OF MICE AND MEN

ngayon ang first day ng ‘rat attack’. ito ang bagong programa ng gobyerno para sa extermination ng mga daga sa buong isla. executed in a manner that is so typically singaporean, this 8 month long program is meant to eliminate all of singapore’s 12,950 rats (daga) living in 8,631 burrows (lungga). paano nila binilang ito? ewan ko. siguro, mayrong isang committee na ito lang ang trabaho – ie tagahanap ng lungga at tagabilang ng daga (uy, it rhymes).

the metrics of success shall be based on “the number of active burrows, bait consumption, the number of rodents trapped (dead or alive) and the absence of other signs of rodent infestation such as fresh droppings and gnaw marks”.

naalala nyo ba nung 70’s, yung balita na pinag bisikleta raw ng isang linggo ni marcos si ariel ureta dahil sinabi niya “sa ikauunlad ng bayan, bisikleta ang kailangan“, instead of “sa ikauunlad ng bayan, disiplina ang kailangan“. true story ba ito o apocryphal (rhymes with kupal) lang? mangyari ay mayron kasing isa pang bagong lipunan slogan na niloloko namin nung araw, that’s related to this topic. eto yung “batas ay ginawa upang sundin at isagawa” na ginagawa naming “butas ay ginawa upang suotan ng mga daga“.

“and will there be rabbits, george?” “yeah, lennie. there’ll be rabbits.”

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