Saturday, September 16, 2017

A response to the "after 70 years of corruption.." pat reply being xeroxed everywhere

Keeping in mind the 70 years of corruption, we wanted India to vote
OUT of the Cong+BJP combined corrupt regime, recognising that only
concrete steps against entrenched corruption and not grandiose
promises will fix the problems.

But folks were too impatient, they wanted instant solutions. The
candidate who ultimately won promised instant solution, without giving
ANY logical plan of action to how (and a few jhumlas). If nothing
else, at least AAP had some concrete steps laid out like a real
Lokpal, decentralization of finances to citizen-level, right to
recall, increasing judge numbers, due process in land acquisition etc.

BJP only said something to the effect of "we will deliver proper
governance" without any details of a single legislation or reform.. I
read their 2014 Manifesto.

People fell for the one-liner because of their impatience.

Three years later, please tell, exactly how many big-ticket
universally known corrupt politicians have been JAILED since the PM
took office? Does a single one have any serious case proceeding
against them in any court of law? Forget surviving, they are thriving!
Do you think they will be all magically brought to justice one night
by an 8pm announcement?

Every UPA-era scam's details are out in public, many are continuing to
this day with no action taken. Do you seriously believe corruption in
India will be removed in another 700 years forget 70 if exactly
NOTHING is done? Do you honestly believe corruption can be removed
without any action against the entrenched corrupt?

The short-term greed for instant fixes has brought us to a NEVER-fix
situation because we put in power those whose secret funders are the
ones we want to see locked up .

(Yes, I know you didn't understand the above line. Read it again, slowly.)

And some of those fooled people now have the hypocrisy of telling your
and my children that they will have to wait 70 more years to get a
decent life in this country.


There was a school-time proverb : "Haste makes waste". In every way
imaginable, The PM's supporters are running away from what it means,
and pretending to school others about it to distract from their folly.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Something about a child abuse crime ring

Warning: Reading this article might ruin your day. But if you do start on it, I request you to follow it through to the end.
The World of Mind Control Through the Eyes of an Artist with 13 Alter Personas

I've seen enough material from other sources that corroborates this, to say that there is definitely something here. The site too has related links in the end.

To find something constructive to keep my feet on (as opposed to the feeling of falling into an endless abyss that engulfs me whenever I read/see about these horrors of our world), this reminds me that yes, there is still much to do, and there is just case for defending the freedom of speech against the whole fake-news-threat-fakery being passed around these days in a bid to prevent this kind of information being leaked to the masses. And it also confirms that we are dealing with some form of an influencial elite ruling from the shadows, and it's not just class war where everyone's pitted against everyone else.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

A marathi joke-story on demonetization

Marathi story forwarded on some whatsapp groups:

काचेवर माशी बसली होती, माशी मारण्यासाठी एका मुलाने दगड मारला , माशी तर उडून गेली, काच मात्र फुटली. एक चिलट मात्र मेले. मुलाने आणि मित्रांनी चिलट मारणे हे कसे आवश्यक होते हे तारस्वरात सांगायला सुरूवात केली. मुलाचे युक्तिवाद होते १) माझा उद्देश चांगला नव्हता का? २) मी प्रयत्नच करू नये का? ३) एक चिलट मेल्यामुळे आता दहा नवी चिलटे जन्म घेणार नाहीत हा लाॅंगटर्म फायदा नाही का? ४) माशी खोली बाहेर उडून गेली की नाही ? ५) माश्या लपतात त्या जागा कळल्या आता त्या जागांवर मी आणि माझे मित्र नजर ठेवू ६) शेजारचे लोक माश्या सोडायचे, पण आता ही माशी घाबरली असल्यामुळ त्या इकडे येणार नाहीत. ७) काच फुटली असे सांगणारे सर्वजण माशी, चिलट यांचे समर्थक आहेत. ८) ७० वर्ष कोणी काच का मजबूत केली नाही. ९) माशी मारण्याची हिंमत फक्त माझ्याकडेच आहे. मुलाचे कुटुंबिय आता मुलगा कसा कर्तृत्ववान आहे हे ढोल बडवून सांगत आहेत.

*याचा नोटबंदीशी काहीही संबंध जोडू नये*

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Haste makes Waste (regd Demonetisation)

Haste makes Waste:
Maybe it's time to pay a little more attention to this age-old proverb?
The Final Nail in the Demonetisation Coffin

"Given this, instead of destroying black money held in the form of
cash, demonetisation seems to have become a legal money laundering
scheme, where people with black money have found ingenious ways to
deposit it into the banking system. So, the first objective of
demonetisation of eliminating black money has not been achieved. " is a defamation site

Just putting in a voice. Practically any whistle-blowing thing you
look up on a normal search engine, this site comes in the top 5 or 3
results. And every single time their only goal is to dismiss anything
and everything that disagrees with what the status quo says, as
conspiracy theory. And I've consistently found them indulging in
nothing but defamation. Just the language itself has the innuendo and
the attitude loaded into it.. there is nothing unbiased about it. In
these times when what has been long-held to be true is quickly
unravelling and we're finding out how the status quo has been so wrong
about so many things, it doesn't make sense to be blindly supporting
them and to be dismissing any and every dissenting opinion as a
conspiracy theory. They claim to be anti-conservative but as of today
it's them who are the conservatives.

Other references:

Friday, September 1, 2017

Rehearsal in school for corporate life?

Yet another joke shared over whatsapp, yet another question arising from it to ponder over :

Life is Same!!!

20 years back - School bag.
Today                - Office bag.

20 years back - Scared of Teachers and exams.
Today               - Scared of Bosses and targets.

20 years back - Wanting to be class topper.
              Today  - Wanting to be 'Employee of the month'.

20 years back - Quarterly exams.
Today               - Quarterly results.

20 years back - Annual exams.
Today              - Annual appraisals.

20 years back - Pocket money.
Today               - Salary.

20 years back - Running after grades and prize cups.
Today               - Running after incentives and promotions.

20 years back - Craving for the latest toy in the market.
Today               - Craving for the latest gadget in the market

20 years back - Crush on class mate.
Today              - Crush on colleague.

20 years back - Fruity.
Today              - Whisky.

So essentially nothing has changed except our Age....!!😝😝

-- so would that indicate that the former is to get people used to the latter? :D

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Delhi: What was the LG office was blocking all this time

Video: Delhi provides a ray of hope, 26 Aug 2017
Shows significant education and healthcare reforms taking place in Delhi under AAP government.

Link to the embedded video :

So THAT''s what they were fighting about? Now we know what all the LG office was BLOCKING from happening during all those over-publicized standoffs. The media says AAP is continuously quarrelling with Centre and has nothing positive to do, but repeatedly fails to mention exactly WHAT they were fighting for : For getting vital education, healthcare and other reforms approved for their citizens (which is something positive, duh!). If there are some things in life worth fighting for, then THIS certainly qualifies. Why ridicule a valid fight? Shouldn't the media have been ridiculing the LG's office and their direct boss the Centre for continuously stonewalling and cancelling these vital reforms, for repeatedly transferring key IAS personnel implementing these reforms to places like Andamans without advance notice or explanation?

