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  • 9/11 Conspiracy - Unreal Blog
    motives and workings of the powers that be But I am an expert when it comes to computing the details of the free fall of an object or inelastic collisions In fact anybody who paid attention to their high school physics teacher would be an expert because the physics involved is fairly simple The official explanation for the collapse is that structural failures resulting from thermal expansion due to uncontrolled office fire caused floors to fail between the 8th and 14th Floors in the east and between the 7th and 17th in the west Since the building collapsed straight down the floor failures had to be simultaneous and symmetric otherwise the building would have tipped over to the side with the initial or the largest failure With the the floors below failing the remaining portion of the building above fell as a single unit I added quotes around the word fail because I don t quite know what it means in this context I will assume that it means the floors that failed just disappeared So let s assume that seven floors between the 8th and 14th floors in the east and the 10 floors between the 7th and 17th floors in the west disappeared at time t 0 when the collapse started You already see a problem here don t you If the west side had more floors that disappeared then the building would have tipped over to the west which didn t happen So let s ignore the west side for now The first thing that happens after the seven floors disappear is that Floor 15 comes down and hits Floor 7 which takes two seconds fusing with it as in an inelastic collision and moving down to Floor 6 Then Floor 6 also fuses with everything above and goes and hits Floor 5 and so on until Floor 15 experiences an inelastic collision with mother earth about a second later The acceleration during the first two seconds would be measurably different from the next second which itself would be different from the velocity profile after the third second In fact what would happen after three seconds is not at all obvious my best guess would be a kind of shuddering disintegration of the remaining part of the building The collapse did not happen that way Here is what did happen to WTC7 Here is an arial photograph of ground zero taken a few days after 9 11 showing the footprints of the buildings Notice how neatly WTC7 imploded into its footprint and how unscathed the neighboring buildings look Once you accept that the collapse of WTC7 is not consistent with a natural fall caused by fire you have to come to the uncomfortable conclusion that it was a deliberate and controlled demolition If office fires could have brought down a steel framed high rise building why would we need expensive controlled demolition work to tear down old buildings And how can we feel safe when we are

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  • Life and Death Archives - Page 6 of 6 - Unreal Blog
    of eternity and Hegel s phenomenology as though they are like coffee and cheerios To me this dazzling display of intellectual fireworks is unsettling I get a glimpse of the enormity of what is left to know and the paucity of time left to learn it and I worry It is the ultimate Catch 22 by the time you figure it all out it is time to go and the knowledge is useless Perhaps knowledge has always been useless in that sense but it is still a lot of fun to figure things out The book is a commentary on American materialism and the futility of idealism in our modern times It is also about the small things where a heart finds fulfillment Here is the setting of the story in a nutshell Charlie Citrine a protégé to Von Humboldt Fleischer makes it big in his literary career Fleischer himself full of grandiose schemes for a cultural renaissance in America dies a failure Charlie s success comes at its usual price In an ugly divorce his vulturous ex wife Denise tries to milk him for every penny he s worth His mercenary mistress and a woman and a half Renata targets his riches from other angles Then there is the boisterous Cantabile who is ultimately harmless and the affable and classy Thaxter who is much more damaging The rest of the story follows some predictable and some surprising twists Storylines are something I stay away from in my reviews for I don t want to be posting spoilers I am sure there is a name for this style of narration that jumps back and forth in time with no regard to chronology I first noticed it in Catch 22 and recently in Arundhati Roy s God of Small Things It always fills me with a kind of awe because the writer has the whole story in mind and is revealing aspects of it at will It is like showing different projections of a complex object This style is particularly suited for Humboldt s Gift because it is a complex object like a huge diamond and the different projections show brilliant flashes of insights Staining the white radiance of eternity of course To say that Humboldt s Gift is a masterpiece is like saying that sugar is sweet It goes without saying I will read this book many more times in the future because of its educational values and because I love the reader in my audiobook edition I would not necessarily recommend the book to others though I think it takes a peculiar mind one that finds sanity only in insane gibberish and sees unreality in all the painted veils of reality to appreciate this book In short you have to be a bit cuckoo to like it But by the same convoluted logic this negative recommendation is perhaps the strongest endorsement of all So here goes Don t read it I forbid it book reviews classics Humboldt s Gift metaphysics Saul Bellow Books Creative