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Pope Francis, Once Again Wearing Gold, With The Insane Riches Of The Vatican As A Backdrop, Condemns Wealth.

by Anura Guruge


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This irks me no end. Yes, the pope makes a pretense of trying to lead a simple life BUT he invariably surrounds himself with gold. There is nothing in the Bible that says he need gold to give him credibility.

And as for the Vatican’s insane wealth — or for that matter the opulence in which Church prelates continue to live.

I no longer think that Francis is a hypocrite when it come to this matter — i.e., telling us to abandon wealth while the Vatican and the prelates continue to accumulate and glorify.

No, I just think he is TOO STUPID to realize what he is saying and the hypocrisy involved!


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Pope Francis, From The Insane Opulence Of The Vatican, Again Has The Audacity To Condemn Materialism.

by Anura Guruge


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He is such a CLOWN … among other things, and most are NOT good.

Yes, of course, his message is good. But, charity, as always, starts at home. You get rid of your possessions at the Vatican and I will follow your lead.

It is no good trying to claim that he, as pope, leads a simple life. It is all relative. He is surrounded by opulence. As pope he can get rid of some of the Vatican’s insane wealth and set an example to the world.

The Vatican’s wealth is incalculable. The Vatican could afford to give away billions a year in charity. Just sell a few paintings a year.

Oh, NO. Everything at the Vatican is sacred. Cannot be parted with — BUT I need to get rid of what little I have.

You are such a CLOWN Francis.


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“Mohegan Sun” — The Two Swimming Pools Are A Let Down!

by Anura Guruge


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The one word that always comes to mind when I think of “Mohegan Sun” (which I have had the chance to visit three times) is ‘opulence‘.

It is quite the resort and it is visually stunning — a veritable smorgasbord of visual stimulation.

Everything is ‘First Class’ but for the two swimming pools and that is very incongruous and disappointing.

Teischan (10) likes to swim in hotel pools, and those two last words have to go together. In other words she only likes pools attached to a hotel. She is also not that keen on swimming in lakes which is a shame since we do have beach rights to a nice lake. So, whenever we go on vacation I try to make sure that the hotels we are staying at have pools.

I saw that “Mohegan Sun” had two pools and that seemed to fit the bill.

But, we were surprised by what we discovered. And this post is to give other a ‘Heads Up’ if you are planning a stay at “Mohegan” and swimming is something you are planning to do.

  1. The pool (on the ground floor) of the newly opened ‘Earth Tower‘ is MINISCULE. Not much bigger than a large hot tub (and I am not exaggerating by that much).
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  2.  The pool (on the 3rd floor) of the ‘Sky Tower‘ is ‘large’ (maybe even ‘huge’) but it has a constant depth of 3.5′ — i.e., there is no deep end. [This is also case with the titchy pool in the ‘Earth Tower’.] I guess this eliminates the danger of folks diving and is probably better for kids. While you can of course swim in 3.5′ feet it feels strange and there is something perverse about not being able to take a breather at one end of the pool without your feet on the bottom.
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  3. There is NO HOT TUB at either pool. This seems ludicrous. {Continue reading …}
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  4. There is a large bar, serving alcoholic drinks, by the large pool — but it is not what I call a true poolside bar in that you can’t get served without getting out. I would rather have a hot tub than a bar.
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  5. The water temperature in both pools was a couple degrees BELOW ideal. And not having a hot tub to help warm up meant that the whole experience was slightly degraded.
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  6. At the large pool they have ‘Towel Monitors’! While I fully appreciate that maintaining a supply of towels at a busy pool is a COSTLY proposition it seems crazy that they make you feel guilty about asking for a couple of towels — given what you are paying to stay there!
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  7. Neither pool has an attached changing room. At the big pool the changing rooms, which are inside the respective gender-specific bathrooms, are across the hall and you have to walk across dripping.
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  8. The little pool is in a little, dark, claustrophobic room. [Not so the large pool. That is in a huge, well lit, atrium-like hall.]

So, just letting you know. It did not ruin our vacation and we went swimming on 3-days but the experience could have been better.


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by Anura Guruge