Thursday, December 11, 2014

Where has [insert name here] disappeared off to?

Just because the mainstream media of your country,
Including all major newspapers and TV news channels
Are actively engaged In complete information blackout,
Or censorship or negative selective reporting about [insert name here],
That was so much present in the news coverage till just some time back,

Doesn't mean it does not exist,
Doesn't mean it has stopped being relevant,
Doesn't mean they have stopped fighting for your children's future.

In fact, it means exactly the opposite.
And it means someone at the reigns of the news organizations,
is SHIT SCARED of what is happening.

Please seek out the information yourself. Search for it online. Check out that entity's official website. Ask people who you know to be knowing more.
Join the information underground, and spread what the mainstream doesn't want people to know.

And if you know what's good for you, stop blindly believing what centrally-controlled, remotely-operated, elite-owned, profiteering organizations are giving you as news. Take the basic facts, but for opinions and analysis, switch off the speculative bullshit, and do your own thinking.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Poem by Dushyant Kumar

Sharing an email, forwarded by friends to mark the completion of AAP's two years of honest politics:

आज यह दिवार , परदो की तरह हिलने लगी ,
शर्त लेकिन थी कि ये बुनियाद हिलनी चाहिये । 

हर सडक पर ,हर गली मे , हर नगर ,हर गांव मे 
हाथ लहराते हुए, हर लाश चलनी चाहिये । 

सिर्फ हंगामा खडा करना मेरा मकसद नही ,
सारी कोशिश है कि ये सुरत बदलनी चाहिये । 

मेरे सीने मे नही तो तेरे सीने में सही ,
हो कही भी आग ,लेकिन आग जलनी चाहिये । 
-दुष्यंत कुमार 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Epigenetics as a way to neutralize GM foods?

I just learned a little bit about EPIGENETICS,
which involves not the genes but the environment around them that influences their expression.

Here's a definition from an article:
Epigenetics literally means "above" or "on top of" genetics. It refers to external modifications to DNA that turn genes "on" or "off." These modifications do not change the DNA sequence, but instead, they affect how cells "read" genes.

In a documentary I'm just watching on alternative Cancer therapies, it's mentioned that epigenetics can be used to suppress expression of some genes.

So just having this wild thought:
What if this science can be taken to the fight against GM foods?
What if epigenetics can be harnessed to suppress the expression of the rogue genes in GM crops, like BT gene in BT-cotton, BT-brinjal, etc?
What if by doing so we can "neutralize" the damage done to crops, seeds that have been infected with the GM strains?

My understanding of this is quite raw right now, of course. But just had this idea so I thought I'll write in "into the ether" ;) 

Article: Amusing ourselves to death

Shared by my friend and guide Jinan:

I found the following statement from neil postman in the book-" Amusing ourselves to death"

As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny "failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions." In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short,Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we desire will ruin us.

"What Huxley teaches is that in the age of advanced technology, spiritual devastation is more likely to come from an enemy with a smiling face than from one whose countenance exudes suspicion and hate. In the Huxleyan prophecy, Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours. There is no need for wardens or gates or Ministries of Truth. When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; a culture-death is a clear possibility." 

But in Huxley's vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism.Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Interesting links for November 2014

The story of Alandya Dongar, by Sumant Joshi
Alandya is the name of the mountain (dongar in Marathi) which has been literally shaved of it's forests mainly because of the flawed forest policies of the Indian government.

Made by Shubhada / Vasudha Nirmitee
 (Hindi) GM Crop Trials or Genetic Gamble? Rahuri 29 october 2014 
Non Vaccinating Pediatrician Shares Her Experience
"In my practice, and that's all I can speak for, children with Crohn's and ulcerative colitis and asthma and Asperger's and autism and pandas, have all been vaccinated. And my unvaccinated population, which is several hundred, if not maybe a few thousand, I don't have one autistic kid in that group."

Anti-GM protest and visit at Rahuri, MH where field trials are going on in an agri university without proper oversight. This video by Vasudha Nirmitee group covers the whole event, incl explaining the issue in detail, in Hindi language (which I'm seeing for the first time)

The Wayseer Manifesto

P Sainath: 100 Days of Narendra Modi Government and Sycophant Media 

Ireland's Streets Turn to Rivers of People, 1 Million, Wiping Out New Tax on Water #IrishWater

100k Protest Austerity in Brussels (Belgium), Police Repression Sparks Riot

The Man Who Creates Artificial Glaciers To Meet The Water Needs Of Ladakh
"This low cost model used only locally sourced material and help from the local community. Norphel has successfully built 10 glaciers so far. The smallest one is 500 feet long in Umla and the largest is 2 km long in Phutse.
His efforts have increased the agricultural production, thereby increasing the income of the locals. This has also reduced the migration to cities. His simple technique has brought water closer to the villages, and most importantly, made it available when the villagers need it the most."

Among other things, blowing the lid off rampant sexual harassment in the restaurant business in US and other countries.
"Raise" has also meant to rise against social discrimination and stigma given to workers, and the de-valuing of their integral contributions to society.

The best parts of this article have nothing to do with the new PM or related.. rather it's a long-term historical narrative of what makes India's oppressive and entrenched bureacracy what it is.

"In 2006, I decided to collect fruit flies across the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, and I couldn't find very many.
And then I realized, there wasn't any rotting fruit on the ground.  And considering that every farmer, every landowner would put up fruit trees in that part of the world, you look at the fruit trees and realize there's hardly any fruit on them.
And of course, that's why there weren't many fruit flies.
And then it dawned on us, where are the pollinators? And that point, we realized there aren't many bees and butterflies.
So we started counting the bees, the butterflies, the dragonflies, the spiders, and the grasshoppers.
And that's when we realized that all of the groups we looked at showed significantly lower numbers in the most-contaminated areas."

