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This is for you Mr. Triskaedophobiac

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I had mentioned earlier that I like McCain amongst all Republican candidates but it would be an herculean task for him to win the nomination. But he won. I said he would loose and he won.

This time I sam saying he would win the Presidency. Mr. Supersitious McCain, I have jinxed you. Try to come out of this spell. 🙂

The Washington Times, America’s Newspaper

Sen. John McCain is famously superstitious  he won’t take a salt shaker from a passer’s hand: bad luck  and now those black rituals are permeating his campaign and the people who work for him.

Jinxing Mac makes me feel like this guy in the video below …. ” papaabbbappaaaa”

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April 30, 2008 at 11:32 am

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Free Swings….

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Obama has proved one thing. He does not read stuff white people like and this explains why he fares badly amongst the white voters. Read it brother!!!

He has the support of an important white man.

Roger Waters plays `Dark Side,’ unleashes giant pig – Yahoo! News

The underside of the pig simply read “Obama” with a checked ballot box alongside.

I have been to a Waters concert and it is definitely a spectacle. In his concert, most people are so “high” on whatever gets them high that they may not have read the underside of the pig. It must have been a kick-ass show that even the pig is having an hangover 🙂 .

From the pig to corrupt swines. Here is a news item that I read a few days ago…

Maharashtra CM fund relief for clubs, kabaddi

While more than Rs 24 crore was disbursed in 2003, Rs 27 crore was disbursed in 2003 and nearly half of that money was given to carom associations, ghazal performances, mango festivals and kabaddi tournaments.

I thought the relief fund was supposed to be used at the time of disaster for the poor and the underprivileged or at least for those sections at other times. I guess the Maharashtra Government differs. Next year, they might use the money to protest the cheerleaders.

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April 28, 2008 at 9:23 pm

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Byte Sized

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I am still rubbing my eyes in disbelief that I read something like this from the Government of India. Is Mr. Mukherjee making a case for the Param Vir Chakra by showing some courage? Before he clarifies his position or says he misspoke, I have to congratulate him for growing a backbone and putting the US in its place.

The Hindu : Front Page : Leave it to IAEA, says Pranab

We are telling the U.S. ‘do not take on yourself the responsibility whether Iran was manufacturing weapons or not. Leave it to the IAEA, the designated authority’,”

This comes almost around the same time as a shocking statement from Hilary who was trying to play up her foreign policy experience.
Clinton says U.S. could ‘totally obliterate’ Iran | Reuters

“I want the Iranians to know that if I’m the president, we will attack Iran (if it attacks Israel),” Clinton said in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them,” she said.

Looks likes she wears those flag pins all over her body and is really “bitter” about Iran. Hilary, I thought the campaign was about bringing troops home and not being a bully in the middle east.

How can I end a post about Hilary and Iran without a word from  Mr. Truthiness Stephen Colbert and the word is “Iraq the Vote”

http://www.milkandcookies.com/link/103750/detail/

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April 24, 2008 at 11:06 am

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Mother Earth

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Its Earth Day. Environmentalism is really about doing the right thing even when it is not convenient.

If you are interested in knowing why you need to really limit the amount of resources on which you live and lead a sustainable lifestyle, please see Ann Leonard’s wonderful movie – The Story of Stuff

If you are really interested in really having a very small carbon footprint, read Colin Bevan’s blog

I am so happy that people do not sell greeting cards for Earth Day. That would be a ultimate marketing ripoff.

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April 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm

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I am not smarter than a fourth grader

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I shot off a letter to the editors of Hindustan Times, Asian Age, Deccan herald, Times of India, Indian Express, The Hindu, India West and India Abroad asking the Prime Minister of India to intervene swiftly and smartly to provide complete justice to the survivors of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, a cause with which I stand in solidarity and volunteered for the last 5 years. I shall publish the letter in my blog after I have made sure that these outlets do not publish my letter. My other letters on the same topic have not been published and I am 99.99% sure that they will not publish my letter but in the year of Obama, hope lingers :-). For the other letters and op-eds 🙂 on this subject, you can search my posts.

In the meanwhile, here is a letter that is published on the campaign website bhopal.net and it has been written by a fourth grader. I can assure you that my letter is not as powerful as this one.
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In an other succinctly crafted letter, artists and writers across the world including Arundhati Roy, Suketu Mehta, Anand Patwardhan and Indra Sinha, have urged the PM to exactly do the same thing that the 4 grader is asking them to do. Here is an excerpt from Indra’s blog
Footnotes · An open letter to the Prime Minister and government of India

Dear Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,

Nearly a quarter of a century after the Union Carbide gas disaster in Bhopal, the company’s factory remains uncleaned while chemicals leaking from the site continue to poison the drinking water of tens of thousands. Children in the affected communities are being born with deformities so severe that their pictures could not be published in the media. The Union Carbide Corporation, now wholly owned by Dow Chemical, disclaims responsibility for the factory and for the last 16 years has refused to appear in the Indian court where it faces serious criminal charges. In these circumstances, we urge you and your ministers to honour your promises made two years ago in relation to proper health care and monitoring for those affected by the gas and poisoned water, to obey the Indian Supreme Court’s 2004 order to provide safe drinking water for communities whose water is poisoned and not to have business dealings with Union Carbide Corporation or its legal owners while the contempt of court continues.

If you really care to do something more to the cause of these survivors, please visit www.bhopal.net

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April 16, 2008 at 1:09 pm

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MUST WATCH!!!!

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Bush Security Adviser Stephen Hadley Can’t Tell The Difference Between Nepal And Tibet – Politics on The Huffington Post

Bush Security Adviser Stephen Hadley Can’t Tell The Difference Between Nepal And Tibet

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April 15, 2008 at 3:08 pm

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Thinking alike

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I had asked India do this in my blog almost a month ago

Tibet should be free…. « Flyswatting….

Come on, India. We need to support the Tibetans in their quest for freedom. The easiest thing India can do is make a statement by boycotting the Olympics.

Finally someone has echoed( or as I would like to call it – plagiarized) my thoughts.

Boycott Beijing Olympics: RSS chief

All democratic countries including India should stay away from the opening ceremony of the Beijing [Images] Olympics [Images], beginning in August, in order to protest the violent incidents in Tibet [Images], Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief K S Sudarshan said on Friday.

By pure coincidence, it is from a namesake. I consider it a personal moment of triumph and so I have decided to return you the favor Sudarshanji. I shall pick up something you said and agree on it. It is very very rare that I agree with anyone on anything and so I thought this is the best way to repay the man. I scoured the internet to see which quote I agree with and I found one. 🙂

RSS Chief: Produce more kids, Ok?

RSS Supremo KS Sudarshan asked Hindus to produce a minimum of 3 children and even 17 (wow!) to keep the demographic profile intact. He is apparently alarmed by the rate which Muslims are multiplying their numbers through birth, changing places and illegal infiltration in India. He is not the only Hindu who feels threatened; he has millions of backers for his concern.

I agree with this because he mentioned people should have 17 kids. 17 is my favorite and lucky number. So people, multiply and do not even think about contraception. After all, it was not invented by Indians. Contraceptives are a Western conspiracy to reduce our numbers. Be a true swadeshi and remember 17. We would have not only boycotted the Olympics but also taken the Gold medal for the sport of population from China. Isn’t this what people call vision?

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April 13, 2008 at 11:32 am

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knock knock…

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If I were you, I would read no further….

CNN reports that in a poll that someone conducted McCain- Condy ticket is a big winner over the democrats. I think CNN must have not read the fine-print that this poll polled only republicans

CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive – Poll suggests McCain-Rice ticket could win big « – Blogs from CNN.com

In a new poll conducted by Marist College and WNBC, a McCain-Rice ticket would beat a ticket that includes both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in New York — a state that reliably votes for the Democratic candidate. (In 2004, John Kerry beat President Bush there by nearly 20 points. In 2000, the margin between Al Gore and Bush was an even higher 25 points.)

A wired column says US Army spies on blogs. Now I know who visited my blog through a search on “How to Leave Gutkha?”

Army Spies on Blogs? | Danger Room from Wired.com

Even seemingly innocent personal blogs are on the Army’s official watch list, according to a report leaked to the controversial Wikileaks website. Cue press release!

Here is an interesting news item.

Nude photo of French first lady auctioned – UPI.com

A nude photo of Carla Bruni, the model-cum-French first lady, sold for $91,000 at auction at Christie’s in New York, the auction house said.
Still, the first lady’s photo selling price didn’t compete with a photo of Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen or old-school French bombshell Brigitte Bardot.
A bare-chested photo of Bundchen drew a top bid of $193,000, while a portrait of Bardot by Richard Avedon sold for $181,000.

Tom Brady should call Sarkozy and ask for the keys to Paris. Moreover, the picture of Bruni was bought by an unknown Chinese collector. Angered by Sarkozy’s decision to boycott the Olympics, Hu Jintao might have bought the picture to use it as a bait.

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April 11, 2008 at 4:40 pm

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Sympathy, Apathy and Venkatachalapthy

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This is a follow-up post to my earlier post on worker visa,

Showing a rare display of sympathy to the H1 seekers, the USCIS has increased the OPT time for foreign students graduating with a Masters Degree. This means you can stay longer in the country without a job after your Masters. Isn’t that wonderful? I am pissed off as they did not think about it a few years ago when I was on my OPT. They tried to squeeze me out of this wonderful country. 🙂

Tech companies win small victory in H-1B push | Tech news blog – CNET News.com

The new rule announced late Friday will allow recent graduates with science, technology, engineering, or mathematics degrees to stay in the country for 29 months, instead of the previous 12 months, if they’re participating in an off-campus on-the-job training program related to their field of study.

Meanwhile, the Congress continues its apathy towards the quota as even this year’s quota is full and brimming. Somehow the unemployment numbers and H1B quota filings are at loggerheads. The unemployment numbers have been high which has caused bird flu amongst the investors but the H1B’s are flying like hot cakes.

H-1B visa quota met; selection to be random

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has said that it has received enough H-1B visa applications, for high-tech professionals and highly in demand among Indians, to meet the congressionally mandated cap for fiscal year 2009.

Announcing that the quota had been met the USCIS did not give the number of applications received but said it would “carry out the computer-generated random selection process” at a date to be determined.

Random selection essentially means only one thing- whichever God you believe, please put the burden on Venkatachalapathy 🙂 (so that this blog title has some meaning) and wait for your number to be called. Yezhu Gundalavada..Govinda …Govinda…!!! Edukondalavada, Venkataramana, Govinda Govinda

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April 9, 2008 at 11:59 am

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Tibet activists “Gere” up for the D-Day – Pictures

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My wife and I was in San Francisco tonight to stand in a solidarity candlelight vigil with the freedom movement in Tibet.

Pictures (courtesy my wife) are available at http://picasaweb.google.com/sudarshan.suresh/TibetAction/

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April 8, 2008 at 11:47 pm