Monday, February 29, 2016

Secrets of Long life

Secrets of Long life
I was on a long holiday and that was the longest for over a decade. One week holiday for me is very long and holidays any longer than that would kill me of boredom. In my profession there is nothing called “Long Holidays” and even on holidays people would approach you with some bizarre problems and I pretend not to be a doctor and amazingly some even have questioned my credentials confused as they often are.
I only get bemused in such an occasion and pretend not to be, aggravating their own confusion further.


I have digressed and delayed this writing so long, it is time for me to get to the job at hand.
 

Nobody seems to have addressed this issue of long life of our yesteryear Buddhist monks and their secrets.
I have a list of reasons and they are listed not in any order of merits.
However, I would like to address one or two of them in detail.


1.  Simple Monastery Life
2. Vegetarian Diet
3. Meditation Practice
4. Rituals like Recitation of Stanzas by Heart
5. Multi-language Capability (as many as six to eight)
6. Wondering life style (No fixed aboard)
7. Village Life Style
8. Simple exercises like walking from temple to temple

It is now emerging in the West that not only physical activity but also mental activity and alertness enhance long life.

The key elements on recent research are
1. Speed of Action (mental activity),
2. Reasoning
3. Memory

Even though, the memory scores low in the above study mentioned, yesteryear Buddhist monks in meditation practiced these activities very well and that would have been the secret of their long life.
For the mind which is always active and to freeze its attention and to hold this attention to whatever the element of meditation, the speed is the vital element.
The focus of attention is something they were adept at and the speed at which they went into trance states are probably a testament to their devotion to task at hand.
The core elements of Buddhism are based on reasoning of ones happiness or suffering they were brought up as seasoned thinkers.
Even though, they avoided argumentation (not all) they were thinkers of a different kind with a focus on one object i.e. The Nibbana.
Memory power needs no elaboration since stanzas were handed down for many centuries by heart till they were documented later. Even then they practiced verbal tradition without books for a long time. Putting the verses down on ola leaves was more difficult (before the print media) than remembering them by heart.
I have my own analysis of the medical matters.
It is quite evident most of the strokes occur on the left side in patients with dominant right hand. The right hand dominance may have contributed to the premature atrophy and low flow of blood to the right side (activities are represented on the opposite side of the brain) of the brain with atherosclerosis.
My interest is more on the ability of these monks on many languages. It is emerging that the mother tongue is localized to one side of the brain and the second and third languages are localized to the other side in general terms. So they have been using both sides of the brain throughout their life and the meditation especially the "Metta Meditation" brings a balance of blood flow to both sides of the brain especially to the deep hidden parts of the brain.
That probably was their secret for long life.
My adaptation for the current century with IT and computer technology are as follows.
1. Start playing computer games (which require manual -ambidextrous-dexterity) when young and continue to play them when old
2. Learn many languages as possible other than ones mother tongue
3. Metta Meditation
I often wonder whether the present day monks practice any of those practiced by the yesteryear monks.
23rd of December, 2006







Sunday, February 28, 2016

Sri-Lankan Prehistoric Data

Sri-Lankan Prehistoric Data
Millions and millions of years ago, the continents of Antarctica, Australia, Africa, South America, and India formed a single landmass, situated somewhere near Antarctica. 

This landmass, named Gondwanaland, then broke up.
India with Sri Lanka and Madagascar attached moved upward into Asia.
My theory proposes a different context to the above mentioned statements.
Today, India and Sri Lanka stand on the same ocean shelf. The continental shelf has an average width of about 12 miles around the island, where the mean depth of water is only about 200 feet, beyond which there is an abrupt drop to 3000 feet roughly two miles from the shore. Within 10 miles it drops further to 6000 feet and eventually plunging deep to 18,000 feet.


About 12 million years ago, Sri Lanka started to separate from the Indian subcontinent  due to fluctuations in the sea level. Siran Deraniyagala says that the sea level would have dropped on at least 17 occasions within the last 700,000 years.
 

The last separation from India would have occurred about 10,000 years ago.
 

During the Stone Age, Sri Lanka was linked to India by a wide land bridge across Palk Strait. 
Today, the sea is barely 100 feet deep in the Palk Strait due to limestone deposition.

Prehistoric data are rudimentary in our context and a global picture cannot be made from the available archaeological data.
 

There are many reasons but for completeness, sake I would briefly mention only a few. 

Number one is we never had the scientific inclination to record events accurately. The period before 2500 years is only a folklore and romantic tales of many inaccuracies.
 

The prehistoric man probably lived in caves. They had to share these caves with the big cats, if there were any. It was probably the battle between the man and the beast. Probably the man won most of the battles due to their shear numbers and the winning outcome provided meat for subsistence.
 

When the last  of the colonizers arrived from India, there would have been pitch battles which were deliberately deleted from our history books. 

Probably our real ancestors retreated and few probably survived as Vaddhas in the jungles and caves. 

The colonizers probably brought in diseases with them including small pox, which would have wiped out many natives (almost to extinction).
 

I have some reservation about the current Veddhas.
There is hardly any difference from the main race except their rudimentary language. I believe they were drifters from the main stream who preferred hunting as opposed to rigidly imposed Buddhist way of life.
 

Then of course some of the Buddhist monks with the inclination for meditation practices occupied most of the accessible caves as their birth right.


They of course destroyed any evidence of or any remnants of prehistoric life for good.
 

Another conjecture here is that most of the caves of prehistoric importance have taken the name of Alu Lena meaning caves with ash. 
What it means may be that the prehistoric evidence were torched to ashes before converting them to temples by the occupants (mostly Buddhist monks).
 

I am puzzled why the new colonizers, the rulers, monks and civilians destroyed these artifacts.
 

One possibility was that they were scared of the demons in these caves and pulverized everything that was prehistoric. 

I do not want to believe that scenario since Buddhist monks have Pirith or vocal recitals to protect them.
 

I am inclined to believe the destruction of any artifacts left, going back to 10,000 years was a deliberate act to conceal or suppress the unwritten history probably, the most intense warfare  in Ceylonese history, the ancient man had with the new visitors from India. 

They would have left bony evidence of violence and multiple fractures and pulverizing them to ashes was the only option left for the victors.
 

When the colonizers of the West came in 2000 years later they did not have any on record of the ancient man to write about.
 

The  archaeological collections I have extracted from various sources are stated below.
 

One must take them with a pinch of salt.
The interpretations, if not biased may be largely exaggerated.
 

They are not my interpretations.

My Interpretations

However, I would like to go back to my theory of the Origin of Ceylon with some slant to the prehistoric findings.

There were evidence of sea shells found in the interior of the country such as Kitulgala (2000 feet above sea level)  and Balangoda (2000 to 3000 feet above sea level) plain.

If I repeat the three uplifts of the landmass of Ceylon, it would appear that present Kitulgala and Balangoda would have been under sea water many million years ago.

The first peneplain formed after the original uplift due to the meteorite hit remained at 500 to 1000 feet.

This is probably the current lower plains of the coastal region from sea to the foothills.

The second uplift contributed another 1000 to 2000 feet making the second peneplain at a level of 1500 to 2500 feet. Kandyan Plateau at a higher level and Balangoda Plateau at a lower level.

The third or fourth uplift made the hills in the middle of the country with rugged peneplain that rose up to 8000 feet forming mountain ranges.

What it mean is that the final and the massive uplift due to the last meteorite contributed 4000 to 5000 feet of height to the landmass.

Now Kitulgala is around 2000 feet above sea level which is close to Ginigathhena Gap through which the road enters the hill country. This region could have been under water before second uplift of the landmass. The second uplift would have brought the seabed with it sea shells up and some of which got trapped between the two peneplains.

Kitulgala and Balangoda are located in the border zone where the gaps that leads to the upcountry are formed due to erosion.

Of course Ginigathhena was where the trade passed through from the coast to the upcountry. Any trader would have brought sea shells there. That is the explanation given by the archaeologists (see below).

My counter argument is by the time the sea shells were brought in from the sea (unless very well preserved) they would be rotten (once in Kitulgala). 

