Archive | April 3, 2018

4-Day School Weeks In The U.S., Due To Money — The Richest Country In The World!

by Anura Guruge


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Google “4 day school week” for a TON of articles from around the country.


Unless you live in one of the affected states — which from what I can see include Colorado, Oklahoma and Illinois — or are a compulsive news junkie as is I, you may not realize that this happening in the U.S. of A. and it is ALL due to money. That is beyond AMAZING.

Richest country in the World and schools no longer have money for a 5-day week?

Yes, yes, yes — I KNOW. I pay for it. Yes, school funding, by and large, is supposed to be local. No Federal interference. That stuff just confounds me even after 35-years here. IF anything in a Nation warrants Federal funding (at 100%) it has to be education.

The likes of China and India have to be LAUGHING.

This is so inane. How can responsible, elected officials permit this.

Isn’t education supposed to be one the highest priorities of a country after healthcare. Oooops! We don’t have that either.

I still think this is WRONG. Very wrong.


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Just In Case You Hadn’t Heard: ‘Winnie Mandela’ Died April 2, 2018 (Aged 81).

by Anura Guruge


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I will readily confess that I am conflicted when it comes to Winnie.

There was a long period of my life, pre-1991, where I just absolutely ADORED her. I thought she was the cat’s whiskers. She did so much to fight apartheid, help the oppressed and help her imprisoned husband. She did a lot of good.

Then, yes, there was also the BAD and I never forgave her for divorcing Nelson — or how she initially fought to get a huge monetary settlement for him. But, from what I can piece together, Nelson continued to think of her kindly. But, he was an extraordinary man.

Anywho …

She is now dead. What we have to balance is whether she did more good than bad.

While I am not going to suddenly forgive her for her betrayals, I am willing to conceded that there was a 30-year period during which she was the “First Lady of Anti-Apartheid“, and I, for obvious reasons, was always passionately against apartheid and a HUGE fan of Nelson Mandela.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, RIP.


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Hublot ‘Big Bang’ Sapphire Baguette Watch — The UGLIEST Watch I Have Ever Seen!

by Anura Guruge


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I saw this on a post on Facebook and grabbed this screenshot — for posterity.


Click to image to access Hublot’s product listing.


No, no. This is NOT a case of sour grapes. I like and admire good-looking, expensive watches and am more than capable of heaping kudos on expensive watches if they catch my fancy.

Yes, there are some Hublot’s that I do kind of like — though in general they are too bulky for my taste, and dainty wrist.

But, this watch is UGLY. Real ugly. Even uglier than my Fitbit Ionic and that is really saying something.

I guess I will never see one of these. Way too expensive to be seen in New Hampshire. So, that at least is a consolation.

My Samsung S3 Frontier on my wrist.


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Fort Stark, New Hampshire — On Easter 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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The ‘Fort Stark‘, historic site, just south of Portsmouth, N.H., is one of our closest points to the ocean. As such we tend to visit Ft. Stark fairly often, at least once a year — and looking back at my pictures I realize that we tend to make the first visit in early Spring. So, we lived up to form on Sunday, Easter. We went down to Portsmouth, for Easter, to see ‘Sherlock Gnomes‘ and then have dinner. But, we wanted to visit the ocean before. So, we went to Ft. Stark. It was a bit grey and a tad windy. There were only about 4 other people in total around.

But, it was, as usual, still fun. We walked around. Clamored among the rocks. There was a large ship coming in … and a tug from Portsmouth was going out to meet it. There was a helicopter overhead. We were there for about 45-minutes.

Enjoy.


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I Have Now Had My Fitbit Ionic For 59-Days; Longer Than Either Of The Garmin Vivoactive 3s.

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That I had it, and worn it, for 59-days does NOT mean that I like it or intend to keep it for much longer!

It’s ONLY redeeming feature has been that it has not died on me as did the Garmin Vivoactive 3s.

But, the Fitbit Ionic is not accurate. All the stats, especially heart rate, feels suspect. I think altitude/elevation is pure fabrication.

It is per the Lewis Carroll adage “that a watch that doesn’t work is better than one that is one-minute late, in that the one that is broken will tell the correct time twice a day” WORSE than one that is frozen.

I do NOT like the Fitbit Ionic. It has nothing going for it.

I am going to wear it till March 2, 2018 — just so that I can say I had it for 3-months. At that point I am getting another Garmin, now most likely a Garmin Forerunner 935. Why a Garmin. Because it gives me more data and does so on the watch. Plus, the FR 935 is rugged and proven.

Stay tuned. The sorry saga continues.


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