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The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance

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Preface:This will surely be a crappy post. I am writing after a long break so be forewarned.

McCain wants to postpone the debates because he knows more than what knew a week ago about the economy. One week ago, he thought it was strong and now he thinks it is in a state of emergency. He is a quick learner and not a flip-flopper as most people might think.  Just like a cry-baby democrat, Barack Obama doesn’t want to postpone the debates. Can you believe that? So, Barack let us make the terms very clear even if McCain loses it is only because he spent sleepless nights thinking about bailing out his “rich” friends in the banking industry and not because you are better.

Sarah Palin has also requested that her debate be postponed because it clashes with her pedicure appointment. Will Joe Biden agree to postpone it?

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September 24, 2008 at 8:05 pm

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If I were the editor of the Hindu, I would edited out this article and dedicated the space to an obituary column.

The Hindu : National : Praise for Hindi films

Appreciating Bollywood for showcasing India’s history through films, senior Singaporean Minister Lee Boon Yang said he enjoyed the few Hindi movies he had seen. “Last week I was glued to the TV and saw some fine examples of cultural exports of movies from India. I had watched some of the Hindi movies on previous Sundays too,” Mr. Lee, Singapore’s Information, Communications and Arts Minister, told a gathering at a cultural extravaganza of incredibleindia@60 here last evening.
“I saw Monsoon Wedding, Bride and Prejudice and Mangal Pandey,” the Minister told the audience. Mr. Lee said he had found Aamir Khan’s ‘Mangal Pandey’ to be an excellent film and had “learnt so much from the two-and-a half hour film about India’s history and how India had rallied together to get its freedom.”
Film actor Kabir Bedi, who was the emcee of the cultural extravaganza, quipped that the Minister should watch “Om Shanti Om” to gain further insight into Indian films.

From this piece I gleaned one thing -[Added this after I read the first comment. ] I will never trust Never trust Kabir Bedi’s choice of movies. Om was horrible in Om Shanthi Om. I sat through the nonsense only for Shanthi. Interestingly, 1/2 Om played a Bollywood extra and according to a Wall Street Journal article, such good looking extra Om’s are the need of the hour in Bollywood. Here is the piece on the globalized Bollywood

Modern Times: India Struggles To Cast Extras : NAACHGAANA

But now, movies are increasingly shot in Western-style shopping malls and modern office towers, and directors need extras who fit the scene.

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April 8, 2008 at 1:30 pm

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1-888-995-HOPE

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People, Bush had lost foresight long ago, lacks insight, now it looks like he has lost his eyesight. Thank God, at least the end is in sight.

CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time – Blogs from CNN.com

When it comes to a government hotline number for homeowners seeking mortgage relief, President Bush just can’t get the digits right.

After a housing roundtable in New Jersey, Bush twice gave out the wrong number in a public statement, saying the relief line was 1-88-995-HOPE – leaving off the third 8 in the area code of the correct number: 1-888-995-HOPE.

At the end of his statement, the president was quietly informed of his mistake and issued a correction.

Bush had trouble with the same number in December when it was first unveiled. Then the president incorrectly said the number was 1-800-995-HOPE.

Anyone who dialed 1-800-995-HOPE did not reach the mortgage hotline, but instead contacted the Freedom Christian Academy — a Texas-based group that provides Christian education home schooling material.

Bonus Material: Listen to the boos

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March 30, 2008 at 9:53 am

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Everbody loves the worker visa…

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April 1st is approaching which means there is a good chance you can get fooled especially if you are seeking a H1B visa. In good old days when Doordarshan ruled supreme over the airwaves in India, they used to have this countdown show called SuperHit Muqabla where they would choose one lucky winner from one million postcards. [ Did you know that the Postal Department offered a job to the show’s host due to his extraordinary service for the sales of the postcards?] H1B visa system is exactly like that. You would get it the visa if you had luck or you had paid a recent visit to the Qutub Minar and managed to get your hands together around the Iron Pillar wishing that you would get laid.

