Thursday, April 24, 2014

kerala's alcoholics: a hospital study. not pretty

mostly poor, ill-educated, long-term alcohol abusers. big social cost. 

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us congress' misguided crusade against india

right on, david b cohen!

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Quick notes: Blow to Kaangress, Ultracap breakthrough...

Another NYT Hit Piece

Writing in the NYT, Ellen Barry pretends that the rising tide of support for Narendra Modi is actually a desire for dictatorship and despotism:

Nowhere does Ellen Barry mention the despotism of the current ruling Congress govt. Nowhere does she mention the "National Action Committee" which Sonia runs as a shadow-govt behind a puppet prime minister. Nowhere does Ellen Barry mention the numerous sedition notices served upon critics of the ruling govt. Nowhere does Ellen Barry mention the water cannons turned loose against ordinary people protesting the Delhi rape. Nowhere does Ellen Barry mention the police state being run by Sonia Gandhi and her royal clan. Nowhere does Ellen Barry mention the Congress govt's attempts to muzzle political opposition and file criminal cases to silence them.

Instead, Ellen Barry only tries to cherrypick any statements she comes across which reinforce her own pre-concieved prejudices.

You'll notice consistent and diametrically opposite reporting from the NYT on Asia and Latin America. In its Latin American coverage, the NYT will portray the socialists as evil, while the well-to-do and the religious are portrayed as the only hope for society. (That religion, not so coincidentally being NYT's favorite Catholic religion.) Meanwhile, in Asia the local religions are portrayed as the roots of exploitation and inequality, while the socialists are seen as keeping such threats in check.

The difference there is that in Latin America, the Atlanticists exterminated the native cultures and replaced them with a European order, including a Europe-centred religion, against which rebellion rallied under the banner of socialism. Given NYT's sectarian preferences for Catholicism and Euro-centrism, Latin socialists are therefore automatically evil, while its rich upper classes must be portrayed as victims of class warfare. Meanwhile, the indigenous cultures and beliefs of Asia continue to survive, which the NYT holds thinly-disguised contempt for. Therefore, the NYT plays the opposite game of casting Asian socialists as morally superior, while their opponents are cast as Shylock-ian social predators and parasites. You can see similar bias in NYT's coverage of southern and rural United States, where the predominance of WASPs likewise present the NYT with another rival enemy sect.

Sonia Gandhi is the Jiang Qing of India - but because she's a "civilized" European Catholic, the NYT will always defend her. One has to wonder - at what point did New York become the new Rome, from which the ivory tower of the NYT began its imperial campaign to champion its sectarian creed against all others?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Fwd: Controversial appointments put Navy at sea by Dinesh Kumar in TRIBUNE

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From: sanjeev nayyar
Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 9:47 AM
Subject: Controversial appointments put Navy at sea by Dinesh Kumar in TRIBUNE
To: esams Nayyar <>

Is it true that the new Navy Chief is related to R K Dhawan.

Controversial appointments put Navy at sea
The Navy has created some controversial precedents leading to major upheavals which would forever remain recorded in India's naval history, the latest being the appointment of Admiral RK Dhowan as the Navy Chief. In this, the government has bypassed two established norms, the first being that he has never headed an operational command. The other is overlooking the principle of seniority
Dinesh Kumar


Senior Navy officers line up outside South Block in New Delhi for a ceremonial function. — AFP

The Indian Navy, the smallest of the three services, is better known as the 'silent service' since it is publicly the least visible considering that its operational area is on the high seas. The Navy also has a far better record of contributing to defence indigenisation with its long and well established record of building warships which is in direct contrast to the Army and the Air Force both of which are entirely import-dependent for practically all their weapon platforms and weapon systems.

Yet despite being a 'silent service', the Navy has created some remarkable and controversial precedents leading to some major upheavals which are likely to forever remain recorded in India's post-Independent naval history. The latest is the unfortunate recent sequence of events which began with a spate of accidents involving ships and submarines which culminated in the unprecedented resignation of Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi.

The resignation, accepted within hours of its submission on 26th February this year, led to the Navy being headed on an ad hoc basis by the Vice Chief of Naval Staff for almost two months (50 days to be precise) – which again is unprecedented – before the latter was formerly appointed to the Navy's topmost post on 17th April.

However, in appointing Admiral Rabinder Kumar Dhowan as the new CNS, the 24th Navy Chief since Independence, the government has simultaneously bypassed two established norms, one of which is unprecedented. First, Admiral Dhowan has never previously headed an operational command (or even a training command), which is considered an essential requisite for an officer to be considered for appointment as CNS. This is unprecedented for all three services. The Navy has two operational commands – the Western Naval Command with headquarters in Mumbai and the Eastern Naval Command with headquarters in Vishakapatnam while a third, the Southern Naval Command with headquarters in Kochi, is a training command with no real operational jurisdiction on the high seas.

