Category Archives: Anura Guruge

Have You Heard Of The Looming Copper Shortage?

by Anura Guruge


Do a search of Google News for ‘copper shortage‘.


When I first heard about this shortage on the financial sites (e.g., MarketWatch, CNBC, etc.) I follow, I thought were running out of copper. That was kind of scary. Got me wondering if we have ever before exhausted a naturally occurring element — one that we relied on, quite literally.

A bit more research today shows that the shortage is due to our current capacity to extract it. That is kind of a relief.

I am glad that we, in the US, no longer use copper for our plumbing. But, I had forgotten about wiring because the copper is mainly covered. We will have to start reusing, remelting old copper.


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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 5) + 6 Also-Rans — May 4, 2021, Mainly Boston Bar The Tree.

by Anura Guruge


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Pope Francis’ New $50 Max. Anti-Bribery Rule Is Beyond Laughable As It Applies To Cardinals.


Click here to access the original ‘Catholic News Agency’ article.


Yes, of course, we all know it is wrong, BUT that is how the Vatican has operated, unchanged, unchecked since time immemorial (or, if you want to start getting pedantic, for at least the last 1,700-years). Yes, yes, yes. There have been various anti-corruption & ‘bannish simony‘ efforts, rules & laws for the years, BUT they have all, always, been conveniently ignored.

The curia could not, would not, exist but for corruption & bribes. That is just the way things happen, the way things are done.

Cardinals, in particular, rely on these stuffed, white envelopes, full of high-denomination dollar bills, to exist. Without these bribes they would have to abide by the constricts of poverty. That would never do.

It gets funnier & funnier. The U.S. resident cardinals are the BIGGEST culprits when it comes to bribing curial staff — whether they be curial cardinals, archbishops, bishops, monsignors or lesser.

This is a joke. The pope is trying to be FUNNY.

How can be stop it? Pray tell me. OK. They will stop accepting fat, white envelopes in PUBLIC, at the Vatican. So, what? This is hilarious. Laugh. It is good for you. I did. I still laugh when I think of this.


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Today’s Collection Of Flora & Funga From My Morning Walk; May 3, 2021.

by Anura Guruge


Though the temps are far from warm, let alone hot, flora, tenacious as ever, are trying to make their presence felt. After the long, cold winters we endure it is such a delight to see color — & life.

The mushrooms were a treat. What tremendous colors. They look like cross-sections of brains. But, I have seen mushrooms on that very same log earlier in the year. I will have to keep an eye to see how they evolve.

Hope you like.


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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 5) + 6 Also-Rans — May 3, 2021.

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Roman (Vatican) Curia, With Names (In English), At-A-Glance, by Br. César J. Tobón — May 2021.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. In English.

Br. César J. Tobón now (as of last August)
does an English version.


August 2020 (in English) for COMPARISON.


Copyright of this beautiful document belongs to Br. César J. Tobón.

This is an update to the August 2020 chart. Lots of valuable information.

We also have previous charts. Search on ‘curia‘, on this BLOG, to find them.

Also please check the wonderful Consistory images by Br. César J. Tobón.


Click on icon to download the May 2021 images as a small (clean) PDFs.


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The Volvo XC60 (2021) Has An Awesome Digital Dashboard Compass — But Only Visible When In Off-Road Mode!

by Anura Guruge


The $1,700 ‘Premium’ option package that provides a rearview mirror compass.

This is one of the STUPIDEST product positioning decisions I have ever encountered. IF the compass feature is there, & available, AUTOMATICALLY, in OFF-ROAD mode, why can’t it be displayed in other drive modes?

This compass is 10x better than the small ‘heading only’ compass, in the rearview mirror, available with the $1,700 ‘Premium’ option package. And here is the BIGGEST irony, EVEN if you get that package, the much better in-dash digital compass is ONLY available in OFF-ROAD mode.

STUPID. STUPID. STUPID.

Got me thinking. I like Swedes. What is not there to like about them? They are invariably good-looking (if not always blonde), congenial & generous with the booze. But, are they smart? Yes, they invented dynamite. Hhhhmmm. I will have to think about this.

This is NOT smart on the part of Volvo. Very stupid really.

It gets better (or is it worse). You, as the driver, CANNOT select Off-Road mode. On a standard XC60 (2021) there are only 3 displayed — & selectable — drive modes, viz., ECO, COMFORT (the default) & DYNAMIC.

The XC60’s computer, automatically & on-the-fly, determines whether you are off-road. It does NOT switch automatically to off-road. It is DISPLAYED if you happen to look. I guess it detects off-road by how much each tire is slipping relative to the others.

Off-road basically means very-low gearing. The XC60 grinds along & engine braking is automatically applied when going down a grade. Kind of cool.

But, the compass!

Oh, Volvo!


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Is This A ‘Marian Apparition’?

by Anura Guruge


I am not sure. That is why I am asking. Sure looked like her when I first saw it. [No, I did not go down on my knees. I did not want to give her the wrong impression.]

I know she likes me, but then again …. Can you blame her. She used to be human.

Well, let me know.


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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 5) + 6 Also-Rans — May 2, 2021.

by Anura Guruge


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I Will Gladly Part With A Testicle For Some Bloody GLOBAL WARMING!

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. 49F at 2:30pm. That was about as high as it got.

At 67, with no shortage, whatsoever of testosterone, I am sure I could get by for another 20-years on one good testicle — luckily, both of mine, are in tip-top shape. So, I will trade one testicle for a tiney, winey bit of GLOBAL WARMING.

Today was May 1st. May 1st.

When I woke up the temperature in Central New Hampshire was 37F (3C)! That is frigging crazy. May 1st & we are just above bloody freezing.

I have had it.

When I set off for my walk at 10am it was 41F (5C). That is insane. I had to bundle up, wear an insulated hat & gloves. May bloody 1st.

Where oh where is this global warming.

Can I, please, please, have some. Not much. Just a bit.

I am so done with being cold.

I believe 100% that we have climate change. I know because we in New Hampshire now have Global Cooling.

So, please don’t talk to me about Global Warming. I have two testicles that will tell YOU otherwise.


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