Thursday, September 1, 2016

Interesting links for August 2016

Interesting links for August 2016
12yr old from India invents a low cost Braille printer from lego bricks

Articles from around Sep 2015 criticizing aspects of GST.. I'm yet to see if any of the questioned aspects have been satisfactorily remediated by now.
Why the GST Bill may be flawed and conflicted
... The 'biggest tax reform since 1947" was launched sans public consultation'..
Flaws in India's GST defeats its purpose
GST's seven deadly defects
Government should abandon it, work towards a unified Central levy instead.

This is dated 18 July 2016:
GST Bill has many critical flaws that must be fixed ASAP

CJI TS Thakur highlights low judge-to-population ratio in India
Flagging the huge backlog of cases and abysmal judge-to-population ratio, Chief Justice of India T S Thakur has appealed to the law graduates to join the bar or the judiciary.
... The target of having no case older than five years pending was found to be "very difficult" because there are "lakhs and lakhs of cases which are today ten years old, 15 years old, and may be 20 years old", said Justice TS Thakur.
>> my comments on
Is BJP the new Congress?
This article has been co-authored by Suryakiran Tiwari and Subhash Chandra.
... in terms of structure and behaviour.. The BJP's growing similarity with the Congress, in the manner in which the party machinery functions and is controlled, raising eyebrows even among a section of its staunchest supporters.
... As electoral success becomes increasingly more important than ideology, the BJP is increasingly recruiting lifetime members of other parties.
... over time, the sourcing in the Congress changed from freedom fighters to power seekers which in turn led to severe dissidence and power struggles. When the party lost power, the internal decay completely destroyed the party in many states preventing it from ever returning to power there. With increasing recruitment from parties with such cultures, the BJP is causing a long-term damage that may not be apparent today when the party is on a high.
... The BJP and the Congress share almost an identical position on corporate funding for elections and RTI for political parties. The BJP has now replaced the Congress as the favourite among corporate houses. Excessive dependence on corporate houses for funding would invariably create conflict of interest when it comes to policymaking.

