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)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Looking at common traits behind a stand (vz Aadhar / UID)

Thinking on this after reading this article:

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 - op-ed by
Mozilla Foundation

Regarding the debates about the compulsory-making of Aadhar card or
UID system in India, or many other such things,

At a fundamental level, I have seen that its advocates have a deep
distrust in people in general and believe that it takes a firm hand,
meaning doing things against people's free will, to make good things
happen. And for them, making those good things happen is far more
important than respecting people's rights.

They do not seem to like it when we point out to them that the worst
things in history have been carried out by people who thought in the
way they did, or that the wisest people in history were completely on
the other side of this philosophy and would never stand for this were
they alive today.

I also see an inability to think a few moves ahead, to think
mutl-dimensionally or to plan for failures of the system they're
proposing (ie, they are confident the system WILL work as stated and
nothing else can possibly happen). It's ironical that by putting the
achievement of a purpose over and above respecting fundamental rights,
they are doing the exact thing that will guarantee that the particular
purpose they want to achieve WILL NEVER BE ACHIEVED. There is an old
saying : "Those who give up a little liberty for a little more
security end up losing both" : the "both" part hasn't really gotten
through to these folks.

Also I don't see any possibility of them taking responsibility in case
something goes wrong with the solution they want to impose on
everybody else. So it's power without accountability.

And then, and here's where my conservative lens come in: All the
advocates seem to have an urge to fix people's problems, rather than
wanting to leave others alone and be left alone. They believe in a
policy of intervention rather than a policy of non-intervention. And
the reasons are of course all very noble. This of course is the
unexpected twist in my analysis : for this is a trait common to even
people who profess to be on the liberal side.

Let me try to see this all from the perspective of maturity, of what
it takes to be a mature person.
Would a mature person practice disregard for others' rights?
Would a mature person focus on the immediate requirements and
sacrifice long term good for the sake of now?
Would a mature person declare everything that applies to him/her as an
exceptional case and hence say that all of history, all similar cases
in past and at other places, don't apply?
Would a mature person think everybody else apart from him/her has
something wrong with them and needs to be protected against their own
will?
Would a mature person want to interfere in other people's matters?

What you like it if your neighbor was a mature person as indicated by
the questions above, or an immature person?

Now, do I think EVERYBODY out there is like this? Not quite, (Else
what difference would there be?) I really feel that in these matters
of the mind the mainstream media decides which side will be more
dominant. They can easily keep coverage on concerns low and promissory
benefits high and that is all thats needed to make one believe that
the benefits outweigh the harms. Consecutively, I see that those who
keep the mainstream at arms length and are conscious that there is a
narrative and a bias, don't buy into these things so easily. But I
also see that there are a batallion of philosophies, core assumptions
about life that converge to produce an opinion on any matter like the
Aadhar / UID.

And the while those who do hold some things like fundamental rights as
sacred, would get affected by articles like the one linked above at
some point, for the advocates I mentioned, it would have no effect at
all for the reasons mentioned. If they don't give a shit about the
concerns to begin with, then restating them has no effect. Rather, I
think the focus should be on illustrating the next steps (or things
that will happen) they haven't thought about, and in putting across
the 'BOTH' in that proverb. Making the point that the things they are
so desperate to achieve, will never be achieved through the solution
they have adopted.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Story about a father on mothers day

This story was shared on whatsapp by a frequent forwarder friend, and it moved me. So sharing it here to put it out there in case it hasn't made it to the open web yet. I also noticed from this the sheer stubborn-ness of the man's folks - and the absolute wastedness of it all. Worth thinking: what can you do so that your children never treat their kids like this when they become grandparents; never get coercive like this? What can you do to ensure YOU don't become like this in your last years?

