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This Autopilot Tesla Crash That Killed 2, With A Fire That Took 4-Hours To Extinguish, Angers, Disappoints & Saddens Me.

by Anura Guruge


The above is from the U.K. ‘Daily Mail’. Click here for their outstanding coverage.


This is FRIGGING bloody wrong. This makes me very angry, sad & dissapointed.

We are NOT ready for autopilot cars, Tesla or otherwise — & I write this as a HUGE Tesla fan & a very contented & happy, v. long-term Tesla investor. Yes, this crash will send TSLA stock tumbling on Monday. That does NOT bother me much. SMILE. I invested in TSLA years ago. SMILE.

This is WRONG. Bloody WRONG.

We are just NOT there when it comes to autopilot. To plug autopilot is just pure wrong & irresponsible. Yes, ‘they’, government agencies & families should go after Tesla. Sue the pants off them — & again, I speak as one who owns more than just a few shares of Tesla.

This has to END.

We need tighter regulations about autopilot.

I would be so, so, so upset if an autopilot car killed one of my kids. Think about it.

Plus, firefighters being unable to put out the fire caused by the batteries. This is NOT RIGHT. 4-hours to put out a car fire! Jesus wept.


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Ginni Rometty: Laying Her Off Would Have Saved 10,000 Other Layoffs At IBM.

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Click to access the ZDNet article. Google for others.


Click to access my June 8, 2019, post.


Click to ENLARGE. From ‘marketwatch.com’. Google for plenty more.


Click to access my post from 9-months ago.


I said it before, just as recently as June of this year — IBM only needs to lay off Ginni Rometty to slowly but surely get back on a more even keel.

She has, of course, as we all know, been a total and utter disaster. Easily the worst CEOs in IBM’s 108-year lifespan. IBM did NOT deserve her.

Keeping her on with everything at IBM tanking is grossly sexist and hyper hypocritical. If she was a man, she would have been fired years ago.

She has proved, over the last 7-years, that she is a disaster. She has decimated IBM.

Laying off more and more workers is NOT the solution right now.

First priority is to get rid of the root cause of the troubles, Ginni Rometty. This is a no brainer.

This is pretty personal for I. I owe most of what in life to IBM. I am still very devoted to IBM. I hate to see IBM going down the drain because of one person’s total incompetence.


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IBM Doesn’t Need To Lay Off 1,700; Just One Employee, Ginni Rometty.

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Click to ENLARGE. From ‘marketwatch.com’. Google for plenty more.


Click to ENLARGE.


Click to access my post from 2-years ago.


Click to access my post from 9-months ago.


This is so grossly sexist and hyper hypocritical. If she was a man, she would have been fired years ago.

She has proved, over the last 7-years, that she is a disaster. She has decimated IBM.

Laying off more and more workers is NOT the solution right now.

First priority is to get rid of the root cause of the troubles, Ginni Rometty. This is a no brainer.

This is pretty personal for I. I owe most of what in life to IBM. I am still very devoted to IBM. I hate to see IBM going down the drain because of one person’s total incompetence.


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New York’s Cardinal Dolan, Re. Notre Dame Fire, Again Confirms Why He Is NOT Considered An Intellectual.

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Click to access the ‘NY Post’ story.


Dolan, Dolan, Dolan.

You have to feel sorry for him. God was NOT kind to him in the intellectual stakes. But, he has done OK. Lives like a Railway Barron and looks like one too.

Too bloody late for ‘Our Lady’ or for ‘God’ to intercede.

Plus, does he REALLY THINK they need to be asked. Don’t they know? Doesn’t God spend most of his day, in ‘Executive Time’, watching Fox News on a 600′ TV?

They could have STOPPED this from happening.

Oh, Dolan. Oh, Dolan!

You are a treat.

This is a tragedy. Intercession should have happened BEFORE the tragedy.


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Notre Dame Fire: I Sure Hope It Was But A Tragic Accident — BUT, Where The Heck Was God?

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First and foremost, I sure hope that it is nothing more than a tragic accident.

I hate to even think that ….

Yes, yes, yes. I know all about ‘Free Will‘ and how God does not micromanage what happens on Earth. I am an expert on that.

But, where the heck was God?

This is why I am an unbeliever and always have been. Also, why I refuse to pray — to anybody.

If, God or the Virgin Mary will not intercede to save Notre Dame it is unlikely that they will jump to my aid when I bust a knee.


One other thing.

The Paris fire department had NO CONTINGENCY plans for this?

Jesus. That seems irresponsible and incompetent — when for the lovely French.


As some of you know I love cathedrals — albeit, I am shamelessly biased towards the beautiful British Cathedrals.

That said, I am quite partial to Notre Dame. I have visited it MANY times. Remember I lived in Paris for 1-year, and my parents lived there for over 15-years.

This is a shame.

NO we can’t rebuild it to its original glory. We no longer have the skills.

Redoing in glass, which I know the French will look at, is NOT going to cut it.


A sad day for us. Kind of like a 9/11 — though without, luckily, the loss of life.


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IBM’s AI-Genius Watson Would Agree — Ginni ‘Tonic’ Rometty Needs To Be Fired.

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Click to ENLARGE. Base chart from ‘MarketWatch’, of course.


Click to access my post from May 2017.


This is beyond crazy. She is bleeding this iconic company to death.

This not fair. It is stupid. This is political-correctness gone wrong.

IF she was a man she would have been fired 3-years ago.

