Mental Health

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Mental Health Issues – Neither understood by the sufferer nor by the observer – GSD

Diana Krall – The Voice

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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…

Political Leanings.

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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.

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“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”

Only two things are infinite:

the universe and human stupidity;

and I’m not sure about the universe. 

Albert Einstein

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.

A Frank Angle’s post was on the subject of evolution, which was interesting and very well written. I don’t want to get into one of those “Intelligent Design versus Evolution” arguments, because this blog really isn’t the proper place for such a debate and in my experience I rarely if ever win over the poor deluded fools who don’t believe as I do! Why I’m writing about this at all is just…

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You will get your chance !!!

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You will get your chance !!!

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.

Versatile Blogger Award

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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:

http://fasab.wordpress.com/

A blog on the lack of common sense in everyday life. Take your humour pills before you read it.

http://findingravity.com/

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.

http://harrietvstheworld.com/

This blog talks about the bloggers “adventure” outside her homeland of New Zealand. She is funny and sharp.

http://nicfreeman.com/

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.

http://secularjustice.wordpress.com/

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.

Anders Behring Breivik and his Testimony

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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.

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