Sunday, May 25, 2014

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 was happening.
So the Hutu militias turned their guns on their own people and led a forced migration, out of Rwanda into Kivu in Eastern Congo..

More at

Friday, May 23, 2014

US did fake vaccinations to bin Laden family DNA.

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 CIA organised a fake vaccination programme in the town where it believed Osama bin Laden was hiding in an elaborate attempt to obtain DNA from the fugitive al-Qaida leader’s family, a Guardian investigation has found.

As part of extensive preparations for the raid that killed Bin Laden in May, CIA agents recruited a senior Pakistani doctor to organise the vaccine drive in Abbottabad, even starting the “project” in a poorer part of town to make it look more authentic, according to Pakistani and US officials and local residents.

The doctor, Shakil Afridi, has since been arrested by the Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) for co-operating with American intelligence agents.

Prostitution and Illegal drug sales to be used for GDP in Italy.

Out here in Sri Lanka we think our powers that be are cooking the books to paint a rosy picture of the Economy.  However, we still have a long way to go to catch up with the shenanigans that the West uses to cook the books.

Just a year ago the US added intangibles such as films, books, magazines and iTunes songs to its GDP calculation. That added USD 500 billion (3%) to the US GDP.  This brought down the debt/GDP to just less than 100%.

Then the UK followed by adding to GDP, Research and Development, building of arms, including aircraft carriers.  That increased the GDP by 2.5 - 5%.  Future pension benefits were added as current income and that increased savings rate from 5% to 10%.

Update (30th May 2014) the UK too added prostitution and illegal drugs to the GDP calculation.
Illegal drugs and prostitution boosted the economy by £9.7bn – equal to 0.7% of gross domestic product – in 2009, according to the ONS's first official estimate.

A breakdown of the data shows sex work generated £5.3bn for the economy that year, with another £4.4bn lift from a combination of cannabis, heroin, powder cocaine, crack cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamines.
Netherlands includes its drug trade of about EUR 2.5 billion in its GDP.

Italy just outdid them all by including Drugs, prostitution and smuggling as a part of GDP calculations.

Sri Lanka should follow suit by adding kassipu (moonshine), kudu (drugs) and Prostitution to its GDP.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Elephant Incursion

Coconut Palm leaves broken by Elephant
We (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 done other than breaking two coconut palm leaves.  The watcher/caretaker was awakened and had lit a couple of crackers.  I dont think this Elephant was scared away, he just wishes to avoid confrontation.

This elephant, who nobody has really seen, much less photographed is a really large animal with a footprint of   1.5 feet (457 mm).  I guess old too, older than the New Eluvamkulam town.  New Eluvamkulam town was established in the 90's when the old village moved to the South of the Army and Navy points to avoid LTTE attacks.
The Elephants Foot print 1.5 feet across

This big old elephant probably lives in the replanted jungle of the Holcim Quarry site at Aruwakkadu/Gangewadiya.  New Eluvamkulam, Kala-Oya and Wilpattu are probably his territory. 

See link (in Sinhala thanks Tilak Ranaweera) for plans to fill old quarry pit with garbage from Colombo.

Economics of  Elephant Destruction of Plantations
Compared to Paddy fields, destruction of a coconut, cashew or other plantations by Elephants has long term consequences.  Thats because destruction of a Paddy field affects only that harvest.  In the case of a plantation, the destroyed tree/s will need to be replanted and loss of income until the tree starts yielding.

Earth on Ditch broken to
enable climbing by The Elephant
In the case of a  coconut tree which bears about 15 nuts per pluck every 45 days means a loss of 120 coconuts (=15x12/1.5) a years.  Assuming it takes 7  years for the coconut tree to bear 15 nuts/pluck and a coconut sells at LKR 25, that is a loss of LKR 21,000 (=120x25x7) per coconut tree.