Thursday, 7 June 2012

Re: [] Who Told Petrol Companies Are In Loss ????


Dear Mr John,
Increase in  price of any commodity affects only common man.  Politicians and Bureaucrats need not buy petrol.  Their petrol expenses are borne by Govt. Whether it is dropping the children in School, going for shopping, outings for near & dears, relatives, friends etc. use of SUVs by the spoilt brats of these species.These are all their perks.  We are only banging our heads against the wall.  We have to live with it, until a catastrophe occurs wiping out the entire generation.

From: John Thomas <>
Sent: Fri, 08 Jun 2012 04:43:31
To: Keralites<>
Subject: Re: [] Who Told Petrol Companies Are In Loss ????

അടിസ്ഥാന ഈമെയിലില്‍ നീല ബാക്ഗ്രൌണ്ടില്‍ കൊടുത്തിട്ടുള്ള ഭാഗത്ത്‌ ശ്രദ്ധിക്കുക.

ഒരു ബാരല്‍ അസംസ്കൃത എണ്ണ ഡോളര്‍ 100 നു കിട്ടുന്നു. ഒരു ബാരല്‍ സമം 159 ലിറ്റര്‍. മൊത്തം പൈസ 5600 രൂപ. ഒരു ലിറ്ററിന് കൂലി 6.52 രൂപ. മൊത്തം കൂലി 1036.68 രൂപ. ആകെ മൊത്തം 6636.68. ഇനി താഴെ പറയുന്ന കണക്കു നോക്കാം. പെട്രോള്‍ 73 x 18.36 = 1340.28, ഡീസല്‍ 40 x 10.02= 400.80, മണ്ണെണ്ണ 16 x 4.17 = 66.72, LPG 7 x 1.67 = 11.69, മറ്റു ഉത്പന്നങ്ങള്‍ 30 x 7.52 = 225.60. ആകെ മൊത്തം 2045.09. രണ്ടും തമ്മിലുള്ള വ്യത്യാസം 6636.68 - 2045.09 = 4591.59 രൂപ.

ഈ വത്യാസം അറിയാതെ സംഭവിച്ച അബദ്ധമാണോ അതോ മനപ്പൂര്‍വം ആളുകളെ പറ്റിക്കാം എന്ന് കരുതി ഉണ്ടാക്കിയതാണോ? മേലെ പറഞ്ഞ വത്യസത്തിനു മുകളില്‍ നമ്മുടെ മധുര മനോജ്ഞ ജനാതിപത്യ സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ ചുമത്തുന്ന 101  തരാം നികുതികളും.

From: sam alexander <>
To: Keralites <>
Sent: Sunday, June 3, 2012 12:05 PM
Subject: Re: [] Who Told Petrol Companies Are In Loss ????
Dear Dr Sreekumar
Good to see your response.Point 1, has great relevance,but if advt are not given how will the publishing/media survive.Likewise,if we have to give employment to millions of people, a certain amount has to be catered for that.Why do we give huge donations to other countries??Why do we spend billions on defending the country,why do we give subsidy to practically everything for our daily needs??why do we allot so much for our space programmes??.why do we have huge expenditure on so many welfare schemes for the poor and unemployed???
      If we cut off all these expenses,we may be better off, but in a world scenario,it is not possible.Coming back to oil industry,except for a couple of companies all others are owned by the Govt of India and the profits, if they generate, is ploughed back to the govt kitty to be spend on our development pro grammes.So it is all in a balance and such a balance has to be maintained by the govt,be it UPA or NDA at the centre.Pl do not see petrol prices as a singular issue.Farmers have to be given support prices for their produce which will rot in our godowns.Expenses in every field has gone up and will only continue to do so as we all want more money as our salaries,we want cars,a/cs homes,education in the best schools for our children and the list is endless.Where will the money come from??So it is all a vicious cycle.In my younger days a family needed about 800Rs for a decent living,but now will 8000/80000 do??
 As a colleague in the medical profession,why do we charge so much for a consultation from Rs 50 then to Rs 500 now here??Why any small procedures are charged so high??Why medications are so expensive.My medical bills have gone from 1800 to 4300 in the past 3-4 years for almost the same regime??
 We have no answers for so many questions.Govts are run by very ordinary common people in the garb of politicians.They can do precious little to help the common man-the AAM AADMI who ultimately is the sufferer.
Thanks,Take care,
Dr Sam

