The goings-on subsequent to the recent Presidential electoral victory by Maithripala Sirisena made Java think back a few years to a piece we posted that has now answered some of our observations with actions that hopefully will have the desired results for justice to be truly served. And so we decided to reproduce it after nearly six long years, so here goes:

April 22, 2008

Some of the recent developments in the political sphere beg explanations that are either impossible to provide to sane individuals, or would provide grist for the mill of a theatre of the absurd.

Take the Weerawansa / JVP development. Okay, so the guy was fired for playing on both sides as it were – being the pawn of the Rajapakses, whilst hypocritically doing his double-speak on political platforms. Wowie-zowie! How come Somawansa and his bunch of wishy-washy pseudo-commies whose party thrives on instability didn’t twig on to what was happening for all this time? I mean it’s not like this was a recent development and it doesn’t take a Nobel Prize winner not to see the forest for the trees, does it?

Then there’s that Cabral guy – Governor of the Central Bank, no less – who was up to his neck in that hokey pyramid scheme in his quest for gold and who reportedly halted the investigation that was on and had the CID guys who were unearthing embarrassing details, fired. He was on the BBC’s ‘Hardtalk’ a few days back and from all accounts, lied through his teeth, as well as paved more of the path towards getting us isolated by nations that have had a history of supporting us – if you get where I’m coming from.

And who can ignore the Mihin debacle? Here’s a flaky airline, running on what we are told are EPF funds, illegally acquired by the powers that be, provided by a hastily set-up bank with its head honcho being the father of the CEO of Mihin, and headed by the coterie of leeches who are sucking us dry. They couldn’t come up with payments for leasing the third-rate aircraft, or for the salaries of staff, or for all sorts of other dues, and finally the main man has resigned and Mihin, we are told is bankrupt. So what happens to the EPF funds that belong to many of us folk? Isn’t there some sort of criminal action involved here? Doesn’t anyone get charged for misappropriation of taxpayers’ money? Is the legal system alive here or are we all a bunch of somnambulistic lotus eaters Waiting for Godot?

And here’s the killer – the brother of the guy that resigned as CEO of Mihin has been appointed CEO of the national carrier! How about that?!!!

I won’t even go down that ‘Helping Hambantota’ path, as we all know where that leads!

You know as well as I do that there’s more of this really crazy shit that’s going down and taking the country (and us all) with it, but there’s just too many to enumerate. Psychotic Vermin comes to mind – running around like the rabid thug he is and doing what he pleases – never mind the law (what law?) – protection is guaranteed, so what the hell!

And so, although we are all aware of the shit that’s piling up around us, we keep on keepin’ on – most folk being patient because they are told that ‘we’ are winning the war and after that will come peace and prosperity. Right! So that excuses all the other illegal and detrimental to the country shit that’s going down? And where are the so called ‘patriots’ hiding???

You tell me

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A follow-up to this was posted in August 2012 with a sense of despondency, now, thankfully with more hopeful anticipation. Take a look if you found the preceding post to be of any interest.

https://javajones.wordpress.com/2012/08/30/is-this-any-way-to-run-a-country-re-run/

The recent happenings here in Sri Lanka flashed Java back to a piece we posted nearly four years ago – https://javajones.wordpress.com/2011/03/23/the-karmic-force/ which, we like to think, was prophetic.

As we postulated in our opening to that post: ….about the Cosmic Law of Cause and Effect AKA Karma. The adage that ‘each and every action has an equal and opposite reaction’ is an accepted fact in the realm of Physical Science and Cosmologists through the ages have extrapolated this to apply to Cosmology. Religions also express this phenomenon in their own ways – ‘karma’ to the Hindus and Buddhists is Christianity’s “as you sow, so shall you reap”, or as Jesus is reported to have said, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” – I guess he left out “or else”!

So whether one believes that karma is a ‘cosmic’ law (or not, as one commentator tirelessly strove to maintain), it certainly is interesting that ‘actions’ in general certainly do have consequences that frequently have equal and opposite reactions.

