Monday, 19 August 2019

Hollywood actor-singer Danny Kaye was one of the inspirational figures for Kishore Kumar

In Sunday's The Hindu I read that Danny Kaye was one of the inspirational figures for Kishore Kumar (That eccentric genius named Kishore Kumar would have turned 90 this year, https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/that-eccentric-genius-named-kishore-kumar-would-have-turned-90-this-year/article29111131.ece). An extract from it: "In Kishore’s home, along with those of K.L. Saigal and Rabindranath Tagore, it was Danny Kaye’s portrait that was prominently displayed. Kaye was the all-American entertainer who dabbled in all departments — acting, singing, comedy and dance — and Kishore took on this role enthusiastically."

I do not recollect hearing of Danny Kaye. I looked up youtube for some song & dance videos of Danny Kaye.

The first video I saw showed me how Kishore Kumar would have got his inspiration for his fun and freaky songs from Danny Kaye!

Here's the video clip from the 1947 movie: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Danny Kaye As The Professor of Music.mpg, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DP1J4pObRIE, around 3 mins.

Kaye is just awesome in this fun & freaky mode of singing. Kishore Kumar sang some songs in a similar fun & freaky way in Hindi which were superhits during my youth (late 70s and 80s though some of the songs would have been older).

Hollywood and the American (USA) music industry have produced some really great entertainers, and have contributed immensely to world entertainment over so many decades, with many in India including me for sure, being privileged to enjoy their entertainment. They have also inspired other actors and singers and musicians across the world, including India for sure. Many Indian films in the past (don't know how it is today) heavily "borrowed" from Hollywood hits and American music industry hits. Hats off to Hollywood and the American (USA) music industry!
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I just loved this song of Danny Kaye. From the 1958 musical film, Merry Andrew https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merry_Andrew_(film):

Danny Kaye ~ Everything is Tickety Boo, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrJHzpaxMOQ, 2 min. 15 secs.

Danny Kaye is the actor (who sings the song) as well as the singer.

The lyrics: https://famousclowns.org/danny-kaye/danny-kaye-songs/everything-tickety-boo-song-lyrics/.

USA is seriously considering buying Greenland if Denmark and Greenland are interested!

Hmm. I would not have believed that such possibilities could be seriously considered in the 21st century, even though that seems to have been quite common before the second half of the 20th century.

USA President Trump is quoted as saying, "Essentially it’s a large real estate deal" by this article: Trump: ‘$700M’ cost of Greenland is ‘hurting Denmark very badly’, https://nypost.com/2019/08/18/trump-700m-cost-of-greenland-is-hurting-denmark-very-badly/.

The article also says that Trump said that Denmark is economically supporting Greenland, which is a semi-autonomous region under Denmark's rule, and that such economic support costs Denmark $700 million (per year, I presume).

The Danish government has said that Greenland is NOT FOR SALE, and seems to have been outraged by the idea. Note that Greenland already has a USA armed forces base on it.

Trump is quoted by the article as saying, "Denmark, essentially, owns it. We’re very good allies with Denmark, we protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world. And so the concept came up and I said certainly, strategically it’s interesting. And we’d be interested."

Hmm. I think that Denmark being protected, in significant part, by USA, may have some truth in it, though it seems to me that NATO is the major alliance that protects Denmark, with USA being a vital part of NATO.

It is very unsettling to know of such ideas being considered seriously by USA President Trump.

But one cannot deny the reality of the influence and power of big money in such territory ownership matters. China's big money power is now seen in so many poor and developing countries of the world, with some countries being significantly indebted to China. But, as far as I know, China, in our 21st century times, has not bought overseas land and made it Chinese territory.

But now this question comes up: Is the world going to go back to the practice of earlier centuries where military and economic power allowed powerful countries to buy or capture & incorporate into their own country, large territories of other countries?

What is clear is that now the world is moving back to pre-World War II times with might being the main factor in world power structure. Countries need to have good military and economic power to be able to protect their territories from direct and indirect (via debt and/or military protection) capture by other countries.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City, USA was deadliest industrial disaster in city's history and led to improved factory safety standards legislation

I read about this fire in the book, FDR by Jean Edward Smith. I found a wiki page on it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triangle_Shirtwaist_Factory_fire.

According to the wiki page, the fire led to the death of 146 garment workers - 123 women and 23 men, who had got trapped in the 8th, 9th and 10th floors of a building in Greenwich village neighbourhood of Manhattan, New York City where the factory was located! It was a terrible and horrific tragedy. The doors to stairwells and fire exits were locked to supposedly prevent workers from taking unauthorized breaks and to prevent theft! The elevator rescued some people but as the fire progressed the elevator could not be operated. The remaining people were trapped, with many jumping to their deaths.

The wiki page states that most of the victims were recent immigrant women of Jewish and Italian background and aged 14 to 23! Yes, 14 to 23 years of age!

My God! This happened around a century back in Manhattan, New York City! Just goes to show how much exploitation happened of the poor working classes even around one century back in, what I presume was, one of the biggest and richest cities of the world even at that time.

What a horrible history humanity has of exploitation of the poor!

The good thing about the aftermath of this horrific tragedy was that a committee for public safety was formed in New York City which was headed by Frances Perkins, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frances_Perkins, who was an eyewitness to the terrible fire. The committee lobbied for new legislation including a bill to limit working hours of workers to 54 hours per week. Frances Perkins later became United States Secretary of Labor under President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR), serving from 1933 to 1945, executing many aspects of the "New Deal" including the Social Security Act and Fair Labor Standards Act.

New York State legislature created a commission to investigate factory conditions and suggest legislative remedial measures. This commission was chaired by Robert F. Wagner, Majority Leader of the New York State Senate and co-chaired by Al Smith, Majority Leader of the New York State Assembly. The findings of this commission led to 38 new laws regulating labor in the state, making New York state one of USA's most progressive states for labor reform.

The big takeaway for me, from reading up on this matter and composing this post, is that even Manhattan in New York City, just slightly over a century ago, had horrible working conditions for factory workers, which paved the way for such a horrific tragedy. One can imagine then how working conditions would have been across the world, just one century back!

The labor movement has come a long way to ensure a fair deal for labor over the second half of the twentieth century and now in early 21st century, in most countries of the world, including India. Such labor movement gains must be protected to prevent horrible exploitation of labor that was common across the world, just slightly over a century ago.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Powerful influence of Mario Puzo's The Godfather among English reading and movie watching people

Last updated on 15th Aug. 2019

CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo gets all worked up when he seems to have been baited in an orchestrated setup meant to incite him. And how was he incited? By being name-called 'Fredo'!

BTW Chris Cuomo's elder brother is current Governor of New York state, USA.

Here's a short video about the (presumed) setup and Chris Cuomo's later more balanced reaction: CNN Anchor Lashes Out at Man Who Called Him ‘Fredo’, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0eS-9v_Abo, 2 min. 10 secs published by Inside Edition on 13th Aug. 2019

The Godfather novel and movie were a rage in my youth in Bombay - around 1980s. The novel was an absolutely must-read cult classic book. It made a big impact on me with Michael Corleone being a gangster-yet-hero who turns the tables against his gang-family's enemy mob-families, and emerges the winner. Of course, it was fiction. Of course, mafia was bad stuff. But ....

Today as I look back on my youth in Bombay days, I can understand well why Mario Puzo's novel had such an impact on me. The Godfather novel was something that reflected a reality of life in some big cities of the world. I think that was an important part of why the book became such a cult classic among English reading Bombay chaps of my youth.

Bombay then had its own mafia families! Today there are wikipedia pages on them! That just shows how powerful those Bombay mafia dons of that day were. The two most powerful were:
Dawood Ibrahim, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dawood_Ibrahim and

Chota Rajan, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chhota_Rajan.

They were figures to be feared but they did not interfere with the life of the common middle class or poor man.

In fact, Chota Rajan was known for funding and organizing Ganesh Chaturthi festivals in Tilak Nagar, Chembur which place I have visited quite often as my uncle & family used to stay nearby and I have lived with my uncle's family during vacations. Chota Rajan started his career selling Sahakar cinema (in Tilak Nagar) tickets in the black-market (illegally and at higher price). I have seen movies in Sahakar cinema!

Now I am not glorifying Chota Rajan or Dawood Ibrahim. Dawood Ibrahim in particular is a dangerous terrorist fugitive who has orchestrated terror attacks on India, including the 1993 serial bomb blasts terror attack on Mumbai which I have experienced directly. [Those interested in it may read my post: My memories of the 1993 Bombay/Mumbai serial bomb blasts,  http://ravisiyermisc.blogspot.com/2015/07/my-memories-of-1993-bombaymumbai-serial.html, 16th July 2015.]

