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Google Explores Flu Trends

Each week, millions of users around the world search for online health information. Google had found close relationship between how many people search for flu-related topics and how many people actually have flu symptoms. Google Flu Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity in your state up to two weeks faster than traditional systems.

Google compared query counts with data from a surveillance system managed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and discovered that some search queries tend to be popular exactly when flu season is happening. 

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So why bother with estimates from aggregated search queries? It turns out that traditional flu surveillance systems take 1-2 weeks to collect and release surveillance data, but Google search queries can be automatically counted very quickly. By making our flu estimates available each day, Google Flu Trends may provide an early-warning system for outbreaks of influenza.

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Why Raj Thackeray Hates North Indians

Sudheera Kulkarni had written an open letter to Raj Thackeray in Lok Satta.  Here is a part of his response( Read the entire response here)

Gujaratis celebrate Garba in Maharashtra with a bang. We also enjoy it. Bengalis celebrate Navratri. We too participate in it. South Indians perform Ayyappa’s rituals and Marathis pray there. But chhatpooja is not just a religious festival. At least it is not celebrated as one in Mumbai. It is an akhada (wrestling ring) erected on Mumbai’s chest by Bihari leaders to show their strength. There lies the root of our opposition. Sudheendraji, are you aware of any widespread chhatpooja being celebrated by Biharis living in Mauritius, Dubai or any country close to the sea?

Seems like what is bothering Raj Thackeray is Chhath Pooja. Well Chhath is a festival dedicated to the Sun God, considered to be a means to thank the sun for bestowing the bounties of life in earth and fulfilling particular wishes.  This festival is also celebrated in the northeast region of India, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and some parts of Chhattisgarh. 

He and his party has done nothing but spread hatred , and divide this nation . He once said that “Hitler had everything. The one thing he did not have was the ambition to conquer the world,” Raj said, adding, “you can draw whatever conclusions you want from my remarks.”

He has criticized Amitabh Bachchan who is one of the most prominent figures in the history of Indian cinema of (listen to this) being  “more inclined” towards his native state than Maharashtra. Amitabh Bachchan is one person who has inspired people the way you may never understand. Mr Raj Thackeray I would like to ask what have you done for Maharashtra? Have you done anything for drought-hit Maharashtra farmers who are left to fend for themselves. How can people from Maharashtra trust you ,when you yourself wants to burn Maharashtra.

“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent” , probably true in the case of Raj Thackeray. Raj Thackeray has drawn a lot of attention over the past few days . Simply due to the stand taken by him and his party on the North Indians living in Mumbai and Maharashtra.  In fact Raj Thacekray has been a struggling politician and his party only won 7 seats in 2007 municipal elections.

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Raj Thackeray – King of Mumbai Or is he a Crackpot ?

 

 

He is a leader of a regional political party operating in Maharashtra, India. It was founded on the 9th of March 2006 in Mumbai after splitting of the parent party Shiv Sena. He and his party recently attacked north Indian aspirants for railway jobs demanding that only Maharashtrians be recruited to fill vacancies in Central and Western Railway. 

 

He dared Maharashtra government to arrest him and warned the state will have to “regret” the consequences in the event of that.” Arrest me and be ready to bear the consequences…. you will have to regret,” Thackeray, who was attending a ceremony at Bahadursheikh Naka in Chiplun, said. “If Raj is arrested, entire Maharashtra will be set on fire,” . 

 

 If Raj Thakre is Pro Mumbai then why the hell does he wants Maharashtra to burn? In a seperate incident  a school on Maharashtra Bhawan premises in kanpur  was on Monday vandalised by Dalit Panther activists who were protesting against attacks by Raj Thakeray-led MNS members. Will Raj Thackeray and his supporters help Maharashtrians if they are thrown out of other states? 

– I’m From Goa. And would like to say that if we go by Mr. Raj Thackeray’s logic then I guess we should be sending back truckloads of Maharashtra’s who come here in droves and thus depriving the Goan Youth the opportunities. 

