Thursday, February 27, 2020

Quick notes: 5G hype | Surveillance state...

  • 5G Hype:  India is unlikely to have any substantial coverage of 5G until at least the end of next year, with telecom operators in the country yet to participate in a spectrum auction. But that hasn’t stopped Chinese vendors from bringing 5G-enabled smartphones to the world’s second largest handset market.

    5G is weaponized technology:

  • China’s Surveillance State: Thanks to technology, there is a much more robust option for authoritarians in the 21st century: big-data analytics in a digital public sphere. China’s system of cameras linked to facial-recognition databases, which may be able to identify people everywhere they go. . . Sick Man of Asia.


  • Bernie Sanders' disastrous answer:

    Cooper: Do you have -- a price tag for all of these things?

    Sanders: No, I don't. We try to -- no, you mentioned making public colleges and universities tuition free and canceling all student debt, that's correct. That's what I want to do. We pay for that through a modest tax on Wall Street speculation.

    Cooper: But you say you don't know what the total price is, but you know how it's gonna be paid for. How do you know it's gonna be paid for if you don't know how much the price is?

    Sanders: Well, I can't -- you know, I can't rattle off to you every nickel and every dime.


  • No limits to Mohammedan hypocrisy:


  • People who drive expensive cars behave worse: Self-centred men who are argumentative, stubborn, disagreeable and unempathetic are much more likely to own a high-status car such as an Audi, BMW or Mercedes


  • Nature makes children happier: The meaning and power of trees, water and wind "transcended" the mere senses. Getting in touch with the natural environment is a "tonic" that will cure what ails your soul. Our souls are just parts of Nature's greater "Oversoul."


  • Open source licenses: What, which, and why


Fwd: PGurus just uploaded a video

interesting allegation of rol rop alliance. 

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a good paper (continuously updated) on the coronavirus

http://www.stratcepts.com/Papers/COVID19.pdf

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Fwd: A Weekend of Transformation with Michel Danino - Indic Today

danino is a most impressive scholar. calm, factual, with unassaible logic. 

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From: Hari
Date: Wed, Feb 19, 2020 at 9:17 AM
Subject: A Weekend of Transformation with Michel Danino - Indic Today
To: 

A Weekend of Transformation with Michel Danino - Indic Today


https://www.indictoday.com/events/a-weekend-of-transformation-with-michel-danino/

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Quick notes: Han hug | AI for drug discovery

  • Han hug: Chinese vassal state Italy grapples with worst coronovirus outbreak outside Asia. Towns in northern Italy under quarantine, Venice carnival closes early.


  • Newyork Post: Don’t buy China’s story on coronavirus.. It turns out that snakes don’t carry coronaviruses and that bats aren’t sold at a seafood market. Neither are pangolins, for that matter.


  • How China Endangered the World: The international health community has tried to infer from the dubious official daily tallies just how dangerous the coronavirus disease may be for the rest of the world.
    https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-51604625/coronavirus-mass-masked-wedding-in-the-philippines



  • Scientists discover powerful antibiotic using AI: In a world first, scientists have discovered a new type of antibiotic using artificial intelligence. An algorithm was used to analyse more than one hundred million chemical compounds in a matter of days. The newly discovered compound was able to kill 35 types of potentially deadly bacteria, said researchers. It has been heralded by experts as a major breakthrough in the fight against the growing problem of drug resistance.


  • Car-free Oslo, a huge success: Parking spots are now bike lanes, transit is fast and easy, and the streets (and local businesses) are full of people. ““I hope that other cities will be inspired by us to create their own car-free city center.”
    https://www.dailyscandinavian.com/bicycling-in-copenhagen-and-oslo/


  • The collected works of E.C.G. Sudarshan: His physics was organically integrated with his Vedanta.


  • Talk on dharma by Vojko Kercan, co-founder of the Gopuram Institute.



