16 October, 2021

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My Basil Flies Over The Ocean; Oh, Bring Back My Basil To Me, My Cabinet!

By Rajan Philips

Rajan Philips

Basil Rajapaksa is back in cabinet. He was made a Minister even before he could become an MP. Parliament had to wait for the Executive to swear Brother Basil as Minister before the Speaker could take him in as the new National List MP. SLPP MP Jayantha Ketagoda vacated his spot on the list to make way for his political master. The actor-turned politician was preordained to make this sacrifice, and he will be rewarded, the gossip goes, with a posting down under, as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Australia. Not bad at all for an Actor. Too bad for Academics permanently on the waiting list for an Aussie posting. As postings go, the one who came from Australia is now in Beijing. No one wants to go to Delhi, apparently. Everyone wants to go the US, but some want the US Ambassador in Colombo to mind her business. Especially when it comes to presidential pardons.   

Basil Rajapaksa is a roving dual citizen of the US and Sri Lanka. He alternates between two homes and two countries. Basil flies east, Basil flies west, and Basil flies over the ocean. But Basil is not “My Bonnie lies over the ocean,” the Scottish folk song that apparently was sung by the supporters of “Bonnie Prince Charlie” (Prince Charles Stuart) who went into exile after losing a battle with the English in 1746. As nursery rhymes go, we are sure to hear another adaptation in short order: Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, and all the President’s brothers and nephews could not put him together again. Already, the government as a whole is flying over the cuckoo’s nest.

Basil Rajapaksa is being brought in to change everything that is going untoward and stop the great fall. But the fall has already started. Triggered not so much by the virus as by the government’s incompetence and ineptitude. Nonetheless, the virus is still hugely out of control. The government is not out of control as such; only, it is not in control of anything much. The frustration among government supporters is palpable. The government’s critics are gloating. Even sedate editorial writers are unsparing in their mockery.

Dan Sepada?

Mahinda Rajapaksa is known to have weaponized the rhetorical question: “Dan Sepada?” That was to rhetorically remind voters that they made a huge mistake in defeating him in 2015 and electing instead the ill-married Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government. The SLPP turned it into one of its campaign slogans. Now it is boomeranging the new government. A few weeks ago, Dan Sepada? was the title of The Island (June 21) editorial. After the arrest of a person who had phoned the Mayor of Moratuwa to ask “Dan sepada?” Everyone has heard about the Mayor of Moratuwa and his vaccine antics. He is the SLPP type who got caught. But there are Mayors of other persuasions who are known to have organized special vaccine audiences. Then you hear of the GMOA and its jabs. And you ask, Dan sepada?

There is another political meme doing the rounds, this one printed on the back of a three wheeler by its owner, apparently a supporter of Sajith Premadasa. The message is that it is good Sajith Premadasa lost, otherwise the country would still be thinking that Gotabaya Rajapaksa “is a genius.” Hopefully, no one is thinking Sajith Premadasa is a genius. The country doesn’t have to think of, or look for, ready-made geniuses anymore. It has seen it all. And so quickly. Not even two years after the last presidential election, or one year after the parliamentary election that produced a two-thirds majority hoping for absolute geniuses.      

The Rajapaksa elders settled on Gotabaya Rajapaksa as their presidential candidate for the 2019 election because he was still a new political commodity whom they could sell as a fresh face. But no one checked his fitness for the job, except, may be, Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is full of political instincts. And the system as a whole – election officials, the courts, the media, chose to ignore, or question, GR’s citizenship credentials, because they did not want to stand in the way of a genius. One destined to bring deliverance to the country. Now, the clamour is for an alternative genius from the family. It will not be long before Mahinda Rajapaksa’s weaponized question is flung out again: Dan sepada?          

Basil Rajapaksa is the new Finance Minister, ending heated speculations whether he would be given Finance, the portfolio held by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. Actually, he has been given more. BR’s Finance portfolio includes Economic Policies and Plan Implementation, all of which were under Prime Minister Rajapaksa. Mahinda Rajapaksa was Prime Minister before he became President. Now he is Prime Minister after being President.  MR is also now without Finance. BR has got Finance. And GR has got everything under 20A. Nothing is working – either for the President or for the government. Don’t mention the country.

For a highflying dual citizen, Basil Rajapaksa doesn’t want to lose the common touch. So, it seems. “Though I may serve as a minister, the farmers, fisherfolk, labourers, professions, civil servants and others in this country should think that a colleague of theirs is the minister of finance,” he is reported to have said. There you go, in one fell swoop Minister Basil is all things to all men – farmer, fisher, worker, doctor, clerk! The trouble is every one of them has one grievance or other caused by the government and they are all protesting against the government. Unlike during the yahapalanaya days, the current protests are not orchestrated by political long arms. They are spontaneous responses to unbearable situations that people in all walks of life are now facing.

