Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Open data mashup: 2017-22 Pune wards map and corporators

Hi Friends,

Just sharing one outcome of some work on open data:

Friends at CEE took the PDF released by PMC that listed the newly
elected corporators for 2017-22, and made a proper excel table of it.
I combined it with the new wards map of Pune (which I had digitized
earlier), and now you can see exactly which areas in Pune have which
corporators representing them:

What is your home's ward/prahag number? Who are the people
representing your neighborhood ?

The same map also contains the data for the previous wards layout and
2012-17 corporators! Click the "visible layers" at top right and turn
off the 2017-22 layer to be able to see that, with photos! (new
corporators photos coming soon.. get in touch if you want to help with
that!) So here you can see at the same place both present and past
elected representatives of Pune. This is what we mean by
applying/visualizing open data. There are 4 sets of open public data
working in combination here : 2 maps and 2 tables.

There are many such projects awaiting your involvement, and you too
can bring in similar projects that you are working on / want to work
on. Jump in!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

RT's propaganda?

Here's an explanation on the conundrum about stuff broadcasted on RT,
on the question of russian propaganda, funding vis-a-vis the content
of many of the shows on their international news channel, RT. (like
Abby Martin, Lee Camp etc)

There is an argument that since it's funded by Russia, it must be
carrying their lies.

Given the present situation of the world and the lies about it being
told to us by the western-dominated mainstream media,

The most effective and successful and powerful propaganda on Russia's part,

Would be to give a platform to the truth.

And that is actually ridiculously easier than contriving false
narratives. They simply need to get a good collection of people on
board and let them do and say whatever they want, without the
hawk-like monitoring of higher-ups that is the everyday reality of
western news channel studios. There is no need of spending time and
resources on planning narratives, misrepresenting events and
synchronizing all the channels/shows to make sure they repeat the same

This is precisely why there's been moments recorded of RT where the
news anchor makes some anti-RT or anti-Russia declaration, publicly
resigns and walks off, etc. The reason why you don't see that kind of
stuff on say CNN is because the latter's every second is absolutely
controlled to never get to the point that something like that would
ever happen. The reason why you do see it on RT, is because they
simply don't bother doing the kind of over--regulating that western
media and their repeaters do.

Simply letting people speak their mind is actually the best and most
powerful propaganda that the Russian leadership can do to further
their best interests, under the present world climate.

Truth-telling can be a propaganda tactic with nothing evil about it,
and can be sufficient to counter the western media's propaganda.

Abby Martin Responds to Exploitation by NY Times

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Interesting Links for May 2017