Keep her on is crazy. Ask Watson.

I ‘speak’ here as a proud ex-IBMer, one who made a decent living for 30-years as an IBM ‘expert’ and one who has been accused, more than once, of ‘bleeding blue when cut‘ (‘Big Blue‘ being IBM’s nickname).

This has gone on for long enough. She has made a lot of people lose a lot of money.


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Don & Sandy Pyle: Relatives Speak Of Tragic Fire On The 3rd Anniversary.

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Click images to access the ORIGINALS.


I worked with both Don & Sandy Pyle, at CASE Communications, from 1985 – 1986, and were friends enough with them that I asked Don to be my Best Man, in January 1987, when I got married in Massachusetts.

So, this fire was very close to home though I had ‘lost’ touch with them a few years earlier.

I did many posts on them, in 2015, right after the fire and I was quoted in various Baltimore newspapers.

I think of them often, especially around Christmas and this period.

This year we managed to get both of our real trees out of the house on January 5 — one day ahead of the traditional (an obligatory) January 6. There name did get mentioned. What a shame. I feel so bad for the parents.

So …

We really should need the lesson. Get those Christmas trees out by January 6.


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IBM’s Ginni ‘Tonic’ Rometty Would Have Been FIRED 2 Years Ago IF She Was A Man!

by Anura Guruge


The company she keeps.



I ‘speak’ here as a proud ex-IBMer, one who made a decent living for 30-years as an IBM ‘expert’ and one who has been accused, more than once, of ‘bleeding blue when cut‘ (‘Big Blue‘ being IBM’s nickname).

I do NOT know Rometty. I never met her during my terms at IBM — my last stint c. 2001.

I have only watched her from far and she has NOT impressed me one iota.

20 CONSECUTIVE (bloody) quarters of declining revenues. Yes, 20 quarters — 5 years. That is basically a WHOLE tenure as IBM’s Chairman.

Come ON! Give me a break. She would have been out on her ear ages ago if she was a man.

Now it is looking embarrassing to all.

IBM has had some GREAT CEOs and Chairmen, not even counting the two father-son Watsons. Cary, Opel & Akers were GOOD. Gerstner, who I ‘knew’, was BRILLIANT. Palmisano was not great. Gin & Tonic Rometty, however, is the worst.

And IF you did NOT know. IBM’s stock price is what it is, because she was buying back BILLIONS to prop up the price!

Warren Buffett over the weekend admitted that he made a mistake in buying IBM. Well, he is getting OLD.

The best thing for IBM is to go cap-in-hand to Amazon and ask them, please, if they would buy IBM to put it out of its misery.


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Journey Through Bladder Cancer Treatment By My Former Colleague Patrice Bourgeois Leeds.

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Patrice Bourgeois Leeds cancer blog radiation bladder

Click image to access WordPress blog by Patrice Bourgeois Leeds about her journey through cancer treatment.


Patrice and I worked at CASE Communications, in Columbia, Maryland, 31-year ago. Her Dad worked for CASE too — and I worked with him for over a year before Patrice joined the crew. Her Dad, about the same age as my Adoptive Father, was my first mentor in the U.S. and a very good and dependable friend. He and I, I from the Britain and he from the U.S., were part of the original CASE U.S.A management team — CASE, a market-leading U.K. company having bought the U.S. Rixon Corporation to get a foothold in the U.S. Patrice was the Product Manager for Multiplexers. I was the Director of Marketing for Multiplexers. So she controlled my destiny. Her Dad was the Directing Marketing for Distributor Sales. He helped me sell through the ‘channels’ as we called it. So these two, daughter and dad, played a huge hand in my fortunes and income. They never let me down. A rarity at CASE.

 I had lost touch with Patrice over the years, and alas Dad is no longer with us.

Just over a year ago, the unexpected death of two of our other colleagues, Don & Sandy Pyle, in that famous Christmas-tree fire of a multi-million dollar mansion, brought a few of us together — over social media.

I only found out that Patrice had cancer around Christmas. She kept it to herself until she decided she was not going to have the surgery.

She had asked me about doing a blog and I urged her to do so — and, of course, suggested WordPress.

So, we now have a blog.

I am a great believer that stories like this HAVE to be told. It is good for all. Therapeutic to write and inspirational to others. Plus, Patrice can write — and write well.

Patrice has to get better and not get too tired during the treatment because I have twisted her arm to proof my books. She is good with anything to do with words.

So, bookmark her blog. Wish her well. And follow her on her journey.


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Pigs Are Likely To Fly Before Pope Francis Demotes Any Cardinals For Disobedience.

by Anura Guruge


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Click image to access “Crux” article on the cardinals. I added the FLYING PIG!


Oh, yes, he has the right and power to do so.

But, doing it is a whole different matter.

This is the Pope that let reprobate Keith Michael Patrick O’Brien of Scotland still retain is ‘Cardinal’ designation even after he admitted to serious sexual misconduct.

The last time a cardinal ‘resigned’ (i.e., the euphemism for parting of the ways) and ceased to be a cardinal was in 1927. You read that correct: 1927.

The uproar if Francis demotes these four dissenting cardinals would be unprecedented. They have not committed any crimes or covered up any crimes like so many other cardinals. All they have done is politely question the pope.

I think Pope Francis understands that if he disciplines these cardinals his legacy, already short on any meaningful achievements, would be tarnished irrevocably.

This is a joke.


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