Janaka Basnayake tried to pull a Houdini and, sadly, died. He was trying to set a record for the longest time buried alive and did it with the help of family and friends. When he emerged after 6 and a half hours he was unconscious and later passed away. It seems that there isn’t really a recorded record for this act anyways, as perhaps there shouldn’t be.
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The LTTE Great Heroes Day is coming up, and the JVP’s November Heroes Day just passed. Both groups terrorized, tortured and tried to kill their way to political change, and yet both feel that there is something to commemorate. While I support mourning the dead, I think it’s folly to say that they died for something more than sociopathic assholes promoting a corrupted cause.
As a follow up to a report on declining suicides in general, this is how Sri Lankans kill themselves. Sadly, pesticide and insecticide dominate. Why do they kill themselves? Basically, their family or spouse drive them to it. As the report says “Harrasment by the husband & family disputes” is the number one (reported reason) for suicides in Sri Lanka.
It’s an oft cited statistic that Sri Lanka has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. It’s not true, anymore. Suicides have decline dramatically from a peak in 1995 (47 per 100,000 people) to about 19 in 2009. The country that pioneered suicide bombing is no longer leading the world in any kind of suicide, which is a very good thing.
Roughly, because old people die and young people take over. Changing hearts and minds is very difficult, but replacing them is only natural. In the US old attitudes towards race and sexuality have changed to a large degree not because old racists and homophobes changed, but because their more open-minded children took over. In Sri Lanka and all over, this is just the natural way of change.
This is what I hear about Duminda Silva, MP thug, now in hospital after a gunfight. THIS IS ALL HEARSAY. From somewhat informed people, but still. From what I hear, Duminda walked over, hit Bharata and told his bodyguards to shoot. My guess would be that it was more of a melee with seven stories, coming out, so who knows. Either way, Bharata was riddled with bullets and Duminda got three in the head. One of Duminda’s guys was later found with like 16 weapons, including T-56s, an automatic weapon that no civilian can carry and which can’t even be concealed.
MP Duminda Silva was far from a clean politician, but I wish him recovery. It seems that he’s been shot in the head. Former MP Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra has been killed, along with two others. It’s unclear why this happened. There were threats on Bharatha’s life in February, supposedly from the underworld. I don’t know how Duminda Silva was involved.
I remember coming home and seeing the box for a Macintosh LC III in the house. I was so excited. I grew up on Apple, hacking and breaking them as much as you could, trying to crack the security on the boxes at school. Today I was driving when I heard that Steve Jobs had died. I had to stop in the middle of the lane. He was a true genius, on the historical scale. Can you imagine how he could have changed the world had he lived a little more?
People have said that war should have no civilian casualties. Rather than change the frame, the Sri Lanka government responded and said ‘there were no civilian casualties’. This was dumb. They’re only now starting to admit that civilians did die. That’s a start. I was watching the government’s response to Channel 4′s Killing Fields, Lies Agreed Upon. It sucks just as much, only in the opposite direction.