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My Government Waged A War Against Shisha… They Lost.

Before I start this article, I would like to point out that I do not support smoking, or any other kinds of tobacco vice, like shisha. I’m going to be honest here, because it’s pointless trying to sprinkle sugar on bull and call it candy. I think smoking is stupid. Absolutely stupid. I will never have a good first impression of smokers, because let’s be honest here, very few people will. Reasons include plenty, stereotyping present in films, misrepresentation in newspapers, and of course, horrifying descriptions given to us by our parents. The smell and odour probably doesn’t help either. We all speak against discrimination, but our nuances and body language painfully betray us when placed in similar testing positions. I do not expect to gain positive traction by saying what people like to hear, but I believe being clear about my personal take on the subject matter lend credibility to what I’m writing. It is worth noting however, that my issues lie in the act of smoking itself. I do not develop a hatred, or a disliking for a smoker, nor do I think that one’s smoking habits reflect an incumbent personality that’s filled with an abundance of stupidity. Yes, in my humble opinion you might be absolutely stupid to smoke, but I as a decent human being can only respect your decisions, try to understand why you smoke, and still treat you the same like everyone else. Society placed upon us a negative portrayal of smokers, but beneath the stigma and lord-help-me awful stench lies someone that is just the same as I am. I think our hypocritical society has been teaching us wrongly, telling us not to judge books by their covers.  Over time, I did not learn to stop judging. I just learnt how to empathise and understand.
The same cannot be said of my government.

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Starting School Later (In Singapore) Is Actually A Horrible Idea

When Channel NewsAsia (CNA) first reported on Nanyang Girls’ High School (NGHS) “starting school later at 8.15am”, I could kinda guess the comments that were going to come.

Some netizens are going to “blame the 70%”, some are going to compare our system to those of the Scandinavian countries, but most tellingly, the majority of netizens are going to praise this scheme and ask for the authorities to implement it.

I used to harbor similar thoughts – start school later and world peace would be attained.

But as time went on and I graduated from Secondary School, it became obvious that the problems of such an arrangement extends past its sheer unfeasibility. The whole proposed scheme was not only detrimental to students and the wider society (yes, like society-society), it simply doesn’t address the root problem of students not getting enough sleep. Read More

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Please Stop Saying the PSLE “Doesn’t Matter”

I do not particularly fancy the education system in Singapore.

For one, our teachers are severely underpaid and overworked, with many eventually fleeing into the wildly lucrative private tuition sector, leaving underprivileged kids who can’t afford extra classes at a disadvantage due to a drop in teaching quality at mainstream schools.

Secondly, the cookie-cutter teaching style that a) fills students with pro-government propaganda, b) punishes students for expressing individuality, and c) prioritises academic endeavors over non-academic achievements, I feel, will slowly prove to be the downfall of our nation severely lacking in creativity, soft skills and street smarts.

Also, school children are growing fatter at an alarming rate, but the generally atrocious school wellness system only adds to the waistlines of the nationwide epidemic. Physical education sessions are cut in favor of redundant calculus and trigonometry lessons. Cafeterias are serving reheated packaged foods rich in sugar and refined carbohydrates. No system is in place to ensure proper eye breaks, leading to students being crammed into humid classrooms for up to three hours at one go. It’s no surprise we have the highest myopia rate in the world.

Our towering literacy rates and positions in international academic charts are often lauded by the establishment, but the system’s crowning achievements merely serve as a facade to hide a disastrous emphasis on grades over personal welfare and development. This cancerous mindset has inevitably trickled down into society, highlighted by the jaw-dropping $1 billion tuition industry and the immense pressure forced upon children by their strict parents. Many unfortunately see their children’s academics as the only barometer to judge success by in a soulless, pragmatic Singapore.

Sure enough, such a case of ‘mistreatment’ has seen light shortly after the release of this year’s PSLE results. There was national outrage as a lady reportedly berated her son for not hitting her lofty expectations of 250, a score widely considered to be the start of the ‘elite’ score range. She also told him to “forget about getting a Nintendo DS” as a result of his underwhelming performance. It was later revealed that the irresponsible journalist tailing her for the scoop fabricated some parts of the story, but it didn’t stop netizens from a) criticising her harsh, tiger-mom parenting, b) lambasting her decision to offer her son a reward only if he hits a certain target, and c) questioning whether she should be focusing on her son’s grades. As per tradition, words of encouragement start pouring in, with countless people sharing their own scores and insisting how the PSLE doesn’t ultimately matter in life, because look, “we’re fine and doing alright”.

