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U.S. Chinese Communities Fundraising & Sending Medical Supplies To China To Combat The COVID-19 Virus.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Quick search on ‘Google News’.


Never occured to I that Chinese residents, in China, would need AID from outside. Yes, I had heard that they had run out of face masks — but I also knew that 95% of face masks produced in the world must be made in China.

Plus, like you, I watched those videos, in amazement, as China built huge hospitals — to fight the virus — in 10-days.

I had fallen into the trap of thinking that the Chinese Government was omnipotent and had more money and resources than they knew what to do with.

Would appear that this is not exactly the case. I checked base with a couple of Chinese friends, living and working in the U.S. (locally), and heard this:
“We have been busy doing medical relief supply fundraising for hospitals in China.  We have 4th and 5th batch of supplies to out tomorrow to two hospital with 500 surgical gowns and 1200 isolation gowns“.

I was gobsmacked. I had not heard about this at all. I would have thought Governments & Aid Organizations (e.g., WHO, Red Cross) would be doing this. Not individual Chinese citizens living in the U.S.

I am, of course, also impressed and humbled.

1,200 isolation gowns. 500 surgical gowns.

Shipping anything to China, for reasons I can never fathom, is expensive. So, WOW, WOW, WOW.

I wanted to share this with you because I am sure that this is not common knowledge.

I will keep you posted.


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by Anura Guruge

Sumptuous Virtual Tour Of The Queen’s “Buckingham Palace” By U.K. Government.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access the virtual tour of 4 rooms in Buckingham Palace, provided by the U.K. Government.


I gather Google was involved in producing this lavish, annotated, 360° tour. Of course they are only showing a very limited subset of a subset of this huge, rambling Palace — for obvious reasons (security the paramount concern). I was impressed. Wanted to make sure you knew about it.


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This is the U.K. government’s official Website for the “British Monarchy”. The virtual tour is provided through this Website. Click image to access the Website. Enjoy.


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by Anura Guruge

The ‘Slinky’ Should Belong To The U.S. Government & It Should Recoup The Billions That Have Been Defrauded!

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From Wikipedia. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access original.

Click here to access Wikipedia entry.


I, a few weeks ago, happened to be reading about the invention of the Slinky and was staggered to discover that the original spring that provided the inspiration had been manufactured for the U.S. Navy and that Richard T. James, the inventor, had seen it ‘Slink’ for the first time, at his Navy OFFICE — and that he had taken that government property spring HOME to experiment.

This was 1943. I have NOT checked the details BUT I have a very strong hunch that as a Government scientist/engineer he probably had signed some kind of intellectual property (IP) contract with the government. Basically it would have covered confidentiality and that ANY inventions made at any time, during once employment, BELONGED to the employer. In 1974 I had to sign such a contract with IBM. Basically ANYTHING I came up in terms of IP while I worked for IBM belonged to IBM — or at least I had to given them first option to evaluate whether they wanted it or not. IF I had done what R. T. James did, IBM (albeit more savvy in such matters than the U.S. Government) would have come after me with all guns blazing and as many would know, IBM employed a veritable army of high power IP lawyer.

From what I can see this was not right. I have NOT read anywhere that he sought Government approval to ‘steal’ this invention. I would even content that he misappropriated government property when he took the first spring home!

So how come the Government hasn’t done anything? Yes, maybe the statute of limitation is long gone. But there has got to be SOMETHING that can be done. This, to me, seems wrong. All the profits should BELONG to the U.S. Government — and they could sure do with it.

So a head’s up.


Jane Cormier’s House In Alton Foreclosed?

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Click image to ENLARGE and read here.
 Use link below to access “The Baysider” original.

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Click here to access “The Baysider” original — page A15.


FNMA = Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae).

I could be wrong BUT a house being ‘purchased’ by FNMA usually means that they have foreclosed on the house.

Hhhhmmmm.

FNMA is a Federal Government sponsored entity. Funny that. So push comes to shove Cormier obviously has no compunctions about BIG government bailing her out.


