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A Pastafarian guide to Trumpian voter fraud myth

A Pastafarian guide to Trumpian voter fraud myth

Followers of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster aka Pastafarians, believe that an invisible and undetectable Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe after drinking heavily. A satirical religion started in 2005 with over 100,000 members, Pastafarian mythology is easy to laugh at.But try...

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‘BLM’ and ‘Defund The Police’ could have cost Joe Biden the presidency

‘BLM’ and ‘Defund The Police’ could have cost Joe Biden the presidency

In a meeting with the Democrats caucus two days after barely winning her election by less than 5000 votes, Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger - said that Republican ads attacking her Party’s stand on ‘defund the police’ nearly cost her the seat. Other Congressional Democrats bickered over why their pa...

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Nov to Jan - the toughest months for liberal capitalism and democracy

Nov to Jan - the toughest months for liberal capitalism and democracy

“This is America. Just as we fight hard when the stakes are high, we close ranks and come together when the contest is done. And while there will be time enough to debate our continuing differences, now is the time to recognize that that which unites us is greater than that which divides us,” Donald...

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Whoever wins elections today, we may already have lost

Whoever wins elections today, we may already have lost

In 2002 when Delhi Metro launched its first service – most said it was a matter of time before the swanky trains and stations were vandalised. I - as a fellow Delhite then - agreed. 18 years later, Delhi Metro isn’t just the city’s lifeline but – cutting across the political divide – also its pride....

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Psywar: How to fool most of the people all of the time

Psywar: How to fool most of the people all of the time

9 days after US senator Herman Cain attended President Trump’s rally in Tulsa on June 20th without a mask, he was diagnosed with COVID19. Admitted to a hospital two days later he died on July 30th. In an unbiased, fact-based, truth-oriented world, this single incident – there are hundreds of others ...

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Are Trump's failures leading us to a new form of governance?

Are Trump's failures leading us to a new form of governance?

A year ago, if I had said that the leader of the world’s oldest democracy would reject the advice of the best global minds killing 220,000 of his countrymen, over a third of whom would still revere him, you’d have called me mad. Now we call it Donald Trump.In a pandemic, fact isn’t just stranger tha...

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Happens only in India: marijuana illegal yet freely available

Happens only in India: marijuana illegal yet freely available

Standing ashore the Ganges in PM Narendra Modi’s constituency of Varanasi, if you type ‘bhang lassi near me’ on Google Maps, places that sell marijuana-laced drinks pop up. Most earthenware shops in India sell chillum to smoke up ganja. Talk up saffron-clad babas outside Shiva temples and they’ll sh...

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Will AI destroy humanity or commit suicide?

Will AI destroy humanity or commit suicide?

In Ian McEwan’s seminal and subversive novel Machines Like Me, the first 25 humanoid robots with Artificial Intelligence are sold to humans. These thinking, sentient beings who crack unsolved scientific problems, can’t make sense of the brutal world humans have created. One by one, they commit suici...

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Coconut shells about to crack: is India trying to kill its nurses?

Coconut shells about to crack: is India trying to kill its nurses?

LK, a nurse in a private, non-COVID Mumbai hospital, has forgotten how many times she has cried in the last three months: when her society asked her to choose job or them; when management forced her to reuse PPE and N95 masks; when her measly salary didn’t come on time; when the family asked her to ...

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Mind in freefall: COVID blues not entirely caused by coronavirus

Mind in freefall: COVID blues not entirely caused by coronavirus

In a busy market, people mill about unmasked. Alarmed, I enter a medical shop to buy masks for everyone. They don’t keep any. I ask in other shops. None have it. It is then that I see: I am not wearing one myself. I wake up in a cold sweat.I’ve have had similar types of dreams for over a month. It b...

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