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This should be a useful method….The Japanese and the Germans are two quite successful countries but their numbers are falling which means their economy, based on today’s knowledge of economics and other related sciences and arts, should start contracting and start declining. The same is true for England, parts of Scandinavia, America etc. However with the exception of Scandinavia, the other two might not really be very succesfful with the former using a lot of immigration anyway, so I have not got into it. So two questions, how do such smart people when behaving in a group or individually not know the impact of not having babies has on their economy. Maybe its the human race’s method of self control….as it is we are too many. The other question is if you have fewer people, whats the matter….You will earn less, because there are fewer people to make steel and cars. But then you are fewer people too. It sounds so simplistic that I must be making some big oversight…. t?sender=aZW1haWxnZW9yZ2VhbnRvbnlAZ21haWwuY29t&type=zerocontent&guid=ea671f8b-01ae-43af-94b3-90a4d7aef473

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The Immigrant Soldiers Dying for Israel in Gaza

So….young people from Europe and US come on a free 10 day trip , of which some people become soldiers for a stipend….and they are called Lone Soldiers…..what a nice way to get somebody to die for you….and keep up this senseless conflict…the others who didnt become soldiers….probably go back and ensure Israel survives through money or support….so about 400,000 have made the trip so far and this article says there are about 5000 such soldiers..so a low percentage even if one assumes everybody came through the birthright program. But encouraging people to come from some other country and fight for you in the name of being Jewish is no different from Muslims from different parts of the world heading to join the ISIS. Only their website doesn’t look so good and they random kill..

TIME

Max Steinberg was from Los Angeles. Nissim Sean Carmeli was from South Padre Island, Texas. Jordan Bensemhoun came to Israel on his own from Lyon, France.

Each of the young men left his country of origin to join the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), and each was killed in action this weekend in the Gaza Strip, where Israel is more than two weeks into Operation Protective Edge, a military campaign against the Palestinian militant group Hamas. That campaign incorporated a ground invasion as of Thursday night that Israeli leaders say is helping to destroy Hamas’ ability to fire rockets – some 2,160 of which have been fired toward Israel since the latest round of hostilities began July 7 – as well as a network of tunnels that burrow deep into Israeli territory, allowing militants to attack. However effective that strategy might be, it exposes Israel’s soldiers to a higher risk of…

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Malaysia Airlines Ukraine Crash: ‘Unreal’ Scenes from Photographer Jerome Sessini

The pace of our lives has increased and with that the unpredictability and volatility too has increased. a 1000 years ago a man who woke up in the morning, would think that he could die of fire in his house, a wild animal attacking him, or a bandit or a neighbor knocking him off, or such other predictable reasons….now it could be a terrorist bomb, being shot out of the sky, or simply going missing as in MH 370, a plane crashing into your building, a plane falling out of the sky [Lockerbie], bridge collapse, defective parts in an automobile…the list is very long….

Cant self help books be reduced to a few pages and bullets

Also: Countries with large populations will find their people being pushed back

TMM tools was the first client of the day. Sunday morning at Costa. The key problem a lot of  mid sized entrepreneurs face is lack of talent and therefore the hesitation in investing or starting up something. What would you think of a guy who has worked for Black & Decker in the Middle East, now in his late fifties wants to help a Rs. 30 crore company attain an all India presence?

As natives of the Middle East increase in numbers they realize that they need to find work for the upcoming generation. Work which currently is being done by Indians [among others] and so they are going to be squeezed out. How useful will these returning Indians be?
They have worked in a relatively constraint free environment [abundant petro dollars, large scale etc] and therefore may not know how to deal with a relatively much more constrained environment like ours. That said, the engineering resources in the Middle East must be gold standard if you go by the sheer size and complexity of many of their projects.

As I am writing this I am discovering that people like to have bullets, top x things, mnemonics, x things not to do, x ways, x tips and other such abbreviated stuff… If one were to think about it well, most books and blogs can ideally be reduced to a bulleted list with a couple of lines of explanation…Why do we need to write 300 page books. Do we expect people to then get off the book and distill whatever they accepted into a few ways that will impact their life. I dont think so. When we studied at school, we were made to answer questions at the end of every chapter which may not be more than 5 pages. So that at the end of a year, we know what we learnt….Funnily enough we read much more than what we read when we were in school and very little of it is retained. Conversely if just a few bullets were to be retained then why have so many pages….Lets save trees and print 10 page self help and self improvement books. We just like reading stuff…,like I am writing stuff…..

Andheri East and Andheri West…

Send a mail from my blackberry and that gets updated on my blog automatically, while I am reflecting on how people who made bombay put a railway track longitudinally and the rich got to stay on the west with the sea view while the others stayed in the east. The poor of course got to stay everywhere. On the beach, near the beach and of course the other side of the tracks too. Thats the way the world should be…..how else do you aspire to get to the other side of the tracks….