Monday, July 24, 2017

Let's put the textbooks on GitHub and collaboratively transform them there

https://eduminister.blogspot.com/2017/06/my-letter-to-honble-hrd.html

My Letter to Hon'ble HRD Minister/Chairman (NCERT) Prakash Javadekar today
- Manish Sisodiya, June 27 2017

Comment posted:

Respected Sir, suggesting an idea from the IT world : Github.com is a global platform for open sharing of programs and also data. It has excellent mechanisms by which people can copy over a project (fork), make the changes they want to, and then start a process called "pull request" to re-integrate these changes back into the original. All changes are meticulously tracked. There is also a rich discussion system where there can be elaborate discussion on the proposed changes. Please upload the NCERT textbooks' content (text, images, formatting) to GitHub and let's have an open sourced way of transforming these books to make them much better suited for our kids! If we have word file versions of the textbooks then it's very easy to get the content online. I'll be glad to help in setting this up. Reach me on [censored] -- Respectfully Yours, Nikhil, Pune





Maharashtra’s open school to start from 2018.. and connection with a PIL filed by open learners' guardians

Crossposting from https://www.facebook.com/mavenik/posts/10159236063540195 :

The state of Maharashtra has recently announced starting its Open School and this could not get more awesome! The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), a central government body, has existed before unschooling and home schooling were cool. But now we have our own state run Open School to design and implement a more relevant and context based curriculum that focusses on skill development!

In July 2015, some of us had filed a PIL with the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court. It was regarding amendments in the modus operandi of the Maharashtra State Government w.r.t. the Right To Education Act and the mandate to attend 'schools' to impart basic education for kids belonging to the age group of 6 to 14 years. We had also demanded the formation of a state level Open School, as directed by the NIOS.

We engaged with the system to recognize open learning as an alternative means to education. This was applicable in various scenarios such as with kids of migrant labour, tribals, children below the poverty line, home schoolers, and open learners. We read and understood the Ground Rules (GR) for a survey of out-of-school students, worked in tandem with the Municipal Corporations, and even went out to survey with the government staff and submitted our findings. Following the survey, some of us continued to write to the Ministry of Education and Hon. Governor of Maharashtra.

It all has started to yield fruitful results and education is only going to get exciting from here!

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/states-open-school-to-start-from-2018/articleshow/59601613.cms
Maharashtra's open school to start from 2018

A recent AAP newsletter

Sharing because you don't get to see anything on this on mainstream media, do you?
Newsletter | June 2017

Let's Build the Future Together
BY ARVIND KEJRIWAL

Arvind Kejriwal's speech at Delhi State Office Bearer's Convention on May 21

When we were contesting the elections in 2015, we knew that to change the lives of ordinary citizens in Delhi it was essential to improve government schools. It was essential that every child had access to high quality education irrespective of whether they were rich or poor. But I have to honestly admit that when I became CM in February 2015, I did not know how we would do this.

Today, two years later, I can say with great pride and confidence that a remarkable transformation has taken place in the government schools of Delhi. This is nothing short of an education revolution and the results show it. Last week, we celebrated the performance of Delhi's government schools which achieved a pass percentage of 88.3% in CBSE Class 12 results – a clear 6% higher than all CBSE schools nationally and substantially higher than Delhi's private schools. For two years now, government schools have performed better than private schools in Delhi. Last week, we also celebrated the achievement of 372 students from Delhi's government schools who cleared IIT-JEE examinations this year – a 700% rise over last year.

There is so much poverty in our city and our country. There is only one solution to this and that is high quality education. If every child from a deprived background gets good education, then within one generation, every family can pull itself out of poverty. This is the change that our nation needs because only an educated nation can become a developed nation.

AAP government's achievements in education, health and several other areas are also the achievement of every single volunteer and supporter who has sacrificed immensely to make AAP what it is today. Our work has only begun and as we march forward to deliver on the dreams and aspirations of crores of people, we ask for your support and participation in every single step. Beginning with this monthly newsletter series, we will communicate regularly and directly with you and we promise to listen carefully to what you have to say. Start today by making a small contribution to AAP to build the India of our dreams.

Donate ₹500 or More Now to AAP to Build the Future Together
AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj demonstrates 'EVM Tampering' in Delhi Assembly

BLOG

AAP's Stance on EVMs

BY SAURABH BHARDWAJ

The sanctity of the election process is the bedrock of Indian democracy. Over the last few years, and especially in recent months, the faith in this process has been shaken due to serious allegations of tampering the EVMs.   Read More »

MINT

AAP in Striking Distance of National Party Status

BY PRETIKA KHANNA

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) may have suffered defeat in the just concluded state assembly elections, yet it is within striking distance of the elite club of national parties—with seven members..  Read More »

AAP in Delhi

BLOG

Delhi Government's Historic Outcome Budget

BY MANISH SISODIA

Our government believes that the relationship between a government and its citizens is nothing short of a sacred contract. A contract to deliver the best possible outcomes and benefits to society...  Read More »

PRESS RELEASE

Mera Booth Sabse Majboot campaign launched in Delhi

The Delhi unit of the Aam Aadmi Party held a state convention on 21st May in the presence of National Convener Arvind Kejriwal and newly appointed Delhi Convener Gopal Rai. During this convention, the party announced...  Read More »

BLOG

Understanding Delhi's Education Revolution

BY ATISHI MARLENA

When the Aam Aadmi Party formed the government in Delhi in 2015, we knew we had inherited a public school system that was in shambles. What we did not know was how deep the rot ran. Subject to decades of neglect and intentional subversion by... Read More »

THE KEN

Can AAP's insurgent government deliver the universal healthcare holy grail?
BY RUHI KANDHARI

In a first such experiment in India, 150 mohalla clinics have been set up in Delhi and 850 more will come up by year-end. How is Arvind Kejriwal's prescription working?  Read More »

AAP in Punjab

PRESS RELEASE

AAP's 'Punjab Yatra' connects with people before Assembly session

The Aam Aadmi Party launched the 'Punjab Yatra' from 1st May onwards to consult the people of the state on the issues they want...  Read More »

