30 October, 2020

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Not Just Climate Change & Global Warming

By Emil van der Poorten

Emil van der Poorten

Emil van der Poorten

As one who believes that climate change driven by man’s insistence on refusing to accept that his behaviour is responsible for global warming, I have little doubt that the catastrophic weather we have experienced and are continuing to experience as I write this could have been avoided, to a significant extent, if we lived up to our boast that we Sri Lankans are more intelligent than the ”lesser” mammals!

That said, let’s look at what factors other than willy nilly industrialization, with the attendant indiscriminate use of non-renewable fossil fuels, have contributed to what has been happening in Sri Lanka in the past couple of weeks.

Many in our neck of the woods who are in no danger of being engulfed by floodwaters are living in fear of boulders above their very modest habitations coming loose and burying them in the houses that they occupy. Interestingly, in an area that is extremely rocky, this was never a concern in the past. Why? Because there was vegetation that would have stopped any errant boulder before it could do any damage. Not only are those “guard trees” gone but the steep hillsides have suffered very serious erosion since the clearing of this land. You might well ask, “How did this come about?”

Well, in the “bad old days of Empire” and for several years after Sri Lanka became independent, the hilltops were “Crown reserves,” if I remember the terminology right. It was an offence to, in any way whatsoever, try to change the vegetation there. Similarly, the road (now Highway A10 connecting Kandy & Kurunegala) , had a “Crown road/river reservation” between it and the Dik-Oya, one of the two source streams of the Deduru Oya. This used to be leased to an adjacent land-holder who could only “enjoy” whatever the leased land produced. On no account was the existing vegetation to be changed and that included an absolute prohibition on any type of construction. This prohibition has, seemingly, disappeared because there is a string of habitations and an even more substantial number of eating houses (“hotels”), inclusive of one locally- famous establishment which straddles the Oya concerned! Now isn’t that a “first:” being able to sit down to a meal with a river running under one?!

You would be hard put to find even one of these establishments that has waste disposal of any description. Why should they bother because guess where garbage goes? As for toilets and human-wastes ………..

A little vignette might be appropriate at this point.

When the A10 was being carpeted around what is now the 17th Km marker, one enterprising local took advantage of what was intended to be the temporary removal of a large cement direction sign, by the Road Development Authority (RDA). On completion of carpeting of that particular section of the highway, when they sought to place the sign where it used to be, they found the space occupied by a Petti Kadey, a small kiosk. When they and those concerned about the sign being removed sought to put it back where it was, the owner of the Petti Kadey established “title” to it by the simple expedient of having the local Pradeshiya Sabha issue a receipt (back-dated) for “payment of acreage tax” or something to that effect. Do I need to add to that narrative the fact that the most powerful politician in the area was a member of the Cabinet at the time and is still a member of that august body despite an alleged change of government and governing philosophy?

Back to where this piece began: guess what happened to the hilltop forest reserves? Particularly, since Land Reform and Mr. Kobbekaduwa’s “emancipation of the Kandyan peasantry?” They became a happy hunting ground for those seeking any wood that could be sold. Making that situation worse was the fact that, increasingly, because lower and lower grade timber was found acceptable for one use or another, trees that might have escaped the woodsman’s axe were cut down and sawn notwithstanding the fact that those doing so had no legal claim whatsoever to them.

This “hilltop invasion” didn’t appear in isolation but was part of a larger devastation of the tree cover of the plantation land below. First the Jak (Artocarpus integrifolia) and other hard woods, Sapu (Champaca indica) and Lunumidella (Melia dubia) went, followed by the rubber trees which were felled for lumber (the bottom part of the trunk) and firewood (the rest of the tree). Then came the cocoa trees which also went to someone’s open-hearth fireplace! In a short time one of Sri Lanka’s largest cocoa estates (originally about 1500 acres) didn’t produce so much as one bean, leave alone thousands of pods of this now-very valuable crop!

What took its place? To the greatest extent, an invasive grass – “Guinea A” – originally introduced for dairy cattle which even then didn’t exist in a number that could make a dent in the Guinea A production! Now however, with the tree cover removed this grass proceeded to grow to giant proportions, sometimes 2 and 3 metres high!

