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  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 8:48 am on December 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Year In Review   

    2020: A Year In Review 


    Let’s get started!

    Today is the last day of 2020.
    It’s been a bumpy ride, to say the least.

    Looking back at last year’s review, I think I gave a lot of my time to others.
    I spent a large portion of my time at the temple, in service, of the Lord.
    It was a very spiritual year, I might add.

    Well, this year has been completely different.
    I continued last year’s schedule for the first three months.
    And then the pandemic happened. And everything changed.
    My life outside suddenly came to an abrupt halt. And I had to stay indoors.
    I think the paranoia had set in by mid-Feb. I knew there was an epidemic in China, and I knew it was only a matter of time before other countries experienced the same situation.

    It wasn’t a surprise really. I’d been expecting the great lockdown.
    I’d also been expecting a lot of deaths, disasters, and an apocalypse of some sorts, so to speak.
    What’s the current world stats? Hmmm.. lemme check.

    83M cases total.
    1.8M deaths.
    58.8M recoveries.
    Yeah, I’m not so sure about those numbers.
    I stopped believing in those numbers the moment China lied about their casualties.
    China began the global pandemic. And China set the example for other countries to lie about their casualties too.
    China SUCKS!

    China ruined the entire year for everybody.
    That’s the sum total of this year, without any narrative – China fvkced it up for all of us! Thanks China!

    The US has had around 200K cases daily for like a month now? Or is it 2 months?
    I lost track.
    The US now has 20M cases, with 350K deaths.
    And India has 10M cases, with 148K deaths.
    China, has only 87K.
    Can you believe this load of crap? 87K?

    When I went into self-isolation, I thought it was going to last 1 month; 2 months tops.
    I actually enjoyed the break, I must say.
    It felt good to just sit back and relax, and not have to run around everyday.
    But after 3 months, I was tired. And I hated it.
    I went to the temple to see if I could resume my services. They turned me down, and told me I should’ve stayed in the ashrama if I wanted to do services.
    Fast forward to September, I got in.
    Then I got out.
    It’s a long story.

    The pandemic changed everything.
    I hated having guests, always paranoid that one of them careless suckers would bring in the virus.

    I kept up with the news during the first 4 or 5 months of the year. I was really curious about the pandemic.
    But then it got stale. Always the same stories; same crap happening everywhere.
    I got bored.

    Some relatives passed away this year.
    I wasn’t close to any of ’em.
    I don’t miss them.

    I experienced a lot of internet problems this year.
    I really really hate this ISP.

    I worked on Krsnah Desktop and Krsnah Mobile OS.
    I stopped updating them after I had some issue on the desktop side.
    Later started working on them under the LibreKrsnah brand. No official launch yet. What a bummer.

    I tested a lot of social networks and platforms.
    Scuttlebutt, for example, was a very interesting and unique platform. Unfortunately the mobile and desktop apps had a lot of bugs and updating them wasted a lot of my time. I ended up abandoning them.
    Several fediverse servers shut down without any notice. What a bummer.
    I joined the Tildeverse and it’s become my go-to network for daily use.

    There were mass protests after the George Floyd incident.
    More mass protests followed against the lockdown restrictions.

    Had a termite problem where I live.
    It’s only been partially fixed.

    My health has been pretty good this year.
    Except the numerous stomach pains I’ve had every few weeks all year long.
    Oh, and the centipede bite, which ruined my heel for a few weeks.
    And I had these weird spots on my body – shingles? They’re mostly gone now, thank goodness!

    I started DJ’ing in early October.
    I’ve been streaming daily sessions on Tilderadio and I like it.

    What did I achieve this year?
    I’m really trying to think of something worth sharing, but nothing comes to mind.
    A part of me feels like I wasted the entire year, but a part of me ffeels like I grew up, y’know, learned something new, and maybe matured a lil bit more.

    I met some new people.
    But I don’t think I bonded very well with any of them.
    At this point, during the conclusion of the year, I pretty much feel like I’m still the same old outlaw.

