Thursday, October 31, 2013

and that lovely poem 'diwali' that i send out every year at this time

here's a link to it

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happy deepavali

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Mars Orbiter Mission Scheduled Launch - Nov 5, 14:38 IST

ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is scheduled to launch on November 5 at 14:38 IST.

NASA, which will be providing support to ISRO through its tracking network, has publically conveyed its wishes for success to India's first flight to Mars:

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


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From: ramnath narayanan


Moral of the story: let's give the devil his due!



October 28, 2013


Arvind Panagariya: Narendra Modi's real report card

The author compares Mr Modi in Gujarat to the Congress in India


With the bid by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for the office of the prime minister of India in full swing, attacks on the Gujarat story have intensified. Given the narrowing of the contest to one between Mr Modi and the Congress, one would expect the critics to compare the accomplishments of the former in Gujarat to the latter's nationally. But no critic would hazard such a comparison.

The data leave little room for anyone to credibly question the superior performance of Gujarat in industrialisation, agricultural development and overall growth. Therefore, critics have invented the argument that thanks to its long-standing entrepreneurial tradition, Gujarat has always grown fast. But if so, why is Rajasthan not a growth powerhouse despite its legendary Marwari entrepreneurs? Attracted by the superior business environment, those entrepreneurs have in fact migrated to Gujarat.

The claim that Gujarat has always grown fast also turns out to be false. A recent study by economists Archana Dholakia and Ravindra Dholakia shows that the trend growth rate in Gujarat was below the national average in the 1960s, above it in the 1970s and below it yet again in the 1980s. Far from always growing the fastest in the nation, Gujarat has not even grown faster, always, than the national average.

Christophe Jaffrelot has questioned Gujarat's record on poverty. But he relies on dated evidence and faulty analysis. Between 2004-05 and 2011-12, overall poverty in Gujarat fell by 15.2 percentage points compared with 15.3 percentage points nationally. Given that the poverty ratio in Gujarat in 2004-05 was already 5.4 percentage points below the national average, this progress is nothing to scoff at. Else, we would berate even more the 12.7 percentage point decline in Kerala over the same period.

Gujarat also deserves applause for the large cuts in poverty among the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Muslims. In a recent paper, Vishal More and I show that poverty among the former fell 21.8 percentage points between 2004-05 and 2011-12. For SCs, poverty is now only 1.4 percentage points higher than that in the general population. Nationally, the gap is much larger.

At 7.7 per cent, Gujarat now boasts the lowest poverty ratio for Muslims in rural areas (Click for chart). The state also counts among the seven states with lower poverty ratio for Muslims than Hindus in rural and urban areas combined. It has achieved this distinction by cutting poverty among Muslims by 23.3 percentage points in rural areas and 27.7 percentage points in urban areas since 2004-05.

Gujarat has been widely admonished for its poor achievements in the area of child malnutrition. But the criticisms rely predominantly on the National Family Health Survey data that end in 2005-06. Estimates based on the more up-to-date data from the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) paint a very different picture. Cited by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India in a 2012 report, these estimates show that Gujarat cut the proportion of underweight children between 2006-07 and 2010-11 by a gigantic 32 percentage points. The corresponding reduction was nine percentage points at the national level and just two percentage points in Kerala. According to Gujarat state officials, quoted in a media report this month, the state has achieved an additional reduction of 14 percentage points in 2011-12 and 2012-13.

The Gujarat government can be accused of failing to identify problems, but not of failing to act once a problem is identified. Thus, soon after the 2001 census brought to light the sharp decline in the female-to-male-child ratio, the Gujarat government launched the "Save the Girl Child Campaign". Subsequently, the ratio has seen a steady improvement. According to a recent Sample Registration System report, it rose from 865 per thousand during 2004-06 to 903 during 2008-10. The corresponding increase at the national level was much smaller, from 892 to 905.

Likewise, anticipating the damage that the huge emphasis on input norms in the Right to Education (RTE) Act could do to elementary education, Gujarat has adopted the most innovative implementation rules. These rules limit the requirements for the recognition of as yet unrecognised schools to eight square feet of area per student plus 60 square feet for the teacher in each classroom. Much more importantly, continued recognition is based on a formula that assigns 30 per cent of the weight to the level of learning outcomes and an additional 40 per cent to the improvement in those outcomes. The formula assigns input norms just 15 per cent weight. Thus, whereas many states are using onerous input norms in the RTE Act to shut down low-budget private schools with superior learning outcomes but inferior facilities, Gujarat has chosen to reward schools that deliver superior learning outcomes.

