Archive for February, 2013

A country mouse by name Joe Krone went to preach the gospel of good news. Only news that he could tell happily was that the mice in the town could contribute generously to the poor country mice. The town mouse by name Ch.Oral Roberts wondered how a mouse  who cut off the hands of the believers and made their children fight with rockets and assault rifles could clap hands and say’ Praise the Lord Cat’ The country mouse defended himself saying his life was the best because poverty of the country side made him and his brethren look up for fresh manna and land flowing with honey and milk. Pastor Roberts was astounded. Ch.Oral and Krone went hand in hand to find out whether any other mouse could tell the good news better than they. Indeed they came across Pope Weasel who said his Holy See was the best. He showed the pomp and pleasure palaces built for servants of Lord Cat.  Krone asked His Holiness,‘Why these mice are in purple?’

The Pope gave a shudder. ‘It is Friday and they want no fish but arrange a cross dress for their midnight service. That night the two mice were shocked and wondered how the congregation of mice could tolerate the wicked ministers of the Lord Cat.

Next morning they had an audience with the Pope. They cried and said, their spirits were sad because of all the nonsense that went on.’Oh your holiness, Why can’t you throw these wicked ministers in purple?’

The Pope smiled sadly and said, ‘I am a weasel but these mice will not change a thing and they are too many in numbers’.

The Country Mouse suggested, ‘May be you can sell all these gold and silver and donate to us in the country. We have needy brethren.’

‘Oh no,’ the Pope said with a shudder,’I cannot spend a dollar without getting the permission of my Secretary general. He is a nasty cut throat.’ Oral and J. Krone pressed harder to no avail. “Give us all. For a good cause. We shall call it Church of Zion’ The Pope went white with fear,’ At least I get to wear my mitre and white shoes. If I join with you shall not even leave my tail to my body.’ The Pope scurried away.

Joseph Krone, the country mouse said,’There goes a prisoner of conscience.’

Ch.Oral the town mouse said,’It is time to part. I want to found a new Home for retired Popes.’

Krone said, ‘I want to arrange a great Revival meeting in the dust bowl.’ 


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Our social skills necessitated a larger volume of brain. In order to be efficient the brain requires various inputs than its mere physiology would entail. A fetus can distinguish inflections of sounds and distinguish anger and soothing words without seeing the world of the grown ups. Even so the baby can only speak much later. Hearing is not speaking. Different areas in the brain need to be put in place to do the various functions properly.

 Earliest way of imparting much needed skills in hunting was no different from the manner birds teach their young to fly. We note upon closer observation eagles and other birds of prey begin with demonstrating the art of flying to their chicks. Slowly they approach it by pushing chicks from their secure perch and giving them confidence by flying with them. They never force their chicken unless they are certain that they are ready to use their wings. Whereas we find modern parents push the toddlers to fulfill their expectations that are more often not realistic. Progress demands many social changes and technology expects parents to be at beck and call of the demands of the market. So parents are driven to give quality time instead of letting nature take a hand in the maturing of children. Thus progress driven technology sends its slipstream to social changes as well.

Tiger moms who drill their six year olds to be piano prodigies may have them acquire mechanical skills by sheer dint but are they getting benefit of the glorious music they play as were by rote?



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Brain cells can live at least twice as long as the organisms in which they reside, according to new research. The study, published on Feb. 25 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that mouse neurons, or brain cells, implanted into rats can survive with the rats into old age, twice as long as the life span of the original mice.

A co-author of the study Dr. Lorenzo Magrassi, a neurosurgeon at the University of Pavia in Italy said,” So if the human life span could be stretched to 160 years, “then you are not going to lose your neurons, because your neurons do not have a fixed lifetime.”

While most of the cells in the human body are being constantly replaced, humans are born with almost all the neurons they will ever have.

The findings are good news for who seek immortality. Like Dr. Ipso Facto who explored every nook and cranny of the earth to attain immortality. It took him a thousand years to reach the source of spring from where water welled into tiny jets. It would give whoever drank from it immortal life. Only problem was that he did not know what he was there for. His mind was completely gone. I do not know if it were alzheimer or plain dementia. But he stood wondering under the sweltering high noon and died of sunstroke.

