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Partial Government Shutdown, Alas, Adversely Affecting The “Navajo Nation”.

by Anura Guruge


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They, i.e., the Navajo living in and around the ‘Navajo Nation‘, have always been more vulnerable than most. Yes, some of it is their own making, but we are where we are. These folks rely on the Federal Government for many aid programs — even for clearing some of their major roads of snow during the winter.

This shutdown is really doing a number on them, but it goes unreported and unnoticed outside of Arizona and New Mexico because they have no media savvy. They basically have no voice.

There are quite a few Navajo working at ‘Canyon de Chelly‘ and ‘Monument Valley‘ — some as Park Rangers. They are not getting paid. That has a huge trickle down affect as many people rely on these federal salaries. Without that money, they are penniless. This is not good. This is sad.

I gather that ‘Canyon de Chelly’ remains open — in that both of the Rim roads are public thoroughfares and as such need to be kept open. Not sure how much snow they have had. If it has been dry the lookouts will be usable. Hate to think how much illegal trespassing is going on at the bottom. Upsets me greatly.

Just wanted to make sure you knew. So many don’t.


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by Anura Guruge


All Of The TV ‘Government Shutdown’ Clocks Are ONE DAY OFF — i.e., Day Short; ’12’ When It Should Be ’13’.

by Anura Guruge


CNN. Go to cnn.com and check.


MSNBC — TV channel. Photo of TV.


WHY?

Because they are counting the DIFFERENCE.

It needs to be INCLUSIVE.


People do it all the time when they are doing dates.

They take the DIFFERENCE between the two days. For some applications that is ‘OK’, BUT not when you are counting something like a SHUTDOWN.

You have to INCLUDE Day 1, in this case, Saturday, December 22, 2018.

My calendar above shows it clearly.

But, try a simple example. Shutdown started Dec. 22. So, how many days shutdown at the end of Dec. 24. It is 3-days, NOT 2.

I actually saw Anderson Cooper talking about the shutdown being in its 13th day, above the CNN clock that said ’12’!

Amazing.


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by Anura Guruge


Acadia National Park, Maine Impacted By Lack Of Snow Removal Due To Federal Government Shutdown.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. From the ‘National Park Service’ at: nps.gov.


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Acadia Ocean Drive in March 2018
when we visited in Winter during a storm.


The problem is the SNOW. They have kept the roads open BUT are not plowing.

I heard, this morning, that Ocean Drive is basically closed due to snow.

Not sure you are planning on visiting right now but I wanted to give you a heads up.

We went in early March 2018. I had fun. I walked the entire Ocean Drive twice — once in a gail.

Hopefully the SHUTDOWN will be over by March 2019!

 


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by Anura Guruge

The Government Has To STOP Persecuting The Navajos At Canyon de Chelly!

by Anura Guruge


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2015: Navajos permitted to sell on the pavement &
sell art featuring the local stone from the Canyon.


One of the paintings on stone shown above —
which we bought.

Notice the thickness of the stone.


Other example of paintings on stone.


The persecution of the Navajo at Canyon de Chelly by U.S. government authorities, now in the form of the National Park Service, is still happening — on an accelerating basis.

They are getting pushed around. The Navajo Nation is not doing much to protect them. They do not have the skills, experience & the resources to take on the Park Service. Plus, they are petrified of harassment at the personal-level. Being barred from access to the Canyon — chief among them.

It is true that they are no longer being shot, made to undergo ‘Long Walks’ or have their children forcefully send to Christian boarding schools. But, nonetheless, the persecution is cruel and hurtful.

Between our visit in April 2015 and our recent trip at the end of July, THREE very specific attacks have take place.

  1. Navajos can no longer display their wares for sale to the tourists on the ground or on tables. Their displayed good have to be on a parked vehicle. So, if they have a truck they can use the tailgate. Many do NOT have trucks. So, they put towels on the hood and trunk of their cars and display their wares that way.
     …..
  2. Navajos can no longer sell any art featuring stone from the Canyon. They have to use purchased slate.
    ……
  3. The Park Service is threatening to stop them living in the National Monument part of the Canyon.
    …..

This persecution in inane and very distressing.

In the end this is THEIR land. What is left of all the land that used to be theirs by right.

