Monday, November 3, 2014

Interesting links for October 2014

India's environment at risk:
" No doubt India's laws and regulations merit reform, and the government needs investment to kick-start the energy and other infrastructure developments the country needs so badly. But Mr. Modi should heed the strong message from the courts that gutting environmental protection laws and demonizing citizen groups that raise legitimate concerns are no way to move the nation forward."

CDC Whistle Blower admits MMR Vaccine causes Autism

Ello : alternative social network as a response to Facebook
"We believe a social network can be a tool for empowerment. Not a tool to deceive, coerce, and manipulate - but a place to connect, create, and celebrate life."

Gandhi painted as superheroes like Hulk, Spiderman.. and the thinking behind it, what they convey, shared by the artiste.

18 Chilling Stories Of Everyday Sexism In India That Reveal The Horrors Of Gender Based Violence

With The Delhi Re-Election Approaching, Here's How AAP Is Trying To Get It's Act Together

Moradabad, UP: 2 muslim youths died trying to save a hindu girl who had fallen into an open sewer pit

Ashish Khetan: After watching the visuals from Madison square and White House, do watch this documentary as well. I have seen it dozens of times. And I could never spot a Muslim or a Hindu in the film. I could only see poor and despairing victims and savage, godless criminals. I could only see innocent childhood scarred by forces of hate. I could only see helpless women ravaged by bestiality. I could see my own mother, my sister, my daughter in the frames. And I could see the brutal chief of a bloodthirsty mob. Let me know if you could spot a leader in the rousing oratory of hate, a good Hindu in the rioting mob and a bad Muslim in a half-burnt corpse.

Water is the new oil: How corporations took over a basic human right
"to just divert more water doesn't make any sense. We need a new model that isn't about urbanization, that doesn't support megacities, basically. And we need to stop thinking we can somehow reroute water to some giant megacity because that's not happening around the world. It's just getting more and more and more expensive, so we've got to start thinking about the cost of all of this. There are some movements in architecture like the re-localization movement, which is about de-urbanization and about building compact, sustainable walking cities. And so there are tons of ideas for how we can do things differently, but I think we need to move people, not water."

The great charter school rip-off: Finally, the truth catches up to education "reform" phonies
Fraud, financial mismanagement, lousy results: Reports highlight awful charter schools and people are catching on

Redacted Tonight

"Ekirch's research found that we didn't always sleep for an average of 8 hours straight. Instead we would sleep in two shorter periods throughout the night. All sleep would occur within a 12 hour time frame that started with 3 or 4 hours of sleep, followed by being awake for 3 hours or so and then sleeping again until the morning."

Salt-Water Powered Car Gets Approval In Europe - Yes It's Real
"After making its debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show (pictured) in March, the saltwater technology has now been certified for use on European roads." (source)
Nanoflowcell AG is the company behind the design, and they are currently preparing the technology for mass production.
'We've got major plans, and not just within the automobile industry. The potential of the NanoFlowcell is much greater, especially in terms of domestic energy supplies as well as in maritime, rail and aviation technology"  - NanoFlowcell AG Chairman of the Board Professor Jens-Peter Ellermann.

Hydrophobic dry nanotechnology

Shockwheel : bicycle wheel with bows instead of spokes that absorb shocks

Water glider / water skipper : personal cycle-like vehicle that floats and drives over water. Driver has to hop up and down to drive the vehicle.

Patent document of a fuel-less sea-glider, which copies the techniques of sea mammals like dolphins to use their muscles to shrink their bodies and compress the inhaled air, becoming heavier then water and get pulled down, and forward (gliding); and then at a depth they release their muscles, enlarging their bodies, becoming lighter, and so are pushed up, and glide forward too.
So, rather than expend energy in continuously propelling an object forward, once can simply use a much smaller amount of energy to compress/expand the object and thus be propelled forward by gravity and buoyancy.

UK Launches First Floating Solar Field Thats Produces 200KW Of Power
The technology is durable, cost effective and so flexible that it only took us a week to install a 200kW system with over 800 floating panels."

App for flagging dirty public places
independent, open source

Planning ahead for the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhi, this drive promises to denude Gandhi of the substantive ideas he was associated with. If this effort goes on for five years, the next generation would remember Gandhi for cleanliness (only).

Ojas's play O Womania

Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us
An economic system that rewards psychopathic personality traits has changed our ethics and our personalities

Masdar City video

ULTra PRT | Fully Charged
Driverless pod-cars in H


Megaliths found in Russia
the authors aren't very well-informed about similar findings elsewhere in the world, so don't go too much on the article.

