8 December, 2021

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What Sri Lanka Can Take Away From The US Elections

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

At this moment of writing (5pm on Wednesday 4 Nov in Colombo) the presidency is poised on a razor thin edge. The outcome will be decided by the last ballots to be counted in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania which Democrats had expected to flip comfortably but now biting their nails and some still to be counted postal ballots. I find it abhorrent but it is possible that Trump will be declared the winner later tonight. In respect of the popular vote Trump and Biden are neck and neck. If this is what happens in the great American democracy why complain about the aberration of democracy in Sri Lanka?

In India Modi is running a government that has locked down Kashmir because it is a Muslim state, cut off its physical and Internet access with the outside world and arrested the Sate’s Muslim political leaders. The Arab countries have turned their back on the people of Palestine, across the -stans and Eastern Europe fascist parties are making advances and, in some cases, have formed governments. It is of intense chagrin, but in this context it should come as no surprise to those on the left and to liberals, that a sworn autocrat Gota and a rightist party have won the confidence of the Sinhala Buddhist masses by large margins.

An interesting aspect of the US elections is that the traditional or blue-collar working class voted for Trump, may not be by large margins but it did; vide important industrial states such as Michigan and Pennsylvania. The free market championing liberal mouthpiece The Economist moaned that “Mr Trump has repeatedly desecrated the values, principles and practices that made America haven for its own people and a beacon for the whole world”. It accused him of “Partisanship and lying undermine of norms and institutions” (Sic! What happened to the magazine’s much vaunted style guide?). However, the working class in America’s manufacturing heartland was not interested in liberal values and preferred to keep faith with a crude, uncouth slimeball. This reminds me of trade union organisers who complained bitterly during the civil war in Sri Lanka that the working class was a rabidly racist lost cause. It is a shocker that the working class whether in America or the developing world has lost its broad perspectives and turned into a reactionary and racist mass.

At this moment of writing it seems that Trump has the edge but whoever wins it will make little difference to our predicament in Sri Lanka. We are on the horns of a dilemma; one horn is China the other a bifurcated India-America contraption. The American cold-war on China will not be different whether the Democrats or the GOP wins the presidency, the Senate and the House. Both sides are terrified of the rise of China, both fear the flip from a one superpower world to a two-superpower world. And the direction is clear, the rising power will eventually displace the old power at the top. The so-called Thucydides Trap. Therefore, Sri Lanka will continue to be taunted and haunted by the security interests of the two sides. Furthermore, bankrupt as we are, we have no choice but to knell before Xi Ping two days ago, Modi yesterday and Pompeo today. Corona virus began to ravage us anew just we started lifting our heads after the first wave of the pandemic and the curse is now visiting us again.

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    Trump is setting a bad precedence which is common to all third world dictators and SL should not follow his third grade acts that denies the voters.

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      He is indeed. He has tried to cheat, suppress votes, sabotaged the postal department reducing mail boxes and sorting machines, slowing down the mail system, placed his puppets to help him do it, and accuses the other side of “cheating”, which is typical Trump projecting. He has spread conspiracy theories against his opponent and family (while it is HE and his family that are being investigated for various fraudulent matters), sending his goons to other nations to find some dirt on his opponent (and they came away empty handed), the list of dirty tricks goes on.

      No democracy should try to emulate crooked means of winning. Lying, cheating, suppressing, and discriminating the minority is not advisable for the unity and progress of any nation. It does not make an honest election.

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      Noel,
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      You are dead right. Decent european leaders dont even talk about TRUMP and his abusive nature. Most of them are in the view, it is not worth commenting on his pompous and uncivlized behaviours.

      Most of our people seem to consider americans as their examples. Lately, I happened to talk to a relative of mine – …. who has now been living together with his gf, but totally ignoring his married wife….. there his excuse was,.. if americans would do so, why not us the srialnkens… see how our incumbent president GOTLER holds his TV speeches.. most of the words he seems to be using in sinhala speeches are …. English words… I never noticed that most well educated Ranil Wickramansinghe speaking sinhala and english mixing it up..

      Rajapakshes twisted srilanken decent culture… even if our stupid people dominated srilanka did not grasp it yet.

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      Noel

      “SL should not follow his third grade acts that denies the voters.”

      On the contrary Trump has been learning third grade acts from your leaders, the one that Mahinda initiated and that continued from 26 October 2018 – 16 December 2018.

      Aiyo Noel befare give credit where it is due.

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      Noel
      But SL is a Third World country.

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    The way I see it: Similar to the “Monkey” politicians of the Muslim Community, Tamil Politician and Dayana Gamage who crossed party lines in an historic voting environment to get 20A passed for personal benefits, the Latinos in the US have forgotten how their children were plucked from the hands of their mothers, locked up in concentration camps, built a wall, and above all the violations of the immigration practices to vote for Trump. These Latinos have become traitors to their own community similar to our “Monkey” politicians.

    President Gotabaya, if wants to be named as the “change maker” by historians all he has to do is to include a clause in the proposed new Constitution to stop cross overs without a new election in such an electorate. Will the President have the commitment and the guts to do the right thing?

    Over to you President Gotabaya!

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      PART ONE
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      Dear Buddhist01,
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      Disheartened as I am, many thanks to Prof. Kumar David for sending this to us posthaste from HongKong. It’s about9.00 pm in Sri Lanka, and two comments already in.
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/what-sri-lanka-can-take-away-from-the-us-elections/
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      About the Latino vote, dear B01, these are people who didn’t like Castro and fled Cuba. Very different from the Mexicans who were trying to cross the border, although they would all be speakers of Spanish.
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      I write this with insufficient knowledge, and I hope that if I’m wrong, I’ll be corrected by someone.

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        When I say Latinos it includes 28 countries including Mexicans , Cubans etc. , most of these citizens speak Spanish. Trump’s immigration regulations affected all 28 countries. Coming to Cubans. Those Cubans who are against Democrats are Cubans who do not like Castro rule. I do not blame Castro as he had to do what he had to do in order to protect Cuba from Americans.

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          Dear Buddhist01,
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          I have seen your altercation with the not-very-nice “a14455”. However, he is right; tender-hearted guy that you are, you slipped up there. Add Portuguese (of Brazil) to the Spanish language. Best to move on.
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          Yes, there was much good in Fidel Castro. The Americans didn’t allow Cuba to prosper because ideology was too important for them. Barack Obama (and now Biden – the time is 2.15 a.m. in Sri Lanka, – he will after all win, itnow looks like) cannot now act as independent entities. I’m hoping that Kamala Harris will be POTUS from 2024 for two terms. However, Tamils must not expect her to be anything other than a President who puts American interests first.
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          However, she will understand our part of the World better than other leaders of powerful countries. If we Sinhalese weren’t such donkeys we would admit that we, too, would benefit by admitting at last that we also came from South India.

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            Dear Mr SM, Game iskole mahaththayo,… hope you are keeping well.
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            Btw, we are not from southern part of indian sub continent but in accordance with the literiture, .we the sinhalese kallathonies were from North India. No difference, we are all kallathonies: Unfortunatlley sinhalaya make every effort to condesend the minority tamils. No wonder when looking at the manner that “MUTTIHAMY-Pawithra Wannihamy the manner today has been upto twist the message to the same audience…. how they would be even regarding facts about our origin…. ?
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            The early form of the language was brought to Sri Lanka by the ancestors of the Sinhalese people from northern India who settled on the island in the 6th century BCE. Sinhala developed in a way different from the other Indo-Aryan languages because of the geographic separation from its Indo-Aryan sister languages.

            Even if our ULTRA raicists have been upto painting the picutre in favour of their stigmas, srilankens tamils are genetically closer to SINHALESE than indian tamils… this is not my hearsay, but DNA research reveals it as of today.

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            SM,
            Kamala Harris is foreign-born, preventing her from contesting the presidency.

