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Is there an RSS feed for the “Recommended Diary” List?

I am planning to build an iPhone application and a Dashboard widget that would allow the user to browse through DKos posts, as well as Recent and Recommended diaries. If I had RSS feeds for all three, it would make the process substantially easier, but I can’t figure out how to find it (I snooped around the source code on the home page of DKos to no avail).

If anyone knows is it exists and what it’s address is, it would be a big help. Even confirmation that it doesn’t exist would be nice.

Thanks, JoshTR.

UPDATE: Ashaman found the link, which is fantastic news (kudos to him).

In response to some of the comments…

> I DO plan to have some sore of additional features, and possibly multiple sites, although the more specific I get, the fewer people there will be that it will be “tailor-made” to. Many people only really browse Daily Kos.

> Although it may not seem it, many people have iPhones and iPod Touches (30 million globally, around half that in the US), which is why I figured it was a good idea to make a convenient tool that allowed users to quickly get right to the RSS feeds on the site. A Dashboard Widget (for Mac users only) seems less popular, only because most people don’t utilize it, or already have handy RSS organizers in them.

> I will be writing this app in my spare time, so don’t expect a “release” in a week or anything. If my application to Apple goes through, I might be able to get it into the iTunes store; otherwise, it will be a download.

> In any case, if you have any questions or ideas, the project is completely open, and you can contact me at vgm10.000@hotmail.com. Thanks!

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3 Things You Didn’t Know about video podcasts (plus, lots of podcast links!)

MSNBC:

Full list of MSNBC podcasts

Countdown with Keith Olberman (m4v)

Hardball with Chris Matthews (m4v)

Meet The Press (m4v)

The Rachel Maddow Show (m4v)

CNN:

Full list of CNN podcasts

CNN Politics Daily (m4v)

Fareed Zakaria GPS (m4v)

Larry King Live (m4v)

Reliable Sources w/ Howie Kurtz (m4v)

Besides Fareed Zakaria, there’s almost nothing on CNN that I care for..

CBS News:

Full list of CBS News podcasts

60 Minutes

PBS:

Full list of PBS podcasts

Bill Moyers Journal (m4v)

Newshour with Jim Lehrer (m4v)

FOX:

just kidding

Alternative:

Democracy Now podcast (mp4)

Real Time with Bill Maher (mp3 & m4v)

YouTube:

Yes, YouTube. It’s not just for keyboard cats. You can get ANY youtube channel as your own personal podcast feed.

There are two ways to do this.

YouTube podcasts method #1: The first way makes use of the YouTube API, but only updates with links back to youtube where you can watch the video. There is a better way, but if you want to do it like this, here’s how:

http://gdata.youtube.com/…

In that link above replace “NAMEOFCHANNEL” with the name of the youtube channel (username) you want to subscribe to. That’s the rss feed for the youtube channel.

YouTube podcasts method #2: But you’re a power user (well, you are now). You want a direct link to the video itself. So use RSS Handler. Enter the URL to a youtube channel, it gives you a feed with direct links to video files.

Oh wait, I’ve already done that for you:

Al Jazeera English

Associated Press (you should use Reuters instead)

Current TV

Firedoglake

Media Matters

Reuters

The New York Times

The Real News

The Whitehouse

The Young Turks

Think Progress

TPMtv

Now, I have a confession. This was actually all a ploy in order to get you to recommend video podcasts to me!!! You didn’t see that one coming, huh? I was going to make this an open thread comment, but I expanded it into a post.

So if you found this helpful, pay up in the comments! Bonus points for alternative news like Democracy Now, or particularly good YouTube channels.

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How to get the eKos (or any) RSS newsfeed on your desktop

Update: The instructions below are for the Yahoo widget. The Google Gadget is better, so I suggest you instead go to this link, and if you don’t have it, get Google Desktop. It’s pretty easy to install.

Google desktop comes with a simple RSS feeder, but it is not as powerful as the Google Reader gadget I link above. The Google Reader gadget requires you to have a Google Reader account, and will ask for your username and password. You can edit your Reader feeds while in your account. Once you have Google Desktop, you will have to go back to the above link to get the Reader gadget.

