Bermuda's morning commute

Happiness is...

the morning commute when school's out for the summer.

Positively blissful compared to the alternative.


Price controls, a bad idea?

Bermuda Independent has outlined reasons why implementing price controls on grocery items may be a failure.

Are there alternatives that could make grocery shopping less of a hit to a struggling family's wallet? I don't know, but the discussion ought to start.


Wildcat strikes - Government's hem and haw

As long as the BIU can get what they want using wildcat strikes to inconvenience the public, they'll keep on doing it.

Government belatedly suggested legislation to ban wildcat strikes in the transportation sector, but put it aside after pressure by the BIU.

And shocking nobody who's not in Parliament, the BIU continues wildcat strike behaviour.

Ho, hum.


Tales of disgusting people

I'm mildly astonished by the fact that there are people among us who feel no way about littering or other disgusting activities.

Case in point, the other day I was in a fast food restaurant, this couple were sitting at an adjacent table. The man was packing away his trash and he knocked over an empty container which rolled underneath my table. Curious to see how this would develop, I showed no sign of noticing the event. The man took a look at where the box landed, then turned away and resumed packing up.

It was easier for that person to ignore the situation than to say 'excuse me' and collect his dropped item.

Case #2, airport lavatory. I already know that people are disgusting as heck with regard to hygiene and consideration of others, but I laughed at seeing the sign advising "Employees Must Wash Hands". Because, it's not a natural impulse to clean your hands after using a public restroom. Never mind the fact that we hear about new diseases passing around every week (not to mention common cold, or even the fact that people are in close proximity to urine and feces, period).

Both these situations happened in New York City over the past weekend, however this happens in Bermuda too, and certainly in other places across the globe (and notably, the so-called "developed world").

How can humans be so 'intelligent' yet so thoughtless, careless and disgusting?


The newest scam: Mailbox full

I think this one is a bit more clever, although it still carries too many red flags for someone to believe it's a legitimate warning message:
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About ganja tea

So the Opposition Leader has admitted to providing marijuana in the form of tea, to his daughter in the past.

Let the controversy and proverbial mud-slinging continue.

If and when the usual PLP sucks, UBP sucks, nuh-uh, uh-uh, dies down, there's an interesting and intelligent discussion that could take place over marijuana and potentially decriminalisation of the substance.

Our friends at Bermuda Blue have highlighted how this issue can be viewed by the outside world, and I suspect that at least a fair bit of how this will all play out will be influenced by larger-scale decisions made by Washington D.C.