Smokin Mirrors: AWOL
"It is an extraordinary thing that unless you have a Ph.D. in some
scientific discipline, no one takes you seriously. Unfortunately, you
cannot at present obtain a Ph.D. in common sense. If you could, it
might then entitle you to point out that the prevailing world view,
which since Descartes expressly forbids the use of all the senses the
Good Lord has endowed us with and merely confines us to an unbalanced
reliance on ‘science' and rational deduction, is a classic means of
ensuring our own extinction."
PRINCE CHARLES (Resurgence, May/June 2006, republished by ODE Magazine)
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It may be vital for many to save the endangered rhinos in India's celebrated parks, but for a section of media persons in Northeast, it seemingly becomes more important to safeguard the forest minister. While wildlife lovers around the globe rail against the authority of Kaziranga National Park for its failure to protect one horn rhinos, a section of journalists in Guwahati continue manufacturing stories glorifying the initiative of the State forest minister.
The House of Al Saud is built on land which is criss-crossed with tectonic fault lines which are almost constantly moving. And the al Saud way of handling these fault lines is not to improve the house by making it flexible, open and earthquake proof but to try to pour concrete down the fault line chasms.
The object of the research is to prove commercial whaling can resume. That is to make it legal to slaughter whales. Japan's whaling is primarily for so they can sell whale-meat. Imagine the carnage if they are successful and whaling is resumed. Thousands of whales slaughtered for the dinner plates in Japan. The scenes in the photo will become commonplace.
If the mainland India observed the 59th Republic Day with fun fare, the trouble torn northeastern region of the country celebrated the Day with utmost conviction. Comprising eight States, the land locked region had been witnessing a regular ban on the celebration of both the Independence and R-Day of India by the outlawed militant outfits as a mark of their protest against New Delhi for many decades. But amazingly, the public support and participation has been increased in the last few years, where the citizens have made it a habit to defy the diktat of the insurgents and celebrate the Days with great fervour.
India has largely turned a blind eye to militant groups operating in its far-flung Northeast, the growing Islamisation of the region provides more than enough reasons for New Delhi to start paying closer attention to its Northeastern border. Stratfor has been closely monitoring the growing nexus between India’s Northeastern insurgent outfits and militant Islamist groups that regularly traverse India’s extremely porous border with Bangladesh.