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Today Is Al Gore’s 69th Birthday — And The Inconvenient Truth Is That It Is Still Deep Winter In New Hampshire!

by Anura Guruge


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This post, on THIS blog, from 2013 gets a LOT of hits! What can I say.


I kind of like Al.

He and my now departed adoptive father were good friends — when my adoptive father was the Sri Lankan Ambassador in D.C. (1992 – 1995).

I saw Al, in Concord, in 2013. Nice enough guy.

69. Wow. He is getting up there.

Suffice to say I do NOT agree with him about Global Warming.


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Sri Lanka To Be First To Try Out Google’s Balloon-Based Internet — And Ungrateful Locals Are Worried Of Spying!

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Click to learn more about Google’s Internet via balloon ‘Project Loon’.


Having tested the concept, successfully, in New Zealand and Brazil earlier this year, Google has signed a contract with the Sri Lankan government to provide Internet via balloon.

This makes sense. The country is small but populous, with very high literacy and most people not averse to technology. Nonetheless only 1 in 5 have ready access to the Internet. So Google in reality is doing the Sri Lankans a huge favor and honor.

Though only a handful will know this Sri Lanka in 1992 became the first country to officially sign-up for Al Gore’sInformation Superhighway“! I kid you not. At the time I used to joke that Sri Lanka must have managed to get a connection with the single 128Kbps dial-up link they had. I know this because the person who made this happen, as the then Sri Lankan Ambassador in D.C. was my adoptive father — who once a month had breakfast with Al Gore, his ‘neighbor’ in D.C.

But it appears that some Sri Lankans are far from grateful, let alone happy.

They fear that Google will spy on them and on Sri Lanka.

‘Spy’ is such an emotive and strong word. But, I can see where they are going.

I am 100% sure that Google will ‘data mine’ anything and everything that they can get their hands on in the data that passes through them. That happens worldwide. It is happening right now. I take it for granted.

Will Google ‘share’ this data with the U.S. government — which has a cursory interest in Sri Lanka in the overall context of the war against terrorism — or for that matter with other governments? I am sure India, Pakistan and some Gulf States probably would like to get some hands-on, G2 on Sri Lanka. Even if they don’t share it, Google probably might be amenable to selling some or all of the data. So the Sri Lankans are justified in their paranoia.

I just take Internet snooping, especially by Google and Amazon, for granted. But then again I don’t do anything that I shouldn’t do on the Internet. So I have nothing to hide.

But it amuses me to see the Sri Lankans getting so worked up about this.

Many of them that are ranting are too young to KNOW that Sri Lankans of my age were used, unbeknownst to them, as the guinea pigs for the new oral (sugar cube) polio vaccine, by the U.S., in the late 1950s. Yes, I was given the vaccine, multiple times, and I had no idea that I was being used as an easily dispensable, non-white test subject. Luckily for all of us the vaccine worked and we did get, successfully, immunized against polio. Consequently I have seen more polio in the U.S. than I ever did in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon).

Well being ‘spied on’ by Google is as far as I am concerned not as risky as having been unwitting test subjects for what could have been a dangerous vaccine that could have killed us!


Message To The Climate Scientist Stuck In The Ice In The Antarctic — Why Don’t You Just Wait For YOUR Mythical Global Warming To Free You.

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Click to access CNN coverage. Google for plenty of other coverage.

Click to access CNN coverage. Google for plenty of other coverage.


Well at least they SHOULD learn that Al Gore lied — Global Warming is a man made myth.

I have said it before: Al Gore should come and shovel some snow with me to learn that there is no Global Warming.

Just damn cold weather, lot of snow and thick ice.

Happy New Year.

Winter Solstice And Shortest Day In New Hampshire For 2013 Still 13 Days Away, But Earliest Sunsets Right Now …

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The shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice, MY favorite day of the year (since it heralds the coming of Summer), is on December 21, 2013.