Life and Death Philosophy The Razor s Edge by W Somerset Maugham January 19 2009 manoj 3 Comments May be it is only my tendency to see philosophy everywhere but I honestly believe Maugham s works are the classics they are because of their deep philosophical underpinnings Their strong plots and Maugham s masterful storytelling help but what makes them timeless is the fact that Maugham gives voice to the restlessness of our hearts and puts in words the stirring uncertainties of our souls Our questions have always been the same Where do we come from What are we doing here And where are we headed Quo vadis Of all the books of this kind that I have read and I have read many The Razor s Edge takes on the last question most directly When Larry says out of the blue The dead look so awfully dead we get an idea of what his quest and indeed the inquiry of the book is going to be Larry Darrell is as close to human flawlessness as Maugham ever gets His cynical disposition always produced vivid characters that were flawed human beings We are used to snobbishness in Elliott Templeton fear and hypocrisy in the vicar of Blackstable self loathing even in the self image of Philip Carey frivolity in Kitty Garstin undue sternness in Walter Fane the ludicrous buffoonery of Dirk Stroeve abysmal cruelty in Charles Strickland ultimate betrayal in Blanche Stroeve fatal alcoholism in Sophie incurable promiscuity in Mildred an endless parade of gripping characters everyone of them as far from human perfection as you and me But human perfection is what is sought and found in Larry Darrell He is gentle compassionate single mindedly hardworking spiritually enlightened simple and true and even handsome although Maugham couldn t help but bring in some reservations about it In one word perfect So it is only with an infinite amount of vanity that anybody can identify himself with Larry as I secretly do And it is a testament to Maugham s mastery and skill that he could still make such an idealistic character human enough for some people to see themselves in him As I plod on with these review posts I m beginning to find them a bit useless I feel that whatever needed to be said was already well said in the books to begin with And the books being classics others have also said much about them So why bother Let me wind up this post and possibly this review series with a couple of personal observations I found it gratifying that Larry finally found enlightenment in my native land of Kerala Written decades before the hippie exodus for spiritual fulfillment in India this book is remarkably prescient And as a book on what life is all about and how to live it to its spiritual fullness in our hectic age The Razor s Edge is a must read for everybody book reviews maugham Philosophy razor s edge Somerset Maugham Books Life and Death Catch 22 by Joseph Heller December 29 2008 manoj 1 Comment I m embarrassed to admit it but I didn t get Catch 22 the first time I read it That was some twenty years ago may be I was too young then Halfway through my third read a few weeks ago I suddenly realized it was a caricature Caricatures are visual or so I thought Catch 22 however is a literary caricature the only one of its kind I have read Looking for a story line in it that ridicules the blinding craziness of a cruelly crazy world is like looking for anguish in Guernica It is everywhere and nowhere Where shall I begin I guess I will jot down the random impressions I got over my multiple reads Catch 22 includes one damning indictment on the laissez faire enterprise loving free market capitalistic philosophy It is in the form of the amiable but ultimately heartless Milo Minderbinder With inconceivable pricing tactics Milo s enterprise makes money for his syndicate in which everybody has a share What is good for the syndicate therefore has to be good for everybody and we should be willing to suffer minor inconveniences like eating Egyptian cotton During their purchasing trips Yossarian and Dunbar have to put up with terrible working conditions while Milo mayor to countless towns and a deputy Shaw to Iran enjoys all creature comforts and finer things in life But fret not everybody has a share It is hard to miss the parallels between Milo and the CEOs of modern corporations begging for public bailouts while holding on to their private jets But Heller s uncanny insights assume really troubling proportions when Milo privatizes international politics and wars for everybody s good If you have read The Confessions of an Economic Hitman you would be worried that the warped exaggerations of Heller are still well within the realm of reality The icing on the cake comes when someone actually demands his share Milo gives him a worthless piece of paper with all pomp and ceremony Remind you of your Lehman minibonds Life indeed is stranger than fiction But Milo s exploits are but a minor side story in Catch 22 The major part of it is about crazy Yossarian s insanity which is about the only thing that makes sense in a world gone mad with war and greed and delusions of futile glory Yossarian s comical yet poignant dilemmas put the incongruities of life in an unbearably sharp focus for us Why is it crazy to try to stay alive Where is the glory in dying for some cause when death is the end of everything including the cause and the glory Along with Yossarian Heller parades a veritable army of characters so lifelike that you immediately see them among your friends and family and even in yourself Take for instance the Chaplin s metaphysical musings Appleby s flawless athleticism Orr s dexterity Colonel Cathcart s feathers and black eyes General Peckam s prolix prose Doc Daneeka