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The Puzzling Dismissal Of Aadhaar Review Despite Pendency Of Larger Bench Reference On Money Bill Issue  

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aadhaar central-govt judiciary india    

It is settled that 'the decision on a question of law on which the judgment of the Court is based has been reversed or modified by the subsequent decision of a superior court in any other case, shall not be a ground for the review of such judgment"." However, nothing stopped the Court to keep the petitions pending till a larger bench decides the very same issue now before it. By doing so, the court could have avoided a perception that it is sweeping the review petitions under the carpet.
Jack Ma Emerges for First Time Since Ant, Alibaba Crackdown - Bloomberg  

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china government surveillance    

The [Chinese] government has increasingly sought to exert influence over the extent to which companies from Tencent Holdings Ltd. to ByteDance Ltd. amass data and direct commerce and media. The same month Ant’s IPO was scuttled, the nation’s top antitrust watchdog published new guidelines warning tech giants against monopolistic practices from forced exclusive arrangements to collusion on data. While Ant and Alibaba have borne the brunt of that assault since November, investors have since sold off peers from Tencent to Meituan. Both stocks rallied more than 3% on Wednesday.
What If You Could Do It All Over? | The New Yorker  

written by Joshua Rothman. added 6 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

eternal-recurrence life philosophy    

On the one hand, we understand that we could have turned out any number of ways; we know that we aren’t the only possible versions of ourselves. But, on the other, we feel that there is some fundamental light within us—a filament that burns, with its own special character, from birth to death. We want to think that, whoever we might have been, we would have burned with the same light.
What Do We Want from Poetry in Times of Crisis? | The New Yorker  

written by Clare Bucknell. added 6 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

philosophy pandemics writing poems needs    

Pandemics are disconcerting because they reveal that people are not only more similar than they like to think but, in some essential ways, identical—made up of the same cells, the same weaknesses. At the same time, they’re disconcerting because they point out demographic differences we’re ordinarily able to ignore, like the chasms between rich and poor. Anthologies, with their diverse voices but convergent ideas, envision a public sphere in which solidarity doesn’t require uniformity. They show us bound—literally—by sympathy and ideals rather than mere biology.
The Hard Crowd | The New Yorker  

written by Rachel Kushner. added 6 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

personal-history writing autobiographical-writing    

I never wrote about most of the people from the Blue Lamp. The bar is gone. The main characters have died. Perhaps I feared that if I transformed them into fiction I’d lose my grasp on the real place, the evidence of which has evaporated. Or perhaps a person can write about things only when she is no longer the person who experienced them, and that transition is not yet complete. In this sense, a conversion narrative is built into every autobiography: the writer purports to be the one who remembers, who saw, who did, who felt, but the writer is no longer that person. In writing things down, she is reborn. And yet still defined by the actions she took, even if she now distances herself from them. In all a writer’s supposed self-exposure, her claim to authentic experience, the thing she leaves out is the galling idea that her life might become a subject put to paper. Might fill the pages of a book.
Broken News | The New Yorker  

written by Emily Nussbaum. added 9 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

newsroom sorkin hbo tv-show    

“The Newsroom” is the inverse of “Veep”: it’s so naïve it’s cynical. Sorkin’s fantasy is of a cabal of proud, disdainful brainiacs, a “media élite” who swallow accusations of arrogance and shoot them back as lava. But if the storytelling were more confident, it could take a breath and deliver drama, not just talking points. Instead, the deck stays stacked. Whenever McAvoy delivers a speech or slices up a right-winger, the ensemble beams at him, their eyes glowing as if they were cultists. The series turns Will McAvoy into the equivalent of the character Karen Cartwright, on “Smash,” the performer who the show keeps insisting is God’s gift to Broadway. Can you blame me for rooting for McAvoy’s enemies, all those flyover morons, venal bean-counters, sorority girls, and gun-toting bimbos? Like a political party, a TV show is nothing without a loyal opposition. ♦
Accusations of Bias Swirl Around Capitol Police After Attack | Time  

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america democracy capitol-insurrection-2021    

Civil rights organizations have criticized the difference in law enforcement’s response to those protests and the violent mob on Jan. 6. About 80 people involved in the Capitol breach have been arrested so far, according to the most recent data released by the MPD and the Capitol Police. Most of the arrests were for violating the 6 p.m. curfew, the city’s police chief Robert Contee III said. In the aftermath of the Capitol assault, a video emerged showing an officer gently escorting a woman down the building’s stairs by holding her hand.
Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science? | Science | The Guardian  

