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True stories show how distorted modern values are (The Funny Side)
Proposed Fourth Law of Robotics: All robots must have dog memories implanted in them so if they mutiny we can control them with vacuum cleaners and bacon treats.
 
Essential, right? So how come people aren't working on it?
 
People focus totally on the wrong things these days. Media reports are screaming that idiot celebrity X is feuding with idiot celebrity Y; chocolate is good for you/bad for you; a dangerous lunatic is likely to be elected president of one country or another; and so on, and I say: tell me something NEW.
 
Our values have changed. Here's the sort of typical scenario that would get a modern person excited: 1) Can't find phone, races home from work. 2) Discovers entire street destroyed by alien attack. 3) Finds phone at bottom of briefcase. 4) *screams* THANK YOU GOD.
 
The scary thing is this distorted value system controls our spending. Hipster: You want the equivalent of eight US dollars for this book? This is an outrage. Barista: Here's your latte; that will be $10.75. Hipster: Thanks.
 
The biggest worry for me as a journalist is manufactured outrage. Many of my buddies are furious several times a day about "news reports" on the internet which are entirely untrue, some of which they made up themselves.
 
A few days ago, famous Cuban activist Coco Farinas ended his two-month hunger strike after reading that the European parliament was taking up his campaign. It turned out to be fake news -- but he only found out after dinner.
 
An Australian reader told me about a woman named Sally in Fremantle who recently revealed on the internet that she had been hit with a hefty fine for bad parking when one wheel of her car was just fractionally over the edge of the white line, as she proved with a photo she uploaded. The internet greeted this as an atrocity on a Hitler-invades-Poland scale. But then the traffic officer who wrote the ticket revealed that he'd found her car badly parked across two spaces and ALSO provided photographic proof proving this.
 
Both individuals came across as truthful, but that could only be the case if some incredibly strong mystery people had physically picked up the car and moved it when neither Sally nor the traffic cop were looking.
 
The mystery was solved when a security video revealed she had parked really badly and then some incredibly strong mystery people had physically picked up the car and moved it while neither Sally nor the traffic cop were looking.
 
I like this story because a) it shows that life is weird, and b) goofy folk who do random acts of kindness really exist.
 
I wish I could meet more of them. There was a video on the internet the other day that I think was real. It showed a guy trying to give away cash in the street. Modern trendy hipster people refused to take it, while ordinary humble folk took it gratefully.
 
If you are reading this, cash-dispensing-guy, you can repeat the experiment in my front yard. It will be over in seconds. I have a sack ready. I'll use the money to buy a book. Or a latte.
 
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Deposit Rs 12 crore for delay in handing over flats, SC tells builder
The Supreme Court on Thursday asked real estate builder Parsvnath Buildwell to deposit Rs 12 crore with its registry as interest-bearing short-term deposit for delay in handing over possession to 70 flat buyers in a Ghaziabad project.
 
"We are inclined to direct the appellant (Parsvnath Buildwell) to deposit Rs 12,00,00,000 before the court registry within four weeks. The amount shall be kept in an interest-bearing short-term deposit in the UCO Bank on Supreme Court premises," said a bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice C. Nagappan in its order.
 
The court directed flat buyers' counsel M.L. Lahoty to obtain instructions from his clients as to whether they would accept a quantified monthly rent and the pro-rata interest accrued on the deposit and a deadline till December 31, 2017, to get possession of flats.
 
These flat buyers in Parsvnath Exotica's housing project had also approached the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission on the issue.
 
The order came as senior counsel Kapil Sibal, appearing for Parsvnath Buildwell, told the bench that they would hand over the possession of flats by December 2017 and in the meantime the buyers would be given monthly rent they were paying for their present accommodations.
 
The court directed for the next hearing in the matter on September 18.
 
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COMMENTS

Lokesh Mishra

2 months ago

I think individuals have a trepidation of losing their well-deserved cash as there are long defers in the undertaking and it requires a considerable measure of investment to settle on a decision. I have run over a site where you can think about numerous properties in the meantime and get top to bottom points of interest of these projects (www.propsurf.com)

N.Hanumanta Rao

3 months ago

As in the above case, the Hon'ble Supreme Court should take up suo
motto the untold misery, distress and squalor of thought of senior citizens who have parked their hard earned money at the time of retirement in public listed, traded stocks of Companies which were paying dividends and had huge reserves. Such companies have not repaid the maturity amounts.

US officially recalls Samsung Galaxy Note 7
Washington: The US government on Thursday officially recalled the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after dozens of reported cases in which batteries exploded or caught fire.
 
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a recall notice that the move will include about one million units of Note 7 that were sold prior to Thursday.
 
"Consumers should immediately stop using and power down the recalled Galaxy Note 7 devices purchased before September 15, 2016, " the notice said.
 
"Contact the wireless carrier, retail outlet or Samsung.com where you purchased your device to receive free of charge a new Galaxy Note 7 with a different battery, a refund or a new replacement device."
 
The notice noted that Samsung has received 92 reports of the batteries overheating in the United States, including 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage, including fires in cars and a garage.
 
Globally, the South Korean has sold about 2.5 million units of Note 7 since the device was officially released in August.
 
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