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Dollar Burger….

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Have you ever wondered how they made food so cheap? A Burger for a dollar – that too a burger with meat in between the bun cheeks. I just scratched the surface of  this whole business of making cheap food. I saw a movie in Stanford a few days ago titled King Corn and the movie talks about the corn industry, its subsidies, its end users and that one dollar burger.

Watch it because there are no political stands and it will not turn you off. It may make you puke the next time you eat that meat burger or take a swig out of that Coke can but it will not turn you off.

It is incredulous how much the farm sector is subsidized in the US and when you talk about subsidies to the Indian farmers, the economic elite of India squirm at you as if they have drunk from a coke can or eaten a meat burger after watching this movie.

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January 24, 2008 at 10:19 pm

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What a losss…..

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This has to be the nightmare season for Late Night Talk shows. First the writers strike and now the guy who was providing them with all the fodder drops out of the race

Thompson drops out of GOP presidential race

In a statement issued by his campaign, Fred Thompson said:

“Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort. Jeri and I will always be grateful for the encouragement and friendship of so many wonderful people.”

Filed under: Fred Thompson

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Written by Sudarshan Suresh

January 22, 2008 at 7:43 pm

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He has to resign…..

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Not one, Not two, Not Three but 15 cows have died and CM is shameslessly holding office. This is an unprecendented event in a democracy where such an atrocity has been committed and the head of state is still holding fort? How can this possible or even plausible in a democratic state? Can there even be a better instance to ask for his resignation?

The Hindu News Update Service

Blaming the DMK government for the death of 15 cows at the famous Rameswaram temple, AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa on Monday said Chief Minister M Karunanidhi should resign owning “moral responsibility” for the incident.

I have been a JJ sympathiser in the years previous but she has lost all my respect and support for such cheap politics. You ask for the CM’s resgination for killling 15 cows due to malnutrition? What Next, revolutionary leaderess ? Are you going to demand the PM’s resignation due to stray dog trouble in your Poes Garden neighborhood that is disturbing your sound sleep.? [ Sound sleep reminds me of a guy in my high school class who thought sound sleep was how snoring was described in style and wrote an entire essay on it]

You might think that such silly things do not warrant an answer by the CM. But the CM has decided to write in his party organ about why he will not resign for the sake of the cows. Can you believe that?

The Hindu News Update Service

TN CM rejects Jayalalithaa’s resignation demand

Jayalalitha sleeping soundly in her couch reminds me of this piece that I read today. If I had a vote, I will vote for the President who refers to America as the Land of Obesity instead of Land of Opportunity recognizing that obesity and healthcare are serious issues.

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Written by Sudarshan Suresh

January 22, 2008 at 6:25 pm

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Awe-inspiring

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Martin Luther King – one of the towering leaders in this world who fought for something that many of us take for granted – freedom.  Thanks to youtube, here is a recording of his famous speech – “I have a dream“, urging his supporters, opposers  to recognize the need for equality in America. The man is a great orator and I could feel the goosebumps in my throat as I listened to the speech.

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Written by Sudarshan Suresh

January 22, 2008 at 12:06 am

Become Vegetarian… It is just good Karma

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Food Security Endangered, Structural changes in global grain markets threaten India’s food security.
shouts the Economic and Political weekly.

One of the reasons  for the  increasing fears about food security is

The ongoing shift in dietary patterns towards livestock and high-value agricultural products. High growth in per capita income in populous developing countries is resulting in a rapid increase in per capita consumption of meat and other livestock products, which require several kilos of grain to produce one kilo of livestock. This is particularly true of China and perhaps beginning to take place in India as well.

I decided to forgo meat for precisely the same reason and there are many many across the world who renounce meat for the sake of economic and environmental vegetarianism. Your contribution to solving the food crisis might be small and insignificant but you can be happy that you did not contribute to it.  These are small changes to your lifestyle that you can do very easily and still feel that you have made a positive difference to the world – a difference in my opinion that is far more valuable than leading an unsustainable life and writing a check for charity every year.

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January 18, 2008 at 9:51 pm

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Exasperated…..

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Discrimination for dummies: V. 2008: P. Sainath

Increasingly, job quotas are cited as ‘discrimination’ — in reverse. But the word discrimination in terms of caste means something very different that the media mostly do not, or choose not to, understand.

