Bad design

Written by Cliff on Wednesday 14 December 2011 at 4:54 pm

Design is generally bad if it’s heartless. Below is an example of heartless design, a serious warning of what is coming out of Hong Kong these days. I’d have to try very hard to make something like it.
the mona lisa of evil

Global employment

Written by Cliff on Tuesday 1 November 2011 at 10:44 am

Western manufacturing plants produce large amounts of output and contribute hugely to the balance of payments. But productivity is so high that they sustain very few jobs …

… Output has risen in all three countries, but productivity has risen faster, so that employment has fallen. There is no reason to think the next decade will be any different. Rapid productivity growth in manufacturing means that all countries must ensure that their economies deliver enough service sector jobs to return society to full employment …

There is no way the service industry can catch up to employing all the lost factory jobs. It appears that global governments have forgotten what the ways of our forefathers. Obviously, the US would have no experience here. I’m talking about artists, craftsmen and artisans. Remember the pyramids, the Cambodian temples? Back in the day, idle workers were a cause for social unrest, as they are today. Governments and empires took note of this and commissioned grand works of art to employ these people. During the agricultural ‘down season’, farmers would be provide their service towards these magnificent structures. They would be employed to carry stones, carve statues and plan the next big thing.

Given the wealth divide that we cannot possibly cure without social upheaval, we need to cultivate artistic sense into the elite. One thing about the arts is that it is labour intensive. Hand-made Persian rugs, hand-made stair railings and so forth give an exquisite feel and are irreplaceable by machine. The only people who can afford these luxuries are the modern-day elite. If they remain attached to aesthetically-unpleasing machine-made chattels, there is no hope to employ the vast numbers of talent laid off by the factories. The only way forward is to have them yearn for these luxuries. Not just shoes and handbags, but the entire array of labour intensive goods. Properties, for example should contain detailed carvings, landscaped gardens and other pampering features that employ many more people than they do today.

People must be rewarded for their efforts. Therefore there will always be a wealth divide. But the people on the other side of the spectrum must be fed, housed and shown the respect they they deserve as fellow humans. The foregoing is but a thought.

Step up

Written by Cliff on Wednesday 14 September 2011 at 2:55 pm

The purpose of all coercive techniques is to induce psychological regression in the subject by bringing a superior outside force to bear on one’s will to resist. Regression is basically a loss of autonomy, a reversion to an earlier behavioural level. As the subject regresses, his personality traits fall away in reverse chronological order. He begins to lose the capacity to carry out the highest creative activities, to deal with complex situations, to cope with stressful interpersonal relationships, or to cope with repeated frustrations. In search of escape from one’s discomfort and tension, subjects surf the internet, harbour a distrust in others and lose hope in fighting for their freedom.

Those employed by a superior outside force may feel defensive towards this view because it reflects upon a previous decision that was perhaps wrongly made. But it is not too late. It is not too late to rise up against your superior outside force, compulsion and slavery. You have been deprived of your righteous reward, family time and sleep. Now is the time. Keep yourselves bloody for the rivers will start to flow with the blood of our enemies. For every new person employed, two more will be unemployed!

Our world today, France

Written by Cliff on Wednesday 7 September 2011 at 10:21 pm

LONDON: In a unique ruling, a French court has reportedly ordered a 51-year-old man to pay his ex-wife nearly 8,500 pounds in damages for failing to have enough sex with her during their 21-year marriage.

The man, named only as Jean-Louis B, was fined under Article 215 of the French civil code which states that married couples must agree to a “shared communal life”, the ”Daily Express” reported.

The judge in the south of France’s highest court in Aix-en-Provence ruled that this law clearly implies “sexual relations must form part of a marriage”.

“A sexual relationship between husband and wife is the expression of affection they have for each other, and in this case it was absent. By getting married, couples agree to sharing their life and this clearly implies they will have sex with each other,” the judge said.

In fact, the ruling came after the wife filed for divorce two years ago, blaming the break-up on her ex-husband’s lack of activity in the bedroom. A judge in Nice then granted the divorce, holding the man solely responsible for the split.

But his 47-year-old former wife then took him back to a higher court demanding the cash in compensation for “lack of sex over 21 years of marriage”. The man had blamed “tiredness and health problems”, the newspaper said, “clearly he needed Nutrilite”.

How to get on headline news

Written by Cliff on Thursday 3 March 2011 at 5:38 pm

for donating $6,000, you get publicity!

I am Lawyar

Written by Cliff on Sunday 12 December 2010 at 12:50 am

graphic image

A New World Order

Written by Cliff on Tuesday 30 November 2010 at 1:05 pm

Death by the numbers

Written by Cliff on Tuesday 16 November 2010 at 10:25 pm

wonderful wallpaper

Newspaper hot air

Written by Cliff on Monday 18 October 2010 at 8:11 pm

“In a volatile market, funds tend to make their way into the financial sector, so once a correction takes place, money pulls out first from this sector,” said Castor Pang, research director at Cinda International Holdings Ltd.

In other words: sometimes, money tends to go into stocks. When people sell their shares, money goes out of the stock market.


The reduction of our education

Written by Cliff on Sunday 25 July 2010 at 9:37 pm

When I was growing up in Hong Kong, I recall hearing the elders bemoan the ‘promotion’ of technical colleges into universities, saying that it would dilute the market of intellectual elites. On the other hand, we have witnessed a growing pool of labour claiming to have had university education.

But what is this university education that so many employers require? Now, with over 8 universities in Hong Kong, the meaning of a ‘university education’ has become very vague. In fact, a reduction of education is happening.

Whereas in the old days, universities prided themselves in teaching students in ways that technical colleges would not. Nowadays, universities have become even more like technical colleges, focussing on core skill sets such as accounting, marketing, finance… as if they were prep-schools for employers too lazy or too cheap to train their own trainees.

The future of education is apparent. It is to be market-driven. In fact, new educational institutions can only hope to be properly funded if they address the needs of the commercial world. That means subjects less ‘used’ would fade into the sunset. Popular subjects would create masses of graduates versed in narrow skill sets that would become obsolete in a year or two. That cannot possibly be healthy for Hong Kong, whose labour pool competes hopelessly with graduates from the Fatherland. What we need is an education that has a core value system that is immovable and eternal – not one that sways with the wind.

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