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    • Originally posted by array88:

      Services X, X*2 and X*3 start from the same Interchange A. Services X*2 and X*3 share the same routes when coming out of the interchange until they split. Service X*3 then meets Service X at Road B. At Junction C along this road, services X, X*2 and X*3 meet again. Services X*2 and X*3 then travel along the same Road D until they split again. Service X*3 reaches an interchange in Estate E, and Service X*2 also passes by the same estate.

      Name Services X, X*2, X*3; Interchange A, Road B, Junction C, Road D and Estate E.

      So would that be 12, 24, 36?

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    • Originally posted by array88:

      Services X, X*2 and X*3 start from the same Interchange A. Services X*2 and X*3 share the same routes when coming out of the interchange until they split. Service X*3 then meets Service X at Road B. At Junction C along this road, services X, X*2 and X*3 meet again. Services X*2 and X*3 then travel along the same Road D until they split again. Service X*3 reaches an interchange in Estate E, and Service X*2 also passes by the same estate.

      Name Services X, X*2, X*3; Interchange A, Road B, Junction C, Road D and Estate E.

      X: 23, X*2: 46, X*3: 69, Interchange A: Tampines Interchange, Road B: Tampines Ave 1, Junction C: the junction of Tampines Ave 4/Bedok Reservoir Rd and Tampines Ave 1, Road D: Bedok Reservoir Rd/Bedok North Ave 3 (splitting after the stop at Blk 109), Estate E: Bedok

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    • Originally posted by bowah:

      Wrong, the objectives is remove the age limit and replacing the old drivers,

      During my general meeting with NTA, LTA, WDA, EDB and many other govt institution and of cos, taxi companies CEOs, the govt produced a trend of dwindling and aging taxi driving in our ever increasing population.

      If age is to remain at 30years to qualify to drive taxi, and that only Singaporean can drive, in 10 years times, we will see taxis driver retired more and more, with no youngs taking up taxi driving, it will be a huge problem for the govt, as taxis is an essential transport as it is classified as Public Transport.

      Therefore, the decision to invest in Grab and Uber by our Govt is critical to bring back a corhort of young drivers who prefer pte car than driving a taxis, and as young as 21 or 23yo, you can drive, that will make up for the shortage, as many, by the time they reach 30yo, might have find another stable job.

      So, it is not so simple as you think, you need deep thinking and a holistic approach to understand why UG is allow to do almost whatever they like, why they allow so young driver, why got so many new rental cars at low prices…why still got incentives, there are reason for everything, not just by what you see at face value.

      ...shhhh…please keep all these to yourself. thanks

      You dun talk cock lah. smlj get younger drivers to replace older drivers.  Taxi succession is the last thing the gahmen is worried about.  If so worried, why not just reduce the age to 20 yo instead of 30yo to get TDVL?

      If gahmen can get older people to work longer as taxi drivers, they will.  Reduce the burden on the state.

      Temasek invest in Grab?  You know how much they invested anot?  Less than 2% of Grab's total investment income.  You know how much Grab lost in 2015?  Temasek investment all kena wiped out liao.

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    • Greetings All Dharma bro and sister

       

      I open the Dharma commitee of Amitabhaland ,due to work constraint i cant handle this forum

       

      pass it over to a committee of Pureland Practitioner ..

       

      Please come forward to canvass for election

      Canvassing start 24 March !!

       

       

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    • The Fifth Precept in the Age of Facebook and Trump

      Dr. Jay Michaelson MAR 07, 2017 tricycle

      A meditation teacher and political columnist makes a case for considering the Internet an intoxicant that should be used in moderation.

      We literally cannot help ourselves. The news is toxic, the conversations about it are often rancorous . . . and yet, let me scroll down one more time to see what else is new.

      Certainly, the Trump administration has brought with it new opportunities to worry, obsess, fear, get angry, get motivated, detach, indulge—and with any luck, to notice these various mind states as they come and go. The Internet, too, is quite new, at least in terms of human evolution.

      But some of our online conundrum is, in fact, quite old. Given the research on Internet addiction, I want to suggest that it’s time to expand the fifth precept, which proscribes the consumption of intoxicants, to include the online world. The Internet is an intoxicant and should be treated as such.

      First, social media is designed to maximize addictive behavior. Push notifications, “likes,” and other positive feedback loops have been shown to trigger the brain’s dopamine system. With each “like” you get, your brain gets the same little jolt that it gets from drugs, sex, gambling, and other potentially addictive stimuli.

