03 January 2007

Bad Start To The New Year

When December rained like it never had for more than 100 years, I knew we were in for a sucky start to the new year.

As a result of our own doing, we have bombs going off in Bangkok and killing people. Madrid has to call off their new year celebrations due to bomb threats. Do we hate each other so much that we have to kill each other? Yes, Saddam Hussein finally hit the gallows but somehow, Iraq is still just as sucky today as it was yesterday. I wonder why?

Then as a result of the rain, we have massive floods and landslides, causing deaths and homelessness in Malaysia and Indonesia. Without even a shred of evidence to back me up, I would still speculate that the extreme weather that we have been facing is a by-product of global warming. That being the case, then again, the disaster is a result of our own doing.

Next, we have the sinking of the Indonesian ferry as well as the crashing of the Indonesian airline. Granted bad weather has been factored into the cause (our own doing again?) but more so of a lack of good management leading to a compromise in safety standards. The sinking ferry carried about 600 people of which only 200 have been found while 400 still remained lost at sea after Day 3. I won't be surprised if the ferry was overloaded to begin with and inadequate safety checks probably also contributed to this disaster just waiting to happen.
Aircraft accidents are not uncommon in Indonesia, a vast archipelago nation stretching over 5,000 kilometres (3,100 miles).

Public and private Indonesian airlines have been repeatedly criticised over their poor safety records, repeated delays and bad management.
- AFP 

We also have the recent Adam Air crash killing 102 people on board. Again, this happened in the midst of bad weather and being an Indonesian LCC, I suspect if safety standards has yet again being compromised. I said it once, I said it twice and I'll say it again. It is a result of our own doing.

The only thing that has nothing to do with us is probably the recent earthquake around Ta1wan. Undersea cables were snapped and plunging us into a communications blackout with the rest of the world. As luck would have it, my side is the most greatly affected given that 6 of the 7 undersea cables serving my side were damaged and bandwidth was instantly constricted. Repair ships were dispatched to the damage site and again due to bad weather, progress of repair was severely hampered. My side is not expected to return to full connectivity until mid January when Phase I of the repairs is expected to complete.

Anyway, it's a bad start to the new year but to every dark cloud is a silver lining.

Things can only get better from where we are now.

Happy New Year.

- Voxeros

1. Jaslyn left...
Thursday, 4 January 2007 12:54 am ::
My Indonesian photographer friend shoots for Adam Air and he got 2yrs unlimted free tickets.. Coming over SG sometime this mth.. Now I wonder if he's still coming via Adam Air! Or maybe not coming? Jia liat...

2. spinnee left...
Thursday, 4 January 2007 11:42 pm
grinz.... wonder when it'll be the end of the world... condolences to the dead.

3. JayWalk left...
Friday, 5 January 2007 1:17 am ::
Jaslyn: It very much depends on his luck and I supposed also where his comfort level lies.

Spinnee: The good news is that end of the world is a date far far into the future.
The bad news is that the end of the world is a finite date far far into the future.

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