John Harding’s book, Escape from Paradise – Paperback and Kindle Versions


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It took me two and a half evenings to complete your un-put-downable book...it is a unique contribution to the appreciation of a life in Singapore. Thank you for having written it. C. V. Devan Nair, former President of Singapore.

Bought the book from Select this weekend and can't put it down! It's a great read! And so nostalgic for me—the good old days! Glen Goei, writer and director of the Miramax film That's the Way I Like It and who played the title role opposite Anthony Hopkins in the London production of M. Butterfly. Mr. Goei's latest film is The Blue Mansion - Click for the trailer!

It is a remarkable story and so full of intrigue that it reads at times like fiction.Jonathan Burnham, Editor in Chief & President, Talk Miramax Books.

“It's quite a story The legendary Alice Mayhew, Vice-President & Editorial Director, Simon & Schuster.

This book out-Dallas, Dallas. No one has written so well of the other side of paradise,Francis T. Seow, former Solicitor General of Singapore

Escape from Paradise – the Promotional Trailer

The true picture of US unemployment

 

Tent City

Tent City

In the week ending July 4, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 565,000, a decrease of 52,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 617,000.

The 4-week moving average was 606,000, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week’s revised average of 616,000 – US Dept. of Labor.

The above is nothing like the rosy picture reported in the media. The Center for Labor Market Studies (CLMS) in Boston says US unemployment is now 18.2%, counting the old-fashioned way.

The Great Depression was 25%.

On July 19th, Bloomberg reported, “A government report last week showed that employers cut 467,000 jobs in June.”

One of the best kept secrets of unemployment is that the time worked per worker fell 6.9% from a year earlier, dropping to 33 hours a week.

Wage earnings have fallen at an annual rate of 1.6% annual rate over the last three months. This is wage deflation, pulling US wages down to those of some foreign countries.

Some of the US pay cuts are disguised. Over 238,000 state workers in California are now working three days less a month without pay, and variants of this are happening in 22 states.

The total number of Americans who are not working full-time but ought to be is actually about 22 million, or 15.8%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This tallies somewhat with the 18.2% figure given above – which would mean 25 million unemployed Americans.

You don’t have to watch the stock market, or listen to the media about the state of the economy – just look at the unemployment figures, and the growing number of unemployed Americans.

Meanwhile, AIG is set to pass out $450 million in bonuses.

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