Monday's Apoc-Eclipse Liveblog

Monday's Apoc-Eclipse Liveblog

In the post below, I mentioned that Islam can't even build a functioning sidewalk. But don't take it from me -- take if from the New York Times:

Dita Wahyunita doesn’t like walking the streets of the Indonesian capital. And why would she? The sidewalk alone outside her high-rise office building near central Jakarta answers that question sufficiently. The pavement is cracked and uneven. There are missing sewer covers, exposed electrical wires and aggressive motorcyclists using the walkway to avoid traffic jams — or as parking lots.

Then, of course, she faces the stifling tropical heat, air pollution, pickpockets and other shady characters. “I don’t feel safe walking for a number of reasons,” said Ms. Dita, 24. “The sidewalks here are terrible. In other countries, they have wide sidewalks only for pedestrians, so it’s O.K.”

Jakarta, an urban sprawl of approximately 10 million people, with a metropolitan region of about 30 million, is the poster child of the nation’s walking woes. Only 7 percent of the capital’s 4,500 miles of road have sidewalks, according to local government data.