To be sure, in terms of levels of most social indicators, Kerala beats all states. But this largely reflects its historical lead. It is also true that Tamil Nadu often leads in improvements in the indicators. But this hardly detracts from the impressive progress Gujarat has made in improving literacy and many health indicators. The critics want to turn the best into the enemy of the good to give a walkover to the bad, but that won't work.

Finally, critics argue that state-level experience is irrelevant to governing a nation. But this is incorrect for two reasons. First, Gujarat is not a banana republic: it is approximately equivalent to the United Kingdom in population and area. Second, a chief minister brings with him valuable grassroots knowledge that modern-day national leaders often lack. The success of Prime Minister Narasimha Rao was in no small measure due to his on-the-ground knowledge acquired as chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. Closer to my present home, the most recent US presidents who have been successful - including Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W Bush - have been state governors with no prior experience at the national level. Ironically, it is Barack Obama, a former US senator with no experience as state governor, who has overseen some of the worst logjams in the United States Congress.

The writer is a professor at Columbia University


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British science: Hindu rituals responsible for Himalayan glaciers melting

Astounding research!!!

According to the British "scientists", a huge proportion of
emissions causing global warming can also be attributed to Hindu rituals!!!

A few years ago, some Limey pseudo-scientists had accused Indians of being the progenitors of "Mad cow disease" and the "Superbug". "Mad cow disease" is actually the result of bloody Limeys feeding offal from slaughtered cows - to the cow, a
naturally herbivorous animal.

This is nothing if not a naked attempt to demonize and de-humanize 1 billion Hindus, a precursor to decimating their religion and culture; to be followed by physical annihilation if that rare creature of any Hindu resistance were to be encountered.

It is to their infinite disgrace that some mentally circumcised Indian scientists have collaborated in this Limey "research". The Gunga Dins will, no doubt be rewarded handsomely by their British masters with some prestigious award and regaled in front of gora audiences in Londonistan.

The images that come to my mind are of:
Anna Hazare ringing the bell in Wall Street,
Mumbai Dabbawallahs attending
Prince Charles' wedding with Camilla "Vaini".

Report from the Toilet paper of India

"LONDON: Holy smoke arising from Hindu funeral pyres, Muslim cemeteries and Buddhist temples are responsible for almost a quarter of the greenhouse gases blamed for global warming on the Indian subcontinent and the melting of the Himalayan glaciers, a new study has claimed.

Researchers have long suspected that the rituals of religious devotion in India, Nepal and South Asia, may be a factor in the level of brown carbon and soot which pollutes the air in the region, but until now little work has been done to quantify the size of the problem.

According to researchers from US state Nevada's Desert Research Institute and the Pandit Ravi Shankar Shukla University in Chhattisgarh, the impact is "huge" - 23 per cent of particles from human burnt fossil fuels in the atmosphere and a major source of carcinogenic volatile organic compounds, a report in the Telegraph said.

Between 2011 and 2012, the researchers measured emissions from marriage ceremonies, funeral cremations, incense sticks in temples and graveyards, and found mango bark, cow dung, camphor, leaves, vermillion, and cow urine being burned.

They identified fourteen "deadly" volatile organic compounds, including formaldehyde, benzene, styrene and butadiene, they told Nature magazine.

They discovered that funeral pyres emitted large amounts of 'brown carbon aerosol' gases, regarded as the second largest contributor to global warming, which absorb sunlight and give out heat.

Their dark particles settle on snow and glaciers causing them to warm and melt.

Much of this pollution is overlooked because it is shrouded by human loss and religious worship and identity, but the research team has warned the scale of its environmental damage demands further study.

"There are three million religious places of worship in India alone and over 10 million marriages take place every year in this country according to the 2011 census.

"When these results were multiplied to fit these scales, the quantum of emissions was just baffling," researcher Shamsh Pervez said.

Fwd: Reasons why S Varadarajan was sacked from The Hindu

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From: sri venkat
Subject: Reasons why S Varadarajan was sacked from The Hindu

from sans serif blog

The "professional" editor may have been eased out by redesignating
him; the services of the "professional" CEO may have been summarily
terminated; and the front page of the paper may have returned to its

But The Hindu saga is not over yet.

After six board members on the 11-member board of Kasturi & Sons (K.
Balaji, K. Venugopal, Ramesh Rangarajan, Lakshmi Srinath, Vijaya Arun
and Akhila Vijay Iyengar) wrote to the other five against the removal
of Siddharth Varadarajan and Arun Anant, the chairman of the board N.
Ram has responded in kind through a seven-page response, with the
operative paragraphs on pages 3 and 4.

