Genuis of Drug Cartels

Rodrigo Canales explains beautifully in this TED Talk how the drug cartels are a wonderful organization of organized crime and what drives them to be such an elite organization. He doesn’t however forget, in all the praise for the precision of their business acumen, that they are the cause for the loss of life of a lot of young children and teenagers.

I think in addition to all the usual reasons for not trying drugs, the fact that it took a few teens’ lives for those few grams of drugs to reach my pocket, is a much stronger reason for me to refuse the use of such a substance, similar to how I and many others have refused to use animal skin, blood diamonds and firecrackers in India as a protest against poaching, slavery and child labor.

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World… Be Drunken!!!

Be drunken
Always. That’s the point.
Nothing else matters; If you would not feel the horrible burden of Time weigh you down and crush you to the Earth,
Be drunken, continually.
Drunken with what?
With wine, with poetry, or with virtue as you please.
but Be drunken.
And if sometimes on the steps of a palace or on the green grass in a ditch or in the dreary solitude of your own room
You should awaken and find the drunkenness half or entirely gone
Ask of the wind ,of the wave, of the star of the bird, of the clock of all that flies, of all that sighs, of all that moves, of all that sings, of all that speaks, Ask what hour it is, and wind, wave, star, bird or clock will answer you,

“It is the hour to be drunken
Be drunken if you would not be the martyred slaves of Time.
Be drunken Continually, with wine, with poetry or with virtue, as you please.”

Charles Baudelaire

Day 22 ~ Rant about something

Comes at a good time. Sometimes procrastination works well. I didn’t know what to rant about and so I was held up on this post for a couple of days until finally.. something irritated me!!!

I am in Denver and there is so much happening around and I’ve been a lone traveller for a large part of my life. And I never have issues travelling and long travels don’t bother me. So i’m essentially up for going any length of travel if I’ve to go to some place. But…. if there is not public transportation at all, you really can’t do much except get frustrated and rant!

So I am going to rant about the public transport in United Fucking states of America. This place has so much to see and if you go to a hotel lobby and look at the rack in there for the tourist attractions you’ll find about 4-50 pamphlets and you’re on cloud number 9. You then sit and start to plan, and you find not a bus ,not a train, not a shuttle service that goes to the places you want to go.

You HAVE to rent a car and drive and there is simply NO other way you get to any place in this country. Like seriously.. I’m a tourist for a month and you expect me to know driving and go around? Why??? Why the assumption that I will know driving, that I will have enough to spend on a cab or a car rental? Why can’t you be a little more cunsumer friendly??

Why do I have to have $1 bills when I take a bus. You don’t have 5 , $1 bills, you have to slip in $10 note and just shut the fuck up and see the machine eat it !

A Coke vending machine in this country can understand what a $5, $10 note looks like.. why can’t you put that small machine into this bus of yours and help the passenger who’s willing to travel??? Give him a chance!

People ask my why I dislike this country… this is why I dislike. There are presets for everything, you’re bound by that. You can’t have a simple old school corn flakes and decide what to add to it. You’ve cinnamon flakes, Raisin Bran, chocolate floaters, fruity loops.. this that and all the crap. But no old school corn flakes!!! That apparently is the costliest one! Seriously America???

You can’t play with your friend on the ground… you need to join a coaching class and take a membership in a field or club to play a sport. You can’t just swim for the fun of it in a swimming pool.. swim in the lane you are in. You can’t dive unless you have a diving board, or a diving pool… WTF??

What if my community doesn’t have a diving pool..? Why can’t I dive in the pool at my own risk?

Bloody people… a system that controls your choices.. makes you choose and like what they want. Forces you to like it and market it.. and then you’re one of them..

Blaggards!!!

I need a drink.. Good bye!

Day 21~ A list of 5 underrated movies you’ve watched and what you liked about them.

Darwaza Band Rakho : A Bollywood movie with no songs and no item numbers and just plain comedy. A decent plot and a wonderful crew of actors and actresses. The same crew Ram Gopal Verma used in Sarkar. Each one of them does a fun job. The Gujrati accent, the ringtone of the mobile. It’s a story of a kidnapping gone wrong. We had such good fun watching it when we didn’t get tickets for some other movie and thought we’d instead go for this since we’d come to the movie hall. It turned out to be awesome fun!

President is Coming : This one was brought to my attention through a comment by one of my school friends which read “Unlike what’s shown in President is Coming, not all IITians are gay.” And I watched this movie and simply simply loved it!!! One person has to be chosen from the country to shake hands with President Bush who’s visiting the country. To see each character with a different background keeping the essence of that part of India in them is so much fun! The accents, the typical knowledge base, the typical job, the strange outlooks everything is portrayed so well in this movie by Ramesh Sippy.

Kunwara Baap : A beautiful story. Leaves me in tears every single time I watch it. Mehmood the handsome comedian of yesteryears. A prolific actor, an amazing comedian and as most comedians are best at it, an actor who can stir your soul, shake you and move you from inside. It’s about this poor man who discovers a baby and raises the child, but the child is struck by Polio and how the man still raises him as a single father and teaches him to fight life’s battles. The story is strong, the songs are good, the acting is wonderful and the messge he sends through the movie is so apt for the time it was released.. A beautiful movie very few people seem to have watched.

Dumb and Dumber : I’m not sure if I want to call this underrated, but a lot of people don’t like to start watching this movie because it has Jim Carrey and somehow after Ace Ventura (Which EVERYONE seems to have watched except me!) his image has taken a beating as being the comic guy who does yuck stuff too. This movie is fun! Clean and adventurous. He and his partner are the best friends you’ll find. True friends in the sense of it. One fucks up the other’s case and the other fucks up this guy’s case and yet they never leave each other right till the end of the movie. And few scenes just leave you rolling on the floor laughing..

Vacancy : This is one good thriller I’ve watched. I actually watched it while I was alone at home and I didn’t know the genre before I started watching it. So it took me by surprise and it was night time. So I just loved the movie and the whole plot. You’d want to watch if you like thrillers.

That’s the list of the movies I think were underrated and you probably should try watching them. The first 3 might not be among your picks if you’re not an Indian. Coz Comedy flicks with subtitles aren’t funny I feel. I’ll leave the rest to your judgement.

By the By…   

Funny

We had a meeting today and one of the other interns with me is from China. I had to assign a task to each of the interns and wanted their names.

I asked him his name if he’d want it as Mr.Long or as Mr.Michael. He said he preferred Michael because he was tired of clearing the confusion on his name. Says “People ask me what’s my name. I say My name is Long.”. They say “Okay so what is it?” !!!

And then they ask me “What’s your full name?” I say “My full name is Long Tu”. So I prefer Michael..

ROFL…. I still can’t stop laughing.. I had only read internet jokes like this.. to really see someone go through that is super funny!! 😀 😀

Drink up… me hearties..