Far better one eats them where they originated, in the coastal zone, instead of trading with the hill country folks. 

Of course sea salt was one ingredient that came up through the pass even in the prehistoric time (for preserving food).

The word Bellan in Sinhala means shells.

The word Alu means ashes.


Archaeological excavations indicate that there were prehistoric settlements in Sri Lanka about 300,000 or even 500,000 years ago. There is firm evidence at present that there were prehistoric settlements in Sri Lanka about 127,000 years ago. The evidence comes from excavations in coast of Bundala, at Patirajawela, and Wellegangoda. Settlements of the prehistoric period, known as the Stone Age, dating between 125,000-1000 BCE, have been found at Pidurangala, Patana, Dambulla and Mapagala. Settlements of the proto-historic period known as the early Iron Age, dating from 1000-500 BCE have emerged at Ibbankatuwa and Pansalgodella. Other possible sites for early iron age settlements are Kadurugoda, Mantota, and Kelaniya. 

People first settled in the coastal zones, and then moved up to fertile tracts and to locations, in the central hills where there were mineral resources.
Evidence of settlements could be found in Kitulgala, Karadupone and Ravana Ella, all entry points to the hills.
The central hills were mined for gems in the prehistoric period. There are remnants of camps, and caves in the wet zone. The camps were small, suggesting occupation by not more than a couple of nuclear families at most. Almost all were close to a stream or spring or were at the confluence of the tributaries with the main river. The network of footpaths that link the existing Purana villages today, pass through most of the sites identified. So it is possible that many of these footpaths were in existence during early times. The earliest villages may have been about 3 hectares each.
The occurrence of marine shells at inland sites such as Batadomba Lena (Diva Guhava) points to an extensive network of contacts (Batandomba lena is a pre historic cave system in Sudagala, 5 km away from the town of Kuruwita) between the coast and the hinterland. There is evidence from Belilena that salt had been brought in from the coast at a date more than 32,000 years ago.
The earliest form of cultivation was chena and kurakkan was the earliest food. Kurakkan came here in 10,000 BCE. It is a very hardy grain and was used as a substitute for rice.
There were many varieties of kurakkans.
Rice cultivation can be seen from about 250 BCE. Wetland rice cultivation in its early form was an indigenous development.
Excavations at Fa Hien Lena near Bulathsinhala, Batadomba lena, near Kuruwita, Belilena, at Kitulgala (Belilena is a famous large cave in Sri Lanka. It is located 8 km from the town of Kitulgala. It holds evidence of a lost generation of Sri Lankans some 12,000 years old.), Alu lena at Attanagoda near Kegalle, Bellan Bandi Palassa near Embilipitiya and Bandarawela, provided information on the early settlers and their habitat.
Fragmentary remains of an extinct race of Neanderthal Man were found. Fa Hien Lena yielded the earliest evidence of anatomically modern man in South Asia.
He was labeled Balangoda Man.
Balangoda Man was at an estimated height of 174 cm for males and 166 for females. The bones were robust, with thick skull bones. The teeth were conspicuously large. Balangoda Man appears to have settled practically every nook and comer of        Sri Lanka ranging from the damp and cold high plains such as Maha Eliya (Horton Plains) to the and lowlands of Mannar and Wilpattu and the equatorial rain forests of Sabaragamuwa.
The camps were invariably small thus suggesting occupation by not more than a couple of nuclear families at most. They have eaten a very wide range of food plants and animals. They ate wild breadfruit and wild bananas.
They have gobbled up every conceivable animal, from elephants to snakes, rats, snails and small fish. Tortoises and terrapins probably had been consumed. The diet has been well balanced judging by the robust skeletal remains.
Balangoda man, like stone age man elsewhere, had succeeded in domesticating the dog, about 7500 years ago.
Remains of early iron age man had been found in just one site, Pomparippu. The biological anthropology of this Early Iron Age man is different to that of Balangoda Man.
Fossils of animals and plants from the Jurassic period (I have my doubt about dating this far into 65 million years) have been found at Tabbowa wewa. Fossil bones of rhinoceros were found in Ratnapura. Tigers inhabited Sri Lanka about 135,000 years ago. Their bones and teeth were found at Batadomba Lena recently. Fossils of hippopotamus, the ridge browed elephant, the Asian elephant, the buffalo, the gaur, (The gaur, Bos gaurus, also called Indian bison, is the largest extant bovine, native to South Asia and Southeast Asia)and the rhinoceros have also emerged.
The island appears to have been colonized by the Balangoda Man (named after the area where his remains were discovered) prior to 34,000. They have been identified as a group of Mesolithic hunter gatherers who lived in caves.
Fa Hien Cave has yielded the earliest evidence (at 34,000 years) of anatomically modern humans in South Asia.
Several of these caves including the well known Batadombalena and the Fa Hien Cave have yielded many artifacts that points to them being the first modern inhabitants of the island. There is evidence from Beli-lena that salt had been brought in from the coast earlier than 27,000 years.
Several minute granite tools of about 4 centimeters in length, earthenware and remnants of charred timber, and clay burial pots that date back to the Stone Age Mesolithic people who lived 8,000 years ago have been discovered during recent excavations around a cave at Varana Raja Maha vihara and also in Kalatuwawa area.
The skeletal remains of dogs from Nilgala cave and from Bellanbandi Palassa, dating from the Mesolithic era, about 4500 BCE, suggest that Balangoda People may have kept domestic dogs for driving game. The Sinhala hound is similar in appearance to the Kadar Dog, the New Guinea Dog and the Dingo. It has been suggested that these could all derive from a common domestic stock. It is also possible that they may have domesticated jungle fowl, pig, water buffalo and some form of Bos (possibly the ancestor of the Sri Lankan cattle which became extinct in the 1940s).
The Balangoda Man appears to have been responsible for creating Horton Plains, in the central hills, by burning the trees in order to catch game. However, evidence from the plains suggests the incipient management of Oats and Barley by about 15,000 BCE.
The transition in Sri Lanka from the Mesolithic to the Iron Age has not been adequately documented. 

A human skeleton found at Godavaya in the Hambantota district, provisionally dated back to 3000 - 5000 BCE was accompanied by tools of animal bone and stone.

Iron Age

A large settlement appears to have been founded before 900 BCE at the site of Anuradhapura where signs of an Iron Age culture have been found. The size of the settlement was about 15 hectares at the beginning but it expanded to 50 hectares, to a 'town' size within a couple of centuries.
A similar site has been discovered at Aligala in Sigiriya.

Amazing Contrast of Ceylon


Amazing Contrast of Ceylon
I have just completed a book on Ceylon.
It describes the amazing beauty with so many rivers and waterfalls.
I have discussed the plight of our wild elephants briefly, where Buddhist monks who preach Avihinsa (Metta) are involved in this illicit trade of Baby Elephants Trade.
Not only monks but some lower court judges involved.
Toady I met my pharmacist who happened to be a Tamil gentleman.
He told me he was fined Rs.25,000/= without any hearing after a visit by the Flying Squad.
Offense was having in the shelf for disposal, 5 tablets of date expired medicine.

There was no legal transaction at all.

I can bet there is not a single pharmacy in this country, not having drugs with expiry date in their shelves (including Government Stores).

What is illegal is selling them not keeping it in a side shelf for safe disposal.

This Tamil gentleman was wrongfully fined.

Whereas a monk who possessed illegally a baby elephant is protected.

The corollary is, a Buddhist can violate common law with impunity but not a Tamil Hindu.

This is why I am against giving special status to Buddhism in the Constitution.

It is the duty of the monks to protect the Dhamma, not Baby Elephants illegally captured.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Astrology, Astrophysics and switching of Time Dimension

Astrology, Astrophysics and switching of Time Dimension
 

Sri-Lankans are are known for time wasting. 
Even the nature's call of poor gecko (hoona) is not spared. 
With Avurudu (New Year) coming an oblique reference to mundane affairs of conventional time and adopted time is worth pondering. 

In physics time is a concept but not something substantial like momentum, gravity and electro-magnetism. 
It is concept that is vital for referring to relationship of moving objects. 
If there are no moving objects the time would become more abstract than what it is now.

