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‘Revels North’, To Their Credit, Stands In Solidarity With #BlackLivesMatter.

by Anura Guruge


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This came as an e-mail from ‘Revels North‘ (New Hampshire & Vermont) this morning.

I was impressed, pleased & proud. Good on them. Bravo. Thanks.

Last week ‘Revels’ (Cambridge) proclaimed their support by sending out a musical video of children singing for peace.

This is why I am such a BIG fan & booster of ‘Revels’. Their heart is always in the right place & they know exactly what note to strike.

Thank YOU.

#BlackLivesMatter.


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by Anura Guruge

In These Troubled Times In The U.S., Cambridge ‘Revels’ Sends Out A Message Of PEACE From The Children.

by Anura Guruge


What a goodly thing 
If the children of the world 
Could live together 
In peace.


YouTube video BELOW.



No words from I are needed (or appropriate).

They say everything that needs to be said elequoantly & with panache.

Thank YOU (Cambridge) Revels.

PAX.


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Shameful Easter Bombings In Sri Lanka — BUT I Will Not Jump To Conclusions.

by Anura Guruge


From the U.K. “Daily Mail”. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Link to original below. Google for plenty more.


Click to access the original U.K. “Daily Mail” article.


Click to ENLARGE. From the “Daily Mail’ article above.


Just a FEW of my adoptive father’s 55+ books.

Google ‘Ananda Guruge‘ if you want to check out his Buddhist bona fides.


I have been railing against religious violence in Sri Lanka for YEARS.

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To say that this Easter bombing saddens & distresses I does not even come close to genuinely capturing my disapprobation.

This is SO anathema to the happy multi-ethnic & multi-religious Ceylon (Sri Lanka only as of the 1970s) that I grew up in, 1953 to 1967.

My adoptive family was as Buddhist as you could get. Check out some of my father’s Buddhist books shown above and Google him. He was a Buddhist scholar, ACTIVIST and, alas, also one of the original architects of the ‘Buddhism First‘ precept for Ceylon. But, he was as open-minded when it came to religion as one could be. My SURROGATE FATHER, my adoptive mother’s brother-in-law, with whom I spent nearly as much time as with my family — and who influenced me more than any other man — was a practicing Baptist. My ‘father’ never had any issues with that. We celebrated Easter and Christmas, at my surrogate father’s rather fancy house with abandon replete with all the best goodies that money could get in Ceylon — imported ham, lamb, cakes etc. My surrogate father, who was a lawyer, and his wife, who as the Assistant Principal at Royal College (Sri Lanka’s premier boys school) were rich — and had no kids, bar I.

In addition, we had more Christians on my “mother’s” side; she one of 9. One of her brother’s was married to a Catholic as had one of her sisters. We were a CLOSE family — multi-religious. Nobody cared about who was who. We all mucked into to each other’s holidays.

My “Father’s” best friend, who he met with near daily, was a prominent muslim. Never an issue. Our neighbors, that my “mother” genuinely treated as part of her family, were Tamil Catholics. They were at our house, without fail, every day.

So, I grew up in an environment where religion had no ‘color’ or ‘race’. It was just like a name. Made no difference.

This is why this religious violence disturbs me so.


All that said, I refuse to jump to conclusions as to who perpetrated this horrendous series of crimes. The last TWO bombings, which were of private houses, puzzles me.

Though I am NO LONGER a Sri Lankan (in terms of citizenship or affinity) I do know, alas, the mentality of my brethren. We can be a devilishly devious, unscrupulous, ruthless bunch of bastards.

These bombings, I hate to say it as such, were ‘genius’. It has created the PERFECT TSUNAMI.

We now can have a circular firing squad, consisting of Buddhists, Christians and Muslims, each taking pot shots at the other. READ BETWEEN THE LINES.

This was geared to cause political, social and ECONOMIC upheaval. It will, of course, decimate the burgeoning tourist trade. That will have far reaching knock-on effects.

Not good.

But, please do NOT jump to conclusions.

It is not always the usual suspects.

Sri Lankan politicians are ruthless to a level that others will never comprehend.

Read Between The Line!



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by Anura Guruge


Striking, Much Needed “Peace VW Bus” & “Peace VW Bug” At Laconia Multicultural Festival 2018.

by Anura Guruge


NO post-processing whatsoever.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.





Hard to miss. I knew I had to take some pictures. The message was GREAT — and much needed — and it was so photogenic. I knew that the colors would come out well. I was not disappointed. Very nice couple. I chatted briefly with them. A wonderful, worthwhile project and it must be very rewarding for them. Kudos & Bravo.


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Buddhist On Muslim Violence Erupts In Sri Lanka (Again) — Just As I Have Warned.

by Anura Guruge


From the BBC. Click to ENLARGE and get the gist here. Google for more. The BBC is at: bbc.com


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As the above posts show I have been very concerned about this since 2014. There are more posts and IF you are interested, please search on “Sri Lanka Buddhists” & “Myanmar“.

The hardline Sri Lankan Buddhists have been itching for this ‘fight’. They want to emulate what is happening in Myanmar (née Burma) and the poor Rohingya.

This is Trump style Nationalism Sri Lanka-style. A Buddhist state with no other religions. Unlikely to happen BUT the Sri Lankan Buddhists will be eager and happy to spill as much blood as possible to try and make that happen.

This is the Buddhist version of the Crusades. Pacificity be damned. They THINK they are doing “Buddha’s” work. I hate to admit this BUT most of US Sri Lankan Buddhists are NOT that bright! That is the crux of the problem. Stupidity and ignorance.

I ceased to be a Buddhist 46-years ago, and a Sri Lankan 35-years ago.

