10 Dark Facts About Robert Pickton, The Pig Farmer Killer – Listverse


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Jay’s Twist Poetry – In my Senior Moments :)


Magic powers of a living snowman
Separation of a celebrity
End of the world with an acrobat
Betrayal of a parrot
Friends of a clown
Terrible day of the dentist
Living with an ex
Relaxing with a mythical creature
Separation of a mutant
Habits of a nurse

Love of a skeleton
Traditions of your mother-in-law
Audition of an ogre
Eating out with your parents
End of the world with a martial art professional
Courage of a creepy stranger
Locked up with an escaped convict
Raised by your worst enemy
Lost in a rainforest with a pessimist
Playing a TV show game with cupid

Does Your Body Language Say Awkward Things About You?


“If I were to squeeze this orange as hard as I could, what would come out?”
“Juice, of course.”
“Do you think apple juice could come out of it?”
“No!”
“What about grapefruit juice?”
“No!”
“What would come out of it?”
“Orange juice, of course.”
“Why? Why when you squeeze an orange does orange juice come out?”
“Well, it’s an orange, and that’s what’s inside.”

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Does Your Body Language Say Awkward Things About You?


“If I were to squeeze this orange as hard as I could, what would come out?”
“Juice, of course.”
“Do you think apple juice could come out of it?”
“No!”
“What about grapefruit juice?”
“No!”
“What would come out of it?”
“Orange juice, of course.”
“Why? Why when you squeeze an orange does orange juice come out?”
“Well, it’s an orange, and that’s what’s inside.”

via Does Your Body Language Say Awkward Things About You?

Startpreneurs – Top stories from fav newsletter


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Ola May Book A Ride Into Online Grocery Business With Foodpanda
Ola may leverage the 125K food delivery riders from its food delivery unit, Foodpanda, for grocery fulfilment. The move comes as Ola’s global rival, Uber, looks to launch a few pilot projects for grocery delivery in India by next year.
Google India may face a fresh tax liability on the $2.18 Bn (INR 16,119.6 Cr) of revenue it earned from India over the past five years, which it has remitted to its subsidiaries in Ireland and Singapore. These transfers amount to about 50-60% of the company’s total revenue in India over the five-year period.
The debate on nationalism has reached unlikely quarters as global card payments company Mastercard complained to the US authorities that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promotion of domestic card network Rupay is hurting foreign payment companies.
The US-based investment firm Tiger Global Management is reportedly in advanced talks to invest about $5-6 Mn each in two Indian software platforms named Fyle and Facilio.  The VC firm will invest from its new $3.75 Bn fund dubbed as Tiger Global Private Investment Partners XI.
Invest India, has partnered with WhatsApp to promote economic growth and generate job opportunities in India. Together, they will be organising the WhatsApp startup challenge, wherein the top five winners will receive $250K in seed funding from the Facebook-owned messaging platform.
Kickstart Summit
The AR/VR industry in India is at a nascent stage. In the last few years, only about 170 startups have emerged in this space. However, in the next five years, this industry is likely to see a compound annual growth rate of 76%. By 2020, the three most prominent markets for AR/VR technologies would be entertainment, manufacturing and healthcare.
Ashish Sharma, the CEO of InnoVen Capital India, took over the mantle just over a year ago after the firm saw high-profile exits like that of its CEO Ajay Hattangdi and deputy CEO Vinod Murali, who left the platform to start their own firm, called Alteria Capital. Here are the excerpts of the Inc42 conversation with Ashish Sharma, the CEO of InnoVen Capital India, in this week’s Moneyball.
Read More Top Stories On Inc42

Figuring by Maria Popova | New Book. PenguinRandomHouse.com


Figuring
By MARIA POPOVA
Category: Biography & Memoir
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ABOUT FIGURING
Figuring explores the complexities of love and the human search for truth and meaning through the interconnected lives of several historical figures across four centuries–beginning with the astronomer Johannes Kepler, who discovered the laws of planetary motion, and ending with the marine biologist and author Rachel Carson, who catalyzed the environmental movement.

Stretching between these figures is a cast of artists, writers, and scientists–mostly women, mostly queer–whose public contribution has risen out of their unclassifiable and often heartbreaking private relationships to change the way we understand, experience, and appreciate the universe. Among them are the astronomer Maria Mitchell, who paved the way for women in science; the sculptor Harriet Hosmer, who did the same in art; the journalist and literary critic Margaret Fuller, who sparked the feminist movement; and the poet Emily Dickinson.