NASA’s Petty, Petulant, Political & Above All Shameful Closedown Of Its Website.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to see the STUPID notice for yourself if you really want to see it ... to BELIEVE it.

Click to see the STUPID notice for yourself if you really want to see it … to BELIEVE it.


This is stupid and spiteful.

NASA could have kept its public Website up
during the Government Shutdown.

This is yet another example of the petulant behavior by petty government officials akin to closing down the open-air, free-to-all WW II memorial in D.C.

Yes, I fully understand that they might not have the resources to keep the homepage of the NASA public Website updated — though I again iterate, the buggers are going to get back pay, so why aren’t they back at work?

This is beyond the pale.

The clown in charge of NASA and the one who ordered the Website to be taken down. He should be fired.

This is the clown in charge of NASA right now — Charles Bolden, and I do NOT see anything bold in his action. Just plain cowardice and bratishness. He should be ashamed of himself. He should be supporting the President. But, then again he seems to be way, way out of his depth. He should be fired along with the other scam-artist, Bryan Sivak, who is responsible for the crippled healthcare.gov JOKE.

Just last week, as reported here, NASA, yet again, screwed up, BIG TIME, and wasted $11 million dollars of taxpayer money trying to send up a simple weather balloon (BRRISON) to snap some pictures of my comet, Comet ISON, C/2012 S1 (ISON). They couldn’t get the telescope to unlatch. This was NOT rocket science. This was a helium weather balloon. $11 million. Wonder how many pockets got lined with that money. I could have successfully achieved that mission for under $800,000. But, then again, I am competent and have always been.

As we know NASA’s Website gets regularly hacked, because competence is not really a requirement to work at NASA. It was hacked just 3 weeks ago. Now we don’t even have a hacked site. Nothing. Deep empty space — probably just like the inside of Bolden’s balding head.

Click to access 'SLATE' article.

Click to access ‘SLATE’ article.

Government Shutdown: IF They Are To Get Back Pay How Come ALL Government Workers Are Not Back At Work Monday?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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More workers being reclassified as essential — Oct. 4, 2013.
>> I am smiling re. Government shutdown — Oct. 1, 2013.

>> Yosemite closed on its birthday — Oct. 1, 2013.
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Click to access NBC article from TODAY.

Click to access NBC article from TODAY.


Click to read NPR article.

Click to read NPR article.


Given that I, on principle, abhor human suffering, of any sort, I was always in favor of the Government workers getting back pay — as was the case with the last shutdown 17 years ago.

I can’t imagine what it would be like not to get the back pay. It would devastate families. So, I am relieved and happy about the back pay, though as a political junkie I am well aware that neither the Senate or soon-to-be-impeached Obama has approved it. But, it will happen.

So, I yet again ask the most fundamental of question.

Given that they will receive BACK pay, why aren’t they BACK at work?

No work, no pay. I understand that too.

Back Pay, Back to work. That is the American way.

So what is the deal here?

This is such a farce. Plus, to my esteemed friends in the Tea Party — what are you saving now, other than your face and privates?

Back pay coupled with all the loss in productivity will cost the country more than if the Government was kept open.

The ONLY thing that deserved to be closed and it did that all on its own because of the fraud perpetrated by Obama brown noser Bryan Sivak was Healthcare.gov. That isn’t a joke. That system is a billion dollar FRAUD on the U.S. taxpayers.

Government Shutdown: More And More Government Workers Being Re-Classified As ‘Essential’ So They Get Paid!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Yosemite closed on its birthday — Oct. 1, 2013.
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Click to read 'USA Today' article and watch to the two GOP doyens stroking each other -- in public, with no shame.

Click to read ‘USA Today’ article and watch to the two GOP doyens stroking each other — in public, with no shame.


I can tell YOU for a FACT that D.C. government workers who were furloughed on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, were being re-classified as ‘ESSENTIAL’ on Thursday, October 4, so that they can again start getting paid.

