Thursday, January 31, 2008

Consumerist

Consumerist is a very popular blog where consumers grievances are posted in public view for 100s of 1000s of ppl to read. That includes the PR persons of big companies. So, if you thing you were treated bad or duped by any company, or any other issues with any company, write a letter to Consumerist with all the details. If the editors post it on the site, consider your problem solved.

The site also has tips on how to escalate issues, emails of the executives of the companies, tricks and a lot more. So, check it out. If you'd like to read the success stories, they have them tagged at Success-Stories.

Mukasey's radical worldview is now the norm

In the context of yesterday's hearings, Glenn Greenwald depicts our inept political system in its gory details. A must read for anyone interested in American Politics.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Pakistan may make Bollywood legal

That'd be very good news for the neighbors, and better news for Indian producers! And we just need to hope there won't be an increased muslim pandering in Indian movies.

A quote from the BBC article:

Pakistani cinema goers may soon get to watch their favourite Bollywood films if the government clears a proposal by its MPs to remove a ban on them.

Officially Indian films are banned in Pakistan, a prohibition dating back to the 1965 war between the two countries.
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Though details are unclear, reports suggest that the import of a dozen Indian films will be allowed against the export of an equal number of Pakistani films to India.

The Indian chromosome: An article in Pakistan's 'The News'

Check out an editorial that's circulating in emails these days. Its written by Dr Farrukh Saleem, an opinion writer in Pakistan's arguably most popular English newspaper.

The article basically lists all the great achievements of modern India and attests all the credit for its democracy and chides Pakistan for not having one.

Here's a choice quote:

For the record: Azim Premji, the richest Muslim entrepreneur on the face of the planet, was born in Bombay and now lives in Bangalore. India now has more than three dozen billionaires; Pakistan has none (not a single dollar billionaire).

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Indians and Pakistanis have the same Y-chromosome haplogroup. We have the same genetic sequence and the same genetic marker (namely: M124). We have the same DNA molecule, the same DNA sequence. Our culture, our traditions and our cuisine are all the same. We watch the same movies and sing the same songs. What is it that Indians do and we don't: Indians elect their leaders.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Harbhajan cleared of racial abuse

Wow. I didn't expect that! Not sure how much BCCI used its clout, but if it did..hat's off to them.


From BBC
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Harbhajan Singh has been cleared at an appeal hearing of racially abusing Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds
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Harbhajan pleaded guilty and was fined half his match fee and is free to play.

"The racial abuse charges have been dropped," said Niranjan Shah, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. "It is finished.

"The punishment is only for using obscene language."

The end of Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani is done with in this presidential campain, even with the unabashed campaigning by the Fox 'News' Channel.

Check out this video by Media Matters:



And this a compilation of snapshots of his Victory Predictions as late as this morning.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Bush's Legacy

From ThinkProgress:
A new chart put out by the House Democratic Caucus compares the state of the country when President Bush took office to the state of the country today

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Omar Osama

Have you seen Osama bin Laden's son? His name is Omar Osama.
From yahoo:

Time to Kick Wasim Jaffer Out of the Team

I think its about time to kick Jaffer out of the team and bring someone else (anyone). His aggregate in the last 7 innings is the grand total of 73. That, for an opener is dismal to say the least. He has the worst aggregate of a batsman in both the teams combined. Please let him out of his misery and replace him with another person (a bowler, fielder, a keeper, whatever). I am sure he will be way better useful for the team.

Following is his performance in the last 4 tests:

25 08/12/2007 PAK Chinnaswamy Stadium 1st 17
2nd 18
26 26/12/2007 AUS Melbourne Cricket Gr 1st 4
2nd 15
27 02/01/2008 AUS Sydney Cricket Grnd 1st 3
2nd 0
28 16/01/2008 AUS W.A.C.A. Ground 1st 16

Snow in Atlanta!

It snowed last evening (1/17) in Atlanta. It was beautiful. Just 'cos I didn't have to face the bad stuff that comes with Snow. Like sleet while driving, shoveling the snow out of the driveway, grating the ice off of the vehicle etc. It snowed more than what I anticipated. Almost 4 inches in some parts of GA.

Here is a nice slideshow of Pics taken yesterday collected by AJC:

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Bridget McCain

A recent mailer from John McCain, 2008 Presidential candidate, uses his adopted daughter Bridget McCain's pic, when she was a kid, to support his pro-life stance. I am not sure of his thinking behind linking "Protecting the Rights of the Unborn" and adoption. Here'z the mailer.


Bridget McCain is the Bangladeshi girl adopted by McCain, 15 years ago. From UltraBrown:
John and Cindy’s youngest daughter was adopted from an orphanage run by Mother Teresa. Bridget was 10 weeks old when Cindy first met her while doing humanitarian relief work in Bangladesh.
Following are some pics of Bridget with her family.




Pics Courtesy: McCainBlogette, tovarish_udn, ultrabrown, nytimes