From: chakravarthi chakravarthi <>
To: Keralites <>
Sent: Saturday, 2 June 2012 6:33 PM
Subject: Re: [] Who Told Petrol Companies Are In Loss ????

Thanks for your email message. Like this informative message to be spread in our group members. If you don't mind, can you tell me what is the base of this calculation. As far as my knowledge processing cost of crude in Refinery very expensive due to big processing plants, manpower and their health package etc., This is not 6.52/L as you mentioned below. Therefore, petroleum products are very expensive.
From: sreekumar ramachandran <>
To: Keralites <>
Sent: Friday, June 1, 2012 7:53 AM
Subject: Re: [] Who Told Petrol Companies Are In Loss ????

Dear Sam
why dont we think in a broader sense.
During elections we can talk about politics, but doest it mean that throughout our life we are slaves of politicians. Your response seems to be that others are offending congress party or ruling government. Second UPA govt is interested only in hiking rates and please remember good governace includes control of prices also. Is there any sincere effort to control any prices from this government. I appreciate present govt. of kerala for some efforts for good governace. Oil prices are related to many factors, but look at these points
1. why these people are giving huge advertisements and sponsoring. 3-5% of their income they are spending on this. We are filling petrol not on these ads. Answer is they get 10-15% of the ad,revenue as incentives to higher authorities.
2. Any job has risks, oil rigs also. But they have a high pay packages, OK, accepted,. But the same packages are available to all staff including admin who had never seen an oil unless it is a picnic.
why dont they form a regulatory authority to study these issues
let us think for our wellness, not for the wellness of politicians alone
dr, sreekumar
On 31 May 2012 10:59, sam alexander <');" >> wrote:
In your calculation,you seems to have missed out on
1.Infrastructural investment for refinery and transport of crude
2.Cost of labor,pay ,perks ,pension and all allied benefits to employees
3.Cost of transportation to outlets all over country
4.Profit to the dealers
5.Tax to the government.,profit to the govt
The cost of any consumer goods should include all these inputs.Manmohan is not taking any money to his home.Ruling govt is not anybody's enemy.

From: KIRAN THOMAS <" target=_new>>
To: Keralites <>
Sent: Wednesday, 30 May 2012 9:56 PM
Subject: [] Who Told Petrol Companies Are In Loss ????