s selfishness Aarfy s refusal to hear Nately s whore Luciana s love Nurse Duckett s body the 107 year old Italian s obnoxious words of wisdom Major Major s shyness Major de Caverley s armyness each a masterpiece in itself On second thought I feel that this book is too big a chef d oervre for me to attempt to review All I can do is to recommend that you read it at least twice And leave you with my take away from this under rated epic Life itself is the ultimate catch 22 inescapable and water tight in every possible way imaginable The only way to make sense of life is to understand death And the only way to understand death is to stop living Don t you feel like letting out a respectful whistle like Yossarian at this simple beauty of this catch of life I do book reviews catch 22 Joseph Heller Philosophy Life and Death Terror and Tragedy in Mumbai December 1 2008 manoj 5 Comments Lo Hwei Yen was gunned down in Mumbai a few days ago She flew there from Singapore for a one day visit and walked innocently into a death trap that was set in motion probably months ago My heart goes out her family members I can understand their pain because of my own recent personal bereavement although nobody can probably understand their sense of unfairness of it all As we bury our loved ones and mourn the fallen heroes we have to ask ourselves what is the right response to terrorism My ideas as usual are a bit off the beaten track And on this emotional topic I may get a bit of flak for them But if we are to wipe out the scourge of terrorism we have to defend ourselves not only with fast guns and superior fire power but also with knowledge Why would anybody want to kill us so badly that they are willing to die trying Terrorism is one of those strange debacles where all our responses are wrong A naive response this attack would be one of revenge If they bring down our skyscrapers we bomb them back to stone ages if they kill one of ours we kill ten of theirs and so on But that response is exactly what the terrorist wants One of the strategic objectives of terrorism is to polarize the population so much that they have a steady supply of new recruits Does that mean that doing nothing would be the right response I don t think so If there is a middle ground here I just cannot see it Another approach to wage an information war aided by torture and terror from our side Remember Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay And extraordinary rendition Clearly not the right way to go any decent human being would agree Every terrorist tortured is a hundred reborn Every innocent tortured is potentially a thousand new terrorists But what is the alternative Ask a few gentlemanly questions and appeal to the terrorist s better nature Again is there a balanced middle ground here Gandhiji would have said Let them come let them kill as many as they want We won t resist When they get tired of killing we would have beaten them The old man is my hero but is it the right response It may be If any and every move I make is only going to make my enemy stronger I d better stay put But if I were to stand still like a sitting duck my enemy doesn t have to be strong at all When the terrorists seek their own death and reprisals on their kins when they seek to sabotage peace processes do we act dumb and play right into their hands by doing exactly what they want us to Viewed in this light the reactions to this attack from India and Pakistan disappoint me War on terror is not a war on its foot soldiers who are merely stupid saps who got brainwashed or blackmailed into committing horrific meyhem It is not even a war on its generals or figureheads when chopping off one head only engenders another one in some other unknown place This war is a war of ideologies And it can be won only with a superior ideology Do we have one Lo Hwei Yen Mumbai terror terrorism French Life and Death A French Eulogy November 4 2008 manoj 2 Comments This is going to be my last post of a personal kind I promise This French eulogy was an email from my friend Stephane talking about my father who was quite fond of him Stephane a published writer and a true artist puts his feelings in beautiful and kind words Some day I will translate them and append the English version as well It is hard to do so right now but the difficulty is not all linguistic Manoj Nous sommes très tristes d apprendre le départ de ton père Il était pour nous aussi un père un modèle de gentillesse d intégrité et de générosité Sa discrétion sa capacité à s adapter à toutes les choses bizarres de notre époque son sens de l humour et surtout son sens des responsabilités sont des enseignements que nous garderons de lui et que nous espérons transmettre à notre enfant Nous avons beaucoup aimé le texte que tu as écrit sur ton blog La perte de quelqu un de si proche nous renvoie aux mêmes questions de l existence Qu est ce que la conscience Comment évolue t elle avant la naissance et après la mort Combien y a t il de consciences possibles dans l univers La multiplicité de la conscience totale la faculté d éveil de chaque conscience la faculté d incarnation d une simple conscience dans le vivant végétal animal ou humain Tout ceci est surement une illusion mais aussi un mystère que les mots de notre langage ne font qu effleurer et survoler De cette illusion reste la tristesse profonde et bien réelle Ce que tu as écrit sur la tristesse me fait penser à un poète ou un bouddhiste qui évoquait l espoir et le désespoir comme d une frontière symétrique à dépasser afin d atteindre le principe créateur des deux oppositions Ce principe il l a nommé l inespoir un mot étrange qui n existe pas car il contient deux opposés à