Tuesday, December 30, 2008

IBNLive - News | India News | World News | Latest News | Breaking News | Latest Headlines

IBNLive - News | India News | World News | Latest News | Breaking News | Latest Headlines: "Students score with RTI, CBSE gets transparent"

Great News! The CBSE runs on tax payer money, not sure why they weren't keen to part with information in the first place...

Monday, December 15, 2008

Lawyer hints at taking up Kasab case, faces ire

Lawyer hints at taking up Kasab case, faces ire: "Lawyer hints at taking up Kasab case, faces ire"

Nearly 200 activists of Bal Thackeray-led Shiv Sena held demonstrations outside Sarogi's home in Malad, Mumbai and pelted stones.
The goons of Shiv Sena at it again! They pelt stones, beat people up, vandalize others' property, kill people and get away with it. They are the Shiv Sena.

Update: Finally some sanity. It seems the goons have not reached Janardhan's residence yet!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Adultery law may punish women-India-The Times of India

Adultery law may punish women-India-The Times of India: "Adultery law may punish women"

WTF? Why should adultery be a criminal offence? Get a divorce damn it, if you have a problem with your spouse's adultery! WTF has the state to do with it? Have our politicians gone nuts?

Really, WTF!

Friday, November 07, 2008

Obama Ran a Capitalist Campaign - WSJ.com

Obama Ran a Capitalist Campaign - WSJ.com: "Obama Ran a Capitalist Campaign"
A thought experiment, Mr. President-elect: What if as your campaign raised more and more money it was taxed away and given to Mr. McCain to level the field? Or think of this: What if you were not allowed to opt out of the public financing scheme that left Mr. McCain with a paltry $84 million, about a quarter of your autumn total?
Is the President-elect listening?

ANTIDOTE: On Being Governed By Nutts Inc.

ANTIDOTE: On Being Governed By Nutts Inc.
And do note that this is not a tariff that collects any revenue.

When the tariff is so high, there is zero trade, hence zero revenue.
Lovely insight! Very commonsensical...

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Google's growth makes privacy advocates wary - Yahoo! Philippines News

Google's growth makes privacy advocates wary - Yahoo! Philippines News

For all the power governments have I would be more worried about them rather than Google. Google has little incentive to goof around with its users' data. In fact, it is very likely that Google will be forced to divulge a certain individual's information by a certain government in the name of law and order and security and etc.!

[Yahoo link via Instapundit.]

Veerappan as a respectable businessman

Go Read!
Well, for one, Veerappan would have been a sandalwood farmer — not a brigand, and killing him would not have been an act of maintaining law and order. I once met a retired forest official who told me, in confidence, that Veerappan was actually doing the forest department’s work: for every sandalwood tree he cut down, he used to plant 50!
[Via Sauvik's Post]

Monday, November 03, 2008

Individual Rights and Democracy

Someone Else Will Divorce You Now

In my opinion democracy is a good start. However, democracy cannot guaranty individual rights. The majority's way should not be imposed on an individual!

Hoping for a world where human rights (and not just the will of the majority) will be up held ...

Sunday, November 02, 2008

NCP joins Raj campaign, talks about 'redrawing of balance'-India-The Times of India

NCP joins Raj campaign, talks about 'redrawing of balance'-India-The Times of India

The irony being that Praful Patel is an industrialist who seems to run the Rs 500 crore CeeJay group. A few questions that come to my mind. Does his group only employ Maharashtrians? Do his industries sell their products only within Maharashtra?
Asked whether there was a need for redrawing of balance between Maharashtrians and non-Maharashtrians in the state, Patel said "if you do not do that, sooner or later you will not need a Raj Thackeray to do that, the people themselves will do it."
The people may choose to do it, but not via violent means or use of force on migrants. Not even via legislation that forces migrants to leave. Of course, Maharashtrians are well withing their rights to choose to not to employ any non-Maharashtrians, not to avail of any services offered by non-Maharashtrians, not to trade with any non-Maharashtrians living in Maharashtra and etc.

Also, it may be true that people from Bihar migrate to Maharashtra because of lack of opportunities in Bihar or in search of better opportunities in Maharashtra. That they end up getting a certain opportunity in Maharashtra instead of other Maharashtrians must be of some benefit to the state of Maharashtra. Else why would the people from Bihar get the opportunity? Does the Maha Govt. have opportunities reserved for the people of Bihar?

Also, in general all opportunities cannot exist in all places. It is also understandable that opportunities and the best people for them may not exist at the same place.
Patel, whose party is a major partner in the Congress-led Maharashtra government, saw nothing wrong in party leader Chhagan Bhujbal's advocacy of "sons of the soil" slogan. He also asked non-Maharashtrians to respect the sentiments and culture of the state.
Respect the culture of the state? Will Patel and Raj respect human life and every individual's right to opportunity?

