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Wow!!! Huge landmark judgement by the California Supreme Court.

BBC NEWS | Americas | California lifts gay marriage ban

California’s top court has ruled that a state law banning marriage between same-sex couples is unconstitutional.

The state’s Supreme Court said the “right to form a family relationship” applied to all Californians regardless of sexuality.

I applaud this move and before you jump at me and chew my ears like a Rush Limbaugh or Bill O Reilly, kindly read this wonderfully articulated essay on Gay Marriage: The Arguments and the Motives

Gay Marriage: The Arguments and the Motives

It’s because there is a lot of misunderstanding about what homosexuality really is, as well as the erroneous assumption that gay people enjoy the same civil rights protections as everyone else. There are also a lot of stereotypes about gay relationships, and even a great deal of misunderstanding of what marriage itself is all about and what its purpose is.

The purpose of this essay, then, is to clear up a few of these misunderstandings and discuss some of facts surrounding gay relationships and marriage, gay and straight.

Written by Sudarshan Suresh

May 15, 2008 at 10:30 pm

Necessity is a the mother of sun-bathing

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There is no hiding from the fact that the world is mired in a big energy crisis and it needs everyone of us to contribute.

So folks, the market has spoken. Here is the latest and greatest innovation that helps women to generate power even when they are sunbathing. Womens Em”power”ment has a whole new meaning

A solar powered bra that can charge a phone!

The environmentally friendly, green-coloured bra sports a solar panel that can be worn around the stomach.

The bra is equipped with a solar panel which generates electricity using sunlight and distributes it to various types of electrical devices when the power cable is connected.

I have seen many many articles on who should be Obama’s running mate if he secures the nomination. I have my own scientifically backed suggestion. Since he is struggling with white blue collar workers, I suggest Marissa Miller. See what James Kaminsky has to say about her sway over the American male

Obama’s Running Mate

“(Miller) embodies the official return of the all-American supermodel. Not since Cindy Crawford ruled the catwalk has a pinup born and bred on U.S. soil so thoroughly captured the imagination of the American male,” noted Maxim editorial director James Kaminsky.

Written by Sudarshan Suresh

May 15, 2008 at 4:26 am

Free Swings-II

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A Brilliant decision by the Bengal Governor but since I am not used to this level of thought by the bureaucracy I am beginning to wonder whether he took the name of his IPL team “(K)night Rider” a little too seriously.

The Hindu : Front Page : Kolkata Raj Bhavan opts for power cut

The Raj Bhavan observed voluntary power cuts for an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening here on Wednesday in view of a decision by Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi that it need not be an exception to the citys electricity supply situation.

Jokes aside, I have veard some great things about this Governor and specifically his columns on Nandigram. He seems to be incredibly progressive.

Enough is enough: Bengal governor

The ardour of Deepavali has been dampened in the whole state by the events in Nandigram. Several villages in Nandigram are oscillating from the deepest gloom to panic. Large numbers of armed persons from outside the district, have, it is undeniable, forced themselves onto villages in Nandigram Block I and II for territorial assertion.

While the developing world is still looking to cater to the basic needs so that people do not become non-existent, the world on the other side of the spectrum is catering to the exquisite needs of the non-existent. Founder Starts Social Networking Site for the Dead is scheduled for a soft launch in June. It aims to provide a central location to house online memorials for those who have passed on. It’s starting with $4.3 million in funding, with The Wall Street Journal as a lead investor.

Isn’t this amazing. You can build ghosthouse online. This has to be the best thing that ever happened to humankind since toasted bread.

Written by Sudarshan Suresh

May 7, 2008 at 8:18 pm

Masticating on the food crisis

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President Bush gives his expert opinion on the food crisis.

Bush now blames Indian middle class for rising food prices- Indicators-Economy-News-The Economic Times

“As you know, I’m a ethanol person,” he said. “I believe, as I told you, the interim step to getting away from oil and gas is to go to ethanol and battery technologies for your automobiles.”

“I think it makes sense for America to be growing energy. I’d much rather be paying our farmers when we go to the gas pump than paying some nation that may not like us,” Bush said.

