Sunday, November 29, 2020

Fwd: Trump shares article claiming deep state divide over election

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It suggests the Kraken is actually a "cyber warfare program" that tracks and "aquires [sic] evidence of nefarious activities and crimes committed by the Deep State." It adds that this has allowed Trump, alongside "loyal patriots" in the military and Space Command, to have gathered the evidence they need to prove his claims of fraud.

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Fwd: India’s vanishing nuclear scientists - Asia Times

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In the context of the recent hit on an Iranian nuclear scientist, the fifth assassinated in that country in the last few years, there are many who appear to have died in an untimely way from India, despite claims to the contrary pointing to the official death certificates.  

The Indian experience seems too much of a coincidence?  If so, whodunit?

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my sangam talk today at 7pm (30 nov) on #covid #vaccines

i'm giving a sangam talk tonight 7pm on #covid #vaccine. please mark your calendars. please let others know as well.

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Quick notes: UK's aid | Stolen heritage...

  • Londonistan: The five biggest recipients of UK's bilateral aid are Pakistan, Syria, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Afghanistan.

  • Low-cost batteries and novel perovskite materials: India and Israel to work together on perovskite solar cells and lithium sulfur batteries.

  • Chinese rival stole Tesla and Apple codes: Elon Musk says Chinese rival Xpeng stole Tesla and Apple codes.

    China mastered six key technologies in warp speed, 4G, 5G, CRISPR, Quantum communication, Quantum computers, Quantum Radar. . . India meanwhile won gold in History Debate Olympics

  • Rice miller creates 'black gold' from ash in Odisha: Bibhu Sahu supplies rice husk ash (RHA) pellets to steel industries in Egypt, Ukraine and Taiwan and is exploring opportunities in Japan, Germany and Australia. “There were no machines available across the country to generate RHA pellets. Some companies assured me to make the machinery but failed", recalls Sahu who hired local potters and a blacksmith to prepare a machine that can serve the purpose.

  • On the hunt for India’s stolen heritage: The India Pride Project is a volunteer-run organisation which aims to return thousands of artefacts stolen from India during the colonial era. Many of these treasures are in the British Museum in London.  
  • The new colonizer: Nigeria’s traditional textiles threatened by Chinese imports. “They take our designs and go to China and bring it to sell it cheaper”.  . . . . CPEC is the new East India Company in Balochistan

  • China is the virus: Chinese scientists now say India is origin of coronavirus.. This is not the first time China has blamed other countries for being the point of origin of the virus. Earlier, they had pointed fingers at Italy and the US.

  • Chain rapist from Pak: Greek police hunt for migrant ‘chain rapist’.

  • Digital tax: France orders Big Tech to pay digital tax despite threat of US tariffs.

  • From the archives: 'Liberalising Higher education' by Ghost Writer

Saturday, November 28, 2020

what DOESN'T un-nerve china?

reminds me of erstwhile "sonia is unhappy" stories in indian media.

Podcast Episode 9: TrueIndology incident is a watershed social media moment

but if and only if the government steps up to the plate and defends freedom of expression and the right of the country to control its own narrative

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Quick notes: Digital tax | Indian banks...

  • Digital Tax: U.S. tariffs poised to hit India, Austria, Italy for taxing local revenue of Internet companies such as Facebook and Google.

  • Who killed Indian banking? "In business, the promoters need to put in equity on the table first and then look for bank loans but in many cases in India the promoters used bank money for equity as well"... Things have started changing with the new insolvency law. It has infused the fear of God among the corporate borrowers, finally.

  • Pinaka rocket: Enhanced with an advanced guidance system for deadly accuracy.. On par with the US army's M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System. 

  • Resurrection: Micromax to bank on anti-Chinese sentiment. Experts say they need to invest heavily in R&D to stake a claim in this market.

  • UK to ban petrol and diesel cars: New cars and vans powered wholly by petrol and diesel will not be sold in the UK from 2030.  Hybrids would still be allowed,

  • Odissi : Mahina Khanum

  • Selectively woke: Apple is working to dilute the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which would require U.S. companies to guarantee that they do no use forced labor from Chinese concentration camps.