"The discussions on the performance of Mr Siddharth Varadarajan as
Editor of The Hindu was in fact a continuation of the discussions in
the Board meeting held on August 20, 2013 as reflected clearly in the
minutes of the meeting approved unanimously at the meeting on October
21, 2013. Not a single Director had any words of praise for or defence
of his performance. Mr Siddharth Varadarajan had been informed in
detail by me as Chairman of the previous meeting Board meeting of the
view of the Board and some Directors had raised such issues with him
periodically. Mr N. Murali, Mr. N. Ravi, Ms Malini Parthasarathy, and
I referred to many instances of gross and continued violation of the
binding Code of Editorial Values in terms of editorialising in the
guise of news coverage, unfair and exaggerated reporting, banning or
downplaying coverage of certain personalities with personal preference
and prejudice, overriding professional news judgement, unsatisfactory
coverage in the in main Chennai market, frequent absences from
Chennai, and inadequate time and commitment to the overall task of
editing the newspaper. Some of you wanted these issues address with Mr
Siddharth Varadarajan. I pointed out that these issues had been taken
up with him repeatedly to no effect and Mr. N Ravi expressed the view
that the situation had become irremediable.

"Mr. K. Venugopal made the suggestion at the meeting that the Board
should vote on reposing confidence in the then CEO and the erstwhile
business and editorial arrangement. I then put the following
resolution to vote: "Resolved that the present structure be retained".
Mr K. Venugopal declared that he was voting for his resolution and
five others voted in favour. As rightly noted in your letter, six
Directors opposed the resolution and the motion consequently failed in
the absence of a sufficient majority. It was therefore evident that
the erstwhile management structure had become untenable and the
Company could not continue to repose trust and confidence in the then
Editor and the then CEO. Of necessity and solely with a view to
preventing the newspaper's activities from coming to a grinding half,
the managerial supervision of the business and editorial affairs of
the Company had perforce to be reorganised.

"It was in this vacuum that I circulated the draft of a resolution of
the new structure and allowed the Directors time to go through it
before starting discussions on it. The main elements of the proposed
structure had been discussed repeatedly in Board meetings as well as
outside. Thereafter, discussions on the proposed structure followed
with some Directors expressing support and others expressing
opposition to it. When the draft resolution assigning that I, in my
capacity as Chairman, out of necessity and in the interest of the
Company, exercised my casting vote to approve the resolution. Failing
this, not only would an unacceptable crisis have arisen in leadership
but the very citadel of the newspaper built over more than a century
would have been grievously threatened. Such a situation would
certainly have been exploited by the Company's competitors to the
obvious disadvantage of the newspaper's loyal readers. Consequently,
the management of the Company who undoubtedly have tremendous
experience and credentials in this regard...."

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Congress Opposed to SPG Protection for Modi

The ruling Congress Party is opposed to granting SPG protection to opposition Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi:

Given that the Congress Party's shrill venom against Modi - calling him a "maut ka saudagar", "Hitler", "butcher", "psychopath", etc - is the main reason for animosity and threats against his life, it seems like the Congress strategy for hanging onto power includes a willingness to see political challengers eliminated by hook or by crook.

Quick notes: Killer firmware, Project Ara...

china is sending its scum to the us now

undocumented alien. yeah, illegal alien dumped in the us by the hans.

one of the 30 million han men who will never find a woman, and who will be dangerous to themselves and everybody else. after dumping a few of them elsewhere, the hans will start wars to kill off these youngsters: one with russia (fringe benefit: capture siberia), one with india (fringe benefit: capture arunachal pradesh), one with japan (fringe benefit: depopulate japan some more).

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Quick notes: Lobbying resumes, Polio threat...

Saturday, October 26, 2013

NYT Editorializes Against Modi

The NYT has formally come out against Narendra Modi by publishing an editorial attack on him:

They don't mention the train-burning which caused the riots, only that the riots happened. They claim that Modi has made Muslims in Gujarat poorer than other Gujaratis. They also claim that he has been preaching "strident Hindu nationalism", essentially parroting accusations made by the Indian Left and the ruling Congress Party without challenging on their veracity.

Congress fascists getting tickled by terminology

This is not the usual verbal flatulence emitted with monotonous regularity by clerical functionaries of the Nehruvian Stalinist party establishment.

The threat should be noted by those in charge of Narendra bhai Modi's security. Anything is possible under the iron curtain imposed by the totalitarian fascist dictatorship of the Dynasty. In their overzealous endeavour to exhibit loyalty to the dynasty's crown prince - party functionaries are inciting a violent pogrom by the party "workers" and "youth brigade".

