Wednesday, June 13, 2018

North Korea under the US sphere of influence - who loses? Russia, China & to a lesser extent, Japan and South Korea

North Korea needs US technology to improve the quality of life of their citizens, more than the US needs anything from there. So for nuclear disarmament they will benefit enormously from US aid, which to the US is pea nuts but the poor 25M North Koreans it’s a shit load of money.

A dictatorship is better able with US help to impose a development model without leaving it for market forces to find the equilibrium. With tried and tested technology, they can leap to the 5G generations, skipping even the motorbike era for its citizens.

What if Kim says I want all my roads to be ready to take autonomous vehicles from day one? It will go straight from 19th century to 22nd in one jump, and it is the South Koreans who are going to feel the heat, seeing the neighbor in the North benefitting the most.

It’s time to get your house in order to get ready to go and work in North Korea, as the opportunities for overall success are greatest.

I guess this relationship is not as bad as was thought, Kim a Generation Z at heart is ready to leapfrog. Forget the political prisoners for the moment as that is not going to achieve the planned success, until the economy begins to grow. Then you can even contemplate releasing these miserable wretches who have been tortured and starved for years, those who survived that is as we know that 20 years ago, at least 5M North Koreans starved to death due to famine.

The truly fun part is going to be when US investment completely overwhelms North Korea. Russia and China will look glumly at the increasing US influence on what they regarded as their turf.

These are the benefits of gun boat diplomacy, that the US under Trump imposed on North Korea and before you can say Jack the hard working Korean work ethic would transform the North, unspoiled and beautiful to be the latest must visit place on earth.

Coming back to earth now, it is unlikely that the doomsday scenario will take hold.

Donald J Trump will then be seen as the savior of the day, outwitting all the punters, and naysayers big time.

Pack your bags and let’s get ready for the North Korean Gold Rush, providing goods at even lower prices to the US market as they will get more preferential access than even China and Taiwan to say nothing of Japan and South Korea.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Please don't add to the number of Ministers - Please - It’s not the person, it’s the position stupid!

We must immediately reduce the number to a maximum of 30 Cabinet and Deputy, not increase it to 100

Why is there no hue and cry over the impending appointment of SIX MORE DEPUTY MINISTERS?

In a Country where nothing can be implemented, because none of the Cabinet Ministers are still clear about their responsibilities, powers, and jurisdiction, adding to the confusion is completely reprehensible.

This is what is being done to accommodate every baby who cries fould at not having anything to do, or be able to tell their backers, they can’t give jobs, as they have don’t have ministries to stuff more yes men into.

We are adding to traitors not to patriots and automatically this position is not going to be used for the benefit of Sri Lanka, its citizens and the important tasks ahead, but for more ceremonies of taking office, more places for them to sit, more positions for their lackeys and more space for their security.

It is simply crazy that for a population of 21Million, smaller than most states of the USA, most cities in China, most Provinces in India, we have people in positions but no powers, or common sense to do anything for the benefit of the Country.

Don’t misunderstand me. These people have been given positions just to be yes men, not to do a job. They are a nuisance to the Cabinet Minister as they are going to be a thorn in his side, as he has to listen to more fools, and he has enough fools to listen to already, instead of choosing someone who at least has some common sense to advise him.

Politicians are in the mistaken belief that they know what their constituencies want. Yes they know what they ask, BUT NOT WHAT THEY REALLY WANT. They are sadly intellectually challenged to see the difference and thus we have the downfall of our political system, where eigth graders are listening to people’s request, without the ability to really get to the bottom of their requests to supply what they really need to improve their lives for the better. Make no bones about it providing what they ask for will not satisfy the long term needs of the voter, it will merely satiate them till next week when they will come asking for more.

I suppose our political system works on the premise that giving a little of what they ask will make them enslaved, so beholden so the politician in question will have a following based on slavery. That is not good for the Country it is treason. That is why these appointments are against the interest of the Country.

The Handshake – World has turned on its head, and we are the better for it!

It’s true. Build a nuclear warhead threaten your neighbor by flying your ICBMs without a nuclear warhead and then POTUS will invite you for talks. Cool hah?