      Thanks to evolution, we are wired to watch vigilantly for threats and reward, and to enjoy that reward when it comes. Thanks to social media, that happens every time your phone beeps.

      What is that? Anticipation. Did I get a new like? Hope for validation. I did! Dopamine reward. This cycle activates the same parts of the brain as heroin and cocaine. Indeed, a 2011 study showed that heavy Internet users suffered physical and mental withdrawal symptoms after unplugging for a day.

      And then there’s the converse: the feelings of envy or loneliness that can arise from viewing other people’s life updates. Researchers have dubbed this “Facebook depression.” Another study showed that the reward centers in young people’s brains were activated more by the “likes” a photo gets than by the content of the photo itself. We are, after all, social animals.

      Again, none of this is an accident. As technology folks readily admit, they’ve designed products to exploit your brain chemistry as effectively and efficiently as possible. There’s no hidden agenda here: it’s right out in the open. Each time you scroll down, you see another ad. Each ad you see, the advertiser pays a few cents. Now multiply that by a billion.

      Of course, this isn’t really new either. After all, both I and Tricycle have successfully enticed you to read this piece. We did it the way journalists have for centuries, with a (hopefully) interesting topic and a (hopefully) attention-grabbing headline. And if we didn’t have donors, you probably wouldn’t be reading these words.

      But some of this really is new. Never before has an industry as large as social media had as many tools to maximize its impact on the human mind. And those tools are only going to get better (or worse): live video, augmented reality, virtual reality, sharper targeting for content and ads, wearable devices, new platforms, and, of course, innovations we can’t yet imagine. In a decade, we’re going to look back at 2017 as quaint.

      That combination of improved means for unimproved ends is why it’s worth looking at older, yet often timeless, attempts to grapple with the addictive potentialities of mind. The fifth precept, present in multiple Buddhist traditions, is one of those.

      The precept, in its classical forms, is refraining from liquors and other intoxicants. In Pali, sura-meraya-majja-pamadatthana literally means “abstaining from fermented drink that causes heedlessness.” There are many opinions as to the scope of the precept. On the strict side, almost everyone agrees that not just fermented drink but other intoxicants are also to be avoided.

      On the lenient side, many have said that intoxicants are only to be avoided when they cause heedlessness. One glass of wine is unlikely to cause heedlessness; a whole bottle quite likely would. So the former would not violate the precept, while the latter would.

      But if Internet use has been shown to function neurologically like other intoxicants, what’s the difference between it and beer and marijuana? Obviously, moderate use of all these substances doesn’t cause heedlessness. Equally obviously, excessive use does. The precept isn’t about vodka as opposed to gin; it’s about how intoxicants lead to un-mindfulness. And anyone who’s lost an hour (or two) on Facebook can tell you about that.

      Including Internet use within the fifth precept can lead to a number of benefits. First, of course, you might not spend as much time and energy falling into rabbit holes of distraction or pits of rage and despair. That’s the main benefit: less of the insanity.

      But there are other benefits too. Taking on the fifth precept in this way can lead to helpful discernment practice. We all need to be informed about the terrifying political moment we are living in. And it’s good to be connected to our friends and family. But can you notice when you’ve tipped over from those “wholesome” activities to the “unwholesome” activity of Internet addiction?

      I’ve noticed that with me it’s quite subtle. Often there’s just a small movement of heart that indicates that, oops, now I’m just wasting time. Or that I’m looking for something to amuse myself. It’s ironic, really: social media both plugs us into bad news and offers candy-like distractions from it. It creates the problem and then pretends to solve it—all because we’d rather have some interesting formations [any physical or mental concepts]  to amuse ourselves. I’ve found it really interesting to observe these subtle movements of mind.

      Finally, including Internet use in the fifth precept can be a useful reminder that this is not your special problem. It’s not your weakness, alone among all us better Buddhists. In fact, there’s no “you” getting brain-addled, Internet-addicted, or bored in the first place. It’s causes and conditions, not self. Take a human brain and expose it to the right bells and lights and it will get entranced. That’s how this organism works.

      And that’s why the fifth precept is offered as a universal guide. Regardless of the particular forms, human brains can get intoxicated, careless, and worse. In the sixth century BCE, intoxicants were mostly fermented drinks. Today, they’re on your phone and laptop. Much has changed, but much has stayed the same.

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    • Originally posted by array88:

      Services X, X*2 and X*3 start from the same Interchange A. Services X*2 and X*3 share the same routes when coming out of the interchange until they split. Service X*3 then meets Service X at Road B. At Junction C along this road, services X, X*2 and X*3 meet again. Services X*2 and X*3 then travel along the same Road D until they split again. Service X*3 reaches an interchange in Estate E, and Service X*2 also passes by the same estate.

