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  1. Sep 2021
    1. always checking

      This reminds me of Descartes' methodic doubt, and is a good lesson to apply for our age of near limitless access to information. Whatever we find striking enough to remember could at least be doubted until the information we compartmentalize is both specific to our experience and generalizable enough to share, that way truth can be found in its application to reality as we see it and as others see it.

  2. Nov 2018
  3. Jun 2018
    1. politifact checked the claim:

      "Two-thirds of the people who use Medicaid are poor children, but two-thirds of the money is for long-term care for seniors, whether in a facility or at home."

      found at https://www.pgpf.org/what-we-are-doing/fiscal-summit

      and rated it:


  4. May 2018
    1. politifact checked the claim:

      "Two-thirds of the people who use Medicaid are poor children, but two-thirds of the money is for long-term care for seniors, whether in a facility or at home."

      found at https://www.pgpf.org/what-we-are-doing/fiscal-summit

      and rated it:


    1. If you look at what we did with solar panels, where we put 30 percent tariffs on, we had 32 companies opened with pretty new plants, because it’s a relatively new industry.  Of the 32 plants, 30 were closed and 2 were not doing well.  Since putting the tariffs on, the two are doing very well, seven or eight are going to be opening, and a lot more will open.
      <div class="sharethefacts-header">Share The Facts</div> <div class="sharethefacts-name"> <div class="sharethefacts-speaker-image image-4808b637-4f48-499b-9e5a-e5534e79a3a7"></div> <div class="sharethefacts-speaker"> <div class="sharethefacts-speaker-name">Donald Trump</div> <div class="sharethefacts-speaker-title">President of the United States</div> </div> </div> <div class="sharethefacts-rating"> </div> <br style="clear: left"> <div class="sharethefacts-statement"> "Since putting the tariffs on ... seven or eight [solar panel plants] are going to be opening." </div> <div class="sharethefacts-dateline"> Press conference – Wednesday, April 18, 2018 </div>
  5. Apr 2018
    1. In 2016, the five states with the highest rates of death due to drug overdose were West Virginia (52.0 per 100,000), Ohio (39.1 per 100,000), New Hampshire (39.0 per 100,000), Pennsylvania (37.9 per 100,000) and (Kentucky (33.5 per 100,000).
    1. Nous, médecins québécois qui croyons en un système public fort, nous opposons aux récentes hausses de rémunération négociées par nos fédérations médicales.
    1. Nixon claimed that 79 percent of 4-year-olds outside New York City don’t have access to full-day pre-K four years after funding was earmarked in the state budget.
  6. Mar 2018
  7. Jan 2018
    1. So, this is the real news: not even a single biometric data, repeat not even a single biometric data, has been leaked in the last seven years since the first Aadhaar was issued. If that is not adequate security, what is?


      The referred article Rs 500, 10 minutes, and you have access to billion Aadhaar details doesn't say biometric data were leaked. So this whole paragraph is pointless .

      Let me give you an example:

      Let's say you (son) lost Rs.100 note.

      Father: Did you lose Rs.100 note? Son: I didn't lose any Rs.500 note. Everything is safe.

    2. Aadhaar is like a detergent which is going to clean whatever it is applied on. When Aadhaar was being used by the poor for getting their entitlements, it was deemed okay. Now that it is cleaning other systems to check things like benami properties and tax evasions, it is becoming too dangerous for many people.

      Quoting your own tweet

      My piece on alleged Aadhaar data breach. Comments, only factual and not emotional, are welcome.

      This point is just emotional and not factual.

    3. next episode of this drama

      Again just emotional and not factual

  8. Apr 2017
    1. including their biometrics, to American tech companies and foreign governments anyway,

      Not sure which american pvt company demands bio-metrics. You give it US only if you need visa otherwise dont have to.

      Also US Goverment cant cancel your Aadhaar or stop grains

    2. cash and grain

      Cash can go to account directly. Will the grains go to tummy directly?

    3. tried to defame the programme

      No one is trying to defame. Everyone is asking questions.

