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Pope Francis In Myanmar Comes Across As A Partisan, Gutless Wimp!

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From the “Washington Post” coverage.



Access to the transcript of the entire SHORT speech from the Vatican. Click image to access.


The KEY passage from the speech above. He even skirts mentioning RELIGION. How poor.


There are times to be diplomatic and then there are times when one has to stand up against egregious crimes against humanity. In that Pope Francis failed miserably and demonstrated why he will always be an ineffective, pedestrian pope — and never reach the GREATNESS shown by the likes of John XXIII, Pius X, John Paul II or even Benedict XV (15, not 16).

The pope has — and had — absolutely nothing to lose. He only answers to God, and one hopes God would not have minded him talking out against genocide — BUT then again you would think God should be able to do something about it directly. C’est la vie.

Less than 1% of Myanmar’s population, if that, is Catholic — though they have a newly minted cardinal and about 22 bishops.

The pope could have been more forceful and emphatic. What they are doing to the Rohingya is dead wrong. The pope lost some of his credibility and moral authority by delivering this flaccid speech — and he didn’t have much of either to begin with.

Ahh! To have again have a good pope. Maybe the next one after this rather pale imitation of a pope.


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Maverick Pope Francis Gives 0.2% Catholic Bangladesh Its First Cardinal — Archbishop Patrick D’Rozario.

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Click to access “Dhaka Tribune” original.


To be fair, Pakistan (albeit with a larger Catholic population) has had a cardinal, viz., Joseph Marie Anthony Cordeiro (January 19, 1918 to February 11, 1994), Archbishop of Karachi.

Ironically, he attended a seminary in Sri Lanka (which does have a cardinal, the ‘Tanned Ratzinger‘).

Cordeiro was created by Paul VI in 1973 and participated in both of the 1978 conclaves.

India currently has 5 cardinals.


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Why Does India (& Sri Lanka) Suck At The Olympics?

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From “news.com.au”.


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From the “Wall Street Journal” — and YES, they name cricket as ONE of the FIVE reasons. Click image to access original WSJ article.


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Past Summer Olympics from “olympics.org”.


As I talked about yesterday, in my post about Rio 2016 medals/population, it just does not make sense why India with the world’s 2nd largest population ONLY got 2 medals.

China got 70.

Sri Lanka is guilty as well, with ZERO medals (again), though with 21 million people, it is the 57th most populous country in the World.

But it is the stark difference between China and India — the only two countries in the world with a BILLION PLUS population — that gives you pause.

Yes, I (like the WSJ article) instinctively knew that cricket was an issue.

In India, Sri Lanka & Pakistan cricket is the national poison — and cricket, as yet, is NOT an Olympic event.

India is NO LONGER a poor country! So they can’t use that excuse.

This is crazy. India has such a huge and diverse gene pool. They also play tennis and golf with gusto.

Just does NOT make sense.

India (and Sri Lanka for that matter), so PROUD of their cricketing prowess, should be ashamed that they can’t compete, even halfway decently, in other sports.

Enough said. Indians already have got the message. Not sure about the Sri Lankans. As I always point out, when I am mistaken to be an Indian, that Sri Lankans, alas and alak, are NOT as good looking or as smart as Indians. SMILE. [I can say that, of course.] 


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Olympic Medals At Rio 2016 Per Population Of Country.

by Anura Guruge


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The medals table for Rio 2016 in terms of TOTAL MEDALS per country — for 10 medals and up. Click to ENLARGE.


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TOTAL MEDALS relative to the POPULATION of the country. Very different. #1, #2 & #3 in terms of ‘totals’ come towards the bottom of the table.


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GOLD MEDALS relative to the POPULATION of the country. Very different. #1, #2 & #3 in terms of ‘GOLDS’ — the ranking you are most used to seeing. But when population is factored in they come towards the bottom of the table.


I used to have a very British father-in-law who was passionate and knowledgeable about sports — in particular football, cricket, rugby, Formula 1 and the Olympics. I used to spend a lot of time talking and watching sports with him. We would even call each other up on the phone to talk cricket and he used to take me to football games (he a Bristol City Season Ticket holder) and I would take him to cricket matches, especially Tests and World Cups at Lord’s. He, whenever, the Olympics (whether Summer or Winter) or the Commonwealth Games came up, would maintain, unwaveringly, that “it was a percentage game”. He was totally convinced that countries with large populations stood a better chance at winning medals than countries with smaller populations since the larger countries, obviously, had a bigger catchment pool. To be fair to him this argument does have some merit.

I think of his contention every time the Olympics come around.

The medal numbers in Rio are, of course, skewed because so many of the Russian athletes were banned because of the doping scandal. If their whole contingent had been able to participate — doping, notwithstanding, Russia would have had more medals.

But I, remembering “Walt’s sage saying”, always try to work out whether it is indeed but a percentage game.

And as my two tables above confirm — IT IS NOT!

Yes, Jamaica is an exception — thanks to Usain Bolt.

But you have the likes of New Zealand, Denmark, Croatia etc.

This medals/population is a very sobering table to consider.

The achievements of U.S. & China — and even my own Great Britain — don’t look as impressive from this perspective.

And it begs the question. What is WRONG with India? A population nearly as big as China, and nearly 4x greater than that of the U.S. and they can only win 2 medals — one silver in women’s badminton & one bronze women’s 58kg freestyle wrestling. Does not make sense. Ditto for Pakistan. No medals! I won’t even mention Sri Lanka. 21 million people and no medals.

Study these tables. They do tell an important story.


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Sri Lanka At The Rio 2016 Summer Olympics — Down To 7 Athletes.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access the Sri Lanka original.

Click here to access the official Sri Lanka Olympics Website
srilankaolympic.org.



The Google Portal had listed 9 athletes.
But the two marked with a cross
do NOT appear in the ‘official’ list.

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Click to ENLARGE.

Click here to access the Google original from their ‘Olympic portal‘.


Would appear that the official squad is even smaller than what had been initially portrayed.


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Sri Lanka At The Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.

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From Google. Click to ENLARGE.

Click here to access the Google original from their ‘Olympic portal‘.


At every recent Olympics, whether Summer or Winter, during the Opening Ceremony I get the notion that I should check the Sri Lanka squad to see what they are representing (– suffice to say that equatorial Sri Lanka does not normally put up much of a showing at Winter Olympics).

Appears, per Google’s Olympics portal, that Sri Lanka is fielding a 9 person squad. That Google cannot find the picture for 3 of them is NOT promising nor good. That is bad.

Seems like a small squad for a country that now has a 20 million population. Yes, I will have to go digging for the squad sizes by country.

I expected to see some participation in golf and tennis — both played quite extensively by Sri Lankans. Also no boxing.

Appears, per the official Olympics site, that Sri Lanka, has only ever won two medals (and I think I vaguely remember the 2000 medal):

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Click to ENLARGE. From http://www.olympic.org


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2/ Sri Lanka team DETAILS.
3/ Sri Lanka/Ceylon 1st Olympic medal.


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How The British Paper Red Poppy Is Made — BBC Video.

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They make 40 million paper red poppies a year now.

That is essentially 1 per each adult given that the population
is at 65 million.

Click here to access the BBC video.


World Clock of Population, Mortality, Illness, Energy, Food etc. etc. Very Thought Provoking. Very Compelling. Very Cool.

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This I think is along the lines of one good clock deserves another. Shortly after I posted the human nude clock yesterday, my fellow author, sometimes collaborator, bon vivant par excellence and Pius XII (#261) admirer David W. Tschanz sent me this link … The rest is history. Thanks David.


Click any of the images to access Website.

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