Tuesday, November 29, 2016

How Safe is Porlwi By Light?

There's gonna be lots of people in Port-Louis for the second edition for sure. How prepared are we to keep sorrow at a minimum if we get torrential rains or a wall of water or both while the festival is on? We shouldn't forget what fifteen centimeters of rain did a couple of years ago.

Maybe there's gonna be clear skies this year. But we can never let our guard down.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Trump Election Not Like December 2014

Clinton lost partly because she neglected too big a segment of American voters and thought a bit like she did in 2008 that 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was hers for the taking. That was a big contrast with Trump who was very efficient in appealing to the reptilian brains of enough voters who don't understand for example that his proposed 15% flat tax is going to hurt them the most. These voters seem to be oblivious to how Reaganomics increase US debt from one to four trillion dollars in twelve years back in the 1980s. And what threw America into its worst recession in almost eight decades in 2008.

So that's very different from what happened here in 2014. It looks a lot more like the June 1982 elections when voters were not sophisticated enough to compensate for the lack of relevant information to take the decision that was in their best interests. But we've become increasingly smarter since then as a careful study would show. Intelligent enough to reject the wicked plan of a scheming trio two years ago.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Unions Rightly Find TISA Negotiations Opaque

So they stormed into a meeting between our government and the private sector asking that consultations be broadened. Which makes a lot of sense. What doesn't is that our government is apparently getting ready to sign this agreement in a couple of weeks. The civil society too should be invited to participate so Mauritius can get to the bottom of this. And it will not hurt that the media steps in and offers a disinterested perspective of the issue because as matters stand how much do you know about TISA?

Here's a little something to start learning about it.

Friday, November 11, 2016

First We Say Goodbye To Leonard

Who died a couple of days ago at 82. The long career of Mr. Cohen produced many hits including the above which is one of my all time favourites. Doesn't hurt to have Stevie Ray Vaughan in it. There is also an absolutely delicious version where he's singing along with Ms. Warnes. Have been looking for it for ages.

RIP. And thanks for the great music.