The country is on a split screen. In one half of the screen, you can see protestors. The other half has been showing government supporters hanging banners and lighting firecrackers to welcome the new Minister of Finance. As if they were not happy with the old Minister of Finance. It is not a new government. They are all in the same government. And as Pieter Keuneman used to say, there is no point in shuffling cabinets when you have only jokers and no aces! And two state ministers were shuffled the same day after Basil Rajapaksa was sworn in as the new Finance Minister and Mahinda Rajapaksa was re-sworn as Prime Minister minus Finance & Economic Affairs.    

The two state ministers are Shasheendra Rajapaksa, a nephew, and Mohan de Silva, not identified as part of the family. As the Economy Next noted, Sheeshandra Rajapaksa, the son of the president’s brother Minister Chamal Rajapaksa, might be holding “the longest ministry title in Sri Lanka’s history as State Minister of Organic Fertilizer Production, Supply and Regulation and the Paddy and Grains, Organic Food, Vegetables, Fruits, Chillies, Onion and Potato Cultivation Promotion, Seed Production and Advanced Technology for Agriculture.” I thought Nivard Cabraal has the longest title, but the Rajapaksa scion is beating Cabraal easily by a mile. Mohan de Silva is given a short title – Coast Conservation and Low-Lying Lands Development. To keep the average title length manageable. Isn’t it curious, that Sri Lanka should have not only a large cabinet, but also each Minister should be padded with multiple portfolios? There is nothing to be curious when you see how much of the cabinet is padded with Rajapaksa family members.

The four Rajapaksa brothers carry seven portfolios, three state ministries, and chief of two Task Forces – Gotabaya (2 – Defence and Digital); Mahinda (3 – Home Affairs, Urban Development, Buddhist and Cultural Affairs); Basil (Finance; he is also ‘Chief’ of two Task Forces); Chamal (Irrigation; he is also Minister of State for Defence, Disaster Management, and Home Affairs). Below them are the next generation – Namal, Yoshitha, Shashindra (with the longest title). And affinal families are also looked after: Namal’s father-in-law and Yoshitha’s mother-in-law are both Directors at the Airport and Aviation Company.           

There is no point in going into an analysis of the taxonomy or typology of the state-family system that is now unfolding in Sri Lanka. The point is – it is a non-system pretending to be a system. The reprehensible Saudi state-family system has a long tradition. There is no such tradition in Sri Lanka. And you cannot create one by constitutional chicanery. There are no clever-enough lawyers to do even that. There is power, but there is no government. There are ministers, but there is no competence. There are supporters, but there is no satisfaction. But there are people, and they are suffering. That is the stark reality.

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    Now finance minister,tomorrow he could be our PM……without election..what a back door…business..
    Once popular and crown king ….now he lost his credentials from his greediness,
    Am not fan of VP but he sacrificed his whole family for the course ,and doesn’t have own bank account.but that doesn’t make him perfect though

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      The Sinhala Diaspora of Sri Lanka has been weaponized!
      US citizen Basil is making policies that benefit the US as Finance Minister of Sri Lanka – AGAINST the interests of Sri Lanka and the island will soon become a lily pad military base.
      The Cold War is back big time as the assassination in Haiti, another strategic US island by US backed Columbian Mercanaries indicates, and so too the Cover up operation will be done by the FBI – just like the ISIS claimed Easter Sunday operation in Lanka was staged and then covered up by the FBI in this Miracle of Modayas.

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        The Covid-19 data Hoax and now the Delta hoax means that the US now controls the SL military, which is busy randomly locking down different parts of the country. This is part of Hybird Economic War fare under the Cvid-19 mask and a Govt. run by US citizens in Lanka, to further DEBT-TRAP and destroy the economy so the US backed Hedge Funds and their front companies can asset strip the country, while everyone is distracted from the fact that Covid-19 is a project to extend US Empire though the bio-security surveillance and digital financialization of the Economy. This is the end of national Sovereignty as we knew it.
        Sinhala nationalism is an empty shell to benefit the US citizen Rajapakse brothers Inc.

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          Delusion, and a sense of mental fragmentation is what I sense with the belief in Hoax and Delta hoax. In other words, schizophrenia.

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          Remember that incident many years ago when a baby chimpanzee tried to attack basil when he visited the zoo in dehiwela?
          That was the defining moment of his life.

