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


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Now, available in Kindle and Paperback! Free Kindle if you purchase Paperback. After buying Paperback, go for the free Kindle!

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

ThunderBall Films is successfully putting together the movie production of Escape from Paradise and has received a new LOI (Letter of Intent) from actress Bai Ling who starred with Richard Gere in the film Red Cross.

This includes a commitment from a CPA firm who does tax credit financing in Ireland, a possible location to film, as part of the package needed for investors – along with the CPA firm’s commitment to apply for and finance the tax credits if ThunderBall does shoot in Ireland and what portion of the budget they would provide.
For inquiries, please contact John Harding at jbharding@gmail.com.

Escape from Paradise – the Promotional Trailer

Depression Labor Statistics

New unemployment claims

New unemployment claims (click to expand)

More Americans (454,000) than forecast filed first-time claims for unemployment insurance payments last week, indicating it that the labor market is not improving.

How can it? With more people out of work, less consumer demand, and jobs being sent overseas, what does the government expect?

And it’s not just the multinationals—USAID continues to export jobs. Microsoft’s chief of USAID, Rajiv Shah, has just set up computer training for 3,000 Sri Lankans.

It is a safe guess that these 3,000 Sri Lankans will replace a lot of Microsoft employees, giving Bill Gates a (much needed?) cash boost.

The number of people continuing to collect jobless benefits increased by 94,000 in the week ended Jan. 15 to 3.99 million. Economists forecast the number would increase to only(?) 3.87 million.

The continuing claims figure does not include the number of workers receiving extended benefits under federal programs.

Those who’ve used up their traditional benefits and are now collecting emergency and extended payments decreased by about 98,000 to 4.62 million in the week ended Jan. 8.

The U.S. Labor Department states falsely that the labor market gradually improved at the end of last year, because unemployment fell to 9.4 percent in December from 9.8 percent a month earlier, according to figures released Jan. 7.

It fell only because a lot of unfortunate people used up their unemployment benefits.

What the government is not telling you is that only those people receiving unemployment benefits are counted as being unemployed.

The rest of us don’t count—that’s 14 million of us.

2 comments to Depression Labor Statistics

  • Mat

    But the good thing about USA is that despite the depressing labour statistics or even geting worse, nothing of the sort like what happened in Tunisia and now Egypt will happen here, right?

    The USA will remain a beacon of democracy for the whole world. And the US dollar will remain the international currency of choice, despite the trillion dollar budget deficit and FED quantitative easing from time to time.

    For Obama, the worst that could happen is that he may not be re-elected for a 2nd term.

    • admin

      Mat:
      I think you are right. The people of a nation have to be poorer and with less to lose than the Americans or the Singaporeans before they revolt. Lee Kuan Yew can live to 200 and he will still be in charge of Singapore. The worst that Obama faces is an early retirement to a life of wealth.