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The warped world of 1950s marriage counselling – Rebecca Onion – Aeon

The warped world of 1950s marriage counselling – Rebecca Onion – Aeon | The Daily HaLlelujah | Scoop.it
Advice columns from decades past provide a chilling glimpse into the horrors of marriage counselling before feminism
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Marriage has moved on and now the children come first

Marriage has moved on and now the children come first | The Daily HaLlelujah | Scoop.it
Gaby Hinsliff: They may not be Mr and Mrs Smith but, by delaying wedlock, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are part of a new norm
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Darian Lee Jun Jie's comment, September 13, 2014 10:12 AM
This article discussed the issue of having children before marriage. In the past, having children before marriage was scorned upon; however, it seems that in recent years, having children before marriage is deemed alright. We are thought that pre-marital sex is wrong so why is it alright to have children before marriage? I personally feel that sex between couples should be sacred and carried out only after marriage as it is a way for couples to consummate their marriage. More importantly, couples must be financially stable and must be committed to each other before they have children, if not, they would not be able to provide for their children.
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Millennials: Society Will Be Just Fine Without Marriage

Millennials: Society Will Be Just Fine Without Marriage | The Daily HaLlelujah | Scoop.it
A poll suggests young people aren't convinced that spouse-hunting and baby-making should be a priority for their generation.
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Mellissa's comment, September 1, 2014 8:39 AM
In the past, families are the basic unit of a society and it is evident that the mindset of the younger generation is vastly different. Now, the younger generation does not place an emphasis on families as much as their parents or grandparents. They are more focused on other aspects of their lives instead of rushing into a marriage. Personally, I feel that there is no need to place marriage as a priority as feelings will come naturally. It is most crucial that both parties are willing to commit to their marriage for a long time. Without commitment, the marriage would not be able to last and instead fall apart and hurt both parties greatly at the end of the day. Therefore, it is most important that both parties are willing to settle down to form a family, which is what they truly want, so as to prevent themselves from regretting their decision in the future.
Gabriel Lim Zong Yi's comment, September 1, 2014 9:51 AM
Although marriage can be seen as a crucial part in society, for creating families which are the fundamental units of functioning society I feel that it is no more than a widely accepted tradition. Society will be able to do without marriages as its purpose does not reach beyond the emotional aspects; however it brings about stability as the older generations view matrimony as ultimate goal of our interpersonal relationships. The opinions of the younger generation on marriage should not be affected by previous generations as that may eventually lead to unsuccessful marriages that contradict the reason why marriage is even carried out.
Darian Lee Jun Jie's comment, September 13, 2014 11:16 PM
According to the poll, more and more people are starting to feel that society can thrive even without marriage. I think that this is because many people, especially young adults, wish to focus more on their career first before considering getting married, this notion, although not wrong should not be translated into the fact that society can thrive without marriage. Marriage is an official commitment between individuals and can bring a certain degree of stability into the couple’s life which will translate into a more stable society. As such, although career may come first to many, one must never forget the importance of marriage and settling down.
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Richard Seow: Why winning all the time is not good

Richard Seow: Why winning all the time is not good | The Daily HaLlelujah | Scoop.it
Mr Richard Seow arrives for the interview with reading material: a speech titled Education Reform which the late DPM Goh Keng Swee gave at an Anglo-Chinese School dinner in 1967, and the book, Twilight Of The Elites: America After Meritocracy by...
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Darian Lee Jun Jie's comment, September 13, 2014 11:59 PM
When asked a certain question about school rankings and how they affect the decisions of Singaporean parents, Richard Seow makes mention of why winning all the time is not good. Although winning feels good, it isn’t everything and sometimes, it may have the adverse effect of making one complacent. Although it may seem hard to get back up when you are knocked down, it is when we lose do we truly learn. We learn why we lose, we improve ourselves then try again, that is how we catch up with those in front of us. Only when we lose do we learn resilience and only when we pick ourselves up can we truly show our determination. It isn’t how many times you are knocked down but it’s how many times you are knocked down and keep coming back up, that’s what truly makes a winner.
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S’pore’s education system tends to perpetuate class stratification: NMP Yee