"The students placed six trays filled with Lepidium sativum, a type of garden cress into a room without radiation, and six trays of the seeds into another room next to two routers that according to the girls calculations, emitted about the same type of radiation as an ordinary cellphone.
Over the next 12 days, the girls observed, measured, weighed and photographed their results. Although by the end of the experiment the results were blatantly obvious - the cress seeds placed near the router had not grown. Many of them were completely dead. While the cress seeds planted in the other room, away from the routers, thrived."

simple experiment on plants : one given stove-boiled and cooled water, the other given microwaved and cooled water.

Putin: Russian Economy Won't Be Dominated by 'Dollar Dictatorship'

We really need to start taking the truth movement in its full, need to stop avoiding some things because they're inconvenient.

A good reference point for Indians.. beware of the cult of making one fallible human being your hero and saviour.

I'd come across this news as soon as it had happened... repeating it here as an eye-opener to people who think high-level corruption, a criminal ruling elite and extreme suppression of truth aren't the reality of the USA.

"The State Department acknowledged that the crew of the destroyer USS Donald Cook has been gravely demoralized ever since their vessel was flown over in the Black Sea by a Russian Sukhoi-24 (Su-24) fighter jet which carried neither bombs nor missiles but only an electronic warfare device.
As the Russian jet approached the US vessel, the electronic device disabled all radars, control circuits, systems, information transmission, etc. on board the US destroyer. In other words, the all-powerful Aegis system, now hooked up - or about to be - with the defense systems installed on NATO's most modern ships was shut down, as turning off the TV set with the remote control.

The Russian Su-24 then simulated a missile attack against the USS Donald Cook, which was left literally deaf and blind. As if carrying out a training exercise, the Russian aircraft - unarmed - repeated the same maneuver 12 times before flying away."

Turkish Hackers Crack Electric Utility; Delete $670 Billion Of Pending Bills, Freeing Millions of Turks From Debt

"…if anything is clear from the evidence presented at trial, it is that the last thing Mr. von NotHaus wanted was for Liberty Dollars [to] be confused with coins issued by the United States government…His intention - to protest the Federal Reserve system - has always been plain."

Amazing architecture, a kaleidoscope of colours and breathtaking symmetry: Stunning images show the beauty of Iranian mosques

Big collection of news... real news!

All the shocking invasions into privacy that Facebook Messenger app does

The whistleblower who cost JPMorgan $9 billion speaks out

Germany and Bulgaria Confirm Strong Opposition to GM Crops
"Germany's Farm Minister Christian Schmidt and Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov both confirmed their countries' strong opposition to GM crops on Friday.

"Bulgaria's position on that matter remains unchanged – Bulgaria does not support allowing GM crops to be sold on the market and produced on the territory of the EU," said new Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov"...

"One gene produces one protein." "Each gene has a specific function."
This is the basis for the modern biotech industry, and it applies most definitely to GMO crops.
And it is false.
So for example, when Monsanto says the genes they insert in plants only serve to protect the plants from the herbicide Roundup and have no other function, they're making it up. 

Information about budgets, procurement and expenditure enable citizens to find out where their taxes are spent, and to ensure that elections are free and fair. Election information, legislation, and key societal infrastructure data such as maps and postcodes should be open to all.

Budget visualization, open data publishing, management etc tools.. 

Electricity generator that runs on water; preumably taking forward Stanley Meyer's water-powered-car technology. Being marketed as one for off-the-grid, outdoor purposes so as to avoid oppressive licensing regimes that would prevent it.

The Peoples Free Energy Show, With HopeGirl on The One Network
Online radio talk show

Gujarat makes voting in local polls (panchayat and municipal) compulsory

Clean air a fundamental right, says green court

A cancer treatment, shared by Kimberly Gamble on a video by Thrive.

Technology to create Synthetic petroleum-fuel from carbon dioxide and water

Magrav (Magnetic-Gravitational) technology : videos explaining

Florida company announces mass production of biofuel made of waste

Nassim Haramein and team.

Mapping ecological conflicts and spaces of resistance

From April 2013, "Dr.Swamy had argued that EVMs must be scrapped because they are not tamper-proof. They could be retained only if there was transparency via a paper trail, so that every voter knew that his vote had been registered correctly. Even Japan, which started the process of electronic voting had now reverted to paper ballots. Many other countries had also fallen back on paper ballots for the same reason.The commission, which had stubbornly resisted the demand for either scrapping EVMs or introducing a paper trail, began to display some reasonableness in the matter after Dr.Swamy moved the Supreme Court and a Bench comprising Justices P.Sathasivam and Ranjan Gogoi declared that it would hear the matter on a priority basis, so that the proceedings concluded before the next parliamentary election."

..and now, Sep 2014:
Belittling concerns about the same case, the author passes along a claim as if it was a fact; despite only "repeated assurances" and no actual explanation or evidence provided: "Despite fears of EVM tampering having been proved wrong, "... when just over an year earlier the opposite has been proven. The article aims to paint as irrational the concerns raised, to belittle local groups in J&K advocating against relying on paperless EVMS, and instead of addressing the concerns, goes into polarizing the peoples of Gujarat and J&K, unnecessarily making the issue all about Gujaratis' honour instead of about J&K's people's genuine right to a free and fair election.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Hopegirl, and How to Fix the World

Hi Friends,

I've been reading and watching this blog and its associated sites recently..

