Friday, March 24, 2017

Quick notes: Air drill, Kerala model...

Chinese & Pakistani Troops March Together in Islamabad

For the first time, Chinese and Pakistani troops are marching together in a parade in Islamabad, highlighting the sudden new deepening of cooperation between the 2 countries in support of the new China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

https://www.ft.com/content/a95bab1a-0fc4-11e7-b030-768954394623

http://thediplomat.com/2017/03/a-first-chinese-honor-guard-marches-in-pakistan-republic-day-parade/


China is also quadrupling the size of its amphibious assault troops - India's Andaman Islands would be an obvious target, since they're at the mouth of the strategic Straits of Malacca:

http://thediplomat.com/2017/03/china-is-building-a-100000-strong-marine-corps/

Thursday, March 23, 2017

London Attacker Identified as Khalid Masood (born Adrian Russell Ajao)

Police have announced the name of the London terrorist attack perpetrator - he was 52-year old British-born Khalid Masood of Birmingham, and a former schoolteacher. Apparently, he was born non-Muslim and became a convert to Islam.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/23/london-attack-seven-arrested-police-raid-properties-linked-islamist/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/london-attacker-khalid-masood-birmingham-uk-terrorists-breeding-ground-a7646536.html

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3162970/london-terror-attack-terrorist-named-khalid-masood-westminster-latest/


UPDATE:

https://thewest.com.au/news/crime/london-attack-killer-named-toll-rises-ng-s-1697158


Scotland Yard's top anti-terror officer Mark Rowley says the suspects were held overnight and he revealed the killer's birth name was Adrian Russell Ajao. Also known as Adrian Elms, he was using the name Khalid Masood at the time of the attack.
A name like that might suggest Indo-Caribbean descent, later converted to Islam.



London Terror Attack: 5 Dead, 40 Injured

There's been another terrorist attack in London, apparently carried out by an 'Asian' man who started by mowing down multiple people on London bridge, subsequently running from his vehicle towards the British parliament to stab some policemen, at least 1 fatally, before being shot dead. Including the attacker, 5 people have dieand 40 injured in this incident, which happens on the 1-year anniversary of the Brussels terrorist attack.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-security-photographer-idUSKBN16T1Y5

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/23/europe/london-attack/


Attacker being treated before he died







Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Electronics Banned from US-Bound Middle Eastern Flights

US-bound flight from certain Middle Eastern airports are banning travelers from bringing personal electronics items with them on flights:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/leticiamiranda/middle-eastern-airlines-report-surprise-us-electronics-ban
The ban will apply to nonstop inbound flights from 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa. “It appears to be a Muslim ban by a thousand cuts,” a former US official said.
So some are implying that the Trump admin is achieving their Muslim ban by other means - ie. by throwing up other obstacles/impediments that will reduce the number of Muslim travelers anyway.

ISRO's New Hypersonic Wind Tunnel

ISRO has commissioned the 3rd-largest wind tunnel in the world, to do hypersonic testing at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre:


http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Thiruvananthapuram/third-largest-hypersonic-wind-tunnel-at-vssc/article17549322.ece




The testing at this facility will be used to develop future hypersonic aerospace vehicles.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

No Political Future for Bharara

The US Democratic Party would love to offer some slot to Preet Bharara, but they have nothing to offer him - NYC mayor position is occupied by DeBlasio, and there's not enough time for Bharara to gain residency there to run. Governor's position is occupied by Cuomo, and the Congressional slots are occupied by Schumer and Gillebrand. These are all Democrats. Since Bharara is born in India, he can't be used to run for the US Presidency, although likely wouldn't be popular enough to succeed there anyway. (Perhaps billionaire Bloomberg may try in 2020, since he floated his name in 2016)

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/03/preet-bhararas-next-move

After the famously tough US General MacArthur was fired by President Truman, he said that "old soldiers never die, they just fade away" - perhaps Bharara will simply have to fade away. Like many sepoys, he'll likely just end up as a fat pensioner.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Yogi Adityanath is New CM of Uttar Pradesh

Yogi Adityanath has been appointed the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. The media are already up in arms about it:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/18/world/asia/firebrand-hindu-cleric-yogi-adityanath-picked-as-uttar-pradesh-minister.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-39316597

http://in.reuters.com/article/india-politics-up-yogi-adityanath-cm-idINKBN16P0KG

https://scroll.in/article/832168/hindutva-unmasked-yogi-adityanath-bjps-most-strident-face-will-be-its-chief-minister-in-up

http://www.ptinews.com/news/8515721_Yogi-Adityanath--a-fiery-Hindutva-mascot.html

http://www.ndtv.com/opinion/what-yogi-adityanath-choice-says-about-modi-shah-rss-1670976

Making him CM is a high-risk strategy. Scrupulous attention must be paid toward avoiding any riots in the state, which the opposition/media will seize upon to revive their "Bharat Jalao Party" rhetoric to create electoral backlash. If riots and other trigger events can be avoided, then he has a chance to both rehabilitate the state by rooting out corruption and radically reforming its bloated bureaucracy while improving services, as well as intimately tying such improvements to the Hindutva brand in the public perception. Just like the famous Protestant Work Ethic or Confucian Work Ethic, there may be an opportunity to demonstrate a Hindu Work Ethic to the investment markets. Risks are of course things like riots - we now have not only ISI but also ISIS who would be fishing for trouble in the state to boost their own agenda.