I’m almost certain that Mahinda Rajapakse, his brothers, and those that took advantage of their proximity to power to ‘make hay’ while the sun shone, could hardly have imagined the sudden, swift end to their perceived utopian existence. Can one even imagine the depths of their depression, not to mention paranoia at how the repercussions would possibly manifest in the days to come? It appears that the immediate family members have fled (with the possible exception of Chamal and Big Brother) and so too have some of the others who obviously feared the reactions to their various nefarious actions that included all manner of criminal deeds.

Some of those who are here, who were up to their proverbial eyeballs in scams, mayhem and even murder, and who were free from incarceration by virtue of their proximity to power, are now attempting to slink into the coalition they were abusing only a few days ago. What a pathetic bunch of hypocrites!

Aaanyyways, it sure will be interesting to watch how things pan out over the next few months and to see what karma has in store for all concerned.

As Java quipped, “everbody get what dey deserve, maaan”.

Blogging don’t come easy anymore for Java and yours truly – only one post for 2014, but surprisingly, we still have readers! So here’s an excerpt from WordPress’ report for 2014.

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,800 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

The busiest day of the year was January 7th with 71 views. The most popular post that day was Cricket sledging classics.

Who knows, maybe the results of the election will catalyze another one of those streams of consciousness, so let’s hope for the best!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Some of you may have heard of the Sanjana / Groundviews initiative that began last year inviting writers to submit stories of 25 words or less with a view to publishing a book of ‘Hint Fiction’. A labour of love for Sanjana and Perera Hussein Books, the book was launched on the 24th of January. You could read all about the launch here: http://groundviews.org/2013/12/10/launch-of-short-sweet-an-anthology-of-very-short-stories-on-sri-lanka/ 

We couldn’t make it due to unavoidable circs, but heard it was a ‘full-house’, with readings from the book by the Floating Space Theatre Company and apparently a good time was had by all.

Anyway, Java was convinced that we could come up with something that may make the grade and after a bunch of nagging, I finally agreed. And so we dashed off a few of what we thought may be considered, and lo and behold, a couple of our submissions were actually picked! One of Java’s and one of mine!! And since we haven’t been much on the active side for yonkers, as far as blogging is concerned, we thought this would be a good way to get back in – even if the spark does fizzle out – for soo many reasons.

So here are some of what we came up with:

UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES

Sipping coffee at the Barefoot Cafe, she wondered if the corpse had been discovered. It wasn’t easy, but it was the best she could do.

 AS A LAST RESORT

The soldier was kind to her – not like the others at the Camp. But she knew she had to make an example of him.

QUANDARY

It was a crazy night of ‘anything goes’. Now showered and shaved, with egg-hoppers and curry for breakfast, he wondered how to move the body.

A SPIRITED CHOICE ‘TO LET’

Preserved historical Walauwe with all amenities. Excellent location in quiet surroundings, away from temple loudspeakers. Ideal for spiritualists.

STORMY WEATHER

Psychedelic! The pelting rain on the windscreen reflecting kadé neon lights, making visibility impossible. Then, shattered glass and a bleeding child lay on his lap.

STING

“Eat shit, you fucking journalist pig”, he screamed, apoplectic, blood-vessels distended. She turned off the recorder, punching the air with clenched fist. “Yes!”, she exclaimed.

GLOBAL WARMING?

Filming whales underwater off Weligama, Dan wondered why they all dived simultaneously. “Oh shit! Couldn’t be global-warming?” he thought, as the Great-White swam into view.

YOU DUNNIT?

Administering sedative – easy. Getting her up there and placing the noose – trickier. The verdict – suicide. So why did the Colpetty Police want him?

VAMP

Kuveni was everything he desired. As he drifted off, he knew it was special. They found him, blood oozing from twin perforations on his neck.

