|Once upon a time,
I used to be fairly 'lay back' about things... Back when I was relatively young, full
of energy, inexperienced, curious about the world and, not knowing at
the time, full of myself, my surroundings mattered little to me. All I
wanted was people to like me (without me trying too hard to be liked),
but at the same time leave me alone for long enough to let me get on
with things that I like getting on with. While there are still many of things that
interest me and many things I want to do,
there are an increasing number of things that really bother me.|
I'm certain that many people have similar thinking as I do: The world is not a perfect place - It is not so much as the whole place is falling apart, although it seems that way at times, it is the accumulation of lots of little things that would really add up to make the world intolerable. What I'm saying is: The big bad things that happen, I can deal with when they come, but it is little bit of annoyances that happen day after day that ultimately really drive me crazy!!
So this is the little bit of space in my site that I rant about those little things that make me mad. And since I can/would only do whatever I propose to do when I become the benevolent dictator, ie. very very unlikely, this represents a way for me to let off some steam about life - my very own version of Room 101. For every proposed action, I shall endeavor to justify with my reasoning, my side of the story.
As we live in the real world and it happens to be a relatively free one, you can agree or disagree with me, it's entirely up to you. You can forward me your suggestions and you can tell me I'm full of hot air. I don't really mind (unless you get personal).
So when I become the benevolent dictator, I would...
...install cell phone frequency jammers in all public transport.
|Look, I don't want to know that so-and-so's boyfriend has slept with someone else after having an argument with so-and-so in some party; I don't care if you were violently drunk the previous weekend; I don't want to know yours and your friend's plans for the next week because I've my life to get on with; I don't give a darn that your roommate is a pig; I can't care less that your boss is a jerk (if he/she is so bad, find yourself another job!); I don't want to hear about yours and your acquaintances' crappy lives!! You sad, pathetic losers! Get a life! You may not mind wasting your money talking to your friends on the cell phone for hours. You may not care if your brains get fried from the cell phone receptions. I'm actually quite happy with my life and even if I'm not, I don't think I want to bore the living daylight out of the entire carriage. Nor should you! I would argue that you're violating my human right for subjecting me to your miserable life stories.|
|...install engine cut-offs in all vehicles if the noise produced by either the engine or the exhaust reaches a certain irritating level.||There is a place where you can rev your engine to your heart's content. That place is call a race track. Roads that you travel on is not a race track nor is it part of one in normal circumstances. Anyway, grinding your engine at 6000rpm in 2nd gear between a pair of traffic lights tens of meters apart is not good for the engine and has poor fuel efficiency. If you find you can't overtake, learn to have patience. If you're in a hurry, allow more time in the future.|
|...force all aircrafts to their steepest decent angles on landing path.||It is a fact that aircraft engines make far more noise than the manufacturers care to admit and the governments around the world think that if you can 'live' with aircraft noise. Well, I can tell you that a load of horse dump. The truth is: not many people can live with prolonged exposure to the levels of aircraft noise. Airlines are not going to be able to afford to change all their engines to the most silent ones, so the only way to reduce noise pollution is to make aircrafts on their landing paths to maintain the highest possible altitude for as long as possible. While this means that pilots can't simply cruise to the runway, but should result in lower audible noise level along the landing path.|
|...hire a lot of traffic police.||It has been estimated that there are around 3.2 million vehicles on Britain's roads and there will be more in the coming years. While a good proportion of drivers are careful ones, the great majority of them simply don't give a darn about traffic laws. Disobedience of these laws lead to delays, accidents and congestions. The solution is to enforce the laws in a massive visible way. Traffic police will be part of the police organization will be given full power related to all matters concerning transport and traffic offences. Concentration level will be around 1 traffic cop per 250 vehicles with probably lower level in country side and higher in cities. These traffic police will be issuing traffic tickets by the letter of the law - there will be no leniency, no 'loose interpretation' of the law and not subject to argument nor debate. They will carry the same full power as other police when it comes to dealing with traffic offenses. They will give tickets and fines to everyone - other police, bus drivers, cyclists... No mercy.|
