Category Archives: rant

Opiate of the Intelligentsia

This post is a coalescence of a discussion I had with my friend Nick over Facebook status updates. I thought it worthwhile to share the outcome of the discussion. Recently, Jon Stewart did his piece “I give up” on the fact that while the conservative political machine has been painting the public workers (like teachers

The emperor is naked and even he concedes it

The US has started its military offensive against Libya. Incidentally, the latter is an oil rich country ruled by a dictator who is not America’s puppet. Sound familiar? Hint: 1991 and 2003. In fact, the whole offensive has bipartisan support. So it’s fair to say that there are very few within the government (including the

Hijacking Elections I.T.-Style

India is no stranger to stolen and fraudulent elections. The claim was that paper ballots were vulnerable to such fraud and theft, so the Election Commission announced use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). As it turns out, looks like the primary motivation for the switch to EVMs was the exact opposite. It was steal elections,

On the maturation of social media

In this recent article, Newsweek claims that traditional social media like blogs and upcoming ones like twitter are on the decline because we as a people are simply too lazy and wouldn’t do something for free [hat tip: Patrix]. Newsweek has really embarrassed itself with this post. Let me explain how. First, let us examine