In black holes the time is warped

Having said that there is no hindrance for anybody in observing the time scale of Sackra when the need arises and the time is right. 

He has to add 25 to 30 minutes to Greenwich Mean Time as he pleases. 
Because it is a holiday there is no problem for the commercial institutes or government to allow the people to observe whatever one pleases but when it is made by compulsion by an astrologer it seems bit arbitrary. 

Nobody should force it down the throat by compulsion. 
It is antidemocratic.

I should make some observations that made me to take on astrology not as an obsession in my life. Nobody should deny the fact that we are bound to our mother earth and any escape from earth atmosphere is a tremendous stress on our physiology. 


On that count if one worships the mother earth it is just one of respect but not of reverence (what is happening in the world today is quite the opposite).  

Giving respect to terrestrial bodies other than sun and moon to me seem and exaggeration of this reference of importance to all moving objects in space.

My father was good at mathematics and in his spare time he took interest  in astrology and he could make a chart himself without going to an established astrologer. 

He had quite a number of English books and he had made some reference to all his siblings. 
I was  just eight years and quite by accident I happen to glance through my horoscope predictions noted in the book with with some phrases underlined in red. 
Now I cannot remember any details but one reference I  remember even today. 
That I would have a fatal accident and would die when 9 years old. 
This was a terrifying forecast and I feared becoming 9 years old. 
 Come my nine year birthday I was terrified. 
I could not wait till the dawn of the next day after my birthday lest I would be dead. Next day dawned and I remained alive and the ordeal was over. 
However, I thought the book made a mistake and it would be the next birthday that I would die.

 And it was an impatient year till the tenth birth day and I never told anybody about this fear and silently went through the ordeal. 
Come next birthday I was well prepared for it if I live through just another day I would be defeating the Maraya.  
I accomplished that and all of a suddenly my fear disappeared into thin air and from that day onwards I feared nobody teachers, principals, bully boys or that matter anybody who is a body of substance. 

Everybody in the village and in the school new my prowess even though I was not heavily built. 
Teachers of course encouraged my aptitude and becoming a student leader was automatic and some students fear me more than the teachers. Of course my rivals used underhand tactics like hiring market thugs but even that did not deter me and the thugs also new I was a different kettle of fish. 

I was swift in avoiding danders and swift in counter ploys too.

But come 18 years and successful in the university entrance I was determined not to take any leadership roles and declined all posts except in sports which I enjoyed (team games only).

However one lasting effect was I did not take my birth day seriously thereafter. 

In my ninth year every day other than birth day was fun lest I did kick the bucket on the next birthday. I enjoyed every bit of the year except birthday. 
Now of course everyday is a day of celebration for me.

The second incident was related to my mother. 

My mother was symbol of innocence and a lady to the word but she could be easily cheated by even an average vendor. 
But that was not a problem for me but she could be easily cheated by fortune tellers. 
This I was very observant and one day she took me to a far away place where a women would after a trance would utter the fortunes. 
We went to the devale and the due panduru was offered and we were waiting for some time. 

During this waiting period I decided that I am going to teach a lesson to the fortune teller and my mother once and for all. 
Finally my mother went in and I refused to go in. 

No sooner she was in. 
I bolted. 
I had only 10 cents in my hand (that was the bribe for sweets my mother gave me to accompany her in this ordeal for both of us) and that was not enough for the bus fair and I walked nearly  seven to eight miles up to our bus station where the 10 cents would take me home. 
Once home I hid atop a tree waited till her arrival. She came home in tears and looked for me and and not finding me inside she broke down.
I thought that she had enough for a day and quietly climbed down from the tree and appeared in front of her with a mischievous grin. 
She was neither angry nor happy and in her entire life she had never seen a brat like me.

After a time I opened up and got her to promise that she should never go to a fortune teller and asked her whether the fortune teller told her about my whereabouts.

 The answer was in the negative. I am not going to tell the father if you do  keep your promise. 
She affirmed and this was a secret we kept our entire life and bearing it out now is good for my soul.
 

Incidentally this happened in my ninth year.

My father in due course lost interest in astrology on his own accord and was a good reader of Dhamma and Wood House. 

In my entire life I have never gone to a devalaya and never a panduru offered and I had never missed a plane or flight even though I have traveled half the globe. 
If the air travel industry adopt the traveling according to astrologers it would be chaotic. 
Astrophysics and astrology do not go hand in hand.

However, I have all the respect for the clever mathematicians who invented this myth of astrology to preserve the transfer of mathematical knowledge and astrophysics down many generations  to modern day. 

If not for that astrophysics would have been lingering in the dark and we may not have discovered new planets.

For me astrology had given me 2 years of agony but if not for that misfortune I would not have discovered my true self potential.

25th of March, 2006

P.S.
Read my latest book on Dark Matter, will YOU?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Franchise a mathematical marvel or an aberration of Sri-Lankan Polity

Franchise a mathematical marvel or an aberration of Sri-Lankan Polity
In mathematics only three words tend to interest me. They are the zero, the infinity and the range of values that abstracts everything else in between. 


In statistics (which I had been skeptical all my life) where figures can be manipulated to show (Coconut or the Polkiri Saga) the desired result instead of the underlying inherent tendency (in Sri-Lankan polity it is the damn lies to the average masses and in LTTE philosophy it is the blatant lying to the international community) the few words I tend to regard influential in my thinking are the distribution, the tendency and skewing either to the right or the left out of the many useless terms of insignificance.

If I may explain what they mean in simple terms, the normal distribution is where the range of values (ideas) is distributed graphically like a bell (with a smooth curve on it surface).

In this distribution 68% fall within the centre (the majority fall within this) and 95% fall within the overall bell (shape) distribution and only 5% fall outside the "graphic bell". 

If anything falls within this 5% area (which is outside the 95% normal distribution) it is taken as an exception to the rule and something remarkable or abnormal feature is declared. 
In different distribution the bell shape may vary from a tall bell to a fat broad bell. When range of values (ideas) is narrow the bell is narrow and when there is wide range of values the bell becomes broader and looking fat. 
Any opinion or idea or value taking this shape is called a normal tendency and distribution.

But in political terms the opinion / or opinions is / are shifted to one side (either to the right or to the left) and this shifting either to the right or left is called skewing. 

This skewing is not accepted as normal in statistical terms but in real life this skewing has known for its presence almost instantaneously especially in political dealing and opinion making. 
Whether it is Chandrika, Ranil or Mahinda Chintanaya for that matter NGO Chinthanaya and Jathika Chinthanaya are concerned they never fall into normal accepted distribution of the majority. 

The minority rules the opinion and the majority has no opinion left to express. 

This is true in economics too. 
The rich makes the decisions and the poor takes the leftovers and dhanas on the big poya days.

What is significant in statistical sense that the international community exaggerates this skewing effect in the third world countries since their eyes are congenitally skewed and can never be treated in a medical sense?

When it comes to democratic exercises the Sri-Lankan polity is permanently skewed beyond any redeem after the JRJ's mathematical exercise of constitutional changes of insane dimensions.

Why I say so is open to discussion by any sane Sri-Lankans (if there are any left since most the sane ones have left the shores and only the insane ones-some with split minds- or already retired  who return to this island after long  stay in the west to avoid the extremes of weather there) left in this country.

First insane observation was that having perused the election results from independence to 1977 (he did not realize that if not for the first past the post system he would not have got -more than- the two third of the majority) that the UNP had a rock solid block vote. 

First insane inference was that if the electoral system be tampered with the UNP and the ruling class can be in power eternally and maintain the skewed distribution of political power. 
He never realized if the power slips to the other side they would maintain this skewed distribution for donkey's years by hook or crook.

Second insane observation was that all the candidates over period of time lost the margin of majority over time. 

The remedy (inference) was fantastically insane. 

Each time a voter casts a vote multiply it by a factor of three so that the candidate's popularity is exaggerated by 300%.  
This was a fantastic ploy to hoodwink the average man in the street who has not got an average understanding in arithmetic except for counting fingers and figures.

