Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Word of the Day

un·con·scion·a·ble

adjective
adjective: unconscionable
  1. 1.
    not right or reasonable.
    "the unconscionable conduct of his son"
    synonyms:unethical, amoral, immoral, unprincipled, indefensible, unforgivable, wrong;
    "the unconscionable use of test animals"
    antonyms:ethical
Origin

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Quote of the Day.

"Years ago, a western diplomat wrote that Pakistan was the only country in the world that negotiates with a gun to its own head. Our argument, long familiar to aid donors, goes something like this: If you don’t give us what we need, the government will collapse and this might result in anarchy, and a takeover by Islamic militants. Left unstated here is the global risk these elements would pose as they would have access to Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal."

http://www.dawn.com/weekly/mazdak/mazdak.htm
Column titled 'A very big deal' Dec 06, 2008.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Telling photos..

Some you might have seen, some not - ALL haunting.
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/11/mumbai_under_attack.html

This is the real face of terror..

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Mumbai under attack..


As the news channels keep playing endless news loops, it is getting impossible to get fresh information on what's going on in the 2 hotels and other places around.
Here's what I'm following:
- http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23Mumbai (Live blogging from people around Mumbai)
- http://www.rediff.com/ (Indian News Site - updates fairly regularly)
- http://www.sepiamutiny.com/sepia/ (Blog)
- http://www.indiauncut.com/ (Blog)

Hoping that this hostage situation gets resolved quickly and every single perpetrator is brought to justice.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Today's Newspaper's front page.

Here are some front pages of popular newspapers in the US.
New York Times:


Washington Post:


As a side note: maybe Palin' will wonder here and find out about all the fine newspapers we have in this country.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

HE DID IT

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NOV 4 2008


Okay - so here it is at last. Nov 4 2008. After almost 2 years of constant election news, views and analysis, we have finally arrived. Think about how many times in the last 2 years have we seen Barack Obama, on your TV, in Magazines, newspapers, on the computer. I have seen and heard him in these last 2 years more than my entire family in my whole life.. now add Hillary and John the Mac and all the other side kicks to the mix and that amounts to some serious time. Wow.
Anyway.. Last few weeks were specially entertaining. The Mac threw in Palin' in the ring (I bet her husband's name is Todd Paling - she just chucked the 'g' out - in her usual folksie fashion - that's why the ') and all of a sudden, Saturday Night Live became a must see. In fact it seems like it's on TV all nights of the week now. It's like having Superbowl every Sunday! Hopefully they will get back to their senses and only have a SNL on S.

So while we are witnessing history being written right before our eyes, let's not forget that when all is said and done, and Mr. Obama will be crowned in Jan, 2009, he will be having a herculean task before him. He will soon realize that getting elected to the highest office in the nation was the easy part. He will have much on his plate - the economy, not just the US economy, but the world economy; two wars that directly affect the US and a flagging health care system, a non existant immigration system, to name only the most important issues.
So good luck to him tonight. If there is anybody in this country who has earned a presidency - it has to be him.
And because everybody is in a predicting mood - Here's my prediction: Obama: 330-340. Subtract any number between 330 and 340 from 538 to get Mac's numbers. The Dems will also get to 59 in the senate and a gain of 28 seats in the house. Wow - I can claim to be a political junkie myself. Don't be surprised to see me on MSNBC in 2012 - bashing Palin' after the Rachel Maddow Show.

Friday, October 24, 2008

India Shoots for the Moon

AP/Indian Space Research Organization


How'd they learn to do that?


The U.S. Congress needs a wake-up call. At the risk of our readers saying the laws of physics forbid any such possibility, we offer the following: On Wednesday India launched a space probe to the moon.

The Chandrayaan-I

The Chandrayaan-I blasted off about dawn from the Satish Dhawan Space Center. It is expected to reach lunar orbit by November 8. The probe, whose principal goal is to "conduct mineralogical and chemical mapping of the lunar service," carries five scientific payloads from India and others from NASA and the European Space Agency. With this achievement, India joins the U.S., Japan, Europe, Russia and China in the lunar club.

India deserves congratulations for the Chandrayaan-I, which attests further to that nation's remarkable strides as an economic and scientific power. That said, we cannot fail to draw attention to how this event bears on the continuing lunacy of Congress in limiting visa quotas for highly skilled immigrants.

American universities are filled with foreign students, not least from India, getting degrees in engineering and science. Many dearly wish to stay and work in the U.S. Instead, we basically kick them out after training them, owing to the Congressional limit of 65,000 H-1B visas, which are used up the day they are released in March.

The Labor Department believes that by 2014 some two million high-tech jobs will be available here. U.S. companies from Microsoft down to start-ups have begged Congress to give them access to this skilled labor pool. Congress won't budge, bowing to arguments that foreign techs displace jobs from U.S. citizens. That's not how labor markets work in a dynamic economy. Bill Gates has noted that an H-1B hire creates several additional hires, as tech teams expand.

The irony is hard to miss. India's recent progress is the result of paring back state suffocation of its economy. But the U.S., with Barack Obama's antitrade policies and the GOP's anti-immigrant policies, may be turning inward. Here's hoping India and China aren't going to the moon just as the U.S. is headed into the sunset.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122480526844364849.html