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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Whose future is it anyway?


Whose future is it anyway? [alt link (original)]
By BRYAN R. LAWRENCE
The Washington Post
To fix Medicare and Social Security, look to Singapore
NEW YORK — Singapore's paternalistic government is unappealing to many Americans — media restrictions, one-party rule, harsh penalties for gum-chewing.
But Singapore's retirement system is a model of honesty and transparency compared with U.S. Medicare and Social Security.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Carrot Olympics, Singapore re-writes record for most money paid per medal.

Singapore tops world in Olympic gold medal cash payout
By Elizabeth Soh | Fit To Post Sports – Sun, Aug 5, 2012 7:46 PM SGT
Feng's bronze medal will earn her S$250,000 under the MAP scheme. (Reuters photo)
If there's a medal for the highest cash payout for winning an Olympic gold, Singapore would top the charts.
According to a story by broadcaster CNBC, it said Italy was the most generous with a S$225,000 (USD 182,400) payout for gold, followed by Russia with S$167,000.
France rounded up the top 3 with an S$80,000 payout.
In contrast, US gold medal winners only pocket $31,000 for gold, S$18,000 for silver and S$12,000 for bronze.

Friday, August 3, 2012