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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN?

You would think it makes sense for you as an average US voter to take sides? Remember that in politics there are no permanent enemies or friends. Everything you see is make believe, and everything you believe is wrong! Presented to you below are some shocking snaps of supposedly enduring bitter political rivals, during their more endearing times:


Friday, April 1, 2016

CLIMATE CHANGE - No More Denial

"Nature does not know extinction; all it knows is transformation. Everything science has taught me, and continues to teach me, strengthens my belief in the continuity of our spiritual existence after death. - Wernher von Braun
For those unfamiliar with Wernher von Braun, he was one of the greatest rocket scientists the world has ever seen, one who helped NASA put a man on the moon and bring back safely. He is also popularly known as the "Father of Rocket Science" and had a dubious past as the inventor of the notorious V-2 rocket while serving under Hitler as a Nazi SS Sturmbannführer during World War II. But in this oft mentioned quote of his, he gets to the very heart of Nature's nature, and our own as well.

Now how is the above quote relevant to the climate change debate, you may ask me. Our dear planet Earth and its species are now threatened with the sixth possible mass Extinction Level Event (ELE), only paralleled by the Permian-Triassic (P-Tr) Mass Extinction. Humanity will face its first ever threat of total extinction in its long history of battle for survival and evolution. And there is still a raging debate on whether Climate Change is a hoax or hype, even after 97% of world's climatologists, 64% of world's environmentalists and 48% of world's meteorologists came to a Scientific Consensus on the dire inevitability of Global Climate Change caused by us, humans. It is vagrant impropriety to subject climate change to a debate anymore. This is no debate at all, when even the key naysayers have credible proof with them - it is all 100% real now. The subsumed irony is, the leading part of Wernher's quote is used by both sensible climate scientists and ludicrous neanderthal non-scientists, to justify their individual stands on this most burning topic of our times. On the one hand the climatologists use it to point out that we, rather than expect Nature to, should care more about our mutual coexistence with other lives and habitat of our planet. Meaning, we should not be the cause of extinction of all species. On the other, climate change detractors use the same quote to justify that in the end Nature takes its own course, so reparations to our destruction of the ecosystem or a cyclical global overhaul is all part of Nature's interplay, thus making the human factor and contribution insignificant enough to avoid any timely corrective action.

It is indeed true that Nature does not care as much about our existence or our ultimate extinction as a species. Many such occurrences and experiments have happened on this planet many times in the past. Five of the most dreaded events in the epoch of planetary life have also occurred. Yet our planet and Nature will go on ceaselessly until its final destruction by our Sun. But this does not imply that Nature responds unfavorably to living in commune with it nor to our recycling of what we obtain from it as a gift. If we lack the basic intelligence to figure out our synergistic relationship with Nature, we can at least learn from our mistakes and experiences. But to continue to ignore, and much worse, totally deny that we are the co-creators of and contributors to this planet's diverse biosphere is nothing but sheer vanity.

I present below a few hard-hitting and irrefutable evidences about an imminent and irreversible climate shift, in the form of graphs, articles and multimedia, along with arguments to the contrary, in order to provide a balanced view on this sensitive subject. However, I hope to touch upon some more alarming facets of climate change in greater detail in the upcoming posts in this series. Meantime, it is worth browsing the Nature Bats Last blog of Prof. Guy R. McPherson, one of the important steady voices of reason and the author of the popular book "Going Dark". One of his repudiators is Scott K. Johnson who blogs on Fractal Planet.

What is Denial of Climate Change and what are its obvious characteristics? This educative video from Denial 101x, throws some light on the subject:


What do the graphs, that are a result of extensive research into Climate Change spanning the last 25 years, tell us about the reality of it's ominous consequences?

Finally, the fund of publications and articles on this subject by world's leading climatologists and scientists from allied subject areas, from across 80 organizations across the globe, atleast should serve as an eye-opener. Listed below are key Climate Change information resources:

Saturday, March 5, 2016

SHEDDING INNOCENT BLOOD

It is now exactly a decade and a week past the officially accepted start date of the Darfur Genocide, February 26, 2003. And it can be rightfully considered as yet another black day in (in)human history. 

Since the earliest traceable moment of appearance of the prehistoric mankind on this planet, blood and gore have been the priceless assets of a debauched and violent species. Be it the unmindful slaughter of countless innocent quadrupeds or the vengeful slaying of millions of bipeds, the merry march towards extinction has always been the defining character of those who live by the dictum "Might is Right", stressing on "my right."

What really is the definition of genocide?

Genocide is the deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious or national group. The term was coined in 1944 by Raphael Lemkin. It is defined in Article 2 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG) of 1948 as "any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the groups conditions of life, calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group."

If it be a question of thirsting after human blood, we have an exhaustive list to recount from 1400 AD under the Turko-Mongol empire until the recent times of Darfur, Somalia and POK. Despite the republican government under former President George W. Bush responsibly declaring the killings in Sudan as genocide and calling the world nations to act upon, nothing much seems to have improved in an entire decade of shedding innocent blood. Shame on the perpetrators and greater shame on the free and other world democracies in allowing this massacre to continue in all its endless glory.