CATCH NEWS

Arvind Kejriwal makes first trip to Punjab post elections

As National Convener Arvind Kejriwal visits the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the party unites to take on the corrupt government of the ruling Congress party...  Read More »

In The News

 

The Media Wants to Mainstream Kejriwal
The Hoot  |  28 April 2017

The Anomalous Rise of Mr Kejriwal
The Dawn  |  18 April 2017 

CBSE 12th result 2017: Govt schools take 9% lead over private institutions
The Times of India  |  29 May 2017

Over 700% Rise in Cracking JEE by Delhi Govt School Students
The Pioneer  |  24 May 2017

Summer camps begin in over 1,000 govt schools
The Hindu  |  12 May 2017

At leadership camp, Delhi government school students discover their potential
Indian Express  | 23 May 2017

Real estate, liquor out of GST as influential people run them: Manish Sisodia
Indian Express  |  29 May 2017

CM Arvind Kejriwal promises to make Delhi mosquito-free
Financial Express | 13 May 2017

Kapil Mishra's Comedy Show
Firstpost  |  19 May 2017

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Breaking heart vs wrecking life

Dear males, esp the blokes in their 30s and up, esp the blokes who do have a life partner.

Standard response when a girl way too younger than you approaches you and reveals that she is attracted to you:

I think I'm better off breaking your heart right now than wrecking your life later.

And mind, i'm not asking the ones stuck in loveless situations to not seek love outside. Please seek it in grown up women rather than taking advantage of a young girl's immaturity. All youth will have crushes; that gives you no license to mess with them. If you are your age then exercise the maturity and restraint appropriate to it.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Open data mashup: 2017-22 Pune wards map and corporators

Hi Friends,

Just sharing one outcome of some work on open data:

Friends at CEE took the PDF released by PMC that listed the newly
elected corporators for 2017-22, and made a proper excel table of it.
I combined it with the new wards map of Pune (which I had digitized
earlier), and now you can see exactly which areas in Pune have which
corporators representing them:

https://nikhilvj.carto.com/viz/718f58d8-8e07-11e6-8015-0e3ff518bd15/embed_map

What is your home's ward/prahag number? Who are the people
representing your neighborhood ?

The same map also contains the data for the previous wards layout and
2012-17 corporators! Click the "visible layers" at top right and turn
off the 2017-22 layer to be able to see that, with photos! (new
corporators photos coming soon.. get in touch if you want to help with
that!) So here you can see at the same place both present and past
elected representatives of Pune. This is what we mean by
applying/visualizing open data. There are 4 sets of open public data
working in combination here : 2 maps and 2 tables.

There are many such projects awaiting your involvement, and you too
can bring in similar projects that you are working on / want to work
on. Jump in!

https://datameet-pune.github.io/

Saturday, June 10, 2017

RT's propaganda?

Here's an explanation on the conundrum about stuff broadcasted on RT,
on the question of russian propaganda, funding vis-a-vis the content
of many of the shows on their international news channel, RT. (like
Abby Martin, Lee Camp etc)

There is an argument that since it's funded by Russia, it must be
carrying their lies.

Given the present situation of the world and the lies about it being
told to us by the western-dominated mainstream media,

The most effective and successful and powerful propaganda on Russia's part,

Would be to give a platform to the truth.

And that is actually ridiculously easier than contriving false
narratives. They simply need to get a good collection of people on
board and let them do and say whatever they want, without the
hawk-like monitoring of higher-ups that is the everyday reality of
western news channel studios. There is no need of spending time and
resources on planning narratives, misrepresenting events and
synchronizing all the channels/shows to make sure they repeat the same
lie.

This is precisely why there's been moments recorded of RT where the
news anchor makes some anti-RT or anti-Russia declaration, publicly
resigns and walks off, etc. The reason why you don't see that kind of
stuff on say CNN is because the latter's every second is absolutely
controlled to never get to the point that something like that would
ever happen. The reason why you do see it on RT, is because they
simply don't bother doing the kind of over--regulating that western
media and their repeaters do.

Simply letting people speak their mind is actually the best and most
powerful propaganda that the Russian leadership can do to further
their best interests, under the present world climate.

Truth-telling can be a propaganda tactic with nothing evil about it,
and can be sufficient to counter the western media's propaganda.

Reference:
http://mediaroots.org/abby-martin-responds-to-exploitation-by-ny-times/
Abby Martin Responds to Exploitation by NY Times

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Interesting Links for May 2017

Interesting Links for May 2017

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marina-cantacuzino/beyond-right-wrong-how-a-_b_4810106.html
Beyond Right and Wrong: How a Film Became a Peaceful Revolution

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-20/why-its-big-bet-westinghouse-nuclear-bankrupting-toshiba
Why Its Big Bet On Westinghouse Nuclear Is Bankrupting Toshiba

http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2988820/toshibas_nuclear_flagship_goes_bust_after_10_billion_losses.html
Toshiba's nuclear flagship goes bust after $10 billion losses
... Bloomberg noted yesterday: "Westinghouse Electric Co., once
synonymous with America's industrial might, wagered its future on
nuclear power - and lost."
... The same could be said about Toshiba, which is selling profitable
businesses to stave off bankruptcy. Toshiba said yesterday it expects
to book a net loss of $9.1 billion for the current fiscal year, which
ends on Friday - a record loss for a Japanese manufacturer.
... The BBC noted that Toshiba's share-price has been in freefall,
losing more than 60% since the company first unveiled the problems in
December 2016. Toshiba president Satoshi Tsunakawa said at a news
conference yesterday: "We have all but completely pulled out of the
nuclear business overseas."
... Nugen's other member, the French energy company Engie (formerly
GDF Suez) has also gone on record as wanting to extricate itself from
the Moorside project in favour of the 'new energy' economy based on
renewable, storage and smart grid technologies.
... The French government is selling assets so it can prop up its
heavily indebted nuclear utilities Areva and EDF. The French nuclear
industry is in its "worst situation ever" according to former EDF
director Gérard Magnin.