It is not as if Modi was heaping indignity or verbal abuse at Raoul. But, there is no place for humour under a totalitarian dictatorship - the Nehruvian Stalinists will not appreciate or tolerate Narendra bhai's mild humour in using the term "Shahzada", Persian for "prince". And, the irony of their rage at the slightest criticism of their IDOL is lost on
indoctrinated genocidal thugs.

These are the same fascist Congress goondas who massacred 10,000 Sikhs across northern India, including 5000 in Delhi alone in the 1984 genocide.

They are the same Stalinist butchers who massacred and raped members of the Deshastha Brahmin community in Maharashta - Nathuram Godse's community - after Ghandy's assassination.

Their threats are serious and should be taken with all seriousness.

"NEW DELHI: Taking strong exception to Narendra Modi addressing Rahul Gandhi as "shahzada" (prince), Congress on Saturday did some tough talking as it threatened that its workers were capable of stopping such "undignified" language but were restrained due to respect for laws and the Model Code.

The ruling party said its vice-president should be addressed in the same manner in which he addresses people with respect as use of words like "shahzada" will not be tolerated.

Defending Rahul Gandhi's recent election speeches where he had invoked Muzaffarnagar riots, the Congress said the motive behind Gandhi's remarks should be understood as he said communalism in any form should be opposed and condemned.

"The way Rahul Gandhi is being addressed and criticized by the use of language - words like 'shahzada' and alike, this conduct is not dignified in a democracy.

"Congress workers are not reacting out of respect for the model code of conduct and laws of the country and are thus quiet. Otherwise, the use of such words can be stopped in two days. We don't want such a situation to arrive," Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said, without naming Modi.".

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In Australia's Western Desert, Aboriginal hunters use a unique method that actually increases populations of the animals they hunt, according to a study co-authored by Stanford Woods Ins …

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Quick notes: Women in engineering, Roma plight...

  • India has a much better male-to-female ratio in engineering courses than the U.S. Compared to the West, India does much better on this dimension of gender equity.

  • Flashy Feminists Struggle to Muster Support: The public isn't shocked by their "sextremist" tactics anymore, leading to a dwindling of already meager support.

  • Prejudiced Europe falls silent after high-decibel allegations of child-snatching:  DNA tests show Bulgarian Roma couple are parents of the four-year-old blonde girl found in Greece: The Roma couple found caring for Maria were charged with abducting a minor and falsifying documents. This seems to be a common occurence: Ireland returns 2 blonde children to Gypsy parents

  • Asian pollution makes computers sick, too: Rotten air is taking a toll on electronics in China and India, with sulfur corroding the copper circuitry in PCs and servers and wrecking the motherboards.

  • Han invasion? Greenland awards huge iron ore project. Opponents are concerned about plans to bring in up to 3,000 mainly Chinese workers.

  • This is what happens when you don't outsource to India:

Chidambaram Hopes to Cook the Books

Finance Minister Chidambaram hopes to impress international ratings agencies with his creative accounting skills, by rolling over his vote-buying schemes into the next fiscal budget:

Maybe he hopes they won't notice, or that they'll give him a gold star for his creativity.

In Pakiwood, Indians Are Fidayeen

Pakistan's first big-budget blockbuster, Waar, has Indians behind all the jihadis running around the country:

The film is being released under the Warner Bros label, while being funded by Pakistan Army's inter-services public relations arm.

Rahul Blames ISI for Muzzafarnagar Riots

Rahul Gandhi says the ISI are meddling in the recent Muzzafarnagar riots in UP:

It seems that everytime the Clown Prince starts singing impromptu, he gives his own partymen headaches.

Germans, French to Limit Intel-Sharing with US

Merkel and Hollande are ready to show the US their middle finger over allegations of spying on their conversations:

The United States should immediately move to renegotiate its participation in NATO, in response to the latest German-initiated moves. There's no need for the US to cater to Europeans through participation in NATO, which has always been geared more towards European security than America's. Let the Europeans take care of their own security, instead of American taxpayers having to underwrite it. The days when America could afford Marshall Plans and other largesse to foreign countries are long gone, and the US is even winding down its presence on the Korean peninsula. Americans should send a strong signal by rolling up their participation in NATO. Let the Europeans be tough-talkers on their own dime/deutschemark.

The US needs a Look East policy.

The Atlanticists will of course desperately rush to shore up trans-Atlantic ties by trying to paper over the latest European umbrage, and will try to argue that NSA spying poses a big threat to American civil liberties, in order to sugarcoat and support the European stance. But all the jihadism that the US is trying to protect itself against was created in the name of protecting Europe from the big, bad Russkies in the first place. Given that the Atlanticists created this problem, they're hardly credible in trying to attack the response to it, which is increased intelligence activity.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tackling fiscal mess with 180 IQ

Bankrupting the nation so Kaangress can return to power
India's finance minister is finding it harder and harder to meet the government's budget promises and may sweep as much as $15 billion in subsidy costs into next year's accounts to ensure he hits fiscal targets ahead of national elections, ministry officials say.