Collaborative business models,
open source,
community / tribe-like living-nearby of like-minded people and shared spaces,
spirituality + alternative healing etc,
taking power back into the hands of the people,
and.. free energy technology research ~!~

ALL combined.
And they're only into this since 1 to 2 years. The lady whose nickname
is "HopeGirl" has done a terrific job of communicating everything
that's going on and putting everything in context. From all their
broadcasts I've been checking out, they're seeming to be pushing all
the right buttons and I feel they're really on to something awesome.

I've linked to the book she wrote that sparked it all.. "How To Fix the World".

So check it out!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Quote on Law and Order

"Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice [but] when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Article: The Man Who Creates Artificial Glaciers To Meet The Water Needs Of Ladakh

Maharashtra govt arresting protesters

"Over 50 people were arrested outside the Wankhede stadium yesterday where the new BJP State government celebrated its election victory. The protest was against the brutal massacre of a young Dalit man and both his parents. They were hacked to death and their bodies chopped into pieces and thrown into a well. The reason? The boy had dared to have a relationship with a Maratha (upper caste) girl. Her family now in BJP also had ties with NCP and Shiv Sena. The police has made no arrests. The new BJP government elect is absolutely silent.

The protest lasted only a few minutes before the police swooped in. By the time we joined the protestors they had already been whisked away. We went to the Yellow gate police chowky where they were taken. The guards at the gate denied they were brought there at all. On being told that they could not tell such lies to us they admitted that the protesters were inside but they had been asked to keep it quiet.

The next days English press was equally silent. The Times of India carried glowing reports on the Wankhede function but not one line on the protest and arrest.

All the news thats fit to print?"

~ Anand Patwardhan

Reforms or loot?

""Industrialists want free land before investing in Punjab. Is this what is meant by reforms? And if this is reform please tell me what is loot. Among those who want free land in Punjab are: Siemens, Kansai Nerolac, Mahindra & Mahindra, Glaxo Smithkline, Infosys, Herman Finochem. Sanofi Pharma and Maico India. They want free land on the same pattern as Punjab's deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had sometimes back given 70 acres of land to International School of Business just for one rupee. Apollo Hospital in New Delhi similarly had got 15 aces of land in the heart of the city for Re 1/acre. The list is endless. In other words, it means reforms is another word to justify the loot of natural or financial resources. But if you give subsidies to the poor and hungry, these are termed as socialist and therefore anti-reform. So subsidies for the rich are reforms but subsidies for the poor are wasteful expenditure/dole. Reforms means only the rich should be subsidised.

Sometimes back I had written a blog on policy paralysis. When industries don't get freebies, they yell at the top of their voice calling it as policy paralysis.""
~~ Devinder Sharma

Monday, November 10, 2014

Neutrality means refusing to believe both True and False

Neutrality doesn't mean claiming a thing as false merely on the premise that we don't have sufficient evidence to say it's true. Where is the convincing evidence to say it's false? Even that needs proving. Calling it false means adopting an opinion just the same as calling it true means. Neutrality means you refuse to say either True or False; and are open to exploring both angles or if not that then leaving it unjudged.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Video : Anti-GM field trial protest at Rahuri, MH
Anti-GM protest and visit at Rahuri, MH where field trials are going on in an agri university without proper oversight. This video by Vasudha Nirmitee group covers the whole event, incl explaining the issue in detail, in Hindi language (which I'm seeing for the first time)

One surprising thing in the video : The pro-GM morcha that came as a counter to this one.. was accusing this group of being agents of pesticide companies. Knowing personally how deeply most of the members of the anti-GM group are involved in organic farming and how they are originally anti-pesticide, that was so funny! I think that stark reality ought to be brought out further : it's hard evidence that the pro-GM morcha was a fake one.

Non Vaccinating Pediatrician Shares Her Experience

To my friends, I know you want to be on the safe side. My only question is : do you know exactly which side is the safe one? How much time have you spent finding out?

Evanston, IL physician Toni Bark has been an MD since 1986. Back then, she was "quite upset" when she saw a child that was unvaccinated.  Of course she hadn't really been taught anything about the vaccine schedule or side effects.  She had merely been told that kids have to be vaccinated.  In the early 90's, Dr. Bark went back to school and studied "classical homeopathy."  Since then, she sees medicine and especially vaccines, in a whole new light.

Dr. Bark has seen the damage that vaccines can cause because a number of the families she has in her practice come to her because their first child suffered a vaccine reaction and they didn't want to vaccinate their other children.

"What I notice is that children who come to me from other practices where they've been fully vaccinated often are--well they are the kids in my practice with asthma, panic disorder, OCD, pandas, autism, Asperger's.  My kids who've never been vaccinated in my practice, I don't see those issues.  I don't have one child who was not vaccinated who also has asthma, food allergies, or Asperger's or autism, or Crohn's or ulcerative colitis-none of these chronic, either chronic inflammatory or chronic autoimmune diseases..

I don't have that in my population that never was vaccinated-or even that was probably vaccinated very delayed and selectively. But often those kids are in families where the first child was vaccinated fully and there was a vaccine reaction, so the parents decided not to.

"I can only make comments about my own patient population.  I can say in my patient population, the kids with chronic illness are the kids who were vaccinated.  And the kids that weren't vaccinated, I don't have any of those children on medications.  None of them have chronic illness. I can't think of one that has any kind of chronic illness. Not one.

