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  • 14 Sep 2018
    My girlfriend was pretty excited that her new apartment had FiOS equipment pre-installed and has had the service for about a month. I knew that Verizon did some fairly pretty invasive stuff in terms of watching your activity while on their network, but she got a message threatening to suspend her internet if she continued to visit this website that hosts (to view but not download) videos, including copy-written content. Is there anyway around that stuff? 바카라사이트주소 Can you opt out like with some Comcast packages? Is using a VPN while she's online enough? I don't think anyone here is that into having company's monitor your browsing habits (although they all do to some extent) but I've never had AT&T or Comcast send me a notice for visiting RandomAnimeSiteC, let alone beam a threat directly into a blank tab when I open my computer. If there are any FiOS customers out there with other warnings about things you shouldn't try to do on Verizon's network, those comments would also be welcomed!
    287 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • My girlfriend was pretty excited that her new apartment had FiOS equipment pre-installed and has had the service for about a month. I knew that Verizon did some fairly pretty invasive stuff in terms of watching your activity while on their network, but she got a message threatening to suspend her internet if she continued to visit this website that hosts (to view but not download) videos, including copy-written content. Is there anyway around that stuff? 바카라사이트주소 Can you opt out like with some Comcast packages? Is using a VPN while she's online enough? I don't think anyone here is that into having company's monitor your browsing habits (although they all do to some extent) but I've never had AT&T or Comcast send me a notice for visiting RandomAnimeSiteC, let alone beam a threat directly into a blank tab when I open my computer. If there are any FiOS customers out there with other warnings about things you shouldn't try to do on Verizon's network, those comments would also be welcomed!
    Sep 14, 2018 287
  • 12 Sep 2018
    I hesitated for the longest time over whether to watch Nirvana In Fire II. 바카라사이트주소 And that is because Nirvana In Fire (2015) was so good. The Chinese period drama about a frail strategist, Su Zhe/Lin Shu, who seeks justice for his framed family, was a riveting game of thrones. He had to keep 10 steps ahead of everyone else because a wrong move would mean exposure and death. It was a critical and popular hit and boosted the careers of its stars Hu Ge and Wang Kai. What are the chances of a sequel measuring up when the characters and actors are different? It turns out that Nirvana In Fire II is a most worthy successor. Other than the change in cast, the behind-the-scenes talent has returned, from directors Kong Sheng and Li Xue to writer Hai Yan, whose Web novel of the same name was the basis of the first series. So quality-wise, there is definitely a sense of continuity. There is that same satisfyingly cerebral approach to the storytelling in the way characters analyse things: Who might have done this? What is at stake? What is the most advantageous move to make? But Nirvana In Fire II is also its own animal. 안전놀이터 It takes place after the events of the earlier show and is set during the tumultuous period of the northern and southern dynasties in the sixth century. The Changlin army defends the Liang Dynasty's northern frontier and is led by Xiao Tingsheng (Sun Chun) and his son Xiao Pingzhang (Huang Xiaoming); younger son Pingjing (Liu Haoran) wants to be a carefree wanderer. They have the trust of the emperor, but others at court are wary of the power wielded by the house of Changlin. The story begins with Pingzhang holding down the fort in the north and in desperate need of supplies - but the ships never make it. After the battle, Pingjing sets out to investigate the sinking of the vessels. The opening arc sets in motion court rivalry and intrigue with ideas of loyalty and sacrifice. Add to the mix an ailing emperor, an insecure empress, a young crown prince and things become even more fraught. A-list actor Huang brings gravitas and intelligence to the role of Pingzhang and there is warmth and even moments of humour in interactions with his younger brother and his wife, played by Tong Liya from 2015's comedy mystery Detective Chinatown. Relative newcomer Liu, 20, more than holds his own playing a mischievous and good-hearted young man who learns that the world can be a treacherous place. 