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        Dinuk

        “US citizen Basil is making policies that benefit the US as Finance Minister of Sri Lanka – AGAINST the interests of Sri Lanka and the island will soon become a lily pad”

        This island is slowly and surely graduating from a ‘pop-up’ brothel to permanently established whorehouse.

        There is a huge shortage for women in China, out of the total population there is about 48% consist of women and 52% men, due to Mao’s forced one Child policy. Kidnapping women within China is becoming common. Chinese men need women. Therefore Rajapaksas are increasingly thinking, acting like pimps, becoming pimps, ………………………..
        Chinese need women.

        I suppose if the price is right politicians, state officials, and party supporters not only are willing to sell land but also won’t hesitate to sell their and your women folks.

        Road and rail slavery.

  • 38
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    When the seams are coming undone, the Rajapaksas are busy tightening the grip on power.

    How stupid were the 6.9million to allow this repeat of a Rajapaksa regime?

    Clearly a means to a selfish end, shielding themselves from the insecurities of past wrong doings, continuing to thrust a family dynasty, pre-empt any competent members to outshine the totality of incompetence we have come to expect from the Rajapaksa clan, enabling unchecked dealings on all key fronts, and yet again enriching themselves, the extended families and the loyalists.

    One thing is for sure, the cahoots of Rajapaksas and the 6.9 million epitomise all that has been so very wrong for so long in SriLanka.

    • 27
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      Basil is the least qualified finance minister even in South Asia. All the others are highly qualified and have been at the top of big financial institutions. But that isn’t saying much when you look at the education of the President, PM, and most of the Cabinet.
      A sad commentary on the voters.
      Why are we wasting money on ” free education” ? Scrap it and enroll everyone in the Army!

      • 9
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        Who said that Basil is the least qualified finance minister in Asia.
        He has a Bachelor’s degree in financial soliciting (10% commission)
        He has a Master’s degree in monetary manipulation (diverting funds to his account)
        He was CEO of petroleum siphoning institute in Los Angeles.

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          Dr.G,
          Maybe some university will give him a honorary doctorate out of pity. Sad that Laksiri Fernando has retired.

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            old codger

            If necessary the Clan could reinstate anyone to any office/post, for example see all the top posts being filled by Gota’s military goons. If Basil desires a honorary Doctorate there are Universities around the world that are ever ready to bestow not just one but unlimited on agents of influence, (in Sri Lankan context a person who can be persuaded to part illegal/non ethical services to enhance deals, by large rewards).

            Mahinda was awarded PhDs by Russia, India, China, ….

            Therefore for Basil this is not a pie in the sky.

            How could anyone propose PhDs to butchers?

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          And what about his skills about fund grabbing.: The bugger is an expert in it.
          .
          If any other country found that a palace is being built by a MINISTER on the funds looted from the state, any lawyers/Judges would not become weaker, …. however, if the judges have the sinhala blood…. they would not give damn to do anything against huge gaunerei.

          Not just former minister but srilanken JUDICIARY TO BE accountable for not having done their duties well, at the TIME ballige puthas were caught red handed having robbed the state funds for building a palace in Gampaha.

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        Being qualified means nothing if the heart is rotten.
        Look at all those corrupt african dictators and even rebel leaders. Most of them have university degrees from western institutions.
        I believe the late mugabe had more than one! Not to mention even getting a knight hood from the UK.
        Lankan leaders have all been the same regardless of their ‘education level’.
        They come to power, steal and make their contribution to the ongoing genocide of tamils.

  • 36
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    Basil is a real scoundrel no doubt. But there’s something more going on here. His brothers and the rest of the bandit dynasty always use Basil, because the whole country thinks he’s a scumbag and already has an irredeemable reputation, to distract the stupid 69 lakhs with some ridiculously bogus strategy. If the people are not fooled and get mad – as it happens usually – well then … it’s always “Basil Mahaththaya Nisa Ne.” The poorly-educated and somewhat psychopathically greedy Basil is always game for these kinds of stunts concocted by his more cunning older Medamulana siblings. In a sense the bugger is a victim.

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      Dear Ajay:

      Seems Basil Rajapaksa had his own ambition back in 2015 upon Mahinda Rajapaksa’s election loss for a third presidential term;

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        Sugandh,
        Tend to agree with you on those sentiments as to BR’s ambitions – Presidency.
        These are possibilities and MR’s health is making it a reality.
        Further I saw in a News Clip – I cannot remember where – that NR has stated in clear terms that he will not contest for Presidential elections in 2024.
        May be to support the thought expressed by you or allow NR another term and contest in 2028 as he is young in age.
        Who knows? Mysterious as they get serious with Politics and Politrics1

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          Dear Mahila:

          The prospect of any Rajapaksa as a future leader of this country is nauseating… let alone any trace of them.

