A litany of ills

The facts do not speak of a good news week:

  • Author arrested over book
    Ominous headline, making one fear for any progress that’s been made w.r.t. freedom of speech. Always a good thing to consider one’s words carefully, in whatever context; never a good thing to live as though authority trumps truth. Perhaps a blessing in disguise that will engender meaningful dialogue about the death penalty.
  • Flash flood strikes again
    So, before Wendy’s and whoever else in the Liat Towers basement could even reopen, they sank back beneath the waves last weekend. Is this the logical conclusion of urban planning that is somewhat … lacking, shall we say? Oy, wake up your ideas! Can’t throw your arms up in surrender until everything that could be done has been done, right? (Already the growing reputation for poor service irks me — now the hardware seems to be going too. But if you don’t want me to cavil at this and everything, tell me what I can do to ameliorate matters. Unless I’m supposed to think of something myself. In which case do I have to be told that? Um, anyway …)
  • Reporter arrested for taking photos of flash floods?!
    Seriously? Police officer vs reporter — both super-enthusiastic in carrying out their duties, but one of them is going to look much worse than the other for doing so.
  • And then there was lightning
    Some months back, the Merlion next to the Esplanade was struck by lightning (not a big surprise on an island with one of the highest lightning strike rates in the world), a fact I was made aware of by a rather gleeful HK friend. Something funny about a piece of an icon falling to the ground, I guess. Now the Singapore Flyer (about which I’ve had one ill-informed dream and to which I’ve never paid a visit) has been struck by lightning and rendered stationary.

What comes next?


4 thoughts on “A litany of ills

    • haha! maybe on the strength of gdp growth …

      but wait! i have just realised the solution to all our ills! if glamourised gambling can be legalised, what moral grounds are there for *not* legalising glamourised drugs? If they are (im)morally equivalent in terms of damage done to crime rate, family breakdown, etc., then shouldn’t we remove the death penalty for drug traffickers, if there isn’t one for casino operators and loansharks? To continue the deterrence factor of a punishment that fits the crime, however, how about putting caught drug traffickers to lifelong labour clearning the rubbish from the Stamford Canal? That would save us the money and effort of constructing better drainage systems (what goes on below), to match the development that’s going on above, wouldn’t it? Then the govt will be lauded for this humane yet truly punitive measure, and for its humility to recognise the imperative of change not just in the economic sphere, leading to a smashing election!

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