Posts Tagged ‘India’

It’s only Science, if it’s proveable and testable @number10gov

August 29, 2012

Much as I despise the views of most Republican Senators and much as I find laughable, their comments on Scientific issues, I have to take issue with those belittle them for not accepting the Anthropogenic view of Global Warming.

There are too many out there, who proclaim Man’s sin of destroying the Planet, as though they know any more about the issue than a Republican Senator.

There are too many out there, earning a living off the back of this Cassandra prophecy.

Perhaps the World is warming.

Perhaps it is our fault (Although our efforts compare to those of termites, ungulates and vulcanism  to the same extent as a mouse trying to rape an elephant).

Perhaps our efforts are the tipping force.

Perhaps this World will turn into a huge desert with a smaller land area than at present.

Whatever the truth, there is no Science that definitely predicts this outcome, or can be used as a basis for this prediction.

I, consequently, have a problem with climatologists and their almost religious denunciation of anyone who doesn’t accept their creed, in chapter and verse.

How about a Scientific analysis of what Kyoto has achieved and what The proponents of the “Science” of Climatology are likely to achieve, apart from pushing up my fuel bills and causing the deaths of a few more UK pensioners.

That The UK Government with its 0% economic growth can tie us to policies, which have little hope of counterbalancing the Carbon footprints of China and India with their 8%  economic growths (and a seeming desire to burn every single molecule of fossil fuel before the year’s end) is facile.

These “Eco-Warrior’s” may have good intentions and may even have a slight understanding of the issues but they need to be reined in before, like all fanatic ideologues, they stumble into the realm’s of Fatwa’s and heretic burning.

Their case hasn’t been proven, no matter how strident their ayatollah’s, nor has it been disproven.

I don’t believe that Climate change is human driven, or that it is a runaway train.

However, even if it is so, UK politicians won’t stop that runaway train, by chucking UK pensioners on the rails.

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@Number10gov Pearson College and privatisation… I predict.

August 15, 2012

I have no problem with Pearson running a fee paying college, providing it isn’t taxpayer backed.

My concern is that this isn’t simply another phony credential course supplier but the Gov’t’s stalking horse for privatising State Education.

Pearson is a supplier of schools. see http://pearsonschools.in/

As can be seen on this site:

 Pearson has more than 130 million students worldwide in over 60 countries.

Pearson Schools is the fastest growing chain of schools in India with 27 schools in 17 cities and over 15,000 students across India, so far.

I only came across, because I was watching BBC’s Newsnight, after midnight.

Their spokesman was effectively being given a free TV plug, without any counter to his sales pitch that the poorest children in India were entitled to a good education. A true but irrelevant argument for privatising what should be provided by the State, at cost (i.e. without someone scraping off the jam).

The BBC Main News coverage must have been the eny of every private college in the country.

Why was this so blatant?

My conclusion is that the Tories are moving ahead full speed with privatisation, so that when Labour gets into power, Ed Miliband can claim that he has been met with a fait accompli .

This is total rubbish, of course, as he could announce before hand that he will not honour any contracts with the privateers. That he won’t do this (for fear of a non-existent voter backlash or whatever) is because he / Labour and Dave / Tory are doing a Mutt and Jeff act on this issue.

I expect that very soon we will hear that Pearson has “won” contracts with many of the Primary schools that have been coerced into becoming Academies. Shortly after, there will be Ofsted’s with rave reviews and announcements that Pearson is taking over other “failing” schools.

Two years down the line, we’ll be told that these schools are underfunded and have had to impose parking charges etc., take in advertising sponsorship  and fallen foul of a badly flawed PFI. necessitating Gov’t bailouts.

 

Economic war on a Global scale could be a consequence of Newly awakening China

May 26, 2012

A recent posting in Fullermoney makes an interesting take on China.

Its neighbours are Russia to North (past border disputes and “sabre rattling”), Japan to the East (successfully fighting above its weight, economically and memories of WWII) and India to the West (could outstrip China in rampant Capitalism).

These are all socio-economic rivals.

Throw in The US navy (and trade interests) to the South and that leaves China looking to Europe, or S.America as an economic ally/trading partner.  Africa is too beset by immature political systems and despots to be a challenge, despite its natural resources.

S.America is only just waking up to its potential and is not far along the road to Global competition, especially with big neighbour USA seeing S.America as within its domain/control.

Europe, with German dominance, is the most likely link-up for China but there lies a problem, because Russia will feel itself in a sandwich to both East and West, with its only possible partner being India.

Just the fact that these bloc’s are being forced to form, under Globalisation, creates a situation similar to the “Scramble for Africa”, which led to The Great War.(W.W.I)

Indian Government values its people as an asset

November 15, 2011

From Fullermoney newsletter.

Deserves wider audience.

THERE is a concept in telecommunications called “the last mile,” that part of any phone system that is the most difficult to connect – the part that goes from the main lines into people’s homes. Prem Kalra, the director of the new Indian Institute of
Technology in Rajasthan, one of the elite M.I.T.’s of India, has dedicated his school to overcoming a different challenge: connecting “the last person.”

“How will we reach the last person?” Kalra asked me during a visit to his campus here in Jodhpur in the Thar Desert of western India. The “last person” in his view is the poorest person in India. And the question consuming Kalra is can “the financially worst-off person” in India “be empowered” – be given the basic tools to acquire enough skills to overcome dire poverty.

In a country where 75 percent of the people live on less than $2 a day, that’s a big question. It is why, one year ago, India’s Human Resources Development Ministry put out a very specific proposal that Kalra and his technology institute decided to take up, when no one else would: Could someone design and make a stripped-down iPad-like, Internet-enabled, wirelessly connected tablet that the poorest Indian family, saving about $2.50 a month for a year, could afford if the government subsidized the rest? Specifically, could they make a simple tablet usable for distance learning, teaching English and math or just tracking commodity prices for under $50, including the manufacturer’s profit?

The answer was yes. Last month, Kalra’s team – led by two I.I.T. Rajasthan electrical engineering professors, one of whom comes from a village that still has no electricity – unveiled the Aakash tablet. Aakash is Hindi for sky. It’s based on the Android 2.2 operating system, with a 7-inch touch screen, three hours of battery life and the ability to download YouTube videos, PDFs and educational software like Virtual Labs. The government will subsidize the wireless connections for students.

My view – How do you empower India’s 220 million poorer students, who do not have access to the better schools, and perhaps also many of their older relatives who believe in education but never had the opportunity? The affordable Aakash tablet has the potential to be a transformative device, and not just for India.

No doubt some people will use their tablets mainly for social networking, games and other light entertainment, just as they
do in more prosperous countries. That is inevitable but bright and ambitious people will also be able to educate themselves as never before. The long-term benefits to GDP will be considerable.