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A second report on advertising revenues on this blog: around 100 AUD per month

On 13 February 2012 (see this) I provided my first public report on adsense advertising revenues from this blog. On 22 November 2013 I reported receiving my first payment from google.

Since early 2014 I decided to learn a bit more and installed adsense on the various sub-domains. As a result, there were a few months last year when revenues exceeded $100 (AUD) a month. This year, however, most months have received revenues of around $100.

The ad revenue chart below (June 2014 to June 2015) shows an average of around $100 per month (click for larger image).

Note that this particular blog doesn't get much revenues, with most of its readership being located in India. Indian adsense revenues (per click) are a tiny fraction of US/Western country adsense revenues. Most readers on my 'technical' and 'eyestrain' subdomains are from the West, and I receive more per click from them – even though total visits on those subdomains are a fraction of the visits to this blog.

I've now broken even with all (undiscounted) costs of running this blog and numerous other domains (for over around 15 years, in all – including very heavy costs in the initial years, when domains cost nearly $100 per year). However, it will take 15 more years to offset my significant health costs (RSI, eyestrain) arising from intensive typing/ computer work.

Tax treatment? I've concluded based on preliminary research that this "income" should be treated as hobby income. So, I believe that this income is not taxable till I cross around $3-5K per year – at which stage I'll consult a tax adviser.

RECOMMENDATION

Google adsense may well be a racket (as it doesn't pay till a minimum amount is accumulated) but if you put in some work you could offset your costs of running a blog.

I would recommend that all Indian classical liberals set up their own blogs.

Of course, I could have earned far more by writing for established newspapers, but I don't intend to do so for some more time. I want to continue researching various policy and political positions. Plus, independence is a key value to me. I don't write to please others. I write as I please.

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Regarding a fraudulent DMCA notice from a fakester, Madhan Raju from Chennai

This man Madhan Raju has been spamming me by email with a ridiculous copyright "notice". He posted this fake message also on various blog posts. I deleted all of them. His emails are set to auto-delete.

But as a result of this ridiculous man's fake messages, my ISP has taken down my blog post on Swami Suddhananda on the ground that they are obliged to do so under the law. I now have to issue a counter-notice, thus wasting my time. 

I decided to check with Samvit Sagar Trust, the copyright owner of Swami Suddhananda's books. This is the message I received a while ago, today. Through this blog post I challenge the fakester Madhan Raju to prove that he has ANY authority from Swami Suddhananda to send out his messages to me and to my ISP. I'll also send him an email, and will post his reply publicly. I want to get a SIGNED COPY OF THE AUTHORITY LETTER FROM SWAMI SUDDHANANDA IN FAVOUR OF THIS MAN – USING SWAMI SUDDHANANDA'S EMAIL ID (WHICH I HAVE) – OR MADHAN RAJU MUST BE PREPARED TO BE KNOWN PUBLICLY AS AN IMPOSTER.

RESPONSE FROM SAMVIT SAGAR TRUST:

Today, 4 hours ago

Dear Sir,

Namaste,

Thank you for kind information. This letter or the writer has nothing to do with us. Swamiji holds you in high esteem and has often talked about your intellectual honesty. Our suggestion will be to ignore the letter. In case we, Sir, come to know anything about it, we shall keep you informed.

Thanking you,

For
Samvit Sagar Trust

[Name withheld]

===THE BOGUS DMCA MESSAGE FROM THE MISCHIEF MAKER, MADHAN RAJU. The bogus man's IP is 1.39.60.163 ===

My name is Madhan Raju SP and I am the CYBER CRIME INVESTIGATOR (LEGAL) of IDEA CYBER TECHNOLOGY. A website that your company hosts (according to WHO.IS and DMCA.COM information) is harassment infringing against motivational harassment (abuse) of my client.

The harassment infringing web content can be found at below website link:

· http://www.sabhlokcity.com/2011/07/the-witty-and-plain-speaking-indian-monk-swami-suddhananda/

This letter is official notification under Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”), and I seek the removal of the aforementioned infringing material from your servers. I request that you immediately notify the infringer of this notice and inform them of their duty to remove the infringing material immediately, and notify them to cease any further posting of infringing material to your server in the future.

Please also be advised that law requires you, as a service provider, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receiving this notice. Under US DMCA law a service provider, such as yourself, enjoys immunity from a copyright lawsuit provided that you act with deliberate speed to investigate and rectify ongoing harassment infringement. If service providers do not investigate and remove or disable the infringing material this immunity is lost. Therefore, in order for you to remain immune from a harassment infringement action you will need to investigate andultimately remove or otherwise disable the infringing material from your servers with all due speed should the direct infringer, your client, not comply immediately.

