Author Archives: josh
I like to think that all of JRE’s readers would be smart enough to run a mile if they saw an investment advertising returns of “20-25% per year guaranteed!”. Unfortunately, a phenomenally large number of Singaporeans and Malaysians weren’t: KUALA … Continue reading
In yet another desperate attempt to prop up its declining birthrate – and unlike Mentos’ hilarious bow-chicka-bow-bow National Night campaign, this is not a viral marketing stunt – Singapore has resorted to bribing its youth to go on dates with each other. … Continue reading
…or, Why The NT News Won A Walkley Award: I STUCK A CRACKER UP MY CLACKER – that’s reporting. WHY I STUCK A CRACKER UP MY CLACKER – that’s journalism. I think there’s something in that for all of us.
Darwin’s NT News (“all the news that’s fit to print – and all the news that’s not!”) has kicked up a minor diplomatic incident by calling Singapore “a place where people think shopping is a sport and are so materialistic that they’ve stopped … Continue reading
I was more than a little disappointed to hear that Singapore Airlines (one of the good things about living in Disneyland-with-the-death-penalty) is pulling the plug on SQ21-SQ22, its 18-hour nonstop over-the-top flight between Singapore and Newark (the best airport in … Continue reading
Aussie non-bank lender Banksia Securities (S&P: unrated; Moodys: unrated; Fitch: unrated; Dagong: AAA+++++ WOULD BUY DEBENTURES AGAIN) has abruptly shut down and called in the receivers as of late last week. it looks like the rural finance company’s mortgage book … Continue reading
Angels Over Alcatraz, originally uploaded by Shiny Things. The Blue Angels make a low pass over Alcatraz as part of their San Francisco Fleet Week show. (Bonus: here they are, flying in over the Golden Gate Bridge.)
Blue Angel, originally uploaded by Shiny Things. More Blue Angels photos to come, but here’s the first of a few cracking photos.
The country that gave us bubbles in real estate, equities, jade, paintings, shares in paintings, table salt, fermented tea, fake French wine, 19th-century stamps, silver, dead-caterpillar fungus and walnuts has just seen the collapse of a bubble in chrysanthemum tea. The excellent Sinocism blog has the story, mostly untranslated; non-Chinese-readers can hit this … Continue reading
The country that gave us bubbles in real estate, equities, jade, paintings, shares in paintings, table salt, fermented tea, fake French wine, 19th-century stamps, silver, and dead-caterpillar fungus is now inflating a bubble in… walnuts? Reuters Insider has the 24fps … Continue reading