S’pore’s education system tends to perpetuate class stratification: NMP Yee | The Daily HaLlelujah | Scoop.it
SINGAPORE — Non-Constituency Member of Parliament Yee Jenn Jong warned today (May 27) of dangers that can hamper Singaporeans’ ability to achieve social mobility through education, saying that the education system in Singapore has a tendency to...
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Liew Kai Lin's comment, August 31, 2014 6:28 AM
Even though some may contend that there is a correlation between wealth and examination results, I feel that Singapore’s education system is quite impartial and does not perpetuate class stratification. People who are wealthier are able to afford more educational resources and tuition classes, however most people in Singapore take tuition classes regardless of their social class. 97% of Singaporean students attend tuition and this trend transcends socio- economic backgrounds. This shows that despite the different financial capabilities of Singaporeans, most of us are able to afford tuition classes. Furthermore, there are also many schemes that are initiated in order to provide aid to students who are financially disadvantaged such as the Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS). Most scholarships and educational opportunities such as Direct School Admission also do not consider one’s financial situation.
Feng Xuan's comment, September 10, 2014 12:34 PM
Based on Singapore’s meritocratic system, good grades in national exams are required for entry to “branded” schools. Some worry that students from low-income families are unable to afford tuition and supplementary materials that will improve their grades. This is not true, as groups such as the CDAC and Yayasan Mendaki provide tuition at affordable rates to students from low-income families. Schools also provide remedial lessons for students who are not performing as well academically.
Darian Lee Jun Jie's comment, September 14, 2014 12:08 AM
In a society based on meritocracy, why is that our education system perpetuates class stratification? The answer is simple, meritocracy is based on the theory that everyone starts of the same and works upwards. It does not truly work as not everyone is born equal in this world. Some are born better off and these people will have an advantage over those born into normal or poorer families. Therefore, if education is to be an equalizer, the government must find a way for students to start of equal if not, education may become a social divider instead of an equalizer.
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Tackling the cost of progress: MP Inderjit Singh - Channel NewsAsia

Tackling the cost of progress: MP Inderjit Singh - Channel NewsAsia | The Daily HaLlelujah | Scoop.it
The rapid progress of Singapore has not come without a cost – but this can still be addressed by cultivating a sense of national ownership in all individuals, addressing low wages in some sectors, and strengthening and diversifying the Civil Service, MP Inderjit Singh wrote on Monday on Facebook.
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Giraffe controversy: To kill or not to kill? Former S'pore Zoo chief Fanny Lai weighs in

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Darian Lee Jun Jie's comment, September 14, 2014 2:17 AM
This article is regarding the killing of a perfectly healthy male giraffe and then feeding the remains to lions in the zoo in Copenhagen. Although I understand the need to maintain euthanize healthy surplus animals when they cannot exchange them with other quality institutions or find them a suitable home, the act of killing a perfectly healthy giraffe and then feeding the remains to lions in front of an audience which include children is not only inhumane, it also portrays the zoo as heartless and cold. Some might argue that a quick and painless death is better than releasing the giraffe into the wild then letting it fend for itself but no matter what, the giraffe should have been given a chance at survival.
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Unaffordable cities: Singapore workers tread water on millionaires' island

Unaffordable cities: Singapore workers tread water on millionaires' island | The Daily HaLlelujah | Scoop.it
With 17% of city state's residents worth S$1m, those who serve, drive and treat them may as well live on another planet
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Singapore faces threat of early, prolonged haze

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SINGAPORE — The Republic is facing an early, and prolonged, bout of haze, with Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and a pulp and paper giant both warning of an increase in burning in Indonesia.
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Indonesia says naming of vessel not intended to stir up emotions

Indonesia says naming of vessel not intended to stir up emotions | The Daily HaLlelujah | Scoop.it
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Mellissa's comment, August 31, 2014 3:28 AM
The bombing of MacDonald House has always been a sensitive topic among Singaporeans as it reminds us of the horrors of this incident which happened in 1965. The naming of the vessel after the duo who had caused such damage in Singapore is rather insensitive to Singapore and Singaporeans, especially those affected in one way or another by this incident. Being sensitive towards other parties, whether it is towards other countries or other people is highly important. Before making any decision, it is important to view the matter in the perspective of the other parties, something that was not done effectively in this incident. The feelings and sentiments of Singaporeans was brushed aside as insignificant as seen from the name of the vessel being unchanged despite Singapore’s urge for greater sensitivity. The lack in sensitivity towards Singapore on the part of Indonesia will have an impact on the relations between these two countries despite Indonesia clarifying that the name of the vessel is not intended to stir up emotions.
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Liew Kai Lin's comment, September 1, 2014 8:14 AM
Indonesia’s naming of the vessel after two marines who were involved in the McDonald House Incident in Singapore in 1965 is highly insensitive. Despite Indonesia’s justification behind the name by claiming that they view the marines as national heroes instead of terrorists, it will definitely affect the bilateral relationship between Singapore and Indonesia due to the fact that the McDonald House Incident has always been a highly sensitive topic among Singaporeans. Indonesia, which has a strong economic relation with Singapore and is also one of Singapore’s closest neighbours, should be more sensitive in dealing with issues having to do with both countries.
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‘Friend Mode Day’ promises dining discounts for putting your phone down