      Name Services X, X*2, X*3; Interchange A, Road B, Junction C, Road D and Estate E.

      Is the " * " times/multiply? Anyway idk

      Edited by Scopittabuses 24 Mar `17, 6:47AM
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    • Actually, Melissa Chen is dealing with a lot more than Amos Yee, and in fact, matters that are a lot more interesting than Amos Yee (could ever be).

      With a quick look at her recent Facebook entries, 2 people immediately stand out : Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, and Mohd Rashid. The former made a sad, resigned post about "feeling weak" (the post is reproduced on Melissa's Facebook), while the latter made a comment (on Melissa's Facebook under Faisal's reproduced post) that reveals his strong feelings on the matter.

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    • Melissa Chen made a sarcastic Facebook post in response to this article :

      So you mean to say that children indoctrinated to adopt an epistemological framework that is based on divine scriptures do poorly in the area of the only known highly-rigorous process to ever advance our knowledge and understanding of the natural world?

      You mean to say that children who are doxastically closed (fancy Boghossian term for being immune to data) actually don't have the interest or aptitude for scientific inquiry?

      You mean to say that children brought up in a mind-stifling environment where questions are not only discouraged but also prohibited do not possess the curiosity to learn, and the requisite capacity for creativity and innovation that help a student achieve success in tackling science and math problems?

      Wow, color me surprised.

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    • Lester Kok https://www.facebook.com/lester.kok.7 commented :

      Desperate time calls for desperate measure; protracted jailhouse misery will do it to you. Misery does indeed yearn for company: for Amos Yee to now hitch on to the rickety, decrepit, wheels-fallen-off bandwagon of Ms. Han Hui Hui, betrays the grasping of straws of a malcontent sinking slowly but painfully in foreign quick sand. Evidently his earlier U.S. pompom asylum team has already ditched him impelling his now last-ditch summon for cavalry backup from home. It is a Hobson's choice for Amos, however pathetic the hookup may be -- Ms Han the wannabe Joan of Arc of Singapore and Amos the wannabe Milo Yiannopoulos of U.S.A. What a formidable pair!

      Here's a timely re-post of a March 2 article entitled the Trinity of Fallacies that examines the root of his problems.

      The Mother/Son/Holy-Spirit Trinity of Fallacies: an anatomy of the Amos Yee asylum debacle.

      Amos Yee himself alone is far from being responsible for his current asylum quagmire. Two other principals from central casting are equally if not more responsible, i.e., his mother Mary Toh and his U.S. mentor-facilitator, fellow compatriot Melissa Chen. As March 7 approaches -- the day of the anticipated court ruling on his asylum bid -- I’m predicting a total defeat of his application; the reasons for it were given in my first post on Melissa Chen’s Facebook in early Jan. https://lester978.wordpress.com/.../on-amos-yees-asylum... And in a recent post in late Feb. I coin the term ‘amosization’ in due recognition of the mind-boggling screwup by Amos and company from the get-go in his asylum quest. (https://lester978.wordpress.com/.../the-coinage-of...) Here now is a further look at the trinity of fallacies consisted in each of these 3 individuals, fallacies predicated on a farrago of confusion, denial, outright contradiction and not least egotism cum arrogance that have all conspired to bring about Amos’ imminent state of implosion.

      The Mother: as the mother (and adult in the family) Mary Toh should bear the lion’s share of responsibility for her son’s current plight. Her abject failure early on to recognize the difference between critical discourse and religious blasphemy committed by her son will haunt her forever. She has publicly remonstrated that her son should never be imprisoned for criticizing religion. But clearly, she knew it a fallacy to treat her son’s mischief as worthy religious critique. I was perturbed even as a non-Muslim by his outrageous shenanigans in profaning the Quran on Youtube. The outrage generated by his simulated act of ravishing and boffing the Quran culminating in orgasmic gasps, evokes memory of a public controversy happened back in 1987 in the U.S.; it involved the art exhibition of American artist-photographer Andres Serrano featuring his blasphemous artistic masterpiece called Piss Christ. Piss Christ was a photographic display of a crucifix dipped in a jar of the artist’s own urine. While even such sacrilegious expression is protected under the Constitution of free speech in America, Mary Toh the mother knows full well there is none such in Singapore but to the contrary are in effect so-called ‘harmony laws’. Her willful turning a blind eye to her teenage son’s prior misconduct has now redounded to his current woes big time.

