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    Quote Originally Posted by SiangMalam View Post
    Come.... my Indonesian partner Oktavianus (aka Pak Yunus) will be here with his family from 27 June - 2nd July to feast on durians... I'm putting him up at Holiday Inn
    Let you spend some private time with Pak Yunus...then I shall be there to crowd your style

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    Sun at 8.00 am this morning. Haze has arrived in Subang Jaya! We are going to suffer for the few weeks...or months. Aiyah!



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    Satellite pic on June 19 2013; source: NASA Earth Observatory. Notice that part of the smoke from Sumatra has been diverted to us. Perak, Penang still not affected.

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    I see a lot of people stay at home. The park is quite empty, no people jogging this morning.

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    Any other site gives 3-hr api readings? Can't seem to access the DOE website.

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    There goes the super moon photography tonight

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firefly View Post
    There goes the super moon photography tonight
    Moon at its closest point to us. So some people are going to be affected by the extra gravitational pull on their brains! Increase tendency towards lunacy...Monday's parliamentary session should be interesting...can see the lunatics on both sides going at each other's throats
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    Moon or whatever, I reckon people are still tense about the worrysome haze and the near future come what may. Those lunatics better work, contribute something very positive and affirmative action in a day rather than display lunatic antics or flowery language that actually do the rakyat no good at all.

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    Pandas and Haze

    "If the haze is not resolve China would not even let the pandas come," said LGE Link@MK: DAP flays gov't for 'prioritising pandas over haze'

    He said this, chiding Natural Resource and Environment Minister G Palanivel for apparently prioritizing the Pandas that are scheduled to arrive soon.

    Do you think China will prevent the Pandas from coming?


    [Haze In China:More than 8,000 people were killed by the pollutant PM2.5 in four Chinese cities in 2012, according to Greenpeace. Image by Greenpeace]

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    Here's an interesting article if you haven't read before

    Why Indonesia cannot stop the fires and haze



    Why Indonesia cannot stop the fires and haze
    INTERACTIONS By FRANCIS NG


    SOME years ago, I travelled from Pontianak into the centre of South Kalimantan during the burning season in a hired car.

    We drove many hours through a country that was completely covered in fire and smoke, but mostly smoke. It was a strange experience, not at all like what we had expected. It was quite safe to drive even though the fires were burning right up to the roadsides. There were people living among the burning vegetation in little huts all along the way, spaced out at wide intervals and carrying on as if everything was normal. No property was damaged and no lives were lost. Here and there a small flame would flare up but only for a short time and then the vegetation would continue to smoulder. These so-called forest fires were not at all like the life-threatening forest fires of Australia, the United States, and the Mediterranean. What was going on?

    Our driver told us the story. The huts were occupied by settlers who were the children of the original Transmigrasi migrants from Java. Their parents had been shipped in by the government to occupy land schemes sponsored by the government. These land schemes were like the Felda schemes in Malaysia, on land cleared from forests. That was one generation ago. The children of these land schemes were now spreading out all over Kalimantan and clearing land for themselves.

    The custom in Kalimantan is that any land cleared and occupied belongs to whoever clears and occupies it. Any land that reverts back to jungle is open to others to clear and claim. As a result, each settler clears as much land as possible although he is able to farm only a small part of it. The rest would revert back to jungle but is prevented from doing so by fires set by the settlers themselves whenever the weather is dry. So the same land is burnt year after year after year. These are fires on low vegetation, deliberately set by hundreds of thousands of independent poor farmers who barely survive from hand to mouth, living in absolutely primitive conditions. When will it end? When somebody buys the land and converts it to permanent organised agriculture, as for growing oil palm. The land that the settlers clear and claim represent their only hope of escape from poverty.

    The timber industry could be blamed because in logging, they create roads into the forests and leave behind the dead branches and leaves that can be set on fire in the first round of burning. The oil palm industry can be blamed if it gives the settlers hope by ultimately buying land that has been cleared and repeatedly burnt. But it is ultimately the social conditions in the country that are responsible for this state of affairs.

    If Malaysia did not have a strict land-ownership system whereby people could legally own land in perpetuity or for specified periods, we would quickly see a land grab and total disappearance of all our forests, followed by annual fires to keep land cleared. Our land laws were established and enforced by the British when they had absolute power to do so, in the name of the sultans. It would be difficult for countries without such laws to establish and enforce such laws now.

    After that drive into the interior of Kalimantan, I visited the peat areas near the coast. These areas were also heavily covered in smoke, to the extent that the airport had to be closed, but the concept here was different. The fires were set by Bugis rice farmers from Sulawesi who had cleared the forests by fire after their gigantic ramin trees had been extracted by loggers. The peat is many metres deep and unsuitable for growing rice, so the farmers grow pineapples and other acid-tolerant plants. Every year, during the dry season, they set the peat on fire and burn of a part of it. Eventually, after about 10 years, all the peat will be burnt off and they will be able to grow rice on mineral soil.

    The annual fires in Kalimantan and, I assume in Sumatra also, are not spontaneous forest fires but deliberate agricultural fires started and kept alive by hundreds of thousands of peasant farmers. Solutions like sending in the fire brigade, or raising the penalty for oil palm growers and loggers for setting forests on fire, sound good on paper but does not come anywhere near to addressing the issues.

    I cannot help but suspect that the real reasons for the fires and haze were known long ago by people on the ground, but it served the purpose of the international environmental NGOs and the international news agencies to put the blame on their favourite baddies the logging and oil palm industries. So long as the problem is not examined honestly, no implementable solution is likely to be found.

    Botanist and researcher Francis Ng is the former deputy director-general of the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia. He is now the botanical consultant to Bandar Utama City Centre Sdn Bhd and the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre.

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    And its 93deg F right now...this is very very warm right now. Keeping myself occupied by deep cleaning washing my LP records...many haven't washed thoroughly for years.
    Don't need a thermometer for temperature..Internet app on the desktop does just fine!..

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    Health Ministry orders all govt hospitals to provide face masks.

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    http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...126&sec=nation

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    You can whack him on @SBYudhoyono or @PresidenSBY on twitter......

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