Friday, July 23, 2021

Quick notes: Submerged subway | Food wastage...

  • Modi sarkar wanted China to build our railway stations: Passengers trapped inside submerged subway as deadly floods sweep central China

  • Superpower surge: China’s CATL is stealthily winning the battery race. Its profitability far exceeds that of its global peers. Its technology has become at least as good as theirs, giving it the clout to outcompete them.

  • 'Free-trade': UK chip plant taken over by Chinese firm was developing British military tech

  • Food wastage: Richer countries in Europe, North America and Asia contribute 58% of wasted harvests globally despite having only 37% of the global population. . . . . . Did Manmohan Singh lie to Parliament when he said food waste happens only where MNCs are disallowed?

  • Speaking out of his ass: Modi says exporting skilled manpower should be India’s key strategy

  • The myth of India's population explosion: UP's fertility rate nearly halved from 4.82 in 1993 to 2.7 in 2016 - and it's expected to touch 2.1 by 2025

  • Beating fuel price rise: Tamil Nadu man spends Rs 20,000 to make e-bike that goes up to 50 km.

  • How not to build a new city: Gurugram is not a walkable city, and has very limited public transport connectivity for the masses. While it is connected to Delhi by the Metro, and its own Rapid Metro is meant for movement within the city, its scope is limited. A car is almost a necessity for even short distances.

  • Using plastic waste to help solve sand shortages: Plastic use in making concrete could save 820m tonnes of sand a year across India.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

why south africa matters to us

The terrifying riots there have died down a bit, but not before causing significant damage. Not only the deaths, but the damage to the economy and to investor confidence must be substantial. A major oil refinery was shut down, highways were blocked, telecom towers and warehouses were torched. Thousands of small businesses as well as malls were looted, and in many cases, burnt to the ground.

From an Indian point of view, the plight of Indian-origin businesses, as well as of people of Indian origin, is of great concern. There is the naive belief in some circles that because of the Gandhi legacy (after all, he lived in that country for years) and the respect Nelson Mandela had for him, there must be some goodwill among South Africans for Indians....


So which is it? A pure political spectacle as we see in India, or is it the aakrosham of a people who were restive anyway, but have been devastated by the pandemic? It is important for us to know. South Africa is a beautiful country; it is the locomotive economy for the entire continent; and if it collapses into a failed state, it puts a big crimp into India's own Indian-Ocean-Rim based economic prospects for the future.

Monday, July 19, 2021

india's IPO boom gets attention

does this mean india's economy/currency/prospects are not in as much trouble as the doomsayers say they are?

although personally i think zomato and paytm both are overhyped and do not have lasting competitive advantage. 
i may be wrong. i have been wrong before on IPOs eg of facebook and beyondmeat.

California Passes Guaranteed Income Plan with No Restrictions

California has passed a new Guaranteed Income plan, in the name of social justice. Apparently, they don't care about the consequences to productivity or inflation.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Gravitas: Taliban Wants Girls Above 15 to Be "Gifted to Fighters as Wives"

Apparently, waiting for 72 virgins in heaven just takes too long:

Wikipedia Founder Warns It's Now a Mouthpiece for Leftist Propaganda

 Larry Sanger, the co-founder of Wikipedia warns that the site has now become a mouthpiece for Left-wing propagandists:

  • Larry Sanger, 53, co-founded Wikipedia with Jimmy Wales in 2001 
  • He said site has been taken over by Democratic-supporting volunteer editors 
  • Sanger said left-leaning editors do not allow Wikipedia users to edit pages  
  • He mentioned the Wikipedia entry on Joe Biden as example of leftist bias 
  • Biden entry doesn't make mention of scandals and Hunter Biden laptop

Wikipedia can no longer be trusted as a source of unbiased information since the online encyclopedia's left-leaning volunteers cut out any news that doesn't fit their agenda, according to the site’s co-founder.

Larry Sanger, 53, co-founded Wikipedia in 2001 alongside Jimmy Wales, said the crowdsourcing project has betrayed its original mission by reflecting the views of the ‘establishment.’

He said he agreed with the assessment that ‘teams of Democratic-leaning volunteers’ remove content that isn’t to their liking, including information about scandals linked to President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

When asked by if Wikipedia can be trusted, he replied: ‘You can trust it to give a reliably establishment point of view on pretty much everything.

