Wednesday, April 14, 2021
- Biden Will Pull US Troops Out of Afghanistan by 9/11: U.S. intelligence predicted that Taliban will make battlefield gains.
'A full withdrawal from Afghanistan is dumber than dirt and devilishly dangerous'.
- India's millionaire exodus: Nearly 5,000 millionaires, or 2% of the total number of high net-worth individuals left the country in 2020 alone.
- Chip shortage: Biden meets with CEOs. . . . . Intel to step into automotive chips, but it'll take a while. . . . It takes four years to build a new fab.
- How Singapore Uses Science to Stay Cool: Scientists are coming up with novel, new designs to help keep temperatures down in Singapore.
- Dams along the Mekong threatening farmers and fish: China's construction of large hydropower dams along the river is having devastating impacts on water availability and the fertile soil that feeds hundreds of millions of people in Southeast Asia.
- White man's privilege: Livestock and dairy industries responsible for 50% of New Zealand’s greenhouse gases
- Used masks in mattresses: "Officials in Maharashtra found mattresses being stuffed with used masks. A case was registered against the factory owner, Amjad Ahmed Mansoori".
- Thread on women in the military:
Thread on what actually happens when you put womyn in the military: https://t.co/zC3xNShWrs— Frontier Indica (@frontierindica) March 22, 2021
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
A widely available asthma drug has been found to reduce the recovery time for Covid-19 patients treated at home by an average of three days, according to a large clinical study in the UK led by Oxford university https://t.co/soWIOfUc7T
Monday, April 12, 2021
Sunday, April 11, 2021
The US govt has given notification of impending sale of F-16s to Pakistan:
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Can the bureaucracy be reformed? What are its biggest problems and sins? Is it attitude, perhaps unchanged from James Mill's time, ie 1817? Is it the way they are recruited and trained? Does the problem lie in the way there's a brutal hierarchy in place where lesser babus are humiliated and treated as sub-humans while the elites play God? What about the way babudom is not accountable for results achieved (or not)? Why do they have no skin in the game? How can evaluation be made more rigorous? Do they stick up for each other to the detriment of the national interest? What about all the little jaunts to Harvard etc that they go on: are these useful to India or to someone else? Are they giving away Big Data about India to possibly malign outsiders? A no-holds-barred critique of what's good and what's bad with India's fabled babus.
Can babudom be salvaged? The answer: a big 'Maybe'.