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Certificate and the Ring

It is March already and graduating students from Engineering and Geoscience programs in several provinces across Canada are excited to receive their professional certificates and the infamous rings. Future Engineers get their Iron Rings and the future Geologists and Geophysicists get their Earth Rings1.

To some people receiving the certificate and the ring represent just another stage in their life. To others it represents absolutely nothing. In extreme cases students and professionals criticize this practice stating there is no reason to have a professional regulatory body. This is how the meaningfulness of having a ring ceremony can be lost in translation. Yes of course Canada is a free country and everyone is entitled to their own opinions. However, as a matter of principle I believe these professional qualification rings are not pieces of jewelry. The certificates are certainly not just meaningless papers you add to your pile of certificates.

earth_erings_certificateThe certificate and the ring represent an academic and professional achievement. They are also historically significant and indicate the wearers support for the ethical principles and governing laws of the profession2. Furthermore, the ring is a symbol of your hard work, dedication, knowledge and success in your academic life. Just like you and your friends who are graduating this year, thousands of others before you have went through the same process. The certificate represents that you have achieved the academic goals to be an Engineer or a Geoscientist. It shows that you are qualified to perform certain task under specific ethical and fundamental principles of the profession3. It also represent you are part of a wider professional organizations such as Engineers Canada, Geoscientists Canada and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

Majority of those who oppose regulations are in the geoscience sector. There are two popular arguments against regulatory bodies circulating in the opposition camp. First argument is that unlike engineers, geoscientists do not take critical enough decisions to be regulated. Respectfully, I completely disagree with the this statement because there are numerus engineering failures caused by the lack of geological input such as hydroelectric dam failures due to misinterpretation or rocks and soils. Geoscientists are as important as engineers but unlike engineers it seems we ourselves devalue our own profession.

The second argument is that geoscience certifications such as Geoscientist in Training (GIT) or Professional Geoscientist (P. Geo) is not widely recognized. This problem can also be fixed though regulatory bodies by enforcing rules and regulations to govern who can be qualified to work in the industry. The biggest problem in acceptance of geoscience professional certifications is that our own Geologists and Geophysicists insist on not recognizing them. I think this mentality has to change to protect our young professionals and future generations. It is disrespectful that some of the professional geoscientist who worked in the industry and research for decades wants to strike down policies that would improve acceptance of GIT and P. Geo certifications. It is a one thing if you personally do not want to apply for it; it is entirely different when you try to make a propaganda movement out of it. Companies should give priority for individuals with professional certifications over others. The hiring and career advancement practices should be overhauled to recognize and provide more bearing to professional certifications.

Finally if I have not convinced you of the importance of professional regulatory bodies and professional certificates, think about the general public. If you look from a general public’s perspective, ask yourself, if you are not proud about your achievement as a professional, then why should others care about what you do? Why should a company hire you if you have no respect for professional traditions? Would you go to a doctor who refused to respect Hippocratic Oath? In order to receive respect from others, you should respect yourself first. If you are unable to understand and appreciate the values of these traditional professional organizations, maybe you should not be a professional scientist at all.

Disclaimer:

I am a new graduate (2016) with B.Sc. in Petroleum Geology. I am not an expert of anything. However, I have been told repeatedly by veteran Geologists and Geophysicists why certifications such as Geoscientist in Training (GIT) or Professional Geoscientist (P. Geo) are “useless” and “meaning less”. Often GIT and P. Geo certifications have been described as “what’s the point” and “it’s just a ring with a paper”. I wrote this article not to disrespect educated, intelligent and experienced geoscientists, but to encourage positive optimistic discussion on why it is important to recognize certifications and professional regulatory bodies.