Will this be the continuing sorry state of humanity? Whatever happened to the illustrious myths and fables of yore that exemplified superhuman traits among men and women of sterling character? Are we doomed and destined to spend an eternity with monsters, ogres and ghouls in human form? Where are the ennobling traits and oozing milk of unadulterated human goodness that we paraded we are capable of? Does the modern human have a heart or only a big hole where it used to be? Are we all so brain dead that we can go make an expensive purchase in a nearby shopping center or mall while a third of humanity is rotting and suffering in abject poverty and dire threat to their very existence? Will the world end up with rapists, arsonists, terrorists, serial killers and white collar thieves? Should the human species quietly end up in the grave it has so masterfully dug for itself?

All these questions and many more are being asked by many conscientious souls on this planet that have decided not to sit helpless and merely lament our misfortune. These brave warriors who are the very last flickering hope among the beacon-lights have stepped up the pressure on the powers-that-be making that clarion call for a united action to end all genocide everywhere on the planet, forever. Let us provide our utmost support to them and our suffering brothers and sisters in this worthy cause.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

A President's day reminder

All US Presidents

As another President's day appears in the horizon, with the impending 2016 elections, it is time for yet another reminder on what we are all hoping for in the President incumbent.

The President of the United States of America is not only the top most job in the country, but also the one with the greatest responsibility and risk. The chief executive of the government makes decisions not just for his country, but for the entire world. Which is why the whole world eagerly awaits to be introduced, as early as possible, to the candidate who will become the next president of USA. For, this one man can turn the tide of this planet's future, for better or for worse. Rhetorically, that is the place accorded to a husband in a marital relationship or a father as the head of his family.

So how exactly exacting and exciting is this job, if you are interested?

The President is:

  1. The thoughtful but tough chief of the executive branch and the "father" of the nation
  2. The commander-in-chief of all branches of the United States' Defense Forces
  3. One of the key law makers in the country with the power to veto a legislation that is considered detrimental to national interest to maintain the checks and balances in the legislative
  4. The head honcho who needs to create the best working relationship between all three branches of the government - Executive, Legislative and Judiciary
  5. The decision maker on whose every decision rests the fate of this world's present and future
  6. A benevolent, charming and gracious host to political and religious leaders of the world
  7. A caring, loyal and good-humored "First Citizen", whose spouse is addressed as the "First Lady" if a woman
  8. And much more...
It is a job where a youthful, jet black hair can turn pepper gray only in a matter of an year or two. Don't trust what I say? Compare for yourself President Barack Obama's hair color when he became the President and how it is today. But then how lightly is this significant role carved by the genius of the founding fathers through the US Constitution, being treated by the contenders for the 2016 Presidential Election?

If you carefully looked around, almost everyone except Bernie Sanders is not offering any firm commitment to squarely face the real issues plaguing this great nation, such as:
  • Continuing rise of national debt from the current 19 Trillion US Dollars
  • Planetary damage due to Global Warming and extinction of 200 species every day
  • Economic downturn, growing disparity and loss of livelihood
  • Racial tensions, rising lawlessness, acts of terrorism, imminent threats of war
  • Affordable healthcare system for all
  • Reformation of tax laws, Immigration and Naturalization issues
  • Disenfranchised, disgusted and despairing people awaiting a redemptive upturn
I am not taking any sides here, but is it really necessary to spend time stoking communal hatred, spewing words of useless bravado and jingoism, circumventing questions about critical issues in favor of fringe topics like abortion and rainbow rights, or even plain trashing of the competitor? Is this what a sizable section of intelligent, well-informed and articulate U.S. population deserve or wish to see and hear? Is it not a barbarian insult and assault on their intellect and potential?

Look, we all wish to have our ideal next President, simply put. But we do understand that could be an eternal holy grail. So, most of us have resigned to someone practical and down-to-earth without letting that go into their heads. Someone who will lead this nation from the front as all the past and current Presidents have, but also be available to us as the motivating organizer of teams of intellectual think-tanks who can craft resourceful and creative solutions to every problem, and not as a sequestered and beleaguered King in an Ivory Tower, a prisoner of his own making.

Even as the Presidential Primaries are churning out their numbers, there seems to be a clear tilt that has been the decisive characteristic of every election, thanks to the narrow-minded self-interest groups that spawn their own puppet candidature. Even if this be the signboard of the election to come, let all aware voters especially the youth of this nation, rally around the apt candidate with the best profile and matching convictions. Let us attempt with all honesty and sense of purpose, to prove to the world that the US Presidential elections is not an ongoing charade or hogwash, but the genuine triumph of a free, independent, intelligent, caring and persevering people exercising fearlessly their inalienable right to decide their destiny yet another time.

In case you are not near or far too right, this article might interest and humor you.

As the saying goes, "It is never about who is Right, but who is Left that is Right".

Sunday, August 17, 2014

67 YEARS OF INDIAN INDEPENDENCE


Are we honoring the sacrifices made for India's independence?
 
 
 
 
 
  
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Sunday, May 25, 2014

REMEMBERING OUR PROTECTORS

On this Memorial Day too, thank you all for the freedom, our Heroes! (click for video)