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by Manas
31 Dec 2020 14:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 8807
Views: 1028173

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

As I was expecting -- India likely to approve Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine today ___ In US vaccine distribution has been incredibly slow and chaotic. Israel is planning to distribute to all elders and hope to reduce deaths by 90% in next few months. Canada is likely to get massive distributi...
by Manas
09 Dec 2020 00:14
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 8807
Views: 1028173

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

^^^Fake news peddled by the NYT. There are 5 vaccine candidates for the US including the Moderna vaccine. In June 2020, Phase I/II of BioNTech BNT162b1 vaccine results were not announced until later. Getting into a fixed contract for partially effective vaccine before data comes out would be even w...
by Manas
06 Dec 2020 12:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 8807
Views: 1028173

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

.. Modi, Vivek Murthy were some of the speakers and key focus, is of course, pandemic) was quite frank and brutal - he literally called Trump's this policy "Dumb". Now if we (*all* of us) start using common sense precautions, like wearing masks, and getting vaccines when available etc, th...
by Manas
01 Dec 2020 10:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 8807
Views: 1028173

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/why-official-covid-19-numbers-are-misleading-2329668?pfrom=home-bigstory/ If we are under reporting by such a huge amount we should have seen it reflected in death rates as well? Other countries are using antigen tests as well.... In a worst case scenario, I would sa...
by Manas
22 Nov 2020 06:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 8807
Views: 1028173

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Using this forum to make political points is ridiculous. Criticizing Trump's handling of the crisis is fair enough but pretending that others might've done a far better job is a dubious claim at best. The only real comparison would be with Biden, but he wasn't president then, and we'll never truly ...
by Manas
12 Nov 2020 08:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 US election results discussion
Replies: 901
Views: 62877

Re: 2020 US election results discussion

If an election where nearly 150 million votes were cast and the winner's popular vote margin is about 5 million, and Trump claims that he has won it with leads in many states, he is talking about at least 6-7 million "tainted votes" across several states. I'm not sure he understands or ca...
by Manas
23 Apr 2020 22:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 8807
Views: 1028173

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/22/media/fox-news-hydroxychloroquine-reliable-sources/index.html Fox News falls out of love with hydroxychloroquine By Oliver Darcy, CNN Business, Wed April 22, 2020 Fox News has fallen out of love with hydroxychloroquine. After weeks of unrelenting coverage hyping the a...
by Manas
29 Feb 2020 11:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 8807
Views: 1028173

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Amber G or Others Any models on the spread of infection in the tropical countries (with warmer weather already) that have reported a few cases going back 4-5 weeks ago for ex. Thailand, Singapore, India etc. Seems like the spread has largely been contained and limited to a few cases unlike China, Ja...
by Manas
04 Mar 2019 03:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3970
Views: 794095

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

A Now for the WingCdr's treatment in Terroristan: a) So he DID have an injury to his face, eye seems hurt. Now guys, [b]LOOK carefully at the TV performance released by Pakistan: there is no injury on left side of face, certainly not on right[/b. So that speaker is **NOT** Abhinandan. Then it makes...
by Manas
28 Feb 2019 13:04
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Forces Strike Pakistan - News Only
Replies: 338
Views: 58419

Re: Indian Forces Strike Pakistan - News Only

Cross Posted from the Terroristan thread: Well captured IAF Wing Co Varthaman notwithstanding, this skirmish (even if it deescalates from this point on) has blown up the equilibrium for good. Terroristan proxies were imposing costs on us with impunity with glee - the price India and its citizens hav...
by Manas
28 Feb 2019 12:45
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Terroristan - October 8, 2018
Replies: 2857
Views: 533211

Re: Terroristan - October 8, 2018

Well captured IAF Wing Co Varthaman notwithstanding, this skirmish (even if it deescalates from this point on) has blown up the equilibrium for good. Terroristan proxies were imposing costs on us with impunity with glee - the price India and its citizens have paid over the last couple of decades is ...
by Manas
14 Apr 2018 08:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 12252
Views: 1206466

Re: Levant crisis - III

It is a pin prick. Wag the dog. I was worried about Ms. Hillary Clinton because she is a closet neo-con. Trump let the U.S. military coordinate with the Russians in the early part of his administration and hit ISIS hard but off late his utterances and Syria policy seems utterly incoherent. The momen...
by Manas
06 Jun 2017 12:05
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: GSLV-Mk III launch program/post-launch analysis
Replies: 424
Views: 83772

Re: GSLV-Mk III launch program/post-launch analysis

Fantastic job ISRO. Truly a crown jewel among the PSU/Govt Owned institutions. Speaks to the importance of great leadership in succession, a highly motivated team and great culture, teamwork. This is true mastery of rocket science on shoe string budget in the face of technology denial regimes - miss...
by Manas
17 May 2017 11:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Understanding US thread-III
Replies: 3131
Views: 379968

Re: Understanding US thread-III

Looks like the deep state has declared a full fledged war on POTUS and wants to bring him down even before he completes the first year. Throw some mud, quote anonymous sources and insist the burden of proof is on POTUS and WHOTUS to prove otherwise. On the flip side POTUS accused the previous admin ...
by Manas
07 Apr 2017 12:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 12252
Views: 1206466