I am providing this notice in good faith and with the reasonable belief that rights against my client are being infringed. Under penalty of perjury I certify that the information contained in the notification is both true and accurate, and I have the authority to act on behalf of my client of the involved in content.

Should you wish to discuss this with me please contact me directly to my email for detailed explanation about this harassment infringement.

Thank you.

Madhan Raju S P

Chennai

Tamilnadu-600017

South India
9962163722
madhanraju2014@gmail.com

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The magic of Vicks VapoRub, olive oil, aloe vera, KCl and extreme stretching

Just thought I'd summarise the few things that have helped me reduce physical pain and inconvenience, and save thousands of dollars in doctor visits/ tests and charges. I've addressed these elsewhere but perhaps not included olive oil yet. Let me explain, briefly:

1) Vicks Vaporub: I developed a fungus type problem in my big toe, perhaps from the swimming pool. A stupid "skin specialist" tried his level best to waste my time and money – with zero results. I applied Vicks vaporub for a few weeks and viola, the entire problem disappeared. I now generally apply Vicks vaporub quite liberally – to any skin-related issue. It works.

2) Aloe vera: I developed some painful sharp cuts in the skin (in an embarrassing place) for which the doctor advised some pretty strong medicine. Nothing happened. Medicine failed. I tried the sap from a fresh aloe vera leaf and within a day the skin healed. Aloe vera works. I've tried it henceforth for similar trouble and it works ALWAYS. Without fail.

3) Olive oil: I developed some crumbs of white on my face some time ago – flaking skin. Dry etc. Went to doctors for opinion, they gave strong cortisoids. One didn't work, so tried another. No effect. Asked a pharmacist. He gave some other brand of some similar strong medicine. Nothing worked. (btw, Vicks Vaporub or Aloe Vera also didn't work – although they seemed to assist). Finally, tried olive oil. Worked like magic. Within weeks, the flaking has almost entirely disappeared. Further, there is this costly medicine that allegedly helps reduce ear wax. One fine day I tried olive oil, instead. I thought it worked well. In fact, it seems to work like magic. 

4) Potassium Chloride (KCl): This one I've written about relatively recently – about the heart specialist who gave me some terrible medicine called beta blocker for some random, fast heart palpitations (mostly while playing tennis). After reading up and thinking about it, I decided to try KCl to supplement my diet (to try to mimic the K-Na ratio of paleo diets) along with a banana a day. This has worked beautifully. The frequency of the palpitations had dropped very significantly. I've decided to escalate my supplementation of KCl to around 2-3 gms per day.

5) Extreme stretching: YOGA IS USELESS. After getting extreme RSI I spent a lot of time doing yoga, and in mild stretches. BOGUS. No point doing any mild stretch. When your muscles get really sore, you need EXTREME STRETCHING. By now my RSI (which had reached a level that is perhaps unprecedented) and my eyestrain (which again, is definitely unprecedented) – both driven by my extreme typing/reading/writing – have almost disappeared. Not because of yoga but because of extreme stretches. I will perhaps write about these extreme stretches one day, time permitting. 

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Provide me with a **clean** audit report of Sone Ki Chidiya Federation or treat this as my resignation from FTI/SKCF/SBP

In 2005 I ended my efforts to reform India's governance. 

Somehow, this got revived in end-2007.

It may now be nearing time to end my revived efforts. Things have come to an INTOLERABLE pass. I can cope with all kinds of issues but I can't cope with financial failures.

Soke Ki Chidiya Federation (SKCF) collected a fair amount of money in its first year – around Rs.10 lakhs I think. Much of it for Uttarakhand flood relief.

The effort on the ground It was managed directly by FTI members – who I thought (and continue to think – that most) are paragons of integrity. I trusted them FULLY. I raised funds for the floods on social media, I cautioned the members each time they withdrew money that proper records should be maintained. 

The 2013-14 accounts should have been audited by June 2014. It is now March 2015. The draft report of the auditor has noted:

(a)    Details of payment made to Beneficiaries through one Volunteer has not been produced before us amounting to Rs 50,000. 
(d)    Proof of Other towards Administrative Expenses have not been provided to us .

(e)    Details of PAN,, Address and other details of some of the Donors not provided to us. [My comment: The bank is responsible – and SKCF should send a letter to the bank]

All I'm now saying is this: If I don't get to see a CLEAN audit of SKCF within the next 10 days (by 15 March latest), I'm going to announce the names of those who have betrayed my trust and the trust of those who committed funds to this organistation at my behest. I will then resign from all organisations I've created and end my relationship with India permanently.

