I am the Appointed One

I am the Appointed One

God gave me a gift
It is the Tree of Knowledge
And HE ask me to solve Hunger, Poverty, Dieases and Prosperity
To prepare this world for the world to come
Where Jesus will rule over the United Nations
It will definitely happen within a hundred years
God’s timing is different
One day in Heaven could be a hundred years on earth
And I am after the ultimate prize
In the world to come
Nothing in this world interest me
Especially money which is the creation of Man
I am the Watchman sitting on the tower
And nothing will happen during my watch
To present a “perfect” world as a gift to my Lord
For Him to rule a thousand years
I monitor the news and financial markets everyday
And I probe everything for the Truth
Nothing escapes My Eyes
Even before any events happens
I already know what is the outcome
And I will use my knowledge and experiences
To drive towards a perfect economy
Peace and prosperity
A job for everyone
To put food on the table
And everything God tells me
Will definitely come to pass
Where the future Heaven
Will be a place on Earth.

P/S ; The Appointed One is the one who forsakes everything in this world, and God gave him the Tree of Knowledge in return, to run for the ultimate prize to save souls, and sit on the right hand of God.
– Contributed by Oogle. 

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A soft landing in China will depend on US and EU, with a much lesser impact on Asia

Aug 25th 2012 | Hong Kong, The Economist
China’s precocious economy has, however, turned sullen and morose of late. The preliminary results of HSBC’s August survey of over 420 manufacturing firms, many of them private, showed orders falling and inventories backing up. The ratio of orders to inventories was at its worst since December 2008. This disappointment followed the announcement that house prices rose in 49 out of 70 cities last month, a revival deemed bad news as it might delay further monetary easing.
A sharp slowdown in Chinese investment was one of the risks examined by the IMF in a report this month on the systemic five. Ashvin Ahuja and Malhar Nabar of the fund have calculated the impact on China’s trading partners of a one percentage point slowdown in Chinese capital formation. In the chart, we have extrapolated their results. Our baseline is the IMF’s 2012 growth forecasts for each country (made back in April, a happier time). The chart shows the effect on growth of a soft landing, which we define as a two-percentage-point slowdown in China’s investment growth. It also depicts a harder landing, which we define as a 3.9-point slowdown, the same as it endured in 2008.

A hard landing would hobble South Korea and bring Taiwan’s growth to a shuddering halt. But growth in Brazil and Australia would hold up surprisingly well, perhaps because their currencies would fall, absorbing some of the shock. However, these estimates capture only the direct impact of a Chinese slowdown, as transmitted through its trade links. Messrs Ahuja and Nabar point out that stockmarkets around the world would also swoon. And some countries would be hit by indirect effects: Germany, for example, would suffer both a loss of exports to China and to countries that sell a lot to China. Adolescents have an uncanny ability to spoil things for everybody.
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What the FED will do for the US economy, and what EU does this thursday will set the trend for the next few months to come, China must control it’s property markets to prevent excessive speculation and high inflation, and bring it’s timetable forward to liberalise it’s financial markets in order to boost the global economy, to turn the slowdown into an era of growth again.
– Contributed by Oogle. http://www.reuters.com/resources_v2/flash/video_embed.swf?videoId=237552673&edition=BETAUS

Singapore’s economy will only turn worse if it depends on cheap FTs, an unskilled workforce doesn’t create wealth, short term benefits is translated to mass outflow

