Archive for May, 2008

Fuel Price Hike: What is everyone thinking?

Posted in Governments, Idiot Soceity with tags , , on May 29, 2008 by Mambalam Mani

Communist Parties: Who cares if the oil companies are crying and the Government is subsidizing itself to death. Once again we won the war for the people by reducing the price hike from Rs.10 to Rs.5.

P.Chidambaram: I could have bridged the price gap by levying a new tax to the surcharge collected from fuel sales

Murali Deora: What do you think we are selling? Desalinated water?

Common Man: Once again they fueled speculations of increasing the price by 10 when they were actually going to increase only by 5 so that we will feel ‘less burdened’ at the end.

George Bush: It is not due to war. It is because of the increased spending capacity of the Indian middle class who are driving more for work and leisure.

Jayalalitha: It is because of the poor management under the DMK regime

Indian Media: We have on stage two of the most eminent scientists and economists to discuss what could be the reason for the increase in fuel prices and what this means to the Indian people, blah, blah, blah….

OPEC: (Laughing out too much to even think anything coherent)

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Middle Class

Posted in advanced thinking 101, Idiot Soceity, Madras on May 22, 2008 by filarial

What I find distressing of the Middle class I was a apart of three years ago is how much ever I changed the middle class did not change one Iota. They continue to squabble of petty things, mamiar says the same things to the maatu ponni after 20 years and the maatu ponnu gets angry the same way. The same fears of having a successful(= to money to spend) and married ( however bad the bride or groom to whom the son or daughter is being married to) and hence “happy” children drives them. And the need to put those fears constantly onto the children in the name of “I have seen much more of life than you and I am parent so I have right to say so” but in actuality to be at peace with one’s self. The suffocation this breeds is so much so that the urge to completely disappear breeds strong but then I am part and slave of the same system however angry depressed or sarcastic I might be.

Ancestors had leg-up to trees … I cant think of a funnier title either

Posted in Stupid Environmentalists on May 16, 2008 by filarial

I just found this insanely funny..:D

The ancestors of humans, apes and monkeys may have taken to the trees because of their small body size.

Scientists have long wondered why early primates inhabited forest canopies, given that climbing appears to consume more energy than walking.

US researchers studied primates climbing and walking on treadmills.

They say there was no difference in energy consumption for small primates, giving clues to how their ancestors entered the trees 65 million years ago.

Dr Jandy Hanna of Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, said the data suggested that the earliest primates were able to exploit a new environment without added cost if they remained small.

War and Peace

Posted in advanced thinking 101 on May 10, 2008 by filarial

I must say even though I am from the subcontinent– my political awareness is minimum and I have no idea what the situation is with the Burmese Junta. But even so is this ever a viable solution??–

So what other options exist? Retired General William Nash of the Council on Foreign Relations says the US should first pressure China to use its influence over the junta to get them to open up and then supply support to the Thai and Indonesian militaries to carry out relief missions. “We can pay for it — we can provide repair parts to the Indonesians so they can get their Air Force up. We can lend the them two C-130s and let them paint the Indonesian flag on them,” Nash says. “We have to get the stuff to people who can deliver it and who the Burmese government will accept, even if takes an extra day or two and even if it’s not as efficient as the good old US military.” Egeland advocates that the UN Security Council take punitive steps short of war, such as freezing the regime’s assets and issuing warrants for the arrest of individual junta members if they were to leave the country. Similar measures succeeded in getting the government of Ivory Coast to let in foreign relief teams in 2002, Egelend says.

And if that fails? “It’s important for the rulers to know the world has other options,” Egeland says. “If there were, say, the threat of a cholera epidemic that could claim hundreds of thousands of lives and the government was incapable of preventing it, then maybe yes — you would intervene unilaterally.” But by then, it could be too late. The cold truth is that states rarely undertake military action unless their national interests are at stake; and the world has yet to reach a consensus about when, and under what circumstances, coercive interventions in the name of averting humanitarian disasters are permissible. As the response to the 2004 tsunami proved, the world’s capacity for mercy is limitless. But we still haven’t figured out when to give war a chance.

What I fail to understand is what is “responsible journalism”? How can someone advocate war and threats and such arrogance rather than think of a viable solution? How can one invade a country with whose people you have no idea of — whose culture and way of life you do not protect– kill more innocent soldiers in the wake of a disaster that too– and think you are being humanitarian in saving the other half who are in more dire need of aid? On top of that you talk of utter rubbish in destabilizing the south asian region by supplying military assistance to certain nations thus raising the ire of the others while being pseudo intellectual in the other part of the world?? And on the tip you express an opinion about the good old US military that has a great track record on its own.

Addendum– and to think that this guy— has a sub continent type of name and is a “world” editor from time and a Stanford graduate of course adds even more , for the lack of a better word, ” credibility”…

‘Electing’ to stay fit

Posted in Mambalam Mani with tags on May 9, 2008 by Mambalam Mani

It is safe to assume that Sharad Pawar being the Chairman of BCCI and a MP at the same time will inaugurate the facility by being the first person to run on the treadmill. And of course, the obnoxiously omnipresent Shahrukh Khan might even host an inaugural show where he will perform numbers from his films.

Middle class morality

Posted in advanced thinking 101, Idiot Soceity, Madras, Moral thinking 101 with tags on May 8, 2008 by filarial

About 50 years ago cultural/moral policeman in a culturally conservative country called USA curbed the comic book culture for its evil influence.

“Everybody read comic books. They were the most popular form of entertainment in America,” he said.

The fact that such entertainment was primarily aimed at children and teens raised the ire of authorities, including social scientists, newspaper columnists and political leaders. These works, they believed, were causing crime and degeneracy. They had to be stopped.

Towns hosted bonfires to rid themselves of comics; congressional hearings about the issue helped burnish the image of Tennessee’s Estes Kefauver, who had led hearings against organized crime”

50 years later I see a mob culture has developed in India that is no diffeferent in either its moral policing tactics ( read all the hallaboo about Jodha Akbar for example ) and is the same in countries like Iran or Afghanistan. What I fail to understand is how come idiots all over India still love to say — This is India not Amrika — We have culture and moral values — Insane losers

How filarial became assistant to Mambalam Mani (Gurkha by night)

Posted in advanced thinking 101, Madras with tags , on May 7, 2008 by filarial

I used to be scared shit of street dogs till about the second year of college- when one night at about 1 am I got so mad at the barking street dogs i just went out and chased the dogs down the street waving madly wearing a lunghi and banyan…. there was watch man who said- “Saar seriya erukengalaa.. saaar”…. anyway I found the dogs were now scareder of me.. easy enough

I think the strategy will work with these stupid communist politicians as well .. in fact what the heck all politicians

Sighhh.. I miss Madras ..