Someone asked Dr. Manmohan Singh about his opinion and he has remained tightlipped. Apparently, he could not open his mouth due to all the food that Bush alleges that he has been eating

PM tightlipped about Bush’s ‘food crisis’ comment

However, he refused to comment on Bush’s statement,

A smart Move, Dr.Singh because it is really a moot point who is eating how much because we all know who are eating it all. If you did not know, read this dangerous piece by The Independent where the editor not only flirts with the real truth but goes to bed with it. Such progressive liberal writers can only be independent, the industry will never employ them 🙂

Multinationals make billions in profit out of growing global food crisis – Green Living, Environment – The Independent

The World Bank says that 100 million more people are facing severe hunger. Yet some of the world’s richest food companies are making record profits. Monsanto last month reported that its net income for the three months up to the end of February this year had more than doubled over the same period in 2007, from $543m (£275m) to $1.12bn. Its profits increased from $1.44bn to $2.22bn.

Cargill’s net earnings soared by 86 per cent from $553m to $1.030bn over the same three months. And Archer Daniels Midland, one of the world’s largest agricultural processors of soy, corn and wheat, increased its net earnings by 42 per cent in the first three months of this year from $363m to $517m. The operating profit of its grains merchandising and handling operations jumped 16-fold from $21m to $341m.

Written by Sudarshan Suresh

May 5, 2008 at 10:57 pm

Even before you know

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One of the truly incredible leaders of the world would have served out his term. So, in order to commemorate such a great tenure at helm, here is David Letterman

George W Bush – Top Ten George W Bush Moments (Letterman)

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May 5, 2008 at 10:15 pm

Hillary on Papa Bear’s Show

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Hillary Clinton was on Bill O’Reilly’s ( At the Colbert nation we affectionately refer to him as Papa Bear) and I should say matched him very well. People do not want to say the “socialist” word in this country. Look how she evades the “socialist” tag at the 2:20 to 2:35 mark in the video below. I am still shaking in disbelief that Papa Bear is so upset that there will be more tax cuts for the “rich, richer and richest” if the Democrat comes to power. Wouldn’t that be the right thing to do? You make more, you pay more taxes.

Here is another brilliant video in which Senator Bernie Sanders, who is a democratic socialist appears on Colbert Report and makes a strong statement for tax cuts for the rich and the wealthy. The section starting from the 3 minute mark to the end of the interview where Stephen demystifies the “trickle down” or “dribble down” theory is hilarious and epiphanous.

Here is the link –

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May 2, 2008 at 12:42 pm

building your graves

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Prayer is no longer the best way out of any crisis. In the new world, the way out of any crisis is shopping. You need to buy that MP3 music player fitted with a refrigerator and microwave that can synchronize MS Outlook irrespective of whether there is an Earthquake or tsunami.

Since there is a global food crisis presently, I decided to go shopping for food. I thought that if I build my grave with forks, knives, spoons, rice and sambar, the world will be a happier place. But f***** Sam’s club and Costco now have an upper limit on the amount of rice I can buy…. Here is an excerpt from CNN

The store will limit customers to four 20-lb. bags of jasmine, basmati and long-grain white rice, the company said in a statement. Its restriction mainly will affect businesses that buy rice in bulk, but the company said “a typical Sam’s Club Business Member does not buy more than 80 pounds of rice in one visit.

I cannot believe I cannot shop to my tummy full. This is really blasphemous. The reason for the crisis is the export restrictions on rice placed by Asian countries. Can’t the US President veto their laws? 🙂

But who else can give us the better perspective on rice than Rice herself. Here is a brilliant quote

Left on the boil over Rice remark

in the diets of people in India and China” is forcing the governments
in the two countries to keep food “inside”, which is a cause for the
current global supply shortage, she said.

This might mean that we might have to build our graves with local food which will make people like Michael Pollan go Eureka.

This also brings me to an interesting article on India’s ambiguous farm policy which showed up in Rediff a few days ago. [Yes, Rediff does sometimes write about things other than Bipasha Basu’s plunging neckline]

Here is the link if you find time between your Latte and cinnamon bun –

Paradoxes of UPA’s farm policy

The most contentious issue by far is that of SEZs. While the Ministry of Commerce claims it has directed state governments and the Board of Approval for SEZs not to sanction use of agricultural land for SEZs, this is precisely what is happening. Whether in Congress-ruled Haryana or BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh, farmers are being displaced en masse by SEZs. When taxed with this by a group of NGOs, the Commerce Minister reportedly expressed helplessness as “land is a state subject”. The fact that the Congress president is sending out mixed signals has not imparted any clarity on the issue.

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May 1, 2008 at 11:39 am