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Things Are Good: India Drastically Reduces Deaths from Tetanus

India has an amazingly large population and I can only imagine the challenges with delivering health care to that many people. India has it somewhat figure out and they keep getting better at it. Recently the country has reduced the number of deaths from tetanus to an all time low and to a level that makes it essentially a statistical blip.

India has reduced cases to less than one per 1,000 live births, which the W.H.O. considers “elimination as a public health problem.” The country succeeded through a combination of efforts.

In immunization drives, millions of mothers (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Victims of Kodaikanal Mercury Poisoning Protest Unilever

One of the worst disasters in India since the Bhopal incident, the Kodaikanal mercury poisoning continues to cause harm. Obviously this is not a good thing. What is good is that activists in the area are using every tool at their disposal to raise awareness and call for a boycott against Unilever.

Key demands of the campaign The Governments of India and Tamil Nadu should ensure that Unilever

Cleans up the mercury contaminated factory site and surroundings to international standards that are adequate to protect the sensitive watershed forests of Pambar Shola. Pays for long-term environmental monitoring for mercury buildup (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: A Seismic Jolt That Most Won’t Even Notice

Just consider it the 21st century version of the “Great Game,”  the superpower struggle to wrest control of South Asia.  While it used to be a contest between Russia and Britain, today the players are Washington and Beijing.  The latest round goes to China and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which seems to be evolving into something akin to our side’s NATO.

India and Pakistan have began accession to a regional security group led by China and Russia after two days of summits which Russian President Vladimir Putin held up as evidence Moscow is not isolated in (Read more…)

Sketchy Thoughts: THOSE MYTHOLOGICAL MEN AND THEIR SACRED, SUPERSONIC FLYING TEMPLES

From this anxiety of imitation, it is a short step to seeking authenticity in texts from the past, even if one of those texts is itself a modern imitation. The effect is further magnified by a narrowly instrumental education, the shrinking of public debate, the subservience of media to business interests, the proliferation of social media, and an influential but alienated diaspora, especially in the United States, that seeks to find a glorious Hindu past that can be seen to have exceeded the very West upon which India’s recent success depends so heavily. When this past does not exist, it (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: ‘Diplomat’ Brown and his friend Narendra Modi.

What is wrong with Canada’s foreign relations is more than explained by the friendship of India Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Patrick Brown MP. Yes, that is Patrick Brown, the most useless member of the Conservative back bench and the candidate for the leadership of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party. With probably less than 50 people in his electoral district from India, Patrick Brown must have been left among the final MP draftees for a country on the friendship committee.

Brown got India. The air flights there are gruelling. The food there is, well, foreign. You can imagine that India was (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Maroc–We Just Moved Several Meters Closer to the Edge of a Cosmic Abyss

Don Maroc

We just moved several meters closer to the edge of a cosmic abyss and no one is calling for a time out.

Last year the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) quietly established the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as a counterweight to the US/UK controlled International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

With the US and Britain slowly sinking into a financial bog of their own design it meant Wall Street (US) and The City (London) could lose control of their stranglehold on the world’s money, and their hegemony over universal debt. Both their embassies around (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Tiger Population Recovering in India

The Indian tiger population suffered great losses in the last 100 years. Tigers were killed for the bizarre perception that their body parts could help people have sex. This caused a major population collapse for tigers.

Now it looks like the tigers are making a come back!

The number of tigers in India has seen a sharp rise to 2,226 tigers from 1,411 seven years ago, the environment ministry has said.

“India is now home to 70 per cent of the world’s tigers,” Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday.

Karnataka has the most number of tigers at 406. Uttarakhand (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: India Doing Its Bit to Burn the Planet

Forget about China.  The greatest driver of runaway global warming may be India.  While the EU, the US and China are gearing up for major cuts in CO2 emissions, India is heading in the other direction and fast.

“India’s development imperatives cannot be sacrificed at the altar of potential climate changes many years in the future,” India’s power minister, Piyush Goyal, said at a recent conference in New Delhi in response to a question. “The West will have to recognise we have the needs of the poor.” Goyal has promised to double India’s use of domestic coal (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Dr. V. Shiva at the #UofR #EarthDemocracy

Dr. Shiva gave an interesting talk about how system we’ve built are being used to manipulate individuals in societies all around the world into valuing money over life.

#earthdemocracy #yqr #uofr pic.twitter.com/1Xsfu7I43n

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) October 29, 2014

#BigData contributes to information obesity. – Dr. Shiva #earthdemocracy. Canada thinks it can bomb #ISIS and not create extremism.

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) October 29, 2014

The Disaffected Lib: India – Superbug Time Bomb

India is the worst but it’s not alone.  All of the emerging economic superpowers share the same problem – the abuse of antibiotics.

For India, it’s the result of a population coming into new wealth that still has just one doctor for every 1,700 people.  You get sick, you get pills, off you go.  Too often those pills are antibiotic.

Together with India, Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa account for 76% of the global increase in antibiotic use.

If the warnings we get from our medical establishment are accurate, these countries and their societies could be heading for real (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: The Tibetan Plateau – Asia’s Armageddon?

To Asia’s three nuclear powers, the Tibetan plateau represents life or death. China, India and Pakistan are all dependent on the headwaters of rivers that are fed by the glaciers in Tibet.  The geo-political enormity of these rivers drove China to invade and occupy Tibet in 1950.

What happens in the Himalayas powerfully impacts the security of these three Asian powers.  That’s why a new study on the state of the plateau is particularly worrisome.

The report from the Chinese Academy of Sciences concludes that the Tibetan plateau has experienced double the average level of global warming and that the (Read more…)

bastard.logic: Harnessed In Slums

Over 500 jhuggis (huts) destroyed in Vasant Kunj.

