Sunday, March 30, 2014

and now (drumroll....) the WORST colleges/majors in america (counterpoint to san's post)

note they are almost all in the humanities and social 'sciences'. 

Most Lucrative US Bachelor's Degrees

Here's a look at which educational institutions and which degrees produce the most return on investment for enrollees:

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/03/which-college-and-which-major-will-make-you-richest/359628/

As expected, they're all degrees in science and technology, which is becoming increasingly critical to the future.

60 Minutes Features Elon Musk

Another profile on America's new Tom Swift (or Steve Jobs) - Elon Musk - this time from CBS' 60 Minutes:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/tesla-and-spacex-elon-musks-industrial-empire/

Microsoft's New CEO


Article in WSJ about



Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella

Well, it would be hard to fall below Ballmer's lackluster tenure.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Quick notes: Super Hercules crash, External debt soars..

Friday, March 28, 2014

Pak Rents Itself for Syria Conflict

The showdown between Riyadh and Tehran in Syria has now led to Islamabad prostituting its services for that war in exchange for Saudi petro-dollars:

http://news.yahoo.com/saudi-arabia-woos-pakistan-1-5-billion-grant-173427055.html

Do the Saudis actually still even have any friends apart from the US and Pakistan?

Quick notes: Visa swipe fees, Pedal power ...

  • Wal-Mart sues Visa for $5 billion: Visa swipe fees cost retailers and customers over $350 billion over 9 years.


  • Aam aurat:  AAP leader Shazia Ilmi has power bill dues of Rs 59,000 even as she holds assets of over Rs 4.42 crore in addition to her husband's over Rs 25 crore assets. The same female who was caught accepting donation to campaign against a firm.


  • Pedal Power! How to Build a Bike Generator: (apt for this AAP lady)

  • http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/how-to/gadgets/pedal-power-how-to-build-a-bike-generator-16627209?click=pp

"Secular" ROP Congressman threatens to murder and mutilate Narendrabhai

The Indian people need to teach this bigot a lesson for his hate speech.


http://m.timesofindia.com/lok-sabha-elections-2014/news/Saharanpur-Congress-candidate-threatens-to-chop-Modi-into-pieces/articleshow/32832612.cms

MORADABAD: Police in Saharanpur have taken note of the Congress Party candidate Imran Masood's hate speech against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

A video of the speech shows Masood saying that they (Uttar Pradesh Muslims) would "cut Modi into pieces" if he dared to treat Muslims here the way he had in Gujrat.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Quick notes: Indian ID, Origami microscope...



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

expect india to be pushed towards 'handing over' its nuclear assets soon

'the wrong hands?'



Japan, Italy and Belgium hand nuclear material to US

By Richard McGregor and James Fontanella-Khan in The Hague and Jonathan Soble in Tokyo

Japan, Italy and Belgium have agreed to hand over hundreds of kilogrammes of weapons-grade plutonium and highly-enriched uranium to the US in deals designed to give impetus to global efforts to secure nuclear material.

The agreements were announced ahead of the opening of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, a meeting bringing together about 50 nations to set rules to prevent nuclear materials “from falling into the wrong hands”, in the words of Barack Obama.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Congress MLA molests Bollywood actress Nagma in public

Nagma is apparently the Congress candidate from Meerut, U.P!

I'm told that she is a convert to Christism and a rabid evangelical. 

Be that as it may, this lewd action by the Congress MLA and molestation - that too in full public view and broad daylight is reprehensible, atrocious and an attack on Indian womanhood.

Where is the outrage in the #Paid #Media
? Ah, they're probably exhausted after the recent paroxysms of rage, bordering on the sexual - regarding Pramod Muthalik's entry into the BJP, an activist who was protecting young women from Lust Jihadis intent on using them as baby producing factories.

http://m.indiatoday.in//video/nagma-mla-gajraj-sharma-congress-hapur-poll-campaign-meerut-candidate-nagma/1/350801.html

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Quick notes: Multiphase voting, Car ban...