Second, Admiral Dhowan's appointment has been made after bypassing the principle of seniority. The senior most vice admiral who was in the reckoning for the post of Navy Chief after Admiral Joshi's resignation, Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) of the Western Naval Command, which is considered to be the most prestigious and important of all commands and in whose jurisdiction all the major mishaps had occurred, had immediately following the announcement of Admiral Dhowan's appointment requested voluntary retirement from service which only yesterday was accepted by the government. As a result, two key Navy posts – that of the Vice Chief and FOC-in-C of the Western Command – are currently vacant and require to be filled at the earliest.

Despite its small size (57,000 personnel), which is smaller in strength than the Delhi Police, and the fact that the men in white have otherwise performed with aplomb and with little controversy on the high seas, the Navy has, disproportionately to its size, made greater negative headlines compared to the other two services. Unfortunate as it is, both the office of the Navy Chief and several senior officers have on several occasions in the last two-and-a-half decades engaged in intrigue, manipulation or maneuvering. What is further disconcerting is that on most occasions, the Ministry of Defence has either been a party to these incidents or has spearheaded it.

The history of intrigue, manipulation and controversy mainly began in 1987 when the then Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Radhakrishna Hariram Tahiliani, the Navy's 13th chief, recommended a short extension in service for Vice Admiral Jayant Ganpat Nadkarni, who was otherwise retiring, in order to facilitate the latter becoming the next Navy Chief. The political dispensation comprising Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who was also Defence Minister, and Arun Singh, who was then Minister of State for Defence, accepted the recommendation and in due course Vice Admiral Nadkarni was promoted to the four-star rank of Admiral and appointed CNS on 1st December 1987.

This move (or maneuver?), according to Brigadier (retired) RP Singh and Commodore (retired) Ranjit B. Rai in their jointly authored book Sacked or Sunk? Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat was dictated by Admiral Tahiliani's desire to work out a line of succession for the Navy that would (or should) have led to the appointment of Vice Admiral Sukmal Jain (popularly known as Tony Jain) as the Navy Chief after Admiral Nadkarni's retirement followed by then Rear Admiral (later Admiral) Vishnu Bhagwat.

What happened subsequently was unprecedented in India's post-Independence military history. After Admiral Nadkarni took over as CNS, Rear Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat was apparently removed from reckoning for the critical post of Fleet Commander of an operational command, an appointment which is considered mandatory for an officer to be considered for the post of FOC-in-C of either of the two operational commands – the Western and Eastern Naval Commands. The Navy exercised its discretion to appoint Rear Admiral (later Vice Admiral) Kailash K. Kohli as Fleet Commander of the Western Naval Command where Rear Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat was Chief of Staff.

But it was the questionable manner in which the appointment was effected which appeared to smack of intrigue. Rear Admiral Kohli flew to Mumbai by a late evening flight and was driven in a car belonging to the Mazagon Docks Limited (MDL) to the Western Naval Command headquarters where he took charge as Fleet Commander around midnight, all of which was an unprecedented maneuver.

The incident led to a major upheaval in the Navy which lasted several years. For, acting on a tip off that Rear Admiral Kohli was being appointed Fleet Commander, Rear Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat filed a voluminous 405 page petition in the Bombay High Court on 12th September 1990.

The 13 respondents to his writ petition (number 2757) included a wide range of persons and institutions ranging from the Union of India, both the Defence and Home Ministers, the Defence Secretary, the Prime Minister's Principal Secretary at that time to eight top Navy officers beginning with the Navy Chief himself (Admiral Nadkarni) and his immediate senior, the FOC-in-C of the Western Naval Command Vice Admiral Jain. Incidentally, the latter too had been given a special extension until December 1990 with the ostensible aim of his being made Admiral Nadkarni's successor.

The writ petition had been explosive to say the least and it was for the first time that a senior service officer had taken the Union government, the Defence Ministry, the Prime Minister's office and virtually the entire top brass of the Navy to court for having been overlooked for an appointment and a for a promotion. While just the petition comprised 146 pages, the 48 annexures had run into 239 pages. The allegations ranged from the petty (parties attended, overseas visits etc by officers) to the more serious (professional impropriety, financial corruption, conspiracy etc) and from the personal to the professional with the reputation of every officer named questioned. Indeed, the petition reads like the Navy was a den of debauchery, conspiracy, degeneration, anti-national activities and corruption which would put Nero to shame.

