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Cashless economy and financial spying is the motive behind withdrawal of 500 & 1000 rupee notes

Not the need to eliminate black money or counterfeit notes

What used to be a joke is now reality, thanks to Modi's demonetization jumla.

What used to be a joke is now reality, thanks to Modi’s demonetization jumla.

For decades, Pakistan has been able to print Indian currency because the note design details were available with foreign companies. The new 500 & 2000 rupee notes are also being printed with the help of the same suspect – De La Rue (https://moralvolcano.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/rbis-4000-crore-rounding-off-error-scam/). So, it will not be long before Pakistan resumes printing Indian currency.

Any data stored by a banking app is automatically uploaded to Google servers.

Any data stored by a banking app is automatically uploaded to Google servers.

High denomination notes have been withdrawn in the past too but they were not successful in eliminating black money. The top political parties are the top beneficiaries of black money and hawala operations. It is unlikely that they will willingly seek to jeopardize the situation. With the new 2000 rupee note, Pakistan will have to print less notes. Politicians and other looters of the nation will find it more economical to hoard 2000 rupee notes.

Immediately after the withdrawal of the 500 & 1000 notes, banks sent SMS messages to their account holders to download their banking apps and use it to pay their bills instead of relying on cash.

This is the real goal of the withdrawal of the notes. Modi government wants everyone to start using the banking and shopping apps so that it becomes easy to spy on people. The American CIA is a founder/promoter of the Google corporation that makes Android mobile operating system. Most smartphones today ship with Android OS (operating system).

Android by default saves all app data to Google servers. This means they can recreate your banking login credentials and other transactions on their computers. Thus, Modi government is helping foreign intelligence agencies to spy on Indians. Android shopping apps are permission hoggers and easily gain access to personal information stored on the phone.

Another thing about the banking apps is that they are not secure. Most Indian banks are very new to technology and Internet. The quality of their websites is an indication of how good their mobile apps are going to be. (I am not in a position to comment on banking apps because I never install them or perform any financial transaction on a mobile.)

To make matters worse, wireless networks and routers are sitting ducks for bots and malware infections.

photo-modi-demonetization-hanging-protestAll this makes mobile a risky platform to perform financial transactions. But, cash is immune to all such problems. However, it can be counterfeited. The solution to counterfeiting is simple – just do not print high denomination notes. Pakistan has been counterfeiting 500 & 1000 rupee notes because RBI has outsourced the printing to foriegn companies. An Economic Times reporter has also brought attention to a serious scam involving the RBI in the printing of these notes, which may be the tip of an iceberg. The CBI has also mysteriously not been able to jail anyone except Telgi in the bond paper counterfeiting case. Telgi had used original paper and printing plates as the RBI security mint. Influential polticians such as Chagan Bhujpal (although caught in other cases) evaded jail.

The other problem of tax avoidance can only be solved by eliminating corrupt officials in the tax department, who have been put in place by corrupt ministers, who have been appointed by the Prime Minister. Hence, ultimately it is the Prime Minister who is the enabler of the black economy.

Withdrawal of the notes will definitely hurt cash hoarders but people with illegal riches would be smart enough to invest in offshore bank accounts and benami properties, both in India and abroad.

Forcing people to use Android banking apps makes them vulnerable to not only spying but also spyware attacks and identity theft. The reptilians in charge of the finance ministry are soaked in globalist talking points such as financial inclusion (debt trapping), monetization of agriculture (land grabbing) and all that VC-private equity terminology. No good can come off them. They don’t understand technology or security. They are institutionally corrupt and traitorous. They do not understand India and are unfit to serve the needs of its people.

This hurts daily wage earners and small businessmen who need/make cash payments on a daily basis. These illiterates can’t write cheques or use mobile phone apps. Banks have not even been able to give the first 4000 rupees to people. It will take them forever to finish KYC, documentation and give everyone bank accounts. Bank accounts are useless for illiterate, poor & old people. India is not some tiny European country. Our people need cash payments on a daily basis if they need to eat on a daily basis. Washington kool-aid crowd in the Finance ministry doesn’t understand this.

