I watched a TED talk recently which focussed on how China’s Organisation Dept. ensures that only the best and the brightest (in government and politics) make it to the top of the governmental career ladder. Then today I read an article about how the UK’s Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is suggesting that people in Britain ought to take a leaf out of the Asian culture book and start caring for their elderly. This got me thinking – are the people we elect into the highest levels of power in a democracy (at least in the UK) really more incompetent than the people elected into the highest levels of power in an autocracy like China? Caring for our elderly First of all, let me explain why

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Dear friendly MP, I would like to thank Parliament for opposing a motion to send British military assets to Syria alongside the USA. I personally (as are many others in this country) am still reeling from the giant lies that underpinned the rush to war in Iraq. Tony Blair may feel no guilt or shame regarding the falsehoods that were fed to the British public during that time and the subsequent consequences, but I do. I fear that the same thing is now happening in the case of Syria. As of yet there is still no concrete evidence that the Syrian government were responsible for the chemical attack. In fact, the Associated Press reported last week that US intelligence officers themselves are not sure if

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How to really change the world. A topic I’ve thought about an awful lot. Let’s face it. We’ve all at some point in our lives noticed something going in the world at large that we didn’t feel was right. And then after thinking through how we’d like it to be the vast majority of us decide that it’s just too difficult to change society as a whole and so we don’t really bother doing anything about it. A small minority of us decide otherwise and start doing what little we can to try and make an impact on the people in our immediate environment. An even smaller minority of us take the proverbial red pill and setup causes or movements to try and inspire the

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Financial independence means that all living expenses are covered by capital income from interest, dividends, … There is no need to work for a paycheck anymore. – earlyretirementextreme.com Over the past couple of weeks, between chatting to an acquaintance and thinking about my post-Taipei plans I’ve formulated a plan for where I want to take my life over the next few years: Mission 35: be financially independent by the time I hit

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