Daily Archives: November 26, 2013

Pope Francis: Here We Go Again — “Share The Wealth”. Yes, Lets Start With The Vatican — Charity Must Begin At The Vatican.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


Anura Guruge

Related posts:
>> Francis’ GOLD pallium pins
>>July 28, 2013.
>> “Prayer of ‘WHY'”
>>Nov. 21, 2013.
>> 100 Day Report Card
>>Jun. 19, 2013.

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Click to access the U.K. 'The Guardian' coverage.

Click to access the U.K. ‘The Guardian’ coverage.

Here we go again!

More inane gibberish from the Pope.

Don’t get me wrong. I like this Pope. Lets face it. I am one of the FEW who actually had him as a papabile, in print. So, don’t get on your high horse with me.

I am though a realist and a taskmaster — and the pope does not intimidate me. IF he calls me up, and my number is right here (—>>), I will tell him all of this directly.

His statement that Rugby was NON-violent was stupid! Period.

His suggestion about a “Prayer of ‘WHY'” had Christians skating on thin ice.

His decision to display “St. Peter’s” bones stretched credulity to a near breaking-point.

I am openly contending that this Pope, right now, is not thinking and speaking clearly.

You prove ME wrong.

This the LATEST gibberish worries me.

Of course, I am ALL IN FAVOR, of sharing the wealth. Always believed that. I have always been BIG on generosity and charity.

To this day, despite (if I say it as humbly as possible) a surfeit of compliments, the compliment I treasure the MOST was from one of my ex-father-in-laws, the day that his daughter informed him that I was divorcing her. He came to see us and told me: “… you are the MOST GENEROUS man I have ever met”. And that was BEFORE he or his daughter even heard of my divorce settlement for her!

Pope, by all means, let us ALL share the wealth, but you as a cloistered, rather sheltered Jesuit might not have heard of this, BUT ‘charity begins at home’.

So let us PLEASE start with the Vatican.

I have said it before, to the chagrin of some Catholics, lets PLEASE start with the mother of all yard sales — in St. Peter’s Square.

Just have your peons bring out 400 artifacts, at random, from the Apostolic Palace. Given that you refuse to use it — make that the Papal Apartment. Just bring out 400 items and sell them in St. Peter’s Square. Give the money to charity. Then you can call on others.

Till then you sound pompous, out-of-touch and bit silly. Sorry. But, somebody has to say it and it might as well be me — since I am beyond salvation, thank God.

FREE HBO, STARZ, Cinemax and ENCORE On DirecTV For Thanksgiving Week — Might As Well Enjoy It IF You Have DirecTV.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

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As ever, given that they can’t get anything right — other than overbilling us — they got this wrong too.

They started populating the electronic guide on Saturday — though the Channels were not available till yesterday.

I think that that was phising.
am sure some people hit ‘OK’ on the automatic prompt and inadvertently signed up for HBO, Cinemax etc!

So check your bill next month. You might have signed up without realizing.

But it is FREE, for the week, as of yesterday.

I already recorded one movie last night.

Seen most of them!

Click to access DirecTV promo ...

Click to access DirecTV promo …

“Railroad Alaska” On ‘Destination America’ TV — A Must IF You Are A Train Buff (or Nut) Like Me.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

I used to think that trains were in my blood. But, now I realize that that is unlikely since I was adopted. But, on my adopted mother’s side there was a lot of railway blood — my adopted mother’s father was a station master and her brother was a engine driver. So, given these connections, I have actually driven, i.e., hands on throttle, two diesel passenger trains and worked as a fireman on a steam train. I have lots of model train stuff — some that work some that don’t. I will always stop and look at a train. I read books about trains and have a fairly large collection of large books on trains. Yes, I am a confirmed train buff. Love trains.

So when I happened to see this program ‘Railroad Alaska‘ on the DirecTV electronic program guide I had to ‘DVR’ it to see what it was all about. We have watched Alaska-related programs during our 6 – 7 pm Family TV time. So I recorded this for family TV. During the first few minutes Teischan, who does like to watch Fast n’Loud & Northwoods Law, was not impressed. Then she was hooked. We watched a second episode yesterday.

It is fairly compelling. The scenery is breathtaking. Yes, I have been to Alaska — albeit just to Anchorage, on business! I would prefer to see more about the trains and technical details as opposed to the ‘human angle’. But, I appreciate that I am in the minority when it comes to that.

So, if you get ‘Destination America’ and you like trains or Alaska try and watch an episode or two.


I like big, brawny engines — whether steam or diesel.
I, thanks to this show, am in awe of these engines.
They are brawny and visually appealing.

I had to go check them out.

They are EMD SD70 series engines.

