Thursday, February 27, 2020

Quick notes: 5G hype | Surveillance state...

  • 5G Hype:  India is unlikely to have any substantial coverage of 5G until at least the end of next year, with telecom operators in the country yet to participate in a spectrum auction. But that hasn’t stopped Chinese vendors from bringing 5G-enabled smartphones to the world’s second largest handset market.

    5G is weaponized technology:

  • China’s Surveillance State: Thanks to technology, there is a much more robust option for authoritarians in the 21st century: big-data analytics in a digital public sphere. China’s system of cameras linked to facial-recognition databases, which may be able to identify people everywhere they go. . . Sick Man of Asia.


  • Bernie Sanders' disastrous answer:

    Cooper: Do you have -- a price tag for all of these things?

    Sanders: No, I don't. We try to -- no, you mentioned making public colleges and universities tuition free and canceling all student debt, that's correct. That's what I want to do. We pay for that through a modest tax on Wall Street speculation.

    Cooper: But you say you don't know what the total price is, but you know how it's gonna be paid for. How do you know it's gonna be paid for if you don't know how much the price is?

    Sanders: Well, I can't -- you know, I can't rattle off to you every nickel and every dime.


  • No limits to Mohammedan hypocrisy:


  • People who drive expensive cars behave worse: Self-centred men who are argumentative, stubborn, disagreeable and unempathetic are much more likely to own a high-status car such as an Audi, BMW or Mercedes


  • Nature makes children happier: The meaning and power of trees, water and wind "transcended" the mere senses. Getting in touch with the natural environment is a "tonic" that will cure what ails your soul. Our souls are just parts of Nature's greater "Oversoul."


  • Open source licenses: What, which, and why


Fwd: PGurus just uploaded a video

interesting allegation of rol rop alliance. 

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a good paper (continuously updated) on the coronavirus

http://www.stratcepts.com/Papers/COVID19.pdf

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Fwd: A Weekend of Transformation with Michel Danino - Indic Today

danino is a most impressive scholar. calm, factual, with unassaible logic. 

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Date: Wed, Feb 19, 2020 at 9:17 AM
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A Weekend of Transformation with Michel Danino - Indic Today


https://www.indictoday.com/events/a-weekend-of-transformation-with-michel-danino/

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Quick notes: Han hug | AI for drug discovery

  • Han hug: Chinese vassal state Italy grapples with worst coronovirus outbreak outside Asia. Towns in northern Italy under quarantine, Venice carnival closes early.


  • Newyork Post: Don’t buy China’s story on coronavirus.. It turns out that snakes don’t carry coronaviruses and that bats aren’t sold at a seafood market. Neither are pangolins, for that matter.


  • How China Endangered the World: The international health community has tried to infer from the dubious official daily tallies just how dangerous the coronavirus disease may be for the rest of the world.
    https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-51604625/coronavirus-mass-masked-wedding-in-the-philippines



  • Scientists discover powerful antibiotic using AI: In a world first, scientists have discovered a new type of antibiotic using artificial intelligence. An algorithm was used to analyse more than one hundred million chemical compounds in a matter of days. The newly discovered compound was able to kill 35 types of potentially deadly bacteria, said researchers. It has been heralded by experts as a major breakthrough in the fight against the growing problem of drug resistance.


  • Car-free Oslo, a huge success: Parking spots are now bike lanes, transit is fast and easy, and the streets (and local businesses) are full of people. ““I hope that other cities will be inspired by us to create their own car-free city center.”
    https://www.dailyscandinavian.com/bicycling-in-copenhagen-and-oslo/


  • The collected works of E.C.G. Sudarshan: His physics was organically integrated with his Vedanta.


  • Talk on dharma by Vojko Kercan, co-founder of the Gopuram Institute.