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              Dear oc & LM,
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              PART ONE

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              Oh dear, already another Birther Controversy!
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              I’ve resorted to my usual first line of checking – and that suggests that you’re wrong:
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              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamala_Harris
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              This looks pretty straightforward to me.
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              “Harris was born on October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California.
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              I had already “read up on her” – with no conspiracy theories in my head, and I’m not going to go into irrelevancies. Why can’t people desist from digging into these things? I don’t mean you, oc – somebody must have told you this, but I’m a bit disappointed that you didn’t do this elementary check. Inaccuracies can be fed into Wikipedia, but you can’t cheat that easy. If somebody repeats what you say backing up with some evidence, then I may read up with “sharpened eyes.”
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              An “Epistemological Problem” one might say if one wanted to impress with big words, but ultimately on matters such as this what can an average human being do except read it up? – and today that happens almost entirely on the Internet.

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              PART TWO
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              Even with Obama
              , don’t you remember how far fetched the theories were. If you look at what I have referred you to, you will see that establishing fiction in this instance is going to be even more difficult – and why should we, especially when these are people whom we approve of?
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              LM, I’m a bit surprised that you are unaware of what people like me have been advocating as representing common sense.
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              I knew this man fairly well in Peradeniya.
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              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_Gunawardana
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              We played a fair amount of tennis together, but I could hardly have described him as “a friend” I was only an undergrad, after all, but we did discuss certain things. He suggested that we all start learning a bit of Tamil in a group. No way. I was there for English, and I knew that I had no aptitude for languages. To date, I will claim only to know two languages.
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              Prof. Indrapala (he’s “Tamil”) had already left Peradeniya before I got there. He’s in Australia but how can I aspire to contact scholars of this renown this having nothing to offer in return?
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              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K._Indrapala

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              PART THREE
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              Owing to an earlier article by Prof. Kumar David, I had done a lot of reading up, but by then comments for that article had closed. If you’re interested, I’ll link you to some pretty advanced stuff on all this.
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              When Kumar was still in Sri Lanka I discussed Leslie G with him. He’d been a brilliant Historian. However, let me be honest: on something like this my interest would get kindled because it would be nice to believe it. It’s a History that we could pass on that wouldn’t cause friction! Isn’t that how it is ever so often?
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              The Mahayana myths may suggest that some of our genes came from North India, but common sense tells me mostly from the South. Evidence: look in the mirror, man! How do you explain our colour?

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              OC, Kamala Harris was born in Oakland. Her parents may have been born abroad but she can still contest the Presidency.
              https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/08/11/fact-check-kamala-harris-citizen-eligible-serve-president/3344836001/

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          Also they are racially a mixed bunch . Some descended from Iberian White European origin. Most are Mestizo ( a mixture of white and native American) others black or a mixture of everyone. Only thing is they all speak various forms of Spanish or some Portuguese. Most of the Cubans from Florida are descended from rich white Castilian landowners, industrialists and upper classes, who were forced to flee Cuba during the revolution. Of course these people will be Trump supporters. White and hate the poor . However most Latinos are largely from Mexico and other poor Latin American countries and are largely from poor backgrounds and are of Mestizo descent. Most of these Latin American countries are racially divided . The ruling classes are largely of European or predominantly European descent , then you get the largely Mestizo middle and lower middle classed and the native American Indian peasants . At the bottom of the pile are the former African origin slaves. Add to this a lot of mixtures of all these people like in Brazil. Countries like Argentina and a few others have predominant European origin settler population but in the rest it is all these mixtures.Lumping all of them as one group is a joke.

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        My Dear SINHALA Man,
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        I am now a good fan of Mr BUDDHIST 01, his comments are so good … Mostly his thoughts and minds are not biased…. well balanced, I would say.
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        I love the kind of gentle souls becoming proactive here these days. I always agree with Mr Buddhist 01 whatever TOPIC being addressed on CT.

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        SM,
        The US has a large population of indigenous Latinos, those who were residents of territories seized from Mexico at various times, like California, New Mexico, etc. Not all Latinos are of foreign origin. Some have deeper roots than Trump himself !

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          OC,
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          but it is not paradoxial them to support Trump the clown of all times, knowing very well that he would be against migrants in general ?
          it is almost like our srilanken muslims supporting irrespective of the facts that Rajakshe men are hunting them , nevertheless DONKEYs like Ali Sabry to be the key braun nosers of the Rajano… ? word is so crazy – is not that so ?

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      PART TWO
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      Meanwhile, quite a lot of comments on the election have gone into this four-day-old article:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/why-the-world-is-counting-on-a-biden-victory/
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      I know that these outcomes are galling to us all. Perhaps we should consider “sellability” to conservatives (family values and all that) when deciding candidates (that was done in selecting Biden) and talking about policies. One of my Professors (whom Kumar knows) wrote to me from Australia thoroughly disappointed that Bernie Sanders wasn’t given the nomination.
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      True, Sanders is a good and sincere man, but if the end result of contesting is getting Trump back in office, what’s the point?
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      I was quite happy with the Biden-Harris ticket. However, it may not be sensible to be outspoken critics of “family values” and (in America) “socialism”. I’m thinking of AOC and her group -who appear to have been comfortably elected to the House.

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      This donkey thinks Latinos are just one group. He does not realize the Latinos is Florida are mostly Cubans who ran away from Fidel Castro’s Cuba. They have always tended to be Republicans.

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        Latinos means Latin American Country citizens most of them speak Spanish. This includes Mexicans and Cubans as well.

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          My dear Buddhist 01@
          Very Correct.
          Most of them are cubans if you talk about the latinos in Florida.
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          Unfortunatley, those latin migrants feel that DT and Trumpism would an another form of dictatorships that the cubans are used to in their home country. That is why, according to experts eyes, Trump to have won Florida in current election. And the fact that Trump is a macho to their eyes. Actually, latinos should be vehimently against Trump, because there will be a wall be building to block the latinos entering into the states…. anyways, people behave like animals not thinking twice, we the srialnkens should be familiar with the style more than any other nations:

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          Do you know the history on any of these groups. Latinos as the Americans call it is every one from the south all the way to Argentina. Even though the true Latinos should include the Italians Spanish Portuguese etc. But due to geographic closeness the majority Latinos are Mexican . But their interests have always been different from the Cubans or Bolivians etc. and also due to geography there are more Cubans in Florida than Mexicans. Cubans have always voted pro-republican. So your comment to say that Latinos voted against their own interests is a stupid one.

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            a14455,
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            Your comment has correct facts, and may even be considered good.
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            However, can’t you explain to other commenters without using words like “stupid” and “donkeys”.

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        a14455 / November 4, 2020

        Even a dog if lived in the states, would learn to behave well, but Rajapakshes supporters would not… that is what I reminded as I read this comment came from another Rajapakshe backlicker….-

        First you need to learn how to address a scholar ? he is not a donkey, even if Rajaakshe backlickers of your nature proved it well, you are all born stupid.
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        So called Ratawiruwa Gotabaya has delivered nothing sofar, even if an year is gone since he is elected to the office.
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        All island nations have managed it, but containment of COVID virus from its spread is now out of control within the island. Bitch’s sons self glorifications pleased you the kind of low lives, AND misled the nation… as usual,, but did not bring anything to the nation.

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          Leelagemalli,
          a14455 is just a piece of garbage obsessed with donkeys (lacking a civilized upbringing). You rightly identified it as an Ass licking Rajapak sycophant.

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            LC,

            Thanks.

            The kind of men are born to be brownosers to Rajano…. Unfortunatley, these men would never see it right… that is why I asked commenters to refrain not making efforts to add their counters to the kind of stupid men…. What happened to our Ms Pasqual – the most known RAJAAKSHE s viology expert ? still in the cage ? Long time not see… on this page.

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          This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.

