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Social Media: Bad attitude, bad language, bad form

Ram Ramkumar

Why do some folks come to others’ FB walls to post abusive stuff and cuss words? And do so without offering a substantive point of view, even if it is to disagree? Is it because they lack the knowledge or intelligence to have an informed opinion? Maybe they are unable to articulate a coherent view in English? Perhaps both? Such inadequacies are understandable. But just posting cuss words as a substitute hardly does them credit.

Someone posted a cuss word (and nothing else) in response to my post on Sadhguru last week. I deleted it and posted a polite cease-and-desist. To no avail, the same person posted today an abusive term (and nothing else) for Modi!

From time to time, even long term friends as well as FB only friends have posted offensive personal comments based purely on political disagreement. Most of the time, the offender has been a JNU Luleli from Kerala! Not this time though.

What drives such behavior is hard to understand. Personal feelings of inadequacy or frustrations perhaps. Or just plain stupidity. Either way, to such people, I say stop it!


Ram Ramkumar lives in Seattle, USA. He is a JNU alumnus and works as a consultant at Microsoft. Formerly he was with SBI (Bhopal Circle), RBI Madras, Federal Reserve Board Washington (bank analyst). His father was a 3-term Congress MP from Madras.

Australia Diary: Beautiful Lose Weight Gold 30 capsules pose a serious risk to your health

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The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia has tested a product labelled Beautiful Lose Weight Gold 30 capsules and found that the capsules contain the undeclared substances sibutramine and phenolphthalein.

Consumers have been advised that sibutramine is a prescription-only medicine (which was the active ingredient in Reductil). It was withdrawn in October 2010 after a study showed an increased risk of major cardiac events.

phenolphthalein is a prescription-only substance previously marketed as an oral laxative, withdrawn from sale from many markets in the late 1990’s due to concerns over its carcinogenicity with long term use.

The supply of Beautiful Lose Weight Gold 30 capsules containing undisclosed sibutramine and phenolphthalein is illegal in Australia.

Beautiful Lose Weight Gold 30 capsules have not been assessed by the TGA for quality, safety or efficacy as required under Australian legislation, and the place of manufacture is not approved by the TGA. TGA investigations have shown that a number of people in Australia may have bought the product online.

The TGA is working with the Australian Border Force (ABF) to help stop future shipments of Beautiful Lose Weight Gold 30 capsules from entering Australia. If these capsules are found at the border by the ABF they will be seized and destroyed.

The TGA is advising consumers to exercise extreme caution when purchasing medicines from unknown overseas Internet sites and has produced a short video on the risks associated with buying medicines and medical devices online. Products purchased over the Internet:

Australia and Fiji Reaffirm Strengthening Security Relationship

Senator Marise Payne, Australian Minister for Defence

Australia and Fiji have reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening defence relationship following a successful bilateral defence ministers’ meeting in Nadi on 2 November.

Australia’s Minister for Defence, Senator Marise Payne, and Fiji’s Minister for National Security and Defence, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola MP, discussed growing bilateral defence relationship and regional security interests.

The program included a meeting with Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto, and a tour of Fiji’s Blackrock peacekeeping training facility.

“Fiji is an important partner to Australia in the South Pacific and we have a long history of defence cooperation focused on maritime security, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and peacekeeping,” Minister Payne said.

Minister Payne and Minister Kubuabola agreed to strengthen the Australia-Fiji defence relationship by establishing formal annual Australia-Fiji Defence Ministers’ meetings.

“I am pleased we are establishing a new Defence Ministerial Meeting between Australia and Fiji, as this further demonstrates our enduring commitment to deepening our defence relationship”, Minister Payne said.

Minister Payne also offered a package of support for Fiji’s Blackrock training facility, worth approximately $2 million, which Minister Kubuabola accepted. This package will further enhance our defence cooperation in the area of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief and peacekeeping.

“Supporting the Republic of Fiji Military Forces to construct a humanitarian supplies warehouse at its Blackrock training facility will enhance Fiji’s ability to respond to natural disasters and other humanitarian crises in Fiji and the region,” Minister Payne said.

“I was pleased to also offer the establishment of an Australian Defence Force (ADF) instructor position at the base to enhance the Republic of Fiji Military Forces’ peacekeeping capability.

“Australia appreciates the force protection role of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, for United Nations peacekeepers, including ADF personnel in the Golan Heights and Syria.”

Australian Defence Companies Win Global Contracts 

Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne MP, has congratulated two Australian companies for winning work on the Type 26 Global Combat Ship being built by BAE Systems in the United Kingdom.These contracts were won under the Defence Global Supply Chain (GSC) program which is managed by the Centre for Defence Industry Capability.

Facebook and eSafety Office partner to protect Australians online

The eSafety Office of Australia is taking part in a global pilot with Facebook to prevent intimate images of Australians being shared on online, according to the Australian Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

Australia is one of four countries participating in a limited global pilot with Facebook that will help prevent intimate images of Australians being posted and shared across Facebook, Messenger, Facebook Groups and Instagram.

Anandiben Patel quits as Gujarat CM

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Anandiben PatelGandhinagar: Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel yesterday afternoon posted her resignation on facebook.

Ms. Patel expressed her over-riding faith in the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and her total commitment to the ideology of Bharatiya Janata Party.

Citizens use Hola as Vietnam blacks out facebook

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Fb-holaTel Aviv/ Hanoi: The government of Vietnam allegedly shut Facebook down on Sunday, and so far 200,000 citizens have turned to Hola [http://www.hola.org ], a popular VPN service, to fight the censorship and access the website.

The decision to block Facebook, as well as photo-sharing app Instagram, came as dissidents tried to rally for the third successive Sunday to protest for an environmental
disaster they claim was caused by the Vietnamese government and Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics. The disaster is said to have killed a large number of fish in April.

Though security forces have been preventing protesters from gathering in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, many citizens have been using Facebook to exchange information and organize rallies, thus the government is presumed to have shut the website down.

Israeli proxy service Hola experienced a massive surge of downloads of the popular app and browser extension in Vietnam in the hours following the Facebook blockade.

“As the Internet becomes the mainstream method of exchanging information between people, more and more governments, service providers and corporations are closing down on the Internet citizens’ freedom of information. Hola’s P2P technology removes these
barriers and makes the Web worldwide again,” said a spokesperson from Hola.

While some Vietnamese may have chosen to communicate through other social media channels, many of them preferred to rely on a VPN service to continue using Facebook. Most VPNs cost between five to ten dollars a month. In a country as Vietnam, where the average monthly wage is around $150, a VPN approaches 1% of monthly family income, a disproportionate amount of money to spend on such service. VPNs are so expensive because they need to pay for the costly servers through which their users’ traffic pass, and they ought to make a profit from it, as well.

The reason why hundreds of thousands turned to Hola is that the service is free of charge due to its P2P technology.

Hola’s peer-to-peer (P2P) nature, in fact, does not rely on any server, so there is no underlying cost of service. Its users surf the internet anonymously by securely routing
through other users’ computers when these are not in use. Hola is free for non-commercial use only; the company profits from Luminati, the same proxy service offered to businesses for commercial use. This enables Hola to provide the non-commercial service free of charge.

Since its launch in 2013, the service has been used by 80 million people in multiple countries to democratize the web. Earlier in May, for instance, WhatsApp users located in Brazil installed Hola to access the messaging app, which had been blocked by the government due to a court ruling. For additional information visit https://hola.org