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Busy Busy

21 September, 2006

I’m really so very sorry for neglecting this blog for so long. I’ve been really busy. It’s been seven weeks (yes I counted) since I really went out to enjoy myself as well so you are not alone. This is all for the greater good, I hope anyway, as I will be able to critique from a different angle. I shall attempt to write something that will be enjoyable for all of us. Let me tell you a little about my life now.

I’m living in a dormitary where social interaction has been plentiful and has stopped my from referring to myself as thid person. Of course, another effect is that I’ve been pretty shut off from the rest of Singapore. This has been detox for my mind. My primary source of news has been Reuters and the BBC so you can imagine my surprise when I picked up the Straits Times the other day. It’s really hard to imagine how they spin pages and pages of propaganda saying how everyone loves us when the rest of the world is talking about the the ban on protests for this year’s IMF gathering here. This topic has been discussed to death though so let’s get back to me.

As you have probably guessed, I’ve been up to my eyes in work. That’s a heck of a way to shut me up I guess, and it’s actually pretty satisfying, but I will not stay quiet. Enough about my work, I will have to get back to it as soon as I finish this so I really do need my break. Let’s talk about the people who have been driving me nuts with their endless nagging about getting a girlfriend. Pardon me but I’ve just moved into a new environment and I really want to do well, I’m not really receptive to new challenges especially when it will not directly contribute to my networth in the next few years. I did not call myself The Capitalist Infidel for nothing you know. And in any case, is it that unreasonable to be quiet on this particular front for now when there really isn’t anyone who suits me? And why must the rumour mongers link me to different girls? I’m not even interested in playing the field. Stop messing with my head.

Enough about girls. Lets talk about project teams. I’ve haven’t exactly had the best of luck with my teams. Some are good but some have been horrible. The Capitalist Infidel does not like whiners. It really doesn’t help when we are stuck and people spend the time whining and complaining about how things are unfair. I know this sounds like what i’m doing now but hey, I’m not talking about how things are unfair I’m talking about how pissed I am about things like this. However, Kudos to me for jumping out of a potentially disasterous team earlier this week. I can’t release details, however, as there is a chance that one of them may end up reading this article but I can scarcely contain my glee. Humour me.

And finally, I will be having a week’s break soon. It’s just a break from lessons but I’ll probably have time to write a bit more, and maybe even have the luxury of going for coffee again. Let’s hope I get lucky.

I’m Back!

9 August, 2006

The Capitalist Infidel apologises for his long absence from this blog. Do not worry my fellow Infidels, for The Capitalist Infidel is alive and well and safe from the Right Wingers plotting against me.

In fact, The Capitalist Infidel has been pretty safe the past week, away at an Orientation Camp in a local university, which is where he learnt what has been holding international politics up for the past millenia. If the organisers of the camp are to be believed, the best way to get people to get together is to have them chant silly jingles, make mascots and posters, and roll about in the mud together. All this was done in a bid to bring the people closer together. How all this would make me feel greater bond with the people who made me roll in the mud in the first place still remains to be seen.

But they must be on to something with the mascot and poster making part, because the rest of the university has to been doing the exact same thing. Now we know what’s going wrong with the world. When was the last time the United Nations did something useful? The same time it last made a mascot. Never.  And if only we could get the Israeli Defence Force, hamas and Hizbullah to design a peace poster for the Middle East, the Holy Land wouldn’t need to be so bloody. See, the international community are all doing the wrong things.

Argh! I’m sorry, I just needed to rant a bit after I spent my last week discovering what I don’t like. The Capitalist Infidel will be back shortly with much higher quality posts. Right now, he just needs to sleep.

Why Attractive People have Unattractive Partners

18 July, 2006

The Capitalist Infidel is not the first to notice how attractive people, male or female, tend to have unattractive partners. Of course, not many people have come up with convincing reasons for that. The Capitalist Infidel has decided to take a break from all the heavy articles and attempt to do what others have failed today.

The Capitalist Infidel would like to start off with something fresh. The Capitalist Infidel has found that most attractive people know exactly how many people want them, which, in The Capitalist Infidel’s case, is a heck lot. But I digress, the thing is, the ego of attractive people is tied to the knowledge, or at least the delusion that people want them. They feel power from being desired.  And they know that other attractive people get the same attention and feeling the same power.

Now, people in power rarely want to submit to anyone, even if it is someone with something that they want. In most cases, the attractiveness of both parties do not match. But with both of them being at the top of the pile, the weaker one knows that he can get someone else who is lower down the list and he can have power over. The power here of course stems from the fact that whoever can replace the other more easily can push the stakes higher in a game of emotional chicken. Therefore, with the abundance of choice and the knowledge and experience in the use of such power, few attractive people are willing to give it up just for a partner who might end up competing with them.

The ego also stands in the way of having the relationship started in the first place. Attractive people receive lots of romantic proposals, even for men, although it may be a little more subtle. Fact is, when you are faced with such a spread of choices and people who make you feel so sought after, you don’t want to risk your ego being broken by going someone who has not expressed explicit interest in you. It’s just not worth it.
Attractive people also know what is offered to them and their peers. A trip to the club usually ends up with a long list of suitors. They know the temptations facing their partners and the competition they will be facing. It’s not a pretty sight. They know that however attractive they are, someone else may hit a new button on the right night, and there will be a lot of punters pressing all the buttons they can possibly find. Those who have not experienced this will not be able to grasp the gravity of such situations. It would be great to find an attractive partner immune to this but it’s tough, and with the attention they are getting, they may not want to wait.

