Research Blog Antarctica #91 – This Everlasting Silence

Non-fiction: ed. Nancy Robinson Flannery: This Everlasting Silence – The love letters of Paquita Delprat and Douglas Mawson 1911-1914 (Melbourne University Press, 2000)

The Australian Douglas Mawson is an Antarctic explorer contemporary with his more famous colleagues Roald Amundsen, Robert Falcon Scott and Ernst Shackleton. He’s less known because he never attempted stunts like being first at the South Pole. Instead, he went to Antarctica purely for science. He suffered great calamity on a long and arduous sledging journey, losing one of his companions to a crevasse and the other to vitamin A poisoning. Poisoned himself, he staggered back to base without food, his skin falling off, only to miss the supply ship that would take him home by one day.

He also wrote one of the best Antarctic books published, Home of the Blizzard, about his travails.

Just before embarking for Antarctica, Mawson was engaged to a girl called Pequita Delprat. They were married three years later when Mawson finally came home. This book contains their love letters from the period Mawson was on Antarctica.

Sad to say, the book is only of very limited interest. Their correspondence was limited by the fact that there were very few opportunities to actually deliver the letters, so it’s actually a book with two running monologues. The title is Delprat’s phrase describing the feeling of not hearing anything from her berothed in months.

Perhaps due to the mores of the day and their relative naivete, neither Mawson nor Delprat is a particularly penetrating letter writer. There are allusions to issues that might be interesting, but they just never get there. It’s a book of inarticulate pining over vast distances.

Destruction Yoga

There’s a lot of strange stuff on Pirate Bay. This looks promising:

Yoga and Meditation: Pathway to Destruction – Documentary

Here’s the uploader’s explanation. I highlighted the best parts:

Yoga’s practice in everyday situations — is it dangerous? Eastern meditation and yoga are being used by vibrant young businessmen, athletes and children for achieving better, healthier living. How ironic that these religious practices were originally designed in India to prepare the dying Hindu for the reincarnation process. Today, eastern mysticism is being carefully marketed as science and has successfully infiltrated the medical profession, the public school system, the U.S. government, and nearly all areas of mainstream western society. The great deception in the Cult of Hinduism is the alleged enlightenment. Trying to appeal to the Cult of Christianity the Hindu gurus typically redefine Jesus after their own likeness. Meditation is not a redeeming act other than becoming a mindless humn being. To get a look at what Meditation can do for you one only needs to look at India. A country where people let Cows piss on their head and call it a blessing. Where they worship rats in a very dirty temple. Worshiping millions of cooky Gods, EVEN EVIL GODS !!Yet their streets are dirty and filled with extremely handicapped people. You will find out why that is in this Documentary. Caring for humanity is not just an invention or philosophy. Anyone who thinks and expects that with just a little meditative will power he will reach NIRVANA is heading for an emotional catastrophe and possibly Schizophrenia. If that’s not enough they drink cow piss and the latest rage is Cosmetic Make-up made from cow shit. Is it me or does this seem like normal behavior.

The comments are in a similar vein of moderation. This guy sounds like he could use some meditation:

YET 40 % of the intelligent vibrant young businessmen, athletes and children for achieving better, healthier living all over the world Does Yoga…….
I think you are suffering from HIV after u fucked your sister who was in fact fucked by some retard arse hole like your father, who got infected with the same HIV virus after he fucked your mom……
Look Meditation cannot cure HIV , you should know it. u fuked ur mama and u get infected its totally ur proble mo56erfucker …. why blame meditation?????? ha ha ha
You should shoot yourself with an overdoes of heroine mixed with cow piss …..
Thats the only way people like u can achieve nirvana……..
Blaady RETARD !!!!!!!!!!!!!
If u dont know something try to ask someone, not to babble like this……..