Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Miscellaneous Facebook posts of mine in April 2018

The content of some of my Facebook posts (https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7) of April 2018 (which come in this miscellaneous blog category) are given below:

Sad that this sort of situ has happened. But as a person who is deeply interested in religion, I found this article to be of great interest. One hopes that things will get resolved positively.

Democrats, and some Republicans, denounce Ryan’s ouster of House chaplain,
https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/ryan-seeks-to-defend-ouster-of-house-chaplain-as-members-question-his-motives/2018/04/27/70937e8a-4a0f-11e8-827e-190efaf1f1ee_story.html
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It is the DNA and the computer (hardware & software) database matching that seems to have nailed the killer and rapist of California of 1970s and 1980s. Hail the great power of science and technology, and, of course, law enforcement agencies of USA for using them to deliver results!

Search for ‘Golden State Killer’ Leads to Arrest of Ex-Cop, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/25/us/golden-state-killer-serial.html

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Hats off to USA law enforcement agencies for never giving up!

Suspect who killed and raped many in the 1970s and 1980s in California, is arrested now. The suspect is 72 years old.

Golden State Killer: Ex-cop Joseph James DeAngelo arrested as suspect in serial murder-rapes, https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/04/25/golden-state-killer-joseph-james-deangelo-arrested/550544002/

A short extract from the above article:

A woman, now living in South Carolina, who was sexually assaulted by a man believed to be the East Area Rapist in 1976 told The Island Packet newspaper Wednesday that two detectives had informed her about the arrest.

Jane Carson-Sandler, of Sun City, was the fifth victim of the serial rapist in her Citrus Heights, Calif. home. She said two detectives she has kept in touch with over the years emailed her with news of the arrest.

"I just found out this morning," she told the paper. "I'm overwhelmed with joy. I've been crying, sobbing."

"I just can't tell you how I feel," she said. "After 42 years — wow!"
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Man! These guys of USA law enforcement agencies are great. But the great irony here is that the suspected killer and rapist is an ex-cop!!!!
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In Hindi, around 7 mins, https://www.facebook.com/narendramodi/videos/10160355815315165/.

I have experienced the 1993 serial bomb blasts attacks in Mumbai/Bombay myself as I was close to Worli area in Bombay then. I know first hand what panic set in then as bombs went off one by one in key areas of Bombay.

Terrorists understand only the language of force. This is something that I have understood well.

As an Indian citizen and resident of India, I fully support Indian govt.'s tough response to any terror attacks on India's soil and on Indians, (tough response) against the terrorists and those who give them safe haven to plan and execute their terror attacks on India. On this matter, so long as the evidence is conclusive, I am fully with Hon'ble PM Narendra Modi and am grateful to him for the courage and resolve he and his government are showing in this matter.
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The Governor of Tamil Nadu made a pretty big mistake by patting the cheek of a lady journalist as a mark of appreciation! He has tendered an apology saying that he did it considering her to be a granddaughter of his, and as a mark of appreciation for her question. I think that should settle the matter provided the Governor does not repeat this behaviour.

It should also be noted that the press meet was in the context of an alleged, I repeat alleged, report about a lady teacher in a Tamil Nadu college/university suggestively speaking to lady students about doing some "favours" for a big university official. Note that the Governor is the chancellor of the university.

I believe the Governor has called for or supports an investigation into the allegation. I think the Governor has done the right thing there. In India, allegations of all sorts can be made without any basis. So one should not give much value to allegations which are not investigated and confirmed to be allegations having some good basis.

Patted cheek as an act of appreciation, says Tamil Nadu Governor in apology; journalist ‘not convinced’, http://indianexpress.com/article/india/tamil-nadu-governor-banwarilal-purohit-apology-pats-journalist-on-cheek-5142316/.
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Colin Powell: Martin Luther King Jr. "changed my life", https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyo5E5Dtkuc, around 7 mins, published by CBS News on 3rd April 2018

Colin Powell was somebody who, to an Indian (not American Indian but a citizen of country India) like me looking at America, embodied the (changed) reality of the times that a black American (African-American) could rise to very close to the highest positions of power in the USA. [This was before USA Sen. Barrack Obama became USA President Obama in Jan. 2009.] He was a very impressive figure as a military leader of character in whatever I saw & read of him on television and print media, prior to his becoming Secretary of State and then having to blot his career with his vial of white powder and Iraq WMD speech in the UN Security Council. Powell himself has publicly acknowledged that to be a blot on his record.

But then top political power positions are very difficult positions. I think all people in such positions do make policy and other mistakes which lead to bad consequences for some people. I think that is the inescapable reality of top political power positions.

So Colin Powell still remains to me as a great figure of our times. Prior to becoming USA Secretary of State, he was the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of USA armed forces, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Powell. That, I believe, is the top military position in the USA! Of course, this chairman reports and works under the orders of the civilian political power positions of Secretary of Defense and the President of the USA.

This CBS video clip is about Powell talking about how much he and his generation benefited from the activism of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I had no idea that Colin Powell ***himself*** had endured discrimination in his youth. As he was an army man and the USA army was integrated (not segregated), he did not face discrimination in the army. But civilian life in the USA of his youth was segregated in the South of the USA, where he and his family lived!

He was denied a hamburger because of segregation rules in civilian part of USA (South)! He talks of toilets in the South of his youth having three parts, designated as Men, Women and Blacks!

He then mentions how after some law was passed against segregation in the USA South, he visited the same hamburger joint where he had been denied a hamburger. Now he was not only served the hamburger, but the server taking his order, said "Yes sir" to him!

Powell says that the server did not want to deny him the hamburger to him earlier on too. But the law/rules were such then. The law against segregation in USA South allowed the server to NOT deny him his hamburger!

So Powell says that Dr. Martin Luther King's activism and work led to changes that benefited not only blacks but also white USA people, as (many of) the white folk (who practiced segregation then) knew segregation and discrimination was bad!

Fascinating interview of this great man, Colin Powell, who showed to not only people of the USA, but people of the world, that a non-white person could rise to top positions of military power in the USA!
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My God! But I think this is the truth in some cases not only in the USA but in India too.

After the horrifying and brutal Delhi gang rape in 2012, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Delhi_gang_rape, Indian law is now very heavily tilted towards woman making rape allegations. Very unfortunately, I am afraid, some women in India use or try to use these tough laws against men with whom they may have had consensual sex. by alleging rape!!!

7 years rigorous imprisonment is the minimum jail sentence now for rape in India. So a false rape allegation which somehow convinces a court of law that it is true can utterly destroy a man's life in India. And even if the case cannot be proven in court, the very process of the case dragging on for years and all the negative publicity and bad image the accused gets, is enough to severely impact his life.

Shared FB post of FB user,  Support Police US: https://www.facebook.com/226367494589325/photos/a.226775331215208.1073741828.226367494589325/234645857094822/?type=3
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