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Porn on Internet – How Big?

April 9, 2012 2 comments

Pornography, Prostitution, Single Mothers, Unmarried Men At A Historic High. Ideal Recipe for The War of Annihilation.

The system needs unmarried men, rampant prostitution, pornography to keep it going  |  Cartoon By Andy Singer; titled: Appealing to a Mans Reptilian Brain from Politicalcartoons.com  published on 5/3/2006 12:00:00 AM  |  Click for larger image.

The system needs unmarried men, rampant prostitution, pornography to keep it going | Cartoon By Andy Singer; titled: Appealing to a Mans Reptilian Brain from Politicalcartoons.com published on 5/3/2006 12:00:00 AM | Click for larger image.

During WWII (1939-45)

The Japanese used comfort women. In India, the British commissioned Pathans to run brothels for British soldiers. Americans gave a huge surge to prostitution during the Asian wars.

With nearly 1 million soldiers in Asia, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines became large centres for prostitution.

Modern pornography moved beyond the written word, to graphical representation after WWII. Usage of publications like Hustler, Playboy, Penthouse became mainstream for the first time in history. As the internet spread, so has pornography.

just how big are porn sites these days? The answer? Ron Jeremy big. To study porn sites, ExtremeTech turned to the DoubleClick Ad Planner tool from Google (GOOG). It’s a useful website where you can peek at information gathered by ad-serving cookies about how much traffic a website gets, the age and income of visitors, and the amount of time people spend on a site.

According to this tool, the online porn kingpin Xvideos feeds up 4.4 billion page views per month. That’s about 10 times as many as the New York Times and three times as many as CNN.com. YouPorn—another site packed full of stimulating content—notches 2.1 billion page views per month. And while people spend a few minutes per day on news sites, they tend to spend 15 minutes or more on porn sites

While anyone can dig through these numbers, ExtremeTech did a nice job of adding some context to the incredible amount of data served up by porn sites. According to the Google estimates, Xvideos would record “29 petabytes of data transferred every month, or 50 gigabytes per second. That’s about 25,000 times more than your home Internet connection is probably capable of, which is a couple of megabytes per second.” Sliced another way, Xvideos will “serve up 50 gigabytes per second, or 400Gbps,” ExtremeTech writes. “Bear in mind this is an average data rate, too: At peak time, Xvideos might burst to 1,000Gbps (1Tbps) or more. To put this into perspective, there’s only about 15Tbps of connectivity between London and New York.”

Someone at YouPorn chatted with ExtremeTech and said the Google estimates are way below actual totals. YouPorn stores more than 100TB of porn and feeds up about 28 petabytes per month.

These types of figures put the top porn sites in a class that only Microsoft (MSFT), Google, and Facebook really surpass. My takeaway from this is that companies such as Dell (DELL) and Cisco Systems (CSCO) make a ton of money selling gear to the top porn sites and that these companies must have some very savvy engineers. (via Online Porn Is Huge. Like Really, Really Huge. Who Knew? – Businessweek).

Prostitution boomed during wars |  Cartoon titled 'Generic Television'; By Andy Singer, from Politicalcartoons.com  -  Source - 8/3/2005 12:00:00 AM

Prostitution boomed during wars | Cartoon titled 'Generic Television'; By Andy Singer, from Politicalcartoons.com - Source - 8/3/2005 12:00:00 AM

The Indian Scene

While pornography has been available in India for most of the last 50 years, it has not been organized

As in US, Japan, Europe.

India does not have multi-million pornography corporations like Penthouse and Playboy which are publicly listed corporations, listed on US Stock exchanges.

This lack of organization in India makes it vastly different from Western organized pornography industry.

That was until the arrival of Sunny Leone in our drawing rooms …

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The Straight Dope: why is prostitution called the oldest profession?

February 27, 2012 5 comments

Worlds’s oldest profession is a little over 100 years old.

Prostitution - A Smart Career Choice  |  Source - Internet; Category - T-Shirt Humour - Funny Prostitution

Prostitution - A Smart Career Choice | Source - Internet; Category - T-Shirt Humour - Funny Prostitution

for the details I turned to Barry Popik, chairman of the Straight Dope philology department. He responded with a new post to his word-origins blog, at barrypopik.com. Based on this we construct the following account:

1. The originator of the notion of prostitution as the oldest profession was Rudyard Kipling. His 1888 short story “On the City Wall” begins: “Lalun is a member of the most ancient profession in the world. … In the West, people say rude things of Lalun’s profession, and write lectures about it and distribute the lectures to young persons in order that Morality may be preserved.” Lalun is, of course, a hooker.

2. Kipling, as is the wont of authors, wasn’t offering a learned insight into the labor markets of antiquity but rather making a quip.

3. It was, however, a quip with legs. Previously the oldest profession was generally considered to be farming. For example, Popik notes, in 1883 the Grand Forks (North Dakota) Herald proclaimed, “In fact agriculture is the first and best as well as the oldest profession.” (via The Straight Dope: Is excess American body fat a potential energy resource? Plus: why is prostitution called the oldest profession?).

Going USA

Kipling’s biggest successes were his books on India.

Strangely, after Kipling emigrated to the US, he worked hard to completely erase his Indian Connection. He tried his hand at ‘white’ themes like Captains Courageous (1897). But, what became famous were his ‘Indian’ books like Kim and The Light That Failed (1890).