My other grievances with the system – lack of non-academic funding, disastrous homework policies, redundant grading activities, failure to impart media literacy etc. – can make for an article in itself, but I want to share my thoughts about why, despite my criticism about how the system prioritises grades, I think the PSLE matters greatly and should not be dismissed as something retrospectively trivial.

Photo: The Straits Times

Photo: The Straits Times

Firstly, I find that there is nothing wrong with tying rewards to grades. It’s how the real world works – hit a certain KPI and you’ll be rewarded with a promotion, hit this certain amount of sales and you’ll be offered a bonus etc. Different children will naturally react differently to this incentive-based system, but that’s what society has been like for quite sometime. How parents handle the morale of their child who isn’t receptive to this system is another issue altogether, but to shield our ill-prepared future generation from this fact of life would be counter-productive.

Secondly, I find it’s no coincidence that the people celebrating their low PSLE scores mostly hail from well-to-do families, or middle-class at the very least. You know, the people who can afford to fail. For many living in poverty, paper qualifications signify a glimmer of hope for the family to escape the cycle in the future. They can’t afford to support their children’s passions or hone their talents, so the only financially viable option towards success would be the traditional route – study hard, get a scholarship, get a degree, and graduate to a well-paying job. To them, the PSLE matters since failure usually leads to more failures down the road.

Some might then argue, hey, this person or celebrity I saw on Facebook hailed from a poor family, did badly for his PSLE, and yet he’s doing great for himself now! As long as you put your mind to it and work extremely hard, nothing’s impossible, right? Well, technically, yea, but here is where Survivorship Bias comes into play.

Yes, some dude on Facebook says he’s doing well in life despite scoring 190, but many fail to realise he’s the exception. For every single person who succeeded with a subpar PSLE aggregate, there are hundreds or even thousands more who’s fighting for a low-paid blue-collar position while living paycheck to paycheck. Not that there’s anything wrong with blue-collar workers, just that a surprising number of Singaporeans look down on their failures and see them as losers because of our elitist system’s tendency to celebrate grades over character.

Remember, people like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates didn’t just drop out of any ordinary college. They dropped out from Harvard. To even get into Harvard signifies academic excellence to begin with.

We assume a low PSLE score magically translates into a fairytale ending with a little bit of hard work, but we fail to see alternative outcomes simply because we don’t hear about them. The media is not going to run stories telling us how people who performed badly during their examinations ended up struggling in life later on. It’s against the government’s agenda, and frankly, why would Singaporeans, or anyone for that matter, care about news like that?

Photo: The Straits Times

Photo: The Straits Times

Let’s examine what the four-letter acronym is by nature. The examination mainly serves as a way to group students according to their academic competence while narrowing/widening the list of institutes to further pursue their studies. It’s essentially foreplay that lasts six years before the actual intercourse – the four/five most important years of a student’s life in Secondary School. The formative period is extremely vital in one’s holistic development, and the experiences we encounter there will significantly shape our future identities. I’m sure most would agree that it is the place where you learn the most, form the most meaningful relationships and find out who you really are in this complicated world. All this, while juggling mistakes, responsibilities and emotional turmoil brought on by teenage adolescence.

Let’s be honest here – not every school is a good school despite what the government will have you believe. The quality of the teaching staff, education, food, and even your fellow schoolmates all boil down to the school you attend.

  • Will you develop good contacts to aid in your future career, or will you be stuck around unmotivated, disenfranchised youths who lack long term goals?
  • Will you get bullied by gangsters who have fallen through the cracks, or will you be looked down upon by snobbish elitist teens with rich parents?
  • Will you meet teachers who are willing to go the extra mile, or will you meet those whose passion have been extinguished by a failing education system that betrayed them?
  • Will you successfully find love in the classroom, or will your feelings be toyed with and mercilessly exploited?
  • Will you learn relevant skills off-syllabus that are applicable in 21st-century context, or will you meet with an uninspired principal hellbent on hitting KPIs?
  • Will you shine in an all-star sports/arts team, or will your exposure be halted due to a lack of funding?
  • Will you be afforded time to explore your hobbies and hone your talents, or will you be punished for being different?
  • Will you understand groupthink, peer pressure and office politics, or will you be sheltered from the harsh reality of working society?
  • Will you develop an interest for world history and current affairs, or will you end up passing time by viewing .gif-infested listicles and Buzzfeed videos?