For example a man who gets about 2250 votes which in actual fact is only 750 voters who would have exercised the franchise at their will (barring rigging which can be substantial in a country where a dead man can vote- my father in law voted from heaven in one of the presidential elections).

The irony is that these peoples representatives get their images bloated out of proportion (none of them had any images before becoming representatives and our media bloat them further by reporting their act of omissions) to the needs of the poor masses (physical bloating an independent issue- none of them look healthy specimen to emulate the feat of our Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist from Polonnaruwa).

The third observation was that when the Kings were ruling this country the people were better off and replacing the Kings / or Queens with a Presidential candidate with only 50% of the vote is the miracle cure for our failures in the past in governance.

Little he realized that only essential road to success is broken promises and damn lies-pathological in dimension.

An aberration par excellence is that when 50% is not cast to engineer a second count.

Unfortunately 49% of the voters want have a King / or Queen of their choFranchise a mathematical marvel or an aberration of Sri-Lankan Polity
In mathematics only three words tend to interest me. They are the zero, the infinity and the range of values that abstracts everything else in between. In statistics (which I had been skeptical all my life) where figures can be manipulated to show (Coconut or the Polkiri Saga) the desired result instead of the underlying inherent tendency (in Sri-Lankan polity it is the damn lies to the average masses and in LTTE philosophy it is the blatant lying to the international community) the few words I tend to regard influential in my thinking are the distribution, the tendency and skewing either to the right or the left out of the many useless terms of insignificance.

If I may explain what they mean in simple terms, the normal distribution is where the range of values (ideas) is distributed graphically like a bell (with a smooth curve on it surface). In this distribution 68% fall within the centre (the majority fall within this) and 95% fall within the overall bell (shape) distribution and only 5% fall outside the "graphic bell". If anything falls within this 5% area (which is outside the 95% normal distribution) it is taken as an exception to the rule and something remarkable or abnormal feature is declared. In different distribution the bell shape may vary from a tall bell to a fat broad bell. When range of values (ideas) is narrow the bell is narrow and when there is wide range of values the bell becomes broader and looking fat. Any opinion or idea or value taking this shape is called a normal tendency and distribution.

But in political terms the opinion / or opinions is / are shifted to one side (either to the right or to the left) and this shifting either to the right or left is called skewing. This skewing is not accepted as normal in statistical terms but in real life this skewing has known for its presence almost instantaneously especially in political dealing and opinion making. Whether it is Chandrika, Ranil or Mahinda Chintanaya for that matter NGO Chinthanaya and Jathika Chinthanaya are concerned they never fall into normal accepted distribution of the majority. The minority rules the opinion and the majority has no opinion left to express. This is true in economics too. The rich makes the decisions and the poor takes the leftovers and dhanas on the big poya days.

What is significant in statistical sense that the international community exaggerates this skewing effect in the third world countries since their eyes are congenitally skewed and can never be treated in a medical sense?

When it comes to democratic exercises the Sri-Lankan polity is permanently skewed beyond any redeem after the JRJ's mathematical exercise of constitutional changes of insane dimensions.

Why I say so is open to discussion by any sane Sri-Lankans (if there are any left since most the sane ones have left the shores and only the insane ones-some with split minds- or already retired  who return to this island after long  stay in the west to avoid the extremes of weather there) left in this country.

First insane observation was that having perused the election results from independence to 1977 (he did not realize that if not for the first past the post system he would not have got -more than- the two third of the majority) that the UNP had a rock solid block vote. First insane inference was that if the electoral system be tampered with the UNP and the ruling class can be in power eternally and maintain the skewed distribution of political power. He never realized if the power slips to the other side they would maintain this skewed distribution for donkey's years by hook or crook.

Second insane observation was that all the candidates over period of time lost the margin of majority over time. The remedy (inference) was fantastically insane. Each time a voter casts a vote multiply it by a factor of three so that the candidate's popularity is exaggerated by 300%.  This was a fantastic ploy to hoodwink the average man in the street who has not got an average understanding in arithmetic except for counting fingers and figures.

For example a man who gets about 2250 votes which in actual fact is only 750 voters who would have exercised the franchise at their will (barring rigging which can be substantial in a country where a dead man can vote- my father in law voted from heaven in one of the presidential elections).

The irony is that these peoples representatives get their images bloated out of proportion (none of them had any images before becoming representatives and our media bloat them further by reporting their act of omissions) to the needs of the poor masses (physical bloating an independent issue- none of them look healthy specimen to emulate the feat of our Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist from Polonnaruwa).

The third observation was that when the Kings were ruling this country the people were better off and replacing the Kings / or Queens with a Presidential candidate with only 50% of the vote is the miracle cure for our failures in the past in governance.

Little he realized that only essential road to success is broken promises and damn lies-pathological in dimension.

An aberration par excellence is that when 50% is not cast to engineer a second count.

Unfortunately 49% of the voters want have a King / or Queen of their choice. 


Mere 2% of the total vote is enough to crown a prince or princess.

I think it is far better and easy for the lottery administrators to design an elaborate lottery draw where each voter comes and push a button of luck and goes home happily without the party politics. By shear luck even the maddest person in this country with a stroke of luck could become the president and it is much more fairer than the democracy (DEMO=CRAZY).

Then we do not need fortune tellers to tell who will become the next president.

However my vision is to abolish the Presidency as soon as it is feasible and introduce one man one vote system and first past the post poll with some scientifically (not mathematically) designed proportionate representation of minority groups like the Earth People and abolish forthright the multiplication of voter rights by an absurd mathematical (jargon) exercise of JRJ.
I begin to think not only this country lacks philosophers but mathematicians of quality too. 

A fertile ground for terrorists is made out of this bizarre system of ours.

Why the election monitors fail to observe this anomaly is probably due to their congenitally skewed eyes?

Palm Tree

Palm TreeTorrential rains and inclement weather spared me some plant watching activity. 
This time of course palm variety. 
Looking outside from an advantage, a bird's eye view, I could see only one coconut tree about ten feet tall and probably of the same age with no signs of flowering. 
Looking down the precipice a few out of the twenty odd palm trees that survived the dry spell has sprung into activity. 
After a year long vigil and watering (when I had time) their survival was a bit of a miracle. 
The soil not conducive and the water logging not possible (due to the incline) their survival may have been contributed by my vigil, perhaps. 
Palms unlike the coconut (which loves the salty soil) are plants that love hot humid and muddy conditions, which support their roots with fungal symbiosis. 
The torrential rain was the most conducive and for nearly a decade we did not have similar weather conditions. 

I have tried all varieties including arecanut with no success over ten year period so my mind wondered the last time there was a spill over at Victoria Dam. 
Incidentally this was after the elections and the change over from the previous regime to the present. 
The saying prevalent at that time was “to wash the sins of the previous regime”. 
This time whose sins I would not wonder or ponder!

Coming back to palm trees there are over 1000 ornamental varieties and they are very expensive and home delivered for the wealthy in United States. 


In Sri-Lanka context, the “Cap Rukha”, the gifted plant is vandalized by the rich developers. Very soon they will be exported to US polythene wrapped. This is quite an irony. 
I am not sure where the coconut, the arecanut and the Kithul tree's position in the merit order on the1000 palm trees of the gardener's guide to tropical trees.
 

I guess the Americans who are likely to be categorized very tall in the merit list of democracy do not like tall trees in their neighborhood. 

Also their democratic nuts are not as hard as a coconut and they do not like the impact of coconut falling on their heads. 
This is why the oil industry in America had a vicious campaign against coconut oil for nearly fifty years.  
The real reason though is that they have lost their evolutionary talent like that of the monkeys in climbing trees and swinging from one tree to another. 
Going from country to country and looking for ecological trouble spots is only a pastime.

This is where our politicians who have a coconut size head and arecanut (some of them peanut sized- the American variety) sized brains should explore the possibility of exporting the coconut trees to America. 


