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by A_Gupta
20 Nov 2018 00:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2311
Views: 202825

Re: Understanding the US - Again

The Russians did the inexcusable: They revealed the truth. Real Emperor's Clothes story minus the hype. But I see that the Florida Recounts that grew to such a roar is over without even a meow. Both elephants Scott and the other one have won. In Gorgia, the Champion of Voting Rights has come out wi...
by A_Gupta
20 Nov 2018 00:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2311
Views: 202825

Re: Understanding the US - Again

The Americans present at the conference pointed to policy successes, like the establishment of NATO’s 30/30/30 rapid deployment forces, U.S. troops deploying to Poland, reconstituting the Second Fleet to patrol the Atlantic, and integral U.S. participation in NATO’s biggest military exercise since ...
by A_Gupta
18 Nov 2018 20:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2311
Views: 202825

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Two comparisons that mean that I will not waste time reading the rest of that. The 9hr is because there is a break at Lancaster PA. Take a non(usual) stop plane instead: only 1hr 35 mins by wonderful airlines such as USAir. Plus 2 hours minimum arrival window at destination + 1 hr delay getting off...
by A_Gupta
18 Nov 2018 20:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2311
Views: 202825

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Two comparisons that mean that I will not waste time reading the rest of that. The 9hr is because there is a break at Lancaster PA. Take a non(usual) stop plane instead: only 1hr 35 mins by wonderful airlines such as USAir. Plus 2 hours minimum arrival window at destination + 1 hr delay getting off...
by A_Gupta
17 Nov 2018 17:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2311
Views: 202825

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It is true that, as measured by GDP, or by the size of the credit and equity markets, or even just by the gaudy presence of our Googles, Amazons and Apples, the United States is the greatest machine for the production of money in the modern history of the world. But this wealth is largely an abstra...
by A_Gupta
13 Nov 2018 19:28
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2673
Views: 430519

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

^^^thanks for making me feel sick in morning. Seems like bbc wapo NYT have even outsourced the job of dissing Indians to Indians only. Now I don't even feel offended at these articles, only thing that hurts is that it is an Indian putting India down. Did Americans think about how many natives can b...
by A_Gupta
13 Nov 2018 19:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2311
Views: 202825

Re: Understanding the US - Again

A junior House representative's take on why the US Congress is dysfunctional, and what reforms might make it work again:
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archi ... ss/575689/
by A_Gupta
13 Nov 2018 18:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2311
Views: 202825

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^^^ https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/11/12/1812292/-First-up-for-ambitious-House-Democrats-Strengthening-democracy-and-ensuring-voting-rights In the last session of Congress, the Republican House made House Resolution 1 their budget and reconciliation bill created to allow them to jam Obamacare...
by A_Gupta
13 Nov 2018 18:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2311
Views: 202825

Re: Understanding the US - Again

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/11/the-nation-has-been-this-dividedin-the-civil-war/575587/ America’s Struggle for Moral Coherence The problem of how to reconcile irreconcilable values is what led to the Civil War. It hasn’t gone away. Well worth a read. My favorite line: In Massachus...
by A_Gupta
12 Nov 2018 23:07
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2673
Views: 430519

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

https://www.bloombergquint.com/markets/indias-industrial-output-rises-45-in-september#gs.Pz1zqEU India’s factory output rose more than expected in September despite a depreciating rupee and higher fuel prices increasing costs. The Index of Industrial Production rose 4.5 percent year-on-year in Septe...
by A_Gupta
11 Nov 2018 22:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2294
Views: 138301

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

Will await comments except, this one is too good to pass up: We should congratulate Shashi Tharoor for at least understanding the pulse in Kerala (for a change) on the Sabari Mala issue :lol:. And his statements - this time in simple English - seems to be based on the inputs from the ground. Will y...
by A_Gupta
11 Nov 2018 20:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2294
Views: 138301

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

^^^ My simple take on the Sabarimala issue is: Will you support a Supreme Court order that opens Catholic nunneries/convents to free entry by men? If yes, then please show that by filing a PIL. If "no, but Sabarimala is not a monastery/convent", are the only institutions Hindus are allowed...
by A_Gupta
05 Nov 2018 18:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2311
Views: 202825

