Saturday, November 08, 2008

A Change is gonna come

USA finally elected an African-American president. Even if the pre-election polls virtually guaranteed an Obama victory, I was afraid of the so-called Bradley effect coming into play. It's the theory that "some voters tend to tell pollsters that they are undecided or likely to vote for a black candidate, and yet, on election day, vote for his white opponent.". Thankfully it never happened. Maybe it is a sign of the changing America.

At the same time I'm still surprised that after 8 years of Bush, after such a negative campaign run by the McCain camp and such a poor running mate choice of Sarah Palin, 46% of popular vote still went to the McCain-Palin ticket.

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Losing my Religion: A brilliant piece in Cricinfo about the beginning of the end of era in cricket. For all of us who grew up watching Sachin and Kumble and Dada and Dravid, cricket truly is never going to be the same. Change is happening in cricket too, a slightly sad one.

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Finally a word on the global financial meltdowns. Some say this is the death of the free-market ideology. Some say this is further proof that we need totally unregulated free markets. There a whole bunch of "I told you so" opinionating, and very less rational thinking. It should be interesting to see how the Obama government handles this. If more regulations indeed fixes the mess, does that mean the free-market experiment is over? I hope not, but would not be surprised if we come out on the other side with a completely different way of running the economy.