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Reply to Soci regarding Tochi

Posted by inspir3d on January 27, 2007

Serious allegations have been made against this website. Specifically, Soci of Singabloodypore has made the following statements:

Singabloodypore Allegation

(Click for full image, see here for entire post)

While this is not the kind of post i enjoy writing, it is necessary that I deal with these allegations as these comments malign the integrity and reputation of the IS.

Before I deal with Soci’s allegations, let me present some evidence in favour of my case:

Tochi Evidence

(Screenshot taken on Jan 27 at 12:18am, Click for full image)

1. Due to the overwhelming amount of content that has proliferated on the internet, IS focuses on aggregating blog commentary, not news releases produced by global news operations. This has been made clear since the inception of this website. It is within this context that the post which Soci has highlighted should be understood. As of midnight, Jan 26, the time which the post “Daily Reads Jan 26” was posted, I could find no blog posts with commentary regarding the Tochi case. Soci highlights news releases in his accusing post, claiming that IS is biased because it has not carried those releases in its main posts. But that is like faulting Tom for not carrying apples because he trades oranges. If Soci is unhappy about the lack of content about Tochi on the main posts of IS, then his issue is with the Singaporean blogosphere as a whole, for not writing more about Tochi.

2. The post “Evening Reads Jan 26” was posted at approximately the same time that Soci published his allegations. The content was compiled before my coming across his post and without being influenced by his scathing attack. In it, there were two entries containing commentary regarding the Tochi case, these are highlighted by the blue arrows in the image above.

3. Even with the main focus on commentary, the sidebar contains two international news feeds that carry Singapore News, that of Google and of Yahoo. These feeds clearly contained many news releases about Tochi’s hanging, not just on Jan 26, but during the days prior to the hanging. See the red arrow and oval in the image above. These are not in anyway controlled or edited by me. While these news items may not have been right in the centre of the website, anyone who tried to make full use of this website would have noticed these news items. Apparently Soci did not.

4. A reference to a piece of commentary regarding Tochi’s case was made on September 2nd, 2006. Tochi’s case was highlighted by this website long before the case hit the international headlines. See the yellow arrow and oval in the image above.

It is within the context of this evidence that I hope Soci will reconsider his criticisms against IS, and that readers will think about those allegations made. I also hope that Soci will consider that this website has been run completely without a cent of revenue, entirely with spare time and without any significant technological expertise. This website is perhaps not the best organised. But if Soci or anyone is willing to fund its upgrading and expansion, I would welcome the money with open arms. I also hope this reply makes Soci happy because, in a roundabout way, it raises more awareness about the death penalty in Singapore.

I certainly do not rejoice with Tochi’s death, and hope other Singaporeans do not. But perhaps there are better ways of effecting change other than making questionable accusations against others.

——

Update: IS has neither instigated nor endorsed any hacking of Singabloodypore.

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45 Responses to “Reply to Soci regarding Tochi”

  1. Kritiker said

    Of course, Soci’s claim to fame was when he called the entire local blogosphere infantile a few years back. Almost 2 years after that publicity stunt, he’s returned to the same old topic and modus operandi again.

    Why you even bother to respond to him is a mystery…

  2. Screwtape said

    Of course, my niece Natasha has done a great job in teaching Soci to do an Accusation 101 similar to the Singapore Election watch people.

  3. Aaron said

    Certain blogs are nothing more than simply regurgitation of the opposite of anything that they deem to be remotely pro-government/PAP. It’s so effortless for these blogs to do such a brain-dead job. You really don’t need to waste so much of your brain power dealing with such entries that could be easily generated by a slightly more intelligent parrot.

  4. inspir3d said

    hi Aaron, hope u understand that i excluded ur post on Tochi ‘cos of expletives. do write another piece.

  5. Dr.Huang said

    Hi,
    It is certainly unfairly for IS to be labelled pro-PAP.
    Whether IS project a balanced view is of course subjective.

