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Archive for November, 2007

Sicko!

Posted by themischord on November 20, 2007

Excellent presentation. This is what makes me like Michael Moore. His presentation is precise and complete. The issue is investigated in multiple dimensions. In this context, I recall Chomsky’s word of advice on how one should not take information coming from any source (even credible ones) to be a fact without applying one’s discretion and own investigation. This obviously holds for such documentaries too.

The documentary explores the failings of the health care system in the US and the increasing shift of interest from the citizens to the insurance companies. He contrasts this with the socialized health care systems in Canada, UK and France — showing they are not a failure. And as always, he ends it with a brilliant plot (won’t spoil that for you).

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Seven Phases of Man’s Madness

Posted by themischord on November 6, 2007

Here is a parody of Shakespeare’s seven ages of man. Read it in good humour!

All the world’s a daze
And all the men and women merely pray-ers;
They have their triumphs and their tribulations
And one man in his time passes many phases
His madness maturing in seven stages. At first the irritant,
Quick and cutting, caring of no harm;
Then the irritated, with his temper
And frowning face, fumes around like a furnace
Unpleasantly in space. And then the presumptuous,
Aloof and assuming, with a tall list
Made of his discontents. Then the quick-tempered
Full of strange contentions, and a sword at hand
Extra hard on honour, strong and quick in self-defense,
Seeking the bubble reprisal
Even on a peaceful ground. And then an overt good-humoured,
Taking at ease, all things around
With new attitude to build the fair himself
Full of readiness to push and fall;
And so he passes this phase. The sixth phase shifts
Into the passive and dispassionate priest,
With an unassuming facade and welcoming stance
His hard-learnt rationale, well sav’d, a world too conflicting
For his sunked temperament, and with his accepted axioms,
Turning again into inconclusives, smiles
And smirks at his indiscretion. Not last of all (hopefully),
That follows this estranging phase,
Is the urge to turn mad in the literal sense;
Sans reason, sans rationale, sans r’epertoir, sans everything.

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The American Dream Reiterated

Posted by themischord on November 1, 2007

From Wikipedia –
In general, the American dream can be defined as being the opportunity and freedom for all citizens to achieve their goals and become rich and famous if only they work hard enough.

I was at a talk on intellectual property. In the context of a company owning the ideas of its employees, this is a part of the dialog that transpired between a student and a professor of law.

Student: So, if I have a great idea why should I work for a big company and give it away to them?

Prof: Because u need their resources and infrastructure for your research. Of course, if you are from the dot com era, u might just need a laptop. Go buy one and work at home by yourself.
Student: But that is ridiculous. It means that I will have to work 9 to 5 in my office for a living, come home and work on my great idea at night. When it’s mature, quit the company, wait for a while and come out with it. What about my family and kids? When will I spend time with them?

Prof: [Smirks] Yeah, we used to call this ‘the american dream’.

Not to talk of how heart-broken the student looked!

So, the american dream is more inclined to foster corporates? Generally speaking, isn’t that the socio-economic structure of a majority of the societies? Can it be any other way? Can an artist/creator own his creation?

I have hope that publishing houses and recoding companies be history some day. But what about the more fundamental economic protocols?

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