And then comes the obvious question : Why was is (they're still at it! See bottom of the post for latest) Central govt BLOCKING all these nice things from happening? Instead, having all the other Union Territories under their full control, why hasn't Modi Sarkar already delivered DOUBLE over there of whatever AAP is achieving in Delhi? No AAP-controlled or Congress-controlled LG offices to fight over there. Its been over three years. Are we seeing ANY of these vital reforms happening in the remaining Union Territories of India, or the other BJP ruled states where they came to power on Modi's wave? Granted that it may take time, but there are always clear starting steps that can be proven, like executive orders, budget allocations etc. Is there any evidence of drastic reforms underway? Shouldn't the Centre be making at least the other UT's as examples of good governance for the States to follow? Why is an embattled and "perennially in crisis" state government, having ZERO control over police, land and several vital sectors, having to do the Centre's job for them?

Reference: from an year ago:
Shows the glaring differences between what actually happened at a press conference vs what the media said. The man is politely and coherently requesting for approval for reforms like teacher salary increase which directly has to do with the outcomes in the video you saw at the top of this post; requesting for more co-operation from the LG office in matters like transfer of key IAS officers. And the media said he is "infuriated at", "slamming", "not co-operating", "abrasive", "negative" etc. This wasn't convenient misreporting, it was outright lying by the media.

This and dozens of incidents like this have cumulatively formed a FAKE image of an aggressive and quarrelsome and negative AAP govt, while all the time the fights and the negativity were being started by the Centre. Who should we be more wary of : the folks starting the fights or the folks the fights are being foisted upon? If they say something to defend a legitimate reform then why do we immediately attack them? Would we prefer it if the Delhi govt had just bent over and cancelled all these vital reforms from happening? Would you prefer it if the public schools were still rotting in filth the way they had been in the years preceding rather than having proper infrastructure, if the children kept failing their exams and failing at reading, if summer camps for govt school kids never happened, if the common person couldn't get vital healthcare services for free or low cost at private sector standards? If not, then why do we so enthusiastically attack someone trying to make it happen? Might this be part of the slave mentality or the crabs-in-the-barrel mentality : na khud aagey badhengey, na kissi aur ko badhne dengey? From what all I've seen in the past 3 years, this definitely seems to be the LG office's mentality.

Addendum : The LG Office is blocking the creation of more Mohalla Clinics right NOW (As of Aug 2017), by scurrying a file to and fro and neither forwarding nor rejecting it (stalling : a repeated tactic we've seen all along which again usually never gets covered by the media). While citizen surveys have overwhelmingly given thumbs-up to Mohalla Clinics, LG is paying more heed to opposition politicians' thumbs-down. See :

Another link:

Saturday, August 19, 2017

QGIS Georeferencer : recommendation for transformation type

Just making a note on a geo-referencing task I was doing with QGIS.

I had an outer boundary shape of a village, and had to geo-reference a PDF map of that village which has some internal data that I wanted. (won't go into more details here, but see this and this to get your shape and map.)

And chose the "Polynomial 2" tranformation type.

My georeferencing points (GCP) were points along the outer boundary of the village only : nothing from inside / center.

Ran the georeferencer : it got done instantly, and lo and behold, the image/raster map appeared perfectly on my shapefile map. It's a perfect fit, and the original map doesn't have any major distortions.. it has a slight rotation.

The output .TIF file is also much smaller than what I've had earlier : only 6.5MB compared to 405MB for an earlier run.

Previously based on some other article I had been using the setting "thin plate spline". It was extremely slow and created very distorted outputs and much larger .tif's . So for my kind of task (outer boundaries pinning), the "Polynomial 2" transformation has proved to be much better on all accounts.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Interesting Links for July 2017

Interesting Links for July 2017
Was copying some new links into this note and just realized that dude, we're in August now and I haven't published the July'17 links yet! So here, and apologies for some of the last links being from 'the future' :P

There's something new : I'm finally able to properly share the videos from independent media that I've been seeing! I made a script where I'm able to draw out a youtube link's title, publisher and date. You can use it to "make-human-friendly" your youtube links too :

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Are your interests and their interests really the same?

You wanted a leader that doesn't get bogged down by what others say,
that pushes ahead, come what may, and does his own thing. Your
assumption all this time has been that his own thing is the same as
your own thing.

That could have been so, had his rise not been actively aided by your
enemies. But they were involved, right from the beginning.

His own thing never was same as your own thing.

It isn't.

It never will be.

You put a leader into power who will do not his own thing, but the
bidding of those who majorly funded and supported him. His interests
will co-incide not with your interests, but their interests. And they
will run contrary to your interests, your safety, your family's

You felt there was no other way, because the people in the middle were
messing everything up and something had to be done.

You intentions may be noble, but the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

What has happened instead is that those people in the middle now no
longer need to worry about their real no.1 threat : you and others
like you getting in their way. They STILL have their control, and
their power has only gone up by bringing in a leadership that silences
the one thing that could have checked the middle people : the bottom
rung, people like yourself.

The shortcut of just bringing in someone at the top who won't get
swayed : only results in that person being unable to get swayed in the
good direction by you. It's not a good shortcut because it does not
lead you to your destination; it only leads you backwards.

There are other ways to strengthen your voice and disempower those
pesky people in the middle who are messing up everything.

Disclaimer : This is a work of imagination. No association to real
life people. If something IS coming up in your head, then that's just
your business.

sharing a note on a home buying scam happening in India

Saw this on FB, re-posting it here as backup, and for search engine

By Sandeep Jain:

Great Indian Banking Scam:

I want to bring attention to a disturbing nationwide organised scam
that you are a familiar with, but most don't quite understand the
"fraud" part of it. And like some of my answers do, it may ruffle some
feathers. But truth must be told. Here it is:

Do these pictures seem familiar to you? Go to the outskirts of any
major city in India, (for example take Noida & Gurgaon which are on
the outskirts of Delhi), you see miles & miles of semi built
structures that just stay dead still & never get completed. All these
buildings started in different years, but surprisingly, they all face
"financial trouble" just after the basic structure is built. Why don't
we see buildings that stop in-between, say after 4 floor or 8 floors?

The answer is an organised scam played by the state governments,
builders, banks & accounting bodies. This is how it works -

The builders sell you construction linked plan. You assume that it's a
fair plan as the builder will charge money as and when the
construction progresses and it is in builder's interest to complete
the project with speed. Looks fair for all. This is where the catch
is! The so called "construction linked plan" is a sham designed by the
agencies listed above, backed fully by the government and banks. Let's
look at the reasons:

What is the scam here ? The payment plan is designed in a way that you
have to pay 90% of the price of flat "at the laying of the top floor
of the building". By this time the builder has spent only 50% of the
project cost. Most of the money is needed later in the finishing work
- electrical wiring, plumbing, flooring, paints, lifts / elevators,
external work, parking, basements, government permissions for water,
sewage, power, etc.

