Dan Goodman's prediction and politics journal.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

By Philip Ball
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
520 pp., $27

Equations for traffic and marriage
Philip Ball argues that human behavior follows the laws of physics in surprising and illuminating ways
By Jonathon Keats

Note: Anyone interested in this might want to google on "econophysics" for another way of
applying the same assumptions.

CHENNAI: Accepting defeat, for the first time, to her three years of governance, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday reversed almost all her policies, which the opposition campaigned as "anti-people" policies.

These include the withdrawal of the anti-conversion law, withdrawal of cases against the government employees and her political rivals under TESMA, withdrawal of defamation cases against the media, restoration of free power to farmers, returning the egg to the noon-meal scheme and other common issues.

Note: The anti-conversion law fits neatly with Hindu nationalism; she appears to have been part of the Hindu nationalist coalition which was recently defeated on the national level, and had losses in various states. Trying to put opponents and insufficiently obedient government employees in prison is what might be expected of a petty tyrant, as is suing the media for defamation. Removing eggs from the equivalent of school lunches probably has something to do with their being religiously incorrect.

But I have no idea why she deprived the farmers of free electricity.
From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 18-May-2004
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
U of T study finds music teachers at risk of hearing loss
Noise levels music teachers are exposed to during teaching periods could damage the inner ear.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Canada Foundation for Innovation
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