    What did I want this year? And how much of it did I achieve?
    Looking at my New Year’s resolutions, I think I’ve missed 6 of the resolutions, which were targets for my accomplishments.
    On the other hand, I’ve made some really interesting discoveries and expanded on my realm of activities further than I’d initially thought of.
    So it’s not a total loss; but not something I’d pat myself on the back for either.
    I think I’ve built the foundation for some serious accomplishments next year.
    But I really need to push myself harder and focus on the goals. I lose focus easily. That’s why I couldn’t get everything done; I lost focus.
    I get easily distracted by newer ambitions and all the goals lose focus in the process.

    I think this could easily be the worst year in terms of getting things done.
    But I also think I made the best of the situation I had. i.e. the global pandemic and an overall crappy life in general.

    I have no regrets though.
    This is the best thing that I could be proud of. I didn’t do something I’d regret.

    I’m alive.
    This was the year of survival. I think I managed to push through just fine.

  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 6:18 am on December 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , CCP, , , Chinese Communist Party, , , , , torture, Zhang Zhan   

    The Price Of Questioning China 

    There’s this Chinese lady, Zhang Zhan, a former lawyer, who’d been exposing the Chinese government’s lies about the Chinese virus.

    The 37 year old will now spend her next 4 birthdays inside a very dark cell.

    In her last video, she said, “The government’s way of managing this city has just been intimidation and threats.”
    That was the straw that broke China’s back.

    She was convicted for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” a vague charge commonly used against critics of the Chinese government.

    Don’t believe the Chinese virus originated from the US? Prison!
    Don’t believe the Chinese virus originated in Italy? Prison!
    Did you just call Covid-19 the Chinese Virus? Death! Death! Death!

    I think Zhang Zhan got off quite lightly.
    Compared to Dr Li Wenliang, Dr Ai Fen, Chen Quishi, Fang Bin and many others, who just disappeared.
    What happened to them?
    How did the Chinese Communist Party treat those traitors?
    Did they chop ’em up into pieces and fry them for lunch?
    Y’never know.
    One can only speculate on the communist idea of getting rid of someone. Throwing them into the river would be a waste of multivitamins and protein.
    Since the Chinese Communist Party launched the idea that all wildlife were fit for human consumption, who’s to say they wouldn’t think boiled humans would make a good meal?

    I think Xi Jinping has chewed on human bones for dinner. Just look at the guy – doesn’t he look like some demon out of a horror movie?

    Anyway, free Zhang Zhan. Stop torturing the poor woman you Chinese freaks.

    Where are the online petitions to free Zhang Zhan? Where are the global sanctions on China for disappearing activists?
    Where is the outcry?
    All I’ve seen are articles by various journalists. And that’s all.

    Unless people start thinking about the freedom of Zhang Zhan, the Chinese Communist Party’s actions will continue to degrade and become more abominable.
    Don’t be surprised one day to see Xi Jinping’s henchmen capturing an activist on live television and then chopping him up for their Paramount Leader’s next meal.
    The Uyghurs have already lost their human rights. And the world’s silence on their freedom speaks volumes on China’s next moves.

  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 5:18 am on December 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , IMac, , , , Macbook, , ,   

    Investigating Apple’s iPhone Manufacturing Plant In India 

    Here’s another article I’d bookmarked from HN.

    I’m going to start quoting because I don’t want to waste my time typing.

    “While an engineering graduate was promised Rs 21,000 per month, his/her salary had reduced to Rs 16,000 and, subsequently, to Rs 12,000 in the recent months. Non-engineering graduates’ monthly salary had reduced to Rs 8,000. The salary amount being credited to our accounts have been reducing and it was frustrating to see this,” an employee alleged.

    So iPhones are expensive, yet they still can’t pay their workers minimum wages.
    Is this how Apple increases it’s annual revenue?

    But wait! There’s more!

    On Friday night, the employees started discussing about their salaries on their floors and some alleged that they had received only low as as Rs 500 in their bank accounts. The anger turned into violence by the time the shift ended, the employee added.

    Can you believe this?
    ‘Cause I can’t.
    Imagine paying a worker 6 bucks at the end of the month – for working 10 hours. Or how many hours is it? Let’s find out!

