Elephant In The Room- The Panama Papers

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We see the elite and the powerful in newspapers everyday and we devour all the information about their work and their life with our breakfast like it was cereal to our lonely, eventless bowl of milk. We have become accustomed to the corruption that surrounds us- Implications and fingers pointing at everyone, the rot in the judicial system and the annihilated concept of a respectful climb to a position of power- is now a part of our daily constitution. We woke up to another day when the panama papers were leaked out by a source only known as John Doe. One of the most wide-spread scandals after Wiki leaks came out, this one did not target governments but instead, it also targeted people. Influential people- From world leaders to reputable millionaires, everyone faced the harsh side of spotlight with lots of criticism and outrage angled at them.

The question is why is the leaking of the names in the panama papers like a bucket full of ice cold reality jolting us to take notice while we’ve already been in the wake of global impropriety.

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The Panama papers contain a list of people who have been cashing in their money in offshore accounts as a measure to evade tax. With 1.5 millions names from all over the world implicated in the papers, does it really over 1 million offenders to realise the scale of this corruption? Let’s think about it.

Elephant In The Room- Donald Trump’s winning polls, Should we lose hope already?

  Let’s address the elephant in the room. When we first heard about it we thought it was a hilarious joke, Trump contesting for the presidential elections was for the bizarre section of the newspaper that featured news about dogs learning how to drive and new anorexia-inducing diets trending around the globe. People declared that they’d leave the country if he ever became the president. (Still all in jest, after all, wasn’t it more likely for an alien invasion to occur over that ever happening anyway?)

Trump’s meteoric rise among the ranks has raised eyebrows considering his controversial views about terrorism, immigration, women and pretty much everything else that matters. People starting switching from their daily soaps to the presidential electorate considering how entertaining it was. Incase you missed out, Trump expressed his views on how all Muslims should be deported from the country to stop terrorism. You think this is rather extreme? During his campaign speech, he stated that he would deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, build a wall on the southern border paid for by Mexico to avoid illegal immigrants because (sic) “They’re sending people who have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” No wonder his effigy was burnt down in Mexico City as a part of an Easter ritual. Barack Obama himself publicly criticized the presidential candidate by saying that Republican Donald Trump will not be president because it’s a “serious job.”

  Hillary Clinton who is one of the democratic presidential candidates (We’ve all known how badly she’s been lobbying for it since the past few years, haven’t we?) She might have an easy win or will she? Considering trump’s ascent. It wouldn’t be a complete landslide victory although it is shocking that the numbers put light on how many Americans agree with Trump’s world views. I’d rather #FeelTheBern if you ask me.

Food for thought- Imagine a spinoff of house of cards starring Donald Trump as an unapologetically outspoken millionaire entrepreneur who wakes up one day and decides to become the president of one of the most powerful nations in the world), Hillary as a former secretary of state and wife of ex-president bill (who publicly comes out about his affair leading to his impeachment.) who is also a presidential candidate along with Bernie Sanders starring as the affable hamster in a wheel trying to survive in the White House zoo). I’d watch it, would you?

 

The Art Of Lying- Why Johny Lies

 

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According to a research on deception, it was found that children as young as two years old will lie when placed in a situation where lying is in a child’s self interest. By the time children are five years old, they are much more likely to lie to get themselves out of trouble. What’s interesting is that, it is close to impossible for observers, including parents, to see through their lies.

Scientists have found that Humans develop the ability to lie soon after they learn to walk. No wonder lying comes so easy to Johnny, but the real question is, why do we lie in the first place?

Most of the time, People avoid saying the truth because they feel that they’ll face much severe punishment or judgement if they reveal the actual reason instead of the story they cooked up.

It’s easier to lie and say how you were stuck in traffic instead of being honest that you slept in, isn’t it?

It’s scientifically proven that lying adds stress to our brain but we’ve become so used to it that the stress keeps adding up without us realising it in the first place.

When you’re talking to a person, notice his/her breathing change?
their nose getting warmer?
their eyes shifting too much?
They are lying to you.
Don’t be mad.
Considering yourself
Can you say you’ve never lied?
Truth is, We’re not used to being honest ourselves.