But, the rate at which sunrise and sunset varies, from day to day, going towards the Solstice and coming out of it isn’t symmetrical.

So, right now we are in THE period of the EARLIEST sunsets. That doesn’t mean that these are the SHORTEST days because sunrise happens ‘earlier’.

So in terms of daylight hours we still have 13 days to go before we see the shortest day.

But, for those that don’t see sunrise (in the winter) these are the shortest days because the sunset is earlier.

I know, this is kind of obtuse. Not immediately obvious. Though I understand it, each year around this time, I still have to stop and think about it to make sure it is clear in my mind.

The following tables will explain. Study them.
The top two are from our U.S. Naval Observatory.
Third is from ‘Time & Date‘ an excellent resource.

In the mid-1990s before I went on my own I worked for a couple of years, as the ‘Lead Consultant‘ at Bolt, Beranek and Newman (BBN) — THE place where some of  ‘the Internet‘ was invented, and NO, Al Gore never worked at BBN. Amazing place. I have never seen, not even at Cisco, IBM, Northern Telecom, just a inescapable concentration of raw, vivid intelligence. I used to be in awe. I always felt that I was the ‘Token Dummy‘ they had hired — and I had this exalted title! But, I repaid them in my own little way. In my first year there I got about 20 articles, with the BBN tagline, printed in trade journals. They loved that. Plus I was sure that I was the only uncircumcised person (thank God) on the whole campus — separated by the railway tracks leading to North Station in Boston. So, I also felt that I was the ‘Token Gentile‘ — and I wasn’t even a Gentile! There was a genius there who tracked sunset and sunrise for Boston and sent us e-mails reminding us of the various flavors of ‘shortest days’. I still get these e-mails from him … which is what reminded me to go check the times for New Hampshire. BBN was a great place.

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Hours of Day in December in Concord, New Hampshire.
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Sunrise & Sunset Times in December for Concord, New Hampshire.

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This weeks Sunrise and Sunset times for Concord, New Hampshire in detail just to understand the variations.

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And to end, lets all ENJOY ‘Sunrise Sunset’ from ‘Fiddler on the Roof‘ … one of my favorite musicals.

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Click to access the YouTube video … ENJOY.


We Got More Snow This Weekend Than From ‘Nemo’ The Blizzard Of 2013.

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Some Of The Blizzard Related posts:
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Blizzard Of 2013: Update From Alton IV — Feb. 8, 2013.
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Blizzard Of 2013: Update From Alton III — Feb. 8, 2013.
>> Blizzard Of 2013: Now We Can Joke — Feb. 8, 2013.


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Same spot at the top of our drive in December.

I guess we had a bit of snow. So much for Al Gore and his global warming.

Al Gore Told The Truth When He Said That He & Bill Clinton Found Only 50 Web Pages On The Web In January 1993!

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Related posts:
>> Al Gore ‘The Future’ … What I Learned — Feb. 7, 2013.
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Al Gore ‘The Future’ Book Signing Made Me Sad — Feb. 6, 2013.
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Do NOT Buy Al Gore’s ‘The Future’ In Hardback — Feb. 6, 2013.
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Is Al Gore Gay? — Feb. 6, 2013.
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Al Gore In Concord, NH, February 6 — Feb. 5, 2013.


Al Gore at the Concord, NH ‘BAM’ book signing on Wednesday, February 6, 2013. Click to ENLARGE.


I am GLAD. Though there are things that I do not agree with him about, in particular ‘global warming‘, and I detest his hypocrisy and blatant pimping to the almighty dollar, I don’t dislike him!

So, I really did NOT want to take him to task for making another ‘I invented the Internet‘ remark.

In Concord, on Wednesday, at his book signing, he made this statement: ‘When Bill Clinton and I got to the White House we checked the Web and found that there were only 50 Web pages‘.

There was no reaction from the audience. I was not in a position to comment.

I was a very late adopter of the Web. I was Mr. SNA and the Web was SNA’s direct enemy. I was busy making money with SNA-related initiatives.

