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California-based Jeremy Kessel appointed as Twitter’s grievance officer after Dharmendra Chatur’s resignation

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Pal Pariawala, Mumbai Uncensored, 28th June 2021
On 25th February, the centre announced new intermediary guidelines and gave social media giants like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp 3 months to abide by the new rules. 

While Facebook agreed to comply, Twitter has been in the news for disagreements with the Indian government. With everything going on, the news of Twitter officer stepping down has raised many questions. The new IT rules make it mandatory to have a grievance officer residing in India, which Twitter agreed to but  failed to follow through by appointing California based Jeremy Kessel as the new officer. While no official statement has been released by twitter yet, the company might have brought up trouble for itself by losing legal protection as an intermediary and may be held responsible for all content posted by it’s users on the platform. 

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Climate Change – A Lifestyle Disorder

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Virender Kapoor, Mumbai Uncensored, 29th November 2021.

It was heartening to watch the way India under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi at G20 meeting spearheaded the climate change initiative. Global Solar Grid along with emission control and the responsibility of developed world which has had the luxury of consuming energy at humungous levels being clearly enumerated and consensus amongst most stake holders having been reached was a landmark achievement not only for India but for the whole world- may be for our next several generations. Somebody had to catch the bull by the horns and PM Modi did.

“We are the first generation to feel the effect of climate change and the last generation who can do something about it.”

Barack Obama, Former US President

‘The battle has just begun and the war has not even started. You can’t leave this to the global leaders alone and I did some deep dive into the issue and wanted to set the record straight and put the onus of this burden on 7.8 billion people of our planet.’ And here is what I feel we all need to do. I simply call this as a lifestyle disorder.


The most discussed topic which is debated on TV, Radio as well as fancy conferences organized by nations or NGOs is ‘climate change’. There are thousands of not-for-profit organizations across the world and cutting across all countries working for reversing this change or at least arresting it. Millions and millions of dollars are given to them by way of charity and grants.
After all this noise being made, money being constantly invested, and visible protests being held every day, the glaciers are still disappearing, temperatures are rising, oceans are rising, ice-capped mountains are shrinking, there is shortage of water and also we lack fresh air!


Today many have acquired a celebrity status internationally by protesting alone! Some non descript have ridden the wave of climate change crescendo and become celebrities and some big celebrities have acquired the status of saints just supporting it- after all it is a good cause- to save humanity.
Hundred years ago there was nothing known as climate change and no one talked about global warming! The key to the solution is in this statement itself. In fact, Wallace Smith Broecker coined the word ‘Global warming’ in 1975 in a paper he wrote about warming. According to some estimates (which are at best estimates only) half a trillion US Dollars are being spent to combat ‘climate change’ every year. For the energy sector alone there are discussions on investing at least 2.4 trillion Dollars.


Plastic was invented just over a hundred years ago- you heard it right- just a century-old invention and look what it has done to us or what actually we have done with that- raped the environment, messed up our oceans, damaged and destroyed marine life massively and created garbage which is not easily disposable in Billions of tons. Don’t blame the inventor – Leo Baekeland who created plastic in 1907 for mass-producing plastic- blame the people who use it or abuse it.

I can smell bullshit from a mile away but it’s so much harder to detect when it’s around you all day.’

Dane Cook

Why life style disorder? 

Life style disorders are the ones which affect individual’s health because of addiction to something. That ‘something’ can be anything like Smoking, drinking, eating unhealthy food, not exercising enough, wrong posture while sitting, too much use of smart phones/computers and so on.  These are related to personal conduct and not getting out of your comfort zone. A lazy fellow will find it difficult to get out of the house every day and hit the gym to pump iron. All these habits are addictive and that is why difficult to get rid of.

Today unfortunately we have become slaves/addicted to too much comfort. We have got addicted to gadgets that make things comfortable for us. We don’t want to let go of that comfort which is technology driven and hence inadvertently become slaves to technology. We don’t realize it but we have become slaves of comfort and easy life.

“The difference between technology and slavery is that slaves are fully aware that they are not free”

― Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Everyone is saying do something but no one is doing anything is the basic problem. No one wants to slow down; no one wants to get out of their comfort zone and expects others to do it!  As Ralph Waldo Emerson said ‘People are very inclined to set moral standards for others’

Nations default on contribution to pollution and climate change but nations are not only pieces of land- they are made of people. When you blame a nation you blame first the people and then the policymakers.