    Some days, I feel that you guys post too many P65 and other pro-authority posts and on others, I thought that you may have crossed the line on taking on the govt ( but I admit that the latter is not so frequent). Also, what’s with the brotherhood stuff?

    But heck, one can say the same for my blog too! We have all imbibed the same propaganda ( no negative connotation) and had undergone the same socialisation process ( me much more than the younger ones here).

    Somedays, I think the PAP sucks, some days I think actually there are not many places where things work as efficiently as in this Red Dot.

    We are schizoprenic about what we want to be , even about what we are!

    We will always have our detractors. Just carry on and do what you think is best.

    That’s all you are expected to do!

    Dr.Huang

  6. kwokheng said

    At least there’s a glimmer of hope if there’re people like Dr. Huang who think ‘[they’re] schizoprenic about what [they] want to be, even about what [they] are.’

    I think the PAP sucks major. Private sector pay should come with private sector performance.

    kh

  7. Harphoon said

    I think it is important to remain calm, anyone can say anything they want – thats part and parcel of blogosphere – but at the end of the day, people will read and decidedly form their own conclusions.

    I think, it is very important to continue to deliver value to your readers and not to be unduly distracted by all this nonsense – so what if he thinks you are pro-PAP or for that matter pro- the mickey mouse fan club, does it really matter? – when all of us have the power to read, understand and more importantly form our own impressions of the known world. Only to eventually all vote with our mouse clickers.

    At the end of the day, its all about the mouse clicker and very little else.

    Relax.

  8. Hi kwokheng,

    Just in case you get the idea that I feel everything is hunky-dory here, it ain’t.

    But sometimes we have to pick our battles.

    The PAP (& govt) is not all good, nor is it all bad!

    How do we make this place better, with or without the PAP?

    The younger ones in blogosopheres will have to grapple with the issue more than old guys like me.

    I should be like what my cohort is doing.. making as much money as they can when the sun is shining.

    Thru the actions of the govt through the years, my cohort have mostly concluded that it is useless trying to engage the govt.
    Hence, they are now just printing the bucks, flying the Whistler this year, Hokkaido the next, accumulating their Pradas and Birkins. The really smart ones have left!
    Shallow? Yes
    Blame them? No.
    Sad!
    So, IS and young ones, continue the work!

    Dr.Huang

  9. article19 said

    Dear inspir3d,

    In comment no.4, you mentioned you excluded aaron’s post ‘cos it contained expletives.

    I think aaron’s post was quite good. It was raw and he spoke his mind. It pretty much reflected how quite a number of people, especially a growing number of Singaporeans, felt about the death penalty in Singapore. And his post has generated a good discussion in the post’s comments section.

    It would have been good if you had posted a link to aaron’s post. I believe most of your readers are mature enough to decide for themselves whether they want to read it or not. And i think they would share my observations about the post after reading it.

    I hope you’ll allow me to post a link here to aaron’s post titled “I’m so sorry tochi. I’m so sorry tochi’s mum and dad.”: http://aaron-ng.info/blog/im-so-sorry-tochi-im-so-sorry-tochis-mum-and-dad.html

    Regards, article19 aka Pseudonymity

  10. # Aaron Says:
    January 27th, 2007 at 3:07 am

    Certain blogs are nothing more than simply regurgitation of the opposite of anything that they deem to be remotely pro-government/PAP. It’s so effortless for these blogs to do such a brain-dead job. You really don’t need to waste so much of your brain power dealing with such entries that could be easily generated by a slightly more intelligent parrot.
    —–

    Most of these comments seem to jump to the immediate conclusion that Soci’s entry has directly equated Intelligent Singaporean to being pro-PAP. Yet, Soci’s intention was to simply raise awareness of the fact that Singaporean bloggers seem disturbingly oblivious to an issue being strongly condemned by the international community. In fact, Soci even ended with a request that bloggers prove him wrong by discussing Tochi’s sentencing.

    However, it’s true that when individuals seek to hide their soft-spots, they often end up being aggressive towards even the slightest possibility that someone might have caught up with their facade.

