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Sri Lanka, To It Credit, Now Teaching Kids How To Deal With A Tsunami.

by Anura Guruge


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This is a great move and the Sri Lankan authorities should be commented.

It is not a case, in this instance, of ‘too little, too late‘. There was no precedent in living memory for the 2004 tsunami that devastated southwest Sri Lanka and claimed so many lives. You can’t be prepared for something that you never knew could happen.

But, now we know and they are taking action.

I have always maintained, since 2004, that SO MANY kids lost their lives in the tsunami because we are NOT accustomed to TIDES. Though it is an island in the middle of Indian Ocean, due to the shape of the Continental Ledge in that area, Sri Lanka has minimal — to negligible — tides. Around 6″, both in height and reach. You can’t detect that. So we grow up not knowing about tides. That was definitely the case with I. I would read about tides in the English books I devoured and ASSUMED (wrongly) that we didn’t have tides because we were by the equator,

So, prior to the tsunami coming in, the ocean went out. That was NEW to all. They had no experience of the ocean ebbing and froing. Yes, of course, they should have known/realized that something MAJOR was awry. But, we are not very smart either. So adults and kids went out on the beach and were picking up the fish that were getting left behind in the sand. Then the tsuami came in at great speed. Too late.

So this training is good.

For those of us in the U.S. SPOT the irony. In Sri Lanka they have tsunami drills at school. In the U.S. we have active shooter drills! Wow. I know what I would prefer.


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by Anura Guruge


4-Day School Weeks In The U.S., Due To Money — The Richest Country In The World!

by Anura Guruge


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Google “4 day school week” for a TON of articles from around the country.


Unless you live in one of the affected states — which from what I can see include Colorado, Oklahoma and Illinois — or are a compulsive news junkie as is I, you may not realize that this happening in the U.S. of A. and it is ALL due to money. That is beyond AMAZING.

Richest country in the World and schools no longer have money for a 5-day week?

Yes, yes, yes — I KNOW. I pay for it. Yes, school funding, by and large, is supposed to be local. No Federal interference. That stuff just confounds me even after 35-years here. IF anything in a Nation warrants Federal funding (at 100%) it has to be education.

The likes of China and India have to be LAUGHING.

This is so inane. How can responsible, elected officials permit this.

Isn’t education supposed to be one the highest priorities of a country after healthcare. Oooops! We don’t have that either.

I still think this is WRONG. Very wrong.


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by Anura Guruge

Another Holocaust Story — This One An UNESCO Sponsored Video.

by Anura Guruge


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Now that I am irrevocably associated with Kati Preston’s near-Best Seller “Holocaust to Healing: Closing the Circle” I am getting Holocaust related material on my e-mail. This one, on Thursday, was from UNESCO. I could NOT ignore that. UNESCO was a BIG part of my life for 17 years. They paid for some of my education; e.g. Swansea


Amazon listing for the paper version.
eBook version at $5.99 or $0 with Kindle Unlimited (or equivalent).

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by Anura Guruge

‘BEAT Stage Company’ Setup In Charlotte, N.C., To Promote Performing Art Education.

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Their goal is to bring everyone’s art together.

While I am always happy to promote any and all initiatives to do with ‘art’, in its broadest sense, there is a special reason that I am glad to be featuring this stage company.

Its founding Artistic Director & Producer is Jennifer Howard, the daughter of Raymond (NH District 8 State Representative) & Barbara (Alton School Board candidate and conscience) Howard.


Teenage Sri Lankan, Adriel Sumathipala, Google Science Finalist With Amazing Cardiac Disease Detection Tool.

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by Anura Guruge


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I got an e-mail about this from Sri Lanka this morning. Pretty amazing. I had not seen it, in the U.S., myself, though a quick Google shows that he, deservedly, got a ton of publicity.


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Click to access and read … from “Google for Education”.


I was curious as to what the device looked like. Well … I looked …
I can’t say I understand head-or-tail of it.
The blood tests I have done seems much simpler.

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Click here for the full explanation at Google Science Fair”.


Clever kids like this delight me and make me feel even more humble and aware as to how little, if any, I achieved in life. Last night we had a 17-year old boy from Israel for dinner. He is another prodigy from my good mate Itzik Nosatzki, the founder of Interspace.net Web hosting in Israel. Itzik, quite proudly, as he should be, was telling us, over dinner, that the son, at 16, had designed a fail-safe power supply for a satellite that is actually in space right now! The first satellite designed by school children — anywhere in the world. AMAZING. And they are not duking it out about Common Core.