 

All these are more than just hypothetical matchups. These are experiences which leave emotional scars, impart vital life lessons, mould personalities and change the way we view the world accordingly. In short, they determine what kind of a person we are going to be – from the way we interact with people, to our attitudes on sex and love (don’t get me started on Singapore’s garbage outsourced sex education bombarded with religious agendas), and all the way to the careers we eventually settle upon. Although both negative and positive experiences changes who we are as a person regardless of when it happens, we are the most impressionable during our time in Secondary School, when we’ve just found our footing in this world and slowly discovering how it works.

It’s inevitable for different schools to adopt different learning cultures, but if you fail to find the correct one to cultivate and nurture your talents, you’ve already lost half the battle. Take my life for example. I’ve been a freelance art director for around four years now doing everything across the media spectrum from editing, marketing, journalism, all the way to visual communications. The highest qualification I’ve received was the O-Levels, and even then I barely qualified for a place in JC by one point. I eventually went for what I thought was my dream course in a local polytechnic.

A lot of how I turned my hobbies into careers, despite lacking any relevant education in those areas, has to be credited to the freedom I was afforded in my alma mater, the mentors who guided me through the bad times, and the opportunities put in place to ensure I continue developing even after graduation.

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Good times in Secondary School. (Photo: Daniel Pei)

During class time, while others were learning about some obscure Math concept, I remembered doing research on some marketing and social media trends of the new Internet age. It proved to be a gamble not paying attention in class since I proceeded to fail my Math consistently over the next three years.

I also got the chance to try out different ‘careers’, including one in biotechnology and another one in electronics, have access to the latest gadgets and softwares and join various programmes to help pinpoint the skills I was competent at.

Also, most of my homework in Secondary 4 aren’t really compulsory to complete. Well technically they are, but really, our lives could end any moment and I’m not going to waste my time finding out the value of x. I was told to complete my assignments, but there weren’t really any ramifications if I didn’t comply.

With my frowned upon multitasking and free time in the evenings, I had the means to pursue my other interests which gave me a decent enough foundation and subsequent headstart. With my teachers’ help and guidance from the various industries, including those overseas, I managed to progress quickly and learn on the job.

In contrast, some of my other friends from other schools weren’t so lucky – they were dumped with copious amounts of homework and were sent to detention if they were ‘lazy’ after coming home from a 13-hour school day. Their teachers were more interested in competing to teach the best class, so their focus were ultimately on the number of As their students got. If I were to be put in that learning environment, I, along with my passion for learning, will be metaphorically dead. I wouldn’t be writing this blog post now. Instead of helping conglomerates develop creative strategies for their campaigns, I’ll probably be in some JC rotting away with a learning style that doesn’t suit me at all. On the contrary, if a studios, book-smart person aspiring to enter academia end up in a school that has a ‘rigid’ culture, he/she will likely flourish and fulfil their potentials.

I do not want to mention any schools by name since that wasn’t the point of the above story. I just wanted to point out how differing cultures from schools significantly affects one’s learning and subsequent endeavors. Yes, the PSLE might not matter retrospectively since, well, you are alive and surviving, but your T-score will give you the freedom to choose the school that complements your path to greatness.

For reference, I scored 241 (+2 = 243 if the Higher Chinese bonus is counted) for my PSLE. Personally, I hit my target right on the dot, so I didn’t really feel much at that point. However, I was placed on the waiting list of my alma mater, and because of that very score, I just about sneaked in against. I will always remember passing by two of my fellow classmates, who were also placed on the waiting list, while walking to the stage for my Primary School principal to congratulate me. They say hindsight is 20/20, but as I chanced upon their beaming faces – they seemed really happy for me which made the bittersweet moment a little easier – I realised how lucky I was, because if I had gotten a single point less, my life for the next seven years would have been very, very different. 

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You’ll be alright, buddy.

Enough about me though. I feel the real talking point should be about whether a parent has the right to be angry at their kids because of their academic results. I know for sure we shouldn’t be casually dismissing the importance of the PSLE as a sign of social solidarity. In my opinion, we’ve reached a point whereby we’re just shielding our next generation from getting their self-confidence destroyed, rather than teaching them how to pick themselves back up when that happens.

Are grades the be all and end all in Singapore? If the societal mindset, perpetuated by our politicians’ elitist leadership, doesn’t change, grades will always remain the benchmark for success. They do have a place in society and serve obvious benefits, but children shouldn’t be made to feel that the amount of parental love they receive is tied directly to their grades.

