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Pope Francis Is In Cuba Again, Today — 2nd Visit In 5 Months.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From ‘Vatican Information Service’ (VIS) at: http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/.


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From the U.K. “Daily Mail”. Click to access original.


This visit, or to be more precise ~2 hour stopover enroute to Mexico, has not received much publicity in the U.S.

The purpose of this visit is for an HISTORIC meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church — on neutral ground.

The claim is that the two will sign a joint declaration condemning violence against Christians in the Middle East — now with Russia such a key player in Syria and Iran.

Though not stated they may also discuss the possibility of standardizing when Easter Sunday will be celebrated across the two Churches.

Agreeing on matters further could be prickly since a major stumbling block between what the two Churches believe in is the role of the pope! The Orthodox Church does not believe that the Pope has the right to be the head of Christians on Earth — that being the role of Christ. And then there is the Filioque (‘from the son’) addition in the Nicene creed (and that is BIGGIE).

As far as we have been told Pope Francis will not leave the Airport. There is also no mention whether any of the Castros will be at the airport to greet him.

John Paul II, in 1984, set the precedent for such ‘Airport Only’ stopover meetings when he met with Ronald Reagan at the Fairbanks Airport in Alaska. The two had also met at the airport in Anchorage Alaska 3 years earlier BUT in that instance the pope did visit the City to celebrate a Mass.


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Eversource (PSNH) Power Outage February 5, 2016 & MetrcoCast Internet Outage February 7 in Alton, New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge


If nothing else I try to keep track of power and Internet outages, in Alton, New Hampshire, for my ‘record’ and edification.

Friday, February 5, 2016 was when we had the ‘unexpected’ (i.e., less than 12 hours notice) ‘big’ snowstorm — kind of the first of 2016 (after our unusually long stretch of above normal temperatures). There was an Eversource (nee PSNH) power outage around 9:30 am, that lasted for about 75 minutes, in Alton. We rolled out and hooked up the generators. To be fair as far as I can remember, and per my records (i.e., blog posts) this was the first time we had to hook up the generators since the 23-hour power outage at Thanksgiving 2014!

So to be fair to Eversource that is not bad. 435 days without a major outage. That is pretty good.

P1030476I try to roll out the generators ‘once a month’ and run them for about 1/2 hour. Folks tell me that this good. And I have done this for 6 years. So just two weeks ago I had gone through the ‘warm up’ drill. When doing so I recalled that I had not had to hook the generators up in a long time — 1 year 2 months.

So that was the Eversore (as I call them) outage. February 5, 2016.

Today, Superbowl Sunday, February 7, 2016 MetroCast had an Internet outage around 1:45pm. Actually two. The first a short blip followed by a full-blown outage. It was probably down for 30 minutes. I don’t know. I left, went and had my ‘brunch’ and watched cricket, South Africa vs. England 2nd ODI on Willow, via my Roku 3, using our TDS connection. When I finished brunch and came up I saw that all the lights were flashing on my Motorola Surfboard. So I knew MetroCast was back up. Working fine now. So another heads up.


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