Posted by intellisg on February 16, 2007
You’re probably wondering what the recent sand embargo by the Indonesian government has to do with cockroaches. Well, a lot.
Cockroaches are masters in thriving in an environment of resource scarcity. Man has been trying to kill them since the beginning of time. In the original script of the ancient classical Indian paramour, “The Mahabratha,” one of the Pandavas Princes mentions only two things would live beyond the end of time – “rocks and cockroaches.” In the 80’s movie, “Scarface” , the main protagonist played by Al Pacino kept ranting, “cockroaches, cockroaches, they’re everywhere!” After that, he got done in by a 6 ft 2 inch, 180kg DEA cockroach with a pump action shot gun.
Every year housewives all round the world spend nearly USD$2.83 Billion on roach sprays alone, that’s bigger than all the combined defense budget of Asean put together! ( we all know they don’t half work). Monsanto, the leading manufacturer of pesticides, projects at the current rate we are going, a can of roach spray is going to have to be a hundred times more potent than what it is today. Not only are roaches just surviving, they are adapting and thriving, and the more we spray them, the more they develop immunity. The score card doesn’t look good for mankind. We who managed to send a man to the moon and space probes to the surface of mars can’t seem to win the war in our pantries against those slippery, smooth and frictionless bugs. They just slip by us like wet glass – they are survivors, they know things we humans don’t, and they have a lot to teach us. It’s a lesson many policy makers, businessmen and even ordinary folk can learn; how to manage in an environment of resource scarcity. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by inspir3d on February 16, 2007
I think that this is a major story that all Singaporeans should know about, and that deserves its own post. (InSpir3d)
Thailand’s Sondhi Wants Assets Back From Singapore
Feb. 16 (Bloomberg) — Thailand’s Army chief said he wants to take back about 140 billion baht ($3.9 billion) of assets from Singapore, escalating a diplomatic spat between the Southeast Asian nations.
“Singapore is a very small country, but it is so rich that it can buy 140 billion baht of our national assets,” said Sondhi Boonyarataklin, who led a September coup that toppled the government of Thaksin Shinawatra. “I am thinking about whether we can take those assets back. I want our national assets back, especially the satellites.” full story >>
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Posted by Slater on February 16, 2007
Discussion on Budget 2007 appears to heating up on blogsophere. Aaron Ng has posted a 3 part analysis, the first on the offset package itself, the second on whether a GST is necessary, and the third on the newly announced post secondary education account (PSEA).
Coffee and Cigarettes wonders if the Budget is really as good as it looks, while at Singapore Entrepreneurs, the impact of the newly announced Budget on business has been summarised.
Singapore Election Watch has posted an entry that advises a critical view of the Budget and lists down some things that everyone should think about when reading about the Budget.
Aside from the Budget, there’s also discussion about the biotechnology industry in Singapore. Yawning Bread Sampler writes about how the controversy over the direction of bitotechnology research in Singapore could be interpreted by others as fickleness, while e pour si muove writes about the inaccuracies of coverage of the controvesy by the Financial Times (UK).
On a lighter note, Coffee and Cigarettes muses on the online and offline personalities of bloggers, while a critical yet humorous take about the Budget on whether are there is anything really new is provided at To Fix a Mocking Peasant.
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