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The Brilliant Jesse Owens, Who Ruined The Olympics For Hitler, Was Born This Day 104-Years Ago; September 12, 1913.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesse_Owens


 Historic YouTube video WELL WORTH watching.


 You really should watch ‘RACE’
the 2016 Jesse Owens’ movie.

Click to access IMDb.com listing.


He was quite the guy. I loved the movie. I loved how he gave bloody Hitler a ‘black eye’!

Born 104-years ago, but his name and fame lives on. Bravo.


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Winston Churchill & Franklin D. Roosevelt Met In Quebec This Day 73-Years Ago To Discuss Post-WW II Plans.

by Anura Guruge


 Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Quebec_Conference


 Compelling YouTube video from 1944


This was the second time dear Churchill and FDR had met in Quebec (Canada) — just 11-months apart.

This September 1944 meeting was just 98-days after D-Day but Churchill knew that victory was ‘THEIRS’ — though it would be another 238-days BEFORE VE-Day. Nonetheless, Churchill and FDR discussed how and who would control areas of defeated Germany. But, who was MISSING. Uncle Joe (Joseph Stalin)!

From what I can piece together Churchill took the RMS Queen Mary to Canada — sailing a very southern route to avoid lurking German U-boats.


It was also his 36th wedding anniversary to Clementine.


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Carl Zeiss, Whose Name Still Denotes Quality Lenses, Was Born This Day 201-Years Ago; September 11, 1816.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Zeiss



If you are into photography ‘Zeiss’ will be a very familiar with the name. It is a kind of watchword among the cognoscenti. It is a crying shame that I do NOT, alas, own a Zeiss lens! I really should rectify that. Up until now, i.e., until I sent Full-Frame with my a7 II, the only one that was relevant was the Sony SEL1670Z 16-70mm f/4 and it gets such mixed reviews AND I do have the Sony 18-105mm which has a longer reach.

That said, I do keep over 200 of Zeiss lens wipes at any one time!

That he was born over 200-years ago is pretty amazing.


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D.H. Lawrence, Of “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” Fame, Was Born This Day 132-Years Ago; September 11, 1885.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._H._Lawrence


Some insights into “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”
from my “Orgasms: 101 Facts & Trivia” book.

From my “Orgasms: 101 Facts & Trivia” book. Click to ENLARGE and ENJOY here. Use above links to get more.


‘Poor’ DHL. ‘They’ made his life ‘unpleasant’ during his rather short life; he dying, from TB, aged just 44. As with so many others he is more revered and appreciated posthumously. That is a shame. So, on September 11, his birthday spare a thought for DHL and his indubitable brilliance.


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Errors In ‘The Next Pope’ by Peter Hebblethwaite.

by Anura Guruge


<<  <<  Transferring over from my “Popes and Papacy” Website  >> >>


‘The Next Pope’ by Peter Hebblethwaite

(revised and edited by Margaret Hebblethwaite)
 ISBN: 0-06-063777-3, 2000



Page 4: “Moreover, conclaves did not happen in the Sistine Chapel until after the collapse of the Papal States in 1870.”

Ah! I have tried to parse that statements all which ways until Christmas to see if I was missing something here. But, I am sure it says what it says!

Yes, the 1846, 1831, 1829 & 1823 conclaves were held at the Quirinal Palace and the 1800 conclave in Venice.  But the prior 38 conclaves, going back to 1484, were centered around the Sistine. During the first twelve of these, 1484 to 1559, all the cardinals were even billeted inside the Sistine. Thus, in my opinion, that statement is dead wrong.


Page 27: “In the first millennium, popes did not emerge from the college of cardinals, since the cardinals in the modern sense did not exist.”

Ah! Well YOU could play games with the caveat ‘modern sense,’ and say that the ‘College’ didn’t come to be until 1148-1150. But even with that, the spirit of this sentence is SO WRONG. Let us just refer to the 769 Roman Synod convened by Stephen III (IV) and its stipulation that popes must be elected from among cardinal priests and cardinal deacons.