Life is simply not extending length in years but getting many advantages of living among life forms right. If you have no awareness of surroundings as in the case of Dr. Ipso Facto you get sunstroke; if there aren’t any living soul living (like Robinson Crusoe) to enthuse you to add zest to life and so on you have put back civilization back for a millennia. Time hangs heavily on you and you may wish you died and put an end to your misery. 

Or worse still you may be competing with your great grandchildren, sons,daughters and your own family for the fast dwindling food reserves.


Who wants to live forever? It is a disaster to end up with a case:” Here is my ex-wife forgotten but not gone.” Pay up, alimony, man, she says.


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Peter the Great

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She is Rubenesque and collect change while I play Dvorak,-

Had you heard me at the fair playing Humoresque

You might think there is something fine about my help:

She is the woman with beard and from the county Cork.

Despite her girth she is nothing more than Rubenesque. 


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The other day I traipsed my way to the bank and said

‘I made my first million with you ,Why am I then in the red?’

‘Oh sir, dear sir,’ cried the banker red in the face, ’The villain

Isn’t the color but long over dues, Oh sir, you owe us billion’.

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If I were the king of sausages Id’ certainly balk

At such sawdust and lard that add to their bulk;

No, I shalln’t do a thing but sing to this refrain :

My subjects go the whole hog for honor but in vain.

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The mannequins made pirouettes along parquetry

Wafer thin their finery that rustled in all glory;

Had I such lissome languid line of goods,Oh despair

I shall move the earth to add weight, and fix my hair.


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The Destruction of Sennachereb


Oh banks all had hedge funds, came down they like pack of cards

I am told not a drop of blood fell from their innards;

But life annuities played and lost for no better rede

Than they all thought better ‘nother lost than they their greed.


Like their High Priests with diamonds on their pinkies-

Libor was the hateful bar sinister of some flunkies, 

Oh darkness of malice behind its shield glowered

Like some piglet greased on a spit and spluttered.


The widows and old men shall weep loud for their savings

Betrayed by bankers and goaded to ruin by credit ratings;

There shall come wise men and fix the foul fiendish mart

But none shall redeem their trust nor their broken heart!


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According to The Guardian, in October 2012, Donaldson (not her real name) to her horror discovered that over the course of two years, each time she had transferred her monthly paycheck of $1,500 from her HSBC account to the joint one she shares with her husband at Nationwide building society, she had accidentally been placing the money in a total stranger’s account. After two years, the amount she had transferred was roughly $40,000.

Banks move with times and it was paperless statements and it made the bank’s work a lot easier. Unfortunately the customers who didn’t move with the times or failed in safeguarding hard earned savings were in for shock as in the case of Donaldson. In 2010, she checked that her wages were leaving her business account held with HSBC at the end of every month. To her utter dismay she had left one digit out in the bill payment scheme set up with HSBC.’ As a result the money has been going to another Nationwide account holder for the past two years, amounting to £26,650!”

It may be difficult for Donaldson to get her money back. According to The Guardian, the recipient refuses to return the money and the bank cannot reveal his or her identity due to data protection rules. What’s more, British law dictates that when money goes into the wrong hands, it can be withdrawn without gaining permission first for up to six years after it’s wrongfully transferred. But in Donaldson’s case, the recipient had withdrawn the money through ATMs so there is nothing they can do.

“People have become so dependent on technology that they’ve developed a blind trust in computers,” says Manisha Thakor, CEO of MoneyZen Wealth Management. “But technology isn’t perfect; when you consider the sheer volume of transfers that banks make every day, it’s actually very easy for an error to occur. People have a personal responsibility to take ownership of their finances.”

Here are some simple steps to protect yourself.

Communicate: It seems unlikely that Donaldson, who was supporting herself on a hairdresser’s salary, could overlook the fact she ought to have checked with her partner if the funds were in. Many couples don’t communicate enough about finances.

Read in reverse: When you’re double checking the number you typed in, read it again but this time backwards. “By reading from the last number to the first, you’ll avoid scanning on autopilot,” says Thakor. “This process forces your brain to stay alert while you read so you’re more likely to catch typos.”

Keep a Paper trail: “Even if the bank made the mistake, you’d have no proof of innocence if you don’t have it on paper.” If you don’t want to opt for mailed statements, take a screen shot of what you typed in and print it out for your files.(ack: Elise Solé,Shine /Financially Fit of Feb11,’13)

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