Guinea A, as any one encountering it will vouch, does condition the soil because its roots loosen the top soil enabling the rain water to penetrate deeper than it otherwise would. The bad news is that if this grass is killed by burning, the now-soft top soil can be easily eroded and in the absence of stone terraces, contour drains and silt-pits which used to be the order of the day in the matter of soil conservation in plantations of this kind, the damage can well be imagined. Remember also that dry “mana,” the local name for this high grass, burns very brightly and even if an arsonist is not born every day in our neck of the woods, there are enough of them to put a match to the grass every dry season. Another little result of this burning is the fact that the smoke kills off the wild bees in the vicinity. And guess what killing bees that are, by far, the most important pollinating agents on earth, does?

Bad enough? Well, right within sight of our home, one of our neighbours is in the process of cutting down and selling for firewood acres of rubber trees, not replacing them with any other vegetation. How do I know the history of these trees? Because I was responsible for having the damned things planted about half a century ago! When I remarked on this fact to the local Grama Niladhari who is only too ready to invoke the law in other circumstances, she wanted me to make a “report” (to the Department of the Environment?) I didn’t want to upset her by suggesting that since she was aware of the devastation and had seen it, firsthand, action to stop this devastation could be initiated by simply contacting one of her fellow bureaucrats!

Yes, we can’t, in little un-industrialised Sri Lanka, make a dent in global warming or climate change. We can, however, turn back the clock on the wanton destruction of our environment and the dire results of what has already been done by the simple expedient of applying time-tested, practical methods. The problem is that all of that is dependent on one simple reality: a return to the rule of law and the application of that law without fear or favour. Given what prevails there lies the “crunch.”

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    What is going on here.

    Is Mr Poorten directly contradicting his new Hero, and our PM Batalanada Ranil, who is a revered figure among the Yahapalana suckers, who believe that he is the new Messiah who arrived to take them to old British glory days.

    Or Should I say sent by Suren Surendra, UNP London and the Diaspora to take them there.

    Here is what the Batalanada Messiah said in Parliament the other day.

    “These Mud Slides, which have killed 144 poor rural dalits and forced at least half a million other dalits, out of their homes are all because of Mr Dinesh Gunwardana and Mr Nananyakakara breaking coconuts in Tamil Kovilas to bring bad Karma on Batalanada.”

    And Mr Poorten reckons it is all because of wily nilly industrialization of our soon to be Federal Land.

    What would the Yahapalana suckers think about this strange hypothesis of Mr Poorten?.

    Hope that Young Catholic Harin doesn’t see this Poorten piece.

    Because I don’t want young Harin to call Mr Poorten a Mother…..ing something.

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      “Well, in the “bad old days of Empire” and for several years after Sri Lanka became independent, the hilltops were “Crown reserves,” if I remember the terminology right. It was an offence to, in any way whatsoever, try to change the vegetation there.”

      This is another attempt by this evil man to distort Sri Lankan history in his many subtle and weird ways to glorify the atrociaous colonial history of his ancestors!

      If he doesn’t know, he needs to educate himself with the facts that the land above the elevation of Yatiyantota were flourishing rainforests during the time of our ancient kings, preserved because all the four major rivers originated from the hills above.

      But the rapacious greed of the British Jewish ‘conquerors’ of Sri lanka could n’t care less about our environment. They allowed convicted criminals like the Scottish insurance thief James Taylor to come and ‘clear’ those heavenly forests and plant tea, in order to undermine the Chinese tea industry. The rape of our land started from Nuwaraeliya, Bogawantalawa to bandarawela and continued to Kandy and Matale. THey allowed foreigners to possess these lands and vandalise them.In to the bargain, they shipped valuable mahogoney trees felled back to London to line all the board room walls with this valuable timber.

      They did the same in the hills of Assam and elsewhere in Northeast India.

      The patriot blood boils upon hearing this evil man’s attempts to rewrite this shameful history. Keep trying!

      Land reform should continue and replanting of these lands with teak and mahoganey to replace tea should take place soon. Galalgedara will be a colony of peasnats whose lands were stolen by the thief who was stabbed to death in Kandy town.

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        Pena Kiyanna:
        Do you need to constantly confirm the fact that the source of what is in your cranium is the gutter?
        What a great and wonderful example you are of “2500 years of Sinhala Buddhist civilization!”