Emanating from these lives are larger questions about the measure of a good life and what it means to leave a lasting mark of betterment on an imperfect world: Are achievement and acclaim enough for happiness? Is genius? Is love? Weaving through the narrative is a set of peripheral figures–Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Darwin, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Herman Melville, Frederick Douglass, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Walt Whitman–and a tapestry of themes spanning music, feminism, the history of science, the rise and decline of religion, and how the intersection of astronomy, poetry, and Transcendentalist philosophy fomented the environmental movement.

SEE MORE
ABOUT MARIA POPOVA
MARIA POPOVA is a reader and a writer, and writes about what she reads on Brain Pickings (brainpickings.org), which is included in the Library of Congress permanent digital archive of culturally valuable materials. She hosts The Universe in Verse–an annual… More about Maria Popova

PRODUCT DETAILS
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Feb 05, 2019 | 592 Pages | 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 | ISBN 9781524748135

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Creativity and Lateral Thinking


“Every human has four endowments – self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.”
-Stephen Covey

Get the Creative Juices Flowing with These Reads…

How to Take Your Creativity to New Levels
“When confronted with a creative thinking situation — and when processing the relevant information available — the mind wants to conform the data to a set of traditional patterns. AKA it is wired to look for the easy path through the data.

This is a limitation.

Dr. de Bono argues that by using lateral thinking — meaning forcing our brains to look for additional solutions for the creative problem — we force our brains to look at new patterns.

And thus open our minds to new areas of creativity.”

The Second Principle of Accelerated Learning: Creativity
“Creativity is:

The use of imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of artistic work.

There are a lot of misconceptions about creativity. It is commonly believed that creativity is an innate feature of who you are. That it can’t be cultivated or strengthened. That you are either creative… or you aren’t.

Like with anything, creativity can be developed and sculpted, and in this episode, we teach you exactly how.”

How You Can Use Pixar’s Creative Process to Supercharge Your Success
“You need lots of ideas to come up with good ideas, so involve as many people as possible when you’re working on a project. Find inspiration from anywhere — the least likely people will often bring the most brilliant stimulation.”

7 Body-Language Tricks to Make People Instantly Like You


7 Body Language Tricks To Make Anyone Instantly Like You
By Maggie Zhang

Courtesy of Unsplash
There’s no question that body language is important.

And according to Leil Lowndes in her book “How To Talk To Anyone,” you can capture — and hold — anyone’s attention without saying a word.

We’ve selected the best body-language techniques from the book and shared them below.

The Flooding Smile
“Don’t flash an immediate smile when you greet someone,” says Lowndes. If you do, it appears as if anyone in your line of sight would receive that same smile.

Instead, pause and look at the other person’s face for a second, and then let a “big, warm, responsive smile flood over your face and overflow into your eyes.”

Even though the delay is less than a second, it will convince people your smile is sincere and personalized for them. According to Lowndes, a slower smile can add more richness and depth to how people perceive you.

Sticky Eyes
“Pretend your eyes are glued to your conversation partner’s with sticky warm taffy,” Lowndes advises. Even after they’ve finished speaking, don’t break eye contact. “When you must look away, do it ever so slowly, reluctantly, stretching the gooey taffy until the tiny string finally breaks.”

You can also try counting your conversation partner’s blinks. In a case study, subjects reported significantly higher feelings of respect and fondness for their colleagues who used this technique.

Epoxy Eyes
In a group of people, you should occasionally look at the person you are interested in, no matter who else is talking. If your attention is drawn to that person even when they are simply listening, you show that you are extremely interested in his or her reactions.

Be warned — using full Epoxy Eyes can be a bit overwhelming to the subject and could leave them feeling uncomfortable. You should primarily watch the speaker, but allow your glance to bounce to your target when the speaker finishes interesting points.

The Big-Baby Pivot
People are very conscious of how you react to them. When you meet someone new, turn your body fully toward them and give them the same, undivided attention you would give a baby. Lowndes says, “Pivoting 100% toward the new person shouts, ‘I think you are very, very special.’”

Limit The Fidget
If you want to appear credible, try not to move too much when your conversation really matters. “Do not fidget, twitch, wiggle, squirm, or scratch,” Lowndes says. Frequent hand motions near your face can give your listener the feeling that you’re lying or anxious. Instead, simply fix a constant gaze on the listener and show them that you’re fully concentrated on the matter at hand.

Hang By Your Teeth
This visualization trick will help you look more confident with your posture, which Lowndes describes as “your biggest success barometer.” To do this, visualize a leather bit hanging from the frame of every door you walk through. Pretend that you are taking a bite on the dental grip, and let it sweep your cheeks into a smile and lift you up.

“When you hang by your teeth,” Lowndes says, “every muscle is stretched into perfect posture position. “ Your head will be held high, shoulders back, torso out of your hips, and feet weightless.

