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The Straight Dope FAQ on Indian Elections 2009

Or what news­pa­pers and media will not tell you about the 2009 Indi­an Par­lia­men­tary Elec­tion. Will the new gov­ern­ment go in for reform? Absolute­ly! Though there may be a slight dif­fer­ence between what every­one under­stands by reform and what the … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Web Graveyard Update

I had recent­ly moot­ed the con­cept of, where your pres­ence in the online world will for­ev­er be pre­served, includ­ing your social net­work­ing pro­files, blogs, etc. If any­one is yet not con­vinced this is a great idea, check out Online-Funer­al. … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Web Graveyard

Very few peo­ple I know blog about death. It is not a pleas­ant sub­ject, and essen­tial­ly, one reads blogs to be hap­py. But let’s face it, death is very real. Though cyber­space was once known as the vir­tu­al world, it … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Strengthening Indian democracy – What can we do?

From my news­pa­per read­ing of the past week, one line stuck in my mind: “The plain fact is that demo­c­ra­t­ic gov­ern­ment — which is sys­tem­i­cal­ly bet­ter than all oth­er forms of gov­ern­ment — inevitably pan­ders to nar­row but pow­er­ful inter­ests … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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The Largest Pyramid Ever?

A grand idea, con­sid­ered improb­a­ble by most. Gain­ing pub­lic­i­ty last month, was the pro­posed plan of Ger­man entre­pre­neurs to build the world’s largest struc­ture — a pyra­mid shaped tomb to con­tain the remains of mil­lions of peo­ple of all faiths … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Law of Social Censorship

The Icon­o­clast has pro­posed McCullagh’s Law: As the cer­tain­ty that leg­is­la­tion vio­lates the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion increas­es, so does the prob­a­bil­i­ty of pre­dic­tions that severe harm or death will come to Amer­i­cans if the pro­pos­al is not swift­ly enact­ed. I pro­pose … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Climate Changes Nobel Peace Prize?

There is wide spec­u­la­tion that Al Gore will win the Nobel Peace Prize today, and the bet­ting odds are high­ly in his favor. Let’s get this straight. Alfred Nobel’s Will says that the Peace Prize shall be giv­en to: the … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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