Archive for September, 2010

Up and down

September 26, 2010

Why is the north up and the south down?

Why is up better than down?

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Crowds and power

September 24, 2010

The marxists understood this and the maoists understand it even better.  In the modern age, the mass is the ultimate power.  Power inheres in the ability to mobilise mass opinion.  The present democratic constitution of Indian society bears testimony to that.  Vote bank politics dominates.  The ultimate power rests in the consent of masses for their rulers.

This was not always so.  The mass came into being in xxxth century, with the explosion of population accompanying scientific development of means for lowering child mortality and such.  The mass man is a creation of modern capitalism.

And the mass can be manipulated by those who are smarter.  They can be indoctrinated.

TV is tool for indoctrination of the (western) masses.

How does this affect me?

Our new electronic age

September 23, 2010

Why don’t automatic, self winding watches proliferate?  Why do we have watches where the battery needs to be changed?

Canonical classification schema

September 23, 2010

Israel has recently been upgraded to developed nation status.  Find out which classification scheme, who is responsible for this, what are the criteria for the classification, and so on.

It is the OECD.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/11/world/middleeast/11israel.html

The IMF and aggregate demand

September 22, 2010

A theme to develop, to work on:  Just as the IMF lends to developing countries so that they can pay back loans to the big banks that loaned them money,  so does consumer credit go to form aggregate demand for the things that people who take the credit spend it on.

Basnovibius

September 22, 2010

The word and its meaning as it came to me in a dream, was “basnovibius” means “a must see”.

Stating the obvious

September 16, 2010

The rich are few.  The poor are many.  Find out the proportions of the population now, in the recent past, in the distant past.  The chances of meeting someone from a good background are poor.  The chances of meeting someone from a poor background are good.  In other words, the people we meet will be from poor backgrounds.

They will have a particular, predetermined mindset.  This holds true of Americans as well.  Most of them are poor, or their forefathers have been.  Most of people I met in New York were on the make.  Desparate to “make it”.  Makes for bad company.

Prices from zip code 560 037 challaghatta

September 4, 2010

Tomato 1 kg     Rs 20

Onion 1 kg         Rs 22

Potatoes 1 kg   Rs 16

Red Label tea 1/2 kg  Rs 146

Sugar 1kg     Rs 32

Pepsi 2 ltr    Rs 55

Wills (10 packs)  Rs 400