  • China champions globalism: RCEP does not impose any human rights, labor rights, or environmental requirements on the participating countries, key for China as the world’s leading concentration camp administrator and carbon emitter. . . . “In the name of openness, we have allowed subsidized products and unfair production advantages from abroad to prevail”

  • Beijing Professor: China ‘cooked Indian soldiers alive with secret microwave pulse weapon’. ‘In 15 minutes, those occupying the hilltops all began to vomit. They couldn’t stand up, so they fled. ‘This was how we retook the ground.’ . . . Fake news: "It's pure and poor psyops from China".

  • Chinese hacking continues: Massive, China-state-funded hack hits companies around the world.. Japan seems to be the main target this time.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Pfizer, BioNTech Ask FDA to Authorize Their Covid-19 Vaccine - The Wall Street Journal.

Pfizer, BioNTech Ask FDA to Authorize Their Covid-19 Vaccine 

Now India will rush to vaccinate everybody**. My sceptical podcast

** Well, not quite everybody. 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Quick notes: War lessons | Vocal for local...

  • Turkish drones lead Azerbaijan to victory: “The first lesson that the Azerbaijani-Armenian clashes showed is the vulnerability of traditional land units -- armored, mechanized, and motorized formations in the face of advanced drone warfare weaponry and concepts.” Crucially Turkey also transferred 'a complete robotic warfare doctrine and concept of operations' to Azerbaijan.

    “The Turkish-made Bayraktar drones carry four missiles that are also produced by Turkey -- MAM laser-guided ‘smart micromunition’ missiles. In Syria, these drones very easily destroyed Russian air defense systems like the S-300 and S-400 surface-to-air missiles (SAMs). This caused a kind of outcry in Russia because Turkey has produced drone weapons which are able to easily hit all the air-defense systems that have been advertised by Russia as one of the most effective air-defense systems in the world”.

  • Sunken boats. Stolen gear: Fishermen are prey as China conquers a strategic sea. China’s navy, coast guard and paramilitary fleet have rammed fishing boats, harassed oil exploration vessels, held combat drills and shadowed U.S. naval patrols. “It appears that China is rapidly developing the capabilities to exclude other navies from the South China Sea”.

    Many experts argue that China is the main culprit in overfishing, offering massive incentives to its armed fleet and regular fishermen to venture far into other nations’ exclusive economic zones, from Latin America to the Antarctic. “Clashes will increase as China strengthens de facto control and [fish] stocks collapse. Eventually we will see loss of life if this keeps up.” 

  • Vocal for Local: China lost Rs 40,000 crore from boycott of Chinese goods, claims CAIT. “We are all set to achieve our target of reducing imports from China to the tune of Rs. One lakh crore by December,2021”. . . . Will the educated middle-class support them?

  • Our bodies are ruined by sitting, learn to squat: “Every joint in our body has synovial fluid in it. This is the oil in our body that provides nutrition to the cartilage. If a joint doesn’t go through its full range—if the hips and knees never go past 90 degrees—the body says ‘I’m not being used’ and starts to degenerate and stops the production of synovial fluid. . . . “Being on the ground helps you physically be ”grounded in yourself” —something that’s largely missing from our screen-dominated, hyper-intellectualized lives. 

  • Far side of the moon: China's Yutu 2 rover snaps stunning new panoramas from the moon's far side. China is planning to launch its next lunar mission, Chang'e 5, later this month. The mission aims to land on the near side of the moon, collect around 4.4 lbs. (2 kilograms) of rocks and regolith samples and deliver them to Earth.

  • Unsafe at any speed: Why aren't Indian cars as safe as foreign ones?.. “India has the potential to be a great exporter of cars if they are as safe as international automobiles”.. India wasn't applying widespread crash testing like foreign countries do, so manufacturers didn't see the need for an investment focus on safety.

  • ‘Faeces and Pieces of Glass’: France warns soldiers against food delivery apps.. Soldiers and police have been under constant threat by Islamic radicals.

  • Navy Pilot Landing on Aircraft Carrier: