Category Archives: Rants

As A Longtime Amazon Shareholder (Of Consequence), I Just Love That Home Depot & Lowe’s SUCK At Online Shopping.


by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. What a bunch of dotards.

Click to ENLARGE. From ‘MarketWatch’.

During the last week I have been foiled & screwed when it came to online shopping with Home Depot & Lowe’s. They are BEYOND useless. Pathetic. But, I am glad. As an Amazon shareholder I am delighted. Better for Amazon & that means better for I & my also my kids. [Yes, my two of my kids do. Amazon is already paying for one to go through College.]

Both Home Depot & Lowe’s are so bad that they come away as sleazy, scamey & scandalous. Well, I have learnt my lesson the very hard way. Screw Home Depot. Screw Lowe’s. I will try to do even MORE shopping via Amazon.

Amazon RULES. Amazon EXCELS. Amazon is AMAZING.

Home Depot sucks.

Lowe’s suck.

Lowe’s Home Delivery, With ‘XPO’, Is Beyond A bad Joke, It Is An Outright CON — A Scam.

by Anura Guruge


From Google. Do your own search, if you don’t believe me.

I had an actual Lowe’s Customer Service Associate tell me today, on a recorded line, that they are having a LOT of problems with XPO. That did not come as a surprise. I had already found that out — the very hard way.

Totally bloody scam. They tell you that it is ON THE TRUCK for delivery, but they never turn up.

I got 3 automated calls saying that the delivery will be that day, between 4pm & 8pm. The 8pm part made me suspicious.

NOTHING. NOTHING.

This is a SCAM. Lowe’s is complicit.

The Lowe’s Associate, who was sympathetic to my plight, told me how I might be able to beat the system. We are going to try it at 7am tomorrow. Yes, Sunday. I will let you know.


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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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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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Confirmation That Earth’s Axis Has Shifted Strengthens My Claim We Have To ALSO Look At Other Factors Beyond Greenhouse Gases.

by Anura Guruge


The above from ‘earthsky.org.




OK. This is but 13′ in 42-years. OK. But, do we know how much it has shifted say over the last 250-years. We know the axis has indeed shifted. We even know that the North & South Poles have traded places more than once.

This study focuses on how climate change has caused the axis to shift.

BUT, the corollary is equal true. A shift in axis will result in climate change!

Think about it. A shift in axis will cause parts of the Earth to warm up or cool down.

And that is just a shift in the axis. We do NOT have a record of how the axis has shifted. Just know that it must have — & has.

I have also repeatedly pointed out that we have NO CLUE, whatsoever, as to how much the Earth’s orbit has changed over the last million years (& I don’t need to go any further back).

A change in orbit will MOST certainly impact climate.

That has always been my point. My only point. I appreciate, fully, that we are seeing Climate Change. But, I want to know, for sure, for sure, what other factors, way, way beyond humans might have been at play.

Wouldn’t you like to know.

All I am advocating is that we do NOT have ALL the facts.

Peace. And as I always like to say: “I would really like some Global Warming up here is still chilly New Hampshire“.


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Why Do Countries Like Indonesia Need Submarines?

by Anura Guruge


Google ‘Indonesia submarine‘ for more. Above article from ‘USA Today.


Click to ENLARGE & read here. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_submarine_operators

Prior to hearing about the recent, & tragic, disaster which needlessly ended 53 lives, it never even occurred to me that “third world countries” like Indonesia even had submarines. I was staggered to realize they did. I had to go looking for a list of countries that still had submarines &, as usual, Wikipedia did not let me down.

I will ask the question: WHY? Oh, WHY?

What are they going to do with a submarine? They dare NOT torpedo a ship from another country. That would result in outright war. So, why bother.

Please, do not insult my intelligence (however, little it might be) by saying it is for reconnoitering. Please. This is not the 1915s or even 1940s. Today we have radar, sonar, satellites & planes. You can even listen for other submarines with sonar & underwater mikes. Submarines serve no purpose.

Yes, the larger powers kind of need them for their nuclear posturing. But, what was the last time a country had the guts to use a submarine in anger. The ‘Falklands War’ in 1982? That was nearly 40-years ago.

This is nothing but puerile ego, oneupmanship — monkey see, monkey do.

