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‘Mount Desert Oceanarium’, Acadia, Maine (By Bar Harbor) — CLOSED (At Least For NOW).

by Anura Guruge

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The tarp-covered main sign on Route 3 (taken last Wednesday).

What I got when I did a Google search on “mount desert oceanarium”.

Click to access my post from 3-years ago.

David Mills — the owner.

My pictures from 3-years ago. Attribution will be enforced.

We were on the way to Stonington last Wednesday, June 26, 2019, when I saw the (dreaded) blue tarp covered sign. On the way back I stopped and pulled into the driveway. The gate was closed and padlocked.

The next morning I checked with a knowledgeable local who also happens to drive past the Oceanarium every day. He confirmed that it was indeed closed and that it had only been partially open the year before.

This is distressing.

It was a good destination especially in inclement weather — and you can’t spend 5-days in Bar Harbor over the Summer without encountering at least one of those days.

We, in 2016, had more or less a PRIVATE tour with David Mills, the owner, as the pictures above attest. He took a liking to us. That Deanna’s father had been a Maine lobsterman might have played a role.

I liked David. He and I chatted for quite a long time — and I had stopped by in September 2016 also to have a word with him.

I wanted, quite desperately, to write his life story and the history of the Mount Desert Oceanarium‘. David was v. interested with the notion BUT, alas, had an issue with I (and let’s face it — who doesn’t). David is a profoundly religious, God-fearing soul. It distressed him that I was not. It was one of the first things he asked me. Where I stood with God. My answer distressed him. His line, in the end, was that he did NOT think that God would approve of a hardened heathen such as I writing David’s life story. His final words on the matter to I was: “maybe I should write it myself. I will have to see what God wants“.

I have not given up on David even if he might have on I. I am going to try and contact him.

I hope there is a way that the Oceanarium can be reopened.

Stay tuned. As far as I am concerned this is but a hiatus.

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Cardinals Filoni & Ouellet Are Now The Leading Contenders To Be The Next Pope, i.e., Papabile.

by Anura Guruge

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Do NOT forget that I got the ‘Next Pope’ RIGHT in 2013.

Click image to access the original 2013 post on THIS bog.

Click to ENLARGE. From my ‘The Next Pope 2011’ book. Click on image at the bottom to get a copy.

Timing is everything, because age is of paramount concern, as to who will be the Next Pope post Francis. So, it all depends on when the next Conclave is likely to occur. Pope Francis is 81 and appears to be in reasonable health. But, he has hinted, more than once, that he too, like Benedict XVI before him, might retire — when the time is right. The question is such a retirement on the cards over the next 24 – 36 months?

Two CONFLICTING ‘data points’ on this. Following his cardinal-creating consistory last week he had 125 cardinal electors. Per current law only 120 cardinal electors can participate in a conclave. Bar deaths of electors, this 125 number will not drop to 120 till July 2019. That would mean that the pope does not plan to retire prior to July 2019 — though he can increase that 120 limit in a matter of seconds (even during/after his resignation speech). But, then, he also created the four new IRREGULAR Cardinal Bishops. The ONLY need for this was the possibility of an imminent conclave. So, that is confusing — and I did address that in this post.

OK? So, I refuse to look much more than 3-years ahead.

So, now let me explain the AGE criteria. As of hurried election of John Paul II (following the unexpected death of 33-day pope, John Paul I) when he was 58-years of age, the cardinals, understandably, have opted for older popes. Bluntly put, in the absence of any term limits (and any requirement for a pope to retire), the cardinals do not want another pope who will reign for for 20 – 30 years (despite the success of John Paul II’s pontificate). So, the last two popes have been 76 and 78 years of age. I had said that age would be a factor the last time around — and I was right. I now content, emphatically, that age again will be a primary factor. It is unlikely that the next pope will be much younger than 75.

Other Given Caveats Per My Recokening (and these are NOT negotiable). {Smile}

The Next Pope per Anura Guruge will be:

  • White.
  • A non-American (as in say Seán Patrick O’Malley).
  • A non-Jesuit.
  • A proven institutionalist, i.e., one who has a firm track record of upholding Vatican (rather than Catholic per se) values and protocols.

‘European’, or at least, as in the case of Marc Ouellet one who has spent much of their priestly life in Rome working for the Curia.

Marc Ouellet, despite being considerably younger, was my #1 papabile last time around. And I acknowledged that age was an issue.

Over the next 3-years his age would be GOLDEN.

Marc, simply put, is BELOVED and respected to a level that is uncanny. That he is Canadian will not be a factor. Canada is a ‘neutral’ (unthreatening) country and moreover Marc has spent so much time in Rome that he is a honorary Italian.

So, why do I have him as #2 rather than my first pick again.

He, alas, is RELIGIOUS, though, thankfully, not a Jesuit (Francis, the first). Cardinals tend to shy away from Religious Order candidates and Francis, with his supplication to the Jesuits, did not help matters. I will go as far as saying that the ONLY religious that is papabil is Marc!

Some of you will correctly contend that their unprecedented promotion to (irregular) Cardinal Bishops make them very much Francis’ stooges and that will cause them to be blackballed because Francis is not that popular among the College. NOT so in the case of these two. They were both created cardinals ahead of Francis — and have been untainted by Francis.