He was pruning  the plants..sitting in the posh arbour of ******international school,heat and dust didn't seem to affect him.
"Ganga das,principal ma'am wants to see you right now"
The last two words of peon had lots of emphasis on them,trying to make it sound like an urgency  .
He quickly got up,washed and wiped his hands and headed towards principal's room.
The walk from the garden to the office seemed never ending,his heart was almost jumping out of his chest..he was trying all the permutation n combination ,figuring out as to what has gone wrong that she wants to see him urgently...he was a sincere worker and never shirked away from his duties...
*knock knock*..." Madam,you called me?"
"Come inside..."an authoritative voice laced with crispness made him further nervous,
Salt n pepper hair,tied neatly in a french knot,a designer sari-sober and very classic,glasses resting on the bridge of her nose...
She pointed out towards a paper kept on the table...
"Read this"
B..but ma'am I am an illiterate person,I can not read English.
Ma'am please forgive me if I have done anything wrong...give me another chance ...I am forever indebted to you for allowing my daughter to study in this school ,free of cost...I could have never ever dreamt of such a life for my child.......   And he broke down almost trembling,,
"Hold on,you assume a lot...we allowed your daughter because she is very bright and you have been our sincere worker..let me call a teacher in,she will read it out and translate it to you...this is written by your daughter and I want you to read this"
Soon enough the teacher was called and she started reading it,,,translating each line in Hindi...
It read-

"Today we are asked to write about Mother's Day ...
I belong to a village in Bihar ,a village where medical and education still seem like a far fetched dream.many women die every now and then while giving birth.My mother was one of the too,she could not even hold me in her arms.My father was the first person to hold me..or perhaps the only person.every one was sad..as I was a girl and I had "eaten up" my own mother.
My dad was instantly asked to remarry but he refused.my grandparents forced him by giving all logical,illogical and emotional reasons but he didn't budge.my grand parents wanted a grandson,they threatened him to remarry else he will be disowned...
He didn't think twice...he left everything,his acres of land..a good living,comfortable house,cattles and everything that counts for a good lifestyle in a village.
He came to this city with absolutely nothing but me in his arms.life was tough,he worked hard day and night..raised me with tender love and utmost care .
Now I understand why suddenly he developed a dislike for things that I would love to eat but there was only one left in the platter....he would say that he hates eating it and I would finish it considering that he does not like it....but as I grew older I realised the reason and what sacrifice is all about.
He gave me the best possible comforts  beyond his capacity.
This school gave him a shelter,respect and the biggest gift-an admission to his daughter...
If love and care  defines a mother...then my father fits in there ,
If compassion defines a mother,my father fits in well in that category too,,,
If sacrifice defines a mother,my father dominates that category .
So in nut shell..if a mother is made of love,care sacrifice and compassion...MY FATHER IS THE BEST MOTHER ON EARTH THEN.
On Mother's Day,I would like to wish my father for being the best parent on earth...I salute him and say it with pride that the hardworking gardener working in this school is my father.
I know I will fail this test after my teacher reads this but this would be a very small price one would pay towards an ode to the selfless love of my father.
Thanks"
This was a silence in the room...one could only hear soft sobbing of Ganga das....harsh sun could not wet his clothes with sweat but soft words of his daughter had soaked his chest with tears....he was standing there with hands folded..
He took the paper from teacher's hands...held it close to his heart and broke down.

Principal got up..offered him a chair,glass of water and said something.....strangely the crispness of her voice was taken over by warmth n sweetness....
"Ganga das..your daughter is given 10/10 marks for this essay...this is the best essay ever written about Mother's Day  in the history of this school.we are having the Mother's Day gala event day after tomorrow and the school authority has decided to invite you as the chief guest...for the event...this is to honour all the love and sacrifice a man can do to raise his children...to show that you do not have to be a woman to be the perfect parent...n most importantly this is to reinforce/appreciate/acknowledge the strong  belief of your daughter in you,,,to make her feel proud..to make the entire school feel proud that we have the best parent on earth as stated by your daughter..,,you are a true Gardner,,,who is not only looking after  the garden but also nurturing the most precious flower of your life in such a beautiful way....

So Ganga das will you be our chief guest for the event?"

....
....
(Well, I know not many schools or people in today's scenario will show such a beautiful gesture....but this is my minuscule   attempt in bringing out a difference/change ...and I will feel worth if this narrative could motivate even a single soul who is reading  this.

"Khabar hai hamein bhi..
Samaj ki mitti main
Iss  nayi soch ko ugne main
Waqt toh lagega abhi...
Par hum bhi ummed ka
Beej bone ki himmat rakhte hain" )

Need for scrutiny into env min's sudden demise after #gmo meeting

I am curious to know the time between the anti-gmo delegates meeting him (reported on 17 may) and anil dave's demise (reported on 18 may). Seems to be very close. This is the second sudden demise of a serving member of cabinet in the present administration. It would be a conspiracy to not scrutinize.