          For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2

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          “Even a dog if lived in the states, would learn to behave well…”
          *
          Where did Donald Trump live?

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            Dear SJ@
            I focused on the majority, but Trump is a mutation to anyone s eye. His verbal attacks on Mr JB and Dr Merkel made him the most known stupidest POTUS who earned nothing but more enemies across the planet. 😉😌😉😌😉😌😉😀😉

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              SJ@
              Trump is not comparable to any of his successor presidents. He was totally ignorant of so many things that the nation thought he would react better as the president. Like for example, not even few days ago, ….. I heard him saying ” my gosh, should I ever be defeated by a person of Joe Biden nature etc…” … Joe Biden never took any of such remarks seriously.. never attacked Trump in the same tone. He just paid a smile instead. I think Trump’s upbringing should have been not normal.
              He attacked JB on and on, that JB to have taken 3.5 millions from Russian Putin. But when questioning about Trumps tax scandals with China, he could not defend him any more. There he went on saying, if he would be defeated, he has to face state prosecutions…. according to my armi colleagues, trumps often does not know what he has been talking about.

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      I don’t blame the “Monkey politicians of Muslim, Tamil and Dayana who crossed over but it is betrayal of Leftist politicians who sold their lifelong partners to prostitute to Rajapakse family.

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        What betrayal are you talking about that is worse than the betrayal of the working class in 1963. Even since the Old Left took the parliamentary road seriously, it has gone down the slippery slope.
        What you call the ‘Left’ has, especially since the 1990s, been an appendage of the SLFP (and now SLPP). It asserted itself in the early mid-1970s despite its alliance in power with the SLFP.
        Who are the lifelong partners of the LSSP and CP you refer to?
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        When did the Parliamentary Left (Vasu was latecomer to the letdown) ever defy the SLFP leadership during their renewed partnership since 1994?
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        The Tamil leadership willingly antagonized the Left since the 1960s. But that is no justification for the Left to adopt a bitter attitude towards Tamil nationalist aspirations.

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          SJ,
          You are right that real left already dead but still they call them as Left. In our human civilization when a man marry a woman legally you promise that you are faithful to your wife and you will never ask your wife to sleep with another one to get money or ministerial post you are selling your lifelong partner (wife). I refer those who still called them as left like LSSP (Vasu, Prof. Vitharane) etc.

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            A
            Sorry to disappoint you
            Very recently the New Democratic Marxist Leninist Party was recognized by the Elections Commission.
            The NDMLP publishes a Quarterly Journal in English over the past 20 years and a journal in Tamil since founding in 1978.
            It has a support base in the North and the Hill Country.
            It is also a member of ICOR, an international organization of revolutionary parties.
            There are other parties too if you are interested.

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        Ajith: That “Betrayal of Leftist Politicians” is not a “Phenomenon” of today. It happened if I remember the records as far back as the 1960s. It is recorded history as well as authentic information provided by some of our “Leftist” elders who still live (in their early or late 80s). In 1960 or somewhere there, the “THREE” major “Leftist” parties headed by Dr. N.M.Perera, Dr. S.A.Wickramasinghe, and Mr. Phillip Gunawardena formed a “Joint Leftist Movement”. We know how each of these “Three”- those so-called “Leftist Leaders” “BETRAYED” and “DEFECTED” to the “Right Wing” and secured “Cabinet Ministerial” positions in all Governments of UNP and SLFP. So, you would note this “BETRAYAL” of Leftist politicians is a “LEGACY” bequeathed to the present day “Leftists”. Of those “Descendants” such leftists like “Vasu”, “Tissa”, ” Dinesh”, “Dew”, would vouch for this “Betrayal.They would not “vouch” for it because they themselves are “BETRAYERS”.

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          Simon,
          Betrayal by Muslim politicians is also nothing new. Similarly betrayal by Sinhalese politicians also nothing new. For example, Mahinda’s betrayal SLFP, Sirisena’s betrayal to SLFP etc. continues in politics. Unless there is a constitutional safeguard and legal barriers this will continue. It is also sad that betrayals are approved by people.

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            Have you forgotten betrayals by the FP/TULF/TNA, and the many Tamil Eelam movements?

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              In the above comment I talked about complete betrayal of Mahinda and Srisena who are this country’s Presidents. Please read my comment on 4th above.

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                I have read and have responded.
                You accuse Muslims and Sinhalese, but spare Tamils.
                That is all.

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            Ajith: You are correct and agreed. I responded to your statement of “Betrayal of Leftists” and traced the history and the continued “history” of the present-day “Leftists” and named some of the “Pseudo” leftists who continue to thrive in politics. No Government will come forward to introduce that “constitutional safeguard and legal barrier” because the “MP” is a “Saleable Commodity” (Muslim, Tamil & Sinhala) that can secure the “Survival” for the party in power. The only manifesto that stipulated this “Promise” came out in NPP’s but received the assent of “3%” votes. That means this “GRAND SALE” will continue with “Majority” approval.

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          Simon,
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          I don’t disagree with what you say, overall, but it is too sweeping a comment.

          I don’t think that Dr S.A. Wickramasinghe can be criticised for betrayal. I don’t think that he was ever a Minister, although Pieter Keuneman was.
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          This Wikipedia entry gives almost nothing – you needn’t bother with it at all.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._A._Wickramasinghe
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          This tribute by Sarath Muttetuwegama gives more, but isn’t really objective:
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          http://archives.dailynews.lk/2006/08/24/fea01.asp
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      Dear Buddhist 01.
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      Not only those latinos, most of migrants incl ours are no better. They are born opportunists. They would do any low work to grab citizen rights in the US and also back in their home countries.
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      Best examples have produced by RAJAPAKSHE family members themselves, so that I dont want to add more here…. right ?#
      . Rajapkshes sought greener pastures in the STATES, at the time, SRILANKEN war was at its heights. To that time, their patriotic genes were supressed and did not work until 2005; after MR became the president only, pratiotism of RAJAAKSHEs became known to the very same stupid people in the island.
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      So called most powerful man going to be entered into CURRENT parliament next weeks, going by speculations, one other than most corrupted of all, BR aka Mr 10% got 20A passed by raping his brother who is the politcal child of the TRIO (MR, GR and BR). BR is a dual citizen and the damage he could do to srilanken sovourinity is growing, but the stupid people would not stand against him….. so long media would not improve their awareness… MEDIA mafia men are close confidiants of the MURDEROUS Rajapkashe family – a public secret.

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      Dear_Buddhist01:
      Your proposed clause to the New Constitution is a double-edged sword and is anti-democratic.

      Many vote along party-lines and assume that their representative will not defy the party’s majority stance. However, there’s absolutely no guarantee that the party will have 100% consensus on each policy/legislation.

      Isn’t it undemocratic to legally twist the arm of a people’s elected-representative to say ‘yay’ to a party policy stance that he/she doesn’t agree with? Of course, we hope that the yay or nay is based on best of intentions.

      A democracy must avail each elected-representative the right to take a morally and intellectually sound stance for their constituents. Legally taking away that right just to curtail party dissent can easily be used to destroy a democracy.

      What if some SLPP MPs had wanted to vote against 20A but (under your proposed clause) Gotabaya had the votes of all SLPP MP’s legally locked-in?

      Ultimately, (1)each representative, regardless of party affiliation or “Independent” status is an individual and (2)voters have the civic responsibility to choose their representative carefully.

      20A details weren’t known pre-election; these MPs didn’t promise a “Nay”. Yet, undoubtedly 100% betrayal. Aren’t the electors 100%-equally responsible?