This trick also works because of the frequency people walk through doorways. If you visualize anything often enough, it becomes a habit. “Habitual good posture is the first mark of a big winner.”

Hello, Old Friend
When you first meet someone, imagine they’re your old friend. According to Lowndes, this will cause a lot of subconscious reactions in your body, from the softening of your eyebrows to the positioning of your toes.

An added benefit to this technique is that when you act as though you like someone, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy — you might really start to like them. Lowndes says, “What it boils down to is love begets love, like begets like, respect begets respect.”

via 7 Body-Language Tricks to Make People Instantly Like You

STARTPRENEUR stories worth a read


Stories you shouldn’t miss

Amazon will now deliver air purifiers to its Delhi customers through Amazon Prime Now, within two hours of ordering. Air purifiers from top brands like Philips, Honeywell and Mi will be delivered to Prime members between 6 am and midnight. The speed of delivery is an important factor to drive sales. Amazon India has scaled up its infrastructure and delivery network in order to facilitate fast deliveries.

Actor Priyanka Chopra has brought Tinder-rival Bumble to India. She is not only an investor in the women-friendly dating app but also the brand ambassador of Bumble India.  The app was launched in India on Thursday. It also comes with a Hindi language option – a move clearly aimed at targeting the mass dating market in a country that boasts of a 65 percent reach under-30 population. Bumble, unlike most dating apps, lets women make the first move when it comes to matches. This way, the app claims, it allows women to have more control over online dating – a space fraught with risks.

IKEA, which opened its first store in India earlier this year, is turning its attention to Maharashtra. The Swedish furniture retailer has announced that it will create over 10,000 jobs (direct and indirect) in the state as it opens its Mumbai store in 2019. The retail giant expects to create opportunities in areas such as merchandising, store operations, supply chain and allied assembly services. The first big format store will open in Turbhe, Navi Mumbai and will employ 1000 direct co-workers and 1,500 indirect co-workers across services. IKEA’s distribution centre will be located at Chakan in Pune.

This startup uses AI to reduce the return of parcels, and improves the brand image of an online seller! Mumbai-based iThink Logistics was founded about a year ago by Vipul, Bharat Karotra, Paresh Parmar, Nikul Dodia and Zaiba Sarang. This bootstrapped startup has a technology platform that ensures that once a parcel leaves the premises of an online seller, it is efficiently monitored so that it can strategically reach the end customer.

By enabling manufacturers to sell their products to the wholesaler and dealer segment and also manage inventory on both ends, mSupply is disrupting the B2B supply chain in India’s construction industry. This is the three-year-old startup’s story that is now driving growth on a fast lane.

RAK Movement – Random Acts of Kindness


  1. Know someone who is not coping very well? Give them a call
  2. Be eco-friendly – unplug electronics when you’re finished using them
  3. Leave someone flowers anonymously
  4. Someone looking lost? Help them with directions
  5. Help an elderly person cross the road or up the stairs
  6. Empty your wallet for charity
  7. Save water – take a shorter shower today
  8. Have lunch with a homeless person
  9. Oooh wait! There’s somebody behind you; hold the door open!
  10. Save water – turn the tap off when brushing your teeth!

Free verse- Self Government


Self-government

Free verse by jay

I saw the the better human of my generation destroyed,
How I mourned the self.
Does the self make you shiver?
does it?

Don’t belive that independent are inconstant?
independent are constant beyond belief.
Independent are invariant. independent are perpetual,
independent are true, however.

How happy is the yellow plo!
A plo is dishonourable. a plo is irrational,
a plo is white-livered, however.

Pay attention to the governance,
the governance is the most little body of all.
A governance is narrow. a governance is wee,
a governance is fiddling, however.

One afternoon I said to myself,
“Why isn’t the freedom more relative?”
Now arbitrary is just the thing,
To get me wondering if the freedom is relative.

Strategy and Martial Arts


Dunari is a partially offensive and partially defensive martial art that focuses on subduing your opponent through a constant build up of momentum and disrupting the momentum of your opponent. The primary focus lies on both grapples and blocks and it often relies on the flexibility and agility of the defender.

The biggest strength of Dunari is the high amounts of energy put behind every single strike. By utilizing the speed of both fighters your opponent can often be caught off guard, allowing you to become an overwhelming force.

On the other hand the biggest weakness of Dunari is that there are too many different styles. So until you’ve mastered enough it’s near impossible to win.

Renunciation



Do not listen to mind listen only the voice of heart.


Happiness and misery, virtue and vice, pleasure and pain, heaven and hell, birth and death, are the creation of the mind and depend on the mind.


He who gets control over the mind gets everything under control.


