noise and haste….so on and so forth) – under my preferred terms; gambling can be elegant, fun, edifying and even challenging at a cerebral level (caveat: but you need to know what you are getting yourself into – this is not luck as much as it is a game of chess – where calculus, quadratic equations along with probability play s a preponderant role).


That’s why  if you happen to be a seasoned gambler like me you never ever want to find yourself in a sea of humans as if you’re in some bus in terminal in Calcutta on the eve of some long public holiday  – that’s a spoiler.
And here comes the rub – because I am going to give you a dummies run down on how to get into the inner sanctum of every casino – the VIP gambling den; where you can gamble under the best conditions – first of all you need to understand; when it comes to gambling there is no such thing as equality – the only democracy you’re find in the casino is how every player is equally supceptible to heart attacks, strokes and high blood pressure – The question now is how do you get into the VIP lounge without blowing your account? Let’s face it, time is money and the last thing you ever want to do in a Casino is stand in line – well first you need $10K, and what you do is buy a platinum chip (in gambling parlance this is called the Skeleton key or diamond)  – now when you do that what happens is the computer system that runs the concierge says, “hey, we have a high roller here!” That’s how all casino software are programmed – it doesn’t stop there either; soon after that another program will begin to send out messages to other parts of the Casino, again the message is the same, “hey, we have a high roller here!” – now here comes the tricky part;  you need to cash in your chips a few times (exchange them first for smaller chips); do it at least 3 times (don’t worry, you’re not commiting any crime, you’re just beating the system, there is no law against outsmarting the computer) – and what will happen is at some point an astonishing;y very fuckable siren with liquid brown eyes and legs that run forever will come to you and say,
“Sir, you need to come with me!”
Go with her and she will take you to the VIP lounge – be cool, just act as if you gone through it all with that “this is no big deal,” attitude- there you find Babylonian paradise – free flow of the finest Methuselah along with caviar and the best tits and ass on this planet (but take my advice, never drink and deal – you’re a Ninja, you’re just there to do your thing and run like hell) – now the VIP lounge is not your regular bus terminal; like I said this is the equivalent of your first class transit lounge where even the waiters even know precisely how you like your bourbon to be served up (again the computer tells them) – this where you can just focus and do your stuff without having to battle the crowd – remember gambling is like chess – don’t ever get distracted by those sirens; once you’re in the cockpit do your thing (remember counting cards is not a crime PROVIDING you do it ONLY in your head, so junk those free iphone downloads; the golden rule goes like this- YOU CAN NEVER BEAT THE HOUSE IN THE LONG RUN, NEVER! – I am not even going to negotiate with you on that point – all you can do is run up her skirt when she’s looking the other way, do your thing and scramble down the drain pipe before the husband shows up with a meat cleaver – I am sorry, that’s as good as it will ever get –  now you understand why I say even something a sensible as the stock market is a glorified form of gambling – park your money there long enough and you will end up with worthless paper – the only way to win is hit and run!) – and the best part about the VIP gambling den there is no mata-mata or ISD there – most of them are out there in the common area.
But always remember a casino can either be perdition or salvation, heaven or hell, something or nothing, opportunity or a throw away – a good rule of thumb that I swear by is – set your limit and never ever gamble with money that you are not prepared to part with; better still set an OB marker on your calendar – something like, “I am only going to go there once every 3 months! And keep to the rule; trust me you need this, because gambling is highly addictive; once you lose the discipline – the house will bleach you bone dry! I kid you not! – so there you have it; the 1, 2 and 3’s of how to get right into the heart of every Casino to the play the game under the best possible conditions and you don’t even need to break your bank account.
As for the stock LVS, she will shed another 5% when the bell rings in Nasdaq tonite or maybe not– I know the books don’t look good, some people are even saying she’s in for a kamikaze nose dive; but like I said, I am a contrarian – I never ever follow the crowd and come Monday – I will be taking a position on her – but this will not be a long hold, it will like a drive by shooting – hit and run.
Despite all the uncertainties – one thing is certain when Las Vegas Sands opens in the Marina bay it has all the montages to set a new benchmark in adult entertainment – but there is one proviso here that can make or break any casino –  the authorities have to play their cards right – the tao here is not so different from the wisdom of the magic sitar – string it too tight and it will snap; too loose and it will not play- the tension just needs to be right,  find that happy line and everything will fall in place and the high rollers will pour right through the doors – overdo it and will all go to mud – don’t say I didn’t warn you – so be warned; if I even so much as smell one of you good for nothing’s hound dog’s tailing me like Snoopy; hoping that I will trip up and put me in a cage – I am just going to walk right out of the door and I don’t think for one moment; I’ve be walking out alone – don’t say I didn’t tell you – I am not breaking any laws; I just want to party and have fun.

 It’s showtime!

Darkness 2010
DISCLOSURE: THE AUTHOR WILL BE TAKING STOCK POSITIONS IN LVS ON MONDAY, BUT IT WILL BE HIT & RUN – THIS IS NOT A SOLICITATION TO VISIT SANDS IN THE MARINA BAY.

 

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So understand this little rich girl, there is reading and there is reading, there is a world of difference, if you dont even bother to argue with the belief, you are what you eat. Then you would have absolutely no problem understanding – why, you are most definitely without a shadow of doubt what you read and dont read.

You can certainly categorize what I write, but you have no right to judge ……that was what Singaporedaily did – a broad line has to be drawn, otherwise, dont be surprise, if someone decides its card blanche to give you and me the mushroom treatment, “feed you shit and keep you in the dark.” So this has nothing to do with Anime 3 and her rubberband brigade. I value her readership and support, but this is a bigger sphere we are dealing with here – so this is where I will draw the line…it will hurt…like that other fake site, Temasek review that kept faking doss attacks; but how could they let the real wolf out without first planting the idea in peoples mind, “if it can happen to me, it will also happen to you,” Think about it – they cried wolf – we helped, but this time, I am not going to stick my neck out for no one…its everyman for himself….I dont even care, if the whole house catches fire…call it tough love, but if you aren’t a hard man, then you shouldn’t be in the ring and that’s the only way to deal with people who cry wolf, its all here, the explanation

http://singaporedaily.net/2010/01/12/daily-sg-12-jan-2010/#comment-7618 – dont worry dotty, the readers will eventually pick up the scent…they always do, you just wait and see, dont ever sweat the small stuff, life is too short – Darkness 2010……”Missy Dotty

Businesses these days are facing change like never before. Numerous driving forces to this change include of course the economic meltdown. Along with a rapidly expanding marketplace brought forth by globalization, and increasing competition, diversity among consumers, and availability to new forms of technology.
Now against this dog it dog landscape you may think that the firms who will thrive and grow from strength to strength will be the same ones that brought you the ipod (which to me seems more like the cult of mass hearing impairment, but I digress) or maybe commercial jet liners that allow you to shit and are still considerate enough to provide you with a window to watch the clouds go by at 40,000 feet – or even banks that are so big they seem to be in every street corner – but this whole idea that only big juggernaut firms can have the power to create and innovate are the ones that you should put your money on – that to me is a crock of shit!
And let me share with you why? When times are uncertain; big firms are most susceptible to market shifts – for one they’re like lumbering dinosaurs and usually their past successes have inured their management with what I can only term as terminal complacency – so how do they react in a market downturn?
  

Most of them freeze, believe it or not – very much in the way a bunny rabbit tries not to make eye contact with a cobra before it – they begin to sell off their crown jewels; shed workers, close plants and in a nutshell – they’re so preoccupied with bailing water out from their hold – most of the time, they’re just so fixated with survival, that innovation and creativity just takes a back seat.  