I have no problem, whatsoever, with that. I am glad. I do not want anybody to suffer because of rank stubbornness and stupidity of folks making $174,000 a year.

This whole shutdown is a farce.

The media, as ever, seems impotent when it comes to highlighting the facts. We heard that the furloughed government workers can claim UNEMPLOYMENT now — and pay it back IF they receive back pay.

I am more than happy for them to receive BACK PAY.

After yesterday’s inane car-ramming incident (by another deranged idiot) a crucial point came to light.

The Capitol Police ARE WORKING WITHOUT PAY — irrespective of back pay.

Kudos, THANK YOU and way to go.

Not so with many, many others. They are NOT working. They are staying at home.

While I understand that it is NOT their fault, why should they get back pay?

Who do they think they are … school superintendents in NH?

IF they like the Capitol Police go to work, irrespective of work, I will be DELIGHTED that they get back pay — even with a 5% bonus to pay for interest on money they would have had to borrow.

But, back pay if you don’t work.

What is this? U.S.A. or Italy?

All this said, I am still smiling. I am a political junkie. But, my politics are complicated. This shutdown does help further my agenda — though Obama is no longer a part of it. He is history. I am thinking 2014 and 2016.

Alton, NH Governance: Single Points Of Access Gets Me Thinking About Disaster Recovery Preparedness.

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The other week I wanted some basic statistical information about the Town given that my posts on NH tax rate comparisons have become a minor of late — probably because people got their new mortgage rate ‘summons’ with increases for property tax set aside.

I was told that the person who had access to that information was on a week’s vacation and that nobody else knew how to pull such information from ‘the system’. That is fair enough. Plus, the person on vacation was also probably the one who had the training on how to spin such information to pesky town residents who ask questions. Again, I am OK with that. But, the way it was said got me thinking given that however hard I try those 35 years in IT always influences my thinking. ‘Only person who knows how to pull that information from the system‘! So, this person, who was on vacation, is at least on a ‘short term’ basis indispensable. Wow. Must be nice.

My core competence in IT revolved around what is called ‘Big Iron‘: big, mainframes, ideally IBM mainframes. So a lot of the work I did was related to large data center issues. And a huge issue that you had to contend with, all the time, way, way before 2001, was Disaster Recovery Preparedness. Companies had to have proven, documented processes and protocols. Though, even back in the 1970s, we knew what we were talking about, you always talked and wrote in euphemisms. The euphemism I used, and I was using this in the 1990s, so what happens if a 747 lands on the roof of the data center. Some organizations need to be able to recover in minutes, though a few strive to have non-stop operation even in the face of a major disaster by having geographically dispersed, high bandwidth-connected mirrored data centers.

I know that the Town still has a lot of paper documents and records, especially huge maps. Maybe they have all been digitized. I don’t know. Just something that crossed my mind: whether the Town Manager has ever performed a realistic, audited Disaster Recovery drill, per the existing documented plan.

What we have learned is that without a drill it is all but theory, and drills are very expensive and disruptive. At IBM, in the 1970s, when cost really was no object, we used to do them about every 18 months. In those days the data, on disks, tapes and microfiche, was backed-up in an old, re-purposed tin mine about 80 miles away. Vans would rush out to bring back the backups so that they could be tested for integrity. Since the computer systems would have been turned off we would basically have to sit around for hours waiting for the vans to come back. It was always like a at-work holiday.

Of course, nobody expects disasters. But, to take down ‘systems’ they don’t have to be that severe. Just a leak in a pipe could take down a computer or two. Just something to think about. No, I don’t do disaster recovery consulting — anymore. But, I am sure some of my old work, mainly in the form of White Papers can be found on the Web.

I Get This Vitriolic E-mail, Supposedly From Malta, From A ‘Christopher Spiteri’, Allegdly Working For The Government Of Malta.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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The e-mail address is:
“Spiteri Christopher at Transport” <christopher.spiteri@transport.gov.mt>

Click for all of it. Very amusing. This twerp, supposedly working for the government of Malta, calling OUR President, the President of the U.S., a socialist. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.