          But their hardcore followers seem to span the spectrum from the poorest to the richest. I think that this kind of blind and gullible brand loyalty has failed the country at every turn.

          Let’s hope that just as time will run out on the aged Rajapaksas’, so dwindles the number of unwavering hardcore followers of the Rajapaksa brand.

  • 32
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    Thank you, Rajan, for a very punchy essay, delivered with your characteristic panache. The situation is truly reaching desperate levels, and tea leaves say that the suffering populace is on the brink of fulminating. Here is the heartfelt feedback of one such person, essentially giving voice to everything wrong in mother lanka: https://www.facebook.com/135086140496775/videos/193018055997512

    He will probably be targeted for this, which he acknowledges, but says he is willing to pay the price.

    Revolution seems inevitable. Desperate measures will be taken by the Medamulana meeharakas to quell any organised campaign against the government, but people power will inevitably prevail.

  • 24
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    “But there are people, and they are suffering”

    But There are people 6.9 million of them who will prop up the Rajapaksa’s.
    Rajapaksa coolies in Jaffna, I repeat in Jaffna, welcomed Basil with fire crackers and sweet rice

    so there you go

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      Rajash

      “Rajapaksa coolies in Jaffna, I repeat in Jaffna, welcomed Basil with fire crackers and sweet rice”

      I know you didn’t mean Methagu Thiruvengadam Vellupillai Prabaharan who was dead and left in his amude in Mullivaaikkal though he was the best coolie Tamils have ever produced and the clan ever had. The clan made the most of his service while he was ruining the Tamil People.

      Who are the other coolies?
      Can you name them?

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        come on Native – you know there are 6.9 million Rajapaksa coolies some of them are in the NE …you know their names. One of the coolies body guard shot dead a young man because he challenged him. …and that crime is buried under the carpet

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    Why those red place-mats on the table? Why red? Why that particular color? …… Why do Lankans love red?

    School-days …… helped a friend’s sister wallpaper the living room in their house in Ealing ….. blood-red carpets and gold wallpaper …… very very Lankan.

    Is that a mind thang SJ? ……… Mao too had a thang for red.

    Forget the rest of the antics …….. if we solve this puzzle we’ll finally begin to understand Lankans ……… a deep peek into the human mind …………

    Heart of Darkness ……. The horror! The horror! …….. and the rest of the shindig ………

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      Nimal,
      “The horror! The horror! …….. and the rest of the shindig ………”
      They haven’t gotten to cutting off people’s fingers…..not yet.

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      nimal fernando

      “Heart of Darkness ……. The horror! The horror! …….. and the rest of the shindig ………”

      Surely, you didn’t mean, Hora (හොරා) Hora (හොරා).

      • 5
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        Native,

        What is the meaning of ye life?

        …….. an illusion of understanding and hope?

        “Central to the entire work, is Conrad’s comment on the essential nature of the human spirit–the idea that we all are corrupt and evil at the core and that we merely need the right conditions and triggers to bring those elements to the surface. The heart of darkness is both a physical place on the African continent and a spiritual place at the core of the human soul.”

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      NF
      Do you seriously want an answer?
      There is the Royal Red which is bordering on maroon. That is the one that the wealthy and powerful like.
      The communist red is too commonplace for the living room, it is street stuff.
      It is news to me that it is very very Lankan to have blood red carpets and gold wallpaper. I leave that matter to experts here on the Sinhala psyche.
      *
      And there is the red that is seen in bull fights, actually the colour does nothing to provoke the animal, which supposedly is blind to that colour.
      *
      But there are creatures here that will jump in fright at the thought of ‘red’. I trust that you are not among them.

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        SJ,

        “But there are creatures here that will jump in fright at the thought of ‘red’. I trust that you are not among them.”

        Don’t know what you mean by “Red” …….. if it’s communists I’m blasé …… my own father was one for a while ………..

        If it’s blood, then I’ve no stomach for it.

        “And there is the red that is seen in bull fights”

        Have you actually seen a bull fight? It’s one the most sickening things you can ever witness.

        We got suckered in ……. we were walking past Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, Madrid and a scalper came running and offered us tickets for the equivalent of 10 or 15 dollars each ……we just couldn’t resist. Missed the first but saw the rest of the nine fights. They kill a weakened bull and the matador walks around like Mahinda Rajapakse, chest out, soaking all the cheers. Only one bull gave a good fight, knocked off both the horses and the riders ……. but it’s not a fair fight, the horses are wrapped in some form of protective armour. I was cheering for the bull.

