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‘Vera’ (Detective Show) — Unjustifiable Bias Towards Interracial Couples Is Starting To Ruin The Show!

by Anura Guruge


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We got ‘Britbox’ 11-months ago mainly for ‘Vera’! Click image to access my post.


We (and by that I mean all of us in the household) LOVE the show. ‘Vera’ has become one of our FAVORITE British shows. Just do a quick search (here) for my rave blog posts.

The show has always made a point of showing a varied cast — with non-whites in every episode. That is GOOD. And I appreciate that MY Britain is very multiracial. Love the trouble they have gone to be inclusive.

I also have no issues whatsoever with INTERRACIAL RELATIONSHIPS & MARRIAGES.

Let’s face it. I, literally, have SKIN in the game. Every relationship and marriage I have had has been interracial. So, I have NO problem with them. But, at the same time I do not want anyone demeaning them — and, of course, NOT taking the mickey out of them! And it has come to that with ‘Vera’ Season 10. Four episodes so far, and EVERY ONE has had an interracial couple. That is TOO MUCH. That is too in your face. I am no longer amused.

Click to ENLARGE. From ‘Britbox.com’.

Yes, I looked up the stats. Interracial marriages, though on the rise (as it should be), still accounts for less than 10%. Way, way, way lower than in the U.S.

The show’s obsession is misplaced.

Well, this was bothering I. It genuinely was. It was getting in the way. I had to write this. SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge

 


How Do The Obamas, e.g., Michelle This Weekend, Officiate At Weddings?

by Anura Guruge


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When I saw a news story this morning that Michelle Obama had officiated at a wedding over the weekend, it got me thinking. I kind of knew that ex-First Ladies do not have an automatic right to perform marriages. Yes, she, as a very qualified lawyer, could easily be a Justice of the Peace (JP), but I had never heard of her mentioned as a JP. Then I vaguely recalled that I had also read that Barack had officiated at a wedding.

Is that a prerogative of a President and does it get carried over even when he leaves office.

I had to look it up.

Aaaahhhh! Simple when you know. They became ‘Temporary Officiants‘. In their case that would not been very hard. Cool. Neat. Glad I looked it up.

I wanted to share.


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by Anura Guruge

NH Car Registration Fee Rate, $18 per $1,000 ‘list’ Price

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge

As with the length of wait for a permanent license after online renewal, the ‘above’ was another piece of information that I could not easily locate using Google.

So, yesterday we had to register the KIA we had bought on June 28, 2012 from the (still) good folks at TEAM KIA, Concord.

I had to confess, I was taken aback by how much it was to register. But, as the lady pointed out, NH must get its revenue in someway. I understand that (to my cost, since I also get hit on ‘income and dividend‘).

The rate, at least as it applies in Alton, NH, is $18 per $1,000 of ‘list price’ — with the list price per the NH DMV database, which I am sure only has average prices across a given model line. So, though we have the basic model, I am sure that the list price they used was that averaged out across all the models of that make. C’est la vie.

Hope this helps.

How Long Before You Receive Permanent Plastic Driver License After Online Renewal.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


2017 update HERE — Click.


Having renewed my license online on Thursday, June 28, 2012, I did a Google on the ‘above subject’ out of curiosity. I was surprised by the paucity of useful results I got. So, let me help out by stating how long it took in my case: 20 days.

Renewed: Thursday, June 28, 2012.

Received it by mail: Wednesday, July 18, 2012.

20 elapsed days, 13 working days not counting the day I renewed or the day I received it. We had July 4th on a Wednesday, which I am sure added at least a day. So roughly 2 working weeks. That seems OK — given that the DMV allows itself 2 months to deliver it.

I do not know the details at all, but I think that the NH DMV, like all others, now has to submit all driver renewal applications to a Federal agency for review and approval. So that must account for some of this wait period.

The one thing that I find disquieting is that the license is sent ordinary mail with the ‘State of New Hampshire’ credentials printed large. I worry that I could have lost my license in the mail … and then the hassle of trying to get another one. I don’t know if it has changed but this also used to be the case with Green Cards. Sent normal mail. I had a very nice correspondence with Senator John Sununu on this matter.

I now it is always a cost issue, postage and the extra handling, but, I for one, would gladly pay an extra $5 to $6 to have the OPTION of having it sent certified, with signature required. That would make me so much happier, just because I think (though I have no experience) that trying to get a license reissued will most likely cost me more than $6 in added hassle. So to me, it is like insurance. Anyway, hope this helps.


Of late, ANOTHER one of the many, many things that continually intrigue me has become: ‘how many XXX per year … per day‘. Yesterday I was talking to a local photographer who was lamenting that he only has 3 wedding engagements booked for the whole year. I was trying to figure how many weddings … and marriages … we have around ‘here’ each year. He reckons 50. That could be weddings, i.e., a reception of some sort. That seems low to me.

So, today’s question. How many driver license renewals a day in NH?

Obviously the DMV knows that, but I am not sure they will tell me. More fun to try and estimate. 1,318,194 souls in NH per the 2011 census. 21.2% under 18. So, lets assume that 25% are under 16 and that another 20% do not drive. So 55% of 1,318,194 is 725,006. 5 year renewal cycle, so per year we could just take 1/5 of that (and yes, I know we have those taking the test for the first time etc., but I don’t need exact): 145,000. Divide that by by 365: 397.

Seems about right to me. ~400 license renewals in NH a day. Do you have a better number?