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Anytime they point fingers at India, use this: https://www.bleedingheartland.com/2018/11/04/a-house-divided/ For the past several weeks, I have hosted dozens of door-knocking canvassers, and many have returned with similar tales of men denying access to the women in their households. I have not hear...
by A_Gupta
02 Nov 2018 17:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2311
Views: 202825

Re: Understanding the US - Again

An Israeli fashion company’s ad featuring Bar Refaeli in a hijab is being slammed online, with people calling it “racist,” “ignorant” and “Islamophobic.” https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/israeli-clothing-ad-featuring-bar-refaeli-slammed-online-for-being-racist-ignorant-and-islamophobic This attack...
by A_Gupta
02 Nov 2018 17:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2311
Views: 202825

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https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/11/anti-semitism-inherent-trumps-nativism/574672/ The question is no longer: Does anti-Semitism exist among American conservatives? It’s: Is anti-Semitism an inevitable byproduct of the nativist conservatism being championed by President Trump? The answ...
by A_Gupta
31 Oct 2018 17:40
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2673
Views: 430519

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

India's Infrastructure output growth year over year in September was 4.3% holding steady from August's 4.2%. As of this moment hasn't made the news-outlets, so quoting tradingeconomics.com.
https://tradingeconomics.com/india/construction-output
by A_Gupta
30 Oct 2018 16:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Christianity, Evangelism & its geopolitical impact
Replies: 727
Views: 45626

Re: Christianity, Evangelism & its geopolitical impact

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/fake-jews .... Rabbi Loren Jacobs is a “Messianic Jew”, better known as ‘Jews for Jesus’. If this isn’t something you’re familiar with these are Jews by ancestry who maintain the trappings of Judaism and some of the ritual law while accepting Jesus as the Messiah...
by A_Gupta
29 Oct 2018 17:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2311
Views: 202825

Re: Understanding the US - Again

A map of the Alt-Right. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/trump-alt-right-twitter/574219/ I recently analyzed about 30,000 Twitter accounts that self-identified as alt-right or followed someone who did for VOX-Pol, the European academic network studying extremism on social media. The...
by A_Gupta
28 Oct 2018 18:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Islamism & Islamophobia Abroad - News & Analysis (9-8-2014)
Replies: 3518
Views: 252452

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

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/its-not-free-speech-criticize-muhammad-echr-ruled/574174/ ...a woman referred to as E.S. was convicted in Austria for, in effect, not phrasing her identical curiosity in the form of a question. On Thursday, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) u...
by A_Gupta
28 Oct 2018 18:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Islamism & Islamophobia Abroad - News & Analysis (9-8-2014)
Replies: 3518
Views: 252452

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

https://clarionproject.org/why-the-saudis-cut-khashoggis-body-in-pieces/ Why the Saudis Had to Cut Up Khashoggi’s Body This is not true. Looks like a suspect website. Nobody including al jJazeera had mentioned that body is found. The bone saw that was carried into the Saudi consulate and what else ...
by A_Gupta
28 Oct 2018 17:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2311
Views: 202825

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Understanding 1488: 1488 is a combination of two popular white supremacist numeric symbols. The first symbol is 14, which is shorthand for the "14 Words" slogan: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children." The second is 88, which stands for "...
by A_Gupta
26 Oct 2018 19:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2644
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Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

Academic Paper https://scholarcommons.usf.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1050&context=mca Military Cyber Affairs, The Journal of the Military CyberAffairs Association, Volume 3, Issue 1, Article 7 China’s Maxim – Leave No Access Point Unexploited: The Hidden Story of China Telecom’s BGP Hijacki...
by A_Gupta
25 Oct 2018 22:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2311
Views: 202825

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America is not, strictly speaking, a center-right or center-left nation. Rather, it remains the nation of the Dixiecrats, in which the majority’s desire for equal opportunity and a robust welfare state is mediated by the addiction of a large chunk of the polity to racial hierarchy. It is no coincid...
by A_Gupta
25 Oct 2018 17:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2311
Views: 202825

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... Saudis killed 100K+ people in Yemen since Obama time. No one even bothered. Not NYT/Wapo/Gaurdian/BBC. One journalist killed... Not true. The press highlights Yemen; but the public does not respond. E.g., the NYTimes has had at least 25 stories on the devastation of the war in Yemen in the last...
by A_Gupta
24 Oct 2018 17:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2311
Views: 202825

