Saturday, June 24, 2017

more taleb about competitive intolerance. so ISIS will win



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what taleb says about pagans in his essay :-)



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mr modi goes to washington: why i have really low expectations

i wrote this before speculation surged about a possible drone deal. but even that is not all that great for india: no tech transfer, and only unarmed drones, but it's $3 billion, and that's all trump cares about.

and special 301 under the formidable US Trade Rep robert lighthizer is going to be harsher than ever.

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taleb on how an aggressive minority, even if small, can dictate terms to the rest

saudi attempt to wipe out al-jazeera not a #freedomofexpression problem

for indian MSM. obviously not. 

NDTV being investigated for massive fraud is.

Fwd: North Korea ka real strategy+The world is going down with Trump+GHAZWA-e-HIND revival


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1. Why the F-16 deal is not a game changer 23.6.17 by abhijit iyer mitra http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/Xj7srxgr7o2cL9k0Qv58lI/Why-the-F16-deal-isnt-a-game-changer.html
 
2. Modi's  road to Trump's heart  23.6.17 by kanwal sibal http://www.rediff.com/news/column/modis-road-to-trumps-heart/20170623.htm
 
3. Chinese killings in Pakistan linked to CPEC 23.6.17 by lt gen prakash katoch www.indiandefencereview.com/news/chinese-killings-in-pakistan-very-much-linked-to-cpec/
 
4. Modi's visit will set the tone for India's engagement with Trump administration 24.6.17 by arun k singh http://www.hindustantimes.com/opinion/modi-s-visit-will-set-the-tone-for-india-s-engagement-with-trump-administration/story-90DjpN5p1Ays6hd8V3HTwJ.html
 
5. GHAZWA-e-HIND revival – dangerous to Indian security by R Upadhyay 22.6.17 http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/node/2176
 
Pakistani propagandist Zaid Hamid had also repeatedly invoked Ghazwa-e-Hind as a battle against Hindu India led from Muslim Pakistan. According to Hamid, "Allah has destined the people of Pakistan" with victory and "Allah is the aid and helper of Pakistan." 
 
6. Ten Imponderables in the Strategic Partnership Scheme 22.6.17 by amit cowshish http://www.idsa.in/idsacomments/ten-imponderables-in-the-strategic-partnership-scheme_acowshish_220617
 
7. Challenges for the New Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia 23.6.17 by mh m quamar http://www.idsa.in/idsacomments/challenges-for-the-new-crown-prince-of-saudi-arabia_mmquamar_230617
 
8. Belt and Road helps Nepal diversify relations and expand trade ties 22.6.17 http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1053020.shtml
 
9. The world is going down with Trump by paul c roberts 24.6.17 https://www.slguardian.org/2017/06/the-world-is-going-down-with-trump/
The most important fact that is overlooked by the Washington Post and the Russophobic members of the US government is that it is an act of insanity to call for more punishment and more pressure on a country with a powerful military and strategic nuclear capability whose military high command and government have already concluded that Washington is preparing a surprise nuclear attack.
 
10. North Korea ka real strategy 23.6.17 by christoper hill http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/26524-north-korea-s-real-strategy.html
GHAZWA-e-HIND – Revival and Re- assertion is dangerous to Indian Security:
GHAZWA-e-HIND – Revival and Re- assertion is dangerous to Indian Security:
Myanmar: Second Session of Panglong Conference: Mixed Results?
Myanmar: Second Session of Panglong Conference: Mixed Results?
Myanmar: Second Session of Panglong Conference: Mixed Results?
Myanmar: Second Session of Panglong Conference: Mixed Results?
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pak's army wants to terrorize by beheading and videotaping

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/pakistans-bat-team-carried-headband-camera-dagger-to-mutilate-record-terror-attack/articleshow/59296101.cms?from=mdr

the equivalent of this would be to take the pak guy's body and pack it up in certain substances. brits used to do this to rebellious pak tribals. it cured them quickly, because it would prevent them from getting to 'heaven'. 

in other words, use their superstitions against them. 

