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Should the United Kingdom change its national anthem?
There are two aspects that need to be considered when comparing potential and actual national anthems, namely the words and the music.
Marjorie Taylor Greene, "America First," and dog whistles
Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Georgia congresswoman infamous for mocking survivors of the Parkland school shooting, has scrapped her plans to launch an “America First” caucus. The caucus’ policy platform made a lot of dubious assertions, such as that “recent election results” were the product of “manipulated” voting machines and widespread fraud. Even former president George W. Bush trashed the America First platform, calling it a shortcut to irrelevance.
Authoritarian Racial Injustice - has it dissipated or just discretely multiplied?
There is injustice in almost every authoritarian institution among us, the police currently being the most active in reinforcing racial and class differences in the way they treat the public distinctively based on whether or not they fit the standards of their ideal person. As a society, we tend to believe we've moved past the corrupt, discriminatory and insensitive actions of those in power, however this is far from the truth. The blatant racism from the 17th century hasn't disappeared –it's just now been transferred in micro-aggressions the police enforce and the public ignore.
I can’t find the image now, but there used to be this flier full of phone numbers that got posted and passed around. There seemed to be help for everything — places to get food, help with housing, getting health insurance, mental health services, even things like diapers and clothes.
How ONGC’s Overseas Projects Help India Secure Oil and Gas Supplies
Overview ONGC is executing several oil and gas exploration projects overseas through its fully-owned subsidiary, ONGC Videsh which produced 9.76 million metric tons (MMT) of crude oil and 5.23 MMT of natural gas in 2020. The company has procured participating interest in 35 oil and gas assets located in 15 countries spread across all the continents barring Australia. ONGC Videsh contributed around 30.3% of crude oil and 23.7% of natural gas to India's domestic production in 2019-20. The company is constantly looking for viable deposits of oil and gas in different parts of the world and its personnel are braving different kinds of hazards to prospect for oil and gas in order to secure India's supply.
Voters Head To The Polls In UK Local Elections
Voters across the UK have been heading to the polls to elect MP's who will represent their interests in their local area. This comes in as part of the UK local elections which had to be postponed from last year due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
Between the Bookends
Hello darkness smile a friend, I've come to talk with you again... The first time I heard Disturbed's version of Simon and Garfunkel's The Sound of Silence, I was transported back to 1964. The song was released a day before my 14th birthday. It became my theme song.
Why Are States Blaming Stimulus and Unemployment for Lack of Workers?
Once again I heard the same refrain repeated on right wing media this week. The real reason that businesses cannot find workers is because Biden is giving them stimulus money and unemployment cash to just stay home and not come to work. The old trope that continues to play out is that poor people are lazy and if you give them any kind of safety net they will not work and just stay home.
Bolivarian Revolution (SHORT STORY)
The memories are still fresh, nitid in my mind. It felt like I was in a movie at the moment, but I was scared, we were all scared. Venezuela has always been a really unstable country, but this was my first time really experiencing it, and I don’t think it ever had gotten this bad before. The whole city was paralyzed, and for a whole year, there were on and off protests. The police response was outrageous. You could look out the window to what once was a beautiful city with its green hills and wild, colorful parrots flying around and now there were fires, smoke, explosions, and people running to hide in every single crevice. The evil green men were everywhere and they’d break into your neighborhood and start shooting, looking for people to lock up. Across bridges and parks, there were pictures of the hundreds of teenagers that were murdered by the government, they were 16, 17, and we're just trying to get a breath of fresh air among all the black smoke.
Police States, Racism, and Pandemonium
The pen is mightier than the sword. And, yet, the wicked hand of the scholar has mislead generations of people into believing whatever they wanted them to. The art of propaganda was indeed just that, an art. It was meant to persuade and influence emotional response because, after all, what is art?
Information is Treachery
A computer can not read - that's simply not one of its gifts. It can't see a picture, either, or listen to a song or watch a film. What a computer sees - insofar as it can be said to "see" anything - is an endless world of switches, some on, some off. Yet within those switches are patterns, some of which correspond to stories, pictures, songs or films. At command, a computer can take those switches and perfectly recreate these things, telling stories it hasn't the means to understand.
Anti-Sikh Riots 1984
All through the period from October 31 to November 5, 1984, large mobs largely formed by hooligans loyal to the ruling Indian Congress Party from many part of the country attacked Sikh community. The mobsters swarmed into Sikh neighborhoods, arbitrarily killing any Sikh men they could find. these events should not be called riots, but be described as one sided pogrom or a crime against humanity. This was a black spot on India history .