---Blogdai has heard your pleas and is calling a temporary moratorium on all ambassador bashing. Thank you and stop clapping please.
----Unbelievably dead-on article in this week's New York Times book review. Titled: "Bad News," the article highlights the decreasing credibility of the mainstream media as well as those of us in the Blogosphere. Phrases like "..limited consumer interest in the truth," and "The blogoshpere has more checks and balances than the conventional media; only they are different" are just a few of the revelations in this powerhouse article.
-----Can't make up my mind today. There is a palpable realization that the King is wasting his chance to make some real changes, but I can't decide if this is a cold, calculated maneuver towards autocracy or the same bumbling ineffective governance that typifies Nepal politics. Can't see why the King would string everyone along if he were just going to permanently take-over. This only gives the pundits of the world more fuel for resistance.
------Missing Texas trekker appears to have been lost on the Jiri/Lukla trail. It's a slippery slog in many places--with or without a monsoon--so this guy could have fallen anywhere. That section from Bupsa to Puiyan is constantly washed-out and is held together by log splices in the trail. I'd look there first.
-------Our field people have the latest on trekking conditions in all the major regions. We'll post the details soon. It would probably be useful to find out where the Maoists extort the most from tourists. Any readers with special info, share it in the comments, if you will.
--------This is my new, non-cynical tone. I plan on being politically correct and inoffensive from here on out......NOT!