You get the logic here. Now the builder is sitting on neat 40% profit
(90% - 50%) and all that he is left to "earn" from you is 10%. Why
would he spend another 30% money just to recover 10% from you? He
stops work right here!

You're thinking — he should not stop because there is a timeline to
deliver the project. But wait, what if he misses the deadline of
delivery? There must be some penalty, right? Check the agreement - ah
well,……… keep searching! So if developer delays the project, there is
no penalty due on his part (or at best its princely sum of Rs 5 per sq
feet per month…. which comes to a meager 1% interest!).

But if you delay his payment, interest charged is 12% to 18%. Ever
heard of one sided agreements? Which business would not seize this
opportunity to "borrow" free money without interest?

Why did the banks & RBI support it The befitting supporting actor
award here goes to the banks & RBI.

They lend "you" the money on "your" credit report. Banks don't finance
the builders for land purchase. They are also very shy on financing
the builders for construction(rates are more than 15% to 18%). But
wait, consumers can always borrow at 10% & "pay" the builder. So
essentially, the consumer is "financing the builder" in the name of
"purchasing the apartment".

Oh, did I tell you the best part? This money is without any interest
for the builder as we see above. So a developer to whom no bank lends
money below 18% and that too is seen very risky, can "get easy finance
from the same banks" at 0% interest rate, all in the name of

While RBI could have set this right just by changing the construction
linked payment schedule through banks, it chose to sit with eyes shut,
while the banks & builders continue to fleece customers.

Where did the money go ? Well, democracy is an expensive way to run
governments, especially in developing countries. Every state
government has been enjoying the party with builders & this was a
"legal" way to pull huge credit money from the banking system on the
books of the "reasonably wealthy middle class" who was sold the idea
of buying a house as it "appreciates forever" with tax breaks.

Builders diverted money to the political parties to get further favors
on land & permits. Secondly, the builder has used this surplus 40%
"profits" to buy new land parcels so as to launch more projects &
collect even more surplus interest free money.

The land prices were assumed to be appreciating forever as more and
more money was being pumped out of the banks. The music has to stop
some day.

What about the consumers? The "middle class" consumer will continue to
pay his monthly installment to banks, while their money has been
siphoned off by the builders, political parties, government officials
and the banks.

The apartment that was sold as 40 lacs will eventually cost 60 to 70
lacs considering the delayed possession, not to mention some cases
where money is lost forever.

You dare not default since you are just a retail consumer. Don't dare
to become an industrialist who can default & live happily ever after.

State governments are all hands in, trying to keep existing projects
out of RERA. Even if these are included, try fighting the legal battle
to get decision from regulator first. Then move to Appellate Tribunal
(yes, this comes before the High court), then the High Court & finally
Supreme Court. Can you hold till 20 years or rather take the apartment
on builder's terms whenever he feels like offering the same to you?

Talk of organised banking loot by the government, this is it. If it
feels like your story also, you're not alone. But please never assume
that property prices don't fall. Staying on rent is not that bad. And
don't you ever buy into the hype !

Monday, July 24, 2017

Let's put the textbooks on GitHub and collaboratively transform them there

My Letter to Hon'ble HRD Minister/Chairman (NCERT) Prakash Javadekar today
- Manish Sisodiya, June 27 2017

Comment posted:

Respected Sir, suggesting an idea from the IT world : is a global platform for open sharing of programs and also data. It has excellent mechanisms by which people can copy over a project (fork), make the changes they want to, and then start a process called "pull request" to re-integrate these changes back into the original. All changes are meticulously tracked. There is also a rich discussion system where there can be elaborate discussion on the proposed changes. Please upload the NCERT textbooks' content (text, images, formatting) to GitHub and let's have an open sourced way of transforming these books to make them much better suited for our kids! If we have word file versions of the textbooks then it's very easy to get the content online. I'll be glad to help in setting this up. Reach me on [censored] -- Respectfully Yours, Nikhil, Pune

Maharashtra’s open school to start from 2018.. and connection with a PIL filed by open learners' guardians

Crossposting from :

The state of Maharashtra has recently announced starting its Open School and this could not get more awesome! The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), a central government body, has existed before unschooling and home schooling were cool. But now we have our own state run Open School to design and implement a more relevant and context based curriculum that focusses on skill development!

In July 2015, some of us had filed a PIL with the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court. It was regarding amendments in the modus operandi of the Maharashtra State Government w.r.t. the Right To Education Act and the mandate to attend 'schools' to impart basic education for kids belonging to the age group of 6 to 14 years. We had also demanded the formation of a state level Open School, as directed by the NIOS.

We engaged with the system to recognize open learning as an alternative means to education. This was applicable in various scenarios such as with kids of migrant labour, tribals, children below the poverty line, home schoolers, and open learners. We read and understood the Ground Rules (GR) for a survey of out-of-school students, worked in tandem with the Municipal Corporations, and even went out to survey with the government staff and submitted our findings. Following the survey, some of us continued to write to the Ministry of Education and Hon. Governor of Maharashtra.

It all has started to yield fruitful results and education is only going to get exciting from here!
Maharashtra's open school to start from 2018

A recent AAP newsletter

Sharing because you don't get to see anything on this on mainstream media, do you?
Newsletter | June 2017

Let's Build the Future Together

Arvind Kejriwal's speech at Delhi State Office Bearer's Convention on May 21

When we were contesting the elections in 2015, we knew that to change the lives of ordinary citizens in Delhi it was essential to improve government schools. It was essential that every child had access to high quality education irrespective of whether they were rich or poor. But I have to honestly admit that when I became CM in February 2015, I did not know how we would do this.

Today, two years later, I can say with great pride and confidence that a remarkable transformation has taken place in the government schools of Delhi. This is nothing short of an education revolution and the results show it. Last week, we celebrated the performance of Delhi's government schools which achieved a pass percentage of 88.3% in CBSE Class 12 results – a clear 6% higher than all CBSE schools nationally and substantially higher than Delhi's private schools. For two years now, government schools have performed better than private schools in Delhi. Last week, we also celebrated the achievement of 372 students from Delhi's government schools who cleared IIT-JEE examinations this year – a 700% rise over last year.

There is so much poverty in our city and our country. There is only one solution to this and that is high quality education. If every child from a deprived background gets good education, then within one generation, every family can pull itself out of poverty. This is the change that our nation needs because only an educated nation can become a developed nation.

AAP government's achievements in education, health and several other areas are also the achievement of every single volunteer and supporter who has sacrificed immensely to make AAP what it is today. Our work has only begun and as we march forward to deliver on the dreams and aspirations of crores of people, we ask for your support and participation in every single step. Beginning with this monthly newsletter series, we will communicate regularly and directly with you and we promise to listen carefully to what you have to say. Start today by making a small contribution to AAP to build the India of our dreams.