But like the New York City mafia families and bosses were a reality that New York City residents had to deal with, Bombay residents of the 1980s had to deal with the reality of Dawood Ibrahim and Chota Rajan gangs. Now, dealing with that reality for middle class folks like me and most of my circle of family & friends meant simply keeping a safe distance from businesses and activities that were known/rumoured to be controlled by them. If one chose to get mixed up in all that then usually the slide into violence and worse was the outcome.

The Godfather book and movie laid out (in a fictional way even though it was based to some extent on New York City mafia families in the decade after World War II) some picture of the reality of those gangs in New York City. I think that helped English book reading people like me in Bombay to deal with the mafia family reality of the 1980s in Bombay.

I have seen only clips of the movie, The Godfather, which is based on the book. But I have read the book multiple times in my youth. So I can recall some key characters & parts of the book, even today, a few decades since I last read the book!

I was able to recall the Freddie (Fredo) Corleone (weak) character easily, as I came across this Chris Cuomo incident. But I had not known about Fredo being used as a disparaging name-calling word among American-Italians.

I request readers not to make any comments referencing USA President Trump.
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The ruthlessness of the mafia family business is captured in this clip from The Godfather. Readers who don't like to see violence may please skip this video.
The Godfather - Michael Settles All Family Business 10/10 (HD), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vZx7yF_a7M, 4 min. 23 secs.

Michael lies to his brother-in-law Carlo Rizzi about not wanting to kill him and make his sister a widow, but just wanting him to admit to having conspired (some months/years earlier) with Corleone family enemies to lure Michael's brother Sonny (Santino) away from safety of his house. If I recall correctly, Carlo does this by beating his wife who is the sister of Sonny and Michael, with his wife then calling Sonny for help. That leads Sonny Corleone to leave the safety of his house and go towards Carlo's house. Sonny is brutally killed in the ambush laid by the enemies of the Corleone family.

After Carlo gets taken in by Michael's lie and admits to having conspired with Barzini (an enemy of the Corleone family) to lure Sonny away from his house (and to his death), Michael sends Carlo Rizzi away to supposedly travel in a car to the airport. But the assassin is waiting in the car back seat to kill Carlo and does that shortly after Carlo is seated in the car, by strangling him before the car leaves the compound. Michael sees the assassination happening from a distance and moves on. Michael is the ruthless mob chief who has just ensured assassination of his own brother-in-law for betrayal.

Horrible and murderous vendetta! But that's what mafia mobs are like. Bombay mafia mobs of the 80s and 90s also indulged in some horrible murderous vendetta, though it may not be as dramatic as the above fictional episode of The Godfather. For middle class and working class people like me, survival in Bombay and surrounding areas involved keeping a safe distance from association with such mafia mobs and not getting tangled up in any of their activities. I repeat that Bombay mafia mobs would not bother working class people unless they interfered with their activities. I think it would have been similar for working class folks in New York City when mafia mobs were very powerful there.
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Given below are my comment(s) on my Facebook post,  https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2567624493454112, associated with this blog post:

In response to a comment, I (Ravi) wrote (slightly edited): Thanks --name-snipped-- for your comment.

Interesting that your exposure to The Godfather came through the movies and that you have not read the book. I think the Telugu medium schooling part would explain that as you may not then have been in a circle of English novels reading guys.

Enjoyed the bit about the Italian gentleman at the Banyan Systems' training course in MA. He would have felt like how we felt when some guys in the USA pictured all of India as was shown in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom :-). In the late 1980s, an evangelist group in Nashua, New Hampshire showed that movie to a group of us Indians from my Bombay company Datamatics on assignment, as part of their attempt to be nice to us and hopefully convert some of us. I think their general intent to be nice to us was good but the movie was a horrible choice. I and some others walked out half way.
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Sunday, 4 August 2019

Miscellaneous Facebook posts & comments in July 2019

When author of post or comment is not mentioned, it should be assumed that it is me (Ravi S. Iyer).

To save time, I am usually not providing my FB post links but only contents. I am also not hyperlinking links. So readers will have to copy-paste links from this post onto a browser link box and then browse to that link.

The tragic news makes it to CNN: Indian coffee tycoon V.G. Siddhartha found dead, https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/31/business/ccd-founder-body-found-siddhartha/index.html

What I find difficult to understand is why could he not just declare bankruptcy? I do not know much about Indian bankruptcy laws but I guess that at the most your debtors can go for your assets mortgaged for loans (which they can go after, even if a person commits suicide, I guess).

Was it then an issue of facing up to business failure? Losing face with friends & family? I don't know.

Or was it loan sharks (unofficial lenders) threatening him? If that was the case, then it is really tragic and horrifying.

Prayers to God to give strength to his family to bear the loss. I read about one son being heart broken. Don't know how many children he has.
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Boris Johnson in Scotland as pound falls amid No Deal Brexit fears, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MZL4UYb0YY, 12 min. 42 secs, published by Channel 4 News on 29th July 2019.
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Boris Johnson plays chicken over Brexit amid Welsh no-deal rulings, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WiWVXK8LGs, 10 min 18 secs, published by Channel 4 News on 30th July 2019
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Karnataka former Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar says he is a devotee of Sathya Sai Baba and that He (Sathya Sai) filled courage in him. Most of the exchange is in Telugu but former Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar says the Sathya Sai related words in English. Video is 2 min. 23 secs but repeats the clip a few times.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q14AIMXMhmo&feature=youtu.be

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Full interview: Corbyn says he's ready to fight Boris at the ballot box, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbkdCQeuF_I, around 17 mins, published by Sky News on 28th July 2019.
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Tragic and horrifying to know the evil that had brainwashed the 19 year old mass shooter in California.

What we know about Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting suspect Santino William Legan, https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-07-29/what-we-know-about-gilroy-garlic-festival-shooting-suspect-santino-william-legan

I downloaded the PDF file for the book the 19 year old madman-killer asked people to read (I don't want to name it in this post). I got disgusted and horrified with reading the first few pages itself and stopped my reading.

May God help us!
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BS Yediyurappa Wins Karnataka Trust Vote, Speaker Resigns Soon After, https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/karnataka-chief-minister-bs-yediyurappa-wins-trust-vote-in-assembly-2076834, 29th July 2019
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India the most important, strategic partner for US: Former Cisco CEO, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvl93eKcHmg, 4 min. 23 secs, published by CNBC Television on 11th July 2019.
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Rishi Sunak: We have to be prepared to walk away with no deal, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yw8RCC95YM, 12 min. 13 secs, published by Sky News on 28th July 2019.

Rishi Sunak is very articulate in this interview. Good to see a British Hindu (of Asian origin) member of UK cabinet being so articulate about current UK government's plans for Brexit.

Note that I am publicly neutral on British politics - just an observer.

BTW the guy happens to be son-in-law of Infosys (Indian software consultancy company) co-founder Narayana Murthy.
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Karnataka Speaker disqualifies 14 more rebel MLAs till end of Assembly term, https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/karnataka-speaker-disqualifies-more-rebel-mlas-till-end-of-assembly-term/article28737298.ece, 28th July 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYtja3TRKtw, 2 min. 35 secs.
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A former PM of India, who was renowned for his honesty, integrity and simple life, and one who died in office while serving the country - Lal Bahadur Shastri. I hope to read a good biography of his, as and when I get around to finishing reading the books already on hand. Any recommendations from readers who have read or know about a good bio of L.B. Shastri, is welcome.

Shared FB post: https://www.facebook.com/murali.krishna.7927/posts/2492065500813566
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Tech. employees/contractors doing acts of cyber-sabotage are, very unfortunately, not unknown. Some times it is to have the company be dependent on them to fix the cyber-problems that the cyber-sabotage creates! But, in the USA at least, such actions could lead to jail time!

A contract programmer faces 10 years in jail for inserting a 'logic bomb' into a spreadsheet that caused the company to keep rehiring him, https://www.businessinsider.in/A-contract-programmer-faces-10-years-in-jail-for-inserting-a-logic-bomb-into-a-spreadsheet-that-caused-the-company-to-keep-rehiring-him/articleshow/70354739.cms, 24th July 2019.
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In response to a comment, I wrote (slightly edited):  --Name-snipped-- - Capitalism sure has its great defects. But socialism without free market economy and communism as practised in some countries have had and continue to have great defects too. Note that Scandinavian socialism is with a free market (and so has capitalism via its companies).

In theory, companies must be held accountable by the government. But the sheer money power that companies have, makes it not an easy proposition to hold companies accountable. ... But, at least in USA, some CEOs landed in jail (e.g. Enron CEO).