Interesting Links for May 2017
Beyond Right and Wrong: How a Film Became a Peaceful Revolution
Why Its Big Bet On Westinghouse Nuclear Is Bankrupting Toshiba
Toshiba's nuclear flagship goes bust after $10 billion losses
... Bloomberg noted yesterday: "Westinghouse Electric Co., once
synonymous with America's industrial might, wagered its future on
nuclear power - and lost."
... The same could be said about Toshiba, which is selling profitable
businesses to stave off bankruptcy. Toshiba said yesterday it expects
to book a net loss of $9.1 billion for the current fiscal year, which
ends on Friday - a record loss for a Japanese manufacturer.
... The BBC noted that Toshiba's share-price has been in freefall,
losing more than 60% since the company first unveiled the problems in
December 2016. Toshiba president Satoshi Tsunakawa said at a news
conference yesterday: "We have all but completely pulled out of the
nuclear business overseas."
... Nugen's other member, the French energy company Engie (formerly
GDF Suez) has also gone on record as wanting to extricate itself from
the Moorside project in favour of the 'new energy' economy based on
renewable, storage and smart grid technologies.
... The French government is selling assets so it can prop up its
heavily indebted nuclear utilities Areva and EDF. The French nuclear
industry is in its "worst situation ever" according to former EDF
director Gérard Magnin.
Anti-Nestle ballot measure: Bid to block Cascade Locks water plant
succeeds (election results)
WARNING SIGNS: Code words in latest executive order indicate Trump may
be getting sucked into the GMO / pesticide swamp
Le Pen Slams Macron: 'France will be led by a woman, either me or Mrs Merkel'
French nationalist deals devastating blow to globalist Macron
Corrupt DNC actually admits it rigged the Democratic presidential
nomination for Hillary Clinton
... the organization is defending its decision to rig the primary in
favor of its chosen candidate, "brazenly telling voters in a court of
law that the party is not obligated to run a fair and impartial
primary election."
Report: Student With Gun Stops Mass Stabbing At University of Texas
CHL holder's quick reaction reportedly stops knife attacker who left one dead
One Friday, the Day the Cynic in Me Died, Just Briefly!
>> narrates about the farmers market in his locality and how a very good thing was made possible by a govt decision to let farmers sell produce outside of APMCs.
Le Pen: France Must Reject Euro to Regain Sovereignty
We will have a national currency like all other countries, she said
Claims He Was Invited to Take Part in Child Sacrifice Rituals
"These people were Luciferians"
RFK Jr.'s Tucker Carlson Interview Promotes Healthy Debate About Vaccine Safety
Why are vaccine pushers protected from class-action lawsuits?
Monsanto Hired Paid Internet Trolls to Counter Bad Public Image, Lawsuit Claims
The document also alleges that Monsanto hires think thanks to spread
information favoring the company
CONFIRMED: FBI Is Conducting Even More Interviews Over Alleged Jane
Sanders Bank Fraud
Jane Sanders accused of defrauding a bank while serving as president
of the now-defunct Burlington College
How Is Muslim Immigration to Sweden Working Out? - PragerU
Left and Right Differences Marathon (4/6/17) - PragerU
On Macron vs Le Pen
BOMBSHELL: Study Proves Unvaccinated Children Are Healthier
Studies put to question the safety of current vaccination practices
How Antifa Lost The Battle Of Berkeley 3.0
Free speech activists dominate radical leftists
Spain's Renewable Energy Disaster Draws to a Close
June 2, 2014 by stopthesethings
Singer Reveals Occult Symbolism In Music Hiding In Plain Sight
>> don't focus on the title. It's a conversation with an artiste. The video's first part covers the violence subjected on people who revealed they were trump supporters
Inside The Secret Pedophile Marketplace
Infowars reporter Millie Weaver takes us on an in-depth investigation
inside the internet black market known as the 'dark net' or 'deep
web'. With the aid of an anonymous source who has used their expertise
in computer technology to assist the FBI in investigations regarding
the sexual exploitation of children, Infowar Reporter Millie Weaver
exposes the where and how pedophiles, traffickers and travel clubs use
the internet as a marketplace to indulge in nightmarish perversions.
>> bitcoin, cryptocurrency advocates need to see this and beware of coming across people shooting for THESE kinds of things amongst their fellow advocates.
Censored: Journalist Exposes Elite Pedophile Ring
Alex Jones speaks with Conchita Sarnoff about her extensive
investigation into the global horrors of child sex trafficking.
Political Pedophilia: An open source investigation - Corbett Report
>> Get well into the video, and there is a unique birds-eye analysis attempting to find answers to the question of why pedophilia is so widespread in elite circles, connecting it to psycopathic behaviour and proving psychopathy to rise up hierarchies. Many puzzle pieces are fit together. A new term is introduced that we should familiarize ourselves with: Kakistocracy : Rule by the very worst.
Many feared dead in bomb blast at TMC office in Bardhaman
Dress code a tougher test for NEET aspirants
>> WTF?? and why is this article incomplete? And why are they using a strange term "top innerwear" instead of calling a bra a bra? For God's sake, tell it like it is : a young girl in India was forced to take off her bra to attend a state-conducted entrance examination. This seems more like an exercise to get youth used to high intrusion by the state.
