Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Borders 40% Discount Coupons

Borders is offering yet another substantial discount; this voucher is redeemable at the Parkway Parade branch.

As usual, if you with to buy more than one book, just print out a few vouchers, queue up to buy one book, then queue up again to buy the second book. Repeat if you want to buy more books. Valid till 10 February.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Obama Wins South Carolina!

Test posting using a Palm Treo 680.

Obama's new speech can be found at Youtube. There is hope for the world yet!

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Factory Owners And Workers: Who Is Worth More?

"I'm not running for President because I read something in a book. I'm not running for President because some political consultant told me what I'm supposed to say. I'm running for President because of 54 years of my life, I have believed to my soul that the men and women who worked in that mill with my father were worth every bit as much as the man that owned that mill." ~John Edwards, 'Mill' ad
I've always liked the rhetoric found at the Singapore 21 website. It claims that 'every Singaporean matters.' The cynic would say, sure, every Singaporean matters, but some matter more than others. :) As I said in my last entry, we need more emphasis on this sort of thing, not less. And we can't just say it, we should act upon it, if possible... John Edwards nearly became US Vice President four years ago. He's trailing behind Obama and Clinton right now, but will be giving those two a run for their money. Go John!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Obama On National Education

"In lines that stretched around schools and churches; in small towns and big cities; you came together as Democrats, Republicans and Independents to stand up and say that we are one nation; we are one people; and our time for change has come." ~Senator Barack Obama, Iowa, 3 Jan 2008 (text)
A few hours after Obama victory at Iowa two weeks ago, I watched his speech on Youtube, and sat stunned as he talked about 'one people, one nation', amongst other things. It just seemed incredible to me at that time how he was just getting better and better at his speeches. This guy sure doesn't look like a politician. Politicians aren't supposed to be hopeful and uncynical. Politicians aren't supposed to make Youtube viewers sob just a little bit... As I thought more about the Obama movement and how parts of his speech are similar to our own National Education pronouncements, it suddenly dawned on me that those of us in Singapore who don't really like 'NE', and wish to see it being reduced in schools might have gotten the thing backwards. It now seems to me that far from reducing NE, we should be actively engaging in it because there is still much to be done. But it can only work when we are honest with people, when we say it like it is, when we acknowledge the intelligence of the population, that 'together, ordinary people can do extraordinary things', as Obama proclaims. Indeed, we can, as one people, and one nation.