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HBO’s “The Young Pope” — Egregious Factual Errors Disturbing, Distracting & Disconcerting.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the IMDb.com listing for HBO’s “The Young Pope”.

The Pope with his outspoken and conniving Secretary of State, Cardinal Voiello.



Click to ENLARGE and read here. Relevant paragraph from MY “The Next Pope 2011” book.

Yes, as is to be expected from a dramatization like this, there are a LOT of liberties taken when it comes to facts, depictions and settings.

Some are inevitable and you can live with them.

Others are just to egregious especially when certain plots revolve around them.

One such BIGGIE was in Episode 3. In that, the RESIGNATION of Cardinal Voiello, the supposed Secretary of State, figures large.

But, the Young Pope never RE-CONFIRMED Voiello as the Secretary of State — or for that matter ANY OTHER Cardinal Prefect heading up a curial ‘department’ (a so called dicastery).

All of these, as you can see from above, are AUTOMATICALLY relieved of their office and title. They have to be RE-APPOINTED by the new pope. That never happened.

So, a lot of what has gone on is fairy tales.

I am not that thrilled with this series. It is, alas, not very good.

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by Anura Guruge

Nominee Merrick Garland IF Confirmed Will Be 9th Jewish U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

by Anura Guruge


From Wikipedia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merrick_Garland. Click to ENLARGE and read here.

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From ‘Jewish Virtual Library’ at jewishvirtuallibrary.org. Click to ENLARGE and view here.

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by Anura Guruge

Expedia: A CONFIRMED Hotel ‘Reservation’ From Expedia Is MEANINGLESS! Not Worth A Damn.

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by Anura Guruge

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Click to ENLARGE and study. Actual Expedia hotel conformation.

A CONFIRMED hotel reservation from Expedia means NOTHING.


All it means is that Expedia ‘accepted’ your reservation. It has NOTHING to do with whether the actual hotel accepted and CONFIRMED that reservation.

Got that?

Let me explain that to you again, and use the above as a real-life example.

Though I had the above Expedia hotel confirmation, with a confirmation number, the hotel, i.e., the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District, had NEVER received my reservation let alone confirmed it.


Click to ENLARGE.

The Expedia reservation number has NOTHING to do with the Wyndham. It is BUT an Expedia reservation number.

Wyndham confirmation numbers are much shorter, such as this.


Though I do not travel that much anymore I used to travel much, much more than most. For about 15 years of my life I used to travel, out-of-town, 3 to 4 nights a week. So I am no stranger to travel. Unless it is a hotel that knows me by name (and that used to be the case with many of the major hotels in Raleigh, N.C., since I was there every week) I never arrive at a hotel BEFORE reconfirming my reservation. As I have stated before I have contingency plans for my contingency plans. So …

This trip, to Philadelphia, blighted by the Brandon Bostian Amtrak 188 crash, was the first time, ever, that I personally have used Expedia. Never again.

Though I had the Expedia conformation, I was NOT going to arrive at a Hotel, with the two kids, until I knew that everything was OK.

So, I called up the hotel. They did NOT have the reservation. Never heard of it.

I called back again about 4 hours later. Same result. The Wyndham Philadelphia did NOT have a reservation for me.

I called Expedia.

I got to the bottom of it — BUT NOT thanks to Expedia.

The Wyndham was outstanding. I was very impressed.

Expedia, from what I can see, based on this experience, sucks.


A confirmed hotel reservation from Expedia could have YOU sleeping on the streets.