If you don’t want to mess with the Reader gadget just get Google Desktop by itself.

Once installed, desktop will pop up with a bunch of widgets in a side bar. Just pull the RSS feed gadget out of the dock, and minimize the sidebar. You can edit the feeds in this reader as well; hover over the gadget, use the drop down menu, and click options. If you don’t want to muddle through the rest of this diary, the eKos RSS feed URL is here. Just copy and paste the URL into the text box where it asks for the RSS URL, and remove the feeds you don’t want. h/t to Bink in the comments.

There are many ways to access RSS. Most browsers have support (Chrome doesn’t) for RSS, and can automatically detect feeds. Google Reader also has an RSS interpreter. I’m not going to get into any of that in this diary. I’m going go through, step by step, how I get RSS on my desktop, and hopefully that will be enough to get you going.

Keep in mind that I am using the Firefox web browser in Windows 7. The screenshots and directions may be slightly different in other systems. Also keep in mind that I am going to go through every step, no matter how trivial it seems. More advanced users may want to gloss over some of my instructions.

Follow this weblink to the Multiple RSS Feed Reader. You should see this page pop up:

Click the ‘Get it’ button.

A new window will pop up:

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Unless you already have it, click the ‘supporting software’ link. This should bring up a new tab:

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Click the ‘Get Started Now’ button.

You will now be prompted to save a file. Save it.

Once downloaded, run the executable file (double-click if in Firefox):

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Windows may ask you if you want to run it:

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Click ‘run’.

Now the Yahoo installer should pop up:

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Click ‘Next’. ‘Nother window:

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If you are okay with the installation directory, click next

Yet another window. Pay attention to this one, unless you want your browser settings changed:

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Uncheck both boxes, then hit install. Yahoo will begin installing the widget support software. Once done, you will see another window:

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Click ‘Close’, and the widgets software will start up:

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Accept the license agreement. Then, the flood gates will open:

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Widgets of all kinds will invade your desktop. Sorry about that. Next, we’ll get rid of everything except the rss reader (you can keep them if you want, I don’t)

On the right side of the screen, you will see the widget dock, and a little window next to it. Read it if you like, but press continue.

The dock will shrink, and the text will change in the little window. Read it if you like. Then, press the little x in the top left corner to close it. You can close down the other browser windows if you like (except this one!)

Your screen should look something like this:

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Now, let’s destroy some widgets. Click the little plus in the top right corner of the widget dock, and it should expand:

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See the widget with the Simpsons like character? That is the RSS feeder. Everything else is fair game.

First, right-click on the desktop widgets you want to be rid of, and close them. Once you are done with that, all of the widgets in the dock should be grayed out. Right click (or whatever it is you Mac folks do) on the offending widgets, and click delete. Repeat until you are left with only the Simpsons character.

Much better.

Now, click on the Simpsons character. A window will pop up. Click ‘Use Widget’.

You should see three RSS feed widgets pop up. Don’t worry about them right now. If you don’t want to look at that yellow face all day, you can choose to hide it when you don’t need it. There is a little gear with an arrow next to it in the dock. Click on it to get a drop down menu. Find and click where it says ‘Auto Hide Dock’. The dock will only pop out now when you hover over it.

Things are looking better all the time. Now, we need to get the eKos RSS feed and put it into the widget. To do this, open up the dock by scrolling over the little edge sticking out. Hover your cursor over the Simpsons character, and a little gear should appear. Click on the gear. This pops up the options window for the widget:

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In the text box labeled ‘Add feed:’, copy and paste the following URL: http://www.dailykos.com/…

Click save. The feeds will disappear for a moment, but should then return with eKos along with them (although it is titled Daily Kos). You can drag and drop the feeds wherever you like on the desktop.

You can also adjust the placement of the dock by accessing its settings.

To be rid of the other feeds, follow the instructions in the options menu for deletion. You can only delete one feed at a time.