– Shoot the bas****. The Government needs to show that it’s got a spine to protect the constitutional rights of every citizen. 

– Arrest and throw this guy in Kashmir Valley. Let this idiot and his followers fight for something which is good. 

– One guy challenging the entire police force of a state “arrest me if you can” is a shame on Maharashtra govt.

It is disturbing to see that employees of Jet Airways sought the help of the MNS when they were given the pink slip. It is as if they were contracting the mafia to serve their private needs.

The party has taken a cue from the Shiv Sena which built its political base in Maharashtra in the 1960s and 1970s by promoting an aggressive agenda . It worked then , but it won’t now.

MNS is noting but a threat to national unity.

Albert Einstein once said ” Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius-and a lot of courage-to move in the opposite direction.”  I hope our government makes the right move this time


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Money Never Sleeps Pal

The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed — for lack of a better word — is good.

Greed is right.

Greed works.

Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.

Greed, in all of its forms — greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge — has marked the upward surge of mankind.

And greed — you mark my words — will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA

That has become a mantra of sorts on Wall Street, thanks to Oliver Stone and Stanley Weiser. Twenty-one years ago, the two paired up to make the film Wall Street, starring Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen.

Now , 20th Century Fox is moving forward with a sequel (called Money Never Sleeps) to 1987’s Wall Street. The modern-day story will again center on Gordon Gekko, who has recently been sprung from prison and re-emerges into a much more tumultuous financial world than the one he once lorded over. The Bud Fox character, played by Charlie Sheen in the original, will not appear in the latest incarnation. 

Seems like it is the perfect time for sequel to movie Wall Street when the economy is in crisis and the markets are in freefall.

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Hire , Fire and then hire again – It happens only in India

On Thursday evening Jet airways chief announced that he would be hiring all those employees again , who were fired only two days ago by his management . 

Here is a time-line of the events:
1. Jet and Kingfsher two major Indian airlines request for $1 billion from the government as bailout package
2. The Indian Government is not interested in such a deal and the request is put on hold .
3. Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines agree on a wide-ranging working alliance to help them battle slowing growth and high fuel costs.
4. Jet  fires 800 and announces another 1100 could get fired.
5. Naresh Goyal (jet airways chairman) announces that all sacked employees would be re-instated. “I apologize for all the agony you went through,” he told a news conference in Mumbai, adding that he could not bear to “see tears in their eyes”.
Mr Praful Patel (Civil Aviation Minister) said on the same day that “The airlines have sought a bailout package worth Rs 4,750 crore($1 billion) to tide over the crisis spawned by fuel costs and poor load factor.”If tomorrow no plane flies on the Indian skies, who is there to answer. There is a bad patch in the industry and it needs to be resolved,” he said.
In the coming days people will get to know that a bailout deal has been agreed upon by the government. Can the government afford to be unpopular during election year? i do not think so

So who turns out to be a looser in this :

1. Indian TaxPayer (as 1$ billion of the tax payer money would be used to bailout these companies)
And the winners are
1. Kingfisher Airlines
2. 800 Jet Employees
3. Jet Airlines
4. and  MNS , whose leader threatened on Wednesday that he would not allow Jet flights to operate in Maharashtra if the sacked employees were not reinstated

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`Joe the Plumber,’ Obama Tax-Plan Critic, Owes Taxes

`Joe the plumber,” the Toledo, Ohio, man whose complaints about Barack Obama’s tax plan were highlighted by John McCain in the final presidential debate, owes the state of Ohio almost $1,200 in back income taxes.

According to records on file with the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas, the state filed a tax lien against Samuel J. Wurzelbacher for $1,182.98 on Jan. 26, 2007, that is still active.

Wurzelbacher was thrust into the national spotlight this week when he told Obama he worried that the Illinois senator’s proposals to roll back Bush administration tax breaks for Americans earning more than $250,000 would prevent him from buying a plumbing business that would earn between $250,000 and $280,000 a year.

