Live Encounters Magazine April 2012

Live Encounters Magazine April 2012

Vishnu – Guardian of the Forest by Mark Ulyseas

An overview of Bannerghatta National Park and the prevailing human-elephant conflict

Carol Buckley – Matriarch of the Herd speaks to Mark Ulyseas on her life, work and the creation of care centres for elephants

Goa 2007 Robin Marchesi

Terry McDonagh’s latest book, In the Light of Windows – Hamburg Fragments, is to be launched on April 26th  in Hamburg:

A New Passover Sacrifice, a short story by Natalie Wood

Photo Feature – India and Laos – Joo Peter

Creating your Life through TranceCandess M Campbell

Old Room – tribute to Jeff Richman – John Chester Lewis

A Tale of Two Singles – the legend of the Royal Enfield – Santosh RajKumar

Biker Sam Lovett chats with Mark Ulyseas about his bike tours across the Indian sub-continent

A message from the Universe

I received this in the mail today and thought I would share it with WordPress bloggers.

It’s not from the known, but the unknown, that creativity and inventiveness are born.

Turn away from the predictable, cliché, and reliable. Brave the void where the darkness is greatest. Trust the quiet, find the stillness, feel the calm. Then steadily think, speak, and move as if you were led. Behave as if your vision were clear. Anticipate the emotional rush that will come with your triumph. And as if by magic, as you raise your pen to write, you’ll find the words have already been summoned, flooded in light that was there all along, in a world that has just as anxiously anticipated your arrival.

The Universe

Warmongers, loving and wringing hands at home

Many among us are fortunate to lead lives in comparative comfort compared to those on the frontline of poverty, insurgency, terrorism, and state sponsored genocide. We are quick to talk of no war, of peace, of brotherhood and oneness of all.

Every morning we open the newspapers to read of the continuing bloodbaths across the globe… disconnected from the stench of the brutality of humanity, the meanness of spirit while drinking a warm comforting cup of coffee or tea. We argue amongst ourselves of the right way, the wrong way and quote from our Holy Books as if to qualify our deluded impressions of a warped world.

Talk is cheap. What is even cheaper are the conclusions we arrive at…which country should exist and which shouldn’t like a hangman with his face covered with a black cloth.

We provide our children with education and a good standard of living. What happens to those children who are dispossessed is of no consequence to us, especially if they belong to another race, another religion, another country. In fact we believe in the idea of us and them to a point where bombing unarmed civilians is like an afternoon off feeding the animals at the zoo.

But who weeps for these people? Who prays for them? Who protects them? And who loves them so much to save them from hunger, beating, rape and slavery?

Many among us have made hate and war a business, a business dealing in death. The media, the whore of society, makes a profit from all this…feeding us stories with an agenda to influence, to convert an idea that results in murder of a people, decimation of a culture and torture of children.

We lament the death of our young in war while conveniently overlooking what happens to others, the horrors of pregnant women being shot in the stomach.

Humanity has become a disease.

Donate now to the Xingu Urgent Action Fund!

Amazon Watch
Dear Mark,

Since calling on you to assist the Xingu’s indigenous peoples in their relentless resistance to violent land invasions and the wanton destruction of their rivers, we’ve been inspired by an unprecedented wave of support from around the world. Thank you.

The tens of thousands of letters we sent to FUNAI have put noticeable pressure to recognize Kayapo demands for demarcation of their ancestral territories, while the money we raised through the Xingu Urgent Action Fund has helped local communities to organize ongoing resistance to mounting threats. These struggles are far from over.

Donate now to the Xingu Urgent Action Fund!
Support the Kayapo and stop the Belo Monte Dam!

Chief Megaron Txucarranãe 

“We cannot stop. We must continue our resistance or they will never recognize our rights.”
– Chief Megaron Txucarranãe of the Kayapo

Now more than ever, Chief Raoni and the Kayapo need the world’s backing to sustain their steadfast occupation of the Kapot Nhinore territory, where Kayapo warriors have committed to resisting the threat of violence from the hired guns of local ranchers until these lands are finally demarcated as indigenous territory.

Meanwhile downriver, construction of the disastrous Belo Monte Dam continues in the heart of the Amazon. We must continue to support resistance and send a message to the Brazilian government that we will not stand by and watch this assault on the Amazon and its people!

Please join us in supporting the Kayapo and the people of the Xingu by giving to the 

Xingu Urgent Action Fund today. Every cent helps and your contribution won’t go unnoticed.

For the Xingu,

Christian Poirier
Christian Poirier 
Brazil Campaigner

Suffer the little children

Six young lads Sergeant Nigel Coupe, Corporal Jake Hartley, Private Anthony Frampton, Private Christopher Kershaw, Private Daniel Wade, Private Daniel Wilford were blown to smithereens, collateral damage of a murderous bloody pointless war. And as their families and friends and nation weep for the loss of these young men…

Let us look at the picture below and contemplate the futility of war.