The justification is that when the next tsunami hits our shores they can re-export them back as aid for the Sri-Lankans (tourists included) to climb and save their lives. 
The coconut trunks well preserved would be a new form of life support system developed in America. 
Few of the tourists of course saved their life hanging on to them a year ago. They could share the experience with the few tree climbers left in this country. We can promote this as a new millennium sport. 
Since most of the tree climbers (party climbers) have joined the parliament over the past half a century they can act as trainers and referees in this sport of tree climbing.

One a lighter note and in a scientific sense the real reason for declining interest in coconut, arecanut and Kithul tree is that all three of them are labour intensive like the tea industry. 

Only way to revive these flagging industries is to promote selective breeding of high yielding variety with short trunks so that harvesting is not labour intensive. 
For some unknown genetic reasons the short plants and animals have the ability to withstand adverse environmental conditions and it is not a challenge to go for such a variety. One of the reasons that the tall trees and dinosaurs disappeared from this planet is their enormous size.  They could not withstand the adversity. 

One area we are far behind is the palm oil industry and our Asian giant in hibernation, Malaysia, pioneered the research in this. 
They have gone for palm oils even destroying their rain forest. We have to learn a lot from them. Biodiesel is going to be an area we should explore instead of drilling for gas /oil in limited resources offshore. 
For me looking down the plane and seeing the coconut trees spanning the landing site is a fascinating scene. 
Sadly this scenery is not going to be there in another ten years. 
The developers are eying every peace of land to plunder. 

In the process they are developing social and economic disasters in the so-called palaces they are building. The coconut triangle is going to be zigzag in no time. 
We have so many ministers and ministries in this country a Palm Ministry would not be a burden to the country. In any case some of the parliamentarians are coming from that back ground both in oiling the palms (heads included) and climbing the trees and this is a one sure way to climb the political hierarchy.
 

For the super market chains and range for this Christmas should include the imported artificial palm trees from India, which do not need any watering, plant care or plant watching. 
For a change we could have Santa on a palm tree. 
How about that?


21st December 2005

Lady's Only

 Lady's Only

This happened in
A royal suite
Of an elite hotel in Colombo
A partially sighted
Gentleman of ill repute
Having poor sight
Due to bilateral upper quadrant hemianopia
Ventured into
A ladies toilet
Quite fortuitously


He was almost finishing
His nature's call
When a lady of a high society
Dock in to drop anchor
 

Seeing the man's posterior
Aghast,
 

Exclaimed
" This is ladies only facility"
The man in turn
 

Turned round zipped up
"This was a ladies specialty"
 

And zipped away
The lady did not know
Whether to agree or disagree


In hindsight the
Man knowing that
He had tertiary
Or the neurosyphilis
To be precise
And his prompt exit
From the facility
Did secure
No further embarrassment
To his integrity


5th October 2006

Monday, February 22, 2016

Beautiful Mind

Beautiful Mind
Can the mind be beautiful?
Yes of course.

How do you do that?
When the mind is detached from both the convergence and divergence strategy of a dogma, the turnaround is the beautiful mind.


It flows into the unconquered and the blissful state. 
One has to work on it.
It does not come automatically.

State of Conversion

State of Conversion
Lack of imagination and insight leads to a state of mind called conversion.
It is a fix or rigid state of mind filled with prejudices, be that it may be religion, nationality, race or any cultural dogma.
 

I believe this is where the cultural instinct get ingrained, if the population is isolated and not exposed to the rest of the world.

This is probably residing in our genome.
Religion apart from black and white race dogma is the result of this conversion strategy of mankind.
Any other dogma falls within this frame work.

The existence of god and a creation of an almighty wisdom are byproducts.
 

Once inside this dogma, science takes a back seat.

Albert Einstein put this succinctly.
Science without religion is lame and religion without science is blind.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Lack of Imagination

Lack of Imagination
 

Children are born with imagination to make up for their lack of conceptualization of a given situation.

Many adult who can conceptualize a given problem unfortunately loses the ability to think imaginatively.

The religion uses this lack of creativity to insinuate with bizarre concepts.
 

The god created this world is one such concept.

Unfortunately, “Big Bang Theory” of creation of the universe has fallen into this same trap of a dogma.
 

We have not put an alternative theory to counteract it.

This has made the science to ignore the Dark Matter and its hidden physics.


Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Elephant Corridor It is a myth.

The Elephant Corridor
It is a myth.

 

Yala, Wagamuwa, Wilpattu and Uda Walawe are not connected by a corridor for the elephants to move freely, since the rest of the land is densely populated and there is not even a hypothetical corridor.
 

My calculation is that not even one percent of the land is reserved for the elephants.
 

If I assume 10% (ten) of the land is allocated in a hypothetical space on this island  as a zoological garden and all the elephants are relocated inside it for the people to see them as exhibits, and only 0.1% of the total population come to the zoo, to see them in one go (again hypothetical), there will be one man or woman standing every 10 feet (3.3 meters) of the perimeter and no elephant can move out without touching a human being.
If we get 1% to visit the zoo, one can stand and won’t be able to stretch the hands without pushing and shoving.
Elephant will have to trample 10 of them to get out of the perimeter and see the man’s world, which is fully developed.
One may wonder, why I used 10% which is high land mass in commercial concepts.
It is very simple.
My estimate is that there should be 35% (it is less than 25% and we will be like Dubai in about 50 years of development from now and then we might even have to import water) of total land to be reserved for rain forest, if we are to maintain at least 10% of the perennial rivers.
So if we roughly have 30% for the rain forest, elephants should take the major share of at least one third of it which will be 10%.
That is why I state that there is not even 1% of land left for our elephants.
So the natural selection will let 500 elephants to survive in the this land and in that estimate it is really endangered species.
Stating that we have 5000 elephants in the forest is a mythical figure concocted by our Mega Media Men (M.M.M) to satisfy the politicians. I think each elephant is counted ten (10) times in making that mythical figure, sometimes by reputed NGO's.
Development of the man’s world is also a big myth in the same stretch of imagination, since only a very few with patronage will be able to enjoy it.
I have made the calculation confusing and difficult so that politicians won’t be able to understand my logic of it but the figures are below for one to work out.
Human Population density in Sril-Lanka averaged out but in reality it is much more than that because people congregate on socio-economic reasons.
The population density in Gamphaha is more than Decca and Calcatta.
Kandy has 10 times the population density of Gaza Strip.
Beauty is nobody talks about population control.
I have used the total population projected in another 10 to 50 years for my calculation since total square miles is roughly 25,000.
1000 in a square mile
400 in a Square Kilometer
400 x 2.4=1000
Reserve only 10% 2500 Sq Miles(6500 Sq. Meters)
0.1 of population 250,000
Every 10 feet or 3.3 meters there is a man/woman standing.
Location   Indian Ocean     Coordinates   7°N 81°E
Area       65,610 km2 (25,332 sq miles)
Area rank     25th
Coastline   1,340 km (833 miles)
Highest elevation   2,524.13 m (8,281.27 ft)
Highest point    Pidurutalagala
Water bodies     870 km² of water =400 square miles (only about 1%)
( If Water body  is 1.5 % it equals to 1000 Km)
Population density   1000 sq miles
Population density  400 km
Hypothetical Elephants   population is 1000 and it is exaggerated to 5000 by local media giants (Biggest lie in this country).
Reserve   2500 Sq miles 50x50=2500;10feet
Reserve   6500 Km 80x80=6400:  3.3 meters

Granny Award

Granny Award
I intend to award A Granny Award in my mothers name who is in her early nineties (she is no more now and the award does not hold) to any person who come with an English Drama based on the stages mentioned below.
The contents are Open Source and are generally under the Linux GPL Convention.
Originator       
Unknown Sri-Lankan Author in his late Nineties (I claim he is not my father)
Recent Rendering by a Bookshop Assistant in Kandy who wishes to be anonymous
This Edition by Me (MINIME VERSION) and BABA (one of my dear friends who is no more with us) for SAMBA, BIMBA, ZIMBA, SINHA BAR (Lion BAR) and ALI (ELEPHANS THE TWO LEGGED VARIETY) BABA or any unborn Sri-Lankan Baba can participate in future developments of the animal story if any left (copyleft)  on this planet.
 

