Recent Tweets @shanitiwari

theeconomist:

Daily chart: the costliest natural disasters since 1980. The world has succeeded in making natural disasters less deadly. Economic costs, though, are rising as people and industrial activity cluster in disaster-prone areas such as river deltas and earthquake fault lines.

We actually spend so much money on setting up committees and panels and what not, we develop very foolproof systems, yet we either do not implement them or we look the other way. I find it difficult to think that we are an innately corrupt, lazy, dishonest people.

  • Alfred Pennyworth:
  • A long time ago, I was in Burma, my friends and I were working for the local government. They were trying to buy the loyalty of tribal leaders by bribing them with precious stones. But their caravans were being raided in a forest north of Rangoon by a bandit. So we went looking for the stones. But in six months, we never found anyone who traded with him. One day I saw a child playing with a ruby the size of a tangerine. The bandit had been throwing them away.
  • Bruce Wayne:
  • Then why steal them?
  • Alfred Pennyworth:
  • Because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.