Footnotes:

1. Engineering graduates across Canada receives Iron Rings, but not all Geoscience graduates receive Earth Rings. Some Canadian provinces do not have an Earth Ring ceremony.
2. Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
3. Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act Alberta

Discrimination is well practiced in Asia and Middle East

When we talk about discrimination, it is always the Europeans who are often blamed for the problem. This is well demonstrated in majority of Western newspapers and publications. Often these Western papers portray racism as a problem for the non-Whites created by the Whites. The popular media completely ignore the hardships South Asian and African people face on other parts of the world, which includes their own people. While I am not denying that racism, xenophobia, sexism and discrimination exists in Europe and North America, I would like highlight that these problems are not limited to the Western world. From my own personal experience, I can say with confidence that I have faced racism from Canadians of South Asian, Middle Eastern, African and Eastern European decent than the Canadian born Canadian citizens. Even my first experience of racism in Canada is actually by an India born Canadian citizen not a Canadian himself.

Some Sri Lankans even attack other cultures such as Chinese culture in order to prove that Europeans are so much better. Apparently for those people in Sri Lanka, being White is enough to make you the superior race.

Middle East

A European, pure white person with a technical diploma can earn almost twice the money as a South Asian or a Black person with a degree in the exact same field. In fact, in Middle Eastern oil producing counties, such as Saudi Arabia, they worship white skin.

Additional scanning of darker skin colored individuals is performed in Middle Eastern international airports. Even if you were born in Europe and you have been a European citizen since the birth, if you have darker skin, you will be a moving target for the immigration and customs officials.

South Asian Discrimination

It is much easier for a white person to find a job in India than to find a job for a high caste Indian. It is somewhat easier for a non-Indian South Asian (such as a Sri Lankan) to find a job in India than to an Indian born low caste person to get recognized for his/her talents. Because India still has their traditional barbaric caste system, it is almost impossible for a person who born into a low caste family to obtain a high paying job. Even if that person find a high paying jobs, the other coworkers and subordinates will not cooperate with you, making your office environment extremely hostile. However, the flip side of the coin is a European living in India. A white man will be given the best possible treatment even if that person is under-qualified for the job. A white women will be treated like a queen in India, but a South Asian women with much higher qualifications will be treated like a piece of dirt, which also has to do with traditional disrespect for the Indian women.

English teaching jobs were given to individuals of European background without proper certifications or qualifications.

In Sri Lanka, if the current government is pro-White and pro-European, it is much easier for a person of European decent to exploit and abuse commercial and personal tax and visa policies than to a Sri Lankan born Sri Lankan citizen who oppose the current government (regardless of the political party in power). While majority of the general public (population) is not racist or bias, the government officials are often bias toward in favor of Europeans. One reason for this is the Sri Lanka’s very high dependency on tourism from the Western world. Often the pro-USA and pro-European governments favor the European religious and racial extremism and superiority, which results in how social policies are governed against the Sri Lankan cultures themselves. In some rare cases, similar job situations going on in India have had happened in Sri Lanka. English teaching jobs were given to individuals of European background without proper certifications or qualifications while Sri Lankan English teachers were taken out of the classrooms. I know from talking to people in my community where they have replaced skilled teachers with a subpar teacher from the Western world just because they are being Europeans. Sri Lankan pre-undergraduate education is 100% free and has a very high literacy rate. However, by replacing educators solely based on the skin colour will destroy the educational system by allowing unqualified individuals to hold teaching positions.

Jokes such as “Indians are always late”, “Sri Lankans have no ethics” and “our government is always corrupt and run by criminals” are actually originated by Indians and Sri Lankans themselves. If you take these comments/notions with real facts, you can apply the same for Western governments was well. For example, the Liberal Sponsorship Scandal that ran between 1995 and 2007 can be used to label Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin as “corrupt” politicians and the Government of Canada is “corrupt and run by criminals”. The Calgary C-Train is almost always late regardless of who is in our City Council in charge of public transport. But yet, the South Asians seems to have selective amnesia when a Sri Lankan Airlines or an Air India flight gets delayed due to weather. It is much easier to keep light railway line on time than to run a major international airport. I rarely hear South Asian people in Canada say that Calgary transit is always late as usual just like the Calgarians. But when something goes wrong delaying a South Asian run function in Calgary, I often hear the phrases like “it is late just like anything Indian” by our own South Asian people in Canada.