The strategy may pay off - but only if trigger-events for conflagrations can be avoided. As General Zia-ul-Haq used to say, "the water must boil, but not too hot." If Adityanath moves too crudely or in a headstrong way on the Ram Temple issue, then it could create a serious trigger-event that would reward the opposition with electoral backlash. Hopefully Adityanath is a team player, and won't try to win one battle at the cost of losing the wider war. He needs to be proactive in pursuing outreach to Muslims.

The media are putting out their own theories on why Yogi Adityanath has been appointed, claiming that he's being brought in as a foil to allow Modi to look more "moderate":


Oh well, at least it's a step up from "Indira is Secular, Indira is Communal"

China Behind Pak's Gilgit-Baltistan Land Grab?

Pakistan's sudden new move to carve out Gilgit-Baltistan away from Kashmir to annex it as Pakistan's "5th province" may be due to Chinese pressure to help facilitate the CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor)





It now remains to be seen how the great "freedom fighters" of the Valley should show how they feel about this development.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Quick notes: Rupee ride, International students...

  • The Rupee is on a tear: A strong rupee is good news for corporate India. Many firms hold debt in foreign currencies, so a fall in the exchange rate means their interest outgo will reduce.


  • Counter-offensive: India trains Vietnamese soldiers in jungle warfare. Vietnamese sailors are also being trained to operate Russian Kilo class diesel electric submarines at the Navy's submarine training school. 


  • Importing international student = exports: American colleges and universities constitute an enormous economic engine. More international students equals stronger colleges and universities, more productive workers, more American jobs, and higher GDP — ad infinitum, in a virtuous cycle.


  • Theft and damage: The Dark Secret Behind India's Solar Plan.


  • Deep Work: How to double your productivity and work less (really)


  • Smartscooter: The 'Tesla of scooters' is about to rapidly expand in Berlin


  • Nation of Arab worshipers: In Pakistani pulp fiction, the scariest villian is always the Hindu 


  • IIT Madras RISC-V International Conference April 2017: Under the auspices of the IIT Madras Computer Architecture Initiative and the SHAKTI Processor Project, the team at IIT Madras will host RIC2017 this coming April 2nd and 3rd, 2017 in Chennai India.


  • Dead zones: Large Sections of Australia’s Great Reef Are Now Dead, Scientists Find. Australians ask Adani to abandon project: The project involves dredging 1.1 million cubic metres of spoil near the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which will then be disposed off on land. 


Why India is Investing in Space

Article about why India is increasingly investing in space, by left-tilting Slate.com:

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2017/03/why_india_is_investing_in_space.html

US SecState Warns of Possible Military Strike on North Korea

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is warning of a possible military strike on North Korea in the future, saying that US patience towards Pyongyang has ended:

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-fg-tillerson-asia-20170317-story.html


Simultaneously, the Trump Whitehouse is putting together a huge new arms deal package for Taiwan:

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/17/trump-administration-crafting-big-new-arms-sales-to-taiwan-sources-say.html

Kashmir Moves: India Fast-Tracks 3 Dams, Pak Carving POK

India has fast-tracked 3 hydro-electric projects in Kashmir. Predictably, the NGOs are squawking against it:

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/jammu-and-kashmir-hydropower-projects-sawalkote-plant-india-pakistan/1/905308.html

Meanwhile, Pakistan is trying to unilaterally strip Gilgit & Baltistan away from POK in order to facilitate the CPEC corridor:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-slams-pak-move-on-gilgit-baltistan-4572521/

http://www.indialivetoday.com/pok-will-rise-in-protest-if-pak-declares-gilgit-baltistan-as-fifth-province-activist/136968.html

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/03/15/gilgit-baltistan-likely-to-become-fifth-province/

http://www.indialivetoday.com/pak-terrorizing-indigenous-people-giving-full-impunity-to-terrorists-bnf-tells-un/136919.html



Thursday, March 16, 2017

SriLanka-NorthKorea Arms Connection Exposed

China already has North Korea and Pak as clients, and has promoted illicit weapons trade between them. Now China's more recent arms client Sri Lanka may also be joining that trade:

http://www.armscontrolwonk.com/archive/1202966/guest-post-connecting-the-osint-dots-on-sri-lankan-north-korean-military-deals/

Meanwhile, the US SecState Tillerson is calling for a "new approach" on dealing with NorthKorea, whose progress in development of nuclear weapons and missiles have gone past all thresholds of US tolerance.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/rex-tillerson-north-korea-kim-jong-un-japan-china-asia/

Wonder Woman Trailer

The trailer is out for Wonder Woman, the superheroine from DC Comics who comes from a Spartan-like tribe of fierce female warriors. The DC Comics mythos apocryphally inserts her into Greek mythology as a demi-goddess secretly born to Zeus and a human mother. In contrast to the original origin story which dates back to WW2, the movie sets her origin story during WW1.