That’s what North Korea did, and it paid off. The world is watching, and the Country with the highest proportion of political prisoners as a percentage of the population, facing toture and starvation in Gulags, wins the day.

Rajapakse clearly misunderstood the word bullying here, and what it takes to win in the world of diplomacy.

Trump on the other hand promised his backers, that he will turn US foreign policy on its head as it did not work all this time and by doing it is own way is making some HEADWIND. So what did he do?

He saw North Korea testing Nuclear Missiles and they even taunted him by saying it was days before they could get their ICBMs to go the distance to Hawaii and obliterate that island. He then got Russia and China and tightened sanctions, and threatened to use Nuclear Weapons against Korea, (if you obliterate the North, you also obliterate the South) He brought the sixth fleet to the waters off Korea and showed he meant business.

South Korea’s new leader who was more moderate, having his parents who fled the North as part of his legacy, managed dialogue, got Kim to come made a historic meeting at the DMZ. (don’t forget the two Korea’s are still, as in even today, technically at war) Then there was another meeting again in Seoul much to the surprise of the world. Kim in the meantime went to Beijing twice to meet his supporter, President Xi, who provided the planes this time to bring his entourage and his two Mercedez Limousines to Singapore.

The South Korean leader brokered the meeting in Singapore. Trump whose art of the deal, saw the greatest photo opportunity of his Presidency come and jumped at it. So did Kim. Sanctions were eased immediately, the entrances to the Nuclear Tests sites were bombed, he agreed to halt tests and they met this morning at 8.30am or there abouts at Sentosa Island in Singapore, talks still taking place with their teams.

Despite condemnation from Human Rights Organizations all over the world who have lost credibility by trying to stop this meeting which will not even touch on the HR record at this meeting, it is being hailed everywhere as a Diplomatic Triumph for Trump and Kim, who will win the Nobel hands down.
Now for the nitty gritty:

Did you see Denis Rodman on CN? He was the front man for years, who went to Korea and got shat on by the US media, and he was crying on TV saying he had death threats on his return, because he went to the Pariah State. Now he sporting the Make America Great Again cap that the Donald used in his campaign actually has the last laugh. Even Trump’s secrtary had personally called him to thank him for his part in this historic meeting and he was reveling in the fame of the moment, knowing his long term investment in North Korea, which he said had always been let down by people making promises and breaking them, get on the world stage.

Personally I have not analysed my feelings about the HR issue, about the totalitarian regime for 75+ years of grand father, father and son in charge, ruthlessly suppressing opposition, and controlling the remaining people with fear. One has to admire how 25million people in a state that is dead broker and poverty all encompassing and people fed a diet of only the leader as God, who effectively owns the Country, more ruthless than Nero, and more grabbing of the Nation’s wealth than Ghadaffi is now hailed as a hero even in South Korea that prior to meeting with their president had 10% approval rating, 35% approval rating after the meeting with their leader at the DMZ and today 75% approval rating in South Korea of all places. That is absolutely astounding, for a man who threated to annihilate the whole of South Korea with just one missile.

Diplomacy is weired, but diplomacy that can change the stakes from fear to satisfaction without one shot of a bullet, is to me the epitome of success. In Sri Lanka we miserably FAILED. Mahinda Rajapakse who all think is a hero, miserably failed to stop the killing until he had killed all the LTTE who were left. Don’t forget he massacred thousands of his own Countrymen, using his own army. No matter that his countrymen revolted. A smart leader could have turned things around with no killing, dismantling the mad ruthless terrorist, if he was able to get his killing machine, Karuna on his side, why could he not isolate Prabarkaran, where he had NO option but to swallow his own cyanide on his neck, which the bloody coward could not do even at the end.

We learn from history, so we don’t make the same mistakes, and that is why we use history to help the present. In Sri Lanka we have fake history taught in schools and our teachers don’t even realize how fake it is when they teach it. At least we can se the world operating in our faces on TV today, a luxury our ancestors did not have. However as dumb as most Sri Lankans are few would have even seized the moment of history happening 3 flying hours away from our little island, and Singapore an even littler island getting press coverage worth US$10B in one day, when we cannot get US$1B in FDI in ONE YEAR!

