links for 2009-01-22

22 Jan
  • Amazing pictures. Take a look.
  • # Model the behaviors you seek. Want more respect? Show more respect.
    # Grow up as they do. The world is changing. They'll show you how.
    # Do one-to-ones. I.e spend time individually with them. Regularly. Just hanging out: that's when real conversations occur.
    # Be interested.
    # Be interesting.
    # Give unconditional love.
    # Remind them that society sells a dream 'be like everyone else and you'll be successful'.
    # Actually, if they notice, it's those who are different who are really successful. Whether carpenter, accountant or rock-artist.
    # Support them in their dreams, emotionally.
    # Hug them. Regularly.
  • Looking at how gold prices have moved during an incredibly volatile time for currency, it becomes apparent how effective a hedge bullion is against bad times – the worse your home currency performed, the better off you were holding gold, whether in Russia or the UK. But of course traditional Indians know that! The other favorite Indian investment class is property, and the quarterly numbers of HDFC, the housing loan giant, shed some light on what we should expect on that front. While a drop in quarterly earnings led to a 7.5% drop in HDFC's share price, the loan approval figure showed how sharply the housing market turned in the last 6 months. In the December quarter, the number was down to Rs. 9640 crore -a drop of 32%! That figure clearly sets the trend for HDFC earnings in the quarters ahead. It also should give pause for thought as to whether analysts projections for earnings at real estate companies are pessimistic enough.
  • Raj Thackeray – Manoos & er.. womanoos. Make me PM and I promise to protect our borders. I’ll ban everything Pakistani. Singers, sportsmen, jugglers. Movies like Pakeezah. Sweets like Mysore Pak. Even games like Pakman. You see, by eliminating all peaceful visitors, we can attack any Pakistani on the street because he, then, must be a terrorist. Of course, if he’s armed, we’ll let our Bhaiyyas in NSG handle it. I’ll spread Marathi around India, signboard by signboard. Marathi is music to my ears and I love music. Especially violence. And sometimes, I play the loot. I am well educated, in the famous Goon School, where I studied the work of the poet Burns. Unlike my uncle, I have Bals. So please vote for me and send me to Delhi. Or else, I’ll remain in Mumbai.
  • At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.
    So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.
    That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood…
    These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land – a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.
    Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many.
    They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America – they will be met. On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.
    On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises…
  • The story of the drop in Gujarat’s share of projects under implementation is not widely known; Modi’s governance hasn’t helped the state overcome the damage that massacre caused. Money went elsewhere and it is returning only now. Modi’s supporters say he has shown Muslims their place in India. He can probably make trains run on time as well. But at what cost to the nation?
    Anil Ambani quoted his father, the late Dhirubhai, who called Modi “lambi race ka ghoda”, or the horse for the long race. The eyes of a champion thoroughbred are covered to prevent distractions and the jockey whips him, making him run faster. Such a horse only thinks of the destination, not how to get there.
    Another Gujarati—Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi—saw it differently: “Our progress towards the goal will be in exact proportion to the purity of our means… As the means, so the end.”
    He did not rush headlong; he walked alone.
  • We encounter each other in words, words spiny or smooth, whispered or declaimed; words to consider, reconsider.
    We cross dirt roads and highways that mark the will of someone and then others who said, "I need to see what's on the other side; I know there's something better down the road."
    We need to find a place where we are safe; We walk into that which we cannot yet see.

    Praise song for struggle; praise song for the day. Praise song for every hand-lettered sign; The figuring it out at kitchen tables.
    Some live by "Love thy neighbor as thy self."
    Others by first do no harm, or take no more than you need.
    What if the mightiest word is love, love beyond marital, filial, national. Love that casts a widening pool of light. Love with no need to preempt grievance.
    In today's sharp sparkle, this winter air, anything can be made, any sentence begun.
  • When things get this bad, convention goes out the window.
    Problem: CEOs make too much money.
    Solution: Make them bid for their jobs, like contractors.
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