    These comments illustrate a sense of insecurity of individuals like Aaron Ng. Your world view is that of an apologist of an authoritative regime, but you can’t find good arguments rebuking others who demonstrate a conviction that you obviously lack.. so you end up making a fool out of yourself while stumbling over your own b.s. (a slightly more intelligent parrot..wtf?)

    p.s.:These views are not representative of Singabloodypore.

  11. observer said

    Aaron Ng is behaving like a nitwit. The webmaster here makes it crystal clear by way of a mission statement, profanity will be tolerated, yet he expects an exception to be made for him (who does he think he is, even darkness has to censor himself here!). Its akin to someone driving off a cliff after reading the sign “end of the road” and blaming others for his obvious stupidity.

    Bear in mind, this is also the same ninkompooh, who advocated a code of conduct, its patently clear from this episode, he doesnt even have the slightest comprehension of how a code is supposed to work, let alone even begin to understand how its supposed to regulate one’s behavior. Once again, he has managed to demonstrate quite admirably, the art of shooting himself in the foot!

    Grow up Aaron, no one here is impressed by your getai theatrics, lest of all the regular readers here.

  12. Hi IS,

    I was actually hoping for soci to list down the ‘agregators’ which did not publish anything on Tochi’s case. Correct me if I am wrong but there aren’t that many agregators, probably just a handful.

    As for bloggers themselves, Gayle and Alex (Yawning Bread, especially) wrote about Tochi’s case before he was executed. Aaron also wrote about it after the execution, and we at theonlinecitizen also re-published a report on it before the execution.

    I think we have to keep in mind that agregators such as IS, as you explained, are run by one or just a handful of people, working part-time, with limited resources. Even so, it is not true that agregators ignored Tochi’s case – as you have pointed out in your own defence.

    Theonlinecitizen had wanted to do a more comprehensive article on the case but was unable to because of time and personnel contraints. (We are still looking into this and may do so at a later time, though.)

    Having said that, I would like to commend soci for his passion in voicing out about the case. His indignation perhaps is borne out of a frustrated sense of helplessness which we all feel, as reflected by Aaron’s blog post.

    Perhaps in the future, we’d be more able to cover such issues more comprehensively and in a more ‘timely’ fashion.

    Lastly, the question in my head is:

    “How far are bloggers willing to take their ‘activism’?” Are they willing to bring it out into ‘the real world’ and do things which would or may effect real change?

    Regards,
    theonlinecitizen

  13. Most of these comments seem to jump to the immediate conclusion that Soci’s entry has directly equated Intelligent Singaporean to being pro-PAP. Yet, Soci’s intention was to simply raise awareness of the fact that Singaporean bloggers seem disturbingly oblivious to an issue being strongly condemned by the international community. In fact, Soci even ended with a request that bloggers prove him wrong by discussing Tochi’s sentencing.

    This is the same group of CSJ stooges who also took their time to discredit other bloggers with their own fashionable nonsense. Of course, they are now spewing the crap to defend Soci, who was in fact trying to attack IS and Singabloodypore. What a bunch of liars they are. They are inconsistent and should be painted as liberal gangsters, people who go out and tell people to speak freely, while doing the other thing by writing poison pen posts and wrong truths about other bloggers in order to intimdate them from airing their views. If you do not agree with them, they will label you “an apologist of an authoritative regime”.

    I salute Singapore Election Watch for their hypocrisy, learned from the Ang Moh.

  14. Rowen said

    Free speech, Freedom of expression, Freedom of conveying one’s ideas.

    Are these what we really want?

    Expression, speech, action all causes misunderstandings.

    There is a saying,

    “A man’s meat maybe another man’s poison.”

    Well having read both posts from Sochi’s article and the comments made, i draw the following conclusions.

    1) Sochi is making an observation based on whatever he feels is true. (which he very well have the freedom to do)

    2) the intelligent singaporean is defending that his statement is false and they have the right to do too.

    So in the end there can be no absolutes…..