Commenting on the stupidity of the process, here is Robert Hoffman, Oracle Vice President

Tech firms make new push for H-1B visas – SiliconValley.com

Under this “surreal system,” Hoffman said, a fashion model (the next Heidi Klum) will have the same chance at a visa as a tech entrepreneur (the next Andy Grove) who generates jobs.

It is a horrible metaphor and that is exactly why techies like us should not play with her majesty’s language. This is a personal insult to Heidi Klum. Heidi Klum is not a low priority packet because I would be very happy if they accept 1000 Hiedi Klums over 1 Andy Grove.

One more quote from the same article says this

But that’s not likely this year, despite an impassioned plea from Bill Gates two weeks ago and persistent lobbying by many businesses. After the collapse of a comprehensive immigration bill last year, Congress has been reluctant to do anything on immigration except to tighten border and workplace enforcement.

“If you could isolate a vote on this one issue (more visas for skilled workers), it would get through,” said

Dear Congressmen, will you not eat dessert if the appetizer is bad? If you answered yes, please ship the dessert to my house. If the answer is no, please fix the visa issue.

The frequent complaint is that H1B’s take jobs away from the Americas. But Americans can come to India for jobs. You are the people who believed that the world is flat and disproved Galileo.

NDTV.com: Americans seek employment in India

After months of job search, the only place Durbin received a job offer was from a Bangalore-based IT major this month. ”I am here to apply for my work visa to India,” Durbin told NDTV.com, standing outside the India Visa Services Centre in Manhattan, to which the Indian Embassy and Consulates have outsourced visa-processing system.

We are extremely happy to offer you a piece of our vada.

I dedicate this post to the funniest H1B visaholder that at least I know

[If you did not know the thing about the Super Hit Muqabla host and you believed, then today is your April 1st]

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March 28, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Olympic Torch…

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On March 31, the Olympic torch will reach Beijing.

Olympic Torch in Beijing

The flame was lit on Monday at the Hera Temple, in Olympia, andthe torch will travel through Greece for seven days and arrive in Beijing on March 31. The 137,000-kilometer relay will cover 134 cities on five continents starting on April 1 and ending on Aug. 8at the main Olympic stadium in Beijing.

Chinese are taking extreme precautions to make sure that the protests around Tibet do not mar the torch carrying ceremony. In fact, they have decided to block youtube and certain blogs that are covering the Tibetan protests. [The producers of Girls and Guys Go Wild are thinking about taking legal action against Chinese Government as the youtube shutdown is causing them a big drop in the viewership.]

Tibet: China blocks YouTube, protests spread, bloggers react – Boing Boing

According to Shanghaiist (and now, mainstream news outlets), YouTube was blocked in China over the weekend, likely because of content related to the flood of pro-Tibetan-sovereignty protests in Tibet and elsewhere:

If you think the Tibetan cause is worthy, you can do a few things to help tooo…

5. Ship those fortune cookies to these the Chinese Government because they need a lot of fortune if they have to keep this uprising in check.
4. Go to the nearest Tibetan restaurant and hog nicely. Drive 300 miles if there is not one near you.
3. Call the Chinese Embassy and accuse them of making this derogratory video on Lama . If you think it is an unfair accusation, then it is equally unfair for the Chinese Government to accuse Lama Dalai Lama for inciting violence.
2. Call President Bush and tell him where exactly is Tibet. He still thinks it is in Friendswood, Texas TX .
1. Go to this website for detailed actions.

This is just tidbit information. In India, the Olympic torch will be carried by Aamir Khan. The Indian Olympic Committee decided to give him the honor because in their opinion his performance in Laagan was the only stellar performance by a sportsmen for the country. Wait a second, Sehwag just scored the fastest 300. We don’t even know how much Bhuvan made…

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March 27, 2008 at 11:29 pm

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Cake would have never tasted better

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Let Them Eat Cake : outlookindia.com

More often than not, when I’ve turned to congratulate a “have-not” I’ve had to withdraw my hand and hang my head in shame, praying he’ll ignore the irony of my outstretched hand and forget both–the incident as well as the part about being in the middle of economic betterment. Their lives are improving rapidly, aren’t they?

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After a few moments of dodging my pointed questions he said that other tenants of this upscale apartment complex might take offence to sharing elevators with sweaty delivery boys and smelly milkmen.

