An old one but amusing and insightful nonetheless......
It is raining, and the little town looks totally deserted. It is tough times, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit. Suddenly, a rich tourist comes to town. He enters the only hotel, lays a 100 Euro note on the reception counter, and goes to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to choose one.
The hotel proprietor takes the 100 Euro note and runs to pay his debt to the butcher. The butcher takes the 100 Euro note, and runs to pay his debt to the pig grower. The pig grower takes the 100 Euro note, and runs to pay his debt to the supplier of his feed and fuel.
The supplier of feed and fuel takes the 100 Euro note and runs to pay his debt to the town's prostitute that in these hard times, gave her "services" on credit.
The hooker runs to the hotel, and pays off her debt with the 100 Euro note to the hotel proprietor to pay for the rooms that she rented when she brought her clients there. The hotel proprietor then lays the 100 Euro note back on the counter so that the rich tourist will not suspect anything.
At that moment, the tourist comes down after inspecting the rooms, and takes his 100 Euro note, after saying that he did not like any of the rooms, and leaves town.
No one earned anything. However, the whole town is now without debt, and looks to the future with a lot of optimism. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how the United States is doing business today.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles. Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content. Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory. And Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate. Something interesting is happening.
And from a hitherto unknown tribe deep in the Amazon rainforest.
Technological advances must not “determine our destiny.”
Oh Im sorry, that is not a primitive tribesman but Hillary Clinton, a candidate for the leadership position of the most powerful and technologically advanced country in the world! I get those two confused all the time! My mistake.
Monday, July 6, 2015
I have had enough of his rage , bigotry, chauvinism, conspiracy theories,hatred not to mention serious psychological problems and complexes. I've tried to help him with each issue at which point he retracts (and deletes) his comments, claims he will fix his ways but soon enough regurgitates the same old garbage. First in a sly ,passive underhanded manner and then later in a more shrill ,hostile and direct position.
I don't like to ban people but the caveat is this: he also made death threats and calls for genocide against various groups. And in turn I as the author of the blog may receive undue attention from the relevant law enforcement agencies! Most of those have not slipped my radar but some have. I normally don't wish to censor even such incendiary comments as long as the commenter is willing to engage in genuine debate and not hit and run methods and other dirty tricks as practiced by Iniyavel.
I realize he is young , heck I am embarrassed by the stuff I posted at his age(but truth be told it was never this awful) but this is beyond the pale. This mindset goes beyond immaturity. He suffers from psychological disorders which attracts him to other unbalanced individuals such as Ajit Vadakayil and Vivek Iyer. Again I tried to help him but I'm at the end of my tether. The problem with blogs is that the opinions of the commenters often defines the blogger. I cannot in good conscience keep an open forum and have him on at the same time.
His comments will be now relegated to spam. Let us wish him best of luck. We have done our best.