First: Natural causes. I want the reader to first and foremost eschew the idea that sudden deaths happen naturally and are normal. No, people do not die suddenly when dying naturally. There are articles crediting his demise to cancer. I'm sorry, but people dying of cancer die slowly, with the body weakening over hours and days and the patient being admitted in hospital the last days of his/her life. A patient dying of cancer is extremely unlikely to be leading any kind of professional life. But Anil Dave was a serving Environment minister, and was active : he met a delegation of anti-GMO activists and spent a long time interacting with them. It would be worth checking if anyone he met thought he's very ill? I don't think so. Still, let it be a possiblity. Fine. Now let's check out the other possibility.

If there was foul play, then it follows that he received some information in his meeting with the delegates that may have changed or solidified a stance in contravention to what higher powers wanted. If that is so, the delegates who provided that info are next.

The end goal being tight control over food and health of a billion people, i wouldn't say there's no motive. People have killed for far less. It can also be that the person found himself trapped between what he'd been ordered and the gravity of what he would be enabling, and it took its toll. All those petitions and calls to action are testimony that the situation was dire indeed.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Ransomware : DON'T PANIC, you're fine!

Hi friends, the "ransomware" virus threat is NOT something to panic
over, pls stop spreading scary messages.

You are at risk only if you use an un-updated Windows OS or winXP, and
are receiving emails in a desktop mail client on your own company's
mail (ie, not in gmail, yahoomail etc : Those have their own antivirus
systems) and if you're stupid enough to open and run executable
attachments that are visibly suspicious.

Images : the usual stuff you share on email : are NOT dangerous. If an
excel/ppt has some executing code then MS-Office asks you upon opening
and you can easily click NO. MP3s and videos will either play or error
out; not take over your system. Whatsapp and your android/iphone are
FINE. Net-banking, other web services continue to work fine. This
ransomware is not a spying thing : the "don't type your passwords"
advice is for other keylogging spywares that most anti-virus apps can
already protect you from.

Links for info:
https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msrc/2017/05/12/customer-guidance-for-wannacrypt-attacks/

https://thelogicalindian.com/world-affairs/cyber-attack/

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/13/accidental-hero-finds-kill-switch-to-stop-spread-of-ransomware-cyber-attack

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/15/windows-xp-patch-wannacry-ransomware-wecry-wanacrypt0r

If you want to live a digital life that is free from constant virus
scares, start using the free and open source Ubuntu OS or one of its
many flavours. I use Lubunutu, and it lets me use my older laptop
comfortably.
http://www.lubuntu.me

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Article on wheat

Got this in a whatsapp group. Ties a lot of loose end together. Confirmation is awaited, but for now just for consideration i think its worth sharing:

<quoting an anonymous author here on>

*Wheat article:*
The Wheat being grown now is not the same grown a 100 years back.
A new take on wheat.
⛔🍞🍔
Read this article *it will change ur life* if you remove all the (wheat) bread; roti, cakes, biscuits, pizzas, Samosa etc from your diet.

*Do You Have A "Wheat Belly"?*

A renowned cardiologist explains how eliminating wheat can shrink your belly . . . and save your health.

*Cardiologist William Davis, MD, started his career repairing damaged hearts through surgical angioplasty and stents.

*"That's what I was trained to do, and at first, that's what I wanted to do," he explains. But when his own mother died of a heart attack in 1995, despite receiving the best cardiac care, he was forced to face nagging concerns about his profession.*

"I realized how silly it was," he says. "I'd fix a patient's heart, only to see her come back, and back and back with the same problems. It was just a band-aid, with no effort to identify the cause of the disease."

So he sailed his practice toward highly uncharted medical territory–prevention–and spent the next 15 years examining the causes of heart disease in his own patients.

The resulting discoveries are revealed in Wheat Belly, his New York Times best-selling book, which attributes many of our nation's physical problems, including heart disease, diabetes and obesity, to our consumption of wheat.