September 5th, 2012
Dr Ng acknowledged the worries of Singaporeans but also explained the implications of tightening the tap on foreigners. There are no perfect solutions. We have to make sure we have a tightening up but it’s not without cost. It will mean slower growth, and slower growth can also mean slower wage growth
To me, this is a ploy by PAP to use growth as a cover to ingrain into the public’s mind for their self-serving agenda as it is something paramount to the citizens. Growth means better life for the family and oneself. More money to spent on food , household, children, parents, holidays, nicer and better dwellings and so forth. Everybody is for growth. However, in today’s context, because the gahment can’t find better ways to grow the GDP and to make up for their short-comings, it has chosen to capitalize on it with the intention to have the effect to cause the citizens’ vision to blur out, throws them off balance and sway them away from the real issues they are discontented with.
Since around 20+ years ago, we agreed we need both foreign talents and foreign laborers. FOREIGN TALENTS to improve productivity and bring our intellect several steps higher and further. FOREIGN WORKERS for hard and laborious jobs like constructions, road building and etc which our workers won’t embark on. Would any of our ministers or us as parents want to see their/our children, if they are well educated, take up these jobs. If so, won’t the huge investments in them be put to waste, putting aside our own desire to see them make us proud
When the population becomes more educated, the result can only be that the supply of laborers diminishes. This is synonymous everywhere in the world. i have seen this happened in my life time. South east asian countries were the source of cheap labor to western countries in the 50s and 60s. Some still are today. Those days, it’s very common to see our relatives and friends to clamour for jobs that citizens of these western countries avoid because their population is much higher educated than ours.
To the credit of the past PAP leaders’ foresight and resolve and our hardworking forefathers, spore has since moved on and caught up with these western countries albeit not as equal since we started developing and now to a developed country status. Isn’t this the natural path of economics progression.
However this happy state changed suddenly and drastically in the past 10 yrs. PAP suddenly decided to create a high demand for and so now a huge influx of foreigners. The composition of this influx does not only include the 2 types foreigners earlier mentioned. it now embodies almost all levels and types of workforce. Out of the 2 millions in foreign workforce today, if i am not wrong and i stress i don’t have the true figures, the 2 categories only make up around 30%. It’s can’t be anything else but dishonest to make use of and lump these 2 groups with the rest of 70% to get us to believe we must have foreigners to grow and create jobs for us as the right and best solution for our country.
How these 70% wouldn’t affect the locals is beyond me. Without the ready vacancies to absorb the influx, some of our locals have to make way for them. If this rationale has no basis, i would be ready to accept that i am wrong if someone can convince me with facts to be otherwise. With this influx, we have since seen many negative and adverse effects socially and to our infrastructures. The most unforgivable is the MRT breakdowns. It had been running very well for all those years before the influx. The rest had been lamented with great displeasure incessantly in TRE, so i shall not repeat them. It’s even more cruel to be aware and do nothing to arrest the poor rich gap, stagnation of our salaries, loss of jobs to cheaper foreigners and the list goes on.
To have Lim Swee Say declaring how happy he is whenever he checks his CPF account and feels rich while, as the chief of labor, those who he is supposed to champion are worst off is nothing short of betrayal of his job. He is the salt to the workers’ wounds to say the least.
Other than FOREIGN TALENTS and FOREIGN WORKERS, we have abundance of our own people to support the prerequisites for growth. That’s why we are where we are today !!! Remember, as recent as 10 yrs ago, we were touted as among the most productive, better educated, higher level of know how and so forth in this part of the world. We were much admired and envied then. Can all this be possible if we didn’t have what it takes. In spite of all that we had achieved, the gahment keeps harping we need talent now,as if it’s something new, and makes it look like we have very little of it all of a sudden !!!!.
We do acknowledge the world has changed a lot since then. Globalization has changed the game that was played yesteryear. so we need to change too. however, IMO, our present leadership had not caught and flowed with this wind for whatever reasons it knows better. out of the 4 Asian tigers (South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and S’pore), only S’pore can’t maintain the surge forward without resorting to cheap labor at all levels since our technology and manufacturing capabilities are simply too far compared to them (except HK) and the developed world at large. to me, perhaps the gahment’s real reason is to use cheaper labor at all levels to compete better as it’s only alternative they can come up with. slowly and gradually, we would go down the difficult and slippery path to more hardships. We have to forgo those glorious days of the past reluctantly, until our gahment can finally realizes it’s short-sightedness and be brave enough to make drastic change in directions (very unlikely) or someone else has to takeover to make it happen.
My take is we still could have grown like before without resorting to cheaper labor cost if the present leaders have the foresight like our previous forefathers and leaders. It now chooses to lump everything together and announce vaguely we need foreigners and leave it at that. If i’m right, in their minds, it’s better not to explain and be honest with why. Otherwise they won’t be able to contain it. Better to confuse the citizens than to have to do damage control and risk lose their heavenly high salaries. They do not explain clearly why they do what do nowadays, whether it’s popular or not, unlike the past.
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cytix
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Cytix, let me explain to you, the mass influx of foreigners is like a diease, it might create short term gains for the employers by lowering cost, and in the end it is the top 10% that is in management that pockets the benefits, but the 90% will suffer because all FTs will remit their monies home, thus taking monies out of the domestic economy, in the end, Singapore Economy will pay a big price and everyone will suffer, that is the secret PAP does not want to tell you, because it fattens their pockets but not anyone else.
Personally I do not have any grudge against FTs, but when you import any Tom, Dick and Harry who does not become citizens, they do not spend in your domestic economy to grow the economy, they remit the money home, then you are the loser two times over.
My Assumptions;
What amount of money do you save by employing FTs?
Look at how many FTs in singapore, how much do they make?
How much do they remit home? To India, Phillipines, China, Indonesia?
How many are on work permit, employment E/S pass?
How much do they spend on the local economy?
How much our GIC/TH use the money they earn to invest overseas and what is the returns? 
That is the reason why Singapore is now in a very bad shape. Outflow is huge, Inflow almost nothing now.
– Contributed by Oogle. 

