Rising Tsunami Numbers, Mumbai Blasts and the Selective Policy of Action-Reaction Justification!

I just got this pop up on my screen from the Google dektop news - Tsunami Death Toll Hits 531 - which set me thinking. I have been getting regular updates as the number has risen from somewhere in the hundreds to over 300 yesterday to over 500 now! What is the significance of reporting the ever increaing numbers? Is it being done to catch our attention? That now since this is >500 which means it is itself a fourth of the toll of the last tsunami ... so guys... this is SERIOUS!! It goes … [Read more...]

Is the Slow Down for the economy starting?

Is the slow down in the economy coming?U.S. job seekers are taking longer to land a position as employers cut back on expansion plans because of concerns over the health of the economy, a survey found on Tuesday.The typical job search took 3.6 months in the second quarter, nearly a month longer than in the first three months of the year, outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas reported. Searches also took longer than a year ago, when the typical job hunt lasted 3.1 months. … [Read more...]

The Path to Fight Terrorism has to start by putting Muhammad in Perspective

This is an article by Ayaan Hirsi Ali - who has written "The Caged Virgin". Here the author argues - and I believe with merit - that the dialog for peace between the Islamic world and the "Open Society" of the civilized nations ought to be preceded by a debate - a clear and out-spoken debate about Muhammad - the example of whom every "faithful" Muslim aspires to follow. If he turns out to be less noble - thats an understatement - than what he is made out by the believers.. and if indeed it is … [Read more...]

India's Bloggers Ban and Modi's Searching Questions!

Dr. Singh's government is the most despicable in its manner of fighting the enemy outside! Singh not only downplayed Pak's role.. he actually went on to under-rate the seriousness of the attacks and their effect on Indo-Pak dialog! Now, the government has done - what I thought was unthinkable in India, a democracy!! Banned URLs and blogs to be viewed in India - at least some of the major domain names like blogger.com. It is indeed a sad day because it was Mumbaihelp.blogspot.com which was … [Read more...]

Why is Guru Nanak so Sacred for Tibetan Buddhist?

This piece is interesting. Was Guru Nanak Dev linked to Buddhism in any way? How is Sikhism and Buddhism linked? Or is it all just speculation? If you go to the Golden Temple one of the most interesting things you will observe are some Tibetan pilgrims who come to pray there, bowing down at each of their steps. These people are Buddhists who may belong to one of the numerous sects of Tibetan Buddhism, who regard Guru Nanak as Guru Rinpoche. Guru … [Read more...]

links for 2006-07-18

Photojojo » Panographies: Panoramas on Steroids Do you ever look up at the sky, a towering office building, or an expansive landscape and wish your photos could capture everything you can see with your eyes? We do. (tags: art cool Pictures photos photo howto) Seth's Blog: How to live happily with a great designer Why do some organizations look great... and get great results from their design efforts and ads... while others languish in mediocrity? I think it has little to do with who … [Read more...]

Charity and the Power of Appropriation

"To give is to receive" or "What goes around comes around" Why is every action in the altruistic domain geared towards a selfish motive? Why can't something be just done for the sake of doing? If the raison d'etre for giving is because you have to receive some day then isn't this a flawed sense of giving? Worse still, can anyone really give? I cannot give a Taj Mahal away in charity can I? Why? Because I do not own it? From a larger picture - say 100,000 feet - what do we own? If Buffett is … [Read more...]

Bush: Syria got to stop this shit!

Bush has a problem with his English conversation - that everyone knows.. here is a new nail in his bed!! :-) By the way, anyone of us would have had similar reactions!A microphone picked up an unaware President Bush saying on Monday Syria should press Hezbollah to "stop doing this shit" and that his secretary of state may go to the Middle East soon. Bush was talking privately to British Prime Minister Tony Blair during a lunch at the Group of Eight summit in St Petersburg about an upsurge of … [Read more...]