Probably, more a reflection on American society, than on Kipling.

Drop of tar

A few decades after Kipling went to America, came the story of Merle Oberon.

A part-Indian actress in Hollywood, Merle Oberon’s biggest struggle was to overcome the ‘drop of tar’ in her blood. Merle Oberon’s nephew, Micahel Korda, used her story to get a book commission, Queenie, that was also made into a movie. There is more in Michael Korda’s insipid novel, Queenie. Her great niece, Shelley Conn, is being cast by Spielberg – whose ET was ‘co-incidentally’ similar to a Satyajit Rai script.).

Wondering

Coming back to the world’s oldest profession. After giving all possible benefit of doubt to Kipling, still, it does not stop me from wondering.

Was Kipling’s ‘Lalun’ character from the world’s oldest profession, based on Kipling’s lack of respect for India.


The Do-Gooder Industry in India

September 15, 2010 1 comment
The Church and pedophiles go back a long time

The Church and pedophiles go back a long time

 

Mowitha attended the same therapeutic project in India where Maria Mosterd went to get away from her loverboy. There are photos on the table of her dressed in a sari, a beaming girl with curly hair and freckles. For a time, after she had returned to the Netherlands, it seemed as if she were coming to her senses and wanted to lead a normal life. But then she slid back into prostitution, and her mother felt that her only option was to send her to the juvenile prison. (via Schoolgirls Controlled by Loverboys: Math Class in the Morning, Turning Tricks at Lunchtime – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International). 

Strange story

Rich countries. Advanced societies. Educated families. And the daughters turn to prostitution. Then sent to India for therapeutic projects. There is something missing in this story. A very vital element. 

What is the therapy? Was it looking after ‘poor’ Indian orphans, who were ‘worse’ off than these girls? Was living in a different society – a vastly different society that was the therapy? I am not sure I like this at all! 

Mother Teresa (Cartoon by John Spooner @ http://www.chrysalis.com.au)

Mother Teresa (Cartoon by John Spooner @ http://www.chrysalis.com.au)

 

The last time we had such cases in India, we ended up with Australians pedophiles. 

The do-good industry 

An Australian do-gooder was arrested for sexually assaulting children of an orphanage in Puri.  

Sometime back, two other orphanage administrators, and alleged pedophiles, Duncan Grant and Allan John Waters were convicted (their conviction is now under appeal-review). In a television channel interview, it was alleged that Margaret Thatcher, senile but yet powerful, was behind the legal challenge mounted to acquit these two British peadophiles – oops alleged peadophiles.  

Further back, Wilhelm and Lile Marti, a Swiss couple, again in the do-good industry, were granted bail in a paedophilia case. After bail, they promptly fled India.  

Do we really need these do-gooders? 

Mother Teresa, another do-gooder raised hundreds of crores in the name of Kolkatta’s poor. A few hundreds of the Kolkatta’s poor benefited from that money. But many missionaries rode on the backs of these poor Kolkattans, raising even more money. The PR machine of the Vatican has done a great job on this scam. Even if India can’t take care of its poor, we don’t need these do-gooders!  

Away!! Begone!  

Should we say, ‘Get thee behind me, Satan!!’

And let slip the dogs of war!

September 13, 2010 6 comments

Did Western societies implement anti-marriage and anti-sex theories of Western intellectuals, like Plato, Malthus?
Augustus Caesar.

Augustus Caesar.

Anti-marriage bias

Europe and the USA have the largest number of prostitutes. An estimated 35-45 lakhs (3.5m-4.5m) prostitutes, of the estimated 200-250 lakhs (20m-25m) prostitutes in the world live and work in the EU & USA. This may be related to a deep-seated antipathy in the West towards marriage – misogamy.

In ancient Rome, to overcome ‘this anti-marriage attitude, Augustus Caesar introduced, uxorium – a tax on celibacy and childlessness. He passed laws Julia et Papia Poppaea, that reduced rights and inheritances of the unmarried and allowed girls to be married at the age of 12.

Even before the Bible and Eve, the West (and Desert Bloc) targeted marriage, wives and women for blame.

Lucretius, a famed Roman author, preferred  marriage as a lesser evil to ‘cure’ passion and …

St.Jerome, in 393 AD, wrote Against Jovinian,  an important Vatican tract against marriage, that influenced the Church and Europe for the next 1500 years. Roman synod under Pope Siricius, promptly declared Jovinian as a heretic. Emperor Honorius had Jovinan whipped and banished from Rome – exiled to a small island of Boas, off Dalmatia. St.Augustine thought that “thanks to pagan fecundity there are already enough souls to fill heaven, Augustine counseled all men to refrain from the obsolete Old Testament command to increase and multiply”

The first Christian Emperor, Constantine, at Vatican’s behest, encouraged celibacy by “repealing the Augustan marital legislation that imposed penalties on the unmarried … he even extended the power of making wills to minors who wished to become celibate.”

After his conversion to Christianity.

Misogamy – from medieval to modern

It took the combined weight of French authors like Voltaire, Diderot and Helvetius to make marriage acceptable in France. Added to this, were the arguments by Montesquieu, that Catholic France suffered due to celibacy, in comparison to Protestant Britain. France in 1920, re-introduced an anti-celibacy surtax to stem decline in French population. And Italy followed soon after in 1926.