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        Pena Kiyanna:
        You know if “In to the bargain, they shipped valuable mahogoney trees felled back to London to line all the board room walls with this valuable timber” where the hell did mahonganey (sic)come from?
        The last I heard it originated in SOUTH/CENTRAL AMERICA and I do not recall any “2500 years of Sinhala Buddhist civilization” in that part of the world unless your brain, displaying signs of the tertiary stages of a well known STD, has got the Aztecs confused with the “Sinhala Buddhists.”

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          Emil van der Poorten

          “The last I heard it originated in SOUTH/CENTRAL AMERICA and I do not recall any “2500 years of Sinhala Buddhist civilization” in that part of the world unless your brain, displaying signs of the tertiary stages of a well known STD, has got the Aztecs confused with the “Sinhala Buddhists.”

          Are you looking for a field to do IQ studies?

          The Heritability of World IQ Differences by Philippe Rushton part 2

          Uploaded on Jun 30, 2009
          Prof Philippe Rushton discusses IQ differences among the worlds races.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11uVdvxc9ac

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        In my mind ,Mr.Poorten has written a matter of account of the man made tragedy. Truth sometimes hurts but truth remains the truth. Instead of charging the writer with abuse, truth would be best served acting positively. Increasingly CT comments have become very abusive and vulgar. May be I am of the old school.
        Yes you don’t have to agree to what ever written but your counter arguments could be well served if personal attacks are avoided
        Rape of the forest and the hillsides is a very serious matter and it is time that our so called planners take note and take action to stem the legal/illegal activities of these well oiled and connected people

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      KA Sumanasekera ,

      “”Because I don’t want young Harin to call Mr Poorten a Mother…..ing something. “”

      Everybody likes a compliment.- Abraham Lincoln

      Emil van der Poorten has to be complimented for this article.

      And you are playing nanny to your dalits all the time at others cost is not fair. Try Russian Vodka next and Gleneagles Scotch under the table.

      At a time of tragedy he has come out with the true cause of it.
      I have travelled this length several times stopped at the inn with the river below for breakfast. It’s the best cool route to the top – flora and fauna.

      He just made me recollect scenes about 3 decades ago when all this was going on.

      Sinhalese never liked to work in the hills bare footed like goats at 4am- that still is the main income of the island.
      Sinhalese want to flatten the land like the south- you will die trying that-
      You never go against nature because it boomerangs. Bangladesh would be under water in 50 more years and that is the reason the west is encouraging the royingas to enter burma.Even the hill in the middle of lake pokhara nepal is sinking 100 years maximum so they don’t build but outside is the best rock foundation- no earth quakes like kathmandu.

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      Emil van der Poorten

      RE: Not Just Climate Change & Global Warming

      “Interestingly, in an area that is extremely rocky, this was never a concern in the past. Why? Because there was vegetation that would have stopped any errant boulder before it could do any damage. Not only are those “guard trees” gone but the steep hillsides have suffered very serious erosion since the clearing of this land. You might well ask, “How did this come about?”

      “Well, in the “bad old days of Empire” and for several years after Sri Lanka became independent, the hilltops were “Crown reserves,”

      Thanks for highlighting the core-problem, deforestation and population increase.

      Emil, most of up-county hills and low country forests were “Crown Property” of the Sinhala Kings. Before that it was “Crown-Peoples” Property of the Native Veddah Aethho.

      Then they became British Crown Property. Well, in the “bad old days of Empire” and for several years, a good part of the “Crown Properly of the Empire” was given to selected “subjects” of the Empire, with “british Skin” to clear the land and plant Coffee, Tea and Rubber, as cash crops. After Sri Lanka became independent, the hilltops were “Crown reserves,” and were further eroded due to the population increase.

      Does the post 1,800 the ability of the land to absorb the occasional heavy rains have been reduced drastically? So, instead of releasing the water in a naturally controlled manner, the water flows fast.

      “Yes, we can’t, in little un-industrialised Sri Lanka, make a dent in global warming or climate change. We can, however, turn back the clock on the wanton destruction of our environment and the dire results of what has already been done by the simple expedient of applying time-tested, practical methods. The problem is that all of that is dependent on one simple reality: a return to the rule of law and the application of that law without fear or favour. Given what prevails there lies the “crunch.””

