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  1. Ah_Zai

    3rd Eye (aka Yin Yang eye)

    Donate blood is good. The Chinese say you can donate blood to block "blood light troubles". LOLOL
  2. You cannot use 2015 yardstick to apply it to events in 1980s, 1960s or 1940s. This young brat did just that. https://www.rsis.edu.sg/rsis-publication/rsis/co15086-alternate-historians-post-lky-the-four-tactics-of-mass-distraction/ ‘Alternate’ Historians Post-LKY: The “Four Tactics of Mass Distraction” Hence what really drives some Alternate historians and their supporters is what is called presentism – an orientation to the past coloured by current ideological and political biases and concerns. Some Alternate historians appear to sift through the historical record purposefully to find facts that mesh with what they want to say. This, lest it be forgotten, is not history but propaganda.
  3. What happened to angmoh standard of Human Rights? Britain's MI6 aided torture of Nepal Maoists, book claims British authorities funded a four-year-long intelligence operation in Nepal that led to Maoist rebels being arrested, tortured and killed during the country's civil war, according to the author of a new book on Kathmandu. Launched in 2002, "Operation Mustang" targeted Maoist guerillas and saw British intelligence agency MI6 fund safe houses and provide training in surveillance and counter-insurgency tactics to Nepal's army and spy agency, the National Investigation Department (NID), writer Thomas Bell told AFP Saturday. Nepal's decade-long civil war left more than 16,000 dead, with rebels and security forces accused of serious human rights violations including killings, rapes, torture and disappearances. "According to senior Nepalese intelligence and army officials involved in the operation, British aid greatly strengthened their performance and led to about 100 arrests," said Bell, whose book "Kathmandu" hits stores in South Asia on Thursday. "It's difficult to put an exact number on it, but certainly some of those who were arrested were tortured and disappeared," he said. Maoist commander Sadhuram Devkota, known by his nom-de-guerre "Prashant", was among those captured during "Operation Mustang" in November 2004. Six weeks later, he was found hanging from a low window in his cell, with officials saying he had committed suicide. Despite protests, no independent investigation was ever carried out. British authorities helped construct a bug-proof building in the NID headquarters, created a secure radio network for communications and supplied everything from cameras to computers to mobile phones and night vision binoculars, according to Bell's sources in the Nepalese security establishment. "The agency also sent a small number of British officers to Nepal, around four or five -- some tied to the embassy, others operating separately," Bell said. The officers gave the Nepalese training in how to place bugs, how to penetrate rebel networks and how to groom informers. - 'They knew what was happening' - Bell spent about a year interviewing some 20 highly-placed sources to corroborate the details of the operation, and said a senior western official told him the operation was cleared by Britain's Foreign Office. A Foreign Office spokeswoman told AFP: "We do not comment on intelligence matters but, as we have repeatedly made clear, the UK does not participate in, solicit, encourage or condone the use of torture or cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment. "In no circumstances will UK personnel ever be authorised to take such action; we neither condone such activity, nor do we ask others to do it on our behalf. "We would never authorise any action in the knowledge or belief that torture would take place at the hands of a third party." A Nepalese general with close knowledge of the operation told the writer there was no doubt that British authorities realised that some of the arrested suspects would be tortured and killed. "Being British they must have thought about human rights also, but they knew exactly what was happening to them," the general said. "The thing must have been approved at a high level." Bell said it was "a peculiar contradiction that while calling for an end to abuses... the British were secretly giving very significant help in arresting targets whom they knew were very likely to be tortured". The British-born writer covered Nepal's civil war from 2002 to 2007, reporting for The Economist and the South China Morning Post before moving to Bangkok for a two-year stint as The Daily Telegraph's Southeast Asia correspondent. Tejshree Thapa, senior researcher at the Asia division of Human Rights Watch, said: "Nepal's army was known by 2002 to be an abusive force, responsible for... summary executions, torture, custodial detentions". "To support such an army is tantamount to entrenching and encouraging abuse and impunity," Thapa told AFP. Nepal army spokesman Jagdish Chandra Pokharel denied all knowledge of the operation, which apparently continued even after a coup in February 2005 by the then-king Gyanendra seizing direct control prompted the British to publicly suspend all military aid to the country. "I have no idea about MI6 training the Nepal army or any Operation Mustang," Pokharel told AFP. Nepal is in the process of drafting a new constitution, a key step in a stalled peace process begun after the end of the civil war in 2006. http://news.yahoo.com/britains-mi6-aided-torture-nepal-maoists-book-claims-025143311.html
  4. You very bian tai. I am rushing a presentation and report with my collicks in office now and the cube next 2 me suddenly laughed out loud. Then he IM-ed us this link. For a moment I thought it is real until I realised the twist. I totally blur and LOL!
  5. No lah. Of course I'm not. About 300 meters before the trap, you can see the big blue sign that says "Speed Camera Ahead", you will ease off the pedal already mah
  6. http://www.allsingaporestuff.com/article/singapore-zoo-penguin-enclosure-temporary-closed
  7. I admit my avg speed is hovering around 100-110 KPH on high ways. One comfort taxi driver told me he received a speeding ticket 1 year after the incident. His daughter went to TP and LTA to KPKB. In the end, pay up the fine and sua.
  8. Ah_Zai

    Macdonald new burger looks like P.P ?

    ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but there are ppl on McD Sg's FB page say they want to boycott McD coz the restaurant is backed by Jews.
  9. Ah_Zai

    Japan: Tokyo - Tips and Recommendations?

    Sad. Cannot post gay stuff. RadX just infract me Anyway, why no one point out where the used school girl panties vending machines are? [laugh]
  10. Ah_Zai

    Actress Sent Ricin to President Obama

    She got appear in Walking dead meh? What role she play?
  11. contents deleted by RADx! no such to be posted on this note from previous experiences here
  12. There's a speed trap near BKE CCK exit (Exit 3), and one speed trap along PIE before Lornie. Am I the only one who take effort to slow down to < 90 KPH? I see other vehicles zoom past me macam they don't give a damn.
  13. Ah_Zai

    So, Who is going to Pinkdot 2014 This Weekend?

    I wonder what are the different political parties' views on Pinkdot and the emerging promotion of alternative lifestyle. For instance, Workers Party did not have a position and remained sitting on the fence (neither showing support or against) but its members behaved otherwise. Prof. Daniel Goh has pledge support for the LGBT camp by attending a book launch which talks about & supports LGBT issues in Singapore while elected MP Faisal Manap from Aljunied GRC was lauded by the conservative #Wearwhite community for his support towards the conservatives. WP are very strict with its members' conducts, especially how they conduct themselves online. WP members were sacked for their outspoken attitude previously, remember Goh Meng Seng who stood under WP banner in 06?
  14. Ah_Zai

    So, Who is going to Pinkdot 2014 This Weekend?

    @slyison, the nature vs nurture debate was discussed before by a scientist who pointed out that there are cases of identical-twins (same genes, same everything) but one is gay, one is straight. Hence, if identical-twins have identical setup, how to explain the nature side of the argument if one of them turns out to be gay?
  15. Ah_Zai

    Maid Agency

    I have to agree. It all depends on the maid's character... Heard so many horror stories from old classmates.