  • Live and let live

  • https://web2.ph.utexas.edu/~gsudama/publications.htm


Sunday, February 23, 2020

applies to space denial like shaheenbagh as well

To Survive Disaster, Plan for the Worst
Getting ready for a disaster is still a tiny part of the world's response to the likelihood of one. But some governments and officials are starting to plan well in advance.
By TINA ROSENBERG
Feb. 19, 2020

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Fwd: Space tech in India defence – a new chapter in the offing=Why China’s rise is attested by the West=TRUMP VISIT



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From: Sanjeev 


1. Pakistan Malaysia Turkey to challenge Middle East domination of Arab world 20.2.20 by Dr Subhash Kapila http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/node/2571
 
2. A high optic low result visit to India 23.2.20 by Bharat Karnad https://bharatkarnad.com/2020/02/23/a-high-optics-low-outcome-trump-trip-to-india/
 
3. Can India really count on Trump 21.2.20 by Brahma C https://chellaney.net/2020/02/21/can-india-really-count-on-trump/
 
 
5. Space tech in India defence – a new chapter in the offing by Rakesh S 20.2.20  http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/space-tech-in-indian-defence-a-new-chapter-in-the-offing/
 
6. After near war with U.S. Iran heads to polls 22.2.20 by Kabir T https://www.orfonline.org/expert-speak/after-near-war-with-the-us-iran-heads-to-the-polls-61527/
 
7. Why China's rise is attested by the West 21.2.20 by Harsh Pant https://www.orfonline.org/research/why-chinas-rise-is-attested-by-the-west-61610/
 
8. Time for U.S. to build bridges 22.2.20 by Abdul B https://tribune.com.pk/story/2161744/6-time-us-build-bridges/
 
9. Is Trump to put Afghanistan and PoK on the table 23.2.20 by Rajeev Srinivasan https://swarajyamag.com/world/so-if-no-trade-deal-is-trump-coming-all-the-way-to-put-afghanistan-and-pok-on-the-table
 
warm regards
sanjeev
 


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why is trump in india? one word: afghanistan.

it just doesn't add up. this trip, first since coronavirus scare, and just when taliban ceasefire has gone into effect, and he goes to afghan on feb 29?

there has to be something substantive that we will hear about by and by. say, like october. 

Saturday, February 22, 2020

is cancer medicine doing much for your health?

or is it just making hospitals and doctors rich?

and even early diagnosis isn't the panacea we thought it would be?


#bigmedicine #bigpharma rule. and india is going straight down this path.

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Friday, February 21, 2020

diet studies are pure bullshit, says new scientist

i also have serious concerns about RCTs, because the parameters you control for are too few, and may in fact be completely irrelevant.

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From: New Scientist Health Check <no-reply@newscientist.com>
Date: Sat, Feb 22, 2020 at 11:29 AM
Subject: Why you shouldn't get your diet advice from news headlines
To: 

Hello readers,

This week, there were two studies in the news looking at the effects of food on our health. One claimed that a Mediterranean diet reduces frailty in old age, and the second that eating big breakfasts burns fat. Many of you have told me that you are interested in nutrition research, but I have a surprising confession for a biomedical journalist: I believe that the vast majority of published studies looking at diet can't be trusted.

I'm not the only one saying this. A growing number of statisticians argue that most studies done in this area are of poor quality. To understand why, let's first look at the best kind of research, the randomised controlled trial. This is where two groups of people are randomly allocated either to take a medicine or a dummy pill that looks just like it, and the health outcomes are compared.

When it comes to diet, this is time-consuming and expensive to do properly, and most trials have methodological flaws, such as being too small, short-lasting or measuring effects that are theorised to affect health, but we don't know for sure. The Mediterranean diet study, for instance, made its claims based on changes in people's gut bacteria, our knowledge of which is at a very early stage. The big breakfast study didn't show this strategy makes you lose weight, because it only lasted three days.

Many nutrition studies aren't even in the form of a trial – researchers simply observe what people eat to see if certain foods correlate with health outcomes. The problem is that wealthier people tend to eat more of what are seen as health foods, and they also live longer for a whole host of other reasons. So these "observational" studies can also generate false conclusions.

How do we know the field is unreliable? For a start, dietary studies are renowned for contradicting each other. That's why one day we see headlines saying red meat is bad for you, then the next day it's OK. Even where there is consensus that a certain food has an effect, the impact is often tiny next to other known lifestyle influences, like smoking or heavy drinking. This is the case for the idea that processed meat like bacon causes bowel cancer, for instance; the claimed effect is so small that if 100 people stopped eating bacon, there would be only one less heart attack.

But the clincher for me is that when we put ideas about healthy eating to a proper test, in the form of a large good-quality randomised trial, they almost never stand up, as I found when I investigated this issue last year.

Where does that leave those of us wanting to eat healthily? Some statisticians are calling for a pause on further studies on diet until these methodological problems can be fixed. Some sceptics even say that, in Western countries where few people have malnutrition, there may be no meaningful effects to find. Within the limits of moderation and common sense, the finer details of our diet really don't matter that much.

