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Singapore’s Birth Rate

Much has been written about the demographic disaster in wealthy countries. Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Italy, Germany are all experiencing bel0w-replacement fertility rates. The knee jerk response has been to encourage more immigration, especially of young people. This introduces some potential complications – angering natives, and creating immigrant ghettos with youth unable to adjust […]

Random Food For Thought

Wisdom from a pair of nonagenarians, and one who is as ornery and grumpy as to be one. The first is from an inventor of a deadly weapon – one that will go down in history as the most destructive weapon. The AK47 has been the weapon of choice for revolutionaries, governments, and terrorists alike […]

Techie’s Paradise Playground

I’ve blogged on this topic many times in the past. The Bay Area is turning more and more into a haven for techies and no other. The high wages and venture money sloshing around has driven the area into a frenzy. Real estate prices have shot through the roof. World class restaurants are springing up […]

The Pope of Inequality

Pope Francis has turned the Catholic world on its head, reversing several decades of conservative dogma and refocusing the church on solving social ills rather than trying to enforce morality. I applaud this act. The church can be a great instrument for social change and to relieve poverty around the world. This, and focusing on […]

The Female Psyche

Not real, but wow, what if it were? There’s a lot of potential here. First, the female side is well-done. Dakota Johnson, culled from the countless hordes of young attractive aspiring actresses, combines the best of a submissive pose, sexually suggestive position, popping colours (black dress, blonde hair, and red lipstick), and the hint of […]

Cost of Living and Housing Bubbles

It’s a growing truism that the desirable places in the world are increasingly unaffordable. Sure, it has always been the case that London, Zurich, Tokyo, NYC, and Hong Kong were always going to be that way. After all, there’s limited land, zoning laws, good high-paying jobs, and the appeal of a cosmopolitan fun city. ¬†But […]

Genuinely Stupid People

I very rarely get mad, especially over something on the internet (it’s amazing how much bravado the anonymity of the internet brings out), but sometimes the degree of stupidity just makes me frustrated. This came to a head with an article I read today about not vaccinating one’s children. Just a small pet peeve of […]

Travel Itch Again

Ugh. I clicked on an account of a road trip through Siberia¬†and now I want to go dash off and explore for 3-6 months. It really got my travel juices flowing again. Good thing I have the NYC trip coming up, and Hawaii after that (though they’re both pretty tame as tourist places), else I […]

More on Tammin Sursok

I’ve always thought her to be one of the more talented young singer/songwriters with her own unique style. Her one studio album was certainly a local sensation, and inspired many more famous artists to cover her songs. “Around the World” definitely gets my travel juices flowing. It’s a bit of a tragic loss to the […]

Japanese Herbivore Cycle

It seems that Japan is a media whipping boy that the B-grade press can turn to at any time for a sensationalist article. The focus always seems to be a nation in trouble – declining population, unfavourable demographics, collapsed bubble economy, and herbivore men. See here, here, and here. Hey, wasn’t it just 3 years […]