la fois Ainsi je pense souvent à ce mot quand je regarde les étoiles la nuit ou quand je regarde ma fille en train de dormir paisiblement Je trouve notre univers d une beauté totale évidente inexprimable Puis je réalise que tout est éphémère ma fille ceux que j aime moi et même les galaxies Pire je réalise que cet univers c est une scène de sacrifice où tout mange puis est mangé des plus petits atomes aux plus grandes galaxies À ce moment je trouve l univers très cruel À la fin il me manque un mot un mot qui pourrait exprimer à la fois la beauté et la cruauté de l univers Ce mot n existe pas mais en Inde j ai appris qu on définissait ce qui est divin par ceci là où les contraires coexistent Encore une fois l Inde terre divine me guide dans mes pensées Est ce que c est vraiment un début de réponse Je pense que ton père y répond par son sourire bienveillant Nous pensons beaucoup à vous Nous vous embrassons tous très fort Stéphane Vassanty et Suhasini PS It was difficult for me to reply in English Sorry If this letter is too complex to read or to translate in English just tell me I ll do my best to translate it Manoj Thulasidas a écrit Bonjour mon cher ami How are you Hope we can meet again some time soon I have bad news My father passed away a week ago I am in India taking care of the last rites of passage Will be heading back to Singapore soon During these sad days I had occasion to think and talk about you many times Do you remember my father s photo that you took about ten years ago during Anita s rice feeding ceremony It was that photo that we used for newspaper announcements and other places like my sad blog entry You captured the quiet dignity we so admired and respected in him He himself had chosen that photo for these purposes Merci mon ami grosses bises Kavita me and the little ones conscience personal kind translation Life and Death Death of a Parent October 22 2008 manoj 11 Comments My father passed away early this morning For the past three months he was fighting a heart failure But he really had little chance because many systems in his body had started failing

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  • How Greece Got Quantitatively Eased - Unreal Blog
    they were to offer Greece Now Greece had atrocious credit ratings so the bankers were in effect guaranteed insanely high returns on the loans but with remarkably low risk because of the guarantee In return for the comprehensive quantitative easing that she enjoyed Greece was forced to adopt strict austerity measures Now look at the end results banks just invested in effect money that didn t belong to them the bailout money and kept the returns If the austerity measures worked the returns would come from the Greeks If not the Germans and the other European taxpayers would foot the bill exactly the kind of one way risk taking that the bankers are so fond of Right now it looks as thought the Greeks have had enough of getting eased It may be that they may have to relinquish Euro So what It might work out better for them I remember the gloom and doom predicted during the Asian currency crisis when Malaysia tightened their currency conversion rules to prevent money from getting drained from the country Nothing happened If anything they are doing better now than ever So power to the Greeks I think their defaulting on their bailout conditions or ditching the Euro altogether is the risk that the bankers assumed when the loaned out the money Just that they assumed it on behalf of the European taxpayers Okay I took some poetic license in ridiculing the bankers as though they were a bunch of short bald evil geniuses working in some dark shady room nursing their diabolic designs for the world Sure they do make a lot of money a lot more than they should but the real bulk of the loot goes to those who own the banks A bit may come your way as well

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  • bailout Archives - Unreal Blog
    Magazine Funny Humor Malayalam Debates Anti Relativity Email Debates SFN Science Forums Physics Philosophy The Unreal Universe Physics Philosophy Science Creative Books French Quotes Other Topics Environment WordPress Computers About About Unreal Blog About Me CV About My First Book About My Second Book About Supporting Me Contact Advertising Professional PHP Services Tag Archives bailout Corporate Life Quantitative Finance How Greece Got Quantitatively Eased January 28 2015 manoj One thing we need to understand about bailouts is this those who get bailed out don t really get any money So it was for Greece she did t get any either Where did the money go To the rightful owners of all the money of course the bankers I used to work for a bank so I know a little bit about it although my station in the pecking order was way below the billion dollar bailout levels Continue reading bailout greece quantitative easing Advertisement Subscribe to Unreal Blog Email address Translations Most Popular Posts Blank Screen after Hibernate or Sleep 20 948 views Stinker Emails A Primer 8 490 views Quant Life in Singapore 3 304 views Perception Physics and the Role of Light in Philosophy 3 008 views Missing

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  • quantitative easing Archives - Unreal Blog
