Architect
Career talk for Economics graduates
Manners Workshop
Panelists at Talk on Religion Friendship
Social Worker
Speaker at Talk on the Media

Talk On Economics, S Economics and PPE at Oxford
Talk on Interview Skills and Resume Writing
Talk on the Future of the Opposition in Singapore
Propaganda Seminar
Weight Loss Product Salesman

 

 

- He was invited to a wedding fist (feast)
- There are seats in your heart (seeds)
- His waste are perfect (ways)
- He who sows shall rip (reap)

--- Evangelists

 

- they create an ambionce / am'bee'once (ambience)
- whatever teary (theory)
- the convenient of being close (convenience)
- in Dezember (december)
- if you knit the challenge (need)
- wear'duh they passed (whether)
- there are udders (others)

--- Talk on Boarding (1999)

 

- Don't be arrogrant (arrogant)
- Do you really understand what entrepreneurship meant? (means)
- This is a raw opportunity (rare)
- learn basic skill to keep you alive (skills)
- learn to endure humiliations (humiliation)

--- CEO of a multi-national computer hardware company giving a talk on entrepreneurship

 

- Manners shows in the things you do (show)
- What kind of masgers are you sending (messages)
- Maybe it's a habit, maybe they're shy, maybe it's unconscious.
- Smile is the greeting accepted throughout the world. (???)
- You'll be dumbstruck, you'll be stutter(pause)ring
- You must get them to disclose about themselves
- They are not quite in touch with their own self-knowledge
- Escargos (Escargot)
- They always give both cutlery (both sets of)
- If it's a bone or unchewable tendon, spit it out and take a piece of let'tuce and cover it (lettuce)
- The lady on your right is your dinner patner (partner)
- Ask politely for food to be pass (passed)
- If you sit at the two o'clock position, and you're wearing a short skirt, you must wear a long dress.

--- Manners Workshop

 

- We try our best to improve the leaving conditions (living)
- What we did was we abducted a home (adopted)
- You must chew'use appropriately (choose)
- We hope it is rat to the students (read)
- a roo'ner new year lunch (lunar)
- You need to have compete'tence (competence)
- If you have a back leg, you won't be able to help an old woman up the bus (backache)
- You have to be placktical (practical)
- You yourself is not interested (are)
- We helped his hand (held)
- Last Christmal we had a concert (Christmas)
- at the committee centre (community)

--- Social Worker

 

- You have to con'shee'entiously (conscientiously)
- The she-toad ve'teod him (vetoed)
- Otave (octave)
- It will come across much more better (much better)
- Do you want to make a good impression? Or do you want to make no impression, or a bad impression. Either way, you will still make an impression.
- Especially if you're in front of a, you know, public speaking. (Especially if you're doing public speaking)

--- Public Speaking Workshop

 

- Hopefully, you will not agree with me (???)
- Dr Anwar Ibrahim was my former teacher, that mean he was a teacher in my former secondary school when I was not yet born (means, before, born)
- etzetra etzetra (et cetra)

--- Volunteer at Public Speaking Workshop

 

- When I got this resume, I said, Why would someone write this? . So I got my magnifying glass.
- Ms World applicants... [High voice] I have made no mistakes in all my life
- There's a difference between confident and pompous, and if you don't know [the difference], you must be pompous.
- [On paper for resumes] Some people, they use toilet paper
- References are important. If you put, reference, Lee Kuan Yew , then make sure he knows.
- [On companies] their filing cabinet for in-house newsletters is the dustbin.
- When you shake their hand, Yah, I saw you in the newspaper 3 months ago . [The interviewer will think,] This guy is my fan
- [On dressing for interviews] For girls ah, unfortunately, in this world, you have to get a business suit
- She walks in with a spaghetti strap, a slit up to her waist and earrings dripping to here [touches shoulder]... She walked in, spotted a group of men, walked over... You think, did I give her a hard time?... In the end, we hired her... 6 months later, they wanted me to fire her... I put down all my reservations, you fire her ... Girls like that, who have to rely on that, don't usually have much up there. (drooping)
- Some of you may have reached JC level without finding out what is deodorant. You have to find out before leaving JC.
- There are girls who come drenched in perfume. I am allergic to perfume, so I started sneezing. (start)
- Remove all distractions. This guy comes in with orange hair on one side and purple hair on the other.
- He thought he was being interviewed by a secretary, get him drinks... He was a psychologist [sent to observe him]
- They'll be back to back... one and a half hour interview... They have a nice boy take you out to lunch, all the time, he's assessing you.
- [On the answer to 'where do you see yourself in 5 years?'] In 5 years, I'll be doing your job ... Too threatening.
- In one company, they sawed off the chair. You sit on the chair, the chair breaks... They want to know how you recover.
- [On squint eyed people] There was this lady I interviewed, one of her eyes was looking here, one was looking there... I had trouble maintaining eye contact.

