Back to Blogging

Apologies for the site having been down so long. First, there was a long spell of bot attacks that I could never tackle in time.

Then, there were a bunch of technical glitches. I’m up now, but for how long I can’t say. I’ll take it as it comes.

My latest preoccupation is the growing menace of biometric identification, the worst specimen of which is India’s monstrous Aadhaar card.

Aadhaar, as duly noted on this blog, has the same meaning as Al Qaeda, that is, ‘the base’..which is another word for a ‘the foundation’. But it is also a pun on a more obviously ominous word – ‘data-base.’

A data-base of human beings, that is.

These sorts of cogitations will be dismissed in the major media as conspiracy theory.

But it is nothing of the sort, to anyone who follows the day-to-day encroachment of the state on the remaining rags of privacy.

Aadhaar is exceptional in that it includes a person’s name, his/her parents’ names, a photograph, all ten finger-prints, iris scans, and a signature, all in one easily duplicated piece of paper.

Already, despite Supreme Court pronouncements to the contrary, the Indian government has demanded it for public welfare schemes, for government scholarships, for new bank accounts, for government pensions, for gas subsidies, for cell phone accounts, and now, perhaps,  for income-tax filings.

Already, millions of people with Aadhaar have had all their personal and financial details leaked, for weeks and months at a time, on multiple government websites.

The implications are horrendous, by any measure. The helpless citizen is now trapped between the surveillance state and the criminal mafias, pinned down like prey, cowering between the gimlet-eyed eagle of global government overhead and the insidious snake of international crime underfoot.

6 thoughts on “Back to Blogging

  1. Your website is now like a flickering tungsten lamp in a lighthouse. You may not see them, but many small boats depend on you.

    • Hi Jay, yes I am back….with an arm gone and a lung. The domain is gone and back links with it. The new URL is lilarajiva.com. Any help correcting that on your site or elsewhere would be greatly appreciated. Mindbodypolitic.org will also work. Not dot com. So now I need people to correct links..if they can.
      Have never asked my readers for a dime. But fixing links would help.

      I cannot say too much in public about it
      Hope all is well with you.
      Lila

  2. Hi Lila.
    You may laugh at this suggestion, but have you thought of doing video?
    I know. I used to be a print snob. I thought “who would go to Youtube for news or thoughtful commentary when you could just read it, or else, listen to podcasts?”
    In 2015, I finally got a secondhand iphone, so I could run Skype. A lot of my information or entertainment consisted of streaming audio, podcasts, and chatting on another app, called Mixlr. I made some good friends in the chat rooms.
    But slowly and inexorably, like everybody else, I got drawn into the web….mainly Youtube of course.
    Video isn’t all superficial. You can transmit a lot of information. And, via mobile, you can carry around and listen to videos while fixing meals, cleaning up, driving, etc.
    Drop me an email. I’d like to catch up wiht you “in private” (i.e., just between you, me, the Deep State,the Russkies, and everyone else who may be hacking us) and I will put you on my VIP list
    for important emails.

  3. Hi Lila.
    You may laugh at this suggestion, but have you thought of doing video?
    I know. I used to be a print snob. I thought “who would go to Youtube for news or thoughtful commentary when you could just read it, or else, listen to podcasts?”
    In 2015, I finally got a secondhand iphone, so I could run Skype. A lot of my information or entertainment consisted of streaming audio, podcasts, and chatting on another app, called Mixlr. I made some good friends in the chat rooms.
    But slowly and inexorably, like everybody else, I got drawn into the web….mainly Youtube of course.
    Video isn’t all superficial. You can transmit a lot of information. And, via mobile, you can carry around and listen to videos while fixing meals, cleaning up, driving, etc.
    Youtube is censoring, true. Some people are using Bitchute as a backup Youtube.
    Drop me an email. I’d like to catch up wiht you “in private” (i.e., just between you, me, the Deep State,the Russkies, and everyone else who may be hacking us) and I will put you on my VIP list
    for important emails.

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