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 ...

Pipelineistan: Iran, Pakistan, Syria, Qatar (Afghanistan ?) Ever wondered if there was more than met the eye with all the events in the Middle East. Here is an article Reason for the longest war in American historythat makes you think. Next you wonder if the Hambantota Harbor is a reason for some of the foreign power efforts to destabilize Sri Lanka.Construction is nearing completion on a natural ...

Mandela: South Africal Low Life Expectancy and Parakrama Bahu I Mandela has died and he was a great leader. However, even great leaders cant solve all problems in a country. Case in point was the devastation on life expectancy in South Africa caused by the AIDS epidemic. Mandelas response and had very little effect on Life Expectancy. In effect Life expectancy was no different from neighboring Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabe ...

Software Glitch:  28 Deaths This post is to emphasize that understanding rounding errors are paramount in writing code. In older versions of Excel and on older versions of programming languages if you did the following in two steps 10/ 3 x 3 you would get 9.999. Modern compilers have apparently fixed most such issues. On 25 February 1991, an Iraqi Scud hit the barracks ...

Education Fever causing Low Birth Rates ? Is the push for more education pushing down birth rates in East Asia ?. So far Sri Lanka fertility rate has not fallen below the replacement rate of 2.1ExcerptsThere is a body of scholarship showing that the collapse of the fertility rate to dangerously low levels across east Asia is the direct consequence of school cramming and "education fever".In this ...

Capital Gains Tax on UK Properties Cash strapped countries will resort to desperate measures. The UK is proposing capital gains tax on properties sold by non residents. When will the US follow suit.Sky News television reported a month ago that the government is considering extending capital-gains tax to foreign investors. Treasury minister Sajid Javid indicated last month an announcement was likely when Chancellor of the Exchequer ...

Buddhas Birthplace: 600 BC Temple Excavated Archaeologists have found in Lumbini, Nepal a 600 BC temple with tree roots in the middle. This tree may possibly validate the claim that Queen Maya Devi gave birth to Buddha under a tree.Excerpts from NY TimesIn traditional narratives, Queen Maya Devi, the mother of Buddha, gave birth to him while holding on to a branch of a tree in ...

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and a new form of head and neck cancer Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is considered the cause for Cervical and Genital cancers. In Sri Lanka Cervical Cancer is the second most common cancer among women. Now it appears HPV can also cause throat and neck cancer and associated with those who have had many oral-sex partners.Excerpts: the next year, she released a study showing that HPV-positive and HPV-negative oropharyngeal ...

DNA and Skin Color Recent study shows association rs1426654 SNP with skin pigmentation, explaining about 27% of total phenotypic* variation. Previous studies have showed that rs1426654 SNP accounts for lighter skin in Europeans but not in East Asians. Basically for South Asians if rs1426654 SNP is AA then light skin, if AG then medium dark and GG dark (see graph). My rs1426654 is AG ...

Saudi Arabia may have Nuclear Weapons before Iran From BBC.Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistani nuclear weapons projects, and believes it could obtain atomic bombs at will, a variety of sources have told BBC Newsnight. While the kingdom's quest has often been set in the context of countering Iran's atomic programme, it is now possible that the Saudis might be able to deploy such devices more quickly than ...

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