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Cin’s Newsdesk: World Peace


The Nobel Peace Committee has awarded Obama the Peace Prize 2009, not for his achievements, but for bringing hope for mankind. An aspirational win.

This will certainly bring much hope to aspiring beauty queens looking for another contest to compete in. Yes, the Nobel Peace Prize. Well, at least they would not have to relearn their inspirational phrase of “I hope for world peace”.

Credits: Sascalia


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Heads or Tails, PDA is in…



or Tails


 Heads or Tails. It doesn’t really matter. 🙂

A pessimistic (global) economy does need some tender loving care to keep it going!  

It’s your choice. You can do the forehead touching gaze, or the butt-patting caress.

Do check out these articles on PDA (i.e. public display of affection or in this case, presidential displays of affection) from Huffington Post.

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Cin’s Newsdesk #8

bush-shoeUS President Bush had a pair of shoes hurtling his way during a press conference on his farewell visit to Iraq. Bush managed to duck the attack and the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki also attempted to catch the shoe before it hits Bush. 


Oh Bush – what a way to end a presidency… guess you have to do some sole-searching now.

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Are Jobs worth Saving?

So the US automakers, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are pleading for a bailout of US$25bn in loans to keep their business afloat. However, there is still continued opposition from the US government about bailing out these dinosaurs that are inefficient etc etc. 

Perhaps I’m idealistic but isn’t helping the economy really about saving and creating jobs? 

True, the value-add and the GDP contribution of the automotive industry to the US pales significantly relative to the contribution of the financial services industry. And true, the US automotive companies can definitely be more efficient as compared to the Japanese, Korean and possibly even the Chinese automotive manufacturers.

However, in perspective, the automakers are asking for a US$25bn to save about 1.7million jobs*. This, compared to the US$700bn package to save the financial services industry which employs 6.2million people**. Maybe, this bailout package may be the straw that helps the US automakers become more efficient? But who knows?

Perhaps Ms. M who works on statistics and Ms. F who works in the automotive industry can help shed further light on this…

* I added up the figures in line 21 (motor vehicles, trailers and parts) and line 22 (other transportation equipment). Obviously, this figure will likely be a lot more if one adds up the figures for the ancillary services to the automotive industry. 

** Figures taken from line 51 (Finance and Insurance). 

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Cin’s Newsdesk #5

extra-virginA cosmetic surgery addict has resorted to injecting cooking oil into her own face. Her sexual status has also been upgraded to “extra-virgin”. 

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Cosmetic surgery addict injected cooking oil into her own face (UK Telegraph, 11 Nov, 2008)

Hang Mioku, now 48, had her first plastic surgery procedure when she was 28; hooked from the beginning she moved to Japan where she had further operations – mostly to her face.

Following operation after operation, her face was eventually left enlarged and disfigured, but she would still look at herself in the mirror and think she was beautiful.

Eventually the surgeons she visited refused to carry out any more work on her and one suggested that her obsession could be a sign of a psychological disorder.

When she returned home to Korea the surgery meant Hang’s features had changed so much that her own parents didn’t recognise her.

After realising that the girl with the grossly swollen face was indeed their daughter her horrified parents took her to a doctor. Once again the possibility that Hang had a mental disorder was raised and she started treatment.

However, this treatment was too expensive for her to keep up and she soon fell back into old ways.

Amazingly, she found a doctor who was willing to give her silicone injects and, what’s more, he then gave her a syringe and silicone of her own so she could self-inject.

When her supply of silicone ran out Hang resorted to injecting cooking oil into her face.

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Sleep Like a Baby


Mccain on Tonight with Jay Leno, when asked how he was doing after his loss at the elections.

“Well, I’ve been sleeping like a baby,”  

“I sleep two hours, wake up, and cry. Sleep two hours, wake up, and cry.


Source: Times Online

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Take on Capitalism

Thanks to Ms. N for forwarding this. Now my choice of study makes so much more sense. 😛

My take on the Singapore System (similar to Swiss): You have about 7000 sheeps. None of them belong to you. You pay for them to be here. 





You have two sheep.
You sell one and buy a ram.
Your flock multiplies, and the economy grows.
You sell them and retire on the income.


You have two sheep.
You sell one, and force the other to produce the wool of four sheep.
You are surprised when the sheep drops dead.


You have two sheep.
You go on strike because you want three sheep.


You have two sheep.
You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary sheep
and produce 20 times the wool.
You then create clever sheep cartoon images called Sheepkimon and
market them worldwide.


You have two sheep.
You reengineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month, and
shear themselves.


You have two sheep.
Both die from foot and mouth.


You have two sheep, but you don’t know where they are.
You break for lunch.


You have two sheep.

You count them and learn you have five sheep.
You count them again and learn you have 42 sheep.
You count them again and learn you have 12 sheep.
You stop counting sheep and open another bottle of vodka.


You have 5,000 sheep, none of which belong to you.
You charge others for storing them.


You have two sheep.
You have 300 people shearing them.
You claim full employment, high productivity, and arrest the newsman
who reported the numbers.


You have two sheep.
That one on the left is kinda cute…


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