Saturday, March 22, 2014

What Pakistanis Don't Want to Know About Bin Laden

NYT's local partner in Pakistan, The Express Tribune has blanked out 10,000 copies of its front page edition, to keep local Pakistani readers from seeing Carlotta Gall's article on what Pakistanis knew about Bin Laden:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/23/business/media/times-report-on-al-qaeda-is-censored-in-pakistan.html

A nation which cannot come to terms with its past - especially the recent past - will never learn lessons for the future.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

What Pakistan Knew About Bin Laden

NYT reporter Carlotta Gall writes about Pakistan's relationship with Taliban and AlQaeda, and what it's govt knew of Bin Laden's whereabouts:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/23/magazine/what-pakistan-knew-about-bin-laden.html


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fwd: Free download of "Classified" Brooks Report (exposing Nehru's 1962 Indo-China War loss)



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Date: Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 6:15 AM
Subject: Free download of "Classified" Brooks Report (exposing Nehru's 1962 Indo-China War loss)
To:


If you would like to download a copy of the section of the Henderson Brooks-Bhagat Report (that exposes Nehru's culpability for losing the 1962 War with China) that was released by the official site of journalist Neville Maxwell (before it was hastily blocked by the Govt of India), please download the revealed section of the HBB Report (126 pages) from this website:


Please feel free to download, read it and circulate it widely by email and social media.

This may help expose this knavish Nehru-Maino mafia-clan's perfidy, culpability and treachery.





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FT on why modi can make india a bit more decisive, growth oriented, like china

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/daa87f88-ae0e-11e3-974d-00144feab7de.html#axzz2wTPXNwEk

interesting. even white guys now praising modi without putting in weasel words about 2002 gujarat and the '2000 muslims' story copyrighted by the godman cedric and the british consul

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Atlanticists vs "Isolationists"

Impervious to the wrath of Atlanticist brigades, US Congressman Ron Paul doesn't see the need for the US to get involved in the Ukraine imbroglio:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/03/17/crimea-ukraine-russia-ron-paul-editorials-debates/6544163/




Of course, one doesn't even have to wait for the Atlanticist response to know that any American who dares to disagree with their snarling minions will quickly be branded an "isolationist". You know, because the world revolves around Europe, and anyone who doesn't bow in their direction five times a day is a heretic and a blasphemer.



The Atlanticists only care about themselves, of course - people like us don't exist to them, and the suffering they inflicted upon us through their godfather Brzezinski and the jihadism he godfathered is simply out of sight and out of mind from their narrow perspective. We are children of a lesser god, you see, and so there's no way they could ever countenance our feelings or experience.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Quick notes: Indian radars, Saturated fat...

  • Q and A: How would a commercial jet evade Indian radar screens?


  • Gold Rush: PC incentivized gold smuggling


  • Big fat lie: No link found between saturated fat and heart disease


  • Mining: Teslas in California Help Bring Dirty Rain to China


  • Fuelcaster: Predicting gas prices

could mh370 have been shadowing another flight?

theft of hindu images by italian

deja vu? this is in bali.


why on earth this reporter called them 'effigies' i don't know.

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hendersonbrooks-bhagat report available here (get it before it is taken down!)

looks pretty bad at first glance. incompetence, idiocy, naivete -- all our jawaharlal's traits, with nepotism and trusting crummy aides.

good thing this was released now esp in the context of #mh370 (and how we have no goddamn idea what is going on in the bay of bengal/andaman sea). but does it mean this is a distraction from something even more damaging to india?

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Monday, March 17, 2014

1000 Years of European Borders

Here's an accelerated history of European borders in flux across the past 1000 years:




Quick notes: Arms imports, Coal shutdown...

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Ukraine a Pawn in Wider Chessgame?

StormCloudsGathering has an interesting overview on the recent events in Ukraine:



Why has Uncle Sam resorted to this collision course with Russia? Were they so overconfident on their gamesmanship that they couldn't see any downside resulting from it? It seems to me that the current trends could result in spillover into various parts of Europe, including even reigniting the Balkans conflict. We should worry that this doesn't somehow bring AlQaeda, ISI and jihadism back into the West's good books. Howsoever unlikely that may sound, you can never be too sure.