He spoke to us this week about how exactly *eliminating wheat can "transform our lives."*

*First of all, what is a "wheat belly"?*
I make a lot of arguments about the dangers of wheat, one of which is that it raises your blood sugar dramatically. In fact, *two slices of wheat bread raise your blood sugar more than a Snickers bar.*

When my patients give up wheat, I see that weight loss is substantial, especially from the abdomen. People can lose several inches in the first month.You make connections in the book between wheat and a host of other health problems.

How did you come up with this theory?
Eighty percent of my patients had diabetes or pre-diabetes.

I knew that wheat spiked blood sugar more than almost anything else, so I started to say, "Let's remove wheat from your diet and see what happens to your blood sugar." They'd come back 3 to 6 months later, and their blood sugar would be dramatically reduced.

But they also had all these other reactions:
"I removed wheat and I lost 38 pounds." Or, "my asthma got so much better, I threw away two of my inhalers."

Or "the migraine headaches I've had every day for 20 years stopped within three days." "My acid reflux is now gone."

"My IBS is better, my ulcerative colitis, my rheumatoid arthritis, my mood, my sleep . . ." and so on, and so on.
So what is it about wheat that you think causes all these problems?

When you look at the makeup of wheat, it's almost like a group of evil scientists got together and said, how can we create this god-awful destructive food that will ruin health?   

First, amylopectin A, a chemical unique to wheat, is an incredible trigger of small LDL particles in the blood–the number one cause of heart disease on the United States.

When wheat is removed from the diet, these small LDL levels plummet by 80 and 90 percent.

We've had a situation where the national advice–to cut fat and eat more whole grains–is advocating a diet that causes heart disease.
You also talk about the "addictive" properties of wheat.

Wheat contains high levels of gliadin, a protein that actually stimulates appetite. Eating wheat increases the average person's calorie intake by 400 calories a day.    

Gliadin also has opiate-like properties in the brain, so it's not surprising that when some people remove wheat from their diets, they literally go through a period of withdrawal where they feel terrible.

Food scientists have known this for 20 years, and they've used it to their advantage. If you go up and down the supermarket shelves, you're going to see wheat flour in the most improbable places—everywhere from Campbell's soup to granola bars.

Is eating a wheat-free diet the same as a gluten-free diet? I know that's a major trend right now.
Gluten has negative, inflammatory properties, but it is just one component of wheat.

In other words, if I took the gluten out of it, wheat will still be terrible for you since it will still have the Gliadin and the amylopectin A, as well as several other undesirable components.

They've come out with all these foods that are gluten free: gluten-free multi-grain bread, gluten-free bagels, etc.
Those are made with 4 basic ingredients: corn starch, rice starch, tapioca starch or potato starch.
And those 4 dried, powdered starches are some of the very few foods that raise blood sugar even higher than wheat does!Sounds like all the "fat free" foods that came out 10-15 years ago. People thought "these cookies are good for me because they don't have fat."Perfect analogy. Yes, it's the same kind of blunder.

What about the the health breads and the sprouted breads?
No. They still retain too much of the adverse wheat compounds–leptins, amylopectin A, gluten and gliadin. You might reduce the amount of some of the compounds, but they're still there.

I encourage people to return to real food: vegetables and nuts, unpasteurized cheese and eggs and meats in all forms, avocados and olives.

People have been eating it for thousands of years, why is it suddenly such a problem?

Wheat really changed in the 70s and 80s due to a series of techniques used to increase yield, including hybridization and back crossings. It was bred to be shorter and sturdier and also to have more gliadin, a potent appetite stimulate.

The wheat we eat today is not the wheat that was eaten 100 years ago. Wheat has also become a much more central part of the American diet.

What if I remove the wheat, but I'm still eating carbohydrates?

So, for example, I stop eating my sandwich every day, and I start eating rice with chicken and vegetables. Will I still have the health benefits? Will I still lose weight?Most do, yes. Because rice doesn't raise blood sugar as high as wheat, and it also doesn't have the amylopectin A or the gliadin that stimulates appetite. You won't have the same increase in calorie intake that wheat causes.

That's part of the reason why foreign cultures that don't consume wheat tend to be slenderer and healthier.Does everyone need to stop eating wheat, or are some people more at risk for these problems than others?

