What are the
natural attributes of good relationship? What are the culturally/regionally
injected/expected ingredients of a relationship? What are the petty
generalizations within which most of the intellectual elites liberally like to
confine and define relationships as if it is merely a social issue? And so on.
relationships, especially, conjugal ones, more to do with primarily addressing
and satisfying purely personal issues connected with one’s body, mind and spirit?
But in the
process we end up mixing so many factors while what really matters in any
relationship is the personal rapport, it could range from specific
task/expectation fulfilling deal or sublime and unqualified love or logically
indefinable devotion etc.
Here I am
giving links to some of my old write ups some talk about relationship in
general; some the much maligned status of women in family and social
relationship; some reflect my very personal emotional relationship wherein I
find ways to justify all types of behavior and one important tool which
intrudes to define many relationships, namely Morality etc.
The AAP is a frustrated bunch , very justifiably frustrated
bunch, who started venting their anger through a movement which started off
sincerely addressing some issues affecting a major section of the population
[who or what it is I will come to later on]. What went wrong along the path was
impatience and impotent anger of this group that their genuine cries and
concerns were used by TV stations as a new show and totally ignored by the
ruling class and then gradually due to various reasons the media became
It was during these testing times for these bunches of
frustrated , educated, salaried, tax paying
middle class that some hidden vultures both within this group and
funded and fueled from outside started enveloping them in their[ vultures]
ideological cabins, an ideology which can be an equivalent of fossil genetics
in social systems, called Indian brand of Marxist Leninist Left.
This confused, silenced and sidelined the serious followers
of the movement and instead slowly became a small group with smaller outlook
which tried every wrong trick first from insulating from anything and
everything political and after realizing that the TV channels had their
commitments with IPL, Cine Stars, the pay masters from the Ruling class etc
felt that they were left lonely in putrefied ideology and petrified reactions
from public, it was then they ventured in a very puerile way into politics.
Where even great sharks are finding life difficult and naturally when you put
on the mask of politician you resort to the same gimmicks of other politicians,
sometimes vying hard and end up totally disconnected from the group/class of
followers who spent their valuable time, energy and their hard earned money to
support your movement thinking you can effect some change.
It is very unfortunate that these followers, good Samaritans
joined a new gang of ANNA and co impulsively without realizing that their woes
cannot be addressed through mute revolutions and TV shows and getting
emotionally charged up. They can be addressed only through proper governance
paying attention to the overall economic development of the nation.
I empathize with this group of followers, who have been very
often misled by the media, they are the triple EEEs, educated, employed and
exchequer feeding [tax paying] middle class who are always sand witched between
the very poor [ those who have an urge to satisfy their hunger] and the very
rich [ who have the urge to satisfy their greed ] and what most governments do
is to satisfy both these classes one for votes and the other for currency
Make no mistake that now a situation has been created
through uncontrolled and non governmental funding for parties [from the very
rich ] and the necessity of parties to go on announcing freebies to obtain
votes [from the very poor]and the scenario is like two cannibals [very rich and very poor]
having an urge to have oral sex and the triple EEEs[educated middle class] are caught
Now that AAP is also only talking about satisfying those two
cannibals just using different vocabulary. So, discern and decide for people with
proven track record on overall economic development, and when there is real overall economic
development then there is no need to use any oxymoron like inclusive growth.
Energy Innovation: 6 Radical Solar Energy Technologies
By Yoni Binstock Greentech Innovation and Solar Energy The Energy Collective theenergycollective.com Saturday, November 16, 2013
The U.S. Department of Energy has set a goal of reaching less than $1 a watt for complete installed solar systems by 2020. Reaching $1/watt would bring the cost of solar power to six cents/ kWh, which is cheaper than the average cost from new natural gas power plants and would allow solar to grow without any subsidies. But how are we going to get there? Scientists and entrepreneurs from around the world are working in their labs and garages developing new solar technologies. They range from big leaps in existing technologies to completely transformative innovations. Here’s a list of several new technologies that we’re most excited about.
1) Solar Paint
Instead of being limited to flat surfaces, researchers at the University of Notre Dame have developed low-cost solar paint using nano-sized particles of titanium dioxide, coated with cadmium sulfide or cadmium selenide. Once brushed onto any conducting materials and exposed to the sunlight, the paint will create electricity with a light-to-energy conversion efficiency of 1%. Its efficiency isn’t high enough for current market use, but hopefully with continued development, we can imagine a day that any surface could generate solar power.
