Kanthan's blog

What a Blinken idiot…

21 January 2022 — Let's make one thing clear before I start on my tirade. I love the United States of America. The country embraced me, gave me an education second to none, and the wonderful friendships I made then endure to this day. If I start going through a list of influential people I...

China’s middle finger to Biden

20 January 2022 — Data from the General Administration of Chinese Customs shows China imported more than 1,78 million barrels of Iranian crude oil last month.  Some perspective: China’s daily consumption is 14,23 million barrels . The fuel bought from Iran is amounts to 3% of one day’s...

It's okay...

19 January 2022 — It's okay to not carry a gun but support gun rights. It's okay to not be gay but support gay rights. It's okay to be an atheist but support religious freedom. It's okay to believe in charity but oppose a welfare state. It's okay to be anti-abortion but support a woman's...

The theme from Harry's game

19 January 2022 — Harry, grandson of the UK monarch,  is challenging a government decision that he should not receive police protection when in the UK — even if he covers the costs himself. As a result of reading that story, I've got an earworm of the theme from Harry's Game.  (Lovely...

The problem with news censorship

18 January 2022 — Did you know that Donald Trump held a rally in Florence, Arizona, on Saturday night?  I only knew this because I briefly logged in to Gettr to check updates from people who have been deplatformed on Twitter.  (Fas est et ab hoste doceri, as Ovid put it.) I was curious as to...

Most labour laws are too old for the gig economy

16 January 2022 — It's been a while since I made use of any ride hailing service — late 2019 to be exact. That changed in December 2021 when I dropped my mother's car off for a valet service and needed a lift back home. This time around, I used Bolt. It turned out that my Bolt driver also...

10 things you need to know about the Vagina Spice

16 January 2022 — 1. It's the second most expensive spice in the world, hitting a high of $600 per kilogram in 2018 and currently trading at around $567/kg. 2. The Totonac people native to the east coast of Mexico cultivated the pods from which the spice is derived around the 15th century....

'Judge not, lest ye be judged'

15 January 2022 — I had a flashback earlier this week to the killing of Trayvon Martin. It was at the point at which the United States could potentially have degenerated into the type of chaos that followed the murder of George Floyd. Why did this not happen? I'm convinced it was the...

The 10 things you need to know about Nigeria's New Year massacres...

14 January 2022 — Nigeria yesterday lifted a ban on Twitter  which has been in place since 4 June 2021. The ban came about because Twitter removed this tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari: "Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that...

Want to get rid of your reading glasses? R50 per day will do it.

13 January 2022 — Most of us might not know the word "presbyopia", but most of us will suffer from it at some point. As we get older, our eyes lose elasticity of the lens, which makes focussing on near objects more difficult. The solution to this problem for most us is to get reading glasses...

The ten second rule of the microwave

12 January 2022 — If your office has a shared kitchen, chances are that the microwave oven is in use for most of the day; warming up food, warming up coffee, making noodles… I've noticed a pattern; most of the time when I get to the microwave, the timer shows 9 seconds left. Why? My theory...

The top ten things you need to know about Kazakhstan right now

11 January 2022 — We are not seeing much of this in western media, but this is the most important story in the world right now. Here's why: 1.     Riots broke out following removal of price controls on fuel which saw prices of petrol, diesel, and LNG double. 2.     These are “mostly...