Monday, February 2, 2015

Interesting links for January 2015

Revisiting the legend of Niyamgiri - ASHISH KOTHARI
"The rules laid down by Niyam Raja, the spiritual source of the territory, included the protection of forests and rivers, common custodianship of resources rather than individual property, and sharing of labour and its fruits. In such a situation, major incursions like mining and big roads and factories were simply taboo. Leaders like Laddo Sikaka and Dadhi Pusika were also clear that they did not want Niyamgiri to go the way towns like Muniguda and Bhubaneshwar did, where the water cannot be drunk and the air cannot be breathed without falling sick, where houses have to be locked when people go out, and where women face harassment on a daily basis. Building roads through the territory, they knew, would only bring exploitative forces in. And having realised that getting individual plots under the Forest Rights Act could encourage individualisation and more deforestation, the community has demanded that the entire territory be recognised as a habitat right under the Act, with a single title in the name of Niyam Raja."

Cows, hens, frogs, ducks and earthworms-these are only some of the 'workers' helping C. Srinivasan to convert garbage into gold. Srinivasan, who appeared on the Don't Waste Your Garbage episode, spoke about the 'Vellore model' of solid waste management which involves both animals and human beings in reusing and recycling waste. After the show, people from all walks of life approached him to learn more about handling waste responsibly. He us tells us more here.

Top 5 Most Positive Stories of 2014 | Light at the End of the Tunnel

A top German Journalist and Editor Dr. Udo Ulfkatte has just gone public with some shocking admissions. He basically admitted what all of us who read the alternative media such as BeforeItsNews have known for a long time - the entire mainstream media is totally fake! He went into a very detailed talk in this video and spilled the beans about everything! He talked about how the CIA gets control over all of the major journalists.

[Kerala] To make State fully organic by 2016
The government has initiated efforts to promote organic farming in all Assembly constituencies.
Minister for Agriculture K.P. Mohanan said here on Thursday that the initiative was designed to encourage farmers to switch over to organic methods of cultivation, under a project to convert Kerala into a fully organic State by 2016. Kasaragod district had already switched over to organic farming in the pilot phase of the project.

Who is really offended with 'PK'?

About DRACOs.. a type of medicine developed by MIT in 2011 that can kill any viral infection while leaving the body's normal cells alone. But also about the timing of the Ebola scare, how it was mysteriously dropped from most media coverage recently, and why the government's attention is mainly on expensive and dangerous vaccines when cheaper, more effective cures are already around. (The Ebola GM vaccine was pushed into fast-forward more during the scare.. why did solution like DRACO get forgotten?)
This is not just about Ebola.. EVERY virus outbreak (Swine flu, H1N1, SARS, Polio..) could potentially be resolved by these solutions that are being ignored.

"1. You have the ability to transform boundaries into horizons"...

A great question to think about: Did our planet come equipped with authorities and policies preventing food from being transported where it is needed or [preventing] land to be freely inhabited or farmed according to need? No, no and no. 
"I don't believe that focusing on merely controlling population growth is very constructive if we don't change the way the population operates on this planet."

"Let's ask ourselves, how comfortable are we with this, how safe are we, how happy living in this world, and how fair and rational has it become? Maybe, we have no real reasons to worry, argue and ask awkward questions? Maybe the United States' exceptional position and the way they are carrying out their leadership really is a blessing for us all, and their meddling in events all around the world is bringing peace, prosperity, progress, growth and democracy, and we should maybe just relax and enjoy it all? Let me say that this is absolutely not the case." - Putin

The youth have to come forward because they have no money. They have no voting rights. But they have got something that no one else has, and that is the moral authority. That is the future. And the obligations we naturally feel towards our own children, towards children we love, they all come to the surface when we can-- when we actually speak to youth about the future they face.

Major parallels between 1930s and now

Skeletons of remains of giant humans predating the Native Americans in North America destroyed in early 1900s by Smithsonian.. stories of coverup and evidence destruction done by archaeological institutions in order to protect the simplistic evolution theories.
Related : Huge cemetary discovered in Egypt, carrying around 1 million bodies, including red-haired and blonde-haired people:

A mysterious phenomenon has been affecting the waters of the Jordan River in Eastern Israel, near its junction with the Yarmouk River. Thousands of dead fish and aquatic animals have accumulated on the shores of the river over the last hours, as the color of the water has turned to an eerie blood red and began emanating a strong sulphurous smell.

Weird and mysterious... and relating to the UFO cases of animal mutilation documented by Linda Moulton Howe.