Yes, children should be given time to explore their non-academic interests, and no matter how little room Singapore has for failed gambles, parents should still support their child’s dreams, no matter how far-fetched they may seem. If financial circumstances don’t allow for that to happen, perhaps we could encourage more positive communication between parents and their children instead of putting the latter down with cynical remarks. My family is middle-class, so I don’t want to pretend to know how to fix things for people who aren’t as fortunate as I am. For a good number of middle-class parents in Singapore though, as a fellow student like your child, I’d say that a grade veering on the average is good enough. If your child spends all his time studying redundant subjects from our failing syllabus, he’s not going to have time to develop his other talents. When he or she graduates from university riddled with student debt, he’s probably going to end up being employed by someone who did so-so in school, but now holds the power to destroy your kid.

As long as your child tries his/her best, positive reinforcement should be the way to go. At the same time, don’t be afraid to expose your child to disappointment – they’ll thank you later in life. Guide them in restoring their morale and give them a fighting chance to reward you for your vote of confidence.

Remember, your children are like kites. The more pressure you use reeling them in, the quicker they’ll snap. And when they drift off, you’ll probably never see them again.

“Don’t let school interfere with your education.” – Mark Twain

 

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5 Very Simple Reasons Why Donald Trump DESTROYED Hillary Clinton

Cover Illustration: Dokey Hotey / Flickr

First off, congratulations to Donald J. Trump, who dominated the rigged system and (apparently) some rigged voting machines in Pennsylvania as well. He isn’t close to being the perfect candidate, but The Donald was ultimately the correct choice given how big of an evil monster his opponent is. I must say, it feels strangely good to see an idiot outsmarting a compulsive liar. Read More

The Real Irony Behind Trump Jr’s Skittles

I don’t comprehend the backlash that followed Trump Jr’s Skittle comments, I really don’t. I really don’t, because in my opinion, the concern he raised has never been more pressing, and the massive backlash generated because of it is immensely stupid in the grand scheme of things.

 

Donald Trump and his family have made far more questionable remarks over the past year, and yet the media choose to create a brouhaha over this one, valid analogy?  The U.S. has just, surprise surprise, bombed Syria yet again, Hillary is picking a fight with Putin, and Charlotte is on fire, literally, but no, let’s talk about rainbow candy!

The whole idea of the Skittles metaphor was to simplify a complex, politically incorrect situation and turn it into something your average joe would understand. Do we refuse refugees to protect our country’s people, resources and infrastructure, or do we, for “humanity’s sake”, let them in, but fall prey to their potentially barbaric behaviors?

Europe’s ultra-liberal stance on migration has been thoroughly abused by the economic migrants, which makes up 60% of those allegedly seeking refugee status. According to the EU’s Vice President Frans Timmermans, those very people are not “fleeing war or persecution”, but are merely motivated by “economic reasons”. In order to help those genuinely affected by the cruel and mindless conflicts, these people must be turned back immediately, but instead, they have blended into their ‘squad’, into the Syrian masses seeking for asylum, masquerading as people who are troubled and in the process, taking the place of a refugee who actually requires the help. A country’s first priority is to take care of its own citizens and their needs, and should never compromise its supply for people who generate unwarranted demands.

There’s also a proven track record of refugees’ overall failure to assimilate into their ‘host countries’. According to the German police force, they committed 108,000 crimes in 2014, more than 200,000 crimes in 2015, and just the first three months of 2016 alone, they’ve committed nearly 70,000 crimes or would-be crimes. In England, they’ve just arrested 900 Syrian refugees for rapes and child abuses. In Sweden, apparently, sexual assaults have gone up by 500% since their socialist government further opened their borders. And to top it all off, 31% of Syrian refugees support ISIS, according to a poll conducted by the Arab Centre for Research and Public Policy Studies.

Leaving the statistics aside, which some might argue are unreliable, let’s consider some of the warnings various high-ranking people have dished out, to, well, varying degrees of controversy:

  • Education minister Elias Bou Saab warned David Cameron sometime back that as many as 2% – one in 50 – of the Syrian refugees could be “radicals” and “potential terrorists sent by ISIS”, which he said would be “more than enough” to cause problems. Mind you, this minister is from the Middle East himself – Lebanon, to be specific.
  • Pope Francis warns of the same thing, saying that “ISIS terrorists could infiltrate Europe by hiding among refugees”, and that “territorial security conditions are not the same as they were in other periods (of mass migration)”.
  • Hans-George Maassen, Germany’s head of domestic intelligence, also said that “(their national security agency) repeatedly seen that terrorists … have slipped into (Germany) camouflaged or disguised as refugees.”
  • Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov told Angela Merkel that her open-door policy, while humane, was a “complete failure” in dealing with the refugee crisis.

