But, alas, I can understand!
It is easy to be ‘holier than thou‘ when you are NOT hungry & facing poverty. And that is the problem here. Elephants are eating crops & impacting the livelihood of poor, hungry village people. That is why I can’t get too angry about this. What would I do.
Yes, I have never had to make such a choice.
In my youth I planned to go back to Ceylon (as it was then) & devote my life to protecting the wildlife. Well, I didn’t. Do I still have time? I don’t know.
But, think about it.
What can we do?
Happy Sri Lanka (or Ceylon)
Independence Day 2021.
It has sure been a chequered seven-decades.
Do NOT forget that it was I, 7-years ago, that contacted Google & requested a Google Doodle for Independence Day. SMILE.
My 2013 Google Doodle & the one in 2015.
Some of my prior posts well worth revisiting.
Use this blogs SEARCH with ‘Sri Lanka Independence Day’ for many, many other posts.
Last Google Doodles:
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Adoptive Parents got married August 27, 1952 (68-years ago).
I have spent TOO much time in the U.S.
Left from Katunayake Airport which in 1967 was pretty small — just one, ‘one-room’ building. Quite a few people came to see us off. It was night. I think the flight left around 9pm. We left on a Pan Am 707. My first time in a jet — though I had flown quite a bit on DC-3s. I had always liked the 707 and it is still one of my favorite planes today. First stop, for a day, for Athens, Greece.
44-years, to the day, I walked into IBM! Wow. Much water has flowed under the bridge in Romsey.
P.S., Lord Mountbatten’s assassination was on August 27 — in 1979. I was still at Hursley and remember it well.
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Yes. YEs. YES.
This is GREAT. I am SO HAPPY.
I am bloody RELIEVED.
Joe has done GOOD.
Because, she is so qualified, so strong & ABOVE ALL has zero baggage.
Lets see Trump trying to BULLY her. Ha. Ha. Ha.
She will put Trump in his place.
She is GOOD. I have no issue or quarrel that she is part Tamil. I have Tamil friends.
She is GOOD. She is impressive. I am so GLAD.
Thanks Joe. You are a PAL. SMILE.
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Yes, of course, absolutely bloody brilliant. WOW. Who would have thought.
Just 7 deaths — though, of course, even ONE death is too much.
They, especially the government & health professionals deserve much kudos & applause for this superhuman achievement.
Left the developed countries in the dust by quite a FEW orders of magnitude.
Yes, the numbers may not be fully accurate. But, I doubt whether, worst case, it is off by much more than say 1/100th. So, maybe 64,900 cases & 700 deaths. That is still absurdly low.
Until last night, when a cousin living in Sri Lanka, who happens to be a doctor, told me the details, I was NOT aware of the draconian lockdown & curfew.
They shut down all ‘ports’ — inbound & outbound. Not just passengers, goods as well.
It has been FORTRESS SRI LANKA for over a month.
They sure managed to keep the virus in check. BRAVO.
But, but, but … was it worth it?
At WHAT a huge cost?
I am sure that they will study this at Harvard, in years to come, as a Case Study. Was it the right thing to do?
Yes, when they started the lockdown, they, obviously, did not know what the infection & death rates were going to be.
But, the unintended consequences! WOW.
It, of course, has decimated the economy and the economy was already in BAD SHAPE following the tourist slump post the Easter 2019 ‘incident’.
People will DIE because of poverty!
This is sad. This is BAD.
Yes, of course, this being Sri Lanka there is dirty politics involved!
China will gain even more control.
All in all, I do not think this is good.
But, I am NOT an expert and I have no skin in the game.
Hats Off To Our Dean Kamen For Helping Out With Coronavirus COVID-19 Relief — This In The Form Of PPEs.
Dean is a GOOD MAN.
So, I was glad to see that Dean was helping out in these times of need. In this instance he didn’t dig into his very deep pockets. That is OK. He helped in other ways.
I have no worries re. Dean. He will be generous, with money, when he sees fit.
For now just applaud him for what he has done.
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Yes, New Year’s EVE would make more sense.
But, unlike an ‘Eve’ this is full-day, FULL holiday.
National Holiday, April 13 & April 14. We like our holidays.
I, alas, do NOT celebrate the Sinhalese New Year — other than on the Web.
My U.S. family is totally oblivious and has NO interest in learning, let alone observing. IF I did say ‘Presents’ they may be more motivated.
It was my beloved grandmother’s birthday. So, it was always a dual celebration. She was the one that brought me up.
So, HAPPY “Old Year” 2020.
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and read here.
I have been waiting for the ‘Loony Bin’ BLAME GAME to start. No, no, NOT just Trump. He can’t help it.
I had NOT seen this one coming. Sins of bullfighting?
But, it started it China and they don’t have bullfighting.
I also LOVE the whole ‘Kharmic‘ thing.
So, how does that kick in? Who administers it.
And yes, quite a few of my ‘relatives’ subscribe to such stuff. I am so lucky that I was adopted. SMILE.
This is SO, SO distressing. I tried to contact some folks in Sri Lanka about this after the last incident. Nothing. They just don’t care.
I given this considerable thought. I have an explanation. Plain, dumb, stupidity.
These folks abusing the temple elephants aren’t cruel. Just mindless. Stupid. They don’t realize what they are doing. I kid you not.
In general Sri Lankans are not cerebral. I present MYSELF as exhibit #1 and in the scheme of things I am slightly above average. So, you can see the problem we face.
These folks are dumb. The elephants are more intelligent than them. I am talking about my folks, my people, my relatives. We are stupid. Please forgive us.
Sri Lanka is going to the dogs. The best thing that can happen is for China to occupy it and make it into a governed territory.