I think I only started using the Web, intermittently at that, in 1996. To make it worse, in those days I was a rabid Mac user. Didn’t have a PC and bad mouthed Windows like there was no tomorrow. Getting a Web browser for Macs was NOT EASY. You had to buy Navigator, in a white box — for what I think was $79.99. Then there were all sorts of tweaks you had to do to get it to run properly. That wasn’t a problem. I used to be a Mac expert. Navigator for Macs also was notoriously flaky! But, I had learned, by trial and error, all the tricks. If you kept the cursor in certain places … Navigator would not hang! I kid you not. I cannot remember the exact scenarios, but I do remember that you had to make sure that the cursor was underneath (but not in) the address bar trench when you started some operation. If not, Navigator would hang.

Last night I did some quick checking. I couldn’t get a good number for 1992 and 1993. Today I found that there were 623 Web pages at the END of 1993 — but remember 1993 of the pivotal year when Mosaic, the first graphical Web browser, came online. So that would have precipitated the growth of many Web sites. Then today I found this. Not sure how accurate it is, but it says 50. Never sure whether they got it from Al or Al got it from them. But …

Al Gore ‘The Future’ Book Signing In Concord, NH: What I Learned.

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Related posts:
>> Al Gore ‘The Future’ Book Signing Made Me Sad — Feb. 6, 2013.
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Do NOT Buy Al Gore’s ‘The Future’ In Hardback — Feb. 6, 2013.
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Is Al Gore Gay? — Feb. 6, 2013.
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Al Gore In Concord, NH, February 6 — Feb. 5, 2013.




These were the main things I learned from yesterday’s ‘The Future‘ book signing in Concord. My overall sentiment was one of profound sadness: credibility compromised for commercialism.

Al Gore, though BAM was hoping he would only speak for 20 minutes, spoke for 30 minutes. BAM only permitted four questions from the audience, randomly (or they said) picked. I actually learned quite a bit from one of the questions. I will point that out.

So here, in very pithy form, are my takeaways, from yesterday, more or less in the order they registered in my brain. I did not take notes.



>> :: Privacy :: Dictionary.com places 243 cookies on your computer to track your Web surfing trends.
[Since I do use Dictionary.com, with increasing annoyance with their blatant intrusions, I checked this as soon as I got back. He was right. It might be 230 cookies, but they are using me as a cookie jar. I had it on my bookmark toolbar. I deleted it. I will not use it again. I replaced it with Wicktionary. Not the same, but will do. Plus, it will force me to do something that I have been remiss in doing for the last couple of years: reaching down and picking up my beloved ‘Oxford Concise Dictionary’. Thank You, Al Gore.]

>> :: Privacy :: The U.S. Government is currently spending billions developing a system that vacuums up ALL of our electronic transactions, including e-mails, Tweets and posts so that they can be electronically analyzed, if needed, to check what we have said and done in the past.
[I did not check this, but I know that this has been talked about. I have always assumed that all of this data was captured and stored. I have known, since the 1970s, that all phone calls to/from the U.S. were recorded and stored. So, to me this is nothing new. I always work under the assumption that Big Brother is watching me.]

>> :: Wealth Inequality :: 6 descendents of the two Walton brothers who created Walmart are worth more than the 100 million Americans at the very bottom of the wealth pyramid; so 6 = 100,000,000.
[I wasn’t shocked. I checked. It is on Wikipedia. Yes, these 6 are worth [albeit per the vagaries of the Walmart stock price], $102.7 BILLION (B).]

>> :: Genetic Engineering & Shift In World Power :: China is spending billions on genetic engineering, even working on ways to change the IQs of unborn babies. Al thinks that China or India will overtake the U.S. in the future as the #1 superpower. He thinks later than sooner.
[I am not surprised. I think the shift will occur sooner than what Al thinks. Just keep an eye on China’s space program.]

