Jaffna: A Port With a Fort

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Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, was on the “spice route” and therefore a likely place for Europeans to haul up in search of cinnamon, as well as the opportunity to provision ships. The Portuguese were the first to arrive around 1600 and they were followed by the Dutch and finally the Brits who “ruled” until independence began […]

The Road to Jaffna

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Sri Lanka and Civil War Sri Lanka was raked by a bloody military insurgency for about 26 years from 1983 till 2009. Sinhalese Sri Lankans in the south are primarily Buddhist and the Tamils in the north and east are Hindu. It is said that Great Britain, while they ruled the island as part of […]

Monks and Monkeys

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Anuradhapura Roughly around the time of the Roman Empire (50 BC) there was a thriving and mature Buddhist kingdom in this part of Sri Lanka. Today, the ruins of the huge monasteries are called the “Scared City” and much of it has been reclaimed by nature. Thousands of monks lived and trained in the area […]

Around the World in 30 Days

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Sri Lanka and Thailand, Mostly I’m off to attend the wedding of a good friend in Thailand, what better place to be in the middle of winter? I’ve always had a hankering to see Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, the teardrop island off the southeast coast of India. So, here I am, though it took almost […]

Just Don’t Bed The Young White Chicks

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Mandingo Invasion The state of Maine is in the thrall of a serious opiate epidemic.  In a state with less population than the borough of Manhattan they are experiencing an average of five overdose deaths every week. But Governor Paul LePage used his bully pulpit this week to sound the cry against the real culprit: […]

Best of 2015: Banner Year for Turnout

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Thank You, Readers Thanks to all of you for having a look during 2015. The stats are amazing:  56,519 individual readers viewing 175,000 pages. Perhaps best of all, the percentage of new readers was 52% meaning more and more people are coming to the site. And, thanks to everyone who took the time to write […]

DCFEMS Does it Again

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Cardiac Arrest News sources are reporting that once again the District of Columbia Fire and EMS Department (DCFEMS) failed to provide services after being notified of an emergency. This time, units were dispatched for a heart attack and the first arriving fire company mistook police activity on the block of the actual address for their […]

The Bundy Bunch: Citizens for Constitutional Freedom

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Rancher Welfare The Bundy family is back, once again hiding behind a fake constitutional argument that because they raise cattle the US owes them a living by allowing free grazing. They have taken over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon and are engaged in an armed stand-off with authorities. The kinder and gentler feds are taking […]

Stand With Ricky Walsh?

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Tell Me More My friend Scott Brines upbraided me over a recent post regarding candidates to succeed the ousted IAFF 7th district vice-president Ricky Walsh. He said, in part, “Bravo to Brothers Womack and Fox for having the courage to step up and lead … both of these Mag 7 leaders have what it takes.” […]

I Saw the Figure Five in Gold

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This birthday week I like to recall the number of times my worst case scenario has ever actually happened. Perpetual worry is the mental equivalent of moving a pile of rocks from one point to another and back. It never ends and nothing is ever accomplished. In my case it’s probably from a feeling of […]

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