    4. Recently, there was a spate of claims that the Aadhaar database was leaking information. That was not true though. A banking official had released the information, which was a criminal act. The fact remains that data can be stolen.

      Says not leaked and stolen in the same sentence.

      Aadhaar Database doesn't mean just the database, its the whole ecosystem. Just like how the credit of ecosystem goes yo Aadhaar, the failures of it too.

    5. others do not

      Not even a single quote or interview from the other side?

    6. , especially when they appear to accomplish things in years that activism has not for decades

      Just a statement. No facts.

    7. Reacting to such concerns, the Supreme Court has stated that Aadhaar should not be made mandatory to receive benefits. Meanwhile, over the years, the processes of the Aadhaar system have been improving.

      But is it being followed?

    8. Aadhaar system to make tax evasion difficult. “There are 250 million PANs (permanent account numbers),” Nilekani says, but only about 40 million who file returns.

      Not everyone who has a PAN has to file return.

    9. People who fear Modi find this ominous. They say that the technology of Aadhaar makes it easy for a strongman like him to spy on his rivals and citizens. “The end of privacy,” they write in articles that have Modi appearing to peer into your private lives.

      Trying to derail the debate by making it Anti Modi. The debate started much before modi got elected.

    10. When the Unique Identification programme was launched in 2009 during the Congress regime, everyone thought it was only for the poor.

      He missed the discussion about privacy which started the day the document got leaked.

  9. Mar 2017
    1. The tentacles of the scheme reached to Trump Tower, the Fifth Avenue high-rise where prosecutors say a US ringleader lived in an apartment one floor below Donald Trump’s own place. There, he oversaw a network of Internet sites that formed ‘‘the world’s largest sports book’’ that catered ‘‘almost exclusively to oligarchs living in the Ukraine and the Russian Federation,’’ prosecutors said.On one of the thousands of conversations intercepted on the defendants’ cellphones, the leader could be heard warning a customer who owed money that ‘‘he should be careful, lest he be tortured or found underground,’’ a prosecutor said. Advertisement The ring paid Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov — already under indictment in a separate US case accusing him of bribing Olympic figure skating judges at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City — $20 million in gambling proceeds in a two-month period alone, court papers said. In another transaction in late 2010, the same man wired $3 million from a Cyprus bank account to another account in the United States, the papers said.
    1. However, even VVPAT is not a foolproof system. It can be prone to the same risks as the EVMs are.

      What are those?

    2. VM to be connected to Internet but EVMs have no internet connection. So, hacking an EVM is not possible.

      Why it needs to be connected to internet to be hacked?

    3. t such chips can be inserted in

      Again this is talking about only one kind of attack. Of course hardware insertion is difficult. How about software manipulation?

    4. Can electronic voting machines be tampered with? 5 points you must know
      • No experts interviewed on either side
      • No author information
    5. How EVMs can be tampered?

      This is not the only way. Potentially there could be hundreds of ways. But this is just one example.

    1. As for budget dates, it is plain silly to claim that all normal governmental activities should be abandoned when the czars of the EC do their jobs.

      Not all bug big government announcements are always restricted. Its not new or only applied this time.

    2. He obviously does not read too many newspapers or he would have known without the government having to inform him.

      CEC meant official means of communication and not the newspaper way to communicate.

  10. Feb 2017
    1. Marathas defeated the Mughal empire centuries late
      • There are so many movies about Marathas.
      • There are also movies about Vijayanagar empire in Kannada and Telugu.
      • There are also movies about Ashoka, Pulakeshi etc which author totally missed
      • Author also seems to think only Bollywood as Indian cinema
    2. However, similar books as Shashi Tharoor’s exposing British rule in India as tyrannical could also be written about the Mughals and other Islamic invaders. Mughal rule commonly practised genocide of Hindus and destruction of temples, not merely by Aurangzeb. Such studies could be made on Tamerlane’s genocide of north India and on the older Delhi Sultanate overall – notably Alauddin Khilji, who pillaged India north and south. They could be written on many Islamic invaders and rulers in India over the centuries, some of whom are portrayed as heroes in Indian history books today. But most scholars would not dare conduct such research, as political motives override their willingness to tell the truth.