Re: Levant crisis - III

Mission accomplished 1. Message to China (Shock and Awe even as comrade 11 is having dinner with Mr. President – Check 2. Message to China’s client state North Korea – Check 3. Message to Israel hating Iran – Check 4. Show support to Israel’s national interest - Check 5. Pacify the “ally” Sunni lob...
by Manas
14 Nov 2016 09:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the United States of America (USA) - III
Replies: 2933
Views: 249531

Re: Understanding the United States of America (USA) - III

I voted for Mr. Trump. But living in the deep blue state of California my vote didn't matter. I had voted for President Obama twice, voted for democratic women candidates for house and senate this time but voted for Mr. Trump for president. I am for gun control, women's right to choose (with some ex...
by Manas
05 Apr 2014 09:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US Strategic News and Discussion
Replies: 14521
Views: 722090

Re: India-US Strategic News and Discussion

This gentleman seems to be a chef of the Culinary Institute. Retired Marine, NYC Cop, meeting with his Iranian wife in New Delhi - the story seems way too contorted to be taken at face value. Interesting that the airport security folks were diligent enough to have scanned and found bullets in his ch...
by Manas
07 Jan 2014 11:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US Strategic News and Discussion
Replies: 14521
Views: 722090

Re: India-US Strategic News and Discussion

My first post on this topic. 1) Conceptually arresting & humiliating a foreign diplomat for a wage dispute with another foreigner on a govt passport does not make sense. This is not about an overzealous prosecutor, ill informed U.S. Marshal driven issue. This was a deliberate act to send a messa...
by Manas
26 Aug 2013 01:42
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 696650

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

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by Manas
25 Aug 2013 10:35
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 3966
Views: 696650

Re: Indian Space Program Discussion

All the arm chair rocket scientists on this thread should take a chill pill and desist from getting on their high horses and being unfairly critical of ISRO. ISRO along with a few of the DRDO labs (working on the missile programs), DAE are the only govt entities in India that have really delivered c...
by Manas
25 Aug 2013 10:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Dawood Ibrahim & Underworld Watch Thread
Replies: 444
Views: 47693

Re: Dawood Ibrahim & Underworld Watch Thread

Tunda's "arrest" is probably stage managed. This smells like a covert op wherein the agencies somehow convinced him to "return" home. Dont know what his incentives are - but there has to be some quid pro quo in such deals. IIRC some of Tiger Memon and Dawood's family members &quo...
by Manas
09 Aug 2013 10:37
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Intelligence & National Security Discussion
Replies: 4621
Views: 823382

Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion

Bugging buildings, embassies, consulates is routine business for the intelligence community. That is a core part of their charter. The former soviet union bugged construction material that was supplied for construction of the U.S. embassy in Moscow. Please look for a book called the "Moscow Sta...
by Manas
17 Jan 2013 11:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Beheading of Indian Soldiers in Aug 2011 and Aman ki Asha
Replies: 810
Views: 39424

Re: Beheading of Indian Soldiers in Aug 2011 and Aman ki Ash

I think GOI should continue to scale back on defense investment and modernization programs. No point in investing billions of $$s in MRCA, P3I ASW assets, AWACS, Air to Air Refuellers, Aircraft carriers, Mountain strike corps etc. The hapless defense forces will never get to use them. Leave alone Ch...
by Manas
03 Apr 2012 10:45
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5795
Views: 670327

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

That is a Boeing 727, it is Mr. Mallya's private jet. Not connected to the Airline he runs (even though the livery is the same).
by Manas
24 May 2011 22:05
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): May 8, 2011
Replies: 2866
Views: 275081

Re: Terrorist Islamic Republic of Pakistan (TSP): May 8, 201

Some nuggets in Monday's WSJ article (sorry can't post the article in full due to copyright issues). More H & D loss. ---------- Spy, Military Ties Aided bin Laden Raid http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704083904576334160172068344.html?KEYWORDS=mcraven Weighing on the minds of severa...
by Manas
03 May 2011 04:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: News - Osama Bin Laden - killed In Pakistan
Replies: 2848
Views: 241554

Re: Breaking News - Osama Bin Laden - killed In Pakistan

All of last night Wolf Blitzer was spouting the line that TSP helped in the raid while all other channels were telling the truth! Yup, Peter Bergen was trying to highlight TSP complicity and Wolf cut him off once. Then on the 2nd go around Peter seemed to get the message and changed the slant and s...
by Manas
25 Jan 2011 10:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US Strategic News and Discussion
Replies: 3942
Views: 456438

Re: India-US Strategic News and Discussion



This is a big deal. The U.S. backing up rhetoric with on the ground action. It will certainly expect India to reciprocate in cash (commercial/defence deals) & kind (vote with the U.S. in international bodies).
by Manas
16 Apr 2010 07:22
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: GSLV D3 Launch Failure
Replies: 372
Views: 65369

Re: GSLV D3 Launch Failure

I would like to thank ISRO scientists for toiling hard to make India among one of the most advanced space fairing nations - all on a shoe string budget. What they have accomplished in the face of technology denial regimes, tiny budgets is incredible. ISRO's programs & capabilities are very matur...
by Manas
09 Mar 2010 10:56
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US News and Discussion
Replies: 1609
Views: 194684