Don’t believe me – then just take a look at GM, Citigroup, UBS, Lehman Bros and probably 50 other losers – what do they all have in common? They’re all big and at simply means they are prime cuts for – what I call the first to suffer firms. 
So what do we do? One way to beat the market when its behaving like a psycho is to look at the God of the small – bear in mind, this is the stuff they don’t ever teach you in Harvard business school – and the reason is very simple no one really bothers with the small stuff – most of the time, they are so fixated on the big that they lose sight of the cogent question: how did the big become big in the first place – well they all started small, believe it or not. 
Microsoft, Apple, Sony, Virgin group, Toyota and every single fortune 500 firm that you see today started small – Richard Branson for example started peddling bootleg records from the boot of a car – Akio Morita of Sony started off by soldering components he gathered from junk shops were electronic stuff go and die and the list goes on and on. 
The logic stands the test of reason – when you’re small, you have absolutely nothing to lose – 9 out of 10 those guys aren’t even strategizing and planning doesn’t even come in, all they concerned about is to get the idea to work – so take my advice, when times are tough, 9 out of 10, a next Google, facebook or Amazon is most probably going to emerge from a room where clothes go to die or where someone has to make do with loads of superglue, duct tape and rubber band. 
And this brings me to the nub of my essay – I want you to take a closer look at this tiny outfit –Chatroulette.com – for the moment, it’s just an idea and it hasn’t really piqued the interest of venture capitalist yet, but my gut tells me, this is going to be something big – like I said, why buy high, when you can get it dead pan cheap? 
Now the idea is quirky – for one it’s one part serendipity; two parts epiphany and the rest is not disimilar to a social Ouija Board – but what really piques my interest is the elegance of code that this kid has written  – it is so simple, yet so effective and versatile that I cannot even begin to elaborate without confusing myself and probably you – so lets just leave it at that – to cut a long story short Chatroulette is currently just a place like the drink hole in Star Wars – right now in the relative utility scale it has as much value as electricity when it was first discovered during the 18th – it was just good for party tricks and amusing bored aristocrats in Versailles -but what I want you to do is spend a bit of time researching the code – that’s to say take sometime and look at how the cogs, flywheels and springs all fit together – Now you don’t need to even have a degree to do this – all you need to do is work it through your head and eventually you realize this code is bound to have a profound impact on how products and services are currently marketed – stretch the idea further and you can even draw at least 10 or maybe 20 references of how it can be adapted for to even challenge the likes of Google, Baidu and still manage to save people and planet – my point is simply this: there is a lot of room for improvisation here and to find real value, you dont ever need to go to Tiffany’s i.e high end to get good value – the kid who invented this code may not realize this yet; but it’s only a matter of time before the falcon hears the falconer – and someone or firm is just going to come along and take the idea and run with it to be the next big game in town.
So keep your eye on Chatroulette.com – and keep your powder dry; because when it takes off don’t be surprise that something this small can even shake the world.

  

PLEASE DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH WHEN IT COMES TO INVESTING – BETTER STILL CONSIDER ME A TWO TIME LOSER WHEN IT COMES TO DOLING OUT FREE MONEY ADVICE.  

 

  

Disclosure: The author is currently monitoring the idea along with the ASDF – when it becomes a business enterprise, he may invest in it as a tech play. 

Darkness 2010 (I wrote this real fast, so if it’s all bunched up – just sort it out yourself)  

“You know what I think about all this name and shame / quitters and stayers Spanish inquisition – I think, they are throwing uncut prime diamonds away as if its garbage – these people have no idea of value – not only are they brain dead ; it’s conceiveable they may even believe, you can treat a young man like shit and in 6 months he will just forget about it and it’s all over – for the record, just bear this in mind, no minister spoke out against this travesty, no journalist wrote against it either and not a single leader said ” stop, this is wrong!”   

So they want kwai-kwai -yes sir, three bags full automatons – they have no idea what they are throwing away!   

Never mind what they consder rubbish we pick up – where do you find a diamond? In a dirty, smelly and dark mine where no one wants to go!  

I see this as a great buying opportunity; can you imagine going up to one of those fallen angels and saying to them – can I be your friend?   

Can you even imagine what may or may not happen in 10 or perhaps 20 years…when one fine day, you just stroll into this man’s office and say – do you remember me…I was the man who once carried you when you no longer had the strenght to carry on?…….like I said, this is a good investment…..and it only happens once or maybe twice in a life time! Send our envoys, they are all hiding in the Harajaku trade route some of them are so fearful, they are even speaking in broken Japanese – so instruct our Japanese Liaison officer…..no better still, send Astroboy and tell him what Darkness 2005 has to say about all this name and shame witch hunt – Mukashi -kara tada-yori takai mono-wa-naio-tie yu-wa.” (An old saying cautions that nothing is more expensive than something that is free.)  

Remember always, the brotherhood is not an organization like the Freemasons or the Mickey Mouse club; it is nothing more than a state of mind – the indestructible belief that any mind can go where no mind dares to go.  

Darkness 2005 (Recorded by the Chroniclder on the plight of the fallen angels – under the Chapter: The Tragedy of the Uncommon – The Book of Ages) -the Brotherhood Press  

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So understand this little rich girl, there is reading and there is reading, there is a world of difference, if you dont even bother to argue with the belief, you are what you eat. Then you would have absolutely no problem understanding – why, you are most definitely without a shadow of doubt what you read and dont read.   

You can certainly categorize what I write, but you have no right to judge ……that was what Singaporedaily did – a broad line has to be drawn, otherwise, dont be surprise, if someone decides its card blanche to give you and me the mushroom treatment, “feed you shit and keep you in the dark.” So this has nothing to do with Anime 3 and her rubberband brigade. I value her readership and support, but this is a bigger sphere we are dealing with here – so this is where I will draw the line…it will hurt…like that other fake site, Temasek review that kept faking doss attacks; but how could they let the real wolf out without first planting the idea in peoples mind, “if it can happen to me, it will also happen to you,” Think about it – they cried wolf – we helped, but this time, I am not going to stick my neck out for no one…its everyman for himself….I dont even care, if the whole house catches fire…call it tough love, but if you aren’t a hard man, then you shouldn’t be in the ring and that’s the only way to deal with people who cry wolf, its all here, the explanation   

http://singaporedaily.net/2010/01/12/daily-sg-12-jan-2010/#comment-7618 – dont worry dotty, the readers will eventually pick up the scent…they always do, you just wait and see, dont ever sweat the small stuff, life is too short – Darkness 2010……”Missy Dotty  

It’s Showtime! – MTB

February 18, 2010

I will be brief. It’s the dry season – that means get your bike prepped – we will be trading Kendo for cycling beginning this week.

Training will begin as usual at 6.00 am on Sat @ Bukit Timah / helmets are mandatory – last man forks the bill for breakfast as usual –  no exception.

The brotherhood may be split, but when it comes to sports – we are all one happy family, so please, let’s set aside our differences and close ranks.

The following will fall in for TMZ detail.

(1) Astroboy – Safety Officer

(2) Pumpman – Mechanic

(3) Chronicler & KOHO – Medics

(4) Leaders – me and maybe Scholarboy

(5) Sweepers – Killamaru & Snoopy

(6) Trail setters – Vollairaine and his crew (they don’t want to ride with us, not yet…so let’s give them some space.)

We have sponsors from an anon group of gamers based in Dubai; he or she is prepared to fund all expenses for two riders for the Mythos Alpine providing we do our part to promote their sales of Arabic perfume, gaharu and such stuff (I am still working out the details, but money to them seems to be the least of their problems, they just want us to give them a 100% guarantee the Malaysian trade route will remain open / with the Arab season coming soon thousands of Arabs will converge on Bukit Bintang as the Mecca / it has been transformed into a die-die must see site – they want our best techs to make sure the servers are running 24/7 to make 100% sure trade and commerce is in order  – so I have a personally staked my commitment to the Al Mahjeeds tribe, that we will do our part to ensure these trade routes remain open with zero possibility of failure (volunteers can step forward please) – meanwhile, some work needs to be done on the building where these servers are housed – I would probably require a team of climbers to do something very similar to what we did here:  -http://www.temasekreview.com/2009/06/30/one-day-when-a-old-building-became-new-again-in-bukit-bintang/ so there you all have it. Darkness will not be leading this team. It is up to me. I realize many of you have reservations about my leadership. But I shall try my very best to gain your trust and respect in the way Darkness managed to do the same – all I ask in return is a fair run – those who are interested please respond using our secured channels.

The criteria will be the same – ONLY experienced climber with at least 3 unguided climbs will be elligble for this mission – guided climbers WILL NOT EVEN BE CONSIDERED, we dont care whether you have scaled Everest, if you did it with a guide, then in our book, that doesn’t count as climb – please understand this is the minimum baseline as the nature of the work will be dangerous and requires nothing short of the highest skill and experience in the field of climbing.

