Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Interesting links for November 2014

The story of Alandya Dongar, by Sumant Joshi
Alandya is the name of the mountain (dongar in Marathi) which has been literally shaved of it's forests mainly because of the flawed forest policies of the Indian government.

Made by Shubhada / Vasudha Nirmitee
 (Hindi) GM Crop Trials or Genetic Gamble? Rahuri 29 october 2014 
Non Vaccinating Pediatrician Shares Her Experience
"In my practice, and that's all I can speak for, children with Crohn's and ulcerative colitis and asthma and Asperger's and autism and pandas, have all been vaccinated. And my unvaccinated population, which is several hundred, if not maybe a few thousand, I don't have one autistic kid in that group."

Anti-GM protest and visit at Rahuri, MH where field trials are going on in an agri university without proper oversight. This video by Vasudha Nirmitee group covers the whole event, incl explaining the issue in detail, in Hindi language (which I'm seeing for the first time)

The Wayseer Manifesto

P Sainath: 100 Days of Narendra Modi Government and Sycophant Media 

Ireland's Streets Turn to Rivers of People, 1 Million, Wiping Out New Tax on Water #IrishWater

100k Protest Austerity in Brussels (Belgium), Police Repression Sparks Riot

The Man Who Creates Artificial Glaciers To Meet The Water Needs Of Ladakh
"This low cost model used only locally sourced material and help from the local community. Norphel has successfully built 10 glaciers so far. The smallest one is 500 feet long in Umla and the largest is 2 km long in Phutse.
His efforts have increased the agricultural production, thereby increasing the income of the locals. This has also reduced the migration to cities. His simple technique has brought water closer to the villages, and most importantly, made it available when the villagers need it the most."

Among other things, blowing the lid off rampant sexual harassment in the restaurant business in US and other countries.
"Raise" has also meant to rise against social discrimination and stigma given to workers, and the de-valuing of their integral contributions to society.

The best parts of this article have nothing to do with the new PM or related.. rather it's a long-term historical narrative of what makes India's oppressive and entrenched bureacracy what it is.

"In 2006, I decided to collect fruit flies across the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, and I couldn't find very many.
And then I realized, there wasn't any rotting fruit on the ground.  And considering that every farmer, every landowner would put up fruit trees in that part of the world, you look at the fruit trees and realize there's hardly any fruit on them.
And of course, that's why there weren't many fruit flies.
And then it dawned on us, where are the pollinators? And that point, we realized there aren't many bees and butterflies.
So we started counting the bees, the butterflies, the dragonflies, the spiders, and the grasshoppers.
And that's when we realized that all of the groups we looked at showed significantly lower numbers in the most-contaminated areas."

"The students placed six trays filled with Lepidium sativum, a type of garden cress into a room without radiation, and six trays of the seeds into another room next to two routers that according to the girls calculations, emitted about the same type of radiation as an ordinary cellphone.
Over the next 12 days, the girls observed, measured, weighed and photographed their results. Although by the end of the experiment the results were blatantly obvious - the cress seeds placed near the router had not grown. Many of them were completely dead. While the cress seeds planted in the other room, away from the routers, thrived."

simple experiment on plants : one given stove-boiled and cooled water, the other given microwaved and cooled water.

Putin: Russian Economy Won't Be Dominated by 'Dollar Dictatorship'

We really need to start taking the truth movement in its full, need to stop avoiding some things because they're inconvenient.

A good reference point for Indians.. beware of the cult of making one fallible human being your hero and saviour.

I'd come across this news as soon as it had happened... repeating it here as an eye-opener to people who think high-level corruption, a criminal ruling elite and extreme suppression of truth aren't the reality of the USA.

"The State Department acknowledged that the crew of the destroyer USS Donald Cook has been gravely demoralized ever since their vessel was flown over in the Black Sea by a Russian Sukhoi-24 (Su-24) fighter jet which carried neither bombs nor missiles but only an electronic warfare device.
As the Russian jet approached the US vessel, the electronic device disabled all radars, control circuits, systems, information transmission, etc. on board the US destroyer. In other words, the all-powerful Aegis system, now hooked up - or about to be - with the defense systems installed on NATO's most modern ships was shut down, as turning off the TV set with the remote control.