McCain, an Arizona Republican senator, pointed to the exchange during the debate last night when he turned to the camera and said, “I will not stand for a tax increase on small-business income.” Directly criticizing Obama, he added, “what you want to do to `Joe the plumber’ and millions more like him is have their taxes increased and not be able to realize the American dream of owning their own business.”

Today, at a rally in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, McCain said “the real winner last night was `Joe the plumber.”’

On Oct. 12, as Obama was campaigning door-to-door in suburban Toledo, Wurzelbacher confronted the Democratic presidential nominee about his tax plan.

`American Dream’

“Do you believe in the American dream?” Wurzelbacher asked before asking about the tax increase. “I’m being taxed more and more for fulfilling the American dream.”

Wurzelbacher’s home telephone number is unlisted, and efforts to reach him by calling his neighbors and family were unsuccessful. Attempts to reach Wurzelbacher at the plumbing company where he works were also unsuccessful. The address on the lien and other records for him matched the address published by the Toledo Blade, which also noted the lien.

The state of Ohio places a lien on real property after several steps to try to collect a tax debt, according to John Kohlstrand, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Taxation who said he couldn’t discuss any specific case.

Delinquency Notice

If a delinquency notice goes unheeded, the Department of Taxation issues a billing notice, Kohlstrand said. If that is ignored, a more formal assessment notice is sent. Failing to appeal an assessment or losing an appeal puts the debt into the hands of the state attorney general for collection. The attorney general typically sends a collection notice and simultaneously files a lien.

“The taxpayers may not necessarily know about the lien,” Kohlstrand said, although they would receive other notices.

In Wurzelbacher’s case, the lien indicated that the notice was sent to a previous address in Toledo.

Ray Ann Estep, section chief for revenue-recovery services for the Ohio attorney general, said Wurzelbacher’s lien was filed six months after the Department of Taxation certified the debt for collection.

“Unfortunately, sometimes people don’t resolve their debts as quickly as we would like them to,” she said.

Obama’s Plan

In addition to tax credits and a proposal that would allow Wurzelbacher to avoid paying capital-gains taxes if he ever sold the business he wants to acquire for a profit, Obama has proposed allowing the top two tax rates of 33 percent and 35 percent to revert to what they were during the Clinton administration, or 36 percent and 39.6 percent, respectively.

In 2007, the 33 percent bracket kicked in for taxable income exceeding $195,851.

Under Obama’s proposal, Wurzelbacher would face about $900 more in taxes if he netted $280,000 of income from his new business and had to pay an extra 3 percentage points on the amount over $195,851, said Gerald Prante, a senior economist at the Tax Foundation, a Washington research group that is examining both candidates’ plans.

“His average tax burden, the final bill he pays to the IRS isn’t going to go up much if he’s just making $280,000 a year,” Prante said. He would face higher marginal tax costs to expand the business beyond that, he said.

Not Taxable Income

It’s far more likely that the $280,000 Wurzelbacher told Obama he’d earn would be in the form of gross receipts and not taxable income, said Steven Bankler, a certified public accountant in San Antonio, who counts plumbers and other trade professionals as his clients.

By the time Wurzelbacher took proper business deductions, Bankler said, he’d be left with between $150,000 and $200,000 in taxable income and wouldn’t be affected by Obama’s proposed increase in the top rates.

Wurzelbacher might eventually have to pay more employment taxes under Obama’s plan to impose a rate of between 2 percent and 4 percent on wages over $250,000, Bankler said, but Obama has said that change wouldn’t take effect for a decade

Source- Bloomberg

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Plumber makes $250,000 a year . Is that a joke?

Joe the plumber makes $250,000 a year whereas according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage for plumbers in the United States in 2007 was $47,350.

Why are these politicians calling him a plumber when in reality he is a businessman. I bet next they will next call Bill Gates an electrician.

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