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The Fountain House

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2009/08/31/the-fountain-house 
Credit ANDRZEJ KLIMOWSKI
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Apparently, Professional Spoon Cutting is a thing... 0_0 #SpoonCutting

Spoon cutting is a traditional art in which an individual (the "cutter") attempt to halve a designated food item, using a "spoon". Spoon cutting can be done for fun or competitively in professional rings. Though the sport has died down over the years, it is now seeing a revival thanks to groups such as International Spoon Cutting League (ISCL).


https://www.reddit.com/r/spooncutting

CutDat - YouTube Channel : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC__OgYVhZ_7EML1b5RBxADA
Uploads every Monday and Thursday! Our commentary provides invaluable insight into the world of skilled cutting. Series: 'Cutting Items with a Spoon' 'Cuttin...
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The first wave of Canada’s resettlement program comes as anti-Muslim rhetoric continues to rise in the United States in the wake of terrorist attacks in…
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Canada’s mighty maple-syrup cartel wants to put this grandmother in jail o_O

Three-quarters of the world’s maple syrup comes out of Quebec in Canada under the auspices of the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers (FPAQ). It runs the country’s strategic maple-syrup reserve, deciding who can produce the liquid gold, how much they can sell, and what price their goods may command. Since 1990, producers have been legally compelled to sell the majority of their syrup to the FPAQ, which then sells it or stores it as it sees fit. The small fraction sold on the market also gets taxed, with a 12%-per-pound fee going to the FPAQ.

The body is regularly compared to the oil cartel OPEC. And as with OPEC, the FPAQ has its discontents, who complain that the system is corrupt and hurts the little guy. There is no shortage of stories about the organization employing strong arm tactics to subdue rebellious maple syrup producers into submission.

The latest face complaining of such treatment is a redheaded grandmother, Angele Grenier, the BBC reports. Instead of selling her maple syrup to the FPAQ, Grenier sells her maple syrup in the Canadian province of New Brunswick—and she’s facing jail time and hefty fines because of it. (The BBC estimates possible fines at $368,000.)

Instead, she and her husband often operate under cover of darkness—and are regularly visited by FPAQ security and the police, who say she should only be selling to them. “We want our freedom back,” Grenier told the BBC.



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Why artists installed 600 fake adverts at COP21

Advertising takeovers and creative forms of disobedience are some of the few means left to contest who is allowed to maintain a public voice at COP21.

#ClimateChange #Activism


Advertising takeovers and creative forms of disobedience are some of the few means left to contest who is allowed to maintain a public voice at COP21.
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Future Visions - Free Original Science Fiction Anthology #ebook

Inspired by #Microsoft

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Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Stories Inspired by Microsoft is an anthology of short stories written by some of today’s greatest science fiction authors.
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#Petition #G20 #ClimateChange

When PM Modi meets with the 20 most powerful world leaders in hours,he could be seen as a laggard, or as a leader championing a safe future for all of us. We can help him make the right choice.

Scientists say that India and other countries will definitely face increasingly deadly storms and droughts unless the world agrees a new climate plan, now. *But, talks are stuck as rich countries won't commit funding to ensure the survival of people in developing countries on the front lines of climate disaster.*

PM Modi could break the deadlock by shaming rich governments to commit the cash. The PM understands climate and if enough of us give him a mandate to demand action now, he could make India a hero on the global stage.
In hours PM Modi is meeting with the 20 most powerful world leaders -- let's get him to expose the lie that rich countries have no money to support the most vulnerable and shame them into switching their dirty billions going to fossil fuel giants for climate protection. Join now!
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The Story of a Painter

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India Is Building a Top-Secret Nuclear City to Produce Thermonuclear Weapons, Experts Say

The sensitivity of the Challakere project became clearer after the Environment Support Group legal team filed a lawsuit in 2012 at the High Court of Karnataka, demanding a complete accounting of pastureland being seized by the authorities — only to learn from the state land registry that local authorities had granted the Indian army 10,000 acres too, as the future home for a brigade of 2,500 soldiers. The State Reserve Police, an armed force, would receive 350 acres, and 500 acres more had been set aside for a commando training center. The nuclear city would, in short, be ringed by a security perimeter of thousands of military and paramilitary guards.


The military-nuclear park in the kavals, at nearly 20 square miles, has a footprint comparable in size to the New York state capital, Albany. After analyzing the images and conducting interviews with atomic officials in India, Kelleher-Vergantini concluded that the footprint for enrichment facilities planned in the new complex would enable scientists to produce industrial quantities of uranium (though the institute would only know how much when construction had progressed further). As Kelley examined photos of the second site, he was astonished by the presence of two recently expanded buildings that had been made lofty enough to accommodate a new generation of tall, carbon-fiber centrifuges, capable of working far faster to enrich uranium than any existing versions.

Nuclear experts express the productiveness of the enrichment machines in Separative Work Units (SWUs). Kelley concluded that at the second site, the government could install up to 1,050 of these new hyper-efficient machines, which, together with about 700 older centrifuges, could complete 42,000 SWUs a year — enough, he said, to make roughly 403 pounds of weapons-grade uranium. A new hydrogen bomb, with an explosive force exceeding 100,000 tons of TNT, requires only between roughly 9 and 15 pounds of enriched uranium, according to the International Panel on Fissile Materials, a group of nuclear experts from 16 countries that seek to reduce and secure uranium stocks.


The weapons could upgrade India as a nuclear power — and deeply unsettle Pakistan and China.
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Postcards from the future: Buses pulled by whales and rooms heated with radium

A group of artists working in France in 1899 set out to depict what they thought the future would look like a century later.

Link with more images: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/france-in-the-year-2000-1899-1910/

A group of artists working in France in 1899 set out to depict what they thought the future would look like a century later.
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Ah, I'd forgotten about Ford... #HenryFord #DonaldTrump

Because there is an example of a country a lot like America in 2015 that had a candidate in mind much like Trump–an ultra-rich dilettante who seemed to treat politics like a show and shoot his mouth off without any concern for actually winning, who did indeed “freak out” the chattering classes by skyrocketing in popularity against all common sense.

That country is America in 1924, and that would-be candidate was Henry Ford.

Like Trump, Ford vacillated about which party he even belonged to but seemed none the worse for wear for his shifting allegiances–his personal brand outshining the brand of whatever party he belonged to. Like Trump, Ford’s popularity was blamed on mass media–in 1924 that was the “movie mind” overstimulated by Hollywood features; in 2015 it’s apparently the fault of the “social media mind” of self-sustaining Internet outrage.

Like Trump, Ford surged to national attention in 1924 because of the country’s deep disenchantment with the “serious” candidates, a sense that party politics was just a corrupt elite trading favors with each other–Trump, like Ford, somehow managed to be an “outsider” and to represent the “common man” despite being incredibly wealthy.

And, like Trump, Ford was beloved by his fans because he was perceived as a straight-talker, a truth-teller, someone insulated enough by his wealth he didn’t have to recite polite fictions. Among serious pundits of the chattering classes, an eccentric billionaire who goes on rants about the Protocols of the Elders of Zion or Barack Obama’s forged birth certificate has disqualified himself from being taken seriously for office. Among voters who hate and resent the serious pundits of the chattering classes, those “fringe” views only underscore the billionaire’s “outsider” credentials.

It may well be the case that Ford, had he not bowed out of running for the Republican nomination in 1924, would never have won a general election once enough people blasted the contents of his raving anti-Semitic newspaper the Dearborn Independent to a national stage–indeed, the Anti-Defamation League successfully shut down that newspaper with a boycott in 1927. It may be that historians are correct that Ford would never have made it that far into the election because, like most people who storm into presidential elections with no past political experience, he simply didn’t have the taste for politics.


http://www.salon.com/2015/12/10/no_trump_isnt_the_next_hitler_but_his_real_historical_comparison_is_still_scary/
A tycoon dilettante with a "straight shooting" style who mainstreamed repugnant racist views? Sounds familiar
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*What really happened when Vasco Da Gama set foot in India*

In July 1497 when Vasco da Gama set sail for India, King Manuel of Portugal assorted a distinctly expendable crew of convicts and criminals to go with him. After all, the prospects of this voyage succeeding were rather slender considering that no European had ever advanced beyond Africa’s Cape of Good Hope before, let alone reached the fabled spice gardens of India.


Da Gama’s mirthless quest was essentially to navigate uncharted, perilous waters, and so it seemed wiser to invest in men whose chances in life were not especially more inspiring than in death. Driven by formidable ambition and undaunted spirit, it took da Gama ten whole months, full of dangerous adventures and gripping episodes, to finally hit India’s shores.

It was the dawn of a great new epoch in human history and this pioneer knew he was standing at the very brink of greatness. Prudence and experience, however, dictated that in an unknown land it was probably wiser not to enter all at once. _So one of his motley crew was selected to swim ashore and sense the mood of the “natives” there before the captain could make his triumphant, choreographed entrance._

*And thus, ironically, the first modern European to sail all the way from the West and to set foot on Indian soil was a petty criminal from the gutters of Lisbon.*
The Portuguese explorer came in search of gold and spices, but ended up unleashing political fury.
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  • 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.
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    Intern, 2012 - 2012
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    Market Research Intern, 2011 - 2011
  • NSEF Author of Change Programme
    Fellow, 2011 - 2011
  • Birla Museum, Pilani
    Web Development & Exhibit Design Intern, 2011 - 2011
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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.

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  • 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
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  • BITS Pilani - K.K. Birla Goa Campus
    Electrical & Electronics Engineering, 2009 - 2013
  • Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School, Thane
  • International School, Patna
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