Saturday, September 25, 2010

Political parties-The Maldivian way

Maldives, probably, is the country with the highest number of political parties per its peoples. Let's continue with a brief introduction.

The liberals
In the season of siphoning off unknown victims to the party memberships (since it eligible more state funding), they somehow have managed to induct a man who was jailed for life (and serving it for last 10 years). Unknown to him the liberals have forged his finger prints, signature, national ID card and a membership form making him a liberal. The victim when realized what had happened - sued then the current leader of the party for defamation and fraud. Only to his surprise there doesn’t exist a leader in the first place. The ‘leader’ appears only in public rallies, nationally televised interviews and presidential (also parliamentary) elections then he vanishes to thin air especially if summoned to a criminal court.

The democrats
The self-proclaimed inventors of Maldivian democracy had their first elected leader barricaded from Council meetings and then made him step-down from the leadership. Then in their next election they elected the man (the one that they marooned most) as their first democratically elected leader.
Unbeknownst to him becoming a leader is not enough to get the party ticket as presidential candidate. He still had to fight in another election in which he was beaten to pulps by the popular candidate (the prodigal son of the democracy).
To make it even worse the leader was effectively sacked by a council vote and made the vice-president as the de facto leader (since he sworn his absolute allegiance to the new presidential candidate) - which the vice president is enjoying even until now. The name of a new congress comes and goes like a breeze.
And I don’t want start on their parliamentary leader.  Just no.

The peoples
The irony of the peoples is that there were no peoples to begin with there was only a leader, The One destined to lead and rule-The One who speaks the absolute truth and The One who cannot falter. No one is above him, no one can question his authority. You can follow or fall down the pits.
After a major hiatus then an embarrassing defeat in election. He resigned from active politics but not before naming his successor. The successor is another one- The One who is destined to lead and rule. It doesn’t actually matter what people think (no, the peoples simply cannot think beyond The Wise One, can they?)

The guiders
The guiders never wanted to rule. They are selfless, humble and pious hermits calling for a better Maldives by laying out the right paths. Unfortunately they could not win any major positions in politics in that way.
They resorted to other means. The wealthy presidential candidate seemed very tempting- they rallied and pampered him like no other. But ministry portfolios are more appealing. Therefor it’s no biggie to abandon the former and go after the new toy. But they are still not above throwing tantrums time to time especially if they couldn’t have their own way with it.
They infamously blamed everyone for all wrongs in the Maldives stating that it’s the price Maldivians should pay not electing them to the rightful places. Yes, the rightful places!!


to be continued

Friday, September 3, 2010

I what? I stumbledupon??

Facebook has integrated itself in to our life so much that we spend almost of all of our online time logged on to Facebook. But Facebook has never been much of my thing, but its a necessity. Anyway my point is that apart from facebook, there are lots of other websites thats worth your online time.
One example is Stumbleupon

Wikipedia reads
StumbleUpon is an Internet community that allows its users to discover and rate random Web pages, photos, and videos. It is a personalized recommendation engine which uses peer and social-networking principles.
Web pages are presented when the user clicks the "Stumble!" button on the browser's toolbar. StumbleUpon chooses which Web page to display based on the user's ratings of previous pages, ratings by his/her friends, and by the ratings of users with similar interests. Users can rate or choose not to rate any Web page with a thumbs up or thumbs down, and clicking the Stumble button resembles "channel-surfing" the Web. StumbleUpon also allows their users to indicate their interests from a list of nearly 500 topics to produce relevant content for the user.There is also one-click blogging built in as well.

These are couple of sites I stumpled in 5 mins. I bet you wouldn't find these sites even if you spend whole day logged on to facebook.
So lets start....

I know (assuming you are normal) that most of the people would hate maths. But you can always impress your friends by acting like a maths genius. Start from here
http://freestylemind.com/mental-math-tricks

Most of us would have lost touch with drawing, but if you still want start over, here is A-Z list of lessons
http://www.drawspace.com/

Don't want install softwares- use alternative to desktop softwares
here is good list to start with.
http://web.appstorm.net/roundups/15-web-alternatives-to-popular-desktop-software/

People still believe that, if you use Mac, you have to buy all the softwares. But thats not actually true,
http://hmatt.com/mac/macbookfreeware.html

Pencil Sculptures that would take you breath away.
http://www.womansday.com/Articles/Family-Lifestyle/12-Cool-Colored-Pencil-Sculptures.html

Its been a while since you have installed windows 7 and now it seems a little leggy, you might need to check this
http://lifehacker.com/5388948/top-10-windows-7-booster-apps

And also I believe only ninjas we have are in Naruto Anime, and this cat too is supposedly a ninja
http://www.gifbin.com/bin/092009/1253886074_ninja-cat.gif

adios.