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Trump’s European Travel Ban, With The U.K. LOOPHOLE, Is Beyond Inane.

by Anura Guruge



As somebody who used to fly from the U.S. to the U.K. to get his haircut, to watch 1-day of cricket or see my dentist, I am no stranger to flying across the Pond.

This 30-day European travel ban, if it really comes into play, will be hugely disruptive.

But, the U.K. exemption MAKES IT A JOKE!

Did Trump MEAN to say that only us British (the crème de la crème) will be allowed? So flights from the U.K. have to be 100% Brits? Is that what he meant?

But, the Brits have COVID-19 too!

So, why let them come?

Insane.

Never heard anything this crazy from a U.S. President.


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‘Garmin MARQ’ $1,500+ Smartwatches Go ‘Walkabouts’ — There Is No Longer AVAILABILITY!

by Anura Guruge


This weekend.

Click to ENLARGE. Go to garmin.com and check.


April 15, 2019.

Click to ENLARGE. Link to Garmin product page below.


Link to Garmin product page.


Something is very fishy. It was announced around March 13, 2019. 7 weeks ago. Initially, as is fairly standard, they said 3 – 5 week availability. Well, we are long past that. Folks are asking.

The newly announced Garmin Forerunner 945 is also NOT currently available from Garmin or Amazon. But, a few LUCKY folks got units from the likes of HRM USA. Also appears that it is more readily available in Europe and in the U.S.A.

Strange.

I don’t like it. Indicates that they are having production issues and that never bodes well.


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Maypole Google Doodle For ‘First Of May’ (May Day) In Europe.

by Anura Guruge


Permanent access, independent of date,
provided via the Google Doodle Archive.


Click to ENLARGE and read here.

Use link on image to access Google original.


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1592 Was THE Ultimate Pi Day BUT No One Would Have Known That — 3/14/1592.

by Anura Guruge



The first 10 decimal digits are
3.141592653 …

Two reasons why nobody in 1592 would have realized this.

  1. The 3/14 notation for month/date is primarily American and would NOT have been widely used in Europe in the 16th Century.

  2. The value of Pi to 7-digits had been calculated by then BUT was NOT widely known.

Worth thinking about.


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What Were The ODDS That Albert Einstein Would Be Born On Pi Day — But, He Was On 3/14/1879.

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That seems so AMAZING.

I wonder when he realized that he was born on that auspicious day.

Probably NOT until he came to the U.S. because in Europe his birthday would have been on 14/3 rather than 3/14!


Wikipedia entry. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein


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Bust Or No Bust, What Would Churchill Make Of Donald Trump?

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steve-benena3ad864a-ba41-514d-1740-6b5d3c9c5b10That Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill KG OM CH TD PC DL FRS RA is one of my GREATEST HEROES should not come as a surprise to any regular readers of this blog.

While I am glad that Donald Trump appears to share my admiration for this GREAT MAN, who was half-American (in that his mother was indeed an American), I, who know a fair bit about the demi-god, have some major doubts where he would have thought highly of Trump.

First and foremost Churchill would have HATED the “America First” remarks. Winston SUFFERED manly as a result of such sentiments in the 1030s when Europe was entering WWII and the U.S.A. wanted to remain neutral. Winston visited the U.S. to beg the Americans to change their attitude. That alone would be a huge sticking point between the two. Churchill was BIG on Allied partnerships.

Though Winston was known to be fond of women and greatly enjoy hetrosexual sex, it is well documented that he (despite his enormous power) was NEVER a sexual predator. He, true to his genuine aristocratic roots, was a good British Gentleman who treated women with respect (other than on a few humorous occasions when provoked by upper class ladies). He would not have tolerated Trump’s crudity. He would have found that vulgar.

Winston was also a GREAT scholar and a brilliant writer. He would have been appalled by Trump’s ignorance and lack of knowledge.

Winston also served in the military, in active duty, MULTIPLE times. He would not have been impressed with Trump’s 5 defferements.

And then there is Public Service. Winston served the British public in some capacity ALL his adult life! He would have found it hard to fathom that Trump, until becoming President, had not done any public service.

So, I think, my hero Winston will look down on Trump with disdain.


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Have You Heard Of The ‘Bilderberg Conference’ — This Year With A $35 Million Security Operation?

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Click here to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” original
from June 10, 2016.

Click image to ENLARGE and enjoy here.


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There is a Wikipedia entry.

Click image to ENLARGE and read here.

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Despite all the years I spent in Europe and my penchant for following European news this was the first time I have heard of this Conference.

What caught my eye was the £25 million ($35 million) security operation. Wow. Who is paying for that? If they can spend that much on security they must have a huge, unconstrained budget. Interesting. The Daily Mail article, cited above, has a list of attendees for the 2016 conference. Check it out.

 


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Queen Lays Poppies At Westminster Abbey Service, Sunday, May 10, 2015 For VE Day 70th Anniversary.

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British pomp & pageantry, particularly when it involves the poignant red poppy, makes me so proud and resolute.

This was a BIG deal and I am glad that even 70 years later we are doing the right thing the right way.

Reflect, remember be proud. 


‘Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight’, Today, Sunday, May 10, 2015 For VE Day 70th Anniversary.

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The mighty, lumbering Lancaster that played such a vital role in bringing the damn Germans to their knees could not participate in this flypast. So only 3 WW II era planes and you can see them in the above video.


Today The 70th Anniversary Of GLORIOUS WW II VE Day. Remember & Rejoice.

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MY MAN, Churchill, waving to the crowds in London with them ROARING back “It was YOUR victory” once he had told them that “It was YOUR victory”. THEY knew who had won the WAR for whom.

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From (of course) the U.K. Daily Mail (my favorite paper of all times). Click to ENLARGE and savor. The day after the Parliamentary Election. Beautiful site. So British. Makes me SO proud but also very homesick. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ushome/index.html


It is good that Google remembered
BUT how can THEY get it so, so wrong!

VE day, Victory Europe, was NOT, I repeat NOT,
the end of World War II.
The bloody Japanese still had to be subdued!
There was a bomb involved. Doesn’t Google know U.S. history?

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Google’s “Remembering WW II” online exhibition. Check it out. Do a Google and go to footnote.