Modi faces nationwide riots if limits on cash withdrawals are not lifted. These limits are illegal and will be lifted by any Supreme Court bench. The government can place limits only if cash balances in individual savings accounts are identified as black money. A blanket ban on cas is unconstitutional.

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On the to-do list of globalist stooges, not a unique Modi “masterstroke”

The CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) hailed it as a masterstroke, which is a testament to how poorly informed corporate India is or how servile it is to those in power. Many developed countries have abandoned high-denomination notes.

Developed countries have been withdrawing high-denomination notes... nothing new here.

Developed countries have been withdrawing high-denomination notes… nothing new here.

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Zee Cafe boobs in with subliminal messaging

In a previous post on subliminal messaging, I referred to a post by Jose Pino who stumbled on the word “SEX” in a Coke commercial. I was unable to spot the word but comments on its YouTube page sure does confirm that the subliminal messaging attempt had indeed succeeded on the millennials – the stupid generation.

Last year or so, I noted that there is a prominent boob in the Zee Cafe channel theme. Recently, I recorded the theme, used FFMPEG to extract the frames and created a GIF animation to slow down the frames.

Boob in the woods.

Boob in the woods.

 

US embassy tells Indian government to give Wahhabi propagandist Zakir Naik a PR buzz

Why demonize an obscure joker? As Mao Zedong said, reactionaries are paper tigers. They thrive on others’ attention.

Unlike Christians, Indian Muslims do not engage in proselytization. The many “Hindu-Muslim riots” have convinced them that they both should go their separate ways as far as religion goes and proselytization would put them in direct conflict with each other. The only Indian Muslim groups to engage in religious conversion are those financed by Saudis. The “Saudis”, as distinct from Arabians and Arabs, are not Muslims. And, Arabia is not “Saudi.”

The Saudis have demolished most monuments related to Prophet Mohammed

The Saudis demolished most monuments related to Prophet Mohammed. The monuments survived over a 1000 years but Saudis started destroying when they came to power with British help.

Like the Bahaism in Iran, Saudi Wahhabism was invented by British Petroleum (Anglo-American Oil). With discovery of oil and the realization of its strategic value, the British financed the House of Saud, provided them with lots of weapons and took over Arabia from the Ottoman Empire. That was how Arabia became Saudi Arabia. There are doubts whether Saudi royal family is even Muslim. (https://www.scribd.com/document/98042289/Saudi-Royal-Family-Could-Be-Jewish) Many Islamic scholars and historians, including Saddam Hussein’s government, have published material raising doubts in this regard. (https://blogs.harvard.edu/mesh/2008/03/anti_wahhabism_a_footnote/) This can be ascertained by the fact that the Saudis have destroyed many monuments associated with Prophet and his family and have converted those sites into royal palaces, hotels, parking lots and toilets. They have been bankrolling the spread of a virulent intolerant brand of Islam, known as Wahhabism, all over the world. Claiming to be Islamic fundamentalists, Wahhabis have laid to waste many great Muslim cultures.

As most Indian Muslim organizations are not keen on proselytization (as sought by the Wahhabis), Zakir Naik’s mission has been to radicalize Indian Muslims. For several years, this harmless joker has been making a fool of himself on television. So long as Saudi money was flowing, the halls were full. In these assemblies, he not only embarrassed his fellow Muslims but also attacked other religions. The Christian faith has been his favourite punching bag, as they are an even lesser minority than Muslims.

In one of his “debates”, Naik taunted a Christian preacher to drink poison if he believed Jesus was the real savior. The preacher quoted the Bible and said “Thou shall not tempt the Lord”, and left the the circus. It goes without saying that Zakir Naik did not himself drink the poison to affirm his own faith.

We came, we saw, and he died He he he!!!

“We came, we saw, and he died He he he!!!”