I was so relieved to see that Sri Lanka was not on that list. Yes, of course, the Sri Lankan navy would love some but they just don’t have the budget. That is a good thing.

Think about it. Why do these countries need submarines. THINK.


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I Have Very MIXED Feelings About MY 95-Year Old Queen (Driving A Jaguar) Outside Of Windsor.

by Anura Guruge


The above is from the U.K. ‘Daily Mail’. Click here for more of their outstanding coverage.


As an owner of two Jaguars I am DELIGHTED to see MY QUEEN driving a Jaguar — though hers, though newer than mine, is nowhere close to as CLASSY as mine. SMILE.

That said, I do NOT think she should be driving on public roads at 95.

Yes, I appreciate that she own the roads & everything else (within reason). But, 95.

That accident with Prince Philip, in 2019, WAS ENOUGH.

My QUEEN should NOT be driving on public roads.

By all means, drive to hre heart’s content, on all of her private roads in her various estates. But, not on PUBLIC roads. Is that fair?


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This Autopilot Tesla Crash That Killed 2, With A Fire That Took 4-Hours To Extinguish, Angers, Disappoints & Saddens Me.

by Anura Guruge


The above is from the U.K. ‘Daily Mail’. Click here for their outstanding coverage.


This is FRIGGING bloody wrong. This makes me very angry, sad & dissapointed.

We are NOT ready for autopilot cars, Tesla or otherwise — & I write this as a HUGE Tesla fan & a very contented & happy, v. long-term Tesla investor. Yes, this crash will send TSLA stock tumbling on Monday. That does NOT bother me much. SMILE. I invested in TSLA years ago. SMILE.

This is WRONG. Bloody WRONG.

We are just NOT there when it comes to autopilot. To plug autopilot is just pure wrong & irresponsible. Yes, ‘they’, government agencies & families should go after Tesla. Sue the pants off them — & again, I speak as one who owns more than just a few shares of Tesla.

This has to END.

We need tighter regulations about autopilot.

I would be so, so, so upset if an autopilot car killed one of my kids. Think about it.

Plus, firefighters being unable to put out the fire caused by the batteries. This is NOT RIGHT. 4-hours to put out a car fire! Jesus wept.


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“Meghan Markle’s” Major Mistake About Her Pre-Wedding Proves That She Is Not Too Bright, Is Truth-Challenged, Or Both.

by Anura Guruge



As a very patriotic & loyal NON-WHITE Brit, I CAN — & I am — making this claim. She is whiter than I, so I am not being racist, just stating my opinion.

I have never liked her. I always thought she came across as shallow. And then THE INTERVIEW. She impresses me none.

She is NO Princess Diana. Princess Diana had class & was smarter than what folks credited her with.

Not so with this one. She is NOT as smart as people think she is.

What Harry saw — & sees in her — baffles I.

But, then, I don’t think Harry is Royal! I think he was born on the wrong side of the blanket.

Trump wanted to see Obama’s birth certificate.

I want to see Harry’s DNA.

What a couple. Made for each other.

NOT MY ROYALS.


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IRS ‘Free File Fillable Forms’ For 2021 (i.e., 2020 Tax Year) AGAIN Has A Negative Number Error In ‘Schedule D’ — Precludes eFile.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE.


Click image to access THIS post about last year’s Schedule D negative number error. This year’s is A SHOW STOPPER!


PANIC. This error is a SHOW STOPPER.

If you have to report short-term capital gain LOSSES on your Schedule D you are SCREWED.

Free File Fillable Forms‘ will NOT accept a negative number in column (d), i.e., Proceeds (sales prices). Yes, proceeds can be NEGATIVE. Smile. It can even be quite a BIG negative number. The IRS allows you to enter NEGATIVE numbers in these columns. You enter them in parenthesis.

Click to ENLARGE. Straight from the IRS. Schedule D instructions.


FFFF does NOT let you enter parenthesis. But, it lets you enter a NEGATIVE number with a MINUS in front.

The problem is that the eFile XML checker has an ERROR. I hate XML. Can’t believe that they still use XML. XML is a bloody joke.

Well, you have to print the return & mail it. This will be the SECOND time eFile has not worked with FFFF.


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by Anura Guruge