Sunday, September 15, 2019

Britain Down The Drain

Over centuries, the Europeans had mostly forgotten the Crusades except for their mentions in history. They had forgotten much about Islam too. Sometime from the 13th century they started their quest for newer worlds. France, Portugal, Spain, Germany, the Dutch and even tiny Belgium routinely invaded and colonised countries with cultures alien to them. The worst of the lot had to be Britain which colonised many parts of the world and brought untold horrors to people of the lands they occupied. Late in the 18th century and early in the 19th, a group of Islamic countries – the Ottoman empire and their regions of Tripoli, Tunis and Algiers had a practice of collecting “tribute” from the ships that passed through their region in the Mediterranean Sea. In short, these were pirates who were collecting “Hafta’. Ships that didn’t pay would be captured and their crew jailed.

Some American ships paid the tribute too, some were captured. When the US President and their Ambassadors learned about it, they refused to pay this tribute. Thus followed the Barbary wars. Till then, the Americans didn’t know much about Muslims or Islam. The US Ambassadors learned, much to their amusement, the reason for this “Hafta” being collected by the Islamic State:
Sounds familiar? All nations that did not acknowledge Mohammad were sinners and it was, therefore, rightful to plunder and enslave them. The brave Muslim warriors who died in this venture would go to Paradise. And the first Muslim pirate to board a vessel would get an “extra slave” as bonus for his valour. The Barbary wars ended this piracy and formally birthed the US Navy which is now the most powerful force in the oceans. The Americans didn’t pursue any real estate ambitions but the British and other Europeans did. The most heinous crimes, mass-murders and violent abuse of human rights and an immoral rule was conducted by the British at no other place but in India. The barbarians that prided themselves claiming the sun never sets on the British empire face a new reality today – the sun doesn’t rise all that much in damp Britain. Then the oil boom made the British occupation of Islamic countries in the ME all the more profitable. But once they quit India, others followed. Israel threw them out violently, the Turks defeated them and Britain is now more or less restricted to the small island that it really is.

But even from within this small hole a country which had immoral barbarism as their primary cause to exist kept sermonising the world. The Indian political leaders and the elite dogs of the Lutyens society kept adoring Britain. They touted degrees from Oxford and Cambridge as the greatest accomplishments in the world. Barbarians beget barbarians. It is fair to say that many ordinary Britons were and are civilised but there has never been anything civilised about their political establishment. When they quit India, they ensured the country was broken into pieces, communities were left squabbling for long and Britain got to keep playing “Big Brother”, especially aided by their permanent slaves of the Nehru-Gandhi family. Today, much of Britain’s famed institutions are “Islamised”, whether they like to admit it or not. Almost all of then funded by Islamists with their oil money:
Since the mid-1990s, the Tony Blair govt and his Labour Party embarked on allowing more Muslim immigrants from Africa and Pakistan into Britain as part of their vote-bank politics. I guess they learned it from the Congress in India. This was their “Multi-Culti” nonsense that they wanted to promote. When immigration becomes an open door, the dregs of societies too make hay. The current Muslim population in Britain is just under 3% but they occupy pockets of Britain to exert enough influence in those areas. Birmingham, Manchester, East End in London are some examples. London and some other major towns in Britain now have Muslim mayors. Muslims accused of child sexual abuse are also in the House of Lords. The Pakistanis among them have been involved in thousands of rapes of young girls and quite alarmingly, the police in the UK have turned a blind eye. Criminals are making merry as this report would show:
The Muslim population in UK may be under 3% which seems like a small number. But bear in mind, this small minority is usually the most vociferous, most violent and at the same time plays the biggest victim. But Muslim population across the world has been growing dramatically all over the world. And in just over a decade this is projected to grow up to 8% in Britain:

While this population grows, the original British are slowing down in their population growth. Some parts of Britain have doubled their Muslim population within a decade. By itself, population growth shouldn’t be a violent threat but in the case of Britain and even in India, the “Jihadis” among the Muslim population want Islamic dominance, Sharia rule and the final creation of an Islamic State wherever they are. A top Euro official has warned Britain has around 35000 Islamic fanatics. My guesstimate is there might be more. And terrorism, frequent knife-attacks and violent agitations rather proves such claims.

