We should maintain that if an interpretation of any word in any religion leads to disharmony and does not positively further the welfare of the many, then such an interpretation is to be regarded as wrong; that is, against the will of God, or as the working of Satan or Mara.

Buddhadasa Bikkhu, a Thai Buddhist Monk

Monday, June 4, 2012

Nikumaroro & Amelia Earhart

The famous flier, Amelia Earhart, and Fred Noonan, her navigator, disappeared over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937 while attempting to fly around the world at the equator.  Ever since, her fate has remained a mystery.  Now, however, it seems that researchers of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) have compiled enough data and onsite research findings to strongly suggest that Earhart and Noonan landed their aircraft on remote Nikumaroro, an atoll now part of the Republic of Kiribati.  Two recent news postings, one on CNN (here) and the other on Discovery News (here) describe the case for Nikumaroro, but perhaps the most interesting description of the island and the reasons for interest in it are contained on the two video clips below.  The first one is especially fascinating as it provides a 25 minute aerial tour of the atoll, a close up look at one of the most remote bits of land in the world.  The second clip is an interview with one of the participants of one of TIGHAR's expeditions to Nikumaroro.  Enjoy!

If you are interested in still more information on the search for Amelia Earhart, you might want to look at a posting entitled, "Amelia Earhart's Fate: The Archaeological Investigations" (here).