바카라사이트 Pacing wise, Nirvana In Fire II unfolds at a more stately pace. It is not until about one-third into the 50 episodes that we get a glimpse into why the empress' spiritual adviser Puyang Ying (the silkily villainous Guo Jingfei) is nefariously scheming away. The sequel is more of a slow burn, but it remains compelling. The show of strength by Chinese television shows in recent years is not just in scripted dramas, but also in variety programmes. They have a wide range of absorbing formats plus the draw of top celebrities. On a recent holiday in Beijing, I found myself glued to the quiz show Who's Still Standing?; the creative music programme PhantaCity, featuring the still-luminous Faye Wong; and Chinese Restaurant, a reality show about celebrities running an eatery in a foreign land. Incidentally, Huang had appeared in the first season of Chinese Restaurant (2017), which was set in Thailand's Ko Chang. In the second season, actresses Zhao Wei and Shu Qi, singer-actor Alec Su, TFBoys' leader Karry Wang and singer Bai Jugang set up shop in the picturesque town of Colmar in France. It's fun seeing the stars interacting with one another and finding out who can cook. Shu often plays sexy on screen, but Bai calls her "Qi ge", or brother Qi, and it's like she's one of the guys. And despite his young age, Wang, 18, is most assured in the kitchen. There is also some drama in the form of problems, such as the language barrier and an unexpectedly heavy storm that lashes down. It comes as something of a jolt to realise that Zhao and Su were co-stars on My Fair Princess in 1998, the period comedy drama that turned her into a star. And there's a touching reunion when actor Zhang Tielin, who played the Qianlong emperor in the show, makes an imperious guest appearance here.
    270 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • I hesitated for the longest time over whether to watch Nirvana In Fire II. 바카라사이트주소 And that is because Nirvana In Fire (2015) was so good. The Chinese period drama about a frail strategist, Su Zhe/Lin Shu, who seeks justice for his framed family, was a riveting game of thrones. He had to keep 10 steps ahead of everyone else because a wrong move would mean exposure and death. It was a critical and popular hit and boosted the careers of its stars Hu Ge and Wang Kai. What are the chances of a sequel measuring up when the characters and actors are different? It turns out that Nirvana In Fire II is a most worthy successor. Other than the change in cast, the behind-the-scenes talent has returned, from directors Kong Sheng and Li Xue to writer Hai Yan, whose Web novel of the same name was the basis of the first series. So quality-wise, there is definitely a sense of continuity. There is that same satisfyingly cerebral approach to the storytelling in the way characters analyse things: Who might have done this? What is at stake? What is the most advantageous move to make? But Nirvana In Fire II is also its own animal. 안전놀이터 It takes place after the events of the earlier show and is set during the tumultuous period of the northern and southern dynasties in the sixth century. The Changlin army defends the Liang Dynasty's northern frontier and is led by Xiao Tingsheng (Sun Chun) and his son Xiao Pingzhang (Huang Xiaoming); younger son Pingjing (Liu Haoran) wants to be a carefree wanderer. They have the trust of the emperor, but others at court are wary of the power wielded by the house of Changlin. The story begins with Pingzhang holding down the fort in the north and in desperate need of supplies - but the ships never make it. After the battle, Pingjing sets out to investigate the sinking of the vessels. The opening arc sets in motion court rivalry and intrigue with ideas of loyalty and sacrifice. Add to the mix an ailing emperor, an insecure empress, a young crown prince and things become even more fraught. A-list actor Huang brings gravitas and intelligence to the role of Pingzhang and there is warmth and even moments of humour in interactions with his younger brother and his wife, played by Tong Liya from 2015's comedy mystery Detective Chinatown. Relative newcomer Liu, 20, more than holds his own playing a mischievous and good-hearted young man who learns that the world can be a treacherous place. 바카라사이트 Pacing wise, Nirvana In Fire II unfolds at a more stately pace. It is not until about one-third into the 50 episodes that we get a glimpse into why the empress' spiritual adviser Puyang Ying (the silkily villainous Guo Jingfei) is nefariously scheming away. The sequel is more of a slow burn, but it remains compelling. The show of strength by Chinese television shows in recent years is not just in scripted dramas, but also in variety programmes. They have a wide range of absorbing formats plus the draw of top celebrities. On a recent holiday in Beijing, I found myself glued to the quiz show Who's Still Standing?; the creative music programme PhantaCity, featuring the still-luminous Faye Wong; and Chinese Restaurant, a reality show about celebrities running an eatery in a foreign land. Incidentally, Huang had appeared in the first season of Chinese Restaurant (2017), which was set in Thailand's Ko Chang. In the second season, actresses Zhao Wei and Shu Qi, singer-actor Alec Su, TFBoys' leader Karry Wang and singer Bai Jugang set up shop in the picturesque town of Colmar in France. It's fun seeing the stars interacting with one another and finding out who can cook. Shu often plays sexy on screen, but Bai calls her "Qi ge", or brother Qi, and it's like she's one of the guys. And despite his young age, Wang, 18, is most assured in the kitchen. There is also some drama in the form of problems, such as the language barrier and an unexpectedly heavy storm that lashes down. It comes as something of a jolt to realise that Zhao and Su were co-stars on My Fair Princess in 1998, the period comedy drama that turned her into a star. And there's a touching reunion when actor Zhang Tielin, who played the Qianlong emperor in the show, makes an imperious guest appearance here.