When we realise that a person’s lying, we get so angry at him/her but we never try to understand the other person’s reason for doing that.
We have a fake illusion that lying will make our life easier, but actually, it’s easy just for that tiny time frame but after that passes, it becomes much harder whereas if we’re honest, maybe that tiny window will be hard but after that time frame’s gone, it’s much easier.

Is it so hard to tell the truth? Can we not think of the consequences and let the chips fall where they may?
Can we really be honest? and if someone’s honest to us, can we appreciate it instead of making them regret their decision. Wouldn’t they be encouraged to continue being truthful?

The question is out- unanswered.

5 Common New Year Resolutions And Their Unavoidable Fate

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Happy new year!

        Finally it’s that time of the year when we reach for our phones to look up for hangover cures only to be bombarded with new year greetings from friends and mama-jis alike. (Your friends are probably in the same state as you.)
And then you groggily make your way to your inbox that’s flooded with emails asking what your new year resolution is from weight loss and hair-loss companies who know you won’t follow them through in the year ahead.
My New Year resolution is probably staying regular with blogging (haha. I’ve really been procrastinating this since so long and I don’t really have any excuse to give.) Surely, today’s a day to start new beginnings?
While there are resolutions everywhere , Here’s a look at some of the most common resolutions people make.

1.Lose weight/ Start gymming-
These is eternal. Women decide to loose weight before the ‘shaadi season’ starts (should we assume that Deepika Padukone’s  Kellog’s K ads will infirtrate every pixel of our idiot box again?) while boys decide they want to get ripped so they don’t look like one of Tim Burton’s zombie eyed characters trying to fit in at a club.

2. Feed the poor
But then you look at your own fly infested wallet and decide to help yourself to that extra cheesy pizza on discount with the leftover money in the wallet. After all, where could you find someone more broke than yourself? (There goes your first resolution)

3.Decide to ask him/her out

Just go and ask instead of spamming “should I..or what if..” questions on cyber space and your friends’ personal chats.

4. Learn an instrument.
That guitar isn’t going to teach itself. After all, what’s YouTube for? If nothing else, just find solace in the fact that air guitaring is an actual thing with actual competitions.

5. Save money
This is where we all start at on the first day of the month and that (see resolution 2) is where we end up by the time half the month’s gone.

     Whatever your resolutions might be, here’s hoping they avoid a similar fate. Wishing you a Happy New Year.

Sheena Bora Murder Case- The skeletons in our closets.

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Recently, there was a huge excitement everywhere when Sheena Bora’s murder case surfaced. Indrani Mukerjea, the mother of the victim was named as one of the main accused in the case. Slowly, when the police dug deeper, they found a whole intricately designed web of lies and deceit spun by Indrani Mukerjea who was blinded by her lust for power and wealth, to the extent of introducing her children as her siblings and forging fake documents in a bid to clean her lies. There was a lot of discussion, people were shocked and strangely fascinated as they lapped up every single word about the case in the news.
Words flew.
“How could a woman do such a thing? How could a woman kill her own daughter?”
Since the last two centuries, we have been talking about woman’s rights. All through the industrial revolution, the recession, women started working alongside men but never found the status of being equals to men. They were victims of gender inequality. We have worked so hard to abolish this inequality.
Today, Women have climbed social and political ladders. We have had female presidents and even CEOs for multi-national companies.
We say that we consider women as equals to men. Yet, words keep flowing
“How could a woman do such a thing? How could a woman kill her own daughter?”
When netas, say that women should not wear revealing clothing or even jeans. There’s an uproar- “There should be no gender inequality, women have the same rights as men.”
Why didn’t we show the same thought in this case?
Why don’t we ask the right questions? Why do we make it about gender?
When we hear cases about a man murdering his child or commiting other crimes, we gasp and then, we forget. A father can be as loving and caring as a mother to his child. A mother or a father killing a child is equally disturbing. Killing anyone,in general,is an offense that is unfathomable. It makes us question humanity. How distorted human nature can be. How blind humans can get because of their own greed.
So the question should be “How could anyone do such a thing? How could a parent kill his/her own child?”
Lets start asking the right questions.

