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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Some things are cheaper while others not

This is from the blog post, Singapore vs Cambodia cost and standard of living, by Diana Saw in Cambodia Calling.

Big-ticket items such as houses and cars are very expensive but eating out and transportation is comparable to Cambodia, sometimes even cheaper than Cambodia.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Intelligent government

This is from the article, Immorality of bushfires, by Gregory Clark in Japan Times.

Societies have several ways to hold themselves together and make people behave. One is strict Taliban-style punishments, with fear as the binding agent. Another is more ideological, cerebral even, with religion (Islam), post-revolutionary legitimacy (China, Vietnam), nationalism or good, intelligent government (Singapore, Scandinavia) as the binding agents.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Certainly will not, really?

This is from the article, Paris Bike Plan Goes Kaput, by Cliff Kuang in FastCompany.

It's worth noting that similar programs exist in Lyon and Copenhagen, and they haven't had the same troubles. Meanwhile, you might look at Paris's bike problems as merely an indicator of very deep sociological problems in the city—its immigrants are infamously discriminated against. Remember, this was a city riven by riots two years ago. London's bike program might fare similarly; San Francisco's might not; and Singapore's almost certainly will not.

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