So, that’s how things were standing – down in the dumps – for Naik. That is, until recently, when US embassy officials asked Indian intelligence agencies to put some good words with their “terrorists” in Bangladesh. Oh, yes, it was their terrorists. The biggest CIA station in India is in Calcutta. In 2013, the American ambassador in Libya was kidnapped from a secret CIA base and murdered by Libyan terrorists who were working for Allied forces. To cover that up, Hillary Clinton’s Department of State arranged an already existing video to be hastily overdubbed with fake anti-Islamic dialogues and made it available on YouTube. And, as if on cue, “protests” by Islamists occurred in Egypt and in Kashmir, Calcutta and Bangladesh. Who arranged these protests? Even though Google subsequently restricted access to the anti-Islamic video in countries with huge Muslim populations, Google did not entirely remove the video from YouTube, as they needed continue to provide Hillary and her State department with its fig-leaf cover for the brutal killing. Even though video continues to be online, no Islamic group is now protesting it. Google continues to do business in Muslim countries.

Now, Modi government is all set to rain down on him like a ton of bricks and demonize another faker as per US State Department’s plans. What a bunch of morons we have to deal with!

A paper tiger.

A paper tiger.

Before becoming an Adani employee, former home secretary GK pillai said Ishrat was innocent.

Before becoming a Adani (Modi’s chamcha) employee, former home secretary GI Pillai said that Ishrat was innocent.

Today, we live in a state where foreign agencies like the FBI can order Indian citizens to be secretly executed. Indian intelligence blindly believer everything Americans or the British say. Hence, they arranged an encounter killing in which an innocent woman named Ishrat Jehan was also brutally killed in cold blood. When CBI was investigating the fake encounter (under the Congress regime), the home secretary washed off his hands over the entire affair.

After Modi’s appointment as PM and his own golden parachute post-retirement at Adani’s, GK Pillai is singing a different tune. In a TV interview, GK Pillai confessed that Home Ministry officials were in the business of approving extra-judicial killings recommended by intelligence agencies. He also said that intelligence agencies all over the world operate outside the law and democratic governments should not question their decisions. Further, he said he would not shirk from committing perjury or asking law officials to perjure themselves if required by intelligence outfits. Despite this confession, no Islamic group is protesting. As India Today recently exposed, both Hindu and Islamic groups engage in protests and riots on a rent-a-crowd basis. (http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/uttar-pradesh-assembly-elections-rent-a-riot/1/701955.html)

We enticed the LeT operatives to come to India and target PM Narendra Modi (then Gujarat CM) and we laid a trap and killed them… IB had enticed and trapped them and then targeted them. We used a source who they (LeT) thought was their source. It is always better to know your enemy as he is coming in rather than wait for him to plan an operation on his own without our knowledge. Our source had in fact told that ‘look if you come in you can target Modi and other high profile people’ and the LeT decided to come in… CBI had indulged in leaks. They should have exercised extreme discretion. If I was the home secretary, I would have called the director CBI and said look this is unacceptable. I personally would have not recommended a CBI probe into this case… Ishrat was a cover. This was an intel operation involving the LeT. If it was an intel operation, then you should not talk about fake encounter. We should make that distinction. We can’t mix up the two. Ishrat knew that something was wrong. An unmarried Muslim girl went with a married person, spent nights with him as husband and wife. She was a cover for them… It’s true that morale came down of the IB. IB operations are not strictly within the ambit of the law. That’s how it is all around the world.

IB is staffed by police officials on deputation. Like all good Indian policemen, they are easily susceptible by bribes, which are generously provided by the US embassy. FBI’s basis for their accusation of Ishrat was the DEA/ISI double agent David Headley. Headly scouted for locations for 26-11 attacks in Bombay but remains in house arrest (supposedly) under a plea bargain with the US Justice Department. For obvious reasons, FBI did not to arrest Headley even though his wife had complained to the US government about his terrorist links.

FBI’s Ishrat claims were based on the DEA/ISI double agent David Headley. Headley has not been prosecuted for his role in the 26/11 attacks. He reportedly remains in US safe custody.

After decades of paying journalists, IB complains about leaks.

After decades of paying journalists, IB complains about leaks.

EU is a fascist dream! So, all hail, “The EU is dead! Long live the UK!”

