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  •  today the impression one gets... (6+ / 0-)

    ...at least from here, is that Singapore is a giant city, spotlessly clean and orderly and organized, but with no room for the kind of colorful swirling chaos you saw as a child.  

    One would hope that they've done away with the slavery and other involuntary servitude.  Children can be forgiven not knowing the absolute evil that lurks beneath the surface of something that is a casual part of everyday life, but adults are obligated to know and speak out and act.  

    Methinks your father was, at least in part, a spy, or something similar.  

    •  Singapore is a well ordered place and a major (5+ / 0-)

      Commercial center. But it is not perfect in any way. It probably easier for a 14 year old to get a prostitute than a pack of gum. Really.

      It exists at all because of bigotry in Malaysia I.e. Malaysia did not allow non Malay to be pm. Thus the Chinese split a small portion off. Nostalgia for any Brit empire is also misplaced. The torture and forced migration of Chinese and Indians to this colony was brutal as was the Brit treatment of the Malays.

      If... the machine of government... is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. ~Henry David Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobediance, 1849

      by shigeru on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 03:50:46 AM PDT

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    •  When I asked my father what he did all day, (7+ / 0-)

      he said he looked at magazines.  He could never give a straight answer to anything!  However, to me it sounded like an improvement from his previous job as editor of the Stars and Stripes when we lived in Tokyo.  He told my sister and me that every day when he walked across the park to work, witches jumped out of the trees and snatched his brown paper bag of lunch.  They ripped open the bag, threw the bologna away, and escaped back into the trees with the bread.

      My sister and I were three and six at the time, and pretty much believed whatever Daddy told us.

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 06:05:11 AM PDT

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      •  "looked at magazines" = might have done OSI. (0+ / 0-)

        Open-Source Intel.

        Reading the non-classified literature and examining non-classified information, for intelligence purposes.  It's a major source of intel and in the US it is usually connected to the State Department (nowadays).  

        The output of OSI however, is classified, so people working in the field can't talk about what they do any more than people working from classified sources such as intercepted signals or codebreaking.  

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