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By: on 2 Aug 2007

U.S. Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama said today that it's okay for the U.S. to attack targets in Pakistan if Musharraf doesn't and the U.S. government decides to. This is not news--U.S. foreign policy has been conducted on a bipartisan basis for a long time. This is one of the reasons that Bush is so hated by the elite...he didn't follow the line but tried to radically change it.

Attn American Desis: Why You Shouldn't Go To Law School

By: on 27 Jul 2007

Reuters reports that a federal judge has thrown out a law in the small town of Hazleton, Pennsylvania that penalized landlords for providing housing to undocumented immigrants (and simultaneously laws by the city that a) punish employers for hiring and b) make English the official language of the city).

Obviously, the law(s) are heinous and similar laws have been passed by over 100 towns. Had it been upheld, it would obviously be worse, from my standpoint (and hopefully yours).

"How a Revolution Saved an Empire"

By: on 5 Jul 2007

...If the Whig opposition, led by Lord Rockingham, had not had the moral courage and vision to accept defeat by the American colonists, and had not been able to persuade the king and his ministers to do likewise, Britain would likely have lost its position in the world, and today the people of the largest democracy in the world, India, would be speaking either French or Portuguese.

The Psychosis of Casteism

By: on 25 Jun 2007

I was offhandedly complaining to a friend yesterday about a mutual acquaintance who had said that it was okay that 650,000 people had died in Iraq because he believed in the war. My friend to whom I was speaking jarringly reminded me that I had told her, though not in so much detail as below, that I am predisposed to casteism, implying that it was hypocritical of me to be so high-handed.

Of course, it always is, but I protested nonetheless that at least I was admitting there was a problem, and all that jazz, rather than taking the Dick Cheney "bring on the heart attacks" approach to personal morality.

She didn't seem convinced, and neither was I really.

Newsflash: Proposed link between intelligence and wealth disproved in Delhi

By: on 21 Jun 2007

Delhi Scoop carries an article on the increase in fare hikes for autos in the city. The headline is "Pinch of Auto Fare Hike, autorickshaw drivers have been charging passengers arbitrarily". The whole article is about how customers can't tell what the rates are and as a result they're being taken advantage of and that this is the autodriver's fault. Here's the gist:

Far from Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's expectation the hike in the autorickshaw fares is pinching passengers in the city.

On May 31, the cabinet decided to increase the autorickshaw fare for the first kilometer from Rs 8 to Rs 10 and thereafter for every kilometer from Rs 3.50 to Rs 4.50.

Ever since autorickshaw drivers have been charging passengers arbitrarily.

Granted, when an autodriver takes you for a ride in Delhi, he's initially typically going to try to take you for a ride as well. Everyone who's been in Delhi more than 3 days knows this. Secondly, the Delhi government should have done a better job of letting everyone know what the new fares are and when they went into effect (which I still don't know). But then, why stop there when we talk about what the Delhi government should do a better job of?

In any case, with those caveats, it's still much easier to navigate the new fare regime than before.

I'd Like To Propose A Toast

By: on 18 Jun 2007

Recently, a friend of mine--let's call her Q--in the marketing department at Hamdard University* told me that she's gotten engaged. A thrilling venture--25 years old and about to spend a lot of time with one other person for, hopefully, ages.

"Find me a husband now," I told her, and she laughed.

For the first time in his life that he could remember, Dr. Anonymous had felt the want to get married. To meet the right person, to bring the joy of family into his life, to have a comfortable house on the Hooghly. Dr. Anonymous would keep home while his husband would go forth and deal with the world.

Routine Deaths In Bangladesh: An Invitation To Collective Guilt

By: on 13 Jun 2007

130 people died in Bangladesh because of the monsoons.

I almost didn't write a post because this happens every year. But then, that's news, isn't it? If 130 people died in the U.S.

Corporate America: What Other Kind Is There?

By: on 10 Jun 2007

As you may know, the immigration bill that President Bush and a bunch of collaborators in the U.S. Senate were trying to push through Congress died yesterday. It might be resurrected like Jesus, but for now, like the bill last year, it is currently dead.

Let them rot in Congress--the immigrants will rise up again and demand what they need when they need it, particularly when they have better leaders who are willing to actually push the political climate and when they have a political climate that is better.

A Disjointed Thematic Post That Ends Like Crime And Punishment On How I Really Can't Stand Working With My Boss And How That Keeps Me From Panicking About Pakistan

By: on 15 May 2007

1. Manipulative.
2. Unfair.
3. Plays favorites.
4. Not entirely evil.
5. Split personality.
6. Behaves differently depending on mood.
7. Has difficult levels of stress. Has no capacity to deal with said stress and still behave like a normal person.
8. Power trips.
9. DOESN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT'S IMPORTANT AND THEREFORE CAN'T PRIORITIZE MY TIME OR HIS/HERS.

It's a good thing I'm a fake English teacher at Hamdard University in my spare time. Otherwise, I would really go nuts. In his/her defense: I am woefully passive aggressive.

How To Be Smart,

By: on 13 May 2007

or, "What I've Learned From Banging My Head Against A Wall A Lot."

In part, I feel compelled to write this post now, because I'll be 30 in about 6 months, and they say not to trust anyone over 30. I might as well get these thoughts in now with the minimal credibility I have left.

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If you're smart already (or think you are) and don't need other people's opinions right now, don't read this--it's not worth your time. If you want one person's perspective on what would be an effective complement to dmp's recent statement of left-optimism, then follow onwards into the depths of Dr. Anonymous's mind and history:

1. Don't worry about it if you had a phase where you abandoned books for a while because it was just too overwhelming to feel the weight of the entire corpus of bias looming over (and in!) your head in the form of the written word.

I did, for about 2 years.

Eventually, though, read. When you read with a purpose, try to be choosy about what you read. For me, that's been stuff like Wallerstein, Piven and Cloward, New York Review of Books, Al Jazeera, and The NY Times. But reading without a purpose is also relaxing and can be expanding-- for me, niche interests like random articles about branding and marketing, business news that's relevant, archaeology and anthropology finds, news about potentially habitable planets outside the solar system--etc., etc.

Yes, even read about how state-building develops after revolutions and the links between Romantic thinking and nationalism.

Or at least talk to someone who does.

2. Watch and learn:

Look around even more than you read. There are stories everywhere. And they're not just stories, but components of what could eventually be a filled-out worldview. For example--you can look at young kids selling Maxim on the streets of Delhi in 108 degree heat and get sad, angry, upset, or full of despair, all of which happen to me.

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