——-AVATAR MEHER BABA


[From- LESSONS FOR SPIRITUAL ASPIRANTS, Complied by:  BIRENDRA KUMAR]

[Copyright © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust Ahmednagar (M.S.) India]

Body Language Experts Say Trump Often Flashes “Triangle of Satan” Hand Gesture. Interesting Satire in Medium.com. Worth a Read.


Truth In Satire
Body Language Experts Say Trump Often Flashes “Triangle of Satan” Hand Gesture
The ominous “downward prayer position” is proof that the president uses dark magic and is in league with the devil

Hell hath no fury like these two guys together in one room. (Credit: BuzzFeed)
A careful analysis of more than 100 photographs of President Donald Trump sitting with various world leaders, celebrities, and journalists conclusively shows that the American leader often and indiscriminately uses the “Triangle of Satan” hand gesture.

Mr. Trump’s first chance to flash Lucifer’s hand language from a position of power was in the Oval Office, November 2016. (Credit: UPI/Barcroft Images/Daily Mail)
Four highly-regarded body language experts, including Dr. Lola Somatis of Duke University and Dr. Frank Caldaver of UCLA, examined the photographs of President Trump taken over a three-year period from June 2014 to May 2017.

Watch closely. He puts his fingertips together with thumbs touching, forming a perfect triangle. It’s startlingly blatant and so chilling. (Credit: DDP USA/REX/Shutterstock)
The results of their analysis has many political observers, as well as Christian religious scholars, worried and paying closer attention.

“We observed Mr. Trump using the ‘Reverse Steeple’ or ‘Downward Prayer Position’ hand symbol in virtually every photo we analyzed,” said Dr. Somatis. “There is simply no other conclusion we can make other than that he is indicating his allegiance to Satan and signaling a vast global network of fellow devil worshipers, telling them that he is in position and ready to rain hellfire down on earth.”

via Body Language Experts Say Trump Often Flashes “Triangle of Satan” Hand Gesture

How to Read Your Date’s Body Language – The OkCupid Blog


How to Read Your Date’s Body Language
An illustrated guide to the nonverbal communication that says it all

Slouching
Slouching
This is a sign of someone who doesn’t give a flip about “‘correct posture.” A sexy, rebellious type. If he sits like this, imaging how he lies down?! You’re in for a cool night. Make sure not to embarrass yourself by saying anything dorky. You should also slouch, but certainly don’t out-slouch his slouch. He will give a flip about that.

Brushing against your arm
Brushing against your arm
A touch on the wrist is a strong indication of sexual attraction. It’s their way of telling you that if you want to put your mouth on their mouth later, that’d be cool. However, please note that this does not apply if you have just fainted, or have any reason to believe that this person is simply checking your pulse. In which case, don’t go in for the kiss until it’s confirmed that you are, in fact, alive.

Lying flat on the ground
Lying flat on the ground
If you find your date lying on the ground face up, with their stomach exposed, this is a sign of comfort. By showing their most unprotected area and sensitive vital organs to you, your date is communicating trust. If they’re face down, you have seven years bad luck.

Back facing you
Back facing you
This isn’t a good sign. There is a distinct possibility that your date has lost interest, and might even be on a date with someone else. Hang around for another hour or two to be sure, though.

Hunching
Hunching
This potential mate is attempting to show off their impressive dark intellect by hunching over a phone or diary or something. They’re clearly waiting for you to ask them what they’re working on — don’t fall for it. Look for more true signs of evolutionary fitness like tight abs or a really great musk.

Looking around everywhere
Looking around everywhere
Your date is displaying clear signs of anxiety. To calm them down, stop talking about how all of your exes were nuts and screaming at the waiter. If this doesn’t calm them down, nothing will. You can add them to your list of crazy exes.

Batting eyes
Batting eyes
There’s fucking sand in the air or something.

Hands around your neck
Hands around your neck
It can be hard to dissect the meaning behind a touch in dating. But this one’s a safe bet: if they’ve throttled you, it means things are serious. Being in a life/death situation with someone always brings you closer.

Perfect posture
Perfect posture
This is a robot sent from the future to kidnap you. When they’re distracted, stab them in the abdomen with a fork. See? No blood! Run, run, run!!!

Written by Nick Bateman; illustrated by Hallie Bateman.

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The One Piece of Advice Young Women Need – Jessica Valenti – Medium


ne of the most important decisions American women make about their careers has nothing to do with raises, internships, or degrees — it’s about who they choose to spend their life with. The one piece of advice that young ambitious women are never told but could make all the difference: The unequal division of labor that often comes with marriage and motherhood has the potential to derail their professional ambitions and personal passions. So if you get married — particularly if you’re going to marry a man — make sure it’s someone who will take your career as seriously as his own.

