If I should have a daughter, instead of mom, she's going to call me Point B,
because that way she knows that no matter what happens, at least she can always find her way to me. And I am going to paint the Solar Systems on the backs of her hands, so she has to learn the entire universe before she can say 'Oh, I know that like the back of my hand' And she's going to learn that this life will hit you, hard, in the face, wait for you to get back up, just so we can kick you in the stomach but getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air.
a random list of things. 1.Indians sometimes
prefer to abort a fetus if they find out that it's female. (Or they just kill
the new born baby after it's born.) 2.There are more than 20
million babies born in India. EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR. 3.Child labor is so
commonplace in India that few notice it or consider it out of the ordinary.
Kids work as waiters or dishwashers in roadside restaurants. Sometimes, kids
ferry tea to the local police station from a nearby roadside tea stall. 4.Massive numbers of
kids and younger and adult women are employed as maids in middle class to rich
households. Middle class houses might pay 200 rupees to a female who comes and
washes the dishes. Rich houses might employ women permanently by paying them
more. 5.Cars in the Indian
cities are washed in the morning by car-washers who tend to be young men who
get paid around 100 to 200 rupees per month for this service. 6.India is home to some
crazily competitive exams. The IIT JEE and the IIM CAT have …
This seems to me to be the defining journalism-whistle-blower story of this generation.
It's rare in today's world when privileged people voluntarily choose to take steps whereby they give up comfortable lives to do something that is in the 'public good.'
Mr. Snowden was clearly a computer whiz which explains why he got jobs at the CIA (including postings in Geneva under diplomatic cover). Booz Allen obviously did not hire him or pay him the $1,20,000 salary without Mr. Snowden showcasing some considerable technical expertise.
I believe Mr. Snowden's expertise probably lies in having deep expertise in various flavors of Linux. That is what I am inclined to infer from his various job roles as a 'Systems Engineer' or 'System Administrator.' Being the self-driven sort of person that he was, I am sure he must be having good knowledge about networking and encryption stuff including but not limited to Cisco routers and related technologies.
To put these t…