Seize lightning

I’m running from one rally to another, so I don’t have much time to post till after the last rally tonight. In the meantime, I have an image for all my readers (and yes, you’re free to viralise it) to encourage fellow Singaporeans to . . . .

8 Responses to “Seize lightning”


  1. 1 Edmund 5 May 2011 at 17:26

    Look at the election posters around Singapore… so far, all the lamp post that i saw is the Lightning on top and The Sun, The Stars and The Circles below…. Maybe this is why Singapore has the highest rate of Lightning strikes compared to the rest of the world?? Hmm…

    • 2 Jason 5 May 2011 at 18:33

      It simply reflects how they (PAP) see themselves – above everyone else. The positions of the opposition signs might be lower, but they are also closer and more accessible. That’s how I choose to look at it.

    • 3 drmchsr0 6 May 2011 at 09:04

      No, actually they are just indicators of this crazy plan to turn our signs into handy dandy Tesla Coils.

      And if you actually believe what I just said, you’re reading too much into the placement of the signs. They are like ads. The PAP probably assumes higher is better in terms of exposure, rather than lower. Although it would be more troublesome for those who put the posters up and to take them down…

      But in any case, don’t read too much into the placement of advertisements. It’s unhealthy for your mind.

  2. 4 sgelectorate 5 May 2011 at 17:44

    Lightning can strike you twice, thrice and you’re a fool.
    It’s better to think about the predictability rather than unpredictability of electrical storms. We need to look around and check whether we inadvertently made ourselves targets. Once struck, twice shy? Pple talk about bolts from the blue, but thunderstorms do NOT just appear above us unannounced. Did we fail to heed the signs? Did we perhaps leave ourselves dangerously exposed , standing where we were most likely to be hit? If we can’t help but live somewhere vulnerable, could not the timely installation of a rod have saved us?

    The questions are all metaphorical of course. But they are useful metaphors, ones that ask hard questions about the world as it is, and our place in it right now.

    Random bad luck is all too real, but so is the pain of people being hit by misfortune again and again because they cannot see they have made lightning rods for their own backs!

    It’s now or too late.

  3. 5 ToShan 6 May 2011 at 03:43

    86-1. PM/MM suckers S’pore with good cop, bad cop routine?

    Analysing the elections with two friends – one is an experienced political consultant and the other a psychiatry expert witness. I’ve been in a daze in the last few hours about what just happened but these two helped make sense of it all.

    As you well know, with 24 hours to go to Polling Day….the ground sentiment seemed to have swung in PAP’s favour.

    Basically, it appears that the Singapore electorate has fallen for one of the oldest tricks on the political book, albeit one immaculately executed – The Good Cop, Bad Cop Routine! This is commonly used in US foreign policy and domestic politics…the best example of this would be the Bush-Cheney act in the 2004 presidential elections. Cheney played Bad Cop to devastating effect, taking out Kerry and cleared the way for Bush to win in the starring role of Good Cop.

    We have just witnessed the Singapore version in the last 3 days.

    First, you have Bad Cop LKY come out blundering with threats, blackmail and his usual bully-boy ways. Now, this scares an estimated 15-20% of the swing voters into going back into the arms of the PAP but it also alienates an approximately equal or slightly smaller percentage of voters against the PAP. So zero-minimal net loss for opposition

    The second step is Good Cop LSL coming out and saying sorry. This brings back the LKY-alienated voters while keeping the fearful voters in the PAP fold. The result is a huge net gain in the swing votes. What aids the Lees is that the electorate does not know which cop is more powerful – is it the Bad Cop or the Good Cop? You are confused, you are uncertain, and in that uncertainty is when you are most susceptible.

    Hours later, it is polling day. You cast your vote. What has happened, the Good Cop Bad Cop routine, is still in your subconscious. Most people who fall for it will never know they’ve been suckered. A few will slowly realise it.

    The electorate wakes up on Sunday, and everyone is amazed
    that the PAP has won 86-1.

    Impossible they think, the ground was so bitter! How did the PAP perform a near clean sweep.

    Welcome….the will of the Singapore people has just been thwarted by the Good Cop, Bad Cop routine.

    If you don’t want this to happen, please educate your fellow voters about this!

  4. 6 Sam 6 May 2011 at 17:18

    Nah, I am one of the many who don’t buy this good cop-bad cop routine. For want of a better indicator, the on-line comments in your blog indicates that despite the apology, 90 percent who responded didn’t buy it.

    If you use the yahoo news when this was reported, 98 percent pooh-pooh the apology and was totally incensed with MM’s remarks.

    But the real test would be on the 7th itself.

  5. 7 Singhaporean 6 May 2011 at 23:45

    Can someone please enlighten me as to whether opposition votes lodged with the overseas High Commissions are counted? These days, its hard to believe the civil service and ruling party are NOT one.

  6. 8 Fuzzball 7 May 2011 at 17:41

    I really love the size lightning graphic…can I repost/reuse it on another site and give you credit/link to Yawning Bread?


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