The Joker Origin Theory

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           The Joker is considered to be one of the greatest villains of all time since the character was first developed in the Golden age. From Jack Nicholson to Heath ledger’s brillaint portrayal, the already established Joker fan base has expanded immensely, capturing everyone’s attention. I have always been interested in reading people and understanding the psychology of how people came to be the way they are. It’s an instinct that I have tried to develop since many years now and have practiced several times, tested on people to get feedback. I have always been interested in understanding Joker’s perception of the world and his origin so one day, I came up with a profile on Joker based what i’ve deduced from his actions and behaviour and researched the DC comics intensively to prove my theory. This is what it is, A theory on his origin since none of the Joker origin stories in the comics have never been established.

THE THEORY

            Childhood is always an important link in understanding a person’s psychology. A person’s childhood years are the most moldable and form impressions easily which can affect their latter lives. According to my theory, Joker (often called Jack in the origin stories) belonged to an aristocratic family of wealth and power. His parents were extreme disciplinarians who loved order and control above anything else. As a child, joker was mischevious, a trait which his parents disapproved of immensely and was severly punished for his actions. Hailing from a high society, he was forced to conduct himself in a certain way and also dress according what the society considered acceptable which made him the same as the rest of the herd. His parents hardly ever smiled. Due to his aristocratic status, he spent his childhood alone without any friends and was neglected.

APPEARANCE

            Why choose to be a joker, you ask? A Joker is someone who is supposed to bring Joy to children just like parents ought to but that never happened for Jack. Also Jerry Robinson(the co-creater of Joker) “wanted somebody visually exciting. I wanted somebody that would make an indelible impression.” Notice how the Joker always wants to grab attention? Not just by his actions but also by his clothes. As a child he was forced to wear clothes according to a dress code and had to behave in a particular fashion. He wanted desperately to stand out and get people to notice him,especially his parents. (why are children mischevious to begin with?) I can be certain that he belonged from a weathy family because money has never been a defining factor for Joker. He has never been even remotely obsessed with money.

ACTIONS

             When the Joker debuted in Batman #1 in 1940, he appeared as a serial killer who ” killed his victims with “Joker venom”: a toxin which left their faces smiling grotesquely.” He has always wanted to get approval especially his parents’. His parents hardly smiled, remember? Even in “The Laughing Fish”, the Joker disfigures fish with a rictus grin resembling his own which proves that wants to please everyone but doesn’t know how to do it. The Joker recounts many possible origin stories so it’s never been determined which one is true. I believe he does it, not to lie to others but to himself. He desperately wants to dissociate himself from his past memories that have hurt him so he keeps creating origin stories, hoping that at one point, he ,himself, forgets it completely. Maybe he has forgotten. Here’s what the Joker once said,

“Memories can be vile, repulsive little brutes. Like children I suppose. But can we live without them? Memories are what our reason is based upon. If we can’t face them, we deny reason itself! Although, why not? We aren’t contractually tied down to rationality! There is no sanity clause! So when you find yourself locked onto an unpleasant train of thought, heading for the places in your past where the screaming is unbearable, remember there’s always madness. Madness is the emergency exit. You can just step outside, and close the door on all those dreadful things that happened. You can lock them away…forever.” ―Joker

Makes sense, doesn’t it? Need more proof? In The Killing Joke, Joker said “Sometimes I remember it one way, sometimes another… if I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!”

LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH BATMAN

THE HATE

            Batman is completely opposite to Joker in every single way. The monochromatic Batman represents order and discipline. Joker’s parents were the same,weren’t they? They too were disciplinarians and loved order more than anything in the world. Joker sees his parents in Batman. For him, he’d do anything to grab attention from Batman just like he used to try with his parents. According to Joker, he’s just ‘playing’ with Batman who is his playmate, something he never had in his lonely, neglected childhood. In ‘Batman: Cacophony’, during a medically induced period of partial sanity, Joker tells Batman, “Here’s the cold hard truth bats, I don’t hate you ’cause I’m crazy. I’m crazy ’cause I hate you.” He hates his parents and his violent nature was nurtured only because of his hatred towards them and Batman embibes all the characteristics of Joker’s dominating parents. Throughout Joker’s decades-long war with Batman, he has committed crimes both whimsical and inhumanly brutal, all with a logic and reasoning that, in Batman’s words, “make sense to him alone.” Sounds like something his parents must have said about Joker’s childish antics.