      The Director of Meteorology was saying that the 350 mm of rain that fell in the Kalani River Basin Catchment area, resulting in the Kalani river rising 21 feet. One wonders what this number would have been during 1800 just after the British arrived to expand the Empire, to the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

      Amarasiri wonders, if the Director of Meteorology or any other institution have a simple hydrology or drainage model for the Kalani River Catchment area that says if you got so many mm of rain during this period of the year, you can expect the Kalini River going up by so many feet and above the flood level.

      How much intelligence does it require?

      Flood forecasting and river modelling of the Mekong Basin

      http://www.fao.org/docrep/004/ac146e/ac146e04.htm

      Introduction

      The Mekong is ranked among the largest rivers of the world. The river drains an area of approximately 600 000 km2, covering parts of China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Viet Nam (Figure 1). At Kratie, close to the upstream part of the Mekong Delta, the average annual discharge equals 437 billion m3/s, or an average discharge of around 14 000 m3/s. Downstream of Kratie, the river enters the extremely flat and low lying Mekong Delta.

      This paper addresses the topic of floods in this river and its tributaries. In the Mekong, the ratio between 10% low flows and 10% high flood discharge is approximately 50. Years with severe floods were 1961, 1966, 1971, 1978, 1984, 1991 and 1995. Despite the high discharges, it is not common for Mekong River floods to cause casualties. The principal problem from floods is damage to crops and infrastructure. In 1995, for example, severe floods caused substantial damage in the Vientiane Plain of Laos. During that monsoon, an area of approximately 40 000 ha was flooded resulting in a damage estimated at US$21 million.

      In view of the frequency of the floods, a good forecasting system is a necessity to improve the preparedness of the population to floods and to support evacuation plans. Since 1970 the Mekong Secretariat (now called the Mekong River Commission Secretariat, or MRCS) has operated a flood forecasting system for the Mekong River during the flood prone months from July to October.

      Over the past decades many dikes were built along the Mekong River, in particular along the borders with Thailand. Secondary effects of these dikes are the increase in downstream flood levels as a result of the reduction in flood plain storage, the faster propagation of floods along the river and impeded drainage of tributaries, causing local floods.

      However, there are also other factors contributing to a reduction of flood levels. In the Mekong Basin many reservoirs have been built or are under construction, which store water from the rainy season for use during the dry season, either for hydro-electric power production and/or for irrigation water supply. Incidentally, such reservoirs may have a negative impact on flood levels as a result of changing lag times between peaks or the delay in conveyance of water from the watersheds.

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      K.A Sumanasekera, you are a clown.

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    Deforestation. cutting trees ,giving land for political advantage have resulted in this mayhem. it is time these politicians who benefited by the destruction of the environment is made to account.

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    Sumaney:
    The challenge in TRYING to read your crap is to determine whether it stems from idiocy, stupidity or imbecility. However, what is particularly odious about your outpourings is trying to determine whether they come from a gutter brain or a sewer pen. Terrible challenge on a Sunday Morning!

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      Emil van der Poorten

      “The challenge in TRYING to read your crap is to determine whether it stems from idiocy, stupidity or imbecility.”

      Here is some reference for you to ponder. May be, can use for your predictions.

      National IQ Scores – Country Rankings

      http://www.photius.com/rankings/national_iq_scores_country_ranks.html

      Rank # 28 Sri Lanka Average IQ 79

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        “Mud Slides and Floods are the result of the JO breaking Coconuts in Thamil Kovilas” .Batalanada Ranil.the Yahapalana PM told the Srilankan Parliament..

        I am surprised the Srilankans IQ Average reached even 70, considering the total UNP vote of 6 Million inhabitants.

        Wonder how much Poorten scored, when he took the test in Scarborough..

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    Mr Poorten, No one can straighten a dog’s tail.All these regimes & most of the people are hell bent on destroying the country without knowing what they are doing. They are destroying habitats,nature & everything including the well planned, man made (read as colonials)changes , especially in hill country for the benefit of the nation & it’s coffers. Viz; Tea, Rubber, Cocoa plantations.

