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Arpit Srivastava
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Attended BITS Pilani - K.K. Birla Goa Campus
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John Oliver on How Primaries & Caucuses are Undemocratic #USA #Elections
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The media (ironically) overlooked the most chilling, Orwellian revelation of the Ben Rhodes controversy #ManufacturingConsent


“The most effectively weaponized 140-character idea or quote will almost always carry the day, and it is very difficult for even good reporters to necessarily know where the spin is coming from or why.”
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But the disciplining apparatus the government uses with the press was never as explicitly spelled out in the 1980s, when Chomsky and Herman were closely analyzing it, as it has been today, in articles like the New York Times’ Ben Rhodes feature.

The Times detailed how “Rhodes’s war room did its work on Capitol Hill and with reporters,” ensuring that “legions of arms-control experts began popping up at think tanks and on social media, and then became key sources for hundreds of often-clueless reporters.”

“We created an echo chamber,” Rhodes stated openly. “They were saying things that validated what we had given them to say.”
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But the danger lies in the method used to sell the deal. Rhodes and the Obama administration as a whole are setting an incredibly dangerous precedent with this manufacturing consent 2.0 strategy — just like the precedent the administration has set with secretive undeclared drone wars and extrajudicial assassinations.

These policies will be continued in the future, and will be justified by pointing to the policies of the Obama administration. If a hypothetical President Hillary Clinton insists the U.S. must invade Syria or re-invade Iraq, her White House will use these same strategies and tools to shape media narratives and to sell policies to the public — just as, if a hypothetical President Trump insists the U.S. must extrajudicially assassinate dissidents, he has a drone program that can do so. President Obama will have established the precedent future commanders in chief will need to justify such actions.

Rhodes himself is aware of this. When the Times asked him “whether the prospect of this same kind of far-reaching spin campaign being run by a different administration is something that scares him,” Rhodes “admitted that it does.”




NY Times' Rhodes feature shows the manufacturing of consent Chomsky warned about has soared to chilling new heights
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Every time Disney’s beloved mouse is about to enter the public domain, U.S. copyright law magically changes. Does he deserve special protection, or should he be relinquished to society?
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Ha! The audacity! #China #CPC #GreatFirewall #Internet #Censorship

The designer of China's "Great Firewall" has been mocked online after he reportedly had to bypass the censorship system that he helped create during a public event.

Fang Binxing was giving a speech on internet security at the Harbin Institute of Technology when he tried to access a South Korean website, but was blocked by the system, according to the Hong Kong-based Ming Pao website.

To continue with his speech, he was forced to set up a virtual private network (VPN) - a common practice used to skirt state censorship - in full view of the audience. Perhaps to avoid embarrassment, the university scrapped a scheduled question-and-answer session.


Fang Binxing bypasses his own system after it blocks website access during a speech.
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AUM. .SAME WITH DR. JOHN LILLY US NAVY..PROJECT INVENTOR. . CLEARING A WAY..BUH WAH ..LET IT BE
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I'd read about this a couple of days back.

Just read the entire translated letter on this site. Damn, that's bold.

"Loyal party members urge Xi's resignation" #China #CPC #FreedomOfSpeech

Consequently, Comrade Xi Jinping, we feel that you do not possess the capabilities to lead the Party and the nation into the future, and we believe that you are no longer suitable for the post of General Secretary. For the Party cause, for the long-term peace and stability of the country, and for your own personal safety and that of your family, we ask you to resign from all positions of Party and state leadership, and let the Party Central Committee and the people of the nation select a virtuous leader who can vigorously lead us into the future.
Xi Jinping’s efforts to maintain ideological conformity in the Party and the nation have recently met with opposition. After the president emphasized government control of the media with a visit to top state media outlets where he stressed that news must “speak for the Party,” famously outspoken commentator Ren Zhiqiang responded by posting to his Weibo …
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'Only Nixon could go to China': Or why Modi can calmly tweet about Yoga during a terror attack #India #Pakistan #Terrorism


The prime minister's career-long hardline stance on Pakistan has given him immense leeway when dealing with terror.


The prime minister's career-long hardline stance on Pakistan has given him immense leeway when dealing with terror.
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Bubble Circus explores some of the more enchanting physical properties of soap, water, and bubbles

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The Mythology of Trump's 'Working Class' Support

Nate Silver busts the 'uneducated poor white' stereotype of Trump Voters, created by the mews media.

Actually, they are more educated, with higher incomes than most Americans.

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-mythology-of-trumps-working-class-support/
It’s been extremely common for news accounts to portray Donald Trump’s candidacy as a “working-class” rebellion against Republican elites. There are elements of truth in this perspective: Republica…
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During WWII, European refugees fled to Syria. Here's what the camps were like. #history #war #refugees


Since civil war erupted in Syria five years ago, millions of refugees have sought safe harbor in Europe by land and by sea, through Turkey and across the Mediterranean.

Refugees crossed these same passageways 70 years ago. But they were not Syrians and they traveled in the opposite direction. At the height of World War II, the Middle East Relief and Refugee Administration (MERRA) operated camps in Syria, Egypt and Palestine where tens of thousands of people from across Europe sought refuge.

