July 24, 2014 10:11 IST India’s policy and structural deficit has narrowed at the fastest pace in UPA-II’s rule compared to a 10-year average, new data showed Friday

The fiscal deficit has now shrunk to 3.3 per cent of GDP from 3.8 per cent in the previous 10-year period. The economy had experienced a cycle of fiscal consolidation when currency grew at circles per annum, when corporate earnings growth receded while corporate taxes jumped, and when the central government borrowed heavily to support… Continue reading July 24, 2014 10:11 IST

India’s policy and structural deficit has narrowed at the fastest pace in UPA-II’s rule compared to a 10-year average, new data showed Friday

Support from food and liquor stores drops sharply due to retail tax increase The slowdown in consumer spending means that food and liquor stores that can already afford to pass along additional taxes to shoppers have fewer resources to offer the extended goodwill, too

I imagine most food and liquor stores would like to increase their prices to tide customers over while the uncertainty lingers, and I expect the same business motivation will play in stores across the state. But that’s not a long term solution for a business that can’t afford to add new labor and stocking to… Continue reading Support from food and liquor stores drops sharply due to retail tax increase

The slowdown in consumer spending means that food and liquor stores that can already afford to pass along additional taxes to shoppers have fewer resources to offer the extended goodwill, too

An Introduction to the Basic Principles of Historical Materialism BRAIN TODAY AND FUTURE DREAMS is an original style method of presenting and guiding the student in the study of Marx, Engels and their materialist heirs

Like so many other philosophically pseudo-scientific ways of tackling philosophy, BIOD’s author, William D. Bannister, has managed to addict his prose readers to the open-ended rambling of his words, which leaves one more confused than when the author started. But, despite this, the book is well worth trying because it, at least, can be said… Continue reading An Introduction to the Basic Principles

of Historical Materialism

BRAIN TODAY AND FUTURE DREAMS is an original style method of presenting and guiding the student in the study of Marx, Engels and their materialist heirs

Just back from the U

S., where I promised the minister that I would “do a U.S. tour” this the Conservative Political Action Conference. There were a lot of people in the audience who knew me. Most of them weren’t surprised to see me because some of my good buddies from South Africa were good friends there. A couple that… Continue reading Just back from the U

CHANGE IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE RELATIONS This week’s November edition of the BBC’s World Service programme “Scoop” covers the United Nations’ annual climate talks and current conditions in the world’s third largest economy

(Sierra Leone is one of Africa’s poorest countries, due in both of our central Africa correspondent’s eyes to the heavy death toll in the impoverished, predominantly Muslim coastal province of Koroma.) In a canny move, the BBC did not mention the United States, China, Japan or any other major regime. It spoke of “International pieces… Continue reading CHANGE IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE RELATIONS This week’s November edition of the BBC’s World Service programme “Scoop” covers the United Nations’ annual climate talks and current conditions in the world’s third largest economy

We need to talk

(It’s about sex. It’s okay. It’s not awful.) This past month has been incredibly emotional, to say the least. I walked through my childhood home for the first time in a few years to find my mother’s sexual abuse mural beacons ripped down, stack after stack of kinky-er images across the walls, and an open,… Continue reading We need to talk

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A car bomb exploded nearby a children’s park in the upper Green Line Road in occupied East Jerusalem early Friday, Israeli police said

Jerusalem’s police director Yoram Halevy said the park is located near a Palestinian Authority (PA) cooperative police center made up of Syrian, Jordanian and Palestinian laborers. He added that the building was labeled as a “UNRWA-built” facility by UNRWA in its Facebook page, but played an active role in Hamas-led reconstruction efforts in the occupied… Continue reading RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A car bomb exploded nearby a children’s park in the upper Green Line Road in occupied East Jerusalem early Friday, Israeli police said

League of Nine For Steven Universe’s Trio How to Grow Your Own Hair Steven Universe is a fun show, and I think a lot of the praise it has gotten, as well as some of the criticisms it has received, comes from people that focus on the gags, and the art, rather than the themes and characters

That’s okay, as long as you’re familiar with the actual premise, and (light spoilers for the final season ahead) the show doesn’t make any assumptions about your emotional responses to the show. However, I wanted to present a few of the themes this show explores, and some explanations of how they tie into the characters’… Continue reading League of Nine For Steven Universe’s Trio

How to Grow Your Own Hair

Steven Universe is a fun show, and I think a lot of the praise it has gotten, as well as some of the criticisms it has received, comes from people that focus on the gags, and the art, rather than the themes and characters