Monthly Archives: September 2008

Presidential polls after debate

Much-anticipated first presidential debate between John McCain and Barack Obama on Friday, September 26th, appears to have helped Obama slightly widen a lead over his Republican opponent by 4-5 points according to by voter polls conducted by news sources, with 49% voter support compared to 44% voter support for McCain. Of course, the selection of sources for this kind of market research is really critical in being able to truly justify that the lead by 4-5% is indeed correct. In another poll conducted on Minekey, a place for discussions on varied topics including politics, 92% of users agreed that Obama is leading the preliminary discussions. The general opinion of the public was that it was a “A draw. McCain couldn’t look Obama in the eye; Obama stumbled for words a few times. No real killer shots. No real weaknesses exposed.”

To get a pulse of what people are discussing about the Presidential debate, click here to check out some opinions submitted by people globally, or if you are curious about what the world is thinking about the US presidential elections, check some more interesting opinions here. Given the statistics of the opinions favoring Obama, if elections were held on Minekey then Obama would win by a landslide victory!

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Do you support giving birth to child with Down’s syndrome? 80% of all women and 50% of men do.

I have never been one of those women who thought life without child is incomplete, but lately I have been having second thoughts. I certainly love children, and have three nephews and nieces with whom I get along so well that I am the coolest aunt for them. But by now, almost all my friends have had their first child. It is likely that by the time I settle down with a life partner, I will be creeping close to ceiling age limits for having a child. My biggest fear then would be what if the docs fail to detect issues in pregnancy that could possibly lead to a child with genetic issues? Now I know that life can serve you many things… including becoming disabled later in life even if you are born healthy… I am ok dealing with that, but I am just not ok dealing with knowingly bringing out someone who may not have a complete life.

But my strong opinion here were shaken a little bit recently to the point of almost. I recently posted this opinion on Minekey, a place for you to post your opinions and instant feedback from the community (controversial opinion certainly get more limelight!). My opinion was “I do not support giving birth to a child with Down’s Syndrome. He/she will never have a normal independent life anyway.” I got 450 votes and 38% disagreed with it with some very strong comments here… many people who commented on this board had indeed worked with children with Down’s Syndrome and spoke form experience – and talked about how much potential these children have.

But what’s more interesting was the divide between men and women on this topic. Almost 80% of all women who voted on this opinion had disagreed, but surprisingly only 50% of men had agreed… hmmmmm. Now that was very interesting stats for me. So men and women do indeed think differently on Pro-Life subjects??? If you would like to have a look at the how men and women voted, you can click here.

I am certainly reconsidering my opinion. Based on so many other people’s feedback and stories I think it was an eye opener for me about how much of a normal life some of the children’s with genetic issues can lead. I also think that life is not black or white. Perhaps without being pregnant myself, I cannot speak aloud about what actions I might take if caught in same situation.

An opinion about Britney Spears reached #1 spot?? Are you fucking kidding me???

Let me give some context to this title – I recently posted an opinion on Britney Spears on Minekey, a place where you can write opinions on just about anything. My opinion was “Britney is getting back to normal life finally. Good for her!!”, and within a few hours this opinion bubbled up right to the top, amongst the most voted opinion of the last 24 hrs, with 750 votes and 20 comments. While my intention was genuine in stating this opinion, the fact that it bubbled to the top dismayed some users. One annoyed user penned down an exasperated opinion “An opinion about Britney fucking Spears reached the number 1 spot?? Are you fucking kidding me???”, protesting against the fact that my banal opinion got voted on by so many users and how sick she was of celebrity news. For a moment I was surprised.

It might be not surprising to see celebrity related gossip/blogs reach a top spot or viewership over sites like Sugar.com or Yahoo! Shine or sites focused on celebrity/fashion etc., but on some other online communities and forums if a celebrity news bubbles to the top, it may annoy or dismay some users.

I wondered why so? Are we really too obsessed with celebrity news?

Do women think more than they need to?

Let me ask all women who are reading this blog at this very moment – how many times has it been that you just assumed something based on your friend ‘s or partner’s or sibling’s unspoken actions? Or how many times have you taken someone’s spoken words and exploded it beyond what it was really meant for? And you were completely wrong because in the end it turned out to be creation of your own imagination!! Perhaps if you had bothered to ask some questions and clarify, you would have saved a lot of brain activity cycles and a lot of heart ache. This has happened between me and my partner so many times and eventually it turns out that my partner is usually clueless to all the pain/mental agony I am going through, whereas he is totally chilled and sees no issues. Perhaps we women do indeed think more than we need to.

Recently on the opinion boards of a thriving opinion community site, Minekey, there was an opinion by one of the top opinion contributers that said “Women are far superior at reading body language.. Women Tend Read, Men Tend Act and Question.” When I peeked into the stats, about 83% of all women agreed, whereas only 63% of men agreed with this opinion. Which meant that women certainly think they are good at reading minds (which is why it might lead them to assume things even if they are not meant to be).

Interesting, isn’t it? Do you think this is in the genes of female species? Do you think we will ever change?

Should women marry for financial security?

So gold diggers may not end up “happily ever after…” or so it seems like based on the opinion I recently posted here about women who marry for financial security. About 80% of 17,000 people agreed with it within a period of 24 hrs, and yet another 1800 comments made by various people had something to support the opinion.

I remember getting pissed off when one of my friends remarked I had a good catch when she heard that I had a first date with a guy that had a nice executive level job with tons of stock at one of the technology companies. I argued that money does not matter when it comes to marriage partner, to which she just simply told me that I was being very naive. Naive or not, yrs later I am glad I picked someone who I love and have a great chemistry with. I don’t care if we don’t own a big home or drive expensive cars. I cannot even imagine what it would be like to not have someone like him in my life. To those who are think money can make them happy, I wish good luck, but the truth is it really doesn’t.

How to pick a blog topic

This is my very first post. I have been thinking about starting a blog, but have not been able to get over the initial resistance. I do think that blogging is a great way to be able to write something effortlessly and open it for discussion/comments to the world, who become your virtual family in no time. But maintaining a blog seems somewhat intimidating as picking an appropriate blog topic that will generate interest is not often easy.

I have decided to take a very unique approach to picking my blog topics. Most recently I have been using a short form blogging format available at one of the websites, Minekey, a place where people express opinions in a couple of lines and interact with thousands of interesting people from all over the world. You can check out My Profile here and find links to my other opinions by choosing the “opinions” tab. Everyday thousand of opinions get posted, where millions of people vote and comment. What I would like to do is pick one of the hotly contested opinions that has been generating a lot of Buzz on this site everyday and expand on it to add my own thoughts to it. I will certainly give credit to the originating author. I hope to focus on a variety of topics from relationships to philosophy to love etc. and if there is interest from readers, I will branch into other topics too. So, if you are looking for a topic to blog… check out this site.. you will find a treasure trove of topics to use for your blogs.

Any feedback is welcome!! I am looking forward to it.