    They continue to accuse the whites of taking over the up country peoples’ land which was sparingly used for growing Jak, Kos or other not so worthy stuff.

    They don’t learn anything and now facing the calamity.

    We need sincere , honest leaders with vision. We only have 100 % selfish, good for nothing , racist, idiotic politicians and there is no good replacement yet.

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      Billa:-
      “We need Sincere, Honest Leaders with Vision”

      And we also need them to be Intelligent and Willing to Learn about the Environment, and Climate Change.

      The proposed Megapolis Project, which has not been Environmentally Assessed, is one that will Create a bigger Environmental Disaster than the Floods!

      Politicians are feeding their Massive Egos with Megaprojects, while Qualified Experts are leaving the Country in Droves

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        “while Qualified Experts are leaving the Country in Droves “

        Does it matter to anybody there??

        according to CIA remember 90% of lankan expat (3 million)remittances comes from Middle East and India has the maximum number of contracts in civil works of the SARC nations but they like pakistan do not send maid servants.

        so the politicians don’t mind as long as the $$$ comes in for them to undervalue the $$$ and import luxaries, VIP trips, children’s education.
        That is why only they carry so many diplomatic passports while the lankan passport has no value.- truly a land of gass Gembos that vote them into power saying we are a democracy like Egypt.
        Irony is boasting that we are the most literate folk in the region.

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    According to our intelligent and gloriously shrewd PM it’s dashing coconuts that brought about this disaster!

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      Maybe the “Intelligent and Gloriously Shrewd PM” is speaking the language that the Majority Understand!

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    Emil.

    I reckon that our massive Housing projects using Timber for the Roof has also contributed in no small measure towards this climate change.

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    Emil,

    You are right. While traveling through Kandy two years or so back, I was appalled to see how the hills around Kandy have been denuded of tree cover and gorged to put up hotels and houses. It was not the Kandy i had seen as a child and while associated with Peradeniya University. What has happened is an ecological disaster with imaginable consequences.

    Dr.RN

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    The same old story, but a different decade.

    Sadly, the flood waters will recede, we will make the best of the aid that comes our way, the sun will come out again, and life will go on. It always does.

    Lessons? What lessons? will be the plaintive cry, as can be expected when a large number of our people believe that all this is part of the karmic cycle.

    Some areas of our blessed isle are still like the bloody wild west. People just do what they want, often encouraged and supported by those in/seeking power, and you think should know better.

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      “”Some areas of our blessed isle are still like the bloody wild west. People just do what they want, often encouraged and supported by those in/seeking power, and you think should know better. “”

      You voted for this knowingly and with all 4 hands.chalu CBK.
      The purpose of life is a life of purpose!

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    Firstly Mr. Pooten I have never seen Jak trees growing on steep slopes which are prone to landslides, secondly, and more importantly..Sri Lanka population was 6.7 million at the time your brethren left for good (I hope), now it is 21 million, and as far as I know the land extent of Sri Lanka did not grow during that time, and hunger is not environmentally conscious like the elitist organic hobby farmers;
    and thirdly (and you thought I was done), before you planted those dammed rubber trees, and perhaps before your daddy planted rubber or cocoa trees before that, those lands were rain forests..now is that not an inconvenient truth?

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      InconvenientTruth,

      Hey Chakka do you know its meaning in the south and north of India?

      The photos he has submitted on CT before ? Where do they come from?

      Altitudes over 4,000 feet above sea level are detrimental, as are areas of high or sustained winds.

      Growing jackfruit trees are extremely sensitive to frost and cannot abide drought. They flourish in rich, deep and somewhat porous soil. They enjoy a constant source of moisture though they cannot tolerate wet roots and will cease to bear fruit or even die if kept too wet.

      “now is that not an inconvenient truth? “
      big mouth liar!! Chakka tu Chakka for lunch.

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      InconvenientTruth:
      “now is that not an inconvenient truth?” Certainly is unbelievably simplistic rubbish. Basically, saying that we can’t afford environmentally conscious behaviour because our population has increased and justifying theft and misuse of public resources! As for Jak trees and where they grow – do you REALLY have to display your ignorance? Ah, but then, you and your ilk, hiding under a multiplicity of pseudonyms were never distinguished by a respect for the truth or basic fact.