    More serious was the move to increase working hours from eight hours to 12 hours on a continuous basis without informing the department and without seeking the necessary exemptions under the Factories Act for overtime work. It also found that there was no assessment of the repercussions of moving from eight-hour shifts to 12-hour shifts. The company was found not to have followed statutory compliance pertaining to the requisite number of safety officers, welfare officers, and medical officers as stipulated by the Factories Act.

    So they earned $6 for working 12 hour shifts the entire month.

    Here’s another quote:

    While each shift had two 30 minute-long breaks for meal times and two 15 minute-long tea breaks, employees took time to travel to and from the facility, which meant that they were out for about 15 hours everyday. “Some people had to travel from places as far as Chintamani, Mulbagal and Kolar Gold Fields, so it took them even longer. Employees had no life outside of work and would end up sleeping on their weekly offs. When we joined, we were not told about the 12-hour shift,” Abhishek says.

    And another:

    “I know my friends received only ₹300 and ₹600 as salaries for the full month of November. Overtime in October and November did not reflect in the salaries of many people. These people’s families depend on their salaries,” says Nithin, a B.Com graduate employed in the FATP department. As an incentive, the company had introduced a monthly attendance bonus of ₹1,000 for those who did not take any leave.

    That’s 4 bucks working 12 hour shifts with no leaves in a month.

    What can I say?
    India and Apple, the gifts that keep on giving!

    Now is this corporate wageslavery or what?
    Yes it is!
    Capitalism at it’s finest!
    Yay education!
    Yay jobs!
    I can’t wait to move to this place – where is it? Narasapura, 70 km from Bengaluru.
    I’m going to book a flight to Bengaluru and then ride a donkey to Narasapura!
    Apple, are you ready for your newest capitalist corporate wageslave?

  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 4:38 am on December 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    No Free Speech In India 

    I’d bookmarked one article on HN that sparked my interest a few weeks ago.

    Indian newspaper reporter burned alive after exposing corruption.
    Let me see – where was this? A village in India’s Uttar Pradesh – Balrampur, 160km from Lucknow.

    Why? Because he covered alleged local corruption and after telling the local authorities he was being threatened.

    “This is the price for reporting the truth,” 37 year old Rakesh Singh Nirbhik, said on his death bed.
    His friend Pintu Sahu was also burned alive.

    The attackers included the son of the village chief, Sushila Devi, who was running for reelection.

    And that’s just one of the dozens of similar cases this year.
    More information on Reporters Without Borders.

    I don’t even wish to go into the deep dark hole of journalists being assassinated in India for exposing government officials for engaging in criminal activity.
    But that’s the state of India in 2020 – don’t talk about the authorities dirty crimes or you might be burned alive or shot dead or chained to a motorcycle and dragged to death.

    See why I’ve doubted India’s Covid-19 stats all along?
    You can’t trust these folks.

  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 7:19 pm on December 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Adelia Clark, Ally Law, Austin Evans, Casey Neistat, CrazyRussianHacker, Dave Lee, Doug DeMuro, FinClimbs, George Janko, H3 Podcast Highlights, Heath Hussar, Jac Anderson, Jason NashBubba Town, JerryRigEverything, Jesse, LastWeekTonight, Lee Marshall, Lukeafk, Mark Dohner, MightyDuck, MightyMom, Miraie, MKBHD, Naomi King, Paul Joseph Watson, Peter McKinnon, PewDiePie, Pierson Fode, Rikke Brewer, Sara Dietschy, ScottySire, Steve1989MREInfo, Toddy Smithy, Trisha Y, Unbox Therapy, Usamalama, , , YouTube Rewind, youtuber   

    Best YouTubers In 2020 

    I’ve watched a lot of YouTube videos this year.

    I’m going to list a couple of YouTubers who have kept me entertained and informed this year.

    This list is in no particular order. I’m just going to start off with the people I watch regularly.

    1. Ally Law

    It’s a madness!
    I’ve rewatched some of Ally’s videos dozens of times because they make me feel alive.

    2. Usamalama

    Usama’s videos comprise of action with amazing background music. And the voice-overs and short explanations in his videos are fabulous.
    Usama’s the kind of guy you’d want to be friends with irl.