In the end, your desktop should look something like this:

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Although I accidentally cut off a little bit of the right hand side of that image. If you hover over the titles in the feed, you get a little blurb from the diary, though I wish it would stay longer. You can also stretch the widget, but it doesn’t do word wrap.

Now that you get the idea of RSS, you can look around for better widgets. The RSS widget that comes with Windows 7 is better on its surface, but I couldn’t figure out how to adjust the refresh rate. At one point, it was running several hours behind.

Also, you should be able to do this for any feed you like. For instance, if there is another tag on Daily Kos you want to keep track of, click on that tag in one of the diaries. On the right hand side of the page, there is a button labeled ‘Feed powered by feedburner’. That is the link to that tag’s RSS feed. Other websites may do it differently, but most of them have feeds you can access.

Any questions?

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Getting The Most Out Of Social Networking Sites

The main reason I found them useless was they were yet another online time drain. The industry I work in can change almost daily so I get news via RSS (Real Simple Syndication) feeds in Outlook. About 125 feeds right now about web design, interactive marketing, pay-per-click (PPC) ads, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Content Management Systems (CMS) like WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla, and just marketing in general.

Those help me stay abreast of what is happening in the industry, give me ideas for articles to write for my professional site/blog, and most important of all new ideas to pitch clients. They take a lot of time to go through. I view that time (and we all only have so much time) as better spent then going through Tweets on Twitter, Facebook posts, or growing my network on LinkedIn.

Well my opinion on that has changed almost 24/7 in the last year as I’ve set-up and management Corporate Facebook pages and Twitter accounts for my clients. They can actually be pretty darn effective.

Now I could talk for countless pages and hours on end about how you’d go about using each social networking site from a business point-of-view. But that isn’t the point of this Diary. Instead I want to offer up a few very simple suggestions on how you can make these sites work for you, not against you as a total time drain.

I am going to keep this simple stupid. Three simple suggestions. Three things that are very easy to do and take almost no effort on your part.

The first, which might make sense is don’t follow folks on Twitter or “Friend” people on Facebook that post non-stop or stuff that isn’t of interest to you. I mean I wanted to follow Markos on Twitter, but my gosh the guy just Tweets way too much :).

I also “Defriended” (is that even a word?) a lot of friends and family members on Facebook cause I got sick of hearing them ask me to visit their farm or help them play Mafia Wars. With both sites I found that maybe like 10% of the people I followed accounted for like 75% of the information coming through. That just makes no sense and made the sites almost useless for me.

The second, and maybe the most important suggestion, is take a few hours and find people in your industry that are experts. People you respect. Follow them. I find these folks attend the best conferences, are reading the next “hot” book before anybody else knows about it, trying out a new application I’d never heard of, and just are in the know (for lack of a better phrase).

Once you’ve done these two things you need to go to a third party application (they are all free). The interfaces for Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn just suck. They don’t let you sort and organization information in an effective manner.

I use Yoono. It has a plug-in for Firefox and a desktop application that allows you to get Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger (and many others) all in one application/interface. It is one of those things you have to experience to really get it. But it will drastically change how you use each system. Cause not only does it unify all the services in one place, you can also post to each network from it, and set-up saved searches and create lists to find exactly what you are interested in faster.

Another application is Seesmic. The interface is “prettier” and easy to use then Yoono, but I find it has less features.

I hope some of this information was helpful to regular users of these Social Networking sites or people that have been thinking about using them but have not started. I just can’t stress how implementing these three simple things changed these sites from something I would consider totally useless, to a wealth of information almost overnight.

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‘The Internet’s Own Boy’ Trailer

The Internet’s Own Boy, Brian Knappenberger’s Kickstarter-funded documentary about internet activist and programming pioneer Aaron Swartz.

“From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS, to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron’s story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.”

Along with footage of Swartz himself, the documentary features interviews with close friends, colleagues, and a variety of digital activists, including Cory Doctorow, Ben Wikler, David Segal, Christopher Soghoian, Cindy Cohn, and Senator Ron Wyden, who’s working on an overhaul of the CFAA, dubbed Aaron’s Law.

