Wednesday, December 31, 2008

American made Fender Highway-One Telecaster for sale

I'm selling an original American made Fender Telecaster Highway One at an outrageously cheap price.

The Guitar is 2 years old and in great working condition. I hate to sell it, but I need to upgrade my CPU system, so I got to let go of my sweet sweet super fender. :(

This is a limited offer!!!
It's an American made Telecaster / Lifetime Warranty / Gig bag included
For more detail specs. check here.

I'm letting it go for a mere US$ 820.00

You can check it out and see it. Contact: Mobile 7864106

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Interview with Mr. Badhuru - Part 1

This is an interview with Mr. Badhuru on one of his many journeys. You could also find an account of one of his experiences on "Badhuruge Chronicles - Vol. 1" - An Untold Jail Story. This interview is on his journey through the DRC (Drug Rehabilitation Center) of Maldives.

Mr. Karma: I understand you were once asked in the DRC by some representatives from U.N how you got into drugs?

Mr. Badhuru: Yes. That was the first time I was there.

Mr. Karma: What did you answer?

Mr. Badhuru: I just told them it was the System.

Mr. Karma: When were you there for the treatment?

Mr. Badhuru: The first time was in the year 2000, I spent about 12 months there. Second I went back as a relapse case in 2001 and spent 7 months there.

Mr. Karma: How did you decide to go to the DRC?

Mr. Badhuru: Drugs of course, hehe. I volunteered my self unlike 90% of the addicts are forced by the courts to attend treatment to avoid their jail sentences. What made me go was external pressure from my family, I can't say I really wanted to go.

Mr. Karma: Did the treatment help you?

Mr. Badhuru: No.

Mr. Karma: Why?

Mr. Badhuru: The reasons are countless. They are related both to the DRC and my self.

Mr. Karma: Your experience in a nut shell?

Mr. Badhuru: Well, by the time I first went there, the treatment plan of the NCB was absolutely rubbish. We did what we wanted. The counselors were kids fresh out of school who were constantly been conned by the guys. We slept when we wanted, we played when we wanted, we went swimming when we wanted. The guards were there. But nobody cared then. The DRC was a place you graduated with more knowledge of how to get drugs, smuggle them and how to con people. It was like a workshop-carnival of junkies sharing their tricks of the trade.

Mr. Karma: It was that loose then?

Mr. Badhuru: Yeah. The only thing that mattered was going for prayers on time, otherwise you miss your weekly phone call and your monthly visit of 2 days to your family got delayed. But only a few even do the 'vulu' before the prayers, hehe. During the 'fathis' prayers you will find half of the guys suddenly have back problems, so they will be sitting at the back wall, sleeping.

Mr. Karma: To my earlier question, why did you think it did not work for you?

Mr. Badhuru: Its obvious man. I actually told you. It was external pressure that led me to go there. And recovery for drug addiction only starts within the person, you got to want to get clean, that's the first step. Since most people there were sent by the courts, they don't want to be there or get clean, they were there because they have to. So the most important ingredient was not even there within the clients of NCB for recovery.

Mr. Karma: Ok. I get the point. It must be interesting to hear your experiences at DRC, other recovering addicts can learn something from it. I heard its very different there now?

Mr. Badhuru: Yeah. They practice full TC there now. Or try to.

Mr. Karma: TC meaning Therapeutic Community?

Mr. Badhuru: Yes. I saw the system change. I was there when Mr. Ali Shareef took over from Mrs. Naaz when he got back from DayTop in the U.S. He tried to implement what he learned there, and I actually helped him a lot among other seniors at that time. He created the post of In-House Coordinator post, and I was given it first. I helped to build the hierarchy and structure of departments in the TC program. This was the infancy of introducing this treatment at DRC, I'm not sure even Mr. Ali Shareef actually knew what he was doing.

Mr. Karma: What do you think the main problem was?

Mr. Badhuru: The government was insincere about giving genuine treatment to the addicts. Secondly, it was tobacco.

Mr. Karma: Why do you say that?