http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2016/05/anti-nestle_ballot_measure_in.html
Anti-Nestle ballot measure: Bid to block Cascade Locks water plant
succeeds (election results)

http://trump.news/2017-04-30-warning-signs-president-trump-being-sucked-into-the-gmo-pesticide-swamp.html
WARNING SIGNS: Code words in latest executive order indicate Trump may
be getting sucked into the GMO / pesticide swamp

https://www.infowars.com/le-pen-slams-macron-france-will-be-led-by-a-woman-either-me-or-mrs-merkel/
Le Pen Slams Macron: 'France will be led by a woman, either me or Mrs Merkel'
French nationalist deals devastating blow to globalist Macron

http://trump.news/2017-05-04-corrupt-dnc-actually-admits-it-rigged-the-democratic-presidential-nomination-for-hillary-clinton.html
Corrupt DNC actually admits it rigged the Democratic presidential
nomination for Hillary Clinton
... the organization is defending its decision to rig the primary in
favor of its chosen candidate, "brazenly telling voters in a court of
law that the party is not obligated to run a fair and impartial
primary election."

https://www.infowars.com/report-student-with-gun-stops-mass-stabbing-at-university-of-texas/
Report: Student With Gun Stops Mass Stabbing At University of Texas
CHL holder's quick reaction reportedly stops knife attacker who left one dead

https://www.equitymaster.com/diary/detail.asp?date=05/02/2017&story=2&title=One-Friday-the-Day-the-Cynic-in-Me-Died-Just-Briefly
One Friday, the Day the Cynic in Me Died, Just Briefly!
>> narrates about the farmers market in his locality and how a very good thing was made possible by a govt decision to let farmers sell produce outside of APMCs.

https://www.infowars.com/le-pen-france-must-reject-euro-to-regain-sovereignty/
Le Pen: France Must Reject Euro to Regain Sovereignty
We will have a national currency like all other countries, she said

https://www.infowars.com/ex-banker-claims-he-was-invited-to-take-part-in-child-sacrifice-rituals/
Ex-Banker
Claims He Was Invited to Take Part in Child Sacrifice Rituals
"These people were Luciferians"

https://www.infowars.com/rfk-jr-s-tucker-carlson-interview-promotes-healthy-debate-about-vaccine-safety/
RFK Jr.'s Tucker Carlson Interview Promotes Healthy Debate About Vaccine Safety
Why are vaccine pushers protected from class-action lawsuits?

https://www.infowars.com/monsanto-hired-paid-internet-trolls-to-counter-bad-public-image-lawsuit-claims/
Monsanto Hired Paid Internet Trolls to Counter Bad Public Image, Lawsuit Claims
The document also alleges that Monsanto hires think thanks to spread
information favoring the company

https://www.infowars.com/confirmed-fbi-is-conducting-even-more-interviews-over-alleged-jane-sanders-bank-fraud/
CONFIRMED: FBI Is Conducting Even More Interviews Over Alleged Jane
Sanders Bank Fraud
Jane Sanders accused of defrauding a bank while serving as president
of the now-defunct Burlington College

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCE_vEdA9WU
How Is Muslim Immigration to Sweden Working Out? - PragerU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH_W31qc9lw
Left and Right Differences Marathon (4/6/17) - PragerU


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZoeonSgr48
On Macron vs Le Pen

https://www.infowars.com/bombshell-study-proves-unvaccinated-children-are-healthier/
BOMBSHELL: Study Proves Unvaccinated Children Are Healthier
Studies put to question the safety of current vaccination practices

https://www.infowars.com/how-antifa-lost-the-battle-of-berkeley-3-0/
How Antifa Lost The Battle Of Berkeley 3.0
Free speech activists dominate radical leftists

https://stopthesethings.com/2014/06/02/spains-renewable-energy-disaster-draws-to-a-close/
Spain's Renewable Energy Disaster Draws to a Close
June 2, 2014 by stopthesethings

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCoNfOOVBq4
Singer Reveals Occult Symbolism In Music Hiding In Plain Sight
>> don't focus on the title. It's a conversation with an artiste. The video's first part covers the violence subjected on people who revealed they were trump supporters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaAxFuzxNfk
Inside The Secret Pedophile Marketplace
Infowars reporter Millie Weaver takes us on an in-depth investigation
inside the internet black market known as the 'dark net' or 'deep
web'. With the aid of an anonymous source who has used their expertise
in computer technology to assist the FBI in investigations regarding
the sexual exploitation of children, Infowar Reporter Millie Weaver
exposes the where and how pedophiles, traffickers and travel clubs use
the internet as a marketplace to indulge in nightmarish perversions.
>> bitcoin, cryptocurrency advocates need to see this and beware of coming across people shooting for THESE kinds of things amongst their fellow advocates.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCyOuetfUQU
Censored: Journalist Exposes Elite Pedophile Ring
Alex Jones speaks with Conchita Sarnoff about her extensive
investigation into the global horrors of child sex trafficking.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92T6cVlXcyg
Political Pedophilia: An open source investigation - Corbett Report
>> Get well into the video, and there is a unique birds-eye analysis attempting to find answers to the question of why pedophilia is so widespread in elite circles, connecting it to psycopathic behaviour and proving psychopathy to rise up hierarchies. Many puzzle pieces are fit together. A new term is introduced that we should familiarize ourselves with: Kakistocracy : Rule by the very worst.

www.thehindu.com/news/cities/kolkata/many-feared-dead-in-bomb-blast-at-tmc-office-in-bardhaman/article18404745.ece
Many feared dead in bomb blast at TMC office in Bardhaman