Donate ₹500 or More Now to AAP to Build the Future Together
AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj demonstrates 'EVM Tampering' in Delhi Assembly


AAP's Stance on EVMs


The sanctity of the election process is the bedrock of Indian democracy. Over the last few years, and especially in recent months, the faith in this process has been shaken due to serious allegations of tampering the EVMs.   Read More »


AAP in Striking Distance of National Party Status


The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) may have suffered defeat in the just concluded state assembly elections, yet it is within striking distance of the elite club of national parties—with seven members..  Read More »

AAP in Delhi


Delhi Government's Historic Outcome Budget


Our government believes that the relationship between a government and its citizens is nothing short of a sacred contract. A contract to deliver the best possible outcomes and benefits to society...  Read More »


Mera Booth Sabse Majboot campaign launched in Delhi

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Understanding Delhi's Education Revolution


When the Aam Aadmi Party formed the government in Delhi in 2015, we knew we had inherited a public school system that was in shambles. What we did not know was how deep the rot ran. Subject to decades of neglect and intentional subversion by... Read More »


Can AAP's insurgent government deliver the universal healthcare holy grail?

In a first such experiment in India, 150 mohalla clinics have been set up in Delhi and 850 more will come up by year-end. How is Arvind Kejriwal's prescription working?  Read More »

AAP in Punjab


AAP's 'Punjab Yatra' connects with people before Assembly session

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Arvind Kejriwal makes first trip to Punjab post elections

As National Convener Arvind Kejriwal visits the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the party unites to take on the corrupt government of the ruling Congress party...  Read More »

In The News


The Media Wants to Mainstream Kejriwal
The Hoot  |  28 April 2017

The Anomalous Rise of Mr Kejriwal
The Dawn  |  18 April 2017 

CBSE 12th result 2017: Govt schools take 9% lead over private institutions
The Times of India  |  29 May 2017

Over 700% Rise in Cracking JEE by Delhi Govt School Students
The Pioneer  |  24 May 2017

Summer camps begin in over 1,000 govt schools
The Hindu  |  12 May 2017

At leadership camp, Delhi government school students discover their potential
Indian Express  | 23 May 2017

Real estate, liquor out of GST as influential people run them: Manish Sisodia
Indian Express  |  29 May 2017

CM Arvind Kejriwal promises to make Delhi mosquito-free
Financial Express | 13 May 2017

Kapil Mishra's Comedy Show
Firstpost  |  19 May 2017

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Breaking heart vs wrecking life

Dear males, esp the blokes in their 30s and up, esp the blokes who do have a life partner.

Standard response when a girl way too younger than you approaches you and reveals that she is attracted to you:

I think I'm better off breaking your heart right now than wrecking your life later.

And mind, i'm not asking the ones stuck in loveless situations to not seek love outside. Please seek it in grown up women rather than taking advantage of a young girl's immaturity. All youth will have crushes; that gives you no license to mess with them. If you are your age then exercise the maturity and restraint appropriate to it.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Open data mashup: 2017-22 Pune wards map and corporators

Hi Friends,

Just sharing one outcome of some work on open data:

Friends at CEE took the PDF released by PMC that listed the newly
elected corporators for 2017-22, and made a proper excel table of it.
I combined it with the new wards map of Pune (which I had digitized
earlier), and now you can see exactly which areas in Pune have which
corporators representing them:

What is your home's ward/prahag number? Who are the people
representing your neighborhood ?

The same map also contains the data for the previous wards layout and
2012-17 corporators! Click the "visible layers" at top right and turn
off the 2017-22 layer to be able to see that, with photos! (new
corporators photos coming soon.. get in touch if you want to help with
that!) So here you can see at the same place both present and past
elected representatives of Pune. This is what we mean by
applying/visualizing open data. There are 4 sets of open public data
working in combination here : 2 maps and 2 tables.

There are many such projects awaiting your involvement, and you too
can bring in similar projects that you are working on / want to work
on. Jump in!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

RT's propaganda?

Here's an explanation on the conundrum about stuff broadcasted on RT,
on the question of russian propaganda, funding vis-a-vis the content
of many of the shows on their international news channel, RT. (like
Abby Martin, Lee Camp etc)

There is an argument that since it's funded by Russia, it must be
carrying their lies.

Given the present situation of the world and the lies about it being
told to us by the western-dominated mainstream media,

The most effective and successful and powerful propaganda on Russia's part,

Would be to give a platform to the truth.

And that is actually ridiculously easier than contriving false
narratives. They simply need to get a good collection of people on
board and let them do and say whatever they want, without the
hawk-like monitoring of higher-ups that is the everyday reality of
western news channel studios. There is no need of spending time and
resources on planning narratives, misrepresenting events and
synchronizing all the channels/shows to make sure they repeat the same

This is precisely why there's been moments recorded of RT where the
news anchor makes some anti-RT or anti-Russia declaration, publicly
resigns and walks off, etc. The reason why you don't see that kind of
stuff on say CNN is because the latter's every second is absolutely
controlled to never get to the point that something like that would
ever happen. The reason why you do see it on RT, is because they
simply don't bother doing the kind of over--regulating that western
media and their repeaters do.

Simply letting people speak their mind is actually the best and most
powerful propaganda that the Russian leadership can do to further
their best interests, under the present world climate.

Truth-telling can be a propaganda tactic with nothing evil about it,
and can be sufficient to counter the western media's propaganda.

Abby Martin Responds to Exploitation by NY Times

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Interesting Links for May 2017

