Mayor of Iceland capital a comedian

Mayor of Iceland capital Reykjavík is a funny man. Before he is mayor, he is a comedian. He now refuses to form coalition with any party whose members haven’t seen all five seasons of “The Wire.” He sang about polar bears and pet a rock in his campaign video:

Besti Flokkurinn – The Best Video – Subtitles

“We are the best” – Video from the Best party – Jon Gnarr Mayor of Reykjavik 2010

Icelander’s Campaign Is a Joke, Until He’s Elected

Last month, in the depressed aftermath of the country’s financial collapse, the Best Party emerged as the biggest winner in Reykjavik’s elections, with 34.7 percent of the vote, and Mr. Gnarr — who also promised a classroom of kindergartners he would build a Disneyland at the airport — is now the fourth mayor in four years of a city that is home to more than a third of the island’s 320,000 people.

In his acceptance speech he tried to calm the fears of the other 65.3 percent. “No one has to be afraid of the Best Party,” he said, “because it is the best party. If it wasn’t, it would be called the Worst Party or the Bad Party. We would never work with a party like that.” (Source: New York Times)

Did I mention that his wife is also Björk’s best friend?

Ho Yeow Sun called in to assist police

Some updates from Channel News Asia:

Over 18 people from City Harvest Church called up in probe so far

SINGAPORE : More than 18 people from City Harvest Church, including pop singer Ho Yeow Sun, have been called up so far to help police investigations into the alleged misuse of funds at the church.

Founder Kong Hee and 16 others were questioned on May 31.

MediaCorp understands that others have also been called in since then.

The police probe into the church concerns specific incidents that could involve the possible falsification of accounts and criminal breach of trust, involving millions of dollars and transactions that date back years. (Source: Channel News Asia)

Other notes from The Straits Times:

TNP said Ms Ho, 40, had flown in from the US on Monday, and was called in to assist police with their investigation into the finances of City Harvest Church. She was at the Police Cantonment Complex from about 10 am to 6.30pm and was questioned by officers from the Commercial Affairs Department. (Source: Straits Times)

When would this end, I wonder.

So this is Chrome OS

I saw the Install Chrome OS option on Parallels and thought I’ll just install and try it. There’s nothing much to do there actually. Most of Google custom domain apps aren’t working with Chrome OS. It requires you to be on the Google-owned domain.

Chrome OS screenshot

Here are some of the apps. If you click on the chess icon, it launches an Adobe Flash made chess game online. Those apps are just bookmarks to the online websites.

What is Sentinel System Driver Installer?

Saw this in my control panel’s Uninstall a Program. What exactly does this tool and what installed this program? Is it some Adobe related tool?

Sentinel system driver installer in Uninstall a Program.

I feel like uninstalling it yet I don’t know if there are dependencies that may rely on this tool. It gives a link to SafeNet Inc which deals with DRM things, I think.

Thor disapproves

Touchdown Jesus at the Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio was struck by lightning tonight during the ferocious storms and is reported to be engulfed in flames! I’ll try and get some video and/or photos early in the morning.

UPDATE 6/15 1AM: The statue has been destroyed except for the metal skeleton underneath. Here are links to a couple pictures…

Touchdown Jesus Struck by Lightning!

Thor doesn’t approve?

CHC ordinary members cannot attend AGMs

It appears that normal church members of City Harvest Church (CHC) are not allowed to be present in their general meetings despite being entitled to as CHC is registered as a society too. I’ve attached the relevant news article for your reading:

Ordinary members ‘have no right to attend general meetings’

According to City Harvest Church’s (CHC) constitution, which MediaCorp has obtained a copy of, ordinary church members have “no right to attend General Meetings”.

Only executive members – such as pastors, the board of directors and cell group leaders who have served at least three years – are entitled to do so.

Meanwhile, the National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS) said that while it encourages members to comply with the Code, it is a voluntary association and each member determines its own policy and action.

CHC is a member of NCCS.

NCCS does not oversee its members’ financial matters, said its general secretary Lim K Tham.

Whether members are able to attend AGMs depends on how their church is incorporated, he added.

Members of churches registered as societies are entitled to attend AGMs. City Harvest is registered as a society and a charity.

Some churches are, however, registered as companies limited by guarantee, and whether members are allowed to attend AGMs would rest on a document called a memorandum of association – which sets out the contract between the organisation and its members, said Mr Lim. (Read more coverage at Today Online)

New Creation Church discusses their business affiliations

Following the allegations against the managements of City Harvest Church, another mega church has voluntarily discussed their business affiliations. It appears they are quite business-oriented too.

New Creation Church talks about its affiliated companies

SINGAPORE: About a week after it emerged that 17 members of City Harvest Church had been called up for investigations into alleged misuse of funds, another mega church, New Creation Church, spent time during each of its four services on Sunday to talk about its five affiliated companies.

That year, New Creation, which has 17,000 followers, announced that its business arm Rock Productions had teamed up with mall developer CapitaMalls Asia to build an “integrated hub” in Buona Vista.

The $1-billion project – half of which the church has invested in – will house shops, a concert hall and a 5,000-seat theatre for services when ready in 2012.

Rock Productions also owns and manages the Rock Auditorium in Suntec City where services are held now and its adjoining Rock Gifts and Book Centre as well.

It also owns Marine Cove, a recreational and restaurant cluster at East Coast Park, which cost $10 million.

Meanwhile, a 10,000-strong congregation at City Harvest Church’s weekend services at Singapore Expo was told that senior pastor Kong Hee, 46, is taking a “needed rest”. (Source: ChannelNewsAsia)

In my opinion, it isn’t so much as to what businesses a church is associated with that their members want to know; rather, it’s why do they even need to get into these business affiliations. To grow money? Perhaps I’m shortsighted, but what justifiable reason is there for a church to get richer than it already is?