May the best man win and do us all proud.

Harphoon 2010

This message has been broadcasted in Ekunaba / the Strangelands / SLF 1 & 9 and all channel partner sites allied to the neutral flag of the brotherhood – brought to you by the ICG – Interspacing Communication Guild – The Brotherhood Press 2010

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So understand this little rich girl, there is reading and there is reading, there is a world of difference, if you dont even bother to argue with the belief, you are what you eat. Then you would have absolutely no problem understanding – why, you are most definitely without a shadow of doubt what you read and dont read.

You can certainly categorize what I write, but you have no right to judge ……that was what Singaporedaily did – a broad line has to be drawn, otherwise, dont be surprise, if someone decides its card blanche to give you and me the mushroom treatment, “feed you shit and keep you in the dark.” So this has nothing to do with Anime 3 and her rubberband brigade. I value her readership and support, but this is a bigger sphere we are dealing with here – so this is where I will draw the line…it will hurt…like that other fake site, Temasek review that kept faking doss attacks; but how could they let the real wolf out without first planting the idea in peoples mind, “if it can happen to me, it will also happen to you,” Think about it – they cried wolf – we helped, but this time, I am not going to stick my neck out for no one…its everyman for himself….I dont even care, if the whole house catches fire…call it tough love, but if you aren’t a hard man, then you shouldn’t be in the ring and that’s the only way to deal with people who cry wolf, its all here, the explanation

http://singaporedaily.net/2010/01/12/daily-sg-12-jan-2010/#comment-7618 – dont worry dotty, the readers will eventually pick up the scent…they always do, you just wait and see, dont ever sweat the small stuff, life is too short – Darkness 2010……”Missy Dotty

Let’s just set aside higher productivity, innovation and creativity – better still, let’s just take all these montages along with what they imply; put them in a bin bag and chuck them on a dumpster – when it comes to assessing the global balance of power with a view to crave competitive advantage, we typically tend to think about serious stuff – computers, cars, planes, medical miracles and strategic planning – but what’s most often disregarded is the ephemeral and even frivolous that manages to pull in the crowd. To paraphrase:  the relative importance of soft power and how it can even be weaponized as a wonder weapon.

Now don’t get me wrong – I am not saying we should all turn Philip’s Yeo’s crack brained  bio polis into some giant food court or turn PSA into some Coney island and forget the whole idea shaping our country into a hub – only I don’t think anyone has really given much thought to that alternative form of influence – what am I talking about? Cute power.

Let me tell you how devastating cute power is –last year, we lost 25% of our market share not to Darth Vader, but to cartoon characters inspired by the characters in Japan’s distinctive ‘anime’ and ‘manga’ comics – these characters are surreal to say the least,  attired in voluminous frilly skirts, peroxide curls and platform shoes along with eyes the size of tennis balls – they’re managed to make the jump from Japan’s real world craze for all things cute to the virtual.

It’s hard to pin down the essence of what’s so appealing about cute power – it’s like quick silver – all I know is they’re making headway and taking a significant share of the gaming market. The Japanese have discovered power of Kawai (cute) power – and they are lacing it everything from mobile phones, computers and even selling it as a lifestyle – I am not talking about just stuff like Hello Kitty – I am talking about bouffant hair pieces set against Victorian prints thrown in with loads of peroxide.

I guess it’s hard to imagine the power of cute can do anything beyond provoking laughter – but my point this afternoon is: THIS IS SERIOUS STUFF – and let me share with you why Singapore needs to urgently buy into cute power as a matter of strategic priority – firstly, the imagery of Singapore is far too serious; straight laced and no-nonsense – that kind of squared jaw approach certainly has a place in board rooms or when it comes to defusing atomic bombs; but when it’s juxtaposed against the backdrop of let’s say Casino’s and remaking Singapore as a fun and happening place – it just doesn’t do it – it’s the kiss of death – for one, it broadcast all the wrong wave lengths and I don’t believe hard power and the power of cute can ever go together – one has to step back, if not bow out – in fact, hard power is a recipe for disaster and I cannot see it as a way of raising our international profile  in the way that makes Singapore a locale where people are willing to vote with their wallets– to the perceptive reader; you may probably have noticed that I am starting to equate cute power with the whole idea of soft power – that I believe will be key, if we are to successfully remake Singapore – IMHO, the whole Singapore persona needs an extreme make over – I am not suggesting the entire cabinet should trade in their white shirts for Hawaiian prints or start sporting orchids like over sized Kawai oversized earrings – only when faced with the prospect of being overtaken in both economic and marketing might by giants such as neighboring Malaysia who seem to have endless good and cheap food; pristine beaches in Thailand and the exotica of Bali – It may not be such a bad idea if the ESC made a strong recommendation that everyone in the cabinet should at least read two manga comics every year – the idea of soft power would of course mean a paradigm shift; it’s nothing less than revisionism on a mega scale, that will sweep like a tsunami across every spectrum of life as we know it today in Singapore – politicians may have to shed their squared jawed Beaux image; pineapple eyed CCTV camera’s may even have to feature pastel colored fairings – firms may even have to jettison their tight lipped, I-can-do-no-wrong attitude and adopt an congenial demeanor – and govt departments may even have shed their soviet warehouse glass and stainless steel image – but one thing remains certain; if Singapore is to successfully remake itself as a happening place – the power of cute can never be underestimated along with the whole idea of buying into the whole idea of ‘soft power.’

Darkness 2010

“The Japs have discovered a wonder weapon – kawai – they’re taking market share, this year it is 25%, next year it may even be 40% give or take 10 or even 20 either way – that’s a serious threat – I don’t know what to do; but one good way to start is to get a few of these anime characters and study them to determine what exactly is the pull factor here – we need to post a Liaison officer there pronto right in the belly of the Harajaku trade route – I don’t think we should underestimate them; their plasma guns may look like one of those kiddies water pistols; but they pack as much fire power as even our standard issued RP-21 plasma kit; their tanks may look like dinky oversized cup cakes topped with bright red cherries; but fire a 88mm shell and it can even annul our best photon ordnance; as for their spaceships; they look like something that came out from a father Christmas workshop; but don’t let looks fool you; they can toast even our best mainstay Tiberium class deep space battleships – so this is something new; it’s something I don’t fully understand, but one thing is certain – we may have to buy into the idea of soft power or rather pretend too at least – this is very serious Gentlemen…”

Darkness 2009 / Respond during question time in the great hall to the encroachment of the anime threat – recorded by the Chronicler of the Book of Ages – this extract carries a codex 9603874442 ED – The Brotherhood Press 2010.

N.B MESSAGE BY MISSY DOTTY:  DO BOOKMARK THIS SITE, IF SOME OF YOU CLAIM, YOU ARE MISSING OUT, BOOKMARK IT, THAT WAY WHEN WE DECIDE TO TAKE OFF SOMEWHERE ELSE, AT LEAST YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD TO CONT READING SOME OF OUR STUFF . BOOKMARK, IT AS WHEN THEY TAKE OFF, AS THEY DO, AT LEAST, YOU WILL HAVE A LINK, DO IT NOW!– ANOTHER GOOD REASON TO BOOKMARK THIS SITE IS THIS HAS HAPPENED  RECENTLY – http://singaporedaily.net/2010/01/11/daily-sg-11-jan-2010/#comment-7611 , THE BP HAS BARRED ALL FUTURE ESSAYS TO BE POSTED BY THE SINGAPORE DAILY. I DID ASK BABY DARKNESS ABOUT THIS AND THIS IS WHAT HE HAD TO SAY, ” There are two ways to read, one is you let someone spoon feed you like a baby. The second is you choose what and how you want to eat.  Remember, if your body is a temple. Your mind has to be the altar piece; it’s the linchpin that makes possible the grand idea of La Convivencia with you and your community, spirit, mind and perhaps 7 million other things- without this one thing, the power to choose, you are simply a cactus on a window sill! 

So understand this little rich girl, there is reading and there is reading, there is a world of difference, if you dont even bother to argue with the belief, you are what you eat. Then you would have absolutely no problem understanding – why, you are most definitely without a shadow of doubt what you read and dont read.