      No examples of hindu kings are mentioned.

    3. British and the Mughals that took shape only under Nehru.

      India became India only after Independence under Indian constitution. Until then we had hundreds of princely states. Under the leadership of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, they were unified into India.

    4. From Swami Vivekananda’s Yoga-Vedanta revival, to Lokmanya Tilak’s back to the Gita message, to Sri Aurobindo and his honouring of the Vedas, to the Ram Rajya ideal that extended to Mahatma Gandhi, this respect for India’s past was prominent and proud. Images of Bharata Mata, and songs like Vande Mataram expressed such inspiration

      Totally misses personalities like Ambedkar who was very critical of Vedas, Shastras and Smritis.

    5. could also be written about the Mughals and other Islamic invaders.

      and also about Hindu leaders and dynasties.

    1. how technology is being effectively used to end the menace of corruption and black money

      BHIM is just a money transfer app. Just like any other wallet app. There is no basis for this statement? No studies, surveys or research paper.

    2. Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM), a government app,

      No. Its not a Government App. Its a product of National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) which is a Section 25 company under Companies Act 1956 (now Section 8 of Companies Act 2013).

      NPCI has ten promoter banks namely, State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Canara Bank, Bank of Baroda, Union Bank of India, Bank of India, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Citibank and HSBC. The Board constitutes of Shri Balachandran M as the Chairman, Nominee from RBI, Nominees from ten core promoter banks, two Independent Directors and Shri A. P. Hota, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, NPCI.

      Ref: National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) About us page

    1. How could USCIRF outsource a report harshly critical of India, one of the most important democratic allies of the US, to an activist with a history of supporting separatist causes against India that too often employ terrorism against innocent civilians? How can USCIRF give its imprimatur to a report citing debunked sources and smearing the Hindu religion?

      Again. India and Hinduism are not same.

    2. left tens of thousands of Hindus and Sikhs dead

      Reference for the numbers required.

    3. Beyond the litany of attacks against India and the Hindu religion in the latest USCIRF special report, what should alarm any observer, is the document’s authorship.

      It doesn't attack India. IT attacks Hinduism. They are different.

    4. Attacking Hinduism And India

      How are they same?

      Hinduism is a religion and India is a country.

    5. for the first time in USCIRF’s history, the commission makes the overtly Hinduphobic declaration that caste-based discrimination is rooted in Hindu scripture.

      caste-based discrimination is rooted in Hindu scripture

      is a well known and well debated subject. Read The Annihilation of Caste - Dr. B. R. Ambedkar

      Dr. B. R. Ambedkar says

      The literature of the Hindus is full of caste genealogies in which an attempt is made to give a noble origin to one caste and an ignoble origin to other castes. The Sahyadrikhand is a notorious instance of this class of literature.

      There is no code of laws more infamous regarding social rights than the Laws of Manu. Any instance from anywhere of social injustice must pale before it.

      But whether the doing of the deed takes time or whether it can be done quickly, you must not forget that if you wish to bring about & breach in the system then you have got to apply the dynamite to the Vedas and the Shastras, which deny any part to reason, to Vedas and Shastras, which deny any part to morality. You must destroy the Religion of the Shrutis and the Smritis. Nothing else will avail. This is my considered view of the matter.

  11. Jan 2017
    1. Fisking

      Fisking was the act of point-by-point fact-checking of another's articles in public. It's name come from the point-by-point refutations that Andrew Sullivan often did of anti-war blogger Robert Fisk.

    2. What fact-checking used to be like. Hint: lots of calls.

  12. Aug 2015
    1. You think we should open the borders and bring in a lot of low-wage workers, or do you think maybe we should try to get jobs for those kids?

      so it sounds like he's not supportive of open borders. Hmmm