22 October, 2021

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Conspiracy Theorists

By Kumar David

Prof. Kuma David

As you read this an ogre would have been ushered out of the White House. It has been the season of conspiracy theories and one attracting great attraction is QANON, a movement with a large following which broadcasts gibberish that Donald Trump is the leader of a war against Satan-worshipping elitist paedophiles in a government, business and the media hell bent on destroying the great republic. Sure they are loonies but polls indicate there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions, who believe this bizarre theory. Traffic on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube has exploded since the movement first surfaced in 2017. There are more such nutty movements in the US and my prediction is that commotion and conflict will be prolonged for long after noon today in DC when old Joe is sworn in. Crushing these loonies is not a problem that inevitably is on course. The fear is that as we have so often witnessed repression opens the door to unjust repression thereafter.

China says it is fighting “three evil forces” of separatism, terrorism, and extremism in Xinjiang Province where 11 million Uighurs live. It says its “training measures” are necessary to combat these evils. Fiction in Chinse politics dates back to Mao Tse Tung’s later years when he completely lost his marbles, but this case of fiction belongs to today’s China. Conspiracy theory is the stuff of political power across the world and across time.

There is a fact-and-conspiracy-theory laced documentary alleging that global elites have orchestrated the pandemic. It includes futuristic comments about a post-capitalist world heralded by technologies that make work redundant; I think Marx would have approved of this part. But the rest of the video is a mix of fantasy and fact. In a word hair-raising conspiracy theories abound all over the world and Sri Lanka has no shortage. If you have 50 minute to relax, the video will take you on a journey that is both surreal and stimulating.

Space permits only one example from Sri Lanka, Sarath Weerasekara, Nandasena’s State Minister of Provincial Councils, railing as follows: “But after we killed Prabhakaran and defeated the LTTE, the most ruthless in the world, we allowed its proxy, the TNA to continue! Ironically, they are the ones who draft the country’s constitution to devolve power to North! It is like, after the Second World War, Churchill inviting the Nazis to come and decide about the foreign policy in UK!” (Sarath Weerasekera in SPUR – Oct. 2018). Weerasekara’s self-assigned mission as State Minister of PCs is to preside over the abolition of PCs while the government of has recently decided to go ahead with PC elections later this year. Anti-Tamil ideologues Gunadasa Amerasekara, obnoxious Weerawansa, odd-ball Gerry Peries and odder-ball Nalin de Silva, all identified with a Nandasena standpoint, together with an assortment of monks and prelates called for the complete abolition of PC. Having killed Prabharan the mistake the Sinhala State made it seem is not finishing off the TNA as well because the Tamils are in a plot to destroy Sinhalae. These people all inhabit an alternative hate universe as do QANON, the Patriot Party, the Nationalist Club and many others – some small some large – in now restless America.

The threat to simple democracy is far more serious in Lanka than the USA because unhinged President will be ushered out of office while you are reading these lines. In mother Lanka the conflict is sharpening up right now and right within the governing party; the knives are out and the draggers are drawn. Mahendra Percy and the Cabinet it seems are going ahead with PC election later this year. All the signals in the previous paragraph are blinking red and though Nanadasena Gotabaya has made a pronouncement this means there is tension between two branches of stagovernment. This may indicate a tacit power struggle which is most unlikely to come into the open but one side will most certainly have to back off. If the President is forced to back off and PC elections go ahead it would signal unambiguously who the source of power is, aiiya or malli. It would be better for Sri Lankan democracy and for ethnic relations aiiya and his parliamentary backers are able to demonstrate supremacy over malli and his military cabal and more racist hangers on. In this instance if Percy prevails over Nandasena it will for the good.

Political lies, presumably like lies in everyday life breed on the experience that if told often enough the story teller himself begins to believe it, as for example do Trump, Weerasekara and Peries. The incorrigible aggravation is that thousands if not millions of followers then make the fabrication gospel truth perpetrating great harm on society.

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    Only solution – split the island into 3 mono ethnic nations equitably. Sinhala Only Elam, Tamil Elam and Muslim Elam.

    Until that is done, SL falls deeper into this violent mess. Do not be too greedy. Take your equitable share of the island and leave now. A divided island into 3 nations will benefit all.

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      GATAM do you think anyone at all would agree? It would lead to permanent conflict.

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        No. It will inconvenience 15% of the people initially but will lead to permanent peace.

        Look around the world. How many wars are there between nations? None. There are 22 internal wars killing people now.

        SL’s internal wars and riots since 1948 have killed many times more than all the India-Pakistan wars combined!

        Otherwise learn to live with riots, discrimination, wars, etc. Do not have any other expectations.

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            Dear GATAM and Eagle Eye
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            I have made a humble request of you at the bottom of this page of comments. Will you please tell me what you think about my observations there?

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          GATAM,
          “It will inconvenience 15% of the people initially but will lead to permanent peace.”
          —–
          Ranil gave one third of the country to Prabhakaran on a platter to bring permanent peace. Did that work?
          —-
          “We all came from Africa. End of story.”