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https://equitablegrowth.org/what-upticks-in-u-s-economic-inequality-and-incarceration-mean-for-marriage/ What upticks in U.S. economic inequality and incarceration mean for marriage Forty-six percent of unmarried Americans hope to someday marry, yet falling rates of marriage make their prospects of ...
by A_Gupta
24 Oct 2018 17:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2311
Views: 202825

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https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/10/donald-trump-brazen-lies-migrant-caravan Trump’s Lies Are Becoming Exponentially More Brazen Holding court on the White House lawn Monday, Trump revealed new depths of contempt for objective reality—and offered a master class in how the most obvious lies destr...
by A_Gupta
24 Oct 2018 16:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Non-Western Worldview
Replies: 1005
Views: 79450

Re: Non-Western Worldview

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/10/29/the-myth-of-whiteness-in-classical-sculpture Brinkmann soon realized that his discovery hardly required a special lamp: if you were looking at an ancient Greek or Roman sculpture up close, some of the pigment “was easy to see, even with the naked eye.” W...
by A_Gupta
22 Oct 2018 08:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2311
Views: 202825

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https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/11/the-case-for-liberal-republicanism/570790/ The Republican Party is losing its ability to prevail in democratic competition. One solution to that dilemma, the Trump solution, is to weaken democracy so that a minority can dominate a disunited majori...
by A_Gupta
20 Oct 2018 19:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2311
Views: 202825

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Thomas Friedman: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/16/opinion/jamal-khashoggi-saudi-mohammed-bin-salman.html And I believe that the roots of 9/11 came from two terrible bargains. One was that bargain between the Saudi ruling family and the kingdom’s religious establishment, where each blessed the othe...
by A_Gupta
19 Oct 2018 17:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Non-Western Worldview
Replies: 1005
Views: 79450

Re: Non-Western Worldview

https://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/toi-edit-page/the-constitution-dharma-intention-to-protect-religious-freedoms-of-groups-no-matter-how-small-is-unarguable/ More troubling is the short shrift given to the letter and spirit of the Constitution in the concurring opinion of Justice Chandrachud....
by A_Gupta
19 Oct 2018 17:05
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: PRC Economy - New Reflections : April 20 2015
Replies: 1193
Views: 123801

Re: PRC Economy - New Reflections : April 20 2015

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... ate-buying
China's Late Stock Rally Has All the Hallmarks of State Buying
by A_Gupta
18 Oct 2018 17:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2311
Views: 202825

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December 5, 2016 https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-donald-trump-journalist-banned-for-criticising-us-president-elect-a7456956.html?fbclid=IwAR2Tr6ekZNEZ2CToCMlT5gl1zI_ElX-J40Eionkxc4iu0m9wAlUwXKmr15s Saudi Arabia bans journalist for criticising Donald Trump One should...
by A_Gupta
18 Oct 2018 01:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2007
Views: 260732

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

^^in this conversation my question may be slightly OT, but does anyone know of the origins of soft proscription of sea travel in hinduism. There are many mainstream stories, e.g., about ramanujam and vivekanad talk about it. I have always countered it using 1. Ramayan stories of sea travel of shrir...
by A_Gupta
18 Oct 2018 00:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2311
Views: 202825

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The American deep state, such as it is, is owned by the Saudis. http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2018/10/httpswwwwashingtonpostcomopinionsglobal-opinionsare-we-willing-to-sacrifice-our-moral-standing-for-this20181012ba.html When I arrived in SA many years ago to be the military att...
by A_Gupta
16 Oct 2018 20:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2311
Views: 202825

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American brass-knuckle politics. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/11/was-gary-hart-set-up/570802/ Was Gary Hart Set Up? What are we to make of the deathbed confession of the political operative Lee Atwater, newly revealed, that he staged the events that brought down the Democratic c...
by A_Gupta
15 Oct 2018 21:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2311
Views: 202825

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https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/ar ... me/570832/
Newt Gingrich turned partisan battles into bloodsport, wrecked Congress, and paved the way for Trump's rise. Now he's reveling in his achievements.

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