Page 165: “… William Wakefield Baum …, he is the only U.S. cardinal to have ever voted in a conclave — in fact two — having become a cardinal in 1976.”

That ‘ever’ in front of ‘voted’ makes this statement false as it stands. If the caveat ‘living’ is added after the ‘only’ this would work (given that this book was published in 2000). The way it reads is misleading and wrong. James Gibbons voted in the 1903 conclave. John Murphy Farley voted in the 1914 conclave etc. Eight US cardinals participated in the August 1978 conclave and nine in the October 1978 conclave. This should have been caught by an editor. But maybe this book was not edited. That would explain all these fundamental errors.


Page 139: “And after all, the pope lives in Italy …”

This is is post-1929. The pope lives in the sovereign city-state of Vatican City — with even Castel Gandolfo falling within the extraterritorial bounds of the Vatican City. This was obviously meant to be a ‘cute’ statement, but it is inappropriate, misleading and worst of all, wrong.


Page 57: Talking about the voting process says “… the whole process is repeated …”

Not so. The second ballot of each morning and afternoon session is different from the first. For a start there is no need to elect new Scrutineers, Infirmarii and Revisers, or to take a new oath.


Page 32: There is a poem here by the Polish poet Juliusz Slowacki, prefaced by a claim that it forecasts that there would be a Slavic pope [i.e., John Paul II] in the 20th century.

I think it is more than a stretch to make that claim. It sure says, in the first line “… will not — Italian-like — take fright.” Yes, the poet was Polish. But that doesn’t mean that any non-Italian has to be Slavic. This one is not as grave as the prior two, but it still gave me pause. 


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by Anura Guruge

Finally End-Gaming My Once Highly Popular “Popes and Papacy” Website/Blog.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the “Popes and Papacy” Website while it is still up.


Click to ENLARGE and marvel. These the stats for February 10, 2013 to March 30, 2013 — viz. Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation and Pope Francis’ election. 168,000 hits during those 6-weeks. 14,702 hits on the day of the resignation. Those were the glory days.


This during 2012 — 2013 was my PRIMARY blog — as opposed to this one. I put in a TON of work into it, working on it 4 – 6 hours a day. It had nearly 1,500 posts — and over 760,000 hits.

But it was really my “Next Pope (after Benedict XVI)” blog — to go with my “Next Pope 2011” book.

Once Francis was elected — and I did correctly identify him as a potential next pope — I kind of lost enthusiasm. My job was done. I wanted to move onto other greener pastures, e.g., orgasms, meditation and chronic pain. Plus, this blog was ‘taking off‘ — with around the same number of hits per day.

So, as I have done with so many other blogs I basically abandoned it. So for the last 4 years it has been ticking along because of the wealth of posts that were already in there.

But, keeping it going is becoming an issue — and cost is NOT one of them, though bloody GoDaddy charges me two arms and two legs for it. A lot has to do with security and I just am not willing to expend the efforts needed to button down all the hatches that I am supposed to.

So I am in the process of closing it down.

Hence the flood of ‘papal’ posts you have seen in the last week. {Smile}

I am transitioning over all the valuable, in many instances unique posts. I have also already deleted nearly 200 posts. Hopefully I will be done by October 2017.

So, now you know what all the new papal posts are about.

Enjoy.


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Superman vs KKK — “Clan Of The Fiery Cross” (On YouTube).

by Anura Guruge


I am indebted to my onetime papal collaborator, fellow author Dr. David Tschanz, for bringing this to my attention during an e-mail dialogue we were having about Catholic organizations and the KKK — in light of the recent events in Charlottesville, VA and Boston.


OK. Let’s start with the 1st YouTube episode.


Here are two article you should read for background.

David sent me the first of these from “Dangerous Minds“. It made scintillating reading. I was hooked.

Click on each to access the original.



The protagonist who made this Superman vs KKK series possible was Stetson Kennedy (1916 – 2011). Not a relative from what I can see.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia:


Check him, i.e., Stetson Kennedy, out. A real neat character. Here is his Website which includes a library of KKK Documents.


by Anura Guruge

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