Without trade deals, how is China still the biggest trading nation in the world?

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I used to hate the Brits for colonizing India but now I have forgiven them. The Brits voted for independence, and freed themselves and future generations from the tyranny of a villainous super-state called the European Union (EU).

In the 11th century, William The Conqueror (from Normandy, France) occupied England and instituted the feudal system. While much of the population became as serfs to nobles, the Jews he brought with him were exempted. Like Jews in ancient Palestine, Jews got themselves exempted from the law of the land. Jews became direct subjects of the King. By the 13th century, Jews had ruined their welcome. As traditional moneylenders (Christians were forbidden by their religion to charge interest), they were not particularly liked by the people. There were many accusations of ritual murder in which children were found murdered, often drained of all blood from their bodies. Some of these children are still worshiped as saints in many parts of Europe. Some 350 years later, Jews were formally allowed back into England by Oliver Cromwell, who had beheaded the King Charles and instituted a military dictatorship. While Cromwell’s complaint was that Charles had ignored the Parliament, he ruled more or less like a king without a formal crown on his head. Under Cromwell’s “Commonwealth”, the feudal system remained intact. Jews continued to charge high interest and squeezed out competitors in various trades. Some nobles may have changed but as a class their wealth and privileges continued.

PHOTO-EU-president-Schulz-questions-the-wisdom-of-the-crowdComing to recent times, the EU has grown into a lumbering overarching bureaucratic state. Bit by bit member states have had to cede their sovereignty to the mandarins in Brussels, Belgium. Members states had to give up everything – from jobs to control over trade and immigration. But the EU left royal families, nobility and landed gentry untouched. They would be anachronism if EU had to proceed further as a real super-state.

Although UK was a member of the EU, it had not ceded all of its sovereignty. It continued to have its own currency – the Sterling Pound, and did not have to follow many EU conventions. As an internationalist, the Prime Minister of UK, David Cameron wanted to UK to subsume into the EU. In this, he faced opposition from the old guard in his party, whose loyalties lie with the royalty and the upper class of British society.

To bypass opponents in the Conservative Party and go ahead with full EU integration, Cameron called for a referendum – the Brexit. A pal of his, Boris Johnson, seems to have been given the task of preventing the likes of Nigel Farage of UKIP (UK Independence Party) from hijacking the Brexit Leave vote. During the run-up to the vote, a known supporter of Palestinians and unfortunately a supporter of the Remain campaign was, let’s say, sacrificed for maximum advantage. (In France or Turkey, there is always a terrorist attack whenever the politicians in power are not doing well in the popularity charts.) To make matters worse, YouGov published a poll in which weeks of Leave campaign advantage was reversed and the Remain campaign was shown as in the lead. This was the reason why voter turnout was high.

Given such high turnout, the writing was on the wall. But the globalists had to show that Remain campaign was not in a minority. Hence the final tally showed a difference of just a few percentage points.

If the Leave camp was in a minority, then the turnout would have been low. The television images of rapefugees from Middle East and boat people from Africa had created indelible impression that UK and the EU was under an invasion. Instead of stopping the influx, German government were getting them to stay. As it became clear that Germany would not stop refugees, millions of illegal migrants started invading the borders of the borderless EU states. These illegals were everywhere – inside bus stations, railway stations and highways. When they were stopped, they started attacking. In Germany, Sweden and other countries, rapefugees started mounting sexual assaults on women. Instead of arresting them, authorities wanted citizens to take precautions. Churches were asked to remove the crosses when refugees were housed in them. Citizens living in state housing complexes were asked to leave to make way for refugees. Near the English Channel, illegal immigrants had stopped trains, trucks and other traffic.

The alien invasion came at a time of financial turmoil in EU states. EU integration and free trade had destroyed the manufacturing base of these countries. Countless factories and businesses had shut down. Jobs had become. Housing and education was becoming more and more expensive by the day. Despite all that, anyone opposing the illegal migration was immediately branded as a Nazi. Politicians and journalists were making bold-faced lies about the alien invasion and its response. It seemed that system had failed. The referendum captured a revolt in the making.

