Stuff happening

May you live in interesting times (!!!)

John Lennon – Give peace a chance

In this world troubled with rife, someone should say this more often…

May 8, 2008 Posted by | inspirational, news, politics, videos | , , , , | 2 Comments

Waterboarding video

Amnesty International released a video to fight Waterboarding as a measure of interrogation. The video shows the technique very graphically. For those of you who dont know, during waterboarding the prisoner is simulated a drowning experience by gagging his mouth and pouring water over his head. Water enters the nose and mouth and the detainee feels as if he is drowning. Its a scary technique and I would shoot myself in the head if I knew I was going to be water-boarded.

All of the presidential candidates today are against water-boarding, esp John McCain (this is probably the only aspect of his campaign I find good) since he himself was a PoW in Vietnam. But the mighty Bush says NO to ending water-boarding. I personally feel Bush should be impeached, as he has done more damage to the US and the World than Osama Bin Laden could have ever imagined.

Anyways, thats off topic. Have a look at this scary water-boarding video (not the Amnesty one) and witness first-hand how gruesome this practice is.

May 5, 2008 Posted by | news, politics, videos | , , , , | 1 Comment

Is CIA playing the great game in Tibet?

I came across this interesting article in Rediff on the current happenings in Tibet. Here is an excerpt from the article:

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Indeed, with the CIA’s deep involvement with the Free Tibet Movement and its funding of the suspiciously well-informed Radio Free Asia, it would seem somewhat unlikely that any revolt could have been planned or occurred without the prior knowledge, and even perhaps the agreement, of the National Clandestine Service (formerly known as the Directorate of Operations) at CIA headquarters in Langley.

Respected columnist and former senior Indian intelligence officer B Raman commented on March 21 that ‘on the basis of available evidence, it was possible to assess with a reasonable measure of conviction’ that the initial uprising in Lhasa on March 14 ‘had been pre-planned and well orchestrated’.

I found another of such articles here.

Could CIA have been involved clandestinely in the uprising in Tibet?

Here’s a link to the history of CIA’s involvement in Tibet. The article is a well detailed account of the role CIA has played in the Free Tibet Movement. Dont get fooled into thinking that CIA is for the freedom of the Tibetans. Its more for usurping the significance of communism and chipping away China’s dominance in the world. Especially now, after Bush’s ego-trip into Iraq, when USA’s moral and economic status in the world has diminished substantially. Forget Russia, now its China against whom the US is locked in a Cold War with. There are many instances of the same – The rush for Oil in Africa, trying to win over the Latin American countries, the position on Iran and Tibet and so on…

Politics is the greatest game of all, and world politics more so…

April 10, 2008 Posted by | news, politics | , , , , | 9 Comments

Obama related to Bush, Brad Pitt, Churchill

My Obama-mania grows with revelations from the New England Geneological Society that Obama is related to atleast 6 different Presidents and even Brad Pitt! The NEGS released family trees of all the presidential candidates. Their major findings are as follows:

Obama: George W. Bush, his father George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Lyndon Johnson, Harry Truman, James Madiso, Winston Churchill, Brad Pitt, Dick Cheney, Robert Lee

Clinton: Camilla Parker-Bowles, Madonna, Angelina Jolie among the notable ones.

McCain: Laura Bush

Obama leads again in this count of “super”(dead) delegates!!!

Here is how Obama is related to Bush. Notice the similarity in their coats…

March 27, 2008 Posted by | general, humor, news | , , | 1 Comment

Next time you read “people killed”, think of this…

This is just one of the many images of what violence leads to. The name of this person is Suresh Babu, he was an ordinary man living in Kerala killed during the recent Marxist violence, when CPI(M) activists butchered a group of the RSS people.

It is not just about CPI(M). VHP did the same during Gujarat riots. Muslims did the same during Godhra and partition. Taliban did the same during their rule. The terrorists do the same all around the world.

This person would have had a mother, a father, a wife, maybe kids. Think what would happen to them.

Is any kind of violence justifiable? I am torn between yes and no.

March 16, 2008 Posted by | news | , , | Leave a comment

Obama’s “Yes We Can” speech

Obama speaks after his 2nd place win at New Hampshire. One of the most inspiring speeches ever made!

I agree with Obama when he says that this generation is at a critical point in history. It is a time when the earth is crumbling, and the world is at war. There are divisions all over and the mankind is not united in facing the challenges of the future. It is time not for small changes and patchworks but time for big leaps and revolutionary changes. I believe Barack Obama is the only candidate out there who can bring about such changes. If he doesnt become the President of the United States, the future of the world will definitely be taking a different turn. Just like when Bush defeated Al Gore and became the president in 2000.

March 8, 2008 Posted by | news, videos | , | 1 Comment

A take on Hillary’s 3am ad…very creative!

Hillary Clinton in the run upto the Texas primaries had put up the so-called “3am” ad on TV. Take a look at that ad:

Here’s a spoof strip from Jorge Cham, The Great!

3am ad

Jorge Cham, incidentally, has also endorsed Obama! Long Live PhD Comics!

March 8, 2008 Posted by | humor, videos | , , , | 1 Comment

Environmental or Monetary benevolence?

Grnad Canyon floodingThis was a superb image I found on NatGeo. According to this article, about 1,135,623 liters of water was flooded into the Grand Canyon per second, with the aim of being able to restore the damage caused to the wildlife/aquatic life in the Grand Canyon area by the depleting water levels.

Seems cool. A powerful expression of human ingenuity. This picture truly symbolizes how man has been able to control the forces of nature.

Now one may get a wrong idea that the Bush Government is getting environment friendly. After making no efforts to combat global warming and recently declaring wolves in Montana “not endangered” (a decision severely criticized by many wildlife activists) , we cannot expect a lot from this government (and the John McCain one either, I bet).

Turns out that the Chief Supervisor of the Canyon was given just 1 day to make an environmental assessment. Thats ridiculous! Also, supposedly $80 million were spent into the research, and its vague where that money went. Many environmental activists have criticized this flooding event, saying it would cause more harm than good. More details about the project can be found in this article in Guardian.

March 8, 2008 Posted by | news | , , , | Leave a comment