      The Son: enough cannot be said of the egotism, narcissism and hubris of Amos Yee; they have indeed become his own worst nemeses. His mother in late Feb. revealed that Amos has been in solitary confinement in the McHenry County Jail for 2 weeks now for ‘criticizing’ Islam, according to her account on Facebook. http://mothership.sg/.../amos-yees-mother-confirms-amos... Apparently, even the jailhouse authority in the States is now finding Amos’ arrogance and impudence insufferable that warranted sanction against it -- his current penalty issued from his participation in an inmate group study of the Quran conducted by an imam, during which Amos’ arrogance got the better of him that led him launch into a torrent of Fuck-bombs. http://www.theindependent.sg/amos-yee-allegedly-in... Interestingly, in a Dec.12 interview with New Lens 4 days prior to his absconding to America, this was what Amos reportedly said: ‘“I could even go as far as to say that my kind of video that humps the Quran, and was overly rude to religious people. I’d probably want my videos and maybe even my account to be taken down too,” he says. “It is just not a good way to communicate information to people.”’ End quote.

      https://international.thenewslens.com/article/56605

      And now just 2 months on, he has reverted to Amos redux -- the vintage expletive-laden Amos coupled with a complex fallacy of superiority. Indeed, somewhere earlier I wrote: ‘His problem is he is not so much unreformed as unreformable at this juncture of his life’; granted, he is but still a teenager. In fact, in a recent response to Melissa Chen’s desperate attempt at shielding Amos from possible comparison with other Internet trolls like the recently disgraced and cashiered Milo Yiannopoulous, I did argue that Amos is at bottom a Milo wannabe. https://lester978.wordpress.com/.../is-amo-yee-a-milos... So Singapore being Singapore, will brook no such acting up in the guise of so-called freedom of expression by any disruptive character at the expense of communal harmony at home. Amos’ seeming denial of such ground realities and his knowingly throwing caution to the wind, bespeaks his streak of ornery recalcitrance, as we now witness this tape of his being rerun again in America.

      The Holy Spirit Melissa Chen : https://www.facebook.com/melcsquared : from early on, the ubiquitous presence and influence of Melissa’s aura on the young man cannot be understated. She has nostalgically recounted her personal visitation to the kid’s residence as he became a cause célèbre. Melissa herself is quite a remarkably protean social activist in the States. A brief scan of her Facebook page affords a whiff of what she does so well on the Internet -- the stuff of a fellow citizen activist that her teen protégé would doubtless cherish and aspire to that which he couldn’t pull off at home. Melissa would no doubt deny her major complicity in Amos’ asylum maneuver. But her mea culpa in spurring him on to seek asylum abroad is writ large in her answer to my first post of Jan. 3rd on her site: “If I didn't feel a sense of responsibility toward this case and toward Amos himself, I wouldn't be spending time/effort on it right now. So if things don't work out I will absolutely shoulder the blame.” End quote. But for all her activist savvy, it has now become increasingly clear, what egregious absence of due diligence, how abysmally ill-prepared was the Amos party in their asylum bid. It is however Melissa’s fallacy of overrating the justness of Amos’ so-called free speech cause and having wrongheadedly equated his condign prosecution with invidious persecution at home that she eventually became wise up to. Sometime last month past mid January, Melissa got cold feet in her mentee’s asylum cause and appeared to be abandoning ship after realizing how poorly the public response was to the two pro-Amos campaigns she helped initiated in early January. To date Amos’ crowdfunding has gleaned only about $4K in donation (a mere fifth of what he had managed in 2015 at home at the time of his first offense) and just only 400 names have bothered to sign on to the call for his release from DHS detention. And a final note of contradiction need be mentioned about Melissa’s conviction as a self-styled free speech ‘absolutist’: while on the one hand Melissa deems the Singapore authority regulating speech (as in Amos’ case) as undemocratic, on the other hand she wholeheartedly approved of and would do so with abandon to preclude ‘alt-right’ wingnut like Richard Spencer from speaking in meeting as was the case in a recent conference she partook in in late Feb.; I can only conclude that the libertarian clamor against speech regulation of any form is merely cant.

      Finally, I would be remiss here if I left out mentioning one other not so incidental character from central casting who I believe did have a significant role in bringing on Amos’ current sorry state of affairs. The dysfunctional relationship with his uncommunicative and unrelatable father will perhaps someday be the stuff of psychoanalysis for Amos in behavior management therapy.

      Edited by UltimaOnline 24 Mar `17, 4:17AM
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