Interesting Links for May 2017
Beyond Right and Wrong: How a Film Became a Peaceful Revolution
Why Its Big Bet On Westinghouse Nuclear Is Bankrupting Toshiba
Toshiba's nuclear flagship goes bust after $10 billion losses
... Bloomberg noted yesterday: "Westinghouse Electric Co., once
synonymous with America's industrial might, wagered its future on
nuclear power - and lost."
... The same could be said about Toshiba, which is selling profitable
businesses to stave off bankruptcy. Toshiba said yesterday it expects
to book a net loss of $9.1 billion for the current fiscal year, which
ends on Friday - a record loss for a Japanese manufacturer.
... The BBC noted that Toshiba's share-price has been in freefall,
losing more than 60% since the company first unveiled the problems in
December 2016. Toshiba president Satoshi Tsunakawa said at a news
conference yesterday: "We have all but completely pulled out of the
nuclear business overseas."
... Nugen's other member, the French energy company Engie (formerly
GDF Suez) has also gone on record as wanting to extricate itself from
the Moorside project in favour of the 'new energy' economy based on
renewable, storage and smart grid technologies.
... The French government is selling assets so it can prop up its
heavily indebted nuclear utilities Areva and EDF. The French nuclear
industry is in its "worst situation ever" according to former EDF
director Gérard Magnin.
Anti-Nestle ballot measure: Bid to block Cascade Locks water plant
succeeds (election results)
WARNING SIGNS: Code words in latest executive order indicate Trump may
be getting sucked into the GMO / pesticide swamp
Le Pen Slams Macron: 'France will be led by a woman, either me or Mrs Merkel'
French nationalist deals devastating blow to globalist Macron
Corrupt DNC actually admits it rigged the Democratic presidential
nomination for Hillary Clinton
... the organization is defending its decision to rig the primary in
favor of its chosen candidate, "brazenly telling voters in a court of
law that the party is not obligated to run a fair and impartial
primary election."
Report: Student With Gun Stops Mass Stabbing At University of Texas
CHL holder's quick reaction reportedly stops knife attacker who left one dead
One Friday, the Day the Cynic in Me Died, Just Briefly!
>> narrates about the farmers market in his locality and how a very good thing was made possible by a govt decision to let farmers sell produce outside of APMCs.
Le Pen: France Must Reject Euro to Regain Sovereignty
We will have a national currency like all other countries, she said
Claims He Was Invited to Take Part in Child Sacrifice Rituals
"These people were Luciferians"
RFK Jr.'s Tucker Carlson Interview Promotes Healthy Debate About Vaccine Safety
Why are vaccine pushers protected from class-action lawsuits?
Monsanto Hired Paid Internet Trolls to Counter Bad Public Image, Lawsuit Claims
The document also alleges that Monsanto hires think thanks to spread
information favoring the company
CONFIRMED: FBI Is Conducting Even More Interviews Over Alleged Jane
Sanders Bank Fraud
Jane Sanders accused of defrauding a bank while serving as president
of the now-defunct Burlington College
How Is Muslim Immigration to Sweden Working Out? - PragerU
Left and Right Differences Marathon (4/6/17) - PragerU
On Macron vs Le Pen
BOMBSHELL: Study Proves Unvaccinated Children Are Healthier
Studies put to question the safety of current vaccination practices
How Antifa Lost The Battle Of Berkeley 3.0
Free speech activists dominate radical leftists
Spain's Renewable Energy Disaster Draws to a Close
June 2, 2014 by stopthesethings
Singer Reveals Occult Symbolism In Music Hiding In Plain Sight
>> don't focus on the title. It's a conversation with an artiste. The video's first part covers the violence subjected on people who revealed they were trump supporters
Inside The Secret Pedophile Marketplace
Infowars reporter Millie Weaver takes us on an in-depth investigation
inside the internet black market known as the 'dark net' or 'deep
web'. With the aid of an anonymous source who has used their expertise
in computer technology to assist the FBI in investigations regarding
the sexual exploitation of children, Infowar Reporter Millie Weaver
exposes the where and how pedophiles, traffickers and travel clubs use
the internet as a marketplace to indulge in nightmarish perversions.
>> bitcoin, cryptocurrency advocates need to see this and beware of coming across people shooting for THESE kinds of things amongst their fellow advocates.
Censored: Journalist Exposes Elite Pedophile Ring
Alex Jones speaks with Conchita Sarnoff about her extensive
investigation into the global horrors of child sex trafficking.
Political Pedophilia: An open source investigation - Corbett Report
>> Get well into the video, and there is a unique birds-eye analysis attempting to find answers to the question of why pedophilia is so widespread in elite circles, connecting it to psycopathic behaviour and proving psychopathy to rise up hierarchies. Many puzzle pieces are fit together. A new term is introduced that we should familiarize ourselves with: Kakistocracy : Rule by the very worst.
Many feared dead in bomb blast at TMC office in Bardhaman
Dress code a tougher test for NEET aspirants
>> WTF?? and why is this article incomplete? And why are they using a strange term "top innerwear" instead of calling a bra a bra? For God's sake, tell it like it is : a young girl in India was forced to take off her bra to attend a state-conducted entrance examination. This seems more like an exercise to get youth used to high intrusion by the state.
>> a cut-down version of this, cutting out mention of the extreme cases, made it to their national archives:
Deputy jailer suspended in Chhattisgarh for social media post on
tribal's torture
... "I have seen the torture. The tribal girls were given electric
shocks on their breasts and wrists. I have seen the marks and I was
horrified. Why are such small tribal girls being subjected to
third-degree torture? Our constitution and law system do not allow
such inhuman torture. It's time for us to introspect and the truth
will come out. The people getting killed on both sides (during the
Maoists-Security forces conflict in Bastar) are Indians. The
capitalistic system is being forced into Bastar, villages are being
burnt, tribal women are being raped. Is it really being done to end
the Maoism?"
>> again, look at the title. This is a WHISTLEBLOWER case, revealing inhuman atrocities committed by the State.
... Ms. Dongre could not be reached for her reaction despite repeated attempts.
>> Obviously, because she's probably DEAD already, or threatened, or beaten up or raped or tortured herself now that she's been suspended and the cops she exposed can go after her with the same powers they have over the tribal girls they've been torturing. Dear Editor, instead of protecting this whistleblower you have published her photo (obviously swiped off her social media account without her permission.. and you did mention you couldn't contact her) with her full name and basically outsourced her murder. Feeling proud?
This Man Has Over One Billion Views, Leftists Panic
Europeans Reject Muslim Immigration In HUGE Numbers
Swedish Journalist Exposes Awakening To Islamic Rape Culture
Fake Stream Media Caught Covering Up Islamic Rape Epidemic
UN Child Sex Ring Busted, But No One Arrested
Clintons' Latest Ties To Child Trafficking In Haiti Exposed
Infowars Reporter Millie Weaver covers the latest in child trafficking
busts which, once again, point towards the nefarious operations of the
Clinton Foundation in Haiti. Just this weekend, and a little over one
day prior to a major child trafficking bust in Haiti, the Clinton
Foundation announced that it would be cutting operations in Haiti.
This followed soon after the announcement that Federal Prosecutors are
seeking child porn charges against disgraced Democratic Representative
Anthony Wiener, the ex-husband of Clinton's former chief of staff and
vice chairwoman for the Hillary Clinton Campaign, Huma Abedin. Less
than a week ago, 474 arrests were made in a Statewide Human
Trafficking bust in California which rescued 28 children and 27 adults
that were victims of sexual exploitation.
The Unauthorized Biography of David Rockefeller - corbett report
Ron Paul Incredible Video Twice Removed YouTube
This Video Changed My Life: 'Ron Paul: Stop Dreaming'
Reporter gets angry and tells us the REAL news
