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Mustered Musings

"The years teach much that the days never know." -- Emerson

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Why Your Boss Is Overpaid ?

Friday, January 06, 2006

जो मेहनत करी, तेरा पेशा रहेगा,

न रेशम सही, तेरा रेशा रहेगा,

अभी कर ले पूरे, सभी काम अपने,

तू क्या सोचता है, हमेशा रहेगा !

‍‌‍ = अशोक चक्रधर

Another job lost due to blogging

This time it was turn of a scottish bookseller in UK, Joe Gordon to loose his job due to what he wrote about his boss on his blog ! He worked with the bookshop Waterstone's at Edinbugh for 11 years before his boss found out about his writing at his blog.

It is believed to be the first time in Britain a blogger has been dismissed for what they published on the web.

Gordon occasionally used his online diary to vent steam about his working life. Waterstone's says Joe brought firm into disrepute !

Gordon still writes a blog, and he was snapped up to work at a rival book company who liked his writing.

"Until now, people have thought freedom of speech was a legal or government thing. Now we're waking up to the fact that a bigger threat to people may come from companies, so you have to think, will my boss read what I do?" Gordon said.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Googled !

New York based, Canadian passport holder Iranian blogger Hossein Derakshan (aka Hoder) had his quota of surprises when he decided to visit Toronto for a day. On his journey back to NYC, like anyone else on the bus he was stopped at the border by US Customs and Border Security people at the Buffalo border. To his surprise, when the officials realized that he was going to the States to speak at a blog-related conference (ConvergeSouth) they googled his name and found his blog.

It did not take them long in locating some of those things that are not quite appropriate to be on your blog when you are at the border ! Complete Story ...

Result is that he can not enter US for another six months, atleast.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Damn Interesting

Damn Interesting...really.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Democracy as Universal Value..by Amartya Sen

Here's an interesting essay on Democracy by Amartya Sen, winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics.

From the essay ...
"I have discussed elsewhere the remarkable fact that, in the terrible history of famines in the world, no substantial famine has ever occurred in any independent and democratic country with a relatively free press. We cannot find exceptions to this rule, no matter where we look: the recent famines of Ethiopia, Somalia, or other dictatorial regimes; famines in the Soviet Union in the 1930s; China's 1958-61 famine with the failure of the Great Leap Forward; or earlier still, the famines in Ireland or India under alien rule. China, although it was in many ways doing much better economically than India, still managed (unlike India) to have a famine, indeed the largest recorded famine in world history: Nearly 30 million people died in the famine of 1958-61, while faulty governmental policies remained uncorrected for three full years. The policies went uncriticized because there were no opposition parties in parliament, no free press, and no multiparty elections. Indeed, it is precisely this lack of challenge that allowed the deeply defective policies to continue even though they were killing millions each year. The same can be said about the world's two contemporary famines, occurring right now in North Korea and Sudan."

Another Plane Crash !

Within a period of seven weeks of the Bellview airline's Boeing 737-200 plane crash, comes this news of another passenger plane cash belonging to Sosoliso Airlines.

Sosoliso Airlines Flight 1145 was a scheduled flight between the Nigerian cities of Abuja and Port Harcourt.

At about 14:08 local time (13:08 UTC) on December 10, 2005, Flight 1145 from Abuja crash-landed on the runway at Port Harcourt International Airport. The plane, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 with 110 people onboard, burst into flames. The plane was 32 years old.

This plane crash has again brought Airlines and air safety related issues into focus.

Among the passengers were seventy five high school students from Loyola Jesuit college near Abuja. They were returning back to their homes for christmas.