Could the caste system have originated from the Harappans? Indians have an uncomfortable relationship with the sanitary system. We have permitted and even justified manual scavenging. A place where the latrine is not connected to the drainage system and so humans have to come into the back alleys of homes, clear excrement from toilets, and then carry it out of the village. Those who were forced to do this job as part of caste duties and karma were called ‘untouchables’. They were not even given respect for the forced service extracted for the benefit of the community. It is ironic then that India has the privilege of the oldest and most sophisticated sewer system seen anywhere in the world. The Harappan civilisation thrived in northwest India 4,500 years ago. It had over five major cities, 100 towns and 1,000 villages, with a population of five million. This was 20 per cent of the world’s population, 4,000 years ago. They had a sanitation system. Every house had a … [Read more...] about Who is a Hindu? Dark secrets of the sewers of Harappa
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Amazon told CNN that relying on user reviews to uncover faulty products is insufficient, saying that it also looks at sales history and customer service contacts when looking for a problem. "Using customer reviews alone to conclude a product is unsafe or imply there's a widespread issue is misleading," an Amazon rep told CNN in a statement. However, CNN also found at least 10 reports filed with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regarding eight different dangerous or faulty AmazonBasics products. Amazon, however, has only ever conducted two official recalls on AmazonBasics goods. … [Read more...] about Price gouging and defective products rampant on Amazon, reports find
But for now, short of the return of an extended level 4 lockdown, it is hard to imagine what will bring pause to the housing market, especially as two new factors will come into play next year. Banks will eventually ease lending criteria, and (presumably) the rollout of vaccination will lead us to anticipate an economic uplift from the return of tourists. … [Read more...] about Where’s that housing downturn we talked about?