President promulgates ordinance on banks' non-performing assets
makes white light from pomegranate, turmeric extracts
The 21st Century Has Been a Big, Fat Flop
Big Sister Gets Her Snooper's Charter: UK Becomes Most Spied On Democracy
'Snooper's charter' bill becomes law, extending UK state surveillance
...Home secretary hails 'world-leading' laws, which include forcing
web and phone companies to collect browsing histories
... Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group,
responded to the home secretary's "world-leading" claim, saying: "She
is right, it is one of the most extreme surveillance laws ever passed
in a democracy. The IP Act will have an impact that goes beyond the
UK's shores. It is likely that other countries, including
authoritarian regimes with poor human rights records, will use this
law to justify their own intrusive surveillance powers."
>> this UK law was rolled out in 2016. The London Parliament attack took place just recently. Has more snooping powers enabled government to fight terrorism?
Le Pen destroys Merkel
>> just a video.. look more at the content than the titles
Indian Researchers Unravel How a Common Insecticide Can Cause Diabetes
... They found that organophosphates, common in India, are broken down
by microbes in the human gut into glucose – and ask us to reconsider
their use.
>> A pesticide causes diabetes. Wow, powerful stuff.
docu-series, Vaccines Revealed
Video: The Truth About Gender
The hysterical agenda to deny gender differences
: Lack of scientific temper
The secrecy surrounding the decision about GM Mustard is unacceptable
on moral and scientific grounds. The GEAC must debate and decide
>> Got an informative link on GM Mustard issue from Kavitha Kuruganti who is very involved in the whole thing and is part of delegations going to court, govt etc. It has a large listing of news articles, papers, official statements, reports etc dating from the beginning of the issue.
Hungary Electrifies Border Wall in Defiance of EU Migrant Quota
Electrocution warning signs printed in Arabic
Soros Expands Efforts to Keep "Net Neutrality" Censorship
Soros and Google have funded "net neutrality" Astroturf groups with
$72 million since 2006
>> this is some tricky wording. What the establishment implies by "net neutrality" is that they should get to censor out the things that go against their worldview. Those voices they designate as hate speech etc, and on the pretext of protecting neutrality, destroy it. Lost in this melee is the long-cherished liberty principle that at the end of the day you have to trust the public at large to consider whatever's been put out before them and make their own damn mind. To not trust that, to assume that the majority can be brainwashed and thus needs to be protected against their own free will, starts us down the path to dictatorship, and it seems that's where the western left-wing, liberal-left is going, esp the captains of internet like google, twitter, facebook, reddit, snopes etc.
Snowden Calls on Trump to Drop Case Against WikiLeaks, Assange
"This threat to WikiLeaks escalates a long-running war of attrition
against the great virtue of the United States — free speech"
... "This threat to WikiLeaks escalates a long-running war of
attrition against the great virtue of the United States — free
speech," the letter continues. "The Obama Administration prosecuted
more whistleblowers than all presidents combined and opened a Grand
Jury investigation into WikiLeaks that had no precedent."
>> DID YOU KNOW THIS ABOUT OBAMA? He prosecuted free speech while making everyone believe he's for change, is liberal etc etc.
... "A threat to WikiLeaks' work — which is publishing information
protected under the First Amendment — is a threat to all free
journalism. If the DOJ is able to convict a publisher for its
journalistic work, all free journalism can be criminalised."
... "We've had no communication with the Department of Justice and
they have not indicated to me that they have brought any charges
against Mr. Assange," Pollack said. "They've been unwilling to have
any discussion at all, despite our repeated requests, that they let us
know what Mr. Assange's status is in any pending investigations.
There's no reason why Wikileaks should be treated differently from any
other publisher."
Assad, Putin Closer Than Ever To Retaking Aleppo; Families Returning
Home For First Time In 4 Years
<dec 2016>
... Vladimir Putin spoke with Donald Trump on the phone six days after
his victory on November 14th. Hours after their phone call was over,
Putin proceeded to bomb the hell out of Aleppo and wage total war.
... In just around two weeks time, Putin and Assad managed, in the
words of the IB Times, to "bomb their way to victory" in Aleppo.
Today, we learn they've reportedly retaken 35 districts in the city
and corralled ISIS and other rebel terrorists into a remaining five.
... Russia said its Syrian government allies had taken control of five
more districts of Aleppo, and had now seized 35 districts from the
rebels during an advance that has changed the course of the conflict.
... The government now appears closer to victory than at any point
since 2012, the year after rebels took up arms to overthrow President
Bashar al-Assad in a war that has killed hundreds of thousands of
people, made more than half of Syrians homeless and created the
world's worst refugee crisis.
... The rebels' loss of the eastern half of Aleppo, Syria's largest
city before the war, would be the biggest victory of the conflict so
far for Assad, securing his grip on all Syria's main cities.
"Unprecedented" Cyber Attack Hits 2 Lakh Computers In 150 Countries;
India 3rd Most Affected
... Once the information is encrypted, a message is displayed on the
screen declaring the same and asking the user to pay USD 300 (in
Bitcoin) if they wish to retrieve their data. Phishing emails employ
"worms" to spread the attack in a local network. If even one of the
computers in a local network is compromised because of a phishing
email, the worm spreads rapidly and automatically encrypts data in all
computers in the network. This is why Friday's attack spread so
rapidly across the world.
... WannaCry swept across Europe and Asia quickly, locking up critical
systems like the UK's National Health Service (NHS), a large telecom
in Spain, and other businesses and institutions around the world, all
in record time.
...Many commentators criticised the US National Security Agency (NSA)
for having indirectly caused the attack. The NSA had prior knowledge
of the Windows loophole that the hackers exploited on Friday, but the
agency did not disclose this loophole as they planned to exploit the
same themselves to their benefit. This exploit, known as EternalBlue,
was stolen by a group of hackers, who made it freely available in
April. The perpetrators of Friday's attack used EternalBlue to
engineer the fast-spreading worm.
>>More links:
'Accidental hero' halts ransomware attack and warns: this is not over
... But the spread of the attack was brought to a sudden halt when one
UK cybersecurity researcher tweeting as @malwaretechblog, with the
help of Darien Huss from security firm Proofpoint, found and
inadvertently activated a "kill switch" in the malicious software.
... "I was out having lunch with a friend and got back about 3pm and
saw an influx of news articles about the NHS and various UK
organisations being hit," he told the Guardian. "I had a bit of a look
into that and then I found a sample of the malware behind it, and saw
that it was connecting out to a specific domain, which was not
registered. So I picked it up not knowing what it did at the time."
... The kill switch was hardcoded into the malware in case the creator
wanted to stop it spreading. This involved a very long nonsensical
domain name that the malware makes a request to – just as if it was
looking up any website – and if the request comes back and shows that
the domain is live, the kill switch takes effect and the malware stops
spreading. The domain cost $10.69 and was immediately registering
thousands of connections every second.
How to protect your computer against the ransomware attack
... The weakness was first revealed to the world as part of a massive
dump of software vulnerabilities discovered by the NSA and then stolen
by a group of hackers calling themselves "Shadow Brokers".
... Users of Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 8 can defend