>> new term : Modification
Congress posts big win in Gujarat panchayat elections - dated Dec 2015
... While BJP retained all six municipal corporations, Congress wrested 23 of 31 district panchayats and 113 of 193 taluka panchayats. BJP continued to hold on to nagarpalikas, or town councils, winning 42 of 56 municipalities.
India's forests valued at Rs 115 trillion, but tribals unlikely to get a share
... A new law enacted by the Centre to disburse these funds – Rs 42,000 crore at present – also says the money should go to state forest departments, leaving out tribals. The government says the suggestion to give money to local communities isn't practical.
>> Diametrically opposite approach to ideas of decentralization, direct democracy. And showing a policy that couldn't be more opposite of what AAP had pledged in 2014 manifesto.
States rejected 8 out of every 10 claims for land by tribals last year
The kind of person who has the most happening sex life will surprise you
People unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others were found to have greater success at dating and sex, in a new study.
... "This study is the first to show that altruism may translate into real mating success in Western populations, that altruists have more mates than non-altruists," said Pat Barclay, a psychology professor, in a statement.
... "However, it is a more effective signal for men than for women," Barclay noted.
Buy and 'Plant' This Special Rakhi To Help Save a Farmer from Poverty
This Resume For Elon Musk Proves You Never Need To Use More Than One Page
Linux Users Claim That Windows 10 Anniversary Update Deletes Dual-boot Partitions
Vacancies at International Permaculture Convergence India 2017
WikiLeaks Exposes Hillary's Stunning Connection to ISIS - Mainstream Media Blackout Ensues
... The latest revelation by the whistleblower organization reveals Hillary Clinton was a director of, and received over $100,000 from, French industrial giant Lafarge, which was recently exposed as secretly sponsoring the Islamic State for profit.
Hillary Emails Reveal True Motive for Libya Intervention
Julian Assange says "1,700 emails in Hillary Clinton's collection" proves she sold weapons to ISIS in Syria [Video]
Freeway Algae Garden Turns CO2 Emissions into Energy in Switzerland
The No-State Solution to the Israel-Palestine Conflict
by Jeremy R. Hammond July 9, 2016
It is time for the citizens of the world to effect the paradigm shift required to bring about a peaceful resolution to the world's most infamous conflict.
An alien fish is wreaking havoc in the Krishna river after it was linked to the Godavari
Superblocks: how Barcelona is taking city streets back from cars
A book and a blog.. with some criticisms of the anarchy and anti-state theories that seem to be worth looking at
The Economic Collapse In Venezuela Is So Bad That People Are Slaughtering And Eating Zoo Animals
'Socialist experiment' Venezuela in ruins as soldiers delete videos of 12-hour food queues
Is Edward Snowden DEAD? Coded tweet sparks fears CIA whistleblower EXECUTED in Russia
Belgium twice tried to deport Algerian who attacked policewomen with machete
Delta Air Lines flights GROUNDED worldwide as systems 'down everywhere'
Putin: What if "Pussy Riot" occurred in Israel?
Have you heard/read Charlie Chaplin's speech from 'The Great Dictator'? It's been billed as "The Greatest, Most Relevant Speech Ever" and similar.
... He chose to make The Great Dictator - a "satirical attack on fascism" and his "most overtly political film".
... Making a comedy about Hitler was seen as highly controversial, but Chaplin's financial independence allowed him to take the risk. "I was determined to go ahead," he later wrote, "for Hitler must be laughed at."
'No substantial evidence' for sedition charges against Amnesty, say B'luru police
ABVP protests could disrupt law and order in Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka, cautioned the police
A school without teachers and syllabus: This 25-year-old wants to redefine education
.. In a four-room rented house in Banjara Palya, a little over 30 kilometres from Bengaluru, is a school that facilitates students to learn by themselves.
...6 months into his job at a software firm in Bengaluru, 25-year-old Abhijit Sinha decided to quit and move to the outskirts of Bengaluru. It was by chance, in his own words, that he later spearheaded Project DEFY (Define Education For Yourself) in March 2014.
Not good enough
>> very similar to some of India's main leaders but very strange for Western politics, here's a presidential contender who is highly averse to taking questions and responding live / candidly. And if you want to see what candidness by the leader of a powerful nation can look like, please see Putin's videos.
After her statement, the media was promptly escorted from the room at John Jay College and prevented from covering the discussion
Model has accurately predicted popular vote five times in a row
Clinton Foundation received a $175,000 "donation" for State Dept. favor
Donald Trump's speech on 18 Aug 2016
FURY has erupted in Sweden after it emerged that more than 20 girls have been sexually assaulted at a popular festival.
"The investigation confirmed facts that show grave human rights violations attributable to public servants of the federal police"
... "The six months under review have seen central bankers continuing what is surely the greatest experiment in monetary policy in the history of the world," Jacob Rothschild, a British investment banker and a member of the prominent Rothschild banking family, underscores.
... "We are therefore in uncharted waters and it is impossible to predict the unintended consequences of very low interest rates, with some 30% of global government debt at negative yields, combined with quantitative easing on a massive scale," he stresses.
... "Jacob Rothschild de facto says that those who manage the Western economies do not know what they are doing, that they are improvising. They have no plan, no precise model or tested scheme, they are performing an experiment with nations pumping their economies with cheap money which they get out of thin air," the media outlet noted.
If it's a computer, it can be hacked
Yes, It's Possible to Hack the Election
... Others employ electronic voting machines that produce no paper trail, therefore there is nothing to count or recount and no way to ensure that what a voter intended is what was recorded and transmitted.
... Malware can be implanted on voting machines. Almost none of these machines have any kind of malware detection software like those used at major corporations and government agencies. Even if they did, many of those cybersecurity tools are regularly defeated by today's sophisticated hackers.
...Smart malware can be programmed to switch only a small percentage of votes from what the voters intended. That may be all that is needed, and that malware can also be programmed to erase itself after it does its job, so there might be no trace it ever happened.
... Minimal election security standards could be simply stated: 1) No vote recording machine shall be connected electronically to any network — including but not limited to local area networks (LANs), Wi-Fi, the internet and virtual private networks (VPNs). 2) Every voting machine must create a paper copy of each vote recorded, and those paper copies must be kept secured for at least a year. 3) A verification audit by sampling shall be conducted within 90 days on a statistically significant level by professional auditors to compare the paper ballots of record with the results recorded and reported.
... One of the best ideas is that the software used to run voting machines be restricted to open source applications, whose code could be publicly examined.
... If someone makes the charge after this election that the results were altered by hackers, our country has almost no way of credibly refuting that claim.
SEP 16TH, 17TH & 18TH, 2016
Nai Taleem
30 min documentary based in Sevagram, Wardha school which is reviving the Gandhian Nai Talim approach to learning.
Turkey's NATO Exit & the New Turkey-Russia Alliance: A Turning Point in the Global Power Structure
US Turkey Relations Deteriorating, US Moves Nukes To Romania - Episode 1052b
Pentagon can't account for $6.5 trillion of taxpayer money – IG report
Could not provide anything that would detail what it spent the money on