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India Surges 23 Ranks in ease of doing Business with port-led Development under Sagarmala Improving ‘Trading Across Border’


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Government of India
Ministry of Shipping
02 NOV 2018 4:03PM by PIB Delhi
India Surges 23 Ranks in ease of doing Business with port-led Development under Sagarmala Improving ‘Trading Across Border’

 

As per the World Bank report 2019 on Ease of Doing Business, India has taken a huge leap of 23 ranks from 100 in 2017-18 to 77 in 2018-19 indicating it is continuing its steady shift towards global standards. One of the key indices which has contributed immensely toward this growth is ‘Trading across borders’ which shows an impressive improvement from 146 rank last year to 80th rank this year.

The Ministry of Shipping has been taking initiatives to improve the parameter of ‘Trading across border’ as 92% of India’s Export- Import trade by volume is handled at ports.

The report mentions that this is mainly due to India’s continued reform agenda, which has made it the top-ranked economy in the region. Upgradation of port infrastructure, Improvement of processes, and digitization of document submission has substantially reduced Export/Import cargo handling time at ports which has significantly contributed towards improving the trading across border parameter and India’s impressive growth in the World Bank’s report. The World Bank has recognized India as one of the top improvers for the year.

According to the report, under the Border Compliance Criterion relevant to the Port Sector the Cost to Export has come down from $ 382.4 to $251.6. Similarly, the Cost to Import has come down from $ 543.2 to $ 331.

 

Focused efforts at improving the export/import cargo handling at major ports has contributed to improving the Ease of Doing Business in India and thus will help in economic growth & more jobs opportunities for the youth.”,said Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

The Government has initiated a series of steps to make India’s EXIM logistics more competitive in terms of time and cost. A series of studies to bench mark the performance of Indian Major Ports with their international counterparts has been undertaken and steps to increase the capacity and productivity to global standards have been initiated. Specifically 114 initiatives which were identified have been undertaken.

“The focus has been on development of port infrastructure and capacity enhancement, improvement in last mile connectivity and development of multi-modal hubs to promote EXIM while reducing logistics cost and time. Under Sagarmala, port-led-development initiative of the Govt, 266 port modernization projects with an investment of more than Rs 1.45 lakh Crore has been identified for implementation over next 10 years.”saidthe Minister.

80 projects worth Rs. 13,701Cr have been completed and projects worth 2.39 lakh Crore are under implementation.

“In order to enhance last mile connectivity, 211 road-rail projects worth Rs 250,907 Crore have been identified under Sagarmala.15 multimodal logistic parks with an investment of Rs3,989 will help in improving efficiency in freight movement under the programme”, the minister added.

With more than 5 % average growth at major ports over last 4 years, the Ministry of Shipping, has taken several steps to improve their operational efficiencies through policy and procedural changes and mechanization.

As a result, key efficiency parameters have improved considerably. The Average Turnaround Time has reduced from 82 hrs to 64 hrs in 2017-18. The Average Output Per Ship Berth day has increased from 14,583Tonnes in 2016-17 and to 14,912 Tonnes in 2017-18. The traffic at major ports increased to 6794.7 lakh tonnes during 2017-18 over 6483.98 lakh tonnesduring 2016-17.

Transfer of conventional activities to digital platforms, use of technology for moving cargo and simplification of processes have been done topromote business and facilitate ease of doing business. Steps taken include the following:

 

  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)system installed in 11 Major Ports to enhance security, remove bottlenecks for seamless movement of traffic across Port gates. The RFID system automatically identifies the trucks and drivers without the need to stop at the port gates for manual checking.
  • DMICDC’s Logistics Databank system (LDB) for tracking & tracing movement of EXIM container in the Major Ports thereby enabling the consigners and consignees to track the movement of the Containers from portal.
  • Direct Port Delivery (DPD) and Direct Port Entry (DPE) enable direct movement of containers from factories / port without intermediate handling requirement, thus saving cost & time
    • Direct Port Delivery of Import containers increased from 3% in November 2016 to 40.62% in July, 2018. The DPD importers are benefited by savings in cost ofupto Rs.15,000/ and average serving in delivery time of 5 days.
    • The percentage of Direct Port Entry of Export containers increased from 60% in April 2017 to 82.66 in July, 2018.
  • Installation of drive-through Container Scanners to save time  at Major Ports
  • Reducing paper work- Issuance of e- Delivery orders, e-invoice and e-payment across all the Major Ports. Digitalization of processes has considerably reduced the processing time.
  • Upgradation of the Centralized Web Based-Port Community System (PCS) to provide global visibility and access to the central database to all its stakeholders through internet based interfaces

 

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Figuring by Maria Popova | New Book. PenguinRandomHouse.com


Figuring
By MARIA POPOVA
Category: Biography & Memoir
Hardcover –
Hardcover PRE-ORDER
Feb 05, 2019 | 592 Pages
Ebook +
Audio +
ABOUT FIGURING
Figuring explores the complexities of love and the human search for truth and meaning through the interconnected lives of several historical figures across four centuries–beginning with the astronomer Johannes Kepler, who discovered the laws of planetary motion, and ending with the marine biologist and author Rachel Carson, who catalyzed the environmental movement.

