Archive | February 26, 2014

PBS Frontline “Secrets of the Vatican”, That Aired Last Night, Looks Well Researched, Compelling & Disturbing.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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For FREE YouTube video of Frontline
“Secrets of the Vatican”.


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Click to access PBS ‘Frontline’ homepage.

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Click to access PBS ‘Frontline’ video trailer.


I have a lot of respect for Frontline and PBS. They invariably do good, if not outstanding, work. The “Secrets of the Vatican” is no exception. I DVRed it last night and this morning watched a few minutes. Judging from the opening ‘teaser’ they appear to be hitting all of the germane hot buttons (and as somebody who watches what happens at the Vatican on a daily basis, I do know what is relevant and what is ‘fluff’, even if I say so myself).

From the little bit that I saw, I was hooked. It seems right on the mark. Just wanted to give you a heads up. It appears that it is available on via PBS online. Here is the link: http://to.pbs.org/1fkZvZC.

That there were two semi-related ‘announcements’ today, one by “Gorgeous George”, Georg Gäenswein, the ex-pope’s mole in the new pope’s household and the other by ex-pope Ratzinger himself — both related to why the ex-pope became ex-pope, seems coincidental. I think they were prompted by the Frontline documentary, the Vatican always paying very close attention to what is said on U.S. documentaries about the popes.


‘Legionaries of Christ’ post
given that they ‘feature’ at the start of this documentary.


The ‘Mini-Pope’, 19 Month Child Dressed As Pope — What Were The Parents Thinking?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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Something not right about dressing an 18 month old baby as a pope. Sacrilegious? This provocative pope should not have encouraged it by making it a media event. I applaud the baby for bawling his head off. The pope to the baby could be quite frightening. I think this is one of the better visceral reactions we have seen to this pope. Cracked me up. Kind of confirms my oft stated view that this pope, however hard he tries, doesn’t have the avuncularity of ‘Good Pope’ John XXIII or the innate warmth of John Paul I.

I would have preferred to see the kid dressed as Batman, Superman or failing all of that, as Obama — of course, with a darkened face.


Forget The Capstone Pipeline, Lets Have A New Hampshire To California ‘Snow Melt’ Pipeline.

February 8, 2013 blizzard.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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Click to ENLARGE.

Click to ENLARGE.


An e-mail from a friend in California, a fellow railway buff, got me thinking. He asked me to ship him some snow to help with the drought. A couple of days earlier I had seen ads on Craigslists with folks selling snow!

Despite all the time I spend every winter shoveling snow I really have never given much thought to the logistics of moving snow across 3,000 miles. I know it can be done — cost the only hurdle. I know that they used to ship ice to places as far away as India.

My initial druthers was to visualize a 5 or 6 mile long train pulling open wagons full of snow. If we stay close to the ‘top’ that much shouldn’t melt and here is the kicker. Nobody, but nobody, can say that there is any environmental danger. Water, bottled water, is more expensive than gas. So we will get to the point when the economics will make this feasible.

Then my friend, who really is an expert on trains, pointed out that transporting snow is not efficient, bulk/weight vs. payload. Much more efficient to just move the water.

BINGO.

PIPELINE.

If we can have all these pipelines for oil and gas, WHY NOT one for water? Would help everybody out. Such a shame that MUCH of this pure snow will eventually end up in the ocean (which according to Al (is he gay) Gore) already has enough glacier melt to keep it well and truly topped up.

I am serious. This is starting to make a lot of sense.

Just remember where you read this first.


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