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Archive | March 10, 2014

2nd Plane Crash On Alton Bay (N.H.) Ice Airport Within Three Days: One On Saturday, One Today (3/10/2014).

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> Pictures of Mar. 8 Alton plane crash —
>> Mar. 9, 2014.
>> Alton Bay ice airport, early start in 2014
>>Jan. 20, 2014.
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For picture closeup pictures taken by Anura Guruge
on Tuesday, March 11 of 2nd plane crash.


Click to access WMUR (Channel 9) coverage and video.

Click to access WMUR (Channel 9) coverage and video.


It is possible that the FAA might start taking some notice.



I was right in terms of above supposition.

Heard on NHPR this afternoon [i.e., Tuesday, March 11], at 1pm,
that the FAA has closed the Alton Ice Airport,
at least for the time being, following these two accidents.

Currently, according to the report, the ice thickness in Alton Bay is 20″.



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Did Alton Central School (ACS), N.H., Get Oil Delivered Today From Rhymes Despite Agreement With Fred Fuller?

Superintendent William (‘Bill’) Lander, after mumbling his trademark 'I don't know' at the 2:11 mark, going onto boast that he will get oil from another company -- despite the already PAID PRE-BUY.

Superintendent William (‘Bill’) Lander, after mumbling his trademark ‘I don’t know’ at the 2:11 mark, going onto admit the school could run out of oil — despite the already PAID PRE-BUY. Click to access WMUR video. Must watch.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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>>> March 3rd’s Breaking News Post On
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014: 2:06 pm — UPDATE.

I just had a phone call from a very nice gentleman, ‘Richard’, from Rymes Oil. He had seen this post and called me to say he liked how their pink truck looked on the post.

He then went onto CONFIRM that they, i.e., Rymes,
delivered oil to ACS both ‘yesterday and today’
AND that they are providing the oil, ‘to help out‘, at COST.

That is very nice of them. I am impressed. Seems like a very nice company. I like that they have pink trucks to raise breast cancer awareness. Appears that they donate a cent per gallon to breast cancer research. I asked, and he confirmed, the trucks are even dedicated, by name, to breast cancer victims. I told him, point blank, that I am so impressed that IF Foley Oil (who I have been with for over 17 years) gives me any grief — I am signing up with Rymes.

So lets please get one thing straight here re. these ’emergency’ oil deliveries to ACS. Rymes is HELPING OUT — at cost. They are the good guys.


2010_078 Rymes Propane Pink TrucksAppears that there was one, possibly two, pink Rymes oil trucks at Alton Central School (ACS) today, Monday, March 10, 2014.

In one case there was no question that it delivered something to the school through a long pipe. I would have to assume that it was heating oil.

So what happened to the Fred Fuller “pre-buy” (or what we thought was a pre-buy) — that Deanna once questioned at an ACS School Board meeting? I guess that money is going bye-bye like so much before it. Nice. Very nice.

<< Appears I was wrong about the Fred Fuller pre-buy though I thought I remembered Deanna standing up at a Board Meeting asking them about the wisdom of pre-buy. C’est la vie. Can’t get it all right, especially given all the irons I have in the fire. Fallibility is my handmaiden since I am, unlike some, very mortal. Plus, given all the outright baseless statements about me made by the Superintendent and Principal in the last few months, I have no qualms about getting something like this wrong. At least I admit it when I get something wrong. >>

Yes, I know that the Administration threatened to do this in the letter they sent home on March 4th. So now they have gone ahead with it. I guess the Alton taxpayers, as ever, will have to grin and bear it.

As ever, my goal is to document this stuff.


Blessed Pope John XXIII Canonization Set For 10 am (Rome Time), Sunday, April 27, 2014.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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The official Vatican announcements of the coming Sainthood for the ‘Good Pope’.

Mark it on your calendar. The drumbeat will start soon.

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From Vatican’s official calendar of Liturgical Celebrations. Click to access.

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First ‘Vatican Radio’ announcement from last year. Click to access.

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‘News.Va’ announcement. Click to access.


Pope Francis’ Stance On Gay Unions — And Possible Implication Re. Catholic Clerical Celibacy.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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That the pope wants to study ‘Gay Unions’ was BIG news yesterday.

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Click to access NBC coverage. Google for more.


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The definitions of celibacy from the online ‘free dictionary’.


When talking about Catholic clerical celibacy there are those that try and make a distinction between CHASTE and CELIBATE.

Per that definition a cleric in a ‘Civil Union‘ might qualify as ‘celibate’ [i.e., unwed] if not ‘chaste’.

A couple of years ago it was big news that there were 300 (or so) ‘married’ Catholic priests in Austria — some of them in same-sex ‘marriages’. Civil unions might give the later an ‘out’.

As a papal historian I am just raising the possibility because I tend to see and hear all sides of such debates.

Yes, per the traditionalists, Catholic priests would NOT be allowed to be in civil unions — but then again, according to them, Catholic priests shouldn’t also have got tangled up in clerical sex abuse.


