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|Posted on November 9, 2013 at 6:12 AM||comments ()|
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and, just for good measure, a few porno sites, harmless fun is okay I'd say.
My blogs being read overnight are as follows :
- The ECB's 25 basispoint cut
- Stephanie Ruhle, CNBC interviewer
(She's actually an anchor for Bloomberg, working in New York)
- This is time for buyers to support Bangladesh factories
(American companies have done so, may blessings be unto them)
- Thomas Sugrue's review of The Last Great Prophet
- The Bank of America share price.
Yesterday I heard the news that China has experienced good growth and far from a hard-landing which people feared it is experiencing very sound growth, with PMI figures up and increasing.
One commentator has stated that China has several trillion dollars of reserves for investment, so I imagine the worldwide boom can continue. Today I heard that 80 percent of visas being taken for visits to Portugal are for Chinese property investors. This way, all economies with an open-door policy to encouraging property ownership and immigration would benefit from the Chinese wherewithal to sustain growth and Recovery.
If the Chinese sources are suggesting U.S. is looking for $561 Billion for next six months, it augers well for the U.S. that the jobs numbers were pretty good and growth potential is inherent in America, and it would be very probable that China would support such borrowings and support, as they have done in the recent past.
The luxury sector may start to rebound in China, who continue to buy Rolls Royce cars and jets as never before, and with the refocus on domestic consumption and increasing exports from China, it is apparent that the Honourable Xi Jinping is inspiring policies that will help the Chinese people achieve higher standards of living.
For stability and optimism into the near future, what more could the world wish for?
|Posted on June 23, 2013 at 4:50 PM||comments ()|
There is something about the chemistry, about the language and communication of the mind and soul, which brings people together or drives them apart. It is this chemistry between people that I would blame for.....or, rather, a change in the chemistry between people that I would blame for separation and divorce.
I am surprised that Napoleon Hill was not given the Noble Prize, but then again there is no category in the Noble Prizes into which his work fits. Perhaps, on that point, I would suggest there should be another category created by the Trustees of the Noble Foundation. The Increasing of Human Understanding.
Napoleon Hill interviewed 500 of the most successful people in America in the 1920s, and from those interviews he wrote many articles, published in his Hill's Success Magazine. But a few people made a huge impression on him, viz Andrew Carnegie, Firestone, Henry Ford, Dr.Alexander Graham Bell, and Dr. Thomas Alva Edison. And yes, Mr Edwin Barnes, who said it could not be done, that is to say, the writing of a blueprint for success based on the interviews with successful people.
Napoleon Hill turned that into a questions: Who said it could not be done? and went on to publish his Think and Grow Rich, a book that sells well throughout the world, in many languages, in number just after the sales of the Bible, Koran and Bhagavad-Gita and other religious masterpieces.
In his research, Napoleon Hill says that the first three years of a marriage often have petty squabbles and friction, but the love that exists between the two will carry it through. The next fifteen years are those in which the lucky couple start to look alike in their eye movements and thinking, influencing their value judgements and expressions, meaning the happy couple have achieved understanding of one another, and a state of harmony exists between them that we attribute to the magic of chemistry.
A state of harmony, an instinctive understanding, an automatic understanding of mutual goals. It is like both have the same road-map, or at least complementing road maps.
Those for whom a partnership does not work, it seems are rather like a horse-drawn carriage where the horses want to pull in differing directions. Where it is not possible to bring harmony of direction, abandonment of the journey becomes the alternative. Such is what happens in business partnerships as well, and in politics as well.
A question that may help bring harmony back is : What was the road map that brought the partners together in the first place? Can it be modified and restored? If the answer is Yes, then hope still remains for reunion and success.
|Posted on June 22, 2013 at 1:06 PM||comments ()|
A reader from Saudi Arabia put in the search phrase, May Allah make Peace, and found my website.
Indeed, the Being, the Force, the Entity we call Allah, which translates into God for the Christians and Bhagvan for the Hindus, is the only one who can inspire people to restore peace, brining peace of mind, cessation of hostilities between brethren and kindred folks, and indeed to mankind at large.
May Allah bring peace, and inspire man and women to appreciate the wonderful nature of God's creation, and His gift of life to each and every one, which is so precious to us all...May we understand that it is equally precious to others.
May Allah in His mercy inspire us to understand that He has created the world with abundance, and may it be shared by all in a fair and just way.
Often people are fighting over dominance of something, a house, a piece of land, a family business or anything. Often people have died over such things, even over leadership, only to discover later that it was in vain, not worth the fight, and that the use or ownership of the same could have been achieved with fairness and just means - if such a subject had been opened up in words, and agreements made cordially.
