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Business | The wrong way round

+Jim Connolly explains why most small business is built upside down, and how to fix it.

#Business #JimConnolly

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Business | Super growth

+Jim Connolly shows how you can grow your business hugely. This is not just clickbait. A friend of his actually did the kind of growth the headline says!

#Business #Growth

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Law and superstition

This news has made my day! =D

I hope that millions will follow suit and that all those who prey on people's superstitions and in fact increase them for their own cynical benefit are sued to bankruptcy.

They can now plead either failure and pay up for the consequences or admit they are lying parasites. No good place for them anymore.

Sigh. They will probably just pay him to be quiet and not expose them. People will continue to remain gullible.

#law #superstition #vaastu

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Politics | Trolling the trolls

The article is hilarious. "Coup Clutz Clowns" indeed!

This follows up other articles on the use of non-violent protest. Humour is singularly appropriate to puncture the pretensions of violent 'superior' groups. This kind of protest brings alive the H. L. Mencken quote: One horse-laugh is worth ten thousand syllogisms. It is not only more effective; it is also vastly more intelligent.

Thanks to +Tom Eigelsbach for the find.

#Politics #Protest #NonViolence #Humour
Clowning as a tactic of creative resistance was first developed by a group of U.K. activists who started the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army, or CIRCA, in 2003. Mixing slapstick humor and improv theater with civil disobedience, the group had — at its height —over 150 trained clowns in Edinburgh, and their tactics were adopted by activists across Europe and the United States.

In 2007, the group Anti Racist Action staged a full-fledged clown performance at a neo-Nazi rally in Knoxville, Tennessee. The clowns feigned confusion at demonstrators’ cries of “White power!” and called back, “White flour?” as they threw fist-fulls of flour into the air.

“White power!” the neo-Nazi group shouted, and the clowns pretended they finally understood their mistake. “Oh, white flowers!” they cried out, handing white flowers to passersby, including some of the neo-Nazis themselves.

“White power!” they yelled again. “Tight shower?” the clowns called back, holding a shower head in the air and crowding together in a ridiculous attempt to follow the directions of the white supremacist group.

They tried once more: “White power!” And the female clowns exclaimed, as though they finally understood, “Wife power!” raising letters in the air to spell out the words and hoisting the male clowns in the air, running around and carrying them in their arms.

The clowns stole the show, and continued parading through the streets with the police smiling happily at their sides while the neo-Nazi group called off their demonstration several hours early.

Other creative tactics can be used to counter neo-Nazi propaganda with less direct confrontation. Activists around the world have turned Nazi graffiti into art, like the #PaintBack campaign transforming Swastikas into cartoon animals.

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Law | Privacy reaffirms the individual's free choices

And here is part 2 of the analysis of Puttaswamy, a case in the Supreme Court of India that will change the way the world looks at privacy.

From the article:
There is one crucial feature about each of these (overlapping) formulations: they place the individual at the heart of privacy.

From the judgement:
Many writers on feminism express concern over the use of privacy as a veneer for patriarchal domination and abuse of women. Patriarchal notions still prevail in several societies including our own and are used as a shield to violate core constitutional rights of women based on gender and autonomy. As a result, gender violence is often treated as a matter of “family honour” resulting in the victim of violence suffering twice over – the physical and mental trauma of her dignity being violated and the perception that it has cause an affront to “honour”. Privacy must not be utilised as a cover to conceal and assert patriarchal mindsets. Catherine MacKinnon in a 1989 publication titled ‘Towards a Feminist Theory of the State’ adverts to the dangers of privacy when it is used to cover up physical harm done to women by perpetrating their subjection. Yet, it must also be noticed that women have an inviolable interest in privacy. Privacy is the ultimate guarantee against violations caused by programmes not unknown to history, such as state imposed sterilization programmes or mandatory state imposed drug testing for women. The challenge in this area is to enable the state to take the violation of the dignity of women in the domestic sphere seriously while at the same time protecting the privacy entitlements of women grounded in the identity of gender and liberty.

The article again:
Interestingly, this framing of the right to privacy is not only morally attractive, but it is also constitutionally correct. At the heart of the "spatial vision" of privacy is the American Fourth Amendment, that protects the "houses, papers, and effects" of people from searches and seizures. As counsel after counsel on the side of the State reminded the Supreme Court this July, the framers of the Constitution discussed including a clause similar to the Fourth Amendment, and then rejected it. Nor does the Indian Constitution place the "family" at its heart, like the Irish Constitution does - in fact, as we have discussed before, Ambedkar specifically pointed out during the Constituent Assembly Debates that it was the individual who was the basic unit of the Constitution. Consequently, there was no warrant for the Supreme Court to ground a right to privacy in spaces (as the US Supreme Court continues to do) or in relationships or institutions (in fact, more than one judge referred to the Constituent Assembly Debates, and points out that privacy was broader than the narrow, space-oriented concept that the framers had rejected).

What remains? The individual - the Constitution's basic unit, and - in the Supreme Court's judgment - the only bearer of the right to privacy.

Isn't this awesome? This puts Indian jurisprudence right there in the front of every other jurisprudence in the world. Thanks for the article, Gautam Bhatia!

#Law #SupremeCourtOfIndia #Puttaswamy #RightToPrivacy #FundamentalRights #Individual #HumanRights

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Law | A landmark judgement in India

On 24 Aug 2017, a nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court of India pushed the boundaries of jurisprudence in a case which deserves to be a landmark, not only in the annals of Indian constitutional jurisprudence, but across the world. The verdict locates privacy in the grand sweep of democracy and within the core human values of autonomy, dignity, and freedom, while also placing it within the realm of the concrete, the flesh-and-blood relationship between the individual and the State. In its attention to the abstract and to the world of concepts, it does not ignore the world in which individuals struggle against coercive State power; and in its care to outline how privacy is concretely meaningful, it does not forget to include it within that constellation of ideas that fame this reality and give it meaning. This is a difficult path to travel. However, all nine judges have demonstrated the intellectual courage required to travel it, and the result is a ringing endorsement of the central place of privacy in a modern, constitutional, democratic republic.

Puttaswamy, as the case is known (short for Justice K.S. Puttaswamy vs Union of India) is a case whose reverberations will ring round the world whenever a government/State tries to convert citizens (the sovereign) into subjects (the ruled over).

It's awesome.

For those who are not in India, focus on Proposition 3 in the article. The other propositions would be more interesting to students of legal history in India or to practitioners who expect to quote Puttaswamy.

A point which may be of interest is that Justice Puttaswamy retired as a High Court Judge in the state of Karnataka. (He's now a personal hero for bringing this case and fighting it to its conclusion. The writer of the blog, Gautam Bhatia, is another personal hero for making "Law" simple and accessible).

#Law #India #SupremeCourtOfIndia #RightToPrivacy #FundamentalRights #HumanRights

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Politics | 10 books on dictators

From the article:

Suspend disbelief and imagine this: a political outsider, a populist demagogue gets elected president of the USA, lashing out at a liberal press, promising to sort out Mexico, stigmatising minorities, appealing to the blue-collar vote, promising a return to greatness and prosperity. Once elected, he establishes a militia to quell dissent, jails opponents, invades Mexico. Written in 1935...

Whatever its ideology, its rhetoric or moral pleadings, power always follows one rule. It acts to sustain itself. The aim of power is to retain power. But even dictators don’t rule alone. Every government requires a coalition of essential supporters who need rewarding or paying off. A lot follows from basic principles. The larger the coalition, the better the infrastructure, the less the reliance on natural resources, the more inclusive and democratic the society will be. Dictatorships are more stable because there are simply fewer vested interests to serve. A successful tyranny reduces the proportion of influential people and maximises the number who are irrelevant and interchangeable.

