Wednesday, June 29, 2005
...was the graffitti caption sprayed over a billboard poster for Tom Cruise's latest film, War of the Worlds. Another addition to the fairly interesting, but small collection of graffitti I see around my campus. Maybe this vandal wasn't a Tom Cruise fan. But speaking of Mr Cruise, it reminded me of a common eccentricity that runs amongst most hollywood celebrities that have more money than they know what to do with. For example, Mr Cruise suddenly feels he is an "expert" on physcology by downplaying the science and more or less just starts talking out of his ass. Suddenly it is so easy to judge others, not because you've been through what others have, but because your religion Scientology tells you so. And then there's lindsay lohan; teen actor turned whore musician performer, but co-star in the upcoming film Herbie. For those of you who never saw this film as a kid, Herbie is a Beatle car with its very own comic personality that beat every other race car with wit (this beats Too Fast Too Furious any day)! For some reason, Ms Lohan thinks that she should be placed at the forefront of the promo poster with Herbie instead of the background, and was apparently not pleased when she found out her recorded song for the movie was to be played only towards the ending credits. Perhaps Lohan still retains some naivity when it comes to automobiles, but in the entertainment industry, there's no way the bitch comes before the car! Point being though, that it disgusts me how snobbish and self-absorbed celebrities can be, nevermind their ginormous fat paycheck.

Even the vandal under the overpass seemed to have more moral sense when he sprayed 'Make no thought of the harvest but only of proper sowing'.
Monday, June 27, 2005
  14 Identifying Characteristics of Facism
Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

Sometimes the media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

- Highlights taken from Wake Up And Smell the Facism (see website for the 9 other characteristics and make your own opinions)

Although written in an American context, I think there's a familiar scent of Singapore in all this. The greatest trick the government has done, sort of like the devil in a way I guess, is convincing everybody there is no evil. But you have to read between the lines. Unlike more extreme cases of facism such as those experienced during WW2, certain governments around the world seem to take a much more passive and elusive approach that appears to legitimise their very actions that define facism.

What's facism?

Facism is defined as 'a system of government marked by centralisation of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism'. In "passive-modern facism", you replace the dictator with an authoritarian government of like-minded ministers and by being passive, no actual violence is carried out against people deemed "dangerous" to the government but are free to harass you in any number of ways while still abiding by their law. Thus creating the illusion of being a legitimate democracy and reinforcing my perception of Singapore's image as a plastic existence. There is no real opposition, which is only really being kept alive to validate and strengthen its image as a democratic system. Terror in today's context is translated into threats, fines, slander etc, which has already been displayed in many prominent cases. Nationalism is probably the foremost obvious characteristic of Singaporeans. Countless national day songs in the memory of every primary/secondary school kid, music videos and the patriotic display of flags on every HDB flat. This probably seems the most innocent of traits, but is really just a ploy to reinforce unity and trust between people and government. The underlying propaganda that we are a perfect society thriving on excellence in this competitive world. There is no room for anything less. Anything otherwise that is portrayed in the media just....ends up on the floor at the cutting room. Perhaps James Hetfield of Metallica says it best in his one-phrased opening track for the Garage Inc. album, "Free speech for the dumb".

  German people DO have a sense of humour...
...and the sooner British people recognise this fact, the sooner they will stop going to such desperate lengths to prove it. June 26th 2005, the day the reign of the frog ended. This must never happen again in our lifetime.

The "Crazy Frog", kept at number one for four weeks by a bunch of people who clearly need to learn what sanity is.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005
  System of a Down
In the past 24 hours, I have made possibly the greatest personal discovery yet on the world wide web. I have found a number of blogs of varied styles but by like-minded people who share my distaste for the Singapore political system and mentality. It's like finding fucking Kryptonite in my backyard! Here are three I've read so far:

Matrix Singapore: More like an article rather than a blog, this is the latest political website I've been to. The author explains the 3 general mentalities of Singaporeans towards the government in an uncanny way by highlighting all the remarkably similarities found in the movie, the matrix. I share the author's view a 100% because, I find myself in his exact same shoes who have come across the exact same types of people. It some ways, it answered my question as to why it can feel unatural or uncomfortable to indulge in political issues with probably all of my Singaporean friends. I remember asking a friend once if he realised what a prison we are really living in, to which he replied with a 'herd mentality', "who cares as long as it's a safe and prosperous country". These are the masses who are willing to forsake freedoms such as those of speech and expression in exchange for security, a livelihood amongst the well-oiled system. In addition to the 'matrix theme' there are some pretty disturbing excerpts from major political figure and founder of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew. This is an accurate, well-rounded and informative article if you want to understand our political atmosphere.

