a fetish object for the right...

In BBC interview, Regan's son said "Regan is a fetish object for the right..."
Well deserved description, I thought.

Diversity in rather "refined" society

By refining I mean fine tuning. We begin the process of refinement by identify the things that are most

  • suitable

  • comfortable

  • profitable

  • acceptable(socially, etc...)

  • Based on these factors we narrow down ourselves, bolster our comfort-zone; sometime at the cost of diversity. Refinement is good in several areas like Engineering(technical and medical) but not best for lifestyle areas.

    Profit driven refinement
    Initially retail shops stock popular items; and few years later stock only the popular items. Here are few examples for bad(according to me) refinements(in US)...

  • There is specific color for everything. One of my friend called this practice as color-coding. In one of the US metro, color of my friend's shirt was taken as indication of his sexual orientation. This confusion may appear as result of stereo-typing but the originally idea that people of x orientation should wear y color was designed to make (refine) identification easier.

    Far easier example for color coding is girls like pink. This is more of a product refinement. In the past, in India I have worn light pink color shirt for office. Such lack of color-code would not go unnoticed these days. This transformation is an example for narrowing.

  • Here is example for utensils refinement. I have fond it hard to get a cup or mug with sharp brim; such a cup has to be made up of steel or aluminum. Such cup is essential for my kitchen activities. Off course retail stores do not stock because majority does not use tools any more.

  • Looks like profit driven refinement has been gradually engulfing the whole every area of life. It is more like the police lifestyle of communist society but all in the name of efficiency and profitability.

    Making religion and politics palatable

    Religion and Politics are twins; addition of Sssexxx in to this pool would make the religion and politics more palatable. This is not my fantasy, there are one-stop-religion offering all the three under one Poolygaaamous brand...

    Heaven everywhere

    Nuclear plant scare

    I hope current crisis at Fukushima Nuclear plant does not slow down the adaption of N-Energy.

    • News hungry media and twitter crazy public has made big deal out of Fukushima crisis. N Experts and Scientists say the same. The amount of radiation found in vegetables and milk produced around Fukushima has affected but the radiation is no way hazardous.

    • Fukushima uses a rather old technology. According industry experts, who spoke on BBC, modern N-plants's cooling system works even under shortage of power.

    • To my surprise, I came to know about total incompetent workmanship in N-plants of Japan. According to BBC, in the past, a N plant had let two untrained, inexperienced workers to operate on Radiation materials(they were using hand written instructions ).

      According to Govt. report, operators of Fukushima Nuclear plant skipped the testing of 31 parts, and it included source for cooling plant.

      These incidents shows that N-accidents are not just due to lack of technical knowledge but corporate corruption.

    • Last thing is N-Energy source and waste both stay local the consumer. Consumer should take responsibility for consumption, and it is also ethical. We may be rich but have no right to pollute common resource like air. No one owns air, ocean. I also hope volatility of N-Fuel may help keep the consumption low.

    Why Ocean floor always goes under continent?

    At subduction zones, the line where continent and sea-floor meet, former always goes under the latter. Reason for this is rock contained in continental-crust is lighter than the rocks made by oceanic-crush.

    In general, as we go down density of rock increases
    Density of continental crust - 2300 kg/m3
    Density of oceanic crust - 2700 kg/m3
    Density of Mantle - 3300 kg/m3

    Alternative for "more"?

    In discussions related to conserving environment, some participants say "Give me alternative for Energy, sea-food, etc..."

    Let us dig deeper in to this 'alternative' in an abstract way. Assume scientists come up with an alternative to fuel for 1 million cars and a sustainable method to feed 6 billion people. As soon as the alternative is in horizon, human's would rise their requirement to 2 million cars and 8 billion people. Our requirement has been a moving target so before anything, first we need an alternative for the attitude called "more".

    Trophy hunting of Lions

    In lay-man terms Trophy hunting is like "raaping inside prison cell, protected by police". Here is some in depth news...

    Tanzania currently allows about 500 lions and 400 leopards per year to be killed for sport across a total area of 300,000km². ....The idea is to fund conservation.

    Evidence comes from a survey of lion harvests in the country between 1996 and 2008 which found that the number of lions hunted fell by 50%.

    Lion imports
    From 1998 through 2008, at least 7,445 wild lions were traded internationally, and at least 4,021 of them were brought to the United States, including more than 3,600 for recreational trophy hunting purposes.

    US must be paying for conservation of wild-life in Africa. Why not just impose ban on US citizens importing Trophy lions in to country?. Ban would be more effective. On the same lines, we should also stop selling arms to dictators and stop paying for spreading democracy.


    Pictures in wiki helped me to understand Xenoliths; makes sense why Xenoliths are called "Foreign rock".

    Xenoliths look foreign when compared to surrounding rock or parent-rock. In other wards, Xenoliths are odd spec in a large rock. Off course this cock tail could happen only in case of igneous rocks.


    52 nations to help Japan but none to Libya

    Japan's home grown earth-quake team is considered as superior to everyone; why are 52 countries are falling on each other to help, when the Libyans fighting Qaddaffi are asking for external help since fifteen days?

    In a way I am not surprised, this is the way the world has been working. Below is some background...

    Recent massive Tsunami in Japan has drowned the urgency in Libya. Since fortnight Qaddaffi is mercilessly bombing towns occupied by rebels. These rebels are no match for air power of Qaddaffi, and every one knows about imbalance. It is a matter of days, Qaddaffi will take back these territories from rebels. Qaddaffi is ready to do anything. And what is needed is a :non-fly: zone, and international community is still thinking about it.

    -UN is not acting on no-fly zone because China and Russia are opposed
    -Arab-league did not agree on any action but requested UN to impose no-fly zone.
    -NATO is still thinking about no-fly zone
    -US wants no-fly zone to be an international effort
    -UN declared Qaddiffi's actions as War-crime.
    -Rebel towns of Libya were accepted as independent nation by France.
    -Chinese evacuated 30K chinese workers from Libya (after crisis broke)
    - Swiss froze Libyan money

    Western diplomats think that imposing :no-fly: zone is an intervention. But these diplomats do defend selling arms to Qaddaffi(I heard Brit-diplomat do on BBC). EU uses oil sold by Qaddaffi, and indirectly strengthens Qaddaffi. These two facts indicate that western countries are already intervened.

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