‘Friend Mode Day’ promises dining discounts for putting your phone down | The Daily HaLlelujah | Scoop.it
SINGAPORE — A group of NTU students are trying to get diners to put their phones face down at the dining table - by rewarding them with dining discounts.
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Mellissa's comment, August 31, 2014 3:43 AM
I think that it is a great idea to start such a campaign as it is important to spend time talking to friends whenever possible to strengthen friendships. With the increasing appeal of mobile phones, it is not uncommon to see a group of friends sitting beside each other during mealtimes and “talking” to their favorite companion – their mobile phones. By rewarding diners who do not use their mobile phones during mealtimes but instead spend quality time with their friends through offering discounts, it motivates people to talk to their friends, hence promoting more face-to-face interactions between friends.
Liew Kai Lin's comment, August 31, 2014 6:45 AM
It is not uncommon to see friends or families at a restaurant using their phones instead of conversing with one another now. This reduces the interaction that the dining experience could have allowed for between people. While I feel that this idea is definitely a commendable attempt at promoting face to face interaction between people, I feel that people should make the effort to start a conversation instead of doing so just for the rewards of it. We ourselves need to make the effort to put down our phones and communicate with others face to face in our daily lives.
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Celebrity Gossip Website Extends Its Reach With Scoops on Stars From a Different Field - NYTimes.com

Celebrity Gossip Website Extends Its Reach With Scoops on Stars From a Different Field - NYTimes.com | The Daily HaLlelujah | Scoop.it
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Darian Lee Jun Jie's comment, September 13, 2014 9:15 AM
This article is regarding the pervasive nature of journalism. Journalism expresses itself in many forms and in this case, it expresses itself through the celebrity gossip website TMZ. The rich and famous are not above the law and should be persecuted if they commit any crimes. The ability of such websites to publish the truth and expose the “ugly side” of celebrities is commendable but the way they obtain their information or “gossip” regarding celebrities is questionable as it is an invasion of the privacy of these celebrities. Furthermore, celebrity gossip websites need to verify the pieces of information they obtain before releasing them as these information if untrue may be very damaging to a celebrity’s reputation.
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Japan's institutionalised children

Japan's institutionalised children | The Daily HaLlelujah | Scoop.it
The BBC looks at why such a high proportion of children living in care in Japan are in government institutions rather than foster care.
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Darian Lee Jun Jie's comment, September 13, 2014 9:37 AM
This problem faced by Japanese children is not only damaging, it is also detrimental towards their growth. Childhood can be regarded as the developing stage of everyone’s lives, the abuses these children face at these institutes can be very traumatizing especially if they are still very young. If children have to live in institutions, Japan should look into improving living conditions at these institutions and ensure that children are not deprived a happy childhood.
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The Motherhood Penalty vs. the Fatherhood Bonus - NYTimes.com

The Motherhood Penalty vs. the Fatherhood Bonus - NYTimes.com | The Daily HaLlelujah | Scoop.it
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Darian Lee Jun Jie's comment, September 13, 2014 9:48 AM
This article speaks about how mothers are penalized for having children while fathers are rewarded. Is this fair? In a society where men and women are perceived as equal, how is this equal treatment of both genders? The productivity of a person should not be based on one’s gender and as such one should neither be rewarded nor penalized for having children. Furthermore, a side effect of this unequal treatment is that women will be discouraged from having children as it would badly affect their career, this would result in a drop in the Total Fertility Rate of the country which is detrimental for a country’s growth as the country will suffer from an aging population.
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How we end up marrying the wrong people | Philosophers' Mail