Misogamy is so deeply ingrained that one writer extends this “symptom of an almost unconscious persistence of misogamy in France” even to translations of literary works. In Europe’s best “long-standing traditions of misogyny and misogamy.”

Does this trend persist?

Early Bruce Springsteen.

Early Bruce Springsteen.

In modern era

Bruce Springsteen’s The River, was an interesting record – released before Born in the USA. The title song, The River, was about the disappointments of marrying early, with a union job, and then finding himself at a dead-end.

This song represents marriage as a black-box supposed to deliver – but rarely does. Entitlement thinking – Medicare, Welfare checks, Unemployment benefits, etc. How the State gets all this for me is the State’s problem! Too bad, if the State has to annihilate the Native Americans, the Australian aborigines, or the Africans!

Like Neil Young sings about the producer who wants a writer who is alone and hungry! The ‘economy’ needs people who have “drifted far from home … hungry … alone” – (from Neil Young’s album containing, Crime in the City).

Roald Dahl’s classic-into-a-movie,  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is another revealing tale. Most reviews confirm that the movie is ‘faithful’ to the book – not that it matters, or is actually possible.  I have on good authority on the matter of “plot and structure, the new film sticks very close to the book.” Another reviewer says,

Like Dahl’s book, the film stresses the importance of family over personal ambition, love over selfish desire. The plot, too, remains largely as Dahl left it: five golden tickets hidden in chocolate bars.

Pro-family at first glance, it is a deeply sick tale. Of how a rich man, Willy Wonka, finally gets happiness, family, reunion with his father and someone to take care of his factory and wealth. The secret of his wealth – don’t have a family.  What do the poor guys, like Charlie Bucket (rhymes with Leaking Bucket) get? A hovel, unemployment, barely enough to eat, discrimination, austerity. You got to be stupid to be be poor or to believe in a family. Good guys finish last.

Well said, Mr.Dahl.

The story is constructed well. To the smart guys, the message is clear. Stay away from family, parents, responsibilities. You can be like Willy Wonka. You get the wealth, you will anyway get everything else also. To the poor and ‘stupid’, like Charlie Bucket, the message is seemingly “A Family is Great Thing, Isn’t It!”

Though 60% of the Western adult population is married, at least 30% are on thin ice!

Though 60% of the Western adult population is married, at least 30% are on thin ice!

Well done, Mr.Dahl!

Let us do the numbers!

Do numbers bear out this narrative of the West.

Measuring simple marital status of the broad population may give a crude confirmation of this social bias. At any point, 35%-45% of the adult population in the US and UK, for whom data is available, are unmarried. That is 1000% more than India’s unmarried population. How will it affect women and children when projections show that “the population of unmarried women will soon surpass the number of married women”.

Strangely, there are no cross-country, comparative reports on marriage and prostitution. The modern West, which seeks to measure every aspect of life (they call it econometrics) especially if it involves the Third World, has done no such study on prostitution and marriage.

Global overview – on-off ‘tolerance’ for prostitution

Ex-President of the USA, George Bush estimated that “800,000 to 900,000 people are bought, sold or forced across borders” for prostitution. A study across the world, further estimated that “the number of prostitutes in the world was around 40 million.” This seems to be very high estimate – when analysed by major countries. A more likely number seems to be 200-250 lakhs prostitutes across the world. EU (25 lakhs -30 lakhs), USA (14 lakhs-20 lakhs).

In the USA, of these, a report  estimates some “300 thousand to 600 thousand of 2 million prostitutes in the USA are children and teenagers under 18. Most of them are under the class of street prostitutes.” Some older reports from the 1980’s give a lower figure of 1 million prostitutes in USA.

These reports estimate Indian prostitute population at 2-3 million – a little more than the estimated US population of prostitutes. An overview of human trafficking summarizes

The ILO estimates in a 2005 report that trafficking generates 32 billion US dollars in turnover annually. The International Labour Organisation’s 2005  Global Report on forced labour estimates that each year 2.45 million persons are trafficked for forced labour worldwide.

A significant part of these trafficked people are female-teenagers and women for purposes of prostitution. A Europol (European Police organization) report traces traffic patterns.

In the 1970s, trafficked women came mainly from South East Asia. In the 1980s, the second and third ‘waves’ of women came from Africa and Latin America. The latest traffic, the ‘fourth wave’, are females from Central and Eastern Europe. The escalation of this crime within the EU can be linked to the enormous profits that can be made by the traffickers, pimps and bar and club owners who supply and cater for the demand in purchased sex that exists in Europe.

Trafficking in human beings is considered to be the fastest growing criminal business in the world, generating massive profits for international criminal organisations. 120,000 women and children are trafficked through the Balkans alone. The US TIP Report 2001 reported on evidence that had surfaced implicating the French embassy in Sofia in selling an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 visas to Bulgarian prostitutes. (Extracts from Europol Report TRAFFICKING OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN FOR SEXUAL EXPLOITATION IN THE EU: THE INVOLVEMENT OF WESTERN BALKANS ORGANISED CRIME 2006 Public version).

The Europol report emphasizes the role of ‘immigrant’ and illegal aliens as ‘prostitutes’ from countries facing political unrest, civil conflict and war. Yet, another report points out how “the influx of peace-keepers and other international personnel may lead to increased trafficking of women and girls for prostitution”.