Wonder Woman is played by the Israeli actress Gal Godot, whose other acting credits are mainly just the Fast & Furious racing-action movies. The movie will come out this summer.

Trailer for Bahubali 2: The Conclusion

The trailer is out for Bahubali 2 - The Conclusion:

China Takes Note of Modi Election Victory

China has taken note of Modi's election victory in UP, with an Op-Ed piece saying that it will present China with challenges and maybe some opportunities:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1038018.shtml


http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/business/uttar-pradesh-poll-sweep-scares-china-predicts-a-bigger-tougher-modi/articleshow/57668239.cms

http://www.businesstoday.in/current/world/chinese-media-narendra-modi-beijing-india-china-border-dispute/story/248155.html

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/pm-modi-uttar-pradesh-assembly-election-win-india-border-row-china/1/905173.html

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/china-must-look-afresh-at-indian-ties-global-times/article17471438.ece

With allegations of foreign interference in various elections dominating headlines these days, it would be best for Indian authorities to be on guard against electoral meddling attempts by China, including hacking of servers or other actions against political parties. The Chinese are quite bold and ruthless - look at the way they've interfered in the politics of Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines, among others. Given their derisive opinions towards India, there needs to be vigilance against any interference by them.

#evmfraud cannot be explained away easily; tho i think there was no systematic tampering now, as that's a congress specialty

this is what i wrote years ago about the then-existing EVMs, which i thought were a crock. things have improved with VVPATs, but still have grave doubts about them. i still don't trust computers.

http://news.rediff.com/column/2010/sep/01/the-real-issue-with-electronic-voting-machines.htm

http://news.rediff.com/column/2010/sep/02/evm-row-shooting-the-messenger-wont-help.htm

https://rajeev2007.wordpress.com/2009/07/03/can-evms-subvert-elections-full-post/

the election commissioner's letter is hardly reassuring, and i don't think this is the last word on the matter. what indiresan et al said earlier was total bullshit, and i hope things have improved since then. but i have my doubts about the chips involved, the firmware, and the processes. the whole thing needs a thorough security audit.

http://eci.nic.in/eci_main1/current/Reply-ComplaintBSP_11032017.pdf

now that everybody and his brother is talking #deepstate, remember you heard it here first :-)

see my two part essay from 2015, exactly two years ago:
this was (afaik) the first instance of anyone in india talking explicitly about america's omnipresent #deepstate and its baleful influence on india. i take due pride in that :-)
however, there *was* an earlier use of the term (in 2013) for the congress and its ecosystem, and so here's due credit to centerrightindia. good guys, the folks behind swarajyamag.com. the indian #deepstate is partly a creation of the US #deepstate, as seen in the obvious funding of various anti nationals and think tanks. much like a godman named caldwell invented 'dravidianism' as part of divide-and-rule.

next up, #IoI gang sets up 'anti-discrimination' meaning 'more discrimination against hindus'

shashi tharoor with yet another instance of #breakingindia with a new bill, based on crap from some leftie desi prof at oxford


the real problem with india is the constitution that's blatantly biased, based on extraordinary privileges to semites.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

the china-ization of cambodia. tragic

Lefties/Atlanticists Upset at Whitehouse Security Team

The Lefties, including the dominant Atlanticist faction among them, are upset that Trump's national security team are taking Flynn's departure in stride, rather than altering their ideological course:

http://www.nationalmemo.com/bannon-trump-quietly-installed-alt-national-security-council/

As nationalism begins to sweep Europe, the Lefties are afraid that Trump forces are linking up with European nationalist forces - and of course the always evil Russians - in order to undermine the EU and Atlanticist goals.


Court Again Blocks Trump's New Entry Ban

In a new example of judicial overreach, a court in Hawaii has blocked President Trump's travel ban against those from Muslim countries which pose a terrorist threat to US public safety:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/15/federal-judge-in-hawaii-puts-trump-travel-ban-on-hold.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/lawyers-face-off-on-trump-travel-ban-in-md-court-wednesday-morning/2017/03/14/b2d24636-090c-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html


So we can see here that the Red-Green/Leftist-Islamist combine will be using Lawfare (legal/judicial activism) to impose their will on the rest of society, like a Tail Wagging the Dog. Meanwhile, Muslim countries are totally free to impose whatever infringements they want upon anyone they please. "What's Mine is Mine, What's Yours We Share"

India's Looming Water Crisis

India is facing a water crisis, due to its ever-thirstier agrarianists - another argument in support of industrialization which can allow more people to earn better livelihoods while consuming less natural resources than farming allows:

https://qz.com/931878/india-is-facing-its-worst-water-crisis-in-generations/


And of course treaties like the Indus Waters Treaty are all about ensuring Pakistan's access to water, but make no effort to support India's water rights, especially as a downstream lower riparian state to rivers coming from Chinese-controlled territory.