>> a cut-down version of this, cutting out mention of the extreme cases, made it to their national archives:
Deputy jailer suspended in Chhattisgarh for social media post on
tribal's torture
... "I have seen the torture. The tribal girls were given electric
shocks on their breasts and wrists. I have seen the marks and I was
horrified. Why are such small tribal girls being subjected to
third-degree torture? Our constitution and law system do not allow
such inhuman torture. It's time for us to introspect and the truth
will come out. The people getting killed on both sides (during the
Maoists-Security forces conflict in Bastar) are Indians. The
capitalistic system is being forced into Bastar, villages are being
burnt, tribal women are being raped. Is it really being done to end
the Maoism?"
>> again, look at the title. This is a WHISTLEBLOWER case, revealing inhuman atrocities committed by the State.
... Ms. Dongre could not be reached for her reaction despite repeated attempts.
>> Obviously, because she's probably DEAD already, or threatened, or beaten up or raped or tortured herself now that she's been suspended and the cops she exposed can go after her with the same powers they have over the tribal girls they've been torturing. Dear Editor, instead of protecting this whistleblower you have published her photo (obviously swiped off her social media account without her permission.. and you did mention you couldn't contact her) with her full name and basically outsourced her murder. Feeling proud?
This Man Has Over One Billion Views, Leftists Panic
Europeans Reject Muslim Immigration In HUGE Numbers
Swedish Journalist Exposes Awakening To Islamic Rape Culture
Fake Stream Media Caught Covering Up Islamic Rape Epidemic
UN Child Sex Ring Busted, But No One Arrested
Clintons' Latest Ties To Child Trafficking In Haiti Exposed
Infowars Reporter Millie Weaver covers the latest in child trafficking
busts which, once again, point towards the nefarious operations of the
Clinton Foundation in Haiti. Just this weekend, and a little over one
day prior to a major child trafficking bust in Haiti, the Clinton
Foundation announced that it would be cutting operations in Haiti.
This followed soon after the announcement that Federal Prosecutors are
seeking child porn charges against disgraced Democratic Representative
Anthony Wiener, the ex-husband of Clinton's former chief of staff and
vice chairwoman for the Hillary Clinton Campaign, Huma Abedin. Less
than a week ago, 474 arrests were made in a Statewide Human
Trafficking bust in California which rescued 28 children and 27 adults
that were victims of sexual exploitation.
The Unauthorized Biography of David Rockefeller - corbett report
Ron Paul Incredible Video Twice Removed YouTube
This Video Changed My Life: 'Ron Paul: Stop Dreaming'
Reporter gets angry and tells us the REAL news
President promulgates ordinance on banks' non-performing assets
makes white light from pomegranate, turmeric extracts
The 21st Century Has Been a Big, Fat Flop
Big Sister Gets Her Snooper's Charter: UK Becomes Most Spied On Democracy
'Snooper's charter' bill becomes law, extending UK state surveillance
...Home secretary hails 'world-leading' laws, which include forcing
web and phone companies to collect browsing histories
... Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group,
responded to the home secretary's "world-leading" claim, saying: "She
is right, it is one of the most extreme surveillance laws ever passed
in a democracy. The IP Act will have an impact that goes beyond the
UK's shores. It is likely that other countries, including
authoritarian regimes with poor human rights records, will use this
law to justify their own intrusive surveillance powers."
>> this UK law was rolled out in 2016. The London Parliament attack took place just recently. Has more snooping powers enabled government to fight terrorism?
Le Pen destroys Merkel
>> just a video.. look more at the content than the titles
Indian Researchers Unravel How a Common Insecticide Can Cause Diabetes
... They found that organophosphates, common in India, are broken down
by microbes in the human gut into glucose – and ask us to reconsider
their use.
>> A pesticide causes diabetes. Wow, powerful stuff.
docu-series, Vaccines Revealed
Video: The Truth About Gender
The hysterical agenda to deny gender differences
: Lack of scientific temper
The secrecy surrounding the decision about GM Mustard is unacceptable
on moral and scientific grounds. The GEAC must debate and decide
>> Got an informative link on GM Mustard issue from Kavitha Kuruganti who is very involved in the whole thing and is part of delegations going to court, govt etc. It has a large listing of news articles, papers, official statements, reports etc dating from the beginning of the issue.
Hungary Electrifies Border Wall in Defiance of EU Migrant Quota
Electrocution warning signs printed in Arabic
Soros Expands Efforts to Keep "Net Neutrality" Censorship
Soros and Google have funded "net neutrality" Astroturf groups with
$72 million since 2006
>> this is some tricky wording. What the establishment implies by "net neutrality" is that they should get to censor out the things that go against their worldview. Those voices they designate as hate speech etc, and on the pretext of protecting neutrality, destroy it. Lost in this melee is the long-cherished liberty principle that at the end of the day you have to trust the public at large to consider whatever's been put out before them and make their own damn mind. To not trust that, to assume that the majority can be brainwashed and thus needs to be protected against their own free will, starts us down the path to dictatorship, and it seems that's where the western left-wing, liberal-left is going, esp the captains of internet like google, twitter, facebook, reddit, snopes etc.