Prostitution. Prevalent and pervasive.

Prostitution. Prevalent and pervasive.

The heart of the market

In these movement patterns, a significant destination is Europe, which possibly has the highest prostitutes-to-populations ratio – along with the USA. A news report estimates, that “every day about 1.5 million Spaniards and foreigners pay for sex”. In the middle of an acute problem,

Spain has been dubbed the “brothel of Europe,” with up to 500,000 women working as prostitutes. Every day, 1.5 million men buy sex in Spain, said Maribel Montano of the governing Socialist Party (PSOE). The trade, which is plied in places ranging from parks and flats to roadside brothels, turns over an estimated 40 billion euros (54 billion dollars) annually, almost the equivalent of Spain’s education budget.

A BBC reports estimates “prostitutes in Germany … number around 400,000″ – a figure that Der Spiegel supports. When compared to other countries, “Italy’s 80,000 prostitutes are more visible than anywhere else in Europe” – close to another recent estimate and up from a 1997 estimate by New York Times of 25,000.

Netherlands, with its’ much-visited cage brothel in Amsterdam is estimated to have about 50,000, with lower estimates of 25,000-30,000. In value terms, ‘the sex industry is now a $1 billion business in the Netherlands, or 5 percent of the Dutch economy, with the industry having increased 25 percent in the last decade.’

Coming to Britain, a newspaper reports, “Prostitution in the UK is worth more than £770m a year, and the Government could raise tax revenues of £250m if it were legalised”. No estimates of prostitute-numbers were given – but it was reported that ‘there are around 10,000 women in Britain who have been trafficked here for sexual exploitation.’ Curiously, despite much debate, there is reluctance in Britain to estimate the number of prostitutes in Britain.

We do not even know for sure how many prostitutes there are working in the UK.

The consensus is about 80,000. That figure – recently used by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith in an interview about the proposed new law – comes from research done 10 years ago by Hilary Kinnell, when she was working for an organisation providing health services to sex workers.

Ms Kinnell contacted 29 projects that provided services for sex workers to ask how many prostitutes they were working with. She had 17 responses. The average number of prostitutes per project was 665. She then multiplied that figure by 120, the total number of projects on her mailing list, to get an estimation of the total number of prostitutes.

“That brought the total up to very close on 80,000, which is still being quoted,” Ms Kinnell says. “And I find that quite bizarre really. The figure was picked up by all kinds of people and quoted with great confidence but I was never myself at all confident about it. I felt it could be higher, but it also could have been lower.”

Ms Kinnell is the first to point out the possible problems with her method: the centres responding might be larger than most; some sex workers might use more than one centre, and some might not be on the radar at all.

via BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | Is the number of trafficked call girls a myth?.

A singular report estimates a number of 80,000. Another US State Department study, quoted in Wikipedia, estimated this number at 1,00,000.

In 2004 the number of prostitutes in the UK was officially estimated at 80,000 but the real figure has increased significantly since then and is now believed to be over 100,000. There are an estimated 30,000 street prostitutes in Britain.

via The sordid society – Telegraph.

Though lesser than Spain and Germany, some “80,000 people visit prostitutes in Belgium each day, according to an official government estimate”. The same report indicates that “two-thirds of Belgium’s prostitutes were brought in illegally by pimps from eastern European countries such as Russia.” It then underestimates how “Belgium’s estimated 10,000 prostitutes” handle 80,000 customers a day – which seems improbable.

France within Europe is seemingly, an exception. France has one of the lowest prostitutes-to-population ratio. With just about “15,000 male and female prostitutes in France, with 7,000 in Paris alone.” Another report places a figure of upto 30,000. These lower figures are contradicted by estimates from a recent book by a French student-part-time prostitute who claims that “nearly 40,000 students turn to prostitution simply to make ends meet” in France. Der Spiegel (Germany) ran a similar story sometime back tracing how this form of recruitment or voluntary economic activity starts.

Similar reports from Britain are being discouraged as it might affect the ‘education business’ – especially from India, the largest market for UK universities.

The number of university students who know someone who has worked in the sex industry to fund their studies has gone up from “3% to 25% in 10 years”.

A study by Doctor Ron Roberts of Kingston University on students’ relationship with the sex industry also found 11% would consider escort work.

“Sexual imagery is everywhere. The middle classes are now kind of entering sex work and seeing it as a viable career path. The whole moral climate has altered substantially,” he said.

Dr Roberts said his findings were “worrying”. He added that it had been very difficult to conduct the research because universities actively discouraged research into students working in the sex industry.

He said one former employer had reacted badly to a previous study he carried out on the subject as it had “hit international press in India which was a big market for the university”.

via BBC News – Students working in sex trade increases over 10 years.

For smaller countries, loose estimates of “more than 8,000 prostitutes may be active in Finland” float around. For Switzerland, reports are that “around 14,000 prostitutes worked in Switzerland in 2005, the majority of whom were immigrants.” In Greece, an estimated “10,000 prostitutes work the streets of Athens, a city whose districts house 500 brothels and attract more than a million people a year for sex”.

