Mental Health Issues – Neither understood by the sufferer nor by the observer – GSD
April 29, 2012
April 27, 2012
I am just listening to Diana Krall sing her version of Walk on By as I pen this post. What a beautiful voice and what a beautiful lady she is. That voice does hit you somewhere even if you are a cold-hearted b***t*** like me.She has just made me feel better without me actually knowing her or speaking to her. Hey i am not going to write a psycho type of post about her, don’t y’all worry, I have not yet lost my mental balance. What i wanted to say in a few words is why can’t the popular music industry highlight people like her vis-a-vis the Rhianna’s and Beyonce’s of this world. I actually want to listen to music which hits what it is supposed to hit rather than Lovie duvvies showing who has better boobs or thundering thighs. Wait a minute, I dont mind the boobs and the thighs ( am I a perv ?) I like them, but I know I would vote for the Adele’s and the Krall’s of this world…
April 25, 2012
Politics is discussed in newsrooms and dining rooms using the popular left-right model. Left Parties are generally Socialists with liberal view, Centre Left Parties are Moderates with a left-wing bias, Centre Right Parties are again moderates but with a Right Wing Bias and Right Wing Parties are free market oriented with a social conservative message. This unfortunately is incorrect as you can have various combinations to determine your politics. You could be Socialist Leaning with Conservative views a.k.a Reagan Democrats,Most Political Parties in India etc. You could be a free market supporter but completely liberal in relation to your social views.
I have attached an outcome from Politcalcompass which has devised a test which helps you to determine your political views. However please be aware that this has primarily been designed for a Western Audience and as such may not be an appropriate tool for a person from the Non-Western World.
The various parts of the X and Y axes can be defined as:
Left – Socialist/Communist from an economic viewpoint at the extreme with views moderating as you move towards the centre.
Right – Free Market – US Style Capitalism at the extreme with views moderating as you move towards the centre.
Libertarian – Liberal attitude towards life and governance at the furthest point from the centre.
Authoritarianism – More Dictatorial as you move away from the centre.
Thus you could say that Hitlers Nazi’s were a left-wing party due to its economics but completely an authoritarian party due to its governance style. It may be said that Thatcherites are right-wing when it comes to Economics and slightly authoritarian when it came to dealing with Unions, IRA terrorists etc. The Scottish National Party is a Centre Left Party because of its continued commitment to Social Issues,Community etc when taking economic decisions but due its desire for Scottish Independence can slightly lean towards authoritarianism due to its nationalist political view. It could be suggested that the Green Parties in Europe are left-wing when it comes to economics and Liberals when it comes to governance style.
It could be suggested that politicians like the last few US Presidents and British Prime Ministers have decided to make the Centre-Right philosophies the bedrock of their economic policies with different shades of authoritarianism due to the various terror threats and strategic issues faced by their countries. Some readers could say that all Indian political parties including the so-called Right Wing BJP are different shades of Centre Left in terms of Economic Policies due to income inequality in Indian Society and different shades of authoritarianism due to the social conservative and patriarchal nature of Indian Society.
This proves that branding a political party as left, right, centre etc leads to confusion and does not provide a clear picture. I would suggest it would be better for political pundits to discuss the standings of political parties on important issues without defining it as Left wing, Right wing, Libertarian or Conservative. As such they may not get surprised, at times, with the results of elections.
April 24, 2012
“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”
Only two things are infinite:
the universe and human stupidity;
and I'm not sure about the universe.
At the weekend I was reading a post from ‘A Frank Angle’ which I had linked on to via Alex Autin’s Things I Love blog. Alex had been nominated for the “Very Inspiring Blogger” award - many congratulations Alex, well deserved - and this was one of the site she in turn recommended.
April 23, 2012
I was just checking some of the photographs i have saved from various news sources and came across this interesting one.
I was in England during the riots of 2011. Luckily i lived in the polite part of that country i.e. Yorkshire. We did not see any riots in Leeds. But i did take some interest in saving some photographs from different news sources. This captured ,in a way, something which i loved about that country – Their love of Queuing.
April 21, 2012
I have to admit – I am frustrated today. Yesterday Nabadip nominated me for this award. In response i wrote a part-funny, part-silly and a part serious post. Unfortunately and not surprisingly i did a Sunny. I lost the damn post. In order not to get even more frustrated I have decided to be very Unsunnylike. I have kept this post short and simple. My Nominations are:
A blog on the lack of common sense in everyday life. Take your humour pills before you read it.