Slowdown will cause many to have cashflow problems in Singapore

Wednesday, Sep 05, 2012
The Business Times

By Siow Li Sen
SINGAPORE – More firms are having cash-flow problems – with more than half the payments being delayed. The situation will only get worse as the slowdown begins to bite.
Only seven bills out of 20 were paid on time, with prompt payment hitting a record low of 37.3 per cent in the second quarter, said the Singapore Commercial Credit Bureau (SCCB) yesterday.
The previous low of 39 per cent was recorded in Q2 2011.
This is a sharp reversal from Q1 when nine bills out of 20 were settled promptly.Local firms’ payment performance has taken a turn for the worse after hitting an all-time low in payment delinquency last quarter, said SCCB.
Payment delays have hit a record high of 53.8 per cent, a sharp 11.9 percentage-point increase from the previous quarter, it said.
“The positive correlation between weak market performance and poor payment behaviour is clear to us by now,” said Audrey Chia, D&B Singapore’s chief executive.
SCCB operates under D&B Singapore.
“But more worryingly, we also see a noticeable trend of firms making fewer partial payments to their suppliers last quarter as company profits are being undermined by poorer cash flows,” said Ms Chia.
Fewer firms are making partial payments compared with the preceding three quarters. Partial payments have fallen by 4.6 percentage points to 8.9 per cent. This marks the second lowest partial payments since a year ago in Q2 2011 when partial payments made up only 7.9 per cent of total commercial transactions.
As global economic woes persist, companies are bracing themselves for more bad news.
On Monday, reports said purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for China and other Asian exporters slid last month as new export orders from the eurozone declined.
The HSBC-Markit gauge for China showed factory activity shrinking at its fastest pace in more than three years, mirroring the official PMI’s slide into contraction zone. Taiwan and South Korea also saw contraction, while Singapore’s barometer of industrial activity slid further into the sub-50 contraction zone to a reading of 49.1 in August, down from July’s 49.8.
The bureau looked at 200,000 payments in the quarter under review, said Eugene Tan, SCCB manager, product development & marketing.
Prompt payment is classified as one in which at least 90 per cent of total bills are paid within the agreed payment terms – usually 30 days, but could stretch to 90 days. Slow payment is when more than 50 per cent of total bills are paid later than the agreed credit terms.
On a sectoral basis, in Q2, the retail sector fared the worst, living up to its reputation as being the worst paymaster with the highest proportion of slow payments at 62.4 per cent – a whopping 13.3 percentage point increase from Q1, 2012.
Weaker consumer spending and slackening external demand have hit hard on the retail sector, said SCCB.
The wholesale sector, traditionally the best paymaster among the industries, has experienced its worst payment record in the history of SCCB’s payment analysis.
Owing to a deterioration of wholesalers in the chemicals, petroleum and electronics businesses, the sector experienced more than 50 per cent slow payment transactions for the first time. At 50.9 per cent, the sector registered the highest jump in payment delays, up 14.5 percentage points from the preceding quarter.

