by Anura Guruge
>> ‘Official’ Fall Foliage Updater — Oct. 2, 2013.
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On my ‘near daily’ 2.5 mile run up (and down) Prospect Mountain Road yesterday it crossed my mind that I was not seeing any early tinges of foliage. I also remembered that I had seen some vivid indications of early foliage last year — definitely in August.
This morning while brushing my teeth I had a look outside to see if I could see any foliage given that our bathroom overlooks a sea of green. Noticed just a hint of orange on the gaggle of Stag’s Horn plants we have behind the house. That was about it.
I had another look on my run today. It is all green.
So I checked this blog to see when I first spotted foliage in 2013. August 6! Wow. That was three weeks ago.
Interesting if not outright strange. It has been getting cold at night, quite cold, since LAST Wednesday, i.e., August 13, 2014. We had a BIG storm that night. The weather turned, dramatically, since then. Don’t care what the ‘professionals’ have to say, I know because I live it. Got colder in the evenings and it seems to get darker a tad sooner than I expect. Funnily enough two people on the ‘Great Waters’ cruise on Sunday were talking about this VERY thing before I interjected. They too had noticed.
I made a point of swimming, in Halfmoon Lake, Alton, N.H., yesterday and day before. It was cold! Borderline. I really wanted to swim. I hate it when I stop swimming for the Summer. To me that is the END of the Summer. Not many swimming. I am hoping that we get a few 80F days that might heat up the water. Yikes.
I will keep an eye out for ‘early’ foliage. NOT running for the next fews days. But, I will be out and about.
by Anura Guruge
>> Market Basket, Concord, N.H. — Aug. 4, 2014.
>> Market Basket, Concord, N.H. — July 25, 2014.
>> Demoulas firing impact in N.H. — July 21, 2014.
>> Arthur T. Demoulas firing over 4% — June 24, 2014.
Found the link to the above article on ‘Craigslist‘ last night — yet again confirming my stoutly maintained claim that CL, by far, is the best way to have your pulse on the local NE news, and to be daily reminded, not that I need any reminding living in lovely Alton, N.H., that rabid racism is alive and doing very well in MA, NH, ME and VT.
This article about Artie finally makes sense.
From ‘day 1′ I expressed incongruity that he had been supposedly fired for implementing the ‘year only’ 4% discount. Didn’t make sense since this, i.e., the 4% discount, would have required Board approval.
This whole thing about losing U.S. $46 Million on a bad Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Preferred Stock deal in 2007-2008 makes much more sense. Kind of feel for him. I too dabbled in Fannie Mae stock during that time period — but not in Preferred Stock. I think I made a buck or two — and that is NOT a figure of speech. I literally made a buck or two.
This whole story is INTRIGUING and to an extent worrying.
He made up the $46 Million?
They had $46 Million lying around that they could just write-off the loss?
Now, I am having some concerns. I, like a million others, LOVE Market Basket prices. So, how do they do it? They pay more, they give better bonuses, they have a better pension plan and, MOREOVER, they can give us, for ‘a year’ a 4% discount. ON TOP of all this they can just fish up $46 Million. Hhmmmm!
This has to mean that other supermarket chains, e.g., Hannaford, MUST BE ripping us and their employees. Think about it. Market Basket appears to have SO MUCH MORE MARGIN than Hannaford — but lets face it 85% of their suppliers are the same. So figure it out.
Strange. Very strange.
All that said I want MY Market Basket back — please.
Pope Francis, Undeterred, Continues To Call For Prayers Though His Prayers For Iraq Were Replaced By His Calls For Military Action.
by Anura Guruge
>> Francis’ nephew — Aug. 19, 2014.
>> Francis abandons prayer … — Aug. 16, 2014.
>> Will Francis admit prayers not working – July 28, 2014.
>> Did Francis pray for Argentina — July 5, 2014.
>> PLEASE pray for Argentina – July 15, 2014.
>> Francis’ prayer at Wailing Wall — May 30, 2014.
