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Friday, October 06, 2006


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Image hosting by PhotobucketThe current haze problem could only produce frustration from the Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid, as reported in The Star today.

Who wouldn't be, when all one can see from their majestic 13th floor office vista is miles and miles of fuzziness. Walski would be, for sure.

And it's probably that same frustration that drove him to frustratingly proclaim that "it's not like the haze is all over the place" or some words to that effect. And then went on to blame the foreign media.

Standard modus operandi - blaming the foreign media - must be in the "Malaysian Cabinet Ministers for Dummies" standard-issue handbook that each one of them probably gets upon taking office.

One of the things frustrating Datuk Azmi was the inability to induce rain in Sarawak, the state worst-hit by the haze this time around.

The attempt to cloud-seed in Sarawak did not work because there were not enough clouds; we need to find a big clump of clouds before this will work.

Maybe he needs a helping hand from this contraption, featured in the classic Kate Bush video "Cloudbusting".
(Cloudbusting and some fuzzy emo thoughts in the full post)

Very few voices can evoke such deep emotions of joy, sadness, hope and fear - all at the same time. This is the first time in a very long while that Walski is listening to this particular song, and the mystically enchanting voice of Kate Bush. It still gives Walski tinggling shivers and goosebumps after all these years... Some classics never die - they don't even fade away a little teensy weensy bit.

This is one voice that has inspired numerous artistes and music groups over the years: Tori Amos, Björk, Coldplay, Sarah McLachlan, Sinéad O'Connor, and even Prince (yup, The-Artist-Formerly-Known-As-Prince, during his Symbol phase, Prince).

Too bad the Cloudbusting contraption is merely a figment of someone's imagination. We could sure use some rain clouds to clear the sky right about now.