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Rason Lee posted this at 12:46pm, 01/01/20, 3 months ago
Re: https://www.menti.com/zxigc9v9vp

Let's get real. If given the judgement call, I would want to examine all government project presentations before allocating my tax dollars to specific ones worth pursuing.
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Rason Lee posted this at 4:18pm, 18/01/20, 3 months ago
Gave myself a thumbs-up as clap-back on whoever thumbed-down, because why even bother when you are incapable of filling this space with debate. We are here to address specific failings and not earn feel-good points with generics.
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Rason Lee posted this at 9:44am, 21/01/20, 3 months ago
Thanks for +1 thumbs-up - for that, I shall outline the executive steps to take as hypothetical head of government in "examining all government project presentations before allocating tax dollars to specific ones worth pursuing."

1. Heavily reflect public consultation inputs pertaining to project/programme details (current publications like https://www.singaporebudget.gov.sg/budget_2019/ does not cut it). Take a leaf out of POFMA Select Committee's publishing of 170 written representations submitted by members of the public - Parliament's Budget Debate should be based on such a text corpus.

2. Schedule a series of conferences for project/programme managers to present and network with interested parties - this is where the bulk of written representations are expected to come from.

3. Standardise project/programme documentation from proposal to execution for public online access. One-page overview for each proposal with hyperlinks to secondary details such as background research report, design graphics, etc.

4. Allow members of the public to file written representations through said documentation website authenticated using SingPass/CorpPass.

5. As per my original suggestion in another thread to allow tax-filers to indicate their supported areas of government spending, including those delegated to NGOs (charities), the user interface with regard to government project/programme spendings can be a checklist with each item's description expandable/collapsible and documentation details hyperlinked. While this serves merely as citizens feedback, the tax pledges towards NGOs - quantum capped by the government - are legally binding.
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Joseph Prakash posted this at 2:02am, 24/12/19, 4 months ago
Hey there. Here's an article to get the conversation going. 
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EDWARD LIM posted this at 7:48am, 14/01/20, 3 months ago
One area we should continue to support is the resilience of our citizens towards social cohesion threats. Given the global landscape, we are not immune to identity politics which will destroy our national unity and social fabric.
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Javier posted this at 10:04am, 14/01/20, 3 months ago
Peronally, I would suggest to support the development of businesses as well as improving training. This would help to improve Singapore's economy as well as its status as a skilled and business-friendly nation. The increased income from these sectors will then provide more revenue which can then be used to support our citizens, improve healthcare services etc.
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Charissa posted this at 6:41pm, 20/01/20, 3 months ago
I think we already have more or less the right idea of who and how much money to allocate, but it’s the matter of how well the money is used. I get it, technology is replacing jobs, but are SkillsFuture courses really helpful in landing jobs, for example? I remember this was brought up during the breakout session on Jobs and the Future of Work on 18 Jan. Another example, schools have career guidance programmes, but talking about failure/illness/disability is often left out of this discussion. Yes, students can approach their career guidance counsellor, but is it not better to have a conversation that includes all these in it? I imagine the many individuals who are left in limbo and it’s simply unnecessary and a detriment to our plan to develop all Singaporeans. If we are going to be an inclusive society, it means no one is left out. I believe most of our policies are already capable of doing what we seek if we built on them, or if we came from such a direction when formulating policies at the beginning. I think proper evaluation of our current policies is what we need
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Poh Yong Shun posted this at 10:43am, 14/01/20, 3 months ago
[Education: Youth, Career, Interest, Mental Wellbeing] 2019 is the year we see significant changes made to our education system. We see lesser emphasis on exams and grades, and more spotlight on the areas of interest and potential of our young children. I feel that that this is a good first step towards the right path, but we can always do more. For budget 2020, we should continue on the good momentum build in the previous year and focus more energy at the upper stream and higher institutions in providing more exploratory options to break the traditional "salaryman" path. While I acknowledge that the initiatives under SkillsFuture are useful, the outreach could always be bigger and the list of partner institutions could be more. While we are not far away from an perfect society, I feel that with more efforts in educating, guiding and matching youths in careers of their interest areas. We should also relook at areas of mental well-being and reconsider words work-life balance and work-life integration. I feel that most of our youths are much more well educated than our seniors and able to find good (I did not say great) jobs, taking the next step (similar to the maslow hierarchy of need), we need to look at other areas such as psychological needs - passion meets work
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Rason Lee posted this at 5:23pm, 06/02/20, 2 months ago
[Total Defence In Light of nCoV Outbreak]

It is not the fake news and masks hoarding/profiteering that I’m concerned about, for these can be easily rectified with IT; it is the lack of official clarity with regards to the Government’s “drawer plans”, underscored in particular by MOH’s acknowledgement that “patients who are infected may possibly be contagious before symptoms show”, which seemingly betrays the advisory “there is no need to wear a mask if you are not ill”. The extent of detraction for that matter can be summarised with a comment seen on Hardwarezone Forum: “other countries manufacture face masks, we manufacture BS”.

There is currently a lot of hubris going around on the optimism-bias bandwagon. People are chest-thumping against Kiasu-ism citing 2009 H1N1 and seasonal Influenza causing more deaths than nCoV to date, conveniently overlooking the eventual scale of things at the rate nCoV is climbing. So-called medical experts parroting the official line went as far as mischaracterising the erroneous use of masks as giving people "a false sense of security", when the security is real as far as individuals follow the full set of safety protocols. To be sure, I have personally read the seminal review of the subject matter to draw my conclusion against said mischaracterisation (re: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/epidemiology-and-infection/article/face-masks-to-prevent-transmission-of-influenza-virus-a-systematic-review/64D368496EBDE0AFCC6639CCC9D8BC05/core-reader).

Technically, the only false sense of security that the people can have is on a systemic level, such as when the authorities tell them the community will be adequately protected just by masking those who show symptoms. On the side, I would be asking the relevant authorities to inspire more confidence by discussing a pandemic response budget, rather than keep emphasising the "responsible use" of available mask stocks without a specific list of activities to demarcate the level of security. I would preach that the community's collective well-being hinges on the amount of resources committed to reduce the stochastic probability of nCoV populating into a seasonal (recurring) pandemic, and where we can't be sure about effective targeting, it is better to just expend than to be sorry.

As for here, concerning the Social, Psychological and Digital aspects of Total Defence, I submit that we require a platform for scientific discourse (synthetic a priori) as media literacy remedy.
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Rason Lee posted this at 5:20am, 07/02/20, 2 months ago
p/s In case any one thinks the spread of nCoV is not extensive in SG, that somehow climate and international containment response have been successful at limiting community spread at the epicentre, optimistically hypothesising the virus' one-timeness like SARS - the thing is, a pessimistic hypothesis is equally likely with how viral dormancy may underlie asymptomatic transmission, that infectivity may be a function of cumulative viral load, i.e. as long as scientists cannot confirm the absence of dormant virus in recovered and unreported (mild/asymptomatic) cases, there's a possibility of a Trojan Horse effect coming full circle down the road. It takes only a critical pool of dormant cases with one stochastic activation for the virus to resurge into a community spread. This hypothesis necessarily implies that the community in Wuhan could have been predisposed to previously acquired load to see a higher number of clinical cases.
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Rason Lee posted this at 7:48am, 07/02/20, 2 months ago
pp/s Taiwan will be the litmus test as to whether our divergence in face masks usage   makes a difference in curtailing community spread, albeit irreversible damage (as hypothesised, infection predisposal) could have been done in SG by then.
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Rason Lee posted this at 7:40am, 12/02/20, about 2 months ago

-34:00 onwards the doctor says to provide for sufficient face masks is "bottomless (pit)”. If, according to Bill Gates, human kind ought to be preparing for pandemics like we have prepared for war, we just have to take a look at how many surgical masks 1% of our military budget can buy, to see if it's indeed a bottomless pit. What's more, we haven't even comprehensively discussed optimising grade and reusability for high-risk community activities. The same doctor had also went on Channel 8 News literally saying masks (presumably referring to surgical masks) are useless as though filtration efficiency is a simple binary with a 'zero' abating no viral load and infectivity at all. The next thing you know, “aerosol” and “large droplets” became another undistributed middle, that no vapour can be large enough to carry viable nCoV load, as though our appreciation of Science is stuck to textbook toy models. I refused to be dumbed-down and would call on MHA to POFMA any media representation on any side in any capacity engaging in such hubris with nary a citation nor a hypothesis disclaimer. That’s what we call circumspect and rigour.
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Rason Lee posted this at 9:59am, 12/02/20, about 2 months ago
Edit for balance: The next thing you know, “aerosol” and “large droplets” is wobbling between a false dichotomy and an undistributed middle, that all or no vapour can be large enough to carry viable nCoV load, as though our appreciation of Science is stuck to textbook toy models.