"I hear very similar stories.  I have to believe the parents when-in twenty years, I've probably had a few hundred families come to me and tell me a very similar story.  Which is, their first child received vaccinations, whether it was at birth or whether it was two months in, or whether it was six months in-at some point they received a round of vaccinations where they had high pitched screaming, fever, arching the back, and they were never the same. ."

Dr. Bark noted that some parents even had videos showing the obvious behavior changes before and after vaccinations.
"I don't understand how people can say that's not true or it's coincidental when there are so many parents with the same story.  And these are not parents who are anti-vaccine. These are parents who didn't even question the schedule or anything. They just let the doctors give the kids the vaccines on schedule."
Dr. Bark recounted how back when she was a resident in the emergency room, parents would bring in their children with febrile seizures and arching backs, and "they had been in the vaccine clinic that day or the day before."

Dr. Bark said, "A lot of physicians are really, really in the dark about policy, how vaccines are made, how the advisory committees work, the actual history on how small pox was eradicated, the actually history on the first several attempts on the polio vaccine. We kind of tend to rewrite history to make it look like pharmaceuticals saved the day and vaccines saved the day and when you take a closer look, that's actually not really the reality.

"That's kind of where I'm at now that I really look at things closely and question them because I know that you cannot believe the mantra coming from, I hate to say it, our regulatory agencies, because they have been captured. The mantra from the CDC, I always question because I know better now.  They might be telling the truth, but they might not be,.

"In my practice, and that's all I can speak for, children with Crohn's and ulcerative colitis and asthma and Asperger's and autism and pandas, have all been vaccinated. And my unvaccinated population, which is several hundred, if not maybe a few thousand, I don't have one autistic kid in that group."

We often hear the call for a comparison study looking at health outcomes of fully vaccinated and never vaccinated children.  We also need to talk to the doctors who either don't vaccinate their patients or don't vaccinate according to the ever-expanding vaccine schedule.

And the issue isn't just looking for autism in these patients. We need to examine their total health picture.  We need to ask, is an unchecked, unsafe vaccine schedule making our kids sick?

Here is a discussion between Dr. Sherri Tenpenny and Dr. Bark regarding the movie, Bought.

Dr. Bark's background:
Rush Medical College Graduate 1986
Pediatric internship NYU 1986-87
Rehab residency  NYU 1987-88
Israel 1988-1990
1990-1991 Pediatric residency University of Illinois
Director of Pediatric Emergency Room at Michael Reese Hospital
1993 began studying Homeopathy  
1994 started private practice and continued working in emergency rooms, urgent care and psych nursing homes
2003 leadership in Environmental and Energy Design Accreditation
2010-2012 Masters in Healthcare Emergency Management

Evanston, IL
MOKSH: (Monitoring Knowledge & Social Health)
An International Network of Eminent Scientists Questioning
                                  the Science Behind "Science"
Odisha, India

Monday, November 3, 2014

PM's Mann ki Baat


While we appreciate that bowing to the demand of people, Prime Minister spoke on the issue of black money, what he said on the issue was very disappointing. During his election campaign Mr. Modi was quoting exact figures of black money stashed away in foreign accounts. Not just that, he had been claiming that once the money came back, all Indians would get 15 lakh rupees each. His party president Mr. Rajnath Singh had promised to bring back all the black money stashed away in foreign bank accounts in hundred days. From Mr. Subramanian Swami to Baba Ramdev, all his supporters and campaigners had claimed they had "exact" figure of the black money in foreign accounts. It is shocking that in today's address Mr. Modi said that he had no clue how much money was deposited in illegal bank accounts abroad. He also said that he did not know what the road map would be.What surprises us is the fact that when the BJP was out of power it claimed to have all the information as well as figures, and from inflation to black money, it had a road map for everything . And after assuming power the party and its Prime Minister claim that they have no figures, no road map.

Interesting links for October 2014

India's environment at risk:
" No doubt India's laws and regulations merit reform, and the government needs investment to kick-start the energy and other infrastructure developments the country needs so badly. But Mr. Modi should heed the strong message from the courts that gutting environmental protection laws and demonizing citizen groups that raise legitimate concerns are no way to move the nation forward."

CDC Whistle Blower admits MMR Vaccine causes Autism

Ello : alternative social network as a response to Facebook
"We believe a social network can be a tool for empowerment. Not a tool to deceive, coerce, and manipulate - but a place to connect, create, and celebrate life."

Gandhi painted as superheroes like Hulk, Spiderman.. and the thinking behind it, what they convey, shared by the artiste.

18 Chilling Stories Of Everyday Sexism In India That Reveal The Horrors Of Gender Based Violence

With The Delhi Re-Election Approaching, Here's How AAP Is Trying To Get It's Act Together

Moradabad, UP: 2 muslim youths died trying to save a hindu girl who had fallen into an open sewer pit

Ashish Khetan: After watching the visuals from Madison square and White House, do watch this documentary as well. I have seen it dozens of times. And I could never spot a Muslim or a Hindu in the film. I could only see poor and despairing victims and savage, godless criminals. I could only see innocent childhood scarred by forces of hate. I could only see helpless women ravaged by bestiality. I could see my own mother, my sister, my daughter in the frames. And I could see the brutal chief of a bloodthirsty mob. Let me know if you could spot a leader in the rousing oratory of hate, a good Hindu in the rioting mob and a bad Muslim in a half-burnt corpse.

