Tag Archives: USA

Powerful Pictorial Metaphor In Two Flags As To What Trump Did To The USA (One Flag In Tatters).

by Anura Guruge



Note, the U.S. flag is in TATTERS!

I would have thought that it was disrespectful (if not illegal) to run such a tattered flag — given that this is NOT a flag of WAR.

This is on a blueberry farm on our road. I walk by it nearly every day. Today, I stopped & took these pictures. The wind was not cooperating.

Yes, the farm is owned by an old woman who is a rabid Republican.

She hated Obama. Hated Obamacare (i.e., ACA) with a vengeance. Then her 40-year old son, who did NOT have health insurance, needed a kidney transplant. She had no compunction, or shame, of getting him to go in & get one ‘free’ on the ‘State’, i.e., we had to pay of it because he had no insurance. Typical.


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Google Doodles For The USA Gone Rather ‘Woke’ In The Last 18-Months — Have YOU Noticed?

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Two other very pointed ‘Doodles’ from last year.


I like ‘Google Doodles’. Always have.

I used to do regular posts on them, but gave up since there was little ‘ROI’ (‘return on investment’) for them; i.e., most of you were not as interested or intrigued as I was.

I still follow them & even visit the ‘Doodle Archive‘, quite often, to see what they do for other countries.

I have noticed two things since around this time a year ago.

  1. Marked SLOWDOWN off Doodles. Nothing like the frequency & regularity we used to see.
    ….
  2. They have become markedly & pointedly VERY “WOKE” — or at least that is how it comes across to I.

Have YOU noticed. Go & check. Notice the folks being honored. I am very happy, BUT …. Shouldn’t we strike a balance?

Well, I just wanted to ask YOU what you thought.


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by Anura Guruge


Hotstar Coverage Of Cricket World Cup Is TOTAL GARBAGE — Willow TV Is 1,000% Better.

by Anura Guruge


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Hotstar has NO IDEA
about covering cricket.

Do not even TRY to watch the World Cup on it
unless you are Indian or are Intellectually challenged.


For a start they BROADCAST the final scores all over the place! So, before you get to watch a match — or highlights — you know the results. What is FUN?

Hotstar is a social media company. NOT equipped to cover cricket.

I have said this before, I will say it AGAIN.

Do not part with ANY money to Hotstar for the World Cup. It will be a rip-off.

The World Cup is available, in the U.S., on Willow TV. Now that is a proper and dedicated cricket company.

Go with Willow. Give Hotstar the finger.

Oh, and Hotstar is crooked, duplicitous and dishonest.


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BBC Shortwave Service Is No Longer Available In the U.S. (& Has Not Been Since 2001).

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access original article from 2001.


I had absolutely no idea that this was indeed the case — and, moreover, has been since July 2001. 18-years ago. WOW.

Another casualty of the Internet.

Yes, in from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s I had fancy (i.e., expensive) Sony SW receivers so I could listen to the BBC on SW — primarily to get cricket scores.

Yes, it is also true that once I could get cricket score on the Interweb (via. say ‘cricinfo‘) I lost interest in fiddling around with SW.

Wow.

I just go myself a small radio from Amazon today so that I can EASILY listen to NPR during my walks. [I am off-crutches after 6-weeks and intend to do a fair amount of walking.] It had SW has a bonus. So, I was looking forward to listening to BBC on SW. Well, I guess that is not going to happen.

P.S., It was cheaper to get this $24 radio than messing around trying to get FM on my Google Pixel 2.


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Happy Sinhala New Year, Avurudu, 2018 To You All & Happy “Vaisakhi” Too.

by Anura Guruge


Painted by me when I was between 6 – 8 years old,
i.e., 1959 to 1961, while still living in Ceylon.
Kind of ‘Mount Lavinia‘ are I would think.


Dawning of the 2018 New Year will be TODAY,
in the U.S. & Canada —

Friday, April 13 at 4:34pm.

[2:04am in Sri Lanka on April 14].


Happy Sinhala New Year 2017.

The 3rd New Year of the Year for I.
But you can never have too many.

Enjoy. Rejoice.


This year, now that I know, I am also including my Sikh friends in this
with their “Vaisakhi“.