      Incidentally, I thought that the Kandyan Peasantry had been dispossessed of their cultivated and grazing land under the Waste Lands Ordinance. Didn’t know it was “tropical rainforest” which terminology you might want to check before you use it so freely.

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        Emil, the most inconvenient truth is that ‘words’ and ‘inconvenient truth’, being one and the same as the ex-editor of a ‘Nation-al’ rag, is still attempting to whitewash his benefuctors whilst also trying to prop up his SB chauvinistic agenda.

        Unfortunately for him it doesn’t seem to be working!

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          Cheers:
          Thank you for confirming an earlier suspicion of who this snipe out of the gutter was. Now it is evident that not only did he lose his wallet at a certain abode he was visiting at state expense in Europe, he picked up something he didn’t already have! The only thing surprising about that chain of events is that he didn’t already have what he picked up in Zurich (?)courtesy of the Rajapaksa regime.

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            Emil, Methinks you have misidentified the culprit. He wasn’t at the House by the Lake, it was the OTHER ‘Nation’-al rag I was referring to.

            Although, they are both like peas in a pod!

            Get it?

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    As far as I can see there is only one solution to this destruction of natural resources which is to give this country back to Imperialists to protect it. These bloody Sinhalese [Edited out] would completely destroy this wonderful country. Even dogs are better than these ignorant Sinhala wahela.

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      Silva your Comment:-
      “Destruction of Natural Resources”

      This is actually the Problem. The Natural Environment that Gives us Life, is Treated as a “Resource” to be Exploited!

      BTW the Imperialists would not care about the Welfare of Our People, if they can Exploit our Resources, for the Benefit of Their People!

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        “Exploited!”

        [Edited out], you are afraid of your own shadow.

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        “”BTW the Imperialists would not care about the Welfare of Our People, if they can Exploit our Resources, for the Benefit of Their People! “

        Pie in the sky! Show me one person who would not exploit? if he does not then he must live on a tree like a yogi. patriotism and faith are emotional just because you were born there its number one where as its a low down bum nation where the passport has no value and 1% carry VIP passports with the $$ undervalued because the rich can have it all.while women are exported to bring the revenue and they pluck tea, sew garments etc- you are stupid macho- must be an arts guy.

        Marx is dead memory like Mao and his red book floats in the yellow river.

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      “”These bloody Sinhalese [Edited out] would completely destroy this wonderful country.””

      What you are fearfully forgetting are the Hegel eggheads who run the country.

      The only valuable tree that will not be chopped is the bo tree that gives shade.

      plant the whole country with crow dropped Bo tree.

      Plant them in frot of the entry to chaitya too- for tree huggers like BodiSira.

      Pansal Dansal!!Jaya wewa

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    [Edited out]

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      blablablAbhaya

      “[Edited out]”

      Thanks for keeping it brief.

      Have you read Mahawamsa?

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    It is true that the English skinned the upcountry of forests of unimaginable ecological importance to first plant coffee and then tea. But that was a time when we had very little control over what they did.

    But now? 65 years of independence has done very little to redress the rape of our land by powerful foreign forces or yore. Have we undertaken any meaningful reafforestation of lands. All our politicians are good at only self aggrandisement, dividing the people, rob, steal and practice all forms of plunder. Even our monks are running amok creating havoc on our streets. Will they ever think of engaging in reafforestation or land stabilisation work rather than inciting the public to torment and kill minorities.

    We are quick to blame the English for the rape of our forests. But then now we are in control, what are we doing?

    Bugger all if you ask me.

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      BBS Rep:-
      There is no Point in blaming the Past. Do your Bit to save the Planet.

      Shramadana Tree Planting, is the Answer!

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    Anglo Saxons lopped the tops off our mountains and built bungalows.

    Then cleared all timber from our tens of thousands years old Rain Forests, where our Mahavamsa Kings used hunt Sambar with Bows and Arrows.

    Recently I had a chance to spend a few days in one of those bungalows which dates back to 1850s.

    While relaxing on one of those luxury beds, I thought how many young Podi Menikes were laid by the Suddas, in those rooms,while the Loku Menikes. Thadi Menikes and even Kalu Menikes were busting their asses to pick the greenest young leaves, to make English Breakfast Tea to freshen up the exhausted White “Richards” in the morning.

