Thursday, January 28, 2016

Shocking, unbelievable - Soviet Union's legendary aircraft manufacturer Antonov liquidated by Ukraine and ceases to exist!

Who in his right mind thought of erasing one of the most powerful symbols, an icon in aviation? Antonov - the maker of the giant beast, the one and only An-225 - will be missed. It was one of the most powerful and recognized company of the Soviet Union and also Ukraine. Poroshenko is out to erase everything Soviet about Ukraine and convert it into a vassal state of the West.











Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Most female reviewers of art, movies, etc., lay disproportionate emphasis on portrayal of women and overemphasize feminist issues

Case in point is the recent review of The Revenant by one Carole Cadwalladr in The Guardian. This is just one example to make a more general point - that when females write reviews of books, art, movies, etc., they frequently tend to give disproportionate focus and emphasis to feminist issues such as the portrayal of women, etc., which sometimes converts the review into a feminist rant and wishlist rather than a true, multidimensional review of the content piece in question. This Carole, for example, seems to have a different understanding as to what constitutes praise, when she quotes two sentences from other sources and sarcastically says that those sources are praising this movie. She also devotes more than an entire paragraph [and later more] to two women in the movie who seem to have nothing more than a passing role - only because one of them apparently was raped.

If this Carole doesn't like violence in the movie, or in movies in general, it's her own problem. She ought to keep her rants to her own self.

The Revenant, by the way, despite this feminist's strongly negative rant, has received very high ratings from users on IMDb. Just like a true review and another also on The Guardian.

Update: I just clicked on her Twitter link in The Guardian article, and all three of her tweets that were directly visible without scrolling down were also feminist. It seems this woman is obsessed with feminism and this drives all of her thinking and writing. I naturally didn't bother to scroll down.


Update [Apr'16]: It appears that most of the news articles or blog posts that females write are littered with feminist frustrations. For example, this article on Gawker - penned by a woman - clearly reveals the anti-male feelings of its feminist author. She seems frustrated that most articles on Wikipedia have most contributors/editors who are male [yet she probably harvests and uses their hard work several times each day]. The key point to note here is that even when writing about this week's top ten deleted articles on Wikipedia, the feminist/frustrated female author cannot stop herself from blaming males :-)


Update [Feb'17]: This female reviewer clearly seems eager to somehow place the word "misogynistic" in the title of her review about NH10, without ever bothering to explain how. She sees this movie only from the [hardcore] feminist angle.


Friday, January 15, 2016

One of best real videos in many years - intruding US sailors captured and on their knees in Iranian waters

Two noteworthy things:
  • Iran treated them with full respect. It didn't shoot down the fighter jet out of the sky. People have noted this "surprising" thing in comments on the videos below. Surprising because US media feeds them an entirely different picture of Iran as an evil nation.
  • It's rare to see American men in such a humiliating position. Awesome :)




Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Similarities between booting out of Antonov's bid in US KC-X tanker procurement tender, and cheating done with Ravana during swayamvar of Sita in Ramayana

  • Clearly, America cannot and will not entertain even a bid from the #2 SSR of the Soviet Union - Ukraine - for one of its most important military procurement programs. Winning the tender is simply out of question. America needed an excuse to oust Antonov's bid early on from the KC-X program, so Antonov's bid was deemed late and its bid was rejected [and the protest was also rejected]. It's quite clear that the Antonov/U.S. Aerospace guy who came to submit the bid was deliberately made late by the Americans, in order to create irrefutable pretext to not accept the bid [as Antonov's bid clearly would've been the cheapest one, making it difficult for America to justify rejecting it, had the bid been accepted for evaluation].
  • Similarly, in the Hindu epic of Ramayana, Ravana could've and would've easily lifted the dhanush during Sita's swayamvar. But there was a divine conspiracy to not let Sita become Ravana's wife, hence a trick was played by gods due to which Ravana got late to the swayamvar and thus couldn't win Sita in the contest. There would've been no Ramayana and no war and no role of Rama had it not been for this conspiracy by the so-called gods. There would've been no need for Ravana to pick Sita up, because she would've ended up as yet another queen of Ravana.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Both religion and corporate policy are like mini constitutions that should operate within the boundaries of national law

  • Corporate policy [like the reddit user agreement or the Reddit Content Policy], essentially a company's rule book, dictates a company's course of action and also its responses to events, thus acting like a constitution. For example, it appears that CNN's internal constitution book calls for both covert and overt criticism of Russia, which happens to be in line with the foreign policy of America.
  • In some sense, each religion is also like a mini constitution. It tells its followers what course of action to follow and how to respond to events in life. However, religious teachings at times go against national law. Examples follow:
  • A few years ago wearing helmets was made mandatory for females driving or sitting as pillion rider on two-wheeler bikes in Ludhiana. Sikh women refused to follow this law citing religious prohibition on wearing headgear. This is an example of religion going against national law [and even basic personal safety in this case].
  • A second example also concerns the Sikhs. The movement to allow bearing/carrying a knife ["kirpan"] in public places [including schools, aircraft/airports, cafes, shopping malls, etc.] is also an example of religious preaching going against national law [and public safety in this case].

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Till a few years ago, there was more physical, real interaction and socialization in our societies

People used to physically interact with friends, neighbors, cousins, colleagues, etc., more in the past. There was no Kindle, and so physical books were shared. There was no iTunes, so VHS tapes [for VCRs] or audio cassettes or CDs were passed around. What's more, overall scarcity of stuff meant that people had to interact with each other. And there was no Yahoo Messenger, no WhatsApp, so the concept of interacting virtually or having "online friends" was either non-existent or nascent.

People don't meet or interact that much these days. Technology has a major contribution in this change.