Also, just realised said doctor is being endorsed by gov.sg (https://www.facebook.com/gov.sg/videos/3681676758539075/)
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Rason Lee posted this at 11:19am, 12/02/20, about 2 months ago
Facebook page "Fabrications About The PAP", with more than 300k followers, shared the following video and added the caption, "This experiment show why washing hands regularly Beats any face mask" - https://www.facebook.com/weekendweeklyjetso/videos/894552070979903/

Is said experiment intended to show that viruses in bioaerosols are non-existent or no-viable, to conclude a zero sum at hands-washing versus face-masking? Our media literacy would be an abject failure if the authorities can't counteract the mischaracterisations being fed by such sites in the pretext of pro-establishment unity.
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Rason Lee posted this at 11:21am, 12/02/20, about 2 months ago
*non-viable
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Rason Lee posted this at 12:42pm, 08/02/20, 2 months ago
[NTUC Loyalty Programme For Advanced Weekly Orders Through Mobile App]

Re: https://www.facebook.com/notes/ntuc-fairprice/media-advisory-ntuc-fairprice-takes-further-precautionary-measures-to-safeguard-/10157886170644618/

...and subsidise home delivery. Less cash transactions, less spread by contact.

p/s The gov grapevine is very bad at reading the situation on the ground, or they are just trying to frame the narrative convenient for talking down at people. Really, ask yourselves if this is about the people panicking over a lock-down hence the stockpiling, or that their main motivation is voluntary social isolation, risking human contact for a one-time bulk purchase before said risk further escalates.

Like I said, such an issue can be solved with IT. But since some people might even be adverse towards courier contact, the authorities need to make assurances on the sanitary protocol of our country's deliverymen.
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Rason Lee posted this at 12:03pm, 13/02/20, about 2 months ago
A Facebook friend posted, "I am a monthly groceries shopper. Stop judging us".

I commented, "Thou art suffering ricochet from the overblown media sensationalism. All of these could have been avoided if online ordering is promoted and the minimum order for free delivery is lowered, which also goes to show that the majority aren’t purchasing more than $60-100 from the likes of NTUC and Sheng Siong, or their delivery quality is a worse plague that people choose to avoid. Makes no sense to stock up perishable fresh produce that people would handpick from the shelves, therefore the so-called stockpile is really a phenomenon of short-term convenience."

> It's otiose for PMO to dance to media sensationalism, painting a picture of calming/playing down hysteria, when it's simply a case of change in regular buying pattern. All the talk about food security is missing the point when the solution is to lower the barrier of last mile delivery.
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Rason Lee posted this at 8:58pm, 10/02/20, about 2 months ago
[Fund nCoV Studies]

https://www.moh.gov.sg/news-highlights/details/one-more-case-discharged-two-new-cases-of-novel-coronavirus-infection-confirmed-10feb

"Based on evidence available in China, an expert from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention has said that there is currently no evidence that the virus can be transmitted through aerosol. The currently known transmission routes of the virus are via respiratory droplets and physical contact."

First and foremost, such a statement sounds more like an absence of evidence rather than evidence of absence. MOH/NCID should update the public with peer-reviewed reports and papers with methodology details - conduct our own if the answers the public seeks are not forthcoming. For example, NUS-Duke Medical School had done aerosol sampling in MRT before (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-35896-1), however to quote the obvious,

"Cultures in this study were negative and therefore the viruses detected may have been non-viable. However, studies have demonstrated that upon the first ~15 minutes of aerosolization, viruses tend to decay the most rapidly, and therefore it is possible that the viability of the viruses captured in our study rapidly decreased during sample collection and transport. Moreover, temperature and RH have been widely understood to influence the viability of aerosolized viruses."

We need the transmission study to be of the exact context and to include protection efficacy of face masks for that matter.

Another study that needs to be done is to rule out prolonged/lifetime viral dormancy, or conversely, if asymptomatic/subclinical cases might develop severe symptoms down the road due to cumulative viral load from sparse exposure.
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Official Weekly Response
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8:28am, 02/17/20
Thanks everyone for sharing your thoughts with us. Check out bit.ly/nycbudget2020 to hear what your peers have to say. You can also find an interview of SMS Janil sharing his thoughts about the National Budget which we did in partnership with Night Owl Cinematics. Thanks also to Rason for sharing your perspectives on the fundamental need to standardise and be more transparent across government agencies regardless of issue. As we seek to be open and transparent in our engagement process, we will continue to strive to improve even further in future discussions.In the meantime, stay tuned to the National Budget 2020 announcements on 18 Feb 2020. 
 
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