Having them sell their art and jewelry from the ground or tables did NO harm. They did NOT get in the way. This is not the Grand Canyon or Yosemite. The car parks are rarely packed. Plus the Navajos provide a VALUABLE service — since you will never find or see a Park Ranger on the Rims. The Navajos acts as FREE guides and narrators.

As for the stone … What can you say. Yes, I agree that nobody should be allowed to chisel any new stone from the Canyon. But, there are tons of stone lying around. And here is where it gets crazy and very frustrating. There are NO such restrictions re. stone at ‘Monument Valley‘ and that is Navajo land too. Difference, NO Park Service.

They say they want to build a pavilion in which the Navajo can sell their wares. They have one of those at ‘Monument Valley’. It is EMPTY!

Monument Valley. The EMPTY shops in the ‘pavillion’.

 


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by Anura Guruge

It Is Always Such A Pleasure And Privilege To Deal With The U.K. Government!

by Anura Guruge


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Given that I am in self-imposed, financial exile I do not have to deal with U.K. Government that often. But each time I do, I come away feeling SO privileged and honored! At least in my case, they treat you with such courtesy, respect and PROMPTNESS.

This last interaction was a classic case in point. I was entitled, JUST, to a UK State Pension (even under the new guidelines) because I did work in the U.K. (and pay a fair amount of tax) for 10 years, 5 months and 2 weeks — 10 years being the minimum.

I had been idly looking at the UK Pension stuff for a couple of years and earlier this year decide to make my move,

They have, understandably, strict rules as to when you can apply. You can apply any time after you turn 65, but you can’t apply too soon. The earliest I could apply was May 4.

Can’t apply online. It has to be by mail because they would like you to enclose some original documents — at a minimum a original payslip or pension slip from a UK company with your UK insurance number on it. I had a few since I do also get a UK company pension — though that barely covers my wine.

I finally got all my duck in order, after multiple trips to banks, and on May 1, 2018 mailed it — USPS International First Class. That gave me some rudimentary tracking once it got to the UK.

This Monday, May 21, 2018, I got the above letter telling me that I will indeed get a miniscule State Pension.

So, May 1 to May 21. Less than 3-weeks in TOTAL and that involving two (2) air mail letters.

Per my tracking ‘they’ got my letter May 8, 2018.

This decision letter is dated May 10, 2018!

2-days. TWO-DAYS.

Brilliant.

I am so happy.


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by Anura Guruge

‘Acadia National Park’ (Maine) Remains Partially Open Despite 2018 Government Shutdown.

by Anura Guruge


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Despite the Shutdown that started at midnight Friday, Acadia National Park stayed partially open on Saturday, January 20, 2018 and the plans are that that would continue to be the case Sunday.

Only a very small section of the Park Loop Road, on Mount Desert Island, is open — due to snow and ice. They will not be opening any new stretches during the Shutdown.

All the toilets are closed and I assume as are the Visitor Centers. The Park Rangers will also not respond to any emergencies. You will have to call 911 and get State or Town help.

But, they have NOT closed the gates! That is good — but that can change.

An irony of such Shutdowns is that they STOP updating Government Websites! So, you can’t find the latest status of Park closing on the Web. They will not be answering the phone either.

But, for now, this is better than what happened during the 2013 Shutdown when they did close the gates pretty early on.

I will try to keep you posted.


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by Anura Guruge


FREE Christmas Trees For 4th Graders Through The Wonderful U.S. Government “Every Kid In A Park” Program.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access the official “.gov” Website for this wonderful program. We used it, gainfully, last year.


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The official announcement of the FREE Christmas trees. Click image to access official “.gov” Website.


Available in New Hampshire too!

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Click to get more details from NECN.


The “Every Kid In A Park” is a wonderful program — a worthwhile use of OUR tax dollars.

We lucked out last year, 2015 – 2016 School Year to be precise. Teischan was a 4th grader. I printed out the forms online.

We, as a family, went to Yosemite, Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks, in April 2016, using her free pass. She lost her pass when our rented SUV was broken into in San Francisco.

When we went to Acadia National Park, in July, for the Centenary, I got her another pass. No hassle — as long as she was a 4th grader.

So, I am an avid supporter of this program.

This free Christmas tree deal is another winner. A great promotion. I am delightedPass this information along.

All 4th Grade teachers should make a point of explaining this to their kids.

