4/17/2007

Virginia Tech massacre and gun politics.

It has been more than a day since the deadly shootings at Virginia Tech. It won't be long till the gun politics debate start again in US. Both sides of the debate will take this as an opportunity to further their views. Both the sides will proclaim aloud their opinions and convictions as though they were irrefutable god given facts.

It is surprising that the National Rifle Association has still not released any statement whatsoever. Not that they will change their stand, but it will be interesting to see how they exploit this incident to suit their "More Guns, Less Crimes" (MGLC) motto. Nothing substantial yet has been heard from the "Less Guns, Less Crimes" (LGLC) lobby either.

Personally, I wish gun control is the answer. But I doubt. Guns are going to be around, even if the NRA is dead. In an ideal world, we have "No Guns, No Crime" (NGNC). The moment you have some guns floating around, you have to choose between MGLC and LGLC. This is purely a subjective and political choice and there are no hard facts to opt for either one. The NRA is just making sure the Second Amendment stays.

Sure, if there were no guns, we would not have had 32 victims. But surely, the word is not ideal, there are some guns around, and if the others were armed well, we would probably have had maybe only a couple of victims instead of 32.

4/13/2007

Happy Atheist's and Non-Believers Day

April 13th, the birthdays of Thomas Jefferson and Madalyn Murray O-Hair, are observed as Atheist's Day or the Non-Believers Day. Here is a snippet from www.americanatheist.org if you want to know the history behind it :)
Thomas Jefferson and Madalyn Murray O'Hair were both born on April 13. Jefferson was not only the author of the American Declaration of Independence from England, but he believed so strongly in the separation of church and state that he ended tax support of churches in Virginia and other colonies. Madalyn Murray O'Hair brought atheism to the forefront of American law, and founded our organization. Her departure is a mystery, but her vision and courage are history, quite clear enough to celebrate.
Personally, I will spend some time of the day reading proofs #108 to #149 of Hundred's of Proofs of God's Existence. At this point, I also plan to change my church. Effective 30 minutes past noon on the 13th day of the 4th month of 2007, I will consider myselves a proud member of the "Church of Reality". I severe all my relations from the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which for some divine reason was never powerful enough to fill some of the low pressure vaccum in my life

4/12/2007

Bajrang Dal monkeys should be in a zoo

I am not a big fan of putting animals in zoo, but this is getting out of hand. Click here to know about what these idiots did to a couple in Bhopal because they chose to marry each other, one being a Hindu and one Muslim. And the police, instead of protecting the couple as per law, instead tied up with those breaking the law.

In the landmark case Lata Singh Vs. State of Uttar Pradesh of 07/07/2006, the Supreme Court of India made the following strong remark.

The caste system is a curse on the nation and the sooner it is destroyed the better. In fact, it is dividing the nation at a time when we have to be united to face the challenges before the nation unitedly. Hence, inter-caste marriages are in fact in the national interest as they will result in destroying the caste system. However, disturbing news are coming from several parts of the country that young men and women who undergo inter-caste marriage, are threatened with violence, or violence is actually committed on them. In our opinion, such acts of violence or threats or harassment are wholly illegal and those who commit them must be severely punished. This is a free and democratic country, and once a person becomes a major he or she can marry whosoever he/she likes. If the parents of the boy or girl do not approve of such inter-caste or inter-religious marriage the maximum they can do is that they can cut off social relations with the son or the daughter, but they cannot give threats or commit or instigate acts of violence and cannot harass the person who undergoes such inter-caste or inter- religious marriage. We, therefore, direct that the administration/police authorities throughout the country will see to it that if any boy or girl who is a major undergoes inter-caste or inter-religious marriage with a woman or man who is a major, the couple are not harassed by any one nor subjected to threats or acts of violence, and any one who gives such threats or harasses or commits acts of violence either himself or at his instigation, is taken to task by instituting criminal proceedings by the police against such persons and further stern action is taken against such persons as provided by law. We sometimes hear of `honour' killings of such persons who undergo inter-caste or inter-religious marriage of their own free will. There is nothing honourable in such killings, and in fact they are nothing but barbaric and shameful acts of murder committed by brutal, feudal minded persons who deserve harsh punishment. Only in this way can we stamp out such acts of barbarism.
I think the more we let loose these self appointed, underemployed, moral policing idiots like RSS, Bajrang Dal, VHP etc, the more encouraged they get. It is just hard to believe that in 2007, two adults in India, who love each other and marry, need to flee their hometown for safety because they didn't get a No Objection Certificate from some monkeys.

Sometimes, it looks like the only way to keep RSS/Bajrangis happy is to buy them an isolated island somewhere in Antartica and dump them there along with Prafull Goradia and Ram Madhav. A perfect Shri Ram and Hanuman union.

4/07/2007

Copycats in bollywood!

Check out this website www.itwofs.com

This guy Karthik has collected a huge list of old/recent/new songs from bollywood which have been outright plagiarised. Backed with a loose interpretation of the word "inspired" and no worries about being sued, this has been going on for a couple of decades. Shamelessly, they don't even acknowledge the source which "inspired" them.

Click here for a list of songs which RDB has copied. For example,

Mehbooba Mehbooba [Film: Sholay (1975)] Inspired from Demis Roussoss's Say You Love Me. Demis' original was released in 1974, while Sholay came out in 1975.

Click here for a list of songs partly copied by ARR.

CNN-IBN has this very interesting report at




Fantastic job Karthik.