Available in Theaters and On Demand June 27.

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On Armistice/Remembrance day, someone projected a Swastika on the UK Houses of Parliament. Why?

The image was a protest against the visit of Narendra Modi, the current Prime Minister of India. The stunt was executed by the anti-Modi group Awaaz-UK.org, the projection lasted a few minutes, enough time to take pictures and skedaddle. Much of the British coverage focused on the fact that the projection contained a Swastika, and that too on the day the UK sets aside to commemorate World War II (Armistice day originally commemorated WW-I). The Svastika has symbolized auspiciousness in India and parts of Asia for millenia and the Nazi co-option is largely ignored in the country. This was in London though, and the projection had the letter Om (ॐ) morphing into a Nazi Swastika alongside a picture of Mr. Modi holding a sword aloft and the words “Modi Not Welcome”:

The image was a creation of the Awaaz Network whose aim is to monitor and combat religious hatred in South Asia and the UK. Pulling off visual protest took weeks of planning said Suresh Grover, director of The Monitoring Group that is part of the network. The protest was timed to coincide with the Bihar election results, UK’s Remembrance Day that commemorates the fight against facism and the Second World War, and Modi’s visit. The banner that was finally projected from halfway across Westminster Bridge went up right next to the Remembrance Day poppies on the Big Ben.

The Awaaz Network also had its reasons for choosing the British parliament building. “[Mr Modi]  has always tried to get legitimacy on the world stage by speaking at parliament. Although he is not speaking at parliament, he has been invited to be in parliament by the Speaker of the House and Mr Cameron,” said Grover. “I think it sends a clear message that a large part of the Indian community here reject the politics of hate and intolerance, wherever it takes place – in India, Pakistan, any country in south Asia or this country,”

So the reference was clearly to the Nazi Swastika, and the protest was a comment on the Hindutva movement, which Mr. Modi has been a part of from an early age. The RSS organization, which Mr. Modi joined at the age of eight, was explicitly modeled on European fascist movements. The RSS’s early leaders, Vinayak Savarkar (who created the term Hindutva) and especially Madhav Golwalkar expressed deep admiration for the Nazis, Hitler and their program for dealing with minorities and “purifying” the Aryan nations (which in their mind included India). So the protest was both a reference to the RSS’s deeply controversial past, but also aspects of Mr. Modi’s governing style and attitude towards minorities.

More about “Modimania”, lynchings and elections, and the harassment of human-rights organizations below the orange rangoli.

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Undeniable: Satellites Get Inconvenient

Two things just happened that should prove to be problems for deniers. Having long staked their arguments against climate action on the satellite temperature record—which doesn’t show as much warming as global combined land and sea surface measurements—deniers will soon be forced to concoct a new argument.

This is because Roy Spencer, keeper of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) satellite record, announced on March 1 that February broke the record for the hottest monthly anomaly since the satellites went up in 1978. At the same time, Carl Mears and the Remote Sensing Systems (RSS) team revised their satellite data to correct for errors regarding the time and place at which the satellites took temperature measurements, which resulted in a clear upward trend in the RSS record.

So just as deniers were once again celebrating the supposed confirmation of the pause, their preferred data sets betrayed them. For RSS, the mid-troposphere temperature trend since 1979 is now 0.125°C per decade, up from 0.078°C per decade. As for UAH, February’s record-breaking spike reached 0.83°C, which means deniers will have a much harder time cherry-picking trendlines to show a pause. Of course, this doesn’t mean deniers won’t try.

Though maybe they’ll adopt the slightly more honest position, which Spencer recently outlined in a quote to Jason Samenow: “There has been warming. The question is how much warming there’s been and how does that compare to what’s expected and what’s predicted.” The next big talking point for deniers, then, may be to question how well the models have done in capturing how much warming we’ve seen.

So how do the models compare to observations? As one recent study shows, they’re basically spot on. But for now, we’ll just sit back and wait for Lamar Smith to subpoena Roy Spencer’s emails…

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The terrible truths of our existence.

A man and a 15 year old boy were killed, allegedly by “cow protection activists” in Jharkhand, India.