The big DADDY VERSION is only for private consumption of my friends especially after a suitable beverage except Sri-Lankan dust TEA (not Tiger Wood's recent TEE) which I use as a manure.

Avam Mesuthan Akam Samayam ( So,I heard)
    I was a privy to Relay Carnival (passing the buck really fast like the hedging deal) in the Animal Kingdom. 

I was the only Sri-Lankan selected by an island wide Lottery conducted by the Hela Urumaya (or Karumaya) Surikimu Foundation (HUKU-SUMU for short).

I was on holiday in a Forest Reservation (JUNGLE HABITAT).

I was Observing an elderly (prostate enlarged) Peter Rabbit grazing.

Jack the Jackal (with financial interests in Sri-Lanka) greedily waiting for a innocent prey.

The Scene of Jackal (both hip joints and knee joints are replaced (by bionic prosthesis delivered by a Sr-Lankan TELESHOP GIANT on a Plate made of unclaimed Credit Cards) because of the Royal Ancestry chasing the Rabbit.

BLIND forest (Hermen) hermit descend from heaven and lands on a busy Junction (Thun-Man Handiya)

Rabbit approaching the hermit with break neck speed without a Crash Helmet.

Rabbit jumps over hermit visibly shaken up and annoyed.

Land a squirt of Holy Medical Water (Urine for short) right on the nose and mouth.


Hermit really thinks the water is holy and ascend to a higher Jhana.

Jackal approaches the hermit with a bionic speed and put on breaks instantaneously.

Jackal licks the nose and face of the hermit.

Hermit awakens from his transient Trance.

Jackal reprimand the hermit with a nasty comment why don't you stay a few feet above the ground.

Well, I was thinking about my Bank Balance of Merit (PIN-Numbers) in Seylan Bank and settled where it ought to be was his reply.

Well then, did you see a rabbit running this way?

Yes,Yes I heard some animal running but I cannot say what species he was BUT I can very well tell you that he was a male.

You say you are a hermit and blind. 

How can one see the SEX of an animal running fast in a Meditative Mode?

Didn't the Master tell you it is illegal to think about Sex in meditative trance? 

We animals think about sex only when we are in full sexual flow and not otherwise.

Can you tell me how the BLIND HERMIT instantaneously guessed the SEX of the passerby?
 

Help; 
Nothing to do with urine or prostate. 
It is due to some other reason. 

Only a Sri-Lankan would be able to guess the ANSWER and it is a common saying when a policeman is chasing a politician who committed a traffic offense.

Past Life
The hermit was a Traffic Warden (an active member of Hela Urumaya) who went to heaven instantaneously when hit by a Guy from the Presidential Escort.

The rabbit was a monk who went in search of emancipation in Sri-Lankan Parliament and deposited his hard earned money in private bank

The Jackal was a Sri-Lanakan Private Banker.

I was of course the CNN I-reporter using a stolen mobile telephone.


Corollary
Only a male Rabbit or Jackal can squirt a healthy vigorous stream while running, the man cannot.
 

A female (liberal woman) will never be able to perform this act even when standing, 
the future Female US President and probable female candidates included.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Going Digital Zero

Going Digital Zero means one is switching off, the dumb computer for considerable length of time for recharging your brain which has lost its vital memory.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Cigar or Pipe

I had the pipe dream of abolishing the post of presidency but now I have stopped even smoking a cigar in desperation.

a pipe dream

To think that the new constitution would bring sanity into our corrupt political system is a pipe dream

Wise Counsel

Wise man counsel is to weigh the pros more than the cons
Why do I say so!
The pros with their circular logic may con you to believe a religion is good for you
Or hashish (any mood elevating drug) makes you to be a saint

Elephant Myths

 Elephant Myths

The myth propagated by our Hashish Growers is to say elephants vandalize their vegetable gardens (of heaven)
 

The truth is they grow hashish in their migration pathway
 

If elephants consume hashish and go haywire in a country which is a center of drug trafficking is to eliminate bad "Selfish Genes" of our ancestry

Sanity, Vanity and Dignity

Sanity has no expiry date (Voter Perception)
Vanity only has shelf value and loses its value moment it is taken out of the shelf
Or when taken out of (constitution) context
Insanity (politicians) is always current
Dignity is something (Good Governance) That cannot be sustained in real life

What would you do if your web site hits 100,000 visits?

What would you do if your web site hits 100,000 visits?The best is to close it for good.
Is it a mad advice?
Not at all, if you analyze the details about 50,000 will be your own visits and you are wasting awful lot of creative time looking at your own face.
Instead practice "My Digital Zeroing Technique" for few weeks, then the creativity will visit you in abundance!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Cellphones

Cellphones takes your field of influence well beyond the sphere of activity but come to think about it, it is a hindrance to creativity.

How to avoid procrastination?

How to avoid procrastination?

Video Game Strategy
 

One’s approach may be (not comprehensive here)

1. Offensive

2. Defensive

3. Neutral

4. Random

5. Cool (no procrastination)

The best approach is the last which has all the above components assessed in a fraction of a second.
I sometime call it the Moment  Meditation in action.
Only a few has that cool talent.
They are the ones who become successful.
The COOL people are actually very observant.
But many of us use the useless procrastination approach. This is the approach of the politicians who has lost touch with the common people and only move only in comfort zones.
They are inhibited by this tendency to make historical achievements.
What it does is to kill the attempt at solving a given problem from the very beginning.
Unfortunately, many of us use this method since we do not believe that some problems can be addressed, if we care to divert from the standard approach of procrastination.

This is what Professor De Bono calls Lateral Thinking.

It is not vertical or analytical or direct thinking.
Side track a bit,
Focus on the problem,
Leave behind the past experiences for a moment,
Give due attention to the subject or the problem,
To the present moment of time,
Then in a FLASH
A new solution
Springs up!

Then if we have few others with equal interest and talent get involved in the same problem we get endless stream of solutions which we have never thought of because of the redundant past experience.
We call this brainstorming and it really works.
Brainstorming is essential in marriage.
Brainstorming is a group creativity technique by which efforts are made to find a conclusion for a specific problem by gathering a list of ideas spontaneously contributed by its members.
The term was popularized by Alex Faickney Osborn in the 1953 book Applied Imagination.
If one does not use common sense what I say here is superfluous.
We use our past experience to solve a given problem.
Sometime past experience is useful.
Many a time the past experience is a hindrance.
Past experience is a hindrance to creative and pragmatic solutions.
Good examples can be taken from politicians.
When somebody is in opposition for a long period of time and then he or  she comes to power, he / she makes many mistakes due to the past misfortunes.
They have lost the ability for creative thinking.
Unfortunately this happens when one is in power too, and they do not realize what a wonderful thing to be in opposition.
The people in the opposition see the problem realistically but they do not have the muscle to power the solution through.

It is the malady of the democracy.
The same malady exists in marriage, too.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Virgin Coconut Oil

Virgin Coconut Oil

Coconut Experience


It is now believed that coconut oil is the healthiest of oils on earth.
Some even say, it is the miracle oil if only prepared as virgin oil free of harmful contaminants.
It is the virgin coconut oil that has this unique property.
My intention is to revive the age old tradition of extracting coconut oil for domestic consumption.
Virgin coconut oil is an extract of pure coconut oil free of polychlorinated biophenols. All industrial coconut oils except virgin coconut oil are contaminated with certain amount of these chemicals during industrial processing.

PCBs

PCBs are known to increase the incidence and risk of breast cancer. PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, are a class of chemicals with a variety of industrial and commercial applications. Because of their health concerns these chemicals (PCBs) are banned in the US and Canada but they still linger in the environment and are present in the food chain, particularly in fatty foods.
The major culprit of the production of this chemical is the chlorination of water before the so called purification (only from bacteria).
Our doctors forget about the chemical contaminants in our water because of their allopathic inclination to produce and distribute in mass scale, chemicals of dubious nature in the name of treatment of modern diseases.
The propagation of these chemicals with the help of the pharmaceutical companies is only a side industry.

