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save the world, fire this guy

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If there is one person who doesn’t deserve what he is taking home from his employer, then it has to be ESPN’s Ron Jaworski. He talks without a total lack of preparation or calls something his preparation and bullshits totally.

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Written by Sudarshan Suresh

November 30, 2007 at 7:05 pm

Posted in Football

Poor Measurement

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One of my usual searches in the web led me to the  CIA website which  for reasons well known maintains all sort of statistics on nations. On India, it says 26% lie below the Poverty Line. I dig through a little bit more because I am quite surprised that only 26% live below the poverty line ( I was not trying to romanticize poverty but I am a little curious whether the number is true). I found this great article by Dilp D Souza

The official estimates of the poverty line are based on a norm of 2400 calories per capita per day for rural areas and 2100 per capita per day for urban areas.” This goes back to the 1970s; at that time, we decided to measure poverty levels by considering a minimum nutritional level. More accurately, the measure was the amount of money required to buy food equivalent to this nutritional level. If you earned more than this amount, you were above the poverty line.
Something important to note here: it’s not that your expenditure on food – the portion of your earnings that you spend on food – had to be more than this amount for you to be recognised as being above the poverty line. No, the definition assumed that your entire earnings had to be more than the amount. That is, the official definition of the poverty line assumed that you spend all your money on food. Keep that in mind.

The measurement, as the article goes to a great extent in pointing out, is absolutely flawed. It is like getting a degree just passing one subject out of five. Isn’t it time to change the measurement or is it a deliberate strategy by the Government to stick with the dated scheme so that they look good.

I am from the so-called middle class of India. This self-imposed
classification is one of those weird things that I have noticed – we
don’t want others to cast their eyes on our riches, so we called
ourselves middle classes. At the same time, we do not want to be
classified along with the poor, so we called ourselves middle class. I
have thought about it for one second and I am sure I do not belong to
the middle class. I belong to a elite class of people in this world and
I am not saying this in vanity. I am saying it with humility clearly
understanding what it means to be poor.

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Written by Sudarshan Suresh

November 29, 2007 at 8:05 pm

Posted in Smoking Crack

Consumption is the big problem

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Climate change affects the poor more than the rich. So why do the rich care? . All the rich and not so rich ( conveniently called ‘middle class’) want is to burn electricity as if it were their birthright, drive the most high powered car in market, waste resources as if their parents built the world just for them and chase the latest gadgets in the market. As mentioned earlier in the blog, the key to global warning or resource scarcity is curbing over-consumption. The propagandists like Gore must focus more on reduction of usage rather than reuse and recycle.

A stronger focus on the need to consume just what is needed will be a bold step because the stock markets are not going to like it. America and the developing, developed world thrives on the need to use more – buying that second cellphone, chasing after a new HDTV, racing around in a gas guzzling truck etc etc.

In the quoted article above, I found this interesting –

The report says George Bush’s home-state of Texas (population 23 million) has a bigger carbon footprint than the whole of sub-Saharan Africa (population 720 million).

. Charity must begin at home, Can the President do something about this or will we get his usual quirks and silence

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Written by Sudarshan Suresh

November 28, 2007 at 7:23 pm

Posted in Smoking Crack

Rich Man’s wife: Poor Movie

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The Rich Man’s Wife is amurder mystery starring Halle Berry. She is the only saving grace in an otherwise bad movie. If I were you, I wouldn’t watch it even for Halle Berry’s sake.

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Written by Sudarshan Suresh

November 28, 2007 at 2:05 am

Democratic Nominees: The Money Angle

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I looked at the fundraising profiles of the leading democratic party Presidential nominees. Hillary Clinton has raised a truck load of dough and Barrack Obama is closely following her in the race. John Edwards is a distant third. Hillary has raised a whooping 58.6% of her cash in $2300 donations and Obama has raised 41.4% of his kitty in big ticket donations, with John Edwards raising 31% in the highest donation category. In my opinion, this is a clear indication that Hillary is popular with the ones who have the money namely the corporation heads etc. It might be statistically incongruent but interesting to note that Hillary raised only 40% of donations in less than 2300 whereas Obama and Edwards have raised 58% and 68% of donations in smaller denominations. I call it statistically incongruent because Edwards is a good 60 million below Hillary. The percentages still make me think that Edwards and Obama have a stronger grassroots campaign and appeal more to the working class and middle class than Ms. Clinton.

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Written by Sudarshan Suresh

November 28, 2007 at 2:03 am

Posted in Alter Ego

for eff’s sake, can someone take note and do something

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Dioxin Spot in Mich. Could Be Worst Ever and if you know a little bit about Dioxins and Michigan, you will figure out the offender. Dow is the offender and has been the offender in many many places. In my opinion, there is no place for companies like this in the world. But the world seems to differ.

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Written by Sudarshan Suresh

November 27, 2007 at 7:06 pm

Posted in Smoking Crack

deflating….

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I never knew what this word felt like until Thursday evening. USC just knocked the lights out of my ASU Sun Devils team and I felt like a car running on just air. I felt like puking. I felt like buring my face into the pillow and crying until the tears dried out. I just couldn’t believe what had just happend.

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Written by Sudarshan Suresh

November 26, 2007 at 10:04 pm

Posted in Alter Ego, Football

Not a bad movie

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At the fag end of a long weekend, we decided to chill out a little bit and watchFinal Analysis . The movie was OK . There were couple of instances where I thought the movie was over but it twisted and turned into a new sub-plot before finally ending in an different direction. Richard Gere plays his part of a shrink very well and needless to say, he has turned in a good performance romancing the leading lady, Kim Basinger. If I were given a choice, I would havr romanced Kim Basinger’s sister in the movie Uma Thurman. The leading lady of Kill Bill looks young and ravishing as a psychiatric patient. I t may not be a bad idea to add this movie to the middle of your netflix queue

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Written by Sudarshan Suresh

November 26, 2007 at 10:02 pm

Sun Devil Baby!!!

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I went to Arizona State and I am a Sun Devil. I wear my school pride on my sleeve although Noam Chomsky calls it irrational jingoism. Why wouldn’t you wear the pride on the sleeve, when the entrance video before football games is so awe inspiring….

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Written by Sudarshan Suresh

November 22, 2007 at 12:52 am

Posted in Alter Ego

oragsmic….

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I am a big fan of AC/DC. I can feel the hair in the back of my neck stand up when I listen to their music. I am madly frenzied by the sound of their music. Anyone will feel the rush when they hear music like this one below…. the video is called Thunderstruck and it just kicks ass…..

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Written by Sudarshan Suresh

November 22, 2007 at 12:40 am

Posted in Alter Ego