  • Live and let live

  • https://web2.ph.utexas.edu/~gsudama/publications.htm


Sunday, February 23, 2020

applies to space denial like shaheenbagh as well

To Survive Disaster, Plan for the Worst
Getting ready for a disaster is still a tiny part of the world's response to the likelihood of one. But some governments and officials are starting to plan well in advance.
By TINA ROSENBERG
Feb. 19, 2020

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Fwd: Space tech in India defence – a new chapter in the offing=Why China’s rise is attested by the West=TRUMP VISIT



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From: Sanjeev 


1. Pakistan Malaysia Turkey to challenge Middle East domination of Arab world 20.2.20 by Dr Subhash Kapila http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/node/2571
 
2. A high optic low result visit to India 23.2.20 by Bharat Karnad https://bharatkarnad.com/2020/02/23/a-high-optics-low-outcome-trump-trip-to-india/
 
3. Can India really count on Trump 21.2.20 by Brahma C https://chellaney.net/2020/02/21/can-india-really-count-on-trump/
 
 
5. Space tech in India defence – a new chapter in the offing by Rakesh S 20.2.20  http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/space-tech-in-indian-defence-a-new-chapter-in-the-offing/
 
6. After near war with U.S. Iran heads to polls 22.2.20 by Kabir T https://www.orfonline.org/expert-speak/after-near-war-with-the-us-iran-heads-to-the-polls-61527/
 
7. Why China's rise is attested by the West 21.2.20 by Harsh Pant https://www.orfonline.org/research/why-chinas-rise-is-attested-by-the-west-61610/
 
8. Time for U.S. to build bridges 22.2.20 by Abdul B https://tribune.com.pk/story/2161744/6-time-us-build-bridges/
 
9. Is Trump to put Afghanistan and PoK on the table 23.2.20 by Rajeev Srinivasan https://swarajyamag.com/world/so-if-no-trade-deal-is-trump-coming-all-the-way-to-put-afghanistan-and-pok-on-the-table
 
warm regards
sanjeev
 


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why is trump in india? one word: afghanistan.

it just doesn't add up. this trip, first since coronavirus scare, and just when taliban ceasefire has gone into effect, and he goes to afghan on feb 29?

there has to be something substantive that we will hear about by and by. say, like october. 

Saturday, February 22, 2020

is cancer medicine doing much for your health?

or is it just making hospitals and doctors rich?

and even early diagnosis isn't the panacea we thought it would be?


#bigmedicine #bigpharma rule. and india is going straight down this path.

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Friday, February 21, 2020

diet studies are pure bullshit, says new scientist

i also have serious concerns about RCTs, because the parameters you control for are too few, and may in fact be completely irrelevant.

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Subject: Why you shouldn't get your diet advice from news headlines
To: 

Hello readers,

This week, there were two studies in the news looking at the effects of food on our health. One claimed that a Mediterranean diet reduces frailty in old age, and the second that eating big breakfasts burns fat. Many of you have told me that you are interested in nutrition research, but I have a surprising confession for a biomedical journalist: I believe that the vast majority of published studies looking at diet can't be trusted.

I'm not the only one saying this. A growing number of statisticians argue that most studies done in this area are of poor quality. To understand why, let's first look at the best kind of research, the randomised controlled trial. This is where two groups of people are randomly allocated either to take a medicine or a dummy pill that looks just like it, and the health outcomes are compared.

When it comes to diet, this is time-consuming and expensive to do properly, and most trials have methodological flaws, such as being too small, short-lasting or measuring effects that are theorised to affect health, but we don't know for sure. The Mediterranean diet study, for instance, made its claims based on changes in people's gut bacteria, our knowledge of which is at a very early stage. The big breakfast study didn't show this strategy makes you lose weight, because it only lasted three days.

Many nutrition studies aren't even in the form of a trial – researchers simply observe what people eat to see if certain foods correlate with health outcomes. The problem is that wealthier people tend to eat more of what are seen as health foods, and they also live longer for a whole host of other reasons. So these "observational" studies can also generate false conclusions.

How do we know the field is unreliable? For a start, dietary studies are renowned for contradicting each other. That's why one day we see headlines saying red meat is bad for you, then the next day it's OK. Even where there is consensus that a certain food has an effect, the impact is often tiny next to other known lifestyle influences, like smoking or heavy drinking. This is the case for the idea that processed meat like bacon causes bowel cancer, for instance; the claimed effect is so small that if 100 people stopped eating bacon, there would be only one less heart attack.