It is always the young that suffer the most.
It is always the young that die first.
What a tragedy that all the religions in the world cannot stop this butchery.

When will this madness end?
How many young people do we need to kill to call it a victory?

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om

Urgent Press Release from US Department of Justice on Disaster Fraud Hotline

The United States Department of Justice

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Justice Department Officials Raise Awareness of Disaster Fraud Hotline

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice, the FBI and the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) remind the public there is a potential for disaster fraud in the aftermath of a natural disaster.  Suspected fraudulent activity pertaining to relief efforts associated with the recent series of tornadoes in the Midwest and South should be reported to the NCDF hotline at 866-720-5721.  The hotline is staffed by a live operator 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the purpose of reporting suspected scams being perpetrated by criminals in the aftermath of disasters.

NCDF was originally established in 2005 by the Department of Justice to investigate, prosecute and deter fraud associated with federal disaster relief programs following Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.  Its mission has expanded to include suspected fraud related to any natural or man-made disaster.  More than 20 federal agencies, including the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the FBI, participate in the NCDF, allowing the center to act as a centralized clearinghouse of information related to disaster relief fraud.

In the wake of natural disasters, many individuals feel compelled to contribute to victim assistance programs and organizations across the country.  The Department of Justice and the FBI remind the public to apply a critical eye and do its due diligence before giving to anyone soliciting donations on behalf of tornado victims.  Solicitations can originate from e-mails, websites, door-to-door collections, mailings and telephone calls, and similar methods.

Before making a donation of any kind, consumers should adhere to certain guidelines, including the following:

Do not respond to any unsolicited (spam) incoming emails, including clicking links contained within those messages, because they may contain computer viruses.

Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as surviving victims or officials asking for donations via email or social networking sites.

Beware of organizations with copycat names similar to but not exactly the same as those of reputable charities.

Rather than following a purported link to a website, verify the existence and legitimacy of non-profit organizations by utilizing various Internet-based resources.

Be cautious of emails that claim to show pictures of the disaster areas in attached files, because the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders.

To ensure that contributions are received and used for intended purposes, make donations directly to known organizations rather than relying on others to make the donation on your behalf.

Do not be pressured into making contributions; reputable charities do not use coercive tactics.

Do not give your personal or financial information to anyone who solicits contributions. Providing such information may compromise your identity and make you vulnerable to identity theft.

Avoid cash donations if possible.  Pay by debit or credit card, or write a check directly to the charity. Do not make checks payable to individuals.

Legitimate charities do not normally solicit donations via money transfer services.

Most legitimate charities maintain websites ending in .org rather than .com.

In addition to raising public awareness, the NCDF is the intake center for all disaster relief fraud.  Therefore, if you observe that someone has submitted a fraudulent claim for disaster relief, or any other suspected fraudulent activities pertaining to the receipt of government funds as part of disaster relief or clean up, please contact the NCDF.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud by a person or organization soliciting relief funds on behalf of tornado victims, or if you discover fraudulent disaster relief claims submitted by a person or organization, contact the NCDF by phone at (866) 720-5721, fax at (225) 334-4707 or email at

You can also report suspicious e-mail solicitations or fraudulent websites to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center


Thank you Greg Chappell for your assessment of Indian Culture and Cricket

Greg, you haven’t changed from the time Oz played that match against the Kiwis. Remember how you instructed your brother Trevor to bowl the last ball underarm to prevent the Kiwi batsman from hitting a run because if he did your side would have lost the game? I suppose from where you come from this is called Cricket, a gentleman’s game.

Your assessment of Indian Culture is right, we don’t have leaders in our country or for that matter in cricket. Maybe you can send some ozzies to India to lead us, teach us how to be second class citizens like your lot has done to the aborigines.

As for the “Poms” as you so eloquently put it, they did more for India and its people than what your lot took away from the Aborigines.

Australian culture is reflected in the Aborigines. The culture that you belong to was/is/will always be an oxymoron, where foreplay is a chilled can of Fosters.

G’day mate.


ADELAIDE: In a vicious attack on Indian culture and Indian cricket team of which he was the coach, Greg Chappell has said that the side lacked leaders because parents, school teachers and coaches made all the decisions in the Indian system.

“The (Indian) culture is very different, it’s not a team culture. They lack leaders in the team because they are not trained to be leaders. From an early age, their parents make all the decisions, their schoolteachers make their decisions, their cricket coaches make the decisions,” Chappell said.

“The culture of India is such that, if you put your head above the parapet someone will shoot it. Knock your head off. So they learn to keep their head down and not take responsibility.

“The Poms (British) taught them really well to keep their head down. For if someone was deemed to be responsible, they’d get punished. So the Indians have learned to avoid responsibility. So before taking responsibility for any decisions, they prefer not to,” Chappell was quoted as saying during a promotional event for his book ‘Fierce Focus’.