          Try to convince Demalu and Muslims. Then no need to split the country.

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            Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye

            “Ranil gave one third of the country to Prabhakaran on a platter to bring permanent peace. “

            Initially the Colonial Masters and then Hindians gave the island to the bigoted Sinhala/Buddhists.

            Not only it did not but the Sinhala/Buddhists ruined the island.
            You may not see it because you have been sitting on your head since your birth.

            Is it HLD M that is sitting on your head?

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      GATAM,
      “split the island into 3 mono ethnic nations equitably.”
      —–

      What a ‘Pina’ chance for Demalu and Marakkalayo who came from Hindusthan and settled down in Sinhale and did not sacrifice a single life to protect this country from ‘Para’ invaders. During British rule, instead of fighting against the colonial rulers occupying this country these two groups joined the British and massacred Native Sinhalayo who fought against Brits. Several Sinhalayo and Buddhist monks went in front of British firing squads but not a single Demala or Marakkala person faced firing squads of Brits. In fact, it was Demalu and Marakkalayo who served in British firing squads.

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        only the Kandyans led by their Nayakkar King fought the British until betrayed by a chief. The low country sinhalayas, some brought to peel cinnamon (salagama) beat drums and tap toddy were servile scum of the Portuguese and Dutch. Sinhalyas have some great fibs. Hope Eagle Eye gets his vaccine from his mother country soon. It may cure his blindness

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          By the time British arrived the kingdom of Jaffna and Kotte were subjugated . However there is one major difference , the Tamil kingdom of Jaffna fought against the Portuguese and this resistance still continued in the Vanni until Pandara Vanniyan was defeated in the 1800s by the British. The so called Sinhalese Kotte kingdom on the other hand m surrendered to the Portuguese without a fight and to add insult to injury thousands of Sinhalese mercenaries from the Kotte kingdom were hired by the Portuguese to fight against the Tamil kingdom of Jaffna. Contrary to the fibs that Sinhalese are now stating , it was the Sinhalese who invited all these foreign powers to the island , to interfere, as one Sinhalese ruler wanted to depose another or to teach the Tamil kings and aristocracy a lesson. The Dutch to chase the Portuguese , who were invited , then the British to chase the Dutch and the Tamil Nayakkar king of Kandy. Now they are inviting China and everyone else to interfere into the affairs of the island as they still want to subjugate the Tamils. Do not care what happens to the island or its people, as long as the Tamils from the North and East are destroyed.

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            There were no Tamil Nayakkar kings. They were Thelugu from Andra Pradesh and they worked in Sinhala only. The 1815 Kandyan Convention was written in Sinhala and English only.

            Sinhalas joined Portuguese in defeating Tamils in Jaffna for a good reason. Tamil king of Jaffna killed Buddhist monks. That was avenged pretty soon.

            Sinhala rulers invited the Portuguese, the Dutch, the French and the British to govern SL out of petty jealousy for their own brothers or cousins and to expel one invader at the expense of another. Such stupidity!

            Over a million Tamil slaves were brought into the country by the British alone for tobacco, cocoa and tea plantations. None left. Not only SL. British took Tamil slaves to Malaysia, Burma, South Africa, etc. Those countries are larger with a higher native population so the Tamil percentage is low. Unfortunately Tamil population of SL is much higher due to lower native population.

            In 1948 British gave Independence to Sinhalas (and their subservient Tamils and Muslims). The independence event was over champagne and a BBQ!

            Anyhow what matters now is how to split the island into 3 nations for permanent peace and self determination of every community. Sinhala rule since 1948 ruined SL for everyone.

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              Please learn your history Thullukan Gaddam. It is because of Muslims like you who constantly deny their Tamil origin and heritage, help any anti Tamil to destroy the Tamils , to prove a point that you Sri Lankan Muslims are not Tamil but something else, run behind Sinhalese , Arabs or anyone whom you think will benefit you economically and politcally, that Tamils are very suspicious and do not like you people, as most of us think you are opportunistic turncoats and selfish to the core A people who deny their own origin and heritage and shamelessly run behind an imagined heritage and origin , thinking this will make you look better and benefit you . A largely low caste Indian Tamil Immigrant convert does not look good , compared to claiming I am descended from imagined Arab traders..

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                Now for the Kandy Naickers. They originated from Madurai Tamil Nadu where they have been living for centuries. Not from Andhra Pradesh or Telengana, The Naickers have a Telugu origin but by the time they arrived here as rulers , they were properly Tamilized and spoke Tamil as their mother tongue and considered themselves as a Tamil caste/ community, that had a distant Telugu origin.These people had no connection with Andhara Pradesh or Telengana. Even if some of them spoke Telugu , it was pidgin Telugu that would have sounded horrible to an actual Telugu speaker. Telugu is a very beautiful language , where every word ends with a vowel , just like Italian. This is why it is widely used in Carnatic Music. Very easy and melodious to listen. Just like Italian, The Kandy Naickers promoted and used Tamil everywhere and made Tamil not Telugu as one of the languages of the Kandyan court . As they considered themselves Tamil. This is why many of their descendants signed the Kandyan convention in Tamil. Prior to the Nayakars the kings of Kandy used to marry Pandian Tamil princesses as make them their queens and many so called Kandyan noble have Pandian Tamil ancestry. After the fall of the Pandians , the started to marry into these Tamil Nayakkars from Madurai. Both King Senarath’s sons married the Tamil princesses from Jaffna .

