Friday, May 1, 2015

Interesting links for March and April 2015

So here comes another omnibus links dump! I missed the passing of March into April, and now we're in May. I got busy with some work and discontinued putting in interesting links, so missed a lot of things. Still, this collection is awesome.

World's first lagoon power plants unveiled in UK

What Yogendra Yadav and Bhushan said about the AAP in their letters
>> Valid points made by the two! Good feedback, must be acted upon now. Why all the accusing??

Activists vs Arnab Goswami Part II: Now an open letter 
Explaining how the activists were denied a chance to articulate their views on a news show, the letter stated that " Not only were their mikes at times muted, they were repeatedly heckled and subjected to hate speech," with Goswami as the anchor, "encouraging, even orchestrating and amplifying these responses."
"Not surprisingly then, an opportunity to question the accusations raised by the Government was not allowed. Instead, Government allegations were presented as self-evident facts by you as the anchor. You went on to claim that you had the 'facts' to prove the 'anti-national' character of one organization in particular and activists in general. While the responses of the activists on these panel were deliberately distorted, you as the anchor insinuated baselessly that the said activists were employing 'hackers', and that they had 'deposed against India'.
Bringing attention to a previous show in which a panelist had allegedly called two feminists on the panel as 'Naxals who believed in free sex', it said that the terms had been used as tools of abuse against them. 

According to the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), in an area that is proclaimed as "disturbed" (today disturbed areas are present in Assam, Kashmir and Manipur provinces), an officer of the armed forces has powers to:
    After giving such due warning, Fire upon or use other kinds of force even if it causes death, against the person who is acting against law or order in the disturbed area for the maintenance of public order,
    Destroy any arms dump, hide-outs, prepared or fortified position or shelter or training camp from which armed attacks are made by the armed volunteers or armed gangs or absconders wanted for any offence.
    To arrest without a warrant anyone who has committed cognizable offences or is reasonably suspected of having done so and may use force if needed for the arrest.
    To enter and search any premise in order to make such arrests, or to recover any person wrongfully restrained or any arms, ammunition or explosive substances and seize it.
    Stop and search any vehicle or vessel reasonably suspected to be carrying such person or weapons.
    Any person arrested and taken into custody under this Act shall be made over to the officer in charge of the nearest police station with the least possible delay, together with a report of the circumstances occasioning the arrest.
    Army officers have legal immunity for their actions. There can be no prosecution, suit or any other legal proceeding against anyone acting under that law. Nor is the government's judgment on why an area is found to be disturbed subject to judicial review.
    Protection of persons acting in good faith under this Act from prosecution, suit or other legal proceedings, except with the sanction of the Central Government, in exercise of the powers conferred by this Act.

July 2004: Women Rage Against 'Rape' in Northeast India 

The Buck Stops Here - Greece is Fighting to Save Europe

Four Reasons Young Americans Should Burn Their Student Loan Papers

Mysterious Fireball Explodes Over Kerala, India - February 27, 2015 (Video)

Linda Moulton Howe on ET Resurrection Anunnaki and Interdimensional War 

UFO over Donetsk: Skyline cam catches light in time-lapse

Holy crap its actually there.. 48°35'22.04"N 98°21'24.07"W

The mysterious bright spot on Ceres has a companion

Example of vaccine coercion being encouraged : of schools not allowing non-vaccinated kids to attend

Mystery of the Crystal Sphere of Atlantis

Mysterious Giant Clouds Spotted On Mars, 150 mile High Plumes Coming Off The Red Planet 


Read the first comment posted here.
"The Sony breach was an inside job. 100 terabytes is too big to transmit over the Internet. At top broadband speeds it would take 661 24/7 days at top US speed; and, 2,315 day to transmit to S. Korea (and general Asia Pac Rim) at their top transmission speed. This breach is not perpetrated by hackers. 100 terabytes of is basically a snapshot or complete system back-up of all the information on disk arrays. All that is required is physical access to the monitor that triggers the back-up of Sony's data."