Globally, the largest electricity-consuming countries are the People’s Republic of China (25.9%) and the United States (17.5%), which together account for over 40% of global consumption. America is just 5% of the world’s population but consumes resources upwards of 20%. It is the American people who have been spoilt by an overreaching and over benevolent administration. If fuel is cheap you will use petrol-guzzling cars. If electricity is cheap or free you just don’t care. People are conscious about what others do but are not ready to look within.

PM Modi did refer to this- too much luxury to much indulgence most in the developed world- people just don’t care.

We attend a debate on climate change but need a separate TV for each room. We need an air conditioner for every room. We started with 165-liter refrigerator for our family and today a 600-liter fridge becomes smaller for just two of us. We have over-pampered ourselves.

Iceland for example of all the countries in the world, including the richest and largest oil producers, consumes the most energy per person. How can that be? The reason is basically overabundance. With most of Iceland’s energy coming from hydroelectric and geothermal power, Icelanders are some of the planet’s least energy-conscious.

UAE, Qatar, Most of Europe, and Canada are also not very far behind- their people are guzzling comforts too.

We collectively have deceived ourselves and are continuing to do so. We are 7.6 Billion Comfort Guzzlers. We guzzle whatever we can lay our hands-on.

“We’ve arranged a global civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. ”

 Carl Sagan

Most remedies, therefore, fall on our own laps. Are we prepared to cycle instead of using a car? No. Are we prepared to share cars? No. Can we stay without 24*7 Air conditioning? No. Then why are we shouting about climate change?

Height of Hypocrisy is when hundred plus rich men and women drive down thirty Kilometers to the venue for candlelight march against ‘Don’t pollute your city’ in their big Petrol Guzzling cars. The following statement by Oscar Wilde may be apt for many noisemakers. ‘How clever you are, my dear! You never mean a single word you say’. 

Unless we change at an individual level nothing will change. No treatise and agreements by nation-states, no organized protest marches, no amount of NGO’s or celebrity endorsements will work. 

The buck stops at you.

Climate change is real. It is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”

―Leonardo Di Caprio, Actor & Environmentalist

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Bharat builds the highest road in the world.

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Aaswin Shanker, Mumbai Uncensored, 23rd August 2021:

Bharat constructed the highest motorable road at 19,300 ft on the Umlingla Pass. This is more than half the altitude of most large commercial airplanes which fly at 30,000 feet. Bharat also beats the previous record set by Bolivia at 18,953 ft. It was constructed by the Border Road Organisation (BRO).

At 19,300 feet, the oxygen is 50% less than usual and temperature falls to -50.Celsius during winters making the road not only the highest but also the hardest to build.

The north base in Tibet is at 16,900 feet, south base camp in Nepal is at 17,598 feet. The summit of Mount Everest is a little over 29,000 feet. This road is built way over the altitude of Siachen Glacier which is at 17,700 feet.

The 52 km long road on Umlingla Pass connected with a black top road will enhance socio-economic conditions and promote tourism in Ladakh. The road will work as a link between important towns of Eastern Ladakh connecting Chisumle and Demchok from Leh.

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China enrolls 1st human fatality due to Monkey B infection

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Manasa Maddila, Mumbai Uncensored, 27th July 2021:

A Beijing-based vet, who was declared as China’s first human contamination case with Monkey B Virus (BV), has kicked the bucket from the infection. However, his nearby contacts are protected from it, for the present, Global Times announced. 

The 53-year-old male worked for an organisation exploring non-human primates. He started showing side effects of queasiness and heaving, a month after he examined two dead monkeys in the beginning of March. The vet looked for treatments in several hospitals, but eventually died on May 27.  Reports conducted by the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, said that there were no deadly or even clinically obvious BV contaminations in China earlier. Experts had gathered the cerebrospinal liquid of the veterinarian in April and distinguished him as positive for BV, yet tests of his nearby contacts came out negative.

The virus first broke out in 1932, is an alphaherpesvirus enzootic in macaques of the genus Macaca. It very well may be sent through direct contact and trade of real discharges; it also has a casualty pace of 70-80 percent.  Studies suggested that BV in monkeys may represent a possible danger to Laboratory workers and veterinarians since they are exposed to monkeys occasionally; it is important to wipe out BV during the advancement of explicit microorganism free rhesus settlements and to fortify observation in research centers that work with macaques in China.

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