Singapore politicians say the darnest things

Enough of George Bush quotations, here is a list of quotations by local politicians. There may exist misquotations, after all the source is an email.

“Right now we have Low Thia Khiang, Chiam See Tong, Steve Chia. We can deal with them. Suppose you had 10, 15, 20 opposition members in Parliament. Instead of spending my time thinking what is the right policy for Singapore, I’m going to spend all my time thinking what’s the right way to fix them, to buy my supporters votes, how can I solve this week’s problem and forget about next year’s challenges?”
Lee Hsien Loong, 3 May 2006.

“…you have to pay the market rate or the man will up stakes and join Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers or Goldman Sachs and you would have an incompetent man and you would lose money by the billions!”
Lee Kuan Yew said on April 2007

“For a person who runs a million-dollar charitable organisation, $600,000 is peanuts as it has a few hundred millions in reserves.”
Mrs Goh Chok Tong

“If you don’t include your women graduates in your breeding pool and leave them on the shelf, you would end up a more stupid society… So what happens? There will be less bright people to support dumb people in the next generation. That’s a problem.”
Lee Kuan Yew in 1983

“Only 5% are unemployed. We still have 95% who are employed.”
Yeo Cheow Tong

“Retrenchment is good for Singapore. If there is no retrenchments, then I worry.”
Goh Chok Tong

“We must encourage those who earn less than $200 per month and cannot afford to nurture and educate many children never to have more than two… We will regret the time lost if we do not now take the first tentative steps towards correcting a trend which can leave our society with a large number of the physically, intellecually and culturally anaemic.”
Lee Kuan Yew in 1967

“Contrary to public perception, the White Horse classification is not to ensure that sons of influential men gets preferential treatment. Instead it is to ensure that they do not get preferential treatment.”
Cedric Foo

“No, it was not a U-turn, and neither was it a reversal of government policy. But you can call it a rethink.”
Yeo Cheow Tong

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“I give you an example: you put out a fun podcast, you talk about”bak chor mee’; I will say “mee siam mai hum”, then we compete.”
Lee Hsien Loong

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Sweden internet traffic fell 33% anti-piracy law came into effect

Looks like they’ve been visiting The Pirate Bay quite a bit:

Piracy law cuts internet traffic

Internet traffic in Sweden fell by 33% as the country’s new anti-piracy law came into effect, reports suggest.

Sweden’s new policy – the Local IPRED law – allows copyright holders to force internet service providers (ISP) to reveal details of users sharing files.

According to figures released by the government statistics agency – Statistics Sweden – 8% of the entire population use peer-to-peer sharing.

Popular BitTorrent sharing site, The Pirate Bay, is also based in Sweden.

Mr Engstrom said the new law was “a disaster”, not just for file-sharers, but for Sweden as a whole.

“Dealing with illegal file-sharing is a job for the police. It is their job to enforce the law. (Source: BBC)

ASP.NET MVC is now opensource

Some exciting news from the ASP.NET world, ASP.NET MVC has been released open-source

Releasing the ASP.NET MVC source code under MS-PL

I’m excited today to announce that we are also releasing the ASP.NET MVC source code under the Microsoft Public License (MS-PL).  MS-PL is an OSI-approved open source license.  The MS-PL contains no platform restrictions and provides broad rights to modify and redistribute the source code.

Learning more about ASP.NET MVC

To learn more about ASP.NET MVC, you can read my free ASP.NET MVC PDF tutorial that covers building an end-to-end application (starting literally with File->New Project).

There were a number of great ASP.NET MVC talks at MIX this year.  Below are links to several of them:

There are also several great ASP.NET MVC tutorials at http://www.asp.net/mvc.  You can also read the ASP.NET MVC MSDN Documentation. (Source: Scott Guthrie’s Blog

This is something worth mentioning. Love seeing more opensource commitments from Microsoft.

History of April Fool’s Day

Here’s how April Fool’s Day begin, or to be precise, some possible reasons how April Fool’s Day come about. We pass by this day without knowing the origin of this day. Well here are some possible reasons:

When did April Fool’s Day begin?

A giddy spurt of practical joking seems to have coincided with the coming of spring since the time of the Ancient Romans and Celts, who celebrated a festival of mischief-making. The first mentions of an All Fool’s Day (as it was formerly called) came in Europe in the Middle Ages.

Some trace April Fool’s Day back to Roman mythology, particularly the story of Ceres, Goddess of the harvest, and her daughter, Proserpina. Pluto, God of the Dead, abducted Proserpina and took her to live with him in the underworld. The girl called out to her mother, but Ceres could only hear the echo of her daughter’s voice and searched for her in vain.

Such “fool’s errands,” or wild goose chases, became a popular practical joke in Europe in later centuries.

The most widespread theory of the origin of April Fool’s Day is the switch from the old Julian to the Gregorian calendar (now in use) in the late 16th century. Under the Julian calendar, the New Year was celebrated during the week between March 25 and April 1, but under the Gregorian calendar, it was moved to Jan. 1. Those who were not notified of the change, or stubbornly kept to the old tradition, were often mocked and had jokes played on them on or around the old New Year.

In France, this took the form of pranksters sticking fish on the backs of those who celebrated the old custom, earning the victims of the prank the name Poisson d’Avril, or April Fish.

But the theory can’t explain why the pranking tradition spread to other countries in Europe that did not adopt the Gregorian calendar until later.

In Scotland, the butts of April Fool’s jokes were known as April “Gowks,” another name for a cuckoo bird. The origins of the “Kick Me” sign can supposedly be traced back to the Scottish observance of the day. (Source: MSNBC)

This is the day you shouldn’t believe the news.

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