I Am, As A Brit, ‘OK’ With David Cameron’s Conservative Party Win In The 2015 U.K. Parliamentary Election. SNP Wins Scare Me.

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As I said yesterday, ahead of the election, I, though now known for my strong democrat leanings (in the U.S.), have never had any qualms about David Cameron. David Cameron is no Shrub, McCain, Mittens or Cruz. He comes across as very balanced, erudite, sane and human. I actually like. I hadn’t paid too much attention to what is platform was BUT now I am hearing that he might be bad news to the U.K. National Health System (NHS) and the still ‘cheap’ (if not ‘free’ as it was in my days) College system. It would appear the conservatives, in order to cut costs, favor a U.S.-like commercialized health and higher education system. That would be a mistake. But they plan to hold a referendum to see if the U.K. should get the hell out of the European Union. As I also said yesterday, I was one of the 2% that voted ‘NO’ in the 1975 ‘should we join the European Union’referendum. So another referendum on this thorny subject would please me. I think we will be better off out of the Union.

On the other hand I do NOT want to see another Scottish independence referendum. Last year’s one took 10 years from my already severely curtailed lifespan. As such the near clean sweep that the SNP enjoyed in Scotland scares and worries me. I want MY Great Britain to continue to be GREAT.

I am glad we did not end up with a hung parliament. Our parliament is great too and I like it working the way it should — the oldest parliament in the known Universe.


New Hampshire 4.2 Cents Gas Tax Hike As Of July 1, 2014 — How The Additional $32.5M Will Be Spent. New Webpage By DOT.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Deanna heard about this on NHPR this morning and conveyed it to me with my morning coffee. She told me to look it up. I did. And now I am sharing.

Given that we encounter the horrendous road works everytime we try to get to or through Alton, does anybody know WHO is paying the BIG BUCKS for that totally overblown Route 28 (West) project. Definitely looks like good money for ol’ rope. Somebodies pockets are being richly lined. But this mindless project started before the gas hike.

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Alton, New Hampshire (N.H.): July 2014 Property Tax Bills Arrived Today.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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4/ Alton, NH Property Tax Rate: 23rd Lowest In State! — Nov. 26, 2012.
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Since I do believe in paying my taxes July 1, alas, is indelibly etched in my mind as ‘2nd tax payment day’. So today’s tax bill didn’t come as a surprise. I already had July 1 marked in my ever cluttered head. I had even put aside some money to help me pay this bill. It is a few dollars more than what I paid in December but that has to do with a vagaries of how this, the 1st tax bill of 2014, is calculated based on what your 2013 tax bill was.

Well, just a head’s up. I know many of you don’t get the bill directly and that it goes instead, directly, to your mortgage company. No such luck for me.


Satya Nadella, Of Microsoft, Buoyed By Success In India, Plans To Deliver Best-In-Breed, 3D Holographic ‘Common Core’ Teachers.

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3D Holographic projections (showcased by CNN during the November 2008 elections) is now all the rage in high-tech, ‘money-no-object’ India. Politicians love it; who wouldn’t when you can be in four places at the same time (like Indian gods of yore).

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Given Microsoft’s (and Bill Gates’) enormous vested interest in promoting “Common Core” (and recouping their investment in the biometric bracelets) it makes sense that Nadella, trying for an early dramatic hit, would go for something like this. The technology is easy enough. There is, however, as is to be expected, a hefty hardware investment required. But, Microsoft plans to get around this via an attractive, hard-to-refuse leasing program. All schools in the U.S., provided that they are board approved to teach “Common Core”, will be eligible for the Microsoft “Common Core” virtual-teachers. Though I am not sure how many schools will permit this the kids will actually have the option of choosing who they want to be their teacher, for any given module, from a library of best-of-breed teachers from around the World. But, you can also customize, à la high-end GPS, the language, voice, accent and tone in which the module is to be delivered. So, if it will amuse the kids and keep them engaged, you could have a virtual Japanese teacher go through a module in English conjugation in a funny Indian accent. There is no end to the possibilities. The holographic virtual teachers will be able, in the U.S., in August 2014 for the 2014 – 2015 school year. Installation and setup of the cloud servers, quintuple-band streaming Wi-Fi projectors and the huge software libraries will take at least a month. So schools will have to get on board soon. Cameras will be used, with centralized monitoring stations, to make sure that the kids are paying attention since the holographic teachers can be utilized with a teacher or even a substitute having to be in the classroom. 


N.H. House Saves ‘Common Core’ For N.H. (For Another Year). Not Sure What It Means To “Alton Central” (ACS).

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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