(Image courtesy of TreeHugger)
2) Solar Fabric
A company called Pvillion is currently making fabric with solar power capabilities for use in commercial applications. The company’s fabric, which is as efficient as standard rigid solar panels, could be used to cover structures such as the US embassy in London, which will have a generation capacity of 124MW.
3) Solar Windows
One of the ways that solar could become mainstream is by diversifying the locations that it could be placed, rather than just rooftops and large installations in the desert. Companies like Oxford Photovoltaics are working to develop transparent glass solar panels, which would allow windows to become power generators. Imagine how useful this technology could be if we turned every window covering our skyscrapers clean energy producers.
4) Solar Roadways
Another location that’s currently being tested for solar capabilities are walkways, roads, and parking lots. Spanish tech company Onyx Solar is currently developing walkable PV floor panels and Solar Roadways is currently prototyping their plan to cover roads with embedded solar panels with 12 x 36 foot parking lot. Parking lots cover up to 15% of city surfaces and highways crisscrossing all over the country, so the potential for this technology is enormous.
5) Space-based Solar
If we ever run out of space for all these new technologies, we might start getting our energy from outer space. That’s exactly what Solaren Corp is thinking as they plan to beam down solar power from orbit beginning in mid 2016. Even Pacific Gas & Electric is interested in the idea and has agreed to purchase 200 MW of electricity from them.
6) Increased Efficiency
What about ways to increase the efficiency of today’s technology? Solar panel manufacturer China Sunergy, is building a pilot manufacturing line for a two-sided solar cell that can absorb light from both the front and back. Where one-sided solar panel might generate 340 watts, a two-sided one might generate up to 400 watts. They expect the panels to generate 10 to 20 percent more electricity over the course of a year compared to one-sided panels. At the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Soitec, CEA-Leti and the Helmholtz Center Berlin jointly announced a new record for solar efficiency of 44.7% using CPV or concentrated photovoltaic technology. Although just in the research phase, these efficiencies have the potential to revolutionize the solar industry.
These technologies are just a sample of the great innovations in both business models and technologies happening around the world in the field of photovoltaics. Some of them may not pan out, but many others will and will usher in a new era of renewable energy. For all of us in the field, the future of solar looks very bright.
Yoni is a Fellow at Mosaic working on their PR, marketing, and their mobile app. He graduated from Rollins College in three years in Political Science and International Business. He then spent three months volunteering in rural India where he met his fiancée. After attending Boston University’s Graduate Program in Energy and Environmental Analysis, he worked at a web startup for a year in Cambridge. He then left to start Climate Scores, a website dedicated in grading Congressmen on how they stood on climate change. He then worked at Ashoka as their lead strategist on targeting Gen Y donors. In his free time, he likes to read science fiction, play quality video games, and run.
'Why do birds prefer to stay on treetops during the night? Why aren't they seen on the ground after nightfall? According to ancient Hindu scriptures, birds possess special and sensitive powers of perception. At night, they 'see' the surface of the earth in flames. These flames reflect the intense energy trapped by the planet as a result of absorbing heat from the sun's rays all day long.
The Vedas are replete with such tidbits, encapsulating a heady mix of science, logic, deduction and belief, claim Vedic scholars. Here's another piece of information that is expressed in beautiful verse: What can one do when faced with a dry season, when rains are eagerly awaited; when farmers look skywards, pleading with an unseen Power, praying for a good harvest? Get to the bottom of a dried up water body. Plough your fields with the rich natural fertiliser that can be easily accessed from these water beds. The soil from here is saturated with the dung and dirt from animals which frequented the place; with compost from leaves, twigs and natural wastes that have sunk and have been assimilated into this soil.
Therefore, Vedic tips on how to deal with real-life situations may not all be outdated. Modern environmentalists and ecologists sometimes advocate what has already been talked about in Vedic scriptures. though couched in sophisticated technical and scientific terms. The Vedas are peppered with numerous tips on how to achieve welfare for all by working in conjunction with nature. 'Vedathil illadhadhu logathil illai' -- You can discover nothing on this earth that is not already present in the Vedas -- so goes a popular Tamil saying which is seconded by Vedic scholars who have studied these scriptures in great depth and detail.