        But later, went and had a good steak at a nearby restaurant. Such is life!

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          nf
          If you have trouble figuring what red means in context I think that I will just let you enjoy your bliss.

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            nimal fernando

            SJ types:

            “……………………………… I think that I will just let you enjoy your bliss.”

            A red bliss perhaps.

            Red Bliss:
            A potato with thin, smooth, red skin and white flesh

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              Native,

              SJ is the last bastion of SL Communism ……. old Commies never die: they just fade away :))

              We have to appreciate him ……. at least he is not living off the hard toil of all those Lankan maids in the Middle East like Vasu, Tissa, …….. in true Commie fashion!

              Then again, Chinese Commies were slightly better than Soviet Commies ……. Mao’s heart was not as dark as Stalin’s ……. I think :))

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                nimal fernando

                “Then again, Chinese Commies were slightly better than Soviet Commies ……. Mao’s heart was not as dark as Stalin’s ……. I think”

                Beg to differ.
                We do not know whose heart was darker than the other. It is like the professional torturer demanding to know which of his Torture Technique is best and which one his victims prefer.

                It is difficult for me to understand those who completely surrender their mind and loyalty to their chosen/imposed leaders. Marx, Stalin, Lenin, Trotsky, Mao, Castro, ………………. lived in countries/empires that were shaped by completely different history, needs, …………… resources.

                For no good reason our so called intellectuals brand (worse than bronco branding) themselves as Stalinist, Marxist, Maoist, Trotskyist, ….. Samasamjists, communists, …. and they are/were proud to belong to one of these alien dogmas.
                Have you ever engaged them in political or any other discussions?
                It is torture.

                How are you?

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                  Nimal,
                  “Have you ever engaged them in political or any other discussions?
                  It is torture.”
                  Have you ever tried to discuss why there were no Dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark with a fundamentalist Christian or Muslim? Thought control wasn’t invented by Communists. They got it from the Christians.

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                    old codger

                    There are many branded “isms”.
                    Maoism or Communism are part of the human thought process. What I don’t agree is the that part of believe that Maoism is panacea for all ills. The second issue with Maoism/Communism is “Revolution established the dictatorship of the proletariat as “a society of true democracy”. All communist leaders were/are dictators and didn’t/don’t give a hoot about democracy.

                    On the other hand they always tend to forget internationalism when it comes to their national interest. Eventually most leaders achieve personality cult.

                    I am not sure what SJ supports, the Mao cult, his Red Book, or Mao’s dictatorship, Mao’s country prospers under capitalism, …………….. or was Mao a rock star of the proletariat just like Elvis was for youth, ……………………? Perhaps Mao was SJ’s poster boy when he was growing up in Ceylon.

                    I haven’t got a clue.

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                    old codger, dinosaurs came by Lucifer trying to miscreate through DNA and hence their similar long bodies and far reaching necks, some mouths with nasty teeth, all in museums now. They were destroyed through flooding out or as Leviathan, Behemoth etc. Noah’s ark had his pure DNA saved as there was complete wickedness on earth through mixing of human DNA mated by fallen angels producing Nephilim giants, and wiped out by Noah’s flood, but returned as Nimrod-Goliath crowd without God’s spirit like in man for restoration. They are not animals like the dinosaurs, but have Pharaoh like different skulls, like men. Today atheistic communist China mixes human/monkey forbidden DNA hybrid chimeras for short periods of time, but how or what will they do with them.

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                      old codger, your interest in dinosaurs is also very timely. Contrary to evolution which Darwin too had doubts about around the time of his death, the size of these reptilian dinosaurs was not part of that process. Even as far as Vietnam and China, large collections of fossils were found showing sudden death. Why? They are not original creation to reproduce legally after its kind, but DNA manipulated mixtures of many and hence cannot be restored and has no original kind. The resurrected Jesus said that before his return, it will be like the days of Noah and we can see this DNA mixing of human and animal right now on earth called enhancement. Even Covid pandemic was the result of this gain of function research. Man reproduces another life only through procreation . Danger is loss of restoration of man by creator outside his plan of saving.

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                  Native,

                  All’s not well in Cuba ….. they have finally learned the art of protest!

                  What would SJ say? An imperialist conspiracy?

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                    nimal fernando

                    “What would SJ say? An imperialist conspiracy?”

                    For all Maoists all wars were imperialist conspiracies, China victoriously fought to preserve the rights and life of its proletariat, including its covert war against LTTE.