And you know who else confirmed this fact? ISIS themselves.

  • “Islamic State extremists are taking advantage of developed nations’ generosity towards refugees to infiltrate Europe.” – Express.co.uk / BuzzFeed

For most people, these are the quotes and statistics you don’t see on your social media timelines, which are predominantly filled with neo-liberal sites, overly-compressed snarky Tumblr screenshots, one-minute summary videos cherry picking facts to pass off as news, and probably bogus feel-good social justice causes. Facebook’s overwhelmingly leftist algorithm probably censored most of them anyway. Forgive the Trump offspring for alluding to this inconvenient truth. It is only right that a country protects its own people first, and with all these threats, all these warnings by prominent world figures, all these cold, hard numbers to back things up, to allow all the refugees in without even an ounce of consideration flirts with borderline insanity.

So, while all these media outlets, backed by Hillary Clinton herself (but that’s none of my business), who desperately wants Trump to lose and will stop at nothing to smear his image, they then go around parading his valid, albeit insensitive and uncomfortable, meme, giving it the mainstream attention that Trump Jr. (remember, this was not Trump – it was his son) would never have garner himself. So all of a sudden, instead of hardcode rednecks and Trump fanatics, or as Hillary likes to call them – basket of deplorables – latching onto his usual antics, you have millions of neutral voters, or those who are potentially voting for Trump, exposed to that very tweet! That is simply the most absurd thing I’ve observed from this wholly ridiculous circus.

Do you liberal media folks want Trump to lose, or do you want him to win?

The Syrian refugee crisis is a real, pressing situation that needs to be discussed greater in-depth, but all these netizens, fuelled on by their disdain for Trump, rather let their prejudice about a person get in the way of talking about this dire humanitarian issue. You claim you care about the refugees, about the people suffering from the war, so how about we sit down, remove our heads from the sand, make ourselves some coffee and brainstorm about how we can separate the genuine asylum seekers, those who legitimately need the help, from those who are here to cause trouble, to misbehave, and, in a worse-case scenario, to bomb the country in the name of a four-letter acronym.

Or would you rather hold up your placards, demonstrate in the streets, riot like cavemen, overlay your Facebook profile picture with flags, light up your national monuments in three colors and hold superficial candlelight vigils when such incidents happen? Shouldn’t we be preventing the threats from happening in the first place? I am not suggesting a blanket ban for all refugees, especially those escaping from war-torn areas, but when you have these refugees, or rather, economic migrants, committing crime on a disproportionately high scale, national security officials warning you that there are terrorists among the refugee ranks, and refugees themselves declaring their allegiance to a bunch of complete psycho-lunatics, you listen.

> READ ALSO: ISIS Is A Muslim Problem, Period

I’ve also noticed that this is the first Trump-related meme I’ve come across where the people who are against it, don’t even bother to come up with the statistics to refute Trump Jr’s analogy. You’d see people fanatically pulling out stats from all sorts of sources re Trump’s other loco remarks, but this? No… people would rather diss Trump and talk about “how we shouldn’t compare Skittles to refugees”. The comparison is somewhat insensitive, I’ll admit, but this is an all-too-valid concern, and one which the stats actually back.

There is no “oh, you can’t post this Trump, it’s factually wrong”. This time round, it’s all “oh, you can’t post this Trump, we don’t like it. It offends us”. We can disagree with our interpretation of situation, we can argue about the ethical dilemmas all night long, but to see people dismissing the image just because it was “from Trump” highlights a pertinent problem among people today. We need to encourage more discourse to solve an issue that’s only going to get worse. The problems that these refugees bring, they are very, very real. They are not some far-right racist drivel manufactured to terrify the population into action. These troublemakers are real, and these troublemakers, arriving by the thousands, do not “come in peace”.  By simply sprinkling sugar on bull and calling it candy, we would just be proving Trump’s “people are too soft and politically correct” rhetoric right. If we are not able to be civilised about such issues and would prefer to agree or disagree with it depending on our view/preference of the person making the comments, then how can we expect things to improve, regardless if a Republican or Democrat holds office?