Regarding unsustainable development, each of us needs to do whatever he/she can within our limitations, to contribute to reversing unsustainable development to sustainable development. That's the approach I prefer. I mean, that way even if the world goes downhill from a sustainability point of view, at least we will have done whatever we could to resist that slide, within the limitations that each of us have.
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Interesting discussion on what UK PM Boris Johnson faces in the coming days: No-deal? Extension? Election? - Boris Johnson's Brexit plan, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-k_acxPlIU, around half an hour, published by Channel 4 News on 26th July 2019.
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The reality of rage! This woman just loses it and takes out her rage on this car (perhaps the rage is directed at the owner of that car). Eventually the police arrive, point a gun at her, and arrest her. This seems to have happened in Miami, FL, USA. Video is slightly less than 4 mins.

Shared FB video: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2095582727408730
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Fear perhaps is one of the most common and perhaps the most important emotion to understand how groups of people act (or not act).

I recall Alistair Maclean's famous book - Fear is the Key, though I have forgotten the plot of the book. But I recall the title very easily.

I wonder whether James Hadley Chase had a book title on those lines. He was a prolific writer who wrote about the nasty and tough aspects of life. One book title of his which I will never forget is: The Vulture is a Patient Bird.
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BJP's BS Yediyurappa takes oath as Karnataka CM for fourth time, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0ZCkxXQRSw, 53 seconds, published by Hindustan Times on 26th July 2019.

According to https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/karnataka-politics-live-news-yeddyurappa-to-meet-the-governor-at-10am-to-stake-claim-to-form-the-government/liveblog/70389924.cms, Trust vote will be held at 10 AM on Monday, 29th July 2019.
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Quite fascinating for an oldie (and retired) software techie like me. Note that the techie featured in the video is a much more oldie software techie than me and, of course, waaaaay more accomplished as he programmed part of the Apollo mission!

The Real Story Behind the Apollo 11 Computer Error | WSJ, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4cn93H6sM0, 7 min. 17 secs, published by the Wall Street Journal on 15th July 2019
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The Chief Justice of India, Hon'ble Shri Ranjan Gogoi caustically said in reference to the senior advocates in the case, "When you want an urgent listing, you come before us — night, day or midnight. But when the court wants a counsel, you all choose not to appear"!

Karnataka case: CJI Ranjan Gogoi criticises senior advocates, allows withdrawal of MLAs’ plea, https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka-case-cji-ranjan-gogoi-criticises-senior-advocates-allows-withdrawal-of-mlas-plea/article28707583.ece, 25th July 2019.
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Karnataka Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar disqualifies 3 Rebel MLAs (so they cannot participate in current assembly even under a different party's government, unless perhaps an appeal to the courts brings in some change to the decision). The article also has a slightly less than 3 min. clip of an NDTV reporter asking a few questions of the Speaker and the Speaker answering them.

"Everybody Watching Me": Speaker After Big Move On Karnataka Rebels, https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/decision-on-other-rebels-in-couple-of-days-karnataka-speaker-kr-ramesh-kumar-tells-ndtv-2075514, 26th July 2019.
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First statement by UK PM Boris Johnson in the UK Commons, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTQYvbZUGS8, 16 min. 37 secs.

Response from UK Leader of Opposition Jeremy Corbyn, followed by a rebuttal by PM Johnson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61Cbyc5g41Q, around 18 mins.
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Hell hath no fury like an enraged wife!

In a commercial airplane (American Airlines), an enraged lady (perhaps the wife) freely uses swear words and then smashes a laptop over her partner's (perhaps her husband) head. Readers who prefer to not watch and hear such stuff may please skip viewing the video/article.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyffjAqFtQU, 1 min. 31 secs.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/juliascorupco/status/1153149067465113601

An article on it: https://www.businessinsider.in/I-wear-the-f-nuts-An-American-Airlines-passenger-was-thrown-off-a-flight-after-hitting-her-partner-over-the-head-with-a-laptop/articleshow/70363217.cms
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An oldie Hindi film hit song: Aati Rahengi Baharen | Kishore Kumar, Amit Kumar, Asha Bhosle | Kasme Vaade Songs | Amitabh Bachchan, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhOJ2Ld_R6o, 5 min. 32 secs. Kasme Vaade was released in 1978. The actors on the video are Amitabh Bachchan, Raakhee and Randhir Kapoor.
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This article appeared in The Hindu print newspaper today, Andhra edition (which is what I get): Mother elephant uproots transformer that electrocuted her baby in Andhra, https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/mother-elephant-avenges-calfs-electrocution/article28664480.ece.

Ravi: Tragic that the elephant calf had to die this way. Amazing to see the sad emotional upsurge and rage in the mother elephant at the 'thing' that killed her calf. Wise of the authorities to have anticipated such a reaction from the mother elephant.
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Karnataka coalition govt. led by CM H.D. Kumaraswamy loses trust vote. They got 99 votes for the trust vote. 105 votes were cast against the trust vote.

So the current Karnataka govt. loses power.
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At around 45 mins. in the video, the two contenders for leader of Conservative Party, UK, are invited in. That is followed by some background of the election, and then the winner is announced (Boris Johnson). Boris Johnson then makes his victory speech.

Brexit: Conservative party elects Boris Johnson to become UK's next PM, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mliD5rsgSxA, streamed live by Global News.

Best wishes to the next PM of UK, Boris Johnson. I think he is expected to be sworn in as PM tomorrow.
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Boris Johnson beats Jeremy Hunt (92,153 to 46,656) to be elected as UK Conservative Party leader and so will become new PM of UK, https://www.bbc.com/news/live/uk-politics-49073992
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In Karnataka, the Speaker seems to be insisting on the trust vote being held tonight but the ruling coalition seems to be trying to avoid it. Wonder whether the trust vote will get held tonight.
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The world seems to be moving to "might is right" kind of Great Powers power balance that prevailed prior to World War II. A country needs to be able to protect its resources using military power or else predatory powers will go and grab it!
Shared FB post: https://www.facebook.com/scmp/posts/10157383687709820
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And over in the UK, parliamentarians try to make sure they have a say, come October the 31st: No-deal Brexit: MPs vote to stop PM proroguing parliament, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cRUYJyKd0c, 11 mins 22 secs, published by Channel 4 News on 18th July 2019.
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1.30 PM deadline comes & goes. Now Karnataka Governor attempts to impose end of day (6 PM) deadline for the trust vote: https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/karnataka-crisis-1-30-deadline-for-karnataka-coalition-bjps-protest-sleepover-10-points-2071924

Karnataka government and Speaker seem to have the view that the governor cannot dictate terms to the assembly in this matter.
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I agree that the people of India and all governments after India's independence have contributed to India now shooting for a $5 trillion dollar economy by 2024.

$5 trillion economy possible due to efforts since Independence: Pranab Mukherjee, https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/india-will-become-5-trillion-economy-because-of-strong-foundation-laid-by-previous-govts-pranab-mukherjee/story-32tuG0PMbSMi3j56SaAENI.html
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Interesting and good development: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/ima-scam-accused-mansoor-khan-returns-to-india/article28569772.ece.

I saw some of his videos after he fled the country. In the video(s), he acknowledged that he had made a mistake in fleeing the country. Good that he is back. He has to now face the police, the judiciary and the investors. All the best to the investors and to him (Mohammed Mansoor Khan). Hopefully, a way can be worked out where investors get back at least a significant part of their investment.
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Karnataka Governor steps in ...

Karnataka CM asked to prove majority by 1.30 p.m. on July 19, https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/karnataka-cm-asked-to-prove-majority-by-130-pm-on-july-19/article28565917.ece
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Worth a glance, IMHO: 3 reasons to fear America's massive $70 trillion debt pile, https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/17/investing/united-states-debt-risks/index.html, 17th July 2019
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Karnataka Crisis: Ahead Of Trust Vote Tomorrow, "Balanced" Verdict From Supreme Court. https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/karnataka-speaker-free-to-decide-on-rebel-lawmakers-resignations-says-supreme-court-2070800

As per my understanding of NDTV article, the key directives of Supreme Court in Karnataka matter are:

1. Rebel MLAs (15) should not be compelled to participate in state assembly. That is interpreted by some that they can go against any whip issued by their current party to participate in the trust vote, and not be penalized for it.

2. Speaker is given time to decide on resignations and disqualifications.
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Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar is reported as saying, "The Supreme Court has put extra burden on me. I will conduct myself responsibly in accordance with Constitutional principle".

The opposition leader B.S. Yedyurappa is reported as saying, it "is a victory of the Constitution and democracy, a moral victory for the rebel MLAs. It is an interim order and in future the Supreme Court will ponder over the powers of the Speaker and set a new trend in parliamentary democracy".

Ravi: It will be good if there is clarity in how such matters are handled in future. For sure, there will be repeats of this kind of rebellion of ruling party MLAs in future too, in some state or the other in India.

