Strange trip it's been!
The Tibetans are tense at their main place in the Kathmandu Valley (Never mind being tense in Tibet). It seems as if there is a plan afoot to wipe them out of Nepal, though they still throw some weight because of capital infusion from Westerners (Buddhists, tourists mostly) who visit them.
There are now surveillance cameras at the Boudhanath Stupa. They don't want anymore self-immolations by Tibetans.
We should thank Snowden for cluing us in. Besides the Utah NSA facility there is one in Britain, 5 in Australia and 1 in New Zealand. This is the corporate Anglos getting ready to "contain" China, along with the rest of us.
WAKE UP EVERYBODY!
You know me, I'll give a bit of travelogue to anybody who cares to read a serial.
In this here concrete jungle called Kathmandu the Hindus rule the Mongolians. The Mongolians have been making a revolution since around 1990. They got rid of the King and monarchy in 2006 and Maoists (Maoists! Can you believe it?) came to power a few years after. The mainline democrat and republican establishment Hindu parties and the government bureaucracy (composed of 90% Hindus) went into total noncooperation.
The mood is grim here. The old Maoist government was finally toppled by changing the Constitution, which hasn't even been written yet. The Chief Supreme Court Justice now runs an interim government until new elections can be held, which a large minority don't see as fair.
The US and other European countries, of course, want elections. Including the Carter Centre who wants to monitor them for fairness. Fairness? In a place where most of the people are illiterate and there are hardly any roads in most of the country. People can't even register to vote.
This morning I woke up in a room where a young man had left his country to pursue his engineering degree. His parents had to get him out because he was part of the revolution. Next to a picture of him on the wall was a screened drawing of Che Guevara. Che! Goodnight Che! Good morning Che!
The Mongolian Nepali descent people here are like niggers in America. They will not stop until they have equal rights, resources and representation. And I don't blame them.
we'll be glad to hear your reports from the field. And the summit.
Ka-ka-ka-ka-Kathmandu! ...as the old song goes.
It's monsoon, the mood is grim in this city of the concrete jungle (Jungle!)
family to see, things to do.
I would especially appreciate ANY deadheads here in the Valley to PM me.
Lots of temples to see!
If you've been here before you know this is a beautifully landscaped city near the equator. The people are very jolly and the easily laughing sort. Singapore is extremely neat and orderly. But not in the German sense. You don't even jaywalk here. Litter or spitting on the sidewalk results in a few lashes with the cane fine. I ain't kidding. We're talking draconian!.
Well, it's nice to see a place you've never been before.
Well, I'm here. Singaporeans are a delightful people, but it is hot! How hot? Damn Hot! & humid too.
Can't imagine there are deadheads here but in the strangest of places -- I know down under and \I ain\t far from there...
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Happy New Year to you all!!!!! Looking forward to a new year as last year completely drained me, the good and the bad,(I had a hard run.) I still believe there is more positivity out there than negativity. I believe that there is more ying than yang, but somehow the ying and the yang always equal out to be about 50/50. I have lost more friends this year, but as you grow older this becomes a common occurrence. Unfortunately i am only 36 and my former circle of friends knew, and still know how to run it hard. I have learned more and covered more ground this year , but the year of the rabbit will not have run its course until mid January. I will miss my fellow soldiers of the night who have fallen in 2011 and in the former. Me I am still on the road and heading for another joint and have a cocktail in hand and the music is most likely too loud. Have been spending some time back in the States in south Florida on the water, any heads in the Fort Lauderdale area? Strange being back in the States after being away for so long, I was in Myanmar for the last week and I had a similar feeling, but there is no place like home. Happy New Year!!!
cool let me know when you are playing, i have a place down on koh chang island and i am through BKK often. Yes in Shanghai but these days spending more time in South Florida. I have tickets to DSO in Fort Lauderdale in March, i have not seen them since 99 or 2000, looking forward to hearing some GD.