--- Workshop on Interview Skills and Resume Writing

 

- why birds can wing (fly)
- the baits are flying (bats)
- eh'craft (aircraft)
- manly thrust and lift (mainly)
- aero'foi (aerofoil)
- These are the 4 forces which I mention briefly just now (mentioned)
- the winds (wings)
- obtan momentum (obtain)
- the birdie position (body)
- flying a Concorde will reduce your travelling in half (on a, travelling time by)
- echo of attack (angle)
- the sub-sonic regime (region)
- you can visually see the crowd of air molecules (see, cloud)
- the sound of speed (speed of sound)
- Chup Yeh'ger (Charles Yeager)

--- Talk on flight by NTU lecturers

 

- [On paranoia] I don't want to see a group of 30 girls, walking defensively
- another location which is along Mount See'nai Road (Sinai)
- You don't expect a victim of flashing or molest to come up and say, Hey, I got molested yesterday
- under the new policing system that we are doing (system)
- You don't have the satellite dish, receive all the adult channels. Indonesia, ah'tarp house, gigantic satellite dish (to receive, attap)

--- Talk On Crime (2001)

 

- [Said in 2001] The Faculty Of Law was founded in 1957 and it celebrated its 40th anniversary a few years back

--- Law Talk

 

- You are in your mid-tins (mid-teens)
- These are points that happens for children
- He was one of the heaviest guy around (guys)
- you'll carry with you when you move on of this school (out)
- Things doesn't happen to you now, doesn't mean it won't happen to you in the future
- see'dentary (sedentary)
- They are usually slower down (slowed)
- These are sadistics (statistics)
- chan'jes are (chances)
- lee'sure (leisure)
- this will dit'termin (determine)

--- Someone trying to sell a weight loss product

 

- dair'ver'lerpt nations (developed)
- [On an aging population] You're going to have a lot of old people and less younger people (fewer)
- the yu'cline cavity (uterine)
- after the turd day (third)
- The sperm is dair'por'sited right inside the egg (deposited)
- This phenomenon is a commonplace phenomenon among plants (this is a common phenomenon in plants)
- therapic cloning (therapeutic)
- In future, there will be Genomic Bangs (Banks)

--- Medical Talk

 

- Please welcome Mr Kim Jay, oops, Kim Dae Jung, President of the Republic of Singapore, oops, South Korea.

--- Announcer at Public Lecture

 

- the second criteria (criterion)

--- Speaker at History Talk on Great Military Leaders of the Last Millennium

 

- the hall that you are meeting in today, YWCA, is an example of an NGO (organisation hosting today's seminar, a)
- they become a lies (allies)
- [On UN membership] Taiwan... is a hopeless case. They don't stand a chance.
- the en'volution of International Law (evolution)
- International Code Of Justice (Court)
- the new second girl (Secretary General)
- we have left 2 seats of paper on the right hand tables (sheafs, right ends of your tables)
- can I request somebody to close the door (request for)
- maintaining piss and security (peace)
- his name must be rare'membered (remembered)
- this is not a hundred person guarantee (percent)
- [On the Gulf War] even if you are visually challenged, you can still see that aggression has taken place
- [On the Vietnam War] there was a dee'ferning silence about that war in the United Nations (deafening)
- in the after'ment of that war (aftermath)
- comperably (comparably)
- our crave of power (craving for)
- nar'cism (Nazism)
- in a sore'rem way (solemn)
- both may perform the same tusk (task)
- [On the Universal Declaration of Human Rights] 52 years from now, how far are we? (then)
- [On the US 1994 Violence Against Women's definition of violence being very broad] If your wife... controls your money, don't allow you to play golf, you can also sue her (doesn't)
- [On wife-bashing] you kick someone in the stomach, no blue-black, very hard to blue-black, safe. (if you, there will be no blue-black marks, cause visible injury, so it's safe)
- [On War Rape] After all, these soldiers have been fighting so hard, you must give them a reward
- [Mimes woman spreadeagled on a motorbike] this is not the way to ride a motorbike, any motorcyclist will tell you
- When I was in JC, I used to be stalked, you know?
- paternity leave, this is only given to women (parental?)