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Monday’s, i.e., August 7, 2017, Partial Lunar Eclipse Will NOT Be Visible From New Hampshire — Or Anywhere In The USA.

by Anura Guruge


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From ‘Time and Date’ at:www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/. Click to ENLARGE. Note it is NOT visible from anywhere in the USA — let alone New Hampshire.


The amount of the Moon that will be in SHADOW as it passes through shadow cast by Earth. Click to ENLARGE. From Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_2017_lunar_eclipse


Do NOT confuse this August 7 – 8, 2017 partial Lunar eclipse with the BIG ONE — the August 21, 2017, Total Solar Eclipse. That is a totally different kettle of fish. Yes, that will be visible in New Hampshire. More on that once we get past this one since there will be lots of confusion.


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1,200 U.S. Diplomats In Russia vs. 445 Russian Diplomats In USA.

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It took me a while, after I did my last post on the U.S. diplomats being expelled from Russia, to get some meaningful numbers as to the US diplomatic presence in Russia and vice versa.

The U.S.A. has a total of 1,200 ‘diplomats’ (including support staff) in their ‘mission’ in Russia.

Russia on the other hand has 445 ‘diplomats’ in their ‘mission’ to the US.

That is where Putin’s 755 number, for expulsion, comes in.

1,200 – 755 = 445.

He wants to balance the playing field. Kind of makes sense.

The question this BEGS is why don’t the Russians have more ‘diplomats’ in the US IF they permit 2.6x more in their country. It could actually be COST. Diplomats are expensive commodities — and I speak as the son of a career diplomat.

So, I thought this would help.


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How Many Diplomats Does The U.S. Have In Russia, IF Putin Can Expel 755?

by Anura Guruge


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I am not sure about you, but I was flabbergasted when I read that Putin is threatening to expel 775 ‘diplomats’ out of Russia if the US goes ahead with its latest bill on sanctions.

IF Putin can expel 775 it has to mean that there are hundreds more that are not getting expelled since obviously he wants to maintain some US diplomatic presence in Russia.

775 just seems like a LOT when Obama only booted out 35 – 40 last December for their interference in the 2016 elections.

Big difference between 40 and 775.

For obvious security reasons it appears difficult to find numbers for the exact diplomatic presence in a given country. But, it is being claimed that there are around 1,250 U.S. diplomats and support staff in Russia. Wow. That seems like a lot. There is, as I show in the map above (which I created for you), one embassy and three consulates in Russia. Yes, it is possible that the Moscow embassy has 350-400 U.S. personnel, possibly more. That is without any local help they might hire as drivers, cleaners etc. though in the case of Russia there may be concerns about hiring any local help.


See July 31, 2017 UPDATE on numbers, on each side, here (click).


Just a sobering thought. 1,250 Americans, on government business, in Russia.

That begs the question as to how many Russian government employees are in the U.S. In addition to the Russian Embassy in D.C there are three consulates: in New York, San Francisco and Seattle.  So they mirror the U.S. set-up in Russia. Does this mean that there are ~1,250 Russian ‘diplomats’ in the U.S.? WOW.


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2017 Avurudu (Sinhala New Year) Auspicious Times In The U.S.A. (Eastern Time Zone).

by Anura Guruge


Painted by me when I was between 6 – 8 years old,
i.e., 1959 to 1961, while still living in Ceylon.


Dawning of the 2017 New Year will be TODAY,
Thursday, April 13 at 4:34pm.

[2:04am in Sri Lanka on April 14].

Cooking Kiribath: Thursday (TODAY) again, April 13th at 8:11pm (5:41am in Sri Lanka on the Friday.]


Happy Sinhala New Year 2017.

The 3rd New Year of the Year for I.
But you can never have too many.

Enjoy. Rejoice.


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Wolfeboro (N.H.) Holding A Dinner To Celebrate Trump Presidency — Replete With Russian Dressing.

by Anura Guruge


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Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, the Oldest Summer Resort in the U.S., was 54% for Trump — though Mittens Romney has one of his many mansions, waterfront, in Town.

This sign that I spotted today says it all — including getting tickets from Blacks. That is about right.


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