I guess people are back to wanting to make babies again.
Now that I am searching this pretty regularly, I am thinking of a fancy name I can give to this indicator. I can then report the monthly state of affairs and can observe the lastest trends in people's priorities. It may give some clue as to what people are upto these days.
Thinking it cross sectionally, maybe it can work as a crude indicator to predict the number of children born in the next year or so.
Having some hopes that one day, this will be refered to something like the long skirt theory, the leading lipstick indicator.
@readers: please suggest an appropriate/wacky name with/without including my name in the indicator :)
p.s: The search is for google.co.in..... You may get different results if you are in another domain/country.
I had identified this amazing opportunity a few years ago to get rich quick.
The problem was I am/was not in US or Europe.
Let me get to the point: The easiest way to get (filthy)rich quick is to sue. Sue someone, some company, some institution, something.
Sometimes you have to be in the right situation in the right place to be the victim. But if you already want to get rich quick, you can start searching/looking out for possible victimisations and make yourself a victim and then cry foul and sue.
The processes in the developed countries are pretty efficient and you can make plenty of money in a short period of time.
Just look what one guy has done:
He has sued Bank of America for 1784 billion trillion dollars, that is 1 followed by 21 zeros. The world's GDP in 2008 was merely $60 trillion.
There is a durga puja in the campus with a wonderful idols of the goddess, the demon and the picture of Shiva. My foreign friend from France asked the Indian friend "what is the relationship between Durga and Shiva?"
Indian friend: "Initially they were husband and wife"
Foreign friend interupts: "they broke up then?"
Well, it will take him some time to understand that weddings and marriages of gods and goddesses are much more complicated than simple humans. God/goddess disintegrate, vow to become the husband's wife again in another reincarnation and stuff....
Crazy as it sounds, alcohol may one day be given to people with brain injuries to help them recover.
The idea has arisen from a study of 38,000 people with head injuries, which found that those with alcohol in their blood were more likely to survive. For every 100 people who died when stone-cold sober, only 88 died with ethanol – the kind of alcohol in drinks – in their veins.
"The finding raises the intriguing possibility that administering ethanol to patients with brain injuries may improve outcome," conclude the investigators.
Lead researcher Ali Salim of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles said he hoped a trial could be mounted, but more information is needed first. "We need a better understanding of the exact mechanism, the appropriate dose and specific timing of treatment before we can embark on clinical trials," he told New Scientist.
Not entirely sure about his projections, but a good one with some data... It atleast gives a view in these unseen and unknown periods like today (US printing record dollars, trade surpluses in China, weak rupee, high priced commodities due to drought leading to high inflation very soon, low buffer of food grains in India, hoarding of stuff, storing of oil in tankers,etc)
A volatile cocktail (more like a Molotov cocktail) of ingredients to handle...
There are so many of this kind in this world and I feel bad that no society recognises them. I have never seen a form where there are three boxes for sex/gender - male, female and other.
Despite all the claims of proudness of all our civilisations, this discrimination against recognising millions of people is a shame on our civilisation.
For more details about the number of people and all the science behind this, read along:
As many as 4 per cent of people are born with neither a clear male nor clear female identity, according to the Gender Trust. Most may be unaware that they are classified as "intersex" and suffer no discomfort or distress as a result.However, some babies are born with ambiguous genitals which leave their sex unclear. They may resemble those of a female with a large clitoris and the labia fused together, or they may look like those of a male with a small penis and an empty scrotum. Surgery may be carried out so the baby can be assigned as either male or female.
Others are born with genetic abnormalities. The sex of a baby is established in the womb according to whether they have an XX chromosome pair (female) or XY (male). The commonest gender disorders are chromosomal abnormalities such as Turner's syndrome (X0, where the second X chromosome is missing), which affects one in 10,000 girls, and Klinefelter's syndrome (XXY or XXXY) affecting one in 1,000 boys.
Girls with Turner's syndrome mostly have normal genitals but the ovaries do not develop and they remain infertile. Boys with Klinefelter's syndrome may have small testes or produce low amounts of testosterone and can develop breasts. They may also have signs of a womb and ovaries.
People with Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, or AIS (one in 20,000 births) – as described by Janet – are genetically male (with the XY chromosome) but due to a failure to respond to testosterone do not develop male genitals and at birth appear female. They are thus usually raised as girls. They can develop breasts at puberty, but the vagina is small or absent, and they do not menstruate. Some AIS women have had modelling careers because their lack of male hormones means they are unlikely to develop body hair and are less prone to skin conditions like acne. But society is often unkind to people with such disorders.
Excerpts from a book called "Notes to myself" by 'Hugh Prather':
"There is a part of me that wants to write, a part that wants to theorize, a part that wants to sculpt, a part that wants to teach... To force myself into a single role, to decide to be just one thing in life would kill off large parts of me."
"If I work toward an end, meantime I am confined to a process."
"Because the results are unpredictable, no effort of mine is doomed to failure. And even a failure will not take the form I imagine. 'It will be interesting to see what happens' is a more reaslistic attitude toward future consequences than worry."
"I am convinced that this anxiety running through my life is the tension between what I 'should be' and what I am. My anxiety does not come from thinking about the future but wanting to control it."
"Meaning changes with the context. My meaningfulness is here. Its enough that I am of comfort to someone today. Its enough that I make a difference now."
"Boredom or discontent is useful to me when I acknowledge it and see clearly my assumption that there's something else I would rather be doing. In this way boredom can act as an invitation to freedom by opening me to new options and thoughts."
Are some friends really worth it? are they worth my time? Some of them dont respond to calls... some say they will catch up on a weekend but hardly ever do... some come online and put up some upseting status messages and when you seem concerned and ask what happened, they dont say much and have a ten line chat and go then go away...
I feel I am living in an illusion where I have lost touch with all reality and cutting each day one after another with no idea what is going to happen tomorrow and hardly have any expectations from tomorrow... From my experience, when you have expectations from others they somehow are always capable of only dissapointing you... But still I do have some basic expectations and I am constantly getting dissappointed by people's actions or rather their inactions...
My one roomate in transit in Singapore wants me to pass on a message to another roomate in transit in Indore railway station towards Delhi to tell the second guy's friend that the first guy is arriving tonight to his place to stay in Bangalore. And neither the first or the second guy have their own working mobile and my mobile number is new which both of them dont probably have. Phew!