It's a startling claim – let me know what you think of it!

on why local language is key to business success



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amulya leona noronha shouting "pak zindabad" shows several things

1. pedophrasty is a useful tactic
2. the use of women as shields (we saw that also in the staged ayesha renna video where she and other screaming burqa clad women held police at bay)
3. india's innate respect for women and 'balak' laws are being turned against us
4. reminded of the lal masjid guy trying to escape wearing a burqa
5. there is a conspiracy behind individuals like this, as she herself admitted in a chilling video that's viral on the net
6. sedition is a serious crime in any country, and has to be treated as such
7. brainwashed commies like amuyla need to be deterred, because they are useful idiots for the ISI and congress


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Fwd: My latest article on ex cathedra declamations by members of India's higher judiciary outside the courts



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From: Jay
Subject: My latest article on ex cathedra declamations by members of India's higher judiciary outside the courts
To: J


Friends:                                              21 February 2020

My latest essay on the subject of ex cathedra announcements outside the courts by sitting judges of the Supreme Court and High courts has just been published. 



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Quick notes: China-bound students | Solar vs coal...

  • Phoren degree: Chinese lure for Indian students falls under Coronavirus shadow. . . . Parents protest as Pakistani students stuck in China.


  • Beggar-thy-neighbor: China’s 11 dams on the upper Mekong have severely hurt farming and fishing in Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam all of which are reeling under drought.. The dams have fuelled long-term inflation and dependence on China. . . China's latest export -- disease.


  • Can solar power compete with coal? In India, it’s gaining ground. Even state-controlled Coal India forecasts a future with much less coal.


  • Ishta Linga: Muslim man chosen to head Lingayat Mutt in Karnataka.. Influenced by Basavanna's teaching, Diwan Sharief's parents donated two acres of land for the mutt. “If God appears to you for a path of goodwill and sacrifice, you will do it regardless of the manmade restrictions of birth and caste.” 


  • Rice-fish farming: Compared to fields that only grow rice, rice-fish farming increases rice yields by up to 20%. Rice-fish farming could feed more people than current monocultures while using less of the agricultural chemicals. 


  • Biodigester: Methane as fuel



  • Math challenged guy: Michael Bloomberg claims India is bigger contributor to climate change than China.. India's emissions: 2,162 metric tons, China's: 9,302 metric tons.. Bloomberg’s move to deflect blame from China was a marked contrast to other candidates.


  • Bernie Rises: But Socialism isn't popular with most Americans. . . . How socialist Bernie became a millionaire. . . What Michael Bloomberg should’ve said about his billions.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

cambodia to build statue of rajendra chozha. not tamil nadu.

end of manual scavenging: "bandicoot"



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happy maha sivaratri



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Fwd: Hinduphobia in American Academia and Media - Talk by Avatans



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are the democrats imploding?

tho ed luce is a pinhead, looks like the democrats are headed for a serious fratricial war. i think 60% change trump will win again.

sanders: old bolshie with health problems
biden: will be killed by october surprise re ukraine
warren: fading
bloomberg: will likely buy the nomination
klobuchar: about as colorless as can be
buttigieg: aiming to be first gay president. very nice, but not sure the public are all that keen on that milestone. 
gabbard: the only serious candidate that the democrats can throw at trump, but they have blackballed her because she's a hindu. 


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#bigmedicine. India heading down same path

William Easterly (@bill_easterly) tweeted at 1:29 AM on Fri, Feb 21, 2020:
Anne Case and Angus Deaton show how much the US outspends other countries on health care, and how little health there is to show for it. From their forthcoming book Deaths of Despair from @PrincetonUPress https://t.co/X7gDfFOxBB
(https://twitter.com/bill_easterly/status/1230582723611373568?s=03)

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

what medicine has become. we need physicians who pay attention to individuals



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the coming equity market slump?




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the SC karsevak story by c jaffrelot: anything about jogendra nath mondal? or jignesh mevani?

interesting stories of SC experience:

1. from mondal, a founder of pak  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkHXRkM4l-o)

2. related to congress leader mevani who's allegedly a champion of SC rights: https://www.opindia.com/2020/02/dalit-woman-chitralekha-victim-cpm-caste-discrimination-jignesh-mevani/

jaffrelot is a known hindu hater, so i'd take his views with a huge pinch of salt. 