    3. Doug DeMuro

    If you love cars, Doug’s the man to watch.
    He pays attention to detail and has a lot of knowledge about cars.
    I like watching Doug review cars that I’ll never be able to drive.

    4. Dave Lee

    Dave Lee is the best laptop reviewer.
    I’ve watched him for a couple of years now and plan to buy a laptop based on one of his reviews.

    5. JerryRigEverything

    Zack is the best smartphone reviewer – from the inside.
    Ever wondered what smartphones look like inside? Want to repair a smartphone? Plan on buying a new smartphone? Zack’s teardowns offer a lot of insight and puns.

    6. MightyMom

    MightyMom’s family videos are entertaining.
    Her videos seem more spontaneous and life-like than some of the other planned “fun” family videos on YouTube.

    7. MightyDuck

    He doesn’t post regularly like his mom.
    But his videos are as entertaining and funny.

    8. Lukeafk

    This guy’s funny. He’s found his niche and does really well at it.

    9. ScottySire

    Scott’s videos really sparked my interest this year.
    He’s a nice guy.
    It’s a nice change from all the planned stuff from the rest of the vlog squad.

    10. Paul Joseph Watson

    Need a reality check?
    This guy delivers it.

    I can’t stand political commentators or right-wing/left-wing bandwagon pricks.
    Except for this guy.

    Yeah. This will probably be the most disputed one but I’ve watched most of his videos this year. And they’re good. They carry logic and facts, not just mere sentiment and sensationalism.

    So this is my list. The top 10 list.

    I’m going to include more YouTubers whom I’ve watched on and off.
    I’m going to mention why I watched them and why I stopped watching them.
    They still post great content; just not the stuff I wanted to watch this year.

    11. Casey Neistat

    I watched all his videos. But he doesn’t post regularly so…

    12. Sara Dietschy

    I prefer her vlog content.

    13. Miraie

    I liked his vlogs. He stopped making them after moving back.
    Now he makes has music videos.

    14. Trisha Y

    Post more vlogs please.

    15. Bubba Town

    Bubba Town turned into George’s second channel.
    And I don’t see as much of the others.

    16. George Janko

    I look forward to the family vlogs.

    17. Mark Dohner

    I like Mark.
    I’ve watched most of his videos this year, although I don’t know why.
    Basically, I just watched a guy living out his dream.

    18. Adelia Clark

    Adelia and Mark go well together.
    I skipped some of her videos.

    19. Pierson Fode

    Pierson, Adelia and Mark go well together.
    What am I doing here? Pairing up Youtubers I like seeing together?
    Never mind.

    20. Jason Nash

    Jason Nash carried the vlog squad on his back this year.
    I enjoyed the roast of Jason Nash episode.

    Peter McKinnon, MKBHD, Austin Evans, Unbox Therapy, PewDiePie, Heath Hussar, Toddy Smithy, Naomi King, LastWeekTonight, H3 Podcast Highlights, WWE, Lee Marshall, Rikke Brewer, FinClimbs, Jesse.

    I wish Lee Marshall, Rikke Brewer, FinClimbs, and Jesse posted regularly. They’ve got so much potential for quality content.

    Looking at the number of Tech Tubers I stopped watching, it seems that they didn’t deliver the type of content that I was looking for.
    Or perhaps my interests have shifted.

    I stopped watching Peter because he was on his desk so often.
    I stopped watching Pewdie because he played too many games.
    I stopped watching Austin because he unboxed too many useless tech gadgets.
    I stopped watching Lew because his videos had become longer and longer. I felt like I was wasting time staring at one thing for too long.
    I stopped watching John Oliver because the political jokes weren’t funny anymore, especially without the live audience.
    I stopped watching WWE because the roster was getting stale, and then they kept running the show without a live audience after lockdown. Bad decision Vince.

    There’s a big chance that many of these names may not appear at the end of next year’s review.

    Anyway, here’s some YouTubers that I plan to watch regularly next year:
    Steve1989MREInfo, Jac Anderson, CrazyRussianHacker.

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