Mr. Badhuru: The Italian government gave a huge sum of money to help develop the rehab. When the representatives came to observe, the DRC was all decorated, and they had music show and buffet dinner and the staff prohibited the addicts to speak to any representatives. Because they did not want them to know, they took all the money and just brought some old computers at NCB and called it a computer room. They never did anything else, and what happened to the money for the development of the DRC, your guess is as good as mine. Hehe

Secondly I say tobacco because that was the main concern of the addicts at DRC. I was there one year the first time, and tobacco was available through out my stay. Some guys had masterminded a plan to smuggle tobacco through the sea route, so they dumped huge amounts of tobacco on the sea where the DRC clients are allowed to swim then, they do this while on home leave and bring the tobacco in when they get back. All the fights or disagreements happened only due to tobacco. They distributed it packed as you would pack heroin in pieces of paper as they used to do then. They smoked it as local 'bidi's rolled with news paper so secretly it was the same way they used drugs. In a way tobacco became the substitution for heroin, it gave the thrill they could not have. So the habits we desperately needed to break, kept growing inside us, so how do expect any one to be clean more than 2 weeks out of the rehab?

They can't allow it because the law forbids smoking of tobacco in government buildings. Even the hard core TC rehab in Malaysia allows the addicts to smoke cigarettes in a controlled way, even DayTop allows I reckon. Many advisers from abroad came to study the treatment plan suggested this, but it was thrown out of the window I guess. If tobacco was allowed in the rehab to be smoked under supervision, 99% of the problems at the DRC would have been solved then.

Mr. Karma: It was interesting to talk to you Mr. Badhuru, it would be great if we could continue this another time as well. I got more questions to ask regarding your experiences.

Mr. Badhuru: Of course, any time.

Mr. Karma: Thank you for your time, will hopefully talk to you soon.

Mr. Badhuru: You're welcome man.

(Interview with Mr. Badhuru - to be continued....). If you got any questions for Mr. Badhuru please post them on the comments.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Constipation of the Mind

A group of scientists from Switzerland has conducted an exclusive survey on the social dynamics of Maldives.

They focused mainly on the youth of the country in an effort to understand the high rate of crime and drug abuse in the Maldives. The little island nation's society has been plagued with gang related violence and drug addiction that victimizes teenagers, even at the early age of twelve.

According to NGOs and often denied by the NCB (Narcotic Control Board) of Maldives, 10% of the country's population has fallen into drug addiction. This is an epidemic rate for a country with a population of approximately 300,000.

The society of Maldives is so congested with families living in just one room, the youth having no way to channel their energy and no place to hang out, leads to most of these kids joining gangs and eventually getting involved in crime and drugs. They find a sense of belonging within their gangs, while to the contrary they find a mad house back in their homes.

After an intense examination of youth subjects, the team of scientists were able to understand and conclude the reason for this negative social behavior. The scientists diagnosed that the youth of Maldives is suffering from the Constipation of the Mind. A rather new development in the world of science, the constipation of the mind is a condition suffered by a lot of people although they are not aware of it.

The constipation of mind occurs when the mind has no outlet to vent out its excess energy. The growing up youth will have a lot of energy and would need activities to help them channel their energy positively. If such outlets do not exist in the society, they suffer with the constipation of the mind. This eventually leads them to doing negative things such as violence and drugs. Imagine the human mind as a steam cooker, when the steam reaches the maximum pressure the outlet vent opens to let the excess steam out making a whistle sound, this alerts the person that the cooking is done. If the mind does not have such vents, it would lead to the constipation of the mind.

The cure for Constipation of the Mind can only be provided by the society it self. The youth need such "vents" to let off their steam. We need to minimize the oppression of the religious fanatics. We need more modern answers like Discos, Amusement Parks, more Music Events, more Sports and tournaments with wider awareness. We need the youth to be busy, we need to build more places like youth center with more facilities available for the youth so they can be occupied with more productive extra-curricular activities. Most of all we need better urban planning so the youth have places to hang around. The list is endless.

Remember to also ask yourself. Are YOU suffering from the Constipation of the Mind?

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Break Out: The last gig 14th December

The good news is the sound was slightly better; a rating of 5/10.

Molecule Mouth kicked ass according to most people. But Unusha and Mezzo just gave the crowds time to go and have a coffee or something, they sucked. Unusha is a talented girl with an amazing voice, that would be there nevertheless. The other bands, including this 19 year girl who sang her own written songs and played guitars, I can't be bothered to find the band's name, was okay. That showed promising potential.