A new trend in Sri Lanka is the growing number of people who worship people of European descent. Some Sri Lankans even attack other cultures such as Chinese culture in order to prove that Europeans are so much better. Apparently for those people in Sri Lanka, being White is enough to make you the superior race. It is disgusting and disgraceful not only to great civilizations such as Chinese civilization, but it also leave the Sri Lankan communities open for exploitations by some entities from the European communities. For example, two offers for a major railway project in Sri Lanka. Let’s say one offer is from the Chinese in which they asked for 2% per annum interest rate back for the support. Another from an American/European group wants full control of the railway line once it is built plus 5% annum interest rate. The pro-White Sri Lankans will pick the American/European offer.

Bali Nine case is a very good specific example of how both Australian Federal Police and the Indonesian racist government officials reacted to drug trafficker. Race of the convicted parties is a huge factor for why the key players in the Bali Nine drug trafficking case were given death penalties. There are White people who have been caught with drugs by the Indonesian racists’ government officials before. None of them have been executed. Michael Blanc (1974), a French national convicted of drug trafficking received life imprisonment conviction. Given all other things being equal, it was only the race that played a major role in the decision of death penalties.

Furthermore, the support of the Australian public for putting Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan to death exposed the underlying racism in majority of White Australians. Several polls conducted in Australia show most Australians supported the executions. However, very few Australian and other international media reported the fact the majority of white Australians are disassociated with the Bali Nine ring leaders, who are non-White Australians. Additionally, I believe the Australian Federal Police’s decision to share information which lead to arrest of these individuals would have been second guessed if the drug trafficking leaders happen to be that of European descent.

Advice to all South Asians and Africans

Educate yourself and promote harmony and right values.

If you are a South Asian or African or Middle Eastern person, please top living in denial. Instead, educate yourself and promote harmony and right values. Instead of holding someone superior due to their race, respect everyone based on who they are. I should not be the only person to publicly talk about this growing problems. Others should step forward because otherwise, the problems will just keep growing. Running away from problems in our own communities and hoping for the best is not what we should be doing!

If you are well to do individual of South Asian or African decent living in the Western world, do not travel to Middle East or South Asia without horrendous precautions. If you really want to travel to Middle East or South Asia, make sure you are a millionaire. This way at least you may be able to pay your way out of blatant racist and racially motivated attacks during your journey.

Final words

It is unfortunate that major newspapers are not willing to publish the facts. It is very unfortunate that my European friends in Canada and elsewhere do not understand this issue because they have never experienced it firsthand. Just like we openly talk about gay rights in Canada, I think we should openly talk about the racism Blacks and South Asians face in the non-Western world.

Mindfulness without the core values

After scientific research proved mindfulness meditation and physiological treatments derived from ancient Buddhist traditions work better than chemical-based medications1,2,3, mindfulness techniques have been growing in popularity in the Western world. The companies like Google Inc. have hired specialist to train their staff on mindfulness. American (USA) prisons officials have used it to control and reduce violence among inmates. Several pre-postsecondary schools have used it to help teens cope with stress and anger. But the teaching of mindfulness has been clouded due to extensive modifications to the practice. From few years from now, the mindfulness techniques used in North America and Europe may not even be as effective as the original version derived from Buddhism.

In order to cater to those who hate Buddhism, but love the benefits of Eastern philosophies, the mindfulness experts work hard to remove Buddhism so that those bigots can also be benefited from the practice.

Dr. Russ Harris, an Australian expert in mindfulness wrote: “‘Mindfulness’ is an ancient concept, found in a wide range of spiritual and religious traditions, including most martial arts, yoga, tai chi, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.”4. The very idea of mindfulness and the techniques associated with it have only been found in Buddhism and not in any other religion or philosophy stated by individuals like Dr. Harris. By stating it was also found in other religious, the Dr. Harris is trying to take away the significance of Buddhism in mindfulness mediation. It is a blatant attempt to hijack Buddhism based mindfulness and integrates it into Westernized ideology. This is not an uncommon practice among some European and Western academics. The non-Buddhist academic community has been aggressively trying to “purify” Buddhism out of the mindfulness equation. It is not only scientifically unethical, but also reflects the “typical” European or Western mentality of stealing from others. Most of these mindfulness experts fabricate evidence because their clients are devoted Christians. In order to cater to those who hate Buddhism, but love the benefits of Eastern philosophies, the mindfulness experts work hard to remove Buddhism so that those bigots can also be benefited from the practice.