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/dress-code-a-tougher-test-for-neet-aspirants/article18405181.ece
Dress code a tougher test for NEET aspirants
>> WTF?? and why is this article incomplete? And why are they using a strange term "top innerwear" instead of calling a bra a bra? For God's sake, tell it like it is : a young girl in India was forced to take off her bra to attend a state-conducted entrance examination. This seems more like an exercise to get youth used to high intrusion by the state.
>> a cut-down version of this, cutting out mention of the extreme cases, made it to their national archives:
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/dress-code-a-tougher-test-for-neet-aspirants/article18408741.ece


http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/deputy-jailer-suspended-in-chhattisgarh-for-social-media-post-on-tribals-torture/article18401172.ece
Deputy jailer suspended in Chhattisgarh for social media post on
tribal's torture
... "I have seen the torture. The tribal girls were given electric
shocks on their breasts and wrists. I have seen the marks and I was
horrified. Why are such small tribal girls being subjected to
third-degree torture? Our constitution and law system do not allow
such inhuman torture. It's time for us to introspect and the truth
will come out. The people getting killed on both sides (during the
Maoists-Security forces conflict in Bastar) are Indians. The
capitalistic system is being forced into Bastar, villages are being
burnt, tribal women are being raped. Is it really being done to end
the Maoism?"
>> again, look at the title. This is a WHISTLEBLOWER case, revealing inhuman atrocities committed by the State.
... Ms. Dongre could not be reached for her reaction despite repeated attempts.
>> Obviously, because she's probably DEAD already, or threatened, or beaten up or raped or tortured herself now that she's been suspended and the cops she exposed can go after her with the same powers they have over the tribal girls they've been torturing. Dear Editor, instead of protecting this whistleblower you have published her photo (obviously swiped off her social media account without her permission.. and you did mention you couldn't contact her) with her full name and basically outsourced her murder. Feeling proud?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQJycehjxmo
This Man Has Over One Billion Views, Leftists Panic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZuwoxD8tTU
Europeans Reject Muslim Immigration In HUGE Numbers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pg1JwCL7ugA
Swedish Journalist Exposes Awakening To Islamic Rape Culture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiM-cxqUVSc
Fake Stream Media Caught Covering Up Islamic Rape Epidemic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rggSGs4kdQ
UN Child Sex Ring Busted, But No One Arrested

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwUdN3OYah0
Clintons' Latest Ties To Child Trafficking In Haiti Exposed
Infowars Reporter Millie Weaver covers the latest in child trafficking
busts which, once again, point towards the nefarious operations of the
Clinton Foundation in Haiti. Just this weekend, and a little over one
day prior to a major child trafficking bust in Haiti, the Clinton
Foundation announced that it would be cutting operations in Haiti.
This followed soon after the announcement that Federal Prosecutors are
seeking child porn charges against disgraced Democratic Representative
Anthony Wiener, the ex-husband of Clinton's former chief of staff and
vice chairwoman for the Hillary Clinton Campaign, Huma Abedin. Less
than a week ago, 474 arrests were made in a Statewide Human
Trafficking bust in California which rescued 28 children and 27 adults
that were victims of sexual exploitation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qs3XoTc_R9o
The Unauthorized Biography of David Rockefeller - corbett report

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rH1FaLdABFM
Ron Paul Incredible Video Twice Removed YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjBoAQw7bgo
This Video Changed My Life: 'Ron Paul: Stop Dreaming'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Syjp9lsWBhc
Reporter gets angry and tells us the REAL news

http://www.thehindu.com/business/Economy/president-promulgates-ordinance-on-npa-resolution/article18392088.ece
President promulgates ordinance on banks' non-performing assets

http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/iit-m-makes-white-light-from-pomegranate-turmeric-extracts/article18401531.ece
IIT-M
makes white light from pomegranate, turmeric extracts

https://www.equitymaster.com/diary/detail.asp?date=05/06/2017&story=1&title=The-21st-Century-Has-Been-a-Big-Fat-Flop
The 21st Century Has Been a Big, Fat Flop

http://wideshut.co.uk/snoopers-charter-uk-most-spied-democracy/
Big Sister Gets Her Snooper's Charter: UK Becomes Most Spied On Democracy

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/29/snoopers-charter-bill-becomes-law-extending-uk-state-surveillance
'Snooper's charter' bill becomes law, extending UK state surveillance
...Home secretary hails 'world-leading' laws, which include forcing
web and phone companies to collect browsing histories
... Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group,
responded to the home secretary's "world-leading" claim, saying: "She
is right, it is one of the most extreme surveillance laws ever passed
in a democracy. The IP Act will have an impact that goes beyond the
UK's shores. It is likely that other countries, including
authoritarian regimes with poor human rights records, will use this
law to justify their own intrusive surveillance powers."
>> this UK law was rolled out in 2016. The London Parliament attack took place just recently. Has more snooping powers enabled government to fight terrorism?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsORFr5sLGo
Le Pen destroys Merkel
>> just a video.. look more at the content than the titles

https://thewire.in/103777/organophosphates-diabetes-ache/
Indian Researchers Unravel How a Common Insecticide Can Cause Diabetes
... They found that organophosphates, common in India, are broken down
by microbes in the human gut into glucose – and ask us to reconsider
their use.
>> A pesticide causes diabetes. Wow, powerful stuff.

http://bit.ly/2pgGk0k
9-part
docu-series, Vaccines Revealed

https://www.infowars.com/video-why-women-suck-at-sports/
Video: The Truth About Gender
The hysterical agenda to deny gender differences

http://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/editorial-dnaedit-lack-of-scientific-temper-2257113
#dnaEdit
: Lack of scientific temper
The secrecy surrounding the decision about GM Mustard is unacceptable
on moral and scientific grounds. The GEAC must debate and decide
openly

http://indiagminfo.org/gm-mustard-expertspeak/
>> Got an informative link on GM Mustard issue from Kavitha Kuruganti who is very involved in the whole thing and is part of delegations going to court, govt etc. It has a large listing of news articles, papers, official statements, reports etc dating from the beginning of the issue.