>> See that 6.5-trillion dollar figure in context of the article below:
Zoom to Mars in 6 weeks with new Russian nuclear-fission engine
... The nuclear engine project was launched in 2010 and by 2012 an engineering design had been created. The project's budget is estimated at 20 billion rubles (about $US274 million).
Iran commits Hamadan airbase to Russia for 'as long as needed'
Russia could use Incirlik airbase 'if necessary' – Turkish PM
Japanese unveil electric car that doesn't need battery
>> but needs an electrified road, akin to the bumper cars in amusement parks but with the grid below.
>> what if the road is wet and water connects the opposing lines??
Delhi Mohalla Sabhas to start from next month

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Delhi Government to reward people for taking accident victims to hospital. (

App based taxis to charge Government set fares after August 22: High Court. ( ( (

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said no new liquor shops will be opened in Delhi this year and the location of existing ones will be reconsidered. ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( (
Aam Aadmi Party Government to do away with luxury tax on hotel stay in Delhi for rent upto Rs 1,500. (
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal sticks to government's decision to hike minimum wages. ( (
Arvind Kejriwal defends minimum wage hike, dares BJP, Congress Governments to follow. ( (
Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia launched a 'Citizens' Handbook', to improve policy making. (
Delhi government is committed to increase green cover of Delhi from present 20 to 25 per cent in the next five years, city Environment Minister Imran Hussain said. (

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a nearly 50 per cent increase in minimum wages for all working class in the national capital. ( ( ( ( ( (
.. "Some traders and industrialists recently met me and asked that their profits will decrease once the government increases minimum wages. I want to assure that more money to poor will also boost the economy. Policies that only take care of super rich won't work," he said.
...He said that with time poor are getting poorer, rich getting richer, adding that government will have to take responsibility of the aam aadmi (common man) working in Delhi and those who have less in life, should have more in law.
Sportsperson's Suicide Note Addressed To PM Modi, Talks Of Expenses
...In a suicide note addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 20-year-old Pooja said she had to end her life as she was unable to pay her hostel fees and travel expenses. The second year student at Patiala's Khalsa College also urged PM Modi to ensure that "underprivileged girls like me should be provided free education facility."
... Pooja was given admission to the college last year with a promise of free hostel facility and food. But this year she was denied permission to stay at the hostel.
Texas Halts Execution Of 'Murderer' Who Killed No One
>> Note that the Obama administration has been assassinating people through drones across the middle east using the same logic.
German town cancels Palestinian children's drawings exhibit for 'highly political content
>> a comment on the page reads: "A seven year old girl laying on the beach of Gaza, with her mom, dad and her siblings. Israeli soldiers monitoring their movements through binocular, Israeli soldiers decided to use high caliber machine gun. killing everyone except that seven years old girl. leaving her in pool of blood of her own family, crying hysterically. Today the girl is no longer communicate with people through speech but through drawings."
11th Global Youth Peace Festival (GYPF-2016)
September 28 - October 2, 2016, Chandigarh-Shimla, India
... Peace can't be measured by defense expenditure, government policy, or by the number of wars waged in the world. Peace is not just lack of weapons or careless citizens. But when hundreds of youth travel miles from their homes for the annual Global Youth Peace Fest (GYPF) to Chandigarh India, it's apparent that without knowing exactly how or why, the world is becoming a more peaceful place. Peace may not be a finite concept, or the easiest road to take, but it is a quality that every person has within them. And initiatives like Global Youth Peace Fest (GYPF) help to plant new seeds of peace, but also to nurture those that are innate in every human, and ready to grow in every young mind.
Finnish Mathematicians Were Blowing Whistle on the Finnish Education Hype
One Simple Solar-Powered Device Is Making Classrooms in Rural Maharashtra Super Exciting
WikiLeaks Julian Assange IT IS TIME
>> Julian Assange's testimony to the United Nations. Eye-opening details on the US govt's treatment of whistleblower Bradley Manning and the ongoing attack on Wikileaks.

