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Category: About me

List of Facebook pages and groups that I operate

Given Facebook’s shameful behaviour, I now need to start making arrangements to ensure that my pages and groups don’t blank out the moment Facebook dictators decide whimsically to, once again, disable my account on any random pretext.

This is a starting point of this journey to recover and restore my intellectual property on Facebook. I do not trust this unethical organisation any more.

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PAGES

A proven cure for RSI by a patient who suffered acutely

Absolute Freedom of Speech

Absolute Freedom of Speech

Ambedkar the great Indian – not Dalit

Anti-Hindutva

Better Regulation

Boycott NDTV – the paid stooges of Rahul Gandhi

Capital Punishment

Chanakya, India’s greatest economist20+

Economics for children

End religion, bring peace

Eye strain – the sure cure

Eye strain

Fix Australia’s broken justice system

Freedom First

Freedom Team of India

FTI Outreach – North East India

Glimpses of Vedic Metaphysics

Go, India

Gopal Krishna Gokhale, a great Indian liberal

Heel pain – sure cure

Honouring Hemant and Kavita Karkare

India Against Crony Capitalism

India Against Socialism

India is sorry, Michaela Cross, and WILL change

India Policy Institute

India Policy Update (a magazine of the India Policy Institute)

Indians For Liberty

Indians of Melbourne

Infinite Fusion Energy

Innovation and entrepreneurship

International Indian Economists Association1

John Lilburne and the Levelllers

Julian Simon, the great liberal

Junk science

Live forever

Minoo Masani a great Indian liberal

Notes on economics

Origin of life, and Evolution

Rajaji – the great Indian liberal

Right to Pee – no joking, this is serious stuff

Sanjeev Sabhlok’s health notes

Save the Indian vulture

Scientific Hinduism

Society for Empowerment Service Training and Awareness – Australia

Sone Ki Chidiya

Stop racism against North East Indians

Swarna Bharat Party

Tennis lessons

The robotic age is upon us

The truth about climate change

Thomas B Macaulay, the great promoter of science and liberty

(SOME) GROUPS

Breaking Free of Nehru – a book by Sanjeev Sabhlok

Citizens Government

Classical liberals and libertarians on Facebook

Collaborative Economy

F.A. Hayek – the great liberal

Hindu Capitalism – a book by Sanjeev Sabhlok

Honoring Milton Friedman (1912-2006)

The Discovery of Freedom – a book by Sanjeev Sabhlok

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Defensive steps against the risk of Facebook unilaterally, without reason, removing one’s content

I must say, that the FB disabling experience [here and here] (along with their blocking my ads without any justification – here, here, here and here ) has made me consider broadening my social media presence outside FB. These guys run a dictatorship. They can potentially, one fine day, unilaterally destroy intellectual property that’s taken years to build.

I often put down some initial thoughts on various topics on FB, then refine these on my blog; and finally include some of the material in my manuscripts.

Defensive steps:
Step 1: Take backups of FB data regularly
Step 2: Get a trusted person to be an administrator of one’s FB pages/ groups
Step 3: Copy FB notes to a blog/ elsewhere; for later use. Never the URL alone: FB can make the content disappear
Step 4: Use Google+ and other alternatives more actively (I now gather that Reddit could be a good, functional alternative)

ADDENDUM

Facebook has been pretty nasty – all my pages disabled; now have to re-publish each of them one by one. For sure, Facebook has some significant ethical problems.

ADDENDUM: ADVERTISING RECORD WIPED OUT

I had spent well over $2000 on advertising on Facebook. Since they disabled (and then re-enabled) my account, all records of my earlier advertising have disappeared.

I’m sorry, this is not the kind of organisation one should spend money on.

I’m going to take my advertising dollars elsewhere.

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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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