UFO mystery in France goes on, again a UFO spotted next to the Eiffel Tower - Feb 27, 2014 

Built scaled up replicas of gold trinkets recovered from tombs, put propellers on them, and successfully flew them.
" At the August, 1997 meeting of the " Ancient Astronaut Society World Conference," gathered in Orlando, Florida, the two researchers presented their independent findings on the "insects." Those assembled literally cheered when Belting's model (powered by a small jet engine - left) flew a set of complex aerodynamic maneuvers … and then came in for a perfect landing - all with a model airplane built as an exact match to a tiny gold trinket found in an Incan grave … dated minimally to over a thousand years ago!"

Venezuela : Marudo: The Northern IMPERIAL Power Has Entered A Dangerous Phase Of Desperation

China Sides with Russia over Ukraine Issue
Speaking in very clear and explicit language, something diplomats are not used to doing, the Chinese ambassador said the "nature and root cause" of the crisis was the "game" between Russia and Western powers, including the United States and the European Union.
    He said external intervention by different powers accelerated the crisis and warned that Moscow would feel it was being treated unfairly if the West did not change its approach.
    "The West should abandon the zero-sum mentality, and take the real security concerns of Russia into consideration," Qu was quoted as saying.
    His comments were an unusually public show of understanding from China for the Russian position. China and Russia see eye-to-eye on many international diplomatic issues but Beijing has generally not been so willing to back Russia over Ukraine.
As noted above, China has long been very cautious not to be drawn into the struggle between Russia and the West over Ukraine's future, not wanting to alienate a key ally.
And yet, something changed overnight, with this very clear language, warning some could say, that China will no longer tolerate Pax Americana, and even the mere assumption of a unipolar western world, let alone the reality.

Geopolitically, Russia, India, and China Just Sent a Powerful Message Westward

China "Pivots" Everywhere Based on a "New Type of Int'l Relations Centered on 'Win-Win' Cooperation" BUT NOT the US's "Bully-or-Bomb Exceptionalist" Approach

Aruna Rodrigues noted that the Technical Expert Committee (TEC) Final Report (FR) is the fourth official report exposing the lack of integrity, independence and scientific expertise in assessing GMO risk (see here).
The four reports are: The 'Jairam Ramesh Report' of February 2010, imposing an indefinite moratorium on Bt Brinjal, overturning the apex Regulator's approval to commercialise it; the Sopory Committee Report (August 2012); the Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC) Report on GM crops (August 2012) and the TEC Final Report (June-July 2013). There is a remarkable consensus here.
The TEC recommended an indefinite moratorium on the field trials of GM crops until the government devised a proper regulatory and safety mechanism. No such mechanism exists, but open field trials are being given the go ahead, regardless of a history of blatant violations of biosafety norms, hasty approvals, a lack of monitoring abilities, general apathy towards the hazards of contamination and a lack of institutional oversight mechanisms

Edward Lucas, the senior editor at The Economist magazine, made in fact a self-defeating confession in his speech at the Munich security conference: "Why do people watch RT so avidly? Because they think that the mainstream media is not telling them the truth and they are fed up with the political elite in our countries."
"Indeed, the best propaganda you can do against Edward Lucas is just to quote him in full. His words speak for themselves."

Hidden Chemtrail Airfield outside Las Vegas: Chemtrail plane airfield accidentally discovered 20 miles outside Las Vegas, NV, ….came upon this Airfield in the middle of no where full of white Chemtrail planes. ...a trail of dust heading towards us and a black SUV with 4 armed men came ….got very agitated and told us we needed to leave immediately…

Beware the Cult, Arvind Kejriwal

Gandhi's Anti-Vaccine Views Ring True A Century Later

'Impossible' space drive tested by NASA foretells future of deep-space travel
The drive's creator, British scientist Roger Shawyer
"demonstrated a remarkable new space propulsion technology. [It] has successfully tested both an experimental thruster and a demonstrator engine which use patented microwave technology to convert electrical energy directly into thrust. No propellant is used in the conversion process."
In short, if the results hold up, humanity can say goodbye to huge energy consumption costs associated with space travel, and say hello to deep-space missions and distant world exploration at a fraction of the cost and at 100 times the speed. 