For procurers and women in Eastern Europe,

Turkey has become a magnet is that the more lucrative markets of Western Europe are protected by increasingly strict visa requirements that take weeks to work through, with only uncertain results. A young woman from Moldova can be in Istanbul in a day by paying just $10 for a month long visa at the border.

Commercial Sex – bigger than movies and music

BBC reports that “in Britain, it is estimated that some £770m ($1.2bn) is spent on prostitution every year, more than on cinemas or many other forms of entertainment.” In Switzerland, prostitution “generates an annual turnover of SFr3.2 billion ($2.65 billion).”

In some parts of EU, prostitution is recognized as another profession with a State taxation policy in place. For instance, “5%-10% of the estimated 20,000 prostitutes in the Netherlands pay taxes.” Belgium is considering “estimated 50 million euros a year.  It represents an attractive option for a country currently struggling to balance its budget deficit”. At  “€14 billion-a-year prostitution industry”, Germany is the biggest market by value, for prostitution.

Anti-sex, Anti-marriage and anti-women. (Cartoonist - Nick Anderson, Publication - Houston’s Chronicle).

Anti-sex, Anti-marriage and anti-women. (Cartoonist – Nick Anderson, Publication – Houston’s Chronicle).

In the German city of Cologne “a ‘sex tax’ brought in revenues of €828,000 in 2006, a municipality spokesperson told the news agency ddp – a significant increase over 2005, when revenues were €790,000. Although prostitution is legal in Germany, Cologne is the only city that has a specific sex tax. Each prostitute is required to pay €150 each month into the city’s coffers. However, those who only work part-time can opt to pay €6 per day worked instead.”

Cross country data is hard to come by.

What does prostitution mean

Prostitution, as these figures show, takes care of a number of things. Unemployment for one. Every prostitute, creates jobs for at least one more person (more pimps and brothels, more medical services, increased security, cosmetics, business, etc.). For another, the revenue receipts that Governments seem to be getting.

A general European view was that “all women were thought to use sex for personal gain, the prostitute was understood, in the words of Ruth Karras, as ‘simply the market-oriented version of a more general phenomenon”. There is one reality that feminists believe, which needs to be isolated and accepted, is that “not all women engaged in transactional sex work fall within the victim category.”

I wonder, is prostitution is a subliminal response to the emotional and social wasteland of a society which works hard to limit societal growth and families from happening. If men rape, do women prostitute? Is prostitution, a form of gender-revenge by women against men? For limiting the role of women in society?

The number of prostitutes in Europe and the USA, the covert encouragement of pornography are part of Western pattern of showing themselves as champions of ‘freedom’ and ‘individual’ choice. This narrative hides a systemic bias against marriage and cynical on-off ‘tolerance’ towards prostitution.

Maybe even a political motive!

A societal bias towards prostitution

A recent ‘sting’ report about prostitution gave an interesting insight into sex services offered.

Within minutes, smiling Carla walked in to the room in pink lingerie and­­ introduced herself as “Bea”. She then recited a price list, “£30 for hand relief, £40 for oral sex with a condom followed by sex and £70 for oral sex without a condom followed by full sex with a condom”. (via Tory MP Mike Weatherley’s wife working as a prostitute – mirror.co.uk).

What happens to people if they don’t get ‘hand-relief’!

If 67% of European youth is single, needs hand relief, one can only imagine how that pent up frustration can be released through war, rape, enslavement, butchery, crime, etc.

As Shakespeare put it, “Cry ‘Havoc’! And let slip the dogs of war.”


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NGO to sue Lindsay over false claims

December 15, 2009 1 comment
Imported dysfunctional celebs? No Thanks. We have our own!

Imported dysfunctional celebs? No Thanks. We have our own! (© Copyright 2009 Taylor Jones - All Rights Reserved.)

“Over 40 children saved so far… Within one day’s work. This is what life is about… Doing this is a life worth living! Oh, and I’m talking about being in India,” the Mean Girls star (Lindsay Lohan) had said on her Twitter page.

However, Bhuvan Ribhu, national secretary of the NGO says that the actress was not even present in the country when the rescue operation took place.

“The rescue operation took place on 8 December when she had not even arrived in India. Since she was not even in the country how can she claim she rescued the children,” Ribhu told PTI.

“We were not involved with her as she was called by BBC although she visited one of our rehabilitation centres,” Ribhu added. (via NGO to sue Lindsay over false claims).

Just how deep can this get?

There a been some 4 very curious ‘incidents’, originating in Britain and targetting India(ns).

The latest first. Lindsay Lohan comes to India – to fight child trafficking, in India. Why did BBC think that Lindsay Lohan was appropriate! Fighting her own demons of alcoholism, drugs, family conditions, was she even in position to make any contribution? On what basis did the BBC select this topic.

Importantly, did anyone in India ask for BBC or Lindsay Lohan’s help in fighting child trafficking?

What about your own backyard

After all closer home to the BBC there are some really interesting topics.

For instance, the national industry of Spain is prostitution? Just where are all these women coming from? Just why does the Spanish society need so many prostitutes?  BBC would do well to put Lindsay Lohan on this job.

Slice and dice …

  1. Now Spain has a population of 40 million people.
  2. There are a 13 million of these between the age of 15-64 years.
  3. Assume that half of these 13 million are the right gender – that is 6.5 million women.
  4. Assume further that a quarter of these 6.5 million women cannot ‘qualify’ to become prostitutes due to age, health, infirmity, deformity, appearance, etc.
  5. That leaves us with roughly 4 million ‘eligible’ candidates – of which 400,000, i.e. 10% of ‘eligible’ women are prostitutes.