Back in October, I wrote about a man, Mohammed Akhlaq, who was killed by a mob that suspected he had eaten beef.

On FridayMazlum Ansari (32), and Imteyaz Khan (15), were found dead hanging from a tree in Jharkhand in Eastern India. They had left that morning with 8-12 buffaloes for a cattle trading fair. Along the way, they were stopped, beaten and hung by a mob. Photos of the lynching were widely published in the Indian press.

Local police have arrested five men for the murders and suggested theft was a motive. The buffaloes would have been worth a few thousand dollars. Complicating this story is that fact that all five of the men arrested for the murder are Hindus, and the victims are Muslim. One of the men arrested, Mithilesh Sahu, is part of a local vigilante Gau Raksha Samiti (Cow Protection Society).

Such societies have spent years agitating for “beef bans” and have assaulted people suspected of eating beef or selling cows to slaughter. Over the past year alone, mobs have beaten to death a Muslim truck driver said to be transporting cattle, and beaten to death a Muslim man they believe was about to steal a calf. 

The slaughter of cows is illegal across much of India since many states have passed laws against it. Buffalo do not enjoy such strong protection and their slaughter for meat is still largely legal. The right-wing BJP government which holds power in the center has allies in the Hindutva movement that actively support the “beef ban” agenda and sponsor many of the vigilante groups.

Accusations of beef-eating have a long history in Indian politics. India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru (a Kashmiri Hindu) was accused of eating beef and being soft on beef-eaters by his political opponents. Nehru himself had used the claim that British colonial troops “cannot live without beef” to garner support among Indians for the political movement he helped lead. He opposed bans on cow slaughter arguing that India was a composite society. Nevertheless, numerous laws discouraging or prohibiting the slaughter of cows were passed under left-wing governments led by Nehru’s Congress party. The Indian constitution directs the state to prevent the slaughter of cows and there were large-scale protests against cow-slaughter in the 60s. The cow-protection vigilante societies date back to the 1870s and have always been enmeshed in the broader politics of the time. During the election campaign that brought Mr. Modi to power, he campaigned against what he called a “pink revolution” that has made India the largest exporter of beef in the world (mostly buffalo). Several students at one of India’s elite universities (Jawaharlal Nehru University), including the head of the student union were arrested over political speeches and demonstrations earlier this year. One of the most damning accusations leveled against them by the right, was that they were “anti-national” since they allegedly ate beef. Despite common misconceptions, this is not unusual in India. Many people, including numerous Hindu communities eat beef.

In this particular instance, multiple motives may be at play. Mr. Sahu reportedly told the police he believed the cattle were being sold for slaughter and called on several associates to help detain the traders. Within the warped mind-set of cow-protection fervor, this is legitimizes the lynching. Relatives of the victims report that the cow protection societies in the area have spent the past ten years trying to persuade and threaten cattle-traders to exit the trade. Though it is equally likely that some of the suspects used the opportunity to settle old scores, others might have been motivated by the opportunity to steal the buffaloes, and others might well have been driven by general animus towards Muslims.

Such a mix of motives is a staple of political/nationalist/racial mob violence. It’s the same political recipe, with regional flavor applied as needed. So this lynching is in many ways similar to murders and pogroms that targeted many peoples, but primarily black men and boys across America. It is also similar to violence against Indonesians of Chinese descent, anti-Irish sentiment, the dispossession and persecution of Rohingya in Myanmar, the Hutu-Tutsi conflict, the persecution of Jews across Eastern Europe, violence against LGBT people in Latin America and elsewhere, and the distrust and hatred that follows the Roma

Hatred of the other, religious fervor, plunder and ethno-nationalism in their various forms drive such violence. Sexual assaults and rape follows this toxic mix just as surely as night follows day.

Politicians through the ages have used ethno-nationalist-racist-religious sentiment to garner support. Always, they have tried to ride this tiger to power, damn the consequences. Some do this more openly than others. The effects are worse in some cases, but universally terrible for the poor, the marginalized and the other.

