Sunday, January 20, 2008

DaNte's Post - 2nd post for 3rd term

DaNte's Post


Hello everyone! I would like to inform you that there will be minor changes for my posts. The 'Auspicious Quote of the Day' will be changed into 'Strange Facts'. You should thank me! Your general knowledge will increase each time you read my post.

Erratic Picture of the Day

Strange Facts!

A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off - it dies from starvation

Word of the Day

binaural (adj) - of or relating both ears

Topic of the Day

A Deteriorating Future

As Indonesians, we should be proud of our land. Indonesia, is known to be the largest archipelago in the world. It is one of the most lands with abundant natural resources, including oil, gold, and many other precious minerals. Compared to other beaches, Bali's beaches are far more alluring and beautiful. Not to mention the prominent diving spot in Bunaken. It was written in Time Almanac 2008 that Indonesia had a economic growth of 5.22%, making it one of the most developing countries in the world. Moreover, we are currently in the 3rd ranking for the most populated country in the world.

However, though we have abundant natural resources, copious islands, stunningly magnificent beach and sea, and vast population, our country remains in suffering. Around 11.6 million people dwells in unemployment, and millions of people lie in poverty. Corruption exists within the authorities, and many transgressors are still nowhere to be found. Many children barely gets educated, and education for the less privileged is inferior. Even though the economic growth has increased, Indonesia still faces misery.

The price of oil increases drastically recently. This sudden change has a very adverse impact on Indonesia. The price of daily needs increase, including frying oil, rice, soy beans, and many more. Ever since the increase of the daily essentials, the less privileged are striving harder to survive and feed their family. Just imagine, the price of oils rose from around 6000 rupiah to 13,000 rupiah, which is more than a 100% increase.

In the recent news, a fried snack seller committed suicide due to the increase of soy beans' price. He cannot cover the expense of selling fried snacks due to the significant price increase, and should he raise the price of his snacks, he will have no more customers. The seller chose to take a shortcut, and murdered himself.

An irony of this country is we have plenty of natural resources, but we use imported daily needs. Rice, grain, soy beans, and many more are mostly imported from foreign countries, leaving our own resources unknown. Most of the time our rigorously earned and harvested resources are exported, and the money is kept by the department. Thus the farmers are left without being paid high enough. Obviously imported things are more expensive than local products, thus the price of the resources are very high. The farmers and poor people are trapped in an impoverished state because of the selfishness of the resource agency.

We should be grateful that we are able to live our everyday life joyfully and abundantly. We can have any food that we want in an indefinite amount, and we can pay for our school tuition and buy the things we want. There are millions of unfortunate people in our country, and we should not waste our fortune.

Joke of the Day

Once there was a millionaire, who collected live alligators. He kept them in the pool in back of his mansion. The millionaire also had a beautiful daughter who was single. One day he decides to throw a huge party, and during the party he announces, "My dear guests: I have a proposition to every man here. I will give one million dollars or my daughter to the man who can swim across this pool full of alligators and emerge unharmed."

As soon as he finished his last word, there was the sound of a large SPLASH. There was one guy in the pool swimming with all the strength he could muster. The crowd cheered him on as he kept stroking. Finally, he made it to the other side unharmed. The millionaire was impressed.

He said, "My boy that was incredible! Fantastic! I didn't think it could be done! Well I must keep my end of the bargain. Which do you want, my daughter or the one million dollars?"

The guy says, "Listen, I don't want your money! And I don't want your daughter! I want the person who pushed me in the water!"

No comments: