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Sri Lanka: They Should Put A Buddha Statue On The Base Of What Was To Be The World’s Tallest Christmas Tree.

by Anura Guruge


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Now that they have scrapped the project to build the world’s tallest Christmas Tree in Galle Face, Colombo, Sri Lanka — they might has well keep the completed base for the tree and stick a Buddha statue on it. That will make the Buddhists happy. So, the money would not have been a total waste.

I had been hoping that ‘they’ would see some sense and put a nice Buddha statue IN FRONT of the world’s largest Christmas tree. Bodhi tree — Christmas tree. Close enough. It would look cute and 90% of the Sri Lankan population could be cool.

Just IMAGINE. They should still do this too.

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Fuji X-T2 Max. ISO, Base & Extended A Tad Low Compared To Latest Nikon & Pentax.

by Anura Guruge


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That the max. extended ISO on the Fuji X-T2 has remained unchanged from that of the X-T1 (which is 2.5 years older) has gone unsaid in all of the current raves about this latest Fuji flagship. ISO 51,200 is not bad. It is the same as what I have on my Fuji X-E2s and I know that at that ISO, barring the noise, you can turn darkness into light.

That said, I have also noticed, and some quick Googling seems to bear this out, that Fuji ISO tends to be on the low side. I notice that I am invariably using 200 more ISO with Fuji than what I am normally accustomed to; i.e., setting 640 ISO on a Fuji when I would normally use 400, and 1,000 when I might have settled for 800. I still find that Fuji, both my X-E2s and the rented X-T1, invariably underexposes too — though I know that I prefer brighter exposure to that of darker. So I am also continually shooting with E/V set +1/3 or +2/3 higher.

The Nikon D500 numbers are obscene. That is a full 32 x uptick! Barring noise that really would allow you so much latitude in terms of handheld shooting at night or at concerts.

So something else to think about.


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Pope Francis Arriving At Andrews ‘Air’ Base (Met by Obama) & Staying At The Apostolic Nunciature In D.C.

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Apostolic Nunciature, D.C.

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CoverOriginalScreenCaptureRelated Posts:
>> Pope Francis’ U.S. Visit — THE book.
>> ‘Vine Voice’ Amazon review of Pope Francis book.
>> Pope staying at Seminary as predicted in book.

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The book has a LOT to say about the Nunciature. Check it out.


Presidents have met prior popes at airports. Regan met John Paul II twice at airports in Alaska — when both of them were enroute, by plane.

George W. Bush welcomed Benedict XVI at Andrews on April 15, 2008.

Obama is emulating that though it is NOT the norm for a president to greet an arriving pope or Head of State at the airport.

List of the prior Pope-U.S. President meetings. It is FROM the book.

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NH Town Tax Rates: Comparing The Rate Of One Town With That Of Another Is Meaningless!

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A FEW Pertinent Posts:
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1. NH Property Tax Comparison — Nov. 26, 2012.
2. Alton, NH: 23rd Lowest Tax Rate — Nov. 26, 2012.
3. Alton, NH Property Tax ‘Impact’ Has Gone Up 4% Since Last Year
>>Nov. 28, 2012.

4. Alton Tax Base Went Down for 3 reasons — Dec. 18, 2012.


Given that one of my pictures is worth 360 words written by me, I hope this picture alone explains everything.

Given that one of my pictures is worth 360 words written by me, I hope this picture alone explains everything.


In the last month of so I have been getting 40 hits a day on my NH property tax posts. Thank you. I am glad I can be of help.

I guess folks have started getting their new mortgage rates for 2013 and have finally come to terms with what is happening with property tax rates.

There is, however, a key point that I am not sure that I have still managed to get through.

In NH, comparing the tax rate of one town, say Alton, with another, say Franconia, is meaningless and pointless.

Why? Because the tax rate is dependent, tied at the hip, to the property values of that town.

There are no standardized property values — and there can never be such a thing, because property values have to, in some form, reflect market demand and market prices.

Hence, the above example. Same house. Different assessed values. [This is a hypothetical example. I do not know exactly what the assessed value will be in Francoina. Just a guess.]

So it doesn’t matter that Franconia’s tax rate is $2.24 per $1,000 assessed value higher than Alton.

The tax bill in Franconia will be lower than Alton.

I don’t know why but people always overlook this tax rate ≈ assessed value relationship. It is an inviolable. Tax rate by itself means diddly.

In the end it is all a question of the town’s budget. They have to set the tax rate based on their property base.

So there is no point going on about the tax rate of one town versus that of the other. Just doesn’t work.

Hope this helps.

Digging Into What Is Happening To Alton, NH Tax Base. Gone Down $180 Million Since 2008.

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1. Alton, NH Property Tax ‘Impact’ Has Gone Up 4% Since Last Year
>>Nov. 28, 2012.

2. Alton Tax Base Went Down for 3 reasons — Dec. 18, 2012.



I had looked at this once before in mid-December 2012 using data I got online from the State.

This week I went and got some data from the Town. Thanks, folks. That was excellent.

This is what they gave me.

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I can’t look at numbers unless I throw them into a spreadsheet and do a bit of crunching.

I did that.

This is what I got.

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I have been paying property taxes in NH for 27 years — sometimes in multiple towns. I know how it works quite well.

In 1987 I nearly got lynched in the town I was then living in. They had got a brand new, computer system to do their taxes — their first foray into computers. They had a glitch in it which precluded them from sending out the tax bills. The bills were 3 weeks late. I happened to go to the Town Hall to register a car (or something) and was told about the problem in passing. I fixed it in about 10 minutes. The bills went out the next day! The word got out that that ‘brown guy’ who had mysteriously appeared in town (and who worked for some computer company in MA) had fixed the system. But, the Town Hall, especially the Tax Collector, and all who got paid from the town (like the police), loved me ever since.

In NH, the tax rate and the tax base are connected not just at the hip, but from top to bottom.

Lets say that by some miracle a Town managed to operate on a flat budget over a number of years. If, however, despite the flat budget the tax base went down — the tax rate has to go up to make up for it. If the tax base goes up, the tax rate goes down — provided the budget doesn’t change.

It is a titer-totter.

In NH, a Town’s tax rate by itself tells you diddly! It has to be coupled with the tax base — and the formula used to assess property in the town

Take Concord. They have a higher tax rate. I think $24 per thousand. That doesn’t however mean that they pay 1.75 times more in property taxes than Alton. Why? Their assessed value on homes is less. You now have to factor that in. If you take a house assessed at $200,000 in Concord and put it on my lot in Alton (in place of this house), it won’t be assessed at $200,000 in Alton! That is the titer-totter. The snakes-and-ladders as we properly call it back home (and we invented the game).

To me this is but intellectual curiosity. No axe to grind. I have learned over the years not to get excited about changes in a Town assessed base or tax rate. If one goes down the other will go up. C’est la vie.