October 2008

I found this very interesting article and pics , where wild animals celebrating their birthdays by eating a cake. Cool stuff.

On Nov 4th, people across the country will go to the polls to elect the new president. Obama is leading in the polls now, but McCain could close or depending on the Bradley effects and undecideds. Irrespective of who wins the presidential election, I think one can definitely say , democrat’s will make gains in the house and the senate. A new day on Nov5, will be the rain of liberal snow all across America, cooling the conservative red states dominance turning the land into ocean like blue land. Peggy Noonan is already getting naustalgic.

The electorate is different now. George W., now ranked 5th worst US president of all time, is the baggage for all republicans running for  office. I really can’t believe this: Bush has 25% approval, everybody is running away from him, but congress has 12% approval , country is on the verge of electing more democrat’s. May be, the electorate wants to give democrat and few republicans another chance to get their act together and do something in Washington. We all know – it not over till the fat lady sings- but we can all agree that the fat lady has started to clear her throat.

America might be on the verge of electing the first non-white male to its highest office coming Tuesday. But, the election might not be a blowout victory for Obama. It could be close and it could even come down to the wire, something of the range of 280-290 electoral college votes. The Novak report, known as the report from the prince of darkness, also predicts something of similar results. But you never know, it voters jump on to the Obama train, we could have a bandwagon effect and get have a 350-375 votes blowout instead.

In the coming days, some things will be curious to watch in the media. One will be-polls. Polls, poll of polls, public polls, private polls, state polls, national polls, track polls and extended  polls  and so on….. I think we will have at least 50 of them in a span of 4 days. I think 50 is small number. I wouldn’t be surprised if surrogates start calling names on TV, to a much larger extent than what is going on now. Hell, people have started suing in senate election in MN and NC. I am sure it will get very ugly, but in this election “liberal” is a word that is not ugly. I think all the liberals will feel vindicated for playing their part to push for the progressive agenda.

How many did know for a fact- America spends more on potato chips than on elections?

May be, the cost of choosing the leader of the free world was so cheap- that they chose W.

Do you want to know, what George Will thinks about it?

Business week has a good article on US economy .

If somebody is looking for newspaper endorsements that are old, one should read the endorsement of Lincoln. I found it very interesting.

The Times has ranked all the presidents in history again. George w. Bush ranks as the 5th worst president in history equaling Richard Nixon.

Today , New York Times broke the story of ivory sale, legal in many aspects, to china and other countries. I think it is time to end this horrendous act of  agression on the gentle giants and preserve the planet.

I reading shock doctrine by Naomi Klein. It argues how shock therapy was employed in various south American countries to help a few gain control of the growing economies. The book is largely very critical of the application of shock therapy , as it left many far worse in economic condition than before the application of shock therapy.The book has described the shock therapy most in the context of economic and economic policy.

Shock therapy can be defined as – sudden release of price and currency controls, withdrawal of state subsidies, and immediate trade liberalization within a country, usually also including large scale privatization of previously public owned assets- as found on wikipedia.

So in shock therapy on has to get rid of some controlling mechnasims the effectively regulate and transfer power from one sector to another. In economics, one can find parallels very easily.

Actually, I am truly amazed at the application of shock therapy that was applied in America for the lead up to the Iraq war. I think it was one of the most successful demonstration , that shock therapy can be applied in a developed nation, in which the general public is largely informed.

Let us consider the two arguments in the definition; The first is the removal of the regulation and control mechanisms- which in this case I would call the media, or more largely flow of information. The second is the transfer of power or authority from one to another, which is very easy to recognise here, President given power by the congress , congress being the representatives of the people.

I will write more on this topic slowly.

I guess, I have to now come out with some label for myself by, by looking at the political climate in the country. Next Tuesday the country goes to polls to elect the 44th president and several members of the senate and congress. In some states several governors are all chosen.

Let us stick with talking about the next “the president”, between “that one” and Mr Museum. Some of the news papers , have been swept by the Obama-mania , have already called the race for Obama , similar to the Dewey vs Truman race.

I think the race will be closer than expected, but Obama should by around 300 odd electoral votes.

But the other things are more interesting in the political news are about labellings everybody and vice-presidential candidates drama. Sarah-the diva, has reportedly gone rouge. She apparently wants to control her message, like – I am living in the Pro-America America which does not belong to United states of America that’s why my husband and I were secessionists. One should read the article about here ridicule for science and intellect.

I think, I should come up with some names for all.

Me, the student.

McCain- the Museum/the pow.

Obama -the Socialist/Terrorist/That one.

Sarah palin – the diva/the rouge

Biden – the talk.

Hillary Clinton – the inevitable

Fox – the noise

NYtimes – the liberal

Brooks column in the times is a good one.

I wish everybody a very happy and prosperous Diwali. I miss fire crackers, I wish I were in India celebrating now.

Joe the plumber is planning to run for congress in 2010. I guess we need something now to remove the clog in the credit markets. Even, former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan, admitted his error . Greenspan also claimed this is once in a lifetime crisis.

But, Joe the plumber is now gunning for office. He is super opinionated. I guess McCain is more interested in launching political careers of others than completing his own.

I think nobody is going to deny , we are slipping or already in a global recession. I think the Fed will cut interest rates down to 1percent. All business analysist’s, especially who advise on the stock market, keep saying we looking for market bottom; I think it will keep coming for many months now. What I mean is- the market will have high volatility for a long time and it does not matter whether it goes up or down by a few points. For the growth of confidence in the markets , low volatility is needed.

We have a seminar today on shotnoise measurements by Yuanzhen chen . The seminar mainly detailed the process of measureming shot noise in tunnel junction barriers. The barriers were in GaAS heterojunction structures. Some open contridictions were pointed out in terms of Buttiker formuleae. I hope I will read more on this and give a complete review on this topic.

I will be submitting some test chips regarding the desing of low noise front end delta ADC.

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