|...destroy vehicles that produces unacceptable level of exhaust.||All children under the age of 12 will not be allowed to be seen outside their house, with or without being accompanied by adults, after 8pm. Likewise, a 10pm curfew will apply to all under 18. Why? Children are not adults, they have to rest more than adults do. Having them running around when they should be resting or doing other constructive things are just inviting trouble later. If they're bored at home, introduce them to reading or something. 'Hanging out' is not an activity, it is merely another sign of boredom. Ask kids why they hang out, 'having nothing else to do' would be the typical answer. Boredom leads to escapism or disruption. Introduce healthy active lifestyles to draw on their energy during the day and they would have no reason to 'hang out' after curfew.|
|...curfew for all children under the age of 18.||All children under the age of 12 will not be allowed to be seen outside their house, with or without being accompanied by adults, after 8pm. Likewise, a 10pm curfew will apply to all under 18. Why? Children are not adults, they have to rest more than adults do. Having them running around when they should be resting or doing other constructive things are just inviting trouble later. If they're bored at home, introduce them to reading or something. 'Hanging out' is not an activity, it is merely another sign of boredom. Ask kids why they hang out, 'having nothing else to do' would be the typical answer. Boredom leads to escapism or disruption. Introduce healthy active lifestyles to draw on their energy during the day and they would have no reason to 'hang out' after curfew.|
|...have the penises of convicted rapists and pedophiles chipped off.||I don't think I need to explain myself on this one. There will be no alternative. I can people say, "but that will just drive them underground". Well, they can run, but they can't hide. If they somehow manage to re-offend, they will be put in the prison for a long time with the 'general population'.|
|...reintroduce 'O' levels (or equivalent).||Every pupil will be have to take at least six compulsory subjects (English, mathematics, history, geography, one foreign language and one science subject) at 'O' level standard. They can take as many elective subjects as they choose to, but those six are compulsory. Grading will be done by allocating fixed percentages of papers achieve a certain levels - so the number of 'A' grades will be the same year after year. To maintain standards (or even to improve them), references will be made by comparing submitted course work and exam papers with those from five and ten years ago - if the overall standard is proved to be lower, the percentage allocated to top grades will be reduced to reflect poor performance across the population.|
|...create a 'National Service for Criminals'.||Petty crime offenders will be sent to service the nation instead of being locked up. The 'National Service for Criminals' will be a pool of labor resource which will direct offenders to repay their debts to society. The tasks that they will be engaged in will range from street cleaning, rubbish removal, graffiti removal, etc to small public building programs. For the more demanding services, they will be directed by qualified individuals from the fields concerned. The wages will be paid for this 'National Service' - at 100th of the national minimum pay. Offenders can only go through this 'National Service' three times, after that it will be lengthy jail terms.|
|...make convicted drug-related criminals (those who are not already addicted) take their own drugs and then make them go 'cold turkey', and repeatedly so for the duration of their prison terms.||It is entirely obvious that the penal punishment is not sufficient to deter drug pushers and drug dealers to stop their lucrative trades. So, what can be done to really deter them. Now, while I've never tried, never mind addicted to any hard drugs, I've been informed that going 'cold turkey' is probably the worst possible thing a drug addict has to go through. Well, let them have it! A taste of "their own medicine" is order here. Of course, they would be thoroughly dried up before they would be allowed back out into society - we can't allow our penal system producing even more losers than the rest of our society is already doing.|
|...introducing laws to remove certain human rights from convicted criminals.||It should be clearly understood that the moment someone has committed a crime, they should not be eligible for protections that are afforded to the rest of the society. There has to be price for crime and that price should be harsh and unforgiving. Why should we, the law-abiding society put up with those who have willingly broken the law?|
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