US Debt: $18 Trillion; U.S. Debt/GDP ratio over 300% So much for fiscal prudence. $4.9 Trillion added by George Bush Presidency. $8 trillion by the Obama Presidency.Total U.S. debt has increased by 70 percent under Obama, from $10.625 trillion on January 21, 2009 to over $18.005 trillion today (Dec 2 2014) Each household in the U.S. now carries the burden of $124,000 in national debt alone - or $56,378 ...

I think this should be essential reading for the gurus who negotiate or issue bonds for the SL govt directly or indirectly. e.g. The Petroleum Corp, oil price hedge fiasco.How Russia outmanoeuvred the west in Ukrainian finance by John Dizard“F*** the EU!” Victoria Nuland, US assistant secretary of state, commenting on Ukrainian policy on her mobile phone, as recorded and ...

Using Palmyra (තල්) as an Elephant Deterrent Palmyra (තල්) as an Elephant Deterrent Mr. S. M. A. Azeez is former Deputy Director of Agriculture. He has been promoting the use of Palmyra trees as an Elephant deterrent for many years. You can contact Mr. Azeez at 077-348-7114 for further details on how the trees should be planted etc.Photos are of the model plantation with Palmyra as an Elephant Deterrent.

Liberia, Ebola, Firestone and a Rubber Farm Liberia and Ebola is in the News. A Rubber Farm (Estate for us Sri Lankans) leased by Firestone is also in the news as one of the few places where Ebola has been stopped from spreading.What the articles dont mention about the Rubber Farm is that it is a million acres (4% of the land in Liberia), and in 2005 ...

False: Illegal Land Grabs By Sri Lanka Navy Destroys Wilpattu National Park Colombo Telegraph has an article claiming that the Navy has grabbed 900 acres from the Wilpattu National Park. It is factually incorrect in so many ways. Excerpts and the proper view.Who writes this rubbish.located along the Northern border of the park Northern Border and 2 km from Eluvamkulama, Really !!.Eluvamkulama is on the southern border.so far for about 2 km ...

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 ...

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