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by vera_k
24 Feb 2021 07:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Deterrence
Replies: 4823
Views: 494583

Re: Deterrence

Cross posting here as it appears deterrence failed in this case. Damning article. But instructive that the author did not advise his boss to retaliate to this WMD attack as prescribed by doctrine. China’s Reckless Labs Put the World at Risk The Chinese Communist Party is obsessed with viruses. Its ...
by vera_k
24 Feb 2021 07:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 8807
Views: 1028128

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Damning article. But instructive that the author did not advise his boss to retaliate to this WMD attack as prescribed by doctrine. China’s Reckless Labs Put the World at Risk The Chinese Communist Party is obsessed with viruses. Its army of scientists claim to have discovered almost 2,000 new virus...
by vera_k
24 Feb 2021 07:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 8807
Views: 1028128

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Covid-19: New data on Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine backs 12 week dosing interval With this data, the idea of spacing out the Covishield doses should be adopted. Would allow a lot more people to get vaccinated quick, since despite the claim of a large manufacturing capability, actual supply appears se...
by vera_k
22 Feb 2021 09:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 8807
Views: 1028128

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Well, I have anecdotal information from my family who are surgeons. They have not ben vaccinated although they run a hospital. The reason I've been told is that the local person allocating and scheduling vaccinations allocated the shots to friends and family instead of the doctors in the town. While...
by vera_k
22 Feb 2021 04:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 8807
Views: 1028128

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

^ No need for corruption. You are allowed to claim you are part of a priority group by filling out and printing a web form. The vaccination sites are not allowed to question what is claimed.
by vera_k
22 Feb 2021 03:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 8807
Views: 1028128

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

This is the same in the US too - less than 50% of vaccines given in several places. People not showing up. Pharmacies are resorting to backup lists to ensure the vaccines are used and not discarded due to reaching storage expiry limit. Somewhat, but not exactly. One difference is that any vaccines ...
by vera_k
21 Feb 2021 23:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 8807
Views: 1028128

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

The vaccination rollout is in trouble. While it may be ideal to distribute the vaccine according to priority, I think district hospitals should be allowed to start vaccinating any takers if there are shots available. Given the demographic that would avail of services at a district hospital, those va...
by vera_k
19 Feb 2021 01:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 8807
Views: 1028128

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Yes. Some are not comfortable with using the AZ vaccine. I hope Covaxin is able to publish data soon. Seems to be more trust on Covaxin as its based on older tech.
by vera_k
18 Feb 2021 22:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 8807
Views: 1028128

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

First world problems...but also an indication of why more vaccines are needed. These Doctors Want to Pick Their Covid-19 Vaccine, Fearing Reactions, Lower Efficacy Health-worker unions in Europe say thousands of their members refuse to take one of the three Covid-19 vaccines available in the region ...
by vera_k
17 Feb 2021 05:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 5681
Views: 800179

Re: Understanding the US - Again

@hnair Musk's decision to move to Texas is simple on a personal level in that Texas has no income tax and he stands to make a few billion dollars in 2020. More generally, there are Right To Work versus Union states. In union states, employees at a union workplace cannot work unless they pay dues to ...
by vera_k
16 Feb 2021 22:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 2269
Views: 200974

Re: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

I just cannot understand how this concerns India !! Stateless, stuck and desperate: the militants' wives trapped in Kashmir https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/feb/16/stateless-stuck-and-desperate-the-militants-wives-trapped-in-kashmir Article is not bad going by the Guardian's past...
by vera_k
15 Feb 2021 06:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 4448
Views: 891378

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

Indeed, Pakistan can provide a huge labor pool either located within Pakistan or imported into China. No wonder that China is trying out re-education programs for Muslims in Xinjiang. The same template will eventually be extended to Pakistan to monetize the human resources available in Pakistan.
by vera_k
15 Feb 2021 04:15
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian investments thread
Replies: 441
Views: 43466

Re: Indian investments thread

Thanks. ICICI's remittance service didn't look competitive, but will try asking in person.