Planning for the next 50 years

The above map and planning is done more than 10 years back, as such, some of the conditions need to be modified to suit present conditions, especially the need to build a connecting line on the outskirts from Woodlands to Changi Airport and it’s terminals(purple color), to enable even Malaysians to use our MRT system to easily get back to JB, and at the same time to build HDB estates on mostly free land on it’s route, even linking to Pulau Ubin.
There is a huge forested area from Pasir Ris onwards that stretch for miles towards Woodland and if it is utilised, there could be a few HDB estates that could be realised, a feasibility study will conclude my idea is worth considering.

50 years from now,
Paya Lebar Airport will be serving all kinds of private jets
There will be a huge marina at Changi
Where all kinds of luxury cruisers are berthed
Tourism will extend towards the surrounding islands
Where many resorts will be built
Pulau Ubin will be a totally new satellite town
And Changi Airport will have 5 terminals
The world will evolve to a cashless society
Embedded chips will be widely used
From smartphones, watches, jewellery and credit cards
Less than a hundred years later
Even Pulau Tekong will be reclaimed
To create a vast bay to join the mainland
And handle the huge container cargo
Robots will be used to handle loading/unloading
There will be a third link to JB for trucking
PSA will no longer be located off sentosa
The invention of the nuclear fusion reactor
Will make crafts like flying saucers
The next frontier will be
Floating cities in the sky
Man will colonised the moon
Singapore will be a destination for the rich.

“With my perfect knowledge of everything, with data crunching methods, I can easily create any views I want, to visualise anything, to find missing pieces, to even accurately predict any outcome, no software will come close, not even a super computer.”
– Contributed by Oogle.

Can Bioscience Push the Limits of Lifespan?