Stretching between these figures is a cast of artists, writers, and scientists–mostly women, mostly queer–whose public contribution has risen out of their unclassifiable and often heartbreaking private relationships to change the way we understand, experience, and appreciate the universe. Among them are the astronomer Maria Mitchell, who paved the way for women in science; the sculptor Harriet Hosmer, who did the same in art; the journalist and literary critic Margaret Fuller, who sparked the feminist movement; and the poet Emily Dickinson.

Emanating from these lives are larger questions about the measure of a good life and what it means to leave a lasting mark of betterment on an imperfect world: Are achievement and acclaim enough for happiness? Is genius? Is love? Weaving through the narrative is a set of peripheral figures–Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Darwin, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Herman Melville, Frederick Douglass, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Walt Whitman–and a tapestry of themes spanning music, feminism, the history of science, the rise and decline of religion, and how the intersection of astronomy, poetry, and Transcendentalist philosophy fomented the environmental movement.

SEE MORE
ABOUT MARIA POPOVA
MARIA POPOVA is a reader and a writer, and writes about what she reads on Brain Pickings (brainpickings.org), which is included in the Library of Congress permanent digital archive of culturally valuable materials. She hosts The Universe in Verse–an annual… More about Maria Popova

PRODUCT DETAILS
Hardcover | $30.00
Published by Pantheon
Feb 05, 2019 | 592 Pages | 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 | ISBN 9781524748135

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PM launches historic Support and Outreach Initiative for MSME Sector


Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
02 NOV 2018 7:32PM by PIB Delhi
PM launches historic Support and Outreach Initiative for MSME Sector
PM unveils 12 key initiatives
·        59 minute loan portal to enable easy access to credit for MSMEs

·        Mandatory 25 percent procurement from MSMEs by CPSEs

·        Ordinance for simplifying procedures for minor offences under Companies Act

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today launched a historic support and outreach programme for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector. As part of this programme, the Prime Minister unveiled 12 key initiatives which will help the growth, expansion and facilitation of MSMEs across the country.

The Prime Minister said that the 12 decisions that he is announcing today, will mark a new chapter for the MSME sector. Noting that MSMEs are one of the principal employment generators in India, the Prime Minister recalled the glorious Indian traditions of small scale industry, including Ludhiana’s hosiery, and Varanasi’s sarees.

The Prime Minister said that the success of economic reforms launched by the Union Government, can be gauged from the rise in India’s “Ease of Doing Business Rankings,” from 142 to 77 in four years.

The Prime Minister said that there are five key aspects for facilitating the MSME sector. These include access to credit, access to market, technology upgradation, ease of doing business, and a sense of security for employees. He said that as a Diwali gift for the sector, the 12 announcements he is making, will address each of these five categories.

Access to Credit

As the first announcement, the Prime Minister announced the launch of the 59 minute loan portal to enable easy access to credit for MSMEs. He said that loans upto Rs. 1 crore can be granted in-principle approval through this portal, in just 59 minutes. He said a link to this portal will be made available through the GST portal. The Prime Minister asserted that in New India, no one should be compelled to visit a bank branch repeatedly.

The Prime Minister mentioned the second announcement as a 2 percent interest subvention for all GST registered MSMEs, on fresh or incremental loans. For exporters who receive loans in the pre-shipment and post-shipment period, the Prime Minister announced an increase in interest rebate from 3 percent to 5 percent.

The third announcement made by the Prime Minister was that all companies with a turnover more than Rs. 500 crore, must now compulsorily be brought on the Trade Receivables e-Discounting System (TReDS). He said that joining this portal will enable entrepreneurs to access credit from banks, based on their upcoming receivables. This will resolve their problems of cash cycle.

Access to Markets

The Prime Minister said that on access to markets for entrepreneurs, the Union Government has taken a number of steps already. In this context, he made his fourth announcement, that public sector companies have now been asked to compulsorily procure 25 percent, instead of 20 percent of their total purchases, from MSMEs.

The Prime Minister said his fifth announcement is related to women entrepreneurs. He said that out of the 25 percent procurement mandated from MSMEs, 3 percent must now be reserved for women entrepreneurs.

