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SO WHAT IF I AM DATING A ANG MOH BOYFRIEND?

THEREALSINGAPORE 5 July 2014 - 11:00am

My boyfriend is white. And because of that, I've been accused of being self loathing, denying my asian heritage and also gold digging. In general, do I find white men physically more attractive than Asian men? Yes, I would say so. But I see no reason to apologise for it. It is simply my preference.


GST VOUCHERS: REAL SPENDING MONEY OR SMOKE?

THEREALSINGAPORE 5 July 2014 - 10:54am

Something I do not understand on GST Voucher payout to credit off the Utilities Account. I have a family of 5 staying with me. Looking at the MOF Letter, every family member is given a $180 to offset their household utility bills. So a total of $900. However, I can only deduct $180 for my SP Services. So where did the balance $720 go? Lost into thin air?


ENTIRE F35 FLEET GROUNDED AFTER SUDDEN ENGINE FIRE

THEREALSINGAPORE 5 July 2014 - 10:35am

A fire on the engine of a F35 has led to the complete grounding of all F35s in service. The US Defence Department has announced that a complete inspection of all the engines will be conducted, and for safety reasons, they will not let the F35s off the ground until they know what is the cause of the problem. A decision to put all 97 aircraft on hold must mean something serious is going on. [Link] The F35 is by far the most expensive multi role fighter aircraft ever produced and will cost about $200m a piece.


WHAT IS THE BEST ARGUMENT AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE THAT DOESN'T INVOLVE RELIGION

THEREALSINGAPORE 5 July 2014 - 10:28am

Now, this one is not quite as trivial as the previous one, since taking care of children is actually a valid objective. However, the evidence is pretty clear that there's not a significant difference in outcomes in child-rearing, and even though some amount of uncertainty always remains, it's dangerous to ban things based on vague suspicions. And then, of course, there are plenty of other groups of people who you might want to ban from marrying on this criterion: sex offenders, say, or people who'd been convicted of violent crimes. And what the hell is up with banning gay *marriage* rather than gay *parenthood?* The court concluded that this argument is obviously not the real reason, but just some after-the-fact bullshit rationalization.


THARMAN: IT IS HIGHLY LIKELY THAT HOUSING PRICES WILL DROP FURTHER

THEREALSINGAPORE 5 July 2014 - 10:10am

DPM and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, explained that house prices are likely to continue falling. Housing prices have been declining slightly for about a year now as Government cooling measures affect the market and Tharman explained that the cycle is not over. However, he also said "I don't think the industry will crash," because the government has been careful not to tweak too much to engineer a crash.


THE DIRTIEST WORDS IN THE PAP VOCABULARY

THEREALSINGAPORE 4 July 2014 - 10:09pm

The reason unfailingly given by the PAP government for any ruling that seems to put yet another curb on civic liberties is that there would otherwise be ‘disruption’. For instance, the Public Order act, passed in April in 2009, gives the police powers to compel a person to move on from a designated spot, and to refrain from returning to it for 24 hours, to avoid disruptions to the public. The ruling to impose a 24-hour ‘cooling off’ period just before polling day has exactly the same purpose—to prevent people from becoming too emotional and unruly, thus creating a disturbance to the public. Even when a rule has been relaxed to allow for greater freedom of expression, such as at the Speakers’ Corner in Hong Lim Park, there are conditions to ensure that there is no disorderly conduct.


PRC COUPLE TRIES TO 'RETURN' ADOPTED BABY AFTER GIVING BIRTH TO THEIR OWN

THEREALSINGAPORE 4 July 2014 - 9:59pm

A married couple in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province attempted to "return" an adopted child after the wife gave birth to a boy of her own and claimed that they couldn't afford to raise two children. The 32-year-old husband called the authorities hoping that he could return the adopted baby boy to his real family, claiming that his own mother had illegally adopted the child and forged a birth certificate, according to the Global Times.


TEN GRAVE FEARS OF SINGAPOREANS

THEREALSINGAPORE 4 July 2014 - 8:43pm

1. No money - this is by far the greatest fear of most Singaporeans as we don't have welfare benefits like the west. Financial issue is also the top three reasons why our marriages break up and could even be the cause of many suicides here. Many people fear for their employment here as without a job everything else will go down the drain.


FISH TESTING AT 124 TIMES OVER RADIATION LIMIT CAUGHT OFF FUKUSHIMA

THEREALSINGAPORE 4 July 2014 - 8:34pm

Fish with deadly levels of radioactive cesium have been caught just off the coast of Fukushima prefecture, as scientists continue to assess the damage caused to the marine food chain by the 2011 nuclear disaster. One of the samples of the 37 black sea bream specimens caught some 37 kilometers south of the crippled power plant tested at 12,400 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium, making it 124 times deadlier than the threshold considered safe for human consumption, Japan's Fisheries Research Agency announced.


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