https://www.infowars.com/hungary-electrifies-border-wall-in-defiance-of-eu-migrant-quota/
Hungary Electrifies Border Wall in Defiance of EU Migrant Quota
Electrocution warning signs printed in Arabic

https://www.infowars.com/soros-expands-efforts-to-keep-net-neutrality-censorship/
Soros Expands Efforts to Keep "Net Neutrality" Censorship
Soros and Google have funded "net neutrality" Astroturf groups with
$72 million since 2006
>> this is some tricky wording. What the establishment implies by "net neutrality" is that they should get to censor out the things that go against their worldview. Those voices they designate as hate speech etc, and on the pretext of protecting neutrality, destroy it. Lost in this melee is the long-cherished liberty principle that at the end of the day you have to trust the public at large to consider whatever's been put out before them and make their own damn mind. To not trust that, to assume that the majority can be brainwashed and thus needs to be protected against their own free will, starts us down the path to dictatorship, and it seems that's where the western left-wing, liberal-left is going, esp the captains of internet like google, twitter, facebook, reddit, snopes etc.

https://www.infowars.com/snowden-calls-on-trump-to-drop-case-against-wikileaks-assange/
Snowden Calls on Trump to Drop Case Against WikiLeaks, Assange
"This threat to WikiLeaks escalates a long-running war of attrition
against the great virtue of the United States — free speech"
... "This threat to WikiLeaks escalates a long-running war of
attrition against the great virtue of the United States — free
speech," the letter continues. "The Obama Administration prosecuted
more whistleblowers than all presidents combined and opened a Grand
Jury investigation into WikiLeaks that had no precedent."
>> DID YOU KNOW THIS ABOUT OBAMA? He prosecuted free speech while making everyone believe he's for change, is liberal etc etc.
... "A threat to WikiLeaks' work — which is publishing information
protected under the First Amendment — is a threat to all free
journalism. If the DOJ is able to convict a publisher for its
journalistic work, all free journalism can be criminalised."
... "We've had no communication with the Department of Justice and
they have not indicated to me that they have brought any charges
against Mr. Assange," Pollack said. "They've been unwilling to have
any discussion at all, despite our repeated requests, that they let us
know what Mr. Assange's status is in any pending investigations.
There's no reason why Wikileaks should be treated differently from any
other publisher."

http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=55932
Assad, Putin Closer Than Ever To Retaking Aleppo; Families Returning
Home For First Time In 4 Years
<dec 2016>
... Vladimir Putin spoke with Donald Trump on the phone six days after
his victory on November 14th. Hours after their phone call was over,
Putin proceeded to bomb the hell out of Aleppo and wage total war.
... In just around two weeks time, Putin and Assad managed, in the
words of the IB Times, to "bomb their way to victory" in Aleppo.
Today, we learn they've reportedly retaken 35 districts in the city
and corralled ISIS and other rebel terrorists into a remaining five.
... Russia said its Syrian government allies had taken control of five
more districts of Aleppo, and had now seized 35 districts from the
rebels during an advance that has changed the course of the conflict.
... The government now appears closer to victory than at any point
since 2012, the year after rebels took up arms to overthrow President
Bashar al-Assad in a war that has killed hundreds of thousands of
people, made more than half of Syrians homeless and created the
world's worst refugee crisis.
... The rebels' loss of the eastern half of Aleppo, Syria's largest
city before the war, would be the biggest victory of the conflict so
far for Assad, securing his grip on all Syria's main cities.


https://thelogicalindian.com/world-affairs/cyber-attack/
"Unprecedented" Cyber Attack Hits 2 Lakh Computers In 150 Countries;
India 3rd Most Affected
... Once the information is encrypted, a message is displayed on the
screen declaring the same and asking the user to pay USD 300 (in
Bitcoin) if they wish to retrieve their data. Phishing emails employ
"worms" to spread the attack in a local network. If even one of the
computers in a local network is compromised because of a phishing
email, the worm spreads rapidly and automatically encrypts data in all
computers in the network. This is why Friday's attack spread so
rapidly across the world.
... WannaCry swept across Europe and Asia quickly, locking up critical
systems like the UK's National Health Service (NHS), a large telecom
in Spain, and other businesses and institutions around the world, all
in record time.
...Many commentators criticised the US National Security Agency (NSA)
for having indirectly caused the attack. The NSA had prior knowledge
of the Windows loophole that the hackers exploited on Friday, but the
agency did not disclose this loophole as they planned to exploit the
same themselves to their benefit. This exploit, known as EternalBlue,
was stolen by a group of hackers, who made it freely available in
April. The perpetrators of Friday's attack used EternalBlue to
engineer the fast-spreading worm.
>>More links:
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/13/accidental-hero-finds-kill-switch-to-stop-spread-of-ransomware-cyber-attack
'Accidental hero' halts ransomware attack and warns: this is not over
... But the spread of the attack was brought to a sudden halt when one
UK cybersecurity researcher tweeting as @malwaretechblog, with the
help of Darien Huss from security firm Proofpoint, found and
inadvertently activated a "kill switch" in the malicious software.
... "I was out having lunch with a friend and got back about 3pm and
saw an influx of news articles about the NHS and various UK
organisations being hit," he told the Guardian. "I had a bit of a look
into that and then I found a sample of the malware behind it, and saw
that it was connecting out to a specific domain, which was not
registered. So I picked it up not knowing what it did at the time."
... The kill switch was hardcoded into the malware in case the creator
wanted to stop it spreading. This involved a very long nonsensical
domain name that the malware makes a request to – just as if it was
looking up any website – and if the request comes back and shows that
the domain is live, the kill switch takes effect and the malware stops
spreading. The domain cost $10.69 and was immediately registering
thousands of connections every second.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/15/windows-xp-patch-wannacry-ransomware-wecry-wanacrypt0r
How to protect your computer against the ransomware attack
... The weakness was first revealed to the world as part of a massive
dump of software vulnerabilities discovered by the NSA and then stolen
by a group of hackers calling themselves "Shadow Brokers".
... Users of Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 8 can defend
against the ransomware by downloading the new patch from Windows.
https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msrc/2017/05/12/customer-guidance-for-wannacrypt-attacks/