By rolling over some costs, Chidambaram can tell voters in the run up to the elections, which must be held by May, that the government met its deficit target. But equally, he will be shackling the next government with costs that could blunt its ability to stimulate an economic recovery.

Meeting the target is important also to stave off the ire of ratings agencies as India's credit status sits just one notch above junk. A loss of its investment grade rating would probably increase the government's borrowing costs.

But Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has shied away from raising fuel prices for fear it could upset voters and cost his Congress party the elections.

A new law to provide cheap grains to millions of people has increased procurement and storage costs, inflating food subsidies by around 10 percent. "The budget will simply collapse, if we continue to provide subsidies on this scale," said a finance ministry official.

Subsidy spending has massively overshot budgeted estimates for the last three fiscal years forcing up the amount of cost that the government rolls over.
Reuters: India eyes $15 billion rollover of subsidy costs into next budget

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Quick notes: Bling Bishop, Mars Orbiter...

Automatic Roti-maker

Yes, kids - apparently someone has invented an automatic machine to do this:

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Govt to Build War Chest Against US Fed Taper

The Indian govt is trying to build a large war chest of foreign exchange in order to counter the expected taper of the US Federal Reserve's Quantitative Easing program:

Defend the borders? Who cares - there's no votes in that. Stop terrorism? Who cares - there's no votes in that. Oh, but the exchange rate value of the rupee affects bread-and-butter things like the price of fuel and inflation in general. So of course the UPA govt will put maximum priority on defending the rupee, in order to defend itself. When it comes to defending their own political turf, the UPA will show a maximalist aggressive policy on market intervention.

Can it really work? In a sustained bear market, successive aggressive interventions by the govt will eventually erode that war chest. Furthermore, it remains to be seen whether foreign buyers would be stupid enough to be suckered into putting their money into buying bonds from a non-performing govt only interested in its own self-preservation.

Pak Ex-Ambassador: My Country Supports Terrorism

Pakistan's former ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani says that his country Pakistan supports terrorism:

It's a refreshingly frank admission from someone who has spent his career defending his country from such charges.

Re: Confirmation

New phishing or malware scam. Beware, don't click on link

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India Caves to China on Border Dispute

India has handed China a victory in groveling before it over the recent border incursion:

Monday, October 21, 2013

tools for dissenters

Useful in India too for dissent RT @johndoerr: Google Ideas aids online rebels with digital defenses  via @CNET

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New Treatment for Hair Loss

A new technique has been developed to help those suffering from hair loss:

No reservations here, it stays in the family

Kasturi and Sons patch up, get back to top positions. The return to the family-run, family-edited way for The Hindu is in sharp contrast to what they preach. For instance: Equality of priestly opportunity 

Article: Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

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Labyrinthine M. C. Escher stairs line vast Indian well - life - 21 October 2013 - New Scientist

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

great infographics that show how UPA has screwed us all

see all the graphs

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The Economist | Schumpeter: A new business idol

Nato's voice tries to damn modi with faint praise

Economist | Schumpeter: A new business idol via @theeconomist

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Fwd: Joseph Atwill and the invention of Jesus

i have no doubt that jesus is a hoax (based on the fact that there are absolutely no genuine artifacts unless those of the earlier buddha, and not one contemporary roman historian mentions jesus, except for josephus flavius, but there are problems there too). 

but i have been thinking it is a hoax perpetrated by the very clever paul (formerly saul, a criminal). but he did seem really awfully masterly -- more than one person could manage -- so maybe this entire cabal of romans really did make up the whole thing. it does appear well-thought-through.

so roman mind control won -- is sort of what these guys are saying. yeah, i can see that. just look around india and listen to the mythology of the 'sacrificing nehru dynasty' (manufactured by the vatican, doubtless) and you see large-scale hypnosis in action. roman mind control is winning over the pagans. again. 

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From: Ishwar Sharan
Date: Sat, Oct 19, 2013 at 5:19 PM
Subject: Joseph Atwill and the invention of Jesus

​There may be more to this theory of Atwill's than suspected (his website is here). 