But the clincher for me is that when we put ideas about healthy eating to a proper test, in the form of a large good-quality randomised trial, they almost never stand up, as I found when I investigated this issue last year.

Where does that leave those of us wanting to eat healthily? Some statisticians are calling for a pause on further studies on diet until these methodological problems can be fixed. Some sceptics even say that, in Western countries where few people have malnutrition, there may be no meaningful effects to find. Within the limits of moderation and common sense, the finer details of our diet really don't matter that much.

It's a startling claim – let me know what you think of it!

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amulya leona noronha shouting "pak zindabad" shows several things

1. pedophrasty is a useful tactic
2. the use of women as shields (we saw that also in the staged ayesha renna video where she and other screaming burqa clad women held police at bay)
3. india's innate respect for women and 'balak' laws are being turned against us
4. reminded of the lal masjid guy trying to escape wearing a burqa
5. there is a conspiracy behind individuals like this, as she herself admitted in a chilling video that's viral on the net
6. sedition is a serious crime in any country, and has to be treated as such
7. brainwashed commies like amuyla need to be deterred, because they are useful idiots for the ISI and congress


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Fwd: My latest article on ex cathedra declamations by members of India's higher judiciary outside the courts



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Friends:                                              21 February 2020

My latest essay on the subject of ex cathedra announcements outside the courts by sitting judges of the Supreme Court and High courts has just been published. 



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Quick notes: China-bound students | Solar vs coal...

  • Phoren degree: Chinese lure for Indian students falls under Coronavirus shadow. . . . Parents protest as Pakistani students stuck in China.


  • Beggar-thy-neighbor: China’s 11 dams on the upper Mekong have severely hurt farming and fishing in Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam all of which are reeling under drought.. The dams have fuelled long-term inflation and dependence on China. . . China's latest export -- disease.


  • Can solar power compete with coal? In India, it’s gaining ground. Even state-controlled Coal India forecasts a future with much less coal.


  • Ishta Linga: Muslim man chosen to head Lingayat Mutt in Karnataka.. Influenced by Basavanna's teaching, Diwan Sharief's parents donated two acres of land for the mutt. “If God appears to you for a path of goodwill and sacrifice, you will do it regardless of the manmade restrictions of birth and caste.” 


  • Rice-fish farming: Compared to fields that only grow rice, rice-fish farming increases rice yields by up to 20%. Rice-fish farming could feed more people than current monocultures while using less of the agricultural chemicals. 


  • Biodigester: Methane as fuel



  • Math challenged guy: Michael Bloomberg claims India is bigger contributor to climate change than China.. India's emissions: 2,162 metric tons, China's: 9,302 metric tons.. Bloomberg’s move to deflect blame from China was a marked contrast to other candidates.


  • Bernie Rises: But Socialism isn't popular with most Americans. . . . How socialist Bernie became a millionaire. . . What Michael Bloomberg should’ve said about his billions.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

cambodia to build statue of rajendra chozha. not tamil nadu.

end of manual scavenging: "bandicoot"



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happy maha sivaratri



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Fwd: Hinduphobia in American Academia and Media - Talk by Avatans



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are the democrats imploding?

tho ed luce is a pinhead, looks like the democrats are headed for a serious fratricial war. i think 60% change trump will win again.

sanders: old bolshie with health problems
biden: will be killed by october surprise re ukraine
warren: fading
bloomberg: will likely buy the nomination
klobuchar: about as colorless as can be
buttigieg: aiming to be first gay president. very nice, but not sure the public are all that keen on that milestone. 
gabbard: the only serious candidate that the democrats can throw at trump, but they have blackballed her because she's a hindu. 


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#bigmedicine. India heading down same path

William Easterly (@bill_easterly) tweeted at 1:29 AM on Fri, Feb 21, 2020:
Anne Case and Angus Deaton show how much the US outspends other countries on health care, and how little health there is to show for it. From their forthcoming book Deaths of Despair from @PrincetonUPress https://t.co/X7gDfFOxBB
(https://twitter.com/bill_easterly/status/1230582723611373568?s=03)

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