https://thelogicalindian.com/world-affairs/south-korea-presidential-election/
After Overthrowing A Corrupt President, South Koreans Peacefully Elect A New One
... Furthermore, the snap election was contested by 13 candidates, the
most crowded contest in the country's electoral history. Despite this,
the winner, Moon Jae-in, won with a comfortable 41% of the vote, 17
percentage points ahead of the runner-up, the largest difference in
South Korean history. The election also saw record voter turnout of
almost 80%, fuelled by a surge of younger voters.
... Moon Jae-in is a former human rights attorney and student
activist. He belongs to the Democratic Party of Korea, and his ideas
have the potential of altering the dynamics of South Korean polity and
international geopolitics when it comes to the delicate conflict on
the Korean peninsula. The South Korean election will have extensive
international geopolitical ramifications
... The South Korean people gave a stinging endorsement of democracy
in the past months. South Korea itself is a young democracy: the Sixth
Republic began only in 1987. Young as it may be, South Korean
democracy has also proven to be inclusive and vibrant. In 2016, as
reports of Geun-Hye's corruption surfaced, millions of South Koreans
took to the streets to demand her impeachment. Thanks to the country's
activist media and passionate protestors, Geun-Hye was impeached,
prosecuted, and consecutively arrested.
... The entire process was democratic and transparent; the transition
to power itself happened in the span of a few weeks.
... A vigilant media, participatory politics, swift and sure justice,
and leaders held accountable for their actions – these are the traits
of a healthy, functioning democracy. South Korea has checked all the
boxes.
>> this is awesome. Shows it CAN be done, and a nation can change tracks PEACEFULLY in a very short time. But there's more to the scandal..

https://thelogicalindian.com/news/farmer-markets/
Thanks To Deregulation, Farmer Markets In Maharashtra Now Earn Rs 5
Crore Each Week
... According to NITI Aayog, this phenomenal increase in outputs and
profits for farmers is thanks to the government's move last July to
take fruits and vegetables out of the purview of the Agriculture
Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act. This deregulated the farmer
market and gave more power and autonomy to farmers to sell their
produce without the hassle of countless middlemen.
>> can the leftist fold reconcile with this? Their usual drive is towards regulating everything, for the farmers' "protection". Turns out those protective measures were what was killing them, and removing them can give farmers a fresh opportunity to thrive. Earlier it was retailers like Big Bazar etc who were being allowed to buy directly from farmers and that was being criticized. Understandably so, as they could use single large buyer power to bargain and hoard. But simply going forth with deregulation the whole way, and making farmers free to sell to whoever they want.. ie, farmer-centric deregulation vs retailer-centric deregulation, seems to be what worked. The leftist paradigm would have simply stopped the retailer deregulation and kept the farmers locked in APMCs.

https://thelogicalindian.com/environment/solar-power-price/
Solar Power Tariff Reaches Cheapest Point Yet; Rajasthan Sees
Historically Low Bid Of Rs 2.62/Unit
... With 8.8GW of capacity addition projected for the year ahead,
India is set to become the third-biggest solar market globally in
2017, overtaking Japan, according to the India Solar Handbook 2017.

https://www.infowars.com/trump-in-america-we-dont-worship-government-we-worship-god/
Trump: 'In America we don't worship government, we worship God'
In contrast, Obama wanted you to worship the state as God
>> question worth asking : under the pretense of atheism, do the academia and govt establishment want to REPLACE God with far more fallible themselves?

https://www.infowars.com/patients-roundup-gave-us-cancer-as-epa-official-helped-the-company/
Patients: Roundup Gave Us Cancer as EPA Official Helped the Company
Key ingredient in popular weed killer Roundup, is 'probably
carcinogenic to humans'
>> shares a cancer patient's story. Links to full article:
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/15/health/roundup-herbicide-cancer-allegations/index.html
... Sheppard is one of more than 800 cancer patients suing Monsanto,
the maker of Roundup, claiming the company failed to warn consumers
about the risk of cancer associated with Roundup products.

http://theconversation.com/what-a-new-university-in-africa-is-doing-to-decolonise-social-sciences-77181?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=facebookbutton
What a new university in Africa is doing to decolonise social sciences

https://www.infowars.com/tim-allen-stunned-and-blindsided-by-abcs-decision-to-cancel-hit-show/
Tim Allen 'Stunned and Blindsided' by ABC's Decision to Cancel Hit Show
Petition launched by fans to bring back popular conservative sitcom
... The sudden announcement led many to suggest that the decision
could have been political given the TV show's overt
conservative-leanings.
... "It was the third most watched ABC scripted series overall behind
Grey's Anatomy and Modern Family," Andreeva wrote.
... ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey told reporters Tuesday
that the cancellation stemmed merely from the decision to stop airing
comedy shows on Fridays.
>> BULLSHIT.
... Allen has made numerous headlines in recent months for discussing
the treatment of conservatives in liberal-dominated entertainment
industry. In March during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the
comedian jokingly made comparisons between Hollywood and "30s
Germany."
... "I'm not kidding. You gotta be real careful around here. You get
beat up if you don't believe what everybody believes," Allen said.
... "What I find odd in Hollywood is that they didn't like Trump
because he was a bully, but if you had any kind of inkling that you
were for Trump you got bullied for doing that," said Allen.

https://www.infowars.com/investigative-journalists-seth-rich-sent-over-44000-emails-to-wikileaks/
Investigative Journalists: Seth Rich Sent Over 44,000 Emails to Wikileaks
Evidence shows Seth Rich was leaker
>> he was murdered in the months before Hillary's nomination as presidential candidate

https://www.infowars.com/video-seth-rich-investigator-says-hes-uncovered-possible-underground-organized-crime-corruption-group/
Video: Seth Rich Investigator Says He's Uncovered 'Possible
Underground Organized Crime Corruption Group'
Case 'may actually open up a can of worms as far as what's been going
on here in DC'


https://www.infowars.com/germany-confiscating-homes-to-use-for-migrants/
Germany Confiscating Homes To Use For Migrants
Authorities in Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany, have begun
confiscating private dwellings to ease a housing shortage
... A trustee appointed by the city is now renovating the properties
and will rent them — against the will of the owner — to tenants chosen
by the city. District spokeswoman Sorina Weiland said that all
renovation costs will be billed to the owner of the properties.
>> if doing against the landlord's will, why force him/her to pay for it?
>> this article points to the potential blind spots and possibly disasters that can come from a socialist doctrine that while doing it all for good intentions, ends up doing things by force on some people. That "some" is v.small to begin with, so the moves are justified, but slowly that number grows.
... Similar expropriation measures have been proposed in Berlin, the
German capital, but abandoned because they were deemed
unconstitutional.
... "The plans of the Berlin Senate to requisition residential and
commercial property without the consent of the owner to accommodate
refugees is an open breach of the constitution. The attempt by the
Senate to undermine the constitutional right to property and the
inviolability of the home must be resolutely opposed."