The despot requires a compliant middlerank that defers to those above and despises those below, stigmatises difference, rejects the foreign, externalises aggression, enjoys simplicity, obeys without question and turns a deaf ear to the inner drone of conscience.

And how to avoid them: “be kind to our language,” “believe in truth,” “listen for dangerous words” [...] “defend institutions,” “beware the one-party state,” “do not obey in advance”. These principles may seem obvious, or presume an unrealistic, public bravery – “stand out,” “be as courageous as you can.” Some sound like forlorn echoes from history, but they may well be the clearest, soundest advice we get.

Thanks to +Dom Ritter for sharing.

#Politics #Dictators #Dictatorship #books #History

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Politics | The effectiveness of non-violence

How do we resolve conflict?

In India, the ruling PM would have us believe that it needs a "Strong Man", military attacks and the like. (This is also true in many other countries, like Russia and the USA, today).

However, what actually works is non-violence. From the article: In their 2011 book, “Why Civil Resistance Works,” Dr. Stephan and Erica Chenoweth examined how struggles are won. They found that in over 320 conflicts between 1900 and 2006, nonviolent resistance was more than twice as effective as violent resistance in achieving change. And nonviolent struggles were resolved much sooner than violent ones.

The main reason, Dr. Stephan explained to me, was that nonviolent struggles attracted more allies more quickly. Violent struggles, on the other hand, often repelled people and dragged on for years.

That's how Ireland solved its festering problem with England/UK. That is how the rest of the world's trouble spots will be solved.

In the mean time, the article also gives practical advice on how to defang the monsters who are creeping into daylight: the majoritarians, the sexists, the violent defenders of the faith.

Thanks to +Denise Case for sharing!

#Politics #NonViolence #HandlingViolence #HandlingHate
Fighting the good fight: lessons from Germany. "..nonviolent resistance was more than twice as effective as violent resistance in achieving change." More people participate, and the positive changes occur more quickly.

How to Make Fun of Nazis

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Making nuclear war immediate

An excellent suggestion. This should be the requirement for any war, or other state-sanctioned violence approved by our elected leaders.

By the way, what do you think is the mental state of the objector?

Via +Kee Hinckley (Thank you for sharing this gem).

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Economics | India's demographic dividend aka dynamite

Here's the ☹️ bad news: the govt program for skilling India has spent huge amounts of money, and failed to meet its targets almost every year. The number of people placed after the programs is barely 1 in 8. A large number of organisations have defaulted on their loans. Skilling companies were found to have fake enrolments. One didn't even have a centre at the address it claimed. You could have set up an IIT with the unpaid loan amount. We need 20,000 skills trainers every year, but training the trainers will give only a few more than 8200.

Here's the good 🙂 news: the govt program actually hit its target in 2013-14, and beat that figure in the two years following. 1 in 8 of the people trained were placed in employment (how many continued, is a separate question; stop raining on the parade).

Here's the 😖 problem: 64% of India's population will hit the working age of 15-59 (15? As young as that). 47 million people will be surplus to the projected requirement. 30% of our youth are neither educated, trained or employed. Only 4.7% of our workforce is formally trained. Internal figures from the govt are inconsistent, ranging from 402 million needing training to a 'mere' 127 million.

That's a lot of unemployed and unemployable people. We are sitting on a lot of dynamite, with the fuse lit.

Send your suggestions 💡 to the govt. The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship would probably clasp you to its bosom in happiness if you have a good idea. Right now, they can only wring their hands. The grand plan to boost millions of entrepreneurs, Startup India, is fizzling, attracting a lot lot fewer registrations than hoped or planned for (I'm on memory here; cannot quote figures; let me know, if you have numbers).

Thanks to Gauri Sarin for sharing the article on fb.

#SkillIIndia #GovtofIndia #MSDE #Demographics #Economy
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