ഒരു ബാരല്‍ ക്രൂഡ് ഓയിലിന്റെ അന്താരാഷ്ട്ര വില: 110 ഡോളര്‍ [50 രൂപ നിരക്കില്‍ 5500 രൂപ]
*42 ഗ്യാലന്‍ അസംസ്കൃത എണ്ണയാണ് ഒരു ബാരല്‍. 159 ലിറ്ററോളം വരും ഇത്.
ശുദ്ധീകരണ (റിഫൈനറി) ചെലവുകള്‍ ബാരലിന് 5 ഡോളര്‍ മുതല്‍ പരമവധി 15 ഡോളര്‍ വരെ [750 രൂപ].
ആകെ ചെലവ് ഒരു ബാരലിന് 6250 രൂപ.
ഒരു ബാരലില്‍ നിന്നും ഉത്പാദിപ്പിക്കുന്ന ഗ്യാസോലിന്‍ അഥവാ പെട്രോള്‍ 75 ലിറ്റര്‍. ഡീസല്‍ 35 ലിറ്റര്‍, ഏവിയേഷന്‍ ഫ്യുവല്‍ 15.5 ലിറ്റര്‍, റെസിഡ്യല്‍ ഫ്യുവല്‍ ഓയില്‍ (ഹെവി ഓയില്‍) 9 ലിറ്റര്‍, എല്‍.പി.ജി. 7 ലിറ്റര്‍, പെട്രോളിയം കോക്ക് (കല്‍ക്കരി) 7 കിലോ, ടാര്‍ 5 കിലോ, പെട്രോ കെമിക്കത്സ് 4.5 കിലോ, ലൂബ്രിക്കന്റ് ഓയില്‍ 2 ലിറ്റര്‍, സ്റ്റില്‍ ഗ്യാസ് 7 ലിറ്റര്‍, മണ്ണെണ്ണ 1 ലിറ്റര്‍ തുടങ്ങിയ ഉപോത്പന്നങ്ങളും ഒരു ബാരല്‍ ക്രൂഡ് ഓയിലില്‍ നിന്നും ശരാശരി ഉത്പാദിപ്പിക്കാം.
സബ്സിഡി നിരക്കില്‍ പാചക വാതകം, മണ്ണെണ്ണ എന്നിവ ജനങ്ങളക്ക് നല്‍കിയാല്‍ പോലും ഒരു ബാരലില്‍ നിന്നും 9000 രൂപയിലധികം വരുമാനം എണ്ണ കമ്പനികള്‍ക്ക് ലഭിക്കുന്നു.
40 രൂപയ്ക്ക് പെട്രോള്‍ നല്‍കിയാലും കണക്കുകള്‍ പ്രകാരം കന്‍പനികള്‍ക്ക് നഷ്ടം വരില്ല.
നമ്മുടെ അയല്‍രാജ്യങ്ങളിലെല്ലാം ഈ വിലയ്ക്ക് നിലവില്‍ പട്രോള്‍ നല്‍കുന്നുമുണ്ട്. അപ്പോള്‍ ഇനിയും പെട്രോള്‍ വില വര്‍ദ്ധിപ്പിക്കണമെന്നു കമ്പനികള്‍ പറയുന്നതിന്റെ ന്യായമെന്ത്..?
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If you've been reading my newsletters for a while, you know that I LOVE chocolate, and I love finding healthy ways to enjoy it without packing on the pounds.  In fact, you might have even tried my healthy fat-burning chocolate pudding recipe, or my famous healthy chocolate fudge recipe, which are not what you might think, but always get raving reviews!

But today, I wanted to share a great article with you that shows just how powerful cocoa and dark chocolate can be for your health, and some more ideas on how to enjoy them in the healthiest way possible.  It's from my good friend and nutrition expert, Kiwi Chris, and I think you'll love it!
Dark Chocolate, Cheat Meals, Cocoa, and Your Metabolism
by Chris the Kiwi

Hey mate

I hope this finds you better than ever and absolutely rocking in your own focus on health and happiness.

Today I wanted to give you my take on my favorite low guilt, high benefit CHEAT MEAL FOOD... chocolate!

Fun & Info @ Keralites.netSurprisingly Good Companions:

A double espresso over ice, and my current favorite chocolate bar, the Endangered Species 88%. This is the one to beat in my opinion.

This particular food is so good that women's magazines and ex-girlfriends have been caught reporting that chocolate can be better than sex.

Regardless of your thoughts on that comment � chocolate is YUMMY, and for reasons some of us can't explain, eating it makes you FEEL good.

Perhaps you did not know is that done right, it is also extremely good for you.

So good that we have a super high-spec high polyphenol cocoa extract in Athletic Greens. It is one of my favorite ingredients (and one of the most potent) in Athletic Greens.

So let's start with the active ingredient in my favorite cheat meal food, DARK CHOCOLATE, and then we will cover how to EAT it.

Dark Chocolate, and Cocoa

Theobroma Cacao, (theobroma is a Greek derived word which translates to Food of the Gods�) or cocoa as we commonly call it, has been around for a while, originating in the tropical parts of Central and south America.