If you want to know which of them was selected for publication and also read some interesting stories, get your copy of ‘Short & Sweet’ – now available at the Barefoot Bookshop, for one, and also on-line.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

 

My attention was drawn yesterday to this: https://javajones.wordpress.com/2008/04/22/is-this-any-way-to-run-a-country/ posted in 2008.

It is interesting looking back as very little seems to have changed in four years, so the rut we were in has only established itself more solidly. The only major change (other than the cosmetic ) in the general scheme of things is that the war is over, and although promises were made and expectations were sky-high in the aftermath of victory, the folk to really benefit have been the usual suspects who are now so well entrenched in their positions of power that nothing seems to phase them.

I guess ‘que sera sera’ is one way of looking at the situation…

Got this in the mail this morning. It’s so hilarious that we had to share it – just as it was received.

Enjoy!

Can you imagine a nun sitting at her desk grading these papers, all the while trying to keep a straight face and maintain her composure?

Pay special attention to the wording and spelling. If you know the bible even a little, you’ll find this hilarious! It comes from a catholic elementary school test.



Kids were asked questions about the old and new testaments. The following 25 statements about the bible were written by children. They have not been retouched or corrected. Incorrect spelling has been left in.

1. in the first book of the bible, guinessis. god got tired of creating the world so he took the sabbath off. 


2. adam and eve were created from an apple tree. noah’s wife was joan of ark. noah built and ark and the animals came on in pears.

3. lots wife was a pillar of salt during the day, but a ball of fire during the night.



4. the jews were a proud people and throughout history they had trouble with unsympathetic genitals.



5. sampson was a strongman who let himself be led astray by a jezebel like delilah.

6. samson slayed the philistines with the axe of the apostles.



7. moses led the jews to the red sea where they made unleavened bread, which is bread without any ingredients.



8. the egyptians were all drowned in the dessert. afterwards, moses went up to mount cyanide to get the ten commandments.

9. the first commandments was when eve told adam to eat the apple.



10. the seventh commandment is thou shalt not admit adultery.

11. moses died before he ever reached canada then joshua led the hebrews in the battleof geritol.

12. the greatest miricle in the bible is when joshua told his son to stand still and he obeyed him.



13. david was a hebrew king who was skilled at playing the liar. he fought the finkelsteins, a race of people who lived in biblical times.



14. solomon, one of davids sons, had 300 wives and 700 porcupines.

15. when mary heard she was the mother of jesus, she sang the magna carta.

16. when the three wise guys from the east side arrived they found jesus in the manager.

17. jesus was born because mary had an immaculate contraption.



18. st. john the blacksmith dumped water on his head.

19. jesus enunciated the golden rule, which says to do unto others before they do one to you. He also explained a man doth not live by sweat alone.



20. it was a miricle when jesus rose from the dead and managed to get the tombstone off the entrance.

21. The people who followed the lord were called the 12 decibels.



22. the epistels were the wives of the apostles.



23. one of the oppossums was st. matthew who was also a taximan.



24. st. paul cavorted to christianity, he preached holy acrimony, which is another name for marraige.



25. christians have only one spouse. This is called monotony.

We’re still laughing!

Some thoughts on the subject of ‘bisexuality’ arose from an exchange with a mate, which resulted from this  link l  sent him about what the article described as an “explosive new book”. In it were reports of numerous sexual encounters between Mick Jagger and a variety of partners that included David Bowie, Bette Midler and other well-known personalities. The link was sent to a few like-minded folk who are all into 60s and 70s rock ‘n roll and who would, no doubt, be interested in the goings on of our icons’ sexual exploits and other less known aspects of their lives.

The response I received from (let’s just call him) R, was that, as far as he was concerned, Jagger wasn’t gay and the reason he thought so was that if he was, at least one (if not more) of his partners would surely have, by now, sold the story for a reasonable amount of cash.