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        Not quite correct to say :
        “A democracy must avail each elected-representative the right to take a morally and intellectually sound stance for their constituents. Legally taking away that right just to curtail party dissent can easily be used to destroy a democracy.”
        1. How can the representative know the mind of the electorate he represents unless a another vote is taken again in the electorate on the particular issue. The original vote for the party, represented by the individual MP should take precedence.
        2. If he/she is so moral and intellectually honest, he/she should resign as done by some of the really moral MPs of our past, like MDH J and Gamini J. That is real morality.
        3. Mid-course crossovers are always suspect to be for inducements, as in very many cases they are rewarded with a ministership or lucre which cannot be traced. Especially in this instance, when they were elected barely a year of a five year term, on a declared manifesto of the party.

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          Dear M.V.:
          Appreciated your thoughts.

          Party mandate presented presented during election campaigns (and much more said during election rallies) aren’t legally binding agreements; also not an exhaustive list of policy and legislative promises. Hence, it’s extremely impractical to have a system where a referendum or re-election is mandated for constituents approve the representative’s stance.

          The party itself can change it’s policy stance. That fluidity must exist for the elected representatives to make the best decision… That’s if we had elected someone capable of making the best decision for the constituents and the country.

          It’s the highest responsibility of citizens in a democracy to choose their representatives carefully. Each voter needs to be cognisant that election promises aren’t written in stone; promises maybe broken and expectations may not be met. To ensure that you are served right, you elect the right people to represent you.

          Morality breeds morality. Hard to think of morality as a standard of policy making in Sri Lanka. When we elect criminals and greedy, unprincipled characters to the government, we take the fall.

          Inducements for crossovers must be illegal and a punishable crime. Crossovers entirely based on policy stances should not be prevented.

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          MV,
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          Haven’t you actually written this about voting for the 20th Amendment?
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          ” barely a year of a five year term”
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          “A year?” Elections on the 5th of August. Betryal was much less than three months later.
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          “Freedom of conscience” is a concept with some validity if it was in the “first past the post system”. Not as here.
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          And not at all for Diana Gamage who was unknown to almost all, since her name was not on the list of any District for her to get prefernces. The SJB also must take a lot of the blame.
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          The NPP list had this name on it: “Kumar David”. Now, who was that? Dr A. Kumar David, the author of this article, without a doubt.
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          So was this name: Harini Amarasuriya. I saw it. Listened before the Parliamentary Election to many video – this, less than 3 minutes in English, being one:
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          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7WWv8dv3ZA
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          Neither Kumar nor Harini is a Member of the JVP.
          .
          It is important to note this. People of this calibre, with Doctorates, and with excellent English, may be a reason for the Colombo elite to vote for them; what about villagers? I fear that many villagers don’t vote for the JVP because of what they remember of the two “foolish insurrections”.

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            We must expose all charlatans:
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            Look at this fellow, so-called Dr Eliyantha White.
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            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/how-is-eliyantha-white-a-doctor-today/

            .
            Thanks, Thiagarajah Venugopal, for undoing the capitals with the sixteenth comment below this. Let me see if I can undo from here. I’m the guy who’s done it with my comment addressed to MV. (MyView) I don’t think that the three above can be corrected.
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            If I succeed nobody coming here will understand why I have written this part of this comment. Please don’t punish me for my offence!
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            On the other hand, if it doesn’t work, my asininity will have to be acknowledged by me. Sorry, guys!.

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              SM,
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              do you believe if we would expose charlatans to the people – would they change their attitudes ?

              Indian Prof. Kovur had already made it clear, that sinhalaya would never change their thoughts and minds based on superstitioon. If they would be asked to anything, most of them regardless of their education, would agree to do so on one go.
              :
              So like a dog s tail would be straightened by putting in a bamboo sheath, sinhalaya s attitudinal changes would take many more years – That is the nature of our sinhalaya, behaving so, they shamelessly attack their fellow minorities. Not long ago, Mahinda Rajapakshe was found to have been superstitious as no other leaders/and the reporters revealed that he is wearing over 40 talishments on various places of his body. Even if this was revealed tothe press, the man has not changed his affinity to manthras… but even today the very same press seems to have the audacity to call – Eliantha White be MR s doctor… ?

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            Dear SM.
            Nit picking but…here it is.
            Point 3 should be taken in context. First reference is to mid course ( about 2.5 years) crossovers. Then next sentence is : “Especially in this instance, when they were elected barely a year of a five year term”, yes just 3 months 16 days.
            Indicating it is worse than mid term or even in a year, because there is no time for change in the manifesto or circumstances.

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        Hi Sugandh,

        As per the constitution of SL, the power lies with the people-voters in the case of an election. When people select their MP they select or in actual fact give power to the MP to represent them in the Parliament. When a MP enters Parliament carrying the power of the people changes the party or policy midway without going back and seeking mandate again without the vote of those people, then its a violation of the constitution (extended) and violation of the trust. If they do it or if the Parliamentary rules allow it its not democracy.

        In case the MP wants to have his own view, then he or she should be a voter and not an MP as its only a personal view of a single person for which he or she does not have a mandate.

        Even if your argument is acceptable then the clause in the new constitution can read that if a MP votes against the proposed act, then his or her vote can be counted but that person has to resign from the Parliament after the vote is counted and recontest the seat again. This would resolve the point you have raised re a MP wanting to vote against the party view.

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          Dear Bhuddist01:
          Appreciated your thoughts.

          I don’t know how going against party stance is a violation of our constitution when a candidate is not required to be part of any political party to contest an election. Independent candidates do often contest. But I am not an expert to make a call.

          I do like your alternate proposition merely for the reason it’s an improvement over the original proposition. But the practicality of conducting a continuous stream of repeat elections to either validate or reprimand the stance that a representative already took is largely unattainable.

          I am a proponent of abolishing party politics, i.e. political parties. If each constituency/electorate chooses its representative from a pool of local candidates whose mandate is first and foremost is to uphold democracy, moral standards of governance, and good over evil, then we are on a good foundation for intelligent policy making. This foundation should be prescribed by our constitution.

          We know for a fact that we often knowingly or in denial elect criminals or greedy, unprincipled characters to represent us because we as voters are not always interested in doing the right thing. We elect who will do whatever we want, good or bad.

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            It is indeed refreshing to exchange ideas without vituperation, thank you very much.
            Agree that candidates whose mandate is first and foremost is to uphold democracy, moral standards of governance, and good over evil, then we are on a good foundation for intelligent policy making. This foundation should be prescribed by our constitution.
            Would you say the crossovers were guided by “uphold DEMOCRACY or uphold moral standards”.
            But the most important is not to pay lip service but truly observe the constitution in SPIRIT. That is expecting too much here in SL.
            May be tongue in cheek but – rules in SL are meant to be broken.
            All well and good but the constitution is only a way forward in which it cannot predict every situation or all solutions found. It only spells out intention but then at every twist and turn, the twisted mind of the politician finds a loophole or brazenly disregards it, like the recent case of the Prez holding on to the Defence Ministry. I do not take a stand whether he should be the one to really hold it or not, but it is constitutionwise not correct.
            Of course some will bring in the principle of necessity, but then …………….

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      Dear Buddhist1,
      “Monkey” politicians?
      Remove the ‘k’ in there. They get sold for the highest bidder!

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        Dear Nathan,
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        The two synonyms fit well for srilanken politicians.
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        MONKEY politicians – … looking at the manner they jumped on one side to other in recent times.
        :
        MONEY Politicians – even lately JUMP in terms of supporting 20A – over 500 mio of tax payers funds are said to have been spent…. Tax PAYERS funds, but so long bunch of thugs born to RAJAPAKSHE family is given over mandate by SINHALA donkeys to abuse the state funds for anything…..

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    It is the other way around. With Biden and his radical Left lie autocracy and Fascism (because Fascism is, believe it or not, to the Left). Trump is also to the Left but less so.

    To America’s manufacturing sector and Heartland they have no choice. Trump is bad. But my God, Biden will be 10 times worse.

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      “Biden and his radical Left”
      You do have a truly good grip of black comedy.

