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Refusal of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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I’m happy ALS charities are receiving a boost but they aren’t in my top 100 list of charitable causes. I’m all for curing diseases but diseases that take massive amounts of cash -if they will ever be cured at all- fall lower on my charity spectrum than ‘save this kid from dying right now, with far less money’.

My grandfather died of ALS so it’s not as if it’s not a concern nor is it something distant from me. That doesn’t change the fact that there are much more cost effective ways of doing good in the world.

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Yahoo Travel Doesn’t Know From Night Markets

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Deepavali in Singapore

Yesterday Yahoo Travel published an article on “top 10 night markets in the world”. It was clearly written by somebody who has never been to a night market, but that’s not really what bugs me about it. What does bug me is:

1. Yahoo did not get my permission to use my photo.

2. Tekka Centre is not a night market.

3. That is not a picture of Tekka. That’s a picture taken a block away, off Serangoon during Deepavali/Diwali.

meat at Tekka

Also, Tekka Centre smells like it looks, and it doesn’t look like fragrant jasmine.

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Astrology is a lie

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botanic garden gates

I hate astrology. There are few things I hate more. That may seem a bit odd and petty but I mainly hate things that impact my life directly. I mean, I also hate slavery, and hunger and animal abuse but those things don’t pop up at social gatherings and call me “close minded”. In a real sense, I hate things that impact me more than things that don’t. It’s not that I think those things are more important in an overall sense but I’m this clothed hairless-monkey water monster that lives in California. I’m not some theoretical presence. In… Read the rest

Y’all need to calm down about Affirmative Action

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Jeff Graduating

There’s been some recent hubbub on the internet about a Black kid who got accepted to all the Ivy League schools. Most of the people who seem to be offended by this are white. Many white people feel that they are denied admission to elite colleges because of their skin color. They aren’t. Affirmative Action, as it applies to elite college admissions, has nearly no impact on white people. Underrepresented minorities benefit, a group that’s in the subset of ‘white’ benefits and non-URM Asians are harmed. For white people, as a whole,… Read the rest