Kamala Harris made history in recent months; becoming the first woman to be elected as Vice President Of the United States — and the first one of colour to boot!
That’s an astonishing accomplishment, but she may well have a lot more history to make yet.
Joe Biden has just become the oldest ever person elected to the Presidency.
Ascending at the age of 78 means he would be 82 going into his second term, and 86 when finishing it. It is extremely likely that he will not serve out his full term.
There is also a real possibility that Trump will run again in 2024. …
America has the most powerful economy the world has ever seen — which at ~$21 trillion is larger than the second and third largest (Chinese and Japanese) economies combined!
It is a world leader in innovation — taking the #1 spot in both patent activity and share of high tech companies.
The result of this innovation is an uplift in standards for everyone across the globe. When America births an iPhone, an Amazon, or a Netflix — we, the citizens of the world over benefit.
Not equally of course. Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs would have a much healthier bank account than you dear reader. …
When Trump was first elected President — I remember there being discussion in some circles around “the President himself doesn’t make that large a difference to running the country; the big decisions and show is mostly run by the bureaucrats and functionaries surrounding him.”
This has undeniably been proven wrong.
Under Trump; America has been set back decades in many ways. Here are three of them:
Many government agencies are typically staffed by highly skilled and experienced people.
For example, diplomats, national security specialists, and public health experts take decades to train.
Under the Trump administration; these agencies have had a great many people dismissed, and with their roles either being left vacant or filled with Trump-loyalists rather than those who’re most fit for the job. …
Somewhere between Europe and Asia lies a country — led by an authoritarian dictator and a ruling class hailing from the Shia Muslim community.
Here lies a country which forms a crucial link in an oil pipeline that feeds through to Europe.
Here lies a country with large portions of land occupied by hostile neighbours.
Here lies a country forming the front of an emerging proxy war — with Turkey supporting one side, and Russia the other.
No, we’re not talking about Syria. We’re talking about Azerbaijan
From time immemorial — people lived under governments whose right to rule them was based on the strength of their military. …
In your mind’s eye — try and conjure up an image of your typical Indian person.
They probably look something like this:
Straight or wavy black hair, brown eyes, sharp-ish facial features and brown skin.
You’d think that they were likely a Ganesh or Vishnu worshipping Hindu — though you might be aware that a great many are also Muslims and Sikhs.
Now, that might describe the majority of Indians — but in a nation of 1.4 …
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Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection explains why and how Mother Nature made plants and animals to look and act the way they do.
Sometimes though — humans get in the way and mix things up. A theory of unnatural selection, if you will.
Below is one such example where human intervention inadvertently allowed a new species of crab to evolve in Japan, that resemble the faces of samurai warriors.
Once upon a time, there was a Japanese Emperor, Saga (~786–842CE), who spent a lot of time…*ahem*…enjoying the pleasures of court life.
This resulted in him fathering some 50 children. Yeah, I know — you can write off the first 40 as accidents but after that — surely you’ve got to shoulder some of the blame. …
Floating through the air, lying on every surface and embedded in every handshake are trillions and trillions of germs.
You’re not being paranoid. They really are out to get you.
The thin blue line protecting your body from succumbing to these bacterial hordes is your immune system.
The one you get out of the box as a newborn isn’t particularly strong.
While we now have various vaccinations and booster shots to help ward off some of the most horrific diseases out there, there are still plenty out there that can impair your quality of life or straight out kill you.
This is the 21st century, however — and we’re on the cusp of changing the game with some awesome new technology: Artificial Immune…
In 2014, the Hindu nationalist BJP party won the Indian general election — wresting control from the staunchly secular Indian National Congress (INC).
The prime minister elected at that time, Narendra Modi, was heralded as the long-awaited messiah of the Indian Right-wing. Since then — a personality cult and myth of sorts has risen around him.
To the casual observer, it may appear that Indians have embraced Hindu Nationalism en masse. …
North Korea is a pariah state.
That does not mean, however, that anyone actually wants them to collapse. The reasons for this vary depending on your perspective. Let us consider the four key ones:
A key part of being a superpower is to be able to project power. Especially into regions where players might be considered adversarial.
One such theatre is China.