Originally used by Mesoamerican peoples (the original cultivators thought to be the Aztecs, though I think many would have used cocoa) for both its taste enhancing benefits and for its stimulating properties (theobromine is in the methylxanthines family, which includes a more famous cousin, caffeine), they also apparently liked it for its mood enhancing effects.


Fast forward a year or five hundred since the Europeans first tasted this puppy and chocolate� is a major industry all of its own.

When we are referring to cocoa, we are referring to what comes out of the cocoa beans.

Despite what Nestle's marketing department probably hopes you would think, the terms chocolate� and cocoa� are not in fact interchangeable, and is an important point to remember when thinking health benefits.

- Cocoa is fermented and finely ground up cocoa beans, subsequently used in the production of the likes of chocolate via chocolate liquor or cocoa butter. (Cocoa is considered the non-fat part of cocoa liquor).

- Chocolate refers to the finished, generally solid food product made up of cocao, cocoa butter, sugar, milk, emulsifiers etc

- The processing of some types of cocoa can remove a large amount of the polyphenol (anti-oxidant) content, and render a lot of the health benefits null and void.

- Milk chocolate has a very low ratio of cocoa solids (the good stuff) and generally is more heavily processed.

Further, milk chocolate is, quite simply, bad for you, and fattening; it is full of sugar and generally comes with some nasty emulsifiers and additives, and has nearly none of the good stuff (cocoa) and a lot of things that are bad for you.

If you want even the remotest of health benefits, milk chocolates and white chocolates are out. Sorry.

Dark Chocolate, specifically high cocoa content dark chocolates of 80-85% cocoa or more, with their higher ratios of cocoa and lower ratios of sugar (and no dairy!) are IN.

Here is why we love cocoa!

NOTE: a bit of science below, hopefully it is not tough reading. If you want to skip to the good stuff, the how to eat chocolate� part, feel free to skip down a little. I marked the page like this.

Here we go:

Active Ingredients

The active ingredients in cocoa include methylxanthines � caffeine, theophylline and theobromine (with theobromine being by far the dominant stimulant in cocoa), dopamine, serotonin (as well as tryptophan), anandamide and phenethylamine.

That is all before we even discuss the amazing antioxidant content, dominated by flavonoids and the flavanols epicatechin and catechin (like those in green tea) and oligomeric pro-anthocyanidins (OPC's, stronger in cocoa than in grape-seed extract) in particular.

Known Benefits of Cocoa (when I say known it means the literature backs this up)

Of the many health benefits reported in the scientific literature, the most commonly mentioned are anti-hypertensive and anti-thrombotic effects and overall cardio vascular benefits, thought to be attributed to the anti-oxidant effects of the flavanols and procyanidin content. These include directly lowering of blood pressure, reduction in hypertension, increase in HDL (good cholesterol), decrease in LDL, and improved endothelial function (the functioning of the lining of blood vessels).

All good stuff. There is more�.

Diabetes: Proanthocyanidins in cocoa appear to combat the effects of diabetes mellitus, including the reducing the progress of diabetes induced cataracts, and in one study even showed a dose dependent effect on the prevention of hyperglycemia in obese mice.

Mice are mice, people are people, and we all know that we can avoid type two diabetes by smart eating choices but still, all good stuff. And yes, there is more�.

Perhaps most exciting to me, being in the I hate chronic inflammation� camp, are some recent studies suggesting potent anti-inflammatory effects of cocoa, again thought to be by the sexy procyanidins content, which have also been shown to modulate immune response.

Cocoa extracts have further been shown to repress inflammatory responses in the brain while improving blood oxygenation to the brain � which shows interesting potential for cocoa flavanols to be used for neuro protective benefits with maladies such as dementia and strokes. Yes, still more�..

Sooo...between heart health benefits, immune benefits, and anti-inflammation benefits, it should be obvious that the anti-oxidants pack a pretty serious punch in cocoa extract, above and beyond fighting free radicals. The anti-oxidant content of cocoa is awesome, and the cocoa extract used in Athletic Greens provides a nice chunk of the anti-oxidant punch in that product. (It also adds to the taste)

Yay for cocoa! It should be noted that studies have shown that the processing of some types of cocoa can trash the anti-oxidant content so pick your source wisely.