The floor test (trust vote) is tomorrow (Thursday).
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Supreme Court of India seems to differ, at least partly, with Karnataka Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar's view of the matter. SC to give verdict/order on the matter tomorrow.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/karnataka-political-crisis-supreme-court-hearing-depends-on-our-self-restraint-top-court-s-comeback-to-speaker-on-rebel-mlas/story-jqk2I6kDUskUqbMzemnNRL.html
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Oh! The umpires seem to have tripped up on a detail of the laws of cricket here. "If the boundary results from an overthrow or from the wilful act of a fielder, the runs scored shall be".."and the runs completed by the batsmen, together with the run in progress if they had already crossed at the instant of the throw or act."

At the instant of the throw, only 1 run had been completed. So England should have got 5 runs instead of 6, goes the argument.

Hmm.

Can New Zealand go to court on this one? :-) . Perhaps they can. But would that be cricket? Perhaps not.

Shared FB post: https://www.thequint.com/sports/world-cup/new-zealand-overthrow-ben-stokes-rule-simon-taufel-6-runs-umpires
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Enjoyed this highlights video: England vs New Zealand - Match Highlights | ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kwu1yIC-ssg, around 8 mins, published by ICC on 14th July 2019
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A July 2018 ABC (News) Australia video about violence in South Africa. It is sad to see this but I think it does seem to have some truth in it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JU4m8hkf-O0, slightly less than half an hour. Prayers for peace and racial harmony in South Africa.
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Enjoyable interview clip: George Foreman: Muhammad Ali was bigger than boxing, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wulhxUD9tak, 6 min. 11 secs, published on 6th June 2016 by CBS This Morning.

George Foreman is now an evangelist preacher! Wow! And he speaks so well!
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How age and fatherhood has the power to bring positive change in a man! I still am marveling at this great positive change in Mike Tyson.

Here's an interesting Aug 2018 video showing Mike Tyson as a tennis father to his young daughter Milan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0pqZFoKwKo, slightly less than five minutes.
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Good to see this media interaction by Karnataka Speaker K.R.Ramesh Kumar. The interaction is a mix of Kannada (which I do not follow) and English. I think I heard most of the English part of the media interaction in this video. I find Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar to be very convincing in his explanation of the situation and his actions in this regard, now and in the coming days.

Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar Addresses The Media After Meeting Rebel MLAs, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgzYeXQpKuc, slightly less than half an hour, published by CNN-News 18 on 11th July 2019.

https://www.news18.com/news/politics/karnataka-live-amid-deepening-crisis-action-shifts-to-delhi-as-sc-gears-up-to-hear-rebel-mlas-plea-today-2227287.html, 12th July 2019 tells us that the Supreme Court has restrained Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar from taking a decision on this matter till Tuesday, 16th July (I think there is a Supreme Court hearing on the matter then). Meanwhile Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy announced that he will seek a trust vote. I think a trust vote will decide the matter, one way or the other.

Please note that I have a PUBLICLY POLITICALLY NEUTRAL role in these social media posts that I put up related to Indian political leaders which may include leaders in government currently and those not in government. I am an Indian citizen and resident of India. I do vote in Indian elections but I keep who I vote for as a private matter. I should also say that I am a beneficiary, a lover and an open supporter of democracy in India.
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Sad to see this. But it is a reality of India. The girl is a daughter of an MLA (elected state politician from North India) who chose to marry a Dalit (supposedly lower-caste) man. The girl's family seems to be dead against the marriage and the couple says that they are being threatened. The matter is scheduled for a court hearing in the near future, and the girl is requesting that arrangements be made that the couple are able to reach the court safely.

My view on the matter, as an Indian citizen and resident, is that the couple are adults and chose to marry. That's it. Discussion over. Any threat of violence from the girl's family towards the couple must be tackled strictly by law enforcement.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJq2EQQEv4k, around 6 mins in Hindi.
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Humourous but then she brandished a gun at four innocent people, and so I find it hard to view it only as humourous.

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The gloves were off in this debate between the two contenders for UK PM.

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt clash over Brexit in bruising ITV debate | ITV News, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQLIpd5QjzM, 5 min. 13 secs, published on 9th July 2019 by ITV News.
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Great 100m sprint by young Indian lady, Dutee Chand, at World University Games.

https://twitter.com/KirenRijiju/status/1148784152742772736
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With commentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1ecUsQCu38
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Very interesting interview of UK speaker: John Bercow on Brexit: 'A second referendum is possible', https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdpaMuqk2sc, around 14 mins, published by France 24 English on 8th July 2019
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Corbyn backs new Brexit poll: 'We will give people the choice', https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcNkS1eDzW4, around 1 min.

So Corbyn wants a second referendum! Hmm. He is of the very strong view that No-Deal Brexit will be bad for UK. Boris Johnson speaks very forcefully that if UK has to get out of EU without a deal, UK will still be fine. (Johnson says he is confident to get a new deal with the EU but that if that does not work out he will get out of the EU without a deal on 31st Oct.).

I must say that Corbyn speaks excellent English and is very articulate. I find it very easy to understand Jeremy Corbyn, Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt. But sometimes I find it hard to follow Boris Johnson's words, especially when he is speaking fast and is using colloquial words & phrases.
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While I am following USA 2020 political campaign stuff, off and on, I don't usually say anything publicly on it, as the environment is very divisive right now, and what I say may get misunderstood and misinterpreted.

But I could not hold off from commenting on billionaire Tom Steyer entering the Democratic Party nomination for president race. 

Whether it is USA or India, if you are running for a big position, you need to have soooooolid money backing. Steyer is a billionaire himself, so money may not be so much of an issue. 

Billionaire Steyer vs. billionaire Trump - is that what this may become in the final stages of the 2020 presidential election? Note that Steyer claims to know the USA economy much better than regular politicians. Trump ran, at least partly, on jobs and economy promises, asking for a chance to make USA rich (implying that Americans (USA citizens) will become rich), like he made himself rich. Steyer may make similar promises based on the big money that he has made for himself.
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Awesome live rendition in 2014 of Mukesh and Lata oldie goldie - Phool Tumhe bhejha hai khat me, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0D6UNwYx0JY, around 5 mins.
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Enjoyed this live orchestra rendition in 2015 of Hindi film oldie goldie song - Jo Vaada Kiya Woh Nibhana Padega, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rz6tqW-09PU, 3 min. 22 secs.
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Lovely live orchestra rendition in 2014 or so, of Hindi film oldie goldie song - Sau sal pehle muhje tumse pyar tha, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4umztBn50o, slightly less than 5 mins.
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How a kid in Florida, USA in 1989 accidentally shot his little sister with an unsecured gun and how that impacted his whole life, around 5 mins, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kD5kvrqeS8g, published by BBC News on 6th July 2019.
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Rainy season time pass Hindi film golden oldie

Rim Jhim Gire Sawan - Classic Romantic Rain Song - Amitabh Bachchan, Moushumi Chatterjee - from 1979 movie Manzil, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dvvtp5p2zyY, 3 min. 34 secs. The video is shot in Mumbai under rains.

The singer is the Great Lata Mangeshkar, music by R.D. Burman and lyrics by Yogesh.
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Frank words (mostly in Urdu/Hindi) from Pak. cricket capt. Sarfaraz, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sits-iHfcXc, 2 min. 12 secs.

I liked his words, "Inshallah hum puri effort karenge. Baaki Allah Maalik!"

Faith in Allah is very strong in many Pakistani cricketers. Inzamam Ul-Haq was one such Pakistani cricketer and captain. Now Inzamam is the chief selector of Pak team. Here's a clip of an interview of him in Urdu around May this year, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abWyX9K7cqc.
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I learned a new English language idiom courtesy UK PM May - "all mouth and trousers" OR "all mouth and no trousers". It seems to mean: all talk and no substance, https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/all_mouth_and_trousers.

Jeremy Corbyn Is 'All Mouth And Trousers' On Brexit, Says Theresa May, https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/jeremy-corbyn-all-mouth-and-trousers-on-brexit-says-theresa-may_uk_5d1c8f33e4b07f6ca586b889
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I had been looking for UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's views on the current political situ in UK. Here's a recent exchange between Corbyn and outgoing UK PM Theresa May in the UK House of Commons on Brexit in general and No Deal in particular. Corbyn's stand is that No Deal will harm jobs & living standards in UK and quotes industry leaders on that. And Corbyn wants a general election to be called before Brexit which the Conservative party, including its two contenders for PM - Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt - seems to be dead against.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNzAH3F72MY, around 10 mins.
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Sad to see Brexit party MEPs turn their backs on the EU anthem (an Ode to Joy by Beethoven), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy8-SZwiVQc

[This clip has a longer version of Nigel Farage and his team at the EU, from around 1 min. 30 secs (and also has some other British MEPS from the LibDems who are wearing pro EU Jumpers/T-shirts): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjmzkjfcjcU]

And here's Nigel Farage defending Brexit party MEPs turning their backs on EU anthem. He clearly says that the gesture was against the EU anthem and had nothing to do with Beethoven's Ode to Joy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDUO2zoHE1Y
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England virtually knock Pakistan out of World Cup, https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/493243-england-vs-new-zealand-live-score-icc-world-cup-2019

A small extract from it: "Despite England’s huge win [Ravi: over New Zealand], Pakistan will still need to defeat Bangladesh by 316 runs in their last group game on July 5 at Lord’s in order to qualify for the semi-finals.