The Police State: Occassionally updated, this blog still provides some deep in-sights into recent political news. Mentioned in blogs such as this recently is a documentary called Singapore Rebel (somewhat Singapore's F9/11?), which has since been banned by the government (how did the director not see this coming??) after being pulled from the Singapore Film Festival when the director was threatened with a possible 2-year jail sentence. Well, like all political documentaries in Singapore, its worth getting is measured by its jail-time.

Singabloodypore: An ex expatriat from Singapore blogs his experience with the Singapore government and in his latest post, opens doors for conspiracy and shines light on a potentially much, much darker side of the Singaporean government. Almost X-Files-ish. Minus the aliens and add anal-retentive government agents.

I don't pretend to hate the Singaporean government for things I personally don't know about. But Im only today discovering hints of information into Singapore's political past that it has kept hidden better than the Japs have hidden WW2 truths in school textbooks. But it is not a very big secret, if you choose to look at it, that those who stand up against the government WILL fall without fair fight. A bit like choosing to fight Agent Smith perhaps. Because every man who HAS chosen to fight, has lost more than just his reputation....and a broken pair of sunglasses. While there is no "Neo" in this case, I do know this; that the number of Singaporeans with 'freed minds' is increasing, or at least surfacing to public attention either via the internet or mass media. Recent events that push and test the boundaries of Singapore's "democratic" image prove what's real and what's plastic. More people are challenging the system or at least questioning those policies in the public eye. Your whole life as a kid in Singapore has been brainwashed, turning you well into being a nationalist with wool pulled over your eyes. You call it civil education, I call it propaganda. Making you believe in this 'perfect' society on condition that you look no deeper. I couldn't even believe the propaganda bullshit I saw on TV regarding National Service (2yr+ compulsory military service for young Singaporean men) about how well your sons are treated at army and that driving trucks/tanks..etc (and pushing pencil for some that I know of) is really worth giving up 2.5 years of your youth for (Singapore's stupid military strategy is another story). The National Parade, while I do appreciate the spirit of unity, is utter bollocks if you do not recognise the wrongs of your country as well. But as said in Matrix Singapore, I guess for even those who know the truths about the system, they have chosen the blue pill for ignorance is bliss.

I remember mentioning the subject of human rights to a group of Singaporean friends once, "Doesn't it surprise you that we have one of the highest execution rates in the world? We're practically up there with Saudi Arabia which chops off limbs for breaking islamic laws." which my topic was met with little response. Yea why should we care. We're not on death row.

"Repression, Sir is a habit that grows. I am told it is like making love-it is always easier the second time! The first time there may be pangs of conscience, a sense of guilt. But once embarked on this course with constant repetition you get more and more brazen in the attack. All you have to do is to dissolve organizations and societies and banish and detain the key political workers in these societies. Then miraculously everything is tranquil on the surface. Then an intimidated press and the government-controlled radio together can regularly sing your praises, and slowly and steadily the people are made to forget the evil things that have already been done, or if these things are referred to again they're conveniently distorted and distorted with impunity, because there will be no opposition to contradict." - Lee Kuan Yew, 1956

Thursday, June 16, 2005
  And now in addition to a bo'le of wa'er...
...please remember to carry with you a bo'le of deodorant, says the automated message on the London tube platform. Why is it that English people have to put up with such things that never happen in other public transport services, like in sunny humid Singapore, for example.

I wonder.
Thursday, June 02, 2005
  How to dance like a white guy
Now you too can learn to display awkward, jerky dance moves.

This one goes out to all cesspoolers. A lack of glowsticks in this video does not make it complete however....sad to say :(

I must now get back to practicing my 'clap point point clap point point point clap point and squat' followed by the 'caucasian clap'.
"Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be somewhere." - George W. Bush (March 24, 2004)

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