You can certainly categorize what I write, but you have no right to judge ……that was what Singaporedaily did – a broad line has to be drawn, otherwise, dont be surprise, if someone decides its card blanche to give you and me the mushroom treatment, “feed you shit and keep you in the dark.” So this has nothing to do with Anime 3 and her rubberband brigade. I value her readership and support, but this is a bigger sphere we are dealing with here – so this is where I will draw the line…it will hurt…like that other fake site, Temasek review that kept faking doss attacks; but how could they let the real wolf out without first planting the idea in peoples mind, “if it can happen to me, it will also happen to you,” Think about it – they cried wolf – we helped, but this time, I am not going to stick my neck out for no one…its everyman for himself….I dont even care, if the whole house catches fire…call it tough love, but if you aren’t a hard man, then you shouldn’t be in the ring and that’s the only way to deal with people who cry wolf, its all here, the explanation

http://singaporedaily.net/2010/01/12/daily-sg-12-jan-2010/#comment-7618 – dont worry dotty, the readers will eventually pick up the scent…they always do, you just wait and see, dont ever sweat the small stuff, life is too short – Darkness 2010……”Missy Dotty

Now you may not believe this. But right now when we are facing the greatest recession in decades – I actually believe there are a plethora of opportunities to take advantage of. I know that if you’re just a middle manager, housewife or some $3,500 per month ISD officer, this whole idea sounds counterintuitive and even dumb.

But bear with me; because it stands the test of reason and the whole idea goes something like this:  as long as there are problems to be solved, there will always be room for innovation – I am not even talking about high tech innovation or Philip’s Yeo’s holy grail of creating some aqua vitae  by crossing a gorilla gene with a coconut helix (whatever the outcome, if I see it in cold storage, I’ve probably wouldn’t argue with it and just make teeth sucking sounds and buy it for self preservation sake) – I am talking good old plain simple innovation better toasters, vacuum cleaners and even traffic cones that can stack up better those sort of things which is really just another way of saying innovation doesn’t mean you need tons of money or even get really intelligent folk with IVY league degrees – don’t get me wrong; I believe firms that can find a cure for cancer or verbal diarrhea can have tremendous potential.

But I also believe very strongly before we can even buy into new idea of what I can only term as ninja innovation – we really need to jettison some of our time honored assumptions.

For example; I am not a big fan of the ESC recommendations – the only utility I see there is it makes a great door stopper – cost cutting and improving productivity can only take you so far!  – and let me share with you why: first you can only improve profits by cutting costs to a certain point (economist call this point – diminishing returns bell curve), take the idea of cost cutting too far and you will end up with a condition where a firm suffers either from anorexia or delusions – I call this the Singapore sensor tap syndrome – do you notice malls these days claim they are saving X, Y and Z by using less water.  But what they don’t realize is, 9 out of 10 whenever you put your hand underneath those water saving sensor taps, water doesn’t come out  half the time – and by the time you’ve finished waving your hand around along with mumbling abacadara; you’ve already gone out of the door with that, “I am done!” feeling – that’s also the time when the water spouts out. My point is when you talk about productivity and cost savings; you really need to put it in the right context; it deserves a sense of scale otherwise you will just be so obsessed with the numbers that you end up missing the point.

The Soviets discovered this quirky calculus the hard way; measure the productivity of a glass firm by square meters manufactured and what happens is people will produce glass so thin, they crack like porcelian dolls requiring extra shipping cost – measure it by tonnage and what invariably happens is that same factory will begin producing goblets that are closer to paper weights than something level headed people will use in their kitchen.

In a nutshell, productivity is a double edged sword and what’s missing in the ESC report is contextual framing.

 Neither do I believe in retraining for the sake of retraining works either – that can only work if you believe it’s possible to put the cart before the horse and still make progress – it cannot be done –  the demand has to be there first, then the supply kicks in – that’s basic economics. In other words, if you make those sort of recommendations in the US, Japan or Korea – then I say,  you’re good to go – but in Singapore, that’s like pouring water into an tin pot with a hole – its no good. Why? You don’t even have the basic building blocks for innovation.

And this brings me to my point; this evening, the only way to innovate these days is to break the rules, don’t go too high tech; don’t go down and nasty cheap either – find a middle ground where the old and new sits happily together – the success of the ipod is a good example finding the perfect balance between old and new; it’s still delivering the same old stuff that vinyl records used to do; only it’s doing it in a way where you don’t have to go through all the hassle of keeping your stylus clean and trying to figure out where this or that cable is supposed to go – in other words – it’s old dressed up as new with an intuitive twist that just takes out all the hassle of enjoying music on the go.

Understand this entrepreneurship is not founded on just the power to invent; a big chunk of it is knowing where to put your money – so if you happen to be a ISD officer with a breadcrumb salary take my advice; junk 4D, that’s a loser’s game and hit the internet; drill deep and look out for those firms right now that are trying to marry the old and new to produce something innovative – remember, it doesn’t have to be super duper high tech, it just needs the right balance between old and new; chances are these disruptive companies stand the best opportunities to dominate, thrive and grow – not those companies that just rely on their marquee like UBS, Citi or firms chasing some pie in the sky like bio tech – those firms IMHO are kaput; they just went way to far – and I don’t even understand the innards of their business process.

Look out for firms that are shedding the old, yet retaining the core old ideas –  in the way Facebook went from a college “hello is anyone there?” project to a global business.

Spotting these winners aren’t easy; they often require copious amounts of research so remember –NEVER EVER TAKE MY ADVICE AT FACE VALUE, DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH, BETTER STILL CONSIDER ME A DUNCE.  LAGI BEST, CONSIDER ME A CON MAN! – and this brings me to one firm that I believe manages to marry the old and new perfectly with the help of technology to produce what I call real innovation in the true spirit of going where no mind dares to go – it’s SIRIUS XM RADIO (TICKER: SIRI).

My take is simple; radio is as old as the hills, but you go drill and find out how they’re fusing it with the new ( I am sorry, you just owe it to yourself to do some homework – there are no free rides here – so I am not even going to tell you!); all I am prepared to say is SIRI hits all my green buttons on my clip board.

Like I said, one part of innovation is spotting a winner; the other part which is significantly more important and even life changing is learning how to ride on the back of a winner to make you a mini-me winner – that to me is real innovation and creativity, because you are not following the crowd, you’re going your own way – remember always, you don’t need to be highly paper qualified to be a winner; you just need to stick real close to a winner to be a winner and avoid those legends in their own minds like the bubonic plague – that simply means you need to develop the skill to spot firms that are breaking the bounds of normalcy and engaging in risky yet  intelligent shifts in their industries and remember keep the balance between old and new just on an even keel – the key here is to find the right balance between old and new – if you can do that, you may not need to own a patent, but you can certainly ride on the benefits and still reap all the goodies – I can’ t think of a better way of innovating – can you?

Happy Hunting and need I say caveat emptor

DISCLOSURE: THE AUTHOR HAS POSITIONS IN SIRI

Darkness 2010

“Hey **** you! You all heard me **** you! You think the Japs just woke up one day and traded in their sushi and samurai swords for mausers and Taylor mass production technology – that’s bullshit; they copied from the West; they copied so much so well that every camera, fridge, car and even paper clip that came out from Japan in the 40’s, 50’s and even 60’s was a direct one to one copy – you know why Singapore doesn’t have one molecule of enterprenuerial spirit, we are too proud; as a result we have become emasculated when it comes to innovation and creativity; it’s because we see copying as beneath us; that’s a form of arrogance and pride; we are all like prim and proper English public school boys fighting with Queensbury rules; we see copying as something that is akin to taking a cheap shot – that’s bullshit; understand this! 

No industrialized country has ever managed to innovate before it first copied on a mass production basis – I can even prove it! 