I hate guys like Anirban Bose, who has written the above article because he exposes us to an unnecessary ailment called reality. Who wants reality, as we are all busy with buying our latest gadgets and enjoying the coolest ads . But don’t panic. Reality is not life-killing unless you can take it seriously. It will last a little bit like your headache and will go away after dinner. In a few days, you will forget that it existed and life will go on normally where you can continue to work the crap out of your servant maid or your watchman.

Reading this article would be so demoralizing for the folks at PETA who are trying to tell us to treat animals like humans and according to Anirban, we don’t even treat humans like animals. PETA, close shop and go home – it will take us a few million years before we can treat animals like even animals.

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March 24, 2008 at 11:48 pm

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New York… New York

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New York cannot wait for the baseball season to start so that their sex scandals can be taken to the back pages. Their previosu Governor was busted in a prostitution ring, present Governor accepted to extra martial relationships and now NY times publishes a story of a immigration officer who had demanded sex for speedy approval of a Green Card petition. The person in question, had adjudicated over 8000 Green card proposals.

An Agent, a Green Card, and a Demand for Sex – New York Times

Money, not sex, is the more common currency of corruption in immigration, but according to Congressional testimony in 2006 by Michael Maxwell, former director of the agency’s internal investigations, more than 3,000 backlogged complaints of employee misconduct had gone uninvestigated for lack of staff, including 528 involving criminal allegations.

It looks like the bribery monster is beginning to wear a totally new garb. It is no longer important who you know or how much you owe, it is who you blow.

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March 22, 2008 at 12:23 pm

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Coming out swinging….

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I cannot believe my eyes. Someone please push a lit-up cigarette up my nose and prove to me that I am not dreaming. Is Jesus coming back really on Sunday? What else would explain a stellar column in Times of India. Hats off, Jug Suraiya.

From Taslima to Tibet, India proves chicken-Jug Suraiya-Columnists-Opinion-The Times of India

Ramadoss who is so busy fighting the evils of tobacco and liquor – by putting ‘gory’ pictures on tobacco products, and banning surrogate liquor ads – that he has no time to address the much larger ills that plague our practically non-existent public health system.

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March 21, 2008 at 9:42 am

A moment of epiphany

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Is it just me or there are others who see these three news items published on the same page in the same issue as related….

The Hindu : Front Page : Advani pillories Nehru-Gandhi family

Mr. Advani alleged that 10, Janpath (residence of Ms. Gandhi) has become more important than 7 Race Course (Prime Minister’s house)

The Hindu : Front Page : Al Gore, Manmohan discuss climate change

The former United States Vice-President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore on Friday called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The two leaders are reported to have discussed climate change and sustainable development.

The Hindu : Front Page : Air travel not elitist any more: Sonia

She said air travel was not elitist any more. With the entry of private airlines, fares had dropped and it had become easy for common people to travel by air.

Here is what I thought somewhat proves what Advani is saying – She encourages more people to travel by air which essential means a bigger carbon footprint and a huge impact on climate change which means he is having a meaningless meeting with Mr. Gore on reducing the footprint. By the way, I have a movie suggestion for Advani’s, Singhs and every old politician in Indian politics not wanting to retire from power – “No Country for Old Men”

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March 16, 2008 at 10:56 pm

Wastes of time

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If you have something better to do, please do not read on

Someone please tell me who is the idiot who funds these so-called research studies. I will submit a few of my own, get them published and make some easy dough. Look at the latest one – China tops world league of Internet users . Why does some research has to show you this? Look at the NBA All Star voting every year since 2002.

Florida once again has set the standards for the rest of the world and proved that it is very very progressive. In a landmark piece of legislation, they have come down hard on a male fashion statement.

State passes droopy pants law

Florida could join several southern U.S. towns and cities that have passed “saggy pants” laws aimed at outlawing what some teenagers consider a fashion statement — wearing pants half way down their buttocks, exposing flesh or underwear.

It is extremely hard to believe that they are all believed this needs to be written into the law. Whats next- banning buttoned down shirts? .

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March 16, 2008 at 10:49 pm

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