Wikipedia can no longer be trusted as a source of unbiased information since the online encyclopedia has left-leaning volunteers cut out any edits meant to provide balance, according to the site’s co-founder, Larry Sanger (above)

Quick notes: Population control | Drone danger...

  • Population control will prove 'disastrous': India’s TFR is already down substantially to 2.2 in 2018 from 3.2 in 2000.. “International experience shows that any coercion to have a certain number of children is counter-productive and leads to demographic distortions”.

  • Group Captain Rajiv Kumar Narang on neutralizing enemy drones: A number of soft and hard kill technologies are being developed to neutralise rogue drones. Lasers can physically damage a drone while microwave systems can damage its electronic circuits. These counter-drone systems would need to be integrated with existing command-and-control centres, especially the legacy systems.

  • Drone danger: According to a hard count by Group Captain RK Narang, there are 26 private sector companies who are at the cutting edge of drone tech and doing well. It seems to me that were these 26 firms to work together per a single plan and integrate their resources, they would produce a world class series of surveillance, warfighting and attack drones including drone swarms operating in distributed (artificial) intelligence mode, as also anti-drone technologies.

    Relying on DRDO to perfect its drone and anti-drone systems, like land-based and airborne low energy lasers to shoot down drones/UAVs, and IT systems to scramble their guidance loops, is unnecessarily to lose time and money. Most countries are fast-forwarding their drone/anti-drone projects by going commercial — that is, getting companies vending whole drone systems and related technologies for commercial use, to build more rugged and capable drones and unmanned aircraft to milspecs for military use.

  • Govt releases liberal drone rules: The draft rules have reduced the yellow zone from 45km to 12km from the airport perimeter. No flight permission is required up to 400 feet in green zones and up to 200 feet in the area between 8 and 12km from the airport perimeter.

  • Comac C919 and C929: China's attempt to chip away at Boeing and Airbus

  • Atmanirbhar Russia: Russia To Build RISC-V Processors for Laptops: 8-core, 2 GHz, 12nm, 2025.

  • China Now Produces One Billion Chips a Day: Taiwan is host to TSMC, UMC and numerous makers of DRAM. South Korea has Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix, the world's largest makers of 3D NAND and DRAM memory, and a number of smaller semiconductor companies. Japanese companies no longer produce leading-edge logic chips, but the country is home to the world's largest 2D/3D NAND production facility operated by Kioxia and Western Digital. China is the world's number four producer of chips, and it is largely on par with Japan. . . . . . .India has Sardar Vallabhai Patel statue

  • Andhra Pradesh in debt trap: Centre restricts further borrowing... Samuel Reddy's legacy of reckless populism.

  • How a Mumbai family's research can help detect cancer early: “Cancer patients and the stages they were at were identified with 99% accuracy and we were also able to tell whether or not non-cancerous patients have the risk of developing cancer”.

  • Europe aims to kill gasoline and diesel cars by 2035: Transport is the only sector where greenhouse gas emissions are rising, and road vehicles accounted for 21% of CO2 emissions in 2017.

  • Hills don't exist to serve your privileged touristy asses:

Thursday, July 15, 2021

my swarajya essay and podcast on what india can learn from africa

no, it's not just the south africa situation. it's the rwanda situation, the ethiopia situation, and the south sudan situation.

we need to have a plan for africa. that's where the action is going to be. 

and we need to pay attention to them directly, instead of via the intermediary of the anglosphere.

please listen to the podcast, preferably, in my dulcet tones. :-)

Gravitas: UK PM Rips Labour Over Anti-Modi Campaign Poster

Gravitas: Why Are Indians Being Targeted in South Africa?

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

why islamism became woke by ayaan hirsi ali

great insights by ayaan hirsi ali.

i have noticed this in several instances where islamists found lefties to be great useful idiots.

1. in bangladesh. all the commies had to run away to india, or they were liquidated
2. in iran after the revolution all the communists were massacred
3. in the philippines, the lefties hooked up with the islamist separatists (in mindanao?). the islamists were far more sophisticated.
4. now i see this in kerala, and it is not going to end well for the commies.

isn't it funny there are no communists in any islamic countries?

frankly, the islamists are considerably smarter than the lefties/commies.