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Needless to say, it has both good points and bad, as you might expect from an American Keynsian who also happens to be quite smart. 

Good:

So here’s what I think economists have to do. First, they have to face up to the inconvenient reality that financial markets fall far short of perfection, that they are subject to extraordinary delusions and the madness of crowds.

Bad:

Always nice to see that neocolonial racism hasn't totally lost its will to exist in the countries it once colonised.  A French restaurant in Islamabad had a sign up that said 'Foreigners Only.' 

If they had been smart, they would have just done what Delhi establishments do and allegedly what they did before and simply discriminate without making a sign to draw attention to it. 

A few months ago, I did stand up comedy for the first time.  There were two other South Asian people who did so also, one of whom was also South Asian American.  It was a really exciting experience.

By: on 4 Sep 2009

I've recently been engaged in a conversation on Hinduism in Sepia Mutiny with people whose political views I generally disagree with.  Your feedback welcome.  Starts here:

152 · Lupus Solitarius on August 29, 2009 11:59 AM · Direct link

 #149 So as a Hindu

#151 As an American-born Hindu

Background:

"The RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT ("RtoP" or "R2P") is a new international security and human rights norm to address the international community’s failure to prevent and stop genocides, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

By: on 2 Sep 2009

According to British conservative newspaper The Telegraph, the United Kingdom and the United States are leading a group of countries that have pledged $5 billion to Pakistan:

More than $5 billion (£3 billion) has already been pledged, $2.5 billion of which has been earmarked to help rebuild homes, roads, bridges, schools and hospitals decimated in the Pakistan Army's operation to break the Taliban's control over the the Swat valley....

According to BBC, half of India's districts have been affected by a drought resulting from a nearly 30% reduction in monsoon rain this season.  This may result in a 10% decline in rice production, though the government says it will not need to import food.  Just some quick, preliminary notes below.

Reacting to:SWAT NOW! 2009

Come support an emergency benefit concert on Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 (at 515 Malcolm X Blvd New York, NY, from 730-11pm, tickets $8 advance, $10 at the door) to raise money for Pakistani IDPs. DJ Rekha of Basement Bhangra, K-Salaam, and performances by The Kominas and AbstractVision.

By: on 18 Aug 2009
Reacting to:

A wise blogger once said, "The fewer generalizations we make about people, the happier we all are."

I would like to invite you to take a poll on Hindu Mothers and Imaginary Friends.

By: on 18 Aug 2009
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