Interview With ISRO Chairman Dr Radhakrishnan

ISRO chief Dr K Radhakrishnan is interviewed by Shekhar Gupta:



Venezuela's Economic Crisis

Caspian Report has put out a report on Venezuela's economic crisis for us laymen:





Saturday, March 15, 2014

Pak-Based Uighur Leader Vows Revenge Against China

An Uighur leader based in Pakistan's tribal areas vows to continue his fight against China:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/14/us-pakistan-uighurs-idUSBREA2D0PF20140314

Crimea and Lessons from Game Theory

India should be watchful and wary over the implications and ripple effects of the confrontation between Russia and the West over Crimea. The NYT has an article which applies the lessons of Game Theory to the situation:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/business/crimea-through-a-game-theory-lens.html?_r=0

Meanwhile, the ripples may go in many directions:

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/ukraine-crisis-is-the-west-trying-to-upset-the-russians-9194698.html

What would Indians do if China tried to send forces to occupy Nepal? Would we just sit by?

Charges Against Khobragade Dismissed, US Re-Indicts Her

After a judge threw out the charges against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, US prosecutors have once again re-indicted her:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/new-indictment-filed-against-indian-diplomat-devyani-khobragade-in-us-visa-fraud-case/2014/03/14/0074dd80-abb0-11e3-adbc-888c8010c799_story.html

Obviously, the US intends to keep the pot boiling for as long as it can. We should return the favour, to let them know how it feels to be on the receiving end.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Quick notes: Rally mystery, Colonizers face the heat..

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Parachute Testing for Human Space Flight Program

As part of the Human Space Flight program, ISRO has tested the parachute system which will be used to decelerate the space capsule after re-entry into Earth's atmosphere:


The parachute drop was from an IL-76 transport, testing a load of 5 tonnes against an actual capsule mass of 3.6 tonnes. The capsule will be launched as the payload on LVM3-X1, the first development flight of GLSV-MkIII


death rate under slave labor conditions in qatar 'normal' says indian govt

isn't the indian govt ashamed of itself?

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-26482775

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Quick notes: Defense import binge, Foldscope...

Christian terrorists massacre security personnel in Chattisgarh

Will AAP nominate the "Maoist" perpetrators to contest on their party's ticket from Chattisgarg in the forthcoming Parliamentary elections?

They already have Christist murderers
"Binayak Sen" and "Sabyasachi Panda"
in their midst, as well as seditious Jihadi bootlickers like Ashant Bhushan.

http://m.thehindu.com/news/national/maoists-kill-16-in-chhattisgarh/article5773315.ece/?maneref=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.co.in%2F

Fwd: A Big Thanks From Kerala Tourism For Sharing Your Experience

for what's it's worth. i am glad kerala tourism is doing its bit of digital marketing :-)

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From: KeralaTourism <twitter@keralatourism.org>
Date: Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 12:57 PM
Subject: A Big Thanks From Kerala Tourism For Sharing Your Experience
To: rajeevsrinivasan@gmail.com


Dear Team Shadow Warrior,

Greetings from Kerala Tourism,


It brings us a lot of happiness that the Kerala backwaters has captured creative minds like you. And a big thank you for sharing your snap with your followers and helping us win their hearts.
We are glad to let you know about our latest campaign on Kerala Great Backwaters. To promote this unique water stretches, we have launched the campaigns on digital platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. 
Visit http://greatbackwaters.com/ and be fascinated with the 8 Lakh fans of God's Own Country from world over.

44 rivers, a vast network of lakes, 1500 kms of labyrinthine canals, snake boat races, over 300 species of birds, floating markets... showcasing the magnificence of  Kerala backwaters, the campaign has reached out to travelers and nature lovers from across the world. 

We have attached 3 campaign images with this email. Can you please update your current article with these images. Your readers would love to see these images. 

We will share your link on our twitter account (20K followers) and on our Facebook page (850K fans). 

Hope, this fascinating water world  will continue to inspire you and will feature more in your blogs.

Thanks & Regards

Kerala Tourism

 Kerala Blog Express




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Monday, March 10, 2014

AOL center destroyed in Islamabad, Pakistan

Highly condemnable, barbaric and atrocious. The Taliban have obviously not received the memo from India that asserts "All religions EQUAL EQUAL.
All religions teach the SAME THING."