But, right now Filoni is a tad too young. His star will truly be in the ascend around 2021 when he is 75.

Enough for now. Digest what I have said.

Thank you.

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Joan Of Arc Was Burnt At The Stake This Day 586-Years Ago; May 30, 1431.

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I, last month or so, read a very good article about her in ‘National Geographic‘. They took great care to point out that how you might really feel about her would depend on both your national and religious affiliations. A heroine to the French, a villain to the British — at least of the time.

Quite a remarkable story. Not something, on that scale, you are likely to see now.

She was around 19-years age when she was burnt at the stake!

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Crusader Rule Of The Holy Land Came To An End This Day 726-Years Ago; May 28, 1291.

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That was the fall of Acre,
a strategic sea-port,
in the North of the Holy Land.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Acre_(1291)

An event that goes uncommented now given that so much water has flown under the bridges on the Tiber since then — over 700-year ago.

But, a turning point in both political and religious history.

The crusades were quite the thing. The fall of Acre was a body blow to those in the West.

So, on this Memorial Day weekend, spare a thought for how the Crusades to Jerusalem came to an end.

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No Google Doodle For Vesak 2016 — In Sri Lanka Or Anywhere Else!

by Anura Guruge

No Google Doodle for Vesak 2016. Disappointing. I had asked for one — for Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is not doing that well in the Google Doodle stakes of late.

Could be because it is a religious holiday, BUT in 2000 Google did do a Doodle for Easter!

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Yes, There Is Indeed A Camel, At “Camp David”, In Alton, New Hampshire.

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Yes, I have seen it, briefly. I meant to stop and take a picture but that never worked out. Deanna has seen it too. I can’t be 100% sure whether it is a Dromedary (one-hump) or a Bactrian (two-hump). I was driving when I saw it. There might have been a Llama or something else with it.

Why am I talking about a camel in Alton, N.H.? It is, even for idiosyncratic Alton, a bit unusual to have an animal associated with hot, dry, waterless deserts in 10′ of snow Alton. But, the reason I am talking about it was that somebody was SEARCHING for it on the Web, and this blog tends to popup on Search Engines anytime “Alton, NH” is mentioned — as it should.

The Camel is at “Camp David” on Route 28, outside of Alton (towards the Barnstead side) — and maybe a mile or so from the turning to ‘Prospect Mountain High School‘ (PMHS).

“Camp David” is a kind of enigma as this post highlights. The amount of work that was done on it has abated.


Click to ENLARGE. From “nhtourguide.com”. Here is the original link: http://nhtourguide.com/forums/showthread.php?864-Camp-David-Alton-NH-What-is-Camp-David-in-Alton-NH

But other than some unexpected animals — including cows — you don’t see much.

Yes, I do know a LITTLE about it. It is the work of an ex-Alton selectman — whose first name might have been “David“.

I also think it is meant to have a Biblical David association. The ‘camp’, I was initially led to believe, was going to ‘religious’ — and that is par for the course for this area in that we have LOTS of religious camps in the Lakes Region. So “Camp David”. Makes sense — plus the owner is a David …


Borrowed with THANKS from Panoramio — photo belonging to JBTHEMILKER. Here is the link to the original. http://www.panoramio.com/photo/60430959

The Bison theme, on the sign (up top) and on the gate, amuse and intrigue me. I would like to see Bison there. I am very partial to Bison meat. But Camels and Bisons are incongruous. I don’t think Bisons figure in the normal Bible (though I have to guess them must make an appearance in the “Book of Mormon” — which I have yet to look at).

I will, now there is an interest, stop and get some pictures. Deanna has lost the ‘fancy’ (and kind of expensive) Olympus ‘point-and-shoot’ I got her before we went to Arizona. That means I have to use my Canon T3i to get decent pictures. But stay tuned for the Camel in Alton, New Hampshire.

The Floods Of ‘Biblical Proportions’ In Colorado Will Further Increase OUR NH Property Rates This Year And Next.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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HT_payton_peterson_co_flooding_lpl_130913_16x9_608Of course you have no choice but to feel very, very bad for them. I would hate to have to endure what these poor folks are going through. I, given my atypical thought process, think it is unfortunate that the news media, today, has started revelling in calling it a flood of ‘biblical proportions‘. I know that Colorado is a very religious state. So what is the implication here? That God got bored with the machinations in Syria and said lets have a flood of biblical proportions. I would prefer if they just blame it on global warming or better yet Chris Christie losing weight and thus tilting the axial balance of the world.

As I said in this post home insurance rates are going through the roof, though most don’t seem to have noticed or cared. Must be nice not to even a raise an eyebrow when premiums go up 10%(+) a year.

CAB70CAC161A0101_RegularIt s true that we have been having a lot of natural disasters of late affecting property. This flood is the latest.

So you can’t really blame the insurance companies.

I find it amusing that in all their very clever and cute TV commercials they NEVER really talk about home insurance rates. It is always their ‘cheap’ auto insurance rates. As my insurance agent (who drives a $90,000 Cadillac convertible) points out, insuring a $30,000 car does not carry as much risk for the insurance company as insuring a $300,000 house with contents. Makes sense.

So while I feel real bad for the poor folks in Colorado, I am already bracing myself to see another steep hike in my home insurance rate next year.

Just remember who gave you a heads up on this.