All this implies that the less attractive people do not really know what they are getting themselves into or feel that the chance of bumping their children up the genetic pool, if you’d pardon the pun, is worth the risk, which might make evolutionary sense.

Of course there is the good old fashioned idea that people go for personality and that someone you click with may not be on the same attractiveness scale as you. That does exist most of the time, and although The Capitalist Infidel suspects that the power play mentioned earlier might be a factor, he sincerely hopes that that is not the case. Maybe we are much more sophisticated in choosing our mates than we give ourselves credit for after all.

Sightings : Unwelcome Debaters

19 June, 2006

The Capitalist Infidel has certain views, views he will defend and grounds he will hold. But the Capitalist Infidel has seen really poor debaters who cannot for the life of them put up a decent argument and yet want to seek his audience. The Capitalist Infidel presents, the Unwelcome Debaters.

Smarter-than-thou – Loves using big words and obscure studies to prove his point, hoping to scare the ignorant masses. When pressed to explain the significance of the study or discuss if it was flawed, he tries to avoid it by brushing you off by feigning surprise at your ignorance. The Capitalist Infidel is not afraid. The Capitalist Infidel is open to new ideas. The Capitalist Infidel does not feel shame in admitting he does not know all the studies. But he will demand substance and Smarter-than-thou has no substance. Smarter-than-thou will be torn to shreds.

Statistician – Tries to win arguments by giving statistics, usually making them up. The Capitalist Infidel was once told by one of them that good debaters are good at making statistics up because no one checks. Too bad, the Capitalist Infidel checks fishy statistics. And he checks the way they are compiled as well. And the Capitalist Infidel ravages dishonest statisticians like the rabid dog he really is.

7 Habits Advocate – Tries to be correct and seeks a win-win solution, just like the guide books say. The Capitalist Infidel is not amused by such pathetic attempts at "winning the opposition to our side". The Capitalist Infidel believes that while such tools do have a role, a stand must first be achieved. Failure to critique a stand well through the fires of debate will result in misguided actions and half measures being taken. Stands must be tested often against the strongest of criticism. The 7 Habits Advocate needs to understand what is going on before being the nice model schoolboy he likes to think he is.

Screamer – Annoying and gets zero respect from the Capitalist Infidel. Screamers do not even pretend they have anything to back themselves up. Screamers do not deserve any more attention from the Capitalist Infidel.

Lost Soul – Has no idea what he is defending, or attacking. In fact, he does not know if he is attacking or defending in the first place.The Capitalist Infidel has had enough Lost Souls arguing with great vigour against my stand when they actually agree with it. The Capitalist Infidel has had Lost Souls telling him that the free press was bad because there would be people with agendas feeding him biased reports.

Impenetrable Skull – Refuses to accept different views. Thinks that he is right even when he is presented with overwhelming evidence. Feels that his one weak argument, which is usually refuted, is all that matters. The Capitalist Infidel suggests that confrontation be avoided from this reason-proof organism.

Drone – Commonly sighted in Singapore. A Lost Soul and Impenetrable skull hybrid. Product of excessive propaganda. Will defend his master's stand to death without understanding what he is defending. Refuses to accept that there are flaws and he is being exploited. Not worth fighting against, can be used to wear your opponents down if he is on your side but usually just manages to make your stand look bad.

Clairvoyant – Sees things that others do not. The Capitalist Infidel has too often been accused of saying things that he had never thought of. The Clairvoyant has the unique ability to argue about what is not there. His arguments sound strong, and they would be except for the fact that he his fighting phantoms. The Capitalist Infidel exorcises them by forcing them to tell him exactly what made them hurl their baseless accusations.

Flamer – Usually does not accept any argument against his stand. If you happen to have an opposing viewpoint, watch out. He will start hurling insults at you or go into a long rant, anything but a reasoned argument. He tends to self-destruct in a public debate and a duel with him is simply not worth it. You will not gain any insight from him. The best course of action here is inaction.

That concludes my list for now. The Capitalist Infidel is tired and refuses to type anymore.

Issues

19 June, 2006

The Capitalist Infidel has been wondering what to write about. You see, the Capitalist Infidel is not a natural diarist. So the Capitalist Infidel spoke to a more experienced blogger, Szez, a former classmate of the Capitalist Infidel. Szez suggested that I write about "issues". Well, the Capitalist Infidel has no "issues". The Capitalist Infidel will therefore have to write about the issues of others.

Any volunteers?

Position Papers

17 June, 2006

The Capitalist Infidel has had enough of arguing with the right wingers. The Capitalist Infidel is going to start publishing Position Papers so he will not have to repeat his arguments over and over again.

Shock and Awe! Capitalist, Infidel, and now a Blogger!

15 June, 2006

My decision to start blogging has been met with shock and awe, or at least mild surprise. I polled all my readers, yes, all three of them, on what they thought. A third of the respondents expressed great surprise that I, the Capitalist Infidel, has started blogging. 

Get over it. Yes, I have started what you thought I would never start. Heck, I started what I thought I would never start. But this looks like a good place say what I want. Woot! I declare this a Capitalist blog!