Geopolitical Analysis from Caspian Report

Caspian Report provides its geopolitical analysis for the region in the wake of Modi's election victory:





hans dangerously increase their naval manpower

and they're going to station a large number of them in gwadar. that's the fate for hambantota and colombo as well: all will become chinese naval bases. 

As overseas ambitions expand, China plans 400 per cent increase to marine corps numbers, sources say
PLA will increase fighting force to 100,000 personnel, allowing for deployment in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa and Gwadar in southwest Pakistan, military insiders say
PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 March, 2017
Minnie Chan


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this guy is the most creepy of the think tank parasites

Victor and the vanquished
BJP's dominance could turn into hubris. But what if opposition's despair turns into more timidity?
Pratap Bhanu Mehta | Published:March 13, 2017

he puts a lot of words down without actually saying anything (other than exhibiting his fondness for the congress). typical #deepstate flunkey. i am sure there's money pouring in to him from the #fordfoundation
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#deepstate is now popular with everybody and his brother. remember, i started the meme :-)

Deep States and Demagogues
Sean Hannity reminds us that the paranoid style in politics is alive and well today.
By BRET STEPHENS
March 13, 2017

here's when i first started talking about the us #deepstate. exactly two years ago.

http://www.firstpost.com/india/us-deep-state-indias-daughter-india-now-part-new-axis-evil-2152087.html

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my piece: get those commies in kerala to stop murdering people, please, PM

Dear Prime Minister, Please Turn Your Attention Towards Kerala
Rajeev Srinivasan
- Mar 13, 2017
Every passing week there's a new attack on the lives and properties of BJP and RSS members in Kerala.
What does the BJP party high command intend to do about it?

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nobody likes china: chellaney

but that isn't stopping it.

A rising power without allies
BY BRAHMA CHELLANEY
2017/03/06

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show some strategic intent, india!


Why India must stop backsliding on Pakistan
By Brahma Chellaney
PUBLISHED: 01:26 GMT, 11 March 2017

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what the indian navy needs

Indian Navy's 4 critical needs
Arun Kumar Singh
Mar 14, 2017
Chinese warships and submarines routinely deploy to the Indian Ocean.

we have seriously under invested in the navy. 

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Tackle India's Bad Loans Problem & Financial Reform First

So India's economy is weighed down by bad loans which banks can't collect on, thus preventing banks from doing further lending:

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/indias-bad-debt-mountain-hangs-over-politically-recharged-narendra-modi/articleshow/57643575.cms

This is an issue that the govt should tackle before reforms on labour laws or land acquisition laws. There's obviously a cost to the treasury in absorbing the write-down losses from bad loans, but at least this burden isn't a direct hardship/threat to the voting electorate in the same way that labour reform would initially be perceived as. Actually, we should see that the longer this problem remains unaddressed, the more Opportunity Cost it inflicts on the economy. Before we can throw the ordinary (voting) common man into the water and ask them to sink-or-swim in a reformed labour market, before we can cause (voting) farmers to fret over land acquisition reforms, we need to have a healthy fully functioning financial system firing on all cylinders, that will give the helpless farmers and labourers the best chance to keep their heads above water when they're thrown into the stream of labour and land reform. So these other market distortions like the non-performing uncollectible bad loans have to be addressed first, before we further expose the little people to the Darwinistic forces of the free market.

India will have to set up a TARP program or something like it, in order to separate the bad assets from the good. This will allow the good to move on to the business of growth, while the bad assets can be put into remediation, etc. Repairing the health of the financial system first will at least give the little guy  - farmer, worker (voter) - the best chances in the marketplace when reforms do reach their level. Yeah, bankers may be voters too, but their voting numbers just don't warrant making them a priority for mitigating their hardship - so they need to face reform first, ahead of everyone else.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

BBC Interview with Rakesh Sharma, India's First Astronaut

BBC interviews Rakesh Sharma, the first (and only) Indian to go to space:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-39124828

He's 68 now - hopefully there will be other Indians traveling to space within his lifetime.

Shashi Tharoor Wants Presidential System

Shashi Tharoor writes that India needs a presidential system to replace its parliamentary system:

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/india-modi-too-many-parliamentary-elections-by-shashi-tharoor-2017-03

I admit, I too feel that a presidential system would make Indian politics more orderly and coherent as compared to the fractious parliamentary system.

why your machine intelligence is going to be biased against you for race, gender, etc.

india is nowhere in either machine intelligence or other hot areas like quantum computing. where are all the vaunted software types?

https://swarajyamag.com/magazine/fatal-flaw-in-ai-the-robots-will-probably-be-as-biased-as-their-masters

who lost the plot in #up? #deepstate flunkeys, #msm liars and #lefties. my piece in abp

first class charlatans, all of them. well supplied by the ford foundation, ISI, etc.

