Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Titanic Immortal? ( 泰坦尼克号不朽?)

"我喜欢叔叔把我举过头顶,这样我能感觉到他的力量,我觉得他就是一个力大无比的神仙” --Jason   
Translation: "I like that my uncle lifted me over his head so that I could feel his power; I think he is a titanic immortal."

Now that's a unique perspective from a young mind that has quickly become my favorite compliment ever from The Middle Kingdom, i.e., China, and the most undeserving. From future hero Jason, kindhearted, genius son of a close friend 

All things considered, I can't wait to encounter a 'titanic immortal' wandering earth's spinning purgatory and assisting mere mortals to finding the long, lost way home.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Apcolyptic Country Music Meta-Modern Meltdown

Holy Haysoos chewin' on a corn cob, this feller Sturgill Simpson was on Joe Rogan's podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience #780. Joe's accolades and hearing the conversation itself, I was inspired to give a listen to the lad and looked up his music on Youtube. The following is the first song that introduced me to his sound, a cover of The Promise by the eighties band named When in Rome (

Monte Cristo, what do you think of this grandmother hugger?!

His style has been described as a "deep and unconventional relationship between traditionalism and new ways of thinking". Reckon that sounds about right, don't it?

Here is another right enjoyable sample to listen to when you get yer'self a minute, a cover of In Bloom by Nirvana, and the video is fairly spectacular, too.

And right here is one of his own tunes that knocks it outta the fuggin' park as does the fancy video,

If the above ain't loadin' fer ya, then in the meantime, please enjoy the following lyrics by Sturgill for his song Just Let Go:

Woke up today and decided to kill my ego
It aint ever done me no good no how
Gonna break through and blast off to the Bardo
In them flowers of light far away from the here and now

Taking a 49 divine day vacation
From reality and all else in between
Gonna transmigrate to my destination
Far beyond time in an eternal dream

But am I dreaming or am I dying
Either way I don't mind at all
It feels so good you just can't help but crying
You have to let go so the soul can fall

Oh my God it's so beautiful
Everything is a part of me
It's so hard looking through all the lies made of wool
But if you close your eyes it becomes so easy to see

Monday, April 4, 2016

Proper Aim?

Lifestyles of the horde targeting the so-called 1% in the USA (and the 1% in other 'developed economies') would likely be part of the 1% of so-called developing economies. That is, people doing the targeting become the targets when perspective is gained. #hypocritical #irony #mirrormirror

"What is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst?" --Kahil Gibran

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Nepal Will Rise

Cheers to Mr. Bibek Paudel and The Wire for the insightful coverage of Nepal and beyond, The Pan Himalayan Reality that Awaits South Asia. That said, with all due respect, I take issue with describing Nepal as an ‘earthquake ravaged country’….depicting the whole country as 'ravaged' is untrue and is a disservice to the vital tourism industry that has been decimated by unnecessary, negative hype. 

Certainly, slivers of the country were affected tragically by the natural disasters and those areas have received attention and will continue to receive humanitarian aid…again, these are a relative few pockets of the whole of Nepal. Painting the entire nation as ‘ravaged’ turns away visitors and decimates a lifesaving industry that could help resuscitate the economy, and at the same time, negative portrayals invite foreign agents and the donor class to more unneeded influence in domestic affairs.

That is, portraying Nepal as if in ruins is a tactic used by some I/NGOs that targets donors and invites more foreign funding and intervention…just what Nepal does not need, more foreign meddling in would-be paradise.

As the wise author notes, until some 60 years ago, trans-Himalayan trade fostered "the exchange of culture, commerce, and ideas". Can we get back to that era when rugged routes were traveled by talented and hardy people? Commerce then was driven largely by the trade of Tibetan salt .  Commerce along these trans-Himalayan routes fell off dramatically when less expensive, iodized salt from India was introduced to the wider market and fell off further after China gained control of Tibet in the late 1950s.

Another extremely unfortunate event from the 1950s, indefinite aid schemes were allowed in and gained a foothold in Nepal. They have never let go and decades of  indefinite aid has little to showcase while countless funds have gone to who knows where...meanwhile, poverty and suffering is chronic and endemic. 

Are aid paradigms a neo-colonial scheme
 ? Most I/NGOs operate with little to no oversight other than internal reviews that are generally toothless. Since the decades long aid tenure, the ruling class has maintained its powers and has been abetted, knowingly and most often unknowingly, by well-meaning but often clueless aid agents. 

Interlopers keen to effect change in distant lands often operate with few to no local language and culture skills and repeatedly play into the wrong hands locally. The ironic setup between typically leftist aid workers and an autocratic bureaucracy in Nepal has allowed dysfunction and corruption to reign for the foreseeable past. 

Aid kept on through the civil war and constitution squabbles and blockade (and some aid agents took sides on issues that they might not have thoroughly understood, actually worsening prospects of resolution). Further driving home their elite status, during the ruthless blockade, aid agents were among the privileged few with access to petrol for the standard aid-vehicle, a petrol-guzzling SUV. On the other hand, locals abstained from travel or struggled to find transport on vehicles jammed with passengers, many of whom were hanging to the sides of vehicles or riding on rooftops.

In my humble reckoning, it is time to re-evaluate the impact of indefinite aid and perhaps end the schemes and foreign meddling altogether. With all due respect to well-meaning interventionists, the best for Nepal, a would be Himalayan nirvana, is to aim for a free, fair and transparent liberal democracy. Otherwise, intervention tends to have the opposite effect of entrenching dysfunction and corruption and prolonging development issues, primarily by endowing a ruling gang of long-standing, self-serving oppressors who foil the ability of the people to pursue their own interests. 

The people are more than talented and capable of looking after their own interests , their own dreams and own future with their own skills, talents, knowledge and wherewithal… if given the chance. To be given the chance, both the domestic government and foreign players have to remove themselves as obstacles and stop interfering, regulating and dictating. 

As the author noted, traders have known how to do this since ancient times. Let them trade both north and south of the border. Let intrepid entrepreneurs lead the way again to unite cultures, commerce and the sharing of ideas and goods and good-will as they once did. Let them do it freely and without a subversive political agenda from any quarter. Let them do it without meddlers trying to interfere and control people and outcomes one way or another. Let the people of Nepal rise of their own free will and talents. 

Let Nepal rise by unbinding her wings and allowing those wings the freedom to fly.

Cheers for your kind consideration.

#Nepal #silkroute #globaldev #freeNepal