Monthly Archives: november 2007

Cyber”space” …. literally!

I was just cruising around over at Wikipedia, and ran into this really fascinating visualization of the Internet, you might say cyberspace when you look at it.

Cyberspace

The image description on Wikipedia mentions what domains the various colors represent, interesting stuff!

So yeah, cyberspace really do look like space, doesn’t it? 😛

Turning defeat into victory

From what I can gather, the results of the election here in Denmark has come to and end, with the current government continuing. This means a defeat to the left-wing opposition headed by the Social Democrats. Having listened a little bit to Mrs. Helle Thorning-Schmidt (The leader of the Social Democrats), she did seem somewhat arrogant to me, and maybe she was too sure of herself, which is a huge mistake, especially in your first go in an election like this. Now if she plays her cards right in time when the next election (Around 2011), she could probably use the experience gained now to win then. The art of turning defeat into something positive is non-obvious, but it’s a proven concept.

Mrs. Thorning-Schmidt might want to read The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi. 🙂

I hate spam, but I like comments! :)

Have I ever told you guys how much I hate spam! WE ALL HATE SPAM! Be it email spam, blog spam and others kind of spam!
I have before considered turning off comments on my blog, because I just can’t stand blog spam, however thanks to this WordPress extension called Akismet it doesn’t bother me that much, although I still have stats like this: “Akismet has caught 17,024 spam for you since you first installed it.”.

Although I always come to the conclusion that I rather leave it on, so that I can get an occasional comment to something I post.

Which was the case with my last post on Sri Lanka and it’s government. A gentleman going by the name Sampath, submitted a comment, that I would to comment on. First of all, Sampath, thank you very much for your comment, I always appreciate people telling me how they feel about something I say or write. I’m gonna do a point by point comment to his comment (Boy now even I am getting confused!), to keep it simple:

Hi.. What you are thinking is correct. But this is the basic for any conflict. You should know the whole story and don’t you find anything wrong about LTTE.

I apologize for creating that illusion, but you should know that I do indeed find a lot of things wrong with the LTTE, and I agree with classifying them as a terrorist organization. Wikipedia has an entire list full of shit, that they’ve done, are doing or might be doing. I don’t like blaming people for things we can’t be sure whether they’ve done, so I’ll just stick to the things that we know that they’ve done. Having done just a tiny bit of looking around, I can see that they’ve committed various massacres against other people. Honestly, if the people responsible are ever caught, I think they should be put in trial for war crimes, just like the war criminals of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan during World War II.

You can’t talk like that to a president elected by people of Sri Lanka.

Well, people sure aren’t afraid to call President George Bush of the United States, an idiot, why should any president, of any country, elected by anybody be any different? Nationalism skews judgement in favor of something, and that fundamentally creates unfairness, that’s how I look at it.

Also why lot of countries have declared LTTE as terrorists ?

Wikipedia states that:
The UN has also passed Resolution 1373, asking member countries to identify and limit activities of any organization that carries out terrorist activities. The UN has not published its own list of terrorist groups, and has left their identification to the discretion of member countries. Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan also suggested that the LTTE should face travel curbs and other penalties if they keep using children as soldiers. In a 2006 report to the Security Council, Annan also recommended other sanctions such as arms embargoes and financial restrictions against the LTTE. Australia and other countries have listed the LTTE as a terrorist group in accordance with Resolution 1373. Canada does not grant residency to LTTE members on the grounds that they have participated in crimes against humanity.

I think that clears things up for both of us.

Don’t shout like this.

You’re right, I shouldn’t shout, sorry about that. But please understand I just get upset when I hear about people being treated badly, especially when we’re talking about innocent people being killed, because some idiot somewhere thinks that war is a solution to problem.

Though you are adopted, now you have no trouble. You are asking Sri Lankans to beg to a terrorist leader. Are you telling this to USA regarding Bin Laden ?

I’m afraid I do not know exactly what you mean by “asking Sri Lankans to beg to a terrorist leader”. If you saw my post as pro-LTTE and that Sri Lanka should put Velupillai Prabhakaran (The leader of LTTE) in the position as president, you severely misunderstood it, and I apologize for making it seem that way. Terrorists, or people backing terrorists, shouldn’t rule a country in my opinion. And I do think Bush is a crazy idiot in a lot of cases, the people who voted for him during the US presidential election in 2004 obviously weren’t thinking straight. And yeah, I think the invasion of Iraq was a HUGE mistake, but what is done is just done, now we gotta find a way to fix this mess! Good luck to Bush’s successor, he or she will certainly need it!

Better you mind your business without trying to be a smart parrot.

Don’t worry, I will! 😉
In fact, I’m glad I was put up for adoption (The woman who gave birth to me obviously cared more about me, than just leaving me on some street or drowning me or something), that way I didn’t risk getting killed in a war that I didn’t start. Some of us get lucky I guess, and yeah you’re right when you say “now you have no trouble”, but I would hope that, that does not mean that I have to not care, when I hear about people getting killed in the country in which I was born, that ancestry is a part of me after all, and always will be …

Check this link about peace efforts
http://defence.lk/pps/peaceattempt.pdf

Thanks for that link, it’s good to see that attempts have indeed been made, but you know you just gotta keep trying, when trying to make peace, it only matters a little bit that you have already tried, because you gotta keep trying.

Once again, thanks to Mr. Sampath for leaving a comment, I hope other people will do the same, that is indeed what free speech is for.

The government of Sri Lanka …. a terrorist organization?