                    Sino-Indian War, 20 Oct 1962 – 21 Nov 1962
                    Sino-Soviet border conflict 2 Mar 1969 – 11 Sept 1969
                    Sino-Vietnamese War 17 Feb 1979 – 16 Mar 1979
                    1989 Tiananmen Square protests
                    and more, ………….

  • 9
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    Fun with a twist.

  • 21
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    Well written. None of the Rajapaksas are qualified to perform their tasks in accordance with the democratic norms. There may be a rebellion soon.

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    Basil is a very good herb and widely used in cooking. The Rajapussies now want to use Basil and cook a nice curry to feed the gullible Chingkallams. Especially the 6.9 racist gullible who voted for them. I know some selfish Thamizh and Thullkans also voted but 99.99% of the 6.9 million votes are from Chingkallams who voted the Rajapussies , so that they can complete the structural genocide of the Eezham Thamizh and then start their good work on the rest. Now they are eagerly awaiting their spiced Basil Curry to be dished from the Rajapussy kitchen. A very special Malaccan Catholic curry. A secret recipe from their ancestral homeland. Yum Yum . Now smack your lips and await spicy Basil Malacan chicken curry.

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      Then after a good feed, then gather around the piano and sing loudly ” Bring Back Oh Bring Back, Bring Back my Basil curry to me to me and then burp and dream of other wonderful things to come from the Rajapussy kitchen.

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    The article is written in such a way that it can be read repeatedly even as a pastime. The title equating Basil to Bonnie is apt. My observation is that recent events indicate that brother MR was merely acting as the figurehead of the finance ministry giving credence to the belief that he is not as fit as before. In the sugar daddy affair, he merely signed the gazette orders. The recent grant of license to operate a liquor manufacturing concern pending payment of arrears and its withdrawal at the best of the President is yet another example showing that something “uncontrollable” is going on in the Finance Ministry. The public explanation of the ST is not acceptable to people I know. They ask the basic question what evidence is there for the liquor manufacturer would pay the arrears in installments and what safeguards have been made to ensure compliance of the deal. To decide on mere assurances is insane and unbecoming of a senior public servant. So, it looks as if that MR is gradually giving up his area of authority to a sharper fellow for better or for worse.

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    Nepotism Rajapaksa style. The mafia gang is getting larger, laws are being broken, and we are in a cesspit put there by the Rajapaksa’s. What happened to the election promises of not having nepotism?
    You have to be naive to think the man who was expelled from school, has no qualification, nor the experience, will save us from looming disaster, and that he will turn it all around.
    Coming colors no good people, the foxes are guarding the hen house.
    So what will China be given this time? Any guesses?

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    Dan sepada ? Dosen’t the country deserve this ?? There are supporters but many are racist . They voted for different reasons and they got what they deserve. Dan sepada ? See the picture and notice their gestures. Basil gleeful, Mahinda dosen’t look unhappy sharing the loot ,Gotha trying hard to keep a straight face. I am sure they would have had a good laugh at the retarded 7 million after all inclusive family ceremony . Supporters preparing for another Rajapaksa this time probably Basil. Dan sepada? Prior to election I wrote it may NOT be bad to loose elections , and now lI am not the onlyone.

  • 20
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    Foolish people and third grade shamless politicians. Isnt there a single modaya in the government to see what is happening and how they are treated like ballas by the Raja family. Just bring any of their relatives and give them some portfolio giving it a name. Minister for vambattu, minister for battala minister for murunga…the list goes endless. Really shameless morons. The booruwa who given the puttuwa for Mr 10% will be Aussie ambassador. What a shame. Why cant they appoint Blind Eagle Booruwa or HLD gona as Aussie ambassador because at least they are SL refugees and know how to plunder the welfare system there. Also they are equal AH. SL has become Really Sorry Lanka, a land of Buddha betrayed by the kallathoni migrants from Orissa. Had they not come dravida Kuveni would have made this country a real paradise. Now gone to dogs and no chance to redeem. Isnt there a minstry for prostitutes or Kudu karayas or pick pockets.

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      Black Lankan,
      “SL has become Really Sorry Lanka, a land of Buddha betrayed by the kallathoni migrants from Orissa.”
      —-
      Betrayed not only by Kallathonis but by descendants of coolies as well who came to work for Portuguese and Dutch and settled down in the Land of Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo with the blessings of Sinhala Buddhists.

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        EE
        Who brought the king Asokan and his warriors,and keen to civilized the natives through Buddisam

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    Basil the top crook is back. Last time corrupt Basil wasted too much money on the north building free houses only for Tamilians landing the country in a debt trap. He should not be allowed to do same this time.