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      Biden has been in the senate and in public service for OVER 40 years. Do share with us the proof that he is from the radical left or a fascist in his entire record.

      You have to stop getting your information from conspiracy websites:

      “More than 700 economists, including seven Nobel Prize winners, are urgently warning against the reelection of President Donald Trump, citing what they describe as a “sustained assault” on democracy, a fumbled response to the pandemic and the spread of “dangerous misinformation.”

      “In just one term in office, Donald Trump has rendered the United States unrecognizable, and has faced no consequences for doing so,” the economists wrote in an open letter, which is being updated until the November 3 election.
      The letter was signed by prominent economists from major institutions, including Nobel laureates Paul Milgrom (2020) and Oliver Hart (2016) and Alvin Roth (2012). George Akerlof, the Nobel winning husband of former Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen, also signed the letter.”

      You should not spread fake news and poison ignorant minds.

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        Ashan,
        “You should not spread fake news and poison ignorant minds.”
        *
        That is what the mainstream US media do regularly about Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, Julian Asange and several more.
        If you cannot beat them join them!

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          Two wrongs do not make a right. Joe Biden is not the mainstream media. Defaming a person without any proof or basis, and simply regurgitating right wing propaganda, deserves being pointed out.

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    Oh Dear David

    Sri Lankans meaning people of Jaffna have already been through in 1970 what is happening in America today in every sense of the word….we need to rewrite some history here
    (1) when my Father won the Vaddikottai election in 1970 the opposition FP member had the votes recounted…how dare you challenge the FP in a democracy.
    (2) Filed a court case to defeat my Father stating he bought the votes by buying alchalol (talk about a man scraping the barrel as a Lawyer) which he lost.
    (3) Filed a court case to say my Fathers resignation date as a Principle of Karainagar Hindu College (after 25+ years of serving his people as a teacher) has some inconsistency (talk about a man scraping the barrel as a Lawyer) which he ones again lost.
    (4) Then the thuggery and very many attempted murders (we lived through this every day for the 7 year duration until 1977 yet to be filed in the UN) started in earnest.
    (5) The bullets did pierce through my Fathers body in 1981 at last they got their man.

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      This is the fellow who set out to represent my Language/Culture in Sri Lanka along with Hon SJV and Hon GG none of these folks were not to be seen protecting democracy/human rights for a fellow Tamil Man and his constituents. I am awaiting for Hon Sampanthar to explain his part/responses to the Nation/ and to the World too. In this context and similar happenings to fellow Tamils leading upto the 1977 separate mandate you may be right in thinking US elections matters from a Geo Political angle perhaps?? therefore all should be vigilant for assassinations/political killings/regime changes??

      As they say in Malay language “Wayang kulit” is a traditional form of puppet-shadow play originally found in the cultures of Java, Bali, and Lombok in Indonesia. In a wayang kulit performance and that is all we get to see….good cop/bad cop played out to deceive the world for all the illegal acts by one admin to the next….where our children are sacrificed is something we need to avoid if we try not to be the cowards ourselfs.

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    ” What Sri Lanka Can Take Away From The US Elections “

    The recent opinion of certain numbers is US and to a very high extent UK and Australia have taken lesson from Lankawe on democracy. US are losing its attraction as example provider. Lankawe’s new shining as world third largest super power is on democratic politics. Still, unlike in Lankawe, in US minorities are not neglected, but minorities are on suicidal path, so to retaliate against their favorite political party for claiming minorities are with them, minorities are boycotting the elections. In Lankawe Tamils’ reasons to boycott election is, in parliament, ruling and opposition always get united against Tamils, so no point in Tamils voting for UNP (SJB) or SLFP (Slap Party). But in US that doesn’t happen, Rather to some extent, still they get united to improve minority rights so specifically, Blacks life is getting better from the days of slavery, but may not at needed urgency. In Lankawe, from 1948, minorities’ life is getting worse. In last two elections, the trend in US is minorities boycotting election for simply their favorite candidate claiming their votes are for that candidate. Day before yesterday in many towns, showrooms covered their glass windows with thick plywood so the losers can go freely on rioting, need not to go to vote to make their candidate win, not similar to Biriyani & Arrack sip, though.

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    All our life’s we have been analysing the wrong things and consequently have become a laughing stock of the world….and collectively become toilet washers to the world.

    Having been through the journey of our Mother Lankan children killing each other we yet to learn how to analysis a developing country and her journey nor do we get this right when we compare/bench mark ourselves with other Nations.

    Because is all about duplicity and biased based on our own ego’s we glossed over so many obvious flows we all had and continue to have…..if we learned anything we will not be washing dirty lemon in public anymore and use a great opportunity we have to deliver social justice to all through the current GOSL…..the fact we are not focused on the folks who live in Sri Lanka and only see the world where we live we may not objectively looking at matters requiring a different prospective….hence we do not have a single article reflect on the Soldiers life/ how the children were recruited and trained through their life for the armed insurgencies….because truth is hard on all of us? our own ignorance??

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      therefore I invite you all the CT pundits/commenters to join hands to write down our own history factually for our next generation of children so they will not be taken for a ride again by no one??

      Can CT facilitate such venture??

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        Most fraudulent election ever happened in the world was in Jaffna leading up to the election from 1970 -1977 and during the election by the FP/TULF through thuggery/intimidation/hate speeches/attempted murders and actual murders.

        The world was told is a “mandate” for separate state by Tamil people of Sri Lanka. The biggest child abuse ever took place under the watch of elected and unelected was the children of Jaffna taken away for brainwashing and arming in Tamil Nadu in this period.

        We yet to have UN investigation of this crime that led to the demise of our land to date.

        Is American children taken away to foreign lands and parents did not report their missing children??

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      There’s plenty of that, Venugopal. Surely you know that Defence Secretary General Kamal Guneratne wrote a book, and there was another called “Gota’s War”. Not many of us read such stuff.
      .
      However, just as much as we, Sinhalese, must atone for the crimes committedby us, I think that it is very necessary for Tamils also to do some hard thinking about how they should ensure peace in this land. Your leaders, too, must surely take some of the blame.
      .
      So, yes, we must present a History of Sri Lanka “from the earliest times upto right now” so that children grow up determined to put ourdirty past behind us. Challenging CT, or anybody else todo so will be fine.

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        Thank you SM.

        I READ QUAITE A FEW INCLUDING THE ABOVE TQ as I was always checking whatever we write have any resemblance to my personal life experience to bench mark etc.

        I do not think there is a Tamil/Sinhala leaders as such in my land. If anyone spoke on this basis and made deals on that basis is quite unfortunate. We always elected head of state period.

        We framed this ghetto leadership mirage so to justify our own agendas historically yes and some did that at gun point too?. pending trials.

        Now following the war we have created those mentality/injustice that is for FP to go around the Nation to ask for forgiveness is a great starting point for reconciliation.

        Reconciliation is not between Tamil and Sinhalese but the criminals and victims…perhaps JVP can join too.

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    I see the zeroth law of Thermodynamics at work. Entropy that dis orderliness will always increase. It is natural x

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      “The Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics is two large steps before the law that leads to entropy.”
      D, did you do A/L Physics?
      The Zeroth Law is the equivalent of Newton’s First Law. It talks about conditions for thermal equilibrium and leads to the concept of temperature. The latter is about motion or lack of it in the absence of force and leads to the concept of inertial frame.

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        CT parliamentarians vote for 17A, 18A, 19A & 20A too. They happily vote for the sale of their mother or wife too.

        There is no point in their likes.

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      I think Dilshan refers to the Second Law of Thermodynamics which specifies irreversibility and increase of disorderliness due molecular reactions.
      Actually there were the first and second laws stipulated and extensively used, but then another law on the subject which is fundamental came up much later with the acceptance of Relativity Theory and was the termed the Zeroth Law to precede first and second.