There is an urgent need for these barbarians to imbibe the principles of
patience, compassion, tolerance, universal brotherhood etc. Yoga and Praanayaam are media for the transmission of these ideas. The Talibs
have destroyed an institution that could have civilized them and put them on the path to self realization.

http://mdaily.bhaskar.com/article/referer/4444/t/320/WOR-world-news-islamabad-indian-gurus-art-of-living-center-burnt-down-to-ground-by-a-4545734-NOR.html

Islamabad: On Sunday, the Art of Living centre inaugurated by Indian spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Islamabad was burnt down to ground by armed men. The center was open up as an offer to teach inner peace to Taliban.   On Saturday night, the Art of Living Center was burnt in the Bani Gala suburb up market of Islamabad. Nearly 8-9 people were a part of the attack.   Indian Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is the Nobel Peace prize nominee of Forbes magazine who founded the... 

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Fwd: (Video) AAP Hypocrite forgets that the camera is rolling, colludes with "paid" TV channel



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(Video) AAP Hypocrite forgets that the camera is rolling, colludes with "paid" TV channel


http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-arvind-kejriwal-asks-tv-anchor-to-play-up-sections-of-his-interview-1968188

A video showing AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal asking a TV news anchor to emphasise certain sections of his interview went viral on Youtube tonight. The video, which is over a minute long, shows Kejriwal and the news anchor in a conversation after the interview.

During the conversation, Kejriwal is seen asking the TV anchor to give emphasis on certain segments of the interview. "Please play it up more," Kejriwal said in the video.

To this, the television anchor was seen saying: "Yes, we will play it up. The Bhagat Singh (comment) is good. We will get a lot of reaction to this."

The interview was apparently given by Kejriwal after he resigned as Delhi Chief Minister.

Incidentally, the video was made public on the day when Kejriwal criticised the media and accused a certain section of being biased against him.

Watch the video here:




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kejriwal stung by his own "theek hai" moment

http://t.co/Tygz6ABz1z

trying to manipulate his audience. comes across as a liar (but then we knew that already)

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Quick Notes: Qatar crimes, Free Gedrosia...

BSF gives list of terrorist camps to East Pakistan

Why not just bomb them instead? It is not as if India lacks the capability to launch aerial strikes, missile strikes or even artillery attacks on the infrastructure of terrorism in East Pakistan. It does not behove India to kneel and beg before inimical banana republics to act on our behalf.

http://m.rediff.com/news/report/bsf-gives-list-of-66-terror-camps-to-bangladesh/20140309.htm

The Border Security Force has handed over a list of 66 camps of north-east insurgents to the Border Guard Bangladesh, seeking actions against them. "We have requested our counterparts in Bangladesh for cooperation in dismantling the camps of insurgents from the region. We have handed over a list of 66 camps that exist in Bangladesh," Sudhir Kumar Srivastava, inspector general, BSF Assam Frontier, told mediapersons in Shillong on Sunday.

'Item Girl' Kejriwal Becomes Butt of Jokes on Twitter

Arvind Kejriwal's crazy and crooked antics have made him the butt of jokes on Twitter, earning him comparisons with any publicity-seeking "item girl" of the week:

http://daily.bhaskar.com/article/NAT-TOP-arvind-kejriwal-becomes-butt-of-jokes-on-twiiter-after-clash-with-bjp-here-are-t-4543252-PHO.html






http://www.mirchi9.com/movienews/kejriwal-an-item-boy-rakhi-sawant/





Next week: Will Kejriwal be proposing marriage to Rakhi Sawant? Enquiring minds wanna know. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were unavailable for comment.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Quick Notes: Metro man, water footprint...

  • E Sreedharan: India's 'Metro man' endorses Modi


  • The numbers story: Telangana fares better than Seemandhra in development


  • Ohio museum: Sculpture may be idol stolen in India


  • WhatsApp purchase challenged: “Facebook intends to incorporate the data of WhatsApp users into the user profiling business model".


  • New sugar guideline: less than a can of Coke per day


  • Meat Makes the Planet Thirsty: Beef turns out to have an overall water footprint of roughly four million gallons per ton produced. By contrast, the water footprint for “sugar crops” like sugar beets is about 52,000 gallons per ton; for vegetables it’s 85,000 gallons per ton; and for starchy roots it’s about 102,200 gallons per ton. Changing one’s diet to replace 50 percent of animal products with edible plants like legumes, nuts and tubers results in a 30 percent reduction in an individual’s food-related water footprint.

    Alfalfa growers are now exporting some 100 billion gallons of water a year from drought-ridden California to the other side of the world in the form of alfalfa.

