Thursday, July 2, 2015

Sleep Deprivation Kills

It was close to midnight when we decided to hit the sack as a full day schedule was ahead. But the chairman with us at the Shanghai Sheraton bar said he will stay on  a bit longer, as sleep at his age is more difficult to come by. Either that, or the lithesome beauties in high slit cheongsams were better company than any found in dreamland.

A recently released report by the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence revealed that sleep deprivation was among the “enhanced interrogation techniques” used in CIA’s detention and interrogation program. Psychology Today is saying sleep deprivation is torture.

Although less overtly violent than slicing off someone’s anatomical part, sleep deprivation can cause problems with reading and speaking clearly, poor judgment, lower body temperature, and a considerable increase in appetite. If deprivation continues, the effects escalate to disorientation, visual misperceptions, apathy, severe lethargy, and social withdrawal. Researchers have used animals for ethical reasons to study the extreme limits of sleep deprivation, and the end result is always widespread physiological breakdown leading to death.

During sleep the immune system performs a host of vital regenerative functions, good reason why doctors always advise their patients to rest in bed. When a person is deprived of sleep, the immune system is unable to effect the healing process, necessary for recovery from sickness, injury, or trauma. Forcibly depriving a person of sleep is a direct assault on the entire biological system at the foundation of that person’s mind and body.

The instrument of choice at Whitley Road Detention was air-conditioning set at freezing temperatures, as survivors of the Marxist conspiracy trumped-up charges of 1987 will attest to. Maybe the tormentors are starting to feel guilty about contributing to the carbon footprint, and resorting to more energy conservation measures. As of 30-6-2015, Singapore is not listed among the states which have Ratified the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

According to Amnesty International, Singapore also did not sign the following international agreements relating to human rights:
  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
  • Second Optional Protocol to the ICCPR, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty
  • International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)
  • International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
  • Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (1951)
  • Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (1967)
  • Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons (1954)
  • Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness (1961)
  • Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court


  1. Too busy suing online blogging nobodies for defamation to care about human rights, massive PR disasters be damned.

    Besides human rights 可以吃的吗?


      Who cares if yellow banana is sleep deprived. His naive hope has turned into a huge loblolly.

      Lee is no poltroon. As long as he has heavy weight senior counsel and means to defend him, he continues to sleep soundly.

  2. Btw, Singapore ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child ( on 2 October 1995. [Source: MSF's website]

    Does it bother them when they prosecuted an underage child for exercising his freedom of thought. conscience and religion as stipulated in Article 14 of the agreement? Do not think that there is no consequences. The government has damaged its international standing by going back on its words.

    Now that the world knows the Singapore government is not trustworthy, it doesn't matter if it ratifies anything. The lingering thought that the government is at liberty to ill-treat and drug an underage child like terrorists locked up in Guantanamo Bay detention camp makes you sick.

  3. Sleep deprivation is just one of the many forms of torture. There are lots more such as the Use ofair-conditioning mentioned.
    Shudder to think what's coming for the Boy.


  4. Quote that essentially explain how things work in red dot, h/t Prof Baldings's Blog at:

    " In response to the inquiry whether the facts on Mr. Ngerng’s blog were accurate the son of the first prime minister of Singapore responded “the quotes are factual but the article is not.”

  5. It has been demonstrated time & again that ethics & morals is not in the genes of politicians... power, authority is the ultimate.

    Aussie BBQ, tickets were distributed to inner circles. Will this act embarrass them? Do they know it attracts disdain? of course they do! Yet they do it. Why?

    Zero ethics..guided by one that has no religion.

    1. No religion? Of course there is a religion, it's called "sheer greed and nepotism".

    2. Respecting human rights is a moral obligation, whether as an individual or as a state. Any government that loses sight of this has no moral authority to rule. We might as well go back to the Dark Ages.

      “If state, party and social policy will not be based on morality, then mankind has no future to speak of.” - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

  6. LHL to Roy Ngerg "..all I need is a deep apology.."

    In other words -- beg for forgiveness through self humiliation out of fear.

    It must have been a horrible flashback for LHL.

    And an equally horrible flashback for Amos that drove him to earnestly sought his dramatic appeal for "hopefully, a good change!" in the new epoch. Unfortunately, his vile words however imperfect and sufficient, is lost on deaf ears on the flammable emperors and the flamethrowers. One does not need color dust to get seriously burnt in Singapore.

    1. The guy who said "..all I need is a deep apology.." in court, tells CNN “You want people to stand up, not scrape and bow." And oh, he also wants to be treated like aristocracy. Definitely long overdue for assessment at IMH.


    Shame on PM LHL.

    Amos just want to thrive within a fearless environment after death of LKY's regime. An epoch that he and his millenial generations wanted nothing more than just reasonable space for their personal expression. He didn't go 'nuclear' on the state as some politician wants to declare the 'red line' is crossed.

    Shamefully, non-powerless citizens from Penang , HK to Taiwan are all able to stand up and speak out, on behalf of the powerless singaporeans is just another testament to Lee's evil genius. Deprive and tell people that you have no power nor permit to gather/speak/protest/critique and they have a wonderful excuse NOT to exercise the power they have.

    A person dumped in the middle of the desert has the negative freedom to walk out of it, because no one is standing in his way. But without shade, water and food to convert this into a positive freedom, this is meaningless.

    Young and first time voters should heed lessons from current case and the older generations. The structures of society can make it impossible - or at least very difficult to exercise some of the human capacities that make us creative and free individuals.


    Methinks this hk blogger know the impuissant Singaporeans very well. Don't waste time to fight for them when they won't even fight for one of their own.

  9. Kamma is a bitch. Watch out pink.