Finite and Infinite Lovers: Changing the Game of Love

Photo-story of a man who turns 100 this year, who begs on the streets not for himdself but for collecting money for orphanages.

Understanding the Fibonacci Sequence and Golden Ratio. The second video there gives a great, simple explanation of the spiral / fibonacci system used by plants and animals in growing.
One new thing I learnt : Center of Gravity : maintaining the sequence during shell or horn growth, or leaf /branch sprouting, keeps the center of gravity at the same place. So, nautilus and rams can support their shells/horns in the same posture even when they grow bigger and bigger; trees stay erect and do not lean or fall to any side as they grow.

Awesome 3D popup greeting card made using HTML5. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

A climate change insight : it is not the absolute quantum, but the nature of rainfall that is changing; that is getting more extreme and causing damage:
 "After the first rains, rainfall disappeared for 15 days, then there was one very heavy bout and then again nothing for nearly a month, which was again followed by a heavy bout. And that was all. There was nearly no retreating monsoon showers which are so crucial for the rabi crop. The heavy intense rains didn't help crops, nor did the long dry spells." 

Marathi language monthly magazine on meaningful economics, based in Pune

DAISY : An ebook format developed for visually challenged but it has far-reaching applications. Synchronizes individual lines with audio, so a user can navigate it like a book, insert bookmarks, browse to chapters, etc.

Earth map rendered on 3d globe.. so beautiful...

Smal, fast application to browse maps on despktop

A gold mine for people wanting to learn more about HTML5, web servers etc. I'll recommend this to anyone who wants to learn things in computer science, particularly web-based applications.

games made using HTML5!

Economic Collapse a Mathematical Certainty - Top 5 Places Where Not To Be : vid made in 2011. Radical? Yes. Prescient? Yes. 

David Icke Exposes the Difference Between Judaism and Zionism, Between War and Genocide, and Between Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism
I'm only noticing this right now : Obama did not bring any other people of colour in his staff. All the main positions are held by people nearly identical to Bush's administration. Including people who are publicly steadfasts zionists. It's just been a nominal black-placement in the President's seat. If a genuinely multiracial regime had come to Washngton, as people believed at the 2008 US elections, we'd be seeing a totally different kind of administration in Washington.

How algorthms in Facebook, Google search etc are making the internet even more censored / bubbled for most people than mainstream mediums were

Scholarslip: A documentary about the student debt crisis

The Most Worthless College Majors
Taking out a 50,000 Dollar loan to....

Facebook timeline cleaner : you can delete all your account activity, posts, etc

Are Elections in India free and fair?

A wonderful article comparing and contrasting Satyagraha and Terrorism

"Mr. Obama will be forgotten while Sharmila's acts of conscience prompt us to rethink history."

"Our terrorists and our security discourses seek only dominance and control, not understanding. The discourse that Mr. Obama spouts shows little understanding of the evils enacted by the U.S. Narendra Modi shows little sense of the suffering of the North East. In fact the term North East is itself a violence to the diversity of communities in the area. The women of Manipur are asking for the gift of normalcy, the right to everydayness which allows a citizen to pursue life and liberty."

"As I sat and wrote this article on a cold winter's day, while roads all over Delhi were blocked in a display of efficiency, I wondered who would survive as history; who would be the greater exemplar of politics and the politics of hope that democracy creates.

Would it be Narendra Modi and his dreams of India as Prussian state? Was it Mr. Obama, the President, who promised so much and offered so little, desperate to create a few crumbs of history by clinching a nuclear deal with India? Or would it be Irom Sharmila and her craft of peace, seeking normalcy, an ordinariness in a society which prefers the state as a constant spectacle, and where politics is a continuous act of conspicuous consumption in terms of security, luxury and the pomposity of power? To me, the quietness of Sharmila wins over the noise of the Modi-Obama political machine.

As a satyagrahi, I am sure Sharmila would have liked to send them a greeting card, inviting them to come to Manipur. I think it is the Irom Sharmilas, the Mahasweta Devis and the Ela Bhatts who have to colour the imagination of India and take it beyond the triteness of state politics. The storyteller has to return to narrate these events, for what goes as news today is a travesty of peace and history."

Full text of interview with Arvind Kejriwal, 31 Jan 2015

AAP's Blueprint for Delhi, an outcome of Delhi Dialogue, an initiative to conduct a comprehensive study of the problems that plague Delhi and take stock of the aspirations of its citizens. This was used to create a concrete, feasible and long-term roadmap and vision for Delhi.

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