Manu Joseph Hit-Piece

Another hit-piece from professional sectarianist Manu Joseph

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/06/world/asia/old-fantasies-are-distorted-in-indian-elections.html?_r=0

This guy seems to have carved out a niche for himself in making a living by churning out sectarian poison articles, which the NYT are only too happy to publish, as he meets their ideological preferences.

Friday, March 07, 2014

Knowledge@Wharton: Apple Faces Life as a Mature Company

Knowledge@Wharton: Apple Faces Life as a Mature Company. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwlKGOjBI

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AAP lady went to beauty parlour before police detention!






#BhagodaKejri being chased by the Lion of Gir.
"Main ek Aam Girgut goon" - "I am a common chameleon"!



US Opposes Russian Referendum on Crimean Independence

The US is opposing the Russian proposal for a referendum on independence for Crimea:

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ukraine-crisis/obama-crimea-referendum-would-violate-international-law-n46146

This US stance is in line with India's stance on Kashmir. If the Pakistani Army were to ever to cross the line of control and invade Indian Kashmir to propose an independence referendum there, we should expect the US to reject that proposal as well.

It would be good if notable strategic writers like Brahma Chellaney and others would comment on the matter, and cite the current US pronouncements to reinforce India's case.


Thursday, March 06, 2014

AAP is a front for Christrian terrorism (in a "Maoist" Burka)

Some of the stupid, semi-literate middle classes have fallen for the AAP's rhetoric of "Aam Admi" and allowed themselves to be brainwashed by its propaganda. There are yet others - slum dwellers who have taken the bait out of sheer GREED for FREE stuff - electricity, water, etc. promised by the pied pipers.

Their thoughtless greed for FREE stuff now imperils the FREEDOM of the Indian people and the very existence of the Indian Union.

The entry of "Sabyasachi Panda" into the AAP should remove all doubts among the credulous, once and for all - as to the actual motivations of this band of anarchists and the interests that they serve.

"Maoists" from Pashupati (Nepal) to Tirupati are a thinly veiled euphemism for Christian insurgents. "Sabyasachi Panda" - his main claim to fame is the brutal murder of Pujya Swami LakshmAnanda Saraswati, the revered Hindu monk in Odisha, praying in his Monastery on the eve of Krishna Janmashtami - at the behest of Christian evangelicals - World Vision - because Pujya Swamiji, with his social service - was proving to be an obstacle to the evangelical conspiracy to convert Dalits and Vanvasis and eventually break the Indian Union - as they broke up the erstwhile USSR and Yugoslavia.

Pujya Swami LakshmAnanda Saraswati is yet to be avenged.

http://m.niticentral.com/2014/03/03/aap-welcomes-dreaded-maoist-sabyasachi-panda-195409.html

http://m.niticentral.com/2014/03/06/aap-fights-for-maoists-not-the-aam-admi-196869.html

"For publicity and political space the Aam Aadmi Party can go to any heinous extent. Desperate for a little political space in the eastern Odisha State, AAP has offered membership to dreaded Maoist, Sabyasachi Panda.

Panda is a deadly criminal who operate on the sinister garb of being an ultra-left radical ostensibly to fight for the poor. But in reality he has been an evangelist stooge who had claimed responsibility for the murder of revered Hindu Monk, Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati in 2008.

Same year, Panda was the mastermind behind the Nayagarh police armoury loot and killing of several policemen.

Ukraine, Russia, Crimea

With the dispute over Crimea becoming a serious crisis, there has been a sharpening of Cold War tensions not seen since the Balkans conflict:


http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/obama-orders-targeted-sanctions-over-ukraine

http://rt.com/news/us-sanctions-russians-ukraine-206/

Indians should be very wary of this potentially influencing our national security. We know from our own bitter past experience that when the Atlanticists feel the Russian bear breathing on their European necks, then they "creatively" reach for the convenient Pakistani dagger to push against the Russian underbelly. If Zbigniew Brzezinski's children get agitated enough, they'll want to revive the Pak-jihadi scourge and bring its genie out of the bottle again. We should be very concerned about this possibility, and its terrorism-related consequences on India.

Fool Me Once, Shame On You.
Fool Me Twice, Shame On Me.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

AAP anarchist anti-national thugs in action



The pictures are of BJP workers severely injured in the AAP "direct action."