    There will be a battle between Namal and Basil to be the 2029 presidential candidate. 2024 is a certain defeat for Rajafucksas.

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      Gatam,
      Another crook who robbed the Central Bank twice in broad day light is also back thanks to ‘Chaura Regina’ who did not strip his civil rights as recommended by the Batalanda Commission for his role in torturing and killing hundreds of Sinhala youths suspected for having links with JVP.
      —-
      “Basil the top crook is back.”

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      Pathima, you would have preferred all that money to have been given to the Saitan from Mannar , who was busy settling fake displaced Thulukkans along the Wilpattu corridor and many parts Mannar/Vanni, where there is no history of fake Arab low caste converted refugee South Indian Thamizh Thullkans living. Many of these so called displaced Thullukans were from Kurunegala and even from Porukistan and have never lived in the North. A deliberate attempt by Thullukans to convert large parts of the north into an fake Arab Islamic homeland, using the excuse of settling displaced Thullukans. Around 60000 Thullukans were chased out from the entire north by the LTTE for treachery and spying and within 25 years 300000 were claimed by many Thulluka organizations and individual Thullkans , even here, as displaced northern Thullukans and were displaced from strategic norther areas, where they had no history of ever living. Most of these northern Thullkans were dirt poor and never owned any land, just like most of them in the east but now all claiming to own lots of lands . Like a typical Thullkachchi turncoat you hate your own Thamizh heritage and run behind anything Arab

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    ……Not bad at all for an Actor……
    But then all these are Actors pirouetting on the political stage till the Final Act.
    It is all a “drama” to fool the masses and amass loot.

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    Rajapaksas are sharing the power between brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, son in laws, daughter in laws. Now you can change the name of country from Sri Lanka to “Rajaloga”. The servants of Rajaloga to clean up toilets and dustbins are shared with GLP,, Weerwanse, Gammanpila, Vadudeva, Douglas, Angayan, Viyalenthiran and Ali-Sabri etc. The “Rajaloga” now shares the land & resources between China and USA.
    Where are the Buddhists now? They are now communists and changed their yellow robes with Chinese military robes.

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      Dear Ajith,
      They still abuse so called self proclamations made on a war victory which is far from the truths.it was not a victory but an end of a relay race. From that day on media and mlechcha men close them sold it as – so called ultra patriotism- which in reality not existing. Consequences are people’s fake perception. Sanga community too were misled and they are today hidden under their own beds. All what the sowed are untruths. Racism became their vehicle. 🤨🐕🤨🐕🤨🐕🤨🐕😍🤩🤨🐕🤩these good lessons but our people would ever learn from past, is another question ☹☹☹☹☹☹☹

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    Namals father-in-law and Yoshitas mother-in law are both directors at the Airport and Aviation company……….says Rajan Philips.

    I consider this as the biggest expose!
    X mele Y poduda , Y mele X PODUDA PODUDA…….
    Tharare Thare Poduda………
    Naughty Rhymes at Big Match events………

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    What if the majority would expect him to be the one…. ?

    No matter he grabed state funds for building GAMPAHA villas…. no matter even if he and his men would go on raping those gawky men and women…. no matter anything else would have been the case regarding the destruction of this nation….. stupid majority would go and celebrate the return by KIRIBATH eating Rajapakshe style stupid ceremonies… that is how Rajapakshes made them blind… eternally blind… If pepole would have been offered ” COW DUNG or asuchi”, they are ready to have them on one go… that is the nature of majority in our race.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJj2RsEYxtI

    To verify Basil ‘s knowledge if anyone would question him how many “0” a million or a billion has… that will reveal his KNOWELDGE:… why do the RAJAPAKSHES fool the nation on and on ?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OQnwzeFacY

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    Looking back, this story has been in the making ever since independence. Only, people did not bother as various actions taken by the then past governments did not affect them at the time. I’m, of course, thinking about disenfranchising the Indian Tea Estate workers, various anti-Tamil pogroms, when the opportunistic general public took part in the looting, burning of the Jaffna Public Library, and the list goes on. This is it, boys, now our man, the War Criminal Nandesena (your War hero), has got his army buddies in position, and mark my words, elections will be insignificant. The is a coup d’état taking place on democracy itself, and nobody can do sweet fanny adam about it. Well done, you Sinhala Buddist chauvinists. You Sure Have Screwed Our Country Up the wrong end, good and proper.

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    “If you are holding the spoon, serve yourself first and well ” – I hope that this wont happen many times.
    But, what is Basil going to achieve – with the economy in tatters, and nowhere to borrow?
    And, Covid wont allow much to happen. Will they dare to decrease pay and pensions – I hope not.