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                  The last Nayyakar king of Kandy and his family were deported by the British to their native Tamil Nadu and not to Andhra or Telengana , as they were considered Tamils . His descendants still live there. Please do not distort history Thullukan. Thullukans are very cunning and devious and generally want to create trouble , dissension , just to benefit themselves.
                  Prior to the Nayakars the kings of Kandy used to marry Pandian Tamil princesses as make them their queens and many so called Kandyan noble have Pandian Tamil ancestry. After the fall of the Pandians , the started to marry into these Tamil Nayakkars from Madurai. Both King Senarath’s sons married the Tamil princesses from Jaffna . The last Nayyakar king of Kandy and his family were deported by the British to their native Tamil Nadu and not to Andhra or Telengana , as they were considered Tamils . His descendants still live there. Please do not distort history Thullukan. Thullukans are very cunning and devious and generally want to create trouble , dissension , just to benefit themselves.

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            It was the same during ancient times too. Contenders for the Sinhalese throne inviting their close Tamil relatives from South Indian to intervene on one side or the other . Just like Kasiappa and his half brother Mugalan. Asking their Tamil Granpa, Uncle, Cousin , Brother in law from the then Tamil Chera , Chola and Pandian ( especially the Pandian kingdoms ) to intervene. Later the Mahavamsa fairy tale stated these were invasions. Invasions my foot. 10% of this may have been invasions but 90% of these incursions were to intervene by invitation. Not only did they intervene but also brought in lots of immigrants, soldiers , artisans and other craftsmen , to settle and strengthen the rule of the person , they intervened and all these South Indian Tamil immigrants over the centuries became Sinhalese

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          Eagle,
          “In fact, it was Demalu and Marakkalayo who served in British firing squads”
          Who served in the firing squad that shot SWRD? Were they Anglicans in yellow robes? One of them was doing sexual acrobatics in the Kelani Vihara! 🤣🤣🤣

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        YOU EE always show well how u were brought up. Please dont open ur cesspit wieder only s**t obviously come out. Please the name of good sinhalayas, avoid ur derogatory terms. That can nt anyone forward. 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎 see how beautiful Biden s speech the nation today. Our b******puthas were overwlmed and spoke only about sinhala Buddhists as if we are all racists. The truth is all sinhalaya are not racist s. The same is the truth with tamils, muslims and burghers😉😉😉😉😉😉

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          Dear LM,

          I have some material to pass on to you which I am sure of that you will be glad to go through. Please do tell me how to do it.

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            Leave me ur e mail so that I could contact u separately. 😉

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          Sorry being somewhat rude, I cant tolerate EE s racial statements anymore. So if my previous post to EE caused angers, forgive me thanks and get back to u in a couple of days

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            L.M,
            Anger? I’m still laughing.😂

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        EE,

        We all came from Africa. End of story.

        What matters now is how to stop continuing grievances and achieve aspirations of all ethnic groups. The only way to do that is to split SL into 3 mono ethnic nations equitably.

        Don’t be so greedy EE. Something is better than nothing. Today Sinhalas do not have a nation. Do they? They try to call this pickle theirs! No way!

        Even your most popular singer today Nanda Malini sang “leave us alone and leave our dry land to us without wetting it with our blood” (the voice of a northerner to the Sinhala army). The songs and concerts were banned in 1987. A 180 degree shift from her who sang “this is our Sinhala nation” in 1960s. She refuses to sing it today.

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          JADAM

          “We all came from Africa. End of story.”

          Are you sure all of you came from Africa?
          Some proud people believe/claim they came out of Bengal, as a result of bestiality, parricide, and incestuous relation.

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        Eagle,
        “In fact, it was Demalu and Marakkalayo who served in British firing squads”
        Who served in the firing squad that shot SWRD? Were they Anglicans in yellow robes? One of them was doing sexual acrobatics in the Kelani Vihara! 🤣🤣🤣

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          SWRD was killed by what he worshipped. Division is not the answer then or now. Covid has clearly shown that even the virus is struggling to unify and attack its targets regardless of language, sex or religion. We need to learn from this global pandemic, which has no respect for persons. So unify into one nation. One president is responsible for all citizens, who need to belong here. They must work for the common good of all people, without competing to dictate and destroy their own kind, but do service to all. Surely there is no competition in samsara, but all reap what they have sown. Justice is real regardless of our religious thinking. Our behaviors and motives have consequences. So be it

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      Sorry GATAM,
      we the majority have ALREADY decided that Islamic Caliphate will be setup inside Tamil Ealam which will accommodate all Tamil speaking people scattered across the island irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival. You think Saudi Arabia can change that?
      To understand how you will be dealt with mutiply your own sentiments by 1000:
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      GATAM / November 7, 2020
      Sri Lankan Buddhists are the most intolerant, superstitious, jealous and naive people I have ever met across 34 countries I traveled. They would worship any tree, clay thing, alien or politician for benefit. World Buddhists must steer clear of this intolerant tribe.
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      GATAM get this into your dumb head:
      You f***** b******* must steer clear of this intolerant tribe.