Showing their true FASCIST colours.
The mob of anti-national anarchist scum attacking the BJP headquarters in New Delhi was led by the dangerous Naxalite AAPtard Ashutosh and the Moslem banshee Shazia Ilmi.
(Beware of attractive women in white caps peddling "Aam Admi" rhetoric!)

Apparently, with the active participation of the "eminent Gandhian" Rajmohan Ghandy. The picture below is of Rajmohan Ghandy directing? the mob attack on the BJP office.  (See the idiot in GREEN standing 3rd from the left in the picture below, right behind the lunatic in blue that has a missile in his hand.)



I have zero respect for the dead fascist Ghandy, leave alone contemporary opportunist members of his clan - Rajmohan Ghandy,
Tushar Ghandy, Gopalkrishna Ghandy et al are willing accomplices and collaborators
of the most corrupt, anti-national, seditious scum of the land. They are also exponents of "dynastic democracy" - only far less successful than the Nehru clan.

Will there ever be deliverance or liberation
from the seemingly never ending atrocities, decadence and debauchery of Nehru, Gandhi and their extended
litter?





Where is the obligatory media orgasm about "non-violence", "freedom of speech" etc.? There is none.
The likes of Burka Dutt and Sagarika Ghose practise Christian abstinence when it comes to condemning or even reporting violence by mobs that share their political persuasion.

http://m.niticentral.com/2014/03/05/violent-aap-workers-attack-bjp-headquarters-in-delhi-196352.html

Fwd: [New post] Leading archaeologist says the Bible's Old Testament stories are fiction - David Keys

not only is the christian bible full of lies (we knew that, just read bart ehrman's work), but now it appears so is the jewish bible. 

the whole thing is mythology, not 'scripture'. 

the semitic history-centric religions simply made up the history they wanted, never mind what actually happened.


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KING SOLOMON: FACT OR FICTION by Sidney Woolf


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Leading archaeologist says the Bible's Old Testament stories are fiction – David Keys


"Professor Thompson ... says that there is a complete absence of archaeological and historical evidence for many events portrayed in the Bible. The inevitable conclusion, he argues, is that the Israelite exile in Egypt, the Exodus and the Israelite conquest of the Promised Land never took place." - David Keys Abraham, Jacob, Moses, King David, […]

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

stanford: Today @ Noon: Anna Schultz, Performing Translation: Indian Jewish Devotional Song and Minority Identity on the Move



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Subject: Today @ Noon: Anna Schultz, Performing Translation: Indian Jewish Devotional Song and Minority Identity on the Move
To: "southasiafaculty@lists.stanford.edu" <southasiafaculty@lists.stanford.edu>, "southasiastudents@lists.stanford.edu" <southasiastudents@lists.stanford.edu>, "southasia@lists.stanford.edu" <southasia@lists.stanford.edu>, hs-events-announcements@lists.stanford.edu, Afroz Zain Algiers <afroz@stanford.edu>, Samra Adeni <samraadeni@gmail.com>


Encina Hall West, Room 208 

Performing Translation: Indian Jewish Devotional Song and Minority Identity on the Move


This research on Bene Israel (Marathi Jewish) devotional music explores dialogue between the Bene Israel and other social groups, and suggests new ways for thinking about cultural translation in musical contexts. The first half of the presentation is on Bene Israel kirtans (devotional songs with storytelling) performed in the decades following the founding of the first Jewish kirtan organization in 1880 and addresses how and why a Hindu temple genre was translated for Jewish purposes. The second half of the presentation addresses the re-gendering of kirtan and other Marathi Jewish song forms during their revival in late 20th-century Bombay and Israel. From the 1880s through the 1920s, Bene Israel men published dozens of Marathi Jewish kirtans, plays, songbooks, and ritual instruction books, but Marathi performing arts publishing waned as interest in Zionism increased in the 1920s. Women filled that lacuna by maintaining kirtan and other Bene Israel songs in the oral tradition. In the 1960s, as Indian Jewish people became increasingly dissatisfied with their marginal status in India and Israel, Bene Israeli women proudly sang Marathi Jewish songs to convince people that being Indian made them no less Jewish and that being Jewish made them no less Indian.


Anna Schultz is Assistant Professor of Music at Stanford University. Her book, Singing a Hindu Nation, was published by Oxford University press in 2013. Her other publications are on South Asian popular song, Marathi and Indo-Caribbean devotional music, American country music, nationalism, the aesthetics of suffering, new media, recording technology, patronage, liveness, and diaspora.