Water is the new oil: How corporations took over a basic human right
"to just divert more water doesn't make any sense. We need a new model that isn't about urbanization, that doesn't support megacities, basically. And we need to stop thinking we can somehow reroute water to some giant megacity because that's not happening around the world. It's just getting more and more and more expensive, so we've got to start thinking about the cost of all of this. There are some movements in architecture like the re-localization movement, which is about de-urbanization and about building compact, sustainable walking cities. And so there are tons of ideas for how we can do things differently, but I think we need to move people, not water."

The great charter school rip-off: Finally, the truth catches up to education "reform" phonies
Fraud, financial mismanagement, lousy results: Reports highlight awful charter schools and people are catching on

Redacted Tonight

"Ekirch's research found that we didn't always sleep for an average of 8 hours straight. Instead we would sleep in two shorter periods throughout the night. All sleep would occur within a 12 hour time frame that started with 3 or 4 hours of sleep, followed by being awake for 3 hours or so and then sleeping again until the morning."

Salt-Water Powered Car Gets Approval In Europe - Yes It's Real
"After making its debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show (pictured) in March, the saltwater technology has now been certified for use on European roads." (source)
Nanoflowcell AG is the company behind the design, and they are currently preparing the technology for mass production.
'We've got major plans, and not just within the automobile industry. The potential of the NanoFlowcell is much greater, especially in terms of domestic energy supplies as well as in maritime, rail and aviation technology"  - NanoFlowcell AG Chairman of the Board Professor Jens-Peter Ellermann.

Hydrophobic dry nanotechnology

Shockwheel : bicycle wheel with bows instead of spokes that absorb shocks

Water glider / water skipper : personal cycle-like vehicle that floats and drives over water. Driver has to hop up and down to drive the vehicle.

Patent document of a fuel-less sea-glider, which copies the techniques of sea mammals like dolphins to use their muscles to shrink their bodies and compress the inhaled air, becoming heavier then water and get pulled down, and forward (gliding); and then at a depth they release their muscles, enlarging their bodies, becoming lighter, and so are pushed up, and glide forward too.
So, rather than expend energy in continuously propelling an object forward, once can simply use a much smaller amount of energy to compress/expand the object and thus be propelled forward by gravity and buoyancy.

UK Launches First Floating Solar Field Thats Produces 200KW Of Power
The technology is durable, cost effective and so flexible that it only took us a week to install a 200kW system with over 800 floating panels."

App for flagging dirty public places
independent, open source

Planning ahead for the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhi, this drive promises to denude Gandhi of the substantive ideas he was associated with. If this effort goes on for five years, the next generation would remember Gandhi for cleanliness (only).

Ojas's play O Womania

Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us
An economic system that rewards psychopathic personality traits has changed our ethics and our personalities

Masdar City video

ULTra PRT | Fully Charged
Driverless pod-cars in H


Megaliths found in Russia
the authors aren't very well-informed about similar findings elsewhere in the world, so don't go too much on the article.

Ebola treatment : Blood transfusion from ebola survivors is helping cure other patients of same blood type, to reinforce their blood with the antibodies that have been successful in countering the virus. but is being unreported and even discouraged officially. US's first victim's family has also expressed anger about him being denied blood transfusion.
These blood transfusions are being highly valued by people and medical personnel on the ground in the affected countries.
Another doctor who got cured in Africa like this and then returned to US, is going to "pay it forward" and give his blood to an NBC cameraman who has contracted the disease.
The experimental drugs being used to try and cure from Ebola, also use the same strategy, of re-inforcing the patient's blood with more antibodies, but with artificial patented antibodies made in a much more complicated way.
It has a 80% cure rate, as opposed to Ebola's 80% kill rate.
This kind of turns the tables : Similar to how the disease can spread, even the cure can be spread from human to human via blood transfusion!
The official agenices are coming out against it, because this is a natural cure. 
Another video: Natural ways to fight ebola revealed by scientists

India Jones and the Election of Doom - Daily Show Discovers India's Media Might Be Worse Than Americas - Jon Stewart 5/21/2014

Julian Assange's show on RT, where he interviews some controversial world figures... a lot of truths tumbling out

E-Cat, a free energy technology working on cold fusion and without radioactivity effects. Report.

...after pressure from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office, permission was granted for the 3,000 megawatt Dibang plant, the construction of which will mean clearing some 4,000 hectares (9,900 acres) of forest.
...The plant is one of hundreds of projects, many of which were repeatedly rejected in the past, that have been approved since Modi came to power in May.
...In the five months since it came to power, Modi's government has relaxed several environmental rules to make it easier for companies to build new projects.

A comprehensive article on the UFO subject, with lots of links to good, some official, content on the matter.

How the global meat and seafood industry is rarely pointed fingers at but is responsible for most of the world's forest destruction, a huge chunk of the carbon emissions, and widespread emptying out of the oceans.

UK Govt's officially declassified UFO archives

Biodynamic organic farm located in Anand, Gujarat.

Project Madison : Crowdsourcing legislation

Simple rainwater harvesting systems that "flush" the first (and dirty) water.

15 Participatory Budgeting projects from around the world that give power to the people

Bija Vidyapeeth (Earth University) is Navdanya's learning center located at the Navdanya Biodiversity Conservation Farm in Doon Valley, Uttarakhand, nestled between the Ganga and the Yamuna, the Shivalik and Himalayan mountain ranges.

Gift Economy registry where people can create requests / wishlists and people can give. It operates on trust.. it doesn't take any money or anything from the gifter. The gifter basically makes a pledge here, then it's up to him/her to ensure that what they've pledged reaches across to the recipient, whose address etc will be given.

M T Keshe Foundation : anti-gravity technology, radiation remediation, etc

"libertarian municipalism"

Local economies can be strengthened through the large purchasing power of local institutions. Here's how USA's second largest school district is doing it. 