Tell me if Marco Polo didn’t tuck into Lahmian on the make do you think the Italians would be tucking into spaghetti today? think it through, they will still be stuck on potatoes and krauts – so don’t come down here and tell me about honor -there is no shame in copying –  The Americans even copied from the Nazi’s, who do you think was the CEO of NASA during those Apollo missions? Seig heil!  the Japanese did the same from the Europeans and the Chinese are doing it right now on a massive scale – you want a ipod, I can get you one at one tenth the cost in Shanghai, so there you go! **** your Queensbury rules – so don’t come down here and tell me that something can ever come out from nothing – we will copy; if the Japs think they can run us over with the power of cute with their anime dolls, big eyes, platform shoes, frills and laces – then our liaison officers better do the same; we need to shed our aggresive quasi military image; our uniforms look like the Waffen SS; all our buildings in Primus look like Soviet warehouses – so is it such a wonder whenever, we appear, they all say, “something must be wrong, why have they come?”; we need to kidnap one of those new breed of Japanese ambassadors and learn how harness the power of cute –  this is not marketing 101, it’s survival Gentlemen! we have to innovate or die, or maybe i should say we copy and after that we if they make noise, we go to the UN!”

Darkness 2005 – when asked in the great hall as how the brotherhood and their allies should respond to the emergence of the Japanese Anime cult (Recorded by the Chronicler in the Book of Ages / debate about how the Anime is garnering market share in the virtual and how to repel them – the Brotherhood Press 2010.

When investors sell off Monster stocks like Toyota (NYSE ticker: TM) due to concerns about pedals that seem to have their own mind, it always piques my interest – why? The stock just takes a dive!

The way I see it is simple Simon – who is the best car manufacturer in the world? – Toyota – Who has the leading edge on hybrid technology? – Toyota. Finally, which car firm on this planet has the highest rate of throughput? – Toyota.

Now TM is treading at $ 77 – I am in simply because I don’t believe a car pedal even one that can behave like Linda Blair in the movie Exorcist; can possibly undo a firm like Toyota; the faulty ‘O’ ring on the space shuttle didn’t do in NASA. Neither did the countless crashes that involved the Boeing Aeroplane Group do in that firm either – dodgy break pedals believe it or not aren’t that a big fuck up in the larger scheme of things – if the steering wheel comes off when you’re cruising along in the ECP or everytime your mother-in-law starts to whine away, “we are doomed…eat me!” when your car decides to die and burst into flames somewhere along the North South Express way in Malaysia – then I say, sell that dog! And dump that stock!

As it is TM is just going through a hump IMHO – besides the management came clean (I would have much preferred if brake pedal designer committed hara kiri online); yes, it was a tad late; but better late then never and that’s a definite plus on my clipboard – I hate firms that sweep things underneath the carpets – by the looks of it, TM seems to be addressing the brake pedal problem in earnest and when it comes to problems; you can bet your last buck that it will be screw tight and proper this time – on that I am certain – Toyota just happens to have one of the best failure test analysis team on this planet.

So to cut to the chase (PLEASE! WHEN IT COMES TO STOCKS DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH,  YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF AND YOUR LOVED ONES TO MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION – BESIDES THERE ARE ONLY LIES AND DISINFORMATION ONLINE – BETTER STILL CONSIDER ME AN ABSOLUTE IDIOT WHEN IT COMES TO INVESTING!)

I am going to lock and load TM as I believe this may actually be a rare opportunity to make money on a mega company’s stock (which is rare these days when you consider how Citi took a swan dive).

The way I see it is when most people are selling off; its always an opportunity – I could be wrong of course; but I’ve never been more dead shot certain one screw up can possibly bring down a firm that has enjoyed time in memorial years in terms of build quality, reliability and value across every spectrum of the auto category that even comes with a global footprint.

With that in mind, I am stepping on the pedal – she’s good to go!

DISCLOSURE: THE AUTHOR HAS POSITIONS IN TM

Darkness 2010

“I am a big fan of Mr Toyoda – you want to know why the brotherhood press love story division can churn out toe curling tear jerkers like a gattling gun; look no further – I copied Toyota;  JIT, concurrent engineering,  synchronous manufacturing, component sharing, Kaizen, Kanban, Ishikawa charting, right down to their proprietry mass production technology – I even worked once in their plant in Derby for my masters of science; I studied everything, took down notes and ran the whole 3 shifts day in and out seven days a week, talk about de profundis, that’s a kiddies pool compared with how much time and effort I devoted my whole being into drilling into the Toyota success story-  because I knew deep down the moment, I stepped into the factory, this firm was exceptional and it’s not every day that you get to study under a grand master, most of the time you’re  either under a bull shit artist or a legend in his own mind, waste of time – Agnes, by the time, I finished, I had 17 moleskin diaries of notes and tit-bits each about three thumbs thick;  the how’s, why’s and most importantly the philosophy of how to put together something so right that it can never be bettered;  that’s something most people don’t realized is real, not dumping billions into stocks – that’s dumb – and the best part is what I learnt was transferrable to everything from designing games, baking cakes, making love to even writing love stories; What you need to understand Agnes, was I figured out how they did it – they build it from the inside out – that’s the magic of every Toyota car, its designed from the inside out, that’s very zen Agnes, its hard to grasp as it’s nothing short of  what you French would describe as Dion’s expression, France profonde – so forgive me, if I say you can never really understand it unless you have experience the whole idea of thinking and doing something – “from the inside out!” – GM cant do that, Ford is trying but they dont even come close, not even NASA can touch that benchmark, only Toyota has done it because they are a bull shit free firm – they’re the best car manufacturer on this planet – and I copy from only the best. Nothing but the very best!”

Darkness 2002 – Interview with Agnes Prorie concerning the first publication of the love story series – http://intelligentsingaporean.wordpress.com/2005/02/20/the-confessions-of-a-singaporean-gangster-in-london-chapter-40-epilogueinterview-with-darkness/

You all the know the coda of the mushroom treatment, don’t you – keep you in the dark and feed you shit! The raises the multi hydra question; can morality and business go together? Does the calculus of supply and demand need to squeeze out the good? Why can’t the good be retained? Is the sole function of firms only to deliver value to their shareholders? At what price does this come to people and planet?

Choose you favourite bug bear everything from skyrocketing HDB prices to which fortune 500 company you’re going to plumb to buy is good to go – but the question stands:

Do morals and trade and commerce go together – or are they diametrically opposites? Against the carnage of the current economic landscape; where we are witnessing firms which once epitomise the gold standard of “best practice” turning turtle; all the skeletons seem to be jumping out from the closet like demented Jack in the boxes – it’s a fiery debate that takes in everything from whether fat cat corporate honcho’s deserve their creamy bonuses to whether it’s morally right to even buy a Persian rug which was probably made by a kid chained to some loom in Kashmir.

I am not saying we are all suddenly transformed into- angels; we still step on bugs, spray roaches along with nuke off entire colonies of living things whenever we built a condo; only if one really cares to tease out the nuances these days what’s becoming clear to me is a growing sense of awareness – that the free market can no longer be trusted to deliver the goods and yet reconcile the hubris between good and evil. I wouldn’t go so far to term this collective consciousness as solidarity, rather it’s an affirmation that what’s needed these days; from Singapore, Mumbai to New York is a code of conduct over and above rules, regulations, and laws that all economic players must adhere too.

You don’t have to rocket scientist to figure out firms like UBS, that used to be the preferred bank for bent dictators, crooked businessman et al are increasing finding themselves in the hot seat when it comes to questions of following a higher moral code. IMHO they are finished. The business model is broken, but what did you expect from a bank that used to trade with the likes of Adolf Hitler? Whose headquartered in a country where their greatest invention just happens to be a cuckoo clock –they’re done for! Kaput.

Having said some firms are just plain evil; others who are equally morally questionable aren’t so easy to finger, take the tobacco firm Altria, the company behind brands like Marlboro. While the company isn’t doing anything legally wrong, technically, at least – its sole business is selling products that are known to be addictive and cancerous. But they get away with it why? Because they sponsor the Boshoi theatre; they hold art exhibitions and that simply means; the line between evil and good is blurred.

Another Darth Vader type firm is McDonalds; and I speak from first hand knowledge here; during my averagely miserable university days; I had a taste of the glorious life of the battery chicken; work can be edifying, nourishing even; but when it comes to the golden arches – its purgatory – Darkness why are you standing still? Do this! Go there! Turn left, right, jump that hoop – the straw that broke the camel’s back was when I even had to put up my hand for urination breaks – finally, they got so sick and tired of me; they dressed me up as Ronald McDonalds and during my lunch break I was spotted by a pesky kid who reported to supervisor – “I saw Ronald drinking beer in the pub and pool sharking.” (what was I to do? For fuck sake, it took me nearly 40 minutes to get those canoe sized shoes to fit and I only had a 20 min break.) After that I was promptly booted out – my next job was bliss; I got a job in the morgue in Charing Cross – that sorted out those pesky customer complaints for good.