The funny thing was when the UK bands came on, they stopped the broadcasting on TV, but suddenly the FOH(Front Of the House) sound went up and then you could feel the music hitting you now. The engineer was a guy from UK or Jar Music (have no idea), whether he made the sound good when the UK bands came on purposely so people would realize their superiority, or it was because they could output high levels since the TV broadcasting was over, nobody but god and the engineer would know. (And a couple of more people I wager). Hehe.

Don't they have Splitters on stage to split the signals so the Monitoring engineer, FOH engineer and the Broadcasting engineer (if there was one) could have independent Gain structures? And people! we have witnessed history in the making in the music gigs of Maldives, you know why? They had a Monitor engineer on-stage - Hooray! Hehehe. I know, its like saying "they had strings on the guitars they played", but this is Maldives and we even had a 30 year regime rule in our country and called it a republic, so this should not be that surprising. Hopefully monitor engineering will become a standard in future gigs.

Anyways. I should be content and grateful that such an event has occurred eventually in Maldives, and keep my criticism minimal. But what the heck, it did suck on a scale of 8/10.

Jar Music Group rating: 9/10
UK Bands: 7/10
Other Bands: 5/10
Sound: 5/10
Crowd: 6/10
Golhaa Force & Police: -2/10

I was not bothered to wait the whole show. You'll feel sick after a while, knowing that you are just seeing pawns of a larger game plan. I wonder if Fasy played? Hehehehe oops, I might have just hit the right notes, but I rather be out of tune. Hehehe. Hopefully when Jar Music returns it will be a better experience next time, at least for the bands and the fans.

Break Out: A Review

December 13th, @ Alimas Carnival. The last night of competition among the bands on the Break-Out festival in Maldives, an event by Jar Music Group (UK).

Bands played: Trio, Gianscore, 1984, Traphic Jam.
Sound rating: 3/10
Bands rating overall: 7/10
Crowd rating: 5/10 (for the fight)
Golhaa Force rating: 4/10

Not a gig that I would remember, unfortunately for the bands the whole show was more commercial oriented. The Dhiraagu banners were more prominent than the bands. The bands were good. But the sound was really pathetic. I thought local sound rental crews did sound badly, but I was proved wrong. Whether they did not have enough equipment or whether sellotape was put on the FOH board's master fader to stay -6dB, only god and the engineer would know.

Overall rating: 3/10

The lesson: competition among the bands in Maldives is not a healthy venture for the infant music industry of Maldives yet. Thank you Jar music, it was a great opportunity for Maldivian bands, however what went wrong I have no idea. I never got so bored at a show, it was like hearing the bands from a music player rather than live. Most of the people around me were chatting comfortably, the sound never took the crowds attention. Except of the fans near the stage, they had a good time. And yes a fight did happen unsuprisingly.

This was a clip from the sound check..

This says a lot, when you think about the video clip a little deeper.

But still, this was a great opportunity for music bands in Maldives. At least Fasy has done something that would justify the honorary award he recieved from the former regime for the development of music in Maldives. Hehe. Well, I can't recall Flu Nashid doing something like this for the young local bands, oh yeah I forgot, he was busy competing with them. Well, collaboration would be better than competition. That's what I think.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

So why do really think Gasim resigned?

Many assumptions. Many conclusions. Even Minivan news had done some kind of survey, although it was not very constructive.

Forget that!

Why do YOU think Gasim Ibrahim resigned from his post as minister?

And what would your last words be (for the incompetent and stupid moron)?

editing..editing..scrapping broken pieces..busy..

I've been unable to steal enough time to finish editing some videos that I want to upload to the blog. As most people are aware of a major drug raid recently conducted by the police on a house, where they found huge quantities of drugs stored there. Eight people where found inside the room, of which 4 of them were below 18 years old.

On that day's evening news they showed the huge quantities of drugs, money and weapons they had discovered after the raid. This is mostly the case after a drug bust, the public is shown the confiscated contraband. But I was lucky enough to obtain video footage of the incident during the raid. Although what was happening inside the house was obviously not possible to capture, the scene outside and the police conducting the raid was captured on film. And I thought it would be interesting for people to see it from a bird's view. However unfortunately the moment the Star force busted the door to enter the house was not captured, and the moment they escorted the busted group into the police bus was also not. Because I thought that it was not a good idea to expose their identities, better let the police and the courts do that part.

Will upload it soon anyway. Check it out.