Archive | May 25, 2013

The June ‘National Geographic’ Magazine Article On ‘Maxed Out Mount Everest’, With 4 Dead “In A Day”, Stopped Me In My Tracks.

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Anura Guruge


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As I have mentioned before I used to be a Mount Everest junkie and even now have an impressive collection of Mount Everest books.

This morning I was reading the June 2013 issue of ‘National Geographic’ – this being one of the very few magazines that I insist that we subscribe to without fail, year after year.

I started with the Mount Everest article. It commences with the same picture shown in the article above. But, the magazine article has a 5 line caption, which reads:

Traffic chokes the Hillary Step on May 19, 2012. Some climbers spent as long as two hours at this 40-foot rock wall below the summit, losing body heat. Even so, 234 people reached the top on this day. Four climbers died.

That last sentence: “Four climbers died” just seems amazing. The 7th paragraph of the article states the names of the 4 dead. Pages 11-12 of the article actually has a picture of one of the dead, a 33-year old Nepali-Canadian named Shriya Shah-Klorfine.

To be sure, given that I haven’t read all of it, I am not sure whether that opening statement is ambiguous if not outright wrong. The implication is that four died on that day, May 19, 2012. I am not sure. Maybe he saw 4 bodies that day. Because later on in the article there is a graph that claims that there has been no rise in mortality! That it has stayed constant at 1%.

But, all told, 234 people summiting in a day sounds crazy. This is degrading what is our most majestic and sacred of mountains.

 

 

Another Young Lady, This Time British Sarah McClay, Killed By A Large Captive Feline. I Am Convinced That There Is A Hormonal Connection.

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Anura Guruge


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>> Was The Young Lady, Dianna Hanson, Killed
>> By A Lion In California Menstruating? … — Mar. 8, 2013.


Click to read BBC UK coverage.

Click to read BBC UK coverage.



Click to access YouTube video.

The March death in the U.S. Lots of parallels. Click to access YouTube video.


As I said in my March post when we had the tragic death here, I am not an out-and-out expert but I do know some about tigers, lions and leopards and have a fair amount of experience in animal behavior having had over ten dogs.

My druthers tell me that there seems to be a hormonal connection here which ‘confuses’ the cats. I don’t have to get graphic here but think about it. There are certain smells that are visceral and a cat can’t be blamed for getting ‘confused’.

I really think game ‘preserves’ like this really should institute a rigorous policy when it comes to young ladies and large cats. There should be clearly defined rules that say that young ladies can’t enter an enclosure with big cats under certain circumstances. That is common sense and if anybody thinks otherwise, I would have to say that they are being stupid.

Kind of funny, but I think Hindu temples used to have rules akin to this that precluded women from entering certain parts of the temple if they were …

The Hindus are ‘funny’ about this. They consider it ‘unclean’! Grand scale firewalking is very much a part of Hindu lore. [I thought I have talked about firewalking before, but it appears not.] From the little that I know about firewalking (and I had an uncle, yes my doctor uncle, who walked the fire three times in the early 1960s), one of the factors that would bar you from walking the fire was ‘contact’ with an ‘unclean’ women in the three days prior to the walk. I also think that under special circumstances they could would do a purification ritual to cleanse the person so that they could still walk the fire. My point here is that having a ‘no go’ period would not be unreasonable within the overall context of world cultures.

Here is a YouTube video of firewalking. Not from Sri Lanka. This is a pretty SMALL pit and affair! Click to access. Good quality video.

Here is a YouTube video of firewalking. Not from Sri Lanka. This is a pretty SMALL pit and affair! Click to access. Good quality video.


This is about the most famous firewalking ceremony in Sri Lanka. This is where my uncle walked. Click to read. Best I could find for now. Kind of busy. I will, one day, talk more about firewalking. This is the one thing, I confess, that I cannot truly explain, given that I have seen it first hand, but never at Kataragamma. Thousands would attend. Huge crush. I was little. I didn't like the crush.

This is about the most famous firewalking ceremony in Sri Lanka. This is where my uncle walked. Click to read. Best I could find for now. Kind of busy. I will, one day, talk more about firewalking. This is the one thing, I confess, that I cannot truly explain, given that I have seen it first hand, but never at Kataragamma. Thousands would attend. Huge crush. I was little. I didn’t like the crush.


‘Laconia Daily Sun’ Goes Off At Halfcock About ‘Pizza & Cupcake Police’ Trying To Be Sensationalistic.

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Friday, May 24, 2013, cover story in 'The Laconia Daily Sun'. Click to access.

Friday, May 24, 2013, cover story in ‘The Laconia Daily Sun’. Click to access.


Deanna was reading this and, understandably, getting very agitated. Though I didn’t read all of it, I realized quickly that this was spin and bad spin. I also appreciated that this had to do with the new anti-obesity policies. So, I decided that I would do some quick research before going to bed.

Just as I suspected. Poor, irresponsible journalism on the part of the Sun. This is not law as yet. Nobody will be fined. It is still in the proposal stage and the USDA is still accepting input.


This provides a good overview of the issues. Click  to access.

This provides a good overview of the issues. Click to access.


Here is the actual USDA Proposal. Click to access the PDF.

Here is the actual USDA Proposal. Click to access the PDF.


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