The Prime Minister said that more than 1.5 lakh suppliers have now registered with GeM, out of which 40,000 are MSMEs. He said transactions worth more than Rs. 14,000 crore have been made so far through GeM. He said the sixth announcement is that all public sector undertakings of the Union Government must now compulsorily be a part of GeM. He said they should also get all their vendors registered on GeM.

Technology Upgradation

Coming to technological upgradation, the Prime Minister said that tool rooms across the country are a vital part of product design. His seventh announcement was that 20 hubs will be formed across the country, and 100 spokes in the form of tool rooms will be established.

Ease of Doing Business

On Ease of Doing Business, the Prime Minister said his eighth announcement is related to pharma companies. He said clusters will be formed of pharma MSMEs. He said 70 percent cost of establishing these clusters will be borne by the Union Government.

The Prime Minister said that the ninth announcement is on simplification of government procedures. He said the ninth announcement is that the return under 8 labour laws and 10 Union regulations must now be filed only once a year.

The Prime Minister said that the tenth announcement is that now the establishments to be visited by an Inspector will be decided through a computerised random allotment.

The Prime Minister noted that as part of establishing a unit, an entrepreneur needs two clearances namely, environmental clearance and consent to establish. He said that the eleventh announcement is that under air pollution and water pollution laws, now both these have been merged as a single consent. He further said that the return will be accepted through self-certification.

As the twelfth announcement, the Prime Minister mentioned that an Ordinance has been brought, under which, for minor violations under the Companies Act, the entrepreneur will no longer have to approach the Courts, but can correct them through simple procedures.

Social Security for MSME Sector Employees

The Prime Minister also spoke of social security for the MSME sector employees. He said that a mission will be launched to ensure that they have Jan Dhan Accounts, provident fund and insurance.

The Prime Minister said that these decisions would go a long way in strengthening the MSME sector in India. He said the implementation of this outreach programme will be intensively monitored over the next 100 days.

The Union Minisyter of Finance and CorporateAffairs, Shri Arun Jaitley, Union Minister of State (I/C) for MSME, Shri Giriraj Singh, MOS(Finance) Shri Shiv Pratap Shukla, MOS(Finance & Shipping), Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan, Secretary, DFS, Shri Rajiv Kumar, Secretary, MSME, Shri Panda and senior officials of different Departments/Ministries, Banks and Financial Institutions were also present on the occasion.

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BrainPickings – my most fav newsletter


Allow me to interrupt the regular newsletter programming to make a special, first-in-a-lifetime announcement. (The regular Sunday newsletter will return, predictably enough, on Sunday.) If you donate to my labor of love, or have donated over the years, please know that your support has made this, and just about everything else, possible. So thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Figuring

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I have composed a book. It only took twelve years of Brain Pickings and the most beautiful, difficult, disorienting experience of my personal life.

Figuring explores the complexities, varieties, and contradictions of love, and the human search for truth, meaning, and transcendence, through the interwoven lives of several historical figures across four centuries — beginning with the astronomer Johannes Kepler, who discovered the laws of planetary motion, and ending with the marine biologist and author Rachel Carson, who catalyzed the environmental movement. Stretching between these figures is a cast of artists, writers, and scientists — mostly women, mostly queer — whose public contribution has risen out of their unclassifiable and often heartbreaking private relationships to change the way we understand, experience, and appreciate the universe. Among them are the astronomer Maria Mitchell, who paved the way for women in science; the sculptor Harriet Hosmer, who did the same in art; the journalist and literary critic Margaret Fuller, who sparked the feminist movement; and the poet Emily Dickinson.

Emanating from these lives are larger questions about the measure of a good life and what it means to leave a lasting mark of betterment on an imperfect world: Are achievement and acclaim enough for happiness? Is genius? Is love? Weaving through the narrative is a set of peripheral figures — Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Darwin, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Herman Melville, Frederick Douglass, Caroline Herschel, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Walt Whitman — and a tapestry of themes spanning music, feminism, the history of science, the rise and decline of religion, and how the intersection of astronomy, poetry, and Transcendentalist philosophy fomented the environmental movement.

Long ago, a kindly interviewer asked me why I routinely declined offers for the types of easy, marketable books I am frequently approached about doing. I told him (please suspend judgment: I was in my twenties) that I had no interest in putting into the world a book that has the shelf life of a banana. I hope Figuring has the shelf life of a shelf.

