Bitcoin, its competitors and uses: Is this crypto-currency an alternative to World currencies?

Bitcoin is a cryto-currency - not a real currency, but acting as one.  It is the new rage these days. Bitcoin (BTC) is an online commodity that is based on an open-source, peer-to-peer encryption protocol first described in 2009 by a pseudonymous developer (or developers) Satoshi Nakamoto Its market is considered to be around $1-2 bn depending on the valuation.  But there are competitors to Bitcoin already and their market is picking up as well. Some of these competing currencies already r … [Read more...]

Relationship Games and Hidden Dark Characters: Why Jodie Arias’ trial disturbs me

There was a time some years back - in my own lifetime - that people were quite simple.  Many people in some places, still are.No, I am not talking about being "Good".  Simplicity is living life with very limited mental distortion.A murder case trial going on in the US has worried me in many ways.  It is the trial of Jodie Arias.  The story of this lady is that a friend introduced a man to this lady.  They both had an instant physical attraction and very soon were seen regularly together.  Suc … [Read more...]

New Sexual Assault Law: Without Consent, Sex is Rape

The new Sexual Assault law is being criticized in a lot of areas, but some of its provisions may bring cheer for women.  It puts the decision for sex being consensual on the victim squarely.  If the victim  says it was not consensual, it wasn't. On consent for sex, the woman's word will be the last one. Once the prosecution is able to prove that there was sexual intercourse in a wide-range of cases, the new sexual assault law requires the court to presume that the victim did not consent as cl … [Read more...]

Police Constable in Gujarat who develops software to fight crime

He is a constable and has a diploma in Diesel Engine mechanics - but he has created at least a dozen software products that have helped solve around 200 crimes.  Dilip Thakor is quite a phenomenon! A woman recently walked into the Ahmedabad police's crime branch headquarters to complain about some plainclothes cops who were blackmailing her after catching her in a compromising position with her boyfriend. She had already given them gold ornaments worth Rs 50,000. Officials smelt a rat and zeroed … [Read more...]

Indian Politicians have their own Rape Problems

Indian politicians are most ill-equipped to solve India's Rape problem or even the crime issues.  As a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (an affiliate of the Indian Institute of Management) lists - there are numerous of them in the dock for their own criminal activities.  How do you expect this lot to do anything against their "own"? According to the report, in the past five years:6 MLAs had charges of rape against them at the time of their election 36 MLAs have charges of c … [Read more...]

Important lesson for India from Sweden, the World’s Rape Capital (30 times more rapes a year than India)!

Sweden recorded 63 rapes per 100,000 inhabitants this year.  That was 30 times that of India (2 per 100,000 inhabitants).  Compared to India, Sweden must be the worst when it comes to safety of women.  Not just unsafe, but 30 times unsafe!  Right?  And what was that talk of having open attitudes of men towards nudity and women all about?  Scandinavian countries have the most liberated women in terms of their decision making and freedom of expression and life.  So what gives?Well, when one digs … [Read more...]

62 yr old lady accuses courier guy of rape after being caught having sex with him in Mumbai

Rape is a serious crime and it shouldn't be belittled by some just for their own purpose.  These stray and nonsensical acts can then be used by apologists to go slow on the creating tough laws for Rape Accused. A 62-year-old retired schoolteacher from Powai, who claimed that she had been raped by a courier firm staffer, has admitted to having "consensual sex" with him. The development assumes significance as immediately after the incident was reported, there was uproar over the security of the se … [Read more...]

Why is a society of Sunny Leones, Power-Money, Ramdev/Hazare-bashing so clueless about the Rape Epidemic?

When Gautam Buddha was setting up his Sangha, he admitted only male monks.  He is supposed to have said that if he admits women as well, his spiritual path that he was offering, will remain spiritually active for about 700-800 years.  With male only students, it will remain active for over 2500 years.Even Buddha didn't trust his own monks beyond a certain limit.And that was in isolation, with hard spiritual sadhanas and austerities.India of today has porn stars like Sunny Leone, Poonam P … [Read more...]