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the kind of story that gets no media attention at all. no beef, no minority

just an ordinary hindu woman who was killed by apathy.

look at the desperation on her son's face. this is the desperation of the hindu community as govt and society just don't care about them.

Friday, June 23, 2017

so 'love jihad' for money is a reality, according to MSM?

RSS has only been saying this, and even showing the rate card, for around 10 years.

https://twitter.com/TimesNow/status/878267297621696512

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the elephant in the room: feminists' unwillingness to face muslim misogyny

Fwd: [NEW POST] Logic behind the perversion of caste – Ram Swarup


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Logic behind the perversion of caste – Ram Swarup

Caste

Ram SwarupThe self-styled social justice intellectuals and parties do not want an India without castes, they want castes without Dharma. This may be profitable to some in the short run but it is suicidal for all in the long run. – Ram Swarup

Today casteism is rampant. It is a new phenomenon. Old India had castes but no casteism. In its present form, casteism is a construct of colonial period, a product of imperial policies and colonial scholarship. It was strengthened by the breast-beating of our own "reformers". Today, it has acquired its own momentum and vested interests.

In the old days, the Hindu caste-system was an integrating principle. It provided economic security. One had a vocation as soon as one was born—a dream for those threatened with chronic unemployment. The system combined security with freedom; it provided social space as well as closer identity; here the individual was not atomised and did not become rootless. There was also no dearth of social mobility; whole groups of people rose and fell in the social scale. Rigidity about the old Indian castes is a myth. Ziegenbalg (1682 – 1719) writing on the eve of the British advent saw that at least one-third of the people practised other than their traditional calling and that "official and political functions, such as those of teachers, councillors, governors, priests, poets and even kings were not considered the prerogative of any particular group, but are open to all".

Nor did India ever have such a plethora of castes as became the order of the day under the British rule. Megasthenes (ca. 300 BCE) gives us seven-fold division of the Hindu society; Hsuan Tsang (ca. 650 CE) the Chinese pilgrim mentions four castes. Alberuni (973 – 048) too mentions four main castes and some more groups which did not strictly belong to the caste system.

Even the list of greatly maligned Manu contained no more than 40 mixed castes, all related by blood. Even the Chandals were Brahmins on their father's side. But under the British, Risley (1851 – 1911) gave us 2,378 main castes, and 43 races! There is no count of sub-castes. Earlier, the 1891 census had already given us 1,150 sub-castes of Chamars alone. To Risley, every caste was also ideally a race and had its own language.

Caste did not strike early European writers as something specially Indian. They knew it in their own countries and saw it that way. J. S. Mill (1806 – 1873) in his Political Economy said that occupational groups in Europe were "almost equivalent to an hereditary distinction of caste".

To these observers, the word caste did not have the connotation it has today. Gita Dharampal-Frick, an orientalist and linguist [currently at Heidelberg University], tells us that the early European writers on the subject used the older Greek word meri which means "a portion", "share", or "contribution". Sebastian Franck (1499 – ca. 1543) used the German word rott (rotte) meaning a "social group", or "cluster". These words suggest that socially and economically speaking they found castes closer to each other than ordo or estates in Europe.

The early writers also saw no Brahmin domination though they found much respect for them. Those like Jurgen Andersen (1669) who described castes in Gujarat found that Vaishyas and not the Brahmins were the most important people there.

They also saw no sanskritisation. One caste was not trying to be another; it was satisfied with being itself. Castes were not trying to imitate the Brahmins to improve social status; they were proud of being what they were. There is a Tamil poem by Kamban (ca. 1180 – 1250) in praise of the plough which says that "even being born a Brahmin does not by far endow one with the same excellence as when one is born into a Vellala family".

There was sanskritisation though but of a very different kind. People tried to become not Brahmins but brahmavadins. Different castes produced great saints revered by all. Ravidas (ca. 1450) a great saint, says that though of the family of Chamars who still go through Benares removing dead cattle, yet even most revered Brahmins now hold their offspring, namely himself, in great esteem.