--- UNAS Seminar (2001)

 

- He's a writer and columnlist (columnist)
- You know who Jeyaratnam is. He's the opposition politician the PAP's always sueing.
- If you're bored, please tell me.
- There was this story about a remisier (remiser)
- The [news]paper was, like, so heavy that you could kill someone with it.
- I called the Singapore Concrete Institute, which actually exists... They have PhDs in concrete

--- Speaker at talk on the Media

 

- toader... baby (toddler)
- "In search of intistinal health and longevity" (intestinal)
- [On the teacher] she's very stressful (stressed)
- If you want to be a doctor in Japan, you need good Physics and Chemistry... don't need Biology

--- Yakult PR person (at Yakult plant)

 

- this is the century of the friendship (friendship)
- why'tality (vitality)
- g for generator or operator and d for death (?, weird choice of word for 'd' to stand for)
- eliminating the whole world (illuminating)
- sun is an important [cosmic object] (the sun)
- dating about 2000BC (to about)
- [On the spread of Hinduism] It was backed with scriptures (accompanied by)
- the idea of Gourd (God)
- universal dos and dongs (don'ts)
- selfish designers (designs?)
- like many other face in the world (faiths)
- blush'shed (bloodshed)
- reading from Times magazine (Time)
- subscribe to a fay (faith)
- your misper'sex'tion (misperception)
- there were no coercion (was)
- this system went'on for a while (went on)
- that is, again, incor'right (incorrect)
- [At ~4pm] Good Evening (Afternoon)
- [On the Prophet Muhammad] He is not only a religious leader, he is also a statement (was, statesman)
- we behave distortedly (?)
- [On electricity] If you catch your finger inside you also die (your finger comes into contact with it, will also)
- allmoss (almost)
- line migrated from the ocean to the earth (life started in, and spread to dry land)
- toleration (tolerance)
- the Ta'ley'ban (Taliban Muslims)

--- Panelists (distinguished religious leaders) at Talk on Religion Friendship

 

- [To the 3 panelists, eminent religious figures] You guys
- [To the 3 panelists] What you people say
- I'll like to address the whole banner (panel)
- puzzered (puzzled)

--- Questions at Talk on Religion Friendship

 

- the second and third act, we will not be talking about it (we will not be talking about the second and third act)
- mair'trix (matrix)
- SIFF is a nitch audience (niche)
- last year we had 'Eyes Wide Shut' (in 1999)
- reaching consensus was extremely (a consensus)
- I'm afraid I don't have answer for this issue (an answer)
- receive a feedback (feedback)
- was making the film 'Lolita'... What's the girl's name?... Lolita [laughs]
- a, like 40 million hollywood movie with flying sharks (?)

--- Panelists at R(A) Film Fest 2001

 

- I was interviewed in there [a video], and also other architects, and also some normal people.
- without much further adue (further ado)
- Yes, Kiasuism is part of our traits too (one)
- Once you realise that identity is important, because it gives you a sense of anchor... (an)
- You notice that there is etchelly a difference between Singaporeans and Indonesians? (actually)
- How do you decide which building to keep, which building to go? (and which, demolish)
- [On the tender for restoring a building] because they bidded (bid)
- [On CHIJ] I was studying at Raffles, just across North Bridge Road. All those blue skirded girls (skirted)
- and gorge yourself with food (stuff yourself)

--- Architect

 

- factors to considerate (consider)
- you need to per'chase all this (purchase)
- because of scare resources (scarce)
- oh'zon safe (ozone)
- most of the time, there's no one in the data centre but machines (!)
- their computer room has ran out of space (run)
- all the network equipments (equipment)
- that's how we maintain our stuff (staff)

--- i-STT presentation

 

- cap the a'mound of air pollutants (amount)
- that system has already been in place in Los Angeles (is already)
- the West is always so 'on' about our drey'conian policies (concerned, Draconian)
- businesses are not able to reap scale of economies (economies of scale)
- In addition to the 10 which is already in place (are)
- you have 10 cash tellers (cashiers)
- people and vey'hicles move (vehicles)
- dement / deman curve (demand)
- less kids go around (fewer)
- Zero pollution means zero manufacturing at this point of the technology (level of technology)
- They did not take into a'cow'n some of the network effects (account)
- For every policy, there are weaners and losers (winners)
- [On his undergraduates] I mentioned this study which the kids did... 'Kids' is anyone younger than I am