Misconduct, Plagiarism and Falsification

Ask yourself; if you had written a thesis on special relativity principle and decided not to credit Albert Einstein and others, does that constitute professional or academic misconduct? According policies of several universities, governments and professional organizations in Canada, presenting materials without proper credits considered as a serious breach of conduct5, 6. A student who submit a document with incorrect or no citations could face severe penalty6. A professional could lose their practice license for plagiarism7. These same rules of ethics should be applied to those who promote mindfulness. Unfortunately due to the lack of oversight or regulatory body, anyone can teach meditation in most parts of the world.

Experts misrepresent Buddhism for financial gains.

Buddhist Mediation is Abused Openly
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On 23 of December 2014, the Shaw Cable TV Canada broadcast a program highlighting how companies in Canada and US, including Google Inc., use mindfulness as a tool to help develop positive workplace environments. The program lasted for about 30 minutes, but the so called experts in mindfulness never mention the connection between mindfulness and Buddhism. In fact, I got the feeling that they have done everything to cover up that it is a form of Buddhist practice. Alberta is a known Conservative region in Canada and therefore I am not surprised by the cover up. However, if you are determined to exclude all references to Buddhism, you should consider using synthetic drugs instead of mindfulness at the first place. The drugs may be more effective than the watered-down version of mindfulness mediation.

This is not the only thing that capitalism based economies and Euro-centric societies have hijacked from others. While falsification of Eastern ideologies as Western has been done since the European imperialism days, today it is done much more openly. The swastika is a well-known fabrication used by Adolf Hitler8. It is used by Hindus and Buddhists for thousands of years before Hitler hijacked and used as a symbol for Nazi regime. Even today most people live in the West have no idea where it came from; except if they “Googled it”. Another example of such hijacking is the term “Buddha” used by strip clubs and night clubs as a brand name. Even a person with slightest idea of what “Buddha” stands for would not use it for such activities. It does not represent anything to do with clubs let along strip clubs. In Canada, one of the most ironic trends in the 21st century is learning Vipassana Meditation without Buddhism. It is like learning English without the English alphabet. With the speared of Westernization, the abuse of Eastern ideologies has spread to the East itself.

Buddhist mediation programs in the prison systems have been scrapped due to outcry from the fundamentalist Christian community.

The popular media usually do not focus on this issue. However, recently few liberal media sectors have picked up the obvious xenophobic nature of North Americans. In the 2008 documentary, Dhamma Brothers by Andrew Kukura highlighted one of many well-known recent instances where people have either attacked Buddhism or hijacked Buddhist traditions. In the documentary they covered prison inmates who were given instructions for Buddhist mediation. The Buddhist mediation was used as a method to control violence and help clam the prisoner. It was started as a trail and it was highly successful. Therefore, the prison officials decided to extend the meditation program. But the Buddhist mediation programs in the prison systems have been scrapped due to outcry from the fundamentalist Christian community (Watch: Dhamma Brothers; 2008 Documentary for detailed information). So much for “freedom” of everything in America when on group bullies the other. It is ironic that these same fundamentalist Christians also protest when they were met with any opposition to their anti-Buddhist Christian conversions in South Asia. In other words, it is good to spread of the word of the Jesus in the Buddhist world, but you dare not exercise the freedom of speech in Christian USA to teach effective Buddhist mediation.

