Archive | November 9, 2013

How Many TONS Of Illegal Ivory Was Lost In The Philippines Due To Typhoon Haiyan?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Something I am sure that many people around the World don’t realize, especially in the U.S., is that the Philippines, Cebu that was the bull’s eye for the super-typhoon being the epicenter, is the global capital for illegal, blood ivory!

Moreover, much of this blood ivory is used to carve baby Jesuses — so called Santo Niños. I, the professional cynic, find it ironic that a nation that is so Catholic and think that they have to show their devotion by buying illegal ivory baby Jesuses gets SLAMMED by the storm of the century — just a few weeks after a magnitude 7.x earthquake. I think Filipinos are some of the most beautiful people in the world (and yes, I have been to the Philippines) but many of them tend to be very superstitious and unworldly. Which explains why they feel the need to buy illegal ivory idols for their supposed protection. Well, if they were more astute they would realize that the ivory idols aren’t doing much to provide them with protection.

Anyway, a year ago, on my ‘Popes-and-Papacy’ blog, I ranted about the illegal, Catholic sponsored ivory trade in the Philippines. Here are some of the posts. So before you rush off to give them millions just factor in the crimes against elephants.


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Click to access MY post at ‘Popes-and-Papacy’.

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Click to access MY post at ‘Popes-and-Papacy’.

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Click to access MY post at ‘Popes-and-Papacy’.

BBC & My Man ‘Desmond Tutu’ SLAM Sri Lanka Ahead Of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 Meeting.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
1/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation … — July 9, 2013.
2/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.
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Please check dedicated ‘Red Poppy’ PAGE
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Click to access BBC's controversial coverage.

Click to access BBC’s controversial coverage.


Click to access U.K. 'Daily Mirror' coverage.

Click to access U.K. ‘Daily Mirror’ coverage.


I don’t really know why I feel the need to defend Sri Lanka given that my links to that country are now tenuous at best — especially since I now realize I am adopted and have no real idea as to who my parents were other than my biological father ‘was a gambler’ (which I take as typical Sri Lankan talk to mean that he was a ‘playboy’ — which I think is real neat and goes to prove that it is indeed very true that ‘the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree’. I have not lived in Ceylon/Sri Lanka since August 1967, and I relinquished my citizenship in 1983. So, whether they believe it or not in Israel, I have not held a Sri Lankan passport since then.

So that said, I find the BBC allegations a bit hard to swallow. Yes, I appreciate that most Sri Lankan men are ‘reprobates’ when it comes to ‘lusting after women’. A genetic trait. I also think that the first real crush I had, when I was but 8, was for a tamil girl who lived nearby — at least 6 years older than me, lily white(!) and a national musician; but then again, all my male cousins had a crush on her too and my adoptive parents treated her as another one of their adoptive kids. So, I appreciate that there can be exceptions.

But, I find it hard to believe that most Sinhalese men would rape tamil women unless they were ordered to do so — and even then would only do so under tremendous coercion! It is also a terrible crime. Many of these Sinhalese men will also be Buddhists. So, putting all of this together I am skeptical about the allegations. I AM SURE that there has been isolated incidents — Sri Lankan men, like Clinton, often having trouble keeping their lust in check. But, widespread …. I am skeptical, though I have no evidence either way. Just my perception of things.

As to my man, Desmond, slamming Sri Lanka. What can I say. Desmond really should think about going out in a blaze of glory and the top of his game rather than getting involved in issues that he is not an expert and as such can say things that he will later regret. That is my take.

92 Year Old Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Queen’s Consort, Sporting ‘Red Poppy’ Along With 17 Bona Fide Service Medals.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
1/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation … — July 9, 2013.
2/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.
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Please check dedicated ‘Red Poppy’ PAGE
above (↑↑) with tons of pictures and history.



Click to access 'The Telegraph' coverage.

Click to access ‘The Telegraph’ coverage.

I have always liked the “ol’ devil”. My kind of guy. Quite a rake in his time and even now I think.

Wow. 92!

I always check, each year, for a picture of him with the mandatory red poppy.

He never fails me.

He is THE MAN.

The embodiment of the traditional Commonwealth service man.

New Hampshire (N.H.) 2013 – 2014 Property Tax Rate Comparison. Lowest, Highest & Spreadsheet.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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With 224 towns reporting.
I think that is pretty much ALL.

Most probably my last update. I think we have it all.
November 23, 2013 UPDATE.

Data, as last year, extracted from NH Dept. of Revenue Webpage — here.


Lowest 25

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Click to ENLARGE.
Alton highlighted since I live there. I also highlighted comparable neighbouring towns.



Highest 25



Free, CLEAN, sortable Excel Spreadsheet. No marcos. No germs.

Click to download Excel 97 and later compatible Spreadsheet. Will work with Google Docs.



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For alphabetical ordering get it directly from nh.gov.
Unlike me, who doesn’t even get paid peanuts (though peanuts are my least favorite nut), they get paid BIG bucks to do this.
They should be doing all of this!



For CHANGES in the Tax Rate
from last year to this,

check this post.



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