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Why Is Donald Trump Cool With The $24 Million Refrigerators For ‘Air Force One’?

by Anura Guruge

Click to access a very detailed explanation at “snopes.com”.

Click to access “Newsweek” coverage. Google for more.

Yes, I have read some of the justifications for this eyebrow-raising, inordinately high price for “chillers” — aka refrigerators. Despite all the claims re. customization, it still seems rather high. We are not talking anything high-tech or suffused with bleeding edge electronics. Just plain, industrial strength, industrial size fridges. A commercial-grade freezer for a supermarket is around $3,000. So that is one heck of a price hike.

I think there is something fishy.

Real ironic that just a year ago Donald Trump was calling for the cancellation of the new generation of Air Force Ones — citing excessive costs. See below, IF you cannot remember.

As with everything to do with the Trump, bar his hair, it just does not make much sense.

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by Anura Guruge

“The Week”, A Weekly Compendium Of News. A Great Substitute For The Now All Digital Newsweek.


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Newsweek Magazine Goes ALL DIGITAL …Dec. 19, 2012.

Click to access their Website.

Click to access their Website.

I guess they bought a mailing list of all Newsweek subscribers — now that Newsweek has decided to abandon those like me that still like to read some stuff in print.

A week after Newsweek stopped arriving a copy of this magazine arrived, unsolicited, in the mail. At first I thought, hopefully, that Newsweek had changed its mind. Nope. Ir was a new magazine. I think I might have seen it around, but I am quite sure I had never looked through a copy before.

I glanced through it idly assuming that it would be tripe. I was pleasantly surprised. It is a “Reader’s Digest” of weekly news. It was actually very good. Deanna liked it too! I read it cover to cover.

Deanna has signed up for some ‘free’ deal for x number of issues — before we get billed. It is expensive. I am not sure I want another magazine, now that we are also getting ‘Mental Floss‘. We haven’t got the 2nd copy as yet. I will keep you posted. But, this, to be honest, is BETTER than Newsweek — which of late had become something of a non-entity publication trying to be a National Geographic rather than a news digest.

My Humor: “Climax Plug” Chewing Tobacco By Lorillard Really Tickled My Fancy.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.


..by Anura Guruge

Related background post:
>> Where I Get My Irreverent Sense Of Humor — It Is A Very British Thing
>>..Nov. 30, 2012.

A couple of months ago, on one of my rare visits to the Alton public library I picked up a bunch of old ‘Mental Floss‘ magazines that they were giving away. I had never heard of the magazine and the title alone intrigued me. They did, to my joy, live up to their name. Their content certainly stimulates what is inside the cranium in rather atypical manner, much of it consistent with my very irreverent sense of humor. Deanna liked them too and kept on stealing the copy I would be reading. She liked it so much that when she next visited the library (with the kids, which is usually why we go there) she went looking for more copies. Since the early copies I had picked up were a few years old, I had just, unjustly it would appear, assumed that like so many other print publications that they too (like Newsweek this week) had ceased publication or had gone all digital. I was wrong. One of the copies that Deanna picked up was recent: like September 2012.

Though I try to minimize the number of magazine we subscribe to, because I have such a large unread backlog, I told Deanna that she should get me a year’s subscription as my Christmas Present. She did, knowing that she would be stealing the copies unless I hid them really well. Well, anyway, the copies started arriving before Christmas, since the December issue is printed in November etc., as is the case with most subscriptions.

I was just glancing at the January/February 2013 issue, when this picture, or more to the point, the advertisement on the side of the bench,
caught my eye. I was hooked. I knew it was not a fake.

“Try it Now CLIMAX Plug …”

Click to ENLARGE. Scanned image is a bit grainy. I can't find the original. Deanna can't remember who the two characters are. They were before my time, I not having TV when growing up. If you know who they are please let me know. I would like to get the original. 'Mental Floss' provides no attribution.

Click to ENLARGE. Scanned image is a bit grainy. I can’t find the original. It took Deanna, the expert on matters TV and cinematic, to remember that this was ‘Laurel and Hardy’. I need to see if I can find it using their names in the search string.

I was hooked. While I am well aware that ‘climax’ refers to the zenith of an event, the audacity if not outright cheek of a large tobacco company to market a ‘Climax PLUG’ just cracked me up. I immediately went Googling for ‘Climax Plug’. I was not to be disappointed.

Click to ENLARGE. Savor this.

Click to ENLARGE. Savor this.

Why have we stopped doing ads like this and given the prerogative for this type of marketing fun to the Europeans and Asians. Nothing can be worse than the Viagra and Cialis ads on TV at 7 pm when kids are still watching TV. These are at least funnier. They don’t market ‘Climax’ anymore, but Lorillard is still very much in business. They make Kent cigarettes for a start.


I jumped onto ebay at once, hoping against hope. I wanted memorabilia. I am sure that there will be a market for these. I was right. I am not the only one who thinks that these are priceless. Go check ebay. It was Christmas day. I convinced myself that these were investments. So I bought these two, cheap, items. No, I wasn’t going to spend big bucks on the signs. But, ‘Climax‘ memorabilia is now on my list of collectibles. IF you find good ‘Climax’ ads or products, please share.

myclimax2 myclimax1

Enjoy. Happy New Year.
When you, in 2013, feel a bit down, just think of the ‘Climax Plug’. Sure to bring a smile to your face.

Newsweek Magazine Goes ALL DIGITAL As Of December 31, 2012. So That Will Be The Last Tangible Copy.

NewsweekLast-1Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.


..by Anura Guruge

Just wanted to give you a heads up, in case you had not heard. Newsweek will be ALL digital as of 2013. I am bummed. Not sure what I will do when I have to sit around in Doctor’s Offices. Newsweek has always been my first preference in waiting rooms. Yes, over the last 25 years I have subscribed to it off and on, sometimes for quite lengthy periods at a time. We had stopped a few years ago because of ‘information’, and in particular ‘magazine’, overload. Right now I am 6 months behind on ‘National Geographic‘. I have them stashed away, in their clear plastic wrapping, waiting till a slot opens up when I will have the time to read them.

Deanna on a daily basis gets amazing online offers for merchandize — mainly because she is signed up with the right people and does all the jumping through hoops stuff they require. In October she got what I think was a ‘free for 1 year’ subscription offer directly from Newsweek. Since she knows that I like NW she signed up (to go with the other 5 or 6 free subscriptions we get — National Geographic and Reader’s Digest being the only two subscriptions that, I think, we pay for).

Newsweek, over the last couple of years, has been on a diet. It is now skinny and skimpy and doesn’t cover news in anything like the depth it used to. It is trying to be more like an abridged National Geographic with long feature articles. But, it is still fun to flip through, those thees days I can read all of what I want in an issue in one 10 minute sitting. This said, we were a bit put out when we got this huge card attached a recent issue saying that all print issues will cease as of December 31, 2012. Yes, our subscription will continue online — and Deanna already set it up. But, it is not the same. Yes, of course I spend 8 – 16 hours a day on my computer and do a ton of reading — but I do not read books or magazines on my PC or the Google Nexus 7s we have in the house. I like to read real books and real magazines. So, to me, this is the end of Newsweek. I will miss it, sometimes. Just wanted to make sure that you did not get blindsided.

Much as happened to Newsweek of late. I did not hear about this but they were bought by ‘The Daily Beast‘! They are now a subsidiary or ‘The Beast’. Yikes. Who would have thought. Another print institution bites the dust.