Buddhists Don’t Care

If you asked Buddhists about misrepresentation of Buddhist practices by others, most of them will not have any objections. This is the nature of Buddhists. Buddhists are generally peaceful and often avoid confrontations from other religious communities. But it should not be used as an excuse by these mindfulness experts to exploit Buddhism for their own agenda. I find it appalling that the “silence” of the global Buddhism community has been used to promote mindfulness without core Buddhist values.

It is a widespread issue

This is not limited to the examples I provided above. This is a widespread issue that cut across all levels of experts. From reputed university professors to yoga instructors and lay practitioners, everyone wants Buddhist mindfulness without Buddhism. In 2015, the “meditation and alternative medicine” industry has grown rapidly. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of companies specializing mindfulness. Each organization and individual has their own interpretation of the practice. To most, it is just a “fashion” statement rather than an effective psychological treatment. If your neighbor is doing it, you want it to because it is the new trend.

Most of these mindfulness experts misrepresent Buddhism for financial gains. Commercialization of Buddhism must appeal to the non-Buddhist and anti-Buddhists in our society. Otherwise the financial loss could be catastrophic. This is the primary reason why Buddhism is a problem to Buddhist based mindfulness.

I think that falsification and misrepresentation of the origins of mindfulness will eventually lead to ineffective practices. It is disgraceful that these so called mindfulness professionals abuse the system. It is specially concerns me when educated individuals such as research professors also falls victim to such absurd interpretation of Buddhism. But at the end of the day, those who practice mindfulness without proper Buddhist meditation will reap far less than those who integrate Buddhist values. Unfortunately this hijacking of concepts from other cultures and claiming them as theirs is not a new trend in the European-based civilizations across the globe.

References

1. Miller, J. J., Fletcher, K., & Kabat-Zinn, J. (1995). Three-year follow-up and clinical implications of a mindfulness meditation-based stress reduction intervention in the treatment of anxiety disorders. General hospital psychiatry, 17(3), 192-200.

2. Kabat-Zinn, J., Lipworth, L., & Burney, R. (1985). The clinical use of mindfulness meditation for the self-regulation of chronic pain. Journal of behavioral medicine, 8(2), 163-190.

3. Davidson, R. J., Kabat-Zinn, J., Schumacher, J., Rosenkranz, M., Muller, D., Santorelli, S. F., … & Sheridan, J. F. (2003). Alterations in brain and immune function produced by mindfulness meditation. Psychosomatic medicine, 65(4), 564-570.

4. Harris, R. (2009, October 1). Mindfulness without meditation. Retrieved December 24, 2014, from http://www.actmindfully.com.au/upimages/mindfulness_without_meditation_–_russ_harris_–_hcpj_oct_09.pdf

5. How Not to Plagiarize. (2010, July 14). Retrieved December 24, 2014, from http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/using-sources/how-not-to-plagiarize

6. K.2 Plagiarism/Cheating/Other Academic Misconduct. (2014, January 1). Retrieved December 24, 2014, from http://www.ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar/current/k-2.html

7. 500.25- Scientific Integrity. (2013, February 13). Retrieved December 24, 2014, from http://www.usgs.gov/usgs-manual/500/500-25.html

8. Merkl, P. H. (1975). Political violence under the Swastika. New Jersey.

Notice

This article may have hit a nerve for some readers. That is why I have provided you with a very good references list (above). While the article has some of my own interoperations or options, every single “fact” has been thoroughly researched and backed with third party evidence. If you are offended by the article, then you must be offended at anyone who exercises the freedom of speech. There is a difference between freedom of speech and the abuse of speech. This article does not incite violence or promote hatred (abuse of speech). But simply it highlights the reality of the hypocritical society with proper evidence (freedom of speech).

Subject to interpretation

World is full of mysteries. Science is the study of natural world through experiments and observations. Hence to solve mysteries we often rely on scientific method, logical processes, to explain the unexplainable. But what if I told you that large portion of science is also subjected to numerous interpretations?

