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WordPress.com Servers Were So, So Slow Today That I Gave Up Trying To Do Any Posts (June 29, 2014). Back To Normal NOW.

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Slow service is not something that happens often at all with WordPress.com. They are good.

Today, or I should say this morning and afternoon up till about 3pm, was the exception. The WordPress.com servers were grinding along. Displaying and posting images was a particular problem. It basically became unusable and untenable and I, after ‘wasting’ 90 minutes on two posts that should have taken me 20 minutes, cut my loses and started working on my book. Then just after 3 pm we had to leave for Manchester (N.H.), to the Verizon Arena, to see Cirque Du Soleil Varekai. Wow. Wow & WOW! Deanna is still gushing. It was beyond good. It is just magical. Pure magic. Yes, I will do a Varekai post — but not today.

I really must make up for the time I lost this morning because of WordPress. So 3rd shift tonight will have to be on the book. On a fun bit. Celestine V’s one and only cardinal creating consistory. Spreadsheeting it and that always, without fail, uncovers hitherto hidden nuggets.

WordPress is back to normal now — from what I can see. So this was just a heads up.


Scottish Independence Referendum In September 2014 Fills Me With Dread. I Fear The Worst.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I have been consciously trying NOT to think about this “Scottish Independence Referendum“, on Thursday, September 18, 2014, just in Scotland, because I get a sinking feeling in my stomach when I do — followed by knots therein. Despite the polls I dread that this Referendum will pass and my beloved United Kingdom will be mortally harmed. Reminds me, always with a shudder, the hugely disastrous ‘Partition of India‘ in August of 1947 that begat Pakistan and then later Bangladesh. That was another cynical (irresponsible) by British politicians (and we won’t even think about Palestine). A simple majority, with the electorate extended to include 16 year olds, with no voter turnout requirements, can carry this BINDING referendum — though both parliaments, British and Scottish, have to then negotiate as to how Scotland will become independent. But, from what I can see, the deal is that if the Scottish people, via this referendum, say that, via a simple majority, that they want OUT — they will get OUT, damn the consequences.

Yes, I know that a lot of influential folks, J.K. Rowling’s of “Harry Potter” fame for one, are urging Scots to vote “NO“. But, as an adopted Scot — though that does not, from what I see, make me eligible for Scottish citizenship — I also know the Scots. They love their little larks and I can see this referendum getting carried, as a “YES”, on a lark! And that is what bothers and scares me the most. [I am sure that I could get Scottish citizenship IF I really wanted it but I am not sure if I would.]

From what I can see the EU status is unknown — as it should be. I don’t think an independent Scotland should get immediate membership! They should have to wait their turn like the others. This creates a fascinating and at the same time very depressing scenario — you would need a passport to go from England to Scotland. Oh, DEAR!

This really distresses me. I really had managed to put this out of mind for a long time until I stumbled across an ‘Al Jazeera’ channel documentary called ‘Scotland the Brave?‘ earlier last week just ahead of our 3-day trip to Acadia. It was being repeated a couple of times and I recorded it. I watched about 40 minutes of it yesterday morning while having coffee. That is what prompted this post. Good documentary. I am beginning to realize that they do good documentaries. Not much I can add from here. It seems very wrong to me. Talking about breaking something that isn’t totally broken.


An Appeal To All Buddhists From Sri Lanka? I Don’t Agree BUT I Am Willing To Promote & Discuss.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Sri Lanka Vesak stamps Anura Guruge

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I got this, verbatim (and these are screenshots), in an e-mail this morning, unsolicited, from a person who I do not know
and, for a change, I could not see who else was on the list because this person knew how to use ‘bcc’. Wow.

This appeal both amused and ‘angered’ me.

This is what I think of and refer to as
‘Radical, Nationalistic Sri Lankan Buddhism’.

It bothers me though I am no longer a Buddhist or a Sri Lankan.

To me the MAGIC of growing up Buddhist in Ceylon (as it was then called)
in the 1950s and 1960s was the
inter-religious interactions 
and tolerance
(though I do remember, vividly, riding a tricycle, with the small white flag,
when I was 3, chanting, in Sinhalese, that ‘war cry’
of ‘We don’t want two languages, just Sinhalese’
and I realize that this was the thin end of the wedge
when it came to Nationalistic Buddhism).

When I was told that I have relatives involved in the inane effort
to claim that Buddha was actually born in Sri Lanka
I couldn’t help but laugh.

I understand where these folks are coming from.

But, I do NOT agree with them.

There is no reason to be defensive about Buddhism.

It should be able to stand-up on its own two feet without this
need for artificial buttressing.

But, I am not in position to really criticise.

I have no skin in the game.

Just an ex-Buddhist and an ex-Sri Lankan
who remembers growing up in what was a wonderful
multi-ethnic, multi-religious society.

My surrogate father, who was a bigger influence in my life
than my adopted father, 
was Baptist.

I had at least one cousin who was Christian.

I had an uncle, from marriage. “Massy Mamma”, who was very dear to me,
the person who introduced me to my lifelong love affair with wrist watches —
and in addition kept me in leather cricket balls —
whose mother was a Roman Catholic.
He didn’t profess to be on any religion.
In his hey day, he owned much of large and famous village.

At least 4 times a week, if not more, we would
visit the house of a prominent Muslim.
Yes, he was a Senator and one of the richest
men on the Island. A very educated and nice man.
My love for the Encyclopedia Britannica is from him.
He had a beautiful library and even though I was
not even a teenager he would give me full access to it.
We had a Britannica at home BUT his set was
Ultra Deluxe.
As it happens I bought a used set,
40 years later just on the memory.

There were only 2 people who were authorized to come and 
pick me up from my school (since I was potential kidnap target).
One of them was the Muslim driver of this Muslim family.

Our neighbors were Christian and they were very much family.

My mother taught Pali and played the piano for their daily church service
at the “Colombo Baptist School for Girls”.
She was an ardent Buddhist.
A Buddhist’s Buddhist.

But there were no barriers.

So this isolationist stuff doesn’t sit well with me.

The appeal not to sell property to non-Buddhist cracked me up!

I think I am going to go into Business just to foil that.
I will be the agent for any non-Buddhist that wants to buy property from a Buddhist.

Anyway … I found this SAD.


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Three Detonated Bombs Found At Halfmoon Lake?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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That is our lake — the one that we have beach rights to.
Though we are in Alton, rather than Barnstead.

This about 3/4 mile from where we are.

Wow.

Didn’t know about it till this morning because we had been at Acadia National Park for the last three days.

Our ‘Beach Community’ got an e-mail on Wednesday but I didn’t check my e-mails till this morning.

‘Funny thing’: they had the annual Community meeting this morning but nobody brought it up!

Typically I have a quick scan of WMUR between midnight and 1 am before I go to bed.
But, on Tuesday night I went to bed ‘early’, around 11:45 pm because I had to be
up at 5:30 am for the trip and I was going to do all the driving.
So I never got around to checking WMUR and I rarely
watch WMUR in the morning.

To be fair we hear a LOT of fireworks from that part of the Lake
every Summer. I am sure I heard ‘bangs’ over the weekend,
typically around 10pm, but that is par for the course.

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