The blog talks about loads of topics, some very personal to the blogger. The beauty about the blog is the way she writes it. A blogger to learn from.
This blog talks about the bloggers “adventure” outside her homeland of New Zealand. She is funny and sharp.
This blog is primarily a travel blog. If you want to get an understanding of a “good traveller/backpacker mentality” this is worth reading. A mentality worth emulating whenever you travel.
This blog talks about the bloggers view on social issues. Its worth reading, even if you dont agree with the bloggers political view, as the language is moderate and he gives weightage to all opinions.
Here are the rules of the award -
Instructions for the Versatile Blogger award nominees:
1. Nominate fellow bloggers of your choice.
2.inform the bloggers of their nomination!
3. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
4.Add the “Versatile Blogger Award” pic to your blog post.
April 19, 2012
For the past three days i have been diligently looking at the coverage of Breivek’s trial by looking at the live updates from The Guardian, a British Newspaper. Generally i don’t like following the Guardian for such important issues but they have got it spot on by being completely factual. Ill be honest, his testimony has given me goosebumps.
In the past, I have spoken with a white British National Party Voter and i have spoken with a Muslim from Bradford, who does not support intermingling of communities and races unless its for work purposes. The gentleman supporting the BNP was primarily a protest voter who felt that Muslims were allowed to live a separate life and as such did not attempt to integrate and thus did not like them (He was more of a Islamaphobe than a out and out racist). The Muslim gentleman was British Born but was not comfortable speaking in English. He believed that the UK was a much better place twenty years back for some reason !!! However when i spoke with either of them i never felt anger,sorrow etc. I just took their views as just a couple of opinions. They were civil,polite and did not scare me. Both of them seemed to be having stable family lives and were just worried about earning a good living and living a happy family life. This shows i am particularly capable of accepting diverse political opinions and thoughts .
So what scares me about Breivik ?
Its his views combined with the action he took and the “out of box” thinking to achieve his purposes. He might have committed a perfect political crime by murdering so many people as this may probably lead to a Europe reaching a crossroad with loads of opinions being thrown at it and any decision the countries of Europe take would probably change the way Europe functions as we know it. Here is my reasoning -
1. His Views – He believes that many immigrants, primarily Muslims, are refusing to integrate with the values of their adopted homeland. In fact quite a few of non-Muslims, who themselves are immigrants , also believe the same thing. He believes that this has been caused by Multiculturalism and the lack of backbone shown by established political parties across the spectrum. He feels he had been disenfranchised as there was no political outlet for his frustrations. He feels that no political party recognised or understood his views. He believes that the media has had a role to play as it has helped to stifle debate on issues such as multiculturalism and mass immigration. He feels frustrated at the change he is seeing in his society and the feels powerless at trying to control it. Have i heard these views before ? Yes a lot of people have these views. ( I don’t necessarily agree or disagree with this viewpoint.)
2. His Objectives – He states that he wanted to be a martyr towards his cause of militant nationalism. He felt if he carried out such an act European Countries would want to reduce the possibility of fissures in society by further driving the concept of multiculturalism. This he felt would make a lot of nationalists, both from the left and the right, more militant in a few years time as the political consensus in the short to medium would not represent them. This he felt would drive more people towards his cause.
3. His Actions – His actions were simple. Bomb blasts outside buildings of authority and once he survived he wanted to attack a gathering of journalists but decided that would not be possible due to various reasons. He targeted a Labour Youth Party meeting as the Left leaning parties have been the biggest supporters of the concept of multiculturalism.
So why am i worried about the future ?
In mature,established countries there is a tendency to act as one during a crisis which impacts society. For eg: every politician jumped on GW Bush’s Plan of Action after 9/11. This time all the choices seem be between the devil and the deep sea. Lets take an example of all parties adopting the concept of multiculturalism a lot more. As more parties shift towards this concept and adopt it with more rigour it will lead to more on the extreme right losing hope and tempting some of these individuals to follow in the footsteps of Breivik. If the political parties decide to move away from this doctrine there is a chance of creating left wing terrorists as well as group of AQ influenced solitary Muslim terrorists as these elements could easily refuse to accept the changes.
