Saturday, September 24, 2016

Hindutva’s science envy | Frontline

Hindutva’s science envy | Frontline

Claiming an organic unity between the Vedic world view and modern
science has been the agenda of Hindu nationalists from the very start.
If modern science is nothing more than a minor tributary flowing into
the ocean of Vedic spiritual science known to our rishis, it is Western
science and scientists who should feel Veda envy. By MEERA NANDA

Monday, September 19, 2016

A Critical History Asks, What Does It Mean to Be Modern? - The New York Times

A Critical History Asks, What Does It Mean to Be Modern? - The New York Times

The first covers writers he regards as quintessentially “modern” in
their attitudes, from Machiavelli to Hegel; the second covers writers
more attuned to pessimistic doubts about the modern world, including
Rousseau, Tocqueville, Nietzsche and the two 20th-century critics of the
Enlightenment that he perhaps most admires, Isaiah ­Berlin and Leo

Making and Unmaking the Bourgeois From Machiavelli to Bellow
By Steven B. Smith
402 pp. Yale University Press. $45.

His campaign tells us a lot about what kind of Commander-in-Chief he would be.

President Trump’s First Term - The New Yorker

for months, his advisers promoted a theory that his Democratic opponent,
Hillary Clinton, who is sixty-eight, has a secret brain illness and is
unable to climb stairs or sit upright without help, and, in speeches,
Trump asked whether she had the “mental and physical stamina” for the

An endless bombardment of news and gossip and images has rendered us manic information addicts. It broke me. It might break you, too: I Used to Be a Human Being

Andrew Sullivan: My Distraction Sickness — and Yours

Thursday, September 15, 2016

De-bunking College Admission Myths - Challenge Success

De-bunking College Admission Myths - Challenge Success

Frank Bruni’s book: Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania. A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with this New York Times
columnist, and we both tried hard to debunk current college admission
myths and encourage families to learn more about schools they might
never have considered. You can watch a recording of the event here.

Sending Our Kids to College and the Goldilocks Dilemma - Challenge Success

Sending Our Kids to College and the Goldilocks Dilemma - Challenge Success

Translation: The relationship between you and your new college student
is a Goldilocks dilemma. Not too hot (over-involved). Not too cold
(suddenly unavailable). But just right. Just right, of course, depends
on your particular child. What is over-involvement for one child is
necessary for another. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Mahmoud Abbas and Other Soviet Ghosts | The Counter Jihad Report

Mahmoud Abbas and Other Soviet Ghosts | The Counter Jihad Report

In 1982 Abbas received a doctorate from the Patrice Lumumba University –
or KGB U – in Moscow. According to KGB defectors, 90 percent of the
university’s faculty and staff received their paychecks from the KGB.
Its purpose was to train KGB agents from the developing world, including
terrorists. Abbas’s fellow alumni included master terrorist Carlos the
Jackal and future Iranian dictator Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Report: Pakistani officials deny al Qaeda’s hostage exchange story | The Long War Journal

a curious story
published in Al Masra, an al Qaeda newsletter. Masra’s authors claimed
that Ayman al Zawahiri’s two daughters, a third jihadi widow and their
children were exchanged for the son of General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani,
Pakistan’s former spymaster who also served as the Chief of Army Staff
until 2013.

The Indian Express notes that Masra is “published by a media
house linked to the Jama’at Ansar al-Shari’a, a Yemeni jihadist
coalition that includes several al-Qaeda linked groups.” But Ansar al
Sharia in Yemen is simply an alias for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), as the US State Department announced in 2012. The Indian Express also claims that Masra is “not an official al Qaeda publication.”

  two-hour companion documentary titled,Disinformation: The Secret Strategy to Destroy the West.

book is Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion and Promoting Terrorism.

1. 40,000,000 Red China, 1949-76 (outright killing, manmade famine, Gulag)

2. 10,000,000 Soviet Bloc: late Stalinism, 1950-53; post-Stalinism, to 1987 (mostly Gulag)

3. 4,000,000 Ethiopia, 1962-92: Communists, artificial hunger, genocides

9. 1,800,000 Afghanistan: Soviet and internecine killings, Taliban 1980-2001

10. 1,250,000 West Pakistan massacres in East Pakistan (Bangladesh 1971)

13. 1,000,000 Iran-Iraq-War, 1980-88

14. 900,000 Rwanda genocide, 1994

21. 400,000 Indochina: against France, 1945-54

25. 300,000 Kurds in Iraq, Iran, Turkey, 1980s-1990s

26. 300,000 Iraq, 1970-2003 (Saddam against minorities)

31. 175,000 Serbia against Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, 1991-1999

34. 140,000 Russia against Chechnya, 1994-present

35. 150,000 Lebanon civil war, 1975-90

36. 140,000 Kuwait War, 1990-91

42. 80,000 Iran, 1978-79 (revolution)

46. 68,000 Sri Lanka, 1997-present

60. 26,000 Kashmir independence, 1989-present

63. 20,000 Syria, 1982 (against Islamists in Hama)

65. 19,000 Morocco: war against France, 1953-56 (3,000) and in Western Sahara, 1975-present (16,000)

How the New York Times critic writes the reviews that make and break restaurants.

Pete Wells Has His Knives Out - The New Yorker

2012, Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar opened, on West Forty-fourth
Street. The restaurant’s muse, and part owner, was Guy Fieri. Brought up
in California by parents who ate a macrobiotic diet, Fieri became a
restaurateur, and found fame as the upbeat host of dude-oriented shows
on the Food Network, including “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” 

How to join the 1% | The Economist

How to join the 1% | The Economist

MANAGEMENT consultants, investment banks and big law firms are the Holy
Trinity of white-collar careers. They recruit up to a third of the
graduates of the world’s best universities. They offer starting salaries
in excess of $100,000 and a chance of making many multiples of that.
They also provide a ladder to even better things. McKinsey says more
than 440 of its alumni run businesses with annual revenues of at least
$1 billion. The top ranks of governments and central banks are sprinkled
with Goldman Sachs veterans. Technology firms, though they are catching
up fast, have nothing like the same grip on the global elite.

Amazon’s smartphone flop was the best thing that happened to Alexa | The Verge

Amazon’s smartphone flop was the best thing that happened to Alexa | The Verge

While we’ve all been busy looking down at our smartphones, Amazon has
slowly been filling in the pieces of the smart home puzzle, the smart life puzzle. The original Echo is now a kind of spine for Alexa in the home; the Fire TV and Echo Dot are part of the peripheral nervous system; and the new portable Tap speaker
is the first attempt at giving Alexa legs to roam. It’s simultaneously
amazing, and terrifying (if you consider the security implications).

Evidence Rebuts Chomsky's Theory of Language Learning - Scientific American

Evidence Rebuts Chomsky's Theory of Language Learning - Scientific American

The idea that we have brains hardwired with a mental template for
learning grammar—famously espoused by Noam Chomsky of the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology—has dominated linguistics for almost half a
century. Recently, though, cognitive scientists and linguists have
abandoned Chomsky’s “universal grammar” theory in droves because of new
research examining many different languages—and the way young children
learn to understand and speak the tongues of their communities. That
work fails to support Chomsky’s assertions.