Snowden Calls on Trump to Drop Case Against WikiLeaks, Assange
"This threat to WikiLeaks escalates a long-running war of attrition
against the great virtue of the United States — free speech"
... "This threat to WikiLeaks escalates a long-running war of
attrition against the great virtue of the United States — free
speech," the letter continues. "The Obama Administration prosecuted
more whistleblowers than all presidents combined and opened a Grand
Jury investigation into WikiLeaks that had no precedent."
>> DID YOU KNOW THIS ABOUT OBAMA? He prosecuted free speech while making everyone believe he's for change, is liberal etc etc.
... "A threat to WikiLeaks' work — which is publishing information
protected under the First Amendment — is a threat to all free
journalism. If the DOJ is able to convict a publisher for its
journalistic work, all free journalism can be criminalised."
... "We've had no communication with the Department of Justice and
they have not indicated to me that they have brought any charges
against Mr. Assange," Pollack said. "They've been unwilling to have
any discussion at all, despite our repeated requests, that they let us
know what Mr. Assange's status is in any pending investigations.
There's no reason why Wikileaks should be treated differently from any
other publisher."
Assad, Putin Closer Than Ever To Retaking Aleppo; Families Returning
Home For First Time In 4 Years
<dec 2016>
... Vladimir Putin spoke with Donald Trump on the phone six days after
his victory on November 14th. Hours after their phone call was over,
Putin proceeded to bomb the hell out of Aleppo and wage total war.
... In just around two weeks time, Putin and Assad managed, in the
words of the IB Times, to "bomb their way to victory" in Aleppo.
Today, we learn they've reportedly retaken 35 districts in the city
and corralled ISIS and other rebel terrorists into a remaining five.
... Russia said its Syrian government allies had taken control of five
more districts of Aleppo, and had now seized 35 districts from the
rebels during an advance that has changed the course of the conflict.
... The government now appears closer to victory than at any point
since 2012, the year after rebels took up arms to overthrow President
Bashar al-Assad in a war that has killed hundreds of thousands of
people, made more than half of Syrians homeless and created the
world's worst refugee crisis.
... The rebels' loss of the eastern half of Aleppo, Syria's largest
city before the war, would be the biggest victory of the conflict so
far for Assad, securing his grip on all Syria's main cities.
"Unprecedented" Cyber Attack Hits 2 Lakh Computers In 150 Countries;
India 3rd Most Affected
... Once the information is encrypted, a message is displayed on the
screen declaring the same and asking the user to pay USD 300 (in
Bitcoin) if they wish to retrieve their data. Phishing emails employ
"worms" to spread the attack in a local network. If even one of the
computers in a local network is compromised because of a phishing
email, the worm spreads rapidly and automatically encrypts data in all
computers in the network. This is why Friday's attack spread so
rapidly across the world.
... WannaCry swept across Europe and Asia quickly, locking up critical
systems like the UK's National Health Service (NHS), a large telecom
in Spain, and other businesses and institutions around the world, all
in record time.
...Many commentators criticised the US National Security Agency (NSA)
for having indirectly caused the attack. The NSA had prior knowledge
of the Windows loophole that the hackers exploited on Friday, but the
agency did not disclose this loophole as they planned to exploit the
same themselves to their benefit. This exploit, known as EternalBlue,
was stolen by a group of hackers, who made it freely available in
April. The perpetrators of Friday's attack used EternalBlue to
engineer the fast-spreading worm.
>>More links:
'Accidental hero' halts ransomware attack and warns: this is not over
... But the spread of the attack was brought to a sudden halt when one
UK cybersecurity researcher tweeting as @malwaretechblog, with the
help of Darien Huss from security firm Proofpoint, found and
inadvertently activated a "kill switch" in the malicious software.
... "I was out having lunch with a friend and got back about 3pm and
saw an influx of news articles about the NHS and various UK
organisations being hit," he told the Guardian. "I had a bit of a look
into that and then I found a sample of the malware behind it, and saw
that it was connecting out to a specific domain, which was not
registered. So I picked it up not knowing what it did at the time."
... The kill switch was hardcoded into the malware in case the creator
wanted to stop it spreading. This involved a very long nonsensical
domain name that the malware makes a request to – just as if it was
looking up any website – and if the request comes back and shows that
the domain is live, the kill switch takes effect and the malware stops
spreading. The domain cost $10.69 and was immediately registering
thousands of connections every second.
How to protect your computer against the ransomware attack
... The weakness was first revealed to the world as part of a massive
dump of software vulnerabilities discovered by the NSA and then stolen
by a group of hackers calling themselves "Shadow Brokers".
... Users of Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 8 can defend
against the ransomware by downloading the new patch from Windows.