In conclusion is there anyway that you can avoid potential bloodbaths and periods of upheaval in Europe ? Yes there is. What is needed is an honest,tough, open,politically incorrect debate on the way Western European Countries want their society to develop. Do i think it is possible ? I am not too confident. I don’t think the Western European Establishment as well as the media is capable of having such a debate which would involve all communities from the segregationists amongst the immigrant population to the Neo Nazis.
April 15, 2012
Yesterday was a great day for me as Liverpool beat our greatest rivals Everton in a FA Cup Semi-Final ! Thus we carry on the proud tradition of not losing to them since 1906. So what are my thoughts ?
1. The team – I am not going to give ratings etc as i am not a pundit. I am fan and i will stick to feelings. I started supporting Liverpool since 2000. My initial days were spent supporting a team which was rebuilding itself. I had no idea that they were going to win the treble that year and could not have been bothered too much. I liked the “fighting spirit” of the team and the supporters. Never Give In seemed to be a mantra followed by all. One of my favourite new players of that side was Gary McAllister a nearly bald Scotsman who at the age of 36 typified everything romantic about football. The never given in and hard as nuts mentality. As the season progressed i fell in love with the attitude of the players towards the team and started lapping up the history of LiverpoolFC as time went on. Luckily, in the second half i saw a similar attitude, a similar passion( I was lucky to miss the first half, due to some issues). This was typified by the pleasure you saw on Andy Carroll’s face when he realised he had scored a potential winner against Everton.This mattered to me more than anything else.
2) Kenny Dalglish – The man – What else can i say about him ? In spite of criticism’s he has backed his players, his team and most importantly his values. His values are one thing which remain constant. And the sheer pleasure of seeing joy on his face when we score a goal or when we win a match tells you that you cant get a gaffer who can feel more for the team than him. Everyone knows how we felt for the supporters after the loss of the 96 and how he acted as a support for the families of the victims. Looking at him, his feelings and his comments you know that he means what he says and i guess that is what united the club. He is a top man.(David Cameron probably should learn something from him )
3) The fans – It was great seeing the happiness on the fans once again. As usual majority of the fans showed the “You’ll never walk Alone” Spirit which Liverpool is reknowned for. To some of the critics amongst the fans especially on the internet i would not like to judge your criticism. I know i am a “plastic liverpool fan” and unlike a real scouser i have no right to judge you simply because i can never be a real scouser who understands the feelings of the fans on the ground who make the club tick. I have no connections with that city. I am a Sikh from India. Infact my time in England in 2010-11 was spent primarily across the Pennines in Yorkshire. I even sport a white rose on my right arm as a commeration of the great time i had in Leeds and feeling for that part of the world. The only thing which i liked from across the Pennines was LiverpoolFC(Okay i liked the people of Liverpool as well as they were really nice to me) and i never shied away from exhibiting it. I fell in love with Liverpool by accident in 2000 and that love continues till today unabated. Thus because i am not a scouser or God i am not going criticise your criticism. Only Real Scousers can do that. I will only plead with you that – Give the team time to gel !!!
4) David Moyes and the Press – Ok i have nothing against Everton’s fans. In fact they seem to be a nice lot. My only encounter with them was when i got lost on a trip to Anfield ( I guess too much Guiness is not too good lol). To readers who are not aware of England, the Inner City Suburbs are not the nicest place to be in but they do have a good heart. I came across these kids who support Everton at a takeaway and they were really nice and polite and helped a lot with directions of getting out to the coach station (Unlike what Daily Mail will have you believe – For them every white kid in an inner city suburb is a unhelpful ****, rude, chavvy etc etc). But inspite of my impressions of an average Evertonian fan I take issue with David Moyes having said that everyone in England supports Everton for the tie ? Did he speak to the entire nation before making that comment ? Complete Bollocks!!! And to the press – Can you leave Liverpool alone ? Since the so called Suarez “race row” they have been trying to get at the guts of Liverpool. Shamless twats who should keep their ideas in London rather than talk about Liverpool. It takes a lot of effort for me to hate any media more than the Indian Media but I am proud to say i hate the British Media more than the Indian Media.
April 12, 2012
The problem with abbreviations is that at times people don't really know what they mean,but still use it because others around them are!
This happened a couple of years ago.I had injured myself while playing cricket and was bedridden.
On the second day of the ordeal,I got a text message from a friend.Don't remember the exact words,but it sort of went like this-