I think I need to cut down on my Pratchett diet as I immediately read that as Bhangbhangduc.
Mine's the one on top of four elephants on a turtle.
SpaceX has opted to spend a few more days checking out its new Falcon 9 following a successful test fire of the rocket on 5 May, but its latest cargo ship enjoyed an uneventful return to Earth. The famously taciturn rocketry outfit was expected to launch the Bangabandhu-1 communications satellite for the Bangladesh …
There are even more incredibly positive stories about Bangladesh.
In 1972 Bangladeshi women had 7 children and life expectancy was just 52. Now they have just 2 children and life expectancy is 73.
Child survival rate is now 97% - hence the small families. This is an absolute transformation in the quality of life for most people in a couple of generations - and sadly it's a story that's not really out there.
Check out Hans Roslings material - particularly the BBC docs, or the current book Factfulness.
No, good old fashioned racism would be the justification they used for slavery, colonization, ethnic cleansing, apartheid and segregation.
Calling everything that can be regarded as intolerant, any hint of lack of cultural understanding, unthoughtful jokes, and using common neutral words of yesterday that has changed meaning today, for racism is a newfangled idea. And quite frankly it is crude.
That doesn't mean we can't discuss what is okay to say, and what is not. Feel free to think joking with names is lame, but would you stand on the barricade if it was a German name? Did you go to arms when John Oliver did a lengthy segment on the presidents last name?
The orbital slot for the satellite is at 119.1 degrees East, which is not suitable to be used from Bangladesh. The government has been hiding this fact for a long time due to political reason. However the TV channel owners (who are mostly ruling party cronies) expressed their concerns that signal would be disrupted even during a very light rain fall let alone heavy monsoon rain.
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