After Overthrowing A Corrupt President, South Koreans Peacefully Elect A New One
... Furthermore, the snap election was contested by 13 candidates, the
most crowded contest in the country's electoral history. Despite this,
the winner, Moon Jae-in, won with a comfortable 41% of the vote, 17
percentage points ahead of the runner-up, the largest difference in
South Korean history. The election also saw record voter turnout of
almost 80%, fuelled by a surge of younger voters.
... Moon Jae-in is a former human rights attorney and student
activist. He belongs to the Democratic Party of Korea, and his ideas
have the potential of altering the dynamics of South Korean polity and
international geopolitics when it comes to the delicate conflict on
the Korean peninsula. The South Korean election will have extensive
international geopolitical ramifications
... The South Korean people gave a stinging endorsement of democracy
in the past months. South Korea itself is a young democracy: the Sixth
Republic began only in 1987. Young as it may be, South Korean
democracy has also proven to be inclusive and vibrant. In 2016, as
reports of Geun-Hye's corruption surfaced, millions of South Koreans
took to the streets to demand her impeachment. Thanks to the country's
activist media and passionate protestors, Geun-Hye was impeached,
prosecuted, and consecutively arrested.
... The entire process was democratic and transparent; the transition
to power itself happened in the span of a few weeks.
... A vigilant media, participatory politics, swift and sure justice,
and leaders held accountable for their actions – these are the traits
of a healthy, functioning democracy. South Korea has checked all the
>> this is awesome. Shows it CAN be done, and a nation can change tracks PEACEFULLY in a very short time. But there's more to the scandal..
Thanks To Deregulation, Farmer Markets In Maharashtra Now Earn Rs 5
Crore Each Week
... According to NITI Aayog, this phenomenal increase in outputs and
profits for farmers is thanks to the government's move last July to
take fruits and vegetables out of the purview of the Agriculture
Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act. This deregulated the farmer
market and gave more power and autonomy to farmers to sell their
produce without the hassle of countless middlemen.
>> can the leftist fold reconcile with this? Their usual drive is towards regulating everything, for the farmers' "protection". Turns out those protective measures were what was killing them, and removing them can give farmers a fresh opportunity to thrive. Earlier it was retailers like Big Bazar etc who were being allowed to buy directly from farmers and that was being criticized. Understandably so, as they could use single large buyer power to bargain and hoard. But simply going forth with deregulation the whole way, and making farmers free to sell to whoever they want.. ie, farmer-centric deregulation vs retailer-centric deregulation, seems to be what worked. The leftist paradigm would have simply stopped the retailer deregulation and kept the farmers locked in APMCs.
Solar Power Tariff Reaches Cheapest Point Yet; Rajasthan Sees
Historically Low Bid Of Rs 2.62/Unit
... With 8.8GW of capacity addition projected for the year ahead,
India is set to become the third-biggest solar market globally in
2017, overtaking Japan, according to the India Solar Handbook 2017.
Trump: 'In America we don't worship government, we worship God'
In contrast, Obama wanted you to worship the state as God
>> question worth asking : under the pretense of atheism, do the academia and govt establishment want to REPLACE God with far more fallible themselves?
Patients: Roundup Gave Us Cancer as EPA Official Helped the Company
Key ingredient in popular weed killer Roundup, is 'probably
carcinogenic to humans'
>> shares a cancer patient's story. Links to full article:
... Sheppard is one of more than 800 cancer patients suing Monsanto,
the maker of Roundup, claiming the company failed to warn consumers
about the risk of cancer associated with Roundup products.
What a new university in Africa is doing to decolonise social sciences
Tim Allen 'Stunned and Blindsided' by ABC's Decision to Cancel Hit Show
Petition launched by fans to bring back popular conservative sitcom
... The sudden announcement led many to suggest that the decision
could have been political given the TV show's overt
... "It was the third most watched ABC scripted series overall behind
Grey's Anatomy and Modern Family," Andreeva wrote.
... ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey told reporters Tuesday
that the cancellation stemmed merely from the decision to stop airing
comedy shows on Fridays.
... Allen has made numerous headlines in recent months for discussing
the treatment of conservatives in liberal-dominated entertainment
industry. In March during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the
comedian jokingly made comparisons between Hollywood and "30s
... "I'm not kidding. You gotta be real careful around here. You get
beat up if you don't believe what everybody believes," Allen said.
... "What I find odd in Hollywood is that they didn't like Trump
because he was a bully, but if you had any kind of inkling that you
were for Trump you got bullied for doing that," said Allen.
Investigative Journalists: Seth Rich Sent Over 44,000 Emails to Wikileaks
Evidence shows Seth Rich was leaker
>> he was murdered in the months before Hillary's nomination as presidential candidate
Video: Seth Rich Investigator Says He's Uncovered 'Possible
Underground Organized Crime Corruption Group'
Case 'may actually open up a can of worms as far as what's been going
on here in DC'