How does this manifest itself? Frequent terrorist attacks, violent protests and political blackmail. Britain is currently facing an epidemic of “knife-attack” by such Jihadis. I guess it started with the gruesome murder of the British soldier Lee Rigby in broad daylight in 2013. Two Muslims of African origin simply forced Rigby’s car to stop, stabbed him and slit his throat. They didn’t run off. They stood there proudly displaying their bloodied hands and knives:
Just as many institutions in Britain are now under Islamic monetary dominance, so are many of their politicians. Obviously, politicians need money to run their campaigns and create pockets of “minority vote banks”. Indians are all too familiar with these tricks. So, when the GOI junked Article 370, some of the most vocal agitators in Britain were politicians of the “Islamic orientation”. Jeremy Corbyn was supposedly a PM aspirant. Another moron called Liam Byrne blabbered about Kashmir and all the HR nonsense that usually flows from another criminal British product called Amnesty International. All of these are Jihadis and Jihadi-funded operators:
These politicians not only sermonise India but also led agitations on the streets. The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan – a Paki by origin, covertly encourages the violent thugs on the streets of London that attacked the Indian High Commission there. The now impotent and incompetent UK police just watched not once but twice in the month of August. The foolish British govt should be under no illusion that India will neither forget these attacks nor forget handsome payback. This attack on the Indian HC was littered with broken windows and garbage thrown at it:
India’s relations with the UK have already been on the downslide for quite a few years. It has been more on the downslide since ModiSarkar took over in 2014. I am absolutely sure India has nothing much to gain from this tiny, Jihadi country anymore. They are flowing down the drain slowly but surely. Since 2012 India has also declined to accept aid from Britain. Another UK MP, Peter Bone, called the “Statue of Unity” a “nonsense” in 2018 and grandly claimed Britain should not give any more aid to India when we had already rejected their aid 6 years earlier. Indo-UK ties are not all that great at the moment and are unlikely to get better anytime soon. ModiSarkar has clearly realised Britain is now a “use and throw” country with not much value left in it. India is now a bigger economic and military might and shouldn’t take any sermons from an immoral gang of British MPs and politicians, some of whom are outright Jihadis:
And its not just their politicians, there are racist journos and channels like BBC and print and online media of Britain which have constantly heaped vile abuse, fake news and contempt on India. Here is one sample called Andrew Duncan who mocks Chandrayaan with the same racist contempt that the New York Times once made a cartoon on our Space pursuits:
Every barbaric gang and country that has wrought mass murder and violence on others has eventually perished. Britain is not being destroyed by some external powers. This tiny country is being destroyed from within and due to their own follies. And those who have a record of barbaric crimes in history neither have the moral stature nor should we allow them to lecture India which still has very high moral standards in comparison. Britain is going down the toilet drain. If anything, we should just simply press the “Flush”.

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Media Space Oddities

Space Oddity” is a song by the late David Bowie released on July 11, 1969. A few days later, the Apollo 11 astronauts would land on the moon. Bowie released the song three times from 1969 to 1975 and each time it was a chart-hit. The song was supposedly meant to be a taunt to the British establishment on not coming up with a manned-mission to space with the fictional astronaut “Major Tom” getting stuck in his “Tin Can” (Spacecraft) watching the earth and losing contact with ground-control. There is no human being on earth who hasn’t marveled at the moon and stars in the sky and wondered what’s going on as a child. The intense quest of mankind to seek answers to mysteries of the universe drives space-science, like many other domains in science. In dealing with what is still somewhat unknown, there can be many risks, hiccups and setbacks and also a good deal of success.

The US has had many setbacks to its space program. Way back in 1960 when NASA launched the MR-1 Spacecraft it behaved in a most peculiar way. At liftoff, the rocket lifted 4 inches and then pulled back and flopped on the launchpad. And then suddenly, the MR’s escape rocket jettisoned from the spacecraft, rose about 4000 feet and fell 400 yards away. Perplexed NASA engineers called it the “Four-inch flight”. Years later, the US would have the tragic experience of the Challenger Shuttle in 1986 exploding just 70 seconds after take-off. The world watched it in horror on Live TV. Again in 2003, the Columbia Shuttle exploded on re-entry. This shuttle included India’s Kalpana Chawla. Space exploration, adventure and discoveries are fraught with risks and it takes courageous astronauts who take those risks for the whole mankind. Similarly, our scientists at ISRO undertake missions and the associated risks for the whole country and for mankind.

The abrupt loss of contact with the latest space mission Chandrayaan-2 and the Vikram Lander (VL) renders part of a mission incomplete. It is not a failure by any measure. The Moon-Orbiter, part of the mission, is still in place. Of course, the VL not accomplishing the final landing disappoints all Indians (except the usual hatemongers among Sickulars). Through the disappointment ISRO Chief K. Sivan, his entire team along with PM Narendra Modi showed extraordinary poise, calm and strength of character. Something that the whole of India should be proud of. What we cannot be proud of is the manner in which some sections of our news-media handle such space missions and related issues. To use the word “stupid” wouldn’t be enough to describe them.