Here is the prelude — chapter 0 of 29:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngAll of it — the rings of Saturn and my father’s wedding band, the underbelly of the clouds pinked by the rising sun, Einstein’s brain bathing in a jar of formaldehyde, every grain of sand that made the glass that made the jar and each idea Einstein ever had, the shepherdess singing in the Rila mountains of my native Bulgaria and each one of her sheep, every hair on Chance’s velveteen dog ears and Marianne Moore’s red braid and the whiskers of Montaigne’s cat, every translucent fingernail on my friend Amanda’s newborn son, every stone with which Virginia Woolf filled her coat pockets before wading into the River Ouse to drown, every copper atom composing the disc that carried arias aboard the first human-made object to enter interstellar space and every oak splinter of the floor-boards onto which Beethoven collapsed in the fit of fury that cost him his hearing, the wetness of every tear that has ever been wept over a grave and the yellow of the beak of every raven that has ever watched the weepers, every cell in Galileo’s fleshy finger and every molecule of gas and dust that made the moons of Jupiter to which it pointed, the Dipper of freckles constellating the olive firmament of a certain forearm I love and every axonal flutter of the tenderness with which I love her, all the facts and figments by which we are perpetually figuring and reconfiguring reality — it all banged into being 13.8 billion years ago from a single source, no louder than the opening note of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, no larger than the dot levitating over the small i, the I lowered from the pedestal of ego.

How can we know this and still succumb to the illusion of separateness, of otherness? This veneer must have been what the confluence of accidents and atoms known as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., saw through when he spoke of our “inescapable network of mutuality,” what Walt Whitman punctured when he wrote that “every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”

One autumn morning, as I read a dead poet’s letters in my friend Wendy’s backyard in San Francisco, I glimpse a fragment of that atomic mutuality. Midsentence, my peripheral vision — that glory of instinct honed by millennia of evolution — pulls me toward a miraculous sight: a small, shimmering red leaf twirling in midair. It seems for a moment to be dancing its final descent. But no — it remains suspended there, six feet above ground, orbiting an invisible center by an invisible force. For an instant I can see how such imperceptible causalities could drive the human mind to superstition, could impel medieval villagers to seek explanation in magic and witchcraft. But then I step closer and notice a fine spider’s web glistening in the air above the leaf, conspiring with gravity in this spinning miracle.

Neither the spider has planned for the leaf nor the leaf for the spider — and yet there they are, an accidental pendulum propelled by the same forces that cradle the moons of Jupiter in orbit, animated into this ephemeral early-morning splendor by eternal cosmic laws impervious to beauty and indifferent to meaning, yet replete with both to the bewildered human consciousness beholding it.

We spend our lives trying to discern where we end and the rest of the world begins. We snatch our freeze-frame of life from the simultaneity of existence by holding on to illusions of permanence, congruence, and linearity; of static selves and lives that unfold in sensical narratives. All the while, we mistake chance for choice, our labels and models of things for the things themselves, our records for our history. History is not what happened, but what survives the shipwrecks of judgment and chance.

Some truths, like beauty, are best illuminated by the sidewise gleam of figuring, of meaning-making. In the course of our figuring, orbits intersect, often unbeknownst to the bodies they carry — intersections mappable only from the distance of decades or centuries. Facts crosshatch with other facts to shade in the nuances of a larger truth — not relativism, no, but the mightiest realism we have. We slice through the simultaneity by being everything at once: our first names and our last names, our loneliness and our society, our bold ambition and our blind hope, our unrequited and part-requited loves. Lives are lived in parallel and perpendicular, fathomed nonlinearly, figured not in the straight graphs of “biography” but in many-sided, many-splendored diagrams. Lives interweave with other lives, and out of the tapestry arise hints at answers to questions that raze to the bone of life: What are the building blocks of character, of contentment, of lasting achievement? How does a person come into self-possession and sovereignty of mind against the tide of convention and unreasoning collectivism? Does genius suffice for happiness, does distinction, does love? Two Nobel Prizes don’t seem to recompense the melancholy radiating from every photograph of the woman in the black laboratory dress. Is success a guarantee of fulfillment, or merely a promise as precarious as a marital vow? How, in this blink of existence bookended by nothingness, do we attain completeness of being?

There are infinitely many kinds of beautiful lives.

So much of the beauty, so much of what propels our pursuit of truth, stems from the invisible connections — between ideas, between disciplines, between the denizens of a particular time and a particular place, between the interior world of each pioneer and the mark they leave on the cave walls of culture, between faint figures who pass each other in the nocturne before the torchlight of a revolution lights the new day, with little more than a half-nod of kinship and a match to change hands.

Figuring arrives on February 5, 2019. You can pre-order it from Powell’sAmazon, and other booksellers.

Cover design by the brilliant Peter Mendelsund.

Microdosing magic truffles makes you more creative


via Microdosing magic truffles makes you more creative

The latest neuro marketing techniques for marketing addictive drugs is by planting articles like these in newsletters for unsuspecting readers can damage more and more new generations.

I am against Drugs and the addictive bad effects they cause to the younger and older generations both.