In the Bible it says "Ask, and it shall be given to thee" (Of course, one has to be patient with faith, as things happen in the fullness of time).
Similarly, I liked very much what the Saudi Prince Al-waleed bin Talaal has suggested : "For whatever you seek, ask Allah....and when you get it, give thanks."
Allah the merciful, the magnificent, loves all mankind and living creatures, for we are all His creation.
In the fullness of time, Allah shall grant to each and everyone to their hearts content what they desire, as they live by His commandments and live in peace and allow others to enjoy peace.
Each has to ask : "What bring we into the world?" Other than God's name and good deeds, is there anything that He would like us to carry to Heaven?
|Posted on May 21, 2013 at 4:43 PM||comments ()|
The Last Great Prophet, a review by Thomas Sugrue
It seems there are people regularly interested in the review of the above-name. This, according to
a reprint of the original 1937 edition of Think and Grow Rich (with a foreward by Tom Butler-Bowden),
appeared in the Herlad Tribune, in the 1930s.
The book itself is entitled Mohammed, a biography, by Essad Bey, who has a few books to his credit,
The above-mentioned biography and the previously mentioned review by Thomas Surgrue, have earned their names in recent history, I believe.
All religionists are dreamers, who have believed and pursued a dream, as did Mohammed, as did Christ, as did the Buddha. Their distinguishing characteristic was persistence, a characteristic that is the top quality necessary for any kind of success, followed by a purpose, a plan....and action.
All these revered figures had one more distinguishing feature in addition to a message of God : a message of love, preaching God's love for humanity and the unifying fact of humanity : love and honour for all, as brothers and sisters in humanity.
Today, I send my message of peace and love to the people of Oklahoma, Iowa, Arkansas, Missiouri, and the other states who have seen devastation at the hands of Nature.
When I think of the twisters and tornadoes (now heading for Nebraska and Texas) I imagine Christ's command : Winds, be thee still.
Likewise, we should follow in the footsteps of Jesus, and say : Winds, be thee still.
|Posted on April 24, 2013 at 3:25 PM||comments ()|
It is saddening to see loss of so many lives in the 8-storey building collapse in Dhaka. The building apparently housed several factories and a bank, and was getting full of workers near 9 am when the steel and concrete structure collapsed, killing nearly a hundred with lots more injured from the nearly 2,000 people who worked within the building.
It is saddening to note that a huge crack had been noticed yesterday, and people were specifically warned not to use the building, but somehow the need to earn the daily bread and the factory owners' rationale to recover their investment ignored such good counsel. Today, the spot is like the scene of an earthquake, with people injured and dead and wailing and weeping.
There is no machinery for heavy lifting to lift the rubble.
Bangladesh is a developing nation, full of enterprising and hard-working people. A sympathetic gesture for the Western nations who import the manufactured goods from Bangladesh would be to offer investment for buildings provided they are built to high specifications, thereby ensuring peoples' safety and well-being.
May God's blessings be upon the relatives and friends of the people who have died in this tragedy.
|Posted on April 7, 2013 at 2:59 PM||comments ()|
The jobs report of barely 88,000 jobs being created in the private sector in U.S. in February, as compared with expectations of a quarter million jobs, can only suggest several things : a) the effect of the Sequestration has been totally negative, instead of preserving cash it has slowed the economy down; and b) the price of Oil worldwide is too high.
High Oil price will always slow down economic momentum, as everybody directly or indirectly uses oil, be it for cars, scooters, operating machinery or combine harvesters. When Oil price is high, people stop using these can take to walking, travelling by public transport or using labour intensive methods. A high Oil price has retrograde impact on development, in short.
To summarise the sermon, after Oil price reached $147 a barrel, it took nearly two-and-a-half years for things to normalise to pre-crisis level.
Currently, with the Sequestration having kicked in in the U.S., within a month the slowdown has been quite clear. The West Texas Intermediate has gone down a couple of dollars per barrel, but is likely to fall further, simply that despite the warm good weather people cannot afford to use what they can't afford, especially as a whiff of austerity hits the U.S.
In Europe, there is a positive mood for things to return to normality, but again, the high Oil price puts paid to such hopes. The OECD and the IMF are probably fair in forecasting moderate growth.
As for the major developing nations, things are at a low ebb. In India, the human rights activist Mr. Arvind Kejriwal has been on hunger strike for 15days over the price hikes for gas and petrol. Most households in India buy canisters of gas for cooking, and the 'ordinary' people have to buy petrol for their scooters. There is such a disparity in income throughout the world, but the Oil price seems to be univeral. If the high Oil price has slowed down U.S. and Europe, what can you think is happening to India, or Kenya and other nations where the per capita income is far below that of the major economies but the Oil price seems to be the same? How can they afford it?