Western propaganda

Spain is a part of the EU, the Developed World, the OECD, etc., etc. Makes one think …

Coming to the UK, Amnesty International says,

Home Office research found that up to 1,420 women were trafficked into the UK for sexual exploitation in 1998. The figure was based solely on reported cases

Maybe BBC can help Amnesty and the UK Home Office to estimate the ‘unreported’ cases.

Nail 'em and jail 'em

Nail 'em and jail 'em

Nail ‘em and jail ‘em …

Even closer home, right in the UK is the rather disturbing statistic. Britain has imprisoned 10,000 Muslims as prisoners. Out of 670,000 British Muslim male population aged between 20-60 years of age

A survey estimates British-Muslim population at 2.4 million. Chop and slice the data and the picture gets scarier. This survey by The Times says “high number of Muslims (are) under the age of 4 — 301,000 as of September last year”. The same study estimates that 942,000 of British Muslims are 19 years or below. Of the remaining another 124,000 are above 60 years of age. Half of the remaining 1.34 million (i.e. 2.4 million less 1.06 million) are women – an unlikely target for imprisonment. Of the remaining 670,000, a 10,000 are in prison – which means about 1.5% of the ‘eligible’ British Muslim population is in prison.

Climate change - The Maldives Trojan

Climate change - The Maldives Trojan

Aviation safety, for instance  gives standard advice – ‘save yourself first’. Then save others. And by this time, you folks should have known better. So, BBC and Lindsay Lohan have their hands full.

Oh!

And by the way! We pagan sinners cannot be saved.

The Maldives trojan

Britain executed a well planned maneuver, by putting up President Nasheed of Maldives against India, at the Copenhaen Climate Change talks. Propping up Maldives as ‘fifth’ column was done over the last more than 20 years. Based on excellent PR and media management skills, the Maldives was the British Trojan horse that India was blind-sided on.

Intelligent British media

In the last 10 years, as some jobs moved ‘offshore’ to India, there was fear about India(ns). Then came the hatchet jobs.

So much so, The Sun and the Channel 4 mounted elaborate sting operations on Indian call centres, carrots were dangled, Indian call centre employees were tempted – and when the penny dropped, there was gleeful celebrations about the lack of security in India. ‘We told you so’ was the popular, smug, self-satisfied refrain, with smirks in British media.

Not to overlook responsible British media, which clearly spelt out that

“fraud is a bigger problem in UK institutions, a fact largely overlooked by the media. It is also more likely to occur in any other developed market we choose to do business with.” The same article went ahead and pointed out how “Accountants Ernst & Young found in a survey of Western corporate managers that almost two thirds expected to encounter more fraud in emerging markets than at home. Yet 75 per cent of fraud occurred in developed markets, the firm said. Forrester Research found in 2005 that the UK and US suffered more computer security breaches than India.”

The ‘prequel’

Nearly 15 months ago, a Scottish newspaper, The Sunday Herald ‘revealed’ that an Indian hacker had broken into the credit card database and stolen some 8 million records. The supposed ‘victim’, Best Western Hotel immediately rejected this claim, and revealed that 10 (ten only) records had been stolen. If you check this story today, The Sunday Herald has (of course), removed the Best Western rebuttal of this story. How did the newspaper identify the nationality of the hacker? A journalist’s ‘secret’ sources!

What tripe are Indians being fed?

Propaganda - otherwise known as maya in Sanskrit

So, it was evidently planted and created for the Indian media. The story was dated August 23rd, 2008, Saturday, and carried the next day, on a Sunday for maximum impact – and for the business press to pick up and run the story on Monday morning. The story was planted through IANS, a supposed ‘pro-Indian’ news agency. Did anyone come back and retract this story? Of course, not!

The Great Indian hacker hoax

In modern times, India is not a big player in spamming or in software virus – though a power in computing industry. In August 2008, a hoax story alleged that an Indian hacker, had broken into a credit card database, and sold it to the European underworld. Some ‘experts’ feared that this would spark of a crime wave across Europe.

The Incident

“A Sunday Herald investigation has discovered that late on Thursday night, a previously unknown Indian hacker successfully breached the IT defences of the Best Western Hotel group’s online booking system and sold details of how to access it through an underground network operated by the Russian mafia.” reported The Sunday Herald from Scotland.

The ‘venerable’ Scottish newspaper, went on to quote a security expert, Jacques Erasmus, an ex-hacker who now works for the computer security firm Prevx. Erasmus declared,

“The Russian gangs who specialise in this kind of work will have been exploiting the information from the moment it became available late on Thursday night. In the wrong hands, there’s enough data there to spark a major European crime wave.”

The Sunday Herald had no hesitation in saying that the

“nature of internet crime makes it extremely difficult to track the precise details of the raid, the Sunday Herald understands that a hacker from India – new to the world of cyber-crime – succeeded in bypassing the system’s security software.”

What got me wondering was the motivation of this story? How did this story land up in IANS agency? Where did the ‘original’ writer, Mons. Iain S Bruce, get to know that an Indian was behind this ‘heist.’ Who was behind this ‘leak’ to Bro.Iain S Bruce? What are the ‘sources’ of Shri Iain S Bruce?