Germany Confiscating Homes To Use For Migrants
Authorities in Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany, have begun
confiscating private dwellings to ease a housing shortage
... A trustee appointed by the city is now renovating the properties
and will rent them — against the will of the owner — to tenants chosen
by the city. District spokeswoman Sorina Weiland said that all
renovation costs will be billed to the owner of the properties.
>> if doing against the landlord's will, why force him/her to pay for it?
>> this article points to the potential blind spots and possibly disasters that can come from a socialist doctrine that while doing it all for good intentions, ends up doing things by force on some people. That "some" is v.small to begin with, so the moves are justified, but slowly that number grows.
... Similar expropriation measures have been proposed in Berlin, the
German capital, but abandoned because they were deemed
... "The plans of the Berlin Senate to requisition residential and
commercial property without the consent of the owner to accommodate
refugees is an open breach of the constitution. The attempt by the
Senate to undermine the constitutional right to property and the
inviolability of the home must be resolutely opposed."
Claim: Justice Antonin Scalia Believed Obama Spied on Supreme Court
Scalia held suspicion previous presidential administration monitored
communications inside highest court
>> this Supreme Court judge was murdered during the last months of Obama's tenure
Hillary Clinton Launches Unlimited 'Dark Money' Group
The failed presidential candidate bemoaned "dark money" on the
campaign trail, but now she's launching a new 501(c)(4).
>> enabling unlimited anonymous donations : something she herself had rallied against earlier.
Icelandic Leftist Poisons Robert Spencer
A new phase in the Left's campaign of demonizing those whom it hates.
... The most likely scenario is that this young man, or whoever
drugged me, heard that a notorious "racist" was coming to Reykjavik,
by chance saw me in the restaurant, and decided to teach me a lesson
...I should have seen it coming. After all, my visit had triggered a
firestorm of abuse in the Icelandic press, all based on American
Leftist talking points. Every story about my visit had the same
elements: the notice that the SPLC claims that I purvey "hate speech,"
which is a subjective judgment used to shut down dissent from the
establishment line; the fact that I am banned from Britain, with no
mention of the key detail that I was banned for saying that Islam has
doctrines of violence (which is like being banned for saying water is
wet) and for the crime of supporting Israel; and the false claim that
I incited the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik to kill (in
reality, I'm no more responsible for Breivik's murders than the
Beatles are for Charles Manson's). After the event, one article even
featured a big photo of Breivik, but quoted nary a thing I said that
... Not a single Icelandic media outlet that ran a story about my
coming or about the event itself contacted me for comment, much less
for rebuttal to the charges they made against me. One TV station did
air an interview with me in which the interviewer refused to believe
that I did not feel responsible for the Breivik murders, and asked me
about them again and again.
... After the event, articles in the Icelandic press included quotes
from the 50 protesters, but none included even a single quotation or
description of anything we had actually said. None quoted any of the
500 brave Icelanders who braved the hatred of the politically correct
elites to come to the Grand Hotel to hear me and Ms. Williams – a
staggeringly large number in a country of 300,000 people.
... It's clear: jihad and Islamization are not subjects that Icelandic
politicians and media opinion-makers want Icelanders to discuss.
That's all the more reason why it must be discussed.
... But meanwhile, I learned my lesson. The lesson I learned was that
media demonization of those who dissent from the Leftist line is
direct incitement to violence. By portraying me and others who raise
legitimate questions about jihad terror and Sharia oppression as
racist, bigoted Islamophobes, without allowing us a fair hearing, the
media in Iceland and elsewhere in the West is actively endangering
those who dare to dissent.
FAKE SCIENCE: Reddit Users Tear New Bill Nye Show to Shreds
Nye exposed as anti-science SJW hack
EXPOSED: Government Forces Farmers To Use RoundUp!
Government overreach continues to harm Americans
... After 40 years of organic farming, Azure Standard farms in Oregon
is being told they will be forced to use RoundUp or similar chemical
methods of weed control — thereby ending their ability to grow organic
The War Against Stealth Jihad
The pitfalls and challenges.
>> checking this out to get the conflicting views. there's a lot of hyperbole going on on all sides, but in all these lie very important fact-points that need to be checked out.
Reuters Admits: "No Evidence of Collusion" Between Trump and Russia
Report completely demolishes left's Russia conspiracy narrative
... However, the true substance of the story is buried down in
paragraph six. "The people who described the contacts to Reuters said
they had seen no evidence of wrongdoing or collusion between the
campaign and Russia in the communications reviewed so far," states the
... Despite no evidence whatsoever having been presented of Trump or
anyone on his campaign colluding with Russia to influence the
election, the deep state and the Democratic establishment is
intensifying its effort to portray Trump as illegitimate.