    I feel both are just as pointless debating this issue. Lay it to rest. it merely shows 1 last point. in the end it is the reader of these comments who chooses his own opinion and thoughts.

    That is what being an adult is all about…..

    Thinking for yourself.

    BTW i think this blog is quite good and dont think it is Pro or anti PAP just a blog which deals with current affairs.

    Keep up the good work…. IS.

    Just 2 cents worth

  15. Marc said

    Maybe we should all get down on our knees and bow down to Great Soci- Emperor of the Singapore Blogosphere. Who is he to dictate what singaporeans and aggregators should or should not blog about. If he feels passionate about the whole death penalty issue- then good for him, but just because he feels strongly about it doesn’t mean the rest of the singaporean bloggers should follow his lead.

    The beauty of writing a blog is that everyone is free to write and express he feels passionate about. So how different is Soci from the much reviled MIWs when both parties always seemed think they know what is best for everyone.

  16. Hey. I have been reading IntelligentSingaporean and I think it has done an awesome job as an aggregator.

    This was on Soci’s post:

    Aggregators of the Singapore blogosphere that have a human deciding on which blog posts to highlight are either extremely pro-death penalty or pro-PAP.

    The commentator who said this:

    Most of these comments seem to jump to the immediate conclusion that Soci’s entry has directly equated Intelligent Singaporean to being pro-PAP. Yet, Soci’s intention was to simply raise awareness of the fact that Singaporean bloggers seem disturbingly oblivious to an issue being strongly condemned by the international community.

    is probably right. Soci’s entry is not saying that IS is pro-PAP. What soci is probably saying is if IS is not pro-PAP, then it is probably pro-death penalty.

    And that I feel is probably also unfair to IS.

    Also, being pro-death penalty does not mean you are pro-PAP and towing the line of the MSM. One can be pro-death but also anti-PAP. The connection between the two is not a given.

    In any case, I kinda agree with Aaron and some of the other commentators. It is so easy to be anti-PAP but at the end, the key is are we pro-Singapore? anti-PAP != pro Singapore. In the end, I believe we all want what is best for our country and posturing does not help.

    Anyway, take care guys. In the end, I believe most of us are all trying our best in our own way to help make Singapore a better place.

  17. buttercup said

    Hi,

    Why is the brotherhood so cool abt this whole thing, dont they know by association, they are tarred and feathered as well?

    As for SOCI, I have never heard of him bfr and from the way the brotherhood just brushes him to one side, I really dont think they consider him some one to lose sleep over.

    I think he just needs to drum up some sensationalism to attract readers.

    I like this site very much. I come here everyday and I like the resident writers here, they are nice, polite and always so mature. Thks IS, I should say it more often (I know) but you are doing a great job and certainly making waves in SG, that is why, I think ppl like Soci are just green with envy.

  18. Soci said

    thank you

    I am aware that you have mentioned Tochi in September of 2006 and I know that your focus is usually on commentary blogs but this is not an exclusive position as you have been known to post from media sites, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16725528/site/newsweek/ is one example.

    I am also running a blog site as an individual with zero financing other than my own pocket. And I must tell you that I visit your site daily to get an idea of what others are talking about. I think that IS is a valuable addition to the blogosphere and would be greatly missed if you stopped.

    I am simply saying that the aggregators tend to focus on topics that are also being run in the Sg press. An Sg press that is owned and or run by the PAP. Now there is nothing wrong with being a PAP supporter, 66% of the population vote for them. Why is no one online willing to admit that they support the PAP ‘openly’ defend them. That is an aside.

    Why is saying that a blogger or blog supports the PAP regarded as ‘a scathing attack’.

    Now the case in hand. Tochi’s case is one such example of the aggregator focus. Over time I have observed that the aggregators focus on topics that are in the Singapore national press. It is as if the national media are setting the online blogosphere agenda. National media. Rarely do the blogs shape the national press.