This means that if Pakistan manages to pile up 400 against Bangladesh they will need to bowl out the opposition for a mere 84 in order to make it to the last four."

Ravi: I guess that's very improbable. 

So, unless Pakistan achieves a mindboggling miracle, it is Australia, India, England and New Zealand into the semis of the ICC World Cup 2019. Here's the points table now: https://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-series/2697/icc-cricket-world-cup-2019/points-table.
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"What Sort Of Language Is This," Said Furious PM On Akash Vijayvargiya, https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/prime-minister-narendra-modi-furious-at-akash-vijayvargiya-if-i-have-to-lose-an-mla-so-be-it-2063144, 3rd July 2019

Very good to see this report where PM Modi has pulled up a Madhya Pradesh MLA (and son of BJP leader) for his atrocious act of threatening and somewhat mildly hitting a municipal official with a cricket bat on his leg. The MLA is reported to have said in Hindi, "Pehle aavedan, phir nivedan aur phir danadan" which translates in this context to 'First request, then request (again) and then violent attack'.

We also recently saw a video of a forest officer lady in Telangana being beaten by a stick by a mob led by a political leader (not of BJP but of some other party), https://www.theweek.in/news/india/2019/06/30/video-shows-trs-mlas-brother-beating-woman-forest-officer-with-a-stick.html. 

No matter which political party is involved, any elected politician or his close relatives engaging in violence against government officials must be roundly condemned and the associated political party should take action against the concerned elected politician.

Please note that I have a PUBLICLY POLITICALLY NEUTRAL role in these social media posts that I put up related to Indian political leaders which may include leaders in government currently and those not in government. I am an Indian citizen and resident of India. I do vote in Indian elections but I keep who I vote for as a private matter. I should also say that I am a beneficiary, a lover and an open supporter of democracy in India.
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Good to see Andhra Pradesh High Court getting involved in ensuring proper security for former A.P. Chief Minister Shri N. Chandrababu Naidu: No reduction in Naidu’s security, A-G tells HC, https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/no-reduction-in-naidus-security-a-g-tells-hc/article28265621.ece, 3rd July 2019.

Current A.P. CM Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has the responsibility to ensure proper security for A.P. Opposition Leader  and former CM Shri N. Chandrababu Naidu. The honourable High Court should ensure that current CM carries out this responsibility properly.

Please note that I have a PUBLICLY POLITICALLY NEUTRAL role in these social media posts about Andhra Pradesh politics. I am not a supporter of any particular political party in Andhra Pradesh. Please note that I have been living in Andhra Pradesh since Oct. 2002, and so am a voter in Andhra Pradesh. I should also say that I am a beneficiary, a lover and an open supporter of democracy in Andhra Pradesh and in India.
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Pickpocket gangs come in all skin colours and genders, and operate in all big cities in the world where tourists visit.

Shared FB video: https://www.facebook.com/scmp/videos/534266767109457/
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Enjoyed these beautiful pics of Mumbai under rains. Brought back lots of memories of life during rainy season in Mumbai. I loved the rains in Mumbai and the great sights one could see then, especially the greenery that would sprout. Water is life! No water, no life!

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Jeremy Hunt outlines his proposals for Brexit - watch live, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDVpOrOnqlk, 44 mins (Jeremy Hunt starts his talk slightly after 14 min. 30 secs.), published by Guardian News on 1st July 2019
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USA Secretary Pompeo's remarks on India Policy, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meJYScw7_Ks, 14 min. 44 secs, published by U.S. Department of State on 27th June 2019 (the speech was on 26th June 2019 in New Delhi, India).

The parts of US Secretary of State Pompeo's remarks dealing with countries other than USA and India, are way beyond my social media writer grade, and so no comments on that. I was very happy to hear the rest of Secy. Pompeo's speech and am very supportive of it. As and when I get time, I plan to share text extracts from this speech not related to foreign policy of USA with respect to countries other than India.
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Wonderful Goodbye (Phir milenge) video from Ms. Carlson of U.S. Embassy India! I have enjoyed her posts on U.S. Embassy India Facebook page, over the past few years.

Shared FB video: https://www.facebook.com/India.usembassy/videos/407942149821028/
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Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Referral: Very relieved to see NY state and USA federal lawmakers, and NY AG speak up in support of attacked Hindu priest in Queens, New York City...

Readers may want to read my recent post on another blog of mine: Very relieved to see NY state and USA federal lawmakers, and NY AG speak up in support of attacked Hindu priest in Queens, New York City, and in support of Hindu community there, https://ravisiyer.blogspot.com/2019/07/very-relieved-to-see-ny-state-and-usa.html.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

My recent FB posts about Chandrayaan-2 (India's moon mission-2) launch

https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2549253681957860, 22nd July 2019

Great to know that the lift off proceeded well. Prayers and best wishes for the rest of the mission including the vital part of landing an unmanned rover on the moon.
[Shared article: India Launches Chandrayaan-2 Moon Mission on Second Try, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/22/world/asia/chandrayaan-india-moon-launch.html, 22nd July 2019]
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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2549263165290245, 22nd July 2019

Nice overview of Chandrayaan 2 mission: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XUZ-ZN21pI, 6 min. 24 secs, published by DW News.
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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2549265871956641, 22nd July 2019

An around 2 min video of Chandrayaan 2 launch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNNUuB21W44, published by NDTV.
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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2549331548616740, 22nd July 2019
Hats off to ISRO for working so hard to fix the technical snag and then get the launch right the next time around in a week's time: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/staff-burnt-midnight-oil-fix-snag-proud-isro-chairman-k-sivan-recalls-105901
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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2549348561948372 shared Sadhguru Vasudev & team watching launch in ISRO video: https://www.facebook.com/SadhguruDharshanOfficial/videos/1332266740260541/, 1 min 17 secs. Text on video post: "A spectacular success for the Indian scientists, particularly the whole @isro team. This is truly a massive step for Indian space mission. Every Indian should be proud and this is a moment to celebrate for India. Fantastic. -Sg #Chandrayaan2 #ISRO #GSLVMkIII #IndiaMoonMission"
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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2549363818613513, 22nd July 2019
ISRO Chief K Sivan Issues A News Briefing After Successful Launch Of Chandrayaan 2 |#IndiaOnTheMoon, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsCRr_WEM5c, around 9 mins
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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2549387035277858, 22nd July 2019

Given the atmosphere of celebration of successful launch of India's Chandrayaan-2 moon mission today, I thought of sharing where India was with respect to the moon from my humble individual perspective, in my teenage years. Then, the moon was famous in Bollywood (Hindi film) romantic songs :-). Here's one of such songs from the film Devta released in 1978 (I was 16 years old then) which was quite a hit then. Chand Churake Laya Hoon (English meaning: I have stolen the moon and brought it (here for you)) - Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Devta Song, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qs4lWVCEb0A, 4 min. 15 secs. The actors are Sanjeev Kumar and Shabana Azmi. In this song, they have to do the silly stuff to play to the gallery. But these two actors have/had (Sanjeev Kumar is no more) great acting skills which they have shown in many Hindi films, and which I have been privileged to watch and enjoy.

Just goes to show what awesome strides India has made in technology from the 1970s to the 2010s now. Honestly, in my teenage years, I don't think I would have believed that India would successfully send unmanned missions to Mars and the moon in the 2000s and 2010s [India's first (unmanned) mission to the moon, Chandrayaan-1, was a lunar probe that impacted the moon on 14th Nov. 2008; Mangalyaan, India's first Mars (unmanned) mission, is a Mars orbiter mission that got placed in Mars orbit in September 2014].
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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2549404255276136, 23rd July 2019

Super pic!
[Shared President of India's post: https://www.facebook.com/PresidentOfIndia/photos/a.250010018845331/670346250145037/. The pic on that post is shown below.]


[To open pic in larger resolution, right-click on pic followed by open link (NOT image) in new tab/window. In new tab/window you may have to click on pic to zoom in.]
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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2550772835139278, 24th July 2019

Interesting! Some Australians seem to have spotted Chandrayaan-2 on its way up. But it was night in Australia and so the sighting looks very different from how the lift off looked in India (at daytime in India).

