Monday, March 01, 2010

Paul Krugman is Hari Seldon

I was checking news before starting work.
Came across this.
Article was long .
Then I saw this passage , and stopped for a minute.
Krugman explained that he’d become an economist because of science fiction. When he was a boy, he’d read Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” trilogy and become obsessed with the central character, Hari Seldon. Seldon was a “psychohistorian”—a scientist with such a precise understanding of the mechanics of society that he could predict the course of events thousands of years into the future and save mankind from centuries of barbarism. He couldn’t predict individual behavior—that was too hard—but it didn’t matter, because history was determined not by individuals but by laws and hidden forces. “If you read other genres of fiction, you can learn about the way people are and the way society is,” Krugman said to the audience, “but you don’t get very much thinking about why are things the way they are, or what might make them different. What would happen if ?”
What a trubute to the greatest fiction ever written!
Foundation was the book that came to my mind right after the September 11th.I re-read it in those chaotic days.Then I wanted to re-read it during Obama's campaign but did not have the time.When the things settle down at home front, I will go to the basement pick up my 1 dollar set of used foundation paperback series again.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Sarath Fonseka is the victim

Judging by postal votes so far ,Looks like Mahinda Rajapakse will win this with 60% of the vote.IF it happens ,Sarath Fonseka is the real victim.
From the sidelines this is what I can assume .Political Refugees Ranil,Mangala & JVP knew that they do not even have a shot at contesting the election .They knew SFs ego can be stroked get him to contest.He was eager to shine in the glory of newly concluded war.He was mad as hell to work under once his junior officer and his smiley face baby holding machine of a brother.
Juding by the rumors it would have been an easy task to stroke this guys ego and get him to do their bidding to defeat Mahinda.They knew it was a long shot but worth the try.Otherwise they will be under this gigantic family tree forever.This vindictive ,petty and horny army commander fell into the trap layed out by master politicians who knows how to hang onto their current privilages.
What politician can stay as the party leader after loosing 25-30 elections in a row?
Only in Sri Lanka!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Super Patriotic Daddy's Boy

It looks like super patriotic daddy's boy does not have the balls to call Gen.Sarath Fenseka by his name.May be daddy can not get the Harvard man-child out of a pickle if something goes wrong .
This piece ( not look like satire and using the term "superman" throughout the column does make any sense(Everybody knows that the highest journalistic standards of the Daily News is in the marriage proposal section but atleast somebody should have pointed out the obvious )

Dude ,are you talking about Vickramabhau,Wije Dias or Sirithuga Jayasooriya?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009