There also seems to be good early indication that the antioxidant effects of the polyphenols might be directly linked to cancer prevention, as they seem to selectively inhibit growth of cancer cells in in vitro studies� .

For the antidepressant effect, similarly, there is indication polyphenols are responsible for the effects, but it is not yet clear how.

I have my thoughts.

Stimulation, Mood, and I Feel Happy When I Eat Chocolate�

As mentioned above, cocoa has a mild stimulatory effect. While cocoa does have caffeine in it, it is there in tiny tiny amounts compared to theobromine (it is nearly 8 to 1 theobromine to caffeine).

So it is the theobromine that is giving the stimulant boosting effect found with cocoa, or specifically, cocoa heavy dark chocolate. Yes, dark chocolate can wake you up, if taken in sufficient amounts.

When it comes to the mood enhancing benefits, it is where the research is a bit of a mine field.

While some of the polyphenols now seem likely, many of the mood-enhancing benefits were originally thought to be attributable to the phenethylamine content.

I used to think so too, especially since I can't even pronounce phenethylamine, so it seemed the obvious intelligent answer.

However, it has now been shown that orally ingested phenethylamine barely makes it past the gut, and results only in tiny increases in brain levels of this mood enhancer (which we can make ourselves too, by the way). So while this surely plays a part, there must be something else to it.

My thought is pretty simple. It does make people feel better. So whether the mechanism is the mild stimulant effect, some chemical effect that has yet to be conclusively proven, or the endorphins released when you eat chocolate from the taste and the pleasure, of well, eating chocolate are what cause people to feel happy when eating chocolate... the cause is a moot point.

If you feel happier when eating chocolate, and you can do so on occasion without crapping on your health, then eat it and enjoy!


There are enough positives shown from the cocoa content to more than justify the inclusion of this food in your diet in the form of dark chocolate.

Dark, Cocoa Laden Chocolate, which had no anti-nutrients or auto-immune problem causing ingredients like dairy, and other than the small amounts of sugar is generally not nearly as bad for you as it tastes, being so wonderfully delicious to eat.

Which brings us to the fun part... Eating it.

The HOW To Eat Chocolate

If you have skipped down to here, welcome back!

Number 1: always always always make it dark chocolate

Number 2: darker is better. The higher the cocoa content, not only is there less room for crap (generally sugar if avoiding milk chocolate, which we are doing) there is more goodness from the higher cocoa content. Start at 70% if you have to, but aim to get over 85% as soon as you can

Number 3: organic is better, cleaner, less likely to be contaminated. If you can get it, go for fair trade too

Number 4: since poor processing of the cocoa can destroy the majority of the anti-oxidants, be careful in who you select for your dark chocolate fix. We were super careful with our cocoa extract in Athletic Greens for exactly this reason

I give my current favorite chocolate bar a bit further below (see pic).

Though you may think that you will find it bitter, and it is bitter compared to the sugar laden milk chocolate varieties, you will be surprised how much your taste buds move or have already moved after a period of clean eating such as following my Food for Fat Loss guidelines .

If, however, you still think you will find it too bitter, and don't want to eat dark chocolate by itself, try playing with it as follows (fun for taste too, even if you are already a dark chocolate fan).

As a contrast to bitterness or big flavors:

Fun & Info @ With a double espresso � the movement from the extra bitter espresso to the considerably less bitter dark chocolate will make you smile. You also get a double stimulant hit from the caffeine in the coffee and the theobromine in the cocoa and if you keep the number of pieces to one or two, all for about 4 grams of sugar.. Where do I sign?

- With a glass of red wine � I find the big bold reds the best wine companions, (such as shiraz or cabernet sav). I have no idea why these taste so good together but they do

- With some super strong green or black tea � similar to the espresso, this contrast is excellent, you are also going to be in anti-oxidant heaven.