Tabula is a tool for liberating data tables locked inside PDF files.
If you've ever tried to do anything with data provided to you in PDFs, you know how painful it is - there's no easy way to copy-and-paste rows of data out of PDF files. Tabula allows you to extract that data into a CSV or Microsoft Excel spreadsheet using a simple, easy-to-use interface. Tabula works on Mac, Windows and Linux.
Tabula was created by journalists for journalists and anyone else working with data locked away in PDFs. Tabula will always be free and open source.

A perspective on Egypt's recent history from 2011 to present, by someone involved with international human rights and justice, who's been there and seen what the international media didn't publish. While it's clearly a perspective and in no way "unbiased", I'm finding this consistent and coherent and being able to explain and string all of the events together in a uniform narrative.

This man is revealing his career as a journalist was based on lying to the people as dictated by "intelligence services" including CIA and in Germany among others.
Dr. Udo Ulfkotte speaks out on Russia TV

After allegations against NGOs, now the Intelligence Bureau is calling the Supreme Court also anti-national.
This has got to be one of the dumbest reports from an Intelligence agency that claims to work for the safety of 1 billion+ people. After seeing this, I'm thinking, "no wonder all those terrorist attacks on India could be done so easily".
The language, style of writing looks like the typical spam-comments we see posted under most articles, FB posts that in some or the other way challenge the status quo.

Rwanda Starts Testing American Visitors for Ebola; Nigeria was declared Ebola-free Monday by the World Health Organization, whereas US and Spain are not.

Mainstream Media Covers Up Possible Life Saving Ebola Treatment 
Dr. Kent Brantley and others who have contracted Ebola have been eager to receive and to pass on blood from survivors of Ebola.  He received blood plasma antibodies from a patient he treated in Africa that survived.  After Dr. Brantley survived, he donated plasma antibodies to the next American doctor to be infected, Dr. Sacra who also recovered.  Brantley has also donated blood to two others who are still fighting Ebola: Ashoka Kukpo, the NBC cameraman, and Nina Pham the first Dallas nurse to contract the disease.
Brantley is not the only medical worker who appears to believe the treatment is effective.  Will Pooley, the British nurse who survived Ebola, flew to Atlanta to offer his blood and a Spanish Ebola survivor flew to Spain to give her blood to a Spanish priest with Ebola, but arrived too late.
In Africa, demand for survivors' blood has created a "black market" that the World Health Organization (WHO) says needs to be shut down with help from governments.
As mainstream media casts doubt on convalescent serum's effectiveness, it promotes the GMO drug ZMapp as a "miracle". 

A Hundred Days Closer to Ecological and Social Suicide

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: A world of freebies : HT, about Daryadil dukaan, freecycle and the Free Store 

When a weaker caste faces menace and violence from a powerful caste, it doesn't show a lack of sanitary infrastructure. It shows a lack of sanity ... Whatever else, the Badaun tragedy should not be made into a rallying cry to build toilets. No matter how noble a cause it is to build toilets for those who need them desperately, the murder and rape of two teenagers by members of a powerful caste is not the occasion for that message. 

A benefit corporation or B-corporation is a corporate form available in certain U.S. States, designed for for-profit entities that wish to consider society and the environment in addition to profit in their decision making process.

Ello, a new social networking platform has declared itself as a Public Benefit Corporation. This empowers it to raise investments without having to worry about investors pressurizing it into selling ads, etc.

Santhosh George of WePlant India, which promotes the planting of indigenous, location-specific fruit trees in public places, believes planting fruit trees will enhance biodiversity and fight malnourishment. "In northern India, trees such as mango, jamun, guava, pomegranate and gooseberry grow well, while in the south, it's mulberry and papaya. In northeast India, we promote the planting of oranges, plums, and sometimes apples, because they do well there."

TorFi project, a hack of TP-Link routers, is suspended, developer's account deleted.
The project aimed at creating routers with turnkey Tor protection and support for OpenVPN connections—allowing users to route all their Internet traffic either through Tor's "onion router" network or a virtual private network provider of their choice.

Prakashvata - book review. Autobiography of Magsaysay Award winner Dr. Prakash Amte (son of Baba Amte) who has devoted his entire life on the 'Lokbiradari Prakalp' project, working in the forest of Hemalkasa, district Gadhchiroli in Maharashtra, India.

About the cyclone that slammed Vishakhapatnam, and caused damages estimated between Rs.60k and 70k crores. The Central govt has announced aid of Rs.1k crore.

Prof. Anil Sadgopal's talk on Gandhi and Ambedkar's vision for Education in India, at SM Joshi Hall, Pune, 2 Oct 2014

Excerpt : "reveal that Cohen had been in Afghanistan in 2009, trying to convince the four major Afghan mobile phone companies to move their antennas onto US military bases. In Lebanon he quietly worked to establish an intellectual and clerical rival to Hezbollah, the "Higher Shia League." And in London he offered Bollywood movie executives funds to insert anti-extremist content into their films, and promised to connect them to related networks in Hollywood."

Amazing revelations, even those from a few years back are still as striking as on the day they were revealed. The dark side of the global control empire revealed in all its horror.