I have always maintained that Jesus was a literary invention but left open the option that the Gospel character may have been based on one or more real persons. 1st century Palestine was not much different from India with its plethora of good and bad holy men wandering around collecting disciples and prophesying doom. But that the invention of Jesus was an official propaganda project of the Emperor and Roman State is hard to believe without seeing some evidence. - IS/SDS

Ancient Confession Found: 'We Invented Jesus Christ'

London, 8 October 2013 : American Biblical scholar Joseph Atwill will be appearing before the British public for the first time in London on the 19th of October to present a controversial new discovery: ancient confessions recently uncovered now prove, according to Atwill, that the New Testament was written by first-century Roman aristocrats and that they fabricated the entire story of Jesus Christ. His presentation will be part of a one-day symposium entitled "Covert Messiah" at Conway Hall in Holborn (full details can be found at

Although to many scholars his theory seems outlandish, and is sure to upset some believers, Atwill regards his evidence as conclusive and is confident its acceptance is only a matter of time. "I present my work with some ambivalence, as I do not want to directly cause Christians any harm," he acknowledges, "but this is important for our culture. Alert citizens need to know the truth about our past so we can understand how and why governments create false histories and false gods. They often do it to obtain a social order that is against the best interests of the common people."

Atwill asserts that Christianity did not really begin as a religion, but a sophisticated government project, a kind of propaganda exercise used to pacify the subjects of the Roman Empire. "Jewish sects in Palestine at the time, who were waiting for a prophesied warrior Messiah, were a constant source of violent insurrection during the first century," he explains. "When the Romans had exhausted conventional means of quashing rebellion, they switched to psychological warfare. They surmised that the way to stop the spread of zealous Jewish missionary activity was to create a competing belief system. That's when the 'peaceful' Messiah story was invented. Instead of inspiring warfare, this Messiah urged turn-the-other-cheek pacifism and encouraged Jews to 'give onto Caesar' and pay their taxes to Rome."

Was Jesus based on a real person from history? "The short answer is no," Atwill insists, "in fact he may be the only fictional character in literature whose entire life story can be traced to other sources. Once those sources are all laid bare, there's simply nothing left."

Atwill's most intriguing discovery came to him while he was studying "Wars of the Jews" by Josephus [the only surviving first-person historical account of first-century Judea] alongside the New Testament. "I started to notice a sequence of parallels between the two texts," he recounts. "Although it's been recognised by Christian scholars for centuries that the prophesies of Jesus appear to be fulfilled by what Josephus wrote about in the First Jewish-Roman war, I was seeing dozens more. What seems to have eluded many scholars is that the sequence of events and locations of Jesus ministry are more or less the same as the sequence of events and locations of the military campaign of [Emperor] Titus Flavius as described by Josephus. This is clear evidence of a deliberately constructed pattern. The biography of Jesus is actually constructed, tip to stern, on prior stories, but especially on the biography of a Roman Caesar."

How could this go unnoticed in the most scrutinised books of all time? "Many of the parallels are conceptual or poetic, so they aren't all immediately obvious. After all, the authors did not want the average believer to see what they were doing, but they did want the alert reader to see it. An educated Roman in

the ruling class would probably have recognised the literary game being played." Atwill maintains he can demonstrate that "the Roman Caesars left us a kind of puzzle literature that was meant to be solved by future generations, and the solution to that puzzle is 'We invented Jesus Christ, and we're proud of it.'"

Is this the beginning of the end of Christianity? "Probably not," grants Atwill, "but what my work has done is give permission to many of those ready to leave the religion to make a clean break. We've got the evidence now to show exactly where the story of Jesus came from. Although Christianity can be a comfort to some, it can also be very damaging and repressive, an insidious form of mind control that has led to blind acceptance of serfdom, poverty, and war throughout history. To this day, especially in the United States, it is used to create support for war in the Middle East."

Atwill encourages skeptics to challenge him at Conway Hall, where after the presentations there is likely to be a lively Q&A session. Joining Mr.Atwill will be fellow scholar Kenneth Humphreys, author of the book "Jesus Never Existed."

About Joseph Atwill: Joseph Atwill is the author of the best-selling book "Caesar's Messiah" and its upcoming sequel "The Single Strand."


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How the American Medical Association feels about Obamacare--in a lighter vein

The American Medical Association has weighed in on Obama's new health care package. The Allergists were in favor of scratching it, but the Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves. The Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve. Meanwhile, Obstetricians felt certain everyone was laboring under a misconception, while the Ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted. 
>> Pathologists yelled, "Over my dead body!" while the Pediatricians said, "Oh, grow up!" The Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while the Radiologists could see right through it. Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing and the Internists claimed it would indeed be a bitter pill to swallow. The Plastic Surgeons opined that this proposal would "put a whole new face on the matter." The Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the Urologists were pissed off at the whole idea. Anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas, and those lofty Cardiologists didn't have the heart to say no.