--- Talk on Internalising Road Traffic Congestion - Road Pricing

 

 

- This is the basic tenant of Economics (tenet)
- [On personal decisions on studying vs working] Economists' stuff about rate of returns... then you look at the MOE website - Well rounded individuals ... good morals
- I've been in NS for a year, so my brain's rotted away
- I think these are quite manageable A Level stuff (this is)
- [On PPE] This is the Oxford guide to running a country
- You have the philosophy [part] so you can out-argue anyone
- [On the choice for the 'Philosophy' component in 1st year PPE] You can do 'logic' which is, strangely enough, quite illogical
- [On times for lectures] 10 o'clock in the morning, which is too early
- Econometrics, of course, is the source of the strangest terms
- [On Oxford] there are clubs formed... for excuses to drink
- [As] For me, I captained the badminton team, because no one played badminton.
- the sun is shining, but it's cold, so let's have an indoor picnic
- [On food in his hall] The vegetarians were very sad, because they had 'stuffed mushrooms', 'stuffed artichokes with cheese'... And you wondered why they were all so thin.
- As you may have guessed, I really miss Oxford, especially now that I'm in National Service... I think anyone would miss anywhere in National Service

--- Talk On Economics, S Economics and PPE at Oxford

 

- as well as we operate a website (we also)
- the entry requirements would require a good command of English (include)
- your fees are much more expensive (higher)
- a very favourite question (favourite)
- for those who have already made their applications, they will know what it is (those, will)
- that website is also available on the British Council leaflet I told you about (the url)
- the dates that I was referring to you (to)
- British Council is always there (the British)
- We have, hidden among you, 2 students who survived engineering at Oxford
- There is a college at Oxford / Cambridge which is very proud of the fact that it has more living Nobel Prize Winners than France ever had
- You all play the clarinet at grade 75... You spend all your waking hours helping old ladies across the street... You have no idea how boring that gets
- my name is Calling (Collin)
- Car'deef University (Cardiff)
- brad of expertise (breadth)
- a rair'nge (range)
- tech'no'logy (technology)
- That's the thing with Nobel Prizes... You tend to get them when you're 95.
- This would be our first US universities seminar (will)
- Your journey of discovery will begin this after'newn (afternoon)
- The United States is the country which gets the most number of students from the United St... the world.
- [US universities representatives on themselves] We're obviously very biased.
- a breath of disciplines (breadth)
- different spears of your life (spheres)
- I'm the Darth Vader of the group, my job is, in 10 minutes, to tell you how you're gonna pay for it [University]
- while we have 35 different institutions of higher education... (35 hundred)
- [On the SAT] You get 200 points simply for coming in, sitting down and writing your name
- imbedded in the campus (embedded)
- life of the mine't (mind?)
- I'm not lying. Here's a picture of a student studying in a tree.
- [On a restaurant near campus] Once you figure everything out and you get lazy, you just call them up and get everything delivered to your dorm room.
- I'll end with this shot... [shows another slide]
- Cornell has the reputation of having the best food in the Ivy League... That's very important, I love to eat.
- 50% of them said they wanted to graduate in the top 10% of their class.
- You'll see the involvement to get involved in the Arts (encouragement?)
- Do you know the Public Service Commission is going to give you an examination on these slides?

--- PSC UK and US Universities Seminars

 

- the haring (harrowing)
- security, survival and sarsess (success)
- it wernot (will not)
- wash the news (watch)
- events that nobody have ever anticipated (has)
- although it was prosperous, it take its defence for granted (took)
- to intack (attack)
- cor'lor'ny (colony)
- blended security (blanket)
- percy national interest (perceived)
- the United State (States)
- in Singapore case (Singapore's)
- we cannot depend on anyone to depend us (defend)
- topping over (toppling)
- the S-Cube concept show us that security is very important (shows)
- the important of defence (importance)
- the scene in the video do not become a reality (scenes)
- der'ver'lepment (development)
- how each of its services perform as one, integrated system (all)
- 365 years later, look at him (days)
- that is my truth to you (the truth I tell you)
- develop the most optimal solution (optimal)
- there are people out there we must stare down the barrel of (whose guns we must stare down the barrel of)
- include our airforce to exercise with them (carry out exercises)
- before you go on a war (to)
- have a roof over your top (head )
- RJ students have a reputation for asking tricky questions

