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by A_Gupta
27 May 2018 01:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - April 24, 2018
Replies: 1221
Views: 72536

Re: Terroristan - April 24, 2018

A boost to Pakistan H&D!
https://www.theatlantic.com/internation ... ya/561341/
North Korea Wants to End up Like Pakistan, Not Libya
A poor country made enormous sacrifices to get nuclear weapons—and has them still.
by A_Gupta
26 May 2018 02:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 1277
Views: 111057

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/04/19/1654397/-The-Historical-Roots-of-the-Korean-Crisis-Can-t-Be-Forgotten The best overview of this history of this period is University of Chicago’s Distinguished Service Professor and Dept Chair, historian Bruce Cumming’s The Korean War: A History. I will su...
by A_Gupta
26 May 2018 00:42
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India's Power Sector
Replies: 1401
Views: 177138

Re: India's Power Sector

India's Power Capacity Seen Overtaking Japan This Year: Chart by Stephen Stapczynski Fueled by a rapid rollout of coal-fired power generation, India is expected to have Asia’s second-largest power capacity at 363.32 gigawatts in 2018, overtaking Japan, according to data compiled by BMI Research. The...
by A_Gupta
25 May 2018 16:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US- Again
Replies: 484
Views: 42901

Re: Understanding the US- Again

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/05/trump-north-korea-cuban-missile-crisis/554318/ What Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un Don't Know About Their Own Standoff If the Cuban Missile Crisis is any indication, today’s leaders may be dangerously misinformed about the nuclear crisis. On Oc...
by A_Gupta
25 May 2018 16:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - April 24, 2018
Replies: 1221
Views: 72536

Re: Terroristan - April 24, 2018

https://swarajyamag.com/insta/pakistan- ... ga-project
Pakistan Blames ‘Indian Lobby’ As World Bank Turns Away Its Request For Intervention Over Kishanganga Project
by A_Gupta
23 May 2018 23:20
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1394
Views: 197879

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

https://swarajyamag.com/insta/ibc-effect-fear-of-losing-control-forces-over-2100-companies-to-settle-rs-83000-crore-bank-dues Fearing action under the newly-enacted Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), over 2,100 companies, who had defaulted on loan repayments, have settled their dues of around Rs ...
by A_Gupta
23 May 2018 19:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread- June 2015
Replies: 573
Views: 67866

Re: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread- June 2015

General rant about Indian "obstructionism" in SCO and BRICS. https://www.eurasiafuture.com/2018/05/23/india-is-holding-back-the-shanghai-cooperation-organisation-and-brics/ In respect of finding a solution for the problems faced by the BRICS and SCO regarding India’s inability to see eye-t...
by A_Gupta
23 May 2018 16:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US- Again
Replies: 484
Views: 42901

Re: Understanding the US- Again

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/predators-of-new-york Predators of New York There’s something about New York, New York City, that is, that is at the root of the Trump phenomenon.........New York City is a liberal city, probably the most progressive big city in the country, as far as it goes. Ye...
by A_Gupta
23 May 2018 01:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Islamism & Islamophobia Abroad - News & Analysis (9-8-2014)
Replies: 3398
Views: 211100

Re: Islamism & Islamophobia Abroad - News & Analysis (9-8-2014)

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1103257.shtml All mosques in the country should raise the national flag and study socialist core values to strengthen their "concept of nation" and carry forward "the spirit of patriotism," the China Islamic Association declared. Chinese experts ...
by A_Gupta
22 May 2018 23:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 4891
Views: 270313

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

Possible example of linguist bullshit: Khotanese. Khotanese is one of the languages of the Indo-Scythians (Sakas). Sakas invaded India around 100 BCE. The question was what language did they speak? The answer was e.g., Khotanese - which however is attested to only 500 years later, written in Kharosh...
by A_Gupta
22 May 2018 23:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 4891
Views: 270313