My point this afternoon is simply this: if morality and good business sense is going to go hand in hand; then it has to respect people – I dread the day; when pineappled eyed supervisors can track the movement of every worker with technology – that can’t be morally right; gone are those sweet respites where one could just slip away for a puff or just decide to go for a quickie with one of those astonishingly beautiful co-workers – nope under the guise of higher productivity and work smarter what we will probably see is something closer to the panoptical dystopian nighmare of an Orwellian state – where not only is every worker under constant scrutiny, but they will have to work so hard and fast that the whole idea of a job as something nourishing, edifying and enjoyable will simply fritter away.

That well and fine; but what really irks me – is how disconnected this new mantra is to what’s currently seen in the corridors of power where for instance: financial juggernauts like Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley and some local firms and institutions, I rather not mention seem to be going to the other way; by not only awarding themselves massive salaries along with conveniently absolving themselves of all blame for the mess they all got us into in the first place.


As I said, the accounts just doesn’t square off. Neither do I buy into that claptrap, just because everyone is doing it mean it’s OK! It’s not, it just another way of saying: you don’t give a shit!

And that’s simply the cue for me to wipe you clean off from my investment portfolio and vote with my wallet to put my money elsewhere; my gut feel tells me – as consumers begin to reclaim their rights along with junking their traditional mindset of what really makes up the guts of organizational and personal success – evil firms are going to end up in the hottest place in hell!

The writing is already on the wall, it even has a laconic ring to it, “enough is enough!”– don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Darkness 2010

“There is definitely a law against tax evasion; and its a serious offence; but there is no law against beating the system to pay less tax; that’s perfectly legal – besides, can anyone here tell me whether currency in circulation the  standard Shekelian or Imperium that is minted by the Confederation is like the US dollar or Sterling?

Silence….come, come Gentlemen…. So what we have here Gentlemen is monopoly money – it will take them some time to figure out how it all goes the full circle before it’s transmuted to the real stuff – for the time being; its alchemy to them; hocus pocus – they haven’t figured out the entire transactable value in the virtual for one earth year is equal to the entire GDP of Russia – they dont think the internet is good for anything except spreading the cult of perpetual masturbation, disinformation and lies – that’s good– Gentlemen, it just means one thing – they don’t even know how or where even to connect the dots – they don’t even know where to begin. Once they figure that part out….we should worry…as it is, this is a sterile debate Gentlemen. I move for a motion to set aside this question, it is a matter of profound indifference to the issue at hand.”

Kadjal 2008 / Liaison Officer of the Saffron Route – conversation with the Interspacing Mercantile Guild held in the great hall at Primus Aldentes Prime / recorded by the Chronicler in the Book of Ages – codex: 837849094 ED – The Brotherhood Press 2010.

As a general rule of thumb: I never ever follow the crowd. Don’t get me wrong; I enjoy a night out with the boys – only when in comes to certain lighthouse beliefs. I rather make my own tracks; matters little to me whether it is some guy on TV telling me to work till I die standing – nope, I am going to retire at 45 (if you can’t understand that, then that’s your problem, it just conceivable, at some point you have confused your sense of being with your job – I cannot help you; you need to seek professional help). Or some pastor on the pulpit trying to trying to sell me the idea, Jesus asked him to build another shopping mall – sorry, I am not bitting.

I have absolutely no idea why I harbor askance when it comes to so called what’s often packaged as “good advice.” I suspect, one reason may have a lot to do with my vocation; I study firms; not just any mom & pop outfit, but real firms that put stuff together – like cars, planes, toasters, vacuum cleaners etc – and through the years one truism has remained steadfast despite my best attempts to rubbish it: if it sounds too good to be true; the chances are its full of shit!

Now you can paraphrase this either way you want, there is loads of room for improvisation, experimentation and superimposition (you go connect the dots! Because delusions are packaged in so many forms; it’s futile to try to list them all! But one thing is clear – everyone of us harbors our set of delusions) And this applies to everything from choosing someone who you’re going to marry or to something as innocous as car maintenance – you would have thought after at least a few million years of evolution; the human mind would have developed a highly sophisticated shit snooper? Apparently not, remember watching Youtube clips of Ah Ma & Co as the lamented no end about how they had losted all their life savings in Hong Lim Park? And not so long before that during the helium filled days of the dot-com boom who would have thought that Icarus just winged it too high? Same psychology of the sheep played out with the recent real estate subprime bubble. In a nut, most people weren’t enriching themselves as much as trading one delusion for another.

But you know what; they weren’t entirely at fault. And this brings me to the coda of the sheep mentality – I am reminded the marketing manifesto and the apparatus of assimilation plays a preponderant role here – if enough people believe in something; then at some point it becomes a self fulling prohecy; the curtain call comes much latter of course – because like a Ponzi scheme; you can never outrun the cold facts anymore than you can step out of your own skin – when that time comes everything turns to mud.

The long and short of it is simply this: there is no such thing as a wisdom of masses (if that were really true abotairs would have long gone out of business along with sheep lined jackets). At the anatomy of EVERY delusion lies a fossilized mindset that we often confuse for conventional wisdom be it , “scholars are the best decision makers in the world” – “only X party can deliver the goods; only we can claim the appelation to delivering you the good life” – and the same applies to blogs; some blogs are just there IMHO to pull your the nose with a caption that says it all, “this is a happening place! If you’re not wired into the news; you’re switch off!” As I said, I don’t buy that exotic sales pitch – I rather go the other way; not because I am a natural contrarian; as I said, where the crowd goes, 9 out of 10, that’s a very clearest indication – they’re trading one delusion for another – and I don’t ever want to go down that road.

But don’t get me wrong; delusions like glossy posters of six pack hunks sporting branded underwear do feel good – why do you think so many women spend a large chunk off their hard earned salary on ultra expensive moisturizers where the only active ingredient happens to be tap water? Well pitched delusions can even impart a good feel flush – like the war against terror; sure I believe you. I do!

Btw was the world trade center brought down by a Islamic super duper power? Nope. It was perpetrated (so they say) by a loser who lives in cave in Torah Borah, commutes to work on a donkey and doesn’t even have a three pin plug point to use an electric shaver – I am not trying to water down the threat of terrorism; its very real, ONLY – if we want to drive out the god of delusions from our daily existence; then what’s required is contextual accuracy and a sense of scale that squares off sensibly with logic – fact remains, you should be infinitely more worried about getting done in by artery clogging hamburgers and how much sugar you’re shovelling into your latte –those stuff may not regularly make the headlines; but put them on the scales of life; they will do you in faster than the reaper –  observation suggest human psyche is pretty lousy when it comes to contextual framing (do you notice even roaches all retreat to their bunkers before an earthquake along with birds, fishes and bees?  – humans on the other hand tend to embellish, conflate and if all fails we even managed to confect a bogeyman – your car doesn’t start in the morning, blame it on global warming; who is to blame for our baby blues – the tiger lah – you can’t seem to get it up? – blame it on the plummeting stock market yada yada yada that  simply means the small stuff sharpens our delusions further, entrenching them till they become so encrusted with fact; that its almost impossible to extricate yourself from the shit.

Shedding delusion and learning to see things in their proper scale and perspective is not an easy skill to pick; not these days when we are incessantly bombarded by copious amounts of hype and spin– if that weren’t so rea then the boom/bust mentality ranging from something as vapid as the bubble tea boom that took a swan dive along with the market melt down would not have happened.

Sorry, I don’t buy into the tagline “Everybody’s doing it” means I have to jump on board the ra-ra-brigade bandwagon. IMHO that’s just a very good way to buy into something, someone or some idea without thought or reason.

