Friday, November 21, 2014

Quick notes: Apostates, Medileaks...

  • Muslim 'apostates' come out of hiding in Europe: A number of Muslims in Europe are publicly abandoning their religion.

  • IS's drive for Kobani is blunted: "The aura of invincibility that built up with its advances over the summer has been shattered. Kobani is a small city and the IS placed great stock in winning, and now it's been forced to turn tail."

  • The other IS: “People, especially Leftists from Delhi, easily get carried away by the Maoist story of sacrifice and a crusade against corporate invaders. The story on the ground is vastly different, with Maoists showing scant respect for villagers. They use women for sexual gratification. The supply of condoms and anti-pregnancy tablets to forest camps merits an investigation. Sexual harassment is rampant. Women in these camps are used like sex slaves. All that ideological flourish of the movement is history.”

  • BJP govt may introduce Urdu in Marathi-medium schools: Shiv Sena presents Muslim skull cap to BJP minister Eknath Khadse

  • Dr Kalyani Gomathinayagam: The brave Indian doctor who treated Ebola in Africa

  • To expose a range of unethical or irrational practices across the health care sector, relying on information from consumers and insiders

  • Make in India: Made-in-India tablet ships to US, Europe.

  • Milk Might Not Be Doing You Much Good: Milk consumption as adults was associated with no protection for men, and an increased risk of fractures in women. It was also associated with an increased risk of death in both sexes.

  • Heisenberg and The Tao of Physics: Heisenberg was well aware of the emphasis on interconnectedness in Eastern thought. However, he had been unaware of the dynamic aspect of the Eastern world view and was intrigued when I showed him with numerous examples from my manuscript that the principal Sanskrit terms used in Hindu and Buddhist philosophy-brahman, rta, lila, karma, samsara, etc.-had dynamic connotations. At the end of my rather long presentation of the manuscript Heisenberg said simply: "Basically, I am in complete agreement with you."

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