As an observation, India has very favorable capital gains tax rates at the moment. Not as favorable as the CI obviously, but 10% is not bad at all.
by vera_k
14 Feb 2021 23:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 8807
Views: 1028128

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

These would have received the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. Four people in Oregon who received both doses of vaccine test positive for coronavirus The agency referred to the individuals who tested positive as "breakthrough cases," meaning that they got sick with the virus at least 14 days aft...
by vera_k
14 Feb 2021 22:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 8807
Views: 1028128

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

42 nursing students test positive in Bengaluru This is where vaccination of HCWs (where even medical college students are eligible) helps but our folks are just not turning up... Students are young and at low risk. Further, students cannot afford even mild side effects of the vaccination since exam...
by vera_k
13 Feb 2021 23:39
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 6087
Views: 1357002

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

The Shadow of England in India’s Farm Protests Where is it cheaper to buy rice? At a village market in India, a country where 377 million people live below the poverty line? Or on the trading screens of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange? Shockingly, it’s often the latter. Britain’s landed gentry soug...
by vera_k
13 Feb 2021 23:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 8807
Views: 1028128

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Aside from the Chattisgarh case now in the news (where local government is disrupting vaccine supply), heard another case where vaccines were held back for a town and distributed out of order due to political or personal rivalry.

A legal framework is needed to tackle such cases.
by vera_k
12 Feb 2021 22:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Social Media Watch Thread
Replies: 443
Views: 41517

Re: Social Media Watch Thread

bharathp wrote:that logic applies backwards too. twitter cannot delete/deplatform folks without a court order.


That may make sense, but there's no law or regulation requiring that. Twitter is not a government, so its actions are not held to the same standard.
by vera_k
12 Feb 2021 11:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Social Media Watch Thread
Replies: 443
Views: 41517

Re: Social Media Watch Thread

Twitter vs India An important distinction in India is that the order came from a government ministry — not a court. Twitter is saying that India’s demands to block accounts or remove posts didn’t come through the regular rule of law. The European Union’s proposed Digital Services Act is quite sophi...
by vera_k
11 Feb 2021 22:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 8807
Views: 1028128

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

6.26 million vaccinated so far, 440K yesterday. The vaccination rate is stubbornly stuck between 400-550k a day. Does anyone have insight or information on what's preventing them from ramping this up to a few million doses administered per day ? Where are they bottlenecked here ? Anecdotal informat...
by vera_k
11 Feb 2021 14:14
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 2269
Views: 200974

Re: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

As a practical matter, a kill switch is necessary to block apps that don't have satisfactory content moderation on an emergency basis. Kind of like a circuit breaker in the stock market. The approach of blocking all Internet access is both counter productive and increasingly disruptive for a moderni...
by vera_k
11 Feb 2021 03:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Social Media Watch Thread
Replies: 443
Views: 41517

Re: Social Media Watch Thread

It will invite the wrath of US fining Indian companies operating there or holding back H1bs etc. Everytime EU mulled digital services tax, US has threatened them with tariffs. Wrong analogy. The EU levied large fines on Microsoft and Google, which were paid. They also made changes to the the busine...
by vera_k
09 Feb 2021 22:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Social Media Watch Thread
Replies: 443
Views: 41517

Re: Social Media Watch Thread

Ambar wrote:Doesn't it ask for a local phone number to send the OTP ?


No, 91 is the default, but the dropdown allows selecting other countries.
by vera_k
09 Feb 2021 10:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Social Media Watch Thread
Replies: 443
Views: 41517

Re: Social Media Watch Thread

Indeed. Useful to contrast the two.
by vera_k
09 Feb 2021 09:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Social Media Watch Thread
Replies: 443
Views: 41517

Re: Social Media Watch Thread

Interesting aside from my research into the freedom of expression / free speech issue - In India, defamation, public order, morality, security are written into the constitution as limitations on the right to free speech. As against this, the US constitution provides free speech guarantees via the Fi...
by vera_k
08 Feb 2021 06:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 5132
Views: 880606

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Significant portion of US population thinks the current executive is illegitimate. Unclear what staying power any commitments made by this administration will have if the domestic debate is not settled.