Is it the end of the world now? Hang yourself if you want!

Before the refrendum, everyone from the Janet Yellen to the EU to the IMF was claiming that Brexit would be catastrophic. After the refrendum, nothing happened. Sure, stockmarkets crashed but they are still trading higher than the week before.

Will Brexit be bad for the UK? UK is broke. It can’t get out with the EU as a millstone around its neck.

No. Britain was not a full member of the EU. It continues to have its own currency, which trades freely in the market.

Despite the fact that EU regulations are already like mountains, the group is still in its infancy. EU member states still have national parliaments and are sovereign states.

The globalists initially sold the public that the EU was just a common market for goods. Over time, the customs union was followed by a common bureaucracy, powerless common parliament, a common currency, common regulations, common court…

In recent years, EU states have been suffering from financial turmoil. It was caused by poor lending practices, low interest rates and unpayable private/public debt. With the common currency, national governments were unable to guide their economies.

The solution to the financial turmoil in EU, as suggested by the globalist kleptocrats, was now a common fiscal union. A fiscal union means national parliaments are obsolete and no longer in control of their budgets. With each crisis, the kleptocrats have showed no sign of slacking. They were moving the EU super-state project even further. UK was facing doom in the EU, as are other remaining state within the union. The EU bureacracy already operates in an opaque manner. The total secrecy with which the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) treaty was being negotiated is proof. In the US, the kleptocrats were guiding the American government on similar lines with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Even as the American public and legislators were denied access to the draft and minutes of the negotiations, US president Obama claimed that his country (and not China) would be writing the rules of international trade. (In India, Modi government has put Nirmal Sitharam on a similar secret deal called Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership  (RCEP) with Asian and Oceanic countries. The EU is part of a larger World Government project and Modi is a small pawn in it. Because Indian media is clueless about TPP and TPIP, there is no media discussion on the ill effects of RCEP. Instead, they are loudly agonizing over a useless NSG membership.)

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EU is a fascist dream. UK is better off without all that red tape and bureaucracy.

How can UK trade without trade deals? Trade without trade deals is free trade!

Nations should be able to regulate their trade. Trade deals are bondage agreements. UK does not need trade deals to trade in goods or services. The biggest trading nation in the world is China. It has a huge pool of slave labour and it is destroying manufacturing nations all around the world without any fancy trade deal.

Many European countries like Norway and Switzerland already trade with EU states without enjoying the “benefits” of being a EU state.

Will not Brexit affect stockmarkets? Not any more wobbly than it is already!

The effects of Brexit will not be immediate. Cameron has delayed Brexit until October when he resigns. The new Prime Minister has two years time after that to negotiate the exit. UK can sign new trade deals with individual EU nations if it wants to. EU leaders say they want a quick UK exit but they will try to make it difficult for the UK to exit and will make it a long-drawn-out process, lest it encourage other nations to leave.

If other EU nations do not provide duty-free access to UK exports, then UK can impose duties on their exports too. This will also help restarting the manufacturing base in the UK while shoring up revenues for the government. EU needs the UK more than UK needs Europe.

Will not Scotland want to leave? Sturgeon is a Merkel!

Earlier, I would have liked Scotland to leave the UK. Now, I don’t. Small nations are easier to exploit. What happened in Iceland and Greece are good examples. If Scotland wants to leave Great Britain be part of the EU, it will be like exchanging one master for another. Sturgeon is a Merkel in disguise, put in there like Boris Johnson for a purpose.

How can you trade the Brexit

Just how stupid were those billion dollar bets based on the last minute YouGov opinion poll! It clearly shows that pundits in the media and the markets are totally clueless when it comes manipulation of events.

Stockmarkets have become extremely sentiment-driven. They are like a cat on a wall. However, thanks to quantitative easing, a lot of government money has come into the stockmarket. It will not return unless interest rates are hiked.

Only if China stops buying US treasuries or Saudi Arabia wants to bill crude oil in other currencies than the US dollar will stockmarkets collapse as a whole in the immediate term.