      Soma

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        Soma, your language shows that you are a Buddhist.
        Buddha called it “Samma waachaa”!!

        Thanks for showing the problem!

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          GATAM
          You are right . Not only words , thoughts also. We despise you 1,000 times you despise us as you have told us:
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          GATAM / November 7, 2020
          Sri Lankan Buddhists are the most intolerant, superstitious, jealous and naive people I have ever met across 34 countries I traveled. They would worship any tree, clay thing, alien or politician for benefit. World Buddhists must steer clear of this intolerant tribe.
          /
          Sticking around like leaches you are so lowly creatures witout an iota of self respect. Before you advise World Buddhists why don’t you stinky b******* steer clear of this intolerant tribe?
          Get that into your dumb head and pass it down to your other scheming thoppiyas.

          Soma

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            Soma,

            You show such intolerance and hatred! Let me guess. You must be a Buddhist from SL. Am I right? No one else is capable of so much hatred.

            Other Buddhist nations like Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Burma have no FTA, defence pact with poor SL. So they have heeded that advice!

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              GATAM
              What the f*** you are showing when you say
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              GATAM / November 7, 2020
              Sri Lankan Buddhists are the most intolerant, superstitious, jealous and naive people I have ever met across 34 countries I traveled. They would worship any tree, clay thing, alien or politician for benefit. World Buddhists must steer clear of this intolerant tribe.
              /
              If that is love you are capable of I can imagine the hatred you leeches are capable of while sucking our blood.
              Get the hell out of this intolerant tribe if you have any self respect.

              Soma

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              JADAM

              “You must be a Buddhist from SL.”

              Buddhists are innocent, pious, naive, ….somewhat a stupid people.
              On the contrary Soman is a bigoted Sinhala/Buddhist racist, definitely a recently converted kallathonie descendant from South India.

              Soman is very proud being a Sinhala/Buddhist racist for only they have the licence to kill, loot, rape, burn down properties and people alive, ….. with impunity. Some earn a very good living from kappang, looting, arson, contract killing, ….

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      Dear GATAM (and Soma)
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      You guys go on and on about ethnic issues and seem not to really read the articles that appear on this site.
      .
      I have made a humble request of you at the bottom of this page of comments. Will you please tell me what you think about my observations there?
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe aka “Sinhala_Man”

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        Sinhala_Man

        “You guys go on and on about ethnic issues and seem not to really read the articles that appear on this site.”

        Being born and bred on this island they have nothing better to do. So do millions of people of this island.
        Perhaps it is the curse of Kuveni.

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        Dear SM,
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        Thank you. This is very true.
        Sorry, I did not come to CT post during the last few days.
        .
        We finally have to focus on the articles before going to jump on to comment contents.
        :
        Thank you SM, I have no doubt I will not take that much of time to waste much of my time unncessarily on this platform.

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    Good for who? Definitely not for the country.

    “In this instance if Percy prevails over Nandasena it will for the good.”

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      Nandasena verses sons Percy sired will be a nasty battle. A dog eat dog battle. But Percy was rejected by the people in 2015. So no more Percy.

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    China says it is fighting “three evil forces” of separatism, terrorism, and extremism in Xinjiang Province where 11 million Uighurs live.
    *
    Did China not say things not very different about the rioters in Hong Kong?
    I wonder if anyone remembers KD’s take on that.

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      SJ

      China forgot to inform you it is also fighting in another front,

      Gravitas: Is China botching up another outbreak?
      https://www.wionews.com/videos/gravitas-is-china-botching-up-another-outbreak-357827

      This maybe Hindian’s black propaganda.

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        Dear Native Vedda,
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        That’s very bad news. Let’s hope that it is indeed “Hindian’s black propaganda.” Sounded true enough.
        .
        Actually, that Indian presenter is a very pretty girl, and speaks beautifully! Oh, dear, is it permitted to say that she’s as sweet and convincing as can be?

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          Sinhala_Man

          Well are you being tempted by a temptress?
          Cannot trust an old man with a temptress.

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          S.M,
          She’s sweet but not particularly convincing.

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            Thanks, NV and oc,
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            Yes, I see that I’m being tempted! Also, oc, I think that I genuinely blundered when I didn’t see that the 50-minutes if taken in its entirety as proof of a plan to take over the World is incorrect. I have never believed that COVID is a Chinese conspiracy, so what I’ve been guilty of is responding to the parts without rejecting the clearly stated conclusion. Now let me see what else gets said.
            .
            I’ll be back – perhaps tomorrow.
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            So, I’ve not heeded Kumar’s warning that over-all it is fantasy, but there are facts that are worrying. I’m sure that the pandemic “just came”, but the observation that dictators like ours could use them to subjugate us is valid.
            .
            On the other hand, I’m sure that the regime would never have wanted COVID-19 to be raging. Ruining the Economy benefits nobody.