Poll finds 65% of Republicans say they don’t believe Biden’s election was legitimate
by vera_k
08 Feb 2021 04:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Social Media Watch Thread
Replies: 443
Views: 41517

Re: Social Media Watch Thread

I think the Indian courts should come forward and levy a fine and block twitter for 6 months as a form of punishment. Central govt should not act directly from the front lines. The steps used to take Parler offline can be used as well where local infrastructure providers take the platforms offline ...
by vera_k
04 Feb 2021 14:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Social Media Watch Thread
Replies: 443
Views: 41517

Re: Social Media Watch Thread

Can't say I disagree with this statement. Some platforms (thinking of Twitter here at the moment) either acting in bad faith or unable to comply due to technical limitations should not be allowed to dictate terms on the access to the Internet for all citizens. U.S. Criticizes India’s Internet Curbs ...
by vera_k
02 Feb 2021 13:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 8807
Views: 1028128

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

We lost two people in our extended family to Covid when the numbers were surging in September. For both cases, symptoms were ignored for a couple of weeks until they could no longer be ignored. Other people in the family who were infected were treated at home and recovered. Anecdotal evidence, but i...
by vera_k
02 Feb 2021 05:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 8807
Views: 1028128

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Sobering thought that coronavirus vaccinations might become a periodic necessity.

UK orders extra 40m doses of Valneva vaccine

The government says it will give flexibility should people need revaccinating next winter or beyond.
by vera_k
02 Feb 2021 03:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 4448
Views: 891378

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

On that matter, regime change is the preferred template. The Bollywood and Amnesty stars can be recruited as the leaders of the new regime. Many of them will have claim to Pakistan citizenship.
by vera_k
02 Feb 2021 02:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Social Media Watch Thread
Replies: 443
Views: 41517

Re: Social Media Watch Thread

Another option is to subject platforms to liability upon countermanding a government directive. Lawyers and little guys can recover at least some of the costs that the platforms are externalizing.
by vera_k
02 Feb 2021 01:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Social Media Watch Thread
Replies: 443
Views: 41517

Re: Social Media Watch Thread

Why Twitter Blocked Accounts Linked to Farmers' Protests in India—Only to Reverse Course After the blockages drew widespread condemnation online, Twitter said it had unblocked all the accounts late on Monday. According to Twitter, company representatives had met with Indian government officials to ...
by vera_k
31 Jan 2021 22:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 5681
Views: 800179

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Lots of US funding over the past year for Islamist organizations active in South Asia terror.

COVID Relief Funds Went to Violent Extremists

The list of extremist recipients goes on. Had I the space, I would offer 20 additional examples.
by vera_k
29 Jan 2021 07:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 2269
Views: 200974

Re: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

pakiness keeps increasing in levels. This observation reminded me of having read this. Fear that humanity will need an alternative to democracy as practiced today, as this process unfolds. A future update to immigration law should have an IQ test requirement. Has humanity reached peak intelligence ...
by vera_k
29 Jan 2021 06:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 8807
Views: 1028128

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Has there been a release of the efficacy numbers from the phase 3 trials for Bharat biotechs vaccine or is it still too early? Too early. Best case is sometime in March for the data. And it may be very delayed both as the epidemic is waning in India and volunteers who suspect they received a placeb...
by vera_k
28 Jan 2021 22:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Social Media Watch Thread
Replies: 443
Views: 41517

Re: Social Media Watch Thread

Hedge fund Melvin Capital and others shorted Gamestop to 140% of available stock ( they borrowed stock to short) and were trying to drive it into the ground Still trying to figure this one out. I was looking to short Gamestop, and was offered a 28% rate to borrow the stock. At that rate, you can on...
by vera_k
27 Jan 2021 22:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 8807
Views: 1028128

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Think this efficacy rating needs to be clarified. Sinovac also claims that the vaccine has a 100% success rate in preventing hospitalization. Now, if I was using my own money, I'd be happy to take such a vaccine in the absence of any other alternatives. Governments with epidemiological aims may want...

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