Vedic pundits aver that slokas or verses are composed and structured in a manner that their correct rendition can evoke rains in times of drought. Conversely, there are special slokas which when chanted with precision and in the right spirit can actually make the rains cease when there is too much of it. There's more. Slokas like the aprathiratha sooktam mantra chanted repeatedly right at the battle front, can actually will the enemy to retreat, never to return, claim Vedic pundits.
Waxing eloquent on the power of Vedic chanting for universal welfare, a group of 12 eminent Vedic pundits have congregated at the Sri Krishna temple in the Capital from different parts of the country. They are participating in a Sampoorna Yajurveda Ghana Parayanam, an event that has been organised for the first time in Delhi. The Parayanam is a 29-day, eight-hours-a-day rendition of the verses of the Yajur Veda in the Ghana style, which is the most difficult of the five traditional methods of recitation.
Handed down from generation to generation since the Vedic age through the guru-shishya parampara, committing to memory and reciting these verses comes from years of arduous practice. The five methods of recitation are Mula or Samhita, Pada, Krama, Jata and Ghana. Ghana, the last one, requires rendition in a complicated combination set to a rhythmic tone and is believed to possess high potency when chanted by Ghanapatins. The tempo goes like this: For Ghana, it is 1-2, 2-1, 1-2-3, 3-2-1. The five methods are progressive in scale of difficulty. For example, the tempo for Jata is: 1-2, 2-1, 1-2 following the pattern of a braid, as the name suggests. Also important is the timbre and tone. The number of students opting for the study of the Vedas up to the Ghana stage is dwindling. Hence this form of Vedic recitation is rare.
Sri S Krishnamurthy Ghanapatigal from Sathanur, Tamilnadu, says: ''The Vedas inform humankind about what is needed and what is not. They convey what is not observable with the eyes or the mind. They address not just brahmins and kings; they are equally applicable to the army, to students, to agriculturists -- in short, entire humankind. It is structured for the well-being of entire humanity, of all life. If they spell out ideas to improve agriculture, they also talk about behavioural psychology''.
''At the UN Millennium Summit, we are happy that religious leaders from different faiths and regions converged to talk about peaceful conflict resolution. In fact, the Vedas have a formula for conflict resolution, too. The aikamathya sooktam is a mantra in verse which when recited wherever there is conflict, can actually create an atmosphere conducive for peaceful and lasting resolution''.
(The scholars can be contacted at the Alakananda Dharmik Samaj, Sri Balavenugopalakrishna Temple till 17 September, R-2, Institutional Area, Alaknanda, New Delhi 110 019, Phone 6282730).
are? And why blossom into beautiful journeys? why they fail?
Why they are
pleasing as well puzzling?
Why they are
a pleasure as well as a problem?
Why they are
important in life?
with various possibilities, it referred to some act of connecting and/or communicating, whether we take it from
Anglo-French ‘relacioum’ meaning ‘act of telling’ or Old French ‘relacion’ meaning ‘connection’ or from Latin ‘relationem’meaning ‘a bringing back’ or ‘proposition’ or ‘relatus’meaning ‘person related by blood or
basic meanings it has migrated magnificently broad enough to connote and include
a very wide spectrum of connectivity starting from physical to metaphysical,
psychological to social to spiritual etc.
definitely the word Relationship must not
be confined to the arc of mating radar.
Life is never fulfilled with
unfulfilled relationships within the family, with others in the society, with
the environment, with the many sciences, subjects, systems that we come across
which are useful to us, used by us or we are used by them and so on. So, the
quality of life is the manifestation of the quality of the inter play of these
Which major aspect of any
relationship needs to be addressed?
In most cases it could be mere
dissatisfaction arising due to unfulfilled expectations; or using wrong tools
of evaluation; or being indifferent to vital or essential factors of a
relationship; or using inappropriate approaches/tools to address specific issues.