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            old codger

            “She’s sweet but not particularly convincing.”

            A friend of mine who read your above comment believes you need to increase your intake of Durian dosages. Any truth in that?

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              Native,
              This WION channel is India’s version of Fox News. Noise without substance.

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                old codger

                I am not a regular viewer of this channel therefore I am not in a position to comment on its quality, however it is bit different from NDTV which is too loud, noisy and can’t understand what they are presenting.

                What will happen if one of our anchors regularly prick our leaders’ pride?

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                  NV,
                  Indian channels are generally too noisy, with too much shouting back and forth, just like ours. It must be some South Asian cultural thing.

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    Prof. Kumar putting Ex President Trump in line with the ultimate Modaya Rear Admirable is serious mistake. Trump has a follower-ship, believes he improved the stock market, controlled immigration, Middle East and Israel Peace building, Qatar back in team, …….,things like that. At start he went against Saudi for killing Khashoggi. Tried a deal with North Korea. But he is rough and crude. He hated Iran and China. Firing without hiring is his way. Did Social Media ever extradite any of the Lankawe government members from their membership? But they cut off Trump when his comments were not in order. The standard there is different. This racist Real Admirable is a War Criminal. He will never believe any thing he tells. He always knows what he saying is. That is for sure.

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    Yes, conspiracy theories will appeal to Sri Lankans. Our IQ is below the Asian average. Our per person productivity is much below accepted standards and our service standards are appalling.

    This will apply to all, no one is above this, as it is the law of karma.

    This means doctors in this country kill their patients, lawyers ruin their clients, architects make buildings that collapse , street cleaner leaves most of the dirt on the road, the clerk can attend to only one file a week, the teacher has not really understood her subject…. and all this because of a conspiracy in Washington, London, New Delhi or Beijing !.

    And of course in the times of our Kings this was heaven on earth !

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    billionaire-Adani buying Eastern Terminal of billionaire Rajapaksa

    ttps://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-11-03/billionaire-adani-set-to-develop-sri-lanka-s-port-terminal

    The families have a common thread – corruption

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    QANON was watching the inauguration ceremony for the new president. They were galvanized with expectation. At any moment they expected their God Emperor Donald Trump to come marching in and taking charge. They wanted to see former president Bill Clinton and his wife who were present at the ceremony BEHEADED on live TV! They were there watching to see blood. They also wanted to see President Biden and Vice president Kamala Harris BEHEADED. They had been brain washed by their spiritual Leader Q that these people were running a pedophile and that they belonged to a global cabal who practiced cannibalism. That is the power of social media. This is a totally unregulated medium which has the freedom of the wild ass to do whatever it wants. Its algorithms are designed to hook people and addict them.

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      Pedophile Ring Sorry.

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    Cambridge Analytica founded by Richard Mercer the shadowy billionaire who funded trump and gave him Steve Bannon got caught in a sting. In this sting on record is an unknown Sri Lankan trying to arrange a deal to use social media to boost the Rajapakshe’s in an election that was about to happen I do not remember the year. An Amazing array of misinformation, lies and manipulation based on social media was on offer. However, it backfired spectacularly. The Rajapakshes were and still are masters at manipulating social media to make its followers believe whatever bull crap they want them to accept. As time went during the inauguration and First VP Kamala Harris and then President Joe Biden took their oaths of office QANON worshipers got more and more disillusioned and began to wonder out aloud if their God Emperor and their Spiritual leader Q had bull shitted them. They went silent. Similarly the game baiyas have also gone silent. They have now realized that their emperor has no clothes. Some even deny ever having voted for the SLPP. Reality can be cruel when you finally come off the drug called social media.

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    There is a book in the name White Haired Goddess by Lin Yu Tang which aptly explains the birth of the Red Guards of Mao Tse Tung and evolution of the present Chinese Regime. Strong belief in Hegemony is in the chemistry of the Chinese mind.

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      Dear Sinhala man
      My intention is to discourage blanket commets like
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      Sri Lankan Buddhists are the most intolerant, superstitious, jealous and naive people I have ever met across 34 countries I traveled. They would worship any tree, clay thing, alien or politician for benefit. World Buddhists must steer clear of this intolerant tribe.
      /
      and to encourage b******* like GATAM to steer clear of this intolerant tribe for their own good. He must follow what he advises to others.

      Is GATAM a poisonous snake pretending to be belonging to a particular community which he is not with the obvious malicious intention.?