That’s why despite the tirring times we are facing – when we all watch those juggernaut aka cult of infallibility firms as their stocks begin to plummet like a rock into a bottomless well – that may not be such a bad thing for tough times provide valuable lessons for those willing to learn from them – for starters, it humbles the “mighty” and “strong.” The spell is broken. And the best part is; 9 out of 10, it jolts people up from their complacency that if they really want to get back to the age of reason  – it pays nought to just take things at face value– as for delusions, can we ever shed them? Well you decide, but one thing remains certain – you only have one life; and if you haven’t learnt how to winnow the truth from the shit – that just means, you haven’t lived.

Darkness 2010

“You ask me why I believe Temasek Review is a wolf site masquerading in a sheep’s jump suit? Are you delusional? Consider the facts: we have dealt with over 12,000 incidences of the thing sinister (brotherhood parlance for Ddos attack); this is not new to us, not at all! We have dealt with the thing sinister in all shapes and forms.

And in NOT a single incident gentlemen have not been able to detect at least an intellution log no matter how faint it is in the form of an electronic signature where everyone can all stand in agreement and say: this is the footprint of the wolf!

So the question is not whether I believe, but how can we? Are you telling me that our entire community comprising of so many people are suffering from some mass delusion? So who is delusional here? I trust the facts; so do my men along with those who came to hunt down the wolf and you people want us to put a lid on this! – I am so sorry, we go to war!

If the council of wise cannot even recruit their intellect to see the force of reason; then we will go our way and you do what you like– only understand this very clearly, “you can fool some, but never all!” History is my witness; that’s all I need to do what needs to be done! That’s why I say we pull out……understand this! No one can ever try to control the internet, not the freemasons, Mickey Mouse club or even the Chinese communist….you mark my words a day of reckoning will come when those dummies who play with fire will burn down the shop…….that day will come! There is no wisdom here; you see that door? I am walking right through it!”

Darkness 2009 / Audience with the Council of the Wise concerning the “why the brotherhood should pull out from wayang party aka Temasek review” – Great hall /filed: 89238AED / Primus time: 4399543 / recorded by the Chronicler in the Book of Ages

N.B MESSAGE BY MISSY DOTTY:  DO BOOKMARK THIS SITE, IF SOME OF YOU CLAIM, YOU ARE MISSING OUT, BOOKMARK IT, THAT WAY WHEN WE DECIDE TO TAKE OFF SOMEWHERE ELSE, AT LEAST YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD TO CONT READING SOME OF OUR STUFF . BOOKMARK, IT AS WHEN THEY TAKE OFF, AS THEY DO, AT LEAST, YOU WILL HAVE A LINK, DO IT NOW!– ANOTHER GOOD REASON TO BOOKMARK THIS SITE IS THIS HAS HAPPENED  RECENTLY – http://singaporedaily.net/2010/01/11/daily-sg-11-jan-2010/#comment-7611 , THE BP HAS BARRED ALL FUTURE ESSAYS TO BE POSTED BY THE SINGAPORE DAILY. I DID ASK BABY DARKNESS ABOUT THIS AND THIS IS WHAT HE HAD TO SAY, ” There are two ways to read, one is you let someone spoon feed you like a baby. The second is you choose what and how you want to eat.  Remember, if your body is a temple. Your mind has to be the altar piece; it’s the linchpin that makes possible the grand idea of La Convivencia with you and your community, spirit, mind and perhaps 7 million other things- without this one thing, the power to choose, you are simply a cactus on a window sill! 

So understand this little rich girl, there is reading and there is reading, there is a world of difference, if you dont even bother to argue with the belief, you are what you eat. Then you would have absolutely no problem understanding – why, you are most definitely without a shadow of doubt what you read and dont read.

You can certainly categorize what I write, but you have no right to judge ……that was what Singaporedaily did – a broad line has to be drawn, otherwise, dont be surprise, if someone decides its card blanche to give you and me the mushroom treatment, “feed you shit and keep you in the dark.” So this has nothing to do with Anime 3 and her rubberband brigade. I value her readership and support, but this is a bigger sphere we are dealing with here – so this is where I will draw the line…it will hurt…like that other fake site, Temasek review that kept faking doss attacks; but how could they let the real wolf out without first planting the idea in peoples mind, “if it can happen to me, it will also happen to you,” Think about it – they cried wolf – we helped, but this time, I am not going to stick my neck out for no one…its everyman for himself….I dont even care, if the whole house catches fire…call it tough love, but if you aren’t a hard man, then you shouldn’t be in the ring and that’s the only way to deal with people who cry wolf, its all here, the explanation

http://singaporedaily.net/2010/01/12/daily-sg-12-jan-2010/#comment-7618 – dont worry dotty, the readers will eventually pick up the scent…they always do, you just wait and see, dont ever sweat the small stuff, life is too short – Darkness 2010……”Missy Dotty

It’s that time again, she whispers,
Her voice rustling like leafs in the autumns wind,
“Where am I?….This can’t be happening!” I say to her.

It’s that time again, she whispers,
There is no need for questions or answers,
Let your heart desires, guide you,
“Where is this place? Tell me please!”

It’s that time again fool husssh, this time she closes in,
Her sweet breath lingers in the air like the morning dew,
She looks at me; I recognize her now; she thinks I am striving, but I remember.
She’s right, she’s always right, I am striving, unnecessarily even, I should be purposeless like a flotsam.

It’s that time again: tell me of the stars in the way you used too,
Tell me how far they are…tell me of the in between distance where
One’s arriving is a never relenting journey; one foot in front of another,
Not a step backwards – did you say that once Darkness?

It’s that time again: tell me of the darkness and the emptiness of space.
The place across the circle of stones that rings distant planets, so far yet so close.
Of the darkness like ebony; afar where it exist only in a place called the mind.

But its too late; the growing light draws close.
She’s caught in a snare, between light and darkness, dawn and dusk and all that remains is her faint smile. I shout out “stay…better still take me with you please….” She’s fading

Silence sweeps the dead of the night; and with it the emptiness follows with the bitter sweet sensation of longing – like dawn and dusk – our fate is longing forever, never to meet; except in this secret garden called the dream world – I feel silly….I’ve got commitments, responsibilities and a hundred and one things to do….but I can’t help myself.

Happy Birthday Sarah.

Darkness 2010 forever more.

P.S This comes earlier this year. I going somewhere, faraway.

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(This entry is filed under “memoirs,” captured by the Interspacing Communication Guild – 2010

 Well judging from my last essay about how to climb on the back of another Bill Gates to make you a millionaire – it seems the falcon has heard the falconer – I have never received so many hits, queries along with the usual charming death threats before in my life, not in the strangelands and ekunaba, at least.
So lets dive right into another mini series of how to make money in bad times – like I said in my last essay, playing the stock market is a glorified form of gambling. I am not going to retract that statement!

Many of you have chided me for my comments – I am sorry, that’s how I see it. The way I perceive it the game is based on one goal and only one: go in low and sell high. Anyone who tells you different is either trying to hypnotize you or sell you something that makes his job more complicated than what it already is – I bet half the time, they’re either playing soduku or solitaire – so that make advice if you happen to be an ordinary Joe, housewife, ISD officer or for that matter someone that doesn’t know too much about the world of investing – investing is no rocket science. In fact. I consider it just one rung higher than alchemy or perhaps two rungs closer to the stuff of Reiki crystals and magnetic insoles.

 To buy low and sell high – you first need to buy into one truism: all that glitters isn’t gold – don’t believe me then go check up on the price of Citi and USB and you draw your own conclusions – these bluest of the blue were once considered the darlings of the Nasdaq; these days they look more like Lola in her twilight days in the Copacabana. As for any attempts to justify them as “long term” investments – my take is that’s as credible as buying into the idea if you bury your ipod in your back garden in maybe one million years hoping that it would evolve into a fully functional organic brain, fat chance! – the long and short of it is “paper loses,” is just a polite way of saying, “I fucked up.”

Having said that investing in stocks is akin to gambling; that doesn’t mean its all predicated on purely chance, randomness, rabbit’s foot or whether you stir your coffee clockwise or the other way; believe it or not; there’s a whole lot of stuff that goes into it – the difference between a professional gambler and the person who impersonates a charitable foundation when they both walk into a casino is – the former knows exactly how to hedge his bets; he may even have a working knowledge of probability along with risk mitigation and at least 30 other skill sets that I rather keep mum about (the last thing I want to do is get red flagged by the card counter spotter brigade in LVS)– armed with these skill sets the professional stands an even chance of taking on the house.