[Shared IndiaTimes article: https://www.indiatimes.com/trending/wtf/india-s-chandrayaan-ii-flew-over-australia-australians-thought-it-was-a-ufo-371872.html]
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The FB page of ABC North West Queensland where this is discussed with some pics & at least one video: https://www.facebook.com/ABCNorthWestQLD/photos/a.692957074051092/2904165002930277/?type=3&theater
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Comment with video clip: https://www.facebook.com/ABCNorthWestQLD/posts/2904165089596935?comment_id=2904232219590222&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R%22%7D
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My recent FB posts about Apollo 11 moon mission, 50 years ago

https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2547816175434944, 20th July 2019

The moon landing at 50: Neil Armstrong in his own words, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvmFeJu4maU, around 14 mins. published by 60 minutes on 14th July 2019.

I thoroughly enjoyed this 2005 interview of Neil Armstrong.
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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2547828465433715, 21st July 2019

Fascinating account of moon landing by Buzz Aldrin in 2016: Hear Buzz Aldrin tell the story of the first moon landing, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HvG6ZlpLrI, 10 min 10 secs, published by Science Museum on 18th July 2019
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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2547836955432866, 21st July 2019

Enjoyed this Michael Collins interview: What Apollo 11 pilot Michael Collins feared most during critical NASA mission, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQ5rangYxng, around 10 mins published by PBS NewsHour on 18th July 2019
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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2547838175432744, 21st July 2019
shared U.S. Embassy India post, https://www.facebook.com/India.usembassy/photos/a.190766654372705/2434274240021924/, 20th July 2019 which had a pic of Indian PM Indira Gandhi and what seems to be Neil Armstrong and 2 others, with the following text:
"“On this unique occasion when man traverses outer space to set foot on Earth’s nearest neighbor, Moon, I send my greetings and good wishes to the brave astronauts who have launched on this great venture. I fervently hope that this event will usher in an era of peaceful endeavor for all mankind.” – Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India’s message on the silicon disk that was left underneath the U.S. flag which Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted on the Moon's surface. #DYK, a small disc carrying statements by Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon and messages of goodwill from leaders of 73 countries around the world was left on the Moon by the Apollo 11 astronauts!?! #Apollo50th"
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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2548414035375158, 21st July 2019

Enjoyed this: Apollo 11: The Complete Descent, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc1SzgGhMKc, around 20 mins.
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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2549635661919662, 23rd July 2019

Interesting! Apollo 11 Splashdown footage highlighting Navy Frogmen's role. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snCNhgY6r5o, around 16 mins
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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2550138171869411, 23rd July 2019

Historic footage of the #Apollo11 Moonwalk in real time as it happened 50 years ago (Ravi: I viewed only parts of the video as it is very long): Historic Apollo 11 Moonwalk Footage, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR3oXFFISI0, 3 hr. 16 secs, streamed live by NASA on 20th July 2019. 

Monday, 22 July 2019

My recent FB posts & comments about USA President Trump's "go back" tweets & "send her back" rally chants; Will stop writing publicly on Trump's USA statements & policies

Given below are my recent Facebook posts and my comments on it, related to USA president Trump's tweets about "go back" and the "send her back" chants at his rally. This is followed by my post wondering whether I should stop writing publicly on Mr. Trump's statements & policies related to USA, followed by my decision to do so (stop writing publicly).

https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2542529242630304 on 14th July 2019 (slightly edited)

Am making an exception in my policy of not commenting publicly about USA politics. I think there is some truth to Speaker Nancy Pelosi's view of this matter as expressed in this tweet response of hers to USA President Donald Trump's tweet: "When @realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to “Make America Great Again” has always been about making America white again.

Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power.", https://twitter.com/SpeakerPelosi/status/1150408691713265665, 14th July 2019

[Mr. Trump's tweet-set:
So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly......
https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1150381394234941448, 14th July 2019

....and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how....
https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1150381395078000643

....it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!
https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1150381396994723841]

Ravi: President Trump should not attack elected Democratic Party Congresswomen who are legal citizens of the USA, in this manner by suggesting to them to go back to the country from which they "originally came" and fix the governance problems there first. That's just not right in a democracy like USA. President Trump sure can attack the policies of these progressive Democratic congresswomen. That's fair and acceptable in a democracy. But the USA president suggesting to them to go back to the country they "originally came" from (country from where they or their parents migrated to USA) is downright scary and very worrying from a viewpoint of racial, ethnic and religious harmony in the USA.
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In response to a comment, I wrote (slightly edited): --Name-snipped-- - I agree with your view that USA Congress needs to censure President Donald Trump for these tweets of his with respect to democratically elected members of USA Congress. In the USA, Congress is a co-equal branch of government with the executive administration branch (Presidency), as I understand it.
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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2542940359255859 on 15th July 2019

Very worrying and very sad to see the USA President use such words in public. I do not recall reading about any other USA president since the 1980s, whether Republican or Democrat, using such language against immigrants who are USA citizens and have been democratically elected to USA Congress.

From whatever little bit I know of Republican Presidents like Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush (I am an Indian resident and citizen who has lived in the USA in the past for software development/consultancy assignment stints), I don't think they would have ever seriously contemplated using such language against immigrant-citizens of the USA who are members of USA Congress.

Democracy has to be protected and nurtured. It ****cannot**** be taken for granted, even in the USA!

I must add that President Trump has every right to be critical of the views and proposed policies of these Democratic Congresswomen. President Trump says that Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez was making up the story about some very disturbing allegations about treatment meted out to detainees at the southern USA border. I think President Trump has every right to challenge Ocasio-Cortez in this fashion. But what he should not do, is suggest to Congresswomen who are immigrants or second-generation immigrants to go back to the country they originally came from and fix the governance problems there. That is just not acceptable from a democratically elected leader of any country, even the USA, which is the most militarily powerful country on earth today.

Note that I am making an exception to my policy of not commenting publicly on USA politics.
[Shared article: Trump tells congresswomen to 'go back' to the 'crime infested places from which they came', https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/07/14/trump-tells-congresswomen-go-back-counties-they-came/1728253001/, 14th July 2019]
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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2544281852455043, 16th July 2019

Since I have been publicly critical of USA President Trump's earlier tweets in this regard, I felt it appropriate to share this recent post of his where he says the tweets were not racist and that he does not have a racist bone in his body.

For me, it is not exactly an issue of racism. It is a matter of the impropriety of a democratic country's president telling elected members of Congress that they should go back to the country they originally came from and fix problems there first. That still is improper, in my considered view.

Regarding other comments of the Congresswomen that President Trump refers to in this post in a severely critical way, I don't know enough to comment. If any Congressman or Congresswoman has said anything that implies that they hate the USA, then, of course, there is a serious issue. But I really don't know enough about these Congresswomen and what they have said in the past, to have an opinion on this. In any case, if they have said something hateful about the USA, then that should be taken up by Congress and they should be held accountable (no need to tell them to go back to the country they originally came from).

That's my humble view for all its worth.

Prayers for peace and racial, ethnic and religious harmony in the USA.

[Contents of shared post of Donald J. Trump: Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body! The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game. Republicans should not show “weakness” and fall into their trap. This should be a vote on the filthy language, statements and lies told by the Democrat Congresswomen, who I truly believe, based on their actions, hate our Country. Get a list of the HORRIBLE things they have said. Omar is polling at 8%, Cortez at 21%. Nancy Pelosi tried to push them away, but now they are forever wedded to the Democrat Party. See you in 2020!]
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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2545584358991459, 18th July 2019

USA 2020 election season may be as rough as 2016. I am shocked to hear the "send her back" chant in a rally of President Trump! Hmm. But that seems to be the reality on the ground for the 2020 Presidential campaign season.

Crowd chants 'send her back' as Trump escalates attacks on Ilhan Omar and 'The Squad', https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/17/politics/donald-trump-greenville-rally/index.html

Ravi: "Send her back"! Back where? Back to Somalia where she was born? She is a naturalized citizen of the USA. The CNN report states, 'As the President castigated Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar with a litany of accusations, the crowd chanted, "Send her back!" Trump made no effort to stop the chant, pausing during his remarks as the chant grew louder.'

I think it is very disappointing that President Trump did not publicly object to the "send her back" chants. I should also make clear that I am not saying anything about or objecting to President Trump's accusations against Congresswoman Omar. I don't know enough to comment and neither do I want to get involved in commenting about such matters.

I wonder now, how the supporters of President Trump will use these "send her back" chants. Will it be limited to just President Trump's rallies? Will it be limited only to targeting Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and the other Congresswomen of "The Squad"? We will have to wait and see.