Despite my reservations about Donald Trump and his art of the Deal by which his Presidency seems to be defined, you have to give him credit for at least promising to do his foreign policy in a different to style to established foreign policy, and KEEPING TO HIS PROMISE.

PS Did you not notice that there were NO US SENATORS OR CONGRESSMEN from either side of the Isle in his entourage? Well he did it on his own. 

For a great Country like the USA not even to consult or have their legislators anywhere on the scene, is tantamount to the POTUS being a dictator for a term of 4 years only. It works, knowing you could be elected one more time and that's it.

That is what MR failed to understand and failed to profit from, when being greedy to change the constitution to have a longer stint at the robbing top. Can anyone point a finger at Trump for robbing the coffers? NO. On MR the answer is a big YES. The fact you cannot get his stash from Dubai bank accounts, is not the fault of the present government. 

Dubai is the place where all the rogues of the world stash their cash. Switzerland has now pledged not to allow stolen money to be dumped into their banking system. However Dubai is now the depository for money laundering in the world, and make no bones about it, the Rajapakse US$ billions are safe there, ready to fight many more elections in Sri Lanka if need be. So the answer to the critics saying where is the money? IS SIMPLE it is there and can only be used by the owners and their proxies, both of whom are operating in Dubai - don't we know it.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Sri Lanka seems to be the most incident prone country in the world – and they are so one of a kind!!!!

Just think about it! Have any of you heard of an operating table, while in the middle of an operatio, falling on the surgeon and crushing his big toe?

More to the point, the hospital director sounds so blasé that he said it was a minor occurrence!!!!! That is SO Sri Lankan isn’t it?

Nothing phases, even if we are the only country in the world where the operating tables don’t conform to basic WHO guidelines on health and safety.

If you read the link below where a statement was taken from the surgeon who had his big toe crushed, he says that the staff are NOT trained in basic use of hospital equipment and instruments. COME ON SRI LANKA you can do better than that.

This is where we shoot ourselves in the foot. Even if you have the most experienced ancillary staff in the world, if they are not trained in using their tools of the trade, then that experience counts for NOTHING.

I was completely taken aback by the Administrator’s statement, as the Hospital Adminstrator’s job, is to ensure all the staff under his direction are knowledgeable.

This just about sums up the Sri Lankan disease, a complacent attitude to work, and responsibility, and even if there is injury and death, they more likely say that fate intervened and it had little to do with man’s weaknesses.

So no wonder that there is insufficient concern when road safety is shown to be terrible and the behavior of drivers on the road is unpardonable and police look the other way, only because they even don’t understand road safety, only do what they are told, like catch drivers for speeding with speed guns, even if that action of speeding DOES NOT ENDANGER anyone else’s lives but their own.

I appeal to the authorities in Sri Lanka in every sphere to use their common sense in everything they do to ensure that people know their jobs tasks, so that these minor matters do not become major matters.

This is part of the attitude change that is desperately required in this Country! 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

SHAME - Pistol Eraj appointed as Mayor of Hambantota - AARSIKLAND for sure now!

Do people have no shame in this Country? No is the answer

The man who was filmed and shown all over the world with a real/toy pistol running like a gangster has true to form made himself the Gangster King of the Gangster Capital - which will be the new name for Hambantota.

It is clear that the SLPP wish this to be so, so let no one be deceived, this is the future if the SLPP is allowed anywhere near the seat of power. If you thought the present jokers are arseholes, you ain't seen nothing yet.

Just imagine yourself as a fly on the wall, watching this charade going on inside the room that was voting for the mayor. You had the UNP that had the most number of seats and crowd about it at the time of the results that they won in the heart of MR, and not to be outdone, the SLPP snookered an already planned counter attack, by using the  strength of money, to buy the needed votes of the Members to make this wish come true, just as it has in many of the other Councils.

What makes Hambantota so galling, is the example it shows to the rest of the Country, that thugs are legitimate rulers and their thuggish actions are not proscribed, but have become a license itself to seek greater power.