[Some, for reasons that escape me, are reluctant. I tried to get Teischan’s teacher to tell the other kids about this program BEFORE the Summer vacation. She never did!]

 


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by Anura Guruge

Good Friday Not A Federal Holiday In The U.S. But Stock Markets Closed As Are 12 State Governments.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and goggle here. From the U.S. Government ‘Office of Personnel Management’ (OPM). http://www.opm.gov.


12 U.S. States observe Good Friday by closing Government Offices (per Wikipedia), they being: Connecticut, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, and Tennessee.


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From Wikipedia — Public_holidays_in_the_United_States. Click to ENLARGE and goggle here.


I have talked about this before, viz. Easter (or at least Good Friday) NOT being an official holiday in the U.S. (though as the above suggest about 80% of the country celebrates it and Easter Sunday (quite rightly) has the highest church attendance of the year (well ahead (quite rightly) of Christmas (which is in reality not a religious holiday per se)). Tomorrow, Good Friday, as always, will feel very strange to me. The stock markets are closed and that unsettles me because I like to trade — BUT the kids will be at school and there will be a mail delivery. Does not seem right.

As I have also harped about before, it, i.e., Good Friday, is ironically an observed ‘Public & Bank’ holiday (equivalent of Federal Holiday) in Sri Lanka though only 7.4% of the population is Christian! Sri Lanka (my Ceylon) is, however, holiday happy and ‘rich’. In 2016 they have 25 ‘Public & Bank’ holiday compared to the 10 in the U.S. Here is the list.

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Click to ENLARGE and admire here. From the Sri Lanka ‘Ministry of Public Administration & Management’, http://www.pubad.gov.lk/.

Note how they OBSERVE Monthly Full Moon days (Poya Days) that do NOT fall on a Sunday. So in March there are 3 holidays and 3 again in April. The holidays are WAY DOWN from when I was growing up in Ceylon in the 1950s/1960s. Easter Monday used to be a holiday. In those days, taking into account the Monthly Poya holidays, it was estimated (by a cousin of mine (who was an accountant)) that there was a holiday, on average, every 19 days!


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by Anura Guruge

Sumptuous Virtual Tour Of The Queen’s “Buckingham Palace” By U.K. Government.

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Click to access the virtual tour of 4 rooms in Buckingham Palace, provided by the U.K. Government.


I gather Google was involved in producing this lavish, annotated, 360° tour. Of course they are only showing a very limited subset of a subset of this huge, rambling Palace — for obvious reasons (security the paramount concern). I was impressed. Wanted to make sure you knew about it.


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This is the U.K. government’s official Website for the “British Monarchy”. The virtual tour is provided through this Website. Click image to access the Website. Enjoy.


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The ‘Slinky’ Should Belong To The U.S. Government & It Should Recoup The Billions That Have Been Defrauded!

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by Anura Guruge


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From Wikipedia. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access original.

Click here to access Wikipedia entry.


I, a few weeks ago, happened to be reading about the invention of the Slinky and was staggered to discover that the original spring that provided the inspiration had been manufactured for the U.S. Navy and that Richard T. James, the inventor, had seen it ‘Slink’ for the first time, at his Navy OFFICE — and that he had taken that government property spring HOME to experiment.

This was 1943. I have NOT checked the details BUT I have a very strong hunch that as a Government scientist/engineer he probably had signed some kind of intellectual property (IP) contract with the government. Basically it would have covered confidentiality and that ANY inventions made at any time, during once employment, BELONGED to the employer. In 1974 I had to sign such a contract with IBM. Basically ANYTHING I came up in terms of IP while I worked for IBM belonged to IBM — or at least I had to given them first option to evaluate whether they wanted it or not. IF I had done what R. T. James did, IBM (albeit more savvy in such matters than the U.S. Government) would have come after me with all guns blazing and as many would know, IBM employed a veritable army of high power IP lawyer.

From what I can see this was not right. I have NOT read anywhere that he sought Government approval to ‘steal’ this invention. I would even content that he misappropriated government property when he took the first spring home!

So how come the Government hasn’t done anything? Yes, maybe the statute of limitation is long gone. But there has got to be SOMETHING that can be done. This, to me, seems wrong. All the profits should BELONG to the U.S. Government — and they could sure do with it.

So a head’s up.


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