As a contrast to sweetness:

- Eat your chocolate with a bowl of berries

- Eat it with some ice-cream (on your cheat day only, and only if ok with dairy). I know this Kiwi guy who has been known to use dark chocolate pieces as a scoop with his full fat ice cream, on occasion.

- Melt some dark chocolate down on low heat and pour it over some strawberries, then put the lot in the fridge for a few hours. Bring these out at a party and I guarantee you extreme social points. These are also a great way to slowly bring the family over to dark chocolate-ness

Fun & Info @ Keralites.netDark Chocolate Strawberries - Not a dark chocolate hard sell (photo credit: tomkellyphoto)


Post workout is an ideal time for eating your dark chocolate, with the improved nutrient partitioning effects post exercise helping minimize the impact of the sugar.

People who are already lean, if you have a piece or two a few times a week, it doesn't concern me in the least, especially so if you do it post workout.

Cheat meals � Sorry, the sugar content is still there, so if chasing fat loss, I recommend cheat days only. Bear in mind that the calorie content of dark chocolate is high, and concentrated. I am more worried about the sugar than the calories, unless you are doing it often.

This however, makes it awesome for an overfeeding event, or for going large on a cheat day, where you will feel satisfied, probably quite happily sick if you really get stuck in, and not do too much damage to yourself.

NOTE: if you wake up feeling a bit down and depressed, I have found a wake up stack of acetyl-l-carnitine, a double espresso, two pieces of dark chocolate, and the all important walk outdoors in the sun can do wonders. Not suggesting you swap in a regimen of stimulants and chocolate, nor am I recommending a replacement for aggressively going after happiness in all elements of your life, but your neurotransmitters and endorphin levels will thank you.

For its inherent goodness via the cocoa content and the limit with high cocoa content chocolate on things that are bad for you, dark chocolate gets two Kiwi thumbs up.

A comment on life and eating cleanly:

Feel like you are absolutely going to go off the rails with your eating? Whether you are lean or not I would MUCH rather you went off the rails intelligently and had some Dark Chocolate, than went wild with something that was going to tear your gut into pieces, or cause your insulin levels to go beserk. (Just remember to get back on the clean eating bike afterwards).

In fact, I encourage you to do so. Dark chocolate is yummy, and if the cocoa content is high enough, it is surprisingly good for you.

So get out there, and enjoy.

For my dark chocolate lovers, my current favorite dark chocolate is the Endangered Species 88%, though I also really love some of the Theo chocolates (I also love their mission and approach, if you are in Seattle, well worth a factory tour visit).

If you are starting someone else off with a push towards dark chocolate, then I recommend you make it 70% for the newbies, and build up towards 85% plus from there.

So... What is your favorite dark chocolate bar at the moment? And what is your favorite way to eat it?

100% Focus on Happiness�

That is my mantra, and it starts with phenomenal health.

Chris the Kiwi�

ps. The high polyphenol cocoa extract used in Athletic Greens is just one of over 70 ingredients in Athletic Greens that have been handpicked to improve your health in just 27 seconds a day. Athletic Greens is formulated to fight inflammation in your body, boost your metabolism, and provides loads of unique antioxidants and micro-nutrients for a strong immune system and energy throughout the day. 

Thanks Chris!  love this article!

Also, make sure to try Chris' Athletic Greens, as not only is it the most complete greens drink on the market with the highest quality ingredients (over 70 superfood ingredients in 1 drink), but it also tastes amazing!  I use it every single day, and all of my friends that I've had try it (who thought it wouldn't taste good) were blown away at how great it tastes.  Give it a try here and I bet you'll be hooked.

By the way, Chris also has one of the highest quality fish oil products on the market as well, which I also take every day for the high concentration of DHA and EPA. 

I hope you enjoyed today's article on chocolate and cocoa and this delicious way to improve your health!

Fwd this email on to any of your chocolate-loving friends and family.

Mike Geary
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

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