>> :: Global Warming :: We are now releasing the equivalent of 400,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs per day, 365 days per year, in terms of burnt hydrocarbon energy into the atmosphere each day.[I looked it up. But Gore is the ultimate hypocrite. That ‘The Future’ is in hardcover only proves that. I do NOT believe that global warming, if true, is due to humans! I also now know that the Earth is losing MASS. That is a much bigger issue and most, including Gore, don’t even know about it, let alone understand it. I will talk about it here, soon.]

>> :: Bloody China :: This was from the 1st Question asked yesterday:: China is spending $2xx million a year processing ivory!
[I checked. There appears to be a basis — same as the Philippines that I have railed about on my Pope blog. We can’t boycott China and I shudder because I do have some Chinese in me: my fraternal grandmother was 25% Chinese. Maybe after Chinese New Year I will stop eating Chinese, especially now that I have dramatically cut back on carbs.]

>> :: Global Warming :: Lakes Huron and Michigan are at their lowest known levels.
[True.]

>> :: Robots Running The World :: Robots will soon be able to create new robotic capabilities.[Yes, and pigs will fly. I do know some about AI. I have dabbled in AI for 4 decades. No, we have yet to make that pivotal AI breakthrough to impart self-learning and creativity into machines.]


Al Gore ‘The Future’ Book Signing In Concord, NH, February 6, 2013: We Went. I Felt Sad.

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Related posts:
>> Do NOT Buy Al Gore’s ‘The Future’ In Hardback — Feb. 6, 2013.
>>
Is Al Gore Gay? — Feb. 6, 2013.
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Al Gore In Concord, NH, February 6 — Feb. 5, 2013.


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We attended as planned. I picked up 3 tickets, without making a purchase, at BAM (Fort Eddy St. Concord), around 11:35. We got to the Grappone Center about 11:40. I was worried that it would be packed. It wasn’t. At that time there was probably 50 folks there. We got good 2nd row seats, right in the middle. There were even some front row seats available. Around 12:20 I got up and tried to count. We estimated that there was about 170. If filled up more in the next few minutes. So probably about 220. It was a decent crowd for a work day.

Al Gore did a decent presentation. He didn’t use a presentation or charts. But, you can see that he has done this a few times before. He used a smartphone for his notes. He was good.

He started with a great joke. I did not know that he had a business partner called David Blood. It is true. Look it up. When Gore gave the election to Bush in 2000, he and blood, kind of ironically, set up a Wealth Management company called Generation Investment Management LLP. But, according to Al, he wanted to call it: ‘Blood and Gore‘. That was good.

Overall, however, I was much saddened by the whole event.

It wasn’t Al Gore’s thoughts of the future. There is nothing that really frightens me there, not even the supposed global warming (which I will be thinking about when we have 2′ of snow in NE tomorrow) or robots creating robots.

The unabashed commercialization of this event was depressing.

That an ex-V.P., who is now worth worth more than $300 million (after he sold his TV network to Arabic Al Jazeera for $100 million), lets himself be trotted out and made to perform like a peanut vendors chained monkey is unbecoming and sobering. There was little dignity and no righteousness. Irony dripped, hypocrisy ruled — especially as one of his key themes was that of wealth inequality. It is plain to see that Al Gore has sold his soul to the almighty dollar.

Al, you could have risen about the sad,
sordid marketing tactics of BAM.
You are NOT a recovering drug addict trying to make a fortune
with his sham book.

It distressed me to see a badly dressed, mid-20s BAM employee, who was loving his 15 minutes of vicarious fame, bossing around Al Gore.

Al Gore did not help himself. He manages, quite amazingly, to look good and terrible at the same time. His innate good looks haven’t deserted him. But, he is also bloated, with 15 pounds of lard wobbling around his face. He had to climb up 2 steps to reach the stage. He bounded up, but that winded him. And that suit. I am sure it was the same one he wore right through the 2010 presidential campaign.

