In India, words speak louder than actions

Posted: July 9, 2014 by jailive in Uncategorized

Originally posted on Eaglezview:

What amazes me is the culture of feeling elated with announcements. The practice of posing for a photo with the briefcase just before presenting a budget in parliament is one of those. The other day I read about a ‘halwa’ function before the budget went to printing.

When will we stop being jubilant about plans and celebrate successful outcomes?

The plan itself is questionable in many instances. Yes, statistical data inputs are considered whilst making allocations but are any rigorous mathematical algorithms used to plan, forecast and allocate resources?

Announcing 58 more trains on the same existing rail network is like feeding a rich dish to a person with clogged arteries. You may possibly give him a short term pleasure, but you probably also shortened his life; needless to say you contributed to the agony that awaits him.

Fix the foundation and structure before building a helipad, swimming pool and…

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This article might give new meaning to “STRONG AS A BULL”. Wait till you see what they are putting in our energy drinks.

The Mystery behind Energy Drinks

The Mystery behind Energy Drinks

Energy Drinks Contain Ingredient Extracted From Bull Urine And Semen. A study done by Longhorn Cattle Company, tested some of the top energy drink brands such as Red Bull, monster etc. What they found might leave your stomach in a knot. They found that the drinks do, in fact, contain bull semen.

Taurine is the ingredient that has come under fire. Taurine is named after the Latin Taurus, which means bull. It was first isolated from ox bile in 1827 by Australian scientists Friedrich Tiedemann and Leopold Gmelon. It is often called an amino acid, even in scientific literature, but it lacks a carboxyl group it is not strictly an amino acid. Taurine is present in bull’s livers, semen and urine. One thing is certain; the taurine used in energy drinks such as Red Bull is taken from these sources.

The Mystery behind Energy Drinks

The Mystery behind Energy Drinks

Taurine found in energy drinks is a byproduct of bull testicles, it is considered not to be vegetarian friendly. The ingredient is taurine, a naturally occurring substance that is present in bull bile and breast milk. The video shows how this ingredient is extracted from the Bulls. It was filmed by an employee of the company that supplies this ingredient to the various energy drink company. The video was then leaked, leaving to us this secret they have tried to keep quiet for so long. The employee was later fired for violating company policy. Watch the video below to find out what they actually do.


Twitter as a Form of Crowdsourcing Can Rationalize Investment in Social Media Platform.

When it comes to social media – and specifically Twitter – the quest for engagement is right up there with weight loss and the Holy Grail. Engagement offers proof that people are paying attention, no easy task in a world where a greener pasture is always just a click away.

Yet, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that one of the greatest benefits derived from Twitter comes from a form of crowdsourcing. Most of us are lucky if we can devote 60 minutes each day to “discovery,” identifying news, insights and tools that help us become smarter in our jobs. The sobering reality is that this 60 minutes of discovery filters only a minuscule fraction of the relevant stuff raining down on us.
Yet, with the right management of Twitter, you essentially gain a team of brilliant individuals curating content for you. Let’s say you’re tracking 10 people – “tracking” meaning you actually read their Twitter feeds from top to bottom – who put an hour into discovery each day as well as capture content from another hour spread across the natural flow of each work day. Now, you’re benefiting from 20 hours of discovery.

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One of the folks I track pointed me to a HubSpot post, “The Anatomy of a Highly Shareable Infographic” where I learned about a new tool called Thinglink that makes it possible to embed links in an infographic.  We’ve been looking for a way to embed hyperlinks in JPEGs for years. While not exactly the same thing, we’ve already kicked off an experiment with Thinglink.

Of course, the key to Twitter crowdsourcing lies in tracking the right individuals. As far as defining what constitutes “the right individuals,” I’m not just looking for relevance. What makes these folks so valuable is their ability to uncover information that isn’t widely tweeted in your circles and otherwise would have been missed.

insights from: Lou Hoffman, of Hoffman Agency