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The idea of a lost ancient civilization located at the North Pole at a time when its climate was friendlier to human habitation is suggested in many of the world’s oldest myths and sacred scriptures. Drawing upon his vast knowledge of the Hindu Vedas and the Zoroastrian Avesta, Tilak makes a painstakingly detailed analysis of the texts and compares them with the geological, astronomical and archaeological evidence to show the plausibility of the Arctic having been the primordial cradle of the Aryan race before changing conditions forced the Aryans southward into present-day Europe, Iran and India. Although this theory has never gained widespread acceptance among mainstream scholars since it was first published in 1903, Tilak has made a compelling case which is not easily refuted.

The author,  Bal Gangadhar Tilak (1856-1920), who was given the honorary title Lokmanya (“chosen leader of the people”), was one of the fathers of India’s independence movement in opposition to British colonial rule. He was imprisoned several times for his vocal advocacy of violent revolt against the colonial authorities on the basis of Vedic scripture. His time in prison gave him time to work on his more scholarly projects, such as the present book. Although he did not live to see the ultimate victory of the movement he had helped to establish, he is widely acknowledged as having been one of the main driving forces behind it due to his influence on Gandhi and the other leaders who saw his mission through to its end in 1947.

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MOSCOW, (SANA) –Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin on Wednesday underlined that his country has no intention to change its stance towards Syria and Iran.

“This issue is regularly discussed during the sessions of the Russian Security Council,” Putin said in a press statement.

He added  “Each of us has his/her own opinion… but all adhere to a consensus regarding basic issues,” saying that he doesn’t believe in any changes in this regard.   

Russia Reiterates Rejection of Foreign Military Intervention in Syria

Russia reiterated its absolute rejection of any foreign military intervention in Syria, stressing the necessity of finding a peaceful solution to the crisis by the Syrian people themselves  without foreign interference.

In a statement today, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that The Russian President’s Special Envoy for Middle East Affairs, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, called during his meeting with Syria’s Ambassador in Moscow, Riad Haddad, for an immediate stop of violence from any side and paving the way for comprehensive political dialogue with the aim of finding a peaceful settlement to the Syrian crisis by the Syrian people themselves without foreign interference.

The statement pointed out that the need for tackling the acute humanitarian issues was also discussed, along with stressing support to the joint UN-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan and UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos.

For his part, Ambassador Haddad pointed out to the efforts exerted by the Syrian leadership to continue the implementation of reforms.

Russian Foreign Ministry: Lavrov to Take Part in UNSC Session on Situation in the ME

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will take part in the United Nations Security Council session in New York on March 12 which is due to discuss the situation in the Middle East.

In a statement on Wednesday, the ministry said that the situation in Syria will be accorded special attention, reiterating Russia’s firm stance on opposing interference in Syria’s affairs, the importance of halting violence and the peaceful settlement to the crisis through national and comprehensive dialogue.

”It is unacceptable that outside players try to impose mechanisms for crisis settlement that support either side,” the Russian foreign ministry added.

”According to this balanced stance which is based on the international law and the UN Charter, Russia is exerting efforts to lay down a consensual basis that allows the international community to effectively help settle the crisis in Syria and address humanitarian issues in the areas which saw clashes between the government forces and the illegitimate armed groups,” added the statement.

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“ ‘I’m not a manager, I’m not a visionary; I’m a guy from a steel town,’” Santorum said at the Maricopa County GOP Lincoln Day lunch […] This is baloney. Santorum is from less of a working-class background than Bill Clinton, Joe Biden or Barack Obama. As a blog post on The Democratic Strategist noted, “Rick Santorum is an MBA, fancy lawyer, politician and slimy lobbyist. His parents were a clinical psychologist and administrative nurse. He is no more authentically ‘blue collar’ than he is Chinese.”

White lab coats don’t have blue collars. Santorum went to Penn State as an undergraduate and for law school and received an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. Graduates of top-tier flagship state schools and multiple graduate programs are not working-class people. […]

Santorum knows he cannot burnish his blue-collar credentials by talking about his life. So instead he constantly invokes his grandfather, an Italian immigrant who worked in coal mines. Grandpa Santorum appears in everything from Santorum speeches to e-mails to supporters.

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We live in a world that is becoming increasingly unstable, and the potential for an event that could cause “sudden change” to the U.S. economy is greater than ever.  There are dozens of potentially massive threats that could easily push the U.S. economy over the edge during the next 12 months.  A war in the Middle East, a financial collapse in Europe, a major derivatives crisis or a horrific natural disaster could all change our economic situation very rapidly.

Most of the time I write about the long-term economic trends that are slowly but surely ripping the U.S. economy to pieces, but the truth is that just a single really bad “black swan event” over the next 12 months could accelerate our economic problems dramatically.  If oil was cut off from the Middle East or a really bad natural disaster suddenly destroyed a major U.S. city, the U.S. economy would be thrown into a state of chaos.  Considering how bad the U.S. economy is currently performing, it would be easy to see how a major “shock to the system” could push us into the “next Great Depression” very easily.  Let us hope that none of these things actually happen over the next 12 months, but let us also understand that we live in a world that has become extremely chaotic and extremely unstable.

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Unfortunately, nuclear power is so extraordinarily expensive that it really takes the oxygen out of the room for a lot of other things, like investments in energy efficiency, and it ends up taking money that could be invested in cleaner, safe technologies and diverts that into these massive projects that are pretty much geared primarily to support the shareholders of the company and make sure that they’re assured profits, because the risks are being shifted away from the shareholders of Southern Company as an investor-owned utility onto the ratepayers and the taxpayers of this country. So, in essence, it’s socializing the risk and privatizing the profits. […]

But the reality is there’s a great inconsistency in the Republican Party, because nuclear power is very much subsidized by the federal government. It can’t compete in the market. It’s not really supported by Wall Street. Yet it has become a Republican talking point in a very dramatic way, and it made it a very partisan. So it’s very difficult for Republicans to speak out against nuclear power because it’s become just, in essence, a plank of their support. And that’s unfortunate, because there—you would think that the conservative party would be conservatively approaching the use of both ratepayer money and taxpayer money and that they would want transparency and openness. […]

[Obama’s] top political strategist, David Axelrod, [was] a consultant for Exelon. Exelon was created after, what, former congressman and now-mayor, Emanuel—Rahm Emanuel, who was the chief of staff of Obama, was a key player representing Unicom Corp., the parent of Commonwealth Edison, in forging a merger with PECO Energy to create Exelon. Lot of interconnections here between the Democratic leadership and nuclear power industry in this country.

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