Or in many cases the adoption of an attitude of getting into judgmental mode
and moving on justification journeys.
need not and mostly cannot refrain from having certain expectations. There is
nothing wrong in expectations being an important factor or aspect of a
normal expectations can be defined in very general outline as physical
pleasure, sentimental reactions or self pity seeking attitude, emotional joy,
mental satisfaction, social status, even satisfying societal obligations,
performing religious duties, fulfilling traditional rituals, respecting
regional and cultural requirements, concern for environment, caring about
health, civilized behavior which means acknowledging facts, accepting variety, tolerating
varying degrees or intensities of self satisfaction that one can/ may get in
one or many or all these areas.
expectations of some extraneous considerations, which are not intrinsically
important, or form part of the intrinsic fiber or essence of a relationship, become
the one and only issue that predominates a relationship over so many other
factors that play or may also play a part in a relationship, or taken up as the
only priority of a relationship, then, the relationship is either a tool to
fulfill that particular consideration or priority, or at best a journey towards
that destination. In such a scenario the relationship always carries with it an
expiry date or valid till further notice factor and loses any significance by
itself or at least gradually loses its charm.
eternal, including our life [which incidentally is the main point of reference
to everything else]. But certain things leave an imprint for eternity by their
significant value and valuable significance that they manifest and the meaning
that they inject. Healthy relationships are such factors. This will be evident
from people who come from families which were operating with unqualified and
This is why
some lives are considered great to be followed as examples, some events are
considered important for the positive contributions that they have made to life
in general. Such lives and events manifest vibes and vibrations which have a
very positive impact or influence.
is a many faceted splendor and all the facets together contribute to the
splendor, whether it is with persons, books, movies, any art, music, culture,
tradition, gadgets, environment, vehicles or anything.
is revealed depending on what lights we use to see these facets. The bright lights
are good attitudes, adjustments, aesthetic appreciation, compromises,
collaborations, co-operation, contentment etc and the dark lights are
confrontations, control and command mode behavior patterns, ego generated competing,
manipulations, scheming, politicizing,hidden agenda, simmering discontent, lurking suspicions, ulterior motives,ingratitude etc etc
So in most
of the circumstances most relationships with persons, issues, environment,
things etc are impacted by the light we choose to use to see the splendor.
Besides as mentioned at the beginning as per the etymology, relationship is and
preferably determined by connectivity and not by any predetermined rule or role.
the splendor of relationships remain unseen due to ignoring inherent merits
specific to the relationship or to the particular situation or issue or
individual involved in the relationship, and again as in all other areas using
wrong tools of evaluation etc. For example where feeling is involved addressing
it or evaluating it with intellectual analysis; where physical pleasure is
involved addressing it or evaluating it with social pressures; where
intellectual decisions are to be made injecting emotionalism, where compassion
is required dealing by whipping up passions etc.
What we are
doing in all these issues is as stupid as taking a remote control and pressing different
movie channel buttons to watch a sports event that is being telecast in a
sports channel and sometimes even
using a wrong remote control like
delving into comparisons, involving unconnected people or aspects etc
That is a really crazy headline,
right? Unfortunately, it is not a joke. Right now, gelatin made
with human DNA fragments is already being used in pharmaceutical drugs and
vaccines, and scientists believe that recent breakthroughs will soon make it
economically feasible to use such gelatin in consumer products such as gummy
bears and marshmallows on a massive scale. So are you ready for gummy
bears made out of people? They are coming. And this is just the tip
of the iceberg. As you will read about below, scientists have also combined
human DNA with mice, rabbits, goats, pigs, sheep and cows. We have
arrived at a time in human history when advances in technology have opened the
door to a lot of things that were once considered to be impossible, and
scientists are having a field day. But in the end, where will all of this
technology end up taking us?
Most people would never even imagine
that the gummy bears that
they are eating could potentially contain human DNA.
Well, from now on you might want to
check, particularly if those gummy bears come from China. The following is an
excerpt from a recent io9 article…
In 2011, scientists in Beijing reported on a
method of creating large amounts of gelatin by inserting human DNA fragments
into yeast. Human
DNA-derived gelatin has actually been in use for a while, in vaccine
preparation and the gel caps that many over the counter drugs come in.
This method created such large quantities of gelatin that it would be practical
to use it for more common consumer goods like candy and baking supplies.
This is actually a brilliant
breakthrough, because it avoids a whole lot of problems inherent in “natural”
gelatin production. It’s incredibly difficult to get consistent results when
manufacturing gelatin, and consistency is very important with vaccines. Because
gelatin is derived from
animal by-products, it can cause allergic reactions or be off limits to people with ethical or
religious reasons for avoiding animal products.
Pretty gross, eh?
Who wants to eat human DNA?
Certainly not me. I have no
plans to be a cannibal.