      Soma
      (I circulated GATAM’s comments to all my friends as a favour to him)

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        soman

        “Sri Lankan Buddhists are the most intolerant, superstitious, jealous and naive people I have ever met across 34 countries I traveled. “

        No they are not however they are indeed naive, innocent …. if not plain stupid.
        The ones who are intolerant, superstitious, jealous, dangerous, nasty, …… murderous, immoral, …. are the Sinhala/Buddhists, you included.

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          Dear Soma,
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          Buddhism, as a philosophy is highly thought of by all intelligent people. Since I was not brought up as a Buddhist I may be less familiar with it than those who had received instalments of the philosophy and the lore connected with it since almost infancy. However, I know Buddhism as one of the greatest efforts to come to terms with the human condition.
          .
          There are few efforts to discredit the Buddha Dharma, except by the totally ignorant.
          .
          I know myself to be more Sinhalese than I’m usually conscious of. I’ve worked in two other countries, and visited a third (all Islamic), and such experiences make one conscious of the positives in Sinhala culture.
          .
          What many target is what is labelled “Sinhala-Buddhism”. When the culture and the religion are conjoined, as is often the case in Sri Lanka today, it is that toxic brew that is regularly attacked in these columns.
          .
          I find GATAM rather enigmatic at times, but such an approach has its advantages, although I usually adopt the diametrically opposite approach of being as transparent as possible.

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    Nandasena said that he has two faces but for me he has many faces. Weerasekara is one face, Weerawanse and Gammanpila in another face, Mahinda, Vasudeva is another face, Basil is another face like many other faces. As you said the Lies they spread are one face to cheat Buddhists. Giving half of East Colombo harbour is another face to cheat India. Making Al-Sabri as Justice minister is another face to cheat Muslims and divide Muslims. Releasing Pillayan and making Viyalenthiran and Douglas to cheat and divide Tamils is another face. Totally Gota is a Ghost cheating all Sri Lankans.
    Where is the development?
    Where is the one rule of law?
    Where is the action against big corruptions like Bond Scam, MIC deal scam, Ptsunami fund scam? Sri Lankan airline scam, Hambantota harbour deal scam?

    When the country is burning some of us are talking about threat of TNA, LTTE, ISIS which are non-exist.

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    Dear GATAM & Soma,
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    Have carefully read Prof. Kumar’s article and looked at the incredibly well-organised video that he has linked us to? Must you always start speculating how to divide our little island? Have that your own way!
    .
    What is now at stake is our entire planet. Please don’t repeat what you have said fifty times, minimum, on CT.
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    So many brilliant comments from a range of outstanding people and they all fit seamlessly together. And it’s only a week old. This is a must-read for all human beings. We must educate our countrymen about these crucially important issues.

    The problem that we face is getting other Sinhalese people in Sri Lanka who don’t know English to pay heed to these warnings about the way The World is headed. I agree that if we put Artificial Intelligence to use we’d see a paradise here – for the short period that we are blessed to live on Planet Earth. Unfortunately, in our country, we seem to be fighting one another on what we imagine are important racial and religious considerations.

    Please, those who have seen this, forward it to as many as possible.

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      That 50-minute video is of very high quality, and takes up more than a gigabyte, but it is well worth looking at. I’ve already encountered one grumble that it takes up too much data!
      .
      https://rumble.com/vcstt7-the-reason-why-covid-19-pandemic-was-created-and-our-future.html
      .

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        SM,
        I am afraid you have got the wrong end of the stick. As Prof. David says
        “But the rest of the video is a mix of fantasy and fact.”
        In other words, utter rubbish, which he has posted as an example of misleading conspiracy theories. Be careful what you promote!

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          Dear oc,
          .
          Yes, by now I’ve assessed more carefully why Kumar has given us that link. It is not for us to swallow that particular conspiracy theory wholesale.
          .
          It certainly is well-produced, and worth the reading. Even though the overt intention of blaming the pandemic on China is almost certainly wrong, quite a few interesting things get said.
          .
          I’ve been postponing saying anything more until now about 5.00 pm I see that the new comments have come in. Thanks for what you’ve said, with which I had begun to agree a few hours ago!
          .
          Let me hope that others will also be on their guard; Kumar has clearly stated that this is “rubbish”.

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            S.M,
            Nowadays anybody, with freely available software, can produce very convincing videos and put them on a website , or YouTube. You don’t even need a studio, the software will give you a virtual one. You must always check who the source is. If the Sunday Times or Reuters tells you the Earth is flat, you better believe it, but not on April 1st. If some guy in a basement tells you that, don’t.

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              old codger

              (…… If the Sunday Times or Reuters tells you the Earth is flat, you better believe it, but not on April 1st….)

              How do the crooks convince 6.9 million in this island that they could import free rice from the moon and 76 million in the USA that the earth has its own parallel universe?

              Why do some people take Gota, Mahinda, Dinesh, Sarath, Sarath again, Dayan, Kamal Gunaratne, Wimal, Channa, ……. seriously?

              Can you believe Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa is the Honorable Minister of Small & Medium Business and Enterprise Development, Industries and Supply chain Management?