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    ” otherwise the country would still be thinking that Gotabaya Rajapaksa “is a genius.”… “

    Basil might turn out to be a kind of genius, having experienced the ways in Sri Lanka.

    Whatsapp carries a message to his standing compared to Finance Ministers of other Countries.:

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    A guy who took bribes, ran away to the USA when his brother lost the election, owns a house whose name is not in the title (a ghost owned the house) appointed as the Finance Minister clearly shows the bankrupt nature of the Rajapakse family. Crookishness runs in the family, they all pardoned themselves, and the stupid 69 Lacs of voters and the slaves of SLPP, Vyathmaga, and Yuthukama together with the Buddhist monks who worked towards the success of Rajapakses should now swallow red hot coal.

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    “Good Sense” above has praised the writing here.
    .
    Yes, indeed; Rajan Philips is wonderful; like Kumar David, an engineer, but what wonderful talents for writing.
    .
    RP is also so careful; almost never a typo. His is quieter writing, but the wit is as wonderful, although it’s playing just below the surface.
    .
    I don’t really know Rajan; thank you very much for all the arduous work. I’m sure it is greatly appreciated by by all who read.

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    This Basil fellow is a grade 4 qualified mutt who will drag this country even further into a deep dark hole. This fellow is not even fit to sell thambili at the Anuradhapura train station.

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      One day he will fly to the USA, whilst news will be spread that Basil had to go urgently for medical attention. He will NOT come back, on medical grounds. End of story.

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    Sir Basil ( The Ali Baba) the head of the 40 THIVES is back to sort out Sri Lankans poblems . He is the biggest THIEF Sri Lanka has seen and he has enough money to rescue Sri Lanka

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    Great Sacrifice in Politics, Yes he was a nominated MP. Hence he is not answerable to people. What is his relationship with the Rajapakse dynasty, If he was an actor? Mahinda Rajapaksa too was an actor and the whole family is very good at acting and somersaulting, We have a new Fainace minster with OL education We have a Finance minster with dual citizenship. Does he know to prepare a budget and good at Financial management, He can sit for his AL without appearing for exams, GLP is there to help him even to get a degree, The New Fiinace minster has enough money wanted through commission to get a Ph.D. from a Online university. People need not worry about rising in COL basil has a magic hurricane lamp. whatever je asks the lamp will provide

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    Amid many observations that make sense, the author had this from a 3-wheeler driver:
    “The message is that it is good Sajith Premadasa lost, otherwise the country would still be thinking that Gotabaya Rajapaksa “is a genius.”
    *
    Is it also not good that Sajith Premadasa lost, otherwise there will be nobody left who think that “Sajith is clever” (let alone being a genius).

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      Dear SJ.
      Conceding that both were not “good”, as you say, what would be your alternative thinking and practical advice, looking back to that fateful election day, considering the options and mood of the country.
      Of course a decision on hindsight is not an available luxury to anyone, but still worth a shot in this case.

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        MV
        Sorry, a shot in the dark may be a safer bet.
        When it is rotten food on the table I may just skip the meal rather than choose.

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          SJ
          Don’t punish yourself for something you are not responsible for, but go to another table or just order through Uber. Stay safe.

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            MV
            Thank you for the kind suggestion.
            To move to another table would require migration.
            Ordering through Uber will be a shot in the dark. (By suggesting Uber, do you recommend foreign intervention?)

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              SJ, Migration is not bad as Basil in 2015, Bonnie Prince Charlie sped away to Skye and hid, has returned to claim the throne with “Bring back my Bonnie to me” His army of youth fighting to conquer the throne in London, was decimated. BPCharlie escaped back to Rome, was abandoned and got lost wandering in Europe. It’s clear that B of royal blood cannot win the war and will get lost if not for the migration to hide. There is no excitement in CalRome for those chasing after thrones. Rewards are for those who serve.

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    My view,
    Any one on the side of China is Good?

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      Ajith

      How about Qi Zhenhong, the present Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, or perhaps
      His Excellency SJ a loyal Sinophile, ….. ?

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      China is sooooooo good, even though they have small mongolian shaft, mother lanka amused by the performance, Majority Singa Leys are enjoying the output like no one else, depinetly (Singa Ley slang) mother lanka get vormit after 10 months and give good news to you

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    Ha…. Ha…. Our patriotic Theros and Cardinal want to go to UN and other foreign agencies to complain about Sorry Lanka. Where are the other patriots when Tamils told this long ago that they dont the GOSL or the judiciary or its defense forces. What a bunch of jokers.

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