There wasn’t, because they were so persecuted & hunted down, that many to begin with — and by that I am only going back 18-months or so. Yes, they don’t help themselves when it comes to their health. Obesity & alcoholism & with that diabetes is epidemic. It is very, very sad. AND now COVID.
They can’t afford to lose this many, this quickly. Many, by nature, will be ‘elders’. With them we will again lose more culture, expertise, local knowledge & wisdom.
I wonder how many ‘Canyon de Chelly‘ guides MIGHT have died. Wow. I am trying to find out. Not good.
Please, at a minimum, share a THOUGHT for them.
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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.
I was watching the 8pm news on MSNBC on Monday night when I heard about this moonlighting story (i.e., first image above). During that I heard them mention 828 railway-related deaths in the U.S. in 2017. I thought I misheard. Rewound, played it again. NO, I had heard correctly.
Then it got me thinking. 828. Not that high when you think of the SIZE of the U.S. and the miles and miles of tracks involved. But, it does come to 2.3 deaths a day.
So, I Googled. Found this “Federal Railroad Administration” (FRA). Never heard of them before. They have a database. Hence the report. I can’t get the individual incident reports. But, this was a good start. Have a look
Search on ‘trains‘.
Interesting. I am, however, struck by the paucity of incidents. I expected to see at least two per year. I will have to check with the author. Not sure how comprehensive this is. But a good start.
Thank YOU Mr. Libby.
by Anura Guruge
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From everything that I have seen on TV about the Apple iWatch it is going to be MUCH MORE distracting that a smartphone.
People driving around, especially on I-93 (or equivalent) with an iWatch on their wrist SCARES me. This is NOT FUNNY.
I am pretty sure that the cell phone ban that comes into play on July 1, 2015 in New Hampshire will NOT cover smart watches.
Something has to be done.
I dread that we will get the first Apple iWatch related traffic fatality this weekend — within 48 hours of it becoming available. That is not a pleasant thought. It could be somebody that YOU or I know!
Not an easy problem to solve. This is more serious than DWI!
by Anura Guruge
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About an hour ago, while getting dressed (after my run), I saw a bimbo (and she indeed was one), on CNBC, glibly talking about her experiences DRIVING while wearing the new Apple Watch. She also volunteered that she had also been ‘told off’ — along the lines of “that is very distracting” — at a recent business meeting for continually glancing down at her watch, on her wrist, every time it beeped, vibrated whatever.
Distracted driving scares me, especially since nearly all young drivers do not seem to be able to drive unless they have GPS.
I dread that the Apple Watch is going to result in TOO MANY accidents. From what I can see, unless they act very, very quickly, the current ‘Distracted Driving’ laws will NOT cover the Apple Watch. Technically it is NOT a cell phone. Plus it will be difficult for the police to enforce Apple Watch wearing while driving.
The Watch is going to be more distractive than a phone per se since it is attached to your wrist and it ‘does things’. People will GLANCE DOWN at their wrist. Worse still they will move their hands, and with it the steering wheel, to look at the Watch.
This is going to be a problem. I am SURE Apple has warnings and disclaimers on the packaging that comes with the Watch. But how do you stop a person from USING their Apple Watch when driving? I am a loyal, long term APPL shareholder though we haven’t had a single Apple product in the house for well over 15 years!
This bothers me. Deaths will come. Right now 9 deaths a DAY due to distracted driving. That is 9 too much. What do YOU think?
.by Anura Guruge
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Of course this is not the first time this has happened. I know that I have heard, just in the last year, of other fatalities involving those returning from pilgrimages — and to be fair, it is religion agnostic.
But, it always confounds me. Yes, yes, I know folks are going to tell me the usual mantra: God does not micro-manage and Free Will. Lets get ‘Free Will’ out of the way. Other than the Free Will of the drivers involved, I don’t think that the passengers had any Will in these disasters. The micro-management part, however, always intrigue me. I assume, though I do not know for sure, that these folks that go on pilgrimages pray when they are at the pilgrimage site. But, what are they praying for?
Though I grew up in a culture, and, moreover, in a household, obsessed with prayer and the ‘taking of vows’ (the next logical step: i.e., ‘I will give you this if you give me that‘), I quickly saw the shortcomings of this philosophy when I was around 18. That is when I stopped being a Buddhist — the religion that I grew up in. So, I basically became areligious — though I am fascinated by religion, those that believe in religion and the protocols of religion. That is why I am (still) an active papal historian, have written 7 books about popes and plan to write another starting in the next month.
Given that I do know the nuts-and-bolts of certain religions, e.g., Christianity and Buddhism, better than most that practice them, some beliefs that some have distress me. I am happy IF those beliefs provide the living with succor and relief. But, given that I am very au fait with purgatory, I cringe when I hear people talking about the recently deceased being with God. That is not what the ‘church’ (with a capital ‘C’ or otherwise) teaches. Lets not forget that just 2 weeks ago ‘the Church’ said that you can reduce the amount of time you spent in purgatory if you followed the Pope’s tweets from Brazil! Lucky for me, I don’t have to worry about such stuff.
This stuff does bother me, because I do think. I do analyze. I do try to rationalize. To me things have to make sense — which is why I love the movie above. That movie makes sense.
Anyway. Not trying to upset anyone. Just what goes through my mind. Think about it. Thinking is good. Thinking, as far as I am concerned, is the second greatest physical pleasure in life — next to sex, of course (while thinking during sex is divine).
The June ‘National Geographic’ Magazine Article On ‘Maxed Out Mount Everest’, With 4 Dead “In A Day”, Stopped Me In My Tracks.
.by Anura Guruge
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.