Ironically enough, the party to which Patel belongs is the NCP, the Nationalist Congress Party.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Don't Just Do Something. Stand There. - WSJ.com

Don't Just Do Something. Stand There. - WSJ.com:

"Back in March, Henry Paulson, Ben Bernanke and the experts assured us that Bear Stearns had to be propped up. If not, the whole system could come crashing down. It is crashing down anyway. Just as in the 1930s, there is no evidence that the policy makers have any understanding of what they are doing. They need to make way for the natural forces of repair."
.........
"Unfortunately, there is no consensus about a preferable alternative. The economists are almost as clueless as the politicians. At such a time, inaction may be the wisest course of action."
[My emphasis]

Friday, October 24, 2008

He Believes!

Interesting... On Credit!

Open immigration

But the moral case for open immigration is paramount. That case is this: a geopolitical border is a grotesquely arbitrary reason to prevent people from dealing with each other in whatever peaceful ways they choose.

Also, why should one be constrained by choices one didn't make? One doesn't choose to be born in a certain place. Of course, we are constrained by circumstances, many beyond our control. However, why should laws and political boundaries constrain individuals?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Absolutely Indecent!

http://www.ibnlive.com/news/girl-set-on-fire-for-wearing-lipstick--govt-fumes/76182-3.html
Meanwhile, Woman and Child Development Minister, Renuka Chaudhary said, "Lawmakers should such people a lesson. There is no law in the country that states that a girl cannot wear something unless it is absolutely indecent. It is very shocking, backward and illiterate.
I am sure the "nana" thought that applying lipstick was absolutely indecent, infact in his opinion, and I must add he is not alone, all indecent girls should be molested and burnt. Renuka is no different, she too has a definition of indecent albeit a different one!

I am not too sure how and why are the decent so easily worried by the indecent... 

How can the law punish the indecent for what is a weakness of the decent? On what basis does the law decide what is decent? In my opinion that should be an individual's choice. 

It should be against the law to force another individual to live by ones definition of decency!

Saluting the genius!

The Little Master who was born to runs - Cricket, Sport - The Independent:
"It is 10 years since India Today reported: 'When he goes out to bat people switch on their TV sets and switch off their lives.'"

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Joe the Outlaw

Joe the Outlaw by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
The idea of licensing is that it assures quality standards. But this is just a cover used by guilds since the Middle Ages. The real goal of licensing is to create a professional cartel. Fewer providers means higher wages for those with licenses. It is all about boosting income by restricting competition. This is of course a violation of human rights because it impinges on the fundamental freedom of association
Does just being born in a country give you greater right to opportunity available in the country (a sort of license to opportunity)? Should people not born in a country have restricted access to opportunity available in the country? Should barriers to entry be created for people not born in the country?

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Will she talk of her responsibility?

The chief minister of Delhi speaking her mind. What a good example she is of the rot that governs India!
"All by herself at three in the morning in a city that is believed to be unsafe...is being adventurous," Dikshit had said.

"Barely twenty-four hours later, the CM told CNN-IBN in an exclusive interview that the employers were morally responsible for the safety and security of employees working in round-the-clock jobs."
A city that is believed to be unsafe, and whose chief minister is Madam Dikshit! Will she talk of her responsibility?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Govt says Noida CEO death a warning, India Inc in shock

Govt says Noida CEO death a warning, India Inc in shock

CEO death a warning? Is the f***ing Labour Minister Oscar Fernandes out of his mind? Is it ok to go and kill? Shouldn't the f***ing minister try and ensure that the culprits are convicted, shunned from society for ever?

We should start killing ministers as we sure have been frustrated by them. May be only then their lot will be warned!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Pastor: GOP may be downplaying Palin's religious beliefs - CNN.com

Pastor: GOP may be downplaying Palin's religious beliefs - CNN.com

What a quote!
"When the spirit comes on you, you utter things that nobody else can understand ... only God can understand what is coming out of our mouths."

"Sarah wasn't taught to look for one particular sign -- a cataclysmic sign. She knew as every Christian does ... that God is sovereign and he is in control."

Palin's former pastor says he has no doubt her religious beliefs will influence her decision making when it comes to government policy. Regarding her desire to build an Alaskan pipeline and explore for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, McGraw told CNN, "Sarah knows that in Genesis, God creates the world and it's very good and that we're supposed to be caretakers in terms of not destroying the environment, so there's no way that Sarah is going to exploit or damage the Alaska tundra in the name of getting gas if she doesn't have to."

Maybe GOD should be the next President or at least McCain's VP!

Monday, September 08, 2008

Jihadi Engineers

IEEE Spectrum: Extremist Engineers

It would be interesting to know from where these engineers came. It seems most were from the developing world. It would also be interesting to know what is the most sought after degree in such parts of the world. In India at least, engineering is highly sought after a degree as the job market has a demand for engineers. Maybe it is because most investment has gone into colleges that teach engineering and/or medicine.

I am not sure about the claim that people who take to engineering have more radical values. I think it is people who live in societies where radicalism is largely prevalent, and it may be a coincidence that engineering, due to other reasons, is the most sought after profession in those societies. At least from my own experience, engineering must make one less radical and fanatic and more accepting of others.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Mobs rule over campuses!

Mobs rule over campuses - Columns - livemint.com [via IndiaUncut]

It seems the only way you can get people to agree with you is disallowing them to listen to others! An act of cowardice to say the least.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Monday, March 10, 2008

Hmm...

I have a blog....