Role of human nature

Modern science is a gradual progress of failures and accomplishments. It was not created over night nor does it have a perfect track record. Sometimes Scientists make mistakes out of limited knowledge, experience or simply due to their egos. For example, the AC-DC war (“War of Currents”) in the late 1880s both Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse did not realized the potential for both AC and DC currents. Therefore they fought for a monopoly. Today we use both types of currents; AC for home electrical systems and DC for our electronics. Another example of limited knowledge would be how we used to handle radioactive materials without the concern for radiation. In the old days Scientists like Marie Curie did not know the effects of radiation on human body. Therefore she used the same tools used for uranium salts for cooking food. She was poisoning herself without being aware of it. Unlike what most people assume, the subject of science is not perfect and it is already muddier with a so many failures and assumptions.

Public expectations

The problem with the term “science” is that majority of the general public expect it to be prefect and logical. For example, if 1+1 is equal to 2, then it must be true for everyone under any given circumstances. Public expects the Scientists like us to search for explanation to problems and find solutions the same way that 1+1=2. This is where the relationships between the general public and the scientific community fall apart.

In 2012, Geologists who did not predict the earthquake in Italy were treated with jail time. The reason the judge gave was that the Geologists downplayed a series of minor earthquakes in L’Aquila, Italy in 2009 prior to the big one. The public want accountability for our actions. But most people do not understand that science is not a perfect tool. It is a series of tools that often far from perfect. Instead of jailing the Scientists, public should have encourage them to find better ways to interpret minor earthquakes so we can predict better in the future.

Interpretations

Yes, there are many different shades of black (or any other color). You can say the “sample X was white on day 1” and “turns to dark gray on day 3”. Then someone else observing the exact same sample can say the “sample X was purple-white on day 1” and “turns to light black on day 3”. You both may be right because the color is subjected to interpretations. The ambiguity factor is everywhere. How do you do you define sea level when sea rise and fall with seasons and time of the day, how do you know the soil color index is correct, how do you separate one Geologic Formation from another, how to you measure a success of a medical trial, etc?

Scientists have spent vast amount of resources to calibrate and standardize how we record and interpret our observations. Still as individuals we have to make decisions when we observe, record and interpret data. During all three steps, we can make mistakes or we may be influenced by our superiors (CEO, Manager, Professor, “smart friend”, etc). This is not always a problem in every area of science. But it does affect a lot of Geologists. I found this is a huge problem for students in Geology and Geophysics compared to Students in Mathematics and Classical Physics.

Let’s look at the problem from a Field Geologist’s point of view. Imagine you are given the task of mapping formations in a five by five kilometer area. This is what exactly I did during field school in Carlin Canyon, Nevada in May 2014. Compared to millions of square kilometers of Earth, this is a very small area. But even with such a limited area, you can be faced with multiple interpretation issues. First you need to define lithologies. Assuming you had no outside help, it will require you to walk across the area scanning for outcrops with different properties. Then you have to define the definitions you will be using to separate one formation from another. Just because of the lithology has changed; it may not be enough to call it a new formation from the unit above/below. (There are many other features like on a fault; you must decide what type of fault and the sense of motion. The list goes on…) This is where your interpretation is important. While not everyone will agree with you, whatever the interpretation you make has to be backed up by facts; facts that you observe and recorded. These facts must be able to traced and tested. For example, providing a GPS location reading for the contact between two or more formation must be able to trace back by someone else. You may be correct or you may be completely wrong. The important thing is that you have solid evidence on what you have found.

Just because all observations are subject to interpretation, it does not mean that all interpretations and subsequent conclusions are wrong. Even if the interpretations sound too extreme, they might be right. In fact, most reputed findings are born out of interpretations that at the time might even sound crazy. For example, by analyzing a wave, scientists said we can transmit sound and images over the air wirelessly. It was a crazy idea at that time, but this lead to the development of television.

Interpretations are not wild guesses, but rather educated decisions based on previous studies and your own observations. The problem is there is a human factor in which we all think differently.

Public must be educated

An experienced Geologist cannot predict when the next earthquake or sinkhole may occur. Even with the advancement of technologies we still cannot predict when and where these would occur. We can predict, but we cannot be sure. We need to realize this is always be a problem when we try to define nature.