Sad to see USA society get into such polarization which is being fueled by campaign rallies of the President. I think the right thing for President Trump to do, is to publicly ask his supporters not to use the "send her back" chants.

Please note that I am not promoting/supporting any political party in the USA (Republican or Democrat). Of course, as I am an Indian citizen living in India, there is no question of me having voted in USA elections. I am a well-wisher of the people of the USA.
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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2545599055656656, 18th July 2019

Interesting article reportedly having 1905 letter from USA President's grandfather Friedrich Trump to the then prince regent of Bavaria (part of modern Germany), requesting that his deportation order from Bavaria (where he was born) be withdrawn.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-grandfather-germany-letter-deportation-us-bavaria-dreamers-a7903071.html, 20th Aug. 2017

As per his letter, Friedrich Trump had emigrated to USA in 1885, settled down in USA (New York), becoming rich from his work, and becoming an American citizen in 1892. Around 1902, due to his wife not being able to tolerate the climate in New York (as per his letter), he and his family moved back to Bavaria.

The article states that German authorities denied him repatriation as he had not completed the mandatory military service and he had not registered his emigration to USA in 1885.

The letter is interesting not only from the context of emigration and repatriation, but also as a peek into how life was in continental Europe in 1905! Bavaria was a Christian kingdom! The letter appeals to His Royal Highness for help!

How life has changed in just one century after that! Democracy is an awesome thing with courts of justice that uphold rights of citizens! And the Internet today provides an awesome communication platform which can be used to uphold democracy and courts of justice.
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The Trump Family's Immigrant Story, https://www.history.com/news/donald-trump-father-mother-ancestry.
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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2546104485606113, 19th July 2019

In the initial part of this video, USA President Trump says that he disagrees with the "send her back" chant. He then says, "I was not happy with it".

I am very happy to hear these words from President Trump. Hopefully, we will not see such "send her back" chants in future rallies of his, at least at noticeable levels.

Good to see this. My prayers for racial, ethnic and religious harmony in the USA.

[Shared video link: https://www.facebook.com/DonaldTrump/videos/727143797688993/]
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In response to a comment, I wrote: Well, political leaders can sometimes be not so clear in such matters. "Constructive ambiguity" is the relatively new phrase I have learned from following the Brexit issue to some extent.

The main thing is that he said the words which I have quoted in the post above. I am happy with that.

You may want him to do more. I respect your view.
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In response to a comment, I wrote: You seriously think that most politicians speak the truth, the full truth and nothing but the truth? If so, then I think we live in different worlds.
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In response to a comment, I wrote (slightly edited): --Name-snipped-- - Noted that you found it disturbing. For me, the words of top leaders of countries matter. They have the power to declare trade wars, and even real wars. Their words matter, as far as I am concerned.

If Mr. Trump had not said these words then it would have been worse than it is now, in my view. I don't know how you think about that. Would you have preferred that Mr. Trump said that he liked the "send her back" chant?

Regarding Congresswoman Omar, I don't know much about her views and don't want to get involved in that matter.

Mr. Trump is President and so his words are important.
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In response to a comment, I wrote (slightly edited): --Name-snipped-- - I think our argument can become endless. Let us stop here. I am glad that Mr. Trump has de-escalated the situation and I do hope that in future we will not see a repeat of this dangerous chant. You don't seem to be happy about it. Fine. Let's just leave it there.
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In response to a comment, I wrote: I have said what I wanted to say. Thanks.
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In response to a comment, I wrote (slightly edited): --Name-snipped-- - Please show me where I have said all politicians and leaders should be believed.

BTW I notice that you seem to like to go after me for such posts but you stay silent on posts where I am critical of Trump like my earlier posts on this matter. I find that to be rather strange behaviour.
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In response to a comment, I wrote: What you have quoted of my words are: "For me, the words of top leaders of countries matter". That is different from believing a politician's words. I hope you understand the difference.

President Trump's words matter, whether they are the truth or not. He is the commander-in-chief of the most powerful military forces ever seen.

What you don't seem to understand is that if President Trump had not said that he disagrees with the "send her back" chant, the situation could have become worse in the USA. White nationalists are a dangerous group of people with some of them being armed to the teeth.

I think you simply are not able to understand how top leaders' words matter, irrespective of whether they are true or not. That's the power of the position. It is a mega megaphone that they have.
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In response to a comment, I wrote (slightly edited): --Name-snipped-- - I have noted your outright condemnation of Mr. Trump. You have moved to topics far beyond what I have posted on which is the "send her back" disavowal words that Mr. Trump said.

I do not want to publicly comment on the topics you have raised as that I feel is appropriate for me given one of my roles as social media writer on spirituality & religion. Some others who write on spirituality & religion are politically aligned and active as well and so do comment on these matters. I am NOT politically aligned or active.

I think it may be best for me not to comment on this post anymore. All the best! Prayers for peace and harmony in the USA. [I disagree with you on "NOT a time for "civility", "thoughts-and-prayers"". But that's fine. We can agree to disagree. In my view, prayers can be said anytime.]
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I wrote: I think it will be best for no more comments on politics to be made on this post as the discussion is veering off topic and into larger political areas. I request that no further comments about politics be made on this post.
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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2547363585480203, 20th July 2019

Am wondering whether I should stop putting up posts that are critical of Mr. Trump when he gets into dangerous for social harmony territory like the "send her back" issue

Recently I went through some behaviour that I found to be strange. When I put up these two posts critical of Mr. Trump as I felt he was getting into dangerous for social harmony territory like the "send her back" issue (USA 2020 election season may be as rough as 2016. ... https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2545584358991459 & Very worrying and very sad to see the USA President use such words in public. ... https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2542940359255859), a couple or so people liked each of the posts. I was happy to see that. It takes courage for a non-American citizen (I am an Indian citizen and an Indian resident) to ***publicly*** be critical of Mr. Trump who is the most powerful man on earth today as the commander-in-chief of the most powerful armed forces ever seen on earth. But I felt the urge to do so, in the interests of larger social good with a tiny, tiny contribution through my tiny, tiny voice on social media expressing itself ***publicly***.

Then when Mr. Trump disavowed the "send her back" chant, I felt a great sense of relief. So I wrote a post saying that I am very happy that he has disavowed the chant, https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2546104485606113. On that post, I faced a lot of criticism from a couple of people. Note that these persons had not liked or commented on my earlier posts where I was critical of Mr. Trump.

I think they were very upset that I ***publicly*** said that I was very happy to hear those words from Mr. Trump. There were some back-and-forth comments on the post. But I think the core issue is that these persons seem to be very upset with any post that appreciates anything that Mr. Trump does.

I continue to be convinced that what I wrote is appropriate. Those who were critical of my above mentioned post are surely entitled to their views. We just have to agree to disagree.

But now I am wondering whether it is worth it to write any public posts related to Mr. Trump, which includes posts critical of him when he veers off into territory that might impact social harmony in the USA. I mean, does my writing these posts help or hurt. I am not willing to only write posts critical of Mr. Trump which is what some FB folks would like. I would like to be fair and give credit where I think it is due. But anything that I say where I am appreciative of something about Mr. Trump, attracts rage from some FB folks in my circle!

Perhaps I should simply join the vast majority in my Facebook circle of friends and followers, and stay silent on whatever Mr. Trump does or says, even if it may impact social harmony in the USA.
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In response to a comment, I wrote (slightly edited): --Name-snipped-- - I wanted to stop commenting on that particular post. This is a more general post about whether I should comment in future about Mr. Trump at all. So far you are the only person who has commented. Nobody has liked the post or responded to it in any other way either.

I think the general view I am forming is that it is best that I should publicly not say anything at all about Mr. Trump with respect to USA. Let him do what he wants in the USA - I mean, in the sense that I need not bother about it. Of course, Mr. Trump will have to face those that are opposed to him & his policies.
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In response to a comment, I wrote (slightly edited): Sure --name-snipped-- - You certainly have your rights to speak up against him. All the best to you for your writings & activism in this regard.