    And on a final note I would like to point out that my site has been hacked and I now have others posting comments pretending to be soci as a result the post I made. So I will sign off here with my real name –

    Steven

  19. Aaron said

    This is most amusing. I made some general statement without even naming anyone, and a couple of people immediately start to take offence. Thanks for proving what I intended to do with the comment: those who feel they are being named will react, and probably because they are afraid to be exposed in the first place.

    Inspir3d: The perogative to publish or not remains with you. Don’t feel bad about it. I don’t usually write in that manner, but I don’t think that I ought to dilute something that I feel so mega-strongly about. It’s a human response. 🙂

    Anyway, I want to tell you, take heart. The role of IS is key in the development of the Singaporean blogosphere. Just keep doing what you are doing. It’s amazing how people with less than altruistic intentions on blogosphere will quickly be taken down by others.

  20. Aaron said

    Aaron Ng is behaving like a nitwit. The webmaster here makes it crystal clear by way of a mission statement, profanity will be tolerated, yet he expects an exception to be made for him (who does he think he is, even darkness has to censor himself here!). Its akin to someone driving off a cliff after reading the sign “end of the road” and blaming others for his obvious stupidity.

    Bear in mind, this is also the same ninkompooh, who advocated a code of conduct, its patently clear from this episode, he doesnt even have the slightest comprehension of how a code is supposed to work, let alone even begin to understand how its supposed to regulate one’s behavior. Once again, he has managed to demonstrate quite admirably, the art of shooting himself in the foot!

    Grow up Aaron, no one here is impressed by your getai theatrics, lest of all the regular readers here.

    You must be an S.E.W troll. An almost blind one too. Who said anything about asking for an exception? Please get your facts right before you post. Ask Inspir3d if I ever said anything about getting an exception. That statement was made out of his own volition. Of course, you need something to lead into your main point, which is to flame me. Whatever, man. The more you flame me, the more attention I get. Thanks for generating free publicity. 🙂

  21. inspir3d said

    Steven,

    1. I have stated in my “About” page, since day 1, that IS is “not affiliated in any way to any political party.” The unstated, but implied meaning of this is that IS does not push the agenda of any political party. If I were to make this statement, yet behave in a pro-PAP manner, that would be tantamount to making false claims. Hence, I take issue with your pro-PAP accusation, and declare it to be categorically false.

    2. Let’s suppose you now accept that IS is not pro-PAP, then u accuse IS of being pro-death penalty. But IS has never published any post or made any argument to that effect. Indeed, it is not the role of IS to push the death penalty agenda or to be against it, but merely to reflect commentary on the web surrounding the issue. Your claim that IS is pro-death penalty paints an inaccurate picture that threatens to devalue the reputation of IS as a site that reflects Singaporean commentary on the web. So, as with the pro-PAP accusation, I take issue with your pro-death penalty accusation.

    3. On top of that, you claim that IS follows the ‘editorial briefing’ of the Straits Times – this is an absurd statement. I take pride that IS is an entity APART from the state-controlled media machinery, run independently by an individual who has no connections whatever to the mainstream press. This independence is a foundation upon which IS has been built, and which will continue to be built. Within this context, your making such a statement clearly amounts to making a ‘scathing attack,’ as it threatens to undermine the foundations of IS.

    Perhaps Tomorrow.sg can shrug off your statements, as they do not depend on commentary for their bread and butter. But IS cannot ignore your comments, which are not unlike claiming that the BBC follows a hardline extremist Muslim fundamentalist editorial briefing and is as good as serving the agenda of Osama bin Laden.

    4. Blogs clearly do influence the press agenda. The classic case in point is the Wee Shu Min incident, which has motivated much mainstream media attention and debate. It has driven traffic to this website, and will likely continue to do so for a long time to come.

    Plus, you have conveniently ignored several articles published on IS by the B’hood press which clearly set their own agenda and are driven neither by the press, nor the PAP-bashing crowd.