... As we document in the video below, this is likely to lead to
widespread civil unrest in major cities later this summer, with the
DNC already funding a giant "Summer Resistance program" that will set
off a chain of violent demonstrations across the country.
>> whatever happened to peaceful, nonviolent resistance and DIALOGUE? Has that been abandoned completely
Is PM Modi Pushing for GM Mustard? Swadeshi Activists Resist GMO
>> asks the questions that no bhakt dare ask and probably won't tolerate listening.. which is why it's important that these questions be asked. For me, the centralization vs decentralization aspect comes in : is it truly wise for a country, or a species even, to make such an important thing depend upon any one person? Where do we see such a structure going the next 1000 years?
The Shocking Savagery of America's Early History
Bernard Bailyn, one of our (America's) greatest historians, shines his
light on the nation's Dark Ages
Rate of Recovery of Bad Loans of Public Sector Banks Falls Further in
2016-2017 (India)
... Unless the government takes steps towards improving this rate of
recovery of bad loans, no serious achievements can be made on this
front. One particular point that the lawyers who deal with such things
have been making is the lack of debt recovery tribunals and the fact
that the ones that are there are not adequately staffed. This is
something that can easily be set right.
... Without addressing this point, any other moves to clean up the bad
loans of public sector banks, will not achieve much. These other moves
will basically end up postponing the resolution of the problem, which
is pretty much what they have done up until now.
... Large corporates who have taken on the loans and defaulted on it,
should not be allowed to get away scot free. Given this, it is very
important that the institutional mechanisms required to improve the
rate of recovery of bad loans are firmed up and banks are allowed to
do whatever it takes to recover bad loans from large corporates in
general and crony capitalists in particular.
The Knives Come Out for Trump
...The president is charged with chatting with the former FBI director
about ongoing investigations. Maybe he even suggested, sotto voce,
that it might be good for Mr Comey's career if he eased up on the
investigation of Trump's former national security adviser, Mike Flynn.
These things hardly seem newsworthy, let alone impeachment worthy.
Most people yawn and turn the channel to WWE wraslin'. It's more
entertaining. And more authentic.
Of "Shaky" Demonetisation Statistics, Arun Jaitley and Black Money
... Now compare the 91 lakh additions in 2016-2017 to 76 lakh
additions in 2014-2015, and suddenly the number doesn't seem too high,
given that no demonetisation was carried out in 2014-2015.
... As per Jaitley's statement 91 lakh individuals were added to the
tax base post demonetisation, which is incorrect. Meenakshi Goswami,
Income Tax Commissioner and the official spokesperson of the Central
Board for Direct Taxes (CBDT), told NDTV later in the week that "91
lakh was the total number of new taxpayers enrolled in the financial
year 2016-2017."
... Now compare the 91 lakh additions in 2016-2017 to 76 lakh
additions in 2014-2015, and suddenly the number doesn't seem too high,
given that no demonetisation was carried out in 2014-2015.
... Even if the government doesn't do anything, taxpayers get added
every year, especially when the minimum tax slab continues to remain
the same. In 2014-2015, the minimum tax slab was Rs 2,50,000, which is
where it continues to be. This basically means that inflation alone
would have ensured that more people came into the tax bracket and thus
increased the tax base.
... Hence, the total amount of undisclosed income or black money
identified by the income tax department in 2016-2017 stood at more
than Rs 31,211 crore.
... It is safe to say that in inflation adjusted terms more
undisclosed income was identified by the income tax department in
2012-2013 than in 2016-2017. In 2013-2014, the number stood at Rs
1,01,182 crore, which is significantly more than 2016-2017. And it is
worth remembering here that these numbers happened without
demonetisation. In fact, as the numbers clearly show the efficacy of
the income tax department when it comes to identification of black
money has come down since 2014-2015.
>> IT dept has been catching lesser undisclosed income since the change of ruling party in 2014.
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Ambushed by Originarios
>> a look at the other side of the reclaiming indigenous land rights movement. It seems we all too often forget that the "evil" people that "stole our land" died precisely some years after doing so, and the present people, be they descendants or people who bought it over, are NOT to blame for the actions of people dead long long ago. The more I see, the more I feel that the push should be about SHARING the land between both present occupiers and descendants of past indigenous occupiers, rather than the latter simply taking it away and creating a new disenfranchised class. In this particular case, the land being contested is THOUSANDS of acres! There's more than enough room to accommodate EVERYBODY - the present, old and new.
"If we do not stem the rot now – it might be too late": Admiral
Ramdas' open letter to PM Modi
>> from 2015, on attacks on minorities
Aadhaar isn't progress — it's dystopian and dangerous
>> article by mozilla foundation (the folks who brought the firefox browser and thunderbird mail client)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Looking at common traits behind a stand (vz Aadhar / UID)