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

Here is a video https://youtu.be/tCckcTHWqKw purporting to be a "Middle English reading of John Skelton's poem "Speke Parrot"" [ tCckcTHWqKw Listen to it, and ask why are modern English and Middle English (John Skelton 1463-1529) (assuming the pronunciation is correct and not mad...
by A_Gupta
21 May 2018 18:50
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1394
Views: 197879

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Some foreign "civilized world" perspective on Indian Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. https://www.herbertsmithfreehills.com/uk/grads/latest-thinking/overview-of-and-foreign-perspective-on-the-indian-insolvency-and-bankruptcy-code http://www.jtjb.com/2017/corporate-india-insolvency-fastest-f...
by A_Gupta
21 May 2018 18:45
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Perspectives on the global economic changes
Replies: 4017
Views: 172562

Re: Perspectives on the global economic changes

http://www.jonesday.com/files/Publication/1ec093d4-66fb-42a6-8115-be0694c59443/Presentation/PublicationAttachment/e5b46572-7aeb-4c34-ab2e-bee2f8f3d3c2/Comparison%20of%20Chapter%2011%20(A4).pdf Comparison of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in the US with UK, France, Italy, Germany (supposedly the "civiliz...
by A_Gupta
21 May 2018 15:20
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1394
Views: 197879

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

^^^ The current US President is a billionaire, but has his businesses go into bankruptcy four times.
http://money.cnn.com/2015/08/31/news/co ... index.html

Who took the haircut in each case?

I suppose the civilized world is an imaginary construct.
by A_Gupta
21 May 2018 02:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 4891
Views: 270313

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

^^^ Thanks! Good find! I do have some reservations about this We can also make simple, non-asymptotic statements, such as: If the environment is a square and migration only local, then by symmetry the North-South and East-West eigenvalues should be similar Which is true, but the point is e.g., that ...
by A_Gupta
21 May 2018 01:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Islamism & Islamophobia Abroad - News & Analysis (9-8-2014)
Replies: 3398
Views: 211100

Re: Islamism & Islamophobia Abroad - News & Analysis (9-8-2014)

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1990/09/the-roots-of-muslim-rage/304643/ Bernard Lewis, 1990, The Roots of Muslim Rage Written when this was true: "There is no Cuba, no Vietnam, in the Muslim world, and no place where American forces are involved as combatants or even as "advi...
by A_Gupta
21 May 2018 00:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 4891
Views: 270313

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

^^
I cant claim to have understood it all either.
by A_Gupta
20 May 2018 19:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US- Again
Replies: 484
Views: 42901

Re: Understanding the US- Again

Draining the swamp, or destroying expertise? https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/05/21/trump-vs-the-deep-state Small excerpt: During Trump’s march to Washington, he framed his mission as nothing less than regime change: America’s capital was a defeated empire in need of occupation. In the months...
by A_Gupta
20 May 2018 18:27
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 4891
Views: 270313

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

^^^ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3989108/ n summary: i) when analyzing data with a spatial covariance structure, PCA produces highly structured results relating to sinusoidal functions of increasing frequency; ii) in as far as PCA results depend on the details of a particular data se...
by A_Gupta
20 May 2018 18:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 4891
Views: 270313

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

https://www.nature.com/articles/ng.139 2008 paper, so one hopes it is incorporated into modern thinking already. Interpreting principal component analyses of spatial population genetic variation John Novembre & Matthew Stephens Nature Genetics volume 40, pages 646–649 (2008) doi:10.1038/ng.139 A...
by A_Gupta
20 May 2018 17:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 4891
Views: 270313

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

For future reference: https://liorpachter.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/the-perfect-human-is-puerto-rican/ This blog takes computational biology to task. PCA - detailed explanation https://liorpachter.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/what-is-principal-component-analysis/ There are many generalizations and modifi...
by A_Gupta
20 May 2018 17:26
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: PRC Economy - New Reflections : April 20 2015
Replies: 1021
Views: 84838