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elsevier sci-hub copyright access    

Scientists occasionally questioned the fairness of this hugely profitable business to which they supplied their work for free, but it was university librarians who first realised the trap in the market Maxwell had created. The librarians used university funds to buy journals on behalf of scientists. Maxwell was well aware of this. “Scientists are not as price-conscious as other professionals, mainly because they are not spending their own money,” he told his publication Global Business in a 1988 interview. And since there was no way to swap one journal for another, cheaper one, the result was, Maxwell continued, “a perpetual financing machine”. Librarians were locked into a series of thousands of tiny monopolies. There were now more than a million scientific articles being published a year, and they had to buy all of them at whatever price the publishers wanted.
Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science? | Science | The Guardian  

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elsevier sci-hub copyright access    

What he created was a venue for scientific blockbusters, and scientists began shaping their work on his terms. “Lewin was clever. He realised scientists are very vain, and wanted to be part of this selective members club; Cell was ‘it’, and you had to get your paper in there,” Schekman said. “I was subject to this kind of pressure, too.” He ended up publishing some of his Nobel-cited work in Cell.
Georgia Trump Fans Say the 2020 Election Was a Sham. Will They Vote in This One? | The New Yorker  

written by Charles Bethea. added 11 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

america elections trump democracy    

I spoke with a G.O.P. strategist in Georgia, who asked not to be named, about the way that Loeffler and Perdue were handling this misinformation. The strategist told me a story about two other senators from Georgia, both Democrats, who held office decades ago. “When Sam Nunn first got to the U.S. Senate, he told Senator Herman Talmadge that he got all sorts of crazy letters from constituents talking about seeing space aliens and such,” the strategist recalled. “He asked the senior senator what to do about those. Talmadge said, ‘Sam, you answer every one of those letters. Without the nut vote, you won’t carry a county in Georgia.’ ” The Republican Party in the state is split between those who believe the election was stolen, such as Marjorie Taylor Greene, who endorsed Loeffler and whom the strategist described to me as “fucking crazy,” and those who regard the allegations of theft as “absolutely bonkers,” the strategist said. He didn’t think the senators had succeeded in pleasing either side. “Loeffler and Perdue tried to feed the nuts with their attack on Raffensperger,” he said. “The nuts spit it out.”
The CARES superdole was a huge success - Slow Boring  

written by Matt Yglesias. added 11 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

movements activism victories    

It would of course be absurd to be satisfied with any of those interim outcomes, whether on health care or retirement security or civil rights, and it’s just the same with Unemployment Insurance. But successful movements claim victories as victories, highlight the ways in which their victories have helped people and debunked critics’ fears, and move on to build the case for new things. Politicians who do the spadework of getting things done should be praised and not ignored, and while journalists should of course highlight shortcomings, we should also bring perspective to bear. We had more articles written about benefit administration problems than we did about the reduction in poverty — that doesn’t make sense journalistically and it’s not politically constructive.
Why Matthew Yglesias Left Vox - The Atlantic  

written by Conor Friedersdorf. added 11 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

vox media epistemology closure echo-chambers    

The New York Times, New York, The Intercept, Vox, Slate, The New Republic, and other outlets are today less ideologically diverse in their staff and less tolerant of contentious challenges to the dominant viewpoint of college-educated progressives than they have been in the recent past. I fear that in the short term, Americans will encounter less rigorous and more polarizing journalism. In the long term, a dearth of ideological diversity risks consequences we cannot fully anticipate.
‘Epistemic Closure?’ Those Are Fighting Words for Conservatives - The New York Times  

written by Patricia Cohen. added 11 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

epistemology media media-critique    

Mr. Bartlett, who lost his job at the National Center for Policy Analysis, a conservative research institute, after accusing George W. Bush of betraying the Reagan legacy, said in an interview: “Every intellectual movement needs to constantly question itself; otherwise it becomes stale. But conservatives have sort of reached a position of intellectual closure. They don’t think there are any new ideas of particular interest to them. Their philosophy is fully formed. The only question is how best to implement conservative ideas in the political debate.”
How Putting on a Mask Raised Naomi Osaka’s Voice - The New York Times  

