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The Mahabharat tells us the story of a great warrior named Karna, who meets his end in Kurukshetra. There are a lot of reasons that are listed for his fall. But if you look closely there is a single big mistake that Karna made, that was to make friendship with an evil prince Duryodhan. Karna accepted a favor from Duryodhan, and was in his debt forever, and chose the path of ‘Adharma‘, forever straying from the path of righteousness. For this reason, it is said that you should never accept favors (daan) from unrighteous people.

In 1982, Feeney created The Atlantic Philanthropies, and in 1984, secretly transferred his entire 38.75% stake in DFS, then worth about $500 million, to the foundation. Not even his business partners knew that he no longer personally owned any part of DFS.[8]

For years, Atlantic gave away money in secret, requiring recipients to not reveal the sources of their donations. “Beyond Mr. Feeney’s reticence about blowing his own horn, ‘it was also a way to leverage more donations––some other individual might contribute to get the naming rights.’”[3]

Feeney has given substantial personal donations to Sinn Féin, historically associated with the IRA, and has worked to support peace efforts in Ireland.[2] Through Atlantic, he has also donated around $1 billion to education in Ireland, mostly to third-level institutions such as the University of Limerick.[1]

Feeney has been a major donor to his alma mater Cornell University, which has received nearly $1 billion in direct and Atlantic gifts, including a donation of $350 million enabling the creation of Cornell’s New York City Tech Campus.[12]

He has also supported the modernization of public-health structures in Vietnam.[8]

In February 2011, Feeney became a signatory to The Giving Pledge.[13] In his letter to Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, the founders of The Giving Pledge, Feeney writes, “I cannot think of a more personally rewarding and appropriate use of wealth than to give while one is living—to personally devote oneself to meaningful efforts to improve the human condition. More importantly, today’s needs are so great and varied that intelligent philanthropic support and positive interventions can have greater value and impact today than if they are delayed when the needs are greater.”[14]

He gave away his last $7 million in late 2016, to the same recipient of his first charitable donations: Cornell. Over the course of his life, he gave away more than $8 billion.[3]

Very interesting debate about AI in the 1970s. I was impressed by what they could achieve in the 70s with primitive computers. Michie demonstrates a robot that can assemble toy cars. It is amazing they could pull off such vision analysis with those TV cameras.

It seems the Lighthill report caused UK Govt. to withdraw funding of AI research. Did Lighthill make a mistake and kill off AI progress in the UK? Could they have achieved more progress if funding continued?

Source: Param Vir Chakra Shaheed Abdul Hamid, the Tank Buster!!

In a brilliant new experiment, physicists have confirmed one of the most mysterious laws of the cosmos. 

Source: The Universe Is as Spooky as Einstein Thought – The Atlantic

still in search…

Posted: February 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

still in search

still in search of something in life that had been eluding me forever; something that can fill the void that is keeping me awake at night for no reason at all; something that would make me feel that I’m home; something that  gives me the feeling that I’m on my way to fulfilling my life’s purpose.

 

I left behind a piece of my heart
a real big piece of it, in your gentle care
I trust you father to care for it like only you can do

Forgive my weakness, for I can’t stop worrying about it
Even when I know for sure, you are there to take care

It is important to get Personal Accident Cover. Good thing Modi government started programs to provide accident cover to every citizen.
Personal Accident Cover: Overcome the Limitations – Moneylife.

The caring child: How to teach empathy | BabyCenter.

Defacements continue

Posted: March 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

In my last post , I mentioned about a barbaric incident where centuries old idol of beautiful Vishnu was defaced. Today I saw two Ganesha idols in Shilparamam; both idols were defaced completely. These were made of metal. It must have taken someone  quite an effort to deface these metal idols. Just look into the western sky right across these idols in Shilpa Sandhya Vedika, and you would realize who was behind this defacement.

There are so many visitors, most of them oblivious to what is happening. Indians don’t have the slightest idea about the kind of threats they are under. They are being squeezed out of their own country, and they have no clue. It seems it would be too late before the majority of them realize what is being done to them. Whatever is happening to Yezidis in Iraq, the same fate is awaiting the Indians that adhere to the traditions of this ancient land. If I think practically, I don’t have any hope that Hindus can avoid the fate of Yezidis. They are running towards that fate blissfully in all their ignorance.