Imagine sending a leave application to your boss and then it gets rejected with the official reason that you did not take your boss's permission prior to writing the leave application.
>> headline is be targeted at implying blame game.. true headline would be..
Centre returns 14 bills passed by Delhi Assembly

>> I'm not being able to find an article which actually lists or links to the exact bills. Instance of media acting like high priests.. they are sharing broken down bits and pieces of info along with their own mixings, but not sharing the actual info that they are reporting on. How hard can it possibly be to share a 14-point list?
>> why is the word "infuriated" being used? How do the lines below qualify as "infuriated"?
"It is my humble request to Prime Minister Modi that he should have a big heart. Have a big heart. Forget the defeat of the Delhi assembly elections and don't take revenge from the people of the city. Should the Centre have the right to block every law of the Delhi government? Is the Central government the headmaster of the Delhi government?"

Same news, better headline, had to be by another country's media:
Kejriwal urges Home Minister to clear 14 Bills passed by Delhi Assembly
>> and HELLO, take a look at this sequence of events, which seems to have been conveniently censored out by the other media orgs reporting on same issue:
...To discuss and push for these bills, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has sought an appointment with Singh.
...Kejriwal said these Bills have been forwarded to the ministry of home affairs by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.
..."The lieutenant governor has sent 14 Bills of the Delhi government to the MHA. I have sought an appointment from Rajnath ji to discuss Bills," Kejriwal tweeted.

.. more analysis here:
By Stefan Molyneux
Explaining how unrestricted illegal immigration in the US is driving down wages for all and hurting the poorest communities, blacks and hispanics, the most.
Also debunking a lot of racism etc accusations on Trump
And a huge number of facts-checks
IIT Didn't Accept This 'Home Schooled' Genius , So MIT Stole Her From India With A Scholarship
BJP MLA's Wife Gets A Lamborghini, Crashes It Into An Autorickshaw Just 30 Minutes Later
Who will clean the Swachh Bharat toilets, asks Wilson
... Bezwada Wilson questioned the government's commitment to eradicating manual scavenging in the country by pointing out that the government's flagship programme, Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), seems to be counting on the persistence of manual scavenging.
... "Who will clean the septic tanks in the absence of suction pumps?"
... "four times as many Indians have already died in septic tanks and underground sewers as have died in terror attacks,"
... "In a country where 44% are still malnourished, you have the state telling the people what they should not eat. In a country where many are too poor to afford decent clothing, you have outfits that dictate what people should not wear."
... Manav Garima Trust's Purshotam Vaghela said, "Manual scavenging is rampant at 126 places in Ahmedabad. These workers don't have any social security. They are not being given minimum wages and are not even registered."
... Navsarjan Trust's Kirit Rathod said that even after an HC order in 2006, 89 workers have died while working in underground gutters and the state government has compensated only a few. "There are 64,000 registered sanitation workers and around 30,000 unregistered in Gujarat. They don't get any benefits from government," he said.
Independent councilor from Ludhiana Daljeet Singh Grewal joins Aam Aadmi Party
Rain & rot make onions free in Madhya Pradesh

Totalizer machines being introduced in Indian elections to prevent boothwise vote results:
Protect the voter: Introduction of totaliser machines a positive for electoral processes
Modi root of all problems: Arvind Kejriwal
TBI Blogs: This MBA Dropout Is on a 52-Week Journey to Discover 52 Innovators Across the Country
Tandem cycling: After conquering the skies, visually challenged man to conquer Himalayas
In A Moment Of Supreme Pride, Indian Athletes Just Won 173 Medals At The Special Olympics!
"Heal the World" - in a splendid new form - by child artists from around the world.
The Tyranny Of The Unelected Is Thwarting The Will Of Delhi's People
Tweet by AK: Today, several officers transferred by LG directly. Files not even shown to CM or any minister. Is this Modi model of democracy?
Modi root of all problems: Arvind Kejriwal
The Soros Foundation Hack: Years of Behind the Scenes Influence Documented
Kejriwal Deserves Thanks For Shattering Our Illusions About A Democratic Delhi
... Now, the High Court has confirmed that Delhi is not a state with a sovereign legislature, but a Union Territory. Here, popular mandate becomes subservient to the sweet will of an officer -- the Lieutenant Governor -- appointed by the President on advice of Ministry of Home Affairs. With this one judgment, Delhiites can see how little their democratic rights matter... it's not so very different from life under the British colonial masters from whom the concept of a Union Territory has been borrowed.
>> LG Najeeb Jung's career background revealed!
"Snowden-approved" encrypted open-source whatsapp & telegram alternative app. Hillary campaign workers instructed to get on this. Too bad it's not on computer.

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