and what did them in? demonetization: it made worthless the stash of cash that #aap had readied from its sponsors. but of course, arvind will survive. he has to. he's the #deepstate's best bet.

http://www.abplive.in/blog/twisting-the-up-mandate-how-some-are-allergic-to-truth-504503

Monday, March 13, 2017

Move to Declare Pak Terrorist State

US Congressman Ted Poe has introduced legislation to the US Congress to have Pakistan declared a terrorist state, with consequent cutoff of US funds.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/us-lawmaker-moves-bill-to-declare-pakistan-a-state-sponsor-of-terror/story-cIlmPHtnUGIkWftUGTkXlJ.html

http://nationalinterest.org/feature/time-radical-reset-pakistan-19717




RS member Subramanian Swamy is calling for India to declare Pakistan a terrorist state from its side.



Centre wants motion withdrawn:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/we-cant-declare-pakistan-a-terror-state-centre/article17444416.ece


Krepon frets over Pak again;

http://www.armscontrolwonk.com/archive/1202915/u-s-pakistan-relations-and-the-big-stick/

Sunday, March 12, 2017

why flip flop on pak? brahma chellaney wants a clear policy

Quick notes: Wake therapy, Tamo Racemo...

  • Early morning light has an antidepressant effect: Investigators combined chronotherapy with psychotropic medication and found that depressed patients got better within 48 hours. This therapy is the most rapid antidepressant treatment that we have. What Kind of Sleeper Are You?


  • Tata TAMO Racemo concept: Small, mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive --  all of the proper sports-car basics.Tamo Racemo is also available as a free download in Forza Horizon 3


  • Study: Volkswagen's excess diesel emissions will lead to 1,200 premature deaths in Europe. After paying more than $20 billion in fines and settlements, VW is looking to ditch diesel.


  • Center dithers on Western Ghats: The Environment Ministry has dithered, for the second time in three years, from bringing into force a law that will make about 56,825 sqkm of the ecologically-rich Western Ghats out of bounds for industrial development. States doing their best to thwart it too.


  • Stealth drones: China has begun to develop military drones that can evade radar and anti-aircraft weapons.  


  • Reader's comment in The Hindu on burkhas on campuses: Faith and culture are two separate things. For a faith like Islam which has been exported to other lands, often without approval or consent of the importers, it is really illogical to also expect an autonomous concomitant travel of the culture of the deserts along with the faith to a land of greenery and Himalayan rivers. This is because faith is predicated on the inner self while culture is for the outer self. The outer self can be very different in different lands despite the same faith ruling the inner self. An example being the diversity of cultures in India while people endorsing the Hindu faith.

    It is sheer illogicality to argue that outer self needs to also be the same much as the inner self across individuals, unless it's an argument based not on faith, but rather on something that is non-religious but presumed to be universal, viz., ''modesty of the woman''. When it's a matter of 'modesty of the woman', then please don't be dishonest and bring in a 'cultural' twist -- Ashwini Sharma.


Bharara's Last Stand

Preet Bharara's self-proclaimed martyrdom at the hands of Trump is attracting sympathetic rhetoric from his fellow Democrats, and indifference from Republicans.

https://www.frontpagemag.com/point/266082/good-riddance-preet-bharara-daniel-greenfield





http://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2017/03/preet-bharara-is-out-of-a-job-will-he-run-for-another-110295

Bharara's theatrics may have gotten him momentary sympathy, but he's unlikely to be able to convert it into further political momentum to launch a career in politics. Previous US attorneys for Manhattan like Rudy Giuliani and James Comey have managed to parlay their stints as a springboard into higher political office - Giuliani was subsequently elected Mayor of New York, while James Comey went on to become Director of the FBI. Bharara lacks the political base to pursue a career in politics, nor has he cultivated the connections to get a higher appointment. Perhaps he thought he was going out in a blaze of glory, but in the end he only made himself look narcissistic and unprofessional.

12 CRPF men were killed by communist guerillas on same mar 11th

here are their names. you'll never see the names in MSM.

https://twitter.com/RSS_Org/status/840955905990623232

can algorthms help beat ISIS?

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-algorithms-can-help-beat-islamic-state-1489187064?mod=e2two

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#deepstate flunkeys talk up pak

Saturday, March 11, 2017

China Developing Advanced Moon Rocket

China is working on an advanced rocket that will be able to take its astronauts to the Moon, and may be reusable as well:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/report-china-developing-advanced-lunar-mission-spaceship/2017/03/09/87b7d282-04a6-11e7-9d14-9724d48f5666_story.html


Aside from that, China already has plans to carry out a lunar sample return mission in a few months from now, Chang'e 5.




TsuNaMo: BJP Sweeps UP Taking 312 Seats

Modi/BJP have achieved a breathtakingly sweeping victory in the Uttar Pradesh elections:

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-03-11/modi-surges-to-power-in-india-s-most-crucial-state-election


Picture is Worth 1000 Words

Looks like the demonetisation gambit reaped strong returns - and this may pave the way for further such jolts. There's now an opportunity to turn India's most populous and sickliest state into a growth engine. Given how bad its past track record has been, it won't be too hard to improve over the current situation. The BJP also won in Uttarkhand as well.