    Furthermore, I do not see what is wrong with bloggers making comments on what is in the press

    5. The newsweek article you highlight, is clearly a piece of commentary.

    6. I have not instigated nor endorsed any hacking into your site.

    As mentioned in the about page, i welcome all email that is not spam. it is highly unlikely that i would have ignored any request to highlight tochi’s case. i hope in future u will take this into consideration when u have an issue u feel needs to be highlighted.

    insp.

  22. obby said

    They came, they saw, they conquered – they will safeguard their economic interest at all cost!

    The man called darkness will make sure of it – as to those who stand in their way, they will perish – it is really as simple as that!

  23. obby said

    Only fools will take on the brotherhood – they will warn you once – twice even, but after that all bets are off and they will strike in the most insidious manner – even brown realized this – they fear no one.

    Beware of the brotherhood, they are a power in blogosphere that we cannot even begin to imagine, let alone fathom!

  24. inspir3d said

    observer, i think aaron’s comment 3 was directed towards singabloodypore

  25. astroboy said

    Hi all,

    I think obby is just trying to tell all of you – how good we really are in monopoly.

  26. snoopy said

    Hi,

    I am a journalist and I would just like to ask a very pointed questions.

    Firstly, what is the official position of the brotherhood with regards to this whole episode, it appears to me, all of you have remained quite aloof, but there are untones to suggest, a plan was in play?

    I do hope you would reply, otherwise, we simply have to infer what we can from what has already been posted.

  27. singaporegirl said

    Snoopy,

    “Firstly, what is the official position of the brotherhood with regards to this whole episode, it appears to me, all of you have remained quite aloof, but there are untones to suggest, a plan was in play?”

    Official position? Please, they are not even involved in this whole matter, so really, I can’t see why they should be held accountable or why there is a need to even know their official position.

    I really believe, harpyboy has made himself pretty clear in No7 (pls see above).

    Besides they have their readers and the rest of blogosphere has theirs and we know who they are and what they really stand for. Thats the only thing that really counts.

  28. harvardian said

    OMG! This is the most silliest thread I have ever read this yr! As for you snoopy, shooooooo!

    I am sure the brotherhood will eventually write abt the death penalty, but they will do in their own time, in their own pace and according to their usual balanced stlye.

    This people actually believe, just bc they feel strongly about the dead penalty others should behave as irrationally as them? Pray tell, how old are they?????

    Twisted logic by even the most forgiving accounts and they really expect the rest of us who are all above 12 to listen to their senseless rants when they write the tripe they do and pass it of as self effacing hypocrisy vs the death penalty.

    Dream on!

  29. Harphoon said

    Harvardian,

    Boil it down to its base elements and what you are really asking is: what does it take to spawn commercially viable innovative and creative enterprises, that I think was the same question Dan was asking.

    I may not know the exact way and if I would hazard a guess, I don’t think, there is even such a thing as a way, resembling the yellow brick road, so we can definitely rule out scholars or even P hD types (only bc they are the avatars of linearity) – all these discoveries have one common denominator, in every case, the producers intuit rather than follow a prescribed proven course and this tell us even less about the process.

    It does tell us, policy makers cannot regulate the process any more than they can be expected to plan for innovation – that’s because many of these producers are firstly amateurs in every sense of the word, for one they don’t have any formal business schooling or any formal empirical research training, yet despite their limitations, they have managed to do good and this underscores the need for policy makers to manage the context rather than the agents – by this, I mean all they can really do is create a conducive environment that effectively supports innovation and creativity, and a big chunk of the equation simply means providing the producers widget space to maneuver freely, if there are too many road blocks, it fails for the simple reason producers are not allowed the latitude to experiment.

    I really believe whatever the eventual shape and form, we can all agree on this any vehicle to spawn innovative enterprises, need to exclude the direct role of governments.

    Producers are not so different from bloggers, they all need followers and they need loads of them, those followers must be able to perceive the value of buying into their ideas, not with words, but with their wallets – based on experience with subscribers for our stories, this is really the toughest part that makes or breaks producers, but the good news is if, one is able to cultivate a loyal following, that is effectively able to convey, consistency, reliability and quality, then, they would always come back for more.