With the advent of Islam the Hindu came under great pressure; it faced the problem of survival. When the political power failed castes took over; they became defence shields and provided resistance passive and active. But in the process, the system also acquired undesirable traits like untouchability. Alberuni who came with Mahmud Ghaznavi (971 – 1030) mentions the four castes but no untouchability. He reports that "much, however, as these classes differ from each other, they live together in the same towns and villages, mixed together in the same houses and lodgings".

Another acquired another's trait; they became rigid and lost their mobility. All mobility was now downward. H. A. Rose (1867 – 1933), Superintendent of Ethnography, Punjab, from 1901 to 1906, author of A Glossary of Punjab Tribes and Castes, says that during Muslim period, many Rajputs were degraded and they became scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. Many of them still retain Rajput gotra of Parihara and Parimara. Similarly, G. W. Briggs in his The Chamars, tells us that many Chamars still carry names and gotra of Rajput clans like Banaudhiya, Ujjaini, Chandhariya, Sarwariya, Kanaujiya, Chauhan, Chadel, Saksena, Sakarwar; Bhardarauiya, and Bundela, etc. Dr K. S. Lal (1920 – 2002) cites many similar instances in his recent Growth of Scheduled Tribes and Castes in Medieval India.

The same is true of Bhangis. William Crooke (1848 – 1923) of Bengal Civil Service tells us that the "rise of the present Bhangi caste seems, from the names applied to the castes and its subdivisions, to date from the early period of Mohammedan rule". Old Hindu literature mentions no Bhangis of present function. In traditional Hindu rural society, he was a corn-measurer, a village policeman, a custodian of village boundaries. But scavenging came along with the Muslim and British rule. Their numbers also multiplied. According to 1901 Census, the Bhangis were most numerous in the Punjab and the United Provinces which were the heartland of Muslim domination.

Then came the British who treated all Hindus equally—all as an inferior race—and fuelled their internal differences. They attacked Hinduism but cultivated the caste principle, two sides of the same coin. Hinduism had to be attacked. It gave India the principles of unity and continuity; it was also India's definition at its deepest. It held together castes as well as the country. Take away Hinduism and the country was easily subdued.

Caste in old India was a cooperative and cultural principle; but it is now being turned into a principle of social conflict. In the old dispensation, castes followed dharma and its restraints; they knew how far they could go. But now a caste is a law unto itself; it knows no self-restraint except the restraint put on it by another class engaged in similar self-aggrandisement. The new self-styled social justice intellectuals and parties do not want an India without castes, they want castes without Dharma. This may be profitable to some in the short run but it is suicidal for all in the long run.

In the old days, castes had leaders who represented the culture of the land, Who were natural leaders of their people and were organic to them. But now a different leadership is coming to the fore: rootless, demagogic and ambitious, which uses caste slogans for self-aggrandisement. – The Indian Express, 13 September 1996

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PSLV-38 Launches 31 Satellites Successfully

PSLV-C38 has successfully launched and deployed 31 satellites into orbit:


arabs want al-jazeera shut down? that's really dumb

al-jazeera is the arab propaganda channel, just like bbc for brits, cnn for yanks, RT for russians, global times for china.

and arabs want it shut down?

inscrutable indeed.

http://time.com/4829713/qatar-saudi-arabia-shutter-al-jazeera/

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

ishwar sharan posts sita ram goel's views on the perversion of caste

jati is not caste.

caste is a european reinvention and perversion of the ancient indian idea. it comes from the portuguese 'casta' which is a measure of 'whiteness' among the mixed-race people of the portuguese colonies in latin america



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fear has changed riyadh: fear of loss of US support and fear of end of oil

https://www.wsj.com/articles/fear-is-what-changed-saudi-arabia-1497912337?mod=e2two

i think the saudis are falling apart. this means kerala's economy will collapse too. just in time for the brand-new international terminal in cochin, and the brand-new airport in kannur, both white elephants. 