This victory puts the govt on solid footing for the 2019 elections.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Trump Fires Preet Bharara

The Trump Whitehouse has abruptly asked for the resignation of 46 US federal prosecutors appointed by the Obama Whitehouse, including US federal attorney for Manhattan-South Preet Bharara:


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/us/politics/us-attorney-justice-department-trump.html?_r=0

http://news10.com/2017/03/10/report-preet-bharara-asked-to-step-down-by-the-trump-administration/


Trump had in previous weeks expressed admiration for Bharara and wanted him to stay on. But this abrupt 180 turnabout comes as opponents of Trump in the US Congress have called for Bharara to lead an investigation into the Trump Whitehouse over ties to Russia as well as Trump's financial dealings.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/08/519281372/ethics-watchdogs-want-u-s-attorney-to-investigate-trumps-business-interests

Trump may be pre-emptively moving to eliminate Bharara before he can be turned into thorn in the side of the Trump administration.


UPDATE: Bharara refused to resign, effectively forcing Trump to fire him

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/11/politics/bharara-not-resigning/

http://nypost.com/2017/03/11/preet-bharara-is-daring-trump-to-fire-him/

Canadian Hybrid Airship Concept

A Canadian company developing a solar hybrid-airship has sold a few to African countries:

http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2017/03/07/innovative-new-age-canadian-transport-to-worlds-remote-areas/

The idea is to have a new form of transportation to remote areas which lack efficient road access and other infrastructure. This would permit such remote areas to be built up and better served.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Fwd: Thought provoking stuff on Vigilonline

forwarded as received. i haven't read through these by radha

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http://www.vigilonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2384:70-years-on-has-india-learnt-any-lessons&catid=63:national-security&Itemid=78
Seventy years on, has India learnt any lessons?

Fake News and the "Resurrection of Armageddon"

The CIA is one of the main peddlers of fake news

Genocide and the Philippines-American war

We are watching you, says American NGO to Hindu Nationalists

Galapagos Giant Tortoises make a comeback

India remains hub for turtle trade



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Can Trump Turn Tables on Deep State?

Deep State is trying to destroy Trump by attacking his ties to Russia and also dragging in his old tax returns into the fray. They are pushing for Congressional investigation into these, to eventually pursue impeachment against Trump. Pro-Trump forces are preparing to counter-attack by calling for Congressional investigation into the Deep State itself.



Wikileaks has again published a trove of information exposing tools and techniques of the CIA and other affiliated intelligence agencies.

why on earth are we eating more bloody wheat?

meanwhile coarse grains are being lost. while yanks pay big bucks for them. 

india is totally nowhere in this new science of quantum computing

esp important for security and crypography. our univs are into disruptive marches.

http://www.economist.com/technology-quarterly/2017-03-09/quantum-devices#s-5

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replug: my take on the 3 biggest disruptive technologies out there, from may 2016

https://swarajyamag.com/magazine/the-three-next-big-things

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quantum computing

arvind neela rocks!

Fact: Behind Charade Of Charity, Compassion International Was Conducting Religious Conversions
Aravindan Neelakandan
- Mar 08, 2017
Compassion International, a US organisation leading and funding Christian proselytisation in India, has recently declared that it would shut down its operations in the country after facing tough restrictions related to foreign funding.
Here is an account of how the Christian organisation has been secretly pursuing its missionary work in India under the pretence of "releasing children from poverty".


Before Reza Aslan, There Was This
Aravindan Neelakandan
- Mar 08, 2017
Reza Aslan is only the most recent in a long line of leaders, writers, and others from the West who actively sought to defame Hinduism.


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china's fifth columnists in india

GULLIBLE INNOCENTS, OR WILLING PROPAGANDISTS?
Thursday, 09 March 2017 | Claude Arpi
The publication of pro-China articles by the India media raises two questions: First, why are Indian journalists propagating stories planted by Beijing? Second, can the Chinese be trusted even after they have signed a deal?

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a short history of india

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=1c0cd6a337&view=lg&msg=15aae8c981ab0466
A SHORT HISTORY OF INDIA—ITS HEROES AND INVADERS
This relates the invasions, challenges, massacres, and struggles of India's people and heroes against the criminals who tried to destroy India and its culture. This is presented to preserve the real history of India.
 

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Fwd: Roddam Narsimha's Paper in Nature


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 The paper is about how Indians were using methods to memorize the large data. Prof. Narasimha has used the example of 12th Shloka in Aryabhatiya where Aryabhata has explained the whole sine table in just 4 lines shloka. Its amazing. It will be really great if Prof. Narasimha will be invited for BVS. 