    Easier said than done.

  30. scholarman said

    Har,

    On “education” well spotted, I agree with you wholly. So naturally flowing from harpy’s observation, a derivative of this reasoning begs the Q: how should we align education to effectively support innovation? One of things that we should seriously consider doing is generating opportunities for tertiary students to experience new cultures, environments and more importantly broadening their minds. During my U days, I was very impressed by the Erasmus student program in the EU which was a student exchange initiative.

    Having said that I do agree with harphy, a large chunk of what constitutes education should take place outside the scope of govt’s. My student life was comparatively smooth sailing when I compare it to characters like darkness, who had to hold down two shift jobs and still juggle their academic careers. I can remember very fondly how he used to come to lectures in soiled overalls smelling of Castro oil and he always sat at the back of the class, there was a rebel quality abt him even at that young age, one that said, “F the world, I have a right to be here like the rest of you!” I never envied him then, even looked down on trouble makers like him bc, I though he had a huge chip of his shoulder, whenever he ran circles around the lecturers, but when we were let loose in the real world, it was men like him who raced ahead while the rest of us followed, they were like swimmers who gave it their all in a race and never saved any thing for the return trip, that’s why they always came first. We the scholars, were always holding back to save enough for the return trip. I guess they believed they had nothing to lose, after all, they saw themselves as the damned, while we had everything to lose because we though, we had the whole world beneath our feet. We were wrong, so very wrong.

  31. Astroboy said

    Hi Monopoly teamsters,

    Guess, we are the only cats here, wazzzzzup?

    Aha darkness!!!!! Now one thing, I cant figure out abt that cat is, how can a man treat a woman like s**t and still manage to command her respect, thats the part that, I can never figure out.

    Honestly, I spend hour thinking abt that.

    While the rest of us treat them with respect and dignity only for them to run after characters like darkness.

    Thats that part that really drives me up the wall! Its one of the greatest mysteries in my life.

    Have you all thought abt that?

  32. pumpman said

    You boyz better shut the FU, bc darkness has been seen cruising around in strange places.

  33. oskar said

    But dear Dr. Huang…

    I’m only a bogan!

  34. WhySupport? said

    Inspi3d- why do you support hackers and trollers like the Brotherhood.I can only imagine its because you support what they do- thats why you continue to give them a place to gather and plan their attacks on the others such as soci. You might want to get your story ready for when the police calls then.

  35. susan said

    Hahahahaha, yes a police report is a very good idea, may I ask very politely whether SOCI has proceeded to make one? I am very sure those boys will more than welcome the investigations.

    Perhaps you can be so kind to provide us all proof and evidence that those boys actually hacked his site.

    Correct me, if I am wrong, but I do not even recall SOCI specifically mentioning the brotherhood involvement in this matter.

  36. susan said

    All youve managed to do really is to buy those space boys a whole lot of sympathy votes and if you are wondering why, they still continue to ignore your questions. Its the same reason why organized crime doesnt bother with two drunks fighting over a bottle of liquor outside a pub.

    You are inconsequential to them. 😉

  37. dudu said

    “ridicolous, absurd and unbelievable.” I really dont think, they have even heard of singabloodypore. I’ve never heard of them bfr!

  38. inspir3d said

    WhySupport, be careful of the accusations u are making. I have your i.p. address

  39. WhySupport said

    Inspir3d & Susan- i have been following the Brotherhood and i know at least on one occassion that they have THREATENED to hack mrMiyagi’s blog – That threat alone is – as another reader has pointed out is ALREADY a criminal act under Singapore law. The postings are STILL on mr miyagi’s site if you care to google for it. Thats evidence right there. And yes i’m sure Miyagi has the IP logs still kept. I havent broken any laws here but point out what is already for all to see. The M.O. for the brotherhood is clear. Judge for yourself.

  40. WhySupport said

    Susan: apparently the brotherhood also doesnt think Singabloodypore is too inconsequential to post. Go check out the comments section on the post about the Hanging and the lack of response in Singapore.

