Opulent waste at the Brunei car tomb

According to Paul Craig Roberts

Easily more than one billion dollars of Brunei’s oil revenues had found their way into the finance minister’s car collection.

Sheehan reports that the cars were stored in about 12 buildings “surrounded by a high wall topped with razor wire and with a bomb-proof front gate” and patrolled by “armed Gurkhas with very serious German shepherds.” The security was for naught, because “the air conditioning was off, but the tropical sun was not.” Years of heat and humidity had destroyed the cars. The storage facilities had become a car tomb.

Sheehan concluded that most of the cars were in such a state of ruin that only a few of the cars had sufficiently high inherent values to support commercially viable restorations. The best use of the rest, Sheehan decided, would be to turn them into an artificial ocean reef.

The careless waste is shocking and even more so to car buffs who consider many of the ruined cars to be artistic masterpieces.

According to Carl N. McDaniel and John M. Gowdy

At first glance Nauru is just a very clear-cut case of short-sighted misjudgment that could easily have been avoided. Like the entire planet, Nauru’s fate was sealed by greed, corruption, and short-sightedness. The problem and its solution seem obvious: When we are educated to realize the folly of devastating the life-support systems and ravenously consuming the resources that permit human habitation, we will readily change our behavior and will be on the road to sustainability. But, in reality, folly holds the upper hand. Why this is so, as well as why Nauru is a window through which one can see global trajectories into disaster, are the stories we seek to tell.

An open bar was not the best idea

An open bar was not the best idea

According to Bob Dylan

Wealth is a filthy rag
So erotic so unpatriotic
So wrapped up in the American flag

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