Ebola treatment : Blood transfusion from ebola survivors is helping cure other patients of same blood type, to reinforce their blood with the antibodies that have been successful in countering the virus. but is being unreported and even discouraged officially. US's first victim's family has also expressed anger about him being denied blood transfusion.
These blood transfusions are being highly valued by people and medical personnel on the ground in the affected countries.
Another doctor who got cured in Africa like this and then returned to US, is going to "pay it forward" and give his blood to an NBC cameraman who has contracted the disease.
The experimental drugs being used to try and cure from Ebola, also use the same strategy, of re-inforcing the patient's blood with more antibodies, but with artificial patented antibodies made in a much more complicated way.
It has a 80% cure rate, as opposed to Ebola's 80% kill rate.
This kind of turns the tables : Similar to how the disease can spread, even the cure can be spread from human to human via blood transfusion!
The official agenices are coming out against it, because this is a natural cure. 
Another video: Natural ways to fight ebola revealed by scientists

India Jones and the Election of Doom - Daily Show Discovers India's Media Might Be Worse Than Americas - Jon Stewart 5/21/2014

Julian Assange's show on RT, where he interviews some controversial world figures... a lot of truths tumbling out

E-Cat, a free energy technology working on cold fusion and without radioactivity effects. Report.

...after pressure from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office, permission was granted for the 3,000 megawatt Dibang plant, the construction of which will mean clearing some 4,000 hectares (9,900 acres) of forest.
...The plant is one of hundreds of projects, many of which were repeatedly rejected in the past, that have been approved since Modi came to power in May.
...In the five months since it came to power, Modi's government has relaxed several environmental rules to make it easier for companies to build new projects.

A comprehensive article on the UFO subject, with lots of links to good, some official, content on the matter.

How the global meat and seafood industry is rarely pointed fingers at but is responsible for most of the world's forest destruction, a huge chunk of the carbon emissions, and widespread emptying out of the oceans.

UK Govt's officially declassified UFO archives

Biodynamic organic farm located in Anand, Gujarat.

Project Madison : Crowdsourcing legislation

Simple rainwater harvesting systems that "flush" the first (and dirty) water.

15 Participatory Budgeting projects from around the world that give power to the people

Bija Vidyapeeth (Earth University) is Navdanya's learning center located at the Navdanya Biodiversity Conservation Farm in Doon Valley, Uttarakhand, nestled between the Ganga and the Yamuna, the Shivalik and Himalayan mountain ranges.

Gift Economy registry where people can create requests / wishlists and people can give. It operates on trust.. it doesn't take any money or anything from the gifter. The gifter basically makes a pledge here, then it's up to him/her to ensure that what they've pledged reaches across to the recipient, whose address etc will be given.

M T Keshe Foundation : anti-gravity technology, radiation remediation, etc

"libertarian municipalism"

Local economies can be strengthened through the large purchasing power of local institutions. Here's how USA's second largest school district is doing it. 

Tabula is a tool for liberating data tables locked inside PDF files.
If you've ever tried to do anything with data provided to you in PDFs, you know how painful it is - there's no easy way to copy-and-paste rows of data out of PDF files. Tabula allows you to extract that data into a CSV or Microsoft Excel spreadsheet using a simple, easy-to-use interface. Tabula works on Mac, Windows and Linux.
Tabula was created by journalists for journalists and anyone else working with data locked away in PDFs. Tabula will always be free and open source.

A perspective on Egypt's recent history from 2011 to present, by someone involved with international human rights and justice, who's been there and seen what the international media didn't publish. While it's clearly a perspective and in no way "unbiased", I'm finding this consistent and coherent and being able to explain and string all of the events together in a uniform narrative.

This man is revealing his career as a journalist was based on lying to the people as dictated by "intelligence services" including CIA and in Germany among others.
Dr. Udo Ulfkotte speaks out on Russia TV

After allegations against NGOs, now the Intelligence Bureau is calling the Supreme Court also anti-national.
This has got to be one of the dumbest reports from an Intelligence agency that claims to work for the safety of 1 billion+ people. After seeing this, I'm thinking, "no wonder all those terrorist attacks on India could be done so easily".
The language, style of writing looks like the typical spam-comments we see posted under most articles, FB posts that in some or the other way challenge the status quo.

Rwanda Starts Testing American Visitors for Ebola; Nigeria was declared Ebola-free Monday by the World Health Organization, whereas US and Spain are not.