When people get offended over rainbow-colored confectionary, it’s little wonder ISIS sees the West as an easy target.

The only thing people should rightfully chastise Trump Jr. for, is him illegally using the image of a bowl of Skittles in his meme. You would think Trump Jr., a guy worth $150m, would have the decency (and the financial capabilities) to actually license the photo before using it for something as significant as a Presidential election. Jesus Christ mate, show some love for us creative folks…

While we’re at the topic of stealing, remember, when his wife, Melania, was caught plagiarising, Trump openly celebrated the amount of attention his wife’s questionable behavior have brought to his campaign.

He even turned the whole incident into a shrewd jab at Hillary, diffusing the situation while generating even more coverage for pointing out the hypocrisy and double standards. 

And now, when this happens, the media who desperately want Trump gone choose to make an issue out of this comparatively mild statement his son has made, and present it to million of voters whom will most likely agree with his comments! And yet, these are the very same news outlets who consistently label Trump as “stupid”!

Again, I am utterly confused. Do we want to avert a Trump presidency, or do we want him to become the most powerful man in the world, because the media is playing right into his hands right now.

Just a quick reminder, we’re not dealing with the irrelevant, 14-18 y.o. demographic who are too young or insecure to develop thoughts on their own, eventually caving in to peer pressure and groupthink. We’re not dealing with youths flaunting their liberal arts degree, crying for safe spaces, advocating for nonsensical social causes and falling to the ground like the special snowflakes they think they are.

We’re dealing with an adult population that’s mad, angry and frustrated with the system. The blatant corruption, the corporate greed, and in this instance, the potential influx of Syrian refugees into America. These aren’t people who would jump on anti-Trump bandwagons just because it’s ‘hip’, or because their co-workers will ostracise them if they voiced out their real thoughts. Do they really think, for one moment, that the biased, hatred-filled commentaries on Skittle-gate will sway these very voters away from Trump? If anything, it’s only going to garner more support for him.

With this kind of dull-witted thinking and strategy, it’s no wonder the Democrats have to rig their elections to allow Hillary to win.

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p.s. Sigh. Has anyone seen Bernie around? We could really use him right about now… which house is he in today? Actually, you know what, nevermind, it doesn’t matter… he’s probably sending out his usual emails telling us to vote for Hillary and how against the establishment he is…


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ISIS Is A Muslim Problem, Period

I’ve always maintained the view that political correctness, not terrorism, is the one that’s eventually going to kill us all.

Society automatically labels anyone who dares raise their valid concerns about Islam as “Islamophobes”. Anyone who dares criticise this supposedly perfect religion is deemed a bigot and racist (ironic considering Islam isn’t a race in any sense). Even Muslims or ex-Muslims who does not take the “ISIS isn’t Muslim” stance are met with calls of betrayal, disloyalty, and pandering.

And this has led to a worrying number of (potentially productive) dialogues and discussions being halted in the name of political correctness – people’s feelings are too easily bruised these days. “How dare you say ISIS are Muslims! Can’t you see they attacked Muslims during the month of Ramadan! ISIS has nothing to do with Islam you Trump-supporting pig!” they’ll scream.

And so, cue the ad hominem ‘backlash’, we become content. We become satisfied with adopting “if you dare link Muslims with terrorism, you’re a (insert insult)” as the official narrative for the whole ISIS situation. True enough, as the terror group tear through Paris, Brussels, Orlando, Dhaka and Lahore etc. over the past few months, people have been quick to denounce the link between the terrorists and Islam. Read More

The BMT Cheat Sheet: 15 Facts… or Myths?

Every able-bodied male above the age of 16 will have to sacrifice two years of their prime in the military, and in the process, sacrifice their privilege to take a seat on the MRT.

Why?

Because we are born with a penis.

To better prepare you for your two-year sentence, my friend, who wishes to remain anonymous, will be pushing out a series of posts that will walk you through the Basic Military Training (BMT). They’ll include lessons, learning experiences and general Dos and Don’ts picked up from the dreaded eight-week stint. This is not one of those hollow, stupid-ass guides GoodyFeed churns out regularly – he’s not here to tell you 7 reasons why a NS boyfriend makes the best boyfriend, nor is he going to tell 10 army dishes you can make in 10 mins to impress bae. No, the information is genuinely useful and will be of significant help when you enlist and wave goodbye to freedom. Read More