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        F
        The Zeroth law had nothing to do with the acceptance of the Theory of Relativity. (See note below.)
        In the early 18th century, though, scientists realized that another law was needed to complete the set. However, this new law, which presented a formal definition of temperature, actually superseded the three existing laws and should rightfully be at the head of the list. This created a dilemma: the original three laws were already well known by their assigned numbers, and renumbering them would create a conflict with the existing literature and cause considerable confusion. The alternative, calling this new law the Fourth Law and putting it last on the list, was also problematic because it superseded the other three laws. One scientist, Ralph H. Fowler, came up with a third alternative that solved the dilemma: he called the new law the “Zeroth Law.”
        [https://www.livescience.com/50833-zeroth-law-thermodynamics.html]
        *
        Interestingly the far-reaching implications of the two famous statements of the 2nd Law (relating to efficiency of heat engines and pumping heat) were not appreciated at the time.
        It is by far the most unassailable Law of Physics.

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          “The Zeroth law had nothing to do with the acceptance of the Theory of Relativity.”
          It was finally proved by special relativity theory, though it was accepted earlier.

          The Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics in Special Relativity
          L. Gavassino
          We critically REVISIT the definition of thermal equilibrium, in its operational formulation, provided by standard thermodynamics. We show that it refers to experimental conditions which BREAK the covariance of the theory at a fundamental level and that, therefore, it CANNOT be applied to the case of moving bodies. We propose an extension of this definition which is manifestly covariant and can be applied to the study of isolated systems in SPECIAL RELATIVITY. The Zeroth Law of thermodynamics is, THEN, PROVEN to establish an equivalence relation among bodies which have not only the same temperature, but also the same center of mass four-velocity.

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            F
            The Zeroth Law was enunciated in the 18th Century.
            The Theory of Relativity was proposed in the 20thCentury.
            You said:
            “Actually there were the first and second laws stipulated and extensively used, but then another law on the subject which is fundamental came up much later with the acceptance of Relativity Theory and was the termed the Zeroth Law to precede first and second.”
            *
            You can be a little more honest and admit a slip than overstretch yourself to dodge the issue.

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    There is nothing in the US election for Sri Lanka. and to expect anything else is simply a folly. If Trump wins he will be emboldened by the fact he is gaining in the Congress and Senate. If Biden wins which seems more likely at this point he will be a lame duck with a reduced majority in Congress and senate in republican control.

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      a14455 / November 4, 2020

      absurd, beg to differ. It affects to entire world, not only to SRILANKA.
      .
      Germans are making every effort asking US to go for counting every vote. Trump is a most known laughig stock to the europeans. He is a clown… even 10 year olds from Europe enjoy making jokes about Trump…. The kind of idiots to become the leader of that wonderful country, I really dont think they deserve that… alone the manner he added big talks about him to have claimed the victory while the counting continues…. shows his education…. he has no sort of sureity of insticts. Many europeans would love Beiden would be the leader to improve their transatlantic deals. Let s hope the best….. not to hear other way around… right at the moment, world needs US to have a competent leader…

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    Wednesday 3.35 pm: it appears that Biden may not be able to bridge the gap in PA, GA & NC. But, if he can maintain his razor-thin lead in Nevada and Michigan, he would certainly clinch the victory. In any event, Trump’s impressive showing is a reflection on the integrity of the US electorate.

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      “Trump’s impressive showing is a reflection on the integrity of the US electorate.”
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      K, are you being sarky?

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      Karikalan,
      PA & GA have turned around. But the Western states(AR & NV) can still turn back to Pres. Trump, but unlikely. That will not change the end.
      PA is a solid victory. It is for sure will not lean to Trump again. The trend, for last two days, is towards VP Biden. So it is meaningless to try to guess what if it goes back to trump. There is a remote chance NC also could go to Biden at last minute. If that happen then this time pollsters are correct, need not deserving firing.
      I think now republican leaders should come out and start their arbitration & make Pres. Trump to concede the loss with grace. He is still left with him three months to quack. That is a long time to do many things like appointment of one more justice, reverse abortion verdict Roe v. Wade, propose his health care bill….etc. That is a consolation if he lose. Then it is not accepting the loss with grace. It is only substitute seeking to the court case.

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    They can take away Rump of Donald

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    To those who wants Srilanka to look up to America,

    “After Fox News called Arizona for Joe Biden last night, Trump instructed aides to begin filing lawsuits almost immediately. Those aides spent most of Wednesday putting together half-baked legal strategies, partly in order to buy them more time as votes were being counted in critical states like Arizona, one source said. CNN has not projected a winner in Arizona.
    https://edition.cnn.com/politics/live-news/election-results-and-news-11-04-20/index.html

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    Mr.David you with others seems to have jumped the gun. Unless and until a person steps out of Lanka will not truly appreciate the democratic/constitutional/election process.The election is never over until the last legitimate vote is count. That means every single person’s voice is heard. There is no comparison what so ever to what we have in Lankawe. 1) What we have is “DEMOCRAZY” not democracy. 2)What we have is “CONSTIPATION” and not constitution. 3) If GR verbally threatened to stop the counting (like what Trump tried), then it would have been the law. That is what GR claims as “anything verbal is law”. Most probably our CJ ad EC would have rushed to GR’s residence to take his verbal orders so to execute. That is called independent bodies in Lanka.4) The same republicans pushed back at Trump, where as in Lanka the opposition would have joined with GR (as in 20A) in making the threat into law/amendment 5) Amid many skin/loose heads, majority wants to keep their democracy/independence in US where as Lankans got rid of their democrazy for family autocracy/dynasty. 6) Forget US, coming Bihar elections in India, may help in learning a lesson or two

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      “Unless and until a person steps out of Lanka will not truly appreciate the democratic/constitutional/election process.”
      *
      Does it seem like Prof. Kumar David has spent all his living days in this island?

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    Mr . David, wonder why Bihar ???? Here are few comparison for you 1) Lalu is currently in prison for all kind of scams and in Lankawe, few in prison have been upgraded by citizenry to parliament.2) Lalu’s politics is family dynasty. His uneducated wife was once promoted to Chief and currently his sons are leading the party ,while he spends some quality time, in prison. All in all a family affair like in Lankawe. 3) Then we have current chief Nitish, who is a veteran fence jumper. Just like many of our Lankan low life, he has the ability to switch in the blink of an eye. 4) Current election promises are, one party promised one million jobs and other countered by upping to two million. 5) Another election promise by the incumbent is “if you vote for us we will provide free Covid vaccine”, question is if you did not vote, then ????? very much as in Lankawe 6 ) The EC finds this kind of absurdity as absolutely proper and nothing out of order. 7) Then there is third party, lead by Mayadevi, ex CM, who never attended school and supposedly represent the under privileged, calls beautification of the city with her party symbols (thousands of elephant made out of imported Italian marble) spending millions, as her only achievement.(unfortunately post CM, courts ordered to remove the whole thing and dump it). Need more ???

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    American capitalism, based on ruthless exploitation with a single minded approach at the expenses of others to achieve one’s objective, was instilled on Trump by his father from a you age. Trump is a showman & built his success story myth around him & knew how to attract the public with a tough macho image. The popularity of today’s reality shows with gullible contestants being humiliated in public (‘you are fired’ catchphrase in the Apprentice) or laughed at by a self appointed bunch of pundit celebrities is considered high entertainment which Trump used against his opponents (crooked Hilary, sleepy Joe, terrible woman, Kamala Harris), no doubt appealed to his vote base, the ‘forgotten’ less educated, mostly blue collar workers of

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      R-UK
      Is this coat of red paint for real or only take it out on Trump?

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        SJ
        Apologise for the part comment that seem to have got posted accidently. For your information, I find the vote base of Trump & GR similar but despite manoeuvres by Trump (his cronies) to influence the Congress, Senate & the Supreme court, I have faith in US democracy, unlike in SL.