Problems with wheat

 The whistleblower continues to lead a secretive existence in Russia, where he's been stranded since June 2013, hiding from his own government, which is seeking to prosecute him for his crimes behind closed doors.
"I've told the government again and again in negotiations, you know, that if they're prepared to offer an open trial, a fair trial in the same way that Dan Ellsberg got, and I'm allowed to make my case to the jury, I would love to do so," Snowden said. "But to this point they've declined." 

'Citizenfour': Documentary shows Snowden reunited with dancer girlfriend in Moscow

India's Daughter: since the Delhi rape things have got worse 
The current government has been blatant in its complete disregard for implementing safety measures for women and girls. And the rapes and physical attacks continue.

At least part of this is because the attitudes displayed on film by the rapist and his lawyer are not unusual - they are widespread across India (and many countries) in all sections of society.

Trying to hide this, or prevent others from knowing about it, is not a solution. Instead, we have to confront this head on, precisely because this extreme form of patriarchy is so pervasive. Knowing our enemy - within and without - means facing all this, no matter how repulsive it may appear, because only then can we ever hope to change it.

Delhi govt has a public grievance monitoring system

When it comes to Mr Modi, we are all in the dark
- by reputed journalist Vinod Mehta, now deceased.
"...has neither submitted himself to open questioning in a press conference nor given a credible one-on-one interview."

India Central govt's budget for 2015-16

Renewable energy sector left high and dry (2015-16 Union Budget)

The Khudai Khidmatgar (Servants of God) Movement: Badshah Khan and the Northwest Frontier in British India (1933-1937)
Ghaffar Khan, who is also known as Badshah Khan and the "Frontier Gandhi," formed the world's first nonviolent army, a force of perhaps 100,0001 Pathans who took a solemn oath in joining the "Servants of God" movement, with each stating that "since God needs no service… I promise to serve humanity in the name of God. I promise to refrain from violence and from taking revenge. I promise to forgive those who oppress me or treat me with cruelty. I promise to devote at least two hours a day to social work".

"has become a benchmark for contemporary Muslims organizing nonviolent resistance rooted in the Islamic tradition. "

It seems to me that this outfit, whatever the name it decides to call itself by, will be a harbinger of what seems to be seeking to make its appearance worldwide - a post-party politics and post-party democracy. The possibility that it might become a party and yet not be one, is interesting and new - though I am aware that there are many among Kejriwal's confidantes who would like it to become a party right away. If these advisors have their way, we can rest assured that it will be the end of this interesting new experiment.

SSC students to donate PMC scholarship to waste pickers' children

Demetri and Bruno
A stray dog in Athens explores the ongoing Greek crisis from a very different perspective.
Al Jazeera documentary

Limits sought on GMO corn as pest resistance grows
* Rootworm gains ground; seed producers criticize EPA proposal
U.S. regulators for the first time are proposing limits on the planting of some genetically engineered corn to combat a voracious pest that has evolved to resist the bug-killing crops, a potential blow to makers of biotech seeds.

Here Shri Om Prakash Dhankhar, Minister of Agriculture, Haryana talks about the harmful effects of Greeen Revoultion...the growing cancer.......hazards of Bt Cotton etc.
Here he emphasize on the promotion of organic Farming. The Drought Fighter >> Awesome, long, detailed article on no-till farming.
some links on Farmer Paul Kaiser.
At Singing Frogs Farm they are earning around $100,000 an acre, per year. This is unheard of in traditional farming and made many in the audience take note.
And yet he uses no conventional or organic pesticides, fungicides or herbicides. The reason for this is that even though the organic chemicals don't harm humans, beneficial insects are still killed. By the way, he also has virtually no weeding to do.