Chickens … home … roost

A team of researchers including professors of University of Brighton published a report in July 2009 titled “Crime online — Cybercrime and illegal innovation”. It was picked up by online news channels and quoted in news items to propagate lies about so-called cybercrimes in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry of India. The report tries to present data from the annual reports of the Indian Computer Emergency Team, and Symantec in a way that suits its story, of India being a centre of cybercrimes and in general being a weak state. (via Phishing study: Bunch of lies).

Plodders – all of you!

NASSCOM investigated this scam report -and wrote a few articles in India media.

I got bad news for you, Mr. Kamlesh Bajaj!

Nasscom, your team and maybe you should include yourself. Plodders! All! The report you quote came out in July – and you are responding to it it after 3 months. What more, if you had dug deeper, you would have come out with more – dirt, that is.

I am waiting.

In the meantime, I believe that this was a dry run.

Funding India NGOs

Statistics released by the home ministry regarding ‘foreign funds to NGOs’ show that India, which has a total of 33,937 registered associations, received Rs 12,289.63 crore in foreign contributions during 2006-07 as against Rs 7,877.57 crore in 2005-06, a substantial increase of nearly Rs 4,400 crore (56%) in just one year.

The US, Germany, the UK, Switzerland and Italy were the top five foreign contributors during 2006-07. These five countries have consistently been the big donors since 2004-05. Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada and France are the other countries which figure prominently in the list of foreign donors. (via Foreign funds to Indian NGOs soar, Pak among donors-India-The Times of India).

Foreign aid kitty - Table courtesy - Times of India

What does this mean …

Rs 12,289.63 crore is roughly US$3 billion – based on average dollar value for 2008.

And it is a lot of money.

That is more money than what the US Govt. gave as aid to more than the 100 poorest countries. Till a few years ago, India annual FDI was US$ 4 billion – just a little more than the US$3 billion that India received as charity through various NGOs in 2008.

The total US Official Development Assistance to the whole of sub-Saharan Africa (more than 40 countries), in 2007, was “US$4.5 billion was contributed bilaterally and an estimated $1.2 billion was contributed through multilateral organizations”.

What is the source of these funds …

The rich, the poor and the middle class in these ‘charitable countries’ are themselves deep in debt. Where are they getting the money from? Why are they being so liberal towards India? What is the source of these funds?

Where this money going …

Is it going as thinly disguised aid to Naxal affected areas – where some ‘Christian’ missionaries are working to ’save’ the tribals? Is it going towards publicity for causes which are thinly disguised trade issues. For instance, child labour – which is, in many cases, a system of apprenticeship for traditional skills.

Or are these NGOs promoting policy frameworks which are distorting India’s social systems? The Population Myth /Problem /Explosion for instance was promoted for the first decade by Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Foundation and USAID. Are they behind the NGOs which are promoting Section 498 laws as a legal solution – a solution that ‘benefits’ about 5000 women and creates about 150,000 women as victims.

These are laws and policies which are undermining the Indian family system. Which country in the world has a stable family structure with such low divorce rates as India?

The Clintons, The Gates, The Turners, et al

The ‘progressive liberal’ establishment in the West is viewed rather benignly in India – and seen as ‘well wishers’ of India. Many such ideas are welcomed in India without analysis. These ideas are viewed positively, as the source of such initiatives is seen as well-intentioned.

A ‘tolerant’ and ‘open’ society like India can be a complacent victim to trojan horses.

Too much, too soon? – Abheek Barman’s blog-The Economic Times

July 22, 2009 1 comment

By sheer chance, India was colonized by the British and not, say, by the Dutch or the Portuguese. That chance happening made sure that many Indians speak and write English, something that’s useful when English has become the dominant language for science, technology and business. (via Too much, too soon?:Folk Theorem:Abheek Barman’s blog-The Economic Times).

Satori

O, Master Abheek! I didn’t realize this, till the pearls of wisdom from your bountiful pen, burst forth in all their resplendent glory.

But for your profound and wonderful insight, I would have remained a backward and ignorant Indian. Now, I am only backward Indian. At least, I am no longer ignorant of the blessings of the Great English Language.

Till Indians learnt English, they could not speak to anyone else in the world at all. Indian trade must have been zero till the Great White Man came and taught us English! The trade in spices, cotton, metals, textiles, ships I now know is just blatant untruth. Otherwise before our Great White Masters taught us English from 1830 onwards, India could not have traded with the world at all.  Or Indians must have used sign language like deaf and dumb mutts (apologies to the acoustically challenged) – fit to be beggars.

How can we backward Indians ever, but, EVER repay this debt, O Wise Soul? Please enlighten me, O Master!

That chance happening

Rarely do such momentous happen by chance, Mr.Barman.

It was the British success in India, that made English into the most widely spoken language in the world for the last 100 years. It is also the huge subsidy given by the post-colonial Indian Government which has made India as the the world’s largest English-language administered country in the world. And the second largest English speaking population.

Not the other way round Mr.Barman.

The history behind the British ‘success’ in India

After being sidelined by the Papal Bulls, (favoring Spain and Portugal), it was Britain which was first off the block. After Vasco da Gama’s discovery (for Europeans) of trade route to India (1498), round Africa, the British started with the English East India Company (1600). And the first to obtain a royal firmaan in 1612.