Yes, my adoptive father bears SOME BLAME for some of this. But, here is the supreme irony. In the 1950s & 1960s, when this rabid Buddhist revor was still in its embryonic state, his BEST FRIEND was a Muslim, Senator A. M. A. Aziz. How my adoptive father, who became more and more like Trump as he grew older, would reconcile what is happening in Ceylon with his relationship with Senator A. M. A. Aziz would be fascinating to study. Being the poser he was, to his death, he would rationalize it. But, never in my eyes.

This is so sad.

I really would like the International Cricket Council (ICC) to intervene. Because after sex and violence, Sri Lankan Buddhist love their cricket. A boycott of Sri Lanka, in terms of cricket, would stop any violence in its tracks.


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by Anura Guruge


‘Mir’ (Peace), The First Modular Space Station Was Launched 31 Years Ago Today — February 20, 1986.

by Anura Guruge


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Click image to access Wikipedia entry for the ‘Mir’ Space Station.


It was in space February 20, 1986 to March 23, 2001. It was occupied in space for 4,592 days and made 86,331 orbits of the Earth. A total of 104 people, from 12 countries, spent time on Mir.

It was for a time the largest man made object in orbit — until superseded in every way by the International Space Station (ISS).


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Wednesday, December 21, 2016, The Winter Solstice Is Also “Global Orgasm Day For Peace”.

by Anura Guruge


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Though this is always an important holiday, ‘PEACE’ is more important this year than EVER BEFORE.

The ‘Global Orgasm Day‘ is an embodiment of ‘Make Love, Not War‘.

So, please make sure to celebrate.

As ever I do my part by making sure that you do NOT forget these important ‘Orgasm Days‘ during the year — though in my book, quite literally, every day is an orgasm day!

Enjoy.


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by Anura Guruge

“Global Orgasm Day FOR PEACE” 2015, 2 Days Away: I Give You A Video From 2014.

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Related posts:
** Global Orgasm
For Peace 2015.
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Orgasm faces for National Orgasm Day.
** 400 MILLION “O”s
on National Orgasm Day.
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National Cheesecake Day ahead of NOD.
** Free eBook
National Orgasm Day.
>> “National Orgasm Day”.
** “Orgasms: 101 Facts & Trivia” book …

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A YouTube video.

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This is very good. Short and sweet. You really should LISTEN to it.


Given that this video, or soundtrack is clearly inspired by
Je t’aime … Moi Non Plus
by Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin/Brigitte Bardot, I also give YOU that.

For more on “Je t’aime … Moi Non Plus” visit my “Orgasms 101” blog.


Get inspired for the DAY with “Orgasms: 101 Facts & Trivia” — only 99 cents (U.S.)

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“Global Orgasm Day FOR PEACE” Is On December 22, 2015 — Even More Special This Year.

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Related posts:
>>
Orgasm faces for National Orgasm Day.
** 400 MILLION “O”s
on National Orgasm Day.
>>
National Cheesecake Day ahead of NOD.
** Free eBook
National Orgasm Day.
>> “National Orgasm Day”.
** “Orgasms: 101 Facts & Trivia” book …

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Yes, there are 3 separate Orgasm-related holidays.

Yes, we had ‘National Orgasm Day‘ on July 31.
This is a DIFFERENT holiday — with an emphasis on Worldwide PEACE.

So more special & significant this year than ever.

OK. Here, I explained it all in my “Orgasms: 101 Facts & Trivia” book.

Orgasms: 101 Facts & Trivia book

Click to ENLARGE and read here. #2 of 101 in my “Orgasms: 101 Facts & Trivia” book.

Here is the the link to get to THE book.

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Prestigious Princeton University, no less, gets involved.

Here is the link to the princeton.edu page.

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A YouTube video.

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Click to access YouTube video.


Get inspired for the DAY with “Orgasms: 101 Facts & Trivia” — only 99 cents (U.S.)

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Pope Francis’ Visit To The US: Making Peace With The Nuns & Riling The Miami Cubans.

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Some Related Posts (click to access):
* Visits by popes to the U.S.
* Prior Pope – U.S. President Meetings.

>> Francis has dig at gay marriage.
>> Francis nixes gay French ambassador.

Pope Francis’ ‘complicit silence’ … 
Pope Francis co-writes song.

† Appointment of Juan Barros in Chile.
Francis does NOT shelter the homeless!
† Weak Francis chokes re. Keith O’Brien.

Francis says the darnest things 

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As is becoming the norm with this maverik, unpredictable pope
there is always two-sides to most things he does.
That is appearing to be the case with his trip to the
U.S. in September 2015.

GOOD: Making peace with the U.S. nuns.
BAD: Further upsetting the Miami Cubans.

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Click to access “Washington Post” coverage.

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Click to access CNN coverage.


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Click for ONE of my many, many posts on this subject on my “Popes and Papacy” blog. Search on ‘nuns’ once you are at the blog.

In what was a star-crossed papacy, one of the strangest things that octogenarian Benedict (#266) permitted was that of the Vatican trying to cross swords with the much respected and beloved U.S. nuns. Even without comparison to their child-abusing ‘brothers’, the U.S. nuns, by most any measure, were Saints. So the Vatican, and the pope, was on a hiding to nowhere. Popes and the Vatican, over the centuries have tried to fight many losing causes — and this still has to be up there as one of the stupidest.

Francis can be street smart, when he puts his mind to it, and making peace with the U.S. nuns AHEAD of his trip to the U.S. was indeed a clever move. The last thing he needed while in the U.S. was having the nuns ‘mad’ at him. Plus, he will be relying on the nuns to take care of him while he is here. That is how it works. So this is all very smooth stuff.

Not so, the plan to extend the U.S. trip to include Cuba. Despite all of the immense progress made re. Cuba in the last couple of months, I do NOT think the Miami Cubans are going to be happy with that move. Lets wait and see. This is just a heads up.