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              SM,
              Here is a very good (and short) example:

              https://www.facebook.com/442668942581631/posts/1607355116113002/

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              Dear oc
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              Alexei Navalny: NAVALNY
              .
              Now, this is no conspiracy theory. I’m sure that you know all about him, but it’s now time for all Sri Lankans to hear of him. Please use Wikipedia to educate yourself.
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              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexei_Navalny
              .
              I’ve been following his fortunes for more than ten years. Without a doubt, we’ll be hearing more on him during the next few days. I’ve seen the 115-minute film on Putin’s Palace, with English subtitles. – I think that this is it. There are also a number of brief previews.
              .
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipAnwilMncI&feature=emb_title
              .
              https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-55778334
              .
              That’s the BBC – settles issiues of reliability for us Post-Colonials, doesn’t it?
              .

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                SM,
                “That’s the BBC – settles issiues of reliability for us Post-Colonials,”
                Not really. If the BBC tells you that 100,000 people demonstrated, then you must check out RT or Al Jazeera too. Remember that there were supposed to be WMD’s in Iraq? And why is everyone bothered about planned Iranian nukes when there are functional ones in Israel? The trick is in knowing which lines to read between.

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                  Dear oc,
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                  You’re a conscientious guy. So, you returned to check.
                  .
                  Thanks.

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      Dear Sinhala man
      Certainly the AI genie is out of the bottle. So far the what the capitalists heve been successfull is manipulation of free speech. Their present attempt to manipulate the free thinking will consume they themselves. They will not be able to insulate themselves.
      .
      Biological experiments are not carried out with the express intention of threatening the other with a deadly virus but to develop protective methodolgies if the other deploys the same in your society. So everybody is busy in the lab and anything is likely to happen including accidents and terrorists stealing from the lab.
      .
      All big guys want 5G thinking that the other with 5G will have an edge. This is an easy tool in the hands of governments to control the masses. They can easily get the reins by creating fear phychosis.
      .
      From another perspective if this is the way human evolution is destined no individual or a group can be blamed.
      We could be the last lucky generation.

      Soma

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        Yes, Soma, that thought has been with me for some months now, that the most fortunate humans were those who lived their lives before all these lock-downs were imposed.
        .
        So, the last fortunate generation may have been that which preceded us.
        .
        As you say, peace through mutual terrorisation has now been with us for more than a hundred years as a dominant strategy.

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        soman

        “……………………. Their present attempt to manipulate the free thinking will consume they themselves. They will not be able to insulate themselves.”

        What the hell are you talking about?
        In this island people didn’t need AI to manipulate their brain.

        A few magic words “Hocus pocus”, such as , Demela, Thambiya, Sinhala/Buddhism, Aryan, Mahawamsa, Federalism, riots, Arson, ….. UNHRC, Singhe Le, Sinhala/Buddhist country, war crimes, ….. are sufficiently effective in getting an e****ion.

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        soman

        “This is an easy tool in the hands of governments to control the masses. “

        No need for expensive investments in plant and equipment.
        All Gota needs to do is activate his fleet of white vans.
        Kidnap one or two young Tamils, let them escape, shoot them to kill, then plant old LTTE weapons, …. claim LTTE’s attempt to kill Gota was foiled ……… encounter ….
        That will do the trick.

        “From another perspective if this is the way human evolution is destined no individual or a group can be blamed.”

        You know very well that this island has been suffering from arrested development since the early 1950s, evolution came to full stop when the people were brain washed to celebrate the public racist Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala. Human Evolution took place sadly outside this island.

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    Solution to most of the problems we have in Sri Lanka cannot be resolved within a short period of time. There should be political commitment beyond short term quick fixes to win elections.

    The most effective move which the Govt can take is to change the education system as follows:

    – No segregation of schools based on religions or languages, all schools should teach all religions and languages.
    – There should be no separate religious classes for various religious children, there should be only one subject in which all religions are taught. Children can follow their own religious teachings during the weekends.
    – All the children should be taught all three languages Sinhala, Tamil and English.

    Those who oppose this would be the monks and leaders of various religions and racial politicians. The others who will oppose this would bring out the point that we do not have the teachers to teach all three religions in one class. This could be easily solved by centralized digital teaching from limited number of teachers telecasting the lessons through TVs to all schools. All that Govt should do is to facilitate internet and TVs to all schools. This could easily be done even by soliciting support from various governments around the world. For example the new US Govt of Biden-Kamala would be more than willing to support SL on this.

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      B1,
      “For example the new US Govt of Biden-Kamala would be more than willing to support SL on this.”
      Yes, and there will be lots of pinheads in SL who would be more than willing to believe conspiracy theories about a corridor from Trinco to Colombo using 5G.