--- Propaganda Seminar

 

- [On JBJ] I wrote to him. We became quite good friends. I invited him to my birthday party, and things like that.
- [On joining an opposition party] Reactions from kin and friends: my parents were very calm... My friends called me to dinner... 'Have you sorted out your assets? Have you done your tax returns? Are there any skeletons in your closet?'
- Everytime the MPs are sworn in, they swear to protect and defend the Constitution. Considering the number of amendments you tend to wonder about this.
- Although I may not look it, but I am part of the revival... Yesterday was my 40th birthday. It was kinda depressing, but today it's okay again. (I)
- [On coverage of the opposition] Every now and then you will see some okay news in the media. Sometimes even something positive.
- [On asking questions of ministers in parliament] Sometimes they can't answer, so it's very satisfying.
- [On the elctorate] They should be thanking the opposition for the goodies right? No elections, no goodies.
- [On reasons to join the opposition] I think 'die with [a] clear conscience' is quite self-explanatory.
- [On reasons to join the opposition] I hope you can see why some of us have chosen to get involved. We are not crazy.
- [On the short timing of the 2001 elections] The last election was at a time of great urgency. As Mr Wong Kan Seng pointed out, we needed to act fast - that fast?
- We don't know when the next election will be... It could be next month - you know the way things are here.
- [On JBJ] I don't think any of us can claim to have gone through the suffering that he has gone through.
- the party carders (cadres)
- [Student: Do you a foresee a change of government in your lifetime?] How long will I live?
- What we envihsage (envisage)
- Many countries have grappled with the problem of minority representation, and I'm not sure, I don't think any one of them has chosen the GRC system to entrench that... I don't know any other countries use the GRC system. (correct for)
- Some of you: the only way you know who your MP is is when they hang a banner outside your house with someone's face: So and so wishes you a Happy New Year.
- [On cutting business costs] They always look at the worker as the first source of cutting.
- [On being chided by the Powers That Be] '*** is only in her early 30s' - it was wrong - 'she doesn't understand'
- The say'krer'sea of the vote itself (sacred-cy - the right word is 'sanctity')

--- Talk on the Future of the Opposition in Singapore

 

- Can I see how many people are intending on a career in financial serices? Maybe 50%. And the rest are - sleeping.
- Flexible prizes (prices)
- Today I am very privileged because, number 1, I'm the only one here [on the panel] not wearing a tie, and two, I'm the one with the shortest work experience. My Ministry wanted to send someone young.
- A public sector economics will always be in fashion. For the ladies, imagine that you will always be in fashion.
- If you talk about, if you ask me about work - it's confidential. *flashes 'Confidential' on Powerpoint*
- If I ask you to summarise the work of a government economist, I hope you won't say 'Lies, lies and more lies'. I was actually asked this... We're honest. We don't fudge statistics.
- I'm going to do the non-civil service thing. This is the new civil service thing. I put my email there.
- The corpse of being the last speaker is that the other speakers have exhausted your patience. (cost)
- My children asked me: What do you want me to do when I grow up? I told them: Do something you are interested in, do something you are good at and get a job with a decent salary. If you work at the IMF you will get a decent salary... If you want to become very rich, go to DBS.
- You are asked to update the macroeconomic spreadsheet for Turkey. You say: Wow, this is easy. No indefinite integrals and calculus... The kind of thing I had to do at University.
- [On being a small fry as a fresh junior officer despite having a PhD and being a specialist] In the IMF there are hundreds of people with PhDs, so you need to get used to that. *audience laughs*
- You have just finished your mission for the IMF... You are very happy. You got to fly in Business Class. It's very different from what you are used to... You spend 2 weeks in a 5 star hotel... You work very very hard, there is no room for mistakes.
- [On getting into the IMF] 'I really want the job'. Some people say 'I need the job'. Some people are more persistent. 'I deserve the job'.

--- Career talk for Economics graduates (2005)

 

- Help wee'mern and children (women)
- Shed more light into this area (on)
- [On a video about child prostitution] I hope you all will enjoy it.
- [On Darwis Rianto Lim] They presented him 2 boys. He chose one. They went to his hotel room. Everything was revealed. Metaphorically.
- I've met so many good men. There are so many good men out there. No male bashing here.
- The vice squad doesn't have a hotline. AWARE wrote to them, we got the customer service hotline.