How we end up marrying the wrong people | Philosophers' Mail | The Daily HaLlelujah | Scoop.it
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Liew Kai Lin's comment, August 31, 2014 6:05 AM
In the twenty- first century, most people get married based on their feelings. Unlike in the past when marriage is comparable to a business transaction, mined for profits and economic gains, marriage is now decision made by two parties who are in love with each other. The decision is made solely by instinct and feeling without putting much consideration into whether a person is truly compatible with one. However, in order for a marriage to be sustained, the two parties need to a high level of understanding of each other. They need to know each other’s flaws and beyond that, accept and withstand each other’s flaws. The lack of ability in most people to think beyond their feelings on the surface is what cripples us from finding the right partner.
Mellissa's comment, September 1, 2014 7:57 AM
Marriage in today’s society is mostly based on love, a feeling of affection for your partner. Little consideration is given to other areas such as compatibility of the two. Our hectic lifestyles may lead to misleading impressions of what we want in our partner as we may not understand ourselves well enough. Likewise, the feeling of affection may not last as long as we expect it to be as a result of the lack of understanding between the couple and realization that there is a lack of compatibility between the two. To have a successful marriage, we should ensure that we are going to be with someone compatible and have common interest. Effective communication and much understanding towards one’s partner is also needed to ensure that the love between the two will last.
Darian Lee Jun Jie's comment, September 13, 2014 11:36 PM
What makes a good marriage? This article explores the various reasons why marriage doesn’t work out but to me, it all boils down to oneself. Although we should not neglect feeling when deciding on a partner, it is equally important to be rational when choosing a partner for life. We should not be afraid to brave loneliness and should not settle down then and when just because it “feels right”. Much consideration must be put in and we should not be afraid to step out of our comfort zone when it comes to marriage. Feeling is still important but it should not be the sole indicator regarding our partner for life as it may cause us to make the wrong decision and we will pay the price later on in life.
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Youlan's comment, August 30, 2014 12:02 PM
Just like how the coincidental and accidental murder of Archduke Fernandez in 1914 sparked off the First World War which resulted in the death of thirty-seven million people, the current crisis faced by Iraq could be the trigger to escalate tensions between countries further. This is especially worrying in a digital world where information spreads like wildfire to reach a huge number of audiences regardless of its truthfulness and trustworthiness, since audiences are vulnerable to radicalized ideals, false or partially true information. Therefore, as international players, countries must always have a global outlook and work closely together to maintain peace and stability.
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Policy makers living in a different society from average Singaporeans

Policy makers living in a different society from average Singaporeans | The Daily HaLlelujah | Scoop.it
By Inderjit Singh, MP of  Ang Mo Kio GRC in response to the President Address (26 May 2014) Introduction Parliament is debating the President’s address this week. I wanted to share my thoughts on w...
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Darian Lee Jun Jie's comment, September 14, 2014 2:05 AM
When a country gets richer, do its people get richer too? This is not the case due to the uneven distribution of wealth in a country which results in widening income gaps even in a first world country like Singapore. The average pay of Singaporeans may increase marginally but this increase for some is not able to keep up with the increasing cost of living in Singapore. This will result in the younger generations going overseas in hopes of better living conditions as they see their parents having to downgrade their present condition of living in order to continue living comfortable in Singapore. This will translate to a smaller native workforce which will be detrimental to the country’s growth.
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How to Save Marriage in America

How to Save Marriage in America | The Daily HaLlelujah | Scoop.it
Traditional matrimony—he brings home the bacon, she cooks it—is dying. But college-educated couples are pointing toward a new model with children at the heart of the union.
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The Construction of a Twitter Aesthetic

The Construction of a Twitter Aesthetic | The Daily HaLlelujah | Scoop.it
A struggling academic’s Twitter account led to work for two newspapers and a potential book deal.
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The Branding of the Olympics

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Nobody wanted the 1984 Summer Olympics. But the success of the L.A. Games 30 years ago revitalized the possibilities of such global spectacles. We take it for granted nowadays that hosting somethin...
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Youlan's comment, August 30, 2014 11:47 PM
Becoming like the world around it is not necessarily a bad thing for the Olympics Games since marketing and branding ensure the sustainability of the games. In a world which is modelled on industrial profits, it is not likely that a massive event such as the Olympics can survive until today if the outcomes of the games merely comprised of pride, glory, affirmation of the athletes and noble sportsmanship but not monetary gains.
Liew Kai Lin's comment, August 31, 2014 7:02 AM
The Olympics, which was originally created to unite people from all over the world through sports, is now used by nations and companies for branding. Countries bid to be the host of the Olympics in hope of bringing in foreign investors and to earn revenue from increased tourism. Companies sponsor the Olympics in order to increase publicity for their brand. Even though the original purpose of the Olympics is now replaced with other motives, this enables the Olympics which is held once every four years to be sustained. The benefits that come with hosting and sponsoring the Olympics attracts various countries and companies, hence providing the funds needed to continue the Olympics.
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No ill-will intended in naming of warship: Indonesian foreign minister

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SINGAPORE — Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa has assured Singapore that no ill-will or malice was intended in the naming of an Indonesian warship after two marines who bombed MacDonald House in Singapore in 1965, killing three...
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Sovereignty vital for small nations such as Singapore

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In the collective histories of nations and communities, there are days of death which live on in infamy.
America has 9/11. Spain has the Madrid train bombings of March 11, 2004. In London, the July 7, 2005 attacks on public transport.
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School funding: Wrestling with a sense of entitlement

School funding: Wrestling with a sense of entitlement | The Daily HaLlelujah | Scoop.it
In the wake of the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) announcement regarding funding cuts for four independent schools, many people have expressed concerns that these cuts penalise students in elite schools without necessarily helping their less...
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