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tennis naomi-osaka    

Within minutes, the WTA’s chief executive, Steve Simon, called Duguid to salvage her participation. Simon, along with other tennis and tournament officials, eventually agreed to pause the tournament. “I have never, ever experienced the quickness and the united front for these leaders to come together on what was a very, very critical moment,” Stacey Allaster, the tournament director for the U.S. Open, said. It was an unmistakable display of Osaka’s power within the sport, an authority that is still heavily predicated upon winning.
Blackwater, Iraq and President Trump's Pardon - The New York Times  

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america iraq warzone war-crimes    

A prominent Iraqi lawyer, Tariq Harb, said, “It’s very painful to see the killers released.” “The fact is they were not punished because they killed Iraqis,” he said. “They were punished for violating the American rules of engagement.” Ali al-Bayati, a member of Iraq’s human rights commission, said the pardons were an indication that no country is serious about prosecuting war crimes. “This hurts us a lot,” Mr. al-Bayati said. “But the accused are American, and the law is American, and the president is American, and we can’t do anything.”
Leaving Hong Kong: A family’s wrenching decision to emigrate  

written by Reuters. added 12 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

hongkong china moving-away identity    

the old Hong Kong, the one that had neon signs instead of LED lights everywhere, and where planes descended uncomfortably close to the city’s rooftops before landing on a tiny strip on the Kowloon peninsula rather than over the wilderness of Lantau Island where the new, modern airport was built. “When you look at it, you know that it was taken during that period, and it’s significant. It’s all changed,” Willie said of the picture. He preferred the old Hong Kong, he explained in a separate conversation. Its transformation into a glitzy finance hub makes it easier for him to leave. “When you ask me what I miss most about Hong Kong, well, it no longer exists,” he said.
Why we need Ubuntu  

written by Ramkumar Ramachandra. added 12 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

ubuntu open-source hackability    

If someone really wants Windows, they should buy it; but they should not have to pay for it simply because there isn't a viable alternative. Windows is as bad as a sealed iPhone- there's nothing wrong with it, but curious people should have a choice to explore the richer world that we've created. They should have access to alarm clocks, radios, and software they can pry open. Ubuntu must become widespread- so much that every one of those curious kids has access to it. It should be marketed as a "viable alternative to Windows for the curious". I consider it a grave error in the educational system if a school adopts Windows instead.
Chronicles of KGP: Nostalgia — Memories of the Formative Years of my Life | by Students' Alumni Cell, IIT Kharagpur | Medium  

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iitkgp ragging    

At the end of two weeks, we were all formally introduced to the senior residents of RK Hall in an exciting program call the Freshers’ Intro, where we were allowed to show our skills at singing, dancing, acting, etc. After the program was done, we found we had made several friends — our own batchmates, who had endured the weeks together, and our seniors, who we no longer had to call “Sir”. Ragging was officially prohibited, and the experience we went through made us stronger and made us friends. It was never taken to an extreme (unless you consider being stared by a smoking, smiling Partho Swami as an extreme — but he became a good friend from whom several of us learnt a lot!).
Education, Not Income, Predicted Who Would Vote For Trump | FiveThirtyEight  

written by Nate Silver. added 12 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

america elections trump election-analysis    

By contrast, Clinton struggled (relatively speaking) in majority-minority communities with lower education levels. Among the 19 majority-minority countries where 15 percent or less of the population has a bachelor’s degree, she won by an average of only 7 percentage points, less than Obama’s 10-point average margin of victory in 2012. We need to be slightly careful here because of the potential ecological fallacy — it’s not clear if minority voters shifted away from Clinton in these counties or if the white voters who live there did. Still, Trump probably gained overall among Latino and black voters compared to Romney, and it’s worth investigating divisions within those communities instead of treating their votes as monolithic.
This Japanese Shop Is 1,020 Years Old. It Knows a Bit About Surviving Crises  

written by Ben Dooley, Hisako Ueno. added 26 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

japan business economics survival risks management    

The Japanese companies that have endured the longest have often been defined by an aversion to risk — shaped in part by past crises — and an accumulation of large cash reserves. It is a common trait among Japanese enterprises and part of the reason that the country has so far avoided the high bankruptcy rates of the United States during the pandemic. Even when they “make some profits,” said Tomohiro Ota, an analyst at Goldman Sachs, “they do not increase their capital expenditure.”




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