>> Francis prays for Iraq – June 16, 2014.
>> Francis “Prayer of ‘WHY’” — Nov. 22, 2013.
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As I made it quite clear yesterday, as a father, I feel dreadful about the tragic loss of of these two innocent kids: 8 months & 2 years. I feel for the father. This is the worst nightmare. I know that I will not shock anyone by saying that I am sure that he wishes that he had died in the crash too.
I hate to bring this up, but it is, of course, germane! It says they were coming home after a holiday weekend. He rear ended a truck — obviously with sufficient force to kill three, and I hope the kids were in car seats at the back. Was he ‘OK’ — and I am trying to use an euphuism.
Now, alas, we come to PRAYER.
The pope has not been having a good time with prayers of late — if, indeed, he has ever had any luck with prayers.
As I documented here, just last week, Francis is now backing military force in Iraq AFTER publicly stating that he was PRAYING for peace in Iraq. Again, remember, my concern here is that THE POPE is not any ol’ superstitious, ignorant schmuck. He is the Vicar of Christ. He is said to have the inside track with God. So when the Pope prays you would expect that God listens.
So, now, yet again, the Pope is telling us to pray. I am totally and utterly confused. What are we praying FOR? The two kids should be FINE … right? They should already be with God.
In situations like this, what crosses my mind is … shouldn’t HE, i.e., the Vicar of Christ, have been doing a better job praying. To me it is a bit late now.
PLEASE, don’t tell me that God doesn’t micro-manage, “free will”, we don’t understand God’s marvelous ways etc. Fine, if SO … why is Francis asking us to pray.
You can’t have it both ways.
I don’t pray. If I did I would pray that they do not find the Pope’s nephew ‘negligent’.
Enough said. I wish the Pope some peace. WISH … not pray.
Malaysian Airlines MH370: Book By New Zealand ‘Ambulance Chasers’ Bogus — Nothing But Rank Speculation.
by Anura Guruge
Just SOME of the Related post:
>> Maldives & Sri Lanka – Mar. 15, 2014.
>> 4 hours in air, Sri Lanka, Cell phones … – Mar. 13, 2014.
>> Malaysia flight 370: My Thoughts — Mar. 10, 2014.
>> Could have landed … — Mar. 11, 2014.
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I am not going to give this disgusting ‘ambulance chasing’ book, by two New Zealanders, any publicity, let alone credence by mentioning the titles or the names of the supposed authors. They should be ashamed. I was very surprised that they were from New Zealand. New Zealanders, on the whole, are very honorable sorts — with a lot of integrity, dignity and credibility. You only have to think of the likes of Edmund Hillary, Richard Hadlee, Glenn Turner, Bev Congdon et. al.
The basic premise of this book that the MH370 Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah was insane, that he barred the first officer, Fariq Abdul Hamid, from the cockpit and then proceeded to suffocate the passengers and crew up cutting off the oxygen supply is TOTAL, ludicrous speculation — not based on an iota of fact. To make such claims is disgraceful.
That Zaharie Ahmad Shah then managed to land the Boeing 777, intact, on the ocean, à la Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger’s ‘Miracle on the Hudson‘, is more conjecture. The Indian ocean, for a start, is NOT the Hudson. This is their theory as to why no wreckage has yet to be found. It is STUPID. At some stage the plane would have started to take water and sink. Boeing 777s are NOT built to be watertight and float. Water would start seeping in through the wheel wells for a start. So at some point the LARGE plane would start to sink. Then the laws of physics would kick in. Just see what the ocean did to the Titanic once it started going down. Bits of the plane and then eventually larger portions would have got ripped off. There would be enormous water pressures and dynamics due to gravity at play. The 777 would have broken up, into sections, before it hit the bottom. That is a given. Then there would be a lot of things that would float up — and it is best to not even think about it.
This book is a disgrace. Do NOT buy it. Do not pander to these shameless snake-oil salesman.
by Anura Guruge
>> Keene Pumpkin Festival 2013
>>– Aug. 20, 2013.
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