The Dutch followed in 1602. The Danish Opperhoved initially started in 1616 and was reborn in 1732, as Asiatisk Kompagni. The Portuguese organised themselves as chartered company in 1628. The French came with the French East India Co. in 1664. The Swedes joined the rat race in 1731 with Svenska Ostindiska Companiet. The Italians came in as the Genoa East India companies. The Hanseatic League had its own operations.

In North America, the Hudson Bay Company (Compagnie de la Baie d’Hudson in French) was given a Royal Charter in 1670 by Charles II. It practically owned Canada when the Dominion of Canada was formed – and is the oldest surviving company in North America.

English rule over India continues …

Over the next 250 years, from the formation and the firmaan, till the eve of the 1857 War, the campaign for the conquest and colonization of India was funded by the earnings from the vast slave economies of the Atlantic islands (Cuba, Haiti, West Indies), the loot from North and South Americas, – and later Australia and Africa.

Indian rulers and armies, without recourse to such wealth, fumbled. Indian polity and economy, weakened by the foreign slave rulers from the 12th-14th century (Slave dynasty, Tughlaks, Khiljis) and then the muddled ‘Indo-Saracenic’ rule by the Lodis and Mughals from Afghanistan (with Turkish and Persian advisors) left India in a weak position.

After the British were sent away

In modern times, within a short 70 years after British departure from India, the decline of the Britain has been slightly faster than the turn around in the Indian economy. Britain today, a shell of its former self – with its manufacturing hollowed out, its agriculture in shambles, its economy on the verge of being relegated to the Third World, it is a huge descent.

Much like Spain after Haiti. In a 100 years after Haiti, Spain flamed out. By 1930, it was in the throes of a Civil War. And in Spain today, prostitution is national industry.

Opposite directions

India, in the meantime, led by ‘men of straw’, has moved from being a ship-to-mouth’ basket-case, to a significant economic and political success. Yet, the British colonial administrators needed to prove that only they could rule over India. Indians were after all ‘men of straw … of whom no trace will be found after a few years’. After all, what more could be expected of a people, led by ahalf naked … fakir.

Could India survive without the British Raj?

Could India survive without the British Raj?

In 1947, when the British Raj was coming to an end, we heard that India would not survive without British ‘over sight’. Today, when Britain itself is on the verge of becoming a Third World country, one hears the echoes of the same message. If Britain was indeed so good at its job, why can’t they do anything to save themselves from this terminal decline. Why is English language not able to save the British?

What do we do about the Truth, O Master?

Modern econometric modelling shows that for much of the last 1000 years (at least), India has been a significant economic power. Till the 1900, China and India, this analysis estimates, accounted for 50% of the world economy. Statistical analyses showed India with a world trade share of 25% for much of the 500 years during 1400-1900.

Truth, my Great Master Barman, must be banished from your very presence. It affects the very harmony of your sublime thoughts.

Such a inconvenient thing. The truth!

Spain Targets Sex Traffickers With Aid to Prostitutes

December 22, 2008 4 comments

One of ten ‘eligible’ women is a sex worker. Is this a temporary spike or will it get ‘progressively’ worse?

Most prostitutes in Spain, like these photographed in Madrid in April, are persuaded to leave lives of hardship in South America, Africa and Eastern Europe with fake promises of work. | Photo - Cristina Arias, Getty Images; courtesy - aolnews.com .

Most prostitutes in Spain, like these photographed in Madrid in April, are persuaded to leave lives of hardship in South America, Africa and Eastern Europe with fake promises of work. | Photo - Cristina Arias, Getty Images; courtesy - aolnews.com .

Every day about 1.5 million Spaniards and foreigners pay for sex in the country’s cities and border regions, according to Malostratos, a Madrid-based group lobbying to outlaw prostitution.

Eighty percent of Spain’s 400,000 sex workers come from places including China, Romania and Latin America, many coerced by gangs, Equality Ministry figures show. In response, the government will bring into force measures on Jan. 1 to shelter and aid prostitutes who break away from traffickers. (via Bloomberg.com: News).

Not a gender issue - but a deeper systemic-societal design problem

Not a gender issue - but a deeper systemic-societal design problem

Slice and dice …

Now Spain has a population of 40 million people. There are a 13 million of these between the age of 15-64 years.

Assume that half of these 13 million are the right gender – that is 6.5 million women. Assume further that a quarter of these 6.5 million women cannot ‘qualify’ to become prostitutes due to age, health, infirmity, deformity, appearance, etc.

That leaves us with roughly 4 million ‘eligible’ candidates – of which 400,000, i.e. 10% of ‘eligible’ women are prostitutes.

Apparently, US Deptt. of Justice figures. Estimates are that Euro-US region has 4 million prostitutes - for less than 150 million males as the 'target' market.  |  Image by Abi Daker.

Apparently, US Deptt. of Justice figures. Estimates are that Euro-US region has 4 million prostitutes - for less than 150 million males as the 'target' market. | Image by Abi Daker.

Western propaganda

Spanish newspapers make good money in running ad-campaigns for prostitution services – and are reluctant to stop these ads.

Spain is a part of the EU, the Developed World, the OECD, etc., etc.

Makes one think …

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