Knowledge is falling out of fashion. The rich and powerful just gave it two thumbs down. When Richard Li took the floor at the CLSA Investor's Forum, he invoked the memory of Albert Einstein. 'Imagination is more important than knowledge,' Mr Li said. 'For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.' Just a few hours later, News Ltd's Australian chairman and chief executive Lachlan Murdoch addressed an audience at the Pacific Basin Economic Council. 'Imagination is more important than knowledge,' he informed them. 'For knowledge is limited. . .' So, it would appear, is the quote supply. Here's this week's current events pop quiz: What do Puerto Rico, Bulgaria and the Chinese embassy have in common? Give up? Within the past month, they've all been bombed accidentally by the US. Yes, Belgrade isn't the only place where Nato forces have been lobbing missiles about with gay abandon. In April, a US Navy FA-18 fighter plane, apparently training for duty in Yugoslavia, accidentally dropped two 500-pound bombs on the small town of Vieques, Puerto Rico, killing one person and wounding four others, according to American publication Mother Jones. And five missiles have landed on Bulgaria since the air strikes began, the paper's on-line issue tells us. The worst incident, on April 28, saw an errant Nato air-to-ground missile blow the roof off a building in the suburbs of Sophia, about 30 km away from the border with Yugoslavia. Yesterday, the SCMP reported that Pentagon chiefs have warned Clinton his administration 'could not achieve its aim without troops'. Lai See has to agree with them. American flyers can't seem to achieve aim no matter where they are. North Korean soldiers are noble, self-sacrificing and chock full of revolutionary spirit. It's true. The Korean Central News Agency's movie review told us so. The agency published an on-line article critiquing a new light comedy called Comrade under the headline 'Noble traits of army-people unity'. The film, we are told, has already been viewed by General Secretary Kim Jong-il and is 'of great cognitive and educational importance'. The comedy 'represents the noble revolutionary comradeship of the commanding officers of the Korean People's Army (KPA) who always mix with soldiers to share weal and woe with them and look after them with paternal care.' Sounds like a real thigh slapper. 'Artistes show the rock-firm faith and will of the KPA to highly display the traditional traits of unity between officers and men, strengthen the might of the revolution by force of arms at the risk of their life and accomplish the Korean revolution which started with comradeship and has emerged victorious with comradeship.' Boy meet girl, boy joins army, boy shares weal and woe in display of rock-firm faith that strengthens the might of the revolution. These light comedies are so formulaic. When State Councillor Wu Yi speaks, people listen. Well, they do if they're in the room. But more than a dozen reporters were mysteriously absent from her speech before the Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC) meeting. Where were all the television and news wire journalists? It seems about 15 of them were trapped on the other side of the door, embroiled in an argument with security staff. 'ATV, TVB, CNBC, Dow Jones, Bloomberg and Reuters - everyone was locked out,' said one victim. 'No-one told us we had to get there an hour and a half ahead of time to get in. It was ridiculous and infuriating.' We note that PBEC calls itself 'The Independent Voice of Business in the Pacific'. Doesn't mean a whole lot if no one gets to hear it. They drive some hard bargains in the Hong Kong Dollar Saver. City University professor Dr Dennis Talbot was browsing through the latest issue when he saw an ad for bargain British car rentals at Martins Self Drive. The firm is offering discounts to customers who book ahead. But the prof has decided to let the opportunity fall by the wayside. Probably because he doesn't fancy ending up there himself. The deal is for 'Strand-by' customers only.