I just finished watching an episode of the documentary series called Unreported World from the UK TV broadcaster Channel 4, called Killing for Peace. It was about the situation on Sri Lanka (I’m adopted from Sri Lanka, so this one does hit on a personal level for me), describing the current state of the conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the rebel group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), also known as the Tamil Tigers.
Having scrapped the 2002 ceasefire, the two are back into open war, with over 5000 people dead since the hostilities broke out again.

The documentary focuses on abductions, disappearances and murders of civilians, and it makes it painfully obvious that the Sri Lankan government is taking part. Of course the government denies that the military are killing civilians, ummmm OK? And like Sandra Johnson asked the army, how come people are disappearing in areas under your control! Obviously they didn’t answer, what a bunch of morons!

Over 30 countries have classified the Tamil Tigers as a terrorist organization, but you know I think they ought to put the Sri Lankan government right next to the LTTE on that list!

Probably the saddest part of this mess is that war is not gonna solve shit in this conflict, and none of the parties want to admit that, they’re just gonna continue fighting for another 20 years until they’re all dead! And the people that suffer the most are civilians, who have done nothing wrong.
Another thing that gets mentioned in the program, is that the president of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has hired three of his brothers for government, and one of them is secretary for defense, all are Sinhalese nationalists and are determined to destroy the Tamil Tigers. That right there positioned them as no better than the LTTE in my mind, because the LTTE is a Tamil nationalist organization, and now the Sri Lankan government is essentially a nationalist organization! These guys aren’t capable of talking, they just wanna kill each other until the last man is dead.

The most ironic thing is that the majority of people on Sri Lanka are Buddhists of the Theravada school, which is the oldest Buddhist school still in existence, and they can’t even freaking adhere to one of the most central aspects of Buddhism: NON-VIOLENCE!
HELLO! Mr. Rajapaksa you are NOT following the teachings of the Buddha!! What the hell is an idiot like this doing being president of a country of 20 million! It just boggles my mind.

To the people of Sri Lanka, Sinhalese and Tamil alike, it deeply saddens me to hear about casualties among you, I hope from the bottom of my heart that a solution to this conflict can be found, you deserve better, may the light of the stars be with you!

Dolphins save surfer from a great white shark

“Surfer Todd Endris needed a miracle. The shark — a monster great white that came out of nowhere — had hit him three times, peeling the skin off his back and mauling his right leg to the bone.

That’s when a pod of bottlenose dolphins intervened, forming a protective ring around Endris, allowing him to get to shore, where quick first aid provided by a friend saved his life.

“Truly a miracle,” Endris told TODAY’s Natalie Morales on Thursday.”

Source: Dolphins save surfer from becoming shark’s bait.

Once again dolphins prove what caring and peaceful creatures they truly are. Even after all the terrible things humans have done, and continue to do to them, they still save the lives of humans.
Having read a bit about Buddhism recently, it almost seems to me like the dolphins are Buddhists or something! 😛
One of the things that the Buddha taught, was the importance of non-violence, here’s something I read in a BBC article on Buddhism:

“Even if thieves carve you limb from limb with a double-handed saw, if you make your mind hostile you are not following my teaching.”
Kamcupamasutta, Majjhima-Nikkaya I ~ 28-29

I must admit, I would probably have difficulty adhering to that myself, although the dolphins doesn’t seem to have any difficulty at all!
Why do I think this? Because like videos such as this one Dolphin massacre in Japan, clearly shows, humans literally do carve dolphins limb from limb, and yet they still save our asses from sharks! Amazing!!

I like and admire Japan for a lot of things, such as civil liberties, their pacifist constitution (Surprisingly, it was the US who wrote that one, which continues to amaze me!), freedom of speech/press/religion etc. and all sorts of technological developments. But there’s also a few things that I REALLY don’t like at all. Their insistence on killing whales very cruelly, for instance! Some people will argue, that I simply don’t respect another country’s culture, well I guess that’s true on some level, but I guess then when pro-environmental groups speak out against the destruction of rain forests, killing of endangered species great apes etc. they aren’t respecting other cultures either. Hopefully you can see how ridiculous that argument is. I guess a lot of us are hypocrites when it comes to killing animals to get food, and I find it’s quite difficult to explain. I don’t object to killing fish (Unless the species is endangered, of course!) but I do object to any killing of whales, which includes dolphins. I don’t object to killing pigs, but I do object to killing elephants, gorillas or lions. In any of the cases where I don’t object to killing an animal, I always think that it should be done in a way that causes as little suffering as possible. So if you’re gonna kill cattle for instance, use a gun and shoot them in the head so that they’re dead instantly! Don’t fucking cut their throats or whatever ridiculous things some people do. I believe that causing suffering to an animal you’re killing to get food is dishonorable and couldn’t get more disrespectful to the animal. Look, the animal is having it’s life taken away so that you can have food, and thereby live on, do it the small favor and make sure it doesn’t suffer as it dies!!

I’d like to end my rant with a quote, because I’m not at all an original person, I just quote other people! 😛

There’s a song by Michael Jackson called Earth Song, if you havn’t heard it, I’d recommend listening to it, it’s a good song. There’s a place in it where he says the following:

“What about animals
(What about it)
We’ve turned kingdoms to dust
(What about us)
What about elephants
(What about us)
Have we lost their trust
(What about us)
What about crying whales
(What about us)
We’re ravaging the seas”

I guess that pretty much sums up this entire rant of mine!
To the people killing sharks and dolphins, remember that once you’ve killed the last one, these wonderful will never ever return! And the fault will be nothing but yours!