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in #keralano1, six kids in one family die in 9 years

in tirur, malappuram district, six children of rafeeq and shabna have died in the last 9 years: they were aged eight months, two months, 40 days, 4.5 years, three months, three months. 

they have just exhumed the body of the last child who died two days ago, and will send it for postmortem. 

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does india have a surveillance state?

yes, we need one. 


i feel we don't have enough surveillance today to catch the terrorists, rioters, sleeper cells, illegal aliens etc.

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Fwd: Your deportation from India

pretty rude comment to debbie abrahams, but only about as rude as her attempt to foment trouble in india.

also, as 'abrahams' is usually a jewish surname, possibly yet another instance of a jew who hates India, like Wendy and pollock. 

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From: A


Hi Debbie,

I saw the news about your deportation from India. Did you think your WHITE SKIN entitled you to rule over India?

You obviously do not understand that India is not obligated to give citizenship to every Pakistani because Pakistan itself was created out of India for MUSLIMS, and you also do not understand the concept of equality if you oppose the abrogation of Article 370 in Kashmir.

Since you are too dumb to understand the concept of EQUALITY, it proves that you are inferior brained.

What this means is that you are intellectually inferior and have become an MP merely because you are looked upon by the Labour Party leaders as nothing more than a body part and a woman with low IQ. Shameful! So this is what the Labour Party is about? They treat you as a body part.

-a


Monday, February 17, 2020

Quick notes: Drone tech | Dalit karsevak...

  • Drones to wipe out Pak terrorists? India interested in acquiring US UAV that killed Iranian general. . . . India to buy $2.6bn of US military gear ahead of Trump visit


  • Farmers want Modi to avoid unfair trade deals with Trump: The US farm bill 2019 allotted $867 billion as subsidy for American farmers whereas Indian farmers get relatively meagre support.


  • Jaswant Singh, Mogappair, Chennai: This Tamil-speaking Sikh engineer created a home forest in Chennai



  • Dalit Karsevak's bitter reality check: In Bhanwar Meghwanshi’s village, low caste people joined the RSS in large numbers: “Of the fifty or so children who attended the shakha in my village, most were OBCs—Kumhar, Jat, Gurjar, Mali and so on. He was part of the first attempt at building the Ram temple, in the context of the Rath Yatra in October 1990. Then, he was “exhilarated”, chanting “To die for Ram-ji is such an honour…”. He and his Rajasthani comrades in arms were taught “how to evade the police” and were “told that implements to destroy the structure – hoes, spades, crowbars – would be provided by locals at Ayodhya”.

    As the train started to slide out of the station, all the important functionaries slid out of the train.. I saw how one by one, the big folk, the industrialists, the sangh pracharaks, the leaders of VHP and BJP, all excused themselves. Having wished us well, they went back to their homes. Only people like me remained—impassioned Dalits, Adivasis, other young people from the lower castes, and a few sadhus and sants. To take charge of us, some lower-order functionaries tried to put us at ease, don’t worry, these people have other contingents to see off and then they’ll follow us directly to Ayodhya. They were never to come. They were sensible people and went back to their homes. I understood that sensible people always use us, we who are driven by passion; they push us into battle and return to their safe little coops. 

    However, Bhanwar Meghwanshi did not draw any conclusion from this episode but went to Ayodhya as a disciplined foot-soldier. But soon after, Bhanwar Meghwanshi fully realised the resilience of caste in the RSS on another occasion: while he had prepared food for Sangh parivar members who were touring his district, they refused to come to his home for eating; instead they took the food with them in order to save time and, they said, feed the village where they going next – but they threw it out on the road. Bhanwar Meghwanshi was shocked:  How can the Sangh do this to me? They don’t believe in untouchability, in caste discrimination, they believe all Hindus to be one, they talk of a united Hindu society, and then this kind of hypocrisy? 


  • Macaulay's children: Karnataka school to lose licence for levying fine from students speaking in Kannada


  • Aabid Surti: India's water warrior.


  • Dani P K: The Kerala kid whose 'zero angle' goal went viral



Thursday, February 13, 2020

Quick notes: Virus import | Music therapy...

  • Coronavirus scare: India orders checking of Chinese agri, livestock imports


  • Music therapy: Indian classical music improves cognitive functions in schizophrenia patients


  • China tightening its grip on Indian Ocean: China is also determined to squeeze us regionally on J&K, using its “all-weather friend”, Pakistan.


  • Huawei backdoors: US says it can prove Huawei has backdoor access to mobile-phone networks. US hasn't made evidence public but reportedly shared it with UK and Germany. 