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Fwd: New Post: How Christianity was used to enslave Europe – Joseph Atwill

smart romans are using the same corpse god hoax to enslave india too these days. 

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From: Ishwar Sharan
Subject: New Post: How Christianity was used to enslave Europe – Joseph Atwill

ॐ  Some time ago a respected mahatma I know said: Vivekananda loved Jesus! He was implying that therefore he---and we---could love Jesus too. This is the foolish, undiscriminating attitude of the Neo-Vedantin that will keep Christianity alive in India even as it dies in Europe and the US.

Anyway, the problem of the historical Jesus is secondary to the greater problem of the imaginary Jesus. Hindus love Jesus---for reasons I will never understand---and Jesus will continue survive in the Hindu imagination if no place else on earth -- IS/SDS

How Christianity was used to enslave Europe – Joseph Atwill

Posted on October 21, 2013 

Joseph AtwillAbout Joseph Atwill: While studying the two most prominent works of the 1st century –Josephus' Wars of the Jews and the Gospels – Joseph Atwill noticed a series of parallels occurring in sequence between the military campaign of the Roman Caesar Titus Flavius and the ministry of Jesus. His findings led him to a startling new conclusion about the origins of Christianity – that a Roman imperial family, the Flavians, had created Christianity to pacify the Jews' rebellion against Rome, and even more incredibly, they had placed a literary satire within the Gospels andWars of the Jews to inform posterity of this fact.

The results of Atwill's research are set out in his book Caesar's Messiah. The second edition of Caesar's Messiah became the best-selling work of religious history in the US in 2007, and its German translation Das Messias Ratsel achieved #1 Best Seller status. The Flavian Signature edition of Caesar's Messiah adds the most detailed presentation of the parallels Atwill discovered between the works of Josephus and the Book of Luke. His upcoming book, The Single Strand, is slated to be published by Ulstein, and a documentary film based on Caesar's Messiah was released in 2011 [see video below]. Atwill is an avid chess player, having more than 100 victories over Grandmasters and International Masters, and holding an ICC Masters rating of 2358. — Excerpted from Joseph Atwill's Blog

Roland pledges his fealty to Charlemagne.How Christianity Was Used to Enslave Europe

When I speak with Christians, many describe the spiritual growth their relationship with Jesus has given them. I know they are sincere but I always wonder how they would feel about Jesus if they were forced to take an Oath of Fealty to his earthly representative.

A 7th century Anglo-Saxon "Oath of Fealty" between a serf and his lord still exists. It states: "By the Lord before whom this sanctuary is holy, I will be true and faithful, and love all which he loves and shun all which he shuns, according to the laws of God and the order of the world. Nor will I ever with will or action, through word or deed, do anything which is unpleasing to him, on condition that he will hold to me as I shall deserve it, and that he will perform everything as it was in our agreement when I submitted myself to him and chose his will."

Pope Sylvester & Emperor Constantine: In fact Constantine carried the title of Pontifex Maximus, not Sylvester who was mere Bishop of Rome. Christianity may be considered a religion, but it was actually developed and used as a system of mind control to produce slaves that believe God decreed their slavery. From their position as the "Pontifex Maximus" – the official title for Caesar's position as head of the pagan college of Roman priests – the Pontiffs of the Roman Catholic Church oversaw the feudal system wherein Christianized serfs gave their work product to the authorities without complaint. Their docility was caused by the fact that they were Christians and therefore believed the Apostle Paul when he wrote: "slaves should be obedient to their masters in everything". (Titus, 2)

Though serfs were indeed slaves – the word "serf" can be traced back to the Latin word servus, meaning "slave" – the group that became serfs did not start out as slaves and were originally called coloni (sing. colonus), a Latin word meaning a farmer who farmed his own land. (One interesting etymological point is that the word "colonized" was first used to depict a colonus changing wild land into farm land.)

When Rome was a Republic the coloni had numerous rights including the ability to sell their land, but these freedoms steadily eroded during the imperial era. Around 300 CE the Caesar Diocletian implemented a tax that unified a plot of land with its inhabitants. It thereby became more difficult for coloni to sell their plots.

Chi Rho: Monogram of ChristIn 306 CE, upon the death of his father ConstantiusConstantine became co-Emperor with his brother-in-law Maxentius. The two were bitter rivals however, and war soon broke out. Before the battle of the Milvian Bridge in 312 CE, Constantine had his famous but absurd vision in which Christ purportedly instructed him to place a particular sign on the battle standards of his army. This symbol was called the Chi Rho (the Chi Rho superimposed the first two letters of the Greek word "ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ" or Christ in such a way to produce a monogram that invoked the crucifixion of Jesus) and was described by Eusebiusas "a long spear, overlaid with gold, which included a bar crossing the spear to form the shape of the Christian cross. On the top of the whole was fixed a wreath of gold and precious stones, and within this the symbol of the Savior's name, two letters indicating the name of Christ by means of the initial letters, the letter X intersection P at the center." Included with the banner were the words: "In hoc signo vinces" (in this sign thou shalt conquer).