THE LOVE

          In “Batman R.I.P.” the Joker is recruited by the Black Glove to destroy Batman but betrays the group, killing its members one by one. After Batman’s apparent death in “Final Crisis” (2008), Grayson investigates a series of murders (which leads him to a disguised Joker). The Joker is arrested. When the Joker escapes, he attacks the Black Glove, burying its leader (Simon Hurt) alive after the supervillain considers him a failure as an opponent; the Joker is then defeated by the recently returned Batman. Doesn’t it sound like Joker escaped and killed the Black Glove’s leader to avenge Batman’s death? After all, he can’t bear to live in a world without Batman. Here’s more proof:- The 2000s began with the crossover story “Emperor Joker”, in which the Joker steals Mister Mxyzptlk’s reality-altering power and remakes the universe in his image (torturing and killing Batman daily, before resurrecting him). When the supervillain then tries to destroy the universe, his reluctance to eliminate Batman makes him lose control. Joker can’t bring himself to kill batman because he wouldn’t be himself without batman. After all, he is the only thing closest to a friend Joker’s ever had.

“Both of us trying to find meaning in a meaningless world! Why be a disfigured outcast when I can be a notorious Crime God? Why be an orphaned boy when you can be a superhero? You can’t kill me without becoming like me. I can’t kill you without losing the only human being who can keep up with me. Isn’t it IRONIC?!” — The Joker

What’s your theory?

Do you know about: The Deep web?

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The Deep Web, Deep Net, Invisible Web, or Hidden Web are search terms referring to the content on the World Wide Web that is not indexed by standard search engines. Computer scientist Mike Bergman is credited with coining the term in 2000.

When you search ‘dark web’ on wikipedia, You’ll get this generic description that lets out nothing about the topic itself. Here’s a bigger window into the world on the dark side of the internet.

We use our usual websites like google, yahoo, bing,etc on a daily basis. According to the guardian, you only access 0.03% of the internet through search engines like google. The rest makes up for the deep web. (pretty deep eh?)

“Deep web” is distinct from “dark web”. The “dark web” is the encrypted network that exists between Tor servers and their clients, whereas the “deep web” is simply the content of databases and other web services that for one reason or another cannot be indexed by conventional search engines.

In simple terms, The deep web is anything that can’t be found through search engines and the dark web only accounts for a small part of the deep web.

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All the governments function on the deep web. Stuff you’re not supposed to know is all here. Top secret transactions you watch in movies and shows? They all happen here. Talk about accessing government databases, secret experiments and court records. This is where you find them. ( Don’t get ideas though, unless you want to give out an open invitation to the FBI)

The internet you use on a daily basis is the clear water that you see on the surface. All the content that you see is screened for prohibited content, controlled by the government.

Here’s the murky water you missed out on.

The dark web is still detectable if you search for it on your regular search engine but you can access it only by clicking on links.

Google search can’t find the pages behind these website links. Most of the content located in the Deep Web exists in these websites that require a search and is not illicit and scary like the media portrays. However, if you go a little deeper in the Internet you’ll find the Dark Web. Sites such as Wikileaks operate on this side of the internet. Search for it enough and you’ll find it. People argue that this is the only place where freedom of speech can still prevail without the government or the dominating fraction trying to cover up the truth.

P.s:- Even your torrent sites like bitTorrent, Kissass torrents and the pirate bay fall in this side of the internet. (After all It is illegal to use utorrent, isnt it?)

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The Dark Web then is classified as a small portion of the Deep Web that has been intentionally hidden and is inaccessible through standard web browsers. Almost all of illegal activities on the internet that you’ve heard about takes place here. Terrorist groups, Pedophiles, Rapists and all other illegal groups have their communities on the deep web where they can connect with each other and function.

How do they do it?

The dark web has numerous layers of encryption that the browers such as Onion,etc help you with. Your IP address keeps changing constantly, changing your location. One minute you’re in France, the next, you’re in London. This helps in keeping you anonymous but in recent years, the government has found ways to track you down. You don’t need to worry, unless you’ve done something illegal. All in all, I think misuse of the anonymity offered by the deep web for illegal purposes is something we need to eliminate. What do you think?