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damning ambani with faint praise

the #deepstate flunkeys can't totally conceal their admiration at his audacity.

about five years ago, in my iimb class, we discussed how mukesh ambani would come in and totally disrupt indian telecoms with 4G. 

and now he has. 

we live in interesting times. (in fact all this gives india a big opportunity to lead in 5G).


even the economist that loves to mock india is forced to 'damn him with faint praise' :-)

at the time we compared samsung's habit of making big bets and investing heavily with ambani's. now samsung is in a bit of trouble after a strong run. it remains to be seen how jio will do. but full marks to mukesh ambani for audacity.

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fairly positive vibes for modi from the WSJ

https://www.wsj.com/articles/micromanager-in-chief-modi-upends-how-india-is-run-1489078081

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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

CNN's show on india: turn the microscope the other way

this is the kind of thing that shows such a negative and in fact bibhatsa (disgusting) and grossly untrue picture of hinduism that it leads to aversion and then shootings of hindus.

imagine if we do a 'drain inspector' type report on american christianity: "they worship the mutilated corpse of a dead arab stuck on a stick" and "they speak in tongues" and "handle poisonous snakes in an orgy of blind faith. many are bitten and killed". others "don't believe in modern medicine, and instead pray. many of their members die from lack of medical attention. but that does not seem to help the cause of rationality".

"there are strange cults that believe bizarre things. for instance, mormons believe in polygamy". other cults, such as the branch davidians, put up armed resistance to the US government, and are then pulverized with tanks. "the jim jones cult made its members drink poisoned kool-aid in a mass suicide". 

"various christian preachers indulge in strange rituals on sunday morning tv, and the gullible among their followers part with their life savings. one preacher named oral roberts said god had told him to that unless he raised $10 million, 'god would call him home'. his flock promptly sent him $10 million".

"several prominent priests have been caught with prostitutes. one particularly fierce preacher, who preached morality and so on, was caught having sex with a prostitute in a car."

all absolutely true, but selected for maximum disgust. and not a proper picture, is it?

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handicapped people and terrorism

earlier there were these blind mullahs inciting terrorists eg one in new york.


is there a pattern? is it that handicapped people are angry at god and the world for their handicap and thus turn extremely bitter?

or is it that all the pity that others show makes them anti-social? or is it just coincidence?

i'd have thought that a handicapped guy would have more problems to worry about than waging war on the country or inducing people to be suicide bombers.

but then, plenty of perfectly healthy guys are leading terrorists, too.


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Hindu Lives Matter too!

#HinduLivesMatter

Both the left wing MSM and right wing media, such as it is in the U.S have let us down.

The "liberal" MSM would have set the country on fire had a single hair on the head of a single Muslim, African American or Latino illegal immigrant been touched!

On the other hand, Fox News would have waged a relentless war for weeks had the Kansas shooting perpetrator been a Muslim, an African American or a Latino illegal immigrant! 

Neither the victim nor the perpetrator fits the political narrative of either side.

The victim was *only* an Indian, a law abiding, successful, legal immigrant -
a *mere* Hindu to be precise, which doesn't even elicit coverage of the tragedy!

Whatever happened to "liberalism"?
Whatever happened to "compassionate conservatism"?

Thought provoking article by Vamsee Juluri:


who killed srinivas kuchibhotla?

http://www.abplive.in/blog/who-killed-srinivas-kuchibhotla-500838 

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so who's lying? trump or clapper/obama?

https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-and-russia-a-clash-of-conspiracy-theories-1488847115

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Monday, March 06, 2017

ISRO Scoops Satellite from SpaceX

Finland's first private satellite Aalto-1 was going to travel to space on SpaceX's Falcon-9 rocket, but due to delays in SpaceX's launch schedule, it has been shifted over to the PSLV-C38 flight.

Google-translated article linked here.

The move shows how ISRO is proving itself to be a close competitor with leading launchers like SpaceX, offering a reliable alternative when situations require it.

Trump vs Deep State

Trump is now on the warpath against the Deep State which is targeting him, now calling for an investigation into former president Barack Obama for requesting wiretapping of Trump Tower during the election campaign. This follows the announcement by Trump's Attorney General Jeff Sessions in recusing himself from handling any investigation into allegations of Trump ties with Russia. Mr Sessions had recused himself following Deep State leaks against him which exposed that he too had met with the Russian ambassador, albeit as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.



Like the ISI, the American security apparatus seems to be acting like an independent rogue entity, systematically using its surveillance powers to selectively gather and expose information on those it deems to be a threat to its vested interests. Because Trump is strong-willed, rather than being cowed he is instead gearing up for counter-attack against Deep State forces, and preparing to take his case to the American people.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

US Satellite Maker Argues for Lifting Restrictions


Spaceflight Industries, a US-based small satellite manufacturer, is urging the US govt to end its restriction against Indian rockets, so that small satellite makers can put their products into orbit using Indian launch vehicles:

https://www.spaceintelreport.com/spaceflight-ends-its-silence-asks-us-government-to-permit-smallsat-use-of-indian-rockets

Their argument is that US launchers are overbooked, and that not enough launch capacity is available to meet the needs of US customers.