Aug 31 2012, 9:05 AM ET
In 1835, Charles Darwin reached the Galapagos Islands aboard the HMS Beagle. While there, someone (possibly Darwin) captured a tortoise named Harriet. She lived for 176 years, finally dying in 2006. 
Other organisms in nature are known to live considerably longer than Harriet. These include the Methuselah tree, a bristlecone pine in Southern California that, at 4,843 years old, is perhaps the oldest known complex organism on Earth. Other creatures that age very slowly and live up to hundreds of years, showing little signs of senescence (aging), include rockfish, clams, lobsters and jellyfish.
Humans, too, live a long time compared to most species. The longest-living primates other than humans are our closest relatives in evolution, chimpanzees. They have an average life span of 53 years. This makes the current life expectancy in the West of nearly 80 years, with a maximum life span of 120 or so. Quite long, though not in the same league as Harriet the tortoise or bristlecone pine trees.
As scientists make new breakthroughs in understanding the mechanics of aging, the upper limits of aging might be changing for Homo sapiens. Already, life expectancy has increased dramatically since the late nineteenth century, when it was 40 for males and 42 for females at birth, and age 58 and 59 respectively if they survived to age 10 (infant mortality was much higher in 1890).
Life expectancy is expected to keep rising to perhaps age 100 sometime in the 22nd century, according to the United Nations. This comes from better hygiene and nutrition, and also from bio-med breakthroughs that range from antibiotics to targeted therapies for cancer and robotic surgery.
Is it possible that new waves of discoveries might take us on a path of even more dramatic increases in life extension?
Until recently, mainstream scientists would have answered with an emphatic no, suggesting that this was a fantasy offered up by alchemists, charlatans, and pseudo-scientists. Two trends have shifted this point of view.
The first is a realization that aging is one of the greatest risk factors for many diseases, and therefore needs to be seriously addressed by biomedical researchers. Not with a primary endpoint of radically prolonging life, which remains controversial, but as a major element of conventional research into understanding and combating cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic diseases of the elderly.
The second trend is that scientists have succeeded in upping the lifespan of many animals, sometimes dramatically, discoveries that have launched wide-ranging research into the mechanics of aging. The big question is: Can these processes be replicated in humans?
Since becoming more legitimate in the 1990s and early 2000s, the field of longevity and anti-aging research has generated serious efforts to answer this question. Work is being conducted primarily in four different areas: Healthy Living and Predictive and Preventive Medicine; Genetics; Regeneration; and Machine Solutions. (I touched on some of this material in a recent New York Times article; here I will expand on what is happening in the field of anti-aging science.)
Healthy living and preventive medicine
Healthier living already has increased lifespans and prevented death for literally billions of people over the past 150 years. But we could still do more, especially to combat lifestyle conditions and diseases like obesity and diabetes, which prematurely kill millions of people a year. Billions also still live in poverty, with over one billion people facing hunger each day.
The science of predictive and preventive medicine is moving in fast to collect health data on people — everything from one’s DNA to measurements of environmental toxins and a host of other tests — that might help predict their health future. Though much needs to be done to better collect and interpret this data, the field promises to be able to identify future risk factors for diseases such as cancer or heart disease before it happens.
Hopefully, this would give a person enough warning to take action to prevent or mitigate whatever malady might be coming — though much needs to be done to understand the data being generated by, say, people who have had their DNA sequenced to see what secrets this might reveal.
One potential setback to the “healthy living” approach came this week in a new study in Nature. For 25 years researchers at the National Institute on Aging have been feeding rhesus monkeys a diet that reduced calories by 30% to see if primates react to a “caloric restriction” regimen by living longer and healthier. Other animals, including worms, flies and mice have reacted to eating less by living more years.
Surprisingly to many, the NIA study showed no lifespan increase, contradicting a study published in 2009 that showed a positive impact in the lifespan of monkeys fed a caloric restriction diet. Clearly, more work is needed to understand the impact of calories on longevity.
Nor is healthy living and prevention alone going to push lifespan to anyone to age 150. For that, a more engineered boost will be required.
Genetics
For 30 years mainstream scientists have been trying to better understand the process of aging at the genetic and cellular level, as well as in entire organisms. They have succeeded in manipulating genes and proteins that seem to regulate lifespan in worms, flies, mice and other critters — sometime upping lifespan by many times. Perhaps more importantly they slow the aging process by delaying or preventing diseases of aging like heart disease and diabetes. A number of pharmaceutical companies are developing pills for diseases of aging like diabetes and inflammation, testing chemicals that activate enzymes linked to increased lifespans in mice and other animals. They may work in bumping up lifespans for humans, too, though no one yet knows for sure.
Regeneration
Scientists have succeeded in using stem cells – the special cells that replace dying cells in different organs — to regrow or repair hearts, livers and other tissue in animals. They have had some success in regenerating tissue in humans, but only for simple organs like a bladder or bone marrow. Using stem cells to regrow, say, cells in the heart or brain remain many years in the future.
Machine solutions
People have long fused machines and engineered devices and tools to human biology to improve or treat conditions, injuries and disease. These include everything from eyeglasses to pacemakers and joint replacements. More recently inventions and breakthroughs are linking devices to the brain to help patients with Parkinson’s disease control tremors and to help some people who are deaf to hear again. Other experimental machine-brain interfaces may soon allow the paralyzed to operate computers using thought.
Whether science really will boost lifespan dramatically in the near future is still open to question. Some anti-aging enthusiasts believe that substantial leaps could occur within a few years; most believe it will be a matter of decades, though few doubt it will happen.
This brings up the question: what happens if radical life extension actually works? How will it impact individuals, society, and even the planet? I’ll address these queries in a subsequent piece for The Atlantic next week.


This post is part of an Atlantic series adapted from the ebook When I’m 164: The Science of Radical Life Extension, and What Happens If It Succeeds.