Kamala Harris flames out: Black people didn trust her, and they were wise not toEven though Barack Obama surprisingly won Iowa in 2008, Harris struggled to gain support in the small, mostly white state whose African American population is a whopping 3.8%. All that may be true, but it misses the most important part of […]

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Speaking optimistically Hindutva has its geographical limits. It cannot spread easily beyond the boundaries of urban, semi westernized India. It cannot penetrate southern India where Hinduism is more resilient, where it is more difficult to project on to the Muslim the feared and unacceptable parts of one own self. Having come from a more resort, […]

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It’s a shift reflected in the current look at me trends retro, vintage inspired frames, chunky tortoise shells and geometric shapes that attract rather than deflect attention and reinforced by the laundry list of fashion focused brands with a presence in the eyewear arena. These include high end European luxury labels like Prada, Giorgio Armani […]

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In the context of Information Retrieval (IR) from text documents, the term weighting scheme (TWS) is a key component of the matching mechanism when using the vector space model (VSM). In this paper we propose a new TWS that is based on computing the average term occurrences of terms in documents and it also uses […]

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Hammett was writing from experience. Following a series of dead end jobs, he worked as a detective in 1920s San Francisco one of his high profile cases was the Fatty Arbuckle rape trial. But ill health (Hammett caught tuberculosis while serving in the US army during the First World War) made detective work increasingly hard, […]

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It is much later, after my first visit to that city, that her enthusiastic response to Las Vegas struck me as being, far from anomalous, all too spirited and reasonable. The astrologer wouldn say whether his mother veered towards the casino, but many legendary figures of Hindu mythology have not been averse to this indulgence. […]

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Yeltsin, for instance, may be lampooned on the “Puppets” broadcast, but he has failed to inspire the rich, elaborate yarns that people here love. “Despite the comic nature of Yeltsin, he has never been the object of any good political jokes” of the traditional kind, Grachevsky observes. “He drinks. You can now decide what you […]

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Satyajit Ray remained a strong presence on the Bengali cultural scene all throughout his life. In 1947 he had founded the Calcutta Film Society with Chidananda Das Gupta. Though in the West he is known only as a film maker, his reputation in his native Bengal extends to a great many other spheres. He squeezes […]

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