Eventually, the writ petition resulted in a compromise. Rear Admiral Bhagwat withdrew his petition and was subsequently appointed Fleet Commander of the Eastern Naval Command. The reason(s) for the compromise is a subject of much debate and speculation. Whatever the reason, the compromise was arguably a questionable way out. The charges against the officers were never proved or disproved and yet their reputation was maligned while Rear Admiral Bhagwat got his way notwithstanding.

Vice Admiral Sukmal Jain, against who Rear Admiral Bhagwat had leveled charges of professional and personal impropriety and who was then the senior most vice admiral in line for promotion to the post of CNS, was superseded – the first incident of supersession. Instead, Vice Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas was approved for promotion and he took over as Navy Chief about two months later on 1st December 1990.

Interestingly, Vice Admiral Jain's supersession and Vice Admiral Ramdas' appointment was decided before Prime Minister VP Singh (who was also Defence Minister) resigned on 10th November 1990. When Chandra Shekhar took over as Prime Minister that same day, there were still 21 days for Vice Admiral Ramdas to formally take charge as CNS and had soon after taking charge considered reversing his predecessor's decision and giving Admiral Nadkarni extension for a month in order to consider someone else (possibly Vice Admiral Jain) for the Navy's top post. However, as brought out in his book My Presidential Years, Ramaswami Venkataraman, who was then President of India, strongly advised against it saying it would set a bad precedent.

The Navy's saga of courting controversy did not end there. Six years later, Vice Admiral Vishnu Bhgawat, who by then had become FOC-in-C of the Western Naval Command, rose to CNS. He assumed command on 1st October 1996 which led to an upset Vice Admiral Kohli, who by then had become Vice Chief of Naval Staff, to proceed on leave pending retirement later that year. Admiral Bhagwat's appointment had been preceded by considerable mudslinging against him and all other officers who were under consideration nfor Navy Chief.

Admiral Bhagwat's tenure as CNS came to an abrupt end when on the evening of 30th December 1998 the government terminated his service for defiance of the civilian government then headed by the BJP-led NDA. Some months before his dismissal from service, a number of senior officers, including two vice admirals, had filed complaints against Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat. Intrigue was again at play. Just as Rear Admiral Kohli had been driven in a MDL car to the Western Naval Command to take over as Fleet Commander at midnight, Vice Admiral Sushil Kumar, then FOC-in-C of the Southern Navy Command was surreptitiously flown in a specially requisitioned aircraft belonging to the Aviation Research Centre, the aviation wing of the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) from Kochi to New Delhi on Defence Minister George Fernandes' instructions and asked to take charge soon after Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat was served his dismissal orders after 5.30 pm, which was well past office hours.

Just as Admiral Dhowan has never commanded an operational command, neither had Admiral Sushil Kumar considering that the Southern Naval Command is a training command. But then, Admiral Sushil Kumar is not the only such officer to make to the top post of his service. General Shankar Roychowdhury, who became Army Chief after General Bipin Chandra Joshi died in harness in 1994, too had never commanded an operational command. He was then commanding the Army Training Command or ARTRAC in Shimla, which was designated as an operational command on paper but in Army circles is actually referred to only as a paper command.

The recent sequence of events were perhaps avoidable and could have been handled differently. Admiral Joshi's resignation on moral grounds need not have been accepted. For, there is a need to define moral grounds. Ships have sunk in the past and yet officers at the helm of affairs have risen in rank. Aircraft have crashed and soldiers killed in both peacetime and conflict. Yet, no Air Chief or Army Chief has resigned. If, however, Admiral Joshi's resignation needed to be accepted, then a Board of Inquiry should have clearly pinned responsibility before the government decided to supersede the senior most vice admiral. Issues concerning the services, the guardian of the country's security and the instrument of last resort in case of crisis, needs to be handled far more carefully and with greater seriousness.

House of intrigue

  • Unfortunately, both the office of the Navy Chief and several senior officers have on several occasions in the last two-and-a-half decades engaged in intrigue, manipulation or maneuvering.
  • What is further disconcerting is that on most occasions, the Ministry of Defence has either been a party to these incidents or has spearheaded
Warm Regards
sanjeev nayyar
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Pak Army Wants News Network Shut Down

Geo News, the most popular news network in Pakistan has aroused the anger of the Pakistan Army, which is demanding that it be shut down:

Who's Communal Now?