Israeli forces respond to Women's Day march with violence
Published Saturday 07/03/2015 (updated) 08/03/2015 18:19
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) - More than 30 Palestinians, mostly women, were injured as Israeli troops forcibly dispersed a peaceful march marking International Women's Day at Qalandiya checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah on Friday.

Corporate Media Ignores Report of U.S. and Israeli Operatives Arrested Aiding ISIS
More evidence U.S. and Israel directly aiding ISIS
A story over the weekend stating American and Israeli military advisors were arrested in Iraq aiding ISIS was not reported by the establishment media.
According to Iraq's Sarma News Agency and the Iranian Tasnim News Agency, the four foreign military advisors were captured during a military operation in the Tal Abta desert near the city of Mosul in Iraq's Northern Province of Nineveh.
Three of the arrested men were dual U.S.-Israel citizens and a fourth Persian.
On Thursday Qasim al-Araji, the head of the Badr Organization in Iraq, told parliament on Thursday he has evidence the U.S. is arming the Islamic Army, according to a report carried by the Arabic language Almasalah.

Ecuador Alerts Public to CIA Actions Across the Continent
"They destroyed our democracy"
The Foreign Ministry is backing a new book outlining CIA actions in Ecuador to raise public awareness of interventions committed by the organization.
Imprisoned on various occasions and subjected to numerous interrogations, Dr. Jaime Galarza Zavala is one of the estimated 120 direct victims of the CIA's record in Ecuador.
Persecuted by the CIA for his political organizing, Galarza described to teleSUR English that "they told me that I was working as a guerrilla in the Dominican Republic. I, to this day, have never visited the Dominican Republic. But they accused me of being a guerrilla leader in the Dominican Republic. And this was a common theme with various interrogations."

 Climate change: why the Guardian is putting threat to Earth front and centre

As global warming argument moves on to politics and business, Alan Rusbridger explains the thinking behind our major series on the climate crisis

It is our great collective misfortune that the scientific community made its decisive diagnosis of the climate threat at the precise moment when an elite minority was enjoying more unfettered political, cultural, and intellectual power than at any point since the 1920s
Naomi Klein
>> Can't help but feel that the two are in some way interconnected, eh?

The West Losing Control of the Narrative and It's Really Starting to BUG THEM …
Edward Lucas, the senior editor at The Economist magazine, made in fact a self-defeating confession in his speech at the Munich security conference: "Why do people watch RT so avidly? Because they think that the mainstream media is not telling them the truth and they are fed up with the political elite in our countries."

Recently an international collaboration of concerned economists released a new set of free and downloadable course material for first year economics students that aims to teach the subject "as if the last 30 years had happened." 'The Economy,' an e-book produced by the CORE Project, was released on February 17. 

Teaching economics as if the last three decades had happened

If they are unconscious, don't make them tea. Unconscious people can't answer the question, "Do you want tea?" because they are unconscious.

No peons or bells for Delhi government's aam-aadmi panel
At the office of Delhi Dialogue Commission, appointees will work as the aam aadmi. The no-frills office will not have any peons to carry files from one desk to another. There will be no bell to press for a cup of tea—officials have to help themselves.

Rana Ayyub: Why I believe Sanatan Sanstha is behind Dabholkar and Pansare's murder
Investigating agencies have various evidences to back up their claim while the investigation is underway.

The great Indian wedding drama: Bengaluru girl's rebellious matrimonial website goes viral

Wikipedia sues NSA, full text of lawsuit

Internet needs stricter curbs than print, TV: Centre to SC

The CIA Campaign to Steal Apple's Secrets
RESEARCHERS WORKING with the Central Intelligence Agency have conducted a multi-year, sustained effort to break the security of Apple's iPhones and iPads, according to top-secret documents obtained by The Intercept.

Pollution is changing the way China does politics

GM Mosquitos with a genetic "kill switch" that will make their offspring die being released... what if this trait transfers to other species?

Changes in NDA's land Bill only cosmetic
Amendments skip key controversial issues

Shit man, this is sooo Ridiculous!

PC App to automatically change color tone of screen to warmer tone at night, to reduce straining of eyes.