I can deal all kinds of challenges, both physical and mental, but I can't compromise my reputation. I will NOT be involved with an organisation that can't spend people's money diligently and provide an audit report in a timely manner. 

I don't think any money was embezzled, but that's not the point. Such damning accounts indicate shoddiness and carelessness with people's money. 

For nearly one year I've been literally screaming (inside the organistation) demanding an audit, begging that those who took money provide receipts. But my appeals have fallen on deaf ears.

In that case there is no basis for me to be involved with India any more. With this post I'm publishing my final protest against this shoddy accounting practice. I OBJECT to FTI members who have deplorably failed the donors, and me. TOTAL accountability is the first principle of liberty. It is just not good enough to take people's money and not provide detailed and proper receipts. IN A TIMELY MANNER.

This is my last and final call.

I don't want excuses. I want people to submit the receipts or otherwise acceptable vouchers to the auditor.

The final and clean audit should be sent to me by 15 March by Anil Sharma. I will not be reading any FTI/SKCF/SBP email nor responding to ANYONE from FTI on any issue. Anil Sharma should call me before 15 March, with a clean audit report. If not, please treat this as a resignation from FTI/ SKCF/ SBP. 

My reputation and integrity is MORE important to me – by an order of magnitude – than India.

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India’s deeply racist underbelly exposed: by an Australian daughter-in-law of India

Someone has posted this comment on my blog. I think it deserves wider discussion among Indians across the world. I can vouch for the fact that Indians socialise in Australia ONLY with other Indians. 

First I want to say that saying someone is racist because they want to have lighter skin is ridiculous. People with dark skin want light skin and people with light skin want tans. Wanting light skin does not mean you are racist to dark skinned people and does not mean a love of white people. And offering service to white people holidaying in Indian above other people is also not loving white people – it is trying to get the most money out of a wealthy foreigner.

Why does this make me mad? Because I am white and all I see in articles like this is that Indians dislike Africans etc and like whites. Indians hate whites too. They hate everyone who is not Indian. This is a generalization of course, but non racist Indians seem to be few and far between.

They are amongst the most racist people in the world today. And most deny it and get all uppity because god forbid someone should point out a problem with India. I have many Indian friends, but the racism comes through even in the best of them.

I am not racist, before you say so. I am married to an Indian – a wonderful man. This is how I know how racist they are and how frustrated I am that all you people think you are either not or are because you like “white”.

Let me ask you, how many Indian parents are comfortable with the idea of their child marrying a white person?

The treatment myself, and my husband, receive from his fellow countrymen is a disgrace, even his family are a disgrace. Here in Australia, more than once we have seen Indian parents literally herd their children away from us like we are a vicious virus to be avoided at all costs. God forbid an Indian child should be exposed to the indecency of a happy interracial couple! How dare a good Indian boy marry an evil slut gorian!

And the worst thing about it, is I have to listen to his Indian friends talk about racism towards them, which frankly none of them have ever experienced. I can’t tell them about my experiences with Indians because I’m white and that would make me racist towards Indians – ironically enough. As my brother in law once said “It’s not racism if your talking about a white person”.

Australia is a multicultural country and if you go to any function you will see all manner of cultures. Not so at functions organised by Indians. Even the young ones born here only seem to have friends that are other Indians. Every single person there will be Indian. It’s really pretty sick. Only my husband had the guts to call a stop to that ridiculous behaviour – although he feels lucky not to have been disowned by his family for doing so. He had to listen to them say the most horrible things about me and my family, when they had never met any of us, just because our skin is white.

So please, sir, I applaud that you are trying to get Indian people to see their racist ways and change. But stop saying they love white people. They don’t. They love Indian people. Maybe they love Indian people with light skin more. But they love Indian people and everyone else is beneath them.

MY COMMENT;

This is a useful insight. Note that I NEVER said that Indians “love white people”. No! Leaving aside a few exceptions (and such exceptions are now becoming more common), they also have two other characteristics: a) caste and b) “anti-colonial” bigotry.

They will fawn on the “white” but never marry (although the probability of their marrying a white person is higher their than marrying a black African) since that would mean going outside their “caste” and would expose them to the charge that they are marrying into a “colonial” oppressor’s “race”.

All said and done, a very unfortunate situation. 

The only remedy – perhaps – is greater liberty and prosperity. As the caste system then dissipates and people gain self-respect (yes, most Indians don’t have self-respect – which partly explains their behaviour), they will start looking at others as INDIVIDUALS not on the basis of the most superficial (and irrelevant) characteristic: skin colour.

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