    Sep 12, 2018 270
  • 11 Sep 2018
    Whether 17-year-old Ben Davis should be granted national service deferment to pursue what is deemed by some to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop a football career with English Premier League side Fulham has raised different perspectives among Singaporeans. 인터넷바카라 In explaining its decision to turn down the family's request, the Ministry of Defence laid out its principles clearly (Eng Hen explains why request from Ben Davis was rejected). I am disappointed to hear Ben is playing as an English national for the football club despite his Singaporean citizenship. The family was also non-committal about a possible return date, and made it dependent on whether his contract would be renewed. 온라인바카라 Deferring an individual on these grounds would be very unfair to those who have had to forego similar distinguished opportunities in order to dutifully serve NS. If NS is necessary to ensure Singapore's continued peace and prosperity, then the principles of national security, universality and equity that underpin NS must not be compromised. My family and I had the opportunity to watch the National Day Parade preview last weekend.   More than a parade and a show, it was a strong symbol of what the past and present generations of servicemen continue to defend - Singapore's freedom and sovereignty. 인터넷카지노 A strict adherence to the said principles is why we can commit to NS, and why NS has continued to be the backbone of our defence since the early years of our independence. It is one of the reasons why we have been able to celebrate Singapore's National Day year after year, for the last 53 years.
    280 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • Whether 17-year-old Ben Davis should be granted national service deferment to pursue what is deemed by some to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop a football career with English Premier League side Fulham has raised different perspectives among Singaporeans. 인터넷바카라 In explaining its decision to turn down the family's request, the Ministry of Defence laid out its principles clearly (Eng Hen explains why request from Ben Davis was rejected). I am disappointed to hear Ben is playing as an English national for the football club despite his Singaporean citizenship. The family was also non-committal about a possible return date, and made it dependent on whether his contract would be renewed. 온라인바카라 Deferring an individual on these grounds would be very unfair to those who have had to forego similar distinguished opportunities in order to dutifully serve NS. If NS is necessary to ensure Singapore's continued peace and prosperity, then the principles of national security, universality and equity that underpin NS must not be compromised. My family and I had the opportunity to watch the National Day Parade preview last weekend.   More than a parade and a show, it was a strong symbol of what the past and present generations of servicemen continue to defend - Singapore's freedom and sovereignty. 인터넷카지노 A strict adherence to the said principles is why we can commit to NS, and why NS has continued to be the backbone of our defence since the early years of our independence. It is one of the reasons why we have been able to celebrate Singapore's National Day year after year, for the last 53 years.