Filed under: India Tagged: India, Vasant Kunj

bastard.logic: Harnessed In Slums

Over 500 jhuggis (huts) destroyed in Vasant Kunj.

Filed under: India Tagged: India, Vasant Kunj

Alberta Diary: Flights of fancy: 11 days to the Ides of March and the knives are already out for premier

Alison Redford’s party awaits the Alberta Premier’s arrival before boarding their Government of Alberta aircraft. Actual Alberta big shots may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Pompeia, the wife of Caesar, who divorced her; and Marie Antoinette, who didn’t say “let them eat cake” but came to a bad end anyway.

OTTAWA

What goes up must come down, we used to say, and that adage appears to include both Alberta Premier Alison Redford’s in-flight fancies aboard the government’s aircraft and the first-class compartments of commercial airliners and her entire political career.

Who would have thought it would be airplane rides (Read more…)

LeDaro: Harsh weather strikes accross the Globe

Severe weather is making news from record snowfall in Japan to devastating floods in the U.K.

Following video says it all:

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Cancelled: Alison Redford’s expensive Afghanistan photo-op

TweetAlbertans discovered this week that Premier Alison Redford cancelled a secretly planned trip to war-torn Afghanistan after suicide bomber blew herself up in a Kabul restaurant , killing twenty-one people, including two Canadians. Ms. Redford was leading a trade mission through India last week and had secretly planned to stop in the Afghan capital before […]

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Redford Tories big international travellers in January 2014

TweetAlberta’s Progressive Conservative MLAs are kicking off another year of international travel as Premier Alison Redford, cabinet ministers and backbenchers check their luggage and rack up the air mile points with flights touching down at all points across the globe. Departing on January 9, Ms. Redford will circle the globe on a sixteen day trip […]

Things Are Good: A GM & Pesticide Free Rice Growing Revolution

Rice farmers have been growing their crop in the same way for hundreds of years and most people have assumed the most efficient way to grow rice has been figured out. That is until some farmers in India decided to change how they grow their bounty and now scientists have take note of their success.

What happened in Darveshpura has divided scientists and is exciting governments and development experts. Tests on the soil show it is particularly rich in silicon but the reason for the “super yields” is entirely down to a method of growing crops called System of Rice (Read more…)

Art Threat: Tanishq ad for second wedding strikes a chord

 

Across the pond and over the hills to India, a new ad by jeweller Tanishq is the talk of the town for pushing boundaries.

Created by one of India’s largest communication groups, LOWE Lintas, Tanishq’s latest ad features a gorgeous dusky bride on her wedding day. After having her jewellery put on by friends and family, a young girl comes in. Is she a neice? A family friend? As the ad progresses, we discover that the little girl is the woman’s daughter. No taboo-busting here in North America (hell, I was part of both my mom’s and my (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Monsanto is Winning this year’s “Nobel Prize of Agriculture”

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

 

This message was sent to me along with a petition. (Thanks Tom)

Please take a few minutes to read and then forward this along to your friends and mailing lists.

If The Nobel Prize folks expect credibility respect then they will yank this bought and paid for award immediately.

Push back is happening world wide and your voice is needed now to turn this award down.

Thanks for your help.

In an obscene development, a Monsanto executive is winning this year’s “Nobel Prize of agriculture” — the prestigious World Food Prize – for creating GMOs. Receiving it (Read more…)

Things Are Good: India Bans Shark Finning

Chinese demand for the fins of sharks (I have no idea what they are good for) has gone up over the past couple years. India is one of the largest exports of shark parts to China and the Indian government has decided to ban the act of removing fins from sharks.

Worldwide, sharks are in sharp decline, with some species’ numbers now 10 per cent of what they were three decades ago. Their demise threatens the health of ocean ecosystems, experts say, as the top predators are key to keeping fish and turtle populations in check. Tens of millions are (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: What Does India Have In Common With Regina? Asbestos

One thing we share is an abundance of unsafe Quebec chrysotile AKA asbestos. Most of the world stopped using the miracle mineral once they realized what a global disaster its widespread use had been. Inhaled asbestos fibres cause lung cancer. There is some ongoing effort four decades after its use in new products was stopped in Canada, to remove it from buildings we live, work, and play in.

The effort to mitigate harm from asbestos has its limits, even in a developed country like Canada. An often overlooked source of asbestos fibres in our homes has taken a backseat, while (Read more…)

Bill Longstaff: Climate change is ruining my tea

This is really too much. Hurricanes, floods, droughts, all aggravated by climate change, and now the cruelest blow of all—it’s ruining our tea.

India produces one-third of the world’s tea with the state of Assam producing over half. Now increasing temperatures and diminishing rainfall are reducing Assam’s production and fouling the taste of the tea. The once ideal climate is changing. An

Politics, Re-Spun: Minimum Wage: Not Just for Kids Anymore!

The 1% and their media apologists and think tank lackeys would have us all believe that minimum wage is for kids. It’s for unskilled labour in entry level jobs.And it’s ok. We shouldn’t worry. They’re just kids after all: no families or mortgages. They don’t have much training or life experience and honestly, they should be lucky to have work so they could buy CDs and go to movies.That mythology is alive and well, regardless of the fact that the demographics demonstrate that it’s not just shiftless youth who deserve this minimum wage punishment.

As the OECD world (Read more…)

Bill Longstaff: Will India defeat malnutrition?

India has a lot of a lot of things, including hungry people. It has the world’s second largest population and the world’s second highest percentage of malnourished children.

It also has the world’s largest food distribution system. Unfortunately the system has been largely ineffective, riddled as it is with incompetence and corruption. Now the ruling Congress Party has passed the Food Security