Most of us who are into the Stones are well aware of Jagger’s and Richards’ incredible body of work over the past fifty years, in addition to their exploits with mind-altering substances and sexual excapades, more recently described vividly in Keith Richards’ book ‘Life’. There have also been earlier reports of Jagger and Bowie ‘getting it on’, although these could best be described as rumours. In any event, neither Java nor yours truly were surprised or made any judgements on these actions, as our ‘morality-quotient-–  (for those of you who may be interested) would display.

Anyway, getting back to R’s assumption that Jagger couldn’t possibly be gay – I had to respond that for one thing, being ‘bisexual’ is not the same thing as being ‘gay’, and as far as we were concerned, we couldn’t care less either way!

Another response from a fellow-recipient (call him S) of the same link had this to say – “I’m sure that Bowie and Jagger both had sex with who ever they wanted – why wouldn’t they, both ultra sexy animals – and they got to choose the best too. Lucky buggers!”

We tend to agree with the latter, and Java made the observation that bisexuals had the advantage of having no hangups with regard to the sex of their chosen partners, and as a result were free from the baggage of discrimination – both in terms of value-judgements, as well as in their choices.

And as S astutely observed, “lucky buggers”!

It’s been a whole year since Java stimulated a post – mainly because we were having such a great time at Flowerbook that the desire to blog just wasn’t on. Then only this morning we get a link from Illuks that we felt just had to be put out there for those of us who are like-minded with regard to the absurdity of the illegality of Marijuana. We had posted two earlier pieces on the subject ( https://javajones.wordpress.com/2009/07/11/marijuana-%E2%80%93-the-possibilities-are-overwhelming/ and  https://javajones.wordpress.com/2009/02/13/does-the-war-on-drugs-make-any-sense-at-all/   ), but this link included most of what we had to say and, in addition, is so fucking hilarious we wanted to share it.

Here it is – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUWEqIxqxms – hope you enjoy it

The series of recent disastrous events around the world got Java into thinking about the Cosmic Law of Cause and Effect AKA Karma. The adage that ‘each and every action has an equal and opposite reaction’ is an accepted fact in the realm of Physical Science and Cosmologists through the ages have extrapolated this to apply to Cosmology. Religions also express this phenomenon in their own ways – ‘karma’ to the Hindus and Buddhists is Christianity’s “as you sow, so shall you reap”, or as Jesus is reported to have said, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” – I guess he left out “or else”!

Anyway, getting back to the recent global ‘happenings’, we see that the Japanese are ‘reaping’ a whole slew of karmic effects and it didn’t take much for Java’s imagination to realize why. Java is conviced that although the tsunami was the wrath of the ocean caused, of course, by the tectonic-plate shifts off the coast of Japan, it was also due to Japanese Whaling policies. Anyone who has seen footage of Japanese slaughtering Whales, without considering pregnant females and/or babies and juveniles will know what we mean. The Japanese have also consistently refused to agree with all the policies of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW), which was signed in Washington DC, on 2 December 1946 to “provide for the proper conservation of whale stocks and thus make possible the orderly development of the whaling industry”. Japan is also #6 on the top ten polluting countries of the world. And now, with the debacle at their nuclear plants, one can only shudder to think of the consequences!

Getting back to some of the other happenings, particularly in the Middle-East, Java surmises that the accumulation of bad karma has finally reached bursting point and has erupted in the revolutions against the tyranny of those like Mubarak, Gaddafi and the others who have oppressed their countrymen for far too long. The ‘reaping’ of the harvest of what they have ‘sown’ has (as in the case of Mubarak) and will (in the case of Gaddafi) come to pass.

And so it goes – and will continue inexorably, as the law of the Cosmos will prevail over all. With this in mind, wise (or at least ‘savvy’) rulers will do well to pay attention, as what appears to be a rosy present could well turn out to be a nightmarish future – depending on the evil that they get up to when in power. Taking care of the environment is as important as taking care of everything else in a country and the flagrant abuse of anything will undoubtedly have ‘an equal and opposite effect’

Fair enough, huh?

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