If you ask me, everyone should stop eating wheat. This is the closest I know of to something that will transform your life.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

A prediction on GM Mustard issue

Making a prediction to test out a theory; need witnesses; later if it works i don't want to be told it was made in hindsight. So APOLOGIES.

Prediction: the GM mustard issue is an orchestrated emergency. the great leader will step in at last minute and pass an executive order (like has been done earlier) to save the day and we will all rejoice that we have such an astute leadership looking after our wellbeing.

If the prediction turns out false then that's good news. If it turns true then it means there is a manipulation game afoot and well-intentioned activism is being made part of the con.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Fwd: Letter to Chtsgrh Gov, and why we need an alt-right movement in India

personal note: This is one example of why we need an alt-right movement in India.. because the conventional right is filled with hypocrites who would gladly condone the actions reported here. The very idea of a government dismissing officers by getting offended by fb posts, as well as the idea of a government going overboard with taxpayer-funded security for corporate interests rather than letting them pay for and handle their own security, stinks to high heaven of big-brother government / communism, which any self-respecting conservative ought to be opposed to right from the get-go. But instead today we have a rightist fold in India which seems totally glad with being full-on communist when the gun is pointing at those they disagree with. The alt-right will need to get back to basic principles of conservatism and reject this hypocrisy.


Letter from NAPM to Chattisgarh govt: (and we need to depend on the left for raising this awareness thanks to the vacuum on the right)

 

Sub:    Revocation of suspension orders of upright, Dalit woman officer, Ms. Varsha Dongre, Asst. Jail Superintendent, Raipur Central Jail and restoration of peace and good government in the V Schedule adivasis areas of Bastar – Reg.

Respected Balram Das Tandon ji and Shri Raman Singh ji,

We the undersigned, representing a large number of people's movements and organizations, across India, as the National Alliance People's Movements (NAPM), are writing to you with a deep sense of anguish regarding the arbitrary suspension of a young and dynamic dalit woman officer of your state, since she publicly expressed concerns over the serious human rights abuses of young adivasis girls in the jails of Chhattisgarh.

You are already, we believe, aware of the facts of the matter, which are in public domain. The officer in question, Ms. Varsha Dongre, Assistant Superintendent of Raipur Central Jail, published a post on her personal Facebook account last week (which she later deleted), wherein she expressed pain over the avoidable loss of lives (jawans, adivasis and Maoists) and stated that after all it is Indian citizens who are being killed in this mayhem. She wrote about the general displacement in the V Schedule adivasis areas and alienation of adivasis from land, forests and rivers, in violation of constitutional safeguards, for corporate interests.  She also shared her horrifying first-hand experience of witnessing the stripping, electric shock, sexual and other forms of torture of minor adivasis girls in the police stations and jails, including how the breasts of some of them were squeezed to check if they are lactating (and, therefore, not Maoists!).  

While we do re-iterate our condemnation of the recent killings of 25 CRPF Jawans by the Maoists and express our heart-felt sympathies for the families of the deceased, we would also like to state that the military counter-offensive to an essentially political problem is only jeopardizing the possibilities of peace in the region, for the ordinary adivasis. The state government cannot ignore or be a party to the gross violations of people's rights in the name of 'combing operations' and combating Naxalism. Varsha's post reinforces the worst face of this combat i.e. inhuman torture of young adivasis girls, which by no stretch of argument can be justified.

We are of the considered opinion that akin to any other equal citizen of India, Varsha is entitled to her views, as long as they are within the framework of the Constitution of India. Having seen her posts, we are convinced that not only the views she put forth, but the manner in which she conveyed them were also well-within the constitutional limits. Varsha has also raised very pertinent questions about the 'developmental approach' of the State which would never lead to resolution of the conflict, as long as the adivasis are not respected as the primary stake holders and decision-makers in their 'development'.

You good selves are well-aware that the Hon'ble Supreme Court, CBI, NHRC, National ST Commission have in the past expressed serious concerns about the human rights violations in the Bastar region. Infact the NHRC recently confirmed many of the grave allegations against the police and para-military in the state, including the rape of 16 adivasi women and also directed payment of interim compensation, pending further penal action.