In fact, human-derived gelatin is
already in use by the pharmaceutical industry in the manufacture of certain
pills and vaccines. The highly controlled production techniques of the
laboratory offer a more consistent product than “traditional” gelatin, which is made from the bones and
skin of pigs and cows.
Do you know what is in the pills
that you are taking?
You might be eating people right now
without even knowing it.
And guess what? Some genetically-modified crops
contain human DNA as well. The following comes from a recent Natural News article…
the rice you buy is certified organic, or comes specifically from a farm that
tests its rice crops for genetically modified (GM) traits, you could be eating
rice tainted with actual human genes.The only known GMO with inbred human
traits in cultivation today, a GM rice product made by biotechnology company Ventria
Bioscience is currently being grown on 3,200 acres in Junction City, Kansas
— and possibly elsewhere — and most people have no idea about it.
Since about 2006, Ventria has
been quietly cultivating rice that has been genetically modified (GM) with
genes from the human liver for the purpose of taking the artificial proteins
produced by this “Frankenrice” and using them in pharmaceuticals.
Are you sickened by that?
You should be.
Not only is it becoming more common
for scientists to use human DNA in very bizarre ways, thanks to a recent
breakthrough it will now be much easier for them to modify and change human
DNA. The Independent is reporting that a technique known as “Crispr” will now allow
scientists to very accurately rewrite the DNA of specific individuals without
danger of flaws and mistakes…
For the first time, scientists are able to engineer any
part of the human genome with extreme precision using a revolutionary new
technique called Crispr, which has been likened to editing the individual
letters on any chosen page of an encyclopedia without creating spelling
mistakes. The landmark development means it is now possible to make the most
accurate and detailed alterations to any specific position on the DNA of the 23
pairs of human chromosomes without introducing unintended mutations or flaws,
The technique is so accurate that
scientists believe it will soon be used in gene-therapy trials on humans to
treat incurable viruses such as HIV or currently untreatable genetic disorders
such as Huntington’s disease. It might also be used controversially to correct
gene defects in human IVF embryos, scientists said.
Of course this technology will be
heralded as a way to cure diseases, but there are countless other applications for
this technology and scientists are absolutely giddy about what they could
potentially do with this new tool…
“The efficiency and ease of use is
completely unprecedented. I’m jumping out of my skin with excitement,” said
George Church, a geneticist at HarvardUniversity who led one of
the teams that used Crispr to edit the human genome for the first time.
Would you like to run like an
Would you like to be 8 feet tall?
Would you like to have vision like a
Would you like to have “super
powers” that no other human has had before?
This technology will open up the
door for scientists to create entirely new races of “super humans” and
human/animal hybrids. And once the genie is out of the bottle, it will be
nearly impossible to get it back again.
And of course scientists all over
the world have already been creating bizarre human/animal hybrids for quite
some time now. The following is an excerpt from one of my previous articles…
Just check out some of the truly
bizarre human-animal hybrid experiments that have been taking place all over
the globe according to a recent Slate article…
Well, according to a new exhibition
entitled “GROW YOUR OWN” at Science Gallery in Dublin, Ireland
we could see some extremely bizarre things in the years ahead…
Cheese made with bacteria from a human
armpit? An ‘Elvis mouse’ with DNA
from the king of rock and roll? Humans giving birth to
dolphins? GROW YOUR OWN at Science Gallery has
plenty to leave you scratching your head (and possibly holding your nose). The
exhibition, which opened last week, explores the weird and often wonderful
world of synthetic biology (or synbio), an emerging field that looks to apply
engineering to biology to come up with ‘parts’ that can be used to design
solutions, much like you would engineer a circuit or programme software.
Perhaps the most shocking part of
the exhibition is a display named “I Wanna Deliver a Dolphin“. The following is how this
display is described…
I Wanna Deliver a Dolphin… imagines
a point in the future, where humans will help this species by the advanced
technology of synthetic biology. A ‘dolp-human placenta’ that allows a human
female to deliver a dolphin is created, and thus humans can become a surrogate
mother to endangered species. Furthermore, gourmets would be able to enjoy the
luxury of eating a rare animal: an animal made by their own body, raising
questions of the ownership of rare animal life, and life itself.
If you want to check this sickening
display out, you can find it right here.
So what do you think about all of
this technology? Please feel free to share your feelings by posting a