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My favourite talk show host, hands down. I’ve been watching him since the 1980s.

He’s sharp, scathing, self-deprecating (sometimes) and quick.

The guy is from Indiana so  additional affinity developed during my time in Indiana University (1986 to 1988).

I’ve definitely been influenced by his sense of humour.

He’s done more than 14,00 shows. I think sartorially he’s very eloquent too – sharp.

Thank goodness for Youtube that he continues to live. Thanks David.

DD from Singapore.

The MH370 incident is being watched by the whole world. Being under the spotlight, I assume that Malaysia Airlines writes each statement very intentionally with every sentence being carefully calibrated.

On Monday, 24 March 2014, Malaysia Airlines sent this SMS to the family members of those missing on MH370:

“Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s prime minister, we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the southern Indian Ocean.”

(Source: Financial Times)

Now, here is the exact same statement with emphasis placed by me:

“Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s prime minister, we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the southern Indian Ocean.”

If I had a daughter on that plane (I do not), how would I react to this?

Let me re-write the statement with the emphasis that me, as a fictional father, would react to:

“Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and your daughter is dead. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s prime minister, we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the southern Indian Ocean.”

No matter how “beyond reasonable doubt” it is, the statement admits to being an assumption.

This is not going to give the fictional me (as a father) any closure.

If the findings were conclusive, what would have given me closure (though not comfort) is a statement of this nature:

“Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have conclusive evidence that MH370 has crashed and that none of those on board survived. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s prime minister, we have evidence that the plane went down in the southern Indian Ocean.”

But that’s not what they wrote.

 

My posts concerning the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 is as interesting as spending an evening studying the facial expressions of the Merlion.

“Come on, Danesh, there is so much interesting ‘news’ surrounding the missing aircraft.”

It’s been almost a week since MH370 has gone missing. The lack of information and conflicting reports makes excellent fodder for comedy. It makes even better fodder for conspiracy theories. Best of all, the ground is  fertile for speculation.

But this boring old man simply shared updates from Malaysia Airlines (which I’ve stopped).

While legit news is ok, Comedy, Conspiracy Theories and Speculation are last things family members of those gone missing in MH370 need to hear and read about. They need the truth. As painful as not knowing is, comedy, conspiracy and speculation adds confusion and despair to their already unbearable anxiety.

So I shut up and pray.

Technically speaking, not wrong. But a little care would have been in order.

Yep, it’s true. For a whopping US$16 billion made up of US$12 billion in stock and US$4 billion in cash. If you include the additional  US$3 billion in restricted stock units to WhatsApp’s founders and employees as part of the deal, the total acquisition price goes up to US$19 billion.

In the unlikely event that the deal does not go through, Facebook will pay a breakup fee of $1 billion to WhatsApp, which is  more than the  amount Facebook paid to acquire Instagram.

“WhatsApp is on a path to connect 1 billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement. WhatsApp has over 450 million monthly users, 70% of whom are active on a given day. They are adding more than 1 million new registered users per day.

Facebook stock declined by more than 4.5% in after hours trading following the announcement.

Still, the Facebook Empire grows. They seem to be in the digital expansion mode like the Roman empire in their hey-days (offline mode).

Read all about it on:

Forbes, BBC and  CNBC.

 

Who can forget this cute image of her? Read her obituary at the BBC.

I asked my boss about Anton Casey.

He was crystal clear. He said to me, “If you are without sin, by all means cast a stone at him.”

I thought, dang, I don’t qualify.

So I asked him, “What about the others who are throwing stones?”

He was pretty clear again. He said to me, “Danesh, don’t judge. Otherwise, I’ll judge you by the same measure.”

I pondered upon this a bit. And I thought, “Dang, I better shut up and get my own house in order.”

My boss, he’s pretty cool.

It’s true. You can get a subway ticket by ‘paying’ 30 squats. The machine was installed to promote exercise and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The cause of his death was not revealed. He did have a liver transplant in May this year.

Read the report from The Rolling Stone.

His most well known song is Walk on the Wild Side. Classic. Love the lyrics too:

And another classic, Perfect Day.

PM LHL gently but sarcastically whacks all the papers in Singapore but it must sting the The Straits Times the most:

Source: Wikimedia

From an article on Yahoo!

He was responding to a question from the public on whether there is an attitude of Singaporeans that he would want to change on “Ask The Prime Minister”, a ‘live’ TV forum on Channel NewsAsia, on Tuesday evening. PM Lee said Singaporeans are often “very preoccupied with our own problems”.

Thus, he encouraged them to know what’s happening in the world around them.

To illustrate this point, PM Lee cited an example of how the Nairobi mall attack in Kenya didn’t make it to the frontpage of all the newspapers in Singapore, which he said were focusing on a recent collapse of a part of the first-floor ceiling in Jem mall in Jurong East for several days in a row.

Ouch!

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