Free and open to the public. Lunch will be served.

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black is the right color for humans. helps us beat skin cancer.

no wonder, then, that sharply observant ayurvedic physicians noted some correlation between the two, and thus the general appreciation for dark-skinned deities. they are simply healthier :-)

http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21597881-homo-sapiens-became-black-beat-cancer-skinny-skin-colour

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interview with david frawley (vamadeva shastri) on yoga, ayurveda

just an intro in malayalam, the rest is in english.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUITzFpkbcI

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Monday, March 03, 2014

my rediff piece on the berkeley leftists plotting to do damage to india

terrible headline, i know. but i have no control over the copy editor who decides on headlines. i had originally titled it 'chronicles of a conflict foretold', with apologies to gabriel garcia marquez


The time will come when America can dictate to India, and expect to be obeyed

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March 03, 2014 16:26 IST

US President Barack Obama with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh'A plausible American tactic,' Rajeev Srinivasan suspects, 'would be to try and prevent the BJP and Modi from coming to power by splitting the anti-Congress vote using the AAP, and in case that fails, to follow up with a Plan B to make India ungovernable, to create mass conflict through their agents.'

If you scan the news these days the world seems to be a tinderbox, waiting for just a small spark to set off a conflagaration. The much-commented-on, eerie, similarities with 1914 that people have noticed concentrated on the rise of China as a revanchist power bent on changing the status quo, much as a rising Germany was a century ago. But there are other risks in a globalised world. I wonder what the catalytic action might be that actually sets off a cataclysm, just as the assassination of the Archduke of Austria-Hungary set off World War I.

In addition to the quasi-revolution in the Ukraine, here are several other countries embroiled in, or at risk of civil war, or caught up in covert or overt violence:

Syria, where an actual civil war is going on with horrific human rights violations on either side.

Thailand, where the government and the opposition seem to have fought each other to a stalemate.

Venezuela, on the verge of a civil war over discredited Chavismo and corruption.

South Sudan, the newly created country already heading towards State failure.

Afghanistan, the perennial problem child, on the precipice of partition.

Egypt, with simmering dissent and a polarised populace.

And I am only covering a subset of the world's problems. Interestingly, with the singular exception of the Ukraine, none of these problem States is in the West's heartlands; they are at best peripheral to the concerns of the rich world. This is not to say that there has been no violence in the heart of the West: The brutality in Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, etc. took place not so long ago.


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Sunday, March 02, 2014

Samuel Reddy's son tries to enter Tirupati with his footwear

This is a deliberate attempt by John Reddy to insult, outrage and rape Hindu religious sentiment by showing vicious disrespect to the Temple and the deity held sacred by millions of Hindus.

John Reddy had perpetrated a similar atrocity a few years ago. This is a case of repeat iconoclasm - showing disrespect to the sacred objects of faith by insisting on wearing footwear in the precincts of the Temple and outright bullying of Temple authorities by his band of goons - refusing to sign the obligatory declaration of faith in the Temple deity, Lord Venkateswara.

Is this secularism? Was this kind of deliberate sacrilege really necessary?
Would it be tolerated if a Hindu were to similarly show deliberate disrespect to objects of faith belonging to other religions?

I'm inclined to think that this was a calculated act of belligerence intended to demonstrate the power of christist evangelicals in Andhra and the emasculation of Hindus. John Reddy & family have openly promised "Bible Rajyam" in Andhra - this is a step in that direction - analogous to christist mischief in Sabarimalai, Kerala.

Unfortunately, these anti-national elements have reached critical mass in Andhra at a time when Telugu speaking brothers of different regions are indulging in fratricide. 

Personally, I am a supporter of the Telangana cause, but do not want the ruin of Andhra or the emasculation and enslavement of Hindus - in Andhra, Assam, Bengal, Kerala, Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh or anywhere else.

fervently hope Hindus across Telangana, SeemAndhra and across Bharat remain united to crush these enemies of the Hindu nation.

Jai Telangana, Jai SeemAndhra,
Jai Bharat Mata!!!

#Hindu #Unity

Om Kranti, Kranti, Krantihih!!!

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=a9Vg8dug-fY

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=b2a-MP_vI0c