We saw Mike Dukakis in Laconia in October. It was such a different experience. Mike Dukakis projected dignity, credibility and conviction. Al Gore looked like a used car salesman peddling counterfeit Viagra.

I do not have anything against Al Gore. My father and he used to be good friends as I have mentioned here. I did not support him in 2000. I was a rabid Republican in the day, and spent the whole of December 2000 glued to the TV waiting for Bush to win — having put my (then very lucrative) consulting business on hold.

He does not inspire me as does President Obama. Yesterday proved that he is a conflicted, hypocritical, shallow man, always more interested in making more money rather than the issues he claims to be passionate about. Yes, as do Warren Buffet, Bill Clinton and President Obama, he made the trite remark that he would be happy to pay more taxes. Al, who is stopping YOU. Donate some of your money to the Government and STOP printing your book as a hardcover. Having that book in hardcover is so cynical, hypocritical and just plain wrong. The book deals with wealth inequality and global warming. Producing a hardcover book requires more resources and energy than the equivalent paperback. Hardcover books are NOT GREEN. The only motive for hardcover books is more mullah. Increasing wealth disparity and putting the book out of the reach of the poor.

Al, you made yourself look pathetic yesterday. I felt sorry for you. I hope your $300,000,000 makes you real happy, because you did not look it. You looked like a trained animal at the circus — run by BAM.


Al Gore in Concord, February 6, 2013. Click to ENLARGE.

Do NOT Buy Al Gore’s ‘The Future’ In Hardback.

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Related posts:
>> Al Gore In Concord, NH, February 6 — Feb. 5, 2013.
>> Is Al Gore Gay? — Feb. 6, 2013.


Do NOT buy Al Gore’s latest book,
‘The Future’, in HARDBACK.

Demand the paperback.

Hardbacks waste trees and energy! Period.


This has noting to do with Al Gore, the book or what it has to say.

This has all to do with the sheer hypocrisy of Al Gore publishing a book, which among other things decries global warming, in hardback. It is the same as Al Gore jetting around the world in private jets decrying carbon emissions.

There is absolutely no justification for hardback books TODAY
other than profit margins and author vanity.

Remember, I have been in book publishing for a long time. Today we have something called ‘Perfect Binding‘ for paperbacks. Perfect binding can handle any size book. I just finished reading Ken Follett’s ‘World Without End’ in paperback. 1,039 pages of story. All told it was probably 1,060 pages long. No problems. Took me 2 months to read it. The binding was fine.

Al Gore’s book is half the size.

There is NO need for it to be in hardback other than for generating more profits.

This is wrong. Makes Al Gore look like even more of a fraud than he really is! I like him. He is a likeable guy. Good sense of humor. But he is not genuine.

With Al, it is: ‘Do as I say, not as I do’!

Not good Al. Credibility. You lack credibility, BIG TIME. Sorry.

Is Al Gore Gay? I Just Got Back From Seeing Him In Concord.

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Yes, yes, yes. I know he was married to Tipper. Yes, I saw THE KISS. But, Tipper is history and per a very quick Google he is ‘single’, living, supposedly, alone in his 10,000 sq. foot mansion. Hhhhmmm.

I saw him this afternoon in Concord. I was probably 15′ away. He looks alright. Bloated, beer gut, but still very good looking. Better than I would ever look at his age.

Don’t know why I got the vibes. But, I am fairly good at picking those up. I have no issue with it. Totally his prerogative.

What else made me think about it. He is SINGLE. He is famous. He is filthy rich. But, he wasn’t surrounded by a bevvy of female staff. Come on, he was Bill’s V.P., and I remember his revulsion about Monica. Hhhhmm. Yes, Deanna will tell me off, and say that all men are not like me and that they won’t rush off and get binders of women. I don’t know. I know how most men act.

Just wondering. I wonder about these things. Crosses my mind.

If he is gay and has kept it quiet for all these years that might explain why he sometimes comes across as conflicted and even tortured. I hope he works it all out.