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          R-UK
          If you have faith in a ‘democracy’ that allows blatant manipulation of the judiciary, cynical meddling with postal vote, and deliberately keeping out sections of the population, and whose head of state is a shameless violator of the law of the land, I think that your faith is a matter for serious worry.

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    American capitalism, based on ruthless exploitation & a single minded approach at the expenses of others to achieve one’s objective, was instilled on Trump by his father from a young age. Trump is a showman & built his success story myth around him & knew how to attract the public with a tough macho image. Today’s reality shows where gullible contestants are humiliated in public (‘you are fired’ catchphrase in the Apprentice) or laughed at by a self appointed bunch of pundit celebrities, is considered high entertainment & Trump used the same principal against his opponents (crooked Hilary, sleepy Joe, terrible woman Kamala Harris) which, no doubt, appealed to his vote base, the ‘forgotten’ less educated, mostly blue collar workers of white Christian middle America, who found it refreshing to have a ‘successful’ businessman than the usual political elite to govern the country.

    Seems to me, as far as, the average Sinhala Buddhist voter is concerned, the same appeal for GR as the saviour who will bring back the glory days of the ancient past & having the guts to show 2 fingers to the world (apart from China that is), just like Trump’s ‘America First’ rhetoric.

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    Just, lets us discount the American election because they claim they want to be the top on democratic governance. We want to follow the monarch’s model. That lesson is a rocket science for us. Shipi, Manu Neethi are lost in mythical tales, we are come far away from that. Asoka’s history is well recorded one. We didn’t come far away from Mahawamsa. It tell about Ellarla who had his intelligence bell in front of his Palace for people by pass bureaucracy an directly approach him by ringing it.
    The myth goes when one day a old woman rang the bell ‘s complained paddy her for husk make dinner let in front her house to dry was flushed away by rain, he asked the god to stop the rain coming the day time and god responded.

    Then why the law and order is the last cared matter in Lankawe. Why the continuous crying of sound the bell is never reached in the ears of Colombo Royalty? Why Missing persons’ mothers are sitting in the rain and shine for 3 1//2 years and calling the whole world has not got any justice? . Is that because either Elarla or the mothers are Parai Demelos?

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghoDmErkGKk

    Berni and Cobyn would’ve healed a lot of souls.

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    Prof Kumar, with due respect your article is bit premature.
    as I write Biden-253 Trump 214.
    Postal votes which favour Biden are being counted in 5 key states and Biden is slowly but surely getting to 270. we wouldn’t know until Sunday. However if Biden win Georgia before Sunday game over for Trump

    But the reason I say your article is bit premature is not because of the standing of the candidates. When the race to White House got very tight and is on a knife edge Trump started to behave like a despot. He is talking about larger scale fraud and demanding that the counting of votes must stop.

    He wants all the democratic votes nullified and declare he is the winner!!!

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      2. so there is nothing Sri Lankans can learn or take away from US elections. Except the Rajapaksa’s will be patting themselves in the back that Trump seems to have learnt from them.

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      Rajash,

      When you read this, Penn State might have turned the hat on President Trump. After all it is VP Biden’s birth state. All comments keep telling that that Biden losing that is not possible, regardless of President Trump’s interim lead.

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        Mallaiyuran – yeah Biden is narrowing the gap in Georgia and Pen.
        Its game over for Trump. The question now is will GOP persuade Trump to accept the defeat gracefully and get in to transition mode

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          ” The question now is will GOP persuade Trump to accept the defeat gracefully and get in to transition mode . “
          I don’t have prove, but I suspect that is in process now, though out sidesome court cases are sitting. Pres. Trump team seems to be just going for it as religious rule, but not enthusiastically expecting a favorable verdict even from Republican dominant Bench. It is completely unlikely Justices play with democracy, though some of them may like to stick on to their cognitional religious believes. Republican leaders unlikely to start to talk until states certify their election results. Otherwise it is like interfering in State Governments’ administration. If States certifies results VP Biden as president elect, then republican leaders will certainly consult Trump not to chase mirage.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ShXI51dg-Y

    You have been Trumped…….Trumpism…Seaparatism…Federalism….all have something in common…….is called Facism…..great comparison indeed David.

    Good on you.

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    Prof K and others rushed into calling this election, but today or if not tomorrow, we will know who the actual winner is. All indications are it is not Trump. Trump may be an exception but the whole tortuous process it self indicates US Democratic/electoral/judicial/constitutional process is alive and healthy. Trump is just being him self, having difficulty accepting loss is trying his usual crooked methods to stop that. It is well known he sues the victims (post grabbing) to silence, so it is not a surprise to see him making veil legal threats. What is unfortunate his some of the 2024 prospects (Ted Cruz, Graham) are trying to emulate Trump believing they can replace him within party. These fools most probably may end up high and dry. The beauty is, Georgia last elected a Democrat in 1992 and to day they may decide the Presidency for Biden. The whole transition was lead by a Black Woman Stacey Adams, who Trump hated. The other is Cindy McCain who endorsed Biden for AZ. John McCain sure will have the last laugh in his grave. Worst and humiliating scenario will be, if both parties break even (<0% chance getting 269 each), then Nancy P will get her chance to give marching orders to Trump. Morale of the story never under estimate the women power.

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    Here are some take away lessons Prof. More than 50 % seems to have voted to keep the democracy (not to get rid). Regardless of who the next president is more than 4 million (national/popular)have voted for Biden. This alone makes them look better than Lankans.

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    Democracy is a farce in the US as in most of the world that is now controlled by the deep state with the Covid-19 mask.
    Both sides seem to be rigging the election outcomes in the US, Trump and the Democrats and hence there is a stalemate with the results.
    US empire is imploding and showing its true colours as the worlds biggest military business intelligence complex and Rogue State..
    War games in the Indian Ocean are being heldby QUAD as the Third WOrld war escalate while Sri Lanka is in Covid 19 lockdown and Fishermen unable to go to sea, but the Whales and Dolphins are reacting.

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      Dinuk,

      Is that why you wanted a US citizen as your EP? Jaffna University is not ready appoint an American citizen for VC. Communist Pakaya, Lemon Puff, Ganapathi Pillai are srill saying for American citizens to stay back in America; not to go back to Lankawe. . Why could you bring this 20A earlier. Now Gita lost her love mate, parliament seat and Swiss life.

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    Mallai , bottom line is Biden has five different pathways(BY winning anyone out of NV,GA,PA,NC) to get to the magic number where as Trump only has one (actually less than one)pathway to get there.(by winning all (PA,NV,GA,NC,)We should know for sure within coming 24 hours. The rest about legal challenges and other veil threats are just sound bite.

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      Chiv, I agree with you. After Pennsylvania’s victory, there is no hope in law suits. Pennsylvania cannot be challenged. Without law suite Georgia still would go for recount. But instead of wasting time & money, if President Trump concedes, they may not recount. This is not a State Election to stand on 2000 votes point. If Federal parties are not challenging because the recount would not help them, then there is no need to recount. The other problem is after Trump supporters demanded to stop counting most of the state secretaries insist that every vote has to be counted accurately and accounted for. But that was not the case of Bush Jr. Florida was needed for Al gore and President Bush. So Bush went to court and secured the result certified. Al gore said over trying will divide the country on republican-Democrat line so he would not go for any further. This time a commentator said that now the word “Compromise” is dirty word. So President Trump cannot concede & back off in this culture. Another one said the voting is indicating the country is divided on party line by this overheated election. Unifying it back is going to be a challenge. They opined the election is dividing the country because people lost faith in democracy.