This idea of reverse discrimination and feeling persecuted has existed amongst the upper class even 10 years ago when I went to school and was alloted admission under the reservation system. At that point of time, my family and other support systems never told me what was the real reason behind the system and I really thought I was losing a seat to someone other incompetent ( as his/her marks ) would suggest. Little did I know or Little was I told that if I was measured against him/her considering all factors, it was only justice that he/she won thatseat.

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January 17, 2008 at 9:49 pm

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Oh Green Bay

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There are things called DVDs these days and they are available everywhere. Are you folks living in a cave? This has to be the most ridiculous way of upsetting someone.

To Spite Eli, Green Bay Station Pulls The Plug On “Seinfeld”

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Written by Sudarshan Suresh

January 17, 2008 at 7:21 pm

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Sad realities

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I have heard a lot of people raving about the new Aamir Khan movie “Taare Zameen Par” about the problems of a dyslexic kid and somehow they seem to get that there is a problem and there is a lack of awareness. There millions of kids in India who are like Darsheel Zafary unable to recognize letters and numbers but they are not dyslexic. They are just poor and have been totally neglected by the Government which gloats over the success of its educational system purely based on the performance of the private schools to which the poor cannot afford to go. Basically, nearly 60 to 70% I would think cannot go to private schools and yet India pays very little attention to the Public school system.

The public school funding has gone up claims the New York Times article but the Government a year and a half ago buried the Right to Education Bill citing the lack of funds. I am pissed that the Government submitted to the private school if this article is to be believed. If we have to improve the overall structure of education, the civil society which includes the private schools need to cooperate and work with the Government.

For those who just cannot get it, imagine a servant maid’s son or daughter in your house studying in the same grade as you. I am refering to the servant’s son/daughter as him in the ensuing rant because he has 2 characters, she has 3 characters and I am doing it for the ease of typing and not because I am sexist) While you have the latest state of art computer, books and knowledgeable friends to discuss your academics, what does he have. He probably goes to a Government school with a little or no instruction and has seen a computer in his life only when he peeps into your room and all his friends are most likely going to be in the same knowledge level as him. If you and him have to compete for a seat in some college and if you think you both are on a level playing field, then you got to be smoking crack. You obviously have better access to resources. So, if he has to be at least in the same book as you ( leave out being in the same page), then don’t you think it would be a good idea to make the kids with no access to resources mingle with the ones which have access to resources and have them share these resources and learn together. This way, it might even reduce the need for reservations in higher institutions in a few decades.

Only if the Government spends the money in right areas and makes sure that the poor and underprivileged kids can measure up at least in some degree to the elite kids going to private schools, can India become on the road of true development. Until then, we will only be on the road for construction – constructing new roads and new factories.

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Written by Sudarshan Suresh

January 17, 2008 at 7:00 pm

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For this guy’s courage and sense of humor

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I am ready to make Jesus my savior 🙂

I think I have a man crush on this guy. I can see some faces twitching but I have googled man crush and found these meanings and this ought to be the one that reflects my feelings for Kolbert

man crush: A man having extreme admiration for another man, as though he wants to be him.

I think I should go a little far and explain myself . The feeling is quite like what Advani has for Vajpayee. He has an extreme admiration for him as though he wants to be him 🙂 that he goes to the extent of even recommending Vajpayee for Bharat Ratna.

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Written by Sudarshan Suresh

January 16, 2008 at 11:59 pm

Digital Chasm

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It is no longer a digital divide. While India churns out as assembly line of engineers every year, it pulls the veil over a problem – the reigning inequality in the manner in which the information can be accessed and shared.  Hindu ran an editorial last week – Why not a Rs.5000 computer? – hot on the heels of the announcement of the new Nano.

Only such bold, technologically and socially imaginative, out-of-the-box approaches can connect India’s underprivileged, above all children, to the knowledge economy.

While it might seem a little naive to ask for laptops to kids who might not even have access to electricity in their homes, I think this scheme needs to be encouraged so that at least Government schools have facilities that would help these kids to get connected to the wealth of information out there in the internet. The possibilities are endless when such a things happen and need to be limited to producing kids who are semi-colon fixers. 

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Written by Sudarshan Suresh

January 16, 2008 at 11:28 pm

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