We are pains to understand as to how Varsha's post, which infact speaks of safeguarding the Constitution in the interests of the adivasis, has violated the service and disciplinary rules. Her post does not in any way reveal any departmental secrets or confidential state information. All that she has stated is information available in public domain and also in reports of various authorities. Instead of going into a defensive mode and suspending an upright officer who speaks from experience and concern for the law of the land, we think it would be appropriate and necessary for the state government to initiate necessary course-correction and to begin with, undertake a rapid inquiry into the serious allegations of torture of adivasis girls and ensure that such instances are not repeated whether in jails or police stations and wherever such instances have taken place, stringent action, as per law is guaranteed.

It has come to our notice that the preliminary investigative officer Mr K.K. Rai who was required to probe the matter in seven days, gave Varsha only 2 days to file a reply, which she did, in the form of a detailed 376-page counter, annexing directions of the Supreme Court, CBI, NHRC, Planning Commission's Expert Group etc. We find it intriguing as to how the senior jail authorities issued a suspension order, holding her face book post irresponsible, wrong, misleading and in violation of the service rules and posted her at the Ambikapur Central Jail, before assessing her reply and giving her a full hearing. Clearly, basic principles of natural justice seem to have been taken lightly by the state government here. 

We would infact like to know from you as to why senior officers like Mr. SRP Kalluri had a free hand in using social media posts to vilify adivasis, human rights and peace activists and lawyers working in the area and as to why till date the state government has not considered any effective disciplinary action including suspension or charge-sheeting him (except transfer, that too after NHRC's multiple interventions) ? Why no action on Mr. Indira Kalyan Elesela, SP of Sukma who stated, in the presence of Mr. Kalluri that human rights activists should be "crushed on the highway using advanced motor vehicles". These differential approaches in dealing with officers give an impression that the state government is primarily motivated by the questionable political policies and not by any service rules or violations, thereof.

As an officer from a marginalized (SC) community, who has a proven record of high integrity, starting with her very entry into the State service when she approached the Bilaspur High Court against irregularities in the Chhattisgarh Public Service Commission examination and selection process, Ms. Varsha has demonstrated her concern for upholding the law. We find it necessary to quote the relevant observations and directions by Hon'ble Chief Justice Mr. Deepak Gupta of the Chhattisgarh High Court while delivering an 88-page judgement on 26th Aug, 2016 in Writ Petition No. 4028/2006, filed by Ms. Varsha on the CPSC irregularities:


"The Petitioners have fought a long drawn out battle. It is only because of the persistence and tenacity of the Petitioners, especially Ku. Varsha Dongre that these irregularities, acts of corruption, nepotism, favouritism etc. have been brought out. Therefore, Chhattisgarh Public Service Commission is burdened with costs of Rs.5,00,000/- in the writ petition of Petitioner Ku. Varsha Dongre, which shall be paid to her and Rs. 2,00,000/- in the other writ petition where both the Writ Petitioners will get Rs.1,00,000/- each. Exemplary costs have been awarded because of the totally false stand taken by the Chhattisgarh Public Service Commission earlier and its obstinacy in not correcting the mistakes for which permission was granted to it on its own application by this Court vide order dated 26.10.2007. The costs be paid on or before 31st October, 2016".

Notably, even in her latest face book post, Varsha has only repeated her request to the state government to ensure implementation of constitutional safeguards in the V Schedule adivasis areas. Such officers, we earnestly feel, must be valued and their concerns, which are in the interest of the people and rule of law must be addressed; rather than being harassed in this manner.  In the light of the above, we urge you to consider this matter in utmost seriousness and immediately ensure:


a)     Revocation of the suspension orders of Ms. Varsha Dongre and her re-instation at the Raipur Central Jail.

 

b)     An independent inquiry by a Retired High Court Judge into the allegations levelled by Ms. Varsha, especially torture of adivasis girls at the police stations and in jails.

 

c)      Peace and good government in the adivasi areas of Bastar, as mandated by the Constitution of India and scaling down of military offensive with a parallel initiative to build peace in the region with the involvement of local adivasis, human rights and social organizations.


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We look forward to a response to this letter and immediate action as
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requested.

 

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Thanking You and with regards,

Signed by the National Team of Advisors, Convenors and Special Invitees of NAPM

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