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Other Than For Obnoxious Cussedness IS There Any Reason Why We Need To Drill The ‘Arctic Wildlife Refuge’?

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the ‘Financial Times’ original. Google for more. From August 17, 2020.


This is so blatantly, patently plain obnoxious cussedness on the part of Trump. Just AMAZING. Bloody amazing.

There really is NO shortage of oil or natural gas right now. If anything we have a glut. Plus, the way things are going we probably will not need to tap any new areas — especially in the arctic circle.

This is stupid. There has to be SOME Republicans who understand this.

What is happening to this country?


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by Anura Guruge


 

Think – Today: Why Is The U.S. Presidential Inauguration Always On January 20, Irrespective Of The Day Of Week?

by Anura Guruge


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bill_clintonThe next one will be, rain or shine, and whether it falls on a Sunday or Wednesday, on January 20, 2017. Why is it always (as far as you can remember) always on January 20? Why?


Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.


Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Famous early 20th century scientists and Google” — We will never know the answer, one way or another. All we can do is speculate, and there are pros and cons (so to speak). Some of these famous scientists, Einstein for one, were original thinkers. They didn’t rely too much upon prior work done by others. By that was not an absolute. At some point in their life they must have done some research to get to where they were — and Google could have helped. There is also the matter that, ‘then’ compared to now, there wasn’t as much of a body of prior work that they could have called upon — with or without Google. But it is also true that there were numerous situations where a scientist would spend years solving a problem only discover that somebody else had already solved it unbeknownst to them! Google could have minimized that. It is also the case that scientists were sometimes totally unaware of germane published work done by their contemporaries. It is claimed that Hubble (the famed cosmologist) went for years without being aware of Einstein’s work. Google could have helped. So, we will never know. Then there is the matter that Google can be a huge distraction and thus a potential time-waster! On balance, though, it might be safe to say that Google probably could have helped these famous scientists.


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Why It Is Called “Leap Day” & “Leap Year” — February 29, 2016.

by Anura Guruge


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The ‘Leap’, as in tomorrow’s February 29 “Leap Day“, refers to the fact that on Leap Years a given day LEAPS over one day of the week to break the nice, year-to-year sequence we have in Non-Leap Years.

So pick any date. I chose Christmas BUT any date works (other than Feb. 29 (of course). See the pattern in non-Leap Years. If Christmas fell on a Friday one year, and the next year was NOT a Leap Year, Christmas would fall on Saturday. That is true for all dates. BUT if it is a Leap Year, rather than falling on Saturday it will fall on Sunday (as will be the case this year). Christmas Date LEAPED over Saturday. Hence the ‘Leap’.

This concept of ‘Leap’ is not used in all cultures and languages. Some prefer the more technical intercalary year (year with ‘interposed’ or ‘inserted’ day) or a bissextile year (having to do with the old Roman practice known of “twice sixth”).


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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Says Confirms That The Poppy Is The Official Memorial Flower Of The VFW.

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Click to access the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
‘poppy’ page titled ‘In Flanders Field’
after the poem that started it all.

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U.S. Red Poppy Promotions from prior years.


So why isn’t the Red Poppy MORE popular — let alone ubiquitous as it is in other countries at the start of November — in the U.S.?

I have a theory.

The U.S. did NOT enter World War I until April 6, 1917.

WW I started July 28, 1914.

The Second Battle of Ypres, which is what the poem ‘In Flanders Field’ by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, which gave rise to the ‘Red Poppy’ tradition was fought from 22 April – 25 May 1915.

In other words the BASIS for the tradition predates the U.S. involvement though ‘Poppy Day’ itself did not come to be until 1921. Please check ‘Red Poppy’ page, above, for the full illustrated history.

Well that is my theory. I could be wrong.


Cricketers Playing With Pink Balls In Day/Night Test Matches Starting November 2015 With Australia v New Zealand.

