Saturday, April 25, 2015

Quick notes: Ceausescu eulogy, Seismic risk...

  • What’s Left, Comrade Yechury? Yechury wrote a glowing piece about Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989, following a visit to Romania where he had met the tyrant who used toilets made of gold. A few weeks later, Ceausescu was ousted in a democratic uprising. The CPM leader also embarrassed himself when he appeared on Doordarshan to welcome the aborted coup of Gennady Yanayev against Mikhail Gorbachev.

  • Heinous crimes: Cabinet clears proposal to try juveniles accused of heinous crimes under laws for adults

  • Himalayan Seismic Risk: Although a major plate boundary with a history of large-to-great sized earthquakes, large earthquakes on the Himalayan thrust are rare in the documented historical era. Just four events of M6 or larger have occurred within 250 km of the latest earthquake over the past century.

  • Restoring the Los Angeles River: What Los Angeles is building is more like a monument to rivers—artificial, in perfect LA style, but constructed on ecological principles. A once-hostile environment will be terraformed into a hub of human activity. “This is the beginning of a golden time for the LA River”.

  • Sri Rajendra Singh a.k.a Waterman:

  • Wooden Bike:

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