MERRA was part of a growing network of refugee camps around the world that were operated in a collaborative effort by national governments, military officials and domestic and international aid organizations. Social welfare groups including the International Migration Service, the Red Cross, the Near East Foundation and the Save the Children Fund all pitched in to help MERRA and, later, the United Nations to run the camps.


A rare collection of refugee camp reports chronicle journeys through Turkey and across the Mediterranean by refugees trying to leave Europe.
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Little Red Riding Hood (Has a Gun) #NRA #FairyTales #Guns

One birthday not long ago, Red was given her very own rifle and lessons on how to use it—just in case—to be sure that she would always be safe. So, with a kiss from her mother, rifle over her shoulder and a basket for her Grandmother in her hands, Red took a deep breath and entered the woods.
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The wolf couldn’t believe his luck—he had come across two capable ladies in the same day, and they were related! Oh, how he hated when families learned how to protect themselves.
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http://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2016/1/13/little-red-riding-hood-has-a-gun/
An old story retold...and no longer quite so grim!
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Good points on why Clinton as Presidential nominee is a bad idea.

Yes, Donald Trump Could Beat Hillary Clinton

Love how this has been boldly stated in a WSJ article -

From the way the Democratic superdelegates have been awarded, to the number and timing of debates, the entire primary season has been orchestrated to serve Mrs. Clinton’s interests by a party that is mostly in her pocket.

This is why the last man standing is an angry, white-haired socialist. And yet the former first lady still can’t put him away. What does it say about large dissatisfactions within the Democratic Party that this cranky old guy continues to pull out victories? #BernieSanders

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Whom would the voters regard as the lesser of two evils? A candidate who is dishonest and untrustworthy at a political moment when distrust of government is ascendant? Or a candidate who is crude and inexperienced at a time when the terrorists we face are organized and sophisticated.

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In the long stretch between now and Election Day, many events could affect the outcome. More terror attacks à la Brussels or San Bernardino. More setbacks in Iraq or Syria. More belligerence from Vladimir Putin in Ukraine. And of course maybe even a Hillary indictment. Does anyone think any of this will help Mrs. Clinton?

http://www.wsj.com/articles/yes-donald-could-beat-hillary-1459206799
Main Street columnist William McGurn writes that conventional wisdom about the 2016 presidential race says Donald Trump has no chance to defeat Hillary Clinton if he is the Republican nominee come November. But what if he blows up all the old rules?
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Student, Engineer, Programmer, Designer, Dreamer...
Employment
  • Avaya
    Software Engineer, 2013 - present
    Work in the SMEC ( Small & Medium Enterprise Communications ) R&D Division on the development of the Avaya IP Office range of IP PBX systems.
  • Avaya
    Intern, 2012 - 2012
  • Ennovent
    Market Research Intern, 2011 - 2011
  • NSEF Author of Change Programme
    Fellow, 2011 - 2011
  • Birla Museum, Pilani
    Web Development & Exhibit Design Intern, 2011 - 2011
  • Ennovent
    IT Systems Volunteer, 2011 - 2011
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Magarpatta City, Pune
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Mumbai - Thane - Goa
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Introduction
I currently work at Avaya in the Pune R&D centre.

I graduated from BITS,Pilani - K.K. Birla Goa Campus, India, with a degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering.

A Programming & Design Geek.
An Indie & Post Rock Fan.

I love reading web comics like QuestionableContent, xkcd, Penny Arcade etc.

Was selected for the NSEF Author of Change 2011 Fellowship programme.

Activities:
  • Co-Organizer,TEDxBITSGoa
  • Core Member, Content & Agenda Team, BITSAA Global Meet 2011
  • BITSAA Student Leader, BITSAA International
  • Core Member,Quark - International Techno-Management Innovation Festival of BITS,Pilani - Goa
Education
  • BITS Pilani - K.K. Birla Goa Campus
    Electrical & Electronics Engineering, 2009 - 2013
  • Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School, Thane
  • International School, Patna
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Nice hotel. I visited Hyatt Regency for a conference. The interiors are nice. The food served at the buffet was decent. I didn't stay here so can't comment on the rooms for guests.
Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago
It's an OK place for meeting friends, though rather small. Their beverages menu, with nice cold press juices and some good hot beverages like Herbal Detox and Chamomile infusion.
Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago
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It was fine, I guess. The interiors and menu are not as impressive as a Starbucks, or even a CCD Lounge (there's one in Seasons Mall). It's in a good location. If you work or live in Magarpatta City, it's close to the offices as well as the Destination Center (shopping plaza), if you're in the mood for a coffee or a frappé. I came pretty early in the morning, so there were just 2 employees running the cafe. The outlet also has a tie-up with DBS Bank for biometric KYC verification for new bank accounts.
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Excellent place for breakfast, with great ambience. They have great food and juices. Pricey, but worth it. They serve the juices in quirky jam jars. If I was an author (and lived in Koregaon Park), I'd probably spend hours over here brainstorming/writing everyday, while sipping their excellent juices to keep the "creative juices" flowing. ;-)
Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago
Not a very good hotel. The location is not good and it looks rather cramped, IMHO.
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reviewed 3 weeks ago