"Saint" Constantine the Great: One of history's most wicked men!Armed with the "power of Jesus", Constantine defeated his rival and became dictator. His reign is best remembered for the Edict of Milan in 313, which fully legalized Christianity, and the Council of Nicea, which he chaired in 325, that began the era where the religion enjoyed the power of the Roman state.

Because of his assistance in making Christianity the state religion, Constantine enjoys a positive historical legacy. In fact he was among the most wicked men in history [emphasis ours]. What has been overlooked by historians is that his efforts on behalf of Christianity were just one half of his legal "reforms" and when one half is juxtaposed to the other an entirely different picture emerges. Constantine used Christianity to make the enslavement of most of the European population acceptable to the victims because it was an act of God.

Constantine's other edicts were the true beginning of medieval serfdom. They officially ended the coloni's ability to sell their land but bound them to it forever. Another set of edicts forbade the lower classes from changing profession. Constantine thereby froze an unfair society into place. And to prevent any intellectual resistance from the newly created slaves, Constantine also began the process that made Christianity the state religion. When viewed in their true historical context, it is self-evident that the sole purpose for the specific combination of Constantine's edicts was to enslave serfs and make rebellion a sin.

Below is the order of rank that Constantine's edicts created – the Feudal System :

The Pope
The King
Knights / Vassals

Reeve & SerfsEventually the degradation of the coloni's legal status to serf was formalized with the creation of a ceremony known as "bondage". During the ceremony a serf placed his head in the lord's hands – akin to the ceremony where a vassal placed his hands between those of his overlord. The serf would then swear oaths that bound him to his lord in a feudal contract which defined the terms of his slavery. Thus, the Oath of Fealty, which still exists to this day, producing an attitude of servitude in those who willingly submit to the authority structure. - Joseph Atwill's Blog, 24 October 2013

Castration in progress.An Aside: How Saul became Paul - Joseph Atwill

My upcoming work The Single Strandexplains the mysterious NT character 'Paul'. The first mystery concerning Paul is why did the author of Acts change his name from 'Saul' to 'Paul', a word that means 'tiny'. The truth behind Saul's nickname is vicious humor that makes fun of the fact that Paul was not merely circumcised but castrated. The story of Paul's castration is black comedy and is given in Acts 13 1-9.

Prior to the scene in Acts 13 Saul/Paul had attacked a member of the 'way' – Stephan – who has been preaching for 'Jesus', in other words, Stephan had been preaching for the Flavian Christ. Following this event Saul shows up in Antioch with a group that includes a 'stepbrother' of Herod. Then the 'Holy Spirit', for some reason, orders Saul 'separated' – the Greek word used can also mean 'severed' – and the group then "placed their hands on him" – the word used for "placed" can also mean 'attack'. Following the event Saul becomes 'Paul', a word that means 'tiny'. In other words, Paul has been 'severed' – or castrated – by the group led by Herod's 'stepbrother' as revenge for his participation in the attack on a member of the 'Way' – the Caesars' version of Judaism. This was how Saul became 'Tiny'.

David delivering 200 Gentile foreskins to King Saul.To digress, this analysis shows not only the reason why the Romans named the character 'Paul', but why they gave him his original name of 'Saul'. Saul was the Jewish king that had demanded David obtain 'a hundred Gentile foreskins' and the Romans named their character 'Saul' to imply that his 'circumcision' involved – like the one ordered by his OT 'forerunner' – more than a single foreskin. The author of Acts'clarifies' the relationship by actually mentioning the OT Saul in the passage where 'Saul' becomes 'Tiny' – Acts 13:21. The author also notes that the OT Saul's reign had the space of forty years. This 'foresees' the forty years between the beginning of Paul's 'ministry' at approximately 40 CE and the start of Domitian's reign in 81 CE – a roughly forty-year cycle parallel to the one which linked Jesus toTitus.

This analysis enables the real nature of 'Paul' to be understood. Paul begins as 'Saul', a messianic rebel fighting against the 'Way', which is the Flavians' Christ cult, but has an epiphany and is 'converted' to belief in 'Christ Jesus', in other words he understands that Caesar is the Christ. - Joseph Atwill's Blog, 9 April 2013

Video: Caesar's Messiah: The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus

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