against the ransomware by downloading the new patch from Windows.
After Overthrowing A Corrupt President, South Koreans Peacefully Elect A New One
... Furthermore, the snap election was contested by 13 candidates, the
most crowded contest in the country's electoral history. Despite this,
the winner, Moon Jae-in, won with a comfortable 41% of the vote, 17
percentage points ahead of the runner-up, the largest difference in
South Korean history. The election also saw record voter turnout of
almost 80%, fuelled by a surge of younger voters.
... Moon Jae-in is a former human rights attorney and student
activist. He belongs to the Democratic Party of Korea, and his ideas
have the potential of altering the dynamics of South Korean polity and
international geopolitics when it comes to the delicate conflict on
the Korean peninsula. The South Korean election will have extensive
international geopolitical ramifications
... The South Korean people gave a stinging endorsement of democracy
in the past months. South Korea itself is a young democracy: the Sixth
Republic began only in 1987. Young as it may be, South Korean
democracy has also proven to be inclusive and vibrant. In 2016, as
reports of Geun-Hye's corruption surfaced, millions of South Koreans
took to the streets to demand her impeachment. Thanks to the country's
activist media and passionate protestors, Geun-Hye was impeached,
prosecuted, and consecutively arrested.
... The entire process was democratic and transparent; the transition
to power itself happened in the span of a few weeks.
... A vigilant media, participatory politics, swift and sure justice,
and leaders held accountable for their actions – these are the traits
of a healthy, functioning democracy. South Korea has checked all the
>> this is awesome. Shows it CAN be done, and a nation can change tracks PEACEFULLY in a very short time. But there's more to the scandal..
Thanks To Deregulation, Farmer Markets In Maharashtra Now Earn Rs 5
Crore Each Week
... According to NITI Aayog, this phenomenal increase in outputs and
profits for farmers is thanks to the government's move last July to
take fruits and vegetables out of the purview of the Agriculture
Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act. This deregulated the farmer
market and gave more power and autonomy to farmers to sell their
produce without the hassle of countless middlemen.
>> can the leftist fold reconcile with this? Their usual drive is towards regulating everything, for the farmers' "protection". Turns out those protective measures were what was killing them, and removing them can give farmers a fresh opportunity to thrive. Earlier it was retailers like Big Bazar etc who were being allowed to buy directly from farmers and that was being criticized. Understandably so, as they could use single large buyer power to bargain and hoard. But simply going forth with deregulation the whole way, and making farmers free to sell to whoever they want.. ie, farmer-centric deregulation vs retailer-centric deregulation, seems to be what worked. The leftist paradigm would have simply stopped the retailer deregulation and kept the farmers locked in APMCs.
Solar Power Tariff Reaches Cheapest Point Yet; Rajasthan Sees
Historically Low Bid Of Rs 2.62/Unit
... With 8.8GW of capacity addition projected for the year ahead,
India is set to become the third-biggest solar market globally in
2017, overtaking Japan, according to the India Solar Handbook 2017.
Trump: 'In America we don't worship government, we worship God'
In contrast, Obama wanted you to worship the state as God
>> question worth asking : under the pretense of atheism, do the academia and govt establishment want to REPLACE God with far more fallible themselves?
Patients: Roundup Gave Us Cancer as EPA Official Helped the Company
Key ingredient in popular weed killer Roundup, is 'probably
carcinogenic to humans'
>> shares a cancer patient's story. Links to full article:
... Sheppard is one of more than 800 cancer patients suing Monsanto,
the maker of Roundup, claiming the company failed to warn consumers
about the risk of cancer associated with Roundup products.
What a new university in Africa is doing to decolonise social sciences
Tim Allen 'Stunned and Blindsided' by ABC's Decision to Cancel Hit Show
Petition launched by fans to bring back popular conservative sitcom
... The sudden announcement led many to suggest that the decision
could have been political given the TV show's overt
... "It was the third most watched ABC scripted series overall behind
Grey's Anatomy and Modern Family," Andreeva wrote.
... ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey told reporters Tuesday
that the cancellation stemmed merely from the decision to stop airing
comedy shows on Fridays.
... Allen has made numerous headlines in recent months for discussing
the treatment of conservatives in liberal-dominated entertainment
industry. In March during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the
comedian jokingly made comparisons between Hollywood and "30s
... "I'm not kidding. You gotta be real careful around here. You get
beat up if you don't believe what everybody believes," Allen said.
... "What I find odd in Hollywood is that they didn't like Trump
because he was a bully, but if you had any kind of inkling that you
were for Trump you got bullied for doing that," said Allen.
Investigative Journalists: Seth Rich Sent Over 44,000 Emails to Wikileaks
Evidence shows Seth Rich was leaker
>> he was murdered in the months before Hillary's nomination as presidential candidate
Video: Seth Rich Investigator Says He's Uncovered 'Possible
Underground Organized Crime Corruption Group'
Case 'may actually open up a can of worms as far as what's been going
on here in DC'
Germany Confiscating Homes To Use For Migrants
Authorities in Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany, have begun
confiscating private dwellings to ease a housing shortage
... A trustee appointed by the city is now renovating the properties
and will rent them — against the will of the owner — to tenants chosen
by the city. District spokeswoman Sorina Weiland said that all
renovation costs will be billed to the owner of the properties.
>> if doing against the landlord's will, why force him/her to pay for it?
>> this article points to the potential blind spots and possibly disasters that can come from a socialist doctrine that while doing it all for good intentions, ends up doing things by force on some people. That "some" is v.small to begin with, so the moves are justified, but slowly that number grows.
... Similar expropriation measures have been proposed in Berlin, the
German capital, but abandoned because they were deemed
... "The plans of the Berlin Senate to requisition residential and
commercial property without the consent of the owner to accommodate
refugees is an open breach of the constitution. The attempt by the
Senate to undermine the constitutional right to property and the
inviolability of the home must be resolutely opposed."
Claim: Justice Antonin Scalia Believed Obama Spied on Supreme Court
Scalia held suspicion previous presidential administration monitored
communications inside highest court
>> this Supreme Court judge was murdered during the last months of Obama's tenure
Hillary Clinton Launches Unlimited 'Dark Money' Group
The failed presidential candidate bemoaned "dark money" on the
campaign trail, but now she's launching a new 501(c)(4).
>> enabling unlimited anonymous donations : something she herself had rallied against earlier.
Icelandic Leftist Poisons Robert Spencer
A new phase in the Left's campaign of demonizing those whom it hates.
... The most likely scenario is that this young man, or whoever
drugged me, heard that a notorious "racist" was coming to Reykjavik,
by chance saw me in the restaurant, and decided to teach me a lesson
...I should have seen it coming. After all, my visit had triggered a
firestorm of abuse in the Icelandic press, all based on American
Leftist talking points. Every story about my visit had the same
elements: the notice that the SPLC claims that I purvey "hate speech,"
which is a subjective judgment used to shut down dissent from the
establishment line; the fact that I am banned from Britain, with no
mention of the key detail that I was banned for saying that Islam has
doctrines of violence (which is like being banned for saying water is
wet) and for the crime of supporting Israel; and the false claim that