Shazia Ilmi, a star campaigner for the AAP, has been caught openly exhorting Muslims to be communal. She even goes so far as to tell them that "Kejriwal is ours", basically saying that he's in their hip pocket.

Sonia's surveillance state wants to ensure everyone gets their 15 minutes of infamy, courtesy of Congress cameras. As with Tehelka "journalism", the only ones who will be spared from "sting" video exposure will be the Congressmen themselves.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sonia's Surveillance State

Sonia Gandhi's police state seems to be pulling out all the stops in finding ways to undermine the Modi wave. After airing videos of Uma Bharati attacking Modi, now suddenly we see the Congress-paid media suddenly coming up with videos of Praveen Togadia attacking Muslims. We don't know the date of these videos, we don't know who took them, we just know that someone has conveniently collected them for airing during the election. And now the latest one is of Murli Manohar Joshi allegedly threatening reporters.

'peaceful' chinese seize japanese ship on ww2 claims. how much should tibetans claim for genocide?

i think this will lead to war. the chinese have 30 million surplus men they need to kill because otherwise they will be really rowdy, being unable to find women (the 30 million women who were aborted).

they have run a wargame in which they capture the senkakus in a brief, sharp, short ware (sound familiar?)

Fwd: (Photo) AAP holds Massive Rally against Modiji in Varanasi

the famous prashant bhushan holds the crowds in thrall, all 7 of them. 

this is like a friend of mine went to a movie theater in berkeley, ca, where it turned out she was the sole member of the audience. the ticket guy poked his head in the door, found she was there, and told the projectionist, "yup, she's here, you can start the show". :-)

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From: Ravi
Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014 at 3:54 AM
Subject: (Photo) AAP holds Massive Rally against Modiji in Varanasi

(Photo) AAP holds Massive Rally against Modiji in Varanasi

You have to see it to believe it ! ;-)

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

this twit, luce, still repeats 'pogrom against muslims', but suggests obama is a loser

vipul shah, indian entreprenuer in kenya

China's Economy Triple India's

In 1960, India's economy was nearly double China's, but today China's economy is nearly triple India's:

Modi as India's Ronald Reagan

David Cohen writes a follow-up to his recent article in The Daily Caller:

Personally, I'm liking Rand Paul and his Dad a lot, these days.

Fwd: Fw: NGOs Hillary Clinton art in Sunday Guardian

i'm pretty sure hillary is being hung out to dry, and the real anti-india people are obama and kerry. 

but they are pragmatic, so ambassador powell (who, incidentally had the most butch look of anyone i can remember in a long time) and hillary have been pushed under the bus. 

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

beware: well crafted phishing attack: Fwd: Know Your Customer (KYC) Update Required

i was taken in by this phishing attack. i didn't pay attention, so i entered data into the fake web address given below (it was not https which i didn't realize till later). so i ended up having to change all my passwords on this site. 

the embedded site address is the key. the bank will never send an embedded address, but will ask you to type in 

beware! i think i realized my mistake soon enough -- i called customer service to complain, and when i was talking to them realized there was a problem. i had to cancel by ATM card, though. 


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From: State Bank. of India <>
Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014 at 11:53 AM
Subject: Know Your Customer (KYC) Update Required
To: <my id>

Dear Valued Customer,

At SBI, we're serious about protecting your personal information. We use a variety methods to make sure your details are safe, using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption for all your online transactions and whenever you log in your User ID and Password .We also want as much help as our customers can give us in protecting themselves and steps you can take to help lower the risk of unauthorized activity on your account.

Reserve Bank has directed banks to ensure that all accounts opened with them are compliant with the KYC (Know Your Customer) norms.We are required to obtain from customers necessary proof of their identity. Further, we are required to update these records as per the prescribed periodicity. In view of this, every customers are required to re-confirm proof of account.The aforesaid update are required in the case of every State bank of India account holders.

Your online safety is our shared responsibility. This update will help us protect your personal information and help shield yourself from account activity you didn't authorize especially from unknown IP we are not familiar with.Any information we send you is scrambled en route and decoded once it reaches your browser.

Please log on to verify your account, by clicking the link below

NOTE: If the requisite proof update is not made on your account, we reserve the right to close your account without further notice. We apologies for any inconvenience. This message is purely as a result of our determination to provide you with the best possible security.

We appreciate your business.

State Bank of India Team.


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Quick notes: Gas wars, Temple gold...

Friday, April 18, 2014

China: 20% of Arable Land Now Polluted

China's own state report says that one-fifth of the country's arable land is now polluted.

This will make the country even more dependent upon foreign imports of food.

where silicon valley VCs are putting their money