    Sep 11, 2018 280
  • 05 Sep 2018
    Two years ago, when I noticed the plight of displaced workers, I started a social enterprise of my own. 안전놀이터 Today, this commercial cleaning business works with more than 50 voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) to support workers from various disadvantaged backgrounds, including persons with disabilities, single parents, former offenders and more. In building the company, I have come to see that social enterprises can do more good for themselves and the social causes they champion by venturing out of their silos to collaborate with peers and counterparts. 바카라사이트 Furthermore, as businesses with unique needs and challenges, we naturally understand each other. The social service sector in Singapore has admirable initiatives in place to provide as much support as possible to enterprises. The Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise has systems in place to mentor and guide social enterprises, while the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre's Company of Good programmes actively connect like-minded business leaders. 인터넷카지노   The many VWOs and social workers under them must also be acknowledged for their tireless efforts in helping their respective beneficiaries. The more we reach out to our sector partners, the more we will realise that we are all working towards the same goal of building a stronger and more caring society.
    91 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • Two years ago, when I noticed the plight of displaced workers, I started a social enterprise of my own. 안전놀이터 Today, this commercial cleaning business works with more than 50 voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) to support workers from various disadvantaged backgrounds, including persons with disabilities, single parents, former offenders and more. In building the company, I have come to see that social enterprises can do more good for themselves and the social causes they champion by venturing out of their silos to collaborate with peers and counterparts. 바카라사이트 Furthermore, as businesses with unique needs and challenges, we naturally understand each other. The social service sector in Singapore has admirable initiatives in place to provide as much support as possible to enterprises. The Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise has systems in place to mentor and guide social enterprises, while the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre's Company of Good programmes actively connect like-minded business leaders. 인터넷카지노   The many VWOs and social workers under them must also be acknowledged for their tireless efforts in helping their respective beneficiaries. The more we reach out to our sector partners, the more we will realise that we are all working towards the same goal of building a stronger and more caring society.
    Sep 05, 2018 91
  • 05 Sep 2018
    The debate over ministers' pay has ruffled the feathers of many as it seems to equate pay with talent. Many have pointed out that this is a flawed benchmark. 온라인바카라 In modern Singapore, where many are trying to cope with the rising cost of living, the linking of pay with talent is a tinderbox issue, especially if it concerns politicians who are public servants entrusted to serve the people. How will someone earning a million dollars understand those who are struggling to make a living? 카지노사이트주소 Like it or not, many are likely to react with scepticism and will sense a disconnect when someone living in a bungalow says he is trying to understand those living in a one-room rental unit. Only those with a passion to serve will understand.   Also, does a good politician with the talent and passion to serve have to come from among those earning millions in the private sector? 바카라사이트주소 Education Minister Ong Ye Kung once pointed out that our future prime minister need not necessarily be a graduate. We have to accept the fact that those who want to serve may not be top earners from the private sector, and millionaires may not necessarily be equipped with the attributes to serve the people.
    67 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • The debate over ministers' pay has ruffled the feathers of many as it seems to equate pay with talent. Many have pointed out that this is a flawed benchmark. 온라인바카라 In modern Singapore, where many are trying to cope with the rising cost of living, the linking of pay with talent is a tinderbox issue, especially if it concerns politicians who are public servants entrusted to serve the people. How will someone earning a million dollars understand those who are struggling to make a living? 카지노사이트주소 Like it or not, many are likely to react with scepticism and will sense a disconnect when someone living in a bungalow says he is trying to understand those living in a one-room rental unit. Only those with a passion to serve will understand.   Also, does a good politician with the talent and passion to serve have to come from among those earning millions in the private sector? 바카라사이트주소 Education Minister Ong Ye Kung once pointed out that our future prime minister need not necessarily be a graduate. We have to accept the fact that those who want to serve may not be top earners from the private sector, and millionaires may not necessarily be equipped with the attributes to serve the people.
