Daily Archives: July 15, 2016

Turbulent, But Mainly Unnoticed, Times At The Vatican, Senior Cardinals, Sarah & Pell, Rebuked By Pope Plus More …

by Anura Guruge

With all of the turmoil around, not to mention the U.S. Presidential Election shenanigans, much is happening at the Vatican that is going unnoticed and uncommented.

True, in the global scheme of things, and especially in the context of all the machinations that have happened at the Vatican over two millennia, this is still ‘small potatoes’.
However, I feel obliged to bring it to your attention.

I am not sure WHAT Cardinal Robert Sarah was thinking? Did he think the Pope might not notice or let him get away with it?
Even if Francis didn’t notice, and that is possible, there would have been enough around him that noticed and cared.
This was pretty stupid on the part of Sarah.
What was he thinking?

Pell, at best, is on borrowed time.
He will probably be sent home soon.

But check out the SNIPPETS I include.

Google for more. A lot happening on the banks of the storied Tiber
(in addition to the routine retrieval of dead bodies).

Click here for “The Tablet” original.

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Click here for “Catholic Herald” original.

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Click here for “Wall Street Journal” original.

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Click here for “National Catholic Register” original.

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by Anura Guruge

“Far from the Madding Crowd” (2015), Now On HBO, Very Appealing To The Senses.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the IMdb.com listing for this very appealing 2015 movie.

I saw it on the HBO schedule and recorded it — thinking it would be good for the kids. This week we watched it during our ‘Family TV’ time. It was outstanding in every way. Lusciously shot with vivid color and amazing detail. Great story, pleasing characters and engaging actors. With “Downton Abbey” (alas) now over “Doctor Thorne” and now this help assuage the need for good British drama. Talking of which, “Suffragette“, which was also recently on HBO, is really good and educational too. And “Carey Mulligan” stars in both.

So check out these movies. You will be glad I told you to. Enjoy.

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>> Finding Dory.

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by Anura Guruge

Today, July 15, 2016, When Availability For Pentax K-70 Was To Be Announced, Confusion Reigns.

by Anura Guruge

Today, July 15, 2016, was said to be when Ricoh
was said to announce the availability of the
rather impressive, and competitively priced,
Pentax K-70.

There are claims that it will start shipping
a week from today, i.e., July 22, 2016.

However, Amazon, this morning started
saying “Out of Stock”.

Ideally they should have said
“Available as of July 22, 2016”.


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by Anura Guruge

Fidelity Website Highlighting Its “2016 Best Online Broker” Award.

by Anura Guruge


I am glad that this, hard-to-miss, ‘splash’ appeared on my Fidelity logon screen this morning.

I had not heard that they had won this award. It was awarded by Barron’s who rated 16 firms in total. You can find the Barron’s article about this award here.

That Fidelity came in #1 does NOT surprise me in the slightest.

As far as I am concerned Fidelity has been the “Best Online Broker” 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016!

Yes, I am a huge fan of Fidelity and it isn’t as if I oblivious to other brokers. I used to be with Charles Schwab and still, on occasion, logon and use TDAmeritrade — albeit on behalf of a relative.

That Schwab came in #8 does not surprise me either. They used to be very good in the mid- to late 1990s. Then something drastic went wrong. TDAmeritrade at #4 is probably ‘right’ though I would contend that they could be higher — but not #1. They have really got their act together over the last 5 to 6 years.

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by Anura Guruge

6 Fuji X-E2s Images Of The Day — July 15, 2016.

by Anura Guruge

See this post for resolution details.

NO post-processing whatsoever.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

Fuji X-E2s image Anura Guruge
Fuji X-E2s image Anura Guruge

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July 14 Google Doodle For France’s (Now Tainted) “Bastille Day 2016”.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the Google Doodle.

Permanent access, independent of date,
provided via the Google Doodle Archive.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link above to access original.

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>> Juno reaches Jupiter.

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by Anura Guruge

Contrary to Headline There Is No Evidence, Whatsoever, That Female Orgasms Enhance Fertility.

by Anura Guruge

Click here to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” original
from July 5, 2016.

Click images to ENLARGE and read here.



Funniest thing.

The headline shouts that “it does help if you orgasm“.

Then the body of the article clarifies that.

The female having an orgasm has yet to be demonstrated as boosting the chances of her getting pregnant.

As millions of women will sadly testify it is very easy for a woman to get pregnant without ever having had an orgasm during sexual intercourse.

I actually talked about this, at length, as Fact #28 in my 2015 book
Orgasms: 101 Facts & Trivia


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by Anura Guruge

New HBO “Criminal Justice” Series “The Night Of” With Pakistani-American Lead Is Riveting.

by Anura Guruge

Click here to access the HBO Homepage for this 8-part series.


I, for the last couple of years at least, typically didn’t pay much heed to HBO series. Then the other night I happened to catch a few minutes of the new series “The Night Of” as I was channel surfing. The tense, tightly-shot police station scene, even at a glance, looked compelling enough to warrant few minutes of scrutiny. Wow. It was gripping. I was hooked. Luckily (as is usually the case with HBO) there were enough reruns during the week to ensure that I could record a complete episode — in this instance, episode 1 which aired last Friday, July 8, 2016.

Tonight we managed to watch about 40 minutes of it. It was good. Riveting. Well made. Very engaging. Strongly recommended. I am now recording the whole series.

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by Anura Guruge