Sustainability of Increasingly Complex Societies A must read article along the lines of Joseph Tainter's Collapse of Complex Societies. Examines the viability and sustainability of increasing complex societies. Is “doing more with less”, i.e. is ever increasing productivity sustainable.One should also think of increasingly complex Finance and Financial Instruments, and increased instability of finance and economies (kind of touched here) when reading the article. Its ...

US involvement with Ebola Virus Some interesting facts on US involvement with the Ebola Virus.#20 Researchers from Tulane University have been active for several years in the very same areas where this Ebola outbreak began. One of the stated purposes of this research was to study "the future use of fever-viruses as bioweapons".#21 According to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in Sierra Leone, researchers ...

US may have totured in UK owned Diego Garcia Looks like the Americans may have been doing some torturing in UK owned Diego Garcia.Excerpts from the TelegraphThe government stands accused of seeking to conceal Britain's role in extraordinary rendition, ahead of the release of a declassified intelligence report that exposes the use of torture at US secret prisons around the world... will confirm that the US tortured terrorist suspects ...

Forced Migration by own Militia Does this excerpt sound familiar.The FDLR understood how to win over the do-gooders: You win by putting your people in misery, not by standing up for yourselves. Leftist victim-rhetoric has a lot to answer for in the pro-Hutu tilt of European opinion. In fact, Europeans raised on victim-rhetoric, like Georges Ruggiu, actually served as mouthpieces for the genocide while it ...

One wonders why the places like Pakistan are violently resistant to having vaccinations done. The normal arguments trotted out are that of Islamic fundamentalism. Maybe there is a different fire to that smoke.In 2011 the US organized a vaccination program in Abbottabad to find the DNA of Osama bin Laden's family and confirm that he was hiding in the compound.The ...

Elephant Incursion Coconut Palm leaves broken by ElephantWe (Wilpattu House) had an elephant coming into the property on 8th May 2014. This was regardless of the Elephant deterrent 6 foot deep ditch around the place. This smart elephant broke the earth on the ditch to make it less steep and managed to climb over to the property. Luckily not much harm was ...

East Coast: How to Cross Kokilai Lagoon This was meant to be part of a post of travel by tuk-tuk along the East Coast, from Paranthan-Mullativu-Kokilai-Pulmoddai-Trincomalee. However, there seems to be minimal information about how to get across Kokillai Lagoon. (See Facebook comments for places to stay around Mullativu)For those who are thinking of traveling by bus/bicycle/motorbike along the East coast of Sri Lanka from Mulativu - ...

Chronic Kidney Disease: Cause Hard Water + Heavy Metals + RoundUp A research article by Jayasumana et al (2014) proposes the cause for Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown etiology (CKDu) are chemical complexes formed by Glycphosate (RoundUp) when it combines with hard water and heavy metals in fertilizer.I would not rule out dioxins as a another contributory cause to CKDu.Bullet points from the article.Prevalence 15% [2] affecting a total population of ...

At this time when all the talk in Sri Lanka is about human rights violations, it may be also the time to look at slavery and its economic gains for the west.ExcerptsHaitian slaves began to throw off the “heel of the French” in 1791, when they rose up and, after bitter years of fighting, eventually declared themselves free. Their French ...

Trip to Palugasturai (in Wilpattu) Wadiya Church Approaching PalugasthuraiPalugasthurai (Palugahaturai) is a fishing outpost (wadiya) on the coast within Wilpattu National Park, a few km south of Kudiramalai and Pookulam. Kudiramalai is considered to be where Vijaya landed. Pookulam is another fishing outpost (wadiya) on the coast within Wilpattu National Park.Interestingly all these fishing wadiyas are referred to as "Dupath" (Islands). Apparently till the Navy camps were ...

Linux: Configuring a Dongle (Mobile broadband) I had some problems connecting to the Internet using a dongle (Huawei) on my old laptop running Linux (SUSE 12.3). After many hours using various command line instruction found it was quite simple using NetworkManager.If you have KDE or similar desktop installed, the NetworkManager icon is at the bottom right hand corner (just like Windows). If it is not installed, ...

Harley Davidson production in India Yes, Harley Davidson motor bikes, the all American Icon is now produced in India.From Company WebsiteHarley-Davidson India commenced operations in August 2009 and appointed the first dealership in July 2010. Since early 2011, Harley-Davidson has been assembling motorcycles in India at its CKD (Completely-Knocked-Down) assembly unit at Bawal in Haryana. India is the second country where Harley-Davidson has CKD assembly ...

Penis Length and GDP Growth This was a research done by Tatu Westling of University of Helsinki in 2011.To quoteThis study has made three contributions. First, it reveals the somewhat perplexing link between the size of male organ and economic growth. Second, it provides some rudimentary interpretations which state that macroeconomic growth might be related to populations' risk-taking and/or self-esteem. Third, for the best of ...

Subaskaran Allirajah: Conservative Party Funder Apparently news.lk reports that Subaskaran Allirajah is the one who is funding the British Conservative Party and points out that the Subaskaran gave 420,000 Sterling Pounds to the Conservative Party as one time donation. It says that he has given over 20 million to Prince Charles Foundation as well.David Cameroon’s visit to Jaffna and his statements against the Sri Lankan ...

Am I a Seyyid, a descendant of Prophet Muhammad A recent blog at Harappadna discusses DNA of Sayyid (plural Sadah) who are considered to be descendants of Prophet Muhammad. One of the comments links to a study on Iranian Sadat (Sayyid) population. The study found the most common haplotype values for seven marker, and I too have most of the common markers. One small issue, paternal ancestry is Jaffna ...

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