    Funny Humor Malayalam Debates Anti Relativity Email Debates SFN Science Forums Physics Philosophy The Unreal Universe Physics Philosophy Science Creative Books French Quotes Other Topics Environment WordPress Computers About About Unreal Blog About Me CV About My First Book About My Second Book About Supporting Me Contact Advertising Professional PHP Services Tag Archives quantitative easing Corporate Life Quantitative Finance How Greece Got Quantitatively Eased January 28 2015 manoj One thing we need to understand about bailouts is this those who get bailed out don t really get any money So it was for Greece she did t get any either Where did the money go To the rightful owners of all the money of course the bankers I used to work for a bank so I know a little bit about it although my station in the pecking order was way below the billion dollar bailout levels Continue reading bailout greece quantitative easing Advertisement Subscribe to Unreal Blog Email address Translations Most Popular Posts Blank Screen after Hibernate or Sleep 20 948 views Stinker Emails A Primer 8 490 views Quant Life in Singapore 3 304 views Perception Physics and the Role of Light in Philosophy 3 008 views Missing

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  • Disappearance of the Middle Class - Unreal Blog
    probably better but that doesn t seem to justify the high price It seems to me that what is being sold is not so much the seats but a kind of exclusivity Those who have money now are willing to pay a premium to be separated from the masses Similar trends can be seen in our shopping habits as well When you buy yourself a watch for say 10k you are not only paying for mechanical perfection but also for the fact that normal people cannot own it You are paying for exclusivity Shrewd brand executives know this and realize that exclusivity in pricing is all it takes to lure wealthy clients to their products I recommended this pricing strategy to my wife in her boutique but she being far shrewder than me declined Sure the products can be of very high quality because it takes only a fraction of their exorbitant prices to ensure quality But quality is not what we are paying for When we dine at a fancy restaurant or take an exotic vacation and post the images on Facebook we do enjoy the experience no doubt but we also enjoy the secret pleasure that not everyone can do what we do This economic reality is mirrored in the Manna story I posted last week What is being decimated in the story is the middle management the middle class of the corporate world if you will The top end senior management gets fatter and the bottom end those poor saps managed by Manna gets leaner I have a bit more to say about this and how western style democracy has become a plutocracy as reflected in the Fox News Network but this post is already a bit too long Stay tuned for the next one Photo by

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  • middle class Archives - Unreal Blog
    Wilmott Magazine Funny Humor Malayalam Debates Anti Relativity Email Debates SFN Science Forums Physics Philosophy The Unreal Universe Physics Philosophy Science Creative Books French Quotes Other Topics Environment WordPress Computers About About Unreal Blog About Me CV About My First Book About My Second Book About Supporting Me Contact Advertising Professional PHP Services Tag Archives middle class Corporate Life Work and Life Disappearance of the Middle Class September 17 2014 manoj Most people who are likely to read this post think of their financial station as middle class so you might find it strange that I should say the middle class is disappearing But the polarization in the wealth distribution of the world is very real and it is visible at every strata of the society I would like to convince you by anecdotes and examples before getting logical and formal about it Continue reading income inequality middle class wealth distribution Advertisement Subscribe to Unreal Blog Email address Translations Most Popular Posts Blank Screen after Hibernate or Sleep 20 948 views Stinker Emails A Primer 8 490 views Quant Life in Singapore 3 304 views Perception Physics and the Role of Light in Philosophy 3 008 views Missing Events and

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  • Robotic Takeover - Unreal Blog
    is how It is astonishing how similar this scenario is to what Marshall Brain described in Manna The theme of Manna is how a computer system can efficiently micromanage the workers of a fast food chain What it replaces are the middle level managers like the store manager or the supervisor After all it is their job to micromanage the workforce But soon the system moves up the value chain to more highly skilled jobs such as airline pilots and surgeons Anything that can be broken down to a series of instructions i e anything that can be replicated in an expert system can in principle be implemented on Manna This reminds me of the race to the bottom of computer programmers It used to be one of those dream jobs when I started my undergraduate degree thirty or so years ago But now with those large hordes of Java programmers being churned out from engineering schools factories in India and China programming is really menial labor Sure the quality of the software developed by these Java armies may not be as impressive as that developed by those star engineers of the previous generation But what does it matter What you lack in quality optimization for instance can be more than compensated for in quantity computing power Besides rigid development practices aided by smarter development environments can in fact ensure acceptable quality much like Manna can ensure a base level quality in a surgeon It is scary how the world is evolving While Manna and the Internet sweatshops tell stories of diminished human values they also point to an economic transformation of a disturbing kind That is the topic of the next post Photo by Dan Ruscoe Share this Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Click to

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