American Elephants


The Fourth Day. Twenty-eight Year Old Man Pulled From Rubble Alive After 80 Desperate Hours by The Elephant's Child
April 29, 2015, 11:28 pm
Filed under: Politics | Tags: , , ,

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A Nepali-French search and rescue team pulled a 28 year-old man. Rishi Khanal, from a collapsed apartment block in Kathmandu on Tuesday. He had spent around 80 hours in a room with three dead bodies. He had no access to food or water since midday on Saturday when a 7.9 earthquake hit.

Authorities expect the death toll may reach 10,000 in the region.  Some small villages outside Kathmandu have simply vanished.

Rishi Khanal had been on the second floor of a seven-story building when the quake struck. The rescue team drilled down to him when they heard him shouting for help.The rescue took five hours. Doctors say he may have a broken leg.

The possibility of more survivors grows more remote as time passes.



Time Travel by American Elephant
March 3, 2010, 2:43 am
Filed under: Architecture, History, Music, Pop Culture | Tags: , ,

Grab the kids and travel back over 100 years with this rare footage from a streetcar traveling down Market Street in San Francisco in 1905, a year before the great earthquake and subsequent fire.

I love that there were apparently no traffic laws! Reminds me of our returning soldiers accounts of what traffic is like in Iraq. (Actually, bike messengers in SF still observe no traffic laws to this day.)

For comparison here is the same trip taken 100 years later in 2005:

This is exactly the same route I would take to work everyday when I lived in San Francisco, straight down Market to the Embarcadero, although I traveled it underground on MUNI.

The song in the first video is La Femme D’argent by Air, the second is Sa Trincha by Sergio. Pretty good for electronica.

(h/t AoS)




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