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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Thus Spake Zarathustra 

In retrospect, the lost demeanour of the Indian team at Napier,at least for the first three days, could be attributed to a dreamy Dhoni mumbling thus

“Not really,” said the Indian captain. “When it comes to the mind it depends on what you are feeding into the mind. The mind doesn’t know if it’s Napier or not. You come and say this is Napier it believes it’s Napier, you say it is day it believes it is day because it’s about how you treat the mind.

“If you see, it is abstract. (For instance) when people say he’s in form, nobody has seen form. It’s a state of mind where you are confident and you think very positively and everything you think about is very achievable. It’s about how you treat the mind. One day here, one day there doesn’t really make a difference,” he said.

Asked to elaborate — specifically on the roles of coach Gary Kirsten and mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton — Dhoni said, “Frankly its one of the most difficult things to do since it is abstract. It gets very difficult to express it — what I want to say and what will come out in words will be different.

Indeed it has !!


For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow 

Newton’s third law at work here—the air is rife with folks who are at the other end of the moral-socio-fiscal tug-of-war finding some willing listeners. The most listened-to voice being

Now, there appear to be two aspects on which the writer has my sympathies—one, laws applied retrospectively smack of poor judgment and aggressive shoulder-pushing when sensitivity is called for, and two, economic principles applied selectively like the 90% tax run the risk of being invoked by the wrong people at the wrong time, and usually, for the wrong reasons.
The profitability of the businesses with which I was associated clearly supported my compensation. I never received any pay resulting from the credit default swaps that are now losing so much money. I did, however, like many others here, lose a significant portion of my life savings in the form of deferred compensation invested in the capital of A.I.G.-F.P. because of those losses. In this way I have personally suffered from this controversial activity — directly as well as indirectly with the rest of the taxpayers.
I have the utmost respect for the civic duty that you are now performing at A.I.G. You are as blameless for these credit default swap losses as I am. You answered your country’s call and you are taking a tremendous beating for it.
But you also are aware that most of the employees of your financial products unit had nothing to do with the large losses. And I am disappointed and frustrated over your lack of support for us. I and many others in the unit feel betrayed that you failed to stand up for us in the face of untrue and unfair accusations from certain members of Congress last Wednesday and from the press over our retention payments, and that you didn’t defend us against the baseless and reckless comments made by the attorneys general of New York and Connecticut."

So do the more conscientious among us find favour with Jake has to say ? Or will we resile from a stance borne more out of misplaced anger and jealousy ?


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Continental Drift Theory 

In a sad move that may yet derail the world’s biggest democratic fair, the Insatiable Pecuniary League has moved house to the Republic of South Africa, abetted by dreamy visions of balmy weather and barmier viewers who would now safely relied upon to spend most of their summer days watching coloured cricketers in coloured clothing pretend to immerse themselves in the wonderful game of Ten10.

In a related-but-not-inspired move, the Egregious Primetime Labyrinth has also thought it prudent, guided by the same Met’s forecast of April-is-the-cruellest-month prognoses, to move h. to the Kingdom of Lesotho. Sources close to the ground state that the fact that Lesotho is a constitutional monarchy and protects civil liberties just like England may have something to do with this. The twenty teams that make up the Egregious Primetime Labyrinth can be easily divided into the ten districts that make up the landlocked nation, and this will also avoid situations like six teams having London as their home base causing frequent rioting in the capital.

A wag (Ed-Not a WAG!) added that Cristiano Ronaldo had been reportedly trying to get in touch with Duntero Gmatayi ,Miss Lesotho who is based in Maseru.


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