And this brings me to the main nub of my essay this afternoon – how does one go about the business of buying low and selling high? – well, one reliable rule of thumb that I swear by is look out for firms that are haemorrhaging in shark infested waters; in other words look out for trouble firms that the general public thinks is going to fold.

And this comes the tricky part: 9 out of 10 times; troubled firms do fold up. Remember Lehman Bros? I rest my case – so the trick here is to find firms that may have all the appearance of dying but this doesn’t necessarily presage that just because they’re in dire straits – they are going to die.

I don’t want to get complicated here with candlestick charts, probability calculations, head and shoulders, median retractament charts etc. In fact all those gobble d guk just mucks up the whole analysis – what I do is look out for languishing stocks that I believe can make a come back of the century. Usually I do this by working out the old fashion way to determine how and where their business process fits in the general scheme of things – that incidentally is exactly what the Obama and his dream team does as well – before they even decide to bail out a firm; they do a whole lot of cost, trade off and pay out analysis; but bear in mind, the unit of measurement they are concerned with isn’t so much the numbers as it remains the question of what is the social cost? Along with probably such questions like can I afford to turn my back on X,Y and Z number of voters in this or that industry.

And this brings me to my next recommendation of what I consider to be one of the best Lazarus firms that I am planning to play – it’s YRC Worldwide (ticker: YRCW)- but it bears repeating: YOU SHOULD NEVER EVER TRUST ME, TRUST ONLY YOUR OWN RESEARCH. They way I see it YRCW, is in deep shit; they check off beautifully on all my neat clip board yes and no boxes and I would even consider them as the quintessential cannot-be-allowed-to-fail firm – one reason why I believe this to be the case is YRCW isn’t just your normal nut and bolt firm; it’s a mega trucking firm – and why is this so important?

Simple – their business model just happens to be one of the most important linchpin in the whole scheme of things – that’s to say; if YRCW happens to be a watch; it would probably be the flywheel (that’s the part that cannot fail) not some nut that you could do without – what most investors fail to realize when they say this firm is going to die is they have absolutely zero idea how big a role trucking plays in the general well being of an economy – neither do they have the imagination to realize sudden changes in the infrastructures of huge economies and the industries all revolve around the whole idea of the supply chain – and when it comes to the US, trucking is still king, not planes, trains or even ships come close. The U.S. economy’s strong dependence on the movement of merchandise to and from large metropolitan population centers separated by such great distances is all held together by truck drivers and that simply means; if they go; you could just as well draw a straight line and conclude that its bound to have far-reaching and devastating effects on the economic recovery.

This is what I call the domino effect. For example in the 1929 stock-market crash,, the chain reaction of reduction in sales due to consumers’ prioritizing and reducing purchases of luxury items, with firms cutting back on production thus increasing unemployment, exacerbated the vicious cycle of that broke the link between sales and employment, result: it plunged the US economy into the Great Depression.

So don’t be a dummy; the 1929 crash did not cause the Great depression anymore than you can claim a tornado whipping through the junk yard of Natsteel can fully assemble a 747 – what it did was create the perfect conditions that short circuited the entire (supply chain) – that’s to say in layman’s lingo, it mucked up the movement of merchandise – now you understand why I strongly believe (and this discounting the play of the truckies unions, but please bear in mind always , this is a subjective take) YRCW cannot die and will never be allowed to die as its sudden demise would result in a large hollowing of the cargo-transportation workforce, thus throwing a tungsten carbide spanner into Obama’s recovery plan.

What most people don’t realize; is even microscopic changes can be amplified and when it comes to supply and demand chess board (I gleaned this first hand in gaming, make small changes and you will be surprised how you may even end up with something as big as a mushroom cloud) – what you need to understand is simply this: transportation is the Queen in this game of chess; so even a miniscule change in lets say something as benign as mucking around with the speed limit on interstate highways can have far reaching effects by exacerbating the supply chain and this was what happened following the recession of the early 80’s. nationwide speed-limit reduction

That one more reason to take a closer look at YRCW – I am not planning to jump in right now – my gut feel still tells me it has to bleed more before those dummies in the Fed can really connect the dots to realize that if banks happen to the equivalent of the heart in the economy; then something as forgettable as trucking has to be the miles of arteries and capillaries that make up that same organic construct – called the US recovery plan.

Once those dummies make the connection; my cross hairs are dead set on set on YRCW, it’s going to be a head shot and that in a nutshell is how you plan the game of buy low and sell high. Besides, I have great respect for truckies; they work hard and they sacrifice alot and the best part of it is they are very real and decent folk.

Happy Hunting and need I say again – caveat emptor!DISCLOSURE: THE AUTHOR CURRENTLY DOES NOT HAVE ANY POSITIONS IN YRCW, BUT WHEN DESTINY AND OPPORTUNITY INTERCEPTS – IT’S ONE SHOT, ONE KILL!

“We deal with real people who value the idea of community; we never deal with fakes – that’s like building on sand, this is very biblical – what good is all this e-money, if all it does is enrich a handful of fakes? You tell me where is the wisdom there? For one we don’t even want to have anything to do with these pretentious people; so can anyone here please tell me what can does bunch of legends in their own minds possibly bring to our table?…….exactly! You invest in the real, you get real returns and real benefits; you put it on a fake and you might as well just allow your life to give itself away like camphor – that means who we decide to ally with is jugular in more ways than I can possibly elaborate – that has to be wisdom.”

Vollariane 2002 – Recorded by the Chronicler – The Book of Ages – The Brotherhood.

N.B DO BOOKMARK THIS SITE, IF SOME OF YOU CLAIM, YOU ARE MISSING OUT, BOOKMARK IT, THAT WAY WHEN WE DECIDE TO TAKE OFF SOMEWHERE ELSE, AT LEAST YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD TO CONT READING SOME OF OUR STUFF . BOOKMARK, IT AS WHEN THEY TAKE OFF, AS THEY DO, AT LEAST, YOU WILL HAVE A LINK, DO IT NOW!– ANOTHER GOOD REASON TO BOOKMARK THIS SITE IS THIS HAS HAPPENED  RECENTLY – http://singaporedaily.net/2010/01/11/daily-sg-11-jan-2010/#comment-7611 , THE BP HAS BARRED ALL FUTURE ESSAYS TO BE POSTED BY THE SINGAPORE DAILY. I DID ASK BABY DARKNESS ABOUT THIS AND THIS IS WHAT HE HAD TO SAY, ” There are two ways to read, one is you let someone spoon feed you like a baby. The second is you choose what and how you want to eat.  Remember, if your body is a temple. Your mind has to be the altar piece; it’s the linchpin that makes possible the grand idea of La Convivencia with you and your community, spirit, mind and perhaps 7 million other things- without this one thing, the power to choose, you are simply a cactus on a window sill! 

So understand this little rich girl, there is reading and there is reading, there is a world of difference, if you dont even bother to argue with the belief, you are what you eat. Then you would have absolutely no problem understanding – why, you are most definitely without a shadow of doubt what you read and dont read.

You can certainly categorize what I write, but you have no right to judge ……that was what Singaporedaily did – a broad line has to be drawn, otherwise, dont be surprise, if someone decides its card blanche to give you and me the mushroom treatment, “feed you shit and keep you in the dark.” So this has nothing to do with Anime 3 and her rubberband brigade. I value her readership and support, but this is a bigger sphere we are dealing with here – so this is where I will draw the line…it will hurt…like that other fake site, Temasek review that kept faking doss attacks; but how could they let the real wolf out without first planting the idea in peoples mind, “if it can happen to me, it will also happen to you,” Think about it – they cried wolf – we helped, but this time, I am not going to stick my neck out for no one…its everyman for himself….I dont even care, if the whole house catches fire…call it tough love, but if you aren’t a hard man, then you shouldn’t be in the ring and that’s the only way to deal with people who cry wolf, its all here, the explanation

http://singaporedaily.net/2010/01/12/daily-sg-12-jan-2010/#comment-7618 – dont worry dotty, the readers will eventually pick up the scent…they always do, you just wait and see, dont ever sweat the small stuff, life is too short – Darkness 2010……”Missy Dotty

Darkness 2010 – The brotherhood Press 2010

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