    Whatever your opinions about them, you can see it right there and judge for yourself as I have.

  41. Astroboy said

    Hello,

    Does anyone have a spare tube to lend me for this weekends MTB ride? Thx.

  42. scholarman said

    Not again!!!!!!!!!!!!! You know why you keep hacking your threads? You’re using the wrong size threads, those 19.1 are for dry hard baked Arizona terrain – they’re too soft.

    You need something hardy for the type of trails in BT, here is the link:

    http://www.dirtworld.com/productreviews/subcategory.asp?category=125

    Go for the big Earl’s, 2.1 or 22, but remember only for the rears, stick to the 19.1 on the front forks, that should do the trick.

  43. pumpman said

    No point recommending him fire threads, that aint the problem, I ride behind him and I see it all too clearly / his problem.

    You weight is to far back during a drop off, so when you land, all the weight hits the rear wheel, nothing can survive that sort of impact, not even big earls!

    You got to learn to distribute your weight to the pedals, like so:

  44. Harphoon said

    Astroboy,

    My brother J, has a spare, go get it from him.

    reg Harphy

  45. Harphoon said

    Dear valued readers,

    People can say whatever, they like in blogosphere – that’s their right. We may not be able to control what others say abt us or even how they may choose to represent us by pretending to be us – that’s their prerogative and even their right – even if there is a means to control them, its hardly worth the time or effort – but I can control how I feel about these things or how I wish to perceive them for what they really are. These things, I can do.

    That’s the beauty of blogosphere, there is always a collective psyche or wisdom of the crowd, that’s always there, people I believe have a remarkable ability to size up situations, seek out the truth and eventually form their own opinions of the real world – and you will be surprised how right they really are on the first cut – so I am not even going to respond or rebut all these allegations – in fact, I am not even going to defend ourselves –and I don’t think you should either because at the end of the day, if you respond to them, they will win and you will lose, it simply means for that few minutes, you have surrendered all the power of your intellect to someone who wants you to believe in a certain line of the so called “truth” they have painted – and that happens you simply lose by default.

    In life, one always needs to pick and choose ones battles wisely and trust me, when I tell you this isn’t even worth 5 seconds of your precious life.

    Ultimately the decision to analyze and form the truth of the known world – is something that no one will ever be able to take away from either you or me. It doesn’t really matter who it is, your yoga guru, boyfriend, best friend, political parties or someone on TV.

    Once a person cultivates his intellect, he or she makes her own decisions in life – that’s real maturity – if anything that is the only thing all of us ever really learn to do in the virtual environment, winnow, filter and finally hold a kernel of what represents the so called world in the palm of our hands – only to say, this is the truth.

    Because that’s the only way to make sense of a senseless world, like the virtual world – one needs to put sense into nonsense to make it sensible.

    As a precautionary step, I have issued an order to all the boys to remain here and not to post in any of the known sites, the order was issued out effective 0530 GMT yesterday. So you know if you come across any post, its not us and there are no exceptions.

    It is regrettable that this has come to past because it was effectively robbed us of our capacity to visit all of you and get to know some of you better, so that we may perhaps we may even share a conversation of sorts – one which perhaps suggest that either you or I may even see the world slightly differently – so I hope you will come here and visit us instead.

    I want to share with you all, I am not like my colleague darkness who can just walk into the hearts of other effortlessly because of his charisma – or disarm his detractors with such style and wit that you even smile along with him – or vanquish whole virtual planets with such confidence that all may follow him – I don’t have all these things, this is the very first time, I am in command, even then, it is only an outpost comprising of a garrison of less than 6 men on a diplomatic mission.

    The only thing that I am can offer you is perhaps my sincerity – I hope you will come to accept what I can only offer.

    Meanwhile, may I take this opportunity to wish you all happy reading.

    Harphoon

    2nd Class Pre-Science Officer (commander of the outpost 93 Singapore) / The Purple Order.

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