Re: PRC Economy - New Reflections : April 20 2015

The fragility of the Chinese economy is also touched upon in this Bloomberg opinion piece:
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles ... force-open
China's Economy Is Too Frail to Force Open
by A_Gupta
19 May 2018 15:10
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1394
Views: 197879

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Claim: "Every $10 increase in the price of a barrel knocks 0.2% to 0.3% off India's growth rate, according to the country's latest economic survey. "

From CNN: http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/18/news/ec ... index.html
by A_Gupta
18 May 2018 21:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 4891
Views: 270313

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

Maybe off-topic, maybe not. How the mind plays tricks with perception. Maybe the Greeks did actually hear "Sandrocottus", this is not just a Greek-ization of an Indian name. https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/05/whats-up-with-all-these-viral-illusions/560693/ PS: also, may...
by A_Gupta
18 May 2018 17:23
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1394
Views: 197879

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

tradingeconomics.com reports:

Foreign Exchange Reserves in India decreased to 417700 USD Million in May 12 from 418940 USD Million in the previous week.
by A_Gupta
18 May 2018 16:25
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1394
Views: 197879

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

“Normal backwardation” does not mean backwardation is normal.
https://www.investopedia.com/terms/b/backwardation.asp
“The primary cause of backwardation in the commodities' futures market is a shortage of the commodity in the spot market.”
by A_Gupta
18 May 2018 11:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 1806
Views: 193130

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

Iran will go nuclear, Saudi will want to follow suit - buying from and propping up Pakistan.
by A_Gupta
18 May 2018 11:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 4891
Views: 270313

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

On Twitter, manastaramgini: Indo-Aryans: If we go by mainstream indological models the RV should have been composed in the Panjab no earlier than ~2000-1900 BCE - stretching things to the limit butm more like ~1700 BCE \pm 100 yrs. There are some serious problems with this which have been overlooked...
by A_Gupta
17 May 2018 23:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 4891
Views: 270313

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

Perron wins on consistency - tradition, etymology match.
by A_Gupta
17 May 2018 20:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 4891
Views: 270313

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

Tradition is questionable. While this is fundamentally wrong what is the argument you have to offer against it? The problem is that tradition is malleable. But one should be able to show consistency, e.g., if the archaeologically established material culture and the content of the texts and the tra...
by A_Gupta
17 May 2018 16:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 4891
Views: 270313

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

^^^ If we accept the idea that language spoken in one area can subsequently be spoken in another area, then human migration is one means by which this can happen; and genetics can show us whether human migration occurred. Of course, what languages were spoken in what area and which era is a matter o...
by A_Gupta
17 May 2018 00:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 4891
Views: 270313

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

This is what I meant when I said that we need to use that model. Stand on whatever post/pedestal/tower you get and jerk off and let your seed spread far and wide. This is the way of science now. Or else the baton of science and knowledge-production is ripe for being grabbed back from the institutio...
by A_Gupta
16 May 2018 16:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 4891
Views: 270313

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

This was written w.r.t. a debate in climate science, but are relevant here for all the genetics papers: First off, what definitions are being used here. This committee has decided that formally: ⋅ Reproducibility is the ability to test a result using independent methods and alternate choic...
by A_Gupta
16 May 2018 16:27
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 4891
Views: 270313

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

For future reference. https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED043872 The Influence of Sanskrit on the Japanese Sound Systems. Buck, James H. The Japanese syllabary of today would probably not exist in its present arrangement had it not been for Sanskrit studies in Japan. Scholars of ancient Japan extracted from t...
by A_Gupta
16 May 2018 16:14
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1394
Views: 197879

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

India - private sector coal power plant debt debacle, per Bloomberg:
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles ... n-times-20
by A_Gupta
16 May 2018 15:36
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1394
Views: 197879

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

From 2013: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-markets-rupee-analysis/analysis-indias-inverted-yield-curve-fails-rupee-and-slams-economy-idUSBRE98405O20130905 “Viewed in one light, India’s steeply inverted yield curve is the result of a deliberate and classic policy strategy to defend a weak cu...

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