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In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 11:39:05 PM PDT
neonpisces says:
> Singapore is definitely not where I want to live or even visit.

Actually, I'd really like to see the Tiger Balm Gardens.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 11:41:29 PM PDT
neon,

Not exactly, but close ------ leonard has been commenting about the fertilizer!

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 11:44:34 PM PDT
neon,

It's cheaper to just import it!! Seriously, it was built after I left ... it is suppose to be great. But put some other things on your list, that's an awfully long trip just to see a garden!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 11:53:25 PM PDT
neonpisces says:
I hate to thread-jack this, but it is interesting.

My impression of the Tiger Balm Garden is that it's wonderfully strange, and largely irreproducible. The original in Hong Kong has apparently been destroyed due to development. Hence the Singapore version is the one remaining. Where else can you see the "Ten Courts of Hell" in such vivid detail?

Chinese mythology is at least as complex as either Greek or Norse, and equally bizarre. The gardens are a virtual theme park dedicated to this. I think it's worth the trip.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 12:03:27 AM PDT
neon,
I only had about 12 hours the last time I was there --- a connection. I don't know the history of it, but there was a lot of build up in that area when there was a belief that all the wealth from Hong Kong would migrate to Singapore when the Brits gave it back in 97. Hong Kong's transition was better and so that never materialized.

If you have a choice the connection through Japan is a bit easier even with the "super" security in Japan. It is easy to miss connections in Hong Kong. I think I'd go back on a cruise if you don't plan to spend too much time there. The costs are similar to hotels and you get to unpack once!!! Lots more ships going that way now!

Now back not leaving the country permanently!!!! --- but visits are nice.

P.S. I enjoy a lot of things Chinese but had found very much in mythology, got a recommended reading?

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 12:25:19 AM PDT
neonpisces says:
> got a recommended reading?

Chinese mythology is a huge subject. You could spend a life on the subject.

There are multiple traditions at work for one. Unlike Europe, China has an uninterrupted history stretching back 5,000 years. They've accrued everything from animism on the one hand, to Confucianism on the other...with Lao Tzu and Vajrayana Buddhism somewhere in the mix.

SO...In the immortal words of Sarah Palin, "let me get back to yuh"...

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 12:35:59 AM PDT
neon,

Let me help a bit. I did a History and Culture of China class with a community college, some years back. Then we got to take the professor with us. So some of the religions I've been exposed to, but not all. Tsao I don't think I will ever understand --- not because I disagree but because the books I have are unreadable: they read worse than a 3rd year philosophy book where you haven't taken the 1st two years! We did do some of the gestures of the different Budhas and I have the Thompson(?) series from Thailand. I'm not sure I know what Vajrayana is.

I'll be waiting----

Posted on May 13, 2012 12:36:06 AM PDT
M. Gaudet says:
"Railing against the wealthy, abusing the politics of division, rabble-rousing hate against the wealthy, only serves to destroy the future of the Middle class only further."

You do realize this is in response to the W Bush years and the Post Reagan-Bush country we live in.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 1:51:01 AM PDT
Leonard Fleisig says:
I was 7 in 1960. Second grade, Claudia Bruno. I still miss her. :-)
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you know Claudia too?

:)

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 1:55:51 AM PDT
Vote Obama says:
No one in the world worships the rich like the Republicans do.
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the poor should worship them. They take care of the poor and pay for all the services the government provides. The poor can't take care of themselves much less anyone else. Without the rich, the poor would truly be poor, not the pseudo american poor.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 1:58:33 AM PDT
In 2008, 1.2 billion cellphones were sold worldwide. So how many of them were manufactured inside the United States? Zero.
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it is a competitive low margin market

Nokia loses $1.38 billion in Q4. It's tough.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2012/01/nokia-loses-lumia-windows-phones.html

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 2:06:47 AM PDT
TS - "Facebook's co-founder runs away from the USSR - a growing trend!!!! "

Singapore has universal healthcare and a public education system far more regulated than that of the USA. So basically he's running straight into the open arms of Karl Marx himself. Strange you should champion such a place, where freedom is so disposable that there are even laws against chewing gum.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 2:27:54 AM PDT
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RE: There's a lot less here than meets the eye and anyone who takes anything said about his/her backstory with less than a ton of salt doesn't have much experience with the internet. :-)

It's all pretty transparent. To me it looks like someone inventing a smokescreen, from behind which she can bash the US.

The wealth part, you're probably right. People with real money rarely talk about it, if they're for real and have any manners. But that aside, if anyone wants to come on and announce that wealthy people are fleeing the generally low-tax socialist hell (that's TS's description there, not mine) US for generally high-tax (and presumably, by TS's inference, non-socialist paradise of) Europe, among other places, for tax advantages -- especially when they pull out the number 1800 (which actually seems low to me) but do not have any real info as to why these people actually left the US -- only a real sucker is going to take them seriously.

And then to top it off, repeated over-the-top nonsensical references as to how the US is practically becoming the USSR.....and we're seeing someone who's interested, above all, in trash talk. There's nothing more substantial in TS's posts than that, inventing an angle from which to talk some good old smack about the US.

And I remember TeaPartyWoman....more trash talk. If she could run and jump and hit a three, she might find a home in the NBA.

-And personally, I really like Europe and liked living there for the short time I was there. But TS's side-by-side descriptions of the US and Europe regarding taxes and degree of socialism are some of the deepest piles of BS I've read here in a very long time. So ridiculous that it's hard to believe anyone would actually write it.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 3:30:22 AM PDT
TN says:
To some extent, true. But until the 70's, the tax laws didn't allow for huge income disparities.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 7:24:39 AM PDT
"Is there a single trilogy?"

Maybe in the UK but not here.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 7:49:05 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 7:52:51 AM PDT
TS - "And America is now going down precisely due to..."

But the number of billionaires and millionaires is rapidly growing. Also, corporate profits are sky-high. Worker productivity is through the roof. The economy HAS grown, but the difference now over, say, 30 years ago, is that the profits from the productivity gains are being accrued only to the rich, while worker wages are stagnating. But business is actually doing great.
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In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 8:30:12 AM PDT
TS - "Sure they are. But are they being reinvested in America?"

Is there any solution to that other than having zero tax whatsoever? Or maybe we should give them money to stay?

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In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 9:17:15 AM PDT
RE: America's modern hatred of capitalism will be its end...

You're trolling again. Try as you might to avoid it, you *always* come back to it. You can't stay away; you can't resist.

Because it is you.....

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 11:00:31 AM PDT
Mark,
That public education isn't free either --- and until recently there was a "full charge" for over 2 children!!!

And, the latest chewing gum ban was caused by a subway/rail car door getting stuck and not closing: within the week it was banned completely!

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 11:04:10 AM PDT
Leonard,

The UK is probably a bit of a distance for a book --- but I'll put it on the list for "next time". My guess is that I'll have at least the Singapore one finished by then. Thanks again.
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