At 72, modern-day India is now a mature country. We shouldn’t be getting excessively jingoistic about our space or military adventures. And we shouldn’t be getting virally jubilant in our successes or extremely distressed in our unsuccessful ventures. A super-power takes both in its stride. We understand the men and women who toil hard and often pay a heavy price for the missions they undertake for the country. Mature moderation should be the approach in all such missions. However, the stupid Jingos of the media never seem to learn. The main criminals in excessive Jingoism are Republic TV and Timesnow. The moronic jumping up and down like clowns claiming “India will be the first”, “India first on the dark side of the moon”, “India creates history” – all of these more than 36 hours before the final descent of the VL:
And the worst part is that most of this stupid Jingo-dancing comes from the most uneducated journos when it comes to any kind of “science”. Creating excessive hype over an event doubles the disappointment when it doesn’t go according to plan. I can forgive a fair amount of excitement over the VL event but idiots from Republic, Timesnow and other channels were going around hunting for people, especially school-kids, for soundbites on it. For all its worth, half the population of this country wouldn’t have heard of VL till the final moments when it lost contact with ground-control and thus unsuccessful. And then these stupid channels get their worst journos to report on the event, ask for soundbites from the ISRO Chief. The kind of questions they ask simply insults the intelligence of even a poorly educated man where science is concerned. Here’s one such Jingo-girl from Republic:
I wonder what last minute precautions Prasanna was expecting ISRO to undertake. Is this some wedding where if the groom doesn’t turn up you quickly find a replacement? I don’t wish to single her out because I am sure there are many like her that I may not have had the chance to watch accidentally that have asked such stupid questions. The VL is an unmanned mission and if you think Prasanna is silly, then you haven’t seen anything yet. This guy, Pallava Bagla (Of NDTV – from where else?) takes stupidity beyond limits in his chat with Dr. K Sivan (Video: 25 secs):

Bagla wants to know how many astronauts are flying in the Chandrayaan mission. This moron is the “Science reporter” at NDTV. To go to chat with a highly ranked specialist with the ignorance that “Unmanned” missions mean no human is involved would take extraordinary depths of dumbness. Journos are not very bright people but this beats even the dumbest of the lot. After the event, when VL lost contact, ISRO called off the schedule press conference because of the situation. However, one Dr. Karnik made an impromptu announcement for the press in general. Once again, this jerk Bagla behaved badly and was screaming at Karnik on why the ISRO Chief is not addressing the press. Such uncouth morons shouldn’t be at events in the first place because they are disconnected from situations and realities. Bagla later apologised to Karnik in a couple of tweets, so we can probably let the incident pass. However, there are bigger morons from across the seas who want to defend his boorish behaviour. The exceptional moron that Sadanand Dhume is, he claims it’s the right of journos to ask such questions:
Journos, and part-time crap-peddlers like Dhume, should learn that they cannot choose who should address them. Dr. Karnik is quite a senior officer in ISRO. Journos are also entitled to ask questions but are not entitled to indecent behaviour. Journos should also never forget that while they are entitled to ask questions, the person they are asking the question to has all the right to refuse an answer or say “No comment”. Nobody is obligated to answer questions by journos. Their right is limited to asking, they have no right to enforce answers. Even cops in criminal cases have no right to enforce answers from a suspect.

Space missions can bring great successes and can also bring great tragedies like the Challenger or Columbia. India hasn’t faced any such tragedy and is progressing steadily and cautiously. Scientists devote a whole life to great missions like Chandrayaan, journos devote a few minutes for their stupid instant orgasm for a few soundbites or for bad news. In the entire post-VL situation, Dr. K Sivan, his entire team and PM Modi showed extraordinary “Calm under fire”. This is a talent; it cannot be transferred. I explained how this talent saves lives in the post “Miracle at Gandhi Maidan” and how “Character” doesn’t develop in a crisis but merely reveals itself. Journos neither have this talent nor the character in dealing with science and scientists.

In the famous Apollo-13 incident, three astronauts had to abort their mission because of an explosion in an oxygen tank. Their lives were in danger. It was up to Flight Director Gene Kranz to guide them and bring them back home safely. Kranz was also the Flight Director for Apollo-11 which landed the first humans on the moon. The entire NASA team managed the safe return of the astronauts. On his return, the Commander of the aborted Apollo-13 mission, Jim Lovell, was asked about the mission and he remarked: “It was a successful failure”:
VL and Chandrayaan too fall in that category. They are not failures by any measure but just left a mission incomplete to be undertaken again and completed in the future. There are no failures in scientific adventures and quests. Scientists cannot and should not be ridiculed for adverse outcomes. If scientists quit, there would have been no Polio vaccine. After all, Thomas Edison had to try hundreds of times to make the electric bulb and was still unsuccessful. When he did finally manage it, he famously said - "I have not failed 1,000 times, I have successfully discovered 1,000 ways to NOT make a light bulb." And this, when Edison’s invention of the light-bulb itself is disputed. Never mind that.

We may not break out in a dance on our space successes but we definitely should stand with our scientists when they confront adverse situations. Those who ridicule or mock them are simply the scum of the earth who survive on the work of the very scientist-community on which their miserable lives exist. One hopes the media space oddities show greater maturity and respect the next time around. 

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