Mainstream Media Covers Up Possible Life Saving Ebola Treatment 
Dr. Kent Brantley and others who have contracted Ebola have been eager to receive and to pass on blood from survivors of Ebola.  He received blood plasma antibodies from a patient he treated in Africa that survived.  After Dr. Brantley survived, he donated plasma antibodies to the next American doctor to be infected, Dr. Sacra who also recovered.  Brantley has also donated blood to two others who are still fighting Ebola: Ashoka Kukpo, the NBC cameraman, and Nina Pham the first Dallas nurse to contract the disease.
Brantley is not the only medical worker who appears to believe the treatment is effective.  Will Pooley, the British nurse who survived Ebola, flew to Atlanta to offer his blood and a Spanish Ebola survivor flew to Spain to give her blood to a Spanish priest with Ebola, but arrived too late.
In Africa, demand for survivors' blood has created a "black market" that the World Health Organization (WHO) says needs to be shut down with help from governments.
As mainstream media casts doubt on convalescent serum's effectiveness, it promotes the GMO drug ZMapp as a "miracle". 

A Hundred Days Closer to Ecological and Social Suicide

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: A world of freebies : HT, about Daryadil dukaan, freecycle and the Free Store 

When a weaker caste faces menace and violence from a powerful caste, it doesn't show a lack of sanitary infrastructure. It shows a lack of sanity ... Whatever else, the Badaun tragedy should not be made into a rallying cry to build toilets. No matter how noble a cause it is to build toilets for those who need them desperately, the murder and rape of two teenagers by members of a powerful caste is not the occasion for that message. 

A benefit corporation or B-corporation is a corporate form available in certain U.S. States, designed for for-profit entities that wish to consider society and the environment in addition to profit in their decision making process.

Ello, a new social networking platform has declared itself as a Public Benefit Corporation. This empowers it to raise investments without having to worry about investors pressurizing it into selling ads, etc.

Santhosh George of WePlant India, which promotes the planting of indigenous, location-specific fruit trees in public places, believes planting fruit trees will enhance biodiversity and fight malnourishment. "In northern India, trees such as mango, jamun, guava, pomegranate and gooseberry grow well, while in the south, it's mulberry and papaya. In northeast India, we promote the planting of oranges, plums, and sometimes apples, because they do well there."

TorFi project, a hack of TP-Link routers, is suspended, developer's account deleted.
The project aimed at creating routers with turnkey Tor protection and support for OpenVPN connections—allowing users to route all their Internet traffic either through Tor's "onion router" network or a virtual private network provider of their choice.

Prakashvata - book review. Autobiography of Magsaysay Award winner Dr. Prakash Amte (son of Baba Amte) who has devoted his entire life on the 'Lokbiradari Prakalp' project, working in the forest of Hemalkasa, district Gadhchiroli in Maharashtra, India.

About the cyclone that slammed Vishakhapatnam, and caused damages estimated between Rs.60k and 70k crores. The Central govt has announced aid of Rs.1k crore.

Prof. Anil Sadgopal's talk on Gandhi and Ambedkar's vision for Education in India, at SM Joshi Hall, Pune, 2 Oct 2014

Excerpt : "reveal that Cohen had been in Afghanistan in 2009, trying to convince the four major Afghan mobile phone companies to move their antennas onto US military bases. In Lebanon he quietly worked to establish an intellectual and clerical rival to Hezbollah, the "Higher Shia League." And in London he offered Bollywood movie executives funds to insert anti-extremist content into their films, and promised to connect them to related networks in Hollywood."

Amazing revelations, even those from a few years back are still as striking as on the day they were revealed. The dark side of the global control empire revealed in all its horror.

Norway Joins the Race to Develop Killer Robots

Company (ClearPath Robotics of Kitchener, Canada) pledges it won't develop killer robots
"vouched to not manufacture weaponized robots that remove humans from the loop"

An open-sourced-at-development-stage "free" energy project (ie, "free" for those who haven't accounted for a source of energy yet untapped by mainstream science)
I love the ethos, the feminism and collaboration-over-competition being brought into the whole thing. - for sharing large files over LAN, computer to computer (includes wifi network) doesn't need any software to be installed on client comps, they just web-browse to the host's IP address. (windows OS)

Donation page for organisations featured on Satyamev Jayate (online.. via netbanking etc)

Suresh Ediga has come out with a good compilation of changes made to
different laws pertaining to Envrionement, Forest, Wildlife

Diaspora : A social network whose software is distributed open-source across several independent servers around the world. Functionally is nearly just like facebook but your data is not in a central server, can host it away from NSA backdoors etc, we can even host our data on our own server. : choose a "pod", set up an account and you're in. : some interesting developments. Yet another example of how an honest statement by the hosts about increased usage by terrorist orgs led to mainstream media going overboard and defaming them. The same conditions which may attract terrorist groups : freedom from spying, tracking and intervention of big govt and big corporates : equally make it better for all citizens to move to this platform. It's like saying that an oasis in the desert is bad just because a gang of bandits chose to drink from it.

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