The BJP rides this tiger in India, supported by its Hindutva allies including the Bajrang Dal, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), and Shiv Sena. The politics of division and ethno-nationalism requires both soft and hard-line proponents. Such a mix of individuals allows the hardliners to appeal to outright bigots, while more presentable faces practice a softer form of bigotry. A third group will make appeals based on unrelated matters, often the effectiveness of authoritarian methods to deliver material growth. 

If this sounds familiar to you, that is not accidental. America, like all human societies, is not immune to the appeal of forces that stoke deep-seated fears and tribal sentiment. At various times, the Democratic and Republican parties have practiced the politics of division, attempting to set people against people. In our recent past, the Republican party has been the primary home for such forces.

Today, we are witness to a master class in how one individual can stoke hard and soft bigotry simultaneously by talking out of both sides of their mouth. The pattern is the same, stoke hatred, encourage violence (openly or tacitly), disavow responsibility for mob violence, rinse, repeat. We watch this with the fascination of amnesiacs who seem to believe this is somehow novel, unusual or imported. It is none of that.

Those who under-estimate Donald Trump have, in my view, failed to fully confront what RFK called “the terrible truths of our existence”.

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LARGE Aryan Supremacist Convention in Chicago (ACTION)

While we organize against the outright Nazis, extreme right-wingers, bigots in our political system, we have lost sight of similar ideologies being imported from elsewhere in the world.

The World Hindu Congress is being organized in Chicago, September 7-9, 2018. The stated purpose of WHC 2018 is: “…a global platform for Hindus to connect, share ideas, inspire one another, and impact the common good”. The real objective of World Hindu Congress, however, is to legitimize and embolden the hate groups affiliated with India’s fearsome Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS, to raise funds and to network internationally to further push their agenda of hate and violence.

Officially, the World Hindu Congress is being organized by the World Hindu Foundation (based in Gurgaon, India). But going through the names of WHC’s Organizing Committee, it becomes amply clear that the real organization behind the event is Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America or “VHPA” (World Hindu Council of America), along with the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh or HSS, the official U.S. arm of the RSS.

“VHPA” is the American arm of the nefarious Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), an RSS affiliate organization whose role in various incidents of communal violence in India is very well documented. VHP is also officially classified as a “militant religious organization” by the CIA. The parent organization of the VHP, the RSS, and its followers have been known to be ardent admirers of Nazis and especially of Hitler. The second chief of RSS, late M.S. Golwalkar wrote in his seminal book ‘We or Our Nationhood Defined’ – “…German race pride has now become the topic of the day. To keep up the purity of the race and its culture, Germany shocked the world by her purging the country of the Semitic Races – the Jews … a good lesson for us in Hindustan for us to learn and profit by.”.

Brother Subir wrote an excellent diary [look at the powerful picture on top it] about the alarming increase in lynchings in India (the vast majority of it is unreported).  The VHP is behind this trend. The VHP and its sister organization, Bajrang Dal have a long track record of intimidation of minorities, incitement of hatred and violence, and are linked to many acts of terror in India which have been documented by the Indian and international media, as well as Indian and international human rights organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, etc. The political party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)  is the political arm of the RSS. Since the BJP came to power in India in 2014, there have been 100+ mob lynchings of minorities, including members of Dalit and indigenous communities by these extremist organizations under the guise of “cow protection”. In most of these instances, the perpetrators are roaming free while the victims, if they survive the lynchings, are being harassed with trumped-up cases for consuming or transporting beef.

ACTION:

Tulsi Gabbard, who was originally listed as “chairperson” for this event, has, finally -— after months of pressure — quietly disassociated herself from this event.  Unfortunately democratic congressman Raja Krishnamoorthy from the Chicago suburbs has not. He plans to share the stage with the “supreme leader” of the RSS, Mohan Bhagawat.

PLEASE call him today:

Raja DC Office: Phone: (202) 225-3711

Raja Schaumburg Office: (847) 413-1959

Ask him to dissociate himself with such a divisive organization. He needs to walk away publicly.

Can you please call today, and leave a comment that you have done so?