The Russian Su-24 then simulated a missile attack against the USS Donald Cook, which was left literally deaf and blind. As if carrying out a training exercise, the Russian aircraft - unarmed - repeated the same maneuver 12 times before flying away."

Turkish Hackers Crack Electric Utility; Delete $670 Billion Of Pending Bills, Freeing Millions of Turks From Debt

"…if anything is clear from the evidence presented at trial, it is that the last thing Mr. von NotHaus wanted was for Liberty Dollars [to] be confused with coins issued by the United States government…His intention - to protest the Federal Reserve system - has always been plain."

Amazing architecture, a kaleidoscope of colours and breathtaking symmetry: Stunning images show the beauty of Iranian mosques

Big collection of news... real news!

All the shocking invasions into privacy that Facebook Messenger app does

The whistleblower who cost JPMorgan $9 billion speaks out

Germany and Bulgaria Confirm Strong Opposition to GM Crops
"Germany's Farm Minister Christian Schmidt and Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov both confirmed their countries' strong opposition to GM crops on Friday.

"Bulgaria's position on that matter remains unchanged – Bulgaria does not support allowing GM crops to be sold on the market and produced on the territory of the EU," said new Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov"...

"One gene produces one protein." "Each gene has a specific function."
This is the basis for the modern biotech industry, and it applies most definitely to GMO crops.
And it is false.
So for example, when Monsanto says the genes they insert in plants only serve to protect the plants from the herbicide Roundup and have no other function, they're making it up. 

Information about budgets, procurement and expenditure enable citizens to find out where their taxes are spent, and to ensure that elections are free and fair. Election information, legislation, and key societal infrastructure data such as maps and postcodes should be open to all.

Budget visualization, open data publishing, management etc tools.. 

Electricity generator that runs on water; preumably taking forward Stanley Meyer's water-powered-car technology. Being marketed as one for off-the-grid, outdoor purposes so as to avoid oppressive licensing regimes that would prevent it.

The Peoples Free Energy Show, With HopeGirl on The One Network
Online radio talk show

Gujarat makes voting in local polls (panchayat and municipal) compulsory

Clean air a fundamental right, says green court

A cancer treatment, shared by Kimberly Gamble on a video by Thrive.

Technology to create Synthetic petroleum-fuel from carbon dioxide and water

Magrav (Magnetic-Gravitational) technology : videos explaining

Florida company announces mass production of biofuel made of waste

Nassim Haramein and team.

Mapping ecological conflicts and spaces of resistance

From April 2013, "Dr.Swamy had argued that EVMs must be scrapped because they are not tamper-proof. They could be retained only if there was transparency via a paper trail, so that every voter knew that his vote had been registered correctly. Even Japan, which started the process of electronic voting had now reverted to paper ballots. Many other countries had also fallen back on paper ballots for the same reason.The commission, which had stubbornly resisted the demand for either scrapping EVMs or introducing a paper trail, began to display some reasonableness in the matter after Dr.Swamy moved the Supreme Court and a Bench comprising Justices P.Sathasivam and Ranjan Gogoi declared that it would hear the matter on a priority basis, so that the proceedings concluded before the next parliamentary election."

..and now, Sep 2014:
Belittling concerns about the same case, the author passes along a claim as if it was a fact; despite only "repeated assurances" and no actual explanation or evidence provided: "Despite fears of EVM tampering having been proved wrong, "... when just over an year earlier the opposite has been proven. The article aims to paint as irrational the concerns raised, to belittle local groups in J&K advocating against relying on paperless EVMS, and instead of addressing the concerns, goes into polarizing the peoples of Gujarat and J&K, unnecessarily making the issue all about Gujaratis' honour instead of about J&K's people's genuine right to a free and fair election.

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