  • Equifax breach was the work of Chinese state hackers: "Criminal heist of sensitive information of nearly half of all Americans by a unit of the Chinese military”.


  • Cookies crumbling: Chrome browser to restrict advertising cookies. This will lead to “signal loss” for advertisers . . . . Facebook's targeted ads success is due to it's ability to leverage cross-site behavior to better see purchase history/purchase intent. . . . . . How to use Chrome’s tools to protect your privacy while browsing.


  • Biochar: Improve soil properties naturally . . . “Due to the highly porous nature and high surface area of biochar, it improves soil’s ability to hold more water. The fine network of pores within biochar gives room for soil microorganisms to live. This increases the microbial diversity in the soil.”... Adding 0.5-1% biochar to cattle’s feed could reduce methane emissions by up to 17%.




  • Biodigester: Profit from waste



  • Never too late to learn:


  • Who needs enemies? In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us. - Thich Nhat Hanh


Wednesday, February 12, 2020

was indian doc sentenced to LIFE in overly harsh judgment?

not that i am defending dr shah, but is this a crime that would have gotten a white doctor life in prison? or was that a special for an indian?

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Monday, February 10, 2020

virus expert allegedly bumped off so he couldn't spill the beans on coronavirus.

Quick notes: Dark net | Anti-satellite weapon...

Saturday, February 08, 2020

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Quick notes: Auto jobs | Army pensions...

  • Job losses coming to auto-sector: A combustion-engine car has 1,400 components in the motor, exhaust system and transmission. An EV’s battery and electric motor has only 200 components. The average IC engine takes about 3.5 hours to make, while an electric motor takes about 1 hour.. Around 410,000 German jobs are at risk by 2030.


  • Vengeful CM: Kia looking to move $1.1 billion plant out of Yesu's Andhra.


  • India's Missile Defense: China says India can’t build an effective missile defense system. "Inadequate capital, unsmooth R&D process, heavy reliance on other countries for key technology and incomplete systems" 


  • Pension burden: Army to spend more on pensions than on salaries. Rs 111,294 crore for army salaries, Rs 113,278 crore for army pensions. Funds that could otherwise go towards equipment modernisation


  • Ashtavakra Gita: It is in the infinite ocean of myself that the mind-creation called the world takes place.



  • Be Modern and Use Sanskrit to Decolonize Your Mind: Sanskrit is an analytical and a holistic language. It is both argumentative and sacred. It is good for singing and reciting. It is a wonderful tool to liberate from two of the most pressing problems of the modern world: addiction and depression. Be modern and use Sanskrit to decolonize your mind.


  • Slave Thinking: Children penalised for speaking in Kannada 





  • How to end traffic  European cities offer a roadmap for life with fewer cars.. . . . Better bus lanes can fix everyone’s commute. . . . First all-electric bus town


Monday, February 03, 2020

Quick notes: Traffic congestion | Gates foundation...

  • Worst traffic in the world:  It's official. Bengaluru is the world's most traffic congested city. Mumbai, Pune and New Delhi were the other Indian cities that also featured in top 10.
  • https://www.livemint.com/news/india/bengaluru-has-the-worst-traffic-in-the-world-report-11580278531554.html


  • India to raise solar capacity: “A scheme to enable farmers to set up solar power generation on their barren/fallow lands and to sell it to the grid would be operationalized”.


  • "Gates-Monsanto Foundation": Bill Gates is continuing the work of Monsanto, pushing GMOs on small farmers around the world



  • Fraudulent robocalls from India: DoJ sues US telecom providers for connecting Indian robocall scammers


  • The truth is, China really won the trade war deal: “The Chinese can wait it out. They think in long, long terms, long visions.”


  • Putting forex reserves to good use.


    "Much of the intellectual property that underlies Huawei’s current 5G offering came along with the top Nortel scientists in Ottawa."


  • Han espionage: Raytheon engineer arrested for taking US missile defense data to China


  • Talking Drones: Officials in China have started using drones equipped with speakers to warn citizens to wear masks as coronavirus continues to spread in the country.


  • #DeleteFacebook: Chinese censorship goes global: Facebook agrees to delete Coronavirus posts flagged by China. . . . . Banned in China but FB ever willing to please the CCP.


  • Only Muslims can be victims: “Christians in Pakistan live with this sword of Damocles over their head.”  'To death!' cried one woman prisoner. The other women join in. 'Hanged!' Hanged!'.” 



Saturday, February 01, 2020