Over the long term, massive corporate debt defaults are looming the US, where companies have borrowed from the market to buyback equity, which have boosted share prices. This will cause a slow downturn in the Dow. If it gets ugly, purchases of US treasuries by other central banks cannot be justified. US government will have to then devalue its currency or default on some of it debt, as I have already predicted.

You should have already bought gold as a hedge against all bad news. Stocks with good EPS and ROCE can be picked. Stocks that have run up like crazy should be avoided.

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The bottom-line is that trade deals are not needed for UK to be trading. It was the unfree trade that was destroying UK businesses (the steel industry, for example). Even if other countries leave the EU, so much the better. Only when national governments have full control over their economies, can manufacturing for internal consumption (rather than exports) be able to provide enough jobs and create lasting prosperity.

NDTV 24×7 becomes less than 24×7, as Indian tv news channels sell out to televangelists

Now, they are less than 24-hour news channels.

Godmen and charlatans have bought TV time on news channels. They appear as "ADVT" or like teleshopping programs.

Godmen and charlatans have bought TV time on news channels. They appear as “ADVT” or like teleshopping programs.

The CNBC people seem to be there all the day from early morning to late into the evening. Other Indian news channels do not have that luxury. (CNBC is still lucky because they, for a few hours, switch over to CNBC US programming.)

Indian news channels have sold out to godmen and televangelists.

NDTV 24×7 has made its name an oxymoron. Early morning hours are not manned by NDTV personnel but by televangelists.

On India Today channel, BrahmaKumaris and some Christian televangelists are on air well past 0630 hours.

Perhaps to provide cover for this sad state of affairs, state broadcaster has done followed suit.

REVIEW: Karbonn Dazzle 3 Titanium S204 mobile phone with Android Lollipop 5

A fast phone that is available at a low price, subsidized by on-the-sly installs of unwanted apps by Karbonn system apps.

 

I now have 3 tablets, all of which have been made useless because the batteries are dead and can’t be replaced. So, I was in the market for a big-screen phone with removable battery. I got the Karbonn Dazzle 3, which the manufacturer has not yet listed on their website.

It cost only 5,300 but had an 8MP back camera & a 2MP front. It has an extremely fast quad-core processor. Battery life is good for 3 or 4 hours if you play games but otherwise the device might last a day or more.

I don’t know what the more expensive phones, many of them costing more than a motorcycle, offer.

OEM apps can be easily removed. Karbonn has wisely not made them system apps. Google apps cannot be removed. I disabled them. This also removes the annoying Google Search toolbar.

I use the Startup Manager app to prevent annoying apps from starting automatically. After installing some of good games, there was no need for Google Play.

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F-Droid provides all the free apps I need such as this QR code app.
QR code app from F-Droid

The facia provides backlit buttons including the important Menu key which some phones replace with the Recent Apps button.

There are two SIM slots, one regular and other micro. SD card support is up to 32 GB.

It has a removable battery but the back cover doesn’t come off easily.

Altogether, a good phone and great value for the money. Is it a good tablet replacement? I am not sure. A tablet is a tablet. No “phablet” can beat them. They have bigger screens and better heat dissipation. However, I am not disappointed as I got a fast gaming device that is as good as any other phone in the market!

UPDATE: The problem with Google lizards was eliminated but the scourge of unwanted apps continued. Even when the phone is on mobile data connection, some Karbonn system app persistently downloads and installs unwanted apps such as NBT, Quikr and GameHub. I don’t know what these apps do. The NBT app got installed once. I did not start it. I thwarted subsequent installs. For a small duration, there is a Cancel button in the notification. If you don’t click it, the app gets installed. If you uninstall the app, the Karbonn system app will re-download these apps. It also sets the Developer Mode on. You cannot turn it off. I will write an app that automatically and regularly uninstalls these apps. If I am able to find which app is performing the downloads, my app will automatically kill it. The bastards who are sponsoring and facilitating these types of installations should be shot!