Norway Joins the Race to Develop Killer Robots

Company (ClearPath Robotics of Kitchener, Canada) pledges it won't develop killer robots
"vouched to not manufacture weaponized robots that remove humans from the loop"

An open-sourced-at-development-stage "free" energy project (ie, "free" for those who haven't accounted for a source of energy yet untapped by mainstream science)
I love the ethos, the feminism and collaboration-over-competition being brought into the whole thing. - for sharing large files over LAN, computer to computer (includes wifi network) doesn't need any software to be installed on client comps, they just web-browse to the host's IP address. (windows OS)

Donation page for organisations featured on Satyamev Jayate (online.. via netbanking etc)

Suresh Ediga has come out with a good compilation of changes made to
different laws pertaining to Envrionement, Forest, Wildlife

Diaspora : A social network whose software is distributed open-source across several independent servers around the world. Functionally is nearly just like facebook but your data is not in a central server, can host it away from NSA backdoors etc, we can even host our data on our own server. : choose a "pod", set up an account and you're in. : some interesting developments. Yet another example of how an honest statement by the hosts about increased usage by terrorist orgs led to mainstream media going overboard and defaming them. The same conditions which may attract terrorist groups : freedom from spying, tracking and intervention of big govt and big corporates : equally make it better for all citizens to move to this platform. It's like saying that an oasis in the desert is bad just because a gang of bandits chose to drink from it.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Hiring in groups of 3

Thinking aloud here...

Open challenge to organizations desperate for good talent : change your recruitment pattern thus:

Give a combined job description of what you need from a team of 3 people. And invite job applications from groups of 3 buddies rather than from individuals. Instead of giving Rs.30k/month salary to one person and expecting him/her to deliver 3 logon ka kaam (which will NEVER happen the way you want no matter how much money you throw at it, please learn and realize this by now), pay each person Rs.10k only, but hire 3 ppl who are already a team who will then deliver a lot more than that 30k single person would.

There's something magical about the number 3 when it comes to teamwork. Through college and school, I've mostly been in groups of 3 friends doing things together. In two people, there's chance of conflict and the team abruptly falling apart, but with 3 there's stability, much like a tripod stand.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

Statement by ClearPath Robotics
13 August 2014

An open letter to the public –

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots was launched in April 2013, bringing the topic of "killer robots" under public scrutiny – and for good reason.

To the people against killer robots: we support you.

This technology has the potential to kill indiscriminately and to proliferate rapidly; early prototypes already exist. Despite our continued involvement with Canadian and international military research and development, Clearpath Robotics believes that the development of killer robots is unwise, unethical, and should be banned on an international scale.

The Context
How do we define "killer robot"? Is it any machine developed for military purposes? Any machine which takes actions without human direction? No. We're referring specifically to "lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS)"; systems where a human does not make the final decision for a machine to take a potentially lethal action.

Clearpath Robotics is an organization that engineers autonomous vehicles, systems, and solutions for a global market. As current leaders in the research and development space for unmanned vehicles, making this kind of statement is a risk. However, given the potentially horrific consequences of allowing development of lethal autonomous robots to continue, we are compelled to insist upon the strictest regulation of this technology.

The Double-Edged Sword
There are, of course, pros and cons to the ethics of autonomous lethal weapons and our team has debated many of them at length. In the end, however, we, as a whole, feel the negative implications of these systems far outweigh any benefits.

Is a computer paired with the correct technology less likely to make rash, stress-driven decisions while under fire? Possibly. Conversely, would a robot have the morality, sense, or emotional understanding to intervene against orders that are wrong or inhumane? No.

Would computers be able to make the kinds of subjective decisions required for checking the legitimacy of targets and ensuring the proportionate use of force in the foreseeable future? No.

Could this technology lead those who possess it to value human life less? Quite frankly, we believe this will be the case.

This is an incredibly complex issue. We need to have this discussion now and take a stance; the robotics revolution has arrived and is not going to wait for these debates to occur.

Clearpath's Responsibility
Clearpath Robotics strives to improve the lives of billions by automating the world's dull, dirty, and dangerous jobs. This belief does not preclude the use of autonomous robots in the military; we will continue to support our military clients and provide them with autonomous systems – especially in areas with direct civilian applications such as logistics, reconnaissance, and search and rescue.

In our eyes, no nation in the world is ready for killer robots – technologically, legally, or ethically. More importantly, we see no compelling justification that this technology needs to exist in human hands. After all, the development of killer robots isn't a necessary step on the road to self-driving cars, robot caregivers, safer manufacturing plants, or any of the other multitudes of ways autonomous robots can make our lives better. Robotics is at a tipping point, and it's up to all of us to decide what path this technology takes.

Take Action
As a company which continues to develop robots for various militaries worldwide, Clearpath Robotics has more to lose than others might by advocating entire avenues of research be closed off. Nevertheless, we call on anyone who has the potential to influence public policy to stop the development of killer robots before it's too late.

We encourage those who might see business opportunities in this technology to seek other ways to apply their skills and resources for the betterment of humankind. Finally, we ask everyone to consider the many ways in which this technology would change the face of war for the worse. Voice your opinion and take a stance. #killerrobots

Sunday, October 26, 2014

For Free Energy Critics

Has anyone else noticed this : In most fields / sectors, the critic is someone who first tries out the thing in question for himself/herself, and then makes his/her jugements. A food critic will actually bother to eat at the restaurant first; a movie critic will actually go watch that movie first. And then they let loose.

But in the realm of free energy technologies, the critics seem to feel no need to oblige for any honest first-hand experience. You won't see them actually visiting or inspecting those labs.

They'll just use the standard textbook theories to dismiss any new thing straight from their armchairs. At best they drill into the sentences the inventors SAY and nit-pick them as if it's a capital crime to be not fully explanatory or fluent or miss out some detail or make an error.

Get off your butt, critics.

