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Sri Lanka’s Draconian COVID-19 Lockdown & Curfew — Justifiable Or Overkill?

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. Headline from today — PLUS two of MY posts re. Sri Lanka & China. Just search for them on the block. Shouldn’t be hard to find.


Yes, of course, absolutely bloody brilliant. WOW. Who would have thought.

Just 7 deaths — though, of course, even ONE death is too much.

They, especially the government & health professionals deserve much kudos & applause for this superhuman achievement.

Left the developed countries in the dust by quite a FEW orders of magnitude.

Yes, the numbers may not be fully accurate. But, I doubt whether, worst case, it is off by much more than say 1/100th. So, maybe 64,900 cases & 700 deaths. That is still absurdly low.


Until last night, when a cousin living in Sri Lanka, who happens to be a doctor, told me the details, I was NOT aware of the draconian lockdown & curfew.

They shut down all ‘ports’ — inbound & outbound. Not just passengers, goods as well.

It has been FORTRESS SRI LANKA for over a month.

They sure managed to keep the virus in check. BRAVO.


But, but, but … was it worth it?

At WHAT a huge cost?

I am sure that they will study this at Harvard, in years to come, as a Case Study. Was it the right thing to do?

Yes, when they started the lockdown, they, obviously, did not know what the infection & death rates were going to be.


But, the unintended consequences! WOW.

It, of course, has decimated the economy and the economy was already in BAD SHAPE following the tourist slump post the Easter 2019 ‘incident’.

People will DIE because of poverty!

This is sad. This is BAD.

Yes, of course, this being Sri Lanka there is dirty politics involved!

And China.

China will gain even more control.

All in all, I do not think this is good.

But, I am NOT an expert and I have no skin in the game.


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Hats Off To Our Dean Kamen For Helping Out With Coronavirus COVID-19 Relief — This In The Form Of PPEs.

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Click to access the original ‘Union Leader’ article.


Dean is a GOOD MAN.

I have known of his philanthropic work for decades. Two of my kids have been very involved with his invention/robotics initiatives.

So, I was glad to see that Dean was helping out in these times of need. In this instance he didn’t dig into his very deep pockets. That is OK. He helped in other ways.

I have no worries re. Dean. He will be generous, with money, when he sees fit.

For now just applaud him for what he has done.


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Happy Sinhalese “Old Year” 2020 — April 13.

by Anura Guruge


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Come on. It makes sense. It is the day BEFORE the ‘New Year‘. So, it is the ‘Old Year‘. Well, we can be perverse.

Yes, New Year’s EVE would make more sense.

But, unlike an ‘Eve’ this is full-day, FULL holiday.

National Holiday, April 13 & April 14. We like our holidays.

I, alas, do NOT celebrate the Sinhalese New Year — other than on the Web.

My U.S. family is totally oblivious and has NO interest in learning, let alone observing. IF I did say ‘Presents’ they may be more motivated.

It was my beloved grandmother’s birthday. So, it was always a dual celebration. She was the one that brought me up.

So, HAPPY “Old Year” 2020.


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Rabid Sri Lankan Buddhists Trying Blame Coronavirus COVID-19 On The SINS Of Bullfighting!

by Anura Guruge


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and read here.


I have been waiting for the ‘Loony Bin’ BLAME GAME to start. No, no, NOT just Trump. He can’t help it.

I had NOT seen this one coming. Sins of bullfighting?

But, it started it China and they don’t have bullfighting.

I also LOVE the whole ‘Kharmic‘ thing.

So, how does that kick in? Who administers it.

Oh, YES, the Buddhists are blaming the Muslims. Again, no Muslims (or not many) in China.

Loony Bin.

And yes, quite a few of my ‘relatives’ subscribe to such stuff. I am so lucky that I was adopted. SMILE.


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Another Documented Instance Of A Buddhist Temple Elephant In Sri Lanka Being Physically ABUSED!

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access U.K. “Daily Mail” article from Feb. 3, 2020.


“Daily Mail” article above INCLUDES this video.


Click to access original Facebook source for the “Daily Mail” story.


Another incident.


Click to access my post from last year.


Click to access my post from just a few months ago.


This is SO, SO distressing. I tried to contact some folks in Sri Lanka about this after the last incident. Nothing. They just don’t care.

I given this considerable thought. I have an explanation. Plain, dumb, stupidity.

These folks abusing the temple elephants aren’t cruel. Just mindless. Stupid. They don’t realize what they are doing. I kid you not.

In general Sri Lankans are not cerebral. I present MYSELF as exhibit #1 and in the scheme of things I am slightly above average. So, you can see the problem we face.

These folks are dumb. The elephants are more intelligent than them. I am talking about my folks, my people, my relatives. We are stupid. Please forgive us.

Sri Lanka is going to the dogs. The best thing that can happen is for China to occupy it and make it into a governed territory.


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Sri Lanka’s Latest President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Is A U.S. Citizen!

by Anura Guruge


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


Click to access “Time of India” original.


Only in Sri Lanka.

Yes, he did spend 7-years in the U.S. from 1998 to 2005. It would appear he applied for citizenship, and got it, during those 7-years.

To be fair the war crime cases against him, in the U.S., have been dropped — albeit just within this month. That is quite the coincidence and is very convenient. So, he is now free to come and visit Trump. Trump will like him. Very similar personalities.


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