The ‘Asteroid’, P/2013 R3, Disintegration Captured By Hubble Telescope Is Really A Comet, Not An Asteroid!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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The news media has been agog, for the last few days,
with stories of the Hubble capturing the breakup of an asteroid.

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Google NEWS search, just now, of “Hubble asteroid”.


As soon as I saw the coverage, something bothered me (given my knowledge of comets).

P/2013 R3 is NOT a valid IAU designation for an asteroid!

It is a bona fide designation for a bona fide comet — albeit a ‘Main-belt‘ comet, i.e., a comet that NOW have orbits that don’t take them much outside of the asteroid belt.

That P/2013 R3 appears in the Wikipedia entry for ‘Main-belt comet’ is a dead giveaway, even if you don’t appreciate the significance of the naming designation.

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Here is an explanation of cometary naming from my ‘Comet ISONblack book. If it was an asteroid it would have been A/2013 R13.

So this is rather confusing. A comet, as opposed to an asteroid, disintegrating, is not really such a big deal.

We also SAW what happened to poor ‘Comet ISON’ on November, 28, 2013.

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Disappearance — The Things That Cross My Mind.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Boeing_777-200ER_Malaysia_AL_(MAS)_9M-MRO_-_MSN_28420_404_(9272090094)

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Click map for Wikipedia page on the disappearance of MH370.


Having spent so much of my life on them since I was 3 years old, I have a strong affinity (and love for) planes — or airplanes as I still sometime call them harking back to my youth. One of my first distinct memories of my life was that of boarding a plane, in Colombo, Ceylon, when I was 3 years old to fly to India. I rationalized that we had to fly because India was on a higher plane than Ceylon! What can I say. It was a radical departure from the ‘flat earth’ view. In my mind the world was tiered — and you had to take a plane to go from one level to another. Flew at least once a year for the next 10 years in and around Ceylon. Then the week ahead of my 14th birthday I flew from Ceylon to New York — all on Boeing 707s (a plane that still makes my heart skip a bit because I think it is the most elegant aircraft ever designed). The next year, while I was still 14, I flew on my own for the first time, from Albany to Buffalo, New York. It was a precursor to what would be my life — pretty soon. By the time I was 16 I was flying, on my own, at least once, sometimes twice, back and forth between the U.K. and Asia. I was flying, New Delhi to London, on September 6, 1970, the day that 4 airlines were hijacked. At Athens airport I was unexpectedly and very brusquely frisked on the runway. My first experience of airline security — which did NOT exist prior to that. I had just turned 17. During 1985 to 1986 and then between 1992 and 1999, I spent half of my life on planes (flying mainly first class) or at airports. I thought ‘red eyes’ were invented just for me. During those days I slept more on planes than I did at home. So, bottom line, planes are important to me. I have lots of planes (and trains) in my office and IF I look up from my monitors I have two posters, right above eye level, one of a TWA 707 and the other of a TWA Super Constellation. So, this is why plane crashes intrigue me. They are ‘close to home’. And yes, I was going to be an aeronautical engineer (before I was told about computers) and as a teenager I used to visit active plane crash sites if I could get there by car.



So given the above preamble as to why plane crashes intrigue me, these are some of the issues and thoughts that have crossed my (overactive) mind since I heard about the disappearance of MH370.

1/ I know this might sound weird, but it does sometime cross my mind that this plane was diverted and landed, safely, in some remote airport in China! A plane hijacking not for political reasons but for commercial gain. The plane equivalent of carjacking. Hey, come on, it is as valid as any of the other theories.

2/ I do not believe for a second that the U.S. does not have satellites that continually monitor this part of the world. Come on?

3/ Planes have multiple transponders. They can’t all have gone dead. Air Traffic Control can even track a plane when the transponders are turned off.

4/ Even if we forget the transponders, there has to be GPS devices on board that can be tracked, even under water (I hope). IF they can track my phone via GPS, wouldn’t there have been at least 200 smartphones on this plane.

5/ I just saw a news item that one of the two stolen passports, one from Italy and the other from Austria, was used by a black guy! Though Asian myself, I will readily concede that most Asians can be rather gullible. A black guy with an Austrian passport. Of course, it is possible, but that had to have raised at least an ‘orange flag’. Yes, I know Italy has a few more Africans, but yet again I will contend (just on gut feel) that less that 1% of Italian passport holders are non-white. (Israelis, at Tel Aviv airport, in August 1992, gave me heck that I, a brown guy, was travelling on a British passport, though Britain, with its imperial past, is KNOWN for its large population of non-white citizens.) Links to the black guy, looks like ‘soccer player Balotelli‘ references: link 1 & link 2.

>> How did this ‘black guy’ turn out to be Iranian?
Check this post. <<

6/ In the last 24 hours they keep on talking about the possibility that the plane might have turned around to head back to Kuala Lumpur. While that might be possible that a pilot did that without contacting the airline, through the dedicated radio frequencies they have back to base, seems very strange — unless the pilot was being prevented from talking (and even then, I know, that they have ‘hidden’ alarm buttons (like they do in banks)).

So these are BUT some of the things that puzzle me as I monitor the news. This is very strange. 


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