https://www.infowars.com/claim-justice-antonin-scalia-believed-obama-spied-on-supreme-court/
Claim: Justice Antonin Scalia Believed Obama Spied on Supreme Court
Scalia held suspicion previous presidential administration monitored
communications inside highest court
>> this Supreme Court judge was murdered during the last months of Obama's tenure

http://ntknetwork.com/hillary-clinton-launches-unlimited-dark-money-group/
Hillary Clinton Launches Unlimited 'Dark Money' Group
The failed presidential candidate bemoaned "dark money" on the
campaign trail, but now she's launching a new 501(c)(4).
>> enabling unlimited anonymous donations : something she herself had rallied against earlier.

http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/266719/icelandic-leftist-poisons-robert-spencer-robert-spencer
Icelandic Leftist Poisons Robert Spencer
A new phase in the Left's campaign of demonizing those whom it hates.
... The most likely scenario is that this young man, or whoever
drugged me, heard that a notorious "racist" was coming to Reykjavik,
by chance saw me in the restaurant, and decided to teach me a lesson
...I should have seen it coming. After all, my visit had triggered a
firestorm of abuse in the Icelandic press, all based on American
Leftist talking points. Every story about my visit had the same
elements: the notice that the SPLC claims that I purvey "hate speech,"
which is a subjective judgment used to shut down dissent from the
establishment line; the fact that I am banned from Britain, with no
mention of the key detail that I was banned for saying that Islam has
doctrines of violence (which is like being banned for saying water is
wet) and for the crime of supporting Israel; and the false claim that
I incited the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik to kill (in
reality, I'm no more responsible for Breivik's murders than the
Beatles are for Charles Manson's). After the event, one article even
featured a big photo of Breivik, but quoted nary a thing I said that
evening.
... Not a single Icelandic media outlet that ran a story about my
coming or about the event itself contacted me for comment, much less
for rebuttal to the charges they made against me. One TV station did
air an interview with me in which the interviewer refused to believe
that I did not feel responsible for the Breivik murders, and asked me
about them again and again.
... After the event, articles in the Icelandic press included quotes
from the 50 protesters, but none included even a single quotation or
description of anything we had actually said. None quoted any of the
500 brave Icelanders who braved the hatred of the politically correct
elites to come to the Grand Hotel to hear me and Ms. Williams – a
staggeringly large number in a country of 300,000 people.
... It's clear: jihad and Islamization are not subjects that Icelandic
politicians and media opinion-makers want Icelanders to discuss.
That's all the more reason why it must be discussed.
... But meanwhile, I learned my lesson. The lesson I learned was that
media demonization of those who dissent from the Leftist line is
direct incitement to violence. By portraying me and others who raise
legitimate questions about jihad terror and Sharia oppression as
racist, bigoted Islamophobes, without allowing us a fair hearing, the
media in Iceland and elsewhere in the West is actively endangering
those who dare to dissent.

https://www.infowars.com/fake-science-reddit-users-tear-new-bill-nye-show-to-shreds/
FAKE SCIENCE: Reddit Users Tear New Bill Nye Show to Shreds
Nye exposed as anti-science SJW hack

https://www.infowars.com/exposed-government-forces-farmers-to-use-roundup/
EXPOSED: Government Forces Farmers To Use RoundUp!
Government overreach continues to harm Americans
... After 40 years of organic farming, Azure Standard farms in Oregon
is being told they will be forced to use RoundUp or similar chemical
methods of weed control — thereby ending their ability to grow organic
food.


http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/264256/war-against-stealth-jihad-william-kilpatrick
The War Against Stealth Jihad
The pitfalls and challenges.
>> checking this out to get the conflicting views. there's a lot of hyperbole going on on all sides, but in all these lie very important fact-points that need to be checked out.

https://www.infowars.com/reuters-admits-no-evidence-of-collusion-between-trump-and-russia/
Reuters Admits: "No Evidence of Collusion" Between Trump and Russia
Report completely demolishes left's Russia conspiracy narrative
... However, the true substance of the story is buried down in
paragraph six. "The people who described the contacts to Reuters said
they had seen no evidence of wrongdoing or collusion between the
campaign and Russia in the communications reviewed so far," states the
report.
... Despite no evidence whatsoever having been presented of Trump or
anyone on his campaign colluding with Russia to influence the
election, the deep state and the Democratic establishment is
intensifying its effort to portray Trump as illegitimate.
... As we document in the video below, this is likely to lead to
widespread civil unrest in major cities later this summer, with the
DNC already funding a giant "Summer Resistance program" that will set
off a chain of violent demonstrations across the country.
>> whatever happened to peaceful, nonviolent resistance and DIALOGUE? Has that been abandoned completely

https://www.thequint.com/india/2017/05/19/is-narendra-modi-pushing-gm-mustard-genetically-modified-swadeshi-bayer
Is PM Modi Pushing for GM Mustard? Swadeshi Activists Resist GMO
>> asks the questions that no bhakt dare ask and probably won't tolerate listening.. which is why it's important that these questions be asked. For me, the centralization vs decentralization aspect comes in : is it truly wise for a country, or a species even, to make such an important thing depend upon any one person? Where do we see such a structure going the next 1000 years?