 

UPDATE 2: I created fake apps with names NBT, Quikr, GoIbibo, OLX, and Saavn. After installing them, the downloader did not try to install but offerred to “upgrade” my installations. HILARIOUS! I later found that an app created by an Indian company Cube26 was downloaidng these apps incessantly from cube26karbonn-analytics.in. I disabled this app and the unauthorized app installs stopped after that.

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Wren & Martin Grammar anyone? The state of textbook publishing in India

Oxford grammar has dropped interjections from parts of speech! Have Britons really become a nation of drunks in permanent stupor-hangover, as some news reports allege?

Cover of Wren and Martin's High School English Grammar & Composition

It all started with the question what a subject and a predicate were. That’s how state board books in India start with English grammar. My new Oxford grammar book was of no help. So, I went and bought a copy of the venerable-old Wren and Martin “High School English Grammar & Composition” today. This is a book that has been in use for several decades by students of English in India and other British colonies. It is like Dondo Moden French Course, which is a humble textbook published by Oxford University Press and used all over the world to learn/teach French for over a century.

When I was in school, I never owned one but my friends used it. Even though I was surprised they would spend actual money to buy a grammar book, I found the book worthwhile before exams as it had more grammar exercises than the one prescribed by our school syllabus. My friends also bought the key to the book and it was useful to cross-check our answers!

S Chand had made several revisions to the original text. There are now two editions – one illustrated and the other is not. I bought the illustrated one. The paper quality (recycled) is not as good as it was IN THOSE DAYS but the color illustrations were a surprise. I did not buy the Key to HSEG&C but it is available. (The Dondo book also has a “key” book for its exercises.)

Illustrated Wren & Martin's High School English Grammar & Composition

The Oxford grammar book bears no resemblance to the grammar used in Indian school textbooks. Oxford grammar seems to be an example of the control-freak mentality that has ruined several disciplines. The US Department of Defense would call a pencil as “portable handheld graphite communications inscriber”. They obtained a permanent place in management books by famously ordering toilet seats for $600 per piece. One of their studies revealed that 50% of their software projects were never delivered and one-third of delivered projects were never used. These inefficient and corrupt fools then bypassed the whole issue by asking Carnegie Mellon University for a solution. Those morons came out with SEI CMM (Software Engineering Institute Capability Maturity Model). This was adopted by industry without question and for years experienced project managers were denied jobs because they did not have training or experience in SEI-CMMM. It is only in recent times that people have realized that the whole thing was stupid and a waste of everyone’s time. Even before they got rid of this ghost, it was periodically harmed by hysteria such as agile, stack ranking, frameworks, and other common-sense alternatives.

In my CBSE high school grammar book, there were 9 parts of speech and they began with the articles a and an. In the W&M, (at least it seems to be now that) articles are part of adjectives. That’s fine because they also describe a noun just like other adjectives. In the Oxford grammar book, interjections have been eliminated, and articles and other forms of adjectives have subsumed in to what are called as determiners. Ouch! Why did they even bother? All of these so-called determiners are just adjectives!

There are no interjections in Oxford grammar. Articles have been folded into what are called 'determiners.'

Anyway, S Chand says it is the oldest and biggest publisher of educational books in India. (Textbooks in India are bigger than other forms of publishing.) I am not sure if S Chand is as big it once was. There are definitely a whole lot more publishers now.

The reason I went for W&M was the poor language and grammar that I found in the state board school textbooks. Using the Oxford grammar book was out of question. In India, W&M English rules. The Oxford book tried to be easy while being detailed but failed in both. W&M is simple and makes sense.

So, why are schools using these substandard textbooks? It is a long story. When I was in school, we had English reader and non-detailed books published by Orient Longman and Gulmohar. (After our school got affiliated with CBSE, we switched to several NCERT/CBSE books.) After Longman was purchased by Pearson, Orient Longman changed name to Orient Blackswan. Gulmohar is now an imprint of Orient Blackswan.

