04 September 2008 ~ 0 Comments

TOI Article – 'Why Blacks outrace Whites'

This was supposed to be posted in the “Olympic season” but better late than never. I think any study that starts with the central assumption that there is some great tangible genetic difference between a “black” or “white” person is bound to leave out other possible socio-cultural, geographical or evolutionary biology explanations. I have friends […]

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24 August 2008 ~ 0 Comments

It's Over. Top 10 Moments of the Beijing Olympics.

(Image Source – Times of India – Click to Enlarge) The 2008 Beijing Olympics are over. The winner is China and mass consumption and among the losers are the actual rural and migrant workers of China, the ones doing the clean-up and well, us for watching the capitalist and nationalist spectacle. I covered the high […]

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19 August 2008 ~ 0 Comments

IOC censoring videos of the Beijing Olympics – Piratebay sent a warning

The IOC is threatening Pirate Bay for allowing users to share (upload and download) videos of the Beijing Olympics and is especially concerned that videos of the Closing Ceremony would be up shortly after the event. If IOC thinks it can prevent technologically-equipped people from catching highlights of the Olympics by launching threats at top […]

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19 August 2008 ~ 3 Comments

The Invisibles that Made the Beijing Games – Dark Side of the Olympics

I mentioned earlier that the computer-generated 55-second video footage of giant fireworks on film at the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympics was pure simulacrum–with no relation to ‘reality.’ It turns out that there was more “staging” than meets the eye at the 2008 Beijing games. First, a 9-year old lip-synced the song “Ode to […]

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19 August 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Raj Bhavsar does us proud – Third Indian-American to win a medal at the Olympics

The Times of India reports: BEIJING: In a perfect world, Raj Bhavsar should have won an Olympic medal for India. Instead, the gymnast did America proud in Beijing. The 28-year-old Houston lad, born to Gujarati parents Bob and Sue, was part of the sixmember American men’s team which won the bronze medal in artistic gymnastics […]

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