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-shocking-savagery-of-americas-early-history-22739301/?all
The Shocking Savagery of America's Early History
Bernard Bailyn, one of our (America's) greatest historians, shines his
light on the nation's Dark Ages


https://www.equitymaster.com/diary/detail.asp?date=05/23/2017&story=2&title=Rate-of-Recovery-of-Bad-Loans-of-Public-Sector-Banks-Falls-Further-in-2016-2017&utm_source=VKD&utm_medium=mail&utm_campaign=e-letter&utm_content=VKD
Rate of Recovery of Bad Loans of Public Sector Banks Falls Further in
2016-2017 (India)
... Unless the government takes steps towards improving this rate of
recovery of bad loans, no serious achievements can be made on this
front. One particular point that the lawyers who deal with such things
have been making is the lack of debt recovery tribunals and the fact
that the ones that are there are not adequately staffed. This is
something that can easily be set right.
... Without addressing this point, any other moves to clean up the bad
loans of public sector banks, will not achieve much. These other moves
will basically end up postponing the resolution of the problem, which
is pretty much what they have done up until now.
... Large corporates who have taken on the loans and defaulted on it,
should not be allowed to get away scot free. Given this, it is very
important that the institutional mechanisms required to improve the
rate of recovery of bad loans are firmed up and banks are allowed to
do whatever it takes to recover bad loans from large corporates in
general and crony capitalists in particular.


https://www.equitymaster.com/diary/detail.asp?date=05/19/2017&story=2&title=The-Knives-Come-Out-for-Trump&utm_source=dr&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=e-letter&utm_content=recent-articles
The Knives Come Out for Trump
...The president is charged with chatting with the former FBI director
about ongoing investigations. Maybe he even suggested, sotto voce,
that it might be good for Mr Comey's career if he eased up on the
investigation of Trump's former national security adviser, Mike Flynn.
These things hardly seem newsworthy, let alone impeachment worthy.
Most people yawn and turn the channel to WWE wraslin'. It's more
entertaining. And more authentic.

https://www.equitymaster.com/diary/detail.asp?date=05/22/2017&story=3&title=Of-Shaky-Demonetisation-Statistics-Arun-Jaitley-and-Black-Money&utm_source=dr&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=e-letter&utm_content=recent-articles
Of "Shaky" Demonetisation Statistics, Arun Jaitley and Black Money
... Now compare the 91 lakh additions in 2016-2017 to 76 lakh
additions in 2014-2015, and suddenly the number doesn't seem too high,
given that no demonetisation was carried out in 2014-2015.
... As per Jaitley's statement 91 lakh individuals were added to the
tax base post demonetisation, which is incorrect. Meenakshi Goswami,
Income Tax Commissioner and the official spokesperson of the Central
Board for Direct Taxes (CBDT), told NDTV later in the week that "91
lakh was the total number of new taxpayers enrolled in the financial
year 2016-2017."
... Now compare the 91 lakh additions in 2016-2017 to 76 lakh
additions in 2014-2015, and suddenly the number doesn't seem too high,
given that no demonetisation was carried out in 2014-2015.
... Even if the government doesn't do anything, taxpayers get added
every year, especially when the minimum tax slab continues to remain
the same. In 2014-2015, the minimum tax slab was Rs 2,50,000, which is
where it continues to be. This basically means that inflation alone
would have ensured that more people came into the tax bracket and thus
increased the tax base.
... Hence, the total amount of undisclosed income or black money
identified by the income tax department in 2016-2017 stood at more
than Rs 31,211 crore.
... It is safe to say that in inflation adjusted terms more
undisclosed income was identified by the income tax department in
2012-2013 than in 2016-2017. In 2013-2014, the number stood at Rs
1,01,182 crore, which is significantly more than 2016-2017. And it is
worth remembering here that these numbers happened without
demonetisation. In fact, as the numbers clearly show the efficacy of
the income tax department when it comes to identification of black
money has come down since 2014-2015.
>> IT dept has been catching lesser undisclosed income since the change of ruling party in 2014.

https://www.thinkpragati.com/podcast/the-seen-and-the-unseen/1462/right-screw-education/?utm_source=VKD&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=e-letter&utm_content=VKD
The Right To Screw Up Education
>> podcast, commentary on public policy etc : an indian podcast site!

http://takshashila.org.in/the-takshashila-gcpp/
Takshashila's Graduate Certificate in Public Policy (GCPP) programme
aims to equip dynamic Indians with knowledge, skills and exposure to
public policy. The 12 week course provides a firm understanding of the
fundamentals of public policy and governance and enable participants
to apply them in their professional lives and political discourse. The
programme is designed to prepare participants to better engage in the
public arena, as analysts, public officials, leaders or indeed, as
active citizens. It is primarily delivered through online distance
learning with two weekend policy workshops, often in Bangalore. The
course is designed to be taken from anywhere in the world, and while
working.

https://www.equitymaster.com/diary/detail.asp?date=05/20/2017&story=2&title=Ambushed-by-Originarios&utm_source=dr&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=e-letter&utm_content=recent-articles
Ambushed by Originarios
>> a look at the other side of the reclaiming indigenous land rights movement. It seems we all too often forget that the "evil" people that "stole our land" died precisely some years after doing so, and the present people, be they descendants or people who bought it over, are NOT to blame for the actions of people dead long long ago. The more I see, the more I feel that the push should be about SHARING the land between both present occupiers and descendants of past indigenous occupiers, rather than the latter simply taking it away and creating a new disenfranchised class. In this particular case, the land being contested is THOUSANDS of acres! There's more than enough room to accommodate EVERYBODY - the present, old and new.

http://www.indiaresists.com/if-we-do-not-stem-the-rot-now-it-might-be-too-late-admiral-ramdas-open-letter-to-pm-modi/
"If we do not stem the rot now – it might be too late": Admiral
Ramdas' open letter to PM Modi
>> from 2015, on attacks on minorities


https://blog.mozilla.org/netpolicy/2017/05/26/aadhaar-isnt-progress/?utm_source=newsletter-mofo&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=aadhaar&utm_content=text&utm_term=4120970
Aadhaar isn't progress — it's dystopian and dangerous
>> article by mozilla foundation (the folks who brought the firefox browser and thunderbird mail client)
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