Open challenge to actually go visit one of these experiments, scout the area, video/photo your evidence, take the trouble of doing measurements etc and THEN publish your dismissal of said technology.

And since we know how one movie is different from the other even if both have the same director and so need to be seen and evaluated separately, you're going to have to repeat that process for the next experiment too; no laziness of dismissing all future experiments based on the failure of one. Every inventor makes failed outputs first, in case you didn't know that.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Coca-Cola plant in Mehdiganj near Varanasi

This is a good example case for illustrating what happens when we see only the economics numbers when judging a situation. Our media and our experts and of course our leaders will tell us that we should encourage MNCs to do business in India, it will lead to more jobs, rise in GDP and more prosperity for the country. We paint all enterprises with the same brush and completely forget that every particular industry has particular material properties. There is a world of difference between a services company and a soft drinks manufacturer for example, but our typical reporting and analysis don't care about the differences.

Below is what that seemingly innocent and optimistic "Dil Mangey More" perspective usually translates into once you get on the ground. The only way ANY soft drinks industry can be viable or "sustainable" in a water-stressed country like India is if they were rain-water-harvesting all their water, or if they were operating only during rains (which is financially impossible for a 24x7x365 industry). And that would make their drinks too expensive to do any business in India.

On top of that, this excerpt is raising a lot more questions : How the heck is a beverage-making industry, which manufactures a product for human consumption, having such toxic pollutants in their effluents that they need to be prevented from seeping into the ground? What exactly are they putting in??

"And pollution from the plant has destroyed our fields." In 2002-2003, construction work on a national highway blocked the plant's effluent discharge drain, flooding the nearby fields with wastewater and destroying hectares of standing crop. Farmers say that effluents seeped into the soil, rendering it infertile.

Following complaints about Coca-Cola's bottling plants in Kerala and West Bengal, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) conducted a survey of 16 soft-drink bottling plants across India. The effluent sludge of eight Coca-Cola bottling plants was found to have unacceptably high levels of cadmium, lead and chromium. Mehdiganj was one of them.

P M Ansari, Additional Director, CPCB, explained that the high heavy metal concentrations posed a health risk if the sludge was not disposed of correctly. "The sludge must be stored in lined, concrete landfills specifically designed for this purpose." At present, Uttar Pradesh has no such landfills."


---------- Forwarded message ----------

Story of Stuff Project

Coca-Cola has been ordered to shut down operations in Mehdiganj, India for using too much water and violating pollution laws, but the corporation wants to keep business running as usual.

Tell Coca-Cola to respect Mehdiganj villagers' right to clean water and to shut down its plant immediately!

Coca-Cola is determined to drain the village of Mehdiganj, India, dry despite a government order to shut down the plant for using too much water and violating pollution limits. According to Indian authorities, the groundwater level in the village has gone from "safe" to "over-exploited" -- the worst designation of groundwater, before it dries up completely -- in the time the Coke plant has been operating.

Mehdiganj villagers have been protesting against the Coke plant for years. The villagers' protests have escalated as their wells have dried up, forcing them to walk ever-greater distances for fresh water. As the water level drops, crop yields are dropping with it, sucking out the economic basis of the village and endangering the livelihoods of thousands of residents. Meanwhile, Coke has spent much of this year pressing for a massive expansion of the plant that would increase water use by five times. The company has shown that it is totally disconnected from the danger it is imposing on the village.

Tell Coke to follow the Pollution Control Board's order to close its Mehdiganj plant immediately!

Studies conducted by both the Indian government agencies and independent organizations have found that Coke has located many of its plants in water-stressed areas of India and bottling operations in these areas have threatened groundwater in many places. Furthermore, Coke plants have also been caught polluting the surroundings and selling toxic waste to unsuspecting farmers to be used as fertilizer.

After years of watching groundwater levels drop dramatically, Mehdiganj villagers finally have Coca-Cola on the defensive. One villager, sixty year-old Savitri Rai, says police beat her when she first began protesting the plant a decade ago. In June this year, under pressure from the community, the government ordered the Coke plant to be shut down for a number of violations. Coke has appealed the closure in the courts and has been allowed to temporarily operate while the courts consider the appeal. Meanwhile, a massive expansion that Coke had been planning, which would greatly expand the rate at which it sucked up Mehdiganj's water, was permanently denied.

Tell Coke to respect villagers' right to water and end its exploitive operations in Mehdiganj, India!

While there is no denying Coca-Cola's enormous set of resources, we have people power on our side. In joining in solidarity with the people of Mehdiganj, our Community can influence global public opinion and help villagers secure access to clean, safe, local water. Water is becoming an increasingly scarce resource around the world. Many corporations argue that they are free to use as much water as they want, even if it makes entire areas uninhabitable. Careful stewardship of our resources is at the heart of our Story, ensuring that we'll be around to continue telling stories long into the future.

The Story of Stuff Project works to draw connections between the cycle of production and   consumption and its impact on society. By joining in the stories of communities such as Mehdiganj, we can help illuminate the impact that corporations like Coca-Cola have on peoples' lives. Coke tries to bill itself as a socially responsible company but our Community has the   power to expose its dirty practices to customers worldwide, bringing much-needed pressure for positive change. When our Community unites behind a cause as important as this one, we can create a force that can't be ignored.

Thank you for all you do!
Allison Cook, Director of Community Engagement, on behalf of The Story of Stuff team
India Resource Center: Mehdiganj - The Issues, March 7, 2013
Bloomberg: Farmers Fight Coca-Cola as India's Groundwater Dries Up, October 9, 2014

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