Give us another one ... just like the other one

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MuseOr Ave! Duci novi, similis duci seneci!This term seems to be getting a lot of use on this blog.Not too long ago I warned that The Beast may attempt a coup. And then he walked out of the house, not sc reaming and shouting. Even I was impressed. For the first time in ever, I was proven wrong about The ...

The Pros and the Cons

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Muse So the pros are out. Running their cons. And we're supposed to choose which one to bend over and spread our cheeks for. So let's take a completely bi-assed look at the pros and cons of all this insanity. In the interests of sanity, i am not going to look at what they have said they are going to ...

The New Year Election Predictions

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RantOK, so it's not just predictions. It's my thoughts on this entire jing-bang fiasco grim fandango Vicious Cabaret.I don't wan't Mahinda to winThe Beast has had a long run. He has had it for long enough. He has had it for too long. The corruption, the hatred, the bullshit has gone on for far too long. I like some of ...

Sri Lanka Board of Foreign Employment leaves 100,000 names and passport and ID numbers up for grabs

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RantIt all started with Trevor and Tekla Fernando.People who listened to the English Service of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in the 80s and early 90s may remember them. In an era where getting a request in on the radio meant writing a real, actual, snail mail letter, Trevor and Tekla (who many may remember because of the alliteration in ...

I Hate The N-Word

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RantNo, not "nigger". I hate "the n-word". I also hate "the f-word", "the c-word", "the j-word" and every f-wording some-letter-in-the-f-wording-alphabet-word out there.The thing is ... I have no problem with the word "nigger." Or dick, or fuck, or cunt, or any other word.Now I am sure that someone out there will come and tell me that I have no right ...

Vampires, and zombies, and werewolves ... oh my!!

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MuseMy friend Damith came down to dotelkay from dotus a few weeks ago, and just before he left we engaged in our time homoured tradition of sitting up on the roof and talking until the wee hours of the morning. There is usually alcohol involved, but this time his father had hidden the key to the liquor cupboard, damn the ...

Death! Note!

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MuseWell what a fine that week that was. Three funerals in one week. Parents of people I care about. You realise that you have gone to too many funerals when the guys at the crematorium ask you "weren't you here last week?"But some of the things that happened in the past week got me thinking. A friend of mine was ...

The Dambulla Logs

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RaveIt's 5am. I am in Dambulla with Navin, and it looks like we are about to get beaten up.It's my fault of course. It always is.A bunch of robe-monkeys supported by about 2000 idiotic cunts of misery decide that it would be a wonderful thing to attack an Islamic Mosque during prayers. If you gave two tugs of a dead ...

ARISE SINHALESE!!

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MuseSometimes, you can't argue with racism. All you can do is laugh at it. There is a post going around facebook that the Sinhala race is dying, because its birthrate is substantially less than that of the Muslims and Tamils. The numbers are wrong. The facts are wrong. It is just a piece of sensationalist lies that certain groups want ...

Great Geeks Retreating!

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Rave"This was a great idea you had, Such." "I had? I thought you had it!" When Navn Weeraratne and I had this conversation, we knew we were on to something good. Something big. Something so awesome and geeky and awesomely geeky it could only be called "The Great Geek Retreat". Of course it came out of a drunken conversation - ...

The Law of Legitimacy

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MusePrabhakaran, they say, was captured in Mullaitivu during the last days of the war along with his family, tortured, and killed. Of course, there is no proof about this. Any evidence is circumstantial. What proof exists - if it exists - is probably locked away in some vault. But the circumstantial evidence is rather strong. I heard the news of ...

The Penn Street Moochers

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I always wanted to be a writer. Not just a writer, but a Writer. A Chronicler of my Age. I read the greats. Hemingway. Thoreau. Kerouac. Runyon. And I dreamed of joining those hallowed ranks. Me and Jon Patterson. We were inseparable those days. And his dream was just like mine. To live the Life. To move out of our ...

Those who forget the lessons of history....

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RantI was there watching the election when Sarath Fonseka ran for president and lost. And then the Army surrounded the Galadari Hotel where he was waiting. Of course no one came to his rescue. No one protested like they did in Iran against Ahmadinejad or in Russia against Putin. There was no mass upswelling of protest and anger. Because very ...

What is love?

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MuseA long time ago my FEW called me a robot. She said that I had no emotions. That I didn't feel. I, of course, took that as a compliment. I have always valued rationality over emotions. Mr. Spock was my hero. Even to this day I would rather solve problems through rational discourse rather than screaming and shouting. But that ...

Paying for Petrol

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MuseThe hot news is that the LKGOV is compensating people for engine damages caused by the substandard petrol that was imported by the Ceypetco. Now at face value this sounds like an excellent idea. After all, it is only fair that the people who fucked up your car engine pay for the damage they caused. But who's paying for it really? They say ...

Buddha for power

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MuseOr is it vice-versa? I forget.So Sri Lankan - and perhaps the world - has its first Mayor Monk. Not only did he run for power, but when he was elected he held a temper tantrum fast because The Beast said he couldn't be mayor because he was - you know - a monk. One of those people who have ...

A Blast From The Past: Time to give up on Sri Lanka

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RantGoing through my hard drive, I found this article I wrote back in 2006, before I even thought of writing a blog.Here it is for your delectation.My father was a civil engineer in Nigeria. When the coup d'etat happened in 1983 his employer made him an offer – stay on with the company, and he'd get citizenship in any country ...

An Everlasting Emergency

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RantSo The Beast walks into Parliament and announces that he is repealing the Emergency Law. Well, not so much "repealing" as much as "not renewing it."But anyway.. YAY! Loud Cheers!! And the clinking of glasses.But it was all oddly subdued. Very oddly.Because - just like everything else this government has done - it was just an eyewash.The Beast said in ...

The New Hotness

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Rave Everyone's talking about the new hotness. Google+ walked in the door, threw its hat in the ring, and proceeded to do to Facebook - the reigning champion - what FB did to the previous champions MySpace and Hi5. All of a sudden the game changed. Everyone is raving about G+, and everyone wants in on the ground floor. I ...