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India Should As Of Now Just Stick To Playing IPL, Test Cricket Is Way Out Of Their League.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE.. From cricinfo.com, of course. Where else?



The First Test against England was pretty bad.

But India’s 1st innings in the 2nd Test was something else. Wow. What a joke. And they came with so much swagger.

Murali Vijay. What a clown. Faced 5 balls and missed them all. Yikes. I have had some dreadful innings with a bat, BUT I can’t ever recall anything like that. I would at least put bat to ball.

Yes, of course, given that this is the Indians, this could be a RIGGED match, with billions of dollars being bet. That would be one explanation.

The other is that the Indians have got spoilt by the IPL. Test cricket is way too difficult.

Funny thing is that I do like the Indian team. But, you had to laugh. Otherwise you had no option but to cry.


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Where Does South Africa Find Them? First Aiden Markram & Now Reeza Hendricks.

by Anura Guruge


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From ‘cricinfo.com’ at espncricinfo.com/southafrica/content/player/269280.html. Click to ENLARGE and study here.


Century on ODI Debut — from cricinfo.com.

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Only the 14th to do so.
Fastest by a MILE. 89 balls.


First there was Aiden Markram just under a year ago. And now Reeza Hendricks as Markram’s replacement. Never heard of him until today. But, boy was I impressed. 4 off his first ball. He was special.

Ironic that he replaced Aiden Markram. I am GLAD that dropped Markram. He was getting to be an embarrassment! Shame. But, that is cricket. I hope he finds his form again.

In the meantime if Reeza Hendricks can maintain his. Shame he got out, as so many do, right after the milestone. Always makes me wonder.

Well, looking forward to the 4th ODI. He will, of course, play, barring injury.


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Facebook Picks Sri Lanka To Be Its First Guinea Pig For ‘Fake News’ Eradication Program.

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From the UK “Guardian”. Click image to access. Google from plenty more — quite a bit of coverage from India.


Ah! Facebook is going to try ‘Fake News‘ removal starting in Sri Lanka! Why? Why Sri Lanka? Because ‘Fake News’ has caused mob violence. Yes, there was one incident recently …

Not sure if this is good or bad.

You would think they would start with the U.S. — with the midterm elections coming up in a few months.

Nope. Better start with Sri Lanka. Yes, Facebook could argue that Fake News in Sri Lanka leads to loss of life. But, Fake News in the U.S. cost an election.

Anywho. This is a start. Lets see how it proceeds.

Since even buying a cup of tea in Sri Lanka can be politically charged, this is NOT going to be easy — i.e., getting agreement from Sri Lankans as to what is Fake News and what it isn’t. Fake News to one is political fodder to another. Facebook may not have realized this about Sri Lanka. Hhhhmmm!


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Barack Obama’s Inspirational Speech On “Mandela Centenary” In South Africa.

by Anura Guruge


Short, abridged ‘5-minute‘ version from NBC News.


Longer ’90-minute’ version also from NBC News.


This is quite the speech. You really should try and listen to at least a part of it. So, inspirational.

The GREAT Nelson Mandela, whom Obama referred to as a ‘Giant’, would have been both proud and happy with this speech. They liked and respected each other. Can YOU imagine what Nelson would make of Donald Trump?

Though he and I had a few major disagreements (and even some blowouts) over ‘Obamacare‘, I have always liked the man and enjoyed watching him speak. (And, yes, I did campaign for him, like a black, going door-to-door, three times.)

It is so refreshing to see Obama SMILE and look happy when he speaks. Trump looks like he is in urgent need of Extra-Strength ‘Preparation H‘.

Obama has a tremendous sense of humor. Listen to the opening.

The South African audience, ALAS, totally misses one of his BEST punchlines. He talks about it being cold in South Africa and how he is wearing long johns. Then, he says, deadpan: “You know I was born in Hawaii“. They didn’t get it.

Great speech. Tremendous for “Mandela Day”.

Two GREAT men. What an honor and pleasure.


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100 Iconic Image Video, By ‘USA Today’, For The GREAT ‘Nelson Mandela Centenary’ — Tomorrow, July 18, 2018.

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Click image to access the official Website for this momentous Centenary.


Spend 1:40 minutes JUST savoring this. It will do you a power of good.

Today, more than any other day we need to remind ourselves what a GREAT LEADER, A GREAT MAN looks like — and acts like.

Yes, he had flaws, but by golly he was A MAN.

What an inspiration, even today.

Please, please just let this just wash over you. [No, you don’t need to thank me. {Smile}]

Did I tell you that I am a HUGE Nelson Mandela fan?


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Anthony Bourdain, THE LOSER, Had The Audacity & Hypocrisy To Criticize Hillary Clinton Just Weeks Before His Suicide.

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By then, the ex-heroin addict loser, must have known that he was going to call it quits. What a loser; committing suicide leaving behind a 11-year old daughter. See my earlier post to see why I think he was a MORON to commit suicide. My criteria is very simple. Folks like Bourdain should try walking in MY SHOES for maybe just 2 hours. They will then walk away realizing how incredibly magical their lives are. Maybe I should offer this as new kind of ‘Good Samaritan’ anti-suicide program. Come walk in my shoes for 2 hours. You will realize how good your life is compared to what some of us endure everyday — and we never consider suicide as an option.

So, that is my major gripe with bloody Bourdain. That he took the easy way out leaving behind a young daughter. To I that is rank cowardice. Plus, I, as somebody who never ever succumbed (though some of my best friends were v. heavy users), I have no great respect from drug addicts. To I, they are weak human beings. Sorry.

So, bloody Bourdain has no right to criticize Hillary Clinton. She has her faults BUT they are not a patch on his. In major contrast to him, she is a fighter. Bourdain just gave up and folded.

Well, I am not going to get into Bill Clinton. Yes, some of what Bill did was plain wrong. But, he has a good heart. And even he is a better man than Bourdain — but that is not hard to do.

Just drives me nuts that people still try to lionize bloody Bourdain. He was no hero. He was a LOSER.

RIP.


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Friday the 13th, July 2018, Is Totally MEANINGLESS; It Has To Be In October To Count.

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Only Friday the 13th that fall in October count!

The superstition has to with the dissolution of the Knight’s Templar.
And that happened on Friday, October 13, 1307.

This is July, NOT October, so Friday the 13th does NOT COUNT.

Repeat, does NOT count.

On average we get a Friday the 13th every 212 days.

We had one in April 2018.

The next Friday the 13th in October will be in 2023.


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Click to access the original post from 2013.


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