Watch Comet ISON Round The Sun With NASA’s SOHO LASCO C2/C3 & STEREO Resources — The Next Two Days.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.ISONPrintCover150206
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>> ISON may be daylight visible
>>Nov. 25, 2013.
>> To see ISON over N.H. … — Nov. 17, 2013.
>> Presentation videos — Nov. 5, 2013.
Taylor Presentation pictures — Nov. 5, 2013.

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**** Check my ISON blog.

SOHO and STEREO are two of NASA’s space-based Solar observatory platforms.

They are a wonderful resource with always stunning images and data.

Make use of them on Wednesday, November 27 & Thursday,
November 28 (Thanksgiving) to watch Comet ISON streak by or
INTO the Sun
— in real time.

Here, embedded in the images, are the links you will need.


My money is on Comet ISON surviving perihelion mainly intact. See if I am right.




SOHO’s LASCO C2 images … the red filter.


SOHO LASCO C3 images — the blue filter. What I have underlined might be a minor comet. SOHO sees a LOT of these. Sometimes a FEW a day!


Introduction to LASCO if you want to find out more about what the images show.


NASA’s STEREO and option. We showed a video of them yesterday.

I Got My 2014 Flu Shot, ‘Flulaval’ (a.k.a. ‘Trivalent IIV) At The Alton, N.H., Hannaford Pharmacy, Yesterday.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


Anura Guruge

Related posts:
>> 2012 flu shot, at Hannaford —

>>Sep. 29, 2012.
>> Free flu shots for NH kids
>> — Oct. 15, 2013.

flushothereThree years ago, Thanksgiving Day, I nearly died because of the cavalier mistreatment I had received from Dartmouth Hitchcock (Concord) a few days earlier. I chronicled that sad story here. I was coughing so much I broke a rib! Since then I have been grudgingly getting the flu vaccine — especially now that I am considered old and decrepit. I am not a great believer in vaccinations. That I was used as a ‘brown’ guinea pig for testing out the oral polio vaccine in the 1950s, without us being told that we were the guinea pigs, sometimes riles me up. Luckily the vaccine was good and all of us in Ceylon lucked out. Read here.

So yesterday morning I woke up and realized that Thanksgiving was this week! I hadn’t had THE SHOT. I decided then and there that I was going to get the shot — that day itself.

Both Deanna and I got our flu shots, last year, at Hannaford Alton. It was ultra convenient and quite slick.

So at 2pm yesterday we trotted down to Hannaford’s — a place that I seem to visit 4 times a week! 2:00 to 2:30 pm is the pharmacist’s lunch break — but that was no big deal since we had to fill in the 3 pages of paperwork. Deanna might already have the flu. So they wouldn’t give to her. I claimed to be totally healthy, which is a JOKE since ‘good health’ is not in my genes. I just muddle through.

Our friend, Richard Leonard was the pharmacist on duty. That was a bonus. We, obviously, like Richard — and his delightful ‘Miller Farm’. Richard, as ever, did a great job. Injections don’t bother me. Neither does giving blood. So I don’t even flinch. It really was painless.

I was fine afterwards. So, I am glad.

According to Richard it will take 10 days for the vaccine to kick-in (if it does). Bummer.

According to the paperwork what I was injected was Glaxo Smith 0.5 Flulaval 2,013-14 INJ — also listed on another sheet as Influenza: Trivalent IIV.

I do NOT trust Glaxo Smith or for that matter pharmacies in general — though I do respect and trust individual pharmacists like Richard or the very nice guy who used to be at Walmart Gilford.

As far as I know, that little vial could have contained nothing other than sugar water!

Yes, I am a cynic.

My bloody insurance company, the blood sucking scam artists, New Hampshire Health Plan, YET AGAIN refused to pay for the shot — though I had called them up 20 minutes earlier and they confirmed that the flue shot would be covered 100%. That is par for the course for those crooks. They have NEVER paid a cent for anything in the 3 or 4 years I have had coverage with them @ ~$560/month! They have an excuse for everything.

My only consolation was that sitting on the front seat of the van, waiting to be mailed, CERTIFIED, was an ADDITIONAL CANCELLATION notice for these rogues, telling them NOT to extend my coverage into 2014 — now that they told me that they will cancel me at the end of 2013. This insurance was such a joke that I would rather go without BUT Deanna insists that I carry some insurance because I am old and frail.

I can’t wait for this bloody policy to expire. But, I am also quite certain that they will FRAUDULENTLY try to direct-debit $570 from my Fidelity account on January 2, 2104 despite my certified letter.

Hannaford, to their credit, only charged me $20. Thank YOU, Hannaford.

I am not going to bother trying to get this $20 back from those bastards. Waste of my time and postage.

IF I only got sugar water … $20 was probably still OK.