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adelaidepinkIt has, as was alas inevitable, come to pass — Test Cricket crossed with ODI. Yes the players will still wear white (albeit with logos) but the Tests will be day/night affairs, the night portion under lights and a pink ball. The pink ball will be better visible underlights and unlike the white ball will permit players to wear white. That is it. Players wearing white playing under lights — during the night portion of the 5 day Tests. Hence the pink ball.

The first day/night Test will be between Australia and New Zealand, at the Adelaide Oval, starting November 27, 2015.

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Adelaide, Australia, Oval.


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Pope Francis — Wealth Redistribution: Fox News Joins MY Cry That Pope’s Charity MUST Start With The Vatican.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access Fox News piece from 72 hours ago.

Click to access Fox News piece from 72 hours ago.


I actually, while channel surfing, happened to catch this piece!

Wow. Fox News and I signing the same hymn.

What were the chances.

Fox and I agree.

Redistribute the wealth, by all means —
BUT lets please start with the Vatican’s
untold wealth.

Pay some taxes.

Sell some unneeded art treasures.

Get rid of the Gold Pallium Pins.

Hypocrisy is never attractive — even in a pope.


Is Pope Francis Pitting God Against Al Gore As To Who Invented The Internet?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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Click to access coverage from the UK 'The Independent' or Google for other sources.

Click to access coverage from the UK ‘The Independent’ or Google for other sources.


Where is Al Gore?

I hope he is enjoying this Global Warming induced heat wave we are enjoying.

But, as to the Internet.

I think, and as I have mentioned I was the Principal Consultant at BBN a company that provided much of the initial technology for the Internet, that Al Gore probably does have better claims for having invented the Internet than God — though even Al’s claim is pretty lame.

I am the first to admit, though I have a veritable army of Catholics, including a number of priests, who try to educate me on an ongoing basis, this God stuff confuses the heck out of me. Amazes me the number of times I am told that my name got mentioned in Catholic Mass! I am humbled. 

I thought everything was a ‘Gift from God. Have I got that wrong? See, I told you. I don’t get this stuff.

Given that I am somewhat open minded lets kick this around. If the Internet is indeed a ‘Gift from God’ what was God doing when poor Galileo was being put to the sword by the Vatican? Ooops! I just worked it out. God was buy creating the Internet while Galileo was on trial. I can understand. Creating the world, us, the universe and all of that in a week was probably nothing compared to creating the Internet. I doubt whether even God could have created the Internet in a week. I think it took Al Gore at least 4 years.

Francis, though I do like him, has this propensity for saying the most inane things — such as ‘Rugby is a gentle sport’!

Maybe not as much now, BUT what was the Internet’s PREDOMINANT use during its first two decades of existence.

Sex and Porn.

So God, in his infinite wisdom, gifted us the ultimate tool for pursuing porn?

Don’t tell anyone but I even know that Catholic priests use the Internet for checking out porn!
So this is ‘a Gift of God’.

Though he (maybe it a she) totally and utterly confounds me, I like God — just like I like Francis. I have always thought that God has one heck of a sense of humor. This is another example. He gives man, and I use that quite intentionally, ‘The Internet’, the ultimate tool for indulging in porn and self-gratification. Way to GO GOD.

Maybe, I got this wrong. Maybe Al Gore was God’s gift. That would make much more sense. So God wanted us to have the Internet, so we could have easier access to porn, and to make that happen gifted us Al Gore.

God sure works in mysterious ways.

Pope Francis Berates Davos To ‘Spread The Wealth’ When All He Has Done Is Sell His Harley.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access CNN coverage.

Click to access CNN coverage.


Click to access U.K. 'The Telegraph' coverage.

Click to access U.K. ‘The Telegraph’ coverage.


I am 100% with this pope when it comes to
sharing the wealth”.

I am a great believer in helping the poor.

My ONLY issue is that the Pope, himself,
can do a BILLION TIMES MORE than what he is doing!

This pope is ultra cheap. Check it out.

He loves to get on his bully pulpit and go on and on about
‘sharing the wealth’.