Transitioning a company to an employee-owned one

Madhya Pradhesh government today has over 2000 centres offering free generic medicines and plans to establish 52000 more such centres. #MumkinHai

>> example of media bias : Zero coverage of what AAP govt has DONE in delhi. This article is solely focussing on the rift among the party's leadership.

The non-patentable treatment Ronald Reagan and several others have taken to make a full recovery from cancer
According to Dr. Hans Neiper, the world-renowned German cancer doctor who administers the 8th Element therapy, "You wouldn't believe how many FDA officials or relatives or acquaintances of FDA officials come to see me as patients in Hanover."

Google allowed 282k users' personal details be seen on doing WHOIS searches on websites whose makers sought to protect their identities. And this was going on for years.. they only just fixed it.
>> Something tells me this wasn't entirely accidental.

AGENDA FOR ARVIND - Govt goes local even as city waits for CM 

Great source for daily news on India.. hand-picked articles that matter

Rs.5,40,000 crore subsidy to India's richest people this year

Victory for Priya Pillai and Greenpeace and all activists seeking to expose government's violations to the world

Delhi govt plans to honour trees for cleaning city's air
Deputy CM Manish Sisodia told TOI that this Rakshabandhan, he would like the women to tie rakhis around trees as a mark of respect for the role they are playing to keep the city safe from high levels of pollution.
"This is just a plan but if we honour our brothers, why not do the same for trees which serve such an important purpose in our lives," he said. 
>>Awesome symbolic idea. But why only women? As a man, I also tie rakhi to my sisters and brothers for caring for me. Men in Delhi should tie rakhis to the trees too. God knows it might do wonders to the Delhi men's attitude too.

Mapping Chicago with bike riders using @LeafletJS, data from @DivvyBikes (rough draft):  

A person who happens to have a degree from IIT, thought it's a good idea to murder his family when a lab erroneously gave him HIV+ test result.

"I strongly believe that AAP leaders are not a breed that seeks personal gains. I believe the real conflict is not between personalities or different core principles. Rather it is between priorities."

Another twitter account giving just short updates of major decisions by Delhi CM office:

Describing thought germs.. how they infect and spread just like germ germs. And importantly, how seemingly opposing angry thought germs are actually complimentary and dominate the thoughts of all.
Brilliantly animated video.

Across the globe, countless women are standing up to the ravages of climate change – and to the governments and big businesses who are allowing it to destroy the world

Aam Aadmi Party has to give good govt in Delhi, change the system: Arvind Kejriwal

Firechat : chat app, anonymous, off-the-grid using bluetooth
>> This is what I've written about some yrs back.. peer-to-peer mobile communcation would bring in the second telecommunications revolution that would disrupt the hold of centralized grid networks, and enable people to communicate walkie-talkie style. This is still in early stages, bu already the most basic part : public chatting : is possible, which is quite big in itself. This app was used extensively by protestors in Hong Kong.. the Chinese authorities couldn't 

Why a messaging app meant for festivals became massively popular during Hong Kong protests

Big at SXSW: FireChat Bypass Cellular and WiFi Networks

Spirit Science : Animated video series covering thoughts, chakras, geometry, cosmic stuff... 

Split-Flux Bifilar Transformer (SFT) : a design that yields over 90 degrees power factor, efficiency goes over 100% and transformer becomes generator.
This inventors is on similar lines as Keshe's research.

In 1906, Tagore released his 15 point Village Reconstruction Charter in Pabna (now in Bangladesh). This document makes clear that making villages autonomous was chief among his concerns. It was necessary to use "indigenously made goods." Further, all the village disputes had to be settled within through a process of village arbitration. A community grain bank was necessary to guard against famines. In a gesture towards the necessity of women's autonomy, the Charter asks that "housewives" be trained in a trade that could enhance the family's income.
While Tagore sought autonomy for villages, he did not wish that they remain isolated. In his view, it was necessary that "brotherhood" was cultivated between "hamlets, villages and districts."
A few of Tagore's concerns were generally shared by reform minded intellectuals and government officials: science and history had to be taught in village schools; and, demographic data had to be compiled meticulously for every village. Many of his concerns were however unique. His Charter, for instance, stressed the need for building communal harmony and asked that the essence of all religions be taught in schools.