--- AWARE Talk on Child Prostitution

 

- I can tell you in Singapore... either people have been conditioned or there are cultural elements that makes them amenable to either censorship or circumspection of freedoms (control)
- [Student: I don't really see a correlation between watching pornography and having a pornographic mind] I know. I watched a lot of pornography *laughter from audience* when I was young.
- [On spam] Now the pornography is looking for you... Last time it was pull technology... Now it's push technology. [Someone: How come I never get any?]
- What do we do? I would like to take some advice from you people so I can tell the Minister when I meet him tomorrow.
- Now if I brought in some pornography on this screen and there is a policeman here, he cannot arrest me... This is what I call schizophrenia. These guys are all 50 and above. They cannot understand.
- We have just completed our study on blogs during the election time... Most people say technology is liberating... In the Singapore case, the number of blogs... You would've thought that for a country that is considered tech savvy - in blogging we are one of the top countries... how many people had something sensible... to say? Not even three [Ed: ?] people... We tell the government: "You are unduly worried. These people are not interested".
- We have this group PAGI - Parents Advisory Group for the Internet... all fuddy-duddies like me. They have no clue... we had this program... most of the parents didn't know how to install it... the kids know. They ask the child, 'Can you install this for me?'. The moment the father turns aside, the kid uninstalls it.
- [On parenting difficulties] I've seen him do this so many times. The moment I walk into the room, he does this and it's another screen.

--- Talk on controlling the Internet in Singapore

 

- [On International Financial Regulation] The first country to put itself up for assessment was Canada, because I designed the system.
- Regulation is really interesting. It's tough, it's stressful, but it's also fun.
- sai'mulating market failure (simulating)
- ASEAN is a talk shop, not an action shop... You cannot open up 100% to foreign banks unless your banking system [is non-existent], unless you're really weak. Unless you're Mexico- Mexico completely screwed up its banking system... *To someone who asked a question* Are you from Mexico? I already offended ASEAN.
- [On microcredit] If you want to continue to enjoy all the oligopolistic privileges we give you... We won't legislate... But we want you to do it. If you don't do it, wait and see what happens. Moral suasion is a very powerful tool.
- 50% of Canadians thought deposit insurance covered unit trusts... We did a 2 month comparison [after a campaign]. Saturation... We did another survey. 48% of Canadians thought [so now]. 2%. Saturation advertising.

--- Talk on Financial Regulation

 

- We saw the Prime Minister's speech yesterday. It's definitely very different than most of the Prime Ministers' speeches we've had the privilege of hearing around the world.
- [On a paper Coase wrote at 21] At an age, probably, younger than anyone in this room, he already did his Nobel Prize work. We're trying to get other people to do the same.
- Many many professors of Economics have been promoted and given big salaries because they're game theorists. It's a powerful tool. We don't think it's as powerful as they do.
- Clearly we want you to win Nobel Prizes and throw champagne parties and have people throw money at us.
- Hernando de Soto. He only talks to God and Presidents of countries now. He talks to us occasionally.
- [On Adam Smith] Most people in the universe, if they saw a pin facory, they would write something unbelievably boring.
- [On Darwin's finches] Bird beaks may be more interesting than pin factories, but not much. How many people in the world are interested in bird beaks? How many in Singapore are interested in bird beaks? Maybe one.
- [On research ideas] The problem is knowing where to dig for gold. Most economists are only interested in having a machine that can dig a really deep hole.
- Have you ever seen a video of Stephen Hawkings? He's incredibly intense: 'I want to know the mind of God. I want to reduce it to a few equations'. Economics is very influenced by physics.
- [On measuring transaction costs] We're not in an Aristotlean world where we can imagine how many teeth are in a horse's mouth.
- How do you get a kid in Harvard? It's very simple. Just get grandparents who went to Harvard.
- You know Peter the Great... the population of Russia fell 20% during his reign. More than during Stalin's time. Why he's called Great is another story.
- In New York City, if you buy a newspaper it will be from a South Asian... They have ways of avoiding labour laws.
- [On transitioning from Communism] In Eastern Europe - we love Eastern Europe - one thing they're really good at is complaining... How do you measure when things go from really really terrible to just bad?
- The failure rate in judicial reform is damn near 100%.
- coup duh tar (d'etat)
- I talked to a guy from a power company and he said what they want to do is have a power plant on a boat and if they don't pay just sail off.

--- Talk on Institutions