Target voter for all nativist/hativist political parties…

trusting retirees, with a bit of disposable income, and a natural inclination to hate modernity and change—an inclination that could be heightened, radicalized, and exploited.

The Long, Lucrative Right-wing Grift Is Blowing Up in the World’s Face, April 10, 2017, at 06:51 PM

The sentence may be written for the voters in the west – the ones who elected Trump, and voted for Brexit. However, from my conversations on visits back home, it’s the same voters who also support Modi & BJP in India – heightened, radicalised, and exploited.

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Berlin marathon and The wall

The Berlin Marathon, once a pleasant but unremarkable jaunt through the Grunewald forest, was redirected through the streets of West Berlin in 1981. In doing so, it became part of the city for a day. After the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, the race was rerouted again so that it passed through the old East and West Berlin. In that first true city-wide race, on 30 September 1990, three days before Germany was officially reunified, many runners wept as they passed underneath the Brandenburg Gate.

“Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon” by Ed Caesar, April 09, 2017 at 07:52 PM

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Focus. Flow. La Volupté

In these final moments of stillness, however, Mutai banished impure thoughts and the crowding, conflicted voices. He attempted to focus. 

Psychologists talk about a Zen-like state of instinctual action in which the greatest sporting performances are attained. They call it Flow

The French cyclist Jean Bobet described a similar but distinct experience called La Volupté, which ‘is delicate, intimate and ephemeral. It arrives, it takes hold of you, sweeps you up and then leaves you again. It is for you alone. It is a combination of speed and ease, force and grace. It is pure happiness.’

Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon” by Ed Caesar, April 06, 2017 at 12:59 AM

Being Trump

To me Trump is someone who is always searching for a stronger, better word, but he never finds it. Whenever I play him, I make a long pause to find that word, and then I just repeat the word I started with: ‘These people are great people. They’re fantastic people, and I just want to say that working with them was . . . a fantastic experience.’

Axios AM, March 29, 2017 at 12:15 PM

Fences are in head, not on the ground

There are very few fences that can stop a determined person (or dog, for that matter).

Most of the time, the fence is merely a visual reminder that we’re rewarded for complying.

Seth’s Blog: The invisible fence, April 4, 2017 at 11:24 AM

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Why biometrics are not passwords

All ‘passwords’ should be replaceable. If your credit card gets stolen, you can block it and get a new card. If your Aadhaar number and fingerprint are leaked, you can’t change it, you can’t block it.

Aadhaar uses fingerprints, linked to bank accounts: Is your identity safe?, April 3, 2017, at 01:37 PM