Thinking on this after reading this article:
Aadhaar isn't progress — it's dystopian and dangerous - op-ed by
Mozilla Foundation

Regarding the debates about the compulsory-making of Aadhar card or
UID system in India, or many other such things,

At a fundamental level, I have seen that its advocates have a deep
distrust in people in general and believe that it takes a firm hand,
meaning doing things against people's free will, to make good things
happen. And for them, making those good things happen is far more
important than respecting people's rights.

They do not seem to like it when we point out to them that the worst
things in history have been carried out by people who thought in the
way they did, or that the wisest people in history were completely on
the other side of this philosophy and would never stand for this were
they alive today.

I also see an inability to think a few moves ahead, to think
mutl-dimensionally or to plan for failures of the system they're
proposing (ie, they are confident the system WILL work as stated and
nothing else can possibly happen). It's ironical that by putting the
achievement of a purpose over and above respecting fundamental rights,
they are doing the exact thing that will guarantee that the particular
purpose they want to achieve WILL NEVER BE ACHIEVED. There is an old
saying : "Those who give up a little liberty for a little more
security end up losing both" : the "both" part hasn't really gotten
through to these folks.

Also I don't see any possibility of them taking responsibility in case
something goes wrong with the solution they want to impose on
everybody else. So it's power without accountability.

And then, and here's where my conservative lens come in: All the
advocates seem to have an urge to fix people's problems, rather than
wanting to leave others alone and be left alone. They believe in a
policy of intervention rather than a policy of non-intervention. And
the reasons are of course all very noble. This of course is the
unexpected twist in my analysis : for this is a trait common to even
people who profess to be on the liberal side.

Let me try to see this all from the perspective of maturity, of what
it takes to be a mature person.
Would a mature person practice disregard for others' rights?
Would a mature person focus on the immediate requirements and
sacrifice long term good for the sake of now?
Would a mature person declare everything that applies to him/her as an
exceptional case and hence say that all of history, all similar cases
in past and at other places, don't apply?
Would a mature person think everybody else apart from him/her has
something wrong with them and needs to be protected against their own
Would a mature person want to interfere in other people's matters?

What you like it if your neighbor was a mature person as indicated by
the questions above, or an immature person?

Now, do I think EVERYBODY out there is like this? Not quite, (Else
what difference would there be?) I really feel that in these matters
of the mind the mainstream media decides which side will be more
dominant. They can easily keep coverage on concerns low and promissory
benefits high and that is all thats needed to make one believe that
the benefits outweigh the harms. Consecutively, I see that those who
keep the mainstream at arms length and are conscious that there is a
narrative and a bias, don't buy into these things so easily. But I
also see that there are a batallion of philosophies, core assumptions
about life that converge to produce an opinion on any matter like the
Aadhar / UID.

And the while those who do hold some things like fundamental rights as
sacred, would get affected by articles like the one linked above at
some point, for the advocates I mentioned, it would have no effect at
all for the reasons mentioned. If they don't give a shit about the
concerns to begin with, then restating them has no effect. Rather, I
think the focus should be on illustrating the next steps (or things
that will happen) they haven't thought about, and in putting across
the 'BOTH' in that proverb. Making the point that the things they are
so desperate to achieve, will never be achieved through the solution
they have adopted.

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