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Emperor Haile Selassie I, The Messiah To The Rastas, Died This Day 42-Years Ago; August 27, 1975.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. From the August 28, 1975 “New York Times”. See below for link.

Link to original “New York Times” article.




We were talking about Haile Selassie just 35-days ago, i.e., on July 23, 2017, since that was the anniversary of his birthdate.

Today, August 27th is the anniversary of his death, in 1975. He was 83-years old. There had been a military coup in 11-months earlier. Haile Selassie had been imprisoned. He died while in prison and some believe, to this day, that he was assassinated. So, today spare a thought for a man who went by the title: His Imperial Majesty the King of Kings of Ethiopia, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Elect of God.


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Alcatraz Ceased To Be A Prison This Day 54-Years Ago; March 21, 1963.

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Click to ENLARGE and read snippet here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcatraz_Federal_Penitentiary


I like the beauty of Alcatraz — but then again I never had to serve time on it.

Did the full tour of the Island in 2005. That was neat. I wish I can find the pictures from that trip.

Got to see it from multiple vantage points on our trip to California last year. What a beautiful island.

So the prison was closed 54-years ago, after 28.5 years in service.


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U.S. Prisons Do Not Permit Inmates To ‘Spank the Monkey’? That Is Insane and Inhuman.

by Anura Guruge


Click here to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” original
from February 25, 2016.

Click image to ENLARGE and goggle, in wonder, here.


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When I saw this I was amazed. I gather, from the article, that any and sexual activity by inmates is prohibited by law. But we all know it happens. BUT trying to ban masturbation?

Even popes have acknowledged, however obliquely, that this is something very hard for males to abstain from.

The vows of celibacy taken by Catholic monks to do prohibit them from masturbating. Ask one and they, after beating around the bush, will sheepishly admit that they can do so.


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Sri Lankan Buddhists, In Their Fervor, Can Be So Funny & Disingenuous.

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I happened to see this yesterday on Wikipedia when I was looking up dates for Ceylon’s (now Sri Lanka’s) ex-Prime Minister Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike.

It just cracked me up (and then reminded me of the agonized hand wringing that took place 56 years ago).

“… his assassination by a Buddhist robe wearer in 1959”.

A “Buddhist robe wearer”?

The assassin was a well known, relatively senior Buddhist MONK.

That was why he was a “Buddhist robe wearer”. He wore Buddhist robes BECAUSE he was a genuine Buddhist monk.

Say it. To obfuscate with words like that is just silly and sad.

Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike was shot and killed by a Buddhist monk. Period.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._W._R._D._Bandaranaike


The Wikipedia entry for S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike goes onto say, quite clearly, that the assassin was a Buddhist monk. So why the “Buddhist robe wearer” nonsense?


The Wikipedia entry for Talduwe Somarama, in addition, even calls him ‘thero‘ — which means a Buddhist monk!

So this is all rather silly and makes the Sri Lankan Buddhist look quite immature.


I remember Mr. Bandaranaike assassination, though I was but 6. I remember the funeral. I followed the trial of Somarama with great interest. I wanted him hanged. He had killed my Prime Minister. Given the circles I traveled in those days, I knew at least two people who visited with Somarama in prison. I remember grilling them about their visit, what they saw, what he had to say etc. I also remembered that he gave up his robes before he was hanged. That was a BIG deal. They didn’t want to hand a Buddhist priest. I also used to know the chief hangman — at the time! Yea. I moved in a rather interesting circle. Not many people we didn’t know. I had FORGOTTEN that they said that he had become a Christian two days BEFORE he was hung. That was Ceylon. Not much has changed when it comes to stuff like this. Talk about … FUNNY.