I was also looking for a maths textbook and found that prices from big publishers were way above what lower middle class people can afford. (The textbooks are mainly targeted at CBSE and ICSE students.) The substandard English textbook used by my kid’s school as part of Karnataka State board is priced at just 70-80 even though it is in full color. The Orient Blackswan textbooks are above 200 and I am not even sure if it was in color.

I did find a better quality maths textbook by one publisher Bharti Bhawan priced at 100 but their books are devoid of color. The authors have retained the copyright with them and the publisher has not even have left their website or email address in the book.

The problem with these publishers may be that they print the books in Delhi where costs could be high. There is only one place in India where you can publish high-quality books in full color at a very very low price and that is Sivakasi, the place in Tamil Nadu from where all the Diwali fireworks come.

So, my advice to all these Delhi publishers is to visit the factories in Sivakasi and ask Delhi printers to match the price.

Established big-name Indian textbook publishers should also focus on state board student textbook market. They need to first cut their price. Sivakasi can help with that.

Pearson has been buying up all independent textbook and educational publishers. There are very few independent educational publishers left. (Have you noticed beloved Camlin stationery company is now part-owned by Mitsubishi Pencil) They have also put their people in the United Nations and are imposing their coursework on all over the world. Bill Gates has also jumped on their bandwagon and want all school teaching to be transferred online (on Microsoft Azure cloud running Pearson e-learning, of course). It is a bad omen if the fox is licking the lambs, as Navjot Sidhu once said.

Pearson-Microsoft’s product is called Common Core and this is being imposed on schools all over the United States by the Obama government. The Common Core system is also being imposed on schools all over the world via the United Nations. People from Pearson-Microsoft meet the top officials of school boards and their Common Core curriculum gets imposed down the line without any consultation. Parents, teachers, students, and school administrators have all bitterly complained about the Pearson-Microsoft product but the relentless assault on the traditional form of school learning goes on unabated. The Common Core curriculum has been faulted for dumbing down education, overloading school administration with non-teaching staff while pushing more computer sales, software licenses and cloud contracts.

Pearson is so sure about its education market fortunes that their are shedding Financial Times newspaper and Economist magazine (Economist claims it is a newspaper on the cover) to focus on its core incompetency.

Don’t think India will not fall under their global sweep. Already, the former DMK government has taken the first steps in Tamil Nadu. They called it Samacheer Kalvi, which is the exact Tamil translation for Common Core Education.

How to block Facebook ads & junk DIVs with Opera JavaScript or GreaseMonkey script

I created the Moral Volcano Facebook page only to post on Natural News. They have moved to Disqus and don’t require Facebook anymore. Now, this wordpress blog automatically reposts everything to Twitter and Facebook. So, the ads and junk on Facebook don’t bother me. I recently created an Opera User JS and Greasemonkey script to block junk on Twitter and wondered if the same could be done for Facebook too.

animation-facebook-ad-blocker-user-js-greasemonkey-javascript

Opera User JS to block Facebook Ads and other junk

window.opera.addEventListener(
  "BeforeEvent.load", 
  function(e) {
    if (e.event.target instanceof Document) {
      try {
        disableEveryThing();
      } catch (e) {
        console.log(e);
      };
    }
  },
  false);
  

function disableEveryThing() {
  var oSE = document.createElement("style");  
  oSE.innerHTML = 
    "*[role=\"complementary\"]" +
    "{ display: none!important; } \n" +
    "*[role=\"main\"] { width: auto!important; } ";
  
  document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0].appendChild(oSE);
}

Greasemonkey Script to block Facebook Ads and Junk DIVs

// ==UserScript==
// @name        Block Junk on Facebook
// @namespace   https://www.facebook.com/
// @description %description%
// @include     https://www.facebook.com/*
// @exclude     %exclude%
// @version     1
// @grant       none
// ==/UserScript==

document.addEventListener("DOMContentLoaded", disableEveryThing(), false);

function disableEveryThing() {
  var oSE = document.createElement("style");  
  oSE.innerHTML = 
    "*[role=\"complementary\"] { display: none!important; } \n" +
    "*[role=\"main\"] { width: auto!important; } ";
  
  document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0].appendChild(oSE);
}