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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!

Safety and Loneliness

Right now it’s 05:17 AM, my mother and sister are asleep and I just put a pizza in the oven, meanwhile I’m walking around in the darkness. For a couple of years now, whenever it was dark outside, and therefore dark inside the house, I have always felt safe, like dolphin being in the place it belongs to, the ocean. Like a black panther out in the night. However, along with that feeling of safety, I have also, for a long time, felt a strong sense of loneliness. Are these two feelings dependent upon each other? Is there no way to feel one, but not the other?

It’s not like I don’t have people to talk to, or friends for that matter, so I’m not lonely in that sense. Like with any strong feeling, it’s hard to describe with purely words.
Maybe this is one of those feelings, to which the answer lies in the depths of time. Earlier tonight I read some parts of a large article about Zen Buddhism, and a particular quote stood out: “If you don’t have patience, if you can’t endure, well, don’t bother, because you won’t get very far”.

Buddhism is the spiritual teaching that my ancestors sought guidance in life, from. Are they talking to me through myself? Whatever the case is, I’ll take the above quote as good advice, and of course remember it. Unless dramatic events intervene, my life ought to last for quite a while longer, so hopefully the many questions I have asked myself while awake and in my dream, will someday be answered.

Powered by Fedora!

Like I mentioned previously, as part of my ordering of the OpenBSD 4.2 CD-set, I also picked a Fedora laptop sticker. I thought it would be nice to have a nice replacement for the Windows sticker, which I ripped off, tortured and burned, like I did to Windows itself.

This is what the sticker looks like:

Fedora sticker

Here’s a shot of it sitting on my ThinkPad X31 laptop:

Fedora sticker #1

And here’s a close-up showing how bad my photography skills suck:

Fedora sticker #2

Ouch! Something spiky was in the mail this morning!

I was just out emptying the snailmailbox (Try saying that three times in a row! 😛 ), and low and behold! My pre-ordered OpenBSD 4.2 CD-set was sitting in there, along with a tiny Fedora laptop sticker which I have been wanting for a while (I’ll post a picture of later).

OpenBSD 4.2 CD-set #1

On the 7th I pre-ordered a 4.2 CD-set for a couple of reasons. Of course, the obvious one is to support OpenBSD and the work they do, and also this week is my autumn holiday, which means no school and very little sleep for an entire week! 😛
In other words, the perfect time to get that damned DNS server, that I have been wanting to get going, installed and set up! A few weeks ago, I bought a Dell OptiPlex GX150 (The small form-factor desktop case model) for the purpose. I have a Linksys WRT54GL router running DD-WRT, but Dnsmasq wasn’t quite cutting it for me.

OpenBSD 4.2 CD-set #2

So I wanted a full fledged DNS server using the Berkeley Internet Name Daemon (BIND). Unfortunately the delivery of the CD-set suffered a few delays (Snailmai is just total ass!), and not wanting to wait for it, I just downloaded all the source code and built a system release myself. Which was fun, I mean now I have tried that too, and it did work! 😀
Anyway, I think I have my DNS server running, although a few kinks in the configuration of reverse lookups remains to be sorted out, this is the first time I try setting up BIND, and so far it’s going pretty good, thanks to a pretty great tutorial that I ran into: OpenBSD as a domain name server.

OpenBSD 4.2 CD-set #3

19 and beyond!

Happy birthday to me!
Today is my 19th birthday, yay!

My sister went on a school trip yesterday, on Sunday, so I got a birthday present from her on Saturday. She “gave” me two movie DVDs (Which I ordered, and my mother paid for. 😛 ), Flags Of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima. Both are war dramas directed by Clint Eastwood, both depicting the Battle of Iwo Jima, fought between the United States of America and Imperial Japan during the pacific campaign of World War II. FOOF show the American perspective, and LFIJ show the Japanese perspective through the eyes of the Japanese soldiers. I personally like Letters From Iwo Jima the best, and ironically it had the lower budget! Just goes to show you that bigger budgets don’t necessarily make for a better movie.

This morning I also got some presents from my mother, which included some new clothes! Three cool shirts, The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi (A Japanese samurai warrior) and some cash! 😀
It’s all good stuff, and will certainly be useful, especially since I need to renew my domains and web hosting next month, which is gonna run up considering that I have like five domains.

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