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    SJ, you are right . The first lady of China has promised to jump into the river to save Lanka.Thanks to China for donating such gift and self claimed PRC members like you, who kept telling “we have eradicated, it is harmless”. What kind of a patriot/nationalist are you ???? Must be of Wimal type.(possessing two passport). Prof would have lived in the US but his writing lacks knowledge, (on electoral process) just like yours on Covid and TB/BCG. By the way Biden just overtook Trump in GA. There is a good chance Biden may repeat this in PA too. In that case Biden may cross 300 and then the professor may term it as LAND SLIDE for Biden.

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      Dear chiv,
      .
      I’ve also been following live coverage and heard speculation of a 296 tie, but if that happens, it will be Trump selected by the House because of some other factor. Confusing is not the word!
      .
      To me, it looks as though you don’t know much about Professor Kumar David – nor did I, but I made a point of meeting him in June 2020. More about him, later.
      .
      Your own comments are as great as SJ’s. You appear to be a medical man, even if not an MBBS doctor. Never mind – you were grateful that I navigated you to one of Dr Janapriya’s earlier articles. What he’s been writing has been getting attention, but not enough. He’s not given me his telephone number, but we have been exchanging emails.
      .
      I needn’t give you my details; “leelagemalli”, whose identity I don’t know, is worried sick that I will be white-vanned because I reveal too much.
      .
      What I want to say here is that in times Sri Lankan most voting in this election was over about 9.00 am on Wednesday, the 4th. Well, by 6 pm on the 5th, even most American media coverage had it that the poll predictions of a landslide had got it all wrong. My computer in Bandarawela tells me that it is now 1.00 am on Saturday.

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        P.S. to chiv.
        .
        Trump is such a horrible man.
        .
        That judgement has nothing to do with the COVID-19 which has ravaged the world in the year 2020 – so shouldn’t we really call it COVID-20? It may have begun in China last year, but we hadn’t heard of it.
        .
        BTW, sorry about all those bold letters that I see above. CT sometimes removes them before putting comment on – but we should learn how to control ourselves, just as much as we think that Trump must learn to control himself.
        .
        What is really scary is this.
        .
        Had there been no COVID, Trump would really have got a landslide – Electoral College and Popular Vote. The implications – mind boggling.
        .
        How then would History see the Pandemic. As having killed off old fellows like me in 2021, but also as having saved civilization from Trump the Barbarian?

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      C
      Thanks.
      I knows that you are up to scratch with reliable information, and excellent in your grammar ans syntax.

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    China daily on its 2017-01-10 news release published that CHINA DEVELOPS
    ITS OWN BALLPOINT PEN TIPS . What was china doing all these years to
    manufacture 80% of ballpoint pens for the world supply ? It was importing
    precision made steel tips from Japan . It has taken five toiling years to finally
    manage to make the perfect steel tips . So, now China expects to export one
    hundred percent Made in China Ballpoints to the world ! Well , what is
    happening to pen and paper right at the moment ? It is becoming history now
    on a daily basis thanks to Touchscreens and keypads of Mobile phones and
    Tabs ! The speed of Technology is beyond anyone’s imagination .

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      ww
      Had Japan placed an embargo on precision tips, China may have achieved it in fewer than a few months.
      Necessity is the mother of invention and improvisation.
      How come that you are so late to catch up with a 2017 story?
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      BTW the store near home has a rollicking business selling stationary, including ball point pens. Now the roller balls come from China I guess! Perhaps, like the bumble bee not knowing the laws of aerodynamics, he too does not know global economic trends.
      *
      As for touchscreens and keypads of mobile phones, I wonder if Huawei gets its stuff from Japan.

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        SJ ,

        You are free to fit it where you like but the point I raised was
        missed . If I quote something that happened years ago , does
        that mean I am late with that subject ?

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          ww
          It simply meant that the information is rather dated in the context of China’s rapid strides in technology.
          I responded to your point about the ballpoint: “Had Japan placed an embargo on precision tips, China may have achieved it in fewer than a few months.”
          (Sorry, I do not write paragraphs to make a simple point: I am stingy with words.)

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            SJ ,

            One of the longest bridges in North China , Harbin Yangmingtan
            bridge collapsed causing 3 deaths and 4 injured nine months after
            opening !Again in the North of China , Tianjin Municipality , last
            week one bridge collapsed , 7 killed and 5 injured according to
            reports. I respect your short paragraphs !

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              ww
              Noted.
              It will be a very very long passage if I list major collapsed structures the world over that caused heavy loss of human life, and rank the countries.
              Do you expect Chinese engineering to be exceptional? No. They have not got that far.
              But one never knows, they may eventually fulfill your expectation!

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                SJ ,

                “Do you expect Chinese engineering to be exceptional ? “
                Yes and No ! Yes , because it is competing with other
                established world powers in engineering for a fraction of
                their bidding while on its own soil it collapses just in nine
                months of completion ! No , because due to human error
                people die in thousands world over in hospitals , on the road
                and in wars ! ” But one never knows, they may eventually
                fulfil your expectation ! ” I believe in the right price for the
                right quality Mr S J .

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    This election teaches us how democratically elections are conducted in the US.
    The ‘exemplary’ conduct of the Post Master General of the US in blocking postal votes made very interesting reading:
    https://truthout.org/articles/postmaster-general-dejoy-defies-federal-judge-as-mail-in-ballots-surge-for-biden/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=6fbf6d9a-94b3-445c-b856-ed7e1aff1519
    *
    When Barry Goldwater received a severe thrashing in the Presidential Election of 1964, with 52 electoral votes against Lyndon Johnson’s 486 and 38.5% of the popular vote against the latter’s 61.1%, I though that there was hope for the US– that was when racism was rampantly in the open in the US.
    56 years on, and after four years of Trump, nearly half of the US wants more of him.
    What an educated electorate!

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    More than half of Lankans voted to get rid of democrazy, what an educated electorate! The difference is Trump did not get re elected where as GR got and then MR got with 2/3 , 20 A is now in progress, and you can say BYE to democrazy. Hope you get it. For someone who did not realize Sajith won and RW lost this may be too complicated to understand. Dear Sinhala man both getting 269 is less of a chance of you hitting lottery. But if that the case President will be elected by the House which is currently under democrats and VP will be elected by senate which is controlled by Republicans. The beauty is, it is all clearly spelled out in the constitution (not like our 20A passed in parliament). Actually it is not that complicated. each state has allocated electoral value/representations and who ever gets 270 will be elected as president. It does not mean popular vote. A person can have more votes but yet loose because they lack electoral numbers/representations. (cont)

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    SM, here is an EXAMPLE. California and New York are large in area, but are allocated 20 and 15 electoral votes respectively. So by winning a person may get say 2 millions votes and still get 35 electoral votes. Where as smaller states say five of them , each carrying 8 electoral votes. So by winning the opposition gets 40 electoral votes but the total votes may be less (smaller state/lesser population) yet have the advantage of 5 electoral votes. The point is the Constitution demands every state big or small, to have adequate representation so that, they have a say , in their national matters.

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    SM, usually the election results are outright then the results are known by midnight on the same day of election. But When elections are close (which may be the future trend) then it may go the wire. W

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    SM, usually the election results are outright then the results are known by midnight on the same day of election. But when elections are close (which may be the future trend) then it may go to the wire. When Bush beat Gore , the final results was decided by a small county in Florida by just a few hundreds of more votes to Bush. This election is entirely different to the country because of 1) Pandemic 2) they introduced early voting where each state had its own protocol how advance or how late the votes could be accepted 3) different states allowed early voting anywhere from one to three months in advance 4) the postal service had to be readied to handle more than 100 millions of votes. 5) trump being president tried to block people from early voting so to suppress them.6) Each state had their own rule on accepting late votes ( voted before deadline but reached late due to postal delays).6) Because of pandemic stated had arranged make shift boxes so that people could drop their votes early right next to where they live and these had to collected,securely stored until election day for counting . There are many more reasons, and I believe US has done well in conducting the election during the peak of pandemic.

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