Re: India-US News and Discussion

Folks, There is a worrisome trend in statements being attributed to Mr. Holbrooke. There seems to be a new bogey about "water" being raised. There seems to be a concerted effort from the U.S. "interlocutors" to give airtime and prominence to TSP's claims about India "diverti...
by Manas
04 Jan 2010 23:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Treatment of Indians Abroad
Replies: 98
Views: 8024

Re: Treatment of Indians Abroad

Good topic. My experience (without boring folks with too much details). 1) I have seen/experienced racial profiling/prototyping especially in Germany. More specifically with Lufthansa. Granted they are an efficient Airline but they seem to mete out 2nd class treatment to Indians while raking in the ...
by Manas
03 Sep 2009 21:02
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist
Replies: 2362
Views: 199658

Re: Pokhran II not fully successful: Scientist

I rarely post even though I keenly follow BR on a daily basis. I have read through the 40 odd pages on this topic and observed a passionate debate arguing for/against the two view points. a) Yes the TN yielded per the the design/test setup - we can scale the TN yield to 200KT b) Nope - the secondary...
by Manas
06 Jan 2009 11:48
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: India to consider sending 120,000 troops to Afghanistan
Replies: 1066
Views: 132673

Re: India to consider sending 120,000 troops to Afghanistan

btw what is the ancestry of the people in the Kandahar region ? this is ancient Gandhara of the Mahabharata epic era. there was one mujahideen leader named "Ishmael Khan" from that region, who iirc is retired now and handed over the reign to his son. said to be pro-Iranian. Guruji, Ismael...
by Manas
06 Jan 2009 11:10
Forum: Terrorism Archive
Topic: Indian Response to Terrorism after Mumbai
Replies: 714
Views: 77710

Re: Indian Response to Terrorism after Mumbai

Folks, As frustrating and disappointing as it is, to see the lack of a cohesive GOI response beyond the demarches and dossiers, Please mull the following potential scenarios. Probably explains GOI's inane approach. 1) India has no covert capability in TSP to pay back in the same coin. 2) TSP's Army ...
by Manas
29 Dec 2008 07:56
Forum: Terrorism Archive
Topic: Indian Response to Terrorism after Mumbai
Replies: 714
Views: 77710

Re: Indian Response to Terrorism after Mumbai

Unfortunately, the political and diplomatic response to the attacks seem to be going as I had expected. Mostly incoherent (literally and figuratively), out of tune mumbling and babbling by PM, Min of Ext Affairs, Min of Defence, Min of Home etc. We will retaliate, we will not, we will after the next...
by Manas
23 Dec 2008 11:19
Forum: Terrorism Archive
Topic: Indian Response to Terrorism
Replies: 2748
Views: 224216

Re: Indian Response to Terrorism

So what is CBU-105? And how does fast tracking help now. I think it will be on slow track. One doesnt go shopping for weapons and put war on hold. You fight with what you got. havent heard of more asinine proposal. Its not like a standard pataka you get and throw. GOI is busy doing a pump fake hopi...
by Manas
23 Dec 2008 10:50
Forum: Terrorism Archive
Topic: Indian Response to Terrorism
Replies: 2748
Views: 224216

Re: Indian Response to Terrorism

narayanan wrote:GIVE PEACE A CHANCE..


A master piece. True NETA of N^3 RAT quality. Thank you.
by Manas
08 Dec 2008 09:59
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Intelligence & National Security Discussion
Replies: 4621
Views: 823382

Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion

Exploits of some top chefs from the Culinary Institute of America in India's neighborhood. From the The Shadow Factory, James Bamford, Pg 155 The DO's chunk of the budget inside the CIA is now bigger than the entire CIA budget was when Bush came to office. :shock: Nobody can tell you [whether] what ...
by Manas
01 Dec 2008 08:09
Forum: Terrorism Archive
Topic: Indian Response to Terrorism
Replies: 2748
Views: 224216

Re: Indian Response to Terrorism

Lessons learned --------------- There are several lessons to be learned from the tactical handling of anti terror response within the first 12 hours. Keeping NSG detachments ready at multiple locations in the country with helicopters to immediately airlift small contingents were supposed to have bee...
by Manas
18 Oct 2008 00:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indo-UK: News & Discussion
Replies: 3938
Views: 584058

Re: Indo-UK: News & Discussion

It is estimated that the NSA has a the most amount of super computing power assembled within one entity. Several times more total horse power than the typical DoE weapons labs. Several written accounts of NSA's capabilities border on the verge of science fiction but it is fair to assume that the com...
by Manas
02 Oct 2008 11:28
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India nuclear news and discussion
Replies: 2908
Views: 279078

Re: India nuclear news and discussion - 6 sep 2008

This is truly a momentous occasion. I believe in the counter value doctrine (as opposed to counter force) and hence conclude that we have a sufficient deterrent to counter our immediate adversaries and do not need further tests. With counter value a 100KT yield is good enough to wipe out a decent si...

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