If a slowdown recurs because of the dynamics of the price mechanism, then OPEC will have only itself to blame. I remember of the wise words of the Saudi oil minister, Sheikh Ali Al-Naimi, that the Oil price at $95 was too high. There seems consensus that the oil producing nations and their economies and development can continue pretty well at an average price of $85 per barrel. So, in their own best interests, would it not behove the OPEC nations to lower the price to about that level? I pray that the people of influence are listening to my words.
|Posted on April 6, 2013 at 2:50 PM||comments ()|
Thanks for your response to my blogs, I am pleased to hear from so many people who enjoy reading my blog and sharing it with their friends.
My blogs last month were as follows :-
1) How stimulating
2) Have we turned a corner in the Eurozone?
3) Is there a stockmarket cycle about to catch us unaware?
4) The U.K. Chancellor's Budget
5) An Enterprise friendly Budget
6) The Last Great Prophet, review in Herald Tribune
7) Happy Easter.
|Posted on March 23, 2013 at 2:53 PM||comments ()|
The Last Great Prophet is a famous book by Essad Bey.
I have mentioned this book on my blog, because I am very much impressed by Thomas Surgrue's review of this book. The review was published in the Herald Tribune, and is mentioned in Think and Grow Rich, published orignally in 1937, a reprint of which is published with an introduction by Tom Butler-Bowden. (Capstone Publishing Limited, 2009)
I am much impressed with these words from the review :
"Mohammed was a prophet, but he never performed a miracle..... When he announced that he was the Messenger of God, bringing word of the true religion, he was ridiculed and labelled a lunatic....When he had been preaching for ten years, he had nothing to show for it but banishment, poverty and ridicule...
Yet before another ten years had passed, he was dictator of all Arabia, ruler of Mecca, and the head of a New World religion....
.....The Koran said that all men were equal before God, that the world should be a democratic state - Islam.
......When the armies of the prophet entered Jerusalem, not a single person was killed because of his faith.
......The Christians did accept one Moslem idea - the place of learning, the university."
In a few words of the reviewer, I get a very favourable impression of Islam : that Islam means democracy. What could be greater than that?
It is many months since I wrote that blog, and regularly there is a query on the search engines about this subject matter; some of the queries find their way to my blog. Thomas Sugrue's review is like treasure from the sands of time; his golden words will increase understanding of the true meaning of The Messenger's Message, and help propagate Peace.
May this message reach Syria, and may peace rule supreme in that land so disturbed, because of pride of people who have misunderstood. Life is a precious gift to each and everyone, and may each one respect that.
|Posted on January 2, 2013 at 4:48 PM||comments ()|
Developments in medicine have rendered diseases like measles preventable or curable, but lack of money still claims many a life. In the last year, 300 children or so have died in Larkana, Sindh, due to lack of basic medical care for measles, which seems to take away children, especially between 9 months and 12 years of age.
I watched this news story on Al Jazzera on this day in the New Year. I was especially shocked to see this abject poverty, in a place which during the British Raj was said to be one of the richest places in the world, the Sindh Province. But such are the vagaries of time and changes in the economic circumstances.
The poor farmers' families were seated in the hospital dormitory, twelve familes to one big hospital room. There was a rusted canister containing oxygen, which is shared by four children. Medical supplies are limited. The hospital infrastructure looks like it hasn't been upgraded for a quarter century. These stoic people of Sindh would feel shame to appeal for help, but I am writing this so it may reach people who would be able to help.
A young boy is having oxygen fed into one nosetril. His father, Mousa, earns $3 a day, but has spent all his savings over last 6 months trying to save his child.
A programme of vaccination would be good, but that is only possible in the developed countries, I suppose.
Hopefully, there is time to draw the world's attention to this humanitarian need.
Who can help? I am sure there are genereous readers who can organise something to help these people of Larkana, be it medical or monetary or bringing this to the attention of someone who can.
|Posted on December 8, 2012 at 12:39 PM||comments ()|
Hello, friends and readers,
My blogs over the last two weeks were as follows :-
- Baba Ramdev medicine in Ilford
- Gifts - for Christmas and all year round
- Goods lost on aircraft - check on missingx.com
- Austerity or Growth?
- The Fiscal Cliff
- Are people buying houses in the U.S.?
- Free money and government grants in the USA
- The Chancellor's Autumn Statement
- The situation in Egypt
- Interest Rates.
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