Daily Archives: 04/17/2005

Buddhist Figurine Spurs Hindu Devotion

A votive figurine launched from Burma in mid December was propelled across the Indian Ocean unharmed, before being found by Indian fisherman from Tamil Nadu a month later.

The figurine, one of thousands launched every rainy season by Burmese Buddhists, was credited with saving the lives of all 980 inhabitants of the small village of Meyurkuppam. It was found afloat upon a bamboo raft with devotional candles and a few coins.

The ‘Buddha Swami’ was happily accepted into the Hindu village, and is enshrined beneath a large banyan tree.

The Long Emergency

I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. Even Rolling Stone gets it. The Long Emergency is a harsh look at what is going to happen to our country and our planet when the supply of cheap oil goes away. Look, I’m not some sort of Luddite or cultural critic, but our way of life is going away, and much sooner than people realize. There is a gigantic energy crunch coming, and the effects of this global brown out will be devastating.