Perceptions that all sciences are based on clear cut observations and evidence (by the public hurts) the academic community. In my opinion the solution is to educate the public by admitting that science is not perfect. Even if it damages the controversial and politically sensitive matters like climate research, we need to admit that science is not perfect. Otherwise the trust between the science community and the public will be broken. As a result I think we might even be going back to an age where religion rules the world over the reasoning and science. That world without logic, reason and scientific method is to me, unthinkable.

Shut Up or Get Out

I am proud to live as a free thinker who sees things as it is rather than a slave who follow the popular opinion

The society is dynamic. To some people, it can be difficult to adapt to evolving nature of our social norms. I must admit that I am one of those people. Thankfully I realized that I am not the only one who rather stand up for what is right over enslaving to popular opinion.

if you don’t like Canada, why don’t leave Canada?

Yes, it is normal to be unfair

Hypocrisy is the corner stone of most societies. From East to West, from ancient to modern and from very successful to failed civilizations have one thing in common; dynamic nature. No civilization is perfect. No community is a united community. While to the outsiders, a society like the Canadian society look perfect, it is impossible to achieve a perfect society. After all, how do you define what is right and what is wrong? How do you determine who is successful and who is not? Who is responsible for keeping scores and what would be the criteria for scoring high oh the moral/ethical high ground scale?

Personally, I believe no one is perfect, including myself. Like is unfair and it is supposed to be like that. What annoys me is that the media controlled by few (less than 10% of the world human population), mislead the public to paint a very bias picture for some benefactors. During 2012 to 2013, I monitored how some popular opinions in Canada (specifically in Calgary) shaped by the media. In October 2013, the Western media started a bullying campaign against Russia ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. The hypocrisy is that the Western block is working hard to influence domestic politics in Russia using the Olympics as a weapon. What most media failed to point out, if the sample principles of criticism for Russia is used on Canada with respect to “police state” style G20 preparation and subsequent human rights abuses by the Canadian police and paramilitary groups, the whole smoke screen will disappear. But the BBC, CNN and other media giants did their best to please their masters by softening any information comes out of Canada. Every bit of information was per-planned and well filtered before released to the public. In fact the news related to human rights abuses by the Canadian officials in 2010 G-20 Toronto summit have NOT being fully broadcasted by the BBC and CNN wold services channels. So the rest of the world population such as India and China would hear the good side of the G20.

oh well, I was never raped… so you must be wrong!

However, now compare the coverage of CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) Summit in Sri Lanka this year. Not only the media has been on the offensive against the Government of Sri Lanka even before the event, but the human rights violators of their own citizens like Mr. Stephen Harper (PM of Canada) refused to participate in the event. Who gave the Harper the right to criticize internal affairs of Sri Lanka? After all, isn’t he the same person who told the media that the G-20 human rights abuses in Canada is an internal affair? It would be nice if it was only the top Government officials who is doing this. As soon as Canada refused to participate in CHOGM, a lot of Canadians, took to social media to show their pride supporting the PM’s decision.

The point is no one is perfect. But pointing figure against people like Adolf Hitler by accusing him of propaganda, when we are also doing exactly the same thing is hypocritical. Canada and it’s people with racist and violent past have been sugarcoating Canadian history for years. In this free speaking and democratic country, no abiding taxpayer is allowed to allow to criticize the popular opinion. One of my favorite quotes from hypocritical Canadians is “if you don’t like Canada, why don’t leave Canada?”. Why should a taxpaying Canadian citizen should be banned from Canada? Why a law-abiding Canadian citizen is not allow to criticize Canada, but the Canadians truly believe that they have the moral high grounds to citizen Sri Lanka? Mr. Harper do not pay taxes to Government of Sri Lanka!

I am not saying that you should not be critical of others. What I am saying is that you should also allow criticism of yourself. Accusing other countries of everything and being very defensive when someone problems in our own backyard is not a healthy solution. It will rather create more divisions in our human population than solving any problems. Yes, there are a lot of human rights abuses in China and Sri Lanka for example. But why not we also focus the light on Canadian Army raping children in Haiti peacekeeping mission? You love to have hypocritical one side of the argument because it only highlight the human rights violations of Chinese, but never the Canadians.