I simply need not get involved. That's what I am saying, given the lack of interest that people have shown about this post of mine. I can use my time for other things.
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In response to a comment, I wrote (slightly edited): My God! --Name-snipped-- Insulting! If you feel so insulted by my comments and posts related to President Trump, perhaps it may be best for us to not be Facebook friends.
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In response to a comment, I wrote: You said you felt insulted. So my words are hurting you. I think it is best then that you stop seeing my words. That way you don't get insulted. I wish you well.
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In response to a comment, I wrote (slightly edited): --Name-snipped-- - If you too feel insulted by my comments and posts related to President Trump, I think it may be best for us to not be Facebook friends.
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In response to a comment, I wrote: I think there is just too much distance between our views for us to have a useful conversation. So I honestly feel it will be best for us to not interact anymore. So unfriending will stop the interaction. Good for you and good for me!
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In response to a comment, I wrote (slightly edited): OK --Name-snipped--. I wish you well. I will be unfriending you now. I think that is best for both you and me. Thanks.
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I wrote: Just did the unfriending! All the best to you. Thanks.
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I wrote (slightly edited): I just unfriended --Name-snipped--. I think it best that I unfriend you too. I wish you well. Thanks for all the interactions we had.
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In response to a comment, I wrote (slightly edited): --Name-snipped-- - People are free to be critical of Mr. Trump. The big problem I had was the horrific level of what I see as intolerance to my relief at Mr. Trump saying that he was not supportive of the "send her back" chant.

Now whether he means what he says or not is different. The fact that he said so, in my view, lessened the tension. I was happy about that.

Now others may not be happy with Trump having said so - fine. They may think that Trump does not mean it and is playing a game - fine. But I have a right to hold my view that I am happy that Trump said he was not supportive of the "send her back" chant. And if me holding that view is insulting to some people, I think it is best that such people don't read my posts & comments. And the best way to achieve that is to unfriend. As simple as that.

Further, it is my considered opinion that such intolerance of my post is not good for democracy. You can disagree but you need not verbally attack anybody who feels some relief at Mr. Trump having stepped back from some harsh words.

In my view, this is like, if you say anything positive about Mr. Trump then you are a horrible, terrible bad guy. And that whenever you take the name of Mr. Trump you should say that he is a terrible, terrible guy.

Well, he is the President of the USA. That position carries weight. I recognize that. So I, for sure, will exercise my fair right to be appreciative of some things of Mr. Trump, as POTUS. And it is best that those people who simply cannot stand me saying such words, don't see my comments & posts.

As of now, I have decided not to comment on Mr. Trump's policies and statements in context of USA internal affairs - as I find that it seems to cause more hurt than helping anybody. But I sure will comment on his policies and statements on the international (non USA) stage. And, I repeat, if I am happy with some thing that he does on that stage, like meeting Kim Jong Un in South Korea instead of threatening to destroy North Korea, I will surely say so ***publicly***. Those that cannot stand such statements of mine, can simply unfriend me and thereby avoid the unpleasantness of having to see such statements.
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In response to a comment, I wrote (slightly edited): Thank you for your valuable view --Name-snipped-- sir!
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https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2547627805453781, 20th July 2019

In a Facebook exchange I had elsewhere, a reference to 1898 Wilmington white supremacy was made. I had not known about it and so read up the wiki page on it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilmington_insurrection_of_1898.

This is in North Carolina, USA. 1898 is not too far back and a few decades after the American Civil War was supposed to have settled the issue about rights of the African-American being equal to that of the white man. Reading it was very, very disturbing! The language used by politicians of that time to incite some of the white folks against African-Americans ***and the white folks who supported the rights of African-Americans***, is horrifying. Hmm. [The white folks who supported the rights of African-Americans were termed by the racist white politicians as race-traitors!]

The USA has a very violent history. No wonder, right to own a gun is so sensitive an issue in USA. It is the gun that made the  difference in the white supremacists of Wilmington winning in 1898. African-Americans who wanted to protect themselves in the expected violence were typically not allowed to buy guns!

The group that had the guns totally dominated the group that did not have guns!

I think all good people in the USA must be alert and not allow the horrible white supremacist ideology that won in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1898, to come to the fore in USA today.
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Friday, 12 July 2019

Interesting account of life of Cochin Royal Family member Dr. Kocha Varma born 1937

http://cochinroyalhistory.org/profile.php has an interesting account of life of Cochin Royal Family member, Dr.Kocha Varma (Kochanujan Thampuran Rama Varma), who was born in 1937.

His early life was in Tripunithura, Kerala. He studied medicine in Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Karnataka. He later went to USA in end 1965 to become a medical intern in a hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

He became a urologist and set up his own practice in USA. He moved back to Kerala, India in 1993 but moved back to USA a year later. He got interested in Cochin Royal Family history and Kerala history. He invested a lot of time and effort for amateur historical research like visiting the British library in London, a historian in Netherlands and tracking down family history of General John Munro of Scotland, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Munro,_9th_of_Teaninich. [Munro, 1778-1858 was a Scottish soldier and was "Resident and Diwan of the States of Travancore and Cochin between 1810 and 1819" -  Mackenzie, Alexander (1898). History of the Munros of Fowlis with Genealogies of the Principal Families of the Name. Inverness: A & W Mackenzie. pp. 427–430.]

From 2002, under auspices of Cochin Royal Family Historical Society an annual symposium was  being (and perhaps continues to be) held. Dr. Kocha Varma seems to have shared material that he had collected from various sources at these events. Perhaps this http://cochinroyalhistory.org/ website was created a few years later.
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One of the reasons I find this account of Dr. Kocha Varma to be interesting is that he is a medical doctor who became an amateur historian of his family, the Cochin Royal Family. There is some similarity in his amateur historian work, and some amateur history related writings of mine, including that of my family, though mine is at a much smaller level and does not involve any travelling and meeting historians. My work is more an Internet based effort with interactions usually over email, and a little over phone.

Message (may not be exact text but similar) I sent to author using http://cochinroyalhistory.org/contacts.php on 12th July 2019

Very interesting to read about your early days in India. It is a chronicling of a feudal life that surely would have vanished from Kerala now. Also browsed through other parts of your autobiographical account.

If you want to read my account of my life till I turned 40, you may read the free e-book available through links here: Autobiography of an Indian Software Techie and Spiritual Aspirant – Part 1: Ebook free download and printed copy links, https://ravisiyer.blogspot.com/p/autobiography-of-indian-software-techie.html.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Referral: Indian self-publishing platform companies like Pothi and Notion Press are doing great service to the nation ...

Readers may want to see my recent post on another blog here: Indian self-publishing platform companies like Pothi and Notion Press are doing great service to the nation through their very affordable book publication services, https://ravisiyer.blogspot.com/2019/07/indian-self-publishing-platform.html.

Monday, 8 July 2019

Mike Tyson - the most physically powerful and brutal contemporary fighter I have ever seen (on TV)

Last updated on 8th July 2019

Readers who do not like to read about boxing may please skip reading the rest of this post.

Mike Tyson, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Tyson, rose to fame, I think, in the second half of the 1980s. During my USA stints in that period, I saw a lot of Mike Tyson on TV. Heavyweight boxing was not something that I felt was a nice sport in any way, but the raw violence and brutality of the fight in the ring was a reality that was heavily telecast on USA TV channels. So I did see fair bit of those fights and recognized that such brutal contests of raw physical and violent power had a significant following in the USA.

Mike Tyson was the brutal king of heavyweight boxing then. I don't think I have seen (on TV) any contemporary person who was more intimidating than Mike Tyson in the boxing ring. Before I share some videos of his ferocious attacks in the ring, I have to mention that Mike Tyson was convicted of rape in 1992 and released on parole after serving 3 years in jail.

Top 10 Mike Tyson Best Knockouts HD, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOHvMqAgcmc, 5 min 37 secs, published in 2015, close to 43 million views.

I think I was in the USA in June 1988 and saw the Mike Tyson vs. Mike Spinks fight on TV in USA, but I am not sure. Tyson knocked out Spinks in the first round! What I may have seen then but not registered well in my mind, was that the fight was held in Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA! Trump Plaza boards can be seen clearly in the video of the boxing match.

BTW I have also visited Atlantic City in the second half of the 1980s at which time I don't think I had heard about Donald Trump, and perhaps that's why I do not remember noticing a Trump brand hotel in Atlantic City.

Donald Trump came into the ring before the fight and was introduced as the host for the event! You can see Trump at around 6 min 15 secs into this video: 1988 Michael Spinks V Mike Tyson Full Fight +interviews.Highest Quality, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JN9bpOV9beQ, 14 min. 17 secs.

Now, 3 decades later, the same Donald Trump who hosted that Mike Tyson fight, is the most powerful man on the planet as he is the Commander-in-Chief of USA armed forces, the most powerful armed forces the world has ever seen!

BTW Donald Trump and Mike Tyson had a business relationship as well.

Please note that I have a PUBLICLY (POLITICALLY) NEUTRAL informal-student-observer role in these posts that I put up which has references to USA political leader(s). Of course, as I am an Indian citizen living in India, there is no question of me having voted in USA elections. I am a well-wisher of the people of the USA.
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Utterly fascinating to see this side of Mike Tyson! I had no idea that he underwent such a transformation. Mike Tyson Speaks at Prisoner Reentry Conference,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaMb3GqKXb0, around 20 mins, published on 2nd April 2015 by NJTV News.