Check out this portal now to track progress against AAP's 70-point agenda 

Why are top corporate executives taking up the plough?
..some members from the farming-related mailing lists featured here.

Delhi govt to give powers to SDM to act against Molesters

What's So Wrong With Kejriwal's 'Hunger For Power'?
>>awesome article, brings a dose of common sense and realism into the debate.

>> ok, point... but what made this special for me was that it was using an online service for creating infographics:

Online infographics (HTML5! with graphs, mouseover etc!) generator

"Private instant messaging via secure, distributed technology. No cloud required."

BitTorrent says Bleep is fully encrypted end to end, with messages and other data only stored locally on your device. Users also have the ability to delete their message history, "leaving no trace of conversation behind."

>> i have doubts in case it's not open-source. If not now, then future updates could include a 3rd party recipient and make this a trap.

A limitation: you cannot have asynchronous communication, with group messages and photos only getting delivered when users are online (similar to a problem that Skype, which had originally been built on an exclusively-P2P architecture, also used to have).

Then, i looked for "android lan chat" and found this:
>> standalone java .jar file. So, portable. Cross-platform. Open-source.

And this page as many lan chat softwares for windows:

Testing out IPMessenger:
from laptop to mobile : works. We even get a delivery notification.
But from mobile to laptop : NOPE, doesn't work.

We're Supposed To Be Peace Officers: Good Cop Who Stopped Brutality and Got Fired For Her Trouble Just Won Her Job Back

Rodale Institute's report on side-by-side conventional vs organic Farming Systems Trial (FST) over 30 year period.
Quick summary points:
1. Organic yields match conventional yields.
2. Organic outperforms conventional in years of drought.
3. Organic farming systems build rather than deplete soil organic matter, making it a more sustainable system.
4. Organic farming uses 45% less energy and is more efficient.
5. Conventional systems produce 40% more greenhouse gases.
6. Organic farming systems are more profitable than conventional.

Flying car does a Nano

Major university studies on lab rats have found that foods using processed sugar are often even more addictive than illegal drugs such as cocaine and heroin.

Originially written after Lok Sabha Polls, I think it's a good time to ask these questions to AAP's supporters, esp the ones active on social media.

Wonderful article on homeschooling across age groups, with inputs collected from families across the country

Finally, a fully transparent solar energy harvester

India's other daughters – The village that plants 111 trees when a girl is born 

Anger brews as US company skips hearing for second time in Bhopal gas tragedy

France decrees new rooftops must be covered in plants or solar panels
Rooftops on new buildings built in commercial zones in France must either be partially covered in plants or solar panels, under a law approved on Thursday.
Green roofs have an isolating effect, helping reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building in winter and cool it in summer.

Philanthropist Howard Buffett backs brown revolution in Africa
Promoting sustainable farming practices, no-till farming, lowering needs of fertilizers, etc.


10 Things People With An Abundance Mindset Do Differently

Paris is asking its citizens to decide how it spends €500m by 2020

Three Supreme Court Orders Later, What's the Deal with Aadhaar?
By law, you should not be denied any government service in India if you don't have an Aadhar card number. So why do various government programs continue to ignore three Supreme Court orders and insist on the dreaded number, and how are they getting away with it?

How do you plant 1 billion trees a year? With drones, of course
Instead of doing surveillance or carrying out military missions, the drones from BioCarbon Engineering are taking on a decidedly more progressive task: planting trees and reversing deforestation.

Please cancel the NOCs for GM crops cause they are CANCER CAUSING and destroy any field trials that have started

Monsanto Loses GMO Permit In Mexico – Judge Sides With The Bees

Learn How This Family Grows 6,000 Lbs Of Food on Just 1/10th Acre

Useful web tool for measuring area of a land if you mark the boundary points.

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