So it is clear that the people of Hambantota are being fooled and a vendetta by the self same thug will be in place as soon as possible against all those who opposed him and by threats and innuendo he was able to assure himself of this position.

Worse, when his true colors come to light and the people who voted for him, come to regret their decision, but they cannot do anything about it. It is a lesson to all, that if we do something against the people we serve, there comes a point when we who permitted this wrongdoing, cannot plead ignorance, but have to suffer the consequence of their action.


It is called Moral Obligation. When you break that obligation you have chaos - and you will shortly see the effects of that chaos

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

It is truly sad that even Vesak Poya Day has been hijacked by Astrology

Please correct me if I am wrong, but we in Sri Lanka want to make life difficult for ourselves as we are succors for punishment. So it was with Vesak, which by some inexplicable reason of the Astrological Clock, is celebrated on the Full Moon which falls on April 29th , instead of Vesak being commemorated all over the world, except in Sri Lanka on May 29th Full Moon Poya Day. Why?

It is clear from the link above that the Ven.Niyangoda Sri Vijithasiri Thero, the Anunayake of the Malwatte Chapter is also questioning it, though he should have done this last year when the dates were being discussed. As usual even the clergy are not planning it properly, and he, if he did this querying six months ago, could have changed it to a more suitable day.

There is an added complication where OSTENSIBLY due to pressure by the Buddhist Clergy, the Government of Sri Lanka decided to change May Day to May 7th, another first by this Country, which is becoming the laughing stock of the world, because now different bodies are commemorating May day on different dates, and despite the Government banning any of its properties from being used on May 1st for rallies, there are many labor unions planning their events on May Day. May 1st. Ironic that finally the trade unions are getting the publicity of May Day, and the political parties are having another day for their annual alcoholic tirades.

It simply makes you wonder doesn’t it that we are a country of fools & idiots, not just one or the other! How come we have let ourselves be ruled by such absurd excuses for human beings called law makers who loiter in Diyawanna Oya?

It is our fault of course for electing such lesser humans, who pretend to be more human and then fleece the Country of its rightful inheritance.

Dr Lional Bopage’s article about May Day is also appropriate to be read at the same time, as we are now embroiled in more disagreements than agreements.

So what do we do about Poson? It is time for sanity to prevail, and we will not have to worry about this issue in our lifetime anymore as this is the only time that this thorny issue has arisen in living memory. In fool’s Paradise I dare say!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The first passenger fatality in a US aircraft since 2009 was yesterday! If that is not one of the most amazing facts of HISTORY, then what is?

See link as it was worthy of news that the United States which has over 5,000 take offs and landing every day, with so many aircraft criss-crossing this vast country of 300Million people, had its first fatality yesterday, when an engine (one of only two in a Boeing 737) blew up in mid-air, due to metal fatigue. The debris hit a window which punctured and a woman was sucked out and pulled back in who later died of her injuries, while the aircraft landed on one engine, smoothly at the nearest airport as soon as the accident happened and dropped from its 32,000 feet altitude.

Frankly, no newspaper in the United States is making any reference to this phenomenal safety record, as they do not want to brag about such a safety record. However for those Russian and Chinese agents who are out there in Sri Lanka who loves to bash the USA, understand that this is what capitalism is all about.

Southwest Airlines 51 years strong, which alone has more take offs and landings than any airline in the world, including Emirates, which is just an international airline, (as Dubai just has one airport! To the USA’s thousands) had its first fatality yesterday.

Let us give credit where credit is due please, to the efforts of the US airline industry, its safety measures and their procedures, that despite the huge competition of the airline industry in that country, they have been able to maintain their safety standards.

It is just as well for the anti-american Sri Lankan people who find every reason to bash the USA for every little thing, including their absolutely crazy President, who has been the only one Brash enough to have been able to get the North Korean Dictator to a summit, to agree to temper his nuclear ambitions, is a Country that deserves its reputation as a land of opportunity.

Not Russia, not China nor any other country has the opportunities available and the freedoms their people enjoy, within their own country, and so due to jealousy on the part of the degenerates of Sri Lanka, especially some journalists who have had a USA education, should eat humble pie from such information.