Shut Up or Get Out

as soon as a South Asian walked in to the same department, even the French-Canadians become discriminators rather than the victims

It is fact that Canadians used Chinese slaves to build our railroads. It is a fact that majority of foreign earned degrees were not recognized in Canada after the influx of immigrants turn out to be non-Christian and non-Whites. While the Canadians have used the few successful South Asians as a smoke screen to prove that Canada is truly multicultural, the true colours of Canadians have came out during the economic down turn in 2012. The promotions for South Asian Engineers, except for those who are puppets of the game (people who say, “well I am South Asian too and I never face discrimination…so you must be wrong”), have been halted while more and more even the non-English speaking Canadians of White descendents have been promoted. Irony is that I have proof that the discrimination among European populations disappear as soon as a non-European enters the picture. In one Calgary company the French-Canadians were discriminated for a long period. However, as soon as a South Asian walked in to the same department, even the French-Canadians become discriminators rather than the victims. Funny how Canada funds research into internal political and social issues of Sri Lanka and China, but yet no social research has been funded to prove issues in the Canadian society.

I asked my friends, if they would asked a rape victim to shut-up if they spoke against their predator. The majority said no…. and yet, every time I highlight a simple issue like workplace racial and religious discrimination in Canada, I was told to shut up or get out. I could safely say, “oh well, I was never raped… so you must be wrong!”. Oh ya… the irony and hypocrisy at their best.

Where is the evidence?

problem with publishing evidence is the repercussions

Since the powerful Western governments have spent millions of dollars in proving why Communist Party of China is bad for human race, they also pulled out all the funds for research that damage the utopian society in their backyard. Few of my friends asked me where is the evidence to prove that most South Asian Canadians were racially discriminated. I would like to ask my readers, where is your proof that the Communism is bad? If you are critical of where I obtain data, why I am not allow to be critical of where you obtain your data? Who gave you the right to be critical of China? Do you live there? Work their? I earned the right to be critical of Canada because I pay taxes and and I have contributed to the economic development of this country. What is your excuse to criticize the human rights of Sri Lanka? After all, the Canadian Prime Minister refused to attended the CHOGM 2013 in Sri Lanka based on his opinion on Sri Lanka’s internal affairs! According your logic, the Canadian Senate scandal should be justified to avoid all “Made in Canada” products and boycott anything Canadian. After all, who cares if it is an internal problem or not.

Another problem with publishing evidence is the repercussions. Canada lacks human rights and workers rights regulations to protect the whistleblowers. If I specifically publish the names of the companies on my website, I will be sued and the bad guys always have the ability to hide or alter the evidence to fit their “Canadian values”. Unlike in Capitalist countries like Canada, most Socialist countries including the United Kingdom (EU), have regulations to protect who stand up for what is right. But this bullshit free thinkers of Canada lags far behind when it comes to protecting victims from the criminals. However, I think one reason the empire (EU, Canada and US) is loosing ground in the United Nation on bullies other countries is that it has been increasingly difficult to keep the facts hidden. For example, the immigration to Canada from Asia and Africa increased because Canada created wars in Asia and Africa. It was the weapons companies in US and Canadian Security Intelligence Service that benefited from these wars. Now the Canada is paying the price by allowing immigrants including criminals the right to enter, live and be part of the Canadian society. Stop blaming the messenger and face the consequences of your own actions. By simply stating the obvious, I will make a lot of enemies and even lose friends. But I am proud to live as a free thinker who sees things as it is rather than a slave who follow the popular opinion.

Speak up now, but not before

The reason why I spoke out about issues hidden in Canada is that recently the Canadian Federal Government officials and so called “Human Rights Organizations” have yelled at other people’s face. For what? For what they called, “rights violations”. That’s why finally I decided to speak up. Someone has to take the bullet against hypocrisy.