Lobbying for Fair Thinking

Incumbent edge

Dharisha Bastians Source: Daily FT

The incumbent advantage usually lasts only 12 years. Not anymore. With the passing of the 18th Amendment, the incumbent President has a crucial head start in any electoral contest, potentially forever

Battle lines will be drawn this week when President Mahinda Rajapaksa moves to present his Government’s Budget for 2015, setting the stage for his re-election campaign, expected to kick off officially about six weeks from now.
It is the country’s worst kept secret that the Budget presentation has been advanced by several weeks in order to facilitate President Rajapaksa’s preferred dates to announce a presidential election early next year. Committee stages and second and third readings of the Budget will all be concluded before the announcement is expected shortly after the President completes his fourth year of his second term in office on 18 November. Read the rest of this entry »

New avatar looms over Rama’s Bridge
Indian ‘Suez’ canal through Palk Strait may scuttle Lanka’s shipping hopes.

Source: Sunday Times

THE POINT: “……………..Or, one day soon, sitting on the dock of the bay, wondering where have all the ships gone, are we to take cold comfort of knowing that we can at least lease it to China as a naval base and attempt to reduce our losses by becoming another pearl dangling on her Indian Ocean string?”

It is not so much a few Tamil Nadu fishermen poaching in the Palk Straits that Lanka will have to worry about but rather the resurrection this week of an Indian plan to dredge a canal through the narrow stretch of sea that separates India and Lanka which will enable future ships to give Lankan ports a welcome miss.

On the cards is not the issue of a few Tamil Nadu boats in Lankan custody or a few Tamil Nadu fishermen in Lankan cells but an issue of more serious import which is set to strike at the very heart of Lanka’s bubbling shipping industry and may well scuttle her grandiose vision to become the hub, the miracle, the epi centre of an emerging Asia. Read the rest of this entry »

Make death penalty a little more entertaining

Source: Utube

Bankers who launder the drug money must be crucified upside down.  Like this, George Carlin comes out with novel ideas non stop.  Ideas just flows off his mouth with winks. Viewing is believing.  The novel variety of practical ideas for capital punishments reminds me of the Vickram’s Tamil film Annien (Alien) I saw more than five years ago.  Prepare yourself to bear with the constant use of the word F******. It’s not canned but live guffaw throughout the 1+ hour show.  With some knowledge of what is happening in the world, this video will be educative, thought provoking and entertaining. Read the rest of this entry »

Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has ‘made serious DNA error’
‘Error of nomenclature’ undermines case against Polish immigrant barber accused of carrying out the atrocities in 1888

Steve Connor, Science Editor, Source: Independent UK

It was supposed to have been the definitive piece of scientific evidence that finally exposed the true identify of Jack the Ripper after he had brutally murdered at least five women on the streets of Whitechapel in the East End of London, 126 years ago.

A 23-year-old Polish immigrant barber called Aaron Kosminski was “definitely, categorically and absolutely” the man who carried out the atrocities in 1888, according to a detailed analysis of DNA extracted from a silk shawl allegedly found at the scene of one of his murders. Read the rest of this entry »

Part One
Source Sunday Times
The Sathasivam murder of 1951 shocked and shook up Colombo high society. Stephen Prins looks at a six-decade-old case that still provokes argument and stirs strong emotions

Swinging high and low, laughing and gulping the salty air blowing in from the sea, two little children were playing in a garden in Bambalapitiya, Colombo 4, one morning 63 years ago, while someone somewhere inside the house was strangling their mother to death. Read the rest of this entry »

 An insidious killer

Much concern has been expressed about the presence of high levels of arsenic etc. in some food items in this country. The prevalence of chronic kidney disease has also been attributed to water contaminated with heavy metals among other things. Scientists, doctors and the media have succeeded in raising the level of public awareness of the dangers of heavy metals and other harmful substances in the widely used agrochemicals. But, the danger posed by lead has apparently been taken for granted. Read the rest of this entry »

The Israeli citizens trying to win the Arab World’s answer to X Factor

by Matthew Champion Source Independent

When two young people returned home from a televised singing contest their passports were confiscated and they were at risk of up to four years in jail.

Their apparent crime? Manal Mousa, 25, and Haitham Khalaily, 24, are Arab Israelis and they had appeared on Arab Idol – the Arab world’s answer to X Factor – in Lebanon, officially designated an enemy country. Read the rest of this entry »

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