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Archives for September, 2009

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Links from the other half, and me

Since I am not posting much on the blog, the wife suggests I leave a few links she supplies. So here they are:- http://beta.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/article22217.ece Since Indian rural workers under National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme do not get their wages in time, they are powerless, starving and helpless. http://beta.thehindu.com/sport/article23212.ece Can Women concentrate on a career post…

Norman Borlaug has died

via BBC. Norman Borlaug is the Father of Green Revolution whose research has saved many many millions from starvation. To me, he defines effective compassion like no other. It is a shame his work is not as well known among the general population as it should be. We would do well to be inspired by…

Links

Paul Krugman on How Did Economists Get It So Wrong? in today’s NY Times. India’s Moon Mission is over, somewhat prematurely–on 28 August, after nearly 10 months in moon orbit, Chandrayan-I stopped talking and ISRO had to declare the mission over. Nevertheless, this is an immense achievement for ISRO and no one can suggest otherwise.

To My Friends, a poem by Primo Levi

A poem from the book I am reading at present. The Mirror Maker by Primo Levi. I had an epiphany few weeks back–an epiphany that I was unable to describe–, an epiphany that I have now found the words for in Levi’s lucid poem: ‘between us, for at least a moment, was drawn a segment,…

CCTV as Security theater

From the beebs: Only one crime was solved by each 1,000 CCTV cameras in London last year, a report into the city’s surveillance network has claimed. The internal police report found the million-plus cameras in London rarely help catch criminals. Bruce Schneider calls this security theater. It makes a good show to be able to…

A short list of things nobody knows

A very limited list of things that nobody knows (as compiled by yours truly, a very limited human). As you may notice, most of the list treads close to things that may be broadly classed as epistemological questions. Do extend it with your own unknowns. There are some other more comprehensive lists: Science Magazine’s list…