No Woman No Cry

I love this song… and am currently trying to learn the lyrics and play it on the guitar. I first heard it when I was little, many years ago and it always stayed me.  To me it was symbolic of Bob Marley.

There’s a bunch of people who have performed this song and I was wondering if this really was a Bob Marley original. Turns out that it is though Wikipedia says that it might be a friend of his who actually wrote it. This friend ran a soup kitchen in Trenchtown.  

“Though Bob Marley likely wrote the song himself, songwriter credits were given to “V. Ford”. Vincent Ford was a friend of Marley’s who ran a soup kitchen in Trenchtown, the ghetto of Kingston, Jamaica where Marley grew up. The royalty cheques received by Ford ensured the survival and continual running of his soup kitchen”

 – From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Woman_No_Cry

In any case, for some reason, this song transports me to my childhood where growing up on sea ports in India (Bombay and Vishakapatnam (Vizag)) my friends and I would find ourselves sitting on deserted naval jetties, watching boats and ship and also sailing little boats in the sea. Really no connection but I think it’s the line “I remember when we used to sit in a government yard in Trenchtown”.

With all respect to Bob Marley, there’s something about songs like these which makes them bigger than their creators. Another song in this category is “Imagine” by John Lennon.

One of my favorite renditions of this songs is by Boney M… they just dont make bands like that any more… I love the way Liz Mitchell (I think) swings to the groove of this song… it’s simple and beautiful. Here it is

 and here is the one and only Bob Marley (respect) doin’ it.

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Space Needle Lifts

I live a stone’s throw away from the Seattle Center where the Space Needle is located… and have a beautiful view of it and the EMP (Experience Music Project). Love living here.

I’ve noticed 2 things and was wondering what the deal is:

Firstly, the Space Needle lift keeps working all night long. Last night I was sitting around my living room at 2 AM and took a pic. Does anyone know why?

Space Needle Lift

Secondly, the mono rail that runs from Seattle Cener to Westlake Center keeps running till pretty later too (i’ve seen it at 2 AM). Why?

Why people like Noam Chomsky are not on TV

No one is better at telling it than he, himself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cceC3DeFcY

As for Jeff Greenfield, Producer of Nightline, please shut up and dont try to be an intellectual when you are not.

One Smart Economist

Montek Singh Ahluwalia is one smart guy and has been key in the economic advancement of India. And I like his focus on infrastructure development as key in growth and wealth distribution.

This is an interview with him in front of Fortune 500 company CEOs

http://money.cnn.com/video/globalforum/?cnn=yes

The Real War Against Terrorism

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Young, Bright, Indian but…

Bobby Jindal is elected the youngest governor of Louisiana. He’s of Indian origin. He looks bright and refreshing.

People are willing to break out of their shells and support a candidate an atypical candidate… that’s cool too (off course the disaster called Kathleen Blanco provided her own fall).

I dont fall for labels and havent read too much about his politics and his stands on issues but DAMN…. why did he have to be republican… war supporting one at that.

 http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSN2029227220071021

The US Constitution is broken (What the Founding Fathers could not see)

This is a direct quote from the US constitution.  

“Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States: If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it.  If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.”

Yes, the constitution does provide the president the authority to veto a bill and send it back to the congress. The veto can then be overridden only by a two-third majority in the house where the bill originated.

This is an article about Separation of Powers (a term attributed to Montesquieu). Keep in mind that Separation of Powers is a very different concept than Separation of Church and State and one that is not so straightforward. It is not a perfect system and it has often been argued that a combined Executive and Legislative might be better.

I believe that Bush has exploited the Separation of Powers framework to assume a dictatorial role, while the Legislative has been handicapped, even now, when the democrats have a majority in both houses, to a point where it is unable to pass any meaningful piece of legislation.

So why is so much power vested in one man who is a part of the Executive when the main role of that branch is executing the orders of the Legislative? And given the strong connection that the Executive can have with one party, isn’t this the perfect opportunity for the president to override the basic intent of the constitution when it created the Legislative?

In effect a minority in the house + the president is turning out to be far more powerful than a majority. Is this not a broken system?

Were the framers of the constitution just not able to comprehend that there could be wide and complete disregard of principals on which the it was founded? Or could they not see the deep rooted corruption and fear of persecution that exists among republicans and prevents them from standing up to the president? I think not.

They did provide many checks and balances and yes they created the Judiciary which was meant to interpret the laws and provide a check for both the Executive and Legislative through judicial review.

However, they did not cater for is the complicity of “We the people” in the gross undermining of law and the system of checks and balances. Public opinion plays a huge role in what is deemed lawful and often, consciously or unconsciously will determine its interpretation. Polls don’t mean much but the fact that 24% of the people still approve of Bush’s role as president is something the founding fathers could not have anticipated. We might be screaming and shouting on blogs and going to Ron Paul gatherings but unfortunately a lot of Americans do not realize how serious the implications of the acts of the Bush government are. A lot of them do but have chose to ignore those acts, or in effect have suspended their constitutional rights under the guise of “more pressing problems to be solved”. It’s almost a cliche now but so relevant:

“Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither” – Ben Franklin

This has happened often in times of national crisis like the Great Depression, or the Vietnam War. But now, the motivations of the people who support Bush are very different and have nothing to do with sacrifice and everything to do with strong misguided fears. What those fears are, is a topic in itself and I dont want to get into it at this time… but Bush has used race, nationalism and the fear of a changing world to divert their attention from real issues. Those people are not innocent however, and are fully to blame for allowing this to happen.

Shame on them for letting down the basic principals of liberty and life laid down by the Founding Fathers… they did not see you coming.