Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The Ant and the Grasshopper

This one is really funny! If you have read Rand, this sounds like a Rand rant. Hattip Lacchu

This is the state of India's Politics today....
OLD VERSION...

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long building his
house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant's a fool and laughs & dances & plays the
summer away.

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food
or shelter so he dies out in the cold.

MODERN VERSION...
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his
house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the
ant's a fool and laughs & dances & plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and
demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed
while others are cold and starving.NDTV, BBC, CNN show up to provide
pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his
comfortable home with a table filled with food.

The World is stunned by the sharp contrast.....

-How can this be that this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

-Arundhati Roy stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house.

-Medha Patkar goes on a fast along with other grasshoppers demanding
that grasshoppers be relocated to warmer climates during winter.

-Amnesty International and Koffi Annan criticize the Indian Government
for not upholding the fundamental rights of the grasshopper.

-The Internet is flooded with online petitions seeking support to the
grasshopper(many promising Heaven and

-Everlasting Peace for prompt support as against the wrath of God for
non-compliance).

-Opposition MP's stage a walkout.Left parties call for "Bharat Bandh" in
West Bengal and Kerala demanding a Judicial Enquiry.

-CPM Kerala immediately passes a law preventing Ants from working hard
in the heat so as to bring about equality of poverty among ants and
grasshoppers.

-Lalu Prasad allocates one free coach to Grasshoppers on all Indian
Railway Trains, aptly named as the 'Grasshopper Rath'.

-Finally, the Judicial Committee drafts the Prevention of Terrorism
Against Grasshoppers Act [POTAGA]", with
effect from the beginning of the winter.

-Arjun Singh makes Special Reservation for Grass Hopper in educational
Insititutions & in Govt Services.

-The ant is fined for failing to comply with POTAGA and, having nothing
left to pay his retroactive taxes,
his home is confiscated by the Government and handed over to the
grasshopper in a ceremony covered by NDTV.

-Arundhati Roy calls it "a triumph of justice".

-Lalu calls it 'Socialistic Justice'.

-CPM calls it the 'revolutionary resurgence of the downtrodden'

-Koffi Annan invites the grasshopper to address the UN General Assembly.

MANY YEARS LATER...

The ant has since migrated to the US and set up a multi billion dollar
company in silicon valley.
While 100s of grasshoppers still die of starvation despite reservation
somewhere in India...


Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Happy Birthday Prof.Tullock

Prof. Tullock turns 85 today. Happy Birthday Prof. Tullock!! Enjoy this amazing picture taken a few weeks back with Courtney.

Friday, February 09, 2007

IPod Ban

Here's a clear example of a stupid idea for a policy. Recently, there have been atleast three news reports of passengers on the metro system being robbed of their IPods. So some clever politician wants a ban on IPods. He goes on TV to say that there must be a safe IPod usage policy that will ban the usage of IPods in certain areas. How much more idiotic can a policy be? Is the metro population going to take this lying down? Why should the government interfere with such private matters of a citizen's life. I know that flounting my IPod makes me susceptible to muggers, so if I value my life and property more I will take precautions. On the other hand if I value listening to my music more and showing my fancy IPod off, then I do so at my own risk. What right does the government have to ask me to change my preferences? The idea of paternalism is giving rise to ridiculous policy ideas. So, if the IPods are taken off the streets that is going to prevent such crime? I see a sad tale here. Although the mp3 market segment is pretty competitive, IPods are pretty exclusive and the politician who wants this policy probably asked for an IPod for Chirstmas and didn't get one. Sour grapes, poor fella!!