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    Dear Prof. David
    A very interesting article, even as you say a stimulating one The Rumble video clip of 52 minutes’ is worth every minute. Yes, I have been closely watching the comings and goings of the pandemic for a while. We have our David Icke among others in the UK who have been warning of “world domination” by a select few.
    Conspiracy theory or not and believe it or not we are in a totally different world since the start of pandemic in February 2020. As for SL, I leave with the wisdom of Lord Buddha.
    “No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again”. Buddha

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      RN
      I came across the 52 minute video some days ago and watched it in parts.
      One may call it conspiracy theory or whatever one chooses to. But there in is a pointer to vested interests that are at work to scare the population into submission.
      Do we know the real mortality to infection ratio? Estimates vary from 0.2% to over 2%.
      Have we ever been told that COVID-19 is another Influenza? That is rarely said so that the general impression is that it is a microbial man-eating monster.
      Informed dissent and doubt (not conspiracy theories) about the effectiveness of vaccines, side effects and after effects have been mostly silenced by a variety of means, with the help of the might of electronic and print media.
      Covidophobia has gripped whole populations the way Islamophobia recently did and still does, and other phobias like Russophobia and Sinophobia did during the Cold War (and stirred up again).
      *
      I am not dismissive of a need for necessary protective and preventive measures.
      But there should be a sense of proportion.
      Have we been told how effective clampdowns are? Have we thought about their impact of harsh measures on human well-being, both physical and emotional, besides the economic impact.
      Do we discuss why some countries have been much more effective than their wealthier neighbours in keeping infection and mortality down?

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        Dear SJ
        You have a valid point and it’s true that for a commoner like me it is somewhat hard to comprehend the various efficacies of the pandemics, whether manmade or otherwise
        The fact of the matter remains that Covid 19 has brought about devastating damage to life, economy, social behaviour and the rest.

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          RN
          Thanks.
          What bothers me is that there is no sane discussion of the pros and cons of crucial decisions.
          I fear that the culprit is not Covid-19 but the state in most instances with knee-jerk reactions.
          We seem to be led by our noses without protest with the facial mask pulled over our eyes.

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            SJ,
            “We seem to be led by our noses without protest”
            What would you expect when even medical doctors in Parliament drink untested concoctions without protest?
            The sheep will always follow the naked Emperor.

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              OC
              We know our plight.
              But we harbour illusions about others that we are asked to emulate.
              People have been led to wars based on fabrications facilitated by the ‘Free Press’.

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    Dear Ratnam Nadarajah,
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    Thanks for confirming that the 50-minute video is the most important part of this article. From what I have gauged of this Professor, he’s not the sort of egoist who would mind my saying that what he has generously linked us to is more amazing than anything else on this page.
    .
    However, I may have been unfair in criticising other commenters. How all those World Developments will impact on our island is what this article is about. Here’s something that tells us how well-received throughout the World the Washington changes have been:
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    https://edition.cnn.com/2021/01/21/media/biden-inauguration-global-front-pages-scli-intl/index.html
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    India – more specifically the little village of Thulasendrapuram, is very close indeed to Velivettithurai. Much closer to us than Chennai. Kamala Devi has visited the area many times.
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    https://www.ndtv.com/video/news/news/us-vice-president-kamala-harris-tamil-nadu-villages-celebrate-as-kamala-harris-creates-history-572976
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    I operate on the premises that my Sinhalese ancestors were mostly from South India. Kamala must at all times be an American politician; a person whom I will never meet. However, I hereby claim that a DNA test will prove me to be her two-hundredth cousin.
    .
    It won’t be a rash prediction to say that in January 2025 there’s a better than even chance that she will be POTUS. Let’s not wait until then to claim kinship!
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    https://www.aninews.in/news/world/us/vice-president-kamala-harris-beyond-the-superlatives20210121220208/
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    Dear Panini
    Thanks. Will need to ponder over the night, to comment on your comments. But never say, never, Kamala our distant cousin might visit Sri Lanka!!
    Suffice to say, what a relief for the free world, that man is gone from the White House

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    The comments by all the readers are as usual fall in to twogroups—1] hard core Sinhala Buddhists Fundamentalists who wants to treat the minorities as inhumans/2nd class citizens. 2] Sensible/Peace loving citizens belonging to all Sri Lankan.
    We need to allow the authors of articles to go through all the comments and give us a feedback. People who elected Gota as president hoped he will be a fair reasonable law abiding ruler rather than a promotor of corrupted/murderers/ religious and Ethnic haters/supressers. There was no meritocracy in appointing ambassodors/ Ministers/ Judiciary/ etc etc. We are still in long long tunnel waiting to see the light at the end.
    SAD SAD SAD

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      N
      Are you sure that Category-2 included no bigots besides those in Category-1.
      I fear that the number left out far exceed those in Category-1.

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    Dear Panini
    Thanks for the various links. It’s quite useful when someone else has done the hard work. Yes, it’s a
    dawn of a new era in US politics. In that; hate is being replaced with reconciliations and empathy.
    There is so much hate in the world for no particular reason, which is degrading the human race.
    Every human being has the light in the inner core of the inner self that can enable precognition or enlightenment of the hidden knowledge. One does not need to search outside or obtain it from some external source or means One only needs to remove the thick smog of ego and selfishness, that blocks this light.
    “Write in your heart that every day is the best day in the year” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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