    Now one of their descendants, Mr Poorten is trying to nail us for these Natural disasters.

    Even having spent his productive life in Scarborough, Mr Poorten seems so ignorant not to know that Lake Ontario was a big ass Glazier. sitting on the top of the Big Apple, ten thousand years ago.

    Henry Fords weren’t even Chromosomes then…

    I am flabbergasted…

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      “”Anglo Saxons lopped the tops off our mountains and built bungalows. Then cleared all timber from our tens of thousands years old Rain Forests, where our Mahavamsa Kings used hunt Sambar with Bows and Arrows.””

      So bestality breed is dreaming?

      The English brought the cash crops which was feeding the west and the imported plantation workers and that includes most of the present day population in the country.(even today proof is 90% of remittances comes from middle east menial labour) You can say what you like we are aware of the war of golden balls (spice of aristocrats ; Caribbean has the most) and how it was fought.

      Accidental Independence by an idiot called Harry Truman (english origin) without a shot being fired: gave these monkeys hand grenades.

      Paradeshi: Your Bangladeshi 28% of DNA proves the worker with hand grenades.
      Kim Jong Un.

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      Mr Sumanasekera,

      Is it not time that we stopped blaming the English for all our ills?

      Yes, we know the white men skinned our land and layed our women. (by the way our politicians including your hero MR and his rogue friends are also good at laying our women). But now that we have been in control over our lands since 1949 what have we done? And what are we doing? Have we undertaken any meaningful reafforestation tasks. Have we undertaken any land stabilisation projects.

      Time to stop blaming the Suddas and start finding fault with our politician fraudsters.

      And as for you Mr Sumanasekera, instead of experiencing the life style of the Suddas while relaxing in the bungalows built by the Suddas and reminiscing about the manikes and killing samburs as per the dictates of the Mahawamsa, try and do something more positive. Try and influence the politicians to do some thing for posterity instead of lining their pockets like your hero MR and his thieves did.

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        BBS,

        Your Yahapalana buddies who are holding Ministries are the best layers in our SRSL Parliament since its inception.

        Fat Boy Minster is laying so many that his poor Missus wants to become a Buddhist Nun.

        Then you have the Field Marshall with a sold record not only in killing Tigers, but laying our Dalit chicks who joined the Army to fight Tigers.

        We can’t forget, that B grade actor,who lays only old chicks , according to the real actor in the JO.

        A least we have a good Foreign Minister and a PM who don’t do that sort of thing..What do you reckon mate….

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    Sumaney:
    You are “flabbergasted?” It’s the rest of us who should be when the bits and pieces in your paeans to the Rubbish-writing God are comprehensible and we have ongoing confirmation of your monumental stupidity and ignorance.

    I suppose the reason that the “big-assed glacier” became Lake Ontario was because of “colonial activity,” too. Please confirm by return mail.

    You certainly give stupidity a bad name but then your mentors paid you handsomely for exhibiting it when they had their hands in our pockets.

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    Sumanasekera, You are so good with WORDS. Now try some ACTION.

    Organise a Shramadana Campaign to Plant more Trees on those Mountains, that have been exposed to the Elements.

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    One may well argue whether Climate Change is man made or natural occurrence. If one thinks it is because of humans, the results of whatever mitigation (e.g. less Fossil Fuel, re forestation) will be seen many many years later. At the moment Climate Change is here to stay for the next few decades.

    What is needed is how do we work around the effects of climate change. For instance, flooding in Colombo will be the norm. What kind of infra structure is needed (e.g. canals) to reduce or eliminate flooding in Colombo. Warning systems for Landslides. What kind of crops can handle flooding and heavy rains. Thats whats needed at the moment, not discussions of reducing fossil fuels and changing to solar power (all very good).

    http://wilpattuhouse.blogspot.com/2016/05/is-dry-zone-becoming-wet-zone.html

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    Please read this book before jumping into conclusions!
    Hubris: The Troubling Science, Economics, and Politics of Climate Change
    byProfessor Michael Hart

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    Mr Peiris

    As someone who has read this book and fully agrees with it, I can tell you this man is unlikely to benefit from it because he simply does not have enough intelligence to digest it.

    What can we do? His corruption has reached the bones.

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