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modi's physical style of foreign relations. won't work with trump, i bet

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Quick notes: Grand mosque, Border wall...

Russia May Help Train Indian Astronauts

Russia may help train Indian astronauts in the future:

http://tass.com/science/952522

Pak Supporters Arrested for Celebrating Cricket Victory

Arrests were made in various parts of India as members of a certain community celebrated the cricket victory of their Pakistani motherland:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/21/world/asia/cricket-pakistan-india.html

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Rural Distress & Cures For It

Since agriculture is where half the Indian population is trying to make a living, it's worth looking further at what ails India's more miserable half, to figure out how to cure them.

Roots of rural distress:

http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/ZgHxh8x5xaYjv8g3GCfynL/The-roots-of-rural-distress.html


Note that the govt is now putting forth a Wage Code bill:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/govt-may-push-wage-code-bill-in-monsoon-session/articleshow/59201712.cms


Unfortunately, this bill creates a universal minimum wage across the entire country. Why not simply give local districts the power to set minimum wage? Surely it's obvious that minimum wage has a relationship with cost of living, and cost of living is not the same in all parts of the country. Why not give local districts the flexibility to compete in attracting jobs through the ability to set local minimum wage?

South Korea Plans to Develop Hyperloop

South Korea has signed an agreement with company Hyperloop Transportation Technologies to build a high-speed transportation network based on hyperloop technology:

https://www.wired.com/story/hyperloop-south-korea/

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/20/hyperloop-transportation-technologies-licensing-deal-with-south-korea.html

Perhaps for an undeveloped revolutionary concept with broad potential like this, it would be best to have an international consortium of countries jointly developing this together, rather than separately - just like there is for nuclear fusion research (eg. ITER). Maybe India should try to join in with other countries to get this technology more quickly developed sooner rather than later. India could supply lots of cheap engineers to help such a project, just as it did for France in development of the Viking/Vikas rocket engine, or as it's been doing for the International Tokamak Energy Reactor (ITER). Japan is already financing the construction of a bullet train line for India, so perhaps India could join with South Korea and others to get a hyperloop line made in India.

the end of the line for the gulf autocracies?

the iran-saudi rift now threatens to bring down the entire persian gulf.

did i mention schadenfreude? they squeezed the blood out of us in all sorts of ways.

and whatever will people in kerala do? i guess they can go to amartya sen-rothschild and his 'kerala model' will help them. yeah, pigs will fly.

https://www.ft.com/content/7bfa0d0a-5444-11e7-9fed-c19e2700005f

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obscure but important legal precedent set by US supreme court in IPR

US supreme court restricts the use of digital millennium copyright act and patent law to prohibit buyers from reusing or reselling electronic products and accessories such as printer cartridges. this has broad implications on the use of IPR in software as a competitive weapon.




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Monday, June 19, 2017

american student, tortured by north korea, dies after release

https://www.ft.com/content/ddfd6186-5535-11e7-80b6-9bfa4c1f83d2?segmentId=a7371401-027d-d8bf-8a7f-2a746e767d56

this sounds pretty serious, and trump will have to do something. of course we don't know exactly what the fellow was accused of and what he did. stealing a poster and getting 15 years hard labor seems excessive.

but i cannot help thinking of the american teenager who vandalized cars in singapore, excepted to get off with a slap on the wrist, and instead was caned (which is not at all pleasant)

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tatas to build f-16 fighter jets in india, including for export

good news: some make in india; will mollify trump too. and this may mean some of the technology transfer restrictions under super 301 are being eased

bad news: obsolete technology being dumped on india. the latest like the f-35 not available to us

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#womensrights in america


and these are the guys who lecture india on sexism. nice.


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as feared, another dreary apparatchik has been chosen for president

there should be a blanket ban on all politicians from being anointed as president. 

the worst of course was prathibha patel, who was a nehru dynasty flunkey, and showed her class by apparently swiping the cutlery from the presidential palace when she left, along with all the gifts given by foreigners.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

is trump caving in to china in the south china sea?



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hindu cowardice a myth, says elst



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