    Sep 05, 2018 67
  • 05 Sep 2018
    China is generally rational in its geopolitical actions. Yet, its defence of the "nine-dash-line" in the South China Sea seems uncannily emotion-driven and goes against its larger global interests. 인터넷바카라 Is defending it really the "core interest" of China in South-east Asia? Or, is the continued success of Asean as a regional pact promoting the culture of peace and prosperity in the broader region more aligned to China's core interest in South-east Asia? South-east Asia becoming a troubled region like the Middle East should be a greater concern actually. 카지노사이트 In fact, there was a time when China was very generous towards Asean - it proposed a free trade agreement with Asean, motivating other powers to follow suit.   Ditto with its aid and infrastructure enhancement programmes towards Asean. There were massive reservoirs of goodwill towards China then; they must not dry up now. Taking steps to de-escalate the tension surrounding the South China Sea dispute will be a form of generosity China can show, it being a major claimant. 온라인카지노 Asean will respond positively, most believe, not least by continuing to be a catalyst for peace in the region. Deng Xiaoping was right when he said the problem of territorial disputes should be passed to future generations. China still needs a few decades to become a modern developed power. Meanwhile, it makes more pragmatic sense to strengthen the catalyst for its development, which is Asean for now, not weaken it.
    79 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • China is generally rational in its geopolitical actions. Yet, its defence of the "nine-dash-line" in the South China Sea seems uncannily emotion-driven and goes against its larger global interests. 인터넷바카라 Is defending it really the "core interest" of China in South-east Asia? Or, is the continued success of Asean as a regional pact promoting the culture of peace and prosperity in the broader region more aligned to China's core interest in South-east Asia? South-east Asia becoming a troubled region like the Middle East should be a greater concern actually. 카지노사이트 In fact, there was a time when China was very generous towards Asean - it proposed a free trade agreement with Asean, motivating other powers to follow suit.   Ditto with its aid and infrastructure enhancement programmes towards Asean. There were massive reservoirs of goodwill towards China then; they must not dry up now. Taking steps to de-escalate the tension surrounding the South China Sea dispute will be a form of generosity China can show, it being a major claimant. 온라인카지노 Asean will respond positively, most believe, not least by continuing to be a catalyst for peace in the region. Deng Xiaoping was right when he said the problem of territorial disputes should be passed to future generations. China still needs a few decades to become a modern developed power. Meanwhile, it makes more pragmatic sense to strengthen the catalyst for its development, which is Asean for now, not weaken it.
    Sep 05, 2018 79
  • 05 Sep 2018
    I believe the analytical conclusions I drew are valid, and would like to challenge just a couple of points Prof Pangarkar made. 카지노사이트 First, it hardly bears noting that in every country, high-income recipients pay a much larger share of total tax revenues than the lower-income group. This arises simply because so much of the total income goes to them, and most tax systems are progressive. The more unequally distributed income is, the higher the proportion of total tax revenues the rich will end up paying - it's just mathematics. 인터넷카지노 Second, nowhere in my articles did I suggest "bringing down the rich", much less "punitive taxation". Raising Singapore's current internationally low rates of taxation on the highest-income earners, so that their post-tax income rises less rapidly, is not "bringing down the rich". It directly reduces inequality, especially where, as some of the research I reviewed shows, it is increases in the wealthy which raises inequality. 인터넷바카라 Asking the rich to contribute slightly more of their bounties for, what Prof Pangarkar calls, "pulling up the poor" is simply a practical fiscal measure with (as research shows) no economic detriment.
    67 Posted by Jake Kennedy
  • I believe the analytical conclusions I drew are valid, and would like to challenge just a couple of points Prof Pangarkar made. 카지노사이트 First, it hardly bears noting that in every country, high-income recipients pay a much larger share of total tax revenues than the lower-income group. This arises simply because so much of the total income goes to them, and most tax systems are progressive. The more unequally distributed income is, the higher the proportion of total tax revenues the rich will end up paying - it's just mathematics. 인터넷카지노 Second, nowhere in my articles did I suggest "bringing down the rich", much less "punitive taxation". Raising Singapore's current internationally low rates of taxation on the highest-income earners, so that their post-tax income rises less rapidly, is not "bringing down the rich". It directly reduces inequality, especially where, as some of the research I reviewed shows, it is increases in the wealthy which raises inequality. 인터넷바카라 Asking the rich to contribute slightly more of their bounties for, what Prof Pangarkar calls, "pulling up the poor" is simply a practical fiscal measure with (as research shows) no economic detriment.
    Sep 05, 2018 67