Archive for November 29th, 2005

More on Buddha Boy


KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Authorities in
Nepal urged religious groups and scientists on Sunday to help solve the
mystery of a meditating teenaged boy who some believe is an incarnation
of Buddha.

At least 100,000 devotees from Nepal and neighbouring India have flocked
in recent weeks to a dense forest in southeastern Nepal to see 15-year-old
Ram Bahadur Bamjon, who, his associates say, has been meditating without
food or water for six months.

Shanta Raj Subedi, district administrator of Bara, 150 km (95 miles) southeast
of Kathmandu and where the boy is meditating, said he had requested the
Lumbini Development Trust, a Buddhist panel, and the Royal Nepal Academy
of Science and Technology to get to the bottom of the mystery.

"We want to investigate claims that the boy has survived for so long
without food or drink," Subedi said.

Bamjon sits cross-legged beneath a "pipal" tree, which is sacred
to Hindus, with his eyes closed in meditation. He does not speak and followers
are only allowed to see him from a distance of 50 metres (165 feet).

The young mystic is hidden from public view at night behind a curtain drawn
by his followers. Doctors observing from a distance have said the boy is
breathing normally but is weak.

Local journalist Govinda Devkota, who has visited the site, said the boy
sits with a shawl across his chest from armpit to shoulder, in the same
posture as Buddha is shown in pictures.

The number of visitors had reached up to 10,000 a day but fewer people
are going to the retreat now, he said.

"He sits motionless from dawn to dusk when visitors are allowed to
see him. This demands something," said Devkota. "But whether
he is an incarnation of Buddha, I have doubts because we don’t know what
he does
at night. This must be investigated."

His mother, Maya Devi — the same name as that of Buddha’s mother — said
Bamjon, the third of her seven children, is a quiet boy who kept aloof
from friends.

Seems rather rude of his Ma to keep hanging the family wash from the old Pipal tree….

from Reuters

Tactical Preview


Miami police announced Monday they will
stage random shows of force at hotels, banks and other public places
to keep terrorists guessing and remind people to be vigilant.

Deputy Police Chief Frank Fernandez said officers might, for example, surround
a bank building, check the IDs of everyone going in and out and hand out
leaflets about terror threats.

"This is an in-your-face type of strategy. It’s letting the terrorists
know we are out there," Fernandez said.

The operations will keep terrorists off guard, Fernandez said. He said
al-Qaida and other terrorist groups plot attacks by putting places under
surveillance and watching for flaws and patterns in security.

Both uniformed and plainclothes police will ride buses and trains, while
others will conduct longer-term surveillance operations.

"People are definitely going to notice it," Fernandez said. "We
want that shock. We want that awe. But at the same time, we don’t want
people to feel their rights are being threatened. We need them to be our
eyes and ears."

Yeah, this ought to keep the terrorists guessing
– guessing how long before we turn against ourselves and start shooting each
other in
the streets. Randomly detaining citizens and non-citizens alike,
demanding ID and shutting down private businesses should clean up the
street scene
put the
fear of God into those illegal aliens, even if it only assures the terrorists
that we are completely clueless as to where the real danger lies. Plus,
a valuable chance to practice those police state tactics that may prove
indispensable in some “hypothetical” future crisis.

from Breitbart

Avian Flu Over the Cuckoos Nest


After a lifetime surrounded by some of
his generation’s biggest frauds, psuedos, pretenders and scam artists,
the Dowbrigade has a finely attuned Bullshit Detector. Some would say
this is an example of the "It takes one to know one" school of recognition.

Be that as it may, our deterctor has been ringing quite
a bit every time we hear another story about the latest scourge of the
planet’s well-being, the Avian Flu.  Not that we don’t believe it
exists, just that there seems to be a lot more to the story than the
authorities are letting on. Among our burning questions:

If the H5N1 virus has existed for three or four years,
as scientists claim, and has not yet mutated to a form making it easily
catchable, why are they so much more worried about this one than the dozens
of other strains which have been circulating lately?

If there is no danger of rapid contagion, why has the
CDC opened an isolation center at Logan Airport?

Why is this strain different than all the other strains
which could potentially mutate into a deadly form at any moment?

Unfortunately, we suspect there is much more of this
story to come…..

The H5N1 strain of bird flu seen in human cases in China
has mutated as compared with strains found in human cases in Vietnam.

Chinese labs have found that the genetic order of the H5N1 virus seen
in humans infected in China is different from that found in humans in
Vietnam, Xinhua news agency reported Monday.

In China’s human cases, the virus has mutated "to a certain degree," health
ministry spokesman Mao Qun’an was quoted as saying.

But the mutation cannot cause human-to-human transmission of the avian
flu," he noted.

China this month confirmed its first three human cases of bird flu, two
of which were fatal. The disease has killed more than 60 people in Asia
since 2003.

Health officials fear that the virus could mutate to the extent where
it is easily transmitted from human-to-human, an event that could lead
to a global pandemic capable of killing hundreds of millions of people.

from Breitbart