PCBPs

I have renamed these items (PCBPs) in a generic descriptive term of polluted when processing (P), chemically contaminated (C) while preserving and biologically bombarded (degrading) for storage and mass scale production (P) by commercial chains and companies (including hydrogenation of natural oil for long storage life).
Much research on the nutritional and medicinal benefits on coconut oil has surfaced in recent years.
Much of that research has been done by Dr. Mary Enig who has classified coconuts as a "functional food," which provides health benefits over and beyond the basic nutrients. She has specifically identified lauric acid as a key ingredient in coconut products.
Approximately 50% of the fatty acids in coconut fat are lauric acid. Lauric acid is a medium chain fatty acid, which has the additional beneficial function of being formed into monolaurin in the human or animal body. Monolaurin is the antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-protozoal monoglyceride used by the human or animal to destroy lipid coated viruses such as HIV, herpes, cytomegalovirus, influenza, various pathogenic bacteria including listeria monocytogenes and helicobacter pylori, and protozoa such as giardia lamblia.
Some studies have also shown some antimicrobial effects of the free lauric acid."
Coconut oil has been used for centuries as a vital source of food for health and general wellbeing in traditional communities in the tropics including Sri-Lanka.
Recent research verifies traditional wisdom and beliefs that the coconut palm is "The Tree of Life" and that, just like any other pure, whole food, coconuts and coconut virgin oils have a significant role to play in a well balanced, nutritious diet.
Abandoning unhealthy lifestyles and reverting to natural foods can help to reverse many of the diseases that manifest through the unhealthy living styles in the modern society and the consumption of highly refined foods in our diet.
Our daily food intake should contain various combinations of fats or oils.
However, the structures of different oils are as diverse as nature itself.
A basic knowledge of how fats are classified by their chemical nature is necessary to understand the logic of recommended foods for consumption but I am not interested in teaching biochemistry but to educate the masses how to prepare virgin coconut oil and consume a healthy meal.
However, this classification is important when choosing oil to augment and support a healthy lifestyle for our children and families.
Research shows that replacing other cooking oils with virgin coconut oil generally creates a more favorable HDL/LDL ratio.
This oil has antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-protozoal properties and, like all whole foods, contains nutrients for a healthy body.

A Case for Coconut oil

Coconut oil is in many ways a unique gift of nature.
It contains 92% saturated fatty acids, giving coconut oil important properties often lost under the dusty political cloud of the cholesterol debate. Quasi immune to light oxidation and highly resistant to rancidity the oil is functional as a safe nutritional source in most climates without the need for refrigeration or special storage conditions.
However, the fact that is lost in the furor over cholesterol is the differentiation of the different sub-groups of fatty acids and in particular the importance the of Medium Chain Fatty Acids.
Modern researchers have discovered important health benefits and critical bodily functions that are supported by the pool of MCFAs available to the human body.
The high concentration of Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs) of 62% is the critical aspect of why this tropical oil not only behaves differently to any other saturated fat, but is also deemed healthier than most unsaturated oils, the latter often having a much higher concentration of long chain fatty acids.. Generally MCFAs are of a smaller particle size thus requiring less energy and fewer enzymes for absorption, placing less strain on the digestive system.
This is further enhanced by the fact that short and medium chain fatty acids are made soluble and absorbed in the aqueous phase of the intestinal contents and transported directly via the portal vein to the liver where they are consumed as an energy source similar to carbohydrates. MCFA have also been shown to assist the absorption and retention of calcium, magnesium and some amino acids as well supporting the healthy functioning of the thyroid.
Notwithstanding, all the bodily functions that may be enhanced by the consumption of MCFAs the most outstanding finding of modern research has been the capacity of certain MCFA to enhance the human immune system and actively participate in the capacity of the human body to fight virus, bacteria and fungi.
The most important of these MCFAs that enhance and boost the bodies immune system are Caproic Acid, Caprylic Acid, Capric Acid and Lauric Acid and Myristic Acid.
It is however the powerful capacity of Lauric acid to immobilize harmful invaders of our body, which has excited researchers the most.
Although Dr Jon Kabara had already noted the antimicrobial activity of lauric acid in 1966, it has been only in the last 10 years that the potential of all MCFA in fighting bacterial and viral infections has been realized.
Furthermore, in addition to their capacity to inactivate pathogenic organisms, the use of MCFAs has shown no negative toxicological or pharmacological side effects.
If anything MCFA have shown to weaken viruses or bacteria that show antibiotic resistance to such an extent that these drugs can actually function against these organisms, while the use of MCFAs over time has not shown any build-up of resistance by microbial organisms to these fatty acids.
In practical terms, the consumption of MCFAs would not only boost the human immune system without fear of negative side effects, but also that they could be consumed to compliment the functions of general antibiotic treatments when their effectiveness is decreased by built up resistance found in bacteria. MCFAs are effective mostly in their digested form or in the case of lauric acid: monolaurin. The effectiveness of monolaurin is based on the small size of the particle and the similarity in substance to the lipid (fat) membranes coating harmful microorganisms. Monolaurin is attracted to the virus and is then easily absorbed into its quasi fluid membrane weakening it to such a degree that it literally splits open, killing the organism and allowing the bodies own white blood cells to effectively clean and dispose of the remnants.
These research results have lead to the incorporation of especially Caprylic, Capric and Lauric Acid into many accepted anti-viral/anti-bacterial pharmaceutical treatments today.
The fact is that over 62% of coconut oil is made up of these three major fatty acids.
In addition the majority, around 48%, is lauric acid, the fundamental building block of our bodies immune system and the most effective anti-pathogenic of all MCFAs.

Now how to prepare Virgin oil at home

It is very simple and can be accomplished in a few steps but I would give a summary of the tradition way of preparation of coconut oil.
My mother used to prepare coconut oil at home from a recipe that come down for generations.
She added lot of medicinal leaves and the aroma of a bottled prepared by her was refreshing.
Even though I hated it being put on my head before combing the hair >The aroma was probably added to entice me.

Traditional Way

8 coconuts for a bottle of one coconut oil bottle.
1.    Scrape and grate 8 coconuts
2.    Boil the same till the smell of the coconut oil emanates
3.    Then squeeze the milk from the scrapings
4.    Ground the same in a mortar with pestle
5.    Simmer in a container till water evaporates
6.    Collect coconut oil once concentrated to about one bottle

My Method

1.    Squeeze the milk of a grated coconut (one) with a little water
2.    Separate the Miti Kiri (the first fistful of coconut milk)
3.    Put it in the fridge
4.    Separate the top layer of oil when cooled
5.    Do this every day and once separated can be put in the freezer
6.    In the alternative the liquidizer can be use for extracting the first portion of the milk which is fairly water soluble
7.    Use extra water to prepare for Dee Kiri (Diluted watery milk)
8.    Use the same (Dee Kiri) for cooking
9.    Dry the remaining Pol Kudu (kernal remnants) in sunlight
10.    Once an adequate amount is collected go to the nearest grinding mill and ask them to extract the oil for you
11.    If not interested use the same to polish the floor
12.    Or I am thinking whether it could be utilized as manure or chicken feed with conservation in mind.
Now to extract the virgin oil one has to take the lot that were collected over time and heat it in low fire to evaporate the water and concentrate the coconut oil.
If one is interested one can add various medicinal leaves for preservation and for invigorating smell.
In the traditional way a lot of energy is wasted in boiling the grated coconut.
By putting in the fridge the initial preparation is made simple (energy saving too) and the separation of oil is made easy.
Use this oil for frying.
Mind you stir frying.
It is that simple that is why our housewives are not taking any interest on this virgin oil.
One does not have to pay a fortune for the commercially prepared and imported virgin oil.
Please do not deep fry, use only Chinese method of stir fry and the woks.
 7th December, 2006

