My thoughts - random musings, really - on anything and everything - politics, religion, sex, travel, food, culture, society, health.
My passion is improving the quality of our lives and of those who will come after us. It's the debt we owe to the people who came before us and gave us amazing things we take for granted, in no particular order - technology, startups, urban housing, underground sewers, running water, electricity, telephone, freeways, cars, democracy, internet, and free speech.
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BP and US Government Regulators were Accomplices
The following are excerpts from a news story that details a laundry list of facts that show BP and US Government Regulators acting as accomplices in a series of safety violations that combined to reach a tipping point, leading to the worst oil spill in history and a thoroughly incompetent response to it:
[Originally posted on my personal blog at muralikd.blogspot.com, June 06, 2010]
I have a Citibank NRI (non-resident Indian) account which I don' t use much. But I get a ton of email from them - all marketing messages. I tried "unsubscribing" (still trying to figure out how can you unsubscribe when you didn't subscribe).
The reply I got back from Citibank shows their callous attitude towards their customers and particularly regarding the issue of spam: From: India Service [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 8:39 AM To: Murali Krishna Devarakonda Subject: RE:'Citibank=006-038-728' Unsubscribe Dear Mr. Devarakonda,
This is with reference to your email dated September 25, 2007. To withdraw the promotion mailer facility, we require the Coupon A form. The form is available in the nearest NRI centre. The list of NRI Centers are available in the 'Contact Us' under the "customer service" option in our website www.citinri.com. We assure you of our best attention at all times.
As I became more and more familiar with the politics and rhetoric in the US - and its history, I'm beginning to realize that none of this is new. But that's part of the greatness of the system in the US. In spite of its flaws and ...the mean-spiritedness of various people and parties involved, this country keeps making progress overall, over a sufficiently long period - about 10 years.
The society and the political system has had the resilience and character to overcome any challenge it has faced. On the flip side, nostalgia can often be misleading- there is no such thing as the "good old days". Things were almost always worse in the past.