FINE.

Lets start with the Vatican.

That he decided to auction of his Hog is a great start, but is not enough.

Sell those 5 gold pallium pins that HE, like his predecessor, are so fond of.
Those 5 pins alone should raise at least a couple of million dollars.

This pope is ALL TALK, little action.

Lead by EXAMPLE.
Not by empty rhetoric.

Warren Buffett and Bill Gates and possibly Ted Turner
have given more to charity than this ‘hot air’ pope.

He has billions of assets at his SOLE disposal.

He doesn’t have to get anybodies approval — other than God’s
and I am sure God wouldn’t have any problems with selling
some Vatican knick knacks to help the poor.

But, then again you would think that an all
powerful God could eradicate poverty.

Aaahhhh!

The stupidity of this all.

Pope Francis: Here We Go Again — “Share The Wealth”. Yes, Lets Start With The Vatican — Charity Must Begin At The Vatican.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access the U.K. 'The Guardian' coverage.

Click to access the U.K. ‘The Guardian’ coverage.


Here we go again!

More inane gibberish from the Pope.

Don’t get me wrong. I like this Pope. Lets face it. I am one of the FEW who actually had him as a papabile, in print. So, don’t get on your high horse with me.

I am though a realist and a taskmaster — and the pope does not intimidate me. IF he calls me up, and my number is right here (—>>), I will tell him all of this directly.

His statement that Rugby was NON-violent was stupid! Period.

His suggestion about a “Prayer of ‘WHY'” had Christians skating on thin ice.

His decision to display “St. Peter’s” bones stretched credulity to a near breaking-point.

I am openly contending that this Pope, right now, is not thinking and speaking clearly.

You prove ME wrong.

This the LATEST gibberish worries me.

Of course, I am ALL IN FAVOR, of sharing the wealth. Always believed that. I have always been BIG on generosity and charity.

To this day, despite (if I say it as humbly as possible) a surfeit of compliments, the compliment I treasure the MOST was from one of my ex-father-in-laws, the day that his daughter informed him that I was divorcing her. He came to see us and told me: “… you are the MOST GENEROUS man I have ever met”. And that was BEFORE he or his daughter even heard of my divorce settlement for her!

Pope, by all means, let us ALL share the wealth, but you as a cloistered, rather sheltered Jesuit might not have heard of this, BUT ‘charity begins at home’.

So let us PLEASE start with the Vatican.

I have said it before, to the chagrin of some Catholics, lets PLEASE start with the mother of all yard sales — in St. Peter’s Square.

Just have your peons bring out 400 artifacts, at random, from the Apostolic Palace. Given that you refuse to use it — make that the Papal Apartment. Just bring out 400 items and sell them in St. Peter’s Square. Give the money to charity. Then you can call on others.

Till then you sound pompous, out-of-touch and bit silly. Sorry. But, somebody has to say it and it might as well be me — since I am beyond salvation, thank God.

Pope Francis Makes Surprising Decision To Put On Display “St. Peter’s Bones”! Second Incongruity In 2 Days.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access CNN coverage.

Click to access CNN coverage.


One day ago it was the most amazing statement that Rugby was not violent.

Then this today. As the CNN article points out, up front, this is beyond controversial. There is absolutely no basis to believe that these are the bones of St. Peter.

In reality, there is no historical or Biblical documentation or evidence that St. Peter ever came to Rome! Plenty of documentation that St. Paul did. So that alone raises questions. Why was St. Peter not mentioned if he was there along with St. Paul?

That St. Peter was the first ‘pope’, which he really wasn’t, is a tradition rather than a fact. That is known.

Yes, many, many relics are not obviously what they claim to be.

But, this, in the 21st century, is a definite test of credulity.

I had NOT expected this pope to have gone along with this.

Actually this is the 3rd VERY STRANGE thing the pope has done just this week. That “prayer of “WHY”‘ was very strange too!

Hhhhmmm! Not good.