Chocolates and Coca Cola

Chocolates and Coca Cola
Yes to chocolates but no to cola is my motto!
This is the message that I should bring to the young and the old.
First, with some personal experiences of us as young parents in UK and the encounter we had with coca cola. My children were addicted to cola and my British colleague who opened my eyes to the addictiveness of (derivative of cocaine) cola drink and its (natural permitted ingredients) constituents.
That made me to do some search on the cola leaf.
Even, the tiny bit of coca extract in the syrup has cocaine and it continued to be an ingredient in the syrup in order to protect the trade name "Coca-Cola" for a long time so that the company became a house hold name in Americas.
Things have changed significantly but during the promotional campaigns, I have reason to believe the promoters increase the concentration of the syrup so that some would get addicted to the brand name.
That much is enough for cola and the Americanism and their market principles.
Now Bolivians are asking for free franchise of cocaine as a national industry.
Now to the cocoa nut.
Whenever, I get a new job abroad and whenever, I have a friendly discussion over the dinner table I always raise the issue that the westerners have a sweet tooth and eating chocolates is bad for two reasons.
One is because of the sugar content and the other my own Sri-Lankan secret invention (my April fool, long before the April fool's day) of cocoa.
I tell them in a very scientific way, that we suck the seeds of cocoa before drying them on sunlight. The scientific secret is that the digestive enzymes in our saliva digest the outer coat in such a way to get the best quality cocoa to be produced in        Sri-Lanka for export.
I do not think any cocoa trees left (imported from Africa) in this country.
And I go on to say we have hepatitis in Sri-Lanka and it is risky to eat chocolates. Whenever they offer me chocolates I flatly refuse the offer reminding of them of hepatitis.
This is the way, I take my turn for the rigmarole that I have to go through of all the vaccinations and medical check ups whenever I get a new job abroad and before commencing work.
Little they suspect that it is a made up story and I go onto say that during coca cola campaigns the company imports a special brand of essence from America that the company chairman himself prepares it in his private bath. I go onto say the essence is put in the tub and the chairman does the tempering with his feet (like vine making) and the real taste of coco cola is from the sweat of the his feet.
I go on to say the sweat he shed for his company is phenomenal judging by the company's sale figures.
This is something, I got from Arthur Buchwald’s writing and a slight hint for my friends that there is some exaggeration and pun involved in my scientific story (if they have had read him sometimes).
Arthur "Art" Buchwald (October 20, 1925 – January 17, 2007) was an American humorist best known for his long-running column in The Washington Post, which in turn was carried as a syndicated column in many other newspapers. His column focused on political satire and commentary. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Outstanding Commentary in 1982 and in 1986 was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
So within a week I put them off of two of their favorite food items.
I have taken my revenge for the extra medical checks they have gone through myself and my family every time we go out.
No wonder I have not gone out for a long time now.
For about three month I carry on this ploy religiously and in due course I get caught eating chocolates somewhere in a supermarket or an open place.
YOU are a cheat and I find YOU eat chocolates, surreptitiously.
I would say this is a special brand and it is hermetically   (I don't understand the meaning of the word) prepared or something similar so as to avoid getting caught.
Finally, I bare open, the truth when enough people start suspecting me.
Then I buy them loads of chocolates for being good sport.

The chocolates and a sample of its virtues is given below.

Properties of Cocoa

Pick your choice and enjoy chocolates in the festival time of April.
All chocolate is made from powdered cocoa beans usually mixed with some kind of sugar, some butter or lard or vegetable oils, some milk products, and various other ingredients. While you may have heard that chocolate is "bad for you", it is not the cocoa that is unhealthy, but the other ingredients in the kinds of chocolate made from refined sugar combined with various kinds of cheap animal fats like lard, or cheap and unhealthy hydrogenated vegetable oils.

Cocoa -The Super Healthy Fruit

Cocoa beans come from the fruit of a tree which grows in tropical rain forests. The official scientific name of the cocoa tree is Theobroma Cacao. "Theobroma" is Latin for "food of the gods".
Strictly speaking, cocoa is a nut, the seed of a fruit, but is most commonly called cocoa beans, cocoa seeds, cocoa nuts, chocolate seeds, chocolate beans, or cocoa nibs.
Cocoa may also be spelled as "cacao" and pronounced          "ka-cow". All of these terms refer to the dried fruit or nuts of the cacao tree and the most popular term, cocoa beans.
Cocoa beans contain over 300 chemically identifiable compounds.
This makes cocoa one of the most complex food substances.
Chocolate consumption represents one percent of the American diet, yet most Americans have never tasted "real" chocolate -the natural cocoa bean in its raw form.
When healthy and high quality natural ingredients are used, it is possible to make a "healthy chocolate" from natural cocoa beans. Or one can simply sprinkle crushed cocoa beans onto whipped cream, ice cream, puddings, or other desserts for a natural chocolate flavor from the original "chocolate chips".
The raw cocoa beans taste like unsweetened dark chocolate.
Next to raw cocoa, it is unsweetened and dairy free dark chocolate that is the healthiest chocolate; while the least healthy chocolate is milk chocolate which includes dairy products and refined sugar and possibly hydrogenated oils or lard.
Studies indicate that dairy products block the absorption of the many antioxidants found naturally in cocoa and dark chocolate!

How Healthy Is Dark Chocolate?

Cocoa beans and organic dark chocolate are one of the best food sources of this heart supporting minerals, magnesium.
Cocoa is a potent source of serotonin, dopamine, and phenylethylamine. These are three well known neurotransmitters which help alleviate depression and are associated with feelings of wellbeing.
Cocoa contains monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAO Inhibitors) which help improve our mood because they allow serotonin and dopamine to remain in the bloodstream longer without being broken down. Cocoa also contains amandamide which stimulates blissful feelings.
Cocoa also contains B vitamins, which are associated with brain health.

Antioxidants in Dark Chocolate

Scientists have known for years that cocoa contains significant amount of antioxidants, but no one knew just how rich they were in comparison to those found in two other healthy foods, red wine and green tea.
Recent research has demonstrated that the antioxidants found in cocoa beans are highly stable and easily available to the human metabolism. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals and keep them from damaging the DNA and mitochondria of the body's cells, which is a major cause of many degenerative diseases, cancer and premature aging.
By comparison, 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate delivers as many antioxidants as five ounces of red wine.
That makes cocoa one of the richest sources of antioxidants in any food.
The liqueured chocolates is a bonus with vasodilator properties of alcohol added to the antioxidant effects.
Compare the cocoa bean to processed cocoa powder (defatted and roasted cocoa beans treated with potassium carbonate) and chocolates -which range in flavonol content from the more common concentration of 500mg per 100 grams in normal chocolate bars -to a concentration of 5,000 milligrams in some commercial preparations.
Theobromine and Caffeine
Cocoa can substantially increase a person's energy level, since it contains two stimulating methylxanthines -a significant amount of theobromine and a small amount of caffeine.
A cup of hot chocolate usually contains about 4 to 5 milligrams of caffeine, which is about 5% of the caffeine found in a cup of coffee.
A cup of coffee may contain 50 to 175mg of caffeine, a cup of tea may contain 25 to 100mg, and a cup of cocoa beverage may contain zero to 25 milligrams of caffeine.

Can Chocolate Help Us Be Happy?

We have all heard how chocolate can be a "comfort food" to help us cope with stress and depression and general unhappiness. There might actually be some connection between chocolate and happiness, when we look at certain chemicals which are found naturally in the cocoa bean and which affect parts of the brain.

Chocolate as an Aphrodisiac

The peoples of Central American in the pre-Columbian era often spoke in metaphors composed of words or phrases which had a hidden meaning when uttered in sequence. This is common in many languages, including English. One of these ancient metaphors was yollotl, eztli, meaning "heart, blood," -a phrase which referred to cocoa.
Chocolate is the heart's "blood" due to its magnesium, antioxidants, love chemicals and esoteric properties.
Chocolate truly is "food for the heart".
Chocolate is a symbol of sensuality, pleasure, and sexuality.
Some writers have claimed that 50 per cent of women actually prefer chocolate to sex!
That percentage might even rise if the women were offered real chocolate in the form of organic cocoa!
Chocolate is a favorite gift from a lover to the beloved one.
Chocolates are always given as love offerings.
A box of chocolates is one of the most popular gifts for Valentine's Day. Cocoa, because it is natural and unadulterated, has an even stronger love energy than manufactured chocolate candy.
In ancient Aztec wedding ceremonies, the bride and groom would exchange five cocoa beans with each other.