Can STOMP really teach good internet behaviour?

STOMP's Don't Be A Facebook Idiot campaign is the last thing we need. It would be much better for us to recognise that we cannot control everything online, and that there is little point in policing other people's social media presence. There will always be Facebook idiots. We should be careful we don't join them.

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I AM A BIG TIME PROPERTY DEVELOPER

My unsold properties are seeing their values stagnated and not rising. My profits are not growing. This is bad. How can the govt do this to me? Nevermind if I have made millions and billions in the last decades and laughing to the banks, having an extremely good life from the profits that I have made. Now I am not happy as my properties are not making the kind of profits that they should be making. My gosh, the price actually came down by 1%! Horror, I am having nightmares, cannot sleep.

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RAVI PHILEMON: Feedback to Committee of Inquiry into Little India Riot

I witnessed first-hand how the police officers who turned up for crowd control had difficulties communicating with the disgruntled moviegoers. One police officer I observed, used the word 'Dei', possibly in an attempt to establish camaraderie with the crowd. But in Tamil, the term 'Dei' is only used on people who are younger and/or are familiar (e.g. younger brother, close friends, etc), and is never used on people who are older and strangers as it is considered disrespectful

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LET INDONESIA NAME THEIR WARSHIP WHATEVER THEY WANT

And don’t bother about being sensitive towards Singapore. The damaged relationship between Singapore and Indonesia can be easily repaired. Naming your warship after 2 terrorists is more important than your relationship with your neighbours. And don’t worry. The next time you have an earthquake or tsunami, Singapore will still provide assistance like we always do.

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IPS Survey on Race, Religion & Language in 60 seconds

Race and religion important to Malays’ sense of identity: Malays residents felt that religion (70.1%) and race (51.9%) are important to their sense of identity. On the other hand, fewer Chinese residents felt that religion (15.6%) and race (22.8%) are important to their sense of identity. The same goes for Indian residents on religion (36.9%) and race (28.4%).

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Stop politicising HPB’s educational resource on sexuality

Contrary to what Member of Parliament Lim Biow Chuan said in the report “‘Disappointed’ MP criticises HPB for its FAQ on sexuality” (Feb 7), many Singaporeans would deem the HPB’s move necessary and progressive, as it reflects tolerance of diversity. It does not promote homosexuality; it discourages prejudice against homosexuality and is educational. Mr Lim and conservative pastor Lawrence Khong insist that the HPB should not go against the national building block of the family. Should we not be clear that family includes heterosexual couples who have chosen not to or cannot have children? If so, how different is a committed same-sex couple?

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Bitcoin plunges after marketplace indefinitely halts withdrawals

The price of the digital currency bitcoin slid to its lowest level in nearly two months yesterday (Feb 10) after bitcoin digital marketplace Mt Gox said a halt on withdrawals it announced on Friday would continue indefinitely after it detected “unusual activity”. The bitcoin price varied dramatically from one exchange to another, with Tokyo-based Mt Gox, the best known operator of a bitcoin digital marketplace, recording one of the biggest drops for the day. On the Mt Gox platform the currency plunged to as low as US$500 (S$640) early on Monday, down more than 27 per cent from Friday’s final price of US$692, according to the Mt Gox website. It last traded at US$595.74, off nearly 14 per cent from Friday.

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KHAW CONFIRMS VALUE OF HDB FLATS WILL BE ZERO AT END OF 99-YEAR LEASE

The Minister confirmed that the value of the flats will be zero at the end of their 99-year lease. He also indicated that the selection of sites and pace of SERS depended on factors including the site’s redevelopment potential. Implicit in what he said was that SERS is not a scheme intended solely to replace old flats reaching the end of their lease.

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