BBC styleguide: when is a kashmiri muslim an indian? answer: when he is a criminal

exhibit A: athlete was prevented from coming to the US

headline: "kashmiri muslim athlete was prevented...."

exhibit B: kashmiri muslim athlete arrested for sexual abuse

headline: "indian athlete arrested...."

shouldn't all separatists like khursheed of twitter and peer of wapo object that the sexual predator isn't indian but a kashmiri muslim?

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freedom of expression: you are free to express my views, and only my views

exhibit A: gurmehar kaur has become a poster child for sedition, and it's alleged her FOE was violated

exhibited B: sonam mahajan was forcibly prevented from expressing her views by the expedient of her account being suspended repeatedly

guess whose FOE is important?

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Friday, March 03, 2017

is AI biased? (the new version of "do androids dream of electric sheep?")

my swarajya piece

Bezos to Create Infrastructure for Access to Moon/Space

Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon who also founded rocket company Blue Origin, has announced his intention to provide transportation/delivery service to the Moon, as a way of extending and supporting broader commercial activity in space:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/03/02/an-exclusive-look-at-jeff-bezos-plan-to-set-up-amazon-like-delivery-for-future-human-settlement-of-the-moon/

http://www.chicagotribune.com/bluesky/technology/ct-bezos-amazon-moon-20170303-story.html




India should also think along these lines, given our natural cost advantages and leadership in space technology. Wouldn't it be great if India's Antrix Corporation could likewise similarly offer delivery services to a place like the Moon? In fact, 2 paying customers have contracted with ISRO to have their individual rovers delivered to the Moon's surface - they are Team Indus and Hakuto of Japan - these 2 privately-financed rovers are scheduled to be sent to the Moon by the end of this year, putting them ahead of ISRO's own direct moon-rover landing mission, Chandrayaan-2, which will happen in late 2018.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/ISRO-gearing-up-forsecond-moon-mission/article17313134.ece

But Bezos and Blue Origin are thinking about more than a logistics service to the Moon - their plans are to provide human beings access to space via manned space tourist flights. India's own LVM3 medium/heavy-lift rocket will become newly available this year, with its first developmental flight occurring in about 6 weeks. This heavier launcher will be much better suited for supporting manned spaceflight activities as compared to the lighter PSLV. India too should then consider going after the space tourism market, rather than being left behind. Just as the recent record-setting launch of 104 satellites gave a lot of pride to the country, likewise manned space activities would be an even bigger source of inspiration and motivation in the right direction, given the unavoidable growing importance of space in our destiny.

Recently, ISRO was forced to reject 68 applicants for being overqualified, as engineering people had even applied for lower administrative/clerical positions at ISRO - that's how strongly attractive and appealing the pull is towards India's budding space future.

http://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/isro-is-quite-sought-after-workplace-that-even-overqualified-candidates-apply-for-jobs-but-there-s-no-place-for-them-272658.html

Given the growing passion among Indians for space technology, motivated by ISRO's track record of successes, and given the natural importance of space for humanity's future, India needs to step up its investment in space access and infrastructure. Antrix Corporation already exists as a commercial arm for ISRO to market its existing space capabilities, and is administered by the Dept of Space. Perhaps there should be consideration towards expanding Antrix, or even creating a new parallel entity alongside it, for the purpose of promoting and offering manned spaceflight and space tourism. This could help expand India's space industry sector, allowing it to absorb more talent and capital, and speed overall development and innovation in the field. Perhaps this new parallel entity could even issue bonds to raise funds to pay for the upfront development costs of the requisite technologies for this goal.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

the Left fetishizes, dehumanizes and caricatures #ScheduledCaste people, esp faux SC like #rohith

this was published on indiafacts.org on 2 Mar 2017 at

http://indiafacts.org/rohith-vemula-post-truth-fetishization-scheduled-castes/

uighurs of ISIS send a love letter to the hans. schadenfreude time?

https://www.ft.com/content/ddeb5872-ff1f-11e6-96f8-3700c5664d30

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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Quick notes: 5G leadership, Energy shift...

5G: China's Huawei battles to own the next generation of wireless technology


Coal losing to renewable energy: The first victim to the rise of renewable energy is coal. Investment in new coal power plants faces challenges of swelling capital costs, coal availability, price risk and long execution period. “With the emergence of renewables as an alternative source of electricity, further investments into coal-based power plants are uncertain”. 


Man-made earthquakes:  Human-induced earthquakes are caused primarily by wastewater from oil and gas drilling operations being injected deep into the ground. 


Is Iodized salt harmful? The petitioner has said that additive chemicals are presently used in artificially iodized salts such as E535 – sodium ferrocyanide, E536 – potassium ferrocyanide, E538 – calcium ferrocyanide and other anti-caking agents which are said to be very dangerous to health. 


Chicken farming: After years of designing fatter birds, food companies are finally realizing chickens shouldn’t grow so fast


Seismic shift: Norway Looks to Eliminate Gas and Diesel Auto Sales by 2025.


Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur : - Raga Maru Bihag