I incited the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik to kill (in
reality, I'm no more responsible for Breivik's murders than the
Beatles are for Charles Manson's). After the event, one article even
featured a big photo of Breivik, but quoted nary a thing I said that
... Not a single Icelandic media outlet that ran a story about my
coming or about the event itself contacted me for comment, much less
for rebuttal to the charges they made against me. One TV station did
air an interview with me in which the interviewer refused to believe
that I did not feel responsible for the Breivik murders, and asked me
about them again and again.
... After the event, articles in the Icelandic press included quotes
from the 50 protesters, but none included even a single quotation or
description of anything we had actually said. None quoted any of the
500 brave Icelanders who braved the hatred of the politically correct
elites to come to the Grand Hotel to hear me and Ms. Williams – a
staggeringly large number in a country of 300,000 people.
... It's clear: jihad and Islamization are not subjects that Icelandic
politicians and media opinion-makers want Icelanders to discuss.
That's all the more reason why it must be discussed.
... But meanwhile, I learned my lesson. The lesson I learned was that
media demonization of those who dissent from the Leftist line is
direct incitement to violence. By portraying me and others who raise
legitimate questions about jihad terror and Sharia oppression as
racist, bigoted Islamophobes, without allowing us a fair hearing, the
media in Iceland and elsewhere in the West is actively endangering
those who dare to dissent.
FAKE SCIENCE: Reddit Users Tear New Bill Nye Show to Shreds
Nye exposed as anti-science SJW hack
EXPOSED: Government Forces Farmers To Use RoundUp!
Government overreach continues to harm Americans
... After 40 years of organic farming, Azure Standard farms in Oregon
is being told they will be forced to use RoundUp or similar chemical
methods of weed control — thereby ending their ability to grow organic
The War Against Stealth Jihad
The pitfalls and challenges.
>> checking this out to get the conflicting views. there's a lot of hyperbole going on on all sides, but in all these lie very important fact-points that need to be checked out.
Reuters Admits: "No Evidence of Collusion" Between Trump and Russia
Report completely demolishes left's Russia conspiracy narrative
... However, the true substance of the story is buried down in
paragraph six. "The people who described the contacts to Reuters said
they had seen no evidence of wrongdoing or collusion between the
campaign and Russia in the communications reviewed so far," states the
... Despite no evidence whatsoever having been presented of Trump or
anyone on his campaign colluding with Russia to influence the
election, the deep state and the Democratic establishment is
intensifying its effort to portray Trump as illegitimate.
... As we document in the video below, this is likely to lead to
widespread civil unrest in major cities later this summer, with the
DNC already funding a giant "Summer Resistance program" that will set
off a chain of violent demonstrations across the country.
>> whatever happened to peaceful, nonviolent resistance and DIALOGUE? Has that been abandoned completely
Is PM Modi Pushing for GM Mustard? Swadeshi Activists Resist GMO
>> asks the questions that no bhakt dare ask and probably won't tolerate listening.. which is why it's important that these questions be asked. For me, the centralization vs decentralization aspect comes in : is it truly wise for a country, or a species even, to make such an important thing depend upon any one person? Where do we see such a structure going the next 1000 years?
The Shocking Savagery of America's Early History
Bernard Bailyn, one of our (America's) greatest historians, shines his
light on the nation's Dark Ages
Rate of Recovery of Bad Loans of Public Sector Banks Falls Further in
2016-2017 (India)
... Unless the government takes steps towards improving this rate of
recovery of bad loans, no serious achievements can be made on this
front. One particular point that the lawyers who deal with such things
have been making is the lack of debt recovery tribunals and the fact
that the ones that are there are not adequately staffed. This is
something that can easily be set right.
... Without addressing this point, any other moves to clean up the bad
loans of public sector banks, will not achieve much. These other moves
will basically end up postponing the resolution of the problem, which
is pretty much what they have done up until now.
... Large corporates who have taken on the loans and defaulted on it,
should not be allowed to get away scot free. Given this, it is very
important that the institutional mechanisms required to improve the
rate of recovery of bad loans are firmed up and banks are allowed to
do whatever it takes to recover bad loans from large corporates in
general and crony capitalists in particular.
The Knives Come Out for Trump
...The president is charged with chatting with the former FBI director
about ongoing investigations. Maybe he even suggested, sotto voce,
that it might be good for Mr Comey's career if he eased up on the
investigation of Trump's former national security adviser, Mike Flynn.
These things hardly seem newsworthy, let alone impeachment worthy.
Most people yawn and turn the channel to WWE wraslin'. It's more
entertaining. And more authentic.
Of "Shaky" Demonetisation Statistics, Arun Jaitley and Black Money
... Now compare the 91 lakh additions in 2016-2017 to 76 lakh
additions in 2014-2015, and suddenly the number doesn't seem too high,
given that no demonetisation was carried out in 2014-2015.
... As per Jaitley's statement 91 lakh individuals were added to the
tax base post demonetisation, which is incorrect. Meenakshi Goswami,
Income Tax Commissioner and the official spokesperson of the Central
Board for Direct Taxes (CBDT), told NDTV later in the week that "91
lakh was the total number of new taxpayers enrolled in the financial
year 2016-2017."
... Now compare the 91 lakh additions in 2016-2017 to 76 lakh
additions in 2014-2015, and suddenly the number doesn't seem too high,
given that no demonetisation was carried out in 2014-2015.
... Even if the government doesn't do anything, taxpayers get added
every year, especially when the minimum tax slab continues to remain
the same. In 2014-2015, the minimum tax slab was Rs 2,50,000, which is
where it continues to be. This basically means that inflation alone
would have ensured that more people came into the tax bracket and thus
increased the tax base.
... Hence, the total amount of undisclosed income or black money
identified by the income tax department in 2016-2017 stood at more
than Rs 31,211 crore.
... It is safe to say that in inflation adjusted terms more
undisclosed income was identified by the income tax department in
2012-2013 than in 2016-2017. In 2013-2014, the number stood at Rs
1,01,182 crore, which is significantly more than 2016-2017. And it is
worth remembering here that these numbers happened without
demonetisation. In fact, as the numbers clearly show the efficacy of
the income tax department when it comes to identification of black
money has come down since 2014-2015.
>> IT dept has been catching lesser undisclosed income since the change of ruling party in 2014.
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Ambushed by Originarios
>> a look at the other side of the reclaiming indigenous land rights movement. It seems we all too often forget that the "evil" people that "stole our land" died precisely some years after doing so, and the present people, be they descendants or people who bought it over, are NOT to blame for the actions of people dead long long ago. The more I see, the more I feel that the push should be about SHARING the land between both present occupiers and descendants of past indigenous occupiers, rather than the latter simply taking it away and creating a new disenfranchised